| In addition to the budget discussions, management provided the Board with program developments since the spring meeting. Of foremost importance was discussing with the board AIP's refocused and strengthened mission to concentrate its publishing program on the journals of its five Member Society publishing partners and AIP's core journals. This refocus of AIP's publishing mission, endorsed by the Executive Committee and management last June, necessitates a significant change to AIP's current structure as we disengage from providing publishing services to more than 20 non-member societies. However, the strategic shift enables AIP to simplify its business model and concentrate its resources on a cohesive set of AIP and Member Society journals. In my view, this change has given the AIP Publishing Center its clearest and most defined mission since I have been associated with AIP, as a board member in the 1990s through my last four and a half years as the Executive Director.
There have been increased interactions between many board members and AIP management in the past months to reach crucial decisions and to plan for the future. Engagement on the analysis leading up to our refocused mission is a superb example of collaboration. Likewise, the ongoing effort to develop three-year business plans has been collaborative. The Publishing Center's plan is near completion, having started early in the summer with a joint Executive Committee–Publishing staff team. That planning process was very valuable and informed our effort to arrive at a three-year budget forecast for the Institute, rather than our usual single-year outlook. As these plans are very important to AIP, it is important to take the time needed to co-develop the plans with attentive input from both board members and staff.
More than half of last week's Executive Committee meeting and several hours of the subsequent Governing Board meeting were devoted to the topic of AIP governance. A board-formed task force is in place to review AIP governance, which may need to evolve to better serve the organization that AIP has become since its founding in 1931.
I thank everyone who helped prepare for last week's meetings, and I especially thank the members of our Governing Board for their time and efforts on behalf of AIP.
The AIP Digital Archive provides access to the complete backfiles—more than 250,000 articles—of AIP's eight wholly owned journals for the years 1930 to 1998. To complement this package, we also offer the AIP Digital Archive Supplement. When added to the AIP Digital Archive, the supplement completes a library's collection of AIP backfile content, with access to more than 50,000 additional articles from AIP Conference Proceedings, Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, and Low Temperature Physics. In 2012 AIP will fold the Digital Archive Supplement into the Digital Archive.
In addition, AIP offers the Physics Today (PT) Digital Archive, which contains articles from older than five years back to PT's first issue in 1948. To guarantee the integrity of the archive over time, AIP adds another year of content with each passing calendar year at no charge to archive subscribers.
|Back by popular demand is the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives (ESVA) calendar, in its second annual printing. The ESVA's 2012 calendar features a new set of historic images, featuring legendary figures whose contributions have helped to shape our community and our approach to studying the physical sciences today. With representation from each of AIP's Member Societies, the calendar images have a unique caption produced by the AIP Center for History of Physics. The calendar makes a great gift for the holidays. Grace your colleagues with a year's worth of images of world-renowned physicists at work and play, such as Homer Dodge ice skating with his wife, Betsy Anker-Johnson as a student attending the Swabian–Alemannic Fastnacht carnival, and Robert Williams Wood displaying a jar of fluorescing liquid. Calendars may be purchased through the Emelio Segrè Visual Archives. Please support ESVA by promoting the calendar to your colleagues.|
|note by Wolfgang Ketterle about Ramsey on the Physics Today's website. A formal obituary is currently being prepared for a future issue of the magazine.|
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