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Information Today, Inc. Launches Directory of the Independent Information Industry
Information Services Market Place: The World Directory of Independent Information Professionals to be published in 2005

April 29, 2004, Medford, New Jersey— Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announces the launch of Information Services Market Place (ISMP): The World Directory of Independent Information Professionals, designed to serve as the comprehensive directory of firms involved in this fast-growing segment of the information industry.

“The independent information profession is a thriving and dynamic force in our business,” said Tom Hogan, Sr., president of ITI. “These people and organizations are on the cutting edge of many fields, delivering vital information to decision makers every day. Information Today, Inc. is pleased to offer this new resource to the marketplace.”

As a comprehensive international directory, ISMP promises to become an essential reference in the new Information Economy. Scheduled for release in Spring 2005, it will be published in both print and electronic formats. The Web version will be available as an annual subscription or on a pay-as-you-use basis.

Suzanne Sabroski, independent information professional and author, has been named editor of ISMP. A long-time member of the industry, she brings numerous contacts and a vision to the project. “Two exciting market forces have been at work the past couple of decades: the explosion of information and the rise of the independent worker,” according to Sabroski. “We aim to find these professionals on a global scale and create a useful product for networking and for use by potential clients.”

Companies worldwide increasingly are using the services of independent information professionals to perform online and primary research, gather competitive intelligence, and create databases, Web sites, and intranets. Reflecting the sector’s growth, the U.S. Census Bureau recently developed a range of industry classification codes for the profession in the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). In addition, organizations such as the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) have seen an increase in membership numbers in recent years. ISMP was developed in response to growing demands for an international directory of information workers.

Independent information professionals, consultants, and companies involved in the industry will be entitled to a free listing that features an overview of their business and complete contact details. A variety of logo and advertising placement options will be available as well. Online submission of data and a listing recruitment campaign will be launched in June 2004. Vendors servicing the independent information industry will also be given opportunities to participate.

About the Editor
Suzanne Sabroski is principal of Sabroski & Associates, an independent information business based in Duluth, Minnesota. Sabroski is a frequent contributor to information industry journals including ONLINE magazine, for which she serves as news editor, monitoring developments and trends in the online information field. She is the author of Super Searchers Make It On Their Own: Top Information Professionals Share Their Secrets for Starting and Running a Research Business (CyberAge Books, 2003) and is an active member of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP).

About Information Today, Inc.
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) publishes directories, journals, and books for library, publishing, and information professionals. Its leading directories include Literary Market Place (LMP), American Book Trade Directory (ABTD), American Library Directory (ALD), and Fulltext Sources Online (FSO). In addition to its publishing activities, ITI is the organizer of a number of annual information industry events, including Computers in Libraries, Internet Librarian, and KMWorld & Intranets. Information about ITI’s complete product line is available online at http://www.infotoday.com.


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