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Mrs. Kirkland

Rachel Kirkland



Mrs. Kirkland sees students for instruction every other week in addition to collaborating with classroom teachers in the areas of literacy and research. Over the course the year, students learn:

How to use the library

- Topics include the Dewey Decimal System, how to use the library catalog, using genres to find leisure reading

How to use reference resources

- Topics include how to use print and electronic reference sources and conducting focused internet searches

How to be responsible researchers

- Topics include copyright, plagiarism, paraphrasing, and citations

How to be a lifelong learner 

- Topics include using the public library, reading incentives, and independent learning resources such as Khan Academy


Mrs. Kirkland has been with Manassas City Public Schools as a Librarian since August 2006. Before that, she worked at the Library of Congress, The Urban Institute Library, and George Mason University Library. She received her undergraduate degree in English from George Mason University in 2000 after transferring from Northern Virginia Community College. In 2006, Mrs. Kirkland earned her Masters of Science in Information (Library) Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her passions are spending time with her family, attending concerts, reading, and traveling. Mrs> Kirkland has been to 14 countries and 40 states and hopes to add photography to her list of hobbies soon. Her favorite quote is "Be the Change you wish to see in the world" (Gandhi.) Mrs. Kirkland believes in the transformative power of education. She is a librarian because she wants to foster a love of reading, curiosity, and lifelong learning among her students and peers. For the 2022-2023 school year, Mrs. Kirkland's greatest hope is to get students to be active learners and critical thinkers.