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UBC Library News Mar 31, 1972

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Vol. 5, No. 3 March, 1972 Vancouver, B.C.
This newsletter is published as an information service for UBC faculty, students and other readers outside the
Library. It contains feature articles and news about developments in the library system which we feel will be of interest
or concern to the larger community. The News welcomes all comments, criticisms and suggestions for future articles.
Last fall, users of the Woodward Library participated in a survey which was designed to find out about the
problems they encounter in obtaining periodicals from the Library. The survey (which was reported in some detail in
the December/January Library News) did supply a great deal of useful information to the library on difficulties arising
from its methods of operation, and it is hoped that useful changes may be made.
Now the Main Library is interested in carrying out a similar survey. Because of the subject divisional arrangement,
the number of enquiry desks, the divided responsibility for record-keeping, and the layout of the building, it is
expected that user problems in the Main Library may be of a different kind than in Woodward. It is hoped that the
survey will provide useful data on which to base a revised circulation policy or improved administrative procedures for
handling periodicals.
The survey will take place during the two-week period from Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 24. During this
time we ask for your cooperation in the following ways:
PLEASE REPORT each time you do not find a periodical you need, either in the
Main Stacks or the unbound periodicals areas. (The survey will
not extend to the Fine Arts Division or the Sedgewick Library.)
Report forms will be available in the stacks, or you may report
to the library staff. You will not be asked for your name unless
you wish the periodical to be found and reserved for you.
PLEASE DO NOT RESHELVE PERIODICALS (bound or unbound) which you use
during the survey period.
Like other areas of the library system, the Information and Orientation Division has lately been compiling
statistics on use. Since last October, the staff at the Main Concourse Information Desk have been keeping a daily record
of the number and type of questions received.
Including telephone questions, the average monthly total comes to nearly 7,500. Hourly breakdowns indicate
that most of these are received during a five-hour peak period between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. At these times, staff handle
an average of one question every 90 seconds.
In comparison, the desk gets fewer than four personal and telephone questions in its first hour of service (8 a.m.
to 9 a.m.). For this reason, a minor change has been made in staffing. Before 9 a.m., a large sign on the Information
Desk now invites users to pick up the intercom and call staff from the nearby office if they need help. Telephone
inquiries during this first hour will be taken at 228-2076. Full-time service at the Information Desk starts at 9 a.m. START HERES: BIG LITTLE SUBJECT GUIDES
Near the end of 1971, Main Library reference divisions began issuing a numbered series of mini-bibliographies.
The one-page guides bring together information on topics that users may have difficulty with, either because the subject
is a narrow and specialized one, or because little useful material is available.
Appropriately named Start Heres, the guides list relevant subject headings in the card catalogue; titles and
locations of the most useful periodical indexes and abstracts (again with specific subject headings to check);
information on helpful reference materials, stack books and bibliographies; and titles of journal articles, reports and
government publications.
Start Heres are entered by subject in the Main Card Catalogue, but News readers may find the following title list
useful. Copies are available free in the reference divisions mentioned after each title.
Geology of Vancouver
Physical Distribution and
Social Sciences
Organizational Behaviour
Social Sciences
Analysis of Stocks and Stock Market
Behaviour: Canadian and Foreign
Social Sciences
Air Cushion Vehicles /Surface
Effect Ships
Mortgage Financing in Canada
Social Sciences
Orientals in British Columbia
Special Collections,
Social Sciences
Military-Industrial Complex
Social Sciences
Offshore Structures
Soviet and Eastern European
Domestic Policies
Social Sciences
Soviet and Eastern European
Foreign Affairs
Social Sciences
American Corporate Control of
Canadian Business
Social Sciences
Native Peoples of Canada
Special Collections,
Social Sciences
Islamic Studies
"Underground" or A Iternative Press
Special Collections,
Social Sciences
By press time finishing touches were being put on a giant wall-mounted display that will be a permanent feature
of the Woodward Library's circulation and reference area. Measuring 6 by 15 feet, it combines poster-sized photographs
with a text that both describes Woodward's resources and illustrates the steps that make up a literature search in the life
The mural is the work of the Library's graphic artist, Ms. Bianca Barnes. It has been mounted on a wall outside
the Memorial Room near Woodward's card catalogue. THREE FACES OF PRINTING
This month's Main Library displays offer a study in contrasts. The two cases in the main entrance hall feature
poetry and fine printing put out by small Canadian presses. Represented are Poppin Publications, Quarry Press, IS
Three and Cyclops. All material comes from the Special Collections Division.
Upstairs in the south wing, the Division has kicked over the traces and mounted a 20-foot display of — would you
believe underground comics? The papers these were drawn from are kept for a serious purpose: they are expected to
have real value for social historians of the next generation. [See UBC Library News, August/September, 1970.] But the
Special Collections display illustrates the lighter side of the Library's holdings. See it between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. any
weekday before March 20.
Eventually some of the materials in these two exhibits may be assembled and bound. Anyone who has ever been
curious about the steps involved in commercial or art binding can now see the whole process illustrated in the display
case outside the Ridington Room. The Library binder, Mr. Percy Fryer, has helped bring together much of the material
used in the sequence. Also on display are samples of fine hand-crafted bindings and an array of tools and materials used
to produce them.
The Library would like to encourage faculty and students to suggest topics for future displays. Some readers may
be interested in setting up a display personally, or in making this an optional part of a course. For more information,
please write or phone Mrs. Mary Paterson of the Information and Orientation Division (local 2076).
The Special Collections Division has recently acquired several interesting groups of manuscripts and records.
These include scrapbooks, minutes, financial records and books of the Vancouver branch of the Industrial Workers of
the World ("Wobblies"). These six feet of records include the minutes of the first Annual Convention of the I.W.W.'s
Canadian Administration, as well as local files.
Also recently added to the Manuscripts Collection are partial records of Hoffmeister Electric, one of Vancouver's
oldest electrical contracting firms. The twenty feet of correspondence, financial records, day books and related
materials date from 1898. The firm went out of business this year.
In the area of ethnic history, the Library was fortunate to acquire the manuscripts of the late Foon Sein, leader
of the Chinese community. Mr. Foon was active in civil rights from his early days in British Columbia. The papers
reflect his varied interests.
Also added to the collection recently were the papers of Matthew M. Lindfors, a leading member of Vancouver's
Swedish community, who died last May at the age of 72. In 1927 he opened the Scandinavian School of English, and in
1933 became editor of the Swedish Press, a post he held until his death. From 1939 to 1954 he ran a Scandinavian Film
Service, in 1951 founded the Swedish Cultural Society, and from 1947 to 1959 was correspondent for the Canadian
International Service of the C.B.C. His papers, many in Swedish, reflect all of these activities. They are comprised of
correspondence, speeches, writings, publicity materials, photographs and related files dating from 1927 to 1971. This
acquisition is an important addition to the Library's growing number of manuscript collections giving background on
ethnic groups.
It is through materials such as those described above that researchers obtain valuable data for economic, political
and cultural histories. The Special Collections Division appreciates any leads to original source materials.
A grant of $25,000 has been received by the Social Responsibility Committee of the North Shore Unitarian
Church for a project in oral history. The objective is to record, before they are lost, the memories of the oldest living
members of B.C. society. Of particular importance are those members of minority and ethnic groups who are unlikely
to leave a written account of their experiences. The completed tapes should make a unique contribution to the social
and cultural history of the province. It is hoped that ten interviewers will take part in the project. Selection of persons to be interviewed will be done
in consultation with faculty at UBC and SFU, leaders of minority groups, and other community leaders.
In addition, the UBC Library's Special Collections Division, Cataloguing Division and Crane Library will assist in
the organization and preservation of the material. All tapes, and the typed transcripts made from them, will become a
part of the UBC Library. They will be listed with the National Library of Canada and other union catalogues for
continent-wide use.
Never before has an effort been made to record, organize, and preserve the living history of B.C. for general use.
Plans call for cooperation with the Raven Society (an Indian media organization) and Metro Media (an urban group),
making material available for their use. However, the prime objective is to add to the store of source material for
scholarly work rather than to create current programs.
Organizers of the project are pleased that the Crane Library for the Blind will be participating. Oral history will
be a type of primary resource material which should be of particular interest and value to the blind student. With his
increased sensitivity to voices, the blind student may be uniquely qualified to interpret this material.
The completed tapes and transcripts will be listed in the Canadian National Bibliography in Ottawa, the
Northwest Bibliographic Center (Seattle) and the National Union Catalogue (Washington, D.C.). They will be available
for loan to borrowers throughout North America. The master copy will be housed in the UBC Library's Special
Collections Division, and reference librarians there will interpret them for use.
The Social Responsibility Committee is chaired by J. McRee Elrod. Supervising the project will be Bill Langlois,
who will be drawing on experience with a similar project in the northeastern United States. For further information,
please contact Mr. Elrod at 228-3510 or Mr. Langlois at 228-3003.
The Library is now receiving a new and delightful biweekly consumers'newsletter called Moneysworth. Directions
for what to do in order to avoid the "ultimate rip-off are refreshingly candid. Copies are shelved by title in the Main
Library's unbound periodicals area on stack level 5.
For the past few months, the News has been running an experimental program in cooperation with the Library's
Serials Bibliographer. Each issue has carried want ads for back copies of journals which the Library needs to complete
its files. Readers' response has been most encouraging. Our thanks to all those who have answered the call, and thus
helped get bound volumes onto the shelves faster.
On this month's wanted list are:
British Columbia Business Journal Vol. 1, No. 5 (1969)
Vol. 2, No. 6 (September, 1970)
New York Review of Books Vol. 13, No. 10 (August 4, 1969)
Vol. 14, No. 7(1970)
Vol. 14, No. 9(1970)
Anyone who might be able to help is asked to contact Graham Elliston, Serials Bibliographer, at 228-2304.
It's official. The 1971 UBC Library Loving Cup for Title of the Year goes to K.R. Toole for the following book: LA 229      Toole, Kenneth Ross, 1920-
T6 The time has come to say the things that need to be said about campus
1971 violence, the tyranny of a minority, the crusade of the spoiled children, the
parental abdication of responsibility, and the lack of courage, integrity, and
wisdom on the part of our educational leaders, by K. Ross Toole. New York,
Morrow, 1971.
Readers who prefer to use the Subject File can find this one under - what else? - "CONFLICT OF GENERATIONS'
... And then there was the frustrated student who came to the Information Desk for a journal he couldn't find
anywhere. As he pointed out, almost every page of his textbook had a reference to it in the footnotes, but no catalogue
listed it. The title: Ibid.
Editor: Mrs. J.E. de Bruijn Information and Orientation Division


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