The Big6.org Team
The collaboration team works to provide The Big6.org community with resources, networks, and professional development opportunities.
Colet Bartow, MEd
Colet is a mother, Montanan, teacher-librarian, and cheerleader for information and technology literacy. She lives in Helena, Montana, where she works for the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI). She spent 13 years as a teacher-librarian in rural Montana before joining the OPI in 2007.
Colet first learned about the Big6 during her school library preparation program, implemented a Big6-based curriculum in the Manhattan, Montana public schools, and was thrilled to meet Mike Eisenberg in 2008 when he assisted the OPI in designing K-12 information literacy standards. Most recently, she collaborated with Mike Eisenberg and Janet Murray to create the Big6 by the Month webinar series and co-authored The Big6 Curriculum: Comprehensive Information and Communication Technology Literacy for All Students (Libraries Unlimited 2016).
Her first computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80 and she first held a library job in the third grade. She completed her MEd in curriculum and instruction at Montana State University, and BA in English with teaching endorsements in secondary English, school library media, and English as a second language at the University of Montana.
John Marino, Ph.D.
John earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and is currently an assistant professor at the University of North Texas. His research interests include information behavior in context, The Big6 information problem-solving process, library programs for children and youth, digital learning environments, and LIS education. He has been a teacher-librarian and a technology integration specialist in the K-12 public schools, where he used the Big6 every day and every way.
Mike is a teacher and mentor whose personal motto is, “make it better!” He is the founding dean of the Information School at the University of Washington, serving from 1998 to 2006. During his tenure, Mike transformed the unit from a single graduate degree program into a broad-based information school with a wide range of research and academic programs, including an undergraduate degree in informatics, masters degrees in information management and library and information science (adding a distance learning program and doubling enrollment), and a doctorate degree in information science.
Mike’s current work focuses on information, communications, and technology (ICT) literacy, information credibility, and information science education K-20. Mike is co-author of the “Big6 approach to information problem-solving” – the most widely used information literacy program in the world. Mike is a prolific author (9 books and dozens of articles and papers) and has worked with thousands of students—pre-K through higher education—as well as people in business, government, and communities to improve their information and technology skills.