Michael B. Eisenberg ’67 – Education and Information Literacy
Michael Eisenberg graduated Mepham High School in 1967 where he was one of the editors of the Buccaneer. He attended S.U.N.Y. Albany where he received a bachelor's degree and then earned a Masters of Library Science and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in the School of Information at Syracuse University. Thereafter he earned a doctorate in Information Transfer.
Mike was a professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University from 1993-1998 and professor and Dean at the University of Washington Information School where he then became Dean Emeritus. He is an internationally known lecturer having traveled to almost every state in the United States and has traveled extensively around the world giving presentations.
Mike Eisenberg is the founding Dean of Information School at the University of Washington. During his tenure (1998-2006) he transformed the unit from a single graduate degree into a broad-based information school with a wide range of research and academic programs, including an undergraduate degree in informatics, masters degrees in information management and library and information science, as well as a doctorate degree in information science. At Syracuse University he was the founding director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. He started the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, AskERIC, and GEM, the Gateway to Education Materials. Mike and his co-author, Bob Berkowitz, created the Big6 approach to information literacy, and he has worked with thousands of students—pre-k through higher education—as well as people in business, government, and communities to improve their information and technology skills. The Big6 is the most widely-known and widely-used approach to teaching information and technology skills in the world. It is a model for curriculum for problem solving strategy that allows students to handle any problem, assignment, decision, or task. It is currently used in the Mepham High School library system. Mike's current work focuses on information, communications, and technology literacy, information credibility, and information science education. Mike was nominated for the Who's Who honor by Shari Schneiderman Stack ’98, Mepham High School Librarian.
Mike is married to Carol since 1971, has two children and two grandchildren. He maintains a summer home in the Adirondacks and likes to ski and sail. He has been involved with Rotary Clubs and has written numerous articles and papers.
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