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Kathy Stein Smith presented at the ATA (American Translators Association) Conferencein Miami

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
Kathleen Stein-Smith