So, what does an information architect do, exactly…?
It’s a question we get asked often: what is it that you actually do?
Well, the short answer is that we work with clients to make the web easier to understand and manage. A slightly longer answer has just been given by Onlineability director Lisa Hutchins to the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), of which she is an affiliate member.
Lisa is Onlineability’s information architect – that is, the person that plans how information on a website will be organised and ensures its users can find it as easily as possible.
That’s a relatively new career, and one that has come into being alongside the information and communications technology boom of the last few years. It’s a role with a lot of parallels to librarianship and similar information management jobs, although a very non-traditional one.
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Lisa, who is embarking on CILIP’s certification qualification, is also a contributor to the organisation’s members’ blog network, which aggegates members’ writings on a wide variety of information topics. You can check that out here and, if you find it interesting, subscribe via RSS feed.
She said: “Joining CILIP has been a terrific career boost for me with really strong opportunities for professional development. It’s also been tremendously welcoming to me as an information professional even though I work in a very non-traditional role.
“I’m now looking forward to demonstrating the value of my work as an information architect by working towards certification over the next few months.”