Marcia Bates is currently Professor, Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She was a faculty member and associate dean/department chair at UCLA from 1981 to 1995. She received her Ph.D. in Librarianship from Univ. of California, Berkeley in 1972. She has taught at several different schools of library and information science. Most recently, during retirement, she was co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, 3rd edition.
She is the author of at least three books and many articles relating to information science, with particular specialization in information retrieval and information seeking behavior. Other teaching and research specializations are: Information search strategy; Information seeking behavior; User-centered design of information retrieval systems and interfaces; Subject access in manual and online systems; Science and technology information services. She has done extensive consulting with private industry and higher education. She has been an active member of ASIST for many years and received its highest award, the Award of Merit, in 2005.
The transcript for parts of this interview (see the transcript for details) and the complete audio file of the interview have been closed until 2030, at the request of Dr. Bates.