CINF Education Committee

The Education Committee met at the ACS Spring 2013 National Meeting in New Orleans on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 2-4 PM in Room 229, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Attendees: Grace Baysinger (Chair), Chuck Huber, Marion Peters, Terri Vogel, Donna Wrublewski. Visitors: Judith Currano, Jeremy Garritano, Adrienne Kozlowski. Absent: Christina Keil, Yi Li. Resigned: Olivia Sparks.

Chemical Information Literacy webpage

Catalyzed by a reference from the ACS Committee on Professional Training Supplement on Chemical Information Skills ( to consult CINF’s website for more detailed information on the development of chemical information literacy, Marion Peters compiled content for a new Chemical Information Literacy webpage. Many thanks to Dave Martinsen for approving this addition and to Danielle Dennie for putting this information up on the CINF website. It is listed on the top level on CINF’s website and the URL is:

Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources (XCITR)

FIZ CHEMIE Berlin has been very generous to developing and hosting the XCITR website, but due to changing circumstances is no longer able to do so. The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has graciously agreed to host XCITR for the coming year. At the end of the year, RSC and the XCITR Board will evaluate future support needed for XCITR. The URL has stayed the same: There are approximately 50 items in the XCITR collection now. The current goal is to encourage more submissions from busy colleagues so that content they have already created can be used by other librarians and by chemistry instructors who are teaching chemical information skills. Strategies on how the CINF Education Committee might help increase the number of submissions were discussed.

The ACS Committee on Professional Training Guidelines – Proposed Revisions for 2014

The ACS Committee on Professional Training (CPT) issues guidelines for accrediting Bachelor Degree programs in Chemistry. Last issued in 2008, the Guidelines include a supplement on Chemical Information Skills. CPT is developing the next revision of the Guidelines, which will be adopted in 2014. In the Fall 2012 Report to ACS Council and in the Fall 2012 issue of the CPT Newsletter, CPT provided information about the need to revise the Guidelines.

In January 2013, CPT suspended the requirement in the 2008 ACS Guidelines for access to Chemical Abstracts. “This change will take effect immediately for all new periodic reports and applications and for those currently under review. CPT anticipates a shift in focus from access to specific resources to the development of student skills in the searching, retrieval, and use of the chemical literature.”

At the 2013 ACS Spring National Meeting in New Orleans, there was a CPT Open Meeting that was attended by Marion Peters and a CPT’s Symposium on the “Evolution of the ACS Approval Process: Moving Beyond the 2008 Guidelines” that was attended by Grace Baysinger and Marion Peters. As a follow-up, the Education Committee plans to send comments to CPT about proposed changes to the Chemical Information Searching part of the Guidelines. The Education Committee also plans to review the Chemical Information Literacy Competencies for Undergraduate Chemistry Students to see if any revisions are needed. CPT will hold an open meeting at the 246th ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis on Sunday, September 8, 2013.

For more details, please see:

ACS Committee on Professional Training

Background Documents

Recent and Proposed Changes to CPT Guidelines

Chemical Information Competencies

Information Skills for Graduate Students – Draft Document for Discussion     

Spearheaded by Judith Currano, a draft document on information skills needed for successful graduate students was shared with the Committee. There was not enough time to review it during the meeting so Education Committee members were encouraged to review it afterwards and post comments on the ACS Network site for the committee.

Symposia and Conferences

  • CINF Programs in New Orleans (Spring 2013): Library Cafes, Intellectual Commons and Virtual Services, Oh My! Charting New Routes for Users into Research Libraries (Sunday), Scholarly Communication: New Models, New Media, New Metrics (Monday), Food Informatics: Applications of Chemical Information to Food Chemistry (Monday PM), Public Databases Serving the Chemistry Community (Tuesday & Wednesday AM).
  • CINF Programs in Indianapolis (Fall 2013): Graduate Student Research Symposium in Cheminformatics, Information Science, and Library Science; Before and After Lab: Instructing Students in 'Non-chemical' Research Skills; Print Resources in a Digital World: Publishing, Acquiring, Using, Managing, and Preserving Chemistry Library Collections.
  • Biennial Conference on Chemical Education: Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, August 3-7, 2014 ( of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, July 31-August 4, 2016.
  • ConfChem online conferences by the ACS Division of Chemical Education Committee on Computers in Chemical Education ( Teaching and Learning Chemistry with Moodle, May and June 2013


The Education Committee needs to recruit two (or three) faculty to the Committee membership.

The CINF Education Committee webpage ( needs to be revised. There is a list of previous meetings that should be deleted and old workshop materials that need to be put into an Archive section.

All committee members need to join the CINF Education Committee private group on the ACS Network (

Communicating virtually between meetings to keep the momentum going is desired.

Grace Baysinger, Chair, CINF Education Committee