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.
The ACS Network has some very strong tools that can support the work and duties of technical division officers. A secret group can be formed to keep minutes, notes, and any other documents generated for and by division officers. 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.
Technical Division Events and Programming at National and Regional Meetings
Use the Network can help your technical division decide as a group what events you want to sponsor, such as social events at national meetings. 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 division is done with a particular event, you can post pictures in a photo album or share a video for all your members to see.
Technical Divisions can also use the ACS Network to assist in developing programming for national and regional meetings. Discussions among the program committee and division members can be used to solicit ideas or brainstorm topics. As with other events, you can use tools to prioritize and vote on ideas for symposia.
The ACS Network can be used as a communication tool. Technical divisions 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.
The ACS Network provides a secure, private place for technical divisions to evaluate applications for grants, awards, scholarships, or any other competition. There are a variety of ways members can prioritize or vote on ideaide, or rank applications or nominations either in a poll or on a star-rating system.