School of Information,
Formerly School of Library & Information Studies
Emeritus Professor, School of Information and
Co-Director, Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, University of
California, Berkeley, CA 94720-4600, USA.
Michael Buckland grew up in England and studied history at Oxford
and librarianship at Sheffield University. He trained at the
Bodleian Library in Oxford and moved to the University of Lancaster
Library in 1965. From 1967 to 1972 he was worked on a series of
studies of book usage, book availability, and library management
games. His doctoral dissertation was published as Book
Availability and the Library User (Pergamon, 1975).
In 1972 Buckland moved to the United States to be Assistant Director
of Libraries for Technical Services at Purdue University Libraries
before becoming Dean of the School of Library and Information Studies
at Berkeley from 1976 to 1984. He served from 1983 to 1987 as
Assistant Vice President for Library Plans and Policies for the
nine campuses of the University of California. He has been a
visiting professor in Austria, Australia, Norway, and Sweden and
was President of the American Society for Information Science in 1998.
In 2004 Buckland became Emeritus Professor and has remained active
in research, writing, and since 2000 as Co-Director of the
Professor Buckland's interests include bibliography, library services,
search and discovery, cultural heritage, and the history and theory
of documentation. He worked with Fredric Gey and Ray Larson on ways
to make bibliographical searching easier and more effective through
search support for unfamiliar metadata vocabularies and improved
geographical search. Recent work with Ryan Shaw and Patrick Golden
on “Editorial Practices and the Web” developed a platform to support
and make openly accessible the research notes of editors preparing
scholarly editions of historically important texts.
His writings include
Emanuel Goldberg and his Knowledge Machine, a biography (Libraries
Unlimited, 2006), Library Services in Theory and Context (Pergamon, 1983;
2nd ed. 1988), Information and Information Systems (Praeger, 1991),
Library Services (American Library Association, 1992), and
Information in Society (MIT Press, 2017).