Chemical Literature, Volume 3, Number 2, Summer 1951 Page: 4
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purchaser. It should be borne in mind, please, that coupons
can be obtained only from the two ACS offices above mentioned
and that these coupons, when filled odt for use,
should be sent directly to Bibliofilm Service, U.S. Department
of Agriculture Library, Washington 25, D.C.
While the ACS photocopying coupons can be used only by
members of the American Chemical.Society and by current
subscribers to Chemical Abstracts, Bibliofilm Service has
a more limited photocopying service available at reasonable
cost to all who are interested.
Dr. Crane, in correspondence, states that his
office has long "endeavored to help chemists
bridge the gap between abstracts and original
papers by various means". A key to library files
was long ago added to Chemical Abstracts' official
"List of Periodicals Abstracted". Later, Chemical
Abstracts began lending the rarer publications
not available through the usual sources, charging
25 cents per copy for 48 hours plus an additional
25 cents per day thereafter. "This was a losing
proposition," both financially and because journals
were often out of the office when needed for
such work as indexing. Lending had to be discontinued,
and its resumption is not favored.
To replace this service, Chemical Abstracts, a
few years ago, developed the previously described
ACS Photocopying Service, with coupons originally
at 50 cents each, then 60 cents, and now $1.10,
the price having been increased to enable the U.S.
Department of Agriculture Library to meet the increased
expenses entailed. Neither the American
Chemical Society nor the Department of Agriculture
Library is profiting financially from this service,
which is widely used.
In its "shopping around" for rare publications
to meet specific requests-a service which often
costs more than the price of the coupons-the
Department of Agriculture borrows from any plat
available within the United States, including
when other sources are not available, Chemical
Abstracts' collection. It should be emphasized
however, that a large percentage of the 769 ex.
changes received by Chemical Abstracts are fairl
common journals available in many libraries.
Dr. Seidell, in his correspondence and in
recent letter to Chemical and Engineering New
(March 19, 1951, p. 1086), has advanced the in.
teresting ethical contention that libraries suce
as that of the Department of Agriculture, beinsupported
by public funds, are not conducted on
self-sustaining basis; therefore, that service,
such as the Bibliofilm Service should not be dis.
tinguished financially from those rendered without
charge to persons who come to the library in per.
son. With this phase of the subject the Division
of Chemical Literature is not in a position to be
Mr. Robert S. Casey, secretary of the Division,
has pointed out that while the Division of QChemn
cal Literature is naturally vitally interested
the availability of chemical information, "it it
not a research or a service organization; about
all that we can do is act as a clearing house fio
information." Accordingly, the Division's Execu
tive Committee, in requesting the publication 0o
this summary, has suggested that those who are
vitally interested in this subject, and who have
suggestions to offer, might write to Mr. Casey
this regard. The Division will be glad to consider
these suggestions, to report on them, and to len.
its support to any practical measures which will
render the rarer periodicals more readily available.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NOTES ,
By MADELINE BERRY
The following members of the Executive Committ`
were present at its meeting at 11:00 a.m.
April 3, 1951, in the Hotel Statler, BostonMassachusetts:
Alexander, Casey, Crane, Perr
Smith, and Taylor. Present by invitation weis
Madeline Berry, M. P. Doss, T. E. R. Singer,
E. F. Spitzer, and B. H. Weil.
Messrs. Singer and Spitzer reported the active/
ties of a committee for the improvement of papery
headed by Mr. Singer. The project has been divide'
into four parts: (1) Dr. Spitzer is writing the
part on how to prepare a paper, (2) Mr. Alien Ket
is.;writing on how to prepare the paper for p"
lication, (3) Mrs. Teresa: Lebon is writing on
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