International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP)

Case Study – International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP)

The Need:

Human resource professionals need rapid, comprehensive, and timely access to a wide variety of specialized information on employee benefits and related topics. The IFEBP hosts a website where its members can search for the information they need. As this information is disseminated through over 350 journals and newsletters, as well as other sources, potentially useful materials must be referenced in bibliographic records that are abstracted and indexed in a format that lends itself to online search.


IFEBP is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to being a leading objective and independent global source of education and information on employee benefits, compensation, and financial literacy. The Foundation delivers this specialized information to thousands of benefits and compensation professionals who have come to rely on it for objective, accurate, and timely information.

The Solution:

Since 1986, Access Innovations has been producing the Employee Benefits INFOSOURCE™, which provides a centralized resource for timely, comprehensive information about all facets of employee benefit plans. The database covers current and retrospective English-language literature of interest to the employee benefits industry in the United States and Canada as well as other countries around the world. All records include a bibliographic citation and an abstract. A controlled vocabulary is used for indexing.

Members and subscribers can search the INFOSOURCE database to find information on U.S., Canadian, and international employee benefits and compensation topics. The database is also used by IFEBP’s Information Division to answer questions posed by the Foundation membership concerning any aspect of the employee benefits field.

Access Innovations has prepared more than 84,000 summaries of articles, research reports, and books for INFOSOURCE. Sources include more than 350 journals and newsletters. Each bibliographic record contains an abstract (summary), descriptors (subject terms), identifiers (personal names, legal cases, IRS Code sections), and the bibliographic citation. Abstractors/indexers adhere to a strict set of style guidelines for producing the bibliographic records. Access Innovations editors (abstractors/indexers) use Data Harmony M.A.I. indexing software to obtain lists of controlled vocabulary terms suitable for categorizing each article, for extremely high indexing accuracy and completeness.

The Results:

This contract has been extended annually since 1986. This longevity can be attributed to Access Innovations’ success in helping IFEBP pursue its goal of efficiently disseminating current and topical information to its members. Well-written abstracts help members and subscribers identify articles of special relevance to their needs, and then they buy full access to the articles. This saves customers from having to subscribe to the many journals IFEBP receives, and lets them target their purchases to the specific materials they need.