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Array V.   3,   No.   10 6-   11   of  the  U.B.C.   LIBRARY  STAFF  NEWSLETTER
AM   this  cool   weather and  the  thought  of 324  hard-wo
their holidays  for warmer days  gave  us  the   strength
these  few words  to tide us over  'til  ACTION TIME   (i.
i.e.   new staff!)     Our creator,   BS-S,   has  been  practi
as we can   see  from  the  first   FIVE   single-spaced  page
conference  attenders  have  been   reporting  great   thing
James!)     Our  able  Biblos   staff  has  come  up with  all
comments,   poems,   songs  and  sketches while  Ed.   hangs
seventh  floor window praying   for more   sun!     Many  tha
covering   for  her  all   year -  she   is  the  only  one  to  h
and no-one  to be  the wiser!     Yeh,   that   IS   living!
Front Office  Reports
Staff Changes
Canadian Association of Slavists' Conference
Li brary Lovelies
Map Library Conference
CLA Conference
Do We Use Our Professional Staff to Best Advantage?
Travels of a Fishwife
ALA Conference
1967/68 Biblos Staff
rking souls saving
to bring together
e. September.,.
sing Japanese Zen
s of notes and our
s,  (Read on,
the appropriate
her head out the
nks to them for
ave had a year off
This is the first number of what will probably be a monthly report
directly from the Front Office, the purpose of which is to keep
the Library staff informed on current developments.
Mr. Norman Colbeck has been patiently awaiting the completion of
renovations on the old mezzanine, and here he and his collection
will live happily together. Meanwhile his book stock is on the
high seas, having been jointly purchased by U.B.C., Simon Fraser
and the University of Victoria.  Storing and listing this purchase
will be a difficult task, and the three chief'1ibrarians are looking for the easiest way out.
A new gift bookplate for the H.R.MacMi11 an is being designed by
WM Hudson, using a woodblock by George Kuthan.
BS-S has been asked by the University Administration to prepare a
brief on the effects of a reduced book budget on staffing and on
the development of the collection.  Division Heads have presented
BS-S with memoranda regarding staff, and Bert Hamilton has prepared
a plan for reduction of the book budget.  It does not appear that
the University will be able to maintain the level of expenditure
after the MacMillan funds run out.  Regardless of this, and contrary to rumour, no one will be fired, except possibly BS-S.
Planning for an addition to the Woodward Library is under way,
funds having been made available by Mr. Woodward,  It is not yet
certain whether the Library will expand to the east and the west,
or just to the west.  The expansion will permit the Library to
accomodate about 200,000 volumes and 1,100 readers.
The future of microforms was discussed at a meeting on, July 25th.
The collection is quickly outgrowing the equipment and area available to it, and unfortunately the "tight money" situation does not
enable us to acquire the necessary equipment at this time. However, the walled-in stock area to the north of Government Publications will be cleared of backlog and in-process books, and will be
turned over to Government Publications. This will temporarily alleviate the lack of space for microforms.
It is clear that microforms are becoming so important that they
should be handled by a separate division sometime in the future.
The Library may acquire in 1968/69 its own microfilm camera, to
further increase the quantity of material to be stored and serviced.
Mr. J. F. McLean, as Director of Ancillary Services, has been asked
to consider the new closing hours of the Library when he is setting
us bus and cafeteria schedules.
The Librarian of U.B.C., Simon Fraser and University of Victoria
are investigating the possibility of installing a shared TWX at
U.B.C.  TWX is the competitor of Telex, and is the service to
which Libraries in the U.S. subscribe; e.g. TWX would give us
direct communication with the Library of Congress and the University of California Library at Berkeley.
Under Bill Bell's supervision, supply catalogues are being reorganized and indexed.  Recently, hundreds of new catalogues relating to library supplies and equipment were acquired.  When the
work is finished, we will be able to find out sooner about products we can't afford.
Bill Bell reports that staff turnover has been reduced from 68%
in 1965/66 to 40% in 1966/67.  Since February, thirteen new librarians have been appointed, and seven librarians on staff have
been promoted.  Since April, fifty-eight library assistants have
been appointed, and sixteen have been promoted.
The Sedgewick Library card catalogue is being divided.  The principles used in making the division do not satisfy everyone; however,
the division is experimental. The Main Catalogue will not be
divided until experience is gained from the division of the Sedgewick catalogue, at which time the principles will be reviewed,
Doug Mclnnes is settling into his job.  In one week he attended
over twenty meetings.
Commerce books will   be transferred  from  the Sedgewick Library  to
the  Reserve  Book Room.     About   1,200  high-volume   loan  books are involved.  It is hoped that this will make the life of the
Commerce student an easier one, and concentrate Commerce reference on the Social Sciences Division.
Doug Mclnnes has inspected many Reading Rooms at the request of
department heads.  It is possible that in 1968/69 all Reading
Rooms will be administered by the Library, in the meantime it
appears that a short course for the training of reading room
staff would be of assistance to departments; such a course may
be set up in the fal1.
It is probable that arrangements will be made for the return of
library books in the residences.
The Sedgewick Library is closing for three weeks after summer
school, in order to prepare for September's onslaught.
There are more new books, they cost more, and our book budget
is somewhat reduced this year, which adds up to reductions in
the blanket orders.  Bert Hamilton is cutting these back by
about 12%.  He is also saying NO more frequently, the Research
Books Fund having been overencumbered.  Multiple Copies and Replacements has also been taking a beating, and some criteria
for the use of this fund have been redefined.
Programmers are working on the catalogue for the Mathematics
Library. A card catalogue will be produced from magnetic tape
for the Math Library, since the book form has created problems
regarding the currency of information.  The book catalogue will
also be produced, so that it can be distributed around the
The second phase of the Serials automation project has been
Gerry Dobbin and Bob MacDonald are both working on the Acquisitions automation project.
The second number of Recent Developments in Automation has been
edited by Gerry Dobbin, and is now printed. P.S.  (Two weeks later)
On August 4th, the Library was visited by Dr. Walter Lingenberg,
Bibliotheks direktor of the Technischen Universitaet, Berlin.  Dr.
Lingenberg is a member of the Automation Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations, and dropped in on
his way from Berlin to Toronto to see what we are doing.  His own
library has automated circulation, using a compact paper-tape punch
manufactured by Siemens.  Their system has its problems too, but
it has the virtue of being inexpensive, and sounds as though it
would be well suited to e smaller library,
Mr, B, Morrow of Thompson, Morrow and Associates, is spending
some time examining work methods in some divisions, preparatory
to the course he will be giving on work study for the Association
of British Columbia Librarians,
Rita Butterfield and Ture Erickson have been making some surveys
of the use of reserve books, with mind-shattering results.  It
appears that only about 15 per cent of reserve books really have
to be on reserve.  Now a program is being written by Don Dennis
to analyze the loan records on magnetic tape.  If suspicions are
borne out, we will probably see a revolution in our handling of
reserve collections.
The Library is receiving the office records of the Mine-Mill Unior.
Head Office records from Toronto we already have (800 lbs. of them)
and the records from the locals will be delivered shortly.  This
collection complements the other manuscript collections relating
to labour which are in the Special Collections Division.
The arrival of another flexowriter heralds the beginning of automation in the Acquisitions Division,  The first stage will see
the conversion of the outstanding order fill- of some 20,000 items.
More flexowriters are on the way, and order typists are being
turned, without magic wands, into machine operators. The second stage of automation in the Serials Division is completed by the appearance of the master card file, which contains
all of the information about all of the periodicals. Also
ready to print is the new edition of the serials list.  This
time the list will be published, in about 400 copies, a boon
to the library, the faculty, students and other libraries.
Mr. Bell departed on vacation and fifteen people resigned. What
does this mean? Mr. Watson, who has succeeded in filling five
of the vacancies, is puzzled.
Mr. Watson is continuing his study of the costs of card duplication, and leans more and more to the idea of off-campus production.
The book funds continue to wane, and blanket orders are being
trimmed around the edges.  On a million and a quarter dollars,
the Library feels the keen edge of poverty.
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Expenditures,   1966/67   (in  thousands)
Sal aries
Acqui si tions
948 (44.5)
1,327  (41.3)
2,188 (59.3)
972  (45.7)
1,515  (47.2)
1,046  (28.3)
209 (9.8)
370   (11.5)
458 (12.4)
1967/68  (in  tho
L i b ra ry
Acqui si tions
1,413   (46.9)
1,697  (53.2)
1,318  (72.1)
3,053  (61.8)
1,354 (44.9)
1,211   (37.3)
380   (20.8)
1,208   (24.5)
248   (  8.2)
341   (10.5)
130  (  7.0
678  (13.7)
Expenditures,   I963-I966
Expend i ture
Library Expenditure  as
Li brary
Percentage of  University
Expendi ture
63-64           64-65             65-66             63-64
64-65    65-66
973,013       1,
1,116,559      1,
1,021,946      l,
1,817,104     2,
148,154      1,500,
354,473      2,771,
178,402      1,551
204,793      2,843
035           6,49
900          4.78
655          5.56
6.38      5.30
4.99      8.38
Collections,   1963-1966
Library               Volumes   in  Library Current  Subscriptions
to  Periodicals
63-64             64-65 65-66 63-64   64-65    65-66
Alberta          409,385          422,983 500,000 4,864    5,855    7,226
U.B.C.             683,902          756,666 782,695 6,361     7,514    8,837
McGill            918,220         973,110 1,026,248 8,314 12,474 13,754
Toronto      1,124,756      1,211,647 1,317,109 13,582  15,165  17,186 The University wishes to announce :
No hair-ribbons may be worn.
Hanging hair must be fastened back
at the neck.  It must not be allowed
to hang loosely over the shoulders.
All girls in the second year, 18
years or over, must put up their
hai r.
AM girls on entering the third
year must put up their hair.
Skirts must not  be more  than   13   inches
from  the ground.     Boot-top   length   is   recommended.
No white stockings may be worn with dark
skirts and boots unless the skirt of the
wearer comes below the  boot-top.
Simplicity in dress and hair-dressing is
for  1919-20. NEW ARRIVALS
Beverly Harcus
Alice Blank
Sharon Hutchinson
Louise Exel
Patrici a Mi tchel1
Judy Schmahl
Janice Barnes
Kathyleen Watt
Linda Jenkins
Sylvi a Goi ran
Erika Blank
York-Ha Wong
Heather Anders
Carol ine Mi 1 bu rn
LA 11
Woodwa rd
Fine Arts
Ci rculat ion
Ci rculat ion
Ci rculat ion
Government Pubs.
Sedgewi ck
Woodwa rd
Humanit i es
Ci rculation
Asian Studies
Catalogu ing
Social Work
Monica James
Kay McConnel1
Kathy Botta
Cec ilia Wan
Michael Newman
Ann Gillanders
Nora Wi11iams
(Law)     to
LA II 1 (Ci rculation)
II (Circ.)
LA IV  (Social Sc.)
(Social Work)
Clerk 1 1 (Circ.)
LA 11 (Cat.)
1 (Cat.)
LA 111 (Cat,)
M (Cat,)
LA IV (Cat.)
M (Acq.)
LA 11 (Map Division)
Bob Harris
Stella Tseng
Judy Inouye
Ruth Prime
Andrea Haeussler
Diana Lindsay
Lorraine Knight
Sharon Stanwel1
Regina Blieberger
Nancy Morton
rari an
1 1 1
Clerk 1 1
1 1 1
1 1 1
1 1 1
1 1
Ci rculat ion
Asian Studies
Catalogu ing
Ci rculation
Ci rcul at ion
Ci rculat ion
Forest ry/Agricu 1 tu re
Map Division 10
Hanne Headley
Leone Parker
AlIan Ng
Mary Lagies
Jean Boulogne
AlIan Quan
Rod Cardin
James Simon
George Detwiller Librarian     Sedgewick
Catalogu ing
1 1 1
1 1 1
Asian Studies
II 1
Curriculum Lab
1 1 1
1 1 1
Woodwa rd
Acqui sitions
The theme of this year's American Library Association conference
was "Crisis in Library Manpower - Myth and Reality," A publication which recently came into the library would seem to indicate
that any crisis in the professional sector of library manpower
requirements is not likely to be alleviated in the near future,
I refer to the first reports of Project SCOPE (School to College:
Cpportunities for Post Secondary Education). These reports are a
study of student decision-making and its outcomes and are based on
samples of grade nine and grade twelve students in the states of
California, Illinois, Massachusetts and North Carolina.  These
two age groups were asked their opinions on over one hundred occupations and activities.  Here are the figures for librarian:
LIKE        NOT       DISLIKE
0.8 11
These responses do not bode well for the future of librarianship.
That seventy-five percent of the boys sampled have a negative
view of library work is disheartening, but not surprising.  What
is more depressing is that thirty-five to forty percent of the
girls share their attitude.  One possible consolation is that
most do not decide to become librarians until well on in their
university years, if not later.  Nevertheless, once a person forms
a negative opinion of an occupation, he does not often revise it
The sad part of the whole problem is that young people are given
little reason to have an appreciation of library work.  School
libraries, which are  a  major area of exposure, are too often
staffed by determined dragons, surly spinsters or lugubrious
virgins.  Public libraries regard the large number of students
using their facilities as intruders. Academic libraries frequently
shun the undergraduate and cater to the advanced student.
Librarians must acquire a greater instinct for public relations.
Ooze charm.  Cooperate,  Break a rule in a good cause.  If only a
handful of potential librarians is attracted, the effort will not
have been in vain.
AND how's your violin, clarinet or perhaps French horn ? 12
- a gardening song by Grass Seeds
(To the tune of Wouldn't it be loverly")
He-e  we  are  out  upon   the  grass,
Th-owing  flowers at  all   who pass,
No  fuzz  to  bother uzz,
0h„   hippie   life   is   loverly.
Lots  of  pot  everywhere  we   look,
Acid's  soaked   into every  book,
There's  heroin  to cook,
Oh,   hippie   life   is   loverly.
Oh, how lovely to smoke bananas here
with all our friends,
Turning on all day until this wonderful
freedom ends.
Psychedelic it's great to be,
Then on home for a spot of tea,
Straw's cheap but grass is free,
Oh, hippie life is loverly,
Loverly, loverly, loverly, loverl
3~cc^b-^P- 13
June 12-14, 1967
In keeping with the Centennial celebrations, the Canadian Learned
Societies decided that this year's meetings should be held in Ottawa
(handily close to Montreal and Expo). Along with all the other
Associations, the Canadian Association of Slavists was the guest of
Carleton University.
The four member committee" that
tion to investigate the state of
Libraries, had hoped to present
at this conference.  Unfortunate
since the replies from some of t
distributed, were still coming i
In view of this, it was decided
report until all the results cou
that some time this fall, the fi
1i shed.
had been appointed by the Associa-
Slavic collections in Canadian
its final report and recommendations
ly this proved to be impossible,
he questionnaires that had been
n during the first week of June,
to postpone the presentation of the
Id be tabulated.  It is now expected
nal report of findings will be pub-
Letter from the Institute of Fisheries
Miss Tuna King Ng
Asian Studies Division
U.B.C. Library
One of whom is Iza Fiszhaut of SSD. 14
In keeping with the trend to decentralize library service at UBC
another branch came into being early in June this year : The
FORESTRY/AGRICULTURE LIBRARY.  It is located in Room 360 of the
MacMillan Building on the South end of the campus, and will serve
faculty and students in the Faculties of Forestry and Agriculture,
~he Library is oblong in shape with a reading area at the far end,
free standing stacks in the centre and more study space - carrels
and tables - adjoining the reference area.  Sloping display shelves
along one wall house the current issues of journals, while straight
shelves on the opposite wall house the reference collection, A
special feature of the library is the intricate ceiling made of
choice B.C. cedar, broken only by five skylights which, according
to the architect, made windows unnecessary.  A separate Reading
Room is provided for the joint use of faculty members and graduate
The Library staff consists of one Librarian, one Library Assistant
III- and one Library Assistant I.
Initially all library materials in the 'S' class [except backfiles
of serial material prior to 1950 and materials in SH 1 - SH 399]
were moved to the new branch library, together with the contents
of the former Forestry Reading Room and the former Agriculture Reading Room,  A certain amount of duplication was done to accommodate
books in agriculture and forestry which do not necessarily fall
into the 'S' class, such as Agricultural Economics (HD) or Botany
(QK), etc,, or those which were necessary for the Reference collec-
t ions.
At present the Forestry/Agriculture Library houses ca. 10,000
volumes and 600 journals which came from the Main Library, plus
the following Forestry Reading Room materials : ca, 1,500 volumes
of uncatalogued books, ca, 800 boxes of government publications,
and ca. 300 cases of a pamphlet file.  The former Forestry Reading
Room materials now occupy the shelves which will eventually have
to house government publications which are presently still kept in
the Government Publications Division of the Main Library, 15
The  Forestry/Agriculture  Library will   also be part of the automated circulation  system,     A branch  card catalogue   is  being prepared  by  Cataloguing,   and  a  giant   filing job   lies  ahead.
Another outstanding feature of the library will be a coin-operated Xerox machine which no doubt, will be the greatest asset for
keeping journals on  the  shelves.
L,   Brongers 16
CAT '67
Snooping around various cataloguing (see that "u"?  how's that
for acculturation?) departments, I have noticed what seemed to
be several trends : l) an effort to use the initial pre-order
search to establish entry and relation to the collection rather
than researching after receipt;  2) an effort to take greater
advantage of the centralized cataloguing work done by LC;
3) an effort to assign higher levels of work to subprofessionals
and machines; and 4) an effort to streamline procedures to cope
with the rapidly growing quantity of material.
J.B.C.'s wise joining of Bibliographic Searching and Cataloguing, and the distinction created within the Division between LC
and original cataloguing, are both excellent steps already
taken which set the stage for all four of the goals mentioned
above.  It now only remains to reap the benefits of the very
good organizational framework already created.  Little difference will be noted in the produce of the Division, except hopefully earlier arrival.
M. El rod
Any takers..?
Aquestion Division
Main Library
U. B. C. J. McRee El rod
Of pre-American Revolution
debtor-prison-immigrant stock,
I left Georgia at the age of
19 to go "North" to graduate
school in Tennessee, saw my
first Republican and got married
(not the Republican, a Methodist
minister's daughter from Illinois
I met at a conference in Kansas,)
Three masters and five children
later (first child born in New
Haven while at Yale; next two
in Seoul, Korea, while at
Yonsei University; next in Nashville while at Peabody; and last
in Missouri while Librarian of
a small Methodist college; we
somehow missed having one at oi_r
last stop in Ohio, perhaps because I was giving birth to a
divided catalog at the time),
here we are.
In Vancouver we have found the indebtedness of my ancestors, the
scholarship of Yale, the mountainous beauty of Korea, and another
catalog to divide.
An article in Atlantic coming out of our experience in civil rights
work, articles on various aspects of technical services in J_j[ and
LRTS, book reviews in L_[ and Choice, an Index to Engl i sh Language
Periodical Literature Published in Korea 1890-1940, and a series
of programmed instruction units being published by Educational
Methods, Inc., have been my writing efforts thus far. Percy  Fryer
Ambi tions?
Between the Battle of Hastings and the
Second World War.
Don't let my Canadian accent fool you,  I
was born in Chelsea, London, the borough
which also gave the world the Mini Skirt.
If I lost a hand I'd still be able to
count my friends on my remaining fingers.
Complete mastery of Adjectives.
To see the Bindery automated with I.B.M.
(Immaculate Binding Machines).
To sit - To dream - To collect as many
pension cheques as possible. Lore  Brongers
Lore  Bongers  came   to   library
work  via  a  B.A,   in   French  and
German   literature  at   the
University  of Manitoba  -
several   years  ago -
one year of
teaching French and Mathematics
in Dominion City, Manitoba -
leave teaching to those who
really love doing i t -
two years as
a Library Assistant at the
University of Manitoba in
Winnipeg - books seem more
obedient than students -
one glorious summer at EXPO '58 as
hostess in the Canadian pavilion, partly in the display
library at the Brussels
World's Fair in 1958 - 1ibra-y
work does have possibilities! -
and the necessary year of library school training at McGill University - one year is long enough!
Professional experience includes a summer of reference work at
the University of Manitoba Library and over six years of cataloguing at the U.B.C. Library.
Became Head of Forestry/Agriculture Branch Library in October,
Special Interests : Forestry and Agriculture, of course! PORTRAITS OF ARTISTS AS YOUNG LIBRARIANS
By Dill and Thomas
Oh,   artists  are many  and   talents  are  varied,
And thousands of people are tried and passed by,
But  here with  our Biblos  for three years  they've  tarried,
Cartooning quite gaily with nary a sigh.
We've given them stories and poems and friendly
Suggestions, blank pages that need filling up,
Another year's Biblos has come to an endly,
And to you, Di and Sue, we hold out this cup -
We  thank you  for penning and drawing  and  scribing
Creating your people  and making  us  smile
(And  to  think  that  you  did   it without  too much  bribing)
We're grateful   -  so please  stick around  for a while! 21
June 12 - 15, 1967
During April and May four librarians from Eastern Canada decided
that the problem of Canadian Map Libraries needed airing and so
they wrote to universities, government departments, public archives,
and libraries across Canada, finding out who would be interested
in attending a conference to be held the week before the C.L.A.
conference in Ottawa. The original intention was to have five
days of meetings, but although the response was good, most people
felt that three days would be sufficient.  So from June 12 - 15,
about 75 of us met in the National Library of Canada, where Dr.
Kaye Lamb welcomed us with a short speech.
It became obvious very soon that there were several different groups
whose interests were somewhat counter to each other.  The geographers
tended to approach such subjects as cataloguing and classification
in a different way from librarians, archivists from current map librarians, and book cataloguers from strictly map cataloguers. At
all sessions there was a considerable amount of interest shown and
usually the discussion was lively and often spilled over  in all
directions.  It became obvious that there were plenty of things that
needed doing and that there were people at the conference who could
do them.
Five things stand out as being to my mind the most important steps
that were taken.  Colonel Siebert of the Survey and Mapping Branch,
is going to arrange, if possible, an exchange programme with foreign
governments, whereby instead of the one sheet sent to the Government
in exchange for each Canadian Government sheet, a larger number could
be sent to be distributed to map libraries across the country.  He
did not feel that this presented a particular problem as most governments print many more copies of maps than they actually need.  If
this can be done, it would be a tremendous help to many librarians
like ourselves who buy large numbers of foreign topographic sheets.
Unfortunately, the Canadian Government's own map distribution system
is notoriously bad, so one wonders how an added distribution problem might fare.  However, this might be arranged through the Public
Archives rather than Surveys and Mapping, 22
The second step taken was that Mr. Layng of the Public Archives
Map Division offered to act as a clearing house for duplicate
copies or sets of maps, providing libraries would send in to him
a description of their map collection and what particular field
they were specializing in. As U.B.C. has a tremendous number of
duplicate maps for which we have had no really good outlet, we
we"come the opportunity of getting rid of them in what seems a
useful way.  Also perhaps we will get something useful in return,
as we can send in a list of our wants to the clearing house also.
Thirdly, a committee was set up to discuss cataloguing and classification problems and the form a union catalogue of maps should
take.  This committee is under the chairmanship of Brian Philips
of Simon Fraser University and has five B.C. members out of 17
so we should have quite a say in the matter.
Fourthly, it was decided to take steps to have the map division
of the Public Archives, which now has a current map section, designated the National Map Library of Canada and made separate
from the Public Archives,  This has obvious advantages in negotiating powers and also presumably in obtaining an improved
budget for maps.
Fifthly, the conference was very worthwhile for the discussions
and the attempts to solve problems, and because there was opportunity to meet other map librarians which there had never been
before, except through individual contact.  Therefore, an association was formed and Mr. Layng (Public Archives) was elected
President.  It was decided not to affiliate with the Canadian
Liorary Association until we had had several more years experience as a group, largely because many members were not actually
librarians and were unwilling to pay the high Canadian Library
Association fees.  However, it was felt that this might be done
in the future when there was more indication as to where the
Association of Map Libraries was heading. 23
A PROGRAM : Any assignment that can't be completed by one telephone
CHANNELS  :   The  trail   left   by   inter-office memos.
CONSULTANT  (or  EXPERT)   :   Any  ordinary  guy more   than  50  miles   from
RE-ACTIVATE  :   To make  carbons  and  add more  names  to  the memo.
UNDER ACTIVE  CONSIDERATION  :   We're   looking   in   the  files  for   it.
RE-ORIENTATION : Getting used to working again.
CLARIFICATION : To fill in the background with so many details
that the foreground goes underground,
NOTE AND INITIAL : Let's spread the responsibility for this.
SPEARHEAD THE ISSUE : You be the goat.
RELIABLE SOURCE : The guy you just met.
INFORMED SOURCE : The guy who told the guy you just met.
UNIMPEACHABLE SOURCE : The guy who started the rumour originally.
Bateman, Michael, ed.
Cooking people.  London, Frewin,
295 p.  i Mus.   12cm.
For gnus only.
Includes bibliography. 24
U.B.C. was well represented at the C.L.A. conference with at least
12 members of the staff present; however, in the crowd of librarians who thronged the Chateau Laurier it was sometimes difficult
to find one.
At the CACUL (Canadian Association of College and University Libraries) all day meeting, reports of various committees were
given, most of which have been published in the CACUL newsletter.
Multiple copies of a revision to University Library Standards
will soon be available.  Bill Watson gave a report on the work-
sho3 on automation held in Vancouver this spring.  Father Filion
gave a progress report on the Downs Survey which should be ready
for publication in its final form by the end of August and presented to the October meeting of the Association of Universities
and Colleges of Canada.  He expected that a preliminary draft of
the report would be completed by the end of this month.  At the
end of the day Dean Halliwell was elected as the new president of
John Marshall of the University of Toronto Library School spoke
at length on Chapter Status doubting that this is the solution to
the lack of cohesion in the CLA.  He believes that there are more
disadvantages than advantages to this.
The panel on professionalism and a code of ethics was most interesting.  Sam Rothstein humorously attacked the present code of
the CLA saying that it, like most other codes, is an "ineffective
compilation of platitudes and homilies not relevant to our real
problems as librarians".  He suggested that it should cover the
values and goals, special abilities, skills, knowledge and dilemmas of librarians.
Helen McKay agreed with Dr. Rothstein that the CLA code of ethics
corsists of "fatuous adjurations" but that the open door policy of
CLA to Membership or lack of professional organization is an argument against having a code of ethics for members.
At the Annual Meeting, resolutions to revise the statement of
qualifications for librarians and to delineate professional and
non-professional duties were passed. 25
Another resolution that CLA press for liberalization of the Canadian Copyright Act with regard to the number of copies that can be
made aroused considerable argument.  Don Redmond of Queen's University felt that this was an ill advised resolution which could defeat
the purpose of copyright (which is to protect the right of the
author).  George Piternik chimed in that there was a conflict of
interests in the whole field of copyright.  Anne Brearley criticized
the resolution as being directed at chapters of books of single
authors rather than periodical articles which were most frequently
copied in libraries.  The resultion was defeated.
Most librarians took advantage of their presence in Ottawa to tour
the Parliament Buildings including the Library of Parliament,
cruise the Ottawa River on a sight-seeing boat, attend the opening
of the beautiful National Library and a reception of the Canadian
Authors' Association in the foyer of the City Hall.  Some of us who
had not already been to Expo or were planning to do so after the
conference took a day off and spent it there.
Margaret O'Nei M
Conference of the
Afri can
Cape Town,
Town, A,
, 1966. 26
Total   Fu11-Time Li brary
Professional   Staff as
Percentage of Total   Staff
63-64       64-65       65-66     63-64       64-65       65-66
27 19
28 21
35 36
25 30
Staff Establishments  and Vacancies,   July   1st,   1967
Library Total   Staff       Pros     Non-Pros
Simon   Fraser
52 (13, 39)
2(2, 0)
46 (13, 33)
24 ( 3, 21)
77 (23i,53i)
Average and Median Professional Salaries, 1967/68
L i b ra ry
Excluding Chief Librarian
Average      Median
including Chief Librarian
Average      Median
7,800 27
This phrase which appears in the report presented to the C.L.A.
June 1967 on. Training Library Technicians seems to sum up very
clearly a rather back to front thinking in studying whether such
training would be useful in the Library complex. The inference
is almost that the training of the non-professional would be advantageous only in the releasing of the professional in an undermanned field.  Surely the emphasis should rather be on "How can
the non-professional be used (trained is a better word) to the ac-
vantage of the Library?" the Library itself being the important
As in other phases of industry, education, and everyday living,
Library work has undergone a tremendous change particularly in
the last decade.  With the advent of automation and specialization,
it might almost be said that the technical end of the work is being
handed back to those to whom it originally belonged, namely the
clerical staff.  When the process has come full circle then possibly
the Librarian will be able to concentrate on more professional aspects of Library work.
The issue then becomes how to set up a training program to meet
the new requirements. Apart from the fact that many in the profession are not completely persuaded that there is a need for any
such training other than the knowledge that can be acquired "on
the job", there are many opinions on what would constitute a well
rounded course and at what level a graduate from such a course
should be absorbed into the Library complex.
There is even a suggestion that such a course would necessitate a
further cleavage in the system;  Professional, Technical and Clerical.  This seems to defeat the project of having all non-professiona
staff in the Library Assistant classification.
It would appear from the report - and from a purely non-professional
and personal standpoint - that all this 'argy bargy' to use an old
English coloquialism, tends to over complicate the issue. 28
Surely there can be a marriage of two systems, a one year course
to eliminate the basic and time consuming training of the novice
but followed by the knowledge and experience that can only be
acquired through years of affiliation with the job of Library
As a Library degree equips the Professional with an introduction to his chosen profession so a basic technical course would
introduce a non-professional to his chosen career.
Many libraries are still decrying the large turnover in staff at
the non-professional level.  It stands to reason that a student
who is willing to expend a considerable sum of money to further
a career in the Library/Museum field is not likely to be using
that establishment as a short stop over between school and
marriage, or between B.A. and more lucrative fields.
There are many technical courses already established in the
States and a few pioneering in Canada.  One such course, right
here in the City, is struggling to gain recognition.  Vancouver
College, operating under the Vancouver School Board and which
offers technical courses at the post-secondary level is now
offering a course for Library Assistants or Museum Assistants.
As the brochure proclaims, this is a one year program designed
to equip assistants to perform a variety of work in libraries
or museums.  It is stressed to the potential applicant that
this is a course that in no way gives the graduate a right to
cal himself professional, semi-professional, or even "hot-shot"
Lisrary Assistant.  In fact, I had the distinct impression that
the high school students who graduate on an academic program,
are rather advised to continue through to university if they
have any such aspirations.
It would seem logical that, as a good basic four years of academic study is needed to prepare a candidate for Library School,
so a good basic course in business, as given in the high schools,
is an excellent preparation for candidates to enter the courses
at City College.  These applicants are very carefully screened 29
and the class this year will consist of some 39 students.
The program was set up by a Library Assistants and Museum workers
advisory committee comprised of :
Mr. R. Drake Curator Vancouver City Museum
Mr. P. Grossman Director Vancouver Public Library
Mrs. A,E. Hawthorne Curator Anthropology Museum, UBC
Mr. M.P. Jordan Asst.Director Vancouver Public Library
Miss K. McKay Vancouver Public Library
Dr. M. Newman Vancouver Civic Aquarium
Mrs. R. Watson Chairman Vancouver Civic Museum Board
Mr, F.R, Whittick Deputy Vancouver Civic Museum Board
This seems to be quite weighted on the Museum side and it has been
suggested that the courses be completely separated in the future.
Up to this point there has been a partial division with some subject study common to both.
There is still much to be perfected and the very dedicated workers
at King Edward seem only to anxious to receive any assistance that
would help them in turn aid the student.
One of the main problems seems to be how to introduce the graduate
to the potential employer.  In this area, Mr, A. H. Holmes, Head of
the Canada Manpower Divisions Student Placement Centre at the
College, is working diligently for the placement of those already
A second problem is at what level these graduates should expect
to be accepted by the Employer,  It would seem that the Library
Assistant II level would be the most logical but how this is to be
accomplished is still very much a question.  Possibly with the
advent of the graduate at this level, it might be found that in
the future it would not be necessary to hire or promote the unqualified simply because there was no one else available.  In the
same way that an applicant with a B.A, is employed at the Library 30
Assistant III level, so possibly a graduate from a course similar to that at City College would automatically qualify at the
Library Assistant II level.  This would still leave room for
promotion through from Library Assistant I.
It could then be at this level that the future Library Assistant Ill's and IV's would begin to emerge. This can only come
from "on the job" performance and possibly not, as has been
suggested, from more years with a technical course.
It is to be hoped that the basically constructive idea put forward by some educators, i.e. that a means be found to eliminate
the arduous, time consuming and often repetitious basic training of the Junior Library Assistant with a corresponding benefit to both the Professional and Non-professional, is not allowed
to flounder by an over-complication of the issued.
It could be noted at this point that we now have on staff, a
man who has made a very thorough study of a training program
for the non-professional technical processing worker; Mr.
El rod, our new head of Cataloguing.
In closing, I would like to say, even though I do not entirely
agree with the approach of the committee in this question, it
s still most gratifying to know that the non-professional is
being recognized and that his future as a career worker within
the system is being studied and reported on.
Pat LaVac, 31
I have always longed for a life on the "ocean wave" and this year
to my great satisfaction I had the opportunity to spend 10 days
on my husband's fishboat.  So herewith, the voyage of me, Gwen
Gregor, Library Assistant-cum-Fishwife.
One bright sunny afternoon we left Vancouver for Campbell River
where we "anchored-up" awaiting low tide so that we could safely
"shoot the rapids" of Seymour Narrows. Then on we went through
Johnstone Straits, past Alert Bay, where we had a grand view of
the totem poles and we finally reached the open sea of Queen
Charlotte Sound where, for five hours, the boat pitched, tossed,
rolled and in fact, did everything but stand on its head! At
first, it was really quite frightening but as time went by it
became both exciting and exhilarating - even challenging, if only
to remain standing on one's feet.  I had a sneaking suspicion
that the crew were a little disappointed that I didn't turn green
for I was asked countless times "How do you feel?" However, late~
I did feel rather smug when three of the crew members were quite
sick whilst I remained disconcertingly pink and healthy.
We then made our way through Fitzhugh Sound to Bella Bella, through
unbelievably beautiful channels often very narrow in places.
Meyers Pass in particular, was not only narrow but extremely
shallow.  Standing on the deck, one could see quite clearly the
ocean bottom with its great assortment of sea life.  On several
occasions, we were visited by porpoises who frolicked and played
around the boat with such speed and grace it was a joy to watch.
I was also thrilled to see several whales jumping and lunging in
the distance, their huge bodies also incredibly graceful.
We made a brief stop at the cannery town of Klemtu and strolled
through the Indian village.  I was most honoured to meet the Chief,
a fine man, greatly respected by both native and white people
alike. We travelled on to Whale Channel to prepare for the first
set of fishing for the salmon season at six o'clock. As the preparations proceeded, I could feel the excitement and tension
mounting and suddenly became aware that everything was being surveyed by a bald eagle perched majestically on a tree only a few
feet away,  (in fact, one afternoon I counted 32 eagles in half
an hour.) 32
By six p.m. all was ready but still I had no idea exactly what
was to happen.  Two men took the skiff and rowed to the beach
with a line, which was attached to the net, and tied it to a
log. Then as the boat travelled forward in a large semi-circle
the net was unwound from a huge drum situated at the back of the
boat.  The net was left in the water for 15-20 minutes, then the
men in the skiff untied the line and rowed back to the boat.  At
the same time, the boat moved slowly forward and the net was
gradually rewound onto the drum, thus completing the circle and
trapping the fish inside.  Actually, I felt quite sad when I saw
the first fish hauled from the net and left gasping on the deck
to die.
As for my life on board ship, the chores were mostly pleasurable
and the hazards humourous.  A typical instance was my ever-failing attempt to climb the metal ladder to the top of the pilot
house while the boat was rolling.  My yell for help would bring
my ever patient husband running and he would either grab me by
the scruff of the neck, or the seat of my pants and haul me up
or down as the case might be - much to the amusement of the crew,
I though the days of "walking the plank" were oyer - but no!
We had to go up on dry dock at Shearwater and a narrow plant
was placed from the dock to the boat at a precarious angle.  The
only way I could navigate this was to close my eyes and be led
gently by the hand!
One day I had to prove my "Seamanship" by cooking a meal for the
crew.  Have you ever tried to cook on a stove where at one
moment the pots are sailing straight toward you and at the next
are skittering down a banked precipice whilst you lunge frantically after them trying not to burn your tummy in the process?
As you probably gathered, I had a most enjoyable and interesting
trip and cannot wait to "go to sea" again. 33
ALA Conference
The 86th Annual Conference of the American Library Association was
held in San Francisco in the last week of June with upwards of
7,000 librarians on the scene.  The components of this galaxy were
as varied as its cosmic counterparts - a few giants, some dwarves,
a large number of performers in the main sequence and a considerable
amount of dust covering some of the deliberations. Apart from mentioning that the convention's theme was "Crisis in Library Manpower -
Myth and Reality", no attempt will be made here to describe any of
the meetings. They will, no doubt, be fully discussed in the Library Journal, which is fortunate, for no one person could hope to
produce a brief, balanced account of the thousand-odd gatherings
that were held during the week.  Rather, I offer some impressions
which may or may not have been shared by others in attendance.
My appreciation of the event was coloured by two circumstances -
first, that I was a Canadian, and second, a relative newcomer to
library work.  Lest there by an misunderstanding, let me stress
that one's Canadianism is not a segregative factor.  On the contrary, our acceptance as part of a single geographic professional
community is virtually total.  The difference lies in the extent to
which the various levels of government in the United States have
lent their patronage to the development of library service.  One is
constantly reminded of this in repeated encounters with phrases
such as Title IIC of the Higher Education Act, National Advisory
Commission on Libraries, Governor's Conference, and so on.  Some
day we may see a transfusion of the same order effected in Canada,
but it will not happen until our library associations staff their
offices with dynamic and persuasive full-time executive personnel.
An unfortunate aspect of the Conference and, for that matter, of
the ALA in general, is the almost complete lack of meaningful role
for the younger members of the profession. There is an annual
Junior Members' Round Table whose purpose is orientation and whose
effect is the opposite to what it should be.  Instead of integrating enthusiastic neophytes into the activity structures of the
several divisions and sections, ALA separates them, stamps them
"junior" and expects them to sit back and gather enough moss to 34
qjalify for more important duty.  To return to our cosmic analogy,
tne brightest stars in the sky are the most youthful. While there
is no question that experience is a desirable commodity, it is
also essential that new litters of librarians become involved before their drive disappears.  In short, nominating committees must
begin to mothball some of our more shopworn gurus and take a
cnance on the Pepsi generation.
Qurrf 35
Happy days are here again,
The Biblos staff has changed again,
AM the news is rearranged again,
Wei comes
the NEW:
Madame Ed.:  Helen Constable (Science Bibliography)
Supporting Staff:  Martina Cipolli (Acquisitions)
Shannon Harper (Cataloguing)
Pat LaVac (Circulation)
Pat McCalib (Social Science)
Linda Moss (Woodward)
Lynda Putnam (Serials Bibliography)
Bob Tudge (Prebindery)
Art Di rectors:
Di Cooper
Suzanne Dodson
Technical Producer:  Lynne Maclver
Carol Freeman
w The time has come the editor says
To think on other things
Than deadlines, cartoons, snappy quotes
And current happenings
And why the atmosphere is hot
Or whether funds have strings.
The time for Biblos to proceed
With others at the bat.
For some of us are out of thoughts
And others out of chat.
So go thy way the editor says
And that my dears is that.


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