Michael B. Eisenberg
One of the most influential champions of information literacy in the world today is Michael B. Eisenberg, Dean Emeritus and Professor at the University of Washington’s Information School. Throughout his professional career as an educator, librarian, and higher ed administrator, Mike has been totally student focused in terms of his information literacy philosophy, and, more importantly, in his information literacy practice. For Mike, teaching and learning is all about the students, making certain that they have access to the 21st century skill sets that will assist them in achieving academic and professional success.
In the early 90’s, Mike created, along with Bob Berkowitz, the Big6, a dynamic information literacy teaching and learning template that allows for the integration of information literacy skill building and technology within K-16 classrooms. The Big6 Model is the most widely known and widely used approach to teaching information literacy skills in the world. Long before College and Career Readiness became one of today’s educational reform movement’s buzz words, Mike had already embraced the notion by advocating for the inclusion of the Big6 across the K-16 educational spectrum and showing other concerned educators the benefits of doing so.
Mike is a hands on teacher at heart and loves working with and learning from students. He represents the quintessential role model of an information literacy champion, always on the cutting edge of technological innovation, always adapting and changing to ensure students have access to the very best that information literacy skills development has to offer.
Mike conducts research, writes, consults, and lectures frequently on information literacy, information technology, information management in learning and teaching, and information and library education. Mike is currently co-director, along with Alison Head, of Project Information Literacy, the largest national research study of its type investigating how undergraduates conduct research in the digital age.
Mike earned his B.A. and M.L.S. from SUNY at Albany and his Ph.D. in Information Transfer from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.