Information Architecture Final Project Proposal

Name: Alana Mohamed
My group has chosen: Information Architecture in Libraries/Museums
I am interested in this topic because: I came in to LIS bc I was interested in how technology could democratize the accessibility of information.  IA seems to be an innovative field that combines patron usability with technology to better serve and stimulate the patron.

Useful Sources:

  • Fushimi, Kiyoka and Motoyama, Kiyofumi. “User-Centered Design: Improving Viewers’ Learning Opportunities in Art Museums in Japan.” The Journal of Museum Education 32.1 Spring 2007: 73-86. JSTOR.
  • Garrigan, Shelley. “Displaced Patrimonies: Democratization and Virtual Museums in Latin America.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 31.1 Autumn 2006: 161-174. JSTOR.
  • Marty, Paul F. and Jones, Katherine. Museum Informatics: People, Information, and Technology in Museums. New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • Ross, Parry. Recoding the Museum: Digital Heritage and the Technologies of Change. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Based on my preliminary research, I have chosen to focus on the following aspect of our group topic: 

I wanted to focus on how museums can implement IA to better improve user experience and empower the patron to engage in self-directed learning.  This idea was in part inspired by the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s museum, BLDG 92, which uses interactive digital interfaces to better engage the patron while increasing the educational merit of the museum.  Of course, there are no scholarly articles on this relatively new museum, but my research has added a global context to my original interest, with care studies in Japan and Latin America.  Parry Ross’ Recoding the Museum gives a general overview of museums changing in the digital age and provides some West-centric examples.  My lit review is mainly focused on how IA’s concern with user-centered design, digital media, software and enterprise architecture can help to democratize information by engaging users in interactive digital learning that supplements a museum’s existing physical collection.


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