The IA Institute released their election results.
Congratulations to Dan Klyn on winning the Information Architecture Institute President seat, and good election, Lara Federoff. Special congrats to my classmate Samantha Raddatz, the IAI’s new programming and events director!
I was glad to see broader participation this year. It looks like we have a great team in place, and while I did not win this time, I pledge to continue my support and volunteering efforts on the library redesign team. I am excited to see what develops.
President: Dan Klyn
Treasurer: Natasha Kendall
Development Director: Judy Siegel
Programming and Events Director: Samantha Raddatz
Strategic Planning and Projects Director: Rachael Hines
Education Director: Jason Hobbs
I am honored to be nominated for President of the IA Institute. It is my wish and my promise that if you elect me I will do my best to promote what former IAI President Eric Reiss once described as the “concept, community, and craft of Information Architecture.” I have been a member of the IA Institute since the beginning and have found a group of information-obsessed people who get it and who want others to get it, too. For me, it’s become a calling. I am sure many of you know just what I mean and it will be my privilege to introduce a new generation of IAs to this world I have come to love so dearly.
I have a huge task that I would like to complete over the next two years, and it is not an easy one. But we are IAs and we like hard problems, right? Over the years, I have sat through many iterations of plans, studies and countless deliverables and we still have the same website and membership database we had in 2006 along with a deteriorating experience that mars the credibility of our organization. As President of the IA Institute, I pledge to *finally* update the IAInstitute.org website to a modern, functional resource for members and those interested in the field of IA. This is my number one goal. We will get this done.
I will continue the barn-raising work that Abby Covert, Rachael Hodder and their many volunteers are doing to restore and strengthen our library platform and the resources that define our institution. In fact, when the IA Institute first started, the keystone project was developing a library of resources for practitioners and educators. It is a resource that continues to be cited in books and coursework and has value.
I will further develop relationships with the stakeholder groups defined by the IAI Board in 2011 to align resources with needs. As a professional association this means completing the circle from students to practitioners to service providers to employers to the teachers and mentors of the next generation of IAs. I will work to develop relationships with each of these stakeholder groups to strengthen our offerings so that everyone does their job better. This means stronger ties to academic and training institutions, developing mentoring and internship programs, a focus on the local group via WorldIADay, renewed alliances with partner organizations such as conferences and thought leaders, leadership opportunities for members, and a better way to highlight and promote the work that our members are doing.
In addition, I pledge to uphold the accountability and transparency requirements of a non-profit institution. Members commit to the Institute and deserve to know what is going on. For too long communications with our community have been infrequent and incomplete. This won’t happen when I am President. You will hear from me and I will want to hear from you frequently. Please contact me at email@example.com if you have questions about my plans for IAI.
Noreen Whysel is the former Operations Manager of the Information Architecture Institute, serving from 2005-2014. She started as a volunteer in the education committee, led the mentoring program for many years, sat on the working group that launched the Journal of Information Architecture, continues to help support and troubleshoot the enterprise systems, and generally knows more about the Institute than most people alive today. In addition, she has participated in a number of leadership positions including:
Noreen is currently the Community Manager for the OWASP Foundation, which funds open source web application security projects. She also volunteers as Social Media Manager for the research group, Architecture_MPS, which operates as a socially positive forum for the analysis of architecture, landscape and urbanism in the mediated, politicized environment of contemporary culture.
Noreen holds an MSLIS from Pratt Institute with concentrations in User Experience Design and Digital Humanities and a BA in Psychology from Columbia University. Her blog/portfolio/project repository is at whysel.com.
I have been sorting, categorizing, labeling, structuring, and visualizing all kinds of “stuff” for as long as I can remember. From spice drawers to websites, topic maps and geographic ones, the code word is EASY: easy to find, easy to understand, and easy to use. I can help with that.