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No. 188 *m+r December 1985
Farewells and New appointments
Freda Bailey took early retirement in October. Freda joined the Library in
1965. At the time of her retirement, she was Deputy Head of the Catalogue Records
Division and Co-ordinator of the Canadian Cataloguing-in-Publication Program for
Western Canada. All her friends and colleagues wish Freda well in her retirement,
and know that she will be active with many outside interests. She will be missed by
all of us, who valued her expertise and judgment.
Tania Gorn resigned from the ILL Division in October to launch her own
information service, IBIS (Information and Research Services). Prior to her UBC
Library appointment in 1981, Tania was the ILL Librarian at McGill University
Library. "As soon as she hit town, Tania attended all the database training sessions
she could find," writes ILL Division Head Margaret Friesen. "Her timing was perfect.
She began working in ILL, just as the division was getting ready to launch itself
into the online age. She gradually trained ILL personnel in the use of databases for
searching, kept us up-to-date with new developments and transformed our thinking
from a manual to an online mode. We wish her every success as an entrepreneur."
In October, Patrick Dunn rejoined the ILL Division, where he once worked as a
Library School student. Patrick attended the UBC Library School, where he completed
a joint program in Librarianship and Education. In 1976 he joined the Library as a
Reference Librarian in Curriculum Lab. In addition to his reference duties, Patrick
taught a number of courses in the School of Librarianship, as well as in Salmon Arm
and Terrace.
New librarians appointed to the Library staff in August include Martha
Whitehead and Donna Hedges. Martha is half-time in the Circulation Division of the
Main Library and half-time Extension Librarian in Sedgewick. She assists Mary Banham
in operating the Main Loan Desk in the mornings, and provides extension library
sevices to off-campus students in the afternoons. A 1985 graduate of the UBC Library
School, Martha will be familiar to many Library staff. She worked in a number of
different capacities in the Library, including several years in Circulation. Donna
replaces Jocelyn Foster, who is on leave-of-absence until the end of June 1986.
Donna takes part in the activities of the Information and Orientation Division, with
special responsibility for the bulletin, feedback and displays. Donna, who also
graduated from the UBC Library School this spring, has had previous experience in
journalism and the field of communications.
Marjorie Nelles was appointed the new half-time Reference Librarian in the
MacMillan Library October 1. Marjorie obtained her BSc in Biological Sciences from
SFU and her MLS from UBC. She was a librarian for the Cancer Control Agency of B.C.
and for the B.C. Medical Library Service, and a library consultant for the
Children's Hospital Oncology Family Library. She also worked as a cataloguer,
reference assistant and indexer for the Vancouver Research Station Library of
Agriculture, and as an Academic Assistant in MacMillan Library while obtaining her
Flo Tang
Co-workers and friends in Catalogue Records were saddened to learn of the death
of Flo Tang on November 19, 1985, following a long illness. Flo has been with the
Library since 1977, working as a member of the RECON unit and later in the
Biosciences Unit. Many staff who had worked with Flo attended the funeral service
November 22. Flo was a member of the Foursquare Gospel Church, to which a donation
was made in her name by staff in LPC.
* Staff Moves
Maureen Martens, from LA2 to LA3 Cat. Records (temporary)
Teresa Komori, from LAI to LA2 Curric. Lab
Lynn Jenkinson, from LAI Curric. Lab to LA2 Woodward
Heidi^ Dysarz, from LA2 Serials to LA3 Woodward
Leslie McAuley, from LAI to LA2 Fine Arts
Catherine McGann, from Sec 1 to Sec 2 Admin.
Judy Lee, from LA3 to LA4 Cat. Records
Caroline Brown, from LA3 to LA4 Sedgewick
Maureen Adams, from LA2 to LA3 Sedgewick
Anders Ouroms from LAI Curric. Lab to LA2 ILL
Cathalina Chow, from LA2 to LA3 Cat. Records
Maureen Sturgess, from Clerk2 Acquis, to LA3 Cat. Records
Koji Okada, from LA2 Gov't Pubns to LA3 Asian Studies
Judy Wright, from LA3 to LA4 Circ.
Jan Johnson, from Seel Admin to LA2 HSSD
William Chan, LAI Circ. to Clerk2 Admin.
Suzanne Rouleau, LAI, from Sedgewick (p/t) to Circ. (f/t)
Pauline Willems, from LAI to LA2 Cat. Products
Sharon Yee, LA2, from Cat. Prod, to Cat. Records
Andrea Burbridge, LAI, from Woodward to Hamber
Joo Sim, LA3, from Cat. Records to Crane
Winnie Ng, LA3, from Woodward to Cat. Records
Sue Zigiotti, Sec.2, from Admin, to Systems
Gordon Bookey, LA2, from Acquis, to Serials
Nadine Oliver, LA3, from Serials to St. Paul's
Barbara Butzelaar, LA2, from Serials to Sedgewick
Jo Carney, LA3, from St. Paul's to Circ.
Darrell Short, LA2, from Cat. Products to Clerk2 Film
Jocelyn Bugden, LAI, from Fine Arts to Sedgewick
Cathaleen Finnegan, LAI, from Law to Spec. Coll.
Kathryne Lebold, LA2, from Woodward to Sedgewick
Lorraine Jang, LA2, from ILL to Gov't Pubns
Shirley Jang, LA2 from Gov't Pubns to Serials
Trevor Turnacliffe, LAI, from Sedgewick to Fine Arts
Margaret Bayley, LAI, from Curric. Lab to Woodward
Teresa Pryce, LAI, from Cat. Records to Spec. Coll.
Elizabeth Stokes, LAI MacMillan
Colin Banyard, LAI Circ.
Cecilia Hynes, Clerk2 Crane (half-time)
Diana Gardiner, Clerk2 Crane (half-time)
Clay Dixon, Intermed. Techn4 Crane
Elizabeth Catsburg, LAI Circ.
Eileen Lim, LAI Circ.
Joan Campbell, Sec3 Woodward
Inga Ngkwist, Clerk2 Acq.
Sharon Goddard, LAI Circ.
Russell Thornton, LAI Circ.
Ron Turner, LAI Circ.
Laurie Vranka, LAI Curric. Lab
Doug Ferris, LAI Curric. Lab
Scott Mackenzie, LAI Fine Arts (part-time1
Louise Morris, LAI Fine Arts (part-time)
Dean Nicholson, LAI Law (session)
Donna Mackenzie, LAI Woodward (session)
Kathleen Douse, LAI Woodward (part-time)
Patrick Hamill, Clerk2 Acq.
Aviva Gempel, Seel Admin.
Helios (Temporary)
David Hart, Asst. Techn.l Crane
Todd Mundle, LAI Curric. Lab
Wendy Varner, LA3 Fine Arts (part-time)
Kathy Odgers, LAI Sedgewick
Christina Robertson, LAI Law
Zoe Hills, LAI Circ.
Kevin Grace, LA3 Cat. Records
Margie Wally, LA3 Gov't Pubns
Lesley Peabody, LAI Circ.
Wendy Lymer, LA4 Cat. Records
Alixe Knighton, Sec4 Admin.
Sandra Marriage, Sec4 Admin.
Monica Demsky, Clerk2 Acq.
Raymond Wong, LAI Cat. Records
Mima Wilson, LA2 Cat. Products
Leonora Crema, LAI Circ.
Shelley Brown, LAI Circ.
Pat Long, Clerk2 Film
Patsi McMurchy, LA2 Fine Arts
Sheridan Murray, LA2 Gov't Pubns
Susan McNeil, LAI Spec. Coll.
Jonathan Vogt, LAI Woodward
Norah Schleicher, LAI Woodward
Julie Hubbell, LAI Woodward
Leslie Swan, LAI Circ.
Cecilia Lee, LA3 Cat. Products (Retired)
Mary Leung, Clerk2 Acq. n
Education Research Services and Computing (ERSC): Update
The Faculty of Education's ERSC offers free ERIC (Education Resources
Information Center) searches, but there is one restriction. "These free searches
will be done only for Education faculty and students enrolled in Education courses.
Searches must be submitted on authorized ERSC Search Request Forms, said ERSC
Systems Analyst Bob Bruce. Only these two groups should be referred to the centre.
All other requests for ERIC searches can be referred to the librarians in the
Humanities/Social Sciences Division or Curriculum Laboratory.
* About 10-20 ERIC searches are run daily in batch using the ERIC database,
including both Current Index to Journals (CUE) and Resources in Education (RIE)
index. The searches run on batch are done only on descriptors in ERIC. "We do not
attempt to get all the articles on a subject, but try to identify key articles. The
average is 50 hits, and we do not print any more than 100 items," said Dr. Bruce.
"Unsuccessful searches will be altered and run again in the batch mode. Sometimes a
search will require a refocus to assure the retrieval of relevant items. It is a
cyclical process. Searches for other individuals (for example, teachers) are
conducted for a fee of $45, and for this we guarantee some results. We also refer
users to the Main Library, where the search can be done online and interactively
with the patron."
A brand new service (as of mid-November) is now offered by ERSC. Online
searches of the ERIC CUE (not RIE) and PsychlNFO (Psychological Abstracts)
databases are now available to Education faculty and graduate students majoring in
Education.. But "online" is confined by storage space from January 1983 to the most
recent update. "We will be working to provide online access to earlier data when,
and if, more disk space becomes available," said Dr. Bruce. ERSC searches are done
by graduate students in the basement of the Scarfe Building, Room 2. For further
information contact Bob Bruce at Local 5248. Currently, ERSC is in the process of
setting up a policy and procedure for wider access to the online interactive
retrieval system by other members of the University community.
UBC sets up Scholarship
The UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies Alumni Division has
established a scholarship in honour of Margaret Burke, the school's long-time
admissions and placement co-ordinator. Mrs. Burke, who will retire in 1986, is a
past president of BCLA and a former editor of the BCLA Reporter . Donations to the
scholarship can be sent to the UBC Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver V6T 1X8, marked "Margaret Burke Scholarship". - Reprinted from Feliciter ,
Vol.31, No. 10 (October 1985).
<-> Study Leave at the Bodleian
Study leaves are rarely taken from UBC Library, but are a worthwhile
experience, according to Karen Olcen, Curriculum/A/V Librarian (Catalogue Records),
back fresh from her volunteer work at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. On leave
without pay from November '84 to November '85, Karen felt she gained both historical
and international perspectives on the library, perspectives you just don't find in
Canadian libraries for the most part. The study leave was arranged-after discussions
with Anne Yandle led to Karen working in the Photographs area of the Bodleian with
former Special Collections' employee Linda Sutherland.
"Karen worked with glass-plate negatives, photographs, a slide collection and
taught AACR2. Since 1985 was the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography,
there was a great deal of interest in photographs. Karen worked on photographs by
Julia Margaret Cameron, a friend of the poet Tennyson and, by Roger Fenton, Crimean
war photographer. What was particularly interesting about the Fenton collection was
that the glass negatives, measuring 18 inches by 12 inches, were actually
transported to the field of war. She also worked with the Henry Minn collection.
Minn was an Oxford photographer, who did landscape and portrait photography. His
photographs of the natural disasters in Oxfordshire make this collection hstorically
significant. Karen was involved in cleaning, sorting, labelling, and storing these
glass plate negatives. She also set up a database for the teaching slide collection
and catalogued about 2000 of the 5000 slides.
Her stay coincided with a study of environmental conditions in the bookstacks
of the Bodleian Library. The Curators have decided to install a new environmental
control system for below-ground floors (60 of Library storage) at a cost of half
million pounds.
Karen lived in Upper Wolvercote, a late Edwardian village in North Oxford with
a population of 200 , two and one-half miles from the city centre. Oxford's historic
centre in a six-block area was entirely rebuilt in the 1960's, but the environs is
still Victorian England.
Goodbye to Telex
The Library is giving up its telex service at the end of 1985. Several
electronic communication systems are available that provide alternatives to telex.
The Interlibrary Loan Division has used the electronic mail systems for years and
finds them competitive in price, easy to learn, and superior in speed of
transmission to telex.
Electronic Mail:
ENVOY 100: Both the University and the Library have installed the system. Current
users are primarily Canadian but expansion is underway. See TEXTRAN and ENVOY 100
International. Margaret Friesen and Pete Edgar administer the Library's ENVOY
organization (signing on users, troubleshooting, etc). Olga Duncan, Physical Plant,
administers the University's ENVOY organization.
ONTYME: The Library has three ID's (mailboxes): ILL- Main, ILL- Woodward, and
Acquisitions. Users are primarily American.
Value added services:
TEXTRAN: Allows ENVOY users to send messages from an ENVOY ID to a telex, TWX, etc.
user in Canada, U.S., overseas, and vice versa.
ENVOY 100 International: Allows an ENVOY user to send a message to US TWX or US
Telex or overseas to a Telex user. A two-way interconnection will be possible when
GTE Telemail is announced.
ENVOYPOST: Allows an ENVOY user to send a "telegram" to any address in Canada or
the U.S. n
Rare Japanese Map Collection
A new catalogue is being prepared for the George H. Beans collection of
Japanese maps of the Tokugawa period (1600-1837) in Special Collections. This is the
best collection outside Japan of maps of this period. It was purchased in 1964 with
aid from the Friends of the Library, from George H. Beans, President of the
Philadelphia Seed Company. The "collection includes a large number of sheet maps,
several scrolls, some screens, Fukanzus (birds-eye views' of landscapes), many
'atlases' and geographies....The period covered by the collection reveals a change
in cartographic style from the artistic 'birds eye view' to the utilitarian
scientific cartography of the West. Printing methods, too, change from crude black
and white wood block prints, through sophisticated, highly detailed, multicoloured
prints to. copper-plate engravings. The Buddhist view of the world with a large China
at the centre and the rest of the world around its periphery gives way to the
Mercator's projection which depicts the world according to scientific rather than
religious principles." 1
This summer, with the aid of a Japan Foundation grant, Profesor Kazutaka Unno
was invited to authenticate and re-catalogue the collection. Professor Unno,
Professor Emeritus of the University of Osaka and currently a professor at Meijo
College in Osaka, is a noted geographer and one of the foremost authorities on early
Japanese and Chinese cartography. Professor Unno compared the maps with Beans'
lists, and revised and updated the descriptive information. A graduate student,
funded by the Canadian Society for Asian Arts, is now entering this information into
a database to produce a new catalogue. It is hoped eventually that the collection
will be listed on DRS.
Woodward, Frances, Cartographic Collections at the University of British Columbia^
Library," Archivaria 13, (Winter 1982) : 102.
Special Collections: Pamphlet File
The Special Collections' permanent pamphlet file is listed in a card file. _.
Pamphlets added to the collection since summer 1985 are being catalogued directly
into the DRS file. However, the number of pamphlets in this file is still small.
Workshop on Instruction in Library use
The 15th Annual Workshop On Instruction in Library Use is to be held in
Montreal, at John Abbott College, on May 14-16, 1986. Its theme is "Connections:
Linking the Library Instruction Network." Sessions will feature ways of connecting
library instruction with faculty, teachers, administrators, students and support
services. Both teaching techniques and learning styles will be highlighted in a
number of presentations. Other sessions will include teaching copyright use, using
evaluations to develop or redevelop an instruction program, and accessing services
of in-house faculty development departments. For further information contact Judith
Stonehewer, Workshop Co-Ordinator, Library, Snowdon Campus, Vanier College, 5170
Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, H3X 2H9.
u* «
infrv Festive Reading by Robertson Davies
An appreciative audience crowded into Buchanan 106 to hear Robertson Davies
read from his two newest books, What's Bred in the Bone and The Papers of Samuel
Marchbanks on Monday, November 25. Mr. Davies took immediate charge of the reading.
He appears the proper Edwardian gentleman with his carefully controlled manner,
emphatic gestures, and shock of white hair and flowing beard. The audience warmed to
the reading of What's Bred in the Bone, but The Papers drew the greatest response.
Irwin Publishers has issued The Papers in a fat, solid volume with a ribbon in it.
(That's Bible stuff," Davies chuckles). The Papers contains most of The Diary and
The -Table Talk, and is a reworking of the Almanack materials published in 1967.
These materials were culled in large part from the columns of Marchbanks in the
Peterborough Examiner, which Mr. Davies edited and published for 26 years. The
correspondence and diary form allow him to introduce new characters with such
ridiculous names as Minerva Hawser, Amyas Pilgarlic, Esquire and Dr. Raymond
Cataplasm. In the spirit of the festive season, some of the finer examples of the
Marchbanks' wit is reprinted below:
A small girl of my acquaintance sang me a Christmas carol which she had learned at
school. It was the familiar one which begins:
Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the Feast of Stephen-
and I expressed my appreciation of her performance warmly. This was a mistake on my
part, for she began to cross-examine me about the words. Why was Stephen feasting
outside in the snow? If Stephen had enough food for a feast why didn't he give some
of it to the poor man who was gathering winter fuel, instead of leaving it a.'.l to
King Wenceslas? I tried to explain that a Feast did not really mean a feast, and
that Stephen was not really there, but I saw disbelief and scorn rising in her eyes.
No wonder children think that all adults are crazy.
Woke this morning with a sense of sick shock, realizing that Christmas is near at
hand and I have not done any shopping. Worried about this until at last I rushed out
and made a tour of the shops, and was depressed to find how much stuff there was for
sale which I would not give to a relative, let alone a friend.... There stole into
my mind Coleridge's poignant lines:
Ah, God! It is fell Christmas-tide
So to the shops I hie;
And my shopping-list, like the Albatross,
About my neck doth lie.
This was to be included in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner but was dropped to please
Wordsworth, who secretly held shares in a large toy-shop and was afraid it might
hurt business.
.To Miss Minerva Hawser.
Dear Miss Hawser:
Thank you for your letter; if you really want my old Christmas cards, you can have
them; your idea of cutting them up into bits and distributing them for use as
confetti at the weddings of the Underprivileged seems to me to be an excellent one,
and an accurate reflection of your kindly and ingenious nature. My cards may be a
disappointment to you...
[Marchbanks concludes the letter with a description of the various classes of cards,
which include ghastly good taste, art drearies, stark realism, Canadian art, phoney
Mediaeval, and the unspeakables. See The Papers for details.]


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