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After struggling with inventory all month, we found it very dlffi-
cult to delve into deep involved topics requiring extensive research.  To get us into the mood, we tripped through the displays
a good deal and found out all sorts of things (see the last half
of the Issue!)  One inspired cohort dashed off to explore Shakespeare's folios; another, to solIcit information on the new library
for the blind; another, to rise again In COMMENT; and Feetov, to
abandon inventory for the robins in R,B„C,  Oh well, it's almost
summer as we
News 'n Notes 2
BCLA Conference 3
Staff Changes 4
ACL I       8
Photographers   (just one  but   she's worth a dozen)                10
Shakes  Folios 11
Dees-plaze 13
Portrait of  an  artist 17
Library  for the Blind 18
Miss   Inventory 20 NEWS 'N NOTES
Travel Grants
Each year a certain sum of money is set aside to enable 1ibrarians to
attend library conferences outside the province. This year, fifteen
applicants have received grants as well as some of the active participants in the British Columbia Library Association Conference in
Prince George,  U.B.C. shall wander to the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco in the form of Ai;ii3ri3saW»» (Science) ,
Nick Omelusik (Acquisitions) , Larry Leaf (Curric..Lab.), Bob Harris
(Circulation); to the Canadian Associat ion of Slavists Conference in
Ottawa, Isa Fiszhaut (Social Sciences); to the Canadian Library Association Conference in Ottawa, Chuck Forbes (Sedgewick), Isabel Godefroy
(Cataloguing), Margaret O'Neill (Cataloguing), Dorothy Shields (Cataloguing), Steve Johnson (Serials), Bob Harris (Circulation); to the
Conference on Map Libraries in Ottawa, Maureen Wilson (Map Division),
Frances Woodward (Special Collections); to the Institute on Law Library Administration in Boulder, Co 1 . T~TjM--&h<gFF&^k&&z4.Law) ; and to
the International Congress of Orientalists in Ann Arbor, Michigan,
Miss T„ K. Ng (Asian Studies).
Ai r.,,Ai r,.„
Buildings and Grounds have started on their "Ventilate the Library"
program.  Holes are visable in most divisions - SSD have managed to L
get two very close to the floor - one for small staff members to hide
in when things get too bad; the other for the less delicate members
of the group!  Preparing for summer school maybe?
The Library's Newest Canadian
Miss Tung King Ng gained her Canadian citizenship on Friday, May 5
in a two hour ceremony in Judge Eric V. Chown's citizenship court
along with 6l others from some 17 nations. Celebrations followed -
understand the Tokay is still trying to recover ...
Anyone for a book review?
Four inches of cards at the Humanities Desk convey a subject approach
to book reviews in the field of the humanities, social sciences and
fine arts.  Scope notes indicate how to approach the particular reference tool, what heading to look under, etc.
SSD's CI aim to Fame -
The largest bulletin board in the library... Would you believe ,
second? Miss Library World Finals - March 11th, 1_967
The first Miss Library World is Barbara Barker, a 36-24-36 brunette
with blue-grey eyes.  Hailing from the London Borough of Hackney, |	
she claims "her vices are smoking and drinking ( a little )|" J &jn"i^
skirts will do it: every time.  One of the runners-up, MRS, Fiona I	
Parker finds learning to drive one of her principal forms of recreation - she has taken 250 lessons and failed 7 times.  Maybe we
should transfer her to Humanities.,,?
Home for the Col beck Collect ion
Directly above the SSD offices on the mezzanine where lay the Odium
Collection for many moons (yes, the one that was being catalogued by
the donor!) one will' find the Colbeck, Col lect ion when, it gets' here.
Compact shelving will be installed to hold it all while Mr. Colbeck
compiles his definitive: book catalogue of the entire collection,
Sure hope he likes it for he may be there a while„
A Very Special Thanks
For the last eight issues or-so, we have been avidly reading the
biographies of those staff members who are outstand ing,-.,general ly
forming the bulwark of the Library,  They have been mo re "than
helpful in supplying us with their biographical sketches-which ha>
been most informative and amusing.  We now know that to succeed in
the 1ibrary without really trying, we must have a cat and other
bits and pieces.  We can tell them all apart thanks to the photo
■graphic talents of Carol "Freeman ' ~ 'she has been snapping away
without any audible co'mpl a ints. (even though we always appeared to
drag her out on rainy days!)  For all those who saw only the camera
and-'not the person behind it, take a peek at the center of this
issue.  Behold,
Despite our distance from Prince George, about 130 members attended
the annual conference, Meetings and discussions were lively,, indicating that there still is life in dear old BCLA. An unusual experience for me was the number of Intel Iigent, interesting public
library trustees in attendance, and the many opportunities to meet[
them. This group which was almost ready to secede from BCLA formed
a section and will remain with us - a Good Thing, The  programme?     Sparks  from  the Vainstein  Report   'performed'   by  the
Committee of  Thirteen,   gave   short  progress   reports on most  of  the   13
areas of the  province.     Mr,   Ferguson,   Chairman of  the  Public Library
Commission,   spoke of  that  body's  work   in   seeking  out  ways  of   implementing  Miss  Vainstein's   recommendations.
There were  discussions  on   library  automation,   collection   building   in
academic   libraries,   interlibrary   loans;   banquet   speech  on  the  Canadian north by  Paul   St.   Pierre;   and cabaret entertainment,   "At  the
Drop of Another Swann,"   by Alan Woodland  and Tom  Shorthouse,     You
must  hear our Tom!
UBC   is well   represented on  the new executive  :   Vice-President,   Anna
Leith;   Treasurer,   Tom  Shorthouse;   Assistant  Treasurer,   Nick OmeLlusi.k,
For  the  fall   meeting we  have  been   invited  to  Penticton.
E „   Me rce r
The Board of Governors wishes to announce:
Douglas Mclnnes has been appointed to the newly established position
of Assistant Librarian in charge of Public Services, effective July
1st, 1967.  "Presently Head of the Woodward Library, he has demonstrated his exceptional ability in the organization and administration of the University Biomedical Library services.  He was selected
as Biomedical Librarian by a special committee composed, among
others, of Deans McCreary, Lewig, Matthews and Cowan. He received
a BA (1955), Teaching Certificate (1957) and BLS (I963) from UBC,
and Certificate of Cours de Civilization Francoise from the Sorbonne.
rle was the outstanding graduate of his Library School class."  Pleez
ask your question en francais - Je ne comprends pas!
Hans Burndorfer has been appointed Head of the Music Library as of
July 1st, 1967,  He "majored with honours standing in music at
3ymnasi urn/Re id in Austria in 1950.  As a librarian for the U.SJ.S.
-ibrary in Vienna, Austria for 1950-1957, his work included reference and acquisitions (Recordings and miniature scores) duties for the music room.  From 1957~1963, he did reference work as a library
assistant for the Fine Arts and Music Literature Division of the Vancouver Public Library,  During this time, he also acquired a BA and
a BLS from U, B, C,  He has had experience both as a reference librarian and bibliographer and was selected In consultation with Dr,
Marquis, Head of the Music Department,"
J, McRee El rod has been appointed Head of the Cataloguing Division
as of July 1st, I967,
Reinder Brongers has been appointed Reference Librarian, Science
Division, as.of June 1st, 1967.
Margaret Leighton has been appointed Reference Librarian, Woodward
Library as of June 1st. 1967.
And Personnel :
Marl lyn Kidston
John Mason
Ma rguer i te
Maureen Moore
Fred Wong
Willi am
Hoi 1ingshead
Suzanne Wong
Marilou Auger
Ava Rubin
Barbara Nyberg
Doralynne Gutkin
Patrlcia Ki1 Ion
Janet Cordes
Margaret Glaspie
Leslie Logan
LJbrary Assistant I   Government Publications
Library Assistant III  Cataloguing
Library Assi stant I
Li brary Assi stant I
Library Assistant I
Library Assi stant I
Library Assistant I
Library Assi stant I
Library Assi stant I
Library Assi stant I
Library Assi stant I
Library Assistant I
Library Assistant I
Library Assistant I I
Library Assistant I
Ci rculat ion
Law Library
Ci rculation
AcquI si t ions
Government Publications
Woodward COMMENT
Anyone associated with library work who has thus far managed to avoid
exposure to lamentations on professionalism and the librarian's status/
image had best stop reading now or run the risk of damaging that enviable record.  The comments below deal mainly with that subject and are
based on a routine perusal of recent literature in various fields,
mostly librarianship.
One of the best papers ever written on librarianship as a profession
has been reprinted as a conference background paper in the May 1967
issue of the ALA Builetin.  I refer to sociologist William J. Goode's
"The Librarian : From Occupation to Profession", which originally
appeared in 1961 and which, having appeared on a library school reading  list, I had not been moved to read at an earlier date.  Goode
mentions that anomie of professional librarians, which means that they
lack a clear-cut conception of what they should be doing and experience
cognitive bafflement and defensive reaction.  He is pessimistic about
the future.  in his view, "librarianship is still on its way [to professional status].  Can it achieve that goal?  I am inclined to give
a negative answer.  There is, however, some hope.  He suggests that I	
"emphasis be placed on the central task of organizing the flow of publications" and that "the librarian must spread a new conception,
subtle and perhaps difficult to explain successfully, that the library
is a gigantic reference book containing fantasy as well as fact, whose
order, created by the unique professional skill of the librarian,
makes it more valuable and accessible to all." Recognition that
specialization in information is of the utmost significance is not
entirely a product of today's communication explosion.  Two centuries
ago Samuel Johnson said that "knowledge is of two kinds.  We know a
subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon
it." This view accords equal importance to those who know subjects
(scholars) and those who are thoroughly acquainted with sources (hopefully, librarians).  It is somewhat ironic that so many academic librarians are striving for faculty status and rank instead of developing their own special skills to the point where they need not be
ashamed of their own title.
The foregoing description of what librarians should try to be has
been leading up to a letter which appeared in the April issue of
Playboy.  It lends support to Professor Goode's gloomy prognosis and
illustrates that librarians are 1ibrarianship's worst enemies. The
letter : I am a librarian and, like everybody else
occupying that position, I am constantly
confronted with local would-be Hitlers who
want me to remove certain volumes from my
shelves. To help me in fighting back, I
would like a strong quote from your copious
research files - something suitable to show
the book burners before they have a chance
to strike their figurative matches.
Carol Stone
Los Angeles, California
Playboy responded - with a quotation from the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, which Is published by the American Library Association, That Miss Stone felt required to refer to a lay organization
for the solution of a relatively simple problem is■an.excel lent.
example of the anomie to which Professor Gopde refers, and a rejection of the thesis that librarians have special., ski 1 1 s-which...
are beyond the.capacity of anyone without formal and extensive
preparat ion.
Playboy's director of reader's services is one Janet Pilgrim, a
former fold-out who, although unschooled as a librarian, is obviously Miss Stone's superior as an information scientist (among
other things, no doubt).  If everyone keeps switching roles, per- ;
haps Hugh Hefner will turn to librarians for instructions in
forn icat ion.
At any rate, it would seem that library schools are either teaching the wrong things or accepting the wrong people or  a  combination
of both. The plea of Harold Lancour, dean of the lihrary school
at the University of Pittsburgh, is worth repeating :
" Can we not keep the title 'librarian' a proud one, bestowed
' with1 care and discrimination upon those few who prove themselves worthy of it, until it becomes eventually the highest
status symbol that we can attain?" MILESTONE
Another sign that the U.B,C, Library is coming of age was observed
recently when this institution became a member of the Association of
Research Libraries,  This organization is not as well known as some
of the larger and more comprehensive associations, but it ranks
second to none in its prestige and in the advances that its members
have initiated over the years.
The Association of Research Libraries was founded in 1932 out of a
need felt by some of the librarians of the great research institutions to gather in a small group and discuss mutual problems that were
not shared by smaller operations.  Its membership has since grown to
approximately 80 libraries.  Admission is by invitation and is limited to major university libraries and to certain other libraries
whose collections and services are similarly broadly based and are
recognized as having national significance. There has been some
criticism that the Association is an ivory tower.  Robert Vosper
of U.C.L.A. suggests that, "since its founding in 1932, ARL has been
in intention a philosophical discussion forum for the chief librarians of the nation's largest research libraries.  In some public
opinion it has been a private club for these gentlemen,"
Private club or not, the Association has sponsored many projects
which have been of immeasurable value to librarianship in general.
The impetus for reproducing the Library of Congress Catalogue in book
form came from the Association of Research Libraries,  Early efforts
to publish the catalogue were abandoned because of the opposition of
the Librarian of Congress, whose main fear was that orders for LC
cards would decrease if the copy were available in book form.  Subsequent efforts, aided by the advent of a new Librarian of Congress,
were successful in bringing about the publication of this valuable
tool. Another important bibliographic publication which originated
with ARL was Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universi^
t ies which now constitutes the index to Dissertation Abstracts.
One of the major acquisition efforts of the post-war years has been
the Farmington Plan, an ARL design for the division of responsibility
in order to secure full coverage in the purchase of foreign books.
These arejust a few of the ideas that have emerged from the deliberations of the Association of Research Libraries.  UBC's affiliation hopefully heralds a new era of constructive communication and
international association. 9
Originally in 1958/59, the Sedgewick Library was conceived as a sort
of expanded reserve collection serving only first: and second year students.  With a few exceptions, all titles, totalling some 40-50.000
volumes would be duplicates of titles already held in the Main Library,
Transfers from Main to Sedge would be nonexistent.
So much for dreams, now for reality,,.  Within six years. Sedgewick
had altered Its goals to serve all undergraduates fn Arts and Commerce
as well as lower year students in most faculties.  Many titles unique
to Sedge were acquired; no record of these appeared In the Main Catalogue after 1964; transfers from Main to Sedge were becoming more frequent and expensive to process.  This changed situation forced the
Library to reassess our policy for recording material housed in Sedgewick,
In spite of the expense Involved, it seemed desirable to incorporate
all Sedgewick material into the files covering the rest, of the library system.  The location file would reflect the Sedgewick holdings
as it did for any branch library and/or reading room.  Not only
would the process of transfers be greatly simplified., the Main Catalogue would become a full campus union catalogue for alI material
processed by the Main Library (with the exception of Extension and
added and subject entries for material in the Howay Reid arid Northwest Col 1ectIons).
In order to estimate the size of the problem and the cost: of the
proposed change, a detailed comparison was made of four sample sec
tions of the Sedgewick shelf list with the corresponding parts of
the Main shelf list.  Estimating a total of seme 26,500 titles (or
60,000 volumes) in Sedgewick at the moment, the merging of the two
collections would involve :
26,500 location cards,
11,000 sets of cards (unique call numbers in. Sedgewick) reproduced and filed in the Main Catalogue,
19,800 volumes to have their copy numbers altered on the Main
shelf list, IBM book card and spine.  In an attempt to simplify as much as possible, copy numbers would no longer be
noted on the main entry cards in the Main Catalogue.
Sti 1 1 an estimated $10,000.
So  after Sedge's   inventory,   the  fun will   begin! p/teseA/
Born :
Habitats :
Cornwall, Ontario
Nova Scotia (B,A, '63 Acadia University)
Vancouver 1964- (B.L.S., Woodward
Library- )
Habits :
Outstanding events
Ambi tions
collection Duthie book marks
sometime camera enthusiast
during uncrowded quarter century a
month "en habitant" in Quebec
a brief battle with classical /
guitar /
travel up B.C. to Alaska       /
and down to Utah /
Greece '67 /
eternal communication        /
with sun
eradication of concept
On October 27th, I960 the Friends of the Library celebrated their
fourth anniversary by officially opening the new Walter Koerner Wing
of the Library Building.  It was on that memorable occasion that
U,B,C. became the second library to be honoured with the presentation of a set of Shakespeare's Folios on permanent loan from the
Folger Library of Washington, D.C,  Today these folios can be seen
in the Special Collections Department, a greatly prized 'possession'
of the Library.
There are four folios in all, bound very handsomely in red leather.
By far the most valuable is the first folio dated 1623.  A copy sold
in Germany in i960 for $85,960.  The real importance or" the first
Folio is not that it is the first collected Edition of Shakespeare's
plays but that it is our only source for about half of the thirty-
six plays that it contains.
Shakespeare was not concerned with having his plays printed during
his lifetime; in fact, once he had written them, they passed out of
his possession and into that of the company of actors to which he
belonged.  The members of this company, later known as the King's Men,
were not eager to see his plays in print and available to other companies,
A few years after Shakespeare s death in 1616 the King's Men changed
their minds and decided to print the works if "only to keep the
memory of so worthy a friend and fellow alive, as was our Shakespeare", a lucky decision for further generations.
The First Folio sold so well that a second folio was printed in 1623-
The third appeared in 1663.  Many of the unsold copies of this burned
in the Great Fire of London, so today it is something of a rarity.
The fourth folio appeared in 1685.  The last two folios contained
some additional plays which are no longer considered Shakespeare's,
Probably about 1,000 copies of the First Folio came off the press.  Of
these 240 copies survive today, some in very battered condition.  In
1623 proof readers did not exist as we know them today.  One of the
printers or apprentice would correct the sheets haphazardly as they
came off the running press.  Eventually the press might be stopped
for adjustment, but no thrifty printer would throw away the uncorrected sheets and they were gathered with the corrected ones and used to
complete volumes.  This means that individual copies differ quite
substantially in error and composition. 12
Almost as remarkable as the story of the First Folio Is the story of
the founder of the Folger Library, Henry Clay Folger, Henry was the
son of a wholesale ml 11iner who-made frlends,- while at Amherst College, with a classmate named Pratt, whose father was one of. the founders of the Standard Oil Company of New York, When young Folger left
college he got a job with the oil company, later to become its head
and a millionaire In the process.
As an undergrad student at Amherst he received almost a religious conversion to literature and after hearing Emerson lecture, became an
enthusiastic student of Shakespeare,  He married a girl whose own
Interest In Shakespeare had been kindled by writing a term paper at
V a s s a r. '
Since they had no children they devoted their lives and money to
collecting historical manuscripts and early editions of Shakespeare,
Folger decided that Shakespeare could not be studied In a vacuum;
hence, he collected the historical material for a better understanding of the great Bard's work.
The.collectIon grew in magnitude.  Since the Folgets had no room in
the-i r comparl tlvely simpl e house, they shipped the. books to safety
deposit boxes as they arrived.  Scholars working in the Elisabethan
field gradually discovered more and more rare Items were disappearing.,-. There was talk of a mysterious "miser" -of books in America,
Before he. died, Mr, Folger had In storage over 2,000 packing cases
of books.,-manuscripts- and engravings.  He-. had ■ acqu i.red 70-copies of
the First Folio, 58 of the Second, 24 of the Third and 3.6 of the  ,
By a cruel I forty, Mr. Folger died two-weeks after the cornerstone of
his great Library was laid in 1930, and it was not until after his
death and hi s bequests 'were publ i'shed in the papers that the trustees of Amherst:College knew they were to be■the admin Istrators of
the beautiful -Folger Shakespeare Library, along with his personal
fortune and collection. It Is now a mecca for all students of the
English Renaissance period,)
Forbidden by the founder fromsel1ing any of the original Folios,
the Trustees of Amherst had the'happy thought of placing :sets on
permanent loan in important iibraries to be more accessible to re=
search students.  The first■such;library'honoured was St.Aridrews
University in Scotland.  The second Is that.of the University of
Brit i sh Columbia,
P. LaVac 13
Filled with spring fever, two Biblos types whistled around the library to communicate with Displays, At Woodward, they came across
a happening which threw light on the whole subject,,,
in preparing a thumb-nail sketch of the Woodward Library Exhibits
development, one finds it rather difficult on short notice to make
a selection which will fulfill the rather vague request to "describe".
However, herewith a few hasty notes„,„
The history of our library exhibits extends back only about two and
one half years.  In this short period, though, we have undergone a
kind of evolutionary development from the single-cell stage (one
built-in display case on the main floor with nothing to display) to
the present relatively complex stage where we have an additional
four cases on the main floor, and on the second floor an enormous
glass case extending along an entire wall, all combining to form a
monster with an insatiable appet te.  Only those who have had to
face from time to time, the inexorable demands of such a battery of
gaping maws can fully sympathize with the problems of keeping such
hungry display cases filled.
To the uninitiated, preparing exhibits may seem to entail nothing
more than the straightforward placing of books or objects into a
case, with the appropriate labels affixed : much as a kindergarten
pupil fulfills his "show and tell" exercises.  But anyone who has
seen such superb exhibits as the "History of the Douglas Fir in
B.C." as prepared by Helen Allan during the past year, or^the highly
informative double display on "Sidelights on the History of the Microscope" and "History of Phrenology" arranged by Dr. Margetts last
week, or the magnificent "Florence Nightingale Memorial" so impressively assembled by Barbara Gibson last month, can easily believe
reports on the staggering number of hours consumed in preparatory
research (ignoring physical effort) in the readying of materials to
assure a meaningful, informative display that is also reasonably
pleasing to the eye.  I am told that even the recently instituted
"Book of the Week" display, whicn has the simple aim of bringing
some of the rare items to the attention of the students; requires
hours of careful study for the preparation of accurate, interesting
descriptions. 14
During the first five months of the year, the freshman medical students have as their assignment the "History of Medicine" course,
the production of a fairly comprehensive display on some aspect of
medical history.  Their grade in the course is largely determined
by the degree of success they achieve in this venture : also, there
is a prize for the best one!  Hence, the bustle of changing old
displays and the tension of mounting new ones often finds the chief
supervisor of this activity (Gretchen Horie) in a corner quietly
tearing her hair at the end of many a spring day.  In general, one
underlying principle is observed : exhibits are assembled either
for or by students and the purpose is instruction rather than entertainment.
Though we now have a wealth of material at Woodward ample for
hundreds of future displays, there are still days, that fi nd us
with an empty case!  Conflicts in scheduling, date-announcements
and a variety of unpredictable dead-lines have in the past occasioned disappointment to visitors.  Hopefully, experience and
better planning will help us to el Iminate these errors in the
succeeding evolutionary stages.  To borrow another aphorism from,
the kindergarten, "We learn by doing",
From there, our spring lovelies skipped up to the eighth floor in
the Main Library crashing into display cases manned by two divs,,,
The first, located opposite the Information Desk at Special Collections, is used tb show Interesting maps or to illustrate different 'types of mapping.  Sometimes the display is arranged around
a specific theme and book jackets or other forms of literature or
pamphlets are used to illustrate and enhance the maps used.  The
current display "Expo 67" evolved by accident ]  So many students
were asking for "a street map of Montreal" we thought it would
save time and energy (the map in question' being housed in a bottom
drawer - where else?) to put it on the board and build a display
around it.
The other section is used specifically to illustrate Special Collections material as Sp.'Coll. stacks are closed to students and
faculty.  Displays in the past have centered around Fathers of
Confederation, Early Children's books, Voyages to the Northwest 15
Coast, History of British Columbia, Alice in Wonderland.  At the
moment, Printing in B.C. Past and Present is the topic under discussion - and the forthcoming one is a SURPRISE to everybody!
And then back to familiar territory-to the land of the reference
divisions and the Kwakiutl Masks from the Museum of Anthropology,
presently being featured between Humanities and Social Sciences.
The display concentrates on the art of the Kwakiutl proper, the
portion occupying the north east parts of Vancouver Island to the
South of Rivers Inlet, with their principal village at Alert Bay,
It was probably the Kwakiutl who originated the secret societies
that spread over most of the coast line.  These societies had impressive rituals utilizing masks and ingenious stage devices.
"The Hamatsa Raven Mask", made of cedar bark fringe, is the mask
of the Hamatsa Society (also known as the Cannibal Society),
highest ranking secret society among the Kwakiutl. The two small
Komokwa figures represent a mythical sea being and the largest
complex mask represents a dual personality. Audrey Hawthorne,
curator of the Museum, has recently completed a magnificently
illustrated work entitled The Art of the Kwakiutl Indians, soon
to be published by the University of Washington Press.
Why don't YOU take our trip?
Aerogram Librarie
B, C, University
Vancouver S, America 16
dedicated to RBC, who entertained robins
for one blissful day in Spring,
to the tune of "Yesterday",
All   the   robins were   so  far  away,
Now   it   looks as  though  they're here  to  stay,
S   wi sh
That   It
Were  yesterday,
Suddenly   •
There   are more  bird's  here   in   RBC:S
They are  ch I rping  now  right  over me,
Oh   robins ,
Do i   .■ ■
Come • suddenly.
Why  they  sing  their  song,   I   don't  know,   I   couldn'
I   know  something's wrong   'cause   they weren't  here  yesterday^
We were   lacking   robins  all   the way,
Now we're wondering just  how   long we'll   stay
Oh why
Can't   it
Be  yesterday?
-V 17
I hope none of you missed last month's library display at the Main
Library entitled "Spring Flowers of B.C." Anyway, if you has passed
that way you couldn't have missed those drawings which are marked by
brilliant colours, fine details and most of all, life. They all belong to Suzanne Dodson, For these who do not know who she is, the
penalty is to memorize all the biographies which appeared monthly in
These water-colours represent merely a small portion of Suzanne's
work on the subject.  At present she has finished 42 of them which
is only about 1/3 of what she has determined to do.  She hopes in
the near future to have them published, with the text written by an
expert in the field.  Though it will not be the first work on the
wild flowers of B.C., it will certainly be one of the finest.  Unlike
some botanical illustrators, whe tend to become careless as soon as
they are   through with the flower itself, Suzanne labours on every
petal, stem and leaf with equal care.  What she is trying to do, in
fact, is to reproduce a flower as true to life and with as much detail as possible, so that a layman, with the drawings and descriptions before him, can identify a flower on the spot.
Although her talent has so far been unknown to most of us, it is by
no means overlooked by the experts.  She has been approached by Dr
Adam Szczawinski, the Curator of the Botany Division of the B.C.
Provincial Museum, to participate in putting up a display for the
new Museum.  Her job is to recreate a natural environment in B.C.
with all its typical vegetation.  From her description I think it
is worth making a trip to Victoria just to see it.
Suzanne confesses that her artistic life has been strongly influenced by three persons.  She is forever grateful to her mother, who
encouraged her, even as a baby, to express fully her artistic emotions in any form, even if it meant drawing all over the walls of
her room.  A remarkable woman indeed.  If you could lift up the
wall-paper, you would still be able to see all the Corn-cats* and the
wicked queen from  Snow White - two of her favourite objects.  By
the time she met her second benefactor, she had already gone through
several fine arts courses, and was happily painting away.  Then about
two years ago, this nameless benefactor, whose love for flowers is a
public fact, suggested to her that she give up her Corn-cats and wicked
queens, and put her talent to public use.  And that is how she got
* Tom-cats 18
involved with drawing flowers.  Finally there is her ever patient Earl,
without whose co-operation her freedom of movement would have been
greatly hampered.  Many a time they have spent their holidays driving
hundreds of miles, penetrating the hearts of the woods, in search of
a si ngIe flower.
For further examination of her work, be sure to take a peek at the
window dividing Cataloguing. Acquisitions and Government Publications
on the seventh floor.  There some 14 flowers nod in your direction,
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At the age of nine months,- Charles Al len Crane,' born in Toronto In
I906.,:. was left blind and deaf as the result of an attack of cerebrospinal meningitis, ■. In 1911, the fam I ly: moved' to Vancouver,: and in.
1-91'6 Charlie Crane was taken to Halifax where he attended the School
for the Deaf-until 1921,  from 1922 until 1930, he continued .hi s i r
education at the Jericho Hill School, and during 1931*32, he attended
UBC where, among other subjects, he continued his studies of Latin
begun at Jericho Hill.  He learned to "read" and "speak" not only'
English, but Latin and French as well,.
In T92I Charlie Crane possessed three books in braille .: the Book
of Psalms, Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare, and Stevenson's Treasure
Island,  These three were to, become the nucleus of a library which
Charles Crane added to throughout his life until;, at his death in
1965, he was understood to have, as far as was known, the largest
private collection of braille books in the world.  While much of the
material was acquired through such standard sources.-as- the Royal
National Institute for the: Bl ind in. London, a significant number of
the books are the result of Crane's own labours at transcription,
and therefore unique.
It Is thIs collect ion which was recently given to UBC, and which
is presently housed in a part of the former Alumni offices in North
Brock Hall.  The collection is being organized, in cooperation with
the Main Library and the Faculty of Arts, by Mrs,, Joan Pavel ich,
Department of English, Paul Thiele, a graduate student, and Judith 19
Ewert, a blind braillist and typist.
The collection is a surprisingly varied one, encompassing books in
such areas as philosophy, history, English literature, botany, medicine, and the classics.  Crane's interest in the study of Latin is
evidenced by a great number of Latin titles.  He was a chess player,
so there are books on chess. There is one called Football Immortals,
and another called The Chemical History of the Candle.
There is as yet no accurate count of titles, but the estimate is
over 700, and since one volume of a printed book often becomes several volumes in braille, the volume estimate is something over 4,000^
Of these 4,000-plus volumes, 65 are taken by Gibbon's Decline and
Fall of the Roman Empire, and 67 by Churchill's six-part history of
the Second World War!
Present plans call for a card catalogue, using larger than standard
size cards, and having the bibliographic information in large type
on the front of the card, the same information in braille on the
back of the card. The author, title, and call number (LC) will
appear in both large print and braille on the book spines, and the
shelves will carry raised labels, enabling blind and partially-
sighted students to go through the process of finding a book without help.
In addition to the Crane Collection, the library will contain prerecorded tapes, large print periodicals and relief maps.  Currently
assigned reading for specific courses will be acquired, and trans-
scribed into braille by the C.N.I.B.  There will also be a reading
room and lounge for the blind students, supplied and furnished with
the aid of a grant from the Delta Gamma Alumni Association.
It is hoped that the Library will be organized and ready for operation in time for the 1967/68 session. ss     <3


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