Information Architecture

This course has been retired.
Certificate Eligibility: 
90 minutes

How do you improve your users' experience as they access your online collections and services? 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 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.

Learning Outcomes: 
Identify strategies and practical ways to organize information that applies to the principles of user research principles and techniques
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 You Should Already Know: 

Participants are expected to have basic archival training and education

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