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 V. 1, No. 12 of the U.B.C, LIBRARY NEWSLETTER  Sept.
This is another month of innovations and about t©
be innovations,  BIBLOS, keeping tuned to the tiiimes,,
also announces a fairly drastic change. We quilt!!
Our probationary term of one year ends this men-nth
and for the next twelve issues we throw your mews-
letter to a completely different, fresh, keen,
sprightly committee.
But first a few parting shots from us. After a
we still are forced to admit that great numbers ©f
you do not realize that BIBLOS is your newsletter -
not the committee's or the administration's, but
rather one in which you could participate to a much
greater extent than you have, We also sadly confess that we never received a "letter to the editoir11'1
type of communication either for or against us, aiwd
both would have been a welcome sign of active
reading. On the other hand, some of the staff who informed us we would
only last three months, and others who informed us they were
painfully bored, later became staunch supporters. We cheerfully
acknowledge a stubborn core of still bored readers and non-
readers.  BOOJ To those who regularly sent us choice bits of
information and to those who contributed articles, many thanks
and please continue to do so.
For our part, we confess to having enjoyed the experience of
editing BIBLOS tremendously or, as one committee member put it,
"1,'m going to miss the meetings". Let's be honest, "nosiness"
may not be next to "godliness" but it certainly can be a lot of
Kathy Ward Circulation
- new committee chairman,
automation expert, talented
paraphraser of poems.
David Thomas Cataloguing
- a humorous insight into life's
little foibles.
Jean Rennie Woodward
- wi11ing and able,
Diana Cooper Fine Arts
- artistic, etc.
see August issue of BIBLOS for
complete rundown.
Mary Adolph Social Science
- able and wi11ing,
Pat LaVac Acquisitions
- not known for artistic taste BUT
possesses excellent poetic
Pat O'Rourke Stack Attendant
- noted beauty critic and
burgeoning poet. -3 -
More people came home from terribly dull holidays,
by Pat Gorgenyi
Acquisi tions
,,, After visiting a number of friends and relations, I
came to realize their main purpose is to feed you until
you beg for mercy,  The word "no" seems to be missing
from the Hungarian vocabulary.  Don't think it's an
exaggeration - it's not!  I'll give a typical example of
the food you are expected to consume in an hour's visit.
You start with 2 or 3 glasses of liqueur, not very sweet,
but pure alcohol and deadly. Then comes a demi-tasse of
strong, black coffee. With the coffee there are assorted sweet pastries offered again and again.  When you
think you're quite full, the next course arrives - a
rich, creamy, filling dessert.  Then off you'd go to
visit someone else with more of the same...
... I have one anecdote to tell which typifies the
general attitude of the people toward the government.
A lady was seated by a coffee machine in a rather large
restaurant and was passing the time by cleaning her
nails.  She was heard to reply indignantly to the head
waiter, "Don't tell me to do anything, I'm only here
to make up the number of people required by the government for a place of this size"...
... As you know, Hungary has always been an agricultural
country.  Unfortunately, since the start of "collectivization" the farmers have migrated almost en masse
to the cities. Much of the very fertile farmland is
lying fallow, yet whatever is produced is of a high
quality.  So much so that almost all Hungarian wheat
is sent to France,  One bushel of Hungarian wheat is
exchanged for 2j  bushels of French wheat. There is
such a difference in the quality. ... When you go to Budapest a must on your itinerary is a
visit to the large outdoor market on a Saturday morning,
(I'm getting to sound a bit like a travelogue.)  It opens
about 4:30 a.m. every day of the week but it is at its
best on Saturdays, At the entrance you are greeted by
women selling bouquets of flowers.  Hungarian people love
flowers and they are very cheap to buy.  No one seems to
leave without a bouquet large or small.  It's fascinating
to stroll around between tables piled high with green
paprika, tomatoes and fresh mushrooms of all varieties.
There are long counters with all kinds of cheeses and
jars of natural sour cream - quite a contrast from our
hygenic supermarkets..,
... One of the nicest things about coming home is that
you no longer feel like a museum piece.  Imagine going
into an art gallery and realizing that you were the only
one looking at the paintings and that everyone else was
looking at you.  The tourist in Hungary is a walking
advertisement for the West.
GIVE BLOOD  October 4 - October 8.
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., armouries.
Reels and Scottish country dances with instruction in
Hut L5 every other Friday, 8:00 - 10:30 p.m.  (beginning
October 1st).  Further details from Hugh Thurston,
local 3138. - 5 -
by Marion Gi1roy
School of
Jessie Mifflin wanted to bring home an Armenian,  Or so
she said in the sixth toast at a dinner under the apple
trees of a collective farm,  David Foley and Loretto
McGarry learned polite phrases in Russian and decided to
keep on studying the language,  Dan Sudar - whose Russian
is already fluent - wants to go back again next summer.
I want the Rembrandts and the Matisses in the Hermitage,
Whether we represented the Canadian Library Association
adequately or not for two weeks last summer in the USSR
we may never know.  We enjoyed the meetings with
librarians and visits to some of the great libraries and
one or two humble ones,
N. F, Gavrilov, Chief of Main Library Inspection of the
Ministry of Culture, told us that the USSR has 382,000
libraries, of which 125,000 are public libraries.  In
Moscow, the Lenin Library, the Library of Moscow University, and the Library of Foreign Literature needed days
instead of hours to see satisfactorily; but we kept
moving. At the Canadian Embassy's reception for the
parliamentary delegation we met some of our favourite
M.P.'s and Senators.
In Moscow we heard the Kirov Opera Company sing Lohengrin,
of all things, in the great new hall in the Kremlin which
seats 6,002 people.
We did not flinch one evening when, hungry and weary
after a busy day of library visits and a wild ride
through the mountains, our small bus veered into a
park of the hills above Yerevan, capital of Armenia, One hundred boys and girls about six years of age and
up - Young Pioneers - surrounded us and sang and danced
around a huge bonfire. The firetruck's arrival (not
needed) marked our departure. That night we ate our
good dinner with special gusto, five mosquito bitten
Canadian librarians all wearing Young Pioneer pins.
The heat and high spirits of Armenia warmed us after
the cold and rain of everywhere else we had been,
Lapland excepted, in this worst summer in memory for much
of Europe.
The evening we spent with the librarians of Yerevan had
the din of a B.C.L.A. get-together.  We visited the
Republic of Armenia's state library, the Academy of
Sciences Li brary and a fascinating institute of scientific research on ancient manuscripts, the Matenadaran.
Mount Ararat — just over the border in Turkey — shone
through the haze from time to time, a fitting landing
place for Noah's Ark.
Impressive Leningrad. The Hero City.  Here in a rare
sort of rare book room we talked with the Chief
Librarian of the Saltykov-Shchedrin Library and some
of its other librarians. We especially admired and
coveted their incunabula, and the rich manuscript
collection. "Tolstoy often came here", we were told.
All through the siege of Leningrad, one reading room
was kept open.  The library staff brought wood with
them, picked up on the way to work, so there would be
a fire in the stove. Pictures taken at the time show
readers there wearing fur caps and huge coats.
The Director and five of the faculty of the library
school in Leningrad named for Lenin's wife, N. K.
Krupskaia, gave us a detailed account of their program.
Just one point here: of its 4,000 library school students
(2,700 correspondence, 600 evening) the 700 day students
are distributed about evenly in each of the four years
of the course. The school's crowded quarters are the
once elegant mansion built as the Austrian embassy, later used as the English embassy.  Pushkin's quarrel
here led to the duel in which he was killed. The school
will soon have extra nearby space but with it may come
still more students because librarians in Russia, as
here, are in demand. After our tour of the school we
had a gay lunch in the director's office with eloquent
toasts to the librarians of Canada, the USSR, and
everywhere, both present and future.
The summer circus from Moscow delighted its Leningrad
audience.  Oleg Popov, the clown, deserves his fame
and the great bursts of rhythmic clapping.  I wanted
to bring him home.
In Defense of BIBLOS Artistic Taste
by Per Se a Bish Shell shock
Stanzas written in dejection, in the staff lounge.
Lift now the bright blue veil which some who scorn
Call tripe; though unreal shapes be pictured there,
And it but limit all we would consume—
Its colours gloomily spread. Around lurks Pat (the rat)
LaVac, false protector. Who can weave
Some spells o'er the sad man so frightful and dread?
Know anyone who would lift it - have it bought?
In the midst of many does he sit, unmoved,
A shade among the living, a gloomy blot
Upon this bright scene; a Spirit that strives
For favour, and, like this poem, finds it not. 8 -
Some of those announced changes and innovations
Alright, already, where did it go?  In a fit of let's
move, shift, expand, contract, etc., the Map Room disappeared from its advantageous 7th floor home - close
to coffee room - and reappeared on the 8th floor
cosily tucked into Special Collections' reading room.
It looks rather messy at the moment, but the Map Room
staff must appreciate being able to see the light of
day again.  Back on Floor 7, the crowded and noisy
state of the typing room has been partially alleviated
by shifting some of the overflow and louder machines
into the vacated Map Room area.
The Cataloguing Department is working hard to solve the
unwieldy problem of the ever-growing backlog.  If
cataloguers appear a mite unfriendly at times, it's all
for a noble purpose, so DO keep away from their backlog
section.  Each book in said section is being assigned
and arranged in accession no, order.  Punched cards
are made up containing accession no., short author, and
short title. This is rather a neat job in itself - as
keen cataloguers try to abbreviate intelligently a
200 letter author and title into the allowed 50 spaces
on the punched card.  From the punched cards a printed
list of the books in backlog will be made and circulated to faculty members. One card will also be
printed and will serve as a temporary card in the main
catalogue to acquaint the general populous with backlog's hidden potentiality.  Upon request, by accession no., to the Loan Desk, a "backlog" book can be rescued
and circulated once.  However, when the book returns,
it will not pop into backlog again, but will await
briefly for cataloguing.
Little things happen that can only point to progress!
Even our markers are now having a whack at innovations
and such like.  The famous steady hands which previously inked on the classification nos. are now
required to type said nos. on labels which are thereupon pressed onto the books with a hot iron.  While it
is not yet known how lasting the labels will be,
visually speaking, the white labels with evenly typed
black numbers are more easily read.
At the present time, there are no restrictions on
access to the Woodward Library.  If the building
becomes overcrowded, however (just prior to exams)
cards will be checked at the entrance and access
limited to those holding Woodward cards and to those
who wish to use the collection.
No one who wishes to borrow material from the Library
or to have reference assistance will be turned away
at any time, although 1st and 2nd year students may
be asked to try the Sedgewick Library first for their
material, 10
"But when?" you ask. Hopefully by the time you read
this we will be wired up and operational - but don't
bank on it.
Various forms of red tape have intervened.  For example,
a requisition sent to Buildings and Grounds well over
3 months ago to initiate work on wiring and installation was happily chanced upon several weeks after
arrival. Then, because of the amount of money involved,
it was passed on to the bursar... ah, the wheels of
the gods grind slowly.
"Punched, laminated borrowers badges"...AAGGHH!1   It
is strongly advised that this phrase not be mentioned
in the presence of the Circulation staff or peculiar
fits, nervous tics, etc. may immediately result.  Some
faculty members have voiced frustration because they
find it very difficult to carve their signature into
thei r 1ibrary card.
Then, picture the case of the poor graduate studies
student who has a carrel 1 and is also authorized to
take out material in a faculty member's name.  He will
need a case to carry all his laminated cards - AMS,
ordinary library card, authorization card and carrel 1
card.  By the time he has shuffled through the lot,
his study time may be cut down somewhat, but he'll be
able to deal a fast bridge hand,
"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but the
invention may cause a nervous breakdown".
Actually, we know what we're doing (please, no
incredulous laughter) and we know that it works.
S.F.U. and universities in Alberta and Saskatchewan
are also converting to a punched card and bookcard
system. They will be able to benefit from our "birth
pangs" and avoid some of the unnecessary pitfalls. Currently, we are only short one stack entry badge-
bookcard charging unit and 2 pedestals.  Once we get
everything working and up on the pedestals we can
kneel down and worship - if we have any strength left.
Question from Simon Fraser faculty member (Identities
of author and title have been changed to eliminate
1 itigation).
SFU     Q.  Do you have a book by Prof. Stuart-Stubbs
Faculty      on girls?
UBC     A.  Let's check the card catalogue,
Q.  Where is the catalogue?  I am from Simon
A.  Follow me... No, we don't have that title.
Q.  That's good.  I don't want any of my
students to find it.  I'm basing a course
on this book and I don't want the students
to look up the answers to the problems
that I'm giving them,
A, Why don't you change the problems? Ah,
perhaps you wouldn't be able to figure out
the answers (giggle). Our copy may appear
on the shelves at any time, and your students
may indeed find it.
Q.  Well, let's hope not.  I've ordered copies
for Simon Fraser, but they won't release
them until I've finished the course.  (no
giggles)  It's a fantastic book!
A.  (silently)  ?&/***XXXl!! - 12
U.S.Atomic Energy Commission reports recently acquired by
the Science Division.
Project dribble.  TID-21630 (Nevada Operations Office,
Las Vegas) Aug. 1, 1964, 23 p.
Triplets and triality,  CALT-68-8 (California Inst, of
Tech.)  8 p.
Tan Hot Shop and Satellite Facilities.  I DO-17932
(Phillips Petroleum Co, Atomic Energy Div., Idaho
Falls)  Nov., 1964.  89 p.
Whaddayadoo with the didjeridoo? A generalized ASI-2100
program for handling data from the ND-160 pulse-
height analyzer,  (Argonne National Lab.)  Jan. 1965.
53 P.
1-131, 1-133, and cow milk.  UCRL-14146 (Lawrence
Radiation Lab.) Apr. 10, 1965.  17 p.
Octopus/6600 users' manual.  UCRL-12256 (Lawrence
Radiation Lab.)  Jan. I965.  64 p.
BEACON; a magazine of esoteric philosophy, presenting
the principles of the Ageless Wisdom as a contemporary way of life.
MAIN currents in modern thought; a cooperative
journal to promote the free association of those
working toward the interpretation of all knowledge through the study of the whole of things,
Nature, Man and Society, assuming the universe
to be one, dependable, intelligible, harmonious. - 13 -
Jean Bradley
Acqui sit ions
Vivienne Cable
Acqui si tions
Lynne Fernie
Ci rculation
Janet Sheldrew
Ci rculation
Diane Edwards
Fine Arts
Lisabet Ernst
Catalogu ing
Hi rings
In Circulation
Helene Grunig
Clerk 1
Mary Alford
Clerk 1
Emily Talbot
Keypunch Operator
In Cataloguing
Gracey Jones Keypunch Operator Sept. 2nd
Helen Goetz Clerk II Oct, 1st
Isabel Godefroy Librarian I Sept. 20th
In Sedgewick
James Lamphier Clerk I Sept. 7th
Penelope Persons Clerk I Sept. 20th
Fine Arts In
Lynda Kincade Clerk I Sept. 17th
In Serials
Roger Sperle Clerk I Sept. 8th 14
In Acqu isitions
Marilyn McMeans      Library Assistant      Sept. 7th
Suzanne Bowden        Clerk I Sept. 22nd
In Asian Studies
Marian Chen Librarian Sept. 20th
As of September 23rd Mr. Alfred Hall became the new
Commi ss ioner.
One Wedding
On August 28th, Hannelore Kaye of the Acquisitions Division
became Mrs. Velmer Headley.
The School of Librarianship requires
a Clerk I I immediately,  (Pay Grade 5)
This position involves varied duties
in a two-girl office. Anyone interested can contact Dr. Rothstein at local
Point to Ponder
Next time you meet a werewolf, please
remember to call it a werwolf, like all
good followers of Library of Congress.
('Werewolf, see Werwolf) unless you
prefer to play safe and call it a
lycanthrope. - 15 -
Europe appears to be acting like a magnet this.year.
Come October 8th, two well-known members of the
Front-Office, Mr. Basil Stuart-Stubbs and Mr. Robert
Hamilton, are off on a month long trip to London,
Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Brussels and The Hague
(Copenhagen - thanks a lot!)  Publicized as a book-
buying expedition, Mr. Stuart-Stubbs has been heard
to admit that this will be his first trip abroad.
Happy book-buying!
Our noted beauty critic, Pat O'Rourke, also visited
Europe this summer and reports back that his
'top six' are still tops.
- wel1 really!
Well ladies that's the score,
I picked the six, who could ask for more.
In my own mind, I think I'm right,
But lots may think that I'm quite blind.
The six 1 picked you should agree
Are the ladies with the personality.
I've seen them fair,
I've seen them tal1,
But believe me ladies,
You're the fairest of them all. 16
Before term began SSD interfiled all their open shelf Z's
with HD's in the stack area on Floor 5.  On the shelves
so cleared they have now filed their indexes and abstracts
so that these are now located near to the Reference Desk.
Most of the atlas collection formerly housed in SSD has
been moved up to the Map Division, together with the wall
maps.  SSD now has only a small reference collection of
atlases stored in the big atlas case by the stack entry.
The shelves cleared in this area will be used to house
The Odium Collection has been moved to the Ridington Room
balcony. More about that in a subsequent issue.
by Elisabeth Jupp
I always felt faintly nauseated when people said to me,
"I do love books, don't you?"  But it was not until I
became a librarian that I just disbelieved them.
There is nothing so certain to cure an unconsidered love
of books as having to do with thousands of them, tens of
thousands of them, and hundreds of thousands of them.
One longs for a peaceful little chained library, better
still for Eden where all knowledge grew upon one tree.
There are those among us who think they can control the
flood by machine but this is to play Canute with a
computer. A radical solution is needed. We must practise preventive librarianship. - 17 -
When the idea first came to me I thought how happily and
how simply one could work as a preventive librarian.
There would be so few needs: a chair, a drawerless desk,
a good supply of trash cans to hurl books into, and
someone to convey the cans to the city dump.  Perhaps
a professional should hurl and a non-professional convey,
but the jobs would go just as well the other way; one
could hurl and convey by turns.  It would be work at
one's own idiosyncratic pace and yet gradually the backlog would disappear, the nineteenth-century-cotton-mill
atmosphere of the seventh floor be dissipated, staff be
relieved of their duties, desks and chairs be thinned
out. At last a preventive librarian and an interlibrary-
loan librarian would run the whole place between them —
and I suppose Al would stay to drive the truck to the
Could it really be as happy and as simple as that?  No,
for what professional could be content to treat only
symptoms? Preventive librarians would have to attack
causes.  Librarians would be needed to go through BIP
and select the most offensive authors, others to send
warning letters to anyone who had published more than
three books, bibliographers with foreign languages to
examine French and German and Slavonic catalogues.
Staff would be re-engaged and desks crowd back to floor
seven.  Even this would be merely palliative.  Enforcement is always necessary.  Terrifying threats would have
to be sent to authors who disregarded warnings: 'THE
BLACK HAND WILL GET YOU'.  And then, of course, the
black hand would have to get them.  The organization
would be vast:  Selection Dept., Warnings Dept., Threats
Dept., and Liquidation Dept. with secret agents travelling constantly to the States and Europe.  The staff at
home and abroad would number hundreds. Robert Harris
would press for computerization, and one day the IBM 1313 's
would arrive, horrid black boxes.  Preventive librarianship
would have come of age, complex, efficient, dedicated,
There can be no return to Eden. 18
A BIBLOS 'Guess what the book, is about' feature.
E 184
Al H27
Handlin, Oscar
The uptooted.
This is a man--brilliant
This is a man pushing a Mercedes;
Who is this man?
Color him front! This (technically) is a serviceable
This   is a bearded man on a super
Ha J    Ha.'    Ha!
Who wears this beard?
Color him front.
This is a bomb.
This is a hasty bomb racing from scene
of parking lot.
Who owns this pink bomb?
Color him front. This is a wife-—please ring
for the chauffeur.
;his is loyal wife transporting loyal
husband from, lovely library.
Who is this husband?
Color him front!
This is a bicycle.
This is a HEAD on a bicycle.
Who is this HEAD?
Color him front.


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