Jackie Damrau, Editor – Each issue of Technical Communication includes a Book Reviews section covering the most relevant new books in the field. In this issue 30 new books are reviewed.
Lyn Gattis, Editor – Each issue of Technical Communication includes a Recent & Relevant section, which highlights and summarizes articles in related journals that may be of interest to technical communication professionals and scholars.
Yvonne Cleary – On the basis of an analysis of practitioner blogs, this article uncovers that the practitioners are not currently directing their actions or attention toward the traditional goals of professionalization, such as licensing and accreditation. However, many of the goals of professionalizing reflect concerns of practitioners.
Israel Light – This is a reprint of Light's 1961 article, published in the Journal of Chemical Documentation. It provides an early perspective on professionalization of technical communication. An introduction to this article, by Hallier and Malone, is presented in the same issue.
Saul Carliner – This article explores internal divisions within our profession by exploring one particular type of tension: that technical communicators do not have a unified view of professionalization for the field. It distinguishes between formal professionalism, quasiprofessionalization, and contraprofessionalization, and discusses their implications.
Joel Kline and Thomas Barker – To examine the elements of professional consciousness in technical Communication, this article develops a structured collaboration model based on Wenger's three dimensions for establishing a community of practice: joint enterprise, mutual engagement, and shared repertoire. Structured collaboration along the lines of community of practice can be used to encourage professional consciousness, which can lead to professional status.
Nancy W. Coppola – This guest editorial evaluates the state of professionalization of the field of technical communication. A third aspect of establishing professional identity is described: emerging technological, sociocultural, and political currents.
Patricia A. Hallier and Edward A. Malone – This article presents an introduction to Israel Light's article “Technical Writing and Professional Status,” published in 1961 in the Journal of Chemical Documentation. The article places current professionalization efforts into a historical perspective. Light's article is republished in this issue (see below).