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Ho. 140 March 3t, 1977
PROCESSING CENTRE PROGRESS. AT LAST
Provincial Government approval of the Library Processing Centre having been received,
the project is being reactivated. It is hoped that the new Centre can be completed by
.sometime in the summer of 1978.
Under the British Columbia Educational Institutions Capital Financing Authority Act.
the university has been authorized to borrow funds to construct the building. Final
drawings have been completed by the architects, Toby, Russell, Buckwell ft Partners, and
they are being scrutinized by the appropriate UBC agencies and committees.
A meeting of the Users1 Committee, made up mainly of Library staff, was held on March
22nd. Their recommendations, generally approving the drawings and requesting that the
procesa.move on swiftly to its ..next stage, have been forwarded to the University's Planning
Coordinating Committee for action'.
The two-storey Centre, which is to be on a site west of the Woodward Library, will
house the technical processing and systems operations now dispersed in the Main Library
(levels 7, 1, and 2) and the Sedgewick Library.
Staff interested in seeing the plans can view them outside Ann Turner's office and
outside Mao Elrod*s office, Main Library, level 7*
BAR-CODES ARE COMING
Along with Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria libraries, UBC
Library is considering ways to improve and standardize computerized circulation procedures.
Currently under examination at UBC is the introduction of bar-coded borrowers9 cards and
book identification methods, to supersede the punched card process.we now use.
Since 1965, we've produced punched book cards and library cards; turnstile terminals
have translated the punches into a form suitable for computer processing and storage. The
system under consideration relies instead on bar-codes...those series of short black lines
one sees, for instance, on supermarket packages; codes would be attached to books and
borrowers' cards in the form of labels; and hand-held turnstile scanning devices (to which
the new Epic terminals are adaptable) would decipher the codes aad feed the information
into the computer. The bar-code system should make book preparation easier and quicker,
and it should streamline the actual borrowing routine.
The million and a half books already identified by punched cards will still carry
those cards; our check-out equipment does and will continue to process punched cards.
Bar-codes will be attached only to borrowers' cards and to new acquisitions or books for
which punohed cards are lo3t.
Bob MacDonald, Assistant Librarian for Technical Processing, is now comparing the
different available bar-code systems for suitability, and he is sorting out administrative
details. It must be decided just which bits of information can be expressed in bar-code
formats, what sorts of labelling equipment can be installed here,, and changes in library
cards must be cleared with the AMS. The first application of the new system will probably
be to borrowers' cards. If the various outstanding questions are resolved in time,
bar-coded library cards will be issued for the coming fall session*
NEW JOURNAL
Tom Shorthouse, Law Librarian, reports seeing an announcement of a new journal:
Maledicta; International Journal of Verbal Aggression. Humanities Division librarians,
gentle, cautious and somewhat fearful of possible contamination* have not yet decided
whether or not to order it* -2-
BOOK RETURN
Last month, the Library received in the mail a book borrowed from UBC in 1948.
The book, Rilke'a Po^ms from the Book of Hours, was returned via Robert Strachan,
Agent General of the B.C. government in London; it was forwarded to him by an
English public librarian.
DESUPERIMPOSITION
Desuperimposition is the shifting of catalogue cards from one alphabetical slot
to another, according to new headings established by the Library of Congress, In
February, the following headings were changed:
BRESLAU-. POLITECHNIKA. to* BRESLAU. HROCZAWSKA.
GUELPH, ONT. UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH.
POSEN. UNIWERSYTET UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU.
IMPERIAL OIL, LTD IMPERIAL OIL LIMITED.
JIHOCESKYK KRAJ, CZECHOSLOVAK REPUBLIC JIHOCESKY KRAJ, CZECHOSLOVAKIA.
LIBRARY SAL/RIES, 1977 LIBRARY SALARIES, 1975.
INSTYTUT ZACHODNTO-POMORSKI, STETTIN INSTYTUT ZACHODNI0P0M0RSKI W SZCZECINIE.
TORONTO. STOCK EXCHANGE TORONTO STOCK EXCHANGE. .
VICTORIA, B.C. UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA (B.C.).
OTTAWA. UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA.
CRANE LIBRARY GETS S6QO0 GIFT
Crane Library has received a gift of $6000 from the Vancouver City Employees
Group Charities Committee. The Committee has designated the funds to be used for the
purchase of two OPTACON units for the use of blind UBC students. The OPTACON is a
device which allows blind people to read ordinary print by converting optical images
to tactile ones.
The donating group represents over 600 employees of the City of Vancouver and the
Vancouver Resources Board.
Crane Library will purchase the two OPTACON units, and make them available to UBC
blind students for their classroom and home work. Two other OFTACON units at Crane
are kept fcr library use only.
The extensive training course which is required for proficiency with the instrument
will be given by Crane reference librarian Judith Thiele, who is a graduate OPTACON
teacher.
THEFTS IN THE LIBRARY
Thefts of personal property in the libraries are on the r^se. Watch out!
To assist the R.C.M.P. in its investigations, the Univer; t 'Librarian has
prepared a Theft Report Form, copies of which were recently distributed to public service
desks. It is hoped that, if the forms are diligently filled out whenever thefts are
reported, they will help establish a pattern of offences and thereby contribute to the
formulation of plans and techniques designed to combat the problem and apprehend the
offenders.
RECENTLY READ ft RECOMMENDED .
Joan Sandilands, I ft 0: ARLEN, Michael J. Exiles. (Autobiography) PR 6001. R 56.
Z 55. 1970. Main Stacks.
Bruno Pruno, I ft 0: ENZENSBERGER» Christian. Smut: An Anatomy of Dirt. (Prose)
PT 2665. N 9. G 713. 1974. Sedgewick.
LAD A. Josef. Purrkin the Talking Cat. (Fiction) jPZ 7. L 1365. Pu.
Main Stacks, *3-
COM LOCATION FILE
Like gas expanding in a laboratory flask, the card catalogues grow - inevitably,
inexorably - filling the Main Concourse. Plans to hang cabinets from the ceiling
beams have had to be abandoned. Instead, we are now contemplating replacing the
present Location File with a new computer-produced file on microfiche. Such a COM
Location File would contain entries for all UBC titles in call-number order, with
up-to-date holdings information - number of copies, volumes (serials and multi-volume
monographs), and locations. Entries would at last exist for books in the Main Stacks
and Special Collections before 1969 (these were excluded when the Location File was
first established, so as to avoid unmanageable bulk).
At least twelve cabinets would be released for the growth of the Author-Title
and Subject Catalogues.
This COM Location File would be created by combining essential information' from -
the Shelf List with that portion of our Acquisitions Records-already in machine- ,
readable form. Serials information will be displayed from the machine serials record.
A time and cost study of this-conversion project is now underway*, -involving class   .
numbers B to B500.
While the COM Location File is slated to totally replace the card Location File,
there may be an interim period during which new acquisitions are in the COM File
while older items remain in the card File..      . _. -...  ^ ..	
SELECTED
Basil Stuart-Stubbs, University Librarian, has just been
named President-elect of the Canadian Association of Research
Libraries; he'll take office in mid-1978.
CARL was formed in June 1976, an independent successor
to the Academic Research Libraries Section of the Canadian
Association of College and Research Libraries (CACUL). CARL
is an organization of institutions, constituted to coordinate
library activities, and to present information to governments
and other-funding-bodies. Canadian academic libraries which
provide support for doctoral programmes in arts, social sci- -
ences, and sciences are eligible for membership in CARL.
COMPUTER-ASSISTED BIBLIOGRAPHIC SERVICES
For some years now, the Library has provided what are called computer-assisted
bibliographic services. These rely on data bases - i.e. information stored in
computers - to supply lists of books and/or journal articles on particular subjects
or by particular authors. Starting on April 1st, the Library will be offering
increased access to data bases in the fields of science, technology, and the social
sciences. To support this expansion, and to continue to operate the systems we
already use, the Board of Governors has given its approval to a programme of partial
cost recovery.
Data bases are maintained by various public and commercial agencies; the Library
contracts through these agencies for use of the bases; in the past, we've been able
to Supply service free of charge because of special grants from foundations and
governments. Other major Canadian university libraries have always charged for the
use of these computer services; now we must do the same. The Library will continue
to absorb some of the costs: all internal costs (staff time and equipment rental)
plus 40$ of external costs; users will have to pay 60% of the external costs. Costs
are figured on the basis of "connect time" (length of time we tie into a computer)
and the resulting number of citations.
A leaflet describing data bases and services will be available soon. FAMOUS FIRST LINES
Figure out what book the following first line comes from. Get the answer onto
K. Kasper'8 mail shelf (Main Library - I ft 0 Division) by 3:00 p.m. tomorrow (April l).
All answers received by that time will be collected and the contest winner determined
by a blind draw. Winner gets a free paperback of her or his choice from Gifts ft Exchanges.
A new voice hailed me of an old friend when, first returned from the Peninsula, Z paced again in that
long street of Damascus which is called Straight; and suddenly taking me wondering by the hand, "Tell me
(said he), since thou art here again in the peace and assurance of Ullah, and whilst we walk, as in the
former years, toward the new blossoming orchards, full of the sweet spring as the garden of Gbd, what moved
thee, or how couldst thou take such journeys Into the fanatic Arabia?"
- — •aai?UTi«s mQT &\. aAH eq^ uf. •laqo^BQ eqj; moij sea uoT4*ionb s.enss-r. %bvi
3OTCEMENTS...ANNOUNCEMENTS...ANNOUNCEMENTS...ANNOUNCEMENTS...ANNOUNCEMENTS...ANNOUNCEMENTS...ANNOUNCi
Q * E glgfl
When addressing or bringing materials to Cifts ft Exchanges, please remember to indicate what they are
(gifts, duplicates, withdrawals, etc.) and sign your nane and division. Otherwise we find ourselves
pussling unnecessarily over perfectly routine matters and perhaps making wrong decisions about them.
Uoconing Events
April 20th...UBC Librarians Association Brown Bag Luncheon Lectures: Roy Stokes discusses detective fiction.
12:30-1:30, Room 839, School of Librarianship.
April 21st...Greater Vancouver Library Federation/FIN Evening Series: Resources of Statistics Canada.
6:00 pa - supper; 7:00 .pm - programs, 1105 Commercial Drive.
April 29th ft 30th...B.C. School Librarians' Association Conference and Annual General Meeting. Kelowna, Capri Hotel.
Retired Reference Books
Tho following books have been superseded and are no longer wanted by the divisions which had them up to now.
If you would like to have any transferred to your branch, division, or reading room, contact G ft S (2607).
AMERICAN SOCIETT OF HEATING, REFRIFSRATING ft AIR-CONDITIONING ENGINEERS. ASHRAE HANDBOOK OF FUNDAMENTALS: 4967.
(TH 7225. A6)
BRITISH BOOKS IN PRINT: 1975, v. 1-2. (Z 2001. R33)
CANADA, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. LIBRARY. CURRENT PERIODICALS: 1971. (ZS 1. C353)
■ NATIONAL SCIENCE LIBRARY. UNION LIST OF SCIENTIFIC SERIALS IN CANADIAN LIBRARIES: 1973, ▼. 1-2. (20. 1. N29) .
NEW SERIAL TITLES: 1971-73. (2 6945. N44)
PAPERBOOND BOOKS IN PRINT: 1974; 1976. (Z 1033. P 3. P33)
SUBJECT GUIDE TO BOOKS IN PRINT: 1975, v. 1-2. (Z 1215. P97)
*
Tho following items are needed to complete the library's holdings:
ABCL NEWSLETTER,    vol.7 no.1(1973?).    If not as a gift, a copy for xeroxing, please.
CANADIAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION.  INFORMATION SERVICES SECTION. NEWSLETTER, vol.l no.3-4; vol.2 no.3-4; vol.3 no.4
HIGH FIDELITY/IIUSICAL AIERICA.    vol.25 no.2 (1975)
JOURNAL OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIAKSHIP.    vol.2 no.6 (Jan. 1977)
MICHIGAN LIBRARIAN,    vol.41 no.2'(1975)
NATION.  (N.Y.)    vol.222 no.4 (1976)
NATIONAL WILDLIFE.  (Washington, D.C.)    vol.14 no.1,5 (1976)
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL,    vol.22 no.6 (l976)
SOLEIL DE COLOXBIE.    vol.6 no.51 (April 26, 1974)
WESTERN LIVING,    vol.l no.6 (l97l)
If you can supply say of these, ploaso telephone Graham Elliston, local 2304.
SOMEbody asked somebody else who's responsible for this Library Bulletin.•.address all
correspondence to M. Kasper, Information ft Orientation Division, Main Library.    Letters
are always welcome; too too rarely received.

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