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

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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 through the schedule and finding the best sessions to attend.

These are the sessions I have at the top of my list, and I recommend them for librarians and information professionals:

MPPG: Nexus of Food, Energy, & Water Opening Session

Sunday, March 18: 3:00-6:00 PM
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Great Hall A
The opening session of any national meeting is a great way to hear from leading researchers with areas that are influential to the meeting theme. This year’s open session is no different with five researchers from leading universities to discuss the Nexus of Food, Energy & Water: Adapting to Future Challenges.

CINF: Information Legacy of Eugene Garfield: From the Chicken Coop to the World Wide Web

Monday, March 19: 1:15-5:50 PM
New Orleans Marriott Convention Center, River Bend 1
Co-sponsored by: HIST, PRES
Eugene Garfield developed the Science Citation Index that became the basis of ISI and Web of Science. This symposium will take a look at what his genius developed and how his legacy impacts and pervades the scientific information tools we use today. Hear from leaders in the information field as to how Garfield’s work has transformed information searching.

MPPG: The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture
MPPG: The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture

Monday, March 19: 4:00-6:15 PM
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Great Hall A
The Kavli lectures have always featured leading speakers discussing global issues and the ways that chemistry can help. Do not miss this opportunity. Speakers for this meeting are Dr. Emily Cranston (McMaster University) and Professor Angela Belcher (MIT).

CINF: Chemical Information Literacy: Innovation, Collaboration & Assessment

Tuesday, March 20: 8:30-11:45 AM, 1:30-5:00 PM
New Orleans Marriott Convention Center, River Bend 1
Co-sponsored: CHED
This symposium will highlight how librarians and instructors are supporting the development of chemistry information literacy for the next generation of chemists. I look forward to hearing all of the different, creative ways to introduce students to chemical information.

CHED: Science Communication: Engaging Science Students, Scientists & Nonscientists through Modern Communication Modes

Wednesday, March 21: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
New Orleans Marriott Convention Center, Blaine Kern B
New forms of digital communication can be confusion. Various methods to share science currently being employed include the use of social media, blogs, online videos, infographics, etc. I am hoping to learn more about the best practices of engaging these groups through new modes.

CHED – Division of Chemical Education
CINF – Division of Chemical Information
HIST – Division of the History of Chemistry
MMPG – Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group
PRES – Presidential Events

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