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Vol. 12, No. 2 Summer 1960
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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
The executive committee meeting of the Division
of Chemical Literature was called to order by Karl F.
Heumann, Chairmanr at 7:20 p.m., April 6, 1960q in the
Sheraton-Cleveland Hotel. Present were committee
members Madeline M. Henderson, Herman Skolnik, Ben
Weil, Barbara Davis, Fred Bassett, Dean Gamble, and
committee chairmen, Iver Igelsrud, Harriet Geer, and
After considerable discussion, the committee
approved continuing the Committee on Member's Activities
and Interests but will reconsider the plans of the
committee at the Executive Committee meeting this fall.
As chairman of the Program Committee, Dr.
Skolnik presented a proposal to make a separate mailing
to the Division members reminding them of an approaching
meeting and asking for the submission of papers
for presentation. The Executive Committee authorized
one such mailing at a cost not to exceed $75.00. The
Program Committee was to consider what other Divisions
are doing in this regard and proceed.
Madeline Henderson raised a number of questions
in relation to the revision of the Procedures Manual.
These concerned (1) the time table for program preparation
and the publication of information about programs in
"Chemical Literature", (2) duties of the Nominating
Committee, (3) the chairman's position in contacts with
other Divisions, (4) notification of candidates of election
results, (5) representation at projected program planning
meetings, (6) keeping of minutes, (7) ordering dues
receipt cards, (8) handling courtesy listings, (9) handling
delinquent dues notices, and (10) changes in the statement
of the duties of the Assistant Secretary. The
latter will require changes in the By-laws which will
be considered this fall.
Dr. Skolnik reported that the proposed journal
in the area of chemical documentation was to be considered
for final approval and presentation to the Council
by the appropriate ACS committees. Until this action
was taken there was nothing further to report.
In view of the expected approval of a journal,
there was considerable discussion of the future of the
Photocopy Service. It was the opinion of the Committee
that papers presented after the journal is started would
not be offered through the Photocopy Service. The
situation will be reviewed frequently with a view to
discontinuing the Service as soon as practical.
The committee discussed the "Open Meeting"
and its future. If the obvious popularity of this meeting
continues, some action should be taken to give it more
permanent status in the Division's programs. This
discussion will be continued at a future meeting.
Because one of the newly elected alternate
councilors was unable to serve, there was considerable
discussion of the most appropriate way to fill this
vacancy. By action of the Committee, Mr. Charles
Zerwekh was appointed to fill the remainder of the
term of Alternate Councilor vacated by Dr. Howard
The Committee on a Bibliography of Bibliographies
was discontinued because its aims coincided with
the "Bibliography of Reviews" soon to be published by
The meeting adjourned at 10:25 p.m.
INSTRUCTION IN CHEMICAL LITERATURE
Late in February the Committee on Instruction
in Chemical Literature began a survey of training in the
use of chemical literature in the United States. The
Committee, appointed by the Divisions of Chemical
Literature and Chemical Education, mailed a questionnaire
asking for information about the instruction in
chemical literature in about 600 colleges. An accompanying
letter stressed the increasing magnitude and importance
of chemical literature and asked for cooperation
in gathering the information about what is being done to
introduce students of chemistry and chemical engineering
to the use of this literature.
The members of this joint committee are M. G.
Mellon, Chairman, Virginia Bartow, 0. C. Dermer, A. B.
Garrett, W. F. Kieffer, Eleanor B. Marr, B. H. Weil, and
V. F. Corwin.
The questionnaire first determines whether or
not deliberate efforts are made to introduce students to
scientific literature. If deliberate efforts are made, are
they through a specific course or only incidentally? If
a specific course is taught then a number of detailed
questions are asked about the course, the training of the
instructor, and the content. If no deliberate efforts are
made to introduce chemistry and chemical engineering
majors to the chemical literature, then the reasons for
this are requested. When the returns from this survey
have been analyzed, the Committee will be in a position
to consider means of improving the instruction along
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