As we look forward to the forthcoming ATA 52nd Annual Conference, we invite you to join us in Boston for an exciting and effective way to spend four days connecting with colleagues and friends from around the world, sharing with professional-interest groups, generating more business contacts with project managers, business owners and government representatives, acquiring a wealth of information, taking advantage of more than 175 wide range of educational sessions featuring a variety of languages, topics, skill levels and much more. e want to take this opportunity to also invite you to attend the ID Division Open House, the Speed Networking Session, and the Annual Membership Meeting to meet, mingle, network, become informed about administrative accomplishments, issues, concerns and challenges affecting our profession and planning for the coming year activities. Please visit http://www.atanet.org/conf/2011.
We are very please to announce that the ATA Conference Organizer officially invited two ID Division Distinguished Speakers to the Annual Conference; both will be presenting Pre-Conference Seminars. Barbara Moser-Mercer, Ph.D., professor of conference interpreting at the Ecole de traduction et d’Interpretation, University of Geneva will present on “Building Blocks in Interpreter Training” and the Honorable District Judge Mike Murphy is present on “Equal Access to Justice Requires Equal Language Access in the Courtroom”, both seminars highlighting the importance of the profession. In addition, a total of fifteen (15) ID sessions and sixteen (16) other interpreting sessions are features in the Preliminary Program, ranging from Note-Taking for Dialogue Settings, Consecutive, Simultaneous Interpreting, Conference, Community, Medical, Legal Interpreting to include a Panel on Certification of Healthcare Interpreters as well. Please visit the conference site at: http://www.atanet.org/webinars/index.php.
The revamping of the ID Website will feature illustrations and contributions from colleagues, introducing a calendar page, to include a news, careers and job opportunities page to better facilitate communication and increase functionality. The ID social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin will also be set up once the ID website goes live. We are also introducing the ID Blog, transitioning from the ID newsletter format, and will continue to strive by posting effective and informative contributions, with information about topics of interest to the profession and many sources of information as well as reporting about related forthcoming news and events, which promises to be a great contribution of resources.
We would like to report that a new governing policy for all ATA Divisions was approved by the ATA Board of Directors on October 31, 2010. The Division shall establish and maintain a Leadership Council for the purpose of maintaining the tasks of the Division. Its most important purpose is to ensure the continuity of Division activites. At its meeting in San Francisco, California, July 30-31, 2011, the ATA Board of Directores approved revisions to the governing policy. Please view the document at GOVERNING POLICY FOR DIVISIONS. The ATA Board also approved an additional logotype for the Association in an effort tobe more explicity in recognizing interpreters.
Thanks go out to all the members who responded to the Mid-Year Conference Planning Survey. The results indicated that the members would prefer a two-day/week-end gathering, in collaboration with another ATA division. The Conference Planning Committee is considering all suggestions nad is encouraging your participation to ensure a successful event. We are also issuing a call seeking volunteers to become members of the Leadership Council and the Nominating Committee. Members of the Nominating Committee shall be ATA-ID members in good standing. Thanks for joining us on this journey to achieve the goals and objectives for ID and the advancement of the profession. We invite your participation and appreciate your volunteering, questions, suggestions, concerns, and innovative ideas. Thanks for being an ATA-ID member!
Look forward to seeing you in Boston!
Thelma Ferry, ID Administrator / Maria Weir, ID Assistant Administrator