Who We Are

All ORTR services and activities are planned and implemented by a standing task force convened by the OLC Children's Services Division. Current task force members include:
 
Mandie Burns, Chair, Licking County Library
Marianna DiGiacomo, Stark County District Library
Deborah Dubois, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library
Janet Ingraham Dwyer, ORTR Liaison, State Library of Ohio
Kate McCartney, Marysville Public Library
Kathleen Moore, Dayton Metro Library
Carolyn Roberts, Dayton Metro Library
Celeste Swanson, Lane Libraries
Kara Walker, Geauga County Public Library
 
Current ORTR Trainers include:
 
Mandie Burns, Licking County Library
Carrie Burrier, Akron-Summit County Public Library
Marianna DiGiacomo, Stark County District Library
Deborah Dubois, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library
Lori Faust, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library
Janet Ingraham Dwyer, State Library of Ohio
Kate McCartney, Marysville Public Library
Julia Shaheen, Stark County District Library
Celeste Swanson, Lane Libraries
Krista Tokarz, Cuyahoga County Public Library
 
Additional ORTR contributors include Elaine Betting, Elisa Gallon, and Renee Hopper, Many thanks to these librarians who volunteer their time and expertise to create early literacy resources for the library community. The ORTR task force also acknowledges past Chair Krista Tokarz, past Training Coordinator Natalie Fields, past task force members, the original regional coordinators, and all Ohio librarians and library staff who support this statewide effort.
 
Special thanks to Justin Isaac, who redesigned and thoroughly updated the original ORTR website in 2011; Victoria Windsor, who researched, designed, and created the Ohio Early Literacy Crosswalk; Marie Corbitt, who developed ORTR's overview presentation on Prezi and compiled sources of early literacy research for the Research and Advocacy page; and Kristin Wilson, who recommended updates to the Student Learning content. Justin's, Victoria's, Marie's, and Kristin's participation was made possible through Kent State University School of Library and Information Science Culminating Experience (practicum) assignments at the State Library of Ohio. They each produced excellent, lasting work to benefit ORTR and children's services librarians around Ohio.
 
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Dayton Metro Library, and Columbus Metropolitan Library have provided additional resources to this project.
 
Website hosting is provided by the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN).
 
Photos in front page banners are from Ohio Library Snapshot Day and are credited to these libraries: Athens County Public Libraries, Cuyahoga Heights Public Library, Delaware County District Library, North Canton Public Library, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and Washington-Centerville Public Library.
 

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