Keynote Speaker: Dr. Clifford Lynch

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), will be the keynote speaker of the 4th International Symposium on Information Management in a Changing World to be held in Limerick, Ireland, from September 4 to 6, 2013.  Dr. Lynch’s keynote address will be centred on the main theme of the symposium, “Beyond the Cloud: Information…Innovation…Collaboration…”  He will address the opportunities and challenges introduced by the cloud computing, discuss its implications on information management and contemplate on how to design and develop innovative and collaborative information services beyond the cloud.


Dr. Clifford Lynch has been the Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), a 200-member organization concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity that is jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, since July 1997. Prior to joining CNI, Dr. Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last ten as Director of Library Automation.  Dr. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information. He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO).

Dr. Lynch served on the National Digital Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress, Microsoft’s Technical Computing Science Advisory Board, the board of the New Media Consortium, and the Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access; he was a member of the National Research Council (NRC) committees that published The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age and Broadband: Bringing Home the Bits, and served on the NRC’s committee on digital archiving and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

In 2011, he was appointed co-chair of the National Academies’ Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI). His work has been recognized by the American Library Association’s Lippincott Award, the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in Public Policy and Practice, and the American Society for Engineering Education’s Homer Bernhardt Award.

Dr. Lynch has several articles on various topics such as information technologies and higher education, cyberinfrastructure, digital rights management and copyright.