Mayo to present 2009 Dr. Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture

Contact: Isaac Tufvesson

Communications Specialist, ALA OLOS

(312) 280-2140


For Immediate Release

March 10, 2009

CHICAGO – Kathleen Mayo, head of Outreach Services for the Lee County Library System headquartered in Ft. Myers, Fla, will present the 2009 Dr. Jean E. Coleman Outreach Lecture for the American Library Association’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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 “The Challenges and Opportunities of Serving America’s Elders," will look at the American population as it ages and how libraries are responding to the reality of true lifelong learning. Mayo will explore innovative approaches and broad thinking that have been successful in other arenas: examining our resources, partnering with dynamic community groups, engaging the energy of older adults and developing new models that work for our communities.

The event is sponsored by the OLOS Advisory Committee. 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.