IA Institute Newsletter - #6.06 2011

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


IAI News

What's New With Our Partners
New IA Library Additions
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
IAI Job Postings

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

Get Ready! World IA Day Launches in February 2012

If you have been wondering what is going on with IDEA Conference, we are very proud to announce the evolution of our signature event into something bigger, braver and much more inclusive.

World Information Architecture Day, February 20121 DAY. 14 CITIES. The first ever World IA Day focuses on Designing Structures for Understanding. On February 11, 2012, we’re hosting WIAD events in 14 cities across all corners of the globe. Learn from world-class IA minds, network, showcase new ideas and attend events tailored specifically to your community. We hope you’ll join us at an event near you this February!

World IA Day 2012 is about bringing the Information Architecture community together. We’re fostering links within local communities and on a global scale. We’re sharing information, ideas and research. And we’re doing it through unconventional, exciting and engaging IA events this February.

Sign up for the World IA Day Mailing List to receive information and follow us on Twitter at @WorldIADay.

Visit the World IA Day website for all the details.

Board of Directors Discuss New Direction - Podcast

Andrea Resmini, Dan Klyn, Dorian Taylor, and Jeff Parks met recently to share with the community upcoming changes to the IAI that will benefit members and the discipline of Information Architecture globally.  This is the first of what we hope to become a regular podcast by the IAI board of directors is up and available for download and streaming. (Time of Podcast: 17 minutes 42 seconds)


Andrea: Iceland was useful to dig deeper into the global vision we had started shaping in late 2010. We wanted to reposition the IAI as the meeting point, the place to go, for practitioners, researchers and educators involved with IA.

Dorian: We created a conceptual framework that places the IAI in the middle of a set of mediated relationships. The purpose of this framework is to frame at the most abstract level what the IAI does, act as a litmus test for current initiatives and provide a template for future functions. (Dorian also provides an update on infrastructure projects.)

Dan: The IAI is cash positive at $64,000. We are focused on using this money to build a strong foundation for both the membership and future Board members to continually evolve and improve upon these initiatives. (Dan also offers a glimpse of changes to the IDEA Conference and announces the launch of World IA Day, 11 February 2012.)

Jeff:  We are working on building a stronger mentorship program that connect people both online and in person. In addition, volunteers are the backbone of every non-profit. We are working on ideas, and welcome other insights from our members, to align experiences and passions of volunteers with the specific needs of each event or initiative.

For a transcript of the podcast, visit: http://iainstitute.org/news/001272.php.

2011-2013 Board of Directors Election Opens September 10

Nominations for the 2011-2013 Board of Directors election have closed and candidates are busy preparing position statements. Candidate statements will be posted as soon as we get them, and a few are already available. We have an impressive list of candidates this year, and are looking forward to a very exciting contest.

We will be forwarding individual ballots to members in good standing on 10 September. Please update your membership information and renew if your membership has expired or is about to expire. We do not wish for anyone to be disenfranchised, but you need to be a member prior to the start of the election, if you wish to participate. Visit the Member Center at http://signin.iainstitute.org/.

The Election 2011 website is your go-to site for details, candidate profiles and the election guide.


You may also contact us at election2011@iainstitute.org if you have any questions.

Participate in the 2011 Salary and Benefits Survey

Participate in the 2011 Salary SurveyThe 2011 edition of the IA Institute Salary and Benefits Survey will remain open through November 30. If you have not yet participated, please visit the following survey site now:


Find more information about our Salary Survey and download previous years at the Salary Survey page on our website:


Member Discounts on TOGAF/ArchiMate Online Course

International Management Forum presents an online distance learning course on TOGAF 9.  The next 8 week session begins October 20.  IA Institute members will receive a discount of € 200. Please visit the Member Center for the discount code. Register at: http://www.imfacademy.com/areasofexpertise/information_technology/TOGAF

For more details and to get the discount codes, visit the IA Institute Member Center.


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

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

"Bridging the Gulf: Communication and Information in Society, Technology, and Work"

The ASIS&T 2011 Annual Meeting will be held from 9-11 October 2011 in New Orleans, LA, with workshops and seminars on 12 October. The ASIS&T Annual Meeting is the main venue for disseminating research centered on advances in the information sciences and related applications of information technology.  This year’s conference is stepping away from tradition and re-inventing ASIS&T's premier conference in the guise of an innovative "ASIST 2.0." To register, visit: http://www.asis.org/asist2011/register.html


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.

Entry deadline for IxDA’s inaugural Interaction Awards has been extended to September 22, 2011.  This is a new contest celebrating global excellence in the discipline of Interaction Design. The awards opened in June 2011, and will be celebrated at the Interaction 12 Conference in Dublin, Ireland in Feb 2012.  To find out more about the Interaction Awards and to enter, visit http://www.ixda.org/awards.


NEW LIBRARY ADDITIONS - http://iainstitute.org/library/

The IA Library is a selection of resources related to the field of information architecture. The collection includes articles, books, blogs, translations and more. Each month, we will post the latest entries to the IA Library in this newsletter.


Framing the Practice of Information Architecture
by Nathaniel Davis (9/7/2011)

SEO Smackdown: Information Architecture vs. Technical Architecture
by Shari Thurow (9/2/2011)

by Jorge Arango (7/2011)

Editorial: Information Architecture is a Way of Seeing
by Dan Klyn (7/2011)

SnowSense: A Case Study in User-centered Location-based Services
by Jan Eckert (7/2011)

Web Information Architecture: A Very Inclusive Practice
by Sally Burford (7/2011)


Patternry: UI Design Patterns and Library Builder (2011)


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

Some sponsored events offer discounts to IA Institute members. Please read descriptions carefully for instructions on discounts, if available. Visit our Member Center website for discount code

8-9 September 2011
Ark Group Australia presents: Dynamic Intranets
Melbourne, Australia

22-24 September 2011
EuroIA: Europe's Seventh Information Architecture Summit
Prague, Czech Republic

20 October 2011
TOGAF 9 and ArchiMate Foundation
Online distance learning

Beginning 24 October 2011
Follow the UX Leader - Workshops on Advanced Web Practices
Vancouver: 2011 Oct 24, 25, 27, 28
Ottawa: 2011 Nov 7, 8, 9, 10
Jamaica: 2012 Jan 30, 31, Feb 2, 3

29 November-1 December 2011
Online Information International Exhibition and Conference
London, UK

11 February 2012
World IA Day
14 locations worldwide

24-25 February 24, 2012
Symposium on Usability, Information Design, and Information Interaction to Communicate Complex Information
Greenville, NC, 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/.

The following are just a sample of recent postings:

Senior User Researcher - South London - 9/6/11
IC Creative - recruiter, South London, GBR

User Experience Visual Design Consultant - London - 12 month contract - 9/6/11
IC Creative - recruiter, London, GBR

Senior Interaction Designer - 9/6/11
Creative recruiter, London, GBR

Freelance Senior UX IA - London for 6 months - 9/5/11
IC Creative - recruiter, London, GBR

Senior Freelance IA - to £550+ - London - 6 months - 9/5/11
IC Creative - recruiter, London, GBR

Director, User Experience - 9/1/11
Hotwire, San Francisco, CA USA

Interaction Designer - 8/31/11
AppFolio, Inc., Santa Barbara, CA USA


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

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