Information, understanding, or skill that you get from experience or education. (Merriam-Webster)

My knowledge and skills have been built upon by various concepts in the field of information science including: information organization and management, information technology, marketing and research, usability, taxonomy, user instruction, GIS, digital archiving, and information architecture.  My understanding of these concepts has allowed me to develop products and gain valuable experience in the field.  Studying and learning about information management, technology, and architecture has enabled me to gain practical knowledge in a more technology based environment, which has also prepared me for my future as an information professional.

Information architecture has become of a particular interest to me because it incorporates the structural design of information environments (websites), as well as findability and usability.  There is a direct correlation between information architecture and information management in that they both focus on the importance of the user’s needs.  Information architecture involves the organization of information into a logical structure, preferably one that the proposed audience can understand quickly, if not intrinsically, and easily retrieve the information for which they are searching.  Knowledge management involves the organization and operation of the planning, structure, processing, evaluating, and reporting of information in order to meet the user’s objectives in the delivery of knowledge.

In this section I will explain two selected concepts that are fundamental to the field of Information Science and their relevance to today’s information professionals.  The two concepts are: