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Update on Serial Cancellations
new series no. 35/march 1993
The Library, the Senate Library
Committee and the University
Administration are looking for ways to
postpone some of the serial cancellations
which were predicted in the last Library
News. Delaying some of the cancellations
will give the Library more time to look
for other alternatives. It is likely,
however, that some cancellations will be
necessary each year given the escalating
cost of serials.
There is some good news on the
exchange rate front. The British pound
is at a much lower level than it was
early in the fall; some of the other
European exchange rates have
improved; and the Canadian dollar has
stabilized against the US. dollar at 78
to 79 cents. Our dollar is still, however,
very vulnerable to poor economic news
and to speculators.
The Library will continue with the
process of identifying 25% of our serial
subscriptions as a population which
can be reviewed and from which the
necessary cancellations can be drawn
each year. This will avoid the necessity
of librarians and faculty reviewing our
entire body of serials each time
cancellations are required. The process
of consultation prior to each round of
cancellations will continue, but it will
be easier if we need to consider and
prioritize only a previously agreed list
of potential candidates. Naturally, the
Library will not cancel any more
subscriptions than is absolutely
In reviewing which serials might be
cancelled this year, the Library has
suggested the following guidelines:
♦ Give priority to cancelling titles
with excessive price increases.
♦ Retain titles with low cost if
librarians and users feels that
borrowing on ILL
would be as or more costly than
♦ Reduce remaining duplication to
as low a level as possible.
♦ Consider availability in other
local libraries and through
electronic means (the
science and law areas are
somewhat more advanced in this
Once the serial price increases for each
subject area have been determined, the
Message from the University Librarian
One theme that has been consistent throughout the history of the Library has been the continual
improvement in our services and increased productivity of our staff. Over the last 20 years, even
though students have increasedby43%, and facultyhave increasedby 17%, the number of
Library staff has decreased by 12%. Ongpingevaluation of our services, as well as improvements
made possible by technology, have enabled us to maintain high standards in helping users find
the information they need.
Technology continues to enable us to improve access to our holdings. Now that eight database files
have been merged in our online catalogue, one search leads the user to more of our holdings. More
users are aware of our extemive microform holdings, and usage of these materials is increasing.
Our success in obtaining external grants brings us more materials (such as the Opie Collection of
Children's Literature) and improved services pr people with visual disabilities. My thanks to the
many Library staffwho keep us ever moving forward!
Library and the Senate Library
Committee will consider the possibility of
relating the percentage of cancellation in
each area to the percentage of cost
increase for that area.
Over the next few months the Library
and the Senate Library Committee will
review the ratio of book to serial
spending in each of the major areas of the
Library and will seek advice on whether
these ratios are appropriate or should
change. Changes in the ratios may affect
the need for serial cancellations in each
The University Librarian is undertaking a
survey of research libraries in Canada to
determine the extent and frequency of
cancellation programs, and to assess the
use of indices and formulae for
determining Collections budget
increases. We hope to have this
information by March or April.
Since mis is the last Library News of the
Academic Year, further updates on serial
cancellations will be sent out in the form
of letters to Deans, Directors and
Department Heads.
Dr. Anthony Jeffreys
Assistant University Librarian for Collections
Also in this issue—
Five positions lost 2
Board approves Phase I report 2
Faster online catalogue ....2
New publications featured 3
Campus landmark remembered 4
Data Library News 5
Are you performing an illegal act? 5
Library enriched by grants 5
Spinning yourway: new CD-ROMs 6
Around the libraries 6
People 6 Five Positions Lost      Board of Governors Approves Phase I
in 1992/93 Predesign Report
Budget increases for all units on
campus were scarce this year because
of the University's increasingly difficult
financial position. The Library was
fortunate to receive $142,000 in
continuing funds for the Collections
budget and $150,000 (one-time only)
for the second phase of the Library
Automation Project.
There was no increase for inflation for
any of the University's departments
supported from the Operating Budget.
Inflation still exists, of course, and is
taking its toll of our meagre budget for
supplies and equipment as well as
wreaking havoc on the Collections part
of the budget.
Salary increases negotiated in 1991/92
resulted in increases in
excess of the
University's budget for
that purpose. To cover
the extra costs,
reallocations were made
within the existing
budget. The Library's
portion was $310,000.
This amount came from
five vacant positions and
their associated benefits
(15%): Head, Biomedical
Branch Library;
Coordinator, Health
Sciences Network;
Head, Information &
Orientation Division;
Head, Catalogue
Records Division and
Library Assistant 2,
Social Work Library.
Because the salary
increases are continuing
costs, these positions are
gone permanently. In
the last three years, the
Library has lost 16.54
full-time equivalent
positions (7.88 Librarians
and 8.66 Library
On November 19th, the Board of
Governors approved the predesign
report for Phase I of the new Central
Library. The firm of Arthur Erickson
Aitken Wreglesworth Associates has
started work on the detailed design
and floor plans of Phase I, which is
expected to be completed in late 1995.
Campus Planning is studying how
Sedgewick will operate during
Arthur Erickson, Peter Wreglesworth
and Noel Best presented information
from the predesign report to Library
staff and the campus community at
meetings on November 20th and
December 3rd. A model of Phase I was
on display in Sedgewick Library
during December.
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Faster and More Powerful
Online Catalogue
A new version of UBCLIB, the Library's online catalogue, is up at all
terminals in the Library and via remote access. Running on the UNIX
operating system, the new UBCLIB has more searching options,
much faster response time and a more integrated file structure than
the old version. Now you search just one file instead of eight.
Try some of these new commands and features:
♦ RELATED command (lists items related by author, subjects & series)
♦ LIMIT command (limits by language, date, and publication type)
♦ keyword searching (titles, names and subjects)
♦ availability of truncation or "wild card" searching in most files
♦ cross-references for names, subjects and series
♦ number of items retrieved (postings) in browse lists
♦ records display in reverse chronological order
Other new UBCLIB developments expected later this year include a
gateway to other university library catalogues, up-to-the-minute
^circulation information, self-service holds and more. j New Publications Feature UBC Special Collections
The Library has launched a new series
of Occasional Publications which will
cover special areas of the UBC Library
collections. The series is part of the
Library's continuing effort to make
details of its resources more widely
known. The first two works in the series
are now available through UBC Press.
Amor, Norman L. Beyond the Arctic
Circle: materials on Arctic explorations and
travels since 1750 in the Special Collections
and University Archives Division of the
University of British Columbia / Norman
Amor. - Vancouver: University of
British Columbia Library, 1992. —
Occasional publications; No. 1.
The first in the series is a short
bibliographic essay on our Taylor
Arctic Collection by Norman Amor. It
provides an overview of the literature
of Arctic exploration since the
eighteenth century, commenting on the
fine editions collected by A.J.T. Taylor.
Taylor's collection was donated to the
UBC Library at his death in 1945. The
essay also discusses related maps and
manuscripts housed in the Special
Collections Division. Illustrated by
photographs of original plates and
maps, it has been handsomely
produced by Triumph Printing in
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Egoff, Sheila A. Canadian children's
books, 1799-1939, in the Special
Collections and University Archives
Division, the University of British
Columbia Library: a bibliographical
catalogue / compiled by Sheila A. Egoff.
- Vancouver: University of British
Columbia Library, 1992. —
Occasional publications; No. 2.
it ANN£OF Yfi
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The UBC Library's remarkable
holdings of material written for
children are valuable to scholars in the
fields of cultural history, education,
psychology, and sociology. Important
bequests and donations over the past
thirty years have enlarged the Library's
collection of early children's books
published in Canada, written by
Canadians, or closely related to
Canada. This catalogue describes some
850 books in bibliographic detail with
extensive annotations, plot summaries,
and critical commentary.
Sheila Egoff, Professor Emerita in
UBC's School of Library, Archival and
Information Studies, is Canada's
foremost authority on Canadian
children's literature. With the help of
the extensive reference collections at
UBC and of library resources in this
country and elsewhere, she brings to
tight significant new information on
the authors, illustrators, publishers,
and printers of these books. Some
thirty illustrations are reproduced (the
two on the front cover in their original
colour) showing principal styles of
illustration from these books. et$f\ .-,    ..   .......
Leonard Frank photo, courtesy UBC Archives
Campus Landmark
The Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree in
front of the Main Library is gone. The tree died during
the summer and was removed just before
Remembrance Day in November.
The Giant Sequoia tree was grown from a cutting by
Professor Frank Buck, Assistant Professor and
Landscape Architect at UBC from 1920-1932. Records
indicate that the cutting came from a stand of Sequoias
in the Fraser Valley which were brought to B.C. by
California miners (the '49ers) when they came up for
the Cariboo gold rush in the 1860's.
The Giant Sequoia was planted in front of the Main
Library as part of the original campus landscaping by
Professor Buck. His design was based on a system of
triangulation and the Sequoia was planned as the pivot
in the triangulation of the Library landscaping.
The University Archives has an excellent selection of
photographs of the Sequoia. One of the earliest
photographs shows a small pyramidal tree (the
pyramid shape is one of the characteristics of the
Sequoia when it is young), approximately four feet tall.
m Data Library News
Population data and lots more
available online
You can now retrieve Canadian socioeconomic time series online from
Statistics Canada's CANSIM University
Base. CANSIM is available to UBC
faculty, students, and staff on the
campus network through UNIXG, the
central UNIX timesharing service. (To
use it you need a UNIXG computer
account and some knowledge of the
UNIX operating system.)
CANSIM is updated quarterly and
contains about 185,000 different time
series including items such as:
♦ population estimates, births,
deaths and marriages, for Canada
and the provinces
♦ migration and immigration
♦ consumer price index data for
Canada, the provinces, and major
♦ labour force characteristics such
as employment figures and
unemployment rates
♦ interest rates, and Canadian bond
yield averages
♦ apple production and prices in
B.C., and much more.
You can search an online directory to
determine whether the items you want
are available in CANSIM, and then
retrieve the numbers either in table or
'raw data' format. Write the results to a
disk file on your UNIXG account and
then download it to your PC or
If you'd like to print the document
which describes how to retrieve
CANSIM data, sign on to your UNIXG
account and type:
cd /usr/local/doc/datalib
lpr -Pps3 cansim_pgrm.ps
Printed output can be collected from
Room 100 in the Computer Sciences
The online, networked CANSIM
database is a joint project of the SFU
and UBC Data libraries. For more
information about CANSIM (or the
online Toronto Stock Exchange Database),
please contact the Data Library at
2-5587 or send an E-mail message to
hilde@unixg.ubc.ca. The Data Library
is located in the South Wing of the
Main Library and is open Monday to
Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Are You Performing an Illegal Act?
Have you used in your classroom a
video rented from a video store or
borrowed from the public library?
Have you taped a program at home
and shown it to your class? If you have,
you have violated the Canadian
Copyright Act.
Under the Act, only videos with public
performance rights may be used in the
classroom. Videos rented from a video
store normally have home use rights
only. Videos taped off-air cannot be
used in the classroom.
The Library owns a variety of videos,
all of which can be used in classrooms.
The Library can also borrow films and
videos for class use from the collections
of the 24 post-secondary institutions in
the province, the National Film Board,
government agencies and a variety of
other sources.
For more information or help in
locating media, please call David
Winter, Sedgewick Library (2-1908).
Library Enriched by
Two Grants
The Library has been awarded a Social
Sciences and Humanities Research
Council (SSHRC) grant of $5,800 to
purchase the first two microfiche units
of the Opie Collection of Children's
Literature. This collection, housed in
the Bodleian Library at Oxford,
comprises 20,000 children's books of
the past 400 years. UMI Press has
undertaken to film the collection and
reproduce the illustrations in colour.
The entire collection is to be produced
in thirty units and the Library will
reapply for grants as the microfiche is
published. The Opie Microfiche
Collection will complement and
greatly enrich our historical and
contemporary collections of children's
literature, and will be of interest to a
wide variety of researchers both
internal and external.
Sedgewick Library has received a grant
of almost $6,000 from the Adaptive
Technology Programme administered by
the National Library of Canada.
According to the terms of the grant, the
Library will provide matching funds
(from the Friends of the Library). The
Library will purchase a closed-circuit
television magnifier and a state-of-the-
art reading machine, the Open Book,
both to be housed at Sedgewick
Library and subsequently in the Phase
1 building.
The Open Book is a product of
Arkenstone, a company which
develops aids for people with visual
disabilities. Comprised of a scanner,
computer and speech synthesis
software, the Open Book reads text
aloud. It is fully compatible with the
reader at Crane Library, so text could
be read and scanned at either
location. Its presence at Sedgewick
will double the number of hours a
reading machine is available to print-
disabled users. The closed-circuit
television magnifier will enable
people with some usable vision (the
largest group of visually-disabled
people) to use Sedgewick's collection
on the spot. SPINNING YOUR WAY: NEW CD-ROM databases in the library
Woodward Adds Interdisciplinary
CD-ROM to Collection
Health and Psychosocial Instruments
CD-ROM (HaPI-CD), now available at
Woodward Library, is a
computerized database which
provides records for finding both
quantitative and qualitative health
and psychosocial instruments.
Included are questionnaires,
checklists, coding schemes/manuals,
interview forms, scenarios /vignettes,
index measures, projective
techniques, rating scales and tests.
Records provide information on
participants' age, gender, racial and
ethnic backgrounds, educational levels,
geographic and cultural setting and
specific characteristics or conditions
targeted for study. The information is
abstracted from leading journals
covering health, psychosocial sciences,
organizational behaviour and library
and information science. By
maintaining information from diverse
disciplines, HaPI-CD gives users access
to instruments about which they might
otherwise be completely unaware.
Metadex on CD-ROM now
Metadex on CD-ROM, published by
the ASM International, is recognized
as the premier database in all fields of
metallurgy. It includes references to
journal articles and conference
proceedings from 1985 to the present,
and is'updated quarterly. A full
abstract is provided for each article.
Metadex is useful for anyone interested
in polymers, ceramics and composite
materials, as well as commercial
aspects of metals. This database
includes materials indexed in three
printed sources:
♦ Metals Abstracts
♦ Engineered Materials Abstracts
♦ Materials Business File
For more information, contact the
Science and Engineering Division,
Main Library at 2-3295.
Lee Perry has been appointed Life
Sciences Bibliographer in Woodward
Library. Lee has a B.Sc. (Honours) in
Biochemistry and M.L.S. from UBC,
and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the
University of Toronto. She started
working at UBC as the Medical History
Librarian in Woodward Library in 1981
... Judith Thiele, Reference Librarian in
Crane Library, has been awarded the
Canada 125 medal for her outstanding
service to the community... Chris
Hives, University Archivist, has been
elected Chair of the Canadian Council
of Archives... Ann Doyle, Systems
Librarian, Lynne Redenbach,
Circulation and Extension Librarian,
David Reimer, Fine Arts and Music
Cataloguer, and Bonita Stableford,
Head, Science and Engineering
Division, have received confirmed
appointments from the Board of
Governors... Frances Woodward,
Reference Librarian, Special
Collections, presented a paper on Edo
period Japanese travel maps at the
Western Association of Map Libraries
conference in November...
Mandakranta Bose, Asian Library, has
received a faculty fellowship for
research and teaching from the Shastri
Indo-Canadian Institute. She will be a
visiting faculty member in Visva-
bharati University in Shantiniketan,
West Bengal in summer, 1993. As a
member of the Executive Committee of
the Centre for South Asian Research
she organized a colloquium attended
by 100 South Asianists in February
1993, and in the same month presented
a paper and chaired a panel in Toronto
at the International Conference on the
Dances of India... Tim Ross, Map
Librarian, is the compiler of The
Directory of Canadian Map Collections,
recently published by the Association
of Canadian Map Libraries and
In Memoriam
Barbara Gibson, former Medical
History Librarian in Woodward
Library, passed away on August 30,
1992. BarharaearnedherB.A.,B.S.N.
and B.L.S. from UBC and was a
graduate of the Montreal General
HospitalSchoolJbrNurses. She served
in theRCAMCas nursing sister and
matron in England, Italy and Canada
from 1941 to 1946. She started
working in the Catalogue Division in
1963. In 1967 Barbara transferred to
a teaching position in the School of
Librarianship. She returned to the
Library and then moved to theposition
ofMedicalHistoryLibrarian in 1972,
wheresheworked until her retirement
in 1981. We extend our condolences
to her family, friends and former
Editor: Brenda Peterson
Design: Merry Meredith
University of British Columbia Library
issn 0382-0661
printed on recycled paper


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