Mission of LEEMC (Lake Erie Educational Media Consortium)
The mission of LEEMC is to make it possible for schools to provide quality library media services. This mission is accomplished by providing:
- Materials examination
- Group purchasing opportunities
- In-service programs
- A forum for professional communication
- Leadership in the advances for school librarianship especially in the areas of educational research and technology.
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LEEMC is a voluntary, cooperative effort created by school media specialists to reduce the costs of providing school library media materials and services, to provide a forum in which the needs for better service can be addressed on a regional basis, and to take a unified action toward improving school library services. Strong support has been received from the Ohio Schools Council and individual superintendents who have donated their time to advise the organization and to share their expertise.
LEEMC was established in 1981 as a library book purchasing consortium. In recent years, volume-discounted savings have also been secured for CD-ROM products, magazines, electronic periodical indexes and library/audiovisual supplies.
In addition to savings, LEEMC exhibits an average of 4000 books annually for pre-purchase examination with a professional journal review available for each book displayed, demonstrates new technologies, provides opportunities to preview new products, technologies, and professional development, and provides connections to other professional organizations that impact school library media centers at the local, state and national levels.
The Advisory Board is comprised of one representative from each member school district. The advisory board governs under its adopted by-laws and elects its own officers and executive board. The consortium is staffed by a director, a program manager and a secretary.