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Tide: low
sudsing, high
cleansing.
Moncton,  New Brunswick,  Monday,  February, 3, 193"
SPECIAL ISSUE:
ANNOUNCING BIRTH OF BOUNCING BABY BASIL'!
JUBILATION AT BIRTH
OF REMARKABLE INFANT0
Early affinity to books
and maps shown,
Hospi tal 1 i brari an
says "Remove that
chiId,"
PERSEPHONE PRENDERGAST
FAMOUS GRIZZLY WRESTLER
SAYS OF CHILD "A
potenti al 1i brarian;
has brain; wi11 go
west,"
Also born Feb 3?
18092 Felix Mendelsohn
composer,
1811: Horace Greeley,
jou rnal i st of "Go
West, young man" fame,
1853: Hudson Maxim,
inventor of smokeless
powder,
1874: Gertrude Stein,
A Book i s a Book i s a
Book.
Local Indi an Chief
Predicts Trouble in
Moncton for Next Ten
Years.
PLANE LOOPS LOOP OVER
MONCTON'S NEW AIRPORT
IN HONOUR OF POPULATION
INCREASE:
"I   should  never have
did   it"   says  pi lot
turning green,
TIDAL BORE RISES TO
UNPRECEDENTED HEIGHT
TODAY.
"Never saw Petitcodiac
like that before"says
oldest inhabitant. HAPPY     BIRTHDAY,     BASIL!!
Staff Changes^
A Wa rm We 1 come  to -
Lawrence Campbell L.A,
Maureen Fromson L.A,
Pa-t McArthu r Sec,
Loree Rose L.A,
Dale Brown L,A,
Pat Heaslip L.A,
El 1iot Bold L.A,
Shi rley I 1ic L.A.
Congratulations to -
Erika Blank
Jeanette Wal1
Derica de Beauchamp-Dennig
Beverley  Richards
Tannis Havelock
Gai1 McKechn ie
Kathy Rankin
Philomena Vacheresse
We say Good-bye to -
Alice Thomas L.A. I
Ruthe Slater L.A. I
Ci rculation
Woodwa rd
Admini strat ion
CIrculation
Woodwa rd
Ci rculation
Cataloguing
Acqu i si tions
L.A, I Circ, to L.A, II Gov, Pubs,
L.A, I to L.A, II Woodward,
an Clerk 111 Circ, to L.A, 111 Hum,
L.A. II to L.A, 111 Soc, Science,
L.A, I I to L.A, I I I Ci re.
L.A, I I I to L.A, IV Serials.
KPO Systems to L.A. Ill Prebindery,
L.A. II Acq. to Clerk III Ci re,
Catalogu ing
Prebindery
The departure of Mrs, Robinson from the Coffee Room is noted
with regret.  The room is now the poorer for its lost collection
of cat p ictu res,
Biblos welcomes Sandra Tzvetkoff, who now presides over the teapot and coffee urn,
MARRIAGES:
On Saturday, 27th, January, Mrs, Audre Dewar becomes Mrs. Flack
and leaves us for darkest domesticity on February 2nd, We wish
her all happiness.
Also, on 27th, Nick Omelusik to Judy Russell, in Chilliwack.
Congratulations, Nick! 3
CHRISTMAS  MESSAGE  from   Isabel   Godefroy,   Biblos  ed.   emiritus,
who  says  she   is  enjoying  U of T much more  even   than  anticipated,   and  she  hasn't   been  given  her wa'king  naoers yet
(even   though   she  did  have  the  chief  Librarian's office  nainted
orange  and white!)     She   is working on  a  new  library magazine;
until   now there  has  only  been  one  publication   for  both   faculty
and  staff.     We  can  expect  qreat   things.      Isabel   wishes your ed.
and  her "motley  crew"   [sic]   all   the  best  for  '68,   and we
Dass   it  on.
User's   surveys  prove  that  nine  out  of  ten  freshman
believe  that  the  umlaut   is  a  tropica1   fruit.
Persephone Prendegast.
'Holy cow! What kind of crazy people used to live here anyway?" THAT WAS THE YEAR  	
Last January, Biblos published a series of glow-by-glow
accounts of the Library's expansion under the universal
stimulant.  This year, the reports suggest rather more
fortitude than euphoria,  but we don't seem to be suffering
too badly from withdrawal symptoms.  Read on, and you will
find out why Biblos is so thick this month.
THE ACQUISITIONS DIVISION.
The Acquisitions Division workload is governed by the amount ot
money that is available to the Library for the purchase of books
and periodicals,  H.R, MacMillan's gift of approximately
$3,000,000 necessitated the creation of an establishment capable
of receiving an influx of material vastly greater than anything
that had been previously experienced here.  However, this benefaction is now virtually consumed and it has been necessary to effect
a volte-face in the matter of the Division's manpower requirements,
A comparison of statistics for December 1966 and 1967 reveals
that, in the former month, 3061 orders were placed and 8096 volumes
processed,  A year later, the respective figures were 1177 and
3126,  Consequently, the last quarter of 1967 saw a reduction of
staff and some reorganization of assignments in order to make the
most effective use of continuing personnel.  The MacMillan gift
also made evident the fact that a manual order system which met
the needs of a middle-sized institution growing at a mediocre rate
was in many respects unfit to cope with the massive transformation
that was taking place.  The size of the file, problems of maintenance, susceptibility to human error and an inability to
isolate certain important types of information all contributed to
the decision to inaugurate a computer-supported system, whose
beginning was probably the most important thing to happen in the
Division in I967.
Our typing pool is now part of Systems Development and is through
the use of flexowriters converting relevant outstanding orders to
machine-readable form.  In the immediate future lies the revision
of requisition and order forms, the actual production of orders by
flexowriter and the supersession of the order file by a printed-
out list. Many accounting functions will also be expedited by
the computer.
Another significant development was the welcome addition of Linda
Kwong, who has become the most indispensable person in the entire
University in her capacity as provider of pickled plums. ASIAN STUDIES DIVISION.
For the Asian Studies, 1967 has been a difficult year.  Four
of our seven staff members left us, and the last one of them,
whose position happened to be that of one of our two Chinese
cataloguers, is not yet replaced,  However, 1,693 titles in
3,485 volumes were catalogued, and 7,367 volumes (only 42%
of the total additions of i960) were added during the year.
The sudden setbafek in funds forced us to stop all book
ordering since August, hence the slack in our acquisitions.
Through Mr. Tong'Louie, the Seto Collection left by Mr, Louie's
father-in-law, the late Mr, Seto More, a local Chinese scholar,
was brought to our attention and later sent to our Library,
The Collection, mostly of Chinese books on literature, history
and calligraphy, with an approximate total of 2,200 volumes,
would be formally presented to us when Its catalogue is
completed.
Two numbers ( 9 and 10 ) of our List of Catalogued Books were
published as scheduled in -June and October, while its Suoplement
No. 2 appeared in February as UBC Library's Reference Publication
No,. .22, under the title of r^eriodicals in AsJ^an Studies in the
University of British Columbia Library. Service to our readers
has been improved'si nee the completion early in the year of our
Subject Catalogue, which has been kept separate from the Author/
Title Catalogue from the beginning.
The space shortage problem has grown so acute that to solve part
of it, one or even two more shelves have been added to each bay
(which normally holds six shelves) wherever possible, thus adding
78 shelves to our stack area.  What else can we do after that to
expand our shelf space is a problem which none of our staff can
or ever will be able to solve.  Any help to find a solution would
be most welcome.
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SEARCHING AND L.C, CATALOGING,
The beginning of 1967 saw us sailing high on the MacMillan bounty.
All hands were kept busy processing orders from a buoyant faculty.
Midway through our course a new captain joined us and the word was
"double-action stations".  Soon, however, we had to trim our sails
and eventually to lower them in an attempt to ride out a budget
storm,  Some of the crew was shifted and many found themselves
transferred from active duty to shuffling cards In filing cabinets.
But the old ship remains afloat, at half mast, with gunwales awash,
but afloat, waiting for the fair winds.of April blowing from Victoria.
If they don't come, we're sunk! THE BIBLIOGRAPHY DIVISION,
The activities of the Bibliography Division in 1967 fell
sharply into two distinct phases, divided in August by the
announcement received from Canada Trust that the H.R,
MacMillan book fund would come to an end sooner than expected.
Before August the bibliographers were involved in the full
flood of book selection just as during the previous year.
The only modification was that less money was spent on
"research" books.  No sizeable subject collection was bought,
for instance.  Instead, more money was allocated to current
buying to relieve the apparent stress on course reading requirements.  The usual day-to-day jobs were carried out, including
a rewriting of many of the blanket contracts,,  The Australian
blanket, incidentally, was discontinued as less satisfactory
than the previous system of selection.  After August, when the
shortfall of the MacMillan Fund was determined, a total of
approximately $200,000, the situation changed greatly.  The
amounts of money remaining in many funds administered by the
librarians or bibliographers were cut drastically in order to
provide money to meet the unavoidable commitments in the Library's
buying programme.  For instance, Research Books Fund, Research
Periodicals Fund, Graduate Research Library Fund, etc., were
cut to the vanishing point.  Periodica] Renewals, Continuations
and BYB were maintained at their previous levels.  Allocations
to faculty departments were left untouched;  lack of charity was
first exercised at home.
The Bibliographers, after August, concentrated largely on the
blanket programmes.  They also spent considerable time on preparing an index to the Downs survey questionnaire related to
the Library's collections.  Copies of theis index, together with
the answered questionnaire, will likely go to the western
university librarians.  It is hoped that this combination will
provide a key to the larger collections in all subjects available
in our library;  we hope to receive similar guides from the others,
This effort is aimed at eliminating if possible, excessive
duplicate development of collections and is related to curriculum
planning at the universities involved,  it is, at least, a first
step.
Selection from the Colbeck stock will now become a preoccupation
with the bibliography and searching divisions.  This library hopes
to receive about one third of the 50,000 books of the 19th and
20th centuries now being listed on computer printout at the
University of Victoria,  (These books should not be confused with
the Colbeck Collection of English literature now housed in the
mezzanine in the Social Sciences Division.) CATALOGUE DIVISION.
1967/68.
Rapid growth has brought new problems to many Cataloguing
Divisions, UBC's among them.
To cope with the great mass of books needing organization,
the Division has moved this year toward greater dependence on
centralized catalogue copy available through the Library of
Congress Depository Control File system, and thus a greater
dependence on subprofessional staff in the cataloguing process.
The materials left for original cataloguer's attention are now
tending more to be the difficult and unusual,
October 1967 saw 13,000 volumes processed as opposed to
8,600 the month before and 6,600 one year before.
As the Collection moved toward a million catalogued volumes,
its catalogue neared 2,000 trays.  To reduce the size and complexity of the file-to be consulted the catalogue has now been
divided Into author-title and subject files within each drawer.
Summer will see the shift of the files to their own cabinets.
In the meantime filing is being simplified (all entries under
one person interfiled by title; all period, comma, and dash
subject subdivisions interfiled).  New author-title guides have
been inserted and new subject guides are in the process of
being typed - one for each subject heading in the catalogue.
New subject entries will have the subject heading ticked in the
tracing and will be filed behind the corresponding guides,
A new extension of the Catalogue Division on floor five -
Catalogue Maintenance Section - can help you with catalogue use
problems and accept your suggestions for needed cross references,
I968 should see no ambitious new projects except the effort
to become more current in cataloguing and card production -
taking advantage of the changes in procedures already accomplished, "Just -zchat, may I ask, do you think you're doing, Jennings?" CIRCULATION DIVISION.
The staff of Circulation Division continues to change constantly.
The most noteable losses this past year were Bob Harris, who
resigned as head in July to become the head of the B.C.I.T,
Library, and Kathy Kent who left to become the head of the
Mathematics Library in October,
The hours of opening were extended for this winter session.  The
Main Library is now open on Sundays and manned by permanent
staff members as well as by student assistants. Also, Circulation staff work until midnight on weekdays rather than 10 p.m.
as formerly.
The borrowing of books continues to increase.  This autumn the
circulation of books from the main stacks was from 17% to 20%
higher than it had been the previous year.  In fact, the daily
loan list is now so heavy that rather than have a man stagger
over with it, we send Les to fetch It in the truck.
The circulation in Reserve Book Room is over double what it was
last year,  This is attributable to the fact that the Commerce
reserve books which had been moved from RBC to Sedgewick last
year, were moved back to RBC in August,
Some time has been spent this year in trying to determine whether
or not all of the books in RBC ought to have been placed there.
While the study has by no means been definitive, it is clear
that many faculty members greatly overestimate how much their
students will read.  The classic case was the request to place 5
copies of one book on reserve for a class of two (2) students!
One of the frustrations of our automated system - frequent
machine breakdown - was solved (touch wood) with the installation of a backup 1034,  (Translation: a 1034 is the big blue and
gray machine beside the telex, which chatters merrily to itself
as it punches holes in cards, but buzzes frantically whenever
it hits a card it cannot digest,)  Now that we have two of them,
the second 1034 does all the work of keeping the system operating whenever the first one quits.  According to the IBM people,
there Is almost no chance that both of them will stop at the
same time,  (Two whole days passed after installation of the-
backup machine before it actually happened.) Our stack supervisors-have been busy overseeing book moves and equipment shift-*
ing -- part of the backlog from one floor to another, fisheries
material from storage in one building to another, Forestry/Agriculture books moved to their new branch in May, and Music in September,
catalogue cabinets moved around, and shelving Installed for the
micro collection, etc, all In addition to shifting books around
the stacks to make room for more.  At the beginning of fall term,
with the co-operation of the Housing Administration and Campus
Mail, book return bins were set up at four locations in the
student residences.  The books are picked ud each weekday and
brought to the main library where they are sorted by Circulation. 10
As for the future, we hope to invent a way of preventing staff
from leaving before we have even had time to learn their names.
CURRICULUM LABORATORY.
Gained three fine staff members to replace two:
one lost to a sister branch
one lost to professional teacher training.
Topped 100,000 circ. mark for the 3rd year.
Ranked 3rd in circ. among the library divisions.
Managed representation at:
ALA., ABCL., BCLA.
Automation Conference
Anglo-American Catalog Code Conference,
Actively participated in UBC Open House.
Ties with Main Library strengthened ) with the appointment
Service improved to borrowers      ) of Public Services
Librarian,
Division of the card catalogue        )
Reorganization of the Catalogue Div.   ) Directly
C.L. Tittles in Current Accessions     ) benefited
Math.   Library print-out )   reference
Serials  print-out )   service.
Microfilm catalogue of education theses.)
ALL collections continue to grow, but deserving special note are
the gift books from the B„C„ Department of Education, coming
to us through the foresight of our Director, Mr. W, Lanning.
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"AHox,   Max?   Max,   where   are   you?" 11
OUR CENTENNIAL UPHEAVAL - BY THE FINE ARTS STAFF.
SPRING.
-—   Spring is rushed! A very tight squeeze with more and
more books pouring onto the shelves and more and more students
squeezing into our study room - culminating in the exam week
which leaves us all in a frazzle,
SUMMER.
   Summer is unbelievable!  With inventory we pause to take
stock, catch our breath and lament our losses. Miss Dwyer leaves
in early summer for an operation which keeps her away for some
time.  Meanwhile we have a June wedding, a book move to anticipate,
summer school and some changes in staff to keep us out of mischief.
Barb Little leaves us for the Humanities Division and a handsome
young man named Walden who is studying psychology. And so we
welcome Jill Wade ( our blonde librarian! ) who has quite a summer
burning the midnight oil completing her Master's thesis on the
Architecture of the Red River Settlement. We all gain a little
knowledge about octagonal privies in the l860,s. Although music
is no longer ours, we still have the books; so we turn our seminar
room over for the office of the new music librarian and gain three
more bodies - Hans and his two assistants,  Sylvia Fraser becomes
Sylvia Westman in June and joins the music library staff,- In her
place we gain a new staff member right from Switzerland - Alice
Blank.  From Alice we learn all about Switzerland, a few words of
German/Swiss (Alice speakes German, French and English fluently!)
and even more about British Columbia as she goes tearing about
hiking and sight-seeing on fine weekends. After summer school and
the music book move we suddenly find less of us, an empty seminar
room in which to breathe and a bare spot in our stacks,  Now, too,
we bid goodbye to Lynda Kincaid who, as the story goes, is a part-
time Avon lady and is expecting a baby in the spring.  We welcome
Joan Wenman who has been studying at the University of Victoria,
Joanss father is the assitant head master of a boy's private school
(just think of the stories she can tell!).  From her we learn how
one runs a crazy unconventional second-hand car.
FALL,
——   Fall is frantic!  Books in our stacks are shifted about at
a great rate by a new army of student assistants.  Miss Dwyer feels
better and returns in time to greet the onslaught on new students
and to wave goodbye to Di Cooper who is off in October on a holiday
pilgrimage (whirlwind too!)  of Germany, Austria and Greece.  There
follows many postcards from which we learn about beer festivals in
Munich, cruising in the Aegean Sea and Parthenon-gazing by moonlight,
Cathy Taylor meanwhile makes plans to leave soon for Dar es Salaam
in Tanzania,  We all read up on Dar es Salaam and get to know more
about things like freight costs, hot climates and what the best
dressed African wears. 12
WINTER,
Winter is busy!  Seems busier than ever.  We all we I cor;
Ev Roth to the fold.  She brings lots of colour and laughter to the
wintry days.  Now a brightly coloured mobile dangles above the
charge desk to dazzle us all. And so the merry lot of us -
Melva, Diana, Jill, Evelyn, Joan, Alice and our bevy of student
assitants - are counting our blessings (and our sheep) and are
looking breathlessly into 1968,, ..„.,..,....,... .
FORESTRY/AGRICULTURE YEAR-END REVIEW,
I967 has been a short, but hectic year for the Forestry/Agricu 1 ture
Library,  It may not have started till June 2nd,, but after that
we never looked back.  The summer seemed all too short for moving
and settling in.  The "real thing" started in September — and how
do you explain that you don't know which books are in the library
since you have no card catalogue? However, three months later,
our system "worked",  Was it because we had half a catalogue —•
and a wonderful telephone service from the Catalogue Division —
or had we already managed to "train" our customers?
Staff turnover was more than 100%; Sharon Stanwell thought marriage
and Library School might have better things to offer.  She was
succeeded in September by Mab Bel ford whose experience in the
Curriculum Laboratory proved invaluable, especially in setting up
our Reserve system,  Judy Sangha joined us in July, and in no
time learned to cope with the checking in of some 600 journal
titels and the circulation of some 1400 items per month — on top
of which she keeps the foresters and aggies smiling.
Our plans for 1968 include — hopefully — the weeding and organizing of our "inheritance" from the former Forestry Reading Room,
the Incorporation of government publications Into our collection —
and, above all, the acquisitions of a new staff member to make it
al 1 possible..
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GIFTS AND EXCHANGES,
What lurks behind that low door marked DANGER by the elevator on
Floor 7, why Gifts and Exchange Division, then, accepting gifts
could be dangerous.  It depends on the recipient, (girls and
politicians) but gifts to Libraries are not payoia,
Statistics are generally a bore, but last reporting year saw about
63OO gift volumes pass through G„ & E,  From these we selected and
processed for cataloguing 4044 volumes. While for the Calendar year
1967, we processed into the collection 4687 volumes received as gifts 13
Gifts come from many sources and forms.  At least once a year the
Library is given a large personal library.  These collections are
noteworthy and valuable to us because usually the benefactor has
had a singular literary interest.  For instance, last year we
received the Library of Dr. Hunter Lewis, late professor of English
at U.B.C,  His collection consisted of over eighteen hundred
volumes of English literature and criticism.  This collection
built to assist Dr. Lewis in his teaching and research, placed in
the Library a number of works we did not have and many added
copies needed for undergraduate and graduate study.  Amongst
Professor Lewis' books there were several first editions of
D.H. Lawrence and a first edition of James Joyce, Ulysses.
Besides collections we have some standing benefactions, such as
that of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Arkley, who give each year about
500 books of children's Literature.  The Library also receives
some 750 journal and serial titles as gifts, and every year we
receive many single volumes and small donations of books from
individuals and organizations.  A number of these gifts are quite
valuable.  AM gifts of an evaluation of fifty dollars or more
are reported to the University Development Fund,  Last year we
received eighteen such gifts totalling in value $6121.95.
Gifts of their works are received too from little known authors
and interest groups and societies who wish to see their literary
efforts and publications in the collection of a large University,
Many are of interest but an equal number often pose problems in
book selections and diplomacy.
Going through a large collection can be fun.  Especially if one
of a broad classification such as the William Heryet gift,  Mr,
Heryet, a young gentleman in his 94th year, in 1965 gave to the
Library well over 4000 books.  Heryet was essentially a collector of anything of interest to himself and that might have a
nonetary resale value in the future.  His collecting over forty
years gathered together about 6000 volumes including over a
thousand volumes of Canadiana, a great many literary works and
a sizeable number of works on British and British Colonial history,
together with books on railroading, Americana, military history,
art books plus bits and pieces of bric-a-brac, with some object-
d'art.  This great number of books, pictures, pottery and curios
were packed into a conventional five room bungalow;  books in
the living room, bedrooms and basement!  Recently he gave the
remainder of his collection, some 800 items, to the Library.
The Exchange portion of the function of the Division comprises
keeping a relationship for exchanges with 284 libraries.  Libraries circulate to other Libraries exchange lists of material
duplicate and surplus to their needs.  We receive on an average
two such lists a week.  This practice is of considerable use to
a smaller library, however, we are  now of a size that few of the
items offered are not included in our collection. GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS,
The Government Publications Division had a busy year filled wi;
the recurring problems of ordering, filing and reference,  We began',
a systematic system of book-keeping and. have been able (so far) to
keep within our budget.  We have moved the microforms at least    *
twice and are determined never to move them again.  We had to
evict Cataloguing from the back room in order to house the government publications squeezed out by the microforms and we have just
about reached the limit of expansion.
Annual reports are always supposed to include statistics and
we thought that the following figures might be of interest -
(everyone knows we receive about 65,000 publications a year and
have 450,000 cards of microprint,)
The Government Publications Division is:
Between 49 feet and 75 feet tall.
Aged between 217 and 317 years,
Weighs between 1,181 and 1,801 pounds
(fluctuates daily).
It has 2 hazel eyes, 2 grey eyes, 2 green eyes, 8 brown eyes and
14 blue eyes.  It dresses most often In gold, blue, green or
red.  It has a following of engineers, students, a window-cleaner,
a chartered accountant, a geologist, a librarian, a draftsman and
a rover (?).  It got married twice and broke its leg last year
(but it's shy of babies),  It Is sometimes short-sighted, frequently'
wears contacts, can lapse into astigmatism and then spring back
to 20-20c
If this should intrigue you at all, come and see it sometime -
you'll recognize it because it's wearing Ambush, Aphrodite, Brut,
Chanel #5, Golden Autumn, Je Reviens, Joy, Mai Blume, My Sin,
Night Blooming Cereus, Shari, Tigress, To a Wild Rose and White
Shou1ders. 15
HUMANITIES DIVISION,
It was another busy year for Humanities Division.
Interlibrary Loan was kept busy sending out 4135 books and
photocopies to other libraries and borrowing 2994 books
and photocopies for eager UBC scholars. And,  although
we gave up keeping statistics on the number of reference
questions we answered, this quantity was undoubtedly a
large one.
We also acquired several new staff members, mainly
gathered in from other parts of the library, had one wedding,
and lost one person to Vernon, B.C. and another to Sedgewick
Reserving.
1967 also witnessed the second (and last!) compilation
of the Annual Bibliography of UBC Faculty Publications by
Joan Selby, who was aided this time by Sylvia Goiran.
Sue Port again produced her annual bibliography of French-
Canadian Literature, and Maria Horvath finished Part I
(Books and Periodicals) of her bibliography of the Doukhobor
literature in the UBC Library.  We hope that Maria's bibliography will be published early in 1968.
And, to complete the Humanities year, Jennifer Gallup
officially, and with an unofficial sigh of relief, resigned
as chairman of the "Display Committee".
For the future, we are anticipating that Humanities
Division will be moving, though the questions of when and
whither are so far unanswered.
No - rub - can
see
Dngos.  Grub. Chan.
Les contes de No-rub-can; contes thibetains.
(cf. British Museum cat.) 16
INSTITUTE OF FISHERIES LIBRARY.
In just over one year, the Institute of Fisheries Library has
grown from a single combined seminar-reading room to a highly
specialized Translations and Bibliographic Service Centre
specializing In foreign fisheries and oceanographic literature
exchange.  In early spring, the anticipated approval of a substantial Federal grant will make it possible to become a Nations'
Centre and the model translations depository envisaged by the
Science Secretariat of the Privy Council of Canada,
The most recent library-space addition consists of two private
offices, a round-table conference and reading area, ceiling-
high shelving, microform utility area and additional space to
house card«=catalogues containing a translations index, the
B.R.G.M. Biological and zoological reference index, a collected
reprint Index and commercial fisheries abstracts.  New equipment will include an Electrofile system capable of random
filing and positive subject selection and a Microfiche Reader -
printer capable to print microfiche and micro-opaque cards.
Special space in the Bio-Sciences building has been allocated
to house a Xerox-2400 machine and a Gestetner-360 duplicating
machine for library use.
Exchange contacts have been made with some 20 Russian Universities and Fisheries Institutes, together with contacts in 10
European countries, Washington, D.C., Japan, Australia and
New Zealand, Additional personal contacts were made last
summer in Delft, Hamburg, East Berlin and Vienna,
The most important development since January 1967, has been the
highly successful monthly publication of the 30-page Institute
of Fisheries Library Bulletin, with a present circulation of
350, which has recently been listed in the national bibliography,
Canadiana. This bulletin contains translated Tables of Contents
and summaries of leading Russian fisheries journals, arranged by
subject and serves researchers in Canada, U.S.A., Europe, Japan
and Australasia.
Future plans include purchase of a microfiche camera to transform serials and translations-into microformat together with plans
for an additional translation-abstract service of pertinent
Japanese literature. 17
LAW LIBRARY, 1967.
One of the truly great moments here at Law during the
past twelve months was the day last Spring when the LC
Catalog of Printed Cards arrived.  This has largely done
away with one of the quainter tribal rites we were long
noted for.  This was called "Guessing at the Main Entry"
and, although colorful, it often led to duplicate ordering
and other embarrassments.  Because of LC we have even become
a little more automated: i.e. we now photograph our older
(uncatalogued) entries, thus sparing Cataloging the necessity
of having to handle the actual books.
During the last year we have also done several exciting
things with our collection -
counted it: 51,340
augmented it: 3,358
circulated it: 55,672
Most exciting of all would have been, had we weeded it, for
like unruly children its natural growth is a trifle unnerving.
At last count there were only 1673 feet of available books space
in the entire building.  Maybe it didn't work for King Canute
but we're willing to try anything!
Being located in a professional school we are very much
affected by changes in student enrolment.  Pressures were
increased last fall with the unexpected arrival of fifty-four
more 1st year students than we had accommodated in 1966-67.
This is likely a contributing factor to the 12% jump in total
circulation Mrs, Buckingham has enjoyed over the previous
year.  Anyway, that's what her analyst says.,,,,..,.
Which leads to one more point of information:  the Law
faculty has recently set up an active building committee to
consider projected space needs in terms of an addition.  The
Library is high in priority, so 1968 might well be a very busy
year.  As the man said:  FIAT JUSTITIA RUAT COELUM.  If the
gods should happen to notice this over our front door we ought
to get a new library addition in no time} rrn
"Now, here's an earlier model I can give you a real buy on.
Persephone   Prendergast   says:-
Most   students  think carrolls  are  places  for
keeping  horses. MISTAKEN IDENTITY,
University of Alberta
Faculty of Law
Law Library
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada,
"Because this is where the action is going to be, Baby.' ANNUAL REPORT OF MAP DIVISION
1967,
The two most important events in 1967 were the enlarging
of the Map Division's depository collection of maps, and the
formation of a Canadian Association of Map Libraries.
During the year we added to our already existing depository
arrangements, one with the U.S. Geological Survey for topographical
geological and other maps of the Western States, and for partial
coverage of the other States, with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic
survey for nautical charts of the Pacific and Alaskan coasts, and
with the Canadian Hydrographic Survey for charts of the Atlantic
and Arctic coasts of Canada,  This put a severe strain on our
existing storage, and indeed it is now almost impossible to find
room for new map cabinets.  As of Dec. 31,1967, the Division now
has 59,683 maps.
In June, the inaugural meetings of the Canadian Association
of Map Librarians were held in Ottawa, where a paper was given on
U.B.C. Acquisition policy for current maps.  There is now much
more co-operation between map libraries across Canada and plans
are  well ahead for a National Map Library to be housed in the
National Library, which already has a large archival and current
collect ion. 19
THE MATHEMATICS LIBRARY 1967.
ADDITIONS.
Quite a few - to mention one or two.
We added
- approximately 25 new journal titles
«- 25% more shelving space
- approximately 20% to the collection (monographs)
- 2 reading rooms (actually, they belong to the
Math Department - one even has wall-to-wall!)
- a coat rack - upon request, generously scavenged
by the janitor here.
(You^re missing a coat rack? Thatss too bad!) The coat-tree
had become so overweight that we had to put it on a diet in a
smaller reading room.
CHANGES.
Some - to mention two,
A new head   in  October  (Kathy Kent).   The Math
Library  had  been  previously well-cared  for by  the Math  Dept.
as a   reading   room,   and was  already wel1-organ!zed  by  Susan
Keevi1   and  her two very  able assistants Sui   Chong-Siu  and
Carole Wisdom.
We changed  from a computer-age  book catalogue  to a
computer-age card catalogue   (Can  a machine=»f I led print-out
follow the  new - or,   for that matter,   the old  filing   rules?
Don't you  believe   it!) 20
NEWS FROM THE MUSIC LIBRARY.
The New Music Building was officially opened on Friday,
January 12th. by Mr. Jean Boucher, Director of the Canada Council,
For this occasion the Music Library put on a disply of music
instruments:  18th and 19th century western music instruments and
oriental ones (Shakuachi, Suling, etc.)  The Library was paid
favorable comments during "Open House" which was held after the
ce remony.
Edna Corbin is engaged.  Congratulations.
The Music Library is now connected with the Main Library
via IBM.
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'i!iii!|iii„
L'oa &&irt iifio'i i
ua Lara, ZtZch, just & library card."' PREBINDERY 1967-68.
Prebindery didn't make any moon shots in 1967, however
it just might happen in I968,  Keep your eye on the sky,
We haven1! anything in the top ten this year, nor any
figures to boast about but we had, and have some interesting
people working here,  Higher ground was gained by late personnel of Prebindery;  R.I.P. Charles HIM and Roby Nielsen,
(That's Raise in Pay),  Roby to ground level five and Charles
a little higher to six.  It is suspected Charles has political
aspiration to associate himself so closely to the. source of
the written word such as whelms Gov, Docs,  Roby as everyone
knows requires a steady source of scrap newspaper to scatter
around while working her oiIs.
To crack the whip, drive the horse, load the hay, there
still remains on the back forty acres, Helen Goetz, Bob Tudge,
and a newee, Barbara Kristel,  Helen spent a lovely summer
idling the leisure hour ( lunch time ) away at Empire Pool,
At the fall of the first or second snow flake, she sharpened
the points of her ski is and rushed 1000 miles to Squaw Valley,
which she describes as a skiers Valhalla,  Barbara hasn't yet
developed any notable conditions, traits, or foibles, however
she has great possibilities,  We checked her horoscope, handwriting and cards, from which we predict a really exciting
future.  She parked her car and went in to a cafe, for a cup of
coffee.  Upon her return the car was gone, Barbara didn't worry,
she knew immediately what had happened, - impounded for the
third time.  Those little signs which say "No parking from 4
to 6 p4m,H, can be a real problem to a girl who has been married
four months and hasn't seen her husband all the day long.  What
else could exist when you meet him for coffee;  signs! who cares.
The cracked whip, horse driven, hay burning man of the group,
known to friend and foe as "Ohf Him!" ain't got nothin' to say
at this point.  It is predicted that for the remainder of I968,
Prebindery agrees with the English on devaluation of the pound,
will go along with kidney transplants and will prebind all
year,  YeaJ man, prebind, that a new word forgygo.  Our forecast for I968 - it will rain or get dark before evening, all
year too. 22
SCIENCE DIVISION I967.
1967 has been a year of comings and goings in the Science
Divi sion.
Came books, journals, reports, and pamphlets — in tens of
thousands;  reference questions and telephone calls — in thousands;
Inter Library Loan requests — in hundreds.
Went the Forestry/Agriculture collection of some 10,000
volumes and 600 journal titles.  Lore Brongers and Sharon Stanwell
also took off to accompany the books to their new location in the
H. R. MacMilIan Bui Iding.
Came two Librarians, two Library Assistants, and an improved
ventilation system.  For the first time in years the Science Division
had its full complement of personnel — for six months.
Then this euphoric situation proved to be too much:  the Division
lost i ts head	
Went Anna Leith, fortunately not far away, to become the
new Head of the Woodward Library on December 1st.
Came new management which has failed to produce any staggering innovations so far. However, the abolition of reference
statistics will make it harder to dispute, or to prove, any
claims that may be made by the end of 1968.
/ ;
'Now, let me see. What needs discovering?" 23
SEDGEWICK LIBRARY - 1967.
The chief preoccupation in Sedgewick and the source of
its unpopularity during 1967 was the process of adding our
collection to that of the main library.  It occupied the
entire summer and is still having repercussions.  The result
is a union shelf list on floor seven and a union catalogue on
floor five.  Shelf list records are still being corrected and
will likely not be entirely accurate until another inventory
is done this Spring,
In August the Sedgewick public catalogue was divided.
As a pilot project it was decided to include "people as
subjects" in the Author/Title catalogue,  Sedgewick now has
the option of retaining the present arrangement or conforming
with the main library.
The main problems in Sedgewick still center around reserving,.  The reserving staff spent most of the first term two
months behind schedule and cleared away most of the work only
by the end of the year. Arrangements are now being made to
have processing staff blitz orders for next year over a two
month period during the summer, and increased pressure will
be applied to faculty for their co-operation in submitting
1ists early.
The budget cut was a blow to Sedgewick, as to the rest of
the library.  Current buying was restricted.  Retrospective
buying was abandoned despite the serious gaps in a collection
which attempts to serve four years of Arts undergraduates.
Course buying was cut in half and even then will easily have
exhausted book funds by the end of the budget year.
Space Is now an acute problem with a staff of 22 occupying
an area designed for 6 1/4.  Prospects for a new undergraduate
library are slightly more hopeful, however.  One of the encouraging signs of the past year has been an increasing realization on the part of faculty members of difficulties faced
by the library and evidence of their support for library
proposals„ 24
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DIVISION.
Last year we reported a change over in staff. This year
the merry-go-round continued. The two staff members who left
are both pursuing their education, one in England, and one at
Vancouver City College. Our staff now numbers five, and it's
nice to have a male among them. Circulation statistics have
risen again, especially for manuscript collections, the heaviest
use of manuscripts being in the left wing collections,
As an addition to our collection on labour history we
were given the papers of the Mine, Mill and Smelter Union, So
far we have the papers from the Head Office and from the BrittanU
Beach Local, and we are hoping to be able to collect from further
B.C. Locals.  This union is now extinct, having been absorbed
by the United Steelworkers of America,
The other large collection we acquired last year consists
of the papers of J.W, Robertson, educator and agriculturalist,
from his daughter in Ottawa.
Among other odd things, we try to acquire the writings of
the local hippie colony, including the Georgia Straight, which
takes one into strange places and surroundings.
Overcrowding of the seating accommodation in the Library
affects both Special Collections and the Map Division,  The two
Divisions have only a dozen tables and chairs, so there is the
odd headache when the combined customers number more than twelve
Repeated rumours go around that the programmers will soon move
out of the carrel 1 space they have occupied now for over a year.
So far there has been no physical proof of the move.
Special Collections card catalogue fell under the guillotine
recently when the Cataloguing Division divided It,  It is still
too soon to say how it is being accepted by the clientele,
although one Faculty Member, seeing only the subject file,
belligerently requested that an author card be typed for a certaK
book which he knew was In the collection,  Yet another prefix
has been invented for Special Collection Books - "SP",
Books which would previously have been catalogued for Delta
(A)  are not in SP.
Ou*r most notable acquisition for the coming year will be
our own shelf 1 i st. 25
SOCIAL SCIENCES DIVISION  1967.
The staff of the Social Sciences Division hopefully is
not exhibiting signs of smugness, but we do feel, discreetly
of course, a sense of downright pride in that throughout 1967
none of us lost her cool to the point of screaming at or
striking a student; neither did we succumb to comolete
paralysis at the words " well, nobody else would ever
use it V or al ternat i vely, " never mi nd, I'll use
the public library "; nor were we reduced to gibbering
at the hordes descending on us expecting to find all the bound
journals here in the Division!
Apart from these decidedly emotional accomplishments, a
number of more creditable programs were instituted which
hopefully will have long-term, beneficial results. A major
project undertaken at the request of the Commerce faculty, and
still on-going, was a qualitative evaluation of the research
materials in commerce and business administration in our
Library.  A preliminary report was completed, and followed by
a list of major research items we felt should be added to the
collection.  Further reports dealing with sub-sections of
commerce are underway.  Three substantial bibliographies
geared primarily to the graduate student were initiated in the
fields of education, anthropology and geography.  The education
list has been completed, and the others are near completion.
Future plans include the preparation of bibliographies for each
subject falling within the social sciences, and it is anticipated that beginning in the fall, lectures to the graduate
students in these disciplines will be given, and the bibliographies distributed at that time.  Numerous 1ectures-cum-tours
were delivered throughtout the year to groups of students and
faculty,  CASSIS, aside from reportedly being a de'eCtable French
wine, is the acronym for Communications and Social Sciences Information Services.  Aimed at investigating the problem of the
transmission of research results in communications and the social
sciences, this Canadian service will eventually orovide retrieval
of information from raw data and primary source materials. Its
first project - a bio-bibliographical directory of persons
engaged in communications research - is now in preparation.
Among the half dozen members of the service is the Social Sciences
Division.  During the year, the files of corporation reports
and association materials were thoroughly checked and considerably
reorganized.  Plans are under way to augment both collections
substantially.  Marilyn Dutton was responsible for assisting the
arts faculty in the selection of materials for the graduate social
sciences reading room in the Henry Angus building. SOCIAL WORK LIBRARY.
The. report on the Social Work Library in the January 1967
issue of Biblos made two predictions, namely:-
i)  That the library would be cramped for space,
Ii)  That the swimming pool in Graham House would remain en-
Only the second of these predictions has proved accurate.
During the summer renovations were made on the pool's change
rooms and a couple of rooms whose most recent use had been as a
coffee shop, in September this branch was moved to this location
In the basement of Graham House,  This location has many useful
features including a barbecue in the reading room and a built in
refrigerator in the work room.  While these premises can hardly be
called palatial when compared to some of the larger branches - the
Mathematics Library, for example - since there is space for about
8,000 volumes (we have ca, 4500) and since there is a work room
the library is grand compared with what went before.
The students too have shown their appreciation of this new
magnificence by taking out twice as many books In the period Sept,
to Dec. I967 as they did in the same period in the previous year,
(Sedgewick Library - look to your laurels!)  Statistics - for what
they are worth: -
Circulation:  -13,638 in 1967,
Volumes added -1,401  in 1967.
One of our major projects during the course of the next year
will be to try and find at least one book that we can legitimately
buy which will be classified in an "M" number so that we will have
something in every major division of the L.C, classification as
well as having just about as many guide cards as subject cards in
the subject section of our catalogue. 27
SERIALS  1967.
REFLECTIONS ON LAST YEAR'S REPORT.
Correction;  (see Biblos V,3;4, Jan, 1967, page 31)
a) Computer controlled system did not replace Kardex.-
b) work did not start on the automation in the order-
invoicing section, (Tune in next year).
Retraction:  the office built for Mr. B, Watson at the back
of the division has been returned to the division,
(1) STAFF:  present number 10,  Ian Lee, Library Assistant
III, has come under the jurisdiction of Systems Division
(and got a heart transplant, that of a programmer).  Of
the 10, 2 joined the division in 1965, 4 in 1966, 4 in
I967.  There are 2 Librarians, 3 Library Assitant III,
3 Library Assitant II, 1 Clerk II, and 1 Library Assistant I .
HAPPENINGS:  the 2nd. edition of Serials Holdings in the
U.B.C, Library System has been published and put on sale
for $5,00 in the Bookstore (I'll tell you now - the
butler did i t) .
Master Card File and Check-in File were placed in 2 tubs
on the premises (capacity of tubs:  50,000 cards).
New Subscriptions (Payment Record) File System has been
put in operation, complete with permanent Vendor and
Subscription Number files.  Fund control system has been -
worked out on the lines set out by the Acquisitions Division (might as well control what we haven't got),
AM titles received by the division, be they ourchases,
gifts or exchanges have been checked out with sources for
essential data toward automation of order-invoicing section.
Space, enough to accomodate the whole Serials Cataloguing
Unit was surrendered to Catalogue Division.  Also staff and
miscellaneous equipment have been distributed to various
di vi sions,
(2) PREDICTIONS FOR I968:  (Con)fusion between Serials and
Acquisitions with the result of a set of triolets: Orders,
Records, Finance section.  It's a good thing we're friends.
Will include in computerized listings:  titles from Government Publications and Acquisitions Divisions.
Will include bound and unbound holdings for all titles in
Master.  Will start Pilot Project of computer controlled
record system in January 1968.  Will work on the automation
of order-invoicing section.  Will carry over into 1969 all
projects not realized in 1968, 28
WOODWARD BIOMEDICAL LIBRARY,
Woodward Library staff is heavily involved with plans for
expansion made possible by the Mr, and Mr. P.A. Woodward
Foundation which has provided two million dollars for this
purpose..  The functional design of the present building will
be maintained with extension 50 ft. to the west on all floors,
and an additional floor upward.  There will be a close architec-
tural connection with, an Instructional Resources Centre on the
east,  Completion of the expansion is hoped for by June, I969.
The Woodward Biomedical Library Memorial Room has a
handsome Gobelin tapestry on display.  The richly clad figures
are notable in science and medicine.  This tapestry was
executed as a trial design for a commission from the Sorbonne
where the final work Is hanging in the thesis room.  The
Library's good fortune in acquiring this masterpiece is again
through the generosity of the Mr, and Mrs, P.A, Woodward
Foundation which purchased It as a gift,
Helen Allan and Peg Leighton have recently renovated a
permanent display (Floor 2, North Centre) on "Infant feeding
through the ages," This unusual display of a collection of
feeders presented to the Woodward Library by Miss Alice Wright,
former registrar of the B.C. Nurses' Association, points up
the difference between the severe efficiency of the Twentieth
Century and the colourful innovation in earlier times.
WILSONS LISTENING LIBRARY.
'The year past was full of statistics.  These are contained
in the Librarian's annual report and therefore need not be
repeated here.  I fell it is safe to predict that the current
year will also be chalk-full of statistics, each a little larger
than its immediate predecessor,,  The listening room enjoyed an
increased (If possible) popularity, long line-ups of students
waiting to hear recordings, break the turntables or steal the
head-sets.  Someone did manage to purloin one set of phones
and this, of course, put us on guard.  Since then many persons
have tried their luck, but to no avail, we have the plugs
tightly secured.  And we are ever vigilant!
I967 was a sorry one for jokes, hardly any of the ones 1
heard being of the best quality.  All contributions in this
area, will be gratefully received, 29
FAN  MAIL.
[A Bookdealer]
Morrisburg,   Ontario,
Dear Si rs,
Under separate cover we are returning to you 5 books
from your catalogue 210,  Upon checking with the books in hand,
we find we have these titles in the Library,  In our letter of
November 29 we asked you to reserve these items and advice
us if they were still available.  Because of the inadequacy
of the bibliographic descriptions in your catalogue, we don't
consider it worthwhile to search [titles from your lists]
extensively until we know whether we-are going to get them,,,.
Please do not send any further lists or catalogues to this
University,  You complete lack of bibliographic description
makes it impossible for us to process any future orders.
Yours truly,
(Miss) D. Shields,
Bibliographic Searching.
Bibliographic Searching,
UBC, Vancouver, B.C.
Dear Miss Shields;        <q
Your insolent letter to had,  I knew 20 years ago that your
Library was totally hopeless and told my girl to cut you off
our mailing list, both for my sake and yours,  I doubt if
you know a book from a Telephone pole, to be completely honest
with you.  Steadily for years you order books and later, with
half-witted too late checking, you find you have them already.
Never once have you said so but delight to pass the blame
(so typical of your type) to me, I bet you dont even have the
decency to return the postage I wasted on you or the $5 in time
wasted, ## honoring your worthless order,
Morri sbu rg,
Ontario,
PS I see you give me my laugh for Xmas and I needed one badly,
You sign yourself off as a "Searcher",  I dont think, tiny
Woman, that you could search yourself out of a Hat-Box. 30
PROPOSAL FOR STAFF ASSOCIATION,
It was the passing of envelopes over my desk with requests :
gift or party funds that first drew my attention to the need for
an organization or committee to handle these staff transactions.
And then I realised, after a few months on staff, that save
personal interaction, there was not an avenue of communication f;
collective opinions from staff members to the Administration of
the Library.
in other libraries where I have been employed, the avenue
was a staff organization which would also take care of social
occasions in the library and provide a framework for recreational
clubs,   In the past, UBC library was perhaps not big enough for
this sort of association, but it probably is big enough now! I
should be  pleased  to hear from anyone who is Interested.
Sherri 1 1 Perry,
The Biblos Committee is ready to receive suggestions (preferably
in writing) for the formation of a Staff Association, and to
report on response.  The following is a quotation from an A,L.A,
publication, r^ej^soruiej^ OT_9aJ2J^£^jon and^procedure;. a manual foi
use in colleges and university libraries.  1952,  p. 29,
"The staff organization, In which membership is entirely
voluntary, Is approved by the administration as an
opportunity for interchange of ideas, expression of
opinion, and fostering of harmonious relations among
staff members.  The- chief,1ibrarian is not a member of
this organization.  Space for meetings is available in the
library.  The chief librarian will receive petitions,
suggestions, resolutions, etc, from the group.  There
is no discrimination against an employee because of
membership or nonmembership in such an organization,,,,,
The Library operated upon the principle that each
employee has something to contribute to the formation
of policies and procedures," 31
BIOGRAPHY OF (?)
These boots are made  for  wal'cin'.
I started life with an itchy foot.  This affliction first
involved me with the law at the age of two.  We lived in a
small house in Rosemont, a district high above the lake, on
the outskirts of one of B.C.'s interior cities.  Sport, a
young spaniel,had become my constant companion in the months
since I learned to walk.  I am frequently told (who remembers
what he did at the age of two?) that I was discovered by a
family friend (who knew Sport rather than me) two miles down
the hill looking eagerly into the waters of the lake from the
edge of the city dock, dog clamped to back of trousers.  Thus
I earned my first ride in the city's patrol car.
Steps taken to cure, or at least control, my affliction were
at best temporarily effective.  I was frequently to be seen
wandering several blocks from home, dog close behind.  During
the years I am able to recall, I made quite a number of
"unauthorized" trips to the town's more interesting places,  I
particularly enjoyed visiting the butcher shop where a weiner
or two could be had for the asking.  As I grew older my excursions
broadened to include the lumber yard, where there were stacks
of lumber to climb, sawdust piles to slide down, and log booms
to walk;  and the railway yards, where the loud clatter of boxcars and chuffing and blowing of steam engines held endless
fascination.
The itch in my foot stil1 makes itself felt, but only occasionally.  It is probably fitting that an itch in another's foot now
causes me more concern than my own ever did - the itch in my young
daughter's foot.
Foot note:  Paths I have since trodden:  UBC (Science); Prospecting
in northern B.C.; UBC Library School; U. of T. (Cataloguing);
Woodwa rd	 32
AUTOMATION   IN A  UNIVERSITY  LIBRARY,   Part   III.
by Basil Stuart Stubbs.
The Semperlax University Library is in the throes of automation,
starting with the Serials records.  Eager beaver Keeney, with the
aid of programmer Scopeless, has put out a list of periodicals
A to C - and thrown away the old records!  This has already backfired,
but worse is to come.  The final installment of this Gothic
spinechi Mer	
Meanwhile Keeney spends most of his time travelling a circuit between the Serials Division, the Librarian's Office, and the Computing
Centre, consoling Miss Anguish, assuring Mr. Lassis, and pressuring
Scopeless, who seems to take an awfully long time to do things.  In
fact, Scopeless is doing so many different things that his life is
just a long series of interruptions, and nothing has his full attention or interest.  He keeps giving Keeney promises and deadlines,
and then breaking them.  Moral:  Beware the unprog rammed programmer.
It takes a lot of time to write programms, to test them and to
eliminate the bugs.  Make sure you have lots of programming time
before you begin anything.  Finally the day arrives when the whole
file from A to Z has been key-punched, and Keeney is able to present
Miss Anguish with a batch of cards which are to be checked against
arriving journals.  Handling the cards does not seem easier than
using the Kardex;  the girls complain that delving into the trays of
cards is giving them hangnails.  But a day's work is done, and a
batch of cards is returned to the Computing Centre to update the
periodical file.  When Keeney arrives at the Computing Centre to
pick up the daily list, he learns that the Serials project has been
bumped off by the President's Office:  Blockbuster wanted some
special job done on student grades.  All the computer time is scheduled for the next twenty four hours.  So much for the daily list!
The Moral:  if you want to have a good time with computers, get lots
of it.  If possible, get a written commitment that the library will
have sufficient computer time, probably on a daily basis, to perform
its work, and make sure no one will be able to usurp It,  Then all
you have to worry about is down time, which is the computer man's
way of saying euphemistically that his machine is broken.
Anyway, the list finally gets updated and printed.  It is by no
means perfect,  but it is usable, and there are a few dim carbons
for the reference divisions, which are fairly happy to have them;
the reference librarians are quick to point out errors to Miss
Anguish, who is often called upon to supply information that
didn't get key-punched.  However, she has a surprise for everyone.
She resigns suddenly, and marries old President Stroll, with whom
she has been having a secret affair for twenty years.  When she leaves
she takes with her so much knowledge that the real limitations of 33
the list with its foreshortened entries become very evident.
All of this could have been avoided.  If only Keeney had invested
more time in planning.  If only he had been prepared to draw
upon the experience and knowledge of Miss Anguish,  If only she
had been less resistant to change.  Remember the moral about
librarians being the experts?  No successful piece of automation
will exist which does not make full use of the talents and knowledge of existing staff.  Don't expect a machine expert to come
in and do it for you:  his job is to help you realize plans of
your own devising.  And don't undervalue the human mind:  it is
still for most purposes the best piece of information retrieval
equipment around, and, as one wit noted, the only one which can
be constructed by unskilled labour.  So we have an imperfect
system.  Nevertheless, Keeney writes an article which glosses
over the difficulties and it is published in a journal with wide
enough distribution to ensure that Keeney's name is established.
The Moral:  don't believe everything you read.  As McLuhan says,
the medium is the massage - and articles on computer applications
are ful1 of massage.
In the month after the article is published, Keeney is offered
four jobs in five figures,  Naturally, he takes one.  Which leaves
Lassis high and dry, and it doesn't take long before the Serials
Division falls apart, because neither (eeney nor Miss Anguish gave
much time to training staff.  Conditions deteriorated until
finally a delegation from the Science Faculty took a formal complaint to Dean Wiseman, who, on the basis of his recent experience
agreed with them that Lassis was incompetent,  A few days later
it turned out that Lassis, in order to meet unanticipated costs
of automation, had been charging rentals and supplies to the book
funds.  It was the last straw,  Lassis was kicked upstairs to
become Dean of Bibliography, where he lived happily ever after.
Wiseman, having read an excellent article on library administration
by a fellow called Gore, appointed a professor of English as
Li brari an,
A dismal ending to a dismal story which didn't or  couldn't happen,
1 hope,.,.,,,,.,1t just happens to be the worst I could dream up
to illustrate my point that the administrator's job in automation
is people:  to have the right people in the right jobs, to be on
the right side of all the right people, and to know the right thing
to do at the right time.  The job of the administrator is simoly
to be right all the time.
And the moral of that story is:  the higher you are the farther
you fall . YOUR LEADERS WISH TO KNOW
Some of our more politically-conscious staff members
have an idea that selection of a leader for the headless Liberal Party could be correlated with the age
group of the voter.
In other words, if you belong to the swinging 20-25
jet set, you will likely go where the action is and
vote Henderson,
And since squareness is supposed to increase with the
years, so should the appeal of staider images, until
the cube turns full circle and the over-80's vote for
the Rol1ing Stones,
So this is the game:  anyone (and any number) can play,
be he Conservative or Communist.
- write down the leader of your choice (but only
one per voter.)
add your age group (give or take a few years!)
and put your voting slip in the Biblos Box next
time you are in the coffee room.
We will announce the results next month.
The following is the list of horses to date,  Please
add any late entries we've missed;
Declared, Not yet Declared,
Hellyer Marchand
Turner Winters
Martin Trudeau
Sharp
Greene
Kiernan
Henderson
MacEachen

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