I am a writer, anti-racism educator, and lay theologian.
A limited set of my two books All Things Work for Good: Flora, Ananda Rao Samuel, and Pravaham and Stepping Stones: Creating Communities of Peace and Justice was released on Nov. 17th, 2018, at Pravaham’s Silver Jubilee (25th anniversary) celebrations in India. The books are also being published in the U.S.A.
My first anti-racism book Rise, Shine, Be Woke was a collaborative effort, first published summer of 2018. Available in print and ebook Kindle on Amazon, in October, this book is also available on the iTunes store as an Apple Book (iBook).
My major research and development initiative is the Anti-racism Digital Library (ADL/IAT). Since March 2018, I have become engaged in the current Homelessness in the OC crisis. I am the founder and developer of Irvine For Everyone, an advocacy initiative and community education campaign. A key tool to help demystify homelessness in Irvine and the south OC communities is the I4E /Housing 4 Everyone digital library and housing hub that I founded and am developing.
20 years of experience as a University professor, researcher, and digital librarian/manager, has gifted me with unique information management and communication technology skills. I enjoy designing sustainable systems, improving information and communication justice, and writing stories of the sacred lives of remarkable, ordinary people, in diverse communities. My goal is to make a difference. Extending grace to all people, including publicly elected officials, and bringing a voice of hope and healing into polarizing situations is my hall-mark. I’ve often been called a change agent. My writings and workshops inspire and help us strive to create a better world with “liberty and justice for all.” I am the recipient of a 2006 award from the Library of Congress for my pioneering work with metadata education and a 2007 Library Journal Movers & Shakers award, given to those shaping the future of libraries: in 2002, I established dLIST the first open access inter-disciplinary repository in the multi-disciplinary Information Sciences.
My research has been reported in peer reviewed journals and presented at international and local conferences and community gatherings. They include the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, European Conference on Digital Libraries, and civic/not-for-profit, interfaith, and church groups. In 2012, I began to write books that specialize in stories that inspire, uplift, and empower voices in the margins. Creative realism genres that combine the power of macro-social statistics and personal narratives are my specialty. Path of Grace my first “read-aloud,” “diversity” children’s book was published in early 2015. You can find my books on Amazon and some of my talks and community education classes on the old prototype ADL/IAT.
As an independent scholar, I am diligent about protecting my freedom to speak the truth. Neither the monies I receive for professional engagements nor any contract I enter into direct the substance of my talks and works.
Reading, gardening, practicing yoga, passionate service through volunteering, droning, and spending time with family and friends are some of my favorite activities.
Anita Coleman (last updated, 12/14/2018)