Final Project Proposal: Valerie Ramshur


Name: Valerie Ramshur

My group’s topic: Information architecture in libraries/museums

My interest in this topic:

The concept of information architecture is interesting to me in the face of overwhelming data saturation.   Our culture is so inundated with data, technology and increasingly complex systems of cataloging. Often when faced with accessing libraries and museums collections the general pubic is intimated and soon realize they cannot manage the systems in place to help access the said data and collections they seek. How then can we with organize and create structure so that the user can access these systems in a relevant, more useful manner whether an information specialist is with them or not.

Resources that may be useful researching this topic:

  • Wurman, Richard Saul (1997). Information Architects (1st ed.). Graphis Inc.
  • Wei Ding; Xia Lin (15 May 2009). Information Architecture: The Design and Integration of Information Spaces. Morgan & Claypool
  • Parandjuk, Joanne C. (2010). Using Information Architecture to Evaluate Digital Libraries. Reference Librarian 51 (April), 124-134.
  • Simon, Scott J. (2008). Information architecture for digital libraries. First Monday, Volume 13 number 12 ( December).
  • Schmidt, Aaron & Etches, Amanda. User Experience ( UX) Design for Libraries. The Tech Set #18
  • MacDonald, C. M. (2013). Learning and Teaching Information Architecture: The Current State of IA Education. Bulletin of the Association for Information Science & Technology, 40(1), 28-35. [PDF]
  • MacDonald, C. M. (2014). What Can IA Learn from Library and Information Science (LIS)? Perspectives from LIS Education. Short paper presented at the 2nd Annual Academics and Practitioners Round Table at the 2014 Information Architecture Summit (IA Summit 2014). [Slides]

Individual focus for literature review:

I would like to focus my individual literature review on Information Architecture and User Experience. Where does these two disciplines intersect and how can User Experience create a more meaningful experience in the structuring of information accessibility for the general public.

Special Collections, Museum have begun in earnest to create Open Content programs which allow more transparency and accessibility to the public of usually privately held materials. Has this changed the way cultural institutions process and maintain their collections? Does the Cultural institutions find they have to shift their policies and practices? Does the structure of their various information systems changes when the “humanizing” element that User Experience offers comes into play.

I need to flesh this out a bit more, but this is where I would like to begin.


About Valerie R.

Head of Costume Design, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Freelance Professional Costume Designer, and Archivist.

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