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Syracuse alumnus Michael Eisenberg G'86 receives top award from ALISE

Michael Eisenberg G’86, dean emeritus of the University of Washington Information School, received the 2009 Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Award for Professional Contribution. The ALISE Award is given to individuals who have advanced library and information science education through leadership roles, scholarly contributions, and sustained support of LIS educational initiatives. He will be recognized at the 2009 ALISE Conference in Denver in January. 

Eisenberg, a graduate of the Ph.D. in information transfer program at Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool), began working at the school in 1977 as an adjunct faculty member and then later as coordinator of the school media and field work programs. He became an assistant professor in 1982 and worked his way through the tenure track to full professor in 11 years. 

While employed at the iSchool, Eisenberg led the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) Clearinghouse, an online digital library of education research and information that provides comprehensive Internet-based bibliographic and full-text databases of education research and information, and then later founded the Information Institute of Syracuse, which included the award-winning AskERIC project.

He left Syracuse in August 1998 to become dean of the iSchool at Washington, where he served in that capacity for seven years and continues to teach and conduct research as dean emeritus.

Eisenberg holds an M.S. in Library Science and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.

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