Free Tour of the Revamped TSA Website with Board Member and Director of External Relations, Wendy Weiss
TSA offers tours to fascinating destinations. Here is one you can take right at your desktop. Visit the TSA home page at https://textilesocietyofamerica.org/ to start your journey. Select from exciting destinations. Notice that when you click on a photo or a button you arrive at program details. Often a panel will appear on the side with additional links to related events to the one you selected. If you get lost, just remember, there is no place like home, and the easiest way to get there is to click on the Textile Society of America logo in the upper left corner.
The biennial symposium is one of the most important features of the organization. If you want to access the program for the most recent symposium, simply go to SYMPOSIA, select Los Angeles 2014, and on the left side of the screen you will find links to the entire event. Even the abstracts are readily available through a downloadable PDF or simply click on the Program button and you will find links to each session and abstract. Explore the archives link to access proceedings from previous symposia.
TSA recently launched Textiles Close Up (TCU), a series of programs in North America that provide “opportunities to examine textiles in leading museum and private collections, guided by renowned experts.” Learn about TCUs as well as past multi-day “study tours” and “awards and scholarships” in the tab called OUR PROGRAMS along the top right of the page. When you click on NEWS, you will discover two new features: in addition to our long-standing newsletter, we now produce a “blog” and “e-news”. The blog is member driven and any member can submit a story. Use the “contact us” button at the top of the page or send an email to email@example.com for guidelines. Members are automatically subscribed to e-news. Non-members are also welcome to subscribe for timely TSA announcements. To help TSA broaden our reach, you can invite others to receive the e-news. At present it goes out to over 2,000 readers.
When you visit the “opportunities” page, located under the COMMUNITY button, you will discover plentiful listings of upcoming events and deadlines for activities that will be of interest to our diverse membership. The “resource” section will take you to links to external resources and the “events” section lists programs from the textiles community at large. Anyone can submit content to these pages by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or using the online sub- mission form.
The MEMBERSHIP button allows you to manage your membership and view the searchable membership roster. Log in with your pass- word and lots of information is available to you, an important membership perk. Looking for colleagues that share your interest in dyes, or Indonesian textiles or non-woven methods, tools and equipment? Just type in your search and you can get a list of members’ contact details. Take a moment to login and update your online profile so that others can find you in their searches.
The new web page is well worth an armchair tour and periodic revisits to see what updates have been posted. Take time to see how much our organization has evolved and bring a friend along for the ride. Most importantly, remember to submit your content, whether news, articles, events, or resources!
And you can always help support TSA with a quick click on the “Contribute” tab at the top right of the homepage.