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SYMPOSIUM ON PROTECTION OF
INTELLECTUAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY
The purpose of this symposium was to provide chemists with more information
on how to protect chemical discoveries and writings once they
have been made. In this way the inventor and the sponsoring corporation
can better profit from the contribution.
The Symposium went very well with great presentations and lively
discussions. The speakers plan to publish the complete symposium in the
Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Science in the near future.
The organizers of the symposium are attempting to form a new Division
within the American Chemical Society to deal with Chemistry and the
The Washington meeting was a busy one for the Councilors of the Division.
The Council Meeting was held on Wednesday, September 12,1979
to consider a variety and a large number of issues. The main issues
debated and voted on are summarized in C&EN, September 24,1979, pages
48-50. Of particular interest to members of the Division is the action
taken to continue at 35 the number of years a person must be a member
of the ACS before he/she is eligible for Emeritus status. The proposal was
to raise the requirement to 40 years. Provisions were made to better handle
the reduction or gain of councilor representation by the Sections and
Divisions whose membership totals are on the borderline.
The Council recommitted to the Committee on Membership Affairs
two issues relating to the broadening of the requirements for membership
and procedures for becoming a member of the Society.
Of significant interest to the Affiliates of the Division is an item which
was considered at Washington and will be voted on in Houston that
would extend voting rights as well as the privilege to hold office (except
Councilor) to all Affiliates. Also for consideration is an ammendment that
will provide for the financial support of Divisions in a manner similar but
not identical to the current support given the Local Sections.
Consideration and study is now being given to guidelines for the
establishment and dissolution of Divisions within the Society. Disucssion
is also underway to look at the effectiveness of National meetings and
what an optimal frequency of these meetings should be. The Council will
also consider dues at the Houston Meeting. Currently, there is provision
for the evaluation of dues in parallel with the Consumer Price Index for
Services, unless the Council votes otherwise.
If you have any comments, ideas or suggestions on these issues or other
matters, please feel free to contact me or one of the other Councilors. We
would welcome your comments.
Carlos M. Bowman
WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE INFORMATION CENTER
TO BRING DELEGATES INTO THE "INFORMATION AGE"
The more than 1,000 delegates to the first White House Conference on
Library and Information Services will have a huge information resource
at their command as they draw up their recommendations to President
Carter this fall in Washington, D.C.
A working Information Center is being designed by the Library of Congress
and will be staffed by library and information services professionals.
It will serve as a prototype library of the future for participants in
the Conference, which will be held November 15-19 at the Washington
The Conference Information Center will serve as a functioning Conference
exhibit by representing a combination of computerized online
data bases, as well as telecommunications and more traditional information
resource materials. It will be the source of a full range of those information
resources modern libraries use in providing information to users,
including economic, social, political, legislative, demographic, statistical
and other data, and will also include general information about the
Washington, D.C. area.
The Information Center will, in effect, echo the Conference's theme,
"Bringing Information to People," by serving as a major resource for
delegates, who will need quick and accurate information to make decisions
on recommendations that will affect the course of library and infor.
mation services through the coming decade and beyond.
The wide variety of information storage technologies and techniques
to be utilized in the Information Center will include online data bases, a
400 title reference book collection, vertical files, and background
materials sent to delegates. The material will be packaged to relate
directly to the Conference's five themes: Library and Information Services
for-Personal Needs; Lifelong Learning; Business and the Professions;
Goveming Society; and International Cooperation and Understanding.
The Center will be linked to Washington area libraries by telephone
and/or teletype or telefacsimile transmission. A United Press International
teletype will keep delegates up-to-date on local, national and
world-wide news developments.
Delegates will be able to communicate with the Center via direct
telephone service from their working group areas. Instant service will be
provided for delegates from the Information Center over-the-counter, by
runners, through telephone, telefacsimile or computer terminals to be installed
in each working group area.
The Information Center will also feature a Conference Communications
Center to incorporate the following: delegates' message boxes; a
video display system (electronic bulletin board); central access to the
Electronic Information Exchange System (EIES), a computer conferencing
system which will allow delegates to monitor progress of all working
groups; online acess to the full texts of the 57 state and territorial preWhite
House Conferences; and on-demand production of Braille and
cassette recordings for handicapped delegates.
Among the online data bases being considered for inclusion in the Information
Center are: New York Times Information Bank; Lockheed
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