Lynn Silipigni Connaway named Vice Chair of ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative
OCLC Senior Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., has been named vice chair of the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative, an initiative from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). This initiative is charged with helping academic libraries demonstrate their alignment with and impact on institutional outcomes. As vice chair of the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative, Lynn will serve as one of the leaders of the initiative. In addition, Lynn has been appointed a committee member. Her role on the committee includes identifying opportunities for the promotion and advancement of academic libraries. Her term on the committee is for two years and her term as vice chair is 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014.
Lynn also has been elected to the Executive Board of Directors of Beta-Phi-Mu, which is the International Library & Information Studies Honor Society. Beta Phi Mu was founded in 1948 by a group of leading librarians and library educators to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students. The motto, Aliis inserviendo consumor, meaning "Consumed in the service of others" was selected by the founders based on the concept of dedication of librarians and other information professionals to the service of others. Eligibility for membership in Beta Phi Mu is by invitation of the faculty from an American Library Association accredited professional degree program. Lynn is a Director-At-Large on this board, which is the governing body of Beta Phi Mu. Her term on this board is 2013 – 2015.
At OCLC, Lynn leads the OCLC Research User Behavior Studies & Synthesis activity theme.
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