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

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

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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 attend.

These are the sessions I have at the top of my personal list to attend.  I recommend them for librarians and information professionals:


Sunday, August 21: 1:30-4:55 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 112B

CINF: Beyond Citations: Challenges & Opportunities in Altmetrics

Traditional metrics have been under fire for years, so what should take their place? Altmetrics have been presented as an alternative, but have been slow to catch on. This session should be great at discussing the current challenges and opportunities for both libraries and publishers.


Sunday, August 21: 6:30-8:30 PM

Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Howe Room

CINF Scholarships for Scientific Advancement: Student Poster Competition

See the latest student research in chemical information and cheminformatics at this reception and poster session. Scholarships sponsored by ACS Publications.


Monday, August 22: 8:05 AM-12:00 PM, 1:30-4:30 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 112A

CINF: Chemistry Data for the People: From Policy to Practice

Co-sponsored by MPPG

As research data becomes more publically available, there are questions that need to be addressed. Some librarians are actively involved with the management, storage, and preservation of data. What are the policies behind allowing public access? How should this be done? This session will look at these questions and more.


Monday, August 22: 1:30-4:15 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 112B

CINF: Using New Media to Communicate Chemistry to the Public

Co-sponsored by MPPG and PRES

New media continues to inform the public of new, exciting, and sometimes jaw-dropping scientific discoveries. As librarians and information professionals, we often work with members of the public, so knowing what resources are available is important. As new media platforms are developed, it is important to ask what works? What doesn’t work? Stop by this session to hear more about new media platforms to communicate chemistry. This session is supported by Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN).


Tuesday, August 23: 8:45 AM-12:00 PM, 2:00-5:05 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 112A/B

CINF: Herman Skolnik Award Symposium

The Herman Skolnik Award honors researchers advancing the theory and practice of chemical information science. This year’s award honors two researchers from the National Library of Medicine/National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). This symposium will feature presentations from speakers that will discuss the impact of PubChem and other NCBI tools on chemistry and feature a keynote lecture from the two award recipients.


Wednesday, August 24: 8:25 AM-12:05 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 112A

CINF: Using Public Information to Support a Chemical Safety Culture

Co-sponsored by CHAS

Chemical safety has always been important in research, but more and more evident now with lab accidents and issues that have reached the news media. It is important to know that public information and support for chemical safety are available. I hope these presentations will spark a discussion to advance a safety culture.



  • CHAS – Division of Chemical Health and Safety
  • CINF – Division of Chemical Information
  • MPPG – Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group
  • PRES – Presidential Events

Get more information and register for the 252nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition.


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