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of the American Society for Information Science and Technology       Vol. 30, No. 6      August/September  2004

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This issue of the Bulletin is one in which we forgo a theme in order to present a wider variety of articles than is possible when the majority of our space is devoted to a single topic. In addition to two feature articles, we have two panel/conference reports and two personal accounts by members (who recently received major recognition from the Society) of their professional experiences generally and the effect of ASIS&T on their careers. Finally, ASIS&T President Sam Hastings brings us up-to-date on the plans for the 2004 Annual Meeting in Providence, RI, and we conclude with a double helping of "What's New?" which we were unable to include in our last issue.

In our lead feature article, Lee Strickland continues his examination of information and security issues in a timely review of the problems besetting the intelligence community. Our second feature could be thought to represent a third conference report since it is based on the author's presentation at the IA Summit in Austin in February. Howard Williams discusses the future of online news as a genre, including what is known about news readers and how new technology might better address their habits and requirements while conveying more information than our present formats. In a loosely related piece, the first of two meeting reviews in this issue looks at another session on the news. Here, Bob Garber reports on a panel sponsored by the Atlantic Monthly on the future of science journalism, which, by contrast, seems to have focused almost entirely on its content and mission and not on any technological impact.

The second meeting review is a look at the DASER (Digital Archives for Science and Engineering Resources) Summit. Held at MIT last November, this meeting was sponsored by the New England Chapter of ASIS&T (NEASIS&T), SIG/STI (Science and Technology Information), the ASIS&T Student Chapter at Simmons College and other organizations. Another DASER Summit has been scheduled for next spring in College Park, Maryland, so stay tuned. Michael Leach of the Harvard University Libraries and Beatrice Pulliam (then a student in the Simmons GSLIS) report.

We also have in this issue a section I have labeled "Our Members," which provides greater recognition of member achievements and contributions. For several years we have asked the winners of the ASIST&T Research Award to write something for the Bulletin, and last year's winner, Peter Ingwersen, has taken time to provide an account of his development as a scientist and of his research interests and their motivations. In addition, in this issue we hear from Amy Wallace, winner of last year's James M. Cretsos Leadership Award, which goes to a new(er) member showing outstanding leadership potential. Amy, a member of the Los Angeles Chapter, describes how and why she became involved in the chapter's activities and the effect of this involvement on her career.

Finally, on the topic of meetings, it is time to start making plans for Providence. Sam Hastings, in her President's Page, gives us motivation to get there, both for the subject content of the meeting and for the possible demonstrations of such exciting membership benefits as the ASIS&T Digital Library and the revised ASIS&T website.

Andy Dillon is on vacation. His IA Column will back in the next issue.

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