New mentoring program connects AIfIA members

AIfIA members now have the chance to share experiences with leadersin the field through the institute's new mentoring program.

The IA mentoring program aims to improve the skills of current andfuture information architects by providing them with the opportunity to bementored by an experienced IA. Mentees must be AIfIA members, but mentors do not.

"Let's face it: information architecture is a new field, and there are fewopportunities to learn about it," said Louis Rosenfeld, AIfIA's treasurer. "Our collective experiences haven't yet been captured as a body of literature, there are few academic IA programs where one can gain formal education, and there is only one industry-wide conference per year. That's why we need to connect people who have experience with people who don't, and that's the goal of AIfIA's Mentoring Initiative."

As part of the new program AIfIA volunteers will:

  • match mentors and mentees based on their experiences and needs
  • provide mentors and mentees with information outlining a range of Ă”structures' of mentoring, but allowing each team to determine how they willstructure the arrangement
  • provide assistance and feedback to mentors and mentees
  • monitor the progress of mentors and mentees to determine whether theprogram is providing what they need

Anyone interested in the program either as a mentor or a mentee must fillout the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=16259514488. More information on the program is available at http://aifia.org/mentoring.

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