Intro to EMERAC
Welcome to EMERAC; a one-woman operation that provides customized information services to individuals and companies to support their artistic enterprise. I am an Independent Information Professional (IIP) and the founder of EMERAC. This inaugural blog entry will serve as a somewhat autobiographical post to introduce myself, my company, my services, and my vision for EMERAC.
An IIP is an individual, typically with a Master’s of Library and Information Science, who works independently from a traditional library. Individuals who describe themselves as an IIP work to connect clients with information that they need in order to be progressive and successful in their professional pursuits. IIPs go by many names: researcher, consultant, content developer, and so much more. Most commonly, IIPs work in a freelance capacity; hourly, by project, or on retainer, adjusting and customizing their services to meet the unique needs of clients
The Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) is an organization to serve this community. Members vary in interest, services, and expertise, but all are connected by their desire to connect users with information; to spread knowledge, and help clients organize and analyze the information that will help them to achieve success. The objectives of AIIP are to:
- Advance the knowledge and understanding of the information profession
Promote and maintain high professional and ethical standards among its members
- Encourage independent information professionals to assemble to discuss common issues
- Promote the interchange of information among independent information professionals and various organizations
- Keep the public informed of the profession and of the responsibilities of the information professional
My goal as a member of AIIP, and as the founder of EMERAC, is to find individuals with a story to tell, collect the research and content needed for them to successfully develop their vision, and teach them how to best organize and communicate it.
My education includes a BA in History, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science. Over the course of my professional career I have worked in a public library, an academic library, a specialized government library, as a proofreader and editor, and as a researcher. In the public library setting I worked with individuals answering reference questions and educating the public on how to conduct and evaluate their findings. In my experience working in an academic library I got the opportunity to assist students and professors with research; navigating databases and archives. While working in a special library conducted in depth research to answer the questions of law and policy makers. As a proofreader I fact-checked reports as well as edited formatting, grammar, and style.
My experience and education has produced a Research Librarian with a special interest in History, Criminal Justice, and Popular Culture. I concluded the best way to utilize my skills, experience, and talent was to work as an Independent Information Professional. As a result I founded EMERAC. I want EMERAC to be a resource for artists: creators, writers, and visionaries who need help to tell their story. With an aptitude for research, the ability to organize information, access to 1000s of databases, and a talent for customer service, I hope that EMERAC can make a difference in how stories are told.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming an Independent Information Professional, or joining AIIP visit their website at AIIP.org.