2010 Val Metanomski Meritorious Service Award to Svetla Baykoucheva

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On behalf of the Awards Committee of the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of ACS I am delighted to congratulate Svetla Baykoucheva as the recipient of the prestigious Val Metanomski Meritorious Service Award. This award is given to members who have made outstanding contributions to the division, and this is just the ninth time this award has been given in the history of the division. The announcement was made at the Executive Committee meeting at the Spring ACS meeting in San Francisco, and the award will be presented to Svetla at the CINF divisional luncheon at the 240th National ACS Meeting in Boston.

Svetla is perhaps best known as the tireless editor of CINF’s widely read Chemical Information Bulletin (CIB), and this award is in recognition of her work, not just as editor of the print edition – which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2009 – but particularly for all her recent efforts to transition CIB from print to online. The first online version was issued in March 2010 in HTML, with a viewable/printable PDF version, and it will continue to evolve. Under Svetla’s editorship, CIB was given an attractive new look and layout, and was enhanced with a wider range of content, including a series of well received in-depth interviews with scientists, librarians and publishers.

Svetla has BA and MS degrees in chemistry, a PhD in microbiology, and an MLIS. She started her professional life doing research in biological membranes and lipid metabolism, but her increasing interest in chemical information and librarianship resulted in a career change, and following her acquisition of an MLIS degree, she became the manager of the ACS Library and Information Center in Washington DC. She is currently head of the White Memorial Chemistry Library at the University of Maryland, College Park. Svetla has been a member of ACS since 1997, and has been editor of CIB since 2006.

Congratulations Svetla!

And just a reminder, the deadline for nominations for the 2011 award is March 1, 2011.

Phil McHale, Chair, CINF Awards Committee

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