Called to write. Building social impact spaces. Doing research. Empowering learning.

20 years as a University professor, researcher, and digital librarian/manager has gifted me with interdisciplinary, information management, and communication technology skills.  I’m privileged by these diverse experiences of teaching graduate students at Research I universities, first generation community college students, publishing in ISI-ranked peer reviewed journals, serving as editor and peer reviewer for leading agencies and groups, and presenting at international and national conferences such as the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science Education, Knowledge Organization, and the European Conference on Digital Libraries.  Two of the many professional awards I received include:  From the ALA and Library of Congress for my pioneering work with Metadata education; and a Library Journal Movers & Shakers award given to those shaping the future of libraries, specifically for establishing dLIST the first open access inter-disciplinary repository in the multi-disciplinary Information Sciences.

My books and writings are experiments in creative realism genres that combine the power of  macro-social statistics, robust theologies, and intimate, personal narratives.  As an independent scholar, I am diligent about protecting my freedom to speak the truth.  I leverage my classic and digital library expertise to empower learning, help build strong communities, and improve information and communications justice for all people.

My goal is to make a difference.

Extending grace to all people, including faith leaders, publicly elected officials, and bringing a voice of hope and healing into polarizing situations is my hall-mark.  I’ve been called “Barnabas” after the New Testament character who was so encouraging that it became his name, a “change agent”, and an “innovation champion”.  I strive to live my values, a lifelong learner whose writings and workshops motivate and inspire us to build a better world.

I am the founder/curator of the Anti-racism Digital Library and International Anti-racism Thesaurus.  I also engage with the OC Homelessness crisis via Irvine for Everyone, a grassroots advocacy initiative and community education campaign.  To demystify homelessness, I created the I4E /Housing for Everyone digital library and housing hub.  I continue to curate it pro bono.  I am grateful to Presbyterian Women, Inc. for their faithful and interested support of these faith-filled social impact projects.

Reading, gardening, yoga, dance, volunteering, digital photography and droning, while also spending time with family and friends are some of my favorite activities.

Thank you for visiting.

Anita Coleman

Photo credit: Stephen Georges (OC Register, 2015) coverage of the Call to Prayer Action Vigil, New Hope Pres. Church in response to the Charleston Emmanuel AME Church, NC, shooting.



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