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University of British Columbia Library Bulletin Jun 30, 1972

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 University Of British Columbia   Library Bulletin
NO. 83 JUNE 30, 1972 VANCOUVER, B. C.
As a result of the study done on the Pro-Lit Collection by Nancy Kubesh and some of the
Library School students, the Continuing Education Committee has approved the following changes
in the project:
1) The collection which was housed in the Information & Orientation Office is to be
disbanded and the journal subscriptions cancelled with the exception of: Canadian
I ibrary journal, College and research libraries, L ibrary journal, Library quarterly,
and library fends.  The subscriptions to these Tive journals will be transferred to
the Main Library, and the journals will be housed in the restricted area at the
Periodicals Desk for the use of the Library staff.  They will be available on a
consulting rather than on a circulating basis.
2) The xeroxed tables of contents of selected library journals will continue to be
distributed and, in addition, provision will be made for librarians to request
xerox copies of whole articles in which they are  interested.  It is anticipated
that this service will be primarily for the use of 1 ibrarians in the branches, since
those in the Main Library have ready access to the journals themselves.  This service has no bearing on the present practice of the routing of journals, which will
cont i nue.
When heavy or bulky parcels are to be sent from the Main Library to a delivery station
or branch library on campus, they should be properly labeled and taken to the mail room.
Please do not leave heavy or bulky parcels on the Library delivery shelves in the
Circulation area;   the drivers usually have enough small parcels to carry down to the mail room.
Please be sure to address all parcels properly.  The regular drivers can spot errors
in addresses and often know where the parcel should go, but relief drivers cannot be expected
to have the same facility.
The federal government's Local Initiatives Program has made a second grant to the Crane
Memorial Library for blind students...to enable the Library to continue a project begun in
January.  The latest grant brings to more than $48,600 the total funds allocated by LIP to
tape-record more than 500 books to be used by blind and physically handicapped students at UBC
and other Canadian colleges and universities.  The first LIP grant provided employment for ten
persons until the end of May.  The latest arant will enable the program to continue until the
end of September;
Most of the books being recorded under the program are Canadian material - novels, history and poetry, in both French and English.  The recorded books are either text books or
r required reading for university students.  The material being recorded has previously been
virtually inaccessible to blind and handicapped readers.  Both grants were applied for through
the Social Responsibilities Committee of the North Shore Unitarian Church.
- UBC News Release.
A change has been made in the application of the policy governing vacation times o\'
those in the public service divisions.  From now on they may take their annual vacation during
spring or fall terms as long as service to the public is not adversely affected.  In order to
ensure that this is the case, applications for exceptions to the policy should still be made
by the head of the division to the Assistant Librarian for Public Services.  Whenever possible,
permission will be granted.  Generally speaking, exceptions might be most easily justified In
divisions where there is some difficulty in scheduling all vacations within the summer months. U.B.C. LIBRARY BULLETIN Page 2
The Catalogue Divisions have discontinued the practice of noting missing copies in the
shelf list, with the exception of those from Sedgewick which will still be recorded.  In recent
years only Sedgewick's losses have been consistently recorded in the shelf list, as all missing
copies are listed in the Circulation print-out.  Sedgewick's special \-\eed   is occasioned by the
fact that its course orders are  searched by the searcher's of the LC Catalogue Division and the
notations often influence the number of copies to be ordered.
Following the reclassification of the Law Library's collection from plain 'K' to the
scheme evolved by Elizabeth Moys (A classification scheme for law books.  London, Butterworth,
1968), the books were res helved in a mammoth operation conducted by Tom Shorthojse and his
minions with the aid  of five stack attendants on loan from Main and Sedgewick.
Law reports and journals were not affected, but in all 26,000 circulating volumes were
moved over a period of nine days.
The shelf arrangement hitherto relied on an alphabetical sequence by main entry, owing
to LC's lack of a developed classification for law.  After the initial shock of disruption has
worn off, it is anticipated that loans both to students and to faculty will rise as a result
of the classified arrangement.
Mr. Hamilton has just conducted a sample survey of the Library's subscriptions to
journals covering two subject areas, in order to have some idea of the extent of multiple
copy ordering.  It is recognized that the fields chosen are by no means typical.  Nevertheless,
the results, which appear below, will probably be a surprise to all:
No. of subscriptions in Incidence of duplication: Number of copies
the Library system: in duplicate:
a) Library science journals (197 titles)
X 0 0
X 1 20
X 2 22
X 3 18
X 4 20
X 5 5
X 6 6
X 7 0
X 8 8
X 9 0
X 10 JJ)
Total number of duplicates 109
as a percentage of the number of journals ordered 55.7%
b) Pollution abstracts, Feb. 1971 (356 titles in USC)
X 0 0
X 1 83
X 2 28
X 3 18
X 4 12
X 5 5
X 6 0
X 7 7
X 8 16
X 9 0
11             1                 X 10 _K)
Total number of duplicates (excluding Gov. Pubs.) 179
as a percentage of the number of journals ordered 52.8%
Single copy
2 copies
Single copy
2 copies
A famous mural, well known to generations of Vancouverites, has been
presented to the University of British Columbia by Her Excellency Mrs, D.
Roland Michener, wife of Canada's Governor-General and a graduate of UEC.
The oil-on-canvas mural, an allegory of the 18th century voyage of Captain
George Vancouver to the B.C. coast, hung for more than 25 years in the main
lobby of the Hotel Vancouver.
The mural, which is approximately ten feet wide by 18 feet deep, is currently being restored at UBC by the Canadian artist who painted it in 1939,
Dr. Charles Comfort, former director of the National Gallery in Ottawa and
one of Canada's best known painters and educators.
Her Excellency? Mrs. Michener, will formally present the mural to the
University at a ceremony on Sept. 1.  The mural will hang in the main concourse
of UBC's Main Library.
Her Excellency, born Norah E. Willis, graduated from UBC with the degree
of Bachelor of Arts in history and economics in 1922.  She later studied at the
University of Toronto where she received the degrees of Master of Arts and
Doctor of Philosophy.
The mural was for a number of years in the possession of one of the companies that took part In the remodelling of the Hotel Vancouver In 1968. Mrs.
Michener generously offered it to UBC and arrangements were made for it to be
shipped to Vancouver, where it is being restored.
According to Dr. Comfort, the mural represents an allegory of Captain
Vancouver's voyage to the north Pacific Coast (1790-95) in command of the ships
Discovery and Chatham, when he charted the western coastline of the North
American continent.
Captain Vancouver is the central figure in the mural and is. flanked by
two of his seamen.  Several west coast Indians are depicted in the foreground
of the mural dressed in traditional costumes.
In the background of the mural are a totem pole, towering fir trees and
wheeling birds, all intended as symbols of west coast native culture generally,
rather than literal elements of the period of Vancouver's voyage.
"The intention/' said Dr. Comfort, "was not to produce a documentary in
the historical sense, but an allegory of the voyage and the Pacific coast which
finds no level in a single year but covers a century of time and the coastal
area between the delta of the Eraser River and the Queen Charlotte Islands."
Prof. Comfort, who was commissioned to paint the mural by the Canadian
National Railways, is one of C.itwda's best known artists and muralistc.
t- Born In Scotland, he came to Canada in 1912 and studied at the Winnipeg
School of Art and In New York. He first gained fame as a painter of portraits
r in water colors and was a charter member of the Canadian Society of Painters .
in Water Color.
He is also well known for his giant murals which hang in many public
buildings In Canada.
From 1938 to 1960 Dr. Comfort was a member of the Fine Arts Department of
the University of Toronto and during the Second World War served in Europe as
Senior Official War Artist,
Dr. Comfort was director of Canada's National Gallery in Ottawa from 1960
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