Spotlight on Inclusion and Accessibility

The IA Summit brings together people from diverse backgrounds, with different abilities and experience levels who share a strong interest in IA practice and culture. All attendees come to the IA Summit with the same aim – to learn, find inspiration, and enjoy – but some may have individual access needs and requirements that, if not addressed, may prevent them from being able to fully participate in the event.

Why Peer Review for the IA Summit

Each year, the IA Summit receives many more session proposals than there are slots available. This is awesome. It means that our community is full of ideas and ready to share them. But one way or another, the curation committee — this year made up of the three co-chairs plus six curators and a curation manager — must narrow the pool from hundreds of submissions to dozens of sessions. How? With the help of hundreds of volunteers who provide the thousand eyes we need for peer review.

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.