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Joseph Konstan <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 21 Sep 1999 18:10:29 -0500
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[NOTE TO EDITOR:  I DID NOT RECEIVE A COPY OF THIS MESSAGE SENT TO
CHI-ANNOUNCEMENTS ON SEPT. 14; IF IT HAS BEEN SENT ALREADY, PLEASE CONFIRM;
IF NOT, PLEASE RE-SEND OR REPLY -- JK]


Greetings.

I am writing to you as the new editor of SIGCHI Bulletin.  As many of you
know, Steven Pemberton has been "doing double-duty" as editor of both the
Bulletin and interactions.  The chair of SIGCHI convinced me that taking on
this role would help serve the SIGCHI membership and the HCI community.

So, having taken on that responsibility, I'm turning to you for ideas, for
feedback, and for help.

First, let me bring you up-to-date on the status and plans for the Bulletin.

        *  As most of you (I hope!) are aware, Bulletin production is behind

           schedule. SIGCHI has taken steps to get back on schedule quickly.
The
           first three issues for 1999 are being completed now, with
camera-ready
           copy soon to be sent to ACM for printing.  The October issue will
come
           out later this Fall, and we expect to be back on schedule for
Y2K.

        *  Two of my goals as editor are to increase the interactiveness of
the
           Bulletin, and to increase the coverage of content of interest to
SIGCHI
           members.  The first step towards interactiveness will be the
introduction
           of a "letters to the editor" forum starting in January 2000.  The
goal of this
           forum is to provide a way for SIGCHI  members to discuss current
issues
           and raise concerns without the overhead involved in writing a
full article.  I
           encourage you to send in such a letter either in reaction to
articles in
           the Bulletin or to raise new issues of public policy (regional or
global),
           issues relating to the HCI field in general, or other issues of
particular
           interest to SIGCHI members.

           I am also seeking additional contributing editors to expand
coverage of
           international issues, to keep SIGCHI members informed about non-
           SIGCHI conferences and events, and to expand content targeted at
           SIGCHI's student members.

        *  Both of these goals will take place in a changing environment.
The
           Bulletin is evolving as the web and searchability become
increasingly
           important and as SIGCHI has successfully spawned a set of
high-quality
           publications including  interactions.  The next year or two will
help define
           the content and delivery forms through which SIGCHI Bulletin can
best
           serve the SIGCHI membership.

           Some of these changes are straightforward and underway.  Already,
there
           are small changes to the web site and submission process.  Over
time, I
           will gradually update submission, editorial, and production
processes in
           an effort to speed up and simplify production, conserving
volunteer energy
           for finding and developing content.  These changes will come
slowly,
           allowing people to submit articles-in-process without  annoying
changes
           in format or requirements.

Now, it is your turn.  I want to hear from you.

        I want to hear how the Bulletin meets your needs, and how it falls
short.

        I want to hear what parts of the Bulletin you would change, and what
you
        would keep the same.

        I want to hear from all of you ... and yes, I'm ready to deal with
thousands of
        comments, and will be thrilled to receive them!

        And, of course, I want to hear from people who are able to volunteer
some of
        their time to make the Bulletin better.  Over the next few months, I
will be
        looking for additional people who can:

        *  contribute invididual articles
        *  write or edit columns
        *  serve as contributing and associate editors
        *  assist in the production process
        *  provide technical support for the web site (script-writing,
content enhancement)

Your first opportunity is now!  Articles and letters submitted by October 4
will be considered for the January Bulletin.

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I look forward to hearing from you!

JK
--
Joseph A. Konstan
Editor, SIGCHI Bulletin
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