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OELMA Town Hall: Think Tank for All

Written By: Brandi Young (OELMA President & South High School Media Specialist - Westerville City Schools)

Happy summer vacation! What a crazy end to the school year. Many times as school librarians feel as though we are on an island. And with everything up in the air of what school (well, anything) will look like next year, I know many of us are scrambling trying to figure out how to create more of a virtual presence than we already have. Are we going to purchase eBooks and audiobooks? Are kids going to check out 20+ physical books? Are we delivering books to students? What does equal access look like? And the list goes on and on.

With all these unanswered questions, and if you are a planner like me, it can be overwhelming to be on this island. 


This is why I am so thankful for my tribe of amazing school librarians. I am thankful that OELMA is still able to offer virtual PD, as it is even more valuable now than ever. I also am thankful for the two OELMA Town Hall meetings we have hosted. Shout out to Ashley Aldrich and Susan Yutzey for getting this idea off the ground! 


The Town Hall meetings we have are all about talking, throwing ideas out there, answering burning questions, and seeing how other librarians across the state are handling this pandemic and sharing ideas on what they do in their libraries in general. There isn’t really a format but I have personally gained so much information from these meetings. 


With almost 200 librarians in total attending, there have been so many great ideas and resources that have been shared. 


All of the Town Hall meetings have been recorded and the videos and chats have been posted in the OELMA Schoology, so if you missed one, you can watch it anytime. 


Our next Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17 at 10:00 AM. We hope you can join us!