Satia Orange to deliver 2019 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/14/2019


Amber Hayes

Program Officer, Outreach and Communications

Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

CHICAGO – Satia Orange, the first director of ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach (OLOS) which is now the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), will deliver the 2019 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture during ALA’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The lecture will take place from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 in room 146B in the Washington Convention Center.

Satia Orange was the Director of OLOS from 1997-2009 and under Orange’s passionate leadership and advocacy, OLOS broadened the association's support and celebration of traditionally underserved library staff and library communities, developed new ALA member units, and increased participation in events and activities, including the initiation of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration, Joint Conference for Librarians of Color (JCLC), and Bookmobile Day at ALA Annual. Through these initiatives and cooperation from ALA members and affiliates, Orange was able to increase member engagement across ALA.

Orange was the driving force behind the inception of the Sunrise Celebration, as well as its continued observance as a revered tradition at Midwinter. In 2017, Orange was honored with the American Library Association Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) Distinguished Librarian Award.

The lecture series honors Dr. Jean E. Coleman, the first director of the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services for her leadership in focusing the Association's attention on issues affecting traditionally underserved and underrepresented people in libraries, particularly Native American peoples and adult learners.

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The Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture is open to all Annual Conference attendees. This year’s event is coordinated by the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory Committee: Martin L. Garnar, Chair; Paulita Aguilar, Angela J. Burnes, Shauntee Burns-Simpson, Jane L. Cothron, Nicanor Diaz, Martha L. Goddard, George E. Gottschalk, IV, Paolo P. Gujilde, Clara Harmon, Twanna K. Hodge, Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada, Lisa L. Lewis,  Melinda Maria Livas, Jennifer R. Maguire-Wright, Michelle Pantoja McKinney, Phylissa Mitchell, Susan Parkins, Kevin Reynolds, Jeffrey Sowder, Barbara Zalazar Torreon, and Fu Zhuo.

Satia Orange was selected as the 2019 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach  Lecture by a sub-committee within the ODLOS Advisory Committee. The sub-committee reviewed potential lecturers and agreed, as a sub-committee, on Satia Orange’s selection. The 2019 sub-committee is comprised of Angela Barnes, Ana Campos, Sabine Dantus, Katherine Rojas, John Sandstrom, and Cara Stone.


The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services supports library and information science workers in creating safe, responsible, and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. To accomplish this, we decenter power and privilege by facilitating conversations around access and identity as they impact the profession and those we serve. We use a social justice framework to inform library and information science workers' development of resources. We strive to create an association culture where these concerns are incorporated into everybody's everyday work.