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Publishing-Graphics SIG Spring Report 2014

Mission statement:

To develop and recognize professional skills and facilitate networking and information sharing among ACE members who work in the editorial aspects of or graphic design of print or electronic publications.

Officers (current year):

Chair: Rebecca Theller Vice Chair: Ana Henke Vice Chair-elect: Jennifer Alexander

Officers (next year):

Chair: Ana Henke Vice Chair: Jennifer Alexander Vice Chair-elect: Melea Licht

Did the SIG present an Award of Excellence this year? Please comment on the nomination and selection process itself.

This year's Award of Excellence winner for the Publishing and Graphic Design SIG is Robert Casler, Director of College Marketing, Communications, and Brand Management for the University of Arizona. Robert was nominated by Joanne Littlefield of Colorado State University and Susan McGinley at University of Arizona. His nomination was evaluated by the three SIG leaders and he was chosen as our award winner for this year.

What were your goals for the year?

Our goals were to consistently communicate with our SIG members and to include them in decisions affecting the SIG as much as possible. We wanted to offer an opportunity for continuing education. And we wanted to support the broader goals of ACE through participation in ACE activities.

What successes did you have in reaching those goals?

We communicated with our members through an e-newsletter that went out about once a month. We offered a webinar, All Things Photography, and archived it on our ACE webpage. Through our newsletter we encouraged members to support ACE by participating in the 100 Years of ACE Pinterest site, joining the Professional Development Committee for ACE, participating in the ACE conference, and hosting webinars for others. We supported ACE by finding judges for C&A. We sought and incorporated membership feedback on a new C&A judging rubric, solicited names for the SIG Award of Excellence, and solicited ideas and volunteers for professional development webinars. We set up online (Qualtrics) voting for our new Vice Chair Elect. We planned for our ACE Conference session and for a dinner out for the SIG.

What barriers kept you from achieving the goals?

With the help of all the officers, I think we accomplished our goals for the year.

What would you have done differently?


What professional development has been carried out?

We offered a webinar, All Things Photography, and archived it on our ACE webpage.

How did you communicate with members?

We communicated with our members through an e-newsletter that went out about once a month. We also posted about the webinar on our SIG's Facebook page, but we don't see a lot of activity there.

How did officers divide responsibilities?

The chair's key assignment is reporting, communication (currently through an e-newsletter and ad hoc emails through the listserv, if needed), and general oversight. The key assignment for the vice chair is to line up judges for C&A. The vice-chair elect listens and learns the first year, and contributes as he/she can. All officers vote on the SIG Award of Excellence winners, help analyze proposals and decide which sessions will be offered at the ACE Conference, help update the ACE website, and work on items assigned by ACE.

What can the Board do to help SIG leaders in their responsibilities and to make SIGs more effective?

It really helped to have the SIG Leader Handbook. Please, continue to maintain that document. Provide common instructions or guidelines for hosting and organizing SIG webinars. Develop a way to notify the SIG chair when new or existing members join the SIG so we can personally welcome them.

What other concerns or thoughts would you like to share with the Board?


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