Chemical Literature, Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 1952 Page: 3
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As You May Have Noticed . .
The recent restriction of the ACS Photocopying Service to chemical papers "broadly
interpreted as those abstracted in Chemical Abstracts" was necessary to relieve the
U. S. Department of Agriculture Library from requests for the copying of material
"miles away from chemistry," the handling of which "was adding to the expense to chemists
of the service for chemical papers," according to CA' s editor and former Division
Chairman E. J. Crane. The ACS Photocopying Service is still more extensive than the
Department of Agriculture' s Bibliofilm Service, however, since it includes everything
furnished by the latter (material in the Department' s library) plus every effort to
obtain a paper with a CA reference "even if it has to be borrowed by shopping around
throughout the United States."
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The ACS Board of Directors at its September meeting "considered a proposal for joint
publication of an Anglo-American abstract journal in the field of chemistry but rejected
it as violating a basic law of the United States." (Chemical and Engineering
News, October 29, 1951, page 4619). And at its December meeting the Board discussed
"the subject of the preprinting of meeting papers" and referred the matter "to the
Committee on Publications, Board of Directors, for further study and the making of
recommendations." (Chemical and Engineering News, January 14, 1952, page 155).
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"Photographic copies of patent abstracts are being supplied weekly as issued in the
Official Patent Gazette by the Picture Sort Company (246 Church Street, New Haven 10,
Conneticut) .... The subscriber gets only the class and subclass or type of patent
in which he is interested. Also,. abstracts are reproduced full size on 4 by 6 inch
cards, punched for instant sorting." (Chemical and Engineering News, February 4, 1952,
Miss Kathleen Bannister of the Shell Chemical Corporation (New York) has been appointed
Assistant Secretary of the Division of Chemical Literature, to maintain a unified
membership list for use by the Secretary, Treasurer, and Chemical Literature.
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Minutes of the October meeting of the Advisory Committee to SLA' s Science-Technology
Division made interesting reading. According to these minutes, the SLA Executive Board
is considering the establishment of a Chemical Statistical Depository. A monthly edition
of Engineering Index was discussed, as was periodical format standardization. The
S-T Division has circulated a questionnaire on a microcard program for technical
Periodicals, to save library shelf space (and make money for that group). The SLA
Publications Committee has made a post-card survey on a PB Correlation Index. Incidentally,
the January, 1952, issue of Special Libraries mentions that the SLA will
hold a symposium on the research.report at its 1952 annual meeting and that its
District of Columbia Chapter will sponsor a manual entitled The Research Report; Its
Processing and Control.
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Miss Kate C. Ornsen, Chairman of the SLA International Relations Committee (Sun Oil
Company, Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania) has invited ACS Division of Chemical Literature
members and associates to participate in an International Correspondence Pool for
Special Librarians, and Literature Specialists in which any interested person could
designate country, subject matter, and language in which to correspond to a profes
SlOnal partner. If you' re interested, send Miss Ornsen your name, address, country,
tYPe of library or documentation work, whether you write English or prefer another
language (specify), and any special requests.
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