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Membership Directory - General Description

Carleton Graphics will provide your alumni or professional association with a finished directory in print, online, or on CD-ROM at the lowest possible manufacturing cost. We have developed the most attractive total service publishing system available within the industry for making custom directories, tailored to your needs. Our services include...

  • Working with your existing database, with minimal additional keyboarding on your part. We accept data in numerous formats, including...
     
    •   Access®
    •   Excel®
    •   FoxPro®
    •   Clipper® / Dbase® / Xbase
    •   Well-structured XML files
    •   Well-structured ASCII text files (CSV, Tab-delimited, Fixed-field-width, etc.)

  • Recommendations on how best to update existing membership files through questionnaire analysis and design.
     
  • Recommendations for the best merchandising methods which will be consistent and not conflict with your existing programs.
     
  • Efficient display of information in the finished directory providing the best utilization of available image area and trim size consistent with an aesthetically pleasing presentation.
     
  • Data purification procedures to insure an accurate and consistent presentation of available information in your membership directory.
     
  • Streamlined production process. We insure that the directory project does not become an administrative burden for you and your staff.
     

Carleton Graphics offers complete facilities for data analysis, data hygiene, questionnaire design, typesetting, production and distribution - all under one roof.
 


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A typical Carleton Graphics alumni directory will contain...

  • Customized introductory text section
     
  • Biographical section
     
  • Geographical section
     
  • Occupational section
     
  • Class year section
     


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A Word About Professional, Charitable, Avocational,
Corporate, and Other Membership Directories

A primary function of any organization is networking. Your members need to be able to find their fellow members, and having an up-to-date membership directory at their fingertips is vital. We can do that for you in print, on CD-ROM, and/or online.

Our data purification procedures will provide you with the most accurate and consistent presentation of your membership directory information.

We've found that many organizations have special needs that set them apart from all others. Do you have multiple records per member? Do you need to distinguish among different member types? Do you have different categories of members such that a single member may fit into multiple categories? Do you have a large number of members outside the United States? Do some of your members wish to advertise in your directory? Do you require both a printed directory and an online, Web-based directory? Do you use some proprietary database system from which it is difficult or impossible to export data? At Carleton Graphics we are prepared to meet your special needs, whatever they may be. Let us work with you to find the best solution to fit your requirements.


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A Word About Alumni Directories

Carleton Graphics has produced alumni directories for major universities, large and small colleges, and other learning institutions for more than 30 years. We can do it for you in print, on CD-ROM, and/or online.

Our data purification procedures will help to ensure that your directory is concise and accurate.

An alumni directory typically includes...

  • Introductory Section -- Text and pictures that precede the alumni listings. This typically will include a table of contents, a "How to Use" page, possibly a message from the school president and/or alumni association president, some photos, and other miscellaneous information.
     
  • Alphabetical Listing -- Alumni listed by name (Last, First) with maiden or name cross-reference. Includes address, phone, e-mail, class year, and major, degree, Greek, and/or school/campus as well as business contact information.
     
  • Class Year Listing -- Alumni listed by name within class year.
     
  • Geographical Listing -- Alumni listed alphabetically within cities alphabetically within state/province/country.
     
  • Occupational/Career Listing -- Alumni listed alphabetically within professional groups.


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Data Purification

Carleton Graphics utilizes a substantial number of proprietary computer techniques for data purification to create error free directory listings. The following is a partial list of these techniques:
  • Missing Data Report - informs you of missing information in files thought to be complete.
     
  • Geographical Analysis - standardizes city spellings, state abbreviations, and zip codes which insures consistency in information presentation.
     
  • Upper/Lower Case Conversion - If your files are stored in ALL CAPS on your system, we can convert the data to mixed case for enhanced legibility.
     
  • Global Search and Replace - Once data inconsistencies are identified, we can AUTOMATICALLY CORRECT them programmatically at no extra cost.
     


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Printed Membership Directory

Carleton Graphics has been printing high quality, affordable membership directories since the early 1970s, offering organizations like yours a broad range of formatting, paper, ink, and binding options. Do you need section dividers or bleed thumb tabs? Do you need ad placements or a special logo printed for some members? We can accommodate you.

Many organizations choose to offer directories in both hard bound and soft bound editions. Many organizations choose to complement their printed membership directories with CD-ROM and/or online editions. Others opt for just an electronic directory with no printed book. However you want to put your members in touch with each other, Carleton Graphics has the experience and expertise to meet your needs.

A typical Carleton Graphics membership directory in print will include the following sections:

  • Front Matter This can include any number of pages of text, photographs, illustrations, etc. Many organizations include a letter from their president, photos of their officers, etc.
     
  • Advertising Ads may be placed within or after the front matter, between sections, or between database pages.
     
  • Database Sections
     
    • Alphabetical (sorted by last name, first name)
    • Geographical (sorted by country/state/province, city, last name, first name)
    • Class Year (if an alumni directory)
    • Occupational (if an alumni directory)
    • Chapter (if for a professional association)
    • Company (if for a professional association)

Additional sections may be added as needed.


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CD-ROM Membership Directory

Carleton Graphics can publish your membership directory on a Windows or MacOS compatible multimedia CD-ROM. Your CD-ROM membership directory will include powerful, easy-to-use query software for quickly finding members. Additional data fields from your database that are not practical for a printed directory may be included on the CD-ROM version.

A typical membership directory on CD-ROM will include the following queries:

  • Quick Lookup (sorted by last name, first name)
  • Alphabetical (sorted by last name, first name)
  • Geographical (sorted by country/state/province, city, last name, first name)
  • Class Year (if an alumni directory)
  • Occupational (if an alumni directory)
  • Chapter (if for a professional association)
  • Company (if for a professional association)

Additional queries may be added as needed.

Sound, pictures, text, and video can also be a part of your CD-ROM membership directory. Imagine watching your association president deliver a personal video greeting to your members. If yours is an alumni association, imagine hearing your school's Alma Mater or Fight Song sung by the school Glee Club as you browse through the database or take a photographic tour of the campus. If yours is a professional association, imagine seeing a video of the keynote address from your most recent convention or conference.


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Online Membership Directory

Imagine your membership directory on the World Wide Web!

A typical online membership directory will include the following queries:

  • Quick Lookup (sorted by last name, first name)
  • Alphabetical (sorted by last name, first name)
  • Geographical (sorted by country/state/province, city, last name, first name)
  • Class Year (if an alumni directory)
  • Occupational (if an alumni directory)
  • Chapter (if for a professional association)
  • Company (if for a professional association)

Additional queries may be added as needed.

Your online membership directory will include a page for each member to update her/his record, subject to your revision and approval. Handy reports generated from this processing can help you update your own membership data.

The look-and-feel of your online directory will be tailored to match your organization's style. If you have an existing Web site, we will emulate your Web site's style and provide links back to it.

Unlike printed directories that are typically produced annually or biennially, an online directory can be updated at quarterly, monthly, or even weekly intervals thus assuring that your online membership directory is always up-to-date. Additional information can be included, e.g., member portraits and other photos, company logos and descriptions, etc. that may not always be practical for a printed directory due to the extra printing and shipping costs.


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How to Reach Us

Carleton Graphics
1251 North Eddy Street
Suite 202
South Bend, IN 46617-1478
U. S. A.

Phone: (800) 433-0090
Fax: (574) 243-6060
Email: Please use our Web form.


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