SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: SIGIA-L: IAs and Librarians
RE: SIGIA-L: IAs and Librarians
From: Laura Lessa (LauraLessa_at_corp.globo.com)
Date: Tue Feb 06 2001 - 10:57:19 EST
Hi. That's my first message to this list and I am very interested in this
discussion about skills of information architets. I took a degree in
journalism two years ago and I would like to know more about science
information and LS. But I think some subjects that were mentioned by George
Oslen are essential for information architets. Almost daily, I have to think
about brand strategy, marketplace, usability and follow the work process
until the product/channel/site is in the Web.
I work at a brazilian portal. I am sure that my work here is very different
from yours and I would love to know more about - what dou you think -
necessary abilities to be an information architet.
Thanks for reading,
From: James Weinheimer [mailto:jamesw_at_princeton.edu]
Sent: quinta-feira, 1 de fevereiro de 2001 18:30
To: SIGIA mailing list
Subject: RE: SIGIA-L: IAs and Librarians
Forwarded from George Olsen with some slight revisions to get around
-------- Original Message --------
To follow up on Sean's post...
In part this goes to whether you $ub$cribe to the "broad" or "narrow"
definition of IAs.
Under the "broad" IA, in addition to interfacing with database people, IAs
also have to deal with visual designers, user interface (whether they do
it, or they work with a UI person), process flows (i.e. how someone moves
through a transaction or interaction -- and yet I realize that overlaps
with UI), marketing issues (including brand strategy, marketplace
differentiation, corporate identity, etc.) and user research (applied
Certainly the organization skills and user-centric focus that a library
science background brings are important, but they by no means cover the
needs of "broad IA." More specifically, a weakness I've seen in library
science background IAs, is that they tend to view things from an
If you'll remember from one of my previous posts, sites have (at least)
three major components: information, experience and
transaction/interaction. The appropriate design solution depends on the
particular balance between these three. LS people are very good at
structuring information, however they tend to be a bit "design-blind" when
a more experience-centric (visuals, multimedia) solution is appropriate and
likewise tend to be weaker in designing process flows.
George Olsen george.olsen_at_pobox.com
User Experience Architect at-large 310-403-0301
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