IA Institute Newsletter - #7.06 2012

The Information Architecture Institute (IAI) Newsletter features news about IAI and our partner's sites: Asis&t Bulletin, Boxes and Arrows, IxDA and Web & Electronic 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

  • 2012 IA Salary and Benefits Survey Now Open
  • Apply for World IA Day Global Director Position
  • New Event Discount from User Interface 17

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

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

Salary Survey 2012

2012 Salary Survey FormThe 2012 IA Salary and Benefits Survey is now open and will remain open through November.

Please visit our salary survey form at:

We moved the start of the data collection period from Autumn to Summer to ensure that the 2012 survey results appear in 2012. The change also gives us additional time to collect information and also allows us to focus on Board elections which will begin in August.

Thank you for participating in our 2012 IA Salary and Benefits Survey! Results will be posted in December.

Apply for World IA Day Global Director Position

The Information Architecture Institute is seeking a new Global Director for World IA Day in February 2013 and we look forward to hearing from those interested in taking on this volunteer position!

Requirements of this position:

  • Humility and focus on the IA Community
  • Commitment to an unpaid, volunteer position
  • Estimated 6 month schedule, at about 10 hours / week.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Create and maintain project schedule for all cities working backwards from the official day.
  • Facilitate global communication with all cities to ensure local coordinators understand the project schedule.
  • Define a unified form and process for the team.
  • Communicate with the IAI Board around decisions for thematic approach, financial information, leveraging existing networks.
  • Delegate responsibilities to others such as the Thematic Chair and Website Editors about web management, budget, sponsorship, managing volunteers, and social media communication.
  • Create and publish content from the WIAD website, including PR responsibilities to ensure people are aware of the event on a local level.
  • Coordinate global swag from the sponsors and other materials.

If you are interested in applying for the WIAD Global Director position, please send an email to either the general mailbox for World IA Day info@worldiaday.org or to Noreen Whysel operations@iainstitute.org.

We are also accepting proposals for local coordinator positions. Local coordinators are responsible for finding a host site, inviting/coordinating speakers and securing local sponsorships for onsite activities. If you are interested in hosting an official World IA Day event, contact us at info@worldiaday.org.

New Event Discount from User Interface 17

User Interface 17 Conference, 5-7 November 2012, Boston, MA, USAUser Interface 17 Conference takes place on 5-7 November 2012 in Boston. Hosted annually by User Interface Engineering, UI17 offers eight full–day workshops on advanced design processes, flexible team–based techniques, and innovative multi–device solutions. IA Institute members will be able to lock in the Sneak Preview rate of US$1349 regardless of when you register. Compare that to US$1949 regular rate and US$2249 walk-in rate. Register before 3 August to receive a snazzy designer toolkit with sketchpad, inking pens, sharpies and more. Register at: http://www.uieconf.com.

To take advantage of the Sneak Preview rate, visit the Member Discount page in our Member Center.


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

ASIS&T Bulletin - http://www.asis.org/bulletin.html
The Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology is a bi-monthly news magazine packed with developments and issues affecting the field, pragmatic management reports, opinion, and news of people and events in the information science community.

On 10 July 2012, Shari Thurow presents an online Workshop: What All Librarians & Information Scientists Should Know About SEO from 11:30am-12:30pm (EDT). In this webinar, SEO pioneer and veteran Shari Thurow will show you:

  • The role of keywords in site navigation and labeling
  • 4 searcher goals
  • Aboutness and information scent
  • The role of metadata in SEO
  • How to ensure that search engines have access to desired content
  • How to ensure that search engines don’t have access to undesirable content
  • Common myths & misconceptions

Also, come to Euro IA Summit 2012, September 27-29, 2012, Rome, Italy. Join us for three incredible days of workshops, presentations, panels, and networking with information architects from across Europe and around the world. Gerry McGovern will give the opening keynote and Stephen P. Anderson is doing the closing plenary. IA Institute is proud to sponsor this annual event. Registration is now open.


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

The Past and Future of Experience Design: What a difference 10 years make
by Nathan Shedroff (2012/06/18)
Once there was a big debate on: Is experience design about online and mobile interfaces or is it something more? Ten years later, not only is it part of our professional language, designers are exploring its potential, learning from everything from science fiction to behavioral psychology.

Flow, Mastery and Ease-of-Use
by Christina Wodtke (2012/06/07)
As the web design community explores using game design principles in our work, we must be aware of how and when they are appropriate. Christina Wodtke takes a closer look at two key principles, mastery and flow, and explains how we might use them in application design.


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.

Social impact. Social innovation: Interaction 13

Celebrate 10 years of interaction design and embark on a journey toward defining our role as guides through social interactions, digital and beyond. Inspire and be inspired at IxD13 and make an impact on the social fabric of your community, organization, and society.

Join us in Toronto January 27- February 1 for Interaction13!

Early Bird Registration ends on July 14. The $200 savings entitles you to a discounted 3-day conference pass for the main programming on January 28-30. Add on workshops will take place on Sunday January 27 and will be announced at a later date. Attendance to the workshops will be an additional cost.

Register at http://interaction13.ixda.org/registration/

General Registration and Call for Presenters will be announced on July 15. Connect with the Interaction13 community on twitter @ixdconf or facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Interaction13 for more information and announcements leading up to IxD13!


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.


We are working on adding the full library of Rosenfeld Media books. In the meantime, please visit their website of their latest publications and feel free to suggest additions to our library:

The Mobile Frontier: A Guide for Designing Mobile Experiences
by Rachel Hinman (Rosenfeld Media, 2012 June)


7 Frequently Asked Questions on Card Sorting
by Donna Spencer (UIE, 2012 June 13)

Keyword Classification: Understanding The "Why" Of SEO
by Shari Thurow (Search Engine Land, 2012 June 06)

Content Strategy — in 3D!

by Scott Smith (Boxes and Arrows, 2012 May 29)


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.

10 July 2012
What All Librarians & Information Scientists Should Know About SEO
Online Workshop

19 July 2012
TOGAF 9 and ArchiMate Foundation
8-Week Online Course
Start Dates:
19 July 2012
16 August 2012
20 September 2012

September 26, 2012
Web Visions Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA

27-29 September 2012
Rome, Italy

22, 23, 25, 26 October 2012
Follow the UX Leader - Workshops on Advanced Web Practices
Vancouver, BC, Canada

5-7 November 2012
User Interface 17 Conference
Boston, MA, USA

20-21 November 2012
Online Information 2012
London, UK

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

IA Institute member discounts may be available for sponsored events. Visit the Member Center for details and disount codes.


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.

Freelance IA - 7/9/12
The College Board, New York, NY USA

Lead Information Designer/Technical Writer - 7/8/12
PROS, Houston, TX USA

User Interface Designer - 7/6/12
Recruiter, London, GBR

User Experience Designer - 7/6/12
Recruiter, London, GBR

Mid weight UX | Mobile agency | £35-40k - 7/5/12
Creative recruiter - Cogs, London, UK GBR

Leading European Design Consultancy | Senior Practitioner | £40-45k - 7/5/12
Creative recruiter - Cogs, London, UK GBR

UX consultant | Experience design consultancy | £25-37k - 7/5/12
Creative recruiter - Cogs, London, UK GBR


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