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No. 252
May/June 1997
New University Librarian Confirmed
On Ma}' 22 UBC's Board of Governors unanimously approved the appointment of Catherine Quinlan as
University Librarian. Ms. Quinlan's management experience includes five years as Director of Memorial
University's Health Sciences Library, followed by seven years as Director of Libraries at the University
of Western Ontario. While at Western she administered a staff of 240 and a budget of $18 million. She is
presently working on her doctorate in business administration.
Ms. Quinlan will be joining
University Librarian.
us sometime in October. In the meantime Heather Keate has agreed to be Acting
End of a Chapter: Celebrating Ruth's Seven Years
A mass farewell part}' was held May 22 to
commemorate Dr. Ruth Patrick's work as University
Librarian. Flanked by presents from around the
system, she spoke about her experiences at UBC
and her hopes for the future. Here are some
highlights from those remarks:
"Fve realty loved the opportunity Fve had to
be the University Librarian these past seven years.
There have certainly been moments when I was
almost overwhelmed by the size of the  problems
needing to be dealt with, but with the new Koerner
Library, and again with DRA, we showed just how
much can be achieved in a relatively brief time....
Now we have the new Library, proper training
rooms, we have the latest technology, and we're
read}' to show what we can really do.
...The most important treasure in our Library is the people. Ultimately they're the ones who have
made, and will make, these good things happen. I'd particular!}' like to thank three groups of people. First,
the Librarian's Office staff: Jean-Philipe, Josie, Sara, Linda, Mary, Nirmaljeet and Peggy. I thank you for
helping me become the kind of person you'd enjoy working for. Next, thanks to the Admin. Group. What a
fine, talented set of colleagues they've been over the years. I couldn't have done without their technical and
personal support, And the last group is everyone else in the Library. Some Fve gotten to know better than
others, but without exception, each and every one of us can be proud of what we've been able to accomplish,
working together.
...Now for my new life: I'll be taking a year's administrative leave, beginning July 1.1 shall travel
and visit libraries, do some research, writing and thinking, and most important, begin re-tooling for my
upcoming career in the Education Library. For a long time, my goal at work was to balance our resources
amongst all our pressing needs. I think now it's time to work on improving the balance in my personal life.
Thank you for coming. I've enjoyed my first seven years
here, and I am committed to making the next seven years ones of
contribution and accomplishment."
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1997/98 Budget and Planning Outlook
Until the lengthy 1996/97 faculty salary arbitration concludes sometime this
summer, UBC will not know its financial bottom line for that fiscal year.
Therefore it's hard to make firm predictions about the University's budget for
the year that started April 1. However, campus departments are being asked
to plan for a recurring budget reduction of 3.5% to 5%.
The Library's guidelines for planning in this type of situation are laid out in
the Library Restructuring Plan. It is available as Appendix D in the most
recent (1995/96) Report of the University Librarian to the Senate. Copies can
also be requested from the Librarian's Office. At this point, we still visualize
moving ahead with the following high-priority activities:
1. Implementation of DRA and associated activities:
• Equipment procurement and installation
• Training of staff and patrons
• Workflow review
2. Progress on key items from restructuring plan:
• Single entrance to Main Library
• Integrating processing and public services staff
in the Music and Asian Libraries
LDMS "Swann Song" Commemorates
Endings and Beginnings
April 10 was a day to remember in LPC. Over 70 orders, collections, systems,
and bibliographic/fine arts staff got together that afternoon to say goodbye to
one part of the library system and celebrate a new one. The last order keyed
on the old LDMS acquisitions system was also a new purchase record
representing 15 years of patient work. Our bid has been successful, and 1,000
or more unique items in Canada's coveted Swann Collection of Asian arts and
cultural material are coming to the UBC Library.
Need we add that this was an excuse for yet another party! Standing beside a
cake decorated with swans, Brian Owen proposed a toast to the late great
Library Data Management System. Nadine Baldwin acknowledged all the
staff who had worked with LDMS over the years; Laura Brechin keyed the
final purchase order (A9121815, for the Swann Collection); and Brenda
Peterson and Dr. Jim Carswell, Head of the Fine Arts Department, took
listeners through the saga of our attempts to bid for this glorious artistic and
research collection of Far Eastern materials.
Dr. Peter Swann, now retired, was formerly Keeper of the Department of East
Asian Art at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum and later Director of the Royal
Ontario Museum. Over 50 years he built up a personal library of over 3,000
rare books on the art and archeology of the Far East. He wished to sell them
as a group, but also hoped for a bidder able to house and use them as they
deserved. After 15 years of negotiations, and recognizing that 2/3 of the
Swann items were already duplicated in our Fine Arts and Asian Libraries,
a deal was reached on the other items. At about $105,000 for roughly 1,000
unique titles, plus some needed duplicate copies, this is a major coup.
It wouldn't have been possible without Brenda Peterson's hard work as the
Library's chief negotiator. Happily, April 10 was also her birthday.
ubc library bulletin page 9
New Grants and Donations
On the same day as the Swann celebration, the
Collections Management Council received more
good news. Thanks to Jenny Forbes' recent
$11,500 grant from the Rogers Fund, we can move
forward with our project to improve backfiles of
Canadian newspapers. Canadiana specialists will
also appreciate another gift: David Tupper, the
great-grandson of former Prime Minister Sir
Charles Tupper, has donated a collection of 400
historical books and pamphlets, some unique and
others containing Sir Charles' personal bookplate.
Finally, book collector Hannibal Noce has given
the Library roughly ISO Italian late Renaissance
books valued at about $75,000.
Half of these date from the 16th century, and most of the others from the
17th. It's expected that they will be of interest to scholars in many areas
of the arts.
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Teaching and Learning Grants Announced
Over $175,000 will be coming to libraries around the system as a result of 10
successful applications to the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund.
Congratulations to all those who worked on these winning proposals:
Research skills and information technology program $49,612
(Heather Keate)
Spoken English program $32,500
(Sheryl Adam, Howard Hurt)
Lexis/Nexis instruction for Commerce and Law students $26,200
(Elizabeth Caskey, Allen Soroka, and others)
Delivering: library instruction via the World Wide Web $24,000
(Larry Campbell)
Electronic text networking and analysis for the humanities     $17,000
(Joe Jones)
Historical photograph imaging: project, phase 2 $14,000
(George Erandak)
Web-based access to Canadian social science resources $9,500
(Brian Kroeker)
Chemical information retrieval and literacy, phase 2 $8,890
(Bonnie Stableford)
Undergraduate training: on CISTI's Pegasus
document ordering: system $4,690
(Joy Kirchner, Helen Chow, Lee Ann Bryant)
Disability awareness training for Library student assistants   $3,511
(Sheryl Adam)
ubc library bulletin page 4
Copyright Act Amendments Pass
On April 25, the second phase of Canada's copyright revisions received royal assent. In other words, Bill
C-32 will become law if and when it is proclaimed. Originally felt by libraries and educators to be at least
balanced, if not ideal, the text underwent more than 70 last-minute amendments before being referred to
Senate, where it passed without further changes.
The final wording is now available on the Web at
The process of analysis is already under way. The Canadian Library Association has applied for
government funding to have a lawyer draft a guide to the new law for library staff. As this may take some
time, an ad hoc committee of UBC librarians headed by Keith Bunnell has been formed to look into
implications of the Act for our own operations. An enterprising SLAIS student has also put up a
Copyright Resource Web site which is well worth checking out. Its URL is
Space doesn't allow for a full summary of the copyright revisions, but here are some highlights:
• The concept of "fair dealing" for purposes of research and private study has been retained. However,
a new restriction has been imposed on what libraries may copy on behalf of patrons. While an
individual user may copy a newspaper or magazine article that is less than one year old, a library
can't unless it has a specific agreement with a copyright collective permitting this. While the intent of
the Act is to exempt scholarly and research journals, we will only know how these are defined when
detailed regulations have been written. Government publications and electronic products are not
covered by the copyright legislation at this time.
• It is an infringement of copyright for an individual or an institution to copy material "with motive of
gain". While libraries which merely recover costs, including overhead costs, are deemed not to be
acting with such a motive, they must satisfy themselves that patrons requesting copies will use
them only for research or private study. It is unclear how this will affect Canadian libraries' services
to profit-making enterprises such as business and industry.
• Libraries which have an agreement with a copyright collective such as CANCOPY are not liable for
illegal copying on public-use machines.
• Formerly, libraries could reproduce an entire item if it was not available commercially within a
reasonable time. This wording has been altered so that "commercially available" now includes
applying to a copyright collective for permission to copy.
• The Act recognizes libraries' rights to copy deteriorating materials in order to preserve and maintain
• If an item has an exclusive Canadian distributor, it is not legal for a library to import more than one
copy from a source outside the country.
Offenses against the Copyright Act will be tried in the criminal courts. There is no provision to hear them
in the civil courts, even for less serious cases. Fines start at $500 (reduceable to $200 at the court's
discretion) and can go as high as $20,000.
At press time, only two sections of the legislation had actually come into force, so for the time being,
libraries and educational institutions are operating as before. It's hoped we can use this period
constructively to work out the benefits and obligations of the new Act as they affect our daily operations.
Please note: as UBC's CANCOPY agreement allows for types of copying that would otherwise be illegal,
it's essential reading. The text is available at
ubc library bulletin page 5
Eggs and Omelettes - Some DRA Conversion Facts
You've all heard the saying that "you can't make an omelette without
breaking a few eggs." With that in mind, try to imagine an omelette made
with between 4 and 5 million eggs and you start to have an appropriate metaphor for the
conversion of all of our UBC Library records to the DRA system. Here are some conversion
Bibliographic records: 2,468,776
Item records: 4,126,332*
Order records: 79,691
Serials Check-in records: 22,997
Borrower records:
Circulation transactions:
Fine records:
Vendor records:
*Note: some of these were "fake" items required during conversion
Steve Falk and Lottie Meador, the DRA installation specialists who converted the UBC Library's
data, frequently reminded us that our conversion was one of the largest and most complex they
had ever undertaken.
Returning to our eggs and omelette metaphor...did we break a few eggs during conversion? Yes,
we did, but we were expecting some breakage. In our local system we had never explicitly linked
item records to bibliographic records (primarily a holdover from the very early days when we had
item records represented on 80 character punch cards). We often had multiple bibliographic
records for the same title, especially if it was a serial or a recently ordered item. We also had
hundreds of thousands of item records for which there was no bibliographic record, at least in
machine readable form.
Our data also had to be fitted (squeezed) into the DRA system which was significantly different
in many respects from our local system. In some cases this meant that we had to compress or
even drop some information; in other cases it required that we generate meaningful data for
some DRA fields from very limited information in our records.
And finally, there was the usual proportion of X-file records —just plain weird ones. Sometimes
they contained incorrect information or typographical errors, or they were partial or damaged
records that were somehow floating around in our files. These are often the sorts of records that
can stop any conversion program dead in its tracks.
During the conversion process we discovered a number of these problems and were able to make
a quick fix to a program and regenerate the data before DRA loaded it. There were a few
problems that we were able to only partially correct. Two known problem areas are:
1.) Location information for some journals located at David Lam, Education, Koerner, and Law.
2.) Missing or incomplete name information in some records, especially for government form
of name in serials.
Now that we're starting to use the DRA system for real we are running into more situations like
these. We may be able to fix some of them by using computer programs. However, it is likely that
many of them will require manual intervention, or a combination of both automatic and manual
correction. During the next few months, it will be a priority task to identify these problems and
determine the best strategy for fixing them.
ubc library bulletin page 6
Are We Having Fun Yet? DRA Goes Live
At press time, staff and patrons had had roughly three weeks to
absorb the enormous changes accompanying our May 23 changeover
to DRA. This period is understandably one in which changes are being
reported and glitches fixed on a day-to-day basis, so Bulletin coverage
can't hope to keep up.
What can be said is that the Systems Division staff have performed
heroically. Between April 17 and May 23 alone, they installed 170
new Web-capable workstations and de-installed 100 dedicated 386's,
286's and dumb terminals. This was accomplished despite significant
hardware and software problems encountered while configuring and
loading the Library's current standard workstation software. Brian
Owen, the Library's Systems Manager, estimates that one full
working day is typically required for each new installation, taking
into account preparation, testing, LAN communication upgrades,
removal of existing equipment, and related factors.
This accomplishment was possible only because several Systems staff
(notably Tracey Douglas, Pete Edgar, Felix Cheung and Dennis
Goodman) worked long hours of overtime on several weekends. The
strategy was to focus on straightforward DRA-related installations, do
as many of these as possible, and leave the more difficult ones for the
weeks following May 23. As a result, there were sufficient
workstations installed at all locations in time for the system to go live.
In the coming months, DRA-related equipment installations will
continue to be a high priority. In addition to spending time on the
more difficult ones, Systems staff will also handle requests for
followup adjustments and upgrades. We still expect to be able to
divert some resources to non-DRA work. Branch and division heads
should now have a 5-page checklist detailing the work coming up or
already completed for each library location. Its title is UBC Library
Systems —Equipment Installations — Project 97-1 (May 24, 1997).
Thanks also go to the Library's community of 50 volunteer trainers,
who have performed an often difficult job with humour and flexibility;
to Susan Andrews and her team for developing a basic, consistent
DRA vocabulary for everyone (see <http://www.library.ubc.ca/staff/
dra/trms.htm>; and to Martha Whitehead for keeping staff posted on
frequently asked questions and answers.
Hands-on training sessions for both patrons and staff are now
running in Koerner's G.G. Sedgewick Electronic Teaching Lab
(a.k.a. Room 217). No appointment is necessary. Coaching runs from
12 to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until August 14.
It covers most of the main features of the DRA Web site, including
how to sign in with user ID and PIN, basic catalogue searching, and
borrower services on both the Web and InfoGate interfaces. Please
encourage users to come to these sessions - and remember, they're
there for you too.
ubc library bulletin page 7
Update on DRA Teams and Task Groups
At its May 27 meeting, the Library
Administration acknowledged almost
three years of work by Brian Owen
and the coordinating DRA Project
Team in guiding the Library through
implementation of an enormous and
complex project. The Project Team,
as such, can now be disbanded.
The seven area Task Groups were
reviewed, and recommendations
made as follows:
Public Services/Users Task Group
The functions of both this group and the Interfaces Committee
should be consolidated under the Library's central Public
Catalogues Task Group. The Information Services
Division should be responsible for any coordination needed.
Circulation, Catalogue and Orders/Accounting Task Groups
With the recent establishment of the Catalogue Liaison Group,
chaired by Erik de Bruijn, all of these areas now have
library-wide liaison groups as well as organizational support and
training expertise. It was felt that the DRA-related Task Groups
did not need to have a separate existence.
ILL/Document Delivery Task Group
This project could not start until completion of public-use DRA
implementation. Plans are to activate the basic project by mid-
June, although management methodology still needs to be
worked out.
Statistics/Reports Task Group
This also had to be sidelined until DRA was available and in
working use. Three core members of the Task Group will be
assigned responsibility: Joyce Friesen, Don Dennis, and Nick
Omelusik. As required, they will second appropriate staff
from other areas of the library system.
Training Task Group
There was general agreement that the DRA-related
"community of trainers" had worked extremely well and should
be maintained in some form. Future plans were discussed at a
June 10 meeting to review past progress and current needs.
At a well-attended lunch party following the meeting, hand-carved
Salish Post-It note holders went to all members of the Training
Task Group as well as to key Library and Purchasing staff who had
put time and effort into the DRA project over the past three years.
Brian Owen received a special gift for his leadership in planning
and implementing the changeover.
ubc library bulletin page 8
Electronic Reserves: A Pilot Project
The Library recently established an Electronic Reserves Task Group to look into online
availability for the kinds of materials traditionally housed as printed items in our reserve
collections. Headed by Hilde Colenbrander and reporting to Heather Keate, the 9-member
group will spend the summer working on sample course material. The pilot project involves
collecting materials from faculty, scanning them into digital form, and making them available
on a new Web site. Much of the work will be done by two students.
Funding comes from two sources: an AMS grant, awarded on the basis of Lee Ann Bryant's
"Study Night on the Web" proposal, and a UBC Summer Career Placement grant.
The group hopes to put up non-copyright reserve materials for one representative course in
each of the Library's reserve areas. One or two distance education courses will also be
covered, with the latter including copyright materials if possible.
By the end of the summer the Task Group should be able to make recommendations about
longer-term policies relating to electronic reserves. The prospects are exciting, since this
could mean that in the long run high-demand course materials are available to students
24 hours a day in an easily retrievable form.
The Task Group welcomes questions and comments. It also has an e-mail listserv for both
members and intererested staff at <lib-ereserves@unixg.ubc.ca>. Members of the Task Group
are: Hilde Colenbrander (Chair), Lee Ann Bryant, Larry Campbell, Leonora Crema, Patrick
Dunn, Tom Nicol, Eva Veres (Extension Library's SLAIS student), Linda Wensveen,
Martha Whitehead, and Jean-Philipe Wilmshurst.
Goodbye, Older Message Systems
Now that all staff have Interchange ID's, there's less need for parallel online message
systems. As Interchange is basically the old Unix-G system with enhancements, the former
Unix message service was withdrawn in March. The Library's UBCLIB message mode was
also shut down this spring. We're told that the few people who need MTS-G messaging ID's
can still use them, at least for a while. There are no plans at this time to replace the
<unixg.ubc.ca> element of campus ID's, although <interch.ubc.ca> is also coming into use.
In April the UBC Library also ceased its role as Envoy administrator for a number of other
B.C. libraries. About 15 years ago this province pioneered the use of Envoy for electronic
transmission of ILL requests. At its peak, over 200 B.C. libraries participated in this
communications network, which was eventually adopted by the National Library and CISTI
for national use.
Several Envoy ID's remain active for the Library's ILL or Acquisitions communications. This
option may end when the Datapac connection on campus is terminated. Meanwhile, a vote of
thanks to longtime Envoy co-administrators Margaret Friesen and Pete Edgar.
ubc library bulletin page 9
Grant Puts Public Web Terminals In Ridington
The Library has been designated as one recipient of this year's
equipment donation by Hewlett-Packard to UBC. As a result,
between 25 and 30 public access Web terminals will be installed in
the Ridington Room for student use. The expected completion date
is September.
Now It's Starchives!
Congratulations to the University Archives and Records
Management staff, whose home page has just received the UBC
Web Star award. This recognizes six campus sites each year which
demonstrate notable creativity or innovation in use of the Web.
Special mention should go to Erwin Wodarczak, who is chiefly
responsible for the design and maintenance of the Archives site.
Check it out at
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Netscape: UBC Library - Special Collections and Unwetsity Htchwes
Calling All SLAIS Alumni
Graduates and former students of UBC's School of Library, Archival
and Information Studies are encouraged to share news and keep in
touch via a new alumni listserv. Please spread the word to folk who
may not have received this message. More information and an online
signup form are available at <http://www.slais.ubc.ca>.
ubc library bulletin page 10
4_av        STAFFNEWS      ii 4 a
Jim Harris, LAI, MacMillan Library
New Appointments
Nadine Baldwin, Acting Head, Catalogue Division, from May 15, 1997 to March 31, 1998
Heather Keate, Acting University Librarian, from July 1, 1997 until October 1997
Extensions of Appointment
Doug Brigham, temporary fulltime librarian, Facilities and Preservation,
extended to September 30, 1997
Marnie Burnham, temporary fulltime librarian, Special Collections & University Archives,
extended to August 22, 1997
D. Alex Haig, temporary fulltime reference librarian, Woodward Library,
extended to September 30, 1997
Reduced Appointments
Hilde Colenbrander, librarian, Data Services, from fulltime to 80%, July 1, 1997, to June 30, 1998
Dan Heino, librarian, Woodward Library, from fulltime to 60%, July 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998
Bev Scott, librarian, Koerner, from 80% to 60%, July 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998
Changed Responsibilities
Nick Omelusik, from Head, Catalogue Division to joint positions in Systems Division
and Law Library
Jennifer Martin, LA2, from BMB to Woodward Library
Mariana Costrut, Clerk 2, Collections Accounting and Budgeting
Eleanore Wellwood, LA2, Woodward
Lily Crawford (LA2, Mathematics Library) and Joanna Nagel (LAI, Education Library) are both
taking well-earned retirements this summer. Lily built a college math major into a 16-year career
as circulation and collection maintenance assistant with the Math Library. Joanna left a nursing
and health sciences career to take an arts degree at UBC, where she worked as a student assistant
and monitor in Sedgewick before going on to LAI jobs in Woodward and the Education Library.
They'll be much missed by both staff and patrons.
UBC's first law librarian, Diana Priestly, passed away in Victoria on March 27. Her ten years here,
from 1953 to 1963, marked the start of a distinguished career. She was a founding member of the
Canadian Association of Law Libraries, president from 1969 to 1971, and editor of the CALL
newsletter from 1970 to 1973. Following appointments at the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law
School, and the University of Western Ontario, she returned to B.C. to create the University of
Victoria's new law library, now named after her. Her many contributions are recalled in Law libraries
in Canada: essays to honour Diana M. Priestly (Toronto: Car swell, 1988).
ubc library bulletin page 11
Been There, Done That
Kudos; to Laura Brechin, Order Division, Nancy Forhan and Avron Hoffman, Catalogue
Division, and Linda Wensveen, Koerner Library. They're all new members of UBC's 25 Year
Club, honouring staff with a quarter of a century of continued service....Congrats, also to Hamber's
Martha Mcintosh, who's on her way to Greece in July as one of four Canadian delegates to the
International Olympic Academy. She'll be among nearly 200 delegates to this educational forum
from 89 countries....Not to be outdone, Brian Kroeker, Data Services, has recently come back
from Odense, Denmark, which hosted the annual IASSIST conference for information providers,
librarians and researchers in the social sciences....Here at home, Iza La ponce's Canadian social
sciences Web site was one of two recommended by the Globe and Mail for people wanting
background on the federal election process...and Tsuneharu Gonnami has just published
"Japanese-Canadian archives on microfilm: an overview of the Japanese-Canadian archives at the
University of British Columbia,"Microform & Imaging Review, v. 26#1 (1997), pp. 22-33, with an
appendix by Norman Amor....Speaking of joint productions, best wishes to Bob Hill (Mail Room)
and Katherine (ex-Woodward) on the birth of daughter Klara April 11.
Parties Honour Julie and Suzanne
The Koerner opening festivities in March set the tone for a series of spring events, this time
celebrating achievements of our own staff. On April 10, over 90 current and former library people
threw a party to honour Julie Stevens, who retired last winter as Undergraduate Library Service
Coordinator after over 25 years as a UBC librarian. Highlights included reminiscences from her
1970 SLAIS class and some memorabilia from Graphics, including a photo of Julie dressed as the
Ladner Clock Tower for a costume party at the President's Office. On behalf of all library staff,
Helene Bedding presented Julie with Martha Sturdy jewelry and a sculpture by artist Paul Burke.
On May 8 it was Suzanne Dodson's turn, and for
good reason. As the only Library nominee among
do2ens of contenders, she had just been
announced as one of the winners of the
President's Service Award for Excellence. Each of
the six annual prizes is presented during the May
convocation ceremonies, and carries with it a
$5,000 cheque. In the words of Vice-President
Maria Klawe, "This is a fitting capstone to her 34
years of contributions to the Library, to the entire
University community, and to the library
profession." With Earl Dodson as guest
conspirator, the Special Collections and Archives
staff put together a surprise party honouring both
Suzanne's citation and the Dodsons' most recent
contribution to the Library: Special Collections'
new HVAC, a state-of-the-art heating, ventilating
and air conditioning unit. The featured guest
speaker was President Strangway, who initiated
the awards in 1990. Fittingly, the musical highlight (HVAC meets Cole Porter!) was provided by
Tom Shorthouse, the Library's first President's Service Award winner.
ubc library bulletin page 12
Koerner Wins Building Award
Just four months after its completion, the Walter C. Koerner Library has been given the
1997 BCLA Merit Award for Buildings. The notification letter reads in part:
"The....Koerner Library is a stunning showcase on the UBC campus and represents
an achievement in functionality and design. Your success in fund-raising within
Vancouver and the B.C. community is to be applauded....I am delighted that we can
recognize your work and dedication to bring this wonderful building to reality."
(Nancy Levesque, Chair, Awards Committee and Past President, BCLA
The award was presented to Heather Keate at BCLA's annual conference in May.
Lowry Colloquium Celebrates World-Class Collection
Malcolm Lowry (1909 - 1957), author of Under the Volcano (1947), spent the happiest and most
productive years of his life at Dollarton in North Vancouver. Building on a donation of books and
original manuscripts from his widow, Margerie Bonner Lowry, the Library's Special Collections
and University Archives Division has developed the largest and most comprehensive collection
of Lowry materials in the world.
On April 8 the Library hosted a symposium to celebrate both the 50th anniversary of Under the
Volcano and Lowry scholarship in general. Co-sponsored by the Alcuin Society, it featured a
keynote speech by Dr. Sherrill Grace of the UBC Department of English, who recently edited
a 2-volume compilation of Lowry's letters. The guest of honour was Dr. Martin Lowry from the
University of Warwick, who contributed several original letters to the display showcasing Lowry
Crane Story Has Library Links
Although the former Crane Memorial Library is no longer part of the library system, it has a
history worth remembering. Now called the Crane Resource Centre and affiliated with UBC's
Disability Services, it has recently added a book which fills in this background. When Charles
Crane was accepted by UBC in 1931 he became the first blind university student in Canada.
It was his donation of over 10,000 volumes of braille books which led to the establishment of the
Crane Library in 1969. A new biography by Laurie Bellefontaine, The Crane Story, profiles
Mr. Crane and calls attention to the pioneering work of the Crane Library staff over nearly three
decades. Special praise is given to Paul Thiele, who remains as head of the facility, and his late
wife Judy, who served as its reference librarian until her death in 1993.
822-4444 = Emergency First Aid
If this number isn't posted by your telephones, it needs to be. We've been informed that to ensure
qualified First Aid treatment for University staff around the clock, the Fire Department should
be phoned as the first resource. Their staff meet all WCB requirements, and can quickly
transport people to the Industrial First Aid unit in the Acute Care hospital.
While 911 is still a valid number for other kinds of emergencies, 2-4444 gets help faster,
and is the one to call if first aid is the main concern.
ubc library bulletin editor: elsie de bruijn (2-3393)
design: jill pittendrigh page 13
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New Homes for Main Library Furniture
Doug Brigham's organizational skills were put to the test once more in
January. The challenge: do a complete inventory, with measurements,
of all furniture available for redistribution following the Koerner move,
organize site visits for all staff interested in seeing it, and provide
transport for anything needing to go either to a new home or to SERF.
Ultimately nearly 400 items ended up on Doug's list, and the staff tours
through rooms full of used office equipment went on for days. About 100
pieces of furniture have now been redistributed to other branches and
divisions, and private homes have been offered for another 60 or 70. The
remaining 200 will either go to SERF, where people have another chance
to purchase them, or stay on the Library's inventory.
Staff are encouraged to contact Doug about any items that might still be
available. He can be reached in the Facilities and Preservation Office
(2-3858) or at <dbrigham@unixg.ubc.ca>.
Main and Koerner Facilities: Clip and Save
Most responsibilities have now been sorted out, as follows:
Major physical plant problems (all library buildings)
Suzanne Dodson 2-3858
Local building problems:
• Koerner
Leonora Crema 2-8473
• Main Library
Individual unit heads
Conference room bookings (Main and Koerner)
Sara McGillivray 2-3871
Koerner reference (floor 2) room bookings:
computer teaching lab, classroom, meeting room
Desiree Baron
Attention Foodies! Help Needed
UBC medical libraries are hosting the Canadian Health Libraries
Association annual conference on campus in May. As part of the
registration package, Elsie de Bruijn is putting together a handout on
Vancouver restaurants. Although Point Grey and Kitsilano locations will
dominate, there is also room for favourite spots elsewhere in town.
If you have suggestions for places that should be on this list, please send
Elsie a note at the Woodward Library as soon as possible, or e-mail her
at <elbruijn@unixg.ubc.ca>. Please include a one- or two-sentence
comment on each restaurant, so visitors know what's special about it.
Sorry, we're unable to provide research funding for this project....
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editor: elsie de bruijn (2-3393)
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