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The ACS Network: A Key Tool for ACS Volunteer Leadership

The world is abuzz about social networking, and it’s easy to see why. Social networking has become a key tool for global communication and collaboration. ACS recognized social networking’s importance within the chemistry enterprise, and developed the ACS Network. Quickly becoming the go-to online destination for science, the ACS Network is ideal for supporting collaboration among Network members, especially participants in ACS volunteer leadership. This draft white paper explores the many ways in which governance is using, and might expand its use of, the Network.  It highlights recent enhancements, and outlines opportunities to use the Network for remote collaboration among ACS committee members, Councilors, Local Section and Technical Division officers, and other volunteer leaders.

This white paper was prepared in response to a recommendation on “Committee Collaboration Services,” which was contained within the 2010 ACS Technology Trends Roadmap report, presented to the ACS Board of Directors in August, 2010. It is intended to serve as a handy information source for how ACS governance volunteers can use the Network to further enhance and support their work. Use of the Network can and will enable the Society to achieve our strategic goals, which include bringing together the community of global scientists and, through the use of electronic documents and collaboration, making progress towards a more sustainable future.  This white paper serves as a guidepost for a particular moment in time, and will be updated as governance use of the network grows and in accordance with the innovative nature of social networking environments.

We welcome your comments and suggestions with respect to the white paper.  Please comment below or email with your thoughts.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of the American Chemical Society,

The Staff Working Group on Governance Use of the ACS Network

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