Chemical Literature, Volume 13, Number 4, Winter 1961 Page: 1
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In the twilight hours of my year as chairman of
the Division of Chemical Literature, there is much that
I am thankful for. It has been a privilege and honor to
be entrusted with the office. The advances and successes
achieved were the work of many, not only of the
officers and committee chairmen and committee members,
but of all the members of the division. And not to be
overlooked is the momentum we inherited from the previous
twelve years. To all, my sincerest appreciation.
One year ago there seemed to be plenty of time
for us to do all the things that needed doing. At this
moment I am at a loss to know where the year has gone.
I am sure that this is the experience of all chairmen as
they pass the baton to their successors.
No administration can do all things. Consequently,
on assuming the office of chairman-elect, I studied
the past years of the division so that attention could
be focused on unfinished or neglected areas. The most
important areas, in my opinion, are those which enhance
the maturity and professionalism of our profession,
chemical documentation. The major event in our history
with these characteristics was the introduction of the
Journal of Chemical Documentation, which was the
culmination of the hopes, dreams, and efforts of every
chairman of the Division of Chemical Literature. With
this achievement, the major challenge confronting us
was that of the quality and number of papers presented
before the division at the national ACS meetings. We
needed a broad and consistent program that encouraged
the submittal of general papers which contributed to
the art and science of chemical documentation. Towards
this end, we introduced the "Invitation for Papers",
which was sent to each member of the division announcing
the next meeting with plans for future symposia.
Most importantly, this flyer was designed to elicit
papers on current research and developments in all
areas of chemical documentation. As measured by the
number and quality of papers submitted, "Invitation for
Papers" has been outstandingly successful.
Towards the objective of raising the quality of
the papers, we initiated the procedure of having each
paper submitted for our programs reviewed by three
members of the Program Committee. This kept the Program
Committee busy, but the results were well worth
These innovations, in addition to increasing
the value of our meetings, went far towards improving
communications and understanding of objectives within
Much more remains to be done. With the maturity
and vitality I discerned among the members and through
the intelligent leadership and membership involvement
which has characterized the Division of Chemical
Literature since 1949, I am confident that much more
will be done.
CHICAGO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
September 5, 1961 -
The effort made during this year to contact
people who had formerly been members of the Division
but had allowed their membership to lapse was successful
in stimulating a number of renewals. The membership
of the Division was approximately 870, and the number
of associates about 190.
The advisability of bonding the Treasurer was
considered, and the Treasurer was requested to investigate
the cost. Action on this proposal will be
taken at the next Executive Committee Meeting.
The possibility that the A.C.S. might institute
page charges for the fundamental journals was discussed.
The Committee felt that the Division representative
on the Council should oppose this action.
The results of the election of officers were extremely
close. A total of 401 ballots were cast. The
following officers were elected:
Dean F. Gamble
Lee A. Starker
The Spring Meeting in Washington will be during
the first week of a split meeting. Symposia on "International
Scientific Communications", "The Education of
Literature Chemists", and "Developing a Deep Index"
are planned. No Saturday session will be scheduled
unless necessary for a joint symposium with the Division
of Chemical Education.
For the Fall Meeting in Atlantic City a program
to instruct beginners in the field is being considered.
The possibility of a session before the general meeting
was suggested. The A.I.Ch.E. sponsors such a meeting
with limited attendance, a tuition fee and paid
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