Michael Crandall Principal Research Scientist The Information School University of Washington
Michael Crandall is currently serving as a Principal Research Scientist in the Information School of the University of Washington. From 2005 through 2012 he was Senior Lecturer, Chair of the Master of Science in Information Management Program, and Director of the iAffiliates Program at the Information School. Prior to joining the Information School, he spent five years as Technology Manager for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Libraries and Public Access to Information Program, with responsibility for software development, technical support and network deployment for over 40,000 public access computers in over 11,000 libraries across the United States. As part of this project, Mr. Crandall also initiated and managed the program grant for development of WebJunction (http://webjunction.org), an international public access computing portal. Before this, Mr. Crandall was Manager of the Knowledge Architecture Group in Microsoft Information Services and worked at the Boeing Company Libraries on multiple projects related to information management and information architecture. He has served in the past as a member of the Washington State and National Webjunction Advisory Boards, the Washington State Access to Justice Technology Advisory Group and the Washington Communities Connect Network Board. He is also a founding member of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Governing Board, and served as chair-elect, chair and past chair of that body during 2012-2014, and was program chair for Taxonomy Boot Camp from 2008-2015. On the research front, he has been co-Principal Investigator on a $1 million grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation studying the impact of public access computing in public libraries on individuals, families and communities across the United States (http://impact.ischool.uw.edu/us-public-library-study.html), and was the Principal Investigator in the initial stages of development of the IMPACT Survey tool based on that earlier work (http://impact.ischool.uw.edu/impact-survey.html). He has also been involved in the evaluation of the Washington Broadband Technology Opportunity Program for community technology centers and libraries (http://impact.ischool.uw.edu/btop.html), was part of the University of Washington team that developed the Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities under another IMLS grant (http://tascha.uw.edu/research/inclusionframework/), and is currently working with other partners on the Edge Initiative (http://www.libraryedge.org/) and an IMLS-funded project focused on Linked Data for Professional Education (http://explore.dublincore.net/). Mr. Crandall received his MLIS from the University of Washington in 1986, and was honored to receive the Distinguished Service Award in 2012 and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Information School in 2013.