Toni Carbo is a teaching professor in the College of Information Science and Technology (the iSchool) at Drexel University and is the iSchool's program leader for the Center for Graduate Studies. She is also professor emerita at the School of Information Sciences (SIS), University of Pittsburgh and was the Dean of SIS from August 1, 1986 through June 30, 2002. Carbo was selected as the first Madison Council Fellow in Library and Information Science at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress (September 1, 2002 â€“ April 30, 2003). Her work in the information field began in 1962 and includes extensive experience with information service producers and users (working both in libraries for nine years and with database producers for seven years) and with research and development in the areas of information policy, the teaching of information ethics, and the use of information. Dr. Carbo was executive director of the National Federation of Abstracting and Indexing Services (now National Federation of Advanced Information Services) from 1974-1979, and was executive director of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) from November 1980 â€“ June 1986. She has an A.B. from Brown University and M.S. and Ph.D. from Drexel University.
She chairs the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Task Force to develop a Code of Ethics for LIS Educators and was the Convener of the ALISE SIG on information ethics 2009-2010 She was co-chair of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Advisory Council on Information Ethics. Dr. Carbo is co-founder and an active member and Cabinet Representative in the ASIST Special Interest Group on International Information Issues and serves on the ASIST International Relations Committee. Both the Task Force and the Advisory Council work resulted in ethical Guidelines for both organizations that were approved by the associations. She is a member of the UNESCO experts group on Information and Media Literacy Indicators. She serves on the Brown University President's Library Advisory Council and on the Board of the Elsevier Foundation. She is a fellow of AAAS, the Institute of Information Scientists, NFAIS and the SLA. In 2010 she was awarded the first Raymond F. von Dran Award for her "pioneering initiative and enduring support of the iSchool Caucus" by the iSchools for leadership in the information field.
A strong advocate of programs to increase diversity since the 1960s, Dr. Carbo worked with the late E.J. Josey from 1986 to expand diversity programs at the University of Pittsburgh's SIS and the School received the Chancellor's first award for minority recruitment. She was the director of the IMLS-funded ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellows program, in collaboration with ALA and nine other LIS programs. Dr. Carbo currently serves as Drexel's representative on the Steering Committee for the Mellon-funded iSchool Inclusion Initiative: Developing Faculty Diversity. Carbo was a member of the US National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council (NII AC) 1994-1996, and was named one of seven US private sector representatives to the G-7 Round Table of Business Leaders to the G-7 Information Society Meeting in Brussels, Belgium in 1995. She served on the board of the Center for Democracy and Technology, including as chair of the board for its first decade.
In 2007 she received the ALISE Award for Service to the Association. In 2005 she was honored for her "inspiring work in the sciences" by the Women and Girls Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, and in 2004 she was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. Dr. Carbo is a member of the International Women's Forum and was a member of the Advisory Committee of the Women and Girls Foundation of Pittsburgh. She received the ALISE Award for Professional Contribution to Library and Information Science Education and the ASIST Watson Davis Award for significant contributions to the association and the profession in 1983. Carbo is co-editor, with James Williams of Information Science: Still an Emerging Discipline and of Perspectives on Information Science: A Festschrift in Honor of Alan Kent (1995), of Perspectives on Information Science: A Festschrift in Honor of Anthony Debons (2007), and with Martha M. Smith, the Perspectives on Global Information Ethics in the JASIST, 2008. She is the Editor of The International Information and Library Review (IILR) and the author of hundreds of articles, book chapters, and technical reports. Her publications are scattered over a diverse set of journals, including the Computer Society of India Communications, SciTech Lawyer, the Electronic Journal of E-government, the Journal of the Medical Library Association, the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Library Trends, Information Policy Briefings (UK), The Information Society, the JASIST, the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, Journal of Library Administration, the ARIST, and the International Review [formerly Journal] of Information Ethics.
She has directed several international research projects related to the use of scientific and technical information and has been involved in the development of information policies in the U.S. and Europe. Carbo has chaired and/or participated in the planning and implementation of numerous international conferences and workshops, including the Second International Conference on E-Government in 2006; the UNESCO "Info-Ethics: First International Congress on Ethical, Legal, and Societal Aspects of Digital Information in 1997; "Towards an Information Literate Society" (Prague, Czech Republic, 2003), the Symposium on Information Ethics in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2004; the first African Conference on Information Ethics in Pretoria, South Africa in 2007, and the UNESCO Workshop on Information Ethics and E-Government in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2009. Her research and teaching interests focus on pedagogy for Information Ethics; Information Policy, especially as related to e-government in the U.S., Europe and Africa; and on Information Literacy. She is a past president of both ALISE and ASIST.