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 V. 2, NO, 8 OF THE U.B.'C, LIBRARY STAFF NEWSLETTER  MAY 1966
Again this month the members of your roving Biblos staff have taken
it upon themselves to bring you information on little known areas
and departments connected with the Library.  Areas that tend, to be
just names on requisitions slips, figures on balance sheets or-signs
on a wal 1 or door.
BMB, Curric. Lab., Departmental, what do they mean to you? Probably only one person in three has the vaguest idea of what goes
on In these departments, but with many others they form an integral part of the Library complex.
Then there are the "Tenants" for want of a better name, in the
main building.  These too by token of their very proximity become
of vital interest to us.
We are most grateful to the many people who have spent time and
effort to provide us with facts, information and interesting
art icl es.
Pat LaVac
(Editor for this month) "THE ROOM DOWN UNDER"
The Bindery, that room of mystery in the basement, placed very inaccessibly between the Men's washroom and the Prebindery and guarded
zealously by the really not so formidable Percy Fryer.
This most necessary division of the Library came into being in 1948
but really started to develop as a department in 1951 when Mr. Harlow
from U.C.L.A. and Mr. Fryer from London, England - via Victoria -
joined forces.  With a personnel of four they went into the business
of binding books and developed rapidly.  In the first year of operation they doubled their output to 5,600 books and cut the cost from
$7,50 to $2.30 per book.
Also in 1951 the Bindery became the only Unionized department within
the Library, a distinction that it still holds.  This was of course
of great satisfaction to Percy who is exceedingly proud of being a
member of one of the oldest continuous Associations in the world,
"The London Book Binders Association".
It would be difficult to write of the Bindery without a few short
lines on the background that it's "Head" brings to the department.
Mr. Fryer learned his craft at the time when a seven years apprenticeship was only the first phase of becoming a master craftsman
and when one left home at 6:30 in the morning not to return until
10:30 at night.
With the thorough knowledge that he brought to the department there
has developed an exceedingly competent team in the Bindery.  This
team now numbering eight is always trying to find ways and means to
maintain the qualify of work whilst increasing the quantity.
Of course there have been many changes since the early days.  The
floor area has grown, books are no longer hand sewn and over the
years there have been numerous gadgets and machines improvised by
the staff to handle a variety of jobs more rapidly.  Anyone who has
visited the Bindery can attest to their ingenuity particularly when
viewing the press made from washing machine parts.  At the moment
the staff is eagerly awaiting the delivery of a new "building in
machine" or hydraulic press.  This will speed up the finishing by
eliminating the "hand wringing down" when gluing the covers to the
spines of the books. 3
As with other departments, the Bindery finds that there has to be an
area of work that has priority.  This lies in the binding of mainly
journals, serials and paperbacked monos,  The type of material that
can be more easily damaged and therefore must be protected.
Owing to the lack of labour, money and most of all space the repairing and rebind.ing of damaged books or the actual restoring of books
is a dream of the far distant future,
However the Bindery can take pride in the approximately 20,000 books
it has processed this year at the unbelievably low cost of under.
$3-00 per book, the numerous signs it has provided for desks, walls
and doors and the multitude of other aids it provides to guarantee
the more efficient operation of the Library.
PAL :
<Ci5S feA i*v>4 &- 4
MEDICAL BRANCH LIBRARY (BMB)
All branches of the main University Library are located on the U.B.C.
Campus - evidently an article of faith amongst not a few library
staff members and certain others.  'Tis a shame, for 'tis not true!
Read on, for the mists of ignorance will shortly be dispelled.
Since 1952, a branch of the Biomedical (now Woodward) Library has
been located at the Vancouver General Hospital (V.G.H.)  The foundations were laid in 1948 when the V.G.H. drew together its numerous
small libraries into a central library called the B.C. Medical Centre
Library - book and journal total = 300 volumes.  This collection was
given over to U.B.C. in 1952 and became a part of the U.B.C Library
system.  Since that time, the V.G.H, has continued to provide substantial financial and other support.  It has been and continues to
be a joint 1 i brary.
Since 1957, the Library has been located in the U.B.C. Faculty of
Medicine wing at the corner of Tenth Avenue and Heather Street.  The
main floor provides seating for forty-five readers, with the major
portion of the book and journal collection, together with the reference works, shelved immediately adjacent. A much smaller basement
floor provides limited storage for older journals.  The collection
numbers (quite approximate) some 7,000 texts and monographs together
with 7,000 bound journal volumes.  Present growth rate is about 1,000
volumes of all kinds per year.  Current periodical subscriptions are
now approaching 500.
Total staff now numbers six - two clerks, three library assistants,
one librarian.  The original planners of the library foresaw a substantial increase of staff from the then two to a future three.
Needless to say, the resulting collisions - against wall, desk and
body have become cherished job satisfactions.  Alas! Plans are already unloosed to expand our humble working area and thus remove
more of life's hard knocks.
Library services are provided for the following groups - third and
fourth year medical students, faculty and staff of the Medical
School, medical and nursing staff of the V.G.H. - in all totalling
in excess of 1,000.  Specialized services are extended principally
to those who are actually treating patients and/or engaged in the
teaching of medicine, especially clinical or bedside medicine. The range of information sought is considerably broader than the
confines of traditional medicine e.g. does shaving of the upper lip
cause a deterioration in eyesight or how's this - please supply
immediately full information re: dress, duties, etc of the bride's
father.  The normal varieties of questions and problems provides
the staff with challenge aplenty and often with a case of acute
sat i sfact ion.
P.S.  In mid 1964, the library was renamed the Medical Branch
Library; prior to this, it had been called Bio-Medical Branch
Library, or for short, BMB.  BMB remains Main Library shorthand
for the Medical Branch Library.  Hope this clears the confusion
surrounding a non-existent Library which does exist - OFF CAMPUS.
BMB STAFF - John Cummings - Librarian
ASSIGNMENT
Early in January, I received the call.  It was brief, cryptic somewhat enigmatic  The Librarian wanted to see me.  Something about
an assignment. A personal favour.  Would I come over that afternoon.
I swayed slightly.  Could we be doing another special issue?  My
God!  Perhaps it was the fiftieth anniversary of the Morgue.  But
no, that was impossible.  The Morgue was gone.  Or was it...?
I sank into a chair and idly tore a shelflist card into tiny bits.
What could he mean?  My mind ranged wildly over the possibilities.
Had the MacMillan cheque bounced?  Had something in Special Collections turned out to be Something Special?  Then slowly, very slowly
it began to sink in.  Obviously this was something that couldn't
be revealed over the Centrex Telephone System.  Assignment!  That
spelled danger, intrigue, something beyond the call of routine reference service.  I managed a grim smile, Maybe this was what
librarianship was all about.
Quietly I slipped into my trench-coat, found a slouch hat (in the
pamphlet file under GARBO), synchronized my date due stamp, and
tiptoed unobtrusively across campus. 6
He was in his office,  Playing golf.  Looking just the way I knew
he would.  Tough and confident.  Except for his mouth.  It was
moving, moving, moving.  He was trying to stop it, but I knew that
he couldn't.  I leaned forward to catch what he was saying.  Something about departmental budgets, faculty requests.  Every now and
then some strangled reference to a 'reading room'.  Obviously
things were out of bibliographic control.  I glanced over my shoulder.  Did Audre Dewar really know what was happening on the other
side of that door?
And then suddenly, without explanation, a paper was thrust into my
hand.  I opened it carefully and glanced over the contents.  So
that was it!  He lit a match to destroy it, but I stopped him.
Maybe he could read microprint.  I couldn't.
"Reading Rooms", he said. "This is a list of reading rooms. Go
out and find what's in them". And there were tears in his eyes.
After five months I think I know why.
Scattered in small pockets, within a radius of one-half mile from
the Main Library, lie twenty-six departmental collections.  Almost all of them hold duplications.  Almost all of them have growing pains.  Today - 22,000 volumes, 530 journal titles, quantities
of report items.  Tomorrow - who knows?  Perhaps the world.  I
knew my duty.  Find the pattern.  Solve the riddle.
Armed with a detailed questionnaire, I penetrated the faculty
strongholds.  And although departmental brows furrowed and departmental eyes narrowed I boldly asked and carefully recorded,
quite oblivious to possible physical harm.  At first, a mass of
unrelated facts.  And then, quite suddenly, almost unexpectedly,
the pattern became quite clear.  There was no pattern!  Absolutely
none!
In some reading rooms only honours and grad. students had privileges;
in others, all who were enrolled in departmental courses.  For many,
keys could be rented which opened not only the room itself but also
the building.  A larger number could be used only when departmental
secretaries were present to unlock the door.  These were obviously
the most strictly watched.  But some had student supervision.
Others had none. Fascinated, I plunged relentlessly on.  Revelation followed revelation.
In many there was absolutely no borrowing allowed; in others, books
were allowed out for Xeroxing, even for a weekend.  Some signed them
out on a time-request basis.  Although there were a few admissions
of loss, several departments lacked even the simplest listing of their
holdings.  How then, I asked myself, could they tell what they didn't
have? Any myself didn't seem to know.
One secretary blushed to admit that she didn't really remember the
number of their reading room although she thought there was one. And
one departmental report stated, without apparent emotion, "No one
really knows much about this budget, or who controls it or what".
In fact, it was in only this one aspect of their operations that
there was complete unanimity:  the need for more money.  And I think
this explains those tears in the Librarian's eyes.
Oh, there are many more things I could tell.  Such as the name of the
reading room which is currently used as a fire exit; the one Which
houses an enormous bust of Abraham Lincoln; even the one that has
absolutely no books.  But only I and the Great Librarian In The Sky
know about these. And my lips are sealed,
Tom Shorthouse
CURRICULUM LABORATORY
Education Complex.  Centre Block
University of British Columbia, Vancouver 8, B. C.
More affectionately known as "CURRIC, LAB,"  (ed.)
BACKGROUND
The Curriculum Laboratory grew out of the Vancouver Normal School
when the latter closed in 1956 and the College of Education opened
on the U.B.C. Campus.- At that time a definite division of services
was determined.  Books relating to campus courses became part of
the Main Library collection and books generally referred to as "public
school books" (prescribed texts, school issues and a growing number 8
of supplementary text-books) together with several thousand pictures
became the nucleus of the present Curriculum Laboratory collection.
At first the "Curric. Lab," was housed in the Main Library.  It
later moved to the old Faculty Club and ultimately to its present
location on the third floor of the Education Building where it
provides material and services to over 3,500 education students
and faculty members.
As a division of the Main Library, it orders through the Acquisition^
Division and since 1962 all of its supplementary and reference books
have been catalogued by the Cataloguing Division.
The Curriculum Laboratory also works in close co-operation with the
Audiovisual Centre and the education methodology laboratories.
Together they form what is now frequently referred to as the
"Materials Centre".
PERSONNEL
In addition to the Director, a member of the Faculty of Education,
there are five full time staff members, supplemented by part-time
student assistants throughout the academic year (as many as 25 at
peak periods).
COLLECTION
1) Prescribed textbooks: 8,000 volumes (approx. 290 titles)
Grades 1-7 grouped by grade: Grades 8-13 grouped by subject.
2) Supplementary textbooks: 12,000 volumes (approx. 5,500 titles)
arranged by L.C. classification.
3) B. C. Courses of Study (circulating and reserve) teachers
manuals and periodicals.
4) Reference: a basic collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries,
atlases, handbooks and anthologies.
5) Vertical File: approx. 2,400 individual items arranged by
subject, with subject heading cards in colour interfiled in
the main catalogue. 6)  Pictures:  a collection of miscellaneous mounted pictures,
picture sets, travel and general posters, art reproductions
and maps, numbering over 21,000 individual items. We have
reason to believe that this collection is unique.  Particularly noteworthy are  the Social Studies classroom sets of 48
different pictures.  (36 - 40 copies of an individual picture
can be circulated at a time among the pupils,)
CIRCULATION
The  total   number of   individual   items  circulated   in   I965/66 was
almost   100,000 of which 35,000 were visual   aids.     Posters and art
re-productions  are circulated   in  specially designed  tubes and
pictures are carried   in  fibre board carrying cases.
CATALOGUE AND INDEXES
The main catalogue is an index to the supplementary and reference
books of the "Curric.Lab." as well as complete cataloguing for all
"j" books (juvenile collection) added to the Main Library since
1362.  It includes cards distinguished by colour for the Curric.
Lab. Vertical File.  Other key tools include: subject card catalog
(colour coded) for the mounted picture collection and educational
posters, master accession index to all mounted pictures, book indexes to travel posters, maps, art reproductions and the classroom
sets of multiple copies.
SPECIAL FEATURES
Some of the specialized activities unique to the "Curric. Lab."
1) The laminating of book jackets for the supplementary books.
2) The organization, processing and circulating of multiple
copies of prescribed public school texts.
3) Perhaps the most unusual feature.  The processing and classifying of the picture collection. A definite plan for standariza-
tion of equipment, furniture and mounting was set up at the
beginning and consistently maintained. This has clarified
selection, circulation and administration procedures.
IN CONCLUSION
Now that you know who and what the "Curric. Lab." is we hope that many
of you will come and visit one day. There is much to see.
The "Curric Lab." staff 10
Librarian
Behind the desk, behind the shelf,
She seems the shyest sort of elf,
Or, mingled in with cabinets
And catalogues and books in sets
And paste and shears and rubber bands,
A small machine with human hands.
Her tread is light as down or feather.
Her shoes can hardly be of leather.
She speaks a muted sort of speech;
Her words, half whispered, barely reach.
But out of hours, who knows? Perhaps
She stamps her feet and shouts and claps
Her hands and goes on quite a buzz--
At least, one rather hopes she does.
Source Unknown. 11
Librari an
Oh where has she gone this mythical maid
Perhaps in a corner the computor mislaid
Her hands all aflutter, her world all awry
As she watches the new generation stride by
For sure, she's not the type we see
Around the Library at U.B.C.
Who rush all about clutching papers and books
Tracing bothersome details at which nobody looks
All purpose and polish, potential and poise
Creating at times the most God awful noise
But perhaps they rest when day is through
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At   least   I'm   sure   she'd  hope   they  do.
PAL 12
NEWS FROM THE FRONT.   On strike !!??
So - herewith a report from -
THE CONFERENCE ON REGIONAL MEDICAL LIBRARY SERVICE IN THE
PACIFIC NORTHWEST
About 50 medical librarians and physicians from Alaska, Idaho, Montana,
Oregon, Washington and British Columbia met last week at the University
of Washington to formulate a plan for adequate regional medical library
service in the Pacific Northwest.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has recently been authorized to
spent $2,500,000 annually for 5 years on the development of regional
medical libraries in appropriate geographical area.  Dr. Martin Cummings,
Director of NLM and principal speaker at this conference, emphasized the
necessity of having the regional medical library collection equally
accessible to the rural practitioner and to the medical research worker
in order to raise the standard of medical care.  While the largest
collection of medical literature will remain housed in NLM, the best
ten per cent of its collections will be microfilmed and placed in each
regional library to supplement the basic collection.  (1,000,000 pages
have already been microfilmed at a cost of $33,000).  Loans and xerox
copies from the regional medical libraries will be available to anyone
in the health professions free of charge.
To help provide information unavailable locally, a "Center for Biomedical Communications" will probably be established.  Its primary
function would be to refer questions to the appropriate agency, but
it would also act as a research and development arm, providing a
model Continuing Medical Education facility with equipment available
for computer simulation projects.
It was apparent from the interest shown by the physicians attending
the meeting that Bill Fraser's British Columbia Medical Library Service is unequalled in service to the practising physician in the
Pacific Northwest.  However, to determine precisely the present services available and desirable and required supplements, it is assumed1
that the National Library of Medicine will be asked to sponsor a
study on the use of medical libraries in the area.
Doug Mclnnes 13
STAFF CHANGES
WELCOME:
Charles Forbes Librarian Sedgewick
Terry Haughian Librarian Sedgewick
Nicholas Omelusik Librarian Acquisitions
Gerald Palsson Librarian Woodward
Margrethe Hooper Library Assistant Cataloguing
Robin Cairns Clerk II Social Sciences
Margaret Coles Clerk III Acquisitions
Maureen Beattie Clerk I Acquisitions
Kathleen Becker Clerk I Circulation
Julie Gale Clerk I Gov. Pubs.
Jeanette Gravelle Clerk I Woodward
Pat O'Dowes Clerk I Circulation
Ava Rubin Clerk I Circulation
FROM HOURLY TO PERMANENT STAFF:
Rod Cardin Library Assistant Serials
Helene Kartar Library Assistant Cataloguing
Nona Konya Library Assistant Cataloguing
Esther Vitalis Library Assistant Acquisitions
WELCOME BACK!
Lynne Fernie Clerk I Circulation 14
CONGRATS TO:
Valerie Roddick        Senior Library Assistant     Law
Francis Tudge Clerk IV Serials
Kitty Beynon Clerk II Acquisitions
Cheryl Howe Clerk II Woodward
Kaye Nishimura Clerk II Acquisitions
SORRY TO SEE YOU GO !
Josephine Base  - Cataloguing Margaret Cameron  -  Serials
Janetta Donelly - Circulation Penny Grant      - Gov. Pubs.
Catherine Haley - Woodward Susan Lissack    - Gov. Pubs.
Charlotte MacKay- Acquisitions Patricia Shandruk - Acquisitions
Susan Weber    - Cataloguing
NEWS OF OLD FRIENDS:
Louise Towers is now Keypunching for University of Toronto Library.
'FLASHBACKS"   from the Librarian's Staff Meetings Minutes.  The
month of May, 10 years ago, 1956.
Termites!
A damaged shipment of-materials from India was examined by several
experts last week from Public Health and Entomology.  The decision
was that no bubonic rats but termites and rain had caused the
damage and that materia! was quite safe to work with,
The Librarian.
Is pleased to announce that Miss Geraldine Dobbin led her class
at the Toronto School 	
Miss Mercer
Has been appointed chairman of a BCLA Committee on the British
Columbia Centennial,
PERSONNEL.
Several   new members  have joined  the   Library  Staff within   the   last
few days  - Mr.   Basil   Stuart-Stubbs  as  Librarian   II   (Cataloguing). 15
" A HUMOUR IN THE LIBRARY "
A couple of titles requested by the English Department through
Acqu isi tions.
Hel iczer Ptero
You could hear the snow melting and dripping
into the deer's mouth
and
I dreamt I shot arrows in my Amazon bra.
Then there was the letter :-
CEREALS DIVISION
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
VANCOUVER.   CANADA
and from Reader's Digest.  October 1964 -
Students at Brown University quickly dubbed the
new John Rockefeller Jn. Library "The Rock".
When administration officials took acception
campus wags substituted another moniker.  Now
the university's seat of learning is affectionately known as "THE JOHN".
Unintended Humour
Attractive young cataloguer on telephone to
male faculty member reporting book missing
from reading room "Okay then would you please
remove your shorts?"
(It happened here) 116
Now  it  can  be  told  -
WOODWARD   LIBRARY   is  proud  -  and   rel ijeved  -   to  announce   that   since
March   1st,   1966,   Friday afternoon  has  no   longer been   linked with
"Watering  the Books". * j
Over a period of months our heating jengineer faithfully   recorded
daily  humidity-and-temperature  fluctuations   in  the   rare gookballery,
On  the basis of  this  data  a giant   steam humidifier was   installed
in  the  basement   insuring optimal   air-moisture  and  temperature
within  the Memorial   Room and  the   locked  gallery.
>rc^rrp£-!t
Note   for  the  perplexed.     The most   frequent  question   asked  by  a
visitor  to   the   rare-book  gallery  was  not "what  edition  is   this?"
or "where   is   the   second  printing, of
that?"   but   rather "What  are
all   those   little  dishes  on   the   shelves  for?".-  most  disconcerting
LOOK  FOR   INFORMATION  ON  OUR "TENANTS'
Next month
HELP!     Oh where have  all   the  Poets gone?     Don't   forget your
Biblos  staff eagerly  await  those poetic gems.
Those who wait !
Kathy Kent,   Ed,;   Diana Cooperj,   Brett  Osborne,   Cartoonists;
Isabel   Godefroy,   Proof  Reader,   etc;   Pat  LaVac,   Jean Molson,
Pat  O'Rourke,   willing workers;.
Lynne Maclver,   Ultra  patient typist.  (Typist?!?)

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