Volunteers

Volunteer Spotlight

Marianne Sweeny

Who: Marianne Sweeny

Company: FatDUX

Title: Search Wizard

Working on: IA Job Board

Learn more about me at: Daedelus Information Systems

Volunteer Opportunities

The IA Institute is a group of multinational of volunteers who supply the ideas, initiative, and energy it takes to provide services to the IA community. Join that effort by taking on a volunteer role today. Below are general volunteer opportunities. For opportunities specific to current projects,visit our new Volunteer Wiki.

The Institute can provide assistance for volunteer initiatives with expert review, infrastructure, and, in some cases, financial assistance. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, if you are interested in learning more about any of our projects or have you an idea of how you can help.

NEW Volunteer Projects and Initiatives

Digital Infrastructure Team

On-Going Volunteer Projects and Initiatives

Accessibility Producer
Calendar/news editor
Grant Researcher/Writer
Library contributors
List archivist
Local Group Leaders
Mentoring Program Manager
Mentoring Program Coordinator
Mentoring Program Website/Database Developer
Mentoring Resource Manager
Photographers, Amateur and Otherwise
Resource Editors/Content Designers/Graphic Designers
Website Developers
Translations Team Members
New Initiative Leaders

Digital Infrastructure Team

This is going to be a wild ride! We need a place to gather, a digital place that invites sharing, learning, and growing. We are a truly digital organization, without physical location or building. But most important, we're a community. We can do this together - sort of like a digital barn-raising. Placemaking at IAI.

You need to be a part of this. Volunteer!

Volunteer Jobs we are seeking to fill:

The Most Meta Information Architect in the World:Are you up for a real challenge? Want the chance to IA the IAI? Now is the time. We have personas, draft wires and site maps, but we really need a leader to take it to the next level. Someone who can wrangle a volunteer crew and mentor IAs from around the world wanting to help and grow and learn. Oh, and did we mention we're doing this on Drupal? We need someone who's excited about learning Drupal. Quite an opportunity, huh?

And yes, we could technically do this ourselves. BUT we want you to do it. Because it will be way better that way. AND think about how cool it will be to have in your portfolio when it gets talked about as the coolest thing since pockets. Volunteer!

Junior IAs also, please! Don't feel like a Meta IA? Don't have a lot of time to commit? Sign up anyway. We'll teach you something new, or you can just participate in the discussions and comment on what we're building. Contribute to the rejuvenation of the IAI and be part of the conversation! Volunteer!

Cat & Content Wrangler: Are you a content Ninja? We have content! And we want a lot more content of all different types, but we need a solid plan for structuring it, archiving it, and finding it again. We want to be future-friendly. We want our content to go anywhere. And we know we don't want another giant hairball, which is kind of what we have. We need an expert in the field of content strategy who can lead a team of volunteers to help us to figure this puzzle out. This person would ideally have Drupal experience and/or a heart of gold. Ideally both. Volunteer!

Brand-Weaving, Pixel-Loving Design Master: We know that our membership is full of high quality visual designers just waiting to have a no-holds-barred rebranding design client. We want to be that client for you. You also know some CSS? Great! Familiar with Drupal themes? Even better! And yes, you can mess with the logotype (Read: please do) Volunteer!

Drupal developers with a Passion for Module Integration: We know, CMSes are hard, and they are needy. Thatís why we need to find the people out there that are dying to show this world what Drupal can do when treated tenderly. If that is you, we want to talk. If you work at a company with people like that, buy them lunch and ask them to email us. If you are married to, dating, living with or even have a crush on someone like that, please do something nice for them and then ask them to email us. Volunteer!

Project Yoda: We donít need a project manager. We need a master. We need someone whose quippy yet actionable, always well-timed meetings and emails inspire an army of volunteers to actually make all these plans into reality. Volunteer!

Social Media Maven: We need a reporter for the institute. And a communicator extraordinaire. A journalism minded person to cover what is going on in our global organization and pique the curiosity of that someone somewhere who just might need become an IA. You want to out-Tweet Taylor Swift? Build on our strong social media presence? This job is for you! Volunteer!

Quality Assurance Overlord: We have a name to uphold here at the IAI. And if something is not working properly, we want someone to tell us. As such, we need an overlord of such things to manage the bug queue and make sure our stuff is tight by the time the world glimpses it. This role also involves recruiting and coordinating a global network of volunteers to make sure we are solid across multiple languages, devices and systems. Volunteer!



On-Going Volunteer Projects and Initiatives

Accessibility Producer

We are seeking volunteers to help improve accessibilty for users with disabilities. At the IDEA Conference, A stands for "Accessibility". Our goal is to ensure that all members of our community can experience and learn from podcasts and other audio/video content. We have added an Accessibility team to our Translations Initiative. We currently require a volunteer to research and/or produce video transcription for our IDEA Conference video podcasts. Requirements include an understanding of video accessibility issues for the hearing impaired. Solutions can include either doing the actual transcription yourself or researching organizations that might donate transcription services. Additional volunteers who are interested in accessibility are encouraged to participate in improving the accessibility of our web content. To help, contact our Translation Team Leader.

Calendar/news editor

Posts sponsor and local group events and news items. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, if you are interested in this opportunity.

Grant Researcher/Writer

If you have experience researching non-profit grants and would like to help the Institute research grant opportunities and approach and work with funding resources to support our infrastructure development and member initiatives, please email our Development Manager.

Library contributors

Curate and post 2-4 entries per week to our library database. Ideally the listings would be curated around a theme to be included in our monthly newsletter. We also need to develop criteria for inclusion. Volunteers would work with board members Shari Thurow and Dan Klyn. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for details.

List archivist

Catalog important threads on iai-members both as a community resource (classic threads on what is IA, books to read, getting a job) and as resource for management strategy (eg. Maturing a Practice, IA Skills Matrix, etc.). Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for details.

Local Group Leaders

Be a Local Leader — Local Group leaders needed to organize local IAI groups, including local summits, presentations, cocktail hours, etc. This is an ongoing commitment of a few hours a month to organize and attend meetings of your group's choice. Contact our Local Groups Leader for details.

Mentoring Program

  • Mentoring Program Manager: The leader of the mentoring program will manage a volunteer team to administer and develop improvements to the current mentoring system to ensure fruitful and timely communication among participants.
  • Mentoring Program Coordinator: Along with the project manager, you will review new registrations, suggest potential mentor matches and make introductions where necessary. You will provide monthly updates to members on mentor availability and new program features. This position requires some experience with mentoring, since often our protégé applicants need assistance in developing goals and approaching mentor candidates.
  • Mentoring Program Website/Database Developer: You will work with the IA Institute technology team to develop requirements/recommendations for integrating mentoring system functionality into the new member database system (Drupal based) we are investigating to replace our current system.
  • Mentoring Resource Manager: We would like to create a set of downloadable documents that mentors, proteges and group leaders can use as resources and to create local programs. We need an editor and graphic designers to work with the mentoring team to develop these materials.
  • The IA is IN: Our mentoring twitter account, [[http://twitter.com/iaisin|@IAisIN]], is our communication channel for the mentoring program. "IAisIN" is a reference to our Charles Schultz-inspired yellow mentoring booth hosted every year at the IA Summit. We are seeking volunteers to serve as guest mentors on @IAisIN for short periods on a scheduled basis.

Interested? Contact our Mentoring Program.

Photographers, Amateur and Otherwise

The IA Institute is about people meeting people, informally and at planned events. If you have any photos from IA Institute related activities, send them to our Volunteer Coordinator.

Resource Editors/Content Designers/Graphic Designers

We are creating resource packages for new members, mentors/mentees, students, job seekers, volunteers, researchers, press, etc. based on our IA Networking Guide. Each package would be a collection of how tos and important resources for each audience.

If you have a knack for analysing and illustrating user processes and scenarios, email our Volunteer Coordinator. Wolf Nöding's Networking Guide PDF Document is a fantastic illustration of how IA pros meet and interact through the IA Institute. We would love to incorporate similar diagrams outlining how to get or become a mentor, how to create a local group and how to apply for a grant.

Translations Team Members

Join a language team! Teams need assistance with translation, navigation, and moving translated content into the new website framework. If you aren't able to translate the words but have html/css knowledge, you can still make a great contribution to the web development. Many sites are translated and ready to go, we only need a few of your hours to bring them to the public.

If you don't see your language or if your language site seems to be a bit low on content, we'd love to have your help! We have a list of articles waiting to be translated from English to your language. In fact, we would love to find out what is going on in your area and provide details to our members in your language. If you have news, events or articles you would like to submit, we can add them to your language site. We can also add articles translated to English to bring thought leadership to a wider audience. Contact our Translations Team Leader for details.

Website Developers

IAI is looking for volunteers with php skills and/or experience with MovableType to help publish some exciting new language sites, content, and pages. Join the website team and get a chance to help a great global project launch on the web. Email our Volunteer Coordinator for details.

New Initiative Leaders

We are looking for experienced IA practitioners to lead a number of ongoing projects, primarily re-imagining the presentation of our online resources: IA Library and Tools, IA Courses and Degree Program listing, IA Network listings. Some suggestions for future projects have included improvements to the IA Directory map, developing a "Mentoring Marketplace," reviving various IA Industry Surveys, etc.

If there is a topic or tool that you would like to develop for our members, email your suggestion to our Volunteer Coordinator.


If you don't have time to volunteer right now but know of tools and resources that our members may benefit from, please let us know:

  • The IA Library is a repository of information about Articles and Papers, Blogs, Columns and Journals, Books, Organizations, Conferences and Mailing lists, Presentations and Web Sites and Resources. Submit library resources here.
  • IA Tools include document templates, process map posters and other tools to help you in your practice. Submit your tools via email to IA Tools.

This page was last modified on November 22, 2012 09:41 PM.