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Why I Chose to Say Yes to OELMA Leadership

Hello! My name is Brandi Young and I currently serve as one of your Central Regional Directors. I just took office this past January, so being a member of the OELMA board is very new to me. Throughout my career, I have been a high school English teacher and drama director, a middle school librarian, an elementary school librarian, and now work for INFOhio as an ILibrarian. 

Since elementary school, I have always liked holding leadership positions. When doing group work, I was always the person who organized, came up with the timeline, and also kept everyone on task. I was a squad leader in my high school marching band, responsible for six fellow students and their well-being. In college, I took on the same role in group work that I always had held, but then branched out and joined several organizations on campus. I served as the treasurer for a music service organization, Tau Beta Sigma. I also served as treasurer for the Ohio University chapter of National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and was the vice president for the English honors society, Sigma Tau Delta. 

I greatly enjoyed my time serving on various executive boards in college, and when I graduated and had a few years of teaching under my belt, my love of service came through yet again. For the past three years I have served on the board for the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (OCTELA) as their NCTE Literary Magazine coordinator, and, more recently, took on the position of library liaison, since librarians and English Language Arts teachers collaborate so well together. 

Though I have only been a librarian and an OELMA member for a couple of years, I am extremely passionate about being a school librarian and advocating for school librarians. I love the power that a perfect book can bring for a student, the way technology can change lives, and the knowledge that a librarian can share with students and staff. I knew that I wanted to have a leadership role outside of the workplace and decided to run for Central Regional Director of OELMA. It is my hope that my passion and creative thinking can be utilized on the board while I serve in this position for the next two years. After this, I would like to continue to serve on the board and in other capacities. My goal is to help motivate school librarians to be advocates of their profession and to always seek resources that will aid in further developing their craft.