MSU Symposia: Academic Library Futures

Fall 2006: Mediation Shifts? Mediation Rifts?


Network *-intermediation
Montana State University Libraries Symposium, Bozeman, Montana (USA), 29 September 2006
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Lorcan Dempsey Lorcan Dempsey, a leading visionary in the international library community who is currently the Vice President and Chief Strategist for OCLC, will be giving the Fall 2006 MSU Symposium Keynote address. Dempsey will kickoff this Fall’s symposium with an address entitled “The library and the network in the changing research and learning environment.” He will speak about new library service models resulting from shifting user expectaions driven by technology, society and the networked environment. Lorcan has spoken and written about how information resources like Google, Yahoo and Amazon create a seamless environment for a user to seek, find and locate just about anything without mediation. Libraries are starting to answer these expectations with services such as the OpenURL standard, Instant Messaging and Open WorldCat.

“Before moving to OCLC Lorcan worked for JISC in the UK, overseeing national information programs and services. He is a librarian who has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, England and the US. He has consulted for the EU, and national policy and service organizations in several countries. Lorcan has policy, research and service development experience, mostly in the area of networked information and digital libraries. He writes and speaks extensively, and can be followed on the web at Lorcan Dempsey’s weblog. He is currently a member of the NISO Board and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.1

For more information about Lorcan Dempsey and some of his ideas, please visit his blog at


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