Dublin, OH -- 5 September 2019. The Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) has announced that Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., Director, Library Trends and User Research, OCLC Research, is the 2019 recipient of the Watson Davis Award for Service.
The award recognizes an individual member of the Association who has shown continuous dedicated leadership in and service to ASIS&T, and made substantial and lasting contributions to its governance, chapters, special interest groups, committees, and publications.
"Dr. Lynn Connaway is an undisputed and outstanding contributor to ASIS&T," said Professor Nadia Caidi, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, and a Past President of ASIS&T. "She has been on the board for a record number of years, has chaired one of our annual meetings, has been the liaison of numerous committees, mentored generations of ASIS&T members, and spearheaded countless initiatives. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the Watson Davis Award."
Connaway's responsibilities in OCLC Research include projects that directly involve OCLC libraries and users, such as developing the digital "visitors" and "residents" framework and an IMLS-funded grant project to study the behavior patterns of college and university information seekers. She is also working on an IMLS-funded grant project to identify, synthesize, and share knowledge and resources that will help public libraries address the opioid epidemic in the United States.
"Lynn and her research team are very keen to do work that helps evolve the library profession and strengthen libraries," said Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC Membership and Research, and Chief Strategist. "Her work on the visitors and residents model of information use and her current work on libraries and the opioid crisis are good examples. We are very pleased that her contribution is recognized in this way. It is richly deserved."
Connaway is Past President of ASIS&T and was Chair of the American Library Association Association of College and Research Libraries Value of Academic Libraries Committee. She held the Chair of Excellence position at the Departmento de Biblioteconomía y Documentación at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, was a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, and a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Information Studies at the University of Copenhagen, formerly the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark.
"I am honored to receive the Watson Davis Award which commemorates the founder of ASIS&T," said Connaway. "The Association has been my scholarly home since I was a doctoral student. I always have been enthusiastic to work on committees and initiatives to better serve the Association membership and to advance our scholarly and professional community, and I hope to have the opportunities to continue to contribute to the Association."
Connaway will receive her award at the 2019 meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, 19–23 October 2019.
About the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is the only professional association that bridges the gap between information science practice and research. For 80 years, ASIS&T has been leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information. ASIS&T members—thousands of researchers, developers, practitioners, students, and professors in the field of information science and technology from 50 countries around the world—have made ASIS&T an important part of their professional development. Members share a common interest in improving the ways society stores, retrieves, analyzes, manages, archives and disseminates information.
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.