Diversity Awareness and Resources Committee

Committee Members | Goals and Objectives

The Diversity Awareness & Resources Committee is responsible for recommending ways in which the OLC can address diversity as it relates to the library profession in general and to the Ohio library community. Aspects of diversity include but are not limited to age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation and ethnicity. Through training, speakers, workshops, and publications, the Committee serves as a resource on diversity to the OLC and its membership.


Committee Members

Andrea Fisher , Chair (2019)
Lakewood Public Library
Work: (216) 226-8275  x127
E-Mail: afisher@lakewoodpubliclibrary.org

Ashley Gahm, Past Chair (2019)
Westerville Public Library
Work: (614) 259-5032 x2139
E-Mail: agahm@westervillelibrary.org

Esther Birkey (2021)
Bluffton Pubic Library
Work: (419) 358-5016 x236
E-Mail: birkey@blufftonpubliclibrary.org

Jennifer Hicks (2019)
Dayton Metro Library
Work: (937) 496-8857
E-Mail: jghicks@daytometrolibrary.org

Erika Hogan (2021)
East Cleveland Public Library
Work: (216) 541-4128
E-Mail: docefs@yahoo.com

Kim Mullally (2021)
MidPointe Library System
Work: (513) 360-6215
E-Mail: kmullally@midpointelibrary.org

Gena Smith (2021)
E-Mail: genasmithmlis@gmail.com

Board Liaison: Nick Tepe
PDC Liaisons: Janice Radl, Evan Struble


Goals and Objectives

  • Help to revise and improve the Diversity presentation for the OLC’s New Directors Workshop.
  • Start a Diversity Awareness and Resources blog, hosted by OLC to share stories of diversity and resources with the Ohio library community. Share news stories to OLC’s Facebook page of libraries serving diverse populations.
  • Create and cosponsor programs at every OLC conference in 2019.
  • Reach out to other committees and divisions to cosponsor programs.

Annual Report (PDF)