Chemical Information Bulletin, Volume 43, Number 1, Spring 1991 Page: 1
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I thought back to my first interaction with the Division of Chemical Information, in the "good old days"
of the late 1960's when I was a new college graduate presenting my first contributed paper at an ACS
meeting. I do not think I knew a single individual in the audience that morning, but from that symposium
and other CINF activities at the meeting, the strength and coherence of the Division was
evident. Yes, those were the good old days when the Division's officers, committee chairmen, and
members were laying the foundations and establishing the precedents which CINF has since followed.
But if those were the good old days, perhaps for the Division now it is the greatest of times. The
officers, chairmen, and members of today are still dedicated to the profession of chemical information
and to the Division. It does not take long to realize how much CINF has grown, matured, and expanded.
It has been dynamic enough to maintain relevance in the ever-changing world of chemical
information. From the days of punched cards and manual literature searches, to the multitasking
personal computers and the international networks of today, the Division of Chemical Information has
satisfied the diverse needs of those individuals involved with the many facets of chemical information.
We only have to think of the activities of the Division of Chemical Information to realize its diversity
and strength. There are the "established" traditions which continue to grow. These include such
things as oversight of the Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences, the presentation
of the Herman Skolnik Award, and the Tri-Society Symposia. There are the other new divisions which
began as subdivisions under CINF, and there are the secretariats we helped to found. There are also,
however, the more recently initiated activities such as the International Conference on Chemical Information,
the Student Scholarships, the computer searching modules, the members' newsletter, and the
Sunday night receptions, to name just a few. And because of the dedication of the members and the
evolution of the field of chemical information, this repertoire of activities will continue to increase.
I am sure that the division will also continue to be responsive to the dynamic changes occurring in
chemistry and in the practices of chemical information. There are, of course, the monumental advances
in computer hardware and software which directly impact how we do our jobs. There are issues
involved with recently passed environmental laws and occupational safety regulations. There are controversial
topics such as copyright of software and databases and intellectual property rights. With
the projected shortage of scientists early in the next century and the need for better teaching methods
for the sciences in elementary and high schools, there is a greater need that ever to articulate the
many activities chemical information specialists perform. Through excellent programming at national
and regional meetings, publications including the Bulletin and the Newsletter, and other Division activities,
members are kept informed on the latest developments in all these areas.
If you have other suggestions or new ideas, we want to hear from you. Whether you have a simple
suggestion of how we can do something better, or whether you wish to volunteer as a committee
member, please call any one of us listed in the back of the Bulletin. This is your Division.
Finally, it is with a deep sense of gratitude that I thank those executive committee members and
committee chairman who are completing their terms. The Division is strong and successful because
of your efforts. To the new and continuing executive committee, committee chairmen, and committee
members, I look forward to working with you throughout this year. And to each and every member
of the Division of Chemical Information, please give us your thoughts and your support so that we
can better serve you.
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