April 30th, 2014
Michael Buckland is currently Prof. Emeritus, Univ. of California, Berkeley, School of Information. He has been affiliated with UC Berkeley since 1976 in a variety of positions, including Dean and Professor of the School; Office of the UC Berkeley President as Acting Asst. Vice President for Library Plans and Policies. In this last position he was responsible for library automation at UC campus libraries and overseeing a variety of functions and developments with these libraries. At one point he supervised a staff of over 40, with a million dollar budget and his own computer center.
He did his undergraduate work at Oxford University, majoring in history, and he has a Masters and Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Sheffield, UK. Buckland first came to the US in 1972 and worked for Purdue University Library where he oversaw technical services, library automation projects, and building a state-wide library consortium.
Buckland is the author of several books on various aspects of LIS, with the most well known (and a best seller, translated into three other languages) being Redesigning Library Services (ALA, 1992). His most recent book was a fascinating history of the life and times of Emanuel Goldberg, a pioneer in the development of electronic information retrieval in the early 1900’s. He is the author of many articles that treat the nature and study of IS. Likely most famous are his articles on “What is a document” and “Information as thing.”
Buckland’s interest in the history of information science is also expressed through the work of the History and Foundations of Information Science SIG of ASIS&T, which he has chaired at least three times. He was President of ASIS&T in 1998 and remains active in its affairs. He was the winner of the ASIST Award of Merit in 2012.