Mary Ellen's Extras!
These are reports and slide decks from my recent presentations. Do they look interesting? Feel free to contact me if you would like to bring a lively, entertaining and effective speaker to your organization or group.
Mary Ellen surveyed business owners in the Association of Independent Information Professionals about their businesses. How much do they make? How many hours do they work? What is their biggest challenge? This 64-page report provides insight into info-entrepreneurship, and offers a benchmarking tool for both new and long-time business owners.

Mary Ellen provides the latest resources, tricks and tips for getting the most from your web searching. This presentation was given at Computers in Libraries 2014 on April 7, 2014.

Our competitive landscape is changing beneath our feet. This session focuses on how new info-entrepreneurs can approach their business strategically and how long-time business owners can best adjust their strategic plan to take advantage of changes in the competitive landscape. Mary Ellen gives practical tools for making the kinds of strategic shifts that will keep you irreplaceable to your clients. This presentation was given at the annual conference of the Association of Independent Information Professionals on April 4, 2014.

Much of life involves negotiation, and we often approach a conflict with the assumption that it is a zero-sum game. Mary Ellen will help you develop your ability to reframe challenging situations, identify the underlying issues, and use tools to enhance your negotiation skills and approach every situation as negotiable. This 2014 Shirley Alldredge Memorial Lecture was given for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Special Libraries Association on Feb. 27, 2014.

Mary Ellen talks about how to build "information dissatisfaction" with what's available on free, public search engines, and offer a "dare to compare" challenge to end users who rush to Google to do important research. This webinar presentatation was given as an SLA PartnerTalk on Nov. 13, 2013, and was sponsored by ProQuest Dialog.

Mary Ellen reveals what advanced search engine techniques still work, where to find them, and how to get the search engines to work for you. This presentatation was given for the professional staff of the National Library of Jamaica in Kingston, Nov. 1, 2013.

Mary Ellen offers tips and techniques for info pros who want to more effectively communicate the strategic value they provide to their clients. This presentatation was given at Developing the Knowledge Society: Libraries Vision 2030 seminar, hosted by the National Library of Jamaica in Kingston, Oct. 31, 2013.

Mary Ellen offers insights and ideas to ensure that your library or information center is seen as the valuable and mission-critical asset that it is. This keynote at the AGLIN Forum 2013 was presented on July 30, 2013 and sponsored by the Australian Government Libraries Information Network

Mary Ellen offers info-entrepreneurs 10 tips for getting their marketing off to a good start in 2013. This is one of the MEB's 123s series of half-hour webinars on topics of interest to info pros. You can see all the webinars at

Mary Ellen offers her 10 favorite tips for painless (really!) negotiation. This is one of the MEB's 123s series of half-hour webinars on topics of interest to info pros. You can see all the webinars at

Mary Ellen talked with SLA unit leaders about how to create a richer experience for SLA members on Sept. 20, 2012 in Washington DC. Her recommendations are based on a survey of SLA members; you can see a summary of the results here.

Mary Ellen asks 10 questions to help entrepreneurs shift their thinking about themselves and their business. This is one of the MEB's 123s series of half-hour webinars on topics of interest to info pros. You can see all the webinars at

Mary Ellen offers 10 ideas on how info pros can more effectively communicate value; this is the slide deck for her webinar. This is one of the MEB's 123s series of half-hour webinars on topics of interest to info pros. You can see all the webinars at

My librarian's look into the Crystal Ball...made in 2003! Read it for yourself and tell me: What of this isn't still applicable today? How accurate (or not) was my look into the future of our Info Pro world?

This is from a short talk I gave at the Information Online 2003 conference in Sydney. I was asked to prepare a 5-minute submission on the role of information professionals in the online environment. I predicted the day when we saw the distinction between librarY and librarIAN, when info pros permeated the workplace, when we were seen as an essential component of every information management function within organizations and institutions.

Also of Interest:

The How-To Book on Becoming a Successful Info-Entrepreneur
Mary Ellen Bates is the author of Building and Running A Successful Research Business: A Guide for the Independent Information Professional —widely considered the definitive, step-by-step guide to building a strong, thriving information services business. Many information professionals seeking coaching start by reading this book first, and then work with Mary Ellen for more advanced, one-on-one coaching. If you buy her book directly from the Bates InfoStore, you will also receive a free half hour of business coaching with Mary Ellen.

Rave Reviews From Clients
Mary Ellen Bates is known for her crisp, organized coaching, coupled with a genuine desire to help others succeed in the field of information services.

Here's what some of her Info-Entrepreneur clients have to say about her helpful coaching style:
"Mary Ellen is one of the easiest and more professional people with whom I've worked. The advice I receive from Mary Ellen is practical, smart and easy to implement."

—Mark Evans, Banchroft Research Group
"As a result of Mary Ellen's coaching, my presentation and speaking business has dramatically increased."

—Marcy Phelps, Phelps Research

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