Support a SIG: Budgets, Surveys and You
by Karen Bachmann
The weakened world economy continues to take a toll on our profession, and the effects are being felt throughout STC. Membership has declined noticeably. Budgets throughout the Society have been reduced and the Society office has asked the various groups to control costs. The primary recommendation for cost saving is to move newsletters to an online format.
While online newsletters have some advantages over hard-copy versions, I know that many people still prefer to receive a hard-copy version or do not have a personal e-mail address where they can receive e-mail from STC. The SIG leadership will be working with the Society office to ensure that all members continue to receive the full benefits of their SIG membership even as we try to save money. Our chief concern, however, is that the Usability SIG continues to support your professional development by providing useful and timely information.
In support of this greater concern, the newsletter team is beginning work on a survey about your satisfaction with the newsletter and what you would like to see in future issues. When you receive the survey, please take time to complete and return it.
Despite budget cuts, we continue working to increase and improve SIG benefits and support your professional development, whether you are a technical communicator just learning about usability, the lone advocate of usability in your company, or part of an established usability team. I mentioned a few ideas in my last column—sharing case studies, facilitating professional mentoring, and providing tools for educating employers about usability. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org let me know your ideas.