Resources on Careers in Chemical Information

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Blog (top)

The CINF Careers Committee has started a new blog with up-to-date information on alternative careers. Recent posts include "Making Transitions Easier", "Technology Transfer", and "How I Got Here". If you have any interest in finding out what other chemists do, or sharing your story and comments with others, this is the blog for you. Join the conversation, and help scientists find careers they love!

The blog is available at


Books (top)

  • Nontraditional careers for chemists: new formulas in chemistry. 2006. Lisa M. Balbes. Oxford University Press. Table of Contents
    Check out Chapter Two on "Chemistry and Chemical Information". Additional information is available at the U.S. OUP site.
  • Career Management for Scientists and Engineers. 2000. John K. Borchardt. American Chemical Society/Oxford University Press.

    "I recommend this book to all who are -- or want to be -- in a scientific or technical career." -- Bob Buntrock (a leader in chemical information)

  • Careers for Chemists: A World Outside the Lab. 1997. Fred Owens, Roger Uhler, and Corinne A. Marasco. American Chemical Society.
    This book, which describes 22 different types of alternative careers for chemists, includes a chapter on various chemical information careers.


Journal Articles (top)

  • Dealing with Data Deluge: Chemical informatics professionals help scientists cope with and benefit from information overload.. Sarah Everts. Chemical and Engineering News, 84(29): 93-94, 96, July 17th 2006. Freely available online.
  • Career View - Science Librarians.. Becky Ham. Chemistry, Winter 2003. Availablie online.
  • Preparing for Careers in Information Science. John K. Borchardt. The Alchemist, Sept. 4, 2002.
  • A Careers in Chemical Information Workshop. Bruce Slutsky. Journal of Chemical Education, Volume 68 Number 1 (Jan. 1991), pages 43-45. Available online to subscribers.


Web Articles (top)


Presentations (top)

  • Making the Transition from Special to Academic Librarianship. Phil Barnett. Presented at the Division of Chemical Information Division session on Careers in Chemical Information at the 220th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, D.C., Aug. 21, 2000. While this talk is primarily aimed at information specialists working in industry, it describes what is like to work in various kinds of academic.
  • Careers in Chemical Information and Science Librarianship. Phil Barnet. Presented to the Younger Chemists Committee at the 208th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., August 22, 1994.


Links (top)

Related to careers in chemical information are careers in patents. The Patent Information Users Group, Inc. (PIUG), the International Society for Patent Information is a not-for-profit organization for individuals having a professional, scientific or technical interest in patent information.


Related ACS Symposia Presentations (top)

The following links contain abstracts of chemical information career symposia presented at ACS national meetings. Some of these abstracts have links to additional information such as PowerPoint presentations and text of the talks.


Wiki Pages (top)

From Indiana University:


Site originally created by Phil Barnett and maintained by Beth Thomsett-Scott for the CINF Careers Committee. Subsequent modifications by Rick Williams, CINF Webmaster.

Last updated Thursday, August 06, 2009