Association of Independent Information Professionals Member Authors Chapter in Book on the Digital Archival of Personal Information

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AIIP member and information professional Danielle Conklin writes the chapter on personal archiving in a multi-author book on the digital preservation of documents and images.

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"I am thrilled to have been a part of this project," says Conklin. "People today have an overwhelming amount of recorded memories to deal with; this book will answer the questions they may have as they work to manage their own personal archives."

Many people are interested in preserving their family memories for posterity. For librarian and independent information professional Danielle Conklin, M.S., it is a passion that she recently shared by publishing information on the subject.

Conklin, owner of Massachusetts-based Cotton Gloves Research (, was one of the contributors to the multi-author book "Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage," which was edited by Donald Hawkins. The book focuses on digitizing, organizing, and preserving collections. A member of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP,, Conklin researched and wrote the chapter entitled, "Personal Archiving for Individuals and Families," in which she addresses how people can gather, store, and maintain their collections of family photographs and documents. She also details the challenges they face when tackling archiving projects.

The emerging field of personal digital archiving is often related to genealogical research, Conklin notes. Following research, digital archiving is a method to organize and maintain images, documents, and files gathered in the course of tracing family history. Personal archiving involves sorting and describing those images, which provides a method to safeguard them for the future, she says.

"I am thrilled to have been a part of this project," says Conklin. "People today have an overwhelming amount of recorded memories to deal with in the form of physical memorabilia and photographs, as well as massive collections of digital images. This book will answer the questions they may have as they work to manage their own personal archives."

The book, published by Information Today, Inc. (an AIIP Industry Partner), is due to be released this month. It can be purchased at

"We're very proud of the many AIIP members who have published books and articles on information industry topics, as well as on other business, academic, government, and nonprofit subjects," says AIIP President Jocelyn Sheppard. "These publications reflect our members' exceptional breadth of research, analytical, and writing expertise—and also show how independent info entrepreneurs can realize significant financial benefit from follow-on activities such as professional speaking and training engagements."

About Danielle Conklin
Danielle Conklin is founder and president of Cotton Gloves Research, which specializes in research centered on American history and cultural heritage. Additionally, she teaches library and information science in the continuing education program at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Boston, MA, of which she is a graduate. Conklin completed graduate internships at both the Longfellow National Historic Site in Cambridge, MA, and the Duke University Libraries Preservation Department in Durham, NC. In 2007, she was certified as a Kansas Public Library Administrator, Level IV by the State Library of Kansas.

An active member of AIIP, Conklin received the 2013 AIIP Writer’s Award for her article entitled, "Don’t Delay…Hire a Business Coach Today," published in the September 2012 issue of AIIP's "Connections" magazine. In addition, Conklin has served as Public Relations Chair (2010-2013) and Webinar Committee Chair (2012-2013) for AIIP.

In addition to AIIP, she holds a membership in the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
About AIIP

The Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP, consists of more than 500 business owners from around the world whose firms provide research and consulting services across a wide variety of industries. Business research, competitive intelligence, market analysis, database development, training, and information management consulting are just a few of the areas in which AIIP members specialize. Some of the vertical industries AIIP members serve include scientific, medical, pharmaceutical, regulatory, information technology, education, financial services, manufacturing, nonprofits, and life sciences. A directory of members is available at:
For more information about AIIP, contact AIIP Headquarters, Baton Rouge, LA USA; +1 225.408.4400, email:

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