IA Institute Newsletter - 5.03 2010

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


IAI News

  • IA Institute at the IA Summit
  • The IA is IN!
  • Member Services Update
  • Staff Changes and Back Office Improvements

What's New with Our Partners?
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
Job Postings


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

IA Institute at the IA Summit

It has been a busy month at the IA Institute. We have returned from a fabulous time at the 11th IA Summit in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Hosted each year by our partner organization, ASIS&T, the IA Summit is one of the largest gatherings of information architecture professionals from around the globe. Once again, the Institute sponsored a successful preconference workshop, "Beyond Findability: IA Practice & Strategy for the New Web," featuring presentations by Andrew Hinton, Christian Crumlish, Erin Malone, Cindy Chastain, Matthew Milan and Joe Lamantia. We also hosted a 75th birthday party for Richard Saul Wurman, TED co-founder, original Information Architect and Day 2 keynoter for this year's event, complete with birthday cake and karaoke.


We also wanted to congratulate our friends in Poland for a successful launch of the 1st Polish IA Summit in Warsaw, April. Amid the bad news about the president's death shortly before the summit and the volcanic ash that made it hard for many to get home, we were glad to see a bright period of learning and sharing with innovations like simul-translation in English - great idea! Italian IA rocked in Pisa and we can't wait to hear from IAKonferenz in Kšln this week. More on that in the next newsetter. Next stop, EuroIA in Paris this September. The EuroIA call for participation just opened: http://www.euroia.org/Submissions.aspx

The IA is IN!

The annual "IA is IN" Mentoring Booth returned to the Summit. This year, we introduced a Twitter account @IAisIN, which kept tabs on who was in the booth. Thanks to IA Summit organizers, Jennifer Bohmbach and Abby Covert's genius, Richard Saul Wurman sat in the mentoring booth during the poster session. Several of our regular mentors took turns helping new and old IAs with career and work advice. We welcomed many new mentors in the booth and hope to see many more, maybe even you, next year. We plan to continue to experiment with the @IAisIN Twitter account to keep you informed on activity in the mentoring program so be sure to follow @IAisIN.

Also as a treat, the Institute hosted a "speed mentoring" event following Russ Unger and Mario Bourque's career workshop during day 2 of the preconference. Following an intense workshop, featuring recruiters from Sapient Nitro, the class walked over to My Big Fat Greek Restaurant and participated in a get-to-know-you mentoring event over drinks and hors d'ouevres. Modeling the event on speed dating, Operations Manager, Noreen Whysel, paired workshop participants to explore one-on-one whether a mentoring relationship would be possible. Despite a very loud outdoor fountain, drowning out Noreen's instructions, for the most part, we felt the event was fun and successful. We noticed quite a few people continuing conversations while others rushed off to the Welcome Reception.

Member Services Update

  • Volunteer wiki Ð a Drupal-based volunteer wiki was developed by Andrea Resmini & Michael Angeles (Michael did the heaving lifting). The first projects will include an review and update of the IA Glossary as well as improved monitoring of the Translations initiative. A revised intiative proposal and management system will be integrated into the wiki, so if you have thoughts about new initiatives the Institute should be pursuing, now is a great time to start thinking about it and let us know. Proposal format is available at: http://iainstitute.org/documents/network/projects/volunteer-initiative-proposal.doc
  • Project Switchboard Ð Volunteer Nicola de Franschesi is nailing down the sandbox environment for the new member database prototype.
  • Local Groups - Andrew Hinton has been talking to Gil Barros, a PhD Student at Universidade de S‹o Paulo, about a loose-ties approach to local groups using Brazil as a potential pilot. Andrew will summarize it in a proposal when it's more refined.

Staff Changes and Back Office Improvements

In our last newsletter we introduced you to Tim Bruns, our new Membership Coordinator. We are happy to report that we have hired Supporting Strategies, an Accounting Services and Operational Support firm, to serve as our back office administrators, covering tasks such as mail handling, bookkeeping, and records storage.


WHAT'S NEW WITH OUR PARTNERS? - http://iainstitute.org/en/about/people/partners.php

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

In the April/May issue of the IA Column, "Gaining Perspective," Thom Haller discusses how understanding the "communication product" from another point of view moves us toward creating a better user experience.

Read the entire bulletin at:


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

Podcasts from the IA Summit 2010 in Phoenix, AZ
By Jeff Parks

The IA Summit was held in Phoenix, AZ from April 9-11. Boxes and Arrows captured many of the main conference sessions from Day 2, Saturday, April 10. These sessions cover subjects from consulting vs. employee to principle and patterns to hacking UX in the organization. Enjoy!

IA Summit 10 - Day 1

IA Summit 10 - Day 2

IA Summit 10 - Richard Saul Wurman Keynote
In his keynote from the 2010 IA Summit, Richard Saul Wurman encourages the design community to take on big problems rather than make small changes incrementally

IA Summit 10 - Whitney Hess Keynote
In her closing Keynote at the 2010 IA Summit, Whitney Hess calls the UX community to charge outward with our shared mission and "cross the chasm" to real leadership.


Web Indexing SIG of the American Society for Indexing (ASI) - http://www.web-indexing.org/
Promoting the human indexing of Web sites and HTML documents worldwide.

The Web Indexing SIG of the American Society for Indexing (ASI) is now offering a free web index creation service for non-profit organizations with small web sites. Visit the Web Indexing Pro Bono Progam page for details.


UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS - http://www.iainstitute.org/calendar/

The following events offer discounts to IAI members. Visit our website for more information.

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

UX Lx: User Experience Lisbon
May 12, 2010
Lisbon, Portugal

IA Konferenz 2010
May 14, 2010
Kšln, Germany

Big Design Conference
May 28, 2010
Dallas, Texas, USA

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


IAI JOB POSTINGS - http://www.iainstitute.org/jobboard/

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/ (http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/)

The following are just a sample of recent postings:

Information Architecture
Northbound LLC, Atlanta, GA USA

UI Designer
AOL, Dulles, VA USA

Lead Information Architect
Kaleidoscope Inc., New York, New York/ Ohio USA

Senior Information Architect
Vanguard, Malvern, PA USA

Information Architect
Recruiter, New York, NY USA

Sr Information Architect
Razorfish, Austin, TX USA

Sr Information Architect
Razorfish, Chicago, IL USA

Job board newsletter archives are available at:


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