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OELMA is proud to announce the authors and speakers for the 2017 Annual Conference

By: Jessica Klinker, Head Librarian at Franklin Heights High School, OELMA Director Liaison to Conference Strategic Committee

The OELMA Conference Committee is excited to announce our speaker line-up for this year’s annual conference, which will be held October 18-20, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel, Columbus-Worthington, Ohio.

To warm us up for conference, this year’s preconference speakers are OELMA’s own Angela Wojtecki and Trent Roberts, whom we know and love from their 100+ Best Tech Tools presentations each year. Angela and Trent will be presenting Mission BreakoutEdu: Tech Tools to the Rescue. During this fun, hands-on evening of learning, attendees will learn how to “Breakout” of the norm and create engaging learning experiences for all ages and content areas. Angela and Trent will demonstrate 4 new tech tools, Sphero, FlipGrid, Biteable Video Maker, and LittleBits, and introduce ways these tools can help educators differentiate instruction to meet learning standards. Then, attendees will get to participate in three different BreakoutEdu sessions, including one completely digital BreakoutEdu, demonstrating how these learning activities can be done with little to no expenses or special equipment. The tech tools learned throughout the evening will be the keys to unlocking the challenges in the BreakoutEdu rooms. This event is open to ALL educators and is only $25, so invite your colleagues to join you.

Then, on Thursday, Dr. Heather Moorefield-Lang, a former middle school theater teacher and school librarian, who currently serves as a professor at the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science, will present our opening keynote address. Dr. Moorefield-Lang specializes in emerging technologies and her research focuses on how technology can be used to enhance instruction in classrooms and libraries. In addition to her keynote address, Dr. Moorefield-Lang will also present a concurrent session on Thursday afternoon titled, “Delivering the Message: Professional Development Using Technology in Librarianship.” For a special treat, she will also be showcasing her background in maker activities at the OELMA After Hours TASK party on Thursday night. You can learn more about Dr. Moorefield-Lang at her website,

On Thursday, we are also welcoming an incredible, highly acclaimed author, Charles R. Smith, Jr. Charles R. Smith, Jr., when he isn’t competing on American Ninja Warrior (Catch him in the July 10th Cleveland episode!), has written more than 20 books for readers of all ages. His most recent book is 28 Days: Moments of Black History That Changed the World. Charles will be our featured author during Thursday’s luncheon, which is a ticketed event, so be sure to add that to your registration (no on-site tickets will be available)! He will also present a concurrent session on Thursday morning. You can learn more about Charles on his website,

On Friday, OELMA is pleased to welcome authors, Robert Beatty and Meredith Russo. Robert is the author of the best-selling Serafina books, but in his past lives, he was one of the early pioneers of cloud computing and is very active in robotics. Robert will be presenting our Friday morning keynote address and will also present a concurrent session on Friday about making book trailers. You can learn more about Robert on his website, On Friday, we also welcome Meredith Russo, 2017 recipient of ALA’s Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award for her book, If I Was Your Girl. Meredith will be presenting two sessions on Friday, October 20. You can find out more about her at

We will have books by all of these authors for sale at a discounted rate at our conference bookstore, Fundamentals.

Be sure to register for this year’s OELMA Conference, so you can hear from all of our great speakers and authors.