What is an IIP?

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Independent information professionals go by many names: researcher, freelancer, contractor, consultant, knowledge manager, content developer, and more.

What IIPs have in common is the ability to provide timely, accurate, and actionable information, analysis, design, review, and strategy to a diverse set of clients across a wide range of sectors—and they typically do this on a project, retainer, or hourly basis.

The Internet has been a big enabler of independent careers. So has AIIP, where experienced info entrepreneurs share networking, business development, and research tools and techniques.

AIIP has a lot to offer at any stage of an IIP career. We invite you to explore this site to learn more about:

Learn about the AIIP Mentoring Program in this webinar from April 2015. This unique program is only available to AIIP members and is one of the most valued benefits for new IIPs.

Find out from mentors and mentees what it's all about.



"Thanks for the collegiality, the wit, the shared work and experiences, and the ongoing never ending support. You are one of the most generous, knowledgeable, enjoyable collections of professionals it's ever been my privilege to know."

Risa Sacks, Risa Sacks Information Services

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Topaz Sponsor

American Economic Association

The AEA publishes seven prestigious economics journals including the American Economic Review. Libraries also subscribe to EconLit, a comprehensive database of essential economics sources including 1.3 million records and full-text linking options. Coverage includes articles, working papers, dissertations, books and reviews, and collective volume articles. More information: info@econlit.org



Cynthia Hetherington

Conducting corporate investigations, due diligence and research for Fortune 500 companies, law firms and financial institutions.


Ruby Sponsor

Mary Ellen Bates

Mary Ellen helps fellow infopreneurs make a living doing what they love. She offers one-on-one strategic coaching, webinars and online courses to help independent info pros thrive. Download free resources at Reluctant-Entrepreneur.com/resources



Marilyn Harmacek

Creating Compelling Content through Research, Writing, Strategy and Management.


Topaz Sponsor

June Boyle

CeRCo means seek. Seeking information is what we’re all about. We help business leaders – and the consultants who advise them – get access to the right information in order to make critical decisions for their organizations.



Ruth Thaler-Carter

If you need a freelance writer, editor, proofreader or layout professional for articles, newsletters, brochures, annual reports, websites or other projects, I’ve done that on almost everything from A to Z.


Ruby Sponsor

Scott Attenborough

How content is published makes a difference. The right combination of technology, innovation and discipline will make all the difference. Your content is your capital - build it right - make it count. Visit Content Capital.



RBSC Corporation

We would like to thank RBSC Corporation for your Conference Specialty sponsorship and ongoing support of AIIP!



Marydee Ojala

We would like to thank Ojala Associates for your Conference Specialty sponsorship and ongoing support of AIIP!



Red House Consulting

We would like to thank Red House Consulting for your Conference Specialty sponsorship and ongoing support of AIIP!


Opal Sponsor

Michelle Rawl

Rawl Research, Inc. provides media research and analysis to companies interested in seeing how they stack up against their competitors. Public relations firms, medical organizations and government agencies use the targeted results to find new business and define their products or services. More information: info@RawlResearch.com.



Jennifer Burke

Others may not understand all the communications and marketing challenges libraries and information professionals face. We do.


Amethyst Sponsor


We would like to thank ProQuest for your Amethyst Sponsorship and ongoing support of AIIP!



Ulla de Stricker

We would like to thank de Stricker Associates for your Conference Specialty sponsorship and ongoing support of AIIP!


Topaz Sponsor

Jane Langeman

Langeman Consulting helps academics, non-profits and associations leverage technology and data to make smarter decisions.



Michele Bate

We conduct public records research for due diligence, litigation support, senior level appointments, fraud investigation, dispute resolution, heir hunting and asset tracing in the UK, Ireland, plus European countries and offshore jurisdictions.


Summit Lecture

AIIP Past Presidents

AIIP thanks its Past Presidents for sponsoring the 2016 Roger Summit Lecture Award, featuring Bruce Rosenstein.

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