Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D., Associate University Librarian & Director of
Public Services Frank Giovatto Library presented at the ATA Annual Conference in Miami, please find her report below:
I am honored to have been invited to speak at the ATA
(American Translators Association) Annual Conference this week in Miami.
It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more
about the latest trends in the language services sector and to chat with
colleagues from both business and academia.
On Friday afternoon, I visited the exhibit area
and attended a session on "Clearing the Way to Opportunity: An Introduction to Security
Clearances." In the evening I
attended the Book Bash featuring ATA members with their published books,
followed by the Resume Swap.
On Saturday morning, I attended two sessions,
"Technical Translation and Interpreting for International
Organizations," presented in Spanish, and "Global Talent: What the Fortune 2000 Is Looking for."
The session on global talent was especially
relevant in that it focused on language and cultural skills needed by business
and industry, as confirmed by the results of the Michigan State University
annual Recruiting Trends Survey, which included a module on language and
culture beginning in 2014.
I delivered my session, "Translation and
Language Skills: Giving You the
Professional Edge," and was pleased with both the number of members
in attendance and with the questions and feedback following the presentation.
The related article has been accepted for
publication in the Conference Proceedings. I travelled to Miami on Friday morning and
returned late Saturday.
I very much
enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time on the scenic Miami Riverwalk,
adjacent to the conference venue.
Many thanks to those who selected my conference
proposal and to those who attended my session.
Thursday, November 12, 2015