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UBC Library News Apr 30, 1984

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 ubc library news
new series no. 9/april 1984
The Library is currently involved in activities to raise funds for two UBC libraries, Asian
Studies and Crane.
At the suggestion of members of Vancouver's Chinese and Japanese communities, an "Oriental
Night" will be held at Robson Square Media Centre on April 14th. The evening will begin with
a reception for patrons followed by slide presentation on the Asian Studies Library and a
concert of Chinese and Japanese music, dance, and martial arts demonstrations. Proceeds
from the event will be used to purchase materials for the Asian Studies Library.
A campaign to assist the Crane Library is being directed to individuals and service clubs in the
Vancouver area. Funds are needed to enable Crane to record the increasing number of talking
books needed by visually handicapped students taking UBC courses.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Reference Divisions will be combined on May 1st. At
present these two divisions provide service from separate desks in the Ridington Room in the
Main Library. The new division will be headed by Chuck Forbes, presently Head of the
Humanities Division. Lois Carrier, now the Head of the Social Sciences Division, will remain
in the combined division as a reference librarian.
The librarians in the new division will provide general humanities and social sciences reference
service from a single desk, ending years of confusion in students' minds about what was a
"humanity" and what a "social science." At the same time, the staff will continue to provide
subject specialized reference service and research assistance at the highest level that staff
resources allow. Faculty members in departments served by the new division should expect to
maintain contact with the same subject specialists as at present.
The merger of the two divisions is part of a move toward consolidation and will enable the
Library to adjust more readily to changes in budgets and demands for service.
The Library has recently purchased a collection of Malcolm Lowry manuscripts through J.
Howard Woolmer, an antiquarian bookdealer in Pennsylvania.  The purchase was made possible by a grant from the Department of Communications under the terms of the Cultural Property
Export and Import Act. Funding under the Act makes it possible to repatriate materials of
national importance. The new papers, the last significant group of manuscripts remaining in
private hands, are a valuable addition to the Special Collections Division's world-renowned
collection of Lowry's manuscripts and published works.
Faculty members are reminded that books needed for courses beginning in September should be
ordered as soon as possible for the Library as well as for the Bookstore.
Library material to be put on reserve for most undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Arts
and first and second year Science and Applied Science should be requested through Course
Processing at the Sedgewick Library (2639); for courses in Commerce, Education, Physical
Education, and graduate arts and physical sciences, through the Reserve Book Collection in the
Main Library (2519). Reserve material for other courses should be ordered through the library
responsible for the subject. If you have questions about how to order library materials needed
by your students, please call Tony Jeffreys at 2740.
The Library will send call-in notices during the week of April 16th. Please respond by
returning or renewing the books you have signed out. If we don't hear from you, we'll assume
the books are lost and bill you for the cost of replacement plus a non-refundable fee. And, as
most faculty members know, library cards cannot be renewed until fines are paid.
If you plan to be away from the campus during the summer, please either return all books or
have someone in your department check your mail often and return books that are called in.
The UBC Library catalogued the 2,500,000th volume for the collection on January 25th, 1984.
If one adds the Library's collection of non-book material - microforms, maps, sound recordings
and the like - the total number of items held by the Library climbs to almost six million.
That's the good news. The bad news is that the UBC Library has slipped from second largest in
Canada (below the University of Toronto) to third largest (below the University of Alberta). U
of A crept past us because the collections in UBC's departmental reading rooms are no longer
considered part of the Library's holdings. UBC tries harder, though: in 1982/83, this Library
added 124,309 volumes to the collection, compared to 88,842 added at Alberta.
The last  issue  of  UBC library news was incorrectly numbered and dated "new series no.
7/october 1983." It should have been "new series no. S/january 1984."  We're sorry.
Editor:' Joan Sandilands
Illustrator: Merry Meredith
Information & Orientation Division
University of British Columbia Library
issn 0382-0661


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