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Overview of STC SIGs

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  • 1. SIG Benefits List<br />Academic SIG<br />
    • Website that hosts newsletter
    • 2. Opportunities to:
    • 3. Be a leader in the field of technical communication
    • 4. Maintain a bridge between those who practice and those who teach technical communication
    • 5. Research and collaborate through a new partnership program
    • 6. Present at the annual conference
    Quotations:<br />“People who understand what you do, and who try to help you do it.” -Cindy Pao<br />“The greatest benefit of the Academic SIG membership is the possibility of networking with academics who are also interested in the practitioner's world.” -Nancy Coppola, New Jersey Institute of Technology<br />AccessAbility SIG<br />Twitter: http://twitter.com/stcaccess<br />Blog: http://www.stc-access.org/<br />LinkedIn Group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1852045<br />Email discussion list: http://mailman.stc.org/mailman/listinfo/stc-accessibility<br />Environmental Safety and Health SIG<br />
    • Newsletter
    • 7. Ability to ask questions of people in the same field as you are
    Europe SIG<br />We’re the SIG with a regional focus – Europe!<br />Bien sûr internationalisation and localisation are hot topics for us as well as news and events about European technical communication.<br />The blog on our Web site covers such topics as legal issues related to documentation and localisation. We’ve active on Twitter with news and info on technical communication in Europe as well as European-based job notifications.<br />
    • Web site http://www.stc-europe.org/
    • 8. Twitter: https://twitter.com/stceusig
    • 9. Member discussion list
    Let's discuss European technical communication. Join our team to share your knowledge and international experience with our members.<br />Vive l’Europe !<br />Instructional Design and Learning (IDL) SIG<br />
    • Our NEW virtual training evaluation workshop, FREE to IDL SIG members
    • 10. Informative & educational IDL Webinars at discounted SIG member rates
    • 11. Our award-winning newsletter, full of great news & techniques
    • 12. SIG Scholarships for college courses and STC annual conference attendance
    • 13. Great online & social media resources, including our SIG Website, Twitter presence, LinkedIn page, and discussion activity
    International Technical Communication (ITC) SIG/Community<br />
    • Gain access and comradery within a community of experts in international technical communication, translation, and localization issues.
    • 14. Join our members-only email discussion list to tap and contribute to member expertise.
    • 15. Present papers, panels, or progression topics related to international technical communication at the STC Summit yearly.
    • 16. View our online newsletter, Global Talk, at http://itcglobaltalk.org, which announces conferences, news, events, and articles of interest to ITC members.
    • 17. Become part of the editorial board or contributor set for ITC's Global Talk. Review a book, write a case study, craft a short article of interest to our audience. 
    • 18. Join the leadership of ITC! As a global group, the more perspectives we have, the stronger we are.
    Lone Writer SIG<br />The Lone Writer SIG provides professional education and support to writers who are the sole technical writer for their organization. But, you don't have to be the only tech writer in your organization; if you work in a small documentation department, you're still welcome to join us.<br />
    • Listservers:
    • 19. stclwrsig-l@mailman.stc.org – Very active and helpful. Post a question and you’ll get several responses in just a few hours! Recent Topics on the Listserver:
    • 20. Embedding help in a Web application
    • 21. Tools questions: Adobe Acrobat, Excel, FrameMaker, RoboHelp, Word
    • 22. Several job postings
    • 23. Grammar issues
    • 24. Wording issues
    • 25. Off-topic list: loners_OT@yahoogroups.com
    Web site: www.stc-lonewriter.org<br />Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoneWriterSIG<br />STC Technical Summit Activities:<br />
    • Members frequently present in a Lone Writers SIG Progression at the annual STC Technical Summit (nee Annual Conference)
    • 26. Informal dinner of attendees during the Technical Summit
    Marketing Communication SIG<br />
    • Access to other marketing communications professionals, many who own their own firms, for advice and mentoring
    • 27. The STC Marcomm Website, as a valuable resource for materials. http://www.stc-marcom.org
    • 28. The Community ListServe is an opportunity to discuss issues and research solutions to challenges you may be experience.. http://mailman.stc.org/mailman/listinfo/stcmktsig-l
    • 29. LinkedIn Group for the Marketing Communications SIG, which provides additional discussion opportunities and a developing job board. http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1838049
    • 30. As a resurgent virtual community there are numerous opportunities for volunteering and being involved.
    Policies and Procedures (P&P) SIG<br />
    • Access to published material, including our newsletter and other articles, book reviews, case studies, and research, etc.
    • 31. Access to online SIG resources, including our SIG Website, archived of P&P articles and other resources
    • 32. Access to P&P SIG Sponsored webinars at a reduced rate for our members
    • 33. Opportunities to join a dialog that is unique to our area of practice, to publish articles and research, to share your work experience, to vet your questions, and read responses from your peers on our discussion list
    • 34. Opportunities to present on your experiences to your peers at the STC Annual Conference, and access to occasional discounts or stipends
    • 35. Opportunities to volunteer and contribute to the P&P SIG and to our growing body of knowledge
    • 36. Opportunities to develop and grow your leadership and management skill within the SIG and in Policies and Procedures Communication
    Quality and Process Improvement (QPI) SIG<br />
    • Exposure to 400 other professionals from all over the world who have joined the SIG, and in professions as diverse as education, banking, technical editing and writing, software development, and healthcare, all of whom are interested in quality
    • 37. Access to the QPI ListServe at http://stcqsig-l@mailman.stc.org, where discussion topics have included single-sourcing systems, style guides, .DOT templates for automated formatting in Microsoft Word, SharePoint or eRoom portals vs. shared drives for project teams, and overall improvements to processes within Documentation or Publication Departments, and in other corporate, military, and educational settings
    • 38. Access to http://stcsig.org/quality, the QPI SIG website and archive set up by Ann Wiley, founder of the SIG and currently the Membership Manager
    • 39. Opportunities to volunteer and to be a leader within the SIG and within the larger body, Society for Technical Communication
    • 40. Opportunities to present at the STC Annual Technical Summit at the progression hosted jointly with the P&P SIG on topics of interest to both SIGs, and to network with peers at the annual business/networking lunch, also hosted jointly with P&P SIG at the annual summit
    Scientific Communication SIG<br />
    • SIG has been fairly quiet in recent years
    • 41. Major activities have been a regular Newsletter and connecting at Summit
    • 42. SIG Website currently:
    • 43. Hosts the Newsletter
    • 44. Resource Links
    • 45. Twitter Feed
    • 46. Notes from SIG Management
    • 47. Details about Sci Comm SIG
    • 48. Website open to nonmembers
    • 49. New management team has been formed with four members as opposed to two
    • 50. New team plans to make the SIG much more high-profile with:
    • 51. Job postings, recent breakthroughs, multiple domains, professional development, resources and references, welcomes and profiles, mailing and discussion lists
    • 52. Webinars, collaboration with other SIGS/communities/organizations, social media, book reviews, book club discussions, best of the web
    • 53. Progressions, gatherings, SIG information sessions at Summit, local conference opportunities
    Single Sourcing SIG<br />Email listserv: http://mailman.stc.org/mailman/listinfo/stc-single-sourcing-l<br />Social community: http://stcsinglesourcingsig.grouply.com/<br />Twitter presence: http://twitter.com/stc1ssig<br />Technical Editing SIG<br />Benefits Available to Members Only:<br />
    • Free seminars that are tailored to technical editors on a quarterly basis, such as "The Global English Style Guide: Writing Clear, Translatable Documentation for a Global Market" and "Moving to Word 2007"
    • 54. Recorded education sessions
    • 55. Networking through volunteer opportunities, such as authoring newsletter articles or programming education for a 2,000-person audience
    • 56. Savings on continuing education in advanced editing topics, such as "Providing Effective Editing Comments"
    • 57. Collaborative authoring space via a wiki, such as co-authoring a style guide
    • 58. Members-only listings in the Employment bank (only members can post jobs)
    • 59. Resources on the SIG web site:
    • 60. Chat in real time with like-minded professionals
    • 61. Participate in polls and surveys
    • 62. STC Conference activities:
    • 63. Opportunity to be a presenter at the progression on editing
    • 64. Opportunity to attend the SIG business meeting
    Benefits Available to Everyone:<br />
    • Newsletter, Corrigo, on topics of interest to editors
    • 65. Email discussion list
    • 66. Resources on SIG web site:
    • 67. Resource directory and bookshelf Note: Only members can submit new items to the resource directory.
    • 68. Twitter, including job notifications
    • 69. LinkedIn group
    • 70. Shelfari group
    • 71. Scholarship program
    Quotations:<br />“Being a member of the Technical Editing SIG gives you a myriad of resources and opportunities to grow professionally and to expand your presence in the marketplace.”<br />“...three cheers for the Tech Editing SIG — [their] scholarship offerings represent the sort of high-impact service-to-the-profession activity that all SIGs can emulate. As STC's 2nd V-P, and as a teacher of Tech Comm, I am proud of the TE SIG.” - Hillary Hart, Society for Technical Communication<br />Usability and User eXperience (UUX) Community<br />
    • Take an opportunity to learn about usability testing practices, user-centered design techniques, interface design, and other aspects of user experience design from recognized experts in the field; with special emphasis on applying the techniques and practices to communication products.
    • 72. Read the award-winning newsletter and write articles about your user experience work.
    • 73. Participate in an email group that discusses usability in the broader sense but with a focus on usability, user experience, and technical communication.
    • 74. Take part in lively and personal UX book club discussions, often on books written by UUX community members, and often with the author in attendance.
    • 75. Make use of the resource-rich website.
    • 76. Take the opportunity to join international volunteer groups redesigning the website or learning user-centered design techniques by doing them for other UUX Community projects.
    • 77. Learn about and use the latest in virtual collaboration tools, including advanced meeting planning for global teams.