Clifford Lynch has been the 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, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last ten as Director of Library Automation. 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 and recipient of the Award of Merit of the American Society for Information and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.
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.