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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIB7:ARY 

STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JANUARY 1060 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XV Number 1 ._ January I96O 

Publications Coramittee ; Thomas F . Gaines , Mar jorie Groves , Emilia Lange , 

Frank La vine , llary V. Sheehan, I. Roger Stevens, 
Cartoonist, Felicia L. Peltier, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



There were moments lastsummer when we doubted that 

this day would ever come the day we would write the final 

articles and the final editorial for the twelfth and last issue 
of QM under this Publications Coramittee. Casting about for an 
appropriate bequest for our successors, we unearthed two dozen 
broken pencils (minus erasers), six waste baskets filled with 
the crumpled remains of rejected doodles and ixnfinished games 
of tic-tac-toe, three shiny and slightly ventilated typewriter 
ribbons, and hardly enough midnight oil to last through one 
late late show. Sentiment demanded that we preserve these 
precious mementoes for the memorial library we intend to build 
someday, so we settled on the bequest of our collective wishes 
for good luck, good news, good readers, big ears, sharp eyes 
and the best of mental health. 

Having learned that editorial material is frequently 
elusive, we now face our final opportunity with the sudden 
realization that there are three or four thoughts we should 
like to develop this month, but hardly the time or space for 
one. To avoid the panic of decision we herewith offer these 
incomplete editorials as food for thought in the new year. 

1.- LITTLE THINGS JffiAN A LOT an open letter of 

congratulatory gratitude to Ervin Gaines -vdio scored a peaceful 
victory on an old embittered battleground— the issue of the 
detested titles 'sub-professional' and 'non-professional'. Maybe 
Mr G. didn't know, but two years ago the Staff Association and 
Executive Board fought long and hard to change those demeaning 
titles to 'Library Service', and our disappointment at failure 
was both deep and lasting, so tJiat our gratitude now is the more 
heartfelt. 

2. -AGONIZING REAPPRAISAL recognizing a need for the 

Staff Association to redefine its goals, to become a stronger unit 
with a voice to champion the institution when necessary as the 
need for chanqjioning its members thankfully diminishes. 

3.-JiDRALE a thought that such a collectively well 

educated body of employees should be able to lick the twin cancers 
of an empty mind, rudeness and gossip. Both are common in closely 
knit organizations, both are indicative of a lack of respect for 
individiial dignity and both are retractable by admission and apology. 

U.-VIHO'S TOO a passing suggestion that new employees 

might well be tendered the courtesy of an introduction to the BPL 
administrators to avoid the possible embarrassment of having worked 
six months for men they have never seen. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



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VICE-PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



STEAMSHIP A^miTS ZOLTANl 



In the absence of Mrs Flannery, -who is 
on a two-week tovir of duty with the U» S* 
Naval Reserve, the "President's Notes" 
column will not appear. However, Mrs • ' 
Flannery wishes to thank the officers and,, 
committee members for their cooperation in 
fiirthering the aims and objectives of the 
Association during the past year, A spe- 
cial vote of thanks is extended to the Pub' 
lications Committee for its fine contribu- 
tion to staff information and entertain- 
ment. 

The highlights of the year as seen from | 
here j i 

- the survey and report of Cresap, j 
McCormick & Paget, vindicating the j 
policies and objectives pursued by ] 
the Board of Trustees and the li- 
brary administrative officers 

- the reorganization of the Division 
of Reference and Research, with its 
promise of the more efficient use of 
reference staff members and the in- 
creased enq)hasis on the selective 
reconstruction of the division's 
subject collections 

- the satisfactory solution to the 
nagging problem of the "Non-Profes- 
sional Service" , now changed to the 
"Library Assistants Service" 

- the "Statement of Personnel Princi- 
ples" (its ten major principles de- 
signed to serve as a goal in the 
development of the Library's person- 
nel program) #iich received a favor- 
able reaction 

- the long-a-waited general salaiy 
increase granted by the Mayor. 



In retrospect, the above events caused a 
noticeable lift in staff morale^ one which 
is still with us, in spite of minor set- 
backs . 

It is my very pleasurable duty to extend 
the best wishes of President Flannery and 
the other Officers to the members who are 
candidates for office for I96O-6I. Con- 
gratulations will greet the winners — our 
congratulations will be as hearty for the 
losers who will have shoim willingness to 
serve their fellow-workers. 

CHARLES J. GILLIS 



The story behind the story is still 
unknown* Vfliether it was a qualm of con- 
science stirred in the captain's heart by 
ttie out-stretched arm and torch of the 
Statue of Liberty, or a telepathic mes- 
sage from our strong-minded Keeper of Rare 
Books, the fact remains. The ship stopped 
after having sailed on schedule, and 
Twaited for Zoltcm Haras ztil So how many 
other people would a ship stop for? 

It has been a legend in shipping cir- 
cles for years that no ship sails without 
Zoltan Haraszti once he has decided that 
Tfliiere that ship goes, he wants to go. 
Perhaps because this time our eminent 
colleague planned so far in advance, it 
seemed for a time that the legend was 
doomed to die. 

The ship being scheduled to sail at 
10:00 o'clock from New York, Mr Haraszti 
depended on the N.Y.,N.H. & H. railroad 
to make connections, allowing an adequate 
margin of time. As dependable as al-ways 
when one has an urgent appointment, the 
train developed mechanical constipation 
at New Rochelle and could r\in no more. 
Time passed. And more time. No move- 
ment! fie have not been informed of the 
cure which finally worked, but we strong- 
ly suspect that a sufficient head of 
steam was built up to propel the train 
the remaining distance without aid from 
the Diesels . 

A cab-driver at the terminal assured 
Mr Haraszti that his aspiration was based 
on futility. The ship had sailed. The 
driver had ivitnessed its departure. 
Quoth our Zoltan with customary pertinac- 
ity: "This makes no difference. We will 
go, please I" 

Next scene: the dock. An empty dock. 
Yet (and only to and for Zoltan Haraszti 
could such things happenl), an attendant 
appeared, "You are the passenger from 
Boston, sir. We have a tug waiting, sir, 
if you will hurry." 

In the roads just off Bedloe's Island, 
the ship Twas foimd tugging at its hawser 
with a head of steam, in the engine room 
and in the captain's quarters, equal to 
that which drove the train from New Ro- 
chelle. Three other delayed passengers 
who were permitted to ride the tug which 
had been provided for Itr Haraszti follow- 
ed him as he jauntily climbed a rope lad- 
der, and proceeded in search of the Nor- 
wegian vessel's Smorgasbord. 

And so the tropical sun shines bright- 
er; the Caribbean Sea is bluer because, 
rlorni+.o pit inr^i eqs tiidps hp wa.s therel 



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UNRECOGNIZED ASSETS 

] 
A new city administration now having ] 
taken office, headed by a Mayor who re- ' 
quests cooperation in maintaining munici- ; 
pal solvency, it would seem obvious that 
both tax-payer and employee should do 
their utmost to help. Therefore, informa- 
tion in one small but very important field 
is offered herein for consideration by 
those who yet know little about the real 
value of the work accomplished, in additkn 
to the capital gains acquired for the City 
of Bostin. The tern "capital gains" .-is 
used loosely tc indicate- the increase in 
actual wealth evidenced by real property 
rather than currency. 

Ti/ithin the pa»st few years-, a series- of 
at-tacks -were made on the Library in gener- 
al, and on ovir Rare Book and Print Depart- 
ments particularly. They were made, we 
believe, in all good faith in the interest 
of ci-vlc econonQT, but with insufficient 
knowledge. We have no intention of being 
critical or controversial. We merely pre- 
sent cer-tain facts which, quite apparently, 
are not only insufficien-tly known but are 
almost unknown to the public and to most 
library workers alike. For the Library as 
such, we make no defense. It needs .none 
in the minds of reasonable people -v*io have 
any unders "banding of the requiremen-ts of 
modern education, to say nothing of cultur- 
al development beyond mere economic neces- 
sity. We shall confine ourselves to the 
■two departments mentioned. 

It is, perhaps, more understandable to the 
librarian than to the layman that the Rare 
Book Department properly belongs to the 
Boston Public Library, Nevertheless, the 
question was raised: -vtfiether it would not 
be in the best interests of the city to 
sell some of the more valuable acquisitions 
of this department to aid in reducing our 
current tax -rate. In the first place, 
some of the valuable items referred to are 
not even the property of the Boston Public 
Library, but are merely in its custody. 
In the second place, much of the material 
in this area has been bequeathed by ci-vic- 
minded citizens. Yfould such bequests be 
forth-coming if the donors had reason to 
believe that their gifts would be sold at 
the -vrtiim of a particular individual or 
group? Lacking such bequests, would the 
library's holdings equal their present 
enormous value? Positively notl Yet, be- 
cause such donors appreciate the sense of 
honor, and the spirit of dedication of a 
truly qualified librarian in this field. 



the library, the city, and the scholar 
gain. Through the agency of the Library 
Department, the city gains wealth it 
could never other-wise possess. The Li- 
brary gains stature through its possession 
of books not available else-where in the 
world or, at best, available in few ac- 
cessible areas. The public gains because 
the Boston Public Library provides such 
accessibility under proper regulation. 

Accessibility of the printed word, old 
or new, is a primary justification for 
establishment and maintenance of a public 
library. Any person who, for adequate 
reason, requires the use of material pos- 
sessed or controlled by the B.P.L. is not 
only granted such use but, also, is given 
the assistance of trained experts. Much 
more could be said of the Rare Book De- 
partment, but our motive is merely to 
initiate thought on the subject, not to 
give a complete evaluation. We doubt 
even the possibility of that, considering 
the tremendous number of "collector's 
items" which have been acquired through 
the years under the administration of our 
present Keeper of Rare Books and his pred- 
ecessors. 

Itiat of our Print Department? Where is 
the justification for its existence in a 
public library? Is there any similarity 
in the arguments -v^iich may be advanced 
here? There most certainly is. For 
years we have heard criticisms voiced by 
some of our fellow librarians, vjhich are 
far less justifiable than those voiced by 
certain other critics. Such librarians, 
were they a little less obessed by the 
importance of their own field, are in a 
much better position to e-valuate the cul- 
tural and educational importance of this 
department. Librarians boast proudly of 
their anxiety to do everything possible 
to assist a serious student. Possibly, 
students are a minority of the patrons 
vho have enjoyed the services rendered by 
our Print Department, but they alone pre- 
sent enough basis to justify retention of 
this great asset. 

Secluded as this department is, few 
people are aware of the assistance given, 
for example, to our younger citizens -who 
may be preparing papers to earn their 
college degrees . How many people know of 
those who request the privilege of -viewing 
a particular work of art, and are pleas- 
antly surprised to learn the contrast be- 
tween the response given here and that 
given at most art museums? Such a request 



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made at an art museum would in most cases 
be honored, but differently. The particu- 
lar item requested would be placed on an 
easel with a "ciistodian" standing by to 
guard the museum's property, -vrtiile the 
patron pursues his study as ^est he may 
under such circumstances, .rt the Library' 
Print Department, no less care is taken of 
our artistic treasures. But , when the 
patron is seen to show a real and serious 
interest in the work of a particular art- 
ist, he is more than likely to be surprisec 
by an offer to make available all the 
works of that artist which nEiy be in our 
collection. More; without even realizing 
it in some cases, the patron frequently 
finds himself aided in his understanding 
of the subject by one of the world's 
greatest experts in the field of art, o\ar 
Keeper of Prints, Mr Arthur W. Heintzelmani 
It has for years been a source of amaze- 
ment to the writer that so many Bostonians 
are completely unaware of the presence of 
Mr Heintzelnan in their Library. Not only 
a great critic but, also, a great artist 
in his own right, his reputation is world- 
wide. Because of his pre-eminence in his 
chosen profession, his assistance has been 
sought by governments in every corner of 
the world to make known, not only the 
works of their own national artists in 
America but, also, the work of American 
artists in their countries. Yet this 
man's assistance has for years been avail- 
able to the most htimble seeker after 
knowledge. At what cost to the tax-payers 
of Boston? The entire cost of maintenance 
of the Print Department, including the 
salaries of Mr Heintzelman and his staff 
would not even approximate the value of 
the properties which have accumulated in 
this department because of its Curator's 
knowledge and efforts. 

Even in the matter of invested funds 
from city appropriations (a tragic joke 
where the Print Department is concerned I) 
the knowledge of the heads of both depart- 
ments has resulted in very real profit to 
the city. Zoltlin Haraszti, Keeper of Rare 
Books and the Library's official Editor, 
is known and respected internationally. 
As was mentioned before, an accurate esti- 
mate of the value of the materials admini- 
stered and increased by him would be al- 
most an impossibility. The City of Bos- 
ton, as well as our Public Library, will 
be fortunate, indeed, if we are successful 
in attracting worthy successors to such 
capable experts and administrators. Cer- 

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tainly, such successors will find it dif- 
ficult to equal their success in building 
good-will and respect for the City of 
Boston. We owe both men a great debt for 
their efforts to prove that our city is 
still the "City of Culture". 

We would respectfully recommend that 
oiu" City Fathers, our co-workers, and the 
public generally take a closer look at 
the very real wealth which o\ir Library 
has acctimulated , for the benefit of our 
tax-payers from a financial point of 
view, and of the even greater wealth 
which from a broader point of view it 
disseminates, culturally and education- 
ally, for the benefit of all mankind. 

BPL IN PRINT 

Volume five of the "Etchings and dry- 
points by Frank W. Benson; an illustrated 
and descriptive catalog . . . with repro- 
ductions of plates not hitherto cata- 
loged," with a foreword by Arthur W, 
Heintzelman, Keeper of Prints, was pub- 
lished in December by Houghton Mifflin. 

Frank ¥/. Benson (1862-1951) is still 
recognized as a master of etchings of the 
out-of-doors, and according to the fore- 
word, "no other American etcher has en- 
joyed such deserved success in his time 
..." 

The Print Department has an extensive 
collection of Mr Benson's prints, many of 
which were a gift of the artist and una- 
vailable elseiirtiere. 

GREETINGS FROM EUROPE 

Jean B. Lay, urtio since her retirement 
from Cataloging and Classification, HR 
and CS, has spent much time traveling in 
the British Isles and in various sections 
of Europe, recently returned from four 
months abroad. She brings with her 
greetings from Paris to all who knew 
Frangoise Gaston-Cheraud, who visited the 
B.P.L. in the early 50 's and who is now 
on the staff of the Bibliotheque Nation- 
ale. 

Miss Lay also reports that a recent 
letter from !trs Berit Larabertson Fretheim 
of Blaker, NoiTvay, announces the birth of 
twins in September 1959. The Fretheims 
now have four "healthy, blue-eyed, fair" 
children. Berit sent greetings to all 
•«*io knew her when she spent the \'miter of 
1950-1951 working and observing in many 
of the units of the B.P.L. 



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PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Employees 

l{rs Listena Dozier, Parker Hill 

Mrs Barbara Garlington, Mt. Bowdoin 

Loiiis A. Sasso, Open Shelf 

Mrs Judith Starr, South Boston 

Warren E. Watson, Open Shelf 

Natalie Palme, General Reference 

Hugh L. Simpson, Book Stack Service 

Toni Wolff, Fine Arts 

Merritt A. Cra-wford, Open Shelf 

Nancy E. Kelly, Brighton 

John J. Moynihan, Egleston Square 

Barbara C. Smith, North End 

Mrs Margaret C. Hynes, East Boston, (for- 
merly part-time in same department) 

Mrs Madeline IjfcGourty, Faneuil, (formerly 
part-time in same department and also 
Bookmobiles 

Mrs Eleanor McLean, Bookmobiles, (formerly 
part-time in same department) 

Transferred 

Mary A. LaFollette, South Boston to West 

End 
Nanella J. Warren, Parker Hill to Hyde 

Park 
Charles K. Collins, Book Stack Service to 

Records, Files, Statistics 
Herman 0. Peterson, Open Shelf to Business 

Office 
Joan L. Trachtman, North End to Jamaica 

Plain 

Resigned 

Mrs Harriette C. James, Brighton, return- 
ing to California 

Karl E. Nyren, Fine Arts, to accept posi- 
tion as Librarian, Peabody Institute 
Library, Danvers 

MP'S NEW^ 

The new member of Periodical and News- 
paper is Allan J. Allen, a graduate of 
Missouri U. and B.C. Before coming to BPL 
Allan worked as a claims adjuster and was 
in the Service. Allan now lives in Cam- 
bridge and spends his spare time reading, 
cycling, playing chess, sind studying 
astronomy. 



Kathleen Radcliff e of Central Charging 
Records is a Cape Codder who has come to 
Boston to study at Northeastern. Kath- 
leen's hobbies include reading, knitting, 
and sewing. 



Another Northeastern co-op student cur- 
rently at BPL is Anthony F. Tieuli of 
Book Purchasing. Tony, who hails from 
Revere, keeps himself busy with photo- 
graphy and building models of Boston 
street cars. Also he is technical mana- 
ger of "The Silver Masque", the N.U. 
dramatic society. 

ENGAGET.ffiNTS 

Christmas 19$9 found Santa combining 
his talents with those of Cupid with the 
following happy results: 

Rhoda O'Donnell, Office, HR and CS, be- 
came engaged to Walter Erik son. lb- Erik- 
son owns his own real estate business. 
No definite date has been set for the 
wedding. 



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Shirley Gildea, Information, and Lt. 
Robert Cappabianca,U. S. Navy, are plan- 
ning their wedding for June 25, I960. 



Joseph Naples, Accounting, became en- 
gaged to Janice Incrovato, formerly of 
Cataloging and Classification, R and RS, 
An October wedding is planned. 



Helena Chefitz, Personnel, and Thomas 
Fisher are planning a Thanksgiving Day 
i960 wedding. 



Beverly Kulesza, Book Stack Service, 
announced her engagement to Donald Cefail 
of Dorchester. 



JOIN NOW 



A. L. A. 



Seei 



Mildred G. O'Connor 
Social Sciences 



DEDUCTIBLE ITEIIS \ 

John Patrick Pettipas liveighed in a 8 1/U' 
pounds on December 10, 1959. His mother 
is the former Virginia Dalton of Central j 
Charging Records and Codnmn Square. The i 
Pettipas family is now residing in Nova 
Scotia. I 



- Sharpe & Sharpe - 

Suppliers to the Carriage Trade 

Manufacturer's Notice 

To the trade we offer our Christmas se- 
lection -»■ 

The firm, Sharpe & Sharpe, with great 
pleasure announces 

Elizabeth Carswell, seven pounds and two 
ounces. 

By Caesarean section December eighteen— 

A special delivery. She's fit for a 
queen; 

Compact, and reached 60 on regular fuel: 

Our gift of a lifetime for »59 Yule. 

DAVE AND MARGY 

^ — this model is shown not for sale but 
inspection. 

SOCIAL TOIRL 

Miss Goldstein Entertains 

A group of "alumnae" of West End Branch 
were entertained by Miss Fanny Goldstein 
at a Hannukah-Christmas dinner at her home 
on December 13. The holiday repast was 
bountiful and the company congenial, but 
the high spot of the evening "was liLss Gold- 
stein's saga of her adventures during a 
European trip last summer. On the liter- 
ary side, she ranged from the Vatican Li- 
brary at Rome, to the United Nations Li- 
brary at Geneva, which houses a Judaica 
collection procured by her, to the library 
of the American Seminary at Louvain, As 
evidence of her athletic as well as mental 
agility, she accomplished two interesting 
feats: the difficult ascent of the North 
Cape (v*iich only twenty in a party of two 
hundred attempted), and the kissing of the 
Blarney Stone, iidiich she apparently carried 
off in unorthodox, but doubtless effective 
fashion. This was Miss Goldstein's first 
visit to Ireland, and she greeted with a 
"Cead Mile Failte." A viaxta. Irish reception 



v^s offered by the Honorable Robert 
Hriscoe, the former Lord Jfeyor of Dublin, 
and by Archdeacon Duggan, the Canon of 
Cork, who has promised to return the 
visit, and enjoy his first Kosher dinner, 
the next time he is in Boston, The eve- 
ning wound up with an exchange of gifts, 
Tflrtien each guest was surprised to receive 
a choice item from among the many attrac- 
tive souvenirs -which Miss Goldstein had 
purchased in a variety of noted places 
in Europe. 

Codman Square Christmas Party 

Well, the upstairs room at Salmagundi's 
was decorated for Christmas and cheerful 
that cold December 19th Saturday, day of 
the first snow. And a long table tras set 
for thirteen guests from Codman Square 
and Mrs Eleanora Chaplik, our hostess and 
Branch Librarian. 

At each place was a small brigj;itly 
wrapped package. Place cards were rolled 
sheets of paper with crayoned holly and 
names. The packages produced even 
brighter hat shaped pin cushions. The 
place cards revealed poems, some of a 
humorous nature ("I'd rather crow and be 
a rooster than roost and be a crow..."), 
others more or less intended for a par- 
ticular victim (Ruth Conroy got "...Work 
apace, apace, apace/ Honest labor bears 
a lovely face.") (This was immediately 
seized by Mrs Chaplik as the new branch 
motto . ) 

Lxxncheon proceeded deliciously, with 
the group at its laughing, evil, witty 
best. Diane Farrell recited a sweet 
Christmas poem with a sharp ending. 
Jeanne Fiore confessed that her reaction 
to the branch Christmas greeting 

"^ ■mas Fish Man Block rather 

RT Codman^qtiare . 

Gaity continued until the waitresses 
indicated hurrynppleaseitstime, so we 
moved into a sitting room for our grab. 
Gifts were useful, pointed, pretty, and 
silly — sable tipped paint brush for 
Caroline Reagan the artist, mink tooth- 
brush for Gertrude Wade, Irish elf for 
Peggy Ryan, pearls for Harriett Hutchin- 
son, etc. And Mrs Chaplik was the happy 
recipient of four volumes of George 
Bernard Shaw and some perfume. 

By-products of the party include the 
motto; the branch colors, rose and vio- 
let; and a working song for the extras, 
the Codman Squarettes. The song is to 



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the tune of Jingle Bells ; 

Codman Square , Codman Square , Codman all 

the ■way- 
It's fun to work at Codman Square is what 

we're here to say - ayj 

REPEAT 

Dashing through the Branch 

With a truck of books stacked high. 

Watering the plants 

IfShile the shelves we verify. 

Mending books galore 

Our motto makes us race. 

We strive to accomplish more 

And work apace , apace , apace i 

REFRAIN 

Wassail Wows 'Em 

On Tuesday, December 22, 1959, a Christ- 
mas Wassail for the Library staff was held 
in the Elliott Room from 3 to 5 P«ni» The 
party, a departure from the customary Wo- 
men's Lounge fete of previous years, was 
an immense success judging from the air of 
relaxed sociability, and the amount of re- 
freshment consumed. 

To simplify matters, and to eliminate 
any hazard of transporting hot liquids 
(tea and coffee), it was decided to have a 
punch and sandwich party— cookies and cakes 
too. There had been comments in previous 
years that too many sweet things were 
served, and it was the intent of the '59 
committee to please as many participants 
as possible. Due to the enthusiastic re- 
ception of this new party plan, the com- 
mittee was hard put to keep up with the 
sandwich and punch demand, and the phenom- 
ena of the afternoon was a four hour as- 
sembly line of sandwich makers whose en- 
thusiasm never waned, even when the deli- 
cious filler contributions were totally 
consumed, A trip to Sam's coffee shop 
provided ingredients for a fresh start, 
and they invented their own fillers till 
the party ended. 

The Elliott Room proved to be comforta- 
ble even during the peak time from 3s30 to 
h o'clock, smoke drifted harmlessly upward 
to^raird the high ceiling, and the chairs 
which lined the walls ware especially ap- 
preciated, not only by alumnae, but also 
by many holiday-weary librarians. 

Thanks are due not only to the committee 
and its chairman, Emilia Lange, but to the 
Maintenance Staff , Joan Trachman, Kay 



MacDonald, Anna Manning, Mildred Somes, 
Sarah Usher and all others who gave both 
moral and physical support toward making 
the Wassail a success. 

Men's Fete A iiferry Success 

On the morning of Thursday, December 
2U, the annual Christmas House Party was 
held in the men's lunch room. Refresh- 
ments included cake, cookies, doughnuts 
and coffee. From the amoxint of coffee 
and dougnnuts consumed it is safe to say 
that either a much larger crowd was pre- 
sent than in previous years, or a much 
hungrier one. The centerpiece among the 
edibles was a carolers ' cake baked by 
Mrs Frances Loncich with her usual artis- 
try. The cutting of the cake was once 
again ably performed by Mrs Wright of the 
Director's staff. Frank Myers of Book 
Stack Service was the omnipresent photog- 
rapher and the musical accompaniment for 
dancing was provided by ttxe pAionograph of 
Ed Maynard, the electrician. Jfeny thanks 
to the Mens ' House Committee and to all 
those who donated their time and effort 
toward making the party a success . 

Open Shelf Steps Out 

A farewell luncheon was held for 
Felicia Peltier on Monday, December 28, 
1959 at the Du Barry Restaurant. Twenty 
members and alumnae of the Open Shelf De- 
partment joined in extending good wishes 
for the future. Mrs Peltier, who was a 
member of the library staff for eight 
years, was presented with a charm — a gold 
heart with forget-me-nots in the center. 



Mary Prall was successfully surprised 
by her fellow workers and friends at a 
birthday luncheon in the Town Room of the 
Sheraton Plaza on Friday, January 8th, 
Miss Prall, who will retire on January 31, 
i960, was delighted by the unexpected 
festivities which included a miniature 
birthday cake and the gift of a silver 
pin. 

Music Hath Charms 

And the BPL Carolers proved it once 
more to the satisfaction of staff, public 
and TV audience, too. WBZ-TV sent men 
and equipment to the BPL lobby to capture 
the Christmas magic rendered by the 



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melodic nine, and a segment of the strol- 
ling concert vra.s shovm on the 11 o'clock 
news the same night. Each year as the 
talented group adds more unusual and 
beautiful carols to the repertoire, we. 
find reasons anew to thank them for the 
generosity of their gift to us, 

ACTIVE ^t^THERS AT BRIGHTON 

Now well into its third year, the Moth- 
ers Discussion Group (held simultaneously 
with the Preschool Story Hour) meets 
twice a month at Brighton, and continues 
to be one of the most satisfying activi- 
ties at the Branch. On two distinct lev- 
els, these meetings provide the staff with 
busy, exhilerating mornings. For whether 
it is the enthusiasm of the little chil-. 
dren for their story hours, or the interesf; 
of the mothers in the excellent speakers, 
which makes these Tuesday mornings so re- 
warding, it would be difficult to decide. 
In good weather and in bad, through rain 
and snow and sleet, these women arrive- 
often breathlessly, after the uphill 
climb — ^with books, babies, and children. 
Tfe can well imagine how much domestic en- 
gineering goes into their regular attend- 
ance! These mothers are, primarily, read- 
ers, and their lively appreciation never 
fails to impress the speakers. As the 
Pre-Schoolers clatter happily downstairs 
for their hour of stories and songs, the 
mothers gather informally in the Young 
Adult Room, Following the talk there is 
invariably an animated question and dis- 
cussion period which is ended only by the 
inevitable return of the children. 

This year's programs continue, through 
the good efforts of Kathleen Hegarty and 
Mrs Muriel Javelin, our original plan of 
presenting various aspects of child de- 
velopment and education. In recent months 
Virginia Haviland has discussed the values 
and pleasures of family reading; Jean 
Bates of Little, Brown and Go. has talked 
about the production of books for small 
children J and Eric von Schmidt, illustra- 
tor of several Little, Brown books, was 
delightfully entertaining on the subject 
of children's book illustration. Lois 
Eddy of the Community Recreation Service 
discussed and demonstrated arts and crafts 
for children; Adele Thane, Director of the 
Boston Children's Theatre, spoke about 
children's dramatics; and Edward J, Fitz- 
patrick of the Boston State Teachers Col- 
lege brought fresh, new ideas about the 
musical training of children. Dr. Harold 



Hodgkinson of Simmons College has twice 
dealt provocatively with "New Trends in 
ElenBntary Education", and Dr. Marie M. 
Gearan, Education Director of the 21" 
Classroom, delighted everyone mth 'her 
warmth and charm in a discussion of the 
backgrounds and pruposes of educational 
television. We are fortunate, indeed, 
here at Brighton to have a group of 
mothers and speakers who are so mutually 
stimulating, and we know that future 
programs will maintain this high inter- 
est. 

ETHEL L. HEINS 



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mLTER BLUHM CARE IffifCiRIAL 



■ December 21,1959 
Mr. Leon M. Blum 

New England Regional Office of CARE | 

175 Tremont Street i 

Boston 11, Mass. | 

i 

Dear Mr, Blum: j 

Enclosed is a check for $150.00 contri- | 
buted to CARE by the staff of the Boston 
Public Library in memory of Walter J. I 
Bluhm, Chairman of tiie Boston Public Li- j 
braiy Staff Association Special Committee | 
for CARE for the past seven years. ; 

We vrould like this money used for the 
distribution of packages of surplus foods 
to the countries listed in your brochure. 

I wovild appreciate your sending acknowl- 
edgment of this memorial both to Staff of 
the Boston Public Library and to the 
Bluhm family, 71; Clement Avenue, Vfest 
Roxbury 32, Massachusetts. 

Yours very sincerely, 
(signed) MINNA STEINBERG 
Chairman, Special 
Committee for CARE 

December 28, 1959 | 
Staff 

Boston Public Library 
Boston 17, Massachusetts 

Attn: Jtinna Steinberg 



The Bliihm Family 
7U Clement Avenue 

Vvest Rqxbury 32, toss. 



Dear Friends: 

On behalf of CARE, I should like to 
thank all of you for yovir very kind and 
thoughtful contribution of $l50.00 in 
memory of Yfetlter J. Bluhm. 

It was ray pleasure to have spoken with 
Mr Bluhm on numerous occasions in his 
capacity of Chairman of the Boston Public 
Library Staff Association Special Commit- 
tee for CARE, and I know of his concern 
for helping less fortunate people over- 
seas through our organization. Your 
deeply appreciated action will serve as 
a living memorial to the high ideals of 
your departed friend. 

I am enclosing a copy of iry letter to 
the Bluhm family notifying them of this 
gift. As per your instruction this con- 
tribution will be used to distribute sur- 
plus food packages — over 3,000 pounds — to 
the countries serviced by CARE. 

Once again, our sincere thanks for your 
admirable act. 

Very truly yours, 
(Signed) LEON M. BLUM 

Ass't. N.E. Director 



December 28, 1959 



Dear Friends : 

The staff of the Boston Public Library 
have made a contribution of $150.00 to 
CARE, in memory of Walter J. Bluhm. At 
their direction, this sum will be used to 
provide over l|- tons of surplus food to 
needy people in Colombia, Ecuador, West 
Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong 
Kong, India, Italy, Iran, Korea, Paki- 
stan, Poland and Turkey. 

It was iry personal pleasure to have 
spoken witii Mr Bluhm on numerous occa- 
sions in his capacity as Chairman of the 
Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Special Committee for CARE, and know of 
his concern for less fortunate people of 
the world. The gift of his fellow work- 
ers will serve as a living memorial to 
his high ideals. I know that he would 
have been pleased by their action. 

Very Sincerely yours, 
(Signed) LEON M. BLUM 

Ass't. N. E. Director 



January 21. 



January 22. 



CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

Round Table of Chil- 
dren's Librarians, Lec- 
t\ire Hall, Central Li- 
brary, 10 a.m. 

B.P.L.S.A., annual 
business meeting. Lec- 
ture Hall, Central Li- 
brary, 9 a.m. 

Polls open for voting 
9 a.m.~-2 p.m. 



January 27 — 31. 



February 18. 



American Library Asso- 
ciation, mid -winter 
meeting, Edgewater Beach 
Hotel, Chicago. 

lilassachusetts Library 
Association, raid-winter 
meeting, Hotel Beacons- 
field, Boston. 



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ADDLEPATED Al'JECDOTES 

SAGAKORE SAGA 
OR 
liVHAT THE OUIJA BOARD DIDN'T SAY. 

'Hello, can you help me? I have a 
problem. Would you have any information 
on the business school at Sagamore.' 'Do 
you know -what state it is in?' 'No, I had 
hoped that you could find out; try New 
York.' 'One moment please till we check 
the directory, ...Hello, there is a 
Sagamore in Massachusetts, in Pennsylvania 
and there is a place called Sagamore Hills 
in Ohio, but there is no school of any 
kind listed for them. Are you sure of 
the name.' 'Oh yes, it is Sagajuore but 
maybe that's the name of the school. 
Cn-'-J.i you check that? You see I'm sup- 
posed to go there.' 'Just a moment; we 
will check the list of business schools. 
...Hello, there are no business schools 
listed by that name. We will look further 
if you wish; could you call back in an 
hour?' 'All right, I'll call you back. 
Thanks . ' 



'Hello, I called before about the Saga- 
more Business School; were you able to 
find anything?' 'We're sorry, but we 
couldn't find anything on it; there is a 
Stratford School listed in Boston. Would 
you want to call them. The number is 
Copley 7-U350.' 'I'll see if they can 
help me . Thanks for all your trouble . ' 



'Hello, it's me again; I called that 
number you gave me and you know it rang 
and rang and then the operator answered 
and said that the number had been changed 
to Kenmore 6-$U00, I dialed it and I got 
the library; that's your number, isn't 
it? Is the Stratford School located in 
the library now?' 'No, there must be 
some mistake. We did look further for 
information on the Sagamore School but we 
did not locate anything.' • 'That's strange, 
I just know that there is such a school; 
I'm a secretary and I hate iry job and 
eveiything and I decided to be positive 
and do something about it. Gosh, I can't 
stand ny boss and Mother doesn't under- 
stand me. That's where Sagamore comes in; 
it would be a change. Of course I can't 
stay at the same job more than a year. 



I don't know why, I didn't know what to 
do so I asked the Ouija board and the 
board answered 'Sagamore'. Thanks for 
trying to help me; I guess I'll go to 
school somewhere. It will be a change I' 



We mused on the interesting possibili- 
ties of the Ouija board as a reference 
tool though it was not listed as such in 
L.S, 107, More heartening still was the 
fact that when the board was silent they 
called on the dependable BPL. 

JAMES FORD 




OFF 
THE 

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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 Li- 
brary, Department or Office in -wdiich he 
or she is employed. The name is with- 
held from publication, or a pen name 
used, if the contributor so requests. 
Anonymous contributions are not given 
consideration. The author of the article 
is Igiown 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 Consnittee and the Association are 
in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 



Dear Soapbox: 

Heaven help us if E PLURIBUS UNUM (cf . 
December QM Soapbox) thinks that profes- 
sional librarianship makes for "the best 
of all possible" administration in all 
aspects of library organization. Such 
faulty reasoning leads me to suspect that 
EPU has a personal gripe... but lacks the 
courage to voice it. 

DIOGENES' DISCIPLE 



To the Editor of the Soap-Box : 

¥ifhen our new Assistant Director in 
Charge of Personnel was appointed, criti- 
cism of an appointment from outside our 
library staff was quite general. Most of 
us agree with the policy announced by the 
Tnistees several years agoi that promo- 
tions shall be nade from within vAienever 
possible, so long as the proper qualifi- 
cations exist in the applicant. Some of 
us perhaps forget that there are justi- 
fiable exceptions to every rule, and Mr 
Gaines seeras to have proved the truth of 
this old platitude. The n\imber of criti- 
cisms originally heard has dwindled 
steadily, while expressions of confi- 
dence, praise, appreciation and/or agree- 
ment have consistently increased. 

Ifenifestly, it is impossible to find 
solutions to each individual problem 
Tfldiich will be completely satisfactory to 
those involved. Yet, it is encouraging 
to know that we now have someone vjho, 
while demanding respect for the rights 
and responsibilities of the library and 
the tax-payers, will nevertheless explore 
every avenue to guarantee that each em- 
ployee will be given proper recognition, 
and every assistance possible to correct 
any injustice. It is something new to be 
considered as individuals rather than as 
something in a particular category. 

In closing, I wish to deny any implica- 
tion of criticism against W Gaines ' 
predecessor. She was not given the per- 
sonal authority and freedom of action 
which the Trustees have so wisely and 
profitably given him. Good luck to the 
former "out-sider"l 

SOLDI 



PROi^IPTED BY THE LSSUE OF THE 
REPORTS, THIS IS A CRITICISM OF 
LIBRARY MNAGEIiENT'S ATTEJffPT TO 
ILL-DEFINE THE LIBRARIAN'S 
PROFESSION. 
Librarians are professional people and 
it is highly fitting that we be treated 
accordingly. Webster's New Collegiate 
Dictionary , 2nd edition, defines "profes- 
sion" as follows: 1. The faith in which 
one is professed. 2. The occupation, if 
not commercial, mechanical, agricultural, 
or the like, to which one devotes oneself; 
a calling; as, the profession of arms, of 
teaching. 3. The body of persons engaged 
in a calling... 



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We are a ^'profession" because, simply , 
speaking, we are a body of persons engagedi 
in a calling. We devote ourselves to a | 
specific occupationj and we have faith in | 
our occupation. Thus the general defini- i 
tion of a professional librarian expresses! 
explicitly faith, purpose, and implicitly j 
meaning and integrity. i 

Library management dissipates the defi- '■ 
nition of a librarian as a professional byj 
instituting work programs not specifically 
elevated to the professional standard, as-{ 
stuning there is one. I believe this is ! 
important at a time irtien ovir profession is 
being called upon to define itself. If a 
work program can be given and taken away 
arbitrarily, i/diich power should be offen- 
sive to the profession itself, then I can- 
not see any necessary reason irtoy a librar- 
ian's work should be called professional. 

If a science is given a loose, theoreti- 
cal definition, its goal or purpose will 
be vague. But it is intrinsic to the de- 
finition of "profession" that the term 
signify faith, purpose, and meaning. 
These give us a sense of professional in- 
tegrity. I do not feel that management's 
attempt to re-define our profession adds 
to the meaning-content of the original de- 
finition. I do not believe you are moti- 
vated by purely professional reasons. 

THE IDEALIST 

To the Soap Box: 

We read the Gifts of Titles on the edi- 
torial page of last month's Q.M. with 
much appreciation, but with a distinct 
feeling that perhaps the list was not 
comprehensive enough. We have added, 
therefore, o\ir own list of appropriate 
gift titles, arias, or even quotations: 

To every staff member who waits on the 
public - Groucho and Me 



To the crew of the boiler room - The 
Joy of Music 

To our Newspaper Room patrons - The 
Elements of Style 

To our new Curators - from Romeo and 
Juliet 

"What's in a name? That which we 
call a rose 
By any other name would smell as 
sweet" 

To the new Social Sciences and Govern- 
ment Documents Depts. - Segregation 

To the ladies of the Bookmobiles - from 
Rigoletto 

"La dona e mobile" 

To the 2 chiefs of Book Selection and 
the 2 chiefs of Cataloging and Clas- 
sification - Gemini 

To the new triumvirates : General Ref- 
erence, Arts, Humanities, Social Sci- 
ences, and Science and Technology - 
Adventurous Alliance 

To our iinslakeable coffee breakers - A 
Fever in the Blood "" 

To the sandwich makers in the coffee 
shop - Not by bread alone 

To Rare Book - Forbidden Fruit or 
Grapes of Wra^ 

To the denizens of the Patent Room - 
The Cave 

To Milton E. Lord - The Divine Comedy 

To the architects of the projected new 
building - Westward Hoi 

To Science and Technology - The Rains 
Came 

To Fine Arts - Adventures While Preach - 
ing the Gospel of Beauty 

To the Staff Hospital - I^ysics Made 
Easy 

To Cresap, McCormick and Paget - 
TDynken, Blynken and Nod 

SHEETS & KELLY 







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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 

■STAFF ASSOCIATION 



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THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XV Number 2 February I960 

Publications Committee: Constance Broadhurst, Helen E. Colgan, Elizabeth A. Drane, 

James J. Ford, Frank La vine, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, 
Dorothy P. Shaw, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting naterial: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



There have been many discussions recently about THE QUESTION }MIK, vrtiat it is, 
what it should print, whether it has ever been "censored", what is in good taste, 
whether the Administration has any "right" to object to subject matter or wording. 
The situation may well be reviewed, and we hope clarified, with a new Publications 
Committee taking over, and so many newcomers to the staff expressing interest. 

It might be well to recall that the BPLSA was not formed to serve solely as a 
"union type" organization representing individual grievances before the Administra- 
tion. The purpose of the BPLSA according to its constitution is three-fold: to fos- 
ter professional librarianship, to further the common interests and welfare of the 
bibliothecal staff, and to promote greater efficiency in library service. If we pur- 
sue only one of these purposes to the exclusion of the other two, we do not advance 
the interests of the entire staff, but those of only a fraction. 

Since its inception, the Staff Association has been granted exceptional freedom 
of speech and action by Administration and Trustees. In fairness would not most of 
us agree that in return for these privileges, we have some obligations? In speaking 
of Administration, should we not keep in mind that, except for the Director, all 
other administrative members of the bibliothecal staff are eligible for, and usually 
take active part in, our organization? 

THE QUESTION liARK is essentially the mouthpiece of the Association, the chief 
means by which the membership keeps in touch with BPLSA affairs and problems , with 
the specific needs of this institution, and the events in the profession. It also 
presents ovir fellow workers as personalities. The Soap Box has served as a much 
needed safety valve for pent-up feelings, and often as a means of enqphasizing prob- 
lems which may otherwise have been overlooked. Ideally, the paper should bring about 
a closer relationship between the general staff and the executive staff rather than 
building a wall; it should help to solve difficulties rather than create them. His- 
torically, all material meeting deadlines which is not libellous or obviously incor- 
rect, and is within the interests of the membership, has been accepted ( Soap Box 
within its governing rules). Editorial policy has been stated and re-stated as based 
upon the objectives of the BPLSA. 

This Publications Committee wishes it known that they hope to be objective in 
every way, being neither anti- nor pro-anyone. We do not believe it would be wise to 
change editorial policy, or to attempt to suppress a very healthy state of "gripe", 
especially as the "gripe" is one of the best evidences of a free country and a free 
press. We do believe, however, that it is rather necessary that facts rather than 
rumor be stated; that humor be funny without being mean; that as a simple matter of 
courtesy alone, the ordinary channels to the Administration be tried first, before 
bringing the matter to this publication. 



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We would say to our Administrative colleagues, that this ma.tter of mis-informa- 
tion, and avoidance of administrative channels is not a one--vraiy street. From them, 
the staff needs adequate and timely information. Requests for an interview shoiild be 
quickly granted, and the discussion conducted sympathetically and patiently in order 
to maintain high morale and weld the whole staff into one working tool. 

THE QUESTION MARK, we would point out, represents the entire staff wherevsr it 
goes. And it does go widely — to ALA through SORT, and at the last count in September, 
to 1$ states in the west, 11 to New York, 9 to southern states, 65 to the Boston 
Postal District, 12 to the rest of New England, and 1 each in Canada, New Jersey, 
Hawaii, and Turkey. These copies, we hope, are read by several readers each. To 
these outside recipients, items in bad taste, and derogatory remarks on individuals 
can reflect only on us all . 

Lastly, this is "YOUR publication; we would not have it otherwise. You may im- 
prove it as you wish. So please let us hear suggestions and criticism (praise too if 
we ever deserve it) from all of you, early and oftenl 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMCETTEE 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

The Executive Board held its first meet- 
ing in the Temporary Conference Room on 
February 11. This meeting was compara- 
tively brief and was for the purpose of 
organizing events and materials for the 
coming year. 

On February 19 the Executive Board held 
its second meeting. Opportunity was pro- 
vided at this time for the Board to ques- 
tion Ervin J. Gaines on several matters 
pertaining to personnel problems. Out of 
this meeting came the hope of a Staff 
Manvial in the near future as well as a 
statement that prospective employees must 
pass an examination before they will be 
employed. Under this plan there can be no 
repetition of assistants singly or in 
groups being released from service because 
of failure to pass an entrance examination 
Mr Gaines indicated his interest in having 
the salary grid in full operation as soon 
as funds permit* 

Francis X. Moloney spoke to the Board at 
some length about the bill now before the 
Ways and Means Committee on State Aid to 
Libraries. The Executive Board agreed 
that the Committee on Legislature and Le- 
gal letters would work closely with the 
Library Administrators to see that every- 
thing possible would be done to stimulate 
interest in getting Bill No, 2775 passed. 

At this meeting of the Executive Board 
it was also voted that there would be no 
change in the editorial policies of THE 
QUESTION MARK. 

The first event of the i960 season will 
be held on Friday evening, February 26, ir 



the Lecture Hall of the Library. We hope 
you will be there. We depend upon you 
for support and cooperation. 

Off and on during a lifetime we all 
have problems, as can any group of people 
working together. They can cause pres- 
sures and vrorry. One way out of our dif- 
ficulties is to be irresponsible, but 
unfortunately this works for only a lit- 
tle while. In the long run the thing 
that works best is to be sensible and 
matter of fact, to face up to our prob- 
lems and to vmderstand one another's 
point of view. Let us participate in the 
things that affect us all. Let us work 
together for the common good. Your Exec- 
utive Board will work hard to give fair 
representation to the whole membership. 
Give us your support and cooperation. 
Show your willingness and interest by 
attending all meetings of the Association, 

RUTH M. HAYES 



February 26, 



April U 



CAL ENDAR OF EVENTS 

BPLSA, Reception for the 
New Officers, Lecture 
Hall, Central Library, 
8 p.m. 

WNBA, Boston Chapter, 
Luncheon meeting, Shera- 
ton Plaza Hotel, 
12:30 p.m. 



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PERSOMEL NOTES 

New Employees 

Michael H. Dygert, Book Stack Service 
Roslyn Garfield, Education 
William G. Henderson, Book Purchasing 
Louis Kramer, Engineering Sciences 
Anne M. Robillard, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R and RS 
Edgar W. Snell, History 

Re-entered 

Elizabeth I, ijcLucas, Cataloging and 
Classification, R and RS 

Transferred 

Y^illiam T. Casey, Charlestomi to Connolly 
Arthur V. Curley, Connolly to Open Shelf 
John J. Moynihan, Egleston Square to 

Memorial 
Louis A. Sasso, Open Shelf to Charlestown 
Susan G. Walker, Memorial to Egleston 

Square 

}.fetrried 

Ellen Sloat, Egleston Square, to Gregory 

L. Fairbend, Jr., January 30 
Jean Harper, Jamaica Plain, to Michael 

Artin, January 29 

Resigned 

Kathleen V, Radcliffe, Central Charging 
Records, to return to Northeastern 
University 

June C... Miles, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, R and RS, to return to North- 
eastern University 

Retired 

Mary M. Frail, Open Shelf, Children's 
Section 

WHO'S NEW 

The gregarious tendencies of Merritt 
Crawford, Jr Library. Aest. in Open Shelf, 
are -indicated by his high school interests 
as a counselor of the YMCA, a member of 
music and science clubs, and as a sports 
enthusiast. This year, some of Merritt 's 
time goes to his night classes in English 
and Spanish at Neimmn. 



Mrs Margaret l^es. East Boston, is a 
busy mother and grandmother who has been 
kept busy making a home for her five chil- 
dren, including her three triplet girls 
now in high school. She enjoys working 



around the house, making slip covers, wall- 
papering, etc., tending a yard full of 
wild roses, and biographical reading 
about the French and English royal 
fami3J.es • 



Mrs Eleanor McLean, although an employ- 
ee of the Library for eight years, has 
just become a full-time employee of the 
Bookmobile Service. She had worked in 
the branches and served on the first 
bookmobile. Before coming to the Library, 
Ijfrs McLean taught in Manchester, New 
HanjSshire. 



Hugh L. Simpson, Book Stack Service, 
comes from New York. A minister and a 
student of the Bible, he likes best the 
Prophetic Books. He reads widely, was 
on the Cross Country track team in high 
school, is a camera fan specializing in 
portraiture. His verse has appeared in 
the National Anthology of High School 
Poetry. 



The soft-spoken and modest newcomer to 
Charlestown, Louis Sasso, najored in 
history at Boston College, and has done 
gradtiate work at the Harvard School of 
Arts and Sciences, Before joining our 
staff, he taught Social Sciences in the 
Stoneham Junior High School. Louis has a 
family and lives in Somerville. 



Toni Wolff , Fine Arts , is a recent 
graduate of Oberlin College with a major 
in Art History and originally comes from 
New York City. This is all she will 
confess to. 



" . . .and now back to Warren Watson for 
an analysis of the news" . ¥Jarren with 
his unassuming manner, comes to Open 
Shelf with a lively and unusual back- 
ground of experience. Two weeks in the 
Antarctic as foreign correspondent during 
Operation Deep Freeze II, feature writing 
for the Summer flhxte House in Newport in 
1958, and news analysis for WJAR-TV in 
Providenoe are only a sampling of his 



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last ten years. Warren holds a degree in 
History and a Master's in Political Sci- 
ence from Boston College. 



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Natsilie Palme/ a graduate of Pembroke 
and Simmons, joined the staff of General 
Reference in December, after having worked 
in the Periodical and the Art and Music 
Departments of the Providence Public Li- 
brary for six years. Her spare time is 
spent in listening to records , attending 
concerts and in furnishing her new apart- 
ment. 



I/Ers Barbara Smith, North End, is a 
graduate of the New York State University 
College for Teachers at Albany, with a 
B.A. in English and Zoology. She taught 
high school English in upstate New York 
and was school librarian for four years. 
She is working toward her M.S. in Library 
Science. She lives in Weymouth with her 
Siamese cat, plays the recorder and is an 
omnivorous reader, especially in the world 
of nature. : 



Mrs Madeline McCourty, Fajiueil, has re- 
turned to the service. Before her mar- 
riage she was Madeline McManus of the 
Bookmobile Service. 



John J. Moynihan, Memorial, is an in- 
teresting addition' to our staff. A najor 
in History and Government at Boston Col- 
lege, he spent 19U7-5U in the Seminary of 
the Maryknoll Fathers , then went into the 
Arny, serving in Berlin as a Russian 
interpreter. Returning to this country, 
he worked for a wool company before coming 
to the library. His hobbies are the 
clarinet, skiing, and tennis. 



Mrs Barbara Garlington did some student- 
teaching while attending Spellman College 
in Atlanta, Georgia, before coming to Mt. 
Bowdoin as Children's Assistant. A Social 
Sciences major, interested in reading, 
tennis and her new Boston locale , Barbara 
waxes most enthusiastic over her husband's 



talents as an artist. Mr Garlington is 
now studying at the New England School of 
Art. 



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¥Je must have treated her right, as the 
saying goes, for Nancy Kelly, an Extra 
(Library Aide) while attending Fitton 
Central High in East Boston, left a bank 
job to return to the BPL and is now at 
Brighton. Atrractive, dark blonde and 
mad about skiing. 



Her husband Melvin is a Bostonian who 
likes Boston so Mrs Judith Starr, former- 
ly of New York, switched from a private 
research library in New York where she 
used her knowledge of psychology, to her 
adopted town's big library system. An 
Assistant at South Boston, she enjoys her 
work, still being a "bride", reading, 
walking, piano playing, singing, swim- 
ming — ^you name it. Mr Starr is an elec- 
tronics technician. 



Parker Hill's new Assistant, Mrs Lis- 
tena Dozier, taught school before be- 
coming a librarian. She came to Boston 
by way of Pennsylvania and Virginia, 
taking her degree at Hampton Institute. 
She loves children and books , and com- 
bines these interests in her work in the 
children's section. Her hobbies are 
music and reading. 

BPL IN PRINT 

The WILSON LIBRARY BULLETIN for Febru- 
ary* page hlS» carries a most interesting 
article Experiment in Boston adapted from 
a report by Pearl Snart (Branch Librarian, 
South End) • It is an account of how the 
South End Branch Library set up classes 
in English in cooperation with the Feder- 
ation of South End Settlements , the 
Cardinal's Center for Puerto Ricans, the 
library's Audio-Visual Department, the 
Harvard Language Research Institute , a 
young graduate student at Boston Univer- 
sity, a Spanish speaking member of the 
branch staff, and all the ingenuity of 
the South End staff, in preference to 
buying books in Spanish for these read- 
ers. (Ed. comment: That's beating the 
book budget. South Endersl) 



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AIJERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 

!/IIDmNTER CONFERENCE 



Over 800 members of committees, boards, 
and Council attended the Md winter confer- 
ence of the American Library Association 
at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago, 
January 27-31. 

At Saturday and Sunday Council meetings, 
ALA committee chairmen nade their reports. 
Among them. Jack Dalton discussed most in- 
terestingly, the work of the International 
Relations Committee whose pro;3ects include 
an exchange of teams of librarians for 
visits to libraries in Russia and the 
United States. Germaine Kreddeck, head of 
the ALA Washington Office, reported strong 
support in both House and Senate for a 
five-year extension of the Library Ser- I 
vicfes Act. Announcement was made of an 
anniial new prize of $100 for the local, 
state, or regional periodical making the 
best contribution to the profession, the 
award to be named for its donors, the H. Wc 
Wilson Company. 

At two meetings of Council held viith the 
ALA Executive Board, a financial report 
was made, and pictures and plans shown for 
the new headquarters building in Chicago. 

Three meetings of the Children's Service^ 
Executive Board included committee reports 
for a wide range of projects; (l) the 
ATjards Dinner, to be held at the Queen 
Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal,- on Tuesday 
evening, June 21, when not only the annual 
Newbery and Caldecott awards will be pre- 
sented (announcement of winners being made 
first in New York on Jferch lli), but also 
the five-year Laura Ingalls Y/ilder Medal 
for a "substantial and lasting contribu- 
tion to American literature for children," 
and the annual Canadian Children's Librar- 
ians ' awards for two prize-winning books , 
one in French and one in English (the lat- 
ter, THE GOLDEN PHOENIX, is already in 
this library) J (2) the list of NOTABLE 
CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF 1959, to be printed in 
ALA periodicals early in April j (3) the 
i960 Aurianne Award, for a children's book 
illustrating hu^naneness to animals, pre- 
sented to Meind-ert DeJong for ALONG CAME A 
DOG J (U) the new revised list of FOREIGN 
CHILDREN'S BOOKS AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED 
STATES J (5) the forthcoming printing in 
TOP OF THE NF/JS (Children's Services Divi- 
sion's btilletin) of the list of NOTABLE 
CHILDREN'S BOOKS I9UO-5I4, prepared by the 
Books Worth Their Keep Committee; and (6) 
the forthcoming new supplement to BOOKS 



RECOMJIENDED FOR TRANSLATION ABROAD, com- 
pleted at Midwinter by the Children's 
Services Sub-Committee of the ALA Inter- 
national Relations Committee, of which 
this attender served as chairman. 

The three meetings of the Newbery-Cal- 
decott Committee and the two sessions of 
the Book Evaluation Committee of the 
Children's Services Division were most 
exciting to attend and, this member felt, 
unusually valuable this year for their 
unhurried discussion of a great number of 
outstanding books of 1959. 

VIRGINIA HAVILAND 
ALA Council Member 

BOOK AND AUTHOR LUNCHEON PLANNED 

The Wottsn's National Book Association, 
Boston Chapter, is planv.dng, in conjunc- 
tion vrith the Bo.ycon Hera Id -Traveler in 
observance of National Library Week, a 
book and author luncheon to be held at 
the Sheraton Plaza on Monday, April h at 
12:30. 

Milton Eo Lord, representing National 
Library We.ek, will welcome the guests a 
Alice Dixon Bond, book editor of the Bos- 
ton Herald w.ll introd'jce the authors. 
Irene Tuttle, South Boston, is president 
of the WNBA. ' ' 

Among the authors to appear will be 
Cameron Ifewley (CA.3H iCCALL, LINCOLN 
LORDS), Cfc-^ng Yee (SILENT TPAVELER IN 
BOSTON), and Nancy Hale (DEAR BEAST). 

For detailed inforimtion watch your 
local paper or consult 

Edna G. Peck, Chairman 
Book and Author Luncheon 
Committee 

A THANK YOU 
FOR 

'TALENTS AND GENIUSES' 



The series of film programs: TALENTS 
AND GENIUSES just completed calls for a 
'Thank you' for those responsible — Ed 
Peltier and Margaret Butler of our Audio- 
Visual Department. As we expected, the 
series was well attended, ranging from 
a nearly full to a more than full house 
for the different evenings. Who wouldn't 
be delighted to have the chance to see 
the life stories of some of the great, 
because great-hearted, people of our time: 
Doctor Schweitzer, ferian Anderson, 
Franklin D, Roosevelt, Robert Frost— to 
mention some. Yes it was a treat 1 
Thank youl 



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YOUR STAKE IN STATE AID 

Several library aid bills were submitted 
to the General Coiirt for consideration 
this year, some to reimburse the BPL for 
its services, some for statemde aid. 
General support has now crystallized for 
House No. 2275, which was introduced by 
Representative Sumner E. Kaplan of Brook- 
line, on petition of the ICA. 

'The Trustees of the BPL, together with 
Mayor Collins, are actively supporting 
House No. 2275* It has been favorably re- 
ported by the Committee on State Admini- 
stration and is now before the Hous e Com- 
mittee on Ways and Means . This is where 
many bills die. Pressure is needed on 
this Committee immediately. They may kill 
it, or report it out before mid-March. 
Further efforts may be needed later to ob- 
tain a favorable House and Senate vote. 

The BPLSA, as an association and as in- 
dividuals , should take an active part in 
the passage of this bill. It will not on- 
ly aid the library system of the entire 
state, but will be of personal concern to 
us all, in providing more adequate finan- 
cial support for our collections, our sal- 
aries, and our prestige. 

The bill provides these areas of aid for 
library services annually: 

1. a. Aid equal to their own appropria- 
tion, up to $500, in towns under 2000 
population 

b. Aid up to 25^ per resident for 
towns over 2000 population, whose 
library appropriation is at least 
*500 
with a proviso in each case that those 
towns appropriating less than $3 per 
capita must keep their library appro- 
priations at or above their average dur- 
ing the four preceding years. Other re- 
quirements are that the library mast be 
open to all residents of the state; no 
charge must be made for normal services; 
the library must be open a minimum num- 
ber of hours; a trained library worker 
must be employed; a reasonable portion 
of the total library budget must be 
spent on books and periodicals; and the 
library must lend books to other librar- 
•' ies and extend privileges to card-hold- 
ers of other libraries, in the state, on 
a reciprocal basis. 

2. A state-wide program of regional pub- 
lic library service, of no more than 
five regions (not more than two to be 
established in one fiscal year), sup- 



ported at 25^ a head for each resident 
in the region, and administered by the 
Board of Library Commissioners through 
contracts with a large public library 
or libraries in the region, for space, 
equipment, personnel, books, periodi- 
cals, other library materials, and ser- 
vices to municipalities under 2^,000 
population (cost not to exceed $0(fi for 
each resident in these towns). 
3. The Board will also designate a 
large public library or libraries in 
each region to serve as the regional 
reference and research center, cost 
based on 25^ per person in the region, 
to be applied against costs of refer- 
ence books , periodicals , and other li- 
brary materials, and for personnel em- 
ployed in reference and research areas. 
The bill contains provisions for: 

1. Regional advisory councils to con- 
sist of the chief librarian of each 
municipal library in the region, for 
purpose of making recommendations to 
the Board of Library Commissioners on 
the regional service. 

2. Quadrennial review of the entire 
program and its operation, by a special 
commission. 

3. Only S% of the total appropriation 
for library aid may be used for re- 
search and for planning of the service. 

ITOAT TO DO - STEP 1 

Write a letter on your personal sta- 
tionery, or on a postal card, to at least 
the Chairman of the Committee on Ways and 
Means, preferably to as many of the Com- 
mittee as possible, telling them you are 
in favor of the bill and WHY, requesting 
support for it. ffeil may be sent in 
their name to their home address or to 
the House of Representatives at the State 
House. Telephone or see them in person 
if you prefer. Request your own local 
Representative to work for the bill. Do 
this within ten days, the sooner the bet- 
ter. 

House Committee on Way and Means 
Chairman: Mchael Paul Feeney 
Vice-chairman: William J. Kingston 
Clerk: Leo J. Cournoyer 
Members : 
John C. Toomey John C. Bresnahan 
Anthony M. Scibelli Thomas F. Farrell 
James J. Craven, Jr Daniel M. 'Sullivan 
John W. Costello Ernest A, Johnson 
Ralph Cartmright, Jr Thomas E. Kitchen 
Alton H. Worrall Henry B. Albro 
Belden G. Bly,Jr 



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Advice and materials may be secured fromi 
Louis Polishook, Chaircan of the BPLSA 
Committee on Legislation or his committee 
members, and from Francis X. ifeloney. As- 
sistant Director (for Information). 

T/atch the Bulletin Boards, Question 
Mark, the professional journals, and local 
papers for further details . 

MARY M. PRALL HO>DRED 

On Thursday, January 28, a luncheon was 
held in honor of Mary M. Frail who retired 
from the library after many years of de- 
voted service in children's work. In 
spite of the inclement vreather over fifty 
of her friends gathered at the College 
Club where a delicious luncheon was 
served. Gay yellow and viiite flowers and 
dainty "Alice in Wonderland" place cards 
designed by I\ilildred Somes decorated the 
head table. An exquisite corsage of pink 
double camelias and roses enhanced the 
charming appearance of the guest of honor 
as she greeted her friends. 

John M. Carroll, Chief Librarian of the 
Division of Home Reading and Community 
Services, in behalf of the library, ex- 
pressed most sincerely the group's feeling 
of heartfelt appreciation for idss Prall's 
years of dedicated service. A remembrance 
book beautifully boiind in blue and gold 
and a cherry red French p\irse containing 
a substantial gift of money were pre- 
sented. A charming "thank-you" speech by 
the guest of honor brought the occasion 
to a fitting close. 

Among those attending the luncheon were 
former steiff members: Alice M. Jordan, 
Mary C. Toy, Elizabeth G. Barry, Ethel M. 
Hazlewood, Mrs Mnerva Elliott, Loraine 
Sullivan, Harriet Swift, Anna G. Bell, 
and Ellen Richwagen. Other guests were 
Mrs Constance Hill, Mrs Ruth Sawyer 
Durand, well-known author and story-tel- 
ler, Marion Hinkle from the Newton Public 
Library, Margaret Hastings of Ginn and 
Company, and Mrs Samuel Joslow of the 
Reading Institute. 



Dear Friends j 

The luncheon was heart warming and it 
was. very enjoyable being surrounded by my 
friends. Vifith all good wishes always. 

Very sincerely, 

(Signed) MARY M. PRALL 



mSS PECK GUEST OF JA^IAICA PLAIN FRIENDS 

The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch 
Library held their midwinter meeting on 
Febrtiary 18. Their guest was Edna Peck, 
Chief of Bcr)k Selection for Home Reading 
Services. Miss Peck's annixal appearance 
is always one of the most entertaining 
and successful programs of the Friends. 
In her inimitable and delightful manner 
she discussed a host of current books for 
a very appreciative audience who "would- 
n't miss Miss Peck for anything", as 
many have said. 

A pleasant social hour followed, and 
of course lots of delicious refreshments 
baked by faithfiil Friends and staff. 

WEDDINGS 

Jean Harper, Children's Assistant at 
Jamaica Plain since July, was married to 
Michael Artih at an evening ceremony on 
January 29 in Rochester, New York. The 
honeymooners now call Somerville home. 



Also married in January and now learn- 
ing to cook and puppy-sit, along with 
her art and pre-school group activities 
at Egleston Square, is Mrs Gregory Fair- 
bend, the former Ellen Sloat. llr Fair- 
bend is attending B.U. School of Educa- 
tion. 

ALSO NEVr 

Have you seen the newcomer to the 
"poor relation" wing of the first floor? 
Noticed that beauty, that charm, that 
graceful form? Yes, that new Check Room 
sign is a pleasing addition. 

FEBRUARY DIVIDEND 

Into the quiet of one of those infre- 
quent mornings when reference personnel 
can snatch a few moments in an attempt 
to catch up on all the neglected rou- 
tines , poured hordes of s tudents in 
search of theme materials. The schools 
have discovered a new technique. They 
now load students in busses and bring 
them in without advance warning diuring 
school hours. These ninety students 
from Randolph High's college preparatory 
course really disrupted an unprepared 
and overburdened staff. 



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mSSACHUSETTS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 
Midwinter Meeting 

Contrary to precedent, the ttidmnter 
Meeting was greeted by blue sides, daz- 
zling sunshine, and balr^- breeses. Palm 
Beach had nothing on Boston on February 18, 
vrtien over 375 members gathered at the Bea- 
consfield Hotel, Brookline, for one of the 
most stimulating meetings ever to be pro- 
duced by the state organization. 

The President, Elizabeth Butcher, Brook- 
line Public Library, called the meeting to 
order at 10 a.m» She reported that the 
Air Flight project by which MLA plans to 
sponsor a plane trip to Europe July 7-Au- 
gust 2 was enthusiastically received by 
the Association. ConfirnHtion from BOAC 
is needed to complete plans, Milton E, 
Lord, Boston Public Library, gave a very 
encouraging resume of the Library bill now 
in process. He stated that the Trustees 
of the Boston Public Library were expend- 
ing every effort to bring before the peo- 
ple the bill which would provide state aid 
for all public libraries of the Common- 
wealth, rather than the bills providing 
for special aid to the Boston Public Li- 
brary. He urged that all librarians and 
trustees do a real organization job v/ithin 
their communities in order to see this 
vital bill through the legislature. 

The speaker of the morning. Flora Belle 
Ludington, Librarian, Mount Holyoke Col- 
lege, from her wide experience in the li- 
brary field in this country and abroad, 
where she was associated with the U,S, In- 
formation Library in Bombay and parts of 
Europe, was especially qualified to bring 
to her subject an international approach. 
Her task was not an easy one. She had 
been invited to bring to the group an ob- 
jective analysis of Marjorie Fiske's BOOK 
SELECTION AND CENSORSHIP. Those who had 
read Mss Fiske's book had nothing but 
admiration for Miss Luding ton's masterly 
and lucid interpretation and evaluation. 
She noted that this report was one of the 
two vital books on this subject. The 
other is THE FREEDOM TO READ by McKeon, 
Merton and Gellhorn, Miss Fiske's book 
centers on facts ; McKeon, Merton and Gell- 
horn provide the philosophical approach . 
Thus the two books give an almost complete 
picture. The one approach now needed is a 
comprehensive statement based on a wide 
study of the psychological effects of cen- 
sorship. There is hope that this may be 
found in a forthcoming book THE FRUITS OF 
FREEDOM by Robert Downs to be publistied by 
by ALA in April, 



_ At the conclusion of Miss Ludington 's 
report, the group broke into three dis- 
cussion areas, one led by our own Jane 
Ifaithcrne. The findin;;^s of these three 
grodns were adroitly summarized by Paul- 
ine Winniok, Boshon Public Library, at 
the lunchi.- ..11 which followed the discus- 
sion session. Miss Vifinnick's "risk" re- 
port (so termed by her, since it ran the 
calculated risk of offending by omission) 
higK^ightsd the findings of the three 
se&:^ions for all to enjoy. She mentioned 
that the Cliildren's Librarians recognize 
their educational role and are concerned 
with maintaining high standards. They 
deplore the "word list" type of book and 
the rigidity it imposes on writer and 
reader. They are interested in creative 
retelling of classics, rather than "wa- 
tered down abridgL-nents ," however the 
classics, per se, should not be preferred 
to worthwhile modern stories, simply be- 
cause they are considered classics. 
Books in series should be treated as in- 
dividual titles, not series wise. 

The groundwork for the Adult session 
was laid by brief comments by Edna G, 
Peck, Boston Public Library, on the de- 
velopment of censorship from 1711 to the 
present, in this state. The discussion 
highlighted the following points: liter- 
ary merit of a book should take precedent 
over pressures of any type; Libraries 
should have a good written book selection 
policy J the staff should know why a book 
is bought or not bought and be prepared 
to defend the decision. In this connec- 
tion. Miss Wickersham, City Library of 
Springfield, drew attention to BUILDING 
LIBRARY COLLECTIONS by Mary Carter and 
Wallace Bork, 

The Young Adult group discussed three 
"sensitive" areas — ^the realities of war, 
of sex, and of growing up. The following 
statenent from the Brooklyn Public Li- 
brary was offered in conclusion: "Books 
containing realistic passages, whether 
they be creative works of fiction or 
factual books of non-fiction, are in- 
cluded if the dominant theme of the book 
contributes positively to an understand- 
ing of life and if the questionable pas- 
sages are an indigenous psirt of the whole 
in the development of the theme or the 
portrayal of a character. It is the re- 
sponsibility of the librarian to show 
teen-agers how to read such books rather 
than to deprive young people of them," 

The highlight of the luncheon meeting, 
aside from Miss Winnick's report, was a 
talk on Private Grou ps and Public Rights 



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by John P. Roche, Brandeis University. i 
Although Dr Roche had not attended the 
morning sessions, his remarks carried for- 
ward to a remarkable degree the ideas ex- 
pressed during the morning. He was a dy- 
namic speaker and infused into his com- 
ments the idea that library work is a pro- 
fession of which everyone who participates, 
and the public may well be proud. "Li- 
brarians are not neutral technicians but 
are manning the switchboard of ideas," 
said Dr Roche, "If ideas are weapons, 
books are missiles. There is no area for 
neutrality . . . you have to be positive , 
courageous spokesmen for freedom of 
ideas..." " 'Let the people have what 
they want, ' must not be the librarian's 
motto. It is the duty of librarians to 
change the ideas of people of trtiat they 
want ... all people sire equal but all 
opinions are not equal. It is the task of 
librarians to infuse into people the de- 
sire to go to bat for certain principles 
and to be sure that these principles are 
those on which the survival of a free 
society is based." 

EDM G. PECK 

HEINTZELMAN EXHIBITION 

"He loves each man as God made him, and 
above all the man right before his eyes." 

Mar i tain on Ramuz 

In their dark days the Irish found the 
strength and courage to go on from the 
truth handed on from father to son: "We 
are the children of kings." In our day, 
Yfith gloom and despair widespread, we are 
haunted by the question "ViJhat is man?" . 
Those with keener sight and insight — the 
poets and the artists , help to answer 
this — and a visit to the Wiggin Gallery to 
see the current showing of the works by 
Arthur W. Heintzelman, Keeper of Prints, 
is an invigorating and refreshing exper- 
ience . 

What is it like? Let Ramuz (a neighbor 
of Mr Heintzelman in Switzerland), whose 
moving portrait is here, give a clue: "In 
the deep of night, lying on iry back, I ask 
myself what Irfe is and I see that I do 
not know, but I also see that it is a 
royal thing to be alive. Royal ... that 
is the prerogative of a king. ...We are 
alive J that is the extraordinary thing." 

With his eye and his heart Ifr Heintzel- 
man has caught the extraordinary nobility 
of man and with his art, shows us this — 
Grand 'mere Forain or an Amish child. Judge 



Medina or Captain John, the vinetender or 
a Woodstock, Vermont farmer. They are 
royal figures and they are gloriously 
themselves. There are haunting scenes 
from the life of Christ, and in the Cru- 
cifixion scenes there is grief and tra- 
gedy in the faces of the distraught few 
T#io stay by the cross. They stay, past 
all reason perhaps , but they stay. The 
figure of Christ is "acquainted with in- 
firmity" , but in contrast to the faithful 
below. He is not overwhelmed; the lines 
of the figure, the arms outstretched, 
tell of a complete acceptance. The fig- 
ure "floats". It tells of victory: "I 
have overcome the world." 

In these works of Mr Heintzelman there 
is what might be called a deceptive ease. 
The ease is there and it is real, but the 
discipline, the effort, is hidden and its 
presence intimated in the controlled, 
flawless result. 

Ramuz wrote "Some curse life while they 
endure it, some are indifferent toward 
life, I mean toward the fact that they 
are alive. Some bless life, no matter 
TiAiat it brings them." These works by llr 
Heintzelman are a benediction. How for- 
tunate we are in having both }Sr Heintzel- 
man as Keeper of Prints, and his work. 
If there was only one print, THE SILENT 
CHRIST, it would be worth walking up five 
flights of stairs to see it and let it 
speak to you. 

It is some time since these prints have 
been shown, and the art critics have been 
most enthusiastic. One of them (Edgar 
Driscoll, Boston Globe, January 31) says: 
"In his work there is none of the tor- 
tured introspection, the wild imagining, 
the chest beating, the hair pulling so 
prevalent in contemporary art, no matter 
how valid all this may be ..." The exhi- 
bition will continue through the month of 
February. 

ANTICIPATION LUNCHEON 

On Thursday, February 11, Patricia 
Reardon was the guest of honor at a 
luncheon at the Darbury Room. On behalf 
of her friends, ISr Gaines presented her 
with a corsage of baby orchids, a gift of 
money and a book entitled THE MDTHER 
which was most suitable to the occasion. 
Pat's absence from the Personnel Office 
is bound to be noticed by all who have 
worked with her. 



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CCUB GOES OCCIDENTAL 



On January 30 the once Oriental C.C.M.S. 
put aside the chopsticks, sandals, and 
peanut butter subgum, forsook the China | 
Star's lovely underviater Pagoda Room and 
settled down to some 10^5^ tasteless , Yan- 
kee-Doodle-Dandy fare at Motel 128, a 
motel on 128, i.e. The Sun Yat-sen fac- 
tion had led the pilgrimages to Merrymount 
Shrine for many years, but lately rumor 
had it that the Celestial boys had grown 
cool to the Kuomintang and were now read- 
ing Mao-Tse-Tung in Jfandarin, The time 
was ripe for the several Occidental fac- 
tions to combine to throw out the Yellow- 
Red rascals. Our Generalissimo Shanghai 
Rains was allowed to remain in charge how- 
ever, but with greatly reduced powers — his 
harem was reduced ^0%. Thus he was forced 
to peddle fruit cup, roast stuffed turk^, 
baked potato , inevitable green peas , rolls 
Yrith the expensive spread, coffee, and 
soupy vanilla ice cream with strawberry 
(what else?) sauce. By the time we were 
through the meal we were sure we had wan- 
dered into some wedding banquet by mistake. 
However, we were really celebrating a pair 
of divorces: Felicia Peltier from Open 
Shelf, and Marion IJiacWilliam from Fine 
Arts. 0\ir two guests of honor were radi- 
ant with the natural joy that comes from 
being drummed out of the society, Messrs. 
Peltier and FacWilliam were not exactly 
broken up over the fact that they didn't 
have to pay for their dinners either, 

Marion was presented with a lovely as- 
sortment of empty dishes to add to her 
growing collection of empty dishes. Fe- 
licia was given a special charm for her 
bracelet in the form of a concrete Ques- 
tion Mark, symbolic of her sparkling vrork 
as editor of the staff publication. There 
were enough pennies left to buy 3 very 
classical records, chosen by our musical 
insultant, Fingers Ugalde with the aid of 
his atomic discount card. 

Music to have dyspepsia by was offered 
by Sewall "hot lips" Hayes, Never-be-flat 
Ugalde, and Never-be-sharp Koury. Two 
more Frank Moran lyrics bit the dust when 
the singers ' parts were left behind and 
the vrarbling Carbonneaus tried to read 
from the piano part which was not as well 
lit up as the author. Despite the smoggy 
atmosphere (always thoroughly dissipated 
by the dampness at the China Star) the at- 
tractive Dedham Room offered several advan- 
tages over the Pagoda Room at Merrymount. 
It made for a chummier evening, forcing 



people to smile, at least, at people they 
wotild have shunned otherwise. Of course, 
our fun-loving members found their acti- 
vities somewhat curtailed since there was 
no place to hide. The dancing to records 
was quite inspired, Eddie Peltier nade 
the rounds of all the girls and some for- 
mer ones. Lou Rains never stopped cha- 
cha -ing even when they played waltzes. 
Everybody was having such a wonderful 
time that we were all sorry to have to 
break up the festivities and go to work 
Monday morning. 



BPL HAS SHARE IN POPULATION EXPLOSION 

A baby daughter was born to the Daniel 
W. Kelly Jrs on January 21, at Lawrence 
Memorial Hospital in Medford. The proud 
father is the "movie man" of Audio-Visual, 
and ilrs Kelly (Anne Doherty) formerly 
worked at Charlestown. 

The new release in color and stereo- 
phonic sound (especially at 2 a.m. any 
morning) will be called ANNE MUREEN, and 
is considered by the authors as a sequel 
to a previous publication MARY HONORAH. 



Elizabeth Monique arrived on January 27 
to live with John McCafferty, formerly of 
General Reference, and his wife (Monica 
Harrington, ex -Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, R and RS), in Oakland, New Jersey. 



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The stork left Elizabeth Ann at the 
home of the Gerard Taylor Shaw's on De- 
cember l6. Mrs Shaw was Joan O'Leary of 
Central Book Stock, School Issue Section. 

GOLD KEY Al'lARD 

Memorial is proud of Sheila E. Beda, 
library aide and a senior at Memorial 
High. Sheila in mid-February won a 
coveted gold key award in the art contest 
conducted by the Boston Globe, Sheila's 
portfolio is one of the prize-winning 
portfolios to be sent to New York to par- 
ticipate in the national competition. 

URGER BOOK BUDGET NEEDED URGENTLY 

A man recently came into West End and 
asked for a copy of the Gutenberg Bible. 
Yife told him that they were very rare, and 
not available. He replied "Well that's 
o.k. — send to Central for it." 




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CAKE WALK— DORCHESTER STYLE 



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 Li- 
hTdjry, Department or Office in which he 
or she ia employed. The name is with- 
held 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 
mare -than 300 words will be accepted. 




,. On February 19 a luncheon party was 
giyen at Dorchester in honor of Roberta 
Sacco, Young Adults worker. Miss Sacco 
is to be married to Richard Conte of West 
Roxbury on Saturday, February 27. The 
lobster salad luncheon was served on a 
table set in true bridal style with white 
candles and spring flowers, and the real 
piece de resistance was a delicious party 
cake made by Helen Brennan, Adiilts Li- 
brarian, Along with the best wishes of 
the staff went a gift of money and a 
lovely corsage of pink camellias. 

Roberta's many friends throughout the 
library will wish her every happiness in 
her new life. 

LATE FLASH 

As the QM-igoes to press, I'lary M. Prall 
takes off on the .first adventure of her 
retirement. With her housemate, Jtrs 
Constance Hill, she leaves today (Thxirs- 
day) for Bermuda. Bon voyage I 



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Boston Public Library Staff Association 
cordially invites members and friends 
to a reception for the 



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Film Prizes and Surprises 
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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBkAKY 

STAFF ASSOCIATION 



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MARCM \^HA) 



THE QUESTION MARK 

Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XV Number 3 March I96O 

Publications Committee: Constance Broadhurst, Helen E, Colgan, Elizabeth A. Drane, 

James J. Ford, Frank La vine, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, 
Dorothy P. Shaw, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

liYhat has become of those staff meetings with the Director? We can remember no se- 
ries since October 1958* There is a large group which has never attended a staff 
meeting, nor in most cases, met the Director or other top echelon officers. There 
are tales, possibly apocryphal, of a member of the staff talking about the Director 
to him at the Christmas tea, of Assistant Directors in search of materials being asked 
"Do you work here?", and of similar embarrassing incidents. 

Staff meetings keep us in touch vrLth changes, and with causes and effects through 
statements, questions and answers. Questions asked directly through the 3x5 anony- 
mous query-slip system, clear away many misunderstandings and misconceptions, undis- 
torted by interpretations seeping down through several levels. Differences in atti- 
tudes toward, and effects from, decisions is salutary to the personnel of the Divi- 
sions, and brings closer cooperation. Direct knowledge of what is done and why it is 
done, prevents or slows down the rumors so damaging to our work and morale. 

We concede that a series of meetings costs the Director much in time and energy, 
and that it is not possible for him to be free for us as often as he might wish. But 
staff morale is highly important to good endeavor. Could the staff be divided into 
fewer segnents? It may not always be necessary to separate Officers from general 
staff. It might prove more interesting to mix levels at times. Could the Assistant 
Directors share the burden when the subject is in their direct field? Either would 
bring the staff into contact with the other Officers, 

For example, the Assistant Director (for Personnel) might address the staff and 
receive his own 3x5 query-slips, since he is comparatively new to us, has apparent- 
ly changed some policies and methods without staff notification, and has expressed a 
wish that the staff come to him on personnel matters rather than air them first in 
this paper. The staff is interested too, in knowing the status of modernization 
plans j prospects of a new building; why lighting and other improvements are not madej 
why cleaning and minor repairs are skimped or non-existent j what the situation will 
be on supplies, etc. Could not the Assistant Director (for General Administration) 
meet with the staff on these areas? 

Informational exchange is an educational process, makes each a part of the whole, 
and aids morale. The success of such a program is not the responsibility of the 
Administration alone. We, the staff, must come to the meeting with an open mind, 
prepared to be honest in our evaluation of the information, and ready to speak in de- 
fense of •75-J:at..w:e.coa=!idRrthe interests of the institution. Oiir questions should be a 
true expression of a need to know, not a query framed to put an Administrator "on the 
spot". The basic contacts with the people and communities we serve are ours. There- 
fore we owe our Administrative officers the courtesy of sharing with them our knowl- 
edge of situations at our level. 

If the staff meetings have been discontinued, or neglected in the constant press 
of events, we suggest a serious consideration of tlieir early revival. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



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HELEN S. TURPHY RETIRES 



On iFebruary 29, after more--than forty 
years of service, Helen S. J'lurphy retired 
from the library because of ill health. 

From 1915 until 1929, she worked as a 
part-tinE and regular assistant at City 
Point, with her sister, Alice, who was one 
of the best loved of the early Branch Li- 
brarians . 

Helen continued to work at City Point 
vintil 1953, when she was transferred to 
Faneuil. Although she was best known in 
the South Boston sirea, where she had en- 
deared herself to both public and staff, 
again, in the Faneuil district, she won 
the hearts of young and old by her kindly 
manner, as was manifested by the many pa- 
trons inquiring for her during her recent 
illness. 

The young adults with whom she worked 
will miss her guidance and untiring will- 
ingness to help them with their school 
assignments • 

It would be difficult to find any assist- 
ant who, over a period of years, has built 
up more close and lasting friendships 
among her fellow workers than has Helen 
BMrphy. 

To be remembered with appreciation and 
affection by those she had helped many 
years ago, is an award won by her because 
of her conscientious work as a librarian. 

HELEN L. O'LEARY 

BPLSA RECEPTION TO NEW OFFICERS 

Amid a flourish of flowers, films and 
food, the new officers of the Staff Asso- 
ciation were introduced to an unfortunate- 
ly small audience. Three excellent films 
were shown. The first was a satirical 
history of the movies from the British 
point of view, and for the braver members 
of the staff, there was the 1920 John 
Barrymore version of "Dr Jekyll and Mr 
Hyde" . The third was concerned with the 
problems of film-making, using scenes from 
the "Bridge on the River Kwai" as examples. 

Many valuable prizes were awarded to the 
holders of lucky numbers before we all 
adjourned to the Elliott Room for refresh- 
ments. 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



The acecutive Board regrets that there 
was sucli short rfdtice on the" February 
meeting. We know that, because of the 
late announcement, many were unable to 
change plans and attend. The tardy an- 
nouncement Tjas due to many factors not 
within our control. That the evening was 
such a pleasant affair is due to the ef- 
forts of a small group. 

¥/e wish to express our thanks and ap- 
preciation to Elizabeth L. Wright for 
taking over a vacated chairnanship and to 
her committee for their excellent work. 

Special thanks is due to a group of 
"volunteers" who were drafted as eleven- 
th-hour replacements; Kay Decker, Euclid 
Peltier, Mary Sheehan, and Sheila and 
Roger Stevens. To each of these we are 
deeply indebted. 

As its special project for 19^9-60 the 
Staff Organizations Round Table of the 
American Library Association is compiling 
a directory of staff associations through- 
out the United States and Canada. This 
directory is essential to SORT, whose pre- 
sent knowledge of staff associations is 
fragmentary. At a meeting of the Execu- 
tive Board it was agreed that the BPLSA 
would participate in this project. This 
will be the work of our Special Committee 
on SORT. 

On IJSarch 9, representatives of the 
Staff Association met with the Director, 
and talked about House Bill No. 22?^, 
which is of such importance to the Boston 
Public Library. As we have already 
agreed in executive session to assist, 
you will be hearing from us. We will 
send you the names and addresses of your 
senator and representative. Get in touch 
with them and express your interest in 
this bill. Thus you will help your li- 
brary, your community and yourself. 

We had hoped to give you a list of com- 
mittees. However, all the names are not 
yet in. We hope that if you are asked to 
serve, you will do so if it is possible. 

Without your cooperation we cannot 
hope to succeed. 

RUTH M. HAYES 



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PERSONMEL NOTES 

Transferred 

Ernestine Brown, School Issue to North End 
Lenore C» Farvit, lit Bo;vdoin to Dorchester 
Margaret A. Seymour, North End to Open 

ShelC 
Felice F. Van Horn, Open Shelf to Mt Bow- 

doin 

Resigned 

Rosenary Bertolino, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R and RS 

Netta A. Buonasera, Central Charging Re- 
cords 

Norira Chadwick, Book Stack Service 

Thomas Glennon, Kirstein 

Margaret M. Larkin, Book Stack Service 

Virginia Lima, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, R and RS 

Iferion D. Macviilliani, Fine Arts, to ac- 
cept another position 

Sally l&nuel, Paiker Hill, to renain at 
home 

Jerome J. McAndrew, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R and RS, to accept another 
position 

John J. I'oynihan, Memorial, to accept 
another position 

Rosenarie I. I./hilcahy, Business Office, to 
remain at home 

Geneva Povrers, Book Stack Service 

Mary E. Thalman, Book Purchasing, to re- 
turn to Jlichigan 

Joan Tractman, Jamaica.-. Plain 

Retired 

Helen S. Iiturphy, Faneuil 

ITOO'S NEl? 

Michael H. Dygert, Book Stack Service, 
is a History and Government najor in his 
"mid-year" at Northeastern. In addition 
to the BPL, he works part-time at Simmons, 
Industrious Michael also manages to find 
time to take his vdfe, an art student, to 
the theatre. He hopes eventually to work 
on an Indian reservation. 



Roslyn Garfield, Education, began teacli- 
ing as early as her junior year at New 
York, under a teaching fellowship. After 
gaining a B.S. degree and a Masters in 
Education from Columbia, Roslyn spent the 
next twelve years teaching physical educa- 
tion majors, in the Universities of North 
Carolina iind Maryl^nH, and at City College 



of New York. A vocationally, she is in- 
volved in the ftirnishing of a Province- 
tovm cottage v;hich she purchased five 
years ago. The buying and selling of 
antiques and books is just one of the 
interesting sidelines of this hobby. 



Another Northeastern cooperative stu- 
dent is William G. Henderson, Book Pur- 
chasing. He is a sophomore with a major 
in journalism. A 3-letter man in high 
school. Bill continues his sports inter- 
ests by participating in college football, 
basketball, and baseball. This may ac- 
count, in part, for his satisfying work 
last summer as a counsellor at a boys ♦ 
camp. 



Elizabeth I< McLucas has re-entered the 
service and is located in Cataloging and 
Classification, R and RS. She is con- 
tinuing her cooperative training program 
with Northeastern, majoring in History 
and Government. 



The energetic new member of Cataloging 
and Classification, R and RS, is Anne M, 
Robillard. Majoring in History and Gov- 
ernment at Northeastern, she is ambitious 
for a career in the foreign services. 
Ann finds time too, for participation in 
Northeastern 's Jazz Society and in Silver 
Iksque; she serves as treasurer of Gamma 
Delta (all-women's group), and secretary 
of her class. To top it off, she com- 
mutes every day from Nantasketl 



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Edgar ¥i!^. Snell is a graduate of Union 
College, where he majored in Social 
Studies . A dignified addition to the 
History Department, Edgar has spent three 
years in a Waltham bank, and some time in 
an investment firm. He has a partiality 
far tennis and squash, and enjoys music. 

JUST ARRIVED 

A baby daughter to Mr and I/Irs Philip 
Richmond (Catherine Hannon of Vfest End) 
on March 9, S lbs. 1 oz. and blonde. 



Evaluation Team 

Elizabeth L. Wright served as a member 
of the Mddle States Association Evalua- 
tion Team which visited Pratt Institute 
from February 12^-17, Mrs ¥/right and Dr 
Robert L, Gitler, Secretary of the ALA 
Committee on Accreditation, were assigned 
to the Library School. 

Congress For Librarians 

The 2nd Annual Congress for Librarians 
sponsored by the Graduate Department of ^Li- 
brary Science and the Libraiy Science Alum- 
ni, was held at the Jamaica Campus of St. 
John's University on February 22. Verner 
W. Clapp, President of the Council on Li- 
brary Resources, was keynote speaker. 
Luncheon speaker was Dr Benjamin E. Powell 
President of ALA, ' 

Our contribution came from Pauline Win- 
nick, Deputy Supervisor (Young Adults), who 
served as one of three panelists on the 
Ad^t"^^"^^ °^ Quality Reading for Young 



PRESENTING BPLERS WHO SmVR 

Regina ATvard Committsfi 

_ Martha C. Engler, South Boston, is serv- 
ing as a member of the Regina Award Com- 
nattee of the Catholic Library Association.) 
The second annual Regina Medal will be pre- 
sented to Anne Carroll Moore at the Regina 
Medal Luncheon during the Annual Confer- 
ence of the Catholic Library Association 
in April. Martha also serves as Publicity 
Dor-ector of the New England Unit of the 
CLA • 

Details of the award may be found on 
page 286 of the Catholic Library World for 
February I960. However, since this may 
not be readily available to the children's 
librarians who are particularly interested 
in why Anne Moore was chosen, we quote 
briefly from the original: 

"The Regina Medal is being awarded to 
Miss Moore for her pioneer work for chil- 
dren in public libraries, her influence 
upon children's literature through the 
quality of her literary criticism, and for 
her recognition and encouragement of many 
promising young writers and artists. The 
inspiration she has given to children's 
librarians everywhere for more than fifty 
years has created a timeless standard by 
which librarians still measure their pro- 
xessional endeavor," 



Newbery-Caldecott 

Virginia Haviland was invited to be 
present on ! larch 11; at the presentation 
o. the Newbery and Caldecott medals in 

FPq xZ^'^l °^ If ^^^^°^^'' ^* *^^ PUBLISH- 
ERb iffiEKLY m New York. 

She is also speaking on the awards at 
the meeting of the V^BA in Boston on 
l&irch 15. 

BPL IN PRINT 

The Catholic Book Wbek Supplement to 
the PHOT of February 20 devotes all of 
page 6 to an article The Fami ly That 
Reads Toge ther, Stayg Together . ^r^T^ 
^^^^ 01 books recommended for young- 
sters, both by Martha C. Engler, South 
Boston. 

YOU AND STATE AID 



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The passage of House No. 2275 has a 
direct meaning for you and for this li- 
brary. As the outlying schools and 
communities use our resources more and 
more, as demonstrated by the rapidly 
growing tendencies, our collections and 
our staff will not be adequate to cope 
with It. Even now, our diminishing 
resources are becoming very obvious. 
This Bill, if passed, will provide the 
money needed so badly for b^oks, ser- 
vices and staffing, which we will be 
expected to provide these communities 
and which we are providing them now ' 
^^^^0^^ state aid. Our Trustees and 
Administrators, the Mayor, and mary 
others interested in our problems, be- 
lieve this the best possible bill to 
alleviate our rather desperate situa- 
tion. 

Now is the time to do your bit. When 
you receive your personal request to 
Tsrite your state representative and 
senator from the Association officers 
please do so at the very earliest op-' 
portunity. Time is very important. 

TAKE A BOW 

J. Joseph Danker... the Snooper re- 
ports he designed and nade that grace- 
ful Coat Room sign himself. 



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CATHOLIC BOOK WEEK FORUM 



The annual Catholic Book Week Forvim, 
sponsored by the New England Unit of the 
Catholic Library Association and the 
League of CathoMc Women, was held in New 
England I'futual Hall on Saturday, February 
13, i960. Mr Philip J. McNiff, Associate 
Librarian, Harvard College Library, was 
chairman. "Read to know— know to love" 
was the theme for this year's Catholic 
Book Week, and the four speakers consider- 
ed the reader from their separate points 
of view, as editor, historian, psycholo- 
gist, and author. Thomas P. Coffey, Spe- 
cial Projects Editor, World Publishing 
Company, berated readers for their "sinful 
tyranny over creative writers." His cata- 
log of reader sins included the preference 
for the derivative vvriter, the serious but 
not original writer j and the scorn of gen- 
ius. Thomas H. D. Mahoney, Professor of 
History at M.I.T. and author of Edmund 
Eurke and Ireland , warned that America is 
imperiled because Americans ignore history. 
He urged an historical re-education through 
wide reading with a critical approach. 
The Rev, Geoi^e Hagmaier, C.S.P., lecturer 
on pastoral psychology at the Paulist 
House of Graduate Studies, and co-author 
of Counselling the Catholic, acknowledged 
the previous speakers' CL.ncern with the 
reader's intellect, but himself turned to 
a consideration of the influence of emotior 
and feeling on human behavior. Father 
Hagmaier said our feelings determine, to a 
considerable extent, the kind of thinking 
that we do. Counselling the Catholic is a 
primer of psychological principles, aimed 
at helping the priest, counsellor, spirit- 
ual director, to understand how feelings 
influence behavior and thinkings William 
B. Ready, Director of Libraries at Mar- 
quette University and author of Th e Poor 
Hater , concluded the Forum and salved the 
feelings of the audience (of readers) with 
the statement that as a writer, he loved 
readers, courted readers; that all a true 
writer ever wanted was, simply, a reader. 

OUR DIRECTOR DOES l 

Widely, quoted in the press is the tale 
from Dallas about a man who applied for a 
library card. When asked to give the name 
of a card-holding citizen as a reference, 
he mentioned his longtime friend irtio hap- 
pened to be the city library director. The 
clerk went through the formality of check- 
ing. The Dallas Director didn't t 



V^TJAT'S IN A NA!CE? 

Staff members in R and RS are just be- 
coming avjare that these recent changes 
in the names of the departments have 
more by-products than the new signs on 
the doors and the need of learning a new 
identification vihen answering the tele- 
phone . 

Vfe are grateful for the elimination of 
that tongue -twisting, nose -wrinkling 
"Statistical", but find it somewhat dif- 
ficult to attempt a logical explanation 
to a patron who is being directed to 
"Government Documents and Social Sci- 
ences" for something Y*iich is not too 
obviously related to either. 

And our minds positively reel vrfien we 
think of the thousands of man-hours 
which TfVDuld be needed to change all the 
Kardex, Catalog, card, and Order file 
location designations (not that we EVER 
expect to have time and staffing suffi- 
cient to catch up on prior backlogs ) . 
We think of these to-be-made-some-day 
changes even as we continue to wield the 
same old rubber stamps. Ifes anyone 
thought of ordering stamps with the new 
designations? Jtust book plates be 
changed? What have we not yet thought 
of which will soon turn up to haiint us? 

There is a distinct split in our per- 
sonality when we attempt to decide 
whether it is best to continue to type 
the old designation on Kardex and other 
records mth a view toward uniformity, 
to make a start with the new nomencla- 
ture and be inconsistent, or to make the 
bold attempt to thoroughly re-do one de- 
partment at a time. 

FURTHER CREDIT 

In acknowledging the appreciative no- 
tice (February l^So QM) thanking Audio- 
Visual for its Talents & Geniuses film 
series, I should like to give credit to 
George Scully whose own "talent & genius" 
paroduced the artistically stunning series 
of portrait posters displayed on the 
main staircase. I am sure that the suc- 
cess of our program was helped immeasior- 
ably by this eye catching publicity. 

The BPL is indeed fortunate in having 
such a ci^ative artist as George on the 
Exhibits staff. 

EUCLID J. PELTIER 



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IN MEMORIAM 
ALICE MABEL JORDAN 

News of the sudden death of Alice ISahel 
Jordan, Supervisor of Work With Children, 
Emeritus, iraho died in her sleep on Ilarch 
the ninth, saddened those of us who knew 
and loved her. \¥e realized this was per- 
haps as Miss Jordan would have wished 
death to come— quietly, gently — now that 
her work was done. Had she lived until 
November she would have reached her nine- 
tieth birthday. Forty years of a long and 
piorposeful life were spent in the Boston 
Public Library where under her direction 
work with children expanded greatly to be- 
come an important part of the library sys- 
tem. 

Miss Jordan was a gentlewoman— qiiiet, 
kind, understanding and sincere, with great 
strength of character, a woman truly dedi- 
cated to her profession. She was a source 
of inspiration to all interested in the 
happy task of bringing children and good 
books together. Her advice vas sought 
after by parents, authors, publishers and 
teachers, and others concerned with the 
world of children's reading. 

Courses in Children's Literature were 
given in the Library School of Simmons 
College for several years by Miss Jordan. 
She lectured in other library schools in 
New York, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. At 
various times she gave book talks through- 
out the New England area. She was the 
founder and guiding spirit of the Round 
Table of Children's Librarians, 

Her understanding of children and her 
fondness for them was known to all asso- 
ciated with her. Children recognized 
these qualities in her too. Always a busy 
person at her desk in the Children's Room 
she was never one to refer a boy or girl 
who approached her for help to another 
member of the staff. With her unerring 
judgment she seemed to be able to recom- 
mend just the right book. Sometimes chil- 
dren just wanted to stop and have a chat 
about the small but important things in a 
child's life. These were important to her 
too and the child came to realize he had 
found a friend. Through the years there 
were many grownup "boys and girls" who 
returned to visit Miss Jordan and to tell 
her how much her friendship and her choice 
of books for them had meant in their lives 

In 19 UO she retired from her position in 
the Library but continued for some time 
as Editor -of the HORi\I BXlK booklists. She 



remained an active person and was fortu- 
nate in that she ^«(i joyed good health al- 
though well -advanced in years. She was 
still doing volunteer service at the Red 
Cross in February of this year. 

It was a privilege to have worked \m- 
der the direction of Alice Mabel Jordan 
who generously shared her knowledge and 
her experience with those associated 
with her in her chosen field. For this 
privilege and for her friendship, we 
shall be grateful always. 

MARY V. DOYLE 

INTRODUCING OUR COLLECTIONS 

We, who work in the library, often 
find ourselves knowing as little about 
the famous groups of books stored in 
this institution, as does the new patron. 
The Publications Committee wishes to in- 
troduce these outstanding collections to 
our staff, one at a time, and briefly. 
This month we have Leap Year in mind: 

Galatea Collection 

One of Rare Book's most unusual collec- 
tions is the Galatea Collection of books 
written by and about women. This col- 
lection of about 3,000 volumes was named 
after the subject of Greek legend and 
several Medieval tales . It was given to 
the Library by Thomas Wentworth Higgin- 
son of Cambridge, a Unitarian minister, 
amy officer, and writer. 

With the great change in the status of 
women socially and politically, Higgin- 
son -was interested in collecting works 
which were concerned with woman's place 
in the professions, literature, industry, 
and political life. To augment these 
books about women, in general, he also 
collected individual and collective bi- 
ographies of women. A glance at the 
catalogue of the collection as reprinted 
in the BPL BULLETIN (March I898) will 
reveal a range of titles from AN UNFOR- 
TUNATE llDTHERfS ADVICE TO HER ASSENT ' 
DAUGHTERS to WOMAN'S SUFFRAGE J THE RE- 
FORM AGAINST NATURE. 

TASK OF UNITY IN A BROKEN WORLD 

The current series of Lowell lectures 
given by Doctor Francis M. Rogers, Har- 
vard, deal with past attempts at unity. 
Fascinating chapters of world history 
and help for present attempts at inter- 
national conciliation. 



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CCM3 SHOViTiRS RAINS 



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On Saturday, March 12 the Far (way out) 
Eastern CCIB held an almost unbelievable 
surprise party in the now thoroughly de- 
tested and therefore completely compatible 
pu?pie' pagoda room at xne uhina Star Tem- 
ple. The party had many ixnusual features. 
In the first place it iwas put on without 
•jrtiat used to be considered the indispensa — 
ble direction of No. 1 leader of Dynasty, 
Louis Rains. As a matter of fact the 
party was in his dishonor on his recent 
appointment to Curator of Engineering Sci- 
ences including Patents. Actvially the ap- 
pointment was the big surprise (we were 
all betting on Sam Goldstein) but the par- 
ty was not far behind. It seems Lou Rains 
thought he was taking out his bosom pal 
and ideal, Louis Maldonado Ugalde, pride 
of Z.H. and Rare Book including Treasures, 
to celebrate his appointment to the Bran- 
deis faculty. Despite Lou Rain's deter- 
mination to go elsewhere, the Ugaldes, Lee 
Rains, and George and Alice Makowka final- 
ly talked him into going to the China Star 
where 60 odd (double entendre) people were 
waiting. As he came through the door the 
gang sang (to the tune of "Hail to the 
chief") "Hail to the chief Louis Rains, 
our new curator; hail to the chief he's 
the grajidest guy in all creation" — ad 
nauseam. After 15 minutes of hand pumping 
and muzzletofs Louis began to get the idea 
that the party was for him . By the time 
we sat down to eat, "Old folks" Rains was 
thoroughly befuddled — seems he takes pride 
in knowing what is going on and somehow he 
missed this one. 

Our delightful repast, which consisted 
of Liberace Sub Gum, Manishevitz Pork 
Strips, tortured beef in a black-eyed pea 
sauce, and Salada tea, was courageously 
tolerated by most everyone. After this 
the Frank "Capra" Moran Munificent produc- 
tion of "Louis Rains, this is your life" 
was on. No expense was spared (total cost 
$1.36) to reveal a despicable life of 
crime, over-indulgence, dissipation, in- 
difference, not to mention fallen arches, 
corns, and a slipped disc, culminating in 
a most natural concomitant: a BPL promo- 
tion. Now we know why he is in such poor 
physical shape. Sioffice it to say that 
the story would never be accepted for 
"Gunsmoke" where the good guys always win. 
Louis was obviously moved when Frank men- 
tioned his mentor and inspiration, the man 
viho taught Louis the fundamentals of li- 
brary -scrienoe and the secret of getting 



along with people. Unfortiinately Chuck 
could not make it. Another high point of 
the sketch was an emotional panegyric by 
Lou's adopted son, Sam, on "Dad's invalu- 
able counsel" , especially his advice to 
accept the job at Computer Control. 

Two hours and forty-seven ffirnutes later 
we were ready to present the guest of 
honor with a variety of gifts : a kosher 
pigskin wallet, a battery driven swizzle 
stick (no joke, honesti), 2 Borodin re- 
cords (he shouldn't fail his Russian), a 
pair of military brushes (he should go 
back in the Navy), and a variety of hats; 
a Chinese bonnet, a Mat Dillon special, 
a mining cap with light (he shouldn't get 
lost in Stack 6), an engineer's cap, etc. 
It was almost time for church so many of 
us repaired to the missions on Tremont 
Street in the South End, 

P.S. We all got tired of him before 
the evening was over but we must pay tri- 
bute to the man who gave so much time and 
effort to making this party the most no- 
table to date~Francis P. Moran. 

YUPl 
WE LOST OUP. HEAD OVER TTi'/O QUEENS 
AND 
A HOUSE IN QUEENS. 

Our route to the National Phoenix Thea- 
tre production of Schiller's MARY STUART 
at the Colonial was cicuitous. The book- 
mark issued by the Information Office 
with the booklist compiled by Miss Met- 
calf. Readers Advisor for Adults, started 
us off and then the splendid display of 
photographs of the production in Fine 
Arts through the courtesy of Helen Eng- 
land of the S. Hurok office convinced us 
17E HAD TO GO! It was a treat. Eva Le- 
Gallienne and Signe Hasso gave memorable 
performances J who can forget Mary Stuart's 
courageous , somewhat sprightly walk to 
the gallows or Elizabeth as she is torn 
within herself in the difficult decision 
of signing the warrant? The display in 
Fine Arts includes paintings by Staats 
Cotsworth, the able Burleigh. Of these 
we like A HOUSE IN QUEENS. From our van- 
tage point in the second balcony we noted 
quite a few fellow BPLers. 



JOIN THE 
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NOWi 

ALA membership keeps you informed on 
latest developments in library service and 
helps promote the acceptance of libraries 
-■ as a basic national reso\irce. Twelve spe- 
cial interest divisions by type of library 
(public, college, etc.) and by type of ac- 
tivity (adult, children, reference, etc.) 
provide the opportunity to solve common 
problems and to unite for concerted action 
Join the present 23,000 members in giving 
librarianship a stronger voice as a major 
educational institution. 

A special ALA Membership Day, March 18, 
i960, marks the beginning of a campaign to 
reach new members and to encourage current 
members to retain their affiliation on a 
continuing basis. 

Membership blanks may be secured from 
Mildred C. O'Connor, Bates Hall. 

A THANK YOU NOW FOR THE ALLELUIA 
1?E HOPE TO SING 

How welcome was the news from the Di- 
rector that the library would not be open 
on Easter Sundayl "This is for us the 
feast of feasts, and the celebration of 
celebrations, excelling all the other 
feasts — this the Pasch of the Lord." (St. 
Gregory Nazianzen). "There is nothing 
grander than this Easter ALLELUIA" (St. 
Augustine). We ara thankful for this rul- 
ing that will heir us celebrate Easter. 

ANOTH.ER S1ATUE FOR BOSTON? 

The current discussion about statues of 
the Adamses for Boston, makes all the more 
topical the appreciation that Esther 
Leonard, Education, received lately: 
"There should be a statue of Miss Manning 
and yourself for your generous assistance 
in education." Two clergymen aspirants 
for a Masters degree in education have ded' 
icated research papers to Anna L. Manning, 
Curator, Esther Leonard and Ruth Marshall, 
of Education. 

QUESTIONS THAT GAVE US TROUBLE 

When did they bring the lions inside? 

Where is the courtroom, I want to smoke 
a cigarette? 



CALEInIDAR OF EVENTS 



Where is the Bay Room? 



April h 

April 3-9 
April 19-22 



WNBA, Boston Chapter, 
Luncheon meeting, Sher- 
aton Plaza Hotel, 12:30 
p.m. 

National Library Vfeek, 

Catholic Library Asso- 
ciation, 36th Annual 
Conference, Statler- 
Hilton Hotel, New York 
City. 









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be accompanied by the full name of the 
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gether with the name of the Branch Li- 
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The contents of the articles appearing 
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Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 



To the Editor: 

What an irony of circumstances that at a 
time in our history when it was never more 
important for the citizen to be informed 
and intelligent about problems affecting 
him that the library should be so ill 
equipped to serve him with current materi- 
als in its reference collections. 

In the face of drastically reduced funds 
for the purchase of new books and the re- 
placement of other needed materials, and 
the mounting loss and mutilation of books 
is it realistic to continue "business as 
usual" in the Central Libraiy? Should we 
not in order to make maximum use of our 
resources rather be considering greater 
restriction of reference materials and 
taking more positive steps to prevent theit 
loss through theft? If episodes of large 
scale pilf erings from the book collections 
in the Central library have already been 
discovered, how many others are perhaps 
responsible for lesser or even greater 
thefts 2 

CONCERNED 



To the Soap Boxt 

A wonderf;il job of notifying employees 
that the library viould be closed on the 
Friday and Satiirday of the "Big Snow" 
waa accomplished by the telephone chain. 
Thanks to all who took part in it I 

There could be a few minor improvements 
should it happen again: 

1. li'lany of our staff live long dis- 
tances from the library and the storm had 
been well advertised as serious. An 
earlier closing on Thursday would have 
prevented some from having to find rooms 
in town for two days, and parents from 
worrying over after-midnight arrivals . 

2. Earlier radio notification over ¥JBZ, 
li/EEI and VJNAC to which the majority lis- 
ten, would help, as telephone circuits 
became overloaded and slow, before all 
were reached. 

3. When Buildings employees man the 
telephone in emergencies such as this, 
could they not be definite in their an- 
swers and remain near the phone? We 
know of one v*io phoned in on Friday 
morning and was given the impression the 
library was open, and came in to find it 
closed. Again, after two days of clos- 
ing, it was logical that employees and 
public would phone on Sunday to find out 
if it were open. The phone was answered 
only after several calls in some cases, 
never answered at all in others , al- 
though it was heard ringing many times. 

CONCERNED 

(Ed. note; the two writing under the 
name "Concerned" are not related by 
blood, simply by attitude toward the 
library.) 

To the Editor of the Question Tikrk: 

Several of us have wondered for some 
tine if because we work in a library we 
are supposed to become completely de- 
hydrated and as "Dryasdust" as some of 
our more ancient books. For close to 
two years now the water fountain in the 
Stack Yovoc area which supposedly serves 
those working in the Stacks, the Cata- 
log Departments, Book Select ion(s) as 
well as those in Bates Hall, has given 
an iinpredictable stream of tepid water. 
Always warm, it is also sometimes in a 
state of flood or its opposite — com- 
pletely dry. 

Secondly, while the water in the 
fountain in the women's l\inch room is 
admittedly cold, one must be something 



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of an acrobat to get any, so meager is the 
stream. By almost standing on one's head 
one can reach the very inadequate trickle 
of vrater, a most frustrating experience. 

We understand that both of these inade- 
quate fountains have been brought to the 
attention of those concerned in their 
maintenance, but to no effect. We sin- 
cerely hope that something can be done be- 
fore we enter another summer with an in- 
adequate water supply. 

THIRSTY 

To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

I take exception to the idea that one 
should always go to the Administration, to 
the Personnel Office, to the Division Of- 
fice, before going to the Soap Box. 

Some, when confronted by an Officer of 
the Library, are loath to pursue their 
coii?)laint or suggestion to the end, for 
fear of giving offense or because they 
fear that it may be held against them. 
They may appear to agree, the solution nay 
seem to be accepted, when the truth may be 
they have just given in. The problem re- 
mains but the Officer of the Library 
thinks it has been solved. 

The Soap Box gives one an opportunity to 
state his problem fully and, if he wishes, 
anonymously. The problem, opinion, state- 
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writer is assured that it is his thoughts 
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someone else thinks he thinks or should 
think. 

This privilege of the Soap Box should be 
guarded zealously and by the same token 
abuses should be guarded against even 
more. The Publications Committee has the 
responsibility for seeing that any matter 
reported as fact is substantiated by evi- 
dence, that good taste is not offended, 
that matter is not libelous, and that 
every contributor is a member in good 
standing of the Association. The Execu- 
tive Board is the responsible governing 
authority of the Staff Association and 
should be circumspect in seeing that the 
Publications Committee is acting in ac- 
cordance with their delegated powers and 
responsibilities. Any member -vrtio thinks 
that his rights have been violated or cur- 
tailed by the publication of any material 
in the Soap Box or elsewhere in the QM may 
appeal to the Executive Board for a hear- 
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The Soap Box is valuable. Let's keep 
it. Don't abuse it. Use itl 

FREEPRESS 

(Ed. Note: to clarify the use of of 
anonymity as used in QM — the letters are 
not anonymous and therefore sire subject 
to editorial control, since the true 
writer is aliways known to the editor^ 



THE QUESTION MARK 
mbl'ished by the Boston Public Library Staff /'.ssociation 
Volume XV Number U ' ' ^^^ April 1960 



Publications Coirraiittee: Constance Broadhiirst, Helen li. Col?an, Elizabeth A.. Drane, 

James J. Ford, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, Dorothy P. 
Shaw, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



The past few weeks have been weeks of tension, suspense, uncertainty, stretched 
nerves , and hurried change for everyone connected with the library, all in the cen- 
tered light of newspaper publicity. 'I'lany things we thoughtcould never happen here , 
not only could but did. All of us remain apprehensive of the future of the institu- 
tion as well as of our own. 

Impending change must always cause son^ heartaches, even when good is certain to 
result, more when the ends remain uncertain. Long waiting periods for decisions at 
various levels are difficult even for those at the top, while seeming endless to 
those at the lower levels . Decisions necessarily made in haste because of unlocked 
for delays or changes, may seem unduly harsh or uneven, and are not always as care- 
fully prepared as the makers would wish. Little personal defeats too often seem 
magnified into real injustices. 

It is yet far too soon to evaluate the results of the changes sanely and object- 
ively. We are all too involved mentally and emotionally. Yet a few gains and losses 
do show clearly. 

On the loss side ares Tor many of our patrons — needed services, convenient 
hours, ease of nearby access, slowing of the usual fast service j for the institution 
the services of some new employees who may have developed to make a very worthwhile 
contribution in ideas and services, a possible loss of place in the prestige of the 
library world, decrease in future ease of recruiting, lest this situation occur again; 
for the staff — the loss of opportunity for newcomers to start their careers in the 
institution of their choice, sacrifice of personal activities and responsibilities 
caused by sudden change in library hours, transfer of others to areas in which they 
have no real interest, and despair to others over projects and services, long planned 
and lovingly tended, suddenly cancelled. 

As gains, we may count some of the publicity which has pointed up the need of 
a library serving a large area for a wider base of support than the City of Boston 
can provide, and a wider comprehension of the library as a great reference and re- 
search center rather than simply a borrowing place for home reading. Some of those 
being terminated have already found better positions, thanks to the activity of our 
Di-vision of Personnel. And the two closed mornings in the Central library which give 
the staff an opportunity to catch up on necessary routines — too long neglected 
through interruption by demands of patrons, with the resultant release from pressure — 
are already showing high value. 

Great changes are capable of causing unexpected benefits, through a re-evalua- 
tion of that which remains , by shaking thought from long time ruts into new channels , 
and by the challenge of having to make do mth what there is, instead of an easy 
seizure of what seems desirable at the moment, mthout a necessity of very exact 
choice. V/hat the library is about to b^^-coit^, now depends upon w^iat this challenge 
means to all of us . 

THE PimiTGATIONS COMTIITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S iMOTES 

"Open i''onderful New I'Jorlds" . "Wake Up 
and Read" . This was our slogan for Na- 
tional Library Week; the plan a national 
public relations program to reach out into 
the every day life of the citizens of 
every coraraonity. 

Everywhere far in advance of the cele- 
bration, committees worked hard, and ideas 
burgeoned into well laid plans on local, 
state wide and national levels. 

Boston too made its plans. Mass nedi'a 
appeals were made — Television and radio 
announcements and outdoor advertising as 
well as programs featuring authors and 
well-known speakers, called attention to 
the observance of National Library Yifeek. 

A "Meet the Author" lunch attended by 
seven hundred and fifty people got the wee^ 
off to a rousing start. Everything was 
accomplished in a most satisfactory and 
outstanding manner. 

However, none of them had the dramatic 
impact of the sign:, inviting all to "Visit 
your Library" posted outside the closed 
doors of the Boston Public Library on the 
morning of April k» How ironic this must 
have seemed to the patient group waiting 
for the doors to open at 1 p.m. 

Vfe know there v^as little or no alterna- 
tive for the library in view of the aust- 
erity program imposed by budget restric- 
tions. Yfe can hope that Boston's plight 
will rouse the people of the Commonwealth 
to urge the passage of House Bill No. 2275 
so that no other library will be faced 
with the need to make such drastic cut 
backs in personnel. 

The Administration is to be commended 
for their interest and efforts in obtain- 
ing employment for those staff members who 
were released from service. Vi/e hope that 
all will find satisfaction in their new 
endeavors . 

RUTH M. HAYES 

PUBLICITY MNDFALL? 

Was it a direct result of tlrte recent 
publicity on the needs of the library that 
induced the Public Forum of the Arlington 
Street Church to decide to give a gift in 
the name of the "Bostonian of the Year" to 
be chosen by their organization? The 
funds given will be used for the purchase 
of books. A loud "Bravo" from a staff 
which never has sufficient books to serve 
its patrons I 



NOTABLE BOOKS AND THE BPL 

Once again the BPL staff has been in- 
vited to make a contribution to the ALA 
NOTABLE BOOKS list. This list first ap- 
peared in 19Uh- It was known as OUT- 
STANDING BOOKS and was prepared by the 
ALA Lending Section. In 19li7 the Divi- 
s-ion of P^iblic Libraries assumed the re- 
sponsibility of compiling the list, 
changing the name to i\!OTABLE BOOKS. In 
1958 the Adult Service Division of ALA 
became the sponsor of the list. Over the 
years the criteria has been re-stated 
until now it reads as follows -."The Nota- 
ble Books list should include fiction and 
non-fiction published within the calendar 
year which are genuinely meritorious in 
terms of literary excellence, factual 
correctness , in sincerity and honesty of 
presentation and throw light upon the 
times in which we live." 

The BPL became a participating library 
in 19U8 and has served each successive 
year since. Christine Hayes, Chief of 
Book Selection, R and RS, served as 
chairman the first year that the BPL par- 
ticipated. ■ It was then decided, •-.• ;. ' 
since the lists v.'ere tuned to the HR and 
CS book collections, to turn the chair- 
manship over to that Division, with staff 
members from both divisions serving on 
the committee. 

Members of the BPL I960 NOTABLE BOOKS 
Committee are : 

''Irs Geraldine Altman, Jamaica Plain 
Louisa S. Metcalf, Readers Advisor for 

- Adults HR and CS 
David L. Mtchell, General Reference 
Edward J. Montana, Jr, Periodical and 

Newspaper 
Sarah Richman, Vfest End 
Edwin G. Sanford, History 
B. Gertrude Wade, Codman Square 
Alice Waters, Government Documents 
Edna G. Peck, Chairnan, Book Selection, 

HR and CS 
It is interesting to note that the Na- 
tional cliairman has once again been se- 
lected from the East Coast (Edna G. Peck 
in 1957). Edith N. Snow, Librarian, 
Swampscott Public Library is the I960 
National Chairman. 



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PERSOMEL NOTES 



Transferred 

Mrs Rose Ciirniiaruta, from Kirstein to Cata- 
loging and Classification, R and RS 

Charles K. Collins , from Records, Files, 
Statistics to Book Stack Service 

Josephine Del Longo, Print • to Cataloging 
and Classification, i^ and RS 

Thomas Gaines, Fine Arts to Book Stack ^er-j- 
vice 

V. Lloyd Jameson, Government ^ocviments to 
Engineering Sciences 

Jane Lynch, Kirstein to General Reference 

Margaret Lyons, Allston to Roslindale 

Tltrs Tiarcella G. McConville, Kirstein to 
Cataloging and Classification, R and ^S 

Herman Peterson, Business Office to Re- 
cords, Files, Statistics 

Jtrs Elizabeth F, Scannell, Kirstein to 
Cataloging and Classification, ^ and i^'S 

Moorfield Storey, Rare Book to Cataloging 
and Classification, R and RS 

Judith Briggs, Rare Book to Division Of- 
fice, R and RS 

ferried 

Barbara Pope, Book Stack Service, to Mer- 

ritt Cra-wford, Open Shelf 
Roberta Sacco, Dorchester, to Richard Cont€ 

Res igned 

Elizabeth Carey, Book Stack Service, to 
accept another position 

Mrs Roberta Conte, Dorchester, to live in 
Texas 

Mrs Julia Hatch, Roslindale, to remain at 
home 

Hugh Simpson, Book Stack Service, to con- 
tinue his education (he will continue to 
iTork part-time in Fine Arts) 

Arthur J. Speranza, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R and RS, to accept another 
position 

FLO'-rER DECKED 



The lovely flowers which lightened the 
gloom of the front lobby and the Open Shelf 
room during this first week of shortened 
hours came from the iTnIBA luncheon. Every- 
one ■was gratefull 

PAGING DR 



One of the first calls to be screened by 
switchboard that first closed morning was 
for Mr Lems of Gynecology. Finally lo- 
cated Twas Bill Lewis who had done some 
work for the man in genealogy. 



NEGROES AS AMERICA MS 

iilrs Beryl Robinson, Egleston Square, 
spoke at South End House, Thursday, March 
31. The talk was arranged at the request 
of the Progressive Mothers Club whose 
children use the South End Branch. Mrs 
Robinson introduced books by and about 
Negroes, including the following: PEOPLE 
AND PLACES by Margaret ^:ead, A'TiS FORTUNE: 
FREE MAN by Elizabeth Yates, THE STORY OF 
THE mGRO ty Arna Bontemps , THE STORY OF 
PHYI.LIS VifRRITLEY by Phillip Graham, and 
BLOOD BROTHERS by Emma G. Sterne. She 
spoke of folk tales as links in interna- 
tional understanding. Her listeners were 
entranced by her telling of the Cow-Tail 
Switc h from a book of African legends by 
the fc.ame name. In summ3.ng up, she spoke 
of escapes of many kinds in varying 
times — those from the Nazis, from Soviet 
oppression, and from Negro slavery, men- 
tioning the biography of Harriet Tubman. 
All in all Itrs Robinson gave a well- 
rounded picture of Negroes in our cul- 
ture, empliasizing Negroes as Americans, 
unlike Germans or Irish of the second 
generation who point to their Eiiropean 
home countries for their background. 

Pearl Smart and Rosetta Jilartin, South 
End, made arrangements for this meeting 
between the mothers and the speaker, 
whose ideas so enthusiastically expressed 
will travel beyond the walls of U8 Rut- 
land Street. 

BPL GOES TO THE VmiTE HOUSE 

In the person of Pauline "innick who 
represented ALA's Young Adult Services 
Division at the President's I'.Tiite House 
Conference for Children and Youth, ?'arch 
27. 

DIAMOND IN APRIL 

Ethel L. O'Brien, Business Office, has 
a nice new diamond, the gift of James H, 
Cullity of Charles town, whom she will 
marry on September 10, He is a member of 
the Fire Department. 

AMOUICING A NEF'f PUBLICATION 

Mr and Mors John J. Hallahan present 
MARIE GERARD INE. Date: Wednesday, J'krch 
2, i960. Volume: S lbs. 7ozs. Frank, 
Bill and Jerry are delighted at their 
first sister. 

John was formerly with Open Shelf. 



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■!'!!DULD YOU KNOl"/ 'i^.fKERE TO FIWD... 



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... a portrait of a senator or the name 
of the composer ol a particular song? We 
have made a brief sijrvey of unpublished 
indexes in the reference departments of 
Central and hope that the folloviring infor- 
mation on the indexes might be useful to 
reference librarians in both Central and 
the Branches. 

Did you know that Fine Arts has an ex- 
tensive file of portraits of people in all 
periods and places and that biographical 
information on many obscure as well as 
famous artists may be found in another in- 
dex compiled by the staff? The location 
of information on historic Colonial build- 
ings of Nevf England has also been indexed. 
For the perennial query for descriptions 
of popular paintings. Fine Arts has another 
index . 

Music has card indexes to folk songs and 
popular songs in collections as well as an 
index to popular songs . Prior to the pub- 
lication of the I 'fasic Index , the staff 
compiled an analytical index to music 
periodicals. Although not cuirent, this 
is the only guide to materials prior to 
19U9. 

For information on subjects relating to 
Boston, you might consult the Boston clip- 
ping file in Periodical and the Boston 
file in History. Periodical has also made 
an index to the EOSTONIAN MGAZIWE which 
contains material to be found nowhere else. 
To supplement this material you often need 
biographical information. Then you may 
find the obituary index to the BOSTON EVEN- 
ING TRANSCRIPT and the current Boston news- 
papers of invaluable use. Periodical, Fine 
Arts and Music also have indexed other 
sources for biographical information. 

Material on such varied subjects as ca- 
reers, teaching units, availabe scholar- 
ships and college catalogs may be found in 
Education. An extensive clipping file and 
index to debate subjects is on file in 
Periodical. 

A few of our curious indexes are the 
shipwreck file in General Reference, a 
chronological listing of early textbooks in 
Education's collection and Engineering Sci- 
ences ' material on the reconditioning and 
remodeling of automobiles. 

This is just a sampling of the indexes 
but we hope that one of them may be just 
what you are looking for when the next 
reference question arrives. 



^JE YiTERE THEP.E f 

The main ballroom of Ernest Henderson's 
Sheraton Plaza vvas ja.mned with writers, 
publishers, critics, readjng public, and, 
may vie add, librarians from the BPL when 
the Book and Author Luncheon of April h 
ivas opened under the co-sponsorship of 
the Boston Chapter of the Women's Na- 
tional Book Association and the Boston 
Herald-Traveler . 

Our ovm Edna Peck welcomed the 7$0 
guests and, as Chairman, introduced the 
head table guests , among \/hoffi was another 
BPLer, Mrs Irene Tuttle, President, Bos- 
ton Chapter of Vtomen's National Book As- 
sociation. 

By the presence of Milton Lord at the 
head table we were officially linked to 
the luncheon. Since he was also Chairman 
of National Library Week, Boston area, 
BPLars can rightfully feel they had a 
part in what was, in fact, the successful 
"kick-off" for kLA National Library Week. 

The Hercld's highlights of the amusing 
speeches by the authors, Nancy Hale, 
Chiang Yee, Cleveland Amory, Cameron 
Kawley, and Ernest Henderson are perhaps 
sufficient for reminiscing. 

The greatest tribute to the success of 
the luncheon, however, comes inadvertent- 
ly from the mouths of BPLers themselves. 
Before, during, and after the luncheon, 
our librarians gave freely of their time, 
interest, and applause to this program 
for book promotion. 

BUSMAN'S HOLIDA Y 

If anyone has time to devote to any 
other reading while folloTfing the BPL 
publicity posted on the Staff Bulletin, 
they might enjoy reading the episodes of 
PEAi'lUTS and his library card in the Her- 
ald during National Library Vfeek, and the 
example of a book review at the bottom of 
page 18 of the April READERS DIGEST which 
should revolutionize the book revievifing 
methods of our staff. 

STATS AID NEEDS AID 

House No. 2275 is still before the Ways 
and Jleans Committee. If you have not yet 
written your letters to members of this 
Committee or to your State Representa- 
tives and Senator, NOW is the time. We 
really need to have this bill passed as 
I much of our future is in it. The next 
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V.fHODUNIT? 

This is a true story, but the names have 
not been changed to protect the guilty. 
¥!y name is Sergeant Sunday. Vifhile signing 
out for liinch at twelve o'clock Friday, 
April 8th, I -was called back on duty in 
order to investigate the activities in the 
Darbury Room, notorious for being the 
favorite place for partying by the Boston 
Public Library staff members. Ifhen I ar- 
rived there, thirteen B.P.L.ers'were . 
caught in the act of feting V/inifred B. 
Clark of the Reference Division Office. 
Asking "just for the facts ma'am", I re- 
ceived enough information (between mouth- 
fuls of seafoods) to convict liliss Clark of 
charges of alienation of affections. The 
"culprit" which is responsible for steal- 
ing Winnie from us, is a new position at 
Boston College; she will also resume 
studies there in September. 

The "Brains" behind this party, Bradford 
M. Hill, was giving Miss Clark a check, a 
beautiful yellow corsage, and many wishes 
for her happiness. Since the assembled 
crowd Tfvas guilty of nothing except merri- 
ment, I decided to join them and finish ny 
interrupted lunch. 

' CASE CLOSED. 

UPS AND DOmmS 

One of our very enterprising young Offi- 
cers of the Library is being kidded about 
being the first to be stuck after the ele- 
vator -mas changed over to self service. 
He and three frightened elderly ladies 
shared captivity while bells rang madly 
and Buildings men called down through 
gratings to punch this button and that 
button, through the whole possible gamut 
of changes , until pushing and pulling the 
emergency button started the elevator 
again. But each lady, as she reached her 
floor, had had enough and stated emphati- 
cally that she "vsas I'JALKIMG down. Our Of- 
ficer is still tempting fate, obviously 
hoping for a young and beautiful captive 
one of these days . 



Children have also discovered the joys 
of self service. One group screamed its 
■way up and down several times , tossing out 
a child at each landing. Between the joys 
of the elevator, the slippery marble cor- 



ridors, and the varied enticements of the 
courtyard and the grand staircase, per- 
haps we sho\xld ask for transfer of a 
playground supervisor to leave our staff 
free for reference work. 

UNUSUAL GIFT 

James S. Kennedy, Book Stack Service, 
has made an unusual gift to the Library. 
It is a manuscript accoiint of The Boston 
Public Library l8$U-195U; with some 
reminiscences 1890-19U1 by ^lichael Mc- 
Carthy, late Chief Classifier, R and RS. 
It is dedicated "To w long time friend 
James S. Kennedy. The approaching cen- 
tennial of the Library has induced me to 
review and outline its history." 

"The scanning of its past events has 
touched the magic chords of memory, and 
looking back through fifty years of li- 
brary service, I have recorded some of my 
reminiscences. I finish this review, 
etc. on March 18, 195U, the anniversary 
of ny birth in 1875, at l68 Eliot Street, 
Boston." 

M.M. 

Those of us who knew !&• McCarthy found 
him to be a most delightful person. He 
had a very quiet sonse of humor which 
would break out once in a while and give 
us a good chuckle. In his reminiscences 
he describes the police officer and con- 
tinues "The Periodical Room was his most 
concern, especially during inclement 
weather, when the students of the free 
school of natural history, the Boston 
Common, sought refuge in that room." 



G. L. BALL 




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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 -vrith the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department or Office in which he 
or she is employed. The name is with- 
held 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. 



Dear Soap Boxs 

I think that the staff meetings with the 
Director were a good thing. I think that 
open discussions with the entire staff 
before important changes in policy are 
healthy and morale -building. In iry opin- 
ion, the arrangement whereby any member of 
the staff has the chance to communicate 
directly with the Director, anonymously or 
otherwise, and have his complaints or sug- 
gestions answered publicly, has not been 
improved upon. 

I wish we could have them again. 

WSHFUL THINKING 



To the Soap 3ox i 

Those of us who liave the privilege of 
reading the QUESTION MARK too often take 
this periodical as our just due. 17e fail 
to appreciate the time and effort which 
is required to produce each issue. From 
the editorial to the last Soap Box com- 
ment, each contribution represents con- 
scious effort and expresses interest on 
the part of some staff member. The staff 
can never be gratefiil enough to those who 
do all this work that those of us who run 
may read. 

However, our QUESTION ^-'MIK is not only 
important to us— and how important we 
would never know until perchance there 
might be no QUESTION ''MK, then we would 
realize how important it is— but it has 
made an iiTipression all across the countryo 
I have had the privilege of being allied 
with SORT for several years. At ALA, 
SORT booths which display all types of 
SORT material, I have heard nothing but 
favorable comments for our periodical. 
Staff members from other libraries think 
that our QUESTION JilARK is quite a peri- 
odical. I have heard this appreciation 
expressed many times as I "tended" SORT 
booths, from time to time. I have also 
heard envy creep into their comments at 
the freedom of expression we have in the 
Soap Box . Within the limits of courtesy 
and truth we are each free to say what we 
think, without Administration interfer- 
ence even though we may be a minority of 
one. Let's be grateful for the QM, and 
do our individual best to keep it on the 
high level which will reflect credit on 
. the editorial board, the staff as a 
whole, and give stimulus to smaller SORT 
organizations who may be in the throes of 
starting their own staff organ. 

E. G. PECK 



Wake up 

and 
Read 

at 
1 p.m. 



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BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF ASSOCIATION 
OFFICERS km COMCETTEES - I960 



President 
Vice President 
Corresponding Secretary 
Recording Secretary- 
Treasurer 



Executive Board 



Phyllis E, Adams 
Kathleen B. Hegarty 



Ruth M. Hayes 
B. Gertrnie V/ade 
Ac Kay Decker 
Rhoda M, O'Dormell 
Louis R. O'Halloran 



Louis Polishook 
I. Roger Stevens 



(Note: Host recent past president, ¥srs Sarah W. Flannery, 
is a non- voting member of the Board. Dorothy P. 
Shaw as Editor of Publications (or a member of the 
Publications Committee) is "allowed to attend the 
meetings of the Executive Board but not to take 
part in the discussions or in the voting",) 

Standing Committees 



Concession Co mm ittee 

Mrs Bricie"p. Stotz, chairman 
- Max Anapolle 

Thomas J, Manning 
-»Mary T. Sands 
■«<3atherine A, Glavin 

Constitution Committee 

I. Roger Stevens, chairman 
Jeanne Fitzgerald 
David T. Sheehan 



Adams Street 

Periodical and Nevispaper 

Exhibits 

Buildings 

Accounting 



Book P\xr chasing 
Engineering Sciences 
General Reference 



Entertainment Committee 

Mldred T. Presente, chairman 

laidred R. Adelson 

Ifncs Maiy M. Bowker 

ifrs Elinor D. Conley 

Mrs Anne Kearney 

Veronica T. Yotts 

Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial Lecture Committee 



West End 
Jamaica Plain 
Washington Village 
Dorchester 
Lower Mills 
South Boston 



YJilliam i. Casey, chairman 
Furs Linda N. I vers 
M. Jane I'knthorne 
Pasquale Vacca 



Connolly 
Charles town 
Open Shelf 
Bookmobiles 



-X— Representative of the Boston Public Library Building Service 
Employees International Union, Local /rU09 (AFL) 
■JHJ — ^Representative of other groups not represented in the 
Association or the Union 



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House Cornmi-y: 



se Cornmittoe for l ilen 
~Geraicr"jj."Ball, chair man 

Arthur W. ?M.,loney 
Thcms T. fIcDonough 
■ifOoorge Patterson 
■sHt-Mchael Veuezia, 



Book Purchasing 
Go'/ecrjnent Documeats 
Book ytaok ServicG 

Cd-':«.l(>Jiing ?.nd Classifica- 
ticn, R ar:u RS 



House Go mmittee fo r Woiron 

¥:vj M. McDonoi!.*;;'!, "^riairnan 
-sirs Gertrude Kin'^sirLa 
Frances Landri£":n 
'■i-itWs Dorothea Mo::-C9.n 
Mrs Margaret Morrissey 

Legislative a n d Legal Mat t ers 
Louis Poiishook, chairman 
Gerald L. Ball 
Charles J. Gillis 
May C, McDonald 
B. Joseph O'Neil 
Louis Rains 

Membership and Hospitality Committee 
Anna L. Ifenning, chairman 
Mrs Gertrude L. Bergen 
Ronald C, Conant 
Mary T. Crowe 
Patricia C. Feeney 
Linda M. Ivers 
Helen L. Lambert 
Ethel A. O'Brien 
tlartin Segal 

Personnel Committee 

Mrs Geraldine M. Altman, chairman 

Harry Andrews 

¥filliam T. Casey 

Mary T, Crowe 

Charles J. Gillis 

Doris E. Gray 

Mrs Margaret W. Haverty 

Emilia Lange 

George W, Scully 

Program Committee 

Pauline A. Vi/alker, chairman 
Mrs Geraldine 2. Herrick 
Louisa S. Metcalf 
Rose Moorachian 
Russell A. Scully 
Mrs Sheila Stevens 



Book Preparation 

Buildings 
Op^jn S>'.elf 
AccoTi'iting 
Book Purchasing 



Central Charging Records 

Book Purclasing 

Central Charging Records 

Bookmobiles 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Engineering Sciences 



Education 
Lower Mills 
Book Purchasing 
Yfest Roxbixry 
Audio Visual 
Charles town 
Egleston Square 
Business Office 
I'Jhisic 



Jamaica Plain 

Branch Issue 

Connolly 

West Roxbury 

Central Charging Records 

Book Selection, HR and CS 

Brighton 

Print 

Exhibits 



West Roxbxiry 

North End 

Open Shelf 

South Boston 

Book Selection, R and RS 

Central Charging Records 



I 



-Representative of the Boston Public Library Building Service 
Employees International Union, Local #U09 (AFL) 
■»■« — ^Represen'oative of other groups not represented in the 
Association or the Union 



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Publications Committee 

Dorothy P, Shaw, chairman 

Constance Broadhurst 

Helen E. Colgan 

Elizabeth A, Drane 

James J. Ford 

I. Roger Stevens, Cartoonist 

Special Services Committee 
To be annoiinced 

Staff Library Committee 

Mrs M. Elizabeth Obear, chairman 
Dorothy J. Flood 
Nura Globus 
Kathleen B, Hegarty 
Emilia Lange 



Periodical and Ne^vspaper 

Open Shelf 

Washington Village 

General Reference 

Education 

Book Purchasing 



Book Selection, HR and OS 

West Roxb\iry 

Wattapan 

Division Office, HR and CS 

Print 



Special Committees 

CARE Committee 

Ollie Partridge, chairman 
I'Irs Margaret E. Lewis 
Mildred R, Somes 

SORT Committee 

Edna G. Peck, chairman 
Ruth iiUchelson 
Edward J. Montana 
ifrs Sadie Rotando 

Committee on Association of Library Aides 
Pauline Y/innick, chairman 
Phyllis E. AdaiiB 
Ervin J. Gaines 
Mary A. Hackett 
Louis Rains 



Open Shelf 

South End 

Book Preparation 



Book Selection, HR and CS 
Book Selection, R and RS 
Periodical and Newspaper 
Mattapan 



Division Office, HR and CS 
Book Stack Service 
Personnel Office 
Parker Hill 
Engineering Sciences 



Will, the Library be 
driven -undergroiind? 




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TO 



uestion 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JUNE 1960 



THE QUESTION MARK 

Publisheci by the' Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XV Number 6 \. ^ '. M}^^^^ 

Publications Committeei Constance Broad/'ux-nt, Helen 2- Co^.^c^n, Elizabetli A. Drane, 

Janies J. Fovd, I. Roger Stevous, Caj/t-ooJiist, Dorothy P. 
Shaw, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting ratarial: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each ino)V.-.h 



Now that we have been offered the challenge whpt p.ro we go:in.:^ to do with it? 
We are referring to the r-robleif'-solving, idea-generating councxls announced in 
General Administrative Notice #3^- 

For many years various ones of us have done PTAch gr'.imblirg about ho-'c those atj 
or near, the top inade all decisions without checking with those of us T.ho actuariiy 
worked with the problem,, to see if it would be practical. ¥e hnve s^'natimsi^ resented 
an apparent attit-ude tJv.it no one below certain levels covld pcsGitly coce up 'Ki.hh an;;,' 
worthYJhile idea- V/e have loudly stated that come decisio-.o -jad.e \7 the Adniinis-t.ra- 
tion could not v;ork, and sometimes crowed jubilantly vhcn th^y dicii't. "fe nave felt 
left out of planning, and morale has suffered, 'We believe that the library has lost 
good ideas and good people because of this. 

However, that is pasto If the AdmJ.nistration rea?>.ly means to give ovir views 
careful consideration, eind we believe it does, we have what we have long wanted— an 
opportvmity to participate in building the library's service and reputation, to give 
our creative talents an outlet at last, to enter into a real pai-tnership. 

We urge that the entire staff treat this opportunity as the beginning of a new 
era, that we forget past dis?;;reements and participate wholeheartedly in the covjicil 
program. 

Ihat can YOU do? Dcn't keep that idea or coDTr.ent on procedvjres to yourself! 
See I'-r Gaines or drop him a note about it. You Tid.ll find him both syroa^hetic and 
accessible. Vilhen there is a council group studying a field of which you have helpful 
knowledge — see the Chairman promptly , Your idear;, no ratter how small or large, are 
wanted and needed. 

The present two councils are -pioneering the way. The riEnibership of each group 
cuts across division lines, and across "chain of corrmand" — including a representative 
cross-section of, our staff. Members are so enthusiastic about the meetings that we 
have heard of one member who insists on coming in, during her vacaticn, to the group 
meeting rather than miss an opportunity to participate in the discussion, 

liVe congratulate the originators of the plani 

THE PUBLICATIONS CGMillTTF.E 

■J4- -;t ■«■•«■ -K- 

Note concerning materials for the July issue of THE QUESTION IvIARKs 

As the Editor will be on vacation, will anyone having material for the July 
issue please send or give it to James Ford, Education, 



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OUR TRAIL BIAZERS 

Rene-wal Policy 

The studty group on Renewal Policy con- 
sisting of Charles J. Gillis, Central 
Charging Records, Chairnanj Rosalie A, 
Lang, General Reference; Frances C. Lepie, 
Brighton; Grace B. Loughlin, Open Shelf j 
Mildred C. O'Connor, Social Sciences; and 
Louis Rains, Engineering Sciences, have 
held three meetings. Their assignment is 
to study the present renewal policies and 
to make recommendations thereon by July 1» 

Orientation 

The purpose of the Council on the In- 
doctrination and Orientation of New Em- 
ployees is to explore the nature and ex- 
tent of the present indoctrination and 
orientation system to determine whether 
this orientation is sufficient; and to 
make recommendations to the Trustees con- 
cerning additional orientation, if such is 
thought to be needed. A progress report 
is to be presented to the Trustees on 
August 1. Iifembers of the Committee wel- 
come any suggestions from staff members 
concerning any phase of orientation tdiich 
they belive would be helpful for new em- 
ployees. Please address all communica- 
tions to the Chairman, 

Members of the study group are; Phyllis 
E, Adams, Book Stack Service, tlarjorie M, 
Gibbons, Washington Village, Fary A, 
Hackett, Parker Hill, Catherine M. Mac- 
Donald, Personnel, Mary M, IfcDonough, 
Book Preparation, Louisa S, Me tea If, 
Readers Advisor (Adults), Russell A. 
Scully, Book Selection, R and RS, David 
T. Sheehan, General Reference, Pauline A. 
Vfelker, West Boxbuiy, and Muriel C. Jave- 
lin, Deputy Supervisor (Adults), Chairman. 

PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Employee 

Murray D. Movitz, Engineering Sciences, 

formerly part-time in Periodical and 

Newspaper 

Transferred 

Mildred E. Presente, West End to Byde Park 

Sarah Richman, Vfest End to Division Of- 
fice, HR and CS 

Mrs Catherine M. Richmond, West End to 
East Boston 



Resigned 

Laura Bondi, Parker Hill, to attend Li- 
brary school full-time 

Thomas F, Gaines, Book Stack Service, to 
return to school 

Elinor Najita, Adams Street, to return to 
school 

David L. IJIitchell, General Reference, to 
accept a position in library of St» 
Bernadine of Siena College 

Robert D, Sawyer, lihisic 

Edith A. Wright, Rare Book 

Term inated 

George~L, Pillion, Kirstein, now at 
Federal Reserve Bank 

Married 

Gerald ine A, Coyman, Cataloging and 

Classification, R and RS, to Edward 

P. Fitzgerald, May 28 

Retired 

Helen Schubarth, Accounting 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

A special meeting of the Executive 
Board wa^ called on May 31 to discuss the 
plans and ideas of the Program Committee 
for the October meeting of the Staff As- 
sociation. Several suggestions were pre- 
sented by Pauline Walker, Chairman of the 
committee. After considerable discus- 
sion, it was decided to investigate the 
possibilities of one of the suggestions 
put forth. 

The regular Board neeting for the month 
will be held on June 28, at which time it 
is planned to talk with the Chairmen of 
all the committees. It is hoped that in 
talking over the plans and problems of 
each committee, we may be able to find 
some means of facilitating their work. 

RUTH M. HAYES 

KODACHROME 

Anyone who has had a moment to sit in 
the co\irtyard and admire the bright 
geraniums , the lovely green carpet of the 
grass, the freshened paths around the 
fountain, finds a brief moment of time- 
less beauty to carry away and keep. We 
ttiank those who have given it to us ... 
and especially Mike Sullivan. It has 
never looked lovelier! 



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PRATT INSTITUTE COiMFERENCE 



On Saturday, ^viay lit, Pratt Institute 
Library School conducted a spring confer- 
ence for librarians on Changing Patterns 
of Public- Library Service with emphasis on 
"The Challenge of the Young Adult." In 
attendance were supervisors of young adult 
work, children's and young adults librari- 
ans, and administrators from libraries 
throughout the East. Representing librar- 
ies in the Boston area (former partici- 
pants of the American Heritage Project) 
was M. Jane Manthorne, headers- Advisor for 
Young Adults. 

Speakers discussed community-wide ser- 
vices to youth, ways of organizing library 
service so that children's and young peo- 
ple's reading advancement be adequately 
handled, and the special attributes of 
adolescence which inspire selected book 
collections, trained guidance, and under- 
standing. 

Of paramount interest to those in atten- 
dance was the address by Fargaret Freenan, 
Assistant Chief Librarian of the Brooklyn 
Public Library entitled Brooklyn Public 
Library Book Selection As Affected by Re - 
cent Reorganization . From her written 
speech. Miss Freeman detailed her library's 
seven-month-old experimentation in three 
areas; oral book reviewing by all staff 
members; the reorganization of several 
branch libraries to Family Reading Centers 
vfith clerical staffs under the administra- 
tion of a professionally staffed "District 
Libraryi" and the admission of seventh 
graders to status as adult card holders 
with free access to the full resources of 
the library. Eliciting many questions 
from the floor v;as -liss Freeman's report 
on the transformation of young adult ser- 
vices (rooms, staffs, collections) to 
"young teens" services — ^young teens being 
defined as seventh, eighth, and ninth 
graders . 

A full report of the conference is in 
preparation. 

M. JANE I1ANTH0RNE 

.,,. . CALENDAR OF EVENTS 



ONE GOOD THING LEADS TO ANOTHER 



June 19 -2k 

PROPOSED ivDTTO FOR OUR "EXTRAS" 



AIA-CLA Conference, 
liontreal 



"Yours not to reason why 
Yours to shelve and verify." 



Beryl Robinson, Eg].eston Square, c\ir- 
rently serving as Chairman of the Round 
Table of Children's Librarians, arranged 
a storytelling festival for the Jiuie 
meeting, and invited o\ir Jiiartha C. Eng- 
ler. South Boston, to be one of the foiir 
participating storytellers. As we hear 
it Ifertha was in excellent form I 

Attending the meeting was Ruth Hill 
Viguers, editor of the HORN BOCK and In- 
stinictor in Storytelling at Simmons Col- 
lege, School of Library Science, who had 
the planning of a program on the WIAC 
radio series "Yankee School of the Air". 
This is a series of informal programs 
produced by various colleges in the New 
England area designed to show the general 
public what the subjects taught are like, 

Jfe-s Viguers invited Martha Engler and 
a mother, ivirs Elizabeth Dyer of "^ellesley, 
to appear with her on the Simmons pro- 
gram, ifrs Dyer asking the questions and 
Mrs Vigi'iers and Miss Engler sharing the 
answers . This was a lively discussion on 
the what, why, and how of storytelling, 
the difference between storytelling and 
roading aloud, and what storytelling can 
do for the child. 

The program was taped on June 9 and we 
may all be in on the results. Listen in 
on TfJNAC (radio) from 9O0 to 10 p.m. on 
July 121 

"JOURNALESE" INVADES THE 
LIBRARY JOURNAL I 

Tifliat connection does the Boston Tea 
Party and books "Banned in Boston" have 
with the budget curtailments and their 
effects on the BPL? The editor of the 
■LIBRARY JOUB.NAL has, in our opinion, 
spoiled an otherwise good presentation 
of ovir difficulties and problems by at- 
tempting to catch the eye of the reader 
by a tie-in of these catch-phrases with 
the rest of the article. 

However, we do recommend that the 
staff read the article titled Boston 
Battered but Unbowed on pages 2117-2119 
of the June 1 issue. 

We also recommend highly the article 
The Popular Image of the Library and the 
Librarian by Robert D. Leigh and Kathryn 
V'/. Sewny in the same issue, pages 2089- 
2091, and its companion study The Image : 
Its Definition and Measurement by 
Gerhart ^aiebe, pages 2092-2097. 



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SPRIMGTIHiE IN THE BERKSHIRES 

The month of l^y did not behave very 
vrell, especially on week ends. However, 
the Massachusetts Library Association and 
the Western Ifessachusetts Library Club, 
Twhich convened in Northampton Thursday and 
Friday, May 19 and 20, must be I&y-month 
favorites. The weather -was perfect j the 
sun shone briefly; soft breeaes wafted 
vaguely about; waters of lakes and rivers 
sparkled; foliage vra.s resplendent in its 
freshly-washed green; flowers everjrwhere 
were in abundance. In addition, tiie meet- 
ings were stimulating, the food excellent, 
and the sociability rewarding. The BPLers 
Tfliho attended had only one regret; their 
deep sympathy went out to those lAftio re- 
mained at work "to slave and toil" on two 
such beautiful days. 

The Thursday morning meetings were held 
in the Forbes Library. This elderly 
structxire is a dramatic example of what 
can be done with imagination and some 
loose change o The children's room recent- 
ly created in the basement i-vas most at- 
tractive, light, airy and extremely modem. 
Following an informal coffee hour, John M. 
Buteau, President of Trustees, Forbes Li- 
brary, welcomed the guests. After a brief 
business meeting of the YflCC, their Presi- 
dent, Dennis C. Patnode, Librarian of 
Chicopee Public Library, introduced to a 
plus capacity audience, Jfferie T, Sullivan, 
Public Libraiy Specialist, Massachusetts 
Division of Library Extension. The fact 
that the morning meetings were overflow 
sessions was due not only to the large at- ' 
tendance but to the appeal of the speaker 
and her subject. Miss Sullivan looked 
charming and was a living proof that the 
"typical" librarian of yester-year is to 
be found today primarily in cartoons. She 
brought both information and stimulation 
to her subject. Building a Book Collection 
a nd Keeping it Alive . Although her re- 
narks were aimed to aid the sirall library 
her comments carried a message for anyone 
Ytho is concerned with the maintenance of 
adequate book collections. 

A short stroll across the Square brought 
the g-oup to the delightful Alumni House 
of Smith College where a luncheon worthy 
of that renowned institution was served. 
Richard C. Garvey, Assistant Managing Edi- 
tor, SPRINGFIELD DAILY NEWS, was guest 
speaker. Ifr Garvey, a native of Northamp- 
ton — ^a "Ham" to those in the know — enter- 
tained the gionp from his vast store of 



anecdotes about "the good old days." His 
keen interest, his zest in tale telling, 
and his humor, made him a raconteur of 
the highest order, with his audience 
spellbound after his first story about 
Charles Stern and the Elm Tree. His :^t 
one about Frank McCarthy and his Confed- 
erate bond hoax, which took Vice Presidi^nt 
Coolidge to untangle, was the best of alD., 
Seldom has a post-luncheon houi' passed so 
quickly. The guests agree with ISr Garvey, 
"Someone should write a book," especially 
with so much unused good materJal still 
\inclaimed. 

The nine-mile drive between Northampton 
and Amherst was through some of the most 
colorful of Western Ilassachusetts coun- 
tryside. To those who previously had not 
seen the University of Massachusetts, it 
came as a distinct and most pleasant sur- 
prise. Here we found a university lit- 
erally bursting at the seams. New modern 
b\iildings were evident all over the cam- 
pus. The new library, although an exten- 
sion of the existing building, is ex- 
tremely modern. Hugh Montgomery, Univer- 
sity Librarian, welcomed the group and 
gave them background information on the 
bnilding and its equipment. Since the 
furnishings were mostly in wooden boxes, 
it required a bit of imagination to vis- 
ualize the finished product. It required 
no imagination, however, to appreciate 
the breath-taking view from every high 
window and to wonder how students could 
concentrate with such vast panoranas to 
compete with the written word. The Uni- 
versity Library will be a credit to the 
State within a very short time. 

The Coach Light Room, Hotel Northampton, 
with its soft pink tablecloths, lighted 
blue table candles, and subdued over- 
lights was restful and appealing as the 
guests gathered for the evening banquet. 
The handsome floral arrangement at the 
head table accentuated the spring atmos- 
phere. Following a banquet which left no 
room for complaint — fresh fruit cup, 
enormous portions of roast beef with ad- 
denda, ice cream cake and plenty of ex- 
cellent coffee — what more could one ask? 
No one may have asked more but they cer- 
tainly got more. Elizabeth Butcher, re- 
tiring president, graciously introduced 
the head table and called upon Lai/inrence 
Vifikander, President-Elect, and Librarian 
of Forbes Library, to introduce the guest 
speaker, Mary Ellen Chase, teacher and 
author. "This is not a speech. I am just 



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going to talk," were her opening words — 
but how she talkedl Her mellifluous voices 
her clear diction and her choice of cita- i 
tions from the Scriptures and other great 
writings, emphasized her comments on the 
novel. She considers THE SCAIiLET LETTER 
the greatest American novel j BLEAK HOUSE 
the great English novel. Currently she is 
giving recognition to o\xr favorite book of 
the season, THE EDGE OF DAY by Laurie Lee. 
Miss Chase commented too on "those silly 
little marks," the question mark, the 
comma, the semi-colon (a place on which to 
stand mentally and look both forward and 
backward) all of vAiich lend meaning to so 
much of the great writings . Quoting Miss 
Chase can only sound cold and detached. 
Her vrords need her warm, vibrant personal- 
ity, her deep appreciation for the lost (?) 
art of good writing and the haunting qual- 
ities of her voice, to carry their mean- 
ing. Her gestures and nannerisms were 
intriguing or distracting, depending on 
the age of the observer. 

The business meeting convened on Eriday 
morning, Elizabeth Butcher presiding. The 
recommended change in the by-laws to in- 
clude the Director, Division cf Library Ex- 
tension as a permanent member of the Ex- 
ecutive Board was adopted. John A. 
Humphry, Chairman, J.ILA Legislative Commit- 
tee, brought the members up-to-date on 
bill #3162 (formerly #2275). He paid 
special tribute to the intensive work done 
by the President, the other officers of 
ISA and the Trustees, and especially to 
the Director and Trustees of the BPL, who 
he said did "more than that required in 
line of duty 3 they evidenced real leader- 
ship." The legislators interviewed have 
shown a real understanding of the problem 
and there are evidences of solid support. 
The need now is to "keep moving" and never 
let dovm for a minute until #3162 is safe- 
ly enacted. A brief coffee break proved 
that we are all creatures of habit. It 
was very sociable and pleasant if not es- 
sential . 

As President-Elect and Chairman of the 
Program Committee, lir Wikander introduced 
the speaker of the meeting, Eleanor 
Ferguson, Executive Secretary, Public Li- 
braries Division, ALA. She gave an espe- 
cially stimulating talk based on her own 
experiences as she has travelled all over 
the United States. From the many letters 
she receives daily, one was worthy of 
special attention, "Dear Ifedam," it read, 
"please send me several library trends," 



Assuming that there might be a wider in- 
terest in this subject. Miss Ferguson 
spoke on New Trends in Library Service . 
Space prohibits a detailed report but the 
trends she noted and enlarged upon can be 
cited (1) Trend toward planning. Tangi- 
ble evidence is The Library Service Act. 
(2) Trend toi/vard self-criticism — librar- 
ies have begun to evaluate themselves in 
relation to their communities. (3) Trend 
toward cooperation — ^both among libraries 
and with other community organizations. 
(U) Central processing. (5) Reference 
Service cooperatives, especially success- 
ful case — San Joaquin Valley, California. 
(6) Regional Library cooperation on all 
levels of library work even to storage 
space. (7) Interstate cooperation, best 
evidenced in New England. (8) Metropoli- 
tan cooperation holds great potentiali- 
ties but lias not yet begun "to scratch 
the surface." (9) Increased interest in 
libraries on the part of lay groups , this 
furthered by National Library Week. Even 
Congress is now aware that libraries 
exist. She closed with Gerald Johnson's 
statement that the real reason for the 
public library is to keep open the door 
to wiadoiadnd experience for all mankind. 

EDNA G. PECK 

BPL HAS T'ro 

of the MLa officers for I96O-6I. I'/turiel 
C. Javelin was elected Vice President and 
President-Elect and Ada A. Andelman 
serves as Archivist. Bertha L. Cain, 
Newton Public Library, is the new Secre- 
tary. Thomas J. Galvin, Simmons College, 
continues as Treasurer. 

THE HORSE RE^.LLY TRA VEILED 

With many of our Bostonians travelling 
to Montreal to attend the joint session 
of the American and Canadian Library As- 
sociations this year, it may be of inter- 
est to discover that there is , in Canada , 
a Paul Revere Horse Club, This fact came 
to light when a phone call was received 
in the Children's Section from the Gov- 
ernor's office, seeking infornation in 
answer to a letter from a Canadian girl, 
president of the club, who wrote Governor 
Furcolo asking infornation regarding the 
name of Paul's horse. 

The answer was supplied from a letter 
on the same subject, written to the 



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principal of a school in Ashland, Wiscon- 
sin, in 1953. The Division of Reference 
and Research Services had done a thorough 
job of research and had discovered the 
name to be "Brorni Beauty". Incidentally, 
the mare iwas loaned by Deacon Larkin of 
Charlsstovm, who borrowed it from his 
father to whom it was never returned I 
Could Paul have been a real New England 
horsetrader in addition to all his other 
talents ? 

WEDDING BELLES 

Shirley Gjldea Cappabianca 



Shirley's friends from the Library 
gathered on Wednesday, June 1, to extend 
their best vrishes at a farewell luncheon 
held at the University Club. She left the 
Infornation Office to become the bride of 
Lt. D. Robert Cappabianca on June 11. 

A double ring ceremony and nuptial Mass 
were performed at a full-dress military 
Ticdding. She wore a chapel length silk 
go^vn appliqued with pearl-embroidered 
chantilly lace and an orange blossom head- 
piece with a three-tiered fingertip veil, 
and carried trtiite roses and lilies of the 
v?lley. Her maid of honor was Dorothy 
JUahoney — her bridesmaids, Jfrs Ralph B, 
Ciri:<:xin, sister of the groom, and Maria 
Mechini, formerly of Records, Files, Sta- 
tistics. Ushers were naval officer friends 
of the groom and formed an arch of swords 
as the couple left the church. 

Following a reception at the Maridor in 
Framin'^ham, they left for a wedding trip 
to Ca^j-fornia. They will reside in New- 
port R.I., after early July. 

Gerald ine Goyman Fitzgerald 



In perfect 70-degree weather on Saturday, 
May 28 GeraJ.dine A. Coyman, Cataloging and 
Classification, R and RS, became the bride 
of Edrr^rd P. Fitzgerald in a double ring 
ceroinony at Saints Peter and Paul Cbirch, 
South Boston. The bride in chantill;/ lace 
over ti.ille and finger-tip voil carried a 
bouquot of orchids and s^p.plisnotis. Pearl 
seo'ins embroidered in the lac a faintly 
glittf^red and Geraldine sparkled down the 
aisle like a fairy princess. She was at- 
tended by her sister, Mrs Edward Conley, 
and three bridesmaids including Katherine 
Evans, a former employee in the Cataloging 
and Classification, R and RS. The groom's 
best man was his brother, William Fitzgerald 



of Stamford, Connecticut. 

Many of ''Gerry 's" friends at the BPL 
were invited to the gala reception held 
in the attractive Princess Ballroom at 
the Hotel Somerset. An excellent orches- 
tra provided music for the dancing. The 
turkey dinner was delicious. 

Late in the afternoon the happy couple 
took leave of the wedding party for a 
trip to Nassau and Miami. 

Catherine Eck Blumenfeld 

Catherine Eck, formerly of General Re- 
ference, was married on May 23 to Michael 
Blumenfeld in Harvard University Chapel. 
Champagne and other scrumptious things 
were served at the reception in Phillips 
Brooks House (also at Harvard). 

Cathy and Michael will be living in 
New York City. 

SPRING ODE 

V/ritten and given to three "extras" in 
Open Shelf by a member of the public. 

Three ladies in waiting 
Waiting for books 
To pilace on the shelves 
In the right nooks. 

To them a high rating 
As they go to their duties 
We salute and thank thorn 
Three lovely young beauties. 






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GONGRATUIATIONS TO 
THE GRAi^lTEESi 

ALA Conference Grants 

Ethel L. Heins, Brighton 
Grace B. Loughlin, Open Shelf 
B, Gertrude T/ade, Codman Square 
Gladys R, White, Central Book Stock 

Library School Scholarships 

Geraldine Coyman Fitzgerald, Cataloging 

and Classification, R and RS 
James J. Ford, Education 
Edward J. Montana, Periodical and 

NeTATspaper 
David T. Sheehan, General Reference 

BRAINS 

Degrees Won 

Elizabeth A. Drane, General Reference, 
MS in Library Science, Simmons College. 

Muriel C. Javelin, Office of Home Reading 
and Community Services, ivS in Library 
Science, Simmons College. 

Mary Catherine Robbins, Business Office, 
E3 cum laude, College of Business Admini- 
stration, Boston University. 

Scholarships 

In addition to those reported in the 
May QM the following BPL employees have 
been awarded scholarships ; 

Mary E, Byrnes, Education (St. Clare) 
Partial k year scholarship to Regis. 

Janice N, Hayden, Hyde Park (Girls' Latin) 
i-'Xll U year scholarship to Boston Uni- 
versity. 

Steven Lipper, Mattapan (Boston Latin) 
5,l"-;00 National Merit Scholarship from 
Se3jrs Roebuck. He is going to Harvard. 



■ AND BEAUTY? 

Anne Santino, Open Shelf, an honor stu- 
dent for four years , was chosen Queen at 
the Msgr, Ryan High School Senior Prom. 

31KFT IN PRINT 

Edwin Sanford, History, has an article 
in the NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEA- 
LOGICAL REGISTER for April I96O entitled 
The Early Years of Pres. John Sanford of 
Boston, I^lass, and Portsmouth, R.I. 

ART TOOl 

Esther J. Leonard, Education, is serv- 
ing on the Program Committee of the cur- 
rent Boston Arts Festival at the Public 
Gardens . 

COULD YOU FIND THE ANSWERS? 

Did Brigham Young have his wives in two 
separate houses? 

I have just found an abandoned baby duck- 
ling. What shall I feed it? 

Perkins Institute suggested that I tele- 
phone the library. Tifhere can I purchase 
a Commencement card written in Braille? 

How can I pack and store books for an 
extended period of time? 

Can you find me an anthology of tongue 
twisters? 

What is the fastest animal on earth? 

How long does it take a lion to run a 
hundred yards? 

No, this is not part of the examination 
in the Reference course at Simmons Scuool 
of Library Science. Just a few of the 
queries that turned up at General Re- 
ference in the past week. 



Edifard J , Powers , Education 

full scholarship to University of Chicago 
Graduate School of Business Administra- 
tion. Also the Boston College Faculty 
Scholarship. 

Stephen R. Shernnn, Mattapan (Technical) 
Scholarship to Northeastern. 







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ADVENTURERS ABROAD 

ySA Sponsored Trip 

•Candidates for the four-week jaunt to 
nine European countries sponsored by the 
Massachusetts Library- Association this 
summer are Gertrude Bergen of Lower Mills 
and Ruth Hayes of Adams Street. 

And Deviators 

Among the boarders of the MLA chartered 
plane on July 7 will be the veteran tra- 
velers Ollie Partridge and Marie Cashman 
from Open Shelf. Equipped with an empty 
Italian straw bag for souvenirs and a 
nostalgic gleam in their eyes they will 
spend their first weekend in London with 
other librarians. Following this their 
months of planning will materialize in a 
two weeks stay in Spain and a visit to 
Italy, 

None the less enthusiastic despite their 
inexperience are four more busy planners 
from Central. Incorporating the sugges- 
tions of their fellow librarians in their 
plans to visit England, Scotland, Ireland, 
and France are Mildred O'Connor, Kathleen 
Hegarty, Elizabeth Drane, and Connie 
Broadhurst. With steamship tickets to be 
reserved, cars to be hired, and Irish 
relatives to be visited, these girls 
sparkle with the enjoyment of pre-planning, 

June Jaunts 

In addition to theso happy anticipators, 
we have colleagues who have already begun 
to wander. Madaiene Holt of Lower Mills 
left Logan airport Sunday, June 5 for a 
five week tour of the Scandinavian 
countries . 



On a ship leaving from New Jersey this 
month . •' Bertha Keswick, her hubby, and 
young son. Some of the spots" on thioir colar- 
ful itinerary will be England, the Nether- 
lands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, 
Italy, and Ifonte Carlo I 

A final globe trotter of the BPL is the 
dynamic Evelyn Marden from East Boston, A 
mere listing of her resting points — Hawaii, 
Tokyo, Hong Kong, Thailland, Phillipines, 
India, and Egypt — should stir the mind of 
the most sedentary librarian. A highlight, 
Evelyn insisted, was her arrival in Tokyo 
on the same day proposed by the President I 



To all BPL-ers whose purses will be 
drained, mileage increased, and minds ex- 

paned, we wish a hearty - BON 

VOYAGE I 

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by plane, train, bus or car are the fol- 
lowing to attend ALA Conference. Perhaps 
there are others whose names we missed. 
We tried to make the list complete I To 
all who are going we wish "Bon Voyage" I 
Have a wonderful time J 

Director's Office 
Milton E. Lord 
Elizabeth L. Wright 
Elizabeth B. Brockunier 



Division of Personnel 
ErAdn J, Gaines 

Division of Reference and Research Ser - 
vices 

Florence Connolly, Fine Arts 
l*fe.ry F. Daly, Government Documents 
Zoltan Haras zti. Rare Book 
Esther Jalonen, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation 
Mildred C. O'Connor, Social Sciences 
Minna Steinberg, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication 
Rosalie A. Lang, General Reference 

Division of Home Reading and Community 

Services 

Anne Coleman, Mt Bowdoin 

lilartha C. Engler, South Boston 

Patricia Feeney, Audio-Visual 

Beatrice P. Frederick, Open Shelf 

Virginia Haviland, Open Shelf 

Ethel L. Heins, Brighton 

Muriel C, Javelin, Division Office 

Grace B. Loughlin, Open Shelf 

Euclid J, Peltier, Audio-Visual 

Beryl Y. Robinson, Egleston Square 

B. Gertrude Wade, Codman Square 

Gladys R. ViJhite, Central Book Stock 

Pauline Winnick, Division Office 

RETURNED FROM SLA 

Marjorie G. Bouquet, Picture Collection 
Rita M. Desaulniers , Kirstein 
Jeanne Fitzgerald, Engineering Sciences 
Leonard l>fa.cMillan, Book Purchasing 
Grace M. Marvin, Book Selection, HR and 
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mRY U. NICHDLS AWARDS ; 

The annual avtarding of tihe Mary U. 
Nichols Book Prize Aiivards took place at 
North End on May twenty -third. For the 
twelfth consecutive year Milton E. Lord, 
Director, extended the Library's congratu- 
lations to "the North End boy and to the 
North End girl iraho in their senior year 
at a North End high school have excelled 
in English" . 

THE OXFORD BOOK OF ENGLISH VERSE was 
chosen by Joanne Ruvido and WEBSTER'S 
DICTIONARY by Anthony Carmen Cintolo. 
Handsomely bound in blue and red, respec- 
tively, in the Library's bindery, each 
book contained a bookplate especially de- 
signed by Arthur W. Heintzelman, Keeper of 
Prints , to perpetuate the memory of Miss 
Nichols ' 3 work with puppets . 

Robert L. Castagnola presided for the 
third year. Girls from the Julie Billiart 
School, charmingly attired in blue dresses 
of like design, sang two songs under the 
leadership of Sister Rose Paula, S.N.D. 
The Julie Billiart Faculty members were 
making their first appearance at these 
ceremjonies. The Brookline High School 
Chamber liYind Ensemble played a Mozart con- 
certo, the French horn solo being rendered 
by Peter Levin, son of Ws Belle Levin, 
part-time assistant at North End, 

The main speaker of the evening, Joseph 
A. Coletti, the sculptor, chose a subject 
of special interest to North End residents 
and branch library users and proceeded to 
draw a very clear picture of The Contribu- 
tion of Italy and the Italians to Aiceri - 
can Culture . The Reverend Charles Pescia 
of St. Stephen's Church brought greetings 
from the community. 

Members of the staff and of the Young 
Adults Council acted as hosts and host- 
esses . During the social period which 
followed the fornal program delicious 
refreshments were served. Mrs Ada A, 
Andelraan, Supervisor of Home Reading Ser- 
vices, and Nancy Caruso, faculty member at 
Northeastern and frequent library user, 
presided at the punch bowls. 

Former award winners, families and 
friends of this year's recipients, former 
staff members, and personal friends joined 
in honoring the memory of Mary U. Nichols 
who from i9Ul-19l4.9 , quietly but firmly, 
unselfishly and courageously — and always 
with a fine sense of humor — served North 
End well. 

SARAH M. USHER 



LIBRARY BILL NOW IN SENATE 
YffilTE YOUR SENATOR. 

Tiie original State Aid to Libraries 
Bill, House Bill 2275, ™as redrafted 
without any basic change by the House 
Committee of Bills in third reading and 
was passed without opposition by the 
House on Ifey 31 as House Bill 3l62. 

The bill was then sent to the Senate 
where it is now awaiting action in the 
hands of the Senate Ways and Ifeans Com- 
mittee. That committee has to make a 
report on it to the Senate. Let's keep 
up our work on this important bill all 
the way through by writing now to our 
senators asking their support of the 
State Aid to Libraries Bill. 

FRIENDS OF THE MTTAPAN LIBRARY 

On Wednesday, I'&y 17, the officers of 
the Mattapan Library Friends and the 
Branch Librarian, Theodora B. Scoff, 
were entertained at a luncheon at the 
home of Ifrs Robert Rot man, President of 
the group. The luncheon was preceded by 
a meeting during which plans were f ormu^ 
lated for the observance of Jewish Book 
Month in November. Several interesting 
ideas were put forth, and the Friends 
hope to announce a definite date and 
program in the near future. 

ALUMNA VISITOR 

A recent visitor to Central was Ruth 
Fishburne Hermnn -who has recently re- 
turned from Europe where her husband, 
Lt. Colonel Robert Hermann of the Arny 
Air forces has been stationed for the 
last three years. Vivacious as ever, 
and looking like a Vogue fashion model, 
it -was difficult to believe that she 
started her career in the BPL. 

Since she left the library and Boston 
in the late forties, Ruth has studied at 
Columbia and worked as librarian for 
Kuhn-Loeb in New York. At the time of 
her narriage she vras president of the 
Special Libraries group. 

She is now residing in Westchester. 
Being a suburbanite will be a new exper- 
ieaCQ for Ruth — ^but we feel certain 
she*ll take it in stride. (Westchester 
—make way!) 

SARAH RICHMAN 



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MISS SCHUBART H RETIRES i 

— — — ■ iC ■• 

In the past 92 years of its 108-year 
history, the Library has had only two in- 
dividuals holding the position -which has 
had many titles and which Helen Schubarth 
held as Principal Accountant at the tins 
of her retirement. She came to the Li- 
brary following graduation from B, U., 
College of Business Administration, and 
worked under, and then succeeded, the late 
A. A. Nichols. Unperturbed by title 
changes. Miss Schubarth accomplished her 
work from year to year (39 in all) accord- 
ing to high standards -vriiich she set for 
herself, facing each problem as it arose 
with honesty, courage, and firmness of 
purpose, and thereby building quietly and 
steadily an outstanding record of service 
to the Library. 

Library friends rejoiced at the good 
fortune -wriiich came to Miss Schubarth in 
1953 vvhen she received a substantial in- 
heritance, and evidenced their happiness 
for her by sending congratulations through 
the pages of THE QUESTION MARK. 

She has served on the House Committee 
for Women, is well -remembered for her work 
on tea committees , and was always willing 
and patient in her solving of questions 
which vexed the staff on income tax with- 
holdings and such. 

Miss Schubarth 's interest in photography 
has been satisfied when she has traveled 
in E\irope and the United States . It is 
easy to imagine that in her leisure days 
ahead she will alternate travel in foreign 
lands with short trips to Duxbury where 
her retired sister has an attractive home. 
The best wishes of the Staff, as expressed 
verbally at the farewell party, are here- 
put into "black and white" with warm 
cordiality. 

SARAH M. USHER 

HELEN SCHUBARTH HONORED 



Retirement parties serve a dual purpose: 
They provide for those of us who are re- 
maining in line of service "dedicated to 
the advancement of learning" an opportu- 
nity to say "hail and farewell" \o one of 
our number Trith whom we have had a happy 
association for many years . This phase of 
a retirement party partakes of bo^bh joy 
and sorrow — joy, that we have the privil^e 
of honoring a member irho is about to enjoy 
the fruits of years of faithful service; 
sorrow, to realize that another rewarding 



daily contact is about to be severed. 
The second purpose of a retirement party 
is one of unalloyed pleasure: The pleas- 
ure of welcoming back those who have re- 
tired previously and viho return to wel- 
come into the exclusive fraternity of 
"emeriti", the latest candidate. 

The retirement party tendered Helen 
Schubarth, Principal Accountant, was no 
exception to this general pattern. Con- 
trary to many May days this yesir, Thurs- 
day, the twenty-sixth, was one of dazz- 
ling sunshine. The courtyard, glimpsed 
from the Ladies ' Lounge , was at its 
loveliest J the room itself took on a 
specially festive air with soft lights , 
beautiful flowers, attractive table ar- 
rangements and an abundance of home-made 
food served by charming young ladies in 
gay summer dresses. Miss Schubarth, 
supported by her two sisters, Katherine 
Schubarth and Mrs Margaret Eberhard, 
graciously received her guests. She evi- 
denced for all to see the fact that she 
could not even be touching the fringes of 
retirement age. I>uring one brief lull in 
the enveloping conversation and hospita- 
ble "pouring", John J. Connolly took the 
opportunity to convey to i'-Jiss Schubarth 
the thanks of the Administration and her 
fellow workers for her many years of de- 
voted service to the Boston Public Li- 
brary, and to present to her tangible 
evidence of this appreciation. After 
her words of thanks. Miss Schubarth 
shared with those present the pleasure 
of opening the handsome packages and 
examining the beautiful string of cul- 
tured pearls, with matching earrings, 
and the white compartment jewel case. 
An "appreciation" volume, handsomely 
bound by the BPL bindery staff and in- 
scribed by Miss Schubarth' s many well 
wishers, was also presented to the guest 
of honor. 

It was a high tribute to Miss Schubarth 
and a real pleasure to the staff to wel- 
come back fifteen former staff members 
who have retired, all looking younger 
than when they belonged to the "work 
gang" and all evidently finding retire- 
ment exceptionally rewarding. These spe- 
cial guests were: Elizabeth G. Barry, 
Albert Carpenter, Grace Caution, Flora 
Ennis, Alice Hanson, Frances McGonagle 
Kelley, Sara Lyon, Margaret I. McGovern, 
Harriett Mulloy, I.1ary Prall, William F. 
Quinn, Patrick Reilly, Abraham Snyder, 
Loraine A, Sullivaji, Julia Zaugg. In 



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addition to this impressive group of those | 
welcoming Miss Schubarth to the ranks of j 
the retired, there were also five former • 
members of the Business Office and Ac- I 
counting: Barbara (Salovritts) Bloom, j 
Barbara (Nagler) Cotton, Rosemarie (larro-i 
bino) I^ilcahy, Ifergaret (Tracey) Stein- 
mann, and Jean (Watson) Weitz. 

Jack McLellan and Francis Myers were on 
hand to record the event for posterity by 
means of the camera. 

As Miss Schubarth goes out "into the 
world" , those who have had the privilege 
of association with her over the years 
wish for her days filled with happy and 
rewarding experiences. 

The committee headed by Catherine Far- 
rell. Accounting, is to be congratulated 
on the unqualified success of this happy 
occasion. 

EDNA G. PECK 

AND THANK YOU 

Dear Friends, 

Many, mar^ thanks for your 
thoughts, good wishes and the beautiful 
gifts. 

The pearl necklace and earrings are per- 
fect. I shall wear them with delight and 
happy thoughts of you. The gold trimmed 
white jewel box is beautiful and most use- 
ful. In fact is already in place and ful- 
filling its purpose. The floral decora- 
tions were so beautiful. The food fit for 
epicures. Thank you for such a "lovely" 
tea. 

With deepest appreciation for yoxir 
kindness . 

As ever yours, 
(Signed) HELEN SCHUBARTH 
29th May I960 

BON APPETIT et BON VOYAGE 

On Monday, June 6, a luncheon was held 
for Mrs Bertha Keswick at Eddie Davis ' 
restaurant. Many of her Library friends 
were present to siirprise her when she came 
to lunch with two friends, and she re- 
ceived a Bon Voyage gift of money and the 
best wishes of her many frierxls. 

She was also given a Bon Voyage luncheon 
by members of Branch Issue at the Darbury 
Room, June 2. She was presented with an 
orchid and a gift of money and a good time 
was had by all. 



77 ROAST FORK STRIPS 

On Saturday evening, June h, after the 
Sun yat-set, the non-Communist cell of 
tte C.C.M.S. met on the good junk China 
Star. Apparently the Mao Ifeo's could not 
nake it. It was a real surprise party — 
so successful, in fact, that one of the 
guests of honor failed to find out about 
it. We wish Paul Brayton well wherever 
he isi No natter — ^we had two other can- 
didates for expulsion: Tom Gaines (63^ 
Fine Arts, 32% Sci-Tech, S% unaccounted) 
and Maurice Carbonneau (10% Sci-Tech, 20% 
Patent Room, 70% Gay Carbonneau). This 
time we were served egg foo old, sweet 
and so\ir matzoh balls, and fried butter- 
fly shrimp Brioachi. 

Our No. 1 Confucian (-sion?) Kubla 
(-kla?) Rains (100% red-blooded Yankee- 
Doodle boy) led group in special prayer 
of thanks for rainy season — make dandy 
good mushroom, not to mention how bean 
sprouts ! 

The hit of the evening was easily the 
Ming Dynasty Orange Festival headpiece 
worn by Margaret Butler (200% real Boston 
lady) . Even the waiters , who are a 
pretty blase' lot, were overheard saysing 
"tjj ^p^- " (trans .--Holy Mackerel, der 
&ipphire I ) 

Far-Far Eastern Music was provided by 
those great exponents of the quarter-tone, 
half -pint scale, Chop-Chop Koury and Play 
On The Strings Of My Heart Ugalde. The 
lovely Oriental effects are achieved 
through never tuning the piano and the 
acute tonal deafness of the violinist. 
Add to this a "close enough for jazz" 
attitude and the wearing of arctic mit- 
tens and you have real Sampan serenade I 
No matter — for everybody waltzed all the 
time. 

Otir Great Khan (L.R.) made his usual 
sipid presentation speech. Ifeurice got 
some piano music (he should improve his 
technique) , a vocal score to RIGOLETTO 
(he should get CAR!iEN out of his system), 
and the new B.S.O. recording of the 
Berlioz REQUIEM (he should be able to 
drown out Gay on occasions). Tom Gaines 
was visibly flabbergasted when he got 3 
records he didn't already own I Dowland 
and Purcell songs by Russell Oberlin, and 
Richard Strauss songs by Schwarzkopf. 

The en-chanting Carbonneaus (Tfes Gay 
and Maudlin Maury) favored us and ex- 
hausted themselves with song and dance. 



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Their DON GIOVANNI vras excellent except 
for a few minor details: they didn't 
know all the words; the pianist had the 
wrong key; and the violinist thought he 
was playing Brahms . W HERO came off much 
better (they didn't sing it). Our music 
critic Frank Moran (35^ Dacron, 6S% cot- 
ton) gave it three stars, which he select- 
ed from the many going round him. Ignoring 
the musicians (lO^ talent and 90$? gall) 
the guests gathered around the piano and 
scuttled the evening for good by singing 
such old favorites as l-VHEN YOU WERE MY 
CHDW MEIN Arm I YJAS YOUR EGG FOO YDNG, IN 
THE EVENING BY THE SUB GUM, and the FRIED 
RICE CHA GHA CHA. 

"PHIL" KOOERS' PARTY 

On Thursday evening, Jlay $ a party of 
sixty-two librarians and former librarians 
gathered at Blinstrub's Village to honor 
James "Phil" Mooers upon his retirement 
from the Library after forty-seven years 
of devoted service. During the course of 
the evening a haindsome gold watch was pre- 
sented to him by Michael Langone. This 
watch Twas the gift of itr Mooers ' many 
friends . 

Phil has had a long and interesting 
career in this Library, He started as an 
apprentice in the old bindery on Stanhope 
St. where he became popular with the li- ' 
brary help because of his extraordinary 
skill in cutting cardboard to fit in their 
shoes . Later iniien librarians became 
prosperous, salaries being raised from 
^3,$0 a week to sj)li.00 Phil acquired such 
skill in bookbinding that he was promoted 
to foreman and when the late James W. 
Kenney became Comptroller he was appointed 
Chief of Binding Department, 

l'i(e will all miss llir Mooers very much 
and hope that he will find time to leave 
his beloved petunias and visit us in Cop- 
ley Square and give us the latest informa- 
tion on ecclesiastical administration, 

LATE FLASH 

Hearty congratulations to Rose Leavitt, 
West Roxbury, who won a trip to Hawaii for 
two when her number was dra-vm at the 
Mayor's Charity Field Day on June lit.. It 
couldn't happen to a nicer person. Best 
wishes for a happy tripl 



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Dear Soap Box, 

It is now obvious that we ARE staying 
open on Saturdays this summer even though 
the first announcement was that we would 
close beginning June U. ^ummer Saturdays 
are deadly dull and endless for those 
poor souls who have the bad luck to have 
to work them. It seems rather senseless 
to curtail other services , yet keep this 
particular needless one open. If there 
IS a reason, could we worms know 1/VHY? 
There has been none given as yet. Does 
not whoever changed the ruling ov/e the 
courtesy of an explanation to the staff 
who must suffer through these long hours? 
You viio changed it have them ALL 
To swim or golf and have a ball 

(■vriiile in contrast) 
Ours but to sit and sigh 
TJhile we seek the reason ¥ifHY. 

VfflY Y mj 



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Dear Soap Box 

I'Then the reduction in staff tabs being 
discussed on account of the reduction in 
budget, a relative reduction in houi'S and 
services iwas predicated as necessary. 

The various departments were assured 
that the curtailed staffs would be able to 
cover the vacation period during the sum- 
mer month because the library would be 
closed on Saturdays, 

Now we have been told that with no addi- 
tional funds for temporary employees, we 
will remain open Saturdays during the 
summer. 

Some of us have to stay with the Boston 
Public Library for various reasons; but 
Some of us do not. Unfortunately nany of 
those who do not have to stay, are among 
the most promising and desirable of em- 
ployees . 

They are not and will not be retained, 
I am sure, under such stretch-out condi- 
tions of employment, under such uncertain 
conditions of employment. 

Note that departments that must remain 
open Saturdays during the summer are being 
discriminated against in comparison with 
those which are closed. The reduction in 
staff was made with the idea that this 
would be possible since the -mdiole library 
would be closed on Saturdays during the 
summer. Vilhen the shift in policy was 
made, conditions remained the same in 
those departments which work on regular 
nine-to-five, Jfonday-to-Friday work week. 
But in the public service departments, the 
staff has to be stretched a little thinner, 
worked a little harder to keep the library 
open on summer Saturdays. Heaven help us 
if many get sick or injured. We will 
stay open anyhow. 

Did you notice that the Cleveland Public 
Library mil be closed Saturdays this 
summer because of budget cuts? 

LOST IffiEKEND 

To the editor? 

If Sat\irdays are light-use days in the 
special de^nrtments during the summer, 
frtiy could not the building be open to the 
same extent as on Tuesday, Thursday and 
Friday nights, i.e. closed except for 
Open Shelf, Central Charging, and the 
limited service in Bates Halll 



Dear Editor: 

I have alvays been under the impression 
that in the library system, only the cus- 
todial service could designate "male 
only" and that in all other departments 
exarainatio-is passed, ability and experi- 
ence were Ibe determining factors in job 
promotions, rather than one's sex. I re- 
fer, of course, to General Administrative 
Notice No. 35 which announces a vacancy 
at the LAU level, in the Central Claarging 
Department male only. Aside from the two 
gentlemen who head this department, the 
work of registration and overdue proce- 
dures is carried on very capably by women 
both in central and throughout the 
branches — as evidenced by those who were 
appointed LA2's and many others who 
should have been promoted. T/Vhere, then, 
is the ItlALE who is to come forward and 
receive this plum—certainly not from the 
ranks of very hard-working and deserving 
registration assistants. The only 
thought that comes to me is that this job 
has been earmarked for some gentleman 
previously determined and that the for- 
mality of announcing the job opening is 
just a travesty. 

SLOE BOURNE 

Editor's note : Although this refers to 
one department, the letter is printed 
because it takes issue with a policy 
primarily, and not with a department per 
se. 

To the Editor: 

In conversation recently with a group 
of normally well-informed staff members 
(below the officer level), in regard to 
state aid, the writer vra.s astonished to 
be told that several of them has been 
unaware of the Director's exceptionally 
fine presentation of the subject to the 
officers of the library. It seems re- 
grettable that a discussion of such vital 
interest to the entire staff could not 
have been heard by every staff member. 
Does not this point up the desirability 
of a resumption of the general staff 
meetings with the Director which were 
held in the past, at vihich opportunity 
was given for questions and discussion of 
timely issues? 

INTERESTED 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JULY 1960 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XV Number 7 July I960' 

Publications Committee: Constance Broadhurst, Helen E, Colgan, Elizabeth A. Drane, 

James J. Ford, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, Dorothy P, 
Shaw, Chair nan 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting materisil: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



We have now had an opportvmity in the last few months to feel the effects of 
the budgetary restrictions and the new hours, and to see problems develop. 

First and foremost is the confusion in the minds of the public as to the meaning 
of the term "limited service", and along with that, a lack of understanding of the 
hours in which the person can expect a particular kind of service. Since most of our 
public are infrequent iisers of the Library, they assume that the departments are open 
as heretofore. VJ'e have not succeeded in properly notifying them of the change in 
hours through newspaper publicity or through the posters displayed in the Library. 
Our posters are not worded in terms understandable to non-librarians, nor are they 
sufficiently explanatoiy (i.e. a patron does not know that books are not delivered 
from the stacks until he reaches the second floor). 

Much frustration has developed for staff and users from the almost impossible 
task of explaining adequately that a department does have the material desired but 
that it is closed for the evening and sometimes for the following morningj Yihy one 
department stays open inJiile a neighboring department is closedj why if Bates Hall is 
open, books are not delivered. Since ours is a constantly changing group of users 
from a very wide area, this will be a continual problem. 

Because of all this confusion, J'bnday and Wednesday night use of the Library has 
decreased steadily, instead of increasing as was expected when five nights of service 
are concentrated into two. Now "open nights" do not differ appreciably in amount of 
use from "nights with limited service" . 

With ths curtailment of services in the Branches and some specialized depart- 
ments, the over-burdened staffs in a few departments must attempt more and more re- 
ference work from inadequate collections, and work proportionately more nights. No 
one is satisfied with results. The open departments of the Central Library supply 
all Saturday service to the entire city of Boston, and to much of the metropolitan 
area. The burden of providing and explaining limited service is handled almost com- 
pletely by departments already understaffed. To all this is added a lowering of 
uiorale in the knowledge that the open departmental staffs at Central must -"vork more 
Saturdays in the summer while their fellows in the Branches have all weekends free 
from S p.m. on Friday to, usually, 1 p.m. on Monday, while closed departments and 
offices are free from Friday at S until Monday at 9. 

On the positive side, we appreciate the closed mornings as an opportunity for 
getting much work done. But is "limited service" the real and best solution to the 
problem of providing service in a shorter period? 1/iiould it be possible to work out 
uniform hours of service within budgetary limitations? V/e feel sure that such a 
system would result in increased use of our facilities with less confusion and 
frustration to all. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

Chairmen of the various committees of 

the BPLSA met ^t Central on Jtme 28. W© ! 

discussed the need for strong support of i 
the Association by the staff and for a re-: 

definition of the purposes of the commt- j 
tees and of the best methods of obtaining 

results. He hope to have a committee set i 



PERSOMNEL NOTES 

Transferred 

Taimi E. Lilja, School Issue to South 
Boston 

Naomi R. mchalak. School Issue to West 
Roxhwcy 

Isabel M. Martino, School Issue to Ros- 
lindale 



..^ .^^j^^ ^^ iidve a. uoramiLtee set lindale 
up to prepare a manual for the use of the Eleanor F Hali-i^^n n , 
committees clearly statins their f.not.non« ! n.L * . i^i^^"' Government Documents 



committees clearly stating their functions, 
responsibilities and procedures . Such a 
manual would facilitate the work of all. 

At this meeting it was voted to support 
the Extension of the Federal Library Ser- 
vices Act. In the name of the BPLSA Louis 
Polishook of the Legislative Committee 
sent telegrams to Speaker of the House Sam 
Rayburn, Majority Leader John IfcCormack 
and Rep. Graham Barden, Chairman of the 
House Committee on Education and Labor 
urging the passage of the Extension 
(HR12125) before Congress adjourned. The 
telegram stressed how vital we believed 
this to be to library service in Ifeissachu- 
setts. 

RUTH M. HAYES 



A STORY ENDS 



On June Ik, John J. Cronan, the gifted 
Boston Public Library stoiy-teller, passed 
away. Beloved by generations of Boston 
school childi-en, Mr Cronan had devoted 
more than thirty years to telling stories. 
In library children's rooms, and in public 
and parochial school classrooms or assem- 
bly halls, as well as in adult gatherings, 
few were more welcome than "the library 
story-teller, —the man with a hundred 
voices." Mr Cronan shared his love of 
fine tales and ballads, and children re- 
sponded with a growing understanding of 
the joys of reading. Library staffs were 
hard pressed to satisfy the book requests 
after a Cronan story-hour j even months 
later, children would ask for "that story 
Mr Cronan told on such a day." 

llir Cronan was known and loved throughout 
New England, and his fame spread gradually 
beyond the Americas to far comers of 
other continents. He will be long remem- 
bered by countless thousands of children 
who have listened to him and were stimu- 
lated and inspired by his stories to 
further reading, and to an appreciation of 
the great literature that has been the 
heritage of children through the ages. 



to General Reference 
Veronica Yotts, South Boston to Ooen 
Shelf 

Resigned 

Paul Brayton, Engineering Sciences, to 

accept position at Harvard liedical 

Library 
Judith Briggs, Division Office, R and RS , 

to be married and live in Cleveland ' 

Ohio 

TlTilliam Conway, Central Charging Records, 
to accept another position 

Jane F. Fisher, Roslindale, to remain at 
home 

S. Robert Johnson, Central Charging Re- 
cords, to accept another position 

Barbara M. Kean, Book Stack Service, to 
remain at home 

Elaine Luxemberger, Egleston Square, to 
renain at home 

Jane P. Lynch, General Reference, to ac- 
cept a library positi6n at the Federal 
Reserve Bank 

Dorothy H. Odell, East Boston, to remin 

at home 
June L. Walker, Hyde Park, to be married 

and live in East Hartford, Connecticut 
Susan Walker, Egleston Square, to be 

married and live in California 



ELIZABETH M. GORDON 



Married 

Shirley A. Gildea, Infornntion Office 

married to Lt. D. Robert Cappabianca on 

June 11 

VJHO'S NEW 

The young dark -haired newcomer to En- 
gineering Sciences is Ihrray Movitz, -^vho 
had worked part-time in Periodical and 
Newspaper. After graduation from Everett 
lagh, j'iurray's sympathy with and enjoyment 
of B.U. 's experimental program in general 
education led to an Associate of Arts 
degree. We like his attitude j he is 
unafraid to try new things . His interests 
include fishing, swimming, bowling and 
target shooting. He has done a little 
paintmg. We are pleased to welcome this 
friendly and vital new spirit. 



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SLA CONTENTION 

The 5lst annual convention of the 'Spe- 
cial Libraries Association -was held in 
Cleveland from Svmday June S through 
Wednesday June 8. It opened Sunday after- 
noon with a tea at the Cleveland 'Public 
Library folloived by a tour of the libraiy 
and its new adjoining Business and Sci- 
ence and Technology sections. At the 
opening session that evening, Ralph M, 
Besse, President of the Cleveland Electric 
IlluminatLng Company, delivered the key- 
note address, "The Society of the Mind", 
in #iich he discussed the role of librari- 
ans in raising the reading level of the 
public. 

Documentation, a subject which is be- 
coming increasingly important to librari- 
ans, was stressed at this year's conven- 
tion. One general session and several 
division meetings were devoted to the 
various uses of punched cards and data 
processing in libraries. Of particular 
interest to many was the discussion of the 
piinched card catalog with its space and 
time-saving features. 

The banquet, held Tuesday evening, was 
highlighted by a truly delightful speech 
given by Dr Lillian Gilbreth, president of 
Gilbreth, Inc., and known to many as the 
mother in CHEAPER 'BY THE DOZEN. She spoke 
on the subject "Ihat management ifeans to 
Libraries." 

We are grateful to the City of Cleveland 
and the Cleveland I\iblic Library for wel- 
coming us so graciously and to the speak- 
ers who left us with so many ideas to try 
out when we returned to oxir libraries. 
It is unfortunate that so few BPLers were 
able to attend. 

JEANNE FITZGERALD 

ALA— CLA CONFERENCE 

The conference at Montreal, June 19-2li, 
while the 79th annual ALA conference, is 
the first joint conference of the American 
and Canadian Library Associations to be 
held. Both Associations held separate as 
well as joint sessions, some of them pre- 
conf erence. The theme was "Breaking bar- 
riers j an inquiry into the forces that af- 
fect the flow and utilization of knowledge. 

Breaking Barriers 

A very large number of the $00° attend- 
ing the conference were present in the 
Winter Stadium o£ IfeGill University on 



Wednesday evening, June 22, for the 
second joint general session. Like the 
other general sessions this meeting was 
on the conference theme "Breaking Bar- 
riers". Unfortunately the physioal ojjr- 
cumstances of the meeting, created a 
barrier to the full appreciation and 
Tinders tanding of the rather lengthy and 
solemn addresses of the evening, ifc- 
Gill's Winter Staditun, as one speaker 
remarked, lacked on this evening one of 
the essentials of its use as a hockey 
stadium — ice. As those present sweltered 
on uncomfortable seats in the uncooled 
stadium and strained to hear the lengthy 
speeches reverberating in a meeting place 
never designed for speaking, they could 
console themselves, chiefly, vrith the 
thought that they were seriously doing 
their duty by the conference. 

The three chief speakers of the evening 
discussed from different points of view 
the barriers to the free flow of infor- 
mation in the U.S., Canada, and around 
the world. Lewis Perinbatim,Associate 
Secretary of the Canadian National Com- 
mission for UNESCO, and a native of 
Malaya, spoke on the theme as it related 
to Asian Countries. He discussed the 
necessity of achie^/ing East-^'fest under- 
standing as an imperative of our times. 
He stressed the importance of Asia today 
and the rise of Asian nations as the most 
iu^ortant fact of the 20th century, even 
more important than the discovery of 
nuclear fission. He spoke of the diver- 
sity of Asian cultures, their long his- 
tories, and the West's past relationship 
with the East, only in the role of ex- 
ploiter. The present urgent need, he 
feels, is for an understanding of Asia's 
cultTire and aspirations and, also, to 
help raise this part of the world from 
the depths of poverty. 

The second speaker, Dr Henry Roberts, 
Director of the Russian Institute at 
Columbia University spoke on Breaking 
Barriers in the East European Coiontries. 
He thought that we should concentrate our 
efforts on the exchange of information at 
professional and technical levels. He 
felt that the Communist states would not 
permit any introduction of our ideas at 
a popular level and that an ideological 
truce is in?x)ssible. The individual 
Soviet citizen may be avidly curious 
about our ideas and culture but the gov- 
ernment will not permit the free circula- 
tion of westei-n ideas and thought. Since 
scientific and technical material is not. 



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re jected in the same way, we shoiild con- 
centrate our efforts in this direction. 
Dr Roberts suggested that an effectively- 
working book exchange between Soviet and 
American libraries would be worth more 
than some other more publicized cultural 
exchanges . 

Dr Harold Taylor, now President of Sarah 
Lawrence College and a resident of the 
United States, but Canadian born, spoke on 
the barriers to the free flow of informa- 
tion in North America. He stressed the 
importance of developing oior educational 
systems so that our educated citizenry rail, 
acquire the ability to think and so to 
deal with the problems of the modem world, 
He felt that the educational program car- 
ried over from the 19th century is a heri- 
tage which must be modified and adapted to 
deal with the present. The function of 
educators in our society should be to give 
leadership in opinion. He placed great 
anphasis on reading and exposure to books 
in developing a really educated society. 

Several noteworthy awards were made at 
the c3 jse of the evening program. Ifrs "^ 
M?rjcrie Fiske Lowenthal was given the 
first ^rOO Library Literature Award, 
establiched by the Scarecrow Press for her 
survey Eoo k Selection and Censorship pub- 
lished in ±959. Margaret Scoggin, Coordi- 
nator of Young Adult Services for the New 
York Public Library received the $500 
Grolier Society Award given for achievment 
of a librarian in stimulating the reading 
of children or young people. 

GLADYS R. WHITE 



SORT 

At the Staff Organizations Round Table 
Program Meeting, a lively panel discussed 
the subject: "Where Do Staff Association 
Responsibilities End and Administrative 
Responsibilities Begin on Personnel Ques- 
tions?" On the panel, we were very ably 
represented by our Assistant Director for 
Personnel, Ervin J. Gaines. Other speak- 
ers were Edwin Castagna of Long Beach 
(Director-to-be of Enoch Pratt) j Catherine 
Suba, Branch Librarian from Dayton j and 
James Cox, Head of Circulation at U.C.LJl. 
As panel moderator, Hilda Miller, Staff 
Association President from Cleveland, 
pointed out the need of this type of dis- 
cussion since, although staff participa- 
tion in management is widely accepted, 
such participation in personnel policy 
making is not. 



As a liberal administrator, Jtr Castagna 
pointed to the general f ornation of per- 
sonnel policy, establishment of salary 
levels, elimination of salary inequities 
and matters of staff welfare as the joint 
concern of staff and administration. On 
the other hand, he clearly set forth the 
following as purely administrative func- 
tions: Eii5)loying, Promoting, Discipli- 
nary Action, Ratings and Dismissal, 

Raising the question of where staff 
organization responsibilities begin. Miss 
Suba admonished staffs to help create a 
cooperative climate. This can be done by 
seizing opportunities to help administra- 
tors and by seeking to raise levels of 
performance. Associations should also 
collect data regularly on staff needs and 
on personnel policies in other libraries. 

According to Mr Cox, the greatest re- 
sponsibility of an organization is to act 
as a line of communication. This partic- 
ular relationship between staff and ad- 
ministration should be carefully forma- 
lized. 

Wiere leadership is lacking among ad- 
ministrators, staff associations will-- 
and should— assume it, Mr Gaines felt. 
If low salaries or poor conditions are 
due to hostile city fathers, staffs and 
administrations must work together . Per- 
sonal grievances, unless due to lack of 
clear policy statements, yield best to 
individual counselling; staff associa- 
tions should guard against supporting 
slackers. In the field of library opera- 
tions, however, staff members may bring 
nany needed iuqjrovements to the attention 
of administrators. 

Final discussion from the floor revealed 
great interest in Miss Suba's statement 
that some libraries now have staff repre- 
sentatives sitting in on library beard 
meetings. Both the dangers and the pos- 
sible advantages of this development were 
pointed out. With justifiable pride, Mr 
Gaines spoke of the Boston Public Librar- 
y's new committees — on renewal policies 
and orientation programs — as fine examples 
of democratic total staff participation 
in policy making. There is no doubt that 
our staff assocla.tion emerged from this 
Ttieeting with renewed national prestige. 

B. GERTRUDE VfllDE 

Children's Services 

There were many scheduled meetings and 
unscheduled parties to interest and 



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delight the children's librarians. The : 
Arosrican Association of School Librarians i 
held two mealtime meetings: A bviffet 
supper on Sunday provided an exciting be- 
ginning to a week of bi-lingual activities. 
Entertainment was presented by a boys ' 
choir from the Sacred Heart Academy in a 
program of French-Csmadjan folk songs. On 
Tuesday morning, the School Librarians 
held their State Assembly Breakfast. Li- 
brarians from almost every one of the 50 
states, sitting at tables gaily decorated 
with French-Canadian flags, heard Dr 
Harold B, Gores, President of Educational 
Facilities Laboratories, and formerly 
Superintendent of Schools in Newton, give 
a challenging talk on "The Educational 
Explosion and the School Library" . Those 
of us from public libraries agreed hearti- 
ly with Dr Gores when he said that "educa- 
tion is the first business of government 
in a modern state" . 

On Monday afternoon at a Dutton-Macrae 
party, Mark Taylor, the engaging young 
storyteller who won the Dutton-Ifeicrae 
At/;^-u in 1956, showed his film on Story- 
tel'ing, made for instructional purposes 
b^" -he Audio-Visual Laboratories of the 
Uri/'^rsity of Michigan. 

" le peak of the Conference for children's 
lit-arians was the Children's Book Awards 
Dir.ier, the "Banquet des Voyageurs", on 
Tuesday evening, nearly 1000 people at- 
tended. Five medals were awarded! The 
Newbery (2nd time) to Joseph Krumgold for 
ONION JOHNj the Caldecott to Marie Hall 
Ets for NINE DAYS TO CHRISTMAS j two Book 
of the Year Medals "for the best Canadian 
children's books, one in English and one 
in French" to Marixis Barbeau and ttichael 
Homyansky for THE GOLDEN PffiENIX and to 
the author of L'^T^ ENCHANTE, Paule 
Daveluy, charming young mother of "six 
beloved little devils" who delivered her 
acceptance speech both in French and in 
English. The last award, the Laura 
Ingalls Wilder Medal was presented post- 
humously to Clara Ingram Judson, and ac- 
cepted by her daughter "for the author who 
has made a substantial and lasting contri- 
bution to children's literature over a 
period of years". Alan Mills, well-known 
Canadian folk singer, acted as host for 
the evening's entertainment— a colorful 
program of folk songs and dances. 

On Vfednesday morning, the Children's 
Services Division held a brisk and highly 
interesting business meeting. The B.P.L.'s 
Virginia Haviland reported on the progress 
of the International Relations Committee, 



and for the Books Worth Their Keep Com- 
mittee in place of Frances Spain. Imme- 
diately following this meeting we dashed 
to an Audio-Visual Committee film showing 
where Isabella Jinnette of the Enoch 
Pratt Free Library demonstrated libra ly 
use of films for children. After empha- 
sizing careful selection and integi'ation 
with specific books , she presented an 
excellent film-book demonstration. 

The week's activities ended on Friday 
afternoon vdth some fascinating non-li- 
brary festivities. St. Jean Baptiste Day 
had begxm vdth high winds and heavy 
rains, but the intrepid French-Canadians 
started the annual parade in honor of 
their patron saint right on schedule. 
Twenty-five lively floats depicting 
scenes from French-Canadian history and 
from present day life, and thirty spar- 
kling bands, moved for three hours along 

the parade route. 

ETHEL L. HEINS 

Young Adult Services 

Dr Pauline O'Jfelia, President, presided 
at the annual Menbership Business Meeting 
on Thursday afternoon, June 23. The 
agenda was as packed as the meeting room. 

Rev. Edmond Desrochers, S.J., La Maison 
Bellarmin, Montreal, reviewed the activi- 
ties of the relatively new Young People's 
Section of the Canadian Library Associa- 
tion and related the program of the Young 
Adult Services Division and the standards 
of the American Association of School Li- 
brarians to its developnent. Those of us 
vrfio had had the opportvinity to meet 
Father Desrochers informally and to sha.r« 
his dynamic concept of book selection for 
yoting people can understand the impetus 
he has given and will give, as Chairman 
of the Young People's Section. 

Having represented the Division at the 
Yfliite House Conference for Children and 
Youth in Washington, Pauline O'Ifelia and 
Pauline Winnick reported, in a "conversa- 
tion", the spirit, the reactions, as well 
as the substance of the Conference, mi- 
dred Batchelder (Exec. Sec'y), elected to 
the Executive Board of the Council of 
National Organizations, spoke on the fol- 
low-through planned for the next decade 
to help realize the 670 recommendations 
of the 17HCCY to better the health, educa- 
tion, and welfare of this nation's youth. 

The YASD National Library Week Commit- 
tee served 2000 Key Clubs with a reading 
Ust titled EYE-OPENERS (prepared by the 



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BPL) -which -was promoted as the Ki-wanis 
International Good Reading Project. Other 
programs and publicity ■were reported by- 
Opal Eagle, Chairnan, Margaret Scoggin, a 
member of NLW Steering Committee, rose to 
laud the Division's accomplishments. She 
added that there vdll be continuing empha- 
sis on Young Adult Reading in I96I. 

The RICHER BY ASIA Project, to increase 
understanding of Asia and Asians among our 
young adults, has nade impact on mainy com- 
munities, A kinescope of a televised pro- 
gram in JiLlTnaukee Tsas shovm, to the great 
interest of those present. This kinescope 
of an outstanding presentation is availa- 
ble for showing to Project consultants and 
to youth leaders viho will indeed by in- 
spired to offer reading and programs about 
Asia today. 

TOP OF THE NEIiVS, the publication, shared 
by YASD and CSD, distinguished itself not 
only by content this year, tinder the edi- 
torship of Doris feulton, but showed for 
the year 1958-59 a profit to ALA. This is 
the only ALA publication yielding an in- 
come, stated Pauline Winnick who served on 
the ALA Program ii>/aluation & Budget Com- 
mittee. The Division will share the 
drastic and necessary economies inqjosed by 
its income on ALA and its units. 

A Tea followed the meeting and there was 
a feeling of acconplishaaent and friendship 
as Canadian and American librarians sipped 
and munched together. Congratulations 
were expressed for the group by Dr O'Melia 
to Ifergaret Scoggin who had received the 
Grolier Award for her inestim£?.ble contri- 
bution to Young Adult Work. In a few 
words Miss Scoggin defined the basic em- 
phases she would wish to have continued; 
enthusiasm for the individual book and 
vmderstanding guidance for the individual 
reader. This was a memorable moment for 
all of us. 

PAULINE WIMICK 

Adult Services 

The Adult Services Division co-sponsored 
the Film Institute and held a program-mem- 
bership meeting. Following brief reports 
and the inauguration of the new President- 
Margaret Jiunroe, Associate Professor, 
Graduate School of Library Science, Rutger; 
University — the remainder of the afternoon 
was given over to a question and answer 
panel discussion moderated by Ruth Warncke, 
Director of the ALA Library Community Pro- 
ject, and based on the new publication 



Studying the Community: a Basis for Li - 
. brary Adiolt Education Activities . This 
'practical, step-by-step guide points up 
msthods for gathering and organizing the 
information needed to develop an effec- 
tive adtilt education program suited to 
the needs and interests of the community. 
Each of four Canadian and four American 
librarians had carefully studied this 
handbook and was ready to raise questions 
about community study or to point out 
whether or not questions asked by another 
panel member were answered in the publi- 
cation. It was a novel way of critically 
evaluating the usefulness of the handbook 
and at the same time of highlighting such 
points as priorities in studying the com- 
munity, readiness for the study, citizen 
co-operation, problems of communication, 
the gathering and interpreting of data. 

The Adult Services Division Committee 
on Library Service to an Aging Popula- 
tion, vinder the chairmanship of Fern Long 
of the Cleveland Public Library, held a 
late afternoon meeting on Cur rent Pro - 
grams of Library Seriace to ohe Aging , 
Brief presentations were made by four li- 
brarians descrioDXig services in a small 
libraiy, a regional library, a metropoli- 
tan library, and a state agency. Jilarion 
Hawes of Enoch Pi-att, Eleanor Smith of 
Brooklyn, and Muriel Javelin, BPL, ques- 
tioned the four participants or commented 
on points they ha.d raised. The many 
questions coming from the large audience 
so late in the afternoon testified to the 
wide-spread interest in this phase of 
library activity. 

MURIEL C. JAVELIN 

Film Institute 

The National Film Board of Canada, 
created by an Act of the Canadian Parlia- 
ment in 1939, is probably the largest 
government sponsored film unit in the 
world. It is as widely known for its ex- 
perimental work as for its educational 
and general interest films. In 1957 the 
entire production unit was moved from 
Ottawa to a new plant in Montreal, It 
was in these beautiful new quarters that 
a Film Institute, sponsored by the Cana- 
dian Library Film Committee, ALA Audio- 
Visual Committee and ALA Adult Services 
Division, with the cooperation of the 
staff of the National Film Board was 
held, on Tuesday, June 21. 



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An impressive fleet of chartered buses, 
trailed by one small Hillnan Minx, left 
the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Upon arrival 
at Ville St. Laurent, these vehicles 
spewed forth a group of 300 librarians who 
were shepherded by lovely young hostesses 
into a cool, beautiful auditorium. The 
program began with a welcome by Gladys 
Abbott, Chairman CLA Film Committee, and 
Guy Roberge, Q.C. Chairman of the National 
Film Board. Tfergaret Munroe, announced 
the objectives of the Institute, the most 
important being "to focus attention of Li^ 
brarisins on the utilization of film" . 
This was followed by a brief talk on the 
National Film Board Program. 

Next, guides led us through a maze of 
corridors onto great studio sound stages. 
Here technicians explained the sound and 
lighting set ups being prepared for a new 
production. The whole staff was prepared 
to answer questions, and many were asked 
throughout the toixrl Inspection of pro- 
cessing laboratories, film-strip and ani- 
mation studios, Tfldiere artists were at 
work, all proved most fascinating and 
inf orirative . 

The afternoon program proved to be, at 
least for me, the high-spot of the day. 
In "The Case Study of a Film" we met the 
producer, writer, editor and the director 
of a new historical film production. Each 
one, in turn, very wittily described his 
job in producing the finished product. 
The director brought on stage his whole 
technical crew with their equipment, and 
each piece was demonstrated. 

Then we saw the daily film rushes, 
silent, unedited, and with repeated takes. 
Camera tricks were fully explained, and 
finally the finished, edited film with 
sound -was shown. As the film flashed on 
the screen the sound men took their places 
at the control board console and explained 
the sound mixing process as they worked 
with twelve separate tracks. I believe 
this TNas one of the most thorough and ex- 
cellent demonstrations of how a film is 
made that I have ever seen. It ivas also 
done with much humor and dramatic style. 
The introduction of Norman McLaren, by 
Violet Myer of the Enoch Pratt Library was 
a special treat. Ivtr McLaren, who is world 
famous for his experimental film work, ex- 
p3a ined both orally and visually how he 
created his award-winning film "Le Merle". 
It was fascinating to watch as he showed 
us the figures he used, as well as the 
many diPcarded bits of film wiiiah vmre not. 
used In tJie fimehcd pi-int. 



A delightful surprise ending climaxed 
one of the most interesting, well-planned, 
and organized library meetings I have 
ever attended. Vfe had been aivare that 
throughout the day cameras and lights 
were focused on us , but little did we 
think that we irould see ourselves on the 
screen. Yet, as the lights dimmed a 
title appeared on the screen "Librarians 
visit the National Film Board of Canada", 
Yes, there we were, on film ourselves. 
Throughout the day, a finished film had 
been produced, complete with titles and 
a sprighly music score covering the 
morning's events, from the moment the 
librarians arrived, hustling off the 
buses, pouring into the theatre, and lis- 
tening intently to the program as the 
speakers took to the podium. 

EUCLID J. PELTIER 

Cataloging Code Revision 

At fiicGill University more than 2^0 
representatives of the major libraries in 
the United States and Canada attended the 
Institute on Cataloging Code Revision. 
England, France, and Russia each sent one 
delegate . 

The purpose of the Institute was to 
have a "grass roots" consideration of the 
proposed new edition of the ALA Catalog 
Rules, Author and Title Entries . The 
latest draft presented a consistent body 
of rules that eliminated many of the "ex- 
ceptions" that have plagued catalogers 
for several generations. The code -mas 
discussed in detail bringing out some 
disagreements on specific rules. There 
was, however, a reasonably good meeting 
of minds with the majority favoring the 
principles on which the code was 
constructed. 

MILDRED C. O'CONNOR 

TEENAGERS AND LIBRARIES 

As part of the continuing series "The 
Yankee School of the Air" there will be a 
discussion of interest to us all broad- 
cast over I'TNAC on Tuesday, August 2 from 
9:30 to 10 p.m. Libraries Are for Teen - 
agers tog . Mrs Katherine Jeffery of the 
Milton Public Library and Pauline Winnicl^ 
Deputy Supervisor (Young Adults) will be 
panelists and H, Jane Manthorne, Readers 
Advisor for Young Adults will be the 
moderator . 



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LIBRARY ASSISTANTS 1976 

A baby boy, Richard Thomas, was born to 
the Richard Hatches on June 28. ffrs Hatch, 
Tuas Julia A, Lenzi, formerly at RoslindaOe^ 



To the Thomas Reardons on July 12, a 
boy. Mrs Reardon formerly worked in 
Personnel as Pat Tracy. 



Michael James Langone arrived on June 3 
to please papa Mchael of the Bindery. 



Michael Robert, Jr. on June 20 to the 
Michael Robert Keans. lilother Barbara 
Ashe formerly was in Book Stack Service. 

THE BEST TO CHARLES COLLINS 

On June l6, Charles K. Collins was guest 
of the staff of Records, Files, Statistics 
at luncheon at the Town Room. On June 21, 
his last day of work, he was guest of 
friends in Book Stack Service and Central 
Charging Records at dinner at South Seas. 
On each occasion he was presented with a 
gift of money. 

Following a trip to Wisconsin, Texas, 
and points in between, Charles begins his 
preliminary studies with the Trappist 
Fathers in New Brunswick, Canada. The besl. 
wishes of the many friends he has made 
while working in the BPL go with him as he 
begins his chosen work. 

CARRICO FAREWELL 

On Tuesday evening, June 28, one of the 
staff members at Codman Square entertained 
the others at a cook-out on the terrace of 
her home-in-the woods. The party was in 
honor of Dorothy L. Carrico, Children's 
Assistant, who is leaving the service. 
Gaily colored Chinese lanterns swung in 
the wind while the guests swung in ham- 
mocks and consumed dozens of hamburgers, 
gallons of salad, and quarts of strawber- 
ries to fortify themselves to climb a 
mountain (the hill behind the house.) 
Fireflies darted tlirough the woods at the 
edge of the rose garden. Flickering can- 
dles created an atmosphere and kept the 
mosquitoes away. And in that idyllic 



setting (far from the atmosphere of the 
children's room) we said goodbye to Miss 
Carrico, vihom all of us will miss veiy 
much. She was presented with a Hamilton 
wrist watch — ^without speeches — ^but with 
wishes for a future filled with hours as 
bright and sunny as those she has given 
us at Codman Square. 

l^EVv'S OF AN ALUMNA 

Roberta Sacco Conte, formerly at Dor- 
chester, writes from El Paso, Texas, 
where her husband has just completed 
trainiiag in Missile School. They are now 
taking a trip through the Painted Desert, 
the Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon and 
Las Vegas with a few days at Los Angeles, 
After this, Roberta is scheduled to start 
work in the Catalog Department of the El 
Paso Public Library. Except for the 105 
and 108° and perpetual sunshine, Roberta 
seems to be enjoying life, but a chilly 
New England rainstorm might be a welcome 
change. 

BOOK FAIR AT SOUTH END 



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The summer book club readers may have 
thought it was just another story hour. 
But if sights, sounds and food are the 
proper ingredients of a fair, the group 
activity took a turn in that direction, 
on Tuesday afternoon, June 28. Josef 
Wengleski, a Library patron, played sev- 
eral pieces on guitar and violin, some 
being his own compositions. The children 
joined in singing some of the familiar 
tunes. 

Rosetta Martin told the story of the 
princess with the magic eye, called The 
Twelve Windows , and introduced about 
twenty new books all of which were 
snapped up by the audience. In one case 
the competition was so keen it was de- 
cided to make an alphabetical reserve 
list to satisfy everyone. Nine newcomers 
joined the reading club after the program. 

The mothers , and a few other older 
folk who came, enjoyed both the music 
and book talks almost as much as the 
children. Ifr Wengleski got a special 
thank-you from a number of the young lis- 
teners. And of course all came in for a 
share of the punch and cookies. 



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THE OUTLOOK OF LIBRARIANS 

In wy day the woman librarian 

Vfas a fossilized octogenarian 

Who frowned when you took 

Yo-ur eyes up from your book 

And whose active distrust was vinvaryin' 

Today — ^young, attractive, vivacious 

She puts you at ease when you're nervous. 

And with maximum speed 

Gets the books that you need — 

Hurray for the present day service I 

Maybe it's just that I'm fid 

For in thinking of boyhood so bold, 

I begin to surmise 

That the "fossil" was wise 

To have acted distrustful and cold. 

The young lady bringing ny books 
Is throwing blistering looks 
At a group of young boys 
Tftio are making some noise 
In one of the library nooks 



But remember — the look on your "pan" 

'mean". 
It's just whether you're seen 



M3RE TRAVELERS 

A last minute addition to the MLA trip 
to Europe was Liar gar et Butler, Audio- 
Visual, and her sister. 






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So girls carry on with your plan 

30l 

Is not "helpful" or "- 

It's just whether yc 

Through the eyes of a boy or a man. 

CONTRIBUTED BY A LIBRARY PATRON 



It had been some UO years since Mike 
Sullivan, Buildings Custodian, had visited 
Ireland, and that was too long to be awayi 
After getting the Library Courtyard in 
shape, Mr Sullivan with his wife and a = 
daughter left by plane on Jiine 22 for a 
a five weeks trip to Ireland. A hired car 
was to be on hand for them at the airport 
to take them about their busy round of 
visiting relatives and friends and just 
ambling about the country. We hope that 
the Sullivans have a great time of it. 



ELEGY IN A LIBRARY COURTYARD 

Canto I 
Wilted bow-knot. 
Hanging at iry neck, because 
I know not 

How to survive, alive. 
Yon noisome band, 
Cursed f o\ir-in-hand . 

Canto II 
Full four fathoms rot 
The fabled, settled Tvrecks 
Of relief from hot, 
111 winds ttiat drive, five 
In, maybe six, patrons, hand 
Co\inted. In stasis, economically manned. 
Limp, but dogged, guardians 
Think of wind, and sea, and sand. 

EMM 



SOAP BOX 

Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full nane of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department or Office in which he 
or she is employed. The name is with- 
held 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 Soap Box: 

Congratulations, Branches, on your Jvily 
k holiday — Some of you have all the way 
from Friday until Tuesday noonl We who 
are about to fry salute you I 

A CENTRAL SATURNIAN 



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Dear Editor: 

How many times has it occurred to every- 
one that a fraction of a percentage of 
branch personnel might be willing to 
sacrifice just one Satiirday out of their 
whole summer? That's all it would take to 
relieve the weekend coverage at Central. 

FORTNIGHTLY YllEEKENDER I 

To the Soap Box, i 

The second best way to get experience in; 
reference and research is to be in an open' 
department on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday; 
nights. As there is a paucity of refer- 
ence material available, one's ingenuity j 
is ringingly challenged. In fact, one's 
head does ring, often, long after closing 
time. Once it was said: 

Neither a browser nor lender be 

If research is your specialty. 

(but now,) 

In this overlapping age 

Home Reading Reference is all the rage. 

FLEXIBLE 

Dear Soap Box: 

The New England Telephone Co. has been 
extended the privilege to use the men's 
lunch room. Certainly, then, the privi- 
lege should be extended to all public 
utilities. The absurd consequences of 
this situation are hardly worth talking 
about. The real point is that the em- 
ployees have little to say on the more 
important decisions. 

There is no reason that could justify 
the presence of the Telephone Company for 
such a prolonged period. Granted, wealth, 
in fact, has its privileges, but uhy in 
our case need it encroach upon the princi- 
ple of privacy. And it is a violation of 
principle . 

All in all, the handling of this inci- 
dent is symptomatic. 

THE IDEALIST 

Dear Soap Box: 

Again summer is here, with its thirst 
producing heat. And again the bubbler in 
the women's kitchen is an almost dry 
trickle. Since this condition, if the 
durned thing has bubbled at all, has gone 
on for several years now, couldn't some - 
thing be done to correct it pemanently? 

DRY GULCH 



To the Soap Box, 

Has anyone ever considered how con- 
fiising to the public are the present 
hours of service? Even staff members 
have to stop and think when questioned 
about the hours. Is the Library open but 
the departnent closed? Is the staff mem- 
ber working but the library closed? 

If vie who are so close to it are con- 
fused, how about poor John Q. Public? 

Remember that a great deal of publicity 
was given to the proposed closing of the 
Library on evenings and vreekends, but 
very little reported on the decision to 
stay open 2 evenings a week for complete 
service, close on 2 mornings, and as far 
as I can recall absolutely nothing in the 
newspapers about the Library remaining 
open on Saturdays during the summer. 

It took a long time to achieve uniform 
hours in the Central Library. I don't 
think anything but uniform hours of comr- '4 
plete service will be satisfactory. The _ 
present hours of service are so confusing *■ 
that repeating them in detail seems 
meiely to compound the confusion. 

Realizing that the present hours of 
service may be the result of a necessary 
compromise betvreen what is available in 
staff and funds, and the pressure of de- 
nand from the public, it does seem that 
a more practical solution might have been 
to close entirely on evenings and week- 
ends during the summer and use any sav- 
ings to give more complete and uniform 
service during the other 8 months of the 

year. 

UNIFORM SERVICE 

Dear Soap Box: 

The staff facilities for the men on the 
staff are by no means ideal. The light- b 
ing and general decor in the Men's Smok- I 
ing Room and Lunch Room leave much to be ■ 
desired. However, improvements have been 
nade in the past and eventually we expect 
that others will be accomplished. 

It does seem that these facilities 
should be restricted to members of the 
staff. For several months now a large 
group of men, reportedly from the Tele- 
phone Company, have been using our lien's 
Lunch Room and Smoking Room. This has 
taken space tlmt should be available to 
our own staff, llar^r staff members have 
complained that visitors have been noisy 
and disturbing. 



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Apparently these men are not temporarily- 
working in the Library and so happen to be 
using our facilities. Rather it appears 
that this has become a gathering spot 
during the lunch hovr, i 

It hardly seems necessary to point out 
that there is little justification for the; 
staff facilities of the Public Library to j 
be extended to the employees of a wealthy , 
public utility compaiiy, especially when i 
these facilities are hardly adequate for I 
the male en5)loyees of the Library. j 

Please, could we have our Lunch Room and 
Smoking Room back? 

NO ROOM I 

Dear Soap Box: 

l^en the present system of checking 
books at Central Charging Records was set 
up, it was clearly stated that all staff 
members must use the proper exists, offer 
their books and bundles for inspection at 
the Charging Desk in the Front Vestibule 
or at the Blagden Street Employees 
Entrance. 

How raar^T" staff members blatantly leave 
through the doors narked, "NOT AN EXIST", 
and summarily brush off any admonitions of 
the Central Charging Records Staff to use 
the proper exists? 

How can the public be expected to ob- 
serve the rules when staff members set 
such an exangsle? Eovf can proper security 
be maintained when the basic provisions 
are flouted? 

Such behavior in some instances nay be 
merely thoughtless, but is none the less 
danaging. If we cannot expect conq^lete 
cooperation from the staff, from whom can 
we? 

FAIR PUY 

Dear Soap Box 

We wonder if, since we work more Satur- 
days than usual because of the shortage of 
staffing, we could not perhaps nBintain 
comparable tans to those sported by 
branches and offices, if we were permitted 
to turn the Courtyard into a sun-deck and 
swimming hole for librarj'- enployees only? 
We are using llan Tan and Uiss Ikn Tan now 
to keep up with the Joneses, only there is 
some question of safety over long periods 
of usei 

PALE FACE 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

We had thought the battle for women's 
rights almost done, until we saw the re- 
cent announcement of a promotional ap- 
pointment in Central Charging Records, 
limiting the candidates to men. '■'hile we 
do not question the right of any depart- 
ment head to choose a man (or a woman) in 
any particular instance, we do most 
strenuously dislike the making it a mat- 
ter of Library policy to base the quali- 
fication for positions on the ground of 
sex. It is all too easy, once a prece- 
dent has been established, to limit more 
and more positions to the men only, and 
narrow the chances for the women. We 
have heard the arguments for appointing a 
man to the position in question, and 
question their real validity. In gene- 
ral, now that salaries are better, there 
seems to be a growing tendency in some 
quarters at least, to prefer men. Women 
of the Library watch out I % must not 
lose our hard won gains . 

SUSAN B. ANTHONY 

To the editor. 

Summer's here, and alack alas 
We rarely get a weekend pass , 

REF DIV 



This letter was received in reply to a 
letter from the South End Young Adults 
Council telling of their dramatization 
of scenes from Thomas Dooley's book EDGE 
OF TOliDRRO?/ during National Library 
Week. He is also the author of DELIVER 
US FROM EVIL and THE NIGHT THEY BURIx^ED 

THE :duntain. 

Ifedico stands for .iedical International 
Cooperative Organization Inc., which 
fiumishes direct aid to newly developing 
countries. Dr Dooley has been working 
in I&os, 



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New York 17, N. Y. 



)ICO, inc. 
U20 Lexington Ave. 



June 28, I960 



Mr. Jamss Wlcahy, President 
Young Adult's Council of the 

South End Branch of the 

Boston Public Library 
65 West Brookline Street 
Boston l8, Massachusetts 

Dear Mr. Mulcahy and Friends: 

Your very kind note is much appreciated and I want to 
take this opportunity to tell you what your interest and help 
means to db. I especially enjoyed the clipping and flyer depict- 
ing "Tom Dooley" and "Savong" in the process of applying help 
where it hurti 

Ify lecture tour this year took me just outside the 
Boston area, Pittsfield and Springfield, and so I am sorry we 
did not meet. TiTiy don't you purchase a copy now of wy newest 
book, "The Night They Burned the Mountain"? It is my favorite 
and I am sure will add to your shelves in the South End Branch. 

With people like you behind us, MEDICO will become the 
sheltering tree of many, and so my thanks to you and your group. 

Best wishes always. 

Very sincerely yours, 

(Signed) TOM DOOLEY 

Thomas A. Dooley, M.D. 




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uestion 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
STAFF ASSOCIATION 



AUGUST 1960 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XV Number 8 August I9 60 

Publications Committee: Constance Broadhurst, Helen E, Colgan, Elizabeth A, Drane, 

Jaines J. Ford, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, Dorothy P, 
Shaw, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



As a professional organization with intelligent personnel, 
■we should be contributing constantly to the growth of the insti- 
tution in which we work. The staff has long been free with its 
criticism, in discussions in the Coffee Shop and elsewhere, and 
in the Soap Box section of this paper. But isn't it time we pro- 
duced our best ideas for consideration and possible implenKntation 
by the Administration? 

When one of us thinks "T/Vhy don't we ...?" or "Wouldn't it 
help if •••?" and states the case to no one, he is not giving his 
best to the library, or to the city which provides his weekly check* 
MsLTQr an idea tossed around by members of the staff could prove 
■valuable to administrative personnel in improving service, solving 
problems, or chamging the climate of morale. 

This month the QUESTION MM is publishing an article by a 
young staff member who believes that raar^ problems of the Administra- 
tion are also problems of the staff, and that vri.de discussion of all 
jjossible solutions is the best method of resolving a situation. 
This is a discussion of one possible source of needed additional 
financing, and the means by which we might attain it. 

We would be delighted to have fiurther constructive suggestions 
in any field come to us for publication from members of the Staff 
Association, either presented in article form, such as is done this 
month, or as a brief statement to appear in a Yi/HY DON'T WE...? 
column, or submitted to the Soap Box as a letter. We ask only that 
those wishing to do articles, discuss the central idea with us well 
in advance of publication date, that we may plan space. 

This is your paper — LET YOUR BRAINS SHOW J 

THE PUBLICATIONS COL^MTTEE 



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A "REV^ IMQE" 



AND 



A SUBSCRIPTION PLAN , 

Additional solutions to the budget prob- 
lem are needed if we ar©-g<jing-tQ: have -a 
library that furnishes optimum opportunity 
for the public. This is the kind of li- 
brary the public should have and the kind 
we so earnestly desire to provide. 

The specific plan I would propose is 
that the Library conduct a continuous, 
city-wide, and regional drive for annual 
subscriptions to an association established 
to aid the library. 

I shall discuss first our present situa- 
tion, including our needs and ovoc present 
financial resources. I shall show some of 
the thing? ■"»=» cannot do without more money. 

Then I shall present this proposal for 
obtaining additionsil funds. I shall show 
first the need for a "new image" of the 
Public Library as an institution needing 
increasing private as well as increasing 
public support, and, finally, the specific 
plan for obtaining some of the needed 
money on an annual subscription basis. 

Needs 

Notwithstanding the great contribution 
that the Boston Public Library has made 
throughout its history to the dissemina- 
tion of knowledge, there are a great many 
things that we sin5)ly have not had the 
money to do. Further on I shall try to 
generalize about ovir needs, but first let 
me give a few specific examples of them. 
Of books in the Turkish language, accord- 
ing to our catalog of foreign language 
books acquired since 1935, iws have added 
only $ books and 2 periodicals in Turkish 
in the last 2^ years. 

In our backlog of catalog work we are 
still filing some permanent record cards 
in over Public Catalog for books that were 
acquired • some years ago. 

The book stacks do not undergo continu- 
ous verification as they did at one time, 
with the result that we do not have any 
specific information about what iwe actual- 
ly have and do not have. 

Not one of our 27 branches has been 
painted since 1953, except for miscellane- 
ous touch-up work done by our own staff. 

Water leaks through our front steps at 
Central Library onto the stacks beneath. 



but we do not have available the 1125,000 
that it would cost to make adequate 
. repairs. 

We are not able to allocate even the 
it?800 for a badly needed painting of the 
archways in the courtyard of the Central 
Library where the old paint is literally 
peeling in strips from the vault over- 
head. 

To generalize about the situation, we 
have very great needs in the areas of 
catching up on book bvying and cataloging, 
verifying the book stacks, and repairing 
our buildings. 

Because we are the main public reposi- 
tory of knowledge in this region, our 
needs will grow. The increasing use of 
the Library and the growth of fields of 
knowledge are responsible for this. 

The population in the Metropolitan area 
has been expanding at the rate of about 
10^ in each of the last two decades. It 
is estimated that ^0% of the people who 
use the Boston Public Library are non- 
Boston residents, and the percentage is 
growing. 

The number of students in colleges and 
universities is increasing. This situa- 
tion is intensified in the Boston area 
v^here the percentage of these students 
out of the total population is said to be 
higher than in any other region in the 
coxintry. 

Secondary school enrollment, in the 
country as a v/hole, vrent up about 20^ in 
the last five years and the projected 
rise in the next five years is about 1$%, 
Also, secondary school teachers in this 
region more and more are giving their 
students assignments which lead them to 
the Boston Public Library in search of 
material. 

Besides the fact that the use of the 
Library is increasing over the years, we « 
must consider the very nature of a vital | 
book collection itself. The number of 
books in a comprehensive collection goes 
only one way — it gets larger and larger. 
We need to preserve old books as the re- 
cord of what has gone before. And we 
need to keep up with new books . The 
fields of knowledge — particularly the 
scientific fields — are expanding at a 
rate that seeras almost geometric. Here a 
regional library has a very large respon- 
sibility. Except for fields of knowledge 
for which there are specialized regional 
public sources, vre ought to buy all the 
major books in all the fields. In some 



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fields -we ought to buy more than just the 
major books. In a country where we be- 
lieve in equal opportunity for all, re- 
gional public library resovirces should be 
at least as good in all areas of Icnowledge 
as private resources. 

Modern life, itself, dictates the need 
for a strong public library. With more 
and more labor-saving devices that shorten 
the hours of work, people have more time 
to enjoy the delights of reading, to en- 
gage in cultural pursuits, and to acquire 
practical and useful knowledge. Also, in 
this ominous and uncertain world, there is 
a critical need to be well-inforned on 
many matters concerning our personal well- 
being and even on our very survival as a 
civilization. 

Financial Resources 

Now let us move on to a hard look at our 
present financial resources. Here are 
sens facts. Last year the city appropria- 
tion for the Library was 4(>3, 226,14.77. This 
yt-sx, .1i)3>2Ul,900. In other words, the 
bi.drjet was increased about ^1^,000. But 
the Mayor gave a city wide salary increase 
in 1959 'The city paid for what was called 
for in the raise that year, but expected 
the Library to absorb into its budget the 
;$168,000 that is needed for I960, 

To keep within the budget, the number of 
employees has, at this TH'itingjbeen re- 
duced to 1|82. In 1958, Cresap, McCorraack, 
and Paget said that we needed, at that 
time, 557 employees. We hope and trust 
that the Library appropriation will re- 
cover its former place in the City budget. 
We also hope that the appropriation will 
at least rise somewhat, as the Library ex- 
periences the constsintly growing need to 
expand the book collection and to provide 
enough staff to service the increasing use 
of the Library. 

Some people are under the impression 
that our trust funds can make up any def i- 
ciences in ^ity appropriations. One hears 
much emphasis upon the size of our trust 
funds — 1))7,000,000. This is a substantial 
principal, but the plain and jolting truth 
of the matter is that only about $6,000 a 
a year is available for unrestricted use. 
That is less than 1/5 of 1% of our entire 
budget. 

We are hopeful that the bill presently 
before the Senate, #3162 (formerly #2275), 
will be passed and will relieve our 
straits somewhat. But, even so, this bill 



I does not appropriate a specific, annual 
sum. What it does is make it possible 
for the Governor to add a sum for li- 
braries as an item in his supplementary 
budget. It does not obligate any speci- 
fic amount J rather, it nakes an appro- 
priation a legal possibility and respon- 
sibility. 

Finally there is the chance that some 
day libraries may receive an annual sum 
from the federal government. That is 
probably the only other possible govern- 
ment resource for funds. 

Areas That Will Suffer 
Without Additional Funds 

Even if Bill #31 62 were passed and the 
full amount were appropriated, we would 
not have nearly enough money for mar^r of 
our objectives. 

Let us look closely at some of these 
aims. In the area of the book collec- 
tion, we should keep up in replacing 
worn-out books, repairing books that are 
salvageable, binding books that are 
available only in paperback, and provid- 
ing enough copies of much-used books in 
the Division of Reference and Resesirch 
Services to meet the demand. In the area 
of buying new books , we must take into 
account the demands of nevif fields of 
knowledge for books of theory, data, and 
technique. We must also cover the con- 
tinuing research in the older fields of 
classic study with their many new methods 
and discoveries, '''^e would like more 
funds for book purchasing in the fine 
arts. We should have some money, too, 
for the occasional purchase of very ex- 
pensive books that are of signal interest. 

We need money for advertising the ser- 
vices of the Library. The City does not 
allow us to use any of its appropriation 
directly for advertising. 

Besides all of these concerns, and 
many more, there is a wealth of cultural 
activity which we quite rightly might 
hope to bring to the people. Such things 
as free dramatic presentations and music 
recitals would make a great, further con- 
tribution to the life of Boston. But our 
present financial situation makes such 
ideas only a distant dream. 

A "New Image" Needed 

Since the city is not able to appro- 
priate enough money for the fvill extent 



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of the Library's needs, there is only one : 
possible additional source left,' private' ; 
contributions. If the citizens theicselvesi 
shor.ld give voluntarily to the fnlljis'sa of' 
thf.ir individixal capabilities, we co"jld 
re<?li':e our hopes for a library of optiiinTTii| 
op^^ortunity for all. i 

In essence, we need greatly increased 
pri%-ate support as well as increased go- [ 
vernment support. Hov/ever, in order to j 
gain this private revenue, ive niust over- j 
cb:.Te a major obstacle of long tradition inj 
the public mnd, namely the u^'lerl'j'i.ng j 
assiiTiption that tiie putJJ.c library is the j 
govc^rnment's responsibility and the go- I 
ve'^tiiiBnt's alone. 

The people need a "new image" of the 
public library. They must see the region- 
al public library as an institution that 
can function at its needed level only with 
greatly increased private contributions. 
They must accept a personal responsibility 
to support the Library with whatever con- 
tributions they can afford. 

But what can we do to instill this "new 
image" in the public mind. First we must 
bring before the people frankly and fear- 
lessly the facts of the situation. We 
must poiJit out to them the great need. We 
must have enthusiasm for our hopes so 
contagious that the program we wish to 
provide of optimum opportunity for all 
vdll capture the people's imagination and 
inspire them with the zeal necessary to 
reach this goal. 



A Subscription Plan 

We might establish a subscription plan 
for annual giving through an association 
organized to support the Library, ^'^e 
could have different classes of membership 
for different levels of yearly contribu- 
tions. For example, a ;;t-10 per year sub- 
scription might carry the title, "Contri- 
buting Member"; ;ii)25~"Supporting Member"; 
jjJlOO— "Patron"; and fb^, 000— "Benefactor." 
There could be any number of intermediate 
levels of membership. We might also seek 
annual subscriptions from firms that use 
oiir services and from interested regional 
clubs and groups. 

This subscription type of plan has been 
carried out successfully at the Museum of 
Fine Arts, From 2000 members in 19^6, 
their number of contributors has grown 
steadily at a rate of 1300 to 1^00 per 
year to a total of over 9,000 members in 
i960. And apparently there is no indica- 
that their growth is leveling off. 



The Nevf York Public Library recently 
undertook an annual drive for contribu- 
tions conducted by their own staff. 
From their initial drive in 19U9-1950 
wMcj. raised 1f?97,00Ci they have progressed 
to a total of |.'^l^,7t.C for the 1959-1960 
effort. Eo^.reve? , these contributions 
have not besn ucier a subscription plan. 
Perhaps if the Library iiad done it that 
way, they might have increased their 
total even faster. 

B enefits to Subscribers 

The question that always arises about a 
subscription plan is, "lihat do subscrib- 
ers get for it?" First of all, because 
it is perhaps the most obvious, is the 
social "status" which might accrue to 
such a meToershiPo Interest might be 
stimulated by sending periodically to 
each member attractive brochures of the 
progress and affairs of the Library, and 
notices of special events to take place 
at the Library > There might be gather- 
ings and special programs for the asso- 
ciation. Finally, and by no means least, 
of the benefits of membership would be 
the great personal satisfaction people 
would feel in making a contribution that 
has real value for others, '"'e know that 
people will give for this reason; the Li- 
Israry already has received millions of 
dollars in trust fiinds . And many people 
enjoy working for public -spirited causes. 

Advantages of Subscription Plan 

It seems to me that the Subscription 
Plan has many advantages over some other 
types of drives. Giving on the basis of 
an annual amount for membership would 
mean many years of contributions from the 
bulk of the subscribers. The designating 
of classes of membership for different 
levels of contribution would have certain 
advantages. On the one hand, the desire 
for "status" might lead many people to 
choose high levels of giving. On the 
other hand, the providing of modest lev- 
els of membership would broaden the num- 
ber of prospective members. This pro- 
vision would make it possible for every 
citizen, no matter how humble his circum- 
stances, to be a part of a very worthy, 
public-spirited program. It would en- 
courage relatively small contributions 
from people who might otherwise not both- 
er to give. Also, as in installment buy- 
ing, some people would give annually what 



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they could not, or would not", give- in' 'one 
lump sum. 

The Subscription Plan has this great ad- 
vantage over trust funds : 100^ of the 
money could be used for current needs, 
while trust funds give about h% at best. 
To equal a subscription incoine of |>500,000 
a year, we would need ^12,500,000 in new 
and Tinrestricted trust funds. 

Now in conclusion, let us consider the 
realistic possibilities of a continuous 
subscription campaign. We know that only 
a sum of around ^^00,000 a year would be a 
substantial increase in our budget; and we 
know that we coxild not soon expect to 
reach an annual total of such proportions. 
But I think we could do it in time. 

Secondly, any immediate addition to our 
income of $^0,000 or more would make a 
significant contribution to our work in at 
least some areas. We could buy more books 
than just those with top priority. We 
could spend money directly to advertise 
what we have for the people. We could in- 
stitute more programs of cultural value. 
Such gains wo\ild give us and all the citi- 
zens additional just cause to take the 
greatest pride in our Library. 

Summary 

We need more money to achieve even a 
minimum standard of books and services for 
the public . T© go beyond this and estab- 
lish the desired breadth and depth in our 
book collection and other services, we 
need a very significant increase in o\ir 
present resources. 

We earnestly desire to provide an opti- 
mum program. The people should have it 
and would receive great riches from it. 

But, to accomplish this, must we not in- 
still in the public a "new image" of the 
Library as an institution needing in- 
creased private support? Must we not ap- 
peal to them by showing them our needs and 
our goals? Must we not inspire them with 
the public-spirited zeal necessary to 
enable such a program? 

Each one of us can contribute greatly by 
giving rigorous thought to all proposals, 
by discussing them with our friends, by 
digging down to the basic factors, by of- 
fering constructive suggestions. 

Let us weigh the Subscription Plan. Le^ 
us consider, too, the merits of various 
other ways to raise money. 

We realize that important plans need 
time for coiisideration and fruition. Let 



us be neither precipitous nor cynical in 
our expectations, but work confidently 
for major advances toward a program of 
optimum opportunity fo'r all. 

SmkLL S. HAYES 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

Gertrude Wade presided at a special 
meeting of the Executive Board on July 
19, in the absence of IJfiss Hayes. The 
meeting vas called to permit Mr Gaines to 
speak on the matter of individual per- 
sonnel records which he feels are inade- 
quate at the present time. He expressed 
the desire that a committee be appointed 
from the Staff Association to work with 
him on a method of improving these re- 
cords, which would have the support of 
the Association and of the staff as a 
whole. He will meet again with the Exec- 
utive Board after Labor Day for further 
discussion. 

RUTH M. HAYES 

lIELCOm TO THE MEW SIGN 

on the Main Staircase. It really 
spells it out this time! 




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TW) RETIREI'JJEM'S 
ESTHER LISSNER 

The Cataloging and Classification De- 
partment, R and RS, is not the same, ar>d 
never will be again. The alert, bright- 
eyed presence of Esther Lissner is missing 
from the desk in the north-west corner. 
She retired in July. 

Six years ago, at the farewell luncheon 
for- her colleague and contemporary, liay 
Crosby, Miss Lissner said, "Ihen May and 
I came to work at the library, our people 
were delighted, because they thought it 
would be a nice safe place to work. Yiie've 
been here forty years, and it has been a 
nice safe place to work." 

She started work here on November l8, 
191ii, shortly after her graduation from 
Radcliffe. Iwhile not exactly a pioneer, 
she was still in the vanguard of college- 
trained, employed young women. She was an 
ardent feminist, and walked in the suffra- 
gist parades. 

Her position from the first was in the 
Cataloging Department. Her own work she 
has described as "creative," "imaginative", 
or "humane" cataloging. She thoroughly 
enjoyed preparing the books for their des- 
tined use, but she was a sociable being, 
and sometimes expressed regret that she 
had not more chances to work iiVith the pub- 
lic. She served at the Infornation Desk 
for a time, and her special side-line was 
interpreting the Dickens Village, now in 
Education, for touring groups. 

Every Christnas season, for several 
years. Cataloging and Classification 
looked forward to her appearance at its 
party as Santa Claus. She designed her 
own costume, wrote her own speeches, and 
one year added a f iaal touch of realism by 
climbing in through the balcony window. 

She has been quite a traveller, visiting 
South America, the West Coast, and Hawaii 
It was the late Richard Hensley's custom 
to invite her to his office, on her re- 
turn, for a personal account of her trip. 

On her last day of service, the Depart- 
ment had an ice-cream-and-cake party in 
her honor, and gave her its good-will 
gift, a transistor radio. In September, 
her library friends plan to have a tea for 
her in the Women's Lounge. 

Now that she has earned her retirement, 
what is she going to do? Her chief in- 
terest will probably still be her home in 
Brookline. She loves animals, and at the 



last count had three cat^, Daisy > Pansy, 
and Lily— highly individualistic crea- 
tures. But they don't occupy all her 
time. She is studying intermediate 
Spanish at Harvard, and may take another 
trip to South America. 

?/lARJORIE A. BROV/N 

JEREICAH JOSEPH DANKER 

On July 30, Mr Danker, Superintendent 
of Library Buildings, retired from the 
service of the Library. He had been an 
en?)loyee for 35 years, his career falling 
into three neatly-rounded periods: 20 
years as Electrician, 10 years as Head 
Electrician, and 5 years as top man in 
the Department of Library Buildings. 

Born in 1890 "Joe" Danker graduated 
from I.'echanic Arts High School (now Bos- 
ton Technical) in I9O8 and thereafter at- 
tended the Franklin Union for three years. 
After serving an apprenticeship as an 
electrician's helper, he became a full- 
fledged electrician in 1913* He served 
in the U.S. Arny (Cavalry and Field Ar- 
tillery units) in World War I. He en- 
tered the Library service on February 16, 

1925. 

As Electrician and Head Electrician, 
I,5r Danker was a key man among the forces 
that keep the Central Library building 
and the branches going, mechanically. If 
anybody could size up the trouble, no 
matter how complex, Joe Danker could do 
it, whether it was the repair of a motor, 
the fixing of an appliance, the restora- 
tion to service of a vital installation — 
book railway, pneumatic tube system, ele- 
vators, lights, electric controls, or 
what not. "Dedicated" is a word that is 
grievously overworked and often wrongly 
applied, but if ever a worker deserved 
the description, it is he. The challenge 
of the job, the testing of his powers, 
the overcoming of the tricky problem, was 
the motivation. He was all "pro" . 

As Superintendent of Library Buildings, 
}lir Banker's role and responsibilities 
widened tremendously. The job is man- 
sized. "Buildings" is the biggest single 
department in the Library—the most com- 
plex in organization, the most widespread 
in the range of its operations. To a 
very large degree, the efficiency and the 
comfort of the personnel of all other de- 
partments depends upon the ability of the 
Buildings staff to perform their func- 
tions promptly and well. 



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To this task, too, 14* Danker gave his 
very best. He Twas on the job early and 
had often to stay late. Calls upon his 
time came at dinner, in the dead of the 
night, on holidays, on Saturdays, on Sun- 
days — whenever something went wrong that 
co\ildn't wait: a leaking roof, a failure 
of equipment, a break in the plumbing, a 
rash of broken windows, a post of duty 
Ydth no one to fill it, a door that 
couldn't be opened— or one that couldn't 
be locked. "Neither snow nor rain nor 
heat nor gloom of night" cotild stay this 
conscientious gentleman from duty's call. 

He took £in active part in staff affairs, 
serving as Commander of the Arnavets from 
19J4l-li2 and holding other offices in that 
organization. He was a member of the 
Board of Directors of the Benefit Associa- 
tion for many years, holding the presi- 
dency from 1935-38. He earned a Projec- 
tionist's license and manned the film 
booth in the Lecture Hall. His hapK'' con- 
nection with the Lowell Institute will 
continue in his retirement. 

Vr Danker will be long remembered for 
hiP creative skills also, in the fabrica- 
tion of Christmas creches, children's 
toys, and graceful figures of ducks in 
flight now owned by many a staff member. 
He liis even made violins, his interest 
whetted by an exhibit at the Library. 

He spent himself without stint. Never 
complacent, he was ever restless to be 
getting on with the next job. He was 
loyal, through and through. He loved the 
Library, was intensely proud of it, and of 
his association with it. He has the 
satisfaction of knowing that his work uras 
appreciated and recognized, and that he 
has the warm good wishes of the BPL staff 
for the years ahead. 

FRANCIS X. JiDLONEY 

DANKER RECEPTION 

A reception to commemorate the retire- 
ment of Jeremiah J. Danker was held in the 
Women's Lounge on Friday, July 29. From 
3 to 5 in the afternoon a gay and friendly 
group of staff and alumni gathered to 
toast "Joe" with delectable Hawaiian pimch 
punch and tempting sweets. Wishes of good 
health, happiness, and years of content- 
ment were extended to this officer of the , 
library who loved the institution, and 
Triio was never too busy to lend a helping 
hand to his co-workers. 



On behalf of Mr Danker 's associates, 
John J. Connolly presented the guest of 
honor with a luxurious black pin seal 
wallet bulging with green notes contain- 
ing steel engravings of past presidents 
of the United States. Jfr Connolly re- 
lated many interesting incidents which 
occurred during Mr Danker 's years in the 
library, and tir Danker responded nostal- 
gically on his early days in the BPL. 
His amusing anecdotes of "It did happen 
here" brought many chuckles from his 
]j.steners . 

Among the "Alumni" present were Patrick 
J. Reilly, Albert L. Carpenter, Flora 
Ennis, Helen Schubarth, Abraham Snyder, 
James P. I\fooers, and Katherine IteGrath, 
all looking radiant and prosperous. 
Richard Ivi, Gummere of the Lowell Insti- 
tute was also among the guests who 
dropped in to extend warm felicitations. 

GRACE B. LOUGHLIN 

CARD OF THANKS RECEIVED 

"To my Friends in the Library 

'Your kindness and your thoughtfulness 
Ifeant more than words can say. 
And this brings every one of you 
A world of thank today! ' 

(Signed) JOE DANKER" 

ALTERNATE SPELLING 

You know it as the Reference Room, 

But change the f to v; 

For it is ny opinion 

Of the way the word should be I 

Oh the reference librarians 

Command from me respect. 

To them I light a candle. 

And I almost genuflect. 

If any question halts them. 

They never rest until 

They find the answer somewhere. 

Indeed it is a thrill 

To watch them steeped in action 

At catalog, desk or phone 

Dispensing satisfaction 

In cordial, friendly tone. 

That's why I sometimes spell the word 

With V instead of f , 

Because I hold in reverence 

Librarians in Ref ,1 

Ruth Carter 
Oregon State College 
(former patron) 



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PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Eoployees 

Neil J. Kelly, Records, Files, Statistics 
Elizabeth I. McLucas, Cataloging and 
Classification, R and RS (re-entry) 
Brenda E. Scott, Bookmobiles 
John Xenakis, Book Purchasing 

Transferred 

V. Lloyd Jameson, Engineering Sciences to 
GovemnBnt Documents 

Herman 0. Peterson, Records, Files, Sta- 
tistics to Book Stack Service 

Res igned 

Paul R. Brayton, Engineering Sciences, to 

accept a position in the Harvard Medical 

School Library 
Charles K. Collins, Book Stack Service, 

to enter Trappist Monastery 
Ellen Fairbend, Egleston Square, to live 

in Centerville 
Norman A, Licht, Open Shelf, to attend 

art school in California 
Jeremiah F, Long, Book Stack Service, to 

accept a position at Boston College 

Library 
Judith Stauber, Central Charging Records, 

to accept another position 
Toni Wolff, Fine Arts, to travel in Europe 

Retired 

Jeremiah J. Danker, Superintendent of 

Library Buildings 
Esther Lissner, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, R and RS 

. ferried 

Doris N, French, Parker Hill, to William 
L. Schermerhorn, July 30. 

PURPOSEFUL TRAVEL 

Doris N, French chose this summer to 
travel - - - to Ifempton, New Hampshire, 
for marriage with V/illiam L. Schermerhorn j. 
to Europe for a three weeks honeymoon; to 
Germany for Oberamnagaui to Cambridge, 
Massachusetts, for a future homej to 
Parker Hill once more for continued ser- 
vice as children's librarian. This merry 
cycle was encouraged, moreover, by members 
of the Children's Book Review Committee 
with an exotic dinner on July 13th at the 
Chinese restaurant of Cambridge. 



IN MELDRIAM 

It is with deep regret that we have 
learned of the death of Jane Has son. 
Assistant Housekeeper, retired, on August 
1. 

Miss Hasson was in the Library Service 
for thirty-five years until her retire- 
ment in August 1951. During these years 
of loyal service she endeared herself to 
everyone. 

Those who knew "Jennie" have many happy- 
memories — ^we think of her in the women's 
lunch room, always cheerful, with a help- 
ing hand in all circumstances. Her sense 
of humor overcame many a trying moment 
and the day ended with a laugh. Jennie 
was more than a housekeeper in the Boston 
Public Library — she was a friend to mar^. 

Since her retirement she was interested 
in all Library activities and news of her 
associates . Her friends extend to her 
sisters. Miss Hannah Hasson and Mrs Maiy 
Vfelch, their deep syinpathy. 

BEATRICE COLEMAN 

SAILING, SAILING ♦.. 

Robert M. Oxman, formerly of Branch 
Issue, is sailing between Nantucket, 
Ijlartha's Vineyard and Woods Hole on the 
Ship Gilbert (P.O. Box 727, Woods Hole)- 

NEI'if COVER 

Watch for the new printed cover of 
SCHEDULES AND NOTES which appears for the 
first time on the July-September issue I 
George Scully is to be commended for the 
design, which is simple, striking, and 
in all Viiays excellent. 





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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 TO-th the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department or Office in -which he 
or she is employed. The name is nath- 
held from publication, or a pen name 
used, if the contributor so requests. 
Anonymous contributions are not given 
consideration. The author of the article 
is kno^OTi 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 Soap Box, 

Very earnest recomnendation after two 
recent experiences with staff teas: that 
they be held from 3 to U.30 p.m. rather 
than 3^. Reasons: (a) few people come 
between 1^.30 and $| (b) the guest of honor 
is pretty well "done in" by U.30j (c) re- 
freshments are thinning out by that time; 
(d) most important to the hai-d-working 
Committee— equipment such as punch bowls, 
etc., that are ordinarily stored for safe- 
keeping, must be cleaned, packed, and 
brought to the Stock Hoom before it closes 
— ^which is 5 p.m»3 

Please, won't Personnel consider chang- 
ing the hours for the sake of future 
Conunittees? 

W)T FOR ME 



To the Soap Box: 

Many of our readers use both the Cen- 
tral Library and at least one of its 
branches. Because of the lack of ade- 
quate signs too many of our patrons con- 
fuse Central's hours with those of the 
branches. The mornings when the branches 
are closed to the public are supposed to 
be devoted to work of a nature that is 
difficult to perform during open hours. 
Too many mornings too much time is spent 
answering telephone requests for both 
branch and Central hours. Solution? Pejv 
haps a brochure or ndmeographed sheet 
giving the complete Central and branch 
schedule in uncomplicated language. 

VOX POP 

(Ed. note — or a 3 x 5 card?) 

Dear Editor: 

Your excellent "Student" issue came to 
grips with a situation that has concerned 
many of us for a long time. No*v the fall 
will soon be with us and the swarms of 
eager students will soon be descending 
upon us like locusts. Has anything been 
done to cope with the impending invasion? 
Since your Publications Committee ini- 
tiated this survey, maybe you have heard 
something that we have not. 

IE WHO MiE ABOUT TO . . . 

(The Publications Committee has no in- 
formation about any action on this mat- 
ter) 

One for the Editor: 

Has the Editor received any statement 
from the administration in answer to the 
many challenging editorials and inquiring 
letters which have lately appeared in the 
QUESTION IMRK? 

In nany instances the staff is nearer 
to some of the problems which have been 
harassing the library, and their serious 
observations and recommendations are 
worthy of attention. 

CURIOSO 

(Editor's score sheet: 

Some praise and some criticism of edi- 
torial matter has been received from in- 
dividual menbers of the Administration. 
1. The men have their lunchroom back it 
seems. 2. Newly worded signs on hours 
are appearing. 3. Consideration is being 
given to staff meetings with the Director 
or to some alternative solution.) 



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Dear Editor: 

In the recent Change no. 1 in the Per- 
sonnel Manual, Section 209, concerning 
employment of Library Aides , it is speci- 
fied in no. 209.022 that the Personnel Of- 
fice will submit to Departments names of 
eligible candidates from which selection 
may be made, and that names submitted 
shall be according to, among other things, 
"as far as possible, proximity of resi- 
dence to the employing Department". 

May I make a suggestion? Should not 
consideration be given to the proximity 
of the school attended by the Library Aide 
to the Department or Branch? Since Li- 
brary Aides are usually students, it does 
seem that the proximity of the school 
would be very pertinent as regards the 
availability of the Library Aide not only 
for the regular schedule but also particu- 
larly in emergencies. 

AIDE DE CAMP 



DON'T MISS ... 

The articles on ^tate Aid, Exit Inter- 
views and the cut in use of the Library 
in the August k issue of STAFF 




PHILADELPHIA STYLE 

According to a clipping which has come 
to us from a Philadelphia newspaper, un- 
identified by name or date, the Free Li- 
brary has been losing books from the 
shelves too. Their splution is to erect 
turnstiles. Let the excerpts from the 
clipping tell it; 

"Checking out a book will be like 
catching a subway train. The customer 
won't get through until the lady presses 
a button. 

"The turnstiles should be up by the end 
of the summer, ending an era of more or 
less innocent trust in human nature. 
There has been a guard stationed at the 
exit for some time. He'll stay, 

"The library still believes that 'most 
people are honest,' according to Albert 
C. GeroTild, chief of the Central Public 
Departments. But is is obliged to face 
the fact that some readers have shop- 
lifter instincts. The problem has been 
growing in libraries all over the country 
since the Second V/orld War." 

SOLID EXCUSE CUSS 

Letters received in answer to overdue 
mail-notices : 

Dear Sirs: 

Thank you for your notice reminding me 
of ny oversight. I shall retiurn the books 
due promptly on July 11, Monday. I have 
just returned from iiy wedding trip and 
can only attribute ny negligence to w 
recent marriage and the business leading 
up to it. 

In addition, the'^ooks were borrowed 
from the West end Branch and much to ray 
regret, I cannot return them there. Will 
mail them directly to the main office. 

Sincerely, 

Dear Sir: 

I just received your letter and am very 
sorry I didn't answer before. I just 
started working and went to Jamaica Plain 
several times but the library was closed. 
I know I returned STORY ABOUT PING and 
the DUCKS but I cannot get Bartley to 
turn loose on ANGUS who he calls a 
"Scotch Terror" . He takes the book to 
bed with him nights and says "Momny put 
blanket on Angus and keep him warm" . So 
if you will tell me how much I owe for 
the book, I will gladly send you a check. 

Sincerely yours. 



ANNOUNCING 



THE NEW DECADE 

AW ALL DAY INSTITUTE PRESENTED BY THE B.P.L.S.A. 




Std.te Ckicl and Uou 



u 

How vd.ll expanding library services affect you and your job? 
9 $30 a.m. in the Lecture Hall 




"JKe ChaaQiriCj Image of trie 



2 p.m» in the Lecture Hall 




Dtane/i yv{getinq 



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Speaker; i'j. SIDi^JEY RABB, President, Board of Trustees, Boston Public Library 

A Trustee Looks at Personnel 
7 p.m. at the University Club 




Tuesday , October !8, I960 

Watch for further details 




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uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
STAFF ASSOCIATION 



SEPTEMBER I960 



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THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XV Number 9 \ \ September I96O 

Publications Committee: Constance Broadhurst, Helen E. Colgan, Elizabeth A. Drane, 

James J. Ford, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, Dorothy P. 
Shaw, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



When the school rush gets into swing, we shall all be much more aware of the 
problems the Library (and the staff) must face. Despite a lack of adequate funds, 
materials, and sufficient staffing - with little hope of change in the near future 
-'we must still attempt to crovide the type of service the public has come to expect 
from us. 

To accomplish this, we should cooperate with the Administration in a thorough 
reconsideration of the functions of our Library in this area and region, of what 
g:^oups can be served adequately with the resources at hand, into what areas we should 
channel our greatest efforts, of where we can save our energies, and many more pro- 
blems. There should be more cooperation and communication between Departments and 
between Divisions to improve the standards of book selection to make the money avail- 
able best serve the entire library system, to utilize the smaller staff to accomplish 
our purposes, to seek better methods of educating patrons and potential patrons in 
the use of the library facilities in order to conserve staff aid for areas in which 
patrons cannot help themselves. 

New members of the staff have asked us what QUESTION MRK was supposed to be: 
a social paper? a news-sheet of local happenings? a disseminator of professional 
information? a "gripe" outlet? We believe that it should be all of these and more. 
The ideas and cooperation of the entire staff are most important to a proper evalu- 
ation of the role the Library can and should play in the areas it serves. We believe 
that this paper, as a sounding board for the Staff Association, should - in addition 
to local and professional news of interest to our membership - present constructive 
ideas on, and discussions of, our common problems, ¥e cannot do this without YOUR 
cooperation. 

This month the Publications Committee is introducing the first ^'IHY DON'T !"/£...? 
column, mentioned in the editorial of last month, consisting of some of OUR ideas 
for improvement of services. We hope that the staff will supply us with further 
items for this column in the months to come, either signed or unsigned (if unsigned, 
on the same basis as letters published in the SOAP BOX). We feel that this column, 
and articles such as the feature article last month, together with the current 
"Council" study groups, are excellent axamples of the concrete help the staff can 
provide the Administration. 

As staff members we can no longer afford to sit back and complain complacently 
that there is no way of expressing our opinions. QUESTION flARK is not asking but 
URGING you to express roui'selves each month in its columns. We hope we shall be 
deluged before the tenth of next month; 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMfilTTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

Have you been following the recent de- 
velopments in State Aid to Libraries? 
Have you wondered how this affects you 
and your job? Attend the meeting to be 
held Tuesday, October 18, in the Lecture 
Hall. The all- day institute planned for 
your interests by the Staff Association, 
covers this and other information of 
value to you. Elsewhere in this issue 
are more details about the programs for 
October l8j The committee in charge has 
worked hard to present to you a varied 
and interesting program. Now it is up to 
you to be present and to give your loyal- 
ty and support to the Association. 

Another reminder— are you a member in 
good standing? Have you paid your dues? 
Contact your staff representative or any 
officer of the Association and we will be 
glad to see that the treasurer receives 
your fifty-cents, and that you are listed 
on our membership rolls. 

RUTH M. HAYES 
PERSONNEL NOTES 

Resigned 

Dorothy Carrico, Codman Square, to return 

to West Virginia 
C. Marjorie Groves, Mattapan, to become 

librarian at Dorchester High School 
Mrs, Patricia M. Reardon, Personnel, to 

remain at home 

Married 

Brenda Scott, Bookmobiles, to George R, 
Franklin, August 27 

A HEARTY WELCOME TO . . . 



Thomas Geoghegan, our new Superintend- 
ent of Buildings. 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

October 6-8 New England Library Associa- 
tion, Swampscott 

October 18 Staff Association Institute, 
BPL Lecture Hall 

MONEY MAKES THE miEFLS TURN 

Have YOU paid your Staff Association 
dues? Send So^, your name and unit, to 
Louis O'Halloran, Division Office HR &CS 
if you can't locate your Staff Rep, 



WHO'S NEW 

A pleasant new addition for us is Brenda 
Scott of Bookmobiles, who acquired the new 
title of Mrs. Franklin last month. Her 
husband is sjtudying for a career in mech- 
anical engineering and will graduate with 
Brenda from Northeas tern's cooperative 
program in 1962. Brenda herself is a mod- 
ern language major — French, Spanish, and 
German. Her s econd job in the school lib- 
rary, fortunately does not prevent a var- 
ied life. Her eyes sparkled at the men- 
tion of good music listening. And this 
slim energetic young woman loves keeping 
fit with modern dance, 

Neil Kelly, the quiet-mannered, effic- 
ient new asset of Records, Files and Stat- 
istics, also hails from the cooperative 
work-study program of Northeastern. Neil 
is a member of the College of Education, 
majors in English and Social Studies, and 
will graduate in I963. His plans include 
teaching at the secondary level with a 
hope of coaching on the side. In addition 
to a lively interest in general sports, 
Neil enjoys reading. The rest of his time 
is consumed by a year round supervisory 
position at Star Market. 

Our next salute goes to John Xenakis, 
Book Purchasing. Salute is the most fit- 
ting word, for it sets the tone of this 
interviewer's conversation with John. He 
is a modern language major — French, and 
Spanish — with an Education minor. Then 
one becomes engrossed with John's descrip- 
of his passion for a military fraternity 
on the Northeastern campus— Pershing 
Rifles—interest in which is the surest 
method for becoming a hit with John, 
girls.' This fraternity's more than social 
puipose has given John direction, fiis 
ambition, as a result, is to become a 
commissioned officer. He also confesses 
to an absorption vrith his car, perhaps 
because it is the means of conveying him 
from Haverhill to Pershing Rifle meetings? 

A "BEST! BUY" 

Is everyone aware that Credit Union 
members may purchase up to 20 shares 
(5l?100), between April 4 and November 1? 



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FOUR CELEBRATIONS 
Marjorie Groves 

On Tuesday evening, August 23, the staff 
of the Mattapan Branch gathered at the 
home of Theodora Scoff for a supper party 
in honor of Marjorie Groves, The delic- 
ious supper, served buffet style, furnish- 
ed ample proof of Mss Scoff's skill in 
the culinary field. It was followed by 
the presentation of a psir of distinct- 
ively fashioned white kid gloves to Miss 
Groves, who has resigned to become Libra- 
rian at Dorchester High School. 

Miss Groves ' friendliness and warmth 
of personality was felt not only by her 
co-workers but also by the many teen-agei^ 
who daily thronged the Branch, and whose 
problems she listened to with sincere in- 
terest. Her wide knowledge of books pro- 
vided excellent reading guidance for them 

The staff and her many friends join in 
extending best wishes to Marjorie in her 
new position. 

Ethel O'Brien 

On Thurday August 25, Ethel O'Brien, 
Business Office, was tendered a luncheon 
in the picturesque (though at times a wee 
bit chilly) garden of DuBarry's French 
Restaurant, by a host of her friends and 
co-workers. 

After lunch, Mr. Connolly presented the 
Bride- To-Be with a lovely remembrance for 
her forthcoming marriage. After second 
cups of coffee (to ease the chills) it was 
time to adjourn back to the BPL posts 
which had >^een vacated for the hour. All 
things considered (even the pneumonia 
cases) a good time was had by all, and 
especially by Miss O'Brien. We all wish 
her tne best of health, wealth and happi- 
ness. 



Janet E. Sweitzer 

When Janet returned to Records, Files 
and Statistics on Thursday, September 8, 
for her pay check and lunch with a couple 
of friends, she found a surprise awaiting 
her. Mar^r friends — instead of just two- 
had gathered in the garden at the DuBarry 
Restaurant to extend their warm wishes to 
her as she leaves the workaday world and 
becomes a full-time housewife. Tangible 
evidence of their regard for her took the 
form of a corsage and personal gift for 

her and money with which to buy a gift 



Rhoda O'Donnell 



Her many Library friends joined togeth- 
er at the Red Coach Grill on Friday, Sept- 
ember 9, for a luricheon in honor of Rhoda 
O'Donnell of the home Reading Office, who 
was leaving that day to prepare for her 
coming marriage on September 2J4.. A de- 
licious meal was followed by the present- 
ation, made in his usual and inimitable 
style by Jolsi Can-oil, Chief Librarian, 
HR &CS, of a gift to Rhods— a unique and 
stylish chaneau. Not only did the hat 
look vsH on the bride-to-be but it ser- 
ved a practical puroose as well, since 
the crown and pinwheel design on the 
streamers were all ingeniously fashioned 
of dollar bills. From the magical hands 
of Miss Peck came the ciHinary master- 
piece that provided the perfect finishing 
touch to Rhoda 's party — a two-tiered, 
white- frosted wedding cake encrusted with 
real yellow roses (which matched Rhoda 's 
corsage) and topped by a handsome bride- 
and-groom figurine. Cutting thie cake 
furnished Rhoda with practice for the big 
day and those in attendance an opportun- 
ity to savor the chocolate and golden 
cake. The company, which included such 
former BPL-ers as Anne Dolan and Helen 
Hirson, welcomed this opportunity to pay 
tribute to the guest of honor. After 
her honeymoon Rhoda will continue in 
Library service as Mrs, Carl Walter 
Erickson. 



in 




"So then I said that Governor Fur cole 
Jted practically told mz to stay hoine,»,»» 



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WHY DON'T WE 



Put up sign on the Public Catalog em- 
phasizing the fact that the books in the 
Open Shelf are not listed in this catalog 
and designating the wide range of mater- 
ials obtainable in Open Shelf? 

Provide purse-size copies of the Lib- 
rary hours for our patrons, to help 
minimize their confusion? 

Coordinate filing systems for all the 
departmental card catalogs? Even the 
Public Catalog and the Official Catalog 
differ in filing practices. If this is 
confusing to the staff, think how con- 
fusing it must be to patrons going from 
one department to anoliier, using catalogs 
with different systems. 

Install a loud speaker on the second 
floor stairwell to announce 6 o'clock 
closings? This would be very helpful to 
patrons and staff in clearing departments 
at six, without unpleasant arguments, on 
those days when the closing bell cannot 
be used. An announcement such as "All 
departments with the exception of Bates 
Hall, the Public Catalog, Open Shelf, 
and Central Charging close at six tonight 
made at S'-US, would be an immense help.' 

Have a ten-year file of the READER'S 
GUIDE TO PERIODICAL LITERATURE in the 
Children's Room? Assistants in that 
department have more time to train young- 
er children in use of the Guides and to 
help them locate needed references than 
have the staff of any reference depart- 
ment on a busy day. If students under 
high school level were required to obtain 
their reference lists in the Children's 
Room before coming into reference depart- 
ments for the material, it would be far 
better for both student and staff. 

Train a team from the Division of Ref- 
erence and Research Services who would 
make personal contacts with the many 
schools in the region using these depart- 
ments? Students instructed (perhaps 
through training their teachers to train 
them) in methods and "manners" of use of 
the various departments, would obtain 
faster and more efficient service. The 
teacm should also advise the teachers of 
our service problems and their effects, 
to aid in planning class assignments. 



This would increase this time reference 
workers could devote to more important 
aid to patrons. 

Remedy our obsolete reserve book policy? 
Deprive the staff of recent books and you 
eventually deprive the public.' The pre- 
sent policy is that no staff member shall 
have a book until the public demand has 
been filled. 

On a selfish superficial level this ta- 
boo contradicts the staff manual which 
states "use of the services of the Library 
is available to all staff members on the 
same basis as to the general public" 
(#317.02). 

Deeper reflection reveals the reason 
for inadequate service in one area. Pat- 
rons do seek the aid of the staff in sel- 
ecting among the new books. They want 
clues from the librarian who is not com- 
mercially motivated. They seek advice 
from one who can relate a new work to the 
other literature in a particular field. 
They do not want a parroting of popularly 
printed book reviews, but an intelligent 
insight into a book of which the librarian 
has first hand knowledge. 

One concrete example was given by a 
staff member who expressed an interest in 
Moss Hart's ACT ONE, This was the result 
...113 requests had been filled, the one 
o£ March 12 was just being filled with 37 
yet to go. The staff member went on the 
indefinite rear of the list, after the 
public request list, with a hope of ob- 
taining the book in perhaps a year's time, 
during which he could not adequately serve 
his public. 

Results of the present policy are apolo- 
getic, humiliated, and uninformed staff 
members, who cannot give intelligent re- 
plies to public inquiries. 

Have specimen cards showing how to use 
the catalog in all rooms having public 
catalogs? Cards showing the difference 
between author, title, subjects etc. 
would save everyone time. 

Have separate and very prominent signs 
near the entrance stating that no books 
can be obtained through Center Desk 
after Si)\S except on Monday and Wednes- 
day? 



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WI LLIM J. MULJ-.ONEY 

Recently the Library Staff was saddened 
by the news of the death of T\'illiam J. 
Mulloney, father of Arthur Hulloney of 
Government Documents. Affectionately 
known as "Pop" by both staff and public, 
I-Ir. Mulloney gave fifty- five years of 
service to the Library. He entered the 
service in 1889 as a "ruiiner" in South 
Boston at a salary of $3.50 per week. 
Later he was transferred to Issue (now 
Book Stack Service), then to the Patent 
Room. In 19li|. he went to Center Desk 
where he remained until his retirement 
in 19hh with the title of Chief of the 
Main Reading Room, Emeritus. 

Mr. Mulloney is probably one of the last 
of our employees to have worked in the 
Boylston Street building. His diligence 
in searching for answers to reference 
questions and also his uncanny ability for 
finding "lost" books has been one of the 
legends of the Library. 

He is especially remembered for his 
devotion to the Library. Even after being 
in retirement for several years, he was 
seen at all social functions of the Library! 
and he corresponded with many members of 1 
the Staff. 

After retirement Pop spent much time 
with a daughter in Denver, and it is 
there that he died. 

"NEVER TOO LATE" 

It is not too late in the season for two 
more BPL-ers to be enjoying a European 
vacation. Rosalie Lang, General Reference,! 
and Rita DiSaulnier, Kirstein, are in the 
midst of their excursion, which features 
travel in the Scandinavian countries. 
After leaving from Boston on September 2, 
Rita and Rosalie headed toward Montreal. 
The first half of the trip includes stop- 
ping in Amsterdam, Norway, Sweden and 
Denmark. They anticipate next a reunion 
with Rosalie's father in London. Vfi.th a 
hired car and a veteran appreciation for 
Old I'forld richness, the trio will spend 
the remaining time in England and Ireland. 



STAFF PEPRESEWTATIVES— ATTENTION 

We wonder if Staff Representatives re- 
alize their obligations when they accept 
their assignments. They are tlie liason 
between the BPLSA and the Staff, and their 
duties are really very simple. Early in 
the Spring, each Representative received 
a notice of duties, summarized below: 

1. To see that all full-time members of 
the staff are informed of the Assoc- 
iation's aims and projects 

2. To forward names of new members 

3. To collect annual dues 

I|.. To receive and circulate notices 

5. To send information to the QUESTION 
MARK 

6. To receive, circulate, and file QM 

7. To collect Ck'pE contributions 
Collecting the dues is important. To 

date, August l5, three units have not 
been heard from, although each has had 
two written notices and one verbal. 

We ask the Staff Representatives to 
send names of new staff members. We 
have received two or three only. 

We ask them to notify us of changes in 
their particular status. They leave 
their units x-dthout letting us know, and 
who takes their places? Fe know this has 
been a difficult year with rearrangements, 
resignations, and dismissals, but we have 
to follox^ fifty unj.ts, and each Represent- 
ative only one. 

This does not concern ALL Representa- 
tives. We are grateful to those, the 
majority, who have collected dues prompt- 
ly, sent information and kept in constant 
touch. But PLEASE, all those with guilty 
consciences, let us hear from youj 

ANInIA L. liANlIING 
Chairman, Membership 
Committee 

HALF A DOZEN NOVJ 



SCAVENGER HUNT 

Can you locate the PRESERVED FISH on j 
file in Bates Hall? Esther Leonard, 
Education has located it. 



Andrew J. joined John, Constance, Pris- 
cilla, Richard and Lisa in the Frank 
Myers (Book Stack Service) home on Aug- 
ust 16. His mother the former Carolyn 
Wallace, worked in the Supervisor's 
Enclosure and in the Director's Office 
before her resignation. 



CARE cares, do you? 



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SILLY SEASON HITS BPL -:.. • 

Who Rsads Signs — Correctly? 

l-Jhen told that he couldn't smoke in the 
building, a student who had been smoking 
outside Bates Hall pointed to the sign 
and said, "It says smoking is permitted, " 
On looking more closely, he realized that 
the word was "prohibited". 

Coffee and >'ho's Who?, Anyone? 

A patron stopped one of the staff near 
the elevator on the second floor and ask- 
ed where the restaurant was located. On 
being told that there was no public res- 
taurant in the building, the patron said, 
"I'Tiat about the sign?" Going over to the 
sign nearby he glanced down the list, and 
then was jubilant — "Here it is,", he said, 
running his hand under the REFERENCE of 
the GENERAL REFERENCE DEPARTMENT. On 
being told that the sign pointed, not to 
a restaurant but the the Reference Coll- 
ection of the Library, he replied: "Well, 
vhat's the difference?" 

Blind Spots 

Complaining patron, looking in vain for 
departmental statement-of-hours signs, 
"But who reads the signs on the easel 
on the stairs? ^fe all read the department 
signd to find out which is open". 

Geographical License 

"Is Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia?" 
"No, it's in Bryn Mawr." 
"But that's Philadelphia." 
"The catalog states that the town of Bryn 
Mawr is 2l\. miles from Philadelphia. " 
•n/ell, that's Philadelphia. A friend 
wrote and asked me if it was in Chicago. 
I'll tell her it's in Philadelphia." 

"Could you give me ar^y information about I 
Sarah Lawrence College? \^ere is it lo- 
cated?" 

"It's located in BronxviUe, New York." 
"Bronxville? That's the Bronx, isn't it?" 
"No, they are two different places. The 
Bronx is part of metropolitan New York; 
Bronxville is a town in V7estchester 
County, " 

"Sounds pretty much the same to me. I 
don't want my daughter to go to school 



in the Bronx; I want her to go to a nice 
school. lAliat about Vassar, where is it 
located?" ... 

M, Religiosa Visits Education 

One evening, not a bookworm, but a 
praying mantis made its way into the Ed- 
ucation Room much to the consternation of 
the librarian on duty. She was much re- 
lieved when it was removed by a custodian. 

Ultima Thule? Hy Brasil? 

Or 
Land of Heart's Desire? 

A gay place in the summer, but in the 
winter a solitude of calm. Just the place 
for. the weekend; here the harassed libra- 
rian could, as they say, find his soul. 
But you can't get there from here, not 
even on the MTA. I mean you could get 
■tticre but it won't do you any good unless 
you have a key. That isn't as bad as it 
sounds; there are seven keys. Real honest 
to goodness keys, not the seven "keys" of 
Yoga or of St. Teresa's Interior Castle. 
And you don't need all seven keys, any 
one will do. 

The place got quite a boost tradewise 
when there was a full house of solitude 
seekers in December. They were plunged 
"into a melodrama of the most exciting 
order, " The calm and solitude lost out 
and it was June in December, a gay place. 
This adventure was written up back in 
1913 and they are s till talking about it: 
THE SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE by Earl Derr 
Biggers. If any of the staff have a copy 
of this book, Thomas Manning of the E>diib- 
its Office would like to borrow or pur- 
chase it,' 

No Cultural Repression Here 

Last week while the library staff was 
sweltering under the pre- Hurricane heat 
wave, and trying with no success to look 
cool and unruffled, there was one about 
who knew how to beat the heat. A child 
was frolicking in the inviting coolness 
of our swimming pool — pardon us, our 
fountain—until, alas.' a police officer 
fished him out and cut short his fun. 
Many a staff member has cast an ^e 
on that water during heat waves, but 
inhibitions won. 



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YOUR INSTITUTE 



On Tuesday, October 18, the BPLSA will 
present an all-day institute planned 
especially for the Boston Public Library 
staff. Because of the ever-growing inter-_ 
est in these areas, the morning session 
will be devoted to "State Aid"; the after- 
noon program to "The Changing Image of 
the Librarian"; and the evening dinner 
program to a Library trustee's views on 
personnel. 

Both morning and afternoon meetings will 
take place in the Lecture Hall and will 
begin at 9.30a.m. and 2 p.m. Speaking 
on state aid in the morning will be 
Eenry G. Shearouse, Jr., who in his work 
as Associate Supervisor with the Library 
Extension Division of the State Depart- 
ment of Education has been actively en- 
gaged in administering state aid in New 
York. 

Arrangements for other speakers for 
both sessions are still being completed. 
A question and answer period will form an 
important part of each meeting and will 
provide an opportunity for audience 
participation. 

Librarians from nearby communities will 
be invited to the day institute, but the 
evening program, to be held at the Univ- 
ersity Club at 7, will be open to staff 
members only. At that time Sidney Rabb, 
President of our Board of Trustees, will 
speak on "A Trustee Looks at Personnel." 

Save the date.' You can't afford to 
miss itj 

I'JHAT'S HAPPENING TO STATE AID 



In the Senate, Ifouse Bill #3162 was 
amended by a few important words and 
became Senate Bill #692. The alterations, 
as the Sept. 6 Herald editorial pointed 
out, had to do with the source of finance 
for the aid. 

In the House Bill the money was to come 
from the State Budget Appropriations, 
while the Senate Bill changed this and 
made the State Income Tax the source of 
aid. 

The Bill nb,w is back in the House '^•Jays 
and Means Corainittee and action on it is 
expected soon. The Fall session of the 
Legislature begins Sept. 19. It can make 
a considerable difference in what kind 
of a state aid bill is passed. T/'i'hile it 
would be ideal if the bill could be 



passed so as to provide "new funds", it 
is highly desirable that a state aid bill 
of some sort be enacted. 

O'BRIEN— CULLITY 

It was a beautiful, sunny September 
tenth, when Ethel L. O'Brien, Business 
Office, and James Michael Cullity, Boston 
Fire Department, exchanged marriage vows 
at Star of the Sea Church, East Boston. 
The bride's cousin, recently ordained 
Father Lewis of the Society of Jesus, 
officiated at the ceremony, Ethel wore 
traditional white, full skirt, lace over- 
lay, slight train, finger tip veil, c rovm 
of pearls. The maid of honor wore prin- 
cess style, satin-silk, coral gown; two 
other attendants wore similar style gowns 
but of deep blue color, A reception in 
Somerville for about 200 guests followed 
the ceremony. After a wedding trip to 
Canada the couple will live in East 
Boston, 

BPL SWEEPSTAKES 

Our staff scored very well in the 
summer issues of the BAY STATE LIBRARIAN.' 

"VJhat Happened in Boston: Library 
Budget Crisis" by Francis X. Maloney is 
the lead article on page 3. 

Virginia Haviland has "Kepes and 
Others" on page 9. 

The Spring Meeting of MLA was written 
up on page 10 by Edna G. Peck. 

And the editorial from the April I96O 
QUESTION MARK appears on page 8. 

DID YOU KNOW ... 

That the various Firiends of the Library 
groups throughout the state have organ- 
ized to form the Massachusetts Library 
Aid Association, Inc.? They have a 
program of in-service training for 
librarians and library assistants already 
employeed in small community libraries, 
and a scholarship aid program for these 
same small libraries. The article about 
the MLAA on page li; of the BAY STATE 
LIBRARIAN is well worth reading, 

LIBRARIAN'S CERTIFICATE 

Examination for Certification of Pro- 
fessional Librarians to be held November 
16 at 10 a.m. Rm. 2, 200 Newbury St. 




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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 lib- 
rary, Department or Office in which he 
or she is employed. The name is with- 
held 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 jOO^jjo rds will be accepted. 

To the Soap Box: 

If the Library offers any courses this 
fall, there should be one on "The Gentle 
Art of Gently Handling Books." Seeing 
the way some of our books get tossed 
around makes one cringe. If our own 
staff abuses books, it certainly doesn't 
set a good example for the public, and 
only leads to the expense of premature 
rebinding or replacement. 

Please, let's be more careful. 
A BOOK LOVER 

Dear Editor: 

The recent hurricane has almost erased 
from our minds the MTA strike, but even 
so the loyalty of our staff members in 
this eraei-gency will not soon be forgotten, 
I am sure. In the Division of ffome Read- 



ing all but twelve of the staff managed 
'to get to work despite the strike. They 
walked — some over five miles — they hitch- 
hiked, they bicycled, they taxied, they 
■drove. At least one staff member chauf- 
^feured four of her co-workers who were 
^without tansportation. I am writing only 
of the Division of Home Reading, but I 
am sure the same could be said of our 
other Library Divisions. It seem to me 
that we could have no better demonstration 
of the high sense of responsibility of 
our BPL staff members. 

M.C.J. 

Dear Soap Box: 

You TTAy have been a little premature in 
.claiming that the men have their lunch 
room back, or maybe you weren't. The 
telephone company workers have not been 
in the lunch room for several weeks but 
there is a regular contingent at noon 
from the telephone company in the smoking 
room playing cards during their lunch 
hour. There have been as many as seven 
either playing or kibitzing. 

It may be that these have permission, 
but from whom? Should they be allowed 
to preempt space in our employees quart- 
ers not on temporary basis but for months 
on end? 

Whose responsibility is it? The Men's 
House Committee? The Buildings Depart- 
ment? Personnel? The Police? 

UNSEATED 

Dear Editor: 

Having struggled through the summer 
short-handed, borrowing from here and 
there, leaving posts uncovered and letting 
backlogs pile up so that minimum coverage 
at public desks could be maintained, may 
I say that the breaking point may be near. 

The game of musical chairs comes to an 
end at last. Routine work must be done. 
The backlogs must be cleared. The public 
must be served. 

It can't be done by sleight of hand. It 
will take people, workers, librarians, 

I don't know what is more destructive 
to morale than a sense of frustration, 
I have had it. 

FRUSTRATION 
Dear Soap Box: 

I would like to be able to have a Satur- 
day free when there is a family party, 
wedding, club meeting, etc^ scheduled,' 

NO OTHER LIFE 



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Dear Soap Box, 

The handling of the library closing on 
the day of Donna was pure farce, ^fost of 
us, very early in the morning, heard the 
Governor's warning to stay at home if 
possible, and the reports of the weather- 
men that Donna definitely would strike. 
Knowing it was a "closed" morning, and 
that by afternoon the storm would pro- 
bably cause the city to shut down, we were 
surprised when we were not notified that 
the library would not open, especially as 
schools and colleges were closed. So we 
reported for work. ¥e heard that the 
mayor had closed city departments at 
10:30, but no dismisssil came thix)ugh to 
us. Those about to report at one began 
to phone to see if they should come in. 
We had to tell them to come although sure 
that the library would have to close 
early in the afternoon. 

If the top two were unavailable to make 
a decision on closing, why was there no 
one already designated to decide? Why 
did it take a long meeting of Division 
heads to come to a decision when other 
city departments were released half an 
hour before the meeting began? 1»jhy did 
they wait for the 11 o'clock news? Is 
there no phone at the weather bureau? A 
decision should have been reached in time 
to prevent the needless journeys of those 
due at one, and to permit those of us 
already here to reach home without resort- 
ing CO expensive taxis etc, and without 
the drenching we got. IJhy was the decis- 
ion made before 11:30 to close the branch 
libraries, but no decision made on Central 
until more than an hour later? And 
finally, why were some departments told 
staff must remain until one, while others 
were told we were closing at once? 

DISGUSTED 

Dear Soap Box: 

The position of elevator operator re- 
ally ought to be restored. Surely there 
could be a cut somewhere else which would 
not inconvenience the older members of 
our public. Older patrons do not feel 
comfortable riding in a self-service 
elevator, yet they are not able to climb 
the stairs. The frequent times that the 
elevator has become stuck, as well as 
the aimless riding up and down by childrer 
and teen-agers give evezyone cause to 
think about using it. 

CONCERNED 



To the Editor: 

Isn't it a little unfair that the staff 
should be so heavily penalized by vaca- 
tion or pay loss so shortly after it had 
demonstrated its responsibility to the 
Library during the MTA strike, many at 
great personal inconvenience? 

The majority of "those who remained at 
home on Donna day, did so to protect 
their property, because of the governor's 
request for those who did not have to 
go out to stay home, or for health 
reasons. 

Is this a time for "disciplinary 
measures" when the staff morale is 
already so low due-' to shortages etc.? 

BOTHERED 



NEla^ RETIREMENT DIRECTIVE 

The CITY RECORD of September 10 
carries on page 735, a directive to the 
department heads by Director of Admin- 
istrative services, John P, McHorrow, 
entitled "Rules AppljrLng to the State- 
Boston Retirement System". These are 
the pertinent facts from the article: 

"The law e:>qDlicitly states that any 
employee who has attained the require- 
ments of the two items listed below 
shall not be discharged or removed from 
his position, nor shall his position be 
abolished, until the Retirement Board 
is officially notified of the reasons 
for same: 

"1. Any employee who is a member of 
the State- Bos ton Retirement System and 
who has reached the age of SS^ and has 
at least l5 years of creditable service; 
or 

"2. Any employee less than SS years of 
age, who has 20 years of creditable 
service. " 

These are basic provisions of section 
16 of chapter 32 of the General Laws. 

Inquiries should be addressed directly 
to the Supervisor of Personnel at City 
Hall, 

Anyone interested in disability re- 
quirements should see the original 
article. 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
STAFF ASSOCIATION 



OCTOBER 1 960 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XV Number 10 October I96Q 



Publications Committee: Constance Broadhurst, Helen E, Colgan, Elizabeth A. Drane, 

James J, Ford, I, Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, Dorothy P. 
Shaw, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



\hxle the Soap Box does serve to let off steam for us, and perhaps does indicate 
to top Officers of IJie Library and the Trustees, the feeling of individual members 
of the staff, is it really the bestwtyto acccanplish desired objectives? 

Your Staff Association, long ago, devised a system which has not yet been test- 
ed with sufficient consistency over a period of time. It is simple. You, as an 
individual, or several of you together, put in writing your desires or protests and 
send the letter to your Executive Board for action. If the Board finds, after in- 
vestigation, that there is merit in the action requested, they present it to the 
Administration, Some of us complain at intervals that a labor union could obtain 
more for the employees than the Staff Association does. But , these are the very 
people who do not make use of the machinery of the Associationi NO group, union or 
independent association, is any stronger than the people who compose its membership. 
Our Board cannot put your case to the Administration unless you first present it to 
them. Nor can it make a really firm presentation unless you furnish sound objects 
ive arguments. 

The views of management and workers are fundamentally "different sides of the 
coin". Management must consider first, "production", whether of a physical object 
or a service. While workers are concerned with getting as much for their work as 
they can persuade management to give, both in financial gain and in "fringe" bene- 
fits. Since man first paid another to work for him, it has been Managanent's pre- 
rogative to set the rules, and the Vtorker's role to follow rules, unless it can be 
proven that another plan is better for everyone. Management makes its decisions 
fully aware of the penalty of misjudgment - loss of workers or "production" - if the 
worker does not "approve". Conversely, ^'brkers must either accept the decisions of 
Management, or leave - for failure to "produce" loses them their jobs or promotion- 
al possibilities. 

Modern trends in Management tend to take into consideration the views of the 
worker, in making decisions which affect him. This we believe our Trustees and 
Administration are attanpting to do, through our Assistant Director (for Personnal), 
No -truly wise decision can ever be made without weighing the factors on both sides. 
But both Management and Staff must LEARN this method, and sometimes there will be 
failures, before a workable model is found. There must be communication patterns 
set for free flow of ideas in both directions. Trust between groups must be ectab- 
lished. Loyalties must be built up. Methods must be i.orked out. This is a lengthy 
process. But a beginning has been made, which the Staff is about to toss away, un- 
less all of us stop and think carefully about the situation. 

Soap Box may be fun for US and a vent for our feelings, but it can also be a 
source of aggravation to the very people in Administration that the Staff most needs 
in solving our problems. Far more successful would be the approach through our 
Executive Board, which can present both the Staff viewpoint and an objective state- 
ment which will support that thinking. Dignity and gentlemanly actions always serve 



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to make the exchange of ideas flow more quickly and smoothly. 

In addition to the approach through the >jKccutive Board, QUESTION ilARK provides 
the Why Don't We . ..? column. There is a th; i-d procedure for any staff problem - 
that of discussion with the Division Heads or the Personnel Office. Each of the 
three methods may be applicable at one time, but not at another, as situations differ. 
But between them, most individuals should be able to find, in professional dignity, 
a route to a solution, 

"Donna-penalties" seem to be the chief concern of the Staff at the moment. Re- 
sentments and misunderstandings still exist. It is time that known facts, instead 
of guesses and rumors, are stated. 

Your Executive Board and your Personnel Committee have met separately with the 
Assistant Director (for Personnal) and discussed actual cases, omitting names. There 
is nothing appearing in Soap Box either last montJi or now, or which we have heard 
discussed in little groups, which was not analyzed at these meetings. Although only 
thirteen people lost vacation or pay, the entire staff was disturbed to some extent. 
This, it was agreed, stemmed chiefly from an apparent change in policy with no 
advance warning. 

There were two optx)sing sets of considerations involved. Administration decis- 
ion on the closing of the Library was concerned with these beliefs: that the Library 
is a service organization with obligations to the Community which must take prece- 
dence over concern for the Staff; that the Central Library has been designated a 
disaster area, and any decision involved the possibility that it might be necessary 
to keep it open as a shelter; and that the hurricane might never arrive, or be over 
in time to permit service to the public on one of our few open nights. Staff opiniai 
of the decision was based primarily on individual considerations of health, property 
protection, or travel difficulties, balanced against the obligation to maintain 
service. Staff resentment at the "penalties" was largely based on what was thought 
to be an established policy, whereby those who were able to report had been rewarded, 
and those who did not or could not, excused. This was not a fact but a supposition, 
which had grown from several separate occasions when storm closings had been handled 
in that way. 

The Assistant Director (for Personr.el) assured the Executive Board that, in 
the future, he will endeavor to see that no sudden change in procedures occurs with- 
out notice. And he invited the Association to participate in formulating the policy 
on skeleton force and storm closings. This tentative policy has been studied by the 
Personnel Committee, and is to be considered by the Executive Board at its next 
meeting. The report of the Personnel Committee on this, together with the text of 
the tentative policy, may be found on page [j.. 

If this particular policy does not seem, to you, fair and just, the best course 
of action is to put your thinking in writing, sign it, and send it to the Executive 
Board before their next meeting at the end of the month. Time to speak is NOW, 
before policy is confirmed. Administration has offered us the opportunity for 
comment and participation. Let us use iti 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



mn DON'T '/ffi 



A meeting of the Executive Board was 
held on September 23. Also present at 
this meeting were Geraldine Altman, Chair- 
man of the Personnel Committee, and Ervin 
Gaines, Assistant Director (for Personnel) 
Much of the subject of this meeting was 
hurricane Donna. The general confusion 
which seemed to arise from the policy of 
handling the absences which occurred 
throughout the system, was a matter of 
some concern. From this confusion, we 
hope to get a written policy which will 
be consistent and fair in dealing with 
general problems arising from storm 
conditions. 

We discussed several aspects of the 
problems arising from the decisions in 
General Administrative notice ^0. It 
was indicated that inasmuch as employees 
are being paid to work, they should report 
for work as scheduled, whenever it is 
physically possible for them to do so, in 
the absence of notice to the contrary. 

It was also indicated that inasmuch as 
communication systems are subject to 
break down, it is unwise to rely on TV or 
radio announcements for notice. 

In the case of employees who were told 
by their superior officers not to report 
for duty, those who made the decision 
should so indicate, that their department 
members should not suffer unfairly. 

According to Personnel Manual Chapter 1, 
Sect. 105.03 - "In event of conflict be- 
tween the manual and any other rule or 
order, the higher authority prevails". 
However this apparently means "library 
authority", for, unless the city is under 
martial law, directives other than those 
issued by the library are to be ignored. 

Other matters touched upon included the 
question of the value of Staff Meetings 
with the Director, and the attitude of the 
Staff regarding thera. It was agreed that 
a questionnaire might bring in the con- 
census of opinion on the subject. So 
look for a questionnaire in ihe near 
future. 

The unfairness of expecting a portion 
of the staff to work for less than their 
regular hourly pay^ on Sundays, was also 
discussed. Mr. Gaines agreed that this 
was absurd, and said the city ruling 
would be looked into, 

RUTH M. HAYES 



(Contributions to tliis column ai-e limited 
to ideas for the improvement of library 
services, and may be made by any member 
of the Staff Association.) 



Identify ourselves immediately by name 
and unit when we call another unit? Often 
the staff member taking the call has no 
idea whether it is staff or patron call- 
ing. And wastes time, needed for patrons, 
in lengthy, unnecessary explanations, or 
is unable to call back if further infor- 
mation is found. Personal identification 
is a courtesy to our fellow employees. 

Have a mimeographed floor plan for new 
employees? This would cut down "finding" 
time considerably, and enable them to 
direct patrons to another unit without 
the delay of asking another staff member. 
Such a floor plan might be desirable for 
patrons too. 

* 

Make a point of returning immediately 
to Book Purchasing for re-delivery, any 
strange unbound periodicals and serials, 
if they do not belong in our department? 
The Library spends sizeable sums replac- 
ing issues which have not been received 
by the proper department, but which may 
turn up in another unit, long after the 
issue is replaced. 

* 

Station someone on the side door on 
closed mornings to prevent wandering pa- 
trons from entering the Library? It is 
better public relations to bar entrance 
with an explanation that we are closed, 
than to "put out" a patron who has reach- 
ed the wanted department, and seen staff 
on duty therein. 

Construct a glass- enclosed walkway on 
the Courtyard Balcony from Education to 
Government Documents? This would not 
require much in structural alterations, 
merely putting in a door in place of a 
window in Government Documents. It would 
largely eliminate the need for an eleva- 
tor in the rear of the building, and would 
remedy the very awkward situation that 
now e^sts, in providing access to a very 
important collection, particularly from 
the Public Card Catalog area. 



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PERSONNEL COMI'IITTEE REPORTS ; a. 
ON STORM CLOSINGS 

To the Editor: ■ 

The Personnel Committee of the Profess- '■ 
ional Staff Association has received from ; b, 
Ervin Gaines, Assistant Director, Divisionj 
of Personnel, a DRAFT OF RULES GOVERNING 
SKELETON FORCE AND CLOSING OF THE LIBRARY, 
(copy appended) Members of the Committee ' 
were unanimous in approving the proposals, c. 
which they termed "reasonable and fair". 
A copy has been forwarded to the Executive j 
Board with a recommendation for approval. 

The Committee feels that the adoption of 
a definite written policj^ applicable to 
all emergency closings, may serve to elim- j 
inate future misunderstandings, I 

I 
GERALDINE ALTMAN, Chairman 
Personnel Committee 



Employees on duty at the time of 
the emergency closing or scheduled 
to begin work later in the day will 
be excused from work and their time 
xd.ll be reported as excused. 
Einployees who were not scheduled or 
who were absent for vacation, sick 
leave, or for any other reason will 
have -Uieir time reported as though 
an emergency were not in effect. 
Employees who work after an emer- 
gency closing has been ordered will 
receive compensatory time on an 
hour for hour basis. Additional 
compensation may be awarded on an 
individual basis upon evaluation of 
the severity of the emergency and 
of the degree to which the service 
of an employee exceeds reasonable 
expectations, 

ARE YOU A GOOD SAMARITAN? 



If you would care to volunteer, Boston 



(^i to rial note: The President says that 
this recommendation will be considered 

at the next meeting of the Executive Board; State Hospital NEEDS youj This is our 
late in October.) ilargest psychiatric hospital and is noted 

'for its excellent teaching and research 
Draft of Rules Governing Skeleton ifacitilies. It has 3OOO patients in 55 
Force and Closing of the Library jbuildings, set in 220 acres. There are 

■now five patients' libraries, containing 

1. Skeleton force may be ordered from time several thousand volumes, which are impor- 
to time. When skeleton force is order- itant tools in rehabilitation of the pat- 
ed, the senior person present in any lients. There is only one paid librarian, 
department will release from duty all ! aided by patient- volunteers. 

personnel except those needed to main- ' Most books have been purchased by the 
tain minimum service in accordance with] hospital, but donations have made expan- 
standards set by Division Heads. 'Sion of facilities feasible. There is a 

2. The following rules govern time report- jvery real need for trained volunteer lib- 
ing and pay beginning at the hour that jrarians, who know books and can s timulate 
skeleton force is invoked: jpatients to read, as an important area of 

a. Employees who are released from work! therapy, and who can assist the hospital 
will have their time excused. .library staff to maintain the central 

b. Employees w ho remain on duty will llibraries with branches in some buildings, 
receive extra vacation on an hour I These trained volunteer librarieans will 
for hour basis, the time to be cred-ibe supported by the hospital library staff. 



3. 



ited to vacation earnings, 
c. Employees who were not scheduled or 
who were absent for vacation, sick 
leave or for any other reason will 
receive no additional compensation 
of any kind and their absence will 
be reported as it would be if skel- 
eton force w ere not in effect. 
In certain emergencies (e.g., storm or 



'doctors and nurses, and the Volunteer 
[Services Office. 

1 Volunteers should be free to give at 
jleast one morning, afternoon, or evening 
•a week. If you can do this, please write 
ior call William E, Neth, Director of Vol- 
lunteer Services, stating name, address, 
'particular field of service, and time 



(available. His address is Boston State 
other disaster) it may be necessary for j Hospital, 591 Morton Street, Boston, and 
the Library to suspend some or all op- 'the telephone number is GE 6-6000, Ext. 
erations on short notice. In such ■;23l4.. 
events the following rules apply: I 



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PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Bnployees 

Joan Abbe, West Roxbury 

Anthony J. Bajdek, Book Stack Service 

Francis X. Cox, Central Charging Records, 

(formerly part-time) 
Stephen R. Davis, Book Stack Service 
Martin E. Eisenberg, Periodical and 

Newspaper 
Leo J. Hamilton, Book Preparation 
Martin J. Laughlin, Engineering Sciences 
Mrs. Belle Levin, Roslindale (formerly 

part-time at North End) 
Mrs. Anne l>larie E. Moore, Codman Square 
Carol Rothwell, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, R & RS (formerly part-time) 
Marion Schmidt, General Reference 
Cynthia J. Sharp, Efeleston Square 
Edward B. Stenberg, Book Stack Service, 

(formerly part-time) 
Robert Sullivan, Open Shelf, (formerly 
part-time) 

Re-entered 

Mrs. Ellen S. Fairbend, Codman Square 

Robert P. Giddings, Music 

Mrs. Agnes McDevitt, Lower Mills 

Transferred 

Jane M. Barry, Uphams Corner to Codman 

Square 
Ann Connolly, Book Stack Service to Cen- 
tral Charging Records 
Philip Flattick, Book Preparation to 

Book Purchasing 
Mrs Brenda Scott Franklin, Bookmobiles 

to Book Purchasing 
I. Roger Stevens, Book Purchasing to 

Audio- Visual 
Diane Stolpner, Central Charging Records 

to Director's Office 
Joan M. Stolpner, Book Stack Service to 

Fine Arts 

Resigned 

Allan J. Allen, Periodical and Newspaper, 

to study for doctorate at Indiana 
Ronald C, Conant, Book Purchasing, to 

return to college 
Michael H. Dygert, Book Stack Service, 

to return to college 
Elizabeth R. Harrington, Engineering 

Sciences, to accept another position 
Daniel 1-.'. Kelly, Audio- Visual, to accept 

another position 
Carolyn L. Ifedden, Charles town, to be 

married and live in Denver 



Mrs Jo Ann Reiss, Codman Square, to accept 
position as school librarian in the 
Brookline Public Library 

Donna L. Rosenbauer, Washington Village, 
to accept a teaching position 

Lee Ryan, Open Shelf, to return to college 

Mrs Janet E. Sweitzer, Records, Files and 
Statistics, to remain at home 

Mrs Rose E. Zuckertnan, Roslindale, to live 
in Cambridge, England, where her hus- 
band will be studying 

Married 

Ethel L. O'Brien, Business Office, to 
James M. Cullity, September 10 

Rhoda M. O'Connell, Division Office, 
HR & CS, to C. Walter Erickson, Sept- 
ember 2i|. 

HAVE YOU NOTICED. . . 



The excellently conceived and executed 
signs designating the Library's hours at 
bath doors of the Main Entrance? 

The signs for the Library's hours for 
Monday and Wednesday, hanging outside the 
gates on those mornings? 

The Telephone Company men no longer 
frequent the Men's Lunch Room and Smoking 
Room? 

* 

The new "suggestion" boxes near the 
first floor elevator and in the Open Shelf 
Department? We hear there is one sched- 
xiled for the staff quarters soon. 

BPL IN PRINT 

John Alden's newly revised edition of 
Lydenberg and Archer's CARE & REPAIR OF 
BOOKS, published by Bowker, has been re- 
ceiving much publicity, with a full page 
ad in both the LIBRARY J0UR1>JAL (Sept. 1) , 
and PUBLISHERS' VffiEKLY (Sept. 12). John 
is in Rare Book. 

Leonard J. MacMillan, Book Purchasing, 
has an account of the SLA convention on 
pages 335-338 of SPECIAL LIBRARIES for 
September. Its intriguing title is: 
At Age 5l is SLA Eligible for Membership 
in the Society of the Mind? 



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EUROPEAN CONFERENCES 



IFLA 



The annual International Federation of 
Library Associations conference, held this 
year in Malmo and Lund, in southern Sweden 
■was attended by a larger delegation than 
usual from the USA. 

During the week of August 9-12, meetings 
for the entire group and for special pro- 
fessional divisions were well attended, at 
the ilalmo Public Library and the Univer- 
sity of Lund. A tour was made of Malmo 
branch libraries and outdoor service to 
children in a park. 

As a member of the executive committee 
for the children's librarians' group with- 
in the Public Library Division, this de- 
legate attended two board meetings and an 
open meeting of the group, in which a 



goodly number of public library adminis- 
trators also participated. New bylaws werfeionallyj is "the list'of honor' winners and 



books and reading, made by thirteen count- 
ries, from Israel to the USA. 

During the last year sections were for- 
mally organized in Japan and in the USA, 
our dues being paid jointly by ALA and the 
Children's Book Council., which represents 
publishers of children's books. 

In the reports, an increase was notice- 
able in the promotion of children's books 
and reading through book weeks, book 
prizes, critic?! revievdng, and seminars 
and institutes for parents, teachers, 
booksellers and librarians. 

The conference highlight^ as always, was 
the conferring of the biennial Hans Chris- 
tian Andersen international children's 
book award. This year's recipient was 
Erich irastner of Germany, an author known 
most widely for his classic EMIL AND THE 
DETECTIVES, but recognized also for many 
other books for boys and girls. 

Perhaps equally significant, internat- 



accepted and new projects of the group 
were discussed. Among these is the pre- 
paration by children's librarians of an- 
nual national lists of children's books 
recommended for translation abroad. (Such 
a list, prepared by ALA's Children's Ser- 
vices Division, has for several years been 
distributed abroad.) Plans were initiated 
for a panel program on translation within 
next year's IFLA meeting in Edinburgh. 

The delightful hospitality of Swedish 
Library Associations and the local govern- 
ments of Malmo and Lund, and also of in- 
dividual Swedish librarians, made the days 
of conference particularly pleasant this 
year. Meetings with our opposite numbers 
from other countries were occasions of 
special stimulation in the exchange of in- 
formation about books and library services. 
Among those met thus were a number of 
librarians already known to us because of 
their visits to USA libraries. 

IBBYP 

The International Board on Books for 
Young People held its sixth biennial con- 
gress in the city of Luxembourg, September 
26-29. 

General sessions were scheduled on 
topics of mutual interest to delegates 
representing libraries, publishers of 
children's books, educators, and authors. 
An especially significant meeting was 
given to sectional reports on children's 



runners-up. Among titles chosen for this 
counterpart of our annual "notable books" 
list by the jury of ten members (this de- 
legate representing the USA) , the follow- 
ing are available in our children's lib- 
raries: from the USA, Meindert DeJong's 
ALONG CAME A DOG and Elizabeth Speare's 
VirnCE OF BLACKBIRD PONDj from England, 
Philippa Pearce's TOIL'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN 
and Rosemary Sutcliff 's VARRIOR SCARLET j 
from Canada, Edith Sharp's NKl-mLAj from 
France, Michel Aime Baudouy's OLD ONE-TOEj 
from Germany, Felix Hoffmann's THE WOLF 
AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KLDS; and from Austr- 
ia, Karl Bruckner's GOLDEN PHARAOH. Many 
of these books had already won national 
book awards. 

This delegate, who was sent to this 
congress by ALA in order to present a need 
for some change in rules for the award, 
can report that, in the future, juries 
will vote only for an author's total work, 
in order to make the award more nearly one 
that may be referred to as a "Junior Nobel'.' 
The honors list will contain other national 
entries, and also recent works by contend- 
ers for the medal which win highest votes 
from the jury. 

Congress members enjoyed talking and 
dining in small groups and walking through 
the picturesque ravine along which 
stretches the old city of Luxembourg. Here 
five levels of roads lead back and forth 
from the old town along the river up to 
the capitol above. Remains of a medieval 



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wall. and its gates and towers add histoid Hewins Lecture 

ical interest to that of the unique ter- 

^^^"* The Caroline M. He wins Lecture was given 

It was clear at both conferences that on Thursday by Edna Boutwell, an author, 
the exchange of information about child- .storyteller, and Children's Librarian, now 
ren's books and library services is of retired from the Woburn Library and living 
widening concern, and that underdeveloped in Vermont, 

areas are eager for knowledge and guid- ' "Kate Douglas WLggin, The Lady with the 
ance from countries with flourishing 'Golden Key" was the subject of the lecture, 

libraries and book publishing. jf/Iiss Boutwell opened her very delightful 

I'talk with a description of the play, THE 
VIRGINIA HAVIUND lOLD PEABODY PEH which was written by Mrs. 

'Wiggin and is presented each year at the 

NELA CONFERMCE bory Hill Meeting House in Hollis, Maine. 

_, „ ^ ^ ^ , V ^® speaker then spoke of Mrs. Wiggin as 

The New England Library Association a person who "moved in company of others 

Conference was held at the New Ocean Hous^with the childlike heart". A warn and 

in Swampscott, Oct. 5-8, with the theme Jtender picture of the author's extremely 

"Our I^dening World". ^H life „ith her work with the kinder- 

Our Muriel Javelxn Deputy Supervisor ^arten, her travels, and her writings not 

Adults), served as Chaiman of the ko mention her happy years spent at her 

Adults Services Program on Thursday morn- ^eloved "Quillcote" on the banks of the 

ing,_and Leonard J. MacMillan, Book Pur- baco River was presented. To us in the 

•''^^^^"f' ^^^ elected to serve as Treasur- jaudience. Miss Boutwell seemed to bring 

er ot NELA. jalive the glowing personality of this 

Coverage of the meetings for this paper ["Lady with the Golden Key". 
IS incomplete, due to staff shortages and j 

the resultant lack of sufficient time for i BEATRICE M. FREDERICK 

non- routine matters. 1 

. , ,. ^ . ^ ' Child ren's Book Clinic 
Adult Services Program i — — 



^ .:^ ^, , ^ ' The New England Children's Book Clinic 

Despite the early hoar a sizable numbermeeting on Friday was presided ovTer by 
of librarians attended the meeting of the ^ean Colby, author and editor, who called 
Adult Services Division. Their efforts ^ts fifteen year history to the attention 
were well rewarded by a most interesting pf her audience. Mrs. Colby emphasized 

o?rh^«°"f^r'%t^'^ ^^^■'^''"^ ^ ^^^ ^^ °^igi"^l ^"d continuing purpose - to 
Sin S' fS ^ f ^^ S-,^?"^?r^^^°" ^^ gather together adults interested in child- 

R ^!«.?h*if i?^J^ ^'P^^^' ^^n""^"^ ^^"'^ ^°°^^ (^^^^^^^ ^^o^ the viewpoint of 
Research and Studies Program, Boston jauthor, artist, editor, publisher, book- 

fSITi "^^ T^^^''^ "^^'^r' ' student 3eUer librarian, or critic) to discuss 
nn?n+!f o,^i ;>, ^^^^, =?™"^^t^ f^ Z^^ Jand effect improvements in the production, 
and hn^ Z^h^h ™f *^?^^ ^"P;,^^ f Afric4distribution and enjoyment of tL best in 

to l^^rn ^hont^H?^^''^"^"/''^^^'^ "l^^ ^^'' ^°^^ ^°^ children. sL invited partici- 

to iearn about this important continent h««+-i„v, ^^ j-u • t ^- x- 

but managed to insert I ^ ^ ^±^ .1.111. ' Pf*^°" ^" ^.« ^°"^^ "January meeting of 



but managed to insert a little humor as 
well. A recording of African music pro- 



the group, when topics of current interest 
such as the effect of mergers in the pub- 



,,-: J J u 1 J j^ ii ^ . ' r - ouviii do Tjiie exiecTi oi mergers in x-ne pud 

I^t?nn''^^ST .f ^^^^^g^"^"g °f the ii3hing business, the effLt of what ?he 
session, and hnnk-s r>r> AfVifa anma ^-p „ ,. _. -_ ' 



session, and books on Africa, some of 
which were on display, were discussed by 
a panel of four librarians. All in all, 
it represented an effective demonstration 



H.y. Times calls the "No r>- Book" will have 
on children's reading will be discussed. 
Appearing as a guest for the third time^ 



of how book, film, recording, and Commun-" Sw^*^'^?^^^ ^^^""^^t °f ^^^ ^"^^^^ 
ity resources could be combined to p^^ ^aJn whf h T't''' ''°'^''' ^'°"'"' 
duce a successful program. 1^^^;^ l^"^^ ^°°^^ ^^^ ^° P°P^^^^ ^^^^ 

v/iTUTTTT-M trr.r.»T.rrr,r ' ^"^^^^ Speaker was Barbee Carleton, whose 
KATHLEEN HEGARTY tWDNDERFUL CAT OF COBBIE BEAN is a story 

set in Salem at the time of the witches. 



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O'DONNELL - ERICKSON 



CATALOG'S SANTA GIVEN PARTY 



The skies threatened but finally held 
their rain for the wedding of Rhoda 
O'Donnell, Division Office, HR & OS, to 
Carl T.'alter Erickson on Saturday, Septem- 
ber 2)4.. The four o'clock ceremony, per- 
formed by the Reverend John E. WsJiace in 
the Wellesley Congregational Church, was 
simple but impressive. The maid of honor 
and bridesmaids lent an autumn tone to 
the wedding with their jade green taffeta 
gowns, their bouquets of yellow and bronze 
chrysanthemums with ivy, and their match- 
ing bandeaux of fresh flowers and ivy. 

Given in marriage by her father, Rhoda 
was the traditional radiant bride. She 
looked lovely in a white Italian taffeta 
gown which featured a circlet neckline, 
full-length sleeves, with accents of re- 
embroidered Alencon lace and seed pearls, 
a natural waistline, and a bell skirt 
which terminated in a chapel train, A 
pearl headpiece held in place her French 
illusion veil and she carried a cascade 
of white roses and stephanotis with ivy, 
with a white orchid center. 

The reception at the V/ellesley Inn gave 
the guests an opportunity to greet the 
happy couple before they left on a trip 
through New York state. They are making 
their home in Hyde Park, 



Library friends of Esther Lissner, who 
retired from the staff in July, held a 
tea for her in the Vfomen's Lounge, on the 
afternoon of September 1$. 

The guest of honor looked very charming 
in a purple crepe gown, with a sparkling 
ornament on her velvet hairband. She 
greeted a host of friends, both active 
and retired members of the s taf f , who 
came to congratulate her on her new 
leisure and hear how much she enjoys it. 
Bradford Plill presented her with an 

! envelope containing a sum of money, a 

•token of esteem from her associates. Re- 

|f erring to her former position in Catalog- 
ing and Classification (R & RS) , he de- 

jclared that, "Esther is an individual 

;who defies classification." 

Miss Lissner responded that, while she 

.had been called a feminist, and did be- 
lieve in the equality of the sexes "with- 
in reason, " she never intended to wear 
men's clothes or go into politics. 

Regarding the possibility that she 
might be planning a trip for the near 
future, she said, "I haven't been vaccin- 

'ated for years. But if I do go, I'll 
come in to tell you all good-bye. " 

'■ MARJORIE A. BRO^'iN 



N0>? THERE ARE FOUR 



JOIN 



On September 7, Paul Richard Armstrong 
joined ilaureen, Michael Edward, and Tim- 
othy John to complete the Armstrong quar- 
tet. Their Daddy, George, formerly worked 
in the Office of Records, Files, Statis- 
tics. George and Marie and their family ; 
now live in Avon, 

AND ONE 



THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 

NOW 

You v/ill receive a bonus of member- 
ship in the Association and the ALA 
BULLETIN for the rest of I960, in addition 
to membership and the BULLETIN for all 
of 1961. 



Maris s a Bernadette Taffolo arrived on 
September 9. Parents are Lou and Connie 
Harrington Taffolo. Connie formerly work- 
ed in the Division Office, HR & CS. 

SPEAKER 

Speaking to the New York Library Assoc- 
iation, CYAS Section, at their fall Con- 
ference on October 12, in Syracuse, Paul- 
ine Mnnick's subject was "Lost or Found? 
The Young Adult in the Public Library. " 



For application forms please contact 

Mildred C. O'Connor 

Bates Hall 
1 

VAS SHE FROM THE BRITISH MUSEUM? 

Last Dfenday evening a patron was 
■visibly disturbed when the closing bell 
rang. It was nearly 9, and she asked 
"Isn't the library open at night any- 
more?" 



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THEY MARCH AGAIN.' Company, bringing truly new raeaning to 

music supplied by well-known and univer- 

In spite of beautiful weather on Satur- sally-loved Dan Koury. The music resemb- 
day evening, Sept. 2I4., at the China Star, .led in a very slight degree the s core of 
rendezvous of poppy dreamers and Martini .»}/jy Fair Lady". The vocal rendition prov- 
drinkers, the Chowder, Chatter and Marchinged there was no possible connection. 
Society did it again. Led by arch-demon High points of the evening included a 
Louis Rains, this devilish group set a solo by Felicia Peltier, a soft-shoe dan- 
pace which fashionable society of the Southcing exhibition by Margaret Butler and I^. 
Shore (on the other side of the mud-flats) 'Rains, and a tremendous improvement in Mr. 
will find it difficult to match. Adorned Ugalde's appearance, created by his sudden 
in beauty and orchids, the ladies did ^unexpected growth of red hair as the mel- 
their best to match the insouciance and odius quintet intoned: 
camaraderie of their handsome and debonair ; "All I want is a head of hair 
escorts. | To keep out that cold night air. 

The meeting celebrated the parole of two 1 To warm that spot so bare — 
of our institution's most popular inmates; ' oh, wouldn't it be loverlyj " 
Betty Harrington, spirited sprite from ' Several ear-specialists from one of our 
Science & Technology, and Louis Ugalde, ^greatest hospitals were on hand to treat 
rarest of rarities thus far found in Rare icasualties who suffered from reverbera- 
tor* itions of Frank Moran's thundering bass. 

It is regretted that nobody can prove 'Luckily, the effect was greatly softened 
what was on the menu, although the cuisine by Frank's unplanned attack of pleurisy 
was Chinese and chewable. Our best author- and Mr. Ugalde's cooperation. At one point 
ities on Chinese foods and disguises, Will-our very base bass struggled helplessly 
iam Butler (Insurance adviser to Mao-Tse) -.with tune and tempo. Hero First Class 
and "Bud" Coffey (Honorary Mandarin of the Ugalde, attired in bright red wig and 
Ninth Button), finally identified the meal pained expression, arose hastily to do a 
(with reservations) as follows: generous Koussevitsky. Under his direction chaos 
portions of phenobarbital fried rice, 'became even more compounded. All agreed, 
shrimp in paregoric sauce, and moo goo gai an discussing Moran's heretofore hidden 
opium, with sweet and sour goof-balls for -talent, that his previous judgment in this 
dessert. The assembled mob, clutching matter was the finest he has ever shown' 
razor-sharp chop-sticks in their grimy ; I"lr. Ugalde was presented with a natural 
little mitts, didn't care anyway. They lleather lunch-box, quite adequate to carry 
just wanted to skewer the two defectors the daily smorgesbord prepared by his 
from the ranks.' , charming Isabel. Miss Harrington took 

Attention thereafter was focused on the ;home not only the appreciation of those 
newly-organized CCMS Sub- Opera Company for whom she had lightened many a library 
Sacrilegiously termed by super^cynic Louis hour, but also a similar natural leather 
Rains, "Frank Moran's Music (not Musical) -bag in which to carry her toothbrush and 
Mutineers"] presentation of "Our Fey Louisi' spare hosiery during her travels. There 
Sub-rosa, it is whispered that ttiis group jwas some mild resentment when Ugalde at- 
is m reality the rejected "Voices of Rob- itempted to get Betty to swap bags because 
ert Schuman". Unquestionably composed of ihis did not quite match his ensemble, 
the library's best voices: Louis Rains, \ The grand finale of the entertainment 
Margaret Butler, Ed Peltier, and Frank icame when Miss Harrington (in red bandana- 
Moran, the CCMS vehemently denies the ,print Mother Hubbard and blue and white 
rumor as base slander. Their success is jpolka-dot sun-bonnet) and Mr. Ugalde (in 
adequate proof, although much of this was .plaid shirt and straw hat) presented for 
due to efforts of their guest star, Felic- .the first time before a live audience the 
la Peltier, famous for her role in "Free 'square dance they have been rehearsing for 
To AllJ " The sweetness of her voice months in the freight elevator. Only Louis 
threatened to ruin the program, but, for- .Rains had seen it before, 
tunately, the contrast only emphasized the An uplifting influence in the social 
dirge-like effect of the chanters' lament, tone of the evening was the presence of 
The Mutineers improved on the somewhat 'many long-missing alumni together with 
amateurish attempts of Rex Harrison and ;others who have seldom or never failed to 

'answer roll-call. 




Angr contributlMi to the amp Box miat 
be acooB^Mniad bgr th« full naw'e? th« 
Aasooiatlon mmhmr sotaiiting it, to- 
^•tlMr vith th« iMiM of the Bnaeh lib- 
raT7, Oeportnant or Qffleo in idiich he 
or 9ho is «4iIo7«d« 1h« nant it with- 
held tram publication, or a pen none used,' 
if the eontributor ao reqoeete. Aaon- 
yanuB eontribiationa are net glTen conaid- ] 
oration. The author of the article ia ! 
knoim only to the Bdltor>iiK<ailef. th* 
content* of the artiolee ap pearing in 
the Soap Box are pereenel opiwtene ex- 
preaeed hgr indlTidaal Aaaoelatlen nenbers ; 
and their appearaaee doee not neeeeaarily ' 
indicate that the Puhlicatioae O o — li ttee 
and the Asaociation «« in acreesent 
with the rietfs expreaaed. Only thoae 
contributloni containing not sore than 
300 worde will be accepted 

Dear Soap Box, 

The Library eontlnaed to open Saturdays 
during the aiaaaer sonthe although the 
staff had been redneed. The Library has 
reopened for SoadaQra* 

I an sure that the Librazy nuat haTe 
saved enough Money ty not hiring addition- 
al help during the Taoatlon period ao that 
there is auffident aoney to operate for 
the rMainder of the year inelttding Sun- 
days. This testifies both to the eocoell- 
ent managvsent planning of the Library 
Administration and to the loyal coopera- 
tion ot the Library staff. 

This is in contrast to some other city 
departm«nt8 in which, according to the 



reports in the daily press, large deficits 
are alreadr predicted. 

H owever, it would be wise for those 
enplegraee who have deferred auch of their 
waeatlen while piOTlddLng oorerage during 
tiM ai—si, to uae it for rest and re- 
erwatloB before the oni of the year, othez^ 
miB9 the likelihood of absencM for 111- 
noea bn»u|^t about by fetlgve and strain 
•ay reduce the ataff during our busieet 

'~^- JANUS 

To the Soap Boxz 

A notice of the Staff Aasociatlon In- 
sUtttte to be held en October 18 has 
CLaally reached the mt rewe northeastern 
mod of iatee Hall (by carrier pigeon) and 
haa been deciphered by the History eai- 
perts. 

Motile that the thene of this inatitute 
is 9m new decade and knowing that i960 
is ilie laai yearof the "old decade" we 
were at flrat pusaled and, to aoMe extent, 
perpleKed. Then we thought that poaalbly 
the inatitute plaraiers were looking for- 
ward to 1961, the first year of the next 
deeade. But the incoBorable truth seeas to 
be that the inatitute plaanere were un- 
aware of the fact that I96O is not the 
flrat year of a new deeade, aad we will 
brook no quibbliag on thla point with the 
argiaMBt that a deeade c an be any t en year 
period. There ia no doubt thet the tern 
decade weed in the title of the thene of 
tlM imUtate U intaaded to refer to the 
traditieaal divialon of the centuries. 

About the only thing we can do at thla 
late date is to eoUect and destroy all 
the notleea of the inatitute, and other- 
wise atteapt to keep our guest speakers 
froa learning that we have made thla un- 
llbrarianiah e rror. \M might even be 
axpelled froa SORT if this leaks out. 
PUZZLED It PERFLEZEZ) 
Curators of Chronology and 
Coordinators of Teaporal 
Meeauraments 
(Bditor's Note: Maabers of the History 
staff, being burled deep in the past, 
apparently were unaware of the diseuesion 
in the preae aa to w hether I960 ende d or 
began a d ecadei John Cogley in 0CH10in-}EAL 
and Raymond Holey in NBHSWSEK agree with 
our institute planners, to nene but two,) 

To the Soep Box: 

Mlaa liadeis report in the July QM on the 
SORT progren at the ALA convention perhaps 



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reveals more than she intended, Reading 
between the lines one becomes aware of the 
ever-present threat of administration 
domination of library staff associations. 
However, as long as librarians refuse to 
recognize that they are a part of the Am- 
erican labor force and retain the staff 
association as a pathetic substitute for 
a strong, forceful, independent organiza- 
tion this danger will continue to exist. 
Discouraging as the situation seems I find 
it difficult to believe that our staff 
association is so lacking in positive 
objectives that it will accept the state- 
ment attributed to James Cox that the 
greatest responsibility of a staff organ- 
ization is to act as a line of communica- 
tion. 

Earlier this year members of the Assoc- 
iation were disturbed by reports that a 
representative of the library administra- 
tion had presented himself at meetings of 
certain committees of the Association and 
conducted himself in a manner which was 
interpreted by some as attempted inter- 
ference in the internal affairs of the 
Association. This situation seems to have 
been handled very well by the officers of 
the Association, but it could reoccur, 

I believe that the time has come again 
for us to consider removing the Staff 
Association from the library, As long as 
we are beholden to the library adminis- 
tration for overlooking time taken off 
from work to attend Association meetings, 
for free use of meeting rooms, for free 
use of city duplicating machines, etc.; 
we cannot aspire to be a truly independ- 
ent organization. 

SAI^ HILL 

To the Soapbox: 



duty to their personal responsibilities. 
The decision as to where one's paraiaount 
duty lies in a time of emergency must be 
determined by the indivudal in the light 
of all of his obligations. It is just 
barely possible that the protection of 
life and property might at times take 
precedence over reporting to one's post 
even in an institution so vital in times 
of predicted disaster as a library. 

In view of the foregoing reasons and 
the previous policy of the adiiiinistration, 
it would seem that a decision to reward 
those who reported for work by granting 
them an extra day's vacation and to ex- 
cuse those who d.ected to remain at home 
would have been generous, A decision to 
excuse the absentees for ihe half day 
that the Library on September 12 was not 
open, would have been terxable. The de- 
! cision to dock the absentees a day's 
: vacation or a day' s pay could be inter- 
preted as a punitive action. In these 
; times of reduced budget, dwindling staff 
and increased work load a generous gesture 
would have been most welcome, 
; LOUIS RAINS 

Letter to the Editor, 

Possible sacrifice of life is implicit 

i in the roles of military man, firefighter, 
and policeman. Selfless dedication is 

: expected from doctors and nurses. Job 
performance in all kinds of weather frames 
the motto of the mailman. Is this dedica- 

, tion expected of librarians? 

This question was posed during the re- 
cent hurricane Donna, I'lhile civil de- 
fense workers prepared for the onslaught 
of winds, while the Air Force flew its 
planes inland, and the Navy sent its ships 
to sea, while our governor and mayor warn- 



Al though the much-heralded hurricane of ; ed.cLtizenry to exercise judgment, individ- 
September 12 failed to create the physical !ual librarians had to balance the relative 



havoc predicted, the ensuing damage to 
staff morale was, and s till is, consid- 
erable. 

The weather forecasts for September 12 
were ominous and alarming. It seems 
reasonable to assume that ordinarily 



importance of job, property, family, and 
i self. 

To many of us who elected to go to work 

and who virtually prayed our way home, our 
: attendance Donna- Day was foolhardyj and 

the considered absence of a few co- work- 



prudent individuals would seriously quest- ers was laudably judicious. VJe are shock- 



ion the advisability of leaving home and 
family after listening to the frightening 
warnings of the radio broadcasts. Those 
who reported for work despite their mis- 
givings displayed a very high sense of 
duty to the institution. Those who re- 
mained at home might very well have been 
demonstrating just as high a sense of 



ed that their mature decisiveness was 
penalized. 

Donna is old weather now, but not old 
! business. Perhaps before the next day of 
: peril, library officials will clarify the 
'role of the librarian in emergencies. 

JANE I'lANTHORNE 



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Dear Editor: 

K'ould somebody please tell me what is 
going on? Ilhen the notice came out about , 
"hurricane time" a state of shock descend-' 
ed upon us all - to be followed by indig- : 
nation. ■'•Ihile many object to this new 
approach, even those who did not suffer 
by it agree that it is one thing to change 
the accepted practiceof years and another 
to smack you in the face with the change. 
Would it not have been just as well to 
have covered the hurricane situation as 
most prior storms had been and then 
announce that the policy henceforth would 
be one of "come in or else"? The action 
taken seems to have been based on the 
••Personnel Manual - "Ordinarily an employee 
is not permitted to be absent from work... 
Failure to observe this rule is cause for 
disciplinary action ..." (Chap. Ill, Sec. 
3114..^!) I^ so, why was this not mention- 
ed in the notice? 

Unless we are told something definite 
and given understandable reasons, the 
results will be only more rumors, more 
grumbling and NO staff the next time 
around. 

IDAHO DUYU 

To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

In the early 1900's the Massachusetts 
General. Court passed a law prohibiting 
the deduction of wages for lateness in 
excess of the wage which would have been 
earned during the time lost. A2.though 
this law was aimed at a practice of the 
sweatshop proprietors of that era; it 
certainly expounds a fundamental wage and 
hours principle which we would not expect 
to find questioned in the presumably 
enlightened 1960»s, 

However, on September 12, although the 
library was open for only FOUR HOURS, 
from 9 to 1, because of the storm, some 
members of the staff who did not report 
for work on that day had SEVEN HOURS de- 
ducted from their wages or vacation. 

As the library administration has made 
no move to correct this injustice perhaps 
the Staff Association should consider 
setting up a legal committee to formally 
investigate this incident and to watch 
for future infringements of the idghts 
of the employees of the library. 

ha:-ii!Urabi 



Dear Editor: 

The punitive method adopted by the Ass- 
istant Director (for Personnel) in deal- 
ing with those persons who failed to re- 
port for work on Monday raoiT'.ng Sept. 12, 
the day of the hurrLcane, es-'^ablishes a 
new phase in our relations with the admin- 
istration. Certainly, rone of the 'guiltj'' 
can object to being 'docked' for the per- 

■ iod 9 to 12 .-30, but the additional loss 

■ of vacation iime or pay w hen the library 
was actually closed is the height of un- 
fairness and constitutes an action not 
likely soon to be forgotten by a staff 

• which prides itself upon its loyalty and 
devotion to duty. 

These of us who have lived through des- 
tructive hurricanes in tha past will un- 
'' doubtedly take the same course of action 
! should a similar circumstance occur in 
' the future; that is, remain at home to 
; protect life, property, etc, ¥e will do 
i this knowing that what we do is sensible 
;and right. We wonder if the punishment 
j minded Assistant Director (for Personnel) 
can also feel that his action was sensible 
and right. 

ONE OF THE LOYAL 

[(H:di tor's Note: There is other material on 
I Donna and storm closings on pages 1-1|, 
; Please read those pages as carefully as 
you read these letters.) 

(Dear Soap Box Editor: 

I Inside the back cover of the Fall I960 
i BOOKS CURRENT is a very misleading note 
j which r eally will add to the confusion of 
; our patrons (staff too?) on the Libi-ary 
i hours and services. The note, under the 
heading Cent ral Li orar^'- reads: "Note: 
Service from the Main Reading Room does 
not include delivery of books from the 
stacks or telephone reference service," 
There is no connection indicated between 
the note and any specific hours or days, 
and no further qualifying statement. 
Therefore it gives the irapression that 
there is never any deliver^' of books 
from the stacKS or any telephone reference 
at any time, Wouldn' t this help the 
overworked staff on a busy Saturday] - 
if true , . . 

CONFUSION COMPOm^DED 



DEADLOCK ON STATE AID TO LIBRARIES BILL but then I woke up. 



The Massachusetts State Aid to Libraries 
bill is resting in the Conference Committee 
of both House and Senate, where it has i 
been since the deadlock on it of late 
September. 

The dead3-ock developed with the Senate 
wanting the aid money for libraries to 
come from state income tax receipts, while 
tne House would amend the bill so that 
the aid money would come out of the gen- 
eral treasury. V.-hile no action seems 
i'Tiiiiinent, there should be some action on 
the bill in the present session. 



RM 



NOTHING mV U!JDER THE SU M? 

Education recently received a catalog 
from a mathematics correspondence school 
for the years 1960-2000.' 

CALE!]DAR OF g7EMTS 

October 18 Staff Association Institute 
BPL Lecture Hall 



LIBRARY OF THE FUTURE 

Since I hadn't been to the BPL for some 
time, I was quite anxious to see the 
innovations which I heard had been made, 
I was especially interested in the methods 
used to keep the books from being stolen, 
or mutilated. 

¥sy guide explained that it was first 
planned to change the words over the 
front door from "Free to All" to "Thou 
Shalt not steal," but the introduction 
of special scientific devices had proved 
more effective in protecting library 
property, 

. First of all, every book, pamphlet, 
magazine, record, etc. has been exposed 
to "libra" rays. VJhen the material is 
properly checked out at the front door, 
the charging machine automatically neg- 
ativizes these rays. Should a person 
try to leave the building vath uncharged 
books, etc, in his possession, electronic 
"eyes" at each exit react to the libra 
^ayr., and automatically close the doors 
:_nd set off an alarm. As books are re- 
turned, they are again exposed to the 
libra rays before being returned to the 
shelves. 

As for mutilated books, they are no ( 
longer a problem^ Every table and chair, , 
as well as the floors and walls are ' 
equipped with "reactors" which are so ' 
sensitive, that even the most subtle tear-' 
ing or cutting of a page is recorded, 
causing the table or other area where the 
culprit is, to light up like a neon sign, , 
accompanied by the sound of a buzzer. 

Practical-minded as I am, I was about 
to ask how expensive these gadgets were,.,' 



; NET'J LIBRARY FEES 

^ Rapping on desk for service 25 

, Arguing over fines : 

(a) In curt manner 10 

(b) Rudely 25 

! Tearing up library card 50 

■ If thrown at librarian 2,00 

and up 

, Children under [|. unless on leash . . . 

'• each . 25 

' If they whine constantly each .50 

'Calling librarian "dearie" 08 

VJith garlic 25 

(From Los Angeles Public Library's 

■ BROADCASTER by way of WILSON LIBRARY 
. BULLETIN for October,) 

j BUDGETS AI\!YONE? 

The ALA BULLETIN for October has on 
i pages 759-7oO an interesting article 
I by Samuel E. Vickers "The Public Library'- 

and the Public Budget. " 

i 

I LATE FL/'SH ; 

j Word has just been received that Jack 
I Tully is in Faulkner Hospital for a few 
i days, for a slight coronary attack. 
; And James P. Kenney is in the Quigley 
! Memorial Hospital, Crest Avenue, Chelsea, 
j for surgery. 

Theodora Scoff is also at Faulkner 
for surgery. 



BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF ASSOCIATION 




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" .... AS WE ARE ENJOYINO OUR OWN PLEASANT AUTUMN HERE, THE 
DISPLACED CHILEAN IS SUFFERING THE BITTEREST VjTNTER OF HIS LIFE. 

. . . YOUR v;arm gei^jerosity Makes the work of care possible, and 

FoARNS the gratitude OF THE HOMELESS AND HUNGRY IN OTHER L/'.NDS." 






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Please send cj>ntrxbi:ti -'tis by October 28, I960, to CARE COMMITTEE 
Ollie Partridge - Open Shelf Department 
Margaret LeiviB - Narth End Branch 
Xild:-©d Somes - Book Preparation Department 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
STAFF ASSOCIATION 



NOVEMBER 1960 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Associaticn 
Volvme XV i\T--r-'bnr 11 November I96O 



Publications Committee: Constance Broaoiiurst, Helen E. Colgan, Elizabeth A. Drane, 

James J, Ford, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, Dorothy P. 
Shaw, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



tJith the approach of the Thanksgiving season, it is perhaps a good time for 
the Staff to take stock of its blessings, for a tide seems to have turned recently 
and has borne to us several good cargoes which promiese us a far brighter future 
than the events of past months have indicated. 

First, after a lapse of many years, is the excellently conceived BPLSA In- 
stitute, with its timely emphasis on State aid problems, the future of librarian- 
ship, and staff- administration cooperation. Staff shortages, and in some cases 
staff apathy, unfortunately prevented many of our own staff from hearing these 
discussions. We are, therefore, featuring the sessions at length in this issue, 
that all may gain benefit from the experience of the speakers. 

Next, there is the passage of the State Aid bill in Massachusetts, which, 
while resolving many of our difficulties, will undoubtedly bring a further 
cnallenge to our ingenuity and resources. For those who are wondering what 
effects State Aid will have, there are indications in the account of the morning 
session of the Institute. To secure passage of the bill, took careful planning 
and cooperation between our Trustees, Administration, and Staff, as well as other 
library agencies. It will need even more thoughtful appraisal, much advance 
preparation, and the thorough collaboration of all, to apply this financial aid 
in the best possible manner, if we are to equal what New York State has done, 
and if we are to serve our area effectively. Rest assured that State Aid will 
NOT mean to us simply a gain of much needed additional revenues] 

The invitation to the Staff Association to send a representative to all 
open Trustees' Meetings, and to the staff members to attend on their own time, 
is also a step forward. This representation is something the staff has desired 
for many years, IJe need to express our gratitude by our concern in truly foster- 
ing this feeling of working as one with Trustees and Administration, 

And finally, the Personnel Division has consulted with the Association in 
re-writing the policies for the Staff Manual which govern skeleton force and 
similar closings of the Library, and included in the result. Staff suggestions. 
Moreover, the General Administrative Notice of November 10 restores a portion of 
pay and vacation loses incurred on September 12, to make the policies retroactive. 
This is a fine thing for Administration-Staff relationships and a demonstration 
that a new era is really here. Shall we not, for once, take this cooperation at 
face value and cheerfully give credit where the credit is due, without attempting 
to inject suspicions and hidden meanings? 

Let us therefore, be truly thankful for these our blessings, and go forward 
TOGETHER for better library service in a widened area ... 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMittTTEE 



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FRESIDEMT'S NOTES 

The Staff Associatipn had a very success^ 
ful all-day Institute on October 18, for } 
which much credit is due our hard working ; 
Program Coianittee. Each of the three j 
meetings were well attended. These will j 
be reported in this issue of the QUESTION i 
MARK. Everyone appreciated that, where j 
possible, time was allowed for attendance.' 

At a meeting of the Executive Board on | 
October 28, a questionnaire regarding re- ; 
sumption of staff meetings etc., was j 
approved for distribution to the member^ ', 
ship. I 

Among items discussed was the draft of j 
rules governing skeleton force and closingi 
of the Library. From this discussion cara^^ 
suggestions of modification in two in- 
stances which were communicated to the ; 
Personnel Division. i 

It has been suggested that there might ! 
be a possibility for staff members to j 
purchase books through the Library at j 
library discount. The Executive Board 
agreed that while this might well be 
advantageous, there appeared to be a 
Trer.t deal of work involved and it is not 
a problem for the Staff Association to 
handle. 

The possibility of a Staff party was 
introduced but postponed to the November 
meeting. 

The use of the Library Lecture Hall for 
the Mayor's Municipal Conference during 
the third week of November makes it dif- 
ficult to arrange for the November busi- 
ness meeting. It has been suggested that 
a change be made in the constitution to 
make the date of the November meeting 
more flexible. 

The Board voted to thank Mr. Lord and 
the Trustees for the invitation to send a 
representative to the "open meetings" of 
the Trustees. The President was designa- 
ted to attend the first two meetings. 

The President reports a most gracious 
reception to the Meeting of the Trustees. 
It started at 3,30 p.m. It was interest- 
ing to discover that there was a division 
of materials and discussion where the 1 
Trustees acted as a Corporation and a gain j 
acting as an Administrative Agency of the 
City of Boston. '■ 

There were reports of the various Stand-; 
ing Committees and items for routine j 
action, e.g. approval of expenditures for ; 
services and supplies, a report on a ; 
proposed gift, and on the policy of the 



Library in respect to the naming of 
Branch Libraries, This was one occasion 
when the meeting ended proriptJ.y at five. 

RUTH M. HAYES 

WHY DON'T lo/E ...? 

"Tip- file" catalog cards - if we must 
use high school and other non-Cataloging- 
trained filers - with a professionally 
trained supervisor holding Hie drawer 
keys and checking on the filing before 
the card is rodded in? This method would 
minimize the errors now found in such 
large quantities. Since the official 
and public catalogs are not using exactly 
the same system, filing is difficult 
enough for the professional staff, and 
untrained filers simply cannot do it 
accurately. The catalog is the key to 
our materials and should be as accurate 
as it can be made. 

Post a department-store type directory 
of departments and services in the main 
lobby near the elevator? Some sort of 
routing system is needed in addition to 
the Information desk, as many patrons do 
not know the questions to ask, to find 
what they fundamentally need. A panel 
which may be studied at leisure, without 
feeling the pressure of an impatiently 
waiting line, would be a very great aid 
to service. 

Identify all departments and their 
services by the same type of hanging sign 
as that now appearing at the entrance of 
Central Charging Records? This sign is 
simple, attractive, and directs to a def- 
inite spot, as the spraddle-legged stand- 
ing signs do not. We especially recommend 
such a sign reading "Bates Hall. Main 
Reading Room" to avoid confusion in 
directions given to patrons. 

Have Young Adult workers in the Refer- 
ence Division? ^-'ith the continual influx 
of students who need special help in 
using the tools of the Library and help 
in finding resources, a person trained 
in working with Young Adults and teachers 
would do much to help organize and direct 
our work with students. 



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PERSONNEL NOTES 



New Etnployees 

Mary E. Buckley, Roslindale 

Mrs Josephine T. Conroy, Information, 

(formerly part-time) 
Thomas Incze, Open Shelf 
Mrs Margaret I. Noonan, Information, 

(formerly part- time) 
Caroline R. Stanwood, General Reference 
Joella B. Werlin, Rare Rook 

Transferred 

Mrs Mary V. Curado, Egleston Square to 

Jamaica Plain 
A. Katherine Decker, Central Book Stock 

(Branch Issue) to East Boston 
Mrs Catherine H. Richmond, East Boston to 

Charles town 
Mrs Nanella J. Warren, I^de Park to 

Egleston Square 

Resigned 

Jane Barry, Codman Square, to accept a 
library position in the Quincy Public 
Schools 

Ernestine Brown, North End, to accept a 
position in the Schnectady County Lib- 
rary System 

Mrs Selma Horwitz, Mount Bowdoin, to 
remain at home 

Louis Ugalde, Rare Book, to teach at 
Brandeis 

Retired 

Samuel Green, Business Office 

Married 

Ann M. Flaherty, Bookmobiles, to Matthew 

Duggan, October 12 
Marlene T. McLaughlin, Book Preparation, 

to Philip ELattick, October 29. 

WHO'S NEt'J? 

Vivacious Carol Rothwell was a part-time 
assistant for two years in Cataloging and 
Classification, R and RS, before she join- 
ed the staff full-time. A I960 graduate 
of Msgr. Ryan Memorial, Carol is now a 
nocturnal student of short hand and book- 
keeping. She enjoys reading in general, 
but her interest in drama has recently 
developed. She is an active member of 
Saint Peter's Chi-Rho and will be in this 
group's next dramatic production - Moss 
Hart's LIGHT UP THE SKY. 



Robert Sullivan, Open Shelf, entered 
, the library service as a part time assist- 
' ant in October 1958. He expresses him- 
■self concisely. He is seriously inter- 
ested in long-distance running and chess, 
and is therefore provided with both a 
j physical and a mental outlet. 
I "* 

i The suave, personable young man in Book 
i Preparation is Leo Hamilton. Leo has a 
'year of Boston Teachers' College behind 
thim, is presently taking extension courses 
j at Harvard, and is anticipating eventual 
j enrollment at Brandeis. Leo has found his 
summer camp work between semesters pro- 
fitable. As a result he is convinced of 
his desire to become junior guidance 
'worker. This young man does not consist- 
' ently have his feet on the ground, how- 
ever. Shortly he will be pleased to re- 
I ceive his pilot's license.' 

! 

! Recent graduate of Goucher College and 
(addition to Egleston Square, is Cynthia 
jJ. Sharp. Her college major was Inter- 
' national Relations. To give her back- 
i ground wider scope, she is taking courses 
: in German and French at Harvard. Ener- 
jgetic and receptive to new interests, 
! this young woman should prove an asset to 
jthe Young Adults' field. 

i Mrs Belle Levin is the capable new 
j addition to Roslindale. Academically, 
jshe possesses a degree from Bridgewater 
I State Teachers College, plus several 
J credits toward a master's degree in educa- 
ition from Boston Stite Teachers College. 
I Belle is equipped with an understanding 
i nature. This may be partially due to the 
Ifact that she is the mother of two music- 
ially inclined teenage sons. Her interest 
jin graphic arts and travel literature are 
[examples of an outgoing personality. 
i * 

j Martin Eisenberg is the tall, dark and 
'Handsome New Yorker in the Periodical and 
I Newspaper department. He is a graduate 
iof the City College of New York^ where 
|he majored in English. Claiming that he 
jhas only average interests or ability, he 
did mention that he likes to eat and does 
need someone to clean his apartment and 
sew on his buttons. The line forms, girls, 
on the left of the main desk in Periodical.' 






Anthony J, Bajdek, Book Stack Service, 
lives in Lynn and is in his second year 
at Northeastern where he is majoring in ; 
History and Governraent, with the hope of 
working with the Foreign Servjca, prefer- i 
ably in the Iron Curtain countries and 
the neutral areas of Asia and Africa. He j 
has spent 3 years in the National Guard, 
is active in Newman Club, likes basket- ; 
ball and track. He runs the quarter mile.) 
He is building up his own collection of \ 
books on government and politics with i 
emphasis on Poland, He writes short stor : 
ries. j 

it i 

Mrs. Anne Marie Moore, a two month 
bride, is serving the Young Adults section! 
in Codman Square. A history major from th^ 
University of Connecticut, Marie continr , 
ued with graduate work at Brown, in Amei> i 
ican Civilization, on a full fellowship, i 
She is living in Cambridge. Her husband j 
works at the Merchant's Bank in Boston, 

Francis Cox, Central Charging, is from { 
West Roxbury, and a graduate of Boston ! 
Latin where he was active in the French ! 
:iub. Some day he hopes to study langua^ ' 
and semantics in college. He is fond of ! 
opera but not of M, Callas and is a Gil- 
bert and Sullivan amateur, having taken 
part in some productions and owning his 
own collection of records and books and 
a Heathkit. He enjoys reading, and the 
theatre. 

Joan Abbe is in the Children's Room of 
Fest Roxbuiy. Her artistic contributions 
reflect her major in Fine Arts at Jackson 
Sunday school teacher, nursery school 
assistant, and dormitory proctor are some 
of the roles she has played in work with 
young people, Joan hinted at a reason 
for the attraction to the BPL . . . the 
connection is not so remote between her 
surname and those names mentioned in 
Miitehill's Centennial History. 

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Four years ago Robert Giddings was cat- 
aloging the books for the Music Room. He 
has now re-entered the service to serve 
the public directly from the third floor. 
His musical background consists of a de- 
gree from the University of Rochester, 
and a master's from Mew England Conser- 
vatory. Any sedentary aspects of his life 
have been more than compensated for by 
this summer's 500 mile cycling trip in 
Sweden. 



The demure miss in General Reference is 
Marion Schmidt. As an undergraduate sh-a 
majored in English literature^ studied 
French and German, enjo;-ed choral prac- 
tice, and worked ^'ith the school's dra- 
matic society. New to the Boston area, 
Marion has not yet found specific ways 
to continue her interests. Her explor- 
er's instincts aree/^ident however. This 
fall she returned from an eighteen month 
stay in Germany, three weeks of which 
were spent on an excursion to Yugoslavia, 
Greece and Turkey. 

* 

Stephen Davis, Book Stack Service, 
lives in Brookline and is in his second 
year at Northeastern where he is a Histoiy 
and Govercment major. He hopes to teach 
or work in the diplomatic service. He is 
a member of KZO and is busy with their 
project of building up libraries at Con- 
cord and Walpole where the prisoners like 
technical books and those on crafts. He 
is an amateur playwright and movie pro- 
ducer. Steve likes Mozart and Liszt, 
reading in international affairs, sports 
cars, and novels with a political flavor. 

Edward Stenberg, Book Stack Service, 
comes from Jamaica Plain and is a fresh- 
man at Boston College Evening. He will 
major in History and Government and hopes 
eventually to work in Criminal Lsvi, He 
enjoys sports, especially baseball, golf 
and hockey, is an avid reader, a FM radio 
fan, tapes music, and likes his work here. 

Martin Laughlin, an engineering grad- 
uate of [fotre Dame, has joined Science 
and Technology. He comes to us after a 
varied career in industry, sales, pro- 
duction etc. l'\Jhile Martin's chief 
occupation is work in the BPL, his pre- 
occupations are courses at Simmons and 
the care of a wife and two children in 
Arlington. \ 




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SUCCESS STORY 

On October 18, the BPLSA-sponsored Insti- 
tute with the theme The iMew Decade , was 
held, with approximately 83 attending the 
morning session, 100 in the afternoon, and 
65 at the staff dinner. This audience was 
drawn from 131 members of our own staff, 
five BPL trustees or relatives, and l^ non- 
BPL attendants from 26 libraries, ranging 
from Providence and Fall River in the 
south. Auburn and Shrewsbury on the west, 
to North Andover, Araesbury and Salisbury 
in the north. 

The open sessions were held in our own 
Lecture Hall, with the staff dinner at the 
University Club. Our BPLSA Committee, 
under the very able chairmanship of Paul- 
ine Walker, has "done it again".' 

Implications of State Aid for the 
Public Library 

Massachusetts 

Mrs V. Genevieve Galick, Director of the 
Division of Library Extension, Massachur- 
;etts State Education Department, set the 
backgrourid of the morning session with a 
briefing on the origin and current status 
of the Massachusetts State Aid Bill. 

New York 

Henry G. Shearouse Jr., Acting Director, 
Division of Library Extension, New York 
State Education Departanent, talked on the 
state aid system as it exists at present 
in New York. State aid has become nec- 
essary because of the changing pattern of 
the community. A library used to meet 
only the needs of its particular community 
But urban sprawl and population mobility 
has turned the library service area toward 
a concept of the central city, its sur- 
rounding communities, and even its com- 
muting areas. Vtiile a metropolitan area 
has economic inter-dependence with common 
banking, distribution and service func- 
tions (water, sewage, transportation), 
there is a political dis-unity which makes 
it difficult for libraries and other 
agencies to work together over an entire 
area. 

Mr. Shearouse does not believe problems 
in a metropolitan area can be solved by 
higher non-resident fees as it just erects 
higher barriers. The need is for libra- 
rians and trustees to work together to 



.overcome isolationism. ' 

' New York's trend to state a id started in 
'1923 with a county library law, under 
I which 3 counties formed library systems 
with no state money involved. A 19M+ sur- 
vey developed the idea of state operated 
'regional library service centers, the 
'first of which was set up in 19i|.8 on an 
I experimental basis at Watertown. The 
first county library aid law was passed in 
1950, out of which came 8 systems in I3 
counties, including the 5 comprising New 
York City. After another survey in 1956, 
the present state law was passed in 1958. 
As of this October, 56 counties are wholly 
or partially served (90^ of the population 
land area of the state) by 21 systems. This 
•law provides state aid on a per capita and 
annual grant basis, with incentive grants 
based on book expenditure, and additional 
aid to central libraries having adult non- 
fiction collections of less than 100,000 
books. State aid now amounts to 6 1/2 
million dollars. 

The New York program has tried to make 
available money go further and provide 
'impetus for more local funds, as the 
State should not provide all funds for 
(library operation. It has attempted to 
train untrained librarians, and help 
trained librarians do a better job, and 
to see that the professional does pro- 
fessional work. There is a uniform bor- 
Irowers card for use throughout the area. 
i To the patron, state aid has meant bet- 
■ter library service, more books and a wid- 
er selection of materials, through access 
to a central library collection of at 
! least 100,000 volumes of adult non-fiction, 
ja collection of books on special subjects 
'rotated among the libraries in the area, 
^and access to other collections through 
! inter-library loan and the teletype net- 
jwork. He has professional help in refer- 
lence work, and readers advisor^'' services. 
'He will have a more attractive library 
•because of plastikleer covers, and a well- 
jweeded and rebuilt collection, perhaps a 
jnew building as a result of the system 
'publicity. He will have services too 
! expensive for a small library, such as 
fiims, records etc. possibly a branch or 
bookmobile in his immediate vicinity. 

To the library, state aid means pro- 
vision of consultants to work with lib- 
rarians and trustees to upgrade service, 
help in selection of materials through 
provision of book selection aids and meet- 
ings, or by personal advice of a consult- 



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ant, help in weeding collections, develop- 
ment of programs and services new to it. 
Librarians have more time to spend with 
the public and in the community as centrali 
processing relieves some of the pressure. 
They are better trained through contacts ; 
with consultants, workshops, classes, and 
discussion meetings. The community is i 
more library conscious through system . 
publicity, displays, booklists, TV, radio , 
etc. State aid has meant the difference \ 
between standing still and progressing. | 
The three general systems used are ex- j 
emplified by: j 

1. Nassau Library System with head- ^ j 
quarters in Hempstead, organized in 1959 i 
with 33 of the I4.8 libraries participating.! 
That fall a director, secretary and public! 
relations director began operations. An i 
adult services consultant, children's 
consultant, and a reference coordinator 
have been added, to work with the 5 lib- 
raries housing the central collections, 
and 25 other people, who purchase $20,000 j 
worth of books each month for member lib- i 
raries (members select own books) , and j 
deliver them by truck twice a week, de- \ 
■'.i'j.or inter-library loans, often the same i 
day a request is made. Reference quest- [ 
ions not answerable in local libraries 

are transmitted to the System and then to 
the State Library for answer. Currently 
the central library book aid (12,000 vols.j 
last year) is building a reference collec-i 
tion in science. A film circuit exists, 
the films borrowed from the Extension 
Division. County-wide publicity is pro- | 
vided. Booklists are furnished in quan- ■ 
tity to each library. The consultants 
have held workshops and book review meet- 
ings, been available for work with local j 
committees on building drives, bond ' 
issues etc. An audio-visual consultant 
has just been added. Five new libraries ' 
have joined this system. Book discounts 
now range between \\S-S'^/o because of large \ 
scale ordering procedures. One bill per '. 
month instead of some iS is received by 1 
each member library. The central library ; 
serves as reference and inter-library loan' 
center and provides materials to patrons ; 
and to other libraries. T>K or teletype | 
has speeded up answering of individual 
questions and borrowing of materials. 

2. Pioneer Library System is made up of , 
the libraries of 3 counties, loosely fed- ; 
erated, each with its own director (actingi 
as an executive committee) and its own 
board of trustees. Each county library 



contracts with Rochester Public Library 
for its central purchasing and processing 
of library materials, inter-library loan 
and reference work. Directors of two of 
the counties serve as consultants. The 
larger county has a special consultant 
staff which works with member libraries. 
This is a system of many small libraries, 
and only the strength of the Rochester 
Public Library makes it possible. Pioneer 
System makes cash grants to members for 
book purchase, has an incentive program 
whereby it matches 3 to 1 for replacement 
books if a weeding job has been done. It 
holds book meetings for discussion of 
new titles. Two new libraries in Monroe 
County are attributed to system services. 
Libraries have shown an increase in cir- 
culation of l50^ since formation of the 
system. In Rochester an excellent film 
collection is available system-wide. Me- 
chanization of processing has been made 
possible, 

3. Buffalo and Erie County Library is 
a semi-consolidated system. Each locality 
provides a building in which the library 
is located, and maintains it. '\11 other 
expenses are borne through a county lib- 
rary budget, which operates the Buffalo 
Public Library, its branch system, the 
town libraries in the county, and the 
fleet of bookmobiles which service re- 
mote areas. Librarians are paid with 
county funds but hired by the local board. 
Other expenses (books, heat, lights) are 
also paid by the county. It provides 
services similar to the Pioneer System. 
In addition it operates a large mending 
center where member libraries may s end 
books for mending and binding. It has 
shown outstanding development in its 
building program. 

New York State has a pyramid system in 
which the broad base is the local library 
unit, which provides most asked for ma- 
terials, and answers simple reference 
queries. Above this the system's central 
library provides materials not frequently 
used cind answers more complicated refer- 
ence questions. At the top of the pyramid 
is the research library such as the New 
York Public Reference Department and the 
State Library, which answers the extremely 
difficult questions, and provides very 
little used materials on a completely 
state-wide basis. The pinnacle in coor- 
dination of research lilDraries has not 
yet been reached in the state, but this 
is being studied at the present time. 



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Some areas are not yet covered by library 
systems because they fear controls, or do 
not want to be swallowed up by bigness. 

New York Education Department has at- , 
tempted a system which can provide for 
home rule, as few controls as possible, ' 
and a climate of acceptance for new ideas,' 
leaving each area free to provide the 
type of service it feels is needed, } 

I 

Maryland < 

I 
Isobel P. Lynch, Assistant Chief, Ex- 
tension i)ivision, Enoch Pratt Free Lib- 
rary, presented the facts on state aid in 
Maryland. She stated that our problem as 
librarians is a duel one: we must develop 
the public library program in a metropol- 
itan area to meet the needs of the citi- 
zens, and we must be realistic in the 
quest for public funds to support our 
program. As monied classes escape to the 
suburbs with their taxable dollars and 
are replaced by less economically and 
socially responsible classes, the need 
for increased and more specialized (hence 
expensive) government service becomes 
•ribical. The library cannot expect a 
greater share of the city's tax dollars 
and yet it needs more books because the 
wear, tear, loss and mutilation is great- 
er than ever. 

In Maryland there are 23 counties and 
Baltimore City, as separate political 
units. Current state library program, 
therefore is based on premise that respon- 
sibility for library services rests with 
2ij. local groups. The public library com- 
mission was established in 19^3 and its 
function was to encourage local library 
development, provide advice on request, 
and supply traveling libraries in areas 
without public library service. Except 
in Baltimore, there are not enough people 
in urban areas to provide adequate library 
programs on a reasonable per capita cost 
basis. In 19ij.5 a new library law was 
passed, based on service to county areas, | 
Its most important provision is a direct I 
2 to S^ per capita grant to any qualifying 1 
county public library system. Qualifica- ' 
tion includes a minimum local levy, the 
appointment of trained librarians etc. 
The grant is for purchase of books only, 
all other library expenses are expected to ■ 
be met by local governments. In 19SU} tbe' 
grant was increased by 10^ per capita ... | 
for example, Baltimore City now gets 12;f ' 
per capita. The extra 10;^ is not restrict-' 



ed to book purchase but may be used for 
any general operating expense. 

The grant of some |113,UU0 to Baltiinore 
does not seem significant against Pratt's 
2 1/2 million dollar yearly budget, but as 
the city's revenues diminish or become 
less adequate in supporting increasingly 
expensive programs, even a small amount 
of state aid looks attractive. At pre- 
sent one can only observe that books that 
otherwise would not have been purchased, 
have been added, and librarians who would 
not have been hired, have joined the staff. 
This is not expansion but it may have 
forestalled contraction. 

Under state aid, the Division of Lib- 
rary Extension has conducted institutes 
and workshops on leadership training, sup- 
ervision etc, has provided courses for 
discussion leaders and materials for use 
in group discussion. These activities 
have benefited Pratt. Branches, for ex- 
ample, through state impetus, acquired 
skills and reading materials needed to 
develop library-sponsored neighborhood 
discussion groups. The federal aid pro- 
gram for rural libraries has required 
development at state level of a degree of 
library planning and promotion that bene- 
fits both rural and urban library users. 

The negotiation of a contract between 
the Division of Library Extension and 
Pratt does offer concrete examples of 
expanded service. The resoonsibility of 
the state for direct book lending services 
started in 1903 and retained in the 19^5 
law, has now been placed on contractual 
basis. In this Pratt serves, in lieu of 
The Division, as a lending agency to all 
public libraries in Maryland as of July 
1, i960. The purposes of the contract are 
to provide the specialized resources and 
vastly greater supply of library materials 
in Pratt for the smaller libraries as 
needed, and to encourage support of county 
and area libraries throughout Maryland. 

Tentative benefits to Pratt after three 
months of contract operation a re these: 
the contract benefit of |61|.,523 of the 
first year's payment to Pratt means this 
much more monej'' for books, films, person- 
nel, equipment and supplies. 

Categories sent throughout the state 
by Pratt are these: any circulating book 
exclusive of current best sellers and 
books in demand (also excluding children's 
books) regardless of publication date if 
of such specialized content as to be pur- 
chased by Pratt in limited quantity, or if 



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list price exceeds |l5, 16 ran. films (but "may be Pratt's role as resource center - 
not for classroom use) circulating pamph- ;it would provide for the State sharing on 
lets, circulating pictures (not for class- jthe average 30fo of the cost of local lib- 
room use), circulating maps, and unbound ;rary service (share of local unit depends 
duplicate issues of periodicals, ;on its taxing ability and population); pio- 

Pratt finds it can buy books county lib- jvides incentive funds for organization of 
raries are requesting it to supply. These larea reference libraries j funds would be 
revert to the general book collection at jgranted for inter-library loan of books and 
Pratt as soon as the reserve requests froralmaterials, supply collections and exhibits 
the counties have been filled. Thus titlesin specialized materials, educational filns 
have been bought for circulating copies j tapes and recordings, consultant service 
which heretofore could be purchased only jto other libraries, organize in-service 

: training for county library staff members, 
•develop cooperative senrices between lib- 
jraries (ie. centralized processing of 
jbooks, public relations etc). If this 
iwere in operation now, Pratt might be 
ioperating on three levels, as a local 
^library, an area reference library, and 



as reference copies because of the high 
incidence of loss and mutilation. The 
film collection is expanding in the same 
way. Serving readers outside the city 
makes more services available to City 
library users. 

Pratt has its problems - it is not sure 
it has developed the best lending and 
recovery routines possible. It may not 
have sufficient staff paid by contract 
funds to accomplish all it plans. The 
question of establishing a film circuit 

among the county library systems is still 

unresolved, j 

Seven years ago, a committee of librar- ! Kenneth R, Shaffer, Director of Simmons 
■ ans made recommendations for the develop- j College School of Library Science and the 
raent of public library service in Maryland! Simmons College Library, introduced the 



the State resource center. 

All three speakers participated in 
answering questions posed by the audience. 

The Image of the Twentieth Century 
Librarian 



and the proposed pattern still guides leg- 
islative planning of the Division of Lib- 
rary Extension and the Maryland Library 
Association, This sees three levels of 
library services and facilities in the 
state: State, area (county or regional), 
and local. At state level Pratt should 
function on a contractual basis as a 



speaker of the afternoon session - Robert 
B. Downs, Director of the Library and of 
the Graduate School of Library Science, 
University of Illinois, 

Mr. Downs discussed whether or not lib- 
rarians can class their field as a pro- 
fession, or be called technicians, the 
image of the librarian in the public mind. 



materials and resource center, At the area land what can be done about changing it. 



level, a county or combination of counties 
with population of at least 75,000, shotild 
have a main library with staff and book 
collections sufficient in variety and 
quantity to meet effectively all but very 
special demands. The local level should 
consist of branches and bookmobiles. It 



He believes librarians are meeting in- 
creasingly the standards of a profession 
which he states to be: formal academic 
education, interest in research, publica- 
tion, group organization, and a high code 

lof ethics. 

j Librarianship historically is one of the 



was intended that the state would strength-j oldest and most honored professions, rank- 



en the local level first, working up to 
Pratt participation last. But state aid 
started with Pratt. I'iany areas have no 
libraries or badly undernourished service. 
In 5 areas there is no county-wide service 
and -with two exceptions, there is no pub- 
lic library worthy of the name. This 
means Pratt's special resources center 
services will be called on to provide ma- 
terials originally intended to be at the 
local or area level. 

Proposed legislation, if enacted, will 
eventually correct the inequities which 



ing in antiquity with medicine and theolo- 
gy, rising to most brilliant heights in 
advanced civilizations and sinking into 
neglect and weakness in periods of in- 
tellectual decadence. Libraries are the 
' conservers and transmittors of such know- 
; ledge as we possess of past cultures, 
j Librarianship, especially in America, 
I has become an exceedingly complex pro- 
jfession. A head librarian is expected to 
he a good business manager, have a know- 
I ledge of personnel management, a broad 
■ knowledge of world literature and an 



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acquaintance with epoch-making books, be 
a public relations expert, know something! 
of architecture and engineering, be able \ 
to utilize latest mechanical and electron^ 
ic devices to increase efficiency, be 
familiar with technical aspects - acquis- * 
ition, cataloging, classification, bind- ! 
ing, circulation procedures, reference ; 
and research services. 

Mr Downs does not believe that books 
will be superseded by new electronic 
devices. In spite of TV etc, the Ameri- 
can people are reading more books, maga- 
zines and newspapers than ever in history.; 
Books are basic to our culture. Their | 
format is best in efficiency and economy. j 
But there will be a wide range of auxili- 
ary devices J documentary films, film- ■ 
strips, sound recordings, slides, micro- i 
cards and other tools to supplement the i 
book. Progressive librarians respond to ! 
new methods and materials that contribute' 
to dissemination of ideas. 

In the future, technological develop- ! 
ments may affect the future of librarian-! 
ship. Tie can expect increasing amounts i 
of publishing in microfilm, microprint, | 
and nea]>-print forms. New inventions mayj 
transform cataloging and bibliographical i 
work. It is essential that mechanical ! 
or electronic means be developed for ! 
bringing under bibliographical control i 
the mountains of print that inundate our | 
scientists, and for overcoming the lag j 
in translation of less familiar language j 
works that handicaps our scientists and j 
scholars. i 

The library schools, by educating lib- } 
rarians to understand the place of the j 
library in the community and showing the \ 
social significance of the library, are j 
taking the first step in bringing the I 
librarian up to date. But beyond the ] 
formal education, professional develop- 
ment depends primarily on practicing 
librarians and administrators. Acute 
shortages and rising salary scales show 
need of sharper differentiation between ! 
professional and sub-professional activ- j 
ities, both from an economic viewpoint, I 
and for its effect on the prestige of 'i 
librarianship. 

Mr Downs believes that a serious handi-| 
cap in bringing about a clear separation i 
between professional and clerical duties,] 
is the multitude of small and "one-man" i 
libraries, where the librarian performs 1 
all the duties from reference to janitor- j 
ial services, and that the solution is a ■ 



gradual replacement of small, uneconomical, 
and generally inefficient units by the 
organization of larger units of service 
with concentration of clerical routines 
at central points. 

The public image of a librarian is still 
fixed even in educated minds as that of a 
recluse, introvert, spinster, a fuss-bud- 
get, past middle age, intolerant of the 
slightest noise, rigidly enforcing petty 
rules, lacking in style, beauty, or charra, 
and placing every possible obstacle in the 
way of library users. The real composite 
is far different, and we must try in everj'- 
possible fashion to correct these erron- 
eous harmful images, and to educate the 
public attitude toward the library pro- 
fession. 

The acute shortage of librarians is 
likely to continue into the indefinite 
future, and this means a reasonably com- - 
petent librarian is offered a multitude 
of job opportunities anywhere he wishes 
to go. 

The question of status is closely re- 
lated to recruiting, which has only been 
moderately successful because of compe- 
tition with other professions, the extra 
year of graduate study required, fear among 
girls that they will be doomed to spinster- 
hood, a lack of knowledge of the advan- 
tages of the profession, and ineffective 
recruiting literature. The problem de- 
mands the time, a ttention and best thought 
of the whole profession. 

Libraries, as chief dispensers of pub- 
lisher's products are in a unique position 
to advance the cause of public enlighten- 
ment and understanding of the great issues 
of our time. Tq do this they must remain 
free and unfettered, must resist the in- 
tolerant, uncompromising voices calling 
for conformity and unanimity of opinion. 

lir. Downs closed by saying that libra- 
ries not only have a future, but their 
most brilliant period of growth, develop- 
ment and service is ahead, that they will 
not remain unchanged but will grow and 
evolve with the demands and needs of the 
time. 

A Trustee Looks At Personnel 

The evening dinner session at the Uni- 
versity Club for the Trustees, staff, and 
their husbands and wives (few of the lat- 
ter were brave enough to come) , featured 
Trustees Rabb, Monsignor Murray, McDonald 
(and his sister), Mr. Lord, Pauline 



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V.'alker, and Ruth Hayes as toastmis tress, ; 
at the head table, j 

After dinner, Hiss Walker introduced j 
Sidney R. Rabb, President of our Trustees,; 
vho spoke on "A Trustee Looks at Person;- .. 
nel". Mr Rabb corranented on the differ- ; 
ennes in background of the various Trus- | 
te?s, and the surprising way in which, \ 
alt.l-iough of ben in considerable disagree- | 
menu at the outf;etj decisions had always | 
coiiie to be unaniimong, at least since he 
had come to the E^'rd, thiough frank 
discussion. He eiph^sia-.d the importance 
of free flow of comraunioatior between the 
Trustees and the Administration, and 
betveen the Administration and Staff. 

Speaking of the recent changes due to 
the budget cuts, he said that he realizes 
the adjustments we have had to make, that 
in his experience the only permanent • 
thing is change. And he thanked the | 
staff for their cooperation in the past 
two difficult years. 

Mr Rabb mentioned his faith in person- 
nel work in his own business and said that 
personnel work is not easy, that it takes 
a long time to find out what is needed by 
a staff, and what its gripes are, before | 
a workable pattern may be found. The j 
importance of personnel work in the es- j 
timation of the firm surveying the needs ; 
of the Library, and in the minds of the i 
Trustees, is the reason for upgrading thei 
work of the Personnel Office to a Divis- ; 
ion status, ^e expressed the hope that j 
staff-administration relations will grow | 
increasingly better, and that if mis- i 
takes seem to have been made, either will; 
admit it after a re-study of the problem i 
involved. Even though individuals may j 
not always agree, teamwork is the impor- j 
tant thing, and what is best for the j 
group is usually best for the individual. 

His view of service to the one patron 
being served, is an inverted pyramid, 
with all working toward serving that 
patron, from the Trustees up. 

^e spoke too about the work of the 
Trustees and the Director with the state 
legislature on behalf of state aid. He 
hopes that we have already reached the 
lowest point in library service and that 
at least some of our curtailed services 
will soon be restored. 

Mr Rabb closed his remarks, as he open- 
ed them, with many kind remarks about 
the QUEISTION I4ARK. 



UNITS TiflTH IQQ^ BPLSA MEMBERSHIP 
• AS OF OCTOBER 1!? 

Audio Visual 

Book Selection, HR and CS 

Book Selection, R and RS 

Business Office 

Central Book Stock 

Director's Office 

Division Office, HR and CS 

Division Office, R and RS 

Information 

Personnel 

Education • 

EJchibits 

Government Documents 

Music 

Open Shelf 

Periodical and Newspapers 

Print 

Records, Files, Statistics 

Social Science 

Pictures 

Adams Street 

Alls ton 

Codman Square 

Connolly 

Dorchester 

Faneuil 

Jamaica Plain 

Lower Mills 

Mattapan 

Memorial 

Mr, Bowdoin 

Mt, Pleasant 

North End 

Roslindale 

South Boston 

Uphams Corner 

West Roxbury 

LUTMCHEON 

On October 26, a luncheon party for 
Marlene MacLaughlin, Book Preparation, 
was given at the Red Coach Grille by her 
library friends in honor of her wedding 
on Saturday, October 29. 

Twenty-one members of the staff were 
present. Marlene, who is marrying Philip 
Plattick, Book Purchasing, was presented 
with a gift of money. 

HAVE YOU NOTICED 

How much younger the high school and 
college students look these days? Or 
is it that we . . .? 



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BPL TAKES A STEP TOWARDS NOOSPHERE? 



A STORY V/ITH A MORAL 



"I'liat is it?" the lady asked, "It looks 
like a double iron lung.'" Others, a 
little like the Lilliputians coming upon 
Gulliver, have thought it a mangle or 
something from outer space, and one won- 
ders what sort of welcome ullliam Morris 
or the Luddites would have accorded it. 
Others, trying to link up its bulk to a 
purpose, have seen it as a kind of moral 
suasion for overdue borrowers, remiss in 
paying their fines. Suzie Piltch will 
pay nowi Suzie doesn't consider herself 
faithful to Galsworthy unless she keeps 
his books until they are overdue. 

All this fuss over a filing cabinet in 
the Central Charging] - but then it's no 
ordinary filing cabinet. Occupying but 
8ij. 3/ij- X },S 3/k square inches of floor 
space, this Selectronic file reduces the 
long centipedic green line of files to a 
short and somewhat svelte one. The 
machine came through the door of Central 
Charging with some room to spare.' Made 
up of 20 revolving pans each of which 
carries 5 1/2 trays that contain a total 
of some quarter million cards. One can 
only admire its organization and utility 
. . . and one remembers that Teilhard de 
Chardin in his exhilarating PPffiNOi'ffiNON OF 
MAN stated that organization and research 
will become more and more important as 
mankind takes the next step to Woosphere. 
The BPL is no straggler herej there's 
life in the old girl yet.' 

THE STORK WAS HERE . . . 



Our hamper is damper, thanks to Martha 
Jeanne, bom on October 25, report Sheila 
(Pierce) , Central Charging, and Roger 
Stevens, Audio- Visual. 

John and Rita (Susi) Pennacchio proudly 
announce the birth of Evelyn Ann on Aug- 
ust 22. Rita was formerly with the staff 
at East Boston. 

To Flil^ and Margaret (Harper) Seymoiir 
was born a little girl, Julie Ann, on 
September 27. Margaret formerly worked 
at North End. 

it- 
Jeffrey Alfred arrived at the Alfred 
E. Lundgren's on October 21;. Al works 
in Stock and Supply. 



One noon recently a staff member found 
a billfold on Boylston Street. It con- 
tained a sum of money, many pictures, and 
one identification - a Boston Public Lib- 
rary card.' This card, plus careful 
sleuthing on the part oi" the staff member, 
finally tracked dovm the owner. Needless 
to say s he was d elighted to recover her 
property. Two tangible benefits result- 
ed from this little episode: (A) The own- 
er of the billfold is deeply grateful to 
the Boston Public Library and vows never 
to be without a library card. (She plans 
to use it as well as have it serve for 
identification purposes). (B) The staff 
member now feels qualified to join the 
Bureau of Missing Persons. An enthusias- 
tic recommendation to such a position is 
guaranteed by the billfold owner. 

Moral - Everybody should have a Boston 
Public Library c ard - and carry same in 
their purse or on their person, in case 
they or their purse get lost. 



EGP 



RIDDLE 



It has advisors, but is not a guidance 
bureau; 

It has chiefs, but is not a fire depart- 
ment; 

It has coordinators, but is not an indus- 
try; 

It has curators, but is not a museum; 

It has a director, but is not an orches- 
tra; 

It has keepers, but is not a zoo; 

It has an officer-in-charge, but is not 
a police station. 

liJhat is it? 

RM 

ANOTHER ALMNA HEARD FROM 

In case you haven't heard, I'm now 
retired from public library service, and 
doing editorial work in the Elementary 
Education Department of Houghton Mifflin 
Company, and liking it very much. 
Wouldn't want to miss the QM, though.' 
My best to all, 

Irene ^^adsworth Faunce 



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NEILSON PARTY 

On November 5, the Pillar House in 
Wellesley was the scene of a genuine sur- 
prise party for Olive Neilson, who is 
soon to retire from Alls ton. Sixteen of 
her fellow- workers, former fellow- workers 
and just friends were assembled around a 
long table on the sunporch of the lovely 
old house, and a delightful dinner was j 
served. The guest was practically buried \ 
under gifts and flowers, some of them 
sent by her family and their friends, who 
were informed of the affair, but were 
unable to attend, 

Mss Neilson will be sadly missed by 
her companions at Alls ton, to whom her 
charm and gentle good-nature have meant 
a great deal. We can only hope that she 
will have a busy and happy retirement, 
as she has so surely earned one, 

CHRISTIANA P. JORDAN 

MCLAUGHLIN - FLATTICK 

On October 29, Marlene McLaughlin, 
loci: Preparation, married Philip ¥. 
Flattick, Book Purchasing, at a Nuptial 
Mass in the Gate of Heaven Church, South 
Boston. Their reception was held at the 
South Boston Social Club, 

BPL IN PRINT 

There is a fine picture of Arthur 
Heintzelman, Keeper of Prints, on page 
586 of the Library of Congress INFORMATION 
BULLETIN for October 10, in connection 
with his membership on the Pennell Fund 
Committee, There is an interesting two 
page article accompanying the picture, 
about the Committee and Mr Heintzelman 's 
work with the Fund, 



* 



Prexy Ruth Hayes has an article in Mie j 
autumn BAY STATE LIBRARIAN, pages 11-12, | 
entitled "Off and Away with M.L.A." con- j 
cerning the MLA European tour this summer. I 

i 
DOUBLED NOW j 

i 

The number of Credit Union shares offer-' 
ed for purchase has now been doubled, \ 
One may buy 1\.0 shares (|200) in the period' 
from April through the extended time | 
limit of December 30. 



the twins 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ... 

Some time ago, the staff at Egleston 
Square was the recipient of a very un- 
usual reference question. A young borrow- 
er had received a gift, two months earli- 
er, of three white mice, but, after the 
fashion of white mice, these three had 
multiplied to seventeen, and our young 
friend wished now to name them, keeping 
the family- name intact. 

The staff at Egleston, after much re- 
search, came up with the following: 

Enor Mouse 

Anon E, Mouse 

Ignor A. Mouse 

Fay Mouse 

Infa Mouse 

U, Nani Mouse 

Monoga Mouse 

Mag-Nana Mouse 

Parony Mouse 

Hippo Potta Mouse 

Homony Mouse 

Heteroga Mouse 

Homoga Mouse 

Heterooy Mpuse 

Synon E, Mouse 

Polyga Mouse 

Hetera Chro Mouse 

Epony Mouse 
P.S. Dear Reader: TnJhite mice being what 
they are, the lad is probably in need 
of more names. If you have any to offer, 
why don't you sent them via the QUESTION 
MRK? 

GIVE US STRENTH TOO J 

The ALA Bulletin for October, carries 
on page 721, an account of American 
Education Tieek, November 6 through 12, 
and relates the need of library partici- 
pation in the observance of the week in 
order to "re- emphasize in the minds of 
the public the continuing role of the 
library in a total educational picture." 

The theme of the week is stated as 
"Strengthen Schools for the 60's"... 
Mar^r of our staff working with students 
feel the need of acquiring much more 
strength t?:'"OT'.s elves to deal with the 
increasing hordes of students, most of 
whom are lacking even the most elementary 
instruction in use of a library. 

Staff in open departments and branches 
heartily recommend a week observing 
"How to Use Your Library Effectively", 



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soap •.[_ 




Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gctner with the name of the Branch Lib- 
rary, Department or Office in which he 
or she is employed. The name is with- 
held from publication, or a pen name used, 
if the contributor so requests. Anonr- 
yrious contribution.3 are not given con- 
siderati.on. Tha c.uthor cf the article 
is known only to the Editor- in- Chief. 
The contents of the articles appearing 
in the Soap Box are pergonal opinions 
expressed bj individual Association 
members and their anpep/ance does not 
nccerrsarily indicate that the Publications 
Committee and the Association are in 
agreement uith the views expressed. Only 
those contribtitions containing not more 
than 300 words will be accepted. 



To The Soap Box: 

In last month's Soap Box, one Sam Hill 
chose to "read between the lines" of my 
July report on the Montreal SORT meeting. 
Obviously Sam deserves no answer since he 
lacks the courage to sign his name or in- j 
telligence to ask what actually did tran- } 
spire at that meetings But like most 
anonymous letter-v.riters, Sam is a great i 
mis- interpreter. To set the record j 
straight, let me summarize what did take ! 
place at Montreal, ! 

The raeetin-^ in question was concerned ; 
with drawiiig a line between staff and , 
administrative responsibility for deter- | 
raining and carrying out personnel policieaj 



Representing among them both administra- 
-iion and staff, the speakers agreed that 
staff members have an obligation to offer 
well- reasoned, positive criticism of ad- 
ministrative policies (in a dignified 
•itmnner) and that good administrators be- 
come better ones when they seek advice 
from "people on the job" in policy form- 
halation. Only cases of hiring, counsel- 

ng, disciplining and firing individuals 
were declared "purely administrative 
responsibility," In asking that associa- 
tions be a channel of communication, Mr 
Cox, then a SORT Steering Committee member, 
'challenged them to bring individual and 
group staff problems to toj>-level atten- 
tion and, at the same time, to help filter 
understanding of policies, down to the 
lowest levels. We Bostonians were fasci- 
nated by the proud proclamation that some 
library boards invite staff representation 
at their meetings. (Note how the SORT 
meeting has already engendered this action 
by our own board of trustees, thanks to 
the information brought back by iir Gaines.) 
I'lhat actually happened in Montreal was a 
revelation of how library boards and trus- 
tees are welcoraing-and inviting- staff 
1 association participation in decision- 
inaking. 

i' Now perhaps Sam might like to make him- 
self known so we can identify those BPLSA 
committee meetings he so "subtly" refers 
, to and give him the facts about them too? 

B. GERTRUDE :JADE 
(Editor's note: The editor wishes to point 
out that the staff member who signed him- 
self "Sam Hill" is anonymous only in the 
sense that he used a pen name as is per- 
mitted by the terms of this column. To the 
editor, he is not anonymous,) 

To the editor of Soap Box: 

The editorial last month stated that the 
Assistant Director (for Personnel) had 
said he would endeavor to see that no 
further sudden changes in policy affecting 
the staff would be made without advance 
warning. Why then did we not receive ad- 
vance warning that the United Fund pledges 
and collections had been changed? For 
years, we have pledged in the fall and 
paid over a short period in the spring. 
This year we were notified only a day or 
two before deadlines, that we must pay 
that week or use a payroll deduction. 
Those of us who must plan carefully, were 
entirely unprepared for the extra expense 



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that week, or at this time of year. Nor ; only effective way in which coinmunications 
did some care to spread a payroll deduc- can work. I think that you would recog- 
tion over an entire year, especially when i nize that, because of the lags and delays 
it falls in rent weeki The neit notice, | that are inherent in moving through Corn- 
stating that we might pledge and be billed mi ttees and Boards, a communication in 
later by the Fund, did not help the si tua-| which the time element is important, might 
tion substantially, as it failed to be .most effectively be sent to the Soap Box. 
clear about when we would be billed, and On others, the better way might be through 

1 the Executive Board or through the Admin- 
jistrative Officers of the Library. The 
• point is that it may not always be the 



the time of payment is the major concern 
of those of us who do not have large 
administrative salaries. Miy could not 



« — ._ ^, ....J _„ — ^ ^>,^..„ ., — „. — ^„ ■•'— J .tv ^ ^^,,^j^ ^^ uii^ 

the pledges have continued to be collected best w ay, but sometimes the Soap Box may 

in the spring? Is it too much to expect j be the only or the best way. 

an office to take this collection on, when It is interesting to note- that in all 

this discussion, no mention of the Appeal 
• Panels were made. Certainly the existence 
jof such panels and knowledge that they 
j would be available for appealing griev- 
I ances would help morale, even if it were 
i never necessary to use the appeal panels. 
j What ever became of the appeal panels? 
practice of the administration in dealing i Did the Administration decide to discon- 



open departments and branches have been 
coping with more and more work for many 
months? 

BROKE 

Dear Editor: 

Fact or supposition? The established 



with absences due to major storms was no 
supposition. It was a fact . On such 
occasions the administration had forgiven 
absences and sometimes had rewarded those 
who came to work. 

Those who did not come to work in view 
of the serious warnings about Hurricane 
Donna did not act capriciously. Those 



I tinue, or the Staff Association, or was 

' it a mutual agreement? 

BUBBLER 
(Editor's Note: The Publications Committee 
did not mean to imply there was NO place 
for Soap Box. 1-e agree with Bubbler's 
points. We do say, however, that when 
there is no outstanding reason for doing 



who resented treatment received when they j otherwise, use of channels through the 



were absent on account of Donna were jus- 
tified because the action of the admin- 
istration was contrary to the established 
practice of the administration. 

We have been assured, according to your 
October editorial, that the Assistant 
Director (for Personnel) "will endeavor 
to see that no sudden changes in proce- 
dures occur without notice" but what of 
the persons who lost vacation or pay? 
It does not seem fair to penalize staff 
members who had reason to expect that the 
administration would a ct according to its 



Executive Board etc, may give the best 
results.) 

To the Editor of the Soap Box:- , 
There is a never-ending interest in the 
daik deeds of the Nazis and a never-ending 
demand for the books about them. The new 
Shirer book, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE 
THIRD REICH seems likely to remain on the 
best-selling lists for a very long time. 
In a review of COMIANDANT OF AUSCfflCETZ 
the LONDON TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT said 
that for an understanding of the Nazi 



established practice. It is all well and j atrocities and the Nazi mind, the best 
good to announce a new written policy as j books were the Hoess memoirs under review 
a guide for future action, but does not } and the earlier THEORY AND PRACTICE OF 
justice require the restoration of vaca- j HELL by Kogon. Every copy of the Kogon 
tion or pay to those who were deprived of I book bought by the Library has been s tolen 
them? ( and it is now out of print except in paper- 

EX POST FACTO j back. But we have several copies of the 

(Editor's Note: The notice of Novonber 10 i Hoess memoirs as well as the standard book 
has restored a part of the pay or vacationj on the subject THE FINAL SOLUTION by 



of those who were absent.) 

Dear Soap Box: 

The Soap Box, it whould be pointed out, 
is more than just fun and a vent for our 
feelings. In some cases it may be the 



Reitlinger, The forthcoming trial of 
j Eichmann will heighten the interest and 
j increase the demand for the books. Mem- 
j bers of the staff working with the general 
i public will know about EXODUS and THE LAST 
! OF THE JUST and the earlier FIVE CHIMNEYS, 



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but they may want to supplement their 
knowledge with the information given 
above. 

HARRY A1€)REWS 

To the Soap Box: 

Every large organization is plagued, I 
suppose, by those who make a business of 
"Reading between the linesl' These are 
the people who report not only what you 
say but what you think as well (although 
you've never revealed your thoughts to 
them) - the people eager to believe any- 
thing detrimental of fellow-workers but 
unwilling to countenance anything fine cr 
deesnt. They are the gossip-mongers, 
the trouble-makers who would set staff 
against administration and one worker 
agajjist another. They can be recognized 
by their tactics : the cloak of anonymity, 
smiling insinuation, refusal to listen to 
facts, underhanded use of other people to 
set forth views they dare not present 
themselves. 

The real threat to our welfare lies not 
with such people but rather with the much 
larger group who occasionally, inadver- 
tently or misguidedly, use tactics of the 
vicious to attain ends which may be right 
in themselves. To this group I would 
like to address a plea that we stop "read- 
ing between the lines", 

laliat any library needs most, I believe, j 
is a "professional attitude" on the part i 
of both staff and administrators. Such 
an '. ttitude demands that personal dif- 
fr.rences be resolved face-to-face. It 
requires searching out all the facts in 
any situation (and one may learn, in this 
process, legitimate reasons why facts 
shouldn't be published for the world at { 
large) . It demands that we refuse to j 

spread gossip, that we let new staff , 

members judge situations for themselves, i 
without prejudging for them the people ' 
they may encounter. A professional atti- ' 
tude keeps us from airing our discontents i 
and personal animosities in the coffee ! 
shop or corridors from whence the really j 
vicious may carry them off to the news- 
papers and beyond. j 

In short, can't we stop "reading be- j 
tween the lines" and begin acting like ; 
mature people? 

B. GERTRUDE WADE 



To the Editor: 

How pleasant to see a new graciousness 
and dignity added to tiie operations at 
the charging desk in the Library lobby. 
The recent practice of increased coverage 
with full-time, mature staff members with 
an interest in people, has dignified what 
can well be a routine, mechanical job, and 
has not gone unnoticed by members of the 
public and staff members appreciative of 
the important public relations aspect of 
this library nerve center. On several 
occasions while waiting in the lobby the 
writer has watched with interest while 
tactful, understanding hrs. Knelling and 
Mr Fuller have extended a friendly greet- 
ing, or soothed an irate patron who dis- 
covered that he must return to Bates Hall 
for an indicator record (perhaps via r 
the dreaded self-ope rating elevator, if 
an elderly person) . Since on one occasion 
observed, this apparently climaxed the 
runaround given the borrower all over the 
building, and a protracted wait in Bates 
Hall, for material from the stacks, the 
exasperation can be understood. During 
the recent trying months when the public 
has grown increasingly resentful of what 
some have believed to be unwarranted cur- 
tailments of service the "soft answers" 
that have "turned away the wrath" at this 
desk (and others throughout the building) 
may well have helped boost our sagging 
public relations. 

APPRECIATIVE 



The Committee for CARE wishes to 
thank all who contributed so generously 
to the Qnergency Relief Fund for Chile. 
Contributions amounted to .'!^8,92. The 
Staff Representatives did a fine job, 
MARGARET LEl'IS 

^^:LDRED somes 

0L;.IE PARTRIDGE 



THEQUESTIONMARK 

Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XV Number 12 Decemb er I96O 

Publications Committee: Constance Broadhurst, Helen E. Colgan, ' Elisabeth A. Drane, 

James J. Ford, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoonist. Dorothy F, 
Shaw, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

This is possibly the most re-written editorial of the year. Even now we fall 
short of the wisdom we need. 

For, from the blizzard and the notice on the Chris -umas tea questionnaires, 
has again risen a clash of interests, and misunderstandings which could easily 
stunt the delicate new growth of closer cooperation and understanding we should 
all be cultivating, r ather than destx-oyirg. 

The feeling of the staff has been indicated so fully in the S oap Box that we 
need not elaborate it here. Ve do point out that in making a decision on storm 
closing, the Officers of the Library have a dual responsibility - to the patrons 
and to the staff, and the responsibility to the patrons normally takes precedence^ 
The members of the staff, too, have a divided responsibility - to the institution 
(and thus to the patron) and also to themselves. Officers of the Library and 
individual staff members are capable to the same degree, of making the wrong choice, 
or the right choice, at any given time. If the Officers made an error in judgment 
in not closing the Library earlier in the morning of the storm, did not those of 
us who attempted to come in not also err in judgment? Can we legitimately say 
"They should have known the storm was to be severe enough to remain closed", and not 
ALSO say "I'e should have known the storm was severe enough to stay home"? 

Since so many do feel unfairly treated, should not these individuals contact 
the Executive Board with definite complaints rather than grousing around for weeks? 
Or use the Suggestion Box system recently established? 

As for the "cancelling" of the Christmas Tea, there too, we should consider 
the entire picture. Many of the staff have thought this tea to be sponsored and 
financed either by the Administration or the Staff Association, ^^either is true. 
On page I3 will be found an account of the origin of the tea which should clear 
up several misconceptions. Nor was the tea actually cancelled, ■'•twas merely 
taken from apparent sponsorship of the Administration, since it could not include 
branch personnel as well as Central, Sponsorship was left open to others. We 
AF.E having a Christmas tea in Central as usual. And branch personnel is welcome 
as usual if they are able to attend. 

This is after all, the Christmas season and the Hanukkah season, having in 
common the symbolism of light which demands a clearer insight, a love of all man- 
kind - a season for good will, rejoicing, and dedication. Should we not put aside 
our resentments and enjoy this season together? 

A Happy Hanukkah] 

A Merry Christmas] 

A Prosperous New Year.' 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMIITTEE 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES i loads, dreary surroundings, and frustra- 

\ tion because of inability to supply s.d- 
Approximately two thirds of the ques- j equate materials to serve the public 
tionnai res which were sent out by the Siaffi were other areas for distress. 
Association to garner some statistics on i Question eight, on the desirability of 
the communication of information and ohe ' resuming the Director's meetings and the 
desirability of the resumption of meet- 1 primary reason for sending out the ques- 
ings with the Director in the face of the , tionnaire, showed that the staff was 
costs, were returned. Not all of those \ equally divided on the matter. A major- 
returning questionnaires answered all j xty of those checking preferred to meet 
questions, but with such a percentage of j with staff members from different levels 
returns it was possible to get an overall ' and felt that if the meetings were to be 
picture of the attitude of the staff, j held they would like to have supervisory 

In reply to the purpose served by the i personnel present (perhaps to submit to 

Director's meetings, 120 checked commun- i them the 3 x 5s). The vast majority 

ication of policy decisions, 81 checked j would not be w illing to attend meetings 

communication of other information, 69 • onlheir own time, 

checked chance to know the Director bet- We were surprised at the number who 
ter, and 39 checked morale building, | were interested in a Social Service Corn- 
On question two, 100 people felt the , mittee (^9) and a t the number billing to 
present avenues of communication between j serve on committees (83). Most of the 
administration and staff are adequate. ; staff felt that popular books might well 

Question three sought the igrpe of in- j be discontinued from the Staff Library 

formation which does not reach staff j (95) , 

members. Here several things cropped up i At the November Business Meeting of the 

over and over - 1. The desire to have , Staff Association it was voted to have 

policies stated with greater clarity and ; two members of the Executive Board repre- 

to get at the reasons behind policies. j sent the Staff Association on the pro- 

2. The staff would like to be informed t posed new Suggestion Committee. This 

on things in progress, e.g. State Aid : Committee will have the responsibility of 

(Staff Memo has been attempting to), and j screening the suggestions and of seeing 

they would like to get the information ; that all are acknowledged and acted upon 

before the public does. (Strongly as I . one way or another. At the November 

feel about this myself, I know there have i Executive Board meeting, Phyllis Adams 

been occasions when it was not possible i and Kathleen Hegarty were appointed to 

to control the order of communications.) ' represent the Association on the Committee. 

On question four, concerned with the | The November business meeting considered 

level at which communications break down, j the desirability of a Social Service Com- 

retarns spread the blame evenly over all j mittee ( this would be a matter of service 

levels. ; rather than money and it is presumed 

Question five, concerned with other ) service would be on the free time of those 

means of getting information to the Staff, j participating. ) Since some fifty nine 

found an emphasis on the desire for de- I people indicated positive interest, this 

partmental staff meetings but they also I may activate a committee, 

stressed the lack of tiitie for proper j The passing of the State Aid Bill and 

supervision. Some felt the Staff Memo j the adjustments in the policies and re- 

a step in the right direction while othersi gulations regarding storm relief etc. 

indicated they would welcome a suggestion ! give satisfaction to all. 

"°^' i Seasons greetings to all. 

On question six, a majority indicated j 

we needed a little morale boosting. | RUTH M HAYES 

On question seven reasons for this were I 

given. Approximately 30 listed staff | LIBRARY FINANCE 

shortages and failure to fill vacancies j 

promptly. Lack of appreciation also A book in Education was discovered to 

appeared repeatedly. Salaries, opportu- ■ have two pages torn out. A few feet away, 

nities for advancement, and adjustments '' ^ dime was found under the table. Would 

in the promotional and classification you classify this as a coincidence or 

systems were indicated. Uneven work ■ conscience money? 



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PERSONNEL NOTSS 

New Employees 

Jeanette L. Alfe, Hyde Park 
Gerald S. Cole, Fashington Village 
Carol R. Dubis, Egleston Square 
Peter Dwyer, Book Stack Service 
Ernest I. Gam, Book Stack Service 
Frances A, Hale, Personnel Office 
Gordon Hayden, Book Preparation 
Gale M. Helft, South Boston 
Michael Konowitz, Book Stack Service 
Delores R. Link, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R & RS 
Katharine A. Maguire, Mount Bowdoin 
John F. McGivney, Records, Files, Stat- 
istics 
Mrs. Kathryn K, Mujrphy, Director's Office 
Theresa Ouellet, Book Purchasing 
Martin Qualters, Book Stack Service 
Peter A. Ranney, Science and Technology 
Carolyn H, Rees, Education 
Thomas C. Saunders, Book Stack Service 
John. J, Souza, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R & RS 
Brendan Stafford, Book Preparation 
Richard F, Sullivan, Book Purchasing 
John J. Walsh, Book Stack Service 

Transferred 

Mrs. Margaret M. Lewis, North End to 
South Boston 

Irene M. Mains, South Boston to Book- 
mobiles 

Mrs. Christine J, IMano, Bookmobiles to 
North End 

Ma rriages 

Helene Chefitz, Personnel Office, to 

Thomas Fisher, November 2l\., 
Mary A. Murphy, Bookmobiles, to VUliam 

Burke, November 19. 

Resigned j 

Anthony J. Bajdek, Book Stack Service, to I 

return to school i 

Stephen Davis, Book Stack Service, to i 

return to school 
Martin E. Eisenberg, Periodical and News- i 

paper, to accept another position j 
Brenda Franklin, Book Purchasing, to j 

return to school 
Neil Kelly, Records, Files, Statistics, 

to return to school j 

Elizabeth McLucas, Cataloging and Class- i 

ification, R fx RS, to return to school i 
Naomi R, Michalak, West Roxbury, to accept! 

another position 



Murray Movitz, Science and Technology, to 

accept another position 
Louis A, Sasso, Charlestown, to accept 

another position 

Retired 

Mrs. Gertrude Bergen, South Boston 

Arthur W, Heintzelman, Print 

Tf^lHO'S NEW! 

Not many people make the transition 
from Oxford to Cambridge. But Joella 
Werlin of Rare Book has done just that. 
After doing graduate work in anthro- 
pology in Oxford Iftiiversity, she now is 
living in Cambridge. 

Joella comes from Houston, Texas, and 
holds a degree in history from Connecti- 
cut College for Women. Vlriting and 
studying anthropology are two of her 
major interests at present. 

The enthusiastic young woman in General 
Reference is Caroline Stanwood, who major- 
ed in Philosophy at Smith. While there 
she played an interesting role as member 
of the Smith College Curriculum Committee. 
As a result she brings to her job a spe- 
cial understanding of s tuden-t>- faculty 
relationships, curricula, and, pertinent 
for library work, understanding of assign- 
ment problems. 

On the lighter side Caroline is search- 
ing for a singing group, preferably a 
madrigal group. 

A few moments with Mrs. Josephine T. 
Conroy, Information Office, reveals the 
reason for her zestful attitudes. Her 
activities are geared for the future of 
her four fine children. Concern for their 
welfare is reflected in decisions to join 
the BPL staff for full-time work, to curb 
her young son's singing engagements, to 
eventually move from Dorchester. Inci- 
dentally, daughters ilaryann. Audio- Visual, 
and Terry, Upham's Corner, also support 
their mother in the choice of the BPL for 
work. 

Tom Incze comes to Open Shelf via the 
Cincinnati Public Library, where he work- 
ed in the Audio- Visual Department. He 
is currently between his sophomore and 
junior years at Yale, where his major 
field is Art History. "I'Jhile at Yale he 
, served as Director of Classical Music 



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Broadcasting at the college's M radio 
station. His interests include primitive 
art and music, 

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Before joining the BFL staff, Mrs. Mar- ; 
garet Noonan held positions in the various) 
insurance companies of the Boston area. 1 
Margaret hails from I-^est Roxbury where | 
she and her husband enjoy participation J 
in couples' groups. V'e welcome to our ; 
full-time staff this pleasant hostess to j 
the public, 

* i 

Mary Ellen Buckley, Hoslindale, grew up , 
in Detroit, and graduated from the Univ- | 
ersity of Detroit with a BS in Education. ) 
During her senior year she became inter- i 
ested in social woi"!:, and, from July 1959 ! 
to October of this year, she worked for } 
the Catholic Soci?l Service of Wayne | 
County in the family division as a case- j 
worker. A visit to Boston last summer i 
caused her to decide to move here at the j 
end of October with another Detroiter 
to an apartment on Myrtle Street in town. I 
Her major interests are children, tennis, i 
xiiater-skiing and traveling. She hopes to 
continue to do volunteer work here. 

JOYEUX NOEL OR BUON MA TALE? 

Do you need a Christmas or Hanukkah 
greeting in a foreign language? Then see 
the December issue of the WLSON BULLETIN 
pages 316-17. Our Mildred Kaufman, Mem- 
orial, has written an article Season's 
Greetings about the seasonal parties at 
Memorial, with greetings available in 
many languages. Do take the time to read 
itj 



VJHY DON'T ^'"E ...? 

Have a stamp machine in the building 
for the use of the staff? 

Mark our biography books with the sub- 
ject's name, instead of 92A and 92B? It 
would be much easier to shelve and keep 
them in order. 

When "bonus" time is to be granted at 
either/or Chris tmp.s and New Tuar's, close 
the da;/ before Christmas, instead, so 
that ALL may enjoy more leisurely pre- 
parations? It would be particularly 
appropriate this year as the staff is so 
small and so wearj-. There is never very 
much patronage the day before Christmas, 
so that the public would be little incon- 
venienced, and a three day v»enj:rid for 
the majoritj'- of the staff vould be a very 
real and much ap-oreciated Christmas gift. 
This would mean too, that a larger staff 
would be fresh and available to handle 
the rush of business the week before New 
Year's. That Saturday is usually very 
busy. 

it 

Have some simple fliers printed in 
several foreign languages which the child- 
ren of new Americans could take home to 
introduce the Library to their parents? 
In many neighborhoods there appear to be 
growing numbers of non-English-speaking 
adults who could be helped and made to 
feel welcome by a contact with our social 
institution. Children find us easily 
and naturally, and it is our problem to 
find the parents and offer them our ser- 
vices. 



ALUMNAE GREETINGS 

Remembering and valuing the generosity 
and thoughtfulness of our good library 
friends, we wish you all the happiness 
of the Christmas season. May it linger 
with you through the coming year. 



MARY W. 
I4ARY M. 

LIFE SAVERS 



CRONAN 
PRALL 



Grateful cheers to the Coffee Shop 
people, who remained open to provide 
lovely hot coffee and food to cheer the 
half- frozen staff arriving after the 
building had closed during the blizzard] 



Work together to provide the Information 
Office with a more comprehensive and up- 
to-date "finding list"? If the various 
departments would cooperate with this 
Office, a coordinated list could be com- 
piled which w ould send the patron more 
directly to the needed source of infor- 
mation. This should not be a matter of 
"revising" the list already existing, but 
of each department providing a new and 
complete list of its services, to be 
considered and coordinated by representa- 
tives of each Division. 

Have a clock in the staff library so that 
people would know whssn they must return 
to their departments? 



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"We 



wondered if you would be Santa Claus at our Christmas party. 



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MR. HEINTZELl^iAi\I RETIRES 



'hesitation. There were no "secrets" of 
' technique, his knowledge was at the dis- 
i posal of all - a truly great artist and a 



Arthur ¥. Heintzelman, whose retirement 
as Keeper of Prints became effective Nov- (great man. Under his guidance the Print 
ember 30, was joined by Mrs. Heintzelman ! Department became a center for students 
in the I:Uggin Gallery at an Open House in jof graphic ai-ts. The T-^ggin Collection is 
his honor. Many members of the staff were; rich in preliminary drawings, trial proofs, 
on hand to wish him well as he leaves the i and states of prints, which are extremely 



world of research and collections to give 
his full time to his creative work as one 
of America's foremost etchers. 



helpful to those interested in malcLng 
prints, and using these original prints, 
Mr. Heintzelraan encouraged students to 



To the world of print-making the name of! make corrections, add and eliminate on the 
Arthur v, Heintzelman and the Print Departr copper plate. Presses for all print media 
ment of the Boston Public Library are syn-jare on display in the Gallery and on many 
onyroous. It was in 1935 that the Trustees j occasions Mr. Heintzelman' s personal etch- 
of the Boston Public Library voted to ex- jing press was used to help an artist get 
press their interest in the possibility of! an impression of his work. Members of his 
accepting the Albert H. ¥iggin Collection | staff, whether artists or not, vere en- 
and it was in J\ine 19i|l that the collec- jcouraged to make prints themselves in 
tion was formally inaugurated and the ; order to better appreciate the collection 
Print Department under the Keepership of jand to interpret it to others. Mr, Heint- 
Mr. Heintzelman, came into being. Mr. jzelman was among the first to encourage 
Trjiggin and the Boston Public Library chose i the organization of the Boston Printmakers, 
wisely when they selected hira as Keeper of; then a dream in the mind of Mrs. Shirley 
Prints, for llr. Wiggin saw his collection {Thomson Hadley and now one of the finest 
as an educational and working collection, • print organizations in America, Mr. Heint 
and in Mr. Heintzelman an educator as well.zelman has continuously served as an ad- 



as an artist was found. 
Born in I89O in Newark, 



New Jersey, his 



early training was obtained at the Rhode 
Island School of Design, from which in- 
stitution he was awarded the Providence 
Art Club Scholarship, Trustees Postgrad- 
uate Scholarship and Alujani Traveling 
Scholarship, Two years of study in the 
capitals of Europe followed. Upon his 



ivisor to thivS group. During the first 
lyears of the Deparoment he gave Gallery 
I Talks on the current exhibitions and dera- 
jonstrations of techniques, and later long- 
jSr lectures were given in the Lecture 
fHall, illustrated with slides from the 
I Print Department and original prints, 
i Mr. Heintzelman' 3 interest in France 
[was particularly lively during the war, 
return he specialized in portrait painting ' during which time he produced a portrait 
and taught for nine years, acting as head .of DeGaulle, and aided the cause of France 
of the Fine Arts Department of the Detroit in many ways connected with his artistic 
School of Design, and later as a member of i activities. He was awarded the Legion of 
the faculty of the Rhosde Island School of- Honor by the French Government and later 
Design, where he now serves as a member of 'appointed an Officer of the Legion of 
the Board of Trustees, In 1921 Mr, Heint-'; Honor, After the war he served as a mera- 
zelman took up residence in France, retum-iber of the jury for an exhibition of Amer- 
ing to this country in 1935, and in the jican prints to be sent to Paris. This 
midst of a busy and distinguished career 'started the movement of exchange exhibi- 



he undertook the direction of the Print 
Department, 

To those who were closely associated 
with Mr. Heintzelman, he will always be 
one of the most understanding and gentle 
of men. He is an artist full of modesty 



itions, a second was sent to Rouei^, and a 



third in 195l to be shown at the Biblio- 
itheque Nationale under the sponsorship of 
sthe Cultural Relations Section of the 
(United States Embassy in Paris, Mr, 
I Heintzelman was invited by the French 
about his own work, always ready to praise* Government to inaugurate the American Show 
the fine qualities of another man's work, j in December I95l at the Bibliotheque 
and eager to impart his knowledge and ex- , Nationale, and to arrange a French Show to 
perience to those who were in need of it. jcome to the United States, opening at the 
Every student and connoisseur who came to jBoston Public Library in October 1952, and 
the Print Department in need of profes- [then traveling throughout the United 
sional assistance received it without States, Since then he has organized 



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exchange exhibitions to several countries^ 
notably to Italy and Israel* 

Mr. Heintzelman is responsible for SfeV- 
eral books based on collections in the 
Print Department; THE WATERCOLOR DRAraNGS 
OF THOMS ROWLANDSOM, Volume Five of the 
CATALOGUE OF THE llORK OF Fm.M K. BENSON, 
THE SKETCHBOOKS OF HEMI DE TOULOUSE 
LAUTREC, and a volume on Honorl Daumier 
•which has just been published. These 
last two were written in collaboration 
with his son, the late Roland Heintzelman. 
In addition, Vlr. Heintzelman' s articles 
on prints in the BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
QUARTERLY, the AI1ERICAN ARTIST magazine 
and numerous introductions and forewords 
to noteworthy catalogues are well-known. 
He is also a member of the Pennell Fund 
Committee of the Library of Congress. 

Iftider Mr, Heintzelman' s direction the 



shai'e the work load, to greet them with 
his cheery smile, and to report to the 
Coffee Shop breakfastieres, the daily 
progress made in the reviewing of his 
current book for the Book Selection Com- 
mittee. This loss was partially balanced 
by the realization that Sammy was leav- 
ing at a time of life when he could make 
for himself a new career. Another big 
I factor in the credit column of this occa- 
j sion was the pleasure everyone had in 
welcoming back the many former staff mem- 
bers who came to add their good w ishes 
I to those of the present staff. Among 

those were several girls, now charming 
i matrons and devoted mothers, who formerly 
j worked in the Business Office; Mildred 
i Francis Conlon, Rose larrobino Mulcahy, 
j Katherine Melavin Murphy, 

It w as a pleasure too to have the 



Vaggin Collection and the Print Department] opportunity to welcome back Elizabeth G. 



grew until they included a wide variety 
of contemporary artists. Visitors are 
astounded to find almost complete, if not 
complete, collections of the graphic work 
of the world's greatest artists, Mr, 
Heintzelman' s own work may be seen in its 
entirety thanks to the generosity of 
Edward C, Cross ett and the artist. Mr. 
Heintzelman was not content to sit back 
and let the collection live on its merits. 
Ife ast out to make the Print department 
grow with the times, and to be a living, 
functioning collection, not a stagnant 
storehouse of prints. In spite of Mr. 
Heintzelman 's mar^ diverse activities 
and interests, he is first of all an ar*- 
tist and he returns to his own creative 
work as one of A"ierica's leading artists. 
We 3ook forward to seeing further exhibi- 
tions of his work as he creates new 
plates, 

MURIEL FIGENBAUM ROBINSON 
(Mrs, Robinson is the former First 
Assistant in the -Print Department) 

FAREl-'ELL TO A VETERAN 

Even as the Ledger of Life, retirement 
parties carry debit and credit columns. 
This dual aspect was especially obvious 
at the luncheon given for Samuel Green, 
Deputy Assistant to the Director, at th<= 
Red Coach Grill, Tuesday, November 29. 
Over one hundred friends met to pay 
tribute to Sammy and his charming wife, 
Irene. For these friends there was a 
real sense of loss as they realized that 
no more would Sammy be among them to 



Barry, Jean B, Lay, Grace M, Caution, 
James P. Mooers, ^'illiam F, Quinn, Pat- 
rick J, Reilly, Helen Schubarth, Loraine 
A. Sullivan, Harriet Swift, and Sidney 
Weinberg, 

Iiith the exception of Mrs. Green, the 
head table was composed entirely of top 
executives, all of whom had worked close- 
ly with the guest of honor over the years. 
The Director, Milton E. Lord, brought to 
Mr. and Jlrs. Green the greetings and best 
wishes of their many friends and associ- 
ates in the Library, on whose behalf he 
presented to them, as a tangible expres- 
sion of good will, a handsome portable 
television. Quite overcome but never 
fully at a loss for words, Sammy express- 
ed his thanks and promised to come and 
see us after he and Irene returned from 
their trips to Florida, California and 
other "foreign" states. As he goes out 
into the world to endure his well-earned 
leisure or to plunge into new activities 
the best wishes of aH the staff go with 
him and his wife. Ve shall miss him. 
The loss will be ours; the gain those 
with whom he is associated in the future. 

EDNA G. PECK 

SAMUEL GREEN RETIRES 
I 

j Samuel Green, Deputy Assistant to the 
'Director in the Division of Business Op- 
lerations, retired recently after thirty- 
jtwo years of service in the Library. 
^ Sam Green entered the Library's service 
jon a full-time basis in 1928 and was as- 
signed to the Periodical Department. In 



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the 1930»s the Division of -Business Opera- . iJie public during these many years in 
tions underwent a complete reorganization. | many different branch libraries. Among 
Sam was transferred to that division ^Ip i them were Upham's Comer, Hyde Park, Ros- 
capitalize on his professional training injlindale, Memorial, Dorchester, Parker Hill, 
the business field as he held a degree in jMattapan, Adams Street, and was on loan 

j to several others. 

j Her last eight years were spent at the 
'Lower ilills Branch where she worked main- 
|ly with the Young Adults, but because it 
financial and business matters that devel- is a small branch, she came in contact 
oped in the functioning of the Division of (with adults and children as well. She was 
Business Operations. He could turn out a i liked by both the public and the staff for 

I her cheerful manner, and her faithful 



Business Administration from Boston Univ- 
ersity. I remember well the zeal and en- 
thusiasm with which he tackled his new 
duties and how well he handled the many 



prodigious amount of work, ever watching 
out for the Library's interests in busi- 
ness dealings and contracts. He w as the 
Library's ambassador to City Hall on many 
matters: group insurance, the Mayor'.s 
Field Day, Blue Cross activities, etc. 
He was well liked by the people with whom 
he dealt at City Hall - an important ac- 



service was appreciated by all. She was 
; greatly missed when she was transferred 
to the South Boston Branch as Young Adults 
jiiJorker, where she stayed only a month be- 
fore she retired, ¥e are all very pleas- 
ed that she is so happy in her retirement. 



(but the library will feel the loss of a 
complishment for a smooth operation - and jgood and faithful worker. Several parties 
worked splendidly with those he was in were planned for her by her fellow workers, 
contact with on the many routine, boring 
tasks that are a necessary part of City 
business. 

Sara loved the Library. T-Jhen he went off 
to the islands in the Pacific on military 



I'iADALENE D. HOLT 



OUR SANTA RETIRES 

A luncheon in honor of Santa Koster was 
held at the Red Coach Grill on Tuesday, 
November l5. Eighty staff members, active 
and retired, joined in honoring Santa who 
is leaving the library to live in Florida. 
She and her husband plan to make their new 
home in the vicinity of Fort Lauderdale. 
I The luncheon was served in a spacious 
pine-paneled room, the food was delicious 
and the service excellent. It was an 
additional pleasure to have Santa's mother, 
father and husband share the head table 
with the guest of honor. Enhancing the 
occasion was the presence of many former 
staff members whom Santa had knovm during 
her years of service. It was a real sat- 
isfaction to have so many of them join us 
for the luncheon. 

Bradford Hill presented a gift of money 
and a gold bracelet to Santa from her 
many library friends. Accompanying these 
was a card with a ribbon listing the names 
of one hundred well wishers. In a gra- 
jcious, informal talk, iir. Hill recalled 
j other library days and spoke warmly of 
j Santa's service to the BPL. The guest 
i of honor expressed her appreciation and 
iirs. Gertrude Locke Bergen, after thirly j invited all who like salads to visit her. 
years in the Library system retired on j The best wishes of all the staff are 
November 30. First working part-time at j extended to Santa and John for happiness 
Neponset, she entered the old Training j in their new home. I'e shall miss her warm 
Class, graduating in 1930. She had served! smile and calm patience in the turbulence 



service, he established a library of some 
sort in every post he was assigned to, in 
order to keep himself en rapport , as it 
were, with his beloved work and his good 
friends and associates at the Library. He 
returned eager to take up his work anew 
and prepared for and took further courses 
to help him in his increased duties and 
responsibilites . 

We shall all miss Sam's ready laughter, 
his good spirits, his talk and description 
of the good food that he loved, his down- 
to-earth approach to everything in life. 
He w anted to leave the Library unobtru- 
sively and he did - or so he thought. 
Weeks after his activities had ceased at 
the Library, a luncheon was tendered to 
Sam Green at which over one hundred people 
were in attendance, including also Mrs. 
Green. Sam Green has done his job well 
in his devotion to the institution for 
which he has worked these many years, 

JOHN J. CONNOLLY 
BERGEN RETIRETIENT 



A^ 



of Center Desk on a busy afternoon. 



GRACE M. MARVIN 



RITA GRIFFIN DIES 



A dearly beloved member of the library 
staff died during this past month. Rita 
Griffin was just 21 but had been with the j and fines can be computed on overdues 



jon those who return un- charged material. 
[Percentagewise the number of uncharged 
i books that are returned via the bin is not 
jsignificant, but to a librairLan what use- 
^ful book is not important? These wander- 
,ers-come-home are welcomed back.' But for 
charged materials the bin does tell ... 
(Who returned it, when it was returnedj 



library for over six years as a Library 
Aide in Government Documents and Central 
Charging Records. She was tlie eldest of 
of ten children and was working her way 
through school. Rita had beauty, grace, 
intelligence, a winning personality, love 
for people and her work, and a strong 
sense of duty. To say these things is 
not quite enough. There was something 
more and those of us w ho attended her 



I which are filed under the person's name 
|in the Registration File. 

Then too there is an aspect of inter- 
library cooperation to the bin services. 
Books from many schools show up there - 
Northeastern, Boston Latin, B.C., Emerson. 
And public libraries are represented too - 
Cambridge, B rookline, even t'ashington, D. 
C. and Baltimore. 
i All in all the book bin is working hard 



funeral services were given some realiza- iboth for patrons and the library. We 

tion of her special quality. Hundreds of j-wish it a long and full life] 

her heartbroken young friends from the 

library staff, the Newman Club and the 

senior class of the State College at 

Boston filled the large church. As the 

clear youthful voices of the choir began 

the service with the triumphant "Kyrie 



BATES HALL BILLET-DOUX 



i A large (folio size) sheet of paper was 
[easily noticed on one of the chairs in 
Bates Hall recently, by a member of the 
Eleison" with its promise of a better lif^taff. Printed in large letters on the 
with God one realized suddenly why all upper half of the sheet was the single 
these things we had been saying about [word: TAKEN 

Rita and her death and the why of it, There was a worried air to the rest of 
with such young promise, were not enough, the note which read: "Be Careful It looks 
I think we Imew then that her human qual- Hike 3 using this seat. I had already 
ities were but an expression of her spir- jtaken this seat & put #1^9 on 5 requests - 
itual ones and w e understood a little jso please do not take my books by mistake - 
bit why she left us while so young and [woman at desk says we both will have to 
lovely. T'lhen many of us who have had juse §21^9 now. I will be back. " 
years of life and have been around the One gets the intimation here of the pre- 
library for man^^ of them will be forgo tteiisent seating problem and a faint hint of 



I m sure Rita will be remembered and the 
impact of her personality felt. 

M.F.DALY 



SILENT PARTNER CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY 



an anti-TOGETHERNESS attitude (according 
to MCCALL'S). 

EUGENICS Am LIBRARIANS - 
OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND AN INCEi^ITIVE 



On December lii, we had the first anni- 
versary of the book return bin, handily 
located at the curb on Dartmouth Street. 

It has been a success from the start; 
each day an average of 2U0 books are re- 
turned by means of it. It is emptied 
two, and when necessary three, times a 
day. More than 90/^ of the books are | 
books being returned in their allotted \ 
time, but some films and records are also » 
found. ; 

Solitary and demurely reticent, the { 
book bin, daisy-like, "doesn't tell" nr. j 



Noted in a recent book -* on educating 
the gifted: 

"... an American child whose father is 
a librarian, has 1120 times the chance to 
win a National Merit Scholarship as a 
'child whose parent is a laborer. " 
{ vt French, Joseph L. , ed. , EDUCATING 
jTHE GIFTED. N.Y. Holt, cl959. p. 117 



HAVE YOU 

CONTRIBUTED TO 

CARE 

RECENTLY? 



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100^ BPLSA MEI^IBERSHIP 



Additional units as of December ?■ 



History- 
Bookmobiles 
Charles town 
East Boston 



Ityde Park 
Parker Hill 
South End 
West End 



CHANGE OF SCENE 

The .South End Children's Room is to have 
new paintings based on BAIIBI, PINOCCHIO 
and other books. For several years the 
glass panels separating this room from the 
center desk area have been decorated with 
illustrations from such well known sto- 
ries as THE WIZARD OF OZ, ROBIN HOOD and 
PETER PAN, executed in water colors by- 
Jacqueline McGrail, a former par-t>-time 
assistant, liKth the passage of time the 
faces became blurred and other figtires 
riddled wi-th holes as they became worn. 

Although Miss McGrail is no longer with 
the library (she now teaches school in 
Cambridge) , she is working in her spare 
momen-bs on a new series of illustrations 
which will delight our patrons of all 
ages as the earlier ones did, 

PEARL SMART 

LIBRARIANS ARE NOT HIl^AN? 

Wednesday, November 16, was a festive 
evening at South Boston, when our two 
former Staff members, Rose Moorachian 
and Irene Mains joined us after nine 
o'clock. After a presentation of gifts 
•to them, we listened to music for awhile, 
then off we went to Blinstrubs to see the 
late show, and partake of refreshments. 
Mort Sahl was the headliner, and his 
parting remark was that he hoped that 
there was no group present that he hadn't | 
offended, and, sure enough, he had in- 
cluded librarians in his barbed remarks' 
After a thoroughly enjoyable evening, we 
said a reluctant au revoir to our -two 
guests, with a firm resolution to get 
together again soon, 

TAIMI E. LILJA 

A HAND TO ... 



The staff of the Accounting Depar-tment, 
"Who remained on duty until four p.m. the 
day of the blizzard. Vlthout their 
sacrifice, we would not have had our 
checks on time. 



THE STUDENT PROBLEM 
CONTINUES 

Student use of the Library continues to 
grow, imposing more and more strain on 
s-taff, collections, and space. In many 
ways, librarians should be delighted at 
the widening areas of service open to us, 
and with the opportunity "to provide ac- 
cess to fur-ther areas of learning and en- 
joyment to our young people. But in prac- 
tice, there is a reverse side w hich is 
of general concern to librarians every- 
where, 

Fe worry that we will fail our a dult 
readers through being forced to cope wi-th 
the sheer weight of student demandj that 
our irreplacable books, periodicals and 
other materials -will be lost by mutila- 
tion, theft, or -tx)0 extended use; or that 
we will soon be unable -to supply physical 
facilities, staffing, and materials suf- 
ficient for the demand, if this expansion 
of assignment in libraiy collections con- 
tinues at the present rate, unless con- 
trols of some sort are imposed by the 
Library, 

Professional literature has been quest- 
ing for solutions in recent years. Lib- # 
rary Associations are more and more mak- 
ing surveys and discussing the results. 
Local newspapers are beginning to publish 
the first "bans" or "controls" by indi- • 
vidual libraries. 

With state aid passed, -this Library may 
find itself expected to assume more ser- 
vice, to some degree, to more school 
systems. Should we not examine our situ- 
ation more closely and try to PLAN before 
demands are made upon us? Especially in 
some depar-tmen-ts of the Division of Ref- 
erence and Research, particularly con- 
cerned with service to larger numbers of 
students at present, there is a need to 
determine what services and to what 

extent, within our limitations, we.are^ +_ 
J X ^r' X X 1 J. 'continue to 
prepared to offer to students, yet oro- 

vide necessary s ervices to the other age 
groups. Close cooperation and some de- 
finite division of services may be ne- 
cessary between R and RS and HR and CS. 

We state briefly some of the fall stu- 
dent assignments, their effect on this 
Library, and how advance planning could 
have helped both s taff and .students. 
We would like to hear of similar assign- 
ments for future publication. 



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1 

"Use of the Library" Problems j apparently an annual assignment. 

These are perennial, and more schools 
are assigning this type of problem. 



Garland Junior College, late September. 
Freshman class assignment. l60 girls. 
Provided with mimeographed instruction 
sheets. Information reasonably good on 
obtaining books for use in Bates Hall 
and to take out. No instructions on how 
to obtain periodical references. Error 
in statement on 2d floor catalog, in 
giving only books NOT included there as 
Fine Arts and Music, 

Each girl assigned as^arate topic, for 
which she must find three periodical 
references in the READERS' GUIDE (no 
mention of any other indexes at all) and 
five references from the main catalog, 
on her topic. This is an annual problem 
at Garland, Advance warning by the 
school would have alerted a staff un- 
prepared to handle an assignment involv- 
ing so many at the sarae time. Advance 
discussion with the instructor could 
have provided better choice in tools and 
topics, (\<Iho, for example, could provide 
the required number of references from 
only the main catalog and the READERS" 
GUIDE on these: Royal Academy of Arts, 
Gypsy Rose Lee, any Harvard University 
President, Tennessee TflQ-lliams etc,?). 
Training by the school in how to read a 
catalog card or use a periodical index, 
would have saved girls and staff much 
wasted time. Advance contacts might also 
have resulted in "staggering" the number 
01 students coming into busy departments 
at any one time, 

* 
English High School, late September, 
One entire class provided with a book 
which apparently contained a series of 
use-of-the-library lessons. One section 
required that each boy obtain three ref- 
erences from READERS' GUIDE on any play, 
and the answering of a set of questions 
on the play. Another section required 
glancing at any secretarial manual, any 
almanac, a government publication, and 
a biographical sketch from any source, 
and the answering of questions in the 
text book on it. Again no advance warn- 



{ Jeanne d'Arc Academy, late September 

j Senior class - l\li. girls 

! Training exercise in making a bibliography. 
Required the call-number of each item. No 
training in use of catalog or periodical 
index. Particularly of nuisance value 
in Periodical room when, after obtaining 

I the references in the indexes, the stud- 
ents attempted to use our very limited 
catalog space to !}.ook up the call-numbers. 

School of Modern Design, late September, 
Freshman class. Assignment given indi- 
vidually to teach use of library. Re- 
quirements apparently not fully explained 
to students, who could not describe it 
accurately to staff. No instructions as 
to actual procedure seemed to have been 
given. Students were attempting to use 
card catalog instead of periodical indexes 
(not mentioned ty teacher?) for the most 
recent articles on various subjects such 
as : TV program reviews of Princess Mar- 
garet 's wedding. 



The Science Projects 

Most parochial and public schools and 
many colleges now do something in this 
line annually, sometimes involving the 
entire school, sometimes only one class. 
This is the assignment which probably 
gives this library the most trouble, "' 
Students are not told how to proceed, hew 
to use library tools, requirements of 
the various departments, to smooth their 
path. Too often they have no idea which 
project they wish to do. Seldom are bib- 
liographies provided by the s chool. The 
material the library has, is often too 
advanced or fragile or too old to be use- 
j f ul to the s tudent. Much of it is non- 
circulating. These projects tie up the 
files of all the science periodicals, 
j This is bad within a reference department, 
jbut when a student uses a stack book or 
bound periodical, it is usually out of 
I use for all the others for at least 2i\. 
j hours, I'fore and more slips are being re- 
I turned marked "Not on shelf", ^'e have 
.little medical material. Staff, untrain- 
: ed in science and without knowledge of 



ing, no training in use of a catalog cardjwhat the assignment actually is, or the 
or periodical index, or the filling out | materials for the various age groups, is 
of a call slip. No suggested list of j handicapped. Staff does not have time 
sources in general. Boys in such numbers or materials to serve so many in the same 
pose a discipline problem. This too is areas at the same time. Materials are 



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mutilated, badly worn, stolen, much of it 
unnecessarily, as it is not what the stu- 
dent is looking for at all, Cooperation 



bound volumes too far back to be replaced 
easily were torn out. All these boys at 
once posed a veiy large discipline pro- 



between teachers and staff is most necess-; blem, as well as a seating problem. There 



ary in this one area, as it ties up staff 
and materials in at least three depart- 



were not enough references in periodicals 
for all to obtain four articles at one 



ments in R and RS, and also concerns partSj short period. Consultation with the 
of HR and CS. 



Msgr. Ryan i'lemorial High, fall. 
Science Fair projects. These students 
came in at once, tied up all the periodi- 
cal indexes for long periods while doing 



s instructor might have resulted inwiden- 
i ing the number of books which could be 
reviewed. Boys were not given instruc- 
tion in use of indexes or intelligent 
choice of material from the references. 



their bibliographies. There is no READERSl Emerson College. About September 21. 



GiJIDE in their school library. 



Cardinal Cushing High, late September 
Class assignment in biology. Approximate- 
ly 200 sophomores. Given only a list of 
science and allied magazines in which to 
look for material. No other instructions,! assignment, 
apparentlj^ given. Students did not know 
how to narrow "biology" down to any one 



l\l Spanish class students. Assigned to 
read series of articles on Spain in LIFE 
for September 5, 12 and 19 of this year. 
There were no copies available in their 
college library although the instructor 
could easily have obtained them for this 



field, many did not know that biology 
covered many sub-areas. All were very 
indefinite on their needs. Advance dis- 
cussion between school and staff could 
have resulted in training in use of per- 
iodical indexes, select on of sub- field in 
advance. Staff this si'/s cannot teach 
choice and use to so ma; y students on a 
busy afternoon. Result: unnecessary wear 
on and tieing up of all recent years of 
certain science magazines, 

Boston University, School of Education, 
fall. 300 students. Assignment to write 
a paper on hygiene. Students poorly 
trained in selection of materials. Lib- 
rary does not have much on subject in 
general, in the periodical field. This 
6auses more wear on the science periodi- 
cals already too much used by other 
schools. 

Other Problem Assignments 



Cathedral High, fall. 

! Material on the latest papal decree. Too 
many students having the assignment for 
the library to have sufficient materials. 
Students did not even know what the 
decree concerned, or where to look for 
material. 

Area Bans Begin? 

An issue of the LALiRENCE EAGLE in late 
November ran a story of a possible ban 
by the Reading Public Library to go into 
effect on December 1. The proposal was 
to ban evening use of the library to 
students, alliiough they might withdraw 
or return books during the evening. This 
was due to the "overwhelming congestion" 
that has been curtailing adult use during 
evening hours. 

SVEITZER BABY 



English High School. About 200 boys in 
one teacher's English classes. (At least 
the s econd year this particular assignment 
has been given) . Each boy must read four 
periodical articles on MOBY DICK, then 
write 150 words on each of the articles. 
The class monopolized indexes and entire 
index area for about two weeks, marked up 
indexes in pen and pencil to indicate 
which articles they wished, and w rote 
derogatory comments on the margins about 
their instructor. At least l5 pages in 



Mr. and Hrs. Bobbie Sweitzer have 
i announced the birth of a daughter, Jean- 
I nette Lois, on November 16. Mrs. Sweit- 
zer formerly worked in the Office of 
Records, Files, Statistics. Little 
Jeannette will be christened on Sunday, 
December 18, and will move with her 
parents to Chestnut Hill on January 1, 
I96I. 

SIXTH CASEY 

On December 7, to Bill (Connolly Branch) 
and Mrs. Casey, at St, Elizabeth's, . .their 
3d boy (They deliver.') 



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AT AGE FOURTEEN 

On December 22, 19ij-7 a Christmas tea 
was held in the ''bmen's Lounge, Central 
Library - an event which marked the be- 
ginning of what was described in the Jan- 
uary 1950 issue of THE QUESTION ilARK 
(V:l:5:2) thusly: 

"The annual Christmas Tea has become 

a tradition. It has withstood the 

very real comoetition of department 

parties and has won a definite place 

on the calendar of social events 

for December. " 
The poster for this first tea bears the j It is basically as simple as that, and 
names of thirteen Central staff members, 
not one of whom now works for the BPL. 
The second year, I was Chairman of the 
Committee, and it is because a clear 
memory of that function is still with me -; carry on with credit the glorious tra- 
and, incidentally, in the files a detail- i dition which it inherits, 
ed account of all monies received and the 



3t ^'ho paid for it? VJhy, of course, 
the good ' BPL cooks on the Central staff 
were only too happy to furnish food, and 
monpy contributions caine in to take care 
of supplies. (The current rumor that the 
Director and the Trustees have taken care 
of expenses for all these teas is abso- 
' lutely wrong. ) 

I [j.. T'hy didn't the Staff Association 
i run it? Because it was not a Staff 
i Association partyj it was for all Central 
1 personnel (see also 1.) 
1 This pattern has been followed for all 
I Christmas teas from 19i|8 through 1959. 



I because it is, and with the spirit of 
j "Peace on earth, good will to men" in our 
! hearts, it can be confiden tally pre- 
i dieted that the I96O Christmas Tea will 



manner in which they were expended (even 
to the special gift of •'^^.00 from A. 
Frances Rogers to buy cups and saucers to 
lessen the work of the next committeej) - 
that I indulge in retrospection concern- 
ing the Christmas Tea and set down its 
history. 



SARAH M. USHER 



CHAFITZ—r FISHER 



j On Thanksgiving evening, members of 
! the Personnel Office, Jean Babcock, 
In doing this, it is hoped that \ Minna Steinberg, and Mary Lebert gathered 



the misunderstandings which apparently 
exist may be cleared up by factual ans- 
wers to four questions: 

1. \-h.y the first tea ? The custom of 
having department parties in Central had 
reached such proportions that too much 
time was being devoted to preparing 

luncheons, consuming luncheons, and clear-j served hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, 
ing up after luncheons; to afternoon- long 
open houses, etc. So, it was suggested 
that one tea for the entire staff at 
Central should take the place of dozens 
of department parties. In addition to 
Central personnel, any branch people who 
could come would be most welcome, but it 
was appreciated that branch staffs had 
their own parties - and sometimes open j 
houses for the communities - and few couldj 
spare time to come to a party at Central. ; 
Also, all persons who had been retired ! 
from the Library were invited and given i 
warm vjelcomes when they attended, I 

2. Iftho organized it? Obviously, some- 
one had to start the ball rolling; so, 
the Personnel Office interested one of 
the young people who became chairraan of 
a committee she chose herself, and then 
the Personnel Office cooperated in the 
way of explaining the facilities Central 
could offer for such a function. 



; with family and friends of the couple, 
( at the Aperion Plaza for the wedding of 
\ Helene Chafitz to Thomas Fisher. With 
j both her sisters-in-law in a ttendance, 
i Helene appeared in a lovely embroidered 
( gown of peaude sole. Following the 
j candlelight service, the guests were 



i FACELIFTING 

t 
1 

j The Men's House Committee on behalf 
! of the men, wish to thank Mr. Geoghegan., 
I Superintendent of Buildings, and X-'illiam 
\ A, Reynolds for the new look in the Lunch 
■ Room. It is an excellent job of painting. 



AUDIO TOO 

To r4r and Mrs Anton Lignell (Anton 
is a junior library assistant in Audio- 
Visual) a son fully equipped with sound, 
on December 2. 



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'.'-V 







(jor 



To the Soap Box: 

Oil, Ids 3 Wade - for taking the bull by 
the horns 1 In inveighing agaxnst rumor, 
gossip, blind spots, you have brought 
forth what constitutes, I think, a basic 
cause of debilitated morale. Advancement, 
competent staff, adequate recompense, em- 
ployee benefits, all are essential, but 
even more important, to me, is a congen- 
ial working climate. Unless we all combal 
the irreparable sin of tongue and too 
eager credence regarding an associate's 
fallibilities, material advantages lose 
their savor. 

It is sad that praise in behalf of an 
individual receives only scanty and cas- 
ual attention. But some tidbit of hear- 
say - how delicious and titillating that 
is] Even the wariest, iniisest, most lofty^i 
minded must be eternally vigilant. Miss 
Fade's article should make everyone con- 
sider just how far his own individual 
guilt in these matters extends. Supreme- 
ly, let us guard against building an im- 
age of what someone stands for and then 
refusing to accept facts w hich might 
change the image, 

What are some possible approaches to 
battling the spread of gossip? The admin-' 
istrative levels could play an impressive 
role here. In situations of personality 
conflict, they coiild bring traducer and 
traduced together face- to- face, (This 
technique would scarcely need repetitioni)! 
Also, those interviewing candidates shouldi 
scrupulously avoid transmitting their ' 



feelings and prejudices. Thirdly, for the 
entire staff, a code of ethics should be 
reviewed. Concrete, material matters are 
examined at various level meetings, why 
not moral and e thical ones? (Unfortunate- 
ly, they cannot be taken for granted. ) 
Again, when the Personnel Manual is com- 
pleted, as well as the work of the Orien- 
tation Council, this writer hopes for 
unmistakable pronouncement of the para- 
mount importance of a sense of honour, 
of moral integrity in dealing with one's 
colleagues. Finally, we should all read 
Othello's "good name" speech, and resolve 
to follow the Golden Rule more actively 
in 1961 i 

AD ASTRA 

Dear Soap Box: 

Wouldn't it be possible to spray for 
vermin at some time when the building is 
empty, or nearly so, rather than just 
before lunch or supper hours? The smell 
completely dominates the stack two staff 
area and makes it impossible to enjoy 
lunch or supper. 

NEARLY ASPHYXIATED 

Dear Editor: 

Our Christmas Tea in the Women's Lounge 
is a tradition, not a "habit". The 
Christmas Tea has in the past been en- 
couraged by the administration. We have 
been urged to make this our Christmas 
party rather than the various departments 
each having its own party. Must every 
tradition and custom in the Library be 
challenged if it seems that a little 
more work can be squeezed out of the 
staff? The staff does the work for the 
party, the staff supplies the refresh- 
ments, T'liy not let the staff bring up 
the question of whether or not they are 
satified with the Christmas tea? Vhy 
must a erisis be created when there is no 
reason for one? 

No one spends much more than the time 
for a relief at the tea. If someone does 
overstay his relief, isn't this a matter 
for the department head to deal with? 

Scrooge has no place in this Christmas 
season. Let the Christmas tea alone] 

SANTA CLAI.B 

Dear Editor: 

Is it wise to discontinue professional 
reference service in the Patent Room? 
Newspapers and directories are soneof the 



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prime reference sources and their full 
use can be made only by an experienced 
librarian with professional guidance. 

Even if the Library can't go forward 
in offering new services, can't we at 
least maintain the status quo? 

OLD GUARD 
(Editor's Note: It should be remembered 
that the Patent Room is one of the sec- 



Dear Soap Box: 

May I offer a suggestion on what to do 
when an emergency situation arises and 
there is doubt whether the staff should 
report to work or not? Use Comr.'ion Sensei 



The administration may have chosen to 
Irely on a formula which it proposed and 
iadopted after some modifications suggested 
by the Executive Board, But unfortunately 
tions of Science and Technology, and that ^no formula or rule can anticipate every 
the full time professional staff of that ^emergency situation. To insist on the 
department will be available to train and ; rigid application of the formula may re- 
to supplement the Library Assistants in jsult in injustices to some staff members. 

There are exceptions to every rule. If 



the Patent Room. This may be an experi- 
ment which will work.) 

Dear Editor: 

How about a waim thank you to Mr. and 
Mrs, Adelstein and their staff who were 
on hand to serve the hungry hoard that 



there is good reason for exceptions, why 
be bound by the rule? 

There is no way that an individual staff 
member can be sure that any reward or re- 
cognj.tion will be given commensurate with 
the sacrifice made in reporting for work 



anrived throughout the morning on MondayJ |and for the time spent and hardships en- 

The coffee shop was certainly a welcome Idured in trying to get back home again, 
si^ht to one who was ... 



COLD AND HUNGRY 

Dear Editor, 

f.Tiy the need of so much consultation 



["What can the individual staff member do? 
(One can appraise the situation in the 
[light of common sense, 
! Kow essential is my presence at work 
especially since the Library is not sched- 
among so many top officers of the library |uied to be open for public service until 
before a decision to close or remain openji p^j^^, ^^^ severe is the emergency like- 
in efrt'ergencies, especially when communi- 
cation systems are apt to be overcrowded? 
Cannot one person nearby be designated to 
take the responsibility for the decision? 
Or the two division heads - for Home 
Reading and for Reference? Could not 
switchboard be informed quickly and if 
necessary, manned by buildings' staff 
so that early callers could KNOW the 
score? 

FASTJSCTION 



To the Soap Box: 

To what purpose was the staff submitted 
to the ignominy of battling the elements, 
subjecting themselves to all the hazards 
of stationary transportation vehicles, 
.and enveloping themselves in snow and 
sleet only to be informed upon reaching 
the Library after their hazardous battle, 
"The Library is closed. " With ears tuned 
to radio from 10 p.m. Sunday when the 
storm began to gather momentum until its 
howling height at 8 a.m. Monday - the 
staff members were awaiting directives \ 
to no avsiil. The man hours lost battling! 



ly to be? How much snow does it take to 
tie public transportation in Boston into 
knots? 

Conclusion: No great urgency about ar- 
riving before 1 p.m. Plenty of time to 
appraise the public transportation situa- 
tion and the development of the s torm by 
listening to the radio and by looking out 
the window. Decision: Better hazard los- 
ling a day's or half-day's vacation than to 
i spend hours of time in difficult travel 
jto no avail. Tn/hy risk a broken leg or 
I pneumonia? 

Don't expect that personal sacrifice 
will bring amy reward. It won't. Not 
ar^r more. It took Donna to convince me. 
I knew what to expect this time. Don't 
expect miracles. Just use your own 
COMMON SENSE 

Dear Soap Box, 

Now we have had two emergency closings 
[happening on a closed morning ... both of 
i which made traveling ex'^iVremely hazardous 

and uncomfortable for those conscientious 



_^ . , ^ TT , , , ^ enough to report to work. Wouldn't it be 

the elements might «ell have been used to >^^^^^ ^^ ^^^^^^ ^^^^3 ^^^^^^ ^^ ,1^3^^ 

store up energy for fighting Tuesday's i^^rnings, to instruct the staff NOW to 
drifts and doing douole work duty on the L^ma-ir. =+ ^^r^m« „«+-!t +k» t-!k^-^, ^^«»,«, o + 
remaining days 5f thiUj|e|. p^^^ j remain at home until the library opens at 



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one? In the meanwhile, the administration 
can make its usual leisurely appraisal of 
the weather conditions and decide w hether 
to remain open or not, and notify the stafi 
whether to come in at one or not, via rad- 
io or phone service, and provide switch- 
board with information to answer those 
whose chief cannot r each them by phone. 
This would do away, on closed mornings 
at least, with hardship travel. On morn- 
ings when we are NOT closed, perhaps we 
should just hope that one person will take 
the responsibility of a quick decision, j 
and get switchboard manned m.th the answer,! 
radio stations alerted, and the phone chaini 
working, BEFORE we get started for work. ; 
Otherwise, will we have amy staff for j 
emergency? 

. FOMEKLY CONSCIENTIOUS 

To the Soap Box: 

Does not the blizzard handling of time 
allowances show the absurdity of sticking 
exactly to the letter of a policy or rule? j 
1-ihen the policy on storm closing was being 
discussed with the Staff Association, it 
was argued within the framework of Donna. 
Then the library was open, at least for 
the staff, for part of the day, and those 
due at work but who did not make it took 
a penalty, Ifowever, in the blizzard, it 
was ruled that the library was in effect, 
never open, thus rewarding those who stay- 
ed home dry, safe and wann. But those who 
attempted to come in, most of whom were 
forced to walk at least one wary in bliz- 
zard conditions, were, in effect, penal- 
ized for their concern in reaching their 
posts, since if they "worked" they were 
returned a minute for every one "worked". 
Average travel time under these most 
adverse physical conditions were from four | 
to six hours, but tne majority were never 
at their posts as they found the library 
closed when they arrived, some informed 
before they started, or while en route, 
that the library was remaining open. This 
may be following the letter of the law, 
but is it either wise or just? How many 
of those who suffered through loss of 
transportation, the full fury of the storm, 
while dressed for work and not winter 
sports, do not realize how foolish they 
were in making the attempt to cover their 
posts? How many will, remembering this, j 
gladly sacrifice pay or vacation to avoid j 
a similar experience next time? } 

Incidentally, who is it who decides who 
is to work after the official closing? ' 



T)iis time it seemed to be a decision each 
man made fof himself. 

TRIED TOO FAR 

To the Editor: 

Wien the majority of top officers found 
it physically impossible to get in during 
Monday's blizzard, shouldn't it have been 
evident that few staff could arrive, re- 
gardless of loyalty? Anyone familiar 
with New England weather should know, 
that once a northeast storm strikes, it 
is unlikely to be deflected until it runs 
its disastrous course. Early reports of 
storm severity clearly indicated repeti- 
tion of its pattern in ^'ashington and New 
York. 

Knowing from exoerience that ten inches 
of snow can paralyze this city, isn't it 
absurd to contribute further to this pa- 
ralysis by encouraging even a foolhardy 
few to clutter public transportation be- 
cause of mistaken loyalty to so complete- 
ly unessential (in emergency) a service 
as the library's? 

By six that morning, good judgment, it 
would seem, should have dictated closing 
except for emergency crews. How many 
staff spent hours (some from dawn to al- 
most dusk it is reported) simply getting 
to the library and home, only to be con- 
fused for a time, on arrival, by conflic- 
ting reports of now we're open, now shut? 
Certainly many of us struggled to board 
transportation after hours of waiting, 
using room needed by those manning really 
essential services, 

"e trust Library officials are taking 
to heart reports of indecision by city 
officials to approve a loan for snow re- 
moval equipment (requiring a 90-day wait- 
ing period to put into effect if approved), 
and Tuesday's Public Safety Committee's 
emergencj'" meeting that revealed a com- 
plete breakdown of snow removal in most 
of the city, which can, and probably will, 
happen again. 

Let's have a sensible disaster plan 
ready to put into effect, and bro'adcast 
over designated channels when emergency 
next arises. Certainly the benighted few 
who risked much to accomplish nothing, 
will another time, follow the example 
of their more sensible and intelligent 
colleagues who wisely stayed home, 

Ba\TEN AND BOT'JED 



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Dear Editor: J that Christmas, our BIGGEST CHRISTIAN 

It all depends on your point of view. ; HOLIDAY is being pushed over as "just 
It was my opinion that the survey of opin-j another holiday". 



ion about the Library Christmas Tea was 
conducted to obtain some statistics to 
justify the administration's ceasing to 
participate in the tea. 

It was a foregone conclusion that most 
of the staff in the branch libraries who 
had their own branch Christmas parties 
would not be interested in the Christmas 
Tea in the Central Library. Yet, no 
doubt out of a sense of fairness, the 
branch personnel w ere canvassed. Natur- 
ally, under these circumstances, many 
indifferent votes or unreturned ballots 
were counted. Yet even counting the "in- 
different" votes, as negative, a substan- 
tial majority of those voting favored the 
Christmas Tea. If the "indifferent" votesi 

are not counted, since they tend to favor i a result of the Christmas Tea poll, con- 
the tea as much as not, an overwhelming i jures up a highly nonsensical vision, of 
majority of those voting favored the Tea. j a man mulling over a sheet of figures , 



Well, the "Babe in the Hanger" may not 
mean so much to people but it is my be- 
lief that there are still a great number 
of the staff who object strenuously to 
ignoring the occasion. 

Vhat is happening? Where has Christian 
Spirit gone? 

We have discarded department parties 
for the annual Christmas Staff Party so 
that it might be combined. Now we have 
no Staff Party -what's next? 

Should one wonder at the fluctuating 
temperature of the s taff morale? 

DISGUSTED 

To the Saap Box: 

The recent decision and conclusions as 



Since the administration seemed to 
contribute little except "official sanc- 
tion", maybe we are better off without 
this contribution if it seems not "wise". 

Season's greeting, anyhow. 

TINY TIM 



To the Soap Box: 

In rightful justice to all who feel as 
I do, I submit this letter as my first 
to the QUESTION MRK in regard to the 
"missing" Staff Christmas party. 

It's quite surprising that today when 
we so greatly are in need of brotherly 
love that we, not only as individuals but 
as a free Institution cannot protrude our 
feelings of the Spirit of Christmas, 

Vlhere are we at fault? 

It is understandable in such countries 
as are ruled by the Iron ^urtain but in en 
America where we have always revered the 
Christmas Season, it would seem as though 
that spirit is becoming decadent. 

True, the monetary world has commercial- 
ized the season to the highest degree - 
but do we as an institution of learning 
have to follow along with their line of 
thought? 

We have always prided ourselves with a 
yearly get-together, where even the Dir- 
ector (busy as he may be) joins the staff 
members to extend a Merry Christmas and 
a Happy New Year to each other. 

Suddenly the custom of those years is 



I "H-m-m-m ... "x" hands representing a work 
i capacity of "y" ... can we increase it? 
I Let's do away with the frills by which 
these tradition- ridden Bostonians set such 
store. Elimination of the tea, in working 
i hours, would save "z" hours, hence money". 
I This vision is nonsense. Human beings 
I are capricious, sensitive, and cantank- 
I erous, can only be used to capacity when 
j regarded and treated as exactly what th.ey 
i are: human. Then, they can surprise youj 
can show deep loyalty, a high sense of 
justice, a willingness to sacrifice them- 
selves that can never be commanded. To 
treat a person as a statistic is to de- 
grade him. 

Professional human beings are sentimen- 
tal and social^ must enjoy themselves 
even on the job, Thej'- perk up when a bit 
of glitter, touch of holly, seasonal son^ 
is added to impersonal office atmospheres, 
I'lhen the year's great religious holiday 



comes, they feel more interested in their 
organization, when they get together with 
fellowworkers to share candlelight and 
refreshments, bringing closer the great 
thing they live by. 

Past attendance indicated the tea was 
popular. It served as Central's own 
Christmas party - the branches have their 
own. 

The staff has been obliged to carry 

extra burdens under uncertain conditions 

i and morale is still very low, despite in- 



tossed to the winds -; the Spirit dies (inj dications that things are improving, 
some people) and the thought is put across There is a tendency, however mistaken, to 



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regard the policy of., pur personnel admin- Policies and actions, so that administra- 
itration as punitive rather than permisr 



sive, that the best interests of the 
staff as individuals are not what it has 
at heart. 

The Tea is a symbol of that unique 
factor which kept people working at the 
BPL when other factors made transfer to 
other fields desirable. 

BOOK WOi'iAN 



j tors will know we are vigilant, 

HAKRY ANDRi¥S 



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(Editor's Note: Please read the editorial,; 
and the origin of the Christmas tea on 
page 13 in connection with these letters. 

To the Editor: 

Your editorial in October, charges some 
of us with using the Soap Box promiscu- 
ously, saying that most of the ills conv- 1 
plained of therein would more readily be i 
cured had we recourse to the Executive ! 
Board, the T'Jhy-Don' t-i-'e column, and j 
chats with the higher brass. In that f 
issue one Sam Hill suggests we take the ! 
Association out of the Library building ; 
and conduct all our business on our own I 
time to prevent interference from admin- \ 
istrators who benevolently supply time, j 
place, office machines, and other aids j 
needed to run a Staff organization as | 
large as ours. These two views seem to j 
me to represent the most divergent ex- ! 
tremes of opinion as to what a Staff j 
organization should be and what ours i 
actually is. It is good to have these i 
views in the same issue, so the Staff can ! 
think about the question with care. I | 
will think about it too, but for the 1 
present I am only concerned with the Soapj 
Box generally. ' 

The Soap Box has developed into not 
just a place to let off steam or get our 
name in the paper, but as the one spot 
seen by the entire staff for expression 
as to what ails us. The views may often 
be jaundiced - the situation complained 
of trivial and picayune. But it is 
needed to teach those who have been put 
in positions of supervision, habits of 
courtesy and self-control, and those who 
are charged with the sensible administra-^ 
tion of the Library, habits of respon- 
sibility and common sense. We are all } 
concerned with the proper running of the j 
Library, fair and equal treatment of the j 
employees, and the right kind of service ; 
for the public, I/e need the Soap Box j 
to voice discontent or approval of ) 



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