On May 20, 2016, the Media Center Spotlight crew visited Walnut Springs Middle School with school library media specialist Jean Trimble. Check out the blog post and photos of the Center for Inspiration found here http://www.oelma.org/about-oelma/library-visits/16-library-visits/91-walnut-springs-middle-school. The Center for Inspiration was featured in the Columbus Dispatch in fall 2015.
In May, I visited Ford Intermediate School (Berea City Schools). Visit the Media Center Spotlight page here http://oelma.org/about-oelma/library-visits/16-library-visits/90-ford-intermediate-school to learn more about the library program at Ford Intermediate School. Gayle Schmuhl, walks us through some of her reading programs, instructional stategies, and teacher collaborations.
The Media Center Spotlight crew of one has had a busy spring with visits to school libraries in Zanesville, Berea, and Westerville. Working the visits in between spring breaks and testing schedules was a challenge but talking to Lori Lee, Gayle Schmuhl, and Jean Trimble about their library programs was inspiring. Through the Media Center Spotlight write-ups you will not only see photos of their media center spaces but also learn about their programs and ideas about genre-fying, instructional strategies, research projects, and more.
As the Media Spotlight crew of one since 2013, I’ve visited a number of media centers and their school library media specialists around the state. Somewhat sidetracked in 2014 and 2015 with OELMA’s involvement in the “5 of 8” testimonies, for the past three years I’ve tried to showcase many different kinds of media centers and the school library media specialists who transform the “space” into an exciting learning environment for their students. The descriptions and photos for Ford Intermediate School (Berea) and Walnut Springs Middle School (Westerville) will be uploaded within the next few weeks, but in the meantime be sure and visit the Media Center Spotlight http://www.oelma.org/about-oelma/library-visits on the OELMA website. If you’re interested in having me visit, please complete the Visit Request Form (http://www.formstack.com/forms/aom-oelmavisit) and I’ll contact you in early fall. At the Google Summit sponsored by ITIP, I met up with five school library media specialists from around the state who would like a visit – Mount Vernon High School’s Keith Cawrse; Washington Nile Middle School’s Sheree Bonnett; Anna Local School’s Missy Rivera, Liberty Elementary School’s (Olentangy) Bridget Adelsberger; and Kent City School District’s Terry Clutter. Have a great summer!
|The Gala Committee is looking for photos of OELMA members doing what you do best – teaching and helping students @your media center. We have created a form for you to upload your photos and with it a brief description of your photo(s). Here is the link: http://aom.formstack.com/forms/oelmagala. It’s OELMA’s 40th year anniversary so we want to celebrate YOU and your unwavering support of OELMA through the decades. On Thursday evening, October 13, 2016, at the Hilton Polaris, 8700 Lyra Drive, Columbus, we will hold the Gala. As part of the festivities we will feature YOUR photos in a video, produced by Kenston High School students. So browse your photos, Twitter, Facebook for the photos that capture life in your media center.|
Have you ever thought of assuming a leadership role in OELMA? Since an overwhelming majority of OELMA members voted to restructure the board, three exciting new director positions will open up for 2017. No longer will geographic regions define our organization. Instead, new competency-based positions (as recommended in Coerver and Byers’ Race for Relevance) will breathe new life into OELMA.
Over the next two years, the twelve regional director positions will be phased out and replaced by six new directors, each of whom will serve a two year term as a liaison to a strategic committee. We are currently looking for enthusiastic, qualified candidates to run for director liaison to the Awards, Communication, and Conference strategic committees.
Are you interested in working with the Scholarship and Awards subcommittee? Run for the Awards Strategic Committee Director position, and help establish and carry out awards and scholarship procedures.
Perhaps you would prefer to work with the Library Promotions and Advocacy, Publications, and Technology subcommittees as the director of the Communication Strategic Committee. Here, you would help establish and carry out communications and procedures.
If helping plan the conference is more up your alley, consider running for director of the Conference Strategic Committee. This director will work with the Vice President and be responsible for the conference. Many staff members help plan the conference, so rest assured that if you run for this position, you will have a lot of support.
In addition to the new director positions, two executive positions will open up next year: Vice President and Secretary.
The Vice President will serve a three year term (a year as Vice President, then as President, then as Past President) and will perform the duties of the president in the president’s absence or incapacity. If elected to this office, you would also chair the Annual Conference held in conjunction with the Annual Membership Meeting.
If you would prefer to keep the minutes of all membership meetings and board meetings, consider running for a two year term as Secretary. If elected, you would prepare and submit summaries of the meeting minutes for publication (in separate books provided for that purpose).
Regardless of their position, all board members take an active role in shaping our professional organization. Attending face-to-face meetings in January, May, October, and December and virtual meetings in March and August, submitting reports prior to board meetings, writing newsletter articles four times a year and blog posts three times a year, and performing other necessary duties determined by the board empowers board members to work together to shape OELMA’s present and future.
In 2018, the Treasurer, Operations Strategic Committee Director, Teaching and Learning Strategic Committee Director, and Regional Representation Strategic Committee Director positions will open up, providing members with even more opportunities to run for office.
However involved you are, we urge you to kick it up a notch. In this time of great change for libraries, we are excited to help shape the reputation and future of our profession. We must support each other, advocate, and constantly seek out new learning and networking opportunities.
Please consider running for office since we need enthusiastic candidates to keep OELMA strong. Look for the OELMA Candidate Profile for Election on the listserv sometime before this July, or contact Kate Brunswick at email@example.com for more information. Voting will take place this August. We hope to see you on the ballot!
Fifteen years ago, a hiring principal asked me where I saw myself in ten years. I said, “A Reading Recovery specialist”. Well, fifteen years later I am entering my fifth year as a licensed Library Media Specialist after having taught reading and math in the general classroom. And in a way, I have become that reading recovery specialist. I am probably like many of you, our educational visions shift but our overall goals of wanting students to be successful does not. One of the most struggling things to hear, as a teacher and or librarian, is that a child cannot find anything to read. Depending on the curriculum or class reading assignment, I often see children wandering the stacks looking at covers and their overwhelming number of pages for the perfect read. I decided to build a small collection of books called the Reader’s Cafe just for these students in its own section of the Media Center. This mini collection holds each section of Dewey that fit my building’s curriculum requirements as well as various fictional titles. This collection is geared toward the student that is not reading on grade level. I use a strategy that I used in my general classrooms at the start of the school year where I discuss how everyone has strengths and weaknesses and learning is different for everyone too. But now I take my new fifth graders to this section in the Media Center during our tour and point out my bumble bee stuffed animal. I proceed to discuss that this is special collection of library books and its “no buddies Bee-nize” what you read from this shelves or any other shelves in the library. Then as needed, I am able to guide students to this section to find a great read! I am happy to say that the Reader’s Cafe has been very successful. Not only do I have students selecting books with comfort and most importantly with something they CAN read, but teachers love this area too. They have found it very helpful to direct their specific students to this area when they assisting themselves or identify it on a pass for me to assist students. In addition, our MRD students now have an area that is easier for them to select books from too. And even though I am not an official Reading Recovery specialist, I know that I am a specialist in ensuring all my students can find something in their library that they can enjoy and READ. Kim Hamlin Little Miami Intermediate School