The iSchool is delighted to recognize alumna Christine L. Borgman with the University of Pittsburgh’s 225th Anniversary Medallion. In a special dinner in Los Angeles, Dean Ronald Larsen presented Dr. Borgman (MLS ‘74) with the medallion, which commemorates the University of Pittsburgh’s 225th Anniversary by recognizing alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their professional fields and who still find ways to contribute to the progress of Pitt and our students.

A prolific and widely acclaimed researcher, Dr. Borgman is Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2012-13 she was the Oliver Smithies Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at Balliol College, University of Oxford, and also affiliated with the Oxford Internet Institute and the eResearch Centre. Her research interests include scholarly information, digital libraries, scientific information, learning and cyberlearning, and human-computer interaction, among others.

Dr. Borgman received the “Best Information Science Book of the Year” award from the American Society for Information Science and Technology for her monographs, Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007) and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (MIT Press, 2000). She has authored more than 200 publications for the fields of information studies, computer science, and communication.

Professor Borgman conducts data practices research with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Sloan Foundation, and Microsoft Research. She is Co-Chair of the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation, on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and a Fellow of the AAAS. Her honors include the Paul Evan Peters Award, the ASIST Research Award, and previous recognition from her alma mater with the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from the School of Information Sciences and by being named a “Legacy Laureate” of Pitt.

In naming just a few of Dr. Borgman’s many accomplishments, it is clear that her leadership in the field of information science, both as an educator and a practitioner, makes her a role model for iSchool students at both Pitt and UCLA. Like the School of Information Sciences at Pitt, the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA is an institutional member of the iSchools organization: a collective of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field. Please join us at the University of Pittsburgh in congratulating Dr. Borgman on this signature honor celebrating 225 years of building better lives and better communities.