In 2018, ATSP looks to expand its services for members and the larger speech-to-text community by building on last year’s accomplishments and by setting the following goals:
Conduct a feasibility study of speech-to-text certification
Certification can certainly lend credibility to a field and its practitioners, but it can be costly for an organization and its members. Before ATSP pushes further toward implementing a certification process, it is important to consider whether certification will represent the best interests of ATSP and its members.
Therefore, we will be conducting a feasibility study to answer some of the following questions:
- Are employers likely to require certification as a condition of new or ongoing employment?
- Are employers likely to increase (or decrease) the pay of current and prospective employees based on their level of certification?
- Do the answers to the above questions justify the substantial expenses required to move forward with the certification design process?
- Are ATSP members and member organizations still interested in certification?
- Are members willing/able to pay for certification testing?
Finalize standards for the speech-to-text profession
ATSP is preparing for the upcoming release of its Code of Professional Conduct, following positive and constructive feedback from outside readers Susan Stella and Ann Marie Kuntz. The Association of Transcribers and Speech-to-text Providers will finalize this Code after a period of public comment.
We will be releasing the Code one section at a time here on the ATSP blog. The first section will go live this week, and the four subsequent sections will release in the weeks to follow. We hope that ATSP members and other invested stakeholders will take this opportunity to offer feedback about the content and message of this important professional document.
We also plan to release the Best Practices Guide later in the year, a companion piece to the Code of Professional Conduct. It will provide recommendations for day-to-day service activities, such as on-site service provision, remote service provision, teaming, preparation, editing, captioning, ergonomics, and professional development.
Provide new educational resources for members
In addition to the member directory, and the upcoming Code of Professional Conduct, ATSP has plans in the coming year to increase the resources offered to its members and the community. Here’s a few new projects we’re excited to unveil this year:
- The ATSP Forum: ATSP has plans to design an interactive message board for speech-to-text providers, agency owners, coordinators, and consumers to ask, answer, and discuss questions related to the speech-to-text field.
- The ATSP Blog: ATSP plans to expand its blog, offering new features, including equipment reviews, member spotlights, professional development challenges, and fresh articles addressing some of the most relevant and controversial subjects in our field. If you have suggestions about the content you would like to see, please contact us!
Expand our support of ATSP members
With new projects in the works, we believe there’s never been a better time to join ATSP! We look forward to furthering the partnerships we’ve established over the past year, as well as increasing our advocacy projects and contributions to the speech-to-text profession.