New Dimensions

ASTC is committed to helping our members worldwide achieve their goals, by equipping individual professionals with essential skills, providing member institutions with valuable information and perspectives, and linking our members to one another.

With this mission in mind, we proudly launched the newly redesigned Dimensions magazine with our July/August 2011 issue. We hope you’ll find the new magazine to be even more relevant, readable, and attractive.

In January, we conducted a survey of Dimensions readers. You told us you wanted a greater focus on best practices and practical information. You’ll now find more of both within the magazine’s pages. You said you wanted additional guidance on addressing current issues. In the July/August edition, for example, we feature the topic of financial viability and how to navigate challenging times. You also asked for content that more fully represents science centers and museums of all sizes, staff at all levels, and local contexts around the world. To aid us in our constant effort to showcase the varied voices from our diverse membership, we’ve added several new departments:

  1. Viewpoints highlights readers’ responses to questions of interest to our field. These discussions continue on our website and Facebook page.
  2. What We Learned presents lessons learned from projects in exhibit development, education, finance, and/or operations.
  3. Q&A features interviews with intriguing people from all levels of science center and museum staff, as well as people in related fields.
  4. Inbox (letters to the editor) will appear beginning with our September/October 2011 issue. Please email us your thoughts on Dimensions articles or the new redesign (subject line: Inbox).

Keep an eye on the Dimensions webpage in the coming months as we add more content to support the magazine, including extended content for departments, online discussions, and an archive of back issues.

We are also exploring a new approach to distribution. Any paid staff member at an ASTC-member institution can now request a free subscription to either the print or electronic edition of Dimensions at myASTC. Please spread the word to your colleagues. (Nonmembers are welcome to subscribe to Dimensions; click here for more information.)

We hope you enjoy the new and improved Dimensions. We look forward to hearing from you.