IA Institute Newsletter - #7.08 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

  • World IA Day 2013 Seeks Local Coordinators
  • The 2012 IA Salary and Benefits Survey is Still Accepting Responses
  • Member Discount at SemTECH 2012, New York City

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

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

World IA Day 2013 Seeks Local Coordinators

World IA Day is coming in February, 2013, with local events taking place in 15 cities all over the world. Apply now to host a WIAD13 event in your city!

How It Works:

You get a group of IA-minded people together to serve as the host committee for your city. Submit your application on the following pages. The IA Institute will notify you whether your application is accepted.

Then, we get to work! Your host committee will need to secure the location, speakers and other details to make your day happen. The IA Institute will coordinate information with you and provide a website to promote your city’s event. Your committee works to promote the event in your region.

Creating a WIAD Event:

What does a World IA Day event look like? Every one is different, but there are common threads.

  • Most WIAD host cities in 2012 had 100 or more attendees and drew from a regional area.
  • Most WIAD events were affiliated with a university.
  • Most speakers were practicing information architects or professors of information architecture.
  • Most events were a full day of panels and speakers.
  • Many events also included a meal or other social opportunities, funded by local sponsors.

How We Help You:

  • Last year our global sponsors covered lanyards, notebooks, t-shirts and a cool stash of giveaways, including books, prototype tools and software.
  • A limited number of $500 stipends will be available to site hosts on a first come-first serve basis.
  • In addition, our global WIAD team of volunteers is on hand to provide Local coordinators with communication support, web space, branded email account, a Twitter account, event promotion, video content, sponsor kits and advice to support you every step of the way.

WIAD Policies to Know WIAD Is Free:

World IA Day is designed to be a free event; we want to bring more people to the study and practice of information architecture, and celebrate with those who already practice IA.

WIAD Is an Event of the IA Institute:

Though it takes place mostly simultaneously at multiple locations worldwide, World IA Day is the signature event of the Information Architecture Institute (IAI), the international organization for the study and practice of information architecture. When your group agrees to participate in WIAD, you also agree to promote the IAI by:

  • Providing IAI membership information to all event participants
  • Displaying a few slides about the IAI during breaks, and throughout the agenda as appropriate
  • Promoting international WIAD sponsors

Local Sponsors:

If you would like, you may secure local sponsors to offer meals/snacks/other amenities to your participants. If you have connections to an organization interested in becoming an international sponsor, please contact sponsorship@worldiaday.org. Sound like fun? Then click visit the WIAD13 Local Coordinator Survey to begin your site proposal.

The 2012 IA Salary and Benefits Survey is Still Accepting Responses

Participate in our Annual Salary Survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012-IA-Salary-Survey

Member Discount at SemTECH 2012, New York City

Semantic Technology and Business Conference, October 15-17, 2012, New York, NY, USAWe are very proud to sponsor the Semantic Technology & Business Conference, taking place on 15-17 October 2012 in New York City! We are offering a FREE PASS to a student attendee. To claim your pass, visit the SemTechBiz contest survey and tell us why you should represent IA Institute. You must be a current student member of the IA Institute and be willing to write a brief article on your experience for an upcoming edition of this newsletter.

Packed with innovative panels, case studies and real-world perspectives, SemTechBiz offers one tutorial day and two comprehensive full days of fresh insight and immersive learning from global experts in technology, financial services, healthcare, publishing, search, mobile and enterprise data. An exhibit hall will also showcase the latest tools and solutions across the Semantic and Big Data landscape. Attendees come to SemTechBiz for the practical advice, hands-on guidance and meaningful takeaways that our business luminaries and subject matter veterans bring to the table.

IA Institute members receive 15% off. Please visit the Member Center for a promotion code.


Rosenfeld Media is offering a 15% discount to their October workshops in New York City. Three great day-long user experience design workshops are coming to NYC in October, taught by a trio of outstanding authors.

Produced by Rosenfeld Media in partnership with General Assembly and Moment Design, these workshops are small (capped at 50/day), practical, and highly engaging--with lots of discussion and hands-on exercises. There are tons of give-aways from an amazing array of sponsors. Read more and register here.

Visit the IA Institute Member Center for discount information for many of our upcoming sponsored events.


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.

Current Issue
August/September 2012
Vol. 38, No. 6
Full Text: PDF (Size: 4mb)

The August/September 2012 issue of the ASIS&T bulletin is all about metrics, particularly bibliometrics and other methods used to describe quantitative studies that use scientific information, information phenomena, online data and non-traditional scientific data, respectively, to observe the creation, diffusion and interaction of information.

The goals of this special issue are two-fold: to provide a history of some aspects of IS and ASIS&T using metric approaches, and to describe the past, present and future of metrics-related research.

Euro IA Summit 2012 is this weekend, 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.


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

Designing Screens Using Cores and Paths: Designing from the inside out
by Jim Kalbach and Karen Lindemann (2012 Aug 20)
If you can place your core offering firmly at the center of your design, then all other elements in the site help both the users and the business reach their goals. Kalbach and Lindemann show how the Core+Paths method keeps the design focused on your goals.

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

General Registration and Call for Presenters is now open. 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!

Also, the 2013 Interaction Awards are now accepting submissions. If you are interested in submitting this year, here’s your cue to start thinking about some of this year's examples of excellent interaction design. For inspiration, check out last year's winning projects, and the video profiles from last year's 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.

This Fall, our Operations Manager, Noreen Whysel, has started a MLIS program at Pratt Institute and is greedily grabbing at references to the information architecture field and posting them to the IA Library for your reading pleasure. Look for entries marked "(P)" to see what she found.


Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning, 2nd Edition (2011) (P)
by Dan Brown

Foundations of Library and Information Science, 3rd Edition (2010) (P)
(In Chapter 7: Information Science: A Service Perspective, Section IV. Emerging Fields in Information Science)
by Richard E. Rubin

Organizing Information from the Shelf to the Web (2007) (P)
(Chapter 11: Information Architecture)
by G.G. Chowdhury and Sudatta Chowdhury

Usability Testing Essentials: Ready, Set...Test! (2011) (P)
by Carol M. Barnum


A Simple Guide To Understanding The Searcher Experience
by Shari Thurow (9/14/2012) Presentations:

Understanding Information Architecture
by Peter Morville (6/27/2011)


Core+Path Template This PDF outlines the Core+Path Methology described in the Boxes and Arrows article, Designing Screens Using Cores and Paths: Designing from the inside out by Jim Kalbach and Karen Lindemann (2012 Aug 20).


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.

3-5 October 2012
Library 2.012
Free online conference

15-17 October 2012
SemTechBiz: Semantic Technologies and Business Conference
New York, NY, USA

October 17, 2012
Enterprise Search Summit Fall 2012
17-19 October 2012 Washington, DC, USA

22-26 October 2012
Follow the UX Leader
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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

12-16 November 2012
The Global Education Conference
FREE online conference

20-21 November 2012
Online Information Conference 2012
London, UK

February 2013 (date TBA)
World IA Day
1 Day. 15 Cities. Worldwide.

25-26 February 2013
2nd Annual Symposium on Communicating Complex Information (SCCI)
Greenville, NC, USA

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.

User Experience Architect - 9/28/12
Zebra People, London, London GBR

UX Designer - 9/28/12
Zebra People, London, London GBR

Information Services Manager - 9/27/12
The Ford Foundation, New York, NY USA

Enterprise Knowledge Systems Manager - 9/27/12
The Ford Foundation, New York, New York USA

Junior Interaction / UX Designer - Liverpool - to GBP25k - 9/27/12
IC Creative - Recruiter , Liverpool, GBR

Graduate Opportunity - UX / Interaction Designer - Liverpool (HCI, UCD, or related discipline) - 9/27/12
IC Creative - Recruiter , London, GBR

UX Designer - 9/26/12
TMA Resources - Interactive, Washington DC Metro, VA USA


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