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OELMA Literacy Leader Award

The OELMA Literacy Leader Award recognizes community organizations for exemplary support of literacy that reinforces student learning.  Recipient(s) of this award will be recommended for an AASL Commendation by OELMA.

The OELMA Literacy Leader Award recipient receives an engraved trophy at the OELMA annual conference. The recipient’s name will be announced through the OELMA listserv, website and social media. 


This award is not open to individuals, libraries, or library-related organizations.  The OELMA Literacy Leader Award recipient will be selected from applicants and nominees who meet the following criteria:

  • Provides exemplary support of literacy as a community organization and is nominated by an OELMA member.

  • Demonstrates a strong, ongoing commitment to developing literacy through educational programming and/or grassroots literacy program implementation.

  • Meets the minimum requirements on the OELMA Literacy Leader Award Checklist.



  1. Complete and upload the OELMA Awards Nominator Form Part A which requires a 250-word rationale that speaks to the nominee’s ongoing support of educational programs supporting literacy and learning. Use the OELMA Literacy Leader Award Checklist for specific examples.

  2. Upload a photograph of the nominee (jpg or gif format).

  3. Upload a photograph of the program, project or event (jpg or gif format).

Late materials will not be accepted.  All application materials must be submitted to OELMA using the online application form by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2024. You will be able to upload supporting materials to the online form.

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