Dr. Lotsee Patterson to be the 2002 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecturer

Contact: Beatrice Calvin


For Immediate Release

May 21, 2002

Dr. Lotsee Patterson to be the 2002 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecturer

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) announced that Lotsee Patterson, professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma is the third Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecturer at a program to be held Monday, June 17, 2002, during the ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta.

An enrolled member of the Comanche tribe, Patterson is one of the founders of the American Indian Library Association and has served as president.

Patterson has served on a number committees for various organizations, including co?chair of the Native American Pre?Conference to the 1991 White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services; ALA Council; the Committee on Accreditation; the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Board of Directors; and she currently serves on the ALA's Office of Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) Advisory Committee.

Patterson's awards include the Oklahoma Library Association's Distinguished Service Award; the United States National Commission on Libraries and Information Science's Silver Award; the ALA Equality Award; and the Beta Phi Mu Award for distinguished service to education in librarianship.

Best known for her work in developing tribal libraries for the past 30 years, Patterson continues to work with tribes throughout the United States and with indigenous librarians around the globe.

Coleman was the first director of OLOS. This lecture series is a tribute to her work to ensure that all citizens, particularly Native Americans and adult learners, have access to quality library services. The lecture series will continue to teach library professionals more about their roles in providing equity of access.