No Paper Needed: Anthropology Association Builds New Review System

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By building a new digital system intended to cut the time needed for academic reviews of books, the American Anthropological Association hopes to refine digital workflows and save money. The association’s new platform will be built on an existing open-source platform, the Public Knowledge Project’s Open Journal Systems. It will offer a completely digital workflow for scholars, who will receive digital copies of books and upload reviews to the database system.

Associations: Solving the Skills Gap with Digital Credentials

WBT Systems

Existing Technology: Between learning management systems (LMS), association management systems (AMSs) and social media, many associations have a robust technology ecosystem in place to support rapidly changing skills-based training and digital badges. Founded in 1957 and headquartered in Chicago with more than 5,100 members, YALSA is a division of the American Library Association. The system is scalable to support the 2 million science teachers across the U.S.


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Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.22.17

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Life gets better when you have a new AMS, but heed this advice from Aptify before you plunge in: every new AMS (or any technology) project needs a change management team. WBT Systems pulled some lessons from the opening keynote at the ASAE Technology Conference. CST – Chapter Roundtable in Chicago IL. Location: Chicago IL. The weekly list of free educational events for the association community… I heard the bells on Christmas day.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.14.17

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In the [love this] “stormy seas of ego, opinion and entrenched habit…we need people who know that digital is never done, that it is not a series of projects but rather a stream of continuous improvements.” WBT Systems reveals some of the tactics used by these online entrepreneurs to develop, test and market their six-figure-revenue-generating [wow] online courses. Location: Chicago IL. CT – Association Forum Young Professionals Happy Hour (Chicago IL).

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.8.17

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I heard these wise words from Susan David on an episode of The Good Life Project podcast. That’s one of the reasons why WBT Systems says you may want to add podcasts to your online educational offerings. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, or if any of your databases (systems) contains information for even one European resident, or if you offer products or services to European residents, then you need to read this advice on preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation.

American Hospital Association Enlists Manufacturers to Combat COVID-19 Shortages

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Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s The Value Initiative , said the project, which started March 26, generated an immediate response from manufacturers, who began downloading specifications from AHA’s website for producing masks, face shields, and gowns. “We’ve

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.9.18

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While we’re on the topic of Creative Commons images, the Art Institute of Chicago opened up their collection. Association project managers carry a heavy load, especially if they’re expected to juggle their regular job along with their project responsibilities. Gretchen Steenstra at DelCor describes what people, policies, talents and tools should be in the project management backpack. CST – Mapping the Journey to Long-Term Member Engagement (Chicago IL).

Compare Association Management Software Platforms


In a nutshell, an AMS provides membership-based organizations an all-in-one member management system. These membership management tools – contact database, email system, billing and payment options, event platform, website builder, and other useful services – will streamline your association’s operations and drive growth for your organization. Here is a bit of information on ten popular association software systems to get you started as you consider a new software partner.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 04.19.19

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This week’s post at WBT Systems resonates with that line of thought: they explore nine barriers to association innovation. The emotional benefits of cooking: people who frequently take on small, creative projects like baking or cooking report feeling more relaxed and happier in their everyday lives. Presenters: Kyle Contrata, Data Analyst and Project Manager at the Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Location: Chicago IL.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.22.17

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WBT Systems suggests nine ways associations can keep their online courses above the fray by engaging students and keeping them coming back for more. Learn to establish clear goals and objectives, define and communicate the scope of the project and responsibilities so you can control the extent of your obligations, and evaluate your success. CDT – Chapter Roundtable (Chicago IL). Location: Chicago.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.4.20

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Data can lead you down unexpected and profitable trails, says WBT Systems, and help you build a business case for a bigger professional development budget. Hosts: Bucky Dodd, PhD, iLED; Lee Gimpel, Better Meetings; Carolyn Thompson, Training Systems, Inc.;

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.12.17

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Host: Altai Systems. 50% of technology projects fail—the technology moves forward, but the organization does not. Most technology projects have non-technological goals: raise more money, serve more program participants, or become more efficient. To reach those goals, the habits and behaviors of system users must change—sometimes significantly. Learn a process for deciding how to identify what font is right for any given design project. Location: Chicago IL.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.5.17

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I still get an uneasy anxious feeling when I think about leading an AMS implementation project at my last association job. Share your best apps and how you use them in your work…whether it is your association management data base, project or meeting management, scheduler, email, mobile app or other neat tools that saves you work and time. Save the dates: Wed/Thu June 7-8 – AMS Fest in Chicago. Location: Chicago IL.

Air Traffic Control Center Recovers From Fire, But Broader Challenges Linger

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Next for Aurora The facility at the center of the disruption is currently facing an audit of its safety procedures, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. A fire that took out a major air traffic control center near Chicago last month tangled the airways near the Windy City for days. “All of the facilities involved in this project have accomplished things they were never designed to do.”

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.2.17

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If you can’t make it to AMS Fest in Chicago next week , stay tuned for my reports. LMS provider WBT Systems describes the different psychological, environmental, and technical obstacles that stand between your members and your online learning programs. Presenters: Joy Brown,project manager, American College of Radiology. Wed/Thu June 7-8 – AMS Fest in Chicago. Location: Chicago IL.

A Few Odds and Ends

Idea Architects

Does Your Organization have an Effective Operating System? You probably do not think a lot about the operating system that makes everything possible on your computer, tablet, or smartphone other than when we are told it is time to do a periodic upgrade. Organizations also have operating systems that work in the background and enable daily activity. A quick post to share some insights and opportunities that may be of interest.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.24.17

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WBT Systems explains how learning pathways benefit your industry, association, and learners , and how to get started. When a technology project comes to a close, you want it to be done, over, finished, let’s move on. CST – Chapter Roundtable (Chicago). Location: Chicago IL. The weekly list of free educational events for the association community… CB Insights published one of the best explainer posts I’ve read about blockchain technology.

Instructional Design: The New Normal

Aaron Wolowiec

I was booked on a non-Delta flight with a brief stop in the Bermuda Triangle (otherwise known as Chicago). For some reason, my flights through Chicago are always delayed – or, in this case, canceled. An elective and a learning project. Fundamentally, it’s a systems approach to analyzing, designing, developing, implementing and evaluating any instructional experience. I fled this week from the blustery temperatures of Grand Rapids, MI to a warmer climate in Dallas, TX.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.6.19

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WBT Systems replies with an emphatic Yes. I can’t resist mentioning her latest project, even though she hasn’t asked me to do it: The Bold Community Workshop on Thursday, September 19. CDT – Partnership Professionals Network Idea Exchange (Chicago IL). Location: Chicago IL. CDT – Digital Transformation 2019: Now, Next Year and Beyond (ASAE Technology Section Council Roundtable – Chicago IL). Location: Chicago IL.

Aging Members Will Stick Around (& Keep Learning) Longer Than You Think

WBT Systems

Employees eligible for retirement at his firm either work part-time or on a per-project basis while drawing from their retirement fund. By 2024, 25 percent of the workforce is projected to be senior citizens. Jay Olshansky, a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In what capacity: full-time, part-time, consultant, contract, project-based, or freelance? Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65.

“The Beach Was too Sandy”—Happy Members Are a Nonnegotiable


But the members who use those systems will. Gartner also predicts that by 2020, 40 percent of all data analytics projects will relate to some aspect of customer experience. In 2005, Sherry founded.orgSource, a major technology and digital communications consulting firm that has served more than 100 associations and nonprofits in Chicago and beyond to ensure clients’ long-term success, relevancy, and growth. I’ve been thinking, writing and talking a lot about Association 4.0.

Lunchtime Links: These Hotels Go Beyond Wired Stays

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Some are getting flashy with their tech, like theWit Hotel Chicago: It has a 3D surface projection system that creates optical illusions in its rooftop bar. Some hotels are wired to offer a lot more than just WiFi these days. Check out some of the most high-tech hotels in the world. Also: Why your management strategy should resemble Frisbee. Remember when hotels didn’t even offer WiFi? It’s taken some years to catch up to guests’ tech requirements. Not anymore.

Deal in Congress Keeps FAA Funded, Expands TSA PreCheck Program

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Additionally, as the Chicago Tribune reports , TSA would be required to keep a PreCheck line open during heavy travel periods. Last month, the Dallas Morning News reported that A4A and some major airlines were critical of the slow progress being made on the reform of the air-traffic-control system. “In It is a reform issue in the way the FAA is funded and the way it can move projects out the door,” American Airlines Vice President Lorne Cass told the newspaper.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.12.19

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Inspired by the recent book from Rob Walker, The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday , WBT Systems shares several ways to shift from everyday thinking so you can notice emerging educational needs that other organizations overlook. CDT – Partnership Professionals Network Idea Exchange (Chicago IL). Location: Chicago IL.

Water Works Association Eyes Broader Lessons in Flint’s Water Crisis

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In an effort to save money, the cash-strapped city had decided to stop acquiring water from Detroit, instead planning to join a new project that would source water from a pipeline into Lake Huron. The situation, Kail added, helps bring to light larger issues facing the water-treatment world, particularly the need to replace aging lead-based pipes throughout water systems around the country.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.31.18

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In the latest post in their series about the different people involved in an LMS implementation on the vendor side, WBT Systems explains what their developers and quality assurance testers are doing behind the scenes to ensure an LMS meets the client association’s requirements and expectations. Undertaking an integration project without first understanding the typical costs, benefits, and steps is a risky endeavor. CST – Chapter Roundtable in Chicago IL. Location: Chicago IL.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.20.20

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As the new COVID-19 reality descended upon us, Lowell Aplebaum was in Chicago to facilitate a strategy session. WBT Systems points out a whole new set of emerging member needs , like the craving for connection and community—I think we can all agree with that.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.23.18

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WBT Systems outlines the criteria and process for sunsetting educational programs. Host: ASAE Learning Management System Community. Learn where to start with a redesign project. CST – Chapter Roundtable in Chicago IL. Location: Chicago IL. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Content is everywhere and a good deal of it is crap.

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Personal Relationships and Big Goals Keep AHE’s Sponsorship and Education Programs Healthy

Association Adviser

I ultimately ended up getting management jobs in fine dining and catering before becoming involved in the Taste of Chicago (TOC), which at the time was the second-largest outdoor food festival in the world, second only to Munich’s Oktoberfest. One is a train-the-trainer program and the other is a certificate of mastery with a capstone project. Patti Costello, M-CHEST, Association for the Healthcare Environment.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.26.17

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This good post from WBT Systems: how to help members develop a learning habit. Ginny Hamilton at The Enterprisers Project shares seven ways to free up money for IT innovation. Save the dates: Wed/Thu June 7-8 – AMS Fest in Chicago. Location: Chicago IL.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.13.18

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Last week, WBT Systems explained how to prepare a business case for a new LMS. Learn how to build a business case for moving in-person education online; what it takes to engage learners in an online environment; how to differentiate your organization through online learning; when to consider a custom platform that supports high-end learning experiences; and lessons learned in achieving internal buy-in, project momentum and organizational alignment. Location: Chicago IL.

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Transportation Group Hopes Annual List Guides Infrastructure Decisions

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ATRI analyzed GPS data from more than 600,000 heavy-duty trucks at 250 locations on the national highway system to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location. highway transportation system,” the report says. The Trump administration reportedly has identified about 50 priority infrastructure projects , including highway upgrades. Chicago; Louisville, Ky.;

Trade Association CEO Support: Productive Staff - The 3 Ts

Trade Association CEO Blog

Ask me for a quote on many projects like: Newsletter design, newsletter strategy, newsletter production, strategic planning, budgeting, evaluation of endorsed programs, governance structuring, bylaws, education programming, member database selection/conversion/optimization/training, discussion facilitation and more. Like most associations, mine has long had an elaborate database management system to handle our membership administration. Projects Unique to State Associations.

Coronavirus Updates for Association and Events Professionals – What You Need to Know


RESOURCE] COVID19 Tracker (source: The Atlantic) March 13, 2020 – The COVID Tracking Project collects information from 50 US states and the District of Columbia to provide the most comprehensive testing data we can collect for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. About this list.

Daily #COVID19 Updates for Association and Events Professionals – What You Need to Know


RESOURCE] COVID19 Tracker (source: The Atlantic) March 13, 2020 – The COVID Tracking Project collects information from 50 US states and the District of Columbia to provide the most comprehensive testing data we can collect for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.