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Taking your MLIS to the streets: Translating MLIS to a career in IA

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So, you have an MLIS but you don't want to be a librarian. Lucky for you, the field of information architecture needs you! In this presentation, created for ASIS&T UW, I describe my own experience translating my MLIS degree into a career in Information Architecture.

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Taking your MLIS to the streets: Translating MLIS to a career in IA

  1. 1. taking your MLIS to the streets rachel price translating your MLIS to a career in IA
  2. 2. who am I? user researcher information architect partner at factor UW iSchool alum president of ASIS&T PNW board member of IxDA seattle organizer of the IA/UX Meetup bandleader
  3. 3. IA SKILLS
  4. 4. empathy for people
  5. 5. a love of information.
  6. 6. a strong desire to clean up messes.
  7. 7. a strong desire to clean up messes. “the world is going to need an army of sensemakers prepared for the information-based challenges that lay ahead.”
  8. 8. MLIS SKILLS
  9. 9. empathy for people
  10. 10. empathy for people an inherent belief in a service-oriented approach towards information.
  11. 11. a love of information.
  12. 12. a love of information. deep understanding of information seeking behavior
  13. 13. a strong desire to clean up messes.
  14. 14. a strong desire to clean up messes. a belief in the value of structured data.
  15. 15. MLIS brings more to the table.
  16. 16. MLIS brings more to the table. academic rigor in user research theoretical grounding in info behavior an approach to IA that is actually about information
  17. 17. MLIS SKILLS
  18. 18. BE THE TRANSLATOR
  19. 19. get comfortable talking about yourself as an Information Professional
  20. 20. get comfortable talking about yourself as an Information Professional. be honest, but not overly humble. you know things.
  21. 21. get comfortable talking about yourself as an Information Professional. be honest, but not overly humble. you know things. know your audience.
  22. 22. get comfortable talking about yourself as an Information Professional. be honest, but not overly humble. you know things. know your audience. document your work, and turn it into a portfolio.
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  24. 24. get comfortable talking about yourself as an Information Professional. be honest, but not overly humble. you know things. know your audience. document your work, and turn it into a portfolio. pull people along past the word library.
  25. 25. get involved in the community.
  26. 26. thank you r.audrey.price@gmail.com
  27. 27. further resources Run for student leadership roles! Volunteer to help with community UX events! Local professional groups: IxDA Seattle IA/UX Meetup UXPA Seattle UX Book Club AIGA Seattle Greater Seattle UX (East side) Content Strategy Meetup

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