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UBC Library Bulletin Oct 31, 1975

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October 31, 1975
The book budget is in bad shape.  It is divided into many funds for general acquisitions
a for more specialized fields. Some of these funds are seriously over-committed to the
^nt that a large part of next year's budget will be necessary to cover the commitments
md it has been recommended that ordering on most funds be stopped until further notice.
Tie most important of these funds, in terms of the number of people they affect, are Cont-
fiuations, Periodicals, Main Multiple Copies and Replacements, Reference Books, Research
loks, Government Publications, New Subscriptions, Sedgewick Current, and Woodward Budget
-ear Books.
The question of periodical subscription cancellations has also become even more pressing,
phave in the past tried to keep people happy about getting fewer books or losing subscriptions, but the time has come when things are going to hurt as book requests are refused and
Lth multiple and even unique periodical subscriptions are curtailed.
The Senate Library Committee meets during the early purt of November and from their
Leeting should come more definite word on the situation.
There is one good thing about all this--with fewer new books coming in, we should be
ight on top of things in processing. And we'll have time to get to know the books we've
llready got.
In 1915/16, the Library's budget for all purposes, building, salaries, collections,
Applies, and expenses, was $7,452.01.
A meeting of division heads was called October 28 by the Head Librarian at which the
iresent crisis in card catalogue maintenance in North America was discusseu.  (In case
fou hadn't noticed that there was a crisis happening, it manifests itself as Author/title
fetalogue drawers bristling with unrevised filing, outrageous filing errors below the rods,
>nd, in unluckier libraries, yards and yards of cards waiting to be filed.)
It was the expressed consensus of the meeting that the decision to close off our
fard catalogue should be made and that a concrete proposal of .alternatives should be
psented to the same group so that they could react with the problems they foresee arising
Peach of their differing situations. The proposal should be produced as soon as possible.
The possibility of closure of the card catalogue based on imprint date 1975, with
jp7« publications being listed in the new alternative mode was mentioned. Mc Elrod stated
Pat with the application of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules at the Library of Congress
uemember the article on desuperimposition?) LC cards which we now use to make our own
^talogue cards probably could no longer be economically integrated into the existing card
ptalogue. The Head Librarian and the Assistant Librarian for Technical Services seemed
f ^el that Computer Output Microfiche (COM) (remember those initials, they may be more
•Portant to the library world for a while than even LC) was an alternative which took
rentage of automated methods and was both financially and technologically possible in
e short run. Computer terminals for public use or, in other words, an on-line catalogue,
e seen as the ultimate solution when and if they become financially and technologically
Feasible. •
. Basil remarked that most of us have learned to drive cars and operate typewriters
n" even to use the Circulation printouts) and he felt that he could learn to operate
Computer terminal within an hour if someone took the time to instruct him. -2-
Circulation, when it puts books in storage for a location other than the Main stacks
simply takes care of the physical handling.  No list is made of the material and no record'
are changed or kept by circulation.  It is up to the location sending material to storagej
to make a list of that material so that Cataloguing may change the shelf list and location
file records. The lists submitted to Cataloguing should be addressed to Added Copies andi
should be arranged in call number order.  The best form is a Xerox of the location's shelf-
list cards for the items being sent to storage. Queries about this procedure should be
addressed to Carole Wisdom (local 5951).
Students are understandably upset when they have walked to an outlying branch followinj
the information on the location file card, and find that the material could have been acquis
simply by a request at the Main loan desk.
If you've been carefully examining new books in the last five or six years, you've
noticed, on the verso of many title pages, printed information which resembles catalogue
card entries.  Publishers and libraries have joined forces to speed library cataloguing
by assuring the appearance—inside books, accessible and indelible—of all relevant data.'
In the States, this process has been coordinated by the Library of Congress, and
Cataloguing-in-Publication, or CIP as it is usually known, is widespread. Some Canadian
publishers have been participating in the CIP programme, but only a ferf. This summer the^
National Library announced that they would undertake this Fall to oversee a Canadian CIP
project. At present the project is awaiting approval of the budget drawn up by the National.
Library and presented to the federal government.
The Canadian programme will be bui.it on a foundation laid some years ago by the three J
B.C. university libraries.  In 1970, U.B.C, U. Vic, and S.F.U. began exchanging catalogue
cards in an effort to reduce expensive, time-consuming "original", or in-house, cataloguing.
Soon, the group had grown to include ten libraries across Canada, each "rush" cataloguing J
and dispatching cards for titles within a certain segment of the alphabet, or in certain 1
languages or type specialties.'" As the convenience of the American CIP program became
apparent, some members of the shared cataloguing group (U.B.C, U. Vic, and York) offered i
to supply CIP data to Canadian publishers for inclusion in their books. Some publishers J
took up the offer, but, again, only a few.
The coordination now planned by the National Library will ensure more participation
by publishers, and more comprehensive coverage.  The Bibliotheque Nationale du Quebec will
supply data for French-language titles, York University will supply data for English-
language titles published in the east, and U.B.C. will supply data for English- and other 1
language titles published in the west.
A useful off-shoot of the project is the new Forthcoming books seccion of Quill §
Quire.  Based on CIP data submitted to them by the cataloguing agencies, the first fort^B
coming books column appeared in this month's issue.
"The world of chess and its literature" is the current display in the fifth floor 1
case outside the Ridington Room. Nick Omelusik has provided books written by world
champions from 1866 to the present day, as well as information on international grand
masters, chess player ratings, systems of notation and a demonstration of the most famous J
single move ever made on a chess board. You'll also find books for the novice or the
master, or even the observer.
In the Main entrance hall are two new displays in for a short time. On the north q
wall David Varnes shows some of his photographs taken during registration week; on the I
south wall Ann Reynolds exhibits information on Amnesty International, a group whose
objective as a human rights movement is the release of prisoners of conscience, among
whom are many academics. .jie" Library Administration has received a petition signed by one hundred and forty-eight
Fff members,  urging it "to prohibit smoking in all work areas of the  library,   for the benefit
^everyone",     Before responding to this petition,   the University Librarian would  like to hear
fe 0jjpthe smokers.     Individual  expressions of opinion arc solicited,  and those sending notes
fnsigned if y°u want)   t0 Basil  on this subject should include suggestions on ways and means
ff reconciling the interests of smokers and non-smokers.
'  The following smokers have submitted their ideas to start things coming:
. ,je Stevens, Humanities, writes:
If a s<•■<■■<'■ :r Glares an office witi. others,  he or she should consider their attitudes and comfort.     In the lounge,
lif someone objects strongly to my cigarette smoke, they have the option of moving.     In an office, however, people do
t.have the option and they should be considered.
vijvis Balshaw,  LC Cataloguing, writes:
Despite being  a confirmed smoker,   I must agree with the principle behind the petition to prohibit  smoking  in work
ijreas of the Library.     Smoking is  a personal   'ccision--onc which  should not be  imposed on  othcrs--evcn second-hand.
Therefore,   smoking should be  restricted to designated areas.     Let's  face  it,   the harder you make it  for the  smoker,  the
tetter it  is  for everyone's health.     However,  human  rights must be considered too,  and smokers should be allowed to
degrade the atmosphere somewhere in the Library.    The coffee room is the obvious place because there one can choose
Aether one wants to subject oneself to a polluted atmosphere—a choice not available in work  areas.     Meanwhile,  if you
can't stand the smoke-laden air in your work area,  refresh your lungs on smokeless Floor 7!
taine Ruus,  Social Sciences  Division, writes: ...
Once upon a time,  smokers and non-smokers co-existed quite comfortably.     Unfortunately,  this  idyllic situation
has changed;   it has become a war,   a war declared by the non-smokers,  provoked by the non-smokers,  and waged daily,
Stridently,  incessantly by the non-smokers.     AXD WE HAVE BEEN STYLED THE VILLAINS  IN THIS PIECE!     Not  content with
Kid, polite expressions  of disapproval,   of the great-aunt Emily genre,  today's non-s: okcrs are  loud,  raucous,   and
ijDEi    They resort to underhanded tactics such as opening the windows wide  in the midst of winter,  taking  ashtrays
\o use as saucers  under flower-pots,  having public areas  segregated,  and having  smoking  totally banned in such places  as
■unicipal buses,  stores,  theatres,  auditoriums,  libraries,  conference rooms,  etc.,  and most annoyingly,  continually
exhorting one to  stop smoking "for your own good,  dear",   (in this category  it is  the self-righteous  ex-smokcr who is
the vorst).
Further,  non-smokers    seldom admit  all t.:e direct and  indirect benefits  accruing to them from smokers:   Federal
tax revenues   ($565,000,000 in 1973--alcohol contributed only $426,000,000 in the same year;  what  would happen to  income
fax if government didn't get this revenue?);  employment; associated bus:nesses and industries  such as advertising,
Itobpconnists, vending machine distributors,  and manufacturers,  ash-tray,  lighter,  and match manufacturers, paper
industry,  and all those health and health-related industries.
As to the effects of smoking on the health of the smoker and those around her/him—granted,  there are probably
ionic detrimental  effects  to the smoker's health   (but  you will  never catch me admitting  it).   But how many other things,
in which we indulge equally voluntarily,  r.-e not  equally if not more detrimental to our health—such  as  consumption
of birth control pills, engaging in pregnancy,  consumption of alcohol   (to much greater potential moral and physical
lain to those around us), of red dye #6, driving automobiles,  etc.
The news media recently reported  a study done at  one of the research  institutes at Harvard University on  the effects
lof sniokey environments on health.    The researchers found that a person would have to stay in the smokiesc cocktail   lounge
Kthey could  find for  100 consecutive hours  in order to derive the same benefits  from the atmosphere as a  smoker does  from
the average filter cigarette.
WMy point is this:   I enjoy smoking;  I will not quit smoking;  if I harm my health,  that is my right;   I am not harming
your health to any appreciaule    degree.
Non-smokers  stand vociferously on  their rights and cilim to have the RIGHT to breathe non-smokey air;   I have an equal
fight to breathe smokcy air.    Non-smokers have the r'ght •lot to smoke;   I have the right to smoke.     Non-smokers demand that
.those who insist on having a cigarette should  leave the premises  in order to smoke;   I  say  that perhaps  those who  insist  on
• need for some  fresh air  leave the premises to get it.     Non-smokers claim that  smoke causes thein physical  discomfort;   it
causes me acute physical discomfort   not  to smoke.
f However the battle  lines are drawn,   I  think the saddest aspect of the whole situation is that  it  should have become
V:battle at all,  that  it shoul    give rise to a great number of unpleasant  situations and a bad feeling all around.     Surely
f»t is a problem to which there can be s me kind of amicable solution.
I        In the Social Sciences Division office,  non-smokers now outnimbcr smokers  5 to 3  (it will  be an even 4 to  4 agair  in
"le New Year).     Here as  elsewhere the non-smokers expressed their discomfort,  politely.     The situation has been resolved
*s follows:    the office is composed of two separate offices,  one inner and one outer.    Smokers arc invited to retire to
ithc inner,   Lois's,off ice  to smoke during office hours,   so as  to keep the smoking separated  from the non-smokers.     Kc can
'ake our work into the inner office and continue with it in comfort.     It causes some inconvenience to the smokers as there
P1-* of course times when we cannot use the  inner office,  but at  least we no  longer have to suffer the verbal  and non-verbal
|criticism as earlier.     It  is a compromise that  seems to wcrk to everyone's  satisfaction,  not an  ideal  solution    but a
"orkable one. ANNOUMCMHNTS
In the last issue of the Bulletin we advertised the sale of used lp records at
50(f per disc.  The response has been quite good (someone was heard to mutter "fantastic") \
so we now have another consigmcnt to offer at the same price.  This latest batch is
from the Wilson Library so is more varied than the previous one.  If it sounds interesting
urop into the Gifts 5 Exchanges Division and have a look.  All money collected is put
into the library book funds.
Recycling has started again, and all typer. of paper will be a- cepted.  So collect
up your newspapers, magazines, print-outs, cards and scraps, and bring them to the pickup area on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, near the mail room.  Pick-ups will be mad«
on Mondays.
If other libraries, or individual people are interested in recycling, the man to j
contact is Jack Anders, 224-0278.
The Women's Cc.nmunication Centre, 392 Markha"i Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 2K9
has compiled a core collection of resources, lists and referrals for women's groups andj
issues.  They would like to receive questions and problems in this area in order to
test their ability to provide information.  Until December 1, 1975, they will be receiving!
queries either at the above address or at telephone number (416) 924-4728.  So, female 1
persons, if you would like to know how to convince your stubborn male acnuaintances that j
beinf afraid to walk on the campus at night lowers the quality of life, or where to go 4
to learn karate, give tiem a try.
UPy.'Ai ■ '•-"•"TLiTY
The following recruitment notice has been received by the Library.  For details
and contact addresses, check the publications shelf in the IfjO Division.
STATE UNIVERSITY T NEW YORK AT ALBANY.  Bibliographer, Business, Economics, and Public!
Administration.  (Deadline: December 31, 1975) (Perhaps the postal strike will be tver
by then.)
The following out-of-print items are needed *o complete the Library's holdings:
CANADIAN LITERATURE.  Any issues, especially recent ones.
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL (Toronto), vol. 27, no.l (1972), vol. 28, no. 3 (1973).
PRISM INTERNATIONAL (Vancouver).  Any issues, 1971-1974.
QUEEN'S QUARTERLY,  vol. 77, no.l  1970).
SOLEIL DE COLOMBIE (Vancouver),  vol. 6, no. 51 (April 26, 1974).
These will appear in the next issue of the Bulletin.


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