OCLC Research 2012: and the winner is…

We are doing a mini series of blog postings to reflect on some of our accomplishments in 2012. This posting is the second in the series.

Each year, OCLC Research staff are honored in various ways. This year is no exception and in fact we seem to have had a bumper crop.

In March, Ixchel Faniel won the iConference Award for her paper “Managing Fixity and Fluidity in Data Repositories.” The paper was co-authored with University of Michigan School of Information Professor Elizabeth Yakel and two doctoral students, Morgan Daniels and Kathleen Fear. This is one of the many contributions that Ixchel is making to help us understand data repositories and digital curation.

In May, colleagues Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Patrick Confer won RUSA’s 2012 Reference Service Press Award for their article “‘Are We Getting Warmer?’: Query Clarification in Live Chat Virtual Reference.” Lynn and Patrick co-authored the article with research colleagues Marie L. Radford, Susanna Sabolcsi-Boros, and Hannah Kwon of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

You can hold your applause for Lynn, because in November she won the ALISE/Bohdan S. Wynar Research Paper Competition for her article “Not dead yet! A longitudinal study of query type and ready reference accuracy in live chat and IM reference,” to be published in Library & Information Science. Lynn and Marie have done a lot to improve our understanding of chat reference (and in my opinion have done much to underscore the value of basic customer service in libraries).

In October, our colleague Jeff Young was honored as the 2012 Kent State University SLIS Alumnus of the Year, an award given to a graduate who has made a significant contribution to the profession. Jeff’s was selected because of his important work sing Linked Data to increase the presence and discoverability of library data and materials on the web. One of these days, Jeff should get an special award for helping to explain linked data to his colleagues, but we haven’t gotten our act together yet.

Research colleagues also continue to be your “friends in high places”: Lynn was elected to the ASIS&T Board of Directors; Brian Lavoie was elected to the Dryad Data Repository Board of Directors; Eric Childress was invited to join the NISO Content and Collection Management Committee; and of course Jackie Dooley began her term as president of the Society of American Archivists (we still do get to see Jackie from time to time, although most of her blogging these days is over at Off the Record).

Finally, OCLC Research received an award of a different kind — funding! In June, JISC extended funding for the project “Visitors and Residents: What Motivates Engagement with the Digital Information Environment?”. On our end, the work is being led by none other than Lynn Silipigni Connaway, who is working with David S. White from the University of Oxford. This project helps expand our transnational knowledge base about students and technology.

Congratulations to everyone, and best wishes for continued success in the new year.