The promotion of a staff person to fill a new position approved by the Executive Board in June is the first step toward creating stimulating new online features and programs to increase the usefulness and appeal of JAVMA and the American Journal of Veterinary Research for AVMA members, especially recent graduates, and others interested in the veterinary profession.
On Oct. 3, Dr. Althea A. Jones moved into the Publication Division's newly created position of online professional services editor, leaving the AVMA Information Technology Division (formerly the Centers for Information Management). Since December 2000, she has been AVMA online managing editor in the IT Division.
In her new role, Dr. Jones will translate into various online formats much of what is published in the Veterinary Medicine Today and Scientific Reports sections of the JAVMA as well as articles published in the AJVR. Working with the Publications Division's online journal content provider, for example, she will create virtual journals of articles on single topics, such as all the Zoonosis Update pieces.
To further engage readers, Dr. Jones will explore features and programs ranging from opinion polls and self-study exercises to continuing education offerings for veterinarians and roundtable discussions on professional topics.
"Dr. Jones' knowledge of the AVMA's print and online scientific journals as well as our Association and the veterinary profession makes her ideal for this pivotal new position," Dr. Audin said.
"Our audiences can expect exciting developments from the complementary efforts of Dr. Jones and our production staff as they leverage leading print and electronic technologies. Readers and viewers will reap the benefits of even more format choices than I imagined possible when I articulated this vision on becoming editor-in-chief."
As online managing editor for the past six years, Dr. Jones has increased the value of the AVMA Web site as a membership service and public resource by making the site more dynamic, useful, and navigable. Always guided by members' needs, she gave direction to the online content and services, leading a site redesign effort that brought the breadth of AVMA resources to the fingertips of Web site visitors. Dr. Jones also coordinated the interface of the online AVMA scientific journals with the AVMA Web site in 2001.
Dr. Jones brought to the AVMA her experience as Internet services manager for Veterinary Learning Systems and as a clinical practitioner in Maine and Ohio. Before earning her DVM degree from The Ohio State University, she worked at Apple Computer Inc. for seven years.