With the start of a new year, now is a great time to reflect on ATSP’s work in 2017.
The Board entered 2017 with three primary goals:
- 1. Strengthen partnerships with other professional entities
- 2. Develop professional standards for speech-to-text service provision
- 3. Move toward certification
In relation to professional entities, ATSP worked this year with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), and Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic (Colorado Law) to petition the U.S. Copyright Office to consider new captioning exemptions to section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
ATSP also worked with the National Deaf Center (NDC) on Post-secondary Outcomes, consulting their upcoming salary survey of speech-to-text service providers. This project is designed to yield useful data about the transcribing profession (including the methods by which services are provided nationally and the needs of service providers). These partnerships and advocacy projects help us to build a stronger organization for speech-to-text providers.
As for professional standards, ATSP’s Standards and Ethics Committee Drafted the first-ever codified list of standards and expectations for the field of speech-to-text service provision. That document underwent revision and editing by the ATSP Board, and was reviewed by outside readers. We are now in the process of finalizing two guides designed to help educate and support service providers, employers, and consumers.
The ATSP Code of Professional Conduct will encompass professionalism and ethics, and will be released for public comment soon (early 2018) right here on ATSP’s blog.
The ATSP Best Practices Guide will outline recommended service provision practices. This publication will release in summer 2018.
Certification is something that ATSP has decided to take a second look at in 2018. We’re currently in the process of examining our certification goals to determine whether certification remains something that would benefit members.