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Andrea Twiss-Brooks

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Andrea Twiss-Brooks

Bibliographer for Chemistry, Physics, Geophysical Sciences, and History of Science and Medicine
Co-Director, Science Libraries Division, Head of Collection Services



Fac Ex: JCL 132

John Crerar Library Room 132

Phone: 773-702-8777

Fax: 773-753-1230




B.S., Chemistry, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, May 1982

M.S., Chemistry, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, January 1985

M.S., Library Science, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, August 1990

Career Development and Interests

After receiving my first Master's degree at Cornell, I worked a few years for Prof. Fred McLafferty, first as coordinator of the data entry and editing portion of a major update the Wiley/NBS Mass Spectral Database, and later as Editorial Associate for the American Chemical Society journal, Accounts of Chemical Research. It was during this time that I decided to pursue a career in the area of chemical information. When the opportunity arose a few years later to pursue a second master's degree, this time in library science, I enrolled at the University of North Texas where I concentrated my studies in the area of science reference and computer applications in libraries. After graduation I took a position on the library faculty of Lamar University in Beaumont, TX as science librarian and online search services coordinator. My job later expanded to include management of a local area network of CD-ROM workstations. During my time at Lamar University, I also served as Associate Editor for a newsletter, Review of Texas Books. I came to University of Chicago in 1993 as Chemistry Librarian/Chemical Information Specialist. In 1999, I assumed additional responsibilities for collection development and management in the geophysical sciences. In 2003, physics and technology (including materials science) collection development and management was added to my job.

I have been and continue to be involved in planning, implementing and managing a variety of information services, both in the former Chemistry Library and in the John Crerar Library. I am especially interested in the role of electronic journals in science libraries, science information databases (including SciFinder Scholar, Beilstein CrossFire, INSPEC, Web of Science, and GeoRef), development of patron empowerment and remote services (like online recalls and email reference), HTML and WWW development of resources useful to researchers in chemistry, physics, geophysical sciences and related areas, and education/training of researchers in chemistry, physics and geophysical sciences information retrieval and in the use of productivity tools (including EndNote).

Professional Membership and Activity

Recent Projects, Presentations and Publications

Feature Editor, "Chemical Information Instructor" column, Journal of Chemical Education, 2003-present (

Twiss-Brooks, Andrea B., "Linking to Full-Text (and Beyond) with SFX", Technical Session (T48): Geoscience Information Horizons: Challenges, Choices, and Decisions (Geoscience Information Society), Geological Society of America 2003 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, November 3, 2003.

Session Organizer, "Building the Virtual Chemistry Library: e-books and e-journals Symposium", American Chemical Society 226th National Meeting, New York, NY, September 8, 2003.

Twiss-Brooks, Andrea B., "Recent Advances in Linking Technologies at the University of Chicago Libraries", Symposium on Knowledge Discovery and Scientific Numerical Databases at the American Chemical Society 225th National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 23, 2003.

Appendix, "Searching for Chemical and Physical Data" in Rice, Stuart A.; Berry, R. Stephen; and Ross, John, Physical Chemistry, 2nd. ed., Oxford University Press, 2000 (also see Guide to Physical and Chemical Data Sources).

Session organizer, "Chemical Information Symposium", co-sponsored by Division of Chemical Information and the Society Committee on Education, 220th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, DC, August 2000.

Session organizer, "Through (Clients) Thick and Thin: Strategies for Implementation of Chemical Information Resources", sponsored by Division of Chemical Information, 220th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, DC, August 2000.

Presenter, "Not Too Remote: Strategies for Promoting Chemical Information Services Outside the Library" in Chemical Information Needs at the Graduate Level symposium, 219th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2000.

"Chicago Pile #1", project to digitize primary published and unpublished materials about the history and impact of the first sustained nuclear chain reaction, from the University of Chicago Library collections (funded by the University of Chicago Women's Board)

Beilstein CrossFire user documentation , guides for fact, structure and reaction searching in the Beilstein CrossFire system, developed for University of Chicago users

Chemical Safety Bibliography , annotated bibliography of print and electronic resources in chemical safety and toxicology, including MSDS, hazardous chemicals safety, safe chemical disposal, and more

Guide to Physical and Chemical Data Sources , annotated bibliography of print and electronic resources available for finding chemical and physical data

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