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.
For many years, Mike worked as professor of information studies at Syracuse University and as founding director of the Information Institute of Syracuse (including the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, AskERIC, and GEM, the Gateway to Education Materials). Mike is co-author and creator 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 enjoys working with undergraduate students, introducing them to the opportunities and challenges of the information field.
Mike’s more recent research and development work focuses on information & technology literacy, virtual worlds, and library information and technology programs, K-20. He joined Alison Head on Project Information Literacy in 2008 and served as co-director from 2008 through 2012. Mike is a PIL evangelist—promoting the project’s findings and implications through keynote presentations and workshops across the globe. According to Mike, “PIL is the most important large-scale series of information literacy research studies ever conducted. PIL’s findings provide guidance for designing and implementing information literacy education projects that meet needs in K-12, higher education, and the workforce.”