Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates/Previous Editions and Publication History

Previous Editions and Publication HistoryEdit

How This Document Came to Be

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) Chemistry Division Ad Hoc Committee on Information Literacy was appointed in 2004 and published the first edition of Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates: The Elements of Information Literacy in January 2007, as written and edited by Cory Craig and Linda Maddux. In 2011, this document was revised by Marion Peters, Grace Baysinger, and Cory Craig in consultation with the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Information (CINF) Education Committee and members from the SLA Chemistry Division. The second edition was published in May 2011, following approval by ACS CINF and the SLA Chemistry Division, and updated and reissued in September 2011.

As of July 2012, the current version of Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates is available on Wikibooks at: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Information_Competencies_for_Chemistry_Undergraduates. Future revisions, link changes, and development of the document will be more immediate, and greatly improved, by the Wikibooks format.


Previous Editions:

Previous versions of Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates are available as PDF documents, links are provided in citations below.


2007, first edition:

Craig, Cory; Maddux, Linda, Eds. Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates: the elements of information literacy. January 2007. Special Libraries Association, Chemistry Division, Ad Hoc Committee on Information Literacy. http://chemistry.sla.org/dchearchive/il/cheminfolit2007.pdf


The first edition of Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates was written and edited by Cory Craig and Linda Maddux in consultation with the Ad Hoc Committee on Information Literacy, SLA Chemistry Division. Membership of the Ad Hoc Committee is included in the 2007 document.


2011, second edition:

Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates: the elements of information literacy. Special Libraries Association, Chemistry Division and American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Information. 2nd ed. May 2011. http://chemistry.sla.org/dchearchive/il/cheminfolit2011-May.pdf


Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates: the elements of information literacy. Special Libraries Association, Chemistry Division and American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Information. 2nd ed. May 2011. http://chemistry.sla.org/dchearchive/il/cheminfolit2011-Sept.pdf [Minor additions made and links revised September, 2011.]


The 2011 revision (second edition) of Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates, was edited by Marion Peters, Grace Baysinger, and Cory Craig, in consultation with the ACS CINF Education Committee and members of the SLA Chemistry Division.
Among the changes from the first edition are the following:
  • Content for chemical literature consolidated in Section 2, including structure and reaction searching and software for drawing structures;
  • Added content on Crystallographic Data to Section 3;
  • Added content on Ethical Conduct; Poster Presentations; Citation/Reference Manager Software to Section 4;
  • New sections include Further Reading and an Index to Recommended Resources with links for resources or information on where to purchase print or online versions if unavailable for free.
Generally, the second edition is not inclusive of all possible resources but includes representative resources suggested for libraries serving undergraduates, similar to the first edition.


2012, second edition, placed on Wikibooks:

Information Competencies for Chemistry Undergraduates: the elements of information literacy. Special Libraries Association, Chemistry Division and American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Information. http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Information_Competencies_for_Chemistry_Undergraduates (Date Accessed)


When the document was made a Wikibook, only minor changes from the second edition were made, these were:
  • Bad links were replaced;
  • Publication history was updated;
  • A cover page was used to replace the title page, to take advantage of Wikibooks format.
  • First paragraph of Introduction was updated.
Last modified on 31 January 2013, at 07:18