Education Committee

The CINF Education Committee will meet Saturday afternoon at the upcoming ACS National Meeting in San Francisco.  We will also be present at the Committee Dinner Saturday evening to talk to people who may be interested in joining the Education Committee. People do not have to physically attend all of the ACS Meetings in order to participate in the CINF Education Committee. If you are interested in joining the Education Committee, please contact Grace Baysinger (   

Information Skills for Graduate Students

One of the main agenda items for the CINF Education Committee at the fall ACS National Meeting in San Francisco will be to discuss a draft document on information skills needed for successful graduate students.  Please feel free to join the Education Committee’s Meeting and participate in this discussion. 

ACS Guidelines for Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Chemistry

The ACS Committee on Professional Training (CPT) has developed new guidelines for undergraduate chemistry programs that will be adopted in 2014. Changes include the guidelines on chemical information skills. For more details, please see links below.  

White Paper: Proposed Changes to the ACS Guidelines
Summary of Proposed Changes
Chemical Information Skills

CPT will hold an open meeting at the 248th ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, California on Sunday, August 10.  The time and location have not been determined as of this writing. CPT is organizing a symposium on “Enriching Professional Preparation of Students: Vertical Skill Integration and Capstone Experiences” at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Grand Valley State University on Monday, August 4 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. View the schedule.

Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources (XCITR)

FIZ CHEMIE Berlin was very generous to develop and host the XCITR website, but due to changing circumstances was no longer able to do so. The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) graciously agreed to host XCITR for 2013-14.  The URL has stayed the same:

Submissions of educational materials from information providers, chemistry instructors, and librarians are desired.  Submissions can be descriptions with links to web pages or videos on a provider’s website or deposition of documents.  Because the audience is broad, XCITR is an excellent way to share information with colleagues and clients. 

The CINF Education Committee is very interested in any feedback you may have about XCITR.  Please send comments to Grace Baysinger (

Biennial Conference on Chemical Education 2014

BCCE 2014 will be held on August 3-7th at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.  Integrating Library and Information Resources into Chemistry Curricula (S61) is a full day program that will be held on Wednesday, August 6th.  While the CINF Education Committee did not organize this session, Ye Li, a CINF Education Committee Member, is co-authoring the last presentation in the morning on Wikipedia editing.  Please see abstract and links to presentations below.

Integrating Library and Information Resources into Chemistry Curricula (S61)< br /> Presider: Charity Lovitt, Seattle University

Information literacy, the ability to find and evaluate information resources, is an important skill for future scientists. For example, students and scientists need to distinguish among information provided by Wikipedia, ChemSpider, research journals, and the New York Times. Professors and librarians often teach this skill through database demonstrations, video tutorials, and lectures. However, it is possible to increase the impact of these activities by designing chemistry projects that incorporate information literacy as a learning outcome. This symposium provides a forum to share activities that help students find and evaluate information resources in the context of a science course. Of particular interest are activities and assignments that integrate information literacy and chemical literacy. All forms of activities are encouraged including videos, course projects, in-class activities, and online activities. 


P772: Monitoring student abilities and perceptions regarding information literacy in chemistry (9:35 am to 9:55 am)
P773: Research strategy for searching the literature more effectively (9:55 am to 10:15 am)
P774: Collaborative chemical information literacy: Is it “scholarly?” (10:15 am to 10:35 am)
P775: Student engagement through writing: an undergraduate e-journal project (10:35 am to 10:55 am)
P776: Designing a library research project to identify credible resources on climate change (11:10 am to 11:30 am)
P777: Debunking pseudoscience: video projects and related assignments to promote critical thinking of scientific information by chemistry students (11:30 am to 11:50 am)
P778: Wikipedia editing in chemistry classrooms: learning chemistry and improving information competencies simultaneously (11:50 am to 12:10 pm)


P873: Engaging non-science majors in the chemistry around us through information literacy (2:05 pm to 2:25 pm)
P874: Building information literacy in first-year chemistry students through student-centered learning and experimental design
(2:25 pm to 2:45 pm)
P875: Integrating and assessing information literacy in a large introductory chemistry course (withdrawn)

P876: Incorporating library literacy into large classrooms through the laboratory (3:05 pm to 3:25 pm)
P877: Integrating information literacy and research strategies into sophomore and senior level college chemistry courses (3:40 pm to 4:00 pm)
P878: Reading, writing, review, and analysis: engaging with chemical literature to enhance analytical understanding (4:00 pm to 4:20 pm)
P879: Integrating information literacy into the junior level organic chemistry experience

Respectively, submitted
Grace Baysinger
Chair, CINF Education Committee