State Librarian of Ohio
Ms. Cain has 30 years of library experience in Ohio having served as the Director of the Portsmouth Public Library System from 1997 to 2010 and Branch Manager at the Upper Arlington Public Library Lane Road Branch from 1992 to 1997. Prior to that, she worked at the Medina County District Library from 1986 to 1992, first as a Reference Librarian and then as a Manager of Reference and Adult Services.
As State Librarian Ms. Cain works with the staff and Board to continue to build and expand library services to all types of libraries and to Ohio residents regardless of their geographic location.
Ms. Cain earned a Master of Public Administration degree in 2009 and a Master of Library Science degree in 1986 from Kent State University. She also has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Akron. Ms Cain received the Diana Vescelius Memorial Award from the Ohio Library Council in 1992, the Friend of the Year Award from the KSU School of Library and Information Science in 2012, and she is a member of the COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies) Legislation Committee and Research and Statistics Committee.
Ms. Cain is the Past President of the Ohio Library Council, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Scioto County Law Library Resources Board, and has served as a member or chair person to numerous local, state, and national committees.
Research and Innovation Coordinator at NEO-RLS
Holly Klingler, Research and Innovation Coordinator at NEO-RLS as our MBTI Certified Practitioner at the Leadership Academy. Ms. Klinger will conduct two sessions at the Academy “Assessing and Reflecting on Your Leadership Style” and “Identifying Your Leadership Superpowers.”
President, State Library Board
Krista Taracuk is the current Vice-President of the Board. She was appointed by the Ohio Department of Education to the State Library Board and sworn in on April 19, 2012.
Krista retired in 2010 after 26 years of service to the Worthington City Schools where she was Head Library Media Specialist at the Thomas Worthington Hills High School. Prior to that, she was the Library Media Specialist for four years in the Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools and served five years as an 8th and 9th grades English teacher for Copley-Fairlawn City Schools. In addition to her work in public schools, Krista was an Adjunct Professor for 12 years teaching in the Ohio Dominican University’s undergraduate library science program. She has held many library leadership positions and served on an abundance of committees, advisory councils and task forces for the Ohio Education Library Media Association (OELMA), INFOhio, and the Worthington City Schools. On the national level she has served on numerous committees and task forces for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).
Zanesville City Schools
Lori Lee from Zanesville High School has been a school librarian since 2012. Lori participated in the State Library of Ohio ILead program as part of a collaborative team, called Educate and Connect Zanesville made up of Zanesville City School libraries and the Muskingum Public Library System. Outside of the library, she likes to travel with her husband and two children and enjoys music, technology and sports.
I am pleased to be a mentor at the “Make Leadership Your Superpower” Leadership Academy. I will be working with Academy participants who are interested in FRL’s (Future Ready Librarian) cultivating partnerships which will focus on expanding participant’s strategies to build partnerships within the school and local community to promote engagement and lifelong learning process.
Big Walnut Local Schools
Kristen Macklin Lanning is the District Media Specialist for Big Walnut Local Schools. It sounds like a pretty impressive title, but I am mostly just a high school librarian. Don’t get me wrong—I absolutely love my job! I am not belittling what I do in any way, but rather embracing the traditional librarian role, yet kicking it up a notch in my own style. I have been working in schools for 18 years. Before this I worked in public libraries. Unfortunately (or fortunately, in this case!), one of my managers in the public library told me I had “too much personality” to be a librarian. Little did she know that I would take my big personality and move to an environment that would welcome me!
I am a mother to two (Nicole and Thomas) and a grandmother of one amazing young man, Christopher. While parenting is fun, being a grandparent is so much better! We spend every other weekend with our grandson, as well as a scattered week here and there as our schedules permit. My husband is a retired painter who still does an odd job here and there. We love to travel, see movies and spend time with our family.
I am pleased to be a mentor at the “Make Leadership Your Superpower” Leadership Academy. I will be working with Academy participants who are interested in FRL’s (Future Ready Librarian) leading collaboratively which will focus on expanding participant’s strategies to design and implement collaborative learning experiences.
Nordonia Hills City Schools
Angela has been with Nordonia Hills City Schools in Macedonia, Ohio for a total of five years. She loves all things technology and library. She currently is the facilitator for the Know-How Nordonia staff professional development series in addition to being the 1:1 Integration Specialist and District Librarian. She was the 2015 President of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association and represented Ohio school librarians at the national level through the American Association of School Librarians. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer (2015-current) and Google Educator Level 1 and 2 (2016).
Angela helps co-teach the district’s Google Academy professional development and serves as Technology Advocate for Nordonia High School. Recently Angela began hosting a podcast series titled Nordonia Innovators which highlights teachers, administrators, and students in the Nordonia Hills School District redefining innovation in various ways. In the Summer of 2017, Angela was awarded a Fellowship to study at Oxford University in England with a focus on the changing role of education and libraries in society. She ate in the same chapel as Harry Potter and enjoyed every minute of the adventure. Angela enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband Matthew, spoiling her two cats Penelope and Lola, watching Lifetime and Hallmark movies, and fulfilling her bucket list one item at a time.
Angela earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a Minor in Child Development from The University of Akron (2006) and her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, with Library Media K-12 Licensure from Kent State University (2009)
I am pleased to be a mentor at the “Make Leadership Your Superpower” Leadership Academy. I will be working with Academy participants who are interested in FRL’s (Future Ready Librarian) leading professional learning which will focus on developing participant’s instructional, content, and technology capacities to lead professional learning.