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In this issue we continue our search for the Library's hidden
tenants with four more exposes on The Men in a Room at the Top,
the Fine Arts Gallery, The School of Librarianship, and the
Grouo at the Bottom of the Stairs.
But before we launch into them we'll get the minutes of a
meeting, some announcements, and the staff comings and goings
Reference Group.  From the Minutes of the 31st Meeting, June
10th, 1966.
1..  Library lectures for Summer Session students.  There will
be four lectures the second week of Summer Session (July
11th, 12th) in Buchanan 106 at 10 25 and 1:30".
2,  Student Orientation.  Lawrence Leaf (Curric. Lab.) is
attending a student orientation methods seminar at the ALA
conference in New York, July 6th-10th. 3. Evening and Saturday reference services for Summer Session.
Will probably be the same as for Winter - Two librarians on
at night, one at the catalogue and one in Social Science,
Joan Selby has drawn up a time-table.
4. During Summer Session, Government Publications will close
at 5 p.m. to Friday and all day Saturday.
Other announcements-
Stack Access.  Commencing with Fall term all students will be
permitted to use the stacks.  Lengthy consideration has been
given to this matter and the division heads concerned feel that
this change of policy toward 1st and 2nd year students will be
of great benefit to them without seriously affecting the
interests of other groups or the operation of the library.
Education books.  All books in the Sedgewick Library classified
in "L" are being transferred to the Main Stacks, hopefully
prior to Summer Session.  (A few have been selected to go to
the Curric Lab.)
Book Moves.  Classifications PH to PQ have been moved from
Level 3 to Level 4.  This leaves the South Wing of Level 3
free for Sedgewick expansion later this year  There were
also numerous minor moves to alleviate crowding throughout
the collection.  New indicators have been fitted to all the
ranges.  Nearly all levels have been shelf-read..  New, lucid
floor plans of the stacks are being made and hopefully
copies can be run off for the Summer Session users
Circulation plans to have a few more slide and narrative
sessions on the automated Circulation system for those
interested and not indoctrinated last Fall.  July 11-16, 11
a.m. to noon in the Library School, Room 844.  If you are
able to attend please phone Circ. 3869 before Friday, July 8.
Fine Arts Division.  Summer Session,  8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday
to Friday, Closed Saturday,
We pledge allegiance to our public and to the long line-ups
in which they will stand.  A collection of books and documents - divided (see the location file) yet one, with stack
access for all - who have valid cards - may we be granted
the strength and the money to carry on. 3
Jack Wasserman of the Vancouver Sun reports:  Dr. Deutsch, a
former UBC department head, paid a social call to H. R. MacMillan.
"H.R., we all owe you a lot for your magnificent contributions
to the University", to which H.R„ replied with a smile, "Veil, I
decided to put my money into books - they can survive any amount
of bad management."
Watch it!  Recently the University Patrol has reported that doors
leading onto the Main Library are being left open after 5 p.m.
(or closing time).  Persons leaving the building after that time
should be sure the door they use^Lsclosed and locked.
We have arrived!   CACUL (Translated - Canadian Association of
College and University Libraries) Newsletter reprinted Elizabeth
Jupp's"Preventive Librarianship" (BIBLOS Sept. '65) and Pat
LaVac's~Green Slip Caper (BIBLOS Oct, '65).
Biblos Poetry Contest, Come on group. Get with it! Even limericks (reasonably clean) will be gratefully received. Deadline is
August 18th.  Be brave - jump right in to print with both pencils.
Goodbye and congratulations to Brett Osborne,  Brett has n
left UBC.Library's Serials Division and his work on Biblos
going to be missed.  We want to congratulate him on his
marriage to Sheila McLeod, A Vic (U. of T.) grad, U.B.C.
Library Assistant, then U.B.C. Library School, and now a
librarian at New Westminster Public Library,
ow Comi ngs
Stel1 a Tseng
Rosemary Alder
James Thomas
John Johnston
Lorraine Knight
Penny Vroom
Ada Zwolinski
Dave Miller
Joan Lundquist
Helen Bradley
Ni ck Omelusi k
Jean Miller
Ali ce Schoenfeld
Seonaid Christopherson
Bill Johnson
Donna Maloney
Susan Little
Annabelle Henderson
Library Assistant
Clerk I
Stack Supervisor
Stack Supervisor
Clerk I
Clerk I
Library Assistant
Clerk I I
Clerk I
Clerk I
Library Assi stant
Secretary   i I
Library Assistant
Asst. Technician
Clerk I
Clerk I
Clerk I
Asian Studies
Ci rculation
Ci rcu1 at ion
C i rcu1 at ion
C i rculat ion
Ci rculat ion
Acqu is i tions
Acqu i si tions
Acqu i s i tions
Acqu isi tions
Acqui s it ions
Government Pubs,
Catalogu ing
Catalogu ing
Catalogu ing
Social Science
G i11ian Penwarden
Elvi Eigendorf
Sue Hurford
Helena Goetz
Susanne Fazekas
Lyn Fernie
Pat Meagher
Goi ngs
Flexowri ter Op.
Library Assistant
Library Assistant
Clerk   II
Clerk  I I
Clerk   I I
Library Assistant
Catalogu i ng
Catalogu ing
Government Pubs,
Prebi ndery
Woodwa rd
Ci rculat ion
Social Work Lib,
Jay Kincaid
Penny Simpson
Mike Bolton
Marj orie Wool 1 am
Pat Dew
Monique Lege re
'Brett Osborne
Fine Arts
Catalogu ing
Acqu i s i tions
Acqu i si t ions
Government Publications
: Wanted;  a BIBLOS staff member who can do cartoons - and other
assigned investigations - and who can come to meetings Friday
afternoons from 2:00 to ... (Position available immediately.
Pay none; prestige?\@    See K. Kent, Editor (Circ Division). 5
And now - on to our hidden tenants 	
The School of Librarianship
Whe re i s i t?
After you have climbed the North public stairs to Level 8, Oft
taken the North elevator to Level 8, OR taken the South elevator
to Floor 7, walked through Acquisitions, behind their cage,
through a green door to Level 7^ and THEN up five stairs ■—
any of these routes and you will pass through the swinging
doors of the Library School (NO - the Library School is NOT a
front for the UBC Library staff bar)  Turn left and you will
be in their office currently occupied by Doris Warkentin and
Elspeth Hughes.
What they do.  Elspeth mainly handles admissions and  other
correspondence for Miss Egoff, Doris does the general secretarial
work and correspondence for Dr. Rothstein.
What they don't do.  We decided that this section wasn't relevant,
How long has it been there?
Under LIBRARIANSHIP in the job classifications for the 1961
Canadian Census we discover that "the five essential ingredients
of a successful life are 1) good health 2) honesty 3) love of
humanity 4) intellectual curiosity 5) a sense of humour. All
these may be developed in library work; all are necessary for it."
The decision to establish a Library School at UBC came in January
1961.  Dr. Samuel Rothstein, then Acting Librarian for UBC Library,
was appointed Head of the School.  He took only seven months to
set a budget, hire a faculty, choose students, produce a curriculum
and a calendar, and acquire the necessary equipment. The School
began in September 1961 with 30 students and received its CLA
accreditation in 1962.  UBC Library claimed six librarians from
that first year of whom we still have Bob Harris, Circulation, and
Rita Butterfield, Acquisitions.  Dr. Rothstein's faculty now
boasts seven full-time professors - Sheila Egoff - children's
literature and librarianship plus administrative work:-.Marion Gilroy
book selection and evaluation, public libraries, and readers' services; as of July 1, 1966, Ann Brearley vacates the Head of Social
Sciences Division in our Library to join- full-time Library School
faculty teaching Special Libraries; Willi am Wood - reference and 6
bibliography; Ronald Hagler- Classification, cataloguing,
documentation, history of books, libraries and bookselling;
George Piternick - technical services and bibliography.  As
well as full-time faculty there are numerous lecturers in
various fields of library science, and two revisers, Mrs.
Thelma Allen and Mrs. Marguerite Burke,
Although their chief eminence lies in their qualifications
as librarians, teachers, and researchers, the Library School
faculty displays other talents.  Dr, Rothstein has a large
repertoire of songs and party games.  Sheila Egoffs name is
almost synonymous with the word "Charleston". Marion Gilroy
has a great desire to win first prize for curried chicken
at the Canadian National Exhibition,  William Wood plays a
mean piano.  The Piternicks belong to a large Siamese cat,
Buddha, who has lengthy discussions with Marion Gilroy.
Ronald Hagler likes good Hi-Fi, black and white, crunchy
sandwiches - and dislikes group singing, poor writing (our
apologies) and getting up in the morning.
The UBC Library hosts numerous graduates from the School's
five year's existence - 61/62 Rita Butterfield and Bob
Harris, 62/63 Jill Buttery, Helen Constable, Suzanne
Dodson, Marilyn Dutton, Barbara Gibson, Isa Fiszhaut, Sue
Keevll, Mary Macaree, Doug Mclnnes, and Bill Parker,
63/64 Hans Burndorfer, Ture Erickson, John Gray, Elizabeth
Jupp, Heather MacDonald, Jean Molson and Ann Rowley.
64/65 Adrienne Clark, Linda Kwong, Georgia MacRae, Tom
Shorthouse, Dave Thomas, Georgi Detwiller and Diana Cooper,
65/66 Terry Haughian, Chuck Forbes, Gerald Palsson and
Nick Omelusik.  (Please forgive any omissions.)
Considering the School of Librarianship?
Apart from a B„A, of good standing the 1961 Census gives the
following qualifications for entry and success in Librarian-
ship. An interest in books, people, and events; a well-
balanced temperament; poise, courtesy, and a calm manner;
self-reliance, common-sense, and a quick grasp of situations;
the capacity for leadership - initiative, vision and sound
And AFTER you become a librarian?  If you've got all those
qualifications NOTHING is impossible! Credits:  Library School's ADLIB Dec '64; Canadian Library, Jan,
!66; Can. Census Class, of Prof, & Tech, Occupations, I9&1, the
Library School faculty.
Among these elite are also three winners of the Ruth Cameron Medal
for the most outstanding student - 61/62 Rita Butterfield, 62/63
Doug Mclnnes; 63/64 Elizabeth Jupp.
The Men   in   the   Room  at   the  Top
"Who are  all   those well-dressed  strangers  at  coffee   in  the  staff
lounge?"  people  keep  asking.     Well,   no,   they're not exactly  secret
service   infiltrators.     They come  from  the 8th  floor  South,   Room
862   (near Special   Coll.)   and  there  are  three "families"   involved.
They're not  all   ours.
For  the   library  -  Bob MacDonald,   our  systems  analyst.
From  the Administration  offices   (Tab.)   -  a  growing  group of  programmers.
From  the  computer manufacturer -   systems  staff  supplied   to  assist
with   re-programming  for the new Honeywell   computer.
The  People
Bob Crane     Supervisor
Dean Francey ) _,
n  *.i  w j \ Programmer-
Dorotny Ward   ^
Stan Stevens )     '
Honeywell Systems
Harvey Girard and Marg Atkin
What are they doing up there?
Mr. MacDonald assures me it isn't"classifled".  They are, specifically, writing programs in COBOL for a Honeywell computer being
installed this week, replacing an IBM 1401.  There!  Now you know.
Or do you?  (COBOL means Common Business-Orientated Language and
computers work when you write "programs" in a language that their
insides can interpret.)  In this case the applications involved
include payroll, accounting, purchasing, registrar's records, library circulation, accession lists.  Future applications will include
acquisitions and serials processing.
Two more programmers are being added to this group, and when the re-
programming of existing routines is completed, one programmer will
be assigned to the library full-time. 8
Why are they living in the Library?
Lack of space has shoved them out of the present administration
building.  A new one is being planned for completion sometime
in 1968.  Then there will be an exodus of programmers - only one
will remain to assist us through the undergrowth of programs and
wired panels.  Maybe they'll draw straws.
Thanks to Bob MacDonald for clearing up the mystery of the Men
at the Top (plus two women),
And now we leap down into the basement to tackle the Fine Arts
The Fine Arts Gallery began operation in 1948 under the sponsorship and financial support of the I.O.D.E. and in memory of Mary
L, Bollert, Dean of Women, at U.B.C from 1921 to 1941.  Space
was provided in the library building in conjunction with the
University Arts Centre, an open area in the Library basement
used as a studio for evening classes in painting and pottery.
This studio space has since been converted into stacks immediately behind the Gallery at the west end of the building.
Operation of the new gallery was under the direction of Mr. B.C.,
Binning and the late Mr. Frederic Lasserre.  During the early
years the Gallery staff was made up of volunteers from the
University Chapter of the I.O.D.E.  Later the staff consisted
of Mr, Rene Boux, a part-time student at U.B.C.
The founding of the Department of Fine Arts as an official
department within the former Faculty of Arts and Science took
place in 1958.  It first began with two teaching members - one
of whom was Mr, Binning - and was partly housed in the Fine
Arts Gallery.  Professor Ian McNairn of the Fine Arts Department acted as gallery curator for a number of years until Mr.
Alvin Balkind, a graduate of John Hopkins University, was
appointed curator in 1962 - a position he still holds.
At present, the Gallery operates on a university budget with
financial support from the University Chapter of the I.O.D.E. and a grant from the Koerner Foundation for handling the costs
of printing exhibition catalogues and blurbs.
The Gallery has traditionally made use of circulation agencies -
selecting exhibits from the Western Canada Art Circuit, the
Western Association of Art Museums, the Museum of Modern Art,
the Smithsonian Institute and the American Federation of Arts.
The exhibits normally run on a circuit of about one year.  Mr.
Balkind has been supplementing these with special exhibitions
he has arranged on his summer travels.
In recent years the Gallery has been expanding rapidly, organizing more and more of its own exhibitions, working more closely
with the various academic departments of the campus, and engaging guest lecturers,,  For instance, last year the exhibit of
African art was organized with the cooperation of the Anthropology Department and Museum.  This year the exhibit of Japanese
maps came from the library's Special' Collections division and
a lecture tour of the maps was given by Basil Stuart-Stubbs.
The Department of Romance Studies and the Dante Al1ghieri
Society worked on the Plranesi prints exhibition.  From time
to time the gallery has shown works by U.B.C. faculty members -
Ian Baxter of the Fine Arts Department and James A.S. MacDonald
of the Education faculty.
And so don't be bashful. Just follow the North Entrance stairs
down and signs and arrows will guide you to the Gallery.  A
doub1e exhibit is coming up July 4th to August 18th.
1. "B.C. Watercolour Prints and Drawings" organized by Alvin
2. "Canadian Ceramics of '65" circulated by the Western Canada
Art Circuit and organized by the Canada Guild of Potters.
Hours:  10:30 to 5:00, Monday to Friday
Evenings, Tuesday and Thursday 10
Last, but not least in this issue, the Group in the Room at the
Come in the front main entrance, follow the stairs on your right
down, head for the Ladies' washroom - but turn slightly left before you get there - and you are in front of a door marked
JANITOR.  From this point our cleaning staff spread out around
the building in a never ending battle against that most basic
problem - dirt.  The Head Janitor kindly took a few moments off
from his relentless rounds to answer the questionnaire we tucked
under his door.
How many are you?
During the student sessions - One man on days, one on afternoons, five men (including the janitor) and four women on nights.
Since the women were included the cleaning service In the Library
has improved and the dust problem is much less.
What do you do? *
Building care and cleaning service.  Reporting damage and breakdown of lighting, elevator service and any other services
necessary for the normal function of the building.  Security.
(And so watch it if you're working late or you may get swept
up into one of those large canvas bags in the stacks when you
try to sneak out.)
Chief beef?
Circulation, take a bow.  Book shelf cleaners who whisk everything onto the floor - those flat call cards have to be picked
up one by one.  It may be the fastest method to clean the shelves,
but they wouldn't do it that way at 'ome - or would they?
A phone in the janitor's room so that he may be informed
qu ickly by any division about breakdowns (equipment) or any
other services requiring the janitorial staff,  (How about an
intercom on this one?) 11
Staff member to a janitor who worked nights and  switched  to
afternoons:     "Can   I   help you?" ya
Janitor:     "Yes,   if your bank account is  big enough   l/^tould do
with a $1,000,"
Further  reports  from  the  Front on  Budgets
In   I965/66   it  cost $2,721,216  to operate the  Library.     Of  that
amount $873,300 went to staff,  $ 1,613,087 was  spent on  books,
$55,098 on  binding,   and $179,731   on  supplies and equipment.
Due  to the   ingenious  fiscal  juggling ability of the Associate
Librarian,   a  small   credit was  returned  to the treasurer.
Debit Credit
Library operating expenses 16,915
Student Assistant  salaries 13,666
Biomedical Branch 294
Bindery 685
Record Loan 1,180
And not  that  the  following  has  any connection  but...one of  the
staff  found  this old  fairy  tale and   legend buried among  the  dust
of the Library's archives. 12
Once upon a time
Once upon a time, not too long ago, far out on
a point of land almost surrounded by the sea,
stood a great stone castle and in the castle
lived a King named Basiieus, which means roya
herb, and all his peoples, the Libniks and the
Clerkniks, and the little assistant Libniks
known fondly as Bibniks.
Now King Basiieus was a good king, loved by his people and he
prized above all else his collection of books.  He had filled
his castle with books of many s.iapes and sizes and his people
helped him in his great work.  The King's love of collecting
books was so great that he offered to collect them for all the
neighbouring kingdoms.  The neighbouring kings agreed that
this would be a good thing and appointed one of their number,
a certain king of the Aloes, which means bitter herb with leaves
spiny along the edge, to arrange proper tributes of gold to be
paid for the service to King Basiieus and all his peoples.
And so all the libniks and clerkniks and even the bibniks
worked hard tc> please their King and to do his bidding and
year afjep-year the piles of books in the castle grew
But evil times came to the peoples of Basiieus.
nger spread in the castle because the piles of
ooks grew, exceeding the wildest dreams of King
asileus and the tribes of libniks, clerkniks,
d bibniks grew also, but the gold did not.
There was not enough gold to buy food for all the
people and the clerkniks and bibniks did not have
nough clothes to warm themselves and they cried
the night from hunger and cold
ing Basiieus saw the need of his
people and went and entreated King
Aloe to collect more tribute from
the surrounding kingdoms to give
to his people, but King Aloe was
hard man not given to reading boolc
and he ignored the plea of King
Basileus. 13
Now the tribe of 1ibniks was strong and determined and they
took from the gold coming into the castle enough to keep / q
themselves fat and warm, but the clerkniks and bibniks/
were weak and timid and they became thin and pale
while their shoes dell into holes and their stockings into runs and they were cold when the snow
lay deep around the castle.
At last one bibnik, braver than the rest
"Enough.  Let the little bibniks meet tog
and write out a special plea to be sent to
the kings of the neighbouring kingdoms and
tell them how hard the bibniks work collect'
books and how cold and hungry they are, an'
that while there is enough gold for the lihj
niks there is not for the bibniks
And this was done and King Basiieus took up
his great sword called "Words" and went out
against King Aloe and told the neighbouring
kingdoms about the pitiful condition of the
bibniks and how they could be saved only by
more gold.  King Basiieus battled mightily
for many days and weeks and at last his gre
sword "Words" prevailed upon the Kings who
told King Aloe to give over and give the bi
niks more gold, enough to fill out their
cheeks with food and to buy new shoes and
warm clothing,
But King Aloe was still hard and said he would
give gold for food but the bibniks must work
one more year before he would give them gold
for new shoes and he did not think that next
winter would be as cold as the past two winters.
The bibniks were warmed by this and they were
grateful to King Basiieus and they rejoiced in
their resoled shoes but they resolved to go on
meeting and planning together.
And all this while the labours of the clerkniks
continued as before; the story of their struqqles
i s yet to unfold.
T>.eoc>p£i«_ 14
From the Record Library -all is not harmonious      Doug Kaye
Last October an older student, about fifty or so, came into the
Record Collection and paid the   registration fee.  I wrote up
the card, gave her the portion we call the 'Library card' and we
were the very best of friends.
So, as one friend to another, she asked for help,  "Plees I vant
halp," she said, "I vant Bach fugue."
Now, as her friend, I enquired, "Which Bach fugue would you like?
There are many, you know."
"I vant Bach fugue!" she repeated with mild annoyance.
"Ahhh, yes.  Well, uh, would you like an organ fugue or perhaps
'The Art of the Fugue'?  We can give you the art of the fugue in
a keyboard or small orchestral arrangement", said I.
"Vhy you don't onderstand?" she asked, "I vant Bach fugue!"
"Well," I retorted, "You should have some idea of which fugue you
want when you come in here asking for fugues."
"Ya, I know vhat fugue - Bach fugue."
Desperately, I asked, "Would you, by any chance, be wanting the
'Wei 1-Tempered Clavier'?"
"Ya dot's it, Bach fugue", she said.
"Ahhh, yes, yes, well now, which book would you like?  It comes
in two books, book one and book two."
"Thees ees of no matter to me, thees ees your problem,,  Joost
geef me Bach fugue!" 15
Odes to the departed -  from the Library
Farewell to Mike, the batchelor gay,
Whose gone away.
We'll miss his grin, a cheery youth,
A gem forsooth
Of cheeky wit and willing charm
A foe to calm.
We wish him well, one wish retain
We'11 meet again.
M/^_ La Vac 16
Pity  Biblos  for Brett's  gone too
We'll  miss  his  cartoon  art.
But who can  compete
With  a career to compl^t;
And  a wedded affair ofl/he  heart
La Vac
And last, but far from an afterthought, Fine Arts
i i5s is Weybourne, Saskatchewan's gain.
There was a young 1ibnik named Jay
Who decided to go East a way
So she packed her Volkswagen,
For warmth took a flagon,
And over the mountains did stray.


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