FOOTNOTES April 2001
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Looking for the Preliminary Program Schedule?

Forget the mailbox! The best place to find information on the upcoming Annual Meeting, including the preliminary program schedule, is the ASA website (www.asanet.org). The complete daily schedule, including detailed session listings, will be at your fingertips no later than May 22.

In August 1999, Council approved moving to an electronic online format to replace the print edition of the preliminary program schedule. Last year, we experimented and asked for member comments. In response to member feedback, online search capabilities have been upgraded. It will be much easier to locate presentations by keyword, presenters from a specific institution, and types of sessions. As a result, the traditional Preliminary Program as a 176-page booklet crammed with small print is a thing of the past century. A streamlined burst of program highlights will be printed with the May/June issue of Footnotes, along with information on registration, housing, and special events.

Other internet innovations abound. This year, for the first time, ASA is creating an online papers database for abstracts and papers. Instead of a place-based “paper sales” at only the Annual Meeting, searchable abstracts will be available online and papers can be purchased via the internet.

Authors may also use the website to post or revise their abstracts, file their meeting papers, and order audio-visual equipment for their presentations. Online AV orders will open on May 1. Abstract and paper services will open around May 15.

Attendees may also reserve a hotel room and register for the Annual Meeting via the ASA website. Information on housing and registration opened online in April.

Members and departments without access to the internet may request a hard copy of the detailed program schedule. Contact: ASA Customer Service, 1307 New York Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005; phone (202) 383-9005, x389; fax (202) 638-0882; customer@asanet.org.