BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Bates has published widely in the areas of information system search strategy, user-centered design of information retrieval systems, organization of knowledge, information seeking behavior, and the nature of the information professions. (See publications below.) She has taught reference services, information seeking behavior, subject access, and user-centered design of information systems. She has served as Associate Dean and Department Chair. She is now retired as Professor Emerita.

Dr. Bates was Editor-in-Chief of the 7-volume Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, 3rd Ed., with Mary Niles Maack, Associate Editor.

She has also been a professional consultant to numerous organizations in government, foundations, and businesses, including technology start-ups.  She has consulted for these organizations, among others:

Dr. Bates is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement for Science. In 2005, she received the Award of Merit from the American Society for Information Science and Technology, the association’s highest award. She is also a recipient of the ASIST Research Award, 1998 (in recognition of an extensive program of research), and has twice received the American Society for Information Science "Best Journal of ASIS Paper of the Year Award," in 1980 and 2000. In 2001 she received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, co-sponsored by the American Library Association’s Library and Information Technology Association and OCLC, Inc.

After receiving a B.A. at Pomona College, Claremont, California, Marcia Bates taught English as a foreign Language as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand for two years. Upon return, she studied librarianship and information science at the University of California at Berkeley School of Library and Information Studies. She received her M.L.S. degree in 1967 and Ph.D. in 1972.

She subsequently taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, and at the University of Washington in Seattle. Receiving tenure at the University of Washington, she accepted a promotion at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981, where she has taught ever since. At UCLA she is now a "Professor VI," a special rank requiring additional review beyond that for full professor.

Her hobbies are cats, world-wide travel, and photography.

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

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Bates, Marcia J. (2016). Information and the Information Professions: Selected Works of Marcia J. Bates, volume I. Berkeley, CA: Ketchikan Press, 372 pp. (Available at online bookstores.)

Bates, Marcia J. (2016).  Information Searching Theory and Practice: Selected Works of Marcia J. Bates, volume II. Berkeley, CA: Ketchikan Press, 392 pp. (Available at online bookstores.)

Bates, Marcia J. (2016).  Information Users and Information System Design: Selected Works of Marcia J. Bates, volume III. Berkeley, CA: Ketchikan Press, 384 pp.  (Available at online bookstores.)

Bates, Marcia J. (2016).  Many paths to theory: The creative process in the information sciences.  In Diane H. Sonnenwald, (Ed.), Theory Development in the Information Sciences (pp. 21-49). Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.

Bates, Marcia J. (2015). The information professions: Knowledge, memory, heritage. Information Research, 20(1), paper 655. Retrieved from http://InformationR.net/ir/20-1/paper655.html (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6WyNray1L)

Mizrachi, Diane & Bates, Marcia J.  (2013). Undergraduates’ personal academic information management and the consideration of time and task-urgency. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(8), 1590-1607.

Bates, Marcia J., (Ed.). (2012). Understanding Information Retrieval Systems: Management, Types, and Standards.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Bates, Marcia J.; Maack, Mary Niles, Eds. (2010). Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, 3rd Ed. New York: CRC Press. 7 volumes, 5742 pages.
(Also available in online form.) http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9780849397127/ See also Introduction to ELIS, Topical Table of Contents (penultimate version), and Alphabetical Table of Contents

Bates, Marcia J. (2010). "Information." In Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, 3rd Ed.; Bates, Marcia J.; Maack, Mary Niles, Eds. New York: CRC Press, vol. 3, pp. 2347-2360. [Available at http://pages.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/bates/articles/information.html ]. (Also available online at subscribing libraries.)

Bates, Marcia J. (2010) "Information Behavior." In Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, 3rd Ed.; Bates, Marcia J.; Maack, Mary Niles, Eds. New York: CRC Press, vol. 3, pp. 2381-2391. [Available at http://pages.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/bates/articles/information-behavior.html ]. (Also available online at subscribing libraries.)

Bates, Marcia J. (2010). An operational definition of the information disciplines.  Proceedings of the iConference, Feb. 3-6, 2010, pp. 19-25.  Available at https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/14900

Bates, Martha J., Ed. (2008). Klondike Trek: Jim Hinkle’s Life in the Gold Rush of 1898. Preface by Marcia J. Bates. Paso Robles, CA: Ketchikan Press.

Bates, Marcia J. (2007). What is browsing – really? A model drawing from behavioural science research. Information Research, 12(4) paper 330. [Available at http://InformationR.net/ir/12-4/paper330.html]

Bates, Marcia J. (2007). Defining the information disciplines in encyclopedia development. Information Research, 12(4) paper colis29. [Available at http://InformationR.net/ir/12-4/colis/colis29.html]

Bates, Marcia J. (2006). Fundamental forms of information, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 57(8), 1033-1045.

Bates, Marcia J. (2005). Information and knowledge: An evolutionary framework for information science. Information Research, 10 (4) paper 239, [available at http://InformationR.net/ir/10-4/paper239.html ]

Bates, Marcia J. (2005). Berrypicking. In Fisher, Karen E., Erdelez, Sanda, & McKechnie, Lynne (Eds.), Theories of Information Behavior (pp. 58-62). Medford, NJ: Information Today.

Bates, Marcia J. (2005). An introduction to metatheories, theories, and models. In Fisher, Karen E., Erdelez, Sanda, & McKechnie, Lynne (Eds.), Theories of Information Behavior  (pp. 1-24). Medford, NJ: Information Today.

Bates, Marcia J. (2004). Information science at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1960s: a memoir of student days. Library Trends, 52(4), 683-701.

Bhavnani, Suresh K. and Bates, Marcia J. (2002). Separating the knowledge layers: Cognitive analysis of search knowledge through hierarchical goal decompositions. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting, 39, 204-213.

Bates, M.J. (2002). Speculations on browsing, directed searching, and linking in relation to the Bradford Distribution. In H. Bruce, R. Fidel, P. Ingwersen, & P. Vakkari, (Eds.), Emerging Frameworks and Methods: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS4), (pp. 137–150). Greenwood Village, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Bates, M.J. (2002). Toward an integrated model of information seeking and searching. (Keynote Address, Fourth international Conference on Information Needs, Seeking and Use in Different Contexts, Lisbon, Portugal, September 11, 2002.) New Review of Information Behaviour Research 3, 1–15.

Bates, M.J. (2002). After the dot-bomb: Getting web information retrieval right this time. First Monday 7(7). http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/971/892.

Bates, M.J., Hulsy, C., & Jost, G. (2002). Multimedia research support for visiting scholars in museums, libraries, and universities. Information Technology and Libraries 21(2), 73–81.

Bates, M.J. (2002). The cascade of interactions in the digital library interface. Information Processing & Management 38(3), 381–400.

Bates, M.J. (2000). World Wide Web opportunities in subject cataloging and access. In T.H. Connell & R.L. Maxwell (Eds.), The future of cataloging: Insights from the Lubetzky symposium (pp. 143–148). Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Bates, M.J. (1999). The invisible substrate of information science. Journal of the American Society for Information Science 50(12), 1043–1050.  (Winner: "Best JASIS Paper of the Year Award," 2000.)

Bates, M.J. (1999). A tour of information science through the pages of JASIS. Journal of the American Society for Information Science 50(11), 975–993.

Bates, M.J. (1999). The 50th Anniversary of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science: Guest editor introduction. Journal of the American Society for Information Science 50(11), 958–964.

Bates, M.J. (1999, July 15). Another information system fails—why? (OpEd article) Los Angeles Times, B9.

Bates, M.J. (1998). Indexing and access for digital libraries and the internet: Human, database, and domain factors. Journal of the American Society for Information Science 49(13), 1185–1205.

Bates, M.J. (1998). The role of publication type in the evaluation of LIS Programs. Library & Information Science Research 20(2), 187–198.

Bates, M.J. (1998). Response to “The academic elite in library science. . .”.  College & Research Libraries 59(3), 275–280.

Bates, M.J., and Lu, S. (1997). An exploratory profile of personal home pages: Content, design, metaphors. Online & CDROM Review 21(6), 331–340.

Kafai, Y., & Bates, M.J. (1997). Internet web-searching instruction in the elementary classroom: Building a foundation for information literacy. School Library Media Quarterly 25(2), 103–111.

Bates, M.J. (1996). The Getty end-user Online Searching Project in the humanities: report no. 6: Overview and conclusions. College & Research Libraries 57(6), 514–523.

Bates, M.J. (1996). Document familiarity in relation to relevance, information retrieval theory, and Bradford’s law: The Getty Online Searching Project report no. 5. Information Processing & Management 32(6), 697–707.

Bates, M.J. (1996). Learning about the information seeking of interdisciplinary scholars and students. Library Trends 45(2), 155–164.

Bates, M.J. (1996) Learning about your users’ information needs: A key to effective service. In A. Cohen (Ed.), PIALA ‘95: Preservation of Culture Through Archives & Libraries, (pp. 5–12). Colonia, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia: Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives.

Bates, M.J., Wilde, D.N., & Siegfried, S. (1995). Research practices of humanities scholars in an online environment: The Getty Online Searching Project report no. 3. Library and Information Science Research 17(1), 5–40.

Bates, M.J. (1994). The design of databases and other information resources for humanities scholars: The Getty Online Searching Project report no.4. Online & CDROM Review 18(6), 331–340.

Siegfried, S., Bates, M.J., & Wilde, D.N. (1993). A profile of end-user searching behavior by humanities scholars: The Getty Online Searching Project report no. 2. Journal of the American Society for Information Science 44(5), 273–291.

Bates, M.J., Wilde, D.N., & Siegfried, S. (1993). An analysis of search terminology used by humanities scholars: The Getty Online Searching Project report no. 1. The Library Quarterly, 63(1), 1–39.

White, H.D., Bates, M.J., & Wilson, P. (1992).For information specialists: Interpretationsof reference and bibliographic work. Norwood, NJ: Ablex. 310 pp.

Bates, M.J. (1992). Implications of the subject subdivisions conference: The shift in outline catalog design. In M.O. Conway (Ed.), The future of subdivisions in the Library of Congress Subject Headings system: Report from the Subject Subdivisions Conference (pp. 92–98). Washington, DC: Library of Congress Cataloging Distribution Service.

Bates, M.J. (1991). OPAC use and users: Breaking out of the assumptions. Think tank on the present and future of the online catalog: Proceedings, ALA Midwinter Meeting, Chicago, IL, January 11–12 (pp. 49–58). Chicago, IL: American Library Association, Reference and Adult Services Division. [RASD Occasional Papers, No.9].

Bates, M.J. (1990). Where should the person stop and the information search interface start? Information Processing & Management 26(5), 575–591.

Bates, M.J. (1990). Design for a subject search interface and online thesaurus for a very large records management database. Proceedings of the 53rd ASIS Annual Meeting 27, 20–28.

Bates, M.J. (1989). The design of browsing and berrypicking techniques for the online search interface. Online Review, 13(5), 407–424.

Bates, M.J. (1989). Rethinking subject cataloging in the online environment. Library Resources & Technical Services, 33(4), 400–412.

Bates, M.J. (1989). Designing online catalog subject access to meet user needs.  In Fifty-fifth IFLA Council and General Conference, Paris, France, August 19–26, (pp. 40-24–40-26). Division of Bibliographic Control, Section on Classification and Indexing. The Hague, Netherlands: IFLA.

Bates, M.J. (1988). How to use controlled vocabularies more effectively in online searching. Online, 12(6), 45–56.

Bates, M.J. (1987). Information: The last variable. Proceedings of the 50th ASIS Annual Meeting 24, 6–10.

Bates, M.J. (1987). How to use information search tactics online. Online 11(3), 47–54.

Bates, M.J. (1986). What is a reference book? A theoretical and empirical analysis. RQ 26(1), 37–57.

Bates, M.J. (1986). Subject access in online catalogs: A design model. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 37(6), 357–376.

Bates, M.J. (1986). A doctorate in library/information science: Advice for librarians considering Ph.D. studies. The Library Journal 111(14), 157–159.

Bates, M.J. (1985). An exploratory paradigm for online information retrieval. In B. C. Brookes (Ed.), Intelligent information systems for the information society. Proceedings of the Sixth International Research Forum in Information Science (IRFIS 6), Frascati, Italy, September 16–18. (pp. 91–99). Amsterdam: North-Holland.

Bates, M.J. (1984). The fallacy of the perfect thirty-item online search. RQ 24(1), 43–50.

Bates, M.J. (1984). Locating elusive science information: Some search techniques. Special Libraries 75(2), 114–120.

Bates, M.J. (1981). Search techniques. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology 16, 139–169.

Bates, M.J. (1980). A criterion citation rate for information scientists. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science Annual Meeting 17, 276–278.

Bates, M.J. (1979). Idea tactics. Journal of the American Society for Information Science 30(5), 280–289.

Bates, M.J. (1979). Information search tactics. Journal of the American Society for Information Science 30(4), 205–214(Winner: "Best JASIS Paper of the Year Award," 1980.)

Bates, M.J. (1977). System meets user: Problems in matching subject search terms. Information Processing & Management 13(6), 367–375.

Bates, M.J. (1977). Factors affecting subject catalog search success. Journal of the American Society for Information Science 28(3), 161–169.

Bates, M.J. (1976). Rigorous systematic bibliography. RQ 16(1), 7–26.

Cuadra, CA., & Bates, M.J. (Eds.) (1974). Library and information service needs of the nation: Proceedings of a conference on the needs of occupational, ethnic, and other groups in the United States. Sponsored by the NationalCommission on Libraries and Information Science. Washington, DC:U.S.G.P.O. [ERIC #ED 101 716]. 314 pp.

Bates, M.J. (1971). User studies: A review for librarians and information scientists.

[ERIC #ED 047 738].

UNPUBLISHED

Conceptualizing Users and Uses, ASIST Conference, Nov. 18, 2002.

Conceptions of Information as Evidence, ASIST Conference, Nov. 20, 2002.

 


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