Celebrate World IA Day on February 27, 2021!

World Information Architecture (IA) Day celebrates information architecture and shares knowledge and ideas from analogue to digital, from design to development, from students to practitioners, globally and locally on February 27, 2021.

It appears there are no events in Michigan this year; however, most talks and other events around the world are virtual. Visit the World IA Day Events page for a complete listing, with links to event descriptions and registration pages.

STC 2021 Election Schedule and Slate of Candidates

The STC election is scheduled to open on 1 March and close on 15 March 2021. All STC members who have paid their dues by 31 January 2021 are eligible to vote.

The STC Nominating Committee has announced the final slate of candidates for the 2021 STC election:

President

  • Kirsty Taylor will automatically succeed from the office of Vice President.

Vice President (3 candidates for one position; three-year commitment)

  • Miles Kimball
  • Carolyn Klinger
  • Aiessa Moyna

Secretary

  • No elections for secretary this year

Treasurer (2 candidates for one position; two-year term)

  • Bethany Aguad
  • Bobbi (Roberta) Werner

Director (5 candidates for two positions; two-year term)

  • Theresa Daudier
  • Joyce Lam
  • Karen Levine
  • Laura Palmer
  • Sree Pattabiraman

Nominating Committee (4 candidates for two positions; two-year term)

  • David Caruso
  • Kylie Jacobsen
  • Jack Molisani
  • Roger Renteria

Visit the STC Notebook Blog to read the full announcement and articles about each candidate.

Upcoming Webinar: Mastering Your Website 201

Join us on Wednesday, February 24 from 7-8:30 p.m. for “Mastering Your Website” presented by Timothy Esposito.

In this webinar, you will learn how to improve your website by integrating social media, mail lists, event calendars, and more. We’ll go under the hood to learn how to tighten security, scan for viruses, have Google analyze your site visits, optimize for search engines, and FTP files to/from your web server. All of this will help you work towards mastering your website!

This webinar is for those currently serving as webmasters, are incoming webmasters, or are interested in learning more about using WordPress and cPanel for their website.

About Our Speaker

Timothy Esposito is the STC Secretary and an STC Fellow with over 20 years of technical communication experience. He has been the President, VP, treasurer, webmaster, and scholarship manager of the STC Philadelphia Metro Chapter. He lives just outside Philadelphia with his wife and son.

When

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
7-8:30 p.m. EDT

Where

Zoom

Cost

  • Students: Free (please register with student email)
  • STC-MGL members: Free
  • STC members*: $10
  • Non-members: $20

* Honorary members for the evening: employees of the sponsoring organization and members of partner organizations (UXPA, CHI, and ASTD)

Registration

Please register for this event on Eventbrite here.

Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: February 15

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up! We’ll be meeting online on  Monday, February 15, from 12-1 p.m. ET. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-MGL members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: February 15”

Upcoming Winter Open House

Happy New Year! As the snow swirls and we navigate 2021, please join us from the comfort of your home for a virtual open house on Tuesday, January 26 from 7-8:30 PM ET.

In this open house we’ll showcase our new STC-MGL logo, share the updated Active Membership Program, and talk about the remaining events in our program year.

This virtual open house is open to all and will be a perfect opportunity to learn about our STC-MGL chapter, ask questions about technical communications, tell us about yourself, share ideas for events, and make some new connections.

When

Tuesday, January 26

7-8:30 PM ET

Where

Zoom

Register now!

Please register by the end of the day, Monday, January 25. The confirmation email from Eventbrite will include the Zoom link.

Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: January 14

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting online on  Thursday, January 14, from 12-1 p.m. ET. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-MGL members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: January 14”

Webinar Recap: Navigating Tech Comm With Geoffrey Chaucer

On September 30, Brigid Daull Brockway presented a webinar demonstrating tech comm concepts through the work of Geoffrey Chaucer. Brigid has a B.A. in Creative Writing, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Nonfiction), and 15 years of experience as a technical writer.
Although most know Chaucer for writing The Canterbury Tales, he also authored the first English technical document. Written in the 1390s, A Treatise on the Astrolabe skillfully explains how to use an astrolabe by adhering to modern tech comm principles. By examining Chaucer’s success, we can establish five rules to inform and improve our own technical communication. Continue reading “Webinar Recap: Navigating Tech Comm With Geoffrey Chaucer”

Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: December 16

Our next virtual coffee meetup is coming up. We’ll be meeting online on  Wednesday, December 16, from 12-1 p.m. ET. Grab your favorite beverage or your lunch and join STC-MGL members to discuss tech comm, STC, chapter events, and more. This is a great way to network with other technical communicators across southeastern Michigan in a relaxing and peaceful setting. We hope you will join us! Continue reading “Lunchtime Coffee Meetup: December 16”

Upcoming Virtual Book Club – Thursday, December 10

The STC-MGL fall virtual book club is just around the corner!

Join us on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. for our discussion on Writing is Designing by Michael J. Metts and Andy Welfle. During this event, we’ll talk about the major concepts in the book, discuss how the topics relate to or affect technical communication, and what the ideas covered in the book mean for the future of our profession. It is sure to be a stimulating conversation.

We hope you will join us! Register for the virtual book club here.

About the Event

Who

Current STC and STC-MGL members

When

Thursday, December 10, 2020
7-8:30 p.m.

Where

Zoom

Cost

Free!

About the Book

From the Goodreads summary:
Without words, apps would be an unusable jumble of shapes and icons, while voice interfaces and chatbots wouldn’t even exist. Words make software human-centered, and require just as much thought as the branding and code. This book will show you how to give your users clarity, test your words, and collaborate with your team. You’ll see that writing is designing.

Microcontent Program Recap

On November 10, 2020, Joyce Lam, the President of Society for Technical Communication for the Toronto chapter, delivered a virtual presentation describing the topic of microcontent, its significance, and how it relates to user experience. To put this discussion into perspective, she described how content evolved, beginning in 100,000 BCE when communication occurred mainly through spoken word, and then she explained how, over time, content expression advanced to the use of stone, parchment, presses, computers, and the World Wide Web. Today’s communication focuses more on integrating technology with the spoken and written word, which is disseminated through the Internet of Things. Organizations are also trying to figure out how technology can be used to help users work with information. Continue reading “Microcontent Program Recap”