President's Newsletter 
Volume 13 - Number 2 - November 2000

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Information Gathering

System Dynamics Society Bibliography Update: The Society is continuing the effort to update our bibliography. In order to make the bibliography as comprehensive as possible, we are asking you for help in compiling a retrospective reference list. Journal articles, monographs and dissertation bibliographic references are needed. All of the articles and related bibliographic references from the System Dynamics Review, Society Conference Proceedings, the System Dynamics Society Newsletter and the Systems Thinker are already included in the bibliography and do not need to be submitted.

If you are an author or editor, send your publication list so we can check our current database for completeness. If you are the head of a firm, academic department or other organization, please send the organization's publication list, including all dissertations and published research reports. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Society office. All bibliographical formats will be accepted; electronic submissions are preferred. The preferred language is English, but all titles will be included if they deal specifically with the fields of system dynamics and systems thinking. Transliterations of titles not in English would be appreciated. Please include the name, address, and email address of a contact person in case of questions. Please send your submissions to the Society .

JOURNAL ARTICLES should include at least the author(s)' full name, the title, year, journal title, volume, issue number, starting and ending pages and keywords that are not included in the title. Other useful information would include an abstract and the journal's ISSN.

MONOGRAPHS should include the author(s)' full name, the title, year, edition number, city of publication, publisher, number of pages, number of volumes, keywords and ISSN.

REPORTS, working papers and the like should include the same information as for a monograph, plus the name of the agency or firm responsible and any report ID number. 

CHAPTERS should include the same information as for a monograph, as well as the chapter title, author/editor, and starting and ending pages.

DISSERTATIONS: include the author(s)' full name, year, title, university, number of pages, type of theses (MS, PhD, etc.).

On the Society website is the page "Where Can I Study System Dynamics?" It can be reached at: If you are teaching using system dynamics, and your course description is not here or needs to be updated, please send in your information as requested on the site. We would especially like to link to your local home page so be sure to include the web address. We hope this page will give interested students some idea of where the field of system dynamics can be studied around the world at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Locations around the world are divided into the following geographic regions: Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, North America, and South America.

A request for updated contact information was mailed to our membership in early October. The Membership Directory is in the process of being updated. If you have not already replied to the request for updated information, please contact the Society office as soon as possible so that your most current information can be recorded. A hard copy of the membership directory will be mailed in late December or January 2001.

From Jack Pugh, Webmaster I am gathering our far-flung web into one place in Albany. Nan Lux is retiring after years of maintaining at MIT the web of courses in System Dynamics. Our thanks to her for a job well done. Also, I have moved the Policy Council site at Worcester to Albany. Mike Radzicki has done a tremendous job of pulling together, into one site, materials that have been generated over many years. Our institutional memory is now on our web. I am also negotiating with a firm to provide online updating of our membership list and perhaps renewal of our memberships online. There are four areas where I would like the help of members of the Society: 

My goal is to make the site a source of useful information about system dynamics for the novice in addition to serving our members well.

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Roberta L. Spencer, Executive Director
System Dynamics Society
Milne 300 - Rockefeller College
University at Albany – SUNY
Albany, New York 12222 USA
Phone: (518) 442-3865     Fax: (518) 442-3398

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