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Why Laurie “Hearts” OELMA

This week, Laurie Katusin Swallen, the 2014 J. Allen Oakum Scholarship recipient, tells us why she “hearts” OELMA:

 As Laurie points out in her video, being a school librarian can sometimes feel isolating, which is why the networking, support, and professional development provided to members of OELMA is so critical. 


Here are some of the opportunities for networking, support, and professional development OELMA has scheduled for the next month:

·        April 10 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Library, Computer, and Research Skills for College Success – Jerome Library, Bowling Green State University

·        April 18 – 9 am – 3:45 pm – Assessment Ready: Collaborations to Impact Student Achievement – Hilliard Bradley High School, Hilliard, Ohio

·        Become an OELMA Mentor – We’re looking for “seasoned” librarians who are willing to be available, by phone or email, to offer support and encouragement to some of our newest members. If you are interested, please email me at


Happy Spring, OELMA, and Thanks for Everything!