IA Institute Newsletter #5.01 2010

Happy New Year and welcome to a new series of IA Institute news.

The Information Architecture Institute (IAI) Newsletter features news about IAI and our partner's sites: Asis&t Bulletin and Boxes and Arrows. Also, there's a brief list of events with discounts for members and job postings at the end, so scroll down!

In this Issue

* IAI News – 2009 Salary Survey Results, Thank You Melissa, New Romanian Local Group, Infrastructure Update
* Holiday Thank Yous
* What's New with Our Partners?
* Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
* Job Postings


IAI NEWS - http://www.iainstitute.org

Greetings IA Institute!

*Salary Survey Results Available*

The IA Institute 2009 Salary Survey is now complete. Check out this year's results including an average salary around 90,000 USD, another even split between men and women respondents, with women no longer holding a discernable lead over men (think hundreds of dollars per year rather than thousands more). We changed our questions about job titles and tasks slightly this year, only to find similar results from previous years with most people using the "User Experience" label in their title, followed by "Information Architect" and "Interaction Designer/Architect". Basic information architecture and interaction design tasks are again highly reported, and the graduate school "Should I or shouldn't I" question remains unresolved.

For more details, as well as a lot of new information on management responsibilities, tasks and benefits, visit the complete 2009 Salary Survey results on our website at: http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/research/salary_survey.php

*Thank You, Melissa*

We are sad :( to announce that Melissa Weaver is stepping down as our Membership & Volunteer Coordinator. Over the years, Melissa wore many hats at IAI and was a critical part of infrastructure building, increasing communication channels, improving the membership program and organizing the IDEA conference. We will miss her unwavering dedication to improving the member experience at IAI. After more than three years of excellent service, Melissa is taking a sabbatical to focus on her music and work with arts organizations. We will miss her contribution to IAI and wish her the best of luck. Learn more about Melissa's music at http://www.mistyweaver.com.

*New Romanian Local Group*

Bogdan Stanciu, Information Architect at University of Illinois, IAI member, active volunteer with the IAI Translation Initiative and Romanian Country Ambasador for the EuroIA presents a new local group for Romanian IA practitioners.

Institutul Roman de Arhitectura Informatiei
Founded in 2008
Contact: Bogdan Stanciu at iroai.org[at]gmail[dot]com
Twitter: @iroai

Check out all of our local group listings at:

*Infrastructure Update*

In November, we reported a significant server failure and a call for volunteers to help us migrate our systems to a new web host. We are still inviting volunteers to contact Livia Labate at liv[at]livlab[dot]com) DIRECTLY if you can help. We will keep you posted about this and all other IA Institute related issues, and you can also reach us at info[at]iainstitute[dot]org, or follow us on twitter (@iainstitute).

Share your ideas and questions with the board on our feedback link on our home page - http://www.iainstitute.org



Let's hear it for those volunteers! It takes a tremendous amount of energy and people to run the Information Architecture Institute. Please see below a list of members who volunteered their time and efforts in 2009 to make IAI's programs possible. So many that we've probably missed a few of you; however, we are still getting updates on projects, so this will not be the last thank you to our outstanding members and volunteers.

Let the credits role:

We'd like to extend a giant-sized thank you to those volunteers who have been running important functions and programs at IAI for many years:

Janette Shew - IAI Translations Team
Samantha Bailey – IAI Job Board
Marianne Sweeny – IAI Job Board Listing Newsletter
Austin Govella- IAI Technology/Web Operations Team

Austin stepped down from his role earlier this year, but has been an instrumental force in all things technology at the IA Institute for many years. His guidance and especially his memory have been invaluable. Thanks, Austin! We've had inquiries from volunteers like Yoni Knoll (hooray!) and others to step in as we migrate to new and better systems, so let us know if you are interested in helping, too.

Janette, Samantha and Marianne are our most stalwart volunteers, overseeing two of the most highly visible offerings at IA Institute. Thanks for your efforts! So, so appreciated.

But we still have many more people to thank. Look below for an amazing list of our volunteers in 2009.



Janette Shew led our fantastic translations team efforts this year, working closely with volunteers across many language groups to produce new articles in translations, confirm copyright permissions and develop new language teams to expand our services worldwide. Operations Manager, Noreen Whysel, continues to work with volunteers on a variety of internationalization projects. We are looking forward to putting our newest volunteers to work developing internationalization processes for the upcoming infrastructure project. (Thanks to Bev Corwin, Roman Stalder and Andrzej Siewiersky for stepping forward). We are blown away by all the work you all have done this year!

Note: Languages marked with an asterisk (*) are actively seeking new representatives and/or web developers. If you believe you or your site has been marked in error, please let us know.

Marwan Maresh
Feras Malakh

Masha Ioveva
Ivan Bachev

Chinese: http://iainstitute.org/cn/
Jack Zheng
Hai Teng
Shan Zhao

Czech:Iva Andrea Gutierrez

*Danish: http://iainstitute.org/da/
Eric Reiss

*Dutch: http://iainstitute.org/nl/
Peter Boersma

*French: http://iainstitute.org/fr/
Vannesa Deconinck
Eliza Dumitrache - also Romanian

*German: http://iainstitute.org/de/
Jan Jursa
Wolf Noeding

Marianna Samara

Hungarian: http://iainstitute.org/hu/
Minko Milahy

Italian: http://iainstitute.org/it/
Michele Iovino
Davide Potente
Emmanuelle Quintarelli
Andrea Resmini
Luca Rosati
Sara Stangalini
Barbara Weil Marin

Japanese: http://iainstitute.org/ja/
Nobuya Sato
Atsushi Hasegawa
Naoko Kawachi

Dariusz Paciorek
Stanislaw Skorka
Andrzej Siewiersky
Katarzyna Stawarz
Marcin Wąsowski

*Portuguese: http://iainstitute.org/pt/
Juliana Dorneles

Bogdan Stanciu
Eliza Dumitrache - also French

Eldar Safarov

Spanish: http://iainstitute.org/es/
Miguel Alcantará
Nicolas Cohen
Thaly Andrea Gutierrez
Jorge Marquez
Paula Ortega
Marcos Sánchez

Jimmy Sterner


The Journal of Information Architecture, a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, launched its inaugural issue in Spring 2009. The long term goal of the Journal is to serve as a forum for new research and sharing of good ideas and case studies that are useful to the field's researchers, practitioners, students, and all other interested parties. Look for Edition #2 available now and expanded educational offerings from the IA Institute in 2010 as we explore webinars, student groups and more. Contact Andrew Hinton inkblurt[at]gmail[dot]com for details.


Editor in Chief:
Dorte Madsen

Associate Editors:
Heiko Haubitz
Katriina Bystrom
Nils Pharo,
Andrea Resmini
Luca Rosati
Stanislaw Skorka


Website General Management:
Noreen Whysel

Graphic Design for website:
Rosemary Senjem
Mirjana Vukovic

Learn Section Redesign:
Judy Philip
Katarzyna Stawarz

Network Section Redesign (pending):
Jan Jursa
Neena Weng


Bogdan Stanciu (Romania)


IDEA Chair:
Russ Unger

IDEA Lead:
Mario Bourque

Volunteer Coordinator (on the ground):
Whitney Hess

Web Team:
Will Evans
Brad Simpson
Jonathan Knoll

Print Design:
Brad Simpson

Marketing/Registration Support/Finance:
Melissa Weaver

Marketing & Sponsorship Team:
Greg Corrin
Abby Covert
Mario Bourque
Michael Leis

Dennis Schleicher

Podcast Recording:
Jeff Parks
Chris Palle
Olga Howard

MENTORING - http://iainstitute.org/en/members/mentoring/mentoring_program.php

Thank you to all of our mentors and especially Noreen Whysel for her ongoing contribution to this program. (Noreen may be on operations staff, but much of her support of the mentoring program is unpaid). This year 41 new mentors joined our roster, making a total of over 100 dedicated volunteers.

We don't keep a list or watch who is coaching at our drop-in Mentoring booth at the IA Summit but we noticed Amy Silvers and Aaron Louie donating time in Memphis this year. Thanks! Look for more mentoring fun in Phoenix in April.

The following people donate hours and hours of time to manage the IA Institute:

Russ Unger, President
Jonell Gades, Treasurer
Livia Labate, Secretary
Christian Crumlish
Will Evans
Andrew Hinton
Andrea Resmini

Jorge Arango, President
Christian Crumlish, Treasurer
Stacy Surla, Secretary
Peter Boersma, Local Groups Director
Andrew Hinton, IA Practice Director
Livia Labate, Membership Ombudsman and IT/Systems Director
Russ Unger, Event and Marketing Director

Michael Angeles
Jorge Arango
Lane Becker
Sean Belka
Peter Bogaards
Paul Ford
Dave Gray
Jan Jursa
Jonathan Knoll
Michael Leis
Peter Merholz
Kiki Mills
Peter Morville
Leisa Reichelt
Stacy Surla
Christina Wodtke

Paul Ford
Whitney Hess
Rick Johnston
Laura Lessa
Victor Lombardi
Matthew Milan
Eric Reiss
Andrea Resmini
Sarah Rice
Donna Spencer

Noreen Whysel, Operations Manager
Melissa Weaver, Membership and Volunteers

Our staff volunteers a substantial amount of time and energy to the daily operations, planning, and care of the IA Institute. We thank them heartily
for their continued commitment to IAI.



ASIS&T Bulletin - http://www.asis.org/bulletin.html

In the December/January issue of Asis&t Bulletin finds new associate editor Thom Haller taking over the IA Column. In his inaugural article, "Making a Profound Impact," Thom explores his reaction to the passing of an elderly acquaintance and how Information Architecture can also have a profound impact. Feel free to contact Thom with your own stories. We look forward to reading more from Thom Haller in future issues. See the current column online:

And that's not at all, the December/January issue is dedicated to the Foundation of Information Science, including facts and frameworks, judgements and events and Carol Tenopir's ASIS&T 2009 Award of Merit Speech, "Facilitating and Enhancing Scientific Discovery." Read it all at http://www.asis.org/bulletin.html.


Boxes and Arrows - http://www.boxesandarrows.com
The definitive source for the complex task of bringing architecture and design to the digital landscape.

5 Steps to Building Social Experience
by Erin Malone
"Social" is infiltrating not only consumer software, but also the enterprise. Designers are often set on a path to add social capabilities with little guidance on what it means outside of Facebook or Twitter. Erin Malone gives us five steps to get started.

Research Logistics: A Crash Course for Designers and Stakeholders
by Demetrius Madrigal
With technology touching ever more of our work lives, user research, in its many guises, becomes part of the project lifecycle. For those of us who want a better idea of what to expect when working with a researcher, Demetrius Madrigal sets our expectations

Tree Testing
by Dave OBrien
After hearing about Donna Spencer's paper-based tree testing, Dave O'Brien and his colleagues were hooked, so much so that they built an online tool to allow you to effectively test a site hierarchy. Hear about the tree testing approach and see how O'Brien's tool works.

Sketchy Wireframes
by Aaron Travis
Aaron Travis explores the importance of using sketchy wireframes early in the project cycle. He then discusses how leverage computer-based sketches initially, then translate them into traditional wireframes, and includes an analysis of popular software tools


UPCOMING EVENTS - http://iainstitute.org/calendar/

The following events offer discounts to IAI members. Visit our website for more information - http://iainstitute.org/calendar/

Promo codes are available on the Member Discounts page in our Member Center http://signin.iainstitute.org

To add your event to our calendar contact us at membership AT iainstitute DOT org.

February 4-7, 1009
Savannah, GA, USA

IA Summit 2010
April 7-8, 2009 Preconference
April 9-11, 2009 Conference
Phoenix, AZ, USA



The IAI Job Board lists job postings related to information architecture, as well as information design, interaction design, user experience, and HCI. Visit the job board at http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/

The following are just a sample of recent postings:

Information Architect
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL USA

Contract IA with SEO expertise
Factory Direct Craft, Dayton, Ohio USA
Senior Information Architect
Razorfish, Austin, TX USA
Job board newsletter archives are available at: http://lists.iainstitute.org/listinfo.cgi/iai-jobs-iainstitute.org


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