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. With the exception of the Intellectual Freedom Award, OELMA Scholarship, J. Allen Oakum Scholarship, and the OELMA-JLG Floyd Dickman Programming Grant all the awards have rubrics. The rubrics are helpful in crafting the letter of support for the nominee. Nomination forms are available through the OELMA webpage. Nomination forms must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 3, 2017. Late Applications will not be accepted. All awards and scholarships are presented at the Annual Conference in October unless noted otherwise.
Lorri Kingan, Director Liaison to Awards Strategic Committee
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.
Information Technology Innovation Award recognizes OELMA members who design, develop, and implement innovative uses of technology in instruction. This award spotlights the importance of emerging technologies in supporting student learning.
Intellectual Freedom Award recognizes Ohio school librarians and/or other Ohio educators who demonstrate support for the American Library Association’s principles of intellectual freedom.
Leadership-in-Action Award recognizes Ohio school librarians pursuing active leadership roles in local schools, in OELMA, and in national professional organizations (e.g. AASL, ALA). This award honors OELMA members demonstrating an ongoing commitment to leadership in the school library profession.
Literacy Leader Award recognizes community organizations for exemplary support of literacy. This award honors groups supporting literacy, which reinforces student learning.
OELMA/Follett School Solutions Award recognizes an Ohio licensed school librarian, who develops an exemplary school library program, collaborates with classroom teachers, implements technology-integrated instruction, and advocates for school libraries.
OELMA-JLG Floyd Dickman Programming Grant honors the life and contributions of Floyd Dickman. In partnership with Junior Library Guild, this grant is awarded annually to one Ohio school library to help fund programs that inspire children to embrace the fun and the joy that reading offers. The grant continues the work that Floyd was so passionate about during his lifetime.
Outstanding Administrator 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.
Outstanding Contributor Award honors an Ohio licensed school librarian 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.
Outstanding Individual School Library Award recognizes an exceptional building-level library program that is integrated across the total curriculum, thus meeting the diverse needs of all learners. Nominees who meet the minimum score requirements as stipulated in the Outstanding Individual School Library Award Rubric will be visited on-site by designated OELMA members.
Outstanding School Library District Award recognizes an exceptional district library program. Honorees demonstrate a district culture that advocates for the integral role of the school library program in student achievement at the building and district level.Nominees who meet the minimum score requirements as stipulated in the Outstanding School Library District Award Rubric will be visited on-site by designated OELMA members.
Allen Oakum Scholarship This scholarship is a $500 stipend awarded to an Ohio resident enrolled in an accredited school library program pursuing licensure in school library media. The scholarship is intended to help defray educational costs for future library media specialists as they complete their studies.
OELMA Scholarship This scholarship is up to a $1,000 stipend awarded to an Ohio resident enrolled in an accredited school library program pursuing licensure in school library media. The scholarship is intended to help defray educational costs for future library media specialists as they complete their studies.