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Array VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
THE LIBRARY
<REPO<RT OF
The Library Committee
—TO—
The Senate
OCTOBER, 1929 October 8th, 1929.
Leonard S. Klinck, Esq., M.S.A., D.Sc, LL.D.,
President,
Chairman of the Senate,
The University of British Columbia.
Sir:—
The Library Committee presents herewith, in
accordance with instructions contained in the
Senate's resolution of December 15th, 1926, a
Report made by the Librarian, and considered and
approved at a meeting of the Committee held on
Wednesday, October 2nd, 1929.
Very truly yours,
H. F. ANGUS,
Chairman. Professor H. F. Angus,
Chairman, Library Committee,
The University of British Columbia.
Sir:—
I beg to present herewith, for your information and that of
the Library Committee, a Report on the University Library
for the period October 1st, 1928, to September 30th, 1929.
BOOK COLLECTION: IMPORTANT PURCHASES
DURING THE YEAR
The book collection continues to grow at the rate of a little
over 4,000 volumes a year. It now comprises 72,300 volumes.
Of these, 68,900 are recorded accessions, while duplicates are
estimated at 3,400 volumes. There is thus an increase of 4,211
volumes since the Report presented to the Senate in October,
1928, as compared with 4,373 for the preceding year. The
details are:
1928-29       1927-28
New volumes added        4,211 4,373
Total volumes accessioned      68,900 64,689
Duplicates        3,400 3,400
Total in collection      72,300 68,089
The following are among the interesting purchases made
during the year:
Dickens: Household words (Original edition).... $25.00
U. S. Catalogue of Books in Print    96.00
Canada and its Provinces     75.00
English Dictionary, V. 10, Pt. 2    24.00
Richthofen: China, Vol. 3 and Atlas    26.40
Richen: Die Blatterpilze    22.50
Pauly-Wissowa Real Encyc. Vol. LX.-XIII	
2 Reihe I.-II	
Supp. II., III., VI  145.75 Report of Library Committee
English Catalogue, 1921-25  50.00
Makers of Canada  25.00
Van Marie: Italian Schools of Painting, V. 7-11 50.00
Engineering Index, 2 vols  110.00
Trietschke: Hist, of Germany in the 19th Cent. 43.00
Chodat Collection (French Drama)  368.00
Beilstein: Handbuch d. Organ. Chemie, V. 2  62.40
The Library has continued, throughout the Autumn and
Spring sessions, the practice inaugurated two years ago of displaying, every Friday afternoon, the new books as catalogued.
In this weekly exhibition of books great interest has been shown
by an increasing number of students.
PERIODICALS
The Library regularly receives about 580 periodicals. It
subscribes to about 450 of these at an annual cost of $3,800.00,
while 130 are received as gifts. The current issues, alphabetically arranged, are displayed on racks in the Periodical Room.
They are consulted by large numbers of students—some, in
fact, are so used that duplicates have to be secured for binding,
the consulting copy being worn out.
The Library's efforts to bring nearer to completion its files
of important periodical publications have been continued
throughout the year. The following is a list of new periodical
sets purchased, or of gaps in the files that have been filled:
American Journal of Anatomy, Vols. 1-27  $200.00
American Journal of Archaelogy, Vols. 1-14    45.00
Anatomical  Record, Vols.   1-24  110.00
Anatomisches Anzeiger, Bd. 15-46, with supp  150.00
Botanisches Centralblatt, Bd. 125-153  100.00
Catalogue Generate de la Bibliotheque Nationale,
T. 1-92  423.20
Coates' Herd Book, Vols. 71-74    30.25
Historical   Mss.   Commission.   Complete   set  to
date (198 vols.)  193.00
Industrial Management, Vols. 66-74    29.00
Journal des Savants, 1924, 25, 26, 27    30.50 Report of Library Committee
Journal of Farm Economics, Vols. 2, 3, 7-9 and
parts   28.85
Milchwirtschaftliches Forschungen, Bd. 1-3  27.90
Mineralogical Magazine, Vols. 1-18  75.50
Mississippi Valley  Historical  Society.  Proceedings, Vols. 1-5, 8-10  20.00
Modern Language Review, Vols.  1-11  48.90
Philobiblon Society, Miscellanies, 1854-76  30.50
Revue Internationale de Sociologie, 1914-27  50.65
Wheat Studies, Vols. 2-5  35.50
GIFTS OF BOOKS
Last year's Report to the Senate commented on the fact
that the gifts of books to the Library during the period covered
by the Report were the lowest in the University's history. The
Librarian regrets this year to have to make a similar report.
In the year 1926-27 the value of the book gifts was $1,200.00;
in 1927-28 the value was $660.00. For the year just closed the
amount is $307.00.
ANNUAL CHECK OF THE BOOK COLLECTION
The customary annual book stock-taking took place
immediately after the close of the spring examinations. This
discloses a loss of 134 volumes—129 from the ordinary and 5
from reserve loans. Of these 20 have been recovered, leaving
a net loss of 114 to date. The approximate value of these is
$250.00.
It is gratifying to note that in spite of the increase in the
student body there appears to be an annual diminution in the
losses of books. During recent years these losses have been as
follows:
1925   247 volumes
1926   140
1927   166
1928   144
1929   114
In previous reports it has been pointed out that the book
losses in this University are considerably less than those of other Report of Library Committee
institutions with a comparable number of students, and approximately equal book circulation.
RE-DISTRIBUTION OF BOOK COLLECTION
The installation of the shelving in Tier 1 of the stacks
increased by about 25 per cent, the Library's book accommodation. The whole book collection was re-distributed throughout
the enlarged stack system immediately after the completion
of the annual check. The work took three members of the staff
and four student assistants three weeks to complete.
The changes of location of every book in the Library necessitated the writing of new labels for each range and aisle, but
a month after the transfer started, and before the opening of
the Summer Session, the whole collection was again in referable order.
REGISTRATION OF READERS; AUTUMN AND
WINTER SESSIONS
The total registration of degree-course students in the
session of 1928-29 was 1,730. In addition there were 429 registered in the Arts Summer School, and a total of 175 in the
short courses in Agriculture, Nursing and Botany. Of the
1,730 degree-course students, 1,674 took our readers' cards. Of
the Summer Session students, 289 registered as readers. There
were thus 196 students who, during the two sessions, did not
avail themselves of the privileges of the Library. Of the 56
Autumn Session students who did not take out library cards,
practically all were first-year students who failed to meet the
University's requirements at the Christmas examination. With
these exceptions, every student of the University made regular
use of the book collection.
EXTRA MURAL READERS
The Report of 1928 stated that 94 persons in the Province,
all engaged in some research or study for which the University's book collection is of value, were enrolled as "extra mural
readers." These readers, by regulation of the Senate, pay a
fee of $1.00 per calendar year, and, in addition, the cost of mail- Report of Library Committee
ing of books. At the present time there are 69 such readers.
They include ministers, doctors, mining engineers, metallurgical
and other chemists, and a number of teachers.
INTER-LIBRARY LOANS ,
In addition to the foregoing readers, unconnected with the
University, but to whom the Library gives service, there are
a number of institutions that find the University's book collection of assistance to their staffs in their work. Officials of the
City of Vancouver, the staff of the Vancouver Harbour Board,
the Vancouver General Hospital, the Marine Biological Station
at Nanaimo, the Astrophysical Observatory at Victoria, and the
Consolidated Smelter at Trail are among the institutions from
which the Library has frequent requests for books. In all 45
loans were made to these and similar organizations through the
year.
The Library is under obligation to other university libraries,
with larger collections, for greatly appreciated assistance given
to members of faculty and students doing research work for
which the University's own book collection is inadequate. Among
the libraries to which this University has been indebted for
loans of books throughout the year may be mentioned:
University of Toronto, McGill University, Legislative Library
(Victoria), University of California, University of Washington,
Stanford University, Library of Congress, Library of the Surgeon-General (Washington).
CIRCULATION
The circulation for the year under review shows a decrease
in both "ordinary" and "reserved" loans. Ordinary loans from
September 1st, 1928, to September 1st, 1929, were 33,232
volumes, as against 33,426 for the preceding twelve months. This
is a decrease of 194 volumes. "Reserved" book loans show a
greater decrease. Loans for the year under review were 36,555,
as against 41,280 shown in the Report of October, 1928—a
reduction of 4,725. Report of Library Committee
The total loans of the Library for the past three years are
as shown in the following statement:
1928-29 1927-28 1926-27
Ordinary   loans     33,232 33,426 30,407
Reserved  t     36,555 41,280 32,934
Summer Session Loans      1,487 401 487
Extra-Mural loans       1,138 1,639
Inter-library  loans            45 53 	
72,457 76,799 63,818
Monthly statistics of ordinary circulation for the ten years,
1920 to 1929, are as follows :
ORDINARY LOANS
1919
1920
1921
1922
1923      1924
1925
1926
1927
1928      1929
Jan	
759
1,179
1,540
1,736     1,940
2,254
3,366
3,266
4,264    4,152
Feb	
760
1,189
1,501
1,710     1,767
2,139
3,419
4,268
4,404     4,387
Mar	
655
1,194
1,524
1,604    1,702
2,142
3,597
4,149
4,487     3,806
Apr.
379
684
853
1,147     1,104
1,271
1,915
2,599
2,464     2,652
May   	
289
531
666
743        702
847
850
867
755     1,291
June 	
285
487
641
732        656
680
616
618
583        72s
July   	
370
477
602
831        931
1,012
1,199
1,492
1,323     1,944
Aug	
436
533
597
888        703
603
895
1,239
1,184    1,676
Sept	
550
975
1,147
938     1,234
405
1,110
1,223
1,009      	
Oct.      740
1,327
1,762
1,938
2,174     2,325
3,085
3,942
4,552
4,825      	
Nov.     917
1,542
1,568
1,874
1,970   -2,159
3,415
4,197
4,795
4,457      	
Dec.     467
1,033
1,056
1,080
1,208     1,173
1,559
2,560
2,383
2,310
2,124
8,382
11,635
13,963
15,683  16,387
19,412
27,666
31,451
32,065  20,631
Average Monthly
Circulation:
708
690
969
1,163
1,307     1,365
1,618
2,306
2,620
2,675     1,720
(3 mos.
)
(8 mos.)
"RESERVED" LOANS
1925-26    1926-27
1927-28
1928-29
October ...
1,322
4,784
5,468
5,241
November
3,754
6,483
9,543
7,289
December
1,657
4,041
4,518
3,709
January ...
2,262
2,022
3,053
3,421
February .
3,419
3,962
5,877
4,781
March .....
4,887
6,857
8,304
6,820
April
Dtal
2,121
4,785
4,517
5,052
Tc
19,422     32,934
41,280
36,314
Monthly average     2,744       4,705       5,897       5,188 Report of Library Committee
SUMMER SESSION
1926        1927 1928
July      1,092       1,248 885
August           616          890 1,008
Total        1,708       2,138 1,893
Monthly average        854       1,069
946
1929
809
678
1,487
744
EVENING ATTENDANCE
During the Autumn and Spring Sessions the Library gives
to Faculty and Students a thirteen-hour service—from 8:45 a.m.
to 9:45 p.m.—on five days of the week. On Saturdays the hours
are from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Members of the Library staff
take turns in doing evening duty. The use of the Library by
Students in evening hours during the past year was about the
same as for that preceding.
The records kept by the Circulation Department show the
following as the attendance for the past three years:
1926-27 1927-28 1928-29
Attend. Even. Aver. Attend. Even. Aver. Attend. Even. Aver.
Open Open Open
October         792         24         33 848         23 37 852         25         34
November     1,284         25         50 2,070         24 82 1,574         24         65
December      1,791         18         99 2,050         18 114 1,658         15 110
January         379         19         20 542         20 27 554         22         25
February         976         24         40 1,309         25 52 915         22         41
March   2,310         26         59 3,087         27 114 2,739         25 105
April    4,176         24       124 2,730         21 130 4,015         23 174
11,708       160 73       12,636       159 80       12,307       156 70
The Library was kept open in the evenings during the
months of July and August, on petition from students of the
Summer Session.   The attendance was:
Attend.    Even. Average
Open
July        226 18 13
August      407 16 25
633
34
19 12 Report of Library Committee
is one-half that of work done in Vancouver, and for this reason
the Library's French purchases are bound before being forwarded.
The number of volumes bound was 1,375. Three hundred
and twenty-five volumes were repaired at a cost of $250.00.
The appropriation was slightly overspent, expenditures under
this heading for the University Year 1928-29 being $3,072.25.
For the present year 836 volumes have been forwarded for binding to date.
Among the larger items may be mentioned:
Anatomische  Anzeiger    38 volumes
Mineralogical Magazine     18        "
Fraser's  Magazine  106       "
Harvard Graduate  Magazine    20       "
Elementary School Journal     18       "
In addition, 140 volumes of French history and literature,
purchased by Dr. Ashton, when in Europe, were bound at a cost
of $130.00.
DISCIPLINE
Last year's Report noted a perceptible decline of student
discipline in the Library, due to an increasing tendency to use
the reading rooms as a social hall, or place for conversation.
It was further stated that the preservation within the building
of conditions favourable to study had, for the preceding year,
been left, at its request, to the Students' Council, but that, so
far as could be observed, no systematic effort had been made by
that body to maintain proper standards, and that it had asked
to be relieved of further responsibility.
The resumption by the University staff of the responsibility
for the conditions of orderly quiet that should prevail in a
library building has been marked by a very satisfactory improvement. The elected representatives of the student body co-operated whole-heartedly in bringing about this change. A proportion of those using the reading rooms still indulge in unnecessary conversation, and there is still a tendency to make
the halls and staircases places for keeping social appointments
—though this tendency would appear to be on the decline.  But Report of Library Committee 13
the improvement on conditions as stated in the last Report is
notable—in fact, these conditions might now be considered satisfactory, if not excellent.
ACCOMMODATION OF LIBRARY
It was pointed out in the last Report that the Library Building will seat about 350 readers in reading rooms, periodical
room and study carrels—about twenty per cent, of the present
enrolment—and that this accommodation is insufficient for the
students desiring to use it. This condition is steadily becoming
more acute. In the present session practically every day sees
students unable to find seats. Never, since the present building
was occupied, has such congestion occurred so early in the season. As examinations approach, the situation is bound to become worse. If the present use of the building can be taken as
a criterion, the conditions during the six weeks before the
Christmas and Spring examinations will constitute an insoluble
problem.
The necessity for the enlargement of the building, pointed
out in last year's Report, is thus emphasized. The erection of
the south wing, to accommodate the "Reserved" reading room
and the permanent Periodical room, is one of the major requirements of the general building extension problems confronting
the University. It is hoped that, if this is not possible during
1930, the wing may be constructed in 1931. Preliminary plans
have been drawn for it by the University Architects.
LIBRARY STAFF
With great regret the Librarian reports the death, on
August 2nd, of Miss Frances M. Woodworth, Reference
Librarian, and Head of the Circulation Department since 1920. 14 Report of Library Committee
Miss Woodworth was a graduate of the University of New
Brunswick and of the University of Washington Library School.
She was competent in every aspect of her work, sparing neither
time nor trouble to render the best of service alike to the teaching staff and to students, among whom her obliging disposition
made her deservedly popular.
Miss Woodworth's successor is Miss Norah Bateson, a
graduate of Manchester University, and of the Pratt Library
School, Brooklyn. She was this summer on the teaching staff
of McGill University Library School.
Another change in the staff was created by the marriage of
Miss Mary S. Robertson, typist. She is succeeded by Miss
Florence L. Ranking.
It is a pleasure to report that all members of the staff are
giving to the Library and to the University excellent service.
The staff at present consists of:
John Ridington, Librarian.
Dorothy Jefferd, Cataloguer.
Norah Bateson, Reference Librarian.
Mabel Lanning, Circulation.
Roland Lanning, Periodicals.
Lionel Haweis, Accessions and Government Documents.
Alice E. Hearsey, Stenographer.
Florence L. Ranking, Typist.
Richard D. Buchanan, Call Boy. Report of Library Committee 15
LIBRARY COMMITTEE
The Library Committee consists of the following:
Prof. H. F. Angus, Chairman, representing the Faculty of
Arts and Science.
Dr. A. E. Hennings, representing the Faculty of Arts and
Science.
Dr. W. L. MacDonald, representing the Faculty of Arts and
Science.
Dr. S. J. Schofield, representing the Faculty of Applied
Science.
Prof. H. M. King, representing the Faculty of Agriculture.
Dr. L. S. Klinck, President of the University (ex-officio).
John Ridington, Librarian and Secretary.
Regular meetings of the Committee are held monthly on
the second Wednesday during the session, and special meetings
as needs arise. In all, ten meetings have been held since the
Report of October, 1928.
• Respectfully submitted,
JOHN RIDINGTON,
Librarian.
8th October, 1929. 

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