CINF Education Committee

The CINF Education Committee met on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm in the Marina Room of the Palace Hotel. Members attending included Grace Baysinger (Chair), Chuck Huber, Marion Peters, and Donna Wrublewski.  Guests attending included Jeremy Garritano, Judith Currano, and Suzanne Redalje.

Membership: As three members’ terms will expire at the end of 2014, we are interested in recruiting replacements for them. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Grace Baysinger (

Announcement: There will be a discussion forum on the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics on Monday 12 pm -3 pm during the ACS Meeting in San Francisco. The discussion will involve both the hard copy and electronic versions of the Handbook. All are invited to attend and participate.

SOCED: A member of ACS Society Committee on Education (SOCED), Jeremy Garritano, gave an informal report from a SOCED meeting he had attended. The American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), a new organization created to support K-12 teachers, became  Imageoperational. The Science ABC’s book is now available digitally. Two new international student chapters have been formed, one in Germany and one in Singapore. As a follow up to the ACS Presidential Commission on Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences, Jeremy briefly summarized results for a survey given to 3,000 graduate students.

Graduate Student Information Skills: In addition to comments already submitted, members were asked to send comments on this draft document to Grace by the end of October. If there are other CINF members who are interested in reviewing and commenting on this document, please contact Grace Baysinger (

Short Journal Abbreviations: The need to be able to easily locate very short journal abbreviations used in the older literature was discussed. Options are being explored to for addressing this issue.

CINF Education Committee Programming: Ideas and possibilities were discussed for upcoming ACS National Meetings and for Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) 2016, which will be held at the University of Northern Colorado.

Procedures Manual for the CINF Education Committee: The charge, objectives, and responsibilities for the CINF Education Committee were reviewed and revised. After any approvals that are needed by the Division, the revised document will be deposited into the CINF Procedures Manual and will be posted on the CINF Education Committee pages. A draft version of these changes is appended so that all CINF members can review them and provide comments.

Education Committee Section of the Procedures Manual Revised September 5, 2014

Term of Office and Composition: 


The Committee Chair is appointed by the Division Chair for a term of three successive one-year terms.  The Committee Chair may previously have served on the Committee, preferably as Assistant Chair, during the year immediately preceding his/her term. 


Members are appointed by the Committee Chair for no more than three successive one-year terms with the approval of the Division Chair. Members should include representatives from a wide range of chemical information areas, such as chemistry faculty, academic librarians, industrial information specialists, government information specialists, and database producers and vendors.  Attendance at ACS National Meetings is not required for committee members. 


Help foster chemical information literacy and best practices among information professionals, information providers, and users.

Key Responsibilities:

Provide a liaison relationship with information producers and vendors. Help chemical information instructors improve the quality of information instruction.

Organize chemical information symposia or posters at the ACS National meetings. When possible, offer or participate in chemical information symposia, workshops, and posters at the Biennial Conference of Chemical Education (BCCE) and at ACS Regional Meetings.

Collaborate with other ACS Technical Divisions, Local Sections, and Committees.

Provide advice to the ACS Committee on Professional Training, ACS Society Committee on Education (SOCED), ACS Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service, and other ACS groups about chemical information literacy.

Maintain the Chemical Information Literacy page on the CINF website. 


Meetings are held twice a year for two hours on the Saturday that immediately precedes the start of each ACS National Meeting. Virtual meetings, discussion by email, etc. are also held as needed.

Committee Pages:

ACS CINF > Committees > Education

ACS Network: CINF Education Committee Members (a private site for members; contains archive of Committee documents)

Grace Baysinger, Chair, CINF Education Committee