Information Architect | Maryland's iSchool - College of Information Studies - Masters Degree - University Of Maryland

College of Communications

School of Informatics and Computing

College of Information Science and Technology

College of Communications

Information Architect

Practice Settings

Business and research organizations (including libraries) with large-scale portals/intranets or external Web sites or consulting organizations catering to such clients.

Primary Responsibilities

Design useful Web sites. A Web site is useful to users if it lets them find quickly what they need– through the proper combination of query-based search, navigation search and browsing – and lets them assimilate and understand quickly what they found. A Web site is useful to its owner if it guides the user to items the Web site owner wants this user to see; creates in the user attitudes and opinions the Web site owner wants to promote; or persuades the user to take action the Web site owner wants him or her to take. The specific tasks include:

  • Becoming knowledgeable about the purposes of users and Web site owners;
  • Gaining an understanding of the subject domain of the Web site;
  • Dividing the Web site into an appropriate organizational structure and arranging these in a hierarchy of Web pages suitable for the purposes;
  • Designing useful navigation paths;
  • Developing classifications/taxonomies to support search and navigation, such as subject directory hierarchy or a faceted classification to support interactive query formulation;
  • Applying principles of information design to create Web pages in which help the user to quickly pick out and understand the information needed;
  • Developing guidelines for Web page authors; and
  • Developing the technical infrastructure for creating and maintaining the Web site (authoring templates, database-driven creation of Web sites, selection and configuration of a search engine).

Recommended Electives

Students should consult with their advisors to select electives that best support their individual intellectual interests and career goals. The electives listed here are not meant to represent the complete listing of all relevant courses that a student may take within the College, at other units on campus or as part of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Course Number Course Title

603 Library Systems and Analysis
682 Management of Electronic Records and Information
701 Research Methods in Library and Information Studies
709 Independent Study
736 Designing Information Products and Services
737 Seminar in the Special Library and Information Center
750 Information Access in Electronic Environments
772 Seminar in the Organization of Knowledge
773 Classification Theory
774 Seminar in Linguistic Topics
775 Construction and Maintenance of Index Languages and Thesauri
793 Database Design
794 Principles of Software Evaluation
795 Principles of Human-Computer Communication
796 Information Retrieval Systems

Professional Associations

Special Interest Group: Information Architecture (SIGIA), American Society for Information Science and Technology

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