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No. 162
TELIDON TERMINAL INSTALLED IN FINE ARTS
January 1982
A Telidon terminal is now available in the Fine Arts Division of the
Main Library as part of the Telidon field trials sponsored by
Communications Canada and B.C. Telephone. During this period, there is no
charge for Telidon service.
Simply speaking, Telidon is a "magic box" linking a television set
with computer data bases. It is the Canadian developed version of
videotex; and unlike other systems provides not only text but also
coloured pictures. A small key pad enables you to sign-on and to access
the data bases. You can:
-try a keyword (press a letter to find out what keywords start
with that letter)
-use the "menu" plan (you keep on making choices until you finally
get someplace)
-ask for a particular "page" by number ( example: if you ask for
number 16131 you'll get a January horoscope for Cancer.)
Keep track of your favorite numbers — look in the upper right
hand corner. The Bulletin will publish a column of Telidon
favorites.
The B.C. Tel experiment emphasizes business
and public locations for terminals. Four terminals
will be placed at campus locations: Fine Arts
Division in the Library, School of Architecture;
Forestry, Off Campus Programs Office; U.N. Centre
for Human Settlements. The latter is located in
the Library Processing Centre and can be used by
library staff. It would be appreciated if small
groups rather than individuals would learn about
the terminal together. Call 4415 to arrange an
appropriate time.
DISABLED STUDENTS CENTRE IN SEDGEWICK
The Central Information Station for Disabled Students located in the
Sedgewick Library staff area is now operating. It consists of a campus
phone, a microfiche reader, and all the microfiche you could ever want to
use. Wheelchair bound students can do their bibliographic searches in
relative comfort here, then phone the appropriate library to page books
or to arrange for reference help.
During the past year, CKNW provided substantial funds to the
University for purchase of equipment helpful to disabled students. One of
these, an electric typewriter with an Optacon attachment, is now
available in Crane Library. The Optacon allows the typed material to be
read by touch. The Computing Centre will soon have a terminal adapted
with special equipment to allow visually disabled students to "read" a
computer terminal screen. In addition, three Visual Ear units (or TDD's,
telecommunication device for the deaf) were purchased. If you would like
to phone someone who has a Visual Ear, you may use the unit available at
the Student Counseling Centre, Room 200 Brock Hall. No appointment is
necessary and the Centre is quite happy to have people use the equipment. LIBRARY GOES TO ROBSON SQUARE
More than thirty staff members took turns in October manning a
Library information booth at the Discovery Fair (B.C. Ministry of
Universities, Science, & Communications) held at Robson Square. We
displayed the BCUC (British Columbia Union Catalogue) microfiche se-
giving away old fiche to delighted school kids, and demonstrated online
searching of UBC and DIALOG databases. The fiche catalogue proved just as
interesting to the public as the online terminal.
For the Fair, Systems Division developed the first prototype for
online KEYWORD searching of local databases. They are currently building
on this prototype to give us online keyword searching of the DRS
(pamphlets and other good stuff) and to produce a keyword online serials
check-in system.
OLD FACES/NEW PLACES
Margaret Price is now Assistant Recon Librarian in Catalogue
Records. She can be reached at 4995.
Elizabeth Black, librarian in Humanities Division, will be on leave
for six months beginning March 1st to complete work for a Masters of
Science in Business Administration, focussing on labor relations.
John Gray will work in Special Collections part time to re-organize
the University's stamp collection. Funding comes from a bequest
designated for philately.
Heather Keate is Interim Planning Coordinator for the Health
Sciences Network (services to teaching hospitals), a special assignment
February to June. The Network offices are in the basement of Woodwar'"
Library. . ^^
Laine Ruus, Data Librarian, will be lending her talents to the
University of Gothenburg for a year beginning this April. She will be
working with the Swedish Research Council to set up a Swedish Data
Archive.
Anne Yandle, head of Special Collections Division, will be on leave
for a year beginning in July. She will work with the antiquarian book
trade in London for six months, spending an additional six months in the
Turnbull Library, the rare book section of the National Library of New
Zealand in Wellington.
Tom Shorthouse, UBC's Law Librarian, currently on leave in Beijing,
China, writes:
Has the word hit Variety yet that I am playing the American
ambassador* in a Chinese film? ... The film is of course entirely
in Chinese. So - although I speak my English lines to Chinese
actors — what will eventually come out of my mouth will be
someone else. The acting coach - a very nice actor who is
frequently seen in Chinese films - advised me I should be
dignified and thoughtful, relaxed and cheerful, and yet a little
reticent as I realize Chiang** has lost the confidence of the
Chinese people.. I'll tell you my experiences at Metro Theatre
didn't prepare me for this!
Incidentally, there's no such thing as library service here.
* John Leighton Stuart, 1949    ** Chiang Kai-shek
Tom's letters are marvelous snippets of life abroad, witty and full of
good cheer. Some are posted on the bulletin board in the Main Library
staff room. A collected edition is available for perusal in the Law
Library. CALENDAR OF CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, & LECTURES
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13 February. KNOWLEDGE NETWORK SEMINAR. UBC Campus, Instructional
Resources Centre, Lecture Hall #1. 10:30am-12:30pm. Spend a bit of
Saturday learning about the Knowledge Network of the West. Find out what
it is, what it can do, and how to do it. There will be an audio/visual
presentation and a tour of the KN facilities housed in LPC. The session
is sponsored by the B.C. Health Libraries Association and will emphasize
health science applications to long distance education and interactive
audio/video. EVERYONE IS WELCOME: NO CHARGE. For more information contact
Barbara Saint, 875-4505 or 5461.
15 February. PROJECT PROGRESS WORKSHOP. A study of Canadian Public
Libraries. Richmond Inn, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm $70.
16 February. VIDEO DISC PLAYER DEMONSTRATION. GVLF, 1105 Commercial
Drive. 10:00 am - 11:00 am. Call to register, 251-1147.
16 February. SCHOOL OF LIBRARIANSHIP DISTINGUISHED VISITOR. David
Stam, Director of the Research Libraries, New York Public Library, will
speak at 3:30pm in 100 Buchanan on some aspect of the NYPL.
18-19 February. LIBRARIANS AND INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY.
UBC Campus. $85. A workshop sponsored by Centre for Continuing Education
for librarians on videotex, teletext, INET Gateway, and home information
systems.
20 February. CAREER STRATEGIES FOR LIBRARIANS. Douglas College, New
Westminster. 8:30am-4:30pm. $40. Workshop led by Cheryl Young for people
thinking of a career change or of moving up in their present career.
Bring a lunch. Register through Admissions, Douglas College, P.O. Box
2503, New Westminster, B.C. V3L 5B2. 525-2075.
11-12 March. LIBRARIANS AS RECORDS MANAGERS. Robson Square Media
Centre Room #1. $100. Pat Acton will lead sessions Thursday night and all
day Friday on the relationship between librarianship and records
management. Records management is currently one of the most dynamic
fields in information science (look at the want-ads!). Register with
^ Douglas College, address above.
_4Ufr-»    12-13 March. UBC OPEN HOUSE. This year's open house focuses on the
"pP central core of campus. The Main Library will host displays, as will the
(LJ     Curriculum Lab, Asian Studies Library, and Law Library. Jocelyn Foster is
\(L    coordinating the Library's efforts. If you'd like to help, give her a
■** call at 2076.
30 April-May 1. BCLA SPRING CONFERENCE. Delta River Inn, Richmond.
25-27 August. PACIFIC NORTHWEST LIBRARY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE.
Denman Place Inn, Vancouver. Theme: the image of the library in the
community. Phyllis Reeve in Government Publications is in charge of local
arrangements.
WANTED
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The following items are needed to complete the Library's holdings:
Art* Bulletin. Canadian Conference of the Arts, v.l n.2-3,7,10
Canada Crafts, v.l n.l 1975; v.2 n.2 1976/77
Canadian Aeronautics and -^pace Journal, v.23 n.3 1977
Canadian Architect Yearbook. 1970
Canadian Numismatic Journal, v.2 n.1-3; v.7 n.1-8
Delta K. v.12 n.l,4 1973
Engineering Digest, v.25 n.10 1979
Library Journal, v.105 n.2,4,7-10,13-20,22 1981
D.B.C. Dept. of Economics. Discussion Papers, no.1,5,7-8,10-11
38-41,44,53,57,59,64-65,67,70-71,75,77,79.87-91 (all between
no.4,3l(l977); n.l3-16.51-52(l978); n.38(l979); n.37(l980)
If you can supply any of these, please phone Graham Elliston, local 2304. PRO-LIT XEROXING SUSPENDED (or: cobbler loses shoe)
Xerox copies of the contents pages of library journals will no
longer be prepared and circulated to library staff. Periodicals Division
realizes this is a useful current awareness service and hestitated a long
time before suspending it. It may be resumed when the staff complement
returns to normal.
Please phone Lois Carrier, head of Social Sciences Division, 3155,
with any concerns regarding this change. She has a list of journals
xeroxed for each division and will supply it on request. Staff shortages
and an increasing backlog in the Main Library's periodicals section
prompted the action.
PICK UP SERVICE FOR LOST BOOKS: a true story ij2B
Circulation Division received a message recently from a Point Grey
landlady who said she had a pile of UBC library books left at her house
several years ago by a student lodger. She had phoned to various people
in the Library over the past three years and was always told that she
should bring the books out to us. She was not able to, as they were too
heavy to carry. Circulation Division sent Library Delivery to pi«_ : them
up and were delighted to have them returned — about $700 worth of books.
The message is: Please contact Library Delivery at 2854 or 2668 if
you should receive such a call in the future.
BOOK RETURN COMMITTEE SET
Rita Butterfield, Melva Dwyer, Ture Erickson, Howard Hurt, and
Heather Keate compose the newly constituted Book Return Committee. The
group will study current book return procedures and consider alternative
methods that would be both practical and more desirable for book
preservation. They will report to COPPSAC (Committee on Processing/
Public Services and Catalogues) before June 1st.
SAFETY COMMITTEE, MAIN LIBRARY
Staff are invited to notify the Main Library Safety Committee of any
hazard or potential hazard they might notice. Please give your comments,
in writing, to any member of the committee. Members are: Rita Butterfield
(secretary), Kris Hans, Joyce Harries, Helen Mayoh, John Nanning
(chairman), and Sheila Neville.
The Library also has safety committees for the Library Processing
Centre, Sedgewick Library, and Woodward Library. Safety concerns of other
branches are dealt with by the departments responsible for the buildings
in which they are located.
The University Coordination Office reports that a safety group has
been organized to discuss the environmental aspects of visual display
terminals (VDT), now used widely on campus.
DATA LIBRARY CATALOGUE IN MICROFICHE
Data Library catalogue has been available for sometime online;
(signon to MTS - ask it to RUN *SPIRES EXPLAIN DATALIB). The catalogue is
now also available in microfiche. There's a copy at a reader near the
Information Desk in the Main Concourse. If you'd like your own copy,
phone Laine Ruus at 5587 ; she has a few extras of the three fiche set.
STORAGE RIDDLE
Q: When is "storage" an untrue story?
A: When the book is in the Asian Studies Library.
Last year many books were moved from the storage area of the Main Library
to the new Asian Studies Library. The records, however, still list the
books as in storage. Do not perpetuate this false story; instead, send
smiling patron across the moat to the Asian Studies Library in the new
Asian Centre. Also watch out for pre 1800 (pre 1867 Canadian) imprints.
These were systematically removed from the Main Stacks to storage without
changing the records.
LPC HANDOUT
An information sheet on the Library Processing Centre has been;
prepared primarily for new staff. A complimentary copy is attached
to this issue of the Bulletin. Keep it, file it even. ub«ryP«ie LIBRARY PROCESSING CENTRE
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Acquisitions: Orders, receives, and pays for books and microforms requested for all locations except Serials, Woodward,
Law and Government Publications. The Prebindery and the LPC
mail room are part of Acquisitions. Joyce Davidson, Head.
Serials: Orders, checks In, and pays for serial publications
requested for all locations except Woodward, Law, and Government
Publications. Nadine Baldwin, Head.
Catalogue Records: Checks for duplication and verifies
bibliographical Information for all orders. Catalogues
titles for all library locations. Divided Into units
according to the types of material catalogued: Music, English
language, Science, etc. Ann Turner, Head.
Catalogue Products: Responsible for the format and distribution
of all catalogue records, for revising and updating these
records, and for the physical processing of library materials.
Divided into Catalogue Maintenance, Book Preparation, and
Added Copies. Linda Joe, Head.
Systems: Develops and coordinates the Library's computer
systems. Don Dennis, Head.
\dmlnlstratlon: Responsible for the overall operation of
the technical services divisions. Bob MacDonald, Assistant
Librarian for Technical Processing and Systems.
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