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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JANUARY 1958 







THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume 2III Nijmber 1 January 15 , 1958 



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

Catherine D. O'Halloran, B. Joseph OTIeil, Claire P. 
O'Toolej Sarah Richman, Gerald L. Ball, Chairman 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



EDITORIAL NOTES 



The new personnel classification, we are told, has been in effect "in 
principle" since January 1, 1958' Some of us are pleased with some of it, 
some are pleased with most of it. Some are not pleased with particular 
provisions. Each has had an opportunity to make his likes and dislikes known 
and to have suggestions, if any, considered. 

Many have asked, "How is this going to affect the Association?" "If 
I am a Non- Professional how can I belong to the Professional Staff Asso- 
ciation?" It need not change the composition or the aims of the Associa- 
tion. Heretofore most of the individuals in the Sub- Professional Library 
Service belonged to the Professional Staff Association. They were not 
excluded because of the name of the association. The "Professional" in 
the name of the organization has been felt to reflect more the aims of 
the organization than the personnel classification of its membership. 

The aims have not changed, the personnel has not changed (at least, 
not a great deal since December 31st), the need for representation has 
not changed- -in other words, the same organization can serve the same 
people. If some minor changes in terminology are required in the Con- 
stitution, that presents no great problem. 

We have never before had an organization which could speak for so 
many of us on matters affecting our careers in the Library. It behooves 
us to keep it and keep it strong and healthy. 



PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



PERSONNEL NOTES 



New Employees 

Charles L. Cragin - BooK Stack Service 
Donald B. Homer - Book Slack Service 
Peter Poulimenos 
David T. Sheehan 



Bertha S. Smith 



Open Shelf 

General Reference (for. 
merly in the Catalog- 
ing & Classification 
Dept., Division of Ref. 
erence & Research Ser- 
vj.ces) 
East Boston (formerly 
at the Kirstein Business 
Branch ) 

Mrs. Bridgit T. Lewis - Information Office 

(formerly part- 
time in the same 
department ) 
Periodical and 
Newspaper 
Frederick E. Danker - Rare Book (formerly 

in the Book Stack i 
Service ) 
Book Stack Service 
Roslindale 



Edward J. Montana j Jr. 



Marie A. Kelley 
Mary A. Garland 



Resignations 

Mrs. Martha C. Sproul - to remain at home 
Doloris T. McLean - to return to college 
Mrs. Catherine D. O'Halloran - to remain 

at home 

Transferred 

Caperton Rosenberger - from Bookmobiles 

to South Boston 
Columba Bartalini - from Central Book 

Stock - Branch Issue 
Section to North End 
Aline B. C'Neill - from Charlestown to 

North End 



Marriages 

Linda M. Pagliuca 



North End, to Carlo 
Tramonto"-.!, December 
22, 1957 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



At its January meeting the Executive 
Board accepted the resignation of Miss 
Veronica Yotts as chairman of the propos- 
ed seminar on the future of the Boston 
Public Library. The Board also voted to 
appoint Miss Isabel Martino of the Hos- 
pital Library Ser-'/ice to fill the posi- 
tion on the Board left vacant by the re- 
signation of Miss Mary Roberts from the 
Library. 

In considering plans for the recep- 
tion to the new officers of the Associa- 
tion, the suggestion has been advanced 
that a film program be arranged as part 
of the festivities. This has been done 
before and was quite successful. In this 
connection, Mr. Peltier, Chief of the 
Audio-Visual Department is contemifeting a 
program of older films designed to show 
the development of the industry and would 
welcome any suggestions or comments from 
Staff members. 

\h.en preparing a list of Association 
members for the election committee it be- 
came apparent that a great many eligible 
staff members were not members of the Pro- 
fessional Staff Association. Possibly, 
through some overoight they were never 
invited to join. If this is the case, 
I now extend a personal invitation to all 
^igible members to join for 1958- To 
those staff members who refrain from join- 
ing because they do not feel that the 
Association can accomplish everything it 
should let me repeat \riiat has been said 
earlier, that the strongest weapon for 
accomplishment is the unified action of 
the greatest possible number of people. 

William T. Casey 
President 

N.B . 

Membership is conditioned upon the pay- 
ment of dues of fifty cents per year. 

Please see your staff repree^^ntative 
or pay yoxir money directly to Louis Ugalde 
of the Rare Book Dept. 



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Reception to Mr. Lord 

The old yefr closed vlth a well-planned 
reception in the new Lectiire Hall given 
by the Board of Trustees of the Boston 
Public Library to Mr. Lord in honor of hii 
twenty-fifth anniversary as Director and 
Librarian (Dec. 30 at 4:00 p.m.). 



marked his service: 
gratef lil . 



the Trustees are 



Members of the staff i^ho have worked 
(ri.th J-lr. Lord in the past were present j 
and had a chance to renew old acquaintances 
Jeorge Gallagher, senior member of the 
staff, presented Mr. Lord with a gift of 
3l sterling silver coffee service from the 
staff members of the Boston Public Library. 

Those who attended the reception were 
5iven a copy of the printed Resolution of 
bhe Trustees on the Director's Twenty- 
Fifth Anniversary. This Resolution was 
iesigned by Rudolph Ruzicka and is a 
/ery fine example of excellent printing, 
[t contains a portrait, -vrfiich is an ex- 
:ellent likeness of Mr. Lord wearing a 
Tour- in-hand tie. A copy of the text of 
:he Resolution follows: 

MILTON EDVJAKD LORD 

For a quarter of a centxary, Milton 
Sdward Lord has rendered to the people 
md to the Public Library of the City of 
3oston the distinguished services a great 
institution req'oires if it is to maintain 
ind enhance its usefulness. Longer than 
iny of his able predecessors, and through 
exacting years, he has shown the high 
administrative ability, imagination, cour- 
'■■■ge, and cultural discernment which his 
post requires. Tlie Trustees of the Lib- 
rary rejoice on this occasion to express 
to Director Lord their appreciation for 
past services and their confident expect- 
tation of many more years of notable publ:|c 
achievement. 



The citizens of this city and the un- 
counted thousands who come from far and 
neas-erudite scholars, engaged in re- 
search; school and college students; the 
old and the young; the under-privileged 
in particular and those who are quietly 
■educating and re-educating themselves- — 
all these owe him the salute due to a 
faithfiil and talented public servant, a 
matured career man in the beet sense of 
the words. As Trustees of this institu- 
tion of idiich he is the administrative 
head and animating force, we are grateful 
to him. And we think that we bespeak 
the thanks of not only these but of the 
hundreds of members of Examining Committees, 
the various Mayors and Council members 
and, most important of all, the people, 
for whom this great free library was 
established. This silver anniversary 
seems to us to deserve the hearty recog- 
nition which we t re giving it. 



This quarter century has been a period 
3f multifarious responsibilities to which 
le has resolutely faced up; of serious 
iifficiilties which he has resourcefully 
jvercome; and of many substantial activi- 
ties in this city and country and abroad, 
•■or the skill and character which have 



Annual Banquet - Arvavets 

On Thursday, December 5th, sixty- five 
members of the Arvavets gathered at Eddie ' s 
Steak House on Stuart Street for their 
annual banquet. Jaines P. J. Gannon and 
his wife were the guests of honor and 
were presented with a gift in recongnition 
of the members' gratitude for Mr. Gannon's 
twenty- four years of service as Adjutant 
and Quartermaster 

Louis Polishook, Vice Commander, made 
the presentation and read a letter from 
Mr. Lord congratulating Mr. Gannon and 
expressing his regrets that he could not 
be present. 

A. L. A. 

Join A. L. A. Now! 

Secure membership blanl^.s from: Mildred 

C. C Connor, A.L.A. Membership Committee, 

General Reference Department. 



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Calendar of Events 

January l8^ 1958, Saturday, Catholic 
Library Association meets at The Library 
Club of St. Agnes Parish, Arlington s,t 
2:00 P.M. This first meeting which pre- 
mises to be a real bell-ringer, features 
a talk by the Librarian of Providence 
College Father Casey on Censorship , ar.d r, 
talk by Ruth Sawyer Durand, noted story 
teller and author of Ro llex' Skates . 

I January 2?, 1958, Monday, Boston Chap 
ter of Special Libraries Association meets; 
at Insurance Library Association, 89 Broaci 
St. Boston at 7:30 P.M. William U. Wood 
land. Editor of The Standard vill speak. 
A private room has been reserved at PatteA 
Restaurant Court Street for the usvial 
dinner. A choice of menu is available 
at 6:15 P-M_^ 



NEW BOOl-S IK THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Fiction 

'Brace, Gerald Warner 

The World of Carrik's Cove. N.Y., Norton 

1957 

Buck, Pearl 

Letter from Peking. N..Y., J. Day Co., 1957 

Carroll, Gladys (Has-cy) 

Sing out in glory. Boston, Little, Bromi, 

1957 

Costain, Thomas Bertram 

Below the salt. Garden City, N.Y., Double-j 

day, 1957 

Dudintsev, Vladimir 

Not by bread alone. N.Y., Button, 1957 

Kaufmann, Myron S. 

Remember me to God. Phila., Lippincott, 

1957 

■Macken, Walter 
Sullivan. K.Y., Macmillan, 1957 



Marquand, John Phillips 

Life at Happy Knoll. Boston, Little, 

Brown, 1957 

Rand , Ayn 

Atlas shrugged. Random House, N.Y., 1957 

Shiilraan, Max 

Rally round the flag, boys! Garden City 

N.Y., Doubleday, ? 557 

Smith, Robert Paul 

"Where did you go?" "Out " "What did you 

do?" "Nothing." N.Y., W.W Norton, 1957 

Non-Fiction 

Keel, John A. 

Jadoo. N.Y., J. Messner, 1957 

Maxwell, E. 

How to do it. Boston, Little, Brown, 

1957 

Ross Williamson, Hugh 

Enigmas of history. N.Y., Macmillan, I957 

Codman, Charles R. 

Drive. Boston, Little, Brown, 1957 

Holiday 

Holiday in France. Boston, Houghton- 
Mifflin, 1957 

Michener, Jemes Albert 

Rascals in paradise. N.Y., Random House, 

1957 

Rosenberg, Bernard, ed. 

Mass culture. Glencoe, 111., Free Press 

1957 

Baruch, Bernard Mannes 
Baruch. N.Y., Holt, 1957 

Crow, John Armstrong 

Mexico today. N.Y., Harper, 1957 

Wyiie, Philip 

The innocent ambassadors. N.Y., Rinehart,i 

1957 

Schindler, John A. 

Woman's guide to better living 52 weeks 
a year. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice 
Hall, 1957 



Vyer, Frederick 

Yankee G-man. Chicago, H. Regnery Co., 
1957 

^jrmour, Richard Willard 
Twisted tales frcan Shakespeare , N.y. 
McGraw-Hill, 1957 

Atlantic monthly 

Jubilee . Boston, Little, Brown, 1957 

;erf, Bennett Alfred ed. 

Reading for pleasiire . N.y. Harper, 1957 

^adiman, Clifton 

Any ntunber can play- Cleveland, World 

Pub. Col., 1957 

)' Weill, Eugene Gladstone 

A touch of the poet. New Haven, Ya3.e 

Univ. Press, 1957 

!higpen, Corbett H. 

The three faces of Eve . No Y. McGraw-Hill, 

1957 



Boston Catholic Book Vfeek 

The annual celebration of the Boston 
atholic Book Week, \n.?.l t-v held this 
■ear on Saturday, February 1.5, at 2:00 
'.M. in New England Mutual Hall. Tliis 
lOok program, which represents the open- 
ng Of Catholic Book Week, will featiore 
'he folloxring speakers: 

Mr. Edward Weeks-Editor of Atlantic 

Monthly 
Sister Maria del Rey - Author of Her 

Name is Mercy 
Miss Dorothy Thompson - Author of The 

Courage To Be 
Happy 
Mr. Jcs eph Dever - Author of the forth- 
coming novel Three 
Priests 

The folloT-rLng members of the staff of 
he Boston Public Library are serving on 
he Catholic Book Week Committee: Miss 
nna Manning, Miss Mary Alice Rea, Miss 
artha Engler, Miss May MacDonald, Mr. 
aul Moynahan, Mr. Richard Waters, and Mr 
llliam Casey. The program is sponsored 
y the New England Unit of the Catho'ii-^ 



Library Association in collaboration with 
the Mass. League of Catholic Women. 

William T. Casey 

West End Branch 

On Thursday evening, December 19th, some 
200 people gathered at West End Branch Lib- 
rary as Miss Fanny Goldstein gave her an- 
nual Christmas- Han lolikah Good Fellowship 
party. This proved to be far more than an 
ordinary party, however, because Miss 
Goldstein took this occasion to annouce 
her retirement from the Boston Public 
Library after TOilrty-five years of un- 
paralledled service as Librarian of West 
End Branch. Her private collection of 
Judaica books, acquired during her many 
years of service, v/as purchased throtigh 
the cour-tesy of the Jacob Ziskind Trust 
Fund and presented to the Boston Public 
Library. Mr. Sidney Rabb, vice-president 
of the Board of Trustees, accepted the gift 
on behalf of the Library and at the same 
tiir.e electrified the audience by announc- 
ing xiiat a special trust fund, to be known 
as the Fanny Goldstein Judaica Trust Fund, 
was to be set up as a tribute to Miss 
Goldstein by Boston's Jewry. The news- 
papers picked up the story and spotlighted 
it, as an important news item. Mr. Milton 
E. Lord and Mr. Patrick McDonald both 
expressed the Library's great surprise at 
Miss Goldstein's retirement, along with 
their best wishes to her for many happy 
and fruitfiol years ahead. Those \Aio know 
Miss Goldstein were struck by her apt 
phrase, "I am not retiring - I am commenc- 
ing a new life". Miss Goldstein will be 
sorely missed by those who have worked 
for and with her, as well r^s by the Library 
itself. She has given a lifetime of de- 
voted service to the Library, and the 
quality of this service is truly irre- 
placeable . 

On Friday evening, December 20th, Miss 
Goldstein gave a Christmas supper-party for 
her staff at West End. Much food was 
c ensiled, gifts were exchanged, and a 
general air of Christmas festivity pre- 

V31..CC1. 




Any contribution to the Soa p Box must 
be accompanied by the f\ill name of the 
Association member subiaitting it, 
together with the ncjrc of the Branch 
Library, Department or Office in -v^iich 
he or she is employed. The nexrs is 
withheld from publication, or a pen 
name used, if the contributor so req_uests. 
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 appearance doos not 
necessarily indicate that the Fablj cations 
Committee and the Association are in 
agreement Td.th the vievs expressed. Only 
those contributions containing not more 
than 300 words will be accepted. 



To the Editor of the Soap Box : 

I I would be the first to admit that I 
have often been critical of the adminis- 
tration and, in particular, of the Direc- 
tor, cv.t on the occasion of llr. Lord's 
tventy- fifth anniversai-y as Director, I 
thought it only fair to reflect a little 
on the other side cf the picture, and to 
give credit where credit is due. 

And I am amazed to realize how much 
there is on the "plus" side that I had 
never given much notice to. 

I have never met Mr. Lord that he -v/as 
not smiling, gracious and courteous. I 
have seen Mr. Lord receive with good grace 
harsh criticism, much of which had little 
basis other than spite or prejudice. I 
have never known Mr. Lord to be vindictive 



or to hold against an individual any 
opinion expressed which may have been con- 
trary to those of the Director. 

I have seen grow under Mr. Lord's di- 
rection, a system of promotions based 
on objective achievement and which minimize 
favoritism. 

I have seen Mr. Lord practice real 
democracy, encouraging staff expression 
of opinion, participating in the give and 
bake of the conference table and staff 
meeting, and never showing anything but 
profound respect for an honest opinion 
honestly expressed. 

Never has anyone in the Library been 
more interested or given more encoiirage- 
ment to staff activities. Many of us 
fondly recall the square dances which he 
actively promoted and led as a caller. 
And rare is the staff funtion that will 
find Mr. Lord absent - and then only for 
the most pressing r:-a?ons. 

Mr. Lord has from his early days with 
us made strong efforts to improve the 
quality of the library personnel, but at 
the same time has shown the greatest con- 
sideration for those already in the lib- 
rary service. By providing free training 
courses, he mad« it possible for the 
ambitious employee to qualify for promo- 
tion when without this opportunity many 
would have been stymied because they could 
not spare the money for college studies 
or could not meet entrance requirements 
for college. How many among us, indeed, 
how many of us who have gone on to green- 
er pastures, completed higher education 
b.^cause of his encouragement to study and 
the liberal rearrangement of working 
schedules permitted by Mr. Lord' 



Yet I cannot recall Mr. Lord ever boast- 
ag of what he has done or tried to do. I 
n sure that I speak for many when I say: 
fou have done a fine job. I don't know 
w anyone could have done better. God 
Less you, Milton Lord! 

Old Timer 



3 the Editor of the Soap Box ; 

Two or three yeai'S ago, the Subcoramioteo 
n Personnel of the Eyanining Ccminittee 

commended that a Staff M.-inual in loose 
5af form be issued to rer^lace the pre- 
Lminary edition of the Staff Manual, 
svelopments since the manual \vas pub- 
Lshed in November 19^7^ have made much 
f tlie information contained therein 
bsolete, misleading, and incorrect. It 

true that since that time a thousand i 
Dtices and directives have been promvil- j 
ited by the administration. 

Do you think it is any easy task to findJ 
le official policy on any given matter I 
y consiilting these notices? No wonder 
lere is often confusion over what should 
s done in a given situation. 

How about giving us a new "bible" that 
an easily be kept up to date? 

Annoyed 



the Editor of the Soap Box ; 

The present arrangements, or rather lacl 
f arrangements for articles lost or founc 
n the Library are the cause of much cca- 
ern to many of us. 

Sometime ago there were rumors that new 
egulations about "Lost and Found Pro- 
jdures" had been submitted to the depart- 
|ent and division heads for comments and 
juggestions, and that new rules and regu- 
lations were soon to be issued. We are 
bill waiting. 

Nothing has been published on this 
atter since the Staff Manual (trial edi- 
ion) was issued about ten years ego. 



And no matter how valuable an item has 
been turned over to Lost and Found, no 
receipt is issued to the finder. Surely, 
good business practice alone woiild require 
that a receipt be given the finder for 
go")ds or money he has turned over, even 
if there were no concern for the person 
as an individual. And if any individual 
has been unfortunate enough to lose some- 
thing of value to him, does it not seem 
rr.nr-t inconsiderate to tell him that we 
are sorry, but Los: and Found is closed 
at 5 P.M.? If this happens on Friday 
night, it is a long wait until Monday 
morning at 9 A.M. Good public relations? 

Found and Lost 



Editors Note; 

The above matters are under consider- 
ation. In the case of the Lost and Found 
there are legal matters that have to be 
resolved . 



Library Science 

Francis P. Keough, former BPL'er grad- 
uate of Harvard College and Columbia Univ- 
ersity Library School is giving the follow- 
ing coiirse in library science; 

Public Library Information Resources and 
Techniques*- Francis P. Keough, Librarian, 
Fraraingliai-Q To^m Library. 15 lectures, 3 
SII. 'inurs., 7-9:30 p.m., Feb. 20, Sever 
Hall. Crjdlt students, $30 (NR, $^5); 
auuicors, $22.50. 

The public library as an information 
center; indexes; encyclopedias and supple- 
mentary works; books of curious facts, 
customs, folklore, and mythology; sources 
of biographical information; dictionaries; 
sources of geographical information; books 
about books; sources of information in 
special fields. 



AVE .AT(^UE VAIE 

Mary R- Roberts, Office of Home Reading 
jnd Community Services, resigned from the 
library on Dec. 31, 1957- Mary had work-j 
d at Central Charging Records since its , 
eginning in 1953 and previously had work- 
d in the Open Shelf Department, and in j 
he branch libraries. Her friends in the 
ibrary presented her \rith. a pvirse of 
oney and their best mshes for success i:i 
er new position as Senior Library Assist 
nt at State Teachers College at Boston. 

Mary was very active in the professional 
nd social activities of the Library. Mary- 
ill be missed by all of us. Her immense 
apacity for work, her ready wit, and 
elightfiil sense of humor made her a 
alued member of the staff and fellow 
iorker. We wish Mary all of the best and 
ope that she will visit us often. 



* * * 

On January 3, Mrs. Gilda Barrett was 
iven a surprise coffee party to bid her 

fond goodbye upon her leaving the lib- 
ary to begin a maternity leave. The 
taff presented her with a gift and all 
he good wishes of her North End friends. 



Wedding Bells 

On December 22, at an afternoon cere- 
ony at St. Leonard's Church in Boston, | 
iss Linda M. Pagliuca became the bride | 
f Mr. Carl G. Tramontozzi of Rome, Italy < 
iven in marriage by her father, the bride 
as attired in an Italian silk lily-'vrfiite 
ouffant gown mth a scoop neckline and 
JULI skiit ending in a short train. It 
as fashioned with iridescent wheat 
earls and French sequins. A wreath of 
earls and crystal orange blossoms held 
n place her finger tip length illusion 
eil. She carried a spray of vrfnite roses 
nd holly leaves. Tlie bride's attendants 
lorered and white gowns. After the cere- 
ony, a dinner reception was held at the 
rand Ballroom of the Sherry Biltmore 
otel with many of the B.P.L. staff as 
:uests. The couple spent the Christmas 
olidays in Rome with the groom's family. 
n exteiided wedding trip throughout Europ^ 



is now being enjoyed by the happy couple. 
After their return Mr. and Mrs. Tramontozzi 
mil live in Brighton. 

Thanks 

The Boston Globe p-'.j.d a very fitting tri- 
bute to Fanny Goldstein Tdiich included the 
folloiTiog thoughts about our profession; 

A Gentle Reminder 

It is pleasant to read that hundreds of 
patrons of the West End Branch of the Bos- 
ton Public Library turned out to honor 
their librarian on the occasion of her 
retirement. Miss Fanny Goldstein has serv- 
ed her commiinity ably these 35 years past. 
The episode might well prod citizens in 
other cities and towns of the commonwealth 
to pause for a moment and appraise the 
immeasural'le services performed for them 
by local librarians such as she. 

These public servants have little -vis- 
ibility, apart from theijr "desks among the 
bookshelves. Usually underpaid, courteous, 
faithful in their duties, they are friendly 
guides to the children, councilors to 
gro^mups, enthusiastic in response to every 
indication of interest in reading at all 
star.ss. Every mentally alert to-wn o-wes 
them a debt, for th^y are its most selfless 
s t ?■ aalaut to re ad in g and knowledge. 



Sick List 

We are pleased to hear that our fellow 
staff members who are ill, according to 
latest reports "coming along pretty -vTell": 

Mrs. Marjorie G. Bouquet, ikB Marlborough 

St., Boston 
Southern Ave . , 
Dorchester 2^4- 
Harley Hospital, 
6 Windermere Rd. Dor. 



Ronald Conant, 113 
Abraham B. Snyder; 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



FEBRUARY 1958 



TTE QUESTION VARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume XIII Number 2 February 1958 



Publications Committee. Gerald L. Ball, ]"acy P. Margolis, Pauline E. Murphy, 

Elizabeth J.Oboar, Esther Leonard, Chairman 

Publication date; Deadline for suhnitting material 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



NATIONAL LIBRARY YfCEK 

Fany of us remember with pleasure the final ceremony in the observance of the 
Library's Centennial year. The simple dignity of that event marked the rededica- 
tion of the Library's staff to the ideals of service which have always distinguished 
this institution. 

Now we have an opportunity to pledge ourselves anew to the furtherance of ein 
old ideal. National Library i^eek is to be celebrated during the period 
March 16 - 22. This obsei^ance is the joint effort of the National Book Committee, 
Inc., and the American Library Association. Its purpose is to awaken the interest 
of non-readers and to stimulate the more active participation of all citizens in 
the programs offered by their local public libraries. Farchette Chute's statement 
of the objectives of the program emphasizes that "we cannot affoi^i a country of 
lazy minds and the boredom that comes from knowing little and caring less. We 
cannot afford a nation of non- readers." 

Certainly "Sputnik" has awakened us to the need for scientific education. 
And it is equally necessary that v;e emphasize the need for an awakened interest 
in the humanities. Here is an opportunity in which we can all share sand a pro- 
gram to which we can devote our best efforts. In the final analysis the program 
of National Library ^"jeek is only an aff inr.ation of our purpose since the founding 
of the Library in 1852. The noble sentiments of George Ticknor need to be re- 
peated again and again until they become a kind of credo to guide our actions. 
It is a truism, but one that bears repetition, that we lose sight of the forest 
for the trees. Dealing with books every day vi^e are perhaps prone to forget their 
meaning to so many and certainly we forget that in 1852 books were not so easily 
available to all of us. Vfe can remember with profit Mary Antin's amazing state- 
ment "that I who was brought up to my teens almost without a book should be set 
down in the midst (the Boston Public Library) of all the books that ever were 
written was a miracle as great as any on record." That miracle ie being repeated 
every day and we are all a part of it. 

During the coming weeks we can all help to contribute to Wf-tional Library 
VJeek. Suggestions for programs, for publicity releases, for reading lists are 
needed. The Boston Public Library, as befits the first great public library, will 
play a leading role in the observance in this area. The success of the program 



will depend upon the contribution we make and our individual participation. if 
each of us vdll give his earnest support to the program, we shall i-.ave done our 
part to make this a second rededication and, in doing so, we shall have the inner 
satisfaction of knowing that we are fulfilling our obligation tc this noble 
"treasure house" and to those who founded it. 



HJELICITY COF-ilTT.JE, 
for 
National Library Week 



PnRSO'\ri\ITJL NOTES 



New Employees 

Kenneth R. Brown - Adams Street 
Martha A. FcDennott - Bookmobiles ( for- 
merly at Brighton 
Peter G. Tzamalas - Central Charging 

Records (formerly 
part-time in the 
Fine Arts 
Edward J. I'ontanfi., Jr. - Periodical and 

Newspaper 
Jane B. Yanulis - Cataloging and Classifi 

cation. Division of 
Reference and Research 
Mrs. Diane F. Overbey - Charlestown 

Transferred 

Farie R, Kennedy - from South End to Mt. 

Bowdoin 
Frs. ffargaret E. Lewis - from Children's 

Section, Open Shelf to 

South End 
Gertrude E. Stuhl - from Central Charging 

Records to Office of 

the Division of Rone 

Reading and Community 

Services 
Christine J. Umano - from ¥t<, Bowdoin to 

Children's Section, 

Open Shelf 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

w.B. 

The following pearls of wisdom emana- 
ting from our Ex-president "Father" Bill 
Casey will have to sei^e as February 
President's notes. Frs. Sarah Flannery, 



our new president, is at homo taking care 
of her husband who has had a serious 
opsration. 



To the Editor of the Question Fark: 

I 

I Dear Ed- 

f 

j Having doffed the ei-n^me (synthetic) 
j robes of state and reverted to the r'ole 
I of private citizen I can now seek in the 
public print for tha answer to a long per- 
plexing question. Namely (and to wit) 
where are the letter writers of yester- 
year? Have they left these hallowed halls 
to answer the siren lures of other insti- 
tutions or have they been unable to get 
refills for their ball points? Where are 
those prolific correspondents who used to 
sign themselves "Indignant", "Frustrated" 
or "Disturbed"? ifhere is "Fireman's 
Vilife"? 

The average reader of our esteemed 
"House Organ" when he first receives his 
Q.F. turns first to the last page like an 
impatient reader of "who-dun-its" hoping 
to find there some rare pearls of wisdom. 
To often this poor soul has found naught 
but empty oyster shells. Is there no one 
left to vent a little honest spleen or 
express a little rightous indignation? 

It might be possible to arouse some 
interest by sponsoring a letter writing 



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contest on the subject "How I Would Run 
The Library" or a similiar topic. The 
first prize could be an all expense tour 
of Stack 1. This is just a tentative 
suggestion advanced for purposes of dis- 
cussion. I am certain that the fertile 
minds that congregate in the Coffee Shop 
can develop the tremendous potential of 
this idea. 

Vifilliam T. Casey 
Ex Majesty 

P.S. DON'T FORGET TO PAY THOSE 1958 DUES 



VJest End Branch 



Dear B»P.L. Friends and Associates :- 

Ina3much as it is physically impos- 
sible to thank each and every one of you 
who gathered at that gala luncheon on 
February 4th, I am taking this means of 
reaching out to you. I am deeply grate- 
ful to all who came to break bread with 
me on this auspicious occasion* 



It was indeed a pleasant surpr-isa to i 
have so many library people comSj and it | 
warmed the very cockles of my heart to ^ 
see you all there. I 



Miss Goldstein's retirement was the 
focal point of activities at the West End 
Branch during most of January and Febru- 
ary. On Sunday afternoon, January 19, a 
tea was given by both present and former 
staff members in her honor. Some two 
hundred friends, colleagues, patrons and 
alumni gathered to vish Miss Goldstein 
well. The informal program included the 
reading of many congratulatory messages 
and the recitation of a poem by its 
author, Harry H. Fein, which he composed 
especially for the occasion. Mr. Erwin D. 
Canham and Mr. Patrick ¥^ McDonald, rep- 
resenting the Libra.-y's Board of Trustees, 
paid tribute to the guest of honor. Mr. 
Abram Berkovitz, president of the Jacob 
Ziskind Trust Fund for Charitable Pur- 
poses which purchased Miss Goldstein's 
personal collection of Judaica books and 
presented them as a gift to the Boston 
Public Library, emphasized Miss Gold- 
stein's contribution to the field of 
Jewish letters. A beautifully illustrated 
copy of the Old Testament, personally 
inscribed, was a gift to Miss Goldstein 
from the H. R. Hinckley Co., Bible pub- 
lishers. The West Fnd Branch alumni 
presented her with an illuminated scroll. 
The Branch was beautifully decorated with 
gay flowers, and the sumptuous repast 
added the final touch to a notable occa- 



In the excitement of the moment I em 
afraid I even forgot to say "Thank you", 
especially for that beautiful billfold 
and the Century note which was enclosed. 
This I shall use to buy some luxury to 
remind me always of the days spent in the 
Boston Public Library and of all my 
friends to whom I do not say "Good-bye", 
but "God bless you all," and I hope to be 
with you for a long time. 

Very faithfully yours, 

Fanny Goldstein 

An Ex - 
now crowned "Emeritus" 



siou. 

On Tuesday afternoon, February 4, Miss 
Goldstein was guest of honor at a luncheon 
tendsrsd her by the Branch Librarians at 
tha Hotel Vendome, at which many of her 
friends from Central were present. En- 
tertaiiment was provide-l by Mr. and Mrs. 
I.Iunroe, who sang a gro".? of lovely songs, 
accomps-jiied by Mr. 'Qicary from Audio- 
Visual. A monetary gift enclosed in a 
beautiful gilt wallet was presented to 
Miss Goldstein with the best of wishes 
for her future plans for travel and 
leisure. 

The SEG'S (Saturday Evening Girls), 
members of a club which was founded many 
years ago in the North End by Miss Edith 
Guerrier and which is still an active 



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organization, held a luncheon for Miss 
Goldstein at 1200 Beacon Street on 
Saturday, February 8. A lovely clock- 
radio was given to Miss Goldstein by 
her friends. 



STAFF lU PRINT 

Simmons College Bulletin, ^'ol. LI, 
No. 4, February 1958, is aimed at 
guidance directors and high school 
principals. It gives "a list of some of 
the jobs a Simmons' graduate might take, 
right out of college, followed by more 
advanced positions that come with great'^r 
experience and maturity." 

In the second group is Supervisor o^ 



CALENDAR O F EVENTS 
S.L.A. 



Personnel , Boston Public Library, Boston, 
and also Chief Librarian, Home Reading 
and Community Services Division, Boston 
Public Library, Boston. The first of the 
above is expected in a list of alumnae 
that have made good but the second seems 
a little out of place in a bulletin 
entitled College Women on the Job. 



Monday, February 24, 1958 at Simmons 
College, 300 The Fenway, Boston. 
Dinjier is scheduled at 6 P.M. in the 
5iiranon6 Cafeteria. (Chicken Pie - $1.95, 
tax included). The progrfjn is as follows: 
"Recruitment - Our Personal Challenge." 
Miss Pearl M. Steinmet". of Div. of Child 
Guardianship will dr'scuss the recruiting 
program of the social work careers program 
in Boston. Mr. Kenneth R. Shaffer, Dean 
of School of Library Science, Simmons 
College, will discuss problems of re- 
cruiting and suggest ideas for a good 
recruiting program. 

MEN'S LIBRARY CLUB 



The Spring Meeting will be held on 
Wednesday Evening, March 5, 1958, at the 
new ITonantum Branch of the Newton Library. 

The Waltham caterer, whose roast beef 
dinner was so satisfactory at the last 
'meeting, has been engaged to repeat. The 
j price will be about 3J2.00. 
i The Speaker of the evening will be 
i Clarence Sherman, Librarian Emeritus of 
ithe Providence Public Library, whose 
'subject is "A Librarian Looks at Censor- 
iship of Youth." 



LATE FLASH ! 

ENGAG EMENT AII NOUNCEMENT 

Miss Virginia Dalton, Codman Square 
Branch, to Mr. William John Petti pas. 
Nova Scotia, Canada. Virginia has just 
received a lovely pearl solitaire engage- 
me nt ring. 



ACCIDENT REPORT 

Esther Leonard, 1958 Chairman of Pub- 
lications Committee, met vxith an automo- 
bile accident on Sunday, February 9. Her 
! right arm was broken in three places. 

I Esther is still at the Anna Jacques 
Hospital in Newburyport and would like to 
jhear from her many friends in the Library. 

PROGP-ESS REPORT 

Miss Judith Prindle, children's worker i Abraham B. Snyaer is home from the 
at West End Branch, became the bride of 'hospital and is entertaining friends at 
Mr. Kenneth A Tollackson on Friday after- {his home, 66 Bernard St., Dorchester, 
noon, February 14, at 4:00 P.M. at Trinity 

Church, Boston. The Valentine Day wedding LATE, LATE FLASH.' 
was followed by a reception in West YiTord has been received of the engage- 
Newton, ment of Mary McGah (Business Office) and 

Walter A. Robinson of Stock Room). Best 
Wishes extended to both young people. 




■the administration, have been coping 
with these formidable obstacles for 
many years and seeking ways and means 
to secure the necessary remedies, ^ut 
always we have been vulnerable to a 
suggestion that we were not disineterest- 
ed, that we had an "axe to grind , when 
we recited our tales of distress. 

i^ut now we have a reputable recogniz- 
ed firm of experts looking at us with a 
skilled objective eye, what they see and 
reoort may be more readily accepted by 
the City Council, His Honor, the Mayor, 
and other interested parties. Indeed, 
maybe these findings will serve as a 
catalyst to bring into being the 
necessary improvements and reports. 

Hopeful 



Any contribution to the Spap iJox 
must be accompanied bj'^ the full name of 
the -fissociation member submitting it, 
together with the name of the Branch 
Library, department or Office in which 
he or she is employed, '-i'he name is 
withheld from publication, or a pen 
name is used, if the contributor so 
requests. Anonymous contributions are 
not given consideration. I'he author of 
the article is kaown only to the -t^ditor- 
in Chief, The contents of the articles 
appearing in the ^oap Box are personal 
opinions expressed by individual Associa- 
tion members and their apoearance does not 
necessarily indicate that the Publications 
Comittee and the Association are in 
agreement with the views expressed. Only 
those contributions containing not more 
than 300 words wil be accepted. 



Dear Editor of Soap Box ; 

As the " reconnaissance survey " of 1 
Ivarious areas of the Library's operations 
is under way, it is interesting to note 
that the staff, in general is readily 
accepting the idea. Indeed, we have 
nothing to hide, but xiie may profit by 
having the spotlight play on our problems « 
The difficulties of providing library ser- 
vice in a very unfunctional palace, of 
attempting to give adequate service to 
a growing metropolitan area with a shrink- 
ing staff, of attracting and keeping 
qualified personnel when our salaries 
nave lagged so far behind other compar- 
ible in.i5+,ltntions — w©, the staff and 



jiear "^ oap ^ox t 

''"'hen the new classification scheme 
wss first being discussed, it was in- 
dicated thcH the philosophy underlying 
this distinction between Professional 
Library Service and Non-Professional 
Library Service was whether the positions 
required graduate professional library 
training, if the position required a 
person with graduate professional library 
training then the position belonged in 
the Professional Library Service. If it 
did not require such training, then it 
belonged in the Non-Professional Library 
Service. In illustrations of this 
practice in other libraries, there were 
cited examoles of Personnel Officer, and 
Business Office Manager being classified 
as Non-Professional. 

In the preliminary reclassification, 
the Chief Executive Officer, and. person- 
nel of most of the Cigneral -Administration 
Offices and of the J^ivision of Business 
Operations, among others, were classified 
in the Non-Professional Library Service. 
This xiias a logical classification, if the 
basic premise were accepted, i.e., that 
only positions requiring library school 
training were to be in the Professional 
Library Service, ^'-'ith the exception of 
the titular positions in the Book Purchas- 
ing tiepartment, little necessity for 
graduate library school training could 
be demonstrated for these positions, and 
very few had such training. 

Now it seems that special pleading 
from several directions has modified the 
original plan so that now only the 
merest handful are to be reclassified 
from Professional to Non-Professional. 



Since the original basic principle, or -6 
philosophy, appears to have been abanddn-. 
ed, on vhat theory have the few been re- i 
classified? If the original idea were 
sound, it should have been possible to 
defend it against any special pleading. 
If it were not sound, why apply it to 
an unlucky few? ^re they to be the 
scapegoats in the new classification 
plan? 

It does not seem that any classifica- 
tion scheme which applied a rule to one 
portion of the staff but not to another 
without giving a sound reason for this 
different treatment will be built on a 
sound foundation. 

Persona Non Grata 



To the Soap_Box 

When the original idea of creating 
a Non- Professional Library Service was 
introduced, it seemed to be a logical 
method of classifying individuals by 
the jobs they were performing. It was 
for the most part based on the *ype of 
work engaged in, and regardless of the 
rank, individuals were to be placed in 
the appropriate se'-^ice. This was 
acceptable, even ohough it would deprive 
some individuals of their Professional j 
status. I 

However, after the latest changes were: 
announced, allowing to remain in the i 
Professional status those individuals 
holding the position of I'epar-'iment Head , 
or higher, along with a great nany othersi 
for various reasons, but lesving abort j 
25 former Professional employees in tha j 
new Non-Professional category , ±c. cijp^iar-" 
ed that the logic of the whole iJaa wis 
vitiatedo 

The only philosophically t-.n.iblf? 
ciT.teria for placing a foriuer Frore3siona 
in a Non-Professional caucgojy arcs lo 
the individual is empj.oyed in an eroa of 
jlibrary activity generally recognj.aod as 
'Non-Professional, or 2o the individual 
is not personally qualified to be de- 
signated as "Professional'' o 

If the first criterion is employed, 
then it follows that _a.ll individuals 
working in a "Non-Professional area 
must be classified as Non-Professional, 
If the second alternative is employed, 
then all those who formerly qualified I 
and were regognized a Professional must 



-in all fairness regain that status. 

Are we to have a classification of 
position, or a classification of 
personnel? 

Is it proper to have both? 

P B P 



To the Soap Box 

If my information is correct, andl 
have eveiy reason to believe that it is, 
then without exception each and every 
one of the twenty odd individuals qho 
are being transferred from the Profession- 
al Service of this Library to the Non- 
Professional Service, has at least 
twenty years of service. Some have as 
much as thirty or more years. 

Is this the rewar d for all of these 
years of devotion and work? 



Seems to add up to more than 500 years 
of Professional Serv:,cj<, 

OLD PRO. 



Dear Editor: 

In the matter of reclassification of 
persons from Professional to Non- 
professional, it would seem that every 
effort should be made to study individ- 
ual cases, especially in those instances 
when such reclassification would set 
aside the Professional 'Status" of those 
who have over a period of years accom- 
plished professional work or who are 
stlZ^l in positions which would seem to 
bo on the borderline. It is possible 
that ;3cra'..iiTy will reveal that the 
wcvi 'Pr.')fi3sional*' has been mis- 
i::b£: prated j.n some instances. Surely 
a pru:;."e 3sior.ai person is not one who 
relies on others for decisions of a 
technical nature, ^or instance a 
"professional" cataloger would not be 
one who depended entirely on Library of 
Corgress printed cai^ds. On the other 
hand it is possible that .ome of those 
working in departments no ■ classed 
general?.y as "ProfesFicnal" do indeed 
fall within the cla^ sification of 
"Professional" in the true sence of the 
word, in that they exercise initiative 
involving highly specialized knowledge. 



To the Edi-oor of the j^oap Box : *•?- Dear Soap Box : 



Many Libraiy Enployees have beSh in 
the Professional Ser^/ice for as many ^B 
twenty years. Some hold college degrees 
and have qualified for promotion in 
several departments by passing the re- 
quisite qualifying and promo tionsil esam- 
inations in professional subjects© ^nsse 
same employees have been registered by 
the State as being in the Professional 
Library Service, 

^re the Library Officials now will- 
ing by their summary decision to deriy 
some of these employees their profession- 
al status by transferring them to the 
Non-Professional Service? 



Baffled 



Row that t}is ML.yor has put the freeze 
on making any appointments to fill 
vacancies, we wonder if someone should 
not have studied the system used in 
Civil Service, Civil Service may not be 
perfect, but when the Senior Accountant 
in the Accounting Department retired a 
few months ago, the Civil Service 
authorities appointed a replacement in 
a natter of weeks. Contrast this v/ith 
the three years it took to appoint a 
Supervisor of Reference and Research 
S3i^ices. 

T?o Patient? 



DON'T 



FORGET 



THOSE 



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Euclid hi I 'f' 1 2^7. — Chojuunayn 






Have you seen the suggestion box In the Coffee Shop? 




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Do YOU know wliy it -is thsr^s? 



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Do you know YOU havo a chance to participate and voice 
^s'our' opinion on what should be done during National Library 
Week, karch 16 through 22? 



So — o - Oj 



WAKE UP AND READ 



the sign on the suggestion box in the Coffee Shop, It 
says just that: SUGGESTION BOX. 

Let^s hear from you. You, and YOUi 



BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY COMMITTEE 

for 

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK 

March l6 - 22, 195^8 



Please Post 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



MARCH 1958 



THE Q¥ESTION MARK 

Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
rolune XIII Niimber 3 March 1958 



^blications Coranittee: Gerald L. Ball, Macy P. Margolis, Pauline E. Murphy, 

Elizabeth J. Obear, Esther Leonard, Chairman 



Publication Date: 
?he fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material 
The tenth of each month 



EDITORIAL NOTES 

The Mew York Times had an interesting editorial on March 9, 1958 entitled 
'Library Services Act" which not only gives a brief story of the Bill but also pays 

fine tribute to libraries. The Library Services Act, as passed in 1956, called 
*or the expenditure of $7,500,000 a yer.r for five years to enable the states and 
jerritories to set up and to develop public library programs in the rural and 
sparsely populated areas of their states with funds supplied on a matching basis. 
?he full amount was not allowed in the fis cal year July 1956 to June 1957; 
instead |2, 050, 000 was allowed. During the period of July 1957 to Jvme 1958, 
i5, 000, 000 was allowed with an allocation of funds based on the percentage of 
'ural population of the State as against the rural population of the country as a 
lirhDle, The average family income of the State was also taken into consideration. 

It is very interesting to see what Massachusetts did with its money. This 
|)tate rece ived $78,487 and opened up a new State Regional Library Center serving 
:he northeastern corner of the State in the Merrimack Valley; a total of twenty- 
rive towns with a population of under 10,000 there being served. A Bookmobile 
vith its attendant expenses of garage and operating costs plus three staff members 
^ere hired. It further allowed additional staff at headquarters to take care of 
che technical processing of a book appropriation that was tripled. Furthermore, 
^ new field supervisor was appointed to take care of the area east of Yforcester. 
fhe area west of Worcester being taken care of by the present supervisor. 

Because of possible lack of pressure on the part of librarians this full 
Amount of $7,500,000 is not going to be allowed during this present year. Instead 
phe allocation has been reduced to $3^000,000. Because it is to the advantage of 
:;his country that all education institutions work at maximum efficiency, we who 
ire members of such an important facet of the educational system as libraries 
should be aware of this failure to provide. In vievj- of the fact that this state 
lias used the money so wisely and so advantageously to enlarge the library seivice, 
Ife should be conscious of this need and if opportunity presents itself should not 
:e at all reluctant to advocate the appropriation of the full svim of money allowed 
mder the Act. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COmOTTEE 



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oERSOeTEL NOTES 



New Employees 
Edith A. Wright 
Trans f e rred 



- Rare Book 



Columba Bartalini - from North End to 
Central Book Stock-Branch Issue Seotia 

Re s ignations 

Audrey E. Hunter - Bookmobf Xe;=! , to be 
married and live in Connecticut. 

Mrs. Janet Krauss - Uphams Corner, to 
remain at home 

Mrs. Margaret L. Morrison - Information 
Office, to remain at home 

I 

Marriage 

Judith Prindle - West End, to Kenneth 
Tollackson on February 14, 1958. 



PRE SIDEMT'S NOTES 

Thanks to "Ex Majesty" Vfilliam T. 
Casey for manning ti e breach in February 
and writing the "notes" for me, and 
apologies to all of you for not having 
been able to write them myself. 

[I 

' From the emptiness of the "Soap Box" 

of late, one vrould assume a state of 

contentment and satisfacticu with life 

in general on the part of ever-^ae, 

which is little short of miracn. '•...•■. 

Such conditions do not exist i:-. : . ..^ 

uncertain vrorld. 

A recent decline in membership is 
also somewhat disturbing. Perhaps some 
of us have forgotten, and perhaps some 
of the newer staff members are not aware, 
that the staff association is YOUR 
association. It is your means of be- 
coming acquainted with Braxich people, if 
you are in Central, and with Central 
people if you are in the Branches. 



Through the Association we exchange 
ideas, we gain a more clear idea of our 
common goals, we express our opinions of 
what we should do for the advancement of 
our welfare both as librarians and as 
members of a group which though diverse 
in its individual occupations is yet 
homogeneous in being all of it part of a 
fine and intrinsically noble institution. 

In short this is a group of all of 
us. Let us support each other; write your 
opinions in the Question Mark, attend 
meetings. If you are dissatisfied in any 
way with vfhat we are doing - remember 
that only by participating can you hope 
to have your ideas and your aims made 
knovm and considered. 

The officers of the Association are 
your representatives, elected to serve you 
and we all wish to keep this organization 
truly representative and truly striving 
for the good of all. We cannot know what 
you want unless you tell us I 

Thank You 

Sarah ViT. Flannery 



ARE YOU GOING TO AM IN CALIFORNIA ? 

If so, I should like you to get in 
touch with me. I am hoping to lead a 
group of librarians to the A.L.A. Con- 
ference => If you are interested in 
broadening your horizons and would like 
to make a professional pilgrimage en 
route to California, this is it. 

I am plarjiing to stop over at im- 
portant Public Libraries for visits en 
route where we may gather information 
and prcfeosional comparisons as to how 
other libraries work. 

In addition to the professional 
visits we shall make stopovers at all the 
scenic wonders with which our country is 
studded and which lie in the path of our 
pilgrimage. 

All aboard who are interested J 
Fanny Goldstein 
AS 7-9637 14 James St., Brookline 



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Spence's Hotel, Calcutta 
March 9, 1958 



Dear Miss Swift: 



The temperature reached 93° here 
[yesterday, and I even went without a 



jacket. Still, I didn't know how hot 
it was till I read the paper this morn- 
ing. However, having had a suit tailored 
here, I'm better prepared. 

j My feelings about Calcutta are 
mixed. It is, I can say, a den of 
thieves, and even at the Lioi^axy nobody 
trusts anyone else. I am watched lest I 
steal any books (I'm obviously expected 



Institute is one Swami Nityaswarupananda. 
But Ralph Bunche, Grayson Kirk, Stephen 
Spender and Karl Shapiro have also spoken 
to the group. There will be a talk to the 
Govt. Sanskrit College; and an interview 
over All-India Radio (Calcutta). 



On the 20th I go up to Patna, to see 
the Khuda Buksh Oriental Mas. Library, 
staying with the Governor of the Stat© of 
Bihar. On the 22nd I go down to Madras, 
and spend 3 weeks in a complicated tour 
of southern India, reaching the very tip 
at Cape Comorin: seeing Mipore, lanjore, 
Trivandrum, Bombay, the Biloa^ and Ajanta 
leaves, and Hyderabad. I hope then to 
i return to Calcutta to work on plans for a 
to want to). My chief aocompiishinent at ; rare book dept. for the National Library, 
the Library — the national Library of 'and may go up to Assam, before returning 
India, that is—may have been that of | to Delhi, when I also intend to go down 
finding live book worms scattered throug,h4to Agra, for the Taj Mahal (which I saw 
out a gift collection temporarily stored briefly from my train en route from^ 



in what is my office. 



Delhi here); and perhaps -also to Jaipur 
and Simla. I probably start back to the 
As you may know, I'm in the midst of' States on 16 May ^ via, I hope, Athens, 



a spate of lectures. How does one cope 
with preservation problems in a country 
too poor to use air-conditioning, where 
pastes and glues attract all sorts of 
insects, where the poisons one could use 
are dangerous? Laminating machines are 
also an answer, but they are expensive, 
and require foreign exchange, etc., etc. 



Rome, Munich, Amsterdam, and London (to 
address the Society of Typographer 
Designers, perhaps). 

I've had fun putting stamps on this 
envelope. Sorry to have to repeat one. 
Since two different systems of currency 
are involved, the mathematical calcula- 



I try not to say thp.t it is all hope l©o s, j t ions required tax my arithmetic 



but it's certainly tough on the Indians. 
The answers which we have found in 
America solve our problems (or w ould); 
but here there just aren't the resources, 
and I feel as though I were a vrioe 
crying in the wilderness. Th-3 In 'i=ns 
expect quick, easy answers, ana "^hare 
aren't any. I'Jhat is more, the cloaxage 
between the intellectuals and the crafts- 
men is so great that the people I can 
meet and talk to feel themselves far too 
superior to the people who will do the 
work. Ah well; I do what I CEin. My 
talks here in Calcutta will probably be 
printed in pamphlet form. In addition 
to the lectures I'm giving at the Library 
I've also given one to the Ramakrishna 
Mission Institute of Culture. Rama- 
krishna (I'm told) was a 19th century in- 
carnation of God. The Secretary of the 



have to take air mail letters to the 
Post Office and see the stamps cancelled 
lest the letters be "lost" in the post 
(for the sake of the stamps). I hope 
that thsre will be no fights in the 
Department over these I 

Viith all good wishes for yourself 

and the staff Sincerely, 

John Alden 



V.'AMT A JOB? 
EXCEPTIONAL POSITION for elementary 
librarian, for a 750 pupil school dis- 
trict. Rural, suburban, professional 
community twenty minutes from Boston. 
Beginning salary $5,000-^8,400. It is t 
new position. V^Trite: Supt. of Schools. 
Lincoln, Mass. (Lib. Journal page 120, 
March 15, 1958) 




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SOAP 



B C X 



It is disconcerting, to say the 
least, to have the lights go out for 
several minutes at a time, as they have 
been doing recently in some areas of the 
building; particularly when a situation 
exists which necessitates our invoking 
the help of another city department. 

Wake up and read? It can be done in 
poor light, but it isn't recommended, you 
know. 

In the Dark 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association 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 appearance does not 
necessarily indicate that the Publica- 
tions Committee and thu Association are 
in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 



lear Soap Box: 

How long will it take before we get 
decent lighting in the Library/ If ex- 
cuses were kilowatts, we would haTj 
enough power to give proper light to the 
Library and have enough left over to 
illuminate Fenway Park all night. "Not 
enough circuits;" "old wiring;" "new 
building;" "interim program; " "budget 
cuts", etc. 

But how important is proper lighting 
considered? As important as a tile roof? 

Or is it more importajit to have the 
lobby, the exhibit cases and the paint- 
ings brightly lighted while the reading 
rooms, the stacks and the behind-the- 
scenes departments, get along with poor 
lighting? 



Dear Soap Box: 

We invite non-residents to use our 
Library, to borrow our books. We cele- 
brate National Library Week by advertis- 
ing our services and urging more people 
to "Wake up and Read." 

Yet under the "no fire - no hire" 
policy imposed by the city administration, 
our already decimated staff continues to 
dw indie. Even extra-service assistants 
upon whom we depend for page service may 
not be replaced. 

Who is going to provide all this 
service we advertise? We have already 
been robbing Peter to pay Paul. You can 
postpone certain work. You can try to do 
,a makeshift job by using untrained 
personnel in professional jobs. You can 
suspend professional services while your 
professional assistants shelve books, 
type cards, do page work. 

But sooner or later we must face the 
facts. You can't do it with mirrors, 
you have to have the personnel. If you 
can't get the personnel, you can't pro- 
ride the service i 

It does seem somewhat ironic that we 
should devote so much energy to selling 
bhe Library's services if we must then 
either curtail the services or dilute 
■;hem. 

Or perhaps we can move in opposite 
(directions at the same time? 

Confused 



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)ear Editor: | 

It has often seemed to be utter j 
!^atility to train new people in their | 
jobs when so many would leave for new j 
jobs elsewhere after serving their appren 
;iceship here. But now frustration has 
•eplaced futilityl Yfhen they leave now, 
;hey may not be replaced. They are gone, 
;one, gone I But the backlog of work 
icoumulates. And we can't just sweap it 
uader the rug. 

¥ifhen the staff realizes that they 
just can't hope to get sufficient help to 
lo a job, who can blame some if they throw! 
ip their hands in despair? Unfortunately,] 
!uch aji attitude can spread very fast, 
ind provides a ready excuse for all sorts 
)f failings and lack of effort. 

Maybe the representatives of the 
lanagement consultants firm, when they 
lake their report to the Board of Trustees 
rill have some suggestions to turn the 
ide. In the meantime, I'm 

JUST SV^AMPED 



the Editor 
lear Ed: 

In these times of travail and strife, 
t behooves us of the Boston Public Lib- 
ary Professional Staff to put ourselves 
.bove petty feelings and endeavor to v/ork 
'or the common good of the citizens of 
'air Bostonia. 

The pursuit of this goal leaves us 
lany avenues of approach but in this the 
ra of Sputniks, Muttniks and Y/hatn:.k,?3 
re also should use the scientific : ;:. iroadi 
;o obtain our goa3 » Thus my hiiirib.lo 
nowledge of the Queen of Science, iUeth- 
imatics, or rather by the use of that 
'avorite library tool. Statistics, I offer 
the Director, the Board of Trustees, 
:is Honor the Mayor and that prophet of 
oy abo'inding. Brother Gabriel, my plaji 
;o alleviate the critical shortage of 
ibrary employees s 



This venture into the realm of 
statistics is based on the magic number 
565, Starting with this figure, 565 
multiplied by 5 we have the result, 
2,825 or the number of man hours we can 
gain if the Library work week is in- 
creased by 5 hours or what the average 
worker has, a forty hour week. 2,825 
hours is the equivalent of 403 days, thus 
by adding five, we have an extra year 
in which to work and perform those little 
extra tasks that come our way. 

Next, if the morning and afternoon 
relief periods are eliminated, we will 
gain roughly 312 hours to devote to our 
£.doring public. This has two hidden 
features. First, the liquid consumption 
of the average individual will decrease 
and thus eliminate two to three hand- 
washing expeditions per employee, more 
time for work. The second feature is 
this; with no relief periods, no need for 
the Coffee Shop and that space can be 
utilized for critically needed shelf spaoa 

It has been proven, that the average 
person only needs 15 minutes for lunch, 
and 15 mo re minutes in v:hich to wash their 
hands, we can gain another 312 hours of 
valuable work time by limiting the lunch 
hour to thirty minutes. As the Coffee 
Shop would be closed and thirty minutes 
is not enough time to go out to Ivmch, 
people would be forced to carry their 
lun!;;hc3..»by two adroit measures, more 
va.liie.'jle time caji be gained. First, if 
both the msn and women's lunch rooms were 
cloned, workers would be forced to eat at 
tix3lr desks, and as it has been proven, 
you only need one hand or only use one 
hand for eating, they could use the other 
hand for filing or sorting. Thus both 
tAtre, work done, and space have been 
gained o Time gained totals about 312 
hours o Now the sum total of man hours 
gained for work is the equivalent of to 
an additional 565 employees. 

However, this plan now runs into its 
one stumbling block, the strict limita- 
tion of personnel put into effect by 
Mayoral Decree, Thus, we would have to 



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abtract, detract, or otherwise dispose 
3f those 565 extra employees. The re- 
sults should then vra.nn the cockles of 
jrcthtr Oabriel's heartl For then the 
:.ibrary vrould be operating economically 
md efficiently on -6 employees at no 

ost to the taxpayers of Boston. 

Rica Sos Neroulos 

Ed, note : The pen name is Greek to 
us as is the above note. 



IN ME^DRIAt: 

MRY FLOREITCE CUFFLIN 

V/ith the death of Iviary Flox-ence 
ufflin on February 21, 1958, a truly 
aliant and upright spirit has passtd 
rom our midsto Even in the ten years 
ince her retirement 1,'ary Florence 
ufflin exerted a continuing influence 
n the subsequent careers of the many 
ormer members of her "official family" . 
or us, her uncomprising integrity will 
ver remain her most impressive charac- 
■eristico In her more than fifty years- 
f devoted library service Miss Cufflin 
rorked in both the Reference and Horns 
eading units so hers rra.s a well-rounded 
inderstanding of the Library's problems 
nd potentialities. She entered the 
ervice of the Boston Public Library in 
ecember, 1892. She vra.s Stack Supervisor 
n the Cenx.ral Library until 1911l vrhen 
■he was transferred as Branch Librarian 
t Codman Square, where she remained 
mtil 1917 when she became Librarian at 
outh Boston. In 1937 she ivas assinsd 
.0 Allston, remaining there as Branch 
librarian until her retirement in 19h7 » 

Possessed of unusual talents for 
rganization and detail, her libraries 
rere models of sjretem and discipline, 
juick to perceive latent aptitudes in 
itaf f -member s , Miss Cufflin ^vas rigidly 
conscientious in making formal acknowl- 
fdgment of a staff-member's contribution 
towards library activities. Travel 
.broad and at home and regular attend- j 
mce at library conferences were essen- 1 
•ial features of her busy life. She j 



always maintained a keen interest in 
changing trends in the library world. 
With dignity and generosity she gave of 
herself to the Library, the public, and 
to her always beloved staff. After her 
retirement she continued many of her 
previous activities. She assisted in the 
organization of the patients' library at 
St. Elizabeth's Hospital. 

Happily her final illness was of 
brief duration. She suffered a sudden 
heart attack and died shortly afterwards 
at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. It is intri- 
guing to imagine that Uary Florence 
Cufflin took flight to the Libraries of 
Paradise where , it is conceivable , her 
keen eye ir.'r.ediately noted a book out of 
place on ths celestial shelves, 

Hov: many in the Library today owe 
their achievements in large measixre to 
her persistent urging to study and to 
progress. For those of us who share the 
strenuous, stimulating experience of 
being one-time members of her staff, her 
name and memory will long serve as a 
bond, and a synonym for justice, forti- 
tude, prudence, and kindliness. 

VALE TO AN ILLUSTRIOUS 
LIBRARIAN OF THE OLD SCHOOL I 



IN APPRECIATION 

Miss Priscilla IvfecFadden, the Committee, 
B,P,L. Friends and Associates :- 

I cannot thank you enough for the 
tea you gave in ny honor on that memora- 
ble day March 11th . Words are inadequate. 

It made me happy to see so many of 
my friends present and sharing in the 
festivities; the handsome and fabulous 
gift of a Hi-Fi record player, the 
flowers, the music, the goodies, the 
handsome men wearing white carnation 
boutonaires, v;ho poured and served, 
thrilled me. 

It was a great show of affection, 
and having the men pour certainly was a 
most novel innovation - as only Miss 
MacFadden and her staff could think up. 



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I fully realize how much time ajid 
effort went into the preparations eind I 
am deeply grateful and appreciative* 

As it would be quite a chore for me 
to write a personal letter to each of you, 
I will have to send this general letter, 
which I hope you will consider as per- 
sonal because that is the way I meaji it. 



It has been reported that it is 
Miss Zaugg's stated opinion that life's 
most important ingredients are love and 
music, VJe know that both were abundeuitly 
provided on this occasion and we are 
heartily assured that both shall continue 
to surround her. 



I'll miss seeing you all at the 
11 A.M. coffee-break in "Sam's Hide-away." 

The Hi-Fi will be a great satisfac- 
tion to me in the years to come. Thanks 
a lot I 

And now - to all my good friends 
and pals — I do not say "Good-bye" but 
"Au Re voir". 

Gratefully and affectionately, 
Julie Zaugg 

St. Petersburg, Florida. March 24 



JULIE ZAU GG 
SAYS "AU REVOIR" 

As attested by Miss Zaugg's 
enthusiastic 'danke* printed above, the 
tea given in her honor on March 11, upon 
the occasion of her retirement, was a 
gala success, thanks in great part to 
Julie's own gaiety and exuberance. Lib- 
rary alvnraii, past and present, far and 
near, rang the welkin with acclaim and 
good cheer to the musical accompaniment 
of Frances Freadman, a former member of 
Fine Arts. 

Richard G. Hens ley. Chief Librarian 
of the Reference ajid Research Services 
Division, made a most gallant and appro- 
priate presentation, on behalf of the 
staff, of a hi-fidelity, four-speed 
record player. 

■ The refreshments were served by the 
'gentlemen of the staff, who also formed 
Miss Zaugg's guard of honor upon her 
grand entrance to the festi-srlties. 



MARRIAGE 

Mary Elizabeth Castellano, formerly 
of Rare Book, has announced her marriage 
to Thomas Robert White of New York on 
September 21, 1957, 

CONGRATULATIONS TO 

Ronald C, Conant, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics, who has passed the 
necessary examinations and is now 
Specialist Third Class (Corporal5 in the 
Army National Guard. He is a member of 
Battery 704 Missile Battalion (NIKE). 

NEW ARRIVALS 

AnnoToncements have been received of 
the birth of a daughter, Mary Louise, to 
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Canavan of Hyde Park. 
Mbs. Canavan is the former Mary Louise 
Hart, who worked both in the Office of 
Records, Files, Statistics and the Office 
of the Division of Home Reading sind 
Community Services. Little Mary Louise, 
who has two brothers and two sisters, was 
born on January 30. 

Mr. and Mrs. George T. Armstrong, of 
Avon have annoiinoed the birth of a blond, 
7-lb8 — 5 ocs. davighter, Maureen, on 
March 18, 1958. George was formerly a 
memi»er of the staff of the Office of 
Records, Files, Statistics. 

B.P.L. FELINE CURTAILMENT 
They (cats) suffer all the vicissi- 
tudes of salaried employees too. Lately 
the Mayor of Bostoa, in a drive for 
economy, slashed the salaries of the cats 
employed la the Pu'klic Library from $10 
apiece to $9.85, for which relief Boston 
taxpayers were presumably grateful." 

Clarke, Frances E., Cats and men. p. 7 
(Thanks to B.P.L. 's felinoioglst, Jirs--ther 
Liasaer) 



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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

S.L.A. Monday, March 24, 1958 at 
Treadwell Library, Mass. 
General Hospital. 
N.B. 

The April meeting will be held 
on Saturday aftenioon, April 
26, 1958 at the Library of the 
Essex Institute. Lunch at 
Hotel Hawthorne, Salem. 

M.L.A. Annual Meeting, Friday and 
Saturday, June 6-7 at 
Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, 
Massachusetts. Rooms American 
Plan are flS per day. (in 
season Europeaji plan is $22 
per day) An interesting pro- 
gram is being planned. 



MORE SOAP BOX 

Dear Soap Box: 

Are we going to have an opportunity 
to help fill Fenway Park on opening day"? 
If the city and library officials permit 
those who can be spared without detriment 
to service to the public to attend the 
Red Sox-Yankees game on that day, every 
one who can should make an effort to 
attend the game. We should appreciate 
that encouraging an institution like 
Ida j or league baseball in Boston is good 
for business. It is only in a healthy 
business climate that Boston's financial 
condition will improve to a degree that 
will allow the Library to flower as it 
should • 

Help fill Fenway on opening dayj ! 

SICK LIST 
Our Editor, Esther Leonard, is 
making satisfactory progress. She is 
working on a book •^n sinister calligraphy 
(left handed writing to you). Samples 
of her work may be seen on the bulletin 
board o Esther is still at Anna Jacques 
Hospital. 



SICK LIST 

John Sullivan (Paint Shop) is still 
at the Carney Hospital recovering from a 
heart attack. He needs plenty of rest 
and expects to go home in a few weeks. 

Abe Snyder (C.C. & R.) is very 
anxious to get back to work. He is 
still at home recovering from an opera- 
tion. 

George W. Galla^er, (retired - 
Binding Dept.) is recovering from an 
attack of ulcers. He is at home, 
201 Eliot Street, Milton 86, Mass. 

Joe Conway, (retired - Printing 
Dept.) is at the Soldiers' Home in 
Chelsea. 

NElfJ ARRIVALS 

Paul W. Smith, formerly of Book 
Purchasing, now with the A & P., is 
Trery proud of his new son, James Yfelter 
Smith. Jimmy arrived on the fifteenth 
of March at the Faulkner Hospital. 

Congratulations to Paul and June, 



MEN'S LIBRARY CLUB. 

On lilarch 5, 1958 the B.P.L. "chain gang 
alor^;; with fifty other libraries and 
bookiiien visited the new Nonantum Branch 
of the Newton Public Library System , 
where they were graciously greeted by 
our host Harold Woos ter . An economical 
sumptuous repast of top grade roast 
beef was served. Seconds and even thirds w( 
were available, 

A fter the meal Clarence Sherman, Lib- 
rarian Emeritus, Providence Public Library 
told how Providence and Rhode Island en- 
deavored to keep salacious litera ture out 
of the hands of those under 18. Mr. Sher- 
man ans w ered a barrage of questions 
ranging from the academic to the legal. 

Mr, ?Jooster then told some of the pro- 
blems of building such a branch and show- 
the members the building. 




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uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



APRIL 1958 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XIII Number 4 April 1958 



ublications Committee: Gerald L. Ball, Macy P. Margolis, Pauline E. Murphy, 

Elizabeth J. Obear, Esther Leonard, Chairman 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material 

le fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



EDITORIAL NOTES 

The Annual Report of the New York Public Library, as printed in the March 
■■bulletin of that great institution, makes very interesting reading. Their problems 
are very similar to our problems and one vrould feel in reading about the shortages 
of space that one were reading the report of the Boston Public Library. Personnel 
problems were very similar but it is hoped that during; the forthcoming year they 
will not suffer from the stringancies that seem in store for us. It is dishearten- 
ing to see good people go elGswhsr? during prosperous times because we are unable 
to meet the salaries paid elsewhere and it is doubly disheartening to find that 
when our salary scale is satisfactory during the times of recession, or whatever 
the apologists choose to call it, we are likewise unable to add available good 
people to our staff because of executive directives which not only limit the number 
on the payroll but require a diminution in that number. 

One phase of the report interests us very much. It is the increase by that 
Library in the use of duplicating and copying mechanisms for purchasing and record 
duplication. In Boston we have used the Reoordak for charging procedures, have a 
small Centura in the Patent Room and bhis year added a Thermo fax. All of these 
have proven very useful. However, these are but a step to cut down the throttling 
effects of the ever increasit^g anount of paper work that seems inevitable to 
present day library admini8t:^txtion. ^ecaMse of the rising costs of clerical help 
we should not only investiga-be but make greater use of these copying machines which 
have proven very practicable in the business w- rid. The saving in valuable execu- 
tive time Is great 

Evidence of this is seen in a report that in 196 7 they sold $125,000,000 
worth of such apparatus, which represented sin increase of 500 percent over the past 
five years. Their low copying cost, error free copies, speed, freedom from routine 
paper work, have sold themselves to the business world. It is recommended that, 
inasmuch as we are to have a cut in clerical help, we should taJce adveoatage of 
whatever efficiencies may be effected by these machines because it is quite possible 
that the city fathers, while requiring us to cut down help, would be pleased to 
vote the appropriation for such machines. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



All of us are probably waiting with 
considerable interest to see what will be 
the ultimate effect of the current slash 
|in the Library's budget. Rising costs of 
civic administration J a rising tax rate, 
and no new sources of revenue place the 
Library, as a whole, in a poor position 
and cause in us as individuals increasing 
feelings of frustration. 
I How can we get the books we need for 
our voracious public, how can we get the 
aew books we have catalogued in a reason- 
able length of time, are we going to be 
faced with shorter hours of service to 
stretch a diminishing staff? These are 
the questions one hears asked in the 
coffee shop. When will our annual in- 
creases come through? For the next month 
or so none of us will know the answers, 
and probably even then the picture will 
lot be complete. One thing, however, 
ices seem reasonably certain, and it is 
that we must be prepared to use our minds, 
imaginations, and energies to use what 
resources we have to the best of our 
present capacities and to do all we can 
30 that this temporary, vie hope, period 
3f stringency will have the minimum ill 
affects not only on our service to the 
public but on our satisfaction in cur 
jrork and our relations with each other. 
It is all too easy for us to think that 
other departments have it easier than 
our own and that we are having an undue 
share of any hardships, when really we 
are all in the same position and short- 
ages in one department are reflected in 
the work done in others. At the moment 
let us hope for the good old supplemen- 
tary budget. 

On an entirely different theme, it 
has seemed to us , for some time , that 
there might be room within the Association 
for organizing small social groups of 
persons with the same interests. 

Not everyone is interested in the 
larger programs the Association sponsors, 
in spite of efforts made by all program 
and entertainment committees to provide 
what we would like. However, there are 
people scattered throughout the branches 
and in central who have similar interests 
and yet have little opportunity to get 



acquainted with others on the staff with 
the same bent. There are many enthusi- 
astic card players for instance who might 
like informal evenings together. Dedica- 
ted gardeners might like to exchange 
notes, the expert knitters are a large 
group, end how about those who are fond 
of dancing? The Executive Board would 
welcome suggestions from anyone interest- 
ed la orgeinizing or joining social groups 
of this nature - or others which you 
might suggest. And, of course, the pages 
of the Question Mark are open to anyone 
who would like to canvass ideas of this 
sort, or to serve as a clearing house 
for ideas on general staff activities. 

S. W. Flannery 



CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

April 26 Catholic Library Association 
meets at Mt. Alvernia Academy 
in Newton. 

April 26 S.L.A. April Meeting at the 
Essex Institute. 

HL&y 26 S.L.A. Spring Meeting will be 
at the Arnold Arboretum. If 
weather is good, the group 
will meet at the Buesey In- 
stitute on South Street before 
embarking on a tour of the 
beautiful grounds. However, 
if there is rain, the meeting 
will be held in the spacious 
Administration Building, which 
may be reached through the 
Jamai ca Pl ai n Gate behind the 
Poor" Clare"* s Monas te ry . 

June 6-7 M.L.A. Annual Meeting, Friday 
and Saturday, Jvue 6-7 at 
Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, 
Massachusetts. Rooms American 
Plan are $16 per day. (In 
season European plan is $22 per 
day) An interesting program 
is being planned. 



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WEWi BOOKS Dl THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Won-Fiotion 

eck, H.P. 

The folklore of Maine. 
Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1957 

renan, Gerald 

South from Granada. 
N.Y., Farrar, 1957 

adoux , Jean, and others 

One thousand metres doiNn. 
N.Y., Barnes, 1957 

ottrell, Leonard 
Lost cities. 
N.Y., Rinehart, 1957 

ischer, Louis 

Russia revisited. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1957 

rimble. Sir Arthur 

Return to the islands 
N.Y., Morrow, 1957 

jecht, Ben 

1 Charlie. 

j N.Y., Harper, 1957 

ighet, Gilbert 

Talents and geniuses 
N.Y., Oxford, 1957 

olbrook, S.H. 

Dreamers of the American dream. 
Garden City, M.Y., Doubleday, 1957 

ing, E.H. 

Guide to glamor 

Englewood Cliffs, K.J., Prentice- 
Hall, 1957 

ajdalany, Fred 

The Battle of Cassino. 
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1957 

.iller, Arthur 
I Collected plays. 
N.Y., Viking, 1957 

orton, H.C. 

A traveller in Rome. 
N.Y., Dodd, Mead, 1957 



Snow, E.R. 

Legends of the New England coast. 
N.Y., Dodd, Mead, 1957 

Thomas, Caitlin 

Leftover life to kill. 
Boston, Little, Brown, 1957 

T/allt^ce, Irving 

The square pegs . 
N.Y., Knopf, 1957 

Vanderbilt, Amy 

Complete book of etiquette 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1957 

FICTION 

Allen, Ralph 

Peace River country. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1958 

Barnfcs, M.C. 

Isabel the Fair. 

Philadelphia, Macrae Smith, 1957 

Blixen, Karen 

Last tales. 

N.Y., Random House, 1957 

Braine , Jolin 

Room at the top. 

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1957 

Chase, M.E. 

The edge of darkness 
iJ.Y., Norton, 1957 

Druon, Maurice 

The poisoned crown 
N.Y., Scribner, 1957 

Furoolo, Foster 

Let George do it I 

N.Y., Harcourt, Brace, 1957 

Le May, Alan 

The unforgiven. 
N.Y., Harper, 1957 

Lytle, A.N. 

The velvet horn 
N.Y., McDowell, 1957 



muriac, Francois 
Lines of life, 
N.Y., Farrar, 1957 

Stevenson, Janet 
Weep no more. 
N.Y., Viking, 1957 

Troyat, Henri 

The red and the white, 
N.Y., Crowell, 1956 

Tuohy, Frank 

The animal game . 
N.Y., Scribner, 1957 

foodruff, Douglas 

The Tichbome claimant. 
N.Y., Farrar, 1957 



VJEST END BPANCH NOTES 

After a hectic round of dinners, 
eas, receptions, testimonials and 
eddings, the dust is slowly settling 
nd we are onoe more becoming acclimated 
o a routine. The customers still ask 
or "Please Don't Eat the Babies" and 
The Brothers", by Karema/.of, 
j At the start of National Library 
'eek all the patrons at the Branch woke | 
p and started to read, and on the last 
ay of the week they promptly fell asleep 
gain. In fact, we have been tip -toeing 
round the Breinch so as not to wake them 
ntil the same time next year. 

In all seriousner.s, we would like to 
eartily welcome aboard our new shipper, 
iss Sarah Richman, who comes to us by 
ay of Mattapem Branch, 



BPLSA T/yELCOkiES NKv MEMBERS 

Frank Benoit, Audio-Visual 

Jean Babcock, Central Charging Records 

Josephine Del Longo, Print 

Margaret G, Francis, Teachers 

Corrine Henderson, Central Charging 

Records 
Evelyn Kommuller, South End 
Edmund Mietzner, Open Shelf 
Edward J. Montana, Jr., Periodical 
Fancy Settles, Central Charging Records 
Patricia M. Tracey, Personnel Office 
Janet E. Ustach, Office of Records, 

Files, Statistics 
C, Allan viden. Periodical and Newspaper 
Betty Yfilburn, South End 



\TCLCOME BACK 

Abraham Snyder returned to work on 
April 8, with the surprising news that 
he intends to retire on May 31, 1958. 
VJe are glad to see Abe back on the job 
and sorry to hear that he intends to 
leave. 



NOTE OF THANKS TO CARE 

I should like herewith to give thanki 
)r your esteemed gift. It is to me a 
peat joy that our old people who are 
iLthout work and who have many children 
re helped with this. The war has made 
loiy of us poor not only materially but 
niritually as well. Again, a Berlin 
ouple sends to you many thanks and 
;'iendly greetings. 

Marie Kallane 



SICK LIST 

Esther Leonard, the Chairman of our 
Publications Committee, is home from the 
hospital and is making fair progress. 
She is at home, 103 Homer Street, East 

Boston. 

Bradford M. Hill met with an auto- 
mobile accident on April 12, 1958 and 
wa.s ■_ :jured severely. He is at home, 
577 Baker Street, West Roxbury, after 
repaii s in the Faulkner Hospital. 

''j'illiam (Bill) A. McGowan, after a 
long stay in the Faulkner Hospital is at 
home, 15 Bui-well Road, West Roxbury, 
re GOV ^ ring from an operation. 

Patrick "Parker" Kennedy, is still 
at the Maiden Hospital. His condition 
is "Good". 




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. that the Administration makes in this 
regard. And then the Administration 
wonders why staff morale is so low, 
Thi,- is one of the reasons why. 

THE COLLEGIANS 



Any contribution to the Soap Box 
uust be accompanied by the full name of 
the Association member submitting it, 
together with the name of the Branch 
Library, Department or Office in which he 
Dr she is employed. The name is v;itnheld 
from publication, or a pen name used, if 
the contributor so requests. Anonymov-fi 
3ontributions are not given consideration J 
The author of the article is knov.T. only 
to the Editor-in-Chief. The contents of 
the articles appearing in the Soa p Box 
ire personal opinions expressed 'oy 
individual Association members and their 
ippoarance does not necessarily indicate 
ithat the Publications Committee and the 
Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. Only those contribu- 
|tions containing not more than 500 words 
vill hB accepted. 



NORTH END BRAUCH 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Barret of 
Roslindale announce the birth of a son. 
Earl Vincent, on April 4 at Richardson 
House. Mrs. Barrett, the former Gilda 
Too^e, was Assistant in charge of the 
Chio-dren's room at North End Branch. 



LIBRARIAN . 

Boy's boarding school. Separate 
library building, 35,000 volumes. Single 
male preferred. Library experience 
necessary. Salary $4,000-$5,000 plus 
board, room, etc. 

Inquire: Ronald J. Clark, Director 
of Studies, St. Paul's School, Concord, 
N.H- (Lib. Jr. Vol. 83, No. 8, pg.55) 

(Ed. note - Even without the 
"etc'' the position is worth at least 
$67^0. 



ro the Editor of the Soap Box: 

The Administration has gone and done 
it again. Another titular position has 
been filled with a high school graduate. 
It is rumored that the other five candi- 
dates held college degrees. 

If we are going to be or become an 
-aducational institution with comparable 
pay, then we must stick to our educational 
qualifications! How long are exceptions 
going to be made? From the circumstances 
in this case is it again the case of 
appointing someone to block the person 
already on the job and qualified to fill 
the position? Because the position this 
time happened to bo in the Division of 
Home Reading and Community Service it 
does not make the transgression less 
tieinous. 

We are discouraged and complain 
bitterly about the number of repeats 



BERTHA V. HARTZELL MEMORIAL 

The seventh Bertha V. Hart ze 11 
Memorial Lecture sponsored by the 
Professional Staff Association will be 
held on Friday evening. May 23, 1958, 
at eight o'clock. The speaker will be 
Mr. Jack Dalton, Director of the 
International Relations Office of the 
Amei lean Library Association. Mr, 
Dalton' s s-ubject will he "The Common 
Deno.Tiina'oor". 

illinor D, Conley, Chairman of Conmrt 

Dorothy P. Shaw 

Beatrice P. Frederick 

Christiana P. Jordan 

Charles Gillis 



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BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF ASSOCIATION 

OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES - 1958 



President 
Vice President 
Corresponding Secretary 
Recording Secretary 
Treasurer 



Mrs Sarah Walsh Flannery 

Louis Rains 

Kathleen Hegarty 

Mrs Felicia Langton Peltier 

Louis Ugalde 



Executive Board 



Harold Brackett 

Mrs Anne Connors Kearney 



Isabel Mf Marti i^ 
Sarah M. Usher 



Standing Committees 



Concession Committee 

Louis Poiishook, Chairman 
Mrs Ruth F. Conroy 
■»Su3Bner Fryhon 
■»H;-Randall J. Tobin 
Mrs Christine Umano 

Constitution Committee 

Grace M. Ifervin, Chairman 
lirs Anne Connors Kearney 
Daniel J, Koury 
William R, Lewis 
Joan P. Itorris 

Entertainment Committee 

IJirs Bertha S. Keswick, Chaiman 

Ws Barbara E. Coffey 

Jfery Anne Brenioan 

Mrs Helen M. Harrington 

Colomba N. Bartalini 



Central Charging Records 

Central Charging Records 

Build inga 

Binding 

Open Shelf—Childrea's 



Book Selection, H. R. and C. S, 

Lower Mills 

Music 

History 

Science and Technology 



Central Book Stock—Branch Issue 
Division Office, R. and R. S. 
Central Book Stock— Branch Issue 
Book Preparation 
Memorial 



Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial Lecture Committee 



Elinor D. Conley, Chairman 
Jfrs Beatrice P. Frederick 
Charles J, Gillis 
Christiana P. Jordan 
Dorothy P. Shaw 

House Committee for Ifen 

David T. Sheehan, Chairman 
William DeRosario 
•iBf-Bernard Dougherty 
■sSumner Fryhon 



Dorchester 

Open Shelf — Children's 

Central Charging Records 

Allston 

Periodical and Newspaper 



General Reference 
Science and Technology 
Binding 
Buildings 



•»««— Representative of the Boston Public Library Building Service 

En^loyees International Union, Local #U09 (AFL) 
■JH« — Representative of other groups not represented in the 
Association or the Union 



«\«7«r 



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HoTise Committee for Women 

Ifrs Catherine E, Hfe.cauley, Chairman 

Beatrice Coleman 
iHiCatherine A. Glavin 
^Srs Gertrude C. Kinsella 
Louise K. Murphy 



Cataloging and Classification, 

R. and R. S. 
Book Stack Service 
Accounting 
Buildings 
Cataloging and Classification, 

H. R. and C. S. 



Membership and Hospitality Committee 
Sarah H. Usher, Chairman 
Mrs Dorothy B. Ekstrom 
Nura Glob\is 
Jirs Corrine^He'ndjerson 
Jfrs Margaret E. Lewis 
Paul V. Moynihan 
Dorothy P. Shaw 
William C. Slemmer 
Paul B. Swenson 
l^ary C. Robbins 

Personnel Committee 

Gerald L. Ball, Chairman 
Grace C. Chippendale 
Cornelia M. Harrington 
Isabel M. Martino 
Rhoda O'Donnell 
B. Joseph O'lleil 
Louis Polishook 
Michael Jo Von'saia 
B. Gertrude l&da 

Program Con mittee 

lira Helen F. 'Hirson, Chairman 

llildTed R, Adelscn 

Laura M. Bond! 

Harold A» Erackett 

Frank P. Bruno 

Paul S» Cawein 

Shirley-Jo Chilcoc.t 

Charles J. Gillr.s 

Eleanor F. Ha]li(^n 

Mrs Lir.da M» Ivers 

Daniel J, Koury 

Mrs Ii!arion D. ^.oWilliam 

Anna L. flanning 

Ediia G. Peck 

J/frs Beryl Y. Robinson 

TiTilliam C. Slemmer 



Records, Files, Statistics 

Adams Street 

West End 

Central Charging Records 

South End 

General Reference 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Memorial 

Print 

Business 



Book Purchasing 

Parker Hill 

Di\dsion Office, H. R. and C. S. 

Hospital Library Service 

Division Office, H. R. and C, S. 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Central Charging Records 

Book Stack Service 

Codnan Square 

Division Office, H. R. and C, S. 
Jamaica Plain 
Mattapan 
Open Shelf 
Patent 
Hyde Park 
General Reference 
Central Charging Records- 
Statistical 
Charlestown 
Music 
Fine Arts 
Teachers 

Book Selection, H. R. and C, S, 
Fgleston Square 
Memorial 



•K — Representative of the Boston Public Library Building Service 
Employees International Union, Local #U09 (AFL) 
■»H(— Representative of other groups not represented in the 
Association or the Union 



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Publications Conmlttee 

Esther J. Leonard, Chairman 

Gerald L. Ball 

Macy P, ifeirgolis 

lUrs Pauline E. Murphy 

Mrs Elizabeth J, Obear 

Special Services Committee 

Samuel Goldstein, Chairman 
Barbara J. Feeley 
Daniel J, Koury 
Mrs Bridie P. Stotz 



Teachers 

Book Purchasing 

History 

Book Stack Service 

Book Selection, H. R. and C, S, 



Science and Technology 

Business 

Music 

Adams Street 



Staff Libraiy 

Edna G. Peck, Chairman 
William T. Casey 
Rosalie A. Lang 
Mrs Lydia A. Palladirio 
William C. Slenmer 



Book Selection, H. R. and C. S, 
Central Book Stock — Branch Issue 
General Reference 
Open Shelf 
Ifemorial 



SPECIAL COMMITTEES 



CARE Committee 

Walter J. Bluhm, Chairman 

JSarie T. tia^stie 
Itinna Steinberg 



Periodical and Ne'wspaper 
Parker Hill 

Cataloging and Classification, 
R. and R. S. 



Pensions Committee 

Louis Polishook, Chaiman 
Max Anapolle 
Abraham B, Snyder 



Central Charging Reccrds 
Periodical and Newspaper 
Cataloging and Classification, 
R. and R. S, 



THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF ASSOCIATION 
IKTITES YOU TO 
TEE SEVENTH ANNUAL 



Fridau Maxi 23,1958 at 8 o'clock 







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THE SPEAKER 



Hack DoItovb.Vlnecic 



INTERNATIONAL REUTIONS OFFICE 
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 



THE SUBJECT 



e irrmmm DejiG'mincdm 

THE PLACE 
THE T/IGGIN GALLERY - CENTRAL LIBRAEY BUILDING 

THE BERTHA V. HARTZELL MEMORIAL LECTURE COfflmTEE 
Elinor D. Conley, Chairman 
Dorothy P. Shaw Beatrice M. Frederick 

Christiana P. Jordan Charles J, Gillis 



BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF ASSOCIATION 

OFFERS 

Strength of united action in times of professional crises, 

A recognized direct approach to the Administration. 

Membership in a professional association for only 50^ a year. 

Increased buying povrer through discounts allowed to Association 
members ly a wide range of businesses. 

Active participation in the important CARE program through 
voluntary contributions. 

Professional inspiration through workshops and lectures such 
as the Hartzell Memorial Lectures* 

Opportunities to meet your fellow workers through committee 
work and social get-togethers o 



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It has been an active Association in the past. 

JOIN NOW 

Take advantage of its benefits and, at the same 
•oxi.ss 3 I.yAp to build a sti'cnger Assccicbiono 

IffilCBERSHIP AND HOSPITALITY COIMITTEE 



IJIrs Dorothy B.. Ekstrom 

Niira Globus 

life's Corinna Henderson 

left's Margaret E. Lewis 

Paul V. Moynihan 

Mary C. Robbins 

Dorothy P. Shaw 

William Co Sleimner 

Paul B. STfensrjn 

Sarah Mo U3her, Chairman 




H.IJ- I i»-a= 




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uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



MAY 1958 



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THE QUESTION HARK 

Published try the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XIII Number 5 L^y 19$8 



Publications Committee: Gerald L. Ball, Tfecy P. Margolis, Pauline E. Murphy, 

Elizabeth J. Obear, Esther Leonard, Chairnan 

Publication date ; Deadline for submitting material ! 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



EDITOR L\L NOTES 

Of special interest to library employees is a resolution that has been 
presented in the General Court of the Commonwealth, providing that: 

■ "SECTION .1. All meetings of the governing bodies of all municipalities 
"located within the state of Massachusetts, boards of county commissioners 
"of the counties in the state of ?'!assachusetts, school committees, and all 
"other boards, bureatis , commissions, committees or or^nizations in the 
"state of Massachusetts, excepting grand juries, and committees of the 
"legislature, in part or completely supported by public funds or expending 
"public funds, shall be public meetings." 

Naturally penalties are provided. 

"SECTION 2. Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this 
"act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be punished 
"by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars or by imprisonment in the county 
"jail for a period not exceeding ten days, or by both such fine and iraprison- 
"raent." 

"SECTION 3. This laxr shall not conflict with any lavr or part of any law in 
"conflict herewith." 

If enacted, this vrould establish in the Boston Public Library the 
democratic custom in effect in other large libraries. In Minneapolis, for 
example, the agenda of the Trustees' meeting is posted on the staff room 
bulletin board, the press and committee members attend meetings, and minutes 
are printed and published. This op>en-door policy has worked rather well else- 
where. There is a feeling of confidence in the staff on the part of the admin- 
istration, and a sense of sympathy and cooperation on the part of the staff who 
are aware of the functions and the objectives of the library in any situation. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMITTEE 



PERSONNEL NOTES 



BIRTHS 



T ransferred 

Jane M. Barry, from Connolly Branch 
[Library to Mattapan Branch Library. 

Coluniba N. Bartalini, from Central 
'Book Stock - Branch Issue Section to 
Memorial Branch Library. 

Albert J. Brogna, from Central Charg- 
ing Records to Bookmobiles. 

Joel A. Holmberg, from Bookmobiles to 
Connolly Branch Library. 

Rose Moorachian, from Uphams Corner 
Branch Library to South Boston Branch 
Library. 

Suzanne N. Mosher, from East Boston 
Branch Library to Bookmobiles. 

Peter Poulimenos , from Open Shelf De- 
partment to Central Book Stock - Branch 
Issue Section. 

Irene J. Wadsworth, from Charlestown 
Branch Library to Ifettapan Branch 
Library. 



i Dr and Jirs Thomas Bri^nte have 
i announced the birth of a son, David, on 
I April 13. Mrs Mary Ellen Brigante vias 
I formerly Children's Assistant at Allston. 



Mr and Jfrs James E. O'Neill have 
announced the birth of a daughter, 
Christine Ann, on April 18. Mrs Mary 
Maimix O'Neill was Branch Librarian at 
City Point and is on leave of absence. 



I Mr and Mrs James Anderson have 

I announced the birth of a daughter, Ellin 

j Greer, on April 18. Mrs Anderson is an 

i assistant in the Children's Room at Hyde 

I Park. 



Resignations 

Donald B. Homer, Book Stack Service 

Jane B. Yanulus, Cataloging and Clas- 
sification Department, Division of Ref- 
erence and Research Services, to accept 
another position 

IJIrs. Anita ?J. Ross, Open Shelf Depart- 
ment, to remain at home 

Mrs. Irene M. Shea, South Boston 
Branch Library, to renain at home 

Mrs. Marcia Goldfarb, Charles toum 
Branch Library, to remain at home 

Virginia A. Dalton, Codman Square 
Branch Library, to be married and live 
in Nova Scotia 

Sheila St. Arnauld, Parker Hill Branch 
Library, to be married 

Helen R. DeSimone, Book Stack Service, 
to remain at home 

Gerard LaCentra, Jr., Kirstein, to 
accept another position 

fery E. Heller, Parker Hill Branch 
Library, to return to Washington 

Married 

Judith M. Kaufman, Mt. Bowdoin Branch 
Library, to Myron Kornitsky, Iferch 9. 

Mary J. McGah, Business Office, to 
Walter A, Robinson, Stock and Supplies 
Section, May 3. 



llir and IJIrs Oliver Porter have 
announced the birth of a daughter, 
Daulphine Elizabeth, on April 17. Mrs 
Porter was formerly with Book Stack 
Service. 

V/EDDING BELLS 

On March 9, Judith M. Kaufman, Mt. 
Bowdoin, became the bride of Myron 
Kornitsky at a very colorful wedding 
ceremony held at Spraycliff Inn, Marble- 
head. Rabbi Stephen Swartzschild of 
Lynn vas the officiating clergyman. The 
bride wore a white silk gown. Her veil 
vas topped by a crown of pearls. Her 
bouquet of stephanotig -was caught by a 
cousin. The young couple made a motor 
tour of the Eastern seaboard as far 
south as Norfolk and saw all the sights 
of Williamsburg, Baltimore, and 
Washington. 



On Saturday, May 3, Jfery J. McGah of 
the Business Office and Walter A. 
Robinson of the Stock and Supply Section 
were married at a Nuptial tess at Saint 
Francis DeSales Church in Charlestown. 
The bride wore a ballerina length goivn 
of white silk and carried a white orchid 



l.n hyr missal. The bride was attended by 
Br sister, Margaret, as maid of honor, 
allowing the double ring ceremony, a 
""■eception Tvas held in the Charlestown 
femorial Hall, After a -wedding trip to 
ew York, the couple will make their home 
n Jamaica Plain, 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

ay 15. 10:00 a,m. Round Table of 

Children's Librarians, Lec- 
ture Hall, Central Library 



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I 



ay 23. 9:15 a.m. BPLSA business 

I meeting^ Lecture Hall, Central 

Library 

ly 23. 8:00 p.m. Bertha V. Hartssell 

Memorial Lecture, Wiggin 
Gallery, Central Library, 
Jack Dalton, on The Commo n 
Denominator 

ar^ 6, 7, ittA meeting, Chatham Bars Inn, 
Chatham, Cape Cod 

ane 8-12, SLA Annual Convention, 
I Chicago, Illinois 



^oly 13-19. ALA Annual Conference , San 
Francisco, California 

KEEPER CF PRB^TS HOIWREP- 

On Tuesday, May 20, Arthur W. Heintzel- 
kn. Keeper of Prints, will be avvardod 
he Cross of Officer of the Legion of 
onor by the French Government, in recog- 
ition of his unceasing efforts to aid 
ranee, both culturally and educationally, 
y way of the exchange exhibitions of 
rints and drawings between France and 
he United States . 

Mr Heintzelraan has been Chevalier of 
he Legion of Honor since- 19li^ v ■ " 



BPLSA TO3X!0}JES MM MEMBERS 



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RECENT VISITORS 



lugenie Bibawi, U,S, Library of Informal 

tion, Cairo, United Arab Republic 

(Egypt )o 
cam Singh, UcS, InforirE tion Service, 

Patna, India, 
^llen Power, Librarian, University 
, College, Dublin, Ireland, 
I (Note: Miss Power purchased a copy of 

Whitehill's Histsry of the BPL, and 
entered a subscription to the 
Quarterlyo) 



Joan Allan Ames, Division Office, R and 

R« Se 

Robert G. Bailey, Book Purchasing 
Helen N. Bickford, Dorchester 
Victoria Bradford, Mattapan 
Bernard L. Breskin, Egleston Square 
Kenneth R. Brown, Adams Street 
Albert Bryant, Fine Arts 
William Callahan, Central Charging 

Records 
M. Phyllis Campbell, Egleston Square 
Paul S, Cawein, Hyde Park 
Shirley-Jo Chile oat. General Reference 
Elena Conlin, Director's Office 
Frederick E. Danker, Rare Book 
A. Kay Decker, Central Book Stock— Branch 

Issue 
Elizabeth A. Drane , General Re fere re e 
Winifred Frank, Central Charging Records 
Mis Renee*^ Frederick, Division Office, R- 

and R. S. 
Richard Frita, Bookmobiles 
Edith Gordan, Jamaica Plain 
Doris E. Gray, Book Selection, H-R 2j?tf 

OS. 
Joel A, Holmberg, Connol3-y 
Mrs, Bridget T, Lewis, Informa^j^n 
Arvid W. Le:ctrom, Audio-Visual 
Mrs Roslyn F, Mateles, Charlestown 
Martha A, McDermott, Bookmobiles 
Miriam Mendelsohn, Central Charging 

Records 
llyra Anne Morse, Dorchester 
Mrs Aletha D, Munro, Jfesic 
Helen J, Nicholas , V/ashington Village 
John J, O'Neil, Open Shelf 
Heman 0. Peters&n, Open Shelf 
Hel'e^ V. Rothwell, Adams Street 
Ma.ry L. Shea, Bookmobiles 
David T. Sheehan, General Reference 
Bertte. S, Smith, East Boston 
Rose E. Stinson, Vfeshington Village 
Ann S3 Taber, Dorchester 
Tilrs Nanella J, Warren, Roslindale 
Edith A, Wright, Rare Book 

The BPLSA welcomes also all those Tdio 
forgot to join in 195? but have come back 
in 1958, It reserves a special welcome 
for all who will pay their 1958 dues be- 
fore the business meeting on May 23, at 
which time it would be very happy to be 
able to report lOOJg membership for 1958 o 
As of the QM»s date of publication, . 
^y 15 J dues have been received from only 
67^ of the U39 who are eligible to joino 

MEMBERSHIP AND 
• HOSPITALITY COMJilTTEE 



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IN MEMDRIAM 



M^ION K. ABBOT 



If it were necessary to choose one sen- 
tence to describe the life and character 
of Jiarion Abbot, it would be "She "was the 
salt of the earth". In this one tribute 
are included all the qualities that 
should be ascribed to her: her personal 
integrity; her sense of responsibility 
and dependability; her loyalty to friends, 
to business associates, and to the insti- 
tution which she served so devotedly for 
thirty years. In all probability Marion 
iras one of the hardest workers the Librajy 
ever had. She never spared herself, even 
after her strength began to fail. For 
her, there vias no compromise: you did 
everything thoroughly and correctly or 
you might as well not do it at all. 
Never one to magnify the errors of otheirs, 
she nevertheless demanded perfection of 
herself. Perhaps this was the result of 
her New England backgiVDund, a heritage of 
Tidiich she said little, but of which she 
could be justly proud. 

Conscientious in the extreme, it vas 
all too easy to impose on her unthinking- 
ly; and yet despite this, she had a good 
sturdy will of her own. She was not eas- 
ily, if at all, turned from any course 
she considered right. At Trork, she was 
businesslike, intent on her job and apt 
to be qiiite serio\is. But on reliefs, at 
l\inch time or at staff parties, she was 
a different person. She could relax and 
enjoy thoroughly the jokes and banter 
that might come into the conversation, 
and more likely than not, she would con- 
tribute a funny story or experience, dur- 
ing the telling of i^tiich her face would 
light up and she would laugh that soft 
laugh of hers, and one would think, "How 
pretty she isi" 

I never knew anyone who could give a 
better resume^ of a book. With her slight 
hesitancy of speech which denoted a 
searching for exactly the right words, 
she could make a story completely real, 
and this was one of her talents which she 
gave freely to those of the public who 
needed her help and guidance in book 
selection. 

Although the Library was her chief in- 
terest and her life work, Marion had 



many avocations; her music, her church, 
her friends, her vacation trips all meant 
much to her too, and she gave the same 
meticulous care and attention to these as 
to her duties on her job, 

Jferion will be missed by the Library, 
by her public, her co-workers and her 
friends. There must be a special place 
in Heaven for the Marion Abbots of this 
world. 



Elinor Day Conley 
* ^«- * 

I first met Marion Abbot at a long-ago 

Slipper party, given by Miss Edith 
Guerrier to survivors of one of her 
courses. All were settled down to eat 
when Marion appeared, breathless and 
apologetic. In later years, -vriien she was 
often iry concert companion, I tcis to 
learn that this was the pattern. House 
lights would be dimmed, the audience 
hushed, musicians ready, and the doors 
all but closed. In would slip Marion, 
breathless but present. She rarely 
missed a note. 

Should she now be arriving at the 
pearly gates, hesitant and a little 
tardy, none woiild deny entrance to so 
gentle a spirit. Books and music were 
her loves, but especially music. Taking 
up the cello as an adult, she never 
^ined a technical proficiency commensu- 
rate with her musical understanding. It 
was a joy to play with her. In ovir trio 
music sessions, it was alvays Marion to 
whom "we turned for interpretation of a 
difficult passage. Politely, almost 
apologetically, for she had no wish to 
appear more knowledgeable than we, she 
would gently set us right. 

Vife vacationed as a trio, and she per- 
formed the unusual feat of somehow al^irays 
being in agreement with both of us, while 
we other two were differing violently 
vrith each other. 

She was country bred, and a good com- 
panion on a country walk. She it was 
who first Identified for me the purple 
finch, on a beautiful October Treekend in 
New Hampshire , 

She never dodged what she felt to be 
her duty, whether to her job, her church, 
or her family. When she thought it part 



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of her job to address a group, a thing 
probably not easy for her, she enrolled 
in a public speaking class, gave the 
talk, and iwas asked again. 

One of a large family, she had many 
nieces and nephews, each one equally 
doted on. From time to time, they would 
appear at her apartment, and were always 
royally entertained. Her Chris tms 
shipping was prodigious , and must have 
wearied her. 

No one ever heard Marion speak ill of 
another. She -was incapable of bearing 
a grudge. It would have been an impos- 
sibility to be angry with her. Her sym- 
pathy for any of our small woes was al- 
ways ready and sincere. Jfeny of us will 
be the better for having known her. 

Winifred F. Root 

Editor's Note ; Miss Abbot, Adults 
Librarian at Dorchester, whom we all 
loved and admired, died in her sleep 
Wednesday morning May 7, 19^8. 

BRANCH NOTES 

East Boston 

The members of the JUNIOR SCIENTISTS 
CLUB were quietly seated in the audito- 
rium listening intently to a noted Doc- 
tor of Chemistry expound on rockets and 
space travel. After a rather lengthy 
but clear delivery, and sure that he had 
convinced his audience of the greatness 
of the spage aige, the learned man ended 
his talk with the comment, "And maybe 
some of you will one day travel to the 
mooni" In the front row of the hall sat 
two fifth grade boj^s #io had listened 
carefully to all that tvas said. At the 
Doctor's closing remark they turned to 
one another and quickly exchanged a few 
remarks. Suddenly one of them fell on 
his feet and asked the speaker this 
question, "If we had rockets now that 
could take you to the moon, would you 
go?" With a nervous laugh, somewhat 
exaggerated in the suddenly still room, 
came the answer (hoping to be humorous), 
"Well,, O.I'm too fate" With the satis- 
fied air of one who has received exactly 
what he expected, our budding scientist 
sat back in his seat, poked his friend 
none too gently in the ribs, and spat 



out "I told you he wouldn't go." 

G.V.L. 
West End 

The spring and summer social season 
opens with a bang as Dr. and Mrs. 
Tollackson (Judy Tollackson is our chil- 
dren's assistant) invite the staff to a 
combination tea and pizza party before 
the Tollacksons leave for the state of 
Washington where the doctor is going to 
contimie his studies. 

Diane "Salty" Farrell, well-known 
aquatic sportster (at least well-known 
at the Branch) is now out to conquer the 
briny deep in a sail boat. She starts 
her sailing lessons in early Ifey, and we 
hope that she will be capable enough to 
take a fev,r guests out in a month or two. 
Diane is an expert water-skiier, having 
skied both in Mexico and New England, so 
we don't think she'll have too much trou- 
ble with a boat. If it gets out of hand, 
she can always say, "If you don't behave, 
out of the library you go." 

DEPARTMENT NOTES 

Kirstein 

On April 28, the staff held a farewell 
party for Gerard LaCentra, Jr. who is 
entering the Investment field. The staff 
presented Jerry with a modern classical 
recording as a departing gift. Good 
luck from all of us, Jerry. 

George Pillion 



NOW IS THE TIME TO JOIN THE 
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 

For membership forms 

apply to 
Mildred C. O'Connor 
General Reference Department 



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CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 



Through rain and sleet and snow, etc., 
intrepid BPL-CLA-ers made their -ways to 
Buffalo to attend ths 3lith Annvial Confer- 
ence of the Catholic Library Association. 
By train and by plane, Anna Ulanning, 
Chief of Teachers' Room, Mary Alice Rea, 
Book Purchasing, Alice Waters, Open 
Shelf, Martha Engler, South Boston and 
Diane Farrell, West End, came to the City 
of the Beau-Fleuve, undaunted but some- 
what damp — it continued to rain all week. 
Appropriately, Miss Manning, who is the 
President of the New England Unit of CLA, 
traveled with the ArchbishopS 

Historio-maniac Bostonians were sur- 
prised to discover that Buffalo also has 
a past which rivals ours. The seat of the 
fur trade, this vas the scene of the 
struggles of three countries, England, 
France, and the United States, for the 
possession of Canada and the United 
States. The city could also be called 
the "City of Presidents:" Mllard Fill- 
more's home stood on the present site of 
the convention hotel, the Statlerj Grover 
Cleveland lived and practiced law in 
Buffalo; William McKinley was shot there. 
However, we were most impressed, natural- 
ly> by the fact that J'lark Twain wrote 
HUCKLEBERRY FINN in the Buffalo Public 
Library I 

The Conference theme. The Formation of 
Life-time Reading Habits , proved an es~ 
pecialiy satisfying subject to the chil- 
dren's librarians in the party. Every 
discussion seemed to begin or end in a 
consideration of children's reading. And 
every group in the Association (even the 
College and University Librarians) em- 
phasized the importance of supporting and 
encouraging children's library work. The 
topics under discussion ranged from nur- 
sery rhymes to epics , from methods of 
using children's encyclopedias (with Ruth 
Tarbox of World Book, Nancy Hoyle of 
Compton's, and Alice Richardson of 
Brittanica Jr.) to methods of effective- 
ly employing student assistants. Ways 
and means to arouse in the child the 
desire to read were sought. 

With Anne Thaxter Eaton to tell us, 
"Ylonder makes the world new every dayj 
imaginative literature keeps alive the 
power to wonder;" vrLth !.!ary Perkins Ryan, 



author of THE CHRISTIAN ORIENTATION OF 
READING, to describe for us the book- 
world in which she spent her childhood; 
with the Rev. Harold C. Gardiner, S.J,, 
'literary editor of AI/ERICA, to analyse 
I the kinds of pleasure we derive from lit- 
erature; and with the Rev, Daniel Berri- 
' gan, S.J., to discourse on the philosoph- 
I ical implications of the "freedom to 
[ read ," sufficient mind-and-spirit-f illing 
fare isas provided for everyone. 
I Of course we visited Niagara Falls and 
i dined in the famous Rainbow Room at the 
Sheraton-Brock Hotel in Canada. We also 
! visited a number of college and univer- 
i sity libraries in and around Buffalo, as 
; well as the Buf felo Public Library, vfhere 
I we were especially attracted by ingenious 
1 posters and displays. The renarkable 
I assemblage of children's homes, schools, 
' and hospital and the beautiful Basilica 
j of Our Lady of Victory, built by the 
, late, beloved "Father Baker" in Lacka- 
1 wanna, was the object of another of our 
i excursions. 
j We are happily indebted to oxir hosts, 

the members of the Western New York Con- 
' ference of Catholic Librarians and the 
i City of Buffalo for their gracious hos- 
I pitality. And the weather wasn't really 
: bad. If we remember correctly, Boston 
■ inflicted a blizzard on the CIA when it 
I met here two years a go I 

Diane G. Farrell 

I 

I NEl^r BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 



Non-Fiction 



Meyer, E, P. 

Go it alone, lady I 
per, 1957. 

Fiction 



New York, Har- 



Barnsley, A. G. 

In the time of Greenbloom. 
Morrow, 1957. 



New York, 



Kelley, ¥Jelbourn 
Alabama empire o 
1957. 



New York, Rinehart, 



Thompson, Kate 

Man de villa, Boston, Houghton, Miff= 
lin, 1957. 



Library Science 

Ball, M. 0. 
Subject headings for the information 
file. New York, Wilson, 1956. 

John Cotton Dana, the centennial convo- 
cation. New Brunsmck, N. J. , Rutgers 
University Press, 1957. 

Meigs, C. L» 

A critical history of Children's lit- 
erature. New York, Macmillan, 1953* 

Metcalfe, J. W, 

Information indexing and subject 
cataloging. New York, Scarecrow Press, 
1957. 

Perry, J. W. 
Documentation and information retrie- 
val. Cleveland, Press of Western 
Reserve University, 1907 • 

Taylor, Archer 

Book catalogues: their varieties and 
uses, Chicago, Newberry Library, 1957. 

MYOR'S SUPPLE'TENTARY BUDGET 

The my 10, 1958, issue of the CITY 
RECORD carries the welcome news that His 
Honor Ikxyor John B. Hynes included the 
following items in the supplementary 
budget sent to City Council on May 5, 
1958: 

LIBRARY DEPARTMENT |im,?00 

The TTustoos of the Breton Public Li- 
br\ry*-are 'of the opiniofi that tiio a- 
boVB arabunt should be restored in order 
that their department -vrLll not have to 
curtail its operations or restrict any 
of its services. The requests are as 
follows : 

Persortil Services $U8,000 

Contractual Services .... 1,200 
Supplies and Materials . . . 35,000 
Equipment 30,000 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



The Hartaell Lecture which will be 
given Friday evening the twenty-third of 
this month should be more than ordinarily 
interesting. Jack Dalton, the lecturer, 
is a man v^io is well known for the fresh- 
neas of his ideas and for the vigor and 
liveliness with whieh he presents them. 
Formerly Librarian of the University of 
Virginia, he is at the present Director 
of the recently established International 
Relations Office of the American Library 
Association. This officfe, organized un- 
der a grant from the Rockefeller Founda- 
tion, has as its prime fionctions the 
study and investigation of the state of 
library development and the need for li- 
brary education in various parts of the 
world, and the giving of advice and in- 
fornatdon to government and private agen- 
cies interested in advancing the state of 
libraries and librarian ship abroad j most 
particularly, we understand, among our 
non-European neighbors , 

Mr. Dalton has travelled extensively 
to survey the situation among libraries 
and librarians in other parts of the 
world and should have much to say to us 
that will be both interesting and outside 
of the customary discussions of library 
problems. We believe the Hartzell com- 
mittee is to be congratulated on having 
procured for us what bids fair to be an 
unusual treat, one that we feel sure few 
will want to miss. 

SARAH W. FLANNERY 

B.P.L. ALUMNI 

Our old friend Fanny Goldstein is 
still in the news. On Sunday, May h, 
she was feted at a tea at the Nevrbon 
Centre estate of Mrs. Albert Salter. 
Judge Jennie L. Barren paid a very ele- 
quent tribute to Miss Goldstein stressing 
her TTork with the young and her role in 
bringing Jewish books to the foreground. 



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Any contribution to the Soap Bo x 
must be accompanied by the full name of 
the Association 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 appearance does not 
necessarily indicate that the Publica- 
tions 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: 

It is interesting to note that 
recent issues of the ALA bulletin (May 
1958) and the Massachusetts Division of 
Library Extension publication "News 
Letter" (December 1957) carry numerous 
ads asking for librarians with college 
education. Library School credits, and/or 
library experience. Some call for libraiy 
experience alone. 

What a sad commentary on the Boston 
Public Library Administration, where ex- 
perience is pushed into the background! 

Is there a department in the biblio- 
thecal service where the "old-timers" 
aren't called upon again and again to 
tackle difficult problems which our 
"qualified librarians" cannot begin to 
understand? And - strange as it may 
seem - most of those who "save the day" 
time and again belong to that tiny group 



of lowly "third-steppers" who were not 
i considered worthy of a 4th step during 

the Administration's "step-give-away" 
i program of 1938. 

Methuselah 

Dear Soap Box : 

In the SORT Bulletin for January 
1958 under NEWS FROM STAFF ASSOCIATIONS 
there appears this provocative item: 
"UCLA Library S.A. compiled an entirely 
new and complete staff manual, soon to 
be published undor staff -administration 
joint auspices". 

Is this the answer as to how we are 
going to got a new staff manual for the 
Boston Public Library? The Staff Associa- 
tion many years ago offered to help in 
revising our trial edition of the Staff 
Manual (1948). It has been on trial 
long enough now to make us realize it is 
horribly out-of-date. Bearing in mind 
that in addition to this offer of the 
Staff Association, the Personnel Sub- 
committee of the Examining Committee 
recommended an up-to-date loose-leaf 
staff manual, that the 1954 report pre- 
pared for the Mayor's Citizens Committee 
by the Municipal Research Bureau and the 
Boston Finance Commission stated that 
"The Library Department has already 
experimented with such a manual. One was 
prepared in 1948 but not finally adopted. 
It did not however encompass all person- 
nel items and had no subject matter 
applicable to sub-professional and non- 
bibliothecal personnel". "...It should 
be emphasized, however, that in a depart- 
ment which spends more than three out of 
four dollars on personnel, every oppor- 
t\anity for utilizing all techniques of 
effective personnel administration should 
be adopted", it seems inconceivable that 
we will muddle along with our Staff 
Manual (Trial edition) (1948). 

Incidentally, copies of this are 
becoming increasingly rare, and maybe 
it is just as well, because, oftentimes, 
it might be better to be ignorant than 
to be misinformed. 

BLISSFUL 

Dear Soap Box: 

How much longer are relatively 
expensive professional assistants going 
to have to be used for page work, shelviig 
etc.? If ever there was false economy, 
this is it. The backlong of work which 



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con be done nnly by professionals con- 
tinues to pile up.j professionals do 
■page work, becausE the freeze has been 
put on hiring extra assistants. Surely 
an a^ipeal can be made to someone. The 
Trustees? The Mayor? The City Council? 
Common Sense. 



Dear Editor: 

Having heard that it was intended to 
move the public catalog into the Abbey 
Room, it appeared at first that this 
might be a good idea. But after con- 
sidering the difficulties it might be 
better to allow the plan to remain a 
dreeon. 
CONSIDER: 

1. THE LIGHTDIG: In spite of the dese- 
cration of the ceiling by numerous spot- 
lights and floodlights, and the monstrous) 
hanging fixture which holds lights 
totalling 7000 watts, the room is vary 
pjorly lighted even though there has been 
some improvement in the light projected 
on the paintings themselves. To add the 
light that would be needed to illuminate 
the catalogs and the general area, 
numerous holes would have to be drilled 
in the marble floor. A costly defacement. 



4. THE ALTEM^IATIVES: The Abbey Room 
was successfully used as a delivery room 
for books for home reading. It might be 
again so used to relieve the congestion 
and confusion at Centre Desk. The money 
required to move the catalog into the 
Abbey Room might be used to purchase 
catalog trays and to extend the catalog 
area to a small extent into Bates Hall. 
G. ABBY 



QUOTES 

STAFF SPECTATOR (San Francisco 
Public Library Staff Association, 
April 1959). 

"The Staff Association of our library- 
will hold open house in the Commission- 
ers' Room, with refreshments served from 
2:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday, July 14 
through Friday, July 18. Members of the 
staff will be on hand to greet the 
visitors and make them feel welcome." 

Editor's Note : So that BPLers 
attending the AL/i Conference will not get 
homesick for the afternoon relief in 
Sam's Hideaway, we pass on the above 
information. 



2. THE HEAT: This room is very poorly 
ventilated, and in sxommer is a veritable 
oven, hot and humid. Add the heat from 
the additional necessary lighting and 
the body heat of scores of patrons and 
we could have the first Turkish bath in 
a public library. 

3. THE ADVANTAGES: V«ould there be 
additional space to permit an expansion 
of the overcrowded catalog trays? Wo I 
There would not be enough room to ac- 
commodate the trays now in the public 
catalog. Would the public have more 
space in which to work? No I It would 
be necessary to route the books being 
delivered from the stacks to Bates Hall 
right through the Abbey Room. Would 
there be certain economies and advantages 
to be gained from new catalog trays? 

No J Because there are no plans to use 
any except the same old trays - the 
same ones that have been splitting, 
cracking, falling apart, and being 
patched up for a half oentury and more. 



j "... Only 'paid' Staff Association 
.members can vote, so check on yourself 
land if you haven't paid this year's dues 
i send your $3.00 to . . ." 

EIi.it r's T\fote: And we still pay 50;2?i 

NFL NEWS (Newark, New Jersey, Public 
Library, April 1958). 

The Pheonix Rises ? "The future of 
the Staff Association has recently been 
questioned. . . Chairman of the Associa- 
tion's Professional Committee here sums 
up the problems that beset the Associa- 
tion." 

Kditor's Note ; This should be 
"required reading" for all interested in 
the futre of Staff Associations in 
general. It is on file in the Staff 
Library. 



TAKE A BOW 

I The new reading list put out by our 
lyoung Adult Group, entitled " Congratula - 
ition s Graduates " is very timely and 
I should prove very useful to our current 
crop of cap eind gowners. 



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MISS HAVILAiro REPRESENTS 
A. L. A. IN ITAlY 



Virginia Haviland, Reader's Advisor for 
Children, recently flew back to Boston 
ifter a brief but very exciting stay in 
[taly. There, as Chairman of the Chil- 
iren's Services Subcommittee of the 
UL.A. International Relations Committee, 
she represented the United States at the 
Biennial Conference of the International 
3oard on Books for Young People at 
''lore nee, Ifey 7-11. 

At the pair of meetings devoted to 
lational reports Miss Haviland reported 
m children's books in the United States, 
1956-58. At another session she read a 
paper. Television and Children's Books in 
bhe U. S". , prepared on the invitation of 
the International Board. 

The final session of the Conference Tuas 
given over to the avjarding of the Hans 
Christian Andersen I/!edal. Entries from 
3ighteen countries were considered for 
this biennial international children's 
book a-ward vjhich -was finally presented to 
4strid Lindgren of Sweden. I'liss Haviland 
received from the President of Italy two 
Certificates of Merit for American au- 
thors Meindert Dejong (THE HOUSE OF SIXTY 
FATHERS) and Fred Gipson (OLD YELLER) 
both of whom were runner s-up. 

The meetings ^rere held in the Palazzo 
Vecchio, the present City Hall of 
Florence, formerly the palace of the 
Medicis. Follo^Ting the kviard Ceremony, 
a cocktail party vra.s given in the Medici 
rooms which are now a museum. B.P.L. 
staff members will be interested to know 
that Jack Dalton, Director of the A.L.A. 
International Relations Office and Speak- 
er at the coming Bertha V. Hartz.ell 
Memorial Lecture, attended the final 
sessions of the Conference on his vay 
back to this country from the Middle East, 

ETHEL L, HEINS 

ROU?ro TABLE OF LIBRARIANS 
^FOR YOUMG ADULTS 

The third meeting of the 1957-08 sea- 
son vas held at the Greenfield Public 
Library on May 1. lirs. Hester McKeage, 
Librarian, graciously showed the visi- 
tors through the enlarged and im.if^ina- 
tively redesigned library. Especially 
noted v/as the Young Adult Room, central- 
ly located, with facilities for serious 
and recreational reading. 



Pauline Y^nnick, Deputy Supervisor, in 
charge of Work with Young Adults, BPL, 
was the speaker. The president, Rose 
MooiBChian, South Boston, in introducing 
Miss Winnie k pointed out that she vas 
from a large public library iNhere twenty- 
seven branch library situations presented 
many of the same problems found in the 
small public library. The talk high- 
lighted the importance and objectives of 
developing service to young adults and 
provided specifics in planning staff, 
space, and book budget for tte realiza- 
tion of effective work with young adults. 

About forty-five persons were present, 
and although many were from the Green- 
field area there was a good representa- 
tion from the BPL and the eastern part 
of the state. 

The first meeting of the 19$8-59 sea- 
son will be held in conjunction with the 
New England Library Association Confer- 
ence at Swampscott next October and will 
feature the dynamic Dr. Harold Martin, 
Director of General Education, Harvard 
University, speaking on What Young Peo - 
ple Should Be Reading in Their High 
School Years. 



t/DRE SOAP BOX 
Dear Soap Box: 

It is reported that the Centennial 
Gift Committee met recently and turned 
over to the Trustees of the Library "in 
trust", in commemoration of the employ- 
ees of the Library, the funds raised for 
the gift. 

The committee rejected a proposal that 
the Centennial Gift be presented in 
memory of the Libra ly's war dead, even 
though similiar proposals had been twice 
endorsed by the Executive Board of the 
Professional Staff Association and by 
the presidents of the five staff organi- 
zations, A proposal that the committee 
take no action until the staff members 
were polled on the matter iras also re- 
jected. 

Since the committee was appointed by 
the staff organizations and was charged 
by them only to nake all arrangements 
for raising the funds and selecting the 
gift to be presented by the staff . . . 
(iinderlining added), it is irgr considered 
opinion that they exceeded their po-wer 
and prerogative \7hen they went beyond 



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this in presenting the gift and in speci 
^ying it in commemoration of the employ' 
';es without going back to the parent or- 
ganizations for instructions and direc- 
tions . 

Could a conanittee of eighteen, vriiich 
had dwindled to fourteen becaiise of res- 
ignations, retirements, etc., and Tidiich 
had only eight or nine present, speak for 
jail the employees of the Library in mat- 
ters they had not been directly charged 
with? I seriously question that the ac- 
Ition they have taken is binding on the 
staff. 

For the employees to give a gift in 
|commemoration of themselves seems to me 
to be lacking in significance. Do the 
employees need a memorial so that all 
would know that the Library had employ- 
iees? 

To give a gift in maraory of those who 
Igave their lives that we and our insti- 
itutions might be free would seen to be 
jmore fitting by far. 
! Since I was president of the Profes— 
isional Staff Association when the idea of 
the Centennial Gift vas presented to the 
Executive Board, invited the other or- 
ganizations to participate, and gavB it 
every encouragement, I was keenly dis- 
appointed when the committee took it upon 
themselves to present this gift in com- 
memoration of the employees. From this 
commemoration I vfould like to disassoci- 
ate myself. 



B. JOSEPH O'NEIL 



Dear Editor: 



TJhen someone asks, "YJhat is he?'*or, 
"What is she?"i generally what is meant is, 
"What does he or she do for a living?" 

A person is identified with his occu- 
pation or profession. Some callings cast 
an aura of glamour on its follovfers, oth- 
ers inspire respect or awe, but some oc- 
cupations may generate only apathy or in- 
difference. Very often the attitude of 
those persons who are members of a given 
profession or occupation is responsible, 
in large measure, for the opinion ?ri:iich 
others have for this profession. 

Too often, because the profession imy 
be generally underpaid or because those 
associated with it have had only imper- 
fect or dimly understood ideas of its 
functions and purposes, there is a tend- 
ency of some professional men and their 



colleagues to belittle or deprecate the 
importance of their life work. Because 
they are not paid rewards commensurate 
with the importance of their services 
should not cause a f oeling of apology and 
self -depreciation, but should inspire 
those affected to convince the layman of 
their worth, to spread the gospel of the 
value and significance of their calling. 

We who are associated with the Library 
have the same obligation to ourselves. 
For identified as we are with the Library 
and with librarianship we may well pros- 
per as the general public realizes and 
appreciates the "value of the services of 
the Library, and, by the same token, if 
the public at large looks upon the Li- 
biary with indifference or disdain, we 
may well suffer. 

We, inho are a part of a truly great 
Library, have a continuing obligation 
not only to contribute actively through 
devoted service but also as expert wit- 
nesses to testify to the value and need 
for good library service and all it en- 
tails. 

Our attitude and activities can and 
should be our own memorial o 



B. JOSEPH O'MEEL 



Dear Editor: 



Will you please print something in the 
QM concerning non-members of the Staff 
Association who insist on grabbing the 
Question Hark \'*ien it eventually arrives, 
and hog it, I know that it is not a 
classified document limited to a certain 
few favored people but I do believe that 
those vho see fit to pay nit good money 
to become members of the Association 
should have first crack at it, 

DISMYED 

Editor's Mote 
"Nuf s-edj" 

To the Soap Box: 

Query: When is an experiment not an 
experiment? That's what the women who 
have to eat lunch under the glare of the 
two flourescsnt lights which were placed 
in the lunch room, we understood, on "an 
experimental basis" last June would like 
to know. Appeals have been irade to all 
authorities up to but not including the 



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'Directot* kesults? The lights still 
ilare, the women still ginimble , the ex- 
periiiEnt still goes on, TJJhy? T/l/hy? Ihy? 

THIRTY WHO DON'T LIKE 'EM 

LUNCHEON FOR ABRAHAM SNYDER 

Nearly fifty years of library service 
are soon to be terminated for Abraham 
Snyder. "Abe" , who entered the Boston 
Public Library on October 2, 1908, as a 
lumber of the Shelf DepartnEnt, and ulti- 
mtely became filer in charge of the 
Bates Hall and later Official Catalogue, 
sas honored by his colleagues at a roast 
beef luncheon given at the Du Barry Res- 
taurant on May lU. 

Sitting beside his attractive wife, 
^elia, who wore an orchid corsage given 
ler by his co-workers, "Abe" looked very 
Like a bridegroom with his white carna- 
tion— aptly enough, as the Snyders will 
celebrate their ll2nd wedding anniversary 
)n May 21. 

About fifty people were present at the 
Luncheon, and close to one hundred names 
vere inscribed on a ribbon accompanying 
■J^e gift of one hundred dollars presented 
ay Richard G. Hensley. A floral center- 
3iece ornamenting the head table vns also 
:iresented to the Snyders. 

Esther Lissner, who headed the commit- 
tee in charge of the luncheon arrange- 
nents , gave a Y/itty and origiral resume 
)f ''Abe"'s career as a "card sharp". 
•'ollowing his presentation speech, \fr» 
iensley cast "AbG"'s horoscope. Knowing 
lis vrarmly friendly and somewhat sybari- 
tic nature, "Abe"'s friends were not sur- 
prised to hear that he is at his happiest 
f«hen surrounded by "glamour," nor, av.are 
Df his love for the golden sands of Nan- 
tasket and Miami, did they wonder that 
-lis element is "fire" and his ruler "the 
3uno" 

FLASHl 

The cover of JUNIOR LIBRi^-RIES , May 1958, | 
carries the reproduction of this librn.ry'sj 
National Library IVeek Bookmark designed 
Cor Young Adults. The Boston Public Li- j 
brary Young Adult Committee for National i 
Library VJeek was responsible for its con- j 
bent and Mrs. Roslyn Ma teles, committee 
iiember, (Charlestown) is the artist. 



REMINDER 



The tenth annual awarding of the Mary 
U. Nichols Book Prizes will take place 
at the North End Branch Library, on 
Thursday evening. May 22, at eight 
o'clock. Dr. Girolamo Vitelli, Italian 
Consul General in Boston, mil be the 
speaker. The presentation of tb© aifv^irds 
will be by the Director, Milton E. Lord. 




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uestion 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JUNE 1958 



THE QUESTION MARK 

Published by iiie Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XIII Number 6 June 1958 

Publications Committee: Gerald L. Ball, Macy J. IfeLrgolis, Pauline E. JJlurphy, 

Elizabeth J. Obear, Esther J. Leonard, Chairman 

Publication date ; Deadline for submitting material ; 

r he fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month " 

EDITORIAL NOTES 

The "Raison d»-etre" for THE QUESTION MARK 

It is the official organ of the Boston Public Library Staff Association. As 
such it reports on the professional and social activities of its members and their 
associates, it notes the arrival and departure of staff members, on its editorial 
page the Publications Committee has its^say, and- the President's. No tea provides a 
regular means for frequent reports from the Presiden-fto the ^+kfi^ Association 
members. 

But the feature inihich me believe is unique among library staff publications is 
the Soap Box section of THE QUESTION "ARK. Jfeny have expressed the opinion that 
the ijoap Box is the "best part'* of THE QUESTION I1ARK. 

What is there about this feature that makes it so unusual? Any member in good 
standing in the Staff Association may have published in the Soap Box letters not 
exceeding three hundred words provided certain very liberal provisions are met. 
The material may not be libelous, it may not offend good taste, and the letters 
when submitted must be signed with the name of the writer. However, the writer's 
name will be withheld at his or her request, and the identity of the writer then is 
known only to the Editor, The Publications Committee is charged with the responsi- 
bility for checking that there is factual basis for statements purported to be 
facts. But wide latitude has been given to expression of opinions as long as it is 
pertinent. We are proud to state that never has there been a hint of a leak as to 
the identity of one v*io would remain anonymous. 

It is a tribute to the Trustees, the Director, and the Staff that letters 
critical of the Administration and of the Officers of the Staff Association have 
been published in the Soap Box . 

There is no doubt that this feature has served all concerned. The Soap Box 
has acted as a aoundiag- board for the ideas of the staff, providing an escape for 
some, a channel of communication for others, but serving as well the Administration, 
For many ideas that ordinarily might not be expressed for fear of reprisal (whether 
unfounded or not) or because of personal considerations, find the light of day in 
the Soap Box . The Soap Box can guarantee that a minority, even of only one, may 
have its say, 

?fe may not agree at all with the writers, but we may well take pride that the 
Staff and the Administration, in participating or in permitting, have an estab- 
lished organ for expression of opinion, a truly "free press", 

THE PUBLIC A.TIONS COmJlITTEE 



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PERSOI^IEL NOTES 



■ransfers 



Mosher, from Bookmobiles to 



Suzanne N. 
loslindale 

designations 



Robert J. Anglin, Book Stack Service, 
;o continue education 

Jeanette M. Breslin, Book Stack Service, 
;o seek other employment 

Charles L. Cragin, Book Stack Service, 
,0 accept another position 

Marie S. Devlin, Cataloging and Classi- 
'ication, Division of H. R. and C. S, 

Mrs Mary M. O'Neill, Office, Division 
)f H. R. and C. S., to remain at home 

Its Diane F, Overbey, Charlestown, to 
'emain at home 

Mrs Nancy L. Settles, Central Charging 
lecords, moving to California 

Mrs Judith P. Tollackson, West End, to 
•emain at home 

Retirements 

Eleanor E. O'Leary, South Boston 
Abraham Snyder, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, Division of R. and R. S. 

MARY U . NICHOLS A "ARDS 

The 10th Annual Ainard of the Mary U. 
'Jichols Book Prizes vra.s made at the Tilorth 
3nd Branch Library on Thursday evening, 
ifey 22, Milton E. Lord, Director, aivarded 
bhe coveted book prizes, handsomely bound, 
ind each bearing a book plate designed by 
Irthur W, Heintzelman, Keeper of Prints, 
ind worthy of being handed down in the 
family of the winners. Mr. Lord congrat- 
ulated Sandra De Luca and Francis Anthony 
Segadelli, this year's winners, and gave 
some interesting information on the 
eighteen other North Enders who have re- 
ceived the Avjards since its inception, 
aany of vAiom were present. 

The principal address of the evening 
was given hy Dr. Girolamo Vitelli, Consul 
jeneral of Italy in Boston. He stressed 
the importance of knowing one's mother 
tongue and deplored the general tendency 
to be careless in speech as well as in 
dress. 

Father Francis J. Donoghue, S. J, of 
St. Mary's Church pointed out the value 
of the library as a means of assisting 
people to achieve self education. 



Robert Castagnola was program chairman. 
Students from Christopher Columbus and 
the Julie Billiart High School furnished 
the musical portion of the evening, 

Mrs, James Snyder, sister of the late 
Mary U. Nichols, cane from Auburn, llaine, 
to be present at this 10th Annual Program. 

After the formal events of the evening, 
a social hour followed vrith punch and 
cookies for our 200 guests, served by the 
North End Staff, and members of the Young 
Adult Council. 

BERTHA V. HARTZELL MEMORIAL LECTURE 

On Friday evening. May 23, 19^8, the 
ssventh Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial Lec- 
ture was given before an audience of 
about seventy persons in the V^iggin Gal- 
lery of the Central Library. The lec- 
turer. Jack Dalton, was formerly a teach- 
er and librarian at the University of 
Virginia, and is at present the Director 
of the International Relations Office of 
the American Library Association, His 
topic was The Common Denominator . At the 
beginning of his talk, Mr. Daiton stressed 
the fact that he had purposely chosen a 
rather ambiguous title for his lecture 
since he wished it to cover the many 
things he planned to say about his work 
and to point out the differences in the 
concept of librarianship vriiich he had 
found throughout the world. 

Mr. Dalton described his various trips 
to points all over the world for the pur- 
pose of studying libraries of other coun- 
tries, comparing them with our own, and 
offering whatever assistance was possible 
in the circumstances. He mentioned the 
fact that most libraries in Europe, the 
Middle East and the Far East are reposi- 
tories for the culture of the country, 
not free libraries as we know them, and 
that for this reason, the professional 
standards of the librarians are not the 
same as ours. Thus, when Mr. Dalton re- 
ceives a request for help in supplying a 
librarian in a foreign country, the re- 
quest is simply for "a librarian", with 
no specification as to required knowledge 
or training. 

He spoke with rueftil humor of the fact 
that wherever he vrent, it seened as 
though he left the country just before 
some major catastrophe; for example, the 
biirning of the libraries in Lebanon; the 
riots in Paris; and the Nixon episodes in 
South America, 

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Mr. Dalton spoke of the need of more 
nowledge in this coxmtry of the languages 

id cultxires of other countries, especial-' 
,y in the matter of graduate school work, 
ften a foreign graduate student is handl 
apped in the universities of this countrj^ 
lecause there is no one qualified to exam-' 
ne him because of language barriers, nor 
s the material he needs in a form irtiich 
e can use. 

These were some of the highlights of Mr, 
alton's talk, but perhaps the most impor4 
ant part of the lecture lay in the "food 
or thought" which he left vath his audi- 
nce: the intimation of mde differences 
mong libraries the world over and the ex- 
remely fortunate position in which li- 
raries and librarians of the United 
tates find themselves. 

Ending with an informal reception for 
r. Dalton and his wife, and the serving 
C refreshments, the evening was one to b€ 
ong remembered, 

Elinor D. Conley 

NEYf GIFT TO LIBRARY 

At a meeting marking the 25th Anniver- 
iry of the Tfedgwood Club, international 
rganization for the study of early Eng- 
ish ceramics, held in the Elliott Room, 
iturday. May 2U, Charles P. Gorely Jr., 
resident of the Club, presented a gift oi 
1000 »00 to the Library for the establish- 
snt of THE iraEDGlDOD CLUB FUND in Memory 
C Mrs. Marcus A. Coolidge. The income 
rom this fund is to be used to develop 
he Library's collection of books and ma- 
srial in the field of ceramics. Milton 
. Lord, Director, accepted the gift on 
ehalf of the Trustees, 

At the same time, Mr, Goi^ly presented 
the Library a Wedgwood Queen's ware 
ontieth, or punch bowl, decorated with 
he first arms of the U. S, Navy within a 
hain-ring of 13 links bearing the names 
f the first states. 

SEEN ON TELEVISION 

Dancing a lively oberek before a capac- 
ty audience, laidred Kaufman, Branch Li- 
rarian. Memorial, appeared with the 
rakowiak Polish Dancers in the final n\im- 
2r of the First International Spring Folk 
esti-yal televised from the courtyard of 
he Boston Museum of Fine Arts on Ifey 23, 
a addition to serving as a member of the 
rogram committee for the festival. Miss 
aufman vra.s also the stage manager for th::^ 
estival program i/diich featured songs and 
mces of many nationalities. 



BEST V'ISmS FOR A SPEEDY RECCWEY 
To 

Bill Sullivan, Binding, who is in the 
Carney Hospital recovering from an 
operation, 

Elizabeth G. Barry, Statistical, who, 
recently hospitalized on account of a 
broken bone in her ankle, while recu- 
perating, is with her sister, Mrs, 
Thomas Mclnerney, 83 Hunnewell Avenue , 
Brighton 30, 

VICE-PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

The pitifully small attendance at the 
May business meeting of the BPLSA can be 
only partially explained by the shortage 
of help. It would seem that the apathy 
and lack of interest of the meidDers is 
really the true cause. Don't sit back 
and wait for action. Let the Executive 
Board know what you think the Associa- 
tion's program should bei 

We hope that this apathy will not 
extend to the vote on the Centennial 
Gift, Let's get the votes in on timet 

LOUIS RAINS 

VJELCOME BACK 

John Alden, Rare Book, returned June 9 
from a four-months' tour of service in 
India, He had been selected by the State 
Department to advise on the preservation 
of books and manuscripts in that country, 
John saw numerous libraries, some good, 
some bad, some mediocre, and has quite a 
number of reports to write on his experi- 
ences . 

It is interesting to note that this 
tour ms part of the India Wheat Loan 
Program. It seems that in the early 50 's, 
the U, S. Government loaned India money 
to buy wheat. The interest on the loan 
has been used by the U. S. Government to 
strengthen relations between India and 
this country J a program very similar to 
that used after the Boxer Rebellion when 
the indemnity was used to send Chinese 
students to America to study in the 
interest of improving Chinese-American 
relations. 



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BOTTLING LEAGUE SE'^SON EWS 



The Bowling League season ended on Klay 
?!0 -when its annual banquet "was held at 
Steuben Vienna Room, There the League 
imembers and their friends enjoyed a deli- 
icious dinner accompanied by a very enter- 
taining floor showo A most enjoyable 
evening vias had by all. The bowling sea- 
son ended for this year but vie are hoping 
that many more ivill join us next year. 

For the record, high scores for the 
year went to Arthur Mulloney, Statistical, 
and Rita Gallen. 

Barbara Ashe 

PART'-TIMERS CEIEEFA TE 

The season for library outings got into 
E"ull SYfing again with the outing on ljfe.y 
30, which like last year was held at 
(Thalom Park, just beyond Fitchburg and 
".eominster. We filled one chartered bus, 
ind by 10;l5 in the morning wa were on 
Dur way. TOiile it was arranged by part- 
bimers, everyone was welcome. 

There was one suggestion to go to Rever^ 
Instead, in order to keep down the cost, 
imong those -vrtio showed upj but almost all 
Df us wanted to stick to ITialom, 

At the park, most of our party played 
Dall until three and later went on merry- 
jo-rounds. For a while I went bowling 
vith five others , and then went to the 
Deach, which I would never miss. However, 
Decause the water was unusually cold 
Dnly about five of us were there. 

We spent the afternoon and left for 
lome at 5:00 P. M. 

Of the many places chosen for library 
Dutings, Whalom Park seems to be one of 
the best with its large layout and wide 
rariety of entertainment. This includes, 
oeside the lake with bathhouse facilities 
I large field for golf, and a miniature 
electric train for children which makes a 
round-trip aro\ind the edge of the park 
*ich considerably adds to the attraction, 

Henry Bowditch Jones 

C., C., AND K. S. DOES IT AGAIN 

The force of tradition, combined with 
the lure of |1.50 paid in advance, 
arought a goodly clutch of the faithful 
bo Duxbury on Tuesday, June 17, to cele- 
3rate Bunker Hill Day, rumored to be the 



last time that librarians were ever 
driven out of Boston. As witli virtually 
all gatherings, the theme might well be, 
"there is always one who,,," And there 
was one who got there first, to wait in 
the icy blasts for the others to come 
doubtfully across the dunes to the fire. 
And there was one who, entrusted with 
the most vital supplies, delayed his 
arrival until despair was near. And one 
who tried to forge a new t3:tiil to the 
site to avoid the 50-cent parking fee, 
only to be mired in sand» There were 
the ones Tsho didn't bring enough clothee, 
or brought too much appetite, and even 
one or two viho didn't like steamed clams. 
There were the crafty ones who brou^ 
chairs, only to find sitting that high ' 
was too draftyj there were the ball 
players, the shell gatherers, the zeal- 
ous fire builders and those unsung heroes 
and heroines who seem to be broiling 
everyone else's hot dogs or finding the 
melted butter. There were iihe pretty 
girls, the mighty athletes, and the 
children to be found j and in the center 
of all this the mighty tub of clams, 
steamed in just the right amount of sea 
water, ladled on plates by the shovelful, 
to be opened and dipped in melted butter. 
In more ways than one, the annual picnic 
was a great success, and not the least 
of these was in the field of costuisB. 
The full range from brevity to comfort 
was represented, but in keeping with the 
traditional nature of the event, not a 
sack was seen. 

Editor's Note ; For those who have -never 
been introduced to this select body, the 
intriguing initials are interpreted thuss 
Chatter, Chowder, and Marching Society. 

NE1¥ BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Non-Fiction 

Ayer, M. H, 

The three lives of Harriet Hubbard 

Ayer. Philadelphia, Lippincott, 195?. 
Morris, C, H, 

The illustration of children's books, 

London, U, 1907. 
Packard, V. Oo 

The hidden persuaders. New York. 

McKay, 1957. 
Tfeston, George F. 

Boston ways: high, by, and folk. 

Boston, Beacon Press, 1957. 



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Fiction 



Burnett, H« S, 
The brain pickers, 
1957. 



New York, Mesaner, 



Libi^ry Science 

dssociation of College and Reference Li- 
braries . Committee on Standards . 
College and university library accred- 
itation standards, 1957. Chicago, 
ACRL, 1958. 

Conference on the Practical Utilization 
of Recorded Knowledge - Present and 
Futiore, Western Reserve University, 
1956, Documentation in action, Nevr 
York, Reinhold, 1956, 

Fess, Margaret 
The Grosvenor Library and its times, 
Buffalo, Grosvenor Reference Division 
of the Buffalo and Erie County Public 
Library, 1956. 

Hastings, H. C, 

Spoken poetry on records and tapes, 
Chicago, ACRL, 1957. 

McColvin, L, R, 

Public Library services for children. 
Paris, UNESCO, 1957. 

Poole's index: date and volume key by 
Jferion V, Bell and Jean C. Bacon, 
Chicago, ACRL, 1957. 

Walker, Elinor, ed. 

Book bait. Chicago, ALA, 1957o 

BON VOYAGE TO 
A. L. A. CONFERENCE ATTENDANTS 

Milton E, Lord — Director, and Librarian 
Anne E. Armstrong— Open Shelf, Children's 

Section 
Anne F. Colenan — ^Mt, Bowdoin 
Helen A. Connell-— South Boston 
Elizabeth M, Gordon — Division Office, 

H. R. and C. S, 
Cornelia M. Harrington — Division Office, 

H, R. and C. S. 
Virginia Havilarai— Open Shelf, Children's 

Section 
Ruth M. Hayes — ^Adams Street 
Kathleen Hegarty — General Reference 
Jfedalene D, Holt — ■Washington Village 
Mrs Muriel C, Javelin — ^Division Office, 

H, R. and C. S. 
Ifeirie R. Kennedy —Mt, Bowdoin 
Ethel Kimball — Brighton 
Rosalie A, Lang~General Reference 
Edna G. Peck — Book Selection, H. R. and 

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Euclid J. Peltier— Audio-Visual 

Mrs. Felicia L, Peltier— Open Shelf 

Theodora B. Scoff— Mattapan 

Pearl Smart— Personnel Office 

Mima Steinberg— Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, R. and R. S, 

Mrs Bridie P. Stotz— Adams Street 

Ruth E. Winn— Open Shelf 

Pauline liriniiick-«Oi vision Office, H. R. 
and C. S. 

ERANCH N3TES 

tfetttapan 

June welcomsd a happy group of gradu- 
ates from among the staff. 

Irene Mains ybs graduated cum laude 
from Boston GoU.ege on June "137 The oc- 
casion vtas celebrated by the staff at a 
pre-graduation lunchoon at the Salmagundi 
Restaurant with many toasts, a staff gift, 
and merriment 6 

The part-time staff included the fol- 
lowing high school graduates: Susan 
Doyle, Herbert Golub, Bette Lofchie, 
James ffcDevitt, and Lillian Saia. 
Herbert Golub vias honored by a $100 ainard 
for his further education at the Univer- 
sity of Massacbi^setts, That Universi.ty 
will also claim Bette Lofchie in the fall, 
while James McDevitt will enter Boston 
College, 

North End 

The staff held a coffee party in honor 
of Mary L. Dennison to wish her BON 
VOYAGE c She sailed on May 30, from 
Montreal for Liverpool, on the Cunard 
Liner, Sylvania, for a vacation in Europe, 

West En d 

We are pleased to announce that another 
of our girls has gone and done ito 
Catherine Hannon just got her ring (en- 
gagement, that is) last weekends Per- 
centage-wise, we will stake our Branch 
against any in the system when it comes 
to our girls getting their men^ The en- 
gagement, shower and wedding parties, 
have been coming thick and fast. No soon- 
er does the excitement of one calm down 
than we have a new announcement to make. 
There must be something about the air 
here, so you girls who are eligible had 
better get on the ball and make applica- 
tion for transfer to our Branch real 
quick. 

It nas with regret that we bade good-bye 
to Dr. Sl Mrs. Judith ToUackson (they were 



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sarried while she was children's assist- 
ant). After much shedding of tears, they 
"inally forced their -way into their auto- 
Qobile, overcro'/vded with household fvir- 
lishings, for their trip to the West 
least, where the doctor will do his ad- 
rainced study. 

In the midst of all this social activi- 
ty we still manage to find a little time 
'or library work. An exhibit of art by 
Local talent is being sponsored. A con- 
tinuous showing of painting, sculptvire , 
md sketches will be open to the public 
"rom the first of June until September 1. 
l11 styles, from naturalism to abstrac- 
tion, are represented, and many West End 
irtists have been invited to show their 
rork. Jewish religious themes Fl3.y an 
.mportant part in this exhibition. 

DEPAR'DENT NOTES 

[irstein Business Branch 

On Monday, May 2t), the staff attended 
i dinner at the Union Oyster House in 
lonor of Isabella Elder, who left May 30j 
'or a month's tour of Europe. Miss Elder 
Dlans to visit Germany, Austria, and 
[taly. In addition to the best wishes of 
'Jhe staff, Isabella was presented with an 
lir travel trip book, Bon voyage I 
Isabella, 

GEORGE L. PILLION 

MAYOR'S CHARITY FIELD DAY 

The Business Office is happy to report 
bhat once again the Library staff has 
ione an excellent job in supporting the 
"1958 Mayor's Charity Field Day," Pro- 
seeds from ticket sales totaled $305oOO. 
fe are certain that His Honor the Mayor 
and the other sponsors of the event will 
be deeply appreciative of the Library's 
contribution, 

SAMUEL GREEN 



THE MEMBERSHIP AND HOSPITALITY COMITTEE 

Welcomes New BPLSA Members 

Jane M. Barry— Uphams Comer 
Judith Komitsky — ^Mt, Bowdoin 
Mrs Marian M. Leibsohn— Hospital Library 

Service 

Congratulates the lOO^ers 

All eligible members of the staff of 
the following units are paid-up nsmbers 
of the BPLSA for the current year : 



Branch Libraries ; 
Alls ton 
Codman Square 
Connolly 
Dorchester 
Egleston Sqixare 
Faneuil 
Hyde Park 
Jamaica Plain 
Lower Mils 

Hospital Library 



Mattapan 
Memorial 
Mt. Bowdoin 
Mt. Pleasant 
Parker Hill 
South End 
Washington Village 
West End 
Vfest Roxbury 
Service 



Departments ; 

Audio-Visual 

Book Selection, HoRc and CeS* 

Book Selection, R, and RoS, 

General Reference 

Open Shelf (including Children's Section) 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Print 

Science and Technology 

Statistical 

Offices ; 

Director's and Trustees' 

Division, H.R. and C,S, 

Division, R, and R.S, 
1 Information 
' Personnel 
! Records, Files, Statistics 

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And Hopes That All Other 
Eligible Persons Join 
Before Going on Vacation 

EAST BOSTON OPEN HOUSE 

The thirteenth annual Open House and 
Arts Festival was held on Wednesday eve- 
ning, ISay Hi, from seven to ten o'clock. 
As has been customary in recent years, the 
Library again highlighted the function by 
displaying during the month of Kay the 
painting, sculpture, and handicraft work 



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of this district's citizens. The exhibi- • 
tion included several fine works repre- I 
sentative of this area's artistic talent. 
Expressive portrait studies, some in oils, 
some in watercolors , animal life, still 
life, and various outdoor scenes were 
shown. Theodore C. Barbarossa, a noted 
sculptor, presented two expertly modeled 
representations of the Apostles, St. 
Peter and St. Paul, The two most inter- 
esting statuettes, scale models for full- 
size six-and-one-half foot figures for 
the Baltimore Cathedral, Baltimore, l>feiry- 
laad, lent dignity to the exhibition. 
Also on display were excellent photo- 
graphic studies, ceramics, leathercraft, 
weaving, wood and needlework. 

Nearly two hundred people attended the 
evening program -vidiich included music, 
classic ballet, and dramatic readings, 
held at eight o'clock in the auditorium. 
Two brilliant vocalists, Estelle 
Terramagra and John Vacirca, and Frank 
Zarba, trombonist — all students at the 
New England Conservatory of Music — gave 
distinguished interpretations of both 
classical and contemporary composers, 
iiferilyn Mombourquette , classic ballet stu- 
dent, performed well-patterned and rhyth- 
mic executions to tunes of Provost and 
Berlin. Characters created by Shakespearei 
and Robert Frost vjere brought to life by 
the distinctive dramatic readings of 
Celeste MacDonald and Liborio Salamone. 
The performers were all accompanied by 
Mrs, Mario Umana, wife of our' local State 
Representative . 

Through the combined efforts of the 
Friends of the East Boston Branch Library 
and the library staff, a delightful 
social hour followed the program. Sym- 
bolising the month of May, the colors of 
green and yellow were carried out in the 
punch bowls, floral decorations, cakes 
and cookies. These were donated by local 
merchants and members of the staff. A 
pleasant surprise was the appearance of 
our Chief Librarian, John M. Carroll and 
Mrs. Carroll. The artists and performers 
who attended the social hour were enthu- 
siastically making plans for next year's 
Open House and it was evident tha.t East 
Boston Branch is the cultural as well as 
educational center of th© coTrimixiity, 



"TWD YEARS AFTHl" 

Reverend Patrick A. Sullivan, S.J,, in 
the JEaJIT SEJHNARY NEWS (Volume 28, Nool., 
P. 10) tells the story of its rebuilding 
of the Shadowbrook Library. He pays an 
excellent tribute to our fellow librar- 
ianj . Father Brendan Connolly, S.J,, "who 
worked out a new and faster method of 
cataloging that proved to be so efficient 
and economical that even now we have 
trouble convincing librarians that 20,000 
books vrere really processed in the year 
and a half." 

Father Sullivan also mentions the BPLs 
"I recall an answer to our prayers for 
the Congressional Card Index without 
which we could not even begin our cata- 
loguing. There were absolutely- Tione for 
sale, and we could not borrow one. At 
the height of this crisis , a letter ar- 
rived from the Boston Public Library 
offering us the use for the two years of 
our work, the only such card index in 
New England." 

Congratulations on an excellent jobi 

ALUMNAE NOTES 

And Still Another Citation 

On May lU last, in New York, Fanny 
Goldstein, Branch Librarian, Emeritus , 
and Curator of Judaica, Emeritus , scored 
another hit. She was awarcl,ed a citation 
and a reception by the National Jevd-sh 
Book Council, a subsidiary of the Jewish 
Welfare Board, The citation was in rec- 
ognition as Founder of Jewish Book Week 
more than a quarter of a centvcry ago and 
for her work these many years in the 
field of Jewish culture and better human 
relations through her Judaica work© 

Attends Sixtieth Reunion 

Just a little message from the one-time 
Fellowes Athenaeum Branch of the Boston 
Public Library I 

When the old Roxbury Library closed its 
door, the Branch Librarian was made a 
member of the Board of Trustees of the 
Fellowes Athenaeum, -vAiich still carries 
on in its attractive small Library in the 
Norfolk House building, occupying the 
street floor. An attractive place to 
''JJiit, if you cani It began its good 
work during the first World War, and I 
wg.s -it,r! T,-l1>r.-trinn ft a- Tjglit, yf^^irs before 



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ibeing called to the Athenaeum at U6 
llillmont Street, the FcUowes Athenaeum 
Branch of the Boston Public Libraryc 

After attending the 1958 annual meeting 
of the Trustees 3 the next June event for 
the old Librarian was the sixtieth (60thl ) 
Reunion of the class of I898 (a Class of 
150 members , originally) , at Welles ley 
College, Twenty-GGven of the New England 
members gattiered for greetings, a grand 
banquet, and very ^y reminiscences of 
our college days. The reunion closed 
-with a beautiful drive throu^ all the 
old haunts and ever-increasing loveliness 
of the campus. The Sixtieth Reunion is 
always the last. We made the most of iti 

FARY E. AldSS 

Belmont 

June 23, 1958 

S.L.A, NATIO!IAL CONVENTION - 1958 



The theme, "Creativity", was stressed" 
in all the lectures and panel discussions 
as the underlying note a The keynote ad- 
dress was delivered by James C, Wortliy of 
Sears, Roebuck and Co, He spoke on the 
freedom to make mistakes and declared 
that all initiative should not be taken 
a-way from employees. As proof of his 
be].ief he said that while a tremendous 
nELChine could be built to completely 
in-wentory all the stock of the thoiisands 
of Sears' stores, they prefer that branch 
managers retain their own initiatives 

The Documentation Division meetings 
were interesting, in shoiTing how involved 
and costly documentation is today and how 
difficult it is for special libraries or 
even public libraries to use^ 

Dr. Robert Medina, Research Psytiholo- 
gist of J. Walter Thompson Co., talked 
about Self -Awareness and the Creat ive 
Process and gave many examples of how 
peoples ' potentialities may be brought 
out. 

The panel discussion on the Biological 
Effects of Radiati on was most enlighten- 
ing. It was composed of a staff of men 
from the Argonne National Laboratory, 
The Book and Author Luncheon was high- 
lighted by Ruth Moore, author of THE 
EARTH WE LIVE ON, who talked on her debt 
to libraries, and by Studs Terkel, fonner 
radio commentator, who discussed the snob 
appeal of Jazz, This seems to work both 
ways, some people looking down on Jazz 
while others regard it almost in the man- 
ner of chamber music where one may almost 



not breathe while the Jazz theme is be- 
ing cooly played. 

All in all the trip to Chicago was 
most delightful. The liko front of Chi- 
cago was really something to sr: , aj 
well as the Chicago Art Museum, the Field 
Museum of Natural History, and tlie John 
Crerar Library with its fine classified 
catalog. The Prudential Building with 
its "Top of the Rock" obser^-ation plat- 
form and cocktail lounge, ivas of specia!'. 
interest since Boston is looking forward 
to something eqvially outstanding here, 

MoL„A. ANMJAL FETING 

The Annual Meeting was held at the 
Chatham mrs Inn, Chatham, Massachusetts, 
on June 6 and To 

At the afternoon meeting on Filday, 
Gilbert Seldes, author of THE PUBLIC 
ARTS and THE GREAT ATOIENCE spoke on the 
subject of the session. The Library in 
an Age of Confo rmity 3 Mro Seldes said 
tKeT'^iiH!es""'STould be like leaven and 
should help raise the cultural level of 
the community. His comment on the Now 
York radio program, which is heard on 
the air at 6530 in the morning and at- 
tracts thousands of listeners, was in- 
teresting. Ilany of us have been de- 
lighted at the response to this program. 
Mr, Seldes pointed out that it Tm.s just 
another example of conformity, 

Emerson Greemr^^j, Director, Free Li- 
brary of Philadelphia and President-elect 
of the American Library Association, was 
the second speaker on the afternoon's 
subject. He, too, believed that the li- 
brary should be a meeting place for 
leaders of the community Tvino woiild ex- 
press their opinions pro and con regard- 
ing the various cultural offerings of 
radio and television and literature. Ho 
felt that the library should take its 
true place as an educational institution 
and not be regarded as a place of recre- 
ation. He believed that more non-fic- 
tion should be bought and less fiction 
and said that such was done in Phila- 
delphia . 

At the banquet in the evening the 
speaker vns Hermann Field, author of 
ANGRY HARVEST. He told of his experi- 
ences, imprisoned in a cellar in Poland 
for five years, and gave numerous side 
lights on how it affected his life. It 
was interesting that his son's chums 
regarded him with a special air of rev- 
erence because he was an "ex- jail bird". 



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His Polish ccllnato during,- nost cf the 
period could not speak English and Jlr 
Field could not spc-k Polish, but they 
both knev/ Gorimn and that became their 
language of communication. It v.as inter- 
esting to note that r'r. Field vb.s un- 
spoiled as a result of his horrible ex- 
periences. 

At the general session on Saturday 
norning Judith E, Stromdahl reported on 
the constitutionr.l changes recommended to 
provide for 'norc continuity in conducting 
the affairs of the Association. The rec- 
ommendations were adopted, 

Ifrs George R. ;'i"allace reported on the 
progress of the I-'assachusutts Library De- 
velopment Committee . In her remarks fol- 
lowing the report she restated her strong 
conviciton that there should be more co- 
operation betvrcicn libr''.rians and tnastees, 
and left the group vri.th two statements to 
ponder: "You have got to use a library 
to know what it ?rier.ns" , and •The Library 
should be the heart beat of every town 
and city." 

In the Scholarship Committee report it 
was recommended that instead of making 
scholarships as loans, as heretofore, they 
would be given as outright gifts. The 
members, after being •jvarned that if this 
was adopted, it would cost the Association 
more money, went along mth Ruth Hyatt's 
motion that the report be adopted, 

Mrs Galick annoiinced the availability of 
10 scholarslrlps of $7$ each, offered to 
personnel in small libr?jpies for study at 
a summer institute, 

Lucile Wickersham presented the report 
of the Planning Committee which set forth 
the eltan^es that the Committee recommended 
be made in the report accepted in February 
1958, These changes had to do with mini- 
mum salary standards and after extensive 
discussion the report was accepted, vdth 
a rewording of the suction having to do 
with certification and a provision for 
further study of the certification law. 

The meeting ended vri-th the handing over 
of the gavel to Francis P. Keough (former 
BPLar), the incoming President, by John 
Humphry, the out-going, and by the intro- 
duction of the other officers for 1958-1959 



LEE JOSEPH DUFN 

■fe vmre very sorry to learn of the 
death of Lee Joseph Dunn on June 15 • 
Lee vra.s Librarian at Boston Latin School, 
where he vias also Senior. Adviser to the 
students, IThile he vwas on the staff of 
the Boston Public Library from 1922 to 
1928, he was one of its most popular 
members, working in Periodical and News- 
paper at the time \Yhen he left to take 
over his duties at Boston Latin, 

'^ile at Latin School Lee kept in 
close touch with all his friends at the 
B.P,L, and vra.s al-v^ays willing to help 
sons of former fellow workers over their 
troubles at a very difficult school and 
to advise parents as to the best choices 
of colleges for their offspring. That 
this service has been appreciated over 
the years is evidenced by the fact that 
a scholarship fund has been set up in 
his memory at Boston Latin, 

Lee was a graduate of Boston Univer- 
sity, Tochers' College, and Harva.rd. 
He leaves his wife, Irene Brown Dunn, 
^fiho worked in Branch Issue before her 
marriage, a son, and a daughter, 

SA?: AND DOT'S CLUB OASIS TO VACATION 

The COFFEE SHOP will be closed from 
June 30 to July 5 ifihile the proprietors 
are on vacation. It will rc-open for 
business on July 7» 



HAPPY VACATIONS 

to 

ALL STAFF MEMBSIS 

AT HCl»E 

Am AHIOAD 




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must be accompanied by the full name of 
the Association member subanitting 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 appearance does not 
necessarily indicate that the Publica- 
tions Committee and the Association are 
in agreement with the vieira expressed. 
Only those contributions containing^'not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 



To the Editor :- 

It is not too likely that the managers 
of the ccming ALA spread in San Francisco 
will overlook the enticing natural of a 
visit to the fabled castle of San Simeon. 
Perhaps it has been mentioned sonfiTAiere 
already. But in case it has been over- 
looked, I hope that BPL'rs who plan to 
attend will read the very interesting ar- 
ticle in the Travel section of today's 
NEW TORK TIMES(May 25). The place has 
been given to the state of California by 
Hearst's family, anl is now open to the 
public. In the past we would have had to 
be an Aga Khan or a movie queen or some 
other member of the world's elite to enter 
that incredible domain and look at the 
splendors stripped from castles, churches 
and chateaux, walls removed entire ^om 



Roman temples, famed Gothic tapes trie* , 
and giant Egyptian sculptures. Today we 
can do all that for $2.00 plus the cost 
of a 200-mile bus trip from San Fran- 
cisco. 

Our more sensitive ladies should be 
warned about using the elevator Hearst 
had made out of a confessional boo1>h, 
but no doubt more secular means of get- 
ting to the upper reaches will have been 
installed by July. 

HARRY ANDREWS. 

To the Editor: 

To those ^o wonder where the court- 
yard got its new look, •vrtio wonder why, 
at last, the grass is Ivish and green, 
why the geraniums flourish, and why the 
other plants are so verdant, look to one 
Michael Sullivan, Buildings Department, 
whose tender loving care and "Know-how" 
have added luster to the fame of the Li- 
brary courtyard as one of the most de- 
lightful spots anywhere. 

A few short years ago David McCord in 
his pamphlet on the Centennial celebra- 
tion of the Librairy recalled the quota- 
tion "the competent loam, the probable 
grass" as an apt description of the 
grounds. 

Probable no longer, the grass is 
worUiy of adorning the Emerald Isle. 
Thank you, Mr. SuUivanl 

NATURAL LEE 

Dear Editor: 

I do not think it was fair of the Cen- 
tennial Gift Committee to require sig- 
natures of donors on the ballots for the 
memorial to the war dead, 

TOiy could they not have used the same 
system en^loyed in the absentee ballots 
for the election of officers? In the 
absentee ballot using two envelopes, 
only the outside envelope carries the 
name of the voter which permits a check- 
off of those voting without revealing 
the nanner in Triiich they vote. After 
the check-off these outer envelopes are 
destroyed. The inner envelope contain- 
ing the unsigned ballot is sealed and 
blank. This assures the voter that he 
may vote without offending anyone. 

The Centennial Gift Committee has many 
officers of the Library, Some of us Tdio 
knew the feelings of most of the Commit- 
tee were reluctant to submit signed 



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ballots which might be contrary to the 
expressed feelings of members of the Com- 
mittee who also happened to be our supe- 
riors in the Library hierarchy. 

PRESSURED. 

Dear Soap Box: 

DVhen the Lord said "Let there be light," 
did he mean to exclude the Division of 
Reference and Research Services? We 
always thought we were God's "Chilluns" 
too. 

SQUINTY DINTT 

To the Soap Box: 

To clarify a common misconception aris- 
ing out of the proposal that the Centenni" 
al Gift be presented to the Library on th«i 
occasion of its centennial in memoiy of 
the Library's war dead, there is no intenj 
or necessity to change the nature of the 
gift. Many apparently have the idea that 
the gift would have to be in the form of 
a bronze plaque or granite monument. It 
would not. All it would mean is that the 
gift, whether it be a scholarship fund, a 
mural, a doorway, or staff lounge, would 
be presented to the Library on the occa- 
sion of its centennial in memory of the 
Library's war dead. 

It would require only that we add to the 
presentation: "in memory of the Library' 
war dead," 

Is that so much to ask for those who 
gave their very lives that we might live 
in freedom? 

B. JOSEPH O'NEIL 

Dear Soap Box: 

It is difficult to understand why the 
"no hire - no fire" rule has been applied 
so strictly in the Library when the City 
Record reports scores of appointments be- 
ing made in other City departments* The 
Hospital Department, the Administrative 
Services Department, the Boston Traffic 
Department, the City Planning Board, the 
Penal Institutions Department, the Public 
Works Department, the Welfare Department, 
all reported appointments in the City 
Record of June 7, 1958. But in the Li- 
brary the "freeze" is on. Why? 

CONFUSED 

Editor's Note ; 

The explanation of the above lies with 



the quota set by the Administrative Ser- 
vices and the llayor. The other city de- 
partments apparently have not exhausted 
their quota while the Library departnKnt 
has. Until the end of May there were 
commitments in excess of the 560 allowed 
by the often-referred-to White Paper, 

Possibly in view of the large number 
leaving the library service recently, 
replacements will be made. 

Dear Soap Box Editor: 

What Tjas the purpose of last month's 
editorial? Were you in favor of open 
Trustees' meetings or not? Were you in 
favor of having agenda and minutes of 
Trustees' meetings published to the 
Staff or not? For goodness sake, stop 
pussyfooting around. Stop quoting and 
start taking a stand, 

BELLYFULL 

Editor's Note : 

The Publications Committee wishes to 
thanlc "Bellyfviir' for taking time to 
write. It shows that the apathy referred 
tofby the Vice President in his notes is 
not 100:^, 

The editorial was submitted for the 
purpose of information rather than prop- 
aganda. It merely gave the terms of an 
Act proposed in the General Court of 
Massachusetts, and a brief comment. It 
was not felt necessary to make any 
stronger statement than the final para- 
graph. 



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JULY 1958 



L^ } E QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XIII Number 7 July 1958 



Publications Committee: Charles J. Gillis, Esther Josephine Leonard, 

Macy Joseph Margolis, Pauline E. Jlurphy, 
Elizabeth J. Obear, B. Joseph O'Neil, 
Gerald L. Ball, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material; 

The fifteenth of each month Ohe tenth of each month 



EDI TORIAL N01ES 

Ihe Boston Arts Festival has now drawn^ to a close. For a few vreeks the concen- 
trated spirit of the best in the community has combined to create a thing of beauty 
and excitement, Herel, we cein say with a surge of pride, THIS is Bos-txsn. And 
despite municipal problems and economic difficulties, we have that "something" 
that many cities vdiioh boast lower tax rates and greater economic potential do not 
now have and never will have. 

Biese June days at the Public Garden are but a crystallization, a tengible 
blooming of an attitude and a spirit that flourishes here throughout the year. 
Do we not take for granted the great feast that surrounds us in our universities 
and research centers, our museums and orchestras and theaters. 

And do we not also tajce for granted our own institution. Do we realize the 
privileged position that we at the Boston Public Library hold, so close to the 
heart and mind of our city. Do we see the Library only as the place where we 
answer a telephone five days a week, or catalog so many books per day or 
recommend troj or three books per inquiring child. Or do we see the whole, 
living institution as oho •tohioh. has been feiven one of the most importajit roles 
within the power of a community to give. 

Boston is indeed fortunate in its wealth of institutions dedicated to the 
good life. And we are fortunate in being part of one of those institutions, 

THE PDBLICATIONS COMIITIEE 



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PRESIDENT'S MOTES 
V/e welcome back with pleasure Esiiier 
Leonard after her long illness following 
her automobile accident, and are very- 
glad to see her looking so well • It is 
with regret, however, that we announce 
her resignation as chairman of the Publi- 
cations Committee aliiiough we can well 



understand that she does not wish to carr^ig being thoroughly reviewed and a final 



on any extracurricular activities at •ttiis 
time. Tfe also wish to thank Gerald Ball 
for carrying on so ably in her absence 
and for agreeing to take over as chairman 
of the committee for the rest of the year 
Miss Sarah Usher "urfio attends to the 
mimeographing and distribution of the 
Question Mark deserved the thanks of all 



received and it is desired to investigate 
all oases at once. 

For you "ex" professionals now "pre"- 
professionals we have a brief word. A 
committee of the executive board has 
made inquiries of the Library administra- 
tion and we understand that the situation 



of us for her efficiency in seeing that 
we all receive this paper although she 
has been obliged to put up with trying 
circumstances. 

Ihese humid days we envy -tiiose travel- 
lers v*io have crossed the country to at- 
tend the A.L.A. convention and certainly 
wish we were with them i/^ien the postcards 
they send back appear on our desk. 

Ttie troubles in the Middle East are a 
BKJst disturbing development to contemplate 
on a peaceful summer's day and seem to 
put all thoughts of future planning out 
of our head. One wonders what v/ill 
develop almost from hour to hour and can 
only hope that things can be settled 
quickly and definitely v;ithout spreading 
into a major conflict. 

Blinking of the Middle East makes us 
(being in the "reserve") iiiink of the 
Navy, and, by further association of 
ideas, of this Library's Audio-Visual 
Department. Until our Navy group started 
using some of the Library's films we had 
not realized what a great ambassador of 
good will for the Library the film sectia 
is. ITe receive spontaneous compliments 
every time a film if shown, running from 
"Yft:at a wonderful service I" to "The 
Library should receive state aid for 
maintaining a service 1 ike that" . It 
gives one a very pleasant feeling, as 
though the compliments were personal, 
though, as everyone knows, the films are 
far from our sphere of activity. 

Now that the letters defining each 
individual's staijis in the new system 
are coming out, the Personnel Committee 
is anxious to receive correspondence 
from anyone tAo feels a clarification or 
alteration of status is called for. Some 
correspondence on the matter has been 



decision should be forthcoming before too 
long. 

The situation with regard to the NP's 
is not yet decided. !lhe viihole classifi- 
• cation is being worked on. In tiie 
meantime your executive board and your 
personnel committee are alerted and 
waiting to see what action may be possible 
or necessary. 



Sarah W. Flannery 



■,'JEDDETG AI'TD SHO^.TR 



Our congratulations to Arvid Lextrom of 
Audio -Visual I Nr. Lextrom was married to 
Jacqueline de Lemper iere of Paris, France, 
at Our Lady of Victory Church on Ilay 14. 
!*rs. Lextrom vra.s attended by Amy Pierrill. 
Ronald Hebert, also of Audio-Visual, v;as 
the best man. Jir. and I^^s. Euclid J, 
Peltier held a shower for the newlyweds 
vrfiich was attended by the staff of Audio- 
Visual and friends of the couple. May 
Arvid and Jacqueline have the best of 
luck, health, and prosperity in the 
coming year s . 



RECENT VISITORS 
Rusina Parauntzak, Library of Political 
and Social History, Djakarta (or Jakarta) 
Indonesia. 



BIRTHS 
Vx . and Mrs. Jack Trocki have announced, 
for the second time, the arrival of 
tv/ins— Edward Robert (6 lbs., 13 oz.) and 
Edith Mary (6 lbs., 10 oz.), born on 
June 20. Jackie and Joey, five years old, 
and Bill, 2 years old, are aiding in the 
welcome. Mrs. Trocki is the former 
Edith Sliney of Records, Files, Statistics. 



John and Monica McCaf ferty of Santa Mon- 
ica , California, have welcomed a second 
son, Anthony Neil, bom on July 12. John 
fornierly worked in General Reference and 
Monica in Cataloging and Classification, 
R. and R.S, 



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amounceiven t of 1959-19 60 scholar - 
sh ips" for granjate s u dy 'jm 
liFrar iansThp 



BRAVO FOR y-JLLlKii ARTHTO RFILLYl 
"Word for City Empl oyees" 



The Special Libraries Association offers 
four .'i^ljOOO scholarships for the academic 
year 1959-1960, to be used for graduate 
study in librarianship leading to a degree 
at an accredited library school. 



Value 



;!?1,000 each. 



"It seems to me that if you mentioned 
, raise in pay for city employees you 
might just as well promptly leave the 
town and avoid the reactions you would 
receive from our nonresident friends and 
absentee owners of Boston real estate. 
I maintain it would help our economy if 
20,000 employees could receive an extra 
(.5 each week, as I am certain that little 
could be saved by employees, with the 
cost of living rising as it is, I am 
probably alone in this thinking but I 
feel certain that the spending of 
;.;100,0G0 a week additional vrould help to 
contribute not only to the economy but 

towards the restoration of property that 

and apTitude for, special library work and{ is being neglected. But forget it. The 



Eli gibility - College graduates working 
in a special library, or with experience 
in a special library OR recent college 
graduates or college seniors wishing to 
enter the special library profession. 

Qualifications - Definite interest in. 



a sincere intent to contribute to the 

profession. 

High scholastic standing throughout 

college. 

Financial need. 

Provisional admittance to an accredited 

library school. 

Appl ications - May be obtained from the 
Executive Secretary, Special Libraries 
Association, 31 East 10th Street, Kew York 
3, New York. 

J&ist be received by March 1, 1959 by the 
Chairman of the Scholarship send Student 
Loan Rand Committee, Special Libraries 
Association, 31 East 10th Street, New York 
3, New York. 

*** 
A Student Loan Fund is also available to 
provide financial assistance to individual^ 
who wish to carry on professional study in 
librarianship at college or university 
level . 



money must go to pay TfTA and IviDC 
deficits, while outside towns scoop up 
State income tax money for new schools 
and avoid their just share of deficits." 
City Record, pg. 559 
July 5, 1958 



Ed. Note ; We appreciate very much the 
sentiments expressed by Boston's able 
Deputy Mayor and sincerely hope that they 
will not be forgotten but will receive 
the attention they deserve. 

IN APPRECIATION 



BOSTON ARTS FESTIVAL 
On Wednesday, June 18, 1958, Arthur W. 
Heintzelman, Keeper of Prints gave a 
Fine Arts Lecture at the Boston Arts 
Festival, and also gave a talk on the 
Graphic Arts on radio station WEEI. 



"July 4, 1958 
"The Question Mark, 
Boston Public Library. 
Boston, Massachusetts. 
To the Committee: 

"Thank you for the tribute to my hus- 
band Lee which appeared in the June 
issue of your publication. 

Sincerely yours, 
Irene Dunn 
45 Stockton Street 
Dorchester" 




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be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, together 
with the name of the Branch Library, 
Department or Office in which he or she 
is employed. The nomo is withheld from 
publication, or a pen name used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous 
contributions ore not given consideration. 
The author of tho article is known only 
to the Editor-in-Chief, TSno contents of 
the articles appearing in the Soap Box 
arc personal opinions expressed by in- 
dividual Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily indicate 
that tho Publications Committee and the 
Association arc in agreement with tho 
views expressed. Only those contributions 
containing not mere than 300 words will 
be accepted. 



Dear Soap Box: 

The results of the poll of employee 
donors of tho Boston Public Library as to 
whether or not the Centennial Gift would 
be presented in memory of its war dead 
not only shocked me but also left mo a 
little saddened and ashamed. 

After World War I tho then existing 
library organizations remombcrcd tho dead 
of Tforld War I in the plaque in tho 
Library courtyard. But thirteen years 
after the end of World War II, thore have 
been no effective efforts to remember 
those few of us who made tho supreme 
sacrifice that we might bo free. 

Would wo now have free institutions in- 
cluding public libraries if those men, and 
those like then, had not laid down their 
lives that we might live in freedom? 

Apparently some wore opposed to such a 
memorial because it was to the "veterans" 
As a veteran I want no rcncnbrancc or 
recognition from the staff and I on sure 
tho other veterans feel the sojiie way. 
But objections t^ this romoribranco of tho 
war dead of the Library on the basis that 
they were veterans has little foundation. 



For they were part of tho staff first, 
and we proudly liung out the service flag 
to show how we wore participating. Then 
they were citizon soldiers, and as such 
they were killed. Not as "veterans," 
because they never had the opportunity 
to become veterans. 

Couldn't wc afford to add these few 
words to the presentation of our 
Centennial gift to the Library: "in 
memory of the Library's war dead?" 
Would wc have been especially noble, 
generous or self-sacrificing to have 
done so? 

What they have done will live forever. 
Wo could offer only the merest token 
of the honor they deserve. But that I 
feel vro should have done. 

B. Joseph O'Noil 



Dear Soap Box: 

YJcrc wc trying to be coy when the 
announcement of the A.L.A. conference 
grants were nade? Two people from 
General Reference received grants but 
the announcement associated only one of 
those with General Reference. 

Has it become neccssrjry to try to 
hoodwink tho staff or v/erc we Just a 
little crjrclcss. 

Observant Kitizen 
Ed, Note: Probably an inadvcrtancc. 
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To the Editor of the Question Mark:- 

Most of us v/ill agree with the state- 
ment in last month's editorial about tho 
fair w?.y in which the Soap Box column 
has been conducted by various Publication 
Boards since the inception of the paper. 
It is true that some of us have used it 
for escape and others for a channel of 
comnunication, but it vras probably 
purely coincidental if tl^c Administra- 
tion was served by the criticisms. 
Administration baiting is a popular and 
often necessary sp^^rt, and in speech and 
in print a good mr.ny of us indulge in it. 
And most of it is not generally of the 
constructive variety. The following 
example of the latter is less than 300 
words long, and does not, I hope, offend 
too grossly against the other prohibi- 
tions enjoined by the Publications 
Committee . 

Grr.nd are all the stories, 
They tell of our past. 

Super super supers 

Are starred in every cast. 



First tbcro was a Ticknor, 
A Vfittcmaro and Batos, 

Corresponding hoavios 
Emote on later dates. 

Gradual inertia, 

Decay on every hand. 
Knelled the near extinction 

Of giants in the land. 

!Ihin were some successors 
Of our quondam great; 

Biinnor, thinner, thinner 
Uic later second rate. 

Current no vers, shakers. 

Let's not describe in hasto; 

Else QIiI will charge us 
VJith libel and bad taste. 



Harry ijidrcws 

* 
Dear Editor: 

Ihc much vaunted new classification 
has gone through and as usual, a whole 
group has been left out in the cold, from 
the looks of things. I would like to 
think that it is not so and when the NP2 
information is released all those who 
took cxcdnations and c )urses would be 
placed in that classification. However, 
past experience with library procedure 
will not lot me believe it, since it is 
well known that v*ionover changes are made, 
it is usually to the disadvantage of a / 
minber of people. For years now, we have 
been urged constantly to take courses and 
exams for our financial betterment, yes, 
but also to qualify us for better posi- 
tions. Now it would appear that time was 
vjasted which was put into these examina- 
tions and that the library will take no 
cognizance of the fact that a fairly lp.rge 
group of people, having token courses in 
the Library's own training system, should 
be presumed to be qualified for NP2 
positions, since they have knowledge of 
subjects and types of work that those who 
have not had this training would not have 
Many of these people are already working 
at one or more of these subjects. Should 
they not automatically become NP2??? 
■yiihat is an KP2?? Is it to be some rare 
and little-mentioned creature which we 
read about only in literature put out by 
Per sonnel ??????? 

If this apparent injustice is indeed 
only apparent, I apologize for tiiis 
diatribe. But my optimism does not ex- 
tend as far as hoping tnat this is so. 



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1'ilhen improvements are made in the posi- 
tions of some library personnel, it 
always appears to be to the detriment of 
some others. Let us hope that this is 
not so this time I 

In any event, the furor caused by this 
seeming injustice could have been avoided 
by malcing public v:hat if anything is to 
be expected by those who put in time and 
effort taking courses and exams. Instead 
of a series of notices apparently written 
by a Philadelphia lawyer, let's have 
some facts, ma 'ami 

Low man on the totem pole 



Door Editor: 

Isn't it ironic that the Director, of 
all the professional staff, is the only 
one who is not getting an anniversary 
increase? It does not seem just that 
the Director who worked longer and harder 
than anyone on the staff in establishing 
the "grid" as a desirable goal and making 
it possible for the staff to get some 
long overdue increases, should not be 
included among those to ■viiiom an increase 
is coming. 

Fair Play 



Dear Soap Box: 

L note of thanlcs to the Director and 
the "Drustees for obtaining anniversary 
increases for the staff. Gracias, scnores 
Old Timer 



BRANCH NOTES 



ORIENT HE IGF IB 



Frank R. Susi, part time assistant at 
the Orient Heights Branch and younger 
brother of Rita Pennacchio, v/ho formerly 
v/orked at East Boston, was graduated from 
Boston College on Taesday, June tenth. 
He was awarded a Bachelor of Science 
Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the College 
of Arts and Sciences. Frank was on the 
dean's list during his four years at 
college, maintaining an average of over 
ninety percent. He will enter Harvard 
School of Dental Medicine in the fall. 



MOTHER lOO^ER 
(membership in BPISA) 



Roslindale 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



AUGUST 1958 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XIII MuEJber 8 Ay-ustJ^iS. 



•ublications Conrdttee: Charles J, Gillis, Esther Josephine Leonard, 

Macy Joseph Margolis, Pauline E. Murphy, 
Elizabeth J, Obear, B. Joseph O'Neil, 
Gerald L, Ball, Ghaiman 

Publication Date: Deadline for subnittinc material: 

'he fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



EDITORIAL NOTES 

In the July 6, 1958 Boston Sunday Globe in an article, "A Plan for Boston or Else" 
y Norton Long, visiting professor of political science at Harvard University, there 
ippeared this assertion, "The government of Boston has become the highest cost in 
.he country," 

In the Boston Sunday Globe of August 17, 1958 Mayor Hynes was quoted as citing 
.hree possibilities vdiich could lower the Boston tax rate: 

1. A metropolitan form of government recommended by the Boston College Seminars , 

2. An additional source of income such as a sales tax. 

3. A drastic '!;20 million reduction in city expenditures with the possible 
elimination of one or two city departments such as the Library and the 
Hospital, 

That this possibility was cited shocked many of us even though His Honor was 
jnmediately quoted as asking, "But how can we discontinue vital services and reduce 
,he budget by such a vast amount? So far we have not been able to top off ^2 million, 
.et alone $20 million." 

Professor Long in his article stated that Boston's services are "insuffiently 
)rof essional" and as a prerequisite to any program of metropolitan cooperation, 
'Boston's mxinicipal house must be put in order by exercising the most searching 
jconomy in the reduction of service costs and by restoring morale to its employees 
through professionalization of its municipal services." 

These statements emphasize the importance of an adequate and truly professional 
j-brary staff. The continuing effort in the Library to establish professional 
5tandards, and to attract and retain professionally qualified personnel is essential 
lot only for a more efficient institution but because our continued existence as a 
ity department may depend on our success in attaining a truly professional service. 

This professionalization of service is not defined by any narrow sense. It should 
iot include only that portion of the mployees classified specifically as "profession als. 
Jut it should embrace all levels and varieties of library services. The "profession- 
ilzation" shotild be based on a sound system of employee selection, training and 
classification together with respectable salary scales and promotional opportunities, 

(continued on page two) ' ^ 



EDITORIAL MOTES 
(Con't; 

nd this must be achieved at the same time that rigid economies are being affected. 

That these goals are of paramoiint importance is quite evident, but to achieve them 
LS going to require patience, sympathetic cooperation and leadership for the staff 
md administration. We have nade very substantial progress towards this "profession- 
ilization," The continued interested efforts of the staff can bring this to a high 
legree of perfection. It is to our interest as staff members and as citizens of the 
ommunity to bring about this high degree of professionalization. The Executive 
3oard, Personnel Committee and Administration cannot succeed without active support 
'rora the staff. Let us all help I 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



VICE-PRESIDENT'S NOTES 
The mid-summer doldrums seem to have 
.ffected all of us to some degree, and it 
las been almost impossible to get a quorum 
f the Executive Board during the vacation 
eason. However, beneath the seemingly 
)lacid surface is a seething caldron of 
nactivity. Seriously, we have been 
nformed by the Administration that the 
ituation regarding the "ex" now "pre"- 
irofessionals is receiving very thorough 
•econsideration and a decision can be 
ixpected soon. 



by both the Executive Board and the 
Personnel Committee. 

Louis Rains 

Ed. Note: We are happy to announce that 
the situation referred to in tlie first 
paragraph has been happily resolved. The 
"pro's" arc no longer "ox's, in fact 
their former true status has been re- 
stored, Ihcy are now receiving the pay 
scale as per grid, retroactive to July 2, 
1958, 

We arc appreciative of the administra- 
tions prompt attention to this difficulty. 



PERSONAL NOTES 



In answer to many of the criticisms we 
lear from some employees in the non- 
irofessional group, it might be well to 
■eview the position of the Staff Associatin 4 
n the course of the many meetings of the |ncw Staff Members 
.dministration and the combined Executive I ~ 

ioard and Personnel Committee it was j Kathleen T. Briano, Cataloging and 
irgued by the representatives of the jciassif ication Department, Division of 
.ssociation that the then sub-professionals iRofcrcnco and Research Services, (former- 
e given non-professional ratings in direct iiy part-time in the same department) . 



)roportion to the number of examinations 
lassed by each individual. It was also 
he recommendation of the Association that 
ill qualified members of the former sub- 
xrofessional staff be considered for 
ippointment to any and all of the more 
lighly rated positions. This remains the 
position of the Staff Association. Until 
/he Administration announces its decision 
ihere appears to be no opportunity for 
urther constructive action by the 
icecutive Board. However, the non- 
professionals may be assured that their 
problems receive all possible consideration 



Annette S« Cutler, Book Stack Service, 

Joanne M, Jordan, Central Charging 
Records. 

Margaret M, Larkin, Book Stack Service. 

Elaine M, Nil and. Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Division of 
Reference and Research Seirviccs, 

Judith G, Silver, Book Stack Scirvico, 

Patricia A. Chinotti, Central Charging 
Records, formerly part-time at Dorchester 
Branch . 

Phyllis M. Fcrrant, Codmnn Square 
Brojich, formerly part-time at Dorchester 
Branch, 



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Ihomr.s F. Gaines, Fino Arts Dcprjrtmcnt, 
'formerly part-time in the same dcpartmcntt 
'glsi^j K. Brainard, Hyde Park Branch. 



SmFF DI PRINT 



Trr^Jisfers 



Roslyn F. Matoles, fi-om Charlcstovm to 
North End. 

Resignations 



Mrs Merji M. Anderson, Hydo Park Branch, 
to remain at homo. 

ySrs Gilda T. Barrett, North End, to 
remain at home. 

I&-8 Edith P. Cohen, Jamaica Plain, 
Dooving to Springfield. 

Miriam Mendolson, Central Charging 
Records, to be married. 

C. Allan Vidon, Periodical & Newspaper 
Department, to accept another position. 

Hrs Joan C. Richard, Mt. Bowdoin, to 
remain at home. 

Lawrence T. Dohorty, Central Charging 
Records . 

Caperton Rosonbergcr, South Boston. 

Ifrs AnnaH. Parzialo, Cataloging & 
Classificati n Dcprj-tment, Division of 
Reference and Research Services, to re- 
main at homo. 

Ihomas 17. Killilea, Book Stack Service, 
to accept another position. 

Pearl I. Brovm, Book Purchasing, to 
accept a teaching position. 

Marr iages 

'■' Edith P. Gordon, Jamaica Plain. 

Jeancttc L. Dollano, Book Stack Service 
to John R. Stow, July 19, 1958. 



Aim'FI NOIES 

George E. Eorley, who left General 
Reference in April 1956 to become Assist- 
ant Director of the Froeport Memorial 
Library, Freoport, Long Island, on August 
first of this year assumed his now duties 
as Head Librarian of the Hastings Public 
Library in Hastings, Michigeji, This 
makes the third man from General Reforenc 
to switch from the B.P.L. to Michigan 
libraries — Francis Scannell and Charles 
Higgins having gone before. 



, John Aldcn is the author of an article 
f'Doception Compounded: Further Problems in 
Seventeenth Century Irish Printing" pub- 
lished in the latest volume of Stu dies 
''.n Bibliography , issued by the IMiversity 
T Virginia Bibliographical Society. 

CONGRAIULATIONS 

B. Joseph 0«Noil, D.S.D.R.R.S. , C.P.N.R.* 
md Second Floor Ifenager of Central Lib- 
rary, is now Commander O'Neil.U.S.N.R. 
]Ie wears the "scrrjobled eggs" very well. 

It is regretted that his course on 
Small Boat Handling on the turbulent 
mtcrs of Lake Bacchante in the courtyard 
ics been postponed pending clearance by 
bhe Law Department. 

Ihe Library is to be congratulated on 
mving such good managers as I/ir. O'Neil 
on the second floor and Clpj:ence 
'Boutonniere" Fuller on the first floor, 
3ut it should appoint a successor to the 
rcry efficient, attractive and capable 
third floor manager Miss Julie Zaugg ia*io 
Ls now retired. 
i 

! *Deputy Supervisor, Division of Reference 
pind Research Services and Chief Newspaper 
fr Periodical Room. 
] 

j DEPARTtiENT WIES - TEACHERS' ROOM 

1 Summer always brings to the Toaohers' 
(Department a new crop of summer-school 
students. Ihis year they presented us 
With the following unusual requests: 
please have you an aspirin 
A band-aid for a finger which is blistered 

fom vTiting 
Coke machine 
A place to eat lunch 
A place to lie down and rest 
Please may I turn the table lights off- 
flhere is too much light here 
A boy 8 years old asked for a Greek gram- 
mar. This year he will learn to vrt-ite 
Greek, next year to read it. 
©An encyclopedia for Kindergarten children- 

rt one just pictures 
veterinaiy school in South America Tvhich 
might be a market for tranquillizer pills 
for animals going to market 
(ihe number of Ph.D.'s living 



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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch 
Library, Deportment or Office in which 
he or she is employed* The namo is 
withheld from publication, or a pen name 
used, if tho contributor so requests. 
Anonymous contributions are not givon 
consideration. The author of tho article 
is known only tc tho Editor-in Chief. 
!lhe contents of tho articles appearing in 
tho Soap Box ore personal opinions cx- 
prcsscd by individual Association members 
and their appcorcancc does not necessarily 
indicate that the Publications Coimittcc 
and tho Association are in agrecnont 
with the views expressed. Only those 
contributions containing not more than 
300 words will bo accepted. 



lb tho Editor of the Soap Box: 

Vfhat ever happened to tho Reconnais- 
sance Survey that was ballyhoocd so much 
earlier in tho year? The staff were 
supposedly told all about it at a series 
of staff meetings with the Director. 
We wore led to believe that this survey 
wras tho most important ovcnt since the 
founding of the institution. And what 
happens? Utter silence I 

It is rumored that far reaching recom- 
mendations wore made by the survey toan. 
If thoro were, then the staff has a right 
*to know. If wo wore told, perhaps we 
would be in total agrocmont; who knows? 
As it is, oach draws his or her own 
conclusions. 

Only tho upper ochelon wore inter- 
viewed; the rest of the staff would like 
to know the score. We will not have the 
vicuna pulled over our eyes. Let's have 
the facts i 

Ihc SHEEP 



Dear Editor: 

I have worked for the Boston Public 
Library nine years, all told, seven of 
these years as a sub-pro fossional assist- 
ant, I have worked in a» number of 
branches, and I boliovc I can say in all 
honesty that I have absorbed as much about 
"books and library procedure as anyone else, 
professional or non-professional, in a 
comparable length of time, lb ny know- 
ledge the Branch Librarians under ■vrfion I 
have worked have been fully satisfied 
with ry work. 

Having passed eight examinations and the 
entrance cxrjninatlin, I now earn a grand 
total of |62,45 per week, before Uncle 
Sam and the Retirement Board take their 
shoro. It wr.s therefore somewhat of a 
shock for ne to discover that under the 
new re-classification system, the wheat 
having been separated from tho chaff caid 
all the chaff lumped together, I am over- 
paid ^1.02 per week. Perhaps the Admini— 
strati^^n would like to make arrangements 
to have the m^ney returned. I could work 
an extra h'"^ur a week, or even have ano1±icr 
payroll deduction. However, I do not 
believe that I am overpaid, cjid I resent 
very much bcing~Told so. 

I am not a griper by nature, but I 
firmly believe that this reclassification 
should mt have boon put into effect until 
injustices of this sort vrcre ironed out. 
I prefer to think that this was not a 
deliberate insult, but a blunder on the 
part of the Administration. If so, I 
think that the In-Service Training Program 
this fall should include a course on 
tactful dealing with personnel. 

Strange as it nr.y seem, there is such a 
thing as non - professional pride, aaid 
mine and that of others like me has been 
badly hurt. The next move is up to tho 
Library. 

Cattierinc 14 Harmon 



Euclid J. Peltier, Chief of the Boston 
Public Library's Audio -Visual Department, 
vrill offer a course on " 3he Film: A 
Modern Art" at the Boston YTJCk this fall, 

Ihe course will consist of the ivorks 
and the techniques of some of the famous 
documentary film artists; discussion of 



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itJie GxporinontrJ film, the art filn and 
tho travel film; and infomation abnut 
■Qio newest techniques in f ilm-naking . 

Wr* Peltier ivlll illustrate each of his 
lectures with notion-picture films, Tivhich 
will include some -^f the w-^rk of Robert 
Flaherty, Amc Suckosdorff, Norition McLaren 
and others. 

The class will meet on Thursdays from 
8:00 to 9:00 p.m. for a period of ton 
wooks beginning Octobor 2. 



BRMCH NOTES 



TffiDDING BELLS 



Kirstoin Business Branch 

On July 17, the staff of the Kirstcin 
Business Branch wore guests of Rita 
Dosaulnicrs at her summer cottage at 
lumarock. /dso invited vrere Ilr. and VSrs, 
Robert Lovott. Ws* Lovett ivas the for- 
aer Branch Librarian at Kirstcin. Tho 
5Uost of honor vra-s Ifrs. Sena Jclalion viho 
vr^s leaving on a maternity leave of ab- 
sence starting August 1, 1958. Mrs. 
Jclalian was presented with a silver cup 
for the prospective heir '^r heiress. 

IJrs. Rose Cimmaruta and her spcuso wore 
ilso present. Rose who is currently back 
xt work was on maternity leave. It v/as a 
iolightful evening and Miss Dcsaulniors 
with tho help of her kind father was a 
Dorfect hostess. 



^3JELC0ME B/vCK 

Mrs. Rose Cimmaruta recently returned 
be the Kirstcin Business Branch after a 
six months maternity leave of absence. 
Rose become the mother of a baby boy 
Joseph on April 2, 1958. 



COWGRAULi'tTIONS 

It's a baby boy for Mrs. Margaret T. 
Dameron of Memorial, born at eighteen 
Jiinutes past midnight on July 22. This 
is i±io first issue resulting from a 
"library romance" between Paul Cameron, 
teacher at Memorial High School, and the 
then Peggy Brass il of Memorial. The 
baby's name? Paul, Jr., of course, 
ifether and son are doing fine, but papa 
aas not quite recovered as yet. 



On July 19, Jeanette L. Dellan^. of 
Book Stack Service become the bride of 
John Stow at a Nuptial Mass celebrated 
at St. Patrick's Church in Cambridge. 
Bie bride looked very lovely in a white 
organza embroidered gown carrying a 
white orchid with orange blossoms and 
prayer book. She was attended by her 
sister in yellow and three bridesmaids 
in green organza. A reception wr.s held 
at Cabot Farms in Somerville where a 
delicious dinner was served and i#iere an 
exquisite wedding cake was out for over 
a hundred relatives of the bride and 
groom. Her honeymoon was spent on an 
automobile trip to Canada v/horo she 
visited Niagara Falls. 



COMING EVENTS 



September 22 



SPEiJCER 
DINNER 

October 17 
lb pic 



SLA I'fEETING 

State Library 

7:30 P.M. 

Dr. Dennis Docley 

Puroell's 6:00 P.M. 

Now Ocean House 
"C "''operation among 
L ibr 00* ies — Publ ic , 
Special, University" 



Laurence Kipp (Harvard Business School) 
will represent the College Librr-rics; 
Ifcgnus K. Kristofforsen (Hartford) the 
Public Libraries; Samuel Sass (General 
Electric) the Special Libraries. 
Ralph T. Esterquest (Harvard Medical 
School) is to be the Moderator. 

CAOHOLIC LIBR/JIY ASSOC KTION 

Sat., September 27-F/XL MTETBTG at 2:00PM 
Assumption College Library 
Worcester, Massachusetts 
Rev. /anie Deschamps, A.A., 
is the host-librarian 
■Qreuisportation: Bus will leave Copley 
Square, BPL, at 10:00 A.M. Fare: .-2.00 
per person, round trip. Please notify 
Harry Fletcher, Catalog Department, BPL, 
(KE6-5400, Ext. 291) before liesday, 
September 23. 
■fopic: "Book Purchasing" 




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uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



SEPTEMBER 1958 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XIII Number 9 September 1958 



Publications Committee: Charles J. Gillis, Esther Josephine Leonard, 

Macy Joseph Ilareolis, Pauline E, liirphy, 
Elizabeth J. Obear, B. Joseph O'Neil, 
Gerald L. Ball, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting; material: 

The fifteenth of each month Ihe tenth of each month 



EDITORIiiL NOTES 

\'Je were all saddened by the announcement that His E::cGllency, /jrchbishop 
Richard James Gushing, would be serving no longer on the Board of TKistees of 
the Boston Public Library. That he could find the time to be active as a 'Qr'astee 
of the Library for so many years was truly amc^ing in view of his tremendous 
responsibilities as spiritual head of the Archdiocese of Boston, That he \ms 
willing to give of himself to help direct the affairs of the Library was a 
testimonial to the worth and value of the Boston Public Library. 

He will be sorely missed. His Honor, I layer Hynes, will have a difficult time 
trying to select a man to talce the Archbishop's seat at the TKistee's table. 
But no one will miss him more than the staff. His genuine concern for librarians 
and his keen appreciation of their importance to the community gave us the 
feeling that he had a sympathetic understanding of our problems. 

The Library and the staff profited from his tenure on ihe Board, 'Te are 
grateful that he did serve so long. He came to us on November 7tl-i, 1952, 
succeeding Monsignor Robert H. Lord, who had served on the Board since 1936, 
and who resigned because of the pressure of church work. 

We regret that His Excellency could not continue longer as "Drustee of the 
Library, IVe are sure that he will always be a good friend of the Boston 
Public Library, and we could never want a better one. 

IHE PUBLICATIONS COimTOEE 



CALENDAR OF EVENTS 



September 27. Catholic Library Association, fall meeting. 
Assumption College Library, V'forcester 

October 15-18. New England Library Association, New Ocean 
House, Swampscott 



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PTRSONAL mjES 

New Emplo yees 

NftomTT"." B er nbaum , Egleston Square 
}^s» Juanita Blakely, I.t. Bowdoin 
William C Conway, Central Charging 

Records 
Mrs. Marion C. Dugan, East Boston 
Joseph L. Finkel, Jamaica Plain 
Josephine F. Pbster, Kirstein 
^^rs. Charlotte Hartwig, Washington 

Village 
Janice C. Incrovato, Cataloging & Classi- 
fication, Div. of Reference & Research 
John C. Lambert, Kirstein 
Margaret E. Lyons, Alls ton 
Mrs. Lenore C. I^Jarvit, Parker Hill 
Edward M. Nee, Book Stack Service 
Uagnhild Norstog, Uphams Corner 
Marilyn A. Podgurski, Mattaptm 
I/irs. Carole W. Rocenshein, East Boston 
Martin Segal, Ijusio 

Robert L. Sennott, Book Stack Service 
Louise J. Ulrich, Cenlaral Book Stock- 
Sohool Issue Sect ion, ( formerly part- 
time in same department) 
Akiko Yamagawa, Cataloging & Classifica- 
tion, Division of Reference & Research 

Tiransferred 



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Ydlliam T. Casey, from Cenla-al Book Stock 

Branch Issue Section, to Charlestown 
Irene M. Mains, from Mattapan to South 

Boston 
Harry Andrews, from Allston to Central 

Book Stock-Branch Issue Section 
Rose E. Stinson, from I'Yashington Village 

to Boslindale 
Veronica T. Yotts, from Office, Division 

of Home Reading & Comminity Services 

to South Boston 
Helen A. Brennan, from Itount Pleasant 

to Dorchester 

Married 

Mary T. Crosby, Bookmobiles, to Robert 
Jackson, September 6, 1958 

Resigned 

Paul E. Cawein, ?Iyde Park, to teach in 

Canada 
Mrs. Marian Leibsohn, Hospital Library 

Service, moving to Aritona 
Mrs. Suzanne N. tfosher, Roslindale, to 

remain at home 
lirs. Aline B. O'Neill, Nor-Ui End, to 

rer»in at home 
Frank Benoit, Audio Visual, to attend 

Northeastern University 



Victoria Bradford, I'attapan, to attend 

the University of Michigan Library 

Schoo 1 
lirs, Catherine N. Lewis, Central Book 

Stock-School Issue Section, to remain 

at home 
Irene J. liYadsworth, Ivlattapan, to accept 

the position of Supervising Children's 

Libirarian at the Thomas Crane Public 

Library, Quinoy 
Shirley-Jo Chilcoat, General Reference, 

to accept a teaching position 
Frederick E. Danker, Rare Book, to accept 

another position 
Douglass M. Green, J/lusic, to accept a 

teaching position 
Robert B. Graham, Central Charging 

Records, to accept another position 
T'fergaret H. Kelleher, Central Charging 

Records, to be married 
Peter G. 'teamalas. Central Charging 

Records, to further his education in 

New York 
Allen Sevigny, Parker Hill, to attend 

Simmons Library School 
Ann S. Taber, Dorchester, to attend the 

University of Michigan Library School 

VISITORS 

Book Purchasing Department had a 
charming visitor this month, Nancy L. 
Bradfield, the new Acquisitions Chief 
of the Government of the Dist rict of 
Columbia Publ i c Library . 

IN!IERNATIQNAL VISITORS 

!'&•. Hafeezur Rahman, Director 
United States Information Center 
Quetta, West ^^akistan 

Mr. Bushara 

United States information Agency Press 

Service 
Sudan 

J5r. Rodolfo Ruz Menendez 

Head of the Depart:. uwrt of Libraries and 

Professor of Literature 
National University of the Southeast of 

Mexico 
Merida, Yucatan, Itexioo 



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CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 
TEACHERS' INSTHITIE 



BASIC PRMCIPLES OF LIBRARY SCF.WCI 



At the 49th Arunial Tbachers' Institute 
of the Depar-bnent of Education of the 
Archdiocese of Boston, held at Mechanics 
Building, August 26-29, 4,000 lay and 
religious teachers from 340 elementary 
and secondary schools in the Archdiocese 
gathered to discuss subjects ranging from 
the place of science in education to a 
program for the Christian development of 
teen-agers. The New England Unit of the 
Catholic Library Association, under the 
chairmanship of Miss Anna Manning, Chief 
of Tsachers' Department, played an active] go ok Selection 
role in the Institute. 

On !Hie6day, August £6, Miss Manning led 
a panel discussion on the subject, "How 
Much Does the Kacher Need to Know About 
liThat Johnny Reads?" The panel members 
included Sister M. Hacrina, C.S.J. , 
librarian at Regis College; Sister Regis 
Marie, C.J.C, sixth grade teacher at 
St. Peter's School, South Boston; Sister 
Mary Alice, S.IT.D., English teacher at 
St. Mary's High School, Cambridge, and 
curriculum consultant in English for the 
Archdiooesan Department of Education; 
ajid Miss Martha C. Engler, children's 
librarian. South Boston Brsinch Library. 
Ihe panelists stressed the value of a 
knowledge of o>iildren»s literature to 
every teacher and advocated the inclu- 
si(!sn of courses in children's literature 
in teacher training programs. Miss 
Engler discussed the services which 
children's librarians in public libraries 
offer to schools and to teachers and 
urged every teacher to take full advan- 
tage of these services and of the re- 
sources of the public library. 

On display at the C.L.A. booth in the 
exhibit area was a collection of books 
recommended for elementary school read- 
ing. !ihe books were chosen by Miss 
Engler and made available to the New 
England Unit of C.L.A. through the 
courtesy of the Hew England News Co. 
Booklists and other C.L.A. materials 
were distributed. Children's librarians, 
both lay and religious, were in atten- 
dance at the booth each day to answer 
the questions of a steady stream of 
visitors. 



Boston Public Library personnel is 
taking an active part in a Series of 
Lectures on the Basic Principles of 



Library Scienc'e~ sponsored by the Catho lie 
Library Association. These vrill be held 
in the B-aining Classroom in the Central 
Library Building on successive Saturdays 
starting September 27, 1958. The program 
includes the following: 

Introduction to the Library-Sep. 27, 1958 
Mary Alice Rea 

October 4 
Alice Marie Buckley(ex BPL) 



Book Purchasing 
Gerald L. Ball 

Book Preparation 
Mary il. IIcDonough 

Cataloging 

Mildred O'Connor 

Classification 
Mildred O'Connor 

Re f er enc e , General 
Ruth II. Hayes 

Reference, Education 
Anna L. Planning 



October 11 



October 18 



October 25 



November 8 



November 15 



November 22 



Children's Literature, History - 

Dorothy Becker November 29 

Children's Literature, Current books- 
Martha Engler 

Storytelling 
Martha Engler 

Storytelling 
Martha Engler 

Periodicals 

B. Joseph O'Neil 

Examination 



December 6 



December 13 



December 20 



December 27 



January 3,1959 



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PRESIDEMT'S NOIES 

It is with pleasure that we note that 
the matter of those professionals in 
professional departments v/ho had been 
reclassified as pre-professional under 
the nevi scheme of things has been sat- 
isfactorily adjusted and their former 
status regained, V/e must report, how- 
ever, that we have as yet no further 
word on -Wie overall situation within the 
non-professional ranks although it shotild 
be fortJicoming before too long* At ihe 
moment, there is little the Association 
can do in the matter of individual 
cases until we have a clear picture of 
everyone's place within the scheme of 
things. T,1ien this is before us we will 
be better able to judge any grievances 
on their merits and attempt to make 
presentations for an equitable solution. 

We have read vidth great interest 
General Administrative Notices 58 
thirough 65, especially those portions 
which establish committees of the Board 
of llrustees, each charged with Hie 
affairs of a different division, and 
providing for membership of the divi- 
sion heads on the committees for their 
respective divisions. This it seems 
should assist the flow of communications 
all along the line. We, as individual 
staff members are in free communication 
with our department heads who in their 
turn lay their problems before tiie di- 
vision head. Now our division heads 
will be offering direct assistance to 
the "Drustees on matters of direct con- 
cern to us all, and -Uiese Bnastees in 
their turn will gain a inore intimate 
knowledge of the workings of various 
segments of the library body, Ihis is 
a development which should help the 
Library as a whole, as well as we 
individuals viho will have a better 
chance of feeling ourselves a useful 
part in the TflAiole, each giving his own 
contribution. 

We hate to groan about staff short- 
ages and being busy, -our chronic com- 
plaints these days. However, we are all 
busy, all shorthanded. It becomes in- 
creasingly difficult for the Publica- 
tions Committee to find time and persons 
for the mechanics of typing and stencil 
cutting that are invDlved in issuing the 
Question Mark, not to mention the time 
consuming task of calling people and 
urging them to send in notes of Ifieir 



activities either professional or 
social, or to write up events of 
staff wide interest. Don't just say 
"Why doesn't someone write up such- 
and-such for the Question liark?" If it 
is an event concerning your group-write 
it up yourself or persuade your best 
friend. It is the only way in which 
the editors can be sure of getting full 
coverage, and in which you as readers 
can be sure of presenting events in 
which you are interested, l/Ye thank you. 
Sincerely, 
Sarah W, Flannery 



AU PJVOIR 

At 11:30 on Friday, September 12 in 
the Reference Division Office a r)resen- 
tation was made to Paul Moynihan of the 
General Reference Department in recogni- 
tion of and appreciation for his years 
of courteous and friendly service. 
Bradford Hill, Supervisor of Reference 
and Research Services, represented the 
staff in a short address and presented 
Paul witl-i a wallet, a recording of 
Beethoven's "Ilissa Solemnis" and a sun 
of money. Ihe latter accepted with an 
unusual and gracious expression of 
thanks to the staff. He was later the 
guest of honor of the General Reference 
Department at Jimn^'s Harborside Restau- 
rant, Paul resigned after 10 years of 
service to accept the position of 
Assistant Librarian for Reference at 
Boston College Library, Chestnut Hill. 



ELIZABETH GRACE BARRY 

On September 10 the many friends of 
Elizabeth Grace Barry gathered together 
in the Staff Room of the Library to 
honor her and to present her with tokens 
of their approbation. 

Wr, Hensley, in his presentation ad- 
dress, told of her experiences in the 
library and the esteem in which she is 
held. Miss Barry was presented with 
gifts, which included scarf, gloves, 
and handbag, well filled v/ith bills. 

llr. Carroll, who worked in the Statis- 
tical Department under the direction of 
Miss Barry in his early days in the 
Library, also paid tribute to her. 



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AW EITERrm ALTHfl'TA V/RI TEC 

"Miss Usher has told me that you are 
looking for news, and has sut;£ested that 
I send my old friends and associates a 
short report of my new activities. 

"I never expected to be vrorking in a 
hospital, but after a few months of 
volunteer work at the li-eadwell Library 
in the Massachusetts General Hospital I 
decided that maybe I would like to be 
working in such an institution* 

"I have been working a four day week at 
the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, 
since last April. Ihe library in the 
School of Nursing had been established, 
but required professional work to put the 
books in proper catalog and shelf list 
form, according to the specifications of 
the National League of Nurses. Bien ther^ 
was a vacancy in the teaching of fresh- 
man students. Sociology and Psychology, 
and so I was persuaded on the strength 
of my previous studies and the use of the 
outline and syllabus, I am teaching two 
hours a week. I am a Medford ite, ajid 
enjoying the double job, at least at the 
end of the first week of teaching. I am 
also plaxining to study the two same sub- 
jects at Boston University as a means of 
improving my teaching. So I believe 
that the retiree can help the hospitals, 
small or large, by assisting Idae students 
in their educational training." 

I'ferion C. Kingman 



SICK LIST 

We are pleased to hear the Margaret M. 
Morrissey of the Book Purchasing De- 
partment is coming along fairly well 
after her unfortunate automobile accident 
last month. She is still confined to 
hor homo, 43 Gorry Road, Chestnut Hill 
67. Wo hope she will have a rapid 
rocovory so that she will be back with 
us soon. 



BRANCH NOTES 

'Test End 

On V'ednesday, September 10, Jliss Nura 
Globvis, former Adults' Librarian at 
l:est End, v/as given a transfer party 
with all the staff participating. The 
get-together was held at Joe Tfecce's 
Italian Plate on Salem Street. Ihe 
genial host Vr. Tecce, one of the better 
food purveyors in the North End, did &n 
artist's job in preparing one of the 
most elaborate antipastos-for-nine in 
the history of food consumption. This 
noble gesture was well appreciated by 
the trenchermen present - second to none 
in Boston - so much so that as far as 
this writer could see, only one little 
lonely anchovy was overlooked by anyone-- 
only because it had fallen under a plate. 

!!he main courses were as good as the 
pleasant conversation iiiat went round 
the dinner table. Fojrmal speechmaking 
was kept to a minimum, except for a few 
words of thanks from Miss Globus for a 
gift of a calf handbag umre in the line 
of a small steamer trunk. On looking at 
the bag it would seem that ITiss G. were 
transferring to the Honolulu or Tokyo 
Public Library, but she's only going to 
Mattapan Branch. "Bon voyage. Miss 
Globus, and good luck from all of us." 

T;est End 

Miss Globus has been transferred to 
Ifettapan. 

I first met Miss Nura Globus vihen I 
was a youngster in the eighth grade, 
coming into '''est End Branch for ny first 
adult books; she was competent, effici- 
ent, and a good disciplinarian. Her 
love of and feeling for books super- 
ceded all else, however. As far as I 
was concerned, she gave me the feeling 
that a library was a place of joy and 
study, lb her it was a library in the 
old-fashioned, European tradition - not 
formidable, but still a place to be 
approached with reverence. 

When I went to work at West End, she 
was the one who checked on vrtiat I had 
learned from my instructors - and woe 
be it to me if I had not learned my 
lesson well, and the seime for my in- 
structor if he or she had not taught me 
well. 

People like Miss Globus make up the 
backbone of the library system. Iteittapan 
is getting a jewel, 

Frank Lavine 



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W est T^nd 

A well -planned, meaiunoth surprise 
shower was a secret to none at West End 
except the very surprised and happy 
bride-to-be. Miss Catherine Harmon, 
Plans had been in the works for weeks, 
wi"*"h many whispered consultations 
similar to a large-scale army maneuver, 
and the intrigue resulted in an evening 
of gift-giving and reminiscing by 
almost all of Miss Harmon's present and 
former associates. The blushing groom, 
who was in on the secret, took it like 
a trooper eind remained calm, cool and 
poised all through \he feminine chit- 
chat, coming out only to take photo- 
graphs . 

Our thanks go to Miss Diane Farrell 
and her mother, Mrs. Helen Farrell, who 
instigated and planned this lavish 
affair. Last but by no means least, a 
big vote of thanks to Mr. Joseph 
Farrell who groom- sat with Phil Richmond 
Miss Harmon's fiance. 

Dorchester 

Friends and co-workers of Ifrs. Ann 
Hamer Smith will be interested to learn 
that she and her husband and little son, 
Stephen, are now located at the American 
Baptist Mission in Hongkong. Bie Rev. 
Hugh Smith and Ifrs. Smith had been 
assigned to this mission late in 1957 
emd arrived there last February, llrs. 
Smith was formerly a children's assist- 
ant at Dorchester Branch and at 
Neponset Branch. 

Bie following excerpt from one of her 
letters speaks for itself: 

"Ihere are so many adjustments to 
make to living in a foreign country. 
We've discovered that the Chinese are 
wonderful people and it's a real ad- 
venture getting to know and understand 
them. Ihe condition of the refugees is 
indescribable. We can neither close 
our eyes to it nor let it break our 
hearts, but try to work out a middle 
course and do everything we can to help. 
We have a lovely apartment in a new 
building close to all our churches. 
Our teachers come daily (four hours a 
day Eind no cutting classesl) No heat 
relief, either — the hot season started 
in April and hasn't let up since. But 
we do hope for a cold winter. I have 
been homesick and for that reason would 
welcome any letters from you all, so 
do write." 



I'Irs, Smith's address is 10GB Boundary 
Street, Kow loon, Hong Kong . 

West End 

Ihough it hasn't been too successful 
at the start. West End has almost per- 
fected a system for pushing;; the new 
five-dollar non-resident fees. The only 
reason that our new method hasn't been 
more successful is that those who make 
inquiries about these new fees just tarn 
on their heels and nan out whenever v.e 
mention five dollars in one lump sum. 

Our foolproof system may entail the 
use of a few more staff members; but, as 
soon as an inquiry is made about a non- 
resident fee, a special buzzer is rung 
at the desk while the patron is told 
that the doors have been broken and 
can't be opened for fifteen minutes. 
!Ihereupon two of the most loquacious 
staff members play the poor patron 
like a game of tennis or ping-pong. As 
soon as one of the staff gets a little 
tired of selling, the other immediately 
takes over. The benefits of a cheap 
classical education are pointed out, the 
price being only a little over a penny 
a day for the kiowledge of the world, 
etc., etc., etc. 

All the arguments, however, must be 
•Uiought of beforehand and thoroughly 
rehearsed by the staff or teeun, if you 
will. The result is that before the 
start of a workday, the staff have to be 
worked up to a fever pitch by means of 
songs, dances, and, of course, snappy 
patter, lb those who sell the most 
fees, prizes should be offered; say for 
instance, a free trip to Central for 
the first vrimner and a tour through the 
stacks for the runner-up. 

In short then, we firmly believe this 
campaign with all its infinite possibili- 
ties to be foolproof. It remains for us 
to get our first customer before we 
fully realize the outcome. In any case, 
we will let you know the results. 

WELCOTJE BACK 

We welcome back from a maternity leave 
Firs. Mary Ellis Lobert(Ref. Cat.&Class.) 
Her daughter, ll&ry Cecelia Lebert, born 
June 23, is doing so well that plans 
are being made to have her in the next 
Bunker Hill parade. 



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To the Editor of tho Soap Box: 

It took literally years to achieve 
uniformity of hours for aill open depart- 
ments of tho Library. Now the Rare Book 
Department has boon sot aside as an 
oxcoption. If wo don't have enough 
employoos to staff tho open departments 
for complete coverage, thon lot's cur- 
tail the hours of scrvico, but ploaso 
make it uniform. 

Scholars come from a distance to uso 
the rosoorch nmtorials in the Boston 
aroa. In tho past, these scholars used 



tho facilities of tho Massachusetts 
Historical Society and other organiza- 
tions that arc open only during tho day, 
and reserved the Boston Public Library 
for use in the evening. Now these 
scholars have to stay for a longer 
period in order to use the Raro Book 
Dopartncnt during the day; but most 
scholars arc too polite to complain in 
writing. 

It has boon argued that other libra- 
ries having rare book collections arc 
not open at night. But the argument is 
fallacious for the Boston Public Library 
is not a private or collegiate institu- 
tion; wc servo ALL the public including 
scholars. Let's have unifornity of 
hours come October 1st. 
UNIFORM IK" 

Dear Soap Box: 

I agree v/ith the sentiments oxprosscd 
by "Fair Play" in July's Soap Box. I 
feel strongly that tho Director shi}uld 
have been included among those receiving 
anniversary increases as of July 1, 1958. 
He should have received at least as much 
percentagewise as the average received 
by the professional staff. 

Sauce for the Go-sc 

Dear Edit-ir: 

It is a fairly woll ostr.blishcd 
principle in administration that in 
inaugurating a now system the present 
incumbents are protected by a "grand- 
father's clause." If there arc to bo 
any provisions wh^ch micht cause any 
loss in renuncraTnrDn, prestige or other 
benefits, those currently employed 
should be protected against this loss; 
and these provisions would apply only 
to tho so employed in this capacity aftor 
the effective date if the new system. 

Those in the Professional Library 
Service who wore subsequently assigned 
to the Prc-Profcssional Library Service, 
str^.nd to 1 isc something. Very definitely 
thoir years of service vrill be as Pre- 
Profcssionals rather than as Profession- 
als. !]his might be a very significant 
factor in seeking futuro employment. It 
might be a factor in determining tenure 
of cnployncnt, vacation, salary, etc. 

In case of doubt shouldn't wo give the 
staff members the benefit of the doubt? 
Semi -Pro 



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T~> the Editor of the Sor.p Box: 

Nov: that the initial shock 'f tho 
General Adninistrativc Notices ITos. 58 
thru 64 has subsided and vra arc sblo to 
rovicaT tho matter calmly, wc submit ■tJic 
following comments: 

1. !Ihc B.P.L. Hierarchy is already 
top heavy, so v;hy add to the super- 
structuro? '''ill it ^ct licavy enough 
to fall and bury its creators? 

2. Ihc net result will be an ovcr- 
■workcd and harassed staff; discourage- 
ment and illness will follov/ as sure 
as night follows day, Wc can oxpoct 
to see signs reading "Dcpt. A closed 
for the day", "Dcpt. B closed for the 
week", etc. 

3. As a morale builder, the no\r 
creations and inventions arc a total 
flop* Is this a recession or a 
regression? 

4. !lhoso notices should be bound 
and a copy given to each member of 
tho City Council J the title should 
road: "How to Lose Friends and 
Discourage Employees." 

PAGE CAEIWGIE 



!Ib the Editor of the Soap Box: 

"Die published results of tho Recon- 
naissance Survey have left us stunned 
and dismayed. Ti'ith so much talk abmt 
reducing the budget and tho personnel, 
it would seem the height of folly to 
incrcaso positions at tho top whilo 
cutting off tho so at the bottom. 

Y.Tao is going to do the work? Pro- 
fessionals are already coE^laining 
because thoy have to do most ->f tho non- 
professional routine jobs, such as 
shelving books in subject dcpartmcntse 

Iho Extra Service quota was cut as of 
July 1st and a further cut is antici- 
pated, Hov/ docs the Administration 
expect the Library to function at all, 
lot alone efficiently? 

Every move made in recent years has 
seemed to underline the attitude "the 
public bo drjnned." IThat will tho Ciiy 
Fathers think of all of this? ¥/hcro 
oh where are our IIcDonougjh's? Will no 
one raise a voice or a hand to str.y the 
execution? If no one Td.ll come to our 



rescue perhaps the public will. Vie will 
not bo led to the slaughter I 

HE UJIBS 

( Editorial Koto: 

From all accounts there should bo 
many more letters fortiicoming, 17o 
earnestly request that the written 
reaction be Eiorc temperate than iiic 
verbal explosions that have been heard.) 



AVE ATQITT, VALE 

On September 30, 1958 the Chief of the 
Statistical Department, Elizabeth Grace 
Barry, retired from Library Service. Miss 
Barry's service in the library was a long 
and very happy one. She started to vrork 
in the library in 1913 as a member of the 
staff of the Catalog Room, whore she vrcis 
in charge of card work and became a Cat- 
alogcr. Til lie in that deprxtmcnt she 
studied lav/ at Portia Lav/ School, re- 
ceived her la.w degree and passed tho 
Massachusetts Bar Examination. She re- 
signed in 1924 and for the next seven 
years was associated with one of the 
larger law firms in the City of Boston. 
However, the call of library work was too 
much for Miss Barry to resist and in 1931 
she returned to work in the Statistical 
Department, She served as assistant in 
charge and in 1940 was appointed chief of 
that department. Hiss Barry's keen tnd 
logical mind made her an ideal choice to 
fill the vrork required in that extremely 
practicable department. Her duties 
brought her into contact with many busi- 
ness concerns and her efforts in their 
behalf were widely laiown throughout 
Boston. 

liiss Barry v/as very proud of the ser- 
vices rendered to Ifr. Doferrari, which 
pleased hin to the extent that he later 
saw fit to leave a very substantial sum 
of money to the Library. 

Under Miss Barry's direction the Statis- 
tical Department has grown and developed 
and has become an important element in all 
social science activities in the commun- 
ity. In fact the large growth of the de- 
partment is truly a memorial to her. 

We are pleased that Hiss Barry will hare 
time now to pursue her favorite studies, 
the history of Boston for one, and we all 
wish her long years of health and 
happiness. 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



OCTOBER 1958 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume nil Number 10 October 1958 



Publications Committee: Charles J. Gill is, Esther Josephine Leonard, 

Macy Joseph Margolis, Pauline E. Murphy, 
Elizabeth J. Obear, B. Joseph O'Neil, 
Gerald L. Ball, Chairman 

Publication Date: 
The fifteenth of each month Deadline for submitting material; 

The tenlii of each monlii 



EDITORIAL NOOES 

Recently there has occurred the resignation of several much-beloved members of 
the staff. We are very pleased to see our old associates entering their "new 
life" and extend to them our best wishes for their health and happiness. 

However, their departure leaves a void both in their lives and to a great 
degree in our lives. Ihey have broken the ties with those with whom they have 
spent more hours each week than with the members of their own families. We 
who remain miss the little familiar ways and meaningful asides that were 
exchanged. Yflien events happen we cannot readily reminisce without making 
extended explanations to newer members of the staff who could not possibly 
know what uo ure talking about. 

Therefore, it seems most imperative that something be done to keep in touch 
with our friends and permit them to keep in contact with fellow retired members. 
We talk about "Auld Lang Syne" but fail to practice it. Accordingly, from now 
on each month an effort will be made to print some news about our friends and 
hope that they will send us little bits of news. Plans should be made for an 
informal get-toge1dier at least twice a year for tea so that the yearly Yule 
card will not be the only contact. 

Just as a prominent news broadcaster says "if you can't take part in a sport, 
be one anyway." So we exhort our alumni along the same lines. If you aren't 
still a librarian, please keep up your interest in the library because we are 
very much interested in you. 

THE PUBLICAnONS COmiTTEE 



CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

Novombor 13. Men's Librarians Club. Iho Fall meeting will bo 
held at Weston College (6 p.m.) 

November 21, BPLSA fall business meeting, 9:00 a.m. in the 
Lecture Hall at Central Library. 

BPLSA fall professional meeting, 8:00 p.m., in 

the Lecture Hall at Central Library. SEE BACK COVER. 



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FRESIDENT'S NOTES 

The summer lull (what there was of it) 
lS certainly over with a vengeance ajid 
moe more the Library is taking on its 
locustomed crowded air. Between the pub- 
.ic and the gentlemen from Cresap, 
loCormick and Paget a harried look is 
soming onto many faces. 

Mrs. Keswick has some very interesting 
. iterature about unbelievably inexpensive 
•ound trip flights to Europe from a line 
riiich charters planes to groups. Ninety- 
six people ere needed to go at one time, 
ind of course with schedules to cover not 
iiat many of us could take a vacation at 
die same time. However, it is possible 
bhat some other group such as SLA might 
)e willing to co -sponsor a trip with us, 
.n which case it would be within "the 
•ealm of possibility. A report on the 
iatter will be made at the November meet- 
ing, at which time anyone interested in 
±ie idea will have a chance to hear more 
ibout it. 

The Executive Board has received many 
iommunications from unhappy NP's. How- 
>ver, we have seen no cases of individual 
injustices which would be cause for com- 
)laint. At the moment there just are not 
mough jobs that require an NP 3 rating. 

Ihe Nominating Committee, under the 
jhairmanship of B. Joseph O'Neil, is pre- 
paring a slate of officers for next 
gear's term. This should be published 
Defore the November 21 meeting so that 
ill Twlll have a chance to see it, and of 
jourse prepare to make further nomina- 
tions from the floor. Anyone who knows 
jf likely candidates for any office be 
prepared to speak up. 

Sarah W, Flaimery 



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PERSONAL NOTES 

New Employ ees 

IfrTEdil3T R. Friedlander, Bookmobiles 

I/Irs Rosetta P. Jlartin, South End 

Ann D. Venable, Mt. Bowdoin 

Donna L. Rosenbauer, Bookmobiles (for- 
merly part-time at Faneuil) 

Robert F. McHugh, Periodical and 
Newspaper 

Netta A. Buonasera, Central Charging 
Records 

Eobley F. Carr, Hyde Park 

Charles 17. Long, Central Book Stock - 
Branch Issue Section 

Susan R. Smith, Parker Hill 

Ann H. Van Vleok, Mattapan 

James A. Ifonahan, Central Charging 
Records 

Barbara L. Posner, Mattapan 

Carolyn A. Christie, General Reference 

Deborah A. Veinott, General Reference 

Mary J. Marsh, Jamaica Plain 

Ti*ansf erred 



Cornelia M. Harrington, from the Office 
of the Division of Home Reading and 
Community Services to the Cataloging 
and Classification, Division of Refer- 
ence and Research Services 

Mrs Laurelle V>J. Cole, from Washington 
Village to Alls ton 

Jennie M. Femino, from South Boston to 
Vfashington Village 

Kura Globus, from Tiest End to Jfeittapan 

1'fe.ry L. Shea, from Bookmobiles to West 
End 

Betty Vifilburn, from South End to North 
End 

Hrs Winifred C. Frank, from Central 
Charging Records to Codman Square 

Mildred E. Presente, from Codman Square 
to Bookmobiles 

Married 

Catherine Hannon, I'est End, to Philip 
Richmond, September 26, 1958 

Resigned 

Paul V. Moynihan, General Reference, to 

accept tiie position of Assistsmt 

Librarian for Reference, Boston College 
John C. Lambert, Kirstein Business Branch, 

to do graduate work at Hsurvard 
Peter Poulimenos, Central Book Stock - 

Branch Issue Section, to continue his 

education 
Ifeirilyn Podgurski, Ivfeittapan, to enter the 

Carmelite Sisters* Novitiate in Hamilton 



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*.esigned (oont.) 

jo^phTT. Finkel, Jamaica Plain 

Mrs Joanne Steele, Book Preparation, to 

remain at home 
,«ilrs Ellen M. Gurney, Book Stack Service, 

to remain at home 
ilSrs Joan Richard, Mt. Bowdoin previouslj 

reported incorrectly. Mrs Richard 

resigned to become librarian of the 

!lib"vm of Stowe, Massachusetts 
filliam J. Lee, Kirstein Business Branch, 

to continue his education 
Richard D. Fritz, Bookmobiles 

DEPARl'lENT NOTES 



BOOK HJRQIASraG 

Book Purchasing recently lost three 
Mmbers of its staff. Pearl I. Brown 
resigned to return to her former pro- 
fession of teaching. She is now hammer- 
ling the Three R's into first graders in 
jthe Framingham School System. Robert 
iSardiner Bailey resigned to continue his 
education. He is now at Huntington Pre- 
iparatory School. Daniel S. Jasinski, 
whose avocation of the ballet caused him 
to resign to seek a job in New York in 
order to give him an opportunity to be 
near the theater. Book Purchasing is 
i pi eased to see that Danny has made an 
! important step toward his avocation as 
he is now Captain of the ballet at the 
Roxy Iheater doing four shows a day, five 
on Saturday. All three were given 
presents and Best Yifishes for Suocess 
extended to them. 

BINDING DEPARPffiNT 

Miss Frances V. Person of the Binding 
Department was honored with a Retirement 
Party on October 9th. She was presented 
with a gift of money and a blue morooco 
book containing the good wishes of her 
many friends. Miss Person was in the 
.Library service for twenty-one years. 

GENERAL REFERENCE 

Announcement has been made of the 
marriage in Providence, Rhode Island, 
of Jeanne Elizabeth Staples to Mr. Norbeit 
Aloysius Busch on September 17, 1958, 
Jeanne was formerly on the staff of 
General Reference. Ihe couple will jit-k© 
their home in St. Louis, Missouri. 



WEDDING BELLS 

On Saturday, October 18, 1958, at a 
nuptial Mass in St. Theresa's Church in 
V/est Roxbury, Patricia Ti-acey of the 
Personnel Office staff was married to 
Thomas Reardon. Her gown was a lovely 
combination of white silk taffetta and 
lace and she wore a finger-tip lengiJi 
veil. Her flowers were white orchids 
with stephanotis. 

The attendants wore identical ballerina- 
leng-tii gowns and hats - the maid of honor 
in peach with green asters; the brides- 
maids in emerald green with rust-colored 
asters. One of the bridesmaids was 
Louise TJlrich of the Central Book Stock - 
School Issue Section. 

A reception followed the marriage at the 
Beaconsfield Hotel in Brookline. llir . and 
Mrs. Reardon are now on a wedding trip to 
Florida and upon their return will be 
living in their new home in West Roxbury. 

BRANCH NO IBS 
?JES T END 

Mary Shea is her name; she stands five 
foot two in her hi^h heels, has a bright 



smile and a cute turned up nose that 
could only be attached to a true daughter 
of Hibernia, 

Miss Shea is the new Children's assist- 
ant at West End, transferred from the 
Bookmobiles. She hasn't commented as yet 
on the sedentary life at West End, but we 
would be willing to bet that she does 
more moving about in the Children's room 
in one hour than she did in a week at the 
mobile library. It's all part of the 
routine. 

We note without conment that our last 
two children's assistsints were married 
within eight months of their transfer to 
this branch. 

Three young firemen visited VJest End. 
It vras time for the annual inspection of 
the building; they looked the house over, 
gave the library a clean bill of health, 
and as they were about to leave, one of 
them turned and said, "Please arrange to 
have Miss Farrell and Miss Shea com© to 
the f irehouses so that "we can have a nice 
story hour, too," 



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AUD STILL THEY COIiE 

"The John Eylands Library, 
Deansgate, 

Manchester, 3. 
8th July 1958. 
aiss Fanny Goldstein, 
est End Branch Librarian Emeritus, 
jston Public Library, 
i, James Street, 
Dokline, 40, Massachusetts 

ear Miss Goldstein, 

"We are sorry to learn of your retire- 
ent from a post which you have adorned 
or so long. I should like to add my oTwn 
angratulations to the very many which you 
ave received from your wide circle of 
riends. 

"I am very pleased to know that your 
ork has been so apprecir ted and with 
ery good reason. I am glad to think 
hat the collection of Judaica which you 
ourself have formed has found a suitable 
esting place in the library in i^hich you 
■ave so faiiiifully laboured for so many 
ears. I am so glad to think that you 
ave found time in the course of your 
;erm of office to visit this country and 
.n particular this Library. I remember 
rith particular pleasure your visit along 
rith two fellow librarians to our Libraary. 
; £un glad to think that you had an oppor- 
:xinity of seeing it and seeing some of the 
treasures it holds. 

'We hope that you will have a happy 
jeriod of retirement although I am quite 
sure it will not be one of inactivi+.y» 
[t is impossible to imagine you sitting 
iround doing nothing. 

"^iVith kindest regards and good wishes 
from the members of our staff," 
Yours sincerely, 

(Signed) Edward Robertson 

Librariaji 

Firenzo,24.VII.1958 
Gentile Signora, 

mentre mi congratu-lo con Lei per il 
meritato riconoscimento del Suo instanoa- 
bile lavoro La prego di- gra dire i miei 
auguri cordiali e sinceri per la Sua 
"ixaova vita" nella quale Ella, ne sono 
certa, con la Sua inimitabile cortesia 
aumen tera ancora il numerosissimo 



gmppo dei Suoi amioi." 
LA DJRF.TTRICE 

Gentile Signora Fanny Goldstein 

Curator of Judaica 

14 James Street 

Brookline 46, Massachusetts 



NEWS FROI 'I SOITIH B OSTON 

The staff of South Boston held an in- 
formal get-together with Eleanor O'Leary 
in the All -Purpose room of the Branch 
(after working hours) on Friday evening, 
October 24. Refreshments were served, 
recordings were played on the Hi Fi, news 
of vifhat has been happening was bandied 
back and forth, and a good time was had 
by all. Miss O'Leary, who had resigned 
from the libraiy service last June, 
looked wonderfully rested and relaxed. 
She was presented with a gift of a large 
box of imported bulbs to plant in her 
garden in the fond hope that the extended 
coverage of the gift vrould keep the staff 
in her memory for many months to come. 
Miss O'Leary was also highly delighted 
with her lovely corsage of yellow roses 
and orchids, the special token of love 
from the extras of the staff. Miss 
O'Leary in turn presented the Branch with 
a beautiful silver platter to be used 
upon festive occasions. She v/ill alv/ays 
be remembered with affection and respect 
by both staff and public of South Boston 
Branch Library. 



FIRE DRILL 

Although the Fire Alarm System gongs 
did not function properly during the 
Fire Drill held on October 6th the mem- 
bers of the staff and the public did re- 
markably well in evacuating the building. 
There were 365 people in the building at 
the time of the sounding of the alarm and 
in three minutes and six seconds the 
library was cleared. 

Assistant Chief John F. Howard of the 
Boston Fire Department commented that the 
drill was well carried out and he made 
particular mention of the efficient man- 
ner in which the Monitors performed their 
duties. 

John W. Tliley 




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views expressed. Only those contributionii 
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lb the Editor of the Soap Box: 

!3ho human raco never ceases to amaze 
this writer. How can some of our co- 
workers who arc noted for their lack of 
production the year round produce such a 
fruitful "average day" for the survey? 
Veritas. 



Tb the Editor: 

In regard to the letters which appeared 
in Soptcmbcr's QM slashing out at the 
survey in progress and the results of the 
preliminary just published, may I inter- 
ject those thoughts. 

Wc have been bemoaning the lack of dis- 
interested inquiry, the lack of voice in 
c. change, the lack of change itself. 
Have we, in fact, become such chronic 
complaincrs that wo cannot wr.it to sec 
the over-all results of this attempted 
inquiry before wc start to wear the pout 
and snarl ? 



It would scon more reasonable to hold 
our fire, to cooperate despite temporary 
inconvenience, (trying to shako off the 
habit of sweeping the dirt under the 
carpet) and hope that although a cure- 
all is unlikely, we may yet see within 
this cumber some system sonc tangible 
adjustments for our benefit. 

If, after the final rcconnendatinns 
have been made, wc soe no inprovcnont, 
then, and only then, our cry of "v/aste" 
will be valid. 

D lOGENES 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

Bic latest scries of staff meetings 
scorned to have produood an attitude nf 
sullen rcsistaaco. 

!]hc favorite current pastinc scons to 
be quoting passages out of context fron 
the "secret" report of the late Roconnai- 
sancc Sui^ey. It would bo bettor if the 
report could be seen in its entirety. 

As a point of departure, wc aro appar- 
ently moving in ncv/ directions, for the 
former terminology of "pertinent" ex- 
perience now becomes "apposite" experience 
other things being equal. How wc love 
T/'iDrdsI 

Wo arc told that there will be 
"multiple opportunities", but it is not 
stated for whom these multiple opp^^r- 
tunitics v/ill exist or in v;hat categories, 
njicsc words have little mooning in view 
of the recent return to the practice of 
filling vacancies and creating new 
positions without prior announooncnt or 
competition. 

It is stated thr.t "a report to the 
staff will bo made fron tine to tine", 
but must it always be a "fait accompli"? 

A Division of Personnel has been 
established "to peraiit increased top- 
level attention to personnel policies 
and practices and the naintonanco "^f 
morale." Comment: the present Ioyi state 
of employee morale will certainly be 
maintained by such procedures. 

It is further stated that "the current 
policies and practices in recruiting, 
classification, review of performance, 
and pronotion policies a.nd practices 
were canalyzod. Comment: the analysis 
scons to have been very superficial since 
two problems were apparently clininatcd 
only to create further and additional 



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rjblons .•>f im;ro str.ggcring prnp-irtir-ns. 
tie solution d'^Gs not stcnd up under the 
cid tost of a "dotailed and pcnctrcting 
jtudy in depth." 

DEPTH CHMGE 



Jear Editor: 

It is interesting t sec that the new 
personnel Director is a nalc. VJo hope 
that he is also a nr.n. 

One definite improvencnt w uld be t- 
see a more androcentric library personnel 
rather than the highly gynecentric one 
that has been inflicted upon us for the 
oast quarter century. 

HOPEFUL 

Ed. Note: So far it appears that "Hopeful" 
iias nothing to v/orry about. Our new 
&.ssistant Director in charge of Personnel 
has made a very favorable first impres- 
sion. Maybe one day we will sue a male 
branch librarianll 



A.L.A. CONFERENCE 1 9 58 

The following coiiimonts of staff nem- 
'bers are printed because some have sug- 
gested that the Question Mark include 
something abmt the A.L.A. Conference 
held in San Francisco, July 13-19, 1958: 

GENERAL COI#.ENT : "Perhaps one of the 
greatest benefits of attendance at any 
conference is the rcaliza.tion of an 
esprit de corps. Certainly if size f 
conference can provide it, the large 
registration of over 4,000 should have 
helped at this one. This feeling of nar- 
ticipation in a comraon cause comes not 
only as a result of formal meetings but 
at odd moments when one gathers informa- 
tion of one sort or another connected 
with the subject of books and libraries. 
If one frequents drug store counters 
and hash joints for a light breakfast or 
lunch, he sometimes gets reactions from 
library users that never show up in a 
panel discussion. !Ihis happened to mo 
one morning over toast and coffee. A 
man on the next stool handed his paper- 
back to the counter girl with the remark 
that she might keep it, that he got more 
variety in books at his branch libraryl" 



GINERAL SESSION ; "After attending four 
General Sessions, several shorter meet- 
ings, three library tours of the im- 
portant libraries in the San Francisco 
area, an adult-young adult luncheon 
meeting with speeches, a library school 
dinner with a main speaker, and several 
solid hours of viewing the exhibits 
(all witiiin five days), iry lasting im- 
pression of the Conference is that it 
was a bit too concentrated and crowded 
in time. One of the things which made 
the Conference seem so crowded was that 
for several months before it took place 
many interesting articles appeared in 
different library journals on the quaint 
bookshops and literary places one should 
visit while in San Francisco, but with 
the meetings so close together this was 
not humanly possible, giving one a 
feeling of frustration. 

" Ihe four General Sessions all had 
important speakers who touched on the 
general conference theme from different 
angles. The theme was ''International 
Responsibilities of the A.L.A.' The 
first speaker, Luther H. Evans, spoke 
on UNESCO and its aimsj the speaker at 
the second session. Dr. 0. Meredith 
V/ilson, spoke as an educator; at the 
third session, W . Quincy Howe gave the 
commentator *s point of view; and the 
last session had as its speaker Emerson 
Greenaway, incoming president of the 
A.L.A., viho spoke as a librarian, Ihey 
were all most interesting, but I believe 
that three General Sessions should be 
the maximum at one Conference." 

Em IB I IS : "The exhibits were beautifully 
displayed and were well worth all the 
time spent browsing among them. They not 
only shoTired the new books, but also gave 
one ideas on poster and pamphlet mat- 
erial which could be used to good advan- 
tage. Also, the place was so large that 
they not only displayed printed material, 
but also three large bookmobiles, several 
booths of the most modern business 
machines, and library furniture. There 
were over 250 exhibitors in all. Be- 
sides these commercial exhibits, most of 
the libraries and universities in "Hie 
area had special exhibits of rare books 
and art." 






SPEC IAL SESSIONS ; 

Committee on Accreditation . "The pro- 
posed standards for 1958 are to serve as 
self -evaluation material for library 
schools. For undergraduate library 
degrees there must be from 12 to 18 seme 
ster hours in library science without 
cutting general field courses. Another 
meeting in the field of personnel was the 
one on Librarianship as a Career, under 
the chairmanship of Eunice H. Speer of 
the State Normal University Library, 
Normal, Illinois. The subject was libra- 
ry recruitment as evaluated by commercial 
guidance standards. Dr. Robert J. Darlin 
of the California Test Bureau, had as his 
main theme that librarianship must be 
considered as a relationship of one per- 
son to other persons. Professionalism, 
he said, tends to develop distance be- 
tween advisor and youth. The recruiting 
officer should describe his vacancies in 
relation to persons and things rather 
than appear as an official handing out 
information. In some way the public must 
be made aware of librarians as much as 
it is aware of firemen and policemen as 
individuals." 

Audio -Visual Committee . " The Audio - 
Visual Committee and the Adult Services 
Division jointly sponsored a film pro- 
gram which was based on Julien Bryan's 
new film on Russia, In addition to Ifr. 
Bryan's new film there was an ante-revo- 
lution film on Russian life which Mr. 
Bryan had had given him in exchange for 
some photographic materials. Biis pic- 
ture belied some of tho Soviet Union's 
propagajida about the Russian Empire. ! 

A panel of high school students from the j 
appropriate city of Sebastopol, Cali- 
fornia, discussed the film and later a \ 
panel of librarians discussed its use I 
in the communi-ty. Iheir suggesion was td 
get someone from the World Affairs Coun- i 
cil or some other organization to co- I 
sponsor such a film program." 

Visits to other libraries . "I visited ' 
the main buildings of the Denver, Oak- 
land, and Richmond Public Libraries. Vife 
were conducted through the Denver Public 
Library with such thoroughness that we 
were afraid of missing the train. It is 
a beautiful, modern building of four 
floors. It provides space for the 
regional Bibliographic Center. The 



Reader Interest arrcngoment is being 
given up except for one small section 
because of difficulty in locating the 
books. Their personnel classification 
includes (1) Professional, (2) Pre- 
Professional, and (3) clerical. The 
status of clerks is the same as those 
in other municipal and county positions. 
They do office work and desk vrork. Part- 
time personnel are called pages for 
runners' work and clerks if used in 
typing jobs. Pages get books in stacks 
on roller skates. The work of the 
Personnel Office seems very simple com- 
pared with that of the Boston Public 
Library — time records are kept by de- 
partment heads, who are responsible for 
sending information once a month to 
Personnel. The staff of the Personnel- 
Office consists of the head and a secre- 
tary. But the staff of the whole li- 
brary is only about 270, including part- 
time equivalence. 

"Oakland also has three personnel 
grades: (1) Professional, (2) Sub-Pro- 
fessional and (3) clerks. The part- 
time clerical workers are called clerks. 
The time records are kept in the audit- 
ing department after being checked by 
the Personnel Office. 

"We were entertained at a coffee hour 
at Oakland before being shown the 
building. A silver service and lovely 
china cups, together with the homemade 
cookies and sandwiches, made this a 
delightful affair. This building is 
also a modern one, built in 1951, with 
a great deal of glass going from top 
to bottom. 

"The Richmond Public Library is a 
pleasant neiv building situated in the 
Civic Center and v-rith its four branches 
serves a community of 72,000. Every- 
thing in the building is movable except 
the pillars that support the roof. In 
other words, the shelving arrangements 
may be changed at any time to suit new 
needs. Films may be borrowed by indivi- 
duals as well as groups, though only 
groups may borrow the machines. The 
children's room was particularly 
attractive and offered many activities. 
" Tb sum up some of ny impressions of 
these public libraries, I would say 
that they were all cheerful, light, and 
comfortable to use, partly due to their 
modern architecture. They all offered 
public typewriter facilities at 10 cents 



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per 30 minutes - a very good sajrvioe, I 
should say. A directory of the building 
located neeir the information desk seemed 
a good idea also, one which the Boston 
Public Library might oopy." 

TOURS ; The tours were most interesting, 
giving one a well-rounded view of all 
types of library service in the San 
Francisco area - Palo Alto, Menlo Park, 
Richmond, Oakland, Berkeley, and the 
Merced Development in the city itself j 
but distances are so great there ttiat 
it took three solid afternoons from 1:30 
to around 6 p.m. to cover them all. 
Most of the public libraries had the 
same system as ours, but one fact which 
stood out was tliat in many of them they 
still use the hand-charging system. The 
Main Library, which I visited briefly, 
has been characterized in one article 
as being of the Grand Central Bahnhoff 
School of library architecture. It is 
truly that and a monstrosity, but the 
branches of the system are some of the 
most functional and attractive in the 
United States. One interesting side- 
light on the Main Library is that many 
of the enlightened public who are try- 
ing to improve the usefulness of the 
Main Library went about the c ity during 
the week asking the delegates if they 
had any ideas on the subject. It will 
be interesting to observe in the future 
whether this bears fruit." 

FIMAL COMffiNT ; "However, with all its 
drawbacks, the Conference was a success 
because San Francisco is one of the 
most stimulating cities in the world 
and an ideal place to hold a convention. 
Having attended several National Con- 
ventions, I believe they are valuable 
not only because they ■teike one out of 
their provincial rut (an experience 
■vdiich makes one appreciate their own 
surroundings more), but also because 
they are a means of becoming acquainted 
with librarians from other parts of the 
country and even the world, truly a 
worthwhile and valuable experience." 



SORT ; "Another special session worthy 
of note was that of the Staff Organiza- 
tion Round Ibble w^ich met on Friday 
afternoon, July 18th, at 4:30 p.m. 
William H. Jesse of the University of 



Ibniiessee Libraries gave a realistic 
I appraisal of the limitations of demo- 
cratic administration. While advocating 
staff participation in administration as 
a general principle, he indicated that 
there were certain actions such as 
policy planning and evaluation of per- 
sonnel for assignment purposes in which 
staff participation proved haxTttful 
rather than helpful. Miss Frankie 
Castelletto, Los Angeles Public Library, 
urged the use of "Ifedison Avenue" tech- 
niques in library recruiting." 



S.L.A. 

The Boston Chapter of the Special Li- 
braries Association will hold a meeting 
devoted to the subject of "Recruitment" 
on Ltonday, November 24, 1958. 

As a feature of this ambitious program, 
three freshmen students from each of four 
local colleges, plus the vocational coun- 
sellors from these colleges, will be 
taken to lunch at the M. I. T. Faculty Club, 
There they will be addressed by Kenneth 
R. Shaffer, Director of the School of 
Library Science, Simmons College, 

Afterward they will divide into groups 
to be taken to various special libraries 
in the area. 

In the evening the students will be 
taken to dinner at the B.U. Faculty Club, 
where they will be addressed by Hfe-s. 
Margaret Fuller, the President of the 
Special Libraries Association. Tfrs. 
Puller, vdio is librarian of the American 
Iron and Steel Institute, has for many 
years been interested in recruiting 
talented young people to the field of 
libraianship, and she has written articles 
about careers in special libraries. 

The evening dinner and meeting will be 
open to all members and friends of the 
Boston Chapter. 



Editor's Note: 

The A.L.A. notes printed above were 
culled from the reports written by 
Kathleon Bornadcttc Hagerty, General 
RofGroncc; Ifedolonc D. Holt, Washington 
Village y and Pearl Smart, Personnel. 



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JOIN OHE ROOM) mSLE OF LIBRARIANS FOR 
YOUNG AIUL15 

1958-1959 Progroms 

N.E.L.A. Confer onoe, Swconpscott, Mass. 
October 16, 1958 

Dr» Harold C. Martin, Director of Gen- 
eral Education, Harvard UniT. 
"■What the High School Student 
Should Road" 

Massachusetts Library Association Mid- 
winter Meeting February 1959 
Program based on "West Moots 
East" theme adopted by A.L»A. 

Spring Meeting - May 1959 

Miss Betty Cavanna, author of 

The Boy Next Door 

"ViTriting for Ibon Age Girls" 

Members will receive a resume of the 
program of each meeting beginning with 
the program of the N.E.L.A. Conference, 
and copies of our selected lists of 
adult books for young people as they 
are issued. 

Members in good standing are allowed the 
necessary time to attend meetings with- 
out loss of pay, 

1958-1959 Dues Now Payable 

50 cents 

may be sent to 

Rose Jfoorachian 
South Boston Branch 



BARGAIN! 

Join the American Libraiy Association 
now and enjoy membership privileges 
through December 1959 o The names of 
those -v^o join before December 1 will 
appear in both the 1958 and the 1959 ALA 
Membership Directory. 

Membership blanks may be secured from 
Mildred C. O'Connor, A.L.A. Membership 
Committee, General Reference Department, 



HAl ' ^^Y BIRflDAY I 

Probably no young lady who will cele- 
brate hor eighth birthday on ^fovember 15 
has more friends in the Boston Public 
Library than Margaret Ann Kelley, 
daughter of Bill and Frances (itoGonagle) 
Kelley of Brighton, All these friends 
wish HAPPY BIR3HDAY to Margaret Ann 
and best wishes for a specially happy 
day for her and her friends at the 
Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton. 



ENGAGEI'.ffiNTS 

The engagement has been announced of 
Janet E» Ustach, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics, to Bobbie R. Swoitzer 
of Maryland and currently of the U.S. 
Navy. 



Announcement has been made of the 
engagement of Annette S. Cutler, Book 
Stack Service, to Barry L. Scott, of 
Chelsea, 



SICK LIST 

We are pleased to hear that Mrs. Helen 
Harrington, of Book Preparation, is 
home from the hospital following an 
operation, and is recuperating at her 
home, 81 Richfield Street, Dorchester. 



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FRANK C. SVJEETSER, Associate Professor of Sociology, Boston University 

JOHN B, DAVIS, JR., Executive Secretary, New England School Development Council 



REACTORS: 



DONALD T. CLARK, Librarian, Baker Library, Graduate School of Business 
Administration, Harvard University 

MIRIAM PUTNAM, Librarian, Memorial Hall Library, ilndover, Massachusetts 

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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



NOVEMBER 1958 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XIII Number 11 November 19^8 



Publications Committee; Charles J. Gillis , Esther Josephine Leonard, 

Macy Joseph Margolis , Pauline E., Murphy, 
Elizabeth J. Obear, B« Joseph O'Neil, 
Gerald L, Ball, Chairnsn 

Publication Dates Deadline for submitting material: 

he fifteenth of each month Tho tenth of each month 



EDITORIAL NOTES 

All change is not progress. But hoxv much progress can there be vdthout change? 
fesic changes in an institution such as ours do not cons about easily. The hierar- 
hal structure of the administration, the olip;archic nature of the Board of Tnistees 
md the status of the Library as a municipal department supported by taxes make 
lignificant changes in the organization of the Library difficult o Yet, upon the 
ecommendations of management consultants two new divisions have been created. 

The gro-wing recognition of the need for increased emphasis and attention to per- 
lonnel and public relations has not been restricted to the Library or to libraries, 
>ut is a part of a pattern that has been developing in b\isiness administration for a 
lalf cent\ary. But the final accomplishments envisioned in the creation of these two 
lew divisions are dependent on something much more difficult to develop and main- 
ain-~personnel morale. 

For personnel morale is not some nebulous feeling of well-being, but is more accu- 
'ately defined as the neasurement of the staff's willingness to do the tasks assigned 
.0 it. And this willingness is brought about by the staff's awareness that the ad- 
anistration is providing an adequate program for the development and promotion of the 
ndividual, just salary and wage schedules, and fair administration. Good will nay 
Ake years to establish but can easily be lost overnight. It is not enough that the 
idministration be fairj the staff must also be convinced that it has been treated 
'airly. So that good public relations begin at home. 

Public relations in its usual sense, the presentation of the Library in a favorable 
.ight to the coEBiunity at large, is necessary since we must go beyond the actual users 
)f the Library to gain the wide support needed to provide an adequate program for the 
iHintenance and development of such an institution. In a sense the Library is com- 
seting with other city departnents for its share of appropriations. And many of the 
>ther departments have an initial public relations advantage. No one is legally 
required to use a library as they are to attend a school. And the cessation of li- 
brary service would not have the immediate and drastic effect as the abolition of 
police and fire protection. So that the story of the value and services of a great 
3ublic library system needs telling. But the basis of good public relations is the 
service provided by the individual staff member. And the quality of this service 
Till depend largely on the level of personnel morale. 

So that the success of the programs xmdertaken by these two new divisions ultimately 
|id.ll rest upon the good will and cooperation of the individxial staff member — ^youllS 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



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CALEMDAR OF EVENTS 

bvember 21. BPLSA fall professional 

meeting, 8*00 p«ra. in the 
Lect\ire Hall at Central 
Library. SEE PAGE h AND 
BACK COVER. 

ecember 5» BPLSA fall business meeting, 
9:00 a.m. in the Lecture 
Hall at Central Library. 

PERSONAL NOTES 

e-ff Employees 
ijies J. Ford, Teachers 

loan M. O'Leary, Central Book Stock~Schoo 
I Issue Section 

'atricia M. Maxwell, Central Charging 
Records 

rs Abigail W. Field, Rare Book 
rs Claire V. Doubrovsky, Statistical 

esignations 

rs Jfergaret T. Caneron, Memorial, to 

remain at home 
rs Rosemary D. Colarusso, Central Book 

Stock — School Issue Section, to remain 

at home 

obert Stone, Book F^irchasing 
rs Hary C. Mannion, Central Charging 

Records , to remain at home 
harlotte Hartwig, Washington Village, to 

accept another position, that of music 

supervisor in the Quincy school system. 

etirements 

lizabeth G. Barry, Statistical, on 

Septei±ier 30, 1958 
.oraine A. Sulli'van, Science & Technology, 

on October 31, 19^8 
Ers Grace C. McGovern, Faneuil, on October 

31, 1958 

ferriages 

'hyllis M. Ferrant, Codnan Square, to 

Joseph A. Carr, October 18 
'atricia M. Tracey, Personnel Office, to 

Thomas P. Reardon, October 18 

NElJJf ARRIVAL 

Mr . and IJrs . Carl Tramontozzi of 
Brighton announce the birth of a daughter, 
jaura Marie, on October 30 at St. Eliza- 
leth's Hospital. Mrs. Tramontozzi is the 
'ormer Linda Pagliuca "vdio iwas employed at 
lorth End. 



CARR— FEPRANT 



On Saturday, October 18, 1958, tbyllla 
Ferrant of Codman Square became the bride 
of Joseph Carr, The ceremony took place 
in the Holy Rosary Church in Wintlirop, 
and a reception followed at the Elk's 
hall, also in ViJinthrop, The day was a 
beautiful one, and the bride lovely in 
her ballerina length govvn of white lace 
over taffeta and her finger-tip veil with 
lace cap. She carried a prayer book vrith 
white flowers. Her bridesmaids wore blue 
taffeta gowns with blue velvet bows and 
veiling as head-dresses. The maid of 
honor wore a similar gown of blue velvet, 
and aU carried roses. 

After a wedding trip to Bermuda, Itr. and 
Mrs. Carr are planning to live in 
Winthrop. 

MRS GRACE McGOVmN RETIRES 

On Saturday afternoon, October 25, the 
Staff of Faneuil met at the Colonial 
Covintry Club to honor Mrs. Grace McGovern 
who was retiring after nearly twenty-five 
years of service in the district. 

Despite the inclement weather, it was a 
gay and "do you remember?" time, Florence 
B. Darling who retired six years ago was 
present as was Joseph P. Farrell who 
retired two years ago. Mrs. McGovern was 
welcomed by these busy and happy people 
into their fraternity. 

Everyone enjoyed the delicious luncheon 
and gay banter. As a token of affection, 
Mrs, McGovern was presented with a neck- 
lace and matching earrings. 

We shall miss our Gracie but knovr that 
she will pause often in her biisy rounds 
to drop in and catch up on library news. 

E. LINDQUIST 



At Thanksgiving time- 



Remember 



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IN HEliDRIAM I 

I 
EDITH GUERRIER j 

On Friday, November fifteenth, as quietl^ 
as she had passed the last few years of 
her life, Edith Guerrier started on her j 
last great adventiore. Her approach to j 
3very challenge -vAiich had presented itself | 
to her in her long and very active career i 
was that of an adventiirer embarking upon ai 
lew and exciting experience. She would 
lave her passing thought of in no lesser 
■vayo 

She was bom in New Bedford in I87O, the 
iaughter of George and Emma Ricketson, and 
granddaughter of Daniel Ricketson, the 
rell-known Quaker and New Bedford histori- 
ino She was educated in private schools 
in New England, Her early years included 
rinters on Cape Cod and a period on the 
[ansas prairies before she finally came to 
settle in Boston and Brighton. 

One of the outstanding achievements 
ihich marked her success as a Branch Li- 
)rarian in the North End was the intro- 
luction of storytelling "vri.th the dual 
jurpose of developing in the children a 
,aste for good literature and of encourag- 
jig them to complete a story which they 
lad beg\m." The first club group, because 
)f its meeting time, became known as the 
;EGs (Saturday Evening Girls), a group 
ihich — after more than a half centxiry — 
;till meets periodically. In a endeavor 
,0 find wajra tsy vriiich many of the girls in 
;he clubs might earn money enough to fur- 
iher their education, the Paul Revere 
'ottery was started, with the aid of JIrs 
fames Jackson Storrow, and carried on 
'irst in the North End and then in 
Brighton, This developed later into the 
^aul Revere School of Ceramics of Twhich 
Uss Guerrier ■vras at one time president. 

During the war years of 1917, 1918, and 
.919, on leave of absence from the Boston 
'ublic Library, Miss Guerrier was in Wash- 
jigton serving as Director of Library 
[nformation Services , Director of Exhibits 
.n the United States Food Administration, 
md Director of the National Library Ser- 
vice in the Department of the Interior, 
mder the leadership of Herbert Hoover, 
"n recognition of this service her name is 
'.mong those inscribed on the walls of the 
loover Memorial Library at Stanford Uni- 
rersity. One of the exciting adventures 
Ji her life was joining many of the Food 



Administration staff in reserved seats to 
viTitness the inauguration of "The Chief" 
as President of the United States. The 
war years' experiences were related in a 
book she titled V^E PLEDGED ALLEGIANCE, A 
librarian's intimate stoiy of the United 
States Food Administration, lAhich vias 
published in 19Ul under authority of the 
Hoover Library of War, Revolution, and 
Peace, 

T/hen she returned to the Libraiy, she 
served first as Supervisor of Circulation 
and then as Supervisor of Branch Librar- 
ies, until her retirement in 19U0. As 
she went about her work as Supervisor, 
she was often characterized as a "human 
dynamo" and that is undoubtedly a most 
accurate description— as far as it goes. 
But, to it should be added the qualities 
wiich made her a great leader— -contagioiis 
enthusiasm, honesty of purpose, fairness 
of judgment, belief in team woric, devoted 
loyalty, promptness of action, foresight 
in planning, vtnderstanding and warmth in 
personnel relationships, unswerving ad- 
herence to the highest professional 
standards, a mellow and ready sense of 
humor, respect for authority, and a deep 
faith in God. Those who worked under 
this leadership were fortunate indeed and 
asked for no greater reward for their 
efforts than to receive an "O.K, E.G." 

Her creative years in the Boston Public 
Library found ter busy working toward the 
fulfilliEent of such dreams as an open 
shelf room where hitherto inaccessible 
books might be made available to the pub- 
lic on open shelves; the assembling of 
government documents in one room and 
their promotion as reference tools ; the 
carrying of books to the people by means 
of bookmobiles, which service \7as given 
an initial trial under her direction in 
the form of a banana cart filled with 
books and preceded on its route by a bell 
ringer announcing its approach; the im- 
proving and enlarging of the branch li- 
brary system; and the introduction of 
periodic meetings for the exchange of 
ideas amongst branch librarians. 

In order to keep in touch vfith the 
branch librarian viho had retired before 
and after her retirement. Miss Guerrier 
was hostess each year for ten years at an 
Alumnae Tea in her home, an event looked 
forward to with great pleasure and back 
upon with satisfying warmth by all who 
participated, including her special 
caterers. The 8-8. 



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One facet of her love for books iwas her | 
nterest in collecting miniature volumes, i 
ii 195U Miss Guerrier presented her collect 
,ion to the Library in honor of its Cen- | 
lennial Observance. Her name had earlier | 
)een perpetuated forever in the institution 
;o which she gave devoted service vrtien, at 
,he time of her retirement in 19U0, her j 
.ssociates presented to the Library THE 
BITH GUERRIER FUND, the income "to be 
ised for the purchase of books of sound 
.iterary sind ethical value for adults, to 
le placed in the branch libraries of the 
loston Public Library System." 

For some years Miss Guerrier edited a 
ibrary column in the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 
iDNITOR. She -was active in the American 
jjid ifassachusetts Library Associations, 
ierving as presidait of the latter from 
.93U-36. 

Many memories are being recalled by 
riends in these days immediately following 
|«8r passing, and mil continue to be j 

jecalled from time to time as long as there 
emain those who had the privilege of 
uowing Edith Guerrier, and this will but \ 
imphasize anew that 

"To live in hearts we leave behind 
Is not to die." 

SARAH M. USmH 
WILI.IAM ALEXANDffi SMN 



imi SOCIO IjO GIGA L TPiSNDS 
IN BOSTON 

Who is an "ex-exurbanite"? And what 
does he mean to you? What are the dis- 
proportionate population segments of 
Boston? And what difference do they 
make to you? A discussion of these 
questions and other new trends that are 
taking form in Boston will be held at 
the Boston Public Library Staff meeting 
on Friday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m. in 
the Lecture Hall. 

Frank C. Sweetser, Associate Professor 
of Sociology, Boston University and Johi^ 
B. Davis, Jr., Executive Secretary, New 
England School Development Council will 
speak on New Sociological Trends in 
Boston . 

To help you as a staff member of the 
Boston Public Libia ly understand the 
implications of new trends in relation 
to your Tfork, now and in the near future, 
two guest librarians will point up pos- 
sible directions. Donald T. Clark, Li- 
brarian, Baker Library of the Graduate 
School of Business Administration, Har- 
vard University, will relate the new 
trends to reference and research ser- 
vices, and Miriam Putnam, Librarian, 
Memorial Hall Library, Andover, will 
relate the new trends to the general 
services of a public library. 

You and other staff members of the 



Boston Public Library will be invited to 
William Alexander Swan, a retired employee express your reactions and nake your 



in the Binding Department died November 12, 
958. A large delegation from the Boston 
■ublic Library attended the funeral ser- 
dces in the Boylston Congregational 
hurch on NoveinlDer 1$, His wife Mi*s Helen 
lllen Swan and two daughters^ Mrs Louise S. 
lirown of Elgin, Illinois, and Mrs Barbara 
I. Anderson of TJarwick, R.I., survive. 

Bill Swan, or "Due key" as he was more 
amiliarly known, worked in the Library 
"rom August 6, 1917 to August 3, 195U when 
le was retired. He inas a very capable 
rorker and considered an accomplished 
"inisher. In addition, he vbs held in the ! 
lighest esteem by his fellow workers vrtio 
.dmired his very kindly smile, his hearty | 
.augh, his unaffected manner, and his very I 
looperative spirit. The consensus of ooin-i 
.on, in brief, seems to be "if you had yourl 
ihoice of a fellow worker, you couldn't \ 
)ossibly pick a better all-round fellow 
■han miliam Alexander (Duckey) Swan." 



suggestions in relation with ihe Divi- 
sion of Home Reading and Community Ser- 
vices and the Division of Reference and 
Research. The recorders will include: 
Mildred Adelson for irork with children, 
William C. Slemmer for work with young 
adults, Pauline A. Walter for work with 
adults, Mildred C. O'Connor for work in 
reference and research, and Louis Rains 
for work in reference and research. 
A brochiire with maps and charts, spe- 
j cially prepared for this meeting fcy 
pMorton Ruben, Professor of Sociology, 
I Northeastern University, will be distri- 
buted to all attending the meeting. 



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CCIJS SALUTES US 

On Saturday, November 1, the Chowder, 
Chatter, and Marching Society met in the 
Club Room (China Star) in Meirymount to 
pay tribute to Loraine A. Sullivan, long- 
time member of the Society and incidentally 
Chief of Science and Technology. After 
much loose talk about reference problems 
and the like, our congenital master of 
ceremonies and spiritual leader, Louis 
Elains, delivered the invocation and the 
)riental Orgy was onl Aided and abetted 
by dim lighting and numbed taste buds, the 
Chinese food was almost nice* 

Directly we had offered up our last 
3elestial belch, the heir apparent to 
Jully's throne and chief PETTY officer 
'already drunk vath anticipated power) ex- 
aressed the sentiments of sQ. 1 present when 
le observed that this was the largest (6l 
jtrong) and most successful party we had 
5ver had— -a wonderful tribute to Miss 
Sullivan's popularity! He then presented 
■,o Miss Sullivan a transistor radio, ap- 
)arently the one thing she lacked. After 
ler warm expressions of gratitude to all 
iho had nade her evening so pleasant, Sci- 
snce & Tech's own patent experts, Ed Munro 
ind Maurice Carbonneau, burst into an old 
iong "Daisy, Daisy" with new words "Sully, 
Sully" . Eventually everyone joined in 
lespite the musical counterforce provided 
jy Maestro Koury and his mentor, Don Louis 
Igalde • 

Hardly had the din subsided when Frank 
loran rose to pay tribute to Loraine 
lullivan and incidentally to express over- 
lue appreciation to Louis Rains for all 
lis duties as Chief Chowderhead. Others 
■ose in protest, saying that the Society 
iiad made him what he is and that nowhere 
;lse would he have had so many opportuni- 
ties to do so much work. However, since 
ihe nickels and dimes had already rolled 
ji and the phonograph records bought, the 
'iresentation was made and for the first 
dme in his life he couldn't think of any- 
thing brash to say. Another old song 
Wunderbar" with new lyrics ("Louis Rains, 
lOuis Rains, what a gorgeous hunk of manl") 
®s rendered this time by Maurice and his 
ovely bride Gay, They volunteered in 
nticipation of a rise in the tax rate in 
feymouth. 

The evening was replete with all kinds 
f special songs for liiss Sullivan: "Sum- 
lertime" , gorgeously sung by Aletha Munroj 



"Serenade" from the Student Prince and 
"Danny Boy" by Ed Munro, who is not 
especially gorgeous. Miss Sullivan even 
got to dance with se"veral of the Arthur 
Murray types in the Society. 

Long after our guest of honor had said 
her goodbyes, we acceded to the kind 
invitation of Maurice and Gay and re- 
paired to the Carbonneau homestead 
(Rains Realty) for Dunkin Donuts and 
coffee, most of us making it home about 
2:30. 

MEN'S LIBRARIANS CLUB 

The Iifen's Librarians Club met at 
Weston College on Thursday, November 13. 
Following pre-prandial libations, more 
than generously dispensed by the hospi- 
table Brothers Finn and McLean, and the 
usual welcome get-together of old and 
new friends in the profession, the group 
sat down to dinner. The piece de resis- 
tance was prime roast beef with all the 
fixings, with thirds and fourths availa- 
ble to accomplished trenchermen and 
gourmandiserso 

Phil McNiff spoke briefly of Harold 
Wocster and reminded the group about 
the Memorial Fund. It was agreed that 
the next meeting will be held at Jfelden 
Public Library. Then Father Brendon 
Connolly welcomed the group and intro- 
duced the Rector, Fr. John V. O'Connor. 

Father explained about the Jesuit 
course of studies and the scientific 
facilities at Weston, particularly the 
seismograph. His hospitality was of 
such extent that he even promised an 
earthquake for the benefit of the group. 
Later a small group took the "busman's 
tour" through the library and a larger 
group explored the seismograph setup. 

All in all a good time was had by 
clergy, librarians, bookmen and others. 



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LORAINE SULLIVAN RETIRES 



On October 31 ^ 1958, Loraine Augusta 
hillivan, Chief of Science and Technology, 
etired from the Library service. Loraine, 
r "Sully," as she was affectionately 
novm to her staff and nany friends , is 
ne of those people 7*10 seem fated to be a 
ibrarian. She started as a part-time and 
ubstitute librarian while a freshman in 
ogers High School in Newport, Rhode 
sland, at the People's Library in that 
own. Later, after graduating from Pratt 
nstitute. School of Library Service, in 
rooklyn, l^era York (her birthplace), she 
orked at the National Industrial Confer- 
nce Board and the Boston Elevated Library, 
he came to the Boston Public Library in 
922. Here, after serving as Assistant, 
xecutive Assistant, she was appointed 
hief of Science and Technology Department 
n 19U0. 

Miss Sullivan has a keen interest in 
rofessional library matters and takes a 
eiy active part in Special Libraries As- 
ociation. In this association she has 
erved on practically every committee, 
eld the office of President (1936) and 
eaded a special ?JPA project, sponsored by 
he association, as technical director, 
uring the depression. 

Boston Public Library's Science and 
'echnology Department, one of the best in 
he country, is a moniiment to the breadth 
f scientific vision of Miss SuUivano 
he has helped fill in its gaps , made 
vailable its historical riches through her 
cience history file, and arranged it for 
fficient public service through its class 
atalogue . The large budget that this 
lepartment enjoys is the fruit of much 
ffort on her part to show the importance 
if this work in our Sputnik age. 

However, we all feel that important as I 
,s her work mth books , it is outranked by I 
ler encouragement of the young men and | 

romen in the library profession. Every nev( 
jimployee soon fell under the spell of her 
jsarm friendly manner and was impressed by 
ihe span of her knowledge which included 
lot only science and technology but fine 
irts, music (she is an accomplished pian- 
-st) , and rare books. These newcomers 
rere trained along professional lines -'md 
incouraged to advance in the profession, 
through her vn.de acquaintance she was able 
:o introduce them to leaders in the field 
vho aided their progress. 



To Miss Sullivan ive extend our vrairmest 
and heartiest mshes for a happy future 
which not only gives her more tirce to 
spend in her garden, and enjoy the com- 
pany of Kitty out will enable her to 
complete her projects and to help others 
advance by her wise and friendly counsel, 

IN RETROSPECT 

As the summer ended, the Teachers 
Department staff found it had acc\amu- 
lated the following remarks and queries 
from the public; 

A woman asked if the lions beside the 
main staircase used to be outside at 
the front door once* 

A nan wanted to know vihere Room 200 was. 
He thought this was City Hall. 

A woman complained that for two years 
she hasn't found a book in the Library, 
Every time she wants one, it is mis- 
sing. 

A girl adced if there is any department 
v;here she could study where there 
w asn't any typing being done. 

When toJii the Elliott Room contains the 
Adams Books, a patron asked, "Sherman 
Adams ?" 

Others Tsanted to know: 

"Are there any soft chairs in the 

Library?" 
"Who is the Curator of Insects at 

Harvard?" 
"How do you repair a roller coaster?" 
"Have you ar^ nail polish to stop a 

stocking run?" 
"How do you say 'Good Morning' in 
Japanese?" 

AIIOTHER IW! APJilVAL 

Mr and Mrs Philip Frazier are the 
proud farents of a daughter, Maryann, 
bom, at St. Margaret's Hospital, 
Dorchester, in September, J/Ers Frazier 
is the former Mary Brady of the Reference 
Division Office and of Cataloging and 
Classification, R and RS. Mary and Phil 
moved this fall from Springfield, Massa- 
chusetts, to Nashua, New Hampshire, with 
son Joseph and the new baby. 



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TO LOVE A BOOK 

Something there is that loves a printed 

book. 
Some open-mindedness that seeks , to find 
An earth or sea or sky upon the page. 
And finding, tiirns to read again a book 
That leads one forth to realms yet 

\indreamed . 
The mind, awake to life -within a book. 
Attends its service, joyously and free, 
And runs to share the nsssage it has 

found: — 
To love a book. ^Ji/hat is it to love a 

book? 

It is to know a book is not a booko 
V book is a rare gem, a delicate bloom. 
I turbulent sea, quiet stream, or daivn, 
i. sunset, a far journey, or a friend, 
i book is bread and wine of the mindj 
3ach reader is high priest; each, sacri- 
fice. 

''or the open eye and the open mind, 
There stands the open shelf and open book, 
) visit the tenple of books with praise, 
}ive thanks at the altar of knowledge and 

life. 

Let readers come, not because they must, 
3y compulsion, read, to make a grade; 
But because they may, read, by willing 

choice, 
ience lose themselves to beauty or to 

truth. 
3ooks are free to all, and so readers 

cone — 

The universal human family — 
To the fountainhead of type and print, 
Phe Book of Life that gives the soul its 

skies. 

RUTH E. mm 

Open Shelf 

^ NEWBCOKS RECEIVED IN THE 

^TAFFTiman ~ 

Non-Fiction 

Boulton, Agnes 

Part of a long story. 

Garden City, N.T., Doubleday, 19$8, 
loakley, mry L. 

Mister Music Ifeker, Lawrence Vfelk, 
' Garden City, N.Y. , Doubleday, 1958. 
3olum, Maiy M. 

Our friend James Joyce, 
! Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1958. 



Galbraith, John K. 

The affluent society. 

Boston, Houghton Mfflin, 1958. 
Gallico, Paul 

The steadfast man. 

Garden City, N.Y. , Doubleday, 1958. 
Gogarty, Oliver St. J. 

A week end in the middle of the week. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1958. 
Kerr, Jean C, 

Please don't eat the daisies. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1957. 
Leopold, Nathan F. 

Life plus 99 years. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1958. 
MacLeish, Archibald 

Jo 6. 

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1958. 
Singer, Kurt D. 

I«iy strangest case. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1958. 
Smithdas, Robert J. 

Life at my fingertips , 

Garden City, N.Y. , Doubleday, 1958. 

Fiction 

Baum, Vicki 

Theme for ballet. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1958. 
Chatterton, Ruth 

The Southern wild. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1958. 
Coles, Manning, pseud . 

No entry. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1958. 
Dever, Joseph 

Three priests. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1958. 
Franks n. Rose 

The antic years. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1958. 
Hubbard, Thomas L. W. 

A baton for the conductor, 

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1958. 
Moore, Donald 

Scramble six hurricanes. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1958. 
Park, Ruth 

The frost and the fire. 

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1958. 
Roark, Garland 

The lady and the deep blue sea. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1958. 
Russcol, Herbert 

Kilometer 95. 

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1958^ 



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Wton, Anya 

The Winthrop woman, 

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1958. 
tein, Aaron M. 

Sitting up dead. 

Garden City, M.Y., Doubleday, 1958. 



BRANCH flOTGS 



righton 



The coming together of Children's Book i 
eek and Boston Public School Art Week thi^ 
aar brought double exhibits and activitieJ 
ntil this rather abbreviated Children's j 
:om was fairly bvirsting at the seams I On | 
jaesday morning, November h, the Pre-School' 
tory Hour Mothers' Group heard, at its i 

gular bi-monthly meeting, a talk by i 

Lrginia Haviland, Readers Advisor for j 

lildren. The program was made all the i 
jre fascinating by the fact tl^t only a j 
larter of an hour before her whirlT/Tind 

rival at the Branch, Miss Haviland had 
jen heard by the assembled mothers over 
le air on VilNAC's YANKEE HOI/E AND FOOD 
lOW, 

On Thursday evening, November 6, one 
indred and fifty junior high school girls 
ithered to hear Betty Cavanna tell of her 
rperiences as the author of many of their 
ivorite books. One of the most prolific 

iters in the field (as Elizabeth Headley 
le is eqvially popular), Betty Cavanna has 

great gift for meeting girls at their 
m level, and our large and enthusiastic 
idience that evening fell quickly under 
le spell of her charm and easy wit. At 
le end of the program, the girls were 
lited in feeling that the only thing 

eking to make the evening completely 
irfect was the presence of Betty Cavanna 's 
m fifteen-year-old soni 



The Library is indeed fortunate having 
as the newest member of the Board of 
Trustees, the Right Reverend Edwsjrd 
Murray, 

For in addition to animent qualifica- 
tions in educational background and in 
administrative experience Monsignor 
Murray has long been one of us. He Tra.s 
a member of the staff from May 21, 19l5 
to October 1, 1921 vhen he worked in the 
Catalogue Department and on the Sunday 
and Evening iTervice. For many years the 
Monsigior Yra.s a menber of the Examiting 
Committee. As a member of the Sub 
Committee on Personnel, ITccsignor 
liiurray has had the opportiinity to look 
closely at the problems of the staff. 

So we \Telcome you, Monsignor Murray, 
not as a stranger, but as an old friend, 
and wish for you many pleasant and 
productive years in the Board of Trustees, 

REFERENCE DIV]S]PN SAYS SO LONGll 

A small group of those who did not 
attend the limcheon given by the distaff 
members on the top floor or the party 
given by the CCMS, through the courtesy 
of Mr. Hens ley net in his office on the 
afternoon of October 31 to say "SO LONG" 
to Loraine Sullivan. Mr. Hensley made a 
short speech of appreciation of LoraiiE 
and told ho\T he had invited her to at- 
tend the Reference Staff Officers meeting 
as Emeritus. He also presented her vdth 
the traditional autographed volume and a 
treatise on science fiction. (Miss Sulli- 
van is a devotee of the kind of litera- 
ture so-well -termed "the drawing board of 
tomorrow,") 

Miss Sullivan replied with a few well- 
chosen words and said that her sentiments 
were best described by Mr. Heintzelman 
who very aptly phrased her retirement as 
•^Quitting while still Champion." 




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Any contribution to the S oap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of tho Brajich 
Library, Department or Office in which ho 
or sho is employed, Iho name is with- 
hold from publication, or a pen nomo used, 
if the contributor so requests. Anonymous 
contributions are not given consideration 
Tho author of the article is known only 
to the Editor-in-Chief. Iho contents of 
tho articles appearing in the Soap Box 
oro personal opinions expressed by in- 
dividual Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily indicate 
that tho Publications Committee and the 
Association arc in agroomeynt with tho 
■viows expressed. Only those contribu- 
tions containing not more than 300 words 
will be accoptod.^ 



Dear Editor: 

How can Idic Boston Public Library hope 
to keep any promising young career work- 
ers when they sec desirable positions in 
our library filled by outsiders without 
prior notice to the staff that the posi- 
tions or VQ3Gncios exist? Even if tho 
choices had already been made, why could 
not at least tho formality of announcing 
idle positions and vacancies be gone 
througih? 

It may not have been intended as such, 
but this treatment of ignoring interested 
members of the staff or presuming tho 
staff has no qualified persons has been 
interpreted by some as insul tinge 

Desert Flower 



lb the Editor: 

Wo arc told that wc must use the 
established channels of communication, 
that wo must submit requests, rocon- 
mcndations, complaints, etc. by way of 
the "chain of command." But isn't it 
equally important that the "channels" 
down are used. Wien individuals or 
offices in the chain of cornmr.nd are 
by-passed on tho vrexy down, there is a 
tendency fir channels on the way up to 
be similarly by-passed, and the results 
in both cases nay well be confusion, 
lack of rospcct for autiiority, rosont- 
mont and working at cross purposes. 

In the Middle r^f a 
Middle 

Dear Soap Box: 

Whore there used to bo 3 division 
heads, now there are 5. But will there 
bo an increase in the number of NP 2»s 
or NP 3«s? The budget couldn't stand 
it. Does this make sense? Where is tho 
money coming from to pay the salaries 
of tho two new division heads? Out of 
tho hides of the NP I's? 

Nothing Personal 

Dear Soap Box Editor: 

How many of the staff really want a 
staff organization? Enough to work for 
it? Enough to make a little sacrifice 
for it? 

Or is the Staff Association to bo a 
whipping boy? Complain when tho Staff 
Association has not done this or that, 
but when the tine has cone to do some 
work for the Association, plead work 
load or personal business. 

It often has been said that the people 
receive the government thoy deserve in 
a democracy, but does not tho staff have 
the Staff association it deserves, or 
more truly, much bettor than it deserves? 

Iitoybe it would be better if there wore 
nn Staff Association. If there wore 
civil service for all the employees? 
If there were union representation for 
most of tho Staff? 

Public Servant 



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To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

General Administrative Notice #58, III 
B. Development of Personnel Procedures 
2» states, "It is recommended that there 
'be re-established in the Library a pro- 
gram of service ratings for employees 
leading to the development of adequate 
work -performance records . " 

Service ratings nay be a fine thing for 
the pre-professional service, but we 
definitely object to these being applied 
to the professional service. 
I The rating sheets of ten years ago 
'wrought havoc with the employees. The 
amount of favoritism was "out of this 
world." Everyone was most unhappy and 
resentment was wide spread. Some wounds 
were caused that have never been healed. 
Service ratings have been vastly over- 
rated . 

Since appointments to titular positions j 
we have been told, carries a rating 
sheet, it would seem that this takes care 
of the professional staff quite adequate- 
ly. One way to further the decline of 
staff morale is to re-establish these 
rating sheets. "Oh, Ye of Short Memory." 

OVERRATED 

To the Editors 

The new book by Kathleen B. Stebbins 
entitled "Personnel Administration in 
Libraries" recently published by the 
Scarecrow Press , Inc . , makes rather inter- 
esting reading. The Appendix II entitled 
"Personnel Practices, Classification Plans 
and Salaries" makes interesting reading. 
All in all, the Boston Public Library 
compares very, very favorably with other 
libraries. 

However, the old timers on the staff, 
especially those belonging to the Quarter 
Century Club, might be interested to 
notice the vacation allowance of the 
Newark Public Library on page 258. In 
addition to the regular vacation of l/l2 
of year for each full year of vacation 
"after I^O years of service employees are 
allowed one month with pay in addition to 
[regular vacation." 

I This is not written as a gripe of our 
present personnel practice, which on the 
whole is very generous, but something our 
veteran members of the staff should notice 



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VICE PRESID^^NT'S NOTES 

We are sorry to report that our 
President, Mrs Sarah W. Flannery, is ill. 
She will be at the Veterans Administra- 
tion Hospital, South Huntington Avenue, 
and those who msh to send cards may 
address her there. We wish her a speedy 
recovery and hope to have her back ■vd.th 
us very soon. 

The Executive Board has requested the 
Personnel Committee to make a thorough 
study of the new classification of Non- 
Professionals. This action had long 
been contemplated, but until the arrival 
of the recent announcements of the vari- 
ous positions there was little of a 
constructive nature that could be done. 
For suggestions on your participation in 
this study please read the forthcoming 
notice from the Staff Association. 

In addition to the items listed in the 
agenda of the fall business meeting 
which, by the way, has been postponed to 
December 5, we suggest that you be 
thinking about the promised raise for 
all city employees. Other organizations 
of city workers have taken action to 
nake their feelings known to the Mayor 
and City Council. Make your recommenda- 
tions in person at the business meeting, 
tell your staff representative, or 
communicate directly with any member of 
the Executive Board. 

Don't forget, nomination for office 
from the floor can be accepted only if 
the individual nominated is present and 
signifies his willingness to accept. 
Please attend this important meeting I 

LOUIS RAINS 
Vice President 



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Cordially invites members and friends 
to a discussion of 



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inicjratiiiQ populations 
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SPEAKERS •■ 

FRANK C. S^J^JEETSERj Associate Professor of Sociology, Boston University 

J'OfiN B. DAVIS, JR., Executive Secretary, New England School Development Council 

COMMENTATORS". 

rON;-.!!) T. CLARK, Librarian, Baker Library, Graduate School of Business 

Administration, Harvard University 
MIRIAM PUTNAM, Librarian, Memorial Hall Library, Andover, Massachusetts 

RECORDERS : 

T/Tork vfith Children, by MLDRED ADELSCN 

Tfi'crk vdth Young Adults, by TOLLIAM C. SLEM'IER 

Work with Adults , by PAULINE A . YiTALKER 

■ffbrk in Reference and Research, by MILDRED C. O'CONNOR 

LOUIS RAINS 



A Brochure, specially prepared by lORTON RUBIN, Professor of Sociology, 
Northeastern University, will be distributed at the meeting 

7^cicm,ncmmbe^2L 1958 at 8 RM,,!!, 

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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



DECEMBER 1958 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volumo XIII Number 12 December 1958 



Publications Conmittoc: Charles J* Gillis, Esther Josephine Leonard, 

Maoy Joseph Marg^lis, Pauline E. lAirphy, 
Elizabeth J. Obear, B. Joseph O'Noil, 
Gerald L. Ball, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for eubmitting material; 

The fifteenth of each month Ihe tenth of each month 



EDITORIAL NOTES 

All of us vrare appalled at the very disastrous fire in Our Lady of the Angels 
School in Chicago on December 1, 1958, In this conflagration ninety children and 
three nuns lost their lives. Various reasons for this disaster were given such as, 
accumulation of larash, inadequate facilities to evacuate, open stairways allowing 
hot smoke and poisonous gases to mushroom through the corridors, and faulty alarm 
system. The cry "The blight of fire trap schools" causes us to take pause and 
check on our library situation. 

Here, all in all, our Boston Public Library situation shapes up well. Few of us 
realize the steps which the administration has taken to protect the staff members 
and the library property. Ihere are 118 fire extinguishers, 3 sprinkler systems, 
14 standpipe stations, a water curtain and a heat detecting system in the building. 
The building is serviced by a combination Yfetchman Recording and Fire Alann System. 
Siis system provides Central Station Vfetchman supervision and fire alarm service 
by the A.D.T. Ihe system consists of thirty (30) individually coded "live" com- 
bination fire alarm and v*ratchman recording boxes strategically located throughout 
the Central Library building, (There are 3 night watchmen.) There is also a 
Boston Fire Department - Fire Alarm Box 7^^12 - 1561 located in the main building near 
the telephone switchboard. Ihe A.D.T. fire alarm system is tested once a week. 
Ihe following emergency equipment is located in the Fire Control Center: emergency 
tools, nabber coats, rubber boots, sprinkler heads, all service gas mask; also a 
tape recording register connected to the A.D.T. fire alarm system. 

We should for our own good and the good of the library be fire preventatituV 
conscious. No fire door should be allowed to be obstiructed. All the existing 
safeguards will be futile if these doors are blocked. We should smoke only in the 
assigned areas and even there be extra careful of matches and butts. Lastdy, we 
should be conscious of the accumulation of trash and take steps to have it removed 
at once. Incidentally, the fire control people are especially effective in having 
this removed. Remember , it was trash that caused the fire in Chicagp . 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMIITTEE 
THE PUBLICATIONS COTIIITTEE EXTENDS SEASON'S GREETINGS TO ALL 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



The holiday season is again upon us 
and I wish to all a very Merry Christmas 
and a Happy New Year. 

I wish to thank the Staff Representa- 
tiTes for attending so well the November 
business meeting and am only sorry that 

1 was unable to be there to greet you all, 
The Personnel Committee has been work- 
ing on the problem of the Non-Profession- 
als and has already had one meeting witii 
Mr. Gaines on the subject. A full report 
oan be expected at the January meeting. 
In ihe meantime reports from Staff Rep- 
resentatives are coming in from various 
branches and departments in a very sat- 
isfactory manner, and the Personnel Com- 
mittee is calling on department heads and 
branch librarians in an atteii5)t to find 
out how closely the assignment of NP 1, 

2 and 3 positions agrees with their in- 
dividual recommendations. The problem 

is a complex one, and in any major classi- 
fication change such as this there are 
bound to be some individuals who feel 
unhappy. We hope, however, to be able to 
clarify the situation to the general sat- 
isfaction so that there will be a minimum 
of uchappiness. 

lime spent on committee meetings some- 
times seems a burden in these days of 
staff shortages and busy schedules. ^'le 
are aware of this and hope to be able to 
keep them within bounds so that Associa- 
tion business may be carried on vrithout 
placing too much strain not only on 
committee members but also on those who 
must fill in while others are at meetings 
We thank everyone for their cooperation. 
Sincerely, 
Sarah W. Flannery 



Dear Friends; 

Each issue of the Question Mark brings 
happy memories to me and I feel that 
even though many of its members are not 
as vocal or active as they might be, it 
does fill an important function, as a 
clearing house for more questions and 
fewer answers. 

As a retiree I can look back to the 
days of Mr. Frank Chase, and Ttezie Prim 
and their valiant efforts to keep a staff 
group in action, and then a long interim 
occurred when there was no staff associa- 
tion, and really does not every member 
feel pride in all that has been done by 
the officers and members of the present 
one. If everyone was completely satis- 
fied with city, state, or nation, it 
would be a strange world and only thirough 
the continuous efforts of those who 
object, disagree, and seek compromises 
does any group progress. 

Boston is changing, and the library 
along with other city departments gradu- 
ally becomes different from tlie nineteenih 
century institution. Let us recognize 
the importance of our Question l:la.rk, and 
help the editorial board in its arduous 
duties of assembling our news, printing 
our letters and show ourselves as well 
as our neighboring librarians, that the 
Boston Public Library has a forward look- 
king staff of workers. 

Marion C. Kingman 



T'E ^VELCO^:! BaCK 

J/irs. Helen Fcrrington, Book Preparation, 
after her recent illness. 



coinraiciiTG i 

Fanny Goldstein who announced the "com- 
mencement" of a new life when she said 
"au revoir" to the Old t^.P.L. and es- 
pecially the historic Vest End is now 
"commencing." 

It is a significant nev/ interpretation 
of her old role as Founder of Jewish 
Book ¥Jeek in America more than a quarter 
of a century ago that Fanny Goldstein, 
with the advent of Jewish Book Month this 
year, should blossom out as the Literary 
Editor of the Jewish Advocate. 

The Jeivish Advocate is one of the most 
distinguished weeklies published in 
America with a wide circulation through- 
out New England. 



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She will conduct a column devoted to the 
discussion and evaluating of Jewish books. 
Ihe Advocate is to be congratulated upon 
her addition to their staff and its 
readers are destined to reap much benefit 
from this veteran recognized as an author 
ity in the field of Judaica here and 
abroad. 



PERSONAL NDIES 

Ne w Employees 

Hel ene Che f i tz , Personnel Office 
Robert F. Hennessey, Book Purchasing 
Rupert C. Gilroy, Kirstein Business 
Ernestine Brovm, Charlestown 
Its. Sally Manuel, Bookmobiles 
Elizabeth L. Morgan, Washington Village 
Llrs Elinor M. Najita, Egleston Square 
Alexander T. Soter, Kirstein Business 
Norman Licht, Open Shelf 

jDransferred 



Christine J. Umano, from Open Shelf to 

Bookmobiles 
Diane G. Farrell, from ¥i[est End to Codman 

Square 
Mildred Presente, from Bookmobiles to 

Y'est End 
Richard J. Waters, from Jamaica Plain to 

Central Book Stock - Branch Issue 

Resignations 

Annette S. Cutler, Book Stack Service, to 
be married 

Ws. Sona S. Jelalian, Kirstein, to re- 
main at home 

M. Phyllis Campbell, Egleston Square, to 
accept a teaching position 

Sidney YJeinberg, Science 5: Ifechnology to 
accept a position with the M.T.A. 

Mrs Lenore C. Marvit, Parker Hill, to 
remain at home 

Married 

Lillian E. I.agamasino, Orient Heights, to 
Dennis H. Gallagher, November 8, 1958 



NEW B'OKS IN mP SmFF LIBR/'JtY 

Fiction 

Allen, Steve 

The girls on the 10th floor. New 
York, Holt, 1958 
Bates, Herbert E. 

The darling buds of May. Boston, 
Little, Brown, 1958 
Condon, Richard 

Ihe oldest confession. Ner/ York, 
Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1958 
Cronin, Archibald 

Ihe Northern light. Boston, Little, 
Brown, 1958 
De La Roche, Mazo 

Centenary at Jalna. Boston, Little, 
Brown, 1958 
Dryer, Bernard V. 

Ihe image makers. Nev/ York, Harper, 
1958 
Fl eming , Ian 

Doctor No. New York, Maomillan, 1958 
Forde, Claude M. 

liirs. 0», New York, Rinehart, 1958 
Garrett, James 

And save tiiem for pallbearers. New 
York, Messner, 1958 
Grau, Shirley A. 

The hard blue sky. Hew York, Knopf, 
1958 
Household, Geoffrey 

Ihe brides of Solomon. Boston, Little, 
Brown, 1958 
Hull, Helen R. 

Wind rose. New York, Coward-ItoCann, 
1958 
Kober, Arthur 

Oooh, what you saidl New York, 
Rinehart, 1958 
Lancaster, Bruce 

Night march. Boston, Little, Brown, 
1958 
Lincoln, Victoria 

A dangerous innocence. New York, 
Rinehart, 1958 
Ma-tdiews, D. L. 

the reach of fear. New York, Rinehart 
1958 
Maxfield, Henry 

Legacy of a spy. New York, Harper 
1958 
McLaverty, Michael 

The choice. New York, Macmillan, 
1958 
Ifoll, Elick 

Seidman and Son. New York, Putnsim, 
1958 



■O'Brien, Kate 

As music and splendour. New York, 

Harper, 1958 
O'llaliey, Mary D. 

The Portuguese escape. New York 

Macmillan, 1958 
Pattinson, James 

Last in convoy. New York, McDowell, 

Obolensky, 1958 
Renault, Mary 

The king must die. New York, Pantheon, 

1958 
Silone, Ignazio 

Bie secret of Luca, New York, Harper 

1958 
Vifeidman, Jerome 

The enemy camp. New York, Random House 

1958 
TVhite, Iheodore H. 

The mountain road. New York, W. Sloane 

Associates, 1958 

Non-Fiction 

Americajn Library Annual, 1957-58. 

New York, Boxvker, 19 58 
Amoury, Daisy 

Father Cyclone. New York, Messner,1958 
Armitage, Merle 

George Gershwin. New York, Duell, 

Sloan and Pearoe, 1958 
Armour, Richard W. 

Nights with Armour. New York, ifcGraw- 

Hill, 1958 
Bentley, Nicolas 

How can you bear to be so humar? 

New York, Button, 1958 
Boyington, Gregory 

Baa, baa, black sheep. New York, 

Putnam, 1958 
Brooks, Gladys 

Grammeroy Park. New York, Dvitton,1958 
Durr ell , Lawr enc e 

Bitter lemons. New York, Dutton, 1957 
Gassner, John 

Best American Plays. New York, Crown 

Publishers, 1958 
Golden, Harry L. 

Only in America. Cleveland, World Pub, 

Co., 1958 
Good Housekeeping party book. New York, 

Harper, 1958 
Gunther, John 

Inside Russia today. New York, 

Harper, 1958 
Hadley, Leila 

Give me the world. New York, Simon 

and Schuster, 1958 
Hale, 



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Hale, Nancy 

A New England girlhood. Boston, 

Little, Brown, 1958 
Heyerdahl, Thor 

Aku-AJai. Chicago, Rajid McWally, 1958 
Keats, John 

The insolent chariots. Philadelphia, 

Lippincott, 1958 
Knies, Donald 

Walk the wide world. New York, Dodd, 

Mead, 1958 
Lechie, Robert 

Lord, what a familyl New York, 

Random House, 1958 
Lindemann, Hannes 

Alone at sea. New York, Random House, 

1958 
Look 

The decline of the American maleo 

Nev; York, Random House, 1958 
Ilaoe, David R. 

Success in marriage. New York, 

Abingdon Press, 1958 
I'larx, Arthur 

Not as a crocodile. New York, 

Harper, 1958 
I&wat, Farley 

!lhe grey seas under, Boston, Little, 

Brovm, 1958 
Nelson, Klondy 

Daughter of the Gold Rush. New York, 

Random House, 1958 
Pinza, Ezio 

Ezio Pinza. Hew York, Rinehart, 1958 
Price, Millard 

Roaming Britain. New York, J. Day Co., 

1958 
Robertson, Terence 

Channel dash. New York, Dutton, 19 58 
Roosevelt, Eleanor 

On my own. New York, Harper, 1958 
The ITall Street journal 

Care for a merger? New York, Dutton, 

1958 



DON* T 



FORGET 



CiiRE 



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QUOTES 



"Mr. Zoltan Haraszti, Keeper of R&re 
Books at the Boston Public Library, de- 
serves speoial mention with his staff for 
their courtesy in facilitating my re- 
search in the valuable Paul Saba tier 
ool lection, where I found almr-rt fifty 
important items in the great Protestant 
scholar's unpublished marginal notes." 
— Raphael Brown in the introduction to 
his new version of Ihe Lit tle Flowe rs of 
St. Franc is (Image Books) . 

"My own imperfect and inconclusive 
discussions of the subject (early Ameri- 
can typefounding) have been superseded 
by the researches and acute interpreta- 
tions made by Mr. John Alden of -Oie 
Boston Public Library, embodied in a 
series of articles culminating in his 
"Scotch lype in Eighteenth-Century 
America," published in Studies in 
Bibl io graphy ... In this articl^ the 
correctness of Isaiah Thomas's assertion 
• . . that the Bo ston Chronicle type had 
been imported from an Edinburgh foundry 
is demonstrated so tellingly as to leave 
little room for dissent." — La-irn-ence C. 
Wroth in the revised edition of his 
Abel Buell of Connectic ut (Wesley an 
University Press) . 



BIRTHS 

W and llrs Charles 'U Kane, of Woroes- 
ter, have announced the arrival of 
Joseph Michael, on November 22. Jlrs. 
Kane(nee Catherine I". Doherty) formerly 
worked in the Office of Records, Files, 
Statistics and made her stage debut in 
the musical revue "Free to All" as one 
of the sailor gals. Young Joseph is a 
great nephew of James Barry, formerly of 
Buildings Department. 

* * * 

A daughter born to l!lr% and Jlrs. Herbert 
Hewes on November 2. Ifrs. Hewes is the 
former Marie McCarthy, Branch Catalog 
and Book Purchasing. The new arrival, 
Helene, is the gre ad-daughter of Florence 
McCarthy 



V'ES T END BRAi'TCH IS A BT'SY SPOT I! 'EST DAYS 

TJith a mixture of tears and laughter, 
the I'est Pnd Branch staff gathered at 
one of tie betber kn'^vm French restau- 
rants (accent grave) on Beacon Hill. 
Alas, we are novr getting so used to those 
"transfers are breaking up that old gang 
of mine" blues that there are almost no 
tears left. 

But as with all things, we too are 
getting used to tliC idea of "musical" 
branches. (Remember the game musical 
chairs? VJhen a transfer comes through, 
we just grin and wait for the next move. 

Coming back to the haopy part of the 
transfer- the party was a roaring 
success. Once the menu was translated 
from French into the commonplace things 
like Beef Stew, everybody settled dovm 
to another session of exchanging mem- 
ories, gossip, and trade tips. 

The guest of honor, Dieme Farrell, v;as 
launched in grand style v/ith a beautiful 
blue jersey blouse and a cute little 
blue fuzzy wuzzy wooly hat. 

As usual, all the women were beautiful 
and all the (2) men handsome. 



C/XENDAR i,F EV7CNTS 

January 10. Catholic Library Association. 
Hostess: Mrs. Irene Tuttle 
Speakers: Miss i;. Jane 
jTanthorne. " Ife en-Age Fiction 
Fact or Fairytale" 
Rev. Ambrose J. Mahoney, S.J. 
"The National Ilerit Scholar- 
ship" 

Hon. Elias Shamon. "Ihe 
Political Situation in Leban 
on in Historical Perspective" 
Placet South Boston Branch Library 

January 26. January SLA MFETBIG 
Place: The Boston Globe 

Date: Monday, January 26, 1959 

Time: 3:30-5:00 P.M. - Tburs 

6:00 P.M. - Dinner 

(At Globe Cafeteria) 
7:30 Meeting 
Host: Eugene Elliott, Librarian 

SpeaJcer: Willard DeLue, Globe 

Historian 




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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch 
Library, Department or Office in which 
he or she is employed. 3he name is 
withheld from publication, or a pen name 
used, if the contributor so requests. 
Anonymoue 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 appearance does not 
necessarily indicate that the Publica- 
tions Committee and the Association 
are in agreement with tiie views ex- 
pressed. Only those contributions con- 
taining not more than 300 words will be 
accepted. 



D<jar Editor: 

Doesn't anyone have a good word to say 
in the Soap Box? 

If it is a complaint dopr.rtmont or 
gripe department vihy don't we change its 
ncjnc? 

TAIhy no favorable comments on many good 
things? 

The staff has long boon agitating in 
favor of classification by position in- 
stead of one by person, so that an indi-« 
vidual v/ould be paid for what ho does 
(position) instead of what he knows 
(cjsuinations passed,). That is what is 
happening in the NP situation. Ihorc has 
been a recognition of skills and respon- 
sibilities, and many pr^moti'-'us. Un- 
doubtedly many who felt they deserved 
promoti'-'ns did not get thcTa. However, 
many did. Why not a favorable comment? 

It has been a long step in the right 
direction. May there be many more steps 
1 iko it . 

LAUD 



lb the Editor: 

Alas, we have come to the end of an 
oral The "two days earned for each month 
of the year" vacation setup is no more. 
Woe unto our already lov/ morale 1 

Of course, this can be corrected at 
some future date, just as the "two weeks 
retirement vacation" fiasco has been 
corrected — that is, if the proper situa- 
tion presents itself. 



THE STAFF IN PRBTT 

The recent biography of the first 
Bishop of Boston, Jean Lefebre de 
Cheverus by Dr. Annabelle M. Melville 
(Bruce 19 58) mentions many of our 
fellow librarians as having helped the 
author in bringing out this most im- 
portant work. Among those mentioned is 
Mary Alice Rea (Book Purchasing Deport- 
ment) who is a personal friend of the 
Author. Miss Rea assisted hor in her 
research. 

Mary Reed Nowland in Saints and Our 
Children (Kenedy 1958) thariks Anna M. 
Manning ( Teachers' Room) for hor help. 



Just Wondering 




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and v)Ou Cjove me to eat, 
I uuos tKirsty'' 

and VjOLi nave me to dr/nk 
I urns a stroncier 

and LjOu weiconied me, 
I bU 05 P.aked 

and Ljou clothed me. 




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I s aij to u|oa, as uou did d to 
one of the least oflhese m 
brethren^ Ljou d\c\ it to me'.' 



December 15, 19^8 




ecial Conmittec - CARE 
-■••■ Chairnan-Falter Bluhm 
Jlinna Steinberg 
Marie T. Has tie 



BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



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COI'MITTEE FOR CHRISTMS TEA 
J^ Grace B. Loughlin, Chairman V j 
G. Florence Connolly Fauline E. Murphy 

^7 Shirley A. Gildea Edna G. Peck /) 

Eleanor F. Halligan Louis M. Ugalde 



Corrine Henderson 



Ruth E. Winn 



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December 9, 1958 



INDEX 
Volurne XIII«~19$8 



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XIIItL:L:L Voliune 13 f I'&unber 1, Page 1, Coluim 1 

ALA. American Library Association 

BCBrf Boston Catholic look Week 

HPL Boston Public Library 

BPI5A Boston Public Ubrary Staff Association 

Bid, Brighton Branch Library 

CCMS Chowder, Chatter and Marching Society 

CLA Catholic Library Association 

EB East Boston Branch Library 

OAN General Administrative Notice 

MLA Massachusetts Library Association 

MDC Men's Library Club 

NE New England 

NLW National Library Week 

NP Non-Professional Library Assistant 

QM THE QUESTION MARK 

R and RS Division of Reference and Research Services 

RTLIA Round Table of Librarians for Young Adults 

SLA Special Libraries Association 

SB South Boston Branch library 

SORT Staff OrganlBations Round Table 

WE West End Branch Library 



Abbot, Marion K, In memorian. XIII 

Adelson, Mildred R» 
EPLSA. 

PrograzB eomidttee, neinbership on. nil 

Reception for officers (Poster) XIII 

New sociological trends in Boston. Advance publicity,..,. XIII 

Poster XIII 

Alden, John, 

Deception conpounded ... in STUDIES IN BIBLIOGRAPHY,....., XIII 

Letter from India XIII 

Welcome back XIII 

liAroth, Lawrence C , , credit from , XIII 

Alumni, Contact with (Editorial Notes) XIII 

American Library Associations 
Annual conference. 

Announcement (Calendar of Svents), XIII 

Bon voyage to attendants XIII 

Grants, identification of recipients by departments 

(Soap Box) XIII 

Group to be led by Fanny Goldstein. XIII 

Reports XIII 

Visit to Castle of San Simeon recommended (Soap Box) XIII 

Ifembershlp appeals Xni 

XIII 
£III 

Ames, Joan Allan. BPLSA, welcome to new members XIII 

Ames, Mary E, VJellesley College, sixtieth class reunion...... XIII 



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Anapolle, Max, BPLSA, pensions comnattee, membership on o. XIII :U:8 

Anderson, BarbaiSa S, (Mrs), Swan, ViLlliam A., retirement XIII:11:U:1 

Anderson, James (Mr and Mrs). Daughters Ellin Greer XIII:5:2t2 

Anderson, Jean M, (Mrs). Resigned XIII:8:3:1 

Andrews, Harry, 

ALA", annual conference, visit to Castle of San Simeon 

recommended (Soap Box) ». XIII:6:10:2 

Soap Box, unusual feature, comnents an (Soap Box) XIII :7 -5 si 

Transferred Xin :9 :2 :1 

Anglin, Robert J. Resigned XIII:6t2:l 

Appointment to titular position. High school graduate (Soap 

Box) XIII :U :5 :1 

Armstrong, Anne E, ALA, annual conference, bon voyage to 

attendants XIII :6:5:1 

Armstrong, George T, (Mr and Mrs), Daughter: Maureen XIII:3:7f2 

Arnavets, Annual banquet, report XIII :1:3: 2 

Ashe, Barbara. Bowling league, annual banquet XIII:6:li:l 

Assistant Director (for Personnel), Comments on new appointee 

(Soap Box) XIII -.10:6:1 

Audio-Visual Departmait, Services, appreciation of (Presi- 
dent's Notes) o XIII:7:2:1 

Babcock, Jean, BPLSA, welcome to new members XIII:ii:Us2 

Bailey, Robert G, BPLSA, welcome to new members XIII: 5:3:2 

Resigned XIII :10:3:1 

Ball, Gerald L. 

BPLSA, Publications ccmmittee. Chairman (President's Notes) XIII:7:2:1 

Membership on XIII rU : 8 

CLA, NE unit, Basic principles of library science, given at 

BPL XIII :9 :3 :2 

Barbarossa, Theodore C, EB, open house, thirteenth annual, 

report XIII :6 :7 :1 

Barren, Jennie L. (Mrs), Goldstein, Fanny, tea in honor of.... XIII:5:7:2 

Barrett, Paul (Mr and Mrs), Son: Earl Vincent XIII:h:5:2 

Barrett, Gilda (Mrs). Coffee party in honor of XIII:1:8:1 

Resigned XIII :8 :3 :1 

Barry, Elizabeth G. Best wishes for speedy recovery. XIII:6:3:2 

Retirement HII :9 :8 :2 

XIII: 11: 2:1 

Retirement party in honor of. • XIII:9:U:2 

Barry, James. Births: Kane, Joseph Michael XIII:12:5:1 

Barry, Jane M. BPLSA, welcome to new members XIII:6:6:2 

Transferred , XIII :5 :2 :1 

Bartalini, Colomba N. 

BPLSA, entertainment committee, membership on XIII:i4:6 

Transferred XIII :1:2 :1 

XIII:3:2:1 
XIII:5:2:1 
Bedcer, Dorothy K. CLA, NE unit. Basic principles of library 

science, given at BPL XIII:9:3:2 

Benoit, Frank. BPLSA, welcome to new members XIII:U:U:2 

Resigned XIII :9 :2 :1 

Berkovitz, Abram, Goldstein, Fanny, parties in honor of XIII:2:3:2 

Bernbaum, Naomi. Entered service XIII:9:2;1 

Berrigan, Daniele CLA, annual convention, report XIII:5:6:2 

Bibawi, Eugenia. Visitors... XIII:5:3:1 

Bickford, Helen N. BPLSA, welcome to new members XIII:5;3:2 

Births : Anderson, Ellin Greer XIII :5 :2 :2 

Armstrong, Maureen XIII:3:7:2 

Barrett, Earl Vincent XIII:l4:5:2 



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Brigante, David XIII:5:2s2 

Cameron, Paul, Jr... ZIII:8:5:1 

Ganavan, Mary Louise,.. XIII:3:7:2 

Cinmaruta, Josepho XIII:d:5:l 

Hewes, Helene. XIII :12 tStl 

Kane, Joseph Michael XIII:12:5:1 

Lebert, Mary Cecelia XIII;9:6:2 

McCafferty, Anthony XIIIs7t2t2 

O'Neill, Christine Ann... XIII:5:2s2 

Porter, Daulphine Elizabetti XIII:5t2:2 

Smith, James Ti/alter XIIIt3s8:2 

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Trocki, Edward Robert and Edith Mary,., XHl; 

Blakely, Juanita (L&s)« Entered service.... XIII: 

Bluhm, Walter J, CARE, Committee, membership on XIII ! 

Poster. XIII ! 

Bondi, La\ira M. EPLSA, program commttee, membership on , XIII: 

Boston Arts Festival. And the BPL (Editorial Notes) XIII ! 

Heint zelman, Arthur W, , lecturer • XIII i 

Boston, City of. Budget^ supplementary. , XTII s 

Boston Catholic book wesk. Announcement and program outline.... XIII : 
BOSTON GLOEEo 

A plan for Boston or else, by Norton Long (Editorial Notes)... XIII:12sl 

Goldstein, Fanny, tribu+,e to.. XIII:l:8t2 

Boston Public Library, And Boston Arts Festival (Editorial 

Notes) XIII:7:1 

Boston Public Library Staff Association, 

Apathy of membership (Vice President's Notes) XIII:6j3;2 

Appeal for support (President's Notes)., XIII:3:2:1 

BPL, future role, seminar on. Totts, Veronica, resignation as 

chairman (President 's Notes) XIII :1:2 :2 

Dues paid now cover 1958 and 1959 for ttiose \*o Joined staff 

since June 1, 1958. XIIiaO:2:l 

Fall business meeting. Announcement (Calendar of Events)...,. XIIIrlO:l 

XIII:11:2:1 

Group activities suggested (President's Notes) o»... XIII :i4: 2:1 

May business meeting. Announcement (Calendar of Events) XIII:5:3sl 

Meetings, time spent at (President's Notes), XIII:12:2:1 

Membership appeals. Membership and Hospitality committee.,.., XIII: 2:7 

XIII:li:ll 
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President's Notes,,,.,,., • XIII:1:2:2 

Membership, report on lOO^ers £111:6:6:2 

XIII: 7:5:2 
New sociological trends in Boston, 

Advance publicity, Xin :ll:li t2 

Announcement (Calendar of Events),. ,... XIII:10:1 

XIIljll:2:l 

Poster,. XIII:10:11 

XIII:11:11 

Nominations from floor (Vice President's Notes) XIII:11:10!2 

Non-Professional Library Service personnel, eligibility of 

(Editorial Notes ) , XIH :lsl 

Officers and conmttees XIII :li :6 

Reception for officers. 

Plans for film program (President's Notes) XIII:1:2!2 

Poster XIII :2 :9 

Worth working for? (Soap Box) XIII:11:9:2 



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Bouquet, Marjoile G. (Mrs). Best vishes for a speedy recowy. g^j^l^g 

Brackexi, naroxa Program committee, membership on., ^^^'^f 

Bradfield, Nancy L, Visxtors • TTTT-';t3:2 

Bradford/Victoria. BPLSA, welcome to new members nii;9:2i2 

Resigned ^ ^^ -SO:! 

Brainard, Elsie K. Entered service XIII'9»2'1 

Brennan, Helen A. Transferred ••• V**!^^ 

Brennan, Mary Anne. BPI5A, entertainment committee. ^membership ^^^^^^^ 

Bre3kii;'Bernard*Li**BPLSAi*weicome to new members Sll!6i2ll 

Breslin, Jeanette M. Resigned XIIIt8'2t2 

Briano, Kathleen T. Entered service....... ttti-^*2:2 

Brigante, Thomas (Mr and Mrs). Son: Davxd... YTTT-liiBjl 

Brighton Branch Library. Children ' s book week programs gll .11^0 «l 

Brogna, Albert J. Transferred • ■rrTT*lii^:2 

Brother Finn. MLC, Weston College meeting, report.. tttt,11s?'2 

Brother McLean. MLC, Weston College meeting, report IIIl!l2:3il 

Brown, Ernestine. Entered service YTTTit^.'^t2 

Brown, Kenneth R. BPLSA, welcome to new menixirs tttt p'? -1 

Entered service ^tt nil)*,'.! 

Brown, Louise S. (Mrs). Swan, vaniam A., retirement gglJ^^'Ji-' 

Brown, Pearl I. Resigned XIIlJlO:3:l 

Brown, Raphael. Haraszti, Zoltan, credit to.. ^........ fllliLft?^'^ 

Bruno, Frank P. BPISA, program committee, membership on Siilio 70 

Bryan, Julien. ALA, annual conference, reports ^tt 'f",^ '' 

Bryant, Albert. BPLSA, welcome to new members................. ixixijo 

Buckley, Alice Marie. GLA, NE unit, basic principles of li-^^^ xIII:9j3:2 

brary service, given at BPL..,.. !"**!** \ yttt.!,.?*! 

Budget. Cuts, effect on service (President's Notes) Sli;i6»2:2 

Boonasera, Ne*ta A. altered service XIII:9»2»2 

BuBhara, Mr. Visitors. • •rrTi*i'?''?t2 

Callahan, William. BPI^A, welcome to new members nil t6 h »1 

Callen, Rita. Bowling league, annual banquet Sn 11 J27l 

Cameron, Margaret T. (Mrs). Resigned..... Sn-si^tl 

Cameron, Paul (Mr and Mrs). Son: Paul, Jr ^ Sn*:5-3 2 

Campbell, M. Phyllis. BPISA, welcome to new members En-12:3:l 

Resigned • • * „ « 

Canavan, Thomas (Mr and Mrs). Daughter: Mary Laaise.. STi;i:3.2 

Canham, Erwin D. Goldstein, Fanny, parties in honor of ^^^^^'f;:, 

CarboSeau, Maurice. Sullivan, Loraine A., party in honor of., ggj^j^jl 

CARE. Appeals Xnilll»2j2 

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Letter of appreciation ,..,,, XIII:12t7 

Poster...... ,........••.•«.•• ..•• XHI tlO:2 12 

Carr, Robley F. Entered service * * * * 1! * 'i 

Carroll, John M. Barry, Elizabeth G., retirement party in yj,-iji^.lt2 

honor of. ...» • * ' * * * * * * +/ * * * • • * 

Carroll John M. (Mr and Mrs). EB, open house, thirteenth xills6:7:l 

annual, report I* *,* V * ' * ' I4 *Z 

Casey, Father. CLA, NE unit, St. Agnes Parish meeting, xiII-liU-l 

announcement (Calendar of Events) mitlt^'l 

Casey, William T. BCaj, committee mitlt$l2 

BPLSA, Staff Library 450inreitt«e, WMsberaiaip 
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Ex-President' a Notes........... .... .c... ..«. XIII!2:3j1 

Ex-President's Notes, thanks for XIIlj3s2a 

President's Notes XIII:l:2t2 

Transferred XIII :9 s2 :1 

Castagnola, Robert, Nichols, Mary U,, book prize awards, tenth 

annual, report XIII :6! 2:2 

Castellano, Mary Elizabeth, Married to Thomas Robert lihite,,., XIII:3s7:2 

Castelletto, Frankie. SORT, meetings, report XIII:10s8:2 

Catalog, public. In Abbey Room XIII tS:9''l 

Catholic Library Association, 

Annual conference, -report XIII :5 :6sl 

NE unit. 
Assumption College Library meeting, announcement (Calendar 

of Events) nilt8:5s2 

XIII: 9:1 

BCBW, program and committee XIII:l:5sl 

Basic principles of library Science, given at BPL, XIII:9s3j2 

U9th annual teachers' institute (Archdiocese), report XIII : 9:3:1 

Mt.AltettLa 'icademy meeting, announcement (Calendar of 

Events) XIII :h:2 :2 

SB meeting, announcement (Calendar of Events) XIII:12:5s2 

St, Agnes Parish meeting, announcement (Calendar of Events) XIII:1:)4:1 

Cavanna, Bettyo Brio, children's book week program XIII:11:8:1 

RTLYA, program for 1958-59 XIII :10t9 :1 

Cawein, Paul S» BPLSA. Program committee, membership on XIII :U;7 

Welcome to new members XIII:5:3:2 

Resigned XIII :9 :2 :1 

Centennial gift. In memory of War dead, 

6:10:2 

6:11:1 

5:10:2 

7:ii:l 

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12:2:2 

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Balloting method criticized (Soap Box) XIII 

Clarified (Soap Box),.. XIII 

Comments on (Soap Box) , XIII 

XIII 

Channels of conmunication. Up and down* (Soap Box) XIII 

Chase, Frank, Kingman, Marion C., letter from XIII 

Chefitz, Helene, Ehtered service, , XIII 

Chilcoat, Shirley-Jo » BPLSA, Program committee, membership on, XIII 

Welcome to new members XIII 

Resigned , XHI 

Chen^ttd, Patricia A, Entered service, XIII 

Chowder, Chatter, and Marching Society, 

June 17 outing, report XIII:6:i4:l 

Sullivan, Loraine A,, party in honor of,. XIII:ll:5sl 

Christie, Carolyn Ae Entered service, XIII ;10:2 :2 

Christmas tea. Poster < XIII:12:9 

Cimmaruta, Oreste (Mr and Mrs)a 

Jelalian, Sona (Mrs), party in honor of XIII:8:5:1 

Son: Joseph, XIII :8:5 :1 

CITY REODRD . Raises for City employees, quotation on XIII : 7 : 3 : 2 

Clark, Donald T* 

New sociological trends in Boston, Advance publicity, XIII:ll:li:2 

Postero XIII :10:11 

XIII:11:11 

Clark, Ronald J, Position available..... XIII:i»:5:2 

Classification of Personnel. 

Non-Professional status, comments on (Soap Box) <>...,. XIII: 2:5: 2 

XIII:2:6:1 

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Classification of personnel (Continued). 

Personnel comnittee investigating new ratings upon request 

(President's Notes) 1111:7:2:1 

Cffiffee Shop, Vacation, June 30 to July $ XIII:6:9:2 

Coffey, Barbara £• (Hrs)e BPLSA, entertainment committee, 

membership on <> •• XIII :U t6 

Cohen, Edith P. (Mrs). Resigned XTTI:8;3a 

Colarusso, Rosemary D. (Mrs). Resigned Xj:II:11:2:1 

Cole, Laurelle W. (Mrs), Transferred XI1I:10:2:2 

Coleman, Anne F. ALA, annual conference, bon voyage to 

attendants XIII;6:5:1 

Coleman, Beatrice. HPLSA, house committee for women, member- 
ship on XIII :i4 :7 

Conant, Ronald C. Army National Guard, promotion.. XIII:3s7:2 

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. XIII : 1 : 8 ;2 

Conley, Elinor D. (Mrs)o 

Abbot, Marion K. In memoriam......... XIII:5:U:2 

Hartzell^ B^rtha.V., memcirial lecture, seventh. 

Conmittee, tnerobership on XIII :U :6 

Poster XIII:U:9 

Renlnder o XIII:U:5:2 

Report XIII :6 :3 :1 

Conlin, Elena. BPLSA, welcome to new mesiberse.. XIII:5:3:2 

Connell, Helen a* ALA> annual conference, bon voyage to 

attendants XIII :6 :5 :1 

Connolly, Brendon. MLC, V/eston College meeting, report XIII: 11:^:2 

Shadowbrook library, rebuilding of. XIII:6:7:2 

Connolly, G. Florence. Christmas tea, poster XIII:12:9 

Conroy, Ruth F. (Mrs)c BPLSA, concession committee, membership 

on. XIII :U t6 

Conway, Joseph. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.. XIII:3:8;2 

Conway, William C. Entered service XIII:9:2:1 

Coolidge, Marcus A. (Mrs)« Wedgwood Club flind, created in 

memory of Mrs Coolidge XIII:6;3:1 

Courtyard. Coirpliments on (Soap Box)...... XIII:6:10;2 

Cragin, Charles L. Entered service. XIII:1:2:1 

Resigned XIII :6:2 a 

Crosby, Mary T. Married to Robert Jackson XIII:9:?:1 

Cufflln, Mary Florence. In memoriam XIII :3 :6:1 

Cuflhing, Richard James t Resignation from Board of Trustees 

(Editorial Notes) XIII:9:1 

Cutler, Annette S. Engaged to Barry L. Scott XIII:10:9»2 

Entered service XIII:8:2:2 

Resigned XIII:12:3j1 

Dalton, Jack. 

Hartzell, Bertha V., memorial lectxire, seventh. 

Announcement (Calendar of Events) XIII:5:3:1 

Comments (President's Notes). XIII:5:7:2 

Poster XIII:U:9 

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3:2 

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Reminder XIII:ii 

Report XIII :6 

Havlland, Virginia, ALA representative at meetings in Italy. XIII:5 

Dalton, Virginia, Engaged to William John Pettipas , XIII :2 

Resigned XIII:^ 

Danker, Frederick E. H'LSA, welcome to new members XIII :5 

Re-entered service XIII :1 

Resigned XIII:9 

Darling, Florence B. McGovern, Grace (Mrs), retirement party,, XIII:11:2:2 

Darling, Robert J, ALA, annual conference, reports... XIII:10:7:1 



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New sociological trends in Boston* Advance publlcltyo......o* XIII;ll:i4;2 

Po8ter<,.o XnirlO:ll 

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Decker^ A, Kay, EPLSA, welcome to new tnerabers... XIII:5:3:2 

Dellano, Jeanette L« Married to John R« Stow Xin:6:3:l 

XIII:8:5s2 

Del Long, Josephine* BPI^A, welcome to new members ZIIItU:U:2 

DeLuca, Sandra, Nichols, Mary U., book prize awards, tenth 

annual, report... 1111:6:2:1 

DeLue, VUllard. SLA, Boston Chapter, GLOBE meeting, announce- 
ment (Calendar of Events) XII1:12:5:2 

Dennison, Mary L. Bon voyage coffee party in honor of......... X[II:6:$:2 

DeRosario, WilliaBi. BPLSA, house committee for men, membership 

on o XlIIil4:6 

Desaulniers, Rita. Jelalian, Sena (Mrs), party in honor of,... XIIIx8:5:l 
Deschamps. Anie. CLA, Assunption College Library meeting, 

announcement (Calendar of Events). XIII:8:^:2 

DeSimone, Helen R. Resigned XIII :5 :2 ;1 

Dever, Joseph. BCE^> pi>ogram.... XIII;1:5:1 

Devlin, Marie S« Resigned XIII:6:2;1 

Doherty, Lawrence T. Resigned > , XIII:8:3:1 

Donaghue, Francis J, Nichols, Mary U., book prize awards, 

tenth annual, report..... «, XIII:6:2:1 

Doubrovsky, Claire V. (Mrs), Entered service. XIII:11:2:1 

Dougherty, Bernard, BPISA, house committee for men, membership 

on XIII :ii :6 

Doyle, Susan, Pre -graduation luncheon in honor of XIII '6:5 £2 

Drane, Elizabeth A. BPLSA, welcome to new members Xin:5s3t2 

Dugan, Marion C. (Mrs), Entered service XIII:9s2:l 

Dunn, Irene Brown (Mrs), 

Dunn, Lee Joseph, In memoriam*. • XIIIt6:9t2 

In memoriam, acknowledgment.. • XIII:7:3:2 

Dunn, Lee Joseph, In memoriam.. XIII:6:9t2 

Durand, Ruth Sawyer (Mrs), CLA, NE unit, St. Agnes Parish 

meeting, announcement (Calendar of Events),. XIII:1:U:1 

Earley, George E. Hastings, Michigan, Public Library, head 

librarian. , XIII :8 : 3 :1 

East Boston Branch Library, 

Open house, thirteenth annual, reports XIII:6:6t2 

Space age anecdote XIII:5:5tl 

Eaton, Anne Thaxter. CLA, annual convention, report XIII:5:6:1 

Editorial Notes, 

Alumni, contact with XIII :10 :1 

BPLSA, eligibility of Non-Professional Library Service per- 

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9:1 

12:1 

3:1 

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sonnel • • XIII 

Boston Arts Festival and HPL...,., XIII 

Cushlng, Richard James, resignation from Board of Txnstees.c, XIII 

Fire equipment. XIII 

Library Services Act XIII 

May, queried (Soap Box) XIII 

"Meetings of governing bodies ...shall be public meetings".... XIII 

National Library Week XIII 

New Yoric Public Library annual report, comments on, XIH 

Professionalism XIII 

QUESTION MARK, THE, "raison d'etre" XIII 

Two new divisions, comments on XIII 



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Ekstrom, Dorothy Bb (Mrs)o 

BPLSAa Membership and hospitality committee. Membership on, XIII:Ii:7 

Membership appeal, poster ZIII :Ii :11 

XIII: 6:12 

Elder J Isabella, Dinner in honor of £[II;6:6:1 

Elementary school librarian. Ad, XIII :3:3 '2 

Elliott, Eugene, SIA, Boston Chapter, GLOBE meeting, 

announcement (Calendar of Events) ««. XIII:12:5s2 

Engagements, Cutler, Annette S,, to Barry L, Scott XIIItlO:9s2 

Dalton, Virginia, to lailiam John Pettipas •,..,. XIII:2:li:l 

McGah, Mary, to Walter A, Robinson XIII:2:U:2 

Robinson, Walter A<,, to Mary McGah XIII:2;Ur2 

Ustach, Janet E., to Bobbie R, Sareltzer XIII:10:9:2 

Engler, Martha C. 

BCBW, committee.. ..,..,..,..♦ ., XIII:ls5:l 

CLA. 

Annual convention, report^ Xni :S :6:1 

NE unit, Basic principles of Library Science, given at 

BPL XIII:9:3t2 

Teachers' Institute (Archdiocese), report XIII;9:3:1 

Esterquest, Ralph T, SLA, Boston Chapter, NELA, panel member 

(Calendar of Events) Xni:8:5:2 

Europe, Round trip flights, chartered, announcement (Presi- 
dent 's Notes) XIII :10:2 :1 

Evans, Luther A, ALA, annual conference, reports XIII 510:6:2 

Experience, Credit for (Soap Box) XIII:5t8:l 

Farrell, Diane G, CLA, annual convention, report XIII:5:6:1 

Hannon, Catherine, shower in honor of XIII:9s6:l 

Party in honor of , XIII:12:5:2 

Sailing lessons XIII :5 :^ '-2 

Transferred XIII :12 !3:1 

WE, notes Xm:10:3:2 

Farrell, Helen (Mrs), Hannon, Catherine, shower in honor of,, XIII:9:6:1 

Farrell, Joseph P* Hannon, Catherine, shower in honor of. XHI:, 9:6:1 

McGovern, Grace (Mrs), retirement party,... XIII:11:2:2 
Feeley, Barbara J, BPLSA, special services comndttee, member- 
ship on XIII th:Q 

Fein, Harry H, Goldstein, Fanny, parties in honor of XIII;2:3s2 

Femino, Jennie M« Transferred XIII :10:2:2 

Ferrant, Phyllis M, Married to Joseph A, Carr.... XIII:11:2;1 

XIIl!ll:2:2 

Ferson, Frances V. Retirem^it XIII:10:3:1 

Field, Abigail W. (Mts), Bitered service XIII:11:2:1 

Field, Hermann. MLA, annual meeting, report ., XIII:6:8:2 

Finkel, Joseph L, Entered service XIII:9:2:1 

Resigned XHI :10s3 :1 

Fire drill, October 6 XIII:10:ij:2 

Fire equipment. Editorial Notes XIII:12sl 

Flannery, Sarah W. (Mrs), 
BPLSA. 

Illness (Vice President's Notes) XIII:11:10:2 

President XHI :U:6 

President '8 Notes XIII :3 :2 :2 

XIII:Ii:2:2 

XIII:5t7:2 

Xin:7:2:2 

XIII:9sli:2 

Xni:10:2:l 

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Flannery, Sarah W« (Mrs), ( Continued )» 
BPISA, (Continued). 
President's Notes not written ty her because of her 

husband's illness nnt2r2:l 

Fletcher, Harry, CLA, Assunqption College Library meeting, 

annovmoement (Calendar of E^rents) ••....... • XIIIt8t^t2 

Ford, Janes J • fhtered seirvice XIII:11:2>1 

Forrant, Phyllis M. Entered serviceo Xini8:2»2 

Foster, Josephine F. Entered service ZIII:9s2tl 

Francis, Hargaret G. (Mrs), BPI^A, welcoine to new members*. .. ZIII:l;tUt2 

Frank, mnifred C. (Mrs), BPLSA, welcome to newoambers XIII:5i3»2 

Transferred XIIIj10j2:2 

Frazier, Philip (Mr and Mrs), Daughter: Maryann XIII:ll:6:2 

Frederick, Beatrice P. (Mrs), 

EPI£A, Hartzell, Bertha V., memorial lect\ire, seventh. 

Committee, membership on .« .», XIII :ltt6 

Poster miihi? 

Reminder , niI:U:5:2 

Frederick, Renee (Mrs), BPI5A, welcome to new members XIII»5:3»2 

F^eedman, Frances, Zaugg, Julie, tea in honor of,. XIII :3t 7:1 

Filedlander, Edith R, (Mrs )o Entered service XIIIj10:2:2 

Fritz, Richard D, BPLSA, welcome to new members. > XIII:5:3t2 

Resigned XIII :10 :3 »1 

Fryhon, Sumner, 

BPLSA, Concession committee, menjbership on, XIIItli!6 

House committee for men, membership on, XIII :Ut6 

Puller, Clarence. O'Neil, B, Joseph, Commander, USN XIII:8:3!2 

Fuller, Margaret D, (Mrs)o SLA, Boston Chapter, recruitment 

program, amouncement , , XIII :10t8 :2 

GAN, 58«^U, comments on. President's Notes XIIIt9:h:l 

Soap Box. XIIl!9:8:l 

Gaines, Thomas F, Entered service....... • XIII:8;3;1 

Galick, Genevieve B, (Mrs)c> MLA, annual meeting, report,...,, XIIIr6:9:l 
Gallagher, George W, 

Best wi^es for a speedy recovery. XIII:3t8}2 

Lord, Milton E,, reception in honor of 25th anniversary as 

Director ^. . . , XIH :1 j3s1 

Gannon, James P, J, ^bmavets, annual banquet, report, XIII:1:3:2 

Gardiner, Harold C, CLA, annual convention, report... XIIl!5s6:2 

Garland, Mary A. Entered service XIII:1:2:1 

Gifts, 

Jacob Ziskind trust fund— Fanny Goldstein Judaica collection XIII:lt5i2 

Wedgwood Club, Fund, $1,000 nil:6:3:l 

Wedgwood Queen's Ware punch bowl,... XIII:6t3tl 

Gildea, Shirley A, Christmas tea, poster XIII:12:9 

Gillis, Charles J, 
BPLSA, 
Hartzell, Bertha V,, memorial lecture, seventh, 

Conmittee, membership on.. ,, XIII :U:6 

Poster XIII :Ui9 

Reminder XIIItU:5:2 

Program committee, membership on., XIII :ii: 7 

Gilroy, Rupert C, £htered service XIII:12i3:l 

Glavin^ Catherine A, BPLSA, house committee for women, 

menJt^rship on., .,. XIIIti4t7 

Globus, Nura, 

BPLSA, Membership and hospitality committee, membership on. XIII :U:7 

Membership appeal, poster..... , XIII :h til 

XIII:6il2 

Transferred to Matt«qpan and party in honor of XIII ^9 :5 :2 

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Goldfarb, Marcia (Mrs). Resigned,.., o«. XIII:5t2tl 

Goldstein, Fannyo 

ALA, conference, grov^p guidance » XIII : 3 :2 }2 

BOSTON GLOBE, tributeo.c Xni:l:8s2 

Christmas-Hanijkkah good fellowship party. XIII:1:5j2 

Christmas supper party for staff XIII :1 : 5 j2 

Italy, letter from , , XIII:10:h:l 

JBvTiSH ADVOCATE, literary editor of Xni:12:2:2 

John Rylands Library, letter from XIII !l0:li:l 

Judaica collection presented by Jacob Zi^dLnd trust fund^ 

and Fanny Goldstein Judaica Trust Fund announcedo.. XIII:lx5t2 

Luncheon in honor of, thank -you note XIII:2:3sl 

National Jewish book council, citation and reception by XIII:6:7s2 

Parties in honor of XIIIt2:3:2 

XIIl!5'.7t2 
Goldstein, Saimiel, BPLSA, special services committee, member- 
ship on, XIII:U»8 

Golub, Herbert, Pre-graduation luncheon in honor of, XIII:6:5s2 

Gordon, Elizabeth M. ALA, annual conference, bon voyage to 

attendants XIII:6:5:1 

Gordon, Edith, BPLSA, welcome to new members... XIII:5t3i2 

Gordon, Edith P. Married to Charles Coheno XIII:8j3:1 

Gorely, Charles P., Jr. Wedgwood Club Fund, presentation of 

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$1,000 to create XIII: 

Graham, Robert E , Resigned XIII : 

Gray, Doris E© BPLSA, welcome to new members,,.. XHIi 

Green, Douglass M, Resigned,..., XIII: 

Green, Samuel, Mayor ' s Charity Field Day, report. ............ XIII s 

Greenaway, Emerson, ALA, annxial conference, reports .....,..• XIII: 

MLA, annual meeting, report XIII; 

Group activities. Suggested (President's Notes), XIII; 

Guerrier, Edith, Goldstein, Fanny, parties in honor of,.,,... XIII; 

In memoriam « XIII : 

Gurney, Ellen M, (Mrs), Resigned XHIi 

HaHigan, Eleanor F, BPISA, program ooraraittee, membership on, XIII: 

Christmas tea^ poster,,..... ..., XIII: 

Hannan, Catherine M, 

Engagement announced XIII :6:5 12 

Married to Philip Richmond XIII:10:2:2 

Non-Professional status (Soap Box),. XIII:8:l;:2 

Shower in honor of XIII: 9:6:1 

Haraszti, Zoltan, Brown, Raphael, credit from XIII:12:5:1 

Harrington, Cornelia M, 

ALA, annual conference, bon voyage to attendants XIIIs6:5:l 

Transferred XIII :10s2«2 

Harrington, Helen M, (^s), 

H*LSA, entertainment committee, membership on,,. XIII:li:6 

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. XIII:10:9:2 

Welcomed back XIII :12 :2 :1 

Hairbwig, Charlotte (Mrs). Entered service XIII:9:2:1 

Resigned XIII :11:2 :1 

Hartzell, Bertha V,, memorial lectiire, seventh. 

Announcement (Calendar of Events) XIII:5:3:1 

Comments (President's Notes), XIII:5:7:2 

Poster , e XIII ih'.9 

Reminder XIII:l4:5:2 

Report XIII:6:2:2 

Hastie, Marie T, BPLSA, CARE, Committee, membership on...,, XIII:li:7 

Poster , Xni :12 :7 



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Haviland, Virginia, 

ALA. Annual conference, bon voyage to attendants o.... XIII;6:5:1 

Representative at meetings in Italy,, XIII:5»10*1.' 

Brie^ children's book week program , , XIII:11:8:1 

Hayes, Ruth M« 

ALA, annual conference, bon voyage to attendants,. r. , XIIIs6:55l 

CLA, NE unito Basic principles of library science, given at 

BPL XIII:9:3«2 

Hebert, Ronald, deLeirperiere, Jacqueline, wedding Xni:7:2:2 

Hegarty, Kathleen, 

ALA, Annual conference, Bon voyage to attendants XIIIi6:$:l 

Reports XIII:10:6:2 

HPLSA 4 corresponding secretary, , XIII :Ii :6 

Heins, Ethel L, (Mrs), Haviland, Virginia, ALA representative 

at meetings in Italy,. XIII:5:10sl 

Heintzelman, Arthur W, 

Boston Arts Festival, lecturer XIII:7:3:1 

Cross of Officer of the Legion of Honor, awarded by French 

Government , XIII :5 :3 si 

Nichols, Mary U,, book prize awairds, tenth annual, report,,, XIII:6:2;1 

Radio— Graphic arts. XIII: 7:3:1 

Heller, Mary E, Resigned XIII:5!2:1 

Henderson, Corrine (Mrs), 

BPLSA, Meirfcership and hospitality committee, membership on. XIII tit: 7 

Membership appeal, poster... XllltUtll 

XIII :6: 12 

Vtielcome to new members XIII:l4:I(:2 

Christmas tea, poster XIIIj12:9 

Hennessey, Robert F, Sitered service .., XIII:12:3:1 

Hensley, Richard G, 

Barry, Elizabeth Grace, retirement party in honor of , XIII:9:i4:2 

Snyder, Abraham, luncheon in honor of XIII:5:12:1 

Sullivan, Loraine A,, farewell reception XIII:11:8j2 

Zaugg, Julie, tea in honor of XIII:3:7:1 

Hewes, Herbert (Mr and Mrs)» Daughter: Helene XIIItl2:5:l 

Higgins, Charles L, Michigan, fl«ora BPL XIII:8:3:1 

Hill, Bradford M, 

Accident XHI :U:it:2 

Ifoynihan, Paul V,, farewell gifts, presentation. XIIIj9:1^:2 

Hirson, Helen F, (Mrs)© BPLSA, program committee, merribership 

on XIII:Ii:7 

Holniberg, Joel A» BPL5A, welcome to new members XIII:5:3s2 

Transferred XIII :$: 2:1 

Holt, Madalene D, 

ALAo Annual Conference, Bon voyage to attendants XIII:6:5:1 

Reports XIII:10:8:2 

Homer, Donald B, Entered service, XIII:1:2:1 

Resigned XIII:5:2:1 

Hoover, Herbert, Guerrier, Edith, In meraoriam, .., XIIIj11:3:1 

Hours of opening. Uniformity urged (Soap Box),..., XIII:9:7!l 

Howe, Quincy, ALA, annual conference, reports XIII s 10:6:2 

Hoyle, Nancy, CLA, annual convention, report,,. XIII:5:6:1 

Huirphry, John, MiA, annual meeting, report...... XIII:6t9:l 

Hunter, Audrey E, Resigned... .., XIII :3: 2:1 

Ifyatt, Ruth, MLA, annual meeting, report • XIII:6:9:1 

Hynes, John B, 

A plan for Boston or else, by Norton Long, in BOSTON SUNDAY 

GLOBE (Editorial Notes) XIII:8:1 

Gushing, Richard James, resignation from Board of Trustees 

(Editorial Notes) XIII:9:1 



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In memorlam. Abbot, Marion K,... XLUt^tUil 

Cufflin, Mary Florence XIII :3s6:l 

Dunn^ Lee Joseph XIII:6s9t2 

Guerrier, Edith <>. XllltllOJl 

Incrovato, Janice C» Entered service XIII:9:2:1 

Ivers, Linda M, (Mr8)o HPLSA, program committee, membership 

on mi :l4 :7 

Jasinski, Daniel S* Resigned* XIII:10:3:1 

Javelin, Muriel C, (Mrs)© ALA, annual conference, bon voyage 

to attenda nts • XIII :6 :5 :1 

Jelalian, Sona (Mrs), Party in honor of XIII:d:5:l 

Resigned XIII: 12 13 tl 

Jesse, Uilliam H. SORT, meetings, report XIII :10:8 :1 

Jones, Henry Bowditch, Outings~part-timers, May 30, report,, XIII:6:l4:l 
Jordan, Christiana P, 

BPLSA, Hartzell, Bertha P., memorial lecture, seventh. 

Committee, membership on. « XIII :It :6 

Poster , , XIII th :9 

Reminder XIII :U:5 :2 

Jordan, Joanne M. Entered service XIII:6;2:2 

Judaica, Fanny Goldstein Judaica Collection presented by 
Jacob Ziskind Trust Fund, and Fainy Goldstein Judaica Trust 

Rind announced XIII:1;5:2 

XIII:2;3:2 

JUNIOR LIBRARIES. BPL, NLW bookmark XIII:5:12:1 

Kane, Charles M. (Mr and Mrs), Son: Joseph Michael XIII:12:5:1 

Kaufman, Judith M. ^ferried to I^on Kbmitsky XIII:$:2:1 

Xin:5:2:2 

Kavifinan, JfiJLdred, Television—Krakowiak Polish dancers., XIII;6:3j1 

Kearney, Anne C, (Mrs), 

BPLSAe Constitution committee, membership on • XHI :!( : 6 

Executive Board, membership on...... XIII:i4r6 

KeHdier, Margaret M, Resigned XIII:9:2:2 

Kelley, Margaret Ann, H^ppy birthday XIII :10:9:2 

Kelley, Marie A. Entered service Xni:l:2:l 

Kelley, ^Ailliam (Mr and Mrs), Kelley, Margaret Ann, happy 

birthday Xni!lOj9J2 

Kennedy, Marie R, 

ALA, annual conference, bon voyage to attendants .• XIII:6:5:1 

Transferred XHI :2 :2 :1 

Kennedy, Patrick, On sick list XIII:l4:ii:2 

Keough, Francis P« Library science course, instructor, XIII:ls7:2 

MLA, annual meeting, report XIII:6t9:l 

Keswick, Bertha S, (Mrs), 
BPLSA. 

Ehtertainment committee, membership on Xiil!Ur6 

Europe—round trip flights, chartered, announcement 

(President's Notes) XEII slO:2 :1 

Killilea, Thomas W, Resigned , Xni:8j3:l 

Kimball, Ethel. 

ALA, Annual conference, bon voyage to attendants XIII :6 :5 :1 

Kingman, Marion C, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, employment at, XIII:9:5*1 

Letter from XIII sl2 :2 :2 

Kinsella, Gertrude C, (Mrs)o BPLSA, house committee for women, 

membership on XIII:i»:7 

Kipp, Laurence, SLA, Boston Chapter, NELA panel member 

(Calendar of Events) XIII:8:5s2 

Kornitsky, Judith, BPLSA, welcome to new members, , XIII:6;6:2 



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KormraiHer, Evelyn (Mrs), BPISA, welcome to new members ., o... . XIII:iiti4:2 
Koury,, Daniel J. 

BPLSAo Constitution committee, membership on ,. XIII :U;6 

Program committee, membership on XIII :U:7 

Special services committee, membership on XIII :U:8 

Goldstein, Fanny, parties in honor of,.... XIII;2:3!2 

Sullivan, Loraine Ao, party in honor of , XIII:11:5:1 

Krauss, Janet (Mrs), Resigned XIII:3:2:1 

Kristoffersen, Magnus K. SLA, Boston Chapter, NELA, panel 

member (Calendar of Events) XIII:8:5:2 

LaContra, Gerard, Jr. Farewell party in honor of XIII:5j5t2 

Resigned XIII : 5:2 :1 

Lagamasino, Lillian E, Married to Dennis H, Gallagher XIII:12:3!l 

Lambert, John C, Entered service XIII:9:2:1 

Resigned , XIII:10:2:2 

Lang, Rosalie A, 

ALA, annual conference, bon voyage to attendants XIII:6:5!l 

BPLSA. Staff Library committee, membership on XIII tl^rS 

Larkin, Margaret M, Entered service XIII:8;2:2 

Lebert, Bruce (Mr and Mrs), Datighter: Mary Cecilia , XIII:9:6:1 

Lee,Williara J, Resigned XIII :10:3:1 

Liebsohn, Marian M. (Mrs), BPLSA, welcome to new members,.... XIII:6:6:2 

Resigned XIII:9:2:1 

Leonard, Esther J, 

Accident XIII:2 :ii:2 

BPLSA, Publications Committee. 

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Chairman, resignation (President's Notes) XIII; 7 s 

Membership on, XIII :ii s 

Illness, progress report, , XIII :3 ! 

Xin:l4! 

Welcomed back (President's Notes) XIIIs?! 

Levine, Frank. Globus, Nura, transfer to Mattapan Xin:9! 

Lewis, Bridget T, (Mrs), BPLSA, welcome to new members XIII :5! 

Entered service XHI :1: 

Lewis, Cathezdne N, (Mrs), Resigned XIII:9i 

Lewis, Margaret E, (Ifrs), 

BPLSA, Membership and hospitality committee, membership on. XIII:l4:7 

Menibership appeal, poster XIII:l4:ll 

XIII:6:12 

Transferred, XIII :2 :2 :1 

Lewis, William R, BPLSA, constitution committee, membership 

on Xin :I4:6 

Lextrom, Arvid W, BPLSA, welcome to new members , XIII:5:3:2 

Married to Jacqueline deLeraperiere XIII : 7 : 2 : 2 

Library profession. Obligations of members (Soap Box) XIII:5:11:1 

Library Services Act. Editorial Notes XIII:3:1 

Licht, Norman, Entered service, XHI :12 :3:1 

Lighting, Inadequacies (Soap Box), , XIII:3:U:1 

R and RS, criticized (Soap Box) XIII:6:11:1 

Tubmen's lunch room (Soap Box) XIII:5:11:2 

Lindquist, Ethel (Mrs). McGovem, Grace (Mrs), retirement 

party. , Xni :11:2 : 2 

Lissner, Esther. Quote on cats XIII:3:7:2 

Snyder, Abraham, luncheon in honor of XIII:5:12:1 

Lofchie, Bette, Pre-graduation luncheon in honor of XIII:6:5:2 

Long, Charles W, Entered service XIII:10:2;2 

Long, Norton, A plan for Boston or else, in BOSTON SUNDAY 

GLOBE (Editorial Notes) XIII:8:1 



Lord, Ifi.lton Eo 

ALA, annual conference, bon voyage to attendants XIII:6:5»1 

Arnavets, annual banquet, report, , XIII :l:3s2 

Qiristinas-Hanukkah good feelowship party •,... XIII:1:5j2 

In appreciation of (Soap Box) XIII:ls6:l 

Nichols, Mary U,, book prize awards, tenth annual. Reminder XIII:5sl2t2 

Report.. XIIl!6:2:l 

Reception in honor of 25th anniversary as Director XIII:1j3:1 

Wedgwood Club Fund, and Wedgwood Queen's ware montieth, 

presentation of... XIII:6:3:1 

Lord, Robert H, Gushing, Richard James, resignation from 

Board of Trustees (Editorial Notes) XIII:9:1 

Lost and found. Procedures, comments on.. XIIIrl:7!l 

loughlin, Grace B, (Mrs), Christmas tea, poster XIIIsl2:9 

Lovett, Robert (Mr and I^s), Jelalian, Sona (Mrs), party in 

honor of XIII :8:5:1 

Lyons, Margaret £• Entered service. XIII:9:2}1 

MacDonald, Celeste. EB, open house, thirteenth annual, report XIII :6: 7 si 

MacFadden, Priscilla, Zaugg, Julie, thank -you note from...... XIII: 3:6:2 

MacWilliam, Marion D, (Mrs), BPLSA, program committee, 

membership on XIII :U :7 

Mahoney, Ambrose J, CLA, Boston Chapter, SB meeting, 

announcanent (Calendar of Events) XIII :12 :5:2 

Mains, Irene M, Pre-graduation luncheon in honor of XIII ;6: 5:2 

Transferred, • nil:9:2sl 

Manning, Anna L, 

BCBW, committee , XIII:l:5'.l 

BPLSA, program committee, membership on XIII :li :7 

CLA. 

Annual convention, report XIII:5:6:1 

NE unit. 

Basic principles of library science, given at BFL XIII:9j3s2 

Teachers* institute (Archdiocese), report XIII:9s3»l 

Nowland, Maiy Reed, credit firom XIII :12 :6:2 

Mannion, Mary C, (Mrs). Resigned XIII:11;2:1 

Manthorne, M, Jane, CLA, Boston Chapter, SB meeting, 

annoxmcement (Calendar of Events) , XIII:12:5s2 

Manuel, Sally (Mrs). Entered service XIII:12:3sl 

Mai^olis, Macy P. BPLSA, publications committee, membership 

on XIII :li ; 8 

Marriages. Castellaoo, Mary Elizabeth to Thomas Robert ^'Mte, XIII:3s7:2 

Crosby, Mary T,, to Robert Jackson XIII:9:2:1 

Dellano, Jeanette L,, to John R, Stow..... XIII:d:3:l 

XIII:8:5:2 

Ferrant, Phyllis M., to Joseph A, Caxr XIII:11:2:1 

Xnitll:2:2 

Gordon, Edith P., to Charles Cohen Xni:8:3:l 

Hannon, Catherine, to Philip Richmond XHI :10 :2 :2 

Kauftnan, Judith M,, to tfyron Komitsky XIII:5:2:1 

XIII:5s2:2 

Lagamasino, Lillian E,, to Dennis H, Gallagher.... XIIItl2:3!l 

Lextroro, Arvid, to Jacqueline deLeraperiere, XIII;7:2:2 

McGah, Mary J,, to Walter A, Robinson XIII;5:2:1 

Pagliuca, lAnda M., to Carlo Tramontozzi XIII:1:2;1 

XIII:1:8:1 

Prindle, Judith, to Kenneth A, Tollackson XIII;2:li:l 

XIII:3:2:1 

Robinson, Walter A., to Mary J, McGah XIII:5:2:1 

Staples, Jeanne Elizabeth, to Norbert A, Busch...* XIII:10;3:1 

Tracey, Patricia, to Thomas Reardon... XIII:10:3»2 



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Marsh, Mary J. Entered service ...» «.. XIII:10:2:2 

Martin, Harold C, RTLIA, Fall meeting, speaker, XIIIj5s10:2 

Program for 1958-1959 XIII:10:9sl 

Martin, Rosetta P. (Mrs). Entered service e XIII:10:2s2 

Martino, Isabel M, BPLSA, executive board XIII :U: 6 

Marvin, Grace M, BPLSA, constitution committee, membership on XIII :Ut6 

Marvit, Lenore C, (Mrs), Entered service* ». XIII:9s2:l 

Resigned XIII:12 : 3:1 

Massachusetts Library Association, 

Annual meeting. Annovincement (Calendar of Bvents) XIII:3;8:1 

XIII:Us2i2 

XIII:5:3:1 

Report Xin:6:8:2 

Mateles, Roslyn F. (Mrs), 

BPL, NLW bookmark, in JUNIOR LIBRARIES ,..o., XIII:5:12:1 

BPLSA, welcome to new members , XIII :5:3 :2 

Transferred. XIII :8:3:1 

Maxwell, Patricia M, Entered service. XIII 1 11:2:1 

Mayor's Charity Field Day, Report , XIII :6: 6:1 

McCafferty, John (Mr and Mrs), Son: Anthony Neil XIII:7s2s2 

McDermott, Martha A, BPLSA, welcome to new members XIII:5»3:2 

Entered service XIII:2:2:1 

McDevitt, James, Pre-graduation luncheon in honor of Xin:6:5:2 

McDonald, May, BCBW, committee , XIII:1:5:1 

McDonald, Patrick F. 

Christmas-Hanxikkah good fellowship party XIII: 1:5:2 

Goldstein, Fanny, parties in honor of XIII:2:3:2 

McDonough, Mary M. CLA, NE unit, basic principles of library 

science, given at BPL«..e XIII:9:3s2 

McGah, Margaret, McGah, Mary, wedding XIII;5:3sl 

McGah, Mary. Engaged to Walter A. Robinson XIII:2:Ut2 

Married to Walter A, Robinson..... XIII:5:2:1 

XIIIr5:2:2 

McGovern, Grace C, (Mrs), Retirement XIII;11:2:1 

XIII:11:2:2 

McGowan, V.illiam A, On sick list XIII :U:ii:2 

McHugh, Robert F, Entered service XIII:1D:2:2 

Mclnerney, Thomas (Mrs), Barry, Elizabeth G,, best wishes for 

speedy recovery • XIII:6:3:2 

McLean, Dolores Te Resigned, XIII:1:2:1 

McMiff, Philip. MLC, Weston College meeting, report XIII:11:5:2 

Medina, Robert, SLA, annual convention, report XIII:6:8;1 

"Meetings of governing bodies. ., shall be public meetings" 

(Editorial Notes) XIII :5:1 

Melville, Annabelle M. Rea, Mary Alice, credit to XIII :12 :6:2 

Mendelsohn, Miriam, BPLSA, welcome to new members XIII :5: 3:2 

Resigned XIII:8:3:1 

Menende^, Rodolf Ruz, Visitors XIII:9:2:2 

Men's Library Club, 

Spring meeting. Announcement (Calendar of Events), XIII:2:U:2 

Report XIII:3:8:2 

Weston College meetingo Announcement (Calendar of Events),, XIIl!lO:l 

Report XIII : 11 s5 : 2 

Merrill, kmy, deLen5)eriere, Jacqueline, wedding... XIII:7:2!2 

Mletzner. BPLSA, welcome to new members. XIII:U:li:2 

Mombovirquette, Marilyn, EB, open house, thirteenth annual, 

report » XIII :6:7:1 

Monahan, James A, Entered service .» XIII :10:2 :2 



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Montana, Edward J., Jr, BPLSA, welcome to new members. mi:l4:U:2 

Entered service 1111:1:2:1 

XIIIt2x2:l 

Moorachian, Roseo , ___ ,^,.0.1 

RTLIA, program for 1558-59, and membership appeal mi:10.y.J. 

Transf erredo « ' : 5 « 2 :i 

Moore, Ruthc SU, annual convention, report... c XIII:6s8:l 

Morgan, Elizabeth L, Entered service, ^tzz'T l^ 

Morris, Joan P. HPLSA, constitution committee, membership on. XIII:U:o 

Morrissey, Margaret (Mrs), Accidento St*?!^.! 

Morrison, Margaret L. (Mrs). Resigned... vttt t ^ij 

Morse, Myra Anne. BPISA, welcome to new members Aiii.:>:j.^ 

Mosher, Suzanne N„ (Mrs)e Resigned™ • • vST'r'o.i 

Transferred. • M.ili]^id :x 

3a:ni6:2ji 

Moynihan, Paul V. tttt.i.'^.i 

BCBW, committee............ Jf:^i: , 'J'"^ 

BPLSAc Membership and hospitality committee, membership on llli'MU 

Membership appeal, poster JHJ'^ ,i 

Farewell gifts, presentation ^lV.Vn^,o% 

Resigned " Stt J ) o 

Mulloney, ^thur. Bowling league, annual banquet o « vttt?t9 

mnro, Aletha D. (Mrs). BPISA, welcome to new members,., XIII:ij:j:<: 

Mujiro, Edward (Mr and Mrs), Goldstein, Fanny, parties in 

honor of • • 2IIl:^:Jt^ 

Murphy, Louise K. BPLSA, house committee for women, member- 

ship on o , Xlllsiisr 

Murphy, Pauline Eo (Mrs). 

BPLSA, publications committee, membership on ^'i:*^*' 

Christmas tea, poster SlI.li,8-2 

Murray, Edward. BPL, trustee, welcomed.,,, rr.'": Hir'.ttQ.o 

NPL NEWS, The phoenix rises (on future of staff assocxatxons; Xlll.'?.y.^ 

Najita, Elnor M. (^s). tlntered service ^^J^Jf'-^ 

National Ubrary Week. Editorial Notes. ^i!±'%';:^ 

Poster XIII:2.11 

m, comnBnt niI:U:^ :1 

Nee, Edward M. Entered service. ^^*^'^t 

New divisions. Two, comments on. Editorial Notes Xllicii.x 

Soap Box. XIII:11:9:2 

New England Library Association. Fall meeting, announcement 

(Calendar of Events) ;;:::*"* ^^^'^'^ 

New York Public Ubrary. Annual report, comments on ^Edito- 

rial Notes)....... • «• Stt-^Iv? 

Nicholas, Helen J, BPLSA, welcome to new members............. Mii.>:^.-i 

Nichols, Mary U„, book prize awards, tenth annual. Reminder. = mI.5.12.^! 

' Report.... XIII:o;2sl 

Niland, Elaine M. Entered service........................... ™'?*^!?, 

Nominating committee, chairman announced (President's Notes),. XIII:10s^.i 

Non-Professional Assistants. . _.,.« 

Comments on (Soap Box) vrTTon'S'i 

Complaints (President's Notes). :"'':"{ " Stt:!?;?.! 

Personnel committee, study by (President's Notes) mi.l2:2.1 

Problems being given consideration. ^j-j- -o 'J^^^ 

Status, comments on (Soap Box) , nil:2i6:l 

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Non-Professlonfil Assistants (Continued). 

Status, Progress report (President's Notes) ,,, XIII:?:!^:! 

Questioned by Catherine M. Harmon (Soap Box) XIII:8;Ut2 

Non-resident fees, W, proposed oanpaign XIII:9:6;2 

Norstog, Magnhild, Entered service *...., 2111:9:2:1 

Nowland, Mary Reed, Manning, Pnna L,, credit to <>. Zin:12:6t2 

Obear, Elisabeth J, (Mrs)o BPISA, membership and hospitality 

comnittee, meiribership on..o*... XIII:li:7 

O'Connor, John V. MLC, Weston College meeting, report XIII:lli5:2 

O'Connor, IlLldred C, 

ALA, menibership appeals, , ]C£IItl:3:2 

Xni:5:5:2 
XIII:10:9j1 
CLA, NE unit, basic principles of library science, given at 

BPL XIII:9:3x2 

New eociological tirends in Boston, Advance publicity ., XIII:11:U:2 

Poster XIII:11:11 

O'Halloran, Catherine D, (Ifrs), Resigned XIII:1:2:1 

' Lea ry, Eleanor, Party in honor of,. » XlII:10:ii:2 

Retired Xni:6:2:l 

O'Leary, Joan M, Entered service XIII:11:2:1 

O'Neil, B, Joseph, 

CLA, NE unit, basic principles of library science, given at 

BPL nil :9 j3 : 2 

Centennial gift in s^mory of Vlar dead. 

Comments on (Soap Box),... ZIII:^:11:1 

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Clarified (Soap Box) XHI 

Commander, USN, XIII 

Library profession, obligations of raeidbers (Soap Box).,,.... XIII 

Nominating committee, chairman (President's Notes).. ........ XIII 

O'Neil, John J, BPLSA. welcome to new members., XIII 

O'Neill, AHne B, (l|jrs). Resigned Xni 

Transferred « XIII 

O'Neill, James E, (Mr and Mrs), Daughter: Christine Ann XIII 

O'Neill, Mary M, (Mrs), Resigned XIII 

Overbey, Diane F, (Mrs), Entered service..... XHI 

Resigned XIII 

Fagliuca, Linda M, Married to Carlo Tramontozzi XTCI 

xni 

Palladino, Lydia A. (Mrs), BPLSA, Staff Library committee, 

membership on........ XIII:li:8 

Panuntzak, Busina. Visitors XIII:7:2:2 

Part-timers' outing. May 30, report. XIII:6:U:1 

Parziale, Anne H. (I^s). Resigned.. XIII:8:3:1 

Peck, Edna G, 

ALA, annual conference, bon voyage to attendants , XIII :6: 5:1 

BPLSAo Program consnittee, membership on, XIII :U: 7 

Staff Library committee, membership on XIII :Ut8 

Christmas tea, pester XIII :2 i9 

Peltier, Euclid J, 

ALA, annual convention, bon voyage to attendants...... XIII:6;5:2 

BPLSA, Reception for officers. 

Plans for film program (President's Notes) XIII:1:2:2 

Poster XIII :2:9 

Instructor at WCA niI:8:U:2 

Peltier, Eu: lid J, (Mr and Mrs), Lextrora, Arvid (Mr and Mrs), 

party for XIII :7:2 :2 



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Peltier, Felicia L. (Mrs)o 

ALA, annxial conference, bon voyage -co attendants XIIIi6:5r2 

BPI5A, recording secretary^ ^.^o Xiri:iir6 

PennecchlOj Rita (Mrs). Susi, 7rank R,, graduation honors XIIIt7:5:2 

Perscnnele i^P problems, study ofo Presiden':«s Nct.es,,. » XJII:12:2;1 

Vice Preaident's Notes XIII:11:10:2 

"No hire— no fire" policy criticized (Soap Box).... XIII:6!llsl 

Peterson, Her.Tnan 0, BPLSA, welcome to new members... XIIIj$:3s2 

Pillion, Gecj«ge L. 

Eldei*, Isabella, dinner in honor of XIII:6:6tl 

LaCentra^ ijerard, Jr., farewell party in honor of XIII :$: 5:2 

PodgtirskL, Marilyn A* Entered service » XIII : 9:2:1 

Resigned XIII:10:2:2 

Polishook, Louis. 

AmavetS; annual banquet, report XIII:1:3:2 

BPISA« Concession committee, membership on. • XIII:U:6 

Pensions comniLttee, membership on..... XIII :li: 6 

Porter, Oliver (Mr and Mrs). Daughter: Daulphine Elizabeth..,, XIII: 5:2:2 

Position available. Boy's boarding school XIII:i4:5:2 

Posner, Barbara L. Entered service XIII:10;232 

Posters e 

BPISA, . Hartzell, Bertha V,, memorial lecture, seventhc XIII:it:9 

Membership appeal..., « XIII:li:ll 

XIIIj6:12 

New sociological trends in Bostoiu. XIII:10:11 

XIII:11:11 

Reception for officers XIII:2:9 

Christmas tea XIII;12:9 

Poulimenos, Peter« Entered service XIII:1:2:1 

Resigned. XIII :10:2 :2 

Transferred , XIII 1 5 : 2 :1 

Power, Ellen, Visitors XIIIs5:3j1 

Pre-Professional Assistants. 

Adjusted to Professionals (President's Notes) XIII:9:li:l 

Change from Professional status questioned (Soap Box). XIII:9:7:2 

Report on status (Vice President's Notes)o XIII:8:2tl 

Presente, Mildred E, Transferred XIII :10:2 :2 

XIII:12:3:1 

President 's Notes XIII :1:2;2 

XIII:2:2;1 

Xini3:2:l 

XinsU;2!l 

XIII:5:7:2 

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Xnir9:U:l 

XIII:10:2:1 

Xni:12:2:l 

President's Notes. Casey, William To, past-president .•. XIII:2:2:1 

Prindle, Judith. Married to Kenneth Ac Tollackson. <> XIII:2:ii:l 

Xni:3:2:l 
Professional Service. Boing work of Sub-Professionals (Soap 

Box) , XIII:5:8:2 

Professionalisma Editorial Notes. XIII; 6:1 

Publications committeeo Season's greetings XIII:12tl 

Putnam, Miriam. 
New sociological trends in Boston. Advance publicity. ., o ... . XIII:11:U:2 

Poster XIII:10:11 

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THE QUESTION MARK, 

EFLSAp non-members 4 reading privileges (Soap Box). XIII:5:llt2 

Material solicited (President's Notes) XIII:9:U:1 

"Raison d »etre" (Editorial Notes) , ITII :6:1 

Rabb, Sidney, Christmas-Hantikkah good fellowship party, XIII:1:5!2 

Radio, Heintzelman, Arthxir Wo~Graphic arts,,. XEIItTOsl 

Rahman, Hafeezur. Visitors XIII:9:2!2 

Rains^ Loxiis, 
BPLSA. 

New sociological trends in Boston, Advance publicity,... XIIIrll:ii:2 

Poster nil:ll:ll 

Vice President, Election, XIII:iit6 

Notes XIII:6:3:2 

nil s8: 2:1 
nil: 11:10:2 

Sullivan, Loraine A,, party in honor of , dl:ll:5:l 

Rea, Mary Alice, 

BCBW, committee XHI :1 j5«1 

CLA^ 

Annual convention, report *.. XIII:5:6:1 

NE unit, Basic principles of library science, given at 

BPL XIII:9:3s2 

Melville, Annabelle M., credit from XIII:12:6:2 

Reading list, COICRATULATIONS GRADUATES, congratulations XIII:559:2 

Reconnaissance survey, comments on (Soap Box) XIIIt2:5:l 

Red Sox opening game* Time allowaice (Soap Box) , XIII:3}8:1 

Reilly, VfiLUiam Arthur, CITY RECORD, quotation on raises for 

City employees XIII:7:3:2 

Retirements. Person, Frances V XHI tlOi3 :1 

Siyder, Abraham. XIII:6:2 il 

Sullivan, Loraine A nnjll:2:l 

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Swan, William A mi:ll:Usl 

Zaugg, Julia R XIII:3»7:1 

Richard, Joan C, (Mrs), Resigned XIII:6:3!l 

mi:10:3:l 

Richardson, Alice, CLA, annual convention, report... XIII:5t6:l 

Richman, Sarah. VIE, vtelcome by staff IIII:h>U:l 

Richmond, Philip, Hannon, Catherine, diower in honor of XIII:9:6:1 

Ricketson, Daniel. Guerrier, Edith — ^In memoriam XIIItllt3sl 

Ricketson, George and Emma* Guerrier, Edith— -In Memoriam XIII:llt3:l 

Robbins, Mary C, 

BPI£Aa Membership and hospitality committee, membership on ZIII:!^:? 

Membership appeal, poster XIII:U:11 

nils6jl2 

Roberts, Mary R, Farewell gift presentation, XIII:1:8:1 

Robertson, Edward, Goldstein, Fanny, letter to XIII:10:U:1 

Robinson, Beryl Y, (Mrs), BPLSA, program committee, member- 
ship on XIII:Ut7 

Robinson, Walter A, Engaged to Mary McOah XIII:2:l4:2 

Married to Mary McGah,.... 1111:5:2:1 

Xni:5«2:2 

Root, Winifred F, Abbot, Marion Kv*-In memoriam, XIIIt5*5sl 

Rosenbauar, Donna L, Entered service.. • XIII:10t2t2 

Rosetdserger, Caperton, Resigned XIII: 8:3:1 

Transf exnred XIII :1: 2 :1 

Rosenshein, Carole W, (Mrs), Entered eervice,,,,,, XIIIs9s2:l 

Ross, Anita N, ()frs). Resigned , Xnii$:2:l 



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Rothwell, . Helen V<, BPISA, welcome to new mambers «.........»• XIII iS s3 12 

Rotmd Table of Children's Librarians^ May meeting, announce- 

msnt (Calendar of Events)..., » oo 2IIi:i>«;}?J- 

Round Table of Librarians for Young Adults, 

Greenfield Public Library ineetingj, report . . . « » - iJJ:^:^; J^ :xu • J- 

Membership appeal.... -... • SS'.10»9*1 

Program for 1958—1959 » -- • ' XIII:10.9.1 

Ruben, Iforton* 

BPLSA. New sociological trends in Boston™ • ••' ,,10 

^r^tr!^!"!::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: S^S:'u 

Ruzicka, Rudolph, Lord, Milton, E., reception in honor of 

2$th anniversary as Director,, Stt J A i 

Ryan, Mary Perkins CLA, annual convention, report ^11 ''\*°'^ 

Saia, Lillian. Pre -graduation luncheon in honor of ^11 * ? * o i 

St. Arnauld, Sheila, Resigned,. « ••• ^tt a 7!t 

Salaraone, Liborio, EB, open house, thirteenth annual, report, Xlli:o.r:x 

Anniversary increases. Director excepted (Soap Box) KCII '7: 5 12 

Thanks for nils7:5:2 

Increases for City eniployees, CITY RECORD, quotation from.,. mit7r3s2 

Recommendations to City Council (Vice President's Notes).... mi:ll:10:^ 

Salter, Albert (Mrs), Goldstein, Fanny, tea in honor of niI:5s7tZ 

San Francisco Public Library Staff Association. ALA, annual j. 

conference, open house for attendants « o XIII $5 «9 «^ 

Sassj Samuelo NELA, Boston Chapter, NELA panel member 

(Calendar of Events) Stt-R.^!! 

Scannell, Ptancis. Michigan ftom HPL ja.ii.o.:>:j. 

Scoff, Theodora B, ALA, amual conference, bon voyage to 

attendants •• XIII:e:i>:^ 

Segadelli, Btancis Anthony. Nichols, Mary U„ book prize 

awards, tenth annual, report ••••• ^^^ q'^.t 

Segal, Martino Entered service vttt Afl^i 

Saldes, Gilbert. MU, annual meeting, report ±Ji:i:*°*;*; 

Sennett, Robert L. Entered service Xli± :y:^.J. 

Service ratings. Re-establishment, comments on (Soap i3ox;.... JU.ii:iXJxuxi 

Service to publiCc "No fire— no hire" policy, comments on 

<=-P=-) 2 Sllllw 

Settles, Nancy (Mrs), BPLSA, welcome to new members.... mi:U:U:2 

Resigned JE^q', ^ 

Sevigny, Allen. Resigned Sxriri^Jo 

Shadowbrook library, rebuilding of AiiJ-.o.f t«; 

Shaffer, Kenneth R. 

SLA, Boston Chapter, rrTTflO-8-2 

Recruitment program, announcement \"":'V'"*X tttr oCo 

Simmons College meeting, announcement (Calendar cf Events) XIII .2 .ii.^ 
Shannon, Elias, CLA, Boston Chapter, SB meeting, announce- 

ment (Calendar of Events) JtiiiJJ.^.:).^ 

Shaw, Dorothy P, 

BPLSA, Hartzell, Bertha V., memorial lecture, seventh. 

Committee, membership on mi*ll*9 

^'eSS;;::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::""::-"""""" •^''^''^'^ 

BPI£A, Membership and hospitality committee, yT-rr.) •? 

Membership on ^zr 'r*!]^ 

Membership appeal, poster « XIII*6:12 



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Shea, Irene M. (Mrs). Resigned «• •• jTrL'<Wt2 

Shea, Mary L» BPI5A, welcome to nemaenibers SlI-10-2-2 

Transferred... o \.\\\\\\\\\\\\ mi*:10t3»2 

WE, welcomed at, '° 

Sheehan, David T. v v.^^ ^^ XIIIshj6 

BPLSA, House committee for men, membership on mi:5»3J2 

Welcome to new members ' JJZI :ls2 tl 

Re-entered seirvice. ..<>.. "*' * 

Sherman, Clarenceo 

Men • s Library Club, spring meeting . ^^ . 2 -U • 2 

Atranouncement (Calendar of Events) ••••• xiii'.3|8t2 

Report. • XUI »8:2 J2 

Sister Maria del Rey. BCBW, program........... {"i'l'iV Stt-9-3j1 

aster Mary Alice. Teachers' institute (Archdiocese) « report. ^ll;9.3*l 
SSer Z7tB Marie. Teachers' institute (Archdiocese), report 2111:9.3:1 

''bS SSSm; and hospitality committee, membership on.. mi:U;7^ 
Membership appeal, poster XIII:6:12 

Program committee, membership on. « ^ ;^; I 

Staff Ubrary committee, membership on. ^^^ ;« ' ^ 

New sociological trends in Boston. Advance publicity glllnill 

'"SI; Sal conference. Bon voyage to attendants ^^^lt.2 

Reports Sit •^•3:2 

Smith, Bertha S. BPISA, welcome to new members Sti.1-2-1 

Re-entered service.... » miJ9l6-l 

Smith, Hugh (Mr and Mrs) . Letter from. '^^ 

Smith, Pa^l Wo (Mr and Mrs), Som James l.alter,..., Sli;i6:2:2 

Smith, Susan R. Entered service ..••» i' I'I'aV 'r.l'" tttt.IijS 

sSder, Abraham B. BPLSA, pensions committee, membership on., gll-.^l^ 

^ ' Best wishes for speedy recovery. ......... o gj ; J;^ ;| 

XniJ3s8:2 

Luncheon in honor ofo.c - StIaIp^i''' 

"Iifo^tri;;;;:::::::::;:::. ^^^^^^^^^ 

Snyder, James (Mrs). Nichols, Mary Uo, book prize B^ar^s,^^^^^ mi:6:2:2 

tenth annual, report. 

Soap Box. 

ALA. axaiual conference o . ^ j x „„+= TrTT.7slis2 

Grants, identification of recipients by departments giill-lOtl 

Visit to castle of San Simeon recomraendedo.o....... YTTT-S^tl 

Appointment to titular positions, high-school graduate XIII.li.5.1 

Assistant Director (for Personnel), comments on new ^ ^ xill:10:6:l 

appointee.............. •••' ''\\'.\\\\V,\ IIII;11:9;2 

BPLSA, worth working for?..... Tni'^'9:l 

Catalog, public, in Abbey Room - ^ -"^ 

Centennial gift, in memory of war dead, XIII:6j10:2 

Balldting method criticized •• 2C[ili6:lia 

Clarified \,\\,\ XIIll5ilO:2 

Comments on..... Xinj7;U*.l 



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Channels of comnunlcatlon; vp and dovrn. ••• XIIItll:9:2 

Classification of personnel — Non-Professional status, 

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CoTirtyard conpliioents on. nil : 

Diminishing receipt of letters (President's Notes), ^ nil! 

Editorial Ncbes, Kay, queried.. mi: 

GAN 58-6U> four comments on..... nil; 

Hours of opening, uniformity urged , » nil s9s7sl 

Library profession, obligations of members « XHI :5 <11 :1 

Lightii^ in women's lunch room....... nil:5tll:2 

Lighting inadequacies mi :3 :U:1 

Lighting, R and RS, criticized , mi »6:11:1 

Lord, Milton £», in appreciation of....... XIII:1:6:1 

Lost and found procedures, conments on.. nil:l:7:l 

New divisions, commsnts on nil;ll:9:2 

PERSONNEL ADMINISTRriTION IN LIBRARIES, comronts on XIII:11:10:1 

Personnel, "no hire — no fire" policy criticized^, o nil;6jll:l 

Pre-Professional Assistants. 

Change from Professional status questioned....... nil:9:7'2 

Doing sub-professional work.... ....•• mi:5:8:2 

THE QUESTION MARK, reading privileges on non-members of 

BPLSA nil :5ill8 2 

Red Sox opening game, time allowance* nil:3}8:l 

Salaries* Director, no anniversary increases. Xm:7:5:2 

nil :9 J 7:2 

Thanks for anniversary increases*............... o XIII:7:5s2 

Serviced Credit for experiences nil:5:8:l 

Ratings, re-establishment, comments on* nil:ll:10;l 

To public — "no fire — no hire" policy, comments on* niI:3:U:2 

2 Xni:3:5sl 

Staff manual nil :1:7:1 

Xni:5:8:2 

Survey, Reconnaisance« Comments on*..... * nil:2:5:l 

Xni:9:8:2 

2 mi:10:5:l 
Xin:10:5:2 

. . Query 8^ to recoimcQdationse • nil:8:l4:l 

Unusual feature. Comments en <> • nn:7:U:2 

Editorial Notes „ nil:6:l 

Vacancies, Announcement for fiUit^.. nil:ll:9:l 

Jllling of— Civil Service vs* BPL nil;2:7»2 

Vacations, new rules, coiranents on * nil:12:6:l 

SORT* ALA, annual conference, report • nil:10:8:l 

Soter, Alexander T* Entered service Xm:12:3:l 

Special libraries Association, 

Annual convention* Mno\incement (Calendar of Events),. nil :5: 3:1 

Report nil :6! 8 : J 

Scholarships, four at $1,000 each, announcement nil:7:3:l 

Student loan fund, announcement • nil:7:3:l 

Special Libraries Association, Boston Chapter* 

Arnold Arboretum meeting, announcement (Calendar of Events) , nil :U: 2:2 



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Special Libraries Association, Boston Chapter (Continued)o „tt,"^.8.1 
Eseajc Institute meeting, announcement (Calendar of Events)., gj^j^.'^jj 

QIOBE meeting, announcement (Calendar of Events) XIII:12j5:2 

Insurance Ubrary Association meeting, announcement tttt.t1,.i 

(Calendar of Birents) • XIIl:X.U.x 

Massachusetts General Hospital meeting, announcement 

(Calendar of Events) • • ^rr\i'.<,t 

NEU meeting, announcement (Calendar of Brents) TTTTilO-8-2 

Recruitment program, announcement '''•'*''**" 'IT 'll's*' YTTT.i^)'.»9 

Siimnons College meeting, announcement (Calendar of Events).. ^II;2^;2 

State Library meeting, announcement (Calendar of Events).... Xllltox^*^ 

Speer, Eunice H. ALA, annual conference, reports tttto.?.-! 

Sproul, Martha C. (Mrs). Resigned • iiai.x.^.j. 

Staff in print. Alden, John. Deception compounded . . ., 

in STUDIES IN BIBLIOGRAPHY vSto i.'.l 

Staff Library. Mditions « ShIuO'.I 

2IIIs5:6t2 
XIIIi6:li:2 
nn:lli7:l 
XIII -.12:3:2 

Staff manual. Comments on (^ap Box) Stt!?!?o 

Need for (Soap Box) nn.l.7:l 

Staff representatives. Meeting in November (President's xni:12:2rl 

Staples, 'Jeame*EiLzabethl''ifai^ied to Norb^rt A. Bus^....... nHtlOO:! 

Stebbins, Kathleen B. PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION IN LIBRAiaES, ^^.^^.^^.^ 

comments on (Soap Box) vTTTlTn'-^.i 

Steele, Joanne (Mrs)<, Resigned XHI.lOO.x 

Steinberg, Minna. ^^ , ^ irTTT.6i«^'2 

ALA, annual conference, bon voyage to attendants jllxi.oj?.^ 

BPLSAo CARE Comndttee. Membership on Jf^i'lf;;- 

Poster ^^ '^'' 

Steinmeta, Pearl M. SLA, Simmons College meeting, announce- , „ 

ment (Calendar of Events) ...- YTTT-^ri*? 

Stinson, Rose E. BPLSA, welcome to new raemberso ^i- •> « ^'^ 

Transferred «•• g^l^tja 

I^So^Ta^s j::ssrn'(i;;)r'd;;;;i;;:'m;i;-*i;*^^;i;;:: miaio^ 

Stotz, Bridie P, (Mrs), ^^ ^ x TrTT.A.tJtP 

AU, annual conference, bon voyage to attendants AXix-ooi^ 

BPLSA, special services committee, membership on.. o Aiixtu.o 

Strorodahl, Judith E. MU, annual meeting, report.. Mli:o:y.x 

Stuhl, Gertrude E. Transferred •••• ^iJ^lt^filJ 

Sullivan, John. Best wishes for speedy recovery Mxxo.o.^ 

Sullivan, Loraine A. Farewell reception.... Jff:^:f-i-°:^ 

Party in honor of ° titt't, o n 

Retirement, S"*^^'^'^ 

XIII:ll:o:l 

SuUivan, Midiael. Courtyard, compliments on (Soap Box) XIII:6:10:2 

Sullivan, Patrick Ao Shadowbrook Ubrary, rebuilding of mi .0. r .^ 

Sullivan, William.. Best wishes for speedy recovery STtiolR.*! 

Survey, Reconnaisance. Comments on (Soap Box) gijI^Qjjjj^ 

XIII:10:5«2 
Query as to recommendations (Soap Vox) XIII:8:U!l 
Susi, Frank R. Graduation honors • XIII:7!5j2 



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Swan, Helen A. (Mrs). Swan, William Ao, retirement ^JSjvlto 

Swan, William A„ Retirement... ••• YTTT.^t?.? 

Swartzschild, Stephen. Kaufman, Judith M., wedding. JLLiiO:^.^ 

Sweet S(.r^ Prank C. 

BPLSAo New sociological trends in Boston. ]n:il.ll-ki2 

Advance publicity. ' XIII iioill 

^°^*®^ XIIlill:ll 

Swenson, Paul B. ^ ^j ^ vttt.I,.7 

BFLSA, Membership and hospitality committee, membership on.. iLii.y.f 

Membership appeal, poster nn*:6il2 

Swift, Harriet. Alden, John, letter Itom * ^^E ! c!^!? 

Taber, Ann S. HPLS A, welcome to new members G.J.i.^0.^ 

Resigned Stt ?'^ 1 

Tabor, Ruth. CLA, annual convention, report TTTTlft.^l? 

Teachers Department. Requests from summer students Aiiijoo.^ 

Summer queries tttt o ^ 9 

Tecce, Joseph, Globus, Nura, party in honor of ^11 «9|>*^ 

Television. Kaufman, MLldred—Krakowiak Polish dancers nil tfc . 3 .1 

Terkel, Studs. SLA, annual convention, report.. - STT-'r^vo 

Terramagra, Estelle, EB, open house, thirteenth annual, report ^"•^•J'f; 

Thompson, Dorothy. BCBrf program ^t!Ti.7o 

To love a book. Poem by Ruth E. Winn..... ....-; TTTT.hTA 

Tobin, Randall J. BPLSA, concession committee, membership on.. Hfii'rp ^ 

Tollack son, Judith P. (Mrs). Resigned Stt.a!^^ 

Tollackson, Kenneth (Brand Mrs). Farewell to AliJ..o.>.^ 

WE staff, farewell party for XIII:5t?5'i 

Tracey, Patricia M. K-ISA, welcome to new nenbers mi:h:U:2 

Married to Thomaa ieardon ttit'^^ o t 

Xlll:ll:2:l 

Trocki, Jack (Mr and Mrs). Twins: Edward Robert and Edith xm, 7,2:2 

Tuley,'john*W**'Fire*driil, October 6 niI:10tUs2 

Tuttle, Irene H. (Mrs). CLA, Boston Chapter, SB nieeting, tttt-i?.*;.? 

announcement (Calendar of Events) yttt.?.?-! 

Taamalas, Peter G. Entered service ttttIq.?,? 

Resigned. JLLii.y.*::^ 

Ugalde, Louis, „.2.7 

BPLSA. Membership appeal Xlll'UJe 

Treasurer XIII-12:9 

Christmas tea, poster • TTTTOi.tJ'l 

SulUvan, Loraine A. , party in honor of ^j-^ '.t/oA 

Ulrich, Louise J. Entered service YTTTon-v? 

Tracey, Patricia, wedding XIliau.j.<i 

Dmano, Christine C. (Mrs)o yttt.Ii./^ 

BPLSA, concession committee, membership on XIII-2*2*1 

Transferred • XIIlil2:3:l 

Umano, Mario (Mrs). EB, open house, thirteenth annual, report. XIII:6:7:1 

Usher, Sarah M. rrTTtli-6 

BPLSA, Executive board. *•••:; yttt.^,? 

Membership and hospitality committee, membership on., XIII tU J r 

Membership appeal, poster, mi:6:12 

Guerrier, Edith. In memoriam ..-. ^^jj^:';*-^ 

Kingman, Marion C. Lawrence Memorial Hosi^xtal, employment at XIII.9:i>»X 
TOE QUESTION MARK, mimeographing and distribution diffi*. 

culties (President's Notes) XIIlWJ^sx 



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Dstach, Janet Bo BPISA^ welcona tto n»w nertberso oe, njlzhf^t2 

Engaged to Bobbie R, Swelteer i...«.. XIIiao.9:Z 

VacancieSo ^ „_„ ,,,o,t 

Announcement of filling (Soap Box) SS o ? o 

Civil Service vs. BPL (Soap Box) ^IVlo't 

Vacation greetings Jtlii:o:y:^ 

Vacations » t? A,i 

New rules, comments on (Soap Box) ±;;i*:J^*°!.7- 

PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION IN LIBRARIES (Soap Box) XIIlJll.lO.x 

Vacirca, John, EB, open house, thirteenth annual, report ^11:6: 7:1 

VanVleck, Ann H. Entered service Stt in?!? 

Veinott, Deborah A, Entered service. yttt Tnl?.? 

Venable, Ann D, Entered service ^i;*^^:. 

Vice President's Notes gSleJ;! 

XIII:11:10j2 

Viden, C, Allen, BPLSA, welcome to new members,. o XIII:U:br2 

Resigned XIII:8:3:1 

Visitors. Bibawi, Eugenie SttIoJ*.? 

Bradford, Nancy L ^ll'l^l'l 

Bushara, Mr.... XIII:9:2:2 

Menendez, Rodolf o Rui 5iT*?**o o 

Pamintzak, Rusina Stt I*Vt 

Power, Ellen Stt o o 9 

Rahman, Hafeezur SH*? , , 

Singh, Ram Xllls^Otl 

Vitelli, Girolamo, Nichols, Mary U,, book prize awards, tenth 

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Wadswoxth, Irene J, Resigned Jf^^'i , , 

Transf err ed. *^^^ '.^id-.j. 

Walker, Pauline A, 

BPLSA, New sociological trends in Boston, „ , « 

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Wallace, George R, (Mrs). MLA, annual meeting, report mi:6j9tl 

Warren, Nanella J, (Mrs), BPLSA, welcome to new members HlltbO:^ 

Waters, Alice. CLA, annual convention, report. ^*::*^'?*f- 

\toters, Richard J, BCW committee SJt no H.i 

Transferred. SJi'z^o , 

Wedgwood Club Fund, Creation by gift to BPL of $1,000 mi«6:3a 

Weeks, Edward, BCBW program • XIII:l:b;l 

West End Branch Library. ____ , , , 

Art exhibit Stt.^.!? 

Christmas-Hanukkah good fellowship party ^j-^ '^'o \\ 

T^inberg, Sidney, Resigned. Stt.A.q.t 

Wickersham, Lucile, MLA, annual meeting, report iiiJ. .o.y .x 

Wilburn, Betty. BPLSA, welcome to new members XIll : U : U i «i 

Transferred ^"'sn'^ o 

Wilson, 0, Meredith. ALA, annual conference, report XIII:10:0J*; 

Winn, Ruth E. _ /■ ^.^ 

ALA, annual conference, bon voyage to attendants JU.i±:o.>.<: 

Christmas tea, poster ytttoi'.?.! 

To love a book, a poem AiJ.i.xj.xf.x 

Winnick, Pauline, ,.j, . 

ALA, araiual conference, bon voyage to attendants ^u..o.y.£ 

RTLIA, Greenfield Public Library meeting, report XIIIt5:10s^ 

Woodland, VJilliam i^. SLA, Boston Chapter, Insurance Library 

Association meeting, announcement (Calendar of Events) XIII:1jU:1 






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Wooater, Harold, Men's library Club, Springfield ineeting, xLii:^:Qi2 

report* ••• • y-,^ .A.fi -t 

I'-orthy, James C. SLA, annual convention, report Aiii.o.o.i 

Wrinht, Edith A, BPLSA, welcome to new members Jiii; O O ^^ 

Entered service ^^t:'^;'^:,^ 

Wroth, Lawrence C . Alden, John, credit to ^^^ It. on 

Yamagawa, Akiko. altered service rrTT.2^2.1 

Yanulis, Jane Bo Entered service v-r^T.t'.l'*! 

Resigned • JU.ii.i).^JX 

Yotts, Veronica , ^. x j 

HPL, future role, seminar on, chairman, resignation accepted 

(President's Notes), ....•;;;• '^lll'^fi^l 

Transferred •• • vttt.a.7.t 

Zarba, Fi-ank. EB, open house, thirteenth annual, report Mll.O.r.x 

Zaugg, Julia. Tea in honor of . Report..... rrTi'-VTil 

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