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V. 3, No, 2 of the U, B. C, LIBRARY NEWSLETTER  NOVEMBER 1966
"IN PROCESS"
It saems that everything we wanted to talk about this month is only
partially completed - beyond tie initial negotiation stage bur. not
quite reaching any definite conclusion.  The student survey on library facilities has been carried cut but no results are as yet
available; the non-professional job descriptions have been reviewed
but we are still waiting with bated breath for a comment from the
Personnel Office; even the Bruning has decided to delay its grande
entree for three tc four weeks!  But with, lots of help and a bit
o' luck, we managed to pull a few tricks out of the ol' bag and
here we a re aga in , , .
FEATURING THIS MONTH:
News 'n Notes
■Job Descr i pt ions
Di splays
The Robert 8, Dow:
Administration Bic
Pac
ves
graphfes :,part
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Failure to Keep Proper Records
L.C.'s National Program for Acquisitions
and Cataloguing
Seminar on Library Automation
Collections in the U.B.C. Library
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16 NEWS 'N NOTES
Congrats to Bill and Sue! Canadian Literature/Litterature canadienne,
'1959-1963; a checklist of creative and critical wri t i ngs/bi bl iog raph ie
de la critique et des oeuvres d'imagination. Edited by Inglis F, Bell
and Susan W. Port, this recently published bibliography is an amended
cumulation of the annual checklist which appears in Canadian Litera-
ture. Bill did the English-Canadian section; Sue, the French-Canadian
and George Kuthan the unusual woodcut, A highly recommended B.C. production!  Copies are available for Inspection at the Humanities Desk.
This marks BB's second book for I966.  His first, On Canadian Litera-
_ture, i806-1960; a checklist of articles, books and theses on English
Canadian literature, its authors and language (compiled by Reginald
Eyre Watters and inglis F. Bell) appeared earlier this year.  Those
poker games must be at a complete standstill...
A. guide to Te chnlea 1 Terms and Abbreviations Used by the Processing
D1v i s *on s has been compiled by Rita Butterfield.  Some 200-odd items
pecu1 iar to processing have been noted and defined in this booklet.
Anyone wanting to be "in" with the library lingo may consult a d1vI —
s ion head's copy.
A Supplement to a Plan for Future Services - Mainly on Priorities
has been issued.  The supplement presents justifications for the
prior ty ratings assigned to the various library buildings envisaged in the original report.  It also notes the substantial increases in both construction costs and student enrollment projections.  Anyone got an extra $20,000,000?
Results at Sedgewick!  Statistics show that the circulation figures
in Sedgewick have almost doubled for the month of October.  In the
1965 October records, some 23,866 books circulated; in 1966, 42,186!
This cannot a Mi be accounted for in the transfer of Reserve Books
from R.B.C. to Sedgewick in September, for the figures for week loan
mater"al show an increase of 10,961 - from 16,581 to 27,542.
"In Philadelphia, nearly everyone reads..,BLATT#!"
#  The Bulletin of the Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago -
but naturali y !
— r-i—-— 3
SSD Librarians are reaching out into new domains. The Library has
been asked to set up a reading room in the Henry Angus Building to
serve graduate students in Economics, Political Science, Industrial
Relations, Anthropology and Sociology, The collection, consisting
primarily of duplicate journals, government publications and a book
collection of 2,500 volumes maximum will be attended by a clerical
assistant under Marilyn Dutton's direction.
Isa Fi szhaut shall be working part-time as a Slavic Studies Bibliographer, reviewing the books acquired on the blanket order programme,
selecting out-of-print titles and new subscription titles and ultimately compiling comprehensive desiderata files.
The duties of Patricia McCali b in charge of the Periodicals Reading
Room has been defined as the general supervi si on of staff and such
working processes as circulation regulations, type and amount of
service to be given, and prebindery routines as well as planning
future alterations and additions to this area.
These duties are all being done on a part-time basis, the rest of
their time being spent with normal Social Science reference work -
if it can ever be called normal \
Wee W]11ie Winkie (alias Bill Watson) and Friar Tuck are  changing
places sometime at the beginning of December.  Those weren't Santa's
elves hammering at the far end of Serials - only Buildings £- Grounds
creating Bill's new office !
Acquisitions vs. Serials.  After much discussion, a rather lengthy
note has been composed and circulated differentiating between the
material handled by Acquisitions and Serials.  The light has dawned
over the Kardexes...
#   # #        #        #
STAFF CHANGES
Welcoming:
Chanjun  Choe,   Clerk  IT,   Asian  Studies
Carol-Ann  Chriasty,   Clerk  I,   Science
Leah Gordon,   Library Assistant,   Cataloguing
Leslie  Logan,   Clerk  I,   Woodward Library
Lynda Moss,   Clerk   I,   Woodward   Library STAFF CHANGES Cont'd,
Welcoming:
Leone Parker, Library Assistant, Acquisitions
Maureen Sutherland, Clerk I, Cataloguing
Resigning:
Angela Schmidt, Cataloguing      Patricia Ord, Cataloguing
Janet Ellis, Cataloguing E] 1 i Gomber, Woodward Library
JOB DESCRIPTIONS
As everyone is aware, the reclassification of non-professional staff
has been the heated subject under discussion in the personnel end of
library administration this fall.  In Qctober, every clerical and
library assistant position was described in detail so that the Personnel Office, represented by Mr. W. Clark could examine every job
effective in the library today.  While plowing his way through these
job descriptions, Mr. Clark came across the following and it is upon
this primarily that we hope he will realize the unique position of
library staff on campus.  (Fingers crossed we shall hear something
by December 15th!)
Any Division  Any Rank    Posi tion No... .
Organizes and maintains the social activities of the division for
the benefit of all fellow workers and takes every opportunity to promote their good health, morale and happiness.
Supervi sion
Works entirely without supervision.  Initiates and carries out all
projects independently and arranges own time schedule.
Puti es
Organizes teas for staff members who are leaving the Library, or for
celebrations of birthdays, anniversaries and (if all else fails) paydays.  Collects necessary moneys from fellow workers and purchases
gift for guest of honour and cakes or other food for whole party.
In case of a shortage on money, skips the gift and purchases food.
When Division Head becomes grouchy about length and frequency of
teas which are deemed necessary, avoids telling the division head
until arrangements are too far advanced to be cancelled.
Maintains social contacts with fellow workers, passing the time of
day and exchanging pleasantries during working hours in order to
maintain morale and esprit de corps.
Listens for news,, however, insignificant, especially news of a personal nature involving fellow workers and passes it on to as many
others as possible. Keeps close track on the comings and goings of fellow workers,
especially young eligible ones and after adding 2 and 2 and coming
up with 5, adds a little more for good measure before passing it on
to as many contacts as possible for their edification and entertainment.
At coffee time rounds up fellow workers to ensure that they do not
miss the break so vital to their health and well-being.
Announces the start of lunch hour to all within hearing to ensure
that fellow workers do not accidentally do any work on their own
time.  Also announces the time five minutes before quitting time to
ensure that fellow workers have packed up and are ready to leave on
the dot.
Goes to the window frequently to observe the weather, reporting back
to fellow workers to ensure that they will know when to take their
umbrellas upon leaving the building.
When fellow worker is absent on account of illness, speculates on
his symptoms and after making a diagnosis in absentia, informs other
fellow workers of the cause and treatment that they might better
avoid the illness of their comrade.
Inspects washroom frequently and, in case of flooding, issues warnings (and gumboots) to each member of staff individually.
Discusses with fellow workers their forthcoming vacations to ensure
that they plan wisely for an enjoyable time which will prove socially
and matrimonially beneficial.
Discusses private problems with fellow workers and offers extensive
advidje on every topic touched upon, giving if possible, several
choices of action.  Then inquires later to keep informed of progress.
Watches weight and eating habits of fellow workers to remind them
of their diets and offer advice whenever possible.
Takes new staff in hand and ensures that within a week they are informed of the life histories of all fellow workers, and ensures that
they join actively into the right clique for their own social benefit.
Keeps staff up to date on the latest accepted swearing terminology
by constant use of same,
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***  FACULTY TO AID COMMITTEE IN SELECTION OF NEW PRESIDENT ***
As of Thursday, November 24th, the following have been elected by
the Faculty Association to help the "Committee to select a new
President to assume office on or after July 1, 1967'j (appointed
by the Board of Governors November 22nd):
Dr, Benjamin N. Moyls Dr. B. Harold Copp
Dr. Robert M. Clark and our own BSS \[ DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITS E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E!
Fine Arts Gallery has two Japanese exhibitions on concurrently: one,
a photographic exhibition of Japanese architecture by the noted contemporary Japanese photographer, Yukio Futagawa; the other, a collection of Japanese banners, shop curtains, towels, draperies, and
miscellaneous fabrics from the personal collection of Professor
Philip Thiel of the University of Washington.
Woodward Library has begun a display series of three different
types:
1. The top floor 3 - section display case was given to Woodward by
the Pathology Department.  One section contains a permanent display
of early infant feeding bottles collected and donated by Miss Alice
Wright.  In the other two sections, a monthly display is being
arranged in which we hope to show some of the colourful and rare
biological books.  December's display will be "The Christmas Fir
Tree" showing specimens of B, C Firs as well as books.
2. In order to acquaint the faculty and students with some of the
outstanding items in our rare collection, the Memorial Room will
exhibit a "Book of the Week" every Monday.  Although these books
do not circulate, a reader may examine them in greater detail in
the gallery after the week of exhibition by appointment.  "This
week at U.B.C." will carry the announcements of the changes in
di splays.
3. As part of their research during the year in the History of
Medicine and Science §ourse, small groups of first year medical
students set up a series of medical displays, such as the one on
"Medical Quackery" which started November 24th in the Woodward
foyer.  Two displays scheduled for the following week are "The
History of Dental Extractions" and "The Origins of the Hippocra-
tic Oath".
Special Collections, and the Map Division have put up an exhibit
of maps of mediaeval European cities.
Between the Social Sciences and the Humanities Division, a display is due to appear on the Pre-Raphaelites.
And, of course, Sedgewick-a-qo-qo has theirs centered around the
Beatles and "Read a Paper-back Writer" ] I I ; _	
UPS... AND... DOWNS. ,.
Have you seen librarians gnashing their teeth, uttering imprecations, speaking in tongues or sticking pins in voodoo dolls?  Have
some of them been running through the stacks using a length o~
string as a tape measure, or counting with their fingers?  Have
they been pouring over annual reports, budgets, circulation counts,
computer print-outs, predictions and briefs?  Have they been querying whether large dusty volumes might be published by museums,
societies or government agencies?  Have they been cursing, funing,
or sputtering as they have wondered why they must answer evidently
irrelevant questions concerning the Library's book collection?
Have they been suggesting that sections of the collection are weak,
strong, adequate, inadequate, foreign, exotic, North American,
negligible, essential, dull, or obscene?  They have?  Well, they
have a questionnaire which is asking them to do the evaluation,
They've probably been alternately rushed, bored, dishonest, perplexed, frank, comprehensive, inaccurate, and confused, which means
that the survey team will probably be amazed by their astounding
conclus ions.
This survey involves the study of Canadian academic libraries  for
which a $20,000 grant has been made to the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada by the Council on Library Resources.
The award will supplement a previous grant of $65,000 by the
Canada Council and will enable a study team of four to complete
studies of library resources, library administration, financial
support, and automation in libraries.
Dr. Robert B. Downs, dean of library administration at the University of Illinois, will direct the study with the assistance of
Father Paul-Emile Filion, Librarian of Laurentian University of
Sudbury; Bruce Peel, Librarian of the University of Alberta; and
Professor Peter Russell of the Department of Political Economy at
the University of Toronto.  The team members will visit each
degree-conferring institution in Canada; they expect to complete
their study by September 1967. 1
DUPLICATION  DOODLES
The following has been passed on to us by BSS:
One day over lunch a number of us were discussing some technical
problems of copying.  Dr. Roy Daniel Is, one of Canada;s most emi
nent men of letters, was surprised to learn that a simple thing like
producing a copy for his use should be so complex to arrange.  He
was imoressed by this, and remarked that we were like prfests of a
secret cult, expert in the details of our private religion.  1
asked him if he could write a sonnet about this and he did in less
than an hour.
The priestess mentioned is a librarian who was coating her sand
wich with mustard.  The libations are probably the beers being con
sumed by Doug Mclnnes and me.  The granite temple is an obvious
a 1 1 u s i on.
Xerox filius Majae Merculi geminus deus multitude. -- Virgil
Xerox, Maia's son and brother of Mercury, god of Dissemination.
The priests of Xerox, in meet robes arrayed,
Gather to pour libations to their Lord,,
And eat the sacred meal in full accord.
0 see the priestess on her gleaming blade
For sacrifice list up the spices laid
To cheer and warm this sacerdotal board.
Deils ex machina is their reward.
These prayers and counsels shall bring forth displayed
;    Xerox in other forms.
The destined nook
Within the granite temple shall divulge
Manifest multiplicaties of leaves,
i    A sacred text.  Although some god-damned book
Abstains to genuflect, S- though vaults bulge,
The humane worshipper this gift receives.
In other copying developments, the new Xerox 720, a faster and more
economical unit than its predecessor, has arrived, while the highly-
reputed Bruning has been decayed for about a month.  Our recently
acquired Dennison machine seems to be behaving itself and is proving
L  to be a worthwhile addition to the Library.  The Gestetner duplica-
tor, formerly housed on stack level 3, has been relocated in room
£• 769.  On Mondays and Wednesdays, it will be devoted to the produc
tion of catalog cards.  The service will be available to other divi
sions of the library during the rest of the week.  Mrs. Betty
Misewich will supervise the machine's use and assign priorities
i'! to various iobs.
IS
f
 ! ,   i       1 1 ... 1   |  — 1	 TECHNICAL PROCESSES
WILLIAM WATSON
The Assistant Librarian for Technical Processes, one of those
responsible for the non-public
service (or   inhuman) side of
library operations, nevertheless
insists that he is a small-h
humanist.  Refuting the charge
that all easterners are effete,
he cites as witness a past that
includes too many Montreal winters, two in Saskatchewan, a
summer in Washington, D.C., a
flight on Daryana Afghani Airlines, and many other hardships
borne.
Part of a misspent youth included
some months as a banker, during
which he learned only that he was
not cut out for banking.  Since
then he has resolutely and
successfully refused to accumu-
'_.'.'".-;:"\i!' .'"■' .'.        1ate capital, ably assisted by a
wife and three sons of similar
tendencies.  After a stint as a newswriter while at college and
for a year or so afterwards, he was forced by the constant excitement of writing up bingo games, service club luncheons and
obituary reports, to seek the quiet of university once more.
A sometime Islamicist, he spent thirteen years at McGill's
Institute of Islamic Studies, where he picked up a smattering
of Arabic, made friends now scattered all over the globe, and
confirmed his enduring aversion to theological dispute. A
long journey once took him hastily through parts of Europe,
Africa and Asia - a trip notable chiefly for producing the first
recorded case in medical history of a Canadian's sojourning in
the Middle East without succumbing to the disorder known from
place to place as Egyptian tummy, the Turkey trot, Delhi belly... MISS RITA BUTTERFIELD
Rita Butterfield was born and
raised in Burnaby, where she
still lives.  After receiving
a B. A. and teacher training
at U. B. C. she had a year's
fling at teaching high school
before joining the library staff
at U. B. C. as a Library Assistant in Circulation.  She worked
there for two years, chiefly in
RBC, until the School of Librarianship at U. B. C. opened, when
she enrolled in the first class.
Upon graduating from library
school in 1962, and realizing
that knowing a good thing when
you see it is not the same as
being in a rut, she joined the
Acquisitions Division of the
U. B. C. Library.
Having moved up the scale, she now heads Acquisitions which is
quite different now from what it was only four years ago.  The
function of the division now includes placing orders for books,
maintaining the on-order and in-process record for books, receiving and processing books, operating the mail room, preparing for payment against the internal accounts for all book funds.
Because of the last duty mentioned, Rita is the one who breaks the
sad news to the spendthrifts when they have overspent.
She compiled the third volume of R. M. Hamilton's Canad i an
Book Prices Current and is presently the editor of Canad i an
Books in Print.  Her chief interest is British Columbia history
and chief extra-curricular activity is trying, and generally
failing, to keep one very temperamental cat - named Stinky because it suits his personality - out of trouble.
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—!—
 — STEVE JOHNSON
The  directory   in   the  Libra-y's
%$£ lobby   lists nothing;   there   is
't0! no name  under  Serials.     That's
'"'■':' me.     In   fact,   I   have  a  "valuable"
,..;...' name;   I   purchased   it   for  $15.00.
I   also  paid   for my  citizenship
i with  five  years  good  behaviour,
.,   ■., and  then joined  the   ranks  of  the
common,   ordinary  citizens  who
' have  the  birthright   to  be  bad.
The  foundations  of my  profession-
\''-:'[ al   education   reach  down   to  the
■■':;yfM 24th   level   -  2,400   feet  under-
;"■'.'-' ground  -  of  Bralorne  Gold Mines,
i- wherefrom   I   emerged  at   the McGill
Library  School.
1   started  out  as  College  Librarian   in  the   Redpath  Library.     After
one  year of   internship  there,   I   became  the  first   full-time  Gifts
and  Exchange  Librarian   at  U.   B.   C.;   concurrently   I   served  as  a
part-time  cataloguer  and  Acquisitions   librarian.      In   I960  Basil
vacated  his  position   in   Serials   for me   (   I   don't  expect  him  to
do  the  same with  his  present  post);   in   1965   I   began  "acting"  as
head  of  the  division  and  after one  year's   rehearsal    I   assumed
the   real   identity  of  a  division  head.      In   this  capacity my main
job   is  to   report on  the good work done  by Mrs.   Marilyn  Freeman
and  Graham  Elliston  and  their  competent   staff;   they  order/record
periodicals  and  are  converting  these operations   into  a  computer-
controlled  system.
As well   as  paying membership  dues  to  C.   L.   A.   and A.   L.   A.,   I
wish   to join  another organization  -  one  that   liquidates  Marx  and
Das  Kapital   for humanism's   sake  and  goes  forward   instead  of   left
or  right,   under  the   leadership of   librarians,   of  course. MISS GERRY DOBBIN
i —..—-. -  :-■_-■ - — ■  Gerry's enduring fascination with
I "      '■   ■'. ■ - „■_   books and libraries began away
■'  back in pre-war Kenya, where her
mother worked in a small-town
i.,."--L"    library.  Scattered schooling in
Kenya, Ireland (she's Irish-
Canadian, and proud of it) and
Victoria led first to U.B.C. and
then to one winter in the teaching profession.  Nobody could
have been more relieved than she
was to exchange children for
books in 1953.
In Toronto after enjoying a winter of concerts and ballet (and
i going to Library School) she
became convinced that the west '
coast was where she really wanted
to live. A member of our Catalog
Division staff since 1956, she
remembers with some nostalgia the days when the division had a
staff of 12, and life was relatively simple. Now she functions
in a continuing state of brinksrnanship, trying to keep disaster
at bay.  She is normally seen dashing about the library with a
sheaf of untidy notes and a harassed expression.  Her great ambition is to have one whole day when nobody, staff or faculty,
comes to her with a gripe of any description.
Off campus, before the library wore her down, she would have put
tennis and badminton at the head of her list of activities. Now,
however, she putters in the garden, pretends she sings well
enough to belong to a suburban choir, and attempts to keep one
small tabby cat from running everything in the household. I I I i	
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Failure to Keep Proper Records -- A Crime or a Vi rtue?
On a beautiful spring morning in 1945 in a German Concentration Camp,
a small group of political prisoners had been ordered to watch a
public hanging.  Public hangings were quite common, but for me this
hanging was different.  Two Dutchmen were to be hanged together,
side-by-side, at the same time, on the same gallows.  One of them
was Jan Poolman, a filing clerk.  He and I had been assigned the duty
of maintaining S»S. Machine shops and were held responsible for the
alphabetical and numerical filing of all machine parts.
The hanging began with an S.S, Obersturmfuehrer shouting: "And you,
Jan Poolman, you have hereby been found guilty of failure to keep
proper records.  You are hereby sentenced to death on the gallows
by hanging." Then followed the military orders to the hangman, the
tightening of ropes around the necks, -- and the sudden drop.  Both
my friends were young, but Jan, an only son, was not yet 18.
Later that year, after our cruel 12-days death-march, we were liberated by the allied Armed Forces.  Back in Rotterdam, I visited
Jan's parents.  The Red Cross requested that I personally tell his
parents how and why Jan died.  What a ghastly task!  Jan's mother
collapsed; his father could only question: "Failure to keep proper
records? -- Failure to keep proper records? -- Oh my son, my son."
Now after 21 years, free from persecution and fear, I recall some
other people in far away places who also struggled with the exacting task of keeping proper records.
I vividly recall a seventy-year old missionary woman in charge of
the "Station in the Mud" on the Bamu River, located deep in the
jungles of New Guinea.  One of her duties was -- and I hope still
is -- to keep the records of children's books sent to her from all
over the world.  These books were used to teach the hundreds of
native children who lived in rows of primitive huts along the river
banks.  Her records were the only - but hopelessly inadequate -
means of book retrieval in the muddy jungle.  But she kept her records faithfully.
In yet another place, in the Province of Agusan in the Philippines,
while on a geological survey, I met another missionary, who was
attempting to care for a headless body left upon his doorstep - 14
the  victim  of  a   local   head-hunters'   quarrel.     He   invited me  to  visit
his  small   library.     Again   in  a most  unusual   place,   I   saw another
fine  example  of meticulous   record-keeping  -   up-to-date  entries  of
the many  books  to be  distributed  among  the  canoe-paddling members
of his mi ssion.
More   recently  and  closer  to  home,   I    recall,   as  a  student,   the   importance  given   by   the  School   of  Librarianship of  the  University  of
Washington   to  such  basic  principles  as  the   filing  and   recording  of
author,   title,   and   subject  entries.     How we  all   rebelled  against
such menial   tasks!
But.   I   can  never  forget   that   in  a  German   Concentration  Camp,   Jan
was  killed  for failing  to  keep just   such   records.
How do we   stand?
Huibert  Verwey
BAZ,   YOU HAVE ARRIVED   !!
Basil   Stuart
Stubbs   Library,   Univ.   of  B.C,
Vancouver,   B.   C.
Canada 15
U.B.C. JOINS N.P.A.C.
U.B.C., with close to a hundred other North American libraries, has
joined the National Program for Acquisitions and Cataloguing,  Basically the plan is intended to reduce the tremendous duplication of
effort involved in the original cataloguing of the same foreign research publications in many different libraries.  The Library of Congress has, or will have, airmail blanket orders for research material
published in European countries.  They intend to have titles catalogued and cards avai1able in the depository files by the time the
cooperating libraries receive their copies of the same books for
surface mail.  We wi 11 notify L.C. whenever we acquire a current
title which is not listed in the depository file, and L.C will in
turn tell us the status of the title in their organization.  It
sounds wonderful, provided L.C. can obtain sufficient cataloguing
staff to handle the volume involved.
The Catalogue Division is presently receiving and filing our free
depository set of current L.C. cards (70 alphabets to date, with
3 or 4 more every week) in the new drawers opposite the Authority
File on Floor 7.  The mammoth interfiling job should have A-F ready
for use about the beginning of December.  The present proof-sheet
system will be abandoned shortly for this is only outdated and
duplicated by the new N.P.A.C.
# # # #        #      ' # #
VICE IN THE LIBRARY
Strange things have been going on in our Library:
First of all, we heard of the wild drinking parties going on in
Government Publications,  The truth was out when a half-bottle of
rye was found among the D.B.S. material!  Now we know why they are
so long answering those reference questions.  The material must be
thoroughly investigated and sampled first!
Then rumours floated by of an exhibitionist running around our
stacks.  Funny thing - Circulation won't tell anyone who he is!
Curiosity is killing us, so anyone knowing anything about him, ^>^~
please tell the Front Office. X 16
To top if all off, the Serials Division gave birth to a 14 lb. 7
inch thick baby boy last Wednesday, November 16th, in the form of
a master list of the Union List of Serials in the U.B.C Library,
noting some 12,000 titles including periodicals, newspapers and
monographic serials.  Fifteen copies of this 3 volume work will be
circulated around U.B.C. and the outside world.  Still at a loss
as to what to call their new offspring, they are racking their
brains for ideas	
#        #      ■#        #   #        #        #
SEMINAR ON LIBRARY AUTOMATION
3rd.  University of British Columbia Library, 1966.
The third seminar on computer and data processing applications in
the libraries of U.B.C, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Victoria was held on November 8th and 9th in the U.B.C.
Library.  Some twenty representatives from the three institutions
and two from Laval University in Quebec met on the first day to
discuss computerized circulation methods in terms of reasons for
switching from manual procedures to an automated system, considerations necessary in planning the change, the various types
of processing hardware available, advantages and disadvantages to
users and 1ibrary. staff on the systems operating at U.B.C, and
S.F.U., and related subjects.
The second day's proceedings were concerned with other applications - in acquisitions, serials, cataloguing, etc. - including
systems already operational, those being designed, others under
consideration, and some that are so far only future possibilities.
Earlier seminars had been devoted to the computerized serials
project at U.B.C. and the automated acquisitions program at S.F.U,
The series is intended to provide for the regular exchange of
information between the three British Columbia university libraries to prevent unnecessary duplication of research and experimentation.  This also offers some opportunity to keep systems
compatible so that cooperative programs are possible.
"It was felt that general discussion such as took place the second 17
day was not of too much consequence.  Future seminars will centre
around more specific subjects, with formal papers on some particular
project under consideration by one or more libraries.
IT  WANfTS
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DON'T MISS:
the complete, unadulterated and unrehearsed expose" in the
next issue of Biblos - the results of the recent survey of Library
facilities.  Experts are working far into the night to compile all
available statistics and to assess their possible implications for
the world of the book. 18
Collections in the U.B.C, Library
As the U.B.C. Library is becoming established as a research library,
we thought it might be interesting to find out something about the
"amazing" collections we are alleged to possess.  However, after
surveying the innumerable collections in our some 400 feet of manuscript material in Special Collections, we abandoned our partially
completed list and followed the rules of Blind-man's Buff, coming
up with these three to annotate in this month's issue of Biblos,
Malco'm Lowry Manuscript Collection.  This famous Canadian author
spent approximately two years living and writing in an old shack
in Do'fart-on, near North Vancouver.  Sometime after Lowry left the
area, a project to destroy this older section of the tpwn reached
the ears of a member of the English Department at U.B.C.  He managed to find Lowryrs old shack and to retrieve his literary manuscripts, correspondence, and all his private books which happened
to be scattered around. This is what constitutes the Malcolm Lowry
Manuscript Collection, fitting into some 33 boxes - 11 feet in alii
Being the largest single collection of Lowry's papers, this is perhaps the most heavily used collection in Special Collections today
warranting researchers to come from as far as New Orleans and
Virginia and correspondence with students in France and Great
Bri ta in.
F. W. Howay Papers. Judge Howay, 1867-1943, first became interested in British Columbia history at an early age and in later years
he was the leading authority on the subject contributing books,
periodical articles, and giving lectures all over the province. He
is still considered one of the leading historians of B.C. Many of
the historical monuments around the province can be attributed to
his unfailing industry as a member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Howay's superb library is now part of the Howay-Reid Collection
in the Special Collections Division.  Howay's papers, about 20 feet
in all, consist of his voluminous correspondence, plus files of
information on articles which he had published or was going to
publ i sh,
John Aldington Manuscript Collection.  Consists of the papers of
our first U.B.C. Librarian who worked here for some 25 years in all. 19
His letters are far from dull for he frequently goes into some depth
in his descriptions of conditions in certain fields, particularly in
the library.  His 1933 report, Libraries in Canada, gives the conclusions of a survey George M„ Locke, Mary Black and he carried out
of the Canadian library field and is considered to be an early landmark in Canadian Library history,  [Maybe we should send one to a
Mr. Downs],  Far advanced in his thinking, he ignored the sharp
criticism of his contemporaries in such things as classification
schemes [Dewey was "in" at the time] and managed to envision the
library needs of the future.  His papers have been divided roughly
Into sections - those relating to the administration of the U.B.C.
Library, to functions of such library organizations as the Canadian
Library Association, to the various book dealers associated within
the first two years of the U„B,C„ Library's operation, and a miscellaneous section of letters giving his private opinion on all subjects.  This has proven to be most useful In conveying a more
accurate description of, for example, people who usually appear inhuman and insufferably perfect in the regular history text!
As an example of his candid opinion, and of the historical significance of his papers, this is an excerpt from a letter he wrote to a
friend who was on the faculty at U.B.C, in which he is discussing
a recent fishing expedition, he had gone with, a certain Judge Howay
(the same as mentioned above):
"I have returned today from a second cruise with Judge Howay,  The
first cruise was up to Pender Harbor and Jarvis Inlet,  This last
time we went across to Chemainus on Vancouver Island, then to
Nanalmo through Dodge Narrows (the tide was going through and we
went with it at a rate of about 12 miles an hour, for the narrows
are only about 100 feet wide) and then across to Gabriola Island
then home.  The Judge was, of course, skipper and I merely the AB.
in his capacity as owner and skipper Judge Howay [showed] even- more
than the impetuosity and autocracy for which he has the reputation
on the bench.  As I pertain to little nautical knowledge he would
be frequently explosive at my clumsiness and inability to carry
out commands.  'if I had an AB that was worth a ----' he woulc say,
'he would do so and so, but not having an AB who was worth a curse
I guess I will do it myself.  However, the Judge has hopes of me./''
He admitted that I was getting almost useful.  He taught me to
steer by compass and to make three or four different kinds of
hitches and a number of other things.  Of course I cannot cook but 20
he says ! will pass muster as dish washer!  I had an extremely
pleasant time and the skipper, having someone to abuse, enjoyed
hImself ve ry much.
" I suppose you have heard of the new appointments, Sedgewick as
the Head of the English Department, Boak to the History and Todd
to take Willis' place in Classics,  From all I can gather they
seem all excellent and will strength these departments very
materi ally, "
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