Current Role at Stanford


Head Librarian and Bibliographer of the Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library.

Supervisors


Honors & Awards


  • Wiggins-Roth Award, SLA Chemistry Division (2011)
  • Meritorious Service Award, American Chemical Society. Chemical Information Division (2004)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Stanford University Libraries (1997)
  • Marsh D. O'Neill Award, Stanford University (1996)

Education & Certifications


  • A.M.L.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Library Science (1981)
  • B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Botany (1978)
  • A.S., Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI, Science (1974)

Projects


  • xSearch, Stanford University (5/1/2007 - Present)

    Federated search project that enables users to search 250+ resources at the same time.

    Location

    Stanford, CA

    Collaborators

  • eXplore Chemical Information Teaching Resources, GDCh CIC - ACS CINF (3/11/2005 - Present)

    XCITR is a repository for exploring and sharing chemical information teaching resources. The need for an international repository of chemical information educational material was the driving force for developing XCITR (Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources). XCITR is not only for librarians and instructors in chemical information, but also for chemistry professors, instructors in other disciplines related to chemistry, information specialists, students, high school teachers, and even technical writers. XCITR is a hub in which instructors at all levels, from K-12 to college, will be able to deposit and access important and useful teaching materials.

    XCITR is a collaborative project between the Computer-Information-Chemistry (CIC) Division of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of the American Chemical Society (ACS). XCITR is hosted by FIZ Chemie Berlin, Germany.

    Location

    Fiz Chemie, Berlin, Germany

Professional Interests


End-user searching and the development of search interfaces, collection development and management, and issues associated with scholarly publications.

Work Experience


  • Head Librarian and Bibliographer, Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library, Stanford University (9/1/1989)

    Primary liaison with faculty and graduate students in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments. Defines goals, sets policies, plans and manages the Swain Library which contains 2 FTE support staff plus 1.5 FTE student workers. Responsible for Swain's collection development program. Provides reference and library instruction, consults and performs database searches in chemistry and chemical engineering. Coordinates Swain's services, activities, and collection development program with other Science Department branch libraries. Contributes to library-wide activities.

    Location

    Stanford, CA

  • Head, Science and Engineering Library Resource Group, Stanford University (8/1/1999 - 4/30/2005)

    Leadership responsibilities for the seven Science & Engineering Libraries at Stanford. This included budgetary oversight for $6M ($4.5M collections, $1.5M staff & operations), 8.5 FTE librarians, and approximately 24 FTE paraprofessional staff.

    Location

    Stanford, CA

  • Acting Head Librarian and Bibliographer, Physics Library, Stanford University (5/1/1992 - 10/31/1992)

    Efforts focused on collection development and renovation of main floor in the library.

    Location

    Stanford, CA

  • Assistant Librarian, Chemistry Library, University of Michigan (12/1/1984 - 8/1/1989)

    Managed the Chemistry Library. Provided computerized database searches (including structure searches), reference service, and user education. Developed Pilot CAS Online End-User Searching Program. Primary liaison with faculty and graduate students in the Chemistry Department. Other duties included continued development of collection of 56,000 volumes, and supported 2.3 FTE support staff in Library. Participated in University of Michigan Library Associates Program, an ongoing program for mentoring library science students during a half-time, two year tenure. Also coordinated in-house aspects of sending 12,000 volumes to storage and realignment of the collection to ease a floor overloading problem.

    Location

    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Assistant Librarian, Natural Science Library, University of Michigan (9/1/1981 - 11/30/1984)

    Coordinated and provided reference service, computerized database searches, and user education. Trained reference staff in database searching and served as a consultant to them. Liaison with faculty and graduate students especially regarding database searching. Other duties included collection development and training the Library Graduate Student Staff Assistant.

    Location

    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Assistant Librarian (Hourly), Natural Science Library, University of Michigan (7/1/1981 - 8/31/1981)

    Coordinated in-house aspects of the Buhr Storage Project where 28,000 volumes were shipped to storage.

    Location

    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Library Graduate Student Staff Assistant, Natural Science Library, University of Michigan (7/1/1979 - 6/15/1981)

    Provided reference service, performed bibliographic searches, selected gifts and government publications, provessed withdrawals, supervised students on special projects, and provided administrative assistance to Head Natural Sciences Library.

    Location

    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • LAC-4 Serials Clerk, Natural Science Library, University of Michigan (7/1/1978 - 6/30/1979)

    Recorded, claimed, prepareed for binding, and performed catalog maintenance for 1,700 currently received serial titles. Supervised 15 hours of student help per week.

    Location

    Ann Arbor, Michigan

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • Advisory Board Member, ScienceOpen (2013 - Present)
  • Chair, ACS Chemical Information Division. Education Committee (2013 - Present)
  • Library Advisory Board Member, Royal Society of Chemistry Publications (2011 - Present)
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, Journal of Chemical Education (2010 - Present)
  • Member (2010-), Chair (2013-), ACS Joint Board Council Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service (2010 - Present)
  • Member, ACS Author Rights and Responsibilities Task Force (2009 - 2010)
  • Chair, ACS Electronic Dissemination of Meeting Content Task Force (2008 - 2008)
  • Trustee (2007-Present), Newsletter Editor (2012-Present), CSA (Chemical Structure Association) Trust (2007 - Present)
  • Participant, ACS Summit on Committee Structure (2007 - 2007)
  • Member, Collaborative Working Group of GDCh CIC - ACS CINF (2005 - Present)
  • Liaison (2003), Member (2004-2005), Consultant (2006- 2009), ACS Committee on Community Activities (2003 - 2009)
  • Member, Chemical Abstracts Service Academic Advisory Committee (2003 - 2008)
  • Member (2001-2009), Chair (2005-2007), ACS Joint Board Council Committee on Publications (2001 - 2009)
  • Member (2001-2004), Chair (2005-2009), ACS Copyright Subcommittee for ACS Publications Committee (2001 - 2009)
  • Member, American Library Association / Association of College and Research Libraries (2000 - Present)
  • Advisory Board Member, Science of Synthesis (Thieme) (1999 - Present)
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (1999 - Present)
  • Member, Royal Society of Chemistry Journals Committee (1997 - 1999)
  • Member (1992-1995, 2007-), Chair (1995-1997), ACS Chemical Information Division. Education Committee (1992 - Present)
  • Member (1990-), Chair (1999), Alternate Councilor (2003-2006), American Chemical Society, Chemical Information Division (1990 - Present)
  • Member (1985-present), Business Manager (1991-1993) Editor Newsletter (1987-1991), SLA Chemistry Division (1985 - Present)
  • Member, Michigan Library Association, Public Relations Committee (1983 - 1985)
  • Member, Beta Phi Mu (1981 - Present)

Journal Articles


  • Using xSearch for Accelerating Research : Review of Deep Web Technologies Federated Search Service The Charleston Advisor Baysinger G, Cramer TJ 2011; 13 (2): 55-60
  • A New Reality for Academic Chemistry Librarians: An Interview with Grace Baysinger Chemical Information Bulletin Baykoucheva S, Baysinger G 2011; 63 (3)
  • XCITR - Explore Chemical Information Teaching Resources CCCE Newsletter Grethe G, Baysinger G, Deplanque R, Fels G, Fresen I, Twiss-Brooks A, Zimmermann G 2011: Paper 1
  • Training the Trainers: Creating A Workshop on Teaching Chemical Information Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship Huber CF, Baysinger G 1997
  • Undergraduate organic chemistry students use printed and electronic handbooks to identify unknowns JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION Baysinger, G. 1995; 72 (12): 1107-1111

Presentations


  • Electronic theses and dissertations: Ethical and publishing issues

    An increasing no. of universities are accepting electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). Pos. benefits include wider distribution at low or no cost, full-text searching, and the ability to include native file formats for data, images, chem. structures, and multimedia. EDTs also raise a no. of publishing and ethical issues that merit further discussion - prior publication policies, copyright transfer issues, and self-plagiarism. This presentation will provide a brief overview on the adoption of EDTs in universities, comparative information of ETD policies for selected publishers, and key actions needed by graduate students. CHED-1242

    Time Period

    3/28/2011 - 3/28/2011

    Presented To

    241st ACS National Meeting

    Location

    Anaheim, CA

  • Getting the biggest bang for your buck: Methods and strategies for managing journal collections

    Chem. journals have the highest av. cost per title of all subject areas. Library collection budgets have not kept pace with price increases and funds to acquire new titles are scarce. Signing big deals for journals has limited flexibility in adapting to changes. These factors have made acquiring journals to support programmatic needs more of a challenge than ever before. This presentation will cover methods, strategies, and tools than can be used to help assess how resources are allocated when developing and managing journal collections. CINF-21

    Time Period

    8/22/2011 - 8/22/2011

    Presented To

    240th ACS National Meeting

    Location

    Boston, MA

  • Seeking solutions with federated search tools

    Multidisciplinary approaches are needed to address increasingly complex problems. Federated and multi-database search tools reduce barriers and enable users to discover information resources outside the boundaries of traditional academic fields. While technologies used to provide federated search services continue to evolve and improve at a rapid rate, outstanding issues remain. This presentation will highlight tools and services being used by the Stanford Libraries to support interdisciplinary collaboration and learning on campus. CINF-040

    Time Period

    8/19/2009 - 8/19/2009

    Presented To

    238th ACS National Meeting

    Location

    Washington, DC

  • Chemists Celebrate Earth Day: Report for 2009 and preview for 2010 (Poster)

    Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) is an outreach program of the American Chem. Society developed to enhance the public's awareness of the contributions of chem. to our everyday lives and the nation's economy, as well as to showcase chem.'s value in sustaining a healthy planet. In 2009 the theme is "Air - The Sky's the Limit." This poster will summarize activities by local sections celebrating CCED, which featured a haiku contest for students in grades K-12 and a unifying event to "Reduce Your Carbon Footprint" by college students and local sections. A preview of the 2010 celebration theme will also be presented. CHED-046

    Time Period

    8/16/2009 - 8/16/2009

    Presented To

    238th ACS National Meeting

    Location

    Washington, DC

  • Collection Assessment Methods for Managing Journal Collections

    Time Period

    5/21/2009 - 5/21/2009

    Presented To

    UC Northern California/Stanford Librarians Meeting

    Location

    Berkeley, CA

  • Chemists Celebrate Earth Day 2009: Air - the sky's the limit (Poster)

    Chemists Celebrate Earth Day is an outreach program of the American Chem. Society developed to enhance the public's awareness of the contributions of chem. to our everyday lives and the nation's economy, as well as to showcase chem.'s value in sustaining a healthy planet. In 2009 the theme is "Air - The Sky's the Limit". This poster will showcase materials developed to help you and your local section to get involved in CCED 2009. It will also include information about the K-12 illustrated Haiku contest, the community event, and how to partner with other organizations in order to have a successful Earth Day celebration. A preview of the 2010 celebration theme "Earth and Sustainability" will also be presented. CHED-065

    Time Period

    3/22/2009 - 3/22/2009

    Presented To

    237th ACS National Meeting

    Location

    Salt Lake City, UT

  • Using CLOCKSS for long-term digital preservation

    Unlike paper copies, digital information is fragile. Because the online version of journals is now considered the authoritative version of record, assuring long-term access to online content has become an urgent problem. The CLOCKSS - Controlled LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative is a partnership of libraries and publishers committed to ensuring long-term access to scholarly work in digital format. To address digital preservation needs, the initiative is creating a secure, multi-sited archive of web-published content that will be stored in a "dark" archive that will become accessible to researchers worldwide for free only after the occurrence of certain defined trigger events. This talk will cover current activities and future plans for CLOCKSS as well as a brief overview of LOCKSS. CINF-043

    Time Period

    8/19/2008 - 8/19/2008

    Presented To

    236th ACS National Meeting

    Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Issues and opportunities associated with federated searching

    Library catalogs and databases contain a wealth of information that is not available to Internet search engines such as Google. It can be difficult for users to identify which research tools to use and time-consuming for them to search each resource one at a time. Federated search tools make it possible to search multiple resources with one query. Several strategies have been developed to provide "one-stop shopping" but those dealing with multiple search interfaces face the biggest challenges. This talk will describe a project underway to develop federated searching prototypes on campus and will cover the viability of providing federated search services as well as the interest level by students and faculty in using them. CINF-003

    Time Period

    4/6/2008 - 4/6/2008

    Presented To

    235th ACS National Meeting

    Location

    New Orleans, LA

  • Impact of cyberinfrastructure on large research libraries

    Mass digitization and ubitiquous computing are revolutionizing access to information. A rich array of resources and tools are now available to researchers and students at their deskop. This talk will cover how technologies will shape major research libraries of the future, how collections are changing, and how user behavior and needs are shifting. It will also cover what roles and services libraries will offer as well as what skills will be needed by library staff. CINF-016

    Time Period

    9/10/2006 - 9/10/2006

    Presented To

    232nd ACS National Meeting

    Location

    San Francisco, CA

  • Guaranteed high-interest withdrawals: Creating a dynamic and usable chemical information instruction digital depository

    While most chem. educators and managers agree that information skills are important components of their students' and employees' success, they typically do not know how to impart these skills. A recent survey has shown that most who teach chem. information are self-taught - a manifestly insufficient prepn. for today's complex and changing environment. The creation of a useful and adaptable digital depository of chem. instructional materials is a high priority goal of the CIC-CINF Working Committee. This presentation will outline our progress towards that goal. CINF-014

    Time Period

    9/10/2006 - 9/10/2006

    Presented To

    232nd ACS National Meeting

    Location

    San Francisco, CA

  • Planning a combined engineering, computer sciences, and physics library at Stanford University

    A new library for the Engineering, Computer Sciences, and Physics communities at Stanford U. is slated to open in 2012. It will be a state-of-the-art facility that will be designed as "stackless" or without book stacks. Planning efforts include reviewing trends, assessing issues, and developing future visions for the facility, including its collections, services, and staffing. User needs are being assessed via surveys and interviews. Tech., financial, and legal opportunities and challenges are also being evaluated. This presentation will provide an overview of the vision and planning efforts going into this new library. CINF-006

    Time Period

    8/28/2005 - 8/28/2005

    Presented To

    230th ACS National Meeting

    Location

    Washington, DC

  • Change as opportunity

    Large academic research libraries are experiencing major changes in collections, staffing, facilities, and infrastructure. While reviews and re-examn. are healthy, the rate of change that is occurring is both invigorating and humbling. While most library and information science programs introduce students to topics such as management and building library collections, few programs focus on the complexities facing science libraries and the rapid evolution that is occurring in them. Thus, mentoring, collaborating, and communicating with colleagues is vital for a successful career as a science information specialist. Understanding the culture of an institution and finding ways to influence decisions is essential. Taking leadership roles locally and nationally in professional organizations such as ACS enables participants to better understand, support, and shape these environments. This presentation will highlight some of the changes that are occurring in large academic research libraries and opportunities that are happening as a result of these changes. CINF-009

    Time Period

    8/22/2004 - 8/22/2004

    Presented To

    228th ACS National Meeting

    Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • LOCKSS: Lots of copies keeps stuff safe

    LOCKSS has the potential to become a sustainable, affordable, preservation tool and archiving system for web delivered information. LOCKSS software systematically caches content in a self-correcting P2P network. The current beta test has demonstrated that the underlying LOCKSS technol. works, and in a prodn. environment is likely to allow libraries to maintain high integrity persistent caches of electronic content from journal subscriptions. The beta test includes 60 caches at 50 libraries and two scholarly journals. The system has been in continuous operation for over ten months. The fault-tolerance of the system has been amply demonstrated: two beta caches suffered catastrophic disk failures. Both were able to restart with new, empty disks and recover their content automatically. 41 publishers have expressed strong support for the LOCKSS project. The system shows the potential to preserve digital materials with current publishing systems, the cost of entry is low, the payoffs promise to be high. CINF-036

    Time Period

    8/19/2002 - 8/19/2002

    Presented To

    224th ACS National Meeting

    Location

    Boston, MA

  • Wanted: Academic chemistry librarians at research institutions

    While the mission of an academic research library to support research and teaching remains the same, how this is accomplished is undergoing rapid transformation. Collections, services, facilities, and staffing in libraries are all changing. It is an exciting yet challenging time to be a chem. librarian at a major research university. To thrive in this complex environment, academic chem. librarians must be knowledgeable about information resources for chemists, understand local programmatic needs, have strong anal. and problem-solving skills, fund management skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, advanced online searching skills, tech. expertise in using computers, be flexible, and adapt easily to change. An academic degree in chem. or in the sciences is also highly desired. Many interesting jobs exist for academic chem. librarians but they are difficult to fill. This presentation will highlight activities, issues, and opportunities that exist for academic chem. librarians at research institutions. CINF-082

    Time Period

    8/29/2001 - 8/29/2001

    Presented To

    222nd ACS National Meeting

    Location

    Chicago, IL

  • Supporting chemical information needs at Stanford University

    The mission of the Swain Chem. and Chem. Engineering Library is to support the research and teaching needs of chemists and chem. engineers at Stanford U. To accomplish this mission, Swain has an extensive collection of resources, offers specially tailored services, is in close proximity to its primary clientele, and is accessible 24 h a day to researchers. Swain's ref., instruction, and outreach services include in-depth ref. assistance, weekly orientation tours, class lectures, and database searching workshops. Swain publishes self-help web pages and guides, a new book list, and a library newsletter. Alerting services exist for key databases. Free document delivery services are offered for items not owned by Stanford. While most resources are focused on assisting graduate level research, every Fall Quarter Swain also works intensively with a sophomore level org. chem. class. This presentation will highlight library resources and services that support chem. information needs at Stanford U. CINF-071

    Time Period

    8/28/2001 - 8/28/2001

    Presented To

    222nd ACS National Meeting

    Location

    Chicago, IL

  • Stanford University's HighWire Press: Continuing to raise the bar in electronic journal publishing

    Stanford U.'s non-profit HighWire (HW) Press (http://highwire.stanford.edu/) ensures that its partners - scientific societies and responsible publishers - excel in the use of web-based technologies for scientific communication. The journals focus on scientific and medical research and are among the highest-impact in their fields. HW provides an interactive dimension to the information in the printed journals by providing: links among authors, articles and citations; advanced searching capabilities; high-resoln. images and multimedia - across a wide community of scholarly publications. Many offer free back issues online. It's easy to demonstrate that this online version the canonical version of the research record. Services, addnl. content, and content that's published online well before the print issue date drive readers to use the online. For many titles, the print edition no longer provides even an archive for peer-reviewed research. This presentation will review these issues; and discuss the approach HighWire Press is taking through research, experimentation and innovation. CINF-020

    Time Period

    2/7/2012

    Presented To

    221st ACS National Meeting

    Location

    San Diego, CA

  • Identifying unknowns: Library resources in support a large undergraduate organic chemistry lab course. (Poster)

    Every Fall Quarter, 350-400 sophomores take an org. chem. class that includes lab work in identifying unknown compds. Students also synthesize a deriv. after identifying their "parent" unknown compd. Several electronic resources are searched using properties, structures, and CAS Registry Nos. Resources used include: Dict. of Org. Compds., Prop. of Org. Compds., Beilstein Crossfire, and ACD's Interactive Web Lab. (ILab). Thirty-five workstations in two libraries are available for students to use. A key component in the success of the program is ref. help provided by Teaching Assistant's in the libraries for 25 h per wk. This poster will summarize hardware and software used, provide sample search strategies, and list web pages developed in support of the course.

    Time Period

    4/2/2001 - 4/2/2001

    Presented To

    215th ACS National Meeting

    Location

    Dallas, TX

  • Reviewing and Negotiating License Agreements: Key Factors to Consider

    The future landscape for access and cost of electronic resources is evolving rapidly. It is critical that librarians who use these resources be involved in contract negotiations so that viable agreements are reached for their institutions. This presentation will include key factors to consider when reviewing and negotiating contracts as well as some resources that are available to learn more about licensing issues.

    Time Period

    6/29/1998 - 6/29/1998

    Presented To

    National Chemical Information Symposium

    Location

    Boulder, CO

  • Searching databases to support collection development work: Tips and techniques. (Poster)

    This poster will include sources and search strategies to aid collection development and management work. By performing database searches in several key files, it is possible for chem. and chem. engineering librarians to better understand programmatic needs of their departments, identify newly available resources that might be of interest to their users, find out what journals their faculty and graduate students publish in and which journals they cite most frequently. While focusing primarily on printed resources, this poster will also highlight selected resources for identifying electronic resources. CINF-036

    Time Period

    4/15/1997 - 4/15/1997

    Presented To

    213th ACS National Meeting

    Location

    San Francisco, CA

  • Using electronic resources to identify unknowns in undergraduate organic chemistry.

    Undergraduate org. chem. students have traditionally used printed handbooks to help them identify unknowns they are working with in the lab. During the past three years, Stanford's Chem. and Chem. Engineering Library has taught students taking a sophomore level org. chem. class how to identify unknowns using electronic handbooks. Despite some glitches, a student survey indicates strong support for continued use of electronic handbooks. This presentation will cover our evolving programmatic efforts, identify resources used by students, and describe the infrastructure needed to support this class. CINF-017

    Time Period

    3/25/1996 - 3/25/1996

    Presented To

    211th ACS National Meeting

    Location

    New Orleans, LA