CINF Education Committee

The following are the minutes of the ACS CINF Education Committee Meeting, which occurred on March 12, 2016, at the San Diego Convention Center. Grace Baysinger (chair), Jeremy Garritano, Chuck Huber, Ye Li, Marion Peters, and Teri Vogel were in attendance.

Report on the Meeting and Activities of the Society Committee on Education (SOCED) – Jeremy Garritano

  • SOCED is planning to work on a graduate education Website, giving guidance on topics such as looking for and selecting graduate schools.
  • By the end of the year, they plan a big survey about online instruction (e.g. MOOCs and virtual labs). It is assumed that this will be distributed to department chairs.
  • They have been asked to look into recognizing chemistry programs in other countries (e.g. RSC programs)
  • A representative from the Committee on Chemical Safety spoke. CCS has plans for a ChemLuminary award for promoting chemical safety. The two-volume Safety in Academic Chemical Laboratories will be updated this year (last updated in 2003). CCS also plans to issue safety guidelines for demonstrations.
  • There was a soft launch of One hundred people have already created independent development plans. is free to use but requires an ACS login. The “Explore Careers” module is the most popular; it is mostly geared towards graduate students, but undergraduates are also showing interest. The hope is to get more funding to further develop this.
  • The National Research Council just released “Effective Chemistry Communication in Informal Environments.” It includes a framework and guide.
  • There was discussion about a practitioner's statement regarding the importance of laboratory activity, but the committee opted not to develop one at this time. They are more interested in crafting something about effective learning and teaching techniques, perhaps one or more articles that can be written up in the Journal of Chemical Education (JCE).
  • SOCED is also looking at guidelines and performance expectations for general chemistry, a multi-year project. They want to make it cross-disciplinary, describing expectations of both chemistry majors and nonchemistry science and engineering majors.

XCITR Repository

  • XCITR is currently offline, due to security concerns from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). RSC hosted it for a few years until their Drupal upgrade. The account creation site was heavily spammed, resulting in a moratorium on new accounts. Current account holders have added little content.
  • The site will be up long enough for Stanford University to archive it, and they will offer public access. Internet Archive has also archived some of it.
  • Ideas
    • Set up a Google custom search. Grace Baysinger has seen this done for government documents.
    • LibGuides links could be added to the Chemical Information Sources Wikibook (ChemWiki Book), and we could link to documents if the archive copy is available via URL.
  • Questions
    • What is the utility of the content currently in XCITR? (Out of date? Non-English language materials?)
    • How many people were searching and using the content, and who are they?
    • Are there communities (creators, depositors, and readers) to support the work?
    • The group decided that the ChemWiki Book should be the bigger priority, and they can add selected links from LibGuides, as well as archived, deposited documents. Chemical Information Sources Wikibook (ChemWiki Book)

Chemical Information Sources Wikibook (ChemWiki Book)

  • The committee will hold further discussions about the Wikibook at a virtual meeting later this spring.
  • The WikiBook is being read, and the Committee on Professional Training (CPT) points to it. The committee needs to review current chapters and determine whether additional ones are needed, reach out to past authors, and seek new editors.
  • The community needs "support" from the Education Committee to continue contributing. In particular, the committee should try to devise a way to give credit to editors (or authors). This includes reviewing the content and the level of accountability.
  • Recommendations:
    • Request that the Executive Committee adopt the Wikibook as a formal “publication of CINF.”
    • Identify rights, responsibilities, and roles for the editor-in-chief, editors, and authors.
    • Work with Martin Walker to add more functionality to the interface, which will also help contributors.
    • Develop a roadmap/to-do list.
  • Action Items
    • The entire Education Committee will review the organization, structure, and chapters of the Wikibook and send comments to Chuck.
    • By May 2, committee members should send Grace items that should go into the road map. This will be followed by a conference call later that week.
    • Ye will serve as interim technical editor so as to gain this level of expertise; eventually, a permanent technical editor will be appointed.
    • Submit a piece for the Fall CIB to Teri Vogel by mid-to-late July.

CINF Education Page

  • The page is completely out of date and needs an overhaul. Grace Baysinger has already revised the Chemical Information Literacy page in response to articles in the JCE special issue linking to the page.
  • The meeting minutes have been moved into the ACS network.
  • A question arose about whether someone on the committee can get access to edit the Web pages, or whether all changes must go through the Webmaster.
  • Action Item
    • Grace Baysinger will send out a charge for the committee to review and submit comments, as well as a draft of the updated page for comment.

Graduate Student Information Literacy Guidelines

  • The committee aims to complete this project by the fall meeting, focusing on learning objectives, not lists of links and resources.
  • The GradIDP mentions data/database management, but nothing else about database searching or other information literacy skills.
  • Grace brought up the issue of SciFinder certification with the new chair of the Joint Board-Council Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service. Ye Li mentioned digital badges.

ACS Style Guide

  • The committee is interested in having the References chapter updated so that the guidelines for citing online resources align more closely with the ways in which these sources are actually cited in articles.
  • Committee members were reminded that access to the ACS Style Guide is free with an ACS ChemWorx account.
  • Action Item
    • Marion Peters will check in with Michael Qiu, and perhaps this can be added to the agenda for the next Academic Roundtable Meeting.
Grace Baysinger
Stanford University
Teri Vogel
University of California—San Diego