Lynn Silipigni Connaway appointed to Chair of Excellence program at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
The objectives of this program at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) are to foster excellence in research by attracting top international researchers and scholars to the University thereby boosting its departments, institutes and research groups by increasing and improving international ties, as well as improving scientific-theoretical capabilities, developing stable collaborations and sharing teaching and research experiences with renowned researchers and scholars.
As a participant in this program, OCLC Senior Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., plans to work with the faculty and students at UC3M in Madrid throughout 2014, from February-March, May-mid-July and September-October. In addition, Lynn will work with the UC3M faculty to replicate the Visitors and Residents framework to study how and why individuals engange with technology and get their information. The UC3M faculty and Lynn, in collaboration with OCLC Research Senior Program Officer Titia van der Werf, and colleagues from other European universities and data research centers, will submit a European Union (EU) grant proposal to define the emerging roles of librarians and technologists to support data scientists. Lynn also hopes to attend and present our research at UC3M conferenceswork and also to work with librarians in Spain on library assessment and evaluation of services from the user's perspective.
This six-month appointment provides a unique opportunity to carry forward the scientific discourse on user behavior studies in a European context, where EU and national policies on Open Access to scientific data and the creative reuse of cultural heritage are challenging traditional information use patterns and user behavior. It will advance OCLC's mission to serve libraries, expand OCLC Research's capability for innovation, and further facilitate international collaboration between OCLC Research and library and information science professionals and scholars in Europe.
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