Chemical Literature, Volume 11, Number 3, Fall 1959 Page: 1
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Vol. 11, No. 3
COMMITTEE ON CHEMICAL DOCUMENTATION
The Committee on Chemical Documentation is
one of the standing committees of the Division of
Chemical Literature. It is essentially concerned with
two areas of activities in documentation.
1. Project work, such as the study of notation
systems, information needs of scientists,
aids to literature searching, problems in
2. Documentation research needs.
Up to the present, the committee had devoted
much of its attention to projects. Indeed, one of the
major accomplishments of this committee was the first
edition of the book on Punched Cards under Professor
Perry's chairmanship. A study of four major notation
systems was sponsored by the committee. Under Allen
Kent's chairmanship, several preliminary studies were
made on documentation terms and information needs of
The present committee, chairmanned by Dr.
Herman Skolnik, is directing its major emphasis towards
research needs in various areas of documentation. At
its November 16, 1958, meeting in Washington, D. C.,
the committee set up the following objectives:
1. Become aware of problems through individual
effort and through discussions at committee
2. Define the problems in documentation.
3. Publicize the problems and thereby encourage
research towards solutions.
4. Recommend project work, particularly those
which would involve members of the Division
of Chemical Literature.
5. Be the sounding board for any member of the
Division of Chemical Literature who wishes
to discuss ideas and problems with the
committee members. Arrangements for this
may be made with any member of the
At the Boston ACS Meeting, April 7, 1959, the
committee conducted an open meeting attended by many
members of the Division of Chemical Literature. The
open meeting enjoyed many lively discussions, the
presentation and discussion of several problems in
documentation, and an enthusiastic exchange of ideas.
The meeting could have been extended for an additional
hour, and would have been except that the closed meeting
was scheduled to follow after one and one-half hours of
open discussion. The need for an open meeting was
quite obvious. There will be a similar one at the Atlantic
City ACS Meeting on Tuesday, September 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Charles L. Bernier has been invited to participate
in the forthcoming open meeting on the subject
'Problems of the Chemical Literature as Seen Through
Chemical Abstracts". Time will be allowed for other
problems from the floor.
Members of the present committee are: Herman
Skolnik, W. H. Longenecker, Carleton C. Conrad, Karl
F. Heumann, T. F. Herdegen, Gerald Jahoda, D. 0.
Myatt, Ascher Opler, Claire Schultz, W. H. Waldo,
J. S. Maclennan, Mortimer Taube, D. H. Weill, Alen
Kent, Hanna Friedenstein, and H. S. Nutting. They
would be pleased to hear from any ACS member on
documentation problems and to help in any way that the
committee can towards doing something about solving
The Division of Chemical Literature is ten
years old this year. To celebrate this event, we shall
hold a 'birthday party" at the Atlantic City meeting, in
the form of a Social Hour on Monday, September 14th, at
5:30 p.m. There will be no divisional luncheon at this
While the regular sessions of the Division of
Chemical Literature will be held on Monday through
Wednesday (with time out on Tuesday afternoon to attend
other Divisions or to enjoy the beach), the Division is
also co-sponsoring a symposium of the Division of
Inorganic Chemistry on Friday morning (probably at the
Convention Hall). We hope everyone interested in
inorganic nomenclature will be able to stay for this.
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