Chemical Information Bulletin, Volume 36, Number 3, Fall/Winter 1984 Page: 2

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Somehow the Philadelphia National Meeting seemed to be busier
than usual for me. Maybe it was because it was in my own "back
yard" and I was involved in more local arrangements. It was a very
successful meeting for CINF in terms of attendees and we recruited
a number of new Division members. Everyone seemed to be enjoying
our social activities, too. The wine and cheese reception was a
good way to meet fellow members. Thanks to the Philadelphia and
Delaware Sections' Information Groups for sponsoring it. The ISI
boat ride was enjoyable, too, and the weather cooperated. Thanks
As a member of the Society Committee on Publications, I serve
on the Online Task Force. We discussed full text files and the role
of the ACS full text journal file at BRS. Bill McGonigal, the Chairman,
presented a preliminary market survey on full text. It sparked a
lively discussion and helped to put us in perspective.
The Publications Committee reviewed the 1985 preliminary budget
and five year forecast. We learned more about the ACS budgeting
procedures. Staff is checking on possible abuse of member
subscriptions by early release to libraries or other non-members.
Some suggestions were made on curbing this practice. The ACS
will not be publishing IUPAC periodicals. Petitions for consideration
were put before Council to change the requirements for emeritus
and retired member status. These changes will alleviate but not
resolve the C&EN problem of growing subsidies due to subscriptions
sent to these and other classes of members. A task force was
established to evaluate the need for an ACS journal in the field of
materials science. George Morrison was recommended for reappointment
as editor of Analytical Chemistry.
Council approved the following: 1) a change in the ACS Bylaw on
copyright ownership; 2) a method for withdrawal of a petition following
recommittal or referral; 3) a petition to increase funds apportioned
to local sections. As a result of the latter, which is aimed at
helping small sections experiencing financial difficulties, Council
voted under urgent action to increase the base ACS membership
dues by $2 in 1986. The 1986 Spring National Meeting will be held
April 6-11 in New York City instead of Atlantic City. This change was
precipitated by questions on room availability and the hotels' policy
of honoring reservations. A straw vote to establish a recommendation
that Council size be capped at its present number was defeated.
No consensus was apparent on just what is an optimal size for
Council. There seem to be arguments pro and con against the
growth of Council. We will hear more on this issue.
Yes, I'm a new bride and I plan to use my new name professionally.
Please don't forget Barbara Wood is really the same lady as
Barbara Prewitt.
Send your comments or suggestions to me on any ACS matter.
I'll be glad to help wherever I can.
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The task forces on Futures, Budget & Prices, Contract Policy and
Online Services reported their deliberations at the Executive Session
of the Society Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service. Approved
were price changes for CAS Online, license fees, royalties,
and Private Registry Service, as well as revised agreements with
two CAS international associates. Domestic and international contracts,
year-to-date financial status, 1985 preliminary budget, and a
five-year financial forecast were discussed.
STN International is on target and operating well. Both transatlantic
and transpacific telecommunications lines are up and being
used heavily. The contract between Planning Research Corporation
and CAS for automation of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has
been signed. Efforts on functional requirements and preliminary
design are underway. The experimental Academic Plan for online
services offered to colleges and universities has been so successful
that options to continue but contain the service are being investigated.
Announcement of a revised program is expected soon.
Other issues considered were the online information market, the
ultimate computerized chemical information system, and capital
requirements for equipment and space needs.
CINF Councilor on SCCAS,
Jean G. Marcali

In addition to my activities on the Society Committee on
Chemical Abstracts Service (SCCAS) and its task force on Budget &
Prices (reported elsewhere in this CIB), I have not only spoken with
the chairman of the Committee on Committees, the chairman of the
Board of Directors, and CAS members concerning CINF's representation
on SCCAS, but have also written a letter voicing this concern
to the 1985 President and the Chairman of the Board. The term of
Peter Sorter, CINF's full member on SCCAS, expires in 1984. I and
others believe that CINF should have full representation on this
Also, CINF's videotape continues to be of interest to a wide audience.
To date it has been shown at the Chemical Exposition and
at CINF's personal computer session in St. Louis, the Executive
Committee of the Delaware Section of ACS, the Central Regional
Meeting in Kalamazoo, the Industrial Technical Information
Managers Group meeting in Naperville, and the ACS and ASIS
meetings in Philadelphia this fall.
To date nine copies have been sold and one rented. Prices appear
in a promotional article elsewhere in this issue of CIB. In the Fall of
1984 a flyer describing content and price will be distributed by ACS
with other educational materials. The tape will be listed in the 1985
catalog of ACS videocourses. Articles will also be included in
publications by CAS and Dialog, in the Del Chem Bulletin, in the
newsletters of ASIS SIG BC and the Division of Chemical Education.
The Special Libraries Association Meeting in 1985 is another
promotional possibility.
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