Category: June 2012

FYI: Mark Your Calendar

F.Y.I. lists information about nonprofit ventures only. Please send information to intercom@stc.org. 1. 9–13 July The International Terminology Summer School (TSS 2012) will take place at University of Vienna Center for Translation Servies in Vienna, Austria. TSS 2012 is jointly organized by the University of Vienna Center for Translation Servies and TermNet. For more information: TermNet +43 1 23060 3965 events@termnet.org www.termnet.org/english/events/tss_2012 2. 13–15 Aug The International Society of Logistics (SOLE) presents its Annual International Logistics Conference and Exhibition, themed “Logistics Survivability: 2012 and Beyond,” to be held at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel in Jacksonville, FL. For more information, contact:… Read the rest

My Job: Once Upon a Time …

By Michael Raymond | Member The author poses under the watchful eye of Walt Disney. FADE IN: The hero of our story, a rather introspective-looking man, steps off the elevator of his office building and turns past a large mural of Walt Disney. The image of Walt seems like an omnipresent being, watching our hero walk past and arrive at his desk for a day of endless adventure and space travel…. Okay, wait a minute. Truth be told, I don’t actually get involved in any space travel and I suppose “adventure” might be a relative term, but when you work… Read the rest

Advancing Your Career: Seven Career Lessons I Learned from Selling Ginsu Knives

by Jack Molisani | Fellow This column addresses job hunting and career advancement, focusing on various aspects of career growth. It’s written from the perspective of someone who has been a technical writer, technical communication manager, and recruiter, who worked as a captive (full-time) employee and an independent contractor before finally starting his own company. If you have questions or suggestions for a future column, email them to jack@prospringstaffing.com with ”Career Question” in the subject line. In the mid-1990s I was laid off from my full-time job as a sales engineer with a bank technology company. I spent months looking… Read the rest

Meet the Change Agents: An Interview with Ann Rockley, the “Mother of Content Strategy”

By Scott Abel In the digital age, change happens quickly. This column features interviews with the movers and shakers—the folks behind new ideas, standards, methods, products, and amazing technologies that are changing the way we live and interact in our modern world. Got questions, suggestions or feedback? Email them to scottabel@mac.com. Ann Rockley is a leader in technical communication information management. For more than two decades, she has worked to develop methods of efficiently and effectively creating, managing, and delivering information. Known as the “mother of content strategy,” Rockley developed what is arguably the most well-known approach to managing complex… Read the rest

Couldn’t Attend the Summit? Now You Can!

The 2012 Technical Communication Summit, held mid-May in Rosemont, IL, may have just ended, but you can still attend all the sessions—without traveling across the country or across the globe. The content of most of the 80 sessions was captured (audio and visuals) and is available on the STC website (www.stc.org). The sessions and PowerPoint images will be accessible only through SUMMIT@aClick until the end of March 2013. With access to SUMMIT@aClick, you can “attend” the Summit from your home, office, or anywhere else. No matter the reason you didn’t attend in person, now the Summit can come to you.… Read the rest

Society-Level Offices for 2013

By Mark Clifford | Associate Fellow | Chair, Nominating Committee Are you interested in becoming a candidate for elective office in 2013? Can you suggest, or do you know someone who would make a great contribution to the Society by being elected? Are you interested in learning more about a particular office? If so, the Nominating Committee would like to hear from you. The STC Board of Directors includes leaders with both business and academic backgrounds. All candidates must be senior STC members, experienced working at a strategic level, comfortable making decisions collaboratively, and focused on outcomes. Previous Society-level leadership… Read the rest

Pacesetter Awards

The Pacesetter Award recognizes communities for the successful implementation of a single beneficial innovation that may be replicated by other STC communities. It honors those chapters that have done something unique indicating progress in their programs or growth. Congratulations to the honorees. Alberta For implementing the use of social media to engage an audience previously not accessible to the chapter, bolstering their image as an active and evolving chapter, gaining new members, increasing volunteerism, and increasing their chapter income. Canada West Coast For offering an information interview service for the dozens of people wanting to speak to experienced chapter technical… Read the rest

Steven Jong Honored with 2012 President’s Award

The President’s Award honors one or more persons or institutions that have made distinguished contributions to the profession or the Society. The STC President announced the name of this year’s recipients during the opening session of the Society’s annual conference. The year 2011 saw a 33-year dream come to fruition with the creation of the STC Certification Commission. Steven Jong was the spearhead behind this commission and is currently the chairman. STC President Hillary Hart presented him with the President’s Award during the opening general session at the 2012 Summit in Rosemont, Illinois. Hart commented, “Steve has brought the most… Read the rest

STC Names “Most Improved Community” and “Community of the Year” Winners

STC unveiled the winners of two community awards at the 2012 Summit: the Most Improved Community and the Community of the Year. These awards were introduced at the 2011 Summit to complement the current community awards and provide an extra incentive for chapters and SIGs. The Most Improved Community is given to the community that “stepped up their game” the most from one year to the next, based on their applications for the Community Achievement Award. This year two communities tied for the honor. Congratulations to both the Orlando Chapter and the Toronto Chapter. The Community of the Year Award… Read the rest

STC President Alan Houser’s Inaugural Address

By Alan Houser | STC President Editor’s Note: Alan Houser was formally installed as STC President at the Annual Business Meeting during the Summit on Monday, 21 May. Below is the draft of his remarks, provided to Intercom to share with the entire Society. I’m honored to come to you as the 52nd President of the Society for Technical Communication. I’m humbled by the presence and memory of those who came before me. I promise to do my best to support my team, the 2012–2013 STC Board of Directors, as we guide the strategic direction of the Society and fulfill… Read the rest