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Vol. 14, No. 2 Summer 1962
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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
March 21, 1962
Members of the Committee attending were: Fred
R. Whaley, Dean F. Gamble, Barbara M. Davis, Lee
N. Starker, Herman Skolnik, and Julian F. Smith.
Committee Chairmen present were: C. C. Conrad,
Robert J. Kyle, Ben H. Weil, Virginia Valeri, and
James Van Oot.
The Treasurer reported a balance of $4176.38.
Plans were reported for future divisional programs.
In addition to the usual general papers, the
following symposia are planned for the Fall 1962 meeting
in Atlantic City: Progress Report on Multiple Access
Information Retrieval Systems; ACS Divisional
Preprints; Introduction to Information Retrieval; and
Government Services for Technical Information.
The Symposium on "Introduction to Information
Retrieval" is planned as a series of papers to aid the
neophyte in the field. The first 15 minutes of each
paper will be a very elementary introduction to one
phase of information retrieval, while the last 15 minutes
willbe presentedat a more "sophisticated" level.
This type of "training" symposia will be continued at
the Cincinnati meeting in January 1963, with different
papers, but of the same type. It will then be decided,
on the basis of the results of these two symposia,
whether or not to continue this approach at the Spring
1963 meeting in Los Angeles. There was some opposition
to this type of symposium, especially in view of
the ACS' desire to have only papers reporting results
of original research presented at its national meetings.
It was suggested that such papers or tutorial type of
training courses might possibly be offered in pre- or
post-convention sessions, or in the evenings during
the regular meeting period. The comment was made
that if such courses were offered outside the framework
of the regular meeting, a fee could be charged
for attending them.
The question was also raised as to whether or not
such courses might not better be presented at the local
section level. As a result of these discussions, it was
agreed that a committee be set up to develop an approach
to the problem of "spreading the gospel, " either
on a local section basis or at national meetings.
The Program Committee is considering the possibility
of a one-half day symposium on problems peculiar
to chemical patents for the Fall 1963 meeting in
New York. They are also investigatingthe advisability
of updating and extending previous symposia which have
been published as "Advances in Chemistry Series,"
Nos. 10, 16, and 22.
It was the consensus of the Executive Committee
that the Division present papers at all three meetings
in 1963. If there are not sufficient papers to have
three sessions of the usual length, then shorter sessions
will be planned for each meeting. In this connection,
there seems to be a question of whether or
not the ACS will go ahead with proposed plans for the
third meeting in 1963, i.e., the January meeting in
Cincinnati, since it is rumored that not enough Divisions
are interested in planning a third national meeting.
In spite of this, the Committee felt that the Division,
if possible, should plan a program for Cincinnati,
to be held even if the Society as a whole does not hold
a meeting. The Division previously held such a separate
program in Pittsburgh in January 1958; and the
ACS does, in fact, encourage such programs.
The Committee authorized issuance of two "Invitation
to Papers" for the Fall 1962, January 1963, and
Spring 1963 meetings, at a cost of not more than
$75.00 for each.
The Chairman of the Committee on Chemical Documentation
reported that, as an experiment, speakers
who had previously presented papers at this meeting
of the Division had been invited to the open meeting of
the Committee on Chemical Documentation, to be avail -
able for an informal discussion concerning their papers.
This open meeting will be of the "forum" type, rather
than the "buzz-session" type. These open meetings
of the Committee on Chemical Documentation continue
to be very popular and are considered by some to be
the high-point of the Division's sessions. This Committee
hopes to continue these meetings at Atlantic
City in the Fall.
The Chairman of the Member s Activities and Inter -
ests Committee presented a possible format for a postcard
questionnaire tobe sent to all members, requesting
an indication of their interest in serving the Division
in various capacities, e.g., on committees. The
Executive Committee made recommendations as to
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