Lee Dirks

Lee Dirks


Lee Dirks is the Director for Portfolio Strategy in Microsoft Research Connections, the team within Microsoft Research responsible for working closely with academia and research organizations to help solve some of the world’s most challenging scientific and social problems via collaborative research projects.

A 20+ year veteran across multiple information management fields, Lee holds an M.S.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.

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.

Born in Texas and raised in Louisiana, Lee loves real slow-cooked barbeque and is a rabid college basketball fan. Lee currently lives in the University Park neighborhood in Seattle, WA with his wife and two daughters.


 Recent Presentations:

"Microsoft Academic Search: Next-Generation Scholarly Discovery" (slides and audio) at the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) International Conference 2011 on 9/15/2011 - at Heythrop Park (near Oxford, UK).

"The next generation scholarly communication ecosystem: implications for librarians" at "The 39th LIBER Annual Conference - Re-inventing the Library" at the Aarhus State and University Library (Denmark) on 6/30/10

"Speeding Science -- Microsoft Research Solutions for Data Curation" (slides & video) at the DataCite Summer Meeting June 8th in Hannover, Germany -- hosted by German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)

The 2010 OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science – "The Next Generation Scholarly Communication Ecosystem: Implications for Librarians" at the School of Information & Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (4/13/10)

Science Commons Symposium hosted by Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA on 2/20/10

Presentations at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) on 11/9/09:

eResearch Australasia 2009 in Sydney, Australia on 11/11/09

University of Washington Open Access Week (Panel Discussion) in Seattle, WA on 10/22/09

Sun Microsystems - Preservation & Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) in San Francisco, CA on 10/8/09

Berkman Center At Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on 9/19/09

NAGARA Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA on 7/17/09



University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) School of Information & Library Science (SILS) Board of Visitors, 2009 - present.

University of Washington iSchool MSIM and Informatics Advisory Board, 2007 - present.

National Research Council (NRC) Study Committee on “Future Career Opportunities and Educational Requirement for Digital Curation” undertaken by the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) / Policy and Global Affairs Division (PGAD) / National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Term: December 1, 2011, through December 31, 2013.