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OELMA Supports the 2021 Library Leadership Ohio Institute with Two OELMA Scholarships

The OELMA Board of Directors at its February meeting approved offering two LLO scholarships to OELMA members who are selected to participate in the 2021 Library Leadership Ohio Institute.  The application deadline for the LLO scholarship is May 1. The deadline to apply for the Institute is March 14.  To apply for Library Leadership Ohio Institute 2021 click here.


The State Library of Ohio and OhioNET, together, are bringing the Institute to Ohio librarians this summer.  It is live, online on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons over the span of three weeks in July and August. The Institute’s mission is to develop: 


…..great libraries by developing great leaders. We offer exceptional programs focused on personal development and transferable leadership skills, while fostering connections and collaboration within Ohio’s diverse library community.


According to the State Library of Ohio’s website, this year’s LLO will feature guest speakers known nationally and statewide who will speak to important topics in librarianship and leadership.  The program welcomes any library employee working in public, school special, and academic libraries.  School library media specialist, Ashley Aldrich, received the Library Leadership Ohio Scholarship last year.  Here is what she has to say about the experience.


"Participating in LLO was such an amazing experience.  I felt truly inspired by the speakers and the opportunity to hear perspectives from librarians across the profession and not just school librarians.  One of our sessions involved identifying our strengths and how we can utilize them to improve our leadership. I've taken this activity and used it with my students in a college success course with much success.  I also feel that the ideas and motivation from this event made me more comfortable taking my ideas to my administration and being more confident as a leader.  I wish I could attend every year."


Once the selections have been made by LLO in mid-May, the Awards Sub-Committee, under the leadership of Gayle Schmuhl, will select the two scholarship recipients.  Each recipient will receive $200 to cover the cost of the Institute.  OELMA will announce the LLO scholarship recipients in late May.


Since 2000, a number of OELMA members have participated in the Library Leadership Ohio Institute. Most recently, Meagan Fowler (2018) and Ashley Aldrich (2020) have received the LLO Scholarship.


The applications to the Institute are due March 14.  Be sure and visit the State Library of Ohio website for the details and submit your application.  The form to complete for the OELMA LLO Scholarship is available here. The completed scholarship application is due May 1.