Chemical Information Bulletin, Volume 49, Number 1, Spring 1997 Page: 1
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Message from the Chair
As I write this message it is blustery, cold and snowy. None of which I hope will be happening by the time you are
reading this just in time for the national ACS meeting in San Francisco. Composing these messages always
remind me of the (often and sometimes justifiably maligned) generic holiday greetings that are sent every year by
people wishing to update their friends, acquaintances and families on the accomplishments, glowing of course, and
happenstances of their particular family unit. These messages from the Chair often seem to serve in the same
capacity for I believe we as your Division's officers come to feel that we are a "familial group" and you are our
cherished friends, neighbors and acquaintances. So I trust you'll understand that the purpose of this letter and the
entire contents of the Bulletin is our effort to share with you what is going on in between the times we manage to
meet or speak individually.
Some observations I'd like to pass along to you:
At the end of this year I hope to be able to say that CINF's committee participation has been literally rejuvenated.
It has been pointed out that the Division has a graying population, a state which will present us many difficulties in
the future. So let's do something to reverse this trend now. My introduction to the Division was through more
senior colleagues in the workplace and my involvement through a CINF functionary who acted on my request to
participate in CINF functions. I would think many of you had similar experiences. With the changes (read
downsizing, lack of corporate support) in the work world, perhaps it isn't such a natural process any longer for
recruiting the "next generation". I strongly encourage each of you to make it a goal this year to identify and
involve a colleague. ACS appoints associate members to each committee to become familiarized with the functions
and activities. I suggest we begin to do the same. I'm certain I speak for the other CINF officers and functionaries
when I say I will make certain to find a role for anyone who wants to participate. (I think it's auspicious that as I
finish this paragraph, the skies have cleared and the sun has broken through the snow squalls).
The debut of Windows 97 today without the extravagant hoopla associated with the introduction of Windows 95
perhaps signals how commonplace the role of technology has become. We as information professionals are
probably most attuned to expecting and incorporating the new technologies that appear often before we've even
become familiar with the previous latest and greatest invention. I love using these new tools because they keep me
in touch with more people, more often and so incredibly easily. THANK GOD for email! and Fax machines! For
someone like me who works best with a deadline looming they're what keeps me from complete disaster. Email
must have been thought up by a parent who wanted to hear from the offspring away at school or work more often
than the SOS, "I need money" calls. And it certainly has been a boon in facilitating committee decisions and
communications. The coolest of the recent electronic communication media for me is the worldwide web. Check
out CINF's web page (see Andrea's article for particulars) if you need convincing.
I hope to see and chat with many of you at CINF functions this year. (Locations and times in the "Mark Your
Calendar" section for the San Francisco meeting,). Be sure to check out the San Francisco committee meeting
schedule, Saturday April 12, (a great opportunity to learn about the workings of the publications, membership,
education and program committees), make and renew acquaintances at the Welcome Reception, hosted by
Questel/Orbit, Sunday evening, April 13, and enjoy a convivial meal at the Division luncheon, Tuesday, April 15.
(Guess we'll have to get our taxes filed early this year!)
Carol A. Duane
CINF Chair 1997
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