We Are Interested in Your Input

Sep 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 11-1: 10th Anniversary Issue
By Marjane Ambler

With this issue of Tribal College Journal, we embark upon our 11th year of publication. A list of themes for the past 40 issues is printed on the inside back dust jacket of this issue. To celebrate our anniversary, we are planning to put all of our 40 back issues onto a CD, which will be available along with a subject index. We are also in the process of updating our website <www.tribalcollegejournal.org>

However, we are not ready to abandon our paper publication to become an electronic journal. For now, most readers prefer toting a journal with them to their favorite bay window seats or on the subways. In addition, dozens of individuals, libraries, and agencies have ordered full sets of back issues in the print version.

What about you? We are interested in your input about whether you would prefer eventually to read the journal exclusively online or to continue receiving a print publication. Please respond to this and the other questions in the readers’ survey in this issue.

This is our third readers’ survey. While some of the questions might seem personal and irrelevant, we utilize those answers to describe the demographics of our readers. The advertisers who help support this publication request such information from us. You decide whether you want to participate in that section of the survey.

We editors and writers often envy teachers. A teacher delivering a lecture gets immediate feedback about his or her effectiveness. Students fall asleep, look dazed and confused, or—if they’re lucky—squirm with excitement for stimulating new ideas. On the other hand, writers for magazines or newspapers often feel they are throwing their words into a black hole; we don’t know whether we are putting you to sleep or stimulating you with new information. After publishing a survey, we stand by the mail bag eagerly to see your response, and we listen. Your suggestions on past surveys have helped shape our editorial calendar; your comments have resulted in more photos and more profiles of students, faculty, and alumni.

Looking forward to the next 10 years, we foresee many possibilities for the journal on the electronic frontier. The website can provide us with the direct reader contact we long for, and one day we may offer interactive contact between the authors and the readers. We will continue to experiment with publishing our resource guides on our website, possibly with electronic links to other resources. An electronic study guide could be used by teachers to utilize the journal better in the classroom. Instead of still photographs, we may one day offer video clips of the colleges and students.

Those decisions will depend upon the needs of our colleges and our readers, the priorities of our board of directors, and the availability of resources. You can help us take the first step by filling in the reader survey.


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