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2021 OELMA Awards Spotlight on Grace Hammond, Collaborative School Library Award Winner
09/23/2021

The Collaborative School Library Award recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school library media specialists and the school community through joint planning of a program, project, or event in support of the curriculum, using school library resources, and incorporating the AASL Standards. This year, we are celebrating a few school library media specialists! Let's meet one of them: Grace Hammond, a Media Specialist at Delaware Area Career Center. 
 
 
 
Q: How many years have you been a librarian/educator? 
A: I started working in libraries the day I turned 14! I've been a school librarian for 14 years but worked in public, academic, and special libraries before that.
 
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A: An explorer. (As a librarian, I feel like I got my wish.)
 
Q: What book have you read more than once, if any? And why?
A: My "go-to" book, which I usually have with me, is Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. I love this book for its fearless portrayal of human beings at their best and worst. The other book I read annually is Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan because I love the voice and I love the imperfect characters.
 
Q: Do you have a fun fact/unique talent you would like to share with us?
A: I lived in a yurt in Wyoming for almost 10 years and, during the pandemic, trained to be a doula. I love learning.
 
Q: What was your first job?
A: Shelver at the Oberlin Public Library.
 
Q: What is the furthest place you have traveled?
A: Probably South Africa.
 
Q: What is your favorite tech tool or app right now that you cannot live without?
A: Trello. 100%, Trello.
 
Q: What inspires you the most about working in education and libraries?
A: I believe in libraries, at their root and heart. I believe our field has always been progressive, adaptable, and revolutionary. I care a lot about integrating social-emotional skills, metacognition, and reflection as part of supporting students as "whole learners." I think this is the moment to bring that all together in new and exciting ways.
 
Q: Would you like to say anything specific about your award and/or winning your award within your spotlight?
A: I'm so honored. I'm also excited to share the Work Smarter Boot Camp with other librarians because it's a true work in progress and always growing as my program grows. I love collaboration and this conference is another way to do that.


Congrats, Grace, and thanks for your hard work and dedication!