Category: Librarian

September 22, 2017

Help for Aspiring Scientific Peer Reviewers

By Stephanie Monasky

Peer review is critical to the advancement of science, but few researchers receive formalized education to sharpen their reviewing skills. In fact, a recent survey reported that up to 77% of researchers desire further training. This is astonishing when combined with another study which estimated that over 30 million hours were spent reviewing manuscripts within scientific journals in 2013 […]

September 14, 2017

Exploring the ACS National Meeting as a First-Time Librarian Attendee

By Heather Lewin

When I got the email letting me know that I had been selected for the ACS Publications Travel Grant for the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Washing D.C., I did a happy dance in my office. I have been the chemistry librarian at Iowa State University for over ten years, but I am […]

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September 14, 2017

Librarians Make Connections at the ACS National Meeting in Washington DC

By Theresa M Nawalaniec

I’m grateful to ACS Publications for providing me with this wonderful opportunity to attend the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, whose theme was “Chemistry’s Impact on the Global Economy.” When I was awarded one of the ACS Travel Grants for Librarians to attend my first ACS Meeting, I was very happy. I’ve been an ACS […]

August 16, 2017

Top Sessions for Librarians and Information Professionals at the 254th ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC

By Michael Qiu

Opinions are of the author and not necessarily those of ACS or ACS Publications It only seemed like we just left San Francisco and now we are gearing up for the next ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC. From August 20-24, presentations will be given covering every aspect of chemistry from analytical, to polymers, chemical […]

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August 14, 2017

Enjoy the Solar Eclipse on August 21st, But Avoid This Chemical Reaction!

By Angela Carlson

On August 21, 2017, and for the first time in almost a century, the magnificent sight of the moon passing over and completely covering the sun will be visible across parts of North America. In Washington D.C., during the ACS National Meeting, the sky will briefly darken with an estimated 81% obscuration of the sun.[i] […]

August 8, 2017

How Librarians Advance Chemistry: With ACS Fellow Grace Baysinger

By Katherine Stevens

This year the ACS named Stanford Librarian Grace Baysinger as one of the ACS Fellows. The program was created to recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the Society. Baysinger is currently the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian at the Robin Li and Melissa Ma Science Library. […]

May 26, 2017

Submit ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians Applications By June 23rd

By Michael Qiu

ACS Publications is excited to announce our call for applications for our Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students to attend the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC (August 20-24, 2017). ACS Publications is encouraging librarians who have never attended ACS National Meeting, or who have not attended in the last […]

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May 3, 2017

ACS Grant Provides a National Meeting Experience for a New Librarian

By Kortney K. Rupp

When I was selected as a recipient of the ACS Publications travel award to attend the 253rd ACS National Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, I felt like I found the golden ticket in my chocolate bar. I am a brand-new chemistry librarian (graduating from library school in May 2017!) and only recently discovered that […]

May 3, 2017

Reflecting on My Experience as an ACS Librarian Travel Grant Winner

By Ian McCullough

I wanted to attend the 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco to reconnect with being a chemist who is a librarian, instead of a librarian who helps chemists. Like many science librarians, I end up spreading my energies across many fields and I missed my chemistry focus. The meeting energized me by […]

May 3, 2017

ACS Reagent Chemicals: A New Online Reference for Chemists

By Michael Woodruff

What is ACS Reagent Chemicals? The ACS Committee on Analytical Reagents sets purity specifications for almost 500 reagent chemicals and over 500 standard-grade reference materials. These specifications have become the de facto standards for chemicals used in many high-purity applications, with agencies like the US EPA and ASTM referencing these specifications and methods. In addition […]

May 3, 2017

Compound Interest: Making Chemistry Fun

By Angela Carlson

Wonder what adds color to flames or why eggs smell so bad? Meet Andy Brunning, a UK-based chemistry teacher that is using his artistic side to investigate interesting topics in our day-to-day lives.

May 3, 2017

If It Made Chemistry News, You’ll Find It In C&EN Archives

By Angela Carlson

Curious about the historic impact of scientific advancement on society? Whether you want to learn about historical salary trends for chemists or are trying to determine when a product first hit the market, the award-winning journalism in C&EN Archives can help you find answers.

May 3, 2017

The Evolution of a Beverage

By Angela Carlson

Beer and whiskey start with the same basic ingredients. What makes them different and what effect does the barrel aging process have on the chemistry of whiskey? ACS Publications has some answers that may surprise you.

April 14, 2017

Researchers Recognizing Transformative Librarians

By Michael Qiu

In celebration of National Library Week, ACS Publications invited researchers nominate a transformative librarian that has supported them throughout their career. We received nominations from researchers across the globe and are excited to share our winner: Sue Cardinal, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian University of Rochester Sue received two nominations from the University of Rochester, […]

April 12, 2017

The Transformative Power of Librarians

By Katherine Stevens

As we celebrate National Library Week, an American Library Association initiative highlighting the transformative power of libraries, we would like to take a look at how librarianship has transformed in recent years. Librarians have always played an essential role in research and information services, providing scientists with key information and helping students find what they […]

April 10, 2017

Thank You Librarians!

By Angela Carlson

Today kicks off National Library Week for 2017, sponsored by the American Library Association. This year’s theme, “Libraries Transform”, celebrates all the contributions that libraries have made to accommodate new technologies. We would like to take a moment to thank the people that have made it all happen: librarians. The role of librarians has evolved […]

February 21, 2017

Congratulations to Kortney Rupp and Ian McCullough, Recipients of ACS Publications Travel Grants!

By Michael Qiu

ACS Publications and the Award Committee are excited to announce the recipients of the ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students to attend the 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco: Kortney Rupp, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Ian McCullough, of the University of Akron. Kortney Rupp, […]

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January 12, 2017

C&EN Global Enterprise Offers Exciting New Features for Library Subscribers

By Angela Carlson

C&EN is one of the most trusted sources for objective science news, written by the experts: In order to reflect C&EN’s transition to a digital-first publication, ACS is launching C&EN Global Enterprise, designed specifically for institutional subscribers. It features all of the content found in the magazine—from cover to cover—in a highly discoverable web and […]

January 12, 2017

ACS Open Access Offers Choices That Will Fit Every Need

By Stephanie Monasky

ACS Publications offers gold open access solutions on all titles, from Accounts of Chemical Research to Organometallics. If researchers want to publish open access, they can easily do so under our ACS AuthorChoice license. CC-BY licenses, the most flexible licenses available, are also available to authors for an added fee. For a full list of […]

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January 4, 2017

Apply for the ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students

By Michael Qiu

After a successful start to this program last year for Philadelphia, ACS Publications is happy to announce our call for applications for our 2nd Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students to attend the 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, CA (April 2-6, 2017). ACS Publications is encouraging librarians who have […]

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November 16, 2016

Discover the Redesigned InfoCentral

By Michael Qiu

Everyone at ACS Publications is very excited to announce the launch of our redesigned InfoCentral website, which provides resources and assistance to our institutional subscribers. The new site features redesigned pages, quicker access to the most commonly used features, and additional self-serve resources for our librarians. New to InfoCentral is a dedicated Resources page, where […]

October 27, 2016

ACS Publications Improves Website Features and Customer Security

By Andrew Clinton

In an effort to continuously improve the ACS Publications website for our global community, we recently introduced a number of upgrades. These improvements will enhance the discoverability and accessibility of articles, while concurrently increasing security and preventing unauthorized access of customer data. One key improvement is the addition of “Remember Me” functionality for ACS ID […]

ACS Earth and Space Chemistry

October 20, 2016

Introducing ACS Earth and Space Chemistry

By Jesse Stanchak

Get ready to expand the boundaries of chemistry with ACS Publications’ newest journal: ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, which is currently accepting submissions. Starting in 2017, this peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal will publish high-impact basic and applied research from a variety of disciplines, including atmospheric and marine chemistry, astrochemistry, and analytical geochemistry. ACS Earth and Space […]

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October 12, 2016

Take a 360° tour In the Library at the University of Maryland

By Michael Qiu

ACS Publications is excited to partner with our academic libraries and librarians to bring the new “In the Library” series to ACS Axial. “In the Library” features stories, videos, and tours of academic libraries across the globe led by the devoted librarians who work there. For our first installment of this series, we visited the […]

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September 30, 2016

Renewal Season is Here: What You Can Expect and How to Make it Go Smoothly

By Michael Woodruff

Approximately 6,000 organizations worldwide subscribe to ACS Publications and we employ a number of different mechanisms for delivering your quotation and helping you through the renewal process. If you handle the journal subscriptions and renewals for your organization, you should have already received your 2017 renewal quote. So now what? This short article should help […]

September 30, 2016

Chemistry of Tea and Coffee

By Finbar Galligan

On the whole, you can divide people into two groups: coffee drinkers, and tea drinkers. (A shadowy third group – those who don’t like hot drinks – are to be regarded with deep suspicion.) Imbibing these plant-infused hot beverages has become deeply entrenched in the culture and lifestyle of people the world over. Around 2.5 […]

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September 30, 2016

A Librarian’s Quick Reference Guide to the ACS Open Access program

By Finbar Galligan

To save time, and to equip our library community with the right tools to deal with open access questions from faculty and researchers, we have compiled a brief post here (also available as a PDF download) that covers the main things you need to know about the open access program here at ACS Publications. Let’s […]

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September 16, 2016

3 Reasons Chemistry Librarians Should Attend ACS National Meetings

By Ian Gordon

Attending the 252nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia last month on behalf of the ACS Publications and the Award Committee as a recipient of the ACS Publications First-Time Attendee Travel Grant for Librarians was an exciting opportunity. I challenge everyone to find out more about ACS, join a Division, attend a future meeting, […]

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ACS E-Books

September 14, 2016

All About “E”: Behind the Scenes with ACS eBooks

By Andrew Clinton

Over the past 60 years, the ACS Symposium Series and Advances in Chemistry have published books from some of the world’s brightest minds in science, including 34 Nobel Laureates in chemistry. These books have become so important that the ACS Symposium Series has now transitioned under the ACS eBooks banner. “The subtle identity shift better […]

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September 13, 2016

ACS Central Science Introduces a Mobile App

By Andrew Clinton

ACS Central Science is a fully open access, multidisciplinary journal that publishes articles of exceptional quality and interest to the broad chemistry and scientific community. ACS Publications is proud to unveil our newest mobile offering that will help our researchers discover this research while on the go. Introducing: the ACS Central Science App! “This is […]

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September 8, 2016

Download a Free Updated Periodic Table From ACS Publications

By Jesse Stanchak

Is the periodic table hanging in your lab, classroom, or office woefully out of date? Replace that old relic with a free updated periodic table from ACS Publications! No longer will you need to stare at table with the old provisional names for these most-recently discovered elements, including ununtrium for 113, ununpentium for 115, ununseptium […]

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September 6, 2016

What It’s Like to Attend an ACS Annual Meeting for the First Time

By Michelle Bass

Attending the ACS Annual Meeting for the first time was a very welcoming experience; the chemistry librarians received me with open arms and made me feel right at home in the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) Sessions. I have been to other disciplinary professional organization conferences, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Medical […]

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September 1, 2016

The Evolving Role of Librarians on the 21st Century Campus: Part Four, Lisabeth Chabot

By Katherine Stevens

How has your job changed over the years? What is it like being a 21st-century librarian compared to the more traditional image most people have in their minds? Lisabeth Chabot (College Librarian, Ithaca College): The move from ownership of content to curating access to content has impacted all areas of library work. I like to […]

August 9, 2016

Meet the First Recipients of the ACS Publications First-Time Attendee Travel Grant for Librarians

By Michael Qiu

ACS Publications and the Award Committee are excited to announce our first two recipients of the ACS Publications First-Time Attendee Travel Grant for Librarians: Michelle Bass from the University of Chicago and Ian Gordon from Brock University. Michelle Bass is the Science Research Services Librarian at the University of Chicago’s John Crerar Library.  A primary […]

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August 5, 2016

Can’t Miss Sessions for Librarians at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia

By Michael Qiu

Opinions are of the author and not necessarily those of ACS or ACS Publications The ACS National Meeting is right around the corner and we will be in Philadelphia from August 21-25. With so many presentations on offer, it is always a daunting task to go through the schedule and find the best sessions to […]

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Continuing Education

July 28, 2016

Librarian Life: Continuing Education On a Budget

By Michael Qiu

I need some creative ideas for fulfilling my job’s continuing education requirements. In the past, I took care of them at the ACS National Meeting. But my office doesn’t have enough money to send me this year. How can stay up-to-date in my field without busting my budget? Working with a limited budget for continuing […]

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July 19, 2016

Celebrate and Innovate at the 252nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition

By Lauren Lamoureux

The theme of the upcoming ACS National Meeting is “Chemistry of the People, by the People, for the People.” This theme will be on full display at the highly anticipated Kavli Lecture Series, promoting groundbreaking discovery and public understanding of the world’s mounting challenges and how chemistry can provide solutions. Lecture attendees will be able […]

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