OELMA is fortunate to have many dedicated individuals who contribute their knowledge, talent, creativity, and energy toward the promotion and development of the educational library/media profession in Ohio. OELMA annually presents awards to members who reflect the excellence of the organization and the profession and shine in the spotlight as distinguished and outstanding educators.
As an OELMA member, this is your opportunity to bestow honor upon deserving colleagues. Nomination forms are available from the OELMA Office or the OELMA web page. Nomination forms must be returned to the OELMA Office by no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 15th. No Late Applications will be accepted. All awards and scholarships are presented at the Annual Conference, unless noted otherwise.
Administrator-of-the-Year Award recognizes an Ohio school administrator, who has made significant contributions to the planning, implementation, and/or support of school library programs, resulting in improved program quality and increased student learning.
OELMA's Award-of-Merit recognizes an Ohio certified library media specialist who has made outstanding contributions to school librarianship. The honoree has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the school library profession, while serving in OELMA leadership roles.
The Emerging Leader Award recognizes OELMA members who have recently assumed an OELMA leadership role for the first time. This Award honors members who demonstrate leadership potential and encourages members’ active participation in OELMA.
OELMA's Intellectual Freedom Award recognizes Ohio school library media specialists and/or other Ohio educators who demonstrate support for the American Library Association’s principles of intellectual freedom. Award recipients exhibit a strong commitment to First Amendment values through the active promotion of -- and defense of -- the freedom to read and ALA's principles of intellectual freedom.
The Libraries of Distinction - District Category Award recognizes Ohio's exemplary District school library programs, which are staffed by full-time, certified school library/media specialists.
The Libraries of Distinction - School Category Award recognizes Ohio's exemplary building-level school libraries, which are staffed by a full-time, certified school library/media specialists.
OELMA/Follett Library Resources School Librarian-of-the-Year Award recognizes an Ohio certified library media specialist, who develops an exemplary school library program, collaborates with classroom teachers, implements technology-integrated instruction, demonstrates educational leadership, and advocates for school libraries.
J. Allen Oakum Scholarship is $ 500 stipend awarded to an Ohio resident enrolled in an accredited library school program, who's pursuing certification in school library/media. This scholarship is intended to help defray educational costs for future library media specialists as they complete their studies.
The OELMA Scholarship is up to $ 1,000 stipend awarded to an Ohio resident enrolled in an accredited library school program, who's pursuing certification in school library/media. This scholarship is intended to help defray educational costs for future library media specialists as they complete their studies.
OELMA's Library Leadership of Ohio Scholarship is awarded to a successful Library Leadership Ohio candidate. The scholarship is intended to pay registration costs for a school librarian attending Library Leadership Ohio (LLO), a highly respected leadership education program.
Congratulations to the 2013 OELMA Award Recipients
OELMA/Follett School Librarian of the Year Award
Lori Guerrini, Library Media Specialist
Chagrin Falls Exempted School District
Award of Merit
Retired, Library Media Specialist
Administrator of the Year
John E. Miller, Superintendent
Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Village School District
Southeastern Jr/Sr High School
J. Allan Oakum Scholarship
Laurie Katusin Swallen
Tuslaw High School, Tuslaw Local School District
Emerging Leader Award
Karen Gedeon, Roberts Middle School, Cuyahoga Falls City Schools
Winnie Milner, Warren County Career Center
OELMA Library of Distinction Award - School Level
Medina High School, Medina City Schools
Karon Lippincott, Library Media Specialist
OELMA Library of Distinction Award - District Level
Orange City School District
Joanna McNally, Orange High School
Betsey Lee, Ballard Brady Middle School
Pam Black, Moreland Hills Elementary School
INFOhio Spencer White Service Award
Bonnie Blachly, INFOhio Liaison
Northwest Ohio Area Computer Services Cooperative (NOACSC) /
Western Ohio Computer Organization (WOCO)
Mary Nemeth, Coordinator, INFOhio Services
Metropolitan Educational Council (MEC)