SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: SIGIA-L: IAs and Librarians
RE: SIGIA-L: IAs and Librarians
From: Sean Lawrence (lupynmune_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Thu Feb 01 2001 - 15:30:01 EST
No it certainly isn't that simple. Nor is as simple as viewing IA as a
logical progression of MLS. IA is an emergent field comprised of elements
from design, technology, psychology, usability, as well as library sciences.
My point was, is that in the past librarians were not responsible for making
any sort of reccomendation on the development of what they would eventually
catlaog and organize. That is a distinct difference between the two fields
as I see it. If you see it otherwise, please expand.
From: Melissa Riesland [mailto:riesland65_at_yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2001 2:11 PM
To: Sean Lawrence
Subject: RE: SIGIA-L: IAs and Librarians
Bzzzzt! Sorry. I'm a librarian. I'm an IA. I do both.
It's not that simple.
--- Sean Lawrence <lupynmune_at_yahoo.com> wrote:
> to expand on the differences between IA's and
> Librarians, IA's often have to
> interact with database and appliction developers to
> determine the
> functionality and requirements of a site.
> Librarians don't ususally have to
> work with authors and publishers to determine how
> content of books are going
> to be ordered.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-sigia-l_at_asis.org
> [mailto:owner-sigia-l_at_asis.org]On Behalf Of
> rebecca blood
> Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2001 12:55 PM
> To: sigia-l_at_asis.org
> Subject: Re: SIGIA-L: IAs and Librarians
> Peter Tagtmeyer wrote:
> > How do you differentiate (besides ancient
> stereotypic representation and
> > none : ) the work of IAs and librarians?
> > Other than new lingo and labels, and private
> sector opportunity with a new
> > medium, I don't see a lot of difference.
> Very broadly speaking (and I understand that both
> librarians and IAs are
> engaged in many activities) I would venture that
> while both IAs and
> librarians are engaged in the ordering of
> information, IAs must take a
> far more active role in directing the path of the
> user through that
> information. And since there's no dewey decimal
> system for the web, IA's
> are responsible for wayfinding in a way that
> librarians typically are
> (although I may be betraying my ignorance of
> librarianship with that
> last sentence....)
> And of course, IAs are often quite involved with
> interaction design as
> best regards,
> When it shall be said in any country in the world,
> 'My poor are happy;
> neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among
> them; my jails are
> empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged
> are not in want, the
> taxes are not oppressive' -- when these things can
> be said, then may
> that country boast of its constitution and
> government. -- Thomas Paine
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