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 VOL 5 NO. 6 of the U.B.C,
APRIL 1969
April Fool's day having passed we can all breath a little
more freely nothing drastic having occured in the Library.
Now we hit the waiting period - waiting for exams - waiting
for holidays - and waiting for that beautiful B.C. weather
to come and stay, so that we can enjoy those six glorious
weeks of comparative peace. To help you over this waiting
period herewith the Biblos and our gems of information for
the month.
Staff Changes  2
Notes of the Frank Burnett Collection  3
The Chaos  4
Col lects  4
News from Simon Fraser University  5
Catalogue Information File
On-Line Loan System
St. Wibby Reports  8
April Past 10
"Operation  Traffic"  conclusion 11
Need  a Ton i c? 12
News from the Library Assistants Association 13
Eggsactly 14
Doodling with Diana Colquohoun 16 STAFF     CHANGES
Giesla Mailue
Harriet  Harper
James A.   Denas
Mariella  Rodger
Jill   Vanderveen
Lesley  Barton
Mary Nell   Ross
Maureen Devine
Ingrid Sterner
1        Serials
Acqu isitions
Ci rculation
Woodwa rd
Government Publications
1         Fine Arts
Gudrun Hiemstra
Gail   McKechnie
Magdolna Konya
Rhonda Hanson
Julie Abell
Penny Vroom
Brian Varty
John Johnston
1 1
Ci rculation
to L.A. 11 Catalogue
to L.A. IV Catalogue
1 1
to Flex.Op. Systems
to Clerk 11 Ci rculation
to L.A. IV Serials
Ci rculation
to L.A. 11  Ci rculation
Ci rculation
to St. Att. Woodward
M 1
Ci rculation
L.A, IV  Social Sc.
Farewell   to:
Lorna  Bonar
Gillian Mullen
Margo Henderson
Brigitte  Gassmann
Bessie Rose
Roby Nielsen
Bev Harcus
Eveline Warbey
Susan Van den  Heuvel
Jean Lindsay
Steven  Slavik
Dale Brown
Linda Lines
Joy McKinnon
Suzanne  Fazekas
L.A.   Ill
Flexo,   Op,
Woodwa rd
Social   Sciences
Woodwa rd
Fine Arts
Woodwa rd
Ci rculation
Government  Publications - 3 -
This month our collection is located in the Museum of Anthropology,
down the stairs at the North west corner of the building to the
basement level follow the signs.
The Frank Burnett Col lection.. .Notes on his life.
Born in Aberdeen Scotland in 1852, Mr. Burnett left school at the
age of fourteen to follow the sea as a sailor for the next four
years.  In 1870 he came to Canada, pursuing various mercantile and
farming enterprises, until he became sufficiently successful to retire
in 1895.  He then began sailing his own 80-ton yacht the Laurel.
By 1901 he was sailing as far as Oceania, collecting an amazing number
of ceremonial and domestic items, representing the lives of many tribal
groups of Oceania.  From then on, many trips were made, resulting in
extensive and significant collections of all manner of culture material,
at a time when they were not yet influenced by contact with Western
From 1920 to 1927 he wandered through South America, and the provirce
of British Columbia, adding to his collection.
In 1927 he gave this total collection to the University of British
Columbia, where it is now housed as part of the permanent collections
of the Museum of Anthropology, in the Library building.
Mr. Burnett wrote three books on his adventures and travels in
Oceania:  Summer Isles of Eden, Through Tropic Seas, and Through
Polynesia and Papau.
Audrey Hawthorne
Obituary Notice.
Today, April 8, I969, at two p.m. the Serials Kardex, carrier of
problems, frustrated hopes and still the only available records,
died at the hands of Sue Alexander, Library Assistant III, in charge
of Kardex Dispersal, that is, transfer of remaining information re.
unbound backfiles into the automated system.  R.I.P. COLLECTORS ITEM
Dearest Creature in creation
Studying English pronunciation
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse
It will keep you, Susy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy,
Tear in eye your dress you'll tear.
Queer, fair seer, hear my prayer,
Pray, console your loving poet,
Make my coat look new, dear, sew it!
Just compare heart, beard and heard.
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and Sward, retain and Britain,
(Mind the latter, how it's written)
Made has not the sound of bade;
Say, said, pay, paid, laid but plaid
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as vague and ague,
But be careful how you speak,
Say gush, bush, steak, streak, break
Woven, oven how and low
Script, receipt, shoe, poem, toe
Finally: which rhymes with enough
Though, through, plough, cough, hough, sugh, tough?
Hiccough has the sound of "sup"...
My advice is:  Give it up!
(Taken   from
D rop you r
Nolst  T
ren i te's
R.R.   Bowker Co.   (Daniel   Milcher   resigned)
Canada  Post  Office   (stricken)
Hard  Core  Smokers.
Newark  (N.J.)   Public  Library   (closed April   1   to
reduce  the  property   tax)
Mickey Mantle   (Retired)
General   Dwight  D.   Eisenhower   1890-1969. - 5 -
(Reprinted from S.F.U. Library Information Bulletin)
You may have noticed that a red phone has been
installed on the card catalogue cabinet behind the
information desk.  This is not a "hot-line" to Moscow:  the
phone is connected to an Orrtronics 773.200 repeater with an
Echomatic tape cartridge containing general information about
how to use the author/title and subject card catalogues.
The taped message is three minutes in duration is designed
principally for use in the evenings and on the week-ends,
when there is no one on the information desk.  New taped
messages can be inserted whenever required, and can be of
varying length.  The "Voice of the Library" on the present
tape is Miss Diane Kliparchuk, of Bibliographical Services.
As a part of the continuing program to exploit new
technology to improve service, Simon Fraser University
Library is establishing a complete on-line loan system during
the fall of 1969.
The development of the system is divided into two
phases.  Phase I will account for books on general loan only.
Three Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) display stations (similar to
a television screen with a keyboard) are to be located in the
general loan area.  Two of the CRT units will be placed on
the general loan desk and will be available to the user.
The third one will be situated behind the general loan counter
and will be accessible only to the loan staff.  It will be
used to place "holds" on books. A loan master file will be
resident on a direct access storage device (2311). This
file will accommodate approximately 72,000 records.
Approximately 53,200 records can be accommodated at the beginning of each day, with a maximum addition of 18,000
transactions during the day.  Basically, the CRT display
station will serve as an enquiry medium replacing the
present daily circulation and master lists.  Potential
borrowers will key the required classification number
into the terminal.  The classification number, title and
author will then appear on the screen, along with a message
indicating the due date and the copy of the book.  The
appropriate message and instructions will appear on the
screen if invalid date is entered.
Overdue notices, bills and other reports will continue
being processed off-line similar to the present system.
Because the 1030 date collection system will not be on-line
(i.e. the 1030 data collection system will not physically
be connected by a cable directly to the computer), in Phase I
the loan master file will be batch updated at frequent
intervals during the day from the transactions that have been
recorded by the 1034 card punch.
With the implementation of Phase II, we will have a
complete on-line loan system.  During the phase, a 2314
pack (a desk pack which has the storage capacity of four
times that of a 2311) will be used to carry the loan master
file.  The anticipated growth of this file and the possibility
of storing an abbreviated inventory file make the larger desk
pack a necessity.  The capacity of this file will be
approximately 524,400 transactions during the day and the
storage of 417,900 abbreviated inventory records.
In addition to books on general loan, all materials on
reserve will be incorporated into the system during this
phase.  An immediate up-to-the-second accounting of all
items on loan or otherwise off the shelves will be available
since the loan master file will be constantly updated from
the 1031 badge reader.  The book inventory file could be 7 -
accessed to locate additional copies still available for
loan.  The 1031 operator will be able to communicate
with the computer via the 1033 printer to control:  books
with a "hold" status, borrowers holding an invalid number
and borrowers owing excessive fines.
Therefore, with the completion of the second phase
we anticipate an overall improvement in the total response
of the Library to the user.  The implementation of the
loan system will be the first on-line step toward a
totally integrated library information system.
"And any questions requiring a correct answer we
feed into our Mr. MacDonald here." - 8
BEST WISHES to Dianna Cooper
long time Biblos artist on
her engagement.  We don't
usually make this kind of announcement but this has to be
the exception to the rule.
Diana returned from Austria
radiant and "ringed".  There
must be something to those
"Viennese Nights'".	
Fri.  March 28 -  Sat.  April   19
Concrete Poetry.  An exhibition
in four parts.
Ray Johnson - Nineteen Collages
(Courtesy of the  Feigen Gallery
New York)
Michael Morris - Twenty-four
letter drawings.
A selection of Recent Concrete
Poems by International Poets.
Contributing poets include Ian
Hamilton Finaly, Dick Higgins,
Allen Kaprow, Hansjorg Mayer,
Emmett Wi 11iams.
An International Presentation
The history of concrete Poetry
and related activities, both
past and present
formerly L.A. Ill Woodward will
be pleased to hear that Cheryl
now has a baby girl named Tracy.
For anyone interested in Coins
the Society is holding its annual Coin Show on Saturday
April 19 (from 10 am to 10 pm)
Oakridge Auditorium.
There wi 11
be eight cat
egories of
compet i tive
displays, in
eluding, Canadian coins
Foreign coin
Paper money,
Tokens, and
B.C. numis-
There will also be bourse tables
for buyers, selling or trading
or for just plain information on
"that little old Ruritanian coin
that Granny gave you when you
were smal 1".
Admission is by raffle ticket
the prizes ranging down from a gold
bar.  John Gray in Catalogue Div.
will be delighted to sell you a
ticket anytime,  (pull your own
at 0<J to kOi)   and to welcome you
at the Show.
Henderson of Woodward who is
leaving to become Mrs. Ken Lott.
NOTE FROM RBC concerning book
called the Development of Economic
Doctrine,  Book returned Feb, 26,
1969, actually due Feb, 1959.
One of the girls figured out
that at $2.00 per day, reserve
fines, the person who had it owes
the library about $6,500!! - 9
Gwen Gregor of the Map Dept.
off to England
Linda Lines of Circ. to Spain
Georgie Macrae of Cat, to
Adrienne Clark, Cat, Scandinavia.
HAPPY DAYS to Mrs, Rose of
Cataloguing retiring after 12
years of service to the Lib.
staff attended a very interesting tour of the Public
Safety Building sponsored by
the Lib. Asst. Assoc. Tuesday
April 1st. We understand
that they were on hand when a
call re an armed hold up
came over the air - sawed-off
shot-gun et all - most exciting.
More on this next month.
back for another season as
judge on Reach for the Top.
All shows taped in advance but
his lips are sealed.
The Directors of the Pacific
National Exhibition have agreed
to at 12,000 square foot new
home for the B.C. Sports Hall
of Fame.  The new Hall of Fame
will use premises now used for
the craft and hobby exhibition
during the annual fiar.  It is
planned to include a sports
reference library and sports
movie 1 ibrary.
What is Mary Macaree's knapsack
doing in Woodward's display
case?  It's stuffed with field
guides to carry to the Alpine
Meadows of Garibaldi Park. A
map and many books illustrating
the flora and fauna of the park
complete the picture of an area
which offers something to everyone.
We're not trying to entice
students from their books, but
to cheer them on with views of
things to come. At the end of
April this display will be
replaced by documents showing
episodes in Florence Nightengale's
life.  It will be your chance to
see U.B.C.'s collection of
Miss Nightengale's own letters.
Linda Dunbar and her husband
leaving for the North West
Territories. Total population,
25,000, total land area, 1,304,903
square miles.  Linda's husband
is taking up a post as a Social
Worker.  Best of luck to both of
THAT'S ALL for this month.  Do
keep up that permanent Easter
Parade on the seventh floor and
keep those happenings happening.
Yours in Springtime
St. Wibby - 10 -
1949 The Faculty Club will be closed throughout the Summer.
The Loan Desk staff has reported recent occasions when
intoxicated students had come into the building and created
a disturbance.  Mr. Bagshaw on being informed of the
matter felt strongly that the staff should not have to
cope with such occurrences.  He asked for a report in
writing to support a request for a proctor.
A Commissionaire started work in the Library at noon last
Saturday.  His regular hours 2-10 p.m. Monday to Friday
and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
1950 The new Medical Reading Room will be arranged on stack
level two, in the present Green Room.
1951 Miss Lanning asked if the door leading to the roof could
be permanently fastened to prevent students going to the
roof.  One student fell off during a recent snowball battle
and required some nursing attention.  Miss Smith said that
no one seemed at all perturbed by the incident except the
Library staff, and she thought the Library staff should not
worry either.
The list of books for the Sedgewick Collection will be ordered
as soon as possible. It is hoped that the Sedgewick Room will
be opened at the beginning of the Summer School.
1953  Miss Geraldine Dobbin joined the staff of the Serials Division
to fill the new Library Assistants position.
Miss Melva Dwyer, a graduate of the University of Toronto
Library School this year will join the Reference staff as
Junior Librarian on July 1st.
Size of staff as of July 1st, 1953.  There will be 62 full
time Library Positions provided for in this budget (1969-   )
Library Assistant (ed. present L.A. Ill) category has been
extended starting at $180 and advancing by six steps to $225.
This way it will offer more scope for University graduates
who wish to make it a long-term position,  (ed. how times
1957  The Sopron School of Forestry migrated here from Hungary.
1959  Tenders to be called for construction of the South Wing. - 11 -
April   seems   rather an  appropriate month  to complete "Operation
Traffic"   see  letters   re-printed   in  Biblos December  1968.
Herewith  latest  letter  received  from Mr.   Boyes
Director,   Traffic  Division
City Engineering Division.
(Not  to be confused with  the
Police Traffic Department)
Dear Mrs.   B,
REQUEST FOR 4.00 P.M. TO 6.00 P.M.
This is in reply to your further letter of November 7th,
1968  (ed. note, the original letter)
We have checked this location as you suggested and noted
a relatively light eastbound flow during the evening peak period
and an extremely light opposing westbound volume.  Parking on the
north side of 8th Avenue was intermittent, permitting many passing
We appreciate that there may be inconvenience in travelling
this route during rush hours but do not agree that it is a
hazardous condition.  We therefore cannot recommend further curb
prohibitions at this time.
Yours truly,
Director, Traffic Division.
Ed. Note.  Well, we tried, for all you people streaming off
Chancellor avenue at 5 p.m. at night and trying to cope with both
sides of the road parking but apparently our good friend must
have checked the intersection during the great snows when traffic
was at a mimimum.  If anyone wants to carry on a private campaign
be our guest but do keep us informed. -   12  -
It's  Spring -  need  a Tonic?     Try  some of   these - our ancestors did.
Preparation of Wood-Louse.
Suspend  Wood-Lice,   inclosed   in  a  coarse  hemp
en cloth,   in  a close  vessel,   over a hot  proof-
spirit,   that  they may  be  killed  by  the  vapour,
and   rendered  friable.
Extract of Logwood.
Take the shavings of Log Wood. Boil four
times   ...   and  strain  the   liquor.
Purified Quicksilver.
Take Quicksilver,   filings of   Iron,.of each
four pounds.       Rub them  together and  distill
from an   iron vessel.
Compound  Spirit of Horse-Radish.
Mix together Horse-Radish,   dried outer
rind  of  Seville  Oranges,   fresh  garden   Scurvy-
Grass,   Nutmeg    bruised,   proof-spirit of wine,
Spring  Water.
Wine of Iron.
Take of Filings of Iron four ounces by
weight, Spanish Wine four pints.  Digest for a
month, often shaking it; and strain.
Take   red  Roses,   dried;   distilled  Water,   and
clarified  Honey.     Macerate,   boil,   and  strain.
Compound  Powder of Crabs-Claws.
Take of Crabs-Claws, prepared, one pound.
Chalk and Red Coral, of each, prepared, three
ounces  by weight.     Mix them.
Gleaned  from  Pharmacopoeia of the  Royal   College
of  Physicians of London,   1796. - 13 -
The Association continues to flourish as part of the Library
scene and has embarked on many new enterprises since our last
As announced in the Library Bulletins No.s 3 and 4 two members o~
the Association, Pat LaVac and John Johnston, are now part of the
classification committee, a committee which includes Mr. Bell
(Chairman) Mr. Watson, Mr. Mclnnes, and two other librarians.
An attempt is being made to organize a Group Income Insurance
Plan to protect members from undue hardship through loss of incone
due to prolonged illness or accidentsnot covered by Workman's
Recommendations for new salaries and scales have been sent to
Personnel (Mr, MacLean),  These recommendations include revision of
L.A. II scale, differential for shift workers, salaries to be kept
competitive and adjusted to the cost of living and greater incentives
to be offered, particularly at the III & IV level, by lengthening
of the present scales.
Members of the Association are now able to take advantage of the
Charters arranged by Mr. Copland of the Vancouver City Hall Employees
Society.  One of these is being arranged at the moment, a three week
packaged deal to Japan and Expo. 70.  Details will be available shortly.
A social program has also been launched which started with a very
successful Wine and Cheese party held January 3, 1969 at the Cecil
Green Park.  (The CGP has already been booked for Saturday, Jan. 3,
1970 in anticipation of next year's event).  Tours- are being arranged
so that members can go in groups to visit places of interest.  First,
on the itinerary was a very interesting visit to the Police Station,
Main and Hastings, April 1st.
The Executive has also met with representatives of the Canadian Jnion
of Public Employees C.U.P.E. with a view to finding out more about
more about this organization a seminar has been arranged for
Sunday, April 19th.  This does not necessarily mean that the
Association is contemplating union affiliation but an exchange of
views is always healthy and the Association will continue to explore
any avenue which might add to the betterment of the Library Assistant
within the Library system.
PAL. - 14 -
Easter Eggs preceded Easter by some 2,500 years. Ancient Persians
mutually presented coloured eggs during their New Festivities,
celebrated during the vernal equinox, corresponding to our first
day of Spring, eggs have henceforth been connected with our
Christian Easter.
Ancient Egyptians regarded eggs as a sacred emblem of the restoration
of nankind after the deluge; Israelites upon their departure from the
land of Egypt incorporated eggs in their Feast of the Passover, together
with the Paschal lamb.  Pagan Anglo-Saxons celebrated Spring by honouring
the goddess Eostre, from whom we derive our word Easter, upon being
Christianized her adherents were reluctant to renounce their ancient
revelries, consequently a few festivities were adapted into the Christian
Before the Reformation eggs were used in many church ceremonies; during
Easter week parishioners brought vast quantities of eggs to their
priests for concecration, and were considered holy gifts when bestwoed
as presents.  An observant 15th century English
chronicler reported "when two fryends meete
durying Easter Holydayes they takke one unother
by the hande, and they kiss, and exchange
their egges, bothe men and wumen continying
in kisying foure dayes together".  Old records at Chester Catherdral, near Liverpoo
describe an Easter service during which
the Bishop and Dean engaged in an egg-throwing
contest with the choristers.
Eggs gradually declined in religious
observances after the Reformation, and additional egg-playing games became customary.
One practice commenced in the 16th century
was pace - or pasche-egging; companies of
boys and men toured towns and villages
performing plays in order to obtain money
and eggs, this custom survived in England until approximately i860.
Until the late 1930's, egg rolling was universal among rural children,
using dyes obtained from violets, logwood, rose petals and saffron,
quantities of coloured eggs were prepared for Easter Sunday when the}
were rolled down the nearest hill and eaten only when broken.  In
» 15
Mediaeval times this was said to symbolize the rolling away of
the stone from the tomb after the Resurrection.  In Scotland divination
by egg-casting was practised, egg whites were dropped in tumblers
containing spring water, the resultant shapes portending one's fortune.
Witches wer^e widely believed to journey nocturnal ly in egg-shells, all
mode of travel was averted by
puncturing the shells with a spoon.
According to Pliny, Romans observed
5*   the same r i tual.
Good Friday, the name probably deriving
from God's Friday, has since the 14th
century been relished by eating lot
cross buns.  The origin is attriouted
to an English monk, one Thomas Rockliffe
of St. Albans, who in .1361 made sweet
spiced cakes for distribution to each
poor person who requested succour at the
Abbey during Easter.  This proved so
popular it subsequently became an
established practice.  'Ye Boke of
St. Albans' gives the original recipe
of Rockliffe's, should interpreting
ancient Latin be your forte.  An
old custom prevailed of keeping for a
year buns baked on Good Friday, a
small piece mixed with milk or brandy
was believed to cure numerous complaints, the belief in the efficacy of
this medicine was so strong that if the remedy failed, no further efforts
were made and hope for the patient's recovery was abandoned.
Conflicting myths abound as to the origin of the Easter Bunny, the
majority of legends derive Germany as the source. Whatever its mode of
arriva,.k^LJ"iope Easter Bunny was very good to you all this year.
Martina Ci pol1i.
_.. <& -  16    -
ITEM:     U.S.   corporation   is   interested   in negotiating a
license contract   involving  Canadian  production and distribution   rights  for a novel   identification  system.     Unit   is
based on machine   recognition of the patterns of a persons palm.
The palm placed on  a  scanning  unit  generates  a unique  10  number
identifying code.     The code can  then  be entered on  an   I.D.   card
and/or central   file.     The  system   is used  to ascertain  that
the bearer of the card   is   indeed
the person  to whom   it was ,.-•--"'       -jjjji
issued. tf&S&frW"1*     I
H^ 3}
Biblos  foresees certain problems
such as:
 ,~   >
' M ! s u> A'' I
 I think you've put just a little too much oil
in it again Johnston.


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