2015 Candidate for President-Elect


Lynn Silipigni ConnawayLynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, leads the User Studies Activities at OCLC Research. Lynn has held visiting research positions and an endowed chair for research at several international universities. She has received research funding from the IMLS in the US, Jisc, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK. Connaway is co-author of the 4th and 5th editions of Basic Research Methods for Librarians and has authored numerous other publications. She received her doctorate in LIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MLS from the University of Arizona. Lynn has been a member of ASIS&T since she was a doctoral student. She also is a member of the Central Ohio ASIS&T Regional Chapter, the ASIS&T SIG USE, and the Digital Libraries SIG.  Currently Lynn serves as a Director-at-Large on the ASIST Board and has served on various ASIS&T committees including Co-Chair of the 2011 ASIS&T Annual Conference. Find out more about Lynn at http://www.oclc.org/research/people/connaway.html.

Position Statement:

I believe it is imperative in today’s globalized information environment for ASIS&T to provide value to its members. As President, I would utilize what we learned from our current and prospective members during the strategic planning process to strengthen ASIS&T. I would work with the Board and membership to:

  • Continue to attract an international membership by drawing on the experiences and knowledge of members outside North America.
  • Focus on students, early-career professionals, and researchers by offering career development, mentoring opportunities, and additional ways for participation at Annual Meetings.
    • Explore venues for offering more scholarships for research and conference attendance.
  • Facilitate new forms of member engagement in addition to the Annual Meeting.
    • Provide more refereed publishing and presentation opportunities in multiple formats, such as webinars, conferences, and online subject-specific publications.
  • Promote and support the value of the SIGs and Chapters through our web site and social media.
    • Develop promotional materials for SIGs and Chapters to communicate their value and the value of ASIS&T membership
  • Work with JASIS&T Editorial Board to continue to identify ways to shorten the time of article acceptance to early view online to online publication of the journal issue.

Based on these goals, I will work with the Board and membership to develop an association that entices students, researchers, and professionals to become new and returning ASIS&T members, and engages our membership to participate in ASIS&T conferences and ASIS&T-sponsored professional and research activities.