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UBC Library News Sep 30, 1973

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Volume 6, No. 4
September 1973
Vancouver, B.C.
Main Library
Animal Resources Ecology
(Fisheries) Library
Brock Hall Study Area
Crane Library
Curriculum Laboratory
Law Library
Macmillan (Forestry/
Agriculture) Library
Monday- Friday
8 am - 11 pm
8 am -   6 pm
9 am -   5 pm
12 noon-11 pm
9 am - 5 pm
8 am - midnight
9 am - 9 pm
9 am - 5 pm
1 pm -   5 pm
8 am - 10 pm
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9 am -   5 pm
12noon- 6 pm
8 am - midnight
9 am -   8 pm
12 noon - midnight
8 am - 10 pm
8 am -   5 pm*
9 am - 5 pm
*Some Friday hours have been extended during this session.
Marjorie Smith (Social Work)
Sept. 10 - Dec. 21
Jan. 2 - April 11
Mathematics Library
Monday & Thursday 9 am - 10 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9 am -   6 pm
Saturday 9 am -   5 pm
Monday-Thursday 9 am - 10 pm
Medical Branch Library
(Vancouver General Hospital) Monday-Thursday
Music Library
Recordings Collection
8 am - 10 pm
10 am -   5 pm
8 am - 11 pm
8 am - 10 pm
9 am -   5 pm
12 noon-10 pm
8 am - 11 pm
9 am -   5 pm
12 noon-11pm
8.30 am - 10 pm
9 am -   5 pm
12noon- 5 pm Sedgewick & Woodward
"Starting October 6 Sedgewick   Saturday
8 am - 11.45 pm
9 am -   5 pm*
12 noon-11.45 pm
9 am - 11.45 pm
Building Open
Asian Studies Division
Fine Arts Division
Government Publications
& Microforms
Map Division and
Special Collections
8 am - 11 pm
8 am -   6 pm
9 am -   5 pm
12 noon- 11 pm
8.30 am - 10 pm
8.30 am -   6 pm
9 am -   5 pm
8 am - 11 pm
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12noon- 6 pm
8 am - 10 pm
8 am -   5 pm
9 am -   5 pm
12 noon-10 pm
8.30 am - 5 pm
9 am - 5 pm
Members   of   the   Circulation
the building is open.
staff will be  on duty at the turnstiles and the Main Loan Desk as long as
The remarkable decline of the U.S. dollar (and consequently the Canadian dollar) in foreign exchange
markets, linked by most commentators to U.S. political problems, establishes an unpleasant connection
between the library budget and the Watergate scandal. The cost of the German Mark in July had risen by
50%, the French Franc by 42%, the Dutch Guilder by 43% and the Swedish Kroner by 35%. The only other
currency seriously affecting library book purchases, the British Pound, had remained relatively stable
with respect to the Canadian (and the U.S.) dollar, but even its 3.1% increase means that an additional
$4,030 would be required to buy the same amount of sterling as last year. And of course the same amount
of sterling (or marks or francs etc.) will not buy as many books this year: the inflationary increase in
book prices is approximately 10%. The combination of these factors has serious implications for
acquisition policies adopted by the U.B.C Library.  (See following story, New Books From Germany.)
Book purchases, although necessary to maintain an adequate library collection, can be restricted
in certain areas to ease the strain on the budget. It is more difficult, however, to reduce expenditures
on periodicals and continuations where the library is committed to certain subscriptions and would have
great difficulty obtaining backfiles should  subscriptions be dropped and subsequently reopened.    (It should
be noted here that the Library has for some time opened no new subscriptions without cancelling equivalent
ones. See UBC Library News, Volume 5, No. 8) For this reason, the effects of devaluation on the
periodicals/continuations budget is of crucial importance.  The effect of these factors is such that an
addition of $65,000 to the budget would be necessary to maintain last year's level of acquisition.
When it is considered that the pressure on the periodicals/continuations budget has been such that
it is traditionally overspent at a rate that might lead to a $50,000 deficit this year, it can be seen that
stringent measures may have to be taken if the library has to live within its devalued means.
The dollar's exchange value has improved since July, when these figures were prepared, but it is
impossible to confidently assume that this improvement will continue, or that the resumption of the
Watergate hearings will have no effect. - 3 -
Due to the decline in the value of the dollar in relation to the D-Mark, and a tight budget, the library
has been obliged to curtail its blanket order arrangement for new books published in Germany. Effective
immediately, new books in anthropology, geography, sociology, psychology, education, economics, and
political sciences will be excluded from the blanket order. Books in these areas which are required for
the library's collection will be ordered by library staff. Suggestions for purchase will be welcome and
should be sent to Miss Dorothy Shields, Bibliography Division.
The University of British Columbia Library's microform collection is "micro" in format only. In
all other respects it is very much a "macro" collection. As of August 1, 1973 the collection numbered
1,493,148 pieces, if one counts one reel of microfilm or one microfiche as one "piece". In the statistics
for 1971/72 for those libraries which belong to the Association of Research Libraries only Syracuse
University in New York had a larger microform collection than UBC's and theirs topped ours by a mere
195,000 pieces.
What do we have in microform? We have material in almost any subject field one cares to name.
Our collection is enormously varied. It ranges from newspapers - world famous titles like the Times, the
New York Times, and the Vancouver Sun - through large collections of French, German, British and
American drama, books printed in English, French, German, and Italian before 1601, collections of the
papers of various    American presidents including Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, and Ulysses S.
Grant, the underground Newspapers collection, women's liberation periodicals, German medieval manuscripts, records of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, Canadian comic books
printed during the Second World War, technical reports from the United States Atomic Energy Commission and the United States Technical Information Service, newspapers of the French resistance during
the Second World War - to the first years of Playboy, in glorious colour. As you see, we have something
to suit every taste, as well as major resources for research in most fields. We are able to provide
material from such magnificent collections as those of the British Museum, the BibliothSque Nationale,
and the Library of Congress.
The Microform Division has a collection of the most of the printed bibliographies and guides to the
various microform sets. Indeed many of these large microform sets are based on bibliographies;
Pollard's   and  Redgrave's A Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland,  S Ireland
and of English books printed abroad,  1475-1640 is the basis for the University Microfilms' collection
Early English books before 1640.   In some instances additional copies of the printed bibliographies
are kept in one of the subject divisions of the library and occasionally the only copy of a relevant bibliography may be in one of these other divisions. The Location File in the main concourse provides the
clues to who has what. The location file also indicates where various items in microform will be found.
Although the Microforms Division in the main library building houses the major part of the collection,
microforms are located in other parts of the library system including the Woodward Biomedical Library,
the Sedgewick Library, the Macmillan Library, the Music Library, the M. Smith Library, and the Law
Most of the items held by the Library in microform are catalogued in the same way in which printed
materials are catalogued. In many cases large collections in microform are purchased complete with
their own catalogue cards and these cards can be adapted for use in our own catalogue. In some instances,
however,   very   large   collections   have   been bought for  which no cataloguing has been provided by the
publisher and when this happens our own Cataloguing Division must work overtime in an attempt to provide
catalogue cards for literally thousands of items. With the best will in the world there are still limitations
to what even our cataloguers can do and one will therefore not find, in our main card catalogue, absolutely
everything the library has in microform. The moral of all this is: regardless of the subject, if you dont
find what you are looking for in the main card catalogue, checking with the Microforms Division is worth
a try.
We have   equipment for reading all our microforms. We also have printers with which we can print
pages  from every type of microform. Our newest pieces of equipment are our printer and processor,
used for making duplicate microfiche. This means that if you would like to have your own microfiche
version of any of our microfiche collection we can duplicate our fiche for you at prices ranging from 15
cents per fiche. Because of the great variety of equipment available in our library system you can borrow
any kind of microform through interlibrary loan secure in the knowledge that when it comes you will be
able to read it, (with the inevitable exceptions - ultramicrofiche and COM fiche, which you probably
wouldn't want anyway so they dont count).
We lend everything in our microform collection, both to individuals and through interlibrary loans.
We also have three small readers - two which will handle both microfilm and microfiche and one for
microfiche only - which we lend. The Sub-committee on Microforms and Microreaders of TRIUL - Tri-
University  Libraries   -   is working on a guide to the large microform collections held by Simon Fraser,
UBC, and the University of Victoria and when this is finished it should help to make everyone even more
aware of the materials available. I hope that the foregoing will result in a rush to the 6th floor of the main library building where the
Microforms Division lurks. The collection is very well used but many who should be aware of its existence
obviously arent. The Microforms Division is always delighted to give tours of the collection to anyone
who is interested. Please call Suzanne Dodson at locals 3858 or 2584 if you would like to arrange a visit.
Recent acquisitions in the Special Collections Division include
a) the personal papers of Bertrand Sinclair, 1878-1972, author of several novels and many short
stories about British Columbia.
b) eleven manuscript notebooks of Dr. H.G. Barnett, noted Pacific Northwest anthropologist,
compiled during several trips to British Columbia in the 1930's.
The U.B.C Archives in the Special Collections Division have  acquired
a) School of Nursing, University of B.C., records, 1919-1945.
b) Papers of Frank Fairchild Wesbrook, former President of U.B.C.
c) Papers of George Gordon Moe, former Professor and Head of the Department of Agronomy, U.B.C.
In April 1973, the U.B.C Archives were named the official depository of the Alumni Association
inactive records.
If   someone  who  has   ordered   (and  paid for)  a copy of Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding
(the Technical Papers of the First Report of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse) has
yet to  receive a copy, it may be that we have it. Government Publications has received a copy which
cant be accounted for. Contact Connie Fitzpatrick at local 2584 if you think it may be yours.
The first issue of this tri-annual index has been received in the Ridington Room of the Main Library.
Volume 1 is the CITATION INDEX, an alphabetical list of cited authors and the source articles in which
they are cited. Volume 2 contains the SOURCE INDEX, which is an index to the authors of the articles
which cite the authors in volume 1. A subject (key word) index is also to be found in volume 2.
Among the many questions that this index can answer are: "Has this paper been cited?" "Has this
report been published in a journal?" "Who else is working in this field?" "Of what current works is this
man primary author?" "What older works has this man written?"
Something new has been added to Sedgewick. A small collection of tape cassettes covering various
topics (not music) can be located through Sedge's catalogue by subject, author, or title and is available at
the circulation desk. The emphasis of the collection is on current topics of international interest and
Canadian literature and history (examples, CBC discussion programs, Canadian Poets on Tape, etc.)
The tape cassettes may be checked out for one week and played on your own cassette player or on
one of four machines available for this purpose in the Wilson Recordings Collection.      Happy listening!
Tours and lectures: librarians  in  the   Science Division of the Main Library will once again be
available for subject oriented tours and lectures on the use of the scientific literature. In the past these
have proven to be appreciated most by groups of upper-year or graduate students.
ubc/sdi: the Science Division will offer assistance in the preparation of "interest profiles" for the
UBC/SDI service, which offers monthly printouts listingnewmonographic acquisitions of the UBC Library
in the field of interest of its individual subscribers. The service is available to UBC faculty members
There is no charge.
can/sdi: the  Division will continue to offer assistance in the preparation and revision of "interest
profiles" for the National Science Library's CAN/SDI current awareness service. This computer-based
information retrieval system now includes a number of data bases which fairly well cover the scientific
literature of the day. Subscribers will receive regular printouts, tailored to their subject interest, giving
reference to current journal articles, reports, books, patents, and conference proceedings. - 5 -
To encourage users to experiment with the system the Library also offers to pay the $40.00 base
fee for new subscribers who are UBC faculty members or graduate students.  (The National Science
Library  will bill subscribers at the end of their subscription year for the balance which will be based
on use.)
For further information about these and other services offered by the Science Division please call
R.J. Brongers at local 3826.
The following out-of-print journal is needed to complete the library's holdings:
U.B.C. Alumni Chronicle, vol. 24, no. 4 (Winter 1970).
If you can help, please contact Graham Elliston, Bibliography Division, Main Library, (local 2304).
In order to "introduce new students to the UBC Library, and to renew acquaintances with old hands
who wish a refresher, the Library has been offering general tours of the Main Library on a twice daily
basis   since the beginning of classes, as well as running a daily audio-visual program which provides an
introduction to the library system. Now that the fall term is under way, and assignments are stimulating
an interest in library resources, it should be stressed that the Library provides tours for class groups
on a year-round basis. If you would like your class shown through the Main Library and introduced to
the variety and use of its facilities and services, you can arrange a class tour by phoning the Information
and Orientation Division at 228-2077, or by filling out and forwarding the following form.
(Those wishing tours of Sedgewick Library for their classes should contact Shelley Criddle at 228-4908.)
Information and Orientation Division, Main Library, Campus Mail
Date wanted:.       Time:	
Class:      Number in class:
Instructor: ______       Phone:	
Special Interest(s):____	
Editor: Tom Eadie Information & Orientation Division


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