Dr. Anita Coleman is passionate about helping people, groups, and organizations to make a difference in our world. An expert in categorization, metadata, and information and communication technologies, she helps clients in higher education, libraries, and community organizations manage change and digital disruptions transparently. Interdisciplinary problem-solving, equity-minded programming, and inclusive, transformational service design and delivery are her signature strengths.
Dr. Coleman received her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Joining the program at a critical time for information management, she received an interdisciplinary education. Her doctoral dissertation, Towards the Design of a Hypermedia Journal, studied user behaviors, and analyzed review journals in the health sciences, in order to identify categories of information work and design user centered tools to support them. She used the emerging WWW technologies and standards to transform a print review journal, and created a proof-of-concept system for reference services in hospital and academic libraries.
Dr. Coleman has been a faculty at the University of Arizona, Tucson, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and San Jose State University. She has been a researcher at the University of California at Santa Barbara, a professor-manager in two California community colleges, director of technical services in a 12-campus private university library, and a librarian in a private residential high school. Her original research findings have been published in ISI-ranked peer reviewed Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science Education, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Journal of Documentation, Knowledge Organization and presented at international and national conferences such as the American Library Association, American Society for Information Science and Technology, European Conference on Digital Libraries, International Society for Knowledge Organization, International Federation of Library Associations, and the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries.
Dr. Coleman’s professional honors include: Library Journal Movers & Shakers for her scholar-activism as a “freedom fighter” and establishing dLIST the first open access repository in the multi-disciplinary Information Sciences; American Library Association / Association for Library and Technical Services and the Library of Congress for Metadata Education; Digital Library Special Interest Group chair and leadership from the American Society for Information Science and Technology; Outstanding Faculty award for teaching, School of Information, University of Arizona, Tucson, 10 years of leadership and service from the Learning Resources Association of the California Community Colleges, and others.
In recent years, Dr. Coleman has been working with communities, civic organizations, and businesses grappling with the problems caused by information technologies and cultural diversity. To power social equity and harmony, Dr. Coleman harnesses a trauma-informed, global, interdisciplinary, and multi-cultural information sciences approach. Her books and creative writing fire the human imagination and foster a sense of belonging. In her lectures, interactive presentations, and workshops, she combines literary and library research, statistical and qualitative data, with intimate, personal narratives. She builds customized, and user-centered digital libraries that offer reliable, trusted information to increase data and information literacy skills. Dr. Coleman brings hope and healing into polarizing situations. She has been called a change agent, global thinker, and truth-teller. Her current research revolves around IDEA+.
In her spare time, and not all at the same time, Dr. Coleman enjoys dancing, reading, gardening, practicing yoga and mindfulness, volunteering, digital photography, drone videography, video gaming, and spending time with family and friends.
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