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University of British Columbia St. Wibby reports.
Sorry my portrait was missing last
month - that empty space looked
rather peculiar - but truth to tell
the Editor was probably too busy
with her own picture to worry about
mine. Anyway here we are again and
only a month before Wenceslas and I
go celebrating again.
THEY tell me that the experimental
Micro-reader in the Acquisitions
Division is proving to be the answer to the inconvenience of the
large and cumbersome monthly printout.  Woodward Library orders are
now being typed in Acquisitions and
are part of the computerized system.
Law and Social Work seem to be the
only departments ordering independently,
VAL RODDICK Science - leaving us
for the second time - is looking
forward to spending Christmas in
AMAZING REPORT coming from Circulation. On 3 separate days during
November a record 15,000 transactions were recorded through the
automatic check-out stations. There
are now 9 such outlets on the system.
Sedgewick, Woodward, Math, R.B.C.,
Forestry/Agriculture, Music and 2
in Main.
All time high of 15,867 transactions was recordec Oct. 14th of
this year.
TRUDY LEWIS of Serials looking very
rested after a visit to Mexico City
and Puerto Vallarta.
too that Ann
Gardner also
of Serials has
just completed the
transfer of
1000 Reading
Room titles to
the division.
Ann is currently on hoii-
day possibly
to recuperate,
Keep Saturday
January 3rd free.  The Library
Assistants Association will be
throwing another of those Wine
and Cheese parties at Cecil Green
Park. More details later but
keep that date open.
MAP ROOM staff were delighted to
play host to Mrs. Prescott, a
visiting librarian from Melbourne.
HOPE YOU ALL got in on the Football Pool operating out of
Cataloguing. Will let you know
who won next month.
BEST WISHES to Ardelle Bruce of
Cataloguing who recently changed
her name to Mrs. Aldrich.
HOPE SOME of you help to celebrate
Blake's Birthday at the party to
be held Friday November 28th,
12.30 noon, Fine Arts Gallery.
Blake himself might appear (212
years old) as we understand he 3
has been specially invited to attend
through a spiritualist.  Birthday
cake will be served and all are
This is all part of the Blake
Festival which has been organized
by the Fine Arts Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition
Visionary Forms Dramatic, which will
be at the Gallery from November 21
to December 10.
Don't miss the readings of Blake's
Poetry December 5th, 12.30 noon in
the Gallery.
CONGRATulations to Pat McArthur and
Lynda Putnam who, as reported last
month, took their final scuba diving
tests and both passed.
SEDGEWICK reports that
Sylvia Goiran and husband
left San Fransisco for
Yokahama via Hawaii on
23rd November. They will
be visiting his parents in
Malaysia and they plan to
see Southeast Asia, and
the Middle East before
travelling on to Europe -
over a two year period.
That's all for this month
watch for those lucky numbers
on the back of my picture
next month and until then
count your shopping days,
its later than you think.
Civil servants in Whitehall were staggered recently to find
the following meme on their desks:
"Kindly return to this office a complete list of personnel
of your department broken down by sex (in triplicate)"
(World Medicine July 1st '69)
A gem from Cataloguing
We've all heard about the old lady who "lived in a shoe" but
this title suggests an even tighter squeeze:
Barber, Michael P.
Landlord and tenant in a nutshell page 4 u
In this age of space, it seems only fitting that one should
indulge in the sport of the space age - Skydiving. "Oh!" you say,
"but it's too dangerous!"  It's a known fact that skiing is far more
dangerous than skydiving.  Even golfing, particularly in the States,
is not exactly safe anymore!
On campus, students and staff (Mm the staff member) have formed
a skydiving club - the UBC Dropouts. Meetings are held every Friday
noon in S.U.B. and training sessions take place most weekends at the
Abbotsford Sport Parachute Centre.
The cost to participate in this sport is comparable to that of
skiing.  However, skydiving is year-round.  During training all equipment is supplied and each student has two instructors - one on the
ground, and one in the airplane.
Since September, 50% of the 100 persons who attend the meetings
have made at least one jump and there has not been one student give up
the sport.
If you are in£ax$^&red in Skydiving, drop in on the "Dropouts" any
Friday noon at S<j.B. \ti\e room number is announced each week in the
Ubyssey or get Hn touch)with me and I will direct you to the proper
channel s.   ,,, |(     /      ^_^X^
Happy   land
Sandra Johnson,
Dropout  Club,
Fred White, head of Vancouver Island Regional Library, hosted a
party Sunday night for the 20 or 30 early arrivals.  Clifford Currie,
Executive Director of the Canadian Library Association, "passing
through" on the way to the Yukon, added to the general jollity.
(It's not every profession that has a look-alike for Peter Sellers!)
About I..00 a.m. we left Fred with a room full of empty glasses and
smoke. Another 30 or so librarians arrived Monday morning.
Monday 10 am - noon.  Panel Library Service: Today and tomorrow -
what users expect.
Chai rman;  Alan Woodland, Assistant Librarian of the New Westminster
Public Library.
Panel:  of experts - our users.  Dr. R. Bishop - prof, at University
of Victoria; R. McDougall - 2nd year Arts at University of Victoria;
B. Tobin - newspaper editor (Victoria Daily Times); Hilary Cassie -
Grade 11 student Kits High.
A good panel - it represented a spectrum of users in age, library
experience, and educational interests.
On external and internal appearance of libraries.
Outside unimportant, internal attractiveness a definite aid in dispelling qualms, but quality of collection and access to it most
important - university panelists.
Mr. Tobin - definite "lure" appeal is needed for publish and high
school libraries in the form of good displays, puppet shows - any
good gimmick to attract the clientele.
Hilary - a library where you could work on assignments in relative
What's the library's main job?
R.B., R.M., and B.T. took a wider, more objective look at the
question. Make every effort to keep the ethnic, social and cultural
background of your community in mind, and be prepared for shifts in
emphasis.  Libraries are important as "humanizing" instruments of
education, and should offer as many services as possible to this end.
Especially heed the needs of the children.  The library should
become an essential part of their environment and a logical cultural
centre for the community. Hilary took a more subjective approach.  She had not met very many
friendly, helpful librarians, and appeared definitely in need of
being "lured" back.  "If they'd just be friendly and helpful and
Librarians have sometimes been accused of "rushing headlong into the
19th Century".
Well, some certainly have a "liquor store" approach of little help
or service!
And other comments in answer to questions from the chairman.
Know your community, get out and find out what they want from their
library, look anead and establish a good basic collection of cultural
worth, as well as current value.  Have a special section just for,
say, the last five years - modern writers and current events.  And
more - the unwieldiness of the card catalogue, the need to break up
"vast units" into less intimidating, smaller sections, to start
getting library use information at an early age, to learn about using
the library through a gradual and disciplined process, to provide
specific areas for discussion and lounging, to have longer hours of
opening at branches (when you start an assignment at 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
is too early to leave), to establish more cooperation between school
and public libraries on the content of assignments, to avoid making
moral judgments, a basis of selection policy, to get out and enlist
public support, and work out priorities with the various group
interests represented in the community.  Satisfy as large a segment
of your community as possible within the financial limits of your
budget.  Above all, guard against an inward looking bureaucracy of
rules to suit you r purposes and comforts, rather than the users!
It's a constant struggle to look outward to the needs of the people
you serve, but this is the basis requisite of professionalism.
So - you can't say we haven't been told!
Buffet  Lunch   12.30  - 2.00
Lots of goodies to suit every taste and waistline.
Business Meeting 2.00 - 4.30
As is often the case with business meetings involving too large a
number to be forced to come to grips with problems, the afternoon
session involved a number of motions, but not much action.  Too little discussion occurred on the Library School's proposed 2 year
MLS program but a statement of opinion, together with a resolution
proposing the establishment of a standing committee of ABCL to
investigate (Curricula of library schools across the country will be
forwarded to the UBC School of Librarianship.  This resolution
reflects the desire of ABCL members to provide a committee of practising librarians which will become informed of curriculum content
and problems and may, if the opportunity arises, discuss such issues
with the School<   :
ABCL members voted to drastically reduce spending (not fees) for
the next few years in an all-out effort to put 50% of the membership
dues into a legal aid fund, the primary function of which will be
to attempt to make ABCL the official licensing body for librarians
in B.C.   I
Adjournment, sherry, take-off, and dinner on the dowdiest Queen of
Mr. Bennettl's navy.
K. Kent
"But- mawm! how many miles is it to
As all of you will know, if you read your last Bulletin, the
Library staff now numbers over sOO persons who are distributed
throughout  the Main Library and the many Branch Libraries.
Unfortunately this expansion has made it physcially impossible to
arrange any type of Grand Christmas Party owing to lack of space,
lack of funds, and the very geography of the Campus.
It has therefore become obvious that if we are going to celebrate
the festive season at all it must be on a co-operative basis and
what better way really is there to celebrate the season of goodwill
than by everyone working together to make it a time of friendship
and good fellowship.
We realize that there are some who feel that 7tj hours a day spent
in the library doing an adequate job and being paid for it is involvement enough,  however there are others of us who deplore the
anonyminity and lack of unity that the present expansion can create.
Some might even yearn for the days when an interest in one's neighbour did not necessarily mean an invasion of his privacy or the
compounding of a favour.
So how about one day during the Hallowed season let us show an old
fashioned spirit of goodwill towards our fellow workers and celebrate the great festival of CHRISTMAS together.
Many of you are aware of a tradition that was started in Acquisitions
a few years ago.  Sometime during the Yuletide season a day is
chosen and a HOSPITALITY TABLE is set up in the department.  All
members of the staff bring a donation of goodies and any one visiting the division during the day is invited to partake.  The variety
of the food during the past years have been great and scrumptious as
anyone who has been lucky enough to visit will testify.
On that date a long table will be set up in the STAFF ROOM on the
seventh floor.  All day long we hope to keep it loaded with goodies
for you the staff members to munch on when you come in for your
coffee breaks and lunches.  COFFEE AND TEA WILL BE ON THE HOUSE
THROUGHOUT THE DAY. Now that success and variety of our HOSPI TAB I LITY TABLE relies on
your co-operation.  If every staff member would bring just one
small donation - even a 10 cent bag of cheezies - the table will
be loaded.  There are many  of you from other countries and a few
traditional cookies or baked items would add a truly International
flavour to the whole procedure.
THE BIBLOS STAFF wi1 I be in attendance from 9 a.m. on, ready and
willing to accept any donation, which will promptly find a place
on the "smorgasbord". During the next few days a list will be
circulated in each department.  If you do not care to participate
be assured that this will be your secret.  Some people feel we are
too optimistic in our thoughts that the staff cares enough to share
in a celebration but we are hopeful that the spirit of Christmas
and community does exist in the Library.
We hope too that the Branches will follow our lead and have
HOSPITALITY TABLES OR celebrations of their own and if possible
pop over to the Main Library some time during the day as our
Every issue of the Holiday Biblos next month will contain-a number -
so mind you hang on to your copy.  Several times during the day there
will be a draw for a prize - we hope every hour.  These numbers
will be prominantly displayed.  The Branch Libraries will be advised
of the winning numbers the next day.
Large Tin of Fancy English Biscuits Biblos Editorial staff
Voucher for Turkey L\o.   Assts. Assoc.
Bottle of Champagne
Bottle of Sparkling Rose Front Office.
and other goodies
Christmas arrangement Rita Butterfield
SO HOW ABOUT JOINING IN to make this a success.
WATCH FOR THE PLEDGE NOTICE and that weekend before the 23rd BAKE
or BUY.
LASTLY,  any goodies left over at the end of the day will be delivered
to the Central City Mission or any other preferred location. 10
Louise Van den Wyngaart
Woodwa rd
Elizabeth Brock
Ci rculation
Lynne Malecot
Carli Nadia
Sally Blyth
Congratulations on your Promotions!
Betty Van  Wijk
Ann  Severson
Marianne Becker
L.A. 1
Woodwa rd
L.A. Ill
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We  Say  Goodbye to.
Ki rsten  Sul1ivan
Jean  Dutton
I rene Norden
John Johnston
Arab Abu-Sharife
Deron  Bacon
Grace  Roberts
Pat  Denroche
Valerie  Roddick
Karin Casasempere
Carol   Wilson
1 1 1
1 1
1 1
1 1
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Woodwa rd
Ci rculation
Mathemati cs
Letter received at the "Woodward Library could indicate
a certain sympathy with cu -rent working conditions -
It was addressed.
The Woodward Bile Medical Library.
U.B.C. etc. 11
A little more than a year ago, I began work as stack attendant in  the
Sedgewick Library.  I had spent the summer doing little - little at
least in the accepted socially productive sense; hitch-hiking, living
in my sleeping bag, exploring the Interior and the Rockies with my
father and picking blueberries.
However, as fall passed and winter became imminent, I took stock of
my situation.  It would be nice to have a warm room of my own for
the winter and the assurance of regular meals and | was beginning as
well to feel some qualms about my lack of social productivity.  Thus
thinking, I decided once more to look for work.
Well, one fine day, as I was going carefully over the help-wanted section
of the Sun, I chanced upon an advertisement inviting job applications
for the position of library stack-attendant.  Having always nurtured a
fondness for books and the dream of working either in a library or at
a bookseller's, I immediately set to work composing, in my best hand, a
letter of application.  A month or so passed and as I was becoming leaner
with each day that passed, I took a job slinging hamburgers at Kavanaugh's.
This work however was not very satisfying and so, quite naturally, I
was quite excited the day I received the message that I had an appointment at the UBC personnel office.
The following week, when my appointment came round, I borrowed a clean
shirt, applied some polish to my scuffed shoes and made my way out to
the university.  After a good half-day of waiting, tests and interviews,
I was at length accepted and first met some of the people with whom I
was to work.  Tho' the work did not turn out to be exactly as I had
pictured it, in my somewhat native youthful fantasies, I soon came to
enjoy it reasonably well and even to take pride in it.  Granted, I did
miss the freedom of my previous penury and the exigency that required
me to look upon those beloved books as mere blocks of wood bearing a
number but, after all, I was meaningfully employed and could spend
many of my free hours in the stacks of the main library, could eat my
fill and sleep in a comfortable bed.
Thus passed several months without any serious philosophical speculation
on my part as to the nature of the thing that I was doing.  Gradually,
however, the odd troub lesorre quest i on did arise.  For one, what was the r
Should I really feel
relative value of my paycheck and my time, the better part of which was
no longer really my own? And what of my realtionship to those people
whom convention has us regard as "superiors??
quilty if I were five minutes
late or if I were caught browsing
through  some book  tfite  title  of
which had inspired me with
curiosity?     How  could   I   and most  of
those around me accept the boredom,
apathy and antipathy which seemed
so general? And for that matter,      ^
was I really 'meaningfully employed"?
True, I have often been five or ten
minutes late, read a page or two on
"company time" and missed the odd
day of work without an "acceptable
excuse" and questioned the gods wh
made us.  I realize that our
administrators 'have many problems
that, though understaffed they do
have a limited budget and that
unless I learn to accept a lot, I
may end up on my ass in the stree
Thus flee our dreams and youthful
follies!  We work to be happy, and
in doing so usually make ourselves unhappy.  Nobody's fault really.
This elusive apathy that lets us accept our eight hours a day with very
little thought of the next persons' essential humanity, with very
little creativity towards the solving of problems at work and with very
little nerve to do anything about it.
I feel, thus, that we do have a real problem here and I do not believe
that I am exaggerating when I say that a great many people working
within the UBC Library System are quite unhappy with their work.
Just what the problem is, I am not quite sure.  However I do believe
that the possibilities exist for a more stimulating atmosphere within
the library and sincerely hope that the administration had this in
mind with its hiring of consultants and so forth.  If, as the "Bulletin"
states, "the library already compares favourably in organization and
operation with other libraries and institutions" then our society is
indeed in poor shape!  For, upon what criteria is this statement to be
based if not upon that of individual contentment with one's job?? 13
If this poor old world is to survive, then meaningful employment is
really necessary, since those who cannot at present feel some
relationship to the rest of the world through their work would be lost
in any future society in which leisure is important.
I am not at the time proposing a stack attendant's strike or anything
of that nature but only a bit more serious thought on the part of all
of us, "management" and "rank-and-file" alike.  In fact we might begin
by breaking down some of the artificial barriers that are created
between the two latter groups.
The Biblos itself, which the "Bulletin" calls a "highly successful
medium of general communication" is nothing of the sort.  Informative
perhaps; but very little meaningful communication.  If anyone is interested, there is need for a few more writers on the Biblos.  Anyone
have any gripes, opinions, poems, drawings, or gossip (for our hardworking but cheerful and curious editress)?
I realize that lately I have perhaps made some pretty rash statements,
but - damn it, one must live and we all have a right to meaningful
Richard Howlett
"As long as he's silent we can't do anything." 14
In an attempt to minimize book theft and maintain a usefu' working
collection, security regulations for the Main Library currently
specify that all items in the form of books and briefcases remain
outside the book stack area.  This has created a situation where
many of these articles have been easy prey to those with, shall we
say, "itchy palms" or "shallow scruples".  The result has been to
place the student in a traumatic position, torn between the
necessity of going into the stacks to retrieve the necessary materials
to produce that A+ term paper, or staying outside to protect what
he already has in his possession (the end result being a nark
somewhat less than A+!)
The library, ever sensitive to student need, arrived at what
would appear to be an ideal solution to this pressing problem and
psychological torment.  In the early summer arrived the answer in
the form of one hundred fifty "small" steel lockers positioned
strategically near the turnstiles just outside the entrance to
stack level 3, and adjacent to the stack entrance in the main
concourse.  The lockers are coin-operated; the key being released
by the mechanism upon insertion of a 25<J deposit in the slot.
They are "normal" in every way except one   the 25£ deposit
is refunded after use.  (Hopefully).
Although the instructions for use are clearly indicated on the
lockers, they were viewed by the students with some trepidation
and skepticism for the first few days.
With the passing of the initial curiosity, pressing needs (one of
which being to insure that one's lunch remained intact while
studying in the stacks) forced the students to actually read the
instructions posted on the lockers.
Once the nature of the lockers (i.e. FREE, FREE, FREE) became
evident, their popularity became widespread.  However, as with
any new gadget, experience is the only test of its adequacy in
meeting desired requirements.  The first problem to confront the
early users of the lockers was their size.  Have you ever tried to
force a twenty-six inch brief case into a twenty-four inch locker?
Many a user, who came to the conclusion that it was an impossibility,
began to wonder at their usefulness after all.  The result was that
the area behind the Information Desk became a repository for oversized
cases. 15
The workmanship, supposedly superb,
besides falling short on its
requirement of size, fell short
in its provision for an adequate
system of refund i.e. a slope designed
to force the 25< refund out into the
waiting hands of the impatient student.
Consequently, many a harried student,
seeking assistance in retrieving what
was rightfully his, came face to face
with the pleasant fact that the holder
of the master key was none other than
a Beautiful Brunette.  What else could
soothe the temper of a distraught youth
whose out-stretched palm is painfully
empty!  It is therefore not surprising
to see a student return again and again
to the locker scene hoping, just by
chance, that he would be one of those
fortunate enough to need the services
of said person.
The converse to the above incident, however occured recently
when a staff member encountered a highly perturbed student trying
to jam; the refunded 25c back into the refund slot.
Another staff member, on the other hand, came face to face with
a more enterprizing youth, who knew how to capitalize on the
frequent occurrence of mechanical failures of coin-operated
machines. Appealing to the sympathies of this person, he was able
to convince him that his one and only quarter had been lost in
the locker. Whereupon he became the receiver of a 25<£ piece he did
not deserve.
There are always those few who attempt to outsmart the system.
These were students who considered it to be too much trouble to
transport their books to and from the campus each day, and
decide that the ideal solution would be to use the lockers overnight.  Little did they realize that our efficient commissionaires
were one jump ahead of the game.  Nightly the lockers are cleared
to accommodate the demand of the following day. 16
What lay in store for the negligent few was something they hadn't
anticipated i.e. a first class lecture delivered at the Information
Desk—a prerequisite to receiving one's belongings.  Fair exchange!
It must have become apparent by now that the Information Desk
has not emerged unscathed by all this.  Owing to the number of
oversized briefcases on campus, and added to this the number
of lockers cleared nightly of their belongings, it is not
surprising that one has to bypass an obstacle course of books,
cases, papers, and stale lunches to reach a librarian.
Dee  Norris
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