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 V. ^L, NO, 7 OF THE U.B.C. LIBRARY STAFF NEWSLETTER  APRIL 1966
NEWS FROM THE FRONT - NOT MUCH, BUT HERE IT IS,
30th meeting of the Reference Group, Apri I 3rd, Board Room,
1. Searching the backlog for reference materials,  Some 10,000
plus will be searched for reference materials.  Arrangements
will be made with Acquisitions to bring blanket order reference book arrivals to the notice of Division Heads,
2. Government Publications has a new Readex Microprint Reader
good for microprint or microfiche
3. Ture Erickson on Library Tours.  Any high school teacher
requesting a tour will be sent a letter of instructions -
tours will be given in May or June,
Special Note - Aspiring writers - see p, 5 FLASH FROM THE "COFFEE GARDEN" -ANNOUNCING
For your added comfort and enjoyment;
We've a cheerful little lady
In the Staff Lounge every day,
And through the Summer Hours
Mrs. R, will also stay,
We like to see her smile
When al1 pennies in the pot,
(Just ask Lynne Maclver --
The rol 1 ing she loves not',)
CHANGES
Leslie Coutts     CI.I to Lib,Asst.      Biomed (Branch)
Tom Shorthouse    Librarian Curr.Lab, to Law
Eleanor Mercer    Librarian Extension to
B i bliography
Helen Constable   Librarian Science to
B i bli og raphy
Walter Harrington Librarian Prebindery to
Gifts and Exchange
George Freeman    Librarian Serials to SSD
Lawrence Leaf     Librarian Soc.Sc, to
Curr, Lab.
JOINING
Daryl Dickman Clerk I Gov, Pubs,
Pat Meagher Clerk I Circ, (RBC)
Penny Simpson Clerk I Science
LEAVING
Joan   Baker  -  Cataloguing;   Mary-Lynn  Hings  -   Circulation;
Francine   Parker  -   Circ;   Catherine  Williams  -   Circ   (RBC);
Pat  O'Connor  -   Curr.   Lab,
BELATED  BUT  -  WELCOME  TO  OUR "HOURLIES"
Rod  Cardin  -   Serials;   Allan  Quan  -   Serials;   Helene  Karter  -
Cataloguing!   Nancy Morton   -  Map  Division,   Linda  Hansen  -
Woodward;   Dorothea   Daly   -  Woodward, A BRIEF LOOK AT THE QUEBEC CONFERENCE ON AUTOMATION IN LIBRARIES
Mr, Stuart-Stubbs, Mr, Watson, and Mr, MacDonald recently
attended an automation conference in Quebec  Our Head has discussed the trip in a lecture to the Library School on April 1st.
Interested librarians were also invited,
At the Conference, talk was of punched cards, programming, IBM
listings and hard work as various Canadian universities presented proposals, systems and uses for automated control of routine
and repetitive operations in libraries,  U.B.C.'s systems and
researches included Circulation, Serials, Acquisitions and
Cataloguing.  Of interest, U, of T.'s ONULP project has had to
be suspended.
Most impressive was the work done by Laval University,  In
serials they are currently issuing an annual list of current
titles with calendar, in December, and annual subscription
list for renewals, in November, and two cumulative weekly
lists of accessions - one in Science, the other on Humanities
periodicals. And they have just issued the prototype of their
complete programme - a complete list of the periodicals in
their Medical Library,  The latter may be sorted and retrieved
under at least fifteen different captions and combinations
like title, place, periodicity, subject headings, country,
language, holdings, etc.
In September 1965, a Committee for Automation of Library Services
was set up at Laval,  On it were - a rep from their Documentation
Centre, the heads of Technical Services, Cataloguing, Acquisitions,
Circulation, and Periodicals, plus a Computing Center analyst
assigned to Library programmes.  The Committee sat twice a week
for six months and evolved systems analyses in their respective
areas, submitting written reports.
Cont'd, on p. 4. The Laval report, presented by Rosario de Varennes, pointed
out that on-campus computer access plus minimum cost charges
for library automation programming and a library collection
of convenient size and growth have facilitated their efforts
Libraries are on the move,  The process of automation at t he
beg inning always involves a massive increase of work and more
staff and money is initially needed to cope with data conversion .
In conclusion, the Laval report noted that the prime advantages of automation are to do routine and repetitive tasks
more quickly and accurately,  Automation also provides a
whole string of by-products which indeed will bring forth a
complete revolution in the set-up of our services to cus-
tomers.
Mr, Stuart-Stubbs is currently compiling a more detailed
report on the Conference and from it we may glean more at
a later date,
NEWS FROM THE GALLERY:
No news! ,.. the Fine Arts Gallery (library basement) will
be closed until July, at which time there will be exhibits
of pottery and prints,.. More of this in the June issue,
BUT AT THE LASSERRE BUILDING -
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE:
300 scale models illustrating key monuments and ideas in
the history of architecture and photographs of the architecture of Poland and Czechoslovakia (photographer - B
Paul Wisnicki.)  Lobby and corridors of Frederic Lasserre
bu iIdi ng, WE ANNOUNCE
BIBLOSLAND 1966 A.D.  POETRY CONTEST.
A Morgue-to Map Room, stackwide, competition.
For a creative, critical, or "camp" composition.
Covering the crucial 12 month period following
last years inspired contest.
So Poet and Peasant hark to the cal1
Remember Shevchenko watches you all.
GRAND AWARD
"HIS SELF"
plus
a "consolation" prize to the winner donated
gladly by a relieved Retiring Resident Rhymer.
(it gurgles)
SUBMISSIONS
JUDGES PANEL
You!        Poems must be legible - not necessarily understand-
the reader- able
the "How"      Any desirable length - we publish 12 to 20 pages
see later in totqV!
edition        Competitors - any toiler in "B" land
Closing date - who knows - when we have
enough entries
Submit to - Biblos Box or your local
Committee member *»«
***  IMPERIAL EDITORIAL COMMITTEE . BIBLOS!
Aspiring writers, see p. 8 P.A.L. ABOUT THE U.B.C, SAFETY AND SECURITY COMMITTEE
Toward the end of each month about fifteen people from different parts of the campus converge on the Administration Building as representatives of their own particular workday worlds;
Buildings and Grounds, the Food Services, Traffic Patrol,
Student Residences, Personnel Offices, Fire Department, Medical
Services, the Faculty of Science and the Library.  During the
meeting which follows, the Chairman, Mr. McLean, invites each
person to bring to the attention of the Committee any condition
which he considers to be unsafe.  If the other members agree,
the appropriate representative is asked to investigate and
report to the next meeting on action taken.
Some of the visible signs of the Committee's activity on our
behalf over the past winter have been:  the posting of signs
on elevator doors (to conform with the Rules for Emergencies,
another result of the Committee's work), the addition of
"caution" signs to the stack smoke doors (admittedly a second
choice - we would have preferred removal of the doors), the
placing of first-aid boxes within easy reach in every division,
the removal of a tripping hazard at the level five main stack
entry, installation of an air-circulating fan in the Multilith
Room, etc.  Several other matters are presently being investigated, chief among them being the very thorny problem of
ventilation for the Reserve Book Room (at present, it has
none to speak of.)  Sorry - the more general problem of ventilation throughout the entire building is not a legimate concern of the Safety Committee.
Please remember the existence of this committee the next
time you bump your head on a low beam or trip over something
that should not be there.  Just stagger or crawl up to the
desk marked "Graham Elliston" in the Serials Division and
report.
Special Note:  Aspiring writers, see p. 8. AND A REPEAT FROM LAST MONTH  *****
PLEEEASE REMEMBER TO PUT "WHO, TO WHOM, WHY" NOTES ON ANY
MATERIAL YOU "DUMP" ON SOMEONE'S DESK.
(see v. 2, No. 6, P. 2 of March '66 BIBLOS "An unfortunate
finder")
Another unfortunate finder RUMOUR HAS IT...
Circulation wishes to dispel ugly rumours that our 1030 system
is making mistakes, sending out unoverdue overdues, etc.
Actually, most of the "problems" arise from our various
approaches to conversion.  When we find that a method is not
adequate, we re-vamp our work-flow and the resultant changes
in procedure entail "errors", but they really are people
"errors", not the blue boxes', and we really can correct them
when said "errors" are reported.  Conversions take time and
staff and patience and... and...  Your indulgence, please
(Sigh).
,'i a
♦V",
A&S^fKNS.
ASPIRING  WRITERS  - see  also pp.   1   and  1
The   Imperial   Editorial   Committee Members  are:
K.   Kent  and  Pat  O'Rourke  -   Circ;   Pat  LaVac  - Acquisitions,
Isabel   Godefroy  -   Cataloguing,   Brett  Osborne  -  Serials
(unbound,   5th  Floor),   Diana  Cooper  -   Fine Arts,   Jean
Mo 1 son  -  Woodward. SOME  COMMISSIONAIRE'S  CAPTIONS   COURAGEOUS
Commissionaire   to male  and   female   students   in   a  Carrel 1:
Excuse me,   sir,   but   courting
is  not   allowed   in   the  car re
Male Student: Excuse me, sir,
we are not courting, We're
marri ed
Commissionaire   to   student:      No  ea
Student'      I'm   not   eating,     \y-   \' f.f
This   is   ice-cream, f.Q'Y ft ^
V A
tinq in the st
acks, please.
Commissionaire to student with pipe in mojuthjy-1 No smoking
in the library, please,      ^/^^V^s    f~*        '
i   Co   *
Student:  But I'm not puff-  V* (  f     S~f .
ing on it, sir,
The day the Commissionaire went into Sedgewick Library to see what
all the noise was about and found twelve white leghorn chickens
flying around and four sheep,  His was the job of rounding them
up, much to the joy of the students, and the staff behind the desk,
K
w-« 10
ARE  YOU     -
Bri11iant?
I nterested?
Bra in-washed?
Lost?
Ove r-anyth ing?
If  So...
HERE   IS  A  SPACE  LEFT  ESPECIALLY  FOR YOUR  CONVENIENCE,
Practice  up   for  the  annual   BIBLOS  poetry  contest,      (See
PP.   1,   5 & 8)
WHICH ONE?
It came addressed to:
The Circulating Librarian
The Library
University of British Columbia 11
THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM EXAMITIS, SHORT SIGHTEDNESS, OR
SLEEPING SICKNESS ,,. BEWARE!!  WE MAY CASH IN,
From the Daily Express, C, Rosselli:
People who persistently go to sleep in the reading room,
and browsers who rest on the floor at Widnes Public
Library, Lancashire, will face a 5 pounds' penalty under
new by-laws.  Accidental catnappers and short-sighted
readers who have to lie down to read titles on the bottom
shelves will not be prosecuted, says a library official,
£>s;fe/2>.F£N=:
A Letter to the Editor  (Yes, really!)
The Editor - Biblos
Madam,
Some  of   the   readers  of A  Librarian's   Pledge   to  Patrons,
(Bi bios,   March   1966),   may  be   interested   to  compare   the
official   code  of  ethics  of  taxi   drivers  as   reported   to
me   by   a  Vancouver   taxi   driver,      It   is:
No  pimping,        No  bootlegging.
At   least   it's   short.
You rs,   etc. ,
Eli zabeth Jupp,
P,S,  He added that with a code of ethics you have to
be flexi ble ""p.OopErV.

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