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V, 2,
This issue marks the end of the second year in the life of
Biblos, Its survival of the initial "3 month trial" period
can be accredited to our founding editor and now Prairie-
wanderer, Jay Kincaid,  This past year reflected the energy
and determination of Kathy Ward (who confused the issue by
assuming a new identity 'arf way through) and her artistic
and poetic crew.  Although the new staff is not theoretically
supposed to start until next month, the old-hands figured we
needed some extra practice so here we are!  Full of ideas (?)
and a wee bit wet behind the ears, we are taking our first
Suggestions, ideas and comments are more than invited - the
your notes if you can't find one of our keen types around,'
News and Staff Changes 2
Non-Professional Turnover 5
Administration Biographies (Part I)             9
An Expedition to Thrums 13
Processing Jurisdictions 14
Woodward Library Acquisitions 16
Poetry Contest Results 17
Many thanks to all those who have contributed to this issue
we sure couldn't have done without you! FOR YOUR INFORMATION
The former Searching Section of Acquisitions has merged with the
L C  Cataloguing group to form the Searching and L.C Cataloguing
Section of the Cataloguing Division, headed by Dorothy Shields
and assisted by Georgia MacRae and Dave Thomas
The ACQUISITIONS DIVISION is now that section formerly called
"Funds and Invoicing" or "Orders, Funds and Invoicing" headed by
Rita Butterfield and assisted by Nick Omelusik,  This is being
brought to your attention because not all of the staff lists and
other memoranda have been revised to reflect the new situation and
a certain amount of confusion and uncertainty has resulted.
The Periodicals Reading Room, housing unbound periodicals on the
5th floor is completely separate from the Serials Division and
is supervised by Pat McCalib in the Social Sciences Division
The last word from our attic dwellers reveals the presence of
three new collections
The WILLIAM BENNETT MEMORIAL LIBRARY, a collection of Communist
material in the English language  Named after the founder, this
•library was built up in private homes which were assumed to be
centers of the Communist Party in B, C   No definite count has
been made as yet, but, by rule of thumb, Anne has estimated
there are approximately 750 books plus a collection of pamphlets
and periodicals.
A collection of presentation copies, manuscripts and allied
material all by or relating to WILLIAM SCOTT BELL, an English
poet of the 19th century.
The ROSSETTI-ANGELI ARCHIVES, a valuable manuscript collection consisting primarily of the correspondence of the Rossettis,
Eleanor Arthur
Clerk 1
Ci rcu1 at ion
Christiane Battel
Clerk 1
Sci ence
Kay Bassford
Clerk 1
Woodwa rd
Kathy Botta
Clerk 1
Social Work
Helen Bradley
Clerk 1 1
Acqui sit ions
Valerie Carl i sle
Clerk 1
AcquI sit ions
Ursula Compes
Clerk 1
Catalogu ing
Margaret Glaspie
Clerk 1
Acqui si tions
Andrea Haeussler
Library Assistant
Acqu i si tions
Monica James
Clerk 1
Law Library
Rhonda Jennens
Clerk 1
Catalogu ing
To Kuan
L i brary Assi stant
Catalogu ing
1 vy Li
Clerk 1
Speci al Collect ions
Nancy Moss
Clerk 1
Woodwa rd
Marlene Myers
Clerk 1
Se rI a 1 s
Mary-Lynn Natchel
Clerk 1
Ci rculat ion
Barbara Nyberg
Clerk 1
Sedgewi ck
Judy Schwarz
Library Assistant
Ci rcu1 ation
CarolIne Shaw
Clerk I
Sedgewi ck
Jackie Urban
LI b ra r i an
Philomena Vacheresse
Clerk 1
Acqu i s i t. ions
Fannie Woodsworth
Senior Lib, Asst,
Catalogu ing
Rosemary Alder in Circulation, now a Clerk M
Allan Quan In Serials, now a Clerk M
Caroline Stewart in Cataloguing, now a Clerk
Roswitha Haas
Hanne Henriksen
Kathy Langton
Susan Little
Susan Roper
Ali ce Schonfeld
Howard Spence
C lerk
Secretary 1 I
LIbrary Assi stant
Cat a 1ogu ing
Ci rculat ion
Sedgewi ck
AcquI si t ions
Government Pubs,
Catalogu ing Susan Stepney Clerk I Acquisitions
Margaret: Weismiller     Clerk I Circulation.
Paralee Wltton Clerk I Sedgewick
(Heaven help them!)
Jeremy Pal in Daryl Dickman
Marilyn Meister Shannon Harper
Richard Landon Bob Haxton
Blair Cowan Mary Popow
Margaret Leighton Lynne Jarman
Helene Mitton Frances Johnson
Rachel MacNab Margaret Price1
Students were interviewed from the 12th to the 14th of September
in a hut adjoining the Student Placement Centre.  At the end of
the three days, 1,330 weekly hours had been filled out of a total
of 1,383, leaving 3.8% outstanding.
Weekly hours may run from four to a maximum of ten per week.  At
an estimated average of 7l to 8 hours some 170 students should
now be on the library payroll,
The main problem is to fit the gaps in the Individual's class
timetable into holes in one of the divisional time schedules
(represented by charts).  Thus the operation is rather like a
multi-jigsaw puzzle, somewhat complicated by the prevalence of
heavy scheduleson Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, which leaves
the large majority of applicants competing for Tuesday and Thursday vacancies.
A selective process is attempted at the same time in the hope of
picking responsible people for the many positions which warrant
vhis attention.  Time and the degree of good humour of those who
carry the load will show how successful or otherwise this year's
hi ring has been.
Johy Gray 5
The question comes up again,
"Why do you think the Library lost so many clerks and Library Assistants last year?" Replies varied, the most positive reason being
"poor salary".  Other gripes include "No unemployment insurance'*,
"being on hourly staff" and,"lack of incentive to progress".
A feeling of isolation from the Librarians so often remarked upon,
can be explained in that Librarians regard the Library as a vocation and a career whereas most clerks, secretaries and Library Assistants on the whole do not,  The average clerk considers this to be
just another job and if another organization will offer them $40,00
a month more for doing approximately the same thing, they will quit
and join the other firm.  Consequently the Library is used by many
as a "stepping stone" - a place to gain experience or to work for
a few months while looking for something better in the way of promotion and/or salary,
This brings us to the question: "Are the Library's salaries competitive locally?" Mr, Palmer, Public Relations Section of the National Employment Office, conducted a survey of starting salaries
of 410 junior clerks in Vancouver in October, 1965,  These clerks
straight from high school with a Grade 12 education supplemented
with typing, etc or with a few months' office experience were earning between $250,00 - $300,00 a month,  The Clerical Employment Section of the same office gave the minimum starting salaries as $40,00
a week to $225,00 a month,  However, at random, a small industrial
firm in Vancouver was asked its salaries and they said that, they
paid $205,00 a month to someone with no qualifications at: all and
$250,00 a month to an applicant with any experience.  It should be
noted, in many firms, men are paid more than girls although they may
be doing approximately the same job,
Enquiring about average annual staff turnovers, we found the National
Employment office could not supply us with any statistics but
estimated It to be around 10%,  However, the same small Industrial
firm mentioned earlier gave its figures to be 67%.  In the light of 6
this last figure, the library is competitive, but is a 52°/-. turnover commendable?
Rob in Willi ams
Faced  with  heavy  turnover,   the  Library   decided   some  time  ago  to
improve  career opportunities   for  this   large  segment   of   the
staff,        Up  to  three  years  ago,   a  Clerk could  never  dream  of
becoming  a  Library Assistant:   for,   by  definition,   a  Library
Assistant   had  to  have  a  university  degree,     The  scarcity  of
Clerk   II   and  complete   lack of  Clerk   Ml   positions  certainly
dashed  any  hopes  for   budding  non-professionals,   no matter  how
great   their  potential   or experience,
Then  came  two major  break-t.hroughs  -   a  Clerk   I   could  become  a
Library  Assistant   after  three  years  of   library  experience  and,
as  of  July   1st,   a  Clerk   II    in  one  year       This meant   that   a
person  with  a  high  school   education  and   little or  no  technical
training  could   rise  from   Clerk   I   to   Senior  Library  Assistant
in   five  years  and  from  a  beginning   salary  of  $218,00   to  an
ultimate $450,00  a month  -   from $218,00   to $265,00   in one year.
But  how can  one  ascend  the   ladder when   there  are  only  a  few
Clerk   II   and  no  Clerk   Ml   positions? This  was  answered   in
the  second  break-through  -   the  continuing  creation  of  senior
positions,,     In  the   last   two years,   some   15  positions have  been
reclassified..     The   sudden  growth  of  the   library   has  brought
about   large   increases   in   staff  but   the  following   figures   show
the   remarkable   increase   in   the  proportion  of  Senior  Library
Assistants  to  Library Assistants  and  Clerks   II   and   III   to
Clerks   I. 7
Sr.Lib.     Lib.  Clerk III Clerk I! C'erk I
Asst.     Asst.
Jan. 1964 6        31      0      11     H'i
July 1966 26        51      5      33-     bO
T!ie trend to "promote from within" utilized the potential of stef
to the fullesL.  in tht last year alone, 70 non-professional staff
members have been promoted, 20 of these since July 1st.  Any doubt:
as to opportunities, anyone?
However, the Library is not resting on its laurels.  The most recent "cause" is the total reclassification of non-professional
staff,  its aim is to replace the former clerical and library
assistant categories with four levels of Library Assistants.  An
analysis is being made o1" the Jefinition of Clerk - does a Clerk
I in the Library have comparable duties to a Clerk I in any other
part of the university?  By drawing up descriptions of all t^e
various non-professional positions, BSS and Bill Bell hope to
convince the Personnel Office of the uniqueness of library clerical work.  The succesc of this would firmly establish csreer
positions in the library for non-professionals and facilitate
improvements in library conditions,
But ,,. but ... many of you ask, if everything is so wonderful,
why the 52% turnover?  Something must, be drastically wrong with
the Library !   However, in reviewing the 1965-66 recoids for
the reasons why some 105 people left, it was discovered that 80
departed for non^librory reasons,  These included travelling,
changing location of husband's employment, having children, and
returning to university  fourteen library assistants this year
alone left to acquire library degrees.  Turnover for these leasons
cannot be avoided,
However, some 25. people did leave for reasons directly involving
the library system.  These centered mainly around low salaries,
poor ventilation and lighting. being done to rectify
these valid complaints? 8
In the former, to ensure competitive SALARIES, BSS's pleas
can be heard above the din in the annual
negotiations with the university administra-
-•'■:■,     tion.  With regards to VENTILATION, the
r ,'f. • Y''""'-.- 4.  Administration has allocated $5,000.00 to
:\ V; ■:  '     Buildings and Grounds to investigate and
'~ "J 4        suggest possible solutions to the problem
But undoubtably there are other bones of contention not touched
upon here.  Only through open discussion  an these be brought
to light, evaluated and eliminated
The floor is yours
A Student-Library Committee has been appointed to deal with
matters of mutual interest, primarily orientation,
AM S. Representatives Library Representatives
Dick Holt, Graduate Students Assn B Stuart-Stubbs
Kris Emmott., Ubyssey T, Erickson, Sedgewick
Frank Flynn, Science Undergraduate Soc. S Port, Main Library
David McNamara, Engineering Undergrad. G, Palsson, Woodward
The Heads of the various departments of the Library manage to
disguise themselves so effectively that new and relatively old
members of the staff can work in the library without any know-
edge of many of them and their particular responsibilities,
Biblos is initiating a series on the Heads in which photographs
will be used for the first time in Biblos  Thanks to Bill Watson
for organizing"this for us. BASIL STUART-STUBBS
See Baz.
Baz is Librarian,
Run, Baz, Run.
Baz 1i stens.
Baz thinks.
He thinks up things.
Things impossible for people to do.
Then he tells people to do them.
This is called policy making.
He also talks to people.
This is called image making.
One day the Library might not work.
Born in Podunk, Alta., B. B. at an early age demonstrated a decent
appreciation for geography by shaking the prairie dust off his
sneakers.  Staff from the East and the South will confirm that
his continuing geographical discernment influenced their acceptance
of a position at U. B„ C.
It is the general opinion of the male staff that one of B. B.'s
most practical contributions has been to the decor of the Library.
Another recent guide line in selecting staff has been the need to
locate a sufficient clutch of males to make up the recently instituted bi-weekly poker games.
As well as Personnel, B, B. assists the Librarian in preparation
of the annual budget and is responsible for operating expenditures.
In this position of Chancellor of the Exchequer, he is regarded by
some as Santa Claus and by others as a pinchfist, he admits to being
Santa Claus.
Royalties from two books and fourteen years of contributions to
annual publications and magazines have brought him a total financial return of $700.00.  His claim that this does not constitute
overpayment for services is regarded as sharp bargaining. ROBERT (BERT) HAMILTON
To begin at the end - his title is Assistant University Librarian
(in charge of collections) a position he was appointed to as a
refugee from the U. B. C. Library School in 1964.  Previously an
associate professor in the School, he traces his professional
meanderings back through the Library of Parliament, Ottawa, and
the New York Public Library to student years at McGill and
Columbia Universities.
His responsibilities as Assistant Librarian can be summed up as
administrator in charge of junk mail, coordinator of reference
services, and surveyor of book funds.  The Bibliographers are
under his direction and they help keep him from committing too
many purchasing gaffes.
He is a compiler of several work-a-day books, including Canadi an
Quotations and Phrases which was recently republished in paperback.  Books are of passing interest, however, whether his own
or those written by others - his only passion is the growing of
orchids. ROBIN (Bob) MacDONALD
A Vancouverite, who started out from school back in '49 as
an IBM machine operator and found that by chance he had fallen
into something that might catch on — it did, and he has since
been working with different systems and equipment until April
'65 when joining the Library as the systems analyst.
This is a staff position, concerned with all methods in the
Library, but primarily those involving computers and other
automated systems.  Because a large part of his time is spent
in various parts of the Library, he is hard to locate.
An earlier Biblos publication carried a suggestion that a lonq
string should be tied to his leg	 AN EXPEDITION TO THRUMS
The letterhead reads "Maloff's Research Library".  In smaller print
immediately below is summarized the proprietors ethnos "Ant i
Militarism and Vegetarian Idealism".  It was with the objective of
adding this collection to the Library's holdings that Bert Hamilton,
Graham El li stori and I set out for the Kootenays on the morning of
September 17th.
Thrums is an interesting place, if only because it is rendered
mysterious by the dearth of information as to its origins and history.  Located four miles northeast of the confluence of the
Columbia and Kootenay Rivers, it is an unprincely hamlet, little
more than a string of houses distributed erratically along the
highway to Nelson.  in its halcyon days the village had a population of approximately 400, of which the overwhelming majority was
of the Doukhobor conviction  There once was a school, but no
longer  The post office may still exist.  Peter Maloff has made
his home in Thrums for over forty-five years.
On arriving we were greeted by Maloff's son, who ushered us into
the living room to meet his father.  The elder Maloff is a tall,
slender man of patriarchal bearing.  Thinning white hair and a
neatly trimmed moustache, embel1ish facial characteristics which are
not unlike those of Lenin  Although born in Saskatchewan, Maloff
speaks English with an accent, reflecting the isolation which the
Doukhobor community experienced in its early days in this country.
The man's life has not been uneventful.  Simma Holt has described
him as an "intelligent and eloquent fanatic", a judgement which,
in its more pejorative connotations, is no longer valid.  Once
active as a propagandist in close association with the leadership
of the Sons of Freedom sect, he has long since become independent
and is now more concerned with articulating his ideas in cooperation with all varieties of pacifist groups  A self-made intellectual, Maloff has travelled around the world, participated in conferences and other public gatherings and written extensiyely on
the Doukhobors.  He is now contemplating a companion volume to his
lengthy history of that group.  His correspondence files are
voluminous and include communications from the likes of George 14
Woodcock, Gandhi, H. G. Wells, Tagore and Pitrim Scrokin.
He has also been Incarcerated en more than one occasion for
religio-politlcal activities.
The Maloff collection is heavily oriented toward philosophy,
literature, and the politics of dissent.  Most is in the
Russian language, including runs of several emigre periodicals published in the United States.  After spending most
of Sunday selecting and packing the books, with time out
for borscht, we.departed with some 850 volumes
Nick Omelusik
' 'JjTS^j^ra t j_of2''
If the day looks bock-bock crazy
And your chances kinda hazy,
If the situation's puzzlin'
While through the stacks the bockworms' guzzlin'
If perplexities keep pressin'
And the Engineers have you guessin'
Just bear up and grit your teeth
And keep on keepin' on.
PUBt. i CAT I _QN S, S E R! ALS., AND_ACQUji S} J J ON S?	
The Gove£nment_Pub11 cations DIvi s?on purchases and services
both serial and monographic publications of governments,
namely judicial publications of the governments of all levels
municipal, provincial or state, and national.  They also
handle the works of International organizations, the members
of which are governmental (e.g. United Nations, UNESCO, NATO),
The works of International organizations the members of which
are individuals or private societies are not handled by
Govern,-ent Publications,  While universities and colleges
are  not considered to be governmental, the agricultural
experimental stations and geological surveys, even when located at universities, are handled by Government Publications
m 15
Division,  This division a^so services the microform collection
because it is located next to it, but microforms are purchased
according to the format of the original, with Serials purchasing
microforms of periodicals, Government Publications purchasing
microforms of government publications, and Acquisitions purchasing those of monographs,
Seri als Divi si on purchases non-governmental periodicals which
are published regularly and more frequently than annually (eg,
weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc) including series which are
published irregularly but are numbered as journals such as the
B, C, Historical Quarterly,  It also purchases series which are
irregular but frequent and catalogued as series rather than as
monog raphs1.,
Acqu I s11 ions^Dj^vjjsjon purchases non-governmental monographs, including those of universities and colleges, sets in progress,
annuals, proceedings of scientific expeditions, series which are
catalogued as monographs and a few series which are both irregular
and very infrequent (we saw one this year with volume 5 published
in 1905 and volume 6 in I966.!), 16
Woodward Library has organized its own order department,
staffed by a full time clerk , Suzanne Fazekas and two librarians, Carol Freeman and Bill Parker part time.  We now
type and mail our own orders for books and continuations,
rather than working through the main Acquisitions Division,
We follow the same routines as the main library Acquisitions
with a view to converting to an automated order file in the
future,  The main Acquisitions Department still handles payment of invoices.  The main Serials Division still handles
the serials orders for Woodward.  The Abel approval plan for
Woodward books is still in operation, but other blanket orders
have been temporarily discontinued.  Books arrive directly at
Woodward, are processed by Suzanne and sent to the Cataloguing
Renovations were made on the main floor to accommodate expansion of the serials section and the new order department,
Part of the public area was appropriated to allow more space
for serials; and the Xerox Room was divided to create an
office for the order department.
The Woodward Order Department: was organized mainly for two
reasons,  First, it Is an experiment to see whether partially
decentralized processing would be feasible for new branch
libraries on campus,  Second, it. is an attempt, to improve our
reference service by improving our records for books in pro-
cess and by making these books more accessible to the public
before they are catalogued
Dr, Sam Rothstein is renowned for placing large orders for the
library school in every conceivable form - from proof sheets
to checked lists and yellow order cards to his own code of
scribbles and hieroglyphics.  Rather sensitive to any remarks
pertaining to either the quantity or manner of placement of
his orders, he lept upon one of Mr, Hamilton's notes which
accidentally got into his last batch of fulfilled orders and
appeared to say; "Pretty Damn Acquisitive",  Most hurt, he
rushed down to lambast the culprit only to find it really
read ''Penny Damm - AcquIs11 i ons" I RESULTS OF THE POETRY CONTEST
Shevchenko hangs in sombre gloom
And looks in sorrow on the room
So few the kindred spirits there
So few that seem to give a care
Just ten in all that took the time
To caste a vote to choose a rhyme
So to that ten and poets seven
May all your dreams be made in heaven
And though the vote was not the strongest
Here are the winners of the contest,
Pat Lavac
No. 7 "Here we go round the Serials File" - Elizabeth Jupp - 3 votes
No. 8 " Books " - Pat LaVac     - 2 votes
No. 10 "The Fountain" - Diana Cooper  - 2 votes
A congratulation will be sent to Elizabeth at Harvard where we are
sure her poetic leanings will be appreciated,  As for Diana and Pat,
they have decided to toast each other at a future date and time - not
to be announced', 18
Rita Butterfield has been appointed editor of the forthcoming
Canadian Books-In-Print,  Our heartiest congrats! - anyone else
for two full-time jobs?
" ... On the whole, it was very successful,"
This is what Miss Dwyer, Head of our Fine Arts Division has to
say about the Pacific Northwest Library Association Annual Conference held this year in Portland, Oregon, between August 24th
and 26th,
The main items on the agenda were:
1, To present to the meeting the amendments to the constitution.
They were unanimously passed; and consequently an Executive
Secretary will soon be hired,
2. To consider measures to restore more rigid control over the
Pacific Northwest Bibl iographic Center which has been growing
Increasingly independent of the mother organization.  This also
induced little opposition,
3,.  To examine general problems shared by most libraries.  It
was generally agreed by the speakers that the answer to the problems would be the mechanization of processing and information
retrieval.  Our delegate finds the discussion most interesting
and enlightening since most of the problems under examination
are by no means foreign to us,
In the first three days of term, the U. B, C, Library lent some
8,300 books.  If this was party week for frosh and upperclassmen,
what will it be like when they start working? 19
In the nether regions of 323 Cambie Street, on a particularly foul
day of February, 1965, the idee of forming a Limited Editions Society
was first conceived.  *'ith no money other than the first year's
membership fees of a gallant one hundred and twelve (including BSS,
Ron Hagler, Eleanor Mercer, Joan Selby, Graham ElMston) the first
publication is now completed,  A Theatrical Trip for a Wager! is an
amusing narrative of travel in the l890's, with illustrations by
Sam Black, Professor of Education and Fine Arts here at U. B, C.
Next book on the agenda is Ethel Wilson's first novel, Hetty Dorval.
Who does the research? Alcuinians report that "Basil Stubbs ,,
has uncomplainingly turned loose his harem of book pixies."
For samples of what Alcuinians can do, see the display case on
Floor 5, near the Social Sciences^! vi sion. 20
This  advice from   last years  files
We  thought we'd  pass  along.
So  that when our   issue's   late or   light,
You'll   know  something's  gone  wrong.
The Chisholm Effect
Basic Laws of Frustration, Mishap and Delay
Fl RST LAW;    If anything can go wrong, it will.
Corollary I  . c ...       .     ^ .. . ^  ...
 '—  If anything just can't go wrong, it will anyway,
SECOND LAW:  When things are going well, something will go
wrong ,
Corol 1 ary I
When   things just  can't  get  any worse,   they
Corol1ary   II
Anytime  things  appear to  be going  better,   you
have  overlooked   something.
THIRD  LAW: Purposes,   as  understood  by  the  purposer,   will
be judged  otherwise  by  others,
Corol 1 ary   I
If you can explain so clearly that nobody can
misunderstand, somebody will.
Corol 1 ary II
If you  do   something  which  you  are   sure will
meet with  everyone's  approval,   somebody
won"t   1i ke   it.
Corol1ary   III
Procedures  devised  to   implement   the   purpose
won't  quite  work..


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