OCLC Senior Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway Wins ALISE/Bohdan S. Wynar Research Paper Competition


Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Marie L. Radford have won the 2013 ALISE/Bohdan S. Wynar Research Paper Competition for their paper, “Not dead yet! A longitudinal study of query type and ready reference accuracy in live chat and IM reference,” which has been accepted for publication in Library & Information Science Research (LISR). This paper is based on work conducted in two projects jointly conducted by OCLC Research and Rutgers, and supported by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Connaway is Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research, and Radford is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Library and Information Science at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

The authors will be honored at the 2013 ALISE annual meeting in Seattle with a certificate presented at the Thursday evening Awards Reception. They will present a summary of the paper at a program session scheduled during the 2013 annual meeting (information forthcoming as the program is finalized; see link below).

Eminent library science educator, scholar, and business executive Bohdan S. Wynar is well-known to catalogers and cataloging students throughout the US for his classic book, Introduction to Cataloging and Classification. The purpose of the paper competition is to further stimulate the communication of research at ALISE annual meetings. Research papers concerning any aspect of library and information science are eligible, and any research methodology is acceptable. Papers are judged by the ALISE Research Committee, which may select up to two papers as prizewinners. All reviewing is blind, and considers the factors of: significance of the research problem, presentation of the relevant literature, design and conduct of the study, analysis and presentation of the data, and appropriateness of the conclusions. More information about the competition is available from the ALISE website.

Joseph T. Tennis, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington iSchool, also was a winner in this year’s competition, for his paper “The Strange Case of Eugenics: A Subject’s Ontogeny in a Long-Lived Classification Scheme and the Question of Collocative Integrity.”


ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) is a non-profit organization that serves as the intellectual home of university faculty in graduate programs in library and information science in North America. Its mission is to promote excellence in research, teaching, and service and to provide an understanding of the values and ethos of library and information science. ALISE serves 500 individual members and more than 60 institutional members, primarily in the United States and Canada.


Radford, Marie L., & Lynn Silipigni Connaway. 2012. "Not Dead Yet! A Longitudinal Study of Query Type and Ready Reference Accuracy in Live Chat and IM Reference.” Library & Information Science Research, 35,1. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lisr.2012.08.001. Preprint: http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2012/radford-connaway-lisr.pdf.

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