CINF Education Committee

The CINF Education Committee met on Saturday, March 24, 2012, in San Diego, CA. The following items were discussed:

1. The committee reviewed its plans for current and future programming:

ACS National Meeting, San Diego: A symposium “Instructional Tools for Chemical Information” received eighteen submissions (one subsequently withdrawn) and was scheduled for morning and afternoon sessions on Sunday, March 25.Image

Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), Penn State University, July 29-August 2, 2012: The committee has organized a symposium “Before and After Lab,” consisting of ten presentations and two panel discussions.

ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, Fall 2012: Nothing specifically attached to the committee is scheduled. (Editor’s note: see other symposia below).

ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, Spring 2013: Symposia in the areas of interest to the Education Committee include: “What Chemists Need to Know about IP/Author Rights,” “Food Safety Information” (organizer: Andrea Twiss-Brooks), “Print Resources in the Electronic Era” (organizer: Grace Baysinger), “Library Spaces” (organizer: Andrea Twiss-Brooks), and “Public Chemistry Databases” (organizer: Antony Williams).

ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, Fall 2013: Several possible symposium topics were proposed, including “Education for Cheminformatics” (suggested by the proximity of the Indiana University cheminformatics program, possible organizer: Jeremy Garritano), “Chemical Information for Small Teaching Colleges,” “Digital Archiving” (possible organizer: Andrea Twiss-Brooks), and a student-only session, whether poster or oral to be determined.

ACS National Meeting, Dallas, Spring 2014: Nothing planned at present.

Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) 2014 will be held at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI.  Ye Li (chemistry librarian at the University of Michigan) will be our local point person.  We plan to organize at least one symposium, but no topics were proposed.

ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, Fall 2014: The committee will organize something for this meeting, but further discussion was deferred to the Philadelphia meeting, where the theme for the San Francisco meeting will be announced.

2. Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates

The history of the document was reviewed.  Plans for future publicity (Special Libraries Association 2012, BCCE 2012) were discussed, as well as suggestions to publicize it to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the ACS Chemical Education Division (CHED).  The team who prepared it hopes to review it annually, and call for suggestions for new sections.

3. Information Competencies for Chemistry Graduate Students

After considerable discussion, it was decided that we would work on a single document, with one general section applying to all graduate students, and several sections focusing on specific areas of chemistry.  Among the topics we believed all graduate students needed familiarity with were: flow of information, scholarly communication (organization, copyright, open access, data management, mandates, ethics, titling publications, other publishing), searching techniques (including finding an expert in your field), staying up to date, patent literature, health and safety, finding commercial availability, impact metrics, grant process (e.g. PubMed Central IDs), and networking (professional organizations, social networking, mentoring and “chemical genealogies”).

Areas of chemistry meriting their own sections included: organic, inorganic and organometallic, physical chemistry/chemical physics, analytical, materials chemistry, polymer chemistry, nanoscience, biochemistry/biophysics/chemical biology.

4. Other topics

Grace Baysinger volunteered to fill the vice-chair (Assistant Chair) vacancy of the CINF Education Committee.  A vice-chair for 2013 will be selected at the Philadelphia meeting.  Terms for the current members were resolved.  We decided to hold at least one virtual meeting between San Diego and Philadelphia, the method (Skype, Google+) for which will be explored.

The chair will contact Richard Love about having recordings of past CINF symposia presentations archived on the CINF site after they pass off the main ACS page.

Chuck Huber, Chair, CINF Education Committee