OCLC Senior Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway to Speak at Te Puna Libraries Forum in New Zealand

Dr. Connaway will give a keynote address on changing user patterns for information discovery on Friday, 1 April at 9:15 a.m. NZDT (UTC 20:15).

In her keynote, Dr. Connaway will discuss the common themes from findings of 12 studies published in the UK and US between 2005–2010 identified in the publication, "Digital Information Seekers: Report of Findings from Selected OCLC, RIN, and JISC User Behaviour Projects." She will describe how libraries are viewed by both users and non-users as well as how the ways people acquire information are changing from national to global, linear to linked and print to digital.

Dr. Connaway also will explain how today's information seekers are looking for all types of information in both digital and physical formats, and how researchers are "squirreling" information and "power browsing." They "squirrel" downloads—conduct short, basic searches and spend little time actually using the content, instead choosing to download it in case they need it later. Researchers also "power browse"—use small chunks of information, scan very quickly, and view few pages. To continue to meet the needs of library users and to attract library non-users, librarians will need to develop new ways of providing services and systems.

The National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa in Maori) will host this two–day event, 30 March – 1 April in Wellington, to give its library users the opportunity to learn about, and discuss, new additions to the service, and international trends in resource sharing and cataloging as well as shape the future direction of Te Puna.

The National Library of New Zealand is an RLG Partner.

More Information

Learn more about Lynn Silipigni Connaway

Read "Digital Information Seekers: Report of Findings from
Selected OCLC, RIN, and JISC User Behaviour Projects"

Learn More About the Te Puna Libraries Forum

Learn More About the National Library of New Zealand

Learn More About the RLG Partnership

For more information:

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research