The Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) will honor Jenny Takeda, GTEP ’98, MS ’99, LIB ’01, at their annual conference on October 12-13, in Seaside, Oregon. She is OSLA’s District Librarian of the Year and will accept the award with mixed feelings since having her library media position eliminated in last spring’s round of Beaverton School District budget cuts.
For the last nine years at Beaverton she was the district’s coordinating librarian, overseeing all the district’s libraries, including training and support for technology systems. One large task included migrating the digital Horizon circulation system from a DOS to a Windows-based platform.
Her award submission was supported by 15 school and district personnel nominations – a record number for the OASL.
“Jenny is one in a million and an outstanding example of what a school librarian should be,” says Ruth Murray, who advises in the GSE’s Library Media program and is a past president of the association.
She is a Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) graduate and has a master’s in curriculum and instruction. She also earned her library media endorsement at PSU. Ms. Takeda was offered a third-grade position at Beaverton, but has declined since she prefers to work in library media.
Beaverton School District, which has 51 schools and 39,000 students, has eliminated all but one full-time school librarian. Ms. Takeda currently works as a substitute teacher in the district and occasionally provides training to library assistants.