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2021 OELMA Award Spotlight on Janie Kantner, Leadership-in-Action Award Recipient

OELMA's Leadership in Action Award recognizes an Ohio school librarian pursuing active leadership roles in local schools, in OELMA, and in national professional organizations (e.g. AASL, ALA). This award honors OELMA members demonstrating an ongoing commitment to leadership in the school library profession. This year, we have awarded Janie Kantner the 2021 OELMA Leadership-in-Action Award. Let's celebrate her award and also get to know Janie a little better! 

Q: What is your current career position and district/school?
A: Library Media Specialist, Canal Winchester Local Schools, Indian Trail Elementary
Q: How many years have you been a librarian/educator?
A: This is my 21st year as a school librarian and I was a public librarian for 2 years before becoming a licensed school librarian
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A: A sportscaster!
Q: Who has inspired you in your professional career?
A: I would have to start with Liz Deskins who was one of my very first instructors at Ohio Dominican University, all the tremendous OELMA librarians that have served in leadership roles, presented at conferences, workshops, and webinars, and also the awesome librarians that I am honored to serve beside in Canal Winchester......Cassie Dickison, Heather Baugess, and Lydia Tokarz.
Q: What book have you read more than once, if any? And why?
A: Other than picture books, I rarely read a book more than once because I have such a long "to read" list that I am always onto the next great read!
Q: If you could "meet" any character from a book who would it be and why?
A: Tie between Pippi Longstocking and Anne of Green Gables because they always make me smile
Q: Do you have a fun fact/unique talent you would like to share with us?
A: I once won a set of luggage on the old LIVE with Regis and Kathie Lee for answering the daily trivia question - the answer was "Throw Momma From the Trail"
Q: What was your first job?
A: I worked at the Bob Evans Sausage tent at the Ohio State Fair
Q: What is the furthest place you have traveled?
A: Rome, Italy
Q: What was your favorite book as a child and why?
A: The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner. I adored my second-grade teacher, Mrs. Kantner, and our read-aloud time at the end of each day was my absolute favorite. When she read The Boxcar Children - it just absolutely transported me and I was forevermore addicted to books and a reading life! Interestingly, I grew up and married her son and I became Mrs. Kantner!
Q: What is your favorite tech tool or app right now that you cannot live without?
A: Google Drive
Q: What inspires you the most about working in education and libraries?
A: Our tireless efforts to improve.

Congratulations to Janie Kantner for her continuous passion to lead by her actions at the local, state, and national levels, and thanks Janie for being a true champion for school libraries!