On July 3, 1970, the ALA Council voted to establish the Office for Library Service to the Disadvantaged --which became OLOS. Dr. Jean E. Coleman was the first Director.
The merger of the American Library Association OLOS and the Office for Diversity means a fading of understanding about the foundations of OLOS. When Dr. Carla Hayden was ALA President she commissioned a history of Equity of Access and the American Library Association.
|Dr. Carla D. Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore,|
2015 Coleman Lecturer.
|Dr. Jean E. Coleman ALA Office for Library Outreach Services|
-----from Rocks in the Whirlpool: Equity of Access and the American Library Association which provides some of the historical context of the efforts of the American Library Association (ALA) to define, extend, protect and advocate for equity of access, focusing on central tendencies rather than internal debate.