OCLC Research & Programming Directory

OCLC Research is organized around different areas of library research and ways libraries can engage with each other and library learning. The areas of the division are: Technical Research, Library Trends and User Research, the Research Library Partnership, and WebJunction. Explore the bios, projects, publications, and presentations of individual members of OCLC Research.


These researchers explore the areas of technical research, library trends, and user research. Their work spans a wide variety of topics that impact the library field from linked data to research data management and dozens of topics in between.

  • Brittany Brannon

    Brittany Brannon

    Senior Research Specialist

    Supports user and library research on information and research data seeking, evaluation and access in the digital environment. Expertise in qualitative methods.

  • Rebecca Bryant

    Rebecca Bryant

    Senior Program Officer

    Conducts research and leads RLP activities related to research information management, data management, campus collaboration, and more.

  • Heather Carter

    Heather Carter

    Associate Software Engineer

    Heather Carter works on user interface and front-end design of web applications for the Technical Research team.

  • Inkyung Choi

    Inkyung Choi

    Associate Research Scientist

    Focuses on data science and metadata research for next generation cataloging practices. Expertise in library structured data.

  • Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D.

    Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D.

    Executive Director, Research

    Leads user-centered research on library collections, policies, staffing, and users. Evaluates and assesses library programs.

  • Brooke Doyle

    Brooke Doyle

    Senior Project Coordinator

    Coordinates and contributes to research and writing projects in the Library Trends and User Research group.

  • Ixchel M. Faniel, Ph.D.

    Ixchel M. Faniel, Ph.D.

    Senior Research Scientist

    Conducts user and library studies related to research data management, reuse, and curation practices and online information behavior.

  • Rachel Frick

    Rachel Frick

    Executive Director, Research Partnerships and Engagement

    Leads the academic and research library engagement activities for OCLC Research through the work of the Research Library Partnership Program.

  • Gibi George

    Gibi George

    Senior Software Engineer

    Gibi George brings full-stack development to the OCLC Membership and Research Technical Research team

  • Kirk Hess

    Kirk Hess

    Lead Software Engineer

    Provides software development support for OCLC Research initiatives and consulting on Linked Data projects.

  • Lesley Langa, Ph.D.

    Lesley Langa, Ph.D.

    Associate Research Scientist

    Conducts and manages user and organizational research on access to and discovery of collections. Expertise in national mixed methods studies.

  • Brian Lavoie

    Brian Lavoie

    Senior Research Scientist

    Investigates collective collections, research support, the evolving scholarly record, organizing library capacities, and library data as a research resource.

  • Dennis Massie

    Dennis Massie

    Senior Program Officer

    Conceives and manages OCLC Research projects centered on sharing collections and coordinates the SHARES resource sharing consortium.

  • Kaitlin Montague

    Kaitlin Montague

    Research Assistant

    Supports the research team on user-centered research involving library collections, staffing, policies, and users. Expertise in qualitative methods.

  • Mercy Procaccini

    Mercy Procaccini

    Senior Program Officer

    Facilitates learning and engagement opportunities, including the Metadata Managers Focus Group and the Works in Progress webinar series.

  • Merrilee Proffitt

    Merrilee Proffitt

    Senior Manager

    Helps manage the OCLC RLP. Webinar & event wrangler. Wikimedia & libraries. Home base at the intersection of special collections & digitization.

  • Devon Smith

    Devon Smith

    Technical Manager

    Devon works for the OCLC Research Technical Research group.

  • Richard Urban

    Richard Urban

    Senior Program Officer

    Engages with metadata experts to understand evolving community goals that inform the direction of OCLC research, products, and services.

  • Titia van der Werf

    Titia van der Werf

    Senior Program Officer

    Coordinates OCLC Research work in Europe. Titia combines community of practice and research expertise in the archives and library profession.

  • Chela Scott Weber

    Chela Scott Weber

    Senior Program Officer

    Leads work related to archives, special, and distinctive collections for the Research Library Partnership.