August 2011 News & Notes

STC News & Notes

 

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Salary Database Now Available for Purchase

The 2010-2011 STC Salary Database (using 2010 data) is now available for purchase. The PDF report, with introduction, summary by economist Rick O'Sullivan, maps, and dozens of tables, costs $10 for members and $49 for nonmembers. Also offered are Excel spreadsheets of the data for anyone who wishes to create their own reports, at $10 each/$49 each (Industry report, Professional report, and Geographic report). Or, buy all four (the PDF and the three Excel spreadsheets) for $30 for members or $149 for nonmembers. See the STC website for more details about the STC Salary Database—including an excerpt—or to purchase.

If you have questions about the Salary Database, we're planning an audio interview with Rick O'Sullivan and Mark Clifford, former STC president and the owner/CEO of a recruiting/outsourcing/consulting firm. This is your chance to get feedback on how to best use the Database in your career! See full details on STC's Notebook or email your questions to Kevin Cuddihy.

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STC Continues Alumni Renewal Program

Do you know a former STC member that might be interested in returning to the Society? Then the STC alumni renewal program is for them! This limited-time offer expires on 30 September, and includes membership in STC for the rest of 2011 plus the restoration of the member's previous years of service for $99, with no reinstatement fee. Send alumni to the STC website for details and to rejoin (make sure they use the promo code ALUMNI), and read STC President Hillary Hart's announcement to members about the program from STC's Notebook.

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Board of Directors Votes to Reduce Number of Directors

In the 21 July Board of Directors meeting, the Board voted to reduce the number of Directors from six to four, starting with the 2012 election. With this vote, there will be two Directors elected next year rather than four. This vote continues a gradual change in the composition of the Board of Directors. A few years ago, the Board voted to eliminate the position of Second Vice President and two Director positions. The recent vote furthers the reduction in the size of the Board of Directors. See

Two Webinars a Week in September

STC presents a pair of live Web seminars a week for most weeks in September, with seven total webinars in the month on a wide variety of topics. Included in the lineup are Make It Snappy—Web-Based Reference Guides (7 September, Donte Ormsby); Oral Questioning Skills for the Technical Communicator (8 September, Bette Frick); Successful Strategies for Continuous Improvement (14 September, Marta Rauch); It's All Fun and Games until Somebody Gets Sued (15 September, Paul Pehrson); Knowledge Transfer: New Opportunities for Technical Communicators (21 September, James Conklin); Strategic, Competitive Professional Development (22 September, Andrea Ames); and Google Analytics: Measuring Content Use and Engagement (28 September, Patricia Boswell. Wednesday webinars are from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (GMT-4), while Thursday webinars are from 4:00-5:00 PM EDT (GMT-4).

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September Brings Four Certificate Courses

Live Web seminars aren't the only online education STC offers in September, as four online certificate courses kick off as well. Undiscovered Country: Master Writer (presented by Sharon Burton) starts on 6 September and runs through 4 October, every Tuesday at 10:30 AM-Noon EDT (GMT-4). Lisa Pietrangeli offers her new certificate course, Writing for Localization: Hands-on Workshop and Best Practices, at two different times: 7:00-8:30 PM EDT (GMT-4) Tuesdays from 6 September through 11 October or 10:30 AM-Noon EDT (GMT-4) Wednesdays from 7 September to 12 October. Next up is Bernard Aschwanden's DITA from Legacy to the Future, Fridays and Mondays from 9 September to 10 October at 10:30 AM-Noon EDT (GMT-4). Finally for September is Managing Virtual Teams, presented by Kit Brown-Hoekstra and taking place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 13-29 September, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM EDT (GMT-4).

There are more certificate courses scheduled throughout the year, so see the STC website for the latest schedule!

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Share Yourself with Intercom Readers

We're looking for members to contribute a first-person column for a future issue of Intercom. The magazine has a trio of member-focused columns: My Job (your day-to-day work), Off Hours (discussing your hobby or side gig), and Looking Back (senior members providing perspective earned throughout their career). Would you like to share your story with Intercom readers? Email Kevin Cuddihy for more information, samples, and to volunteer!

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Community Events

You can see a collection of events STC communities are hosting as part of STC's Notebook. Many of the events are online, and all STC members are invited. Some August events remain and September's events will be posted soon, so please bookmark the Community Events page and visit it regularly!

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STC Publications

Online access to Intercom and Technical Communication are part of your membership. View the latest issues of each for articles and research that can affect the way you do your job or give you a heads up on new ideas, tools, and theories. Don't forget, though, you must log in to read the full articles.

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STC's Notebook has compiled links to technical communication blogs, including the top 25 most influential bloggers (as named by MindTouch), member blogs, and important nonmember blogs. See the current list here. Want to see yours included? Email Kevin Cuddihy with the URL.

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Links of Interest

STC's Notebook provides a weekly set of Links of Interest most Fridays, with links to blogs and articles discovered through Twitter, emails, and other means over the previous week. The new News and Notes will include links to those blog postings so you can review the Links of Interest at your leisure. If you have a link you think other STC members would be interested in, please email Kevin Cuddihy.



 

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