Chemical Literature, Volume 13, Number 3, Fall 1961 Page: 4
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DIVISION OF CHEMICAL LITERATURE
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
Abstracts of Papers Presented at
Chicago, Illinois, September 3-8, 1961
Herman Skolnik, Chairman Dean F. Gamble, Secretary
Symposium on "The Distribution of Documents
in an Industrial Organization"
Fred J. Bassett, Presiding
1. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS. Fred J. Bassett.
2. DISSEMINATION VIA THE AUTOMATED TECHNICAL INFORMATION
CENTER. B. K. Dennis, General Electric Company, Technical Information
Center, FPLD - Bldg. 100, Cincinnati 15, Ohio.
Effective dissemination of scientific and technical information takes on
international significance in today's Defense R & D competition. Rapidly accelerating
growth of information, multiplicity of sources, increased interrelationship
among technologies, growing complexity of advanced products
and organizational weaknesses are a few of the challenges to effective
dissemination and communication. To help meet these challenges, the Technical
Information Center of General Electric's Flight TRopulsion Division
has welded electronic computing equipment, library professionals, information
systems specialists and technical engineers into an integrated, multipronged
attack on the information problems confronting the Center's clients.
Several aspects of General Electric's FPD Technical Information
Center's approach to its dissemination and communication problems are
discussed. Experience gained over the past two years is reviewed.
3. TECHNICAL MEETINGS AS A MEANS OF INTERNAL COMMUNICATION.
Eileen F. Dirksen, Technical Information Division, Esso Research
and Engineering Company, P. 0. Box 51, Linden, N.,J.
Technical meetings within organizations have some distinct advantages
in internal communications over the printed word. Data are more likely to
be up to date, discussion from the floor brings cross-fertilization of
ideas, and the author has the satisfaction of presenting his work to a live
Depending on the purpose of the meeting and the size of the organization,
meeting size may vary from the "symposium" of 20 to the companywide
conference of 400-500 people. Regardless of size, however, the key
to a successful meeting is advance planning. Major points to be considered
in planning a meeting are site selection, staff requirements, type and
number of publications to be distributed, and, of course, the budget for
The activities of the meeting-organizing group should be largely behind
the scenes, guiding and assisting the chairmen and speakers, but rarely intruding
into the meeting program itself, except in emergencies. The smoothest
running meeting is that in which the "operations" are least obvious.
4. INTERNAL COMMUNICATION PRACTICE AND PROBLEMS IN THE
PHARMACEUTICALINDUSTRY: A CASE STUDY. A. W. Elias, WarnerLambert
Research Institute, Technical Information Section, Morris
Plains, N. J.
The techniques employed in internal communication in the pharmaceutical
industry represent concessions to the diverse needs of the industry. Among
these are special requirements as to the legal status of records resulting
from the technical and management language problems, retrieval of data
units and dissemination of results and opinions.
A data reporting system is presented which provides a complete experimental
record of legal validity. This record also provides a form of coded
input for machine information retrieval, directs and specifies further test
scheduling, recites the results of the experiment in "English" and finally
enables dissemination of data without additional technical processing.
Possibilities and limitations of this type of recordkeeping are discussed
emphasizing cost, technical and management acceptance, and utility of the
coding operation by other than information personnel.
Symposium on "The Literature as a Basis of Creativity in Chemistry"
F. R. Benson, Presiding
5. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS. F. R. Benson.
6. SOURCES OF IDEAS IN INDUSTRIAL CHEMICAL RESEARCH. W. E.
Hanford, Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation, 460 Park Ave.,
New York 22, N. Y.
Chemical literature should serve two purposes: (1) To recover specific
information available from the works of others; (2) As a source of ideas.
for new industrial research concepts in process and product development.
The major attempt in the classification and retrieval of information is
being devoted to the first of these objectives, and in the anxiety to simplify
the retrieval of specific data the second objective is being slighted.
This paper does not indicate the literature to be a panacea as a source
of ideas, but will cover some of the personal experiences of the speaker
in this area.
7. WHAT AUTHORS AND EDITORS CAN DO TO PROVOKE THE CREATIVE
REACTION. D. 0. Myatt, Science Communication, Inc., 1079 Wisconsin
Avenue, N.W., Washington, D. C.
Rocket propulsion has benefited in very recent years from the provocation
that radiates from the equation F = Ma. Newton's influence on technical
creativity is certain to continue, in part because his terms and concepts
relate expressively to many specific applications.
By probing beyond the empirical relationship, by choosing an unusually
suggestive illustration of applicability, and by similar impeccably acceptable
means, the technical author and editor can engage increasing fractions
of the reader's intellect. Even scientific speculation, unprovable prediction,
and provocation of controversy are increasingly accepted where stimulation
of creativity is the objective, a trend the author considers entirely justified.
Several illustrations are presented and analyzed.
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