About Us


Publication: 2012-08-15



Name:Owen Ambur


Name:National Federation of Advanced Information Services


The National Federation of Advanced Information Services ( NFAIS) is a global, non-profit, volunteer-powered membership organization that serves the information community - that is, all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information... NFAIS exists to promote the success of its members and for more than 50 years has provided a forum in which to address common interests through education and advocacy. See also


  • Information Community

  • NFAIS MembersMember organizations represent a cross-section of content and technology providers, including database creators, publishers, libraries, host systems, information technology developers, content management providers, and other related groups. They embody a true partnership of commercial, nonprofit, and government organizations that embraces a common mission - to build the world's knowledgebase through enabling research and managing the flow of scholarly communication.

  • Content Providers

  • Technology Providers

  • Database Creators

  • Publishers

  • Libraries

  • Host Systems

  • Information Technology Developers

  • Content Management Providers

  • Commercial Organizations

  • Nonprofit Organizations

  • Government Organizations

  • Scholars

  • Bonnie LawlorBonnie Lawlor is NFAIS Executive Director. Prior to this, she was Senior Vice President and General Manager of ProQuest's Library Division where she was responsible for the development and worldwide sales and marketing of their products to academic, public, and government libraries. Before ProQuest, Bonnie was Executive Vice President, Database Publishing at the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI - now Thomson Reuters Healthcare & Science) where she was responsible for product development, production, publisher relations, editorial content, and worldwide sales and marketing of all of ISI's products and services. Bonnie is active in the American Chemical Society, currently serving as a Councilor for the Division of Chemical Information and as a member of the Council Policy Committee. She is currently on the Boards of LYRASIS, one of the major library consortia in the Unites States, and the Philosopher's Information Center, the producer of the Philosopher's Index. She has served as a Board and Executive Committee Member of the Information Industry Association (IIA), and as a Board Member of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). Ms. Lawlor earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia), an M.S. in chemistry from St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia), and an MBA from the Wharton School, (University of Pennsylvania).

  • Jill O'NeillJill O'Neill is the NFAIS Director of Planning & Communication. She has been a part of the information community for approximately twenty years, holding positions with firms such as Elsevier, Thomson Scientific (now Thomson Reuters Healthcare & Science), and John Wiley & Sons. Her focus is on the emergence of Web-based applications for the creation, discovery and dissemination of content and the potential value of those tools to the global information community. She has been blogging about books, more or less regularly, for the past four years. She actively participates in online communities, such as LibraryThing, and maintains a profile on major social networks, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Plaxo, and Google.

  • Margaret MansonMargaret Manson is Manager, NFAIS Member Support and Customer Relations. Prior to joining NFAIS in 1995, Margaret held a variety of office management, executive assistant, secretarial and bookkeeping positions. Margaret was graduated from Fayetteville State University with an Associate Degree in Secretarial Science. She completed further studies at Philadelphia Community College in accounting.

  • Barbara Dobbs MackenziePresident, NFAIS Board of Directors: 2011 - 2012. RILM Editor-in-Chief. RILM Abstracts of Music Literature. Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie is editor-in-chief of RILM Abstracts of Barbara_Mackenzie Music Literature and Director of the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The Center's publications include RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, How to Write about Music: The RILM Manual of Style, the journal Music in Art, and the French opera in facsimile series. Dr. Mackenzie received her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Michigan. Publications, in addition to RILM, include several articles on the Baglioni family of 18th-century opera singers for The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and the second edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and "Neapolitan Comic Opera in Naples and in Rome: Pergolesi's Lo frate 'nnammorato and Latilla's La finta cameriera" for Studi pergolesiana 3 (1999), as well as a number of bibliographic articles. Dr. Mackenzie is active in the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (chair: annual RILM sessions), the Music Library Association, and the American Musicological Society (for which she has served on the Committee for Career-Related Issues). Before coming to RILM, Dr. Mackenzie taught music history at Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan. She is active as a singer in New York City and serves on the board of Tannery Pond Concerts.

  • Suzanne BeDellPresident-Elect, NFAIS Board of Directors: 2011 - 2012. Managing Director, Elsevier. Suzanne BeDell currently is the General Manager of Dialog and leads its global operations. She was appointed to this position in July 2008, when Dialog became part of the ProQuest family. Prior to joining Dialog, Suzanne was Senior Vice President of Publishing, where she managed ProQuest's Higher Education Publishing area. She joined ProQuest in 2001 as Vice President and Publisher and played instrumental roles in the acquisition of Serials Solutions, the expansion of Chadwyck-Healey's publishing program, and the development of such critically-acclaimed products as Black Studies Center and ProQuest Central, the world's largest aggregated full-text database. Before ProQuest, Suzanne was Senior Vice-President of Internet Products at Thomson Healthcare and Director of Electronic Product Development for Mosby, Inc., a Times-Mirror Company. She also held the role of Publisher at Mosby and launched Mosby's GenRx (now Mosby's Drug Consult), one of the first web-based applications produced by a medical publisher. Suzanne also held a variety of positions in McGraw-Hill's College Division, including as Publisher for Primis, the first electronic custom publishing system in Higher Education. Suzanne holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Drake University. She maintains offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Morrisville, North Carolina.

  • Keith MacGregorPast-President, NFAIS Board of Directors: 2011 - 2012. Executive Vice President, Scientific and Scholarly Research, Thonson Healthcare & Science. Keith MacGregor is currently Executive Vice President, Scientific and Scholarly Research, at Thomson Reuters, Healthcare & Science. Prior to this appointment he was the Executive Vice President of the Academic and Government strategic business unit for Thomson Reuters Scientific business unit (f/k/a Institute for Scientific Information), based in their Philadelphia, PA headquarters. He has overall responsibility for this group, with functional accountability for business strategy, sales, marketing, product development, editorial and publisher relations. He has played a central role in the development and ongoing enhancement of the ISI Web of Knowledge and Web of Science databases. Keith joined ISI in 1994 and has held editorial, development and sales positions over the past 15 years. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Keith held a number of senior management positions at International Data Group (IDG) in Boston and Warren Gorham & Lamont publishers in New York City. Keith received his BA from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

  • Mark GauthierSecretary, NFAIS Board of Directors: 2011 - 2012. The H. W. Wilson Company, Vice President, Indexing and Editorial Services. Mark Gauthier was appointed Vice President, Indexing and Editorial Services of the H. W. Wilson Company in December 2006. He joined Wilson in 1988 as an indexer for Library Literature. He was editor of Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature before becoming Director of Indexing Services in 2001. He had been appointed Director of Indexing and Editorial Services in February 2006. Mr. Gauthier currently manages the editorial and production operations of ten periodical indexes, the Wilson retrospective databases, full text services, and Current Biography. He also oversees Wilson's name and subject authority files. In addition, he coordinates the editorial studies conducted by the American Library Association's Committee on Wilson Indexes. Mr. Gauthier earned the B.A. in French from the University of Vermont and the M.S.L.S. from Catholic University of America. He is also enrolled in the M.B.A. program in Operations Management at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is a member of the American Library Association and the American Society for Information Science & Technology.

  • Chris McCueTreasurer, NFAIS Board of Directors: 2011 - 2012. Vice President, Marketing, CAS. Chris McCue, Vice President, Marketing, has been with CAS since 1988. Ms. McCue began her career at CAS in the Editorial Division and has held a variety of positions in Marketing, with the majority of her experience in Product Marketing. Prior to CAS, Ms. McCue held supervisory positions as an analytical chemist at Battelle Memorial Institute and Roxanne Labs. She is currently responsible for global marketing of CAS products including functions such as brand management, promotions, product management, operations, and pricing strategies. Ms. McCue holds a B.A. in Chemistry and an M.B.A., both from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

  • David BrownMember, NFAIS Board of Directors: 2011 - 2012. President, Thomson Reuters IP Solutions. David Brown is the President of the IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters. In this role, he is responsible for meeting the needs of intellectual property professionals around the globe and managing the business's patent and trademark solutions. During his 20 years in the information industry, David has held a variety of senior management roles, having previously served as executive vice president of Corporate Markets for the Scientific Business of Thomson Reuters. Prior to that, he held a number of executive positions with Dialog, including executive vice president and general manager, as well as senior vice president of NewsEdge following its acquisition by Thomson. David holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina and bachelor's degrees from the University of Notre Dame in history and computer science. David also serves on the board of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS). He is based in London.

  • Richard (Ric) DavisMember, NFAIS Board of Directors: 2011 - 2012. Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Government Printing Office (USGPO). As Chief Technology Officer, Davis is responsible for the Office of Programs,Strategy, and Technology, which provides management support, process discipline, business process reengineering and transparency to key agency strategic programs. Davis also oversees the conceptualization and development of GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys). Davis has held various positions at GPO including: Acting Superintendent of Documents, Managing Director of Library Services and Content Management, Product Services Manager, Assistant Director and Director of Electronic Information Dissemination Services (EIDS,) head of the Electronic Transition Staff, Management Analyst for Library Programs Service and Program Analyst in the Technical Support Group. In these positions, Davis contributed the development and management of GPO Access and GPO's Federal Digital System. Prior to joining GPO, Davis worked for RJR Nabisco. Davis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science at James Madison University. He was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Government by the College of William and Mary. He has also completed additional graduate work at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

  • Mary Sauer-GamesMember, NFAIS Board of Directors: 2011 - 2012. Vice President, Publishing -- Humanities & STM, ProQuest.

  • David GillikinMember, NFAIS Board of Directors: 2011 - 2012. Chief, Bibliographic Services, National Library of Medicine.

  • Ellen HerbstMember, NFAIS Board of Directors: 2011 - 2012. Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce. Ellen Herbst joined the federal government as Director, National Technical Information Service (NTIS), effective July 11, 2005. As an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NTIS serves our nation as the largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today. She has since been appointed as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Commerce. Ellen has spent 25 years in private industry with extensive involvement with growing businesses in the security, processing and imaging systems markets. She has held senior management positions at Spectra Systems Corporation, a supplier of security materials, and Giesecke & Devrient America, a supplier of banknotes, security documents and currency automation systems. Ms. Herbst has also held various key management positions at E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company where she served as Business Manager for their Digital Systems and Equipment Service Divisions. In addition to these qualifications Ellen has extensive experience in financial and strategic planning and integration of acquisitions. Ellen received her B.S. in Economics and Accounting in 1979 from The University of Delaware and her M.B.A. in 1995 from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. She will complete the second year of a two-year term in February 2009.

  • Jeffrey MassaMember, NFAIS Board of Directors: 2011 - 2012. President & CEO, YelloBrix (non-voting member - ASIDIC representative) See history of ASIDIC:

  • Judith RussellMember, NFAIS Board of Directors: 2011 - 2012. Dean of University Libraries, George A Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Judith Russell is currently the Dean of University Libraries at the University of Florida. Prior to this position she was the Superintendent of Documents at the U. S. Government Printing Office, a position that she held from 2003 to early 2007. Russell also served as Deputy Director of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), the Federal agency that advises the President and the Congress on the information needs of the American people. There she helped develop and implement Commission policy and was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the agency from 1998 until she accepted the appointment as Superintendent of Documents. From 1991 to 1996, Russell was Director of GPO's Office of Electronic Information Services (EIDS). Russell's special library experience includes COMSAT Laboratories, the Program of Policy Studies in Science and Technology at The George Washington University, and the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment.She also has provided management, marketing, and technical services for private technology companies including Mead Data Central and the Disclosure Information Group. Russell is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, where she received a Master of Science in Library Science. She received her Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, Washington, DC.

  • Judy SalkMember, NFAIS Board of Directors: 2011 - 2012. Director, Editorial Operations, Elsevier Engineering Information. Judy Salk has worked in the information industry for nearly 25 years, managing print and electronic publishing, data migration and digitization, and automation projects, with a focus on bibliographic data management and control. She is currently the Director of Editorial Operations for Engineering Information (Ei) at Elsevier, where she is in charge of content development, quality control, and indexing operations for Ei's A&I databases, including Compendex. Before joining Elsevier, she was the Director of Product Management and Development for Serials, and Serials Editorial Director at Bowker. She has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and attended graduate school at the University of Chicago.

  • Lynn WillisMember, NFAIS Board of Directors: 2011 - 2012. Content Development Manager, America Psychological Association. Lynn Willis is the Content Development Manager for the American Psychological Association/PsycINFO. Her group is responsible for seeking out journal and book content for PsycINFO and gray literature for PsycEXTRA. They research journals, survey editors, develop assessment tools, etc. A good example of her work is on APA's current neuroscience expansion -- moving from pure psychology to including cellular and molecular neuroscience, neuroimaging, computational modeling, and other more biological and chemistry-oriented content. Lynn has a science background and worked on magazines and web content at the American Chemical Society (ACS) before she became managing editor for a group of FASEB journals. She has been with APA for 4 years.