The Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) was formed on June 6, 1987, by Marilyn Levine, a professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Wisconsin and the owner of Information Express. She was joined by 26 fellow information brokers—each of them pioneers in providing information-related services such as online and manual research, document delivery, database design, library support, consulting, writing, and publishing.
The second annual meeting of AIIP was held in 1988 in Denver, CO, USA. At this meeting, members formally adopted by-laws and AIIP was incorporated as a 501-c(6) organization. Roger Summit was the keynote speaker, and he has remained a strong supporter of AIIP to this day.
In 1990, AIIP established its Vendor Program. Mead Data Central (now LexisNexis) was the first company to join the program. As of 2017, more than 25 companies are members of the AIIP Partners Program.
Over the past three decades and beyond, AIIP has become a important voice of the independent information profession.