Michael Crandall

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Senior Lecturer
Office: Bloedel Hall
Phone: 206.897.1798
Fax: 206.616.3152

Primary Areas of Expertise


Mike Crandall is a Senior Lecturer in the iSchool, and current director of the iAffiliates program. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, he was technology manager for the US Library program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to the foundation, Mike worked on search technology and knowledge organization for the intranet at Microsoft (MSWeb) and on information architecture and online library services at Boeing. He has served on the Dublin Core Metadata Board of Trustees since its inception in 2001. He is interested in public access computing, ICT in developing countries, metadata and knowledge organization, social dimensions of knowledge transfer and large scale information systems.


  • MLS, University of Washington, 1986
  • BA, Pomona College, 1969


  • Distinguished Alumnus Award - University of Washington Information School, 2013


  • American Library Association
  • American Society for Information Science & Technology
  • Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
  • Information Architecture Institute

Secondary Areas of Expertise

Publications and Contributions


  • "Linked Data For Libraries: Why Should We Care?" (2014)
    New Jersey Special Libraries Association
  • "Edge: Your roadmap to achieving community priorities through technology" (2013)
    Urban Libraries Council
  • "Developing Benchmarks to Measure Public Access Technology Services" (2012)
    Computers in Libraries, InfoToday
  • "Impact Your Community: Strategies and Practices" (2012)
    Computers in Libraries, InfoToday
  • "Demonstrating the Impact of Public Access Technology" (2011)
    Computers in Libraries, Information Today, Inc
  • "Public Computers: Policies & Programs to Improve Patron Outcomes" (2011)
    Computers in Libraries, Information Today, Inc
  • "Demonstrating the Impact of your Public Access Computers" (2010)
    National Meeting, PLA - Public Library Association
  • "How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries" (2010)
    Council Briefing, City of Seattle
  • "Making Metadata Work" (2010)
    Conference for Software User Assistance, WritersUA
  • "Technology and Its Impact on the Future of Libraries" (2010)
    Public Forum, Seattle Public Library
  • "Why Leaders Should Care about Information Management" (2010)
    Korean Leadership Seminar, University of Washington
  • "Anchoring the Semantic Web: the Evolution of Dublin Core" (2009)
    Annual Conference, DCMI - Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
  • "Communities Connect Network: Advancing e-Inclusion in Washington State through Community Technology" (2009)
    Annual Conference: iSociety: Research, Education, Engagement, iSchools Caucus
  • "Connect to the Future of Computing and IT" (2009)
    Computer and IT Open House, University of Washington Educational Outreach
  • "Demonstrating Impact: Why Policy Makers Should Care About Public Access Computing" (2009)
    Conference on Technology & Beyond in Public Libraries, ECEI - European Congress on E-Inclusion
  • "Digital Inclusion: Context and Looking at Recent Data" (2009)
    Pacific Northwest Digital Inclusion Summit
  • "Dublin Core Redux" (2009)
    Annual Conference, KMWorld
  • "Engaging Community: Methods and Values in Community Informatics" (2009)
    Annual Conference: iSociety: Research, Education, Engagement, iSchools Caucus
  • "Information Architecture Careers" (2009)
    ASIS&T Student Chapter Career Week, Information School, University of Washington
  • "Taxonomy Projects: War Stories and Winning Them" (2009)
    Annual Conference, KMWorld
  • "Taxonomy Workshop" (2009)
    Annual Conference, KMWorld
  • "Communities Connect Network" (2008)
    Washington Higher Education Legislative Day
  • "Communities Connect Network--Communicating CTC Impact to the Legislature" (2008)
    Annual Conference, CTCNet - Community Technology Centers' Network
  • "Information Architecture Careers" (2008)
    ASIS&T Student Chapter Career Week, Information School, University of Washington
  • "The Business Analyst and Enterprise Information Architecture" (2008)
    Northwest Chapter Meeting, IABA - International Association of Business Analysts
  • "Transformational Roles: Breaking Rules (Discovery in the Round Conversation)" (2008)
    Annual Meeting, SLA - Special Libraries Association
  • "What Every Information Professional Should Know" (2008)
    Boeing Technical Libraries Inservice Day, Boeing Corporation
  • "Why Graduate School?" (2008)
    Graduate School Institute Panel Discussion, Gates Millennium Schools
  • "Communities Connect Network" (2007)
    Washington Higher Education Legislative Day
  • "Digital Inclusion in Action: How Washington's community technology nonprofits provide access, literacy and content" (2007)
    Washington Senate Economic Development, Trade & Management Committee
  • "Master of Science in Information Management Program" (2007)
    Seattle Chapter Meeting, AIIM - Association for Information and Image Management
  • "Metadata: What, How and Why" (2007)
    Meeting, STC-PSC - Society for Technical Communication, Puget Sound Chapter
  • "The Business Analyst Career: A Professional Review and Panel Discussion" (2007)
    Seattle Chapter Meeting, IIBA - International Institute of Business Analysis
  • "DC Education—Product, Process, and People" (2006)
    Annual Conference, DCMA - Dublic Core and Metadata Applications
  • "Information Architecture" (2006)
    Strategic Conversations with Leaders Series, Education Institute
  • "Organizing Content for Management and Use" (2006)
    Content Management Jumpstart Conference Call Series, Early & Associates
  • "Recognizing the Impact of Community Technology" (2006)
    Statewide Technology Meeting, Communities Connect Network
  • "What Every Information Professional Should Know" (2006)
    Annual Conference, CM World
  • "Getting the Most from Knowledge Management" (2005)
    Harnessing Information Technology Workshop, Farkas Berkowitz & Company and Bentley Systems, Inc.
  • "I-Roles: Who and What do We Teach?" (2005)
    Internet Librarian, Information Today
  • "Knowledge Practice—the Context" (2005)
    Parsons Brinckerhoff Technical Exchange Program, Parsons Brinckerhoff
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