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Press Release: OCLC [September 17, 2012]

OCLC Research scientist elected to Board of Directors of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 17 September 2012—Senior Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D. has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

"It is an honor to be elected to the ASIS&T Board of Directors," Dr. Connaway said. "I look forward to working with the ASIS&T board and the membership to provide value to information researchers and professionals by more fully developing an association that engages participation in ASIS&T conferences and ASIS&T-sponsored professional and research activities."

The ASIS&T Board of Directors constitutes the policy-making body for the organization, and generally oversees the affairs of the Society. Two of the six Directors-at-large are elected annually by ballot from among the voting members of the Society for terms of three years. The new board convenes following the organization's annual business meeting, which will occur this year on October 30 at the close of the 75th Annual Meeting in Baltimore Maryland. The board meets at least twice a year.

"We are really pleased that the ASIS&T community has bestowed this honor on Lynn," said Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC Research, and Chief Strategist. "We hope it enriches the interactions between OCLC Research and the diverse information communities it serves."

Dr. Connaway leads the OCLC Research User Behavior Studies & Synthesis activities theme. Her responsibilities include research projects that directly involve OCLC libraries and users as well as collaborative investigations of digital information seekers, users in the virtual research environment, and digital "visitors" and "residents"; and IMLS-funded grant projects to study virtual reference and social question and answer services and the behavior patterns of college and university information seekers.

She earned the Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Library Science from Edinboro State University. In addition to her activities with ASIS&T, Dr. Connaway has been actively involved in numerous committees within the American Library Association, including its Association for College and Research Libraries Research Planning and Review Committee, and the ALA Committee on Accreditation. She also is a member of the Association of Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE).

The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) supports a range of efforts to improve access to information and advance the information sciences and related applications of information technology. The Society seeks to stimulate participation and interaction among its members, encourages and supports personal and professional growth, works to increase the influence of information professionals among decision-makers, promotes informed policy on national and international information issues, and supports the advancement of research and development in basic and applied information science.

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat on the Web at For more information, visit

OCLC Research is one of the world's leading centers devoted exclusively to the challenges facing libraries in a rapidly changing information environment. It works with the community to collaboratively identify problems and opportunities, prototype and test solutions, and share findings through publications, presentations and professional interactions. For more, visit

Summary: Senior Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D. has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.
Publication Year:2012
Type of Material:Press Release
Date Issued:September 17, 2012
Company: OCLC

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