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WOWJ  What an issue:  Travelogue! Humour! Statistics! Controversy!
Editorials! Conference reports!  Opinions! Up to the minute News!
and just plain Gossip! We've got them all - take your choice. AND
who produced this first number of volume six?  Read on:-
New names you will be seeing much of:
Judy Cardin
Peg Leighton
Deanna Norris
Ralph Stanton
Richard Howlett
Hold overs from last year:
Martina Cipol1i
Georgia MacRae
Diana Kraetschmer
Pat LaVac, ed.
Ci rculation
Woodwa rd
Information &
Acqu isi tions
Orientat ion
Systems Development
Fine Arts
AND what about the rest of you pot
otherwise.  PLEASE send along your
and humourous commentaries; all wi
just one more artist in the whole
time.  CALL...we need you.
ential writers, one shot or
secret desires, latent gripes,
11 be welcomed, and isn't there
Library willing to donate a little
The BIBLOS STAFF 1969/70
University of British Columbia APPOINTMENTS:
Nadine Davidson
Sylvia Harries
Jonathan Cohen
Jill Dewhurst
John Denison
Heather Lindquist
Penny Pi 1latt
Cheryl Steinhauer
Pat Wheeler
Heather Hodgins
Rose Ormerod
D'Arcy Murphy
Carole Janzen
Jurn Yee
Glorie Manley
Robert Koontz
Bess Rivett
Peter Trevi11 ion
Ayako Yano
Susanne Crawford
Ki rsten Sul1ivan
Jill Almond
Linda McKusick
Sandra Johnson
Wayne Taylor
Linda Laktin
Eric Thomson
Dorte Kohler
Marilyn Kidston
Peggy Eng
Lynne Ramos
Dorothy Friesen
Ci rcu1 at ion
Acqu i s i tions
Seri al s
Social Work
Woodwa rd
Acqu isi tions
Music Library
Reading Rooms
Sedgewi ck
Reading Rooms
Asian Studies
Sedgewi ck
Sedgewi ck
Gov. Pubs.
Prebinde ry
L.A. 1
Sedgewi ck
Mai 1 room
L.A. 1
1 1
L.A. 1
1 1
David Kent
Gwen Tel Ii ng
Pat Lang
Jeanne Elworthy, L.A. I, Catalogue; Maureen Fromson, L.A.
Maria Haas, L.A. Ill, Cat.; Marion Krause, L.A. II, Cat.;
York-Ha Wong, L.A. Ill, Asian Studies.
The III International Congress of Medical Librarianship
took place in Amsterdam from May 5th to 9th of this year.  The
meetings were held in an imposing edifice with an equally imposing
name - the RAI International Congress Centre - which was quickly
and affectionately shortened to "the Rai" pronounced exactly as
is the Canadian potable which, by the way, is almost impossible
to obtain in Europe.  This building, which would be the envy of all
Vancouver tourist promoters, started life as the exhibition hall of
the Nederlandse Vereniging de Rijwiel - en Automobiel-Industrie.
It has been transformed into an attractive and efficient convention
complex, containing a large and acoustically-perfect auditorium,
smaller meeting rooms, restaurant, lounges and display space.
The opening ceremonies on Monday morning were most impressive,
The delegates were welcomed by the patron of the Congress, Prince
Bernhard of the Netherlands, who spoke of the medical librarian's
role as being "not just someone looking after a collection of
books, but someone who is handling knowledge and information.  Your
task has become such a specialized one that even the most critical
layman cannot any longer deny that you must be able to speak, on a
basis of equality, with specialists in other fields..."
The stated theme of the Congress was "World progress in
medical librarianship" and specialization, automation and mechanization turned out to be the dominant topics.  The long invited
lectures and the shorter free communications outlined and commented
upon the developments which had taken place since the last meeting
in Washington, D.C. in 1963.  Each session concentrated on one
specific area, such as the organization of medical knowledge,
education for medical librarianship including continuing education
for those already employed in this work, information retrieval
systems present and projected, technical developments in the medical
library field and, lastly, problems of medical information systems
and centres in developing countries.  Particularly stressed was the
increasing world-wide use of the computer and the impact of the
concomitant problems such use implies.  As the President of the
Congress said, "We must obtain coordination of different documentation systems; unity in terminology and coding must come first.
If we want to communicate with each other, then we must speak the
same language.
Given the emphasis on systems and specialization, it was
inevitable that the Congress would be dominated by the United
States.  Not only were the number of their delegates overwhelming but also Americans constituted the great majority of speakers.
We, of course, should have been aware of this situation as the
Dutch tourist agency handling hotel accommodation for the convention booked us into the Esso Motor Hotel!  Nevertheless, the
rest of the world was well represented - we were much impressed
by a lady from Yugoslavia and a man from Njgeria. For our own
part, George Ember of the National Science Library in Ottawa gave
an excellent account of the work of the Health Sciences Resource
Centre, which serves Canadian bio-medical libraries.
Having heard for years all the lurid tales of the built-in
Bacchanalia of CLA and ALA conferences, we felt that an international congress would provide at least one orgy.  Alas, this was
not to be.  We arrived at the opening cocktail party a fashionable
half-hour late to find the party almost over.  On the Wednesday
evening the Netherlands government and the City Council of
Amsterdam held a joint reception for£">^g^,/~~y»--,  fie"""^1--:
delegates in the Rijksmuseum which was^
very pleasant but there is something
about being in the presence of
Rembrandt, et al, that is distinctly
inhibiting.  We did have a very good
dinner Thursday night as Canadian
librarians were guests of Swets and
Zeitling, the Dutch publishers.  This
was fun and a good opportunity to talk(
to your colleagues across the country.
We managed to see a bit of Amsterdam
during the day, though not as much as
we would have liked, and we attended
a performance of the Dutch National
Ballet, which included a young dancer named Sylvester Campbell,
of whom I think you will hear more in the future.
There were the usual minor annoyances that accompany any
convention - time schedules not followed, too full a program,
name tags providing only names, not country or institution.  But
people make a convention and these were five hundred of the best
with common interests and common problems and a common pride in
belonging to the fraternity of medical librarians.
It was a very good week but by Friday were tired and looking
forward with pleasure to our trip up the Rhine and on to Austria -
but that is another story.
Georgia Macrae. 5
Which is more important the "washrooms" or the "books"?..read on
for the answer...
Now that lectures and assignments have begun, the Information
Desk is being swamped with urgent questions from what seems like
all 3,700 new Frosh.  (Sharing number one spot are:  "Where are all
the books?" and "Quick, where do I find the washrooms?")  Seriously,
it is all too easy for newcomers (oldtimers too) to be confused,
angered or exasperated by the UBC library system, with its network
of branches, reading rooms, and reference divisions.  More than
ever before, we need a short, painless and informative program to
help them get acquainted with the library and its contents.
This year the Information and Orientation Division is
tackling the problem with a new orientation program that has been
drawing capacity crowds.  Those who come expecting a half-hour
library tour are pleasantly surprised.  For the first fifteen
minutes they can take the weight off their feet and "visit" the
most important parts of the library system via a coloured slide
show with a taped commentary.  The program, one of a planned series,
highlights the general features of the library system and provides
some basic facts that all students must know to be able to use the
library.  For a professional touch, the narrative accompanying the
coloured slides has been provided by a specialist, Dr. Donald
Soule of the Theatre Department.
The program is usually given in the large reading room near
the Main Library's card catalogue.  Originally this area was chosen
because it is centrally located and has seating for nearly one
hundred people, but it has an added advantage.  Students using the
card catalogues nearby - especially those who would rather be
doing something else - are  drawn to the door of the reading room
as soon as the projectors and tape recorder are turned on, and
attendance sometimes goes up by twenty per cent between the
beginning of the show and the final slide.  The program could be
given just as successfully in a large auditorium, and groups of
more than one hundred will be handled in this way.
Following the slide presentation, the audience is divided
into smaller groups for brief guided tours through the library.
The purpose of these tours is to relate physically the items and
locations already seen on the screen.  In this way, students are
given a chance to pose questions not answered by the slide program,
and to have them explained by the professional librarian taking the tour.  Many of these staff members are UBC grads themselves,
and most are in their twenties.  This, together with the small
size of the group, seems to make students feel more at ease and
more ready to ask questions.
The combined program (the slide show followed by a tour)
is being offered at least once a day until the middle of November.
In this way the Library hopes to make help available to latecomers
when they need it (usually just before the first term papers are
Although the famous UBC handbook Know Your Library is not
as yet available, it will be distributed at the beginning of each
program in the very near future.  It is intended to supplement
the program and serve as a manual for further reference.
Elsie de Bruijn
NO. 1
SnACfc £WT*Y
Message to the
May we respectful 1 y suggest
that al1 those
members of facuIty
not wishing to be
delayed at stack
entry should wear
flashing neon
buttons announc-
i ng thei r status
or similar ident-
i fyi ng marks. NIXON has his State of the Nation Report - herewith BIBLOS and
it's State of the Supporting Staff Report - with acknowledgements
to Mr. Bell for providing facts and figures.
As salary scale and steps were outlined in the Library Bulletin
No. 33 of August 7th it is not necessary to repeat the figures-
here, surfice is to say that the increases were most adequate and
were proportionally in the same order or greater than those
awarded to the Faculty or Administrative staff and definitely
competitive with salaries through out the Province.
It would seem to have been established that increases in the
future will include both scale and step.  This method was not
always followed prior to the last two years - let us hope the
precedent has been set.
Certain adjustments were made in cases of inequity, not perhaps
quite as much as requested but possibly more than expected - and
there's always next year.
In previous years it had rarely been possible to get special
merit bonuses for supporting staff but this year several such
bonuses were awarded and it is to be hoped that the continuing
of this procedure will become an added incentive for the non-
profess i onal.
All requests submitted to Personnel by the re-classification
committee were accepted.  These were as follows:
3 positions re-classified from L.A.3 to L.A.4
2   " "       " L.A.2 to L.A.3
2   " "       " L.A.I to L.A.2
The gradual re-classification of the supporting staff over the
past 5-6 years has resulted in positions being more accurately
classified and has almost reached the point where there is no
backlog to be adjusted.  Generally, in the future, it should
only be necessary to re-classify positions where changes in
the organization takes place.
It might be of interest here to show the breakdown of classifications and scales. L.A. 4
47 pos i
t i ons
L.A. 3
L.A. 2
L.A. 1
Total 235
pos i ti ons
- man
Clerk 1
thru h
11 pos i
i t ions
Stack attnds.
Stack Su
pervi sors
Ops. &
ial 1 - 3
Scale $480 - 565 (5 steps)
41 1 - 475 (5 steps)
325 - 358 (4 steps)
288 - 331 (5 steps)
many chances for promotion here
Scale 275 - top of 4.  $570.
372 - ^38  (5 steps)
460 - 545  (5 steps)
375 - 391  (4 steps)
31 1 - top of 3. $460.
At this date of our history there are 92^ Professional and 282 Non-
Professional or supporting staff positions in the Library, making
a grand total of 374^ (to answer all those questions before they
start coming in the \   indicates a part time position)
As to the future;
There are still two requests pending at Personnel.
1) The creation of a Library Assistant V position
2) A shift differential in pay for those member on staff who have
to work late evenings and weekends.
A solution to these two requests should be forth-coming during the
Winter but meanwhile a very large thanks should be tendered to all
those who have worked constantly towards the improvement of the
status, conditions, and remuneration of the library Staff.
PRINTABLE FILLER from J. G. Cataloguing
JOIN THE NAVY AND...!  It is often assumed that the phrase "son of
a gun" is an euphemism on the same lines as blimey, boloney, crikey,
darn, gosh, heck, jeepers, land's sakes, shoot and the hundred and
one other puritanisms in colloquial English usuage.
Nautical historians will tell you differently.  In the days when
wives, not to mention sundry other female baggages, were to be
found on ships of the Royal Navy, drastic measures were sometimes
needed to offset the limited obstetrical facilities on board.  The
most effective instrument was found to be a ship's gun - fired to
shock the mother into one climactic contraction.
FALL session back in full swing
but a few of the library staff
are still roaming the globe.
Irene Norden of the Bio-Med.
Branch Library, down in Mexico.
Joan Selby, Humanities, spending
October in Greece and Iza
Fiszhaut, Social Sciences,
presently touring Europe.
RAVE NOTICES to Tom Shorthouse
who appeared in 'Boy Meets Girl'
at the Freddy Wood Theatre.  The
critics liked him too.
BEST WISHES and happiness to the
former Dinie Van Elst, of Woodward Library, now Mrs. Allan
And to Mrs. I man Van Assum also
of Woodward, formerly Elizabeth
(Betty) VanderVelde. The reception for the Van Assums was
held at the home of Peg Leighton.
Display of the month.  Publications by the Faculty members of
the Biological Sciences, Medicine,
Nursing and Pharmacy.
YOU NEVER KNOW where we are going
to turn up next...July 3rd issue
of the Times Literary Supplement,
a paragraph re "those 36 tons
avoirdupois of Victorian and Edwardian poetry and belles lettres"
which arrived in the Library,
1967, with Mr. Colbeck.
Also an acknowledgement by Dr. Batts
in his Handbuch der Beutschen
Literaturgeschichte, thanking
"Frau Selby"
and her
staff for
all their
help in research for
FLASH from
Curric. Lab.
Janet Ki rby
that was, now
Mrs. Herbert
Maier. Health
and happiness,
requests  for a
Biblos mai1ing.
University of Washington and
Vancouver City College for use
of  the  Library Assistant's  Class.
NEW    STAFF MEMBERS.     You may  not
know that  there   is a Sick Bay
provided for your comfort.     If
a head-ache,   cramps or temporary
sickness  strikes,   don't hesitate
to use this   room on  the   fourth
Floor.     The sick-bay   is equipped
with cots,   blankets,   electric
heating pad,   pillows and clean
sheets  (we hope).     If you  need
to use the sick-bay get  the key
from a member of the R.B.C.   staff.
(The   room behind  the colonial
shutters  to the East of  Fine Arts)
and   let yourself  in.     Don't  forget  to let  someone   in your
division  know where you are,   -
Happy head-aches... 10
AUREVOIR and much happiness to
York-Ha Wong of the Asian Studies
Division who became Mrs. K.F. Chang
at a colourful ceremony attended
by many of her friends from the
Library.  The new Mrs. Chang has
left with her husband to reside
in Los Angeles.
WONDER what all that activity is
in Special Collections these days?
We understand Simon Fraser
University has received a special
grant for the expanse of microfilming Canadian Periodicals. As
it was not convenient for so much
material to be sent to Simon
Fraser, S.F.U. and the Microfilming equipment have come to the
material.  (Rather like Mahommad
and the mountain) and that's what
it's all about.
RUMOUR HAS IT that the Circ. Staff
over in SUB for the great
plasticising caper produced some
pretty artsy flowers - no doubt to
go along with that pretty risque
literature on the birds and the
bees that they were pushing,
(incidentally that same publication put out under the auspices
of the AMS and the Univ. Health
Services would be most helpful to
any Mother of teenage children)
SEDGEWICK VERY much in the news
these days, bikini's, placards
et al. How's the battle going
And what about that Paperback
Browsing Collection that we keep
hearing about.  Biblos did some
snooping and found out that this
collection is indeed fabulous
but, as is only correct, also
only for the use of the
students at this time.  However,
if any student should inquire,
Sedgewick is where it's at.
WE HEAR ALSO that the Law
Library staff will be attending
a farewell luncheon for Donna
McKenzie at the Faculty Club.
Donna's new career will be
commencing shortly. Keep us
posted, Donna.
ANYONE got any old Biblos
tucked away in the attic? We
have quite a few calls for back
numbers as fill-ins.  If you
can give them up please call
any member of the editorial
book deposit now operating
outside of the SUB seems to
be gathering favour.  It is
emptied twice a day.  Tis only
the odd student, and you can
read that anyway you like, who
has mistaken the Book Deposit
for a garbage disposal.
And fare thee well my friends
until next month.  Hope everything and everyone that wanted
to be covered was; and
apologies to those who didn't
and weren't.,.if any.
FLASH!!!  Good to see Audre
(formerly of the Front Office)
back, if only part-time. 11
Mr. Yao Chun-shih may well be classified as one who had become
interested in (the field of book collection) as a result of
the surplus capital at his disposal.  He was reported to have been
a physician by training, enjoying a large family fortune amassed
by his ancestors over the past two generations, which he enlarged
still further by wise management and shrewd investment.  Some
twenty years ago he began to be interested in building a
private library, named P'u-pan after the famous ancient capital
of the legendary Emperor Shun to whom Mr. Yao's surname was
traditionally traced.
About 45,000 single books were collected in this library.
Some of them were left in Canton and subsequently destroyed
by the advancing Japanese Army in 1939.  Mr. Yao was wise
enough, however, to have moved the best portion of his
collection to Macao in time to escape the military turmoil.
During the past fifteen years he took pains to rebuild
his collection, which was gradually brought up to its prewar
size.  In the face of political instability shortly after
the Second World War, he was in constant fear that someday
misfortune might again befall him, and for this reason he
was most anxious to transfer his collection to a place of
greater safety.  He almost concluded such an arrangement with
Nanyang University in Singapore, but the negotiations were
subsequently ended as a result of the sudden resignation of
Dr. Lin Yutang (then President of Nanyang).
In offering to sell his library, Mr. Yao laid down one
strict condition: everything or nothing.  As a result, some
institutions older and larger than the University of British
Columbia, including Hongkong University, could not make a
successful bid since they were not willing to take duplicates
of books which they already had.  This put the University of
British Columbia in an advantageous position; its Chinese
Library was young enough to absorb a few duplicates and the
University authorities, encouraged by the generosity of the
Friends of the Library group, were farsighted enough to make 12
an initial major investment in acquiring this repository of
rich resources for eventual use by scholars.  After months
of negotiation by Dr. Ping-ti Ho, the deal was successfully
The whole library reached the University in Febraruary
1959, in 112 crates each containing about 400 books.  After
nearly three months' examination and careful comparison of
the books with the original catalogue, a task in which this
writer (i.e. Dr. Yi-t'ung Wang) took part, a tabulation was
formulated to show the standing of the collection in each of
the five major divisions;  Classics, History, Philosophy
Literature and General Works.
This collection is rich in works dealing with Chinese Classics as well as individual literary works written by scholars
during the Manchu Dynasty.  A survey reveals nearly
two thousand works in the latter category, the richness of
which can be matched only by those in Columbia University's
collection, one of the four principal Chinese libraries in
North America.  Another impressive item is Mr. Yao's collection
of local gazeteers of different editions for almost all the
eighty-six districts in his home province of Kwangtung.
The collection was originally housed on the first floor of
the "new wing" which was built, thanks to a generous gift
by Mr. Walter Koerner, a staunch supporter of the Friends of
the Library group, and opened for use in September I960.
The present Asian Studies Library moved to the sixth floor
during the great "change over" of a few years back, and that
is where you will now find this most fascinating of collections
- pay it a visit one of these rainy lunch hours.
This article is made up of excerpts from an article by
Dr. Yi-t'ung Wang in Pacific Affai rs, v. 34, no. 1, 1961. 13
Inside WOODWARD LIBRARY that is,
when the second floor ceiling
began to leak - oh the joys of
construction.  The builders wanted
to move the books - all 15,000 of
them, bound journals.  This is
the compromise, acres of plastic
sheets and buckets to catch the
stray drips.  Looks like fun!. 14
On October 7th the Property Committee of U.B.C. 's
Board of Governors will make a critical decision
regarding the future of library facilities at
the University.  The committee members will
determine the site of the proposed new Sedgewick
Library.  A number of recommendations from a
multiplicity of University sub-committees will
be before these men as there has been considerable
conflict over the location of the new building
and the extent of its facilities.
A number of alternate locations are being suggested
for the building.  They are;  l)behind the present
Main Library,  2)on either side of the lawn in
front of "Main",  3)on the lawn in front of the
Mathematics building, and 4)underneath the Main
Mai 1 .
Two important points will be considered before
the choice is made.  First that the center of
walking traffic flow on the campus lies in front
of the Main Library, in other words the most
convenient location for greatest number of people
is on the green space in front of the present
Library.  Second that this green space or core area
has considerable asthetic merits.  Clearly it
would be very difficult to place a three or four
story building in this area without affecting its
asthetic balance.
Location number one (above) does not fulfil
point number one.  Locations two and three would
violate point two.  The solutions which architects
Rhone and Iredale have produced is a structure that
they call a Matrix.  This plan calls for the building 15
of a two story underground structure beneath what is
now the Main Mall, in the very center of the core
area.  Their design does not disturb the asthetic
balance of the area and it even preserves the trees
by placing them in what are in effect huge "concrete
Head Librarian Basil Stuart-Stubbs has been a solid
supporter of the Matrix concept because he feels
it solves many problems at once. A two storey
structure is more efficient for this kind of
library than a three or four storey building.
We have already mentioned its other advantages.
It is well known that money for expansion on the
campus is very short.  Various faculty factions
have been squabbling over the available funds for
the past months.  On one of the Senate reports
the proposed library rated ninth on a priority
by many senators.
One of the disappointing aspects of this whole
affair is that the entire controversy regarding
this vital facility has gone on amongst very few
people.  No real attempt has been made to spark
debate over the fate of this building amongst
the membership of the University community.  In
fact vast numbers of this community have no idea
that such a building is even proposed. It is to be
hoped that the University authorities will take steps
to remedy this situation in the future.
Ralph Stanton
Battie, William, i703 - 1776.
A treatise on madness, by Wiiiiam Batties.  1962.
If neither the librarian nor the readers are dissatisfied,
the library is probably dying or dead.
Dr. John Shaw Billings. 16
21,800 The Hard Way!!
Anyone wandering into SUB during registration week might
have wondered at the cause of the mammoth lineup which sometimes
extended down two flights of stairs and back up again.  The causes
(all 22 of them) were the circulation staff members frantically
operating a "Library Cards while you wait...and wait...and wait"
service.  Working flat-out, we managed to churn out a total of
14,800 cards in four days or an average of eight cards a minute.
Whew!  The remaining 7,000 cards, spread out over six days, were a
regular picnic in comparison.
Needless to say, the large numbers created a few problems.
Distributing the cards was a minor nightmare.  Our announcer still
automatically repeats any name he says while the others who were
handing out the cards flinch at the sight of orange, the colour
of the the fee receipt used to claim the card.  Picture fifty
students all waving receipts which they expect you to read (always
upside-down and backwards) in full motion and you'll know the
reason for this reaction.  Actually, after a few days of trying to
read this way, we found that we really
could, which is why you sometimes catch
a glimpse of a Circulation staffer reading
a book upside down.  Once the habit's
formed, it's hard to break.
Another problem was our failing to adjust
quickly enough to an air-conditioned
building.  Hence the large number of colds
being sported in Circulation this week.
Personal problems aside, it was a very
enlightening week.  After working in the
photo area for a few hours, I was convinced
that an inability to smile is definitely
caused by the presence of a camera in any
room.  Why else would so many students be
>,-i smiling as they entered the room but look
as if all the cares of the world were
theirs the instant the camera focused on them?  Fortunately, the
photographers were skilled in the art of coaxing back a smile so
few of the pictures looked as forbidding as they might have.
The pictures were the cause of most of the upsets and many
of the laughs.  Since four photos were taken on the same frame,
they were occasionally glued to the wrong card.  The final blow to 17
an already bewildered coed is ending up with an intense-looking
engineer glued firmly to her card.  Of course, it did provide an
opportunity to meet another potential coffee date.
On the lighter side, we all enjoyed the only group photo
processed - that of a student and his ever-faithful dog.  (Does
this mean that the dog has borrowing privileges too?)
Another point established about human nature is that if a
student is forced to stand in a line-up for an extended period of
time clutching the makings of his library card he will invariably
not read the instructions on that card until the photographer is
actually waiting for him. Only then will he sign his card and
labouriously punch it out of the larger card.  Many students also
fail to check the information on the card until after it has been
completed. Then they come back asking for a correction.
All this makes the students sound rather dull-witted, but
I'm sure that it was just the effect of a day of registration rather
than a permanent condition. Many of them were quite (remarkably?)
pleasant, especially the girl whose card was botched three times and
who still managed to smile for her fourth photograph.  (By the way,
the staff soon discovered that a card which was being redone was
more likely to be botched a second time than any other card in the
same batch. At times it was funny but if the student was particularly nasty - and several were - it was an embarrassing situation.)
There were a few bright spots, too -like the student who
asked if he could obtain extra copies of his picture because it was
so good.  Or the girl who expressed pleasure at the speed with which
we made her card.  The best compliment came at 4.30 one long, long,
busy afternoon when a student commented,_"Boy!  Is it ever well
organized this year - so fast and "'
easy!" At that point we felt a
warm glow of satisfaction and
decided that it wasn't too bad
after all.  In fact, we can
hardly wait for next year now'.
Judy  Cardin
ably assisted  by ^^m. sn.-^^
Joyce Harries S^&%. Jrfa't
Student   1969.     Hair   is  beautiful
or   is   it  Sally  Sasquash. 18
In this society, the productive apparatus tends
to become totalitarian to the extent to which it
determires not only the socially needed occupations,
skills end attitudes, but also individual needs
and aspirations.  It thus obliterates the opposition
between the private and public existence, between
individual and social needs — Marcuse, Herbert —
About a month ago, the UBC Library Bulletin, in
an article on "fashions, Customs and Standards
of Dress", urged staff members to use their own
best judgement indeciding whether they are
appropriately dressed for particular working
situations on particular days."  I would hope
that "their own best judgement" in this instance
is not a euphemism for "fear of official disapproval
or loss of job.
The individual is already subject to too many
subtle forms of social tyranny without being
requirec to give up perhaps one of the few forms of
expression left him in a utility-minded world.  At
work he has little opportunity for creative creativity,
meaningful conversation or, indeed, expression of
persona] feelings.  On his way to work each day
he must assume a corporate personality, a calous-
ness towards his fellow creatures and an attitude of
resignment to many hours thus spent, unless
these things have already become a permanent
part of his character.  Have you ever observed
others (yourself) on the way to work in the morning?
What doe6 it mean to live in a democracy when the
better part of your time is spent in a thoroughly
authoritarian atmosphere?  Sure you have a choice.
Have you ever tried the Road? 19
It is possible that long hair, beards and shaggy
clothes on a male are but an expression of what
little freedom he has managed to retain (or ose)
and that miniskirts, slacks and jeans might be
a form of relating to a world which cannot express
sexuality honestly.  Thirty years ago, half of our
female staff would have been arrested for the clothes
they now wear.  Just who sets the standards? We
certainly weren't asked.  Let's not forget that man
is an  evolving creature and that all of us, since
we are all part of this evolutionary process, have
a right to some say in the matter.
Furthermore the world is at present beset by
many serious problems.  Not that it hasn't always
been so, but that those which face us at present
are of a much greater magnitude, including, at
the extreme end, the possibility of the extinction _
of human life on this planet.  Also, whereas in the
past the majority of the most pressing problems
were external ones, we now are beginning to
realize that many of our problems are interna]
(i.e. Psychological) and that these in turn
cannot be separated from our external problems.
How is an apathetic man to deal, for instance,
with problems such as pollution, war, and
population?  If a man is to survive, it will take
all of his creative energies to do so.  He must
learn to make decisions and to relate to his
fellow humans.
I am not saying that work per se need be an
entirely dehumanizing experience.  It can be
made of something fulfilling but only if distinctions
of "superiority" and "inferiority" give way to
a more human approach.  We are, after all,
supposedly working to make a better life for
ourselves and our world and should not lose
sight of these ends. 20
Nor am I saying that work is the cause of all problems, but
we should not regard problems at work as in any separate way
from other problems of humanity.  An over-attention to dress,
manners and comportment has long been a traditional manner
if ignoring the more basic problems of human relationships.
In sum, with regards to all these other things and their
relative importance, the question of dress seems to me to be
a relatively trivial matter.
With all due respects,
-  staxTc-attendant
Sedgewi ck
Actually Richard I think the
whole issue arose over someone
tactfully trying to point out
that certain modes of dress
do not exactly do anything for
certain types of figures. Asthetical
that is of course.... or to put it
Men seldom make passes
At gals wi th fat 	
So when wearing slacks
Stay down in the stacks.
The same comment could
apply to those mini, mini,
minis on certain figures-
yours truly for instance. 21
Travel is broadening, they say.  Travel in Scandinavia is more than
usually broadening, if one can judge by the notches I let out on
my belt.  Imagine, if you can, a table twenty feet long, double-
tiered, groaning under plates of open-faced sandwiches, salads of
all descriptions, schools of fish,cooked and garnished, dozens of
cheeses. That was lunch in Helsingor.  (Shakespeare's Elsinore -
was Hamlet really gaunt?)
One lasting impression, then, physical as well as mental, is that
Scandinavians of whatever country love their food, are prepared to
lavish attention on it, and are happy to share it.  It would take
some effort to eat badly in the North, at whatever price.  Gourmands,
take note! And if you have the chance, don't shy away from such
seasonal specialities as crayfish, ptarmigan and cloudberries.
Travel can be exhausting, and that's one excuse for nourishment.
Trouble is, travel is really not so exhausting in Scandinavia. Why?
Because Scandinavians are efficient, courteous and hospitable.
One thing that struck us everywhere was the genuine interest and
concern invested in every transaction, however minor.  Socialized
Ah yes, socialism! According to some, a system of government bound
to destroy initiative and individuality, and reduce all to a dead
level of inhumanity.  Sorry, John Birch, but there's no evidence in
sight.  Sweden, of all the Scandinavian countries, is probably the
most "socialized".  Contrary to a common belief, the government does
not own basic and secondary industries lock, stock and barrel; in
fact, almost all industry is privately owned and managed. The
socialistic crunch comes in taxation, which is high, and which is
the source of much loud complaint on the part of the citizenry.  For
their tax dollars, however, they get a very broad program of social
welfare, covering the individual from everything from death to
nosebleed.  One got the impression that people were thereby enabled
to spend their whole income, after taxes, and that this accounted
for the crowds in the shopping districts, spending furiously.
Another impression: the Swedish standard of living is higher than
the Canadian, whatever the statistics say.
There's another popular belief: that all this materialism and
security has somehow made the Swedes a despondent, suicidal lot.
But life is not like a Bergmann movie.  I didn't see anyone commit
suicide. And the people in the street don't look as sour as 22
Vancouverites on a rainy Saturday.
Of course, there seems to be a genetic advantage to being Swedish.
Mind you, it is not true that all Swedish women are glamorous.
Only about 90% are.  Since the fashion among girls in the 16-25
group this summer was a plain T-shirt worn plain, this natural
beauty was, to my mind and bulging eyes, somewhat enhanced.
Unfortunately Swedish women lose their glow about age 75.
Finland.  I had thought it would be a depressed area, considering
the massive debt which it had to pay off to the U.S.S.R,  The public
buildings did indeed look shabby in spots, but the economy was
booming.  In fact, the Finnish rate of economic growth in the past
decade exceeded that of the U.S.!  The Finns have a special flair
for design, especially when applied to fabrics, wood and glass, and
they have made this the basis of their export trade; throughout
Scandinavia their products have a place of prominence in retail
displays. At home, designers like Marimekko are almost national
By the way, good design comes cheap in Scandinavia.  Either the markup on Scandinavian products in Canada is high; or shipping costs are
high; or the Customs Department is profitable to Mr. Benson.  Or a
combination.  One wonders.
Too much talk of economics? A little culture?  How about the forty-
seven museums in Stockholm?  Or the hundred plus medieval churches
on the island of Gotland in the Baltic, whose walled capital of
Visby hasn't changed much in six hundred years? The Viking ships
in Oslo, dug out of a bog, in pristine condition, just like the ones
which presumably discovered Newfoundland a thousand years ago; I
guess they didn't like what they saw, so today we speak English, not
Norse.  Or the castles of Denmark, many of them built by an amazing
monarch, Christian IV, whose monogram is seen everywhere, and whose
structures are now kept in condition by the Carlsberg Foundation -
al I the profit from the sale of Carlsberg Beer is used for cultural
purposes!  Most impressive of all: the work of the Norwegian sculptor,
Vigeland, displayed in Frogner Park in Oslo - hundreds of statues
depicting mankind in every mood and relationship - an overpowering
study of the cycle of man's life on earth.
Finally, the big L.  The International Federation of Library
Associations met in Copenhagen for five days.  Dominated by European
librarians, it has the ambition of becoming truly international. 23
And if it does, problems of communication will no doubt become
worse. As things stand, simultaneous translation into English,
French, German and Russian is provided.  Despite the valiant efforts
of translators, it must be admitted that perfect understanding among
peoples is difficult. And language is not the only barrier:
politics is another, and national temperament is yet another.
The conference was broken down into a number of sections, according
to type of library.  Papers were given at the meetings of each
section, and these were usually available in most languages prior
to the meeting.  The author then read, or commented, on his paper,
and discussion ensued. By the end of the week, I had accumulated
about 8" of legal sized paper and had heard some excellent papers
and some I couldn't come to grips with at all.  Maybe it was the
translation.  Anyway, I brought it all back, and will arrange for
all interested parties to see the papers of their choice. Most of
these will not be printed elsewhere, although some will find their
way into the journal Libri.
Travel whets the appetite,
for more. As for I.F.L.A,
I'd be happy to go back to Scandinavia
I'll think about it.
Basil Stuart-Stubbs
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Lunch at the Rai
State of the Nation Report
St. Wibby reports
Pu Pan Chinese Library
Picture of the Month
To Be and Where to Be
21,800 The Hard Way
Of Miniskirts, Sandals and Evolution
On Dining, Dames and Delegates


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