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2021 OELMA Award Spotlight on Amanda Brasfield, Winner of the OELMA Emerging Leader Award

OELMA wants to celebrate our new OELMA Award winners by featuring them as part of our 2021 OELMA Award Spotlight series.
Let’s get to know more about Amanda Brasfield, recipient of the 2021 OELMA Emerging Leader Award

Q: What is your current career position and district/school?
A: Librarian at Findlay High School and District Librarian for Findlay City Schools
Q: How many years have you been a librarian/educator? Or your current career?
A: This is my 11th year as a librarian and my 16th year in education.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A: Growing up I wanted to be a veterinarian.
Q: Who has inspired you in your professional career?
A: Prior to being a school librarian, I was a Spanish teacher. As a new teacher and the only Spanish teacher at Walkertown Middle, the librarian, Gina Webster, was assigned to be my mentor. Her love of her students, creative programming, and innovative thinking inspired me to go back to school and get my MSLS, and her work continues to inspire me today.
Q: If you could "meet" any character from a book, who would it be and why?
A: When I was 8, I would have loved to meet Ramona Quimby. She was loud, daring, and curious and would have helped me to find my voice sooner.
Q: What was your first job?
A: Server at Villa Romana, a tiny Italian restaurant
Q: What is the furthest place you have traveled?
A: Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Q: What was your favorite book as a child and why?
A: Dr. Goat by Georgiana Illustrated by Charles Clement. Dr. Goat is the story of a dedicated doctor who is also a goat. His animal patients band together to take care of him when he falls ill. I love the illustrations and I treasure the memories of my grandma reading it to me. I can still hear her say, "Three cheers for Dr. Goat!"

Q: What is your favorite tech tool or app right now that you cannot live without?
A: Google Keep is my jam! It's like a portable Post-It, and you can share notes! I have my grocery list in there, and I can share it with my family who can add to it anytime. I jot down quotes, ideas, and recipes, and they are all ready when I am.
Q: What inspires you the most about working in education and libraries?
A: It's the students. They are bright and fun and bring so many different experiences to the library. It sounds cliché, but coming to work last year when there were no students in the building was terribly sad and zapped all my energy and creativity. The students are the lifeblood of the work.
Q: Would you like to say anything specific about receiving the Emerging Leader Award?
A: I completely fangirled when I was nominated for this award by Liz Deskins. I am honored to be recognized by someone I look to for learning and for deepening my practice.

Congratulations, Amanda on your Emerging Leader award! Your dedication and passion for leading OELMA as current Chair of the Communications Committee serve as an example of the amazing leadership skills you possess and will continue to build upon!