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The Linguist 55,5

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32 The Linguist Vol/55 No/5 2016 INSTITUTE MATTERS Involving members DIANA SINGUREANU REPORTS ON TWO FASCINATING SEMINARS AT THE INTERPRETING DIVISION AGM October SPANISH SOCIETY AGM & PLANNING Saturday 1 October St George's Parish Hall, 12.30pm Over pre-lunch drinks, members will begin to plan the events calendar for 2016-17. Contact the society to attend. November TRANSLATORS' WORKSHOP Saturday 5 November SORAT Hotel Ambassador, Berlin Speakers include Christin Dallmann on SP GER DIVISIONS & SOCIETIES The Interpreting Division held its AGM on 18 June, preceded by two seminars and a networking lunch. The first speaker was the new Chair of Council, Karen Stokes, a CIOL member since 2001, who "wanted to make a difference from the very beginning". As Chair, she believes it is crucial to speak to members. Urging attendees to get more closely involved, she explained that Council works as a representative democracy with a three- year strategic plan. At the moment, CIOL engages with members using various means of communication, including The Linguist, the AGM, Members' Day, social media and the website. Some of the most important goals are for CIOL to become more visible, increase membership and ensure that Council achieves a more diverse and balanced demographic. The second seminar was given by Alexander Drechsel, who delivered a fantastic hands-on session on how interpreters can maximize the use of tablets and smartphones. He spoke about some of the built-in features of the iPhone and iPad, such as help with instant translation. He also emphasised the issue of security and confidentiality when using iCloud, pointing out that data saved on iCloud and Dropbox is stored on another computer (on a server farm) and that we must be careful when storing sensitive data. Nevertheless, information shared via Dropbox is more secure than an email attachment, which would be transmitted via various servers. He moved on to the security aspects of this and other remote storage systems, including NAS (network attached storage), which can be plugged into one's computer, providing vast storage space safely and accessible through the internet. We were surprised to learn that, ideally, digital information should be held in three places for safest "back up". The formal part of the AGM was held after lunch, and I was elected to the Management Committee for 2016/17, along with Gabriela Bocanete, Maria-Teresa Grau, Christine Pocock and Marta Stelmaszak. It was with great sadness that we said farewell to Jan Kern, who stepped down after many years of service to the division, including more than 20 years as Hon Treasurer. At a post-AGM committee meeting, it was confirmed that the division will also benefit from the support of Trevor Adcock, Galyna Bland and Michael Wells as co-optees. KEY DIVISIONS Business, Professions & Government: Interpreting: Translating: SOCIETIES Cambridge: German: Hong Kong: Lincolnshire: London: Midlands North West: Scottish: Spanish: BPG TD CAM GER LINC MID SCOT LON SP HK ID 'Arbitration'; Ilse Freiburg on 'Internationale Befragungen – die Kunst, weltweit die richtigen Fragen richtig zu stellen'; Alexandra Jones FCIL on translating poetry; and Isabelle Thormann MCIL CL on her most spectacular court cases. €55-€65pp. For details email Jadwiga Bobrowska at SORAT Hotel Ambassador, Bayreuther Strasse 42-43. NETWORKING LUNCH WITH TALK Saturday 19 November Wig & Mitre, Lincoln, 12-4pm Lady Brigitte Peach MCIL will talk about 'The Challenges of Teaching Foreign Languages'. Brigitte has run her own language agency for the last nine years. To attend, call Candia Hillier on 01522 526695 by 12 November. 30 Steep Hill, LN2 1TL. AGM AND TALK Saturday 19 November Holiday Inn, West Nile Street, Glasgow, 12.15pm An optional lunch is followed, at 2pm, by a talk on 'Multilingual Democracies: How do they work?' by Dr Katerina LINC SCOT The newly formed Midlands Network held its inaugural meeting in Birmingham in April. Chaired by Michelle Doherty, one of the network's founding members, it was attended by CIOL Head of Membership Jane Galbraith, and around 20 members. Contact to get involved. MIDLANDS NETWORK LAUNCH NW MEMBERS' DAY Karen Stokes (4th left) talked about encouraging member participation

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