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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JANUARY 1961 



THE QUESTION MARK 

Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volu me XVI Number 1 January I96I 

PuDlications Committee: Constance Broadhurst, Helen E. Colgan, Elizabeth A. Drrne, 

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 



Vath this issue, along with the patron of this month, Janus, the Staff 
looks in two directions. The year just ending, now merging into the Past, 
we see as a new low in frustration, as we attempted to maintain service 
standards with a smaller staff, fewer materials, shorter hours and over- 
crowded conditions. But, gazing toward the coming months, we hopefully look 
to a bettering of conditions with the advent of State Aid, 

The Staff looks in two directions too, to assess the gains made during 
the year by the Association officers and committees, and, after the elections 
on the 20th, forward toward new goals under new officers and workers. 

In this brief pause between Past and Future, let each of us assess most 
carefully, his or her value, both as a member of the Library working team 
?nd as a member of the Association. Has each of us contributed not only the 
f'jll value due to the whole, but that little extra needed to make the differ- 
ence between success and failure? If there have been complaints, has the 
complainor really earned that right, through his own competent service to the 
public and the Association, or has he merely been a wind blowing in a void? 

And what of the place of each individual in the future of the Library 
and the Association? Shall it be as Contributor or Deterrent? Happily, the 
choice is ours. Let it be graven on Time with tools of true service, strong 
integrity, and understanding kindness, when January I962 is here J 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMiITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S MOTES 

We would like to call to your attention 
the annual business meeting of the Staff 
Association which will be held on Friday- 
January 20. This meeting is also the 
occasion for the election of officers for 
the coming year. Be interested enough to 
come and vote, or send in your absentee 
ballot. 

Remember this is your organization and 
your responsibility. It is your interest 
that will make the BPLSA a vitally alive 
body. However, you must participate 
actively. 

If you are interested in serving on one 
of the committees, please communicate 
with the Executive Board, and if you are 
interested in a particular committee, 
please so indicate. This is one way to 
keep the BPLSA alive and serving you, 

, RUTH M. HAYES 

PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Btiployees j 

Robert J. Allen, Book Stack Service ! 
Esther S, Chute, Periodical and Newspaper i 

Transferred I 

Mrs. Mary V. Curado, Jamaica Plain to 
Egleston Square 

Philip Flattick, Book Purchasing to 
Science and Technology, Patent Section 

Mrs. I'inifred Frank, Codraan Square to 
Jamaica Plain 

Martin J. Laughlin, Science and Technology 
to Periodical and Newspaper 

James A. Monahan, Central Charging Rec- 
ords to Science and Technology, Patent 
Section 

Sarah Richman, Judaica to Uphara's Corner 

Minna Steinberg, Catalog and Classifica- 
tion (R & RS) to Judaica 

Michael J. Venezia, Cataloging and 

Classification (R & RS) to Science and 
Technology, Patent Section 

Married 

Joella B, I'ferlin, Rare Book, to Lawrence 
Zivin, January 1 

Resigned 

Josephine Del Longo, Cataloging and 

Classification (R & RS) to accept j 
another position j 

Mrs. Nanella barren, Egleston Square, to 
move to New York ' 



Retired 

Catherine P. Loughman, Lfphams Oonier 

Anna L. Manning, Education 

Olive M. Neilson, Alls ton 

^JHO'S NEW? 

Theresa Ouellet, Book Purchasing, is 
one of the co-op students from North- 
eastern. After graduating from Billerica 
Memorial High she entered the College of 
Education at Northeastern and hopes to 
become a high school history teacher. 
Theresa likes bowling, ice skating, 
roller skating, and most of all, dancing. 

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Carolyn Rees, Education, attended Hiram 
College, Ohio, and graduated from Wheaton, 
with a major in French, and minors in 
German and Music. She worked nearly a 
year in the reference department of the 
Newton Library, was selected as one of 
the Massachusetts guides for the U.S. 
pavilion at the Brussels World Exposition, 
travelled extensively, met a charming 
Italian representative to whom she is 
engaged, returned home to help move her 
family to their newly restored 200 year 
old home in Holliston, returned to Rome 
to work in a public relations office for 
l5 months. She is now attempting to cut 
the red tape necessary to get her fiance 
into this country by next summer, when 
they plan to marry. 

Book Purchasing's Richard F. Siillivan 
comes from Fitchburg and is now living 
in Boston while attending Boston College 
evenings. He is majoring in Social 
Sciences and plans eventually to teach. 

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Gordon Hayden of Book Preparation is 
married and the father of a three and a 
half year old son. He has lived in South 
Boston all his life, spent three years 
in the Marines after graduating from 
high school. Gordon's leisure time 
activities include reading (philosophy, 
psycho-analysis, psychology) and chess. 

Our "mail-man", John McGivney, Records, 
Files, Statistics, is also a Northeastern 
co-op student. A sophomore, he is major- 
ing in government and minoring in history. 
John hopes to enter the Foreign Service 
after graduation. He is a member of the 
military honor society Pershing Rifles 
which sponsors a drill team and has many 



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aspects of a fraternity. ]He is also a 
member of the Newman Club, 

Another Northeastern cooperative student 
•with us is Martin Qualters^ Book Stack 
Service. He is class of I963 and a Modern 
Languages major, Martin thinks he might 
like a job in the BPL after graduation. 
His home is in Roslindale and he is an 
avid reader of science fiction, and his 
favorite sports are hunting and football, 

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Personnel's Frances Hale also is a 
Northeastern cooperative student, major- 
ing in English- Journalism, She commutes 
from Marshfield, by bus when working, by 
motorcycle when in class. At Northeastern 
she has won her snorts letter and second 
prize in the freshman Talent Show, served 
as a NEl-JS staff reporter, sang in the 
Church Choir, and was a member of the 
Modern Dance Group and Pegasus Poetry 
Club. Interests are sports, dancing, 
singing, drawing, writing and oratorical 
speaking. She is working on a novel, 

Pete Ranney of Science and Technology, 
is now a Sophomore at Northeastern, after 
a year at Theil College in Pennsylvania, 
He lists his interests as music, books, 
politics, foreign relations, getting 
through school, and people. Pete still 
is undecided about what he wants to do 
but says he is going to try his hardest 
to be successful in whatever field he 
does enter, 

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Thomas C, Saimders, Jr., Book Stack 
Service, is a graduate of English High 
and is now attending Newman Preparatory 
with a view to entering Boston University, 
College of Liberal Arts. Tom would like 
to be a social worker. In his spare time 
he enjoys checkers, swimming, and reading 
about youth. 

Cataloging and Classification (R & RS) 
has still another Northeastern student, 
John Souza, who is a prelegal major who 
hopes to go into corporation law. He 
comes from Tiverton, R.I. and is interest- 
ed in all sports, astronomy, photography 
and biology, 

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Book Stack Service also has Peter Dwyer, 
who graduated from Melrose High, Hunting- 
ton Prep, and is a senior in Education 
at Northeastern. He has served as sports 
editor of both the NEIv'S and the CAULDRON, 



and is a member of the Ski Club and the 

track team. Peter is married and is a 

prospective father. His hobbies are 

athletics, reading and bowling, 

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Brendan Stafford, Book Preparation, 
comes from South Boston where he graduat- 
ed from the Gate of Heaven High School 
last year. His ambition is to write, 
teach, and arrange music after obtaining 
his Master's degree. In his spare time 
he plays the piano, horn, and drums, 

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Delores Link, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation (R & RS) , is a sophomore majoring 
in Sociology at Northeastern University. 
Her home is in Roxbury. She spent three 
years in Germany with her father, a mem- 
ber of the Armed Forces, Her future 
plans include obtaining her Master's 
degree. She belongs to the Sociology 
Club and the Modern Dance Group, and 
outside of school, belongs to Alpha 
Kappa Alpha. 

THE STORK FAVORS DORCHESTER 

Phyllis Ferrant Carr, ex-Dorchester and 
ex- Codman Square, sent in this announce- 
ment: "Introducing the Newest in a Small 
Carr Model, Sheila, born December 3; 
Weight - 8 lbs, 5 1/2 oz.; Proud Owners: 
Phyllis and Joe Carr," The Carrs live 
in Winthrop, 

Roberta Sacco Conte, formerly YA worker 
at Dorchester, and before that part-time 
in Information Office, sent news of her 
new daughter, Robin Jeanmarie, born Nov- 
ember 20, The Contes are still in El Paso, 
Texas, where Richard is in the Army, 

CONGRATULATIONS... 



To Trustee Sidney Rabb on his selection 
as Man of the Year for I96O by the JEV.ISH 
ADVOCATE, The staff is very proud of this 
honor for hirai 



CALEl\njAR OF EVEI^TS 



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January 20 BPLSA Annual Meeting and 

election of officers. Lecture 

Hall 
January 20-February I4. ALA Midwinter 

meeting, Chicago 
February 16 MLA Midwinter meeting 

Sheraton- Plaza, Boston 



WHY DON'T WE ...? : had been provided. The students were all 

: at sea, so were the reference assistants 

Have two police officers on duty at all j on ^'2, during a period when we had hordes 
times as formerly? There is greater need j of other students to help. Not all the 
now for an officer on duty in the front '' students were using the BPL. 
lobby at all times to control the racing * 

children, their noise, and prevent using ' Sharon High. About 30 seniors. Assign - 
the elevator as a toy. The second officeij ment to select one part of the body and 
would then be available for more patrols i write a paper on it. Most of them were 
throughout the building. j asking for "health" magazines and did not 

**■ i seem to know there were subject indexes 

i^rovide some means for furnishing pat- | for periodicals, or how to use them. This 
rons with ink, pencils and/or ball-point ; too was a Christmas vacation assignment, 
pens through vending machines which are | -;«• 

available for dispensing these items? ' Cardinal Cushing High. Class of 50 
(The defunct BPL Employees Benefit Associi seniors asagned to write a paper involving 
ation had similar machines for vending j the reading of several reviews of the 
pencils and ink.) This might be done i RETURN OF THE NATIVE, 
through the Staff Association or an out- j * 

side firm. A convenient location might j Boston Technical High. Overusing the 
be in the area near the public telephones.) OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY for an origin 
It would be a real public relations ges- j of words assignment, 
ture as many of the public now resent | -^ 

being told it is against library policy | Malmonides School. 6 7th grade debaters 
to give away ink to fill fountain pens etcj. assigned this topic: Should the Chinese 

* j Communists move the coastal population 

Or sell pencils and small pads of paper \ to the less populated areas of the in- 
at the Information Desk? Pencils loaned j terior? This required rather more selec- 
to patrons rarely return to the desks, tion-of-material ability than a child of 
and scrap paper does not satisfy the ! that age, who has never used periodical 
needs of many of our patrons. ■■ indexes, has. The assignment was given at 

"'<" ! our period of peak use so that there was 

Equip the Staff Library with a pencil ; little opportunity to provide much needed 
sharpener? Anyone taking notes there must j aid, 
go to a nearby department for this ser- j 

vice, which wastes time and interrupts ANOTHER SORT OF SCHOOL 
departmental business, j 

i Ann Hamer Smith, ex-worker with Children 
MORE STUDENT ASSIGNl'JENTS I at i^orchester and i^eponset, now lives at 

I the American Baptist Mission, 5 l-ancaster 
Rockland High School. About 100 students i Rd, Kowloon, Hong Kong. She writes, "Hugh 
in one teacher's classes. 2000 words due ■ has been appointed acting Mission Secre- 
after Christmas vacation on one of these j tary and Treasurer. . .One of the newest 
three topics: j projects is the Kun Tong Swatow Baptist 

1, An exploration of Elizabethan be- ! Primary School. Over 10,000 refugees with 
lief in witches as compared with Salem ! whom we had been working in Tiger Tail 
witches. (Cf Arthur Miller's the CRUCIBLE); Village have been resettled in Kun Tong, 

2, An exploration of Elizabethan am- ' Our roof-top school is the first one to 
bitions (Cf Machiavelli's THE PRINCE etc.)j be opened ...where, within a few years, 

3, An exploration of Shakespeare's : approximately 250,000 people will be re- 
women as found in MACBETH, JULIUS CAESAR, ■ settled. ... Our best news is that by 
and ROMEO AND JULIET. ; Christmas we expect to have a baby with 
Juniors were required to write on #1, ! us again, and needless to say we are de- 
seniors might select any one of the three , lighted.' He just hope that Stephen (aged 
topics, but those about to attend a lib- , 3) likes his Christmas present of a 

eral arts college were urged to take #2. brother or a sister." 
A mimeographed sheet of instructions on 
how to submit the paper was given each 
student, but no instruction on selection 



CI-ffilSTMAS CAi^ TO THE BPL 

Complete with a bewhiskered and rotund 
Santa who delighted part of the staff by i 
suddenly appearing, during the lunch hour, 
in the I'Jomen's lunch room and the Coffee 
Shop to wish us a merry Christmas, Un- 
fortunately he did not remain long enough , 
to seat each lady on his knee, or listen ' 
to the needs of the men for gifts. And 
his voice was strangely similar to that 
of Bradford HillJ Ve thank Santa for a 
definite lift of snirit after his brief 
visit] 

CENTRAL'S CIffiISTMi\S TEA ' 

Although the Annual Staff Christmas Tea, 
i960, given by the Staff of the Central 
Library for all staff members, now seems > 
ancient history, it will be remembered as '. 
one of the most delightful observances 
of the Yuletide season ever held by the j 
staff. Even though plans and preparations 
were telescoped into a few days, the re- 
sults gave no evidence of pressure or 
haste. Each of the twenty- four "sponsors"! 
assumed his, and her, duties with such ; 
dedication that no one was overworked and i 
the results were quite remarkable. Those I 
responsible for decorations made the ' 
I.bmeh's Lounge and corridors leading ther^ 
"more beautiful than they had ever been, " j 
according to the opinion of those who t 
attended the tea. As usual the staff was 
most generous; sufficient funds were col- ' 
lected to pay for essentials and to pro- ■ 
vide decorations for several years to ' 
come. The daintily arranged trays at- ; 
tested once again to the fact that the ; 
BPL staff are superb cooks - and this art I 
is not limited to the distaff side. ' 

The "pourers" under the direction of ', 
Mrs. Grace Loughlin, were kept busy at ! 
the tea and coffee urns, while Barbara ] 
IMtledge's "servers" looked charming in ', 
their gay party dresses as they dispensed i 
goodies, * 

The kitchen crew, unseen but very es- ' 
sential, played their key roles with the I 
efficiency which always characterizes 
those who carry out these essential but ; 
undramatic tasks, such as filling trays t 
and washing dishes. ("They also serve 
who only stand - and wash dishes"). 
Dorothy Shaw and Edna peck served as 
"official" hostesses and did a very 
efficient job - in more ways than one, j 

The annual custom of music by staff 



members throughout the corridors was 
threatened with extinction this year, 
since so many of those who participated 
have left the service. However, under 
the initiative of Betty Drane, this cus- 
tom was happily retained. The singers 
were: Sopranos - Veronica Yotts and 
Caroline Stanwood. Alto - Elizabeth 
Drane. Tenor - Richard Beauregard. Bass 
- Edmund Mietzener. Soloist - George 
Conroy. Celeste - Mary Ann Conroy, 
Violin - Louis Ugalde. Everyone was 
happy to see Louis, former staff member 
and now of Brandeis University, join the 
group in his usual role of violinist. 

After the carolers brought cheer to the 
staff, they went on to the main stairway 
where they provided music for the public, 
both those then in the Library and via 
television to those listening later that 
evening. As the television announcer 
said, he had been looking all over the 
city for an expression of the Christmas 
spirit and found it most fully expressed 
at the Boston Public Library. 

The entire staff is grateful to Miss 
Drane and her group for rescuing this 
heart-warming custom from its threatened 
oblivion. 

As is always the case, one of the most 
gratifying parts of these annual Christ- 
mas teas is the welcoming of retired 
staff members. This year it was especial- 
ly gratifying to have so many "graduates" 
with us: Elizabeth A. Barry, Gertrude L. 
Bergen, J. Joseph Danker, Ethel I'i. Hazle- 
wood, Frances Kellej'-, Elizabeth M. Kerna- 
chan, Marion C. Kingman, Jean B. Lay, 
Esther Lissner, Anna L. Manning, John 
McNally, Rebecca E. Milmeister, Mary M. 
Prall, Helen Schubarth, Loraine A. Sulli- 
van, 1/fiLlliam F. Sullivan and Julia Zaugg. 

This year too, we were happy to have 
with us three branch librarians: Mrs. 
Geraldine E. Herrick, Margaret A. Mbrgan 
and Mrs. Irene H. Tuttle. 

Of course, the "Belle of the Ball" was 
Martha Stevens. Martha, from ihe secur- 
ity of her adoring father's arms and her 
two month's experience in this best of 
all worlds, observed events with a detach- 
ment which seemed to say "So this is what 
my daddy endures every day - and this is 
what my mummy left for me". However, her 
final conclusion seemed to be that she 
approved of us. Her "A iierry Christmas 
to you all", observed as decorating that 
garment reserved solely for infants of 
tender age, was reinforced by her re- 



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assuring smile. Martha is no longer just 
the daughter of Roger and Sheila Stevens - 
she is now the "Library baby", as we all 
lost our hearts to her. She had competi- 
tion, however, in the person of Linda, 
the charming two-year-old daughter of Jean 
I'/atson Weitz, 

Thus being able to share the Christmas 
spirit with those who have many years of 
library service to their credit, as well 
as those who have just ventured into this 
bewildering world, the staff felt that 
this was indeed a Christmas tea long to 
be remembered, 

E. G. P. 

THANK- YOU 

The "sponsors" of the Christmas Tea 
take the opportunity afforded by the 
QUESTION MARK to say "thank you" to all 
those who gave so generously of their 
time, talent and money to help make the 
tea the success it so obviously w^s. It 
would be impossible to cite all those 
who contributed. However, special thanks 
should go to Jeanne Hayes, the "ribbon 
artist" and to Mildred Somes for her 
attractive invitation-flyer and appealing 
table centre arrangement, which she so 
generously arranged and loaned for the 
occasion. The Christmas spirit was em- 
phasized by the sweet melodies of the 
staff carolers. 

The sponsors are grateful to each one 
who helped make the tea successful, 
especially those who so valiantly washed 
dishes - and then washed more dishes. 

EDNA G. PECK 
for The Sponsors 
P.S, Since the Christmas tea seems to be 
now recognized as being staff-sponsored, 
I would like to suggest that next year 
the "young folks" pick up the ball and 
infuse some new ideas into this best of 
all BPL Christmas traditions, 

AND CHRISTMAS COFFEE ... 

followed tea, when the next morning 
the Men's House Committee held open house 
for the staff in the Men's quarters, with 
the world's hottest coffee flowing freely, 
mounds of doughnuts, trays of cakes and 
cookies, music for dancing, and good 
conversation, bringing the holidays one 
step closer, 

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CHRISTMS SPECIALS 

Christmas Day 1960 was very special 
for the Joseph Para tores. Little i''iaryann, 
7 lbs., 12 02. arrived on the holiday. 
Her mother is the former Anne Degnan of 
the Director's Office, 

Announcement was made of the engagement 
of Patricia Madsen of Dorchester, a senior 
at Massachusetts College of Art, and 
Ronald C. Conant, formerly of Records, 
Files, Statistics, and currently a sopho- 
more at Suffolk University, College of 
Liberal Arts. 

IN VIE\^^ OF STATE AID 

Members of the staff might like to see 
what others are doing or planning in this 
field, or catch up to date on our own 
state plans. 

There is an article in the December l5 
issue of the LIBR/\RY JOURNAL, pages 14^29 
to i|431 by our own Francis X. Moloney 
under the title of State Aid in Massachu- 
setts . 

The I^LSON LIBRARY BULLETIN for Januaiy 
presents an account of the Michigan Plan 
on pages 368-369. 

The LIBRARY JOURNAL of January 1, pages 
52-53, in the article Two Sides of the 
Same Coin by James E, Allen, Commissioner 
of Education, State of New York, is an 
interim report which advocates a state- 
wide cooperative Reference and Research 
Library Service for New York, 

The January 1 LIBRARY JOURNAL also has 
an interesting editorial on pages 5i|.-55 
discussing the "reasonable portion" 
clause of the Massachusetts State Aid 
Bill, 

BOOKS CURRENT 

Is well recognized on page 68 of the 
January 1 issue of LIBRARY JOURitoL. 

BELATED BIRTHDAY GREETINGS 

To that Library Institution which 
celebrated its lOth birthday in mid- 
November - the Coffee Shop.' And our 
very best wishes on that anniversary 
to Sam and Dorothy for all they have 
done in ministering to a hungry and 
thirsty staff over the years,... 



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MORE RETIREMENTS 

Manning Tea ; 

On December l5, a tea was held in the ! 
Vfomen's Lounge, in honour of Anna L. 
Manning, Curator of Education, who re- ' 
tired from Library service on December 31. ■ 
She was assisted in greeting her friends 
by her sister and brother-in-law, Mr and 
Mrs Charles Curtaz. i 

Visits of distinguished guests, flowers,! 
telegrams and gifts received from her i 
former assistants, the many friends who \ 
came to greet her from Branch libraries, [ 
all testify to her warm personality and . 
the esteem in which she is held, j 

Jt was a pleasant afternoon for those ! 
who gathered in the lounge. Bradford M. i 
R-i-al, Chief Librarian of the Division of • 
Reference and Research Services, in his j 
usual delightful vay, presented Anna with i 
a handsome purse, a gift from her associ- j 
at^s. She accepted in an equally charm- [ 
inc manner. \ 

Those of us who have known Anna through | 
the years loved her for her warmth and , 
understanding, and all agree on how very [ 
raurh she will be missed. 1 

BEATRICE COLEMAW j 

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To all my Friends: j 

Thare are so many people to thank for j 
my tea that it would be too much of a \ 
ta'=^k for an Old Retired Librarian to write 
to each individually. i 

May I mention some of the things that \ 
impressed me and will remain in my memory j 
for a long time? f 

The long list of names, typed so beauti-j 
fully, and a ttached to the gift card... j 
some I have known for a long time and som^ 
for a verv'- short time, and some merely by \ 
correspondence. j 

I am still trying to tiink what I shall j 
buy wi th your very generous contribution, i 
My friends are all making suggestions, i 
and if I follow the latest, you may see j 
me appearing in a mink scarf. f 

Ify mantle is decorated with cards, let- \ 
ters and even a telegram from Washington. • 
They all congratulate me, but I wonder if | 
I am to be congratulated for leaving such ; 
good friends. , 

I appreciated the visits of those who 
came in from the Branches, from their • 
homes and from other libraries, particu- 
larly in that freezing weather, ' 



And the party itself — no party would 
be complete without Seven Layer Cake and 
Irish Bread, with or without butter. 

So to all, particularly the cooks, the 
pourers, the servers, those on K.P. duty, 
and the Committee, my gratitude and af- 
fection, and my prayers and hopes for a 
bright and happy New Year. 

Very sincerely yours, 
ANl^A MANNING 

IffiMORIES OF THE FUTURE 

To appreciate the work of Anna L, Mann- 
ing is to trace an adventure in achieve- 
ment at once sure, yet subtle. Sure, 
because not a day goes by without our 
being thankful -Uiat f-^ss I'tenning provided 
for certain materials in Educationj subtle 
because there were no earth-shaking events 
but there was a "vein of iron" determina- 
tion to do the things that needed doing. 

In 1961 a stranger coming to Education 
for the first time will not see Mss 
Manning, but she is there ...the very 
books cry out: W:e are here because Miss 
Manning wanted the best material in educa- 
tion, " 

It is interesting to note that she re- 
tired as Curator of Education in I96U, 
the year marking the centenary of Eliza- 
beth Peabody's Pinckney Street Kinder- 
garten, for the present many faceted de- 
partment grew out of a request in I9OO 
by the VJheelock staff, that books on the 
theory and methods of teaching the young 
child be made available in the Childrens 
Room. 

Miss Manning came from South Boston to 
the Childrens Room in I9I8. Other requests 
for added materials increased the collec- 
tion until the Teacher's collection occu- 
pied the Elliott Room. It was made an 
independent department in 1933 with Miss 
J'lanning in charge. The collection moved 
to its present quarters when the Child- 
rens Room moved downstairs, 

TJhat is Miss l-lanning really like? Those 
who have known her a long time answer, 
"Anna is the same wonderful person she 
has always been. " Those with a briefer 
acquaintance place her in that small but 
wonder-class of GIVERo. Yes, her bounty 
and concern knows no limits. Serving the 
public, she felt it keenly the few times 
she was not able to find the needed in- 
formation in the department or another 
part of the library. Those who had the 
good fortune to work with her, cannot 



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forget her constant kindness. She set a 
high standard df Work for herself and 
expected the same fi'om those she trained 
and worked With. And she fought with 
quiet but constant determination to raak^ 
the department the best possible. Stead- 
fast, dedicated and generous, she taught, 
discussed, wrote, organized, and built up , 
the department we use and enjoy today. 

There is no end to the list of those \ 
she has helped: students of all ages, ' 
teachers, administrators, priests and j 
other religious, servicemen, business men, 
and ordinary people trying to better them^ 
selves. 

Outside the library she has worked too ! 
with the library at the Paulist Center, j 
her parish library, the Catholic Library \ 
Association (which recognized her work j 
by electing her president.) And at pre- • 
sent she is working on the library cat- ' 
alog for the s chool a t the Good Sheperd | 
Home, j 

¥e wish her continued success and every j 

'■'0 ye silver trumpets be ye lifted up 
And cry to the great race that is to 

come 

That they may hear our music and awake," 

(1 J. B.Yeats) 

JAMES FORD i 

OLIVE IOlII^EN RETIRES ! 

Miss N.eilson, after fifty three years | 
of service to the people of Boston, re- • 
tired on December 31. She began her j 

library career under the directorship of j 
of Horace VJadlin in 1907 at Upham's Corn- ! 
er. From there she went to North End, ■ 
Orient Heights, and finally to Alls ton. i 

As a Professional Librarian with her 
special position at the registration desk, 
she had the opportunity to give a pleasant 
welcome to all who came to the library. ! 

l^ss Neilson will he especially remem- I 
bered for her warm and gay personality as , 
well as her punctuality, although she j 

commuted from I'dnthrop daily, ^r faith- ' 
fulness in arriving for work every day 
despite all difficulties can be explained 
somewhat when you learn that traveling 
is one of her favorite pastimes. 

Another of her interests is the theatre 
and one which she will certainly be able 
to continue now that she has retired. ; 

All her friends hope they continue to ; 
hear about the further adventures of 



Johnny Ray, her cat, 

V^e all w ish liiss i^eilson best wishes 
in her retirement. 

E.D. 

LOUGHI^IAN LUl^ICHEON 

On Friday, January 6, Catherine Lough- 
man was entertained at a luncheon party 
by the Branch Librarians, Department 
Heads, Supervisors and Chief Librarian 
of the DHR&CS, a group euphemistically 
known - probably only to themselves - as 
the Thursday Morning Group. (Since they 
now meet on Friday morning, some people 
may, with a certain show of logic, think 
of them as the Friday ^'^orning Groupj but 
due to the pressure of other business, 
and pending State Aid, no committee action 
has yet been taken to change the name. ) 
Miss Loughman, an honored member of this 
Group, retired on December 31j from her 
position as Branch Librarian of Uphams 
Corner. Alumnae iiebecca i^illis, Fanny- 
Goldstein, and Marion Kingman, returm ; 
for the celebration] with retired staff- 
members Helen Berkowich and Anna Manning, 
and colleagues from the other Divisions, 
forty-four friends in all, gathered to 
pay a deeply-felt tribute to Miss Lough- 
man for a lifetime of dedicated service. 

The Red Coach Grill, which seems to 
have become the Main Dining Room of the 
BPL, provided a private, softly-lit room 
with a seating around a horse-shoe table. 
The principal decoration, next to the 
charming guest of honor herself, was a 
stunning arrangement of yellow and orange 
chrysanthemums, gold leaves and birds of 
paradise. A corsage of matching chrysan- 
themums complemented Miss Loughman's out- 
fit of beige-wool-dress and orange-vel- 
vet-beret. Mr. Carroll expressed to her 
the gratitude of all of us for the legacy 
of benefit, respect and affection which, 
through her devotion to her work and her 
public, she is leaving to the Library; 
and then he presented the gift - an ele- 
gant black, gold-and-silver- tooled Ital- 
ian leather wallet with fitting contents. 

Your friends and colleagues, Catherine, 
are sad to see you leave. We shall miss 
your sincerity, your friendliness and 
your generosity! and we shall miss, most 
of all, the rare example of your tremen- 
dous battling courage. VJe hope, with all 
our hearts, that you will be able to come 
and visit with us again, one day soon. 
The very best of luckj j^nCES C. LEPIE 



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CATHEhlNE P. LOJGhl^N 

l^iiss Loughman was notable for devotion 
to her library work, often at great per- . 
sonal sacrifice, and for her integrity 
of character, tempered by a cheerful and , 
outgoing personality. She inspired con- 
fidence and devotion in her staff, to : 
whom she was a friend as well as a super- ' 
ior. ' 

She left the Library Service in 19^6 and 
was reinstated in 19l]Si. , 

It was her sad task to close two bran- j 
ches, Fellowes Athena eun, which posed un- | 
ique problems because of the large special^ 
collections, and City Point. j 

The list of "home" branches for her is 
long: Parker Hill, Roxbury, Allston, j 

Jeffries Point, Uphams Comer, Jamaica j 
Plain, Mt. Bowdoin, Fellowes Athenaeum, I 
City Point, then Uphams Corner once more, ' 

VERA CHEVES j 

i 

HOUSEKEEPER RETIRES ; 
! 

Mrs. Helen Morrison, our very efficient j 
Housekeeper, is retiring from ttie service j 
0? the Library on January 31. { 

She came to us in 19i|.6 as a cleaner and ■ 
was promoted to the position of Housekeep-j 
er. Her Indus triousness, charm, and good 
nature, together with an innate ability 
to get along with people, enaMed her to 
do an outstanding job in this position. 
These same characteristics won for her 
a host of friends in the Library, and 
particularly in the Buildings Department. 

Mrs. Morrison will continue to reside 
with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr and 
Mrs Daniel Coughlin, in Dorchester where, 
we are sure, she will pursue that favor- 
ite hobby of grandmothers everywhere, 
spoiling the grandchildren. 

I am sure her many friends in the BPL 
join me in wishing her good health and 
happiness in her retirement. 



At Carroll's departure the queen asked 
that he send her a copy of his next book 
when it appeared. 

A mathematician by profession, Carroll 
dutifully sent her his next book - a thin 
volume on quadratic equations, 

STAFF LIBRARY 

The Staff Library has been undergoing 
changes recently. After a survey of 
practices in other libraries and conver- 
sations with the Staff Association, it was 
decided that purchase of popular books for 
staff use was a drain on the book budget. 
Popular books have now been distributed to 
other units of the Library for use by the 
public as well as staff. From now on, the 
Staff Library collection will be reserved 
for professional material only, and it is 
expected that a permanent Book Selection 
Committee will be established to carry on 
the work of keeping the library well 
stocked with pertinent professional books 
and periodicals. 

Unfortunately many valuable reference 
materials are not now on shelf. Staff 
members are urgently requested to treat 
the collections with care and to charge 
out all books removed from the room at the 
Personnel Office. Carelessness in this 
matter needlessly deprives staff members 
of materials they need in their work and 
s tudy . 

ERVIN J. GAINES 

UNDER NEW NAME 



Changes come fast in 
Rare Book Department. 
Werlin was introduced 
our VJho's Hew? column, 
introduce Mrs Lawrence 
Joella Werlin, who was 
day in Houston, Texas, 

Mr and Mrs Zivin are 



the otherwise staid 
Last month Joella 
to the Staff through 
This month we 
Zivin, the former 
married New Year's 



THOMS P. GEOGHEGAN 
(i'lrs. Morrison's friends presented her 
with a gift of money on the last day she 
worked. ) 

SNITCHED FROM THE GLOBE 

\lnen Queen Victoria read ALICE IN WON- 
DERLAND , she was so delighted she invited . 
the author, Lewis Carroll, to visit Buck- ; 
\ ingham Palace to read her excerpts from it". 



living in Brookline. 

AND NE'>7 PUCE 

We hear that Jim Healey, formerly of 
General Reference, and late of the library 
in Stoneham, is now the librarian of New 
Bedford Public Library, Congratulations 
Jim,' 




Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
tfi accompanied by the full name of the 
Ap^ociation member submitting it, to- 
^e'-.her with the name of the Branch Lib- 
rary, Department or Office in which he 
'^v she is employed. The name is with- 
} eld from publication, or a pen name 
iised, if the contributor so requests, 
i.ronyraous contributions are not given 
consideration. The author of the article, ^^e condition of our books in the stacks? 



when I"' remember being told that the per- 
sonnel office would not hesitate for a 
moment to hire anyone outside of the 
system that was a specialist in a parti- 
cular field, that couldn't be staffed 
from within the system. How much was 
this position advertised outside of our 
own circle? Or is this another case of 
tailoring a position to fit a particular 
person? 

FIR©'IANS IaIFE 
(Editor's note: We believe the Judaica 
Collection is not yet an open collection, 
but rather is being prepared for this 
status. Cataloging experience is the 
most needed qualification, as that is the 
first process in readying the collection. 
Knowledge of Hebrew is necessary to the 
extent that the cataloging may be com- 
pleted. Doubtless a person of proper 
stature will be sought to serve as Curator 
- once the collection is opened as a 
department, ) 

Dear Editor, 

Is there no one else concerned about 



xs 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 3OO words will be accepted. 



I Some volumes appear not to have seen a 
dvist cloth or vacuum cleaner for fifty 
years , 

Couldn't this condition be given prior- 
' ity when staff is available? 

DIRTY HAlNiDS 



To the Soap Box: i 

Will I ever see the day that an appoint^ 
ment makes all of us on the staff happy? j 
But this new announcement of an opening j 
in the Judaica section was especially ] 
galling to me. First of all I don't 
think anyone in the BPL is qualified for 
such a position of responsibility, as 
this section is not going to remain a 
small unit tucked away in a little room ; 
forever. The Library needs a person of 
stature and scholarship to meet with ; 

and speak to those learned men who have 
used and will continue to use the facili- 
ties. Why the particular qualifications? 
Why not have specified a PI or a P3 rath-; 
er than a P2? How much knowledge of 
Hebrew and Yiddish? Why should this 
person have to be qualified as a catalog-, 
er? All tliese questions come to my mind ■ 



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STAFF ASSOCIATION 



FEBRUARY 1961 



THEQUESTIONMARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XVI Nuraber 2 February I96I 

Publications Committee: Arthur V. Curley, A. Kay Decker, James J. Ford, Rose 

I'borachian, Caroline R. Stanwood, I Roger Stevens, 
Cartoonist, Dorothy P. Shaw, Chairman 

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

Michael Keresztesi, now of the Grand Rapids Public Library, who . 
served in the Communist- controlled Budapest Public Library until he 
escaped during the October 1956 uprising, has written the lead article 
in the February I'.1LS0N LIBRARY BULLETIN, Thought Control in Communist 
Libraries . Even to those of us who have been studying Communist pro- 
paganda and methods, this is a shocking perversion of library prin- 
ciples. 

"Recognizing the immense propaganda value of a well- controlled 
public library system" the Communists closed the stacks and forced 
applicants to wait while the books they requested were searched for 
forbidden ideas by well- trained censors, before the privilege of read- 
ing the books, was granted or refused. The reading records of the 
patrons were thus on file for the censors, who might send for individ- 
uals for discussion on reading "proper" books. Special C-talog guides 
and special catalogs of ilarxist materials were provided to channel the 
reading habits of the public. Anti-Marxian materials could be consulted 
for certified research only. 

This article should be read by every member of our staff, and 
thoughtfully considered in reference to individual practices in suggest- 
ing books for patrons or for purchase. It should also raise many ques- 
tions in our minds. Are we of the Free World providing well-balanced 
collections, representative of all aspects of each question, or are we 
favoring any one side too much? Do we know our materials sufficiently 
well to be certain we are able to effect a balance? Do we know the 
background and attitude of our authors and publishers? Or do we depend 
too often on reviews in "trade" publications whose primary aim is to 
sell as many copies of the book as possible? As librarians, we have 
a responsibility to study our materials carefully and to avoid empha- 
sizing any one ooint of view, so that everyone will have equal access 
to all phases of today's problems, 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMilTTEE 



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PRESIDaiT'S NOTES 



VJHY DON'T I'-E 



The first meeting of the new Executive Station a uniformed adult at all tiroes^ 

Board was held on the morning of February 1 not a part-time student, at the front 
10. Primarily we were concerned with 
setting up the organization of committees 
and iiH terials for the coming year. An 
order for additional stationery was ap -• 
proved. •Approval was also given for pay- 
ment of dues to SORT. A letter was sent 
to Mr. Gaines of Personnel asking for in- 
formation on the status of the examina- 
tion system, the library's present policy 
and it s future policy. A second letter 
was sent to Mr, Gaines about salaries. 
T-^e hope to have information about these 
matters for you in the near future. 

You will soon be receiving a question- ' 
naire regarding the Association committeesi Bernard Dougherty and another unidenti- 
1 ::_j.--_j.-j _ j_-^ ^_ jfxed public spirited man from the Bindery 

iwere observed on their lunch hour a week 



door to inspect books for charging? A 
; boy or an ununiformed man does not carry 
I the mental image of enforcement that an 

adult in uniform would. 

Permit staff to enter the library via 
the front door or the Boylston Street 
entrance on. days when the platform is 
! icy or wet? Crossing the platform is 
'dangerous at these times, as feet slide 
'With every step. 

I SNOW i\IEWS 



Some of you have indicated a desire to 
serve. Please fill in these question- 
naires and return them immediately. 
Please help your organization by 
accepting a place on the committees. 
Here is your chance to let us know you 
are available and willing. The same 
people serve over and over again. We 
welcome new blood and new ideas, 
send in your returns soon. 



a 

! after the Inauguration Day blizzard, in- 
jdustriously clearing the gutter and drains 
[across the street from the library. 



Please 



Our Jane Manthorne did not make it home 
• from work after the February i| storm. She 
I became the unwilling guest of the police 
in the Sharon jail. 



RUTH M. HAYES 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

February 16 MLA Midwinter Meeting 
Sheraton- Plaza 

February 19-25 Catholic Book Week 



Jean Babcock picked the day of the Feb- 



March 3 



Hartzell Memorial Lecture 
BPL Lecture Hall 



BOOK STACK SERVICE BRAGS ABOUT ... 

Steve Davis, who worked on the North- 
eastern Book Dance, sponsored by the 
Student Union. Price of admission was a 
book, which was to stock the Concord Re- 
formatory library. Il50 books were 
collected. 

And Chris Lee, Library Aide, who has 
been elected News Editor of the Boston 
College Heights for the coming year. 
Perhaps he takes after uncle Charlie 
(Gillis, of Central Charging Records), 



i ruary !(. storm to move. 
didj 



What's more, she 



Esther Chute and her brand new fiance 
left early the morning of February l\. to 
drive to Manchester to show her ring to 
his family. They reached Peabody by noon. 
That night they spent in the Peabody jail. 
Esther thinks the floor might have been 
more comfortable had the cigarette butts 
been cleared, 

Kay MacDonald went to a wedding on Feb- 
j ruary i^, which turned into a houseparty 
'through the next day. 

' CATHOLIC BOOK WEEK 

i 

' Martha C. Engler, South Boston, has 

ibeen appointed director of Catholic Book 

iVeek for the Greater Boston area by the 

:New England unit of the Catholic Library 

.Association. 

Features of the week will be a book 
jfair and forum, and an essay contest 
*for parochial schools. 



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PERSONWEL NOTES 

New anployees 

M. David Allard, Bookmobiles 

Mrs. Frieda Beitchman, Brighton 

Mrs. Elaine A. Comegys, Business Office 

Constance M. Cheves, Cataloging and 

Classification, R and RS 
Donald Chickering, Book Stack Service 
Adrienne C. de Vergie, Charlestown 
Robert A. Fantasi, Book Stack Service 
Patricia J. Fradsham, Cataloging and 

Classification, R and RS 
John A. Gilmore, Government Documents 
Margaret Glynn, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R and RS 
Thomas J, Henshon, Central Book Stock, 

Branch Issue 
Barry D. Latta, Book Stack Service 
Peter T. Lewis, Music 
Paul KcGerigle, Kirstein 
Joan R. iierchant. Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R and RS 
Robert M. Murphy, Book Stack Service 
Sandra M. Plank, Codman Square 
Janice L, Purington, Personnel 
Daniel C. Sears Jr, Book Purchasing 
Paul Tooraey, Open Shelf 
Shirley Utudjian, I'lattapan 
James L. kMte, Book Stack Service 
Arthur M, VJolman, Uphams Corner 
Thomas J. Zazulak, Central Charging Rec- 
ords 

Re-entered from Northeastern 
Anthony J, Bajdek, Book Stack Service 
Stephen R. Davis, Science and Technology 
Mrs, Brenda S. Franklin, Book Purchasing 
Neil Kelly, Records, Files, Statistics 
Elizabeth I'IcLucas, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R and RS 



return to school 

Delores R. Link, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R and RS, to return to school 

John F. M. McGivney, Records, Files, Stat- 
I is tics, to work at the State House 
I Theresa Ouellet, Book Purchasing, to re- 
\ turn to school 

Carolyn Rose, Division Office, R and RS, 
to accept another position 

Elicia Rose, Cataloging and Classification,. 
R and RS, to return to school 

Peter A. Ranney, Science and Technology, 
to return to school 

John J. Souza, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, R and RS, to return to school 

Diane Thompson, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, R and RS, to return to school 

Anthony Tieulli, Book Purchasing, to re- 
turn to school 

John J. Walsh, Book Stack Service, to 
return to school 

VMO'S NEV.'? ... 



Transferred 



Service to 



Gerald S. Coles, Washington Village, 
' recently moved here from Buffalo, where 
i he obtained a B.A. in Psychology from 
j the University of Brffalo, and later 
i taught in the Buffalo school system. He 
is married and has a 16 month old son. 
Gerald plans to attend Simmons for his 
Library Science degree. He has an inter- 
est in Art History and would like to 
combine it with Reference work. His 
other interests include folk music and 
j weight-lifting. 
I * 

j The warm smile in the Director's Office 
'belongs to Mrs. Katheryn Murphy. Mrs. 
i Murphy comes to the B.P, L. from Liberty 
j Mutual where she worked with the drafting 
' department. She lives in West Roxbury and 
. is kept busy by her husband, a 12 year old 
I daughter, Virginia, and a Dalmatian. Gimy 
is very bright and active, and finds time 



Robert J. Allen, Book Stack 

Kirstein 
A. Katherine Decker, East Boston to Centralbetween staying at the top of her class 

Book Stock, Branch Issue and piano and German lessons to take good 

Nancy E. Kelly, Brighton to East Boston | care of Mummy when she has a cold. 

i * 

Resigned . Esther Chute has joined the Periodical 

Peter Dwyer, Book Stack Service, to return, and Newspaper staff after a s umiaer in 



to school 

Ernest I. Gam, Book Stack Service, to re- 
turn to school 

Frances A. Hale, Personnel, to return to 
school 

Thomas A. Incze, Open Shelf, to go to 
Paris 

Michael Konowitz, Book Stack Service, to 



Switzerland, where she led a group of "Ex- 
perimenters", two years at Radcliffe while 
she earned an M,A. in iliddle Ea-tern Stud- 
ies, and four years at Smith during which 

:she spent her Junior year in Geneva. 

■Esther collects shells and rocks as a hob- 

■by. 



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THE BROOKLYN PLAN 



Librarians in Massachusetts had an op- , 
portunity to hear about the new "Young j 
Teens" service, undertaken by the Brooklynj 
Public Library, at the January 26 meeting ■ 
of the Hound Table of Librarians for Young' 
Adults, I 

Geraldine Clark, Assistant Co-ordinator ■ 
of iidult Services in Charge of Young Teens,j 
spoke about the Brooklyn plan which libra- | 
rians all over the United States are 
watching with great interest. 

Young Adult work began in Brooklyn about'; 
the same time as it did in Boston. Almost, 
two years ago, Brooklyn felt that the divi-I 
sion of pre-school to eighth grades in thej 
Children's Room and ages fourteen to twen-| 
ty-one in Young Adult sections was not a i 
good one. Their Young Adult book collec- ., 
tions were being used extensively by Jun- j 
ior high school students who had to get a i 
signed slip from the Children's Librarian { 
in order to do so. Meanwhile their Senior 
high school students were using the adult j 
book collection. The administration de- j 
cided that the library could give better | 
service by changing the Young Adult sec- ( 
tions to Young Teen areas to serve the i 
twelve to fifteen year old group. The 
senior high school students would be ab- 
sorbed into the a dult area. 

Under this plan a borrower is given an i 
adult library card when he enters the j 
seventh grade. He is encouraged to use | 
the Young Teen book collection, but he has' 
free access to the complete adult book j 
collection, j 

The Young Teen book collections are the 
former Young Adult collections with little! 
if any changes. Brooklyn's Young Adult 
book selection policy, like ours, had 
followed the ALA standards of twenty per j 
cent teen age titles and e ighty per cent | 
adult titles. However, Miss Clark stated j 
that the volumes in any given Young Adult j 
collection were not in this ratio. The i 
Young Adult collections contained many } 
more than the recommended twenty per cent j 
teen age titles. Young Adult book quotas i 
have now been allocated to Young Teens. • 

Former Young Adult Librarians were made ; 
Young Teen Librarians if they wished to ! 
work with this younger age group, • 

High school students now form one seg- , 
ment of the adult public. Although during 
this first year of change, there has been ■ 
little opportunity for Adult Librarians to | 
do any school visiting or programing for 



this group, it is hoped that in the fu- 
ture they will carry on such a program. 

Miss Clark felt that the new Young 
Teen service has been quite successful 
and that it is providing much better 
service for the junior high school group. 

There was a lively and quite lengthy 
question period following Miss Clark's 
talk, and her gracious answers and ex- 
planations clarified many points for 
her large audience. 

ROSE MOORACHIAN 

OM THE STUDENT FRONT 

Newspapers recently carried the story 
of the student picketing of the Reading 
Public Library. About 75 boys, mainly 
from the senior class, paraded around 
the building on February 2, in protest 
against a ban on junior and senior high 
students studying in the library after 
7 p.m., which went into effect on Dec- 
ember 7. 

it 

Girl's Latin junior class (about 200) 
are assigned a l500 word paper on a 
phase of American literature. They have 
had some instruction on librar;^/- use. 

Weymouth High School senior class 
term paper on subject of individual's 
choice. Approximately 600 students are 
involved. 200 source cards are required 
of each student. Prior library instruc- 
tion is apparent. 

Another group from Weymouth High is 
working on United Nations material. This 
group made advance arrangements and were 
accompanied by a teacher familiar with 
library materials. 

Revere High has assigned a paper in 
Problems of Democracy. 

Beverly High is also with us doing a 
term paper on a subject of the student's 
own choosing. 

"/«■ 

Last Saturday six classes of 30 boys 
each (school unidentified) descended on 
Bates Hall. Each boy had a different 
subject but each was a specific aspect 
of the Elizabethan era; Handwriting, 
Alchemy, •'Agriculture, Shipping etc. 



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BOOKS ADDED TO STAFF LIBRARY - I960 



CUPID'S DARTS 



American Library Association 

Basic book collection for nunior high 

schools j 3rd edition, I960 
Basic book collection for elementary 

gradesj 7th edition, I96O 
Costs of Public Library Service in 1959,' 

i960 
Let's read together, I96O 
Young adult services in the public lib- 
rary, i960 
Studying the community, I96O 
Children's books too good to miss (re- 
vised edition) Cleveland, Western ' 
Reserve University, 1959 
Downs, Robert B, • 

The first freedom. Chicago, ALA, I96O 
Doras, Keith and Howard Rovelstad, editors 
Guidelines for library planners 
Chicago, ALA, I96O 
Eakin, Mary K, , editor ' 

Good books for children. Chicago, ALA, j 

i960 ; 

Eaton, .4iine T 

Treasure for the taking (revised edition) 

New York, Viking, 1957 ■ 

Great Britain Ministry of Education 

The structure of the public library 

service in England and Wales. New York, 

British Infonnation Center, 1958 
Josette, Frank ' 

Your child's reading today (revised 

edition). New York, Doubleday, I96O 
Larrick, Nancy ; 

A parent's guide to children's reading 

New York, Doubleday, 1958 
Loiseaux, Marie 

Publicity primerj i^th edition New York,; 

H.W. Wilson, 1959 
Lydenberg, Harry h. | 

The care and repair of books (revised ; 

by John E. Alden) New York, Bowker,196d 
Mevissen, Werner I 

Btichereibau - public library building , 

Essen, Verlag Ernst Heyer, 1958 i 

North Carolina Library Association i 

North Carolina public library personnel 1 

manual. Chapel Hill, N.C, Institute 

of Government, 1959 
Schick, Frank 

The paper-bound book in America. New 

York, Bowker, 1958 
Vinchell, Constance M., editor I 

Guide to reference books j 7th edition; 

Third supniement, 1956-58. Chicago, 

ALA, i960 



Engagements Announced 

Joan 11. Sughrue, Office HR and CS, to 
Lawrence M, Savignano of Northeast Air- 
lines. To be married June 10. 

Esther S. Chute, Periodical and News- 
paper, to Lt. (j.g.) Strafford Morss 
of the United States Navy. To be married 
in I'lay. 

Harold A. Brackett, Office HR and CS, 
to Mary M. Cronin who teaches business 
subjects at Burlington High School. To 
be married August 12. 

Hearts and arrows 

appeared in chalk on the bulletin 
board of the Book Selection room on 
Valentines day with unusual names: 
Oedipus loves Electra. The literary 
influence no doubtj 

IN THE PREdS 

Jane Manthorne, Readers Adviser (YA), 
has an article "ilassn-^husetts Authors 
Mary Stolz" on pages I3-I6 of the Winter 
edition of the HAY STATE LIBRARIAN. 

In the same issue is an account of the 
BPLSA Institute, page 23. 

Henry Bowditch Jones, Book Stack Service, 
and his steam train whistle^ was written 
up in the GLOBE of January 18, page 20. 

The cartoon on page 325 of the January 
15 LIBRARY JOURNAL will entertain all 
those who have been dealing with the 
student problem. It is evidence that 
they can come still younger.' 

ANOTHER COMMENT 

BRRRS are in the air. 

And all the world is coldj 

And streets are peopled only 
With just the very bold. 

I huddle in ny corner. 

And read of dthers • deeds j 

And every shaking rafter 
Sends me to my beads, 

Alas, I am no hero. 

In any scale weighedj 
And seek no other status 

In world I never made. 

BAYiRY ANDREWS 




can speak out provides an excellent cat- 
alysis. 

Among the many stalf qualities hroi:sht 
to our attention in Soap 3cx , one has been 
too long neglected, or at least not high- 
lighted - the generosity of our staff. 
I wager there could not be found in these 
United States a group more willing to give 
of itself. Irrespective of the need - 
CARE, Community Fund, Christmas Tea, re- 
tirement gift, personal illness or mis- 
fortune - there is always the query "what 
can w e do?", and someone ready to spear- 
head a donation, which within a remark- 
ably short time and with no pressure 
exerted, more than meets the need. This 
is a quality of which we all can be justly 
proud. iJe may be many things to many 
people, but it can never be said by any- 
one that the BPL staff is not one of the 
most generous groups to be found in any 
institution, public or private. 



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 which he 
or she is employed. The name is with- 
held from publication, or a van name used^acquired through staff generosity) such 



; EDM G. PECK 

' PS - Since writing the above some three 
'weeks ago, I have been the recipient of 
i very tangible evidence of this generosity. 
To all who made my "^lack eye" (not 



if the contributor so requests. Anony- 
mous contributions are not given consid- 
eration. 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 er- 



a happy experience, I can only say "hany, 
many thanks", 

E.G. P. 



I Dear Editor: 

I In view of the unhappiness caused by 
pressed by individual Association members j previous storms, I think a vote of thanks 
and their appearance does not necessarily. should be given the Administration for 
indicate that the Publications .Committee ' its timely action on January 20. Between 
and the Association are in agreement with, radio and TV announcements and personal 
the views expressed. Only those contri- 'notification, everyone learned at an 
butions containing not more than 3OO i early hour that the Library was closed. 



words will bs accepted. 



The whole procedure was most admirable. 

GRATEFUL 



To the Soap Box: 

Since the inception of Soap Box , we 
have had a mediuiti through which we can 
freely express our ideas on topics per- 
tinent to our welfare. For the most part 
we have not been reticent in saying what 
we think, nor hesitated to point out de- 
ficiencies irrespective of where they .'. 
may have occurred. This opportunity "to ' 
let off steam" has had a beneficial ef- 
fect. At times the comments have made 
some of us squirmj at ti.mes the remedies 
for deficiencies or mistakes have not i 

been as expedient as we might wish, but ' 
just to know there is a place where we 



ACCIDEiMT RECOiffl 

Joe O'Neil, Periodical and I'Jewspaper, 
out with an injured back received in a 
three car skidding accident. He was NOT 
riding the Cannonball express. 

Jack Tuley, Fire Control, has stitches 
in his forehead and other painful face 
and head injuries. He was pushed into 
an oncoming street-car by a group of 
students just out of school, attempting 
to board the car. 



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THE QUESTION liARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XVI Number 3 March I96I 

Publications Committee: Arthur V. Curley, A. Kay Decker, James J. -f^ord, Rose 

Moorachian, Caroline R. Stanwood, I. Roger Stevens, 
Cartoonist, Dorothy P. Shaw, Chairman 

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

We are pleased, in reading the Restatement of Service to Young Adults , 
dated February 16, to see that tJie policy for use of the facilities of the 
Library by Young Adults has been broadened to include more advanced mater- 
ials when the needs or interests of the individual require it. 

In these days of rapidly changing educational needs, trends are growing 
toward encouraging the student to proceed at his own pace^.rather than by 
limitations of age or class. Since books are the basis of study, it is well 
for the library to be aware of these trends, and of the needs of the student, 
to encourage his advancement at his own speed in his own areas. 

The gifted child, in particular, has been hampered in the past by 
restrictions imposed by the gearing of classes in many schools to the pace 
of the slower children, and by library practices in permitting use of 
materials only on a lower level than he often is capable of handling. The 
new plan will aid the gifted, the inquiring reader, and yet will not hinder 
in any way, the slower child, or make him feel "left behind". 

It is important to the personal development of the student, and to his 
acquisition of a good future "reading climate" that the right materials be 
available at the time his stage of growth readies him to understand their 
content. Is it not the role of the library to bring student and materials 
together as needed? 

Lillian Batchelor has written a challenging article in the January l5 
LIBRARY JOURNAL - " Setting a Reading Climate for the Gifted " in which she 
shows their needs, and discusses what can be done for them. She urges 
that free rein should be given a child's compulsion to read, tiiat his habit 
of reading for intellectual delight be encouraged, that he be urged to read 
for the values he can derive for himself. She advises that his current 
interests, which are apt to be many and varied, be capitalized upon to give 
him further development and states that the authoritarian approach must be 
avoided at all costs lest creativity be stifled and the habit of independent 
thinking be discouraged. And she emphasizes that our attitude must be per- 
missive and understanding if our reading guidance is to amount to anything, 

THE PUBLICATIONS COiiiilTTEE 



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PRESIDEMT'S NOTES 

This has been a busy month, ^'e have 
been in process of organizing committees 
and should have them completed and ready 
for publication in the next issue of the , 
QffiSTION MRK. 

vie were pleased to s ee so many of you at 
the Hartzell ilemorial Lecture. To those 
of you -who missed it, we can only say we 
are sorry you could not be there to hear 
our distinguished speaker. Mr. Canliam's 
talk on the problems and trends of the 
great metropolitan areas was thought pro- 
voking, and we might well consider the ! 
effects on the library service of tomorrow. 

March 3 was also the date of the latest : 
"open meeting" of the Library Trustees, ] 
The Staff Association President attended. 
It was an interesting meeting at which 
was discussed various contracts, the 
giving of an increment to those 11 years 
in a grade (not having reached their maxi-( 
mum), as well as discussion on methods of ; 
attracting new staff members to the Boston, 
Public Library, < 

This didcussion was carried over to the ' 
Executive Board meeting of the 10th of 
March, and will be the subject of several • 
special meetings of your Executive Board j 
in the w eeks ahead. : 

Lir. Rabb, president of the Library Board 
of Trustees; was most laudatory and appre- 
ciative of the work being done in the i 
various departinents. The Chiefs of each 
Division w ere commended for their work i 
and the work of their departments. We 
are pleased to close the column on such ■ 
a happy note. ; 

RUTH M. MIES ! 

I 

TOMAN OF THE V.EEK j 

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The Boston TRAVELER on i"larch 7, named ' 
our I'luriel Javelin as VJoman of the Week, 
giving interesting bits of her career at 

the BPL. But there was also mentioned :' 
something new - to the majority of our 

staff - the fact that Mrs. Javelin this i 

week received one of the Annual Awards i 

of Merit from the New England Council of ! 

Optometrists, at their 39th post graduate i 

educational congress, for her work "in \ 

furthering the cause of books for people j 
with reading disabilities," 



kTO DON'T ^E. .. ? 

Send mimeographed elementary ground 
rules to every school within a 30 m^e 
radius of Boston, which is known to be 
using the Library regularly? A few 
simple rules would make seats and mater- 
ials more readily available on busy days. 
These ground rules should include re- 
quests that books and materials be return- 
ed to open shelves, or the desk from which 
they were obtained as s oon as one has fin- 
ished with themj that seats not be held in 
two or three different departments by one 
person at the same time (this is common 
practice now and accounts for serious 
seat shortages on busy days) - rather, 
that personal belongings should be taken 
with the s tudent as he goes from one de- 
partment to another; that seats should 
not be held in any department while the 
student goes out to lunch, or to another 
room for more than five minutes; that a 
student use only one periodical index 
volume, or recent bound volume of a per- 
iodical or one volume of an encyclopedia 
or set of books at a time to avoid tying 
up several volumes needed by others, etc. 

Offer comments to be published in the 
QUESTION MARK on those items which appear 
in this column? Comments would show evi- 
dence of interest and/or need, and might 
lead to action. 

Devise a system of limiting the number 
of items to be borrowed on a temporary 
non-resident library card? Such a system 
should serve to prevent some of the abuses 
of this privilege.' 

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Make time and personnel available to 
dust the books and shelves in Bates Hall 
and other public areas? Dirty books and 
shelves are not the best advertisement 
for our wares i 

V.IAS DARWIN RIGHT? 

Recently, a boy came to Center Desk 
asking for the Geology Department. Seems 
he wanted to look up his ancestry. Try- 
ing to reach behind William tiie Conqueror 
or CharlemsLgne to trace his descent from 
the paleolithic fossil familes no doubt. 



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PERSONNEL NOTES 

Mew Employees 

Mrs Marcia J. Battaglia, Fine Arts 

Paul D. Cronin, Memorial 

James E, Devin, Kirstein 

Edward J. Diffley, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, HR and CS 

Brenda H. Hemingway, Uphams Corner 

Mrs. Delia M. Jones, South End 

J. Edward Keefe III, Central Charging 
Records 

Clara Koretsky, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, R and RS 

Transferred 

James il. lIcNiff, Shipping to Cataloging 

and Classification, R and RS 
i^'iartin J. Qualters, Book Stack Service to 

Cataloging and Classification, R and RS 
i'lrs Christine J. Lftnano, North End to ; 

Science and Technology 
Veronica Yotts, Open Shelf to Personnel, 

teinporarily 

Terminated 

^bert Allen, Kirstein ' 

Resigned 

Mrs Elaine A. Comegys, Business Office, 

to return to Baltimore 
Gale M. Helft, South Boston, illness at 

home 
Martin Segal, Music, to return to school 
Anne V, Webb, Mattapan, to remain at home , 

WHO'S imn 

Donald Chickering, Book Stack Service, 
is studying Education at Northeastern and 
is a member of the Massachusetts chapter 
of the National Teachers' Association. 
Don may combine a career teaching Piistory 
and Social Science with coaching athlet- 
ics, but he has some other possibilities 
up his sleevei Don is from North Quincy 
and graduated from North Quincy High where 
he played basketball and three years of 
varsity baseball, 

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Robert A. Fantasa has come to Book Stack 

Service after a previous co-op term as an 
orderly in the Maternity Ward of St. Mar- ■ 
garet's Hospital] Bob is a Modern Lan- 
guage major at Northeastern and he would ; 
like to go into teaching or government 
work. His non-academic interests include 
sports - particularly baseball. 



Patricia J. Fradsham, Cataloging (R St. RS} 
is not new to library work for she has 
worked at the Stoneham Public Library, 
Pat comes from wedford and is a sophomore 
at Northeastern. She is majoring in Eng- 
lish and considering teaching as a career. 

, Government Documents' John A. Gilmore 
I has completed . two years at the University 
, of Maine and is now taking three courses 
at B.U. 's night school, working towards 
a degree in public relations. John lives 
in Somerville and prepared for college 
at Tilton. His interests definitely 
! include sports - especially skiing, 

Thomas J, Zazulak, Central Charging 
' Records, lives in South Boston and is a 
Sophomore at Northeastern. Tom is study- 
ing Electrical Engineering. He is also 
a staanp collector and a member of the 
Boston Polish Philatelical Society. 

Margaret Glynn is working in Cataloging 
and Classification (R & RS) as a Pre- 
Professional while she is studying at 
Simmons. She graduated from Lawrence 
College as an American Literature major 
in 1959 and has worked in the Columbia 
University Library and for Dr. Vlhite at 
the Harvard Medical School Library, com- 
piling bibliographies for his papers. 
Margaret lives in Boston and is finding 
time to take some extension courses along 
with her course in reference work. 

Branch Issue's Thomas J. Henshon is an 
Economics major at Northeastern. His ma- 
jor interest just now is in golf, and he 
is hoping to become a pro. He started 
out caddying around Boston, has worked in 
Florida, and now tries to play as much of 
the year as possible. Tom lives in Boston 
and in addition to his job at the BPL he 
is working at night at the Harvard Fac- 
ulty Club, 

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After 8 months in Alaska where he com- 
pleted his Army duty as a security guard 
at a guided missile emplacement, Barry D. 
Latta has come to Book Stack Service. He 
has not entirely renounced a military 
frame of mind as his hobbies include col- 
lecting weapons. i\mong others he owns an 
old, never finished Japanese ceremonial 
sword. Barry is hoping to study elect- 
rical engineering. 



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Before coming to our Music Department, 
Peter T, Lewis had a teaching fellowship 
in Music at Brandeis. He is still com- 
posing and having some of his works per- 
formed at Brandeis. Peter has s tudied at ; 
Westminster Choir College and the Univer- ' 
sity of California, where he earned both 
a B.A. and an M.A. in Music. He and his 
wife live in Waltham. 

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Joan R. Merchant, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication (R & RS) , comes from Cambridge 
and is a Middler at Northeastern. She is 
majoring in English and her main interests 
include literature and writing. She is 
Corresponding Secretary of her sorority ' 
and so, in a lighter vein, must put her \ 
writing to work on >lixer invitations! i 

Robert M. Murphy is doing his first ; 
co-op in Book Stack Service, He comes 

from Dorchester and went to Boston Tech- ; 

nical High before entering Northeastern ' 

where he is studying Electrical Engineer- l 
ing. Bob is also interested in sports andi 

has played basketball for Northeastern. ; 

Janice L. Purington, Personnel, graduat-, 
ed from Holliston High and worked as a \ 
Dental Receptionist before entering North-' 
eastern, where she is an English Journal- 
ism major. In a previous co-op term, she 
worked for the Herald-Traveler, and when ' 
she leaves Northeastern, she hopes to 
write, perhaps by working on a magazine, i 
Janice's interests also include Ifodern- ! 
Dance. 

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After a varied list of co-op jobs, 
which includes working as a long shoreman,! 
Daniel C. Sears Jr. has come to Book Pur- ; 
chasing. He has an ILA card, and when he j 
is not exercising his boxer, Mark, he j 

spends some spare time longshoring. Dan ' 
is majoring in Education at Northeastern j 
and is a member of the football team. He 



about Northeastern doings, 

James L, luliite, Book Stack Service, 
lives in Dorchester and graduated from 
Dora Bosco, where he played football and 
basketball. Jim has studied drafting, 
but his main interest just now is in 
swimming. He spent a sum-ier as a life 
guard on Nantucket beach and is a swim-ning 
instructor at the Quincy Y"MCA. Jim would 
like to work with his interest in athlet- 
ics, perhaps as a coach, 

Adrienne de Vergie has joined the staff 
at Charlestown to work with Adults and 
Young Adults. A graduate of Boston Univ- 
ersity with a major in Romance Languages, 
Adrienne also studied at Aix- en- Provence, 
France. Justly proud of being both Phi 
Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma Iota, she is now 
continuing studies at Simmons College, 

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Pittsfield is the home town of Sandra 
M, Plank who recently increased the staff 
of Codraan Square. Sandra is a graduate 
of the University of Massachusetts and a 
former teacher. She says she chose Boston 
as a place to work because she yearned for 
the hustle of a big city but she loves 
New England, too. 

Grandmothers of the BPL can now add 
another to their ranks and be prepared 
to compare pictures, sayings and stories. 
Mrs. Frieda Beitchman, Brighton, will 
match her granddaughter with the best. 
Formerly with the New York Public Lib- 
rary, and a native of that city, Mrs. 
Beitchman has put aside her crocheting to 
return to the work she likes best, ••■e're 
glad she didj 

BRANCH ISSUE NOTE 



Mrs. Claire 0' Toole has returned home 
after a two week sojourn in the hospital 
plans to teach, perhaps Business Educatioij' and she is improving every day in every 
and coach, \ -way. She wishes to thank all her friends 

who sent cards and other tokens while she 
was too weak to defend herself. See you 
in May, Claire? 



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Open Shelf's Paul Toomey is an English 
Journalism major in his fourth year at 
Northeastern, Paul is headed towards 
publishing or newspaper work and his ac- 
tivities at Northeastern certainly point 
that way. He writes for the Northeastern 
News and is just now a copy editor. He 
is also a member of the Husky Hi-Liters, 
the staff of a closed radio station which 
broadcasts entertainment and information 



REi-IEiiBER 
CARE 
during 
Holy Vi'eek 

and 
Passover] 



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MLA MIDWINTER INSTITUTE 

Lawrence E, IJikander presided at the j 

busnnP5!s mooting of I^ILA at the Sheraton J 

Plaza, on Thursday February 16. The re- j 

mainder of the day was devoted to an in- ' 

stitute on state aid problems with the ! 

theme "State Aid and You". j 

Orientation and Panel Discussion ' 

lirs. Muriel Javelin opened the morning 
session of the conference, commenting that 
this marked the first time that librarians', 
and library trustees had joined in co-sporf 
soring an MLA conference. Librarians fromj 
small, medium and large libraries, library! 
trustees and lawyers were represented on I 
the panel, including our own John 11, Car- 
roll. The panelists concerned themselves 
largely with the phraseology of the state | 
aid law, the interpretation of the law as j 
it now stands, and with the effect of the \ 
law on state grants to libraries, ! 

In the course of the discussion the j 
panelists pointed out that the prime pur- ' 
pose of the law is to promote and improve \ 
library service in the Commonwealth. Cit-J 
ies and towns to be eligible for grants i 
must apply annually and must meet the • 
standards set up by the Board of Library ' 
Commissioners. The standards are not part' 
of the law itself. They are subject to | 
change at the discretion of the Beard. At; 
present the standards are high, as the i 
Board is anxious to upgrade library ser- j 
vice. There are no strings attached to ( 
the grants and libraries are not bound to 
honor the library cards of other commun- [ 
ities. They are also free to charge non- \ 
residents a fee, i 

Funds for library aid are derived from 
state income taxes. This money has always 
been allocated to the cities and towns, ■. ' 
and in some instances, there will be no i 
additional revenue coming into a comiaunityi 

The panelists sounded a disturbing note t 
when they indicated that the grants were 
given to the municipalities and not to the| 
libraries directly. There is no provisim \ 
in tile law to guarantee that the money 
apportioned for library aid will be used : 
for such by the cities and towns. There- ', 
fore it will be up to librarians to con- \ 
vince local authorities of the library's ] 
importance in the community as ah adjunct , 
to the schools' in the education, of the i 
children, and, in many cases,, as the sole ' 



educational medium for adults. 



MARIE R. KE^JiMEDY 
Luncheon Meeting 

Following the luncheon, special recog- 
nition was given to Sumner Z. Kaplan, god- 
father of the Massachusetts state aid to 
libraries bill. Representative Kaplan 
said that the intent of the bill was to 
give additional financial aid to libraries 
Any failure to meet this goal will be 
corrected by future legislation. 

Mrs. Raymond Young, President, American 
Library Trustees Association, spoke on 
"State Aid: Its Impact on Your Library, 
Your Public, and You." Mrs. Young views 
state aid to libraries as a massive dose 
of vitamins to supplement nutrition. It 
does not replace the meat and potatoes of 
local tax support. 

The small library has a severe struggle 
to keep going for lack of adequate funds. 
The child or the adult in a community of 
500 is entitled to the same materials as 
one living in a community of 500,000, The 
law signed on November 3, I96O shows that 
Massachusetts recognizes its responsibili- 
ty to give adequate library service. 

At present four communities in Massachu- 
setts lack a library. Sixty- three per- 
cent of the population in cities receive 
sub- standard library service. The state 
standards are not excessive or punitive. 
Many cities and towns already meet six of 
the standards. The challenge is to meet 
all of them. 

State aid does not mean the loss of 
local control or local identity. Commun- 
ities of under 25,000 population will 
benefit most from being part of a region- 
al system. They will receive books and 
services from the regional libraries, in 
addition to sharing in regional planning 
as members of the a dvisory commission. 
The small public library will have a feast 
of previously unobtainable services. 

The law is perfectly balanced between 
grants-in-aid and the organization of re- 
gional libraries. The large library, al- 
ready furnishing reference and research 
services, will also benefit. State aid 
will help to meet rising costs so that 
these services may be continued. This 
existing force should be strengthened, 
not weakened. 

Cooperation is the key word in the state 
aid to libraries program. Smaller lib- 



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raries benefit by services from large re- 
gional library centers. The large region- 
al libraries benefit by the financial aid 
received, i 

A brief question and answer period con- , 
eluded this part of the program, ! 

I 

MILDRED C. O'CONNOR 
Group Discussion 

The afternoon Group Discussions gave 
the first real opportunity to ask ques- ' 
tions. Resource People for Area Four, ■ 
Metropolitan Boston, were Elizabeth Butch-' 
er. Librarian of the Brookline Public Lib-, 
rary, and Mrs. V. Genevieve Galick, Dir- j 
ector of the Division of Library Extension* 

The topic that seemed to be on the minds 
of most people was Item Six of Section ; 
I9B of the State Aid law which reads 
",.,lend books to other libraries in the \ 
comjaonwealth and extend privileges to the { 
holders of cards issued by other public ; 
libraries in the commonwealth on a re- 
ciprocal basis," i'iany librarians and ' 
trustees interpreted this to mean that 
those libraries accepting state aid must ' 
extend borrowing privileges to all resi- 
dents of Massachusetts, 

After many questions from the floor and ■ 
a great deal of explanation by Mrs, Ga- ; 
lick, the issue was clarified. 

Many people were confused because they 
did not realize that the State Aid law, , 
Chapter 76O, Acts of I96O, provides for 
two separate types of state aid. The 
first, provided for in Section I9A of the ' 
law, gives each public library certified 
by the Board of Library Cornxnissioners a 
sum of money based on the population of , 
the town. This money is paid to the mu- j 
nicipal treasury, not directly to the 
library. (There is nothing in the law to ' 
compel a municipality to spend this money 
for the library in addition to appropria- 
tions already made. This point, made 
first at the morning session, was brought 
up again,) Libraries qualifying for and 
receiving state aid money under Section 
I9A are not required to extend borrowing , 
privileges to residents outside their 
own towns. 

Section I9B, Item Six which was causing ! 
apprehension on the part of so many li- 
brarians and trustees applies only to the 
second part of the State Aid law. Secticn' 
19c of the law provides for the establish-j 
ment of five regional library systems 



throughout the state. Only if a libraiy 
elects to join a regional program will it 
be required to extend borrowing privi- 
leges outside its own comiaunity. This 
second plan setting up regional library 
service has not yet been implemented. In 
any case, no library receiving state aid 
under Section I9A is obligated in any way 
to join a regional library system. 

Most of the discussion period was need- 
ed to straighten out these points, i'irs. 
Galick remarked that perhaps one of the 
most important outcomes of this meeting 
was her realization that the law was not 
as clear as had been supposed, to libra- 
rians and trustees. 

Certainly those of us who attended this 
session had many doubtful points clarified 
by the discussion. 

ROSE MOORACHIAN 

" State Aid; Its Responsibilities , 
Its Problems, Its Rewards" 

..Was the topic of the talk by Mrs, Lil- 
lian C, Van Mater, Director, Nassau Lib- 
rary System, Hempstead, New York. 

Ebcperience in New York has shown that 
the change in concept of adequate public 
library service and the increased educa- 
tional demands require larger units of 
library service to extend and improve the 
over-all quality of the service. 

Following state aid legislation in 1950 
and a revised law in 1958, three types of 
systems were set up in New York: - the 
consolidated, the federated and the coop- 
erative, to allow for differences in ex- 
isting patterns. 

The membership in a systera is completely 
voluntary, by vote of the local library 
board. 

In Nassau, the largest County idth 
1,300,000 population, the cooperative 
system is financed wholly by state aid 
money. In October 1959 a director was 
hired and the project was underway with 
32 full-time members of the headquarters 
staff, 38 out of the [(.6 libraries in the 
County belong to the system. 

The Members of the Board of Trustees of 
the Cooperative System are elected in a 
democratic fashion that insures represen* • 
tation from all units and from all geo- 
graphic sections. 

The state aid has been applied accord- 
ing to the 1950 census and with the rapid 
growth of the coimnunity it is expected 



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the budget will be almost doubled next 
year on the basis of the I96Q census. 

The cooperative services include refer- 
ence, inter-library loan, audio-visual 
aids, consultant services, and in Septem- 
ber of this year, central processing of 
all materials will be started. 

The five largest libraries in the system 
are each designated as a subject center 
specializing in art, business, etc., 
based on their holdings and geographical 
location. The headquarters office and 
center house the reference collection. 



HARTZELL MiHiOFJAL LECTURE 

! At the eighth Hartzell Memorial Lecture, 
I on March 3, Erwin D. Canham directed our 
I attention to the future of libraries in 
' the setting of urban society, and, to the 
1 future of cities tiiemselves. 

Our speaker's first prediction is one 
that is of great concern to the library 
world— that the relation between individu- 
al man and the printed word will change 
more in the next quarter-century than it 
has in the last millenium. But, at least 



The system has a total of 100,000 volumes. | for the present, the book is not losing 
Teletype and telephone are used in sending the race with electronics; in fact, Mr. 
needed reference material and frequent ', Canham asserts, vhile television and other 
deliveries insure fast service. The State! visual devices have provided, for some, a 
Library at Albany is an additional source more passive substitute for reading, on 
drawn upon for material not in the system!^ the whole, electronic media have stiraula- 
collection. j ted interest in the printed word and in 

Mrs. Van Mater summed up the responsi- 



bilities of the larger unit as follows; 
At the local level 



1 knowledge in general, 
I The printed word is not the only concern 
I of the library, however. As our society 
j grows increasingly complex, and the data 
I of civilization proliferates at a fantas- 



1. To see that local support is not 
reduced 

2. Resources available for interlibrary \ tic rate, the library must preserve and 
loan i make available the records of man's ex- 

3. Cooperate with system in all servicesj panding knowledge. It is significant 



At the regional level 



j that within a few hundred yards from the 



2. 



3. 



1. Keep lines of communication open for j BPL there is now an organization devoted 
good public relations ; to the coding and programming of data. 

2. Seek cooperation and advise in form- \ if libraries are to keep pace with the 
ing and operating plans and in eval- j growth of knowledge and materials, we must 
uating services and projected law . take advantage of new techniques for the 

3. Within the law seek to give priority j mechanical storage and retrieval of inr 

formation. Mr. Canham forsees the student 
or layman pressing buttons on a keyboard 
and seeing information produced instan- 
taneously on a reading platform; the pro- 
gramming of this material is the resoon- 

j sibility of the librarian. 
I The increasing complexity of society 
I creates problems not only for the library, 
I but for the whole framework of our cities. 
I The US has developed a predominantly urban 
'; society; to such an extent, indeed, that 
, for every loO persons added to the popu- 
I lation, during the next decade, 97 will be 
added to our urban areas. In the next few 
years the American economy, and particu- 
i larly the cities, will have to generate 
; 25,000 new jobs every week. By 1975 s 
. there will be 50 million more people in 
{American cities, 2o million added to the 
, commuter rush, and hundreds of thousands 
^more vehicles jockeying for oositions on 
j the highways. Also, by 1975, a vast ne-t>- 
;Work of freeways will have consolidated 
the East coast into one megalopolis of 



to services placed first by local 
libraries 
The problems were summed up as follows : 
1. Fear of loss of autonomy and politi- 
cal domination 

Resentment to change especially in 
standardizing procedures 
Desire to transfer local responsi- 
bility to headquarters staff 
The rewards, which Mrs. Van Water felt 
far outweigh ted the problems are: 

1. Expansion and improvement of total 
services 

Savings on the tax dollar 
Released staff time for individual 
attention to public 
Available consultant services 
The documentary film shown at the con- 
clusion of the talk was produced in the 
belief that it is the most effective 
public relations tool, to explain the 
Horkings and benefits of state aid as ex- 
perienced in Nassau County. 

PAULINE A. VALKER 



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3. 



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[j.0 million people, stretching from north leadership of the economic connuraty. In- 
of Boston to Washington-Baltimore. centive forms of taxation will provide 

To meet this inevitable problem, how- rnore revenue in the long run: excise, sale, 
ever, we are engaging in improvisation, ^use, occupation, and various types of in- 
whon fundamental change is required,- we come taxes must be considered; and espec- 
j^re deceived by the image of progress pre- ially, private enterprise must, and will 
se-ited by the shining new buildings and [^f incentive is not crushed, do most to 
magnificent highways. As soon as the high-j^e-yitalize our urban centers. Finally, 
ways are completed they are inadequate - l^^e people themselves must realize that 
by the time Boston's "inner belt" is fin- j poijtical decisions will deter.nine the 
ished, it would need 16 lanes to carry the ..fg^e of our cities and our nation. Strong 
traffic smoothly. Moreover, expressway .public interest in the political profes- 
plannmg has ignored the effects on the ^sion and in the political orocetjs is essen- 
related problem of rapid transit commuter ;tial to the solution of our urban oroblems. 
transportation. If more and more freeways iToday, when our whole Western way of life 
finally smother the remaining rapid tran- jig challenged, when the world is looking 
sit system, no less than l\.^o of downtown _to the US to see whether people really can 
Boston would have to be converted into 'learn to live together, there is no more 

multi-level parking lots to compensate for ^appropriate olace to start showing what we 
its loss. (Ironically enough, $1 invested .can do than right in our own cities, 
in our rapid transit system does the work i 

of I'l? invested in the highway). Not only | ARTHUR V. CURLEY 

are the measures so far enacted proving in-i 

adequate, but they have not been developed! Why a Hartzell Lecture? 

within the complex of the city, nor re- j 
lated to the lives of the people. ' So many of our new-comers have asked 

Expansion is necessary, certainly, but "For whom is the Hartzell lecture a mem- 
it must be accompanied by plans for slum jorial?" that we feel an explanation is 
clearance, housing, better schools, im- |necessary. Mrs. Bertha V. Hartzell was 
proved comrauter transportation, reduction 'our much- loved Supervisor of Training 
of densities, recreation facilities, and .from 192? to 19i|.6. ^-hen she died in 19^0, 
eventually the breakup of the central city 'members of the staff who had been in her 
into neighborhoods of manageable size. classes, with other friends and associates. 

Cities and suburbs both face the same pro- made contributions to be used for a menor- 
blems, as the latter will soon appreciate, jial in her name. This lecture series was 
when the effects of uneven development and decided upon as a tribute to her character, 
insufficient tax bases are fully realized, aims, and sense of values. Her colleague, 

Another problem is the level at which ; Alice M. Jordan, wrote of her, "It would 
urban and suburban planning should evolve -'be difficult to measure Bertha Hartzell 's 
16,000 separate, local units of government 'influence upon the library service." We 
can never effectively carry out such far- ihope through these lectures to maintain her 
reaching schemes; moreover, attempting to (influence in a small way. 
pay for regeneration with purely local 

funds, drawn almost exclusively from that APPOINTMENT 

already overburdened source - the real- .■ 

estate tax, is self-defeating. Yet, re- '. Leonard J. Macmillan, Book Purchasing, 
liance on the Federal government is not ^has been appointed Vice-chairman (and 
the answer either. -in some areas, Massa- Chairman Elect) of the national Business 
chusetts would send twice as much revenue and Finance Division of the Special Libra- 
to vashington as it would receive back; .ries Association. 578 members comprise 
also, federal financing entails federal ithis Division, making it one of the largest 
control, in the Association. He will edit the 

New forms of government and new sources .Division bulletin during the 1961-62 
of revenue are needed. Regional, feder- .season, 
a ted units of government can solve the 
metropolitan problems more economically, 
progressively, and honestly; there must 
be co-operation between the government of 
the city, the state legislature, and the 



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CATHQLIC BOOK V-^EK 

The Forum and Fair observed annually, 
in Boston, in honor of Catholic Book Weel^' 
was held at i^evj England Mutual Hall, Sat- 
urday afternoon, February 25. 

The prograra, sponsored jointly by the 
League of Catholic Women and the New 
England Unit of the Catholic Library 
Association, had been arrangedby the 
local Catholic Book Week Director, Marthaj 
C. Engler, South Boston. , 

Authors Joseph F. Dineen, Sara VJeeks, i 
Elizabeth Yates, and the Rev. Jude Mead, ■' 
C.F. each discussed several of his or 
her own books. 

Rev. John J. Mowatt, Administrator, Our, 
Lady of Kazan Russian Greek Catholic . 
Church, South Boston, reviewed in a inost '■ 
timely manner SAINTS OF RUSSIA by Con- * 
stantin de Grunwald. Father Mowatt, a 
recognized authority on the religious j 
heritage of Russia, oointed up the fact ;■ 
that the spiritual strength of Russian ■ 
Christianity is not dead and is a source 
of solace to the people in their present > 
difficulties, 

Rt. Rev. Msgr. Timothy F. O'Leary, \ 
Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese 
of Boston, presented prizes to the win- ; 
ners of ihe Catholic Book Week Essay 
contest for parochial school children, 
sponsored bv the New England Unit of the j 
Catholic Library Association. 

BPL staff meinbers, prominent in the ' 
execution of a very successful program, ; 
were 5 i/'illian T. Casey, Connolly; Diane 
Farrell, Codman Squarej Patricia Feeney, : 
Audio-Visualj Harry Fletcher, Cataloging 
and Classification, R & RSj James Ford, , 
Educationi Mrs. Anne Kearney, Lower Mill^' 
Mary Alice Rea, Book Purchasing! Richard j 
Sullivan, Book Purchasing; Mrs. Helen , 
O'Leary, Faneuil; retired staff members: ' 
Mrs. Gertrude Bergen and Anna Planning; 
as well as former BPL staff members: ; 
Alice Marie Buckley, Paul Moynihan and i 
Jeannette Pepin. i 

MARTHA C. ENGLER [ 

BUCKMAM RETIREMEtJT \ 

On March 1, Anna M. Buckmann, Central , 
Charging Records, worked her last day I 
before retiring after 25 years of service; 
Anna and her mother soon will be leaving ■ 
Boston for Sacramento, California, where 
they will make their home. They vaca- ' 



tioned there last summer and apparently 
enjoyed it even more than they told us. 

On February 28, a farewell luncheon was 
held in her honor at the Red Coach Grille. 
Ower sixty of her friends were in atten- 
dance. Miss Buckmann's appearance was 
complemented by a corsage of yellow tea- 
roses. Anna's mother won the attention 
and praise of all by looking and acting 
so youthful, 

John M, Carroll expressed our mixed 
feelings : confident that Inna and her 
mother would be happy in their soon- to-be- 
adopted city, but realizing that Anna's 
absence - both official and personal - 
would be felt throughout the library, 

Charles J. Gillis presented Anna with a 
gift on behalf of her friends - a trans- 
istor radio and an aruount of grsen, cash- 
type money. The one, Mr; Gillis explained, 
was for the two to hear all the news - all 
the good news - from Boston, the other was 
to help them bolster their courage on the 
cross-country flight (tourist flights do . 
not fet free cocktails j . 

The luncheon ended with an obviously 
sincere thank you and farewell from Miss 
and Mrs. Bucki.iann. But Mr. Carroll 
couldn't let Anna just walk away. He 
wanted to make sure he'd be remembered. 
He tried twice - the first one went wild 
and landed on her nose, the second made 
it to her cheek, 

HiiEN G. SCOLLINS and FRANCIS X. COX 



CHINESE DOLL EXHIBIT 

To continue the interest aroused by the 
Chinese New Year celebration in February, 
South End is exhibiting a selection of 
Chinese dolls from the collection of the 
Misses Grace and ilarie Turner, The exhib- 
it will continue through March. 

There is a gay family group out for an 
airing, and ttiey come upon what was a 
common scene in old China: a barber whose 
shop is the wide outdoors.' His customer 
is a little boy whose head has just been 
shaved while little sister looked on. No 
one else heeds them; the Buddhist woman 
lumbers by, and the Taoist priest contin- 
ues his way, scowling over some problem 
that confronts him. The barber seems to 
be reluctant to release the boy from the 
bench. He stands poi,sed over the boy, 
razor in hand; his stand with basin, tow- 
els, scissors, brush, and mirror are be- 
side hirri. Perhaps the boy will get the 
hot towel treatment. 



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An itinerant tea and confectionery vendor 
comes into view. Over his shoulder is a 
long bamboo pole from which hang the cases 
in which he carries the wares he hawks 
through the streets. Does he scent cus- 
tomers among the family and barber groups? 
(Do the street barber and the wandering ; 
tea vendor still make their way through 
Chinese streets, or do they represent a ; 
way of life that is past?) ' 

To complete the exhibit there are three 
larger dolls. One is a baby resplendant 
in silken cape with a high collar to ward 
off the drafts, and a cap topped with his 
pigtail. The other is a beautifully clad 
mother whose chubby baby rides comfortabify' 
on mother's back, a fine place to view ' 
the town, 

VJe are most grateful to the Turner 
sisters for their generosity in lending 
us their dolls to exhibit now, as well as ; 
for many years in the past. 

Aim. M CONNELLY : 

WITH TiiE STUDENTS ' ' 

English High 11th grade 70 students. 
Must all read Irving' s Devil and Tom 
^''alker and Hawthorne's David Swann . Ther^ 
are not sufficient copies in the library. 

Vc 

Meadowbrook School , Newton. 9th grade 
Assignment: to compare a particular 
Asiatic or Latin American country with 
the US, with respect to one of the follow-, 
ing aspects? transportation, communica- 
tions, language and culture, medicine, 
machine progress, oostal sei^ice. Each 
student must obtain a minimum of 6 pam- 
phlets and i| books. 

Boston J^atin 8th grade. 120 students 
must obtain material on the techniques 
of poetry. 

Beverly High 3 80 seniors doing term 
paper on various authors 

State College, Boston Sophomore class of 
60 students. Term paper is a book review 
of HERE IS YOUR 1;AR. ■ 

Boston tJniversity , College of Basic Stud- 
ies. English and humanities course. 
More than 100 assigned to write a critical 
analysis of various authors 



Catherine Laboure School of Nursing 
Freshmen, 50-60 in class, t'aper on 
Youth abroad in different countries. 

Girls Latin Class of 29 students assign- 
ed term paper in 19th and 20th century 
literature 

■«• 
Needham High lA/hole school has project 
but length of paper varies according to 
the class, ihst of the juniors and sen- 
iors will come to the BPL, 300 in senior 
class. Subject: American or English 
novelist must be selected, and the paper 
is an analysis of his novels 

Reading Hemorial High Senior and Junior 
class, advanced placement history class 
of 10 pupils. They are doing a iS page 
history paper 

■it 
St. Sebastian Senior class. Science 
project for science fair 

Boston Latin 9th grade. Each student 
must locate an article on goats in tiie 
1937-1939 AQRICULTURAL Ii\lDEX. Mo other 
year will do. Apparently the teacher 
found an article that year and has not 
visited the library since then. 

Sacred Heart High , Newton 37 Juniors. 
History term paper 
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On the last two Saturdays there has 
been almost no seating capacity at all 
by afternoon. And with s tudents wanting 
the same materials at the same time, 
the library is unable to care for the 
needs of the numbers arriving, 

MUSIC HATH CIJAKIS 

A young lady went to the recordings 
desk in Audio-visual recently to ask if 
they had any Italian records. The assist- 
ant struggled to pin her down - was it 
music by Italians or in Italian style? 
■"^id she wish vocal or instrumental? Con- 
certos, operas, or what? After some 
discussion, the facts emerged. The lady 
had been given a pizza pie and wanted 
records to playwhile eating it. 




Dear Editor, 

In Recruiting and Retention the empha'- 
sis is far too often on Recruiting. lAihen 
an employee is lost through early retire- 
ment or for other employrftent, a large 
investment is lost. The period of train- 
ing to bring this person to full produc- 
tive capacity, the time spent by other 
employees in helping to train this per- 
son, the reduced efficiency of a group 
when a trained member is lost, all of 
these factors and others represent a 
large cash investinent loss when we lose 
S'rsc 'P ^ ^ trained emplo;'"ee we might have retained. 

— ^ P ■LJ^'^ Emphasis on Recruiting at the expense of 

Any contribution to the Soap Box must Retention is uneconomic even when your 
be accompanied by the full name of the j trained employee does not leave, since 
Association member submitting it, to- loss of morale may cause lack of desire 
gether with the name of the Branch Library to do a superior job. Feet dragging 
Department or Office in which he or she | has a way of being contagious, 
is employed. The name is withheld from ; The "bonus baby" rookie in baseball 
publication, or a pen name is used, if thei is resented by the veteran player who 



contributor so requests. Anonymous con- 
tributions 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 indi- 
vidual Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily indicate 
that the Publications Committee and the 
Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. Only those contribu- 
tions containing not more than 3OO words 
will be accepted. 



Dear Soap Box? 

I'JHSN are the answprs to suggestions 
dropped into the Staff Suggestion Box to 
be given to the signees? We have hear' 
of no answers being received as yet, 
though the box was started several months 
ago. And how are the answers to the anon- 
ymous suggestions to reach the staff? 

CURIOUS 

Dear Soap Box: 

Suggestions submitted by the public in 
the Suggestion Boxes are usually replied 
to within days. Surely it should not be 
months before signed suggestions sub- 
mitted to the Staff Suggestion Box are 
at least acknowledged, 

WOT INTERESTED IN l.'AITING 



feels he is being underpaid to help pay 
j the rookie's bonus and salary. Human 
j nature doesn't change. Eveiyone wants 
i fair treatment and resents unfair treat- 
} ment. 

j Keep everyone on the team happy. Give 
! Retention its proper importance in a 
1 Recruiting and Retention Program. Re- 
j ward the skilled veteran in at least the 
i same proportion as the neophyte. You 
are sure of what your veteran worker can 
do. Your newcomer may prove to be a 
bust, and is more likely to jump to 
another library. There is no "reserve" 
clause in library work. 

WILLING TO PLAY BALL 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XVI ifamber 1; April I96I 

Publications Gommittee; Arthur V. (Jurley, A. liay Uecker, James J. ii'brd, Kose 

Moorachian, Caroline R. Stanwood, I. Roger btevens. Cartoon- 
ist, Sarah M. Usher, Indexer, Dorothy P. Shaw, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material; 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



Mith the approval of the budget last week, the long-waited 
return of the Central Library to its former hours and the restora- 
tion of several other services next week, staff morale should rise 
a notch or two - in realization that the Library has finally been 
permitted to turn once more in the direction of the more adequate 
services due the patrons of a library of our size and reputation. 
We hope the flow of badly needed materials will nromptly follow.' 

The changes are not viewed with unalloyed delight by the 
staff however. Those two "closed" mornings have proved invaluable 
in catching up with or keeping abreast of routine tasks, especially 
in those open departments lacking work rooia space. Because of this, 
we are loathe to see them disanpear. 

Also, while the re-opening gives further meaning and impetus 
to National Library Week locally, and ends the full year of re- 
duced service - it also happens to fall during school vacation 
week - one of the busiest of the year. Since some departments 
have insufficient staffing as yet, to cope with the increased 
hours, the unexpected resumption of service places a further 
strain on a tired staff, and in some instances cannot fail to 
result in poor service during a period of especially heavy use. 

But we are now on our way to better goals.' 

THE PUBLICATIONS COiiaTTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



ETCHING BY HEIi\iTZELi'iAN 



Committees are pretty well organized and 
most of the Coimnittees and their members ' 
will be listed elsewhere in this QUESTION-, 
MARK. Perhaps you are not serving on a 
committee but you can support your organ- 
ization by paying your dues promptly and 
by attending meetings. The next business 
meeting will be held in May. You will be . 
notified of the exact date - Plan to be 
there. 

The Executive Board has had several 
meetings with Ervin Gaines to discuss 
ways and means of attracting new staff 
members to the Boston Public Library. | 

As we approach National Library Week j 
1961, it is pleasant to know that the 
passing of the budget makes it possible 
to resume services which the rigors of an j 
austerity program had curtailed. It will . 
be good to be back on normal schedules. I 



A recent exhibition at the Symphony 
Hall Gallery consisted of etchings by 
Arthur V. Heintzelman, Keeper of Prints, 
Emeritus, at the 3PL. In addition to 
his more familiar works, the exhibit 
included recent portraits of Ben Gurion, 
Albert Schweitzer, and Charles Munch. 



RUTH M. HAYES 



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FOR 1961 
JOIN 
BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF ASSOCIATION 

NOW 

For application form, contact your 
Staff Representative 
or 
Send yearly dues of "I.SO to David Sheehan 
(General Reference), Treasurer BPLSA 

Upon becoming a member, you may request a 
Discount Card from the Personnel Office. 



WHY DON'T ^a'E ...? 

Experiment with using a few grocery- 
type light two-wheeled carts so thgt 
more than a dozen books can be handled 
per trip into the stacks? 

Open the Staff Library on Saturday? 
Staff library school students, and often 
other members of the staff are blocked 
during lunch hours from completing 
assignments or surveys. 

Provide a box at Center Desk to hold 
the "crossed" call-slips as they come 
back fixim the indicator, until the boy 
can deliver thera to the seats? 

NON FICTION 

There was the female patron putting in 
call-slips at Center Desk recently, who 
told the staff she would go down to the 
1 Coffee Shop for a cup of coffee while she 
I was waiting for delivery of her bool<s. 
I When told that the Coffee Shop was open 
only to staff, she replied promptly "Oh 
no it isn't, I go there all the time J " 



For further information, please contact 
your Staff Representative - or - Mrs. 
EleSnora N. Chaplik (Codman Square) 
Chairman, Membership and Hospitality 
Committee. 

CHANGE OF DATE 

The date of the spring meeting of the 
Massachusetts Library Association has 
been changed to Thursday and Friday, 
June 8 and 9. The place is the same 
as originally announced, the Hotel 
Belmont in West Harwich. 

MURIEL C. JAVELIN 
Vice President 
Massachusetts Library 
Association 



CONGRATULATIONS 

J To proud grandad Lord.' Also to i^Ir. and 
li'lrs. John Van Dusen (mother is Mary Lord)] 
Our latest recruit for future library 
service was born March 2[j.th. We advise 
our Director to start training her young, 
in the way she should go, and to enter 
young Gretchen in some library school 

■ right away. 

! CLOSED MORNING 

[ Challenged in the BPL corridors on a 
I closed morning recently, two girls 
•• admitted they had come down from Maine 
Und were just seeing the sights in the 

■ library. 



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PERSOMMEL NOTES 

New Employees 

Mrs. Hazel A. McDonald, Book Preparation 

James E. MacDonald, Central Charging 

Records 
Naomi D. Manowitz, Jamaica Plain 
Edward T. O'Donnell, South Boston 
i-'irs. Helen A. Rosenberg, Bookmobiles 

New Employees (Northeastern Cooperative 
Students ) 

Mark Alpert, Central Charging Records 
(formerly part-time, Fine Arts) 

Errol Baker, Central Book Stock, Branch 
Issue 

Gerald Blonder, Open Shelf 

Gail Burns, Kirstein 

Anne Cabral, Book Preparation 

Carol Darish, Cataloging and Classificatia 
(R and RS) 

Emily Fagerberg, Business Office 

Ernest Gam, Book Stack Service (re-entry) 

Frances Hale, Personnel, (re-entry) 

Edward Howell, Book Purchasing 

Barbara LaFlamme, Fine Arts 

Delores E, Link, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, (R and RS) (re-entry) 

Arthur MacDonald, Book Stack Service 

Agnes McLaughlin, Division Office, (R & R^ 

Elaine Miller, Bookmobiles 

Theresa Ouellet, Book Purchasing (re-entrj^ 

Peter Ranney, Book Stack Service (re-entry) 

Martin F. Shore, Records, Files, -Statistics 

Marcia Soolman, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion (R & RS) 

Milton Taylor, Book Stack Sgrvice 

Anthony Tieuli, Book Purchasing (re-entry) 

Diane Thompson, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion (R & RS) (re-entry) 

John Walsh, Book Stack Service (re-entry) 

Janice VJright, Book Purchasing 

Transferred 

lirs. I'xnifred C. Frank, Jamaica Plain to 

Division Office, HR &CS 
Joan Sughrue, Division Office, HR & CS 

to Division Office, R & RS 

Terminated - Northeaster Cooperative 

Students 
M. David Allard, Bookmobiles 
Anthony Bajdek, Book Stack Service 
Donald E. Chickering, Book Stack Sgrvice 
Lawrence C. Barrett, Book Purchasing 
Stephen Davis, Science and Technology 
Robert A. Fantasa, Book Stack Service 
Patricia Fradsham, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R and RS 



Mrs, Brenda S. Franklin, Book Purchasing 
Thomas J. Henshon, Branch Issue 
Neil J. Kelly, Records, Files, Statistics 
Clara Koretsky, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, R and RS 
Stephen Kossover, Book Stack Service 
Elizabeth I. McLucas, Cataloging and 

Classification, R & RS 
Joan R. Merchant, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R & RS 
Robert M. Murphy, Book Stack Service 
Janice L. Purington, Business Office 
Daniel C. Sears Jr, Book Purchasing 
Allen J. Shapire, Book Purchasing 
Paul Tooraey, Open Shelf 
Thomas J. Zazulak, Central Charging 
Records 

Resigned 

Esther S. Chute, Periodical and News- 
paper, to be married 

James E. Devin, Jr, Kirstein, to obtain 
employment elsewhere 

Margaret Glynn, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, R & RS, to move to 1/est Coast 

Mrs. Judith N. Kurd, Uphams Comer, to 
remain at home 

Mrs. Mary Ann Katsiane, Central Charging 
Records, to remain at home 

Barry D. Latta, Book Stack Service, to 
move to Florida 

MHO'S NEVJ? 

Shirley Utudjian, the new assistant in 
the Children's Room at Mattapan, hails 
originally from Braintree, but she has 
been going to s chool and working in Bos- 
ton for the past seven years. 

After getting her BA in Sociology at 
Northeastern, Shirley attended Boston 
College School of Social Work on a part 
time basis, while she was working at the 
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to 
Children. However, she feels that her 
job in the library more ideally combines 
her long standing interest in children 
and her love of books, 

Shirley keeps busy taking courses in 
voice and music theory at the New England 
Conservatory, singing, as soloist, in 
Newton's Trinity Church, and participat- 
ing in the activities of the Handel and 
Haydn Society, 

Fine ^rt's Mrs. Marcia J, Battaglia is 
studying at Simmons. She majored in 
French literature at Colby and studied 
in Lyon on a Fulbright before going to 



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Washington where she first worked for the!Atlanta University School of Library 
Ctovernment and then joined the District's ^Science, and will attend Simmons for 



Public Library System, She is going to 
live in Cambridge, 

J, Edward Keefe III, Central Charging 
Records, is commuting to the BPL from 
Jamaica Plain. Ed is taking a year off 
from Harvard, where he is a iiath major, 
and is considering heading towards a PhD 
and college teaching, Ed does a lot of 



reading and is also interested in hockey. = 



;her Library Science masters starting 
this summer. 

Brenda had a long list of activities 
in college including listing in VTIO'S IvHO 
AMONG STUDENTS IN AMERICAl'J COLLEGES Al® 

I UNIVERSITIES. 

j Her present hobbies are reading, golf, 

{writing poetry and taking driving lessons 

;at the Y. 



MICHAEL DELLO RUSSO 



Edward J. Diffley has joined the staff ; 
of Cataloging and Classification (HR &CS) | On Tuesday, April 5 at 3 p.m., Michael 
until June when he is going into the Army^Dello Russo went to his final reward, 
Ed is a native of Providence where he at- Mike - as he was familiarly known - enter- 
tended Providence College, majoring in ; ed the library service on March 28, 1927. 
Classics, He got his Library Science j He worked for six years in the Buildings 
degree from Rutgers in January and has j Department and it was during this time 
also worked as a trainee in the East ; that he met Antoinette Di Dio, his future 
Orange Public Library. Ed calls himself jwife, who was working in the Book Stack 
an avid tennis player and his last com- | Service. 

i i^Iike ' s work often had him carrying 
I books to and from the Binding Department 
I and on September 18, 1933 he became a 
i full time employee of that department, 
j And he knew so much about the work. When 
j there was some doubt about the color of 
material to use in binding a book, or the 



raent was that he is single.' 

The smiling new face in the Children's 
room at South End belongs to Mrs, Delia 
M. Jones. She was bom in Oakdale, 
Louisiana, and was graduated from South- 
ern University at Baton Rouge. After 
graduate work in Michigan, she married 
and moved here. Her hobbies include 
tennis and swimming. 

Arthur M. Wolman, Uphams Corner, is 
making good use of his background in the 
study and apolication of social work, 
in his work with Young Adults, Art's 



way a sample volume should be bound, it 
was Mike's knowledge of the stacks that 
served the Bindery in good stead. His 
t duties were varied - he started the books 
I on the various binding processes and he 
also had complete charge of the cutting 
of stock, which was no mean chore. 
We will miss his even disposition and 



hitch in the Army took him through parts j his eagerness to do a favor for ar^^-one. 
of the Orient and added to his interest i To his wife i'ntoinette, his fine son and 



in music, art, theatre and the study of 



social and cultural functions, 
graduate of Kenyon College. 



He is a 



The young man whom YA borrowers hover 
about at Memorial is Paul D, Cronin, He 
received his degree from Stonehill and 
did graduate work at Pittsburgh. Paul 
likes sailing and swimming. Equest- 
riennes on the staff will be glad to 
learn that he also owns a few horses 
and is single] 

Brenda H. Hemingway, Uphams Comer, 
attended Roxbury Memorial High, then ; 

went to Morgan State College, majoring j 
in French and minoring in Spanish and ; 
Education, graduating with honors in 1960^^ 
Brenda also spent one semester the the ' 



lovely daughter we extend our heartfelt 
sympathy. 

HEiJRY FAHEY 

CURB ON LU1\ICH HOURS? 

We learned recently, that Kirs te in has 
a most interesting problem, as yet un- 
solved - that of the disappearing new 
staff members. Several new employees 
have been sent downtown to them - one 
after another. And they have checked 
out for lunch - one after another - and 
have never returned] 

O VERHMRD FROM MEjIBER, OF NEVER- TOO LATE 

,..but I can't do that, it's too late." 



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BOOKS ADDED TO STAFF LIBRARY FIRST QUARTER 

American Library Association 
Studying the Community 
Chicago, i960 

Barton, llary M 

Reference books, l^th edition ' 
Baltimore, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1959' 

Doms, Keith and Howard Rovelstad 

Guidelines for Library Planners^ Pro- 
ceedings of the Library Buildings & ' 
Equipment Institute, ALA June 1^59 
Chicago. ALA, I96O 

Downs, Robert B 
The First Freedom 
Chicago, ALrt, I96O 

Glaister, Geoffrey A 

Glossary of the book | 

London, George Allen & Unwin, i960 

Graham, Clarence 

The first book of public libraries ; 
NY, Franklin Watts, 1959 • 

Hoffman, Hester R 

Readers adviser and bookman's manual i 
9th edition I 

NY, Bowker, I96O j 

Marshall, John D : 

Of, By, and For Librarians j 

Hamden, Conn, ohoe String -^Vess, I96O . 

Powell, Lawrence C - 

Books in my baggage 
m, I'orld, i960 I 

Schick, Frank 

The paper-bound book in America 

I!Y, Bowker, 1958 ' 

University of Illinois Library School ' 
Library Trends. Vol. 9, no. 1, July 
i960 (Issue devoted to State Aid to 
Public Libraries) ; 

Urbana, Illinois, University of Illinois; 
Library School, July I96O i 

Wolf, Edwin i 

Rosenbach 
NY, World, i960 ; 

MORE ON STUDENT USE 

The situation in Reading - where use of ' 
the public library was banned for students 
in the evenings, starting in December - ■ 
is now the subject of a comprehensive 
survey of the high school student body, ' 
according to the Lawrence EAGLE of March . 
28. A progress report of the student 
committee was submitted to the town meet- 
ing, recommending that the ban be removed '. 
as soon as possible. 

Questions included in the survey are 



these: 
Do you have serious need of the library 

from 7-9 pm? 
Are you unable to use the liorary in 

the afternoon? If so, why? 
Has it been necessary to use libraries 

in neighboring towns? 
How often is the s chool library used? 

When? ^cr what purpose? 
Is the s chool library adequa ie for 

resource material? 
What teachers assign material not 
available in the school library? 
Teachers w ere also asked how a few 
questions such as how often they assign 
homework requiring library material, and 
whether they thought the school library 
adequate. 

Results are still being compiled. 
(Reading has made heavy use of the 
BPL according to comparative call-slip 
figures kept by the Periodical and News- 
paper Department) 

The Wilmington Delaware EVENING JOURNAL 
of April 6 carried a front page article 
on theft of pages from the materials of 
the Wilmington library by students, es- 
pecially in the reference department. 
Student use has almost doubled there in 
the past few years. 

Florence Kniffen, head of the reference 
department says the main difficulties in 
student use there is that too many stu*^ 
dents are assigned to the same books, 
that there are too many students and not 
enough staff, that the students have 
insufficient knowlede and understanding 
of the actual assignment given. 

Wilmington handles about 3OOO students 
on a Saturday. 

According to Harland Carpenter, Direc- 
tor of the Library, more money for books 
and librarians would help the situation, 
even to mutilations (made because of 
insufficient copies of materials?). He 
has asked for an increase of .'^25,000 this 
year for materials and staffing. Last 
years budget for City-County library 
system was iioO jUUO. 

A welcome "plus" for this column oc- 
curred this month. A teacher called the 
library to ask what materials we had 
available on co-education, Ivhen some 
members of her class came in to prepare 
for a debate, we were aware of their 
needs and able to find appropriate 
material. 



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Another "plus" action was the visit of 
26 sophomores from the Dennis- Yarmouth 
Regional High (our fame is_ spreading) 
accompanied by two teachers. Although we 
had no advance warning, the group was 
split in ti'jo smaller groups, and the 
teachers made it a point to show the stu- 
dents HOW to use the indexes, catalogs, 
etc, and made certain they followed the 
procedures desired by the staff, through 
frequent consultations, 

A young (5th grade?) man at General 
Reference blurted, "I have to find a book 
on the troubles of North America. " Furth- 
er questioning failed to reveal clearly 
whether this was a bona fide assignment 
oi" whether this particular young man had 
simply slept through a series of Current 
Events classes in which the "Troubles" 
had been discussedl v 

The Junior and Senior classes at Boston 
English (about 500) were given an assign- 
ment on Greek, Roman and Norse gods. They 
were asked to find the equivalent figures 
in the different mythologies, 

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Another class at Boston English came 
into liie library with an extra-credit 
project to find an "event" (not further 
defined) for every year in Samuel John- 
son's life. The General Reference staff, 
searching for chronological lists, could 
not help wonder what the bo5'^ were learn- 
ing. 

Boston Latin too has one instructor 
with a fondness for the "bonus" or as he 
designates it "the treaaure hunt" question 
which gives the student extra credit if 
found. Staff members in several depart- 
ments find -Uiese queries little help in 
teaching use of the library, or real 
facts, to the students, but they do pro- 
vide very real nuisance value to the 
staff in wasted time and energy. The 
questions on the whole are apt to be 
obsure. Research methods could be more 
simply taught, 

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Some senior classes at Boston Latin 
have a history assignment, each with an 
individual topic. One of these is re<- 
search on the Pro-German organizations 
of the 1930s. 

■* 
Lowell State Teachers has an assignment 

in vol. "^0 of thft flmp>r-if>an Ilor-^iir^/- 



We are one of the nearer libraries which 
has the volume. 

A Boston College freshman English class 
of II4.O students cannot complete their 
assignment without using this library as 
the men doing research on the older plays 
cannot find reviews and critical comment 
in the periodical files at the college. 

Boston Latin 9th grade assignment in- 
volving two classes with a total of 60 
students must read Lamb's HANNIBAL. A 
period of one month is allowed to complete 
the assignment. No copies are available 
at the school, 

>t 

loth grade English High class of [|.0 
students must each read one of the 
three titles assigned written by Bruce 
Catton. 

AMONG OUR REQUESTS 



Book titles 

Insulin Chariots 

No Manners in Ireland 

The Terrific Lover 

Joseph and His Buttons 

Anger of the Killers 

Dead Sea Scrawls 

Donkey Oate 

Trundling into Maine 

Decayed 

Foods Without Fats 

Authors 
Davy Knee 
Tim O'Shenko 
Donald Kehole 




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g^^^^/fe?Tr>^ 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must \ 

be accompanied by the full name of the i 

Association member submitting it, to- ! 

gether with the name of the Branch Lib- | 

rary, Department or Office in which he j 

or she is employed. The name is with- ' 

held from publication, or a pen name is \ 

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 aopearing , 

in the Soap Box are personal opinions ; 

expressed by individual Association i 

members and their appearance does not \ 

necessarily indicate that the Publica- j 

tions ComiTiittee and the Association are \ 

in agreement with the views expressed. , 

Only those contributions containing i 
not more than 300 words will be accepted, • 



where the car had been left, without at 
least being told. 

TOP FLOOR 

To the Editor - 

Was it necessary to pick one of the 
school vacation periods to open again on 
full schedules? Could not the opening 
have been deferred until the needed staff 
was secured and given at least a run- 
through on duties and locations? Vaca- 
tion weeks are so busy that few staffs 
can spare even one member to train or 
even guide new staff. Who is going to 
run slips, shelve etc. for the hordes 
we expect to use the library? 

ON THE FIRING LINE 

To the Soap Box: 

Could not we have had more warning 
that the library was to return to its 
old hours? Some departments lack full 
time staff to cover the hours, some 
lack part-time staff, some both. It is 
impossible to recruit, interview and 
train even part-time staff in so short 
a period, to provide adequate service 
when we re-open. 

WORRIED 

Dear Soap Box, 

The library is resuming full service 
next week, and our former shame over 
our library's reduced hours is alleviated. 
But what sort of renutation will we now 
earn if we are opening understaffed in 
a week vjhich calls attention to libraries 
and which is also a week of very constant 
use by studnnts on vacation? 

CASSAiORA 



Dear Editor: 

Recently a car belonging to a member 
of the staff was towed from Blagden : 

Street while several people who knew the | 
owner stood by. No one took the time i 
to let him know about this before, during, 
or after. I wonder how many of these 
smug onlookers would themselves like to 
pay a towing fee and have added to that 
the total surprise of finding a space 



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BOSTON PUBLIC LIBh.lliY STAFP ASSOCIATION 
OFFICiiftS AND CQfllTT^J^ - 1961 



PRESIDMT 
VICE PKIiSID^TJT 
TREASURER 

CORRESPONDinG S^^CRETARir 
RECORDING SeCRaTARI 



PHYLLIS riDAliS 
KATHLEEN HEGARTY 



EXECUTIVE BOARD 



RUTH h. HAY^ 
LOUIS RAINS 
DAVID SHIiiiHAN 
EVELYN ISAACS 
B. GERTKUDi^ WADE 



MILORED PI CONE 
LOUIS POLISHOOK 



(Note: Most recent past president, Mrs Sarah W. Flanneiy, 
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 Bcecutive Boatrd but not to take 
part in the discussions or in the voting".) 



STANDING COMMITTEES 



CONCESSION CaiMITTEE 



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l;ax Anapole 

William Kane 

Mary McDonald 

Mrs. Evelyn Marden 

Frances O'Hare 

A. Kay Decker, Chairman 



Periodical and Newspaper Dept. 

Buildings Dept, 

Bookmobiles 

East Boston Branch 

Accounting Dept. 

Branch Issue Dept. 



■» Representative of the Boston Public Library Building Service 
Qnployees International Union, Local #ij09 (AFL) 
■»Hi- Representative of other groups not represented in the Association 
or the Union. 



CONSTITUTION CO^JMITTEE 

Charles Gillis 

B. Joseph O'Neil 

Louis Polishook, Chairman 

ENTfeRTAIM oMT CaTiITT!. AND HOSPITALITY 

Mildred Adelson 

Mary Bennett 

Mary Bowker 

Elinor Conley 

Bertha Keswick 

Ellen Peterson 

Mildred Presente, Chairman 

HOUSE COMMITTEE FOR ^lEN 

Max Anapole 

Thomas MacGlaughlin 

Arthur Mulloney 

JaEHBS MacNiff 

Michael Venezia, Chairman 



Central Charging Records 
Periodical and Newspaper Dept. 
Central Charging Records 



Jamaica Plain Branch 
East Boston Branch 
Washington Village Branch 
Dorchester Branch 
Branch Issue Dept. 
Hyde Park Branch 
Hyde Park Branch 



Periodical and Newspaper Dept, 
Book Stack Service 
Statistical Dept. 
Catalog and Classification D 
Patent Room 



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HOUSS COMMITTEL FOR VJOIlfiN 

Barbara Feeley 
Patricia Feeney 
Jeanne Fitzgerald 
Anna Scanlon 
Mary Sheehan, Chairman 

l?sisljitiv" and legal matters 



Information Office 
Audio Visual Dept. 
Science and Technology Dept. 
Book Preparation Dept. 
Book Purchasing Dept. 



Gerald Ball 

Louis Polishook 

Frank Levine, Chairman 

FEMBER5HIP CCmiTTaS 

M. Dorothy Ekstrom 

Corrine Henderson 

Etta Kessell 

Ruth Marshall 

Ollie Partridge 

David Sheehan 

Norman Wolman 

Eleanora Chaplik, Chairman 

PaRSOmJ X CO^iMITTEE 

Harry Andrews 
Dorothy Becker 
Frank Bruono 
Ruth Conroy 
Ann mggan 
Doris Gray 
Edward J. Montana 
Mildred Picone 
Augusta Rubinstein 
Irene Tuttle, Chairman 

PROGRAM COMiilTTiiE 



Harold Brackett 
Mary Hackett 
Sewell Hayes 
Kathleen Hegarty 
Lorraine Hepburn 
Mildred Kaufman 
Myra Morse 
Marian Schmitt 
Edna G. Peck, Chairman 

PUBLICATION CaiiaTTiLS 

Arthur Curley 
A. Kay Decker 
James J. Ford 
Rose Moorachian 
Caroline R. Stanwood 
I . Roger Stevens 
Sarah M. Usher 
Dorothy P. Shaw 



Book Purchasing Dept. 
Central Charging Records 
North End Branch 



Adams Branch 
Central Charging Records 
Lowfer hills Branch 
Education Dept. 
Open Shelf Dept. 
General ixeference Dept. 
Uphams Corner Branch 
Codman Sq. Branch 



Branch Issue Dept. 

F.?leston Square Branch 

Science and Technology Dept. 

Codman Sq. Branch 

Bookmobile 

Book Selection Dept., H. R. S. 

Periodical and Newspaper Dept. 

Catalog and Classification 

Mattapan Branch 

South Boston Branch 



Division Office, H. R. S. 
Parker Hill Branch 
Periodical Room 
Division Oifice, H. h. S. 
Bookmobile 
Memorial Branch 
Dorchester Branch 
General Reference Dept. 
Book Selection, H. R. S. 



Open Shelf Dept. 

Branch Issue 

Education Dept. 

Mattapan Branch 

General Reference Dept. 

Audio Visual Dept. 

Records, Files and Statistics 

Periodical Dept. 



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SPECIAL SfiRVICIiS Ca'il4lTTu.E (To be announced) 

James J. Ford, Chairman Teacher's Dept. 

CARE CO'^lI-ilTTILE 

Margaret Lewis South Boston Branch 

Mildred R. Somes Book Preparation Dept. 

Ollie Partridge, Chairman Open Shelf Jept. 

SORT Committee ,. ■■■ f • ' 

Mildred Kaufman Memorial Branch 

Margaret Morgan Connolly Branch 

Pauline Walker, Chairman West koxburj^ Branch 

ASSOCIATIOF OF LIBRARY AID.:S (To be announced) 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Vol-jme XVI Number 5 Ma y I96I 



Publications Committee: Arthur V. Curley, A. Kay Decker, James J. Ford, Rose 

Moorachian, Caroline R, Stanwood, I. Poger Stevens, Cartoon- 
ist, Sarah M. Usher, Indexer, Boroihy P. Shaw, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteen of each month The tenth of each month 

Yes, we know the QUESTION ifARK is out late this month. However, it is not 
entirely the fault of the Publications Committee. It is the fault of you, and you, 
and perhaps you - all the yous who either forgot or failed to meet the deadline for 
materials, the yous who refused to write the brief reoort requested of you, the 
other yous who did not volunteer material or information we might well have used - 
usually with the plea that you had no time. 

The deadline for materials submitted for publication is always the tenth of 
the month. This is necessary in order that the Committee may meet, select, edit, 
and plan the paging for the issue - may obtain the ten lines needed to fill one 
column, the five lines for another. If you think carefully, five days is all too 
little for this, for the cutting of stencils (which takes THREE DAYS), for mimeo- 
graphing, assembling, stapling, and delivery, especially as one or more of these 
intervening days between deadlines may be a Saturday, Sunday or holiday. And your 
Coraraitteoi has routines and public desks to cover just as you have. It helps most 
of all to have materials in well before the tenth, for some stencils may then be 
cut in advance. 

This deadline of the tenth has been "slipping" more and more in recent months, 
as much of the Library is operating with a pre-war staff serving a much increased 
patronage and giving wider services. Since your present editor must also cut the 
stencils, missing this deadline means you are, in effect, making your editor merely 
a typist. And the quality of the paper is definitely suffering, as there is not 
time to think, edit, write and plan - only time to do a very h^sty assembly and 
typing 30b, which in itself falls below proper standards. Changing the deadline 
would serve no purpose, as each person seems to feel that the delay of his contri- 
bution for a few hours or a few days will make little difference, for it can easily 
be placed on a later page. Since most think of it in this fashion, nothing comes 
in, so NO page can be completed. This month practically nothing was in our hands 
until late on Friday the 12th or iionday the l5th. We could not possibly meet our 
deadline. 

This QUESTION iiARK is yours as well as ours, and only cooperation and interest 
can make it the paper it should be, and representative of the best of the Boston 
Public Library and its staff. This editorial is not in a spirit of complaint or 
reproach. It is intended simply to state the problems your Committee is facing each 
month, in the hope that you regard your paper highly enough to do your share, on 
time, and permit us to produce a carefully considered piece of work, rather than 
the present hasty attempt at scrambling material as it comes in bit by bit, 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMIITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



Have sufficient full-sized cakes of 
soap in the staff washrooms? Half size 
cakes do not last as long, slip down the 
drain sooner and thus the last fragment 
is wasted. Library work is not clean 
work, and we do need to wash occasionally. 
If, as we are told, soraeones steals the 
hand- reddening stuff, why not install 



There was an interesting meeting of the 
Eicecutive Board of the Staff Association 
on May 9, at which time there was a con- 
tinuation of the discussions of the past 
few months with the Assistant Director 
(for Personnel). These discussions have 
been primarily concerned with the ways anc^ ground soap- flakes in those hand machines? 
means of attracting additional qualified . -;«• 

personnel to the ranks of BPL workers. Limit the use of staff facilities and 
We have been attempting to form an acceptri coffee shop to outside committee members 
able program, one that would be in no way (Mass. Library Association etc) and Never- 
prejudicial to the status of present staff Too- Laters to periods when our own staff 
members. We believe we have such a planj j is not struggling to keep to a short 
we believe it is workable^ we believe it 



is possible of achievement. It awaits 
now only the aporoval of the Board of 
Trustees of the BPL. The work of job 
analysis goes on, and the Staff Associa- ; 
tion will undoubtedly have representation j 
on any committee assisting in the job i 
classification. » 

Due to the pressures of her own job in , 
the Personnel Office, lyirs. Evelyn Isaacs \ 
has felt obliged to resign her office as 
Corresponding Secretary. We regret that 
she cannot continue as an officer in the 
■Association, The Executive Board, as 
empowered by the Constitution, took actio rj 



relief period or lunch hour? Our public 
washrooms are now adequate and pleasant, 
and there are other eating facilities 
nearby. 



CALENDAR OF El^ENTS 

June 8-9 MLA Summer Meeting 
West Harwich 



to fill the office left vacant by Mrs. j 

Isaacs resignation. Emilia Lange of the i 

Print Department has been ap-^-ointed by ' 

the Board to fill the vacancy. ; 

Remember the Business iieeting to be '; 
held on Friday the 19th of MayJ 

Ruth M. Hayes 

WHY" DON'T VJE ...? 

Install a drinking fountain on the 
second floor? The public is usually 
amazed that they have to go downstairs 
for a drink, and the staff would appre- 
ciate a closer source tool The pipes 
could be connected to the already running 
water in the workroom near the elevator. 



May 28-June 1 SLA, San Francisco 
July 9-1^ ALA, Cleveland Ohio 

RETIREi'ffiNT 



j James P, Kenney of the Buildings Depart- 
j ment is retiring on May 31, after more 
j than thirty years of faithful service, 
I The many friends Jim made through the 

years by his though tfulness and willing- 
I ness to help, presented him with a purse 
; at a dinner held in his honor at Steuben' s 

Vienna Room on April 26, Jim is not 
r going to take retirement seriously, since 
t he has taken a job as Steward at the 

Quincy Yacht Club. 
I Best of luck in your new endeavor, Jim] 

t 

I THOmS p. GEOGHEGAN 

t 

■' mP.T TIME IS IT? 



; Each year the changing of the hour 
• Afflicts our clocks with magic powerj 
i Each one ticks on its merry way, 
i Pointing to wrong hours of day, 
I Three hours fast, or four hours slow, 
■ Confusing us, around they go. 
(Joining ■ departments cannot answer queried Vihen all are synchronized at last, 
by patrons, and many times the Exhibits i Win navlipht Savincr T-imfi hp nast,? 
office is closed at the time of the 



Label exhibition case books etc with 
call-number, author and title etc.? One, 
or more, of these items usually does not 
show on the book itself. Department 
location would also be most useful. Ad- 



Will Daylight Saving Time be past? 



query. 



KM 



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PERSONNEL NOTES 



New Employees 

John W. Bouchea, Kirstein 

Geraldfne iiikolajewski, Division Office, 

R & RS i 

Sheila A. Sinclair, Kirstein 
Mrs. Margaret H, Zindler, Dorchester 

Transferred 

VJilliam T. Casey, Connolly to Central . 
Book Stock-Branch Issue 

Resigned 

Constance Broadhurst, Open Shelf, to 

remain at home 
Gerald S. Coles, I'Jashington Village, to 

accept another position 
Audrey Silva, Mt. Bo-wdoin, to be married 

and move to Kansas 

mo^S NEW? 

Barbara La^lamme, Fine Arts, is from 
Cambridge. On a first co-op^ Barbara is 
class of '65 at Northeastern. She has 
just moved away from Fort Devens, and, 
as her father is in the Army, has lived 
most of her life on a host of other Army 
posts] 

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The new "mailboy", ilartin Shore, works 
in Records, Files, Statistics. North- 
eastern, class of '6I.|., he is a Government 
major and is also in ROTC. Martin is in- 
terested in light music, has been a mem- 
ber of Northeastern' s Jazz Club, and has 
played intra-mural basketball, and enjoys 
fishing. 

* 

Gerald Blonder, Open Shelf, is a Soc- 
iology major, class of '62, at North- 
eastern. This is his first job in the 
Library! he has spent two other co-ops at 
the Boston Traveller and the Boston State 
Hospital. One of Gerald's interests is 
Northeastern' s Sociology Club, which spon- 
sors talks on Friday afternoons on a var- 
iety of subjects - one that sounded chal- 
lenging was a discussion by a British 
psychiatrist on the differences between 
English and American life. 

One of Judaica's new assistants is 
Geraldine Mikolajewski from Chelsea. She 
has been studying business management at 
Northeastern, but she resigned upon her 
engagement to Arthur Douglas (Science and 
Technology) . Geraldine plans to work for 



a while, then she and Arthur plan to be 
married November 26. Best wishes to them 
both.' 

* 
The prospective groom is Arthur Douglas, 
Science and Technology. He is enrolled 
in Northeastern' s College of Education, 
an English major with a Science minor, 
Arthur is a member of the Rifle Club and 
a writer for the Northeastern iJews, He 
hopes to go on for a Master's degree and 
teach at the high school or college fresh- 
man level, 

* 

Another new face in Judaica belongs to 
Agnes McLaughlin, a Northeastern Sopho- 
more majoring in Sociology. From Walthsm, 
Agnes plays the flute and is a part of 
the university band. She is also taking 
part in a volunteer sociology project - 
working with orphans. 

James A, MacDonsuId is an old hand around 
the BPL; he has worked as a part time 
assistant in both Periodical and Newspaper 
and in General Reference before joining 
the staff of Central Charging Records. 
Jim attended Newman Prep this fall and 
has played football in the Park Depart- 
ment's leagues. He may continue his ed- 
ucation next year, and in the meantime 
he maintains a real interest in sports, 

Mark Alpert isn't new to the BPL either, 
i^iark, who has worked part time in Fine 
Arts and adraits to having spent some time 
in the Branches, is class of '65 at North- 
eastern, and is spending a co-op in Cen- 
tral Charging Records, ifeirk worked as 
the business manager of his school maga- 
zine and wants to continue in a field 
where he will be working with people - 
perhaps Sociology, 

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Errol Baker, Central Book Stock, is 



He 



a psychology major. Northeastern '6L[.. 
spent a previous co-op at the Boston ' / 
Psychopathic hospital. He intends to 
remain in the field, perhaps doing re- 
search. Errol also admitted to an 
interest in chess. 

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Class of '65 at Northeastern, Janice 
Wright is taking her first co-op in Book 
Purchasing. Her major is in Sociology 
and she would like to get into government 
work. Janice collects coins, has played 
basketball, and keep up with football 
through her intereat in drum and bugle,' 



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History's llary Mahan is another iMorth- 
eastern co-op student, nary is a Physics 
.major, class of '61^,, and wants to go into 
some phase of the scientific world. She 
has worked a previous co-op at United Air 
Craft, but she is now able to live at 
home, Holliston, and commute to the BPL, 

Emily Fagerberg, Business Office, is 
also at Northeastern, class of '65. She 
plans to major in Political Science and 
is interested in the Foreign Service, 
Emily has studied four languages, and, in 
a lighter vein, should need arise is pre- 
pared to defend herself through her train- 
ing as a member of Northeas tern's Rifle 
Club.' 

Carol Darish, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, R & RS, comes from iiedford and is 
studjrLng English at Northeastern. Active 
in Student Union and her sorority, Carol's; 
special likes include HiFi and jazz. 

Arthur MacDonald, Book Stack Service, 
is in his third year at Northeastern 
where he is an Economics major, A member 
of the Pershing Rifles, he hopes to make 
the armj' his career. Arthur coifies from 
Maiden, likes tennis and collects war 
novels (he has about 2uO) , 

Studying English at Northeastern, i'larcia 
Soolraan, Cataloging and Classification, 
R & HS, would like to make magazine writ- 
ing her career. She is from Brookline 
and she likes to dance. She enjoys books 
on political science and novels. 

Book Stack Service's Hilton Taylor, 
comes from Everett and is a psvchology 
major at Northeastern where he is active 
in both the psychology and sociology 
clubs. liilton likes to read and is a 
movie fan. 

NEl^r CROP 

To Esther and Macy J. Iiargolis (Histoiyj 
a son, David Selraan at 10.51 p.i'i. April 
[;. Fighting weight 7 lbs, 5 3/h oz. 

Added to our Director's roster of 
grandchildren, Robena iiilcoat. Her mother 
is Mrs Conrad (Anne Lord; Malicoat of 
New York. 

Catherine Ann O'Halloran arrived April 
II4. and received a warm welcome from papa 



Louis, Division Oifice HR & CS, and mamma 
Kay Duffy, formerly of Book selection, 
HR &,CS, and her sister and brother, 
ilaureen and Richard, 

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Scott Anthony Fitzgerald, on March 23, 
to ilr and Mrs Edward Fitzgerald. Mother 
is the former Geraldine Coyman, Catalog- 
ing and Classification, R & RS, 

ADDEIvIDA-^'.TO'S NE1-7 

Among the bachelors joining the staff 
is Edward T, O'Donnell, South Boston, 
Ed lives in ^'eymouth and graduated iiagna 
Cum Laude from Harvard at the beginning 
of the year. He is a veteran of three 
years service in the Army. As a YA work- 
er it seems only right that his interests 
should include reading and baseball. 

mNT A peinI pal? 

Harry Andrews, Central Book Stock, 
is recuperating from virus pnewraonia in 
Sharon, and reportedly living the life 
of a country squire. His address is 
Box 96, Back Bay P.O, Boston 17. With 
luck and good behavior, Harry should be 
back among us come July. 

CATHOLIC LIBR/'.RY ASSOCIATION 

The CLA met in St. Louis April 3-7 for 
its annual convention. Anna Manning 
(alumna from Education) coriducted an 
Adult service? prograin with Mary Alice 
Rea (Book Purchasing) as one of the 
speakers. 

Padraic Colum was the recipient of the 
Regina Medal, awarded each year to one 
who has devoted a life time to literature 
for children. 

Other speakers included Rev. John Tracy 
Ellis, Barry Ulanov, John Delaney, Rev. 
^^alter J. Ong, SJ, and Cardinal Ritter. 

Visits to the 3t. Louis Public Library 
and the new Pius XII Library of the Univ- 
ersity of St. Louis made the trip worth- 
while. 

One glance at our Registration tags and 
again we were asked, "Mien are we going 
to Boston again?" 

A.L.M. 

DID YOU REiffiiiBER TO CARE? 



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WHAT'S IN IT FOR I IE? 

This is the first question posed by 
many new staff members when they are in- 
vited to join the Boston Public Library 
Staff Association. Since this is a very 
human, practical, if somewhat self-seeking 
question, which even older staff members 
turn over in their minds at times, the 
Membership and Hospitality Committee 
thinks it deserves a considered answer. 
All too often the aims and objectives of 
our Staff Association have been stated in 
too broad, too abstract and too altruis- 



cussion. 

iJhen controversial personnel issues a- 
rise, the Executive Board often serves in 
the role of mediator betv.-een staff and ad- 
ministration. Thus the existence of the 
Association ensures you of having a poten- 
tial voice in decisions affecting the 
bibliothecal personnel of the library, 
; VJithout such an organization for channel- 
ling staff opinions, it would be virtual- 
ly iifipossible for Administration, however 
well-meaning, to be aware of how proposals 
affect your morale and mine. 

Once you are a member, how can you make 



tic terms to have any real meaning for thei direct use of the Association in its staff 



average individual. We would like to 
speak, therefore, about one of the major 
concerns of the Staff Association, namely 
the common welfare of the bibliothecal 
s taf f . 

The term "welfare" consists of many 
items including an adequate salary, op- 
portunity for advancement, fringe benefits 
and decent working conditions, During 
any administravtive discussion of these 
matters, the Staff Association, through 
its elected Executive Board is usually 
your representative. At all times the 
Executive Board seeks to keep the Admin- 
istration aware of the staff wants and ■ 
needs in general. 

Throughout the United States, among 
members of the Staff Organizations Round 
Table of the ALA, our staff organization 
is highly regarded as a leading library 
staff association. It has achieved this 
reputation thanks to the courage which 
its officers, past and present, have 
shown in bringing staff problems to the 
attention of the Administration, and 
insisting that these problems be solved 
wherever a solution is possible. 

The administration of the BPL has earned 
an equally fine, widespread reputation for 
democratic practices by virtue of its 
willingness to consult with the staff on 
personnel policy decisions. We point with 
pride to the fact that our Assistant Dir- 
ector for Personnel, in recent months, 
has discussed proposals for changes in 
personnel practices with the Executive 
Board before these changes have become 
established facts with which we all must 
live. As you know, since last winter, 
our President has been in attendance, by 
invitation, at open meetings of the Board 
of Trustees. She represents all members 
whenever the Trustees seek to learn what 
the staff thinlcs about matters under dis- 



; welfare function? If there are any spe- 
cific personnel issues you would like to 
see more fully discussed, for clarifica- 
tion dr possible change in policies, bring 
these matters to the a ttention of the 
Personnel Committee, Broadly represen- 
tative of the bibliothecal staff, this 
committee exists to consider proposals 
or problems of staff members, and to bring 
to the Executive Board all questions or 
suggestions with sufficient widespread 
interest or merit, to warrant possible 
action on the part of the whole Associa- 
tion. (Members may go directly to the 
Executive Board, or the body of the Assoc- 
iation if they prefer.) In the past the 
Personnel Committee has made surveys of 
salary schedules and various personnel 
practices in other libraries which have 
eventually served as a basis for changes 
in the policies of our own library. 

T'Jhat you get, then, as an Association 
member, along with many other benefits, 
is easy access to one of the most effect- 
ive means of trijo-way communication be- 
tween staff and administration. 

Send your yearly dues of S^i to David 
Sheehan, General Reference, Treasurer 
of the BPLSA, so that you will be able 
to participate actively in the organiza- 
tion most deeply concerned with your 
well-being. 

ELEANORA CHAPLIK 

Chairman, liembership 

and Hospitality Committee 

FROM ILLINOIS 



Anna Manning saw George Early in 3t. 
Louis,.. he is very happy as Chief Lib- 
rarian of the Alton Public Library. Thqy 
keep in touch through QM and send regards 
to all their friends at the BPL. 



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\mO SAYS RENg.^AL? .. 

Some of the young people in the South 
End said it through their "Beautify Bost- 
on" posters exhibited at the South End 
Library through the cooperation of the 
Art Department of the Boston Public 
Schools. At the program held on Ilay 8, 
ten young people from the seventh and 
eighth grades were awarded prizes of 
water colors and one book for first prizes 
and boxes of crayons for second and third 
prizes. Elizabeth Gordon, Deputy Super- 
visor (^Jork with 'Children) made the awards 
Uilliam Croke, a local boy who is a high 
school senior, talked for about five 
minutes on his views on Youth and the 
Boston Renewal, the talk being based on a 
paper he had done for his class in social 
studies. The Boston Renewal Authority 
was represented by Richard Green, who was 
the principal speaker. He spoke infor- 
mally to the children about their part in 
keeping Boston clean. Samuel Hessena of 
the iiayor's Citizens' Relations Office 
was among the guests and spoke briefly. 

Mrs. Rosetta P. Martin delighted both 
children and adults with her telling of 
several African legends, one of which was 
the Cow- tail Switch. Mrs, Martin, now 



dren's Room. If this part of the program 
seems irrelevant to urban renewal and the 
art posters, the audience did not take it 



with Boolcnobiles, was on the staff at 

South End for over two years, in the Chil-{ countries, she asks, have been unwitting- 



. - BOOKS LEAD TO AUTHORS 

The second annual Book and Author 
Luncheon, co-sponsored by the Boston 
Chapter of the l>'omen's National Book 
Association and the Boston tERALD- TRAVEL- 
ER, brought nearly 1000 booklovers to the 
Sheraton Plaza on April 17, After a wit- 
ty introduction by Edna G. Peck, chairman 
of the Luncheon Committee, and a well- 
received announcement, by Milton E. Lord 
of the re-establishment of full services 
at the BPL, the guest authors took the 
stand. 

Marguerite Cullman, authof of NINETY 
DOZEN GLASSES and wife of the American 
Commissioner Gerneral at the Brussels 
World Fair, chose to comment on what 
America is not doing abroad. She pointed 
out that while other countries choose 
men of the highest quality and men with 
special training to fill diplomatic posts, 
the US rewards with ambassadorships those 
who have been most useful to the party in 
power or men who can entertain regally 
at their own expense. On visits to num- 
erous embassies. Miss Cullman found only 
other American£ being entertained by am- 
bassadors who could not even speak the 
language of the county in which they re- 
present the ijnage of the US, How many 



ly slighted by the appointment of an in- 
competent diplomatic representative? 
Richard Tregaskis, responsible for 
so. There was certainly a bit of person- | GUADALCANAL DIARY, is this year the author 



al renewal for the guests in listening to 
the stories. On exhibit were African 
dolls lent by the Misses Grace and i^arie 
Turner, and a number of new books on 
Africa, 

The Library was indebted to the South 
End Businessmen's Association for the 
expenses of prizes and refreshments. 
George Adams, the Vice--President and one 
of the judges of the posters in the con- 
test, wrote that he was "impressed with 
the posters and pleased to have a part 



grabbed too many cookies and demanded too 
many cups of punch at the refreshment 
table, the Association will surely for- 
give themi 

PEARL SMART 

A request was left in Open Shelf for 

CATCH HER IN THE RYE, 



of two books: X-l5 DIARY and LAST TIAUE 
TO SHANGHAI. He asserts, as does the 
latter book, that Comraunist tactics in 
Southeast Asia have followed a consistent 
pattern since the civil war in China, and 
that the i-^est has permitted a silent 
takeover simply because a declaration of 
war or a "Pearl Harbor" has not occurred 
to make us aware of what should be ob- 
! vious, 

Sloan Vaison (MAN IN THE GRAY FLAIfNEL 
SUIT, A SUItlF.R PLACE, and A SENSE OF 
in the project". If some of the small frj|^ VALUES) described himself as a young man 



(he is 31) still learning the lessons of 
life. Commenting on the art of writing, 
: he remarked that a man must write only of 
what he knows intimately, but that cyni- 
cism, sophistication, and pretenses must 
i be left m the classroom. 
I The final speaker, F. Van llyck Mason, is 
i represented by twenty-one titles in the 
• Open Shelf Department catalog, the latest 
of which is MNILA GALLEON. Although 



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famous for his "historical novels", Mr 
Mason claimed that he is now attempting 
to write "readable histories", in which 
a minimum amount of contrivance permits 
history to carry the theme. 

ARTHUR V. CURLEY 

STUDENT USE CONTINUES 

The spring school vacation week was 
so oven^^helmingly busy that we were unabLe 
to make notes on the assignments. But it 
is obvious that the number of schools 
using the library is rapidly growing, 
that the students come from further and 
further away, and that they are not re- 
ceiving any training in library use prior 
to being turned loose on the collections. 
Mutilation is mounting, so is unofficial 
"borrowing" of materials. 

The entire freshman class of Boston 
University's College of Basic Studies 
had a paper on careers. The Education 
Department, which seems to be stuck with 
the Arco pamphlets and other verticle 
file material just now, was overrunj 
The students also used Black's Law Dict- 
ionary to provide a legal definition of 
their "career". 

150 boys from Boston Latin School were ; 
assigned a paper on Jonathan Swift. They 
were told to use a certain nximber of Pri- 
mary sources, which meant that they all 
wanted to circulate l8th century books J 

Each member of a Boston University course 
European Film , had to do a paper on films 
in one i^uropean country. These proved 
difficult topics. 

students are no longer being informed 
by their schools, as was formerly done 
in art and fashion courses, that they are • 
not permitted to trace from library mat- ' 
erials without pyralin or a similar pro- ! 
duct between the book and the tracing j 

paper. It is practically impossible to ; 
be aware that such 'direct" tracing is 
being done on days when there is a con- j 
tinuous waiting line for attention. Yet J 
it does not take long to ruin materials ; 
traced from without protection. Nor does • 
a deparbsnent always have sufficient pyra- \ 
lin for an entire class. I.'e suggest ! 

direct circularization of all art, fashioii 
and junior colleges with fashion and art 



courses, before the fall term, by the 
Library. 

During school vacation week a Needham 
High student insisted that she must list 
publisher's address on each bibliograph- 
ical item for a periodical reference. 
The nuisance value of this is consider- 
able, even if it was probably a mis-under- 
standing of her teacher's words. 

There are also amusing by-products of 
student use at times. Someone must drive 
the student in from the far-distant towns. 
Mother is usually elected. One busy aft- 
ernoon, the staff saw one such mother 
busily engaged in hemming and otherwise 
sewing upon dresses she was making for 
daughter. 

Then there were the two 12 year olds 
who approached the in C desk for per- 
mission to take out non- circulating 
materials. Unsuccessful, one said to 
the in C in threatening tones, "You 
know, I've got connections down at City 
Hall. " 

* 

There is, in the January 1 LIBRARY 
JOURIIAL an interesting article on TV 
Library Instruction. It is written from 
the point of view of instruction by TV 
in a classroom. We did wonder, however, 
if TV might not be a very helpful medium 
on open circuit, to teach our patrons 
how to use the card catalog, the period- 
ical indexes, how to make out a call-slip 
properly, the use of reference tools etc., 
all of which could be sold them as a means 
of making maximum use of the library fac- 
ilities with the least waste of time, 
A program might also be useful on mutila- 
tions and why such a practice prevents 
future students from obtaining materials 
necessary to their studies. 

We are all for any classroom TV program 
of this sort too. 

OTHER USE OF THE LI3RARY ; 

General Reference answered the phone 
recently, heard a dime dropped in a coin 
phone, then came the query: "This is a 
strange question, I know, but can you 
tell me what day of the week this is?" 
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On May I4. the Library received two long 
distance reference questions. General 
Reference was called from Downers, Ill- 
inois, the Patent Room from Shreveport,Ind. 




Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether -with the name of the Branch Library 
Department or Office in which he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name is used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous con- 
tributions are not given consideration. 
The author ox 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 individ- 
ualAssociation members and their appear- 
ance does not necessarily indicate that 
the Publications Committee and the Assoc- 
iation are in agreement with the views 
expressed. Only those contributions con- 
taining not more than 300 words will be 
accepted. 



Dear Soap-box, 

I'm grateful for repairs to the water 
fountain in the Women's Lunch Room. 

BIG DRINKER 



For the Soap Box: 

See the oft-fixed watei' cooler 
Now repaired by expert tooler, 
See it raise its liquid flow, 
VJonderful, refreshing H2O. 
Gone is the disappearing trickle. 
Sometimes showing, always fickle. 
Of all the teasers to one's thirst. 
This has always been the worst. 
No more we emulate the clown. 
In turning head around and down. 
No longer is it just a troubler. 
We've got a working water bubbler. 

mi 

Dear Soap Box: 

The device of merit awards for intelli- 
gent suggestions is one that has enjoyed 
some popularity in industry, but in a 
service institution with a supposedly- 
professional staff, it is of doubtful 
value. There are some staff members 
at BPL who have offered serious suggest- 
ions even before the era of suggestion- 
boxes . 

If serious consideration by the "board 
of editors" is part of the new program, 
I welcome uhe change. I fear, however, 
that insertion of the profit motive may 
actually discourage suggestions from 
those inspired by other than monetary 
concerns. 

CONSCIENTIOUS 

Dear Editor: 

'liat's all this jazz about Awards? A 
few questions — 

1) VJhat will be done about ideas that are 
kicked around by several people and then 
submitted by one? How can one tell an 
originator from a retoucher? 

2) Will this really create an interest 
in improvement or just result in a kind 
of idea volley ball among the efficiency 
experts on the staff? 

3) How are we to combat the traditional 
policy of some to regard certain classes 
of personnel as incapable of constructive 
thought? 

[(.) What about the poor fish who has a 
good idea and can't write it out or 
doesn' t dare? 

ADAM ANTI 

Dear Soapbox: 

Because someone is certain to think 
that I heard the tinkle of coins and ran 
to the nearest suggestion box, I am 



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viriting to you. 

As one isho feels tne loss of in-service 
training, I see the Friedman Fund as a 
chance to rectify the situation. 

Couldn't ye use part of this Fund to 
set up a loan (or grant) system whereby 
members of the staff could have money 
available to pay for courses (typing, 
shorthand, etc.) which would improve thei 
abilities? A list of suggested courses 
and schools could be comniled and a limit- 
ation imposed, such as one course a year 
and a total of four per person. 

Maybe there are others who feel as I 
do, maybe not. All those in favor of 
a betterment fund, please stand upj 

GRAGSHOPPER 

Dear Soap Box, 

Water gushes after several years of 
extremely low tide, in the bubbler of the 
Women's Kitchen. Cries of joy greeted 
the discovery that a new top which "really 
blew" like old Faithful, had been in- 
stalled. It is truly wonderful to be 
able to obtain drinking water without 
using a suction pump.' A dehydrated staff, 
now beginning to lose that parched look, 
is expressing its most heartfelt gratitude 
to the person or persons who finally did 
something about the situation after all 
those un-watered years. 

ONE I'TiO THIRSTED LONG — 

Dear Editor : 

Several "study councils" have been 
instituted in the library for some time. 
lie hear rumors that at least one of them 
has long since completed its study. But 
other than that, we hear nothing, '"hy? 

Can a staff left in ignorance of 
tangible results attained by these 
"councils" be expected to have any faith 
in future such groups? 

PUZZLED 



CAR POOL? 

If you are going to MLA in West Harwich 
June 8-9: 

Do 3''ou have space in your car for 

passengers? 
Do you need a ride? 
Please notify Edna G. Peck, Book 
Selection, HR and CS ... 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
STAFF ASSOCIATION 



MAY 1961 



THE QU, ESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XVI Number 6 ■ June I96I 

Publications Committee: Arthur V. Curley, A. Kay Decker, James J. Ford, Rose 

Moorachian, Caroline R, Stanwood, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoon- 
ist, Sarah M. Usher, Indexer, Dorothy P. Shaw, Chairman 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

The recent General Administrative Notice on Salary Changes to 
attract qualified candidates to this Library, effective in July, with 
its resultant necessary adjustments in salaries and promotional pro- 
cedures for other staff members, is the culmination of an excellent 
demonstration of what CAN be done in Staff -Administration cooperation 
when both desire to cooperate, 

^lorking with a premise and a sum of money, the Executive Board, 
representing the Staff, and the Assistant Director for Personnel, 
representing the Administration, spent many long troubled hours 
comparing needs, basic pronises, various possibilities, and causes 
and effect, until some decision satisfactoi^'- to all was finally 
reached. It was a pleasure to follow from start to finish. ¥e 
hope it will be the first of many such mutually satisfying experiences. 

THE PUBLICATIONS C0M11ITTEE 



THE EDITOR 

will be 

on vacation 

in JULY 

Please send material for the 

JULY IS SUE 

not later than July 10 

to 

Arthur V. Curley 

Open Shelf 



Bon Voyage to all those going to AUi 



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PERSOiNliV'EL NOTES 



PRESIDEi'IT'S NOTES 

This has been another busy period of 
meetings - Executive Board Meetings - 
meetings with the Trustees and the Cirect- 
or and with the Assistant Director (for 
Personnel) , as well as our usual Spring 
Business Heeting, 

At the Business iieeting we announced 
the desire of many people for an up to 
date discount list. We mentioned that 
there was difficulty in getting people 
to serve on the Comraittee and that the 
Chairman had been forced to resign be- 
cause of the pressure of .other commitnehta| Hugh T. McDonagh,' Government Documents 
A comraittee was selected from the floor, ' (formerly part tine) 
as volunteers. Louis 0' Hallo ran is chair- ! Thomas J. HcDonough, Periodical and i^ews- 
man (committee listed on back page). If 
you have any information which will make 
easier their job of listing shops offer- 
ing discounts, get in touch with any 
member of the committee. 



; Return ed from Military Service 
■ Frank A. DeCola, Audio Visual 

: New Employees 

: Judith E, Coarr, Jamaica Plain (formerly 

part time) 
Paul J, ■'-'illen. Book Preparation 
; Richard Dumont, Central Charging Records 

(formerly part tiiiie) 
; Paul F, Grady, Book Stack Service 
•James J. Greene, Book Stack Service 
j Kathleen H. Jaime, ''Jashington Village 



The Nominating Committee for this year 
is under the chairmanship of Muriel C, 
Javelin (committee listed on back page). 
If you are willing to run for office or 
if you know others who would be willing 
to do so, get in touch with this Committeej Transferred 

By this time you are acquainted with the* Edward P. Stenberg, Book Stack Service 
results of the many conferences which were to Exhibits Office 



paper 

I Patricia li, Murray, Business Office 

; Roger A, Rainville, Cataloging and Class- 

l ification (HR & CS) 

Nancy Ann Unis, Ht. Bowdoin 

I Susan J. Wall, Bookmobiles 

sElla P. IiJhite, Cataloging and Classifica- 

I tion, (R & RS) , Northeastern 

I Cooperative s undent 

iThomas- S. Moroney, Book Stack Service 



held to discuss the ways and means (with- 
in a limited budget) to meet competitive 
rates and to provide a realistic salary 
scale for entering librarians, and to 
complete the imolementation of salary 
scales by bringing into proper step on 
the scale those employees who are still 
below their proper level. 

Mr. Lord and the Trustees indicated 



Naomi D. Manowitz, Jamaica Plain to Cen- 
tral Charging Records 

j Resigned 

(Theodore R. Hargrave, Central Charging 
I Records (closing of cloakroom) 
li'Iartin Laughlin, Periodical and Newspaper, 
i to seek employment elsewhere 
Peter Lewis, ilusic, to study at Tanglewood 



their satisfaction with some of our activ-j Carolyn Rees, Education, to accept a pos- 



ities and were pleased with the efforts 
of our Publications Committee to bring 
forth constructive studies of problems 
such as the "student use of the library". 
Your Executive Board and Committees are 
vigilant and constantly expending their 
efforts in your behalf. Give them your 
support. Pay your dues now.' 

RUTH M. HAYES 
CALEITOAR OF EVENTS 

July 9-lS ALA, Cleveland Ohio 
ANY ONE INTERESTED IN JOII\IING ALA CONTACT 
Mary D, Farrell 
Cataloging and Classification R & RS 



ition at the Holliston Public Library 
Brendan Stafford, Book Preparation 
i'larcia Soolman, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, R and RS (Northeastern Cooper- 
ative student) 

• Retired 

l41betta P. Kneeland, Music 
JJames P. Kenney, Buildings 
! Delia A. Leonard, Buildings 

( Summer Projects 

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• Book Stack Service 

i Lawrence Ball, forraerly part-time Patent 

Room and Central Charging Records, BC 

I sophomore 

j Kerry P. Caramanis, BU Sophomore 



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Thomas J, Gosnell, formerly part-time 

Memorial, BC Junior , 

Thomas H. Glynn, formerly part-time Open 

Shelf and Music, BC Sophomore 
Warren K. Hall, Harvard Graduate School • 

of Arts and Sciences, worked four years ' 

in College Library j 

i'lichael D, Healey, formerly part-time Wests 

En4 and Open Shelf, Harvard Junior • 
Peter W. McCallion, formerly part-time 

Hyde ^ark. State College, Boston, Soph- ' 

omore 
James U. iJcChesney, BU School of Theology , 

2d year j 

Paul F. McDevitt, formerly part-time Book-i 

mobiles and Dorchester, BC Junior j 
Ralph W. McKinnis, Harvard I 

Edmond K. iiencey, BU College of Basic | 

Studies, Sophomore \ 

Walter C. iiickevich, Suffolk, Junior | 
David F. i'iorrissey, formerly part-time j 

Central Charging Records, Book Stack i 

Service, Branch Issue, State College of ; 

Boston, Sophomore ; 

John J. O'Callaghan, Suffolk, Junior ; 

Charles F, Rawdon, formerly part-time ; 

Periodical and Newspaper, BC, Senior j 
Henry D, Ricupero, formerly part-time ! 

Worth End, Northeastern 2d year ' 

William H, Sexton, formerly part-time ' 

Parker Hill, Northeastern i 

Carl J. Stasio, formsrly oart-time East ■ 

Boston, BC Sophomore ; 

Aaron G. Weintraub, Harvard, Junior ! 



Cataloging and Classification, R & RS 
Pamela M. Calhoun, formerly part-time 

Washington Village, Suffolk, Junior 
Rosalind Ferrante, formerly part-time 

Book Stack Service, State College of 

Boston, Senior 
Patricia ii, Hennigan, formerly part-time 

Lower idlls, Emmanuel, Sophomore 
Patricia F. Logan, formerly part-time 

Washington Village, State College of 

Boston, Senior 
Joan M. iNlelson, formerly part-time Book 

Stack Service, State College of Boston 

Junior 
Anne P. Santino, formerly part-time Book 

Stack Service, State College of Boston, 

Sophomore 

Cataloging and Classification, HR & CS 
Joseph T. Shea, formerly part-time same 
department. State College of Boston, 
freshman 



Central Book Stock - Branch Issue Section 
Mary L. Harrington, formerly part-time 

Adams Street, State College of Boston 

Junior 
Loretta Kontrim, formerly pari/-tiiTie Par- 
ker Hill, Emriianuel, Junior 
Mary Anne O'Hare, formerly part-time 

Washington Village, State College of 

Boston, Sophomore 
Joseph Scannell, formerly part-time 

Central Charging Records, State College 

of Boston, Freshman 
Lorraine I'Jhitkens, formerly part-time 

South Boston, State College of Boston, 

Senior 

POLICY CHANGE 

We have had recently a growing number 
of people coming into the Library on 
short-term full-time erployment, and in 
the light of this, the QJJESTION TiARK 
regrets that it is going to have to re- 
vise its policy in the Personnel Notes 
and Who's Hew? coluiTins. ITio's New? has 
been growing to an unmanageable length 
for the Qil staff, and we have also felt 
that because it has become so long, it 
is hard to read and is not serving its 
purpose. I'e are, therefore, going to 
limit the Who ' s New? column to people 
entering the Library as permanent eiroloy- 
ees, and to those short term employees 
who return for a second full-time oeriod. 
We will expand the Personnel Motes to 
give brief identification of each new 
Co-op or other short term employee. We 
sincerely regret we do not have time and 
space to continue our former policy. 

TfMO'S MEl'J? 

i'lrs. liargaret H. Zindler, torches ter, 
is a graduate of ELnira College, receiving 
her BA in English. After a year at Hough- 
ton Mifflin's Elementary Education De- 
partment, she joins the staff as a pre- 
professional interested in Children's 
work. Her hobby is reading and she will 
have plenty of it when she goes to Simmons 
in the fall. 

Sheila A, Sinclair, Kirstein, is 
currently attending Si'imons, She grad- 
uated from Emmanuel with a major in French. 
. Sheila noiii lives in Melrose, where she 
•moved from Washington. Her hobbies in- 
I elude reading, dancing and sports in 
, season. 



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Another new member of the staff at Kir- 
stein is John W. Bouchea. Fresh out of 
Boston College High, John is quite new to 
the field but he likes it enough to be 
around for awhile. His sports interests 
are mainly in baseball and football. 

EHGAGEI^'IEMT 

i'lary Casey, Book Stack Service, to 
Thomas KcAlemey of Roxbury, on llaj'- 26 
(her birthday) 

NW BABY 



Alton Dunlop arrived at the home of the 
Thomas Hegartys on May 10. Tom formerly 
worked in several departments of the Lib- 
rary including Statistical, Central Charg- ' in Maiden, the radiant couple left for a 



LJIJCHEON ■. 

About, 30 people attended a luncheon in 
honor of Joan Sughrue, observing her 
approaching marriage, on Friday, June 2, 
■. at the Oxford Steak House. Joan heard 
; "best wishes" from many of her friends, 

■ including the Officers- in-Charge. After 
' her honeymoon, she is planning to come 

; back to the Abbey Room. 

AMD ^^TEDDING BELLS 

On June 10, Joan Sughrue, Division of 

■ Reference and Research, married Lawrence 
jSavignano at a Nuptial liass in St. John 
JThe Evangelist Church, North Cambridge. 

Following their reception at the Kernwood 



ing and Periodical and Newspaper. 

'GASTRO AND THE NAVY 

FINALLY cooperated with Esther Chute's 
(formerly Periodical and Newspaper) wed- 
ding plans after suddenly cancelling her 
May date. Her marriage to Lt. (jg) 
Strafford Morss USNR took place on June 8 
at vhe First Parish Church in Brookline, 
with a garden reception at her Brookline 



: Jamaica Honeymoon, They will make their 
■(home in North Cambridge upon their return. 

I 

• WHY DON'T WE ...? 



■ Exercise a little more supervision ovLer 
'new workers, especially with oversize 
1 crews coming in for the summer? The noise 
iof teenage chatter drifting out to the 
j Courtyard gives an unfavorable impression 
■of \-ihat library "work" involves. 



home following the ceremony, 
living near Newport R.I. 

SOKETHlNQ IN THE AIR? 



They will be ' 



There are days when things just happen- 
for example May I7 when Dave O'Keefe fell 
on the stairs and damaged his ankle. 

Shortly thereafter a branch employee 



arrived at City Hospital with . 
foot. 

Third victim was a Library Aide in 
Music, also with an injured foot, 

I-IATER ^'-^ATER 

"•ell, almost everywhere. After the 
gusher in the women's kitchen came in, 
we found a new bubbler being installed 
in the lobby, with the innovation of a 
little children's level in addition to the 
higher bubbler, which will relieve a lot 
of worry about the tiny ones falling off 
the high block (or being pushed). Ue hear 
that four were to be installed on the 
various floors, but there is still none 
showing on the second floor level where 
so many want it. Need we write another 
letter to Santa? 



1 Have soap or soap dispenser and towels 
iin each of the broom closets next to the 
jfront elevator? Many projects dirt:/ the 
'hands of library workers and much time 
1 could be saved if soap, water and towels 
!were available without making the long 
jtrip to the staff lavatories. Time may 
!be of the essence especially when a 



a damage<iminimum staff is on duty. 



j Include in the Open Shelf catalog, cards 
jfor all "Branch Issue only" books? Most 
! titles in the Central Book Stock are 
iduplicated in the Open Shelf collection, 
;but when Open Shelf discontinues its last 
!Copy of a title and removes the catalog 
(cards, there is no longer any public 
'record showing that the Library still owns 
ja copy in the B.I. collection. 



CREDIT UNION HOURS 



Longer office hours have been arranged 
which were effective May 8, at the Credit 
iUnion Office, Room 37, City Hall. The 
Inew hours are 9 to i| daily. 



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RETIRK.SiV'TS 
Alberta P. Kneeland 

Miss Kneeland retired from the Library 
on Hay 31 after nearly }0 years' service. 
She came to the Library in 1931 and for 
the past l5 years had been in the ilusic 
Department. From April 195U until August 
i960 she was Assistant in Charge. Her 
good spirits, generosity, quick -wit, and 
ready repartee are a source of delight 
to all who know her. Her Associates miss 
her merry ways, her keen appraisal of 
people, and her devotion to her work. 

Miss Kneeland loves books and music 
and people. 'Je know that she will con- 
tinue to give pleasure and comfort to 
others and we wish for her an abundance 
of good reading and practising - she is 
a keen violinist - and much happiness in 
the years to come, 

ROBERT P. GIDDINGS 

Mary Alice McCarthy 



from former staffers, from as far distant 
as Texas. She also read an original poem 
which recalled some of the high points of 
the library's history, and rranpged to men- 
tion all iv3B staff members who were pre- 
sent, and a few who weren't. 

Our gift to I'iiss /icCarthy was a com- 
plete breakfast set of blue-and-xiihite 
earthenware for her new cot+age at Kenne- 

[ bunk. Plus a Westinghouse electric coffee 
percolator. 

In her note of thanks, Miss McCarthy 
said, in part: "...It was a real joy for 
me to see so many former colleagues, all 

. of whom contributed to making my years at 

' KBB such happy ones. 

■ 'J\s ^•'fLnifred called the roll in her 

; delightful poem and I saw each one in 

■ memorj"-, I realized how fortunate I have 

. been to have worked with so many wonder- 
• ful people through the years. It has 

■ indeed been a great privilege. . . " 

; Miss I'IcCarthy's associates also feel 
! that they have been privileged. 

I 

! iainifred f. root 



Surprise parties are not always surpris-j 
es, but ilarj'- Alice McCarthy was truly sur- j 
prised when, on May 18, she went to the ' 
Smorgasbord on Province Street, to join a .; 

few friends for dinner. She found thirty-! service in the Library, Delia Leonard, 
three staff and former staff members ga- 



D' eli^ A. Leonard 
Honoring her almost thirty years of 



thered to greet her. 

I'lien the Kirstein Business Branch was 
opened in 1930, Miss McCarthy was lured 
away from Stone and Webster to organize 



j Library Cleaner, was given a double sur- 
; prise on ilay 16 by her co-workers and 
1 friends. On the way, as she thought, to 
I lunch at a cafeteria, her companion per- 



suaded her to stand a 



treat at the Dar- 
little coaxing but 



the catalog. Even before the library was ' bury Room. It took a 
opened, she had started to catalog the they \ient in and uiss Leonard was quite 
beginning of the collection. Through the ; overwhelmed to find about thirty of her 
years, the catalog was prLmarily the pro- 
duct of her work, judgment, and know-howj 



friends gathered to greet her and present 
her with a lovely corsage, A delicious 
a catalog completely functional, constant-' luncheon was served and for dessert, an- 



ly adapted to needs developed in daily 
use. It contributed greatly to the re- 
putation for efficient reference service 
which the Business Branch soon earned. 
It was especially gratifying that so 



! other surprise: a huge birthday cake, the 
'work of a master of the art, which iliss 
I Leonard had the honor of cutting and 



! serving. 
' John J, 



Connolly spoke and thanked idss 



many staff members who served in the firstj Leonard for her many years of faithful 
years, returned to greet iiiss McCarthy on \ service to the Library,'' and presented her 



the occasion of her retirement, and to 
enjoy a reunion. 



i with a Durse in appreciation, iass 
i Leonard expressed her thanks briefly 



After a dinner of smorgasbord, followed ,■ with a full heart. It was an enjoyable 



by fried chicken and desert, Bradford H. 
Hill gave a short speech, which showed 
that he had been doing some homework. 
Miss McCarthj', who had had no opportunity 
for homework, responded with a few im- 
promptu remarks. 

TJinifred Root read greetings received 



■ party filled with reminiscences and good 
wishes for Miss Leonard in the years 
ahead. 

For the success of this party, the 
committee, headed by ilary Sands, deserves 
credit for a job ytall done. 



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MARY U. NICHOLS AUARDS ' ; 

Janet Nicosia was the "North Snd girl" 
and Salvator Caruso, the "North End boy" 
"who in their senior year at a North End 
High School have excelled in English. " 
As a result, they were the guests of 
honor at the thirteenth annual presenta- 
tion of the iiary U. Nichols Book Prize 
Awards which took place at North End on 
iiay eighteenth. 

The highlight of the evening for them 
was the presentation by Hilton E. Lord, 



: to her work as Branch Librarian at North 
End. 

SARAH M. USHKR 

MORE ON STUDEl'IT USE 

The worst part of the student use prob- 
lem has doubtless vanished temporarily 
with the closing of schools, and we have 
high hope that the capable Council study- 
ing this problem will provide some means 
of coping more simply x^ith our problems 
before the school use rush starts in the 



Director of the Boston Public Libi-ary, of fall, 
two handsomely bound volumes containing We had hoped there would be some par- 
special bookplates, designed by Arthur ¥. tial alleviation of conditions under waj^, 
Heintselman, Keeper of Prints, Emeritus, ! between the time our "Student Use" issue 
to symbolize Miss Nichol's work with was published in ilay I96O, and the fall 
puppets. Janet had chosen THE COMPLETE I96O school opening. It is now a year 
1-DRKS OF i.ILLIA:; SHAKESPEARE, compiled by" later and school use has increased 
Thomas Mark Parrot, and Salvator, BOSTON: considerably during this school season, 
A TOPOGRAPHICAL HISTORY, by l.falter Muir If the present ratio of increase contin- 
lohitehill. ; ues during the coming year, the situation 

Of special interest this year was the ; in some departments will be crucial in- 
coincidence that the author of the history deed, 
of Boston was also the cloief speaker of ; a- 



the evening — a "first" in the history of 1 
these awards, iir. lihitehill gave an ! 
informative and authoritative account of 
the development of the North End Section ' 
of Boston, ending i^jith an expression of ■ 
hope that the projected re- development of! copy. 
Boston will not destroy completely tlie 
unique atmosphere of this colorful area. 

For the fourth consecutive year, 
Robert Castagnola presided. Accordian 
solos were ably rendered by Richard Di 



Six English classes from Boston English 
were assigned a map of Odysseus' travels. 
The boys seemed to have no idea where to 
look and some begged the staffs of General 
Reference and History to give them one to 



I Man,y last-minute book reviews were 
J in demand in Periodical. In many cases, 
; delivery of the bound volujnes brought an 
: almost immediate complaint to the Desk 



Perna of Christopher Columbus Pligh School; that "every book review I send for has 
and the closing remarks were made with [ been torn out. " 
compelling sincerity by Fr. Aengus Quin- 
lan, O.F.M., of the same school. 

Members of the staff and of the Young 
Adults Council acted as hosts and host- 
esses throughout the evening. Delicious 
refreshments were served during the so- 
cial hour which followed the program. 
The punch bowls were presided over by 
iirs. Dario Caruso, a North End mother, 
and Sarah ii. Usher, a friend of Mary U. 
Nichols. During this period it was pos- 
sible to chat with Iirs. Geraldine S. 
Herrick, the present Branch Librarian, 



■ The LA'.;IRENCS EAGLE of May 2k, carried 
j a long account of a meeting held between 
school and library oificials, and members 
, of the Student Council Library Study Com- 
'. raittee in Reading, concerning the Decera- 
; ber ban on all. student use of the lib- 
\ rary for study after 7 p.m. The ban re- 
f mained unresolved although a solution is 
' hoped for soon a f ter school opening in 
: September. 

i An analysis of the high s choal library 
; use questionnaires submitted to the stud- 
who had extended a cordial welcome at the' ent body was included in the account. Of 
beginning of the evening and who is : major interest to our staff is the state- 
carr^ring on ably and effectively in the ' ment of l5/|- pupils that they have had to 
tradition of Mary U. Nichols, who from | use the facilities of public libraries 
I9I1I to I9I4.9 had brought her own special , of other communities, including Boston, 
warmth ana friendliness, combined with 
strength of character and high courage. 




"DID kmom EVER ASK YDtJ "mmT 'T'.Tf TOOKS TOTT»D TAKK ..." 



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MASSACHUSETTS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 

The Annual Meeting of the IILA took place 
at the Belmont Hotel, West Harwich, June 
8-9. Mrs, Martha Usher I'Jhite, President 
of the Cape Cod Library Club welcomed the 
members. 

Under the very able direction of Mrs, 
Muriel Javelin, the unusual program of 
this meeting was very productive and re- 
warding. 

Instead of the usual round of speakers, 
the w hole conference was based on the 
case method now being used in library 
science courses at Simmons College. With 
the cooperation of Kenneth Shaffer (Dir- 
ector of the School of Library Science 
and of the College Libraries, Simmons) 
several cases on problems of book selec- ; 
tion were made available for use at this [ 
meeting. ; 

Participants were divided into small 
groups according to their interest areas, i 
(adult, young adult, children, hospital, | 
and college). The case provided a mean- ; 
ingf ul device around which principles and ; 
practices of book selection were explored; 
with profit. Although some groups were 
larger than had been expected, most people 
participated actively in the discussion. 

Each case was not meant to be "solved" I 
but to clarify the issues involved and to | 
show directions that thinking might take | 
should a similar problem occur in actual 
practice, 

RM 

Keynote Address 

The Keynote Address was delivered by 
Mrs. Grace T, Stevenson, Deputy Executive 
Director, ALA. 

Speaking on "The Main Chance" Mrs. 
Stevenson observed that the main chance 
for librarians to make their mark was in 
the field of Book Selection, She indica- 
ted that there is a necessity for a re- 
examination of our book selection pol- 
icies to determine if these are adequate 
to cope with current needs. 

She set forth certain specifications 
which were vital to an effective book 
selection policy; 

1. A comprehension of what a library 
should be with emphasis on the library 
as a source of education. 

2. ■'■iho is the library going to serve? 
To answer this requires a knowledge of 
the community and its needs. A vital 



book collection should reflect our chang- 
ing times. 

3, How is the libr'ary going to be used? 

I4.. The library must stand ready to offer 
any new or unusual services that will help 
its citizens find a better life. It has 
an obligation to the people who pay for 
the services to keep them fully informed 
of the facilities that are available for 
their use. 

5. The development of regional coopera- 
tion among libr';ries is a necessary ad- 
junct to improved services. 

6. The librarian has the responsibility 
of maintaining the freedom to read. 

In concluding her remarks, Mrs. Stev- 
enson emphasized the fact that the dis- 
sipation of any unfavorable image of the 
librarian rests with the librarian. 

WILLIAM CASET 

As there were far too many discussion 
groups to be adequately covered for this 
paper, we give resumes of a few, as ex- 
amples, lie regret we were unable to pro- 
vide full coverage. Participating as 
leaders or recorders were BPLers : Ervin 
J. Gaines, Virginia Haviland, Kathleen B. 
Hegarty, M. Jane Manthome, Rose Moora- 
chian, Bridie P. Stotz, B. Gertrude 'lade. 

Young Adults 

There were two young adult groups, one 
led by M. Jane Manthome (Readers Advisor 
for Young Adults) with Rose Hoorachian 
(Mattapan) recording, and the other led 
by Mrs. Bridie Stotz (Adams Street) with 
Mrs. Louise Newsom (Brockton Public Lib- 
rary) recording. 

The young adult case concerned a mother 
who , was quite disturbed when she discover- 
ed by accident that her 16 year old dau- 
ghter had been allowed to take John Stein- 
beck's THE GRAPES OF WRATH from the public 
library. She wrote a letter to the head 
of the Board of Trustees who sent it with 
a casual note to the librarian. Unsatis- 
fied with the reply from the librarian 
who cited the library's policy of not 
"censoring" materials patrons wished to 
borrow, the mother wrote a letter to the 
local newspaper saying that she would burn 
the book publicly unless she was given an 
explanation and an apology from the Trus- 
tee. 

Each group discussed many facets of 
this case for two hours on Thursday, Fri- 
day a joint discussion of both groups 



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carried the discussion further. formulation of a Book Selection Policy 

The main points cited were that both approved by the idrector and 2o>Trd of 
the trustee and the librarian had failed -Trustees, the wide dissemination of this 
to gauge the importance of the mother's policy so that it is known to all segments 
original complaint. Poor communication 'of the community, and so that the reasons 
between the librarian and the mother had .underlying it may become known also. Pub- 
resulted in irritating her even more. lie relations media such as the Denver 
Most people felt that the librarian 'Public Librar;;-'s pamphlet pARTNJS IN ED- 
should have had a personal talk with the UCATION might be worthy of imitation and 

■distribution elsewhere. 

ilany related problems such as policy in 
regard to series books, gifts to the Lib- 
,rary etc., were also introduced. In each 
.case the participants emphasized the need 
for maintaining high standards in the 
quality and content of our book collection 
in order to foster development of dis- 
paper to present their side of the issue, criminating readers, who read for pleasure 
One group pointed out that although the as well as information, to develop in- 
book was on a high school reading list andsights of mind ana spirit^ thus enriching 
available in the high school library, the their imagination, forming taste and 
mother was attacking only the public lib- '.character through exposure to these in- 
rary and that this might indicate a great-ifluences in books of artistic and liter- 
er prestige of the teacher and the s chool ary merit, 

in the community. Parents responsibility' ANNE ARi-iSTROWG 

for their children's reading was a nother 

issue mentioned in the discussion, al- ; Trustee - Librarian Relations 
though there was not enough time for a — — 

full exploration. The tangent issue of ; Under the topic. Trustee - Public lib- 
whether or not the public library should 'rarian relationships in book selection 



mother at that point, A written book 
selection policy that could be cited in 
cases like this one would have helped 
also. The library's public relations 
seemed to be at fault in that the paper 
did not check with the library before 
publishing the mother's letter nor did 
the library get in touch with the news- 



be required to provide all books on a 
school reading list provided some lively 
moments , 

The group felt as a whole that even 
though there had been disagreement on 
specific points and the case vas not 
really "solved", each participant had 
learned a great deal, 

ROSE MOORACHIAN 

Children ' s 



jsituations, the case study method used in 
"evaluating book selection policy was the 
."Fisher ^lethod", so-called because of an 
i article by Dorothy C. Fisher relating how 
.the actual decisions as to what books 
jwere to be added to the library's collec- 
1 tion were made by a group of trustees in 
•a town of 1[|00 in Vennont. This article 
served as ammunition for one of the 
trustees in a community of I).7,0^0. 
i The varied and highly representative 
I discussion group went quic vly to the heart 
,of the matter. Obviously, book selection 
,;was not being done properly. The basic 
difficulty was the librarian, limited, in- 
adequate, kow-towing to trustees, and es- 
pecially to her trustee - book committee 
■of two, partisan, parochial, interested 
The trustees were also 



The Children's Librarians, in two 
groups, discussed the iiipact of school 
assignments on their book selection pol- 
icies. Capable leaders were our Readers 
Advisor, Virginia Haviland, and a former 
BPL member, Hope Brown, now of the i'lass- 
achusetts Division of Library Extension, •'in sociability. 

In short order the consensios was reach-, at fault - for permitting the situation 
ed that it just is not feasible or prac- 1 to continue, for no n- enforcement of the 
tical for the Public Library to attempt ; written book selection policy, for general 
to provide from its limited budget, an 'misinterpretation of their function, 
increasing number of books solely to sat- The group was aided in possible solu- 
is'fy the demand for numerous (in one caseations by the second part of the case study 
ten!) sources of information (exclusive in which a trained, forceful, diplomatic 
of encyclopedias) on a given subject. 'young man was favorably interviewed by the 

Solutions to this problem included the ' trustees for the directorship. How would 

he deal with the existing situation? He 



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could appoint a book committee from the 
staffj have the trustees purely in an ad- ; 
vxsory capacity] have joint coraraittee of 
staff and trustees; present a list and 
stand one's ground j wean away the helpful j 
citizens to another committee, riost im- 
portant of all, he could educate his trus- 
tees - build up confidence in the librarian 

General conclusions reached were as 
follows: the trustees are responsible for ; 
the library and its holdings, its broad ' 
concepts of policy. One of their most 
important functions is to select a com- 
petent, professional librarian, who will j 
work with the trustees, not for them. A ; 
written book selection policy worked out 
and enforced by trustees and librarian is : 
highly desirable. In short, trustees \ 

bring broad perspectives to things, while; 
the role of the librarian is telescopic. , 

ENC i 

Film Session j 

Participating in the Thursday evening ' 
panel discussion on "The Library and Filras | 
Selection? Censorship?" Tere: Robert E. ; 
oegal, Executive Director, Jewish Goronun- | 
ifcy Council of Metropolitan Boston; Mrs. ; 
Grace T. Stevenson, Deputy Executive Dir- i 
ectoj.-,. ALA; Dr. iielvin Brodshaug, Dean of j 
the School of Public Relations and Coramuni-{ 
catj.ons, Boston University, and Marshall , 
Kaplan, Teacher of History, Milton Academy^ 
Dr. Malcolm S. Knowles, Associate Profess-- 
or of Adult Education, Boston University, ' 
acted as moderator. ' 

Serving as a springboard for discussion ' 
of general film selection principles and , 
representing an example of controversial , 
material, was the motion picture OPEllATION ; 
ABOLITION. This film has aroused mixed ! 
reaction because of its presentation of 
the San Francisco rioting which accompanied 
the House Un-American Activities hearings \ 
last year. j 

After viewing the film, the panel dis- j 
cussed the responsibility of the library j 
to provide film material on all points of ! 
view, and to indicate whether a film is 
biased. Because films have a special and / 
subtle impact, it was considered especially 
important to determine their factual accur-1 
acy. Technical quality was emphasized as ; 
another important criteria. The panel '. 
completed its discussion (which included 
audience participation) with a general ' 
agreement that a film should never be ; 
censored out of a collection merely because 



of its point of view. 

Kii-Txa,-EM 3. HEGAP.Tr 

Installation 

At the luncheon meeting on Friday, Mrs. 
iiuriel Javelin was installed as President 
of the Massachusetts Librarj' Association 
for the coming year. We join all the 
members of MLA in wishing Mrs. Javelin 
a distinguished term of office inarked 
by the same kind of constructive, for- 
ward looking guidance that marked the 
successful Meeting so many of us enjoyed, 

YOUIC ADULTS START SUl-lnER READING 

Young adults come to Open Shelf from 
all parts of the city and adjacent areas 
to find books for summer reading. In 
the Young Adult section they will find, 
shelves reserved, where books on their 
lists have been assembled to facilitate 
service and give the prospective readers 
a chance to look over the books before 
making a choice. A few schools regularly 
send copies of their lists to the Young 
Adult section; others are contributed - 
sometimes laboriously copied for us - by 
generous young patrons. Books are daily 
being collected from all sections of Ooen 
Shelf, including the Children's Room. 
Even this early, boys and girls from 
Boston College High, both latin schools. 
Catholic Memorial, Cathedral, St. Thomas 
Aquinas, Roxbuiy Latin, Fontbonne, Brim- 
mer-May, Beaver Country Day and others 
have walked hopefully into Open Shelf, 
the LIST in hand. Mith the whole staff 
aiding and abetting, it is hoped that 
every boy and girl will have fulfilled 
his requirements before Labor Day, with 
some maybe more pleasant wanderings in 
other books along the way. 

HELEN N. BIGKFGRD 

MISSING jflKE 

Something is missing in the courtyardj 
The flowers are blooming brightly and 
there are men at work setting out plants 
and keeping this little rectangle a 
beauty spot. But, the familiar figure of 
Mike Sullivan - whose "green thimib" 
brought this one-time barren spot to life 
a few years ago - is missing. The ques- 
tion is comstantly asked, "Viihere's Mike 
Sullivan this year?" It is the hope of 
his many friends that his health is im- 



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[jioving so that he will be back in "his" 
courtyai'd b^^fore too many more days have 
Passed. 



I'-iRS. MRY 



DIETRICKSON 



she zealously developed in its early days 
,goes on - givj.ng testinonj'- to the solid 
•work 01 foundation and organization on 
her part, 

MIiGARET M. MCUOVEFd\i 

The death of Mrs. iiary V. Dietrickson on 
Tuesday, June 6, ended a career of extra- . We were saddened to learn of the death 
ordinary accomplishment in library service^of Margaret n. PIcGovern on May 21. Many 
We of the Boston Public Library remember .of us remember her as a cheerful energetic 
her as the organizer and first librarian person who loved to travel and had an ex- 
of the idrstein Business Branch, the cap- tensive collection of china elenhants. 
stone of a long and distinguished career. ! Miss McGovern first entered the library 

She prepared for her work at the Univer- | service an an extra at Charlestown, She 
sity of l^isconsin, graduating from the 'held degrees from Salem Normal and Sii.im.ons 
Library School in 19'J9j was Public Librar- [College. 

ian at ^'ausau Wisconsin 1910; Assistant ; She began her professional career in 
Reference Librarian, Denver Public Library jjl9l6, serving at Charlestown, Weponset 
1911; Assistant Legislative Reference -and then at Memorial from July 1938 until 
Librarian of ^'dsconsin State Library, jher retirement in April 1952. 
I912-I9IL1-I organized and was the Librarian' 



of the Business and Municipal Branch of 
the Minneapolis Public Library, I9II4.-I927. 
ITien her husband was named professor at 
hIT, they carae to Boston and she was Ref- 
erence Assistant, Baker Library (Harvard 
Business School), 1927-28. 

Her association with the 3PL began in 



THE SOCIAL BEi'JEFITS OF THE BFLSA? 

Several times a year the members of the 
3PLSA are invited to social gatherings. 
Along with enjoying a stimulating program. 



■we get a chance to know each other, leaving 
'aside the b?rriers of rank, department, 
x929 when she was named Chief of the Stat- ; and division, to exchange ideas, pro- 
istical Department, She was assigned to :fessional or otherwise, and to swap those 
the work of organizing the Kirstein Busi- .!diets we're starting to-morrow, while 
ness Branch, the generous gift of Louis E. i relishing the delicious refreshments 
Kirstein, which opened in I93O. The ven- , served by the Entertainment Committee, 
ture was a success from the start and it ji^lhy not join the Staff Association and get 
soon became the busiest library of its jbetter acquainted? 
type, in terms of people served, in the i OLLIE PARTRIDGE 

country-. As Business Branch Librarian, j Member of the Membership 

I"Irs. Dietrickson won the praise of all \<iho[ and Hospitality Coramit- 

used the library, for she and her staff ! tee 

never gave up on a question. She had an j 

exceptional power of systematic organiza- , CHARLES RIVER LIBRARY CLUB 
tion. "To be useful, the information must! 
be ready when it is wanted, " j An invitation has been received for the 

She was proud of her staff and the ef- jStaff Association by our President from 
forts they made to learn as many business 'Elizabeth J, Hodges, President of the 
subjects as possible in order to give ICharles River Library Club, inviting the 
better service. Anyone seriously seeking Jstaff of the BPL to join this regional 
information was helped as much as resourceSlibrary club, 

allowed. During the depression, every j Present annual dues are seventy-five 
source of employment was compiled by the 'cents per member, although a raise to 



staff, and this was much appreciated by 
those seeking work. After VJorld War II, 
returning veterans were greatly aided in 
their search for business opportunities. 



jone dollar is to be voted on at the Fall 

^meeting. 

; The club meets twice a year, fall and 

jspring. Its membership comes from many 



•^n her retirement in I9I4.8 she remarked, ilibraries in Greater Boston. Our Director 



"If I was going to start over again, I'd 
take up the saiae kind of work," For her 
the work was important - and it is a rare 
tribute to her achievement that the work 



is already a member, and the club would 
like to see more of us in its membership. 



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THEIR BRAINS ARE SHO'.IMG.' ■. Open Shelf 

June is the month of graduates as well Richard Bowes, Library Aide, Hyde Park, 
as brides, and with graduations go honors, won a partial s cholarship to 3oston Univ- 
BPL employees did rather well, as this ersity 

partial list will show. Next month we -Hr 

will print those we did not hear about in ;-^onald Griffin, Library Aide, Cathedral, 
tinie for this issue, if you will notify us^won a full scholarship to Boston College. 
Congratulations to you all] ; 

Periodical and Ne wsy iape r 

Hugh Mci\feil, Library Aide, Boston College 
,High, won a partical scholarship to Boston 
College, 

Michael V, Casper, Library Aide, Boston 
College High, member of the Honor Society, 
won both the Gold Medal for Classics and 
the First Award in German. 

David E. Costs, Library Aide, x:as admitted 
to the Honor Society at Boston College 
High. 

Central Charging Records 

Arthur Dii^iattea, Boston Latin and a Lib- 
rary Aide, s'p200 towards collep:e costs at 
the college of his choice. He will attend 
Boston College. 

POOL USE 

Another courtyard event was added last 
Thursday afternoon to the list of un- 
expected events surrounding the history 
of our fountain- pool. - the furore created 
by Mclionniss Bacchante, the shock of the 
staff engendered by the staff member who 

lOnce held an after-hours swiiriiing and 
drinking party, destroying newly seeded 

' lawn in the process (he was an ex by 9 
a.m. )^ the surprise at the two elderly 
ladies who removed shoes and stockings 
and daiigled their overheated feet to cool, 
and the man who w?.shed his socks therein - 
when two small boys, aged 5 and 7, and a 

: girl of 8, decided it was a swimming pool. 

i ^liile courtyard readers watched in envy, 

j the children had a beautiful time, until 
first a Custodian, then an Officer, arriv- 
ed to w ring out their clothes (by this 
time the 5 year old was delightfully naked 
and prancing on the rim of the pool) and 
spoil their swim. They could not under- 
stand why they could not swim there. Per- 
haps it should be permitted? Staff too? 



Mattapan 

James Gallivan, Library Aide, Boston Latin 
has won a five hundred dollar scholarship 
to Northeatern, where he will major in 
chemistry. 

Rena Fisher, Jeremiah Burke, member of the 
National Honor Society, winner of TIME 
current events contest, has won a four 
year scholarship of six hundred dollars 
a year to Boston University's College of 
Liberal Arts. She too is a Library Aide. 

Library Aide and also from Jeremiah Burke, 
Ann Kuperman, is going to Newton Junior 
College where she will major in sciences 
before transferring to another college 
■CO prepare for a career in biology re- 
search. Ann was President of the voca- 
tional Biology Club, a member of the 
Senior Advj.sory Board, and won Honors in 
the Convocation in Spanish this past year. 
•it 

Barbara Lee Triber, Library Aide, was 
Vice-President of the Honor Society at 
Hyde Park, a member of the llattapan Young 
Adults Council, and won two scholarships. 
She will attend Lesley in the fall, 

■«■ 
jyiichael Berman, Library Aide, also from 
Hyde Park, was awarded a five hundred 
dollar scholarship to Northeastern. 

i\ 

Jean Raczko, Librarj'' Aide and Hyde Park, 
received a Home and School scholarship 
and also one from Emmanuel. 

Information Office 



Diane R. Dondale, BA in Social Science, • 
Emmanuel, won a full scholarship to St. > 
Louis University, School of Social Service^ 

a- : 

Marian McCarthy, won the Perrin Award for ,' 
excellence in German at Boston University,! 
College of Liberal Arts. i 




using a huge amount (if then) 
3. causes roughened skin 
Please can't we have sorae soap ? 
ALLlGriTOR-SiaN HAi^IDS 

Dear Soapbox: 

Nothing has been heard from the Orien- 
tation Council. Is it still working, or 

what? 

DISORIENTATED 

Dear Editor: 

In c ase no one has noticed, we need 

more room here and there. Since the 

influx of staff, it is getting so lunch- 

! times are just one mad scramble for seats 

I in the Staff Library, lounges and Coffee 



: Shop. Ilhen winter comes, w 
; sters) be left behind? 

BRUISED 



ill we (old- 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Library, 
Department or Office in which he or she (Dear Soap Box: 

is employed. The name is withheld from ; T'^ien the new water bubblers i;ere ir-stal- 
publication, or a pen name is used, if jled how come one was not installed on the 
the cor^tributor so requests. Anonymous 'second floor convenient to bates Hall, our 
contributions are not given consideration.jMain Reading Room, and to the Public Card 
The author of the article is known only | Catalog. There is a water pipe available 
to the Editor-in-Chief. The contents of fnear the elevator and the bubbler remo^ted 
the articles appearing in the Soap Box '.from the first floor is still in good 
are oersonal opinions expressed by indiv- jWorking order. I am sure tiiat both public 
iduai Association members and their land staff would be grateful during the 
appearance does not necessarily indicate -long hot summ.er. 
that the Publications Committee and the ' HOT AlID DUoTI 

Association are in agreement with the ; 
views expressed. Only those contributions; Dear Saopbox: 
containing not more than 300 words will The Personnel Manual (Section 313.01) 



be accepted. 



states there are 12 1/2 scheduled paid 
holidaj^s annually | included in the list 

lis June 17. Yet, June 1? is not a paid 

Dear Editor: i holiday this year. If some other Library 

Much as we aporeciate the improvement (rule governs this situation, then it con- 
in the Soap Situation, let us not forget jflicts with the hanual. 
that there are some who would like a more ! CONFUSED 

solid cleanser. Could we not have whole j 
cakes of soap at the sinks that are un- j 
crowned with a liquid dispenser? 

DIRTY^ ELBOWS 

Dear Soap Box: 

The WHY DON'T '"E ?... column last month 



mentioned the lack of soap in the staff 
quarters and requested that ground soap 

be dispensed (in the dispensers already j 

installed in the ladies' powder room at j 

least?) if full size cakes could not be ' 

supplied, i-e now may wash - which is an [ 

improvement - but the liquid soap: I 

1. smells on hands for hours after j 

2. does not get one clean without t 



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ELECTION CaiMITTUE 



Vera L. Cheves 

Mary Colpas 

Ruth Conroy 

Elizabeth Drane 

Harold Hammond 

Edward J. Montana, Chairman 

WOMIMhTING COMiTTTKE 

Rhoda Blacker 

Barbara Coffey 

Elinor Conley 

Corinne Henderson 

Lloyd Jameson 

Catherine MacDonald 

Louisa Metcalf 

Pauline Murphy 

Mary Sheehan 

Muriel C. Javelin, Chairman 

SPECIAL SERVICES GQi'€-ILTTEE 

Jean Babcock 

Rutii Conroy 

Dorothy Ekstrom 

Louis 0' Hallo ran, Chairman 



Catalog and Classification, HRS 
Egleston Square Branch 
Codman Square Branch 
General Reference Dept. 
Catalog and Classification RES. 
Periodical and Newspaper Dept. 



Mattapan Branch 

Catalog and Classification, RRS 

Dorchester Branch 

Central Charging Records 

Government Documents 

Personnel Office 

Open Shelf Dept. 

Bock Stack Service, h. R. S. 

Book purchasing Dept. 

Division Office, H. h.. S. 



Division Office, R & US 

Codman Square 

Adams Street 

Division Office, HR ci CS 



URGENT 



The Nominating Committee is meeting on June 16. ¥ill you please send to any 
of the members any suggestions you have for officers of the Association for 
1962. 

MURIEL C. JA'/ELIN 

Chairman, Nominating Committee 



BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Scholarship Awards 
for Study at Library Schools 
during the twelve months dating from 
July 1. 1951 



$200 each 



Mrs Vera L, Cheves 

Cataloger and Classifier 

Cataloging and Cl3ssificatlon Department 

Division of Home Reading and Community 

Services 

Joseph H, Center Scholarship 

Arthur V. Curley 

Pre-Professional Library Assistant 
Open Shelf Department 

Daniel Sharp Ford Scholarship 

Irene M, Mains 

Children's Librarian 
North End Branch library 

Alfred Hemenway Scholarship 

Mary W, Wallace 

Pre-Professional Library Assistant 
Music Department 

Francis Skinner Scholarship 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XVI Number ? July 1961 

Publications Comnjitteer Arthur V, Curley, A, Kay Decker, James J, Ford, Rose 

Iloorachian, Caroline R. Stanwood, lo Roger Stevens, Cartoon- 
ist, Sarah I'l. Usher, Indexer, Dorothy P, Shaw, Chairman 

Publication Date; Deadline for submitting material; 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

With talk of inventories, new catalogs, and even new buildings in the 
air, it seems that the B.P»L, is catching up with, and even outdistancing, 
many long-standing problems that have obstructed maximuia service. To take 
advantage of this progressive spirit, the Question Mark has undertaken a 
su rface study of one important aspect of our service to readers - the B.P.L, 
catalogs. 

Many staff members, as well as patrons, have voiced dissatisfaction with 
parts of the present situation. Even the staff does not always Know the loca- 
tion of all the catalogs, or what is or is not included in each. The patron 
cannot possibly know, and often goes away believing that the Library does not 
own a particular book i%'hich may be right on shelf. Now that we are approaching 
a shift in our thinking, owing to the impact of state aid and regional con- 
siderations, should we not pause and consider this problem, or series of prob- 
lems, before it becomes further involved^ 

The Q,M. intends no criticism, but simply consideration, of the situation, 
IJhat do we have to work with, and what changes might make our basic catalogs 
more useful to all2 VJhat can be done, perhaps by stages, to improve effective- 
ness, taking into full account staff shortages, present and future, in relation 
to the magnitude of the work? The sumxTxr projects are a f ino beginning, and 
we hope they will be the first steps in a long-range program. 

Remembering that our materials are useless unless the catalogs can direct 
a patron to what he needs in the shortest possible time, with a minimum of 
help from an increasingly busy staff, we believe that a study should be made 
of what each catalog does to aid t he patron and where each fails him. 

In hopes of stimulating discussion, and perhaps eventually an official 
study, the Publications Committee has inter-</iewed several staff members in 
departments dealing directly with, the public. And, on the following pages, 
we present these staff comments on our catalogs, in the belief that it is one 
of the duties of the Question Mark to raise questions on topics of importarce 
to the Library, 

- THE PUBLICATIONS GGIMITTEE 



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THE B.P.L. CATALOGS 



The following comments, on the catalog 
situation, have been offered by members 
of the staff in public departments. 

In all departments of the Reference 
Division, with the exception of Music, 
the catalogs referred to are basically- 
auxiliary catalogs •** "ths cards -:are 
duplicates of corresponding entries in 
the General Reference Catalog. 

History 

Catalog was set up, along with the 
department, in 1937 - during the period 
of conversion to L.G, classification. 
The catalog today includes post-1937 
acquisitions (L.C.) plus older materials 
that have been reclassified. There is a 
large body of History materials, still 
bearing old B,P,L, numbers, which is 
not represented in the History catalog. 

For many topics, both History and 
General Reference catalogs must be used 
(e.g.. Communism as an ideology - Social 
Sciencej Communism in Russia - History) . 

Filing rules are modified to suit the 
subject. And, space is a luxury. 

Sc ience and Technology 

Catalog represents materials in the 
fields of Technology, Physics and 
Chemistry; students of other branches of 
science must use the General Reference 
catalog. 

The catalog is not complete, especially 
for pre-1920 titles, and so, for older 
titles, earlier editions, etc., the 
official catalog must be checked - a j 
time-consuming process. Space is a big I 
problem: an additional section has had ! 
to be tacked on in home-made fashion, ' 
Filing by many different persons, without] 
uniform rules, has had the expected 
results, • 

Since 19U0, an additional catalog (not I 
public) has been maintained for science i 
materials put on the L,C, classification. 

Government Documents and Social Sciences , 
This important department draws many | 
serious patrons to its corner of the 
courtyard; but, those consulting the 
catalog for material in the Social 
Sciences other than Economics will have 
to go back to Bates Hall, The distance 
from the General Reference catalog is 



an obvious inconvenience. An over- 
crowded catalog case has long troubled 
an already busy staff. 

Periodical and Newspaper 

Planned as a complete listing of serial 
holdings in the BPL (eventually), basic 
catalog was compiled from obvious subject 
headings in Official Catalog, augmented 
by titles from UNION LIST OF SERIALS, now 
added to by selection of classes from 
cards sent to us by Catalog Dept, Lack 
of space limits classes to be included. 
It is impossible to be certain it will 
ever be truly complete owing to diffi- 
culty in locating all serial titles in 
other catalogs. 

Does not include at present government 
documents as such, United Nations publi- 
cations, newspapers, analytics, and many 
titles for directories, yearbooks, society 
reports, etc. Cards are also lacking for 
many of the reference books housed in the 
department. 

Filing system is baffling as so many 
have done filing, but is no more so than 
the alphabetizing found in other catalogs 
in the building. 

Ceased publication notes, NEDL stamps, 
and late informational notes have not 
been added; closed system of foroier 
serials cataloging has not been- changed 
in common with most of the departmental 
catalogs. 

Directional signs stating catalog was 
incomplete and referring patron to desk 
have recently disappeared. 

Fine Arts 

The Fine Arts catalog is especially 
noteworthy in that it has its own class- 
ification scheme. Both the old B.P.Lo 
classification and a system of three-part 
numbers (devised by a former department 
head) are to be found in this card case. 

In addition to Fine Arts material, the 
catalog includes portions of other fields 

- such as archeology, city planning, 
history, and descriptive material on 
various countries - which are of supple- 
mentary value. 

Music 

' Cards in this catalog vmlike those in 
other departments are not duplicated in 
the General Reference catalog, except 
for some old entries. 



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Includes materials in the field of mu- 
sic except new books on the dance, which 
LC classes in GV, The older dance books 
are in the Music Dept, under BPL mmbers 
along with new books on the dance which 
emphasize music, (e.g., folk dance music) 
Older BPL cards are interfiled with LC 
c^rds. As subject headjjigs differ in the 
two systems, it is often necessary to 
look in two places for the material (e.g. 
Chamber music-BPL system; but string en- 
sembles, sonatas, etc,-LC) 

Material in the famous Brown collection 
was easily distinguished under the BPL 
system, but under LC the same symbol ap- 
plies to other non-circulating items. 

There remains a large number of tempo- 
rary cards - some twenty years old - for 
which regular cards were not printed 
owing to financial problems at the time, 

i 
G eneral Reference Catalog - I 
"" This is the core catalog for the Refer- j 
ence & Research Division, but may we 
stress, it is not a union catalog - nei- 
ther of the Division nor of the Library, j 
Unfortunately, its size leads people to '] 
assume that it is so, (It will be ex- < 
panded pO^ during next year in size - but 
:.t 3.S not to become a union catalog.) It 
includes no manuscripts, newspapers, or 
music materials. 

The General Reference Dept, is responsi- 
ble for its interpretation and use but not 
for its physical upkeep. Inaccuracies 
have resulted from variant filing rules 
and from filing by non-professionals. In 
a large catalog, especially one with two 
different systems of subject headings, 
a library aid should not be filing. 
Stack serials have not been kept up to 
date and considerable time is spent fol- 
lowing up an open entry, 

A long tine lag (sometimes 6-!>8 months) 
occurs between the pvirchase of a book and 
its representation in the General Refer- 
ence Catalog by a full set of cards. 



H. R. S, j 

In the Central Library, the Open Shelf i 
catalog is the main public record of HRS ! 
holdings. In addition to the 0,3, collec-j 
tion, this catalog indicates some (but not, 
all) books purchased by Branch Issue, ' 
However, if a title is discontinued by ! 
Open Shelf, but retained by Branch Issue, ' 
there is no longer any public indication ' 
that the library still crwns the book. 



Catalogs in the Branches are, of course 
listings of the holdings of that ^Jnit 
only; requests for titles not oT-med by 
the Branch will be f orr-iarded, if the pa- 
tron desires, to Branch Issue - but with 
no indication of whether the library 
owns the book. 

The union catalog, in the Catalog and 
Classification Dept. HRS is the only 
comprehensive listing of HRS holdings, 
but it is not available to the rjublico 

We conclude with a few samples of the 
many suggestions offered by staff members 
interviewed: 

In some subject departments, current, 
up-to-date catalogs of recent accessions 
(say, 5-10 years) would prove most 
valuable , 

Provide signs indicating that the 
Open Shelf and General Reference catalogs 
represent different collections. 

Filing, especially in large catalogs, 
should be done only by trained pro- 
fessionals, or by such others as have 
had sufficient training and experience, 
but ne-vsr by a Library Aide, 

Bring serial entries and open entides 
up-to-date o 

Consider, as a future possibility, a 
Union catalog of all B, P, L, holdings. 

Institute uniform filing rules in all 
departments , 

Include in the rebuilt General Ref- 
erence catalog: holdings of the Music 
Department and perhaps, at a future 
date, even Branch Issue and Open Shelf 
materials. 

Place conspicuous signs on or near 
each departmental catalog, stating 
exactly what it contains and x:here to 
go for supplementary material. 

Make General Reference catalog an 
all-Reference Pivision catalog and Open 
Shelf catalog an all-Home Reading diAn.- 
sion catalog, with conspicuous direc- 
tions from one to the other. 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



PERSON^'EL NOTES 



The job analysis information booklet 
just published is one of the first steps 
in the job evaluation study now in pro- 
gress in the Library, It is a concise 
statement of what is meant by job evalu- 
ation and classification and what is 
hoped to be accomplished. It is an 
attractive and informative booklet and 
those concerned are to be congratulated 
in getting the study off to such an 
excellent beginning. 

The Staff Association's Special 
Services Committee has been hard at 
work on an up-to-date discount list. 
Thanks to Mr, O'Halloran and his com- 
mittee this list should be ready in the 
late summer. 

In their efforts to provide opportuni- 
ties for Library officers to have wider | 
library contacts and experience, the i 
Library Trustees and the Director have i 
made it possible for several Library ■ 
officers to attend the ALA Conference \ 
through grants that will more or less i 
cover travel expenses. The president j 
of the Staff Association was one of i 
those receiving grants. Naturally, the ' 
Staff Organization Round Table Meeting j 
will be included in my program, j 

RUTH M. HAYES • 

ATTENDED ALA j 

Marjorie A, BroTrin, Cat. & Class. - RES j 
John M. Carroll, Chief Librarian - HRCS ] 
G, Florence Connolly, Fine Arts I 
Eleanor F, Halligan, Gen. Reference j 
Virginia Haviland, Readers Advisor for ' 

Children j 

Ruth. M. Hayes, Branch Lib'tn, Adams St, j 
Bradford M. Hill, Acting Chief Lib;"- RRS 
Muriel C, Javelin, Dep. Sup, - Adults 
Rosalie A, Lang, Chief, Gen Reference 
Catherine M, MacDonald, Personnel Off, 
Francis X. Iloloney, Asst, Director 

Information 
Rose Moorachian, Mattapan Branch 
Mildred G, O'Connor, Coordinator of 

the Social Sciences 
Alice M, Waters, Govt, Documents 
Elizabeth L, Wright, Asst. to tVi« 

Director 



New Employees 

Mrs, JsneFTT Anderson, Adams Street 

John P, Calos, Book Stack Service 

Julie Chevalier, Adams Street 

Ernest A, Dil-^attia, Science & Tech, 

Patricia A, Ewasco, Mattapan 

Barbara Epstein, Division Off, - RRS 

Elizabeth N, Green, Rare Book 

Mrs, Gale Golden, Dorchester 

I4rs, Louise R, Goldschmidt, Parker Hill 

Barbara McManus, Kirstein 

Janice A, Maniscalco, Rare Book 

Gerald F, McDonald, Fine Arts 

Janet R. Steams, Education 

Ann B, Stein, Music 

Alice M. Wheeler, Cat. & . Class. -RRS 

John P, Rice, Book Stack Service 

Roxolana A, Yarmovych, Cat, & Class-RRS 

Transferred 

Julie Chevalier, Adams Street to 

Egleston Square 
Patricia A. Ewasco, Mattapan to 

North End 
Jeanne M. Fitzgerald, Science & Tech. 

to Kirstein 

Resi,g?ied 

Joan Abbe, West Roxbury, to study in 

Europe 
William C, Callahan, Central Charging 

Records, to obtain another position, 

at Logan International Airport 
John A, Gilmore, Government Documents 
Adrienne C, deVergie, Charles town, to 

attend Simmons full-time 
Paul McDevitt, Book Stack Service, 

ill health 
Thomas Moroney, Book Stack Service, 

to go into the service 

Summer Projects 

Book Preparation 
Maureen McDevitt, formerly part-time 
Open Shelf, State College of Boston, 
Sophomore 



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Catalo ging and Classification, R&RS 1 

ito senary Doyle, formerly part-time ' 

Brighton, Salem State College, \ 

Sophomore 

Pearl Owens, graduate of State Teachers | 

College 

Book Stack Service 
Charles A. Berkebile, BU, grad, 
Lewis A, Burleigh, Harvard, Junior 
Paul W. i^^ost, U of Mass., Junior 
Ronald S, Gillis, formerly part-time Fine 

Arts, BU, Sophomore 
Kevin M. McGrath, Harvard, Freshman 
Charles C. Nickerson, Harvard, grad, 
Joseph J. Stern, Harvard, grad, 
Johh J, Vlalsh, Harvard, Freshman 



i 



Kenneth I, Winston, Harvard, Junior 
JohJi K, Yost, Harvard, grad, 

WHO'S IMV? 

Paul F» Grady has joined the Book Stack] 
Service staff, Paul lives in Dorchester , 
and has just graduated from Dorchester 
High. 

Richard Dumont, who has just graduated 
from Boston Latin School, is working in 
Central Charging Records, Dick is from 
Charlestown, At school he was particu- 
larly interested in track and ran the 
220 and i;liO yard dashes • 

Hugh T, licDonagh is an old hand in 
Government Documents and Social Sciences 
where he has now joined the full time 
staff, A Senior at Boston State College, 
Hugh is preparing to teach History at 
the Junior High level. His interests 
include music, historical novels, and 
bowling J 

Book Stack Service's Janes J, Greene 
is a graduate of Boston English, Jim is 
from Dorchester and one of his hobbies 
is a coin collection. He is going to 
attend the University of New Mexico 
where he plans to take a pre -law program. 



Patricia M, M-urray, who has just 
graduated from St, Clare's, is working in 
the Business Office, Pat, who has j 

worked as a receptionist-secretary at the i 
Hotel Avery, is now commuting from Rox- j 
bury to the BPL, Her hobbies include j 

collecting records, ' ! 



Book Preparation's Paul J. Dillen is 
from Dorchester, Paul is a June 
graduate of Dorchester High, aid one of 
his main interests is sports. He played 
baseball and football at schooli 

Roger A, Rainville is the new pre- 
professional in Cataloging, HRiCS. From 
New Hampshire, Roger attended 3t, Anselm's 
where he was in a teacher preparatory 
program in History. He is now working 
towards his Ilk in education at BU, and, 
for one form of relaxation, he enjoys 
light music. 

Periodical and Nexjspaper's Thomas J, 
McDonough commutes from Dorchester. Tom 
has just graduated from Boston English 
where he was in a college preparatory 
; program. 

Nancy Ann Unis, Mt. Bowdoin, is midway 
in the education course, being currently 
a Junior in BU's College of Liberal Arts, 
: Her interests include drawing, painting, 
; and her major. Psychology, Five years 
i experience working in the BU Library at 
I the School of Education has given Nancy 
I a foundation for her present task, 
I 

: Kathleen H, Jaime, VJashington Village, 
I is a recent graduate of Jamaica Plain 
i High School and will be continuing on to 
j college in the fall. She is engaged and 
i plans to marry in another year. The 
i lucky fellow is Raymond MacWilliam of the 
I Green Shoe Co. Kathleen's hobbies are 
! dancing and - — stock carsl 
I 
I WHY DON'T Vffi .,,? 



Purchase paperbacks, where possible, 
to fill multiple requests for popular 
titles of transient value. This would 
save money on the purchase price, and 
the duplicates could be discarded when 
demand wanes instead of cluttering the 
shelves. 

Put more chairs in the Courtyard. 



You can get more for your pennies 
when you give them to CARE, 



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EMIAGEMENT 

Lorraine F, Hepburn , Bookmobile, to 
Joseph Barnes, The wedding will take 
place on Saturday, August 5« 

I'lSDDINGS 

On Friday, June 30th, Mrs, Mar j oris G, 
Bouquet, Coordinator of the Arts and 
Curator of the Picture Collection, was 
married to John Webster Buck at the First 
Church of Christ at Wethersf ield. Conn, 
The wedding vjas followed by a reception 
for members of the tvro families at the 
home of Mr, and Ilrs. Carl Anderson, the 
sister and brother-in-law of the groom. 

Beginning sometime in mid-August, when 
Mrs, Buck's resignation becomes effective, 
the couple will live in the home built by 
the groom's family in 1776 in Wethersfield 
a town in which the bride's ancestors also 
lived in the early nineteenth century. 

The Couple spent their honeymoon tour- 
ing the Connecticut Valley region. 

May C, McDonald, Bookmobiles, was 
married Jitne 20 to Charles E, Burke at 
St, Thomas More Church in Braintree. 

Mr. Burke has been employed by the 
Standard Oil Company for 35 years. He 
is (that is, was) a widower with five 
children and six grandchildren. Both of 
his daughters and two of his sons are 
married. Expectations are that May vn.ll 
become a grandmother before her first 
anniversary. One son is in the Air Force, 
and of the two boys at home, one is in 
high school and the other attends North- 
eastern, 

The Burkes honeymooned at Bar Harbor, 
Maine, After ten days of married life. 
May went to the hospital with an old ail- 
ment, Tenosis synevitis by name, Wcien 
interviewed Mrs, Burke said, "Jxist say 
I got married and I've been in stitches 
ever since". So, we didl 

STORI{ TALK 

• Congratulations to _the Peltiers on the 
Jvine 17th arrival of Melissa Jo, She has 
made an excellent choice of parents in 
Ed (Audio-Visual) and Felicia (formerly 
City Point, Roslindale, Audio-Visual, and 
Open Shelf) . Melissa has already been on 
a triiimphal tour of the Library, 



JINGLE PELLS IM JUNE 

Christmas may come once a year to many, 
but not so at the Roslindale Branch Lib- 
rary, Beginning a new precedent, the 
staff celebrated with a Christmas Party - 
on June third 1 

The weather was warm and delightful, so 
we journeyed to the Lord Fox to dine from 
a bu-^fet well-laden in the best tradition 
of a bountiful holiday board. Automobiles^ 
not sleighs were our means of transporta- 
tion. Green grass and red flowers all 
around, not snavrv white was the timely 
color scheme. Our dress was light and 
flowerj', not intended to keep us warm. 

Joining us in celebration were good 
friends Louise McGurk, Marie Coleman, 
Ellen Richwagen, and Peggy Lyons, 

Fu.ll of good food and good cheer, we 
parted with hearty wishes for "A Happy 
Mew Year" and the conviction that our 
Christmas Party had been delightful, 

BY THE SEA 

On the traditional e;athering date of 
June 17, the Chowder, Chatter, and 
Marching Society summoned members from 
near and f-^^ for a gleeful day of 
jchowdering, chattering, and marching 
I at Duxbury Beach Park, 
I As usual, the picnicers were too 
iwarm for the water. Although, a few 
! of the more juvenile adults did 
I venture into the surf (buddy-system, 
of course) amid cheers from the beach- 
crowd, only to return blue-faced to 
the firesidej still others compromised 
by a dip in a nearby swamp. 

As an addition to the scheduled 
frolic, the traditionally unathletic 
library crowd engaged, amid jeers of 
"beach-pests", in a clumsy softball 
hassle. Other good-time-for-all events 
included toasting kiddies dipped in 
marshmellow plus a demonstration of 
how not to set up a tent. 

Something new was added this year to 
the Bunker Hill Day parade in Charlestown. 
Bookmobile III in all its glory proudly 
took part in the celebration. And of 

j course we must extend thanks to our 

jwonderftil driver Carl Pearson. 

I During the week of the ALA Convention a 
■ Cleveland librarian was visiting the BPL. 



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CONGRATULATIOMS 



CUJik L. r^AXViELL, I87U-I96I 



Congratulations go to Grace Marvin, Clara Louise Maxwell was born in 
Book Selection - HRS for being a prize BrookljTi on February 15, l87i;. When her 
winner on the Name the Place program on family moved to Boston she attended the 
¥NAC. Since "the place*' cited on the pro- then Girls' High and Normal School on 
gram during the week of June 19th, the dajJ West Newton Street, just a shoi-t block 



from her home. From early childhood her 
health had been frail, so upon completion 
of her school life she remained at home 
until her father's death. 

The first World War saw many women 
leave the security of home life to 
join the ranks of the employed, and 
Clara Maxwell was among them. On Oct, 
10, 1916 she entered the service of 
the Boston Public Library, a most 
genteel occupation for a lady. Most 
of her library career was spent at the 
South End Branch, with a short time at 
Charles town Branch, On July 1, 1930 she 
succeeded Miss Margaret Sheridan as 
Branch Librarian, 

The depression years of the •30*s 
i^ere busy and trying ones for a vjoman 
of great sensitivity, but her healthy 
sense of humor helped her greatly. 
She often said that she seemed to have 
an affinity for the dovin<-at-heel and the 
unfortunate of the district. And no 
matter how disreputable looking they 
were, they were always given a sweet 
smile and a softly spoken greeting. 

At the end of February, 19Uh, at the 
age of 70, Clara Maxwell retired from 
the Library, She remair^d in the 
distiT-ct for several years, and during 
that time was one of our most faithful 
borrowers with an insatiable appetite 
for mystery stories and classical 
poetry, Afjber she moved to Roslindale, 
we continued to supply her with books 
which she was able to read and enjoy 
Adding to the list published last month until June lii, when she didn't waken in 



Miss Marvin won, was the Boston Public 
Library, she had little difficulty in 
giving the ripht identification. That, 
however, was not tlie complete requirement 
another was the writing of an essay on " 
"Why I depend on IfflAC" . It was the com- 
bination of place-identification and the 
outstanding essay which Qualified Miss 
Marvin as the vjinner of a clock-transistor 
radio valued at 059.95. 

Chief Petty Officer Jane Manthome, on 
her recent two weeks .of active duty, at- 
tended the Instructors" School at the 
U, S, Naval Air Station, South Weymouth, 
At the graduation ceremonies, two prizes 
were awarded: (1) to the best speaker, 
and (2) to the enlisted "man" with the 
highest grades. From a group of 70 men, 
2 women, Jane emerged as the winner of 
both awards. 

On Ifey 12, Ilr, and Mrs, Max Anapole saw 
their son, Steven, named Freshman of the 
Year at B,U,'s College of Liberal Arts' 
annual "Recognition and Installation 
Night", Steven was given a gold key in 
recognition of his contributions during 
his Freshman year, which included serving 
on the Executive Boards of the Freshman 
Class and the Student Council. Steven 
was also installed as the Sophomore 
representative to the Student Council, 

MORE BRAII^iS SHOWING 



are : j 

Joseph Lucas, Government Docuraents and i 
Social Sciences, has won, upon graduation 
from Jamaica Plain High School, h scholar- 
ships totaling .;i)ll50,00, to the Univ. of 
Mass, (He has decided to forego a $U00,0C 
scholarship to the Univ, of Mair^) 

Gerald Nash, Science and Technology, and £ 
Junior at B,C, High: Gold medal - 
Classics, Second prize - Mathematics, 
First Prize - French, First honor cards 
for every marking period, and a final 
average of 9^%, 



the morning. 

Perhaps the greatest accolade was 
given by one of her part-time extras 
at South End Branch, He said, "There 
is just one thing wrong id.th this 
name on the sign: it should read 
MacSwell"j the reaction of a teenager 
of the »30's to a real lady. 



Anne Connolly 



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AND SILEMTLY STEAL AVJAI 



The feminine touch is missing from the 
Stacks these days. Miss Coleman and "Herjter than anticipation. 
Girls" have been departing one by one and friends still bemoan the lack of proper 



evidence that her decision to tetjjre was a 
happy one. She has switched the familiar; 
for her, realization is proving to be bet- 

VJhile disappointed 



no longer reign over the Stacks which 
were their domain for many years. The 
climax came when, with a suddenness which 
startled her friends, Beatrice Coleman 
announced her plans to retire (officially 
at the end of June), and quietly depart- 
ed. No amount of urging by her friends 
could persuade her to allow herself to 
be honored at any party — no matter how 
temptingly it was described - to which 
they were eager to im/ite her. She had 
made up her mind that her last days of 
work would be happy and quiet and that 
the memories she took away x-d.th her would 
not include the climax which her friends 
thought ijas her rightful due. 

In acceding to her wishes, her co- 
workers tried to indicate to her their 
respect and admiration for her as a per- 
son. At the same time, they wished to 
show tangible evidence of their friend- 
ship. Accordingly, one month after her 
last day of work, two of her close 
friends acted as representatives of a 
long list whose names appeared on the 
white satin ribbon, and presented her 
with a purse, and the suggestion that a 
portable TV had been mentioned and, in- 
deed, examined. It jtist so happened that 
she was practically on her iiray downtown 
to buy a TV for herself. Now she will 
choose one, knowing that it will be hers 
as a gift from her many BPL friends. 

lliss Coleman's work for the library 
spanned a long period of tine; her offi- 
cial family of girls numbers hundreds; 
and she remembers other periods when boys 
manned the Stacks. Through all the com- 
ings and goings of personnel; during re- 
allocations of materials in the Stacks 
(especially when bookshelves gave way to 
offices); and with changes in head- 
quarters. Miss Coleman remained calm. 



sendoff for this faithful worker, they 
v;ish her every happiness in her retirement 
and hope that she comes in often to say 
"Hello". 

Sarah, M. Usher. 

A gracious lady has quietly left the 
Library for her well earned retirement. 
VJe who started our Library career in the 
Issue Department, now the Book Stack Ser- 
vice, will always remember I'iiss Beatrice 
Coleman with love and gratitude. She gave 
us our orientation, and the basic lessons 
she taught us have proved profitable 
throughout the years. To many of us, our 
first experience in working was under i'dss 
Coleman's guidance. Her gentleness as well 
as her finnness impressed us. If a book 
was found on shelf, and tlirough our care- 
lessness did not reach the borrower, she 
threatened to, and would, if it happened 
again, take away our "privilege hours". 
vie were useally more careful after that. 
There wasn't a problem we had that didn't 
become her problem, too. She shared our 
joys and sorrows. She advised us and help- 
ed us with our examinations. A lady as 
charming, dignified, intelligent, and of 
such integrity as Mss Coleman would have 
graced any position. But to her the hidden 
life was a true vocation. Such a person 
is irreplaciable. We are the richer for 
having known her. May she enjoy health 
and happiness for many years to come, 

OHie and Marie 



Dear friends. 

It is difficult to find words to convey 
to you my appreciation of your generosity 
and kindness in presenting me with a re- 
tirement gift. I was deeply touched by 
the tribute that you paid, me. 

The beaut if\il television set was a sur- 
efficient, and always mindful of the vita] prise, and I assure you that I will enjoy 
part her staff played in keeping the pub- it this Summer on my vacation and later at 
lie happy. Her aim was to get books to home for my personal use. It will be a 
those who waited uneasily in Bates Hall mertiento of all my friends, 
and in other spots throughout the building Hay I take this opportunity to tell you 
with speed and accuracy. She did her worHhat my association with you all thru 
with modesty, understanding, and always these many years has brought to me deep 
cheerfully, and her presence is already pleasure, heartwarming experiences, and 
missed, (nuch happiness. 

It is pleasant to report that Miss Cole- Very sincerely yotirs, 

man's visits to her old haunts have shown Beatrice Coleman 



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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full naine 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 is 
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 Editor; 

How about a word of thanks, instead of 
criticism, for the new water bubblers? 
A little show of appreciation to the 
people who saw to the installation of the 
bubblers is certainly in order, 

GRATIAS AQUA 

Dear Editor; 

Why not make the Off icer-in-Charge and 
Coordinator positions full time? Three, 
or possibly four, could find plenty to 
do at the 0-in-C desk and in really help- 
ing solve the problems and in coordina- 



ting the work of their group of depart- 
ments. This wc^d put a Curator Bf each 
department, which would be far better 
for the individual departments than the 
present system, which takes a Curator FROM 
the department much of the time. Any 
department which loses its Curator to the 
0-in-C desk for a period of five or more 
years, cannot be as well run as those de- 
partments where Curators are handling de- 
partment problems IN the department, and 
from full, not hearsay, knowledge of staff 
and those problems. Too, it xjould be 
fairer to the second-in-cojiunand! 

If the number of O-in-Cs needed for 
ordinary coverage is not STifficiently 
large to cover all lunch hours, vacation 
periods, illnesses, etc,, why co\:ild not a 
sub-group of Assistant Coordinators be 
appointed who would act in the absence of 
their particular Coordinator? This would 
provide a group of experienced personnel 
from which to choose a successor to any 
Coordinator who resigns or is promoted to 
another position. 

WONDERING 

To the Editor: 

I see from the latest material on JOB 
EVALUATION AND CLASSIFICATION, that the 
people who ^fliill be affected by this study 
includes, "everyone who works for the 
library..." If this is true why haven't 
the pairt-time employees been issued 
questionaires? The part-time worker is an 
essential part of the library j without 
him/her many departments would fail to 
function properly. 

Let's give them a basis to build upon 
in their work, let us find out what they 
think they must do, and what they are 
doing in their positions. 

Then we id.ll have a complete classifica- 
tion af ALL library personnel, 

}&J BUT OLD 

Dear Soap Box; 

The administration is to be congratu.- 
lated on the fact that at long last ways 
and means have been found to help defray 
the expenses of a limited niomber of "lib- 
rary representatives" at the American 
Library Association's Annual Convention, 
For many j'ears the four one hundred dollar 
grants have been available. All of us who 
received one of these grants were duly 
appreciative. These grants, however, were 
limited by their si>ecif ications to those 






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below the supervisory level. Several 
people above that level have gone to ALA 
year 9i"ter year, have served on ALA com- 
mittees, on the ALA council, and attended 
ALA Mid-Winter Meetings, all at their ovm 
expense. Now, representatives - or 
delegates - from the various levels of the 
librsrj'- service - adult, young adult, 
children - and from the two bibliothecal 
divisions - Reference and Research, Home 
Reading and Community Services - irrespec- 
tive of "level" status, may receive help 
on their coixvenbion expenses. Those of us 
who have attended ALA meetings for many 
years have "sensed" a feeling of superi- 
ority on the part of delegates from cer- 
tain large libraries most of whom were 
there as representatives of their library, 
all expenses paid. Now our Boston Public 
Library delegates can feel fully as secure 
and appreciated as delegates from other 
large city libraries, and the Boston 
Public Library no longer needs to be "the 
poor countrj^ cousin," This is certainly 
a step in the right direction, I am sure 
we are all glad it has come to passo Long 
may the custom continue, 

EDNA G. PECK 

Dear Soap Box: 

It is ridiculous that only ONE of the 
numerous ladies, who have for j.ears kept 
the water in the teakettle in the ladies 
kitchen, has had to "run to fill it every 
twenty minutes", and so now no one of their 
is supposed to do so. 

Strange that for years it has been re- 
filled about 3-U tiraes during the day, 
and has managed, until now, to keep the 
female members of the staff happy in tea 
and coffee water I 

Silly that women, paid to remain in 
that area to supervise staff and public 
quarters, should be forbidden to fill it 
even when sitting in that room. 

How are staff members on a 15 minute 
relief, or hoping to do an errand on a 
lunch or supper hour, supposed to get 
water hot in time to use? Do we fill 
each time we remove a cup of water, and 
thereby lower the temperature for the 
person next in line? Does the one who 
takes the last drop refill entirely. . . 
and let the next person wait a long time? 
Does the Women's House Committee plan to I 
have a list of people whose duty it is to 
refill at the proper hours? 

Or will the teakettle bum out and the 



urn blow itself to bits before the rule 
is changed? 

This has not improved the morale of the 
users of the water or of the majority of 
the housekeeping staff I 

LISTE:\!ER 

To the Editor: 

Just a word of appreciation to the 
women in the Housekeeping Department who 
for many years made life a little pleas- 
anter by having a kettle of hot water on 
the fire, so that we of the staff who 
liked a quiet Ixuich period or relief could 
have a hot drink in the "kitchen" . It is 
too bad that ^hese thoughtful women have 
been given orders to discontinue this 
friendly gesture, as I am sure that they 
did not neglect their cleaning dtities be- 
cause of the few minutes reqixired to per- 
form this simple task prior to the lunch 
and relief periods. 

May I ask why the above practice was 
abandoned, and why the VJomen's House 
Committee of the P.S.A. issued instructions 
as to the heating of the hot water in the 
kitchen? 

TEA TIPPLER 

Editors Not e; 

There may have been a misunderstanding 
in several areas, concerning the need for 
hot water in the women's kitchen, the 
scope of the labor involved, the decision 
to leave the re-filling of the kettle to 
the ladies involved in the "drinking". 
Since the difference of opinion are sharp- 
ly defined, we hope a reconsideration of 
the problem will follow. 

P, S. THE Q, M. IS VERY C3RATEFUL TO THE . 
WONDERFUL PEOPLE IN MISS PECK'S OFFICE 
WHO TYPED THE STENCILS FOR THIS ISSUE. 



Dear Soap Box: 

In the future let's have first aid 
kits available at strategic locations 
throughout the library. 

I. S. 




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uestion 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
STAFF ASSOCIATION 



AUGUST 1961 



THE QUESTIOi\I MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XVI Number 8 ^__ August I96I 



Publications Committee: Arthur V. Curley, A, Kay Decker, James J. Ford, Rose 

Moorachian, Caroline R, Stanwood, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoon- 
ist, Sarah M, Usher, Indexer, Dorothy P. Shaw, Chsirman 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

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This month we would like to speak a little about Trustees, for without their 
understanding of library and community, their experience, and devoted though unpaid 
service, a library would be little more than a collection of books. Trustees have a 
considerable but often poorly acknowledged part in the cycle which brings patron and 
materials happily together. Among the most important tasks in the library, usually 
legally reserved to the Trustees, are the responsibilities for policy, selection of 
the chief librarian, availability of funds, and representation of the library to the 
community. Only a dedicated and progressive board can perform these duties, and 
more, effectively. Mrs. D. D, Corrigan in the LIBRARY JOURi^AL of February 1, in dis- 
cussing Trustees (she herself is onej states that a Ti*ustee must be able to give 
adequate time and thought to library matters, be able to contribute - through his 
knowledge of community and business problems - to the discussions, must bring to his 
position enthusiasm and a respectful inquisitiveness, and must also have intangible 
qualities of being able to combine dignity with responsibility, cooperation i;ith 
open mindedness, loyalty with imagination and integrity. 

The BPL has been fortunate through the years in the quality of men selected to 
serve on its Board of Trustees. Ninety-nine years ago, the first Board of Trustees 
was appointed. Among the prominent members on that first Board were George Ticknor, 
Edward Everett, and Nathaniel Shurtleff . They were the pattern for a continuing 
line of distinquished citizens so to serve, whose knowledge of the community and of 
the powers, duties and rights of the library, have made the Board a source of 
strength and vision to the Library. 

For the last third of these ninety-^ine years, Frank W. Buxton has served the 
BPL in the best traditions of trusteeship. The QUESTION liARK had planned articles 
on his career as Trustee for this issue, but the STAFF MEMO, appearing well before 
our deadline, scooped us on this. Therefore, we must be content to express the 
affection of the staff, and its appreciation for long service, to the Trustee who 
for so many years took our professional and environmental interests to his heart. 
Though a busy professional man, he nearly always found time to attend and participate 
in the affairs to which not only tliis Association, but others long since defunct, 
invited him. His career has been unusual, not only in its span of time, but also 
in its concern with the welfare and happiness of the staff. Although he has re- 
signed, we hope we shall continue to see him in the library I 

In Mr. Buxton's place we have a new Trustee, Augustin H, Parker, Jr«, whosj bock- 
ground plainly shows him to be of the high caliber needed on our Board. To llr. 
Parker we extend a cordial welcome, and we look forward to meeting him. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



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FRESIDElJT'S NOTES 

It is mentally stimulating, phT^sically 
tiring and thoroughly enjoyable to attend ■ 
an American Library Association Convention; 
Staff members could be seen at early morn-1 
ing Committee Meetings even while they ; 
breakfasted and if they seemed to sway a : 
little when they returned at midnight, it 
was from nothing more exhilarating than a ; 
long hard session at a Board iieeting. ' 

There were many and varied programs of 
interest to the. various services, which 
were covered by representatives of the ; 
staff. Reports of some of these meetings • 
will be found elsewhere in this issue of . 
the QM. i 

We are most appreciative of the oppor- 
tunities to exchange ideas and experiences! 
with other members of the profession, , 
Thanks are due to the Director and those j 
staff members who over the years have beeri 
very active in ALA affairs and whose wide ; 
connections and generous introductions ; 
made much of this exchange possible. | 

Back on ttie job once again, we attended ■ 
a Trustees meeting on July 18, Jir. Parker, 
who has succeeded ilr. Buxton as a member 1 
of the Board of Trustees, was ores en t. 1 
Various building contracts were dis- ! 
cussed as well as the possibilities of j 
re-opening the Hospital Library and the i 
School Issue Services, j 

At a meeting of the Executive Board, ; 
iir. Gaines and Veronica Yotts spoke of j 
the progress of the job evaluation study. : 
In order to get a true picture it is , 
necessary for them to do some work on the 
study of professional positions before ', 
they can complete the work on the Library i 
Assistant evaluation, | 

At a meeting of the Executive Board on j 
Thursday, August 3, '^^ discussed two 
problems channeled to us through Mr Gainesj 
of the Personnel Office. The first, that ^ 
of the installation of soft drink vending i 
machines in the lunch rooms. This re- \ 
ceived a favorable report and soon may be > 
an actuality. The decision to install ' 
vending machines was a reversal of an { 
earlier opinion. The second matter under ,' 
discussion was the advisability of making i 
constitutional changes so as to make ! 
aviailable the Soap Box column in the ' 
QUESTION MARxK to civil service workers. 
It was also suggested we might care to ' 
change membership provisions in order to 
admit this group to membership. You 
might keep this in mind for discussion at 



the November business meeting, 

RUTH H. m\YES 

PERSONNEL MOTES 

New Bnployees 

Catherine Baxter, Mount Bowdoin (formerly 

part time) 
i^aurice Carbonrieau, Music (formeily Science 

and Technology) 
Anna Gallivan, Adams Street (formerly 

part time) 
Francis J. Havlin, Open Shelf 
Kathryn F, Kelley, Central Charging Re- 
cords 
Lawrence W, Lamer, Book Stack Sei'vice 
•^ngelo II. liamiiiano. Book Stack Service 
Mary V. llulrennan. Information (formerly 

part time) 
Malcom J. Norton, Book Purchasing 
Mrs. Isabel A. Thayer, Open Shelf 
Joan K, Trygstad, Codman Square 

New lanployees -Northeastern Students 

M. David Allard, Boolanobiles (re-entry) 

Robert V, Burns, Book Stack Service, 
Fourth year. Journalism 

Antoinette Calabresi, Personnel, Third 
year. Modern Language 

Bernard L. Cohen, Book Stack Service, 
Second Year, Psychology 

Kenneth L. George, Central Book Stock, 
Branch Issue Section, Third year. Polit- 
ical Science 

Frederick Gifun, Book Stack Service, Fourth 
Year, History 

William A, Harting, Book Stack Service, 
Fourth year, English 

George P, Holster, Book Stack Ser-rice, 
Second year. History 

Marius E. Johnston, Book Stack Service, 
Second year, Psychology 

Robert F. Kane, Book Stack Service, Se- 
cond year. Accounting 

Neil Kelly, Records, Files, Statistics, 
(re-entry) 

Robert Minichiello, Book Purchasing, 
Third year, English 

Marion E. Murphy, Book Preparation, Se- 
cond year, Elementary Education 

Elaine h. Powers, Fine Arts, Second year, 
Elementary Education 

Transferred 

Anna Brackett, Central Charging Records 

to Mattapan 
William Casey, Branch Issue to Connolly 
Julie Chevalier, Egleston to Codman Square 



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Charlotte R. Cooper, Central Charging Re- 
cords to Mt. Pleasant 

Mrs. Listena Dozier, Open Shelf to Matta- 
pan 

Gale Golden, Dorchester to Connolly 

Joel A. UoJmbetg, Connolly to South Boston 

Katharine A. Maguire, Mount Bowdoin to 
Roslindale 

Edward T. O'Donnell, South Boston to Egle- 
ston Square 

Shirley Utudjian, Mattapan to Bookmobiles 

Military Leave 

Paul D. Cronin, Memorial 

Resigned 

Mary E. Buckley, Roslindale, to accept 
a position out-of-state 

Constance Cheves, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R&RS 

Ronald S. Gillis, Book Inventory Project, 
Death in family 

Elizabeth Green, Rare Book, to -work at 
Harvard 

Naomi D, ilano-witz, Central Charging Re- 
cords 

Married 

Martha Jeppesen, iJest Roxbury, to Peter 

E. Meyer, July 23 
Lorraine Hepburn, Bookmobiles, to Joseph 

Barse, July 29 

Retired 

Anna T, McGuinness, Mount Pleasant 

Abigail Sweeney, Buildings 

WHO'S NEI'J? 



Mrs. Janet F, Anderson, Young Adults 
Librarian at Adams Street, was born in ^ 
India, where her parents were Presbyterian; 
missionaries. She came to this country ■ 
in 1956 to finish high school and attend | 
Westminster College in Wilmington Delaware! 
Janet was married last September and her 
husband is attending Harvard Law School. ? 
Her interests are sports, reading and pre-| 
paring herself to attend Simmons this faHj 

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. Mrs. Gale Golden, Young .Adults worker » 

at Connolly, attended Syracuse University ! 

and graduated from Colby College, Water- ! 

ville, Maine. Her husband is doing re- j 
search at Boston City Hospital. Leisure 
hours are spent on her main hobby, playing { 
the piano. 

Mrs, Louise Goldschmidt is the new 



Children's Librarian at Parker Hill. A 
graduate of Colby College, with a Master's 
degree f rom Simiaons, Louise is interested 
in reading, modern dance and hidale East- 
ern affai^rs. The latter is to keep up 
with her husband and his studies at Har- 
vard. You Colby.girls know each other? 

Julie Chevalier, who works with Young 
Adults at Codman Square, graduated last 
June from St. Lawrence University. She 
lives in Cambridge, where she moved from 
New Jersey. Julie keeps up to date on 
international relations and reads poetry 
on the side. Also intends to tackle Har- 
vard and Simmons come fall, 

Judith E. Coarr, Jamaica Plain, grad- 
uated from Hyde Park High this year and 
wasted no time embarking on a career, 
July indulges in all varieties of sports 
in season. No ice fisliing in tlie suminer. 
She will be going to college as soon as 
she decides on ti-ie right one for her. 

Barbara McManus is down at I^irstein 
with nothing better to do than work all 
day. Haven't we all? She graduated from 
St, Patrick's High in Roxbury tliis year. 
Barb is a bowling bug and also makes an 
active hobby of staff entertainment. We 
could use some here. 

Mrs. Roxalana A. Yarmovych, Cataloging 
and Classification (R&RS) , cane here from 
her homeland in the Ukraine in 19^9, at^- 
tended City College of New York and Sim- 
mons, and is now putting her lessons to 
work in the department. 'Lana loves 
reading, skiing and her husband, who works 
for AVCO. 

Patricia A, Ewasco is the new YA Lib- 
rarian at North End, Pat is a Smith girl, 
class of '61, and an all round sports- 
woman. She also sews when she has to. A 
former resident of Albany, she plans to 
be with us for a while. 

Alice M, VJheeler, Cataloging and Class- 
ification (R&RS), moved from her home in 
the cool hills of New Hampshire to launch 
herself on a future in our hot city. She 
is a graduate of the University of New 
Hampshire, a lover of music and the writ- 
ten word. 

• Janet R. Steams, Education, will be a 
I senior at Jackson next year. She has had 



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some library experience in the Tufts lib- 
rary and is in the apjDr'opriate department 
for the Elementary Education major.' From 
Clareraont, N.H. , Janet likes skiing and 
also enjoys all kinds of music. 

After having been a part time assistant' 
in Rare Book, Janice A, Ilaniscalo has 
joined their full time staff. She lives ' 
in Somerville and graduated this June frati. 
Somerville High, One of Janice's inter- ; 
ests is athletics : she was on the Athlet- \ 
ics Board at school and says she's still 
actively interested in bowling] j 

Ernest A. Dii'iattia Jr. is a June grad- , 
uate of Boston College, Ernie has been | 
in the BPL system since February 1957, 
and has now joined the full tine staff : 
of Science and Technology as a pre-pro- ! 
fessional. A Mathematics major, he is j 
hoping to get into the technical libraries^ 
field, Ernie was a member of the math an4 
physics clubs at college, and, in verifi- | 
cation of a lighter side, was also a raemb-j 
er of the dance committee! j 

Dorchester High has sent another June { 
graduate with an imagination and sense of \ 
fun to Book Stack Service, John P, Rice ! 
(marital status?) admitted to an interest 
in girls and sports. He also spoke of a ; 
yen to study languages at "Arcadia" col- j 
lege. , 

(Editor's Note: Perhaps more cons id- ' 
eration should be given to this yen, as « 
Arcadia was considered the "least intel- ; 
lectual part of Greece." ) | 

Following her marriage, Judaica's Mrs. 
Michael Epstein moved to Boston from OTC 
where she had graduated from Theodore 
Roosevelt High. Barbara's husband works 
at IHTj she has had previous jobs includ- 
ing working as a secretary in the clothing 
industry. They both \Jould like to travel j 
and they share a stamp collection, j 



Ann B, Stein is another New Yorker, who : 
studied at Julliard before joining the j 
staff of Music, Ann got a BA in Plusic i 
at BU and went off to study piano - and j 
have some pupils of her own J In a non - ; 
musical vein, Ann also enjoys reading and | 
swimming, j 

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Gerald F, McDonald had been a part-time 1 
assistant for 2 years before joining the j 
full time staff in Fine Arts. From 



Jamaica Plain, he is going into his second 
year at' Wentworth Institute as an elect- 
ronics major. Gerald calls himself an 
ardent chess player and he is also a 
collector of coins, 

John P. Calos has joined the staff of 
Book Stack Service. He got a certificate 
in June from State Prep, and is now at- 
tending Sixffolk University's night school. 
John likes to read and is interested in 
philosophy and poetry. 

IN CNE SPOT 

A friendly face T:ill be much missed at 
Mt. Pleasant, where Mrs. Anna T, McGuin- 
ness has worked for over ii.3 years. To 
many of the area who have known her this 
long time, she is Toby, who wo'ild happily 
search for ary needed information be it 
what it may. Her many friends still in 
service, and those whom she joins in re- 
tirement, wish her happiness in this de- 
cision to remain at home. 

Because this part of Roxbury had been 
her hone, her unique Imowledge has been 
a real and valuable asset in our daily 
problems. Tlien too, her unflagging 
patience with tongue-tied children, and 
strict discipline with others will long 
be remembered as something- out of the 
ordinary. 

We wish that the years ahead may hold 
much pleasure and happiness, and know 
that the adjustments thereto, will not 
be too difficult. The warmth of her 
friendship with the libary and staff will 
be long treasured, 

ilARJORIE A. OBENAUER 
IN PRINT 

The July issue of the BAY STATE LIBRA- 
RIAN page Qf has an article by Edna G. 
Peck: Book Selection - Fun/Frustration . 

John Alden, Rare Book, made the papers 
widely when he succeeded in identifying, 
from the pencilled marginal notes, the , 
Library's copy of Benjamin Franklin's", 
EXPERIMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS OF ELECTRI- ' 
CITY, as Franklin's own copy - the notes 
in his handwriting. Congratulations 
JohnJ 




I HE _ cot^M IS AS UOW hi AN eV-EPMANT'^ Tor." 



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ALA CONFERENCE 



Second General Session 



"Libraries for All" was the theme of the The Second General Session was undoubted- 
80th Annual Conference, held in Cleveland, -ly the most thought provoking of the Gen- 
July 9-l5. eral Sessions. It was divided into two 

Although the Cleveland Public Auditorium , parts . The first half was devoted to an 
was the official Conference headquarters, : address by John T, Eastlick, Denver Public 
housing two huge floors of exhibits and Library, who spoke on the topic "This 
providing the meeting hall for two General ; Nation of Ours", He stressed the impor- 
Sessions and a few smaller meetings, most jtance of getting American ideas and ideals 
of the meetings were scattered in various jbefore the world in general and conversely, 
hotels, in the Cleveland Public Library, the necessity in America j?or our getting tb 
and even in Higbee's Department Store, ;know all nations, particularly those of 

From the First General Session on Sunday jAsia and Africa, 
evening when Rumer Godden captivated her i ^fr. Eastlick took liie colleges and univ- 
audience, to the foirward looking Inaugural ^ ersities of America to task for not ad- 
Address given by our new President, Mrs, 
Florrinell F, Morton, it was a week full 
of examining new ideas, and probing old 
ones, meeting and making friends, and 
sharing experiences. 

First General Session 

This session was held in the Music Hall 
of the Public Auditorium on Sunday even- 
ing. Mrs. Frances Lander Snain, iBresident 
of the Association, presided. Official 
greetings by the city were most cordially 
extended by Anthony Celebrezze, Mayor of 
Cleveland. President John F. Kennedy sentjauthors and journalists of the Asian and 



justing their curriculums to meet changing 
world conditions. He said that there were 
ionly two fields that were taught from the 
world point of view; namely, Art and 
Science. All other fields of knowledge, 
he pointed out, were taught from the point 
of view of Western civilization. This is 
particularly time of the humanities. 
' While libraries in the United States 
have made a beginning in bringing the 
{countries of Asia and Africa to the atten- 
Ition of the reading oublic, Mr, Eastlick 
claims that we have a long way to go. We 
Irnust have the writings of the outstanding 



warm and appreciative greetings to libra- 
rians. Mrs. Spain then made the presen- 
tation of Trustee citations. Raymond C, 
Lindquist, Director, Cleveland Public 
Library, welcomed the group of several 
thousand people. 

The speaker at this session was Runer 
Godden, whose most recent books are 
CHINA COURT, a Book of the Month Club 



African nations (translated, if necessary; 
lin our libraries and displayed prominently. 
The second half of the pir)gram was given 
jover to a report of the /unerican librcirianB 
Iwho visited Russian libraries recently. 
JThis cultural exchange was arranged by the 
(State Department, Seven American libra- 
irians, headed by David H, Clift, Executive 



jDirector of ALA, visited Russia, while an 
selection this year, and a children's bookjequal number of Russian librarians visited 
raSS HAPPINESS AND MISS FLOWER, I'tLss God- jsome of the major libraries in the United 
den, like many people with a talent for States, 



the arts, is frequently approached by 



people who want to know the how of the art, ALA, made the opening remarks under the 



She spoke of the problems of drafting, 
writing, typing, checking, and of the 
passing of time from the germination of 
the idea to its fruition. She told of 
being caught up in a "mysterious force" 
which dictates the direction and outcome 
of the work. 

Later in the evening she greeted her 



Mrs, Frances Lander Spain, President of 



topic ^Libraries for All - Abroad", She 
spoke of the project for establishing an 
American Library in Moscow, after the 
manner of the American Library in Paris, 
This seems essential since the research 
libraries in Russia have considerable 
material on the East, especially on Asia 
iand Africa, but they lack materials con- 



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many admirers at a reception tended by the Itaining the western point of view, es- 
Cleveland Public Library, which was a love- pecially in modem times, 
ly affair held in the Eastman Garden, The I^s, Spain then introduced the other 
decor was delightful and the refreahmients members of the American delegation: Mr. 
delicious. iClift, Raynard C, Swank, Sallie Farrell, 

RUTH M. HAYES 'Qnerson Greenaway, lielviUje Sogglee, and 



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Rutherford D. Rogers. The great, research Clarence "Day Award of $1000 to V' 
libraries of Iioscow and Leningrad were B. Ready, Director of the Marqu^"* 
visited as well as one of the large uni- .versity Library for "outstaxidiji* 
versity libraries. encouraging the love of books anv 

Mrs. Spain concluded the prograpi by in- £. P. Dutton-John Macrae Award for ad- 
viting all delegates to the ALA Conference, vanced study in youth library work to 
to visit the exhibit of Russian children's .Elaine Simpson, Specialist, Secondary 
books on display at the Cleveland Public j Schools, at the New York Public Library, 
Library. This travelling library was ; Grolier Society, Inc. Award of $^00 to 
brought to Cleveland to coincide with the Delia Louise MacGrecor, Uiief, Youth 
ALA Conference. There were Russian guides ; Services, St. Paul Public Library, "for 



to explain the exhibit. 



BRADFORD il. HILL 



Third. General Session 



her enthusiasm for good reading and her 
j generous giving of self to readers of 
'all ages". 

; Dewey Award , an engraved medal, to Julia 
iC. Pressey, Associate Editor of the DEl'fEY 
I DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION for creative pro- 
ifessional achievement in a field "in which 
jMelvil Dewey was actively interested". 
! H.W, Wilson Library Periodical Award to 



The third General Session under the 
guise of an Inaugural Banquet brought to 

a close the 80th Annual Conference. Held 

in the ballroom of the Sheraton- Cleveland ,1 the CALIFORNIA LIBR.'\RIAN edited by W. R. 
this combined social and business event saw JEshelman, Los Angeles State College Lib- 
the inauguration of Mrs. Florrinell F. 
Morton, Director of the Library School at 



irary for "outstanding contribution to 
jlibrarianship", 

I All of the recipients were present to 
receive the honor bestowed upon them. 



Louisiana State University, as President 
of the American Library Association. ! 
In her fine address, lirs. Morton stated j 
that she hoped that her election reflected! 
the vital interest on the part of the ! 
membership of the Association in the ed- j 
ucation of librarians. She noted that | 
she is the first ALA President since I936 | Programs for children's librarians, at 
whose professional responsibility is sole- Cleveland began with a pre- conference at 



ELIZABETH VIKLGHI 



Children's Librarians 



ly library education. The development and 
improvement of all areas of library ser- 
vice, she continued, are dependent upon 
the supply of adequately prepared libra- 



Western Reserve University, sponsored 
jointly by ALA's Adult Services Division 
and Children's Services Division, together 
<with members of the library school of 



rians. This she believes can be achieved iifestern Reserve. During the three full 



through the following: 

(1) Interesting young people in the 
profession 

(2) Being constructively critical of 
library education 

(3) Accepting and promoting the five- 
year program of the Standards for Accred- 
itation 

(if.) Recognizing the continuation of 
library education 



idays of program, fourteen techniques of 

'group dynamics were used for set talks 

jand follow-up group participation. Libra- 

! rians and community group leaders offered 

la variety of suggestions for helping "The 

iAdult in the Child's World" (the theme of 

I the conference) . 

j The opening general session of the 

; week's conference also entered the child's 



world when Rumer Godden brought into her 
(5) Utilizing each staff member to his j splendid address reasons why she believes 

full potential lit to be harder to write for children than 

Grace Slocum, Chairman of the ALA Com- ifor adults. 

mittee on Awards, made announcement of thej Another outstanding speech of interest 



following : 

Joseph W. Lippincott Award of flOOO and 
an engraved medal to Joseph L. VJheeler, 
former Librarian of the Enoch Pratt Free 
Library in Baltimore for more than SO 
years of distinguished service to the 
library profession. 



.'to children's librarians was that given 
;by May Hill Arbuthnot (author of CHILDREiM 
jAWD BOOKBj at the annual, School Librarian^ 
(Breakfast. Her talk on The Heart of 
[" Heroes became a dynamic exposition of 
j values in picturebooks, hero tales and 
ityths, stories of animals and people, and 



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biography. Freshmen . • Dr. Taeusch pointed out the 

The annual program meeting, of CSD'cbn-' ilack of undex'^s tandirg that exists between 
centrated on children's books in the inter-the physical scientists and the intell-- 



national picture with Datus Smith (author 
of THE LAND A1\!D PEOPLE OF IND01\rESLA) 
speaking about American books in Eastern 
languages; Margaret McEIderry (Children's 
Book Editor at Harcourt, Brace, & World) 
talking on the editor's problems and in- 
terests in translating children's books; 
and the Tjriter of this article speaking 
on American children's books in Europe. 
The highlights of the week for child- 
ren's librarians centered around the New- 
beiy and Caldecott awards. Papers from 
winning author Scott O'Dell (ISLi^.ND OF 
THE BLUE DOLPHIKS) and artist Nicolas Sid- 



ectuals of today - a lack of understanding 
resulting from the fragmentization of 
learning which man devised for his conven- 
ience but which is now isolating him in 
,'his own small niche. He described the 
'course at Iwoster College which attempts 
to teach freshmen a concept of the unity 
of learning and seeks to give both the 
students and the professors a community of 
common experience through books they can 
count on in subsequent years. 

After Dr. Taeusch' s stimulating tall^ the 
.discussion groups turned to the considera- 
;tion of individual titles with these 



jakov (BABOUSHia AND THE THREE KINGS) were , points in mind: to think of the older 
heard by 9OO attenders at the banquet Tues-'-young adult and his relationship to the 
day evening. These two in person and jworld around him, to explore the book for 

Rumer Godden, also, were present next 'iideas, not plot, to consider the impact 

afternoon at the CSD reception for editors ;of these ideas on the reader and how thq^^ 
of books appearing on the annual Notable -might influence his developing judgment. 
Books of ... lists of the last eleven -to find small but significant incidents 

years. The acceptance papers by the two iwhich support tiie author's ideas, and to 
winners are available now in the August (consider how these books might help young 
issue of the HORN BOOK MGAZINE, together jadults find judgment and meaning in their 



with biographical pieces about them. 



VIRGINIA HAVILAi© 



Young Adult Services Division 
Book Discussions 



j reading. 

j The books discussed at my table, M 
iANTONIA by Willa Gather, RICE ROOTS by 
JArthur Goodfriend, ALAS, BABYLON by Pat 
(Frank, and TfE STONE by i^ligel Tranter, 
,'were typical of the titles used in this 
program. Treatment of foreigners, the 
characters of the mother and father, and 



Do we stress plot and incident too much ithe feeling for nature were a few of the 
when we talk about books to young people? [points brought up about iiY AMTONIA. How 



Do we present ideas that will challenge 
young people and help them develop judg- 
ment and maturity? 

These were the provocative thoughts 



we as Americans can see ourselves as 
other peoples see us and the adaptability 
of children to new ways came up in the 
discussion of RICE ROOTS. And from ALAS, 



that opened the meeting of the Young Adults BABYLON we thought young people could 



Services Division in the Rainbow Room of 
the Pick Carter Hotel on Tuesday morning. 
Over four hundred people had gathered to 
analyze and discuss books that could have 
deeper meanings for mature young people. 

Discussions were held in groups of ten. 
Each person who registered in advance 
received a list of four titles to read or 
re-read with especial attention to ideas 



learn that survival is possible only 
through cooperation and that material 
things do not matter as much as we think 
they do. 

These were only a few of the great 
numbers of issues and ideas that came up 
during the hour long general "reporting" 
jthat followed the group discussions, led 
•by Ruth Warncke, School of Library Science, 



beyond incident and plot which young peo- jwestern Reserve. Other groups had seen in 
pie might consciously or unconsciously jliADAME CURIE the ability for self disci- 
absorb, jpline, in THE WASTE HAI:ERS the questioning 

Frances Grim of the Cuyahoga County [not only of our economy but of the back- 
Library, Cleveland, Chairman of -Uie pro- iground and motives of the author, and in 
gram, introduced Dr. '^n^lliam Taeusch, DeaaijiTHE GRi-jT DECISION by Michael Amrine how 
College of Wooster, who spoke on An Ap- , 'the isolation Jr. Taeusch had spoken of 
proach to Liberal Studies for College iearlier resulted in two completely differ- 



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ent views of the same vital problem. 

Dr. Taeusch fittingly closed this excit-^ 
ing meeting with a short but pointed com.- , 
ment on communication between writer and . 
reader. Each must go half way to meet th^ 
other across a waste land. The author 
must write to be understood, although ' 
today there is a tendency for the writer i 
to write for himself alone. The reader, . 
in turn, can respond to a book only in , 
the measure to which he is willing to 
make, an effort to understand what the ; 
author is trying to put across. 

YASD Business Meeting 



! 



for college bound students and a science- 
fiction list, 

Ray Frye closed this meeting by announc- 
ing the new Officers for the coming year: 
Sara Siebert, Assistant Coordinator of 
Work with. Young Adults, Enoch Pratt, Pres- 
ident, Lucille Hatch, University of Denver 
Library School, Vice-President and Pres- 
ident Elect, Doris Watts, Young Adult 
Consultant, ^^ew York State Library, Second 
Vice-President, and M. Jane Manthorne, 
Readers Advisor for Young Adults, Boston 
Public Library, Member of the Board. 

ROSE MOORACHIAN 
SORT Meeting 



The Business Meeting of the Young Adultsj 
Services Division was held on Tuesday ] 
afternoon at the Public ^iuditorium. i Henrietta Rothman, Public Library of 

Although, like that of all other divi- i Cincinnati and Hamilton County, was pre- 
sions, the YASD budget was cut this year, j siding officer at a panel discussion meet- 
there are many interesting projects afoot., ing of the Staff Organiaation Round Table. 

A sequel to BOOK BAIT is being compiled .Moderator of the panel was Harold Sander, 
under the chairmanship of Elinor Walker, | Indianapolis Public Library. The theme 

of the discussion was "This is what you 
wanted to know". Panel members were Frank 



Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh. Aimed at 
mature readers, it will have one hundred 
and fifty annotated fiction and non- 
fiction -titles. It is hoped that BOOK 
BONUS, as it is tentatively titled, will 
be ready by next year's Conference. 
A committee^ headed by Geraldine Clark, 



t 



JDiodine, Cincinnati Public Library, Mrs. 
Josephine Johnson, Louisville Public Lib- 
Irary, and Leo H. Meirose, Cincimiati Pub- 
jlic Library. 

! We made note of some of the facts brought 
Brooklyn Public Library, is working on the; out and points made during the discussion, 
as yet untitled list of books, films and I A Staff Organisation is best when it is 
film strips on Africa south of the Sahara.) organized under a constitution and has 
'^he preliminary list has appeared in TOP (planned meetings and programs. The social 
OF THE NEWS, but when the project is com- | aspects of the organization should not be 
plete it will include magazine articles, I ignored in planning events for the year, 

iThe Staff Organization can be of special 

help in planning special projects. One 

iarea could be in recruiting for the lib- 

j rary. One suggestion was to give a tea 

for part time workers and to provide a 

speaker on the Library as a Career. Other 



and group leader's materials comparable 
to those used in the RICHER BY ASIA 
project. 

The Magazine Evaluation Committee has 
set up criteria for evaluating periodicals 
and its policy statement is almost ready 
to be published. New projects for this 
Committee are the evaluation of more for- 
eign language periodicals and of state 
historical periodicals. 

'Aie new editor of TOP OF THE iffiWS is 
Doris Cole, Library Service Department, 
Genessee College. TON reaches over ten 
thousand members and is second only to 
the ALA BULLETIN in circulation. 

A list. Adult Books for Slow Readers 



studies could be made on Employer - Em- 
ployee relations - Fringe Benefits - 
Improvement of Salary Scales (incidentally 
Los Angeles has recently had an 11% in- 
crease according to a member of their 
staff). Other studies recomnended: Orien- 
i tation for new librarians - Opportunities 
i for professional development - Studies of 
I the distinction between professional and 
i non-professional work (and recommended 



in High School, is being compiled by teains two clerical workers to each professional) 
of one school librarian and one public It was also suggested that Staff Organ- 
librarian working together, in several izations visit some of thoir neighboring 
areas of the country. Staff Organizations, 

Other lists that have been recommended hayps 

for the future are outstanding biographies ^^^" ^^' ^^^ 



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Membership Meeting 

,1 

A new and higher dues scale was over- 
whelmingly accepted by Thursday niorning's 
Membership Meeting. This meeting, sched- ' 
uled to follow the Council Meeting at 10, ' 
was about an hour late. The Council had ' 
referred all the Constitutional Amendments 
to this meeting. As the most important 
amendments presented the new dues struc- J 
ture, the principle item on the agenda wasj 
a discussion of its ratification. There i 
was a great deal of debate, and the many ^ 
objections raised at the beginning of the ; 
discussion set a tone which did not anti- ', 
cipate the outcome of the vote, ' 

During the initial debate, it was pro- ;■ 
posed that the question of the dues raise ; 
be referred to a mail vote of the member- i 
ship. This proposal could have been im- 
plemented in two ways: by direct mailing | 
to every member, or by including a ballot | 
in the BULLETIN. The cost of the first , 
was prohibitive - $1,200. A spokesman for i 
ALA stated that from past experience they | 
could expect a response of not more than ! 
1000, out of a membership of 25,000 to | 
a ballot in the BULLETIN. This low pro- ; 
portion of interest was reflected in the j 
small percentage of the 5,000 registered ( 
at ALA attending this "well advertised" j 
Membership Meeting, After consideration, 
the proposal for a mail ballot was de- 
feated. 

The debate on the new dues schedule 
resumed with vigor. Those against the 
increase were afraid ALA would lose some \ 
of its present members as the dues would ! 
become too expensive for them. The par- ; 
ticular problem of school librarians, who j 
must belong to state and national educa- i 
tional associations and, therefore, are ] 
already saddled with high dues, was dis- I 
cussed. Objections were also made to the | 
increase from tU to ^6 in the dues of ! 
foreign, retired and unsalaried librar- ■ 
ians. A representative for ALA stated, • 
however, that it now cost f!)6 to carry { 
every member - presumably this figure ' j 
includes -the cost of mailing the BULLETIN.! 

The inescapable fact seemed to be that j 
salaries and expenses had risen for ALA j 
along with the general rise in the cost j 
of living. During the past year, ALA has | 
had to cut the budgets of all its divi- i 



sions, and it was feared that without the 
increase in dues, activity would be se- 
verely curtailed. On the other hand, 
librarians' salaries have been rising, 



and some members felt the general iriiprove- 
ment in conditions for the profession is 
in large part due to the work of ALA. To- 
wards the end, many people seemed to feel 
the increased dues were just in relation- 
ship to present salaries and the Member- 
ship owed ALA what it needed to continue 
its activities. 

This was proved by the final vote. 
During the debate there had been contin- 
ual attempts to raise the Previous Ques- 
tion, It got later and later and people 
drifted out to various other engagements. 
The discussion became repetitious and 
the Parliamentarian ruled it would be 
legal to raise the Question though there 
were some who still wished to speak. The 
Constitutional Amendments were brought to 
a standing vote, and the new dues struc- 
ture was overwhelndngly accepted. 

From information provided 
by MILDRED 0< CONNOR and 
ROSE MOORAGHIAN 

Adult Services Division 

The adult member of the community pro- 
vides an elusive and less captive audience 
than does the child or young adult. There 
is need for increased emphasis on adult 
services and with this in mind the Adult 
Services Division of the AIA has produced 
a handbook to assist library associations 
in organizing adult services units in 
state or regional associations. This 
handbook is available on request to ALA 
Adult Services Division, 5o E. Huron 
Street, Chicago, Illinois. There was in- 
sufficient time to do much more than state 
the objective of the handbook at the Mon- 
day luncheon meeting. It was at this 
meeting that Mrs. Florence S. Craig, Pres- 
ident elect of the Adult Services Division 
gave a brief history of reading guidance 
projects from the old "Reading with a 
Purpose" guides to the new "Reading for 
an Age of Change". The Miami program 
(1962) will be built around these guides 
which are intended for the intelligent 
general reader. 

Katherine L. O'Brien, Coordinator of 
Adult Services in New York city, talked 
about developing policies and standards 
for Adult Services. A manual of policies 
and procedures was made available to those 
attending the conference. Here, again, 
time permitted only brief outlining of 
policies - the nianual itself is worth 
studying. 



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Brooklyn's Ejq^eriinent with Reading Im- -; H. Rawski, Chairman of the 'Vrt Subsection 

provement, presented by Richard L. Keller \ and head of the Fine Arts Department. Fol- 

of Brooklyn, was most interesting. Tests i lowing the meeting, there was a gallery 

and machines were used. "Giiranick" minded ! talk by Russell Hehr, a member of the 

Americans liked the machines but Brooklyn ! staff of the Fine Arts Department, in the 

found they were not absolutely essential, j Library Art Gallery. By arrangement with 

The experts were able to train library • the Cleveland iMuseum of Art, materials 

personnel to handle much of the reading from their collections are exhibited, in 

improvement program themselves. {the gallerj' at the library''. Since the 

At a panel discussion meeting we 1 earned 1 museum is quite far from the center of the 
how the Greater Cleveland public lib rarie^j city where the library is located, this 

organizations and agencies work together, j service is appreciated by people who do 

Some programs originating within the lib- jnot have enough tl-ae to visit the museum 



rary and others originating with outside 
groups . 

The panel members, all from Ohio lib- 
raries, who participated, spoke from the 
point of view of the type of library they 
represented. Mrs. Ilary Bloom, ^akewood 
Public- Library, represented a large resi- 
dential and highly organized community. 
Mrs. Florence S. Craig, Librarian, Cuyaho- 
ga County, spoke of the half million peo- 



j frequently. Space for the gallery has 
'.been available since the library acquired 
[an adjacent building into which some of 
the collections were moved. The space, 
cleanliness and good lighting in the lib- 
rary was very impressive to those of us 
who are living through the overcrowded 
days of the BPL. 

The dinner meeting at Gwinn, an estate 
left by the Mather family to the city of 



with terraces 



pie served by the county system. Fern Lorgjj Cleveland, was very pleasant. The house 
Cleveland Public Library, outlined the 
activities of a large city service, while 
Mrs. Louise Ralston, Chagrin Falls Public 
Library, presented the problems and activ- 
ities of a small community library (3^00 
population) ; , 

The second day of the Adult Services 
Division program was geared to an under- 



is located on Lake Erie, 
leading down to the lake, and is surround- 
ed by beautiful lawns and a formal garden. 
The director of the Aki-on Art Institute, 
JLeroy Flint, gave a talk before the dinner 
'which was held on the lawn. With the 
dinner came a winged assault by some vi- 
jcious flies who attacked the diners, rather 
standing of the problems of mental health "jthah the food. Even DDT made them pause 
and the libraries' responsibility for books jonly momentarily, so we ate with one hand 
and services to meet the growing needs for on the spray can of insecticide, preferriig 
"prescription service". Among the facts the dangers of possible poisoning to the 
brought out was that the reader has a ; present discomforts. 

tremendous advantage over the non-reader -| The tour to the American Metals Society 
he recovers more quickly. Psychotherapy jin Novelty, Ohio, provided an opportunity 
is geared to .the educated person and he -to see one of Buckminister Fuller's geo- 
reacts better. idesic domes. The semicircular building, 

A panel discussion presented the pro- ! designed by John Terrence Kelly, lies 
blems in selecting and using materials on jwithin the circumference of the dome which 
mental health. Lists of suggested sourcesjin this instance was not designed for 



for information and literature in the 
mental health field were distributed. 

RUTH M. HAYES 

Art Subsection 



! structural use, but serves as the symbol 
jof the American iietals Society, ^'he final 
meeting of the Art Subsection was held at 
the Cleveland Museum of Art, to which we 
1 would have preferred to devote more time, 
',but, as is usual with conferences, there 
(was no time. 



FLORENCE CONNOLLY 
Reference Services Divieion 



The art librarians, who are now desig- 
nated in ALA parlance as the Art Subsectiajj 
of the Subject Specialists Section of the ] 
Association of College and Reference Lib- ; 
rarians, had in spite of all this, an in- ! 

teresting series of meetings. At the ; The chief speaker at the first session 
Cleveland Public Library there was a brief * of the Reference Services Division was 
business meeting and a talk by Dr. Conrad ' N. R. Howard, contributing editor, CLEVB- 



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LAND PLAIN DEALER. His assigned topic was 'ALA rules stress the official name of a 
"The Gaiety of Library Life" with the subr- (Corporation, but present tendencies are 
title "Reminiscences of a Newspaperman". :now to use the name best l<nown or under- 
Mr. Howard announced that he was chang- istood. The point of using the name that 
ing his assigned topic, but from the talk appears on the title-page is one of the 
that followed, the sub- title was an accur- [most disputed. 

ate description. While his reminiscences ■ On the other hand, cataloging an insti- 
had little or nothing to do with libraries,, tution's publications under its own name 
he covered important world events and .directly, instead of the name of the city 
personages. He was always at the right ;where it is located, is generally viewed 
place at the right time, it would seem. jwith favor. 

His comments were both interesting and l-fyllis E, Wright presented a review of 
informative. We were given the "inside the American position on certain princi- 
story", as it were, concerning mary eventsjiples to be discussed at the IFLA meeting, 
information that does not always find its |He gave a rather thorough outline of the 
way into print. >new code, with the points of change at 

During the course of his talk, Mr. How- issue. The function of the main entry, 
ard took several playful jibes at libra- jit has been agreed, is to bring together 
ries and librarians. I suspect that these _all the works of an author. The general 
were intended to Jolt us out of our com- , principles of personal authorship remain 
placency, if that were necessary. |the same, but the position has now been 

iadopted that more than one form of an 
BRADFORD M. HILL jauthor's name should be accepted for the 

jcatalog, if he uses more; one linguistic 
Cataloging Meetings Jform, however, should be adopted, pre- 

jferably that of his own couiitry. Corpo- 
The Revised Cataloging Code was the main (rate bodies are having their headings 
feature of the Cataloging and Classifica- jsimplified, and made as short as practical! 
tion Section's share of the Conference! jsubordinate bodies will be entered as in- 
that, and the coming IFLA International .dependent entries, if self-sufficient, and 
Conference on Cataloging Principles. |not be preceded by their geographical lo- 
Wednesday seemed to be Catalogers' Day. jcation, unless they are part of a govern- 
At 10 a.m., in the Public Auditorium Music jment. Serials should be entered under a 
Hall, Seymour Lubetzky gave a summary and uniform title, but under the new title if 
appraisal of the IFLA papers relating to jit changes. 

the concept of the function of the main ^ One general principle all involved in 
entry. Copies of these papers, by Eva jthe code revision seem to agree on - that 
Verona and L. Jolley, were available for {practices should be as uniform as possible, 
reading at the Resources and Technical j 

Services Division booth in the Exhibition | MARJORIE A. BROM'J 

Hall, The authors are in agreement about | 

the primary importance of bringing all of \ Potpourri 

a writer's works together, and to disagree I 

with Mr. Lubetzky on the point of using The Catalog Code Revision Committee met 
more than one name in the catalog if the jfor four sessions on July 7-8, previous to 
author writes under several. Nor do they itlie ALA Conference. The main item on the 
tend to favor a "standard" title, similar lagenda was the approval of the position to 
to that used in cataloging music, for Ibe upheld by the American representative^ 
works published in several languages; this to the IFLA Conference on Cataloguing Prin- 
standard title Mr. Lubetzky recommends, ciples to be held in Paris in October. Wo- 

Amold Trotier summarized and discussed jven through all the discussions were con- 
papers relating to corporate authorship - siderations of methods by which the pro- ^ 



another point of contention in the new 
code. TOiile the principle of treating 



posed new rules might be implemented. 
There was general agreement that "super- 



the change of a corporation's name as a jimposition" (Sumner Spalding's term) was 
change of identity is established in Amer- jprobably the most practical solution, 
ican practice, other countries have not « '*■ 

always agreed, although the trend now is ' The Membership Committee recommended 
toward the American viewpoint. Present ?that the American Library Trustee Associa- 



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tion be granted independent status in the 
administrative organization. All trustee 
membership representatives will be respon- 
sible directly to ALTA instead of to the 
chairmen of the state membership commit- 
tees. 



SUMIiER CROP 



A second son arrived at the honie of 
I the Dick Hatches on June 17. The busy 
mother is the former Julie Lenzi of the 
Roslindale Branch, 



At the Reference Services Division meeV Mrs. Ethel (O'Brien) Cullity, on mater- 



ing on Keeping Ife With Information, Jesse 
Shera characterized documentation as a 
pixjfessional philosophy that has been 
connected with science because of the 
tools and techniques used by documental- ■ 
ists. Historically, library classifica- 
tion has given access to materials. Now 
the documentalists use equipment such as 
that devised by IBM for "marking and 
parking". 

Resources and Technical Services Divis- 
ion had an informal discussion of copying 
techniques in acquisition operations. 
Methods presented included Bibliofax, 
Photo Clerk, Photostat Ejqpediter and 
Duopage, Verner Clapp recommended that 
everyone also investigate the Kalfax me- 
thod. Bell and Howell is presently con- 
structing a pistol grip camera for the 
Council on Library Resources, 



nity leave from the Business Office, gavr.. 
.birth to a 9 lb. 11 oz. son on Sunday 
iJuly 2[t., He has been named James Henry. 

"it 

] Congratulations to David Tapley Car- 
'bonneau (born July 17) for selecting so 
j wisely his parents, Maurice (Music) and 
i Gay Tapley Carbonneau, 



i 



AT HOi'ffi 



, Charles D. Povah, Periodical and News- 
, paper, is recuperating from his second 
.operation this year. His home address 
. is 17 Shepard St. , Cambridge, if any one 
i cares to write. He will be out until 
' after Labor Day, 



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VISITOR 



A recent visitor to the Library was 
',Abe Kalish, BPL alumnus, looking up his 
RTSD Acquisition Section and the Serials' old friends still here and finding out 
Section held a joint meeting on the manage^what happened to those who had left. His 
raent of aquisition problems. Members ; son, now age 18, is a junior at Universily 

gathered ait)und t ables to discuss particu-jof Maryland and a mathematics whizz. Abe 
lar aspects of the problem under the lead-' is working for Central Intelligence, 
ership of experts. There was helpful ex- teaching the navy. His first executive 
change of ideas and information, with , officer was John Hankey, foimer BPLer. 

considerable table hopping as individuals , At that time they had quite a colony 
found the solution to one problem and , of ex-BPL people together there, 

changed to another table to investigate _ Abe himself has been doing a bit of 
another problem. Problems discussed in- | writing for the NATIONAL REVIEW recently, 
eluded the acquisition of domestic docu- 
ments, foreign documents, microforms, 
paperbacks, out-of-print books, piece- by- , ~ 

piece exchange, dealer-librarian relations'^ Distinctly overheard in a certain lend- 
budget control, economy bindings and hand-i ing library: 

ling of difficult- to-bind materials, publit Customer: I want a copy of the RISE At© 
use of serials records, recording and . FALL OF THE THIRD — ah — THE THIRD — 

servicing of documents, refusal of pub- ^ Clerk: RHIi>IE 
lishers to sell to libraries, obtaining j 
back files and missing issues, photo- r 

copies, simplification of checking records' 
for serials and binding, and other similar' 
and related topics. 



FLOODTIDE 



SELECT READING FOR SCUBA DIVERS 
20,000 LEAKS UNDhR THE SEA 



MILDRED O'CONilOR 



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Ar^ 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- ! 
raiy. Department or Office in which he or [ 
she is anployed. The name is xjithheld 
from publication, or a pen name is used, 
if the contributor so requests. Anony- ; 
mous contributions are not given consid- j 
eration. The author of the article is i 
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 thei:^ 
appearance does not necessarily indicate '. 
that the Publications Committee and the J 
Association are in agreement with the ' 
views expressed. Only those contributionsi 
containing not more than 300 words will 
be accepted. ] 



Dear Soap Boxs 

Very recently, a visitor to the BPL 
commented on our policy of stocking the 
"latest" in trade publications. She 
thought it unusual that tax money should 
be used to compete with the local book- 
stores in providing light reading. 

Couldn't this money be used to better 
advantage either in the Reference Divis- 
ion, she asked, or in building up the 
nucleus of that circulating collection on 
the first floor - which seems to be over- 
stocked with titles of transient value, 
but without sufficient duplicates of many 
titles basic to any collection? 
HMM'IMMI 

Dear Editor, 

From the HR&-CS list of Novels not 
recommended for purchase , July 21, I quotd 
the following statements in reference to 



AFFAIRS OF THE HE/IRT by jluggeridge: 
"Present-day Londpn is the setting 
for this witty arid entertaining novel 
which combines elements of love and 
mystery. The author however ridicules 
the Mass and ma^y Catholic readers 
would find the book blasphemous," 
Is this sup-^osed to be an adequate rea- 
son for rejecting a book for a public 
library? 

SHOCKED 

Dear Editor: 

Here we are with a sumivier that equals 
last winter as an endurance contest and 
what do we get? Ifore nothing. We are in 
an old building with half as many fans as 
are needed, constantly being told of all 
the people elsewhere penritted to go home 
at noon, while we revive the less rugged 
among us and try to win the race toward 
closing time sans collapse, 

I am not asking for a return to the 
over-used heat relief idea of a few years 
ago, but how's about some reasonable 
"treatment of employees who are trying veiy 
hard and getting weaker each day? 

It will take more than salt tablets to 
revive us in time to face the rigors of 
winter. We certainly have an ample staff 
now, if coverage is the problem that 
keeps us sweltering here while manj'' other 
city and state employees bask in the shacte 
of "heat relief". 

MELTED 

Dear Editor: 

The accumulated dust and dirt of many 
years, which was reputed to be the only 
thing that held the Science and Tech- 
nology Department together, has finally 
been removed. Our hats, and quite a bit 
of our hair, are off to the Buildings 
Deparianent and especially to George Gen- 
tile and his Green Gremlins for the splen- 
did job they are doing in keeping our 
areas of the third floor in comparatively 
immaculate condition. We never had it 
so clean, 

LOUIS RAINS 

To the Soap Box, 

SOS Urgently' suggest restoration of 
Heat Relief policy or installation of Air 
conditioning, whichever is more feasible. 

SUFFERING HUMAN 
Dear Editor, 

To those with power to grant Heat Re- 
lief, Have you ever read a story by 
August Derlefe called AUGUST HEAT??7 

READERS ADVISOR ( UITOFFI CIAl) 




"ITSTEN, MI LITTLE CHICKADEE^ THIS TIIE ^OU 
AND THE KIDS WILL BE SENT TO THE FRONT BEFORE I WILL 




TO 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
STAFF ASSOCIATION 



SEPTEMBER 1961 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XVI Number 9 September 1961 



Publications Committee: Arthur V. Curiey, A. Kay Decker, James J. Ford, Kose 

Moorachian, Caroline R, Stanwood, I, Roger Stevens, Cartoon- 
ist, Sarah M. Usher, Indexer, Dorothy P. Shaw, Chairman 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



There have been so many expressions of unhappiness and doubt, so obvious a 
feeling of insecurity, over the tentative position descriptions, that it is evident 
morale has again taken a nose dive. 

What we do, or think we do, is important to all of us, not only as a measure 
of accomplishment, but as a part of our prestige. Therefore, the disappearance of 
our most cherished individual work into the colorless anonymity of the jargonistic 
statements of job descriptions, shocked and/or hurt a large part of the staff. 
There also seems to be some feeling - (justified to a certain extent by the terms 
used in the tentative descriptions, and by the emphasis placed on the supposedly 
important tasks) - that, even after examination of our compilation of duties and 
responsibilities and a brief interview, persons without a pattern of long experience 
in the several phases of library work r ight be unable to understand sufficiently 
the specialized work of many of our units, to write truly accurate job descriptions. 

The semantics used added to our distress. The same terms have not been used 
for the same kinds of work throughout. There has, thus far, been made little or no 
distinction between gradations of the same type of work. For exajnple, no difference 
is shown between directional queries, quick reference, selective reference etc., 
which, to reference workers, is very important. Nor are the terms always in famil- 
iar library language. We cannot be certain the descriptions adequately depict 
our real duties, or what we attempted to put doxm in our work sheet. Possibly this 
was due to haste to complete this phase of a gigantic task, in order to start on 
another phase, the evaluation, i^any of us would have preferred that more tirae be 
allotted to this most important nhase, upon which the whole evaluation depends, 
while others, especially the LAs, seem anxious for completion of the whole evalua- 
tion, since consideration of LA inequities has been postponed until the LA job 
evaluation is completed. ¥e ARE invited to corranent on the tentative descriptions 
so that equitable descriptions may be written, but too little time has been allowed 
for this. But, how many of us understand job description techniques sufficiently, 
or have tirae to devote to this within the brief period permitted? 

Before we take the view that we are being down-graded, not being given suffi- . 
icient credit for our effort or are totally misunderstood, let us consider, ob- 
jectively, what a job description is. Isn't it a statement of the duties and res- 
ponsibilities the position SHOULD include, over a period of time and from one in- 
cumbent to another? It is NOT a statement of what an individual does within or 
above or below that frame of reference. It is difficult to divorce the individual 
from the job performance and there is the possible crux of our feeling, HAVE we, 
or the analysts, successfully done this in all instances? Do we ALL understand 
that job components are shuffled around daily in most units, depending on who is 
available when a task is to be done, or on the qualifications of the individuals 
employed in the unit at that particular time? Or has the work performance of a 
particular individual at the period of the duty-listing been the sole criterion for 



the choice of terms used in the job description? 

Remember that the position description is tlie correct frame of reference, in- 
dividuals will always do more or less than is called for within this frame, de- 
pending on individual abilities, training, experience, and personal character. We 
as individuals, must remember this as we look objectively at the necessary require- 
ments of the job and at its relationship to other jobs in our unit, and make the 
attempt to separate the description of the position we hold from our personal per- 
formance of it - just as the persons re-writing the descriptions must attempt to 
sort, from our versions of our work, those items which belong to the job, not to 
temporary conditions or to our individual abilities. 

To preserve the morale of those who are doing more than their description 
demands, immediate assurance is needed that some adequate recognition of this fact, 
can and will be given, ^le hope too, that the staff may soon be assured that all 
individual statements of duties as well as the re-written job descriptions, and 
the comments of the department heads, branch librarians etc., will be given to the 
Committee on Evaluation, to ensure that the committee really knows just what it 
is evaluating. 

The Publications Committee recommends also, that each member of the staff 
carefully study the excellent booklet on Job Evaluation provided in June by the 
Personnel Office. We are also appending here references on job descriptions and 
job evaluation - methods, use, and e>:amples - for those who wish to better under- 
stand the problems involx^ed, and there are many] 

Job evaluation is important to us, and to the Library. If we of the staff, 
as individuals, fail to understand aiiy rart of the process, or are not satisfied 
with results as they occur, we should express our needs quickly and lucidly to the 
Administration, our superior officers, the Executive Board of the Staff Association, 
or the Soap Box section of the QUESTION MKK. Job evaluation may, when completed, 
mean a better understanding of our jobs and a better apportionment of duties and 
salaries! relieve professionally trained staff members of those time and energy 
consuming clerical and non-professional tasks we all do while complaining we need 
more time for our professional workj provide better supporting staffs j attract a 
higher quality of personnel to the Library at all levels; lead to more transfer or 
advancement possibilities; and provide more efficient service to our patrons. But 
the plan needs our cooperation, and belief in it, to succeed] 

THE PUBLICATIONS GOM^ilTTEE 



BRIEF BIBLIOGRAPHY ON 

JOB DESCRIPTION Ai.D EVALUATION 



Defines the duties, divides them into 
fields of activities grouped in pro- 
fessional and non-professional within 
the activity. This and the US Civil 



This bibliography is not intended to be 
all-inclusive. The references included i Service Commission listing near the end 
are the pertinent recent publications " of this bibliography are the only sources 
in the field which happened to be on shelf! for librar:^^ job descriptions we found, 
and available for examination. Most of ; -;;- 

the titles may be found in Government '' Bennett, C.L. Defining the managers job. 
Documents, Branch Issue or the Staff Li- . The AMA Manual of Position Descriptions, 
brary. < American Management Association. 1958 

i Contains descriptions for many managerial 
ALA Subcommitte on Personnel Administra- ■ positions. Excellent illustration of 
tion. Descriptive list of Professional : properly done job descriptions. 
and Nonprofessional Duties in Libraries, \ 



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Carroll, Phil. We need work measures. 

Special Libraries 50:38i;-7 Oct. <59 i 

Job specifications, as used in industry, ! 

adapted to library needs. •- ' '• 

Lanham, E, Job Evaluation, McGraw-Hill. ' 

1955. 

Excellent book on all phases of job des- j 
cription and evaluation. Chapters on job; 
analysis, job descriptions and job rating' 
particularly applicable to our problems. \ 
The earlier chapters lead to better under4 
standing of methods. Contains methods } 
and examples. Long bibliography in- \ 
eluded, I 

Loftus, Helen E. ifJhy work standards? ; 

Special Libraries 50:173-[|. April ^^9 \ 

Questions to be considered in evaluating i 

library activities and relating them to j 

total performance, ! 

* I 
Luck, Thomas J. Personnel Audit and Ap*- j 
praisal. McGraw-KLll. 1955. 

Chapter iLj. on job specifications contains 
several actual descriptions. 

* ! 

I 

Lytle, Charles ^J, Job Evaluation Methods! 
2d edition. Ronald Press. 195i| 

Morrissett, I'Irs. E. IT, No classification 
for librarians. Library Journal 80:25i!-2 
N 15 'S^ \ 

Classifications and standards, although 
helpful as a planning guide hamper the 
profession's spirit of service, { 

I 
Patton, John and C,L. Littlefield. Job I 
Evaluation. Text and Cases, Revised ' 
edition. Irwin. 1957. i 

Chapters on Job evaluation, job descrip- j 
tion and job analysis. Appendix gives , 
several types of sample job descriptions. ; 



I 



Methods explained, 

Rohlf , Robert H, Library management aid. 
Library Journal 79:1860-2 l5'5i; i 
How to measure jobs which are supervisory,! 
professional, or unique. ! 

* 1 

Smyth, ^ichard. Job Evaluation and On- I 
ployee Rating. 19l|.6 » 

it- 
Scott, Clothier and Spriegel. Personnel 
Management. 5th edition. McGraw-Hill 

1951^ 

See chapters 10 and 11 on job description! 

and job analysis 1 



US Civil Service Commission. Bureau of 
Programs and Standards. Positions- 
Classification St-andards. GS li|10 and 

:iifii. 

standard job descriptions for various 
grades of professional librarians and 
librarj"- assistants. 

Wight, Edxjard A. Implications for Per^ 
sonnel. Library Quarterly 27 005-19 
'57 

Analysis prerequisite for proper dis- 
tribution of work load, separation of 
clerical and professional duties, and 
production of greater efficiency and 
strength. 

Woodruff, Mrs Elaine L. Tiifork measure- 
ment applied to libraries. Special Li- 
braries \\S)'.139-hh April «57 
Evaluation of performance, with proper 
definition and measurement of activities, 
can balance work load and improve effici- 
ency. 

■»• 
See also the General Index (Annual) 
Conference Board Publications for other 
articles on the subject, 

PROFESSIOilAI, OR CLERICAL? 

Is the title of an article by Eugene D. 
Hart and ^Tilliam J. Griffith in the Li- 
brary Journal, pages 2758-59, Sept 1 '61, 
which is of timely interest to us be- 
cause of our job evaluation program. The 
authoi'-s conducted a study of the extent 
to which professional librarians engage 
in nonprofessional duties in a normal 
work assignment, Uging the ALA Descrip- 
tion List of Professional'^ and Nonpro- 
fessional Duties in Libraries , they 
compiled a questionnaire containing a 
total of 100 duties, equally divided be- 
tiiieen professional and non-professional, 
and arranged in irregular order with no 
indication of its professional or non- 
professional natur-e. Professional staff 
members in approximately 20 public libra- 
ries in the Los Angeles area (population 
10,000 to 100,000) checked only the dut- 
ies regularly performed on a normal work 
day, and estimated the number of minutes 
each required. 

The results showed clearlj'- that the 
professional librarian performed a number 
of nonprofessional duties. Those below 
branch librarian or department head aver- 
aged between 80 to l60 minutes a day 



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(17 to 3l\% of the day) in nonprofessional ' being appointed. This raatter was referred 
duties. Department heads and branch libr* to Mr. Gaines. 

rians averaged from 100 to 180 minutes a i Several other matters have been brought 
day on nonprofessional duties. i to tiie attention of iir. Gaines after con- 

Some of our staff will have great sym- 'sideration by the Executive Board. These 
pa thy, after having tried to time duties, 'include the matter of anniversary in- 
for the librarian who totaled up her work- j creases being effective when due rather 
ing day to II4. hours though on an 8 hour j than waiting for the first full week of 
day - and tried to explain the discrepancy! the following month. Also up for consid- 
by the fact that she was' usually doing i eration is the matter of P I's qualified 
more than one thing at the" same time, |for promotion but who have not been pro- 
Kesponsibility for this percentage of 'moted even though new personnel with li- 
nonprofessional duties was credited to: jbrary school degrees are entering at a P 2 
failure of administrators and supervisors (level. Since promotion to this level no 
to recognize true nature of professional (longer waits upon a vacancy it is re- 



duties j common general disregard in the 
assignment of nonprofessional duties to 
the professional staffj and general staff 
shortages which cause assignment of both 
professional and nonprofessional staff 
to duties without regard of the nature 
of the assignment. 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



I commended that action be taken to correct 

I this situation, 

; Another problem (with which Mr. Gaines 

; is already involved) is the job of re- 

i classification. We have asked Mr. Gaines 

; to expedite matters as much as is hur.ianly 

S possible. 

! RUTH M. HAYES 



PERSONxJEL NOTES 



I 



Hot and humid] The weather that is - 
hope you all had a pleasant summer. ( New Qnployees 

Tour Executive Board did not take advo u-iMrs. Maureen Banker, Central Charging Re- 
tage of the Constitutional provision to ( corda 

have a vacation from meetings. They have !J, Richard Belanger, Music 
been right on the job. Cur last meeting {Louise Blanchard, North End 
was held on Friday morning September 8, : Joanne M. Fischer, Egleston Square 
at which time it was voted to cancel plans' Paul Frost, Central Charging Records (foni- 



for the October meeting because of the 



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erly Book Inventory/- Project) 



lack of a suitable meeting place. We are 'Jean T. Hamrick, Mattapan 

sorry to abandon what sounded like an ex- JMary Hengstenberg, Genei-al Reference 

cellent program but perhaps we could use " " " * "-'■-' " ^- 



it at a future date. 

The Spiecial Services Committee has the 
Discount List ready for distribution. 
They have done an excellent job. 

A question was raised as to whether or 
not Northeastern students, hired for full 



jMargaret Hoare, Fine Arts 
jMrs. Lucja Jaeger, Goverrjnent Documents 
Arlene A. King, Bookmobiles 
iMrs, Marj'-a A. Knudsen, Codman Square 
I Mrs, Beverly Lambert, Cataloging and 
j Classification, R <2c R3 (formerly part- 
5 time) 
i Charles S. Longley, General Reference 



time work on a ten week basis, should be 

eligible for membership in the Association J Mrs, Meredith McCullock, Dorchester 

It was held that it was not the intention i Daniel Morrison, Central Charging Records 

of the framers of the constitution to in- j (formerly part-time Fine Arts) 

elude such employees but that a proposal SDolores A, O'Hara, Cataloging and Classi- 

could be made for constitutional amend- I fication, R & RS 

ment, JMrs. Eleanor S, Rude, West Roxbury 

A member of the Staff Association brou^ 
to our attention a directive by the Per- j New Bnployees - Northeastern Students 
sonnel Division of the Administrative Ser-JMaureen E. Dorion, Cataloging and Classifi- 
vices Department which stated that ""Sti- ^ cation, HR & CS. Political Science '65 
ployees with 25 years' or more of service, .Hilary A, Wayson, Bookmobiles 
creditable under the Compensation Plan i 
shall be compensated on promotion at a { Married 
rate specified in column six, the maximum !Geraldine Mikolajewski, Cataloging and 



salary of the grade to which they are 



Classification, R & RS, to Arthur 



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Douglas, August 20. 



Transferred 
Caroline Stanwood, 
Rare Book 



General Reference to 



Resigned 

Maurice Carbonneau, Music, to return to 

teaching 
Mrs, Ethel L. Cullity, Business Office, 

to remain at home 
Mrs. Gale Golden, Connolly, moving out of 

state 
^Irs. Delia M. Jones, South End, to remain 

at home 
Lawrence Lamer, Book Stack Service, to 

attend college 
Mrs. Martha J, Meyer, West Roxbury, to 

remain at home 
Leslie Pearlman, Central Charging Records 

to return to school 
Cynthia J. Sharpe, Egleston Square 
Mrs. Lois Steinberg, West Roxbury, to 

accept another position 
Susan Wall, Bookmobiles, to attend grad- 
uate school 



Terminations 

Book Inventory Project, HR &CS 
Sheila J, Doyle, Book Preparation 
Mary L. Harrington, Branch Issue 
Maureen McDevitt, Book Preparation 
Mary Ann O'Hare, Branch Issue 
Lorraine Whitkens, Branch Issue 

Book Inventory Project, R & RS 
Charles Berkebile 
Lewis Burleigh 
Thomas Gosnell 
Warren Hall 
Peter McCallion 
James W. McChesney 
Charles Mickerson 
John O'Callaghan 
Henry Ricupero •, „. ■■ 
Martin Rosenfield 
William Sexton 
Joseph Stern 
Kenneth Winston' 

Cataloging and Classification, 
Prmela Calhoun 
Hcsemary J. Doyle 
Rosalind Ferrante 
P&tricia M, Hennigan 
Patricia F. Logan 
Jean M. Nelson 
Pearl Owens 
Anne P. Santino 

Education 
Janet Stearns 



WHO'S MEW? 

Mrs. Catherine Baxter, Mt. Bowdoin, after 
five years of part time work at Adams, has 
now joined us full time. In her free 
.hours she works with parents' clubs and 
on many projects with the Boy Scouts. 

Joan K. Trygstad started at Codman and 
is now an Adult worker at Adams, Joan is 
from i'linneapolis, a graduate of the Univ- 
ersity of Minnesota with a major in Soci- 

, ology. Hobbies include reading and furni- 

, ture refinishing. 

Book Purchasing's Malcom J, Norton lives 
in Roxbury. A June graduate of flission 
High, Malcom was particularly interested 
', in mathematics and hopes to study Engin- 
,i eering eventually. In the meantime, a 
; music lover, he keeps busy with a general 
record collection. 

I Charles S. Longley, General Reference, 
has an M.A. in Library Science from the 
.University of Illinois. Charles, who had 
, graduated from Wesleyan as a classics 
major in 1956 and survived a 2 year stint 
; in Korea with the Army, also studied Rus- 
; sian and worked at the University Library, 
; A native of i'laine, he enjoys outdoor 
, sports, reading, and music - although he 
; says the only instrument he ralays is the 
' hi-fi.' 

Leo Lamer, Book Stack Service, is from 
, Dorchester. He w ill be a freshman at 
. B.C. this year in the Business School, 
: Leo plans to be an accountant and likes 
f detective stories. 



} Book Stack Service's Angelo Mammano is 
} a piano major at B. U. Graduate School of 
j Music. An opera coach at school, he also 
; accompanies other singers. Angelo also 
comes from Dorchester, and music is his 
'i life. 

; * 

R &RS t A children's worker in the Open Shelf 

i room, Isabel Thayer graduated last spring 



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from Wheaton where she majored in Philos- 
ophy and Religion, Hrs. Thayer comes 
from Daytona Beach, Florida. She now 
lives in Cambridge, where her husband 
attends Harvard Law School. We will be 
seeing i'lrs. Thayer at Simmons this fall. 

A welcome addition to the Open Shelf is 
Frank Havlin, of South Boston and Stough- 



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ton. He has planned a busy schedule for 
next year, when he .will, attend evening ; 
classes at Bentley Sohool of Accounting • 
& Finance. Frank includes horseback ridr : 
ing and hockey among his major interests. ■ 

ENGAGlLilENT ' .,. ] 

i 

Phyllis E, Adams, Book Stack Service, , 

became engaged Labor Day to Robert E. 

Patrick of Revere. The -wedding will be • 

on October 7. . 



BPL ALUI^JA WINS HONORS 



Of interest to her friends in the BPL isj 
information contained in recent issues of j 
the New York Public Library's STAFF NEWS, j 
Mrs. Adele (Sulesky) Requena, Senior Sten-; 
ographer, Office of Children's Services, 
has completed successfully all parts of | 
the series of examinations w hich leads j 
to the designation Certified Professional | 
Secretary, a certification made by the | 
National Secretaries Association (Inter- ) 
national). This honor has been bestowed j 
upon only eighteen persons in the State t 
of New York in I96I. i 

Mrs. Requena was one of twenty- three ' 
members of the New York Chapter of the | 
Association who attended the Sixteenth j 
Annual Convention of the National Associ- ) 
ation in Los Angeles in July. While therej 
she and twenty- eight other new CPSs were i 
honored at an invitational meeting, \ 

Ilrs. Requena began work in the BPL ] 
Branch system and immediately preceding ■ 
her moving to New York was in the Direc- 
tor's Office. Congratulations to a 
deserving alumnaj 

AS I LEAVE THE LIBMRY 



How I hate to leave these hallowed halls, 
The crumbling ceilings, the decaying 

walls; 
But I must go where duty calls. 
So, I'm leaving the library. 

The days that I have spent right here, 
I'll think of them and shed a tear. 
I'm leaving all my friends so dear. 
As I leave the library. 

Science and Tech, and old Bates Hall- 
Music and Stat, I love them all,' 
But, ptnlling cards was quite a downfall, 
So, I'm leaving the library. 



'Correct call n'jmbei', FOESA or kill, 
At times, I often needed a pill. 
To keep me goin£. Ah, but still, 
I'm leaving the library. 

Scraping cards was quite a chore. 

And there always seemed to be plenty more 

And were they ever one big bore. 

So, I'm leaving the library. 

I'm off on another chapter of my life's 

book. 
But not without a backward look 
At the fun and the friends I made when I 

took 
A job at the library. 

PEARL }'{. OI-vENS 
(Pearl Owens sent us her "farewell" in 
this form as she left the R £c HS Catalog- 
ing and Classification summer project. Vife 
hope it entertained you as it did us,') 

ALL LIGHT MOMEI^ITS? 

Just in case you think the above is 
a true picture of the cataloging work, 
we print the following quotation from 
THE lOEKING OF THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
by Josiah H, Benton (revised edition 191^!.) 

"Few people probably realise the vast 
amount of work which is accomplished by 
the Cataloguing Department, and it is 
possible that still fewer fully realize 
how comparatively useless a large Library 
would speedily become if Mxis department 
were not maintained with the highest de- 
gree of promptness and efficiency. This 
demands the highest ability, the ripest 
experience, and most discriminating judge- 
ment, a quick sense of the scientific 
relations and the relative values of 
every department of hmiian knowledge, and 
the most alert and efficient executive 
administration. " 

AROUiJD ABOUT 

Even long-time staff members learned 
new routes between here and there this 
month, when the repairs to courtyard, 
and the book conveyor system to Bates 
Hall, closely followed by re-building 
of the Abbey Room, office space and 
Book Stack Service section to house 
other offices and the public catalogs, 
were started. Dust and more dust descends 
dailyi 



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INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY IIEETIi^GS 



rians. held at the University College of 



^ North Staffordshire. Each one had some 
The twenty-seventh annual meeting of the part in tiie program: j.n an international 
International Federation of Library Associ- storytelling evening, in a norning session 



devoted to the flow of children's books 
between countries (Virginia Haviland 

'speaking on "Books Without Boundaries"), 
and in a panel of talks on children's 

; library work in Sweden, Holland, and the 

] USA. This meeting tosether again was a 
happy experience, with some renewal of 
acquaintance with librarians met before 

\ abroad and also in this country. 

• FLOORIMG SI'IASH 

Page 2762 in the September 1 issue of 
' the LIBRARY JOURMAL gives an account of 



our annex accident and warns other libra- 
; ries with glass flooring of possible 



danger. 



IT DID HAPPEN 



ations (briefly called IFLA) was held in 
Edinburgh September l|.-8, happily coincid- 
ing with the last week of that city's 
famous festival. 

The United States was represented by a 
dozen delegates, seven of whom were per- 
sons interested in children's library 
work, including Mildred Batchelder, Exec- 
utive Secretary of the Children's Ser- 
vices Division of ALA. Jack Dslton of- 
ficially represented ALA's International 
Relations Committee. Plenary sessions 
opened and closed the week and in between 
the various sections held their meetings. 
Children's librarians held, in addition 
to their annual business session, a meet- 
ing on the subject of translations of 
children's books, for which Virginia ; 
Haviland was asked to speak on the im- ; 
portance of books translated or republish-j 

ed in a large country with a big annual , A large dog was observed at the lobby 
production of books. Denmark sent a < drinking fountain contentedly guzzling 
speaker on the same subject, for the point nice cold water during one of our hot 
of view of the small country, and Swed- . spells. We do understand however, that 
furnished a children's book editor to 
present the publisher's picture of needs 
and problems. 

Between planned meetings of professional, 
content many occasions were set for in- \ 
formal gathering where pleasant and valu- j 
able contacts were made between opposite • 
numbers of different countries. As Sir ; 
Charles P. Snow, President of the British ] 
Library Association, pointed out at the j 
opening session, there is immense importr- j 
ance [in such conferences] for under- \ 
developed countries and for countries 
with already well developed differences 
of techniques and stress who can learn 
from each other j and there is "nothing 
but value to be obtained through persons 
meeting. Contacts mean we love each 
other more when we see each other doing 
the thing we are trying to do. These 



the dog did not appear to be operating 
the fountain himself, even though a well- 
trained seeing- eye dog. 

Also in the lobby area there is a large 
"; sign printed in bonfire red reading 
I "Smoking is Prohibited", Nonchalantly 
j smoking a cigarette directly beneath it 
] was a member of the public, 

I SCHOOL TliJE AGAIN 

i 

! And before the students cause us all to 

I lose our collective sense of humor shortlj; 

j we may all have a hearty chuckle of ap- 

\ preciation while reading Gerald Raftery's 

J "Confer with sages here", pages 39-U2 of 

} the l-ILSON LIBRARY BULLETIN for September. 

j Mr, Raf tery deals in s tudents as he is 

i a school librarian. In addition to learn- 



remind us that we are members of the same i ing why students visit his library, you 
specie, trying to do the same thing." * will learn how to tell whether two pray- 

Thus we enjoyed each other at receptions, ing mantises are a pair, what a school 
at the Festival Tattoo held at the castle,' librarian thinks of the present curricu- 
and at other social occasions. ! lum trends, the use of pictorial sets. 

During the week-end following the Edin- j and how to best display pets as "come- 
burgh meeting, seven "foreign" children's | ons". Who knows, we might even contract 
librarians from IFLA were guests at a j the habit of "bruising around" too] 

meeting of the British children's libra- j Don't miss this article,' 

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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accorapanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Lib- 
rary, Department or Office in vhich he or 
she is employed. The name is withheld 
from publication, or a pen name is used, 
if ttie contributor so requests. Anony- 
mous contributions are not given consid- 
eration. The author of the article is 
known only to the Editor-in-Chief, The 
contents of the articles appearing in t^ie 
S oap Box are personal opinions expressed 
by individual Association members and 
their appearance does not necessairLly 
indicate that the Publications Committee 
and the Association are in agreement with 
the views expressed. Only those contri- 
butions containing not more than 300 
words will be accepted. 



To the Soap Box: 

September is here and with it the be- 
ginning of another school year. School, 
among other things, means science fairs. 
And where are our science books? In the 
Annex stacks] 

How about book shelving in the old 
Printing Department adjacent to the 
Science and Technology Department? At 
least this segment of knowledge would be 
available, 

ALARilED 

Dear Editor: 

On Monday September 11, most of the 
city went home to cool drinks and near- 
nakedness, while we, impervious to heat, 
remained at our posts once agair^ far too 
well clothed. Must we approach the ACLU 



Son the grounds of. being discriminated 

jagainst before we may associate on equal 

'terms with other citj'" workers? 

i SIZZLED 

i 

JTo tiie Soap Box: 

* Since air conditioning is out of the 

^question to install everj'where, why can't 

iheat relief be reconsideied? Psychologi- 

Ically, it always has been of estimable 

lvalue. 

I SWELTEFIiJG 

iDear Editor: 

! I must correct an error in last month's 
'letter suggesting the arbiters of Heat 
'Relief read "August Heat" by August Der- 
"lleth. The author was W. F. Harvey and it 
Iwas in a collection edited by August De3r- 
•leth. 

1 Incidentally, the suggestion still 
; stands] We all appreciated, I'm sure, 
ihaving the Labor Day week-end but we are 



is till suffering. 

\ LWFFICIAL READER'S ADVISOR 

\ 

.'Dear Editor: 

I'Jhile it was very nice to be given the 
skeleton force over Labor Day weekend, in 
jlieu of the heat relief the rest of the 
city had had, we are all now aware that 
Ithe city also had the Labor Day weekend 
Iskeleton force in addition to the heat 
'relief they enjoyed while we slaved. 
jSupposedlj'-, they too are expected to set 
'an example or consider the taxpayers or 
'whatever it is that keeps us from having 
jit. So too, the state workers, who also 
ihad holiday weekends AIID heat relief. If 
jwe do not get it because of inequitable 
distribution, why couldn't we who work it 
have the hour or two added to our vacation 
time as the staff manual allows? 1-Jhy 
(shouldn't we get the same breaks the rest 
|of the city workers and the state workers 
I have? 
; OVERHEATED 

iDear Soap Box - 

T'Jhy are the new employees given lockers 
and told that they must buy padlocks and 
keys themselves? Iilhat is the matter with 
jthe locks on the lockers? A padlock is an 
(awkward item to deal with in contrast with 
la regular lock and key.' t'hy cannot the 
f library have keys made for the lockers and 
• rent them for, say one dollar, to the em- 
tployee as many schools do, returning the 
■dollar when the key is turned back. There 



A- 

ehould be a duplicate key on file in the 
building for emergency use ar^rway. Is '. 



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i ization of job classification than the 
■ current one of statements, which has a 



this a ne^j city custom, or just a way out ; specific job title heading, plus the fact 

'; that the individual is acked to attach 
i their names to something supposed to be a 
.' job classification not an individual ' s 
: specific job rating . An anonjTnous survey 
' of jobs performed in a questionnaire for- 
i mat would be much more appealing, listing 
i duties performed and the person checking 



of key keeping for the library? 

WATCHBIHD 

To the Soap Box: 

Those job descriptions disturb many of 
us due to inconsistencies in terminology 
ewen within the same department. The 

phraseology does not always correspond to ' proper categories applicable — not listing 
the actual job done ... possibly because ' time, as many c an accomplish more, witii 
of unfamiliariiy with the techniques of ' accurac y, than others, 
job description or the work of the various! "LET'S BE FAIR" 

departments and processes involved. We \ 
hope other people will work on them before; Dear Soap Box: 



they become finall 



FLOOPIED 



Dear Soap Box: 

■■ The final boiling down of cur weekly 
tasks reminds me of an old Hungarian 
dish -Goulash! 

FOOD ANALYST 

Dear Editor: 



The current job cladPii? catior for LA's 
! is too broad in scope, urroapincs .-^ail to 
I point out vhat the indiviclual does pe:^form 
in areas nhere more than owo L'i I'o ax-e 
employed. It appears that ail jobs over- 
! lap and tlierefo^'e are considered LA 1 
1 categoiy, vherea? many are p'^rfonning all 
I and more dvties either omitted on this 
ij listing or combiued haphazardly, 
j Ineqnit?.es ha-"-e existed in the past, 



We all realize that the new salary scalei still do and will, VJIiy anj^one in LA ser- 
for professionals was needed in order t. j vice, two years £go, could not have been 
attract recent College graduates but what \ givcn an artomatr'c lA 2 status, after ten 
about salary raises foi' the Pi's who have | years of service or better (there aren't 

{ that many still anolovcd) is still a sore 
I spot to mauy^ (I for one lost pride in 
i iiie BPL ana som.e incentive) , Courses and 



given 25 years, or mce than 25 years 
service to BPL. There is about |lOO 
difference in salary a year between the 
new assistents and the P I's. Is that 
fair? i'laybe this is the way the Bn is 
asking tlie P I's to leave? If other 
departments in the City are covered by a 



! exaiiiinatiors were taken to receive incre- 



imenG;-, noij passe^ perfoi-ming all dutias 
i willingly for some c:df.?icult to plaase 
\ people^ sharing practical knox-ledga, in 

law which promotes employees to their max-', a pleasing manrar to mary new assistants, 

imum in their next step after 25 years of | professional and nonprofessioi.al alike -- 

faithful service why can' t the BPL do the 

ScJTie for tlieir employees and boost their 

morale for a change. 

VERY DISCOURAGED 



I only to find that niany are receiving prac- 
I tically the same salary', so that tDosy the 



To the editor: 

Wny were not a fevj sample job des- 
cri-utions furnished the staff \:hen we were 
asked to note down our duties and res- 
ponsibilities? This would have saved 
m.uch time and subsequent desosir. We 
would not now be asked to ap-orove such 
illogical statements on our duties as 
have appeared on so many of the "tenta- 
tive" job descriptions J 

DISTURBED 



situation from tlie standpoint of morale 
j has become the "<j.oz eao dog" epproach, 
' Another aspect that nas troubled r:e 

r 

I particularly is the contribution to the 
pension system at the current LA 1 cate- 
gory, true^ a fe\: pennies more now, seems 
trivial to those not earnipp LA 1 salary, 
but ^uhen pennies count it is rhen re- 
tirement rolls around and do r.iean dollars 
'or existence and security, particularly 



j for those TJho are the s^'l3 support of de- 
j oendents» 



j Only tvjice within ten years have I been 
I urged by -ny convictions to use this out- 
i let to express my opinions, -ocrhaps I ijas 
j wrong not to take advantage mors than 
The interview and job survey in May was i this, because those who pretend loyalty 
more accurate and to the point df general-; and speak louder, longer and to more people 



To the Soap Box, 



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are rewarded, while others are forced to . 
seek new employment because they cannot ^ 
be recognized. i 

"STILL WATERS, ETC." 

To the Editor: ? 

There are three moot questions echoing ' 
through the busy corridors of the BPL. • 

One — VJhats mth this self evaluation > 

routine? Two— I'JHAT will it get us? (if s 
arQTthing) Three — There will it get us? ' 
(if anyiijherej 

During the past year or so, we poor un- ■ 
suspecting LA's have been handed forms to ' 
fill out, that would make our income tax i 
returns look mere scratch paper. In utter, 
bewilderment we have chewed on our pencilsj 
torn at our tresses, and endeavored to the 
best of our ability, to judge ourselves, ■ 
lest we be judged. Personally I am of the; 
old fashioned school. I like to leave | 
such ultimata to the boss. Or if not to ' 
the boss, to his assistant, and if not to \ 
his assistant, to his assistant's assist- 
ant. It seems somewhat like adding in- 
sult to injury, to hire us, and let us j 
bask in the security of a job. Then sud- i 
denly come up with our ownwarrant to si.^a,! 
while we tremble lest eveiything we say ' 
will be used against us. 

After all lets face it. These quaint \ 
little documents will be judged on a very ■ 
impersonal basis, by people who do not 
even know us, and who most likely won't ' 
want to. ify own damaging evidence is ra- 
ther unique, inasmuch as I had a hard time' 
finding arything that applied to my odd 
talents, or to the daily chores I do, I : 
can just hear someone remarking "Mio is ', 
this nuclear nincompoop, we have employed 
for the past eight years? She should be '< 
selling apples in Copley Square" . Sotto : 
voce, she probably WILL be after this, j 

They tell me this is not a personal i 

thing, but an evaluation of jobs. Tem- ! 



pora, I lores 



it shouldn't happen to 



a dog. 

In conclusion, and be it to by Biblio- 
thecal Brother, or to my Civil Service 
Sister— Pull up a bufferin, and caLm 
yourself. Bear in mind this poignant 
profanity "You'll be damned if you DO and 
damned if you Don't," 

liARJORIE KNILLIWG 



dicated by the initial approach everyone 
cooperated as it was to the advantage of 
the staff that the job descriptions be 
accurate. Knowledge of the process would 
involve that preliminary'- to job descrip- 
tions definitions of occupations and ac- 
tivity terminology' would be issusd so that 
there would be conformity of interpreta- 
tion. There is no evidence tliat this was 
done. For instance we have within the 
reference field activities which the 
Librarian of Congress has stated "vary 
greatly in difference and importance" and 
requiring different "levels of sld.ll". 
Other job desci^iptions in the librarj"- 
field differentiate between quick or ready 
reference, comprehensive and select re- 
ference and research. Those issued re- 
cently seemingly ignore such recognized 
labels. Unless a job description brings 
out such factors it neither indicates work 
performance or work load and is meaning- 
less. This is true in ever;^- area of li- 
brarianship. 

Whether a position involves horae reading 
or research it would seem that it could 
best be defined by those familiar with the 
position. Is there ary real reason why 
Branch Librarians and Curators should not 
write the job descriptions? A person 
reaching these levels does not need to be 
told what a job description is. What ■ 
would be needed first would be definitions 
of terminologies and occupational activ- 
ities. 

ALERT 

Dear Editor: 

I wish it could be made clear to library 
employees whether or not they are actually 
city employees. Apparently, they are, 
since they were recently sent copies of 
the code of ethics for city workers. In 
that case, why can't other benefits of 
city workers apply to them, such as heat 
relief? If they must follow rules for 
city workers, why not enjoy the privileges 
also? It is understood "ttiat Library work- 
ers are dedicated to their public, but if 
the temperatures continue at their pre- 
sent level, the accent will be on the 
first syllable] 

CITY WORKER 



To the Editor: | 

Tentative job descriptions have been ; 

transmitted and are wondrous indeed, ;' 

Though considerable unfamiliarity was in- ; 



LATE FLASH 
Lower Mills Makes TV Newsj 
Anne Kearney, Ch, Lib,, and members of the 
WONDER CLOCK SUM^ER READING CLUB dr§s§ed 
in costumes of their favorite book char- 
acters, were pictured on WBZ-TV news on 
August 29« 



THE QUESTION .lARK 

Published by th Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XVI Number 10 October I96I 

Publications Committee: Arthur V. Curley, A. Kay Decker, Janes J. lord, Rose 

l^toorachian, Caroline R. Stanwood, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoon- 
ist, Sarah H. Usher, Indexer, Dorothy P. Shaw, Chairman 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

As children, many of us undoubtedly read the tale of the Ehperor's Mew 
Clothes in some bewilderment, for tc a child, the fact that people will jump 
to unwai rented conclusions and become convinced something is there when it ob- 
viously is not, is unbelievable, A child's mind is inventive and imaginative, 
yes, but it sees facts . It takes a considerably older mind to read something 
into an object or a situation which, like the emperor's clothes, is not really 
there. 

Librarians are apparently no exception to the ready tendency to believe 
someone else's interpretation. For, last month we printed a cartoon, meant 
purely as a gentle jest on job titles with no real malice - or lampooning of 
situations, departments, or individuals - intended. The job titles themselves 
were a selected mixture: obsolete, present, and invented. The site and actions 
were pictured merely to give the characters life. 

To our amazement, few people took this cartoon at face value and enjoyed 
our dust collector. For the first several days, we were asked "What does the 
cartoon mean? " And we received dubious looks as we tried to explain. Then we 
began to hear speculation as to which title was supposed to represent which 
actual person, which persons spent the day playing cards, which persons had not 
cleaned up in what way, etc. The next step was the development of the specula- 
tive phase into malicious rumor, until some really injurious and unfair comments, 
disguised as facts, were spread from the lowest to the highest sections of the 
staff, and what is more, believed. 

We have written these words, not as an explanation, but as a warning to 
those who would have a healthy climate of opinion engendered in the staff. It 
has too long been a sporting pastime here, to attempt to clothe the simplest 
facts as we would prefer to see them, often with deliberate "malice aforethought". 
This practice has had harmful effects in the past, and injustices have often 
resulted, when administration has seen this speculative clothing of the staff 
as real. 

Let us remember this cartoon demonstration when in the future we find 
ourselves participating in any attempt to clothe bare facts in more attractive (?) 
fashions! 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMITTEE 



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PRESIDEMT'S NOTES , 

On September 22 the Trustees of the > 
Boston Public Library held their first 
meeting of the I96I-62 season. 

Acting in their dual capacity as a Corp-; 
oration and as an Adminis tr--^ tive Agency 
they passed on various ^ifts and bequests . 
and considered various contracts and re- 
ports on buildings and equipment as well 
as budget estimates for I962. 

The Executive Board of the Staff Assoc- 
iation met on September 28. Most of the 



. South End 

Clara Koretsky, Rare Book to Godraan Square 
Margaret E. l^wis, South Boston to Memor- 
ial 
Katharine A, ilaguii'e, Roslindale to Hyde 

Parle 
Ruth IicNamee, Dorchester to Roslindale 
Elaine Powers, Fine Arts to Book Prepara- 
tion 
Mrs. Laura H. Reyes, Memorial to Egleston 
Mrs. Beryl Y; Robinson, 'xi,gleston to Ros- 
lindale 
Mrs. Liga Z. Stam, IJest Hoxbury to Charles- 
town 



meeting was given over to a discussion of 

a communication from I;r. Gaines, Assistant Mrs, Bridie P, Stotz, Adaias otreet to 



Director (Personnel) in response to sever- 
al letters from the Staff Association 
Executive Board, 

Regarding the payment of increases on 
the anniversary date it seeas ¥e were in 
error. Further investigation r:---ealed 
that at the present time salary increases 
are given in other city departments on a 
schedule identical with ours. 

The Job &raluation Px-oject is moving 
along. The Progress Report enphasizes 
once again that it is the job that is 
being evaluated and not the individual, 

RUTH il. HAYES 



Roslindale 

Joan K, Trygstad, Godinan Square to Adams 
Street 

Hilary A. Wayson, Bookn^obiles to Roslin- 
dale 

Resigned 

Timothea F, Allen, Central Charging Iie- 

cords, to attend college 
Dorothy M. Brassil, Gharlestown, to attend 

college 
Mrs. iiarjorie G. Buck, Picture Collection 
(and Coordinator of the Arts) to live 
in Connecticut 
' Edward J, Diffley, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, HR and CS, to become a cata- 
loger at University of Maryland 
Joseph P. Eraser, Central Book Stock 

(Branch Issue Section), to attend college 
Annette Giacobbi, Bookmobiles, to attend 
i college 

. Kathryn T. Kelley, Central Charging Re- 
cords, to attend college 
•I'lrs. Evelyn Korninuller, South End, to 

move out of state 
'Mrs. inn Marie Moore, Codman Square, to 

remain at home 
■Edward T. O'Donnell, Egleston Square, to 

attend Harvard Law 
r John P. Rice, Book Stack Service, granted 
; military leave 

: riarion Teal, Codman Square, to attend 
■ college 

j James L. White, Book Stack Service, to 
, attend college 



PERSONNEL NOTiiS 

New Employees 

Noel J, Bray, Central Book Stock (Branch 
Issue Section) 

Johanna Burke, Central Charging Records 

Victoria Cogliano, Cataloging and Class- 
ification, R and RS 

Jean M, Eisenhart, Periodical and News- 
paper 

Mrs. Julia B. Fainsilber, Connolly 

Mrs. Marguerite C. Franz, South Boston 

iiargaret A. Howe, History 

Carol A. Seymour, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R and RS 

Margot A. Woodward, Uphams Corner 

Transferred 

Jeannette L. Alfe, Hyde Park To South End 

Stephen R, Davis, Science and Technology 

to Open Shelf 
Helen Donovan, Adams Street to Roslindale 
Carol A, Gourley, History to South End 1 Mr. and Mrs. ^Illiara Di Rosario welcom- 
Mrs. Jean T, Hamrick, Mattapan to ^'ashing-j ed the arrival of Susan Jane on September 

ton Village j 26. Susan's daddy works in Fine Arts 

Francis J. Havlin, Open Shelf to Shipping j and says she's little - 6 pounds, 11 

and Receiving ounces - but terrific] 

Brenda H. Hemingway, Uphams Corner to 



I 



NEVJ DAUGHTER 



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Ii^HO'S NEIa7 



Among the "soon to be at Simmons" souls 
is Mrs. Iieredith McCullock, Mt. Bovjdoin. 
A graduate of ■'lest Virginia Wesleyan, 
Mrs. iicCullock' will devote her "-^ilents 
to the YA field. Her husband is doing 
graduate work at Boston University and 
enjoying the products of her hobby - 
cooking, 

* 
Mary Hengstenberg has joined the staff 
of General Reference. Mary was a politi- 
cal Science major at St Lawrence. She 
acted one year as oecretary General of 
St. Lawrence's model Security Council, 
made up of representatives from surround- 
ing colleges. Living now in Cambridge, 
Mary is keeping up another interest - in 
languages - by studying Russian in the 
Harvard Extension Program, 

Dolores A. O'Hara, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication (R & BS) , is a graduate of 
Emmanuel, where she worked part-time in 
the Library, and of Simmons. Dolores was 
a member of the Writing Club at Qramanu el- 
and on the staff of the Year Book. She 
is currently enjoying historical novels, 
theatre, and - in more athletic vein - 
b owling, skiing, and skating, 
■>«■ 

David Morrison worked part-time in Fine 
Arts before he joined the staf" c-f Open 
Shelf. David xs from Brookline and grad- 
uated from Boston Technical High. He 
plans to work for a Liberal Arts degree 
at Stonehill next year and may get a 
head-start by going to Suffolk at night 
starting in February. 

Mrs. Maureen Banker, Bookmobiles, had a 
busy June. She acquired a degree (as an 
Art major) and a husband (he had been in 
History) from Taylor University in Uolpnd 
Indiana I As her husband is now stuu.ying 
for an MA in History at BU they have 
moved to Chestnut Hill. Maureen hopes to 
take some courses at the Museum of Fine 
Arts, and she counts sewing and music 
among her other interests, 

* 
J. Richard Belanger has come to Music from 
Yale's Music Library and has a degree from 
Columbia's Graduate School of Library 
Science, Dick has spent a long time in 
the music world - he has a Master's in 
Music from BU and studied a year at the 
University of Paris and the Paris Conser- 



vatory. His special instrument in Piano 
and he plans to teach it later this year 
at Gordon Colle' e. 

Paul Frost spent the summer on the Book 
Inventory project and has now joined the 
staff of Central Charging Records. From 
Brighton, Paul said' that he had spent twD 
y ears at the University of Massachusetts 
and that he is going to Boston College at 
night to study Zoology. 

Margaret Hoare, Fine Arts, has gotten her 
professional training in an interesting 
way. She graduated from the State Univ- 
ersity of New York at Genes eo as a Lib- 
rary Science major and then got a Master's 
in Art History at Cornell, It ■ was a sum- 
mer job at the Corning Museum of Glass 
Library which decided Margaret on this 
combination, which she completed last 
June. One of ilargaret's chief hobbies 
is taking photograohs, especially colored 
slides. She also enjoys cooking and music. 

Mrs. Lucja Jaeger came to this country in 
January 19^1, when she left Sweden, where 
she had been living since quitting Poland 
in I9I4.6. Mrs. Jaeger practiced law in 
Poland as she has a degree in Law and Pol- 
itical Science, and she studied further 
at the University of Upsala. In 1959 she 
began working in the New York Public Lib- 
rary. This year she received a degree 
in Library Science from Columbia. Mrs, 
Jaeger lives in Brookline. We know that 
her background will make Government Doc- 
uments and Social Sciences an exciting 
department, 

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Mrs. Jean T. Hainrick, YA librarian at 
Washington Village, graduated from Texas 
Christian Universitj^ as a History major. 
Now she's studying teenaie foibles. She 
likes horseback riding, sewing and play- 
ing the piano. Her husband is a graduate 
student at Harvard. 

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Winona, Minnesota has sent us Joamie M. 
Fischer, YA librarian at Egleston. A 
graduate of the College of St. Teresa 
at Winona, Joanne loves all sports and 
also cooking, 

Anna Gallivan has joined the staff at 
Adams and is busy learning the ropes. 
A rare LA who e:ctends her love of people 
and books into volunteer hospital work, 
Anna also finds time to do knitting and 



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crocheting. 



A native of Pennsylvania, Louise BlancharCj 
Children's assistant at North End, is a 
graduate of the University of ''''isconsin. 
Louise enjoys swimming jmd is learning 
Puopeteering - a fringe benefit at North 
End. 

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The red haired Adult worker at Codman is 
Mrs. Marya A. Knudsen, A graduate of the 
University of California at Berkelev, 
Marya is interested in people, rea-.ing 
and getting her husband off to Tufts 
Medical School in time. 



iirs, Eleanor S. Rude, Children's assist- 
ant at West Roxbury, graduated from 
Cornell University this j'^ear. Her husband' 
is attending Harvard Business. Eleanor 
likes to spend free time in and out of 
the water, swirmiing and boating. 



came to wish her well. 
Congratulations] 



We add our own 



ANTIQUE LIVIHG 



Mrs. iiarloile (Bouquet) Buck retired 
from the library September 30. hrs. Buck 
began her career in the BPL in 1937, with 
i assignment to the director's Office, and 
{ later moved to the Reference Division 
! Office. She became a Deputy Supervisor 
in 1957 atid two years later was named 
Coordinator of the Arts and Curator of 
the Picture Collection, 
Recently married, Mrs. Buck leaves to 



I live in Weathersf ield. Conn. , to devote 



HONORED 

On a lovely Friday afternoon in Septem- 
ber, the staff at Mattapan invited Mrs. 
Anna H. Brackett into the staff quarters. 
To her great surprise and deli .it it was 
a party with cake and ice crean to say 
goodbye and wish her luck at her new 
branch. This was the crowning touch to 
a very hapjy two months at Mattapan. 
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Mrs. Margaret E. Lewis was the guest of 
honor at a dinner party at the Captain's 
Room of Dorgan's overlooking City Point 
Beach on Wednesday evening, September 27. 
The occasion was Mrs. Lewis' promotion to 
the position of Children's Assistant at 
Memorial, and her hostesses were i rs. 
Irene H. Tuttle and the staff of South 
Boston, from which place "Maggie" will 
definitely be missed, urs. Lewis was 
presented w ith a long- eared Spaniel hand 
puppet with which to delight her patrons 
at Memorial. The good wishes of her 
friends at South Boston go with "Maggie" 
on her new assignment, 
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Phyllis E. Adams, Book Stack Service 
was married October 7 to Robert E. Pat- 
rick of Revere at a Nuptial Mass in St. 
Clement's Church, Somerville. The couple 
will horeymoon on the Cape and return to 
live in Revere. 

Phyllis was given a surprise s'lox-jer in 
the Women's Lounge September 27 by her 
friends on the staff, and many Alumni 



■' her time to maintaining a twenty room OLD 
J house she dearly loves. 

This home, built in 1765 by Daniel Buck, 
\ has been in the f --mily all its long life. 
i Located in a section dominated by old 
i houses, it contains antiques throughout 
f and the usual Treasures. Our ancient 
I settlers never threw anything out. The 
; house has apparently been expanded from 
I its original size since the present mast- 
i er bedroom was found to contain a dutch 
oven and other evidence of its once hav- 
ing been a kitchen. Many of us might 
think of it as living in a museum, but 
history and antiques lovers regard it as 
a kind of paradise. Mi-s. Buck is obvious- 
ly in the latter group, 

ALUi^A DIES 

Mrs. /\nne Sewall Vinnicombe, formerly 
of Book Purchasing, died at her home on 
Gainsboro Street, on October 8. 

EXCELSIO R.' 
(OR A LOT DC^a^T- PLAINT) 

I fear there is a curse on me 

From w hich I never shall be free 

When seeking books upon the shelf 

I cannot reconcile myself 

To this: that every time I've sought 'era 

They're always always at the bottom. 

I think it's asking very little 

To sometimes wish them in the middle 

It might alleviate this fret 

That puts me in a constant pet 

But if I've looked in vain - or got 'em 

Their place is always at the bottom 

CLAIRE 0' TOOLE 



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INSTITUTE ON ADULT BOOK SELECTION! 



day, High School education is universal - 
'college attendance is 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 time 



Even before the three-day Book Selectioijmore common and on the increase. 
Institute took place at Simmons College 
on September 13- l5, it had the exhilerat- 
ing air of success. Stimulating speakers 
— pertjnent topics — an exciting new 
setting — had attracted so maqy libra- 
rians that long before the August dead- 
line, the maximum number of registrants 
of 110, had been reached and over 75 had 
to be turned away. 

The Institute, sponsored by Simmons 
College School of Library Science in 
cooperation with the I'lass. Division of 
Library Extension and the Kass, Library 
Association, certainly fulfil?, d its 
promise. 

The Library with its modern color decor 
and the latest in equipment and furnish- 
ings offered the perfect setting for a 
fresh look at book selection policy. The 
speakers — Dan Lacy and Lester Asheira, 
accenting anew the unique educational 
role of the Library, offered a stimulus 
to a re- thinking of Library policies and 
a reaffirmation of belief in the import- 
ance of the Library's role. 

The sessions also provided practical 
assistance with book selection In such 
fields as science and technology, busi- 
ness, medicine, mental health, and nu- 
trition. And in a workshop on book 
selection policy, participants had an 
opportunity to look at specific written 
policies, analyze them, and revise them 
as they wished. Finally in an effective 
book talk, ilrs. Florence Craig illustrat- 
ed how the librarian can stimulate use 
of books once they are selected. 

All methods of presentation were used: 
lecture, panel, discussion group, work- 
shop, question and answer, and filmj and 
this variety of presentation contributed 
much to the total impact of f' -;■ Confer- 
ence, 

KH 

Public Libraries 
in a Changing Society 



times 
Educa- 
tion no longer ends with graduation; self- 
training and improvement is essential in a 
world that has so changed and grown small- 
er tlirough mass media. Taste has improved, 
become more discriminating and sophistica- 
ted. Reading has increased but not lib- 
rary users. Mi\ Lacy believes this is due 
to prolific and inexpensive paper-backs as 
well as television, radio and numerous 
popular periodicals. He also affirms 
that the library is the only source de- 
signed for the individual, all other media 
digests and over-simplifies for the masses. 
Public awareness of current issues, need 
for specialized skills and desire for 
knowledge should direct our buying to a 
higher level, ^e suggests we up-grade 
our libraries to attract adults who have 
, accepted the idea that we are of service 
to the student and the retired but offer 
nothing to the in-between group. 

Our image of ourselves as the "People's 
jUniversity" is false because we do not 
'fight for our rightful place in the field 
'of education; we are too timid to experi- 
jraent and fail to provide the s timuli for 
the higher level audience. If we do not 
change drastically to improve this con- 
jdition Mr. Lacy predicts we will serve , 
jonly High Schools and Colleges, 
i DJF 

I 
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: Censorship 

\ Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding, 
jwe are unable to print a summary of Dr. 
iLester Asheim's excellent presentation of 
("The Problem of Censorship in Book Select- 
jion, " We understand it will appear in 
(THE BAY STATE LIBRARIAN. 

; Formulating a Policy 

j Miriam Putnam, Librarian, Memorial 
jHall Library, Andover, spoke on the topic 
j "Formulating a Book Selection Policy for 
|a Changing Society". The need for a 
jwritten book selection policy is one that 
(librarians have long recognized. But in 
•addition, states Miss Putnam, the written 
policy must be more than just a prestige 



product of the depression and low birth 
rate. The postr-war children, now oui 



Mr. Dan Lacy's topic stressed the need 
for change in the library, its attitude, 
collection and purpose. The adults now 
being served are few because they are thejjstatement paying lip-service to iofty aims. 



ialized and intellectual materials, To- 



jThe library in today's changing society 
jneeds a dynamic, flexible policy, for ttie 



Young Adults, will soon demand more spec-jiselection of book and non-book materials, 



aimed at the "potential" reader. A double 



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challenge is implied here. The library- 
must meet the reading demands of a rapid- 
ly increasing college-bred adult public j 
but also, the library must recognize its 
obligation to those readers who have 
stopped using the library because it does 
not reflect his tastes. 

Evaluation 

In place of the usual post-meeting 
check sheet, the evaluation of the Insti- 
tute was done orally, with the entire 
group participating. Small groars of six 
or eight first considered the effective- 
ness of the Institute, new ideas which 
had come from it, ways it night have been 
improved, and the "next steps". Then in 
general session, with the assistance of 
roving reporters (who had interviewed 
particip?.nts throughout the Institute) 
and work group reporters, a lively dis- 
cussion brought out unanimous agreement 
that "more time had been needed for dis- 
cussion sessions, for questions to speak- 
ers, and for working oub a look selection 
policy." There might h^ve besn a second 
evening session, partic^i pants agreed. 

Many points were brought cut in this 
last session - but to sum them all up - 
The Institute re- emphasized to every one 
the need for a written book selection po- 
licy, and the unique responsibility of 
the library and the librarian in encour- 
aging and ;5.ssisting the adult in life- 
long learning. 

To most, the idea of the image of the 
library as essential to every community, 
together with the church and the school, 
was not new. However, some librarians 
were disturbed to hear that tne image of 
the librarian was not as posit:. '3 as that 
of the library . 

The Institute, to quote from those who 
attended, was "well-paced, the discussions 
were lively, the presentations were un- 
usually effective, the diversity in me- 
thods of presentation was interesting, 
and the over-all effect was stimulating 
and provocative. " 

There was unanimous agreement that ther^i 
should be future institutes in adult book 
selection and in other subjects as well. 
Administration, reference work, and young 
adult work were mentioned as other possib- 
ilities. 

That Simmons College Library was the 
perfect spot for an Institute was without 
question, liCJ 



B-PLers on Program 

Alumna Evelyn Levy, now of Enoch Pratt, 
and Edna Peck were both on the Wednesday 
afternoon Reactor Panel. Muriel Javelin 
presided at the Friday afternoon session 
and was in charge of the Evaluation Re- 
port, 

AiJOTHER SIDE TO BOOK SELECTION 

HUMAi\! EVENTS of September 8, carries a 
four page article ^Aihy You Can't Find Con- 
servative Books in Public Libraries , 
written by Rosalie H. Gordon. 

Chiefly, it chides the book selection 
media for biased reviewing, and the 
librarian for not using conservative 
sources for book reviews as well as the 
"liberal" standard sources. 



BPLCSEA 

The QI^ wises to extend its best wishes 
to the newly formed Boston Public Library 
Civil Service Enpj.oyees Association, which 
now represents apDroximately 9^ staff mem- 
bers. Organization is progresding well, 
and the Association has elected these 
members to its Ej^ecutive Board: John V, 
McManus, President, Joseph Sarro, rilliam 
Hurray, Matthew O'Brien, Louise Borghette, 
Joseph Naples, and Alfred Lundgren. 

Bk MES SLID ES 

Kenneth C. Barnes of the Periodical and 
Newspaper staff will show colored slides 
of Canada, at the Little Theatre, Oct. 19 
and 26, from 1,20 to l,5o in the afternoon. 
Anyone interested invited to attend. 
Oct. 19 - Quebec City, Gaspe, New Bruns- 
wick. 

Oct. 26 - Nova Scotia, Niagara Falls, Ot- 
tawa (Queen's visit), 

TICKLERS 

Telephone rings in General Reference: 
"May I help you?" 

"Would you please tell me how to dispose 
of a wer-wolf? 

Overheard at a Branch in answer to a 
patron's question about HAI-JAII : "Oh, I've 
no idea. I don't understand how anyone 
finds time to readj " ^'^e know her to well 
to add that she was only kidding. . . . 



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NELA COi\IFEREi\lCE 



The various associations comprising the 
New England Library Association met at the 
New Ocean House, Swampscott, on October I4.- 
7. We print the highlights from a few 
of the sessions, 

YA Round Table 

Rev. Kenneth B. Murphy, the founder of 
"Rescue, Inc.", was the speaker for the 
meeting of the Round Table of Librarians 
for Young Adults on Friday afternoon. 
Father Murphy spoke of the importance of 
reading from the earliest years through 
college. He felt that books gave young 
people something to respond to and that 
it made them alert to "the troubles of our 
times. Father Murphy cautioned librarians 
about disregarding the troublesome, non- 
reading young adult who is quite often the 
one who needs and will benefit most from 
help. 

Rose Moorachian 

N ew England Children's Book Clinic 

rditor and author Jean Poindexter Colby 
a^ly presided at the Friday morning sessioi 
introducing first Hetty Burlingame Beatty 
of the Folly Cove Designers, who told of 
her recent visit to Devon and Dartmoor, 
where she encountered the subject of her 
latest book KOORLAiffi PONY. Lee Kingman of 
Rockport emphasized the important part 
that reading aloud played in her family, 
and spoke of some of the tangible by- 
products of writing for children - such as 
the adventure in international friendship 
and understanding resulting from a corres- 



too. 



mentioned the 



, a high degree of humor, 
double pleasure which comes to an author - 
re-entry into a child's world and the de- 
light of creating pleasure for a child. 

Barbara Cooney, already known to this 
audience as winner of a Caldecott Award, 
again demonstrated her skill as an artist, 
drawing characters from her latest books, 
THE LITTLE JUGGLER (for which she studied 
the original manuscript at N.Y. Public 
Library and documents at Chartres) and 
L'HIBOU ET LE POUSoIQUETTE". 

Altogether it was one of the best pro- 
grams this group has presented, and was 
enthusiastically received. 

Anne Armstrong 

Hewins Lecture 

The Caroline M. Hewins Lecture under the 
auspices of the Round Table of Children's 
Librarians was given on Thursday after- 
noon by Siri M. Andrews, formerly Librarian 
of the Public Library in Concord, N. H. 
The subject was "New England Folklore" 
which the speaker presented in an able 
and entertaining manner. 

It was interesting to learn that ihe 
earliest folklore of New England shows the 
iiffluence of the Norser.en upon the lore of 
the Indians. In the Algonquin Legends one 
sees evidence of some connection with the 
Norse EDDA. During the 17th century, 
witch power in league with the devil began 
to predominate in storytelling, iiany 
stories told as truth later became wonder 
stories and then during the 18 th and 19th 
centuries they were known as humorous folk 
(Stories. The OLD FARllEit'S ALI'IANAC helped 
to perpetuate old superstitions. The 
"Tall Tale" is an indigenous American in- 
pondence undertaken in search for knowledgdjvention, a fact brought out by the speaker. 



of a foreign background of a contemplated 
book. She urged adults to go back to 
children's books if they would find the 
moral values and virtues often lacking in 
adult fiction, and proclaimed her pride 
in working in a medium not afraid of up- 
holding them. 



Press, amused her audience in telling of 
how she received the inspiration for her 
counting book ONE SNAIL AND ME and donon- 
strated how much attention a writer gives 
to producing a story to read aloud, when 
she confessed that she makes use of a tape 
recorder in order to evaluate just how her 
story will sound. 



Trickster stories began in the 1820' s. 
Folklore has been preserved in the works 
of Hawthorne, Longfellow, Holraan Day, and 
Robert T. Coffin, 

Among the many books mentioned in this 
very inclusive study of New England Folk- 
lore was NEl-J ENGLAND BEAN POT by M, Jagen- 



Einilie IJarren MacLeod of Atlantic Month^ dorf, which may be found in many libraries. 



Beatrice il. Frederick 

N,E. Technical Services Librarians 

lirs. Mary D, Farrell, chief of Catalog- 
ing and Classification (R d RS) , intro- 
duced the speaker. Dr. Donald B. Sands, 
Boston College, whose subject, "The Bib- 
Mary Nash, whose books of fantasy possesaJ.iograt)her looks at the catalog", was 



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approached from the point of view of the 
college and graduate research s tudent, for 
whom the gathering of material is -not a 
matter of "luck", but depends on a know- 
ledge of sources .i.n his field and the imgg- 
ination to find new and unused source ma- 
terials, since his research requires him 
to frequently use information not suffic- 
iently analyzed in library card cata^'.-^gs 
and periodical indexes. 

Esther Jalonen 

Honored 

On October 5, the Priscilla Room of the 
New Ocean House, was the scene of an 
"author's party". The event was sponsored 
by Little, Brown and Co., with children's 
editor Helen Jones as hostess, in honor of 
Virginia Haviland, BPL's Readers Advisor 
for Children, on the occasion of publica- 
tion of her three new books : FAVORITE 
FAIRY TALES, TOLD IN NORVAYi TOLD IN IRE- 
LAND; and, TOLD IN RUSSIA. 

liLA Business Meeting 

The Business Meeting was held Friday 
morning Octdber 6 with the President, Mrs. 
Muiiel Javelin, presiding. 

Mrs. Javelin presented an award to Rep- 
resentative Sumner Kaplan in recognition 
of his work on the State Aid bill„ Rep. 
Kaplan framed the bill and was instrument- 
al in having it passed into law. 

Marie Sullivan, Chairman, MLA Adult 
Education Committee, reported on the ''Bocli^ 
for Tired Elyes" list. This list hss three 
hundred fiction and non- fiction titles, 
mainly books of the last two years. It 
will be printed by MLA and although the 
optometrists will pay for the printing and 
will help distribute it, their name will 
not appear on the list, 

Ervin Gaines, Chairman, Intellectual 
Freedom Committee, reported on the progresi 
of the TROPIC OF CANCER case through the 
courts. A committee of three, Laurence 
Wikander, Sigrid Edge, and Pauline ¥innick[i 
is now studying the Intellectual Freedom 
Comiriittee and will make recommendations 
on its future status. 

An annotated list of books on nutrition 
has been completed and plans foi- its dis- 
tribution are being considered. Librarian^, 
and nutritionists worked on this list to- 
gether. 

The By-Laws Committee is studying rlLA 
voting procedures since mar^r members have 



questioned spending money for a post card 
in order to vote for a single slate on 
which there is no choice. 

Lucille V.'ickershai.i, Chairman, Education 
Committee, asked if members would be in- 
terested in having her Committee look in- 
to possibilities for training programs 
on various levels. Many members showed 
great interest in such prograras and sev- 
eral suggestions were made including one 
for having accredited library school 
courses available some place in Massa- 
chusetts other than at Simmons College, 
A report on basic training for librarian- 
ship including in-serT;-ice training will 
be made at the ("lid- Winter lELA meeting. 

Rose Moorachian 

Circulation Control Systems 

The Library Technology Project of ALA, 
on which Forrest F, Carhart Jr. aadressed 
the assembly, sought to detenaine the 
simplest and most economical circulation 
system that would provide for libraries, 
both adequate control, a^nd flexibility. 
In many libraries across the country, so 
the study discovered, tlie conflict be- 
tween desire for service and financial 
limitations has caused the librarian to 
become personally involved in circulation 
routines! and, in this wayj the librarian 
is often neglecting other essential 
phases of service. The s tudy recomi.iends, 
for most small- and medium-sized public 
libraries, such eificiencey moves as: 
greater borrower participation, elimina- 
tion of borrowers' cards, and the use of 
transaction cards. Especially applicable 
to such libraries is the Newark system, 
whereby the borrower writes his own name 
and address on the book- card, and this 
card is then retained as the record of 
the transaction. The use of Wayne County 
slips is another possibility. 

Since 90/o of the non-branch public lib- 
raries in the iJ, S. have an annual circu- 
lation under 100,000 (20|^ have under 5,0Ul); 
and since these small- and medium-sized 
libraries are well in the majority of 
public library outlets, it is chiefly to 
them that the recommendations of the 
Library Technology Project are addressed. 

Large public libraries, with much great- 
er circulation figures, higher percentage 
of overdues, and borrowers mos.tly unknown 
by the circulation attendant, must usually 
consider procedures other than those 
suited to smaller institutions.. The study 



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recomraends, as especially economical for 
large public libraries, the Recordak 
Junior system, (used in the BPL, which 
relies on electric microfilming and tran- 
saction cards for circulation control. 

Adult Services 



Service to "older citizens" was dis- 
cussed by a panel at the first meeting on 
Thursday, October 5. Harriet F. Parker, 
Consultant, Age Center of New England, 
claimed that older citizens do not want 
to be treated as a separate group, fliss 
Parker's remarks were based on interviews 
with individuals who come voluntarily to 
the Center, as recorded in the book YOU 
CAN'T COUNT ON DYING by Mrs. Natalie 
Cabot, Assistant Director of the Center, 

Kathleen Hegarty, gave a concise and 
stimulating account of her highly success- 
ful work with Boston Public Library's 
Never Too Latp Group. Miss He^fi'ty point-j page, 
ed out that the attendance and partici- 
pation were excellent, that the group 
preferred intellectual programs and spurn- 
ed the purely recreational activity, 

Lawrence E. Wikander, Librarian, Forbes 
Library, Northampton, discussed in his 
usua] amusing manner the article in LIB- 
RARY QUARTERLY on library service to old- 
er age groups. It was apparent that Mr, 
Vikander was not enthusiastic about his 
assigned role of criticizing spec! rZ. ser- 
vice to this group. It was also apparent 
that the moderator, John C. Frantz, Lib- 
rary Extension Specialist for the New Eng- 
land States, Library Services Branch, U.S. 
Office of Education was much in. sympatiy 
with iiiss Hegarty' s point of view and her 
warm understanding of the group with which 
she works. 

Mildred O'Connor 



CHANiIE L TWO 

It has been suggested by an Association 
member that, as members of an educational 
institution, we might like to know that 
it is possible to make individual con- 
tributions toward the re-building of the 
recently bumed-out Television station 
of Channel 2. 



ALA BULLETIN 

The October issue has several columns 
of particular or timely interest to our 
staff: 

William B. Scott, Worcester County 
Law Library, has written an interesting 
letter on the reverse side of Censor- 
ship - today's habit of Compulsory Read- 
ing - page 767. Everett T. Moore 
comraents on the letter on the following 



Mr. Moore's Intellectual Freedom 
column on pages 779-80, are devoted to 
a discussion of the TROPIC OF CANCER'S 
travels in and out of courts and censor- 
ship proceedings, including the Massa- 
chusetts action, 

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There is another column about our 
Annex glass flooring situation on page 
827. 

HEARD IN THE CORRIDOR 

They may have taken all the Fiction 
out of the Staff Library but they've 
certainly moved Romance inj 

REi"iIi\roER 



Third General Session 

The concluding meeting of the Confer- 
ence, at luncheon on Saturday, offered 
a lightly humorous and thoroughly pleas- 
ing talk by Mrs, Louise Hall '^narp, 
author of THE PEABODY SISTERE C? SAL^'4, 
ADVENTUROUS ALLIANCE, and the recent 
biographc^for ^oys and girls entitled 
LOUIS AGASSIZ: ADVENTUROUS SCIENTIST. 
Mrs. Tharp told interesting anecdotes 
about her sons and their reading (and 
non-reading) and of their effect on what 
she has written, 

Virginia Haviland 



Did you forget that the Credit Union 
has authorized the purchase of ten shares 
(.f^SO) between August l5 and Oct 3I? And 
don't forget your pass bookj 

For the benefit of new employees - 
membership in the Credit Union is not 
only a method of saving, but it permits 
one to borrow at low rates in emergency. 
Interest payments on your shares is goodj 
Now is the opportunity to go down to 
City Hall and join - you need not pur- 
chase ten shares at this time, but do 
buy in. 

CARE CARES - DID YOU? 




Arxy contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name or the 
Association meir.ber submitting it, togethei Dear Soap Box 



home) and nothing of great imporianc^ 
could be done in such ? --^yt + c- ^'^'^®' 
body was not on the jBuI,, Let's go, 
Administration! 

ONE OF THE TEAM 

! To the '^.ditor- . 

Are we never going to have a sutiole and 
uniform systeia of notification about Lib- 
rary closing (and opening) during emergen- 
cies? Some were called, some were not. 
Some came in, uncalled, only to be called 
at home again in the afternoon and t^ld to 
come on back. Radio stations do not coop- 
erate on the whole, unless an extremely 
early notification is received, so why 
not an area and/or departmental phone 
- chain? And why not, above all, a clear 
! understanding in advance of who shall 
i report in if the library is reported open 
; again? This tixfie there was no rhyme nor 

^®^^°''* AGAIN LTWiTOTIFIED 



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with the name of the Branch Library, De- 
partnent or Office in which he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name is used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous con- 
tributions 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 ind_- 
vidual Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily indicate 
that the Publications Committee and the 
Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. Only those contributions 
containing not more than 300 words will 
be accepted. 



How are we supposed to know T;hether or 
'not the Library is to oren when there is 
; a forecast of a hurricane or a blizzard? 
: One station did not have news of the 
i Library's closing until 1030 a.m. during 
; the recent hurricane. This would have 
'been helpful if you were scheduled to 
'come in at 1 o'clock (although misleading 
, since the Library did reopen later) . _ 
: Should we risk pneumonia and/or injury 
; to get to the Library only to find it 
, closed, make our way home again to find 
' out that we have to make the ti-ip over 

again because the Library which was not 

open will, in fact, open? 

Frustrating, Confusing, Disheartening. 
IN-AGAIN OUT-AGaIN FINNEGAW 



To the editor 



Dear Soapbox: 

If the library plans a tx)ssible re-opei- 



Z'CT;.. las. -.icane .as a_™^, j,. *e„ U re^ai^ ^^^^J^^ 



up in more ways than one. The staff of 
several departments was not notified of 
'the library's closing, and a few even 
came all the way in, only to be told to 
go home again. Tempers exploded when 



■ hurricane, could it not be announced tnat 

. the staff is expected to stand by? ^ince 

' we have never been called in prior to this 

on a "closed" day, it was most unexpected. 

Had we been inforir-d that ye might be call- 



go home again. Tempers expioaea >.n«x. .i^- V ..h^n +nld we w-re not to come in, 

Lter in the da^ they -- h^ax^ea .ac. in, ed oack wh n told we w^re not^ ^^^^ ^^^, 



some to stay for only two hours, or less. 
For the people who worked at night and 
those who covered the supner hours, there 
was some reason for this. But what about 
the others? There was no sudden rush of 
public to serve (this must have been the 
idea, as the closed deparfenents stayed 



(those of us who were told), we would not 
have done what comes naturally to busy 
people, and washed our hair, failed to 
shave, pulled the contents of closets or 
drawers into the middle of our rooms, or 
been otherwise in the midst of a task it 
was almost impossible to leave when the 



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"come back" call c ame in. 

And speaking of being told the library 
was to remain closed that day, many of us 
heard of it only through a friend ... some 
were not told at all. Since we cannot 
depend on radio announcement early enough, 
should not a more nearly fool proof system 
be arranged for phone calling or other 
notification? 

WET HAIR 

Dear Soap Box, 

May a mere worm ask why it was deemed 
unnecessary to call in office or closed 
department personnel for a brief two hours 
on the day Esther failed to arrive, but, 
was considered desireable to bring in'^open 



[To the Soap Box - 

We have no quarrel with the fact that we 
were called in again after the library was 
officially closed on the day of the hurri- 
cane. But we do object to the way it was 
done and the total unexpectedness of it. 
When one does not expect to go to work, 
one has no clothes laid out, no suoper 
packed, is completely unready. With an 
hour's warning (less in some cases) and 
poor mid-day transportation facilities, 
we were expected to drop whatever we were 
doing and dash madly in — to serve a 
public which for the most part, was not 
there. Did we get a medal for speed or 
resourcefulness? Or even a warm thank- 
you? Even though some came in for a min- 



department people? These were not actual]^ imum of two hours? No ~ all we got was 



needed to cover, and had long travel time 
coming in, as MTA and trains do not run 
very often at off hours, but they received 
but two hours time off for this. 

ONE mo CAM 



Dear Soap Box Editor, 

Must we have a change in policy every 
time we have a major storm? Never before 
has the Library reopened the same day afte:^o the Editor: 
notifying the staff and the public that 
the Library was not to open. 

Staff in the offices and closed depart- 
ments were not asked to come in since it 
would only be for a few hours, but the 
staff in the open departments were noti- 
fied to come in whether it was for a two- 
hour period or less. 

Those who were allowed to stay at home 
had their absences excused, but xhose in 
the open departments who were required to 
work were given extra compensation in a 
less than generous fashion. Some came 
long distances by uncertain transportation 
but were ^compensated on a strict "one hour 
off for one tiour worked" basis. This time 
had to be spent (or rather dissipated) at 
the earliest convenience of the staff 
member, 

TREATED SHABBILY 



a minute by minute credit to be used as 
soon as possible — not when WE might like 
it (we had earned this at great inconven- 
ience) and a horse laugh from the closed 
departments and office workers whom it 
was found not feasible to summons for 
such a brief period] 

TRACi. oTAR 



Why have the f rent doors remained closed 
twice recently when we have had sudden 
showers? Patrons waiting to enter have 
been wet, and so have staff, running on 
slippery pav^ements, in danger of a bad 
fall, incidentally. Sudden showers need 
quick entrance to the library, even more 
than weather in which all come prepared. 
Who decides when weather is "inclement"? 

SOAKED 

Dear Soapbox: 

Is it a fair shake when you are deemed 
too unimportant to notify that the library 
is not to open but are promptly called to 
come in when it is decided to reopen? 

HALF & HALF 



Dear Soap Box: 

If it is ever necessary to open the lib- 
rary suddenly again, as with the last 
hurricane, could we not have advance warn- 
ing? Occupied with "free day" tasks, not 
expecting the call, we were told to be in 
by three when we were not notified over an 
hour before that. All of us do not have 
cars available . . . and all of us were not 
fed, dressed, etc, to go o^ SCRAMBLE 



Dear Editor: 

How about some spot in the building 
where those who crave a little peace and 
quiet on reliefs and lunch hours can re- 
lax without noise and chatter from teen 
age part-timers who ought to have a place 
of their own, 

OLD Tliim 



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"Young man, where 's the old stamp machine used to be around the place?" 









THEQUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume Xyi Number 11 ■ November 1961 

Publications Coirmi ttee : Arthur V. Curley, A, Kay Decker, James J, Ford, FuDse 

Mooracl ian, Caroline H. Stanvjood, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoon- 
ist, Sc.raxi M, Jsher, Indexer, Dorothy P. Shaw, Chairman 

Publication date: Deadline for subniitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



There'll be some changes made - and there have been J liany of us have 
been pleased to see the "new look" in the Abbey Room where the Public Catalogue 
is now installed. The murals are s till visible, and when proper lighting and 
other finishing touches are completed, the room should be a handsome center 
for the Division of Reference and Research Services. In addition to this, with 
the new book delivery system and t' 3 .eiiovations in Bates Hall, we are indeed 
taking a big step forward. 

The changes have not been effected without careful planning - and real 
cooperation from all those who have either been displaced or forced to work 
under very difficult conditions. Not only have hazards been nobly borne, 
but borne irdth cheerful attitudes which have given birth to phrases like "the 
all grej'- crew", "working miast the fall out", and "speaking by semiphores." 
We have heard stories that the dust has caused eyeglass wearers to think 
the days have been terribly overcast lately, that lunches seem to bear an 
overtone of sawdust, and, even, that a few people are beginning to stammer in 
tempo to the drillingj. but we discount these tales as somewhat exaggerated. 

We salute all harassed members of the staff for their fortitude and good 
humoured endurance - 'and: the public for its faith in better things to come. 
It may be truly said that whole you may not always be in the building, a part 
of the Library will forever be in you, 

THE PUBLICATIONS C0i4] JTTEE 



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PRESIDEMT'S NOTES 

Executive Board meetings, may be lengthy ': 
but they are never dull. Sometimes it is j 
necessary to go over and over some issues | 
to be sure that fair representation is ^ 
given to all points of view. i 

At our meeting on November 1st, we had ] 
lively discussion on some new and some old 
problems . ; 

In the matter of the candy display shelij 
in the Coffee Shop, a new one was re- j 
quisitioned to replace the one removed, j 
As to the manner in which the last hurri- ' 
cane was handled, there was a general -j 
feeling that Division Heads should take 
the responsibility of letting their staff \ 
know when the Library is to be closed and | 
when re-opened. Some areas of the staff j 
did receive adequate notification. : 

Mr. Gaines joined the E>:ecutive Board | 
for a discussion of other oroblcms. It j 
was pointed out that in 1955 t^d policy : 
of automatically allowing two steps in 
any new grade to people who had already 
completed eleven years of service was < 
temporarily set aside, apparently for \ 
budgetary reasons. Under this policy, j 
whenever a person advanced to a new grade j 
level, he did not have to wait for the ! 
last two steps in grade a second time, if I 
he had already served eleven years in the j 
library. Since this procedure has been in| 
abeyance, one does not get the benefit ; 
of the s even and eleven years of service. } 
The Board feels that anyone with eleven j 
years of service should start out in any 1 
new grade at least at the third level. 

Another matter of years of service j 
which was brought up, was that of placing j 
those with 25 years of service at their 
maximum which was put into practice in the" 
City because of the pension requirement 
that one must spend five years at a par- 
ticular salary level in order to retire 
with the salary of that level. I'ir, Gaines 
agreed to review these matters. 

Once again we spoke of adjustments for 
those P Is who have passed requirements 
to be admitted to the P 2 levels The 
Board pointed out that at preseiit three 
people with long years of service have 
prepared themselves by the old system and 
are disturbed to find new personnel entei> 
ing at the P 2 level while they remain at 
P 1. It is believed that one of these 
people, at least, has received the re- 
commendation of his Department Head. It i 
was recommended that, if valid reasons 



exist for failure to make these adjust- 
ments, the individuals concerned should 
be so notified. 

Promotional system questions verified 
that a general state of flux esists. As 
an experiment one person was permitted 
to present a written paper. 

Mr. Gaines was questioned regarding the 
notice and filling of several positions. 
It was pointed out that in the past, it 
was a custom to send out a list once a 
year of vacancies existing within the 
Library, with indication of which ones 
were to be filled. It was also a policy 
that no position would be filled without 
prior notification to the staff that said 
position was to be filled, wr, Gaines 
agreed to reinstate this annual notice of 
openings and notification when a particu- 
lar job was to be filled. 

In the event of an overall raise for 
city employees in 1962, the Staff Assoc- 
iation asked to be consulted prior to the 
distribution vjithin the Library. 

We -Uien proceeded to other matters Mr. 
Gaines wished to discuss. 

First was the possibility of having the 
Soap Box on a separate page or pages in 
order that it might be deleted from copies 
going outside the Library. His arguments 
were: 

1. If venting of gripes were designed 
to bring corrective action, only the Ad- 
ministration, not outsiders, can initiate 
desired changes. 

2. It is a form of disloyalty to the in- 
stitution to air internal quarrels to the 
outside world. 

3. The good will among us, not the 
grievances should go abroad. 

l\.. The attempt to open doors of comn.uni- 
cation between Staff and Administration 
(witness Staff Association President 
attendance at Trustees meetings) so that 
differences of opinion may be talked out 
openly, 

5. Articles in Soap Box given no added 
weight by Administration simply because 
they go to people outside Boston. 

6. Association has already drawn a line 
prohibiting some kinds of material (li- 
bellous etc.) from the Soap Box so why 
not draw the line a little tighter. 

i'ir. Gaines again suggested that Civil 
Service Employees (who now have a new 
association of their own) be admitted to 
the Boston Public Library Staff Associa- 
tion. If this is not possible, he re- 
quested they be allowed to use the 



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QUESTION MARK for expression of their op- 
inion either through the Soap Box or a 
page of their own. It was suggested that 
we speak to John Mclfenus, president of "tte 
Civil Service Employees Associa%ion to find 
out whether or not thej' '.'i.sh to afiiliate. 
The whole matter may be presented at the 
November Business Meeting. 



; Married 

Carol Rothwell, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, R & RS, to Richard Aldrich, on 
October 9th. 



rao's riEW 



Noel Bray, Central Book Stock, is the 
Job descriptions are now in the hands of latest addition to the staff of 3.1. Noel 



the Division Heads who must iron out any 
misunderstandings with Deparljnent Heads 
and individual employees, I^Ir. Gaines 
hopes the evaluation process will begin 
within the next few weeks. 

The Association president attended a 
meeting of the Board of Trustees on 
November 3d. 

Much of the action of the Truste-js as s 
Corporation had to do with the General 



,is attending Boston College evening classes 
majoring in English. Therefore his chief 
hobby is studying, although he sometimes 

.finds time to listen to his jazz favorites.. 

Johanna Burke, from Central Charging 
Records, graduated from Julie Brilliart 
.High in June with two years of a Commer- 
cial and two years of a College course. 
She worked this smruner with an IBM machine 



Investment Account, In their capacity of -for an insurance company. Johanna is the 
an Administrative Agency there were reporisj oldest of two sisters and a brother, and 
of the various standing committees and re- :when she is not busy taking care of them, 
ports on tiie budget. !she enjoys bowling, among other hobbies. 

There was discussion of our position un- • * 



der State Aid and the reduction of ex- 
pected allotments. 

In discussion with the city fathers on 
the matter of 1962 budget, the Trustees 
took the position that any reductions in 
budget would have to be in areas of ser- 
vice and not in the salaries of staff 
members, 

RUTH A. Ua/E^ 



. ilargaret Howe, History, is from Gardner, 
•but she got her BA as a History and Polit- 
,ical Science major after adventuring all 
'the way to the University of Colorado, 
jMargaret has lots of interests: she has 
-summered at the Cape and also likes mount- 
:ains for rock-climlDing and skiing. As her 
■Boston apartoent makes these activities 
{somewhat difficult, Ilargaret also admits 
to liking the theatre.' 

I Victoria Cogliano, Cataloging and Class- 
;ification(R cl RS) , graduated in June from 
jSilver Lake Regional High in Pembroke. 
|Vicky worked part-time in the school lib- 
i'rary and had a job tliis summer - starting 
ias a clerk and ending as a Secretary to 
(the Superintendent. Vicky is an avid 
i reader j just now she is interested in 
■books on Sorcery. 



PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Employees 

Susanna M. Gill, Bookmobiles, formerly 

part-time at East Boston 
Mary T, Kelley, Central Charging Records, 

formerly part-time at Brighton 
Ernest L. Matthias, Business Office 

Transferred i -it 

Mrs. Listena Dozier, Mattapan to Egleston j New in the same department is Carol A. 
Square (Seymour, Wellesley '61, who has just begun 

{to study at Simraons. She-'was a History 
Resigned .major, and has worked in libraries since 

J, Edward Keefe, Central Charging Records, Jher high school days. In addition to her 



to work at Polaroid 
Mrs, Hazel McDonald, Book Preparation, to 
stay at home 

Retired 

Grace Chippendale, Parker Hill 

Ethel Kimball, Allston 



^Reference course, Carol keeps busy learn- 

jing the baritone ukelele and singing in 

ja Cambridge choir. 

i >s- 

; Arlene A, King, Bookmobiles, came down 

jfrom the Granite State after graduating 

ifrom the University of New Hampshire wilh 

.a major in Romance languages, and now 

■lives in Aubumdale. She likes to knit. 



Mrs. Julia B. Fainsilber, Connolly, is /telephoning and visiting the firms to see 

from Philadelphia and a graduate of Welles-fif they would agree to be listed, 
ley. She is a pre-professional and works i In what seemed no time at all we received 
in the Children's room. Julie met her hus-tthe new list and just a cursory glance re- 
band while ■ studying at the University o^vealed the long oatient work entailed, 
Paris in her junior year. They both enjoy SWhile enjoying the result of their work, 
art and take lots of auto trips to acquaintlet us not forget our gratitude and thanks 
her architect husband with his new country,] to the Committee: Jean Babcock, Ruth Con- 

* .roy, Dorothy Eckstrom, and the Chairman, 

Mrs. Marguerite C. Franz, South Boston, jLou O'Halloran. IT COULD BE DONE AND THQ' 
is another pre-professional working as jDID IT. 

Children's assistant. Her husband is a 
student at M I T. I'iarguerite got her 
degree from the University of Cincinnati 
in Sociology. ^ Magna Ciun Laudt gridua^e, 
she is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. 
Hobbies include swimming, sketching and 
learning to cook. 



TAX DEDUCTIONS ANYOl^IE? 



YE BPL 

We thought the staff might be interested 
in reading at once, the verses about our 
Library which appear in Irving Zieman's 
new book FOUNDERS TO B0U1\DERS: BOSTON IN 
RHYME. So we called him,, and sought nis 
permission to quote their., which he most 
jgraciously gave. 
There is still a little time left this 

year in which to increase our tax deduct- i"The granite Public Library, a classic ad- 
ions if we try. And the United Fund con- i eptation, 

tribution will be deductible in I96I if . ..(From Huntington to Boyle ton extends invi- 

you give in cash right n^j ... or m?" ^s i tation. 

delay-id until I962 if you prefer to con- jFour bronze lantern-clusters sweep over 

tribute through the payroll deduction plan, triple portals; 

You can make your contribution in the way (Enthroned in bronze. Science and Art reign 

which will most benefit ycu. j as immortals. 

Ei;.t whether or not we heXp ourselves Under the cornice, carved names ... a roll 

through tax deductions, we CAN help others \ of fame — 

through the contribution. Deadline for 

return of payroll d eduction requests or 

present payments is Friday, November 17, 



IT CAN BE DONE 



Prove that any nation can claim such a 
name. 

{"Founder of Boston Library was a Frenchman, 

j Vattemare. 

lA surgeon, he gave books a great deal of 
Some months after the other committees I care, 
of the Staff Association had been set up j^t a momentous meeting in eighteen-forty- 
and rolling, the Special Services Coramitteei one 

still went begging for voluntee?'s. Some JThe support of a unanimous Boston he won, 
offered and then withdrew, ard '.x, T.'asn't j 

until late Spring thatti^e comjnittee for ("Architect of the Library, Stanford White, 
1961 was established and began operations. jBy Harry Thaw's bullet dropped out of 

The main task was right there waiting i sight, 
for them: to update the rather obsolete jon the grand staircase, two marble lions 
discount list so it would be of use to i face east, murals are misty blue, 

members of the Association. Working first kbove, Sargent's threatening "Prophets" 
from the old list, the finns were divided j recall the spiritual in the Jew. 
among the committee, who checked each name JThe second- floor Grail pictures, under 
to see if the firms were still in business ,i oak-beam ceiling and gold, 
of what their line of products now consist-jin the dim room, spotlighted, show bold 
ed, and to check the discount rate allouea.j knights of old." 
Next, branches and Central were contacted 1 p^ 35 

to see if anyone knew of new businesses to 

be considered as additions. These names |"The Public Library's Kirstein Branch 
in turn were divided among the comiTiittee iHolds information for business and Bench, 
who spent many hours of their free time jA great benefactor in the Boston scene. 



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Kirstein got rich, with 3torrox. and Filene, how the status symbols may be made to 



And was loved bj-- all the races for his 

heart and knowledge; 
Got a Harvard doctorate though he attended^ 

business college. " 

D. 266 



work for the library. His definition of 
a "better" book as one which meets his 
mind where it is and stimulates it to 
greater activity is tj^pical of the chal- 
lenge in this article. 



RETIREi-ffiNTS 



Ethel Kimball 



* 



On October 31, Ethel Kimball retiic'l 
from the Library service, and the Institu-, 
tion lost one of its best-known and most 
faithful staff -members. During her term ' 
of service, she has worked at such diverse^ 
Branches as Memorial, Connolly and Brigh- ; 
ton, ending her career at jUlston. At , 
each of these places, she made many ■ 

friends among her f ellow-wo rkers and the ■ 
public, and all of us will miss her ser- ; 
ene good-humor and pleasant co-operation, j 
Now she is free to devote her time to her j 
many interests, among which are art, the j 
theatre and travel. V^'herever she goes, j 
ve are sure she will be followed by the , 
best wishes of those of us who have been j 
privileged to work with her at jne time j 
or another. | 

CHRISTIANA P. JORDAN j 

i 
Grace Chippendale 

On May 10, 1923, 'Grace Chippendale 
entered the service of the BPL, on a 
part-time basis at Lower Mills, The next 
year she became a full-time staff member, 
and has since served adult readers at 
a variety of branches : Roxbury Crossing, 
Mattapan, Boylston, North End, i-iemori::!, 
Tyler Street, South Boston, Fellovd Ath- 
eneum, Hyde Park, South End, and -barker 
Hill. Her resignation became effective 
on October 31. We wish Grace all the I 

best in her new life of freedom from j 

the desk, j 

i 
BROVSING ABOUT j 

An English Professor, F. Allen Briggs, ! 
pokes gentle fun at the library status | 
symbols of special titles, new fumishinga 
charging machines, glass masses, and art- j 
icles or books published by staff members,; 
in the I'JILSON LIBRARY BULLETIN of November- 
- pages 231-33 - while he clair."? the real i 
senrice of bringing the patron ana the ; 
books he needs (and which are suitable • 
to him) together, suffers. He then shows • 



Our own Ervin Gaines has an article in 
the BAY STATE LIBRARIAN for October on 
pages 5-3, with the title Boston's Re- 
cruiting Program . It details our partic- 
ular problems and the steps taken to 
solve them; shortages, salary scales, 
the library as a training ground for 
other libraries, the pre-professional 
program, and r ecruiting in colleges and 
library schools. If you have only heard 
bits and pieces 01 this story, here it 
is for you to read. 



This article is followed by another on 
recruiting by Louis Schrieber of Brandeis 
in which he takes librarians to task, 
both in public and in school libraries, 
for trying to exclude youngsters from the 
library, as nuisances, just when they are 
trying to decide upon a career. And this 
turns away many future recruits for the 
library field. An interesting angle, 
which we should perhaps take into con- 
sideration in our future planning and in 
solving the student use problem. 



The November WILSON LIBRARY BULLETIN on 
pages 231^.-36 has an article about issuing 
a faculty handbook on the library. It is 
written by Robert 11. Lightfoot Jr., Dir- 
ector of the Librar"- at Bradley Universitj'. 
He takes the premise that too many college 
administration and faculty members know 
too little about library functions - what 
a library can or can't do for them in 
their teaching. And mentions what he did 
to improve the situation. Since we have 
a somewhat similar probl era on a far larg- 
er scale, since we a re concerned with 
many schools and colleges, rather than 
one, there may be wide staff interest in 
this article. 



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CALLIMG ALL STAF.^^ MElffiKuS 

The Executive Board of the BPLSA has 
made it possible for the Association to 
make a tangible contribution to one of 
Boston's outstanding educational projects. 
When the news was flashed over the air on • 
October 1]+, that VGBH-TV Channel 2 had . 
been swept by fire and almost totally de- ! 
stroyed, the citizens of Boston were stun- ; 
ned. WGBH is not only a local Ff4-TV sta- 
tion, it is nationally recognized as one ; 
of the major educational television sta- 
tions in this country. It has received ' 
several awards to attest to this fact. We 
recognize that Channel 2's contribution to' 
the educational and cultural life of Bos- ' 
ton has been outstanding. BPLSA members , 
h-ive had some small part in this : the \ 
Classroom project on which Beryl Robinson \ 
did such a magnificent job, and currently '; 
the "Dynamics of Leadership" on which ' 
Muriel Javelin is "starring." Now , all of, 
us, you and me, have the opportunity to i 
make a contribution to this fellow- ins ti- ' 
tution in the educational field. I 

The Executive Board has invited me to ' 
accept contributions for the WGtH-TV Chan- ' 
nel 2, building and reviialization fund. \ 
This is our opportunity to really do some- \ 
thing for the community. We read and hear j 
so much about what is w rong with Boston ardj 
the Commonwealth. WGBH is something that I 
is good, very good, in our comiiiunity. ; 
Let's "give until it hurts" and learn the j 
great truth, that it never hurts to give, } 
for a good cause. 

All contributions, large or small, may \ 
be put in an envelope, with your name in- ' 
eluded, and left in Book Selection, YixZ, \ 
any time between 9 a.m. -5 p.m. between now j 
and November 30. Think how much we could | 
send to VTiBH if every staff member gave j 
at least one dollar. (Several have alreac^J 
given far more than this ) . As our Pres- j 
ident, Ruth Hayes, pointed out in announc- j 
ing this project, gifts are not limited to ; 
staff members but may include "friends" I 
also. You may have friends or relatives ' 
who have not yet made a contribution. In- i 
vite them to join us. Some staff members | 
may have made individual contributions | 
previous to Miss Hayes' announcement. In i 
such cases why not add one more dollar, to \ 
help swell the BPLSA fund? Amounts given 1 
will be known only by the person giving andl 
the person collecting. Ho never, the names \ 
and addresses of all staff members, or j 
friends or relatives, who give ten dollars ' 



or more, will be forwarded to WGBH in 
order that their gift may be recorded 
and they will be eligible to receive .the 
monthly program bulletin issued by WGBH, 

We are "off in a cloud of smoke" (no 
pun intended.) The line forms at the 
right. Let's put BPLSA on the local map, 

EDM G. PECK 
Collector for 
Funds for WGBH- TV Fund 

WHY DON'T \m ...? 

Provide a list of the books that are 
placed in the exhibition cases? The 
public are always interested and want to 
reserve them. 

■»■ 

Place a limited number of e xceptional 
professional or pre- professional candi- 
dates on the payroll when we find them, 
even though there are no current vacan- 
cies? A vacancy is sure to turn up, with 
no candidates, within a very short time. 
In the meanwhile, they might be sent 
rotating for a week or two at a time in 
typical branches, or special departments, 
to learn the collections and "the ropes". 
This would make them very valuable to 
the Library when they find a permanent 
spot. They might also be used in es- 
pecially busy areas, or to cover a leave 
of absence, illness, or other emergency. 

it 

Re-name the "temporary" conference 
room? Surely it deserves some better des- 
ignation after all these years of usei 
Or does a thing become UN- temporary only 
after fifty years? 

Iv'EDDING 

Carol Rothwell, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication (R & RS) was married October 9 
at St, Peter's Church to Richard E. Al- 
drich, who works for the Boston Hose and 
Rubber Company. The couple honeymooned 
in Maine, and live in Dorchester. 

BOOKIARKS 

Concord N.H. put on a display of book- 
marks collected ftom returned volumes re- 
cently. Included were grocery and other 
lists, a tag from a foundation garment, 
a thank you letter "I don't know what this 
present is but thank you anyway", buttons, 
etc. Can these compete with ours? 



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LUNCHEON - 'JTH MUSIC many of you again gave me the greatest 

pleasure. 

The sunny, brisk weather of November 1st Being Queen for a day is not a familiar 
could not have made a more appropriate da>j role for me, but sitting in a seat of 
on which to honor Alberta P. Kneeland at 
the Red Coach Grill. Forty-srx friends 
gathered there to wish her warmly well 
after her nearly thirty years' ^"r'ric'^ in 
the Library, first in l\'c branches, and, 
for the last fifteen years, in the Music 
Department, ^^/here she was acting-Chief 
for six years. 

According to her wishes, she retired 
without fanfare, although a brief tribute 
could not escape these columns. However, 
there were several people, including 
former members of the Departm.ent, who 
were not willing to let her trot away 
without a chance to express their good 
wishes, and so, after biding their time, 
persuaded Miss Kneeland to sally forth 
once again to the marble halls of Vene- 
tian grandeur, and on (through the still 
be-pumpkined aisles) to a festive meal. 

"Coach" and pumpkins not withstanding, 
t.hir. was no dull Cinderella that delight- 
ed^ -hose around her with her sharp humor; 
ric? Kneeland needs no fairy god-mother 
T • j-ise to any occasior, including her 
!.->-. 'as of sober gratitude following a 
■. 'iito" musical presentation speech by 
?•■■. Hill: 

■'...If I may use an analogy and compare 



honor, and wearing your beautiful flowers 

j made me feel like one, 

j Mr. Hill's eulogy, couched by kun in 
the finest musical idiom, took me comf 

i pletely by surprise. To say that it was 
terse, adequate, and amusing, is to put 
it mildly. 

What followed left me nearly speechless. 
A gift of that dimension has tantalizing 
possibilities. The fact that it was 
given to me in a true spirit of friendli- 
ness will always mean a great deal to me. 
A wonderf'il party; a wonderful memory.' 

i How can I ever thankyou all enough? 

],\... Most sincerely, 

ALBERTA P. &IEELAI€) 

SERVICE ASiCED 

Seen on a call-slip -"latest addition 

of HARPERS." 

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And a phone call to General Reference: 
Hello. What was the name of the son in 
the book SON OF TiREISEAS? 
Fould you repeat that title please? 
Oh you know. The book by Hemingway- THE 
SON OF TIREISEAS. 



We don't find that title ... Could you 
the Music Department to a small orchestra^ mean THE SUN ALSO RISES? 
'r-^n the position of a violinist you sud- jOh yes. I'liat was the name of the son? 
6.-':.i.y found yourself in the role of Ccn- jThis is sun s-u-n. 
cvL'TLor. To add to your difficulties the Well, didn't it have a name? 
Kusicians were changed frequently during j * 

the performance. . Then there was the college student who 

"At times the mood was lento, and even j called the Periodical room at six one eve- 
threatened to become mcrendo. Then presto) ning and said he'd be coning to the lib- 
there was an accelerando which often irary later, after dinner, and would we 

rrached a furioso . A little pizzicato wa^ arrange to have a long list of bound pei^ 
tl.roxijn in just to make things interesting] iodicals sent to the general reading room 
I am sure at times you reached the -stage jso they'd be ready for him when he came - 
when you felt it was almost troppo . " jand was quite put out to find they'd all 

Miss Kneeland received a generous r>ur^■;^2,be found on the walls in the Periodical 



which is, however, a mere token of our 
warm memories of her own generosity in so 
many ways. 

We wish her well, and shall miss her. 

MARY W. WALLACE 

Dear Library ^riends : 

That was a very grand party that was 
given me at the Red Coach Grill on Novem- j 
ber first. j 

The opportunity to see and gieet so 



rooms and he would have to actually lift 
them down to the tables. 

CALEfEIAR OF EVEL^TS 

November 17 BPLSA Business Meeting 
Temporary Confeirence Room 
9,l5 a.m. 






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"Without all that padding you really look sick." 




ladies quarters but none is available in 
the men's. Only one piece of furniture 
where men may rest, a rather best up soxa 
as ccinpared with two sofas and several up- 
holstered chairs in the xTOii^en's lounge, 

COi'iFOSEE 

(Committee for Sexual Equality 

To the Soap Box: 

QI'I has performed a disservice to public 
libraries and to the book selection pro- 
fession, with Dublication in the October 
issue of the item "Another Side to Book 
Selection". This is accomplished by 
failure to identify the author of the 
article. 

The BPL has practically ever^)- book writ- 
ten by Barry Goldwater, "illiam F. Buck- 
; ley, John T. Flynn, Paul Harvey, Ralph 
Any contribution to the Soap Box must be. DeToledano, James Burnhara, kTiittaker Cham- 
accompanied by the full rarae of the Assoc- j bers, to name a few; in fact look up any 
iation member submitting it, together r\t'^/ conservative author in the catalog of any 
the name of the Branch Library, Department! large public library and you are quite 
or Office in which he or she is employed. ( certain to find hira listed. This library 
The name is withheld from publication, or i also subscribes to NATIONAL uE\^I5?-', IN- 
a pen narde is used, if the contributor so j TELLIGENCE DIGEST, COUNTERATTACK, Htl'IAN 
requests. Anonymous contributions are not; EVENTS, COI'iiMIST LINE BULLr.TIN, Ai^IERICAN 

■ERCURY, AMERICAN OPINION, MODERN AGE, and 



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given consideration. The author of the 

article is known only to the Editor-in- | other conservative journals and news- 
Chief. The contents of the articles ap- i letters. 

pearing in the Soap Box are personal opin- j Rosalie /i. Gordon, autlior of " '' hy You 
ions expressed by individual Association I Can't Find Conservative Books in Public 
members and their appearance does not j Libraries ", is also the author of NIWE 

necessarily indicate that the Publications j iIEi'l AGAINST AMERICA, published by Devin- 
Committee and the Association are in agree-! Adair and later reprinted in Ai'ffiRICAN OP- 
ment with the views expressed. Only those j INION, of which John Birch Society foun- 
contributions containing not more than 3OO j der Robert Welch is editor, Mr. Welch 
words will be accepted. 1 has based his move to impeach Chief Jus- 

I tice Warren on this book. 

j What the conservatives, as represented 
Dear Soap Box: | by Rosalie Gordon, really desire is book 

I-Tiy is there such a disparity between j s'election dedicated only to the selection 
the facilities in the men's lunch and restj ol conservative books. Vfe call your at- 
areas and those in -tile women's areas? Is j tention to " Texans For America ", PUBLISH-' 
it that the men do not desire more adequatel ERS' VKEKLY, Volume 130, #lli., October 2. 
facilities or that their requests for im- 1 Let the Publications Committee read this 
provements have met with little response? j and then tell us whether or not this is 

Perhaps "integration" of these facilities their concept of book selection, 
is not feasible immediately, but might notj The QUESTION MARp; would have contributed 
"equal but separate" facilities be a r^^- a far greater service to librarianship by 
sonable step towards the elimination of 
any appearance of any discriiaination to- 
wards the male minority? 

The contrast in furnishings is quite 
striking. The bare electric light bulbs 
in ceiling fixtures as against indirect 
lighting from table lamps, A hot plate 
for making hot water for instant coffee or 
tea or for soup is a popular item in the 



j challenging the truth of the statement, 
j or was the omission deliberate? 
i LEONARD J. FACMILLAN 

i (Ed. Note - For well over a year, we have 
I published annotations on articles which 
currently relate to a phase of library 
work or interest, without identifying the 
author politically, or, many times, in 
! any fashion. The Publications Committee 



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had no intent to inject politics into the MORE BRDV^SING 

QM - it is the author of this letter who 

has done this. Neither the Birch Society Teacher- Librarian relationships and co- 
or Hosalie Gordon's book has any bearing \ operation between teacher and library on 
on the content of the article in question ' assignment making is condensed in lively 
nor has the PW article - concerning pro- I form on page 237 of the November V.TLSON 
tests against some text books in use in 
Texas schools. Mr. MacMillan might find 
a grain or two of truth worth staff con- 
sideration, even in an article by a con- 
servative, should he re-read the Gordon 
article - which incidentally has not yet 
been received in the Library, although 
claimed several times. His hasty con- 
clusion that all members to the poltical 
right think' alike is not only erroneous, 
but in no way affects the fact that per- 
haps librarians dealing with book select- 
ion might wish to have the article called 
to their attention.) 



! LIBRARY BULLETIN from a longer article in 
i the WEA JOURNAL for September (pages I4.O- 
. 56) in its special guide to assignment 
' maldng. We will easily recognize the 
I teachers who give too many pupils the 
I same assignment, too indefinite and not 
j wholly understood assigiaaehts. It is 

a little comforting to know that NEA is 

also attacking the problem. 



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Are librarians worth more to any insti- 
tution than its football coach? If you 
have any doubts, see the November l5 
Dear Editor: LIBRARY JOURNAL, page 3868. 

Could something be done about raising 
the temperature in the building? (Central! 
that is) On the Stack two level, at leaslj 
it is far from warm these days, the heat 

goes on for a little while and then van- | behind the times, you will have quite a 
ishes, so that one really needs a fur coa b shock if you read that November l5 LJi 
to be comfortable sometimes. This build- j If you have no time to read it, the pic- 
ing has always been warm until the past | tures of their new library buildings will 
year or so and let's hope it will be agairj tell you a bit of the story^ 
soonj 



I And if you still consider Latin America 



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FROZEN 



Dear Soap Box: 

VJhy is rr^r chest wheezing? 
Why all this darned sneezing? 
Because the temp-er-a-ture 
Equals the pure 
Ozone outside. 

Typing with stiff fingers 
I'Jhile still the hope lingers 
Maybe the heat will arise. 
I'lhat a surprise 
T' would be to me. 

I. CYCLE 

Dear Soap Box, 

On the day of Hurricane Esther, the 
members of my departrnent were notified 
of the Library's closing by our chief. 

One gets the impression from reading 
the October So ap Box that the complaints 
were Library wide. I don't belifero this 
is so, 

I.R.S, 



Page 3918 even suggests we solve some 
I of our recruiting problems by using Latin 
I American librarians.' Does that sound 
jas though we might find ourselves as 
j likely to be in the position of an "under- 
i developed country" needing trained library 
I help from Latin America? Perhaps you 
j should read the article on this angle 
jas soon as you come out of shock,.. 



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Mildred Soiri<>s - Book Preparation Department 



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STAFF ASSOCIATION 



DECEMBER 1961 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XVI Number 12 December I96I 

Publications Coriimittee: A. Kay Decker, James J, Ford, Rose Moorachian, Caroline R. 

Stanwood, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, Sarah M. Usher, 
- Indexer, Dorothy P, Shaw, Chairman 

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

vath Hanukkah candles recently lighted and Christmas candles yet to come, 
we find our thoughts constantly turning to the symbolism of these lights, and 
the freedoms we of the western world still enjoy, to light our candles in our 
own xjays, and at our own times, and to spread the light of their meaning un- 
hindered, as far as the light may shine, 

Edith IJharton once ^^;rote some lovely lines on light: 
"There are two ways of spreading light: to be 
The candle, or the mirror that reflects it. " 

All of us constantly act as either candle or mirror at will, as we take a 
stand on a principle, momentarily assume the lead in some cause, or reflect 
willingly the light from some one else's candle for a period, '.ae light may be- 
come a blaze, seen afar, when the candle-wicks are properly trimmed, the candle 
upright, and joined by other sirailar candles, then mirrored by numbers of support- 
ing reflecting surfaces, shining and well arranged - or - the light may carry only 
a few paces if the candle is awry or unreflected. In all our relationships we 
must remember that no mirror may reflect more than the image it receives. 

The strength of our light as a staff, an administration, an institution, 
a com-nunity, or a nation, depends both on the candles lighted, and the mirrors 
which choose to reflect that light, and on the constant changing from candle to 
mirror aiiiong the elements which comoose the whole. 

Let us then, at this season, re-dedicate ourselves to being a true and 
shining candle for the best vje believe, and a clear and balanced mirror when 
we wish to enlarge the light of others! 

THE PUBLICATIONS COiiHTTEE 



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PR.TSIDENT'S NOTES 

The regular November Business ileeting 
of the Staff Association was held on ! 
November 17 in the Temporary Conference ' 
Room. This was a lively meeting and much - 
interest and discussion was evoked on the , 
proposal that the Soap Box not be included 
in those copies of the QIIESTIOM I4ARK j 
going to other than the BPL group. A : 
committee was appointed to study this ; 
issue and instructed to bring recommenda- 
tions on this matter to the Executive 
Board in time to be brcught to a vote in 
the January meeting. At the same time 
a committee was appointed to study the 
problem of admitting the civil service 
employees to membership in the Staff 
Association, 

iliss Peck reports ''|i350 collected from 
the staff as a contribution to Station 
WGBH-TV for help in rebuilding this sta- 
tion because of its educational programs, | 
I'e offer our congratulations to her on j 
her good work in acting as collection \ 
chairman, and to our staff who cooperated j 
so well in their giving, i 

The Executive Board held their December 1 
meeting on Tuesday December 5. ^'^ this ' 
time we were primarily concerned with un- 
finished business. Several letters were 
written and we hope to see a satisfactory 
solution to several problems. 

May I extend sincere good wishes for 
a Hapoy Holiday Season to all — 



Book Stack Service 
Thomas Del Visco, History 1^65 
Ernest I, Gam, (re-entry) 
Jordan M. Gold (re-entry) 
John J, Kelly, (re-entry) 
Robert B, MacDonald, Education 1965 
Alvin Parven, Pre-law I963 
Thomas A. Sgroi, History- Government 1965 

Cataloging & Classification, R & RS 
Barbara LaFlamme, (re-entry) 
Beverly R. Shapiro, Elementary Education 

1965 

Sylvia Sullivan, Modern languages, 1965 
Diane B. Thompson, (re-entry) 



Transferred 

Mrs. Marguerite C. Franz, South Boston 

to Periodical and Newspaper 
Susanna M. Gill, Bookmobiles to Charles- 
town 
Mrs. Marya Knudsen, Codman Square to 

Washington Village 
Mrs, Mary G, Langton, Adams Street to 

Division Office, HR & CS 
Mrs, Agnes HcDevitt, Lower Mills to 

Adams Street 
Thomas T, McLaughlin, Book Stack Service 

to Accounting 
Mary Shea, Jamaica Plain to South Boston 
Joan K, Trygstad, Adams Street to Lower 

Mils 
Mrs. Margaret R. Zindler, Dorchester to 
i Bookmobiles 



RUTH M HAYES 
PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Employees 

Sinclair H. Hitchings, Print 

Davida A, Sherwood, Jamaica Plain 

New Employees - Northeastern students 
Gerald A. Blonder, Open Shelf (re-entry) 
Mrs. Catherine T, Coggan, Book Preparat- 
ion, Education 196i|. 
Frances A, Hale, Personnel (re-entry) 
Joan Z. Harrington, Codman Square, 

Modem Languages 1965 
Stephen M. Gro chows ki. Records, Files, 

Statistics, English 2d year 
Elaine Miller, South End (re-entry) 

Book Purchasing 
Edward J. Howell (re-entry) 
Anthony F. Tieuli (re-entrjO 
Janice E, I'right (re-entry) 



! Married 

! Katharine Maguire, Hyde Park, to Frank 

j Lavine, Memorial, December 2. 

I 
I 

j Resigned 

Helen Donovan, Parker Hill, to work at 
State College 

wrs. Listena Dozier, Egieston Square 

Mrs, Jean Hamrick, i/ashington Village, to 
work at Harvard 

Martin Qualters, Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, R&RS, to return to Northeastern 



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Itortheastern students returning to school 
Robert V. Burns, Book Stack Service 
Bernard Cohen 
Filliam Harting 
Marius Johnston 
Arthur MacDonald 
Robert Kane 

Patricia Fradsham, Cataloging and Class- 
ification, R & RS 
Joan Merchant " " " 



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Elizabeth McLucas, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication, R & RS 

Ella VJhite " " " 

Stephen Davis, Open Shelf 

Kenneth L. George, Central Book Stock - 
Branch Issue 

Carol A, Gourley, South End 



SPECIAL AVIARD 

The National Conference of Christians 
,and Jews honored Pearl Smart, South End, 
'•with one of its Neighborhood Awards, during 
the annual luncheon meeting at Hampshire 



: House on November 29. The award was made 
Maureen Dorion, Cataloging and Class if ica-»in recognition of Mss Smart's notable 

tion, HR A: CS jservice in promoting understanding among 

Clara Koretsky, Codman Square jgroups and individuals of diverse back- 



Hilary A, Wayson, Roslindale 
Marion Murphy, Book Preparation, 
Elaine Powers " " 
Brenda Franklin, Book Purchasing 
Robert Hinichiello, " '• 



Neil J. Kelly, Records, Files, Statistics 
/Vntoinette Calabresi, Personnel 

Retired 

Mrs. Cecilia McOamthy, Charles town 

VHO'S NEl-,7 

After two years as a part time worker 
at East Boston, Susanna M. Gill is now a 



grounds in the South End. 

The Branch, under Miss Smart's sponsor- 
ship, has offered classes in English for 
Puerto Rican newcomers to the area and 
library space has been made available for 
the tutoring of young people from the 
South End housing project in need of such 
ihelp. Programs have been presented to piD- 
jmote better understanding of other peoples 
land cultures, with speakers from Nigeria, 
'Indonesia and other far- off countries. A 
jYoung Adults council was organized to 
Ibring young people of various cultures to- 
igether and this group has produced many 
jneighborhood programs, 
full timer at Charles town. Susanna grad- j Miss Smart is an active participant in 
uated from Fitton and is interested in jthe South End Inter-Agency Association, 
continuing studies toward her degree soonjthe South End Planning Council, The Black- 
She plays the piano and likes to sing. 'stone Park Neighborhood Association, and 
^' ihas had a special interest in the Inter- 

Margot A. Uoodward is a pre-profess ion- [national Fellowships Program of the Araer- 
al Children's Assistant at Upham's Cornerjican Association of University VJomen, 
Margot is a graduate of i^Iiddlebury who jwhich has led to her showing hospitality . 
majored in biology. She professes a }to students from India, Belgium and Hong- 
great liking for sports, especially horsejkong. 
back riding and ice skating, and she also | A large group of Miss Smart's friends 



draws . 

Jordan M. Gold, Book tack Service, is 
a returnee from Northeastern. Jordan 
hails from Chelsea and spends his spare 
time with autos and sports. He is maj- 



! attended the luncheon and were there to 
jsee the award presented by Dr. Robert 
jMunce, Chancellor of Suffolk University. 
I Among the guests from the library were 
j the Director, the Chief Librarian and 
( Supervisors of the Home Reading Division, 



oring in Business Administration and is jand old friends and alumnae, Mrs. Helen 



now a sophomore, 

■it- 
Ernest L. Matthias, Business Office, 
graduated from Cronwall 'Jollegiate and 
Vocational Institute in Canada, and ser- 
ved seven years in the U.S. Coast Guard. 



(Berkowich (Mt. Bowdoin and Mattapan) and 
(Mrs. Minerva Elliott (Music). 

j UkMSZII OPEN HOUSE 

, An invitation showing a medieval scribe 
j copying an old manuscript appropriately 
'brought Library staff members to the 



He has olayed seiiii-pro basketball and ice; 

-. -^ ...i _• _ _-„j. J.-J j„ _m i_ 'Treasure Room on Thursday afternoon, Nov- 



hockey, and is interested in all sports, 

•i'c 

Mary T. Kelley, Central Charging Re- 
cords, graduated from St. Columbkille 
and worked part time at Brighton, She 
likes to paint - portraits, not houses - 
and we also hear she is an accomplished 
"twister". 



'; ember 30. The Treasure Room was decked in 
I two- fold splendor. In its glass cases 
; could be seen a spectacular display of 
, the Library' s rarities w hile on the cen- 
; tral desk was a gleaming punchbowl, home- 
made goodies, and glittering candles. 
Both the feasts - for the eyes and for the 
stomach - were in honor of the approaching 



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retirement, after 38 years of service, <?f , OVER THE TOP 

Zoltan Haraszti, Keeper of Rare Books and ; 

Editor of Publications. \ Of course there was no "top" but we 

Nearly one hundred members of the Library;went over it ,1ust the samel Once again 
staff, past and present, attended the Open; the staff has proved the words said in 
House to wish Mr, Haraszti luck and happi-ithe QM (February I96I) "...it can never 
ness in his days of well-earned leisure :be said by anyone that the BPL staff is 
(already filled with enthusiastic plans of ; not one of the most generous groups to be 
travelling and writing). Former members 'found in any institution, public or 
of the Rare Book staff who were present private". V/hen the Executive Board in- 
included i'lary i'lalany, Julie Gurnett, Louis ;vited me to be on the receiving end for a 



Jgalde, and Emily Keitmann. 

Earlier in the day Mr. Haraszti was 
entertained at lunch at the Harvard Club 
by the Director and the Division Heads. 

BURKE PARTY 



, drive to give a helping hand to our sister 
educational function, T\^BH-TV charnel 2, 
; following its tragic fire on October lit, 
■I did so with the complete knowledge that 
the staff would be fully cooperative in 
jSuch a worthy venture. This was not 
;Wrong. Although all contributions were 



A Good Luck party was given for Mrs. May voluntary, and no special objective was 



McDonald Burke, Tuesday, November 25, at 
the Red Coach Grill. The party was at- 
tended by the Bookmobile staff and in- 
cluded some former members, among whom 
were Garth Henzler, Mrs. i^Iary Burns, and 
Mrs. Mary Jackson. Mrs. Burke was pre- 
sented with an orchid and a string of 
cultured pearls. May will officially 



;Set, when the final day arrived, we had 
;given $350, This amount was sent forward 
!to ¥GBH on December Ij.. Over l50 staff 

meriibers and their friends contributed. 
; It was a rexi;arding experience to make 

this collection not only for the amount 
{received but for the spirit which was 
; evidenced by those who gave. Each and 



retire at the end of the year after thiriyj every one who made a contribution gave 



years service - and the current vacation 
we all hope she is enjoying. 

a:.in m. dqggan 
soum FAMILLIR? 



"It seemed to rae that half the intell- 
igence and freedom of the world was al- 
ready being choked by the fog arising 
from committees, conventions, conferences 
and convocations, parochial, national, and 
international, that kept everybody's nerve:; 



not only their dollars but gave as well 
, sincere expressions of interest and good 
j wishes that the work of this outstanding 
j educational television station might rise 
I from the ashes to go forward to even 
(greater achievements than were possible 
: before the fire. With our ^350 went the 
igood wishes of the BPLSA for the future 
jof this outstanding community project, 
i E.G. PECK for the 

Executive Board 



CHRISTMAS TEA 



exacerbated, and that there would be a 

better chance of tranquillity if all those! 

people, dashing about ... saw less of one jvjhen a report of the I96O annual staff 

another's ugly faces. Now we can't catch ichristmas tea was given in the January 

a fish or grow a tomato or take an egg |i96l QM, the suggestion was made that 

from under a hen without a committee to '"next year the ^oung folks' pick up the 

tell us how to do it." (From I 11ET A LADYJball and infuse some new ideas into this 



by Howard Spring) 

DOOM FOR PARKERS 

The Library is now surrounded by signs 
reading 8-9.30 a.m. no parking - tow 
area. Watch your stepi Cars actually 
have been towed awayj 

THAT E^ITRA CHRISTi'IAS GIFT! 



jbest of all BPL Christmas traditions." 
■Ve are happy to note that this suggestion 
'has been a c ted upon with gusto. As the 
lyoung people organize - and carry out - 
jthis mammoth project, let's give them our 
.full support. Those who over the years 
[have served their turns on the tea com- 
finittee know only too well that such a 
^project doesn't "just happen," - it takes 

,much planning, much hard tjork and the full 

for CARE of coursel It is not too latej ^cooperation of every staff member. Let's 

make this year's tea the best everl 



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CECELIA MCCARTHY 



R'JTK .iICHELSON Atll> SDITHA EilNG RExlQlBJiE 



The week of December l\. may well have beeni On ivlovember twenty- ninth, the RECORD- 
called C ecelia McCarthy Week at Charles townAMERI CAN carried the following item: 



At the meeting of The Friends of the Lib- 
rary on December 5, more than two hundred 
people came to pay their respects to Mrs, 
McCarthy on her retirement, including John 
M. Carroll, Chief Librarian of the Home 
Reading Services , Gerard Doherty, State 
Representative, and Frederick R, Sullivan, 
Sheriff of Suffolk County, A congratula- 
tory letter, sent by Milton E. Lord, Dir- 
ector, was read by Wargaret L. Murphy, 
Chairman of the Testimonial Committee. 

For Cecelia it was a night to remember: 
a standing ovation from the crowd ... 
speeches of praise from patrons who over 
the period of forty years have enjoyed the 
warm, personal attention that was hrs. 



i'lcCarthy's forte. She seemed to be a con- from Hrs. Hartzell's assistant 



stant and unchanging link of service and 
friendship in this all too automatic, im- 
personal age. ' 

At the meeting a purse of money was also 
presented - in the form of an old-fashion- 
ed flower bouquet. Later, to the lusty 
chorus of "For She's a Jolly Good Fellow", 
Cecelia accepted a large book-shaped de- 
corative cake which bore the inscription: 
"To Dear Cecelia - Good Luck on your 
Retirement, " 

As a contrast to the overwhelming testi- 
monial of the "Friends", the staff decided 
to take Cecelia to a more intimate dinner 
party where she could quietly enjoy fond 
farewells with her closer friends and 
associates. On Friday evening, December 
8, Mrs. McCarthy and a retinue of 21 en- 
joyed a sumptuous repast at the Colonial 
Inn in Lynnfield. In addition to Mary K. 
Harris 



"Artur Rubinstein, speaking at the BU din- 
ler for Aaron Richmond, said he was espec- 
ially fond of Boston because in Berlin, 
at the age of 10, he fell in love with a 
young lady from Boston who was just twice 
lis age, 

"She was a librarian at the Boston Public 
Library and he visited her until her death 
a few years ago. The great pianist will 
be 73 in January. " 

To Ruth Michelson, Book Selection, R & 
RS, this rang a bell. She thought she 
knew the "young lady" referred to and that 
another former BPLer would be able to veri- 
fy her guess,. The note was sent to Editha 
Ewing in Newton, and here is the answer 



"Mrs. Hartzell was very definitely the 
'young lady from Boston' Artur Rubinstein 
knew as a boy in Germany. She had many 
pictures of him and was more than thrilled 
when he came into public view. She knew 
he had talent way back then, or that was 
what she told me, but of course he wasn't 
recognized here for a long time. He came 
out to dinner at the house where she last 
lived in Newton, and what an evening th^ 
hadj Pity s he couldn't have lived to see 
and hear the acclaim he is now getting, 
I don't know what happened to all the 
pictures she had. Some old letters and 
papers and such were given to him that 
night. " 

For those who do not remember Training 
Class days, Mrs. Bertha V. Hartzell was 
the first Supervisor of Training - and. 



members, some alumnae of Charles town were 
on hand also: Mrs. Marion Dubrawski, Mr. 
and Mrs. V.illiam Casey, nrs. and Mrs, Dan- 
iel Kelly, and Mrs. Agnes McDevitt. 

"Celia" beamed over her baked stuffed 
lobster at us all; seemed more than pleas- 
ed with her new transistor radio j and 
graciously and silently folded the cloak 
of her retirement about her and s tole away 
into the dawn of new leisure time activi- 
ties and fun, 

LI f IDA M. I VERS 

CHRISTl'lAS TEA 

Thursday, December 21-3 to [|_.30 
VJomen's Lounge 



incidentally, a devotee of the Boston 
Branch Librarian, and regular staf^S^miphony Orchestra and an enthusiastic 

supporter of the Boston Red Sox - and is 
the lady in whose honor the Hartzell 
Lectures are given. 



SARAH M. USHER 

SUGAR AND SPICE 

Sheila Stevens and her husband, Roger, 
took Miss Peck's advice, and on December 
5 had another girl babj^. Lucy Eileen 
weighed six pounds and six and one half 
ounces. 

MEl\f'S OPEN HOUSE 

Friday December 22 - 10-12.30, Smoking 
Room 



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STUDENT USE STILL A LARGE PKOBLEJ"! 

Nineteen months ago in May I960, the 
QUESTION MRK requested that something be 
done to alleviate the mounting problems 
of student use in the Library, so that 
by the time school should open that fall 
some of the pressures might be removed. 

A staff improvement council was appoint- 
ed and announced in an Administrative 
Notice of February 3, I96I, and has been 
meeting ever since. Yet our problems 
remain with us and are actually increas- 
ing. IiJhile the staff does realize that 
a thorough study is necessary to reach 
the roots of the problems, and that the 



when worn, but some cannot. This is true 
;of many periodical sets. Call slips count 
: for November for example : 
1 Bound 

' Readers Digest 



Science Digest 

Science Newsletter 

, Consiomers Bulletin 

) " Report 

JTime 



111 
138 
299 

61 

99 
(walluse) 



Unbound 



35 

81 
188 
120 



jThe major part of these were on student 
. assignments and the bound volume use was 
i chiefly within a period of the last five 
.years. December use is rising - 70 bound 
.volumes of Science newletter were used 
on one December Friday. 



BPL problems are complicated by its larger) Ehierson has another sort of 



"nuisance' 



collections and great areas served, we 
would appreciate any small things which 
can be done to lessen any part of these 
pressures. 

Even a progress report released for 
staff information should help the morale 
of that portion of the staff serving on 
the actual "firing line", in inadequate 



assignment which could be the fault of the 
j instructor. A class was to write a paper 



,on the editorial policy of certain maga- 
jzines and newspapers, with no apparent 
i instructions as to how to go about it. As 
i little appears in writing, they could have 
I been instructed to examine the actual title 
; and draw conclusions, 
numbers and with rapidly' failing materials' There has been a brief epidemic of false 
(due to over use, mutilation, and theft). ^ names and addresses on call-slips - the^ 

Multiple assignments cause many of our (student then walking jfi with the material 
problems, especially if the same assign- i uncharged which does not circulate, effec- 
ment is given in more than one school. j tively removing it from use, often per- 
Here is where the wear and tear (literal-^.imanently. 

ly) comes. For instance, class assignments- Northeastern made an assignment on 
in works of any one author, and this is ; honor systems in s chools recently, and 
a perennial, eliminates many of the books j thereby proved there is very little honor 
on that author as well as mutilation or j among thieves at least, as the articles 
disappearance of entire pages of period- ; are being torn out. 

- "" ■ I An assignment on wolf children renoved 
i an interesting research article from 

the Education Departinent. Replacement 
icost of that periodical is a mere |7.50 
! Avid and somehow hungry English teachers 
Bpctce dii^ ocxvx^<= cx^. lor students necessitates the removal of 
English high class - reviews of MOBY DICK \ any book on teaching high school English 
Simmons Library School - heavy traffic in j f rom open shelves. . .whole chapters go. 
books on selection of magazines and the 1 Then there are the students who thought- 
examination of many periodical titles, allj lessly return "hall use" materials of the 
. ., . _i J. _-p +-;r.,= I «--; -,T ■.n^rQT.o-n/-.Q (-ic.-nay+mpnt..=! tn tlie main 



ical reviews on his works. Faulkner is 
a good example of missing and mutilation 
carnage. 

Examples of multiuse assignments this 
fall causing difficulties in materials, 
space and service arer 



within a very short space of time. 
Suffolk University - current issues of 
AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST 
Northeastern, entire Electrical Engineer- 



\ special reference departments to the main 
I return desk - thus removing them from use 
I by other classmates for several days, 

i.ox-ux«=.oo.x.., ......^ ^^^^ -o ; Certain textbooks and psychology (and 

ing class using May AliER. JOURNAL PHYSICS I other) volumes have a strange habit of 
Boston University class - three particular! vanishing from the shelves of various 
1961 issues of ATLANTIC 1 departments early in the semester, year 

Emerson class in English - ESQUIRE Nov, i after year, and sometimes coming home to 
ATLANTIC and HARPERS September. i roost at the end of the term. 

Science projects in public and parochial ' The careless habit of checking or under- 
schools, and in a number of colleges, puts, lining passages and references with both 
heavy usage on encyclopedias, books and i pencil and PEN is becoming more universal, 
periodicals, some of which can be replaced^ 




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Any contribution to the Soap Box must bei 
accompanied by the full name of the Assoc-: 
iation member submitting it, together with! 
the name of the Branch Library, Department! 
or Office in -which he or she is employed. ' 
The name is withheld from publication, or ; 
a pen name used, if the contributor so ■ 
requests. Anonymous contributions are 
not given consideration. The author of ' 
the article is known only to the Editor- > 
in-Chief. The contents of the articles ' 
appearing in the Soap Box are personal ; 
opinions expressed by individual AsSocia- 1 
tion members and their appearance does • 
not necessarily indicate that the Publi- , 
cations Committee and the Association | 

are in agreement with the views expressed,' 
Only those contributions containing not ; 
more than 3^0 words will be accepted. 



All over the countr;^ this newest type of 
mover and shaker is acting as if the stat- 
istic was more important than the sale. 
Our Library is an organization, and an 
organization needs Organization Men, but 
we are developing more than our share of 
rule-minded people who do not seem to 
know what a library is for. These POUi^iD- 
OF- FLESH- LIBRi\RIAMS, he^nafter referred 
to as POFL, stand between our rich stores 
of books and the citizen who needs them 
for spiritual life, liberty, and pursuit 
of happiness like ogres of old, keeping 
them apart, sometimes for hours, soiae- 
times for good. One POFL prevents books 
from being put on open shelves because of 
a word. Another insists on wasteful re- 
cord-making before a book is brought to 
the reader, and a third has still useful 
books destroyed because of its physical 
condition though we have all seen what 
remarkable transformations such books 
receive from our Bindery both as to dura- 
bility and looks, 

I hope that BPL'rs who run into such 
librarians will not whisper about them 
in corridor or lunchroom but accost them 
in their fastnesses an-, say POFL. 

HArHY Ai'IDREl'S 



Dear Soap Box: f 

I was browsing in a large charity- type I 
bookstore and overheard an altercation '• 
between the woman clerk and one of those t 
floating supervisors who unexpectedly drop; 
in, A special sale was on, and in columns i 
under the original prices the woman was 
supposed to list the number of books sold [ 
at the new price. It was quite busy, 
people were standing in line, and the 
harried attendant was beginning to skip , 
some of the listings, and this supervisor 
had caught her at it. He chewed her out 
ungently and loudly and spoke these winged- 
words: "KEEPING THAT RECORD IS MORE IM- 
PORTAInIT THAU :IAKING THE SALE", and a Soap ' 
Subject was born, ' 



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Mary Casey 
Ann Connolly 
Geraldine Louglas 
Diane Stolpner 



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Edward otenberg 
Richard Sullivan 
Charles Tyner 
Barbara Whit ledge 



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