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UBC Library News Jan 31, 1981

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New Series, No. 3
January, 1981
Vancouver, B.C.
The Library has
in recent years; yet
(13-15% annually ver
customary patterns o
recent speeches, wit
reductions and restr
must plan carefully
The following a
its budget" and desc
Faculty opinions are
the matters describe
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with the Sena
erous increases to its collections budget
ng rise in the price of books and journals
creases of 7-9%) is gradually eroding
President Kenny has stressed in several
in the funding for the University,
routine at UBC. Given this situation, we
ady reductions in the purchase of library
es the Library's current plans to "balance
ices to be made in the coming years,
elcomed. Please send your written views on
sil Stuart-Stubbs, University Librarian;
te Library Committee and appropriate
The Li
serial subs
on the pure
could not i
the time ne
now prepari
reduce our
serials. Ea
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These lists
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mmediately cut
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ng (barring a 1
subscription co
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by 10%.
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librarians in
collections and
will be sent t
ation procedure
981/82 budget f
ing for a 10% dollar cut in the amount spent on
current fiscal year, the Library had to cut back
n order to pay for periodical subscriptions. We
back on expenditures for periodicals because of
e subscriptions and consult with users. We are
arge increase in the University's budget) to
sts and to restore the balance between books and
tion is being asked to cut its serials
ting the serials collection is a lengthy one. At
each division or branch are examining the
preparing lists of suggested cancellations,
o the academic departments for comment in March.
will not take place until we have received some
igure, and probably will be done sometime in May.
last yea
last yea
price in
18%; Bri
up 32%.
r (compar
s up 35-4
s overall
e to the
0% in two
cost for period
budget increase
years (now at U
Index (2 copies)
ical subscriptions was up 14.5%
of 9%). Some examples: Chemical
.S. $5,132/yr. for each of 3
up more than 70% in 4 years, 18%
r; Nature (at least 10 copies on campus) has almost doubled in
3 years, now over $250/yr. each,
k price increases too have jumped
for 1979 show: U.S. books - busine
s up 44%, history up 13%, law up 1
tish books - medicine, science and
and law up 28%, critical works on
sharply as these published
iss up 23%, sociology and
1.7%, science up 12%,
technology up 33%,
literature up 55%,
technology up
adult fiction The cost of government publications has also skyrocketed as we now pay
for many which were previously free. This year we paid $2,500 for British
parliamentary publications which were previously free. While we receive one
free copy of Canadian federal publications, we pay for second and
subsequent copies needed in our decentralized system and for all non-book
materials such as computer tapes. One set of Statistics Canada data tapes
increased last fall from $55 to $700 because of the government's own "cost
recovery" program.
Since cutbacks may be necessary each year from now on, the University
Librarian and the Senate Library Committee are interested in faculty
opinions on priorities for the purchase of library materials. So far,
during the various crises of the 70's, we have tended to emphasize the
purchase of new books rather than older ones; we have cut back slightly on
journal subscriptions and curtailed the placing of new ones; we have asked
each library location to cut back journal expenditure an equal percentage.
We have not, for example, penalized the science libraries for greater cost
increases in science journals or invoked a policy of cancelling duplicate
subscriptions. We have held to the Senate Library Committee suggestion of
keeping serial costs to about 50-55% of our collections budget. We know
some faculty members think we are spending too much on journal
subscriptions and not enough on books; others feel that journals should
receive a high priority. Some favour the present policy of fairly extensive
duplication of heavily used books and journals in convenient decentralized
locations; others prefer that we maintain one copy of as broad a range of
materials as possible, cutting back on duplicate subscriptions and copies.
We must decide whether to emphasize current needs (including the
convenience of multiple copies, decentralized locations) or whether we
should also give significant weight to the role of a research library as
custodian or archive of society's thought and knowledge by acquiring for
potential future use material not in current demand. Future generations of
scholars and students, particularly in the humanities, will be greatly
affected by the decisions we make now.
Only 333 of the 6100 respondents to the Library Survey distributed at
library locations last March were UBC faculty members. A further 277
faculty members returned questionnaires sent selectively via campus mail in
an effort to obtain a better representation of faculty opinion.
The results hold few surprises. The survey indicates that faculty use
the library to scan current journals/new books and to use library materials
in the library as much as to borrow materials. Faculty use library
services, such as interlibrary loans and computerized literature searches,
no more heavily than students and other members of the UBC community. Half
of the faculty are pleased with the decentralized library system, about one
sixth are not, with the remainder moderately satisfied.
One of the few points on which all faculty members agree is that the
card catalogue is fairly easy to use. The microcatalogue (which replaced
the card catalogue for new acquisitions in 1978) is fairly easy for more
than half of the faculty respondents but 25% find it fairly difficult or
very difficult to use, compared to 16% of students — an age factor
perhaps! c
Collections and availability of materials were rated quite well, with
over 66% of faculty members rating the collection in their subjects good or
excellent. Faculty find hours of opening more satisfactory than students do
— "adequate or better" for over 65% of the respondents. Answers to the
question asking for an overall assessment of library services and holdings
rfere as follows: Excellent : 27%
Good : 54%
Adequate : 15%
Poor : 2%
No Opinion : 1%
If you have any questions about the results of the survey, contact Jim
Henderson at 4363 for further information. A full report on the survey is
under preparation and a synopsis of that report is expected to appear in
The Ubyssey.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has a program
under which university libraries can apply for grants to strengthen
specialized collections.
There are very stringent requirements which must be met before an
application is accepted. The first requirement is that the Library have a
collection in the designated area which is "of national significance" —
"collections which are indispensible resources for research by scholars and
students all across Canada." It is not sufficient that the applicant
library make a statement to this effect; SSHRC requires documentary support
relating the existing collection to published bibliographies, and comparing
it with similar collections across Canada. The application must also list
.he specific material to be purchased with the grant. The following
materials may not be purchased: current materials, manuscripts, archival
collections and microform editions of archival collections. Although a
library may submit several applications each year, the total amount awarded
to one institution in a year cannot exceed $40,000.
In the two year life of the program we have received the maximum
amount each year. For 1979/80 we received roughly $33,000 for periodical
backfiles in Japanese and Chinese, and $6,000 for 19th Century Russian
periodical backfiles. In 1980/81 we received $40,000 to enable the Special
Collections Division to buy rare material relating to British Columbia and
the Pacific Northwest.
Does your department have suggestions for future applications? In view
of SSHRC's requirements for documentation, we suggest that an application
be a sequel to a departmental project of extensive checking of our holdings
in an area (possibly accomplished through a "directed studies" or summer
youth employment program as the Library no longer has the staff to do
extensive checking of holdings for other than current books). Please call
Dr. Anthony Jeffreys, Assistant Librarian for Collections, (2740) to obtain
more information or to discuss possible areas for a grant proposal.
The Curriculum Laboratory in the Education Building has just completed
renovations. The audio/video collection, the staff work room, and the
librarian's office were relocated to provide needed stack space. In
addition, row carrels in the student study area were separated and
redistributed throughout Scarfe. This latest configuration will allow five years of growth. At that time, Curriculum Laboratory resources might
id to a proposed new Main Library building or to a new Education
or six
be move
Library. In the interim, come and visit: use the Preview Room to screen.
your home movies, empruntez un livre d'images pour vos enfants qui suivent
un programme d' immersion, or borrow the teacher's guide to the math text
your teenager is asking you to help with!
Faculty and graduate students have been sent a one page questionnaire
regarding the Library's collection quality in their area of study. Please
return your questionnaire as soon as possible. The results will be used in
a management study of the Library's collection. If you did not receive a
questionnaire, please call Laine Ruus at 5587.
If you'd like a copy of the 1980/81 edition of the Faculty Library
Guide , please call Information & Orientation Division at 2076.
For students, A Beginner's Guide to the UBC Library is available at
the UBC Bookstore for 50 cents.
The following items are needed to complete the library's holdings:
AMERICAN LIBRARIES, vol. 10 n.ll, 1979.
ASLIB PROCEEDINGS, vol. 3 n. 1 and 3, 1951.
DREXEL LIBRARY QUARTERLY, vol. 9 n. 4, 1973; vol. 15, n. 1-4, 1979.
LIBRARY TRENDS, vol. 27, n. 3-4, 1978/79.
SPECIAL EDUCATION IN CANADA, vol. 49, n. 4, 1975.
SPECIAL LIBRARIES, vol. 70, n. 9, 1979
UNESCO BULLETIN, vol. 33, n. 1-4, 1979.
URBAN READER, vol. 3, n. 2, 1975; vol. 4, n. 3, 1976; vol. 6, n. 5, 1978.
WILSON LIBRARY BULLETIN, vol. 53, n. 9, 1979.
If you can supply any of these, please telephone Graham Elliston,
local 2304.
Editor: L. Bryant Information and Orientation Division
ISSN 0382-0661


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