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2021 OELMA Awards Spotlight on Rob Kaminski, 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. Today we wanted to give a shout-out to OELMA’s current Director of Operations, Rob Kaminski and congratulate him for this honor. Let’s get to know Rob a little better!
Rob is currently the Library Media Specialist at Woodbury Elementary for Shaker Heights Schools located in Northeast Ohio.


Q: How many years have you been a librarian/educator?
A: 8 years
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?
A: Writer
Q: Who has inspired you in your professional career?
A: Librarians, both in Ohio, and nationally, leave me in awe. They are constantly adapting and creating new ways of engaging all of the members of the community they serve.
Q: Do you have a fun fact/unique talent you would like to share with us?
A: This summer my wife and I began a long-term pursuit of trying to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, by doing sections here and there as we can fit it in our lives.
Q: What was your favorite book as a child and why?
A: Hatchet by Gary Paulson. I loved nature and the thrill of the survival story, along with the deeper questions Brian was facing. Those are themes that still draw me into books today. I picked it up one day during my teaching internship, began reading on a random page and I could picture the exact place I was when I read that book as a child.
Q: What inspires you the most about working in education and libraries?
A: The students. My interactions with them cut through all the "stuff" that makes education challenging. I love seeing their eyes light up, whether that's from a booktalk, from showing them the Lego tables in the library, or from sharing that they can tell me what books we should order for the library.
Q: Would you like to say anything specific about your award and/or winning your award within your spotlight?
A:  I'm thankful that OELMA and its members empowered me to become a leader in my building and District. I learned to advocate for my library program and it has opened doors for me to make sure the library is respected as a hub of learning in my building.
Congrats, Rob on this honor and thank you for sharing your leadership skills and serving as OELMA’s Director of Operations! We are fortunate to have you on our team!