iSchool Directory

Michael Eisenberg

CV Professor Emeritus
mbe@uw.edu

Specialization

  • Development of Essential Information, Communication, and Technology Skills
  • Human Information Behavior
  • Information Literacy

Biography

Dr. Mike Eisenberg is the founding dean of the Information School at the University of Washington, serving from 1998 to 2006. Known as an innovator and entrepreneur, Mike approached the iSchool as a startup—transforming the school into a broad-based information school with academic programs on all levels (bachelors through doctorate), increasing enrollment 400%, generating millions in funded research, and making a difference in industry, the public sector, and education on all levels.

Mike’s work focuses on information & technology literacy, virtual worlds, and library information and technology programs, K-20. Mike is co-author of the “Big6 approach to information problem-solving” – the most widely used information literacy program in the world. Mike is a prolific author (9 books and dozens of articles and papers) and has worked with thousands of students—pre-K through higher education—as well as people in business, government, and communities to improve individual and organizational information and technology access and use. Mike particularly enjoyed working with undergraduate students, introducing them to the opportunities and challenges of the information field.

Education

  • Ph D, Information Transfer, Syracuse University, 1986
  • CAS, Information Science, Syracuse University, 1981
  • MLS, State University of New York, Albany, 1973
  • BA, State University of New York, Albany, 1971

Publications and Contributions

Presentations

  • Seattle Digital Youth Think Tank 2014: Inaugural Reporting Out. (2015)
    Annual Meeting of the American Library Association - San Francisco, CA
  • Digital Youth - The State of Affairs (2014)
    Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) 2014 - Seattle, WA
  • Are You Experienced? Do you have What It Takes to Thrive in the Information Age? (2012)
    Freshmen Convocation, Augustana College - Moline, IL
  • Are You Experienced? Information Alchemy?From Data and Information to Knowledge and Wisdom (2012)
    TEDxUofW - Seattle, WA
  • Big6 by the Month [online presentation] (2012)
    Big6 Associates
  • Improving Critical Inquiry (2012)
    Augustana College - Moline, IL
  • Lessons for K?12 from Project Information Literacy: College and Career Readiness (2012)
    Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (PNAIS) - Bellevue, WA
  • Lessons for Learning Putting Project Information Literacy to Work [online presentation] (2012)
    The Blended Librarian
  • Librarians for the Future: Dreamers, Realists, or Just Plain Crazy (2012)
    Annual Conference, Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association - Kansas City, MO
  • Library 21 - Technology and Industry Connections (2012)
    Serial Solutions, Inc. - Seattle, WA
  • What College Students Say About Conducting Research in the Digital Age: Implications for Libraries, Librarians, and Higher Education from Project Information Literacy (2012)
    I.T. Littleton Seminar, North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC
  • What College Students Say About Conducting Research in the Digital Age: Implications for Libraries, Librarians, and Higher Education from Project Information Literacy (2012)
    Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) Conference - Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Advanced Big6 Training [online presentation] (2011)
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Are Librarians an Endangered Species? (2011)
    Serial Solutions, Inc. - Seattle, WA
  • Colloquium Keynote on Project Information Literacy (2011)
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Job Security! Library Information & Technology Programs That Make a Difference (2011)
    South Dakota Library Association Annual Conference - Spearfish, SD
  • Library Information and Technology Programs in K-12 Education (2011)
    Northwest Council of Computers in Education Annual Conference - Portland, OR
  • The Information Field in Higher Education ? Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (2011)
    Connection Conference for Information Science Doctoral Students - Milwaukee, WI
  • The Promise and Potential of Web Science: An Information School Perspective (2011)
    Symposium on Web Sciences, Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) - Seoul, Korea
  • What College Students Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age (2011)
    Langara College - Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Big6 Academy (2010)
    Big6 Associates - Rochester, NY
  • Big6 by the Month: Comprehensive and Predictable Information Literacy Programs [online presentation] (2010)
    Big6 Webinar
  • Develop and Deliver Essential Information Literacy Programs (2010)
    Research, Learning & Libraries in the 21st Century Conference, Korea Society of Library & Information Science - Seoul, Korea
  • Global Skills for Global Leaders: Information & Technology Fluency (2010)
    Workshops for Parents - Seoul, Korea
  • Implementing Information Literacy Programs: The Big6 (2010)
    Charlotte-Meckenburg Schools - Charlotte, NC
  • Information Literacy Faculty Development Workshop (2010)
    Felician College - Lodi, NJ
  • Information Schools and Information Education (2010)
    Invited lecture, Sungkyunkwan University - Seoul, Korea
  • Information Schools: Academic and Professional Studies for the 21st Century (2010)
    Invited lecture, Seoul National University - Seoul, Korea
  • Lessons Learned from Project Information Literacy: How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age (2010)
    Rising Junior Workshop, LSTA Funded Information Literacy Project at Highline Community College - Des Moines, WA
  • Tech and the Future and All That Stuff (2010)
    Workshop, University of Washington Educational Outreach - Seattle, WA
  • The Library Game-Changer: Summon the Future (2010)
    Annual Conference, Serial Solutions Breakfast, ALA - American Library Association - Washington, DC
  • Tools not Toys: Understanding and Effectively Teaching Today's Students (2010)
    Walls Optional Faculty Conference, Comosun College - Victoria, BC, Canada
  • What College Students Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age (2010)
    Grant MacEwan University - Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Advanced Big6 Information Skills Programs (2009)
    Bellingham, WA Schools - Bellingham, WA
  • Big6 Academy (2009)
    Big6 Associates - Rochester, NY
  • Big6 Information Literacy: Essential skills for the Information Age [online presentation] (2009)
    Teleconference to Beijing and Shanghai, China, US State Department
  • Big6 Information Literacy: Essential skills for the Information Age [online presentation] (2009)
    Teleconference to Minsk, Belarus, US State Department
  • Crisis in School Libraries (2009)
    Symposium, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) - Denver, CO
  • Essential Skills for the Information Age: The Big6 Approach to Information Literacy (2009)
    North Carolina School Library Association - Winston-Salem, NC
  • Implementation and Impact: The Big6 Applied to Tests and Standards (2009)
    National Conference, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) - Charlotte, NY
  • Information Literacy in Education (2009)
    Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education, Iowa State University - Council Bluffs, IA
  • Information Literacy in Education (2009)
    Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education, Iowa State University - Coralville, IA
  • Information Literacy in Education (2009)
    Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education, Iowa State University - Ames, IA
  • Information Literacy: The Big6 Approach (2009)
    Missoula, MT Schools - Missoula, MT
  • Library Information and Technology in Education (2009)
    Ferndale School District - Ferndale, WA
  • Library Media Think Tank (2009)
    Utah Educational Library Media Association - Salt Lake City, UT
  • Montana Standards and the Big6 (2009)
    Office of Public Instruction, State of Montana - Helena, MT
  • The Big6 Approach to Information Literacy (2009)
    Searsport, Maine Schools - Searsport, ME
  • The Big6 Approach to Information Literacy (2009)
    Searsport, Maine Schools - Searsport, ME
  • The Future of iSchool Doctoral Education (2009)
    HCIL Annual Symposium - College Park, MD
  • The Super3: Strategies for Standards in K-3 (2009)
    National Conference, AASL - American Association of School Librarians (ALA) - Charlotte, NY
  • Changing Opportunities: What's Out There and What it Means for Libraries (2008)
    Thinking Ahead Symposium, Salt Lake City Public Library - Salt Lake City, UT
  • Essential Skills for the Information Age: The Big6 (2008)
    Fort Worth Independent School District - Fort Worth, TX
  • Growing Up Digital: Monitoring Technology at Home for Kids and Parents (2008)
    McKinstry Industries - Seattle, WA
  • The Big6 Approach to Information Literacy (2008)
    Surrey, BC Schools - Surrey, BC, Canada
  • The Big6 Workshop: Essential Skills for the Information Age (2008)
    Charlotte-Meckenburg Schools - Charlotte, NC
  • The Whole Enchilada: Visioning, Planning, and Implementing Media Programs for Learning and Teaching (2008)
    North Carolina School Library Association - Winston-Salem, NC
  • Unintended Consequences of the Information Age: Our Children Online and Vulnerable (2008)
    McKinstry Industries - Seattle, WA
  • A Library WOT and SWOT: What's Out There and What Does it Mean for Libraries? (2007)
    MetLib Conference, IFLA - International Federation of Library Associations - Seattle, WA
  • Big6 Summer Seminar (2007)
    Big6 Associates - Rochester, NY
  • Emerging Technologies for Libraries and a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) Analysis (2007)
    All Staff Training Day, Sacramento Public Library - Sacramento, CA
  • Implementing Information Literacy (2007)
    China Medical University - Taichung, Taiwan
  • Information Literacy: Essential Skills for the Information Age (2007)
    Conference on E-Learning, National Chiayi University - Chiayi, Taiwan
  • It's Time to Get Serious: Integrating Big6 Information & Technology Skills Into Everyday Student Learning (2007)
    Peninsula Retreat for Educators, Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) - Port Townsend, WA
  • Literary Citizens in a Digital World (2007)
    National Central Library, Library Association of China, Taiwan National Library - Taipei, Taiwan
  • Making State Standards and Big6 Work for You (2007)
    National Conference, AASL - American Association of School Librarians (ALA) - Reno, NV
  • Super3 and Big6 Workshop (2007)
    Foothills Middle School - Wenatchee, WA
  • The Definitive Big6 Workshop - Information Literacy in Action (2007)
    University of the West Indies - Kingston, Jamaica
  • The Sky is Not Falling! Opportunities Abound as Library and Information Schools Engage the Future (2007)
    Distinguished Seminar Series, OCLC - Dublin, OH
  • This is Not Optional!! Information & Technology Skills for Student Success (2007)
    University of the West Indies - Kingston, Jamaica
  • Essential Information & Technology Skills for Student Success (2006)
    Seattle Community College Inservice - Seattle, WA
  • Essential Skills: Information Literacy in Community Colleges (2006)
    Inservice, Tacoma Community College - Tacoma, WA
  • Information Literacy and the Big6 in the 21st Century (2006)
    Meeting, Michigan Association for Media in Education - Oakland, MI
  • Innovation as a Strategic Advantage (2006)
    Seattle Innovation Symposium, University of Washington - Seattle, WA
  • Keys to 21st Century Student Learning (2006)
    Conference, School Library Systems - Syracuse, NY
  • Library and Information Science Education in the 21st Century (2006)
    Emporia State University - Emporia, KS
  • Researching What's on the Horizon for 21st Century Schools: Visioning, Planning, Delivering, and Selling Library & Information Programs that Make a Difference (2006)
    Leatherstocking Conference - Utica, NY
  • The Big6 Approach to Information and Technology Literacy (2006)
    Near East School Association - Bangkok, Thailand
  • This is Not Optional! The Big6 = Essential Information & Technology Skills for Student Success (2006)
    Arkansas Association for Instructional Media - Hot Springs, AR
  • Closing Panel Discussion: Research in School Libraries (2005)
    Annual Conference, AASL - American Association of School Librarians (ALA) - Pittsburgh, PA
  • School Libraries: Important for Schools, Society, and Libraries (2005)
    Annual Conference, Oregon Library Association - Portland, OR