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May 13, 2013

PLS hires two new branch managers

NORMAN — The Pioneer Library System announced two new branch managers this week, Ashley Miller at Moore Public Library and Becky Pauls at Blanchard Public Library.

Miller, a fixture for several years in the Moore Public Library’s Children’s Department, began her new duties April 16.

“I absolutely love working at the Moore Public Library and am excited for my new role as branch manager,” Miller said. “I am passionate about library services and the connection between our library and the community. I look forward to my continued time at Pioneer and the exciting times for Moore to come.”

Miller came to Oklahoma via California, a small suburb outside San Diego called Poway. She is a graduate of the University of California San Diego with a major in anthropology and a minor in sociology.

“In college, I took a sociology of education course which looked at our education system and the different experiences children have based on their location and socioeconomics,” she said. “I was really inspired by this course and decided I wanted to enter the education field.”

Miller went on to work as After-School Program coordinator for the Poway Unified School District and found her true passion to be working for libraries. That led her to come to her mother’s home state of Oklahoma in 2008 to continue her education in that direction.

She lived and worked first in Stillwater and later came to the Pioneer Library System as a shelver at the Moore Public Library while taking classes in the University of Oklahoma’s School of Library and Information Services.

She since has worked as a public services assistant in the Children’s Services Department and took over as children’s services manager at the library in 2011 when Sheila Crosby was promoted from that position to be the branch manager.

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