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LO School District's Miranda Doyle is the District Librarian of the Year for 2016

SUBMITTED PHOTO: LEIGH ARNDT - Oregon Association of School Libraries names Lake Oswego School District's Miranda Doyle, as the District Librarian of the Year for 2016.Oregon Association of School Libraries named Lake Oswego School District media specialist Miranda Doyle as the District Librarian of the Year for 2016.

“It's wonderful to get this award for District Librarian of the Year, and especially meaningful because it comes from an amazing group of school librarians,” Doyle says.

OASL President Peggy Christensen announced Doyle’s honor on Monday in a letter to the LOSD superintendent.

“Miranda is an exceptional professional, who is very well-known in state library circles as an advocate for young adults, an indefatigable champion for literature, a mentor, an educator and a stellar role model,” Christensen says in the letter. “In short, she is a remarkable woman.”

Doyle, who joined LOSD in 2011, serves all 10 operating schools in the district. She has duties including visiting K-12 classrooms to teach in areas such as research, technology and digital citizenship. She also trains library assistants at all the schools, selects library materials and participates in leadership activities.

Her hard work inspired her nomination, says her nominator and colleague Jenny Takeda, district librarian for the Beaverton School District. Takeda knows Miranda through the Metro Libraries Professional Learning Community, which includes mostly Portland metro librarians and a few professionals from other areas in the state. Takeda says as the only licensed teacher librarian in LOSD, Doyle has “an important leadership role to help support the other library staff throughout the schools.”

Takeda adds that Doyle “is very kind, approachable, personable and a go-getter. She’s really organized. I know a lot of people look up to her.”

Doyle also is active outside LOSD as the OASL’s Intellectual Freedom Committee chairwoman and also a K-12 representative on the Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee.

“The work that she does with that has a statewide impact,” Takeda says.

The award is for librarians who have that kind of impact, professionals “who demonstrate exceptional performance as a teacher, an instructional consultant, an information specialist, and leader."

Doyle credits her mentors and colleagues as instrumental in her success.

“So many Oregon librarians have mentored and supported me, answered my questions, and shared ideas with me over the past five years,” Doyle says. “I don't know what I'd do without them — they are my professional learning community and my friends. I'm overwhelmed and honored that they nominated me and then chose me for this award.”

She says she hopes that the award means that she’s doing a good job of making sure “students and staff have all the great books, technology, research databases, and information literacy skills they need to learn and succeed.”

Doyle says a few of her recent accomplishments include:

n Adding access to ebooks and downloadable audiobooks to school libraries, “especially the audio for students with print disabilities”

n Bringing more diverse books and titles in multiple language into schools’ collections

n “Helping teachers feel more comfortable using technology in the classroom”; and

n “Advocating for the privacy of library records.”

“Speaking from a personal perspective, Miranda has had a profound influence on my understanding of Intellectual Freedom — especially as it relates to students — and digital privacy rights,” Christensen says. “For many years, she has shared this knowledge as a session presenter and in written publications.”

She has writing experience as a former journalist-turned librarian, and an impressive pile of degrees.

Doyle carries a bachelor's from Stanford University, where she was the managing editor at the Stanford Daily in college. For six months, she worked at the Point Reyes Light paper in Point Reyes Station, Calif., before she enrolled in grad school. She earned a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She also has completed a teaching credential program at San Francisco State University. She served as a middle school librarian in San Francisco before she arrived in LOSD.

It was something of a homecoming. Doyle grew up in small Oregon coastal town, Langlois.

“My family moved to California when I was 14, but I'm so happy to be back in Oregon,” she says.

It seems that Oregon’s glad to have her back as well.

“Miranda is an exceptionally gifted individual and her keen intelligence is evident,” Christensen says. “But, what is very engaging about Miranda is her radiating acceptance and her good humor. People like her.”

By Jillian Daley
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Lake Oswego School District Superintendent Heather Beck shared Miranda Doyle’s achievement during a Monday meeting of the Lake Oswego School Board.

The board also discussed during a work session:

  • Whether to update the LOSD policy to disallow private tutoring; and

  • Whether to change a practice instituted this fall of having neighborhood associations and other groups get one free use of facilities per quarter. Many of the groups previously could use the facilities for free on a more regular basis.

    The board did not make a decision on either issue, and is waiting for the LOSD staff to bring back a recommendation to vote on.

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