Chemical Literature, Volume 14, Number 1, Spring 1962 Page: 1
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Vol. 14, No. 1 Spring 1962
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PAST, PRESENT, AND PROSPECTIVE
The decision of the Board Committee on Awards
and Recognition to authorize lapel pins for all living
past chairmen of Divisions gives us the opportunity to
pause for a moment in the rush of our immediate and
pressing responsibilities to pay homage to the leaders
who paved the way for today's activities.
The list of past chairmen appears elsewhere in
this bulletin. No attempt will be made to connect particular
past achievements with individuals, but some
of the achievements are worth recalling. The need for
a technical literature for the emerging discipline of
chemical documentation was recognized early and worked
on diligently for a number of years culminating in
the successful launchingof the Journal of Chemical Documentation
in 1961. The establishment and continuance
of Chemical Literature was and is an important contribution
with its invaluable features, such as program
abstracts, roster of Division members and Annotated
Bibliography. Since programs are one of our prime
concerns, it is not surprising that many individuals
and committees have been concerned with program
policy and with drawing in technical contributions from
our members. For the last two years, the Division
membership has been sent "Invitation for Papers." At
first this brought in a flood of papers, as though the
membership had stockpiled papers waiting for this invitation.
The response to later issues of "Invitation
for Papers" has not been so great, but it still brings in
volunteer papers at a much better rate than was obtained
in the early years of the Division. Speaking of early
years, the men responsible for programs must have
been miracle workers to keep the programs going.
Many of the past chairmen and other officers are
still quite active in Division affairs and are of great
help to us "younger folks" as we grab the baton and
continue the race. And speaking of the younger folks,
let us look to the future.
I would be glad to hear from any Division member
who wishes to be more active in Division affairs.
Our present committees would welcome more workers
with fresh ideas. If new committees should be set up
to handle new projects, perhaps you are among the
willing people interested in suggesting and carrying
out these projects. Perhaps you have definite ideas on
who should be nominated for 1963 offices. If you have
a genuine concern for this Division and would like to
take part in shaping its future, please volunteer your
services. One service you can always perform is to
enlist new members for the Division. There must be
many chemists in literature work who have not yet
joined forces with us. Dr. James G. Van Oot, Du Pont
Company, Wilmington, Delaware, is chairman of the
Membership Committee, and he will welcome your help
in bringing to his attention potential members of the
Division of Chemical Literature.
This bulletin also carries the program for the
Spring meeting, to be held in Washington. While it is
now too late to get on this program, when you have
something ready to report, get in touch with our Program
Chairman, who will consider your paper for future
meetings. There is always room in our programs
for authors who have something new to say on any aspect
of chemical documentation.
Remember that our Committee on Chemical Documentation
conducts a session rich in audience participation.
Here you can sound out your problems and
ideas, and sometimes get a fresh approach through
group discussion. There is a lot to be done to meet
the objectives of our Division. The patterns of this
discipline of Chemical Documentation are being formed
now. Let us make this a big year in the forwarding of
Fred R. Whaley
DIVISION OF CHEMICAL LITERATURE
Chairman .................... DR. FRED R. WHALEY
Chairman-Elect ............... DR. DEAN F. GAMBLE
Secretary ................ MISS BARBARA M. DAVIS
Assistant Secretary ............. DR. LEE N. STARKER
Treasurer .................. DR. HELEN F. GINSBERG
Councilors ........... ..... MR. FRED BASSETT and
MR. B. H. WEIL
Alternate Councilors ........ DR. JULIAN F. SMITH and
MR. CHARLES ZERWEKH, JR.
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