Becoming an information architect: The evolving librarian’s skillset, mindset, and professional identity
Education for Information
Drahomira Cupar and Tatjana Aparac-Jelušić
Learning the essential concepts and skills of information architecture (IA) has the potential to not only significantly extend the abilities of practicing library and information science (LIS) professionals, but also to evolve their professional identities and envisioned career opportunities. An online course on IA was designed around: the principles of threshold concepts, practical knowledge for the workplace, and professional ‘soft’ skills, such as collaboration and basic project management. The primary objective for the course was creating experiences for students in which they could discover and engage with critical concepts in IA and to collaborate with their peers to design content-rich and user-centred websites. The learning experiences of two sections of the course (n= 32) were studied, through questionnaires and reflective writings, and analysed thematically. The outcome was that, in learning information architecture concepts, and acquiring and applying the concepts and tools to do information architecture work, the students did more than acquire new professional skillsets; they also evolved in their professional identities.
Identity shift, information architects, librarians, professional identity, threshold concepts
Virginia M. Tucker. "Becoming an information architect: The evolving librarian’s skillset, mindset, and professional identity" Education for Information (2021): 485-500. https://doi.org/10.3233/EFI-211558
This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edit version of an article published in Education for Information, Volume 37, Number 4, 2021. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.3233/EFI-211558.
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