FOOTNOTES MARCH 2000
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The Beginning of a Virtual Community for ASA Members

ASA is pleased to announce the introduction of ASA Online Member Services on the ASA website. The ASA Member Area, accessible at www.asanet.org/memarea, provides the foundation for creating a "virtual community" for ASA members. At the present time, members have access to the following features:

  • Footnotes, full text online version of ASA newsletter

  • Online E-mail Directory of Members in searchable format

  • Online Directory of Sociology Departments

  • Online Directory of Aligned Associations, a comprehensive listing of regional, state, and aligned associations, with information on officers, key contact, and conventions/annual meetings

  • Member record verification and update form

    These online services provide accessible and useful information on sociologists, sociology departments, and the discipline. The Association's goal is to provide a home for a virtual community for sociologists. In conjunction with the 2000 Annual Meeting, web-based threaded discussion groups will be launched based on selected key topics from the meeting program. Depending on the participation and input from members, we hope that this platform will serve as a useful means to encourage intellectual exchange among sociologists and that the community spirit will extend beyond the face to face interaction at the Annual Meetings.

    We invite you to visit the Member Area (http://www.asanet.org/memarea) and to peruse the new features. To log onto the member secure area, please use your ASA member ID (without the leading zeroes) as your "User Name" and your last name as "Password." Your member ID is printed on your member ID card (included in your 2000 Membership Benefit packet). If you encounter any problems, please e-mail us at asanet@asanet.org. Finally, we welcome your input and suggestions to make the "virtual community for sociologists" a reality.

    See story on the on-line Preliminary Program.