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I have a happy sort of problem. My employer is willing to pay for me to get the CIP this year (on the goals and objectives, so now I’m committed), and they paid for me to go to the AIIM conference. But a lot of my work involves information architecture, and I am running with about 18 months on-the-job experience and a few hours of videos from Lynda.com/LinkedIn. I’d like to get a more solid footing here, but I can’t really expect my employer to pay for yet another course. I have already committed a fair chunk to personal development outside “job stuff” this year, so I’m not in a position to pay a lot for more courses, and I am at a slight disadvantage budget-wise being Canadian. I also am a bit wary of anything designed for programmers because while I’m one of those rarified “true digital natives,” I only know some HTML, having gone more arts than STEM from a young age.

Given these constraints, what are your recommendations for more formal information architecture training? What are your favourite resources for building skills when short on time (aren’t we all?) and money? 

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Interac 
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Under the “free” category, have you joined any of the IA Linkedin Groups (including the AIIM one)?  You would be amazed at some of the information you can pick up. 
Under the low cost category, maybe take a look at Udemy.com.  There is also the route of buying books on Amazon of course which can range from fairly inexpensive to only moderately costly for the real tomes. 

 

@Brooke Sales-Lee — great question; looking forward to responses. Let me tag @Laura Downey as she’s a Chief Enterprise Architect and may be able to chime in here. 

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Jessica Lombardo 
Director of Membership 
AIIM 
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Hi Brooke, 

For a formal certification (obviously costs money…. 🙂 ) you can go here:  https://www.kminstitute.org/content/cks-information-architecture

I sent one of my staff members to get this cert. 

A less costly avenue could be to get a book on information architecture.  You can try: 

-O’Reilly book on IA by Rosenfeld, Morville, and Arango 
-How to Make Sense of Any Mess: Information Architecture for Everybody by Abby Covert 
-Another O’Reilly book called Understanding Context: Environment, Language, and Information Architecture by Andrew Hinton 

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Laura Downey 
Branch Chief, Applied Architecture 
TSA 
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Hi Brooke, 
It is tough staying on top of things with little time. I use the following resources, similar to others I think… 
Pluralsight – similar to Lynda.com, very good quality 
Edx.org – this is free 🙂 and I’ve found a few useful courses in the past 
Obviously books, Laura mentioned How to Make Sense of Any Mess: Information Architecture for Everybody by Abby Covert. That is great one. 
YouTube has a lot of interesting content. 
Technical training around whatever product you have. So for example, as SharePoint and Office 365 specialist I spend a lot of time looking at Microsoft materials on Compliance. Again there is a lot on YouTube and on Microsoft’s site. 
I also follow some folks from organisations like Gartner on LinkedIn and see interesting postings there as well. 
It is a collection of small things that add up very quickly. 
Hope some of that helps 
Shaun (also in Canada:)) 

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Shaun Hughes 
Senior Consultant 
Bulletproof 
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All the best ideas come from Canada (though it is possible I’m a bit biased, LOL! 

 

And I forgot the best bit… Podcasts, in the car, in the shower, very convenient. And the AIIM on Air one is good.😀

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Shaun Hughes 
Senior Consultant 
Bulletproof 
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There is also the IA institute which might have some links and more info. The site seems to be down at the moment. 
https://www.iainstitute.org/ 

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Andrew Sayers 
Business consultant (SharePoint) 
Heerema Marine Contractors 
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