ACS Network Local Section Toolkit

Why ACS Network

The ACS Network is the social tool of the American Chemical Society.  As a chemist, this resource allows you to connect with other chemists throughout your career. The content is owned by the ACS and its functionality is being developed with the chemical community in mind.  It has tools which allow you to develop a profile and to collect friends.  It uses the ACS ID, the same credentials you use to renew your dues or to access C&EN or other publications online.

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Executive Committee or Chapter Officers

The ACS Network has some very strong tools that can support the work and duties of local section officers.  A secret group can be formed to keep minutes, notes, and any other documents generated for and by section offices. The document and file upload tools provide a better way for a group to write or review documents than by email.  The secret group can become the permanent place to keep documents as officers change.

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General Local Section Activities

A group (open, members, or private group) can be set up for the entire local section. This group can be used to have discussions among members.

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Local Section events

Use the Network can help your chapter decide as a group what events you want to sponsor.  There are various ways you can prioritize or vote on ideas. And then when you are ready, you can invite and promote them using the events function.  When your section is done with a particular event, you can post pictures in a photo album or share a video for all your members to see.

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Communication

The ACS Network can be used as a communication tool. Local sections can remind their members or an event or advertise a program by starting a discussion or posting an announcement.   Organizers or officers can update their status and remind other users about upcoming events.  All users can also choose to follow or track a group, a person, or a piece of content so that it appears on their activity stream.  They can set up their preferences to control the emails they receive around followed and tracked content.  Finally, announcements can be set in a group for all members to see.

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Grants and Awards Selection Process

The ACS Network provides a secure, private place for local sections to evaluate applications for grants, awards, scholarships, or any other competition. There are a variety of ways members can prioritize or vote on ideas,

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