Three OCLC Researchers will present at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans

OCLC Researchers Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Thom Hickey, and Ed O'Neill will report on selected projects on Saturday, 24 June.

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, with Marie Radford (Rutgers)

"Facework in Chat Reference Encounters"

Library Research Round Table Research Forum, "Librarians as Research Subjects"
Saturday, 24 June 2006, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Morial Convention Center, Rooms 240-241

This presentation reports on the project, "Seeking Synchronicity: Evaluating Virtual Reference Services from User, Non-User, and Librarian Perspectives." See for further project details. The Seeking Synchronicity project is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and in-kind contributions from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and OCLC.

Thom Hickey

"VIAF – The Virtual International Authority File"

International Relations Round Table International Paper Session, "National Libraries"
Saturday, 24 June 2006, 1:30 p.m.
Morial Convention Center, Room 297

This presentation is available online at: More information about the VIAF project is available at:

Ed O'Neill

FAST: A Faceted, LCSH-based Subject Vocabulary

Saturday, 24 June 2006, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
New Orleans Marriott - Bissonet

Library Journal selected the FAST program as one of its "Picks" at ALA for Cataloging & Metadata

This presentation is available online at: For more information about FAST, visit the project page:

For more information:

Bob Bolander
Communications & Programs Manager
OCLC Research