Anne Hengehold founded Clarify Information Services (http://clarifyinfo.com) in 2011.
is the sole operator and refers to herself as being in many roles, from President to Receptionist.
Clarify's specialty is to help engineering and construction experts who are in litigation regarding problems such as product liability and patent infringement.
The company provides solutions for improving information within organizations.
also does technical and literature searches and product, industry and market overviews.
clients are typically referrals from past clients.
says that she
is "finding more and more that in addition to the research and document acquisition services, her
clients need for specific jobs they're working on, they need marketing and business development information."
does not have a physical collection, "fellow info pros [in SLA and Association of Independent Information Professionals] are hands down the most important resource to [her].
also uses databases on a pay-as-you go basis and does phone and Web research.
Anne earned her B.A. in 1985 "when term papers were typewritten.
A few years later, she
pursued an MLIS at Dominican University
, graduating in 2002.
Before she was a librarian, she was a radio "DJ" and talk show host in Chicago, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
She also headed up scripting and audio production for a company that specialized in voice recordings for corporate phone systems.
still does voice-over work for some of these clients and she
has been doing that for 25 years.
As President Elect of SLA Illinois
is responsible for overseeing programming for the chapter and supporting the objectives of the Board.
When asked how her
work and education prepared her
to be President, Anne
replied, "The one life lesson that applies: if I dive in, I really do learn to swim."
becomes President, a major goal will be to foster involvement in the Chapter.
In particular, she
wants to encourage underemployed and unemployed members to become more active.
"It's a way to feel useful, gain satisfaction, develop new skills, give back and keep in touch with peers."
is not at work, she
is learning a lot about video games from her
son, and she
relaxes "as an amateur but avid gardener."
The advice Anne
would give to a librarian who wants to start her
own company is, "Trust yourself, surround yourself with supportive, knowledgeable people, and feel free to borrow my "single-double-triple" rule: draft a single, thoughtful but quick, version of your business plan, then double the money and triple the time you think it will take.