IA Institute Newsletter - 5.04 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

  • Summertime!
  • Student and Local Groups
  • Alliance News
  • Member Initiatives

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


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


It's Summer for most of the board at the IA Institute. Board activity has been a bit slower with travel (Christian, Livia), marriage (Andrew) and job changes (Christian, Russ and Andrew) affecting many of us. The good news is we have active working groups covering IDEA - we announce our date soon - and other initiatives, so read on.

Student and Local Groups

Brad Nunnally is officially stepping up to lead Student Groups initiative. Andrew Hinton will serve as Board sponsor. They are going to pilot this as a loose affiliation model: any student group renews participation by having a faculty member be a member of the Institute. (They want to do more, but more details later). We'll have a template model that other groups can mirror. Brad had a good meeting with Kent State University, who worked on a plan of action. Some interesting ideas included offering support with promoting and finding speakers for student-planned events.

Andrew Hinton has been in touch with Institute members in Sao Paulo, Brazil to work on exploring a Local Group pilot.

Alliance News

We are exploring additional alliances with professional organizations that lie outside the IA/User Experience space. Bev Corwin, Institute member and mentor, is in discussion with two translations organizations to determine how our organizations can collaborate. We expect the first step to be a sponsor table/registration swap at our respective conferences followed by more discussion. If you are a member of an organization that has potential affinities with the IA Institute, please contact us at info@iainstitute.org. Also, we are continuing our discussions with IxDA around Mentoring.

Member Initiatives

  • Translations: The translations team welcomed two new translators, Rianne Stolwijk (Dutch) and Simone Economo (Italian). The team mobilized to update Frequently Asked Questions for translating articles and web content and to develop more streamlined web structure for language sites.
  • IA Glossary: We are moving foward on the review of the IA Glossary. Trent Sherrel is leading and Amy Silvers from the original team has agreed to serve as an advisor. Thanks, Amy!


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

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

In the June/July issue of the IA Column, "Possibilities Abound," Thom Haller takes us back to Richard Saul Wurman's IA Summit 2010 keynote where he discussed making the journey from not knowing to knowing.

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.

There have been no new postings since April.


Interaction Design Association (IxDA) - http://www.ixda.org
The IxDA is a non-profit professional organization whose focus is promoting both the field of interaction design and the interests of an international community of practitioners, managers, educators, and students of interaction design.

IxDA's Interaction11 Conference will be held on February 9-12, 2011 (Wednesday through Saturday) in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Call for Participation

Also, the IxDA and the IA Institute have formed a working group to explore opportunities for improving mentorship opportunties across the User Experience umbrella of disciplines. Andrew Hinton of the IAI and Janna deVylder and Meredith Noble of the IxDA are members of the working group.


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 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 IA Institute members. Visit our Member Center website for discount codes.

Semantic Technology Conference
June 21-25, 2010
San Francisco, CA, USA

UIE: Site Search Analytics with Lou Rosenfeld
June 23, 2010
90-minute online webinar
Free lifetime access to recording ($40 value) with promotion code.

Adaptive Path UX Intensive
June 27, 2010
San Francisco, CA, USA
20% discount for IAI members

UX Week
August 24, 2010
San Francisco, CA, USA
20% discount for IAI members
To add your event to our calendar contact us at membership AT iainstitute DOT org.


IAI JOB POSTINGS - http://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/

The following are just a sample of recent postings:

Sr. UX Specialist (Fluent in Multiple Languages)
Elsevier, London, Camden, UK GBR

Information Architect (Contract 60-80/hr)
Horizontal Integration, Minneapolis, MN USA

Web Designer
TrialPay, Mountain View, CA USA

Client Experience User Interface Designer
JPMorgan Chase, New York, NY USA

Job board newsletter archives are available at:


Newsletter archives can be found at http://iainstitute.org/news/cat_newsletter.php

Comments about this newsletter? Questions? Things you would like to see included in future issues?
Contact feedback AT iainstitute DOT org.

Thanks for reading and we'll be back with another newsletter in about a month!


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