Chemical Literature, Volume 12, Number 1, Spring 1960 Page: 1
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Vol. 12, No. 1
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THE STATE OF AFFAIRS
These may be the good old days we will look
back to in 1980. For it is now that many of the patterns
of our profession are still being formed. Quite definite
differences of opinion, for instance, still exist about
relatively straightforward problems such as the best
form for molecular formulas. When one considers the
arguments that are just developing in machine programming
for retrieval, it seems likely that we are at a
point in our history comparable to that of organic chemistry
when isomers had been discovered but not explained.
Organic chemistry seems to get more mathematical
every day, but few attempts have been made
to quantify relationships in the field of chemical
All this should, it seems to me, encourage both
the pure and the applied members of our profession. The
continued growth of the chemical record along an exponential
curve makes it more and more likely that good
work done now will be increasingly influential.
If I have led you to reflect for a few moments
about the relation of your present work to the future,
this note will have been successful.
Karl F. leumann
PROGRAM COMMITTEE REPORT
The Program Committee is actively engaged in
planning for and developing technical programs for the
two 1961 meetings: St. Louis in Spring and Chicago in
Fall. It is also involved with rounding out the New
York, 1960 Fall, meeting - papers for one day.
Towards these objectives, the committee held
a meeting on December 1, 1959, and its members have
been busy in correspondence. Meetings can not be
planned in a vacuum. We have been concerned therefore
with the formulation of a working philosophy. The
members of the committee are in good agreement that
the most desirable criterion for any paper presented
before the Division is that it be concerned with advancing
the art and science of chemical documentation.
We also believe that the great majority of papers should
be volunteer papers. We are proposing to send to each
member of the Division paper submittal forms - this,
we hope, will encourage more membership participation
in the program with a higher quality of subject matter.
Until this plan can be put into effect, we now invite
you to submit individual papers for the New York
meeting - also, it's not too early to start thinking
about papers you might present in 1961. To ensure
that the papers are good, the abstracts of each paper
will have to be approved by at least three members of
the Program Committee. This helps the contributor as
well as protects the audience.
The Program Committee submits the following
subjects as suitable areas for individual papers or
1. Communication of Technical Information
2. The Future of Chemical Journals
3. Government Services for Technical Information
4. New Services for Technical Information
5. New Developments in Documentation Research
6. The Value of Information +
7. The Literature as the Basis for Creativity in
8. Chemical Notation Systems
10. Coding of Chemicals for Machine Searching
11. New Index Systems
12. New Classification Systems
13.. The Correlation of Technical Data
14. New Tools and Equipment
15. Responsibility for Dissemination of Information:
Government vs. Free Enterprise
16. Opportunities for Chemists in the Field of
17. The Distribution of Documents in an Industrial
18. Information Habits of the Chemist
19. Symposia with other divisions in their subject
areas before their members -this might be our
best mechanism for presenting the propaganda,
elementary, literature of, and scholarly papers
which previously flooded our own division.
20. Name speakers on subjects of general interest
to our members.
This list is only tentative - a working basis.
If it gives you any ideas for a good paper, it has served
its function. We definitely want to hear from you, to
know your opinions, to know your wishes, and to hear
about your research at a 1961 meeting.
Herman Skolnik, Chairman
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