OCLC Research Fellow

OCLC is a nonprofit library cooperative providing research, programs and services that help libraries share the world’s knowledge and the work of organizing it. The needs of our members guide our actions and investments. Through a shared governance structure, librarians manage and direct the cooperative.

OCLC Research is one of the world’s leading centers devoted exclusively to the challenges facing libraries and archives in a rapidly changing information technology environment. OCLC Research has a position for a Diversity Fellow. The Job ID is 2585 and the position description and application information are available at http://www.oclc.org/careers/view.en.html.


The OCLC Research Fellow will be working on several research projects from Summer 2015-Summer 2016.  Our intent is to provide a rich learning experience.  The Diversity Fellow will have the opportunity to work on studies examining 1) how users are engaging with technology and content in order to identify ways libraries and librarians can better connect with those behaviors and 2) how libraries and librarians are responding to their research communities’ emerging needs for research collections and services that support contemporary modes of scholarship. 



Currently there are three ongoing projects in these areas. 

  1. Digital Visitors and Residents helps to identify the needs and motivations of students across educational stages when engaging with online services/resources, which will inform project and program designs to ensure maximum levels of uptake and engagement. Studies using the Digital Visitors and Residents framework are being replicated nationally and internationally.
  2. E-Research and Data: Opportunities for Library Engagement explores librarians’ early experiences designing and delivering research data services with the objective of informing practical, effective approaches for the larger academic community.  It also examines early strategic responses to e-Research and data needs on campus to inform future strategic approaches given campus community needs, infrastructure, resources, and expertise.
  3. Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR): examines how scholars are reusing data within three academic communities (social science, archaeology, and zoology) to identify how contextual information about the data that supports reuse can best be created and preserved. 

 Development opportunities include:

  • Developing and administering online surveys
  • Recruiting and conducting interviews with human subjects
  • Analyzing qualitative and quantitative data (e.g. surveys, server logs, interview transcripts, strategic documents, etc.)
  • Searching for and summarizing literature
  • Preparing papers and presentations


The following skills are required to accomplish the projects/tasks across the two projects.

  • Strong communication and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Experienced in Microsoft office programs
  • Familiarity with database design principles

The following skills are preferred:

  • Undergraduate or graduate research experience
  • Ability to quickly learn new software applications



Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

OCLC Research



Cell: 303-246-3623

Fax: 614-718-7378



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