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Array V. 2, NO. 6 of the U.B.C. LIBRARY STAFF NEWS LETTER MARCH 1966
From the 29th Meeting of the Reference Group, Feb, 17th,
1, Summer School preparations, A letter signed by the librarian and titled "Services available to faculty and students
Summer Session 1966" would be sent to all faculty engaged for
the Summer Session,
2. McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology,, A
2nd edition has been announced for publication. Science, Sedge-
wlck, and Woodward requested sets.
3. Hans Burndorfer wjUJ.be going on a book-buying trip to
Germany and would appreciate suggestions for desiderata from
Reference Division Heads,
4, Reference books lost in the backlog. The secretary generously offered the services of Joan Selby, Anne Brearley, and
himself to draw up a few well-chosen clauses for the guidance of
FLASH"! Total amount spent on books and magazines from April "65
to March 866 was $1,613,038. (Plus a lot of staff energy,) CONGRATULATIONS
To Mr, Bell for the latest evidence of his continuing service
to Canadian bibliography, the Library has just received On
Canadian ISterature, 1806-1^60. by Reginald Eyre Watters and
Ing!is Freeman Bell.
Everyone in every part of the library has the following problem
at least once in a while - books, periodicals, publishers'
announcements and other assorted materials appear mysteriously,
singly or in collections, on desks and tables in your division.
Often items are completely unidentified and the unfortunate
finder has to search backwards for sender and answers that should
have been noted in the first place.
When leaving material anywhere, please leave an explanatory note
giving a) Receiver b) Sender c) Problem d) Date. Most of us
have transgressed thusly at some time in the past. Let us all
firmly resolve.„„ etc.
An unfortunate finder.
Are you certified? For B.C.? (the province, that Is.)-
A letter from Mr. R„ L. Davison, Chairman of the Board of
Certification of Professional Librarians for B8C, follows
The Board of Examiners for Certification of Professional
Librarians urges that all qualified staff members In
your library be informed of the regulations governing
certification in British Columbia.
A copy of the regulations and a supply of applications
are enclosed.
** 1321S 1. pee is $5. 2. Regulations & applications are
available in U.B.C, Library Front Office. See
Audre Dewar. 3
We welcome
Joyce Chu
CI. 1
Acqui sitions
Pam Bolden
CI. 1
Mary Lynn Hings
CI. 1
Ci rculation
Helene Mitton
VIrginia Wing
CI. 1
Catalogu ing
Ann Morri s
CI. 1
Woodwa rd
Rosina Wan
Josephine Base
Martina Clpol1i
CI. 1
Joan Millar
Mary Ann Gerber
Clerk 1
A promotion for
Feb. 21
Kathy Rankin
Goodbye to
Teresa Sin
Sheila Rankine
Si ska Schwimmer
Lou Iee Towe rs
CI, I  Cataloguing to CI. II  Circulation
Woodwa rd
Ci re. Keypunch
Terri Hepplewhite Woodward
Giselle Crotogino Social Sciences
March 31
March 31
February 25
March 31
March 31
April 29
Hello Again to
Colleen Copithorne  Clerk II Acq. to Clerk II Woodward
Best wishes to
Mrs. Marvin Norden, Reserving - formerly Irene Whittingham
From March 29th to April 16th. A display of paintings and three-
dimensional work by the public school children of B.C.  The exhibit
entitled Art Education, the Child and Creativity, was organized by
Professors Gouldstone and Ozard of the Education Faculty.  It will
run concurrent with public school Easter holidays and the provincial conference of B.C. art teachers. WI
Corinne Miller Simons  Librarian, Lloyd Library,
Cincinnati.   February ]%k.
I pledge by the Almighty God and Father of Mankind to practice
the profession of librarianship to the best of my skill, in
helping others to help themselves, to teach when necessary, to
guide to higher knowledge and nobler aims, to learn also the
extent of many new realms and sources.
I will treat all persons fairly and eqiually and will not divulge
any secret, unpublished or unpatented data from one to another
whether in scientific, medical, historical, literary, musical or
artistic fact, formula, technique or discovery. The patron may
place his bibliographical and research problems in my hands and
I will endeavor to give him complete service to the utmost of the
resources of the Library and related spheres of information,
I will protect the collection of books entrusted to my care.  I
will follow the methods which to my knowledge and judgement I
consider of benefit to my patrons and refrain from whatever is
knowingly harmful or inadvisable to others. This does not imply
May I see in the patron always an Individual in search of truth.
Grant me understanding, courage, and strength to be of service
to my fellow man in order to enrich his horizons beyond the far
regions of estimable calculations, and to inspire him through
books to alleviate the sufferings of humanity, to attain a universal peace, to create great masterpieces of soul, mind, and
Lead me aright in all that I do for posterity's sake and for the
integrity and dignity of the Library, in its unlimited destiny.
Reprinted from July, 1954 The Ohio Library Trustee.
Editor's Note;  This is probably the first such pledge ever
written for research workers and librarians.
Biblos Editor's Note1:  And probably the last. HEAR YE!   HEAR YE'
The Ordering Section of the Acquisitions Division would like to
announce that for the first time in the history of the Library
over 10,000 volumes were processed in a single month MARCH 1966,
A true Information Desk Dialogue, or, How not to Communicate,
Stage PS rections: Student maintains a completely unsmiling
face throughout.
Student, picking up a Library Guide:  Does this tell you how
to find everything you want to know?
Librarian: Well, it helps. Anything in particular you'd like
to know?
Student:  1 expect you've had sixty students asking about
exercise. We all have to do it.
Pause, while Librarian murmurs:  No, I haven't.
Student:  There's nothing in the card catalogue,
Librarian: Oh? If you didn't find anything under Exercise
did you look under Physical Education? We must have lots
of books on the subject.
Student:  No,
L ibrarian: And the Education Index will help you with periodical articles. I'm sure you'll find something in Physical
Education journals.
Student, doggedly:  We al1 have to do some aspect of it,
Librarian:  What aspect do _yjou have to do?
Student:  Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Librarian collapses into giggles as enlightenment dawns: Oh!
The February 1966 B.C. Library Quarterly Involved the research of
several of our current staff and contributions of many former
U.B.C,, librarians and users to produce the issue  celebrating
U.B.C Library's Golden Anniversary.  The resulting historical
scrapbook prompted one delightful recipient: to send Mr. Stuart-
Stubbs a 1937 poem "In honour" of John Ridlngton, the first
U4B.,C, Librarian, written by his close friends and bridge cohorts,
John Ridlngton was a Libe-rare-un
Of credit and reknown,
His privllidge was contract bridge
When toil had got him down,
At intervals he assembled his pals
To join In his favourite sport,
And, if he won, John Ridlngton
Was flush, but, if not, short.,
He played with vim, as was native to him
And trumped with a fiendish smack
His partner's Ace, which was just in case
His opponents might play the Jack,
And when, with a flick, he gathered the trick,
Then led the King and Queen,
He was far too big to note the renig,
Which he passed as it hadn't been.
Till success, like Scotch, turned his head a notchs
And he bid grand slam on a trey,
And doubled, and set, he was placed in debt,
As his winnings melted away..
So revenge he swore, on his negative score
And the villains who mlnused him,,
And he took his oath to outbid them both
And force them out on a 1inb„ 7
'Twas In Octo-ber ere the snow,
His Royal Command appeared,
And fifteen henchmen joined the bench
Of John of the Silver Beard,
"Now brew the tea", said he to she,
His noble better half,
"For a score, less four, thou'It have
And gr?11 the fatted calf."
"Lo, at thy side", his half replied,
"I ne'er have failed thy trust,
So, be the bridge thy privilidge,
I'll feed this gang, or bust.
T'was ever thus, this annual fuss,
That giveth so much joy
Shall be, by me, made such a spree,
As all my arts employ."
Soon cut and shuf-fle did their stuff.
The bids grew free and high
And higher yet, no limit set,
Beneath the star-sparked sky,
Now o'er this tale we draw the veil,
Revealing not its close,
Except to say it closed ere day,
The end, lord only knows.
But may there by no end to thee
John of the Silver Beard,
And' oft' may we, In amity,
Around they board be cheered,
to pour
Jt^jes^" ' 8
HORRORS!     A  BLANK  PAGE!       Let's   see.,.somewhere...scrounge.„.
odds   !n  sods  box.,,aahh.
A new division?
Query at  the Humanities  Desk:     Where   Is  the "in-between"
section?     Reserve  Books  told me thet  the  book  I   want   Is
in-between  the  stacks  and  Reserve.
Questions?     Answers?
A new approach?
Employer:     For someone with  no experience,   you're
certainly asking a  high wage.
Applicant:     Well,   sir,   the work's  so much harder when
you  don't  know what you're doing,
Another sign?
Notice observed on an elevator   in  the  Columbia
University Library:
To not press button 10 until the
elevator is moving.  Press button
9 or 11, and when the elevator
moves, press and hold button "0.
This does not apply to the other
'----      caution:        ^.
A new editor?! 9
This month we salute our "resident" Poet of the Staff Lounge,
March 9th marked the 105th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko,
Although some of us may think that his looks belie his emotional and literary appeal, he is generally hailed as national
poet of the Ukraine.
Shevchenko was born In 1814, the year that Czar Alexander I and
other allied armies entered Paris, and he died in 1861, the year
that Czar Alexander II issued the famous Decree for the emancipation of serfs in Russia.  Both dates are significant. The
French Revolution followed by the emergence and overthrow of
Napoleon marks a definite stage in the rise of nationalism which
was to become one of the dominant political tendencies of modern
times. The Emancipation Decree of 1861 was a concession to the
rising tidal wave of public opinion in the Western World.
Shevchenko was born a serf. He knew the suffering and tragedies
of his people and aroused their conscience. What "Uncle Tom's
Cabin" was for the U.S. negroes, the poems of Shevchenko were
for the Russian cerfs with their history of oppression from
Polish and Muscovite tyranny,
Shevchenko's poetry has been compared to that of Robert Burns,
Both spoke the voice of common humanity yet both are national
representatives and wrote of the every day experiences and
scenes and in the language of the common people.
Shevchenko lived 2k  years a serf, 9 years a free man (his freedom
was purchased by artist friends in Petrograd, where he became a
student at the Art Academy), 10 years a prisoner in Siberia, and
3 years under police supervision.  His poetry has the bitter tang
of the struggling soul of down-trodden people and reflects the
Slavonic temperament "given to melancholy and dwelling congenially
in an atmosphere misty with tears", but with grim resolve beneath
the sorrow.
Here is a part of To the Dead, the national poem of the Ukrainians,
recited often at their gatherings.  It begins like a Highland
dirge and its motive was to awaken the conscience of the young,
educated Ukrainians, who, for the sake of gain, were allowing
themselves to become tools of foreign oppressors. 10
'Twas dawn, 'tis evening light,
So passes day divine.
Again In the weary folk
And all things earthly
Take their rest.
I alone, remorseful
For my country's woes,
Weep day and night,
By the thronged cross-roads,
Unheeded by all.
They see not, they know not;
Deaf ears, they hear not.
They trade old fetters for new
And barter righteousness,
Make nothing of their God.
They harness the people
With heavy yokes,
Evi1 they plough,
With evi1 they sow.
What crops will spring?
What harvest will you see?
Arouse ye, unnatural ones.
ChiIdren of Herod!
Look on this calm Eden,
Your own Ukraine.
Bestow on her tender love.
Mighty in her ruins.
Break your fetters,
Join in brotherhood.
Seek not in foreign lands
Things that are not.
Nor yet in Heaven,
Nor in stranger's fields,
But in your own house
Lies your righteousness,
Your strength and your liberty.
Doroshenko, D. Taras Shevchenko.  PG 3948 Sk  Z58
Shevchenko, T. The Kobzar of Ukraine. PG 3948 S4 K63 1961 THIS SPORTING LIFE
Collect books!
The Sinclair Collection of medical books has arrived from Oxford.
(You know, the one that the press said included an original
Rembrandt - but it was real Iy a sketch in a book that might
have been done by Rembrandt.) There are over 7000 volumes.
Mr, Sinclair, the collector, is in his fifties and is a don
at Oxford, He feels that money is a good thing. Especially
when you haven't got much to Start with. And so, with the lovely
green stuff he received for the collection he has bought an
jtetiln+featey and a DB $  (not a DC 6). ..'Always wanted »em. The
larger one he says he can use to carry his cabbages in, too.
(He has a small market garden.) THREE CHEERS (Let's hear U) FOR THE DI5PLAy COMMITTEE
have been seen


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