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[TR] Information Architecture [DAS]

(90 Minute Online On-Demand Web Seminar, 1 ARC)
Category: Reference Services and Access

Register and get access to this multi media presentation for two months!

How do you improve your users' experience as they access your online collections and services? Learn about Information Architecture (IA) in this new Digital Archives Specialist course!

In this course you’ll learn about the methods and tools developed by the Information Architecture (IA) community to support the principles of user-centered design.  Information architecture (IA) is the application of ethnographic research methods to understand the uses of a collection of information objects.  These and the users’ understanding of the information form the basis of an organizing principle for materials and their access interfaces so that we can more easily find and use what we need.

Presenters will review research findings about user interaction with archives and their access interfaces in order to show the relevance of the methods of information architecture introduced during this course; participants will take part in an exercise that demonstrates application.

Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

Workshop Objectives:
  • Identify strategies and practical ways to organize information that applies to the principles of user research principles and techniques; and,
  • Utilize a road map for conducting user testing, regardless of the scale of operations or sophistication of technology infrastructure at your organization.
Who Should Attend?

Archivists and others who have strategic and/or hands-on responsibilities to deliver collections’ information and preservation services (i.e. explaining to casual users the steps they can take to preserve information accessible to non-archivists).

What Should You Know? 

Participants are expected to have basic archival training and education; no technology skills required

Invite your colleagues, staff, or students to join you in learning together over lunch or breakfast in the convenience of your office or classroom.  Gather around a PC and a speaker phone and get information and tools that will help you to participate in making decisions about Archival Content Management Systems.

This course is one of the Transformational Courses in the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Curriculum and Certificate Program!  If you intend to pursue the Certificate, you'll need to pass the examination for this course. Please follow Procedures for DAS webinars to access the exam information.

The DAS Core Competencies Addressed in this Course:

#7: Provide dependable organization and service to designated communities across networks.

Attendance limited to? 60