My latest books are All Things Work for Good: Flora, Ananda Rao Samuel, and Pravaham* and Stepping Stones: Creating Communities of Peace and Justice. They were released on Nov. 17th, 2018, at Pravaham’s Silver Jubilee, 25th anniversary celebrations in India and will also be 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 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 OC Homelessness crisis. I started Irvine For Everyone, an advocacy initiative and community education campaign. The key tool I founded to help demystify homelessness is the I4E /Housing 4 Everyone digital library and housing hub. I continue to develop it as a passion project donating my professional skills and resources pro bono to help homeless and materially poor people.
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 leveraging libraries of all kinds to strengthen communities, 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 faith leaders, 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 and for establishing dLIST the first open access inter-disciplinary repository in the multi-disciplinary Information Sciences, in 2002.
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 and stories that inspire, uplift, and empower voices in the margins. Creative realism genres that combine the power of macro-social statistics and intimate, personal narratives are my specialty. Path of Grace my first read-aloud, diversity, children’s book was published in early 2015. You can generally find my books on Amazon. Some of my talks and community education classes are 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, 12/23/2018, the Fourth Sunday of Advent when Christians light the “Angel’s Candle of Peace
* There is a dangerous current of thinking that believes that human suffering and death are good. But there is also a Bible verse that offers a dramatically different truth. The full promise of Romans 8: 28 is rich and conditional: God works all things together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. God is good. God does not cause suffering. God invites us to love. Yet, when we lose loved ones or experience evil and suffering, evangelicals, despite books in the Bible, e.g. Lamentations, Psalms, Job, sometimes lack a place to be sad, ask questions, and express their anger. Questions and doubts are shutdown with the reassurance that “all things work for good.” Thus, the book’s title omits the “together” in order to draw attention to the difference. The stories inside highlight the Christian truth.
Photo credit: Stephen Georges (OC Register, 2015)