SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: SIGIA-L: Re: Eclectic Group
RE: SIGIA-L: Re: Eclectic Group
Date: Fri Apr 28 2000 - 19:04:07 EDT
OK Betsy, you're on!
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It's clear that an eclectic background is one of the key qualifications for
being an IA.
Let's have some more contributions.
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From: Betsy Martens
To: Maribeth Sullivan; sigia-l_at_asis.org
Sent: 4/28/2000 1:53 PM
Subject: Re: SIGIA-L: Re: Eclectic Group
on 4/28/00 11:10 AM Maribeth Sullivan wrote:
>> ... The limitations of a purely business orientation will kill so
>> what allows us as an eclectic group of people to contribute to IA.
>> vital that this 'profession' keeps its vitality alive by continuing
>> draw from the incredible range of backgrounds evident at the
>> conference. Awareness of marketing - yes. Hegenomy of a business
>> - no!!
>> -Henric Beiers
> Henric has a point. The incredible range of backgrounds is in good
> what made the conference so exciting. I'd like to hear from list
> about their range of professional and experiential backgrounds and how
> think these backgrounds and experiences contribute to the field of IA.
I think this is extremely important, particularly as it contributes to
question of empathy for the user. In fact, it was in a conversation with
Henric at the conference (as well as Jon Littell) that we remarked on
diverse backgrounds and what possible role this might play in the making
a *really good* IA -- someone who loves learning new things and whose
history reflects that burning desire to learn new things repeatedly,
the cost of a straight-line "career path." The empathy a good IA brings
the table derives from having been in the position of a new user, over
over again. We know that space, we know that sense of newness and
and we are very familiar with the process of transforming that ignorance
This is what makes the empathy possible: a willingness to drop the ego,
around in confusing new information for awhile, and then proceed to
it for someone else's benefit. The fact that we are very technically
doesn't *have* to equate with a lack of empathy. That's part of the
challenge we face: keeping one hand extended to help pull the user along
while we push ourselves to reach for the next handhold.
IMHO. Or this could simply be my elaborate self-delusion to account for
completely checkered career. Please note thqt the following
list does not include hobbies taken up (like fiddle-playing, a truly
humbling experience in the course of which I never did achieve mastery):
english lit major
college textbook editor in math & science
preflight and systems coordinator
database project manager
digital asset management project manager
* = still alive and kicking
OK, here I stand, exposed to the list. Who else will share?
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