NFAIS is the premier membership association for organizations that create, aggregate, organize and facilitate access to authoritative information. The objective of the Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture is to recognize and honor those members of the information community who have made significant contributions to the field of information science and to NFAIS itself.
"Lorcan Dempsey is well-known and respected within the Information Community ...," said NFAIS President, Terence Ford. "His writings have often served as the catalyst for new thinking ... The NFAIS Board is very pleased to bestow our organization's highest honor upon him."Dempsey expressed both surprise and pleasure when contacted about his selection as this year’s Miles Conrad Lecturer. "It is quite an honor to receive the Miles Conrad Award, especially when one looks at the impressive list of those who have been chosen in the past," said Dempsey. "I am surprised and humbled to join their ranks and most appreciative of NFAIS for their recognition of my work. And I also want to thank the librarians and other information professionals with whom I have collaborated over the years, because it is together that we are shaping a new global information environment."