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> Hi all,
> I have recently received my predecessor's renewal forms for membership to
> the IEEE and ACM. I'm interested in hearing from anyone who
> is a member of the above societies or STC (or any other related to tech
> communications). Have you found membership helpful and worth the dues? Are
> the member publications such as Intercom useful?
> Thanks in advance,
I am a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and of
the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Computer/Human Interaction (CHI).
There is a SIG dedicated to Documentation as well (SIG DOC). I have
found that in my position, for my own special pet interests, ACM
and its SIGs a wonderful source of information.
Communications of the ACM is the general publication of the ACM.
It is useful for keeping abreast of general trends in the computing
industry. Intercom is a publication of the Society for Technical
Communication. Since you didn't specifically ask about STC, I won't
ACM SIG DOC publishes a journal that used to be called *. They may
have changed this. The copies of it that I have read have been
Interactions is the publication of SIG CHI, and it suits my personal
interest in usability and interface design very well.