OCLC Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway to speak at Simmons College Visiting Scholars Program, Friday, 30 March 2012

Connaway will speak on a panel as part of the program "The Future of Reference." The Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program honors the memory of the distinguished Simmons GSLIS teacher and scholar.

Connaway will present "'I have better things to do than go drive all the way to the library when I can just sit at home and type it into my computer.': Making reference services viable in a self-service information environment." (Read abstract below.)

The presentation will be part of a panel discussion at 2:40 p.m. with research colleague Marie L. Radford, Chair, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Radford will present "Will reference survive, thrive, or take a dive? Foreseeing opportunities & challenges."

The session will be moderated by Laura Saunders, Assistant Professor, Simmons College GSLIS.


Is the current model of reference services viable in today’s self-service information environment? The globalization of information has impacted the way we learn, work, communicate, and find information, which ultimately affects institutions of higher education. The Association of College and Research Libraries Top Ten Trends identify these issues and will be discussed in relation to reference services. Integrating reference services into individual workflows and marketing the services are crucial to the sustainability of a service that is greatly needed in an information intensive society.

Program details

Date: March 30th, 2012
Time: 2:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Location: Kotzen Room, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA

This event is sponsored by the Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program and is offered at no charge, although registration is required. See links below for more information about the event.

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Lynn Silipigni Connaway

The Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program

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Lynn Silipigni Connaway
Senior Research Scientist
OCLC Research

Robert C. Bolander
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research