RE: expanding our range and reference books

Subject: RE: expanding our range and reference books
From: "Kathy Underwood" <Kathy -dot- Underwood -at- sas -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2004 09:56:29 -0500

I like JoAnn's book for several reasons, but foremost among them is her adaptation of the organizational maturity model (which has been around for a while in biz circles) for pubs groups. This is in Chapter 3, "A Process Maturity Model for Publications Organizations." Her 5-level (well, really 6-level) scale goes from "oblivious" to "managed and sustainable" to "optimizing." She talks at length about how an organization can move from one level to the next. This is a well-developed presentation.

Other ref books I use:

Chicago MoS
Microsoft MoS, 3rd ed.
Webster's 11th
Claire Kehrwald Cook's Line by Line
Wilkinson's Scientist's Handbook for Writing Papers & Dissertations
Carolyn Rude's Technical Editing
Garner's Dictionary of Modern Usage
Fowler's Modern English Usage
Words into Type
CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers
Columbia Guide to Online Style
Roget's Thesaurus (& definitely NOT the loathsome Roget's II)

I've also got lots of usability titles.

-----Original Message-----
From: bounce-techwr-l-178785 -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:bounce-techwr-l-178785 -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Caroline Tabach
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 3:50 AM
Subject: expanding our range and reference books

Can you also say whether you recommend the book and why?

Also, what are the reference books you use in the office for your writing?




Hello Whirlers,

I bet a lot of us are reading a work related book or taking a work

related course. Care to share what you're reading or learning. I'll go first. I finally bought Managing Your Documentation Projects by Joanne Hackos. I've heard it's a classic. I figure 30 minutes a day will get me through it. It's easy to read so far, makes sense, and I think I'll find it applicable. Some project management skills should come in handy for mywork.


Caroline Tabach




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