Chemical Information Bulletin, Volume 48, Number 1, January 1996 Page: 1
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The Division of Chemical Information seems to live at a crossroads. At our recent planning, program,
and executive meetings in Chicago, meeting participants spoke regularly and at length about the future
of CINF. Important issues included:
The financial health of the division (OK for now but could be much better),
Membership (characterized as "graying." Even though it's true, I did object to this characterization,
whenever it was brought up, on behalf of those of us who started turning gray in
our mid-20s (grin)),
Services to members (a review of member services indicates that CINF members receive good
value for their membership fee dollars, but are members getting the type and amount of
service they expect?), and
Attendance and participation at ACS National Meetings (both have room for improvement).
Traditionally CINF has drawn its membership from those individuals closely associated with the creation
and distribution of chemical information: Publishers, database producers, online vendors, academic
and special librarians, professional searchers, and other chemical information professionals. These
individuals form the core of our Division.
But what about our fellow chemists who use information? Shouldn't the users of chemical information
also be front-line participants in the Division of Chemical Information? Absolutely! Members of the
Program committee plan to increase cooperation with other ACS divisions and to take our members
(as speakers) and our program topics into the symposia of our sibling divisions. Please say, "Yes!"
when the members of the Program committee ask for your participation.
And please encourage all of your associates who use chemical information to join CINF and to participate
in the programs and activities of our Division. We need their ideas, their experience, their
concerns, and their vision of the future.
Mark your calendar! Tuesday, March 26, 1996, at the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans. Carol
A. Duane, Chairperson-Elect of our Division, Ruthann Bates, Past-Chairperson, and I are organizing a
symposium on "the Future of the Information Industry." We are in the process of inviting visionaries
from all parts of the information world, not just chemical information organizations, to participate.
We are asking them to share their thoughts what we can expect in the creation, distribution, and use of information,
at work and at home, in the near future and perhaps longer out (say the next five years or so). Should
be an interesting day. (And the Division luncheon, scheduled for that same day, will be wonderful too!)
Another important calendar item! The dates are July 14-18, 1996. The place is the College of Charleston,
Charleston, South Carolina. The event is the second National Chemical Information Symposium.
NCIS 96 will be THE place to be in July if you are associated in any way with chemical information.
Presentations from leaders in our field, hands-on workshops, informal special interest group meetings,
and poster sessions are scheduled throughout the meeting. Accommodations at the college are affordable,
which may be important considering recent trends in budgets. Charleston also is a great
place for a family vacation.
One more set of dates! August 25-29, 1996. The 212th National Meeting in Orlando, Florida. How
can you NOT want to come to this meeting? OK, so here's the plan. All of us will give a poster at
the meeting so we will have a really good reason to attend. Each of you has done something in the
past 18 months or so that was pretty good, maybe even really outstanding. And we need you to
share it with the rest of us! All kidding about Orlando aside, we need to have more opportunities to
share our successes, star performances, and "best practices." Formal training classes are good for
beginners, but the really good tips come from the experiences of people who spend each day up to
their proverbial eyebrows in chemical information. Usually, most of us would be reluctant to share
these tips, techniques, or success stories in a formal ACS paper. But a poster session is the ideal
way to share your experiences with your peers, and we are going to have one... in Orlando! (Details
David S. Saari, Ph.D.
Wednesday, October 18, 1995
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