Position Title: Project Management and User Experience Coordinator
Employer: University of Texas at Austin Libraries
Degree/Year: MSIS, 2008
“I love advocating for the people who wouldn't otherwise get a say in how things are designed and built.”
In her work as an Information Architect in Technology Integration Services at UT Libraries, Jade Diaz's duties include interviewing project stakeholders to determine requirements, design of Web site navigation and interaction, quality assurance and usability testing.
During her undergraduate career, Jade studied advertising and psychology; she had a career in retail buying as well as a stint in greeting card customer service before coming to the iSchool. "Although all my jobs have shaped me and I do maintain a peripheral interest in my former careers, I consider my new position a total career change," Jade says.
While at the iSchool, Jade took courses in Information Architecture and Usability and got great real-world experience which she now applies daily to her job. In Information Architecture classes, Jade went through the whole design process, including research using card sorting and personas, the creation of blueprints, wireframes, navigational schemes, and content and labeling matrices. In Usability, she designed tests, wrote scripts, performed the testing and analyzed results exactly the same way she does in her job today.
"The work I do makes research easier, more satisfying, and more enjoyable for my users," Jade says. "I love advocating for the people who wouldn't otherwise get a say in how things are designed and built."