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A Publication Featuring The Information Services Technology of Maine State Government
|Volume VII, Issue 5||May 2004|
By Mary N. Cloutier, Editor
|Today the MIST – Maine IS Technology Newsletter is read
on paper, and on-line by approximately 3,000 people each month. The MIST didn’t
just appear – it has evolved over time. Its first ancestor, the "OIS/BDP"
newsletter was published in August of 1988! Back then the Office of Information
Services (OIS) had a Bureau of Data Processing (BDP). That first issue had a
biography section (Bill Meehan), welcomed newly hired employees (Delores Crocker
and Glenda Winn) and provided information on available training courses (on
Lotus 1-2-3 and Microsoft Word etc.). Today, the MIST still includes this type
of news - and much more. Initially the OIS newsletter was 4 pages; over the
years the MIST has doubled to 8 pages.
The focus has expanded as well. Today I try to publish a mix of technology related articles from agencies throughout Maine state government. I am also interested in publishing articles regarding county and local governments’ use of technology, and their interactions with State government. The MIST editorial board also has expanded. For example, Colleen Gesualdo of Maine Department of Transportation often works with her colleagues to develop articles for publication in the MIST. Finding interesting topics is one of my greatest challenges. If you would like to contribute – as a board member, freelance reporter, or article solicitor, please let me know. We welcome input from all state agencies today.
Lastly, I attempt to vary the articles in terms of content - e.g. narrowly focused "tech talk" articles ... to "end-user" (those expecting technology to assist them perform their jobs) articles, ... to general information articles, ... to current events articles. Which brings me to my question …
"How am I doing?"
Please take a few minutes to e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your reflections on the following questions. Feel free to offer additional comments and suggestions. I appreciate your taking the time to tell me, "how I’m doing" ... and will strive to incorporate your ideas into future issues.
I’ll look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks.