IAI Newsletter #3.3 March 2008

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
* Volunteers at IAI
* What's New with Our Partners?
* IA Institute Special Event
* Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
* Job Postings


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


Dear IAI Members and Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I announce exciting news about a new stage in the life of the Information Architecture Institute. Yesterday, the IAI Board of Directors appointed the Institute's first Executive Director, Glenn Harvey.

Glenn brings to IAI over twenty five years of experience in managing associations and helping Boards to grow multi-million dollar global, technical and educational associations. Glenn shares our unique interest in the Web, from his long-standing and pioneering efforts to help associations make the transition from bricks and mortar, to "dot orgs" (see: is a dot org and ceramics dot org). He expresses excitement at the opportunity to work with a profession that is so critical to the future of E-commerce and sees IAI as having almost unlimited growth potential. Glenn's experience is rich in all aspects of association management; especially publications, standards, conference development, training, and marketing of the profession that comprises the organization.

IAI Board Members unanimously agreed that our new executive director can help us to achieve both the near-term goals we have shared with you and the grand vision that we all hold for IAI. We will share his IAI contact information, when Glenn officially starts in March and he is looking forward to meeting many Members at the IA Summit in April. If you can't wait to start giving him suggestions and advice, he invites input at his personal email address glennharvey@charter.net.


Eric Reiss
President, IAI Board of Directors



Greetings fellow members,

It's March, and that means the IA Summit is around the corner! The yearly "gathering of the tribe" is a can't-miss event, and this year's combination of a hot host city (viva Miami!) and a very strong program make this one of the most exciting Summits yet.

IAI Preconference Workshop

The Institute is sponsoring a pre-conference workshop at the Summit: "Becoming a leader: from IA to business and beyond." We've asked five renowned IAs to create participative seminars on the intersection between information architecture and leadership. If you are (or aspire to be) in a position of leadership, you cannot miss this workshop! Read more about it here:

Improvements to iainstitute.org

The website is one of our main channels of communication with the world, and we are constantly working to improve it. Last month we told you about changes to our homepage, and this month we've published changes to the events section of the site. Our aim is to make it easier for members and visitors to see which events we're organizing or sponsoring during the year. We also want to help event organizers who may be interested in partnering with us; if you are planning an event and would like us to partner with you, please let us know. Visit the calendar of events at http://iainstitute.org/calendar/

Work is also underway on the translation of the site into various languages. We have staging sites ready in Danish, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish, and work is also advancing in other languages as well. This is very resource-intensive work, and is entirely driven by volunteers. (If you are bi-, or multi-lingual, we could use your help! See below for more info.)

Thanks to all our volunteers, who quite literally make the IA Institute possible. And thank you, too, you are the Institute! I look forward to seeing you in Miami!

Jorge Arango
Events Director, IA Institute



- http://iainstitute.org/en/members/mentoring/mentoring_program.php

IAI wants to send a special thank you to the many, many people who became mentors this year! As the profession grows (and the IAI membership), the need for experienced IAs to mentor those new to the field is tremendous. We're so excited to have so many dedicated, excellent mentors both new and experienced in the program. Due to the diverse backgrounds, locations, skills, and dreams of our mentees, we will always have a need for new mentors.

Learn more at:

IDEA 2008

Contact volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org if you're interested in working on any of the following projects:

IDEA 2008 is coming to Chicago October 6-8, 2008. The beautiful Harold Washington Library will host this year's conference on designing complex information spaces of all kinds. With Chicago's historic architecture to inspire, innovative designers will come together and face the challenges of design in the physical and virtual worlds. Be a part of this incredible event as a volunteer. An especially great opportunity for Chicagoland locals as well as those in all parts of the digital world, we have volunteer roles to fit every skill set and schedule. Plus it's a great networking and portfolio building experiences for those who join the team (and free registration.)

See full description of volunteer roles at:

To apply, please send resume outlining similar experience and paragraph about why you fit the role. Please note your location and availability in September-October 2008. Mail this to volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org with "IDEA 2008" in the subject.

*Event Coordinator - Primary point person for making sure all the pieces come together for an event. Requires. Experience with event coordination, project management and people skills a must. Role will require more time commitment closer to event.

*Speaker Coordinator - Supports both web building and event activities for speakers. Time commitment: approx 1-2 hours/week average including few weeks following conference to post key information on website for future awareness building.

*Sponsorship Coordinator - Works closely with IAI Marketing Director (Sarah Rice) to oversee suite of sponsorship opportunities. Skills in sales or persuasion are very helpful for such a task. Ease in communicating effectively by phone and email are imperative. Time commitment: approx 1-2 hours/week average.

*Marketing Coordinator - Coordinate all marketing operations for IDEA 2008: IAI and IDEA websites, cross-promotions, calendar and blog listings, email lists, online advertising. Previous experience in marketing or advertising needed. Knowledge of IA, UX, design, and other related blogs, websites, and resources very helpful. Time commitment: approx 1-2 hours/week average.

*Website Team Members Work with website coordinator to build informative, up to date event home site. HTML and css skills required. Time commitment: approx 1-2 hours/week average.

IAI is a volunteer organization, so opportunities are infinite. You can assist with on-going programs or initiatives by donating your time, web, or IA skills in a variety of areas. You can join or form a local group or take part in Second Life to increase your networking activities. You can help spread the word about IA, work with volunteers all over the world, or join us at an event. Contact volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org if you are interested in joining a project or finding a volunteer fit for your schedule and skills.


ASIS&T Bulletin, Boxes and Arrows, and Web Indexing SIG

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

This issue of the ASIS&T Bulletin features our own Board of Directors President, Eric Reiss in the IA Column. With "It's Not What You Think, but How You Think" he explores best practices in conjunction with creativity and innovation. Curiosity is the key to more than just the creative process. Curious? Read more

It's Not What You Think, but How You Think

And don't miss the special section on Information Professionals in a Globalized World.


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

What Is Your Mental Model?: An Interview With Indi Young
By Chris Baum

To coincide with the release of her new book, Indi Young talks about the power of the mental model and how it came about. She also shows how it can grow over time and help your organization avoid strategic blindspots. The story includes an excerpt for download, and B&A readers are eligible for a discount.

The Trouble With Web 2.0: Can it work for the large enterprise?
By Alexander Wilms

Will Web 2.0 technology and design patterns ever work inside large enterprises? They are jumping on the hype, announcing their own implementation projects. Alexander Wilms looks in-depth at some issues and challenges corporations might face.


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

Events on the IAI Calendar website offer discounts to members. We are always looking for new partners and events we can share with our membership and newsletter subscribers. If you'd like to promote your event, please contact events AT iainstitute DOT org.

The Calendar is bursting with events, check out the full listings online!



IA Institute PreConference at IA Summit

Becoming a leader: from IA to business and beyond
April 11, 2008
Miami, USA

Information Architecture is maturing as a profession, and IAs are increasingly being called on to leadership positions within their organizations. This seminar will be a daylong workshop that will explore the relationship between Information Architecture and Leadership.

Christopher Fahey, Margaret Hanley, Harry Max, Karen McGrane, and Josh Rubin will be exploring the relationship between Information Architecture and leadership. If you aspire to a position of leadership in any capacity you cannot miss this workshop.



"Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies" Online Workshop
April 1-30, 2008, with login access any time (not real time).
A new online workshop offered to the public through the continuing education program of Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Cost is $250. Details are at:
Contact the instructor, Heather Hedden, heather AT hedden DOT net you have any questions.


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

See a listing of upcoming events and great discounts on our calendar.


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 just a sample of recent postings:
Senior Information Architect
Magnani Caruso Dutton, New York, USA

Enterprise Search Architect
Abbott, North Chicago, IL USA

Graduate/Junior Information Architect
Recruiter, London, London GBR

Job board newsletter archives are available at:


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