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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



MAY 1957 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume XII, Number S May 19$7 



Publications Committee: Charles J. Gillis, Emilia Lange, Catherine D. O'Halloran, 

B. Joseph O'Neil, Claire P. O'Toole, Sarah Richman, 
Gerald L, Ball, Chairman 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material'- 
The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

EDITORIAL NOTES 

In view of augmented work loads in librar-ies, rising tax rates and ever -increasing 
cost of living, we all recognize that we are faced with a dilemma. How can libraries 
meet their obligations to the patrons, taxpayers, and library workers without having 
some group or groups suffer? 

Can we ctirtail service? Reduce the number of hours libraries are open, lower the 
standards for quality of service? Surely the temper of tir.ss shows a desire for more 
and better service. The ideals for viiich leaders have fought both in the library 
world and in the larger sphere of democratic ideals would suffer in any such retrench- 
ment. 

Can we expect library workers id.th altmistic idealism and a spirit of self-sacri- 
fice to work for remuneration below that offered for comparable endeavors in other 
professions? There are a few who are so imbued with the ideals of librarianship, and 
whose needs are so simple (or who have a private income) that they might be willing or 
covild afford to continue forever in an underpaid status. However, most of us have 
to face the problems of leading normal lives, and must meet the costs of food, shelter, 
clothing, recreation and education and want to contribute a fair share to churches, 
charitable institutions, community drives, etc. In short, we cannot expect to attract 
to library work or hope to keep in the profession qualified people unless we offer 
payment commensurate vdth the talents deraw'^ded. 

Must then the taxpayers bear the costs no matter vrfiat? We know (since most of us 
are taxpayers and feel the pressure applied from both directions) that there is a 
limit to the amount of taxes that can be levied, without bringing into operation the 
law of diminshing returns. 

What then can be done? The largest share of library budgets is appropriated for 
personnel. This is the area where substantial savings may be made. Yet how can this 
be accomplished without diluting library service, or vrorking an in;justice on the 
library eirgsloyee. The problem is not pecioliar to libraries. In any business where 
costs of personnel have loomed large in the budget, there are similar problems. How 
has the problem been faced? 

By analyzing the type of work done by employees, and redistributing the tasks, 
great savings have been made. When repetitive tasks can be done by machinery, indus- 
try has employed machines to do the work, I'fhen tasks can be divided into clerical 
and professional, specialists in both these categories are employed to do the work 
for which they are best fitted. The insurance companies have problems that are simi- 
lar in some ways to those of libraries. Personnel is a large item in their budgets. 
By .-'^ecialization and division of labor, and by wholesale use of machines, such as 
those of IBM, for sorting, billing, searching and the like, they have made substantial 
reductions in their overhead. 

Realizing that there are dissimilarities also between libraries and insurance com- 
panies, between tax-supported institutions and institutions with a dollar profit 
motive, yet there seems to be much that libraries could learn from industry. With 
personnel cost§ reduced without reducing the calibre of service, it may be possible 
to pay adequate salaries to library workers and to con^jete with industry and other 
professions in attracting the best qualified workers to libraries and keeping them. 



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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 



May 18 



May 26- 
May 31 



IN MEMORIAM 



Catholic Library Association, 
New England Unit, Spring meeting, 
at Jeanne d'Arc Academy, 1071 j 
Blue Hill Avenue, Milton, 2:30p.mJ 

i;8th Annual Convention, Special 
Libraries Association, Hotel 
Statler, Boston, Massachusetts 



May 31 Annual Outing, B. P, L. Part- 
timers, Whalom Park, Fitchburg 

June 22, A, L, A. Pre-Conference 
June 23 Kansas City, Missouri 

June 2k- A. L, A« Annual Conference, 
June 28 Kansas City, Missouri 

PERSONNEL NOTES 

N ew Employees 

Robert G. Bailey, Book Purchasing 
Rosalie R, Htmiphries-Mason, Mt. Bowdoin 
Herman 0, Peterson, Open Shelf 
George L, Pillion, Kirstein 

Transferred 

Joseph N. O'Brien, from Central Charging 
Records to Buildings 

Resignations 

Ronald J. Arigo, Book Purchasing, to ac- 
cept another position 

Mrs Elaine R. Sharer, Mt. Bowdoin, to re- 
main at home 

Jeanne Staples, General Reference, to ac- 
cept another position 

Mrs Lila E. Trachtenberg, Mt. Bowdoin, 
moving out of Boston 

Mrs Sydney L. Whitman, Central Charging 
Records, to remain at home, 

BIRTHS 

Jfr and Mrs George T. Armstrong of Avon 
have announced the birth of a son, Michael 
Edward, on April 27, George formerly work. 
ed «>out of" the Office of Records, Files, 
btatistics, 

Mr and Mrs Sidney Quint and little daugh- 
ter, Judy, are happy over the arrival of 
their baby boy, born May 8, Mrs Quint is 
the former Janet Rabinovitz of Open Shelf 
and Alls ton. 



Friends who had known Mrs Ann Phyllis 
Thibodeau Kergis when she was on the staff 
of Book Stack Service were saddened to 
leam of her sudden death on May 13. 
Following their marriage Mr and Mrs Kergis 
lived in the Fenway area of Boston and she 
often came in to visit her old friends in 
the Library, More recently the family has 
been living in Holbrook, Ifessachusetts, 
Mrs Kergis is survived by her husband and 
four children. She was the neice of 
Ralph E. Ford, formerly of the Boston 
Public Library Binding Department, 

QUARTER CENTURY CLUB 

On April 21; the Quarter Cent\iry Club held 
its annual luncheon at the Vendome, About 
forty members attended. The guests of 
honor were Erwin D. Canham, Francis B. 
Masterson and Milton E. Lord, This was 
Mr Lord's first appearance as a meaber 
of the Club since February of this year 
marked his twenty-fifth year as Director, 
Both he and Mr. Canham spoke about the ex- 
citing plans for the proposed Library ad- 
dition, plans which had been released to 
the newspapers that day, Mr Masterson 's 
talk was thoroughly enjoyed by all. 
Dinner music was ably supplied by Martin 
Waters at the piano with vocal renditions 
by Mrs Aletha Munro, accompanied by 
Dan Koury, 

Esther Lissner 

Secretary 

THE SOCIAL WHIRL 

On Sunday, May 5, about thirty of her BPL 
friends gathered at a farewell dinner for 
Jeanne Staples at the China Star in Quin- 
cy, Jeanne, who leaves to head the Refer- 
ence Department in the Oak Park Public 
Library in Illinois, was a busy guest of 
honor, snapping picttires of all present 
to keep as a souvenir of her stay in 
Boston, To help her remember this city, 
a guidebook to Boston was given to the 
former member of General Reference as well 
as a purse of money, Delicious Chinese 
food and excellent entertainment, the 
latter provided by such BPL stalwarts as 
Maurice Carbonneau and Eamon McDonough, 
combined to make the everjLng a memorable 
occasion, 

Kathleen Hegarty 



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ARMVETS 



As is its annual custom, the Arnavets held 
its annual banquet on Monday evening, 
May 13^ at the plush Vienna Room in SteubenE 
Following pleasant social hoiirs in and 
around the city, fifty members gathered at 
Steubens and sat doi'm to a delicious fillet 
mignon dinxier. The evening was topped off i 
by an excellent floor show headed by top j 
personalities from T.V., Hollj'wood, and 
the Broadway stage. The Master of Ceremon- 
ies graciously introduced our Commcinder, 
Tom Daly, who responded by taking a bow. 
All in all, it turned out to be an evening 
of relaxation, enjoyment of good food, 
and excellent entertainment with a good 
time had by all, 

Samuel Green 

A WEDDING 

Gilda Tecce, North End, became the bride 
of Paul ¥. Barrett of South Braintree on 
Sunday, April 28> at afternoon ceremonies 
at St. Leonard's Church, North End, The 
bride wore a formal bouffant gown of lily- 
white chiffon. It was fashioned with a 
draped cowl neclcline with back panels cas- 
casing into a short train. Her crown was 
of seed pearls and sequins and it held in 
place a short illusion veil. She carried 
a crescent of vihite orchids, baby carna- 
tions anc stephanotis. Maid of honor was 
Adoma Orlandi of Boston, who was attired 
in a ballerina gown of tissue silk in aqua- 
marine, fashioned in the style of the 
bride's goxm, with matching scalloped cap. 
She carried a bouquet of pink tea roses 
and baby carnations caught in a miniature 
lace parosal, Salvatore Tecce, brother of 
the bride, ser^red as best man and four 
friends of the couple acted as ushers. 
Following the ceremony, a reception was 
held at VJliiton Hall in Dorchester, Many 
library friends of the bride were in 
attendance from the North End, East Boston^ 
and Hyde Park branches. The bride's going- 
away outfit was a gray sheath suit-dress 
with white trimmings. She wore white ac- 
cessories and black patent leather shoes 
and bag. The bride was radiant as she and 
her happy groom sped through the aisles 
of well-wishers at the reception on their 
way to a honeymoon in Florida, 



CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 

33rd Annual Conference 

UMBRELLAS, ROCKING CHAIRS, FRAIED PAINT- 
INGS, FM RADIOS - A GIVE-AWAY J 

Filene's basement? Guess egain. The 
Louisville Public Library will lend you 
three of the four items mentioned above 
on your library card, (The rocking chair 
is to relax ih while you broxjse.) Also 
provided are wire grocery baskets in which 
to stack films, recordings, books, and 
children for the trip to the chai^g desk. 

You don't believe this; but Anna Manning, 
Chief of Teachers, Martha Engler, Chil- 
dren's Librarian at South Boston, Mary 
Alice Rea, Book Purchasing, and Diane 
Farrell, West End, who represented the 
B,PuL, at the Catholic Library Association 
Conference in Louisville, April 22-26, 
swear that it's all so, 

Louisville 's allurements include cig- 
arette factories, distilleries, and Church- 
hill Downs, However, our chief interest 
lay in the Conference sessions, partic- 
u].arly since our own Mss Engler was 
Chairman of the Elementary rchool Section 
of C.L.A. and had planned two excellent 
programs . 

Better schools through better libraries 
was the theme of the Conference. At the 
General Session, William B. Ready, Director 
of LibraTies at Marquette University, 
begged librarians to take upon themselves 
the responsibility of convincing school 
administrators of the importance of the 
library in education, lest the pressing 
need for more classroom space and more 
teaching personnel cause libraries and 
librarians to be legislated out of exis- 
tence • 

"A good library is basically an acadejry," 
said Dr. Thomas P. Neill, Professor of 
History at St. Louis University, at the 
Conference Luncheon. "It is a salon fre- 
quented by the best minds of all ages." 

These ideas were reiterated and expanded 
by the speakers at Miss Engler 's programs. 

A book editor, Julie Kernan of Kenedy, 
and a book purchaser, Mrs Barbara Miller 
of the Louisville Public Library discussed 
the children's book market, VJho sets the 
standards in children's book publishing? 
Teachers and librarians ought to do it, 
said Miss Kernan, 



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Miriam A, Wessel of the Detroit Public 
Library, speaking to an audience composed 
partly of parochial school teachers of the Codman Square 



BRANCH NOTES 



Louisville Archdiocese, outlined the ser- 
vices schools may receive from public 
libraries, A teacher-librarian. Sister 



A silver pin was presented to Taimi 
Lilja by tha staff at Codman Square on the 
occasion of her transfer to the School 



Mary Electa, R.S.M., of St, James Parochial Issue section of Central Book Stock, Her 
School, Jamestown, New York, urged teachears friends at Codman Square, where she had 



to concern themselves with getting better 
books for pupils --books of beauty , of 



literary aad artistic merit, as well as oq her new position as Children's Librarian, 
truth, books that will contribute to the 



mental, emotional, and spiritual growth 
of children. Rev, Nicholas J, McTJeil, 
S, J,, Librarian, Chevems High School, 
Portland, Maine, asked for increased use 
of public library services by school 
teachers , 

Visits to branch libraries, Bellarmine 
College, Nazareth College, University of 
Louisville, Gethsemane Monastery, a high 
school, Stephen Foster's "Old Kentucky 
Home," the Pro-Cathedral at Bards town, 
filled up an already crowded schediile. 

The junior member of the party came home 
excited, inspired, enthusiastic, and ex- 
hausted. She heartily endorses similair 
excursions to all young library-Anne's 
(and Albert's) and will talk at great 
length to anybody on the subject with not 
the slightest encouragement, 

Diane G, Farrell 



been Adults Librarian for nine years, Join 
in wishing Miss Lilja much happiness in 



IT'S A SMALL WORLD - 

While attending the Catholic Library 
Association Annual Conference in Loxiisvil]e, 
Martha C, Engler, South Boston, was ap- 
proached by former South Boston staff mem- 
ber, Eileen Hoar, now Sister Catherine 
Eileen, S.C.N,, a teacher-librarian in the 
Louisville parochial schools. Sister 
Catherine Eileen wished to be remembered 
to all her old friends at the B.P,L,, 
particularly Miss Florence Cufflin and 
Miss Mary Hackett, 



TAKE A BOW l 

Michael Sullivan, Buildings, for the 
excellent appearance of the grounds in 
the Library courtyard. Never in the mem- 
ory of the oldest inhabitant has the 
courtyard looked as attractive as it has 
since Mr Sullivan has taken charge, 'Tis 
a green thtimb you have! 



Virginia Dalton 



TAKE A BOW I 

Mrs Beryl Robinson, Children's Librarian, 
Egleston Square, for her successful month- 
ly children 's storytelling program on 
Channel 2, VTGBH-TV. Mrs Robinson will 
appear before the TV cameras on Monday 
evening. May 20, at ^:30 P.M, 

SPARES AND STRIKES 

The Library Bowling League which had 
met weekly on Tuesday evenings from 
October to April concluded a highly suc- 
cessfxil season with a banquet at Steubens 
on April 29, A loyal group of twenty- 
five bowlers and their friends were toast- 
ed to a grand evening of f \m and food. 
Each of the bowlers was given a Waterraam's 
pen and pencil set. The winning team was 
presented with a money gift. The bowlers 
are looking forward to next yeari 

Frank Bruno 

EDITOR'S NOTE ; Frank Bruno's team won 
the championship! 



*••«•■»••«••«■•$(■ -»• 



Remember the needs of those served by 
CARE, . Give now! 

Special Committee for CARE 




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To the Soap Box; 

Interesting to note that certain posi- 
tions which could not be filled a few months 
back because it was considered that there 
were no qualified candidates ^ are now 
awarded to some of the same candidates. 



How much better it would be if there 
were upper levels to which someone in the 
present Fub-Professional service could 
aspire without being restricted to advance- 
ment as a bibliothecal worker 1 Opportu- 
nities would be more numerous and varied i 
More pertinent experience and training 
could be recognized! 

How much better off the bibliothecal 
service v;ould be if entrance to the Pro- 
fessional Library Service had as minimum 
requirements, an undergraduate degree, 
and a graduate library school degree. 
Such requirements might make it easier to 
persuade the appropriating authorities 
that the pay scales for the Professional 
Library Service should be more in conform- 
ity with comparable libraries having sim- 
ilar strict requirements. 

Yours for better library 
service 



Observer 



To the Soap Box: 



We hope that the plans for replacing the 
Sub-Professional Library/ Service with a 
Non-Professional Library Service will not 

be delayed much lonrer. In the latest dis-j spread over two weeks if one is not to 
cussions only three levels of non-prof essdoik-t.faste precious vacation time — especially 
als were mentioned. In earlier talks with as we are not permitted to take time off 



To the Editor: 

General Administrative Notice, 19^7 - 
No, lU states quite definitely that a week 
of vacation will not be approved unless 
it is scheduled between Monday and Satur- 
day, Rumor says that there may be circum- 
stances under which exceptions to this 
ruling might be made, I can thi^k of 
several excellent reasons why it might be 
necessary to request a v;eek's vacation 



the Director, there was mentioned the 
possibility of having the Non-Professional 



Service embrace all strictly non-bibliothe-^ tant city which involves a set date or 



cal positions, including all positions in 
the Division of Bup/iness Operations and 



xri-thout pay. For instance— an invitation 
to a wedding or other festivity in a dis- 



dates plus travel time — personal or family 
j business involving circumstances beyond 



most of the positions in the General Admin-J one's choice of dates — a job interview 



istrative Offices which are now filled by 
Sub-Professionals and Professionals, In 
other vjords it was suggested that there 
might be as many as 9 or 10 levels in the 
Non-Professional Service, It was suggested 
that "Non-Professional" would be "non" with 
respect to the library professional and 
would merely indicate that the position 
would not require library school training. 
However, it xms admitted that many of these 
positions in the Non-Professional Service 
such as P-egistered Nurse, Personnel Officer 
and others, would be "professional" in 
their oim right. This system is used in 
other large libraries. 



elsewhere involving travel time — caring 
for or transporting a child or a sick per- 
son—a college reiinioH outside the area- 
family illness — or even ti^'ing to match a 
vacation. of a single week with someone 
else who must take a split-week vacation. 
The majority of the employees do not take 
such vacations regularly yet this ruling, 
like many others made to curb a few of- 
fenders, simply penalizes the majority, 
causes time wasted in special requests, 
and lowers staff morale hy treating us like 
children, while those at liiom the no'tice 
is directed vdll find some other way around 
the ruling or swear it was illness (with 



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the aid of a cooperating doctor) , Please, 
can't the administration take it for grant- 
ed that most of us are honorable adtilts 
and - if individuals offend, refuse per- 
mission to them another time instead of 
decreeing a thing can't be done and then 
making exceptions for a few? 

"Ima Scapegoat" 

To the Editor of the Soap Box; 

V?hat price morale in the Division of 
Fteference and Research Sen^ices - or any 
ramaining faith in the examination system - 
when it was demonstrated in the recent 
appointments that one who has never talcen 
the examinations pertinent to the depart- 
ment and has apparently had little real 
expeii.ence in extensive reference work in 
an open department, is considered a better 
choice for chief of that department than 
the qualified applicants who had complied 
exactly or much more closely to the so- 
called rules for advancement in that de- 
partment? If such transfers can be justi- 
fied at steps 1-3 and at the level of chie 
why are employees considered incompetent 
for the same sort of appointment at steps 
k and 5? The logic which says the quali- 
fications of a chj.ef of a closed departmeiti 
in another field of work entirely, are 
sufficient for such a transfer, should be 
valid at all levels throughout the Divisioiji 
to maintain that logic. Otherwise our 
advancement and examination system become 
a farce. Morale suffers again since 
there are few opportunities in the Divisio^ 
at best, and some of us have qualified 
under one or more systems and have been 
most impatiently waiting for recognition 
for up to some twenty -five years or more. 

Morale less 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the As- 
sociation member submitting it, together 
viith the name of the Branch Library, De- 
partment, or Office in which he or she is 
enrployed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to 
the Editor-in-Chief, The contents of the 
articles appearing in the Soap Box are 
personal opinions expressed by individual 
Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Committee 'md the Association 
are in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words Will be accepted. 



A. L, A. 
Going to Kansas City? 
Believe in Librarianship as a profession? 



To help answer either question, join the 
national professional library association 

NOW. 



For application blanks 
Contact: 

Sarah M. Usher 
Office of Records, Files, 
Statistics 






SECOND PRCGRW'I PLANMERS INSTITUTE 



This Institute vras held in the Lecture 
Hall on Tuesdays^ May 7 and lU, in cooper- • 
ation with the Adult Education Associatioi . 
of Massachusetts, Two hundreci and eighty-' 
five program chairmen, officers, and pro- 
fessional \TOrkers in educational, civic, 
health, fraternal, service, and religiouf 
clubs and organizations attended the two 
sessions. 

On May 7 there were two conciirrent se 
sions: Hovt to Plan Progra ms for new pro 
gram planners and Eci-r to ShareLeac'erehip 



Association. 

Mrs Helen F. Hirson, Extension Librarian, 
and Alden Eberly, Regional Vice President, 
Adult Education Association of Massachu- 
setts, seirved as the Co-Chairmen of the 
Second Program Planners Institute, 

IN APPRECIATION 



in Programming for experxenced profrain 
planners. 

Dr. Kenneth D. Benne, Eirector^ Human 
Relations Center, B, Uo, and Past Presi- 
dent, Adult Education Association of the 
United States, served as Consultant, /'jnon^ 
the many people who worked to make tiiis 
second Institute as successful as the one 
held in October, 1956, was Edward T, 
Sullivan, Secretars'^-Treasurer, Cambridge 
Central Labor Union, who served as the 
chairman of the session on How to Plan 
Programs a Otis E. Finley, Industrial 
Relations Secretary, Urban League of 
Greater Boston, chaired the more advanced 
session. How to Share Leadership in Pro - 
gramming , 

D\iring the third session on May lli, th^ 
Problem Solving Clinic , members of the 
audience had a choice of participating in 
two consecutive round table discussions 
led by tijo experienced leaders on trouble 
some program situations. The topics in- 
cluded: Hot-T to discover the interest and 
needs of the members; How to involve 
members in programming; How to expand 
members' interests; How to deal xd.th con 
troversial issues; How to select and 
develop program cormaittee members; How tt> 
deal with difficult members; How to eval 
uate programs; How to apply the results 
of evaulation; and How to improve facil 
ities for film programs. 

To acquaint program planners with 
community resources for program ideas and 
material, a Program Reso u rces Directory 
compiled by a committee under Robert E, 
Segal, Executive Director, Jewish Communi 
ty Council of Metropolitan Boston, was 
distributed free. Material kits includin 
other program aids were distributed at 
the sessions by a committee under the 
leadership of Ilrs Grace F, Mattair, Spec- 
ial Manager, Boston Home and School 



Lear Mr. Bluhmi 

¥e have received yo\ir CARE parcel for 
which I sho\ald like to thank you very much. 
¥e are a family of refugees from East 
Prussia (Konigsberg) and having fled from 
there to the Altmark in the Soviet Zone, 
we had to flee a second time, again leav- 
ing everything behind, in order to reach 
Western Berlin. Our family, that is my 
parents, two brothers, and I have received 
a sii.all flat only at the beginninj, of 
this year. 1/e are very glad to have had 
the possibility for a new start, Tfy 
father is still out of work, unfortunately, 
lilce so many refugees are here at Berlin, 
There are between two to six thousand 
refugees per week, coming to Western Ber- 
lin, that is between fifteen to twenty- 
five thousand, thirty-five thousand per 
month. As most of them have to stay here 
for quite some time, you can imagine that 
it is very hard to find either flat or 
work, and my father is quite lucky to have 
foxmd the first. My twin brother Wolfgang 
is a student of agriculture and biology 
at the Technical University of Western 
Berlin while I^ a student of medicine at 
the Liberal University have to pass the 
Western "Abitur" first, the one from the 
Soviet Zone not being acknowledged by the 
West, before I can go on studying. Our 
Abitur would be the equivalent to your 
graduation from Junior College to Senior 
College . 

My younger brother Hans is an appren- 
tice vrith a firm doing electrical repair 
work. 

Thanking you another tijTie for your kind- 
ness in forwarding such a nice parcel to 
a very indigent family completely unknown 
to you and sending you the regards of all 
the family. 

I am yours truly, 
Manfred 

Manfred Fischer 

Sudende, Steglitzer Str. 7h 

Uestberlin, Germany 



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A SITRPRISE PRI,SENf ATION 



Probably few of the people on the staff 
remember that two famous litecary person- 
alities — Boswell and John^an — met on May 
16. It is even doubtful if Milton E. Lore, 
the Director, had given this fact serious 
consideration on his Thursday morning walli 
from North Station to Copley Square, but 
it is a certainty that from now on he vail 
remember it xfith pleasure. At 11:30 a.m. 
on May 16, in the Director's Office, befoije 
a small group of people assembled by the 
donor — Louise Stimson, the donor, her 
sister, Edna Stimson, both cf Concord, a 
family friend, Mrs Robert Harxjocd of 
Cambridge, lirs Lord, Miss Brockunier, and 
Mr Connolly— the Director was completely 
surprised when Miss Stimson presented him 
with a unique gift in honor of his comple- 
tion of twenty-five years as Director of 
the Boston Public Library. The gift was 
a "de luxe" edition of JOHNSON'S DICTION- 
ARY (Vol, I, A-IOD^ Vol H, LAB— ZOO) e 
Unlike most dictionaries, this contains a 
very special illustration — a diorama, en- 
titled The Fir-ltMeeting of Dr. Samuel 
Johnson and James Bos w ell, London, May 16 , 
1763 J and is accompanied hj a beautifully 
hand-written account of this first meeting 

Miss Stimson is readily and pleasantly 
identified as the one who created Dicken's 



"Sir", as the Great Lexicographer would 
say, my very good wishes, and may you con- 
tinue to be, for at least twenty-five 
years more. Director and Librarian at the 
"B.P.L.".' 

Cordially yours, 
LOUISE STIMSON 

In view of the interest shown in Miss 
Stijnson's earlier masterpieces, this 
latest artistic creation is on display in 
the Director's Office (enter through the 
Abbey Room) so that staff members may en- 
joy it. 

Sarah M. Usher 

BON VOYAGE 
to 
Madalene D. Holt, Branch Librarian, Wash- 
ington Village, who sails on Saturday, 
May 16, on the Ille de France for seven 
weeks in the British Isles and on the 
continent. 



London , Mice in llonderla nd. and is cur- 
rently at woiic on T he Arabian Nights , Her 
letter, which is printed hers with her per 
mission, best explains her surprise gift 
to the Director: 

Concord, Massachusetts 
May 16, 1957 



Dear Mr Lord: 

I know it is general?.y supposed that a 
woman is never at a loss for words. There 
are moments, however, when we find it 
difficult to rise verbally to an occasion 
Finding myself in this distressing state 
when congratulations are due you on suc- 
cessfully completing your 25th year as 
Director of the Boston Public Library, I 
decided I would give you an early edition 
of Johnson's Dictionary of the English 
Language, knox^ng that between the sturdy 
covers you xjill find words which fail me. 

The "volumes" are yovirs to do with as 
you like. They were especially made to 
coinmemorate the pleasant anniversary, and 
to express my appreciation of all you have 
done to further my work. 



Virginia Haviland, Readers Advisor for 
Children, who leaves on Friday, May 2U 
by plane for four weeks in England. She 
will visit Eileen Colwell, Head of ¥ork 
with Children in the Hendon Libraries of 
London, and together they will tour parts 
of the British Isles. Just a year ago 
Miss Colwell was a visitor in this coun- 
try and many may remember seeing her in 
the BPL or at the ALA meeting in Florida. 

Rose Moorachian, Young Adults Librarian, 

Uphams Corner, who sails on the S. S . 

United States on June 1, for nine~week's 

vacation in Germany, Switzerland, France 

Italy, and Spain. ' 

Francis R. Currie, Young Adults Librarian, 
Memorial, who flies to London on June h 
to begin a vacation of five weeks in 
England and Scotland, ending with one 
week in Paris, 

SK}AGE?ffiNT 

Announcement has been made of the engage- 
ment of Margaret T. Brassil, Memorial, 
and Paia Cameron, a teacher at Roxbury 
Memorial High School for Boys. This is 
another "library-public" romance. The 
wedding date has been set for August 3. 
1957. 



HIGHLIGHTS OF THE S. L. A. COhP/ENTION IN 
BOSTON 
(Hotel StatlerTT lfey 26-31, 1957 

This year Boston is playing host to the 
National Convention. A quick look at the 
program should reveal several items of 
interest to all staff members. The Boston 
Chapter is sponsoring an Open House, 
Sunday evening, at 7jOO p.m. at the 
Imperial Ballroom of the Statler« The 
f ornal opening will be held on Monday at 
9:00 a* m. , with addresses of welcome by 
Mayor John B. Hynes and Director Milton 
E» Lord. The speaker on Monday jBcrning 
iTill be Vemer W, Clapp, former Assistant 
Librarian of Congress. 

A symposixun on "The Technical Witer 
and the Special Librarian," will be the 
feature of the Metals Division meeting 
on Monday afternoono 

The G eogr a phy ar.d Map Divisio n ia 
sponsoring ^he Reverend Daniel Cinehan, 
S.J., -vdio is giving a talk on "Operation 
Deep Freeze," on TueMay morning* 
Wednesday the Business, Financial , 
S ocial Science jc Trans portaiion groups 
will present a panel discussion on 
"Industrial envelopment." SaviUe 
Davis of the Christian Science Monitor 
will be the speaker at the Wednesday 
evening banquet, and on Thursday after- 
noon the Documentation Division will 
present a panel on "Matching the 
Documentation and Service Requirements 
of Special Libraries to the Capabilities 
of Machines." 

Incidently, the BPL has an Open 
House reception to the visitors at the 
library at 10 o'clock on Monday evening. 
May 27, and has arranged a special Pops 
night on the Holiday, May 30» 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JUNE 1957 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume XII, Number 6 June 19^7 

Publications Committee: Charles J. GLllis, Emilia Lange, Catherine D. O'Halloran, 

B. Joseph O'Neil, Claire P. O'Toole, Sarah RLchman, 
Gerald L. Ball, Chairman 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material 
The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

EDITORIAL NOTES 

At a recent librarj'- meeting one of the speakers gave a very eloquent presentation 
of the policy purs\ied in her library in regard to recnritment, A large part of the 
talk was devoted to the merits of pre-professional training and from the tenor of 
her talk one wo\ild easily receive the impression that pre-professional training was 
a particular invention in her library. 

It so happens that Boston Public Library has been carrying on pre-professional 
training almsBt since the time it was started, but, vre in Boston seem to lack 
the admirable practice pursued most successfully elsewhere in setting forth our 
good points. 

The Boston Public Library has been in the fore-front in practically every 
library innovation. There are very few ideas that are suggested that have not been 
given consideration, if not actually tried out, in Boston, but it does appear that, 
when credit is given for library ideas, Boston seems to be behind the door. True, 
the Boston Public Library has the usual facilities that are needed to establish a 
public-relation set-up. There is an offi:;e doing publicity and public re- 
lations and there is a budget for publicity but we seem to lack a clearly defined 
public relations statement of the aims and ideals of the Library, which, if placed 
before the members of the staff, would help sell the Library and make it more 
meaningful to the community. We do make use of the newspapers and TV and radio and 
should make more use of them. 

It is true that the Boston newspapers are a very difficult nut to crack in the 
matter of publicity. When one sees the amount of publicity received in other cities 
as compared with Boston, one should not be too critical because the Boston situation 
is very tight. Rather, in Judging newspaper publicity by the Boston Public Library, 
one should judge that received by other institutions as a more fair guide. 

In addition, we should see to it that the 3.P.L, News, which is a well-written 
paper, cones out on time each month, and reaches as many people as possible. We 
should make better contact with our schools and colleges to enhance the already ad- 
mirable programs set up in our Audio- visual, Never-Too-Late, and other work. 

It is recommended that a statement of policy be drawn up so that steiff members 
will be able to give more help to the persons who are engaged in trying to set 
forth the admirable features of this library, 

THE PUBLICATIONS COIMTTEE 



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PERSONNEL NOTES 



New Employees 

Mary J. Schofield, Jamaica Plain 

(formerly part-time at South Boston) 
Mmca. A. Morse, Adams Street 

(formerly part-time) 
Joanne M. Coughlin, Book Preparation 

(formerly part-time) 
Jean M. Babcock, Central Charging Records 

(formerly part-time at Gharlestown) 
Richard E. Brown, Central Charging Records 

(formerly part-time in liusic Department 

Transferred 

Josephine Del Longo - from Book Stack 
Service to Print 

Resignations 

Jeanne E. Staples, General Reference, to 

accept another position 
Eugene B. Bowler, Book Stack Service, to 

attend Boston University 
Bettina M. Coletti, General Reference, 

reasons of health 
Mrs Suzanne R. Fishman, South Boston, to 

do graduate work 
Mrs Mldred Ilaloof , Jamaica Plain, to 

remain at home 
Mrs Sheila F. Borges, Bookmobiles, to 

remain at home 
Mrs Eunice R. Lerch, Audio-Visvial, to 
remain at home 

CONGRATULATIONS TO 

Pauline Cray, Book Purchasing, daugh- 
ter of Mrs Alice Cray, Book Preparation, 



Pauline, a recent graduate of Girls' Latin she received an assortment of tiny gar- 



B ON VOYAGE TO 

A.L.A. ATTENDANTS 



Virginia Haviland, liember , Executive 
Board, Children's Library Association 

Muriel C, Javelin, President , Adult 
Education Division 

Kdldred C. O'Connor, Chairman , Nominating 
Committee, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion Section, Library Resoiui'ces and 
Technical Services Division 
Member , Nominating Committee, Library 
Resources and Technical Services 
Division 

Member , Committee on the Catalog Code 
Revision 

Member , Committee on the l6th Edition 
of the Dewey Decimal Classification 

Edna G. Peck, Chairman , Notable Books 
Council, Public Libraries Division 

Pauline Winnick, Vice-President(Presi dent- 
Elect ), Association of Young People's 
Librarians 

Elizabeth L. Wright, Chairman , A.L.A. 
Nominating Committee 

Evelyn B. Marden 

Pauline A. ^Talker 

SOCIAL IWIRL 

On the night of June 6, the staff of 
Branch Issue tendered a shower for I^rs 
Claire O' Toole at the hone of Anne Brennan. 
It was a delightful affair and was at- 
tended by many of her friends. An unusual 
fruit punch containing floating straw- 
berries and cherries was served before 
Claire uiOTrapped her many lovely gifts. 



School, was awarded a four year scholar- 
ship to Boston State Teachers' College, 

Miss Jean Bagley, part-time assistant 
at Adams Street, has been selected as one 
of the fifteen winners of AJUVETS (American 
Veterans of World War II and Korea) Memor- 
ial Scholarships after a nation-wide com- 
petition. Her grant is for f?500.00 for 
the use at the college of her choice. A 
graduate of Dorchester High School, Jean 
plans to enter Northeastern University to 
study engineering. 

■ Pauline Winnick, Readers Advisor for 
Young Adults, recently nanred as Vice- 
President and President Elect of the 
Association of Young People's Librarians, 
1957-1958. 



ments in both pink and blue and also 
many useful items for the coming blessed 
event. Later in the evening, delicious 
refreshments were served with coffee. 
The centerpiece of roses was beautifully 
arranged and gave a festive air to the 
occasion. Everyone had a good time and I 
am sure they join with me in wishing 
Claire good luck and best wishes with the 
Next Little 'Toole. 

John A. Brackett, formerly part-time at 
School Issue, later stationed w'.th the 
Army at Ft, Niagaria, was married on 
Saturday, May U, to Joan M. Hansen, at 
St. Mary's Shrine Church, Buffalo, N.Y. 



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On Saturday, June 1, Renee De Millar that occassioned some discussion. Said 
of the staff of the Office of Reference item was a motion adopted by the meeting 
and Research Services was married to that the Professional Staff Association 
Ambell\ir N. D. Frederick of lianjeri, India support the City, State, and County 



The marriage took place in Trinity Church 

The bride was gowned in a blouse of 
gold cloth and a beautiful sari of sheer 
white silk woven with gold sent to her 



. lAinicipal Eauplayees Union in their efforts 
to secure salary increases for 1957. 

Indications are that some of the units 
have not sent in their PSA dues and/or 



from India. On her head she wore a finger -names of new members. The cooperation of 



tip veil with a band of satin jasmine 
flowers on her blonde hair. The groom 
wore the traditional Indian shivani with 
white jodhpurs. A brilliant note was 
introduced by the groom's mother who wore 
a vivid blue and gold sari and by the 
delicate and colorful dress of other 
Indian guests. 

The ceremony included the blessing of 
the gold chain and cross worn by married 
Christian women in India. 

Later, at the International Institute, 
the charming Indian customs of burning 
sticks of incense and of sprinkling rose 
?rater on the members of the wedding party 
and the guests, and applying to their anns 
sandalwood perfume, lent an exotic touch 
to the reception. 

The couple plan to remain in the Boston 
area until Frederick ccsnpletes his work 
for a Ph. D. before making their hone in 
India. 

PFESIDEr^T'S NOT^S 

At a meeting of the Executive Board on 
June 3, one of the items of business ^vas a 
resolution adopted by the board that the 
President of the Professional Staff Assoc- 
iation communicate directly mth the Ad- 
ministration of the library in order to 
ascertain if any information was available 
in regard to the adoption of new salary 
schedules. Information received by the 
President indicated that the question of 
such salary schedules would be on the 
agenda for a meeting of the Board of 
Trustees to be hsld on June 7 . Stibsequent 
information received prior to the Business 
Mseting of June 10 revealed that no action 
had been taken but that the matter woiald 
be discussed at a later meeting to be held 
on June 13. 

The Spring Business Meeting of the PSA 
was held in the Lecture Hall on Monday, 
June 10. Because of vacations, examina- 
tions, illness, and sundry other factors 
attendance was light and couriers were 
dispatched to the highways and byways to 
secure a quorum. The meeting was a brief 
one, featuring one item of new business 



Staff Representatives in this matter is 
requested in order that the Association 
have the highest possible enrollment of 
members. 

Because of the fact that no members of 
the Executive Board were planning to be 
in attendance at the ALA convention, the 
Board voted to request the Trustees of 
the Library, that if any money was to be 
awarded to a representative of the PSA it 
would be given to the Editor of the 
Question Mark as official representative 
of the PSA, 

William Casey, 

President 



BPL RECEPTION FOR SU 



On the evening of Ifeiy 27, the SLA 
members, in Boston for their national 
convention, were invited to a reception 
and open hou^e in the Boston Public Lib- 
rary. The day had been humid and threat- 
ening but a staff member assured us that 
"Mr. Lord always has good weather for any- 
thing he plans". After a brief thunder- 
storm in the late afternoon, the clouds 
did indeed clear and lUr, Lord's luck held 
true yet another time. 

At ten p.m. the guests entered the 
library from the Boylston Street door and 
sauntered frcxn the Newspaper Rocwn to the 
corridor. So many exclama-^ions of delight 
were issuing from the courtyard that 
almost all of the new arri/als strolled 
out there. It really was beautiful that 
evening in our courtyard — bright pink 
geraniums, green lawn, tinkling fountain 
and soft music through the open balcony 
door. The courtyard library, with its 
gay covered books and striped awnings, 
attracted the enthusiastic attention of 
our visitors and some were so fascinated 
with this lovely spot that they were con- 
tent just to relax in its quiet beauty 
and eo no further. 



The more stalwart souls, who ventured 
within, were well rewarded. Our marble 
entrance hall l^nds itself beautifully to 
festive occasions. Caterers had set up 
serving tables between the pillars, offer- 
ing punch and cookies to the guests, Ilr. 
Lord, resplendent in a white formal coat, 
greeted visitors at the foot of the stair- 
case. On the landing an ensemble of 
musicians was playing, Louie Ugalde and 
Marty Waters were part of this group, the 



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North End from 191^1 to 19U8. 

Dr. Gerardo M. Balboni gave the address 
of the evening. He spoke on medical pro- 
gress during his practice of over fifty 
years as physician in the North End and as 
staff member of the Massachusetts General 
Hospital, A woodwind ensemble, made up 
of students from the Boston Conservatory 
of Music, provided the musical portion of 
the program. The Reverend Father Salvatore 
O.F.M. represented the community. John A. 



latter regarding his instrument, a portablsScanga of the MchelAngelo Adxilt Education 



piano, with some disfavor. Potted palms 
and bouquets of flowers lent additional 
beauty to the halls and galleries, Tn the 
Puvis de Chavannes and Sargent Galleries 
and the Abbey Room, crowds walked slap;ly 
about admiring the works of art and the 
loveliness of the setting. Refreshments 
were also served in the Pompeian and 
Venetian Alcoves. 

Klany rooms were open and staXf members 
explained the functions of the departments 
to the visiting librarians. Girls in 
suraner dresses were stationed about the 
halls, greeting the guests and acting as 
hostesses. 

When the closing hour of twelve arrived 



many people were still wandering about the in his regular news broadcast in Italian 



building, sitting in the courtyard, or 
discussing problems with other librarians 
in the special department fields. The 
open house was a great success, one of the 
highlights of the convention. References 
were made mary times in the next few days 
to the charm and beauty of our building 
and the warm hospitality of our host and 
staff, 

Grace M, liarvin 

MARY U. 1 \ IICH0LS 
BOOK PRIZE AWARD 



Center served as chairman, and ^.^raldine 
D. Herrick, Branch Librarian, gave the 
welcome. 

After the program, the guests enjoyed 
punch and cookies served by the staff and 
by members of the Young ildiiLt Council. 
The people of the commvinity enjoyed meet- 
ing Library personnel, fcnner North Enders, 
including Emelia DeFerrai ' , whose brother 
John DeFerrari was one of the Boston 
Public Library's great benefactors, per- 
sonal friends of the late Mary U. Nichols, 
and people interested in the North End and 
its Library. 

The follovdng morning, the entire pro- 
,gram was described in detail by Dr. Comito 



Two hundred people attended the Ninth 
Annual Award of the Mary U. Nichols Book 
Prizes at North End on Tuesday evening. 
May 28, Milton E. Lord, Director of the 
library, awarded "Stevenson's Home Book of 
Modem Verse" to Faldred Maffei "The Spy", 
by Cooper, to Roger Mustone. The books 
were handsomely bound in fxill leather with 
gold tooling and each book contained the 
Memorial Book Plate designed by Arthur 
Heintzelman, Curator of Prints. These 
prizes, awarded each year "to the North 
End boy and to the North End girl who in 
their senior year at a North End high 
have excelled in their English studies", 
are given in memory of the late Mary U, 
Nichols, who served as Branch Librarian at 



on I'JBOS, sponsored by II Pt'ogesso, the 
New York daily newspaper in Italian which 
is widely read in this ar^a, 

"AT HOI 'OS" 'mn TH": lords 

The weatherman cooperated one-hundred 
percent on Saturday, May ttrsnty-fifth, 
and brovjght forth a day which was as 
perfect a speciman of springtime in New 
England as the most ardent New Englander 
could wish for when exhibiting his portion 
of this area to visitors. On that after- 
noon Director and I^s Lord were "at home" 
to some thirty from among the general 
officers of the Library from Deputy Super- 
visor up, and some from the General 
^Administrative Offices group. 

The party had been divtded into three 
specific periods — (1) pla;rtime, when 
croquet and other outdoor sports were in 
order, and when a refreshing drink of 
cold, cold water from the old oaken bucket 
was enjoyed by each new arrivalj (2) pre- 
supper cheer served on the large, screened- 
in porch; ajid (3), the informal supper — 
highlighted by delicious breads and cakes 
baked by Mrs Lord and ice cream made in 
the old-fashioned, hand-cranked freezer — 
which was partaken of in various parts of 
the beautiful old home which has been in 



Mrs Lord's family for ten generations. 
(Since then the eleventh gen'^ration has 
arrived in the person of the Lord's first 
grajidchild, Katrina Van Dusen, bom on 
June bth) 

Of ^reat interest to those who had not 
had an opportunity to see and hesir about 
it at Cen-I-ral was the recent gift to Mjr 
Lo^'d on the coraijletion of his ^Trenty-five 
years as Director of the Library — tliO two- 
volume JOHNSON'S DICTION/my with the di- 
orama depicting the first meeting between 
Boswell and Johnson, made and presented 
to him by Louise Stimson. 

The party in the country was enjoyed 
by all who came, and the cordial hospi- 
tality of the host and hostess and their 
family will be remembered with pleasure. 

Sarah M, Usher 

FATHER GR EATCREX 

Rev. Robert W. Greatorex, 6l Lawrence 
St., Charlestovm, a forriier emoloyee in the 
Stockroom, offered his first Scleiri "ass 
Sunday, May 26 at 10 A M in St. Lfery's 
Church, Charlestovm. 

In June, 1956, Father Greatorex -.ras 
given a Chalice in memo:-y of John T. Kyle 
by his many friends and co-workers in the 
Library, 

James P. Mooers 

BRANCH NOTES 



Brighton 

The rainy evening of May the lltth will 
long live in the history of the Brighton 
Branch, It was then that we v/ere besieged 
by more than five hundi'ed boys and girls 
who had come to see and hear Nora Unwin, 
well-knovm author and illustrator of 
children's books, here in celebration of 
the Herald- Tribune Spring Book Festival. 
Evidently enth-ueiasm for orr prograri was 
running higher than any of us suspected, 
and hordes of children began to descend 
upon the Library long before the appointed 
hour. Nora Unvri.n was quite overvrtielmed, 
but performed nobly at her easel, and the 
Staff eventually recovered from the on- 
slaught. Several hundred boys and girls 
could not, of course, be admitted, and 
they are still turning up to ask when a 
return engagement will be held J 



MAT]_TAPM 

G:;.:?duation day festivities for members 
of the pre-s?hool story hour group were 
held on May 28 and, among other things, 
included a lively party for the tiny tots. 
One little fcnr-year old :rho had come to 
the stor/ hoiu: frithfully every week and 
who was alwajrs "as good as gold" suddenly 
bui'st inoo tears and ran -.railing to his 
nother. After some questioning by his 
perplexed parent, it developed that he 
was allergic to parties! Fort\inately, 
the other thirty-odd children present 
were notj in fact, the librarian had to 
make a twenty-yard dash to the nearest 
drug store for more ice cream when she 
discovered that supplies were running low. 

One mother who had moved to Qxiincy in 
the middle of the year, and another who 
had moved to Milton mysteriously showed vap 
at the story hour with their offspring, 
despite the fact that neither had been 
invited to come. Several parents brought 
cameras, including one whj came eqvdpped 
with a movie camera, and ifter having 
photographed the surprisingly cooperative 
children, insisted on taking pictures of 
the library teachers as well. 

The presentation to the boys and girls 
of candy-filled May baskets and diplomas 
for graduation from "liberry school" 
brought a very gay time to a happy end. 
All the mothers, however, decided to go 
on a picnic to the Blue Hills on the 
following Tuesday and extended a cordial 
invitation to the librari?^.ns to join them. 
The invitation, of course, was declined, 
but most reluctantly so. 



1957 MAYOR'S CHARITY FIELD DAY 

To the Editor: 

Our deepest thanks to the entire Lib- 
rary Staff for its wholehearted and gen- 
erous support of the 195? liayor's Charity 
Field Day . A record $3(>h» was contributed 
by the Staff through the purchase of 
; tickets for the event. The sum raised was 
20^ higher than that of last year, A 
special vote of thanks to Iifrs. Rosemarie 
Mulcahy and Barbara Feeley of the Business 
Office staff whose hard wcrk and inspiring 
salesmanship aided in mak?ng this year's 
Field Day, from the standpoint of the 
Library, a financial success. 

Samuel Green 
Library Chairman 




To the Soap Box ; 

The employees of the BPL always go 
over the top when asked to contribute to 
the Conununity Fund or to purchase tickets 
to the Mayor's Field Night. But the BPL 
employees are often at the bottom of the 
pile when any consideration is being 
handed out. 

^JThy were not any library workers who 
purchased tickets to the Mayor's Field 
Night allowed to leave work early so that 
they could have supper at home before 
going to Fenway Park? Other city depart- 
ments excused workers early. It has been 
the practice in other years to excuse 
early those library workers who purchased 
tickets and who could be spared without 
detriment to service to the public. 

■■JThy could not some one in authority 
call City Hall and find out if it were 
permitted this year? If some one did do 
so, why didn't they let the departments 
and branches know so th?t rumors detri- 
mental to morale and to respect for those 
in authority could be nipped in the bud? 

Doesn't any one care? 

Bitter Buyer 

To the Soaobox-. 



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are required, that even a sub-pro is 
eligible for consideration for a position 
with a salary equal to that of a Chief of 
a Department? Does the Assistant to the 
Division Head work any more closely with 
him than a Reference Librarian with a 
Chief or an Adult Librarian or Children's 
Librarian with the Branch librarian? 

And why should the majority of the 
staff struggle to pass examinations and 
satisfy a panel of two to four individuals 
through an interview, while even one 
appointment is excluded from the pattern— 
for nothing more apparent than a personal 
preference. Doubtless other chiefs, etc., 
would enjoy picking their own assistants, 
tool And has anyone ever counted the cost 
per hour in money of these interview 
panels? 

This exception to the rule will further 
lower the morale of the staff and any of 
its tiny bit of lingering faith in the 
examination and pranotional system. 

Sauce for the Goose.... 



■j'ay one who is forced to conform to 
the examination system requirements and 
who must ?o throufh an interviev/ with 
several persons, if he wishes a promotion^paiazzo Braschi to afford the citizens of 



THE DIRECTOR GOES TO ROJ^ 

Tn a week-long program from June 27 to 
July h the City of Boston will be the 
toast of the City of Rome. Nearly 100 
Bostonians will go to the Eternal City to 
take part in this celebration to further 
strengthen ties between the two cities. 
The Salute to Boston week has been arranged 
by officials of Rome as a return for the 
hospitality extended by Boston to the 
Mayor of Rome and other officials in a 
similar program here eighteen months ago. 

At the request of the Mayor of Boston 
and the United States Information Agency 
the Trustees authorized the Director to 
take to Rome a Boston exhibit of maps, old 
prints, and photographs from the collec- 
tions of the Library to be set up at the 



call attention to the very flagrant abuse 
of this system in the "Announcement of an 
Appointment to be Made as Assistant to the 



Rome an opportunity to view both histori- 
cal and modern Boston. 

The Director left for Rome on Sunday, 



Division Head m the Division of Business jju^e l6, and is expected to return to 

nnoT>a1-T one 11'? _ . . . .. 



Operations"? 

All other announcements of appoint- 
ments to be made state that "the requisite 
examinations for the specific department ; 
must be passed, and state other qualifi- 
cations." Are we, in this announcement, 



Boston during the week of July 8. 

EMGAGSI^NT 



lAnnouncement has been made of the engage- 

■in+^nH^H +^ ^ '• r *u 4. xu ' '"^®"^ °^ ^^^^ ^' Casey, Book Stack ServicQj 

intended to draw inference that there are ,and Joseph DeRosa of New York City. 



no specific qualifications to be met 
other than pleasin;^ the Division Head 
with our personality, that no examinations 



ADDITIONS TO THE LIST OF 
LIBRARY STAFF ROMNCES " 

Samuel A. Chevalier 
Bertha Richmond 

"Evelyn Goode 
Thomas Kane 

•^Submitted by Alice II, Jordan, Supervisor 
in charge of work with Children, Emeritus 



IN ^^EMORIAM 
Walter B. Coleman 

The Library staff was saddened when it 
learned of the death, on June 8, of 
Walter B. Coleman, a Junior Building 
Custodian at Central Library where he liad 
worked since December 19hh) ivith the 
exception of one year spent at West End. 
Walter was liked by all who knew him. 
His cheerful disposition and willingness 
to do a favor were well known to the 
staff, especially to the men who came 
into daily contact with him. 

His duties at Central Library included 
responsibility for keeping the men's 
facilities in Stack I clean and in order. 
Tnis work he did well and with pride. 
His coffee-making ability made him an 
important asset at the men's annual open 
house during the Christmas season. 

Although much sicker in the last 
months than he ever let on, Walter always 
had a smile and a kind work for all. 
The ever-present cigar and his genial 
greeting will be genuinely missed. 
Walter's fondness for a good cigar was 
well known, and one v;as placed in his 
breast pocket before he was taken to his 
final resting place. 



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EET THE NEl^ ARRIVALS 



Robert Gardner Bailey, Book Purchasing, 
comes to BPL frcan Brif^hton High School 
(1956) via Marsh McLennon (insurance 
brokers). At Brighton Bob took the 
college course and managed to acquire some 
typing skill which will come in handy in 
Book Purchasing. He plans to attend the 
evening classes at Emerson College, School 
of Broadcasting, and after obtaining ? 
degree get a job in Radio and television. 
Bob is very interested in chess and would 
like to meet some fellow chess players. 

^-f rs Rosalie R. Humphries-! 'ason(Ht.B) 
was born in Cuba but has lived for some 
time in this country. She is constantly 
adding to her large collection of books 
and phonograph records. The latter em- 
braces the whole field of music from jazz 
to Bach. Mr. Hxjmphries-Ifason is a re- 
search specialist in the field of religion. 



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Believe in Librarianship as a profession? 



To help answer either question, join the 
national professional library association 
N W. 



For application blanks 
Contact: 

Sarah M. Usher 
Office of Records, Files, 
Statistics 



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uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JULY 1957 



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THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume XII, Number 7 July 19^', 



Publications Committee: Charles J, Gillis, Emilia Lange, Catherine D. O'Halloran, 

B. Joseph O'Neil, Claire P. 0« Toole, Sarah Richman, Gerald 
L, Ball, Chairman 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material 
The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

EDITORIAL NOTES 

One of the members of the Publications Committee advanced the admir- 
able suggestion that instead of printing an Editorial this month we should 
start the issue off with a blank page captioned "THIS IS JULY I PLEASE WRITE 
YOUR am EDITOPJALl" The idea had much merit in aomuch as this is the 
season for relaxation and one should be at peace with the world and enjoying 
the sujimer. 

However, we have decided to follow the method used in business and take 
semi-annual stock. Among our assets we can look forward with pleasure to 
the long axxaited raise ($U.75) which is due in September. There is an im- 
proved salary scale in the offing which should, we hope, stem the tide of 
resignations. Provision has been made to enable subprofessional members of 
the staff to reach their maximum in a shorter time, which involves a change 
in the examination sj-'stem. Announcements of vacancies have been made and 
filled id-th satisfying rapidity. 

Looking forvjard to better things, we hope to see the proposed salary 
revisions carried forward to successful fruition in the remainder of 195? 
and hope that when the scale of increments is set up it will be in keeping 
with today's standards and today's costs of living. To complete our many 
hopes and dreai-is for a good future, we wish that some of the increases in 
the Blue Cross - Bltie Shield rates might be absorbed by the City so that 
we may receive the same benefits now extended to the employees of the 
Commonvjealth of Massachusetts, Considering the things which have already 
come to pass and things we hope will come to pass, 195? might be a banner 
year] 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



REMEMBER THE NEEDS OF 
THOSE SERVED BY CARE , 
G I V E N WI 

Special Committee for CARE 



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FERSOMML NOTES 

New Employees 

Elsie K, Brainard, Uphams Comer 
Walter C, Cavalieri, Audio-Visual 
Annie L, McLeod, Charlestown 
Roslyn F, Ma teles, Connolly- 
Miriam E, Mendelson, Central Charging 

Records 
Edmund Mietzner, Open Shelf (formerly- 
part-time) 
Faith T, liinton. East Boston (formerly a 
member of the staff of Book Stack 
Service) 
Caperton Rosenberger, Bookmobile 
Rose E. Stinson, Washington Village 
Patricia M. Tracey, Personnel Office 

Married 

Marilyn Kind, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion (R and RS), to Robert N, Currier, 
June 18, 1957 

Transferred 

Joyce P« Ellis, from West End to 

Connolly 
I^ra Morse, from Adams Street to Dorches-ter 
Peter Simoglou, from Open Shelf to 

Dorchester 

Resignations 

Henry C, Camillo, Audio-Visual, to 
attend summer school 

Ed-ward X, Casey, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation (R and RS) , to accept the posi- 
tion of Librarian at Stonehill College 

Norma A, Lowery, Parker Hill, to attend 
summer school 

Jaya L, Ram-ulu, Dorchester, to be 
married and live in Hawaii 

Edward B, Ravish, Book Piirchasing, to 
attend suraraer school 

Natalie J, Rostau, Charlestown, to accept 
a position wi-fch the Needham Public 
Library 

Mrs Arlene Saffron, East Boston, to remain 
at home 

Mrs Agnes N, Sweeney, Connolly, to do 
part-time work in remedial reading at 
the Massachusetts General Hospital 

ALUMNI NOTE 

Mrs Phyllis L, Barclay, formerly 
Children's Librarian, Uphsims Corner, has 
recently been appointed Children's 
Librarian in Darien, Connecticut, 



NEW EDITIONS 



Mr and Mrs Alfano proudly announce the 
bir-th of their Daughter, Maria on May 13. 
The proud "Mama" is the former DuLia 
Capobianco, who resigned from East Boston 
at the time of her marriage, 

Mr and Mrs John Pennacchio are happy to 
tell of their new daughter, Jean Marie, 
born Jvine 6. Mrs Pennacchio, better known 
as Rita, formerly worked at East Boston 
and Central Charging Records, 

Mr and Mrs Blair Benner are happy to an- 
nounce the birth of their daughter, Dorcas 
Star, bom Monday, July 8, 1957, Marie 
is on leave from Connolly and Blair former- 
ly worked in Audio-Visual, 

Mr and Mrs Richard Malaror proudly 
announce the birth of their son, Gregory 
Sean, born June 22, 1957.Mrs Malany is 
on leave from the Rare Book Department, 

SEMPER FIDEL3S 

On July 12, 1957 the Business Office 
suffered a great loss to the Marine Corps, 
William "Bill" Hurley has been with us 
since March 27, 1957 and was popular with 
everyone. We'll miss his wonderful sense 
of humor, his dancing feet and speedy 
delivery of our weekly pay checks. Bill 
was presented with a beautiful Benrus 
watch as a parting gift. His friends were 
talcing no chances that he should be late 
for any engagements at Paris Island, We 
wish him the best of luck and hope the 
Marine Corps appreciates him as much as we 
did, 

BON VOYAGE 

Monday evening, Jvine 2li., the staff of 
Kirstein Business Branch had a farewell 
dinner at Patten's for Winifred Root, who 
left three days later on a trip to Europe, 
dijring which time she will visit twelve 
countries and attend most of the music and 
drama festivals being presented there this 
jBummer, 

After dinner the staff had been invited 
to Rose Cimmaruta's home in East Boston, 
ffhere we all enjoyed seeing the slides of 
ler wedding -trip in Italy last fall. 



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A birds -eye view of the 
A. L. A. Kansas City Conference 

In this case "the bird" happens to be 
one of the nine Boston Public Library 
staff members attending the Conference: 
the "view" is strictly Eastern, 

A two-da; pre -Conference which took 
the form of an Adult Education Institute - 
"An Introduction to Community Stuc^" - 
was guided to a successful conclusion by 
Mrs Muriel Javelin in her capacity as 
Chairman, Executive Board of the Adult Ed* 
cation Division. Following the Adult 
Education Institute, the 76th Annual* 
A. L, A, Conference opened in Kansas City, 
Missouri, Monday, J\me 23, 1957. 

Kansas City proved to be an ideal spot 
for such a convention. It is easily ac- 
cessible by rail or air from any part of 
continental United States, It well merits 
its name "The Heart of America," It is 
a city of beautiful parks, fine homes, 
COTifortable hotels and excellent restau- 
rants. If the week of June 23-29, 1957 
is any criteria, and all Kansas citi.anB 
assured us it was not , it is a city of 
ideal weather. The local Committee and 
A, L, A. Headquarters Staff must have 
worked very intelligently and very hard 
to produce such an efficient and amooth- 
running conference. One thing which made 
the Conference especially successful was 
the Municipal Auditorium with its high 
arena, large and artistic Music Hall, its 
attractive Little Theatre, which was far 
from "littlte",and its many conference 
rooms and spacious Exhibit Halls, The 
fact that the Auditorium was connected by 
an underground passage to several hotels 
made the delegates almost wish for more 
than the couple of cloud hurts which at- 
tended their stay. The Conference was 
not a large one, about 3,000, but it was 
a busy and enthusiastic one. 

General Sessions , The thi^e general 
sessions, all held in the Music Hall were 
well attended. At the First General 
Session the delegates were officially wel- 
comed by a representative of the Mayor of 
the city, a most ardent advocate of the 
charms of Kansas City, The main address 
of the First General Session was given by 
John W, Gardner, President, Carnegie 
Corporation of New York, The highlight 
of the Second General Session was an 
address by President Harry S, Truman who 
spoke on the preservation of presidential 



papers. With a sense of Missourian hos- 
pitality and many evidences of his inher- 
ent dry humor, Mr, Truman won the hearts 
of his listeners, even unto that of this 
dyed-in-the-wool Republican. He also re- 
vealed that he speaks with authority on 
the preservation of presidential papers 
since the t jme of Washington until the 
opening of the Truman Library, July 6, 
1957, which houses the documaits and 
mementoes of his own presidential years. 

The Third General Session which closed 
the Cwiference on Friday evening was high- 
lighted by the inaugtiral address of the 
channing in-coming President, Lucile M, 
Moarsch, Library of Congress, Washington, 
D, C, The theme of Miss Marsch*s address 
was international cooperation at the 
libraary level. 

The Council and Membership Meetings 
were given over primarily to reports re- 
lating to A, L. A. reorganization. Many 
reorganization plans were adopted but it 
is sufficient to mention here that it was 
voted to move A, L, A, headquarters to 
Washington in the not too distant future, 
provided that adequate quarters can be 
found and subject to a polled vote of the 
membership. So vast is the i*ange of the 
annual conference and so diversified 
the interests represented, it would be 
impossible to give an adequate coverage, 
A few highlights of special interest to 
B,P,L, staff members must suffice, 

Boston delegates felt very much at home 
at the Tuesday morning meeting of the 
Association of Young People's Librarians, 
at which Jane A, Ellstrom presided and 
Margaret C, Scoggin, Young People's 
Services, New York Public Library, spoke 
on the challenging topic of First catch 
your hare . 



Two SORT (Staff Organizations Round 
Table) meetings were held and both reflect- 
ed a real interest in specifically staff 
activity. The first session was a panel 
discussion by five SORT members from mid- 
western libraries, on the role of the 
staff organization in promoting better 
human relations within the library. The 
SCRT btisiness meeting was devoted to 
election of officers followed by a very 
lengthy discussion on SORT'S place in the 
new reorganization scheme and the ways 
whereby SORT can be re-vitalized. This 
discussion was sparked by the report of 
a survey made by Mrs Alpha Viyers of 
Newark, N, J. who has been an ardent SORT 
worker for several years. 



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Two changes in Notable Books procedtire 
should be of interest to public libraries. 
Until January 1, 1958, the Notable Books 
project will continue under the sponsor- 
ship of the Public Libraries Division (to 
be knovai as the Public Libraries Assoc- 
iation under the re-organization plar) 
which gave it birth and nurtxired it - urirg 
ito existence to date. After January 1, 
1958, the Notable Books Council will be 
transferred to the sponsorship of the 
Adult Education Division, which under the 
reorganization becomes the Adult Services 
Division, At the final session of the 
Public Libraries Division business meet- 
ing, it was voted to issue the 1957 
Notable Books list in conjunction with 
National Library Week to be observed 
March 16-23, 1958, This T.-n.ll give the 
Notable Books list the benefit of the 
publicity which will launch national 
Library Week, and will give added weight 
to National Library Week which will have 
for its general theme the distribution 
and use of books , 

Although the five days of the Confer- 
ence were packed with activity and each 
day was generally at least eighteen hours 
long, it was not all work. There were 
periods of rest, relaxation and good 
fellowship. The Newbery-Caldecott Awards 
dinner is always a highlight of any con- 
ference. There it is that th'i young 
ladies and ladies not so young burst forih 
in evening gowns, orchids flourish ?nd 
hair-do's are dazzling: the nan show 
their appreciation for the event in a 
less spectacular manner. A tontoniere, 
here and there, suffices the r.-.smbers of 
the conservative sex. The whole effect 
of the 1957 dinner was one of spendor and 
festivity, for the floral decorations 
softened the somewhat austere setting of 
the high Arena, It was reported that 
over 1,100 attended the dinner, the 
largest one ever held, 

Thursday dinner hour was given over to 
Library School reunion dinners. The 
Simmons dinner was held at The Golden Ox, 
a block away from the Kansas City stock- 
yards and famous for its steaks, Mrs 
Elizabeth Wright brought greetings from 
the College and outlined the Simmons de- 
velopment plan which is to be begun in 
the not too distant future. 

One of the most pleasant feat\ires of 
the Conference was the reception for 
members and their guests given by the 



Board of Trustees of the Linda Hall 
Library following the first General Ses- 
sion on Monday evening, June 2U, The 
local committee provided transportation 
from the auditori\im to the Linda Hall 
Library and return, a distance of several 
miles through some very interesting sec- 
tions of the city. On the "free" after- 
noon - Wednesday - two tours were offered; 
one to the Johnson County Library, the 
University of Kansas, Nelson Gallery of 
Art, etc, J the other to the Truman Library 
and Old Independence, Some of the Boston 
delegates chose the latter, Althou^ the 
new Truman Library was not open, since 
the Construction had been delayed by a 
carpenter's strike, it was interesting 
to see the handsome $1,800,000 limestone 
structure and to hear something about its 
construction and proposed use from the 
newly appointed Director, On the return 
trip punch and home-made cookies were 
served by the staff of the Van Horn 
Branch Library where the group spent a 
pleasant social half -hour. 

The Boston Public Library was well 
represented in the activities of the 
National Conference this year, Mrs 
Elizabeth Wright was elected Council Mem- 
ber, is the present Chairman of the 
Nominating "Committee and was the chief 
speaker at the Simmons Dinnerj Mrs 
Muriel Javelin as Past President of the 
Adult Services Division is a member of 
the Executive Board of that Division and 
a Member of the A, L, A. Program Evalua- 
tion and Budget Committee j Virginia 
Haviland was a member of the A, L, A, 
Committee on Organization and contin\ies 
as Co-Chairman of the International 
Committee and member of the Executive 
Board, Children's Library Association 
and Newbery-Caldecott Award Committee, 
Pauline Winnick is the Vice-President, 
President-elect of the Association of 
Young People's Librarians, which under the 
reorganization has become the Young Advilt 
Services Division, Mildred O'Connor is 
Chairman, Nominating Committee, Catalog- 
ing and Classification Section, Library 
Resrouces and Technical Divisbn, Member, 
Nominating Committee, Library Resources 
and Technical Division, Member, Committee 
on Catalog Code Revision, Member, 
Committee on l6th De^ry r^cirirl clacri/**- 
cation. Edna G. Pack is O.r.ii-tcr , I'o-^' 
Books Council, l^'-'7» 



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The three B. P, L, delegates at large - 
Pauline Walker, West Roxbviry, Evelyn Harden, 
East Boston and Florence Connolly, Fine 
Arts - also found themselves actively en- 
gaged in several projects, attending Adxilt, 
loving Adult, Children's and other meetings. 

Taken as a whole, it was a highly suc- 
cessful Conference on all counts - infor- 
mation, stimulation, and mastication, 

EDNA G. PECK 



IN MEMORIAM 

Memories of Josephine Day go back a 
long way. Miss Day entered the Library 
service in 1899 in the "Issue" Department, 
where she worked at various "desks" - time 
tray, return desk, fine derU- and finally 
as switchboard operator „ 'devious to her 
Library employment, she a^.i.aur.ei Notre 
Dame Academy and the New England Conserva- 
tory of Music, 

Those who remember Josephine will think 
of a small, gray-hatred, smiling person. 
She was pleasant to work with, friendly and 
lielpful, and had a good sense of humor. 
Never rugged, but tliin and frf^ol, she re- 
tired in 19h2 because of illness. 

She then lived with cousi,ns in Worcester 
and thus lost touch with her Library 
friends. Later she returnc:'. to a nursing 
home in Dorchester, Of late; y-^a:.-s, her 
Library correspondence way iioijfiried to 
Christmas caarxis, the ramo chrcry card every 
year, a Christmas scerie and a smaJ.l insert 
of flowers from the Eoly Lsjide 

When Christmas cones thi:-; year, we wiH 
■aiss her, but will be happy u'laii she is 
spending her days in the true Hcly Land, 

Anna L, Manning 

NEW BOOK IN THE STAFF LXBRAHT 

Library Science 

J, S. Library of Congress , Processing 

Filing rules for the dictionary cat- 
alogs of the Library of Congress, 
Washington, 1956, 

A HAIR-RAISING STOR? 

We We heard of all kinds of bookmarks - 
aoney, matches, cookies, hairpins, combs. 
Love letters, bills - even a slab of bacon. 
Jut at Mattapan Branch Uie ultimate ltS3 



been reached. Found between the pages 
of a recent novel were clippings of hair, 
apparently shorn from some graybeard. It 
was Crew^somel 

BOOK SELECTION COMMITTEES EXTRACURRICULA 

The annual " spend -accumulated-dimes" 
event of the three Book Selection Com- 
mittees - Adult, Young Adult arxi Childrenb 
- took the form, this year, of a dinner 
at the Lord Fox, Foxboro, Thursday eve- 
ning, July 11, 1957. Due to vacations, 
summer courses, and other trivia, the 
ranks of the Young Adults Book Selection 
Committee were some^^rhat depleted. However, 
Mrs Gertrude Bergen, nobly represented 
the group. She was not able to eat as 
much as the other six members might have 
eaten, but otherwise was a very worthy 
representative i 

Since the members of all the Committees 
are thrifty souls, they xirere pleased to 
note that this outing served a multiple 
purpose. It was the Committee's annual 
dinner together. It was an opportvinity to 
express tangible best wishes to B, Gertrude 
Wade, formerly of Book Selection, H.R.S,, 
and cirrrently of Codman Square, During 
her seven years in Book Selection, Miss 
Wade worked closely with the three Book 
Selection Ccramittees, As she leaves the 
Library to take on new duties as a member 
of one of the most honored, if not the 
oldest professions - one of the great army 
of shapers of souls and minds of Young 
America, teaching, the Comnittee welcomed 
her as guest of honor. She was presented 
with a handsome leather case, in which 
she may carry her sandwiches and other 
vital documents. The Committees also wel- 
comed a former member, Mrs Mary E, West, 
now Supervisor of Work with Children, 
Lincoln Library, Springfield, Illinois, 
Mr William B. Casey, B.P.L.P.S.A, Presi- 
dent and member of the Adult Book Selec- 
tion Committee was voted the National 
Champion of Bravery, Foolhardiness, Brav- 
ado, or Sheer Goodsportsmanship or What 
have you. The party was made up of . . • 
eighteen ladies - and Mr .William B, Casey, 
who actually seemed to enjoy himself I 

EDNA G. PECK 



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To the Editor of the Soap Box 

In the most recent ro\uid of appointments, 
annotincements of vacancies, interviews^ 
selections and appointments were carried 
through with great dispatch. However, the 
next set of vacancies has been announced, 
along with a deadline for application but 
the wheels seem to have stopped in making 
selections. We sincerely hope that the 
administration will act as pronqitly as 
possible in making these appointments and 
filling all other vacancies. 

Understaffed 



Any contribution to the -^o^^Pox must 
be accon^anied by the full n3.ne"c£ the As- 
sociation member submitt-lng it, together 
with the name of the R'ari-h Library, De- 
partment, or Office iu whi-jh 'm or she is 
employed. The name j.s V'".';I::ield from pub- 
lication, or a pen name ubod, if the con - 
tributor so requests, Anonr^'^ious contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of tlie article is known only to 
the Editor-in-Chief. The contents of the 
articles appearing in the ocap Bex are 
personal opinions expres?ea oy :uidividual 
Association members and tbe.ir appearance 
does not necessarily iiidioal-.a chat the 
Publications Committee ciC v^e ^'.or>o:-n.ation 
are in agreement with tho v'.rvv/s fXT'^ocFed. 
Only those contributionf; co:'ta:.r.:l,ri^ v.ot 
more than 300 words will te ccc.rciscjd. 



NOISE PLEASE 

"Architect Richard J, Neutra says school 
libraries should take down their "QUIET" 
signs and. . . 

Provide television coverage of current 

events. 

Install news teletypes and stock market 

ticker tapes. 

Establish hi-fi rooms for music and 

poetry, 

Seb un outdoor reading rooms and informal 

loi:nges 
Neutr?. made the suggestions to the Univ- 
ei's:'.ty of Southern California's Library 
School," 



To the Soap Box : 

We are dismayed to learn that the 
Anniversary Date for havir-g passed ten 
exams successfully occiirs on the date when 
the original raise was received. Since 
this is at least fovr months after the exam 
has been taken, there is considerable loss 
of money to an employee. If this is added 
up year after year, it will reach a goodly 
sum. It is suggested that the date of the 
anniversery be the date that the exam was 
successfully taken not the later date. 

Frustrated 




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\iQstion 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



AUGUST 1957 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume XIIj Nuniber 6 A\igust 1957 

Publications Ccanmittee: Charles J, Qillis, Emilia Lange, Catherine D, 0»Halloran, 

B. Joseph 0»Neil, Claire P. O'Toole, Sarah Sichman, Gerald 
L. Ball, Chairman 

Publication datet Deadline for submitting material 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



* • 

* ' IN MEMCmiAM ♦ 

* * 

* Lee Max Friedman * 

* « 

* Trustee of the ♦ 

* Boston Public Library * 

* * 

* I9k9 - 1957 * 

« ♦ 

* « 



On August seventh Lee Max Friedman, Trustee of the 
Library J died, Mr Friedman was appointed a Trustee 
in 19'.'.9 for the term ending April 30, 195U and was 
servjxg hlH second term at the time of his death. He 
served as Pi'esident of the Board in 1951 and again in 
1952. 

Mr Friedman brought to his work at the Library 
long experience in legal affairs. He possessed a 
great interest in books and made many gifts to the 
Library from his own collections. His enthusiasm for 
books was so great that over the years he had assem^ 
bled one of the notable collections of the country on 
the early history of the Jews in the United States 
and on post-biblical, Jewish history. The Library 
will miss his warm interest. 



PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Employees 

Paul E. C awe in - Hyde Park (formerly of 

Open Shelf) 
Manm Dates - History Department 
Lois 0. Goddard - South End (formerly at 
School Issue) 
Joan C. MacKinnon - Mt« Bovrdoin 
C. Allan Viden - Periodical and Newspaper 

Transferred 

karion K. Abbot - from Charlestown to 

Dorchester 
Mrs. Rosalie R. Humphries-Mason - from 

Mt* Bowdoin to Adams Street 
Peter Simoglou - from Memorial to 

Dorchester 

Retired 

Marlon M> Burton - West Roxbury 
John G* Priess - Buildings 
Lisette Tanok - Dorchester 

Resignations 

MI'S .Marie J> Banner - Connolly - to re- 
main at home 

Mrs. Doreen Campbell - Book Stack Service 
- moved out of state 

Mrs. Marilyn K. Currier - Cataloging and 
Classification, Division of R R S - to 
move to Pennsylvania 

Charles Dowd - Open Shelf - to enter 
military searvioe 

Jean L. Eaton - Science and Technology - 
to accept a position with the Lincoln 
Laboratory Library, Lexington 

Mrs. Mary B. Pahey - Ceo-ral Charging 
Records - to remain a\- hoffie 

John F. Keams - Book St.ack Service - to 
accept another positiar. 

Gladys L. Murphy - Book Selection, Div. 
of H. R. & C. S. - to attend school in 
California 

Mrs. Greta Sharp - Hyde Park - to live in 
Connecticut 

Mrs. Barbara Travers - Connolly - to re- 
main at home 

Mrs. Rita T. Walsh - Egleston - to remain 
at home 

BON VOYAGE TO EUROPE BOUND 

Frances Lepie - Branch Librarian, Brighton 
Ollie Partridge - Open Shelf 
Marie Cashman - Open Shelf 



WELCOME BACK 

To James Barry, Buildings, who recently 
returned from visiting his native County 
Oalway, Ireland, and other parts of the 
Emerald Isle. Jimmy has prepared an in- 
teresting talk about his travels and his 
impressions of Eire. It is hoped that our 
Etttertaiiament Cononittee will check on it. 

MEET THE NEW ARRIVALS 

C. Allan Viden (pronoxinced to rhyme with 
widen). Probationary Assistant in the 
Professional Service in the Periodical and 
Newspaper Department, is married to Sue 
Pitney of Louisville, Kentucky, and has a 
nine-monthe-old son, Eric. The Videns 
make their home in Cohasset. Allan grew 
up in Braintree and gradtuited frcm Brain- 
tree High School in 1952. While at 
Braintree High School, he played varsity 
baseball and basketball. Be is attending 
B.U.C.L.A., part time, majoring in Eng- 
lish literature, and expects to receive 
his degree in May, 1958. He is a member 
of Alpha Kappa Psi. His interests in- 
clude reading, gardening, boating, skat- 
ing and swimming. 

BIRTHS 

Congratulations to Mr* and Michael C. 
L&ngone (Binding Department) on the birth 
of a dau^ter, Karen, on July 29, 1957. 

NEW BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Non-Flotlon 
Cur ley, James M. 

I*d do it again 
N. J., Prentice-Hall, 1957 

Library Science 
Brunmel, Leendert 

Union catalogues, their problems and 
organization 
Paris, UNESCO, 1956 

Gardner, Prank M. 

The Delhi public libraryt an evaluation 
report 
Parle, UNESCO, 1957 

Grannis, Chandler 6. 

miat happens in book publishing 
N. Y., Columbia ISaiversity Press, 1957 



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* On behalf of the Boston Public Library Professional Staff 

* Association, the Publioations Committee weloomes 

* SIMJEY R. RABB, 

* Chairman of the Board and 

* Treasurer of Stop & Shop, Inc. 

* as the newly-appointed member of the Board of Trustees 

* of the Boston Publio Library 

********* ******^.*#i^0^ii),^,0ilr^^tL0*^iiti^^, 



* 
* 

* 



BRANCH NOTES 



Charlestovm 



At their last meeting "The Friends of 
Charlestown Branoh Library" honored 
Marion K» Abbot whose recent transfer to 
Dorchester terminated seventeen years of 
loyal service in the shadow of Bunker 
Hill. Katherine S* Rogan, Librarian 
Emeritris, with appropriate words of 
praise for Miss Abbot's contribution to 
the community, presented a remembrance 
from the "Friends", a copy of "Owen 
Downs on Music". During the social hour 
a huge, handsomely decorated cake, bear- 
ing the words "To Dear Miss Abbot" was 
wheeled in by Mr. Daniel M. Long, Presi- 
dent, who led the "friends" in a spon- 
taneous chorus of "For She's a Jolly Good 
Fellow." Marion responded to this tri- 
bute in a most gracious and charming 
manner. 

More recently, the staff of the Charlesj^he Mayflower 
town Branch converged on the Warren Bridgjtendered a baby shower, with a variety of 



Dorchester 

Parties seem to be the order of the day 
at the Dorchester Branch, what with the 
sudden rash of resignations azid retire- 
ments that has beset the branoh in re- 
cent months. Beginning with Memorial Day, 
it seemed as though there was always a 
party to look back on or one to plan a- 
head for. On May 30, Mr. and Mrs. Conley 
entertained the staff, together with hus- 
beoids, at a supper pairty at their home in 
Melrose, the special occasion, or occasions 
being the resignation of Miss Jaya Remulu 
and the forthcoming leave of absence of 
Mrs. Barbara Simon. Miss Ramulu left the 
library service to go to Honolulu where 
she plans to be married and vriiere she al- 
ready has taken a position in the Library 
of Hawaii. The staff presented Jaya with 
a silver charm bracelet bearing tiny 
charms to remind her of Boston* a bean- 
pot, a swan boat and a little replica of 

To Barbara Simon the staff 



Lobster House to bid their farewell to 
Miss Abbot. To start her evening off in 
the proper spirit Maricn was presented 



ed refreshment known as a pink lady, the 
second such concoction in Miss Abbot's 
life time. As a chock, for Fall concerts 
of her oh6iǤ, and a pjrtable radio were 
presented to her. Miss Abbot's Yankee 



spirit oame through and she admonished alLberry shortcake andii.^«i^i^ai§ 



for spending entirely too much money on 
her. The party \ms a very enjoyable one, 
but we agreed with sincerity that Miss 
Abbot will be sorely missed by both the 
staff and patrons of Charlestown Branch. 

Mary K. Harris 



beaxrtiful and useful gifts colorfully 
wrapped emd all deposited in a sturdy 
clothes basket. At the same time, gifts 



with a corsage of pink roses and a spirit -of toilet water, with atomizers, were pre- 



sented to the extra assistants who were 
1957 graduates from high school: Rosemary 
MacDonnell, ISyra. Morse and Patricia 
Chinettl. Supper that evening consisted 
of lobster salad, ohioken salad, straw- 



On July 29, a small staff luncheon was 
held at the branch for Mr. George Du- 
Moulin, custodian for 32 years and now re- 
tiring. Mrs. DuMoulin was a special guest 
at the party, along with her husband, and 
the staff prasented Mr. DuMoulin with a 
Buxton billfold containing a sum of money. 
j'ir. DuMoulin will be greatly missed at the 
branch for he was always dependable, good- 
natured and helpful. 

On July 31, Miss Lisette Tanok, Adults 
Librarian, retired from the library ser- 



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Tloe, and an informal ioe cream and oake 
party was given at the Branch in her 
honor. Besides the staff there were a few 
invited guests* Miss Josephine Tanck, a 
sister of Miss Tanck, Miss Margaret Mor- 
gan, Miss Eleanor O'Leary, Miss Dolly 
DeSimone, Mr. Pat Vaoca. The table in 
the staff room was set with a lace cloth, 
fragrant red roses, rose-patterned nap- 
kins, rose candles, and a cake frosted 
to represent a flower garden. Ice cream 
and punch completed the refreshments. The 
staff presented Miss Tanck with a leather 
handbag, and all wished her the best of 
luck and health in her new and unaccustom- 
ed, but much-deserTred leisure. 

Miss Bette Pinckney, having undergone ai 
operation in early July, was unable to be 
present at the parties, but everyone was 
glad to hear she is home from the hospi- 
tal and regaining her strength, and she 
hopes to return to work in October. 

No more resignations, please, for a 
while; 

Llsette Tanck Honored 

The fact that the official temperature 
was 98° on Saturday, August 5, did not 
seem to deter one whit the enthusiams of 
those who gathered that beautiful s'.ramer 
afternoon at the home of Margaret Morgan 
to pay tribute to Lisette Tanck upon her 
retirement from the Boston Public Library 

Some thirty fellow workers gathered to 
honor Miss Tanck who through hor loyalty, 
unending courtesy, and dsop interest in 
others has endeared herself to both staff 
and clientele. The gu'ssts were those who 
have worked with her d^u•i'ag 'Jose period 
of her Library career. Anong them were 
the four branch libre.riana with whom she 
has been most closely a^societed - 
Beatrice M. Flanagan^, Braach Librarian 
Emeritus, Margaret I. McGovem, Branch 
Librarian Emeritus, Margaret A. Morgan, 
Connolly and Elinor D. Conley, Bi*anoh 
Librarian, Dorchester. Miss Tanck 's two 
sisters, Josephine and Helen Tanck were 
also guests of honor. 

The house looked very cool and refresh- 
ing despite the temperature. The many 
bouquets of cut flowers, the tinkling 
1<.9 in the large bowl of flavorful punch, 
and the tempting table ladened with ar- 
tistically arranged sandwiches, relishes 
and home-made oookles and cakes combined 
to produce a mood of relaxation and good 



will,' 

Miss Morgan was assisted in serving by 
her mother, Mrs. Jessie Morgan, her sis- 
ter, Mrs. Muriel MacDonald^ her two 
neices, Janet and Peggy VeiXiSioaiAd^idi 
Ediia^/«.-Peok. 

The good wishes of the group were con- 
veyed to Miss Tanck when Miss Morgan pre- 
sented to her a beautiful traveling case 
on behalf of those present. 

As Miss Tanck leaves the Library the 
well wishes of her many friends go with 
her. Her presence will be greatly miss- 
ed but her influence will have left a 
tangible mark on all those with whom she 
has been associated throu^ the years. 

Edna G. Peck 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

The addition to the staff of several new 
full-time members makes it advisable to 
euidress a few brief remarks to them on the 
nature end purpose of the Professional 
Staff Association. Because this material 
is 80 fsuniliej* to the older staff members 
vitio already have done so much to further 
the aims of the Association, we beg their 
indulgence in this attempt to recruit new 
members. 

The Professional Staff Association has a 
membership, at the present time, of some 
400 msr.bers of the bibliothecal service. 
Annual dues are set at the nominal figure 
of 50 cents, the money received being used 
to defray operating expenses. Elections 
are held euaniially and aay member is 
eligible to be nominated for office. Busi- 
ness meetings are held in January, May and 
November and during the course of the meet- 
ing any member may present for discussion 
any item he feels to be of interest to the 
Association as a whole. 

The Association was established as a 
means by which united action could be 
taken on the problems that arise In the 
library service. How effective it is, or 
oan be, depends on the membership emd their 
willingness to express their views. Be- 
cause the libraiy has continued to grow, 
new problems have arisen constantly. To 
solve them requires the experience of the 
"old library heinds" coupled with the en- 
thusiasm and fresh viewpoints of new mem- 
bers of the staff. 

The official publication of the Pro- 
fessional Staff Association is the Question 
Mark which is published monthly. It is in 



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period of five oonseoutive years of 
sreditable service for which such rate of 
joiapensation was the highest, and shall be 
jomputed according to the following table 
based on the age of such member and his 
ainnber of years and full months of credit- 
able service at the time of his retirement. 
Table showing Percentage of the Amount of 
Average Annual Rate of Regul a r Com pensa- 
tion to be multiplied by the Number of 



PER CENT 



AGE LAST BIRTHDAY AT DATE 
OF RETIRE!EMT 
GROUP A. GROUP B. 



William T. 
President 

NEIf PENSION Lm 



Casey 



The following interesting excerpts are 

taken from an advance copy of Chapter 66l|period or periods 
Acts of 1957, supplied through the cour- 
tesy of this Library's authority on Pen- 
sions and Pension law, Abraham B, Snyder, 
Cataloging and Classification (R and RS). 
Complete copies of this lavif are obtain- 
able upon request from the Office of the 
Secretary of the Commonwealth, State 
House, Boston 33. 

SECTION 1. (2), (a) The normal yearly 
amount of the retirement allownace for 
any member classified in either Group A 
or Group B, who has paid the full amount 
of regular deductions on the total a,- 
mount of regular compensation, including 
deductions specified in subdivision (3A) 
of section three, and in paragraph (d) of 
subdivision (l) of section twenty-twoT, 
shall, subject to the limitations set 
forth in this secrtion, be based on the 
average annual rate of regular compensa- 
tion not exceeding seventy-five hundred 

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2.5 65 or over 



bers hfeve an opportunity to expj-ess free- 
ly their views on all phases of library 
activity. A veritable river of prose has 
flovm from the editorial boards of the 
past concerning the failure of staff mem- 
bers to make their views known. In this 
connection let me just say that silence 
in Church is a necessary and desirable 
thing but silence in our public relations 
often leads to mi svuoder standing and im- 
pedes the rapid settlement of diff icultiespfears of Creditable ServiceT 

The organization of the IVofessional 
Staff Association is described in detail 
in the Constitution of the BPLPSA, copies 
of which are on file in each unit. It wa 
our intention merely to present in svim- 
mary form a few of the salient features 
of the association. It is worthy of note 
that like so many other similar organi- 
zations it is only as effective as its 
membership. It has certain basic 
strengths and some equally basic weak- 
nesses that can be either utilized or 
corrected, as the case may be, from with- 
in. For the remarkably low price of 50 
cents (payable now through your staff 

representative) you can unburden your- (b) Any member whose annual rate of 

self on the Soap Box (limit 300 words) anc regular compensation has been in excess 
contribute a measin-able amoxmt to the fur- of seventy-five hxmdred dollars during any 
ther achievement of the IVofessional Staffperiod or periods of his creditable ser- 
Assooiation. 



2.4 
2.3 
2,2 
2.1 
2.0 
1.9 
1.8 
1.7 
1.6 
1.5 



64 
G3 
62 
61 
60 
59 
58 
57 
56 
55 



60 or over 

59 

58 

57 

56 

55 



vice shall receive an additional yearly 
retirement allowance equal to two fifths 
of the regular deductions paid into the 
annuity savings fund by such member on 
that part of his regular compansation 
which has been at a rate in excess of 
seventy-five hundred dollars in e^ay such 



(c) Any member of Group A or Group B, 
who is a veteran as defined in section one, 
shall receive an additional yearly re- 
tirement allowance of fifteen dollars for 
each year of creditable service or frac- 
tion thereof J provided, that the total a- 
mount of said additional retirement allow- 
ance shall not exceed three hundred dol- 
lars in any case. 

(d) The total normal yearly amount of 
the retirement allowance of any member 
of Group A or Group B, as determined in 
accordance with the provisions of this 
section, shall not exceed four fifths of 
the average annual rate of his regular 
compensation received dviring any period 
of five consecutive years of creditable 
service for which such rate of oompensa- 

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(Continued from page 5) 
tion was the highest. 



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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be aooompanied by the full name of the 
Assooiat'cn member submitting it, to- 
gether w:.th the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department, or Office In which he 
or she is employed, Tho name is withheld 
fr«ra publication, or a pen name used, if 
the contributor so requests. Anonymous 
contributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only 
to the Editor-in-Chief. The contents of 
the articles appearing in the Soap Box 
are personal opinions expressed Tby lia- 
dividual Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily indicate 
that the Publications Committee and the 
Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. Only those contribu- 
tions containing not more than 300 words 
will be accepted. 



To the Editor of the Soap Boxi 

I read with alarm the statement regard- 
ing the changes in the bases of pensions. 
As one who is fast approaching retirement 
and •vrtio has consulted tho officials a- 
bout my retirement money, the change from 
tho two to the five year period of 
salary for the pension rato seems short 
sighted. Since the average nerson's 
salary goes up to meet ;he inareasing 
costs of living, the later years have a 
higher average than the previous ones. 
ItolesB one is absent without pay, this 
would seem to be a loss to the retiree and 
a gain for the City and State. 

Marion C. Kingman 



SECTION 4. This act shall take effect 
as of lfe.y thirty-first in the current 
year; but einything in sections one to 
three, inclusive, of this act to the 
contrary notwithstanding, tho retirement 
allowance of any person who on J&y 
thirty-first in the current year was a 
member in service of a retirement sys- 
tem subject to sections one to twenty- 
eight, inclusive, of chapter thirty-two 
of the General Laws, shall in no event 
be less than the retirement allowance 
provided by the provisions of law in 
effect inanediately prior to the effective 
date of this act; nor shall the benefit 
of any beneficiary of such person be less 
than the benefit so provided. 

Approved, AT;iguBt 13, 1957. 



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uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



SEPTEMBER 1957 



THE -QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume XII, Number 9 September, 1957 



Publications Committee: Charles J. Gillis, Qnelia Lang©, Isabel M. Fartino, 

Catherine D, O'Halloran, B. Joseph O'Neil, Claire P. 
0' Toole, Sarah Richman, Gerald L. Ball, Chairman 

Publication datej Deadline for submitting material 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



EDITORIAL NOTES 

We sincerely welcone i. r. Sidney Rabb on his appointment to the Board of 
Trustees of the Boston Public Library, and extend to him our warm wishes for a 
most pleasant and satisfying experience in his new position. 

On this occasion we may well pause and reflect on the value of the services of 
your unpaid Board of Trustees, Consider how much a connnercial enterprise would _ 
be willing to pay men of their calibre to serve on its Board of Directorsl Yet 
money could not buy the service to the Library. Few would suggest that the 
Bo«ird of Trustees is a political springboard. It is only because these men are 
keenly aware of the importance of the Library as a force in the community's 
cultural, spiritual, and economic welfare that they have been willing to accept 
appointment to the Board of Trustees, 

And yet we would be less than honest if we did not admit that there have been 
criticisms of the Board of Trustees on the grounds that the ^oard is "part-time"* 
and/or "unpaid". We believe that the intimations suggested by these objections 
are baseless and short-sighted. That these important men are willing to serve 
without remuneration makes their endeavor no less valuable, but is, and has been, an 
assurance that only men with a high sense of altruism would be attracted to the 
Board of Trustees, The Trustees, no more than the members of the Board of 
Directors of a large corporation, need be in a continuous session to deal 
effectively with the problems which are in their province. }'^en accustomed to 
directing the affairs of a large corporation can appraise a situation and make a 
balanced judgement in short order once the facts of the situation are presented 
to them . 

And in this latter regard we i,:ay be remiss. How effectively, how promptly 
have we presented pertinent problems of the Staff to the Board of Trustees? On 
a matter as important as adequate salary and wage schedules could we have pre- 
sented the facts more completely to the Board of Trustees than vre have done? 

Since the rise in the cost of living after our last salary and wage revision 
in April 1953, vrtiat has been done? Although a basic salary increase of at least 
ten per cent was requested by a vote of the business meeting in 1956, although 
the Executive Boards and Personnel Committees devoted much time and effort to 
the problems, although several meetings v/ere held with the Director, the 
representatives had only one short meeting with the Board of Trustees some 
eighteen months after the membership had indicated the need for salary revision. 
The Director, as executive officer of the Trustees, has indeed given much time 
and study to the problem and to our presentations, and has endeavored to trans- 
mit our proposals to the Board of Trustees. Yet can such representation be 



most effective when, at tines, the convictions of the Staff as expressed at the 
meetings of the Staff Association, are not shared by the Direetor? Is this, 
indeed, fair to the Director? To expect him to fester proposals with which he 
does not entirely agree might certainly be considered an imposition. 

Now we are receiving much less than is necessary to meet the rise in the 
cost of living. On the other hand we see fellow city employees receiving in- 
creases amounting to four times those granted to the Library employees, and 
also, others receiving "adjustments" which effectuate increases in 
remuneration (regardless of the terminology). We cannot but wonder if there 
not a better way of gaining our objective. 



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Five years ago the Staff Association voted to request representation of the 
Association at meetings of the Board of Trustees, at which policies concerning 
the bibliothecal staff in general were on the agenda. At that time, through 
the correspondence with other Staff Associations, we learned that participaticn 
of the staff in Trustees' meetings, in varying degrees, was the practice in a 
great many libraries. 

Fany believe that a more direct representation to the oard of Trustees 
would, in the long run, redound to the advantage of all concerned. V/e 
earnestly solicit expressions of opinion in letters to the Editorial Board, 
to the Soap Box, or to the Executive Board. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COWITTEE 



PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Employees 

Victoria Bradford, Roslindale 
Edith P. Gordon, Jamaica Plain 
Eveljrn G. Isaacs, Bookmobiles 
Fary L. Shea, Cbarlestown 
Ann S, Taber, Roslindale 

Transferred 

Jane F. Barry, from Liattapan to Connolly 
Anna M. Brackett, from Roslindale to 

East Boston 
Mrs. Margaret T. Butler, from Periodical 

& Newspaper Room to Audio- Visual 
Fary O'G Cahill, from Book Purchasing 
to Cataloging and Classification, 
Division of Reference and Research 
Services 
Julia A. Lenzi, from East Boston to 

Roslindale 
Roslyn F. T'ateles, from Corjiolly to 

Charlestown 
Fary R. Roberts, from Central Charging 
Records to Office of Home Reading 
and Community Services 
Irene J. T/adsworth, from Book Selection 
Department, Home Reading Sertvice 
to Charlestown 
John C. Walton, from Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics to Book . ' 
Purchasing 



Retired 

Mrs, Grace M. Caution, Accounting, 
after 31 years of service 
Eamon E. McDonough, General Reference, 
after 20 j'ears of service. Mr. 
FcDonough vfill be the School Librarian 
of the East Hampton Union District, 
East Hampton, New York. 

Married 



Margaret T. Brassil, Memorial to Paul 

Cameron on August 3, 1957 
Joanne M. Coughlin, Book Preparation, to 

Richard Steele on September 2, 19 57 
Hary O'Falley, Central Charging Records, 

to Patrick Manion on August 31, 1957 

Resigned 

Elsie K. Brainard, Uphams Corner, to 
accept a position as teacher-librarian 
in California 
Fargaret A. Hewey, Roslindale, to accept 

a position in the Boston Baptist Bethel 

Children's Fission in the North End 
Robert lu Holmes, T'usic, to continue 

graduate work in music 
Jeannette L. Lipinski, Central Charging 

Records 
Jeanne F. Logue, Book Stack Service, to 

attend nursing school 



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Annie L. licLeod, Charlestoivn, to attend 

Simmons College 
f'adeline V. McFannus, Bookmobiles, to be 

married 
Charles R. Meehan, Teachers, to teach at 

State Teacher's College at Lowell 
Faith R. pinton, East Boston, to move 

away from Boston 
1 arie Ann Orth, Personnel, to accept a 

position with Firestone Tire and 

Rubber Co. 
Frank G. Saunders, General Reference 
lary J. Scholfield, Jamaica Plain 



The General Reference Dept. will 
Barbara A. Tuthill, City Point, to accep-j; certainly miss Eamon's congenial 

personality. We have always been 
respectfully amazed at his facility in 
the field of poets and poetry. Vlfith 
difficult inquiries on poems received at 
General Inference, Eamon often took over 
where Granger's Index stopped. His 
knowledge of government and current 



a position as Elementary School 
Librarian in Brookline 
B. Gertrude Wade, Codman Square, to 
teach at Westwood High School 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



After the summer vacation the 
Executive Board resumed activity with a 
meeting on Tuesday, September 10. The 
principle item of business was a dis- 
cussion of the seminar on the future of 
the Boston Public Library, which had 
been voted by the membership at the 
November, 19 55 Business Meeting, In 
January, 19 57, it was voted to post- 
pone it until more time could be 
devoted to its organization. It still 
remains as an item of unfinished 
business for the Association to con- 
centrate on. 

It was the original intention that 
the seminar would bring together a 
group of people not directly concerned 
v/ith the Library who \vould discuss the 
place of the Library in the Boston of 
tomorrow. In view of the events that 
have transpired ever since the original 
motion was voted upon, it would seem 
that such a seminar could prove to be 
both interesting and informative. 

In order that we may make this as 
successful and fruitful as possible it 
is necessary to have the help and 
cooperation of the members of the 
Association. Any comments or 
suggestions as to how the seminar can be 
most effectively utilized will be most 
welcome. 

William T. Casey 
President 

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AD MULTOS ANNOS 



On August 24, Miss Mildred C, 
O'Connor, Chief of General Reference, 
was a very gracious hostess to the staff 
of her department at dinner in the Toll 
House, Yftiitman. Special guests of the 
evening were Mr. and Yrs, Eamon McDonough, 
The occassion v/as Eamon's resignation 
from the Library to accept a position 
as high school librarian in East Hampton, 
Long Island, New York. 



affairs, based on genuine interest in 
those fields, helped othere on the staff 
to provide replies to inquiries on 
elections, office, etc, which were not 
always given in the reference books. 
Possessing many other talents, Eeunon, 
above all has been a friendly and 
sympathetic person. 

It was a pleasure to have Earon's wife 
Phoebe with us at the dinner. A former 
member of the General Reference Dept., 
Phoebe now has the enviable position of 
mother to three attractive children. 

The General Reference staff, in the 
week folloi.'inj^ f'iss O'Connor's dinner 
party, added their best wishes to those 
of other staff menbers in v;ishing much 
success and happiness to Eamon and his 
family. At that tine a large group had 
assembled in I'r. Hensley's office to 
present a check of substantial pro- 
portion to Eamon, a testimony of BBL'ers 
to East Hampton's newest librarian. 

Paul V. Hoynihan 

BIRTHS 

A little girl, Jane Elizabeth, was 
born at Hempsteadv New York on Aug. 20, 
to ¥r. and Mrs. Lawrence Cabot Howard. 
Mrs. Howard wus Elizabeth Fitzgerald of 
Catalogue and Classification, and 
children's librarian at Jeffries Point 
and South End. 



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Dr. and Mrs. Donald Gillis are the 
proud parents of a third son, Brian, 
born Tuesday, Aug. 27, 19 57. Their 
other children are Donald, 6; Judith, 4; 
and Stephen, 1 l/2. Mrs. Gillis, better 
known as Pat Morley, formerly worked in 
the Division of Home Reading. 

Word has been received of the birth 
of a son, Stephen Llev/ellyn, to Mr. and 
Mrs. Hugh Smith of Cranston, R.I., on 
Aug. 27, 1957. Mrs. Smith was the 
former Ann Hamer of the staff at 
Dorchester. She also worked for a short 
time at Neponset. 

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During the summer -months a model of a 
fifteenth century Spanish galleon has 
been a center of attraction for many 
visitors to the Children's section of 
Open Shelf, The finely carved model, a 
gift of Esther Lissner of the Library s 
staff, will be exhibited in many of the 
'brancTTes' througho'ut the fall and winter 
months. 

*****#***i(i***i(<** ************ ****** 

The Lord may have His purpose 

In all that meets the eye. 
The tumult here below 

And grandeurs in the sky. 

I contemplate the grandeurs 

In wonder and in awe; 
The tumults, fierce and puzzling. 

Seem God's Achilles' flaw. 

The myriad creations 

Attest the cosmic mind; 
And nothang mars the landscape 
Save only humankind. 

The galaxies and planets, 

I take them in my stride; 
I knew He had it in Him, 

And wonders vast beside. 

I shudder at conclusion. 
As human deeds I scan; 
_Peryerse was He that Friday, 
To go and make that man. 

Harry Andrews 

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RETIRE]"'ECT 

MRS . GRaCE M . CAUTIOM 

. .-On August 31, 1957, Mrs. Grace M. 
Caution retired from the Library. In 
her thirty one and a half years of 
servicein Accounting, she was ever 
gracious, dependable, and vjllling to do 
more than her share of vrork. 

In the days of the paymasters, many a 
compliment was given her by them for the 
legibility of her penmanship. Her 
figures could be easily read upside down, 
In those days the em.ployees signed on 
the payroll for their pay; so, for them 
the payroll had to be right side up. 

Mrs. Caution's many friends wish her 
healthy and happy years of retirement. 



Acceding to her wishes that no "fuss" 
be made upon her retirement from the 
Library, Friday, the thirtieth of August 
was marked' only by her friends dropping 
in to Accounting to extend thoir good 
wishes to Grace M. Caution as she spent 
her last day of work at her desk and 
made out her last payroll for the BPL. 

However, Mrs. Caution did accept an 
invitation from Helen Schubarth, her 
"boss," to have lunch with her and 
other members of Accounting at the home 
of Katherine Schubarth in Duxbury, on 
Saturday, September seventh. Much to 
the surprise of Mrs. Caution, she was 
greeted there by some thirty BPL'ers — 
including husbands and v;ives — who had 
come to honor her. 

At an informal reception indoors, Mrs, 
Caution was presented with a pop-up 
toaster (the only item for v;hich she 
had ever expressed a desire) from the 
staff of Accounting; brass and enamel 
bowls from those at the party; money 
from her many library friends whose 
naines were listed on the long white 
ribbon folded into the card; a picture 
of her at her desk on August thirtieth, 
surrounded by the staff of Accounting 
and Business Office; and the traditional 
leather-bound book containing, messages 
from her colleagues. 

Following this, a delicious buffet 
luncheon was served in the spacious 
back yard. There in a xriondly, 
relaxing atmosphere, her friends 
rerdnisced v/ith her and reiterated the 



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good wishes ivMch they had oxpi-essed 
earlier. The i.'hole affair was recorded 
in colored pictures by Barbara Bloom's 
husband. 

Long life and happiness to Frs. 
Caution; we shall miss herl 

BFaNCH FOIL'S 

West 7jnd - The occassions for festivitie 

became so numerous at V/est 
End this sunmer that we decided to in- 
corporate them into one big dinner 
party. Fiss Fanny Goldstein, our 
Branch Librarian, acted as hostess, and 
with her complete staff, both full and 
part-time in tow, sailed in Patten's 
on Tuesday evening, August 6th. The 
party was given in honor of Joan 
Chadbourne, subprofessional assistant, 
who left the service to return to school 
and announced her en|;fc.ge ent at tl^e 
same timel, Joyce P. illlis, children's 
librarian who was tra.nsferred to 
Connolly, and liary-Ann Jfappi and 
Timothea Allen, part-time assistants 
who will start college this Fall. The 
dinner was excellent, the company was 
congenial and the occassion a truly 
mem.orable one. 

* 
Vie are not ones to boast, but there 
are times which warrant doing so. The 
following is one example; A gentleiian 
frcxn the Library of Congress came to 
IVest End in search of a bound Judaica 
periodical. A check with the L. C. 
Union Catalog shov/ed that the YJest End 
Branch is the only library in the U.S. 
Tiriiich owns this particular item. This 
is just one instance of the foresight 
and selectivity of Miss Goldstein in 
amassing the Judaica collection. 

* 
Our '^ide V/ide Yiorld" summer reading 
club turned its talents toward 

theatricals to produce, to say the 
least, an unusual version of Peter Pan. 
Both staff and club members workdd 
diligently on the play, and the final 
production had nothing on the Mary 
Martin version. 

* 
Diane Farrell, our children's ^vorker 
■sin^oyed her story-telling experiences 
this siirmer at the Camp Fire Girls' Day 
C<imp on the F.spl-inodf, «nd At Plocsure 



Island in South Boston. 

* 
Fanny Goldstein has been selected as a 
director of Freedon, Inc. She is co- 
chairman with Alexander Br in of 
Constitution Day exercises in the Hall cf 
Flags at the State House on Sept, 17, On 
this occassion several scores of 
immigrajits and children of imr.igrants 
will receive citations of good citizen- 
ship from Governor Foster Furcolo. 

C.C. & M. S. D.'INr>LES ^.-ITE SOY Sa^tcE 

The summer social season of tlie BPL* 
CCTi&S came to a brilliant, almost 
blinding, end on Aug. 25 at the China 
Star in merry ?ierrynount. Rumor had it 
that the soiree's raison d'etre (French- 
Promotional Step 2) was to express our 
gratitude to Eamon JicDonough for his 
retirement from the Library service; an 
event that set the BPL back a good fifty 
seconds; und v;hile was a contributing 
factor, the real reason was the excellent 
Chinese food at low cost. 

Loud but thoroughly undanceable music w 
was rendered by Frankie Fyers' rhythm 
band with Frankie 's drums - not Frankie - 
as the main attraction. Dan Koury, 
Louis Ugalde and I'artin Vifaters claimed 
that they played lovely background music 
for the drums. If they did it must have 
been for Sitting Bull's war drums,. 
Nevertheless, it is believed that the 
alleged music lov/ered property values in 
that part of yuincy by approximately 
twenty percent, 

Oteer fifty people attended, including m 
many former members of the B: L staff. 
Although obviously all shook up by this 
demonstration of afiectionate loathing 
by his former fellows, Eamon was able to 
stanimer a few thousand words of reciprocal 
warmth expressing his deep appreciation 
for his nevj job and salary. This really 
was a surprise party - Eamon v?as 
surprised when he lid not receive a gift; ti: 
that came a few days later. After a few 
hours, ^'amon had consumed enough courage 
to entertain the assembly with his new 
classic and completely despised rendition 
of "Anne Bolyn". That broke up the party. 

The pitifully remaining mer.bers of the 
once proud CC^MS fervently hope that 
there will be no more deserters from 
tlieir ranks. Frankly, we are getting 
iust a Intt-la tii-od of Chln^RG food. 



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MARGAIET jrUNSTERBURG 



Miss Fargaret Munsterberg, for thirty- 
two years a ;neir.ber of the Hare Book Dept. 
of the Library, died in her sleep early 
Thursday morning, September twelfth. 

She was born in Freinburg-Baden, 
Germany, the daughter of Selna Oppler 
and Hugo Funsterberg. Her father was 
well-known to an earlier college 
generation as Professor of Psychology 
at Harvard College. 

Miss i^iunsterberg graduated from 
Radcliffe College in 1909 and received 
her master's degree in literature the 
follovv'ing year. In 1910-1911 she 
studied at the University of Berlin. 
She was the author of two novels, "Anna 
Borden's Career", and the "Baron's 
Book of England." She also wrote 
"Documents of a New England TownV, a 
study of the town of Reading, two books 
of poens and 3A Harvest of German Verse" 
as well as a biography of her father, 
and contributed many articles and poems 
to periodical literature. As editorial 
assistant in the Rare Book Dept., she 
wrote many scholarly articles first 
for "^'^ore Books" and later for the 
i^iuarterly. She planned to retire on 
November first of this year and devote 
her leisure to writing another novel 
based of the Library's collection of 
correspondence of Maria Chapman and 
the Weston sisters. 

Funeral services for Miss Munsterberg 
were held in the Lesley Linsley Memorial 
Chapel of Emanuel Church. In this 
beautiful ohapel, decorated with the 
flowers which expressed the affection 
in which she was held, a large number 
of her colleagues and friends said 
their good-byes to a fine and under- 
standing personality. 



GEORGE H» EARLY 

George H. Early, 74, a printer on the 
Library staff for 39 years before 
retiring in 1952, died on Sept. 8th after 
a short illness. A Requiem High Mass 
was sung at 10 o'clock on Sept. 11th in 
the Holy Name Church, Yifest Roxbury, and 
interment was in St. Joseph's Cemetery. 

Vr, Early leaves a wife, Lillian and 
tvifo sons, ■'■/illiam J. and George E. Early, 
both former members of the Library staff. 



\JELCO>AE at^OaRD 

Because of the Absence of J'rs, 
O'Toole and Mrs. O'Halloran who are on 
maternity leave, there was a lack of 
Sub-professional representation on the 
Publications Committee. This committee, 
it is felt, should represent all groups 
in the Association. Therefore, we are 
very happy to welcome two new members, 
Isabel ¥• , Martino, HospitalLibirary 
Service, and Fary R. Roberts, Office of 
Home Reading and Community Services, 
Their appointment will give the Sub- 
professional Service fine representation. 



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JUNIOR EDITOR 

Our fellow member of the Publications 
Committee ,Mrs. Claire 0' Toole, became 
the proud parent of a seven pound 
thirteen ounce daughter on Aug, 29, 1957, 
She is to be naimed after her mother. 
We hope that t'rs. 0' Toole and her new 
arrival will attend the January meeting 
of the Publications Committee. Best 
wishes to both. 



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Fred Danker, son of Joseph Danker, 
Buildings Superintendent, is now at 
Fort Sill where he is attending advanced 
artillery school. He would like to 
hear from his library friends. His 
address is* 

Lt. Frederick Ddnker 04064916 

0BC24 Box 1130 

1st Officer Student's Battery 

4th Army 

Fort Sill, Oklahcana 



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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full narte of the 
As gelation member submitting it, 
together with the name of the Branch 
Library, Department or Office in which 
he or she is employed. The name is 
withheld from publication, or a pen 
name used, if the contributor so requests, 
Anonymous contributions are not given 
consideration. The author of the article 
is known only to the Editor-in-Chief, 
The contents of the articles appearing 
in the Soap Box are personal opinions 
expressed by individual Association 
members and their and their appearance 
dees not necessarily indicate that the 
p-.iblications Committee and the Associatioik 
are in agreement with the views expressed, 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 



To the Editor of the Soap Box ; 

The Report of the Examining CoiTimittee, 
1956-1957, makes interesting reading 
for the non-librarian, but is of 
particular significance to the Biblio- 
thecal staff. Now that we have had 
time to digest this report it is time 
for comments pro and con, T/flien compared 
with the facts it caused many cases of 
acute indigestion , if not chronic 
gastritis. 

For example, take the report of the 
Subcommittee of Personnel, The Summary 
(b) states, "The relation between the 
Director and the Library Personnel seems 
to indicate the need.., of an officer, 
deputy to the Director, vtho oan aid in 
affecting better staff relations." This 
wo'ild seem to be a very acid solution 
and would cause inestimable harm. To 
interpose another deputy between the 
Director and the staff certainly is not 



the way to better relations. The 
problemhas psychological and pathological 
implications, but no middle man, 
regardless of how angelic, can possibly 
better staff relations and staff morale. 
The answer to,. the above ray be found, 
at least partially, in (d) of the 
Summary of the report of the Subcommittee 
on Personnel, ",,, we note with regret 
the existence of elements of dissidence 
within the top echelons of 
administration. " If the Director can- 
not worl: with men of good will, how can 
he possibly expect a middle man to hurdle 
the obstacles that are inherent in the 
nature of the problem? Please, no more 
deputies to the Director, no more 
middle-menl 

THE CONS 

To the Ec'itor of the Soap Bo» ; 

The genius that devised the procedure 
for obtaining the estimates for the 1958 
Equipment and Repair Budget from 
department heads and branch librarians 
should not go unrecognized. Anytime 
that one can save an hour or so of a 
typist's time at the expense of several 
hours each of the time of forty-odd 
department heads and branch librarians, 
he should by all means do so. Especially 
when the end product is bound to be nonw 
uniform and more difficult to work with. 

Has the genius considered the 
possibility of using the 1957 and 1958 
forms as a basis for the 1959 estimates. 
That might be even more complicated and 
confusing I 

Genius has been defined as the 
"infinite capacity for taking pains" not 
making pains i 

Punchy 



Sear Editor: 

More and more I have heard members of 
the staff criticizing the Professional 
Staff Association and prophesying its 
early dem.ise. 

Its lack of effectiveness is the 
usual complaint. Its nost ardent 
supporters would agree that it could be 
more effective. And it can be just as 
effective as its r-embers will it to be. 
But it cannot be done by wishing. The 
membership must assert itself, state 
its goals and then work for them. 



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Another complaint: its always the 
same old faces, the same old names on 
committees, serving as officers, etc. 
Actually new blood is represented with 
each succeeding \'«ar, but many familiar 
nanes and faces are repeaters year after 
}rear because certain individuals have 
shown themselves willing to work and 
cooperate for the common good. But if 
changes are wanted, do your complaining, 
make vour proposals at business meetings, 
make nominations from the floor, work to 
elect the nominees of your choice, accept 
nembership and chairmanship on committees 
If you let George do it, it may not be 
done to your liking. Griping in the 
coffee shop, in the lunch rooms, and in 
the smoking rooms may let off steam, but 
hardly accomplishes anything concrete. 

And those who predict that the 
Association must die, do they believe 
that instead of the P.S.a. , there will 
be no organization. Let them be not so 
foolhardy. The vacuum would soon be 
filled by some other organization. And 
it is quite possible that the next 
organization would not be as professional 
as the P.S.A. How would they welcome an 
organization such as the Boston Teachers 
Alliance, the Elementary Tsachers Club, 
the Boston Teachers Club, the Junior 
High School Club, the Boston Teachers 
Club, the Elementary Principals, the 
High School Women's Association or the 
High School Teachers of Boston? 

These organizations campaign to elect 
school committeemen who would do their 
will and seek to defeat those who do not. 
They ring door bells, they seek endorse- 
ment of Home and School leaders and 
obtain publicity in the newspapers, on 
the radio and TV. 

Maybe our P.S.A. isn't as effective 
as it might be, but do we want it this 
effective? I hardly think so. 

Poor but professional 
To the Editor: 

The day off in compensation for the 
July 5th skeleton force is much 
appreciated, especially in open 
departments where the staff usually 
loses out in skeleton force grants. 
Would it not have been a batter grant, 
however, had all those who were elif^ible 
for the compensatory day, been required 
to use it before Oct.l? As it is, those 



on vacation at the time, vho are not 
carrying six vacation days over after 
Oct, 1, will in effect be able to use 
their compensatory day next winter or 
spring, since they were charged one less 
vacation day that week. Perhaps some who 
worked July 5 look wistfully at that 
privilege. 



One who does 



Dear Soap Box- 



■yvhen will the. Library adopt a uniform 
closing time? Although the Library 
announces its closing time as 10 p,m. 
from October through May, most of the 
Library closes at 9 p.m. Open Shelf, 
Audio Visual, the Registration section 
of Central Charging Records, Teachers' 
Room, History Reference, the book stacks 
of Book Stack Service, Fine Arts, Science 
and Technology, T'usic, Rare Book, all 
close at 9 p,m. 

Wouldn't it make more sense to have 
all public departments close at the 
same time? It would be much less 
confusing to the patrons of the Library. 
It would obviate the necessity of 
explaining to and placating irate persons 
who take at face value the published 
closing time of the Library and are 
unable to obtain service from departments 
which close one hour before the building 
closes. 

Several vears ago we heard that the 
administration was making a survey of 
the practices of other large libraries 
in the matter of closing times. If true, 
it would be interesting to know what the 
results of the survey v;ere and what 
recommendations, if any, were rade as a 
result of the survey. How does one 
find out? 

Wondering 



Editor's note: 

It has come to our attention that the 
rather involved budget report form was 
not sent to the branches. So the branch 
librarians could not have done the extra 
work that irked Punchy, 




m 



uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



OCTOBER 1957 



THE OUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston PHiblic Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume XII, Number 10 October, 19g7 

Publications Comittee: Charles J. Oillis, Emelia Lange, Isabel II. Martino, 

Catherine D. O'Halloran, B. Joseph O'Neil, Claire B, 
0' Toole, Sarah Richman, Mary R, Roberts, Gerald L, 
Ball, Chairman. 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material 

The fifteenth of each month The teeth of each month 



EDITORIAL ^IDTES 

The new salary schedules which have been approved by the Board of Trustees 
and the proposed classification plans for the Professional, Pre-Professional and 
Non-Professional Services are of the utmost concern to every member of our 
Association. Probably there will be very few among us who will object to the new 
salary schedules which would permit us to catch up to and stay abreast of the still 
rising cost of living. To insist on cost of living increases, as such, might be 
self-defeating, because any cost of living compensation which could be justified 
for the professional and sub-professional staff, could, by the same token, be 
justified for most of the rest of the employees of the city. And any appropriation 
which mifht meet the cost of living increases for all of the emplo^'-ees of the city 
would be of such magnitude that, in vievj of the city's financial situation, the 
Mayor and City Council could hardly approve it. However, there could be little 
objection to a gradual program to accomplish the task of bringing the salary scales 
for the bibliothecal staff in the Boston Public Library to a level near the average 
found in most other libraries comparable to our institution. Among eighteen compa- 
rable libraries the Boston Public Library has the unenviable position of ranking 
seventeenth or eighteenth salaryr-rise in most categories of bibliothecal employees. 
We sincerely hope that this program is not so gradual that we remain in the same 
relatively low-ranl<ing position. For we must remember that the salary schedules 
in other libraries will not remain static, and unless we can compete in salaries 
with these other libraries, we can expect to see nroperly qualified personnel by- 
passing the Boston Public Library and leaving it for greener pastures. 

If we insist on salary standards comparable to those in other institutions we 
should recognize that it is not unreasonable to establish personnel standards 
similar to these same institutions. A distinction should be made between the new 
salary/- schedules which have already been approved as desirable goals, and the new 
classification plans which are being proposed . Since these are yet only proposed, 
and we have been invited to offer criticism with the objective of attaining more 
desirable personnel classifications, we ca not emphasize too much the importance of 
bringing to light any and all objections which members of the bibliothecal staff 
nlrht have to the proposals. Study and discuss the plans, express your objections 
and your approvals by whatever means you feel will be most effective. Write cr 
talk to the members of the Executive Board and Personnel Committee, write to the 
Soap Box anon-'/mously or othervrise, communicate with administration. 

Hand in hand with establishment of higher standards for personnel, we believe 
that those already in the service, should be protected so that they do not los* 
anything to which they are rightfully entitled. And there is ample precedent for 
this principle both within and outside the Library. But we should not rely on the 
automatic protection of our interests. Many a valuable interest has been lost 
through default.— — Study the plans well and sound offl 

THE HJBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



'Cl~ 



FRESIDEKT'S NOTES 



The Presidents Notes for this month were 
in effect^ vritten in the Soap Box for 
September, In a letter signed "Poor hut 
professional" the writer expressed certain 
views that I believe are particuliarly 
pertinent at this time. The Staff AssociO' 
tion, through its elected representatives, 
is now being called iipon to express its 
views upon the new re-classification schem^ 
soon to be put into effect. On Monday, 
October 7 there was a joint meeting of the 
Executive Board and the Personnel Committee 
with the Director for the purpose of exam- 
ining the new plan. Subsequent meetings 
are schediiled for the future and in order 
to best serve the Association it is imper- 
ative that the officers are informed as to 
the wishes of the membership. 

In order to insure the best possible 
communication between the Executive Board 
and the members of the professional staff 
three things can be done by each individual 

1) Make sure that your dues are paid 
for the current year. 

2) Attend the meetings, participate 
in the discussions and express 
your wishes. 

3) Make your views known either throu^ 
the Soap Box or by communication 
with the Executive Board. 

With regard to the complaint mentioned 
by P.B.P. about the same old faces, I 
Personally subscribe to the "ttirn the 
rascals out" theory but accoding to ad- 
vance reports from the nominating committee 
it hasn't been easy to dragoon candidates 
into accepting nominations for office. Let 
us hope that by November we will have a 
new slate of standard bearers. 

William T. Casey 

President 

PERSONNEL NOTES 



Hew Employees 

Albert J. Brcgna - Central Charging Re- 
cords (formerly a member of this dept. ) 
Elizabeth A. Drane - General Reference 
Edm\ind E. Geary - Business Office 
Harold A. Hammond - Cataloging and Class- 
ification, HRS 
Mary E. Heller - Codman Square 
Joel A. Holmberg - Booknobiles 



Margaret M. Kelleher - Central Charging 

Records 
Arvid W. Lextrcm - Audio- Visual (formerly 

part-time) 
Dolores T. McLean - Bookmobiles 
Mrs. Jane E. Porter - Book Stack Service 
Judith Prindle - West End 
Mrs. Anita M. Ross - Bookmobiles 
Martha C. Sproul - East Boston 
Sheila M. St. Arnauld - Parker Hill 
Betty A. Wilburn - South End 

Transferred 

Francis R. Currie - from Memorial Branch 
Library to OS Dept. 

Marie S. Devlin - from Central Book Stock 
Branch Issue Section to Cataloging and 
riassification HRS 

Dorothy Flood - from Adams St. Branch 
Library to West Roxbury Branch Library 

Lois G. Goddard -from South End Branch 
Library to City Point Branch Library 

Jeanne M. Hayes - from Book Purchasing 
Dept. to Book Selecti n Dept., Division 
of Home Reading and Community Services 

Mrs. Marcella McConville - from Catalog- 
ing and Classification Dept. To Kirstein 

Business Branch 

M. Jane Manthorne - from OS Dept. to New 
South Boston Book Project 

Mary E. Obear - from Bookmobiles to Book 
Selection Dept., Division of Home Read- 
ir^ and Commvmity Services 

Mrs. Felicia L. Peltier - from Audio- Vis- 
ual Dept. to OS Sept. 

William C. Slemmer - from OS Dept. to 
Memorial . 

Resigned 

Gerard T. Donovan - Fine Arts Dept., to 
attend Suffolk Univ. 

Mrs. Rosemarie H. LaCedra - Cataloging 
and Classification Dept., Division of 
Reference and Research Services, to 
accept a position nearer heme/ 

Mary L . Malany - Rare Book Dept . , to 
remain at home. 

MarrJ-e'^ 

Mary ^'Malley - Central Charging Records 
to Patrick J. Mannion, August 31, 1957- 
Retired 

Marion C. Kingman - South End, after 35 
years of service. 



Calendar of Events 

The New England Library Association will 
hold its meeting at the New Ocean House 
Oct. 16 to 20, 1957. 

Catholic Library Assoc . 

Fall meeting Oct 26, 1957 (2:30) Salve 
Regina College Library, Newport, Rhode 
Island. 

BPLPSA Seminar on the "Role" of the BPL 
in Boston Future will be held in Lecture 
Hall under the direction of Ronnie Yotts. 
More information will be found else where 
in this issue. 

Alimmi Notes - T^ite Elephants 

The October issue of the DCPL News ( a 
publication of the Public Library of the 
District of Columbia Staff Association) 
carries an item about Francis X. Doherty 
(former staff member and brother of Mrs. 
Mary D. Farrell our gracious new Chief 
of Cataloging and Classification (Ref.). 
It seems that Frank is now selling White 
Elephants in an attempt to raise funds for 
the 1959 ALA Convention -sdiich will be held 
in Washington. The goal is $1000 with 
over $600 already raised in previous sales 

Knowing Frank, we are sure that the 
drive will go over the top. 

NORTH END BRANCH 

On September 27, at a surprise coffee 
hour. Miss Jennie Femino was bid a fond 
adieu upon her transfer from North End 
to Jamaica Plain Branch. The staff pre- 
sented her with a mother-of-pearl and 
rhines tone- studded purse set and all the 
good wishes of her North End friends. 

ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT 

Linda M. Pagliuca, North End Branch 
to Mr. Carl G. Tramontozzi of Brighton. 

Linda plans to be married in St. Leonard 
Church in the North End. The wedding re- 
ception will be held in the Grand ball- 
room of the Sherry Biltoore Hotel. Follow- 
ing this they will fly to Italy for a six 
week honeymoon, 'v^ich includes a visit to 
his Holiness Pope Pius XII. 



Welcome Home 

The Publications Committee welcomes home 
our Keeper of Rare Books iriio has been in 
Europe for the past fourteen weeks visit- 
ing book dealers and purchasing books for 
the Rare Book Dept. 

He has secured some highly desireable 
Items at very favorable prices. 

When Dr. Haraszti returned from his last 
visit he gave a most interesting account 
of his travels. It is hoped that another 
such talk will be given this time. 

CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 

Utie Fall meeting of the New England Unit 
of the C.L.A. will be held on October 26, 
1957, at 2:30 p. m. in Salve Regina Coll- 
ege Library, Ochre Point Ave. and Webster 
street, Nevport, Rhode Island. Martha 
Engler (CP) will introduce the Elementary 
Section's Advisory Charter; Sister Mary 
Josephina, S.S.J. , Boston College Gradu- 
ate School of Education will speak on 
"Library Service to the Gifted Pupil," 
and George E. Ryan, Literary Editor of the 
Pilot will discuss "Trends in the Theater" . 

A chartered bus will leave Copley Square 
at 9:30 a.m. ($2.50 per person). Those 
wishing reservations, please call the 
Transportation Director, Harry Fletcher, 
Line 291, as soon as possible. If limch- 
eon at the Viking Hotel is also desired, 
the cost is an additional $2.50, tax and 
tip included. 

WEDDING BELLS 

Angela Sacco, Allston Branch, became the 
bride of Michael Siraco of East Boston on 
Saturday, October 12, 1957 at a Nuptial 
Mass at St. Lazarus' Church in Orient 
Heights. The bride wore a formal bouffant 
gown of 'vdiite peau de soie detailed with 

' side panels of pearl- trii.tmed Chantilly 
lace, ending in a short train. She carr- 

sied a lace-covered bridal missal adorned 
with satin streamers and rosebuds. 

Maid of honor was the groom's sister, 
Gloria Siraco, attired in a ballerina 
gown of red and ■v^ite lace trimmed with 
velvet and a matching be- ribboned hecvd- 



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"band. Three bridesmaids and a junior brido 
maid wore similar costumes. All the atten- 
dants carried sprays of -white pom poms and 
tea roses. 

Anthony Sacco, brother of the bride, a 
former part- tine worker at the East Boston 
Branch Library, served as the best man. 
Three ushers and a junior \isher completed 
the wedding party. 

Following the wedding ceremony, a dinner 
reception was held at the Cliff House in 
Winthrop. Many library friends of the 
bride were in attendance from the Allston, 
North End and Roslindale Branch Libraries. 
It was so nice to see two former B.P.L. 
staff members who were also in attendance 
at the wedding, Mrs. Marion Dubrowski, 
formerly Marion Siraco of Charlestown, 
sister of the groom and Mrs. Janet Quint 
formerly young adults worker at Alls ton. 

The bride was radiant, the groom was joy- 
ful, the wedding party was strikingly 
attractive, the day was sunny and all had ■ 
a wonderful tine! 

Linda M. Pagliuca 

WEDDING BELLS 

Wedding bolls are ringing again! This 
time for Madeline McManus, Bookmobile, and 
Paul McGourty -vriio were married Labor Day. 
On August Ik, 1957 Miss McManus was tend- 
ed a farewell party at tlie Town House. She 
was presented with a beautiftil money bou- 
quet. Spirited by Mrs. Mary Burns' in- 
genious ideas and many weeks of close 
interrogation, each member of the staff 
gave her a useful kitchen utensil. We 
know Madeline will certainly be able to 
use everything as she is setting up house- 
keeping at the living quarters of Dartmouth 
College \rtiere Mr. McGourty is going to 
Business School. 

We will all miss Madeline as she has 
been with the Bookmobile six years. All 
our good wishes for years of happiness go 
with her. 

On the same evening we also said good- 
bye to Joan O'Keefe, an extra assistant, 
who left for San Diego to teach school. 
Joan was presented with a lovely Italian 
leather handbag, We are all certain she 
will make an excellent teacher and wish 
her the best of luck. 

Ann M. Flaherty 

Dookmotlle 



A TRIPLE CELEBIV^TION 

On Thursday, August 29, a triple cele- 
bration took place at Eddie ' s Steak House . 
Three of the young matrons from the Li- 
brary, becomingly dressed in the latest 
model maternity ensembles to each of -vdiich 
had been pinned a Hawaiian plumiera, were 
guests of honor prior to starting their 
leaves of absence--. Peggy 

Morrison, Information, and Kay O'Halloran, 
DKS (ims) and Barbara Bloom Acct. office. 

Eacn guest was presented with a box 
handsomely wrapped- -one in blue, one in 
pink, and one in white. These contained 
gifts for the mothers- to-be- dainty night- 
ies, one in blue, one in pink, and one 
in ■white. On the top of each package 
were three cleverly knitted bells- -one 
in blue, one in pink, and one in white. 
In the envelope accompanying each gift 
were crisp bills with which to purchase 
f^ouething for the ejtpected heir. To Mrs. 
Rosenarie Mulcahy, Business, goes the 
credit for the choice of wrappingsi and 
gifts, and making the bells — which, by 
the way, tinkled musically as all bells 
should . 

Faithful to the staff as always. Jack 
McLellan was on hand to take pictures of 
the group. 

Former members of the staff -vAio attend- 
ed were Mrs . Josephine Murphy and Marie 
Mechini, Records, Files, Statistics, 
Marie Orth, Personnel, and Gladys Murphy 
Book Selection (HR and CS); and making 
his last appearance as a BPLer at a 
Library function, Eamon McDonoiigh, Gen- 
eral Reference. 

Sarah M. Usher 

NEW ARRIVALS 

Mr. and Mrs. Paiil Conlon have announc- 
ed the birth of Lawrence Michael, on Aug- 
gust 10. Mrs. Conlon is the formerly 
Mildred Francis, of Branch Issue and the 
Business Office. 

ANOTHER NEW ARRIVAL 

Mr. & Mrs. Paiil Sinon of Roslindale 
announce the birth of a son, Pa\;il Alfred 
Simon, Jr., on Sept. lU, 1957- Mrs. Simon 
(Barbara) is a member of the staff at 
Dorchester Branch. 



Calendar of Events 

The Nev England Library Association wiU 
hold its meeting at the Nev Ocean House 
Oct. 16 to 20, 1957. 

Catholic Library Assoc . 

Fall meeting Oct 26, 1957 (2:30) Salve 
Regina College Library, Newport, Rhode 
Island. 

BPLPSA Seminar on the "Role" of the BPL 
in Boston Future will be held in Lecture 
Hall under the direction of Ronnie Yotts. 
More information will be found else where 
in this issue. 



Alumni Notes 



White Elephants 



The October issue of the DCPL News ( a 
publication of the Public Library of the 
District of Columbia Staff Association) 
carries an item about Francis X. Doherty 
(former staff member and brother of Mrs. 
Mary D. Farrell oxir gracious new Chief 
of Cataloging and Classification (Ref.). 
It seens that Franli is now selling White 
Elephants in an attempt to raise funds for 
the 1959 ALA Convention which will be held 
in Washington. The goal is $1000 with 
over $600 already raised in previous sales 

Knowing Frank, we are sure that the 
drive will go over the top. 

NORTH END BRANCH 

On September 27^ at a surprise coffee 
hour. Miss Jennie Fenino was bid a fond 
adieu upon her transfer from North End 
to Jamaica Plain Branch. The staff pre- 
sented her with a mother-of-pearl and 
rhinestone- studded purse set and all the 
good wishes of her North End friends. 

ENGAGEMENT ANNOUI^CEMENT 

Linda M. Pagliuca, North End Branch 
to Mr. Carl G. Tranontozzi of Brighton. 

Linda plans to be married in St. Leonard 
Chiirch in the North End. The wedding re- 
ception will be held in the Grand ball- 
room of ■ the Sherry Biltmore Hotel. Follow- 
ing this they will fly to Italy for a six 
week honeymoon, vtiich includes a visit to 
his Holiness Pope Pius XII. 



Welcome Home 

The Publications Committee welcomes hone 
our Keeper of Rare Books who has been in 
Europe for the past fourteen weeks visit- 
ing book dealers and purchasing books for 
the Rare Book Dept. 

He has secured some highly desireable 
Items at very favorable prices. 

When Dr. Haraszti returned from his last 
visit he gave a most interesting account 
of his travels. It is hoped that another 
such talk will be given this time. 

CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 

The Fall meeting of the New England Unit 
of the C.L.A. will be held on October 26, 
1957, at 2:30 p. m. in Salve Regina Coll- 
ege Library, Ochre Point Ave. and Webster 
street, Newport, Rhode Island. Martha 
Engler (CP) will introduce the Elementary 
Section's Advisory Charter; Sister Mary 
Josephina, S.S.J. , Boston College Gradu- 
ate School of Education will speak on 
"Library Service to the Gifted Pupil," 
and George E. Ryan, Literary Editor of the 
Pilot will discuss "Trends in the Theater". 

A chartered biis will leave Copley Square 
at 9:30 a.m. ($2.50 per person). Those 
wishing reservations, please call the 
Transportation Director, Harry Fletcher, 
Line 291, as soon as possible. If lunch- 
eon at the Viking Hotel is also desired, 
the cost is an additional $2.50, tax and 
tap included. 

WEDDING BELLS 

Angela Sacco, Allston Branch, became the 
bride of Michael Siraco of East Boston on 
Saturday, October 12, 1957 at a Nuptial 
Mass at St. Lazarus' Church in Orient 
Heights. The bride wore a formal bouffant 
gown of white peau de soie detailed with 
side panels of pearl- triixied Chantilly 
lace, ending in a short train. She carr- 
sied a lace- covered bridal missal adorned 
with satin streamers and rosebuds. 

Maid of honor was the groom's sister, 
Gloria Siraco, attired in a ballerina 
gown of red and white lace trimmed with 
velvet and a matching be- ribboned heo.d- 



band. Three bridesmaids and a junior brido}- 
maid t-rore similar costumes. AUL the atten- 
dants carried sprays of -vrtiite pom poms and 
tea roses. 

Anthony Sacco, brother of the bride, a 
former part-time vorker at the East Boston 
Branch Library, served as the best man. 
Three ushers and a junior usher completed 
the wedding party. 

Following the wedding ceremony, a dinner 
reception was held at the Cliff House in 
Winthrop. Many library friends of the 
bride were in attendance from the Allston, 
North End and Roslindale Branch Libraries. 
It was so nice to see two forraer B.P.L. 
staff members vho were also in attendance 
at the wedding, Mrs. Marion Dubrowski, 
formerly Marion Siraco of Charlestown, 
sister of the groom and Mrs. Janet Quint 
formerly young advilts worker at Alls ton. 

The bride was radiant, the groom was joy; 
ful, the wedding party was strikingly 
attractive, the day was sunny and all had 
a wonderful time'. 

Linda M. Pagliuca 

WEDDING BELLS 

Wedding bells are ringing againl This 
time for Madeline McManus, Bookmobile, and 
Paul McGourty who were married Labor Day. 
On August lU, 1957 Miss McManus was tend- 
ed a farewell party at the Town House. She 
was presented with a beautifiol money bou- 
quet. Spirited by Mrs. Mary Burns' in- 
genious ideas and many weeks of close 
interrogation, each member of the staff 
gave her a useful kitchen utensil. We 
know Madeline will certainly be able to 
use everything as she is setting up house- 
keeping at the living quarters of Dartmouth 
College where Mr. McGourty is going to 
Business School. 

We will all miss Madeline as she has 
been with the Bookmobile six years. All 
our good wishes for years of happiness go 
with her. 

On the same evening we also said good- 
bye to Joan O'Keefe, an extra assistant, 
who left for San Diego to teach school. 
Joan was presented with a lovely Italian 
leather handbag. We are all certain she 
will make an excellent teacher and wish 
her the best of luck. 

Ann M. Flaherty 

BookmotJle 



A TRIPLE CEIEBRATION 

On Thursday, August 29, a triple cele- 
bration took place at Eddie's Steak House. 
Three of the yoiing matrons from the Li- 
brary, becomingly dressed in the latest 
model maternity ensembles to each of \rtiich 
had been pinned a Hawaiian plumiera, were 
guests of honor prior to starting their 
leaves of absence-- Peggy 

Morrison, Information, and Kay O'Halloran, 
DKS (IIRS) and Barbara Bloom Acct. office. 

Eacn guest was presented with a box 
handsomely wrapped--one in blue, one in 
pink, and one in white. These contained 
gifts for the mothers-to-be-dainty night- 
ies, one in blue, one in pink, and one 
in -(diite. On the top of each package 
were three cleverly knitted bells- -one 
in blue, one in pink,and one in white. 
In the envelope accompanying each gift 
were crisp bills with -vrfiich to purchase 
something for the expected heir. To Mrs. 
Rosemarie Mulcahy, Business, goes the 
credit for the choice of wrappings: and 
gifts, and making the bells — which, by 
the way, tinkled musically as all bells 
should . 

Faithful to the staff as always. Jack 
McLellan was on hand to take pictures of 
the group. 

Former members of the staff who attend- 
ed were Mrs . Josephine Miirphy and Marie 
Mechini, Records, Files, Statistics, 
Marie Orth, Personnel, and Gladys Murphy 
Book Selection (HR and CS); and making 
his last appearance as a BPLer at a 
Library function, Eamon McDonough, Gen- 
eral Reference. 

Sarah M. Usher 

NEW ARRIVALS 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Conlon have announc- 
ed the birth of Lawrence Michael, on Aug- 
gust 10. Mrs. Conlon is the formerly 
Mildred Francis, of Branch Issue and the 
Business Office. 

ANOTHER NEW ARRIVAL 

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Simon of Roslindale 
announce the birth of a son, Paul Alfred 
Simon, Jr., on Sept. ik, 1951 • Mrs. $imon 
(Barbara) is a member of the staff pt 
Dorchester Branch. 



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To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

Being one of the "pre-1938" group left 
by the vayside when the steps were passed 
aroTind indiscriminately^ irrespective of 
qiialifications, or years of service, I was 
quite jostled on hearing the Director, 
at the October 9th meeting, use the phrase 
"previously existing discrepencies" in 
referring to the "pre-1938" group. Who, 
but the Director, himself, is responsible 
for these "previously existing discrepen- 
cies"? 

In 1938 Mr. Lord placed in Step V, 
individuals of both varying and similar 
backgrounds, some with college degrees, 
■who had passed all the examinations of 
that particular era; others, ■vrfio had to 
their credit only the "E" examination, and 
at least one individual, with no academic 
backgro\xnd, who had never taken an entrancfe 
examination. At the same time, he followed 
■Lhe same pattern in Step III - placing in 1 
■ihis group, persons of similar and varying] 
backgrounds, regardless of qualifications.] 

By what process of reasoning did the I 
■'director arrive at these decisions? Were | 
the favored individuals the Library poli- I 
ticians; or, were their names just pulled | 
cut of a hat? | 

One of them I 

To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

A.ccording to my interpretation of the 
revised proposal personnel classification 
s.z of Jan. 1, 1958, anyone In the pre-1938 
f^roup in step 3 "who has no taken any exam 
iration since then automatically becomes 
a non-professional. In this group, class 
H>>i as professional in 1933^ are many -vdio 
p:r3 doing recogni'^ed professional work 
txiCi ^^ro prorUciont in their work due to 
v:ieir y."''.:rs and years of experience. Would 
.: t not be more just, and also to the advan 
cage of the library, that each one in this 
;;roup be classed and rated according to 
:'ie type of work he is performing? How 
r j,n anyono once classed as a professional 
an." pcrlom'lng recognized professional 
work all these ^cars suddenly become a 
non-professional? 

Disturbed 



ANmTAL ALUMNAE TEA 

There is always something special about 
a tenth anniversary, and the tenth annual 
Alvunnae Tea held on September 21, with 
Edith Guerrier, Supervisor of Branch Lib- 
raries, Emeritus, as hostess, was no ex- 
ception. It was the hottest day on x^ich 
any of the teas had been held; it was 
attended by the second largest number to 
attend to date; if found everyone in ex- 
ceptionally good health; it welcomed back 
Dorothy Nourse Pitman, the original Chair- 
man of the caterers and now Branch Lib- 
rarian In New York City; and it initiated 
into the mysteries of Eneritusship Marion 
C. Kingman -vrtiose retirement had not yet 
gone into effect. 

In addition to Miss Kingman and Mrs. 
Pitman, there were present the following: 
Mary E. Ames, Mrs. Ada A. Andelman, Mrs. 
Harold R. Doaghue, Beatrice M. Flanagan, 
Ethel M. Hazlewood, Mrs. Sara A. Lyon, 
Margaret I. MCGovern, Elizabeth P. Ross, 
Mary M. Sullivan, Geneva Watson, and 
Rebecca E. Willia. Missing frc«m the group 
were six to whom warm greetings are sent 
herewith: Mrs. Edith H. Bailey, vho sent 
a message from her new home in Hawaii; 
M. Florence Cufflin, who was seeing a 
nephew off to Rome and thereby missed be- 
ing present for the first time in ten 
years; Alice M. Jordan, who just retiirned 
home after spending the sxammer in Grand 
Manan; Clara L. Maxwell; Carrie L. Morse; 
•and Katherine S. Rogan.. 

The same caterers (The 8-8), ^±10 have 
served at all the previous tea, presented 
Miss Guerrier with a decorated birthday 
cake in honor of her 87 birthday, which 
was the day before. 

Virginia Havilnnd showed colored slJdi^- 
taken m Enplane when she was there xcr/r, 
May and Jujie, and several excelleni: ])jc- 
tures taken at the tea in 195^. 

There was time for friendly reminiscing; 
time to vote this tenth tea one of the 
most successful; and tine to say, "See 
you next September." 

Sarah M. U^.her 



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D ranch Notes - West End 

Miss Fanny Goldstein, co-chairman of the 
Freedon, Inc. program celebrating Con- 
stitution Day, spoI:e at the excercises 
held in the Hall of Flags at the State 
House on September 17th, -vdien seventy- 
fo\ir Good Citizenship citations were given 
to Massachusetts people. In her talk. 
Miss Goldstein paid tribute to those 
immigrants and sons of immigrants -who 
received the awards. She also spoke about 
the far-reaching aspects of good citizen- 
ship, and how recognition of the value of 
it on a local level can help it to grow 
on both national and international levels 

Business Branch 



The Business Branch staff was entertain 
ed at the home of Elizabeth Scannell on 
September l6th, in honor of Jeanne Fitz- 
gerald, who has resigned to work for a ' 
Master's degree in Library Science at 
Simmons College. Jeanne was presented witlji 
the practical, if unsentimental, gift of 
a zippered leather case to hold her books 
and papers. 

Refreshments were served by Betty 
Scannell, who demonstrated a skilled hand 
with a chocolate eclair. 

Jeanne is missed at Kirstein. She was 
a joy to work with, and has the qualities 
which should bring her a rewarding career 
in the library world. 

Brighton Branch 

On Thursday evening, September 12, a 
party was held at the Brighton Branch for 
members of the Sumner Reading Club and 
their parents. Thirty seven boys and 
girls who had read and reported on ten or 
more books during the summer months re- 
ceived Certificates of Progress. As a 
result of a Summer Reading Club visit to 
the Central Library at Copley Square, an 
essay contest on the subject: "What I 
Think of the Central Library" was spon- 
sored by the Branch. At the party winn- 
ers of the contest were awarded book 
prizes, which also were given to the two 
children \dio had submitted the best writt- 
en book reports diiring the sumaer. 

The high point of the evening was the 
presentation of a puppet show "Cinderalla" 



by the children of the Monastery Road 
Little Puppet Theatre, under the able di- 
rection of Mrs. John V. Troy, Jr. of 
Brighton. Mrs. Troy, a talented and 
public-spirited mother of three snail 
children, organized and instructed, dur- 
ing the summer, a group of neighborhood 
children who made and dressed the puppets, 
prepared their own scenery, and acted in 
the play. The stage was the handiwork 
of Mr. John V. Troy, Jr. To Mrs. Troy 
and the children goes much credit for a 
spirited production and a fine comniinity 
project. 

Punch and cookies were served at the 
conclusion of the program. 

An Interesting Essay : "On the morning 
of Aug. 29, 1957, 23 girls and boys from 
the library Reading Club in Brighton ■ 
climbed aboard trooly no. '^iGk- and went 
to the library' s central branch at Copley 
Square, Boston. 

On the library' s stone xrall the words 
"THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OF THE CITY OF BOSTON 
BUILT BY THE PEPPLE AND DEDICATED TO THE 
ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING" were engraved. 

We saw a -vdiole hall for taking out books 
something we had never seen before. Then 
we went around to the courtyard and many 
of us just couldn't keep from saying "OH" 
and "AH". 

Up the marble steps we went and on the 
step we met two life-size lions. We went 
into a room with a hand- carved ceiling, 
we net Sir Galahead on the walls of that 
room. On one side of that was a door. The 
door was lined with Italian red marble. 

Outside on the wall we saw John Sar- 
gent's beautiful murils. What would 
please us more than to see movies? Tl-vat's 
just what we saw and it was none other 
than THE LITTLE TIN SOLDIER AND MADELINE. 

We then went to the children's room and 
saw 19 groups of books waiting for us^ 
Where could we see how books were bound? 
In the Binding Room! It was arranged for 
us to see how books were bound. Then we 
climbed aboard Trolly no. 3193- We think 
we had a pretty full morning, do you?" 

Robin Aronstan 
77 Warren St. 
Brighton, formerly of 
New York 
(Robin is nine, and her own spelling is 
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A WEDDING -- AND A SEQUEL 



On Saturday, Sep tenter 28, Catherine M. 
Doherty, formerly of Records, Files, 
Statistics, vearing a "beautiful gown of 
Chantilly lace and i^lon tulle trinned 
with sequins and pearls, becane the bride 
of Charles M. Kane, USMR, of Worcester. 
A nuptial nass was celebrated in St. 
Patrick's Church, Dudley Street. The 
wedding party included — besides the 
brides' s sister as naid of honor, in pink 
taffeta, and four bridesnaids in blue 
taffeta — two flower girls, in pink 
taffeta, and one ring bearer in full dress 
Marine unifom, natching in every detail 
those worn by the groon, the best man, 
and the ushers. Following the cerenony 
the couple left the church by passing 
under an arch fomed of swords held in 
place by eight Marines. The flower girls, 
cousins of the bride, are daughters of 
Janes Barry, Buildings. 

The reception idiich followed in Brightor, 
was highlighted by the cutting of the cake 
in traditional Marine fashion. To the 
tune of "From the Halls of MonteZuna" 
three Marines marched snartly down the 
length of the hall to present the sxrord 
to the groon so that he night cut the 
first piece of wedding cake with it. The 
bride's bouquet was caught by Shirley 
Gildea, Information. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kane left for a honeynoon 
in Florida. And thereby hangs a sequel! 
By the time they reached Washington, they 
were having so nuch trouble with their 
car that they decided to turn back and 
spend a few days in New York rather than 
going farther South. One of their anuse- 
nents on Thursday afternoon was attending 
a TV show, BEAT TflE CLOCK. Relatives and 
friends in Boston, surprised at seeing 
the supposedly Florida-bo'und couple appea]^ 
ing on TV in New York, were increasingly 
excited ■v^en the couple reappeared not 
only Friday, but again on Monday, winning 
for themselves a long list of gifts (and 
proving, incidentally, to doubters that 
these things really do happen! ): Electric 
appliances — refrigerator, clothes washer 
and dryer, dish washer, deep freeze, toast- 
er, coffee percolator; Caloric gas range; 
set of Royal Jackson China; bridge table 
and for chairs; leather chair with built- 



in massage equipment; complete set of 
pots and pans; two lanrps; perfume; cash- 
nere coat; shoes; gloves; and pocketbook 
--and maybe more! Mr. and Mrs. Kane will 
make their hone in Worcester. 

Sarah M. Usher 

AVE at que 'VALE 

The Branch Librarians and Department 
Chiefs of the Division of Home Reading 
and Community Services had as their guest 
of honor, Marion Chestina Kingman, at a 
party held in the Staff Lounge on Thurs- 
day, October 3rd, 1957- John M. Carroll, 
Chief Librarian, HRCS, presented Miss 
Kingman with a gift of a purse of money 
fron her associates. Miss Kingman in a 
sparkling and witty acceptance of this 
token, recalled her early library days 
(pre-BPL). In one library she was allow- 
ed to work for 100 hours and received no 
remuneration except that she was reim- 
bursed for her carfare, 10 cents a day. 
(Editor's note: Mayor Hynes, you carlt do 
it here! ) This was a probationary period. 
After 100 hours, if they. liked you, you 
got paid! Among the alumni present were 
illice M. Jordan, Margaret KcGovern, Mrs. 
Sara A. Lyon, M . Florence Cuf f lin and 
Elizabeth P. Ross. 

Miss Kingman recently retired as Branch 
Librarian at the South End Branch Library 
after 33 years of devoted service as a 
Branch Librarian at Dorchester and South 
End, and kk years in the library pro- 
fession. Miss Kingman received her for- 
mal education and library training at 
Columbia University, Pratt Institute and 
the University of Chicago. Prior to her 
work in the Boston Public Library she 
was a library assistant in Providence, 
R . I . , Wellesley, Mass . , and Waterbiiry, 
Conn. 

Miss Kingman has always been a vital 
force in tlie community in ■vdnich she 
worked. Both in Dorchester and in the 
South End her contributions to the better- 
ment of her community were recognized and 
appreciated. She was active in the ar 
ffairs of the South End Community Council, 
collaborated with the South End Business- 



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men's Association in their Clean-up, Paint«j^ 
Up, Fix-Up Drives, worked closely with The 
South End House, and cooperated in every 
way with the schools in the South End, Sh^ 
set an exarrple and inspired her staff to 
follow her high standards of public serv- 
ice. In recognition of her efforts, the 
South Old Planning Council presented her 
with a citation for meritoidous service. 

Now that she has formally departed from 
our ranks, she nevertheless is continuing 
her quest for knowledge and showing her 
love for learning by enrolling in three 
courses at Boston University, and promises 
to make full use of the facilities of her 
beloved library. We are sorry to see her 
go, but we are glad that she will continue 
to visit us often, 

POSTSCRIPT TO THE BOOK FESTIVAL 

A summer of preparation by seven hard- 
working committees and many BPL staff 
members culminated in a week of success- 
ful, albeit feverish activity, when on 
September l5, 1957, the Book Festival 
opened in the Lecture Hall \d.th a contin- 
uing display of close to 1,000 books as 
well as five programs, enphasizing Chal- 
Jaiging Ideas in Contemporary lavin g o 

The community response to the Festival 
was most gratifying, from the point of 
initial planning to the final attendance 
at the programs, Thirty-tvjo individuals 
representing twenty-five separate organi- 
zations in a total planning committee of 
siJcty-txTOj another thirty-two individuals, 
including puWic figures, scientists, and 
authors contributed their time and talents 
as program participatis; in the course of 
the week 600 persons signed our guest 
books i^ile visiting the book displays, 
while approximately 1,200 persons attended 
the programs. 

Figures alone cannot express the un- 
stinting cooperation the library was given 
nor the warm appreciation which has been 
expressed to us since the Festival closed. 
All of us of the BPL Staff vtio worked so 
hard to make the Festival a success can 
share now in the pleasant afterglow, 

Veronica T, Yotts, Chairman 
Book Festival Committee 



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A, L. A, CONFERENCE 

in Los /Ingeles 
in 1958? 

Check yovir membership in A, L. A, with 



Mildred C, O'Connor 

A, L. A, Membership Committee 

General Reference Department 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



NOVEMBER 1957 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume XII, Number 11 November 15, 1937 

Publications Committee: Charles J. Gillis, Emelia Lange, Isabel M. Martino, 

Catherine D. O'Halloran, B. Joseph O'Neil, Claire.:^- 
0' Toole, Sarah Richman, Mary R. Roberts, Gerald L. 
Ball, Chairman. 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material 
The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

EDITORIAL NOTES 
During the past several weeks ve have seen the value of communication, the 
free flov of ideas, and the part our Association plays in helping to gather the 
opinions of individual members, to consider them, and to present them to the ad- 
ministration. The Association -vdiich comprises most of the bibliothecal staff gives 
veight and authority to these opinions to a degree that it would be most difficult 
for an Individual or smaller group to attain. Those who direct the affairs of our 
Association have a grave responsibility to solicit and give a sympathetic ear to 
the opinions and proposals of its members. 

In a matter as vital as a new salary schedule and new classification plan for 
personnel, there are bound to be differences of opinion as to the value, the logic, 
and the fairness of its provisions. But, after careful deliberation. The associa- 
tion must taJie a stand for certain proposals and against others. To arrive at 
these decisions in a democratic manner, each and every member who wishes to be 
heard should be given ample opportunity to present his ideas in \*iatever manner 
he chooses, as long as he respects tlie rights of others. 

However fair we try to be, it is only human nature that each seeks his own 
self interest in one way or another. And we may feel that oixr own opinions, 
■v^ether they be of the minority or of the majority, have greater validity than 
others. Every one has a right to his opinion, but what is eqtially important, 
every one has a right to express that opinion. And however much one may disagree 
with another's ideas or proposals, we think that all shovild agree that he ought 
to be given the opportunity to express himself. 

The firmer the conviction, the more positive and definite is the expression 
of that conviction likely to be. In the heat of discussion, there are almost 
inevitably clashes of personalities. Some are store that the proposals of others 
are based on misconceptions, misinformation or on a foundation of Injustice. But 
to impugn the motives of another is certainly unwise. It will make for much better 
feelings, if we freely grant that those with tAcmi we disagree, are sincere and are 
men and women of good will. For in the final outcome, the majority will prevail, 
and the Association will speak for all. 

Disagree and discuss. But respect the author of a contrary opinion. Use the 
machinery of the Association to present your ideas. The more that members use 
their Association, the more effective will the Association be in representing them. 



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PRESIDENT'S NOOES 



At the meeting of the Executive Board 
held on Oct. 15, 1957 the Board approved 
thr; -appointment o? Miss Veronica Yotts as 
C;i,'J. r^fian of the & /linar on the Future of 
the i3o-;bon Publi'^ ■ .l'br-^.:7^ to 1)0 held on 
Feb. '7» 195-^ • Tr.'.!-- vb.., clone yx\ accordance 
vv>h ta mot '.on passed "by '.•he S'-i-If A^pocia- 
"i^ion. 

No action was taken at -ttie time of the 
original motion and it v&s subsequently- 
moved to delay action until a future date. 
It still remained as an item of unfinished 
bufsiness and the present Executive 3->ard 
folt that in viev of tlie pre;: : '*ed ', ;-.an- 
sion in the area of the Central Library 
and in othsr areas of the city it voiild 
be adT'antageous to have this Seminar in 
1958. It is intended that this program 
will be a single session designed to ans- 
wer the questions of tb/; Staff concerning 
the role cf the B.P.L. in a changing City 

The Execr.ive Board also passed a motion 
That "Aft- i- Jan. 1, I958 the Question Mark 
shall be mailed free of charge only to 
those members of the B.P.L. Staff 1^0 have 
retired because they have reached 60 years 
of age or older. 

With regard to the study of the Class- 
ificiitlon .vnd sal^-ry schedule cvirrantly 
boij:.e: maCe "by t1:r^ ?ixec"3.cive Bo^rd and 
I't.'rsonnel Cojimit'xe it v?as decided to have 
tJie President give to the membership a 
detailed account of the work that has been 
done by this combined committee. A full 
report of all action taken by the joint 
comTnittee Tv-'H be incorporat.-^d in the 
minutes of the Kovcnber Busirio'ss Meeting. 

W.lllam T. Casey 
President 

PERSONNEL NOTES 



New Employees 

Margaret G. Francis - Teachers 

Frank Benoit - Audio Vlsvial 

Laura M. Bondi - Mattapan (formerly in the 

Director's Office) 
Helen F. Doyle - Book Purchasing (formerly 

in the same department) 
B. Gertrude Wade - Codman Square (formerly 
at the same branch library) 



Nancy L. Settles - Central Charging 'Reccsjs 

Ceased 

Rosalie Himiphries - Mason Adams Street 

Ilarr J e d 

Angela Sacco - Allr.ton, to Michael Siraco, 
October 12, 1957 

Transferred 

Rich£,rd D. Fritz - from Mattapan to Book- 
mobiles 
Anita N. Ross - from Bookmobiles to Open 

Shelf 
Mary E. Heller - from Codman Square Branch 

Library to Parker Hill 
Mary L. Shea - frcm Charlestown to Book- 
mobiles 
Michael J. Venezia - from Book Stack Ser- 
vice to Catcloging and 
Classification, Divi- 
sion of Reference and 
Research Services 
Lois G. Goddard - from City Point to South 

Boston 
Mary A. LaFollette - from City Point to 

South Eo:iton 
Martha Engler - from City Point to South 
Boston 

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK 

National Library Week, March I6 through 
22, 1953, s]--onsored by •'•he Ka-hional Book 
Comreii.lee, 7nc., in coo'_^x.rrJAon with the 
American Library Association is "the first 
united drive of the communications indus- 
try to increase the number of readers in 
America. It will be supported by newspaper 
magazine, and book publishers, their print- 
ers and suppliers, throughout the United 
States . 

The National Book Committee has appoint- 
ed a Steering Committee to oversee opera- 
tions and is enlarging its staff. Harold 
Guinzburg, President of "the Viking Press, 
is chairman of the steering committee. 
John S. Robling, former advertising and 
promotion director for McCall Coiroration's 
Pattern Division, is in charge of Public 



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Relations for the National Book Committee 
and cv-ill direct National Library Week. 

It is expected that National Library 
^•'r<.?k vill increase support for libraries 
f ■ .3 the highest levels of leadership in 
sconomic, professional and cultxiral life 
err the country. Among other aims of Nat- 
.^ral Library Week vill be the goal to 
J > r/note prestige for reading itself. The 
.. .' ve will show the vital role libraries 
c-n play in the fun of reading aloud In 
[ ^e fa mi ly, the rewards of reading as a 
leis\ire-time activity, and the contribu- 
tion of reading to career advancement. 

Miss Elizabeth J. Hodges, Chairman of 
the American Library Association Mass- 
achusetts Committee for National Library 
W'sek, and John Hranphry, President of the 
Massachusetts Library Association had 
announced the acceptance of the chairman- 
ship of the Massachusetts Committee for 
National Library Week by Erwin D. Canham, 
P-esident of the Board of Trustees of the 
Boston Public Library. 

PROGRAM PLANNERS INSTITUTES 



The Boston Public Library was awarded 
a Citation of Merit for the Program Plann- 
ers Institutes by the Adult Education As- 
sociation of l>!assachusetts on October 19, 
1957 at the annual meeting of the Associa 
tlon in Fall River. An Evaluation Committiee 
consisting of five judges, made the se- 
lection from nominations submitted from 
the entire state. 

Mrs. Helen F. Hirson, Extension Librariajn 
representing the Boston Public Library; 
and Alden Eberly, Assistant General Secre 
tary. Young Men's Christian Association, 
representing the Adult Education Associa- 
tion of Massachusetts; served as Co-Chair 
men of the two Institutes. 

BRANCH NOTES WEST END 



The Theological Librarians of Greater 
Boston gathered at West End Branch on Fri-i 
day evening, October 26th, for their fall | 
meeting. The librarians were guests of I 
Miss Fanny Goldstein who arranged a special, its, travels 
Friday-evening Jewish ritual observance 
for the benefit of the non- Jewish members. 
They witnessed the lighting of the Sabbath 
candles the reciting of the Kiddush over 



the Sabbath wine and the breaking of the 
symbolic bread-loaf by Harry H. Fein, the 
noted Boston author. A buffet supper 
followed the religious blessing. Speak- 
ing honors were shared by Miss Goldstein 
■idio told about the history of the Branch 
and Mr. Fein vdiose topic of theological 
interest was "Great Jewish Books." 

In honor of the advent of her thirty- 
sixth year as Librarian of West End 
Branch the Christian Science Monitor pub- 
lished a feature article about Miss Gold- 
stein on Monday, November Uth. Homage 
frcm this fine newspaper does credit to 
the Library as well as to Miss Goldstein 
herself for her many years of excellent 
administrative service. 

The children of West End were treated 
to a special Hallowe'en story ho\ir on 
Thursday, October 31st. It was a costume 
party complete with ghost stories, re- 
freshments and a large vegetable- featured 
jack' o' lantern, courtesy of a local em- 
poriim, the Fruit Orchard. 

The fifth new and revised edition of 
the "Jewish Child in Book Land", compiled 
and edited by Miss Fanny Goldstein, has 
recently been issued. Published by the 
Jewish Book Covmcil of America, this is 
an invaluable bibliography of Jewish 
juveniles. 

Connolly Branch Notes; 

Marilyn Cunningham, Extra Assistant at 
Connolly, has been chosen to represent 
her Senior Class at Blessed Sacrament Hi^ 
School in a Round Table Discussion on TV 
Channel 2, 7:15 PM, Nov. 28th. The topic 
vdiich Marilyn and three other students 
frcm Boston schools will discuss with Re- 
gistrar of Motor Vehicles, Rudolph King, 
is "Safety on the Highway." 

"The Lost Has Returned", One of \he 
children's books at Connolly Branch was 
recently returned after having tra-veled 
abroad for almost two years. It had acci- 
been stowed away in the trunk of relatives 
who were about to embark for Englaaid. The 
Connolly Staff was delighted to ha-ve her, 
or rather it, back from her, or ratther 

The title of the booli<:-"Mary 
Poppins comes back" P.S. Transactican and 
book cards were intact. 



Joyce P. E His 
(M.IM.) 



CongratiLLations ; 

We wish to congratiilate Catherine A. 
Farreliof the Accoxinting Dept. on her 
transfer from Accountant to Senior Accovmt 
ent to fill the vacancy created by the 
retirement of Mrs. Grace Caution. We 
know that Kay vho is a graduate of the 
Bontley School of Accounting and Finance 
vlll make good on the duties so veil per 
formed by Mrs. Caution. 



Coming Events ; 
Nov. 19, 1957 



Nov. 25, 1957- 



Mens Librarians Club At 
Waltham Boys Club and 
Waltham Public Library 
SLA Boston Chapter meets 
atWomaris Archive Collec- 
tion, Byerly Hall, Rad- 
cllffe College 7:00 PM 
Dinner at Chev Dreyfus 
French Restaurant kk 
Church St. Cambridge, at 
6:00 PM. A complete roast 
beef vill be served for 
$3.00 



Scholarships; 



The Scholarship and Student Loan Fund 
Committee of the Special Libraries Assoc- 
iation announces tvo $1,000 scholarships 
for the academic year 1958-1959- These 
■will be granted for graduate study in 
librarlanship leading to a degree at an 
accredited library school. Applicants must 
be college graduates of high academic 
achievement -vdio need financial assistance 
in obtaining the professional education 
necessary for vork in the special library 
field. 

Application blanks and details of eligi- 
bility for the scholarship award may be ob- 
tained from the Executive Secretary, Specia]| 
Libraries Association, 31 East Tenth St., j 
New York 3, New York. Applications must 
be received by the Scholarship and Student 
Loan Fund Committee of the Association by 
March 1, 1958. The recipients of the 
awards will be announced at the annual 
convention of the Association in Chicago, 
Illinois, June 1958. 



A HELPING HAND FROM LIBRARY STAFF 

The 1958 United Fund Campaign promises 
to be very successful. Already $500 
-mare has been pledged than a year ago. 
To date, the staff has pledged $2,99(j.>0. 
With a little more effort on the part of 
everyone, the BPL Staff may be able to 
boast of breaking its own ten year re- 
cord. That was a pledge to the CommtLiii 7 
Fund •vftiich was just over $3,000. Let'u 
do-it again! 

SOUTH BOSTON BRANCH 

On Thiirsday, October 3., 1957 the new 
South Boston Branch was formally opened 
and dedicated with appropriate speeches 
by Mr. Lord, Erwln D. Canham, President 
of the Board of Trtistees and his Honor 
Mayor John B. Hynes. Mrs. Irene H. Tattle 
received the keys to the beautiful build- 
ing and extended a very cordial invitation 
to the people of the neighborhood to avail 
themselves of the library facilities. 
After the brief but imprest ve ceremonies 
those present were taken on a tour of the 
building and served cider and doughnut 
holes . 

Then the children were led into the new 
audi tori vmi, entertained by Martha Catherine 
Engler, the childrens librarian. 

In the evening a program was held under 
auspices of the South Boston Citizens 
Association which opened with a Salute 
to the flag and a prayer by Rev. John T. 
Powers, Pastor of the Gate of Heaven 
ChTirch . 

It had to happen . 

Last week a very distinguished gentle- 
man appeared in the Music Room and an- 
nounced that he wished to see Mr. Standish. 
Miss Kneelland thought fast and asked 
"do you by any chance mean Mr. John Alden?" 
"Yes, of course." he said. "Thank- You." 




Any contribution to the Soap Box inuf=t te 
accompanied by the full name of the As- 
sociation member submitting it, together 
with the name of the Branch Library, De- 
partment, or Office in vhich he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to 
the Editor-in-Chief. The contents of the 
articles appearing in the Soap Box are 
personal opinions expressed by individual 
Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Committee and the Association 
are in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only these contributions containing not 
more than 300 words \d.ll be accepted. 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

The use of a grid in formulating the pro 
posed salary scale wotild seem to be reason- 
able up to a certain point. 

Why is the gap between the salary of the 
chief librarians and the director so great? 
In the first place it is not reasonable to 
place the top official so far above the 
next in line. In the second place it wDu3d 
seem that possible the gap were left in 
order, at a later date, to insert a middle 
man with a title of possibly assistant 
director. 

Let's close the gap in fairness to the 
chief librarians and prevent the appoint- 
ment of the often proposed middle man, a 
superfluous position. 

According to this salary scale one in- 
dividual will reach his maximum in about j 
three increments. Most of us will have 
to receive three increments before we 
reach the minimum designated. How long 
will it take you to reach yovir maximum? 

GAPIKG & GAPPING 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

Vttien it is determined vAiich positions 
are to be NP2 and NP3, and appointments 
are to be made, id.ll the incumbents re- 
ceive automatic appointments even though 
others in the system may be better quali- 
fied by experience, training and person- 
ality for the positions? The best quali- 
fied persons should have opportunity to 
compete for these jobs. 

Enpee 

To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

When is the lowly "extra" going to get 
a break? How does the pay given to the 
extra assistant con^jare with that paid to 
part-time student jobs outside the Library? 
Not very favorably judging by the diffl- 
c\ilty we have been having in getting and 
keeping our "extras". And the most vinfair 
deal of all is the Sunday situation. How 
can we expect anyone to travel back and 
forth to the library, pay out carfare, 
and work for four hours for a measly three 
dollars? 

Fair Play 

To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

There is no reason \rtiy the proposed re- 
classification should cause any doubts 
concerning the continued eligibility of 
any present member in the Boston Public 
Library Professional Staff Association. 
Eligible for membership now are all full- 
time members of the bibliothecal staff 
(including both professionals and sub- 
professionals) except the Director. Those 
In the present bibliothecal service will 
be included in the new classification in 
the Professional Service, Pre-Professional 
Service and Non- Professional Library Ser- 
vice, or possibly in a "Library Servj.ce", 
or "General Library Service" , 

If, and when, a new classification does 
become effective, it might be in order to 



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propose amendments to the Constitution 
changing the name to The Boston Public 
Library Staff Association and defining 
eligibility in terms of the nev class- 
ification, whatever the ncanenclature would 
be for the equivalent of the present 
bibliothecal service. 

Hair- splitting, scrupxilosity in regard 
to \&io will be eligible to continue mem- 
bership is unwarranted, for in the final 
analysis it Is the intent of the members 
as expressed by a vote of the membership 
that will determine eligibility. 

Bibb Leo 

To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

I think that the member ^Ip of the Asso- 
ciation owes a vote of thanks to those few 
■v/ho have indicated their willingness to be 
candidates for election as offlcerc of 
members of the Executive Board. It is 
easy to find excuses for not being a can- 
didate. Too busy? Who isn't? Other out- 
side activities? Who hasn't? 

The Association plays an Important part 
in reflecting and refining the opinions 
and attitudes of its membership. It not 
only helps to shape and formalize the ideas 
of its constituents, but it gives to them 
the force and authority of an organization 
representing most of the library staff. The 
organization, planning and direction of the 
e col vl ties of the Association are largely 
in the hands of the members of the Execu- 
tive Board. The Board members have an 
imiiortant and responsible function. They 
aejerve the interest ed support of all. 

Give a little time and cooperation to 
make their jobs easier and our organization 
stronger and more representative. Pay yoxir 
cuea. Vote (by absentee ballot if there 
is the least doubt about getting to the 
polls). Serve on committees. Participate, 

E. PLURIBUS 

To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

The latest issue of Books Current , Wo. 

2, 1957, under Social Problems on page 39, 

lists the following entry: 

"In the court of public opinlonV by Al^er 

Hiss The principal actor in the famous 

Hiss-Chambers treason case tells his side 

of the story." 

To purchase a copy of the Hiss book for 

the Reference Division for the record is 



one thing; to purchase miiltiple copies 
for circulation in the Division of Home 
Reading is quite another, and highly 
questionable . 

A check of the record reveals that this 
propaganda book of a convicted perjurer 
was purchased for 21 Branches, the Open 
Shelf Dept., the 3 Bookmobiles and the 
Branch Issue Dept. 

This is a very unhealthy situation. 
How can we face the appropriating author- 
ities with the damaging and damning 
evidence of perversion of the minds of our 
patrons and prostituting our profession. 

If our established safeguards surround- 
ing Book Selection are not exercised with 
wisdom and common sense, we open oiirselves 
to criticism and invite censorship from 
without. 

As a public library our responsibility 
is to develop a wholesome attitude toward 
government arid a healthy respect for our 
laws and courts. Flaunting the Hiss book 
In the faces of our patrons Is like con- 
doning delinquent behavior. 

How far to the left are we going? Or 
are we there already? Let's stay in the 
middle of the road. 

The Guardians 

To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

The professional librarians in subject 
departments in the Division of Reference 
and Research Services are entitled to ex- 
tra remuneration both because of the hlgh- 
1y specialized knowledge required in such 
departments, and the consequent lack of 
opportunity for easy transfer from one 
unit to another, and because there is a 
very limited opportunity for advancement 
within each such department. 

It is argued that a similar problem of 
differential exists -v^ere there are bran- 
ches of different sizes, and that perhaps 
branch librarians of larger branches should 
receive larger salaries than the librarians 
of smaller branches. Here the problem is 
different. The problem in the subject 
departmerlB concerns principally the sub- 
ject specialists at the proposed PI, P2 
and P3 levels, -vrtiereas the problem in the 
branch libraries concerns the branch lib- 
rarian at the proposed PU level. At the 
P k level it is to be expected that pro- 
motional possibilities will be limited 



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within the system. 

It also has been suggested that if one 
differential is recognized, similar con- 
sideration shoiild be given to other dif- 
ferentials, including increases for in- 
dividual merit, ■vrtiich have proven to be 
unworkable in libraries \^ich have tried 
them. Again this is quite a different 
problem. Merit increases as such may not 
be feasible, but is not individual merit 
considered each time a person presents 
himself as a condidate for appointment or 
advancement? The only failing here is that 
are few such opportunities to show recog- 
nition of merit in the specialized subject 
departments . 

The subject departments in the Division 
of Reference and Research Services have 
been compared to a collection of separate 
libraries, and indeed the comparison in apt 
It has been suggested further that if a 
librarian in a particular special library 
found that the opportunities for advance- 
ment were very limited in that library, he 
would seek employment in some other libraryj, 
and in this manner the law of supply and 
demand woiild operate. It is precisely to 
forestall this exodus of trained subject 
specialists from the Boston Public Library 
that the proposal was made to give a dif- 
ferential to these individuals as an induce(- 
ment to stay. Or does the BPL operate as 
training center for other special librariesj? 

SPASHUL 



The slate of officers of the Association 
for the coming year has been announced. 

All members should be sure to make use 
of the absentee ballot if thoy crji't vote 
in person. 



WEEDING 

The wedding of Felicia Langdon, Open 
Shelf, and Euclid Peltier, Chief of Audio 
Visual, was one of the bright, gala occa- 
sions of the Library this fall. The 
popxilar couple was married in St. Paul's 
Church in Wellesley, Sunday afternoon, 
September 22, wibh Rev. Father Sullivan 
officiating at the ceremony. The recep- 
tion, lAiich was held at the Phi Sigma 
Society House on the beautiful Wellesley 
College Campus, was attended by a large 
portion of the staff among the happy cou- 
ple's many friends. 

The bride's ballerina length gown, in 
keeping with the season, was of satin 
with a shoulder length candle-light ill- 
usion. The autxmrn tones used set the 
color scheme. Her only attendant was 
Veronica Yotts, Office of the Division 
of Home Reading, who also wore a satin 
gown of the same hues. The groom's best 
man was his brother, Frieland Peltier. 
Daniel Koury, Music, was an usher along 
with Milton Trebach and Peter LaPrad, 
brother-in-law of the groom. 

The honeymoon trip included visits to 
glamorous Bermuda, gay New York and peace- 
ful Vermont. They will reside at 306 
Marlborough Street, Boston. 

DON'T 



FORGET 



CARE 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



DECEMBER 1957 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume XII, N\jmber 12 December, 19^7 

Publications Committee: Charles J. Gillis, Emelia Lange, Isabel M. Martino, 

Catherine D. O'Halloran, B. Joseph O'Neil, Claire B. 
0' Toole, Sarah Richman, Mary R. Roberts, Gerald L. 
Ball, Chairman 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material 
The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

EDITORIAL NOTES 

Have you ever considered how especially proper to librarians is the spirit 
of giving which is so intimately associated with the season of Christmas? For 
the ideal of public service, of serving over neighbors, friends and strangers, is 
f\xndamental to librarianship. It matters little where we fit into the pattern 
of this service, v*iether as typist, cataloger, children's librarian, reference 
librarian, bibliographer, or administrator, \diether in one division or another, 
we all assist in helping to satisfy those \iho come to us in search of the light 
of Knowledge and the truth. Whatever our duties and tasks, they have little 
meaning and purpose, unless we have in our hearts the feeling that we are giving 
of ourselves in a sincere and earnest effort to serve all who come to us. 

Books, bviildings and catalogs are necessary components of the library, but 
unless men and wcanen of good will give service of high calibre, we might have 
only a storage warehouse with movers, packers and guards. We are privileged to 
be librarians. It is appropriate at this season to recall that the service we 
give makes the Library live. Unless we give of ourselves in service to others, 
the Library is without life — and we are less than librarians. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 
** *CHRI5TMAS CHEERS* ** 

THE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLICATIONS CCWMITTEE, WARMLY EXTEND TO ONE AND ALL A VERY 
SPIRITED CHRISTMAS AND A MOST JOYFUL NEW YEAR. LET US ALL PARTICIPATE IN MAK- 
ING THIS FESTIVE SEASON A MCMORABLE ONE. 



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FERSONNEL NOTES 



Nev Employees 

Mrs. Helen N. Bickford - Dorchester 
Mrs. Evelyn Kornmuller - South End 
Mrs. Helen V. Rothwell - Adams Street 
Thomas W. Killilea - Book Stack Service 
Joan A. Ames - Office of Division of Ref- 
erence & Research Services 
Mrs. Corrina Henderson - Central Charging 

Records 
Mrs. Ellen M. Gumey - Book Stack Service 

(former member of this dept. ) 
Jeanette L. Dellanno - Book Stack Service 
Jerome J. McAndrew - Book Stack Service 



examination requirements in the special 
fields. "Eiese recomendations will be 
studied f\irther by a joint meeting of 
the Executive Board and the Personnel 
Committee . 

The Library is planning an extensive 
program in conjunction vith the celebra- 
tion of National Book Month in March. In 
this connection Mrs. Geraldine Altman, 
Librarian, Jamaica Plain has been select- 
ed as the representative of the Staff 
Association on the Steering Committee. 



Resignations 

Robert F. Ferris - Book Stack Service - tc 

accept a position with 
the Northeast Airlines 
Peter Simoglou - Dorchester 
Mrs. Leslie A. Vance - East Boston to 

remain at home 
Mrs. Barbara A. Simon - Dorchester to 

remain at home 
Ellen E. Richwagen - South End to accept 

an appointment as 
Assistant Instructor 
with assignment to 
the Library at the 
State Teachers Collegje 
at Boston 
Mary A. Roberts - Office of Division of 

EoBie Reading and Comm- 
imity Services- to accept 



William T. 
President 



Casey 



Transferred 



Jennie M. Femino 



Ruth E. McNamee 



of the State Teachers 
College at Boston 



■ from Jamaica Plain to 

South Boston 
from South Boston to 
Jamaica Plain 



WEST END BRANCH IS A BUSY SPOT THESE DAYS! 

On November 20th, the Yiddish Cxilture 
Club of Boston presented a program at the 
West End Branch in honor of Jewish Book 
Month. Dr. Solomon Lipp, Professor at 
Boston University spoke in Yiddish to a 
large and attentive audience on the st,ate 
of Yiddish letters in South America, ^ich 
he visited last summer. Mr. Aaron Moldaw 
presided. Fanny Goldstein, Librarian, & 
Cxirator offered greetings and a social 
hour followed. 



On December 1, a reception and tea was 
held at the Wisst End Branch for Myron S. 
Kaufmann, author of REMEMBER ME TO GOD , 
as part of Jewish Book Month celebrations, 
a position in the librartyA native of Boston, Mr. Kaultaann enjoyed 



RESIDENT'S NOflES 

At tiie December Meeting the Executive 
Board considered a series of reccomenda- 
tlons submitted by members of the Refer- 
ence Division concerning changes in the 



an overflowing attendance . His talk on 
After Marquand Vftiat-non- Yankee Novelist, 
was followed by a most stimulating question 
and answer period, which v&s a compliment 
both to iiie speaker and to the audience. 
Dr. S. Norman Feingold, Director of the 
Jewish Vocational B\ireau of Boston was 
chairman, and Fanny Goldstein, Librarian 
welcomed the guests to the beautifully 
decorated Library. 

On December 5th, the Beth Jacob Ladies 
Club of the West End, -v^ich is both a 
social and philanthropic organization held 
their annual meeting at the West End Branch 
Coposed mainly of housewives, with a 



sprinkling of career women, they listened 
avidly as Miss Goldstein spoke to them on 
the latest literary harvest in the field 
of Judaica, as part of Jevish Book Month 
observance. Many books were circulated 
after the meeting, and the discussion weni 
on over the coffee cups. 

On December 8, also as part of Jewish 
Book Month, a program was held in the Lec' 
tvire Hall of the Boston Public Library, 



honoring the 10th Anniversary of the f o\ino - w innick was her mother, Mrs. A. C. Rome 



ing of the State of Israel. Mr. Ralph 
Goldman, Executive Director of the Anni- 
versary Celebration in America spoke on 



the purpose and goals behind the idea, and arranged and thorovighly enjoyed by the 



outlined the many programs planned for 



next year both in Israel and in other court- 



books and original illustrations in the 
children's room. 

Miss Winnick guest of honor; 



On Sunday evening November 17, Jane Man- 
thorne entertained the Young Adult workers 
at her charming home in Brockton, in honor 
of Pauline Winnick newly appointed Deputy 
Supervisor in Charge of Work with Young 
Adults. Sharing the spotlight with Miss 



A b-uffet- supper, served vrLth precision 
and efficiency, in the true Manthorne 
tradition, was artistically and tastefully 



guests. 



Ties. Dr. Bernard Gould, Professor at 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, re- 
lated the miraculous survival and growth 



of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Miss o f ten the case, stimulated a lively con 



Miss Manthorne was assisted in serving 
by her mother, Mrs. Alice Manthorne and 
friend, Jean Cingolani. Good food, as is 



Fanny Goldstein represented the Boston 
Jewish Book Month Committee, and Mr. Jacob 
Kaplan was chairman of the afternoon. 

On Wednesday, December 11, and Thursday 
December 12, Mr. Frank Lavine, Assistant 
at the West End Branch, Spoke on Yiddish 
literature especially as it appears in 
English translation to two Golden Age 
groups. The talks were a tribute to Jew- 
ish Book Month, and were given at the 
Brighton Community Center and the Hecht 
Neighborhood House in Dorchester. 

On Saturday, December lUth, Miss Fanny 
Goldstein was hostess to the full-time 
Staff of the Branch, at a luncheon at Avix 
Beauchamps, on Beacon Hill. The event was 



versational give-and-take and the evening 
passed all too quickly. Boston, Monday 
morning and "the salt mines" beckoned with 
demanding finger. The guests reluctantly 
left, with appreciative comments to the 
hostesses for a very happy evening togeth- 
er. 

PROFESSIONAL LIBRARIAN NON- PROFESSIONAL 
SPORT 

Arthur W. Mvilloney of the Statistical 
Department, whose average is tops by sev- 
eral points in the Library Bowling League, 
is also an exceptional golfer. On Sunday, 
December 15, at the D. W. Field Golf Course 
in Brockton, Massachusetts, Mr. Mulloney 
came \xp with an "eagle" on the difficult 



to usher in both the Hanukkah and Christmajs par four number six hole. Congratulations, 



holiday season. 

On Wednesday, November 27^ the West End 
Branch was host to eighty children, fifth 
graders from the Peter Faneuil School, at 
a post Children' s Book Week Celebration. 
Miss Elizabeth Johnson, Supervisor of 
Children's work at the Lynn Public Library 
and author of THE LITTLE KNIGHT , enter- 
tained the children with stories and an 
account of how she came to write her book 
After a lively question period, the child' 
ren dispersed to examine exhibits of new 



Art, and we hope you have many more eagles 
and an occasional hole- in- one. 

"For I was a hungered and ye gave me 
meat: I was thirsty and ye gave me drink: 
I was a stranger and ye took me in: 

Matthew 25: 35 

This Christmas season let us remember 
those -v^o do not have the good things of 
life that we have. 



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CARE 

A $1.00, Food Crusade package buys a- 
pproximately 22 lbs. of food. 

All contributions of any amount is accep 
table. Staff representatives,. Please 
Help. 

Special Committee for CABI 



On Sunday evening November 2Uth Virginia. 
Haviland entertained the members of the 
Childrens Book Selection Committee and the 
members of the staff of the Children's 
Section, Open Shelf Department. The Nov- 
ember chill from the North Atlantic was 
not evident as the bright flames of the 
open fire greeted the guests. Against the 
background of soft music the guests ex- 
changed ideas - and actually discussed sut 
,^ects not related to childrens books!-. 
A buffet supper vas temptingly arranged 
and thoroughly enjoyed. The evening v*iich 
passed all too quickly was climaxed by the 
showing of a selection of Miss Haviland 's 
pictiires which she had taken on her recent 
trip to England. It is such an easy, and 
pleasant, not to mention inexpensive, way 
to spend an evening in England, with feet 
on the fenders at Beacon Hill. 

NEW BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 
Fiction 
Bates, Herbert E. 

Summer in Salandar. Boston, Little 
Brown, 1957. 
Bedford, Sybille 

A legacy. New York, Simon & Schuster 

1957. 
Caldwell, Taylor 

The soiond of thiuider. Garden City, 

N.Y., Doubleday, 1957 
Camus, Albert 

The fall. New York, Knopf, 1957 
Cloete, Rehna 

To catch a man. Boston, Houghton- 
Mifflin, 1957 
Cloete, Stuart 

The mask. Boston, Houghton-Mifflin, 

1957 
Du Maurier, Daphne 

The Scapegoat. Garden City, N.Y., 



Doubleday, 1957 
Graves, Robert 

They hanged my saintly Billy. Garden 

City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1957 
Guthrie, Alfred B. 

These thousand hills. Boston, Houghton 

Mifflin, 1956 
Horgan, Paul 

Give me possession. New York, Farrar, 

Straus, and Cudahy, 1957 
Norway, Nevil Shute 

On the beach. New York, W. Morrow, 

1957 
Remarque, Erich Maria 

The black obelisk. New York, Harcoxirt, 

Brace, I957 
Vtyckoff, Nicholas E. 

Ihe Braintree Mission, New York, 

Macmillan, I957 

Non-Fiction 
Braggiotti, Gloria 

Born in a crowd, New York, Crowell, 

1957 
Bryant, Arthvir 

The t\im of the tide. Garden City, 

N.Y., Doubleday, 1957 
Chipperfield, Faith 

In quest of love. New York, Coward- 

McCann, 1957 
Dos Passos, John 

The men v^o made the Nation. Garden 

City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1957 
Lord, Walter 

Day of infamy. New York, Holt, 1957 
Rodgers, William R. 

Ireland in colour, New York, Studio 

Publications, 1957 

Library Science 

Asheim, Lester 

The humanities and the library. Chi- 
cago, American Library Association, 
1957 

MEN'S HOUSE PARTY 

See Mr. Mike Venezia for particulars. 



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BIMDERY RETIREMENTS AT BLINSTRUB'S 

VILLAGE 

GALLAGHER. GAMON AM) OVERLAN 
TOTAL 131 YEARS 

On Monday evening December l6th a Re- 
ception and Retirement Dinner vas given 
in honor of three retired members of the 
Staff of the Binding Department. 

Mr. Leo H. Overlan, Bindery Finisher 
vho entered the service November 1, I926 
and retired on November 26, 1957« 

Mr. James P. J. Gannon, Bindery Finisher 
irtio entered service June 1, 19II and re 
tired on December 10, 195?. 

Mr. George W. Gallagher, Bindery Foreman 
■vrtio entered service October 8, 1903 and 
vill retire on December 31* 1957. 



show xdiich featured the Four Voices -who 
sang a variety of sungs for nearly 30 
minutes; dancing for those who so desired 
to the music of Mike Gaylords orchestra; 
and a meal for the small suim of $3-50. 

Ihe Bindery group who really know how 
to put on a good time did it up real brown 
this time. We should make a note to a- 
ttend all futtire functions sponsored by 
our top floor fellow employees. 

New Junior Editor : 

Our fellow Publications Committee mem- 
ber Kay Dtiffy O'Halloran became the proud 
mother of Maiireen O'Halloran on December 
k, 1957. The Lou's bundle of joj weighed 
in at 6 lb . and 11 oz . . Mother and baby 
are well. Grandmother Peck reports that 
baby is having cereal this week and will 
have applesauce next week. 

Congratulations to both Kay and Lou. 



Coming Events ; 

December 23, Staff Party, for details 
see the announcement sent out by Marion 
M. Williams. 



Mr. Milton E. Lord, Director and Mr. 
James P. Mooers, Chief of the Binding 
Department presented each man with a beau- 
tiful bound blue morocco book inscribed 
with autographs and good wishes from their 
co-workers through out the Library. With 
book was a substantial gift of money to 
purchase their retirement gift. i 

December 2U, Men's House Party under the 

Mrs. Gallagher and Mrs. Gannon \reve ' direction of Mike Venezia BSS. 

presented corsages and to Mrs. Overlan \ih.o\ 
was unable to attend was sent a beautiful 
blue lounging robe. 

Among the 70 guests attending was the 
former trustee Mr. Francis B. Masterson, 
Mr. John J. Connolly, Mr. Francis X. 
Moloney, Mrs. Elizabeth Wright. We woiiH 
like to list every body but space will not 
permit. 



The usual good Blinstrub ' s Village 
show seemed to be enjoyed by all. 

James P. Mooers 



floor 



Editors Note : 

The above affair was one of the most 
enjoyable ever held by the Library em- 
ployees. There was an excellent floor 




Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 



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It would be interesting to know how many 
of the 21 branches that bought the book 



Association member submitting it, together] have the "side" of the United States gov- 



with the name of the Branch Library, De 
partment or office in -vAiich he or she is 
employed; The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contri- 
butions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is know only to the 
Editor-in-Chief. The contents of the 
articles appearing in the Soap Box are 
personal opinions exprepned by individual 
Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Committee and the Association 
are in agreement with the views expressed 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 



Congratulations to the "Guardians" for 
expressing their views on a matter of pro- i because it 
fessional integrity. The most important view and 
question would seem to be not how far left 
a promotion may lean but how far we veer 
away from long- established principles of 
book selection emd still consider ourselve^ 
professional librarians. One of the most 
important of the criteria for book selec- 
tion in the non-fiction field has been 
" author! tativeness of material" 
was entirely disregarded in the instance 
of the Hiss book is easily proven ■vdien we 
realize that this was the work of a con- 
victed perjvirer on the very subject on 
which he vas convicted. As to "his side 
of the story" that was given during a ser- 
ies of trials, appeals etc. and was proven 



i ernment - the official documentation of 
I the hearings and the trials of the Hiss 
i case. Do they even have such an author- 
I itative study of the case as the "Red Plot 
Against America" by Bob Consodine and 
Stripling? It should also be noted that 
the book was not only nonauthortative but 
that it is not noteworthy in style or writ- 
ing ability. Furthermore, in spite of 
tremendous advance publicity it did not 
sell well ( except to libraries? ). This 
too is rather late in the day for it to 
appear on a "Current" list. I realize that 
the phrase "both sides of a question" carries 
an emotional impact. Certainly both author 
itative sides of a question should be ac 
quired by the library. In addition any- 
thing of this type which might have histotii 
significance should be in the central library 
Nevertheless to do away with any semblance 
of book selection just to promote material 
is controversial is a narrow 
leads to well-deserved criticism. 
Sincerely. Integrity 



XlfcB 

or.a. 

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to be vmtrue and dishonest and therefore 
not authoritative. 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

It has been reported that at the Officer's 
meeting the Director read our letter in 
the November issue of the Question Mark 
That thi^"in toto." Perhaps the Director was under 
the illusion that our letter had been writ- 
ten by one of that group. This caiised us 
much amusement. 



However, we are not at all amused by the 
report that the remarks of the Director 
which followed seem to indicate that the 
"fair haired children" would continue to 
receive preferential treatment regardless 
of background, formal education , or ex- 



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perience. This would seem to b6 a" bald 
statement of the policy that appears to 
have been in operation dooring the reign of 
tlie present administration. This is most 
disturbing to the rank and file of em- 
ployees \Aio work hard to meet the official 
reqvij_r6ments for promotion. 

llie Director also indicated at subsequen|t 
meetings with the staff that the proposed 
reclassification would be a classification 
by person as well as by position. To vhidi 
we might add, "which ever suited the con^ 
venience of the administration at th-e timd 
A classification by person allows the admi 
istration to make exceptions for the "fair 
haired children." We need a staunch class 
iflcation by position with requirements 
that will stick. 

THE COLLEGIANS 



tion 4s a whole. It should not be condon- 
ed; 

IKDIGNANT 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

When everywhere in the library we hear 
cries for space, space, space, one would 
think that only on the moon would there 
be enough to satisfy the demands. Or per- 
haps in the new building? (If we have it 
before we can reach the moon? ) . But be - 
1ween now and then, v*iat about the spacious 
expanse -v^ich is used as an anteroom of 
the Director's office? Has the staff of 
the Director's office increased so much 
since the time that space was used for "the 
Registrations Department? Or has it in- 
creased at all? An elegant and impressive 
room, but necessary for -vdiat purpose? 

Cramped 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

Why do so many officers of the Library 
seem to think they are above participating 
in affairs of the Association? Surely the 
officers of the Library sho\J.d feel great 
responsibility and should have much to 
offer the Association in ideas and leader- 
-diip. Maybe it is modesty, but i^atever 
it is, it seems that no amount of per- 
suasion will bring seme officers into the 
active work of the Association. Sometimes 
they claim they are not fairly represented 
in the councils of the Association. Is it 
perhaps because not enotigh of them make 
themsalves available. 

Tired of Trying 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

Is it fair for any unit of the Library 
to be forbidden to serve on committees or 
to be candidates for office in the BPLPSA? 

It is reasonable to expect that on occa- 
siaa it might not be possible for an in- 
dividual to attend a particular meeting, 
but that is not a just cause for disen- 
franchising a whole unit of the Library as 
a matter of policy. 

Such a course of action is unfair to the 
individuals concerned and to the Associa- 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

In a recent news item a member of the 
Boston City Council has quoted the cost 
to the City of Boston of providing borrow- 
ing privileges to a non-resident of the 
city as averaging between $12- and $lU- 
per year. It is no wonder that so many 
non-residents have availed themselves of 
the privilege -vdien they can do so for only 
$3.00 a year. 

How can we possibly justify continviance 
of this offer to non-residents? Is it 
that the City of Boston is so rich that 
she can afford to give financial assistance 
to impoverished commxuiities like Brookline, 
Newton, Dover, etc. For as long as the 
City of Boston provides service at these 
bargain rates, the less need there is for 
these cities and towns to provide full ser- 
vice to its residents. 

Is it in the mistaken notion that by so 
.doing we vri-ll receive State Aid from the 
Legislature? "nie Legislature has shown 
time and time again that if there is any 
relief to be given to cities and towns 
that Boston will receive the short end of 
jit. The MTA, the Suffolk County costs, 
'the MDC costs, are a few of the examples 
iwhich demonstrate the the Legislature will 

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not look with favor on giving relief to THE 
Boston if it means shifting a fair "biirden 
of expenses to the other communities of 
the state. 

It may be that Mr. Piemonte is conser- 
vative in estimating costs of borrowing 
privileges for the non-resident, for tiirou^sh 
out the libraiy are heard ccsnments on the 
extra privileges ■»*iich the non-resident 
demands because he has paid his dollar or 
three dollars. "Wovild we look up these 
books and have them waiting for him so he 
will not have to waste time doing this 
because he comes so great a distance. ""VJhy 
can't he renew his books by telephone as h<5 
does in his local library?" "Why can't he 
borrow this town history? What difference 
does it make if it is out-of-print, in 
poor condition, and irreplaceable? Hasn't 
he paid his dollar?" 

Like Prohibition it may be an experiment 
"noble in purpose", BUT , isn't it time for 
an "agonizing reappraisal"? 



Bleeding Boston Taxpayer 



To all staff members ; 
Your attention is called to the forth 
coming reception to the Director -vrtiich 
was not included in the coming events 
section. 

Because there is a possibility that some 
members may not have seen the invitation 
which was sent to all division heads; 
chiefs; branch librarians; and sections- 
it is reprinted. 



TRUSTEES OF IHE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
invite you to attend a reception 
in honor of 
the Twnety- fifth Anniversary of 
MILTON EDWABD LORD 
as Director and Librarian 
to be held in the Lecture Hall 
of the Central Library 
Boston 
on Monday, December thirtieth 
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