Web Search University 2012 Speakers

Mary Ellen Bates
Principal, Bates Information Services, Inc.
Mary Ellen is the owner of Bates Information Services, (BatesInfo.com) providing strategic business research and analysis to business professionals and special librarians, and consulting services to the information industry. She also offers strategic busines coaching for entrepreneurs (Reluctant-Entrepreneur.com.

She is a prolific writer and speaker, having keynoted at conferences around the world and written seven books and innumerable articles on the information industry. Her latest book is The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Making a Living Doing What You Love. She is a regular columnist for Online Searcher magazine and contributing editor for Information Advisor. She received her MLS from the University of California, Berkeley, and worked in special libraries for over a decade before starting her own company in 1991.

Adam Bernacki
Vice President, Sales & Licensing, Leadership Directories
Adam Bernacki is Vice President, Sales and Licensing for Leadership Directories. Prior to joining Leadership Directories, Mr. Bernacki served as Leader, Electronic Licensing and Sales at Dun & Bradstreet. Previously, he was Global Product Manager, Online Services at Elsevier Science. He has also served as an adjunct Assistant Professor at Long Island University.

Mr. Bernacki holds a Master's of Library & Information Science from Long Island University and Master's of Arts from CUNY.


Ann Cullen
Business Librarian, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
Ann is now Business Librarian, Goizueta Business School, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She previously held the position of Curriculum Services Specialist, Baker Library, Harvard University.  Ann has worked in both the private and public sector as an educator, researcher and information professional. Previous positions were with Columbia University, Credit Suisse First Boston, Chase Manhattan Bank, the American Management Association, Warburg Pincus and Goldman Sachs. In addition to her full-time job, she teaches a course in Business Research at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She is an active member of SLA and its Business & Finance Division. She received the B&F Division Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Librarianship in June 2007 and became a Fellow of SLA this year.  For more information please see - http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/people/faculty/adjunct/cullen.php.

Megan K Fox
Director of Knowledge Management and IT, Jobs for the Future
Megan K Fox is the Director of Knowledge Management and Information Technology for a national nonprofit, Jobs for the Future.  Megan directs the development and implementation of systems that enable JFF to share and leverage its expertise. Ms. Fox also leads the effective utilization of technology to increase JFF's reach, scale and impact.

Previously, Megan was the Associate Director for the Simmons College Library where she was responsible for leading the innovative and effective use of technology across all departments to enhance Library services, as well as coordinating internal and external communications, managing online databases, and providing institutional research support.  

Megan received her MA in Literature from Boston College in 1994 and her MLS in Library and Information Science from Simmons in 1998. 

Megan also teaches graduate and continuing education courses for the Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science. Her specialties include online resources, searching the Web, business information, and mobile technologies.

Megan has been a frequent speaker at Computers in Libraries, Internet Librarian and at numerous other library conferences and associations.

Bridget Gilhool
Head Librarian, Antitrust Library, U.S. Dept. of Justice
Bridget Gilhool is head librarian of the Antitrust Library at the U.S. Department of Justice where she began as a reference librarian in 2000, after graduating with an MLS from University of Maryland. She started federal service out of college, in the reference section of the National Archives. After working at a law firm which lobbied for money for public housing, Bridget earned an MA in Labor and Industrial Relations from Rutgers University in 1994, cutting her investigative teeth on corporate campaigns. She currently serves as the intern coordinator for Justice Libraries and on the Collection Management Working Group and co-teaches Finding Company Information and Public Records Resources Online to DOJ staff.

Laura Gordon-Murnane
Emerging Technologies Librarian, Library, Bloomberg BNA
Laura Gordon-Murnane is currently employed at Bloomberg BNA as Emerging Technologies Librarian.  She has been with BBNA for sixteen years.  Laura earned her MLS degree from the University of Maryland.  Library Journal named her as one of their Movers and Shakers for 2005 and she has published many articles for Searcher and Online.

Ran Hock
Principal, Online Strategies
Ran is the author of The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook, The Traveler's Web, The Extreme Searcher's Guide to Web Search Engines, and Yahoo! to the Max. He is also a frequent contributor and columnist for professional publications. Through his company, Online Strategies, Ran creates and presents courses on using the Web for professional associations, governments, NGO's, companies, schools, and businesses in the U.S. and abroad. Ran has held management and training positions with DIALOG and Knight-Ridder Information Services, and has been a reference librarian at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an adjunct faculty member for Catholic University's Department of Library and Information Science, and has served as adjunct faculty for Lesley University's Technology in Education Program, and for Johns Hopkins University.

Greg Lindahl
CTO, blekko
Greg Lindahl is currently Founder and CTO at blekko, a new web-scale search engine. He was previously Founder and Distinguished Engineer at PathScale, at which he was the architect of the InfiniPath low-latency InfiniBand HCA, used to build tightly-coupled supercomputing clusters. Prior to PathScale's founding in 2001, he worked on commodity Linux clusters at HPTi, including the 1999 Forecast Systems Lab system, which was the first time a Linux cluster won a conventional supercomputing procurement. Greg holds an MA in Astronomy from the University of Virginia, and a BA in Physics and Math from Brandeis University.

Jennifer L McMahan
Deputy Director, Library Staff, U.S. Dept. of Justice
Jennifer McMahan has been with the Justice Libraries since 1999 and now serves as Deputy Director.  Along with the Director, she oversees collections, personnel, and systems for the libraries.  Prior to that, she managed four of the Justice Libraries and her duties included reference, training, and helping to create and maintain the DOJ Virtual Library. She has given numerous presentations on expert witnesses, public records research, and searching the Web. She served a two-year term on the Board of the Law Librarians' Society of Washington DC and as President of the LLSDC Federal Law Librarians SIS. She is the chairperson of the AALL Federal Law Libraries Caucus and is a member of the FLICC Education Working Group. She received her Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from Catholic University in 1998 and her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Russian Studies from Georgetown University.

Greg Notess
Faculty & Graduate Services Librarian, Montana State University
Greg Notess, founder of SearchEngineShowdown.com and Faculty & Graduate Services Librarian at Montana State University library, is an award-winning author, consultant, and international conference speaker. He writes the "On the Net" and "Search Engine Update" columns for Online Searcher, and his most recent book is Screencasting for Libraries.

Marydee Ojala
Editor-in-Chief, Online Searcher magazine
Marydee Ojala is Editor-in-Chief of Online Searcher (the successor journal to ONLINE) and writes its business research column ("The Dollar Sign"). She has contributed feature articles and news stories to Information Today, Searcher, EContent, Computers in Libraries, Intranets, Cyber Skeptic's Guide to the Internet, Business Information Review, and Information Today's NewsBreaks. Her blog is ONLINEInsider.net. A long-time observer of the information industry, she speaks frequently at conferences, such as WebSearch University, Internet Librarian, INFORUM (Prague), Internet Librarian International (london, UK), and national library meetings outside the U.S. She has adjunct faculty status at the School of Library and Information Science at IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis). Her professional career began at BankAmerica Corporation, San Francisco, directing a worldwide program of research and information services. She established her independent information research business in 1987. Her undergraduate degree is from Brown University and her MLS was earned at the University of Pittsburgh.

Gary Price
Co-Founder, INFODocket & FullTextReports
Gary Price was the Founder and editor of both ResourceShelf and DocuTicker, published by Free Pint, Ltd. Having left those publications, he is now co-founder of Library Journal's INFODocket and FullTextReports. He co-authored (with Chris Sherman) The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, published by Information Today, Inc. Price lives in suburban Washington D.C. and earned a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Daniel M Russell
Uber Tech Lead, Search Quality & User Happiness, Search, Google
Daniel Russell studies how people search and research, making him "an anthropologist of search." He works for Google as a research scientist as the Uber Tech Lead for Search Quality and User Happiness in Mountain View.  He earned his PhD in computer science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence until he realized that magnifying and understanding human intelligence was his real passion.  Twenty years ago he foreswore AI in favor of HI, and enjoys teaching, learning, running and music, preferably all in one day.  He has worked at Xerox PARC before it was PARC.com, was in the Advanced Technology Group at Apple where he wrote the first 100 web pages for www.Apple.com using SimpleText.  He has also worked at IBM and briefly at a startup that developed tablet computers before the iPad.   He blogs about search strategies at SearchResearch.

Chris Sherman
Founding Editor, Search Engine Land
Chris Sherman is founding editor of Search Engine Land and president of Searchwise LLC, a Boulder CO-based web consulting firm. He is the author of Google Power: Unleash the Full Power of Google, published by McGraw-Hill. He co-authored (with Gary Price) The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, published by Information Today, Inc. From 2001 through 2006, Chris was executive editor of SearchEngineWatch. Chris holds a master's degree in interactive educational technology from Stanford University and a B.A. in visual arts and communications from the University of California, San Diego.

David Shumaker
Clinical Associate Professor, School of Library & Information Science, Catholic University of America

David Shumaker has served as Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, Catholic University of America, since August 2006.

Dave's teaching interests include the present and future roles of librarians in society, the management of libraries and information services, marketing, information systems, and library public services. His research and writing explore the changing roles of librarians in organizations of all types.  He and his co-investigator, Mary Talley, were awarded the 2007 Special Libraries Association Research Grant for their project, "Models of Embedded Librarianship." The final report of the project is available on the SLA website, and related articles have been published in Library Journal, Reference & User Services Quarterly, and Information Outlook. Dave is a frequent speaker and panelist on embedded librarianship. He is the author of the book The Embedded Librarian: Innovative Strategies for Taking Knowledge Where It's Needed (Information Today, 2012) and blogs at www.embeddedlibrarian.com .