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October 22, 2014 - State Library of Ohio board member Krista Taracuk will receive the 2014 OELMA Outstanding Contributor Award

Photo of Krista TaracukState Library of Ohio board member Krista Taracuk will receive the 2014 Outstanding Contributor Award at the Ohio Educational Library Media Association’s (OELMA) annual conference awards ceremony on October 24th in Columbus.  According to OELMA President Susan Yutzey, “We are fortunate to have many dedicated individuals who contribute their knowledge, talent, creativity, and energy toward the promotion and development of the educational library/media profession in Ohio.” The Outstanding Contributor Award recognizes an Ohio licensed school librarian who has made outstanding contributions to the school library profession, while serving in OELMA leadership roles. Awards are presented each year to members who reflect the excellence of the organization and the profession, and shine in the spotlight as distinguished and outstanding educators.

Krista Taracuk earned the award for her contributions at the state, regional, and national levels. “I am so pleased that Krista is being honored with this award," expressed State Librarian Beverly Cain.  "She is a tireless advocate for Ohio’s libraries and works diligently to help our libraries continue to grow and become stronger."

Mrs. Taracuk taught for 35 years in the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools, the Cardington Local Schools and the Worthington City Schools before retiring in 2010. She also taught undergraduate library science at Ohio Dominican University for twelve years and served as OELMA President in 2011. She is now serving as a member of the State Library of Ohio Board and volunteering with the 2nd & 7 Foundation to promote literacy for under-privileged students.

October 17, 2014 - State Library of Ohio is seeking nominations for appointment to the State Library Board

The State Library of Ohio is seeking nominations for appointment to the State Library Board. Mr. Stephen Wood of Lyndhurst resigned from the Board effective October 31, 2014. The successful appointee will complete the current term beginning with the January 18, 2015 meeting and ending December 31, 2018.

The nominated candidate should have experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • As a board member or an employee of a public organization or institution
  • As a board member or former employee of a school, public, academic or specialized library.
  • In the development of equal access to information for all Ohio residents.
  • Changing technologies and their impact on libraries.

The State Library Board consists of five members appointed by the State Board of Education.  The Board ordinarily meets in January then monthly March through July, including a two-day retreat in April, and again in September, October and December.  For information on the specific powers and duties of the State Library Board, please see  Section 3375.01 of the Ohio Revised Code.  The Board will evaluate candidates’ diversity, geographic locations, and relevant experience and then select three names to be considered for appointment by the State Board of Education.

Current State Library Board members are:

John Myles, President, of Wauseon (term ends 12/31/2015)
Jennifer McKell, of Chillicothe (term ends 12/31/2016)
Krista Taracuk, of Columbus (term ends 12/31/17)
Melissa Hendon Deters, of Mason (term ends 12/31/2019)

Current or past board members or former employees of school, public, academic or special libraries will be given first consideration for nomination. However, it should be noted that a person cannot serve on a public library board and on the State Library Board concurrently.

The State Library Board has identified the following top strategic goals for the agency:

Goal 1: Support digitization efforts to widen access to the State Library of Ohio’s collection and increase resource sharing throughout the state

Goal 2: Position the State Library of Ohio to state government as the preferred channel for information

Goal 3: Brand the State Library of Ohio to reflect its promise to stakeholders for “A Smarter Ohio”

Goal 4: Expand access to resources in cost efficient ways through electronic channels

Goal 5: Lead innovation and development efforts for libraries to ensure ongoing relevance to communities across Ohio

Send a letter of nomination, plus supporting information such as a resume or curriculum vitae and letters of support, by November 28, 2014 to:

Jennifer Stump, Executive Secretary to the State Librarian
State Library of Ohio
274 East First Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201