Miranda Doyle Honored with the Oregon Library Association Intellectual Freedom Champion Award

Miranda Doyle smiling as she holds the Oregon Library Association Intellectual Freedom Champion Award

Miranda Doyle, adjunct faculty in Seattle’s Endorsement in K-12 Library Media program, recently received the OLA Intellectual Freedom Champion Award, which honors individuals or groups who show exceptional commitment to protecting intellectual freedoms in Oregon. Given by the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Oregon Library Association, this recognition highlights Doyle’s tireless advocacy for free expression and access to information.

Marie Felgentrager, Oregon Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee member, praised Doyle’s steadfast support during challenging times, recalling her important contributions. Felgentrager’s words, spoken at the Annual Awards Banquet during the OLA Annual Conference, echoed the gratitude and admiration felt by many colleagues: “Miranda’s calm approach helped in tense censorship situations; her clear explanations made others understand the importance of First Amendment rights. Miranda is a top-notch professional, always ready to help, share ideas, and lead sessions. Her skills are unmatched, and she’s inclusive in her collaborations.”

Doyle was the Intellectual Freedom Chair for Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) for almost ten years, initiating efforts to defend intellectual inquiry as censorship attempts rose across the state. Her time as OASL Intellectual Freedom Chair saw her provide crucial support to school librarians in censorship disputes, navigating difficult situations with skill and courage. Even after stepping down from her formal role in OASL, she continues to guide and support colleagues facing censorship.

In accepting the award, Doyle redirected praise to the frontline defenders of intellectual freedom saying, “I’m honored to be recognized, but the librarians fighting to keep diverse books on shelves are the real champions.” 

Beyond her work in advocacy, Doyle’s career spans various roles, from branch manager at the San Francisco Public Library to her current position supporting educational institutions in the Southern Oregon Education Services District. She has over 25 years of experience in public and school libraries.