Creation of an instructional module for small college science l
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 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 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 Char ge? by Jeremy Garritano and Bartow Culp. Poster for 2005 SLA meeting 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 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 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
31 Responses, some faculty, mostly librarians Most respondents teach chemical information. Knowledge Resources Skills Databases
Percentage of respondents who teach chemical information 6% Yes No 94% 61% have chemical information topics that they dont 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 3.19 Prope rty data 3.17 Ide ntifying article s 3 Unique nature of the che mical literature
2.97 Structure se arching Spe ctra 2.87 Finding journals 2.87 2.81 Synthesis data 2.58
Background materials 2.29 Safe ty 2.26 Scie ntific communication 2.10 Pate nts 1.68
Biographical information 0.00 0.50 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50 3.00
3.50 Average response (0 = not useful; 4 = most useful) 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 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 Other Website Word Document Screencast Podcast
Powerpoint slides Number of respondents Preferred Module Formats 25 20 15 10
5 0 How respondents plan to use the module Number of respondents 20 18 16 14 12 10 8
6 4 2 0 in class demonstrations hands on exercises for your students self education (yourself) self education
(your students) all the above Progress on Module Started with Sources for Finding Physical Properties PowerPoint slides and HTML Post to the CINF Education Committee website 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 URL: http://www.acscinf.org/html/educ.html 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 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
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