Michael Bieber, PhD, professor of information systems at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has been named acting chair of the department of information systems in the College of Computing Sciences (CCS). Bieber has been with NJIT for nearly 13 years.
“There is a dangerous myth that computing is in decline and that few technology-related job opportunities exist for college graduates,” said Bieber. “But a closer examination reveals how dependent industry and society are on information systems, the importance of critically understanding information issues and the wealth of job opportunities that are rebounding.”
NJIT's Information Systems Department is New Jersey’s only accredited IS undergraduate program. The information systems discipline advances the effectiveness of information and communication technologies for industry, scientists, communities, health care, education, government and individuals.
Bieber, of Westfield, said his first goal is to reduce class size. He will also collaborate with industry partners to update curriculum and fully prepare students for the rich variety of information-intensive jobs available.
An active researcher in systems integration, digital libraries and educational innovation, Bieber is better known among information scientists at NJIT and around the nation as the principal investigator on a project to create a super sized library. Project funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) tops $2 million.
"Users now search each electronic database separately,” said Bieber. “Our software will allow them to simultaneously conduct the same search throughout all library resources.” In addition to extra links, the system will improve upon Google’s style of information delivery. “Just type a topic into a library’s designated search engine,” said Bieber. “A few seconds later a list of resources grouped by sub-topics will appear.”
Holdings in the virtual mega library will include the home library’s on-line catalog, databases and electronic special collections. Also available will be the National Science Digital Library on-line educational resource network, the Science@NASA educational digital library and books on sale at Amazon.com that pertain to any item a user selects on the computer screen. The National Science Digital Library housed in NSF is a network that includes teaching resources, experiments, data and more for students in grade and secondary schools as well as in higher education.