Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Lynn Silipigni Connaway is a Senior Research Scientist for OCLC. Her responsibilities include research projects that directly involve OCLC libraries, such as the Comparative Collection Assessment Project and other WorldCat data mining projects, including WorldCat transaction log analysis. She was the co-principal investigator with Marie L. Radford of Rutgers University in an IMLS-funded grant project studying virtual reference services. Lynn also was a co-investigator of a collaborative project with the Ohio State University, also funded by an IMLS grant, studying the behavior patterns of college and university information seekers.
Lynn earned a PhD in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, an MLS from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s in library science from Edinboro State University. Prior to joining OCLC Research, Lynn was Vice President of Research and Library Systems at the NetLibrary division of OCLC. She also was Director of the Library and Information Services Department at the University of Denver. She has served on the faculty of the University of Missouri, Columbia and as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Lynn’s wide-ranging and deep experience within the library community makes her a popular speaker on topics related to library research, Library 2.0, how people get their information (with emphasis on Millennials and Screenagers) for making the library more accessible and virtual reference.