- E-mail: leah-dot-solla-at-cornell-dot-edu
Leah McEwen has been the chemistry librarian at Cornell University since 1999. Her background is in biochemistry and library science, and she is responsible for library resources and specialized services supporting chemistry and science and technology studies at Cornell. She has contributed to and served in an advisory capacity for a number of information resources, including the ACS Style Guide, the ACS CPT Guidelines for Bachelor’s Degree Programs, Cornell’s VIVO, and CAS’s SciFinder. She is an active member of the Chemical Information Division of the American Chemical Society, most recently as secretary and coordinator of national meeting technical programs addressing a wide range of topical interests from open access, to advanced training and education, to intellectual property and licensing, to data and text mining. She is also a member of the ACS HIST and CHED divisions, and collaborates frequently with the Ethics and Publications committees.
During the fall she will be on fellowship at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia to review archives pertinent to history of machine documentation of chemical information and to map the development of representational standards and architecture of classic secondary tools. The results of this research will appear in a chapter for the ACS Symposium volume she is coediting entitled “The Future of the History of Chemical Information.” She will have several opportunities to apply this knowledge during an internship with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) the following spring, focusing on deposit, discovery, and reuse of research data in collaboration with Cornell researchers. Concurrently she is representing the role of chemistry libraries in the Cheminformatics OLCC (http://olcc.ccce.us), an NSF-funded project to develop an online course delivery system for undergraduates. Her research goals are to develop knowledge and skills in the area of cheminformatics and contribute to information competencies for academic chemists and support personnel.