Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC Research and has experience in academic, public, and school libraries and library and information science education.
She was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Sheffield, Information Studies Department, and collaborated on a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council project. Connaway has completed several UK projects in collaboration with JISC to investigate users' behaviors.
She currently is collaborating with JISC and the University of Oxford, with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, to study digital visitors and residents. She is the co-principal investigator of an IMLS-funded project to investigate collaboration between libraries and the Social Q&A community.
She is the co-author of the 4th and 5th editions of Basic Research Methods for Librarians, has published numerous papers in refereed journals, and presents her research in both national and international venues. Connaway received two other research projects funded by the IMLS – one to study and evaluate the sustainability and relevance of virtual reference services (VRS), and the other to investigate the information-seeking behaviors of academics.
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.