IPEd Notes

News from the Institute of Professional Editors Limited
January-February 2012

The IPEd Council met once during the period covered by these notes, on 5 February. The meeting was by teleconference.

Revision of ASEP
While the Christmas-New Year period might have been a quiet time for many of us, it was not so for Queensland's Kerry Davies AE, who was busy planning for and subsequently facilitating the workshops to consider the revision of the Australian Standards for Editing Practice that were held by the SA, Tasmanian, Victorian, WA and NSW societies (in that order) in the weeks beginning 12 and 19 February. The Queensland society held its workshop during December last. Kerry and a member of each state society will continue to be busy for some time collating and reporting on the outcomes of the workshops, to finalise a draft revised set of standards. The IPEd Council extends its thanks to all who participated in the workshops and contributed to this essential professional activity.

2012 Exam and Team
Ongoing busyness is also the experience of IPEd's Accreditation Board, which has tentatively set 13 October 2012 as the date for IPEd's fourth accreditation exam. The Exam Lead Writer has been appointed and, following a call for volunteers made to all accredited editors, there is now a team of 10 IPEd Assessors who will work with the Lead Writer to develop the exam paper.

IPEd is delighted to announce that Emeritus Professor Roland (Roly) Sussex OAM has accepted the Council's invitation to become a Patron of the Institute. Professor Sussex is an emeritus professor of Applied Language Studies at the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies of the University of Queensland.

The Council was attracted to Professor Sussex by his strong interest in the day-to-day use and evolution of language. He contributes to talkback programs on language and linguistics on ABC Radio in Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory, and writes a weekly column, 'Wordlimit', for the Brisbane Courier-Mail. Chairman of the State Library of Queensland and President of Alliance Fran├žaise de Brisbane are among Professor Sussex's other current positions.

We are looking forward to Professor Sussex's engagement in IPEd activities.

New Policies
The IPEd Council recently drafted a new Policy on Communication and Information Dissemination and revised its Policy and Procedures on Costs of Meetings and IPEd-sponsored Events. Both can be read on the members-only area of the website. Currently being drafted is a new Policy on IPEd use of Information about Society of Editors Members. The development of this was initially stimulated by Council's desire to overcome the reticence of some societies to provide contact details that would streamline the procedure for giving their members access to the privileged information on the IPEd website. It has since evolved into a more general privacy policy. The draft policy has been sent to society committees for comment, and the view of the Arts Law Society of Australia on its content is also being sought.

As foreshadowed in the last IPEd Notes for 2011, we can now report that formal notification has been received from the UK Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) that IPEd AEs and DEs who apply for membership will be accorded automatic acceptance as 'ordinary members', and that IPEd certification will count towards becoming an 'advanced member' of the society. Details of membership requirements can be found on the society's website (www.sfep.org.uk). One IPEd Accredited Editor has already been accepted for advanced membership of SfEP.

Ed Highley