Digital Libraries. Global Anti-racism. Humane Information Technology.

Dr. Coleman’s research and development initiatives span both sides of the information coin: Organization of Information (cataloging, metadata) as well as Human Information Needs, Uses, and Users (bibliometrics, open access, and user centered design). In 2015 Dr. Coleman began to study the representation of anti-racism in library catalogs. She established the Anti-racism Digital Library to serve as a clearinghouse for information resources about people, groups, and projects who are building inclusive and caring communities and began to develop the vocabulary of global anti-racism.

2018-2019: I4E Digital Library

Orange County Great Park, Irvine

The I4E Digital Library brings together high quality, peer-reviewed research, evidence based information resources, and carefully curated community stories and creations about housing and homelessness. It exists to showcase research about housing in order to empower those who want to create permanent solutions for ending homelessness and increasing quality of life for all in Orange County, California.

2012-2018: Digital Publishing

Charis Research
Charis means grace.

A Voice for the Voiceless. Small press / print and digital publisher.

2002-2008: Digital Repositories

dLIST, Digital Library of Information Science and Technology was the fist open access archive / digital repository for LIS. I established it in 2002.

dLIST, an open access archive was developed as a global scholarly communication consortium for LIS. It helped usher new jobs and roles to libraries and Dr. Coleman received the prestigious Library Journal Mover and Shaker award for it. The Information Technology and Society Research Lab with the University Library and the Academic Office of Instruction and Support was a critical part of this R&D project as were the graduate library students. Students served as interns and grad library assistants. New workflows, policies and procedures for managing deposits, copyrights, metadata, collection development, digitization, and more were developed. Activists in the Open Access revolution, the grad students are now Library Directors. In the history of LIS schools they are the earliest Scholarly Communication and Digital Repository Librarians.

Research, Design, and Development Projects

Geo-technical Rock, and Water Digital Library. University of Arizona.

Learning Showcase, a portfolio web site for graduate LIS students. University of Arizona, Tucson.

ASC Online, a technology mentoring blog for graduate LIS students. University of Arizona, Tucson.

Knowledge Structures Toolbox, a web-based bibliography, praised and used by faculty in LIS schools, and cited in the classic textbook for the subject Organization of Information by Arlene Taylor. Later, it won an award as the Metadata Education Resources Clearinghouse. University of Arizona, Tucson.

Alexandria Digital Library, University of California at Santa Barbara.

A Teaching Digital Library / Integrating Information Competencies – California Community Colleges. CARL.

Migration to third generation ILS, Cataloging Continuing (Electronic) Resources (Dublin CORE, MARC 856) and CORC . RSCCD.

Hypermedia Journal / Information system development for reference librarians. PhD dissertation. UIUC.

Integrated Library System Implementation, Multiple Databases Access Service, and Catalog Enhancement (MARC 504). NUL, San Diego.

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