Anita Brooks KirklandAnita Brooks Kirkland


Chair, Canadian School Libraries
Past-President (2014), Ontario Library Association

As a writer, presenter and consultant, Anita Brooks Kirkland specializes in the areas of information and digital literacy and the role of the school library learning commons. She draws on her extensive experience as a teacher educator, both as an instructor in teacher-librarianship for the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, and in her previous role as the Consultant for K-12 Libraries at the Waterloo Region District School Board. Anita was a contributing writer to Together for Learning, Ontario’s guideline document for the school library learning commons. Anita is very active in professional organizations, currently serving as chair of Canadian School Libraries. She was the 2014 president of the Ontario Library Association, and has also served as president of the Ontario School Library Association (2005) and co-chaired The Association of Library Consultants and Coordinators of Ontario (2011-13). More…


I offer presentations and interactive workshops on a variety of topics related to the school library learning commons, information literacy and digital literacy. Past presentations are archived on this website.

Libraries and Learning

This area of  the website serves as an entry point for exploring the mission of the school library learning commons, and as a support for professional learning for teacher-librarians and other educators.