Lorcan Dempsey, vice president and chief strategist at OCLC, will be the featured speaker at the iSchool's Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) seminar on Friday, April 14, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in room 126. In his talk, "Reflections on collections: how changes in research workflow and the network information space are changing our view of collections," he will examine trends that are influencing how we think about library curatorial activities and are reshaping library collections.
Dempsey coordinates strategic planning and oversees research, membership and community relations at OCLC. He has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, the UK, and the United States. In 2010, he received the National Federation of Advanced Information Services’ highest award, The Miles Conrad Award, a prestigious annual honor given for achievement in fostering the growth of information services. He is an honorary Doctor of the Open University in the UK and has twice received an ALCTS Presidential Citation for his work with OCLC colleagues. He began his career in public libraries in his native home of Dublin, Ireland. Before moving to OCLC, he managed the UK higher education national investment in information services for Jisc. He has a BA and MLIS from University College Dublin.