WebSearch University 2016 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.

Laura Gordon-Murnane
Research Tools & Technology Librarian Analyst, Library, Bloomberg BNA
Laura Gordon-Murnane is currently employed at Bloomberg BNA as Research Tools & Technology Librarian Analyst.  She has been with BBNA for nineteen 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, Online, and Online Searcher.

Ran Hock Ph.D
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.

Doug Joubert
Informationist, National Institutes of Health Library
I joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library in 2004. I am a customer-oriented practitioner with extensive experience in providing support to researchers working the areas of public health and health care policy. I am the Informationist for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and the National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). In this role, I provide my clients with services that support of the missions of the NIH and select HHS staff divisions. As part of my duties at the NIH Library, I identify and provide guidance on the effective use of emerging technologies and recommend strategies to capitalize on them. Practice areas include GIS, teaching, and technology.



Ms. Barbie E. Keiser
President, Barbie E. Keiser, Inc.
Barbie E. Keiser is an information resources management (IRM) consultant located in the Washington, DC, area, and operating globally. She has more than 25 years experience as a consultant for on-going concerns and start-up corporations, publishers and other information providers (including database producers and vendors), government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations around the world. This year's WebSearch University workshop is based on her dual-degree MBA-MSIS Competitive Intelligence course offered at the Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University.

Marge King
President, InfoRich Group, Inc.
Margaret King (Marge) is founder and president of InfoRich Group, Inc., a management-consulting firm providing fundraising support to nonprofit organizations particularly in the areas of board development, training, prospect research, and fundraising.

She is the publisher and co-editor of Prospect Research Review, the only publication to review and highlight products used by prospect researchers.

She is a member of the adjunct faculty at Delaware County Community College and Eastern University where she teaches business and fundraising courses. She has served on several nonprofit boards and has evaluated and successfully written multi-million dollar grant proposals for Government Agencies, including the National Science Foundation and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

She earned a BS from Cabrini College, Radnor, Pennsylvania, and a MBA from St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, along with completing post­graduate work at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Philadelphia Chapter's board of directors and is a past president of the Association of Independent Information Professionals.

Kalev Hannes Leetaru
GDELT Project, Forbes Columnist, GDELT Project
Kalev H. Leetaru is the Founder of the GDELT Project. His work with big data has fundamentally redefined how we think about information at scale and how we define the boundaries of the big data era. His analysis has benefited clients, including the U.S. government, NBC Universal, the World Bank, and the Internet Archive. He  is the past Yahoo Fellow in Residence for International Values, Communications Technology and the Global Internet and a former Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is current a Council Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government.

Tracy Z Maleeff
Principal, Sherpa Intelligence LLC
Tracy Z. Maleeff is the owner of an independent research business, Sherpa Intelligence LLC. She was most recently the Library Resources Manager at Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia. She earned her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and has undergraduate degrees from both Temple University (magna cum laude) and the Pennsylvania State University. A member of the Special Libraries Association, she was the recipient of the 2014 SLA / Dow Jones Innovate Award. Tracy was also named an SLA Fellow in 2015. Through her role with Sherpa Intelligence, Tracy provides research and social media consulting, with a focus on tech and information security. She is a co-host of the PVC Security Podcast and editor of the Advanced Persistent Security Network. Tracy Tweets about security as @InfoSecSherpa and has more information at SherpaIntel.com

Greg Notess
Faculty & Graduate Services Librarian, Montana State University
Greg Notess, founder of SearchEngineShowdown.com and retired Faculty & Graduate Services Librarian at Montana State University library, is an award-winning author, consultant, and international conference speaker. He writes the "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, KM World, Business Information Review, and Information Today's NewsBreaks. A long-time observer of the information industry, she speaks frequently at national and international conferences. 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.

Chris Vestal
Newsdesk Specialist, LexisNexis, SLA
Chris Vestal has worked at LexisNexis® since 2012. Currently he’s the Newsdesk Specialist on the federal government team. Chris provides trial and ongoing customer support to federal employees and works in search optimization. In his earliest role at LexisNexis® Chris developed and delivered learning, marketing and communication programs for  federal government agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, and Federal Reserve System. Chris was responsible for empowering federal employees to retrieve decision ready information by creating a custom curriculum with classes on a broad range of topics like government contract law, labor and employment law, public records research, and more. Prior to his transition to LexisNexis®, he worked as a librarian at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, conducting training and prior art research for patent examiners.

Chris has been a member of SLA since 2007 and is a former president of the Washington DC Chapter. In 2010, Chris was honored with SLA’s Rising Star award. He’s currently a candidate for SLA’s International Board of Directors, running for the Chapter Cabinet Chair position.