Chu selected to present 2008 Dr. Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture

Contact: Isaac Tufvesson
Communications Specialist, ALA OLOS
(312) 280-2140
For Immediate Release,
May 8, 2008

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CHICAGO – Dr. Clara M. Chu, an associate professor at the Department of Information Studies, UCLA, will present the 2008 Dr. Jean E. Coleman Outreach Lecture for the American Library Association’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The lecture honors the first director of the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services for her leadership in focusing the Association's attention on issues affecting the traditionally underserved and under-represented in libraries.

This year’s lecture, entitled "Dislocations of Multicultural Librarianship: A Critical Examination for a Liberatory Practice," will explore the essential role libraries as informational institutions play in whose voices are heard and their responsibility for providing equity of access to information and services. Models will be discussed that examine our knowledge, attitudes and actions towards liberatory practice, and developing critical multicultural librarianship.

The event, sponsored by the OLOS Advisory Committee, will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Room 209B. . For more information, visit or contact Isaac Tufvesson at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2140, or

The mission of OLOS, as a part of the ALA Member Programs and Services Department, is to identify and promote library services that support equitable access to the knowledge and information stored in libraries. OLOS focuses attention on services that are inclusive of traditionally underserved populations, and people generally discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, language and social class. The Office ensures that training, information resources, and technical assistance are available to help libraries and librarians develop effective strategies to grow programs and services for library users.