I received an e-mail from Sue Subel reminding me that “it’s now official” – I am President of OELMA. Presiding over this wonderful association is an honor and a responsibility that I do not take lightly. As the weeks unfold, I will post to the OELMA Blog various items of interest to the membership. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please e-mail me. ALA Executive Director, Keith Michael Fiels, raises some thought-provoking ideas in his column entitled “Reenvisioning ALA” in the January/February 2013 American Libraries. “The Association, like libraries, must change and evolve to best serve our communities,” Fiels states. Just like ALA, OELMA must change and evolve. OELMA’s community is YOU as well as students, teachers, administrators, and parents. I hope you will find 2013 to be the year you contribute your ideas and suggestions to your Executive Board. What opportunities exist for OELMA? What do we as the professional association for Ohio’s school librarians aspire to become?
If you’ve not already checked it out, visit ALA’s Transforming Libraries site with its one-stop access to information on resources, publications, webinars, and online discussion groups and communities related to the many aspects of library transformation. The new Libraries Matter portal provides access to information on hundreds of studies that document the impact of public, academic, and school libraries. It’s designed to help local advocates use these studies to make the case for library/librarian support.
Have a great start to 2013!