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Reginald Brian Land

b. July 29, 1927, Niagara Falls, ON; d. Nov. 29, 2016, Georgetown, ON


1949 BA University of Toronto
1953 BLS University of Toronto Library School
1956 MLS University of Toronto, Faculty of Library Science
1960 MA University of Toronto (Political Science)


1953-1955 Toronto Public Library, Reference Library
1955-1956 University of Toronto Library, Cataloguer
1956-1957 Windsor Public Library, Business and Industry Division
1957-1959 Associate Editor of Canadian Business
1959-1963 University of Toronto Library, Assistant Librarian
1963-1964 Executive Assistant to the Honorable Walter Gordon, then Lester Pearson’s Minister of Finance
1964-1972 Director, later Dean, University of Toronto, Faculty of Library Science
1973-1974 Part time Commissioner, Canadian Radio-Television Commission
1973-1993 Professor, University of Toronto, Faculty of Library and Information Science
1978-1993 Executive Director, Legislative Library of Ontario
1993-2016 Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto


Land, Brian (1958). “City & trade directories published in Canada.” Montreal: Canadian Business.

Land, Brian (1961). Directory of business, trade and professional associations in Canada. 2nd ed. Montreal: Canadian Business.

Land, Brian (1962). Avenues of research: a businessman’s guide to sources of business information. Montreal: Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Land, Brian (1964). Education for librarianship: a memorandum prepared for the Ontario University Presidents’ Research Committee, Subcommittee on Librarianship. Toronto: s.n.

Land, Brian (1965). Eglington: the election study of a federal constituency. Toronto: P. Martin Associates.

Land, Brian, Vernon Ross and Samuel Rothstein (1965). Presentation by the directors of three library school. [Audio book]. [Moosejaw?]: Saskatchewan Library Association.

Land, Brian (1965). Library school curricula: [memorandum to members of the Sub-Committee on Librarianship of the Ontario University Presidents’ Research Committee]. [Toronto]: [s.n].

Land, Brian (1966). Library school quarters and space: the ideal. [Toronto]: University of Toronto, School of Library Science.

Land, Brian (1969). “New directions in education for librarianship in Canada.” Canadian Library Journal 26, 1 (Jan.-Feb.): 36–40.

Land, Brian (1970). A description and guide to the use of Canadian government publications. [Toronto: McGraw-Hill].

Land, Brian (1972). Sources of information for the Canadian businessman. Rev. ed. Montreal: Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Land, Brian (1972). Report of the director, 1928-1965. Toronto: Faculty of Library Science.

Land, Brian (1973-1997). Directory of associations in Canada. Répertoire des associations du Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Land, Brian (1975). Collection development and co-ordination in Canadian federal and government libraries: [Audio record]. Toronto: Faculty of Library Science, University of Toronto.

Land, Brian (1978). Sources of Information for Canadian business. 3rd ed. Montreal: Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Land, Brian (1980). “Toronto. The University of Toronto Faculty of Library Science.” Offprint from Encyclopedia of library and information science v. 30: 471-491.

Land, Brian and Linda M. Grayson (1981). Research Service to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario: a brief submitted to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, November 19, 1981. [Toronto]: [Legislative Library, Research and Information Services].

Land, Brian (1982). Memorandum to John M. Turner, M.P.P., Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, from Brian Land, Director, Legislative Library; re: question 263, results of testing by R.E.M.S. (Radiation, Environmental Management Systems Inc.). Toronto: Legislative Library, Research and Information Services.

Comments/ Accomplishments:

Brian had many accomplishments in his life. One of the high lights of his tenure as director of the library school occurred in 1972 when the School was upgraded to the Faculty of Library Science. He also implemented a new master`s programme and the first doctoral program in library science in Canada. He also planned the library schools 1972 move into new quarters in the Claude T. Bissell building.
“One of the great figures in 20th century Canadian Librarianship. He was a wonderful person and good friend to many of us. May he rest in peace.” Peter McNally
“I quite adored him and was grateful he was at the helm of FLS for my two degrees.” Sandra Black
“He was a friend, a mentor, a highly respected colleague and an example to us all. His life and his work enriched so many people.” Peter Hajnal


Globe and Mail, Nov. 30, 2016.
WorldCat for his publications.
Weihs, Jean (2017). “I remember Brian Land.” ELAN no. 61, Spring:11.

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