Category: Librarian

October 4, 2018

Reflecting on Data at the ACS National Meeting

By Linda Humphreys

As Science Faculty Librarian at University of Bath, U.K., I have built up a wealth of knowledge of chemical information sources and experience in supporting chemistry undergraduates and researchers.  Much of my knowledge has been gained through effective networking with my peers, academic chemists, and publishers.  This year, the ACS offered an unprecedented opportunity for […]

Biosensors in libraries

September 18, 2018

Biosensors: Can We Use Them in the Library?

By Alice Graves and Kate Qualmann

Sensors convert chemical information into an electrical signal that we can capture and analyze. But how can this technology be put to use in a traditional library? Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is a sensor type that has found its way into many libraries for tagging assets, checking material in and out, general shelf management, and security. […]

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September 17, 2018

3 Tips for Librarians Attending Their First ACS National Meeting

By Kelsey Jordan

Professional networking! Cutting-edge chemistry! Lobster rolls! The 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition has it all. Thanks to the ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians, this year’s Boston meeting was one of the biggest and grandest conferences I have ever had the pleasure of attending. There was always so much going on that it was […]

September 13, 2018

Finding Inspiration at the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Boston

By Alyssa Rozendaal

Alyssa Rozendaal is currently a graduate student at Indiana University where she works as a Graduate Assistant in the Sciences Library.  When I was awarded the ACS Publications Travel Grant to attend the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Boston this fall, I didn’t quite believe it was real.  I can honestly say it […]

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September 12, 2018

A European Librarian’s View on the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

By Lieselot Verryckt

Lieselot Verryckt is an information specialist at the Central Library of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium. When I heard that ACS Publishing was opening up their travel grant program to librarians from Europe/Middle East/Africa, I was eager to apply. I was even more excited when I received the news that I was selected […]

Biosensors

August 16, 2018

Biosensors: Uniting Man and Machine

By Alice Graves and Kate Qualmann

Wearable biosensors are already available in consumer electronics, such as heart-rate monitors or fitness trackers. However, this is just a small part of the possibilities biosensor technologies offer. Of particular interest is the utility for biosensors that could monitor or even diagnose diseases. Biosensors act as a bridge, converting chemical information from within a biological […]

August 15, 2018

Lithium on the Grid

By Alice Graves and Kate Qualmann

Energy needs have changed dramatically in recent decades. Today, many consumers want to be able to generate – and, crucially, to store – their own power, freeing them from reliance on the grid. Lithium is a soft, highly reactive alkali metal with inherent nuclear instability; as a result, it does not occur freely in nature […]

August 6, 2018

Supercapacitor Polymers: New Potential for Electronics of All Sizes

By Alice Graves and Kate Qualmann

Systems for electrochemical energy storage and conversion include batteries, fuel cells, and electrochemical capacitors.[1] Recent advances in lithium battery technology have gained attention for their potential to influence the evolution and adoption of electric vehicles. However, over the past decade, some leading names in the field of electric vehicles (Elon Musk, for one) have predicted […]

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August 3, 2018

The Science of Baking Soda

By Alice Graves and Kate Qualmann

Sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), also called baking soda, is a crystalline salt, found in a natural mineral form in nahcolite deposits. First isolated by Nicolas Leblanc in the 1790s, it wasn’t until the Solvay process was introduced in the 1860s that industrial-scale production became possible.1 Today, this chemical powerhouse is produced globally, with an estimated volume […]

July 9, 2018

Meet the Recipients of the Fall 2018 ACS Publications Travel Grant!

By Michael Qiu

ACS Publications and the Award Committee have selected the recipients of the ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students to attend the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Boston, August 19-23, 2018. Linda Humphreys, University of Bath (U.K.) Linda Humphreys is Science Faculty Librarian at University of Bath, U.K.  She has been […]

benefits of publishing with acs

May 25, 2018

The Benefits of Publishing with ACS

By Angela Carlson

Even though ACS is a relatively small, not-for-profit organization, we’re one of the most influential scientific publishers in the world. As our tagline goes, we’re one of the most trusted, most cited, and most read publishers, and we do this by providing many perks that other publishers don’t and offering authors the opportunity to be […]

May 21, 2018

Fall ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians Applications Due June 22, 2018

By Michael Qiu

ACS Publications is excited to announce our call for applications for the ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students to attend the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts August 19-23, 2018. Librarians who have never attended an ACS National Meeting, or who have not attended in […]

May 9, 2018

4 Ways ACS Publications is Advancing Chemistry

By Angela Carlson

ACS Publications is more than just a publisher. It supports the chemistry community in a variety of ways, including developing educational programs, holding outreach events to help researchers achieve their career and publishing goals, providing research funding, and collaborating with other organizations. What is ACS Reviewer Lab and Why Was It Created? Peer review is […]

April 18, 2018

Exploring the Benefits of Peer Review

By Angela Carlson

If you’re new to the world of publishing your discoveries, trying to figure out the process can be a daunting task. Just selecting a journal to which you should submit your work can be a lot of work.To help researchers sort through their options, a new service from American Journal Experts was recently announced [1]. […]

April 17, 2018

How Editing Helps Your Work Shine

By Angela Carlson

Before anyone can appreciate the importance of your research, they have to read your paper about it. The quality of that paper determines if your work gets noticed by funders, colleagues, and even the media. If you want your work to have the impact it deserves, your papers need to be clearly written and error-free. […]

April 12, 2018

Putting an Emphasis on Society

By April Colosimo

Winning an ACS Publications Travel Grant this year gave me the chance to attend an ACS National Meeting & Exposition for the first time. I have been to a fair number of library-related conferences over the years, including those of local, national, and international associations. What first struck me about the ACS meeting was that […]

April 12, 2018

Digging Deeper at the ACS Conference: A Librarian’s Perspective

By Chapel Cowden

At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) where I am the Health & Science Librarian, I have the challenging yet exciting opportunity to work with all of the STEM and health science disciplines. Despite having little time to specialize, I have been very fortunate to develop a close relationship with our Chemistry department—both the […]

February 28, 2018

Exploring Nanotechnology’s Daily Applications

By Finbar Galligan

Nanoparticles are, by definition, tiny: Collections of molecules or even just atoms, less than 100 nm wide – smaller than 1/100th the size of a grain of sand. These nanoparticles offer a surprising range of properties that can be different from larger quantities of the same substance – typically enhanced strength, chemical reactivity, or electrical […]

February 27, 2018

The Science Behind Cephalopods

By Alice Graves

The cephalopod family includes squid, cuttlefish, and the octopus – a group of exclusively marine animals with a prominent head and a set of arms. These intelligent and complex creatures have fascinated biologists for years, but now they are coming to the attention of the tech industry, thanks to some of their remarkable abilities – […]

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February 23, 2018

Top Sessions for Librarians and Information Professionals at the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans

By Michael Qiu

Opinions are of the author and not necessarily those of ACS or ACS Publications. It almost Spring (goodbye Winter) and I’m excited that ACS National Meeting is right around the corner. We will be in New Orleans from March 18-22, 2018. With thousands of presentations and attendees, it is always a daunting task of going […]

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February 14, 2018

ACS Publications Announces ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science

By Brooke Howell

ACS Publications launched a new journal that will publish high-quality, innovative research across the broad spectrum of pharmacology, biochemistry, and experimental medicine. ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science broadens the scope of the ACS Publications portfolio of journals to make room to publish more exceptional research in this important, rapidly-expanding area of study. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief is […]

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February 8, 2018

Congratulations to April Colosimo and Chapel Cowden, Recipients of the ACS Publications Travel Grant!

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 255th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans: April Colosimo of McGill University and Chapel Cowden of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. April Colosimo, McGill University April […]

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December 19, 2017

Updated: Apply for the ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians By January 26, 2018

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 255th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, to be held in New Orleans March 18-22, 2018. ACS Publications is encouraging librarians who have never attended ACS National Meeting, or who have not attended […]

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October 13, 2017

ACS Editors’ Choice: Wearable Ring-Based Sensing Platform for Detecting Chemical Threats — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: wearable ring-based sensing platform for detecting chemical threats, nanoscale coloristic pigments, the hydrophobic effect and the role of cosolvents — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of […]

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Peer Reviewers

September 22, 2017

Help for Aspiring Scientific Peer Reviewers

By Stephanie Monasky

Peer reviewers are 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 […]

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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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Solar Eclipse Chemical Reaction

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.