New Session Types & the Path to Progression

In 2015, we’re excited to be bringing some new types of sessions to your regularly scheduled conference. We have a continuing mission to support the career development of every information professional. To that end, our new session types are all about giving you more ways to participate, more springboards for ideas and dialogues. Opening paths to progression is one of our core values, and so we want every IA Summit attendee to feel their ideas are valued.

What It Means to “Double Down” on IA

Throughout our call for submissions, we’ve said that for the 2015 IA Summit we’re “doubling down” on information architecture. Put another way, instead of having a conference theme, information architecture is the theme. But what does this really mean? And what’s the upshot if you’re working on your session proposal or asking yourself, “What should I submit?” To help unpack these questions, we’re letting you inside the minds of our crack team of volunteer curators.

It’s All About the Details: What the IA Summit Taught Me About Submitting to a Conference

In 2013, I set a goal for myself to speak at one major national conference before the end of the next year. I had spoken at a bunch of small and local events and figured I should try a bigger venue.

I wrote proposals for a couple of conferences and received really negative feedback. It bummed me out and made me want to give up, since it sounded like everyone hated my ideas. But while I was getting all that slightly soul-crushing feedback, I was also reviewing proposals myself and learning what I liked and didn't like in a conference submission.

The Submissions We Want

If you'd like to present at the 2015 IA Summit, you'll need to present well-structured, useful content with a stage presence to match. But don't let that frighten you! Many have had their debut at the IA Summit. We're a friendly bunch and provide plenty of support for first-time speakers. Here's what we're looking for.

Defining the Damn Thing

Information architecture is cool again. It's a messy world of responsive interfaces, adaptive content, and cross-channel user journeys, replete with UX designers, content strategists, and card-carrying library scientists, to name but a few. Whether you’re a polar bear or unicorn, we gotta join forces to tame the complexity and tidy up the mess.