April is a big month for conferences

At last count there are 8-10 conferences in the month of April. This year, we chose STC Spectrum (Rochester, NY, 4/17-19) and STC Interchange (Lowell, MA, 4/1-2).

If you’re in the general north eastern US area or able to get there, you should come. We’ve got something special planned: If you missed the presentation we did on the Cult of DITA, we’ll be reprising it there live and in person at both of these events.  (And yes, we’ll be inducting new members and giving away the coveted buttons!)

Although both events are on the small side (~100 people), the intimacy of the event gives you a chance to really learn and really connect with the people around you. As with any local conference that partially overlaps a weekend day, the quality of attendees is very high: These are the people who are learning on their own time and are dedicated to improving their skills.

We’re looking forward to it and hope we’ll see you there!

World IA Day 2016

Last month I went to World IA Day 2016 in Seattle. I’m based in San Francisco, which also hosted World IA Day event, but every now and again it’s good to get out of your little corner of the world and see what is going on elsewhere.

I have a very good friend in Seattle,who is amazingly good at her job and who has been working as an IA for as long as I’ve known her (nearly 5 years now). She’s based in Seattle and I went to up there to participate in World IA Day with her. I’m glad I did.

First up was Mike Doane from the University of Washington’s “iSchool”. It’s interesting to me to see that information-focused programs are popping up around the country and where they see themselves fitting in. Mike did a great job of describing how they view everything fitting together — and how all the different disciplines should work together. Continue reading “World IA Day 2016”