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 V.   3   No.   3  of  the  U.B.C.   LIBRARY  STAFF NEWSLETTER       DECEMBER  1966
Fiblos conveyed all the essential vital information this month - HOPE
[  ?  ]   DULL  [No!]   RESTIVE  [   ?   ]   FESTIVE  [Better]   SEASON   I
BUT  ...   thought you may   like  to get  the dregs as well   -  this   is  to be
read the morning  after  ...   So here's  hoping you  are well   armed with  a
VERY  strong cup of coffee and your ever alert mind   r-o-u-g-h-l-y
focusing on  library matters  1
As we are a bit under the weather ourselves this month,  we  rather
feared for a while that  this month's newsletter may have to take  the
form of an empty,   broken glass]     But  thanks  to many of Santa's   little
helpers,  we have been  able to come  forth with  another...
News 'n Notes
Center for Research Libraries
Administration Biographies (Part Ilia)
Xmas Party
Bibliographies Compiled by U.B.C. Staff
More Col beck
The University of British Columbia : The Report of the University Librarian to the Senate,  The annual report for the fifty-first year of
the U.B.C. Library, covering the period from September, 1965 to August
1966, can be most appropriately compared to a dozen red thorny roses.
The great increases in the book collection, staff and public use of
library services can only be commended but increasing effectiveness is
and will continue to be thwarted by insufficient processing means,
space and that great problem-solver, money. These latter factors are
becoming crucial and demand immediate attention.  The report manages
to show all the various library activities simply and concisely in
their true perspective.  Anyone wanting a quick bird's eye view of
this past year should consult a division head's copy.
Systems and Information Science Librarian.  On December 12th, 1966,
the announcement was made that Miss Geraldine Dobbin has been promoted to the newly created position of Systems and Information
Science Librarian.  In this capacity, Gerry will be involved In the
accelerated plans further to automate library routines as a consequence of the Donner Canadian Foundation grant.  She will move to
the new position as soon as a new Head of the Cataloging Division
has been appointed.  Rumour has it that Bill Bell is swamped with
Committee to be established to review requirements and possibilities
of relocation or of extending duplication in the Main Library,  With
the increasing amount of inevitable duplication of material, a
committee is being formed within the Reference Group to reconcile
this vj"th  our present library policy.
Downs' Survey continues despite Flblos.  Questionnaires on research
collections and periodicals were filled in, reviewed and returned.
On a list of approximately 205 periodicals in the Social Sciences
and Humanities, we lack one title; of the 132 supplementary periodicals noted, we lack 20 French language titles due to their more
popular or religious nature.
U.B.C. Provincial Centennial Project.  The Union Proclamation of
1866 uniting the colony of British Columbia and the colony of
Vancouver Island has been printed in facsimile by U.B.C. with a historical note by Margaret Ormsby, Head of our History Department,
A facsimile copy of this scarce document was included with each ccpy
of the U.B.C. Library annua! report.  However, a few copies remain,
so historically minded souls may claim at the Front. Off I cei
Funny there were no specific guesj^j ons_on ref e re nee j=ervj_ce in the
Student Survey on the U0BoC0 Library,,  Reference divisions wondered
whether this showed no paif> or no "interest ,„ „ Understand ihoughs the
penclMed comments at the bottom of the questionnaire more than
covered the subject.  For the latest word on the Survey, read on,,,.
S u n ■« t. ov e / s H e a d S o u t. h „  Baz and 8 M 1 Watsc1 are  making plans i.c attend
the American Library Association M!d~Winter Conference in New Orleans,
La., in January,  Anyone seen Baz in his new swim suit?  As ior  those
■Jeopard skin bermuda shorts of BilPs,,,,,,,
scat ions
Patricia KiIlen
Steve Heinemann
iaina-     \ \\ \
JulIe  Gale \
Carol   Ann  Chriasty
Adimalde  Zwolinskl
erk I
Clerk I
L/lb.   Asst,
Government   Publ iicaj:io\is
AcquI sitIons
A request to the President for funds wherewith to employ students
over the Christmas vacation in an effort to overcome clerical work
backlogs in the Library was favourably received.  Student assistants have accordingly been hired to work a tital of 4,244 hours.
Huge sighs of relief have been heard from divisional heads and
others at the prospect of really wading into the massive accumulation
of routine work which is bogging us down.
The chief beneficiaries are Circulation (1,100 hours), Sedgewick
and Serials (750 hours each) and Cataloguing (500 hours).  But the
majority of the divisions have availed themselves In some measure
of this opportunity to catch up.
Anyone who's  been   towards  the   back of  Room  766   (ex-Map  Room)   and
wondered  about  the   large  camera-like machine  assembled  there  can
stop wondering.     It   is  a camera!     Specifically   it   is  a  1015-D   Itek
Project-A-Lith  Platemaster  intended  to assist  the Catalog  Division
in  producing  catalog  cards more  effectively.     The   Itek will   be  put
into operation  at  the  first of January,   leased  for a  trial   period
of three months.     What  the machine  does   is  produce  a  high quality
offset  plate   10   inches wide  and  up  to  15   Inches long,   capable of
being   run  at once or stored  for  later   running on  any conventional
duplicator.     A  rapid  automatic exposure  through  a   lens  and   internal   developing  allow for  the production of a finished plate   in   less
than  a minute.     Combined with  a  system of duplicating  the cards
eight-up on  pre-drilled  stock and  cutting  them  apart  after printing,   the new method  should  speed  up production  at   less  cost  and
nrfith  some  saving of typing  time. LIBRARY REGULATION
No. 1,500,399
Standard Procedure
Instruction on the Death of an Employee.
It has recently been brought to the attention of this office that many
employees have been dying while on duty, for apparently no good reason.  Furthermore, these same employees are refusing to fall over after
they are dead.
This Practice must stop at once.
On and after June 1, 1959, under Regulation No. 1,500,399, Section 8,
Page 102, any employee found sitting up after he or she dies will be
dropped from the payroll immediately, without an investigation.  However, where it can be proved that said employee is being supported by
a desk, typewriter, or any other means belonging to the Company, a
ninety-day period of grace will be granted,
1. If after several hours, it is noticed that an employee has not
moved or changed positions, the department head will then investigate,
(Due to the highly-sensitive nature of our employees and the close
resemblance between death and their natural working attitude, all
investigations will be made quietly so as to prevent waking an employee should he or she prove to be asleep.)
2, If some doubt exists as to the true condition, extending to him a
paycheck will be the final test.  If said employee does not reach for
it instantaneously, it may be correctly assumed that death has occurred.
(Note: in some cases this instinct has been so highly developed that a
spasmodic clutching reflex may occur .  Do not allow this to confuse
c? c <?» c> c c> c?
<&    O   Ci?  (&:  G>  £> "WHY  DON'T YOU  GET  RID  OF THE  DEWEY  DECIMAL  SYSTEM?"
Report No.   1
This comment,   together with "How  in  Heaven's name do you  find a book
when you only  know the title?",   illustrates  the major problem   in  student  use of  the   library  as   indicated  by  a   recent  questionnaire  on
library  facilities.     Unfami1iarity with  the basic concepts of   library
service  forces  students,  many of whom are  too  shy or  reluctant  to admit  their  ignorance,   to tackle  their assignments without  any help  from
librarians;   as  a   result  they  become quickly disillusioned and  stay
away   in  droves.
All   is  not  gloomy,   however -  such comments as "We  love you",   "I'm all
right,   Jack",   "The   librarians  are all   courteous  and  helpful,   "I'm
happy!",   prove that   some  students  are using  the  library  successfully.
"I'm   in   love with  the petite blonde   in  Sedgewick who   looks   like  the
girl   in  the  lipstick ad"  caused quite a commotion   (we have not yet
figured  out  which     lipstick ad  but  naturally,   the  girl   has  been
fired.)     Noisy  staff members  are mentioned  several   times,   but  there
are many  suggestions  for the general   improvement of  library  services,
ranging  from "Why don't you move all   the Commerce   reserves  back to
the  Reserve  Book Room  as   it   is  too  far to walk from  the main   stacks
where  all   the  books  are",   to "I   have  had my   lunch  swiped  too many
times.     There  should be  some  facilities  for  this".     Perhaps we could
set  up a  special   rack,   similar to the  briefcase   racks  -    Lunches To
Be  Swiped!
r^J^t ^ht said* ves, iXpetL c&ir'S^N 0 > hNb S<1 PERCENT TO&K VERScNftl.  &FGHSB   AT Ttt£  C^OeSfOOJ.' * 7
The U„B„Cs Library and the U.B.C. School of Librarianship are preparing
for two workshops due to take place here this spring.
One which has been in the wind for some time is being tentatively-
planned for mid-April on the new Anglo-American Catalog Code,, (Th's
is acting on the assumption that the publication date for this Code
is early February, 1967)  A two-day workshop for catalogers and
other librarians on the background, use and implications of the Code,,
will be held under the direction of the U.B.C, School of Librarianship.
Speakers will include Miss F„ Bernice Field of the Yale University Library, Professor Seymour Lubetzky of U.C.L.A, and Mrs, Margaret
Beckman of the University of Guelph.  Workshops of a similar nature
are being planned at the major library schools across Canada but as
this one here is to be the earliest, so far as is known, one may expect
participants from all across the country and from the northwest U.S.A.
The other In the throes of being organized for late March or early
April is a Wo rkshop_ on Au tomation in L I b ra r I es , under the direction of
the Canadian Association of College and University Libraries Committee
on Automation and hosted jointly by the U.B.,C„ Library and Simon
Fraser.  Assuming this to be one of the centers of library automation
In. Canada, CACUL anticipates members from all parts of Canada to attend
this two-three day workshop.
In July 1966, the U.B.C. Library became a full member of the Centsr for
Research Libraries, the most ambitious and successful cooperative venture yet undertaken by American research libraries,.
The Center was incorporated in 1949 by ten universities as The Mid-West
Inter-LIbrary Center, a non-profit corporation with the primary purpose
of increasing the library research resources available to cooperating
institutions in the Midwest, With the aid of grants from the Carnegie
Corporation and the Rockefeller Foundation,, and a gift of land from the
University of Chicago, the Center began operation in a library building
with maximum storage capacity for three million volumes. 8
Its principal activities, as outlined in the original report which led
to the creation of the Center are two-fold:
The deposit into a common pool of the infrequently used library
materials held by participating institutions in order to reduce
their local space needs, and also to make more available when
needed more complete collections than any one of the participating libraries Itself can reasonably maintain for Its exclusive use.
The cooperative and centralized purchasing, cataloging and housing
of infrequently used library research materials that are not adequately available to the participants.
The Center's operating costs have been met by payment of annual dues,
graded for each institution according to a set formula.
The membership In the Center has been tripled in the past fifteen years;
and its collection now amounts to more than two million volumes, which
include such valuable material as foreign doctoral disseratationss
U.S. state documents, foreign government publications, periodicals
and newspapers (U.S. and foreign).  Although it was begun as a  reg=
ional Inter! Ibrary center, it lends any of Its material, freely to
any library, whether It be a supporting member or not,  it Is now In
fact serving as a national, rather than regional, agency through some
of its programs.  This new role led to the changing of Its name In
January 1965; to the more accurately descriptive title, The Center for
Research Libraries.
in spite of the free nature of its lending policy, the Center allows
its participating members certain privileges.  It has established a
policy by which an author card for every title cataloged by the Center
Is automatically provided to every member library.  These cards when
filed Into the member's own catalog make the Center's collection an
Integral part of the member's personal collection.  The Center also
tries its best to supply full and detailed Information to Its members
on all aspects of its collections and operations.
At present, while waiting for the Center's cards to arrive, our library is unable to utilize to the fullest extent the substantial and
valuable collection of the Center.  However, once we are able to do
so, there could be significant changes in the dispensation of our library budget, acquisition policy and in fact, our entire program in
1ibrary service. MRS. MEG LITTLE
Sjw1**/ *
,*i!B*- ,.*-'yi''.,.'<'.'-' \
Born (she's not saying when) and raised in the far north (Prince
George) she fled from the northern winters and never wants to return.  After a B.A. at U.B.C. and B.L.S. at Toronto, her first
library experience was in the Victoria Public Library doing a
variety of things - cataloging, circulation, reference, and
catching measles from a small borrower. Then Vancouver beckoned
and she came to U.B.C. where most of her working days have been
spent - two years in Circulation and too many years in Cataloging,
There were two sojourns away from U.B.C. One was a very pleasant two years at Washington State University in Pullman, as
cataloger in the Science Division. Here she very nearly became
an American citizen, but the death of her husband resulted in a
return to Vancouver. The other was a Very brief period at Vancouver Public Library.
As chief cataloger, she is expected to know the answers to al1
cataloging problems (which she doesn't) and she can usually be
found surrounded by mountains of catalog cards for checking.
Hobbies:  Collecting cook books and clothes. MISS DOROTHY  SHIELDS
Born  in Ottawa,  Dorothy
escaped j£ Kingston and
ultimately graduated
from Queen's  University.
Soon after,   propelled
by  itchy feet,   she embarked on a 3-day trip
in a plane of uncertain
vintage with a keg of
rum  in  its nose to
Chile,  where  in the
course of 2\ years she
learned to Samba,
Siesta,  and drink cocktails,   picked up Spanish
and  lost her appendix.
A leisurely sea voyage
during which the bar
ran out of everything
but champagne,   brought
her back briefly to
puzzled parents who
thought  she must be  ill   to want to sleep  in the afternoon,  and
thence to the wilds of Northern  Ontario and the mysteries of Atomic
Energy,   radiation and geiger counters.
Civilization and Europe beckoned -  itchy feet again - and  she soaked
up varying degrees of culture   in London  and on  lengthy  forays to the
"Continent".    Broke - salaries  in London weren't meant to be lived
on -  she  returned once again to Canada- this time to Canada's soggy
gateway to the  Pacific.     Soon,   the desire for sun,  good  skiing  and,
incidentally,   library  school,   took her to  Denver,   Colorado.     The
skiing was wonderful I     A green,   not-so-young  librarian,   she came to
U.B.C.  52 years ago and now heads up a group of the  library's finest
with  the   impressive title - Bibliographic  Searching  and  L.C.   Cataloging - a  section on  the 7th floor up for grabs between Acquisitions,
Cataloging and  Bibliography.
P.S.       She doesn't  have a cat. WALTER E. HARRINGTON
Although engaged by Bill
Bell's labour office
from Toronto Library
School as recent as 1965,
the charms of U.B.C.
were not new to me.  I
had stood on guard (and
K.P.) with the 15th
(Vancouver) Coast Brigade at Fort Point Grey
(now Fort Camp) in 19**0.
This auspicious beginning
launched an Army career
which after eighteen
years found me in Ottawa,
involuntarily involved
with the Board of a
fledging Township Library.
Partially conditioned by
twenty-five years service
in the Canadian Army for
the vicissitudinary life of a librarian, long of tooth, but short of
experience and after a year of 0 l/C #  of Prebindery, I was detailed
to head the large and complex organization of Gifts and Exchange,
with the added distinction of Extension Librarian
IF Room 750 and part of Floor 2 look at times like ye olde book mart,
do not be misled. The books and "magazines" are all part of G & E
stock in trade.
Ably assisted by Girl Friday, Janet Yuan and Sheila Neville in Extension, we trade with over 300 other libraries, process generous
gifts of books, and give book service to correspondence students.
And oh yes, some day we will be finished with the Heryet, and then
can start on the Shopland and Lewis, much to Cataloguing's glee!
# 0 l/C - Officer in Charge. GRAHAM ELLISTON
Background consists of a B.A. (Psychology & Criminology) from
U.B.C. (1959), a Master of Librarianship from the University of
Washington (1961), three years as serials cataloguer at U.B.C.
(1961-1964) and one year of drifting about Europe (1964-1965).
Since returning to U.B.C. In November 1965 he has been supervising
the checking in of periodicals in the Serials Division and working in cooperation with Bob MacDonald to devise ways of replacing
the present Kardex recording system with an automated one.  Is
finding it more difficult to answer questions as each day passes. ROCK AROUND THE LIBRARY
by S, Claus
The first annual Sedgewick Happening evolved on Friday afternoon,
December 23rd.  Given by the Department Heads for their staff(s),
the party was attended by numerous kegs of spirits, many pounds of
cheese, a rock 'n roll band and a whole library-worth of people;
Enthusiasm was high (and it was not alone) as the afternoon progressed, and many and versatile talents were displayed on the dance
floor.  Santa was seen agilely rocking it up with many of the belles
of the building, and his undershirt had a good time too.  Nobody
fell down and only fourteen glasses, an extension cord and a tambourine were dislocated at five o'clock.    17
The scarcely audible mutterings of reference divisions, "I'm wor<ing
on that ... bibliography" have been heard since time began ... But
never have we heard of the actual subjects of these bibliographies,
nor any word of their completion.  Rather suspecting that this was an
excuse to justify daydreaming over blank pieces of paper and thousands
of little cards, we began to poke around and unveiled the following
list of completed and 'in progress1 bibliographies.  Hats off to you]
Snoozes like this accomplish wonders...
Reference books, a basic list. By Carmen L. Sprovleri and Maurice G.
Lepper. Editor: R. M. Hamilton.  2d ed. 1964.
Newspapers; a checklist of major holdings.  1964.
In the Realm of the Humanities:
Reference books in English literature; an annotated list of basic books
for undergraduates.  By Inglis F. Bell and Joan Selby.  Rev. 1961.
The English Novel, 1578-1958; a checklist of twentieth century criticism.  By inglis F. Bell.  1962.
Seventeenth century English literature; a checklist of criticism.  By
Inglis F. Bell.  1963.
The Frank de Bruyn memorial books, a bibliography.  1964.
A Milton Bibliography, by Inglis F. Bell.  1964.
Reference Guide to French language and literature.  Rev. and enl. by
Susan Hand (wonder who that Is?,..) Humanities Division, 1964.
(Reference Publications, no. 18b)
Reference guide to Bibliographies In History, American and Europe
(W.).  Prepared by Susan Port, Humanities Division.  1965.
(Reference Publication, no. 20)
Canadian Literature, Lltterature canadlenne, 1959-1963.  By Inglis F,
Bell and Susan Port,  1966.
On Canadian literature, I806-I96O. By R.E.Watters and Inglis F. Bell.
Annual bibliography of English language and literature.  Contributing
editor for Canada: formerly, Inglis F. Bell, presently, Hans
Bu rndorfer. 18
Social Sciences:
Reference Guide to Economics Literature..  Compiled by the Social Science
Division,, 196l„ (Reference Publication, no.. 16)
Reference Guide to Educational Literature; a brief annotated list of
reference material of interest to education students to be found in
the Library of the University of British Columbia.  Rev., by Joan
O'Rourke, 1964,  (Reference publication, no., 8)
Reference Guide to Literature on industrial Relations.  Prepared by
Joan O'Rourke. 1964.  (Reference publication, no, 19)
Books on the teaching of reading and associated subjects in the Library of the University of British Columbia. By Geoffrey Buckley.
Reference Guide to Commerce Literature; a brief list of reference
material of Interest to commerce students to be found in the Library of the University of British Columbia. 6omp!!ed by Anne M.
Smith. Rev, 1965.  (Reference publication, no. 5)
Translations available in the University Library by Anne Brearley,
Head, Science Division, 196l„ (Reference Publication, no„ 15)
List of forestry journals [In the U„B,C. Library] 1961.
Guide to reference works in Forestry; a brief list of reference
material of Interest to forestry students to be found in the
Library of the University of British Columbia,  Prepared by
Anne M, Smith. 1962. (Reference Publication, no. I8a)„
Reference guide to home economics literature; a brief list of material of interest to Home Economics students to be found in the
Library of University of British Columbia.  Prepared by Anne M.
Smith; rev. by Anna R. Leith, 1963. (Reference Publication, no.9)
Reference guide to studlents in Agriculture 100; a brief list of reference material of interest to students In Agriculture 100 to
be found in the Library of the University of British Columbia,
Compiled by Anne M„ Smith; rev. by J. Buttery, 1964„ (Reference
Publication5 no. 4)
Scientific and technical translations and translation bibliographies
available In the University Library, Rev„ and expanded by Ena
Gaensbauer, 1964, (Reference Publication, no, 15a)
Serials in the University of British Columbia Library; Section I:
Check-list of currently received scientific and technical serials.
By J. Buttery. 1964, 19
Geology journals and government publications held by the U.B.C. Library.  1965.
Mathematical journals in the University of British Columbia Library.
Reference Guide to Chemical Engineering Literature; a brief list of
reference material of interest to chemical engineering students
to be found in the Library of the University of British Columbia.
Compiled by Anne M. Smith.  Rev. by J. Buttery, 1966.  (Reference
publication, no, 6)
Reference guide to plant science literature; a brief annotated guide
for students.  [Prepared by] Anne M. Smith; rev. by Anna R, Leith.
1962.  Partially revised 1966. (Reference Publication, no. 11)
Selected list of recent acquisitions in biological science and medicine.  New ser., no. 1-   1958-
Medical bibliography manual and library guide.  Prelim, ed. by Anna
R. Leith and Doreen E. Fraser.  i960.
List of current serial files in the fields of the biological sciences
and medicine. 1961-
Guide to reference works in Aquatic Sciences. Prepared by Anne M,
Smith. 1962. (Reference Publication, no. 17)
Guide to reference works in Botany; a brief annotated guide for students.  Prepared by Anne M. Smith.  1962.
Asian Studies:
Holdings of bibliographies on Contemporary Economic Development in
China in the University of British Columbia Library.  Prepared by
the Asian Studies Division. 1966,
Gazetteers of Kwangtung and Fukien, [Prepared by Asian Studies
Division]. 1966.
Selected list of materials on Dr. Sun Yat-sen in the University of
British Columbia Library.  By Asian Studies.  1966.
Selected list of materials in Chinese Philology in the University of
British Columbia Library.  Prepared by Asian Studies Division.
1966.  (Reference Publication, no. 21) 20
Fine Arts:
Fine Arts in Asia: a selected list of books on art and architecture for
the UNESCO seminar on Asia and the West. By Melva J. Dwyer. I960.
A Bio-Bibliographical finding list of Canadian musicians and those who
have contributed to music In Canada. By Melva J. Dwyer, 1960-1961.
Master's Theses relating to Planning.  Rev, 1966,
Union list of music periodicals in Canadian libraries.  Chairman:
Melva J, Dwyer,  By the Canadian Library Association. 1964,
A guide to the literature of Planning.  By Melva J, Dwyer.  Rev. 1966,
Map Division:
List o~ maps added to the Library.  August 1, I965-
Special Collections:
Checklist of books and pamphlets relating to the Pacific Northwest
published in i960 (part 2).  Books and pamphlets about British
Columbia, i960.  By Basil Stuart-Stubbs.  1961.
Bibliographies in Progress:
Addenda to the Union list of Music Periodicals.
Annual Canadian Checklist in Canadian Literature.
Canadian Book-in-Print.  Joint Sponsorship: Canadian Booksellers
Association; Canadian Book Publishers Council, C.L.A.
Compilation of lists of theses in the fields of science and techno-
1 ogy.
Doukhobor bibliography (including both U.B.C. holdings and a
desiderata 1ist).
List of source information on expeditions.
Mu s i c re fe ren ce boo ks.
Periodicals on Asia in Western languages - cataloged and uncata-
loged. The Japanese and Korean sections are still to be done,
the Chinese is complete.
Reference guide to book reviews; a checklist of sources for book
reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Reference guide to Dissertations in the Humanities.
Revision of Reference books in English literature, by inglis F.
Bell, Joan Selby and Elizabeth Vogel. 21
Among  the current   run  of  films  are   severalc^tktles which  appear to have
been   inspired directly  by  the  Library,     A^election  follows:
THE  PROFESSIONALS  -  That  worthy  body of-
FANTASTIC VOYAGE  -  From  Fine Arts  to  SpecTaJ^T
Co 1 lections in on>p2>'' M-.
days? <C=
BORN  FREE  - You  don't  have  to work  in  a L]
THE TRAP  -  Don't  trust  those  turnstilesli
HOW TO STEAL A MILLION  -  So that's what
happens  to our perici 1 s?
DEAR JOHN  - We  don't  forget  the  BrancrrVX^p^
brarles. <
FORTUNE  COOKIE,  -  Not  all   lunchroom  delicacies
are  fatal.
FAHRENHEIT 451   -  Floor  seven  any day   I
August? I
WRONG  BOX  -  Theme  song  from  Campus   Delivery.
SOUND  OF MUSIC  -  Daily  performances   from  the
Xe rox  Room. ,:-"
ALPHAVILLE  -  Special   seasonal   rates  for  Filing
Clerks. -ji"
TORN  CURTAIN  - Or,   a peep   into Asian  Studies.
SHOP  ON MAIN  STREET  -  The  bookstore   really
Is  appreciated.
HOTEL  PARADISO  - The  Front  Office   is  not   like
thi s.
ROTTEN  TO THE  CORE  -  You've  found  those  apples
in  stacks,   haven't you?
EARLY  Bl RD  -  B £•   G men  do  not  qual i f y   for  this
SPINOUT - The first  coffee  break.
VISIT TO A SMALL  PLANET - There's   life on
Curriculum  too?
YOU MUST BE JOKING -  No one minds working
hoiiday weekends.
As Is now we'll known, the Library has undertaken to acquire a collection of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century English literature from
Norman Co!beck of Bournemouth, England.  These books constitute Mr.
ColbeckEs personal collection and are   to be di st: 1 ngu i shed from his
stock-in-trade of some >50„0Q0 volumes,
Mr. Coibeck Is a paragon bookman who has devoted his life to the
trade.  Beginning at FoyIe] s In London as a young man, he subsequently opened his own shop near the British Museum and has more
recently been located In Bournemouth.  He wi Mi come to U.B.C. as a
bl bMog rapher with rhe primary task of compiling a catalogue of his
own collection, which will eventual ly become the property of this
Library,  This catalogue. It should be noteds will be a bibliographic listing as distinguished from cataloguing as a library technical process.  Once this book has been produced,. It will be possible
to distribute the collection to those parts of the library where
its components would be most appropriately located.
Mr, ColbeckEs collection Is described below in his own words:
A collection of nearly 500 authors, displayed in four
rooms - say some ]5000 yards of shelving - but many
double rows and many drawers for pamphlets.  No estimate of number of volumes, but may be well over 505000
as so many are slender volumes.
Almost entirely author-collections, and, with the single
exception of Sir Thomas Browne, may be said to commence
with the Romantic Revival - or, at least;, with William
Cowper, who did just survive Into the nineteenth century.
Though it may fairly be said to be a nineteenth century
collection, it does In fact contain MI6 authors the
whole (or almost whole) of whose work was publI shed In
the twentieth century.
All the authors collected may be considered to be
British (though there are In fact five Americans), and
there is a great emphasis on Anglo-Irish, writers -
some 66 of them. 23
Though names such as Thomas Hardy and George Meredith appear,
it might almost be considered as a collection to the virtual
exclusion of the novel - some authors I collect did write almost hundreds of them - Hamilton Aide, Robert Buchanan, Hain
Friswell, Jean Ingelow, James Payne, Katharine Tynan, to mention a few : and many are still missing from the collection.
It is mainly a collection of poets and essayists - miscellaneous writers.
Some of the collections are of considerable monetary value -
W. B. Yeats, Edward Thomas, W„ S. Blunt are examples : others
are virtually complete or are rendered important by the inclusion of much MS material - Philip Guedalla, Edward Carpenter,
George Bourne, W„ E. Hanley, Mark Rutherford are examples.  It
must also be considered that many of the collections are of
very smal1 monetary value : the reasons for this are that
sometimes the total output of authors was so inconsiderable -
W, N. P. Barbel lion, Michael Fairless; or that the authors
were only selected for reasons very personal to myself -
George Matheson, R. F. Horton, Edwin Hatch, W„ E, Orchard
are examples.
It must not be imagined that anything like the whole of the
authors are well advanced towards completion; some are not
more than half-way.
It might roughly be said that I have not collected any
writer who was not born before the twentieth century and do
not collect any author who is still living - though there
are exceptions to this - John Masefield, Sir Shane Leslie,
Ruth Pitter, Noel Coward, Robert Graves,
In a more recent development, U.B.C., Simon Fraser and the University
of Victoria have taken an option to purchase jointly Mr. Colbeck's
stock-in-trade. The chief librarians of these three institutions will
go to England early in the new year to appraise the collection.  No
agreement has yet been reached on the distribution of the stock or on
the burden of payment to be faced by the individual universities. The
operation is of such magnitude, however, that it may require a decade
to complete the transaction. It was  a very good year,   this year sixty-six
When  the pros  and  the nons were  a very good mix.
And here's  to a wish  that could make   it  all   heaven
May your gripes  all   be  small   ones   in  the year


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