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I used to work as a "regular" librarian; now I'm a librarian of fortune.


I'm Mary Ellen Bates and my passion is helping clients make strategic decisions. I used to work in specialized libraries (law firm, federal courts, research company, telecom company) until I got tired of the tedium of a steady paycheck. In 1991, I started Bates Information Services, providing business research to business professionals and consulting and training services to the information industry.

I travel a lot, giving talks and workshops for clients. If you want more information about my business, head over to

This is a space where I can just rant, share links that interest me, and ramble on.