2015 Distinguished Lecture Series: Honoring Dr. Michael Buckland

The 2015 Distinguished Lecture Series event was held on May 13, 2015, and hosted by NJ ASIS&T (New Jersey Association for Information Science and Technology) and RU ASIS&T (Rutgers University Chapter – Association for Information Science and Technology).  The event honored Dr. Michael Buckland, Professor Emeritus Professor, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley,  for his outstanding research in the field of Information Science.  Professor Michael Buckland is one of the preeminent scholars in the library and information science field.

A Day at Rutgers School of Communication & Information 

Prior to award reception, Dr. Buckland spent the day at Rutgers School of Communication and Information.  He met with faculty and enjoyed lunch with PhD students.  It was a great opportunity for the students and the faculty to have informal discussions with Dr. Buckland.

Opening Reception  

The reception was attended by over 40 people that include ASIS&T members and non-members within and outside of SCI, includingDr. Claire McInerney, Acting Dean of School of Communication & Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University.

2015 Distinguished Lecturer


Award Presentation 

NJ ASIS&T Chair Dr. Chirag Shah said a few words about the ASIS&T organization and introduced Dr. Claire McInerney, Acting Dean of School of Communication & Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University.

Dean McInerney presented the prestigious Distinguished Lectureship award to Dr. Michael Buckland

Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Buckland gave a brief talk on his experiences working in the field of LIS.  He provided both practical and theoretical contexts that influenced his perceptions and future expectations.

Dr. Michael Buckland
Dr. Michael Buckland

Dr. Michael Buckland’s Bio
Michael Buckland was born and educated in England. He studied History and Librarianship then joined the University of Lancaster Library in 1965, where from 1967 to 1972 he worked in the Library Research Unit on studies of book usage and book availability. His Ph.D dissertation (Sheffield University, 1972) was published as Book Availability and the Library User (Pergamon, 1975).

In 1972 he moved to the United States to Purdue University Libraries in Indiana as Assistant Director of Libraries for Technical Services, before becoming Dean of the School of Library and Information Studies at Berkeley, 1976-84. From 1983 to 1987 he was Assistant Vice President for Library Plans and Policies for the nine campuses of the University of California. He has been a visiting scholar in Austria and Australia, was President of the American Society for Information Science in 1998, and became emeritus professor in 2004.

Professor Buckland has written widely on library services, bibliographical access, cultural heritages, and the history of documentation. His books include Library Services in Theory and Context (Pergamon, 1983; 2nd ed. 1988), Information and Information Systems (Praeger, 1991), Redesigning Library Services (American Library Association, 1992), and a biography, Emanuel Goldberg and his Knowledge Machine (Libraries Unlimited, 2006). His principal project currently is “Editorial Practices and the Web” which makes historians’ working notes accessible at editorsnotes.org.

Following the lecture, there was a lively Q&A that engaged everyone.


Through receipt of this award, Dr. Buckland joins a group of long time leaders in the field, including Dr. Eugene Garfield, Dr. Gerald Salton, and Dr. Tefko Saracevic.

The 2014 Distinguished Lecture Series was successful! Attendees enjoyed the event and were excited to learn that NJ ASIS&T is back and will be doing more events going forward.