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OELMA Ohio Media Spectrum Call for Articles about the Paperless School Library

There is increasing pressure on teachers and school librarians to become “paperless.” School libraries have been joining public libraries in transforming themselves into digital collections. Does a bookless library better suit the needs and research habits of 21st-century students? What has your experience been?

The Editor of the Ohio Media Spectrum Journal is currently accepting previously unpublished submissions to the spring 2013 issue from librarians, graduate and professional students, faculty and practitioners involved with, or of interest to, Ohio school libraries on this topic. We are looking for articles about the philosophy of the paperless classroom/library at your school; how digital resources are integrated into your curriculum; what digital resources are being used; and the pros and cons of a paperless classroom/library.

Ohio Media Spectrum is a peer-reviewed publication of the Ohio Education Library Media Association (OELMA), the professional organization dedicated to educational and technological excellence in library/media services in Ohio’s schools.


The Ohio Media Spectrum seeks articles detailing ongoing research that serve to inform the learning community about projects and encourage collaboration. Authors may also respond to articles published in the Ohio Media Spectrum or other publications, share observations and ephemera, or detail innovative programs or original research.


Article Submission Information
If you are interested in submitting an article for the upcoming issue, contact me via e-mail and include the following information in your email:

Author(s) name(s)
Affiliation/Organization Name
Contact Information
Title of Article
Brief abstract
Proposed length


Final submissions should include a photograph (jpeg format, if possible) of the author and a brief biographical sketch and can be sent via email to (Please also copy/paste the article from MSWord in the text of your e-mail as backup). Any article accepted will be edited/proofed by the OELMA editorial staff and peer reviewed by members of the OELMA Peer Review Committee.

The Editor works cooperatively with authors to plan and develop each issue, so early notification of your interest in participating in an issue of the journal will help facilitate the process. All submissions are peer-reviewed and the peer review committee will have the permission to select, edit, and format the articles. A deadline for submission has been set to insure ample time for discussion of revision and layout issues before final publication. Ohio Media Spectrum is published online once a year and is accessible to OELMA members on the OELMA website. Deadline for the fall 2013 issue is August 1, 2013.


Please note that manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that:

  • They are not concurrently under consideration by another publication nor have they already been printed, in part or whole, elsewhere;
  • The author(s) understands that the manuscript will be subjected to a “blind” referee process and that it will be selected based on the importance of the topic, the relevance to the OELMA readership, the applicability to library/media professionals and situations, and its clarity;
  • The author(s) is responsible for all information presented, including citations which give proper credit to other sources of ideas and information presented;
  • Quotes of 50 words or more and other reproductions from published material must be accompanied by a letter of permission from the original author and publisher;
  • The author(s) agrees that the editor has the right to edit the manuscript as may be necessary as long as the author’s original intent is not altered;
  • The decision of the editor is final;
  • The author(s) of an accepted manuscript assigns all rights for its publication to the Ohio Media Spectrum;
  • Manuscripts become the property of the Ohio Media Spectrum and will not be returned.


If you have any questions, please contact:
Sheila Campbell, Editor
Ohio Media Spectrum
Library Media Specialist
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
9990 Riverside Drive
Powell, OH 43065-0400
Phone: 614-724-3610
Fax: 614-724-3653