2018-2019 Honorees and Award Winners


NEO-RLS thanks all of our 2018-2019 Honorees for their contributions to the libraries of Northeast Ohio and congratulates the 2018-2019 winner of the Rising Star Award.


The NEO-RLS Rising Star Award

The NEO-RLS Rising Star Award recognizes an individual who has been working in libraries less than 5 years but is already making a huge impact and is, in fact, a rising star in northeast Ohio.  Individuals are nominated and the selection of the top 3 nominees and the Rising Star Award recipient is made by Beverly Cain, State Librarian, State Library of Ohio. 

The top three nominees this year (from left to right) were  Kalyn Kappelman, Branch Services Librarian - Generalist at the Warrensville Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library (nominated in her position as Training and Special Projects Coordinator, Reed Memorial Library), 
Angelica George, Youth Associate at the Heights Libraries, and  Tabitha Johnson, Branch Supervisor of the Tuscarawas Branch, Tuscarawas County Public Library System. 


We are pleased to recognize the winner of the 2018-2019 NEO-RLS Rising Star Award, Kalyn Kappelman, Branch Services Librarian - Generalist at the Warrensville Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library (nominated in her position as Training and Special Projects Coordinator, Reed Memorial Library). 

Kalyn began her library career at Reed Memorial Library through the State Library of Ohio’s Guiding Ohio Online AmeriCorps program. Her passion for teaching and technology led to greatly increased digital literacy in the  Ravenna community as she taught 80 classes to over 350 patrons in just two years.  When she became a Reference Assistant, and then eventually took on the newly created role of Training and Special Projects Coordinator, Kalyn expanded her work to include a focus on STEM learning for kids and teens. Recognizing a need in the community, she wrote and received two LSTA grants for new  technology to use both with patrons in the library and in partnership with the local school district. She deeply believes in the importance of community engagement and is currently part of an ILEAD group that is creating a website to promote librarians’ knowledge of asset-based community development. Kalyn has recently started a new job as the Branch Services Librarian – Generalist at the Warrensville Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library and looks forward to continuing to expand STEM education for all ages.