Creating findable information spaces (websites, readers rooms etc.)
Librarian vs IA-ct (2)
Librarian’s main aim is to provide access to information
Information architect’s main aim is to facilitate this access
Five Laws of Library Science by S.R. Ranganathan (1931)
1. Books are for use .
2. Every reader his or her book .
3. Every book its reader .
4. Save the time of the reader .
5. The Library is a growing organism .
A librarian is a natural information architect.
But in Poland very few librarians consider this fact.
IA makes up a chance to appear new, attractive profession in library science:
Information Architect Librarian (IAL)
The possible scope of IAL profession: designing of usable library web sites, easy findable library rooms, training to use IA in everyday life etc.
Benefits from his work are hard to over-estimate because knowledge is invaluable.
IA in librarian activity
1. Library webpage designing
2. Organization of physical library space (reading rooms, book collections etc.)
3. Evaluation of web resources
4. Educating IA
Polish Library Web Sites Current state-of- art
Limited to official information
(amount of resources, facts)
Very weak informative
Difficult to find
to web site designing
Polish Library Web Sites Challenges and goals
strategic and tactical planning approach to web site designing and management
supporting education and research
helping users finding needed information
providing access to various e-sources (web catalogs, portals, e-journals, data bases)
reporting the news about library and school live
showing the better, valuable site of the Internet
incorporating students into creation process
Process of designing cycle (example) Library Web Site is not only for librarians but for their users (students, teacher, parents etc.) 1. Library Web Site
Users of a library Web site (lws) are mostly the readers of this library (students, pupils, teacher, parents, scientists), so it is quite easy to collect important information about them and their opinion about the site
lws should indicating appriopriate resources in the Web
Web site designing is an endless process...
1. Library Web Site
2. IA of real library space
Library has the same
IA’s elements as web sites:
Library resources need to be organized in a usable way
enabling free access to library resources
giving fast and short information about library resources, new books etc.
supporting users to move through the shelves in search of a document,
pointing ways to important places in library
supporting users’ decisions about where to go, what to read, borrow etc.
2. IA of real library space
3. Evaluating IA
Educate methods of evaluating information critically
Characteristic of Web site layout, navigation and searching systems
Improvement in Web resources quality selection skills
Support information searching for educational purposes
Learn how to recognize whether a Web site is trustworthy
Elements of IA evaluation 3. Evaluating IA structure grouping labeling IA Web resources evaluation By Steve Toub
By evaluating librarian teaches better Web sites designing and how to avoid common mistakes
The main aim is to improve the quality of educational and informative Web sites
It is one of criterion involved in complex process of Web pages evaluation including: authority, objectivity and currency of resources evaluation
Benefits 3. Evaluating IA
4. Educating IA in Library
recognize Web sites elements
understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information
strategies or methods using in Web searching
The part of information literacy curriculum
Handful of conclusions
Library and Information Science (LIS) and Information Architecture are inseparable disciplines
The bridge is a metaphor of communication, cooperation and corelation between these disciplines
IA is a metadiscpline not having its own identity so LIS ought to be a source IA-ct derive from
The bridge between two disciplines
Handful of conclusions (2)
IA needs librarians because:
they deal with collecting, organizing and searching of information.
they educate future information and web users
Librarians need the IA’s knowledge because of its awareness of users
IA is not only a craft or discipline but also it is a point of view
Information Architect Librarian
A person who incorporates attributes from today’s librarian and information architect
Evolution of traditional profession
Interesting opportunity to develop research areas in Library and Information Science
In the end...
The Internet is constantly evolving towards global information resources, we could call it, according to Jorge J. Borges,