SIGIA-L Mail Archives: SIGIA-L: Concrete Questions
SIGIA-L: Concrete Questions
From: Chiara Fox (fox_at_rowland.org)
Date: Wed Apr 19 2000 - 12:40:48 EDT
I too attended the ASIS Conference 2 weekends ago. While I found the
definition discussions interesting, I think a lot of it can be summed
up to "You say ta-may-toe, I say ta-ma-toe". We design information
spaces. The details and environemtns vary, but it's all the same
game. Let's move on.
I am a librarian who wants to move out of library-land (where I only
get to spend a little time actually designing info spaces) to
consulting-land (where I would get to spend a lot of my time
designing info spaces). What would help me a lot is to get a better
idea of what it's like "in the trenches", to actually be a full-time
IA. I'm less concerned with how we label ourselves and more
concerned with how we actually practice our craft.
What software do you use on your projects? Is knowing how to code
and script important or applicable?
How do you find clients? Do they come to you or do you have to go
out and find them?
How long do you spend on a project? Do you spend time "tweaking"
sites 6 months, a year after you worked on them?
How do you know what to charge clients? What's the going rate to
design a site?
These may seem like very basic, obvious questions, but the non-profit
world of libraries that I know seems very different than for-profit
consulting. I appreciate your insight and input.
Technical Services Librarian
The Rowland Institute for Science
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142
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