Lynn Silipigni Connaway named University of Wisconsin – Madison Information School’s 2020 Distinguished Alumna

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC’s Director of Library Trends and User Research, has been named the University of Wisconsin – Madison Information School’s 2020 Distinguished Alumna.

At OCLC, Dr. Connaway is responsible for research projects that involve OCLC libraries and users, such as developing the digital "visitors" and "residents" framework and an IMLS-funded grant project to study the behavior patterns of college and university information seekers. She and her collaborators have been recognized with numerous awards for their research projects and methodologies.

During livestreamed remarks at the iSchool commencement in May, Dr. Connaway traced accomplishments—and the research principles that guide her—to experiences and lessons learned in Madison.

“Earning my graduate degree at the University of Wisconsin—Madison was one of the best decisions I have made,” said Dr. Connaway. “It provided me with the opportunity to work as a librarian, a faculty member, a vice president of a dot-com and since 2002, a research scientist at OCLC. I never would have had these opportunities without the knowledge and skills I gained in the doctoral program.”

Dr. Connaway’s commencement address was introduced by Jennifer Younger, Executive Director, Catholic Research Resources Alliance, who was the iSchool’s 2010 Distinguished Alumna.

“Lynn is distinguished for her record of leadership, service, and scholarship,” said Dr. Younger. “She is internationally renowned. Her own scholarly work as well as her collaborations with other leading scholars has been highly impactful.”

View video from Dr. Connaway’s University of Wisconsin – Madison Information School’s Class of 2020 commencement remarks on the web.