Director-at-Large, Lynn Silipigni Connaway



Lynn Silipigni Connaway

Lynn Silipigni Connaway is a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC Research who has experience in academic, public, and school libraries, as well as library and information science education and corporate and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining OCLC Research, she was the Vice-President of Research and Library Systems at NetLibrary, the director of the Library and Information Services Department at the University of Denver, and on the faculty of the Library and Informational Science program at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Connaway was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Sheffield, Information Studies Department, and has completed several JISC-funded UK projects to investigate users' behaviors, including virtual research environments and digital repositories. Connaway currently is collaborating with JISC and the University of Oxford to study studentsí and scholarsí engagement with technology. She also is mining WorldCat bibliographic and use data for another UK-funded Arts and Humanities Research Council project in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Sheffield. Connaway is working with colleagues at Rutgers University in an IMLS-funded project to investigate and compare virtual reference services (VRS) and social question and answer sites. She was the co-principal investigator of an IMLS-funded project to study and evaluate the sustainability and relevance of VRS, and a co-investigator on another IMLS-funded study to investigate the information-seeking behaviors of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. Connaway is the co-author of the 5th ed. of Basic Research Methods for Librarians published in October 2010. 

Connaway received her doctorate in library and information science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MLS from the University of Arizona. She has been a member of ASIS&T since she was a doctoral student and is a member of the Classification Research; Information Needs, Seeking and Use; and Digital Libraries Special Interest Groups. Connaway has served on many ASIS&T award and review committees and is a frequent ASIS&T conference presenter, in addition to serving as the Co-Chair of the 2011 ASIS&T Annual Conference. In this capacity, she worked with the Co-Chair to provide a program that would appeal to a discipline-diverse international membership and offering more refereed paper sessions than in previous years. 
ted for ASIS&T Book of the Year in 2011.