Dublin, Ohio -- 9 February 2017. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research, was recognized with the ALISE Service Award during the ALISE 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Connaway was recognized for "her sustained and regular service, her strong participation and advocacy for ALISE, and for her contributions as ASIS&T president."
"Students and other library users are finding new ways of getting their work done in a network environment. Lynn has made a significant contribution to understanding their needs and to helping libraries respond effectively," said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. "Through her research work, her community involvement and her partnerships, Lynn continues to make a strong impact."
Since 2005, Connaway has been Chair of the OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Program. The OCLC/ALISE Grants support research that advances librarianship and information science. In the 12 years she has been leading the program, 41 grants of between $15,000 and $25,000 have been awarded.
At OCLC, Connaway leads the OCLC Research User Studies activities theme. Her responsibilities include research projects that directly involve OCLC libraries and users, such as WorldCat data mining projects; JISC-funded 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 services and the behavior patterns of college and university information seekers.
She also is the project lead on the American Library Association (ALA) Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) "Action-Oriented Research Agenda on Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success." She actively has been involved in numerous committees within ALA.
Connaway currently is serving as President of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), and served as a Director on the Board (2012-2015).
ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) is a non-profit organization that serves as the intellectual home of university faculty in graduate programs in library and information science in North America. Its mission is to promote innovation and excellence in research, teaching, and service for educators and scholars in Library and Information Science and cognate disciplines internationally through leadership, collaboration, advocacy, and dissemination of research. For more, visit www.alise.org.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.