UBC Publications

UBC Publications

UBC Publications

UBC Library Bulletin Jan 31, 1983

Item Metadata


JSON: ubclsb-1.0213554.json
JSON-LD: ubclsb-1.0213554-ld.json
RDF/XML (Pretty): ubclsb-1.0213554-rdf.xml
RDF/JSON: ubclsb-1.0213554-rdf.json
Turtle: ubclsb-1.0213554-turtle.txt
N-Triples: ubclsb-1.0213554-rdf-ntriples.txt
Original Record: ubclsb-1.0213554-source.json
Full Text

Full Text

 u6c fiOrdry 6uCCetiti
No.   167
January  1983
The Library, aware that books could be a vanishing resource, is
engaged in a campaign to make people more aware of the importance of
handling books carefully.
Displays have been set up in Sedgewick, Woodward, Main,Special
Collections, and other libraries, and bookmarks and posters were
produced for the campaign.
Staff are attending meetings demonstrating proper book care.  If you
haven't yet been to one and are   interested, Rita Butterfield (3869) is
organizing them.  Bill Watson (5071) has a videotape called "Enemies of
Books: a Preservation Primer" available to any unit with access to a
video player.
It is not just the loss of books that are badly treated which made
this campaign seem a good idea, but also the costs of repairing or
replacing materials.  It costs about $19 to rebind missing pages and the
Library replaces pages and rebinds more than 150 items a year.  Mending
a book costs the library about $7 an item; about 2300 items are handled
by the Mendery each year.  The 1200 or so unbound issues of magazines
that the Library replaces each year cost about $10 each.
This campaign may continue until we see some positive improvement in
book treatment about the place.  Remember it shouldn't happen to a book.
Elsie de Bruijn has been appointed associate head of Woodward
Library to replace Heather Keate, the new Assistant Librarian for Public
Services (Branches).  Elsie started out in Information & Orientation in
1968, and has been head of Social Work Library since 1973.  She'll
assume her new duties in February.
Crane Library has been given a Voice Indexer which enables staff to
produce voice—indexed textbooks.  This device records page numbers and
other information which can only be heard in the fast—forward or rewind
mode. The Voice Indexer permits random access to various spots on a
talking book; previously, the talking book was limited to books that are
read from beginning to end. Mr. Andre van Schyndel, a Physics doctoral
student at UBC, created this device in his spare time and generously
donated one to Crane.
A donation from the Wesbrook Society enabled Crane Library to
purchase a Kurzweil Reading Machine.  Printed material is placed
facedown on a screen on this machine, the scanning mechanism is
activated and the machine reads the page in an electronic voice,
pronouncing words according to more than 1000 rules and 1500 exceptions
to these rules. It will not replace the tape-recording of textbooks, but
will give speedier access to reserve books and class handouts. ARI
YOU     A     BOOK     BATTERER?
IT      )
ro a
OR ftvJCiL
To commemorate the Care -for Books campaign, Me are  reprinting this
quiz which originally appeared in the journal Review of Bibliotensjon.
Learn the truth about your attitudes to books.  Do you harbour a deep
resentment to printed forms of information? Do you long for a world
pure and ignorant, free of all learning? Are you a pussycat in your
relations with other people, but a tiger when handling books?  Are you
actively trying to reduce the amount of information in the world by
abusing books? This short test will reveal your true attitude.  Check
the most appropriate response.
1. I remove books from the shelf by pulling the top of the spine and am
pleased to hear the sound of tearing, especially with a new book.
 always    frequently   sometimes    rarely  never
2. I eat or drink while reading and feel better when crumbs drop into
the pages or when I spill coffee on them.
 always   frequently    sometimes    rarely   never
3. I push down hard on the spine of a book when I'm photocopying in
order to break its spine.
 always    frequently   sometimes   rarely   never
4. I mark my place in a book with a rusty paperclip or a wet lettuce
leaf unless I have a slice of bacon handy.
 always    frequently    sometimes   rarely   never
5. I leave books on the radiator or in the sunlight, and am
disappointed when the paper doesn't yellow in a day or two.
 always    frequently    sometimes    rarely   never
6. I underline and annotate books with a pen, especially library books,
so that others will have the benefit of what I believe the truth to be.
 always   frequently   sometimes   rarely  never
7. I like to read while showering and store books in the bathroom
because watching the pages curl turns me on.
 always   frequently    sometimes    rarely  never
8. When shelving books, I fill each shelf as full as possible and am
gratified when I can jam that last volume into a space obviously too
small for it.
 always    frequently    sometimes    rarely   never
9. I like to stack books up in piles, putting the smallest and flimsiest
books on the bottom and topping the pile up with the largest, hoping
that the whole thing will go tumbling onto the floor.
 always   frequently   sometimes   rarely  never
10. I razor or tear articles, pages, pictures out of library books,
especially if I think something might be useful to others.
 always   frequently    sometimes   rarely   never
11. I give my dog a book to chew whenever I run out of Baines
burgerbits and call him Bookcruncher for short.
 always    frequently    sometimes    rarely   never
Sive yourself 4 points for each 'always', 3 for 'sometimes', 2 for
'infrequently', 1 for 'once*, 0 for 'never*.  Add up the total.
34-44 = unhealthy attitude to books and learning.  Leave university
and go to work as far from all information as possible.  You should
consider professional treatment.
23—33 = you require immediate therapy if you intend to continue at
university or work where printed information is handled.  Ask your
family doctor to refer you to your nearest bibliotherapist.
12-22 = your attitude to information is unhealthy and you need
actively to change it.
1-11 = watch yourself. You could be developing a hostile attitude
to books and learning. There is still time to redirect your potential
O = congratulations. Your attitude towards printed information is
very healthy. Stay vigilant. o
The Vancouver Centennial Bibliography, mentioned in the September
Uibrary_Bulleti.n, is a unique cooperative effort of town and gown,
funded by a $72,000 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Counci1.
The Project for an on-line data base of material about Vancouver to
honour the city's 100th birthday originated with the Vancouver
Historical Society.  The VHS's Centennial Bibliography Committee, which
drew up the guidelines for the bibliography and received the research
grant, was chaired by Peggy Imredy and had members from libraries and
archives in the Greater Vancouver area.  UBC Library provided working
space for the project and 4 UBC librarians are working with the project
on their own time — Anne Yandle, Frances Woodward, and Laurenda DanielIs
as principal co-investigators and Brian Owen as systems consultant.
This combination of support and responsibility resulted in the project
receiving the first research tools grant made by SSHRC to a Society
rather than to an individual or institution.
To date the results of the project have been encouraging.  A recent
test run using data entered so far was quite successful.  The research
staff of the project has turned up interesting materials in other
institutions, including the Provincial Archives.  The spin-off for UBC
is a very sophisticated bibliographical program which allows different
approaches to a number of items.  The VHS hopes the data base will be
kept up-to-date and that it will become one of a network of similar
projects in B.C.  In the meantime, plans are being made for the
publication of a printed bibliography in time for Vancouver's Centennial
For many library users, the biggest headache is not being able to
find a journal on the shelf. The Library Users' Survey Report of
1980 had 12 pages of selected comments about people's problems
with missing journals.
"Please don't allow journals to be taken out.  If we have a
readup to do, we often don't have a week for it to be brought
back and then are stuck."
Many compared UBC unfavourably with SFU where journals do not circulate.
But then the problems of dealing with a completely anchored collection
are huge, beginning with "when is a serial a periodical?" And then it's
by no means clear that a non-circulating collection would solve the
problem of availability.  Journals are as likely to be simply off the
shelf as out of the library.
A committee has been set up to consider how accessibility to
periodicals can be improved, including the question of whether library
policy on the circulation of periodicals should be changed.  Bill Watson
is chairing the committee of Rein Brongers, Keith Bunnell, Rita
Butterfield, Lois Carrier, Melva Dwyer, Chuck Forbes, Howard Hurt, Tony
Jeffreys, Heather Keate, Anna Leith, and Tom Shorthouse.  All we can say
is "good luck." (Anybody for a survey?)
A list of reading rooms with current information on hours, access,
etc. is available from Information & Orientation.  It is produced from a
computer file and will be updated as necessary. If your branch or
division would like a copy and revisions when produced, phone or write
to I & 0 (2076), Main Library. =b!B__ IHIS.LECTLJRE
F. W. Lancaster, Professor at the Graduate School of Information
Science, University of Illinois, will discuss the future of
communication and the role of the information professional on Tuesday,
February 1, 4:30 pm, Buchanan Building A104.
Mark your calendar and don't miss the opportunity to hear this
distinguished visitor. Prof. Lancaster's publications include Tgward_
E3BgCless_lDf9Ca>atigD_§ygtem§ and Li6raries_and_Librari,ans_in_the Age_of.
Electronics^ He may have an alternative to our Care for Books campaign.
Kuei Mai Yan, LA 2, Acquisitions
Barry Gibbs, Clerk 1, Acquisitions
Darlene Fichter, LA 1, Curriculum Lab
Darrell Short, LA 3, Catalogue Records
Carol Sloan, LA 3, Law
Jennifer Rogers, LA 3, Serials
Anne Helgason, LA 1, Sedgewick
Lorraine Herbst, LA 1, Curriculum Lab
Winnie Wong, LA 3, Recon
Doria Tai,LA 2, Catalogue Products
Joan Stuchner, LA 2, Catalogue Records
Carol Linney, LA 1, Sedgewick
Robin Shaw, LA 2, Serials
April'le McCauley, LA 2, Humanities
Margaret Bayley, LA 1, Circulation
Peggy Sinclair, LA 1, Special Collections
Suzanne Garnett, LA 3, Woodward
Christiane Cote, LA 1, Circulation
Janis Peterson, LA 2, Social Work
Florence Rioux, LA 2, Serials
Pam Black, LA 1, Curriculum Lab
Lois Rightmeyer, LA 2, Catalogue Records
and to
Ardelle Henderson, LA 2, Humanities, who retired after working in the
UBC Library since 1971.  Ardelle worked in Systems, Acquisitions,
and, for the past 4 years, in Humanities.  All the best, Ardelle.
Records Management for Librarians, Taught by Patricia Acton,
Information Resources Management Ltd., Victoria, Spring Session, May 4 -
July 27, Wednesdays, 7-lOpm.
Adult Popular Literature, taught by Paul Whitney, Burnaby PL, Spring
Session, Mondays, 7-10pm.
Introduction to Computer-Readable Data Files, taught by our own
Laine Ruus, Summer Session, July 4—22, B-lOam daily.
Non-Book Materials, taught by Linda Prince, VCC and Frank Knor,
BCIT, Summer Session, 10:25-12:35am daily.
For more information, contact the School of Librarianship  (2446).
Erik de Bruijn has been reorganizing the serial and
professional literature holdings in the Librarian's Office.  The
magazines are to be listed on the Serials system, and new
professional literature will be listed in the Bulletin.  Please
use.  For example, drop in and borrow:
Clement, Hope.  In_tiatiyes_t_w_rd____i_iiggra_hic_
Office of Management Studies. SPEC.  Cgrggrate_use_gf_research
a_Q1 £.cations .
Chenier, Nancy.  Reproductive hazards at work.
Association of Research Libraries.  Annual_Sal.ary_Suryeyi._l.982
"Comparative rating of electronic typewriters," Library
J-Chngiggy._R_P.g__s, 18:4, 1982
JUJdXa. ;
COAJL •   '—y
This issue «as produced on a personal computer with a word
processor attached. Any lapses in good taste are solely the
responsibility of the coaputer.
The Bulletin has been very disappointed by the response to its
request for news. It is still in need. Is anyone alive out


Citation Scheme:


Citations by CSL (citeproc-js)

Usage Statistics



Customize your widget with the following options, then copy and paste the code below into the HTML of your page to embed this item in your website.
                            <div id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidgetDisplay">
                            <script id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidget"
                            async >
IIIF logo Our image viewer uses the IIIF 2.0 standard. To load this item in other compatible viewers, use this url:


Related Items