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The iSchool at Drexels Dr Toni Carbo Receives Ray von Dran Award

February 4, 2010

The iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and Technology’s Dr. Toni Carbo, the College’s program leader at the Drexel University Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, will be honored as this year’s von Dran Award recipient at iConference 2010. The von Dran award is intended recognizes leadership in the information field.

The iSchool at Drexel will be well represented at the fifth iConference held February 3 through 6, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Several iSchool doctoral students and faculty members will be presenting their research at the iConference and Dr. David E. Fenske, dean of The iSchool at Drexel, will be in attendance.

“We at Drexel’s iSchool are pleased that Dr. Carbo has been recognized in this capacity,” said Fenske. “Her career and research accomplishments are staggering.”

Carbo’s work in the information field began in 1962, and includes extensive experience with information service producers and users, and in research in the areas of information policy and information ethics, and the use of information. A lauded Drexel alumna, Carbo earned two graduate degrees from The iSchool at Drexel: a master of science in 1973 and a Ph.D in 1977. She was selected by Drexel as one of the 100 most distinguished alumni and was awarded the University’s Centennial Medal. Carbo returned to Drexel in June 2009, after 22 years at the University of Pittsburgh, where she served as dean for 16 years and was a founding member of the initial group of deans that later became the iSchools Caucus.

Immediately prior to her appointment as the iSchool program leader at the Drexel University Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, Carbo served as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and at the School of Information Sciences (SIS) where she was director of the Institute for Information Ethics and Policy and the ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellows program. She has also served as executive director of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Services (NCLIS), the government agency responsible for advising the President and U.S. Congress on policy and planning in the information field.

Carbo’s teaching and research interests focus on information ethics and information policy, specifically e-government in the United States, the European Union and Sub-Saharan Africa, and on academic libraries. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and technical reports, and is editor of The International Information and Library Review.

About the von Dran award: The von Dran award named for Ray von Dran—who broke new ground throughout his career to help bring library and information science schools into the Information Age—recognizes leadership in the field of information, broadly construed; the award also seeks to recognize those leaders who share some of von Dran’s personal qualities: humor, kindness, collaborative spirit, mentoring, and high standards for oneself and for others.

About the Drexel Center for Graduate Studies: Opened just over a year ago, Drexel Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento has established firm roots in the Sacramento community, tripling its original enrollment to more than 175 students and offering new and unique opportunities for advanced degrees. The center offers eight master’s programs and one doctorate. A full list of programs is available at

About the iSchool at Drexel: The iSchool at Drexel educates students in information science and technology at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels and features Drexel University’s cooperative education program. The College’s mission is empowering society by uniting people, technology, and knowledge through innovative education and research. The iSchool at Drexel is a founding member of the iSchools Caucus of 25 prominent colleges dedicated to immersing students in the iField — connecting people, information and technology. For more information visit


News Media Contacts: Susan Haine, iSchool at Drexel, 215-895-6271 or

Niki Gianakaris, director, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or

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