Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research
Lynn Silipigni Connaway leads the OCLC Research User Behavior Studies & Synthesis 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—with the University of Oxford—digital "visitors" and "residents"; and IMLS-funded grant projects to study virtual reference services and the behavior patterns of college and university information seekers. Lynn 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."
In addition to her current international collaboration with the University of Oxford, Lynn was awarded the 2014 Chair of Excellence at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) in the Departmento de Biblioteconomía y Documentación, where she worked with faculty and students on user behavior research. She also was a visiting scholar in 2014 at the Royal School of Library and Information Science at the University of Copenhagen where she taught qualitative research methods and collaborated with faculty on user behavior studies. Lynn also was a visiting researcher at the University of Sheffield, Department of Information Studies for the Fall 2009 term, where she collaborated with faculty on WorldCat log analysis and user behavior studies.
Prior to joining OCLC Research, Lynn was the vice president of Research and Library Systems at NetLibrary. She also was director of the Library and Information Services Department at the University of Denver, where she taught several courses in library and information science. During her tenure there, Lynn conducted research on the subjects of organization and access of electronic documents, as well as the education of information professionals. She also has served on the faculty of the University of Missouri, Columbia and as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Lynn Silipigni Connaway earned the Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Library Science from Edinboro State University.
Connaway has been actively involved in numerous committees within the American Library Association (ALA), including Vice-chair (2011-12) / Chair (2012-13) of its Library Research Round Table, and Vice-chair (2009-11) / Chair (2011-12) of the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Research Planning and Review Committee and Vice-Chair (2013-2014) / Chair (2014-2015) of the Value of Academic Libraries Committee. She has served on the ALA Committee on Accreditation and is a member of the Association of Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE). She also is a member of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and served as a Director on the Board (2012-2015) and is the current President.
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