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Creation of an Instructional Module Highlighting Free Chemical Information Resources. Susan K. Cardinal, University of Rochester Carrie Newsom, University of Florida ACS Meeting: March 26, 2007. CINF Education Committee. Objective

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Creation of an instructional module highlighting free chemical information resources

Creation of an Instructional Module Highlighting Free Chemical Information Resources

Susan K. Cardinal, University of Rochester

Carrie Newsom, University of Florida

ACS Meeting: March 26, 2007


Cinf education committee

CINF Education Committee

Objective

Provide educational outreach to chemical information users, of all degrees of experience, in all venues

  • 8 academic librarians with consultants

  • Meet at each ACS National meetings

    For history: “50 Years of Chemical Information in the American Chemical Society 1943-1993” by W. V. Metanomski


The need for modular instruction

The Need for Modular Instruction

  • Low workshop attendance

  • “How Chemical Information is being taught” survey results*

  • Target audience not at national meetings

  • Internet as communication tool

  • Constant turnover of volunteers

    *For “How Chemical Information is being taught” see Chemical Information Instruction, 1984-2004: Who is Leading the Charge? by Jeremy Garritano and Bartow Culp. Poster for 2005 SLA meeting


Module topics

Module Topics

  • Education Committee members and consultants suggested ~60 topics

  • After prioritizing, the top 5 topics were:

    • Overview of the Chemical Literature

    • Affordable Resources

    • Finding Physical Properties

    • Teaching Chemical Information

    • SciFinder Scholar


Vision for affordable resources module

Vision for Affordable Resources Module

  • Purpose

    • This module will highlight free resources that may be used to teach aspects of chemical information literacy in accordance with the chemical information literacy guidelines

  • Audience

    • Librarians and Chemistry Faculty who teach Chemical Information


Survey of small college chemical information instructors

Survey of Small College Chemical Information Instructors

  • What support do small college librarians and chemistry faculty need?

  • 12 questions

  • Used Survey Monkey

  • Distributed to Chminf-L, SLA DCHE. NYSciLibs, word of mouth


Survey results

Survey Results

  • 31 Responses, some faculty, mostly librarians

  • Most respondents teach chemical information.

    • Knowledge

    • Resources

    • Skills

    • Databases


Creation of an instructional module highlighting free chemical information resources

  • 61% have chemical information topics that they don’t teach because of lack of knowledge or resources.

Want to know more about:

  • expensive tools,

  • new online tools,

  • advanced searching techniques,

  • structure and substructure searching,

  • and much more


Most useful topics to include

Most useful topics to include

Inspiration for topics from "Ideal Chemical Information Curriculum" by Carol Carr and Arleen Somerville at the National Chemical Information Symposium, June 1994, University of Vermont


Topics for us to consider

Topics for us to consider

  • Resources for Environmental Science, Physical Science, Biochemistry, Biomedical

  • Tested problems for students

  • Chemical pricing

  • Encouraging students to use tutorials & help

  • Database comparison

  • Finding jobs, grants and funding

  • Rational for finding patents

  • Evaluation of information

  • Citation style


Preferred module formats

Preferred Module Formats


How respondents plan to use the module

How respondents plan to use the module


Progress on module

Progress on Module

  • Started with Sources for Finding Physical Properties

  • PowerPoint slides and HTML

  • Post to the CINF Education Committee website


Evaluating property resources

Evaluating Property Resources

  • Where does the data come from? Authority? Accuracy?

  • Contains

    • how many compounds?

    • how many types of properties?

    • properties that undergraduates need? Boiling point, melting point, density, bond angle, etc.

    • valuable references?

  • Ease of use/ setup?

  • Cost?

  • Accessibility?


First piece of module available

First Piece of Module Available

  • URL: http://www.acscinf.org/html/educ.html


Plans for module

Plans for Module

  • Feedback from collaborators

  • Survey chemistry professors

  • Develop next segments

  • Enhance with sound (podcast) and video (screencast) files?

  • Each module segment will take a short time to for user to complete.

  • Periodic updates


Google groups and docs

Google Groups and Docs


Collaborators

Collaborators

  • 18 volunteers including Robert Landolt

  • Encouraged to contact

    • CUR,

    • 2YC3,

    • SOCED,

    • J Chem Ed,

    • CPT


Acknowledgements

Co-author

Carrie Newsom

Ed Committee Members

Judith Currano

Grace Baysinger

Jeremy Garritano

Meghan Lafferty

Song Yu

Bruce Slutsky

For encouragement

Bob Landolt

Adrienne Kozlowski

Arleen Somerville

For support

University of Rochester

University of Florida

Acknowledgements


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