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UBC Library News Feb 28, 1990

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Library highlights 1915 displays, 1990
computers at Open House March 9-11
The Library has something for everyone at this year's Open House. Visit
our "Parade through the Past" in the
Main Library. Listen to popular tunes
from 1915 to 1918; stroll past the huge
archival photographs of UBC and
Vancouver; take a ten minute break
to watch Tuum Est, a video with
archival film footage of milestone
events at UBC, including the first
Convocation, the Great Trek and the
arrival of the Army huts. Get a copy
of the headline the day you were
born from our microfilm newspaper
collection. Trace the lineage of your
Vancouver house with Special
Collections' old city directories. Buy
posters, paperbacks, maps, records
and old Totem yearbooks at the
Library's sale in the Map Library
foyer. Visitors can also enter a daily
draw to win a UBC extramural
library card for a year.
1990 is not forgotten
Visit the Main Library's displays and
demonstrations of computer
solutions to information access,
including the Library's databases and
CD-ROM and remote databases.
Dialog, Infoglobe and CAN/OLE have
donated free search time on their
bibliographic and full-text files.
Librarians will do brief online
searches on request every afternoon
from lpm-4pm.
Visit the branches
You will find displays featuring 1915
education, art, fashion, music, law
and agriculture. Woodward Library
offers tours of the history of medicine
collection in the elegant Memorial
Room and demonstrations of
computer searching of MEDLINE on
CD-ROM. Sedgewick Library's
display "Undergraduates through
the ages" evokes past styles and fads.
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new series no. 27jfebruary 1990
$305,000 cut from
Library's budget
The University has directed the
Library to cut $305,000 from its
continuing operating budget
beginning April 1,1990. This
amount is the difference between
the University's final salary offer to
the librarians and the salary increase awarded by a three-member
arbitration board. The Library is
reviewing options. Every effort will
be made to maintain services to
users. More information will be
published in the April issue of this
Wilson Recordings Collection offers a
daily draw to win a Wilson card for a
year. And book preservation is a
system-wide theme. Catch the video
and display Murder in the stacks in the
Main Library and pick up a special
souvenir "Save a Book" bookmark
from any campus library.
Julie Stevens
Also in this issue—
Swan papers enhance Northwest Coast
collection 2
B.C. Local History Project needs
your help 2
CD-ROM takes off 2
The year 2000 - what do you think? 2
Canadian census data retrieval
made easy 3
SDI service for faculty improved 3
Crane publishes Funstufftoo 3
Database news 4
Around the libraries 4
People 4
On display 4
Hot off the press 4
Anne M. Smith 1899-1990 4
We welcome donations of paperbacks for
our Open House sale. Just put them in the
specially signed boxes near the entrances to
Main, Woodward and Sedgewick libraries.
Photomontage by Leonard Frank, c. 1937. Poster ($2.00) at the Library's Open House sale Swan papers enhance Northwest Coast
With the help of a grant from the
Movable Cultural Property Office of
the Federal Department of Communications and a grant from the Vancouver Foundation's Rogers Fund,
Special Collections recently purchased, from their American owner,
the papers of James G. Swan, 1818-
1900. Swan, an Easterner, settled on
the Northwest Coast in 1852, spending most of his time in Port
Townsend, Washington. In his
capacities as magistrate, customs
officer, piloting agent, ethnographer,
Hawaiian consul, fisheries officer,
railway representative, and immigration officer, he corresponded with
nearly everyone of importance on the
Coast during the latter part of the
nineteenth century.
The papers contain his correspondence with James Douglas, A.C.
Anderson, G. Gibbs, William Fraser
Tolmie, J.W. Powell, M. Eells, H.R.
Schoolcraft, I.I. Stevens and others.
Topics include the international
boundary between Washington and
British Columbia, and between
British Columbia and Alaska; fishing-
sealing; whaling; shipwrecks; consular affairs; Chinese immigration; the
Canadian Pacific and Northern
Pacific railways; revenue cutters;
piloting in the Juan de Fuca Strait;
the collection of Indian artifacts in
British Columbia, especially in the
Queen Charlotte Islands; seizures of
Canadian vessels during various
disputes; and fur trading companies.
The librarians in Special Collections
anticipate the papers will be used
heavily for research in fishing and
railroad history, native Indian history
and pioneer life on the Northwest
Anne Yandle
B.C. Local Histories Project needs your help
A project to produce an annotated
bibliography of the local histories of
communities in British Columbia is
underway. Funded by the B.C.
Heritage Trust through the B.C.
Library Association, the project is
being supervised by Jean Barman,
Assistant Professor, and Linda Hale,
Canadian Childhood History Project
Bibliographer, at UBC's Dept. of
Social and Educational Studies.
The bibliography, which will be
available in published form and
online through the UBC Library, will
assist research and scholarship on
B.C. At present, no systematic way
exists to locate local histories. Some
have been privately printed; many
are long out of print. Local histories,
while uneven in coverage and
quality, contain a wealth of information on hundreds of small B.C.
settlements. The bibliography will
make it possible to examine a variety
of subjects, including the distribution
of non-Native settlement across B.C.,
the emergence of social institutions,
and the everyday lives of women and
For the bibliography to be as complete as possible, assistance is sought
from anyone aware of the existence of
a local history. The project organizers
are particularly eager to learn about
smaller, older or more obscure
publications that may be tucked
away on a back book shelf.
If you know of any local histories,
please send the following information - author, title, publisher, place
and date of publication, and actual
location of a copy, to:
Jean Barman or Linda Hale
Dept. of Social & Educational Studies
Faculty of Education, UBC
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z5
All assistance will be acknowledged
in the bibliography to be published
this fall.
CD-ROM takes off
Just a year ago, free do-it-yourself
literature searching on CD-ROM was
a new development in the library
system. In January 1989, a CD-ROM
version of MEDLINE was installed
on single workstations in Woodward
Library and the three off-campus
hospital libraries. Funding for the
workstations was provided through
a cooperative venture on the part of
the Library, the Faculty of Medicine,
the UBC teaching hospitals, the
Campus Committee on Distributed
Computing, and the Woodward and
Vancouver Foundations.
The popularity of this new service,
particularly in Woodward, led to
thirty minute search sessions being
booked days in advance. As a result,
two more jointly funded microcomputers have been installed in Woodward, with the Library contributing
staff and hardware to enable the
three microcomputers to be networked. The network allows up to
three Woodward patrons to search a
single copy of the MEDLINE database simultaneously and to direct
search results to a single shared
printer. By the end of January, the
three microcomputers were being
used to near capacity.
Information retrieval via databases
on CD-ROM has clearly gained
acceptance as an integral part of
health science library users' information search routines. A fourth
CD-ROM workstation is being
acquired to access additional health
and life sciences databases.
Elsie de Bruijn
The year 2000 - w]
The B.C. Ministry of Education has
proposed sweeping changes to the
Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum,
which are outlined in The Year 2000: A
Curriculum and Assessment Framework
Paper. How will these changes affect
your children? How well will the
program prepare students for post -
secondary education? Come to the Canadian census data retrieval made easy
Anyone who, for the first time, has
tried retrieving computer readable
census data from the Data Library's
magnetic tapes will know it is a
complex and time consuming business. The alternative is, of course, to
use the printed Census tables. However, if you want the data in computer readable form for use with a
statistical package, or for generating
plots or maps, the printed tables are
not satisfactory.
PCensus is good news for users
The Data Library has acquired the
microcomputer based package
PCensus developed by the Vancouver
company Tetrad Computer Applications Limited. According to Tetrad,
PCensus "allows you to retrieve
demographic information for any
location, be it a province, city, neighbourhood or street intersection,
anywhere in Canada." It contains a
retrieval program and data from both
the short and long form questionnaires at the macro or aggregated
level, i.e., population totals. Each
record in the database consists of the
data for one enumeration area, the
geographic area canvassed by one
census enumerator, and the smallest
geostatistical area for census data.
There were about 44,000 enumeration
areas in Canada in 1986.
PCensus is based on a menu system
A user begins by defining the exact
geographical area for which data is
required. This could be one or more
enumeration areas, a neighbourhood
(census tract), city, province or any
circular or polygonal area defined by
geographic coordinates. Other areas
may be defined for comparative
purposes. All available data for the
defined area or areas is then retrieved, and the user chooses, from a
menu, the report categories to be
displayed. Options include:
population, age, age by sex;
citizenship, ethnicity, mobility;
industry, occupation; families,
children; household income; and
others. PCensus makes retrieval of
data easy but the database contains
macro data only. If you need to use
the micro data based on individual
questionnaires, you have to use the
magnetic tape files.
All at UBC welcome to use PCensus
The Data Library has the PCensus
1981 and 1986 databases. The package is on a microcomputer in the
Data Library, Computer Sciences
Building, Room 206. If you wish to
take data away with you, please
bring a 360KB or 1.2MB 5 1/4"
formatted disc. (We currently do not
have a printer available). The Data
Library is open weekdays from 9am
to 4pm. We suggest you phone
before coming to use PCensus to
make sure it is available (228-5587).
Hilde Colenbrander
SDI service for
faculty improved
The Library's SDI service, available
since 1973, provides to UBC faculty,
on request, a regularly updated
printout of the Library's new books
in their field. Early SDI's were done
from the acquisition file and the
elements to define a search were
limited to call number ranges, author,
keyword in title, and location.
Profiles in the social sciences and
medicine retrieved the best results; in
the humanities, results varied
because titles were often not
descriptive of contents.
In January, a new search element was
added - subject keyword. Reference
librarians can now refine SDI's even
more. Preliminary tests indicate this
additional search element will be
very valuable for profiles in area
studies. Today, the Library runs 450
profiles every eight weeks from
newly completed records in the
online catalogue file.
If you would like to establish a profile
for your area of interest, please make
an appointment with the appropriate
reference librarian. For more
information, phone the branch or
reference division for your area or the
Information and Orientation Division
Gerry Dobbin
Crane publishes Funstuff too
lat do you think?
Curriculum Laboratory and read the
report or borrow it on one day loan.
We also have a reference copy of a
Working Plan #1,1989-1999 which
contains the timelines for
implementation of the program. Our
display The Year 2000 - What do you
think? features reactions of parents,
teachers and students.
Cynthia Swoveland
Funstuff too is a 125 page new edition
of a bibliography of Crane Library's
leisure and background material
talking books. Prepared by Judith
Thiele, it provides librarians, educators, and others extending services to
the blind, visually impaired and print
disabled with a list of titles which can
be borrowed through Interlibrary
Loan or purchased from Crane.
According to Judith, "part of the
popularity of the Crane leisure titles
is they appeal to people looking for
more erudite reading. Many talking
book producers have underestimated
the reading tastes of the non-print
reading public, and are creating
mostly the talking book version of
"bathtub reading7." Publication of
Funstuff too was assisted by grants
from William M. Mercer Ltd., the
Vancouver Branch of March and
McLennan Companies, New York
and John A. Macdonald (B.A. '65).
Paul E. Thiele Database IieWS databases librarians can search for you
Avery Architecture Index
The Avery Architecture Index, produced at the Avery Architectural and
Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, is now on Dialog. Covering 1979
to the present, the online version of
this index covers articles, interviews,
obituaries, book reviews and exhibition reviews in more than 1,000
periodicals from over 45 countries.
Topics indexed include abbeys,
architecture and energy conservation,
computer-aided design, gentrifica-
tion, housing and masonry. It is
updated semiannually. Phone the
Fine Arts Library reference librarians
for more information (228-3943).
QL Systems for law
QL Systems was the first, and is still
the largest, Canadian computer-
assisted legal research service.
Developed in the early 1970's at
Queen's University in Kingston, the
system today provides access to a
broad range of law-related databases
covering various Canadian law
report series, statutes and regulations. Some of the databases provide
full text retrieval of court cases and
statutes; others are restricted to
'headnotes' or editorial summaries of
the factual situations, legal principles
and the judges' findings.
Choosing the right keywords is
critical when searching a computerized legal retrieval system such as
QL. To retrieve relevant case law, the
researcher must plan a search strategy which links terms from the
factual situation with the legal issue
or issues associated with the problem.
As well as law related databases, QL
Systems provides access to scientific
and business-oriented databases such
as the Alberta Oil Sands Index, Boreal
Northern Titles, the Arctic Science and
Technology Information System and
Business Information Wire. For more
information, phone the Law Library
reference librarians (228-4203).
Dorothy Martin, Mary Mitchell
Bonnie Stableford has been
appointed Head of the Science Division, Main Library effective May 1.
She is currently Chief of the Library
Services Division, Health Protection
Branch, Health and Welfare Canada,
in Ottawa. She has also held positions
as Head, Health Sciences Resource
Centre at the Canadian Institute for
Scientific and Technical Information
(CISTI), Canadian Medlars Coordinator at CISTI and Director of the
Nursing Library at the University of
Ottawa. Dan Heino has been appointed as a reference librarian in
Woodward Library. Patrick
Willoughby, formerly in Fine Arts
Library, is now a reference librarian
in Government Publications/Microforms Division. Isabel Pitf ield has
been appointed Library Community
Affairs and Development Coordinator. She will be assisting the Library
Administration with the Friends of
the Library, community relations and
development work. Her part-time appointment is from January to December 1990.
On Display
1915 memorabilia
Displays by senior sculpture students
on libraries, literature or
the information explosion
Main Library
Old Vancouver in maps
block by block
Special Collections
Main Library
History of medicine student displays
Woodward Library's 25th
Memorial Room
Woodward Library
Idea of the university
Ian Wallace
February 7-March 17
Anne Ramsden
March 22-April 21
Fine Arts Gallery
Main Library
Hot off the Press
How to use Microlog
How to find A/V materials at Curriculum Laboratory
UBC Library Online: Questions and
Answers (revised)
Library People: a guide to reference staff
at UBC Library (revised)
To request a copy, phone the Information and Orientation Division
Anne M. Smith
It is with regret we report the
death January 22 of Anne Smith.
Ms. Smith joined UBC Library as a
reference librarian in 1930 and
later became Assistant Librarian in
charge of reference and information services. Her high standards
and innovative reference services
contributed to UBC Library's
commitment to public service. In
1949 and 1951, she served as acting
University Librarian. She retired in
Editor: Julie Stevens
Design: Merry Meredith
Information and Orientation Division    1915-1990
University of British Columbia Library    f /
issn 0382-0661


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