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of the American Society for Information Science and Technology           Vol. 30, No. 5               June/July 2004

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Museum informatics, one major topic of our recent biological informatics coverage (Bulletin, 30 (1-2)), reappears as the focus of this issue with special emphasis on art and cultural heritage collections. Layna White of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is our guest editor and has put together an issue that makes me value my perk of having a sneak preview of the coming attractions. The articles discuss both the evolving job requirements for museum informatics professionals and the challenges facing museums in making decisions about allocating funding to digital resources and in implementing usable and useful information systems for public and staff. All of us, whether we work in museums or not, have a stake in these issues, and I hope you'll find them exciting reading,

This issue also has a "first" for us, at least while I have been editor. At the last meeting of the Advisory Board of the Bulletin, we decided to include a student member in our numbers on a standing basis. After consulting Sam Hastings, ASIS&T president, Heting Chu, the Chapter Assembly Representative, and Dick Hill (who is also publisher of the Bulletin as well as executive director of the Society), I decided to make selection of the student member a reward for winning Student Chapter-of-the-Year. I would leave the selection mechanism in the Chapter's hands.

Therefore, our first official student member, Lisa Nathan, comes from the University of Washington, where she is a doctoral student. Lisa has written a column that raises issues regarding information science students and our image of who they are that all of us will wish to consider in planning the expansion of the society.

On the IA side, Andrew Dillon reviews the state of this area as reflected in the 2004 IA Summit. Information architecture is certainly also a sub-theme of the special section, dealing as it does with such topics as the evolution of the role of Web masters in the museum environment. I also expect to include some coverage based on the Summit in the next issue of the Bulletin.

And finally, Sam Hastings says that she has forgone Spring Training this year to visit as many ASIS&T chapters as possible, a truly noble sacrifice. She reports the results of her travels in her President's Page.


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