By: Kelly Silwani, OELMA Past President
2015. That’s the year I decided to run for OELMA Vice President. I can’t believe it’s been 3 years. What I can believe, however, and what I want to share with you, is that because of my various positions on the board, I have grown professionally and personally in ways I never could have imagined. If you are looking for ways to grow, consider joining the OELMA board.
Nominations are now open for board positions. Please take a moment and look at the positions and the responsibilities that come with them. You can nominate yourself or someone else. One of the advantages of being part of the community known as OELMA, is that there are constantly opportunities for growth and leadership. Being on the board is just one more way. No matter the position, you will grow in leadership, writing, organizational, presenting, library, and teaching skills. You will meet librarians from around the state and work with our board liaisons who represent administrators, ODE, Kent State, and INFOhio. You will get a chance to shape the direction of our organization and create and support new PD opportunities for all of us. You will bring your special talents and skills to the board and trust me when I say… yes, you do have something unique to bring to the table…we all do.
I truly believe that I am a much better librarian, teacher, and building leader as a result of being on the board as Central Region Director, Vice President, President, and now Past President. I’ve gained more confidence as a presenter, and I will have published my first article, co-written with Liz Deskins and Susan Yutzey which stems directly from a board position. Definitely consider running. You won’t regret it.