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Michael Eisenberg

ORG University of Washington Title BIO Mike Eisenberg is Dean and Professor of the Information School of the University of Washington. Under his direction, the School has transformed into a central player on campus and in the information field with three new degree programs (PhD in Information Science, Bachelor of Science in Informatics, Master of Science in Information Management), an expanded Master of Library and Information Science degree program, and an impressive research profile including 18 funded research projects. The School offers professional development and service courses and will be launching a distance Master of Library and Information Science in 2002. Prior to his role as Dean, Mike Eisenberg worked for many years as Professor of information studies at Syracuse University and as Director of the Information Institute of Syracuse, which includes the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, the award-winning AskERIC Internet information service and the Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM), a standard for sharing educational information on the Web. The unifying aspect of Mike's teaching, development, and research activities is the ongoing effort to improve society's ability to meet people's information needs. Mike is a prolific author with numerous books and articles on aspects of information science and technology, information literacy, education, and the role of libraries. Mike is nationally known for his innovative approach to information and technology literacy: the Big6. The Big6 is the most widely used information and technology literacy program in the world, and Mike has worked with thousands of students—preK through higher education—as well as people in public schools, business, government, and communities to improve their information and technology skills. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, and presents numerous workshops and training sessions each year. A former teacher, library media specialist, program administrator, Mike also consults with school districts, businesses, and government agencies on information resources, services, curriculum, technology, and management. Mike is co-founder and co-coordinator (with Peter Milbury) of LM_NET, the electronic discussion group on the Internet for the library media community, and founded the award-winning AskERIC Internet services project, a 1994 finalist for the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards for information technology innovation. In 1990, Mike received the Distinguished Alumni Award, School of Information Science and Policy of the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany. He was also the 1994 recipient of the School Library Media Section/New York Library Association Presidential Award for Professional Achievement. Mike earned his Ph.D. in Information Transfer from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and his Master of Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany.