Staying Up to Date I am responding to the reader (“Staying Up to Date,” May 17, 2011) who criticized my letter asking that ASHA consider providing journal format options (“Journals, Graduate Study,” April 5, 2011). She misunderstood my letter to mean that I am not reading journal articles or keeping informed because I do ... Inbox
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Staying Up to Date
The ASHA Leader, September 2011, Vol. 16, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN.16112011.2
The ASHA Leader, September 2011, Vol. 16, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN.16112011.2
I am responding to the reader (“Staying Up to Date,” May 17, 2011) who criticized my letter asking that ASHA consider providing journal format options (“Journals, Graduate Study,” April 5, 2011). She misunderstood my letter to mean that I am not reading journal articles or keeping informed because I do not visit the ASHA journals’ website when I have a free minute at work or home.
I do read and keep informed. I used to read nearly every article over a period of time and, because it was in print, I could reference it for a later date. I can read print articles during lunch and long drives. I am a school-based speech-language pathologist and coach a speech team after school and on weekends. Having a computer in front of me is not always an option. A printed journal can be taken anywhere.
Once online, I am distracted by the billing, progress-monitoring, IEP-writing, and other computer-associated activities. When a journal is on my desk or nearby table, I can peruse it comfortably at a pace that allows me to digest and apply the information to my caseload. The same may be true of a format for Kindle, e-Book or iPad. My e-mail is registered with ASHA and I look over the articles when the e-mail arrives. I bookmark the journal, but looking up articles isn’t as convenient as having the journal on my desk. I never meant to imply that I am not staying up to date.
Susan HaseleyFindlay, Ohio
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