Microsoft director Lee Dirks, "The Next Generation Scholarly Communication Ecosystem: Implications for Librarians": The fifth annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science

March 5, 2010

Photo of Lee DirksScholarly communication and the changes necessary to keep up with its transformation will be the focus of the fifth annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science on Tuesday, April 13, 2010.

Lee Dirks, SILS alumnus and director of Education & Scholarly Communications in Microsoft’s External Research division will present "The Next Generation Scholarly Communication Ecosystem: Implications for Librarians" in the Auditorium of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus at 3 p.m. A reception will follow.

We are finally starting to see the early signs of transformation in scholarly publishing. The innovations we’ve been expecting for years are slowly being adopted, but we can definitely expect the pace of change will pick up greater speed in the coming 3 to 5 years. Is our profession moving fast enough to stay ahead of the curve… or are we going to be struggling to keep up? With the advent of the data deluge, all XML workflows, the semantic Web, cloud services and increasingly intelligent mobile devices – what are the implications for libraries, archivists, publishers, scholarly societies as well as individual researchers and scholars? The opportunities are many – but capitalizing on this ever-evolving landscape will require significant changes to our field, changes that we are not currently well-positioned to enact. This talk will map the current scholarly communication landscape – highlighting recent exciting developments, and will focus on the repercussions and some specific recommendations for the broader field of information management.

The lecture is hosted by the School of Information and Library Science at UNC at Chapel Hill. The event is free and open to the public, however seating is limited. Please send your RSVP via e-mail to or call 919.962.8366.

The OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science is funded through a special endowment from the OCLC Online Computer Library Center to honor Dr. Frederick G. Kilgour. The fund supports an annual lecture bringing together scholars and leaders from around the world to share innovative ideas and cutting-edge research.

About Lee Dirks
Lee Dirks is the director of Education & Scholarly Communications in Microsoft’s External Research division, where he manages a variety of research programs related to open access to research data, interoperability of archives and repositories, preservation of digital information as well as the application of new technologies to facilitate teaching and learning in higher education.

A 20+ year veteran across multiple information management fields, Lee holds an M.L.S. degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as well as a post-masters degree in Preservation Administration from Columbia University. In addition to past positions at Columbia and with OCLC (Preservation Resources), Lee has held a variety of roles at Microsoft since joining the company in 1996 - namely as the corporate archivist, then corporate librarian, and as a senior manager in the corporate market research organization. During his career, his team's work on the http://library intranet site at Microsoft was recognized as a "Center of Excellence Award for Technology" in 2003 by the Special Library Association's (SLA) Business & Finance Division. Additionally, Lee was presented the 2006 Microsoft Marketing Excellence Award by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer – for a marketing and engineering partnership around a breakthrough market opportunity analysis process which is now a standard operating procedure across Microsoft. 

In addition to participation on several (US) National Science Foundation task forces, Lee also teaches as adjunct faculty at the iSchool at the University of Washington, and serves on the advisory boards for the University of Washington Libraries, the UW iSchool's Master of Science in Information Science (MSIM) program and the Metadata Research Center (MRC) at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC at Chapel Hill.

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The Frank Porter Graham Student Union is on the corner of South and Raleigh Roads. It's located on the central campus of the UNC at Chapel Hill.

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