Maria Robertson 0000-00-00 00:00:00
<b>The Future Is Now</b> Those of you who have been longtime readers of <i>School Nutrition</i> should remember the “Y2K” coverage we ran in the January 1999 issue. It seems like a lifetime ago that we were collectively consumed by the attention and anxiety of what was thought to be an imminent, worldwide cyber crash. In the years since this anticlimactic non-disaster, we’ve only increased our fascination with technology, not to mention our reliance on it. It’s hard to imagine that a little more than a decade ago, we weren’t at all concerned about how Y2K would affect our smart phones, our iPads or our e-readers— because they didn’t exist! (At least, not in the user-friendly, ever-present, “gotta-have” formats we have available today.) I’m glad that there’s no current talk about an impending global “fail” of such systems, because it sure would put a damper on the news I’m pleased to announce to you this month. <i>School Nutrition</i> has gone digital. That’s right, starting with this month’s edition, in addition to the print magazine you receive in the mail at home or work, you will be able to access the complete issue—from cover to cover—on the web at SchoolNutrition.org. This additional service to members is being made available to you at no charge. Why digital? Because we can—and because we should. We know that you find School Nutrition one of the most valuable benefits of your SNA membership, and we want to ensure that it’s available to you in multiple formats to best meet your reading needs and preferences. And our new digital edition offers some fun new features. For example, a search function allows you to type in a key word or phrase—say, “low-sodium”—and instantly see a list of live links to every reference found throughout the issue, including advertisements. This could be helpful if you are trying to do a quick search for available products to meet certain nutrition specifications, as well as to find editorial content on a hot topic! Indeed, all the web links in the magazine will be live. Want to check out a research report mentioned in a NewsBites item? No need to carefully type out long web addresses filled with random letters and symbols; simply click and you are there. And if you want to bring an article or ad to the attention of a colleague or supervisor? Bypass the copy machine; you can turn to an easy e-mail function. At this time, the digital edition is available via web browsers; a mobile app is under consideration for the future. Each issue will be available to all visitors to SchoolNutrition.org for two months; after that time, SNA members will have exclusive access to the archives. Even if you are a die-hard print fan, I invite you to take some time this month to visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snmagazine and give the digital version of <i>School Nutrition</i> a test-drive.
Published by School Nutrition Association. View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://mydigimag.rrd.com/article/F%C4%B1rst+Word/937316/95372/article.html.