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Note: Some membership categories require that you select the IDL SIG and pay an extra fee. Since we are a Community of Practice, we use the extra dollars to provide you with many benefits, such as free webinars, newsletters, a website, surveys, and special news.

December 31 is the last day for members to receive Early Advantage pricing for Summit.


Why is an STC membership so valuable? by Marcia Shannon

Marcia Shannon
Marcia Shannon

Being a member of the Society for Technical Communication is your best starting point for improving your professional resources. STC and its communities offer a wide variety of professional development educational events, social media networking opportunities, and platforms where you can volunteer to demonstrate your leadership, your innovative ideas, and your contributions to professional development events. STC members are known for their support of one another in every aspect of technical communication.

Membership Report – 2022 Q3

By Marcia Shannon, Membership Manager

Another quarter, another change of season. I’ve always felt that Autumn is my personal new year/start fresh time. The shift in the landscape from green to brown feels like a natural time to take stock and make changes. 

September is the opening month of STC membership renewal season. December 31, 2022 is the deadline to renew your membership. It’s a good time to check out how you use membership benefits. Consider increasing those benefits by becoming more involved through volunteering. Continue reading “Membership Report – 2022 Q3”

Shhh…  Librarian Goes Online with Live Polling

By Carrie M. Macfarlane, IDL SIG Member

As a librarian, I teach students how to do research. Like any good instructor, I always try to anticipate my students’ needs. What knowledge, skills, and beliefs will they carry with them when they walk in the door? What should they be able to do when they leave?

If you’re familiar with the librarian stereotype, you might be surprised to hear that once I’ve identified my students’ needs, I use technology to meet them. Yes, I love books and I wear glasses. The librarian stereotype definitely applies to me. But the stereotype needs to be updated, and I’m here to help. That cardigan-clad woman cradling an armful of old books? She likes technology!

In my previous essay about the librarian stereotype, I described how technology allows me to interact with students before a research workshop. Here, I’ll discuss how technology helps me to interact with students after a workshop begins. I learned this technique from a coworker–I’m far from the only librarian who teaches with technology! If you’re a technical trainer, you might want to adapt it to your workshops, too. Continue reading “Shhh…  Librarian Goes Online with Live Polling”