Opening Speaker: Dr. Michael Eisenberg
Mike Eisenberg is a professor and “founding dean” of the Information School at the University of Washington, serving from 1998 to 2006. During his tenure, Mike transformed the school from a single graduate degree program 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 (adding a distance learning program and doubling enrollment), and a doctorate degree in information science. Mike’s current work focuses on information literacy (Project Information Literacy) and information problem-solving in virtual environments ( funded by the MacArthur Foundation), and information science education K-20. His “Big6 approach to information problem-solving” is 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 their information and technology skills.
Closing Speaker: Adria Vasil
Adria Vasil’s first book, Ecoholic, was a surprising bestseller — a witty and authoritative guide for the thousands of us who are making the conscious effort to live greener, smarter, and healthier lives. Through her readable and comprehensive book, her popular green advice column, her public lectures, and her appearances on national television, Vasil helps regular people decipher legitimately green products and choices from the marketing greenwash now flooding store shelves. (What, for instance, does “all-natural” even mean?) Vasil’s writing, grounded in everyday concerns and people, has won praise from consumers, corporate audiences and environmentalists alike. David Suzuki says of Ecoholic (now in its sixth printing): “This book is for people who want to do something to lighten their impact on the planet. The small steps cost us little in the way of effort, money or time, but the cumulative effects can be enormous.”