Letter From the Editor

Thanks for reading this issue of the ACS Chemical Information Bulletin (CIB). I would first like to thank all of our wonderful authors, editors, and sponsors for contributing to the CIB.

In this issue we have two feature articles. The first is a tribute to Phil Heller from his colleagues at Thieme. Phil contributed most recently in the CINF division as Fundraising Chair. It was a pleasure to work with Phil and he is greatly missed. The second feature article is from our expert Book Reviewer, Bob Buntrock. In Bob’s piece “Are Libraries Obsolete?”, he reviewed Are Libraries Obsolete? An Argument for Relevance in the Digital Age by Herring, M. Y., BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by Palfrey, J., and Fool’s Gold: Why the Internet is No Substitute for a Library by Herring, M. Y.

Lately I have been having a bit of fun with text and data mining, so I thought it would be appropriate to run the CINF abstracts through my Mathematica scripts. Below is a word cloud of the CINF abstracts for the 251st ACS Meeting in San Diego, CA. I removed some stop words and non-descriptive words. Enjoy! I look forward to seeing you in San Diego.








Vincent F. Scalfani, Editor
The University of Alabama