#AIIP22: THE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE FOR INFO-ENTREPRENEURS

Live Conference Event:  April 27-29, 2022

Session recordings available through October 2022

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Recorded sessions:

  • Keynote: Embracing Technological Change: How Info-Entrepreneurs Can Prepare for the Opportunities - Sue Lacey Bryant, Health Education England/NHS England
  • Roger Summit Lecture Award: Moving Beyond Hope - Jill Hurst-Wahl, Hurst Associates
  • Are You Listening? The Value of Active Listening - Kelly Berry, ResourceAbility, LLC/Learn Start Grow, LLC, Rhonda Bowen, Rhonda L. Bowen, & Liz McLean, Knowsaic
  • Build a Better Checklist - Kelly Schrank, Bookworm Editing Services
  • Failure is the New Success - Janel Kinlaw, Refining Workflow
  • Helping Clients Win: Best Practices in Competitive Intelligence Research - Tanya Humphrey & Nicolle McKinnon, HelloInfo
  • How to Create the Right Personas: How and When to Use Them - Denise Carter, DCision Consult
  • Into The Still Unknown: Consulting in the Latest Next Normal - Richard Hulser, Richard P. Hulser Consulting
  • Self Publishing for Information Professionals - Birgit Bauer, Bauer Business Research
  • Strategic Business Intelligence Gathering - Daniel Kramer, KPA Strategies
  • The Joy of Bringing Independent Professionals Together - Heather Carine, Carine Research
  • 30 in 30: Weird, Wacky & Wonderful Websites You Should Know - Arthur Weiss, AWARE, & Rachel Yang, Poplar Consulting
  • Using Digital Tech for Social Impact - Randeep Sudan, Multiverz
  • Working with Grey Literature - Céline Bélanger, Cogniges, Inc
  • Your Business Model: Finding What Works - Deb Hunt, Information Edge, & Cindy Shamel, Shamel Information Services

Keynote: Embracing Technological Change: How Info-Entrepreneurs Can Prepare for Opportunities. 
Inquisitive, agile and talented thought-leaders and advisers, today’s entrepreneurial information consultants are particularly well placed to maximise the opportunities presented by the 4th Industrial Revolution through which we are living and working. These are exciting times, with new opportunities to unlock the value of information for clients.

Tracing the emergence of a personal interest in technological change, Sue Lacey Bryant will touch on the health context in which she works, leading the strategic development of health libraries, incorporating a vital workstream on workforce development. Sharing the key findings from research commissioned by CILIP, the UK’s library and information association, Sue  invites us to reflect on how we will respond to the current wave of technological advances.

Sue Lacey Bryant photo

Sue Lacey Bryant

Roger Summit Lecture Award: Moving Beyond Hope.
The founding of Dialog by Roger Summit issued in an era of innovation and hope for information professionals. In every information era, we hope for the cutting-edge technologies that will propel us forward. However, what we need now are not new technical variations, but the development of an expanded community. To do that, we need to move beyond hope into action.

Jill Hurst-Wahl

Are You Listening? The Value of Active Listening. 
This session will cover these discussion topics, with the goal of generating lots of chat as we share this content: What is Active Listening?, Conversational Skills & Emotional Intelligence related to Active Listening, Active Listening as an InfoPro/Solopreneur, Active Listening for Knowledge Exchange, Active Listening in Diverse Cultures, Practical Suggestions for Improving your Active Listening, and Group-Sourced Takeaways at the end.

Kelly Berry

Kelly Berry

Rhonda Bowen


Liz McLean

Build a Better Checklist. Learn how using a comprehensive checklist created and updated for a specific task can help you differentiate workflows, systems, and activities; spell out style and formatting details, track your progress, document metrics, and give you a sense of completion and peace of mind. 

Kelly Schrank

Failure is the New Success. Organizations and people are great at talking about their successes, but what about their failures? Failure can hold people and organizations back. But failure is also where valuable lessons can be learned, where change and growth can occur, and where a foundation for future success and resiliency can be laid. Learn from Janel Kinlaw on how she encountered, dealt with, and grew from past failures. Attendees will also have an opportunity to share their own experiences with failure and what they learned.

Janel Kinlaw

Helping Clients Win: Best Practices in Competitive Intelligence Research. In this session you will learn:

  • the types of intelligence companies need
  • what is done with that intelligence
  • common methodologies deployed for CI/MI
  • tips and tricks for deep competitive intelligence through secondary research

Tanya Humphrey

Nicolle McKinnon

How to Create the Right Personas:  How and When to Use Them. Understanding your customer/audience is at the heart of what we do as information professionals. Personas can be a great tool to do some in-depth profiling of your current and potential customers and/or your clients' current and potential customers. This presentation will go through the basics of building a persona and then look at how they can be further developed and used in practice to add value to your business. It will be filled with plenty of practical examples.

Denise Carter

Into the Still Unknown: Consulting in the Latest Next Normal. Expectations were that the 'next normal' would be happening by now but that is not the case. What does that mean for your consulting business and your clients? Flexibility, adaptability, and more are key for us and our clients as everything continues to be in flux. This session includes a brief overview of consulting in the latest next normal as seen by the large consulting groups, with the majority of time dedicated to group discussions of experiences and ideas on the challenges and opportunities for independent info pros.


Richard Hulser

Self-Publishing for Information Professionals. Digital printing in small numbers and Book on Demand programs make publishing a book affordable. At the same time many established publishers are faced with difficult conditions and an uncertain future and will not spend a lot of effort on unknown authors. The market has responded - even the Frankfurt Book Fair regularly dedicates a big exhibitors hall to self-publishing. Recommended by a friend, Birgit Bauer decided to take the risk, and publish her first research book. It has been available since November 2021. What are the highlights, what are the obstacles? Which costs are involved? Which extra efforts have to be factored in? How can a book be promoted and distributed? Birgit will share personal experiences of nearly half a year as an official book author and publishing company.

Birgit Bauer

Strategic Business Intelligence Gathering. Applying the principles, resources, and tactics of political opposition research to strategic business intelligence gathering for your corporate, legal, and non-profit clients.

Dan Kramer

The Joy of Bringing Independent Professionals Together. Based in Adelaide, Heather Carine is the only AIIP member in South Australia. To fill a void of not having a local community to meet with, in 2017, she brought together a group of independent consultants from various fields with the idea of meeting regularly to support, challenge and hold one another accountable. This group – now called the Independent Consultants’ Collective – draws on her AIIP experience and complements her membership of AIIP. In this session, Heather will be interviewed by one of her colleagues from the independent consultants’ collective to answer questions, such as - Why she needs AIIP and the independent consultants’ collective - Why set up a group of independent consultants in her city - How does the group differ from an AIIP virtual community? - How does the consultants’ collective work? - How she found the people in her independent consultants' group - Tips for setting up a similar group to support your professional growth.

Heather Carine

30 in 30:  Weird, Wacky & Wonderful Websites You Should Know About. For the last few years AIIP conference has featured a 30 (or 60) sites in 30 (60) minutes session. Arthur Weiss and Rachel Yang continue this tradition with a collection of sites (and tips / techniques) to be presented over a 30-minute session. Some of the sites will be weird and some wonderful. Some most people will want to stay clear of and some will go straight to attendee bookmark lists for future use.  

Arthur Weiss

Rachel Yang

Using Digital Tech for Social Impact. Randeep Sudan will share his experience in starting a social impact enterprise - Multiverz. The company is developing digital solutions that can potentially help policymakers, companies, academic institutions, and individuals better prepare for the future of work. The talk will lay out the social impact ambitions of Multiverz, the challenges along the way, and how he is trying to overcome them. The talk will emphasize the importance of partnerships and the need to keep pace with fast-changing technologies.

Randeep Sudan

Working with Grey Literature. How can we speed up and optimize the process of searching for and using information from grey literature sources? In the grey literature world, relevant information is scattered in different organizations' websites and documents. The habitual database tools we infopros love, like controlled vocabulary or automatic downloading of articles and references, are not at our disposal. To produce a report based on grey literature a lot of time can be spent cutting & pasting text. As infopros, time is money so we must be creative and think outside the box to get our own tools to help us be more efficient. This presentation will uncover tools that can help us familiarize ourselves with the research question and the connected vocabulary, find relevant leads and sources, optimize the process of extracting the information from online documents or websites, take notes of our research process and the threads we followed.

Céline Bélanger

Your Business Model: Finding What Works. In an interview format, Deb Hunt and Cindy Shamel will share experience in pivoting their businesses through part time, full time, and outside employment. They will also discuss possible exit strategies and points to consideration when it's time to close up shop.

Deb Hunt

Cindy Shamel


Keynote Speaker:  Sue Lacey Bryant

Embracing Technological Change: How Info-Entrepreneurs Can Prepare for the Opportunities

Inquisitive, agile, and talented thought-leaders and advisers, today’s entrepreneurial information consultants are particularly well placed to maximize the opportunities presented by the 4th Industrial Revolution through which we are living and working. These are exciting times, with new opportunities to unlock the value of information for clients.  Sharing the key findings from research commissioned by CILIP, the UK’s library and information association, Sue Lacey Bryant invites us to reflect on how will we respond to the current wave of technological advances.

Sue heads up a top team, working with health knowledge and library teams across England. As head of profession for knowledge and library specialists in the National Health Service in England, Sue is responsible for ensuring this specialised workforce has the confidence and skills needed to maximise investment in digital knowledge resources and mobilise evidence in our digital age.

Roger Summit Lecture Award Recipient:  Jill Hurst-Wahl

Moving Beyond Hope

The founding of Dialog by Roger Summit issued in an era of innovation and hope for information professionals. In every information era, we hope for the cutting edge technologies that will propel us forward. However, what we need now are not new technical variations, but the development of an expanded community. To do that, we need to move beyond hope into action.

About Jill Hurst-Wahl

Jill Hurst-Wahl is a consultant, speaker, writer, researcher, and educator. She is president of Hurst Associates, Ltd., which works with a broad range of organizations. Jill is professor emerita in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, where she taught graduate M.S. Library and Information Science (MSLIS) courses, including “Copyright for Information Professionals.” She is a former director of the iSchool MSLIS program.




I've gotten value from all the sessions and have met people who "get" what I do.




2022 conference Planning committee

Contact us at Conference@aiip.org

June Boyle, Chair


Virtual Design
Team

June Boyle
Jennifer Burke
Richard Hulser
Liz McLean
Zakia Ringgold

Program & Speaker Development

Rachel Yang, Chair
Susan Baerwald
Heather Carine
Chrissy Geluk
Kathy Porter

Marketing & Communications

Janel Kinlaw, Chair
Connie Clem
Janette Lonsdale
Kirsten Smith

Sponsorship & Exhibitors

Beth Plutchak, Chair
George Puro

Presentations were excellent. A nice variety of topics and speakers.

I go for the shot-in-the-arm of catching up with colleagues and making new connections.

It is literally my favorite conference of all time.

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