IAI Newsletter #2.4 April 2007

The Information Architecture Institute (IAI) Newsletter features news about IAI and our partner sites: Boxes and arrows and IAwiki. We've also added a list of conferences, workshops, F2Fs, and job postings at the end, so scroll down!

In this issue:

* IAI News
* IA Summit Winners
* Volunteers at IAI
* What's New with Our Partners?
* Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
* Job Postings

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

Hi, fellow IAs Ð

March was a banner month for the Institute. Our Annual Meeting, held during the IA Summit, was a celebration as Board, Staff, Volunteers, and Members discussed and enjoyed the huge achievements we've all made over the last 12 months. Foremost among these is the soft launch of the new IAI website at http://www.iainstitute.org/en/. You'll see more in this newsletter on how you can join beta testing and QA in support of the imminent public rollout.

The work of the Local Groups initiative has given rise to the "IA Network" leg of the new website. This will reflect a new way of thinking about how the Institute's Board and Members can support individual IAs and strengthen the whole field. If you think about it, all IA is local. Furthermore, one approach to local groups does not fit all. IA work is carried out in various environments by people with diverse circumstances, needs, and interests, for people with ditto.

The IAI's principle role here is to enable networking. We've therefore created tools to help IAs geolocate one another, find and start local groups, discuss topics, and join or start projects. A beautiful overview can be found in the Networking Guide (http://www.iainstitute.org/documents/network/IA_Networking_Guide.pdf), which crystallizes the IAI's thrust.

The Second Life (SL) initiative is another project that has taken off. I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion at the Summit on "IA in SL" and there was a great amount of interest in the roles IAs could take in shaping shared 3-D online environments. The Institute recently purchased an island in SL which we call Info Architecture (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Architecture/35/96/23). Any members interested in this fun project can contact Andrew Hinton (andrew AT inkblurt DOT com) to find out more or join the initiative. Right now we're looking at tools for remote meetings and presentations (e.g. EuroIA and IA Summit sessions in Second Life); exploring the good, bad, and ugly of "The IA of SL;" and drawing up plans for our underwater dance club. Yes, really.

So once again, it's a great time to join an IAI initiative. For these and other projects see http://www.iainstitute.org/en/network/find-project/find_a_project.php. And to tell us what needs to be fixed, written, or added to the new website (if you follow any of my links you will discover such things), write to webmaster AT iainstitute DOT org.

Sincerely,

Stacy Surla
Treasurer
IAI Board of Directors

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IA Summit Conference Winners

The IA Institute would like to congratulate its winners from the IA Summit drawings held in Las Vegas last March. Winners were chosen at random each day.

Welcome to those participants who won free year long memberships at the IA Institute:

Stephan Knobloch
Kšln, Germany

Michael Albers
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Liz McMahon
London, United Kingdom

Melissa Goldstein
San Francisco, California, USA

Full Conference Registration for 2008 IA Summit

Janet Kubulak
Washington, D.C., USA

Registration to IAI's 2008 IA Summit Pre-Conference Session

Leisa Reichelt
London, United Kingdom

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT - http://iainstitute.org/pg/volunteer_opportunities.php

Thanks to our fabulous IA Summit volunteers who helped out at our info booth, mentoring table or both! These volunteers provided vital information as well as fabulous IAI schwag to IA Summit attendees. Amy Silvers, Celeste Lyn Paul, Janette Shew, Jason Hobbs, Leisa Reichelt, Lisa Colvin, Mags Hanley, and Olga Howard, you rock! Special thanks from Melissa, Noreen, and the IAI Board of Directors.

Looking to make your mark at IAI? All members are eligible and there are projects galore Ð completing and expanding the new website, connecting local groups, leading education, Second Life meetings, improving IAI's global presence and connection, and more, more, more.

Contact Melissa at volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org to sign up for any project.

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WHAT'S NEW WITH OUR PARTNERS
ASIS&T Bulletin, Boxes and Arrows, IAwiki, and Web Indexing SIG

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

The April May issue of the Asis&t Bulletin is available online with the special IA column: Digital Libraries on the MUVE: A Virtual Adventure
Lori Bell, Kitty Pope and Tom Peters. The article focuses on library adventures in Second Life.

Check it out at
http://asist.org/Bulletin/Apr-07/bell_pope_peters.html

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

Using Technical Communication Skills in User Experience
by Theresa Putkey

Sometimes User Experience Design is chosen; sometimes it is thrust upon us.
Theresa explains how technical communications was a natural path to a career in design.

http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/using-technical

Talent Isn't Everything
by Chanpory Rith

To succeed as a creative professional, you need more than talent. Chanpory Rith offers us a list of seven habits that can help put a junior designer's career on the path to success.

http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/talent-isn-t

Featured Idea
by Christina Wodtke

How To Make More Money
suggested by Victor Lombardi

Are you underpaid? How do you know? If you're reading Boxes and Arrows chances are you're a hot commodity. There's lots of ways we can increase our rate/salary, post your ideas in comments then let's collect them all into a big article to help us get ahead!

http://www.boxesandarrows.com/idea/view/5706

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Web Indexing SIG: http://www.web-indexing.org

The Web Indexing SIG is sponsoring a pre-conference workshop at the annual conference of the American Society of Indexers in Philadelphia: Workshop 4: Creating Website Indexes, to be held 8:00 am - 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 24.

This half-day workshop presented by Heather Hedden instructs participants on how to create hyperlinked back-of-the-book style indexes on web sites or intranets. The presentation content, examples, and exercises come from the full 13-week series online courses that have been offered by Hedden Information Management since 2005. Indexing experience is not necessary, but a basic familiarity with the concepts of subentries, double-posting, and cross-references is assumed. Indexing techniques and tools specific to web site indexing will be presented.

Information is at
http://www.asindexing.org/site/conferences/conf2007/preconfworkshops.shtml

**Workshop cost is only $135. This is in addition to the conference registration fee.You may attend the pre-conference workshops only, and not the conference, for an additional $100 workshop-only registration fee, which may also be applied toward attending an afternoon workshop as well. The continental breakfast and mid-morning refreshment break are included with this fee. Registration is available online at the ASI conference page site.

The American Society of Indexers announces a new book on how to created web site A-Z indexes: /Indexing Specialties: Web Sites/, written by Heather Hedden, will be available for ordering through Information Today, Inc. by the beginning of June at http://books.infotoday.com/books/IndexSpecWebSites.shtml More information about the book is available on the author's web site:
http://www.hedden-information.com/book.htm

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IAwiki: http://www.IAwiki.net
A collaborative discussion space for IAs. Anyone can contribute; no registration required.

Always a great place to keep up with a global web of IAs professional, the Professional Directory is updated frequently by IAwiki visitors:

http://www.iawiki.net/ProfessionalsDirectory

Check out the many other useful articles, list, facts and fun at http://www.iawiki.net/.

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UPCOMING CONFERENCES

Enterprise Search Summit
Solving your Findability Dilemma
May 15-16, 2007
Hilton New York, NY, USA
http://www.enterprisesearchsummit.com

**DISCOUNT for IAI members

ENTERPRISE SEARCH SUMMIT is a highly intense, in-depth, 2-day conference that covers how to develop, implement and enhance cutting-edge internal search capabilities. If you are an information manager or IT or search professional, ENTERPRISE SEARCH SUMMIT is where you will learn strategies and build the skill sets you need to make your organization's content not only searchable but "findable."

As the official association sponsor of the Enterprise Search Summit, IAI has negotiated a discount for its members. All IAI members can register for Enterprise Search Summit for $200 off of the full conference price. Members can also receive significant discounts on the pre-conference seminars.

Contact Melissa at membership AT iainstitute DOT org to learn about the IAI member discount!!!

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Special Seminars this Spring!

Enterprise Information Architecture with Lou Rosenfeld &
Steve Krug's Usability Workshop "Don't Make Me Think."

Discounts for IAI members at Krug and Rosenfeld Spring 2007 seminars in Atlanta and Portland, OR:

Enterprise Information Architecture Seminar (with Lou Rosenfeld)
Portland, OR: May 10, 2007
Atlanta, GA: May 31, 2007
More info/registration: http://www.louisrosenfeld.com/eia

Don't Make Me Think! (with Steve Krug)
Portland, OR: May 11, 2007
Atlanta, GA: June 1, 2007
More info/registration: http://www.sensible.com/workshops.html

Discounts:
* After registering, IAI Members can receive $100 off each seminar by emailing either workshops AT sensible DOT com or seminars AT louisrosenfeld DOT com
* Discounts are also available for early registration, when registering for both Lou's and Steve's seminars, and for groups of three or more.

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IAI JOB POSTINGS
The IAI Job Board lists job postings related to information architecture, as well as information design, interaction design, user experience, and HCI.

The following are a sample of recent postings:

Manager, User Experience Design
PayPal, an eBay Company, Pheonix, AZ USA
http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=2926
DC IA wanted
Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Washington, DC USA
http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=2925
User Experience Architect
White Horse, Portland, OR USA
http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=2924

You must be logged into the IA Institute website to view job descriptions.
Job board newsletter archives are available at: http://lists.iainstitute.org/listinfo.cgi/iai-jobs-iainstitute.org

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