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MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
DIVISION OF CHEMICAL INFORMATION
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 1983
The Executive Committee Meeting was called to order by Chairman-Elect
Ralph O'Dette at 1:00 p.m. in the Map Room of the
Washington Hilton. Present for all or part of the meeting were:
*R. E. O'Dette
1. Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting in Seattle,
Washington on March 20, 1983, were approved as printed in the
Chemical Information Bulletin.
2. Guest Presentation
George Tselos gave a presentation on the Center for History of
Chemistry. The charter of this Center, which was inaugurated on
March 11, 1983, is to gather and disseminate information about the
history of the chemical industry, chemical research and the
chemical profession. Some of their current projects include
developing a database which cites the location of chemical history
archives and important historical manuscripts, interviewing
renowned chemists who made advancements in 20th century
chemistry, encouraging chemical organizations and companies to
establish their own archives, and collecting brochures and
manuscripts which depict the growth and diversification of the
chemical industry. The Center is encouraging all ACS Divisions to
establish their own historian and to write a book about the history
of their Division. George Tselos asked for assistance; anyone who
has historical chemical archives or knows of such collections
should contact him.
3. Officers' Reports
Ralph O'Dette, Chairman-Elect, highlighted activities of the Divisional
Officers Caucus (DOC) on March 27, 1983. Chemical and
Engineering News is in desperate economic condition. The two
C&EN issues which cover programs for the National Meetings are
very costly and advertisements in these issues are low. DOC supported
the proposal that new ACS members be given a free year's
membership in one Division. The Divisional Activities Committee
(DAC) is encouraging Divisions to establish long-range planning
committees which deal with areas other than programming.
Jean Marcali, Past Chairman, reported that the text of the videotape
is being rewritten. The videotape should be made by the end of 1983
and be ready for presentation to the Executive Committee at the St.
Louis meeting in April, 1984. Jean also commented on the Chemical
Information Symposium at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting in
April, 1984. Twenty-three papers were presented at this successful
Ann Moffett submitted a Treasurer's report. Covering the period
March 1, 1983 to July 31, 1983, receipts were $9,047.55 and
disbursements were $2,216.54. This leaves a balance of $38,997.30.
Ann also submitted the Audit Committee's Report which covers
June 16, 1982 through June 15, 1983. The financial records of the
Division were judged to be in excellent order. Ralph O'Dette commended
Ann on an excellent job of handling CINF finances.
Peter Rusch, Assistant Secretary, discussed the mechanics of our
last election. There was a slight delay in printing and mailing the
ballots from ACS Headquarters since affiliates' ballots had to be
different in color from members' ballots. Peter reminded the Committee
that effective January 1, 1984, ACS will initiate a 10% surcharge
for special services, such as handling elections. He recommends
that the cost effectiveness of ACS Headquarters handling
our elections be reviewed before the 1984 elections.
Jean Marcali, Councilor, highlighted the events of the Seattle Council
meeting. She mentioned that the 1984 dues will be $65.00. ACS
has purchased the Belmont Conference Center near Washington,
D.C. This Center is now available for small group meetings. ACS
membership rose 12,000 this year bringing the total membership to
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4. Committee Reports
Herman Skolnik, Archivist, is writing the history of the Chemical Information
Division. In addition to using the microfiched records of
the Division, Herman will conduct oral interviews with senior CINF
members. He asked David Johnson to handle the interview with
Rosemarie Parker made a Constitution and Bylaws Committee
Report for Karen Landsberg. Proposed changes to the bylaws were
passed by the membership this summer and will be submitted to
the ACS Committee on Constitution and Bylaws for final approval.
Arleen Somerville, Education Committee Chairman, made a report
on the activities of this committee. This committee is compiling a
bibliography of aids for teaching the use of computer databases
and printed information sources. A news article on the project has
been sent to the ASIS Special Interest Group on Biological and
Chemical Information and to the SLA Chemistry Division for
publication in their newsletters. A similar notice will be published
in the Chemical Information Bulletin. Results of recent surveys on
chemical information instruction will be obtained from ISI and the
ACS Committee on Professional Training.
Lucille Wert, SLA Laison, reported that SLA endorsed sponsoring
another Tri-Society Meeting. She mentioned that the 1984 National
SLA Meeting will be held in New York in June. The theme of the
meeting will be "Electronic Technology."
Merle Eiss, Long Range Planning Committee Chairman, submitted
preliminary results of their recent survey. Two hundred and twentynine
responses had been received. Respondents were
predominantly from industrial organizations. Bonnie Lawlor will be
analyzing and correlating the results. The committee is scheduled
to meet on August 30, 1983 to discuss future plans that include
demonstrations of new technologies such as photocomposition,
satellite transmission and new on-line searching hardware.
Peter Rusch submitted a report on membership. As of August 24,
the Division has 966 members, 106 affiliates, and 7 national affiliates.
Peter reviewed the demographics of ACS membership in
comparison to CINF membership. CINF has a higher percentage of
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