Chemical Literature, Volume 13, Number 3, Fall 1961 Page: 1
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Vol. 13, No. 3 3a
There has been much concern recently with the
size and growth of the chemical literature. Indeed,
practically no meeting of the Division of Chemical
Literature has been without several members using the
phrase "the exponential growth" or "proliferation of
the chemical literature".
Let there be no question about it, this growth is
real. The number of abstracts in Chemical Abstracts
has doubled in the past seven years. The membership
of the American Chemical Society has increased by approximately
30% in the past seven years. The expenditure
for research and development in the United States
has more than doubled in the past seven years.
In view of this growth picture, one would expect
at least a parallel growth in the number of people employed
in handling and solving the literature problem.
In 1954, there were approximately 900 members of the
Division of Chemical Literature; there now is approximately
1000, a 10% growth. The Special Libraries Association,
as well as its Science-Technology Division,
similarly show a 10% growth over the same period.
It is hard to establish a real significance to the
difference between the growth rate of the chemical
literature and the lack of growth of those assigned to
handle and to solve the literature problem. As we study
this difference, I am certain that all of us will raise
the same questions. But none of us can be sure of our
answers as we lack good data. We really do not know
the number of chemists and chemical engineers whose
specialization is chemical documentation. We are at
least certain that all are not members of the Division of
Chemical Literature. We are not even certain that many
chemists and chemical engineers involved in chemical
documentation assignments know that they are literature
Thus, this difference in growth may be a deviation
from fact or an approximation to fact. Either way,
however, each of us has a selling job to do. It is to our
advantage to enlarge the Division of Chemical Literature
to include all chemists and chemical engineers
with an interest or assignment in chemical documentation.
It should be to their advantage to be numbered
among us in our common interests and objectives. Dr.
James G. VanOot, duPont Company, Wilmington, Delaware,
is chairman of the Membership Committee. He
needs your help either for committee work or for bringing
to his attention potential members of the Division of
REPORT OF TRANSLATIONS COMMITTEE
The Committee on Translation Pools was appointed
by Dr. M. G. Mellon in July 1956 to "cooperate
with the Special Libraries Association on its translation
project. Its main task was to publicize the SLA Translations
Center among chemists, thus leading to wider
use of the Center and an increase in contributions to
During the past several years, both the SLA
Translations Center and the more recent translations
center at OTS have received frequent and quite thorough
coverage in scientific and technical journals, so that
the Committee saw no need for further publicity during
this period. Its activities were therefore mainly of a
"watchdog" nature, and various criticisms and suggestions
relative to translation pool services were made.
A description of present translation pools and recommendations
for improved and expanded services were
presented in the paper "Translation Pools - Ideal and
Reality" at the St. Louis ACS Meeting in March 1961.
To give a more accurate indication of the Committee's
interests, its name was changed from Committee
on Translation Pools to Translations Committee in
1960. Among the areas of present interest to the Committee
are the following:
1. Improvement and expansion of translation pools.
As covered in the paper referred to above.
2. Cover-to-cover translations of journals.
An attempt should be made to speed up the
publication schedules of presently translated journals.
The need for additional translations (particularly from
Japanese and Chinese) should be investigated. The
possibility of ACS sponsorship of existing or new translations
should be considered.
Comments and suggestions on the above points
or on any other translation matters are invited. Also,
there is room on the Committee for several additional
members, and volunteers will be welcomed.
Kurt Gingold, Chairman
1937 West Main Street
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