Anita Brooks Kirkland

Anita Brooks KirklandAnita Brooks Kirkland is the 2014 president of the Ontario Library Association. With thirty years of experience in public education, Anita is now an independent consultant for libraries and learning. She is also a school librarianship instructor for the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Learn more about Anita at:

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Value, Influence, Positioning: Advocacy by a New Name
September 24, 2014
Value, influence, positioning. These three words framed the discussion at the OLA Advocacy Committee’s VIP Summit last February, and characterize OLA’s strategic approach to advancing the role of libraries. Old-style advocacy often constituted telling decision-makers what libraries needed from them. The new flavour of advocacy flips this approach to one that focuses on demonstrating the