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Lead Beyond the Library: What does the Director Liaison to Teaching & Learning Do?

By: Liz Deskins

Lead Beyond the Library – what is your superpower?  Do you like to plan and implement professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators in you building, in your district?  

The Director Liaison to Teaching & Learning is one of three new positions on the OELMA Board of Directors – so there is lots of opportunity for creativity.  The Director Liaison to T&L serves a two-year term and works with the Professional Development and Professional Standards sub-committees to establish and carry out teaching and learning planning and procedures in accordance with Board-approved policies. In addition, the Director Liaison oversees these functions: establishes, with Board approval, the competency focus for the year (see SLMS/Teacher Librarian Core Competencies); develops professional development centered on core competency; consults with Conference Strategic Committee (Conference), Immediate Past President (MidWinter); Director Liaison to Regional Representation about professional development; Director Liaison to Operations about leadership development; works with higher education institutions to establish graduate credit opportunities for OELMA professional development; develops plan, with Board approval, for delivering professional development such as face-to-face or online (webinars, courses, book discussions, blogs, etc.); develops plan, with Board approval, to certify completion of professional development (e.g., badging, certificates, etc.); consults with Communication Strategic Committee to promote OELMA professional development; informs OELMA members about professional development opportunities; reviews and revises, with Board approval, OELMA’s SLMS/Teacher Librarian Evaluation Rubric; reviews and revises, with Board approval, SLMS/Teacher Librarian Core Competencies; consults with the Kent State University SLIS liaison and the Ohio Department of Education liaison about updates related to licensure and academic and professional standards; Informs members about ESSA and school libraries; develops, with Board approval, strategy for defining Highly Effective School Library (AASL). 

If you have questions, contact a member of the Nominations Sub-committee.  You’ll find the OELMA Candidate Profile Form -2017 here –