Technical Operations Officer, Hansard Services, Legislative Assembly of BC
The key parts of the job are tech support for the editors and publication of transcripts in In Design and XML for print and Web.
Under the direction of the Publishing Supervisor, the Technical Operations Officer prepares the official report of the debates of the Legislative Assembly and related proceedings for publication. The Technical Operations Officer supports the achievement of production goals in a deadline-driven environment and provides first- and second-tier technical support to Hansard Services through consultation with users to understand, resolve or escalate incidents according to established protocols. The Officer initiates and supports systems-related projects and serves as a Hansard Services webmaster. The Officer also provides technical training and systems documentation and supports technical skills assessments for recruitment initiatives.
July 7-August 22, 2014; $11 per hour; 30 hours per week.
Applicants should send cover letters and resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 16th
The New Quarterly is an award-winning Canadian literary journal published out of St. Jerome’s University. The student hired will serve as an assistant to The New Quarterly’s Managing Editor.
Work includes daily administrative tasks, including, but not limited to:
Tracking submissions & contest entries; correspondence with writers re acceptance and contracts.
Subscription management and customer service
Support towards the magazine’s events, website and social media maintenance (including writing occasional blog posts), as well as assisting in preparation for the Wild Writers Literary Festival
Support towards marketing and donations campaigns.
The student will receive training to conduct a marketing initiative.
excellent customer service and problem solving skills
excellent organizational skills, attention to detail
the ability to take initiative and work independently
excellent communications skills both written an oral
ability to work well with others in a small and often busy space
familiarity with MS Office programs
Eligible Student Participants (from Service Canada Guidelines)
To be eligible to participate in the CSJ initiative, individuals must:
Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
Have been registers as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
Be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.
Coach House Books is an independent literary press in Toronto. We publish fiction, poetry, drama and some nonfiction, and we print all our books in house. Our four-person ship is one crew member short; we’re looking for an enthusiastic quartermaster to come aboard!
When I was younger, and keen as hell about XML as the solution to everything, and working on my PhD, I wrote a bibliographic reference management system. This was circa 2002 or so, and I badly needed to procrastinate from working on my dissertation. There’s nothing like being productive on another project to make you feel good about putting something off. At the time, I was juggling a couple of hundred references, plus notes. I looked at the available options at the time (EndNote, RefWorks) and was not impressed with them, or any off-the-shelf reference manager. So I wrote my own. I looked at how some of the other systems worked, and made one that was ‘better.’
Over at Digital Pathways: Creating Digital Fiction with Kate Pullinger, I wrote a long-ish blog post on the experience of digital reading, and how we (publishing people) tend to underplay the experiential aspects of reading while we pursue the shorter-term advances of “digital” publishing. I end by appealing to publishers to look to writers and creative people to carve out new genres and new reading experiences, rather than just putting the old ones in digital containers. The post is here:
On May 7th, John MacFarlane released Pandoc v1.12.4 – a significant update that includes many enhancements across the wide range of its reader and writer modules. For publishers, the key enhancement is the integration of a writer module for Adobe’s ICML. This allows Pandoc to effectively export to Adobe InDesign.
Pandoc is a free, multi-purpose document conversion toolkit with an extensible design and some very sophisticated features. It presents itself most straightforwardly as a markdown engine: it reads text files prepared in markdown format and converts them to HTML. But Pandoc can do much, much more than that. It reads and parses no less than 10 different structured formats, and can then output to about 35 formats. It does so by parsing to a neat internal format, then re-generating outputs as needed.
Its useful outputs include HTML and HTML5, EPUB and EPUB3, ODT and DOCX, LaTeX, DocBook XML, and several HTML-based slideslow formats. As of v1.12.4, it can also output ICML, which is the open file format for Adobe’s InCopy software, which is directly usable in Adobe InDesign. If you look at that list, you’ll see that Pandoc can form the basis of a single-source publishing workflow: a single editorial file can instantly go to print/PDF, ebook, and web outputs.
Beyond file conversion, Pandoc has numerous well-thought out features for managing document metadata, citations and bibliographies, footnotes (possibly the nicest footnoting system ever), math and equation support, images, and page templates. See the Pandoc user guide for details.
If you’re producing books, stories, journals, articles that are primarily text-driven, and you’re managing multiple tools and processes to produce digital and print editions, you really need to take a good look at Pandoc. It makes most document preparation, conversion, and production tasks trivially easy, so you can spend your time on writing, design, and reach instead.