IAI Newsletter #4.3 2009

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

In this issue:

* IAI News
* New Volunteer Roles
* What's New with Our Partners?
* Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
* Job Postings


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

*Welcome Atsushi Hasegawa and Naoko Kawachi to the Japanese translation team!

*Volunteers David Krause and Mario Bourque have been working on bringing new content and organization to our Library and Education site.

*Save the date Ð IDEA September 14-16, 2009

IDEA 2009 will take place September 15-16, 2009 with a preconference workshop on September 14, 2009.  Located in Toronto, Canada this year's title is Meet up at the intersection of Social and Experience Design. IDEA2009 explores the convergence of Experience design with Social and User Experiences, and the growing importance of aligning expectations.

Targeting information architects and other user experience professionals, the conference comes together to explore:

   * How people engage on and off-line
   * What makes a positive/negative social experience
   * How our tools influence our ability to interact

And don't miss the Preconference with EightShapes on September 14.

Check out our facebook page at
Conference Website


Webinars from Rosenfeld Media offer IAI members a 20% discount. Webinars are priced at $99 for live and $69 for recordings. Join the next one on April 23, 2009 (1-2pm EST): Content Strategy for Websites with Kristina Halvorson. Find future webinars and dates at:

Contact Melissa at membership AT iainsitute DOT org for your discount code.

We noticed that the University of Toronto is adding two IA courses this year, Basic and Advanced levels:

Ð new partners, events and thanks for continued support from our partners

   *Welcome to J.Boye Conferences and their upcoming event Knowledge Sharing Summit for Online Professionals and to UX Workshops with Lou Rosenfeld and Jim Kalbach.

   *We are happy to again promote the popular events: UIE's Web App Summit, Adaptive Path's UX Intensives, Intelligent Leadership Training For Information Architecture, the Gilbane Conference San Francisco, Web Content Chicago and UX London.


New Volunteer Roles

We have some exciting new volunteer opportunities at IAI. If you can take a project from completion to end or just want to join in for a technical project, we have roles available. Contact volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org to sign up for a project.

Event Calendar
Help find new events and keep our calendar up to date.

Help us make use of new features and get discussion going in our LinkedIn group. For detail-oriented individuals with a little extra time at the moment, we could use help with administration of the LinkedIn system.

Research Ð Better Platforms
Help us find new tools to communicate with our members and through our newsletter. Find the best products and recommend new solutions.

This is the time to help the field grow. Mentoring is a simple way to offer one-on-one guidance or advice to another practitioner. With a small amount time, you can make a connection that will enrich someone's career and your own practice.

To be a mentor, fill out this quick survey:



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

ASIS&T Bulletin -

Do you want to explore space? Two excellent articles on IA's potential to impact physical design and Geographic Information are featured in the April/May issue of the Asis&t Bulletin.

Could Apple and IKEA learn something from using information architecture (IA) deliverables? Maybe you could apply Potente and Salvini's ideas in work with some of your clients? Check out the article "Apple, IKEA and Their Integrated Architecture" by David Potente and Erika Salvini.

How does Web 2.0 expand the possibilities of geotagging, mapping, and mashups? Learn about standards in Geographic and Geospatial Data, government data sources, and the challenges of bringing the world to our applications.

Web 2.0 Applications of Geographic and Geospatial Information by Alan Oxley



Boxes and Arrows - http://www.boxesandarrows.com
The definitive source for the complex task of bringing architecture and design to the digital landscape. Read the concluding articles from last month's series in Usability and Flowmaps.

IA Summit Keynotes features on this issue of Boxes and Arrows. If you did not attend the Summit, here is a great way to catch up or refresh if you were there. Full podcasts and summary by the author.

Michael Wesch Opens All at the Summit
by Jeff Parks

In his IA Summit Keynote, Michael Wesch points out that our "audiences" aren't audiences at all, but rather creators, and our job is not to lecture but to enable. With this new approach comes not only design challenges but the joy of reconnecting people to each other.

Jesse James Garrett Slams One Door and Opens Many More
by Jeff Parks

Jesse James Garrett delivers the IA Summit Closing Plenary. He looks back at Summits past, examines the current state of Information Architecture, and endorses a broad vision of User Experience Design as a mechanism for discovery.

Samantha Bailey When Life Intervenes Podcast
by Chris Baum

Chris Baum spoke with Samantha Bailey a week before this year's Summit about how she approached creating this year's IA Summit program, the how the Summit community has morphed over time, and what it means to be a part of this community of practice.

Wanted/Needed: UX Design for Collaboration 2.0
by Matthew C. Clarke

Matthew Clarke asserts that no current software supports the full process of collaboration, and proposes a model that may help get us closer to a more effective collaboration environment.


Web Indexing SIG news

The Web Indexing SIG of the American Society for Indexing (ASI) is now accepting submissions for the 2009 Web Indexing Award. The award recognizes excellence in website indexing and is open to members of the Information Architecture Institute, ASI and affiliated indexing societies. Further details, including the award criteria and submission form, are available at:


UPCOMING EVENTS - http://iainstitute.org/calendar/

The Following events are sponsored by IAI or offer discounts to IAI members. Visit our website for more information - http://iainstitute.org/calendar/

Promo codes are available by contacting Melissa at membership AT iainstitute DOT org or by visiting the Member Discounts page in our Member Center

To add your own event to our calendar or if you have questions about events or registration discount codes, contact Melissa at membership AT iainstitute DOT org.

UIE Web App Summit
April 19-22, 2009
Newport Beach, CA
*$50 off each day for IAI members and a free iPod nano when you register for the full conference, contact Melissa at membership AT iainstitute DOT org for the promo code.

NYC IA Summit Redux
April 28, 2009
New York City, NY, USA
Free event

J. Boye Conferences: Knowledge Sharing Summit for Online Professionals
May 05, 2009
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Adaptive Path UX
Intensive - Berlin
May 11, 2009

IA Konferenz 2009
May 16-17, 2009
Hamburg, Germany

Intelligent Leadership Training For Information Architecture
May 18, 2009
Cambridge, MA, USA

UX Workshops Ð Hamburg, Germany
Enterprise Information Architecture - Lou Rosenfeld
May 18, 2009
Commercial Ethnography - James Kalbach
May 19, 2009
Personas and Mental Models - James Kalbach
May 20, 2009

Gilbane Conference San Francisco
June 02, 2009
San Francisco, CA, USA

Documentation and Training Life Sciences
June 3-5, 2009
Indianapolis, IN, USA

Adaptive Path UX Intensive - San Francisco
June 15, 2009
San Francisco, CA, USA

Web Content Chicago
June 15-16, 2009
Chicago, IL, USA

UX London
June 15, 2009
London UK

September 14 -16, 2009
Toronto, ON, Canada

Euro IA
September 25-26, 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark

Documentation and Training East
October 27-30, 2009
Waltham, MA

Adaptive Path UX Intensive - Washington DC
November 02, 2009
Washington, DC, USA



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:

Lead Experience Architect
EffectiveUI, Denver, CO USA

Information Architect
Aquent, Toronto, ON CAN

Senior Information Architect
Principle Solutions Group, Charlotte, NC USA

Information Architect
Travelocity.com, Buenos Aires, BA ARG

Job board newsletter archives are available at:


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