Chemical Literature, Volume 27, Number 1, Spring 1975 Page: 2
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____2 _CHEMICAL LITERATURE SPRING 1975
1)Documentation Abstracts, ( C 'onrad
l)ocu nientation Abstracts, Inc oft'tces have been moved from the
' a1l ( a11pu1s and are now located in the Signm XI Building. 345
Whitney Ae , New lavcen, (onn .06520 Subscription rates for 1975
will remain unchanged
Procedure llanual., P Mcl)onnell
*\ 1new n1111ual is planned tor December, 1974
Tecloica- l Forccasting, R Mai/ell (not present)
I unds 1may he saailible through NSF for the study and developmncit
ot tile DL) l.Pll ttechlniquet It was suggested that the Division
would lelp bhs contributing S2500. Objections were voiced pertaining
to tle value to the Division Chairman Granito will ask the Committee
to continue its studs and report at the April 1975 meeting.
B Maii/ell his also suggested the compilation of a bibliography of
computer programs which could be circulated to the membership.
1-he committee agreed to support the concept but not financially.
Journal of Chemical Documentation, H SkColnik
I ditor Skolnik is proposing to change the name of the journal to
Journal of (Chemlical Information and Computer Sciences. The new
title would indicate a broader scope and attract more of the Division
papers wichi are now being submitted elsewhere.
Asa ne'w tfeturee ot its salary surveys. ACS will split out. on request.
the dlat onI a special category (Chairman (ranito will inquire of A('S
how the category ot literature chemist (i.e., DCL members) would be
selected troin entire data compilation
( (ranito read the following from a letter from Rodney N Hader,
Secretary, A(CS Board of Directors
"Voted on recommendation of the Committee on Public,
Professional, and Member Relations that each disciplineoriented
national ACS division and committee be invited to
organl/c a committee or subcommittee to provide expert
information to Congressional Legislative Counselors and
Local Section Legislative (ommittees."
Tlie I xecutise (Committee will take up this matter at the next
B Mointaguei will order chairman pins to be presented to J. Rush
and (C (ranito at the Apnl 1975 meeting
(hairman (;ranito will appoint a committee to audit the Treasurer's
TI'le meeting adjouned at 9 20 p.m
Mary tH. Reslock. Secretary
l)ivision of (hemical Literature, ACS
530 N. Saginaw Rd.
Midland, Michigan 48640
P S. The Secretary has received notice that Marian Wickline, Libranan,
Western Division, the Dow Chemical Company, Walnut
(reek, (alif has been appointed to fill the recently vacated position
ot SLA liason to I)CL. (opies of the September 1974 minutes and
of the April 1975 program will be sent to her.
Honorary Degree Awarded to M.G. Mellon
M.G( Mellon, Professor Emeritus of Analytical Chemistry at Purdue
University was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science
from Purdue University. Other honorary degrees awarded to this
Paterson award recipient, are from Allegheny College and Mount
Union College. Tribute for his efforts in the teaching of the effective
use of the chemical literature was also given by naming the M.G.
Mellon Library of ('hemistry for him.
MIDDLE GROUND OR TO THE FRONT?
As our Division of Chemical Literature moves into yet another year,
we find ourselves in an important and historic period. A period, which
not only will see us change our name to the Division of chemicall Information,
but a period of great promise as well It is a time where
strong membership and officers are at work to keep us moving forward
in the pursuit of our long-range goals. We also find that it is a time
for newer innovations and decisions - decisions which may influence
the destiny of our Division. Regardless of our past achievements, we
cannot afford to relax or become complacent, because more enterprising
groups could easily push us towards a disastrous result As we
reflect upon our future course of action, we should look closely at our
past experiences in an effort to guide us in our decisions
One decision we may face ahead, concerns the willingness of our
Division to embrace a more formidable posture in regard to sharing
the art and science we practice with the other divisions of the American
Chemical Society (ACS). For example, should the DCL stand li
the middle ground -or press on to the front'' Our Division is unique in
the fact that the commodity we deal with, i.e., information, is never
depleted no matter how many times it is used. We work with all aspects
of information which has a peculiar value to every other A(CS
division. Therefore, should we not be conducting workshops, seminarsand
sponsoring symposia in conjunction with these other dililsions
so as to educate them in our commodity9 Should we not strive to inform
these users of all the grand and glorious ways of accessing and
utilizing information' Our varied scientific disciplines undoubtedly
cover all the area where the literature of chemistry has expanded
Collectively, our Division represents expertise in the disciplines of
analytical, biochemical, organic, physical, medicinal, rubber, petroleum,
plastics, etc. We have something to offer
Our knowledge of the scientific disciplines, as well as tle information
technology, puts us in the unique position to serve not on1l our
profession, but the other chemical divisions Our involvement can be
beneficial to our Division with increased exposure and recognition I
also believe that the ACS may be very receptive to this approach and
even support it financially. In a way, we would be initiating a campaign
whereby our Division would conduct a series of tutorials, workshops,
symposia, etc., for the benefit of the other divisions
As your new Chairman-Elect, I would be pleased to receive your
thoughts and comments. Let us not be afraid to investigate newer innovations
with regard to information transfer at the educational level
and as a forum for future National ACS Meetings. Remember, it is not
what other ACS Divisions can do for us, but rather, what we can do
BRUNO M. VASTA
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