Joining an association: ASIS&T or STC?

6 Jan 2006 - 4:40pm
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Ockler, Sarah
2004

I'm interested in joining a professional association and I've narrowed
it down to ASIS&T or STC (can only do one this year). ASIS&T looks
great, but I'm wondering if it has more of a technical focus than what
I'm currently 'qualified' for (don't want to sign up for something I
can't understand). Then, maybe it would help me narrow my focus and grow
my knowledge base.

STC also looks interesting and seems a little more broad. I'm not sure
which is best. I have a marketing communications background and have
been in a user experience management role for 2 years, but have no
formal advanced education in IxD. It's all learning by getting thrown
into the fire, reading lots of books, listservs etc. I do plan to start
my masters in IxD or technical communication this year and definitely
want to grow in the areas of UxD/IxD. FWIW, the ASIS&T conference looks
more interesting to me than the STC conference this year.

Appreciate any thoughts / recommendations (or new ideas if I've
overlooked something).

-Sarah

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6 Jan 2006 - 5:14pm
Lyle Kantrovich
2005

Sarah,

If it's possible in your geographic area, I'd strongly recommend
checking out any local Chapters or "communities" of associations
you're interested in. They'll give you a much better feel for the
association as a whole. Another option is to attend a conference.

Of course it really depends on what benefits you want to get from
"joining". Do you want something to put on your resume, a good
magazine and publications, or a community of peers that you can
participate in and learn from (or all of the above)?

Personally, I belong to UPA and CHI, I've attended STC meetings, and
feel comfortable with the IA folks too. I'm very active in UPA and it
feels like "home" to me. UPA is a great place to learn, and our local
MN chapter is very welcoming to students and folks just starting in
the field. Most of our members are designers and folks that focus on
usability. It really depends on what your interests are and what you
want to get from a membership.

I hope that helps. Whatever group you join, keep in mind that you get
more from it if you participate more.

Lyle

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Lyle Kantrovich
Blog: Croc O' Lyle
http://crocolyle.blogspot.com

Usability Professionals' Association
http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org

On 1/6/06, Ockler, Sarah <sarah.ockler at gwl.com> wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]
>
> I'm interested in joining a professional association and I've narrowed
> it down to ASIS&T or STC (can only do one this year). ASIS&T looks
> great, but I'm wondering if it has more of a technical focus than what
> I'm currently 'qualified' for (don't want to sign up for something I
> can't understand). Then, maybe it would help me narrow my focus and grow
> my knowledge base.
>
> STC also looks interesting and seems a little more broad. I'm not sure
> which is best. I have a marketing communications background and have
> been in a user experience management role for 2 years, but have no
> formal advanced education in IxD. It's all learning by getting thrown
> into the fire, reading lots of books, listservs etc. I do plan to start
> my masters in IxD or technical communication this year and definitely
> want to grow in the areas of UxD/IxD. FWIW, the ASIS&T conference looks
> more interesting to me than the STC conference this year.
>
> Appreciate any thoughts / recommendations (or new ideas if I've
> overlooked something).
>
> -Sarah
>

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