East-West Center Foundation
3561-D Pinao St.
Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
Education, higher; Other
Innovative or improved ways of doing things; Creation of new ideas, products, or services; Local commitment to network-based activities
I am replying to the note in the Chronicle of Higher Education about stories of how e-mail networks have been of assistance. As a professional development officer for an institution of higher education, I have benefited through lists that deal with issues in fund raising. I have posted queries and found a wealth of information about the field available on various topics. For instance, I received a reference for a publication that lists grant deadlines from someone at Colorado College. I’d never heard of the publication, but it turned out to be exactly what I’d been looking for to circulate to our research staff. Also, I keep track of NSF publications through e-mail.
One of the great advantages of the network is its immediate access to people with information. I’m also a free-lance writer, so I use the network to subscribe to several lists on topics where I have an interest. I recently received excellent bibliographical information from two people which I might never have been able to track down on my own.
I would strongly urge the expansion of Internet, and also more readily available information. I still feel that I am not using the system to its fullest potential. This is one of the most powerful and useful communication tools in the world, and once you have been part of it, I can’t imagine ever being without it!
Deborah Hopkinson Development Director East-West Center Foundation