Carol Payton

Update on the Use of Recording Devices in Technical Sessions

Blog Post created by Carol Payton on Feb 27, 2014

The ACS Committees on Divisional Activities (DAC), and Meetings & Expositions (M&E), are in the midst of discussing policies regarding the use of recording technologies – including the use of social media – while presentations are being given at ACS meetings. The two committees are likely to discuss this again in the month leading up to the Dallas National Meeting, or at the meeting itself.


Here is the current policy: “The use of any device to capture images (e.g., cameras and camera phones) or sound (e.g., tape and digital recorders) or to stream, upload or rebroadcast speakers or presentations is strictly prohibited at all official ACS meetings and events without the express written consent from the ACS.”


Anecdotally, DAC and M&E have noticed an increase in the number of audience members using smartphones and other devices to capture speaker presentations at ACS national meetings. They are interested in your view on this matter. What are you seeing? And do you have advice for the two committees regarding this issue?


If you would like to comment on this matter, please e-mail John Katz and Al Hutchins, the staff liaisons to DAC and M&E respectively.