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Kent State SLIS Liaison Announcement

Your 2015 OELMA Board of Directors with Kent State University’s Liaison Dr. Meghan Harper

At OELMA’s December meeting, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to create a Kent State University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) liaison position on the OELMA Board.  The liaison will be appointed annually by the Director of Kent State University’s SLIS Program. 

A KSU SLIS liaison to OELMA will serve many purposes, among them would be to strengthen the connection between the Kent State SLIS students pursuing library media licensure and their professional association; ensure that as school librarians we are knowledgeable about best practices; and that our professional development reflects best practice.  

The KSU SLIS liaison will serve an important role on the Board of Directors, a role that will evolve over time but initially we see the liaison:

·         sharing information from KSU SLIS, specifically the school library program;

·         sharing OELMA concerns with the KSU SLIS;

·         advocating to stakeholders about the importance of strong school library programs in Ohio;

·         recruiting graduate students in the SLIS programs to become involved in OELMA (we offer a student membership); and

·         being invited to attend/present at Board meetings, the Annual Conference, MidWinter and any other events as needed.

Now for the really exciting news!

At our February Board Meeting on Saturday, we welcomed Dr. Meghan Harper, Associate Professor at Kent State’s SLIS as our Kent State SLIS liaison. She was appointed by Professor and Interim Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science Director Jeff Fruit. We are excited to see what our collaboration efforts will welcome in the future and we are fortunate to have Dr. Harper on our team! Most of us have either had Dr. Harper for a class at Kent State, or worked with her to some degree with OELMA’s workshops, conferences, and events!

Dr. Harper has been working at SLIS since 2001. She has a B.S. in Education from KSU as well as an MLIS and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to being the advisor for all SLIS School Library Graduate students, she currently teaches three courses at Kent State:

-School Library Media Center

-Cataloging for School Library Media Specialists

-Reference Sources and Services for Youth


She also shared with us at our meeting she is working on several publications and planning to write a reference resource for school librarians in the future, using some popular OELMA list-serv topics as a starting point!


The picture above was taken on Saturday with Dr. Harper and the 2015 OELMA Board of Directors. Please join me in welcoming her to the 2015 Board and we are thrilled to have her working with us as a liaison!