Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist, has been granted the award of Doctor of the University by the Open University in the UK. The degree was conferred for Academic and Scholarly Distinction during a ceremony on 21 June in Edinburgh, Scotland.
This honorary degree recognizes Lorcan's leading contribution to the transformation of library services and culture, as they more fully embrace the opportunities presented by digital technologies.
Throughout his career, Lorcan's work has influenced library innovation, research and policy development.
Gil Needham, Associate Director, Information Management and Innovation, Open University Library Services, discussed Lorcan’s influence: "For those of us interested in the use of digital technologies to enhance and extend the provision of library services worldwide, Lorcan is a major source of inspiration and ideas and has influenced the profession with concepts he has presented in his blog and elsewhere including the ‘inside-out and outside-in library' and the idea of libraries as 'memory institutions.'"
"We are delighted to see Lorcan’s work honored in this way,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. "Lorcan's influence on libraries during his tenure at UKOLN, Jisc and OCLC has been extraordinary. His ideas have helped frame the way libraries think about their collective future."
Lorcan commented, "I am honoured and delighted by this award, and I am very grateful to those who helped to make it happen. The Open University is a magnificent institution and I look forward to strengthening the relations with academic and library colleagues there that I have made over the years. It is especially gratifying that the values and outlook of the Open University are so aligned with those of libraries generally."
The Open University's Charter includes provision for the Senate to award the Honorary Degrees of Doctor of the University. Individuals are nominated for these distinctions by members of the University and these are recommended to the Senate by the Honorary Degrees Committee, which is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. There are eight broad criteria within which nominations can be considered, including Academic and Scholarly Distinction.
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