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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
STAFF ASSOCIATION 



JANUARY 1962 



T H E Q U E S T I N M A R K 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume X\'II ivumber 1 January- lp62 



Publications Comnittee: A, Kay Decker, Jai,ies J. Ford, Rose Moorachian, Caroline R. 

Stanwood, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, Sarah K. Usher, 
Indexer, Dorothy P. Shaw, Chairman 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

January is the month of the New Year Resolution, often made, rarely kept, 
usually subject to poor jokes. 3ut even a resolution made somewhat lightheartedly 
requires a look toward the past and a quick balance drawn between the personal sums 
of success and failure, before it is put into form for positive action toward im- 
provement during the year ahead. 

Should we not, as the Staff Association, and as individual members of tiiis 
Association, look a moment toward the past, strike our balances, and plan for 
improvement in the coming year? 

We have accomplished, in our years of being, some admirable tilings, and we have 
obviously at times failed to live up to our best. Has this last happened when we 
have failed to remember we are all, no matter what our titles or ratings, members 
of a profession? 

Some time ago, the Association eliminated the word "Prof'^sr "onal" from its full 
title, primarily because a portion of the staff was called "professional" and an- 
other portion "non-professional", dependent upon education, examination, training, 
and location. It is to be regretted that so much importance was placed upon a 
single x^ord, and that the word was deleted because of the impression held that it 
denoted a professional group, rather than the professional attitude the founders of 
the Association had intended. 

Professional conduct implies definite ai'ns and qualities, satisfactions above 
monetary gain, a conformation to certain standards, a trend toward constant improve- 
ment, and, in the case of librarians, patterns toward better service. Professional- 
ism is a much needed part of all phases of librar;;,' work, regardless of one's posi- 
tion on the ladder, since it indicates the attitude of the individual toward his 
part in the whole, as well as his constant effort to maintain a high level in his 
particular contribution to the smooth working of the whole. A worker shelving books 
correctly, neatly, and expeditiously is showing his professional attitude just as 
much as the library school trained "professional" who selects those books for pur- 
chase, or who is putting the right book from that shelf into the hands of the person 
who needs it. The professional attitude is merely the quality which separates the 
good xTOrker from the poor one, for it gives a meaning and direction to his work, 
leading to his greater interest in that work, and to more satisfaction from it. 
This brings a greater strength to the whole. 

¥e are all, who work in the Boston Public Library, members of a Profession - 
Litrari anshjp. Surely each of us could take tLme this month to think a little more 
seriously on that fact, to do a little something more to build our pride and our 
respect in this, to benefit ourselves, our Library, and our Profession. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S N0TE5 



PERSOx^EL NOTES 



At their meeting on January 5, the Exec-J New Einployees 
utive Board considered the withdrawal of ■ j^Iichael Konowitz, Book Stack Service (re- 
Mldred Kaufman's name (at her own request), entry, Northeastern) 
as a candidate for President. In view of : 
the fact that our excellent Nominating | Transferred 

Committee had interviewed many people j Dorothy E. Bavicchi, Mt. Pleasant to 
prior to publication of the list of can- | Parker Hill 
didates, and also in view of the fact thal^ Louise R. Goldschmidtj Parker Hill to 



there are two candidates for the office 
of President, the Executive Board feels 
that the intent of the Constitution has 
been fulfilled, and therefore will not at 
this late date attempt to secure another 
candidate, 

Among other matters discussed at this 
meeting was the appointment of a repre- 
sentative to the Evaluation Committee. 



South Boston 
Mary G. Langton, Division Office to Mt, 

Pleasant (temporarily) 
Herman Patterson, Book Stack Service to 

Cataloging and Classification, R & RS 
Mary L. Shea, South Boston to Mt, Pleasant 

Resigned 

Arthur Curley, Open Shelf, to become 



seubdoxvfc; oo on« i:<vaxuaT^xon uommiT^Tyee. t Arthur Cu: 

In view of certain Branch commit -tments th^ Librarian at Avon Public Library 

President was unable to attend the initia]^ Carol Darish, Cataloging and Classifica- 

meeting and therefore requested the Vice- j tion, R & RS, to be married 

President to act for her. It was decided . 

to make no changes in this appoinlanent | Deceased 

and that it should s tand until after the | Elizabeth Gordon, December 28, I96I 

election of officers on the I9th. j 

The Board also decided to direct the j Retired 
Election Committee to notify the in-comirig| May C. Burke, Bookmobiles 
.^^_- _^^,._.. __ -, ,. , ., ,. . p^j_gp^-j.ia S. MacFadden, Fine Arts 



officers of their election at the earli- 
est possible time so that any necessary 
action could be taken promptly by the 
new Board, 

The Trustees' meeting planned for Jan- 
uary 5 was cancelled and will be held 
later in the month. 

At the Board meeting on the 5th, the 
agenda for the Annual Business i'ieeting 
was arranged. It includes reports of the 
two special committees considering the 
deletion of the Soap Box in the foreign 
edition of the QUESTION MRK, and the 
admission of Civil Service Employees to 
membership in the Association, 

It is important to attend the meeting 
on the 19th. If it is possible please 
come and take an active part. If you 
cannot be present, please send for an 
absentee ballot so that you may have a 
voice in the election of your officers. 

It has been a pleasure to serve you, 
and in this last column as President of 
the Association, I wish to thank all 
those who have served as officers and 



I Helen M, O'Leary, Faneuil 



WHO'S NEI'I? 



"I respond more keenly to visual stimu- 
i lationj I have always used my eyes as a 
i bridge to the world around me, " says 
i Sinclair Hitchings. However, it was the 
! desire to print his own poetry which first 
} lured Mr. Hitchings into the graphic arts 
j studio of Ray Nash. 

t At Dartmouth he earned a Senior Fellow- 
I ship which released him from a regular 
■! class schedule and allowed him to execute 
i this project, and, under Professor Nash's 
I inspiration, both to s tudy the history of 
f printing and graphic arts, and to experi- 
i raent on his own in wood cuts and wood 
I engravings. He found himself keenly in- 
! terested in this work, and after gradua- 
l tion he continued his studies during two 
j years with the Navy. 
I Upon his discharge, iir. Hitchings took 



! a job with the Stinehour Press and also 
committee members, and who have done such! began doing research in his present spec- 
a splendid job. I wish to thank you the • ific field: the history of American book 
members for your cooperation and urge you j illustration. He is already enthusiastic 
to give your whole hearted support to the | about pertinent material he has found in 

t our Print collection. Indeed, Mr. Hitch- 
! ings energy and friendliness are infect- 



incoming officers. 



RUTH M HAYES 



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The newly arrived imraigrants, the victims 
of the Depression, the chronic vagrants, 
the embiyo scholars, the young lawbreakers, 
all found in her a wise couselor and a 
sympathetic friend. Nor did she find her 
interest in the lowly and the poor in- 
' compatible with crossing the tracks to 
• aristocratic Beacon Hill, many of whose 
' residents were among her warmest friends 
■, and admirers. 

;. Her wonderful work in fostering the 
I writing, publishing and reading of books 
Dear Miss Peck: \ of Jewish interest, and her unflagging 

This will acknowledge with gratefii efforts in promoting inter-faith goodwill 
thanks the generous contribution of fe^O ; are too well known to need additional 
from the Boston Public Library Staff Asso-, comment at this time, '^he was also a 
ciation to the WGBH Rebuilding Fund. Will, leader in penal sociologj'- and rehabilita- 
you please pass along to all those who , tion. Not only did she visit institut- 
contributed at this time our sincere thanla tions and donate freely of her time and 



ious. We warmly welcome him to the BPL 
and wish him many exciting years ahead 
as he takes over his new job as Acting 
Curator of the Print Deparmtnet. 

WGBH ACM0VJLEDGI4ENT 

December 20, I96I 
i'liss Edna G. Peck 
Boston Public Library 
Boston 17, Massachusetts 



and deep appreciation for their support. 
You will be glad to know that the res- 
ponse of the public to our appeal for 
funds has been inspiring, with contribu- 
tions to date totaling nearly ^600,000. 
There is still a long way to go and we 
■continue to need all the support we can 
get, but we fully hope that we will reach 
our goal of t^.^ million before long and 
brr^rg WGBH back stronger than ever. 



! often money, but she was instrumental in 
i getting the right people to help the newly 
i released or paroled get a fresh start in 
. life. 

; Proud to belong to "The People of the 
' Book", Miss ^Idstein felt she had a mis- 
' sion to encourage Jewish learning. On her 

trips abroad, after the war, on seeing 
i the needs of some of che European libra- 
ries in the field of Judaica, she was in- 



/•gain, mai:y thanks to the Boston Public i strum en tal in obtaining and sending them 
Library Staff Association and best wishes !vast amounts of important material. 



for the New Year, 

Sincerely, 
DAVID 0. IVES 
Assistant General Manager 

IN MEI40RIAM 

Fanny Goldstein, I888-I96I 

The indomitable spirit of a brave and ( 
courageous woman is stilled forever. Deathi 



Her interest in the nex^ state of Israel 
was constant and deeply felt. She donated 
thousands of volumes to the Hebrew Univ- 
ersity Library, and on her visits there 
gave freely of her knowledge and expert 
ience. 

Her friends were legion - these friend- 
ships cut across race, creed and station 
in life. Rabbis, ministers and priests; 
scholars, ex-convicts, and financiers; 
'the little people', authors, politicians 
and statesmen, all called her "Dear 



came to Fanny Goldstein on December 26th. 

She would have been seventy four years old: Panny". ^he was a gadfly and an iaono- 

clast, an adventurer of the spirit, an 



on May l5th. Although in ill health for 
over a year, she pursued her many inter- 
ests and activities almost to the last. 
Upon her retirement from the Library in 
1958 she was its senior member in years 
of serTrice, 

Most of her library career was spent as 
Librarian of the West End Branch, a post 
she held from 1922 until her retirement. 
It XTias there that her pioneering spirit 



innovator and a champion of causes. She 
i vjas also a woman of vision, a dreamer 
'' who translated her dreams into achieve- 
1 ments . 

; Miss Goldstein received numerous honors 
• in her lifetime, but perhaps she would 
like best to be remembered as one who im- 
bued others with her own enthusiasm and 
; zeal; her sense of dedication to her pro- 
and advanced ideas found s cope for action, j fession. She was Irvily a woman of valor. 
Long before community participation and ; far above rubies, 
extra-mural and curricula activities be- ^ 

came recognized functions of Librarianshij^ NURA GLOBUS 

Fanny Goldstein embodied them in her work. 



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Elizabeth 11. Gordon 

On the morning of December 28, Elizabeth; 
M. Gordon, on the viay to the Boston Public' 
Library for her final meeting vjith the | 
Children's Librarians before retiring, { 
suffered a heart attack. Death came al- 
most iromediately. ! 

Since 1.9kO, I-lLss Gordon had been Deputy ; 
Supervisor, in Charge of Work with Child- | 
ren. In this position she was able to ' 
use her thirteen years' experience as I 

Children's Librarian, carrying on the con-i 
victions and standards of children's work • 
communicated to her by Alice M. Jordan, ■ 
her predecessor, ' 

As an artist and designer - with a dip- j 
loma in fine arts from the Massachusetts \ 
School of Art - she had an unerring eye 
for the genuine and the first-rate in 
illustration and bookmaking. As an ed- 
ucator - with a B.S. in Education i.um 
Boston University - she evaluated the 
content of the book, its effect on a 
child, and the importance of a collection 
which would serve all children, including 
ihe unusual child. She respected the ; 

v."iter of integrity and training and tal- i 
eiit, resisted the faddist who substituted! 
dash for discipline. For critics who re- | 
jected the imaginative for the earth- 
bound, E.M.G. had little regard. She was 
on the side of the children she saw en- ' 
thralled by the creative tale. j 

To have worked with E.II.G. when she was j 
Children's Librarian was to marvel at her ! 
quickness, her preception, her memory, j 
and her ability to train her staff. As j 
Deputy Supervisor, her loyalty to her j 

profession and to her children's libra- j 
rians w§s notable. 1 

Miss Gordon's many offices and affilia- j 
tions are recognized in WHO'S WHO OF Ai'ffift- 
ICAN mi'IM', 2d ed. , 1961/62. The Boston j 
Public Schools' Advisory Board on Art ' 

Education, UWICEF, the Boston City Mj.s- ! 
sionary Society bespeak her interests. j 
To professional organizations she gave I 
her support and her guidance, preferring ! 
to act as mentor rather than accept re- ! 
peated invitations to serve as president, j 
The Round Table of Children's Librarians | 
counted on her permanent membership on tha 
Board of Directors. Secretary of the • 

Massachusetts Library Association from i 
1955 to 1958, a member of national com- i 
mittees of the American Library Associa- ; 
tion's Children's Services Division, one j 
of the founders of the New England Child- i 



ren's Book Clinic, a ir.ember of the Women's 
National Book Association, she was in con- 
stant touch with leading librarians, pub- 
lishers, booksellers, and editors of chil- 
dren's books. 

Miss Gordon was a gentlewoman. So many 
people will remember her thoughtful in- 
terest in them, her exquisite taste and 
sense of fitness, her dignity, her appre- 
ciative sense of humor, her devotion to 
her family. Miss Gordon's musical accom- 
plishments were molded by her mother, a 
fine organist. Years ago, the "Gordon 
girls" formed a musical trio, with the 
twin sisters playing the violin and the 
viola and Elizabeth the cello. 

Friends find comfort in knowing that for 
the first time in forty years. Miss Gordon 
had been reunited with ber brother and 
his family for Christmas. To her lovely 
home, shared with Laura M. Campbell, her 
long-time friend and companion, came re- 
latives, friends, and neighbors bringing 
holiday wishes and enjoying the warm hos- 
pitality. 

Elizabeth M, Gordon's thirty- four years 
in the Boston Public Library are now part 
of the Library's history of superlative 
service to children. 

On January iLf. there was to have been a 
tea in Miss Gordon's honor, for she was 
retiring as of January 31. Her associates 
everywhere will want to know that there 
is now being planned in the Library a Mem- 
orial Fund in the name of Elizabeth M. 
Gordon. 

p.w. Am ii.cj. 

M. Therese Campbell 



We who know M. Therese Campbell were 
saddened by the news of her death on 20 
December at Carney Hospital. M. Therese 
had been with the Boston Public Library 
from 29 September 1902 until her retire- 
m.ent on 31 January 1952, virtually all of 
this time in the Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation Department. 

Miss Campbell was a cataloger of serials, 
had a very thorough knowledge of her spec- 
ialty, and was an extremely conscientious 
and competent worker with a knowledge of 
several foreign languages. Busy as she 
always was, she nevertheless was most 
happy to share her knowledge with the 
young neophyte librarians and to help 
develop their skills. 

She not only delighted in helping the 
young librarians, but took great personal 



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interest in these young people. This Fellowes Athenaemn, traveled to s uch out- 

helped, no. doubt, to maintain her 70 athful .lying spots as Lover Mills, Charlestown 

.and Jeffries ?oint in East Boston, 
At: My association with Mar.icrie began in 
khe late 192Js at the Lower Mills Branch 
where, through her librar7;^ school training 



attitude towards life, che bad a rvoat 
love for the datire throu--,hou-'-. r.?r li^s. 
soirees she displa"'"ed a ^."ace and sl:lll 
that would have done credit to a much ' 
younger person. 

Most of her co-workers were not aware 
that she was a speculator. True, she did 
not invest large sums, but when her in- 
tuition foui'id the right investment, her 
friends shared the profits, 

WviTO-hearted, generous, a lover of the 
arto, she was always most proper in her 
actions. She was a great lady in the old 
world manner. Her aristocratic express- 
ion and eloquent gestures were character- 
istic of what one might expect from a 
gi?-ide dame o f a family of the nobility, 

^.le loved the Library and the many 
frisnds she made while working here. Her 
friends will miss her visits to the 
Library and her affectionate greetings, 

B. JOSEPH 0'i\IEIL 

; .. MRJORIE A. OBENAUER RETIRES 

On December 21 a coffee hour was held in 
the V/omen's lounge in honor of Miss Oben- 
auer who retires after thirty-six years of 
service in the Boston Public Library. In 
addition to the members of the Thursday 
Morning Group (Officers of the Division 
of Home Reading and Community Services), 
the Director and other Officers of the 
Library, a number of Marjorie's friends 
were on hand to greet her and wish her 
well. Eleanor O'Leary from Sharon (for- 
merly of South Boston) , ^osalyn V'arner, 
a fellow Children's Worker of earlier 
years in Marjorie's career, and Katherine 
Rogan, her former Branch Librarian were 



;(she is a graduate of Syracuse Universiij' 
^Library School) she made a significant 
:, contribution to some needed reorganization 
! there. After working in the field of work 
,with children for many years, she becaiae 

Librarian of the Mt. Pleasant Branch in 
1I952. 

The future should bring much of interest 
;and many satisfactions connected with ihe 
jnew home in Sharon acquired a few years 
jback. Among her hobbies is gardening, 
jwith herb growing taking top place. She 
jhas always enjoyed the theatre and travel. 
|That she may enjoy all of these and many 
jmore interests in the years ahead, is the 

sincere wish of her friends and associates, 

PEARL SMRT 

ROSALTO S. ^^IARNER ALSO 

January nineteentn will mark the last 
official day of work in the Boston Public 
Library System for Rosalyn Warner, Child- 
ren's Librarian, but it is safe to assume 
that her thoughts - at least - will wing 
j their way toward Roslindale on the twenti- 
jeth and for many successive days there- 
jafter. To spend over thirty years with 
lone organization is in itself a record; to 
ihave served those years unselfishly, de- 
lve tedly, and joyously in the service of 
[children is an accomplishment upon which 
(to look back with satisfaction. 
i Miss Herzig, dutifully instructing Miss 
iWarner as a newcomer at East Boston in 



•1931, warned her that reading while on 
among the guests. Greetings were received jduty was not allowed. Today, after twenty^ 
from people unable to a ttend: Jean B. Lay iand-one half years of observing Miss War- 
and Catherine P. Loughman with whom Mar jo- ner's scrupulous attention to her work at 
rie had worked at one time, and Mary E. iRoslindale, she knows that if ever an ad- 

bnonition was superfluous, it was this one 
japplied to tiiis particular person. 

Miss Warner, a graduate of Wheelock Kin- 



Ames, her first Branch Librarian at Fel- 
lowes Athenaeum in Roxbuiy, 

After the presentation of a purse by 
John M, Carroll, Chief Librarian of the 



idergarten School, early in her career in 



Division, Miss Obenauer responded gracious-jubrary work set high standards for her- 
ly with words of thanks for the gift from ^elf and she has never deviated from them, 
friends and associates and then went on to !"Fringe benefits" for her were the happy 
entertain us with some anecdotes of her 'expressions on the faces of youngsters for 
commuting experiences in the early days of |whom she had found the right book, given 
her work in Boston. These were varied and !aid in using library tools, or helped in 
curious because she lived in Boston proper ithe many w ays her instincts prompted, 
at the time and, after the initiation at Her devotion to duty has not lessened 



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through the years as witnessed by the fact ■was the white tree on one of the tables, 
that "although accumulated vacation would 'Tea, delicious coffee and innocent punch 
have allowed a less rigid schedule during ,were provided to wash down the goodies 
her final months - it was she who got i ranging from Irish and date-nut breads 

through from Newbury Street to Roslindale -.through many kinds of cake to brownies 
Square to open the branch at 9 a."'', on ,and cream puffs, et al. 
Saturday, the sixth, when hazardous travelf The glamorous hostesses in their gaily 
kept many at home. I decorated aprons were identified with 

One of the phases of her work which she Christmas tree name tags. 



pursued vigorously was work with schools. 
She kept in close contact with fourteen 
schools, and instructed the classes who 



I Seen among the former BPLers returning 
■jfor the occasion were: Elizabeth G. Barry, 
j Beatrice Coleman, J.J. Danker, George Gal- 
came to the Library in the use of the card;lagher, Samuel Green, John McNally, Anna 
catalog, reference books, etc. That her JManning, Mary M. Prall, Loraine Sullivan, 
work has been appreciated by the teachers , Harriet Swift and Louis Ugalde, 
and students is evidenced by the fact thatj A "Well done J" to the committee whose 
several of the retirement gifts which have (energy and smiles made the event a time of 
come to her have been from these friends, .exceeding good cheer. 

For January twenty-fifth the Staff at \ At the same time, nine carolers toured 
Roslindale has planned a reception and tea j the building and added music to the party 
for their retiring Children's Librarian to jatnosphere. The singers were Elizabeth 
which they have invited the principals andjDrane, Caroline Stanwood, Shirley Utudjian, 
teachers of all the schools she has served^Veronica Yotts, Edward Mietzner, and 
Her immediate reaction was how good for iGeorge Conroy. Robert Giddings played 
public relations between schools and the jthe celesta and t.;-o forr.er members of the j 
library getting these particular people tcHstaff , iNiatalie PaxTie and Louis Ugalde, ' 

gether informally will be. Only secondly jreturned to play the recorder and violin, 
she thought of the honor to h^-\-self. j The g roup cans ti-^u'Iitj-onal Christinas 

Miss Warner was also guest cf honor at carols and also presented a duet for re- 
a luncheon at the Red Coach Grill on Dec- Icorder and celesoa, and a solo, "Oh Holy 
ember twenty- eighth when Children's Lib- JNight" by George Conroy. Their last stop 

jwas the f ront lobby where members of the 
public joined them in singing old favorites 
like "Silent Night". 

On Friday morning the Men's House Com- 



rarians and other friends presented her 
with a handsome pocketbook and money. 

Miss Warner's retirement came at a pro- 
pitious time. Having labored long in the 



old crowded quarters, she stayed to crown imittee had its annual "coffee" with all 
her years of work with the most hectic the usual accompaniments, for the staff, 

days of all - the moving days, during in the men's quarters. 

which she "pulled her weight" to the aston-j This year there was a new twist to the 
ishment of the younger people involved - jdancing at this party - for the "Twist" 
and then shared with the staff the pardon- Iwas demonstrated by younger members, and 



able pride they felt on opening day. Now, 
after three months in the new building, 
she leaves her work in capable hands and 
faces with eager anticipation a future of 



travel and other activities. With her go celebrations. From one of these, we have 
the cordial good wishes of her many friend^galvaged a poon for posterity ... 



SARAH H. USHER 

CHRISTMS CAJiE TO THE BPL 

The Women's Lounge was the scene for the 
Christmas Tea, the afternoon of Thursday, 
December 21. Holly framed windows and 
the green garlanded ceiling enclosed all 
visitors in cozy comfort. The end walls 
were decorated w ith silver branches trim- 
med with the same red and silver balls as 



attempted with not too much success (but 
no misplaced vertebrae) by some of our 
prominent older members. 

Various departments also held minor 



Twas the night before Christmas, and all 

thru' our room, 
{Not an "L.A. " was s tirring, the place was 
j in gloom 

'"Elevens and nineties" had gone to their 
j beds, 

■"Applications" and "Pasters" were nodding 
I their heads. 

|i'4r. Gillis departed, and heaved a big sigh, 
(He wasn't too sorry to bid us "Good-bye". 
IBut, Louis and Puller came up with va 



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the cheers, ' , he began the program b^ welcoming the 

Shouting "We don't want "Rein"-Deers, just people. The South End Songsters, a group 

bring on the "Dears" , of children who were directed by Jeannette 

Come Sonia, come Mary, come Ann, and Cor- Alfe who is in charge of work with child- 

rine, i ren at the branch took over. They sang 

Johanna and Peggy - each glamourous Queen,, carols as Brenda Hemingway, assistant in 
(But speaking of glamour - we have to re- ; the Children's Room, read the s tory of the 

vert - ! Nativity. A puppet show was next on the 

We overlooked Helen - and I'iargie and Gert)i agenda. It was an adapted version of 
The boys in our room, sang as loud as a ^ "The Wee Red Cap" by Ruth Sawyer, adapted 

lark, ; by Miss Alfe and presented by her with the 

There was Harper - and Santos - and Cox, ; assistance of Miss Hemingway, Young and 

also Mark, ^ old were enthralled with the s tory of Teig 

And lets not forget, at any high cost ^ the tight fisted Irishman who learns the 
To add, to this Yuletide, we even have ; real meaning of Christmas, Looking around 

Frost. I the overcrowded room it xiias difficult to 

With "OCR's" Santa, and Christmas "Decor",; pick out faces, but one was more outstand- 
l'.»e only have room, for just one item more,; ing than the others. Perhaps, it was the 
Our "Carroll" upstairs (two R's 'stead of ; ear trumpet that drew my attention to the 

one) S elderly gentleman or perhaps it was the 

Hollered "HI - Merry Christmas - i fact that despite his age (over 90 I am 

But Get your work donel l" j told) he seemed so interested in all that 

i was hapTDening around him. This was ilr. 
This gem was done by - who else- Marjorie I Garhart, the first President of the Black- 
Knllling. i stone ^"'eighborhood Association. 

V.e also had a report from one branch j Brownies, punch, cookies, and coffee 
on their j were served by the library staff with the 

Neighborhood party j help of the Girl Scours. 

i The party vas brought to a successful 

The night was dark and the rain fell | conclusion by the Saint Mark's Congrega- 
softly. The children stood in groups . j tional Church Choir, directed by George 
around the tree and the sound of their i McClain. The choir sang carols of sev- 
singing muffled the roar of the elevated j eral countries including Austria, France 
train, "Silent Wight, Holy Night", the j and England, Their singing was undoubted- 
children and adults of the South aid once i ly the highlight of the evening. In shorty 
again ushered in the Christmas Season. j they were magnificent. 

The feeling of satisfaction, after such 



It w as I'lednesday, December 20, and the 
time was 7.30 p.m. The children from the 
South End Library and the South End Boys ' 



a successful v enture, is difficult to 
measure. If it were not for the co-opera- 



Club went out w ith the Pembroke mothers | tion of all the agencies involved and the 
and Father Gardiner from St. Stephen's i correlation of all these activities by 
Episcopal Church to light the tree in ! Pearl Smart, our Branch Librarian, this 



Blacks tone Park. Father Gardiner gave 
the invocation and the children sang 
carols as the tree was lit. 



might never have been a reality. Miss 
Smart and the staff of the branch, wish 
to thank the Boy Scouts who put up the 



This was the beginning of the Neighbor^ , tree, the Franklin Square House who sup- 
hood Party which was given by the South j plied the brownies, and all those who 
Bay Betterment Association, the Black- < helped to make the party the great suc- 
stone Park Neighborhood Association, and ,; cess that it was. 
the South End Branch of the Boston Public i JEAiMETTE ALFE 

Library. At the completion of the tree I 

lighting ceremony, they gathered in the ; CALE1'\1DAR OF EVENTS 
librarj'- where the party was to be held, | 

The Children's Room took on a festive ; January 19 Annual Business Meeting 
atmosphere. The usual quiet was replaced \ and election of officers 

with the soimd of laughter and happy ; BPLSA 

greetings. "Merry Christmases" filled th^ February 9 Reception to new officers 
air, and Mr. Farrah, president of the BPLSA, and program 

Neighborhood Association, added his, as 




The desperate reader 



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3AVE THE DATE 



On Friday, February 9, at 8 o'clock in 
the Lecture Hall, the members of the 
Boston Public Library Staff Association 
have a double treat in store. ! 

At that time Edward M. Ginsburg, Field ! 
Representative of the Peace Corps, will | 
be the guest speaker. Following Mr. ; 

Ginsburg 's talk there will be a reception, 
for the new officers. Refreshments and ; 
dancing will be available for those in- , 
teres ted. 

Since the subject should be of special . 
interest to young people, the Staff \ 

Association extends a special invitation '. 
to part-time employees and their friends j 
to join us at the February 9 meeting. 
Come and bring your questions about the ; 
Peace Corps - and stay to enjoy the re- 
freshments and dancing. 

The Peace Corps is a subject of vital 
interest to all Americans - irrespective 
of age - so plan to come, and bring a 
friend, 

MISS 1962 

A 71b 12 oz daughter was bom to Mr. 
and Ilrs. Philip Flattich (Patent Room) 
on January 8. She will probably be 
named Anne Marie. 

THE STUDENT USE FRONT 

If the rumor be true that Brookline 
Public Library is now permitting only 
card-holders to use its collections, we 
wonder what that will mean to this lib- 
rary when the Needham High junior and 
senior classes do their research papers 



A recent assignment at Boston Latin 
i requires two classes to look at research 
I papers published in magazines and see 
; how footnotes etc are handled, before 
j doing their own paper. No suggestions 
! as to magazines were made, TJhile the 
; staff knows which magazines to suggest, 
; two classes arriving at a busy time of 
day, certainly can handicap other users, 

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All seniors (about I1.OO) at Beverly 
High have a [).000 word thesis on an author. 
No advance preparation in use of the 
library was made. 



An excellent article by Lee Zimmerman 
entitled Pilfering and Mutilating Lib- 
rary Books apprears in the October li) 
issue of LIBRARY JOURNAL, pages 3i;37- 
3i4j.O. We could wish that we might reach 
school classes as is suggested at the 
bottom of page 3l|.39I 

I RECRUITING PROBLEMS 

I 

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i The LIBRARY JOURIvIAL will run, through 
i 1962, a series of articles on recruiting, 
I This should be of gi'dat interest to the 
• entire staff. Series editor is John F. 
i Harvey, dean of the library school and 
f director of libraries at Drexel Institute 
! of Technology. 

] The first article begins on page 38 of 
i the January 1 number. By Donald F. 
! Strout, Professor of Library Science at 
i the University of Illinois Library School, 
■ the a rticle gives excellent background 
; material on the underlying causes of 
i personnel shortages in libraries. It is 
j interesting to learn that Mr. Strout does 
I not believe the situation entirely due 
to the libraries themselves, but is also 



on authors this spring. During the past 

two years, Needham has sent a portion of 1 due to failure of the librarj'- schools to 



its students to Brookline instead of 
Boston, 

Winner of the indefinite assignment 
prize - one class was asked to write a 
synopsis of how to write a synopsis. 

Out of town students made away with 
quite a few unbound periodical issues 
during the holiday weeks, some of which 
have not yet returned to the fold. 

Sixteen issues of the NATION and l5 of 
the NEl-J REPUBLIC at last count, for 1961, 



i make sufficient impact on their own cam- 
j puses to interest Mie number and quality 
I of students needed. He outlines steps 
\ which may be taken by national library 
' associations, state and local library 
administrators, library schools, and 
individual library workers to build a 
better image of librarianship as a pro- 
fession, and to interest the best minds 
in the schools in library work, 

MIND ON WRX?? 

Found, two cards for Nicholl in middle 



had had all book review and theatre reviei-f of New York tray in the Public Catalog, 
pages ripped out. 



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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether -with the name of the Branch Lib- 
rary, Department or Office in which he 
or she is employed. The name is withheld 
from publication, or a pen name is used, 
if the contributor so requests. Anon- 
ymous contributions are not given con- 
sideration. 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 mem- 
bers and their appearance does not nec- 
essarily indicate that the Publications 
Committee and the Association are in 
agreement with the views expressed. 



.Dear Soap Box: 

' Every now and then a nexii Improvement 
^Council is named to study some facet of j 
lour work, and it meets for weeks or months,- 
And that is the last we hear a bout it. 
jWould it not be educational for the whole 
staff to have some idea of areas studied 
and especially of the results and recom- 
mendations? This need not be in detail, 
but we are somewhat interested] 

IN THE DARK 



Dear Editor - 

The new Administrative Notice on Vacan- 
cies and the possible advertising thereof 
in LIBRARY JOURNAL is interesting. We 
hope it will bring good new blood to tlie 
library, if there is no one well qualified I 
within the library for the positions. But,j 
we do wonder if filling of vacancies will j 
be delayed until such a notice can appear 
and answers be received, as a general 
practice. That could lead to a drop in 
morale. 

CURIOUS 



those contributions containing not more 
than 300 words will be accepted. 



,Dear Soap Box: 

• Formerly the Staff ^^ibrary was supervis- 
,ed, expected to be used quietly and in a 
: professional manner, so that our library 
I school students might use the materials 
I there, and other staff members could check 
1 needed references in professional liter- 
,ature. '^hose who liked a peaceful place 
, to read, write a letter, or relax, might 
; find space there during relief periods 
Oi^yior lunch hours. The room and its collec- 



Dear Soap Box, 

Re the opening of the front door be- 
fore 9 a.m. for staff members on inclem- 
ent mornings - why is it arbitrarily 
closed now? 

SLIPPERY FEET 



Dear Soap Box Editor: 

I-Jhy, since signs are posted in the ' 
outer lobby about no smoking, does no one- 
speak to those who smoke there constantly? 
Some times over a dozen men are leaning : 
against the railings, puffing blithely ; 
away. It gives a bad impression to ' 
those going in and out. ; 

OBSERVER ' 



; tions were used back then. 
I But within the past few months, little 
.; supervision has been given the library, 
■ apparently. Now, younger members of the 
•staff may be seen sprawled over the fur- 
initure, feet on chairs etc. They may also 
ibe heard. Library'' school students com- 
j plain that they can not study there, but 
,must take materials to iheir departments. 
(Older staff members look wistfully and 
'go away. What is the future use of the 
•room to be? Staff Library or Date Room? 

NO PLACE TO WORK 




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PRESSiJTS THE FOLLO^.^NG PROGRA.M 

leifimajv^ ^, IH2 at 8 p.m 

i/n ihe feciu/ie Nail 

Cerd/ial iHj^ann 




GUEST SPEAKER 

Mr. EclijjBrcl M. Ginsbur 



Field Representative of the Peace Corps 



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SUBJECT 

ThePea^ce Corps in Action 




J^eMieAnyrYi ^AiZS"- Ji) a/a oum 



ALL STAFF I'iEMBERS - 
INCLUDING PART-TIiffi "WORKERS AND 
LIBRARY AIDES - AND THEIR FRIENDS 
ARE CORDIALLY INVITED 

PROGRAM COmiTTEE 
Edna Peck, Chairman 
Lorraine Parse Myra Morse 

Mary Hackett Marian Schmitt 

Mildred Kaufman Harold Brackett 

Sewell Hayes 





PLEASE POST 



THE QUESTION MARK 

Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XVII Number 2 February 1962 

Publications Committee: Margaret Butler, Janice l/Ianiscalco, Thomas J, pfenning 

Sarah Riohman, Catherine Richmond, Edwin G. Sanford, 
Anna Soanlon, I, Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, Sarah M, 
Usher, Indexer, William T. Casey, Chairman. 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material; 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

In a recent issue of the Boston Globe (Feb, 6, 1962) a reporter describes his 
personal reaction to the B.P.L. It is significant to note that he begins his ra- 
ther aondescending article by describing how he entered the Library "to seek 
shelter from a storm." In addition to the fact that the Library is a public 
building, we are basically a hospitable group, ever ready to render succor to a 
storm-tossed traveller. But gnawing away at the back of our minds is the ques- 
tion, "Where was our reporter when the sun was shining?" 

It may be good for a few smiles to describe us as the refuge for a host of 
"picturesque" characters, but we feel that our inquiring reporter has laid too 
much stress on one minor aspect of our public function. Although this particular 
article is merely one man's attempt at humor, it is indicative of our failure to 
"sell" ourselves to the community at large. Conversely, it is also indicative of 
the fact that certain elements in the community fail to understand that a library 
is more than just a convenient doorway in bad weather. 

Generalizations are always dangerous and often misleading, but every librar- 
ian can cite examples of this breakdown in communication between the library and 
its public. There are the schoolteachers who dispense their library assignments 
v/ith a lavish hand and never bother to check on available resources; the politi- 
cians who lead crusades against City Hall when a library is threatened with ex- 
tinction, but who never darken the door of their neighborhood branch; the parents 
who worry if Ivan is smarter than Johnny but decline to patronize the institution 
designed to help Johnny compete; and even "snowbound" reporters who could become 
editors if they used their libraries more. 

It is belaboring the painfully obvious to note that we still have a "selling" 
job of considerable magnitude before us. It means utilizing the techniques of 
National Library fleek in order to reach those segments of the community who either 
don't know or don't care what a library does. VlTithout dwelling at length on the 
question of the "image" of the librarian, it means doing our best to demonstrate 
that the Library is something more than a "warehouse of printed wisdom and 
foolishness. 

At first glance, it may seem almost the height of folly to solieit more busi- 
ness. At a time when the Central Library is struggling to maintain an even keel 
despite major alterations, inaccessible stacks, the book delivery problem, the 
student population and the science -project brigade, who needs more business? With 
similar problems raising havoc in Branches operating with truncated staffs and 
extended areas of service, who needs more business? 



The answer is not so much that we need more business but that we need more 
friends. We need the schoolteachers, the clergy, the political leaders, the 
businessmen, the housewives and the benefactors. We need their understanding of 
our functions, and their help when we find ourselves unable to render all the 
services we would like to. For the Library staff, it means that every week is 
National Library Vifeek and every opportunity is utilized to plead our cause, 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



PRESIDENT'S NOTF.S 



On behalf of the newly elected officers I 
and members of the Executive Board I wish 
to express our thanks for the confidence 
you, the members of the Staff Association 
have placed in us. Vife, in turn, will do 
our utmost to carry out the objectives 
of our Association. Vife shall weloon» any 
suggestions or criticisms you may make. 

The President and fery Crowe have been 
acting as Staff Association representa- 
tives on the Job Evaluation Committee. 
The work is progressing, although more j 
sl'owly than had been hoped, and the pres-i 
ent phase should be finished in a very 
short time. It is., of course, too early 
to assess the results of the project, but 
if hard work and perseverance are any 
guarantees of success then the outcome 
should be most gratifying. We have been 
im^ftessed by the fairness and reasonable- 
ness of all the members of the Committee, 

Our heartfelt thanks to the members of 
the Program and Entertainment Committees 
for the splendid job they did on the 
evening of February 9, A full account of 
the activities are presented elsewhere in 
this issue of the QM. 

For those of you who think that the 
President's lot is a merry round of par- 
ties and committee meetings I am append- 
ing to these notes a communication I have 
received from a card-carrying member of 
the Maffia, 

LOUIS RAINS 



January 23, 1962 

Mr. Louis Rains, President 

Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Dear Mr, Rains! 

Congratulations. Tallest of the Tall 
Watusi. That Great Beast-The People has 
spoken and their voice is a ringing call 



thiat cannot be denied. Your election will 
fling the lie in the faces of those who 
said the BPL was ready for the reform 
element. 

Am already commencing investigation to 
uncover names of those who voted against 
the People's Candidate. May I suggest as 
a suitable punishment for this Dis -loyal 
Opposition that the ringleaders be appoint- 
ed to the Concessions Committee and forced 
to eat all their meals in the Coffee Shop. 
This drastic punishment should effectively 
quell any further insurrection. 

As you continue on your meteoric rise to 
oblivion I trust that you will not forget 
the rank and file that each day grow just 
a little ranker. Remember the glorious 
motto that was our rallying cry when we 
fought together at the varricades and 
beer flowed like water in Blagden Street — 
Keep the Downtrodden Downtrodden, 

Yours in the cause of revolution, 

BOY LIBRARIAN 

PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Bmployees 

Mrs, Mary E, Allen, Lower Mils 

Charles Chamberlain, Central Charging 

Records 
Priscilla Deane, General Reference 
Roch-Josef di Lisio, Cataloging and 

Classification (fi&R) 
John Vi'. Dunn, Science and Technology 
Thomas A, Incze, Audio-Visual (formerly 

part-time A.V.) 
P/trs. Ellen Kurkjian, Lower '"lills (formerly 

part-time at Dorchester) 
Robert A. Lane, Central Charging Records 
Joan Lavery, Book Preparation 
Peter W. McCallion, Government Documents 

(formerly part-time in G.D.) 
Paul G. Martick, Periodical and Newspaper 
Mrs. Mary M. Miller, Jamaica Plain 
V/illiam C. ffillerick. Book Purchasing 



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N ew Employees - Mortheastern Students 
Janice Campbell, Personnel Office 
ienry Datello, Book Stack 
Walter Feuerstein, " " 
Sally B. Forbes " 

Bruce Miller " 

Peter J. Sullivan '' 
Leroy E. Temple '' 

Leonard A. Vilalsh " 

Adam Artis " 

Kenneth Pulso, Book Preparation 

Re-entriess 

Carol A. Gourley, South End 
Hilary A, Way son. Bookmobiles 
Antoinette Calabresi, Cataloguing and 

Classification, R&RS 
Patricia J.' Fradsham 
Elizabeth I, McLucas 
Joan R. Merchant 
life-rtin J, Qualters 
Ella VifhJte, Central Charging Records 
Neil Kelly, Office of Records, Files, 

and Statistics 

Trans farred 

TTr-'.^' £;. Dubis, Egleston Square to 
C.i".r lest own 

Am II. Geisel, Ifkttapan to Jamaica Plain 

Sc:]ly L. Shoemaker, Charlestown to 
Egleston Square 

Patricia Feeny, Audio-7isual to Catalog- 
ing and Classification, HR&CS 

Roger Rainville, Catalo^;ing and Class- 
ification, HR&CS to Open Shelf 

Herman Peterson, Catalofcing and Class- 
ification, HR&CS, to Book Stack Service 

Gordon ^yden. Book Preparation to Cata- 
loging and Classification, R& RS 

Charles Gillis, Central Charging Rooords 
to Division of Library Operations 

Mary G. Langton, Mt, Pleasant to Division 
Office, HR&CS 

Mrs. Evangeline Guzelis, Lower Mils to 
Memorial 

Ifergaret E, Lewis, Memorial to Uphams 
C ot-ne r 

Margot A. Woodward, Uphams Corner to 
Mattapan 

Military Leave 
"James J. Greene, Book Stack Service 

Married 

Nancy E. Kelly, East Boston, to John 
Jferlowe, January 21, 1962 



Retired 

Zpltan Haraszti, Rare Book, January 31, 
' 1962. ., V '■•,'■ 
J&irjorie Obenauer, Mt, Pleasant, January 

31, 1962 
LillianE. Smith, Mt. Bowdoin, January 

31, 1962 

Promotions 

Nura Globus, Branch Librarian at 

Mt. Pleasant 
R. Gertrude Vifade, Branch Librarian at 

Faneui 1 

Northeastern Students Returning to School 

Mrs, Catherine Coggan, Book Preparation 

Edward Howell, Book Purchasing 

Janice Tfright, Book Purohaaing 

Gerald Blonder, Open Shelf 

Joan Iferrington Codman Square 

Elaine N. Miller, South End 

Thomas Del Visco, Book Stack Service 

Jordan Gold 

John Kelly 

Michael Knonv/itz 

Robert Macdonald 

Alvin Parven 

Thomas Sgroi 

Milton Taylor 

Sylvia Sullivan, Cataloging and Class- 
ification., R&RS 

Beverly She.piro " " " 

Barbara LaF.ia.Tme " " " 

Stephen Gro-.howski, Office of Records, 
Files and Statictics 

Ernest Gam, Book Ctack Service 

Anthony Tieuli, Book Purchasing 

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Victoria Cogliano, Cataloging and Class- 
ification^ R&RS, to work for the state. 

M. David All?^rd, Bookmobiles, to obtain 
another position. 

Mrs, Mary Burke, Bookmobiles, to remain 
at home, 

Paul Frost, Central Charging Records, to 
return to University of Mass, 

Mrs. Nancy ?/Iarlowe, East Boston, to stay 
at home, 

Davida Sherwood, Jamaica Plain, to return 
to college full-time for Jfester's degree 

Joan K, Trygstad, Lower Mills, to be 
married. 



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SALUTE TO A BIBLIOPHILE . •, 

The appointment of Mr. Zoltan H«rn8zti 
-as Keeper of Rare Books Emeritus is a 
logical culmination of his long and dis- 
tinguished service to the Library as 
Keeper of Rare Books and Editor of Pub- 
lica:tions» As there is no praise more 
valued that that which comes from one's 
p«ers, perhaps we may quote The Anti - 
quarian Bookman's notice of his retire- 
ment! "One of the truly great rare-book j 
librarians of our time he (Mr, Haras zti) 
was expert in incunabula, Americana, and 
so many other fields that he was always 
one of the first to whom researchers 
would turn for aid. Through the Library's 
monthly bulletin and the BPL Quarterly 
he made known the rare-book resources of 
the BP-L which he had efficiently and 
economically built up for almost four 
decades," 

However, there were numerous articles 
which appeared about him at the time of 
his unofficial retirement last December, 
Many of these spoke eloquently of his 
contributions to the Rare Book collec- 
tions and of the scholarly, but lively 
articles he wrote for his creations. More 
Books and The Boston Public Library 
Quarterly . In the Question tHark it might 
be fitting to speak in another vein: to 
recall the personality of the man ~ a 
personality which has left an indelible 
stamp on all who know him during his 
thirty-eight years at the Library, 

To many, Mr, Haras zti remains an enigma. 
Infroquontly seen in the usual gathering 
places such as the staff lounges or the 
coffee shop, his appearance ivas always an 
impressive one. An undeniably commanding 
personality, he can magnetize those a- 
rotuad him — sometimes with vmfathomable, 
fixed expression, but equally as often 
with his old world cheirm and infectious 
geniality, Mr, Haraszti is an extra- 
ordinary "raconteur". His secret can be 
foimd in part in the scholar's paradise 
in which he has lived during his ho-urs of 
labor, and in part in the extensiveness 
of his travels, the quality of his tastes, 
and the catholicity of his interests. 
More essential, however ^' is his amazing 
facility for remembering and assimilating 
detail. Although he mi,ght have visited 
two dozen or more libraries and book 
dealers diiring a single trip abroad, he 
could always recall the names of the 
custodians in charge and the outstanding 



features of the books and manuscripts in 
each collection. His legal training is 
-evident in the precision with which he 
caii'-word an opinion, and the wealth of 
factual material which he can utilize te 
vivify a situation. Furthermore, he can 
present his arguments and recount his 
adventures with a spell-binding command 
of English which anyone might envy. 

Mr, Haraszti 's "expertize" comes in 
part from his incredible ability to lose 
himself in an intellectual challenge. 
The intensity with which Mr, Haraszti 
likes to work is legendary. He is very 
sensitive to any distraction: many 
users of the Rare Book Department re- 
member his roaring "lITio is making that 
noise" at the mere drop of a pencil. 
The light of his alcove in the Rare Book 
Department used to remain on long after 
the Department had officially closed. 
Indeed, he often told his assistants of 
a day one September when he studied 
through grave storm warnings while every- 
one else departed for their homes. 
Emerging from the Library at night, he 
guilelessly asked a passerby why all the 
trees in the Common were lying on the 
ground. He had studied through that 
memorable hurricane of 1938 J 

But, if intellectual absorption is a 
natural love for Mr, Haraszti, all 
things mechanical are his natural enemies. 
He never imderstood the Department's pen- 
cil shairpenerj as he insisted on l«ng, 
sharpened pencils whenever he started t« 
work, those around him were kept very 
busy J Although he loved music, and had 
an extensive record collection, his 
phonograph always mystified him. An- 
other of his antipathies is the tele- 
phone. He became embroiled in many 
hvunourous situations because of the ac- 
cent\aation the telephone gives his Hun- 
garian account. He inevitably began a 
call by saying: "This is Zoltan Haras zti j 
you know, I am Keeper of Rare Books at 
the Boston Public Library, What? No, 
Haraszti, HARASZTIJ My assistant will 
spell it," At this point ZH was thunder- 
ing into the telephone and someone else 
had to take over the call. 

Curiously enough, in spite of — or per- 
haps because ofi ~ his sensitive and 
probing mindj, Mr. Haraszti appears to 
live in euphoric oblivion to many of 
life's technical problems. He insisted 
jthat the intricacies of the BPL stacks 
Were unfathomable, and was amazed when 



high-school students coulcl find thoir way 
aromid aftor only a few days. Schodulos 
of any sort pcrplcxod hin. jliss Swift 
tells of his trip to tho Carriboan in 195al 
As usual there X7as sonothing to detain j 
hin until tho last ninute, but ho assun- j 
ed that an oarly train out of Boston in { 
the nornin^ vjould allov; him plenty of i 
tine to board tho boat in Hevir York that j 
sane afternoon. As night have been pre- I 
dieted, the train was late, the traffic 
heavj'', and v/hen he reached the pier, the 
cruise liner was already out to sea. Yet j 
his cham seens to master even the fates: i 
a dock officer and tug boat wore there i 
v/aiting to take hin to meet the ship. ! 
Not wanting a repetition of this ex- i 
porience, he allowed a full day in New 
York before boarding the "United States" 
for "uropc last nonth. However, those 
who bid hin "bon voyage" at Back Bay 
Station v;ere anused to find hin in a 
telephone booth making frantic calls to 
a lavjyer on behalf of a friend he had 
just discovered in need ~ five ninutes 
before the train was duel 

VsTt Earaszti has often remarked that 
his work in the Library seemed aliiost 
tailored to his measure. This was 
obvious in the love he evinced for the 
books around him. Eo also cherished the 
contacts with people which his v/ork 
afforded and counts many of tho scholars 
and dealers who have come to the De- 
partment among his personal friends, lie 
was not one to say, however, that the 
Library is strictly the scholar's pro- 
vince. One of his assistants rem.embers 
the vivid impression he made on her first- 
day of duty when, .^azing up at the mozaic 
arches of the main lobby, he said: 
"Yiihen 1 first cane hero I thought, what 
a wonderful thing it was in ^jnerica there 
were great libraries for all the people." 
'jid in keeping with his aesthetic sen- 
sibilities, he never tired of the phy- 
sical aspect of the Librarv -- in fact, 
the very beauties of these surroundings 
gave hin a sense of belonging. 

One can best portray the vivid image 
of Ir. Haraszti by speaking of his zest. | 
Life unfolds limitless possibilities for , 
hin, and his curiosity is of -^belaisian ' 
proportions. Lt present he is enjoying 
eagerly anticipated travels in Europe. 
But he is also anxious to return in orderj 
tc finish several books for which he 
has already done extensive research... 
and there are all those series o£ 
articles in More Books and the Quarterly 



which friends have been urging hin to edit 
and co]-3pile into single volumes I Ke has 
pronised to cone bac^: to these tasks, and 
we expect to see him in the Library before 
long. 

FLOP- JHC"] COilUOLLY 



ohe cairB to the Boston Public Library 
from tho jomsrvills Public Library in 
1943. She soon becacB well Icnown and 
popular. 'iach Cliristmas she has shared 
her v/onderful talent through her original 
creches, displayed in the Fine Ijrts De- 
partment and enjoyed by the staff and 
the public alike, 

Florence holds a 3. A. in History and 
Literature and a i'.A. in Fine jrts from 
Radcliffe College and a B.S, in Library 
Science from Simmons College. She is 
now working on her dissertation toward 
a Ph.D. in T^omanesque /urchitecture fron 
Radcliffe College. 

She is an active member in several pro- 
fessional associations, including the 
American Library association, the Cath- 
olic Library Association, the Boston 
Public Libran/- Staff Association and the 
Society of iirchitectural Historians. 
She has represented our Library credit- 
ably at many conferences. 

'Te are very happy in her appointment 
and hope that she will cease "acting" 
and soon becone the real thing. 

Z, H. 

... AT TIT. ST.i.T , HOUS:: 

Two bills on the ^tate .letirement Sys- 
tem, recently submitted to the Legisla- 
ture, were heard this past week by the 
Connittee on Pensions and Old Age Assis- 
tance. 

The first (H 830, heard on February 5) 
provides that any member of the si^sten 
attaining twent^''-five years or more of 
creditable service shall upon retire- 
ment be entitled to a credit of five 
additional years which would be added to 
earned creditable service in coirputing 
his allowances. 

The second (H. 1644, heard on Feb, 7) 
provides for the retirenent of public 
employes at three -quarters pay after 
thirty -five years of service plus fifty- 
five years of age. 

To date no report has been made on 
these bills. 



A"/iiRD TO LIB?Juiy ivlTi 



Lan'ruaR;es at Harvard and author of The 



Vte at Washington Village Branch have 
always been justly proud of the varied 
talents and scholastic acconplishments of 
our Library Aides, ^ow a nev/ honor has 
been bestowed on one of our staff. On 
February 2, Ilkureen Smith, a Junior at 
Ifeizareth High School, vfas chosen over 
fifty three other contestants as ffiss 
Junior Achievemen t of 3oston for 1962", 
Qi the basis of examination, i-aureen had 
been selected to attend the Jvmior Achiere- 
nent PtOgional Convention to be hold in 
Atlantic City dviring the February vaca- 
tion. 

Maureen X7ill compete again as one of 
six finalists on Friday night, February 
9, for the title of lliss Eastern tdass a- 
chusetts. 



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success J 



We all wish our Miss Boston 



iAilJCRn II. GIBBOMS 



BRANCH NOTBS 

Robert Finnigan, the fifteen year old 
son of I'.r. and lirs, Joseph Finnigan of 
Dorchester, recently (on 'February 2, to 
be exact) had published a revie^7 of 
Leonard IVibberly's Stranger at Killloiock 
in the Boston Traveler, This Sophonore 
at Boston College High School plans a 
career as an architect or an engineer. 
He is a regular patron of the Branch at 
Uphains Corner, 

AHTHir. li. WOnt'iN 

CATFIOLIC BOOK FORUI'I 

The Boston Catholic Book Forum and 
Fair, observed annually in honor of 
Catholic Book Yieel:, v;ill be held at New 
England Life Hall, Clarendon Street, 
Saturday afternoon, February 24. The 
Forun, sponsored by the New 'England Unit 
of the Catholic Library Association and 
the League of Catholic "iomen, will begin 
at 2:30 p.m. and viill feature the follow- 
ing speakers: Rev, Tliomas J, Carroll, 
Director of the Catholic Guild for the 
Blind and author of Blindness, "ihat It 
Does, and How To Live liith It ; iiichael 
Novak, graduate student of Philosophy at 
Harvard and author of a first novel. The 
Tiber Was Silver ; Barbara Cooney, Calde- 
cott Award winning artist, author and 
illustrator of The Little Juggler ; and 
Francis M, Rogers, Professor of Romance 



i Book Fair vri. 11 be in progress in the 
lobby both before and after the program. 
The speakers will be present to meet 
members of the audience and to autograph 
copies of their books. 

FAR^'VBLL TO imS STMi 

Oa Saturday afternoon, February 3, the 
staff of Charlestown Branch met at San- 
Sone 's Italiaii restaurant to bid a fond 
farev/ell to !.rs, Liga Stam who resigned 
from the service to remain at home, 
YJhile waiting for a delicious (and cal- 
oric packed) luncheon to be served, Irs. 
Stam was presented v;ith a boxed set of 
A.A.Milne for tho young Stam who will 
I make his or her appearance this spring, 
! and a pair of red driving gloves for her- 
1 self. 

Although I5rs« Stam had been with us for 
a comparatively short time, she had en- 
deared herself to all of us, and it v;as 
with mixed emotions that we said good- 
bye to her. 

The occasion was made even pleasanter 
by the presence of rlrs. Cecelia N. Mc 
Carthy \vho retired from the staff of the 
library this past November, Having re- 
cuperated from all of her "graduation" 
parties, lirs. McCarthy looked "hale and 
hearty" indeed, and contributed much to 
the festivities , 

CATmRIFJ H. TECmiOND 

BUSiM'S HOLIDAY 

For their recent tv/o weeks Naval He- 
serve duty, Hrs, Sarah "'"J. Flannery and 
I"Iiss Jane .'anthome were loaned from 
their usual Navy assignments to the Bos- 
ton Naval Shipyard at CharlestoTrm, 
iirmed with old friends such as Books in 
print and Standard catalog for public 
libraries, the two BPL-ers embarked on 
Operation Library. They evaluated the 
station library, a collection of fifteen 
hundred titles used by Naval personnel, 
recommending subject areas which needed 
expanding and subject booklists to in- 
vite wider usage of the Library. Jirs. 
F. and liiss li, also offered ideas for an 
overall refurbishing of the library 
quarters. 

Although reveille came earlier than 
their BPL schedule requires, the lieu- 
tenant and tho chief agree that their 



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assignment offered an interesting change^) 

February 8, 1962 

To the Boston Public Library 
Staff Association: 

I'fy sister, Josephine llagle, and I were 
each very glad to receive a copy of the 
January issue of "The C^uestion Mark" 
containing the lovely eulogy to out sis- 
ter .lizabeth Gordon. It is a wonderful 
tribute written by friends who showed a 
real imderstsinding of Beth' s fine qual- 
ities and her talents. Thank you very 
much. 

We are also pleased to loiow of the 
plan for a lieiaorial Fund in her name. 

Sincerely yours, 
VIRGIMa'g. GOmiOLLY 

AIA MIDmNTGR CONFEIGMCE 



Being a member of the Public Library 
Association's Library "Development Com- 
mittee is an engrossing and mind- 
stretching experience under the chair- 
manship of Harold L. lioth. who success- 
fully commanded a full attendarce of his 
wide-spread comr.iittee. The iTiajor task 
was that of investigating the why and 
how of evaluating and accrediting public 
libraries. The views of the Library Ser- 
vices Branch of the Office of Education, 
of a State extension specialist from 
Montana, a California library education 
spokesman, as well as the Presidents of 
PLA and the j\meriGan Library Trustees 
Association added considerable substance 
and momentum to the discussions. A pro- 
digious amount of houework assigned to 
each member is designed to carry fon'ra,rd 
the immense project. In the final mo- 
ments of the closing meeting there was 
passed a recommendation to TIA that there 
be made a fine film on young adult ser- 
vices in public libraries, with the pur- 
pose of reaching young people, library 
administrators, potential recruits, tea- 
chers and parents, general public, 
library school students, and others. 

The Committee for a Greater ALA sought 
^vays to draauatically present the real 
advantages of membership to those who do 
not belong and to those v;ho may be hes- 
itating to pay ths increased dues. ALA 
membership in October 1961 vra.3 at an all- 
time high with 26,000 members and 556 
nev/ life members . It is anticipated that 



after one year of sustained income and 
decreased membership - the result of the 
higher dues schedule - membership will 
clinib again. Institutional members, for 
instance, can realize that a $75 neraber- 
ship nets them $65 in publications. In- 
dividual meiriers need to be part of the 
national professioral organization which 
has made possibl? personal gains in sal- 
aries and standards and recognition. 
The Librai-y Services Act and legislation 
affecting libraries end librarians make 
support of our KUx I'fashirgton Office im- 
perative. The enthusiasm of sucn people 
around the table as Ralph Jlveling, Jack 
Dalton, and Frances Landers Spain was 
fanned by i!rs. Grace Stevenson as well 
as by Frank Sessa, Chairman of the Ad- 
visory Committee to the Penibership Com- 
mittee. Full-time students at library 
schools and library adnir.istrators are of 
such importance to ALlx groTjth and m.em.ber- 
ship participation that nev; ways of 
reaching these potential leaders were de- 
vised, 

iidv/inter v^as a good conference. Meet- 
ings were think sessions. There was 
oppo.'tunity to meet v;ith one's opposite 
number and -lis cuss coirimon concerns, to 
greet olc'. friends (warm regards from 
T^velyn Lev^/- to all), and to be impressed 
all over again with the stature, the 
seriousness, the accomplishment of ALA, 

F^.BRU/'lRY 16 IS ALA iITkB^RSHIP DAY. 

P. S. Chicagoans are a vulnerable as 
Bostonians to the bite of their wind 
and the bitterness of their cold. 

P. YiT. 

ALA MEI'^^IRSHIP DRIVE 

The third annual ALA Lfembership Lay, 
organized to call attention to the ALA 
and \xrge all librarians to become mem- 
bers of the Association, will be held 
throughout the profession February 16, 

BPL staffers who are interested in be- 
coming members of this important organ- 
ization may contact lUss lildred 
O'Connor, Coordinator of the Social 
Sciences, 

"CONGRATULATIONS DIE 



QE is happy to extend our sincere best 
wishes to those fellow staff members who 
have recently been singled out for well 
deserved promotions. 



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JCEK ALEEBT 

i 
John Alden, rGGentl-"^ naraed Acting Cur- i 

ator of Rare Books, v;as born in Brocktori 
I Massachusetts. Ee was graduate d from 
iJilliaas College anr' pursued further 
studies at Brown Ihiversity, where he 
was aviarded an A»M. in Ronance languages, 
Ifr, Alden later earned another Bachelor*^ 
Degree in library science at the Univer- 
sity of l-ichigan« 

During iiore thaii thirty years of 
association with libraries, itr. Alden 
has been on the staffs of the City Li- 
brary Jissociation in Springfield, ikss- 
achusetts, the University of I ichigan, 
ths Library of Congress, and Houghton 
Library at Harvard. After organizing 
the Rare Book Department for the liiiver- 
sity of Pennsylvania, he vrent on to be- 
cone assistant Xibrarian at Georgetown 
University, He spent most of 1951 as a 
Fulbright Research Fellow attached to 
the British i.useun in London, following 
which time he tried his vocation as a 
Benedictine at Qiuarr Abbey in tho Isle 
of Vlfight. 

Although at once a confirned Anglo- 
phile and Hibernophile, Jolm Alden re- 
mained true to the tradition of his 
forebears (a score of whom were I'ay- 
f lower passengers) and returned to Lass- 
achusetts. He then joined tho staff 
of the Boston Public Library, where he 
has since remained, except for five 
months' leave while he travelled and 
lectured in India on a government grant, 
l'5r, Alden has published several books 
and countless articles, particularly on 
subjects of bibliography and rare book 
librarianship. He is also a fine cal- 
ligrapher and horticulturist— in fact 
he is so absorbed by tho latter hobby, 
it is said that he doesn't live in an 
apartment, but rather in a horticultural 
experiment stationi In spite of these 
impressive achievements, he perhaps suf- 
fers from greater reputation as a lineal 
descendent of John and Pr is cilia Alden. 
Some BPL staff mem.bers may remember 
hearing of an incident a few years ago 
ViThen a gentleman entered the Music de- 
partment and asked if he could meet 
"the I&les Standish" who was Icnown to be 
on their staff. The Librarian in chargs 
keenly surmised that he meant John Alden, 
and directed him to the Rare Book De- 
partment, tir, Alden reiTiains unaffected 
by this notoriety — indeed, he claims 



to have inherited his sense of humor fraa 
an Irish (Co, Kerry) grandmother! 

T.J.IU 

NURA GLOBUS 

On February 1, 1962 iiliss Nura Globus 
of the Mattapan Branch Library was ap» 
pointed Branch Librarism of the Mount 
Pleasant Branch Library, 

Miss Globus is very well qualified for 
this new position by education, training 
and experience. She has a B,I3. degree 
from Boston loachers College and took 
library courses in the Boston Public Li- 
brary, She has a wide knowledge of lit- 
erature and history, with special em- 
phasis in the fields of Judaica and Yid- 
dish literature. Her hobbies consist of 
attending the theatre and symphony con- 
certs . 

idss Globus began her library career 
as an extra at the South Boston Branch. 
She was transferred to the West Bnd 
Branch shortly thereafter, where she was 
successively general assistant, first 
assistant and adults librarian. About 
three and a half years ago she cars to 
Idattapan as an Adults Librarian, 

I'liss Globus has made many friends in 
the I'lattapan area. Her many loyal fol- 
lowers will miss her cheerful, knowl- 
edgeable assistance. Both the staff and 
the public at :iattapan wish her many 
years of success and happiness as Branch 
Librarian, 

T.B.S. 

DO^S DTE 

Annual dues for membership in the BOS- 
TON PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF ASSOCIATION are 
now payable. For an application form 
contact your Staff Representative 

or 
Send $,50 to David Sheehan (General 
Reference), Treasurer, BPLSA. For fur- 
ther information, please contact your 
Staff Representative-or-Tliss Jean 
Babcock (Office of Reference & Research), 
Chairman, Jfembership c. Hospitality 
Committee, 



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CHAliLSS J. GILLIS 

Charles J» Gillis, born in Boston and 
educated in the schools of Boston en- 
ter-ed the full tins Library service in 
19-27. As a youn.g aan he vi-orked in the 
Catalogue and Classification Department 
of the Division of Hone Reading and 
Coranuiiity Services. He graduated frou 
the justly famous BPL Training Class 
conducted by the much beloved I'irs, 
Hartzell, He was appointed Second Assis- 
tant in this dopartnent then First 
Assistant and later became Assistant-in- 
Charge, 

During TfTorld War. II he became a Radar 
Specialist in the iJavy. His oldest son 
is following the tradition of the sea, 
novT as a cadet at the Massachusetts 
laritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, 

Charlie returned to the Catalogue and 
Classification Department, HR&CS after 
the Ylar. He was appointed to Chief of 
the Central Charging and Registration 
Department in 1956, and guided this de- 
partment through its formative years. 

And best of all on February 5 of this 
year he was transferred to the Business 
Office, with the title of Deputy Assis- 
tant Director. 

'fey all that thou wishest and all 
that thou lovest come smiling around 
thy sunny way," 

T.J.M, 

CHILieEM«S UBRARLitvlS • ■; 

AT ALA MD^jYUITBR C0HF2RSBCS 

This board member of the Children's 
Services Division had a total of thir- 
teen meetings on her schedule, includ- 
ing coiTimitnents as a Council member, 
member of the Book "1 valuation Committee 
(making the annual list of "Notable 
Children's Books") and. therefore of the 
Hewbery-Caldecott Conimittee, and member 
of the Children's Library (idvisory Com- 
mittee on "Century 21," Such a program 
filled every hour of three da3^s and a 
half, with a groat variety of activity 
and interest. 

AiP.ong new projects and announcevnonts 
disc\iBqod was the plan for a children's 
-library in the Seattle "Cent'ory: 21" 
exposition, where a push-button machine 
will issue reading lists on many sub- 
jects and an ultra-modern library room 
and adjacent little theater for story- 



telling anc audio-visual progra.nming xvill 
offer relaxation and refreshment to 
children attending the fair, 

I'fuch business v/as conducted concerning 
awards. The Aurianne Award, for a 1960 
book exemplifying a humane attitude to 
animals, was announced by its comma ttee 
as bestowed January 30 on Jack Schaefer 
for OLD RAI:ON, which had earlier been a 
Nev/bery hedal r\mner-up. The possibility 
of a new book award, for outstanding nev; 
poetry published for cliildren, was pre- 
sented as a suggestion from Ijr. llelcher. 

The Ilowbery-Caldecott Committee met 
in three long sessions, prepared in its 
final gathering to meet until whatever 
wee small hour was necessary to come to 
clear decision for the author of the 
"most outstanding picturebook." The comi- 
mittee v/as well aware of the membership 
votes, as was the Book Evaluation Com- 
mittee, in its thi'ee sessions, of nomina- 
tions made by a number of libraries for 
the "i'otable Books of 1961," The Hewbery- 
Caldecott awards will be presented in 
Hew York on ; larch 12 at &. Ifelcher's 
office and again, when the recipients 
will present their acceptance speeches, 
at the ban.^^uet on June 19 at the Miami 
Baach Conference. The list of "notables" 
will apoear in the April issue of the AIA 
Bulletin and also in the Booklist and 
Top of the Hews . 

For the iiiami Beach Conference, the 
CS.D. program is being planned to con- 
sist of book discussion, 'i Members, re- 
gistering in advance, will be given a 
reading list and an assignment to a 
table of ten who will discuss a certain 
kind of book and selection problem. An 
introduction and a summing up by a per- 
son of recognized authority will re- 
eirrohasize values and standards. Those 
who attended the Washington conference 
program will remember the gr.3at enjoy- 
ment and success of a similar discussion 
arrangement there, 

VIRGINIA HAVILAID 
HAPPY 99TH 

Carrie L. Tiorse, Branch Librarian, 
"Emeritus, v;ill celebrate her n in eijr -ninth 
birthday on Februar-y 17. A very hearty 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY goes to her from the Staff 
of the BPL, Miss Morse is living at the 
Plimpton Hursing Home, Lafayette Road, 
Route 1, Hampton Falls, Nev; Hampshire, 
v;here she eagerly awaits QM's monthly 
arrival. 



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B« GSRmiJBS VJADE 

liiss i'ljade comes to her nev; position of 
Librarian of the Faneuil Branch with a 
solid background in English Literature, 
Library Science and prof ass ional librar- 
ianship. 

A graduate of Boston University (B.A« 
Eng.Ilt.), she reosived her ii, Ii» fron 
the same school and sorved for two years 
as a Graduate Assistant in the C.L.A. 
After entering the BPL shs served at 
City Point and Phillips Brooks Branches 
before joining the Book Selection De- 
partment (II.R.S.)' Her varied experi- 
ences in the fields of Adult, Young 
Adult and Children's Literature v;ere of 
considerable value when she left this 
department to serve as Adults Librarian 
at the Codman Square Branch. 

It was while serving in this position 
that she became very active in coTiimijnity 
work, becoming affiliated with several 
of the Dorchester neighborhood organiza- 
tions. The many friends that she has 
made in that area are hopeful that her 
new duties will not prevent her from 
continuing many of the pleasant associa- 
tions she has formed. 

An active member of many professional 
library organizations. Miss Wade has 
recently completed the requirements 
leading to a degree in Library Science 
■ at Simmons College, 

1? n 

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BPISA. gPBH gJETING 

It felt like coming home when vre ap- 
proached the Lecture Hall on Friday 
evening, February 9. It has been so 
long since we have seen the Lecture Hall 
in its normal capacity that this meeting 
seemed like a welcome back into the fold 
for this handsome room. Despite the 
storm, which had all the earmarks of a 
real blizzard, betvreen 85 - 100 hardy 
souls either came in or stayed in. Each 
was welcomed by a member of the Program 
Committee with a to-be-pinned-on heart 
with identifying name. This established 
a sense of inforraaility which carried 
throughout the evening. 

Miss Ruth Hayes, retiring President 
welcomed the quests and turned the meet- 
ing over to the chairman of the Program 
Committee, Edna G. Peck. Fiss Peck con- 
gratulated those present on their rug- 
gedness and brought greeting from The 



Director and The Chief Librarian of The 
Home Reading and Community Services, both 
of whom were unable to be present due to 
illness. She then introduced llr, Edward 
I M« Ginsburg, speaker of the evening, Itr, 
I Ginsburg, member of a local law firm, is 
Field Representative of the Peace Corps 
and Council to the Secretary of the Con«» 
monwealth of uassachusetts , He spoke in- 
formally yot comprehensively of the Peace 
Corps in action. He noted that the Peace 
Corps has a three-fold objective: (l) 
to provide service to meet specific needs 
in response to requests from other coun- 
tries (2) to share experiences on the 
level of daily living with other countries 
(3) to give to other people the privilege 
to learn of America, He assured us that 
the Peace Corps is not an instrument of 
the Cold TJar and definitely not a pro- 
paganda tool. He outlined the require- 
ments for participation in the Peace Coips 
and noted that it is "for young people of 
all ages - over 18". It is served best 
by people with ideals, not romantic esca- 
pists, Kir. Ginsburg highlighted the 
challenging aspects of the Peace Corps, 
The questions from the audiance enpha- 
sized sone of the aspects covered by IJ:, 
Ginsburg and brought to light the few 
points of general interest on vihich he 
had not spoken. Those present felt that 
he had given us a stimulating talk. 
Following I'Ir. Ginsburgs' address, the 
chairman introduced tlis nev/ly elected 
officers of the acsooiation: President — 
I'lr. Louis Rains, Curator of Engineering 
Sciences, including Patents; Vice-Presi- 
dent - Nura Globus, Branch Librarian, 
Ifc. Pleasant Branch Library; Treasurer - 
David shsehan, Profsssional Library 
Assistant in General Reference Department; 
R6 cording Secretary — ^Helen F, Doyle, 
Library assistant in Book Purchasing, in 
charge of domestic standing orders; 
Corresponding Secretary - Lorraine 
Hepburn Barse, Adult v;ork, Boolonobile 
Services; the trro newly elected members 
of the Executive Board are: Russell A, 
Scully, chief of Book Selection, R(5RS; 
and Jean Babcock, Senior Library Assis- 
tnat. Reference and Research Division 
Office, Due to the storm and other miti- 
gating circumstances two new officers, 
Ilr. Scully and i-r. Sheehan were unable 
to be present. The assembly gave the new 
officers a rousing welcome. After the 
formal meeting vms adjourned, the enter- 
tainment Coi'.niittee , vmder the chairman- 
ship of iliss Lildred Presente performed 



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in their usually afficient inanner, Tv;o , 
tastefully decorated tables were loaded I 
with all kinds of tempting cakes and 
cookies, with hot coffee and cold punch 
as supplements. Tlie ajT^rangonont of the 
hall had provided room 'for dancing, LSr. 
;^dward Peltier had provided hi-fi's and 
records. The tx'dst, adroii:iy but censor - 
vatively done, gave relaxation to the 
young and entertainment to those young 
in heart only, (with one exception!). 
Th::re v/ere several "outside" guests and 
they were v;elconed« All-in-all despite 
the storm, everyone had a grand tine. 
Ovir sy.ipathy is extended to those who 

had_planned to come and for whom the- 

storm presented insurmountable hazards. 

IN MEiiaBIAM « AASOW A. STAIR 

Valentine's Day, 1962, will be re- 
membered in the Library as .the day, v;hen 
instead of gaining a love, vie lost one. 
On that day the sad news came that 
Aaron A. Starr, i^'eputy Assistant Director, 
beloved by his associates, passed away 
in his sleep. Aaron had had a heart 
condition, but he persisted in reporting 
daily to take care of the heavy load of 
contract work that vjas his responsibil- 
ity, especially at this time of year. 
A faithful BPL staff member for 30 odd 
years, Aaron ha-' worked, first part- 
time, later full-time, in the Catalogue 
Cepartment. Aftenvards, transferring 
to the Book Purcliasing Departirant, be 
put to good us3 his training as a grad- 
uate of both Tufts College and Bentley 
School of Accounting. His final a- 
signment v;as to tho Business Office 
v;here he v;orked fron 1949 to the pre- 
sent, making a r.ia.jor contribution to 
the service of the Library. 

Those of us who worked closely with 
him cane to learn that when he spoke 
excitedly it was never from malice but 
from enthusias i for the subject at hand. 
Really aimiabl3, he was a joy to work 
vfith. At times cavalierish, Aaron de- 
lighted the hearts of kindred spirits. 
He knew how to josh those spirits when 
they shortsightedly let their daily 
routines bog them dovm. He loved to 
put in a good ivord for his fellow work- 
ers — and frequently did. Though we 
shall miss him greatly, let us not 
mourn too long. Surely he ^vill put in 
a good word for us with Our Heavenly 
Father, 

M.C ,M, 



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its best 'interests. Rarel^r has the 
.'iuestion Lark 'been edited vdth such vigor 
and distinction, and innovations such as 
the splendid survoj' of student use of the 
Library, and inauguration of the "Yilhy 
Don't We" colum drow v;id spread attention 
to a variety of internal problems of the 
Library, ajid resulted in and attempted 
solutions of sone of them. 

GRATIAS 



Any contribution to the ooap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether viith the name of the Braiach Lib- 
rary, Department or Office in which he 
or she is employed. The name is Vifith- 
he]d from publication, or a pen name is 
used, if the contributor so requests. 
Ancnjmious contributions are aot given 
consideration. The author of the art- 
icle is kno-wn only to the "ditor-in- 
Chief . The contents of the articles 
appearing in the Soap Box are personal 
opinions expressed h- individual Asso- 
ciation members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Committee and the Associa- 
tion are in agreement with the views ex- 
pressed. Only those contributions con- 
taining not more than 300 v/ords will 
be accepted. 



LATE FLA.SH 

llbr, and Hdrs. David Sheehan announce the 
birth of a daughter on February 19 - 
8 lbs 5 1/2 oz. 



To the Soap Box: 

'."hile welcoming the incoming officers I 
of the Staff /association it would be un- 
grateful not to give thanks to the out- 
going Prosident, officois, and commit- 
tees who have served the Association so 
conscientiously and ably during the past 
year. In President, Ruth Kayes, and 
"Editor, Dorothy Shav;, the Association 
was particularly fortunate in having for 
two successive years such outstanding 
leadership. Alert to the vrelfare of 
the entire membership, each r-3vealed a 
genuine concern for both the profes- 
sional and general welfare of the staff, 
and courage and integrity in promoting 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
STAFF ASSOCIATION 



MARCH 1962 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Ribilc' Library Staff Association 
Volume XVII Number 3 ' Iferch 1962 



Publications Committee: Margaret Butler, Janice Maniscalco, Thomas J. Manning, 

Sarah Richman, Catherine Richmond, Edwin G^ Sanf ord, 
Anna Scanlon, I. Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, Sarah M, 
Usher, Indexer, V/illiam T, Casey, Chairriian^ 

■ Publication date: 'deadline for subi.iitting material: 

The fifteenth of p.ach month "'f";? The tenth of each month 



"Gallia est omn^.s divlsa in partes tres," These vjords so dear to the hearts 
of countless generations of school boys served as an introduction to a world that 
was forever and immutably divided into three parts. Now, grown older (though not 
necessarily wiser) than when we first encountered that historic phrase, we find 
jhat we have becom.e part of a world that is just as immutably divided into two 
parts — the world of the Central Library and the world of the Branches. 

This division represents an attempt to integrate the library \'j±th the commu- 
nity at large by combining a centrally located unit with smaller units dispersed 
throughout the city at strategic locations. Earring such unforseeable circum- 
stances as population shifts and neighborhood decline, it is a system that can be 
made to render effective library service particularly when the branch units are 
augmented by the employment of bookmobiles. 

Unfortunately, this physical separation between the Central Library and the 
Branches has sometimes been the cause of a disturbing lack of communication be- 
tween the two worlds. Branch libraries immersed in their own communities, trying 
to cope with problems peculiar to their own locale have little time to sympathize 
with the woes of Central, while those whose laoor confines them to the purlieu of 
Copley Square feel vaguely that the Branches must be not too much unlike the 
fabled land of the lotus-eaters where all is peace and serenity,. 

Exaggerated though this idea may be, it still possesses a core of truth solid 
enough to warrent a serious attempt to try to resolve certain differences, real 
and imaginary, that have developed over the coui'se of the years, A problem such 
as the omnipresent book delivery quandary and the glass-floored stacks does not 
confine itself to Central but reverberates into the Branches „ Conversely, the 
people who staff the Branches should make it a point to be familiar with the many 
departments of the iiiain library in order to give intelligent service to patrons 
seeking material not readily available at the Brancho 

This is but one aspect of a many-faceted problem. The main point is that 
much friction can be avoided if it is understood that no unit of the Library 
operates in a vacuum remote from other uiiits. The fact that Donne's expression 
"no man is an island" has been quoted into the status of a cliche does not alter 
the basic truth contained in his remarks. Incorporated in the pages of this issue 
are a few remarks on the extension of the book railway in Book Stack Service, 
This is but one of many improvements long needed in Central Library, Indirectly, 
this and other changes will effect the Branches as well. It is hoped that along 



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with these material changes lAdll come a deeper understanding between the two 
worlds of the library, a sympathy for common problems, and a realization that each 
v/orld has something to offer the other. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMtillTTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



It has been brought to the attention 
of the Executive Board that some members 
o:? the staff have been guilty of spilling i 
soft drinks on the floor of the men's i 

lunch-room in Stack I, The Superintend- | 
ent of Library Buildings reports that it ! 
has been necessary to wash and wax the I 
floor more frequently as a result of j 

this carelessness. It has also been ■ 

nrted that the ladies occasionaly leave i 
a dry tea kettle on the hot plate in the | 
Stack II lunoh-room. This could result ' 
in a fire, so we urge all the ladies who | 
use the lunch-room to make sure that the j 
water level in the kettle is kept at the ■ 
proper height, : 

It may seem that the preceding para- ' 
graph dealt with matters of less than ! 

world-shaking importance, but they are 
signs of carelessness and thoughtlessness [ 
on the part of a few members of the staff ! 
which could have a serious effect on the . 
comfort of their fellow employees. We i 
strongly urge everybody to cooperate and ; 
keep our staff quarters in the best pos- ' 
sible condition. This will make for ; 

greater comfort for all and will ease the \ 
burden of the custodians. I 

The first step of the job evaluation i 
project has been completed. Every posi- j 
tion evaluated has been assigned points 
for all the factors considered. We 
trust that the tabulation and review will 
not be too time consiiming and that the 
final results will be forthcoming soon. 
Those T/ho may be impatient with the seem- 
ing delay should find comfort in the 
knowledge that much time was spent in an 
effort to insure that each and every job 
evaluated was fairly and completely de- 
scribed. 

For those of you who remember the good i 
old days when income tax returns were due| 
on the Fifteenth of li'&rch it may help to 
recall some of the pangs of the past to 
pay your Staff Association dues now. 



Some units have already achieved a per- 
fect record and endeared themselves to 
our Treasurer. Please run right over to 
your friendly neighborhood Staff Repre- 
sentative and press a fifty cent coin in 
his or her moist little palm. Those mem- 
bers of the Association who have entered 
the service after 1 December 1961 and 
have paid their dues will be credited 
with payment for the current year. 

LOUIS RAINS, 
President 

PERSONNEL NOTES 



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New Employees 

Mrs. Esther P, Bialow, Hospital 

Library Service 
Sarah T, Cadbury, Mattapan 
Paul F. Crane, Education Department 
Robert L. Green, Cataloging and 

Classification (R&R) 
Linda Giorley, East Boston 
Mary E. Jackson, General Reference 

Assistant 
yjrs, Evelyn Kommuller, re-entered 

service, Jamaica Plain 
Sidney F. Lawson, Book Purchasing 

Department 
Sydney Starr, Fine Arts 

Retired 

Rosaljm S. Vferner, Roslindale, 

February 28, 1962 
Lena Downey, Buildings, February 28, 

1962 

Transferred 

William T. Casey, from Connolly to 

Codraan Square 
Gordon E. Hayden, from Book Preparation 

to Binding Department 
Ifergot A. Tmodward, from I',5attapan to 

Roslindale 



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Ceased 

la^o . Maureen J, Banker, Bookmobiles, to 

stay at home 
Judith. Kf Coarr, Jan&ica Plain, to be 

married, 
Am IJ, Geisel, Jamaica Plain, health 
Jfc-So Julia Fainsilber, to stay at home 
Eup'^rt, 11, Gilrpva Kirstein Business 

Ei-cnch, to attend library school full 

Er1.l:a Lange, Prr.nt Dejoartment, to accept 
• ;^-ositior at Li-audeip University 

J"uJ> Louise McGui'l'-j Jamriba Plain, ill 
ho£lbh— *lIote 5 Deceased ., , 

M. L>A. CONVEIITIOW 

A snow storm of the previous day and 
the hazardo-.:3 driring that followed did 
noc pravent a sizeable group from gath- 
ering for the M'-l^Winter neetiVns of the 
S&ss^.chusetts Library Association held on 
Th.ursday, Feb, 15th at the Sheraton 
Plaza in Boston© B, Pc L.'s Krso JAiriel 
C» Javelin, President o£ MoL^Ao, expedi- 
tiously conducted the business portion of 
the rmeting whic.'i included a report on 
State Aid by IfrSv, V^ Geneveive Galick, 
Director of Library Extension^ State 
Department of Education who assured the 
^roup that machinery is being designed 
and lubricated to launch the program* 

With the introduction of Miss Mriam 
Putnam, President-Elect of M.L^A,, the 
meeting moved into its program centered 
around the theme of Library Personnel, 
1962, A panel devoted to "what are we 
looking for?" vi&s moderated by Dr, 
Kenneth D. Benne, Theodore W, Brenson 
Professor of Human Relations, Boston 
University. Panel members were Miss 
Jewell Drickamerj Director of Library 
Center, Middletovm, Connecticut State 
Department of Education; Dr, Henry ~L« 
Isaksen, Director of Personnel Services, 
Lexington Public Schools; Mrs, Herbert V. 
Kibrick, Cataloging Department, ¥/idener 
Library, Harvard University; Alvis He 
Price, Graduate Student, School of 
Library Science, Simmons College; and 
Kenneth R, Shaffer, Director of the 
School of Libraiy Science, Simmons 
College, The results of the group's 
discussion seemed to indicate that more 



attention should be focused on recruit- 
ing young mothers after their childrafii 
have passed the constant care stage of ■' - 
their development* Mss Drickamer, per«» 
haps looking to the future, candidly 
suggested that training should be givea 
for different levels of jobs required in 
libraiy service, and that misfits should 
be tenninated rather than shifted from 
Job to job. The panel went on record 
favoring the development of a broad 
working philosophy of libi*ary service as 
well as a "professional inage" that 
could be extended to ccvBr all catogo^^ 
iT.es, Personally, the morning program 
weis most absorbing, yet perhaps could 
have been more revmrding had questions 
for the panel been allowed from the floor. 

One hears much muttering relative to 
attracting top flight college graduates; 
it would seem profitable to evaluate on 
this program some means that could be 
used to interest this group in a career 
of library service, Dr, Benne tried to 
arou&e interest in the recruiting of 
males, but the members of the panel did 
not seem interested in discussing the 
matter o T7hy? 

The need for more personnel in the 
field was brought out strongly and elo- 
quently at the luncheon meeting in the 
speech made by Mrso Florrinell F, Morton, 
President, American Library Association, 

A sjrmposium devoted to "What are we 
going to do about it (Personnel)?" was 
held during the afternoona The chair- 
man of the session v.«.s Miss Lucille 
Wicksham, Chairman, Massachusetts 
Library Association Education Committee, 
ffiss Helen M. Brown, Chairman of the 
M,L»A, Recruiting Committee developed the 
thesis that more recruiting be done on an 
individual basis, and the novice made 
aware of the total picture of library 
operation. Career conferences and edu- 
cational channels are helpful and should 
be used to reach new people. Television 
is an effective recruiting instrumento 
Certification procedures were outlined "by 
Miss Alice M. Cahill, Assistant Director, 
Division of Library Extension, State 
Department of Education, Miss Cahill 
traced the development of the trend 
towards increased certification of 



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librarians in Massachusetts, At the 
present time there is not a mandatory law 
on the books in the Bay State. Standards 
fcr certification remain on the local 
level. Miss Cahill stated that approx- 
imately &Sfo of all Massachusetts 
libraries are not serviced by a profes- 
sional librarian. Problems of super- 
vision of personnel were discussed by 
B.P.L.'s Ervin J. Gaines who felt that 
periodic personal interviews would be 
helpful in correcting areas of poor per- 
formance. There should be a detailed de- 
scription of the job provided for the 
worker as a guide to better performance 
standards, and this item would be helpful 
in making periodic reviews more meaning- 
ful. Good as well as bad aspects of 
library operations should be delegated as 
en. J effective means of improving staff 
morales Milton 0. Corey, Associate 
Personnel Director, John Hancock Mutual 
Life Insurance Company shared with the 
group some of the methods used by his 
firm to bring out the best in their 
people. Long range plans and immediate 
objectives are discussed and stated by 
management and personnel on an individ- 
ual basis in order to increase productiv- 
ity. Opportunities to broaden knowledge 
of the firm's operations and those of 
other firms are given to key personnel 
in order to enrich the Hancock's working 
philosopiyo As I listened to this sym- 
posium, the thought crossed my mind that 
mor© attention should be directed to the 
individual's role in his particular 
library environment. Have we become 
focused too narrowly in our views of 
library service to negate a total view of 
the B.P.L. and the general community? 
Should we not open our senses to areas of 
greater development? To paraphrase a 
well-known cigarette advertisement, 'Are 
you expending more energy, but gaining 
less re-wards?" I hope not, 

ARTHUR M. WOLMA.N 
..:''■ HOff ABOOT 

* ,,, That recent letter received by the 
HISTORY DEPARTMENT from someone wanting 
to "get a line on the Fish family," 



NEVYS FROM SCI-TECH 

Gerald J, Nash of the Science & 
Technology Department has been notified 
of his acceptance by the Society of 
Jesus, As one of 35 applicants accepted 
from New England he will commence his 
study for the priesthood at Shadowbrook 
in Stockbridge early in August, Gerald 
will receive his diploma from Boston 
College High School in June* He is the 
second i-anking meniber of the senior class, 
a member of the Honor Society, and active 
in school programs « . 

BPL ON THE AIR 

During the past few months several 
members of the staff have appeared on 
local radio and TV programs. On January 
18, Miss B^ldred O'Connor was interviewed 
on TTNA-C by Bill ^hn concerning scholar- 
ship material available at the Library, 
A 6:15 newscast on Y.T<!A.C-TV on February 
15 gave Helen Savagian an opportvmity to 
indicate some of the beautiful items on 
display in the Treasure Room, Miss Pearl 
Smart, Librarian of the South End Branch, 
was interviewed for the program "Our 
Believing Viforld" on February 18 over 
YJBZ-TV, A program called "We believe in 
our commvmity" broadcast by Y/ORL on 
February 25 had as a guest Mr, Francis X, 
Moloney, Program PM on March 6 scored a 
noteable coup by securing as a guest Mr, 
Joseph Crowley, of Book Stack Service, 
who for many years has been shunning 
publicity. Congratulations to one and 
all for representing the Library so 
creditably, Iky you all become guests 
on the Jack Paar Show, 

CHARLESTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY 

Mrs, Mary K. Harris, Librarian of the 
Charlestovm Branch, has be€H ur£n«» 
imously elected to the Board of the 
Charlestown ffistorical Society, This 
group, currently working with the Boston 
Redevelopment Attthority for the preser- 
vation of historical sites, is planning 
a series of special exhibits for display 
on June 17. 



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j CA THOLIC LIBPARY ASSOCIATION 
( IJEi^J EMC-LAilD TOIT ) 

The annual Catholic Book Forum and Fair, 
■under the joint sponsorship of the New 
' England Unit of the Catholic Library As- 
sociation and the League of Catholic Wom- 
en, was held in the New England Mutual 
Hall on Saturday, February 2li. In spite 
of the adverse weather conditions, an 
audience of about five hundred enjoyed the 
program of speakers and the exhibition and 
sale of books which folloiired in the lobby. 
The authors who spoke included the Rev, 
Thomas J. Carroll, of the Catholic Guild 
for the Blindj I'lichael Novak, author of 
"The Tiber was Silver"; Barbara Cooney, 
reviewer of the beautifully illustrated 
"The Little Juggler"; and Professor 
Francis II, Rogers of Harvard, who authored 
"The Travels of the Infante Com Pedro", 
Other speakers included liiss Sally Ann 
Quinn, chairman of the New England Unit, 
Catholic Librarj^ Association, Ilrs. Thomas 
J. "'Jalsh, president of the League of Cath- 
olic ^'omen, and the Right Reverend John J. 
Sexton, honorary chairman of Catholic 
Book Week, The Right Reverend Timothy F, 
O'Learj'-, superintendent of parochial 
schools, presented the awards to the 
prize-Tvinners in the art poster contest, 
sponsored by the New In gland Unit in con- 
nection xjith Catholic Book Week, 

Before and after the Forum, there was 
an exhibition of recent books, including 
the books whose authors spoke, in the 
lobby. These books also x^rere on sale and 
those who desired were able to have them 
autographed by the respective authors. 
Several members of the staff of the BPL 
assisted in the work of assuring the suc- 
cess of the affair. The Book Fair closed 
about 5:30 P.M, 

HEARD AROUND THE CORRIDORS 

Officer O'Connell tells this one: "I 
was on duty in the Chevannes Gallery one 
day last vreek when two young ladies ap- 
proached me and asked if they could 
charge out the book that one of them was 
holding. I directed her to the center 
desk for information, whereupon one of 
them answered: *I already asked the 
lady at that desk and she told me to ask 
the Oificer-in-Char::e, so I came to you.'" 



j AUTOllATIQN' BI COPLEY SQUARE 

j Strangers passing through the Reference 
(Department these days ruay be pardoned if 
jthey tliinlc for a moment that they have 
itaken a Xirrong turn and wound up in Park 
Street Under. This understandable con- 
fusion comes from the first glimpse of 
the book railway extension, pride and joy 
of the Reference Division. An interview 
with Commander 3,J.0'Neil, TrajTfic lanag- 
er for this short-short line, yielded the 
jfolloTn.ng information. 

I It is a twin conveyor belt bringing the 
ibooks from the point where the book rail- 
Iway ends to the vestibule just beyond 
Centre Desk, and returning them the same 
way, I. Tien it was planned to move and ex- 
pand the public catalog into the Abbey 
Roon vith the adjacent area serving as 
Iheadquarters for Book Stack Service, one 
jof the difficulties encoimtered was that 
I the route for books being delivered to 
'Bates Hall had to pass through the Abbey 
jRoom. To' avoid this con-estion, the ar- 
jchitects managed to surmount this obsta- 
jcle by ingeniously routing this Book 
j Stack IfTA arbund the public areas. The 
inet result has been an increase in the 
j speed with which books can be carried 
;from the stacks to the patron and is a 
I step fonrard on the long road that leads 
jto a solution of the problem, 

I A STAFF KEMBSR OF NOTE 
I — ' — ' ' — — 

] We seem to attract a great many accom- 
plished musicians to our staff of li- 
ibrary people, some of them very well ver- 
ised in their oxra field. Our latest hon- 
;ors go to Ilargaret L. Goodr.an of the 
i staff of Rare Book. She has been working 
ion the ranuscript collections there for 
isome time now, as a special assistant on 
jthe v-hitney Manuscript Fund and just re- 
jcently gave a voice recital at the Hew 
j England Conservatory as a candidate for 
her riaster's degree in music. 

Her singing was well received as she 
sang selections by liandel, Schubert, 
Bellini, '-Jolf , and ililhaud, accompanied 
by the piano and clarinet. Her appreci- 
ative audience included ex-Rare Booker 
Louis Ugalde and liis wife. 



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BRANCH NOTES 

On Saturday, Feb. 10, the staff of Cod- 
man Square Branch celebrated the dual, 
simultaneous achievements of iiiss B, , 
Gertrude ¥ade, by attending a luncheon 
party given in her honor by Mrs. Eleanora 
N. Chaplik. On the way to Ifnitman, the 
mood for the event was f elicitiously set 
by newly fallen snow, dramatically out- 
lining the branches (Edna Millay's "beau- 
ty bare'Oo Our ..-ride and joy in a bril- 
liant colleague and warm affection for 
an erstwhile "buddy" was enhanced by the 
ever beguiling atmosphere and scrumptious 
food of the Toll House. 

Niss T-i'ade was presented - and rendered 
speechless, if one can conceive Miss VJade 
at a loss - with a pied scarab bracelet 
and earring set (for luck and good health^ 
honoring her very distinguished comple- 
tion of a Master's Degree in Library Sci- 
ence from Simmons College: a desk, anon, 
for her new apartment (and for the new 
executive to "knock wood" on), in r©^cgi:i- 
tion of her promotion to Branch Librarian 
of Faneuil: and a subscription to the 
New York Times Book Re-View (to keep her 
informed about the books she will not 
have time to read, ) 

Red carnations (favorites of B.G.W.) 
and a ininiature cake capped with a wee 
diploma (courtesy of Toll House) com- 
pleted a jocund and delectable afternoon. 

The Staff of 





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rejoices for our many-faceted Miss l.'ade — 
and for the library professionj J J 



It may be of interest to the Staff tlmt 
we have a Junior Achievement leader on 
our part time staff at 1/ashington Village 
Branch Library, I^laureen Smith, a junior 
at Nazareth High, has been selected as 
"Mss Eastern Massachusetts" in a Junior 
Achievement competition, 

li, W, 



IN MEMORtAI«J 
. II » 

Louise Lento McGurk will be long re- 
membered by her collea^iues in the Li- 
brary, From her fifst assignment as an 
Extra at East Boston, through her long 
happy years at Roslindale, and finally 
the last ten years at Jamaica Plain, she 
made a host of friends, 'Jarm, generous, 
loyal and kind, her devotion to the Li- 
brary and to her friends knew no bounds. 
She was quick to reach out a helping 
hand, often anonymously, to a friend and 
even to members of the public. Her 
courage and stoicism throughout her long 
illness set an example that was truly an 
inspiration. The Library has lost a val- 
uable assistant, -we have lost a beloved 
friend, 

G,M,A. 



1 illiam J. Ennis, retired employee, 
died in laine on February 23, He enter- 
ed the service in October 1900, and re- 
tired in October I9I4.8, having been em- 
ployed in the Newspaper Room, Patent Rooi% 
and as Chief of Book Stack Service, 
Formerly a resident of Everett, he had 
retired to Denmark, Maine, to spend his 
days in hunting and fishing. 



William A. McGowan, retired employee, 
died in VJest Roxbury at the aye of 7^4, 
on February 27 » He entered the service 
in March 1903, and retired in November 
19^3 > with over 50 years of service. He 
had been employed in the Director's of- 
fice, the Cataloging c; Classification 
Department (R&RS), and Book Stack Ser- 
vice. He was a veteran of ^ orld ',ar I 
and a member of vJest Roxbury Post #l67 
of the American Legion. As a member of 
the Saint Alphonsus Club of Roxbury he 
had a continuing interest in athletics, 
especially in football and crew, 

AN ELECTION NOTE 

Congratulations are in order for Mr, 
Gaines, our energetic Director of Per- 
sonnel, who was recently elected a member 
of the School Committee for his home town 
of Canton, 



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i^EN'S LIBRARIANS CLUB 

On Tuesday, March 20, THE MEN'S LI- 
BR.4RIANS CLUB will converge on the AVCO 
R&D Corporation in Wilmington for an 
evening of restrained libation. This is 
a congenial group of local librarians 
dedicated to the fight for male suffer- 
age in the library profession, 

GOVERNOR'S COMFEREMCE 

On Thursday, April 12 a L the Hotel 
Somerset, the very diaportant FIRST GOV- 
ERNOR'S CO^^EERBircE Oy .LIBRARIES xri.ll 
take place at' noon. Luncheon tickets 
are reserved and may be obtained from 
Mr. Richard Sullivan of Suffolk Univer- 
sity or from the Mass. Division of Li- 
brary Extension, 

ALICE M, JORDAN I-IEl^ORIAL 

¥e are happy to announce that the first 
class of twenty-five students has been 
accepted and will begin their course 
under the capable instruction of Mrs, 
Beryl Robinson, on Tuesday, March 13. 

BOOK AND AUTHOR LUNCHEON 



The third annual Book and Author Lunch 
eon will take place this year on Monday, 
April 9 at the Sheraton Plaza, Speakers 
will be John Spencer Churchill, Louis 
Nizer, and Anya Seton. Those who have 
attended this affair in the past know 
they will be assured of an enjoyable tinii 



f the blighted area to find again the 
eace and quiet essential to intenectt»n 
ursuito 

But i^gainst this inconvenience must be 
leasur^ the progress that has been 
;ained(- with the full merit of the great 
improvement yet to be realized. At the 
half-T/j^ nark we have made the one great 
iiscovi^rys Eurelca - we have doubled oiur 
tjapaci'fiy - and we have new cases and new 
brays irhioh are not over-orowded with 
oards being bent, torn, and smudged 
bhrough rough handling occasioned by the 
iifficulty in using theme 

New catalog stands and new lighting com- 
pliment the new cases (68 of them, each 
Tith 72 trays). Thirty-three of these 
3ases have been installed, most of them 
in the old Issue Department area which is 
bo be an extension of the Abbey Room 
jatalogo Already the cards from "Hoses, 
3," to the end of the alphabet have been 
bransferred into the new cases. 

The anbivalent genius behind this 
'Grand Design" (shades of Ollie Cromwell) 
is !'&•• David Sheehan, sometime Treasurer 
5f BPLSA, and member of the General Ref- 
jrenc© Department* 



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DRAITERS IN TURMOIL 

The ears and eyes of the General Ref- 
erence Staff have been under attack and 
have been laid seige to. 

Operation "Neiv Catalog Installation" 
has witnessed the Staff both meeting and 
mounting the assault. Perhaps the har- 
assed patron who strained to hear the 
answer to his query over the din of the 
a symphonic accompaniment^of an orchestra 
of hammers, drills, and scrapers, etc.^ 
felt relieved when he put up the tele- 
fhcae receiver and, abracadabra, peace 
and quiet was restored. Perhaps the on- 
the-spot patron was grateful to pass out 



j Annual dues for membership in the BOSTON 
pUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF ASSOCIATION are due 
in I/Sarch, For an application form oontaot 
'^our Staff Representative 

or 
Send I ©50 to David Sheehan (General Ref- 
srence), Treasiarer, BPLSA ^ For fxu-ther 
Information, please contact yom- Staff 
^epresentative-or-Miss Jean Babcock 
(Office of Reference <fc Research Services), 
:3hairman, lilembership & Hospitality Com- 
nitteea 
[NoB, - Those members of the Association 

J7ho entered the service after 1 December 
1961„ and have paid their dues will be 
credited with payment for the current 

yearo] 



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Any contribution to the Soap Box musi 
be accompsmied by the full name of the 
Associatioii 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 art- 
icle is known only to the Edi"6or- in- 
Chief . The contents of the articles 
appearing in the Soap Box are personal 
opinions expressed by individual Asso- 
ciation members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Committee and the Associa- 
tion are in agreement with the views ex- 
pressed. Only those contributions con- 
taining not more than 300 words will 
be accepted. 



Dear Soap Box Editor : 

I too would like to say "thank -you" 
(as did "gratias" in the February issue 
of the Question Mark to the out-going 
officers of the Association for a job 
well done, 

I know how hard the President, Miss 
Ruth M. Hayes, her officers, and com- 
mittes worked for the good of everyone 
on the staff and I along with many 
others sincerely appreciate their fine 
efforts. 

LA. 2 



lO the Soap Box- 

If anyone has a good explanation for 
what appears to be "favored treatment" 
for a large portion of the staff, we'd 
be glad to hear it. It seems to be 
possible for appointments to be made 
almost at once at department head level 
and above, in every section of the ser- 
vice except in Reference Division , where 
there are usually long delays and a 
series of "Acting" titles, even includ- 
ing the Division head. 

Since it takes many more years for a 
vacancy to a titular position to occur, 
into which one's "specialized" examin- 
ations, education, and training will fit, 
than it does in other services, it 
would seem only fair that when they do 
occur, the positions might be filled as 
swiftty, if there is a qualified person 
in the service, and as "permanently" as 
in other divisions. 

lAist Reference workers always be in 

i the poor relation class? 

I 
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1 Reference Worker 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



APRIL 1962 



THEQUESTIONMARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Voluine XVII Number k April 1962 

-Publications Committee: Margaret Butler, Janice Maniscalco, Thomas J. Manning, 

Sarah Richman, Catherine Richmond, Edwin G, Sanford, 
Anna Scanlon, Jean Babcock, I, Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, 
Sarah M, Usher, Indexer, William T, Casey, Chairman, 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

Some time ago, the dignified pages of the Library Journal were turned 
into a battlegroiind when one revolutionary-minded librarian arose and advocated 
the abolition -of National Library Week. The ensiling conflict that followed 
upon the heels of this radical proposal generated considerable heat and a few 
vagrant rays of light, l-Jhen the dust had settled, it seemed clear that the 
basic concept underlying the idea of a National Library Ueek had firmly 
entrenched itself within a short span of time until it had become an indis- 
soluble adjunct to the world of librai^ies. 

Whether the thought of National Library Week is a bother or a blessing 
for the individual librarian, it does afford each of us a rather unique 
opportunity for a modicum of soul-searching. Arriving as it does in the spring 
of the year when our spirits are being renexjed after a winter filled with vapors 
and discontents, it looms forth as a logical promontory whereon to stand and 
re-examine our individual relations to our chosen profession. 

We pride ourselves on the fact that a library represents something more 
than a means of earning a livelihood. It is an amalgam of books and people, 
and because the ranks of both continue to increase with each passing year, it 
affords a constant challenge to make certain that the right book reaches the 
right person. The library, being a huiTian institution, is handicapped by human 
x^feaknesses and failings. VJe make haste too slowly in our efforts to extend our 
services to those "underdeveloped" areas of our community where library service 
is either poor or non-existent. Hamstrung by budgetary deficiencies and 
personnel shortages vje cannot always render all the services that have come to 
be associated with a public library. 

Overwhelmed though we may be with the more prosaic problems of overdue 
books, work schedules, department coverage, and missing lists we must not fail 
to give attention to the intellectual aspects of our profession. Paramount 
among these is that prickly pear called book selection which, like the poor, we 
seem to have always with us, 

VJe will not, at this time, add to the thorny morass of verbiage that has 
sprung forth to encon^jass this controversial facet of library work. Suffice it 
to ssy that no "agonizing re-appraisal" of our individual relation to library 
work can be complete unless we examine and define our personal views on this 
topic. Even those who do not directly participate in the mechanics of the book 
selection process have an obligation to make themselves aware of the existing 
standards employed in 'choosing the volumes which are made available to the publico 
There is more at stake than the simple acceptance or rejection of a "Tropic of 
Cancer", for the issue ultimately resolves itself into a consideration of indi- 
vidual standards and that very personal philosophy that motivates our work as 
librarians « 



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In svKi, let us remember that National Library Week must mean more than 
posters, programs and book-marks. It is the total of those varied assets and 
attributes that each librarian can contribute to his segment of the profession. 
Admitting that this may not be the best of all possible worlds, let us recognize 
its shortcomings, cherish its satisfactions, and strive to make this world just 
a little bib better because of our participation in it. 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

On Friday morning, 6 April, a public 
hearing was held at the City Hall on 
the question of whether or not Boston 
sjiould accept the State law concerning 
hospitalization, surgical, and life 
insurance benefits for city employees. 
The acceptance of the law would result 
in the payment by the City of one half 
of the premium for the insurance. 
Russell A, Scully, member of the Execu- 
tive Board was present at the hearing 
to represent the Staff Association. 

' ■■ The members of the City Council who 
were present at the hearing appeared to 
be in favor of the legislation, and it 
is known that the Mayor is rjceptive to 
the adoption of the State law. The 
proposal has now been taken into Execu- 
tive Session by the City Council. 
Adoption of this plan will result in an 
important fringe benefit for all 
employees of the City of Boston who are 
not excluded by law from its provisions. 

The job evaluation project is nearing 
completion. Mr. Gaines has been out of 
toTjn much of the past month on a 
recruiting campaign which appears to be 
resulting in the appearance of some 
very likely candidates. However, he 
plans to try to complete the job eval- 
uation survey and have it in shape to 
present to the Trustee's Committee on 
Personnel at their next meeting which 
is scheduled for May 25th. 

LOUIS RAINS, 
President 

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LATE NEWS FLASH 

On April 10 the Boston City Council 
accepted the State law referred to in 
the PRESIDENT'S NOTES. It is hoped 



1 that the contributory hospital insur- 

i ance program will go into effect on 

I July 1. 

I 

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I 

j PERSONl'JEL NOTES 

i 

! Entered Service 

i 

'■ Mrs, Marianne Boxenhorn, Mattapan 

' Joseph B, de Roche, Charlestown 
' Mrs. Antonia Moore, Central Charging 
'■ Records 

' Angela M. Segadelli, Jamaica Plain 
: Patricia White, Cataloging & Classifi- 
cation Department R & RS 
; Hugh T. V/alsh, Central Charging Records 
■ Joan M. White, Bookmobiles 

I Transferred 

' Ifrs, Mary M. I^^ler, from Jamaica Plain 

to Open Shelf Department 
I Thomas Santos, from Central Charging 
I Records to Audio Visual Department. 



NORTHEASTERN STUDENTS 



NEW 



, Barbara L, Carlson, Book Stack Service 

j Dean Denniston, Book Stack Service 

I Barry Gordon, Book Stack Service 

i Harvey A, Jones, Book Stack Service 

: Donald L. l^Jaurer, Book Stack Service 

'■ Laura A, Richards, Music Department 

I Glenn Ryan, Book Stack Service 

j John Costello, Book Purchasing 

I 

i RE-ENTERING 
I ——————— 

\ Michael Berman, Book Stack Servicfe 

I Ernest Gam, Book Stack Service 

! John J. Kelly, Book Stack Service 

i Robert B, I'tecdonald, Book Stack Service 

Henry Ricupero, Book Stack Service 

Barbara LaFlamme, Cat.&Class. Dept.RRS 

Mary MacDonald, Cat.&Class. Dept.RRS 

Beverly Shapiro,Cat,ficClass, Dept.RRS 

Elaine Miller, Bookmobiles 

Barbara Sielinski, Connolly 



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Gerald Blonder, Open Shelf Department 
Joan Harrington, South End Branch h'-.cj.- 
Stephen Grochowski, Office of Records, ' 

Files, Statistics 
Frances Hale, Personnel 
Catherine Coggon, Book Preparation Dept, 
Anthony Tieuli, Book Purchasing Dept, 
Janice Wright, Book Purchasing Dept, 

CSASSD , (Returning to School) 

Janice E. Campbell, Personnel Office 
Neil J, Kelly, Office of Records, Files 

and Statistics 
Adam Artis, Book Stack Service 
Henry Datelle, Book Stack Service 
Walter Feuerstein, Book Stack Service 
Sally B, Forbes, Book Stack Service 
William G, Henderson, Book Stack Service 
Robert F, Kane, Book Stack Service 
Peter J, Sullivan, Book Stack Service 
Leroy E, Temple, Book Stack Service 
Leonard A, Walsh, Book Stack Service 
Brenda Franklin, Book Purchasing Dept, 
V7illiam I'lillerick, Book Purchasing Dept, 
Robert Mimchiello,Book Purchasing Dept, 
Elaine Powers, Book Preparation Dept, 
Joan Lavery, Book Preparation Dept, 
Carol A, Gourley, South End 
John G, Funchion, Open Shelf 
Hilary A, Wayson, Bookmobiles 
Antoinette Calabresi, Cat,&Class. Dept#- 
Patricia Fradsham, Cat, Sc Class. Dept,-^- 
Joan R, Merchant, Cat, & Class, Dept, * 
Elizabeth McLucas, Cat, & Class. Dept.-K- 
Martin Qualters, Cat, &: Class. Dept. * 

^ Div, of Ref . & Res, 
Other Personnel Terminated 

Thomas A, Incze, Audio Visual - to 

attend school abroad 
John R, Sutherland, Book Stack Service 
Carol L, Aldrich, Cat. k Class, Dept,, 

Div. of Ref, (i Res, Services 
Ernest Ifetthias, Business Office 

A NEW CHIEF FCE CEi'ITRAL CHARGING 

Not the least of the many "Looies" 
who are past or present members of the j 
BPL staff is the recently appointed I 
Chief of the Central Charging Records j 
Department, Louis Polishook, A twenty- 
five year plus vetran of the library | 
wars, he began his career at the Fellows , 
Atheneiam Branch. As he himself describes 



his entrance into the library ranks: 
"I used to cause so much trouble at the 
branch that the librarian figured the 
only way to stop me was to put me on the 
payroll" , He remained at Fellows 
Atheneum until World War II interrupted 
his career. Entering the Arnry, he 
served in Europe and after his discharge 
in 191^6 he returned to the B.P.L, and 
was transferred to the Patent Room of 
the Central Library. After some ten 
years with this department he was trans- 
ferred to Central Charging with the title 
of Executive Assistant. In 1957 he was 
promoted to Administrative Assistant, 
assuming command of the department as 
Chief on February 28, 1962, A graduate 
of Suffolk University and Bentley School 
of Accounting, he is well qiaalified to 
handle the nyriad details involved in 
the administration of this key depart- 
ment. Active in the affairs of the 
STAFF ASSOCIATION, he has served on mai^ 
committees and is presently a member of 
the Executive Board. Over the years, 
Louis has made a number of friends with 
his genial good humor and his ability to 
discourse at considerable length on a 
wide variety of topics. In addition to 
his regular duties, he is now Commander- 
in-Chief of the blue clad legions that 
alertly man the portals of the Central 
Library, But we feel certain that he 
will also handle this task with his 
customary aplomb o 

HOSPITAL LIBRARY RE-OPENS 

One of the happier events of the spring 
was the reactivating of the Hospital 
Library Service after a two year hiatus. 
This popular unit, under the direction 
of Mrs. Mary Langton, serves the staff 
and patients of the City Hospital, 
Forced to curtail services by a period of 
municipal retrenchment, this department 
resumed operations on March 20th of this 
year, A "welcome home" celebration for 
the group was held on April 11 under the 
sponsorship of The Friends of the 
Hospital Library. Dr, John CoixLin, 
Director of the Boston City Hospital, 
expressed the sentiments of all present 
when he lauded the Hospital Library 
Service for its important role as a 
morale builder within the walls of the 
hospital. 



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BOOK AND AUTHOR LU1\'CHE0N 



A fascinating program and a perfect 
spring day made the 3rd annual Book and 
Author Luncheon a resounding success. 
Spring hats and fashions abounded at the j 
Sheraton Plaza Monday, April 9th as ovei" 
700 people turned out for the event 
sponsored jointly by the Woinen's Nationalj 
Book Association and the Boston Herald- j 
Travelers 

Louise Weiscopf, Chairman of the Book 
and Author Luncheon Committee opened the 
program, introducing Alice Dixon-Bond of 
the Boston Herald Traveler, mistress of 
ceremonies for the luncheon, who presen- 
ted the other head table guests: Authors 
Anya Seton, John Spencer Churchill and 
Louis Nizer, Vice Admiral John L, McCrea 
State Chairman for National Library Week, 
Mrs, Lillian Gurney representing the 
Women's National Book Association, BPL*s 
own Edna G, Peck, President of the Bos tor 
Chapter, Ned Bradford of Little-Brown, 
Kenneth McCormick of Doubleday, and 
Hardwick Mosely of Houghton-Mifflin, 

After a hearty luncheon the authors 
took over, Anya Seton paid tribute to 
Boston ajid went on to say that she 
believes the biographical historical 
novel, as a genre, to be superior to any 
other form of fiction. It takes years of 
research and travel to "put well-rounded 
flesh on the bare bones of fact", and 
because one uses facts, the "sums can be 
checked". The title of her latest novel, 
DEVIL WATER, comes from a French proverb, 
"The devil's holy water is fear," Miss 
Seton discussed universal themes and said 
that people today are far less cruel to 
each other than they were in the past. 
She ended by reminding us that a know- 
ledge of the past is essential in under- 
standing the present and the future. 

John Spencer Churchill, author of A 
CHURCHILL CANVAS, spoke in a lighter vein 
The book relates his versatile career as 
writer, soldier and artist, but Mr, 
Churchill told of how difficult it was to 
be anything if one is brought up in the 
shadow of Sir Winston. Some of his more 
amusing anecdotes involved Sir Winston 
and his ginger torn, Mr, Cat, It seems 
that once Mr. Cat has settled himself in j 
the middle of the statesman's bed for ths 
night. Sir Winston is sometimes reduced | 
to climbing into bed around him. He told 
of dining with his uncle last year, when 



Sir VJinston was 86, and discovering 
that he had over 3,000 cigars* When 
John asked what in the world he was 
going to do xj-ith them, his uncle re- 
plied that he was smoking them as fast 
as he could. 

Louis Nizer charmed the audience 
talking of MY LIFE IN COURT, a blend of 
his more famous cases and his own philo- 
sophy. He pointed out that fictional 
courtroom scenes are but pale simiila- 
tions of real courtroom drama. His book 
is made up of contrasting cases, ranging 
from divorce trials to the Quentin- 
Reynolds vs. Westbrook Pegler libel suit, 
Mr, Nizer believes implicitly in the 
American democratic jury system, for he 
says that as you multiply judgements 
you reduce incidents of error. 

Vice-Admiral John L. McCrea reminded 
us that piiblic servants have public 
duties, and tipped his hat to libraries 
in general and BPL in particular. 

The BPL was very well represented, and 
all in all National Library Week opened 
with a bang, 

RETIREMENT 
MRS. CATHERINE COiTNOLLY 

Dorchester Branch Library has not 
really been the same since March 20th, 
when a very special lady, Mrs. Catherine 
Connolly, retired after eighteen years 
of service. Working first at the 
Central Library, then at the old South 
Boston Branch, I4rs, Connolly, for the 
past five years has kept our old dilapi- 
tated Branch in a more than presentable 
condition; so much that we have had 
hundreds of compliments upon the looks 
of the building - the cleanliness and 
attractive atmosphere. Always here, 
always unobtrusive, yet leaving her mark 
of quality upon her work, Mrs. Connolly 
leaves us with a sad, nostalgic en^jti- 
ness in our work day, and a tender spot 
of affection in our hearts. 

On Monday, i^iarch 19, her last full 
work day at Dorchester, in keeping with 
her desire for no fanfare, the staff of 
the Branch had a little luncheon for her 
with her two daughters-in-law as invited 
guests. She was presented with a 
beautiful leather and tapestry handbag 
conraining a monetary gift with which to 
purchase something special for herself. 






This was not only from members of the 
present staff but from other friends who ; 
had worked >Tith ifrs, Connolly, as well, 
,f We love her I We miss her J V/e iri.sh ' 
her many happy years of enjoyment with ; 
her wonderfiil familyi i 

i 
ON DISPLAY, AT CODJ'iAN SQUARE I 

i 
In celebration of National Library ' 
Week, April 8 - IJ4, the Codman Square ' 
Branch Library is featiaring a unique 
exhibit, timely and pertinent, which ! 
will extend through April 30, 1962, It 
is an exqviisitely drawn-to-scale model 
study of Ward lit of Dorchester including ! 
the Mount Bowdoin section as far as 
Geneva Avenue on the north and Talbot i 
Avenue on the south. This project was i 
accomplished cooperatively as the crown- ' 
ing exercise of the graduating class 
(1961) of the Boston Architectural ] 
Center, The display, resting on a wooden| 
base, is approximately twelve feet by i 
eight feet in size. Houses, buildings, 
stores, and other facilities are fash- 
ioned from cardboard. The trees are made| 
of treated lichen. The objective was to ' 
take an existing area and render there- | 
with an ideal community. The diversity '. 
of terrain, hilly, undulating, and the ; 
varied composition of the locale - a ' 
railroad, FranlcLin Park, rundown dwell- ' 
ings as well as attractive homes - 
offered unlimited scope to the students^ , 
imagination, ingenuity, and skill, t . 
Among those sitting in on their final ' 
efforts, as consultants and critics were ' 
members of the Ward li4. Betterment 1 
Association, exemplifying I"Ir, Edward j 
Logue's (Boston Redevelopment Authority) [ 
ideal of citizens and architects working j 
together in Urban Renewal, j 

The exhibit includes a community center 
(mth a branch library of course i) a 
shopping center, elimination of through 
routes, a number of streets converted 
into walkways, shaded footpaths, one and 
two-family houses, high rise apartments 
on the top of Mt. Bowdoin - for a view 
of the ocean, the Blue Hills, Franklin 
Park, as well as the beneficence of the 
sun. These are some of the progressive 
concepts and proposals of rising young 
architects giving tangible expression to 
ideas and ideals. 

Maps, sketches, designs vri.ll acconqsany 
the display together with books and pam- 
phlets on architecture, landscaping, urban 
renewal, city planning, and citizen par- 
ticipation in community organization. 



BRAi'ICH NOTES 

National Library Week opened at the 
Charlestown Branch with a Friends of 
the Library meeting on Tuesday, April 10, 
A small but fascinated audience heard 
Edna G, Peck review her "Spring Specials 
for 1962." A social hour followed the 
program, 

Romance vied with National Library 
week at Charlestoxm as our children's 
assistant, Carol Dubis, announced her 
engagement to James McD enough of Dedham, 
An October wedding is planned. 

Scholarship time brought nevTS that our 
unassuming library aide, i>ferlena 
Finlayson, has vjon a $U,000 mathematical 
scholarship to Boston College, 

PICTURE" WINDOW AT ROSLINDALE 

Taking advanta'^e of the space avail- 
able in her "imidow on liain Street," 
Mrs, Belle Levin, Children's Assistant 
at our newest branch, has provided 
passers by vn.th an eye catching display 
of some Notable Books, Constructing an 
attractive colored poster to serve as a 
backdrop, she has made good use of the 
Library Week Bookmarks so that the 
entire exhibit has attracted much favor- 
able comment, 

■5k;-;;-k-;hhh;-;k;-hkk;-k- 

Springtime is the traditional moving 
season for Americans and in keeping 
vri.th this time honored custom, the staff 
of the Bookmobile Services is girding 
up their collective loins in preparation 
for a trek westward. After many years 
of residence within the hallowed halls 
of the i^Iain Library, they are moving 
to larger quarters in the premises form- 
erly occupied by School Issue, Arrange- 
ments are being made to keep a light 
burning in the Coffee Shop so they can 
always find their vj-ay back. 

The Membership and Hospitality Commit- 
tee are very grateful to the Staff 
Representatives and Association members 
who vjere so proir^jt in submitting their 
dues, HOl'ffiVER, there are several depts, 
still unaccounted for. to these we say: 

DUES PLEASE 



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B. GERTRUDE WADE 

On the rarely beautiful, balmy spring 
Sunday evening of April 9, 1962, Miss 
B. Gertrude Wade was the honored guest 
at a really-and-truly surprise partyj 
This festive soiree (champagne punch, 
new moon and roses) was held at the 
charming, spacious home of Mr. and Mrs. 
John L. Forbes in Quincy, (Their beguil- 
ing children, S, and their many fascinat- 
ing antiques vied for attention.) 

Mr. Forbes, Director of Denison House, 
and a person who is very much aware of 
the potential of libraries and librarians 
initiated m.th. his customary acuteness, 
a movement for a measure of public ac- 
cl^m in recognition of Miss Wade's 
exceptional ability, zeal, and service 
in community activities during her five 
years as Adults Librarian at Godman 
Square Branch Library, Dorchester. 

And so — a representative group of out- 
standing community leaders, lay and pro- 
fessional, gathered for an evening of 
sociability and friendliness to pay warm 
tribute to Miss Wade and to wish her 
. godspeed in her new capacity is Branch 
librarian of Faneuil Branch Library, 
Brighton, Settlement houses, branch 
libraries, hospitals, neighborhood asso- 
ciations were some of the Dorchester 
agencies represented. Included also 
were the Mental Health Center association 
(to which Miss Wade has just been elected 
as one of its vice-presidents), the 
Visiting Nurse Association, and the Gity 
Missionary Society. 

At the end of the bounteous buffet- 
supper. Miss Ruth Miller, Director of 
Little House and President of the Dor- 
chester Inter-Agency Gouncil, made a 
presentation — with best wishes for every 
success and happiness — of a stamp album 
(Mss Wade has an extraordinary collec- 
tion of stamps) plus a gift of money for 
those records or that painting (or even 
a book or two.'). There was a gracious 
and humorous response from B. Gertrude 
Wade. Brighton, beware] Miss Wade is 
exciting, stimulating, dangerous, farei 
Bustin' out all over with ideas and 
ideals . 

Godman Square Branch is proud of the 
honor that came to it and to the entire 
Boston Public Library through one of its 
StaffJ 



WEST ROXBURY BRAWCH 

In celebration of National Library 
Vfeek a program was held Tuesday evening, 
April 10, at the West Roxbury Branch 
Library, highlighting the fortieth anni- 
versary'- of the opening of the present 
library building, which was dedicated 
April 17, 1922. 

Special guests of the evening were 
members who served on the new library 
building conimittee, or representatives 
from their families, and included Ethel 
M, Hazlewood, whose uncle George P, 
Beckford held been a committee member, 
and Geneva Watson, branch librarian 
emeritus, 

A letter of greeting and tribute was 
read from Herbert R. Morse, whose father, 
Francis A. Morse, had been an active 
worker in securing the new building and 
who left a fund to the West Roxbury 
Branch Librarj'" for the purchase of 
children's books. Mr. Morse Was a teach- 
er in the Boston schools for forty-five 
years and in his will he said, "My love 
for the children has been strong and 
genuine and I would like to feel that, 
after my death, my influence will still 
be of some incentive to them to work 
towards the highest of ideals." 

The speaker was Philip Driscoll, dean 
of admissions at Brandeis University, 
and a former West Roxbury resident, 
whose topic was "literature of the 1920 's 
and 1960's". 

The West Roxbury Woman's Club Chorus 
sang a group of songs of the '20's and 
'60's and the exhibits featured one of 
best sellers of the twenties and sixties. 
An opportunity to view the exhibits was 
offered at the social hour that followed 
the program. 

The West Roxbury Garden Club provided 
flower arrangements for the week 
throughout the building. 

The evening was planned to be of a 
literary nature and one of community 
interest and participation. The atten- 
dance and enthusiasm of the audience 
indicated its success. 



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GOVERNOR'S CONFEREi\ICE 

Ona of the major events of this recent 
National Library Week celebration was 
the First Governor's Conference on Lib- 
raries which took place at the Somerset 
on April 12, Sponsored jointly by 
M.L.A.; the Mass, Library Trustees Asso- 
ciation and The I'lass, NLW Coniinittee, the 
meeting was attended by over seven hion- 
dred people including a large delegation 
from the B?L. Governor John A, Volpe 
welcomed the delegates and spoke of the 
rich heritage of Massachusetts libraries. 
He characterized the library as " a 
symbol of freedom and noted its role in 
the continuing process of education. 
The keynote address "Libraries in the 
emergence of an affective cibizenry" was 
delivered by Dre Franklin K, Patterson 
of Tufts „ He e!:r:-hasized thd fact that 
rasiny of the public libraries throughout 
the state are unable to meet the minimum 
requirements for effective public serv- 
ice. The second half of this program 
consisted of a syniposiuin on regional 
planning moderated ^j Mr. John A^ 
Htimphrey, Secretary of the Board of 
Library Commissioners. The panelists, 
including BPL's Mlton £. Lc-rd^ r<r-pre- 
sented a wide range of interests and 
each dwelt on a different aspect of 
improving public library service in the 
face of rapidly increasing costs of 
operation. It was a stimvilating dis- 
cussion of practical problems and indi- 
cated that x\rhatever solutions are \ilti- 
mately arrived at will only come as the 
end result of considerable "hard think- 
ing" about the position of the library 
in a changing community » 



The Division of Information reports 
recent radio - TV coverage as folloi-fs: j 

On WNAC radio's "Around the Town" 
program, featuring brief on-the-spot j 
telephone interviews, (a) Bill Hahn, 
asking Ellen Oldham, of Rare Book, to ! 
describe highlights of the recent 
Treasure Room exhibit on the early the- ; 
ater in Boston; (b) Jim Dixon, substi- ' 
tuting for Bill Hahn, questioning John , 
M, Carroll, Home Reading Division, on ' 
National Library Week and the Hospital 
Service, April 11th, 

On VJNAC-TV, Jane Day, substituting for I 
Louise Morgan on the "Louise Morgan Show",j 
interviewing Francis X, Moloney, " 



Information Division, on new develop- 
ments in public library service in Mass- 
achusetts ("State Aid"), April 10th, 

On WHDH-TV, Jim Britt, "Dateline 
Boston", interviewing Muriel C, Javelin, 
Home Reading, and President of M, L, A,, 
on BPL's adult services. Mrs, Javelin's 
guest on the program: Virginia MatthexifS, 
Associate Director, National Library Wedc 
Committee (from N,Y,C, headquarters). 

Being used frequently by nximerous 
greater Boston radio and TV stations are 
BPL tailored spot announcements about 
BPL services, programs and exhibits, 

LIBRARY SENTINELS 

By way of an introduction to the "Boys 
in Blue" who are now on duty at the exits 
in Central we would like to say hello to: 

William MacDonald Sidney Tyner 
Albert Reynolds Joseph Kelley 

who are on d uty during " open" JiourSj, 

New England Technical Services Librarians 

Spring meeting of the New England Tech- 
nical Ser'rices Librarians will be held at 
Simmons College Library, Thursday, May 
17, 1962, a-v 8 p.m, Mr. Wyllis E. Wright^ 
Librarian J Williams College, and chairman 
of the Catalog Code Revision Committee, 
will speak on the Paris Conference, 
A bxiffet supper at 5:i;5 in the cafe- 

I teria and a tour of the new library will 

Ipreceed the meeting, 

I 

I PEANUTS FOR NLW 

! By way of a footnote to National 

J Library Week, we would like to caU 

I attention to an article entitled "Peanuts 

j For NLVif" by Father Harold Gardiner in the 

April lU issue of America, Father 
j Gardiner's point is, that before we con- 
' gratulate ourselves too much on what has 
!been accomplished in the five years of 
■ Library V/eek celebrations, we pause 
; briefly and reflect on what still remains 

to be done. He also offers some reminders 
,for the infrequent library user concerning 
'the many services available to all, 

i W.C, 



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CARRIE L. MORSE ' 

Miss Carrie L, Morse, brarxh librarian 
emeritus of the West Roxbury Branch 
Library, died on March 2ij., at a nursing 
home in Hampton Falls, N, H,, at the age 
of ninety-nine, Mss Morse, who lived 
most of her long life in West Roxbury 
was devoted to the library and the com- 
munity. She started work on a reg\ilar 
basis in October I89O, having worked 
occasionally in the library before that* 
In 1895 she was appointed branch libra- 
rian and retired from that position in 
February 1933. She first served as 
librarian in the old Westerly Hall, which 
also housed the primary school. This 
building was moved across the street 
and became the American Legion building 
when the new branch library was opened 
in 1922, 

14iss Morse was one of the founders of 
the West Roxbury Historical Society and 
an authority on the local history. Her 
large collection of West Roxbury Histor- 
ical material was added to the holdings 
of the Society, which are stored in the 
West Roxbury Branch Library a^^d avail- 
able for use there. 

She was the oldest member of the First 
Church of West Roxbury, Unitarian, An 
original pen and ink drawing by Sears 
Gallagher of the design for the West 
Roxhvry Historical Society seal hangs in 
the branch and depicts the old Theodore 
Parker Church in which Miss Morse was 
christened. 

On St, Valentine's day of 1922 just 
prior to the opening of the present 
library building Miss Morse was presented 
vjith a check by Charles F, D, Belden, the 
librarian of the Boston Public Library, 
as a gift from the citizens of West 
Roxbury, in recognition of her tireless 
efforts to offer the people of West 
Roxbury the most effective library ser- 
vice possible. Her dedication to this 
task moved the numerous users of the 
library of all ages from small children 
to adults to contribute to this gift so 
that it was truly representative of her 
many friends. 

It was typical of her foirward looking 
attitude that made her respond to Miss 
Carolin Hewins' (another West Roxbury 
resident) suggestion that part of the 
reading room in the old building be used 
for a children's collection, making it 



probably among the earliest to be estab- 
lished. This same far sightedness was 
evidenced in her work with the architect 
in the plans for the new building* It 
was at her insistence that a staff room 
was added, although it was considered 
quite unnecessary by the planners. 

On her ninetieth birthday in Febrviaiy 
1953 a small party was held in the branch 
in her honor to which intimate friends in 
the community and in the library were 
invited. 

She developed the fine feeling among 
West Roxbury people in their relations 
with the library and established the 
broad base of interest upon which the 
branch has been able to grow so success- 
I fully. Her spirit will continue in the 

' institution she loved, 

I 

i M,L.A, - SPRING MEETING 

I 

I " Librarians as Readers " will be the 
I theme of the Spring meeting of the Mass- 
I achusetts Library Association to be held 
! at the Schine Inn in Chicopee, I-lassachu- 
' setts, on Thursday and Friday, May 2^ 
; and 25, 

The talks and discussions will empha- 
I size current books and reading in the 
I fields of literature, art, science, and 
I current affairs. The keynote address 
I will be given by Dr, Thomas C, Mendenhall, 

President of Smith College. Dr, Henri 
' Peyre of Yale University vjill speak on 
I " American Literature as Seen from Abroad" . 
1 Among the other speakers will be Bartlett 
I H, Hayes, Jr, of the Addison Gallery of 
I American Art, Andover; and Dr, George R» 
: Harrison, Dean of the School of Science 
j at M, I, T. 

! Attractive exhibits and an open house 
j and tour of the H, R, Hunt ting Plant and 
I Bindery are additional features, 
j Complete programs will be mailed 
■ shortly to all M.L,A, members. In the 
I meantime, mark the dates on your calendar 
I and plan to attend what promises to be an 
' exciting conference, 

I MURIEL C, JAVELIN 

i PLEASED 

i 

i We iiTOuld like to thank the two custo- 

I dians who did such a fine job of washing 
i the outside of the lockers in the vjom^i's 
1 locker room. 



BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF ASSOCIATION 
OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES - 1962 



PRESIDENT 
VICE-FRESIDEMT 
TREASURER 

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY 
RECORDING SECRETARY 



LOUIS RAINS 
NORA GLOBUS 
DAVID SHEEHAN 
(To be announced) 
HELEN DOYLE 



Science ": Technology Dept, 
Mt. Pleasant Branch 
General Reference Dept, 

Book Purchasing 



JEAN BABCOCK 
MILDRED PICONE 



EXECUTIVE BOARD 

Division Office, R & RS 
Cataloging & Classification 
HR & CS 



LOUIS POLISHOOK 



RUSSELL A. SCULLY 



Central Charg- 
ing Records 

Book Selection 
R d: RS 



(Note: riost recent past president. Miss Ruth K, Mayes, is a non- 
voting member of the Board, iifilliam T. Casey as 2ditor of Pub- 
lications (or a member of the Fxiblications Committee) is "allowed 
to attend the meetings of the Executive Board but not to take 
part in the discussions, or in the voting,") 



CONCESSION COi^lMITTEE 



STANDING CO MITTEES 



Robert Brady 

Helen Doyle 

Bertha Keswick 

Thomas McLaughlin 

Mildred F. Picone 

Helen Harrington, Chairman 



Buildings Dept, 

Book Purchasing Dept, 

Branch Issue 

Auditing Depto 

Cataloging &. Classification, HR & CS 

Book Preparation Dept, 



CONSTITUTION COi-qilTTEE 

Gerald L. Ball 

B. Joseph O'Neil 

Russell A. Sciilly, Chairman 



Book Purchasing 

Periodical !!c Newspaper Dept, 

Book Selection, R & RS 



ENTERTABII-IENT COMMITTEE 

Margaret Butler 

Ann Connolly 

Ifarilyn Cunningham 

Ruth Marshall 

Helen Sevagien, Chairman 



Audio-Visual Dept, 
Central Charging Records 
Book Selection, HR c: CS 
Education Dept, 
Information Office 



HOUSE COMITTEE FOR MEN 

A, Lundgren 
James McNiff 
Frederick Rodenmacher 
Edward Stenburg 
James Monahan, Chairman 



Stock Room 

Cataloging u Classification R & RS 

Book Stack Service 

Exhibits Office 

Patent Room 



HOUSE COIMITTEE FOR WOMEN 



Jean Hayes 
Dorothy Morgan 
Ellen Oldham 
Elizabeth Rollins 
Anna Scanlon, Chairman 



Business Office 
Auditing Dept, 
Rare Book Dept, 
Buildings Dept. 
Book Preparation Dept, 



LEGISLATIVE AND LEGAL MATTERS 



Gerald Ball 
B. Joseph O'Neil 
Frederick Van Norden 
Louis Polishook, Chairman 



Book Purchasing Dept, 
Periodical & Newspaper Dept. 
Science St. Technology Dept, 
Central Charging Records 



MMBERSHIP COMMITTEE 

Helene Fisher 

Geraldine Gardner 

Corinne Henderson 

Marjorie McCabe 

David T, Sheehan 

Nancy A, Unis 

Jean M. Babcock, Chairman 



Personnell Office 

Book Preparation Dept, 

Central Charging Records 

Bookmobiles 

General Reference Dept, 

Mt. Bowdoin Branch 

Division Office, R & RS 



PERSONNEL COMITTEE 

Frank P, Brxmo 

Ruth Conroy 

Kathleen Jaime 

M, Jane ilanthorne 

Augusta Rubenstein 

Sydney Starr 

B. Gertrude Wade 

Arthur Wolman 

Louis Polishook, Chariman 



Science I:. Technology 
Codman Square Branch 
Jamaica Plain Branch 
Open Shelf Dept. 
Mattapan Branch 
Fine Arts Dept, 
Faneuil 

Uphams Corner Branch 
Central Charging Records 



PROGRAM COMITTEE 



Jane Anderson 

James Ford 

Fleanor Halligan 

Corinne Henderson 

Myra Morse 

Edna Peck 

Marie Quinn 

Roger Rainsville 

Mildred F. Picons, Chairman 



Adams Street Branch 

Education Dept. 

General Reference Dept, 

Central Charging Records 

Dorchester Branch 

Book Selection Dept., HR & CS 

Division Office, R & RS 

Open Shelf Dept. 

Cataloging & Classification, HR & CS 



PUBLICATION COMMITTEE 



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Jean Babcock 

Margaret Butler 

Janice Maniscalco 

Thomas J, Manning 

Sarah Richman 

Catherine Richmond 

Edwin G. Sanford 

Anna Scanlon 

I, Roger Stevens 

Sarah M, Usher 

William T, Casey, Chairman 



Division Office, R & RS 

Audio-Visual Dept, 

Rare Book Dept. 

Exhibits Office 

Uphams Comer Branch 

Charles town Branch 

History Dept, 

Book Preparation Dept, 

Audio-Visual Dept, 

Office of Records, Files, Statistics 

Codman Square Branch 



SPECIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE 



Charles S, Longley 
James J. Ford, Chairman 



General Reference Dept, 
Education Dept, 



CARE COIMITTEE 



Margaret Lewis 

Mildred Somes 

Ollie Partridge, Chairman 



Uphams Corner Branch 
Book Preparation Dept, 
Open Shelf Dept. 



SORT COIMITTEE (To be announced) 



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Any contribution to the So3r 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 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 arc 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 mil be accepted. 



Dear Editor: 

For many months now, the staff of the 
Library has waited with Job-like for- 
bearance for the results of the Job Eval- 
uation Survey. As the committee has la- 
bored to bring order out of the mass of 
statistics, we xratched hopefully for some 
indications of the ultimate results of 
their labors. This particular survey is 
a matter of considerable importance to 



all members of the staff, particulai*ly 
those of us xiTho labor in the lowest ech*- 
ielons of the bibliographical hierarbhy. 

As the weeks merge into months and the 
months merge into years, we venture to 
inquire plaintively if any message of hope 
will issue forth from the Stygian recesses 
of the committee? Perhaps even now as we 
pen this screed, a voluminous epistle is 
surging forth from the printing presses to 
join with those other literary master- 
pieces that have stood as beacon lights 
on the dusty liighway of progress. It is 
a consummation devoutly to be wished, 

CONCERNED 



Dear Soap Box: 

There must be some reason for the var- 
iation in policies in operation on appoint- i 
ments from Division to Division. | 
In the Division of Reference and Re- 1 
search Services, we have several "Acting" i 
appointees, an Acting Chief Librarian, an 
Acting Curator of Education, an Acting 
Curator of the Rare Book Department, an 
Acting Curator of the Fine Arts Depart- 
ment, 

However, the two recent appointments of 
Branch Librarians in the Division of Home 1 
Reading were permanent appointments. So 
also were the appointments of Deputy As- 
sistant Director in the Division of Lib- 
rary Operations and the Chief of Central 
Charging Records in the Division of Home 
Reading. These latter two positions were 
filled within days after the closing date 
for applications, 

Hov; is it that positions in the Divi- 
sion of Reference and Research Services 
are left unfilled with permanent appoint- 
ees for long periods of time, often years? 
The Music Department had no Chief or Cur- 
^ ator for about five years. Is it that 
i the qualifications required of the Cura- 
j tor of a special Department are of a 
j higher order than of a Chief in another 
I Division or of a Branch Librarian? If 
I so, why shouldn't there be a chaiige in 
I. the salaries of these Curators to recog- 
nize these liigher qualifications? 

ViTien we have Acting Curators who are 
eminently qualified by experience and 
education, why shoul i there be long de- 
lays in making these appointments perman- 
ent? Certainly a person should not be 
discriminated against because liis or her 
experience was gained in the Boston Pub- 
lic Library, It should be apparent that 
there can be no more valid recommendation 
than that based on direct observation of 



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an individual doing his job. We know 
what our acting appointees can do, we 
have been observing them for years, why- 
delay any longer in the Division of Ref- 
erence and Research Services than in the 
other Divisions? 

Incidentally I have no reservations 
about the appointments made in the other 
Divisions, The appointments were excel- 
lent. Nor do I object to the acting ap- 
pointees in the Division of Reference 
and Research Sei^ices except I feel there 
is no good reason they should not now be 
made permanent without delay. 

HIE TIME 



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MEN'S LIBRARIANS CLUB 

On March 20, several BPL'ers were 
among the forty-eight people attending 
the Men's Librarians Club meeting at the 
AVCO Research & Development Corporation 
plant in Wilmington, After \ short 
jDusiness meeting conducted by President 
Dick Sullivan of Siiffolk University the 
meeting was turned over to the hosts 
Robert M, Perrault and Ernest Brooks of 
AVCO, Mr, Perrault then introduced the 
Public Relations man of the firm \vho 
gave a short talk on some of the opera- 
tions carried on by AVCO, accompanied by 
props of various missiles and a color 
film shox^ring the application of AVCO's 
research to the defense program. 
Following this a visit was paid to the 
spacious quarters enjoyed by the library 
staff. The distinctive features of the 
library were pointed out to the men who 
were then free to roam around the un- 
restricted areas of the library — or 
relax on the plush furnitiire, 

ARNAVETS 

The Arnavets are having one of their 
sporadic meetings on Tuesday, May 8, at 
the Red Coach Grille. For further 
information contact Lennie Macllillan, 
Book Purchasing Department, 



VJELL DONE 

The members of the staff are to be 
congratulated for the excellent collec- 
tion of books, periodicals, newspapers, 
and audio-visiial materials that are on 
exhibit in the first floor cases of 
Central and in the Branches for National 
Library Week* 



CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASjCCIATION 

"Intellectual Unity in a Free rJorld" 
is the theme for the 38th Annual Con- 
ference of the Catholic Library Associ- 
ation to be held April 23 - 27, 1962 at 
the Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel, Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania, Most Rev, John J, liright. 
Bishop of Pittsburgh, is the Honorary 
Chairman of the Conference and will give 
the opening address. 




",,,but on the other hand, where there's no fresh air there's no fallout," 



BC5TCI'; PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF AScOCIkTIOW 







jL/YYie to Ldi ihe/niP 
k.now iiotu cari& / 



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COhriTTLL FOR CaHL 
Ollia Partridge- Open Shelf Department 
Margaret LeKis - Scuth Boston Branch Library 
Milired Somes - Book Preparation repartitient 
15 April 1?62 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRAW 



JULY 1962 



THE QUESTION MARK 

Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XVII Number 7 July 1962 



Publications Cormtiittee: Jean Babcock, Margaret Butler, Janice Maniscalco, 

Thomas J, Manning,' Sarah "Richman, Catherine 
Richmond, Edwin G, Sanford, Anna Scanlon, 
I, Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, Sarah K, Usher, 
Indexer, William T, Casey, Chairman. 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



This month the editorial place 

Will 'be missing from this space 

When all is said, this is July 

Too warm to think - to hot to try - 

Our mood is not, as you can guess 

To sermonize - but to digress - 

To ^ day-dream not really new 

Which we vjould like to share with you. 

First of all, we'd like to see 
Staffs Xirho work in harmor^; 
Central and Branches all supplied 
\Jith the properly qualified 
Assistants who \rill never shirk 
Assistants v;ho are Rlad to work; 
Salary scales that get better-a 
For P. 's, N.P.'s, V.P. >s etcetera; 
Sabbaticals for those vrho labored 
llany years to be so favored j 
Air-conditioning for each imit 
Muzak piped (but please don't croon it) 
Playing airs from Bach, Puccini- 
Librarians dressed by 0, Cassinij 
More new branches - we need to plan some 
A De Ferrari to finance 'em; 
And if that time does ever come 
We'll have reached the milleniumo 



•mf"^ - -)Wjitrt:H» jarrr-^' 



SARAH RICHMAN 



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mESIDMT'S NOTES 

I-lr. Gaines has been working on 
the resialts of the job evaluation 
study and has reached the conclusion 
that certain adjustments should be 
made in the classifications of some 
positions in the Library "Assistants 
Service in the near future. Miss 
Yotts, Mr. Polishook and Mr, Rains, 
representing the Executive Board, 
have met with I'lr. Gaines and have 
had the opportunity to examine the 
tentative proposals. It appears, 
at this tiiae, that several new steps 
are needed in the classification in 
order to recognize varying degrees 
of responsibilities and skills in 
the LA Service, 

On Friday, 29 June, I'lr, Gaines 
presented an outline of his plan to 
the Trustees, and they indicated 
their willingness to have tir. Gaines 
proceed with the study and present 
a definite plan at their September 
meeting, Mr, Gaines also explained 
to the Trustees that the money 
necessary to implement the plan was 
not available at this time but that 
he and the other division heads felt 
confident that sxrCficient savings 
coxild be effected during the remain- 
der of this year to put the proposed 
adjustments into operation about 
October 1. 

The representatives of the Exec- 
utive Board who have had the 
opportunity to examine the proposed 
plan and to discuss the matter with 
ilr. Gaines consider the proposals 
as constructive and progressive, 
Mr, Gaines has indicated that he 
will keep us informed as plans prog- 
ress. Although it appears, and it 
is a fact, that we move slowly, we 
are on the move. 

Your President is grateful to the 
Trustees for their grant of $1$0 to 
help defray his expenses at the ALA 
Conference at Miami Beach, The 
materials we took along made a very 
impressive showing at the SORT e:ihi- 
bition booth and provided excellent 
publicity both for our Staff Asso- 



ciation and the Boston Public Library, 
From the conversations we had with 
members of other associations and 
from what we heard at the two SORT 
meetings we may safely assiome that 
the Boston Public Library Staff Asso- 
ciation is still one of the most 
active and progressive associations 
in the country, 

■The Steering Committee of SORT is 
preparing a lengthy questionnaire 
concerning personnel policies in all 
the member associations. The results 
of this survey should prove to be of 
considerable practical value to ad- 
ministrators and staff associations 
in comparing their policies governing 
vacations, sick leave, pension plans, 
etc,, with those of other libraries. 

lir, James Monahan, Chairman of the 
House Committee for Men, reports 
that the men's quarters ax'e being 
maintained in excellent conrlition by 
the men in the Buildings Department, 
VJe have .also noted that the entire 
building appears to be well taken 
care of. Some of the floors are 
regaining their original color as 
layer after layer of accumulated 
grime are washed away, IJhile we are 
on the subject let's take this oppor- 
tunity to thank all concerned for the 
rejuvenation of the Coffee Shop, 
Although some of our ladies complain 
that the new color scheme clashes 
with their wardrobes, we consider it 
a vast improvement over the erstwhile 
drab buff. 

The new hospitalization, surgical 
and insurance plan will be in effect 
by the time this issue appears. 
There will obviously be some savings 
for those who elect to participate 
siiice the City is paying half the 
cost. It is unfortunate that all 
the details of the plan are not known 
at this time and it is equally un- 
fortunate that the deadline for 
joining the plan preceded publication 
of all the information one would 
normally expect^ However, the Per- 
sonnel Office has been distributing 
al3. available information as quicklv 



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PERSONWEL NOTES 
. Entered Service 

Euth Balka, South End 

John P. Celli, Open Shelf 

David F. Frary, Open Shelf 

Mrs. Lois Gordon, Mattapan 

Mary L. Harrington, Bookmobiles - 
formerly part-time 

Arthur P, Kastner, Book Stack Service 

Mrs. Gladys L. McDonnell, Faneuil - 
formerly part-time 

Ronald McLeod, Central Charging Re- 
cords 

Eileen F. Shea, VJashington Village 

Cynthia F. Smith, Music Department 

Ann M. Stuart, Kirstein Business 
Branch 

A. Robert Phillips, Periodical and 
Newspaper Department - formerly 
part-time 

Carolyn A, Traylor, Charlestown 

Married 

Xenia Deresz, Central Charging Re- 
cords, to Michael R. Maslowski, 
June 1, 1962 

Retired 

Mrs. Lillian N. Wallace, Book Pre- 
paration Department, June 30, 1962 

" Transferred 

Frank P. Bruno, from Science and 
Technology Department to Central 
•Charging Records 

Jeannett L, Alfe, from South End to 
South Boston 

Ceased Service 

Mrs. Lorraine Barse, Bookmobiles - 
to move to Washington, D, C, 

Ml*s. Marianne Boxenhorn, Mattapan - 
to stay at home 

Mrs, Marguerite Franz, Periodicals 
and Newspapers - to return to 
Cincinnati, Ohio 

Mrs. Louise R. Goldschmidt, South 
Boston - to go to Egypt 

Paul Marbick, Periodical and News- 
paper Dey^artment - another position 

Mrs. Eleanor Rude, VJest Roxb^ry - 
moved xjut^ of shate 



David T. Sheehan, General Reference - 

Librarian at Westwood Public 

Library . 
Rebecca McGovern, Hospital Library 

Service 
Frances Hale, Personnel Office 

(Northeastern Student) 
Mrs. Joella Zivin, Pare Book - to 

move to Seattle, Washington 

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BRANCH NOTES 



During the month of July the staff 
of the North End Branch Library has 
been feeling double emotions. We are 
sad to be losing one of our staff, 
but at the same time happy that she 
is going to be married. On July 12 
Louise Blanchard, the Children's 
Assistant, is leaving us. She will 
be married on July 21st to Lawrence 
Bigelow Thompson and will live in New 
York City where she plans to attend 
Library school while working at the 
Donnell Branch of the New York Public 
Library. 

On July 3rd the staff celebrated 
with Miss Blanchard by taking her to 
the Hotel Vendome for a delightful 
dinner. The staff also presented her 
with a place setting of her china 
pattern. Everyone in the North End 
will miss Miss Blanchard who has 
endeared herself not only to us but 
also to the children of the neighbor- 
hood. We all wish her luck and future 
happiness in her new life. 

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ENGAGEMENT 

Best iri.shes are extended to 
Patricia Ashe, Office of Records, 
Files & Statistics, and Charles Tyner, 
Book Stack Service, who became engaged 
on June 29, 1962, 

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TOAUGURAL ADDRESS 



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"Students, Libraries and the 
Educational Process" was the topic 
that James.'E, Bryan, the nexjly 
elected president of A.L.A,, took 
for hi^'iAaugural' address. It was • 
doxm to earth, to the point, and 
gave us all plenty of food for 
thought, 

I'lr-* Bryan began by saying "Every 
pebble dropped into the educational 
pool . creates waves that wash the 
doorsteps of the library." lie 
should',not/l?e astonished at the, 
great increase in student use of. 
the libraiy vrhen there has been a ,' 
14; % increase in High School enroll-' 
ment^' and.. a 75 % ixicrease in College 
enrollment in the. past decade. 
Furthermore, school programs them- ' "'■ 
selves have increased student use 
of the, libr.ary. 

As the body of knowledge keeps 
expanding, students do not find 
sufficient books in quantity or in 
quality to meet their needs. Students 
now elbow -the regular library readers ' 
and research workers aside. This 
has created a serious problem for 
metropolitan libraries in particular. 
Restrictions have already begun to 
appear. In some libraries, students 
are' excluded evenings, student use 
of ' periodicals and nex^^spapers are 
prohibited in others, and colleges 
ai\4 .universities are withdrai-fing 
privileges formerly granted to towns- 
people. This, Mr, Bryan insists, is 
a negative approach and is not a 
solution. 

Some of _the immediate effects of 
student use are:(l) there are not' 
enough seats, (2) service is slowed, 
(3) students are thwarted. Some 
librarians are terrified with the '' ' 
Imowledge that they have insuffi- ' 
ci.ent space, books, and personnel to 
meet -studfent needs. 

To quote ¥ir, Bryan again, "He who 
thirsts after knowledge gets 
thirstier," Students are dissatis- 
fied with public libraries J and 
college libraries are inadequate to 
meet the growing demands. The big- 
gest "gripe" from students is that 
the book collections are inadequate. 



VJhen i'lr, Bryan meutioiiea scj.euce 
projects there was a general groan 
from the audience. Students now use 
all libraries at their disposal 
including home and special libraries, 
rfost of their time is divided betT'Oen 
the use- -of school and public librai'- 
ies. Librarians have underestimated 
the insatiable desire to read. 
Libraries are essential to the edu- 
cational process, not just an 
adjunct to it. 

Each new idea is built on what 
went before. Open shelves increase 
opportunities for individual inqiii- 
sitiveness,. and the process of 
learning by discovery. This permits 
exposure to a wide range of ideas 
through a wide range of books. The 
contribution of libraries is signif- 
icant ill its obligations to the total 
population. The fact that the regular- 
public is being dri-yen from libraries, 
by the increased student use is un- 
fortunate. Libraries must take into 
account the increasing adult popula- 
tion and must anticipate future needs. 
Libraries are essential to the 
educational fabric. 

Students need materials regardless 
of geographical or political bound- 
aries. Students have come to use all 
types of libraries as tirae, mobility, 
and dis-tance will permit, IJhile 
standards of efficiency i-ri.ll not 
solve the problem, standards for 
school and college libraries are 
essential: which library is to do 
what? A library system with regional 
reference service is necessary. 
There is need £br improvement of 
communication between libraries, 
particularly in re^^ard to referral 
and interlibrary loan, lir, Bryan 
indicated that the 1963 conference 
will decil with the problem of student 
use and cooperative library programs, 
Mr. Bryan ended his address on this 
note i "We can do more with v;hat we 
have if we share it," 

■ ■■---■■ BRADFORD K. KILL 

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LIBRARY ADFiD^IoTRATION DIVISION 



The Personnel Administration Section 
of LAD held a panel discussion with 
Rutherford D, Rogers of the Library 
of Congress as moderator. Robert 
Vosper of the University of California 
emphasized the desirability of design- 
ing salary scales to give recognition 
to s\±iject specialists equivauLent to 
that accorded library administrators; 
the tendency to pay administraters 
higher salaries works to the disad- 
vantage of the highly qualified 
librarians who stay witH their profes^ 
.sioiial spiecialty,' PYancis St." John of 
Brooklyn Public Library spoke of the 
value of in-service training, both 
formal and informal, Howard M, Smith 
of Richmond, Va,, Public Library 
entered a plea for service rating, 
H, Gordon Bechanan of Harvard made 
some general observations on selec- 
tion of personnel for promotion. From 
the discussions it x^ras fair to draw 
the inference that personnel problems 
are perennial and universal. None 
of the speakers broke anij'" new groimd, 
but they all highlighted questions 
that trouble managers. 

The Recruiting Comnittee and the 
Public Relations Section of LAD 
summarized ALA's efforts to create 
a nationwide recruiting drive for 
librarianship. Delays in ALA Head- 
quarters in processing and answering 
queries from persons interested in 
librarianship caused some comment 
from the floor. 

The Library Organization and 
Management Section of LAD held a 
panel discussion on methods of 
leadership. The two speakers. 
Professor Vynce A, Hines of the 
University of Florida and Charles 
F, Amadan, a school principal, 
pleaded the case for non-authori- 
tarian techniques in directing groups. 
They placed special value on indirect 
methods and group participation. 
However, the advice offered to admin- 
istrators avoided the hard question 
of hov7 to make decisions which 
adversely affect the status of 
employees. 
The Federal courts will soon make 
clear that no books may be censored 
for obscenity unless they are demon- 
strably "hard dore" pornography. Such 



was the prediction of Professor 
Robert C, McClure of the University 
of Minnesota who addressed the con- 
vention on the subject, "Obscenity 
and the Law," At a large evening 
meeting ¥ir, licClure traced the de- 
velopment of recent Supreme Court 
decisions which indicate a marked 
drift toward the freeing of liter- 
ature from restraints, Mr, HcClure's 
unmistakeable approval of this legal 
development stimulated some acriraoni- 
ous comm.ent from members of. the audi- 
ence who did not agree about the 
wisdom or desirability of further 
slackening the restraints on the legal 
definition of obscenity. The discus- 
sion period was, predictably, as 
lively as the address, 

ERVIN J, GADIES 

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LIBRARY EQUIPMENT INSTITUTE 

The Librarj^ Equipment Institute, 
sponsored by the Library Administra- 
tion Division of the Aiaerican Library 
Association was held at the University 
of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 
June lU tlirough June l6, 1962, 

One of the problems often voiced by 
librarians attending the Annual Con- 
ferences of the American Library Asso- 
ciation was that they did not have the 
opportunity to inspect library equip- 
ment with care and veve unaole to make 
comparisons to determine which product 
best met their needs. 

The three-day Institute was there- 
fore planned and manufacturers and 
suppliers of library equipment and 
supplies placed their products on dis- 
play on the main floor of the new, 
magnificent Otto G, Richter Library 
which dominates the campus of the Univ- 
ersity of Miami, No booths were as- 
signed and no space allocated to a par- 
ticular manufacturer or supplier. 
Equipment was grouped by t;iTpesj all 
shelving was arranged together, also 
card catalog cabinets, as xxell as 
tables, chairs, microfilm readers, 
book copiers, reader printers, and 
other equipment. This arrangement 
gave those attending the Institute the 
unusual opportunity of examining and 
comparing products in which they xrere 

interested, 

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During the Institute, prograras were 
presented at morning, afternoon, and 
evening sessions where outstanding 
speakers representing libraries and 
manufacturers discussed furniture 
selection for libraries, equipinent and 
methods in photocopying with special 
emphasis on copying from bound volumes, 
and equipment and methods in the pro- 
duction of full-size copy from micro- 
text. 

The panel discussion on Saturday 
evening was devoted entirely to the 
ansvrering of questions by the experts 
who had appeared on each of the panels 
during the course of the Institute, 

JOHN J. COiraOLLY 

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ADULT SERVICES DIVISION 

The big news emanating from the 
Adult Services Division was the im- 
pending publication of the Reading 
for an Age of Change guides. All 
three meetings at Miami focused on 
the presentation and promotion of this 
series. 

As explained at the meetings, these 
guides have been prepared by ALA with 
the financial assistance of the 
Carnegie Corporation to aid the 
better-educated, individual reader. 
They will be released as Public 
Affairs Committee pamphlets selling 
for sixty cents a single copy. 

The guides will cover current 
developments in space science, the 
conteirporary arts, freedom of the 
mind, the new economics and the ex- 
panding population. The format will 
be the same for all: an introductory 
essay by an acknowledged authority 
in the field f olloxired by an annotated 
bibliography of key books. In the 
only guide yet available, the expert 
providing the background essay on 
Space Science is the noted physicist 
and author Ralph Lapp, 

Bartlett Hayes, Director of the 
Addison Art Gallery and author of the 
Contemporary Arts guide essay (sche- 
duled for September publication) 
opened the Adult Services meeting on 
Tuesday afternoon with an excellent 
program on modern art, Mr, Hayes 



began by demonstrating with color 
slides that pictures of such prosaic 
objects as a wash-line or the internal 
workings of a teleidsion set can be 
incomprehensible if not seen in a 
familiar setting. Similarly it is ti; 
background and the attitude that we 
bring to modern art that determine our 
viewing experience, 

VJednesday night brought lively 
group discussions of the books already 
selected for the Space Science, Con- 
ter,porar;>" Arts -and Freedom of the i-iind 
guides. It also elicited many useful 
suggestions for the guides' interpre- 
tation and promotion; among them: that 
a collection of books listed on the 
guides be rotated among branch librar- 
ies for display and circulating pur- 
poses; that Friends of the Library be 
asked to donate copies for circulation 
or possibly free distribution. 

How libraries could cooperate with 
other libraries or with museums, and 
technical firms on programs to intro- 
duce the guides was illustrated at 
the Thursday morning session, "Adven- 
tures of an Asterisk" was shox^n as an 
example of a film that might be used 
in connection with the Contemporary 
Arts guide, Ralph Ellsworth and Dan 
Lacy in their brief dialogue on intel- 
lectual freedom suggested still an- 
other format. Those attending the 
sessions left x-rith much enthusiasm 
and a wealth of ideas for utilizing 
the guide in their own library sj.tua- 
tion, 

KATHLEEN B, HEGARTY 

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NOTE 



The offer to match contributions 
to iroBH-TV still holds good ( up to 
$25.00), Please send contributions 
to Edna G, Peck, Book Selection 
Department, Home Reading and Commim- 



ity Services. 



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YOUNG ADULTS SERVICES DIVISIOM 

A real "hit" of the Conference was 
the discussion program of the Young 
Adult Services Division on The Modern 
Fiction Writer and His View of the 
World, Almost UOO librarians, editors , 
publishers heard Dr. Fred Shaw of 
tiiaiTii University call on them to give 
yoiing people the broadest reading ex- 
perience by providing provocative, 
well-WPitten, substantial books, by not 
denying young people those books which 
may be disturbing to adults. Librar- 
ians should lead in the fight for in- 
tellectual freedom, asking why a book 
is not on the shelves. Our young 
people need to read books that inter- 
pret and illuminate their o>m society 
and relate to their ovm problems. 
Certainly modern writers like VJolfe, 
Salinger, Steinbeck, Faulloier, Fitz- 
gerald, Orwell, Lee, Maugham, Camus, 
and Huxley speak directly to young 
people and are significant at this 
time of their lives. 

Dr. Shaw's masterly talk was a 
springboard and the groups at the 
round tables dived into give-and-take 
analyses of their pre-assigned books. 
Judgements and views were expressed, 
argued, conceded - until an agreement 
was recorded for the group on the 
ideas and attitudes in the books with 
their impact and influence on the 
adolescent's groi-rbh, both emotional 
and intellectual, 

Jane Manthorne led a probing dis- 
cus'sion on three of Graham Greene's 
books j at another table Ervin Gaines 
guided a thoughtful study of the values 
for teen-agers of John Hersey's Child 
Buyer and Bell for Adane ; not far away, 
Pauline Winnick's table debated the 
qualities and maturity of Hemingway's 
heroes and the relevance of the themes 
of Fareviell to Arms and For Whom the 
Bell ToUs to today's youth. 

Reporters revealed agreement of . 
these points: vfherever these fine 
books may be in the library, however 
controversial or frank they may be - 
and they were not x-jritten especially 
for young people - , these are truly 
works of literature by first rank 
authors and offer insight, valuea, and 
grovrth to young people. 

Without a doubt, this program will 
have a sequel. 



The YOUIIG ADULT SERVICES DIVISION 
reported its activities and problems 
at the business meeting on the final 
day of the Conference, Since there 
mil be, in 1970, k3% rriore teen-agers 
than in I960 and double the nmijer ::.n 
19^0, the Division's e::pa.-diiig acoi-.i- 
ties to serve this age group in all 
types of libraries necessitate more 
professional and non-professional 
staff. In November, ALA's Program 
Evaluation and Budget Comrd.ttee will 
be able to assess its funds more accu- 
rately and make a decision on this 
request. 

The unusual amount of involvement 
vri-th other national organizations and 
projects was detailed and BPL's Jane 
Manthorne was cited for the list 
VJHOLE ^-JCRLD IN YOUR FJU-DS, prepared 
for the UH Clubs, The Division re- 
ceived an award for its cooperation 
\rith the Girl Scouts of America, and 
President Morton was present to accept 
the plaque most graciously. 

Among the reading lists in prepara- 
tion are Adult Books for Slow High 
School Readers, Africa, Child in 
Trouble, and a sequel to BOOK BAIT, 

The Peace Corps will be of special 
concern to YASD this year, since high 
school graduates mth practical skills 
need to be recruited. Earlier in the 
week at a meeting of the ALA Interna- 
tional Relations Committee Peace Corps 
Subcommittee, Edwin Castagna had ex- 
plored the role of the library'- and of 
books in promoting the objectives of 
the Peace Corps and Mrs. Aiine Doyle 
of the Corps had given an ir-formal re- 
port and shown a film of the Peace 
Corps -people in the field, BPL's 
Coordinator of Young Adults Services, 
in the audience, was asked to give an 
impromptu description of the Peace 
Corps programs already held in the 
Boston Branch Libraries, and Mrs. 
Doyle (formerly with Channel 2) was 
one of those warmly interested in the 
young adults' responsiveness, 

Sara Slebert, this year's dynamic 
president, introduced her successor, 
Lucile Hatch, associate Professor, 
School of Librarians hip. University of 
Denver, As the presidency alternates 
between public librarians and school 
librarians, the office in 196U will be 
held by 14rs. Audrey Biel, Chief of the 
Young Adult Department, Detroit Public 



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CATALOG CODE REVISION COMITTEE 

The Catalog Code Revision CoiTimit- 
tee held precoruerence meetings at 
the Fontainebleau on Saturday and 
S\inday, June 16-17. The agenda was 
mainly devoted to consideration of 
the points raised by the Library of 
Congress and the Association of 
Research Libraries in their separate 
studies of the Paris Statement of 
Principles drawn up by the I.F.L.A, 
International Conference on Cata- 
loging Principles in October 1961, 

A coi.imittee of ARL had submitted 
in advance a copy of its report to 
ARL recomraending approval of the 
Paris principles with two exceptions: 

(1) the treatment of serials and 

(2) certain aspects of entry of 
corporate bodies. At the meeting 
of ARL on Saturday, June 16, the 
report draim up by the ARL comrrattee 

-was approved, 

A letter from the Librarian of 
Congress agreed to the appointment 
of Sumner Spalding as editor of the 
Code, provided changes were made in 
six specified rules, T-Jyllis Wright, 
Chairman of CCRC, pointed out that 
the Library of Congress and the 
American Library Association have 
for thirty years adopted a position 
of mutual consideration in changes 

'in cataloging rules. 

The Committee considered the riiles 
cited and voted on certain changes. 
However, on serials the vote was to 
retain entr;^-- 01 serials under suc- 
cessive titles with the recommenda- 
tion that L.C, continue to enter 
imder latest title (this alternative 
was suggested by Lucille Horsch), 
A coriimittee of Miss Morsch, Mr, 
Spalding, and i-ir, Wright was asked 
to draw up a compromise statement 
on the entry of institutions, CCRC 
believed the principles of entry 
approved at the Paris Conference 
should be followed, but certain 
changes could be made that would 
reduce the impact of the cost of 
putting the rules into effect. 

The Morsch-Spalding-Wright com^ 
promise rule was submitted to CCRC 
on Sunday and approved. Mr, 
Spalding will work out the details 
of the rule and submit them for 
consideration later, perhaps at Mid- 
winter Conference, 



The publication of the code is now 
Scheduled fot- late 196ki 

MILDRED Ci 0* CONNOR 

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FOREIGN ACQUISITIONS 

To lure individuals away from the 
library school dinners on Thursday 
evening the Acquisitions Section of 
the Resources and Technical Services 
Division presented an informative 
program on acquisitions from the new- 
ly developing areas of East Europe, 
the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latin 
America, Far East, and Africa, 

In these areas the book dealers, 
x-/ho are the principal source of supply, 
have only the material published in 
their own countries. If the country 
is large, as, e.g. iJigeria, one dealer 
cannot cover the whole coimtrj''. Ar- 
rangements must be made with multiple 
dealers, which may result in duplica- 
oion of some titles. However, this 
is a risk that libraries in the 
United States are willing to take be~ 
cause publications go out of print so 
quickly. 

In Africa material is published in 
European languages, but the output 
is iiicreasingly appearing in non- 
western languages. The speakers 
generally agreed that research librar- 
ies should acquire materials in non- 
western languages and noted that many 
college libraries ai-e iiiaking special 
acquisition efforts in this direction, 
Hans Panofsky vrho is in charge of 
African acquisitions at Northwestern 
University Library, said tlaat the 
most effective way to get material 
is to train African librarians to 
strengthen their new institutions so 
that they will make material avail- 
able. 

In Southeast Asia the Farmington 
Plan covers eight of the nine coun- 
tries, Siiice twenty languages are 
spoken, Cornell University has found 
it desirable to supplement the Farm- 
ington Plan by direct acquisitions 
through foreign students, faculty, 
travelling fellows and through ex- 
changes vjith libraries in this 
country, 

cont. 



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In the Far East the bulletins of 
the ■• national 'cfentifal libraries are 
good sources of information on 
materials published in the country. 

In East Europe titles imist be 
selected pronptly ' f rom the prepub- 
lication lists (one to two yesirs 'in 
advahce) of an officially designated 
outlet'. Because of limited editions, 
failiire to follow this procedure 
will mean that a desired title will 
not be available. In the USSR 
general or blanlcet orders are now 
accepted, ... 

At the urging of the audience 
arrangements vdll be made to publish 
the papers" in Library Resources and 
Technical Services , 

LULDRED C. O'COi^OR 

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ADVMIGED DATA PROCESS BIG TECffiJIQUES 

A symposium on the applications of 
advanced data processing techniques 
to library procedures reported a 
joint effort by the Chicago Under- 
graduate Division, of the University 
of Illinois Library aiid the General 
Electric Company. Edward Heiliger, 
Librarian, was the moderator. 

The Chicago Undergraduate Division ' 
is -now a two-year program on Navy 
Fiery has U600 students and 100,000 
volumes. At its pi-oposed new canipus 
near the Chicago Loop it expects to 
provide a four-yesir degree orogram 
to have 20,000 students by 1969/70, 
with the book collection expanding. . . - 
to 1 million books as soon as possi- 
ble. To cope Xifith the si+uation the 
use of rachinery was deemed necessary. 
A grant from the Council on Library 
Resources made it possible to under- 
take a three year, survey to deteririine 
v;hat system brought the flow of 
information under the best control. 
It was intended to undertake floi,/ 
diagrams for acquisitions, serials, ^ 
descriptive cataloging, and refer*' 
ence. However, the reference ques- 
tions were very general and few 
required a coordinated approach to 
information. It was decided that it " 
was not practical to consider infor- 
mation retrieval for the reference 



situation at the University of 
ntihois Libr&rjr. 

The staff of the Cataloging Dept. 
haS 'prepared logical flow charts, 
but it was found that the work was 
not always done in the order listed. 
This part of the project will have 
to be restudied. 

Some cost studies of the project 
showed that it cost $8,05 to catalog 
a book, $U.35 for the rest of the 
processing. 

With the initial survey and inves- 
tigation finished. General Electric 
designed a new system for the library. 
The programming of the system has 
bai>ely started and represents the 
bulk of the work yet to be done, 

Greg Williams, consulting opera- 
tions analyst for General Electric, 
summarized the symposium by saying 
that people do people things and 
machines do machine things, i'iachines 
can only add shift. Only the 
librarian can take the mass of sym- 
bols and organize them so that the 
patron can use themo 

MLDRED C, O'COfflJCR 

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JESSE SHERA 

At. the joint luncheon of the 
Cataloging and CladPification Section 
with the RTSD Serials Section on 
Tuesday, June 19, the Ikrgsret Mann 
citation was awarded to Wyllis Wright, 
Chairman of the Catalog Code Revision 
Cora^Tittee , 

Jesse Shera, School of Library 
Science, Western Reserve University, 
spoke briefly on Automation and the 
Future of Cataloging. He grouped 
togethor as a lot of nonsense the 
researchers' emphasis on method and 
the sentimenx.ality of catalogers, 
I'ir, Shera said that Western Reserve 
is concerned x;ith the rising flood 
of materials and the manner in wliich 
the materials are used. Almost 
nothing is known of the irystical 
relationship between the mind and 
the printed page - a book is what 
the individual makes of it, 

Cont, 



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The problem of organizing material 
for retrieval is basically one of 
commionication. Someone needs to de-> 
vise a system to bring out the con-- 
tent of documentation. In order to 
give access to it. 

Western Reserve began with an 
analysis of language,-, the parsing 
of sentences, the relations of words, 
and devised semantic codes. Patterns 
of use were built into the codes and 
a highly stylized system developed. 

The fact that the system is on 
computers is incidental - a machine 
is good only in that it can handle 
complex relationships expeditiously. 
Machines are abused and their func- 
tion distorted by asking them to do 
what already exists. It would be 
ridiculous for example, to put the 
index to the Syntopicon on magnetic 
tape. 

Machines sho\ild be asked to do 
what man cannot do easily, A 
machine remembers, A machine cor- 
relates and compares. The limita- 
tions never go beyond the . system 
put into the machine. 

The challenge is to build machines 
to emulate the mental process. The 
brain has random access and machines 
do not. A stimulus floods the brain, 
hits the right neuron and pvills out 
the desired information. The brain's 
power of selection is fantastic. 
The brain works by patterns of rec- 
ognition, 

l;iJhat is a book that a man may 
know it and what is a man that he 
may know a book - this is the key 
to our research. 

The challenge to librarianship is 
the nev; things of the world today, 
but it is not easy to forget the 
dogmas of the past. The world is 
moving faster than our bibliogra- 
phical instruments, 

MILDRED C, O'CONNOR 
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REPORT ON ALA CONFERENCE 

I'iy special interest in ALA's 1962 
Conference at Mami was the "Pre- 
Conference Public Relations Work- 
shop", I've been around long enough 



to suspect pretentious terminology, 
and to be allergic to the contrived 
or phony, I can say this in all 
sincerity: the-sessions of the pre- 
Conference were well-planned ahd 
well-run; the matter vras Bubstahtial> 
the tone and motivation practical^ 
There were two days of sessions, on 
Friday and Saturday, June 1^ - l6 
and a wind-up dinner on Saturday 
night. The meetings were sponsored 
by the Library Periodicals Ro\md 
Table, the Public Relations Section 
of ALA'S Library Administration 
Division and the Subdommittee on 
.Broadcasting of ALA's Audio-Visual 
CoiTimittee, (Someday xfe'll explain 
just what Round Tables, Sections, 
Committees, etc., are; for the pres- 
ent,, be it understood that they are 
organizational units of the compli- 
cated structure that has been created 
to fit a complicated profession's 
multi-faceted interests and func- 
tions). 

You could take your choice of 
sessions: Publications, Exhibits, 
Broadcasting. I took Publications, 
partly because the program looked 
so practical and partly because I 
had met the program chairman, 
idldred Hennessey, PR Director of 
Queensboro P, L, , and I knew she 
was smart, down-to-earth, and effi- 
cient. She had two of her Queensboro 
assistants \-j±th her, and heaps of 
illustrative material, (I've found 
that few large libraries have a news 
bulleting that tries to do what BPL 
News does. We're fairly well off 
there, I guess; where we're weak 
right now - and have been for years - 
is in the preparation of informa- 
tional and promotional leaflets, 
narrative type annual reports, modern 
style posters, signs, book lists, 
etc,) Topics included discussion of 
publication policies; design and 
format; and printing processes, 
Queensboro scored high, I thought. 

On Saturday afternoon the Publica- 
tions and Exhibits people joined the 
Broadcasting Session to hear some 
talks by radio-TV industry people 
from New York and St, Louis and a 
general summation of the PR function 
of libraries by experienced, witty 

Cont, 



JJ.- 



Sarah Wallace, PR officer for 
imnneapolis, 

I had accepted a noinination, from 
out of the blue, to become Vice 
Chairman of the Library Periodicals 
Round Table, Since LFRT was some- 
thing of a puzzle and had not been 
very active, getting together to 
review its status,' and to see where 
we were to ^o next, was a major 
concern of the five of us who rep- 
resented the incoming officers. 
Since we were from widely separated 
corners of the US - San Antonio, 
Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston and 
I'iiSjni the opportunity of meeting 
was important. On Sunday morning 
we met at breakfast - we five, plus 
Sarah VJallace and Mildred Hennessy 
(who had been LPRT Chairmsn), and 
Samray Smith, editor of ALA Bulletin , 
who served as ALA lias on vjith LPRT, 
Other meetings followed, on Monday 
and Tuesday, sandwiched in between 
doings of the regular ALA Conference, 

One thing, we decided, was that 
if the organization's purpose was 
to improve the publications of 
libraries (and specifically the 
informational and promotional type 
of publication), the LPRT title 
was a misnomer, (Miss Hennessy 
said that one of her worst problems 
as Chairman had been receiving 
letters from people about periodi- 
cals, as if LPRT had to do iirith 
periodicals, as suchi) We decided, 
also, that instead of having a 
"Round Table" - a kind of step- 
child unit, free wheeling but 
likely to be ill-financed and ill 
defined - the function of promoting 
improved informational sind promo- 
tional pubs belonged in the Public 
Relations Section of the Library 
Adr.iinistration Division, Let it, 
we said, (as our insight into the 
complexities of ALA grew apace with 
our new motivations) be a "Committee" 
of the PR Section of L,A,D. (Pardon 
the alphabetical jargon, it's a 
complex world i ) The matter is likely 
to be brought up at A.L,A, «s Md- 
winter meeting. 

Was the conference worth ^^^hile? 
I think so, quite strongly. As the 
Library's representative, I picked 
up useful ideas at the workshop . 



sessions, came to laiaw PR people 
of other large libraries, and - 
like every other BPL staff member 
who was in Miami - added ny own 
little bit of Boston to the pro- 
ceedings, 

I left early Wednesday morning, 
so I didn't see all of the regular 
Conference, but what I did see was 
impressive. 

FRMCIS X, MOLONEY 
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OLD FACES BI NEW PLACES 

The Science and Technology Depart- 
ment is mourning the loss of their 
valuable reference assistant, Frank 
Bruno. On June 27th Franlc entered 
the nex-J realm of Central Charging 
Records as Executive Library Assist- 
ant. 

Although the Reference Division 
vrLll be poorer for the loss of his 
outstanding reference abilities, we 
congratulate him on his appointment 
to this important assignment. 

The History Department has also 
suffered a loss with the transfer 
of Macy Itergolis to the General 
Reference Department. Macy is known 
tliroughout the Reference Division 
for his knowledge of languages, and 
his ability to solve difficult ref- 
erence problems with great accuracy 
and in great depth. 

The General Reference Department 
is to be congratulated on the 
acquisition of one of the Library's 
best reference workers. 

The Charlestown Branch Library's 
loss is the gain of the Reference 
Cataloging & Classification Depart- 
ment with the transfer of I'liss 
Suzanna Gill, 

Mss Gill had worked at the East 
Boston Branch Library and the Book- 
mobile before going to Charlestoxm, 
We hope she will be very happy in 
her new assignicent. 



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ACRL AT MIAMI 



The first meeting of the Associ- 
ation of College and Research Librar- 
ies was held on Tuesday evening. 
Dr. Robert A. Miller, Director of 
Libraries, University of Indiana, 
was the main speaker; his topic was 
"25 Years as a University Librarian." 

In reviewing the tvjenty-five years 
of ACRL Dr. Miller pointed out the 
weaknesses and failures as i-rell as 
the accomplishments of university 
libraries during this period of 
tremendous growth. He said that 
graduate study has given research 
an impetus that university librar- 
ies have found difficult to keep 
up with. In forecasting the future. 
Dr. Mller indicated that the prob- 
lems xjould become more acute with 
the exploding population and empha- 
sis on research. 

Growth has had tvjo serious side 
effects: (l) book selection, and 
(2) public service. The absence of. 
purposeful policies regarding book 
selection and the uncoordinated 
activities of the various subject 
departmen*bs has left much to be 
desired in maintaining adequate 
book collections. 

As libraries grow and grow there 
is need for proper exploration. The 
larger and more complex a library 
becomes there is need for more 
reference staff. The subject cata- 
log as a self-service aid has proved 
to be too much and too little. The 
catalog does not analyze suffi- 
ciently in depth. Hovjever, Dr, 
Miller indicated that there are 
better methods of indexing in store, 

Recomniendations in book selection 
should take into consideration the 
teaching staff, the research worker, 
- and writers. To repeat: book 
selection policies should be coor- 
dinatedj the device of corimittees 
is too cumbersome. The responsi- 
bility for book selection should be 
concentrated in a single head. 

The problems that face a large 
university library are: 

1, the adequacy of the collect ions 

2, service to students 

3, the use of machines 



the question of book selection has 
been covered briefly. In regard to 
service to students - should the 
library attenpt to provide more 
assistance in locating the desired 
material and/or in finding a substi- 
tute book? Dr, itLller said that the 
use of machines has not been'sui'fi- 
ciently explored and that libraries 
have been negligent in this respe(rt« 

In summary, Dr, Miller said that 
a cooperative program is needed: 
information and storage must be shared, 
A regional liorary system is the 
logical answer, Dr, Miller feels 
that too much time is spent with 
management, and that more time is 
needed to see that boolcs are used. 

It is interesting to note that 
practically everything that Dr. 
iiiller said in regard to large 
university libraries is applicable 
also to large metropolitan libraries, 

BRADFORD M, HILL 

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Children's Services Division of 
ALA at Miami Beach 

Tuesday and Wednesday within con- 
ference week contained the high- 
lights for children's librarians, 
with the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet 
as always the week's most festive 
occasion. 

This year's winners of the two 
most coveted aa-jards for children's 
books were Elizabeth George Speare, 
a iiew Englander who v/ill again this 
year speak at the Boston Book Fair 
in November, and Marcia Brown, New 
York artist who interrupted a long 
stay in Italy to come to receive 
her Caldecott Medal, 

An extraordinary aspect of this 
year ' s xTinning is that each of these 
persons was receiving a medal. for 
the second time, Mrs, Speare's 
acceptance speach for the Bronze Bow 
(her earlier Newbery winner was 
VJitch of Blackbird Pond ) related 
something of her deep thinl-cing behind 
the iiTriting of this Biblical story 
with its strong theme that love is 
greater than hate, 

con't 



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I%rcia BroT-m's paper contained a 
fable centered on writing and pub- 
lishing for children, in wliich she 
skillfully paralleled the Indian 
tale in her xruming book. Once a 
Mouse , One of her dramatic woodcuts 
illustrating this story was silk- 
screened on a souvenir for each 
person at the banquet. Both papers 
■will be published in the August Horn 
Book magazine, vdth i4arcia Brown's 
under the title, "From Caldecott to 
Caldecctt" (her first award being 
for Cinderella ). 

On Wednesday afternoon several 
hundred children's librarians, plus 
a good many editors and a few authors, 
gathered at tables of ten in one of 
the Fontainebleau ballrooms for group 
argument, a general follow-up dis- 
cussion, and a suiTiriiing-up paper — 
on the subject of "Problem Areas in 
the Selection of Current Children's 
Books," Each registrant carae pre- 
pared to discuss one topic especial- 
ly (and more as time permitted) with 
advance reading of one of the eleven 
groups of e:camples chosen to illus- 
trate "Easy-to-Read Books," "Retell- 
ings and Separate Editions of Folk 
and Fairy Tales," "Adaptations and 
Abridgements," "Human Relations 
Tlirough Fiction," "Foreign Language 
Translations," "Pictorial Surveys 
and Oversize Books," etc. The 
discussion brought forth general 
awareness of such problems as over- 
illustration, excessive "watering- 
doT-m" of great tales, stereotype 
characterization and illustration, 
superficial treatments of non-fiction 
in too-easy texts, as well as recog- 
nition of legitimate and wise abridge- 
ments, ■ creativity in the ijriting of 
some science books, and special 
values in outstanding books from 
abroad. 

At the C.S.D, business meeting, 
Wednesday evening, an enthusiastic 
report was 3iven about the children's 
area of "Library 21" manned by a 
staff of children's librarians at 
the Seattle World's Fair; for the 
initiation this fall of three new 
-children's TV series for which 
children's library specialists in 
the New York area will cooperate in 



the tying-in of good books; in the 
parrying on of relationships with 
international library and children's 
book activities (including the nom- 
ination of Meinuert DeJoiig for the 

1962 Andersen Medal consideration, 
in discussion of which the ^.iriter 
of this piece will sit as U, S, A, 
member of the jury in Zurich this 
next week) J other reports added to 
the picture of children's librarians 
cooperating with such national 
groups as the Junior Chamber of 
Commerce and the National Congress 
of Parents and Teachers, 

Announcement was made, for the 

1963 conference in Chicago, of a 
"conference within a conference" 

to involve members of all divisions 
concerned with the problem of 
student use of the library, 

VIRGDIIA HAVILAND 
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Query for Gen. Ref . 

One of the latest puzzles for the 
staff of the General Reference 
Department was the telephone query 
iaeginning: "To settle a bet ~ 
who wrote Dante's Inferno?" 

BETT'Y DRANE 
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'■•'EDITOR ON VACATION 

The absence of our regular edi- 
torial has -probably been noticed. 
Our editor, BILL CASEY, is now on 
vacation, and in his own words is 
"ensconced in the verdant loveli- 
ness of Vermont," 

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A SHORT NIGHT'S JOURNEY INTO DAY 



A few weeks ago I awoke at about 
2:30' in the morning to find inryself 
cradled in a capsule moving over the 
Atlantic at a liesurely ?00 miles per 
hour. Brilliant sunshine flooding the 
cabin had awakened me. Having checked 
the instrument panel I was about to 
turn over for another iiO winks when a 
soft voice murmered in my ear, "Break- 
fast, sir?" Wow though I had just 
finished off a game rock Cornish hen 
only two hours before I realized that 
under stratospheric conditions one 
eats more frequently and, though 
drowsy, it seemed perfectly natural 
and right to accept this tempting sug- 
gestion at 2:30 A. M. But in no time 
at all the capsule started to lose 
altitude and there was barely time to 
fasten my seat belt, brush the crumbs 
from my waistcoat, and straighten my 
cravat before i-ie touched down at London 
Airport. 

It was in the airport bus that I 
began to consider the reasons why 
people go to England, These specula- 
tions were prompted by the following 
little drama: two women, one English 
and the other American, fell into a 
debate concerning the relative com- 
plexities of the two monetary systems 
when the American had to supply seven 
and six for the bus fare. The closer 
we reached town the more heated became 
the debate ( the other passengers 
serving as mute witnesses) until the 
Englishwoman proclaimed, with a very 
British roar, "I hate dollars!" a 
thought so stunning that not only fur- 
ther debate but further speculation 
was out of the question. 

Nevertheless the question of why 
people traveil to England kept recur- 
ring during much of my sojourn there. 
No one, I decided, goes there for 
gastronoraical treats and it ig pro- 
bable equally certain that no one poes 
there for fun in the sun. Surely no 
one in his right mind would go to 
England to get away from it all; Eng- 
land with Wales is the most crowded 
country in Europe, having a population 
density of some 650 persons per square 
mile compared with 55 for the U.S.A. 
And anyone expecting to see shepherds 
and shepherdesses dancing on the green 
in one of the most heavily industri- 



alized countries in the world would be 
keenly disillusioned. 

For the traditionally minded some 
ceremonies remain in a more or less 
pure form: the Queen opens Farliament 
in state in November (usua] l.y rid: np 
in a glass coach through thiick fog) 
and, on her official birthday, she 
rides doxm the Mall for the "Trooping 
of the Colour" on the Horseguards 
Parade, an authentic and ancient cere- 
mony which some find stirring (as in- 
deed it was last June 2nd) . Then 
there is Lady CJodiva (or Lady G. as 
she is known locally) who rides through 
the streets of Coventry on a white 
charger, not quite in her natural state, 
according to ancient legend, but in a 
reasonable facsimile thereof; and this 
is close enough to the original to stir 
the imagination of even the least tra- 
ditionally minded. This year in her 
hour of triumph Lady Q. fainted dead 
awaj''. If this i/as a disappointment to 
locals and visitors alike, the new 
Cathedral of St, Michael opened on 
schedule last May 26th and it has pro- 
ven to be one of the most controversial 
and popular stinctures to have been 
built since the end of the second World 
War, During the first week alone over 
100,000 persons visited the Cathedral 
and this was in fact one of the reasons 
why I went to England last May. 

The New Cathedral is erected at 
right angles to the old, which was 
destroyed dviring the Blitz in November 
19U0, and of which only traces of the 
walls, the altar and spire remain. 
These elements have been incorporated 
most skilfully into the area of the 
new structure and are particularly ef- 
fective when seen through the great 
glass "west front" (The axis of the 
new Cathedral is north-south, the en- 
trance being from the south end, tradi- 
tionally referred to as the "west 
front".) In its plan and structure the 
Cathedral seems basically conservative 
in concept but most' of its details are 
unusual and some of them seem to be 
unique. The great glass west front, on 
which are etched a floating band of 
saints, martyrs, and angels, is parti- 
cularly effective, for it allows the 
entire interior to be seen from the 
outside, and the exterior, especially 
the spire and altar of the old Cathe- 
dral, to be seen from within. Seen 

cont. 



dl^d 



from the west front the most arresting 
interior detail is the huge tapestry, 
by Graham Sutherland, of Christ in 
Glory. .This is said to be the largest 
tapestry in existence, weighing nearly 
a ton, and it covers the area tradi- 
tionally occupied by a carved reredos 
over the altar. It will provide dis- 
cussion for years to come: is the cen- 
tral figure sufficiently majestic 5 is 
the green background appropriate; do 
the subsidiary panels of the evangel- 
"'ists' beasts detract from the grandeur 
X)f the central figure; is a tapestry 
appropriate here? and so on. V>/hile the 
altar tapestry may prove controversial 
the interior lighting is generally con- 
sidered ingenious and highly effective. 
Ten stained glass windows, set in a 
saw-tooth design in the walls, direct 
the light on the altar, but because of 
their position are concealed until one 
turns from the altar and faces south, 
when the effect is as dazzling as it is 
unexpected. Indeed, the glass in the 
Cathedral - John Button's west front, 
the side \irindows, and John Piper's 
dazzling colored abstractions in the 
Baptistery - are the details which are 
most memorable, though perhaps the 
architect's overall concept which mod- 
estly allows the sister arts full free- 
dom for their expression is most re- 
markable of all. It may be some time 
before visitors to the Cathedral can 
freely browse and study at will. So 
great are the crowds that one must 
move along with hundreds of others anri 
it is necessary to line up early unless 
one is v/illing to spend the entire day 
waiting to enter. 

Near the Cathedral is the Precinct, 
the large new shopping center. Traffic 
is excluded but there are ample parking 
facilities nearby. Spacious tree-lined 
walks, little parks, arcades, glass- 
enclosed galleries make this the pleas- 
antest and safest shopping area imagin- 
able. Together with the Cathedral it 
creates a new kind of tourist attrac- 
tion in Britain and one which will be 
well worth a visit at any time or in 
any season, 

ROBERT P. GIDDINGS 
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JAMES S. KEP^EDY RETIRES 

On June 28th after fifty two years 
of service, Mr. James S, Kennedy, Book 
Stack Service bid his many BPL friends 
and associates adieu. 

Mr. Kennedy entered the Library 
Service in September, 1910 as a runner 
in the Fine Arts Department, In his 
Library service he worked in the I'fusic 
Department, the old Barton Ticknor, 
and the Periodical Room, but most of 
his service was in the Shelf Department 
of the Reference Cataloging and Classi- 
fication Department and the Book Stack 
Service, 

Mr, Kennedy was active in the Boston 
Public Library Employees Benefit Asso- 
ciation in which he served as President, 

In 1917, he entered the Army and was 
sent to Camp Devens, then to Camp 
Gordon in Georgia, He sailed for 
France in the latter part of 1917 as a 
Corporal in Company L of the 325th 
Infantry, Serving in France, he was 
cited for bravery in the Argonne Forest, 
This regiment \-jas a member of the 82nd 
Division of which Sgt. York was a 
member -and were the first American 
troops to parade in London before their 
Majesty, the King and Queen. 

Mr, Kennedy m.11 not only be missed 
personally, but his wide knowledge of 
every phase of Library work and his 
quiet efficient way of getting things 
done well will be sorely missed. His 
cairn manner and thoughtful advice will 
always be remembered by so many of us. 
All of us, the new and the old, wish 
"THE MAJOR" a very happy retirement. 

. . J//////////////////////////// 




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must be accompanied by the f\ill name 
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■it,' 'together vrith the name of the 
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in wliich he or she is employed. The 
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so requests.. Anonymous contributions 
^e not given consideration. The 
author of the article is Imox^n only 
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of the articles appearing in the Soap 
Box are personal opinions expressed 
by individual Association members and 
their appearance does not necessarily 
indicate that the Publications 
Committee and the Association are in 
agreement xirith the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing 
not ''more than 300 words will be 
accepted. 



Dear Soap Box: 

Recently, there have been many 
comments on the conditions of the 
Women's Lounge during the noon hours. 
It has been said that they are noisy 
and "hog-up" all the available seat* 
ing space, (the "kids" - that is) 

If one were to walk into the lounge, 
the first thing one would see would be 



the bottoms of feet staining at ; ou. 
Yes, I said feet. It seems that the 
hard-working older set have trouble 
keeping their feet under them. By 
doing this, they not only have a seat 
for their "seat" but also, one for 
their feet. 

In regardo to noise, I don't thiiik 
that there is anything more aggreva- 
ting thsin to hear grown ;;omen snoring 
in the key of C dui^ing the bright 
hours of the afternoon. In most cases, 
if they are snoring you can te sure 
that they are stretched across a couch 
talcing up foiur seats that could have 
been put to a more useful purpose, 
such as seating space. 

Granted, the "kids" do talk, and 
laugh, but we can't all fall into the 
arms of I'ir, Sandirian. The radio is 
played but what was the p\irpose of 
putting a radio into the lounge, but 
to be played. 

Let's compromise, "Kids", quiet 
dovm. Adults, one seat each, please. 

Another thought, why is smoking 
restraxied to the Women's Lounge and 
the Coffee Shop? Uhat's wrong x-jith 
installing ash trays in the Women's 
Lunch Room? Maybe xijith this addi- 
tional help, the loxinge xrouldn't be 
so congested. 

One of the "Kids" 

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To the Soap Box: 

Now that the shipping room and stock 
room, seem to have a complementary 
staff once again it seems rather im- 
caniiy that the feminine force of the 
BPL must "lug" and "haul" their sup- 
plies from the stock room. Of course 
the young m.en (quite strong and able ) 
cire very willing to help fill your 
arms with boxes, etc. and guide you 
to the door if you seem over-burdened. 
No offense is intended for the young 
men because they are only doing their 
job and for some time now delivering 
supplies has not been one of their 
duties. I don't think it would be 
asking too much to have the "old" 
system reincarnated unless, of course, 
the masculine force would rather have 
their female co-workers as counterparts, 

Huscle-Bound llollie 



THE QUESTION MARK 

Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XVII Number 8 August 1962 



Publications Coiranittee: Jean Babcock, i-iargaret Butler, Janice Maniscalco , 

Thomas J. Claiming, Sarah Richman, Catherine 
Riclimond, Edijin G, Sanf ord, Anna Scanlon, 
I, Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, Sarah M, Usher, 
Indexer, William T, Casey, Chairman, 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of ea'ch month The tenth of each month 



We should like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to 
those members of the staff who reported on the various sections of the ALA 
conference for pages of the Question ilark. Apart from the practical value 
of the information X'jhich is to be gleaned from these reports, there is an 
other aspect of them that we feel to be very important. 

The fact that tliese reports were written by staff members for other 
staff members is xjorthy of comraent. Viewed in this li^^ht, we feel that 
these notes are evidence of a spirit of cooperation that is of utmost 
importance to the effective fimctioning of the library. By the very nature 
of their work, librarians (particularly those of the genus publicus) are 
expected to od^end themselves above and beyond to render service to their 
patrons. It is gratifying to realize that they are just as willing to do 
a little bit extra to help their fellow staff members. 

In this same connection, we vrould like to tender congratulations to 
those members of the staff who were recently awarded prizes for suggestions 
on iiiiproving library service. !(noTri.ng the people involved, V7e feel certain 
that their primary motive in offering these meritorious sug^^estions was a 
sincere desire to help make the everyday routine just a little bit easier 
for everybody. A full appreciation of the value of this cooperative spirit 
comes only when x-je recall those instances- (fortunately not too numerous) 
when such spirit was lacking. At the risk of sounding like Pcllyanna, we 
would like to say that this generous giving of self can prove to be our 
not-so-secret weapon in the struggle to do a job that is sometimes frus- 
trating but seldom dull* 



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PRESIDELIT'S NOT ES 

There has been no meeting of the 
Executive Board since the last issue 
of the Question Mark. There has been 
no meeting of the Job Evaluation 
Committee since the last issue of the 
Question Mark, And, according to our 
boy Editor, there has been very little 
material sent to the Editorial Board 
since the last issue of the Question 
Marka Since there is little or 
nothing for the President to report 
it should be quite obvious by this 
time that we are merely tr^ring to 
fill up space. 

The appeal for donations to WGBH 
from those who had missed the first 
opportunity to contribute resulted 
in the collection of six dollars. 
The two staff members who had volun- 
teered to match donations to the sum 
of twenty-five dollars decided to 
donate twenty-five dollars and that 
means a total gift of thirty-one 
dollars from the staff will be 
matched by an equal sum from the Ford 
Foundation, 

The Blood Bank Program is now 
effective and all of you who have an 
extra pint of blood running loose in 
your veins are urged to make your 
donation at once. Be sure to mention 
that your contribution is to be 
credited to the Boston Public Library, 
We can personally vouch for the 
quality of the coffee and cookies. 

Mr, Polishook, Chairman of the 
Legal Affairs Committee, tells us 
that the City is preparing a pamphlet 
that will explain in full the bene- 
fits provided by the new hospitali- 
zation and insurance plan. Until 
all the details are known we advise 
all of you to stay healthy and have 
a very pleasant summer, 

LOUIS RAINS 

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PERSOMEL HOTES 

Entered Service 

Bert A, Anderson, Music Department 
Lois E, Inman, West Roxbury Branch 
Mrs. Helen M, McD enough - Adams Street 

Branch 



Natalie Palme, General Reference 

(former staff member) 
Loretta Turner, Adams Street 
Joseph J. iiercer. Central, Assistant 
Superintendent of Library Buildings, 

Transferred 

Sarah T, Cadbury from Mattapan to 

Memorial 
Julie Chevalier from Codman Square 

to South Boston 
Evangeline Guzelis from Memorial 

to Brighton 
Macy J, Margolis from History to 

General Reference 
Francis X, Cox from Central Charging 

Records to Business Office 

R etired 

James S, Kennedy - Book Staclc Sei-vjce 

Resigned 

Mrs. Muriel C, JaveliJi - Coordinator 
of Adult Services 

Terminations 

Joanne Fisher, Egleston - to move to 

Detroit and be married 
William Anderson, Kirstein - another 

position 
Gerald Blonder, Open Shelf - grad- 
. uated from college 
Linda Gurley, East Boston - to 

return to liinneapolis and to 

college 
Vacs, llarya Knudsen, Washington 

Village - another position 
Ronald Ilazzarella, Receiving, Ship- 
■p^g. Stock and Supplies Section- 

another position 
Sheila Sinclair, Kirstfiin - an^.hoT.- 

position 
Mrs. Bertha S, Smith, Bookmobiles 
Ifrs. Louis Thompson, North End 
Mary E. Jackson, General Reference 

Department - to teach school 
William Fogerty, Open Shelf - to go 

in service 
Joel Holmberg, South Boston - to 

teach school 

cont. 



^Harried 

Louise ii, Blanchard, North End to 
Lax-jrence B, Thompson, July 21,1962, 

Gail Robertson, Lower iiills to 
George M, Hanrahan, July 28,1962. 

Ann Stuart, Kirs te in to Gregory 
M. Kelley, Jully 29, 1962. 



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NORTHEASTERN STUDENTS 



New 



Lorraine Thompson, Mt, Bowdoin ■ 
Claire Karam, Fine Arts 
Manuel Cancella , Book Stack Service 
Anne T. Donovan, Cataloging and Class- 
ification MRS 
Marilyn T, Rand, Cataloging and Class- 
ification R&RS 
Robert J. Gaudet, Book Stack Service 
Leonard V, lovino, " " " 
Frederick Stock, " " " 
John P. VJhittaker, " " " 
Howard Druker, " " " 
Iferion Steinbrenner," " " 
ifertha J, Talbot, Book Purchasing 

Re-Entered 

Patricia Fradsham, Cataloging and 

Classification R&RS 
Elizabeth McLucas, Cataloging and 

Classification R&RS 
VJilliam Henderson, Book Stack Service 
Robert F. Kane, " " " 
Bruce N. Miller, " " " 
Adam Artis, " " " 
Walter Feuerstein, History Department 
Carol A, Gourley, South End 
Hilary A, IJayson, Boolanobiles 
Ella F. imite. East Boston 
Robert I'linichiello, Book Purchasing 

Ceased (Returning to School) 

Mrs. Catherine Coggan, Book Purchasing 

John S. Costello, Book Purchasing 

I'Iichael_ Berman, Book Stack Service 

Barbara Carlson, " 

Dean K. Denniston," 

Ernest I. Gam, " 

Barry J. Gordon, " 

Harvey A, Jones, " 

John J. Kelly, " 

Robert Macdonald, " 

Donald i-Iaurer, " 

Glenn Ryan, " 



It 
It 



It 
II 



Laura Richards, I'lusic Department 
Janice VIright, Book Purchasing 
Grace M, Bradley, Cataloging and 

Classification R&RS 
Barbara LaFlamme, Cataloging and 

Classification R&RS 
Marie LaRiviere, Cataloging and 

Classification, RficRS 
riary MacDonald, Cataloging and 

Classification R&RS 

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BLOCD DONOR PROGRAM 

The administration, through the 
Metropolitan Chapter of the American 
Red Cross, has reactivated our Blood 
Donor Program, therefore it is up to 
the individual members of the staff 
to keep this program established. 
We never know V7hen we, or members of 
our families iirill be in need of 
transfusions, as a means of preserving 
life, through surgery, accident or 
arry other form of disaster. 

It is no easy task to line up 
donors in case of emergency, as the 
Library has had this experience many 
times - relying solely on volunteers. 
Under this program, we will be able 
to supply members of the staff who 
are over the age limit for donating 
iS9 yrs.) also those members who 
are unable to contribute, for any 
other physical reason. 

We are "our brothers' keepers*" 
so this is one way \je can keep one 
another by periodic donations, 
keeping our quota up to the stand- 
ard amount. When you are ready to 
give, please check first vri. th the 
Staff Hospital. 

Ed, Note: 

We know from personal 
experience that the program is of 
vital interest to all members of the 
staff and we can only hope that as 
mar^y members of the Association who 
can possibly do so will give blood 
donations. W,C, 

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Those who read the "President's 
Notes" In the June, 1962 issue of 
the Question Mark vjill recall that 
Mr, Rains drew attention to the 
continuing need for fixnds on the 
part of Boston's educational tele- 
vision station, W,G,B,H» Channel 2, 
At that time he noted that " Two 
generous n:einbers of the staff, who 
refuse to be outdone by the Ford 
Foundation, have agreed to match 
any and all contributions up to the 
total sum of twenty-five dollars." 
This was followed by a brief reminder 
in the July issue of QM, noting that 
the offer "still holds good," 

Since these notices were directed 
primarily to those who had expressed 
regret at not having contributed to 
the first gift to W.G.B.H, by staff 
members when $350 was so generously 
given (see QI^ December, 1961, pg.2), 
the response 'was limited. In fact 
aside from the two "doublers" only 
two staff members responded. 

The result as listed below went 
forward to W.G.B.H, on August 10,1962: 



1 


contribution 


$5.00 


1 


contribution 


1.00 


1 


"doubler" 


12.50 


1 


"doubler" 


12.50 



TOTAL $31.00 
This amount fortunately will be 
matched by the Ford Foundation, 

If you have intended to give to 
this worthy cause and somehow neg- 
lected to do so, the "door" is 
always open and your contribution 
is welcome at any time, 

W.G.B.H, is to be congratulated 
on the acquisition of a building 
site and the plan^ for their new 
building which is to begin in the 
fall. 

If as an association our latest 
gift was not praiseworthy, we can 
state unequivocally that our interest 
in this fine local educational sta- 
tion remains unchanged and omt best 
vd-shes for their future progress has 
not diminished, 

EDNA G. PECK 



The Information Office calls 
attention to the e>:tensive coverage 
given by the Boston daily newspapers, 
of the Treasure Room's timely and 
interesting exhibit Boston Streets 
and How They Got Their Names , Among 
the articles arei Blalce Ehrlich's 
"i'lan About Boston" ( Boston Travele r. 
July 17) J Alan Frazer's "% Boston", 
"Exhibit Etches Young Hub Pace" 
( Christian Science Monitor., August l)j 
and Robert L, Hassett's "History 
Follows Crooked Path In Naining 
Streets of Boston" (Sunday Herald « 
August 12), 

If you are proud of Boston and its 
groirjth, you'll be interested in 
making a special point of seeing 
this display before it comes out at 
the end of August. 



Are you entertaining visitors to 
Boston? How about bringixig them to 
the place where you work? The 
Central Library is fortunate in 
having two additional exhibits which 
have a'^.so gained much praise during 
these sumi::er months. They are the 
"Of Boi^ton Authors" e.diibit on the 
first floor and the Albert H, Wiggin 
Gallery exhibit "James McBey" (I883- 
19595 A Portrait of the Artist). 



WNAC is continuing the feature 
"What Boston is Reading" as part of 
Leif Jensen's Friday afternoon 
(5:30-6:00 p.m.) broadcasts Radio 
Boston Afternoon Edition . The 
summer edition of the BPL News 
lists some of the book titles re- 
quested by the readers 

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"Citizen Salute" 

In recognition of her contribution 
to Public Service Pliss Rosalie Lang, 
General Reference Department, was 
the recipient of WTAO's "Citizen 
Salute" on Wednesday, August 8,1962, 
Miss Lang was saluted throughout 
the day on VJTAO as a token of appre- 
ciation for raalcing Boston a better 
place in which to work and live. 



CONFERENCE NOTES 
REFERENCE SERVICES DIVISION 

At a joint meeting i-ath the Association 
of /jaerican Library Schools and the Li- ] 
brary Education Division, Dr. Harold 
Lancour of the Graduate Library School, 
iuniversity of Pittsburgh, spoke briefly 
on The Teaching and Practice of Reference 
Service. He indicated that vjliile the 
Library School cannot completely antici- 
pate the demands of reference service 
there is need to keep up with the chang- 
ing needs. 

Hiss Katherine G. Harris of the Detroit 
Public Library gave a provocative talk on 
Reference Service Today and Tomorrow - 
Objectives , Practices , Needs , and Trends , 
She defined reference service as "feeling 
the pulse of everything that happens and ' 
being prepared for it." First, the Li- 
brary must maintain a collection of in- 
formation for use. The vast increase of 
knowledge has made subject departmentali- 
zation mth specialized service necessarj'- 
in a large metropolitan library, A pro- 
per referral system is also necessary, 
Mss Harris said that "telephone refer- 
ence service has become the tail that 
wags the dog, " 

Miss Harris indicated that 60 per cent 
of the patrons who use the Detroit Pub- 
lic Library are students. Student de- 
mands have become a major problem. Ref- 
erence books are stolen and mutilated and 
the staff is overburdened. However, she 
reminded her audience that today's 
students are the citizens of tomorrow. 

Teaching methods in schools and col- 
leges are changing^ the emphasis is on 
independent study. However, in trying to 
solve the problem of student use we must 
not neglect the demands of business and 
industry or research activities. Hiss 
Harris indicated that in the future, _ 
business and industry will have to pick 
up the "tab" for the reference services 
they demand. 

Libraries must make more and better use 
of new media such as microforms and tape 
recordings. Nex^ concepts of reference 
service must be explored including lar- 
ger areas of service with regional ref- 
erence centers. '.Metropolitan libraries 
will need to employ teletype and new fast 
copying machines to save the wear and 
tear on interlibrary loans. Information 
retrieval systems shoulc^ be explored. A 
National Research Library has been pro- 
posed that would have three million vol- 
umesontaDe. The use of c losed TV is 



being experimented withj questions are 
asked and the answers copied by polariod 
camera. Automation will be used in 
several ways including indexing prepared 
by machines. 

A new evaluation of reference service 
is needed. Dividing the professional 
from the non-professional work of the 
staff must be accomplished if we are to 
give adequate reference service. As 
libraries are doing less researsh in 
depth we must get people to come in to 
the library to do their own research. 
This entails the training of reference 
Tjorkers in bibliography. There is need 
for knowledge of basic core reference 
tools. However, Pliss Harris warned that 
libraries should consider the cultural 
aspects of their activities as well. 
Reference workers must have training in 
bibliographic skills and in the making 
of bibliographies, a knowledge of the 
catalog and how to use a catalog, a 
knowledge of foreign tools, and how to 
use all the. sources of the community. 
rliss Harris ended her talk by saying, 
"there is too much theory and not enough 

practice." 

Mrs. Frances N. Cheney of the Library 
School, George Peabody College for Tea- 
chers, Nashville, Tenn., spoke on Ref- 
erence Service as Taught in Library T 
Schools , She divided her talk into 
three sections: (l) Vilho is teaching 
reference work, (2) '-hat is being taught, 
and (3) How it is being taught. 

The trend in library schools is to use 
part time faculty. Recently these part 
time teachers have increased from 30 to 
7U in the accredited library schools. 
There are 92 new teachers of reference 
work in these schools. Also there has 
been a change in the number of male tea- 
chers. In 1958 the ratio was 50 - 50. 
In 1961 there tras an increase to 60 per 
cent in the number of ;ien teachers. 
Last but not least the educational back- 
ground of these teachers of reference 
x-jork is important. 

There are 175 courses offered in 13 
accredited library schools, ilrs. Cheney 
believes that government docuraents are 
not used enough. Of the 1002 titles of 
reference works only 5 titles were agreed 
on by all library schools. There has 
been a superficiality of coverage. Re- 
cently there has been an increase in the 
use of audio-visual methods in teaching* 
The emphasis should be on types of ref- 
erence works rather than specific titles. 



This should include the dissemination and 
selection of proper sources. 

JIrs, Cheney called Iir. Galvin of the 
faculty of Simmons College Library 
Schools, to the platform to tell of the 
use of case method. He indicated that 
the course in reference books should be 
a course in reference methods, 

Mrs. Cheney ended by recommending that 
a committee be appointed representing 
the three divisions of ALA. participating 
in this joint session to study the pro- 
blem. 

The Critique and Synthesis was given 
by Richard Logsdon, Columbia University 
Libraries, who said in part, "There is 
no substitute for quality librarians j we 
need subject specialists bibliographers, 
His final remark that, 'We expect too 
much from one year of library school" 
met with applause. 

During the period for questions and 
remarks I took the opportunity to refer 
to the problem of student use to say 
that the Boston Public Library has set 
up a staff council to study and make 
recommendations concerning the problem 
of student use, and to point out the 
value of staff participation, 

BRADFORD M, HILL 



JURY DUTY ANDERSEN 

INTEP.NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 

Going abroad for one week, only, can 
be recommended surely xinder some circum- j 
stances. For me the circumstance was 
service on the jury for the Hans Chris- 
tian Andersen Medal, which has sometimes 
been referred to as the "Junior Nobel," 
I enjoyed the stimulus and the comrade- 
ship of the occasion and was, naturally, 
delighted when the medal was clearly 
awarded to the American children's book 
author, Meiridert DeJong, whose writing 
is well known on both sides of the At- 
lantic and beyond, Mr, DeJong had been 
proposed, as the American contestant for 
the award, by l the Book Evaluation Com- 
mittee of children's librarians in ALA, 
I shall report later, as requested, on 
the award ceremony vihich will be held 
in Amerikahaus in Hamburg, September 29« 

Jury sessions were held on the shore 
of Lake Zurich at the summer home of the 
Martin Hurlimanns. The jury has repre- 
sentatives from Germany, Si-reden, Denmark, 
Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, 



France, England^ and the United States, 
Criticism at the discussion table fre- 
quently resembled that heard at Newbery- 
Caldecott Committee meetings — open- 
minded, searching, aware of children's 
interests as well as of intrinsic liter- 
ary qualities — and the spirit of the 
group was one of friendly exchange. 

At the meetings, decisions were made 
also about books for the Honors List 
and Runners-Up List, for which each 
national section of the International 
Board on Books for Children (which awards 
the Andersen Medal) had submitted ' three 
books to be considered, from the two- 
year publishing period since the last 
award. For U. S. A., Scott O'Dell's 
ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS made the 
Honors List and Ruth Robbins' BABOUSHKA 
AND THE THREE KINGS and Jean George's 
MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAK became Runners- 
Up. 

On the day before the jury meetings 
began it was my pleasure to visit the 
distinguished artist Felix Hoffmann at 
his studio on a hillside in Aarau (a 
studio presented to him by the people of 
that toim), iiThere he is currently xrork- 
ing on drai'Tings for an American book. 
Showing me a great range of his work, 
including xTOodcuts and etchings for 
special editions of the classics, he 
pointed out that his youngest daughter 
was his model for the princess in his 
SLEEPING BEAUTY and that the line of 
hills on the cover of THE V/OLF AND THE 
SEVEN LITTLE KIDS is what lie sees across 
the valley below his studio. 

On the xray home from Switzerland, via 
England, I had time in London for a 
visit again with Eleanor Far j eon. At 
eighty, she is as busy with icriting as 
ever, looking fon^ard at the moment to 
completing the third volume of her mem- 
oirs and feeling pleased that some of 
her out-of-print stories and poems are 
being reissued, including "Mrs. Malone, " 
which is appearing as a single poem 
illustrated by Edward Ardizzone, 

Any staff members who majr be traveling 
with an open schedule and would like to 
be in Berne August 27-31 would be wel- 
come at meetings of the International 
Federation of Library Associations, 
which will have a variety of gatherings 
with librarians there from all over the 
xrorld, 

VIRGINIA HAVILAND 



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Fanny Goldstein Memorial 



The Faimy Goldstein I'lemorial Judaica 
Book Fund Comnittee presented contri- 
butions donated by Boston Public 
Library staff meinbers and from friends 
in the coiniiiunity to the Trustees at 
their June meeting. The Trustees 
voted to accept the gift "with grat- 
itude, this sum to be used for the 
purchase of' books in the field of 
Judaica in memory of the late Fanny 
Goldstein," Further contributions 
to the fund may be made at any time. 

The Committee extends its thanks 
and appreciation tc all those whose 
contributions made it possible to 
set up this special book fund in 
memory of i-Iiss Goldstein, 

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Miss Gyay takes a TRIP 

The staff welcomes back lliss Doris 
Gray, Book Selection Department HRCS 
who is quite recovered from her re- 
cent accident. Despite rumors as to 
the accurate aim of the Chief of the 
Department, The truth of the matter 
is Mss Gray tripped over the work- 
bag of the typeiiriter repair man, 
hit her head on the desk, broke her 
glasses, her head was cut and when 
she reached the Faulkner Hospital, 
twenty stitches were required. 
After a tvxo weeks* recovery period 
she is back at home, her beauty 
and her spirits fully restored. The 
moral is don't "fall" for charming 
young men with bags, 

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CONGRATULATIONS , 

To Mr. and Mrs. Strafford l^^orss 
(Esther Chute formerly of the . 
Periodical and Newspaper Department) 
on the birth of twin daughters, Ruth 
Chute Morss and Alexandra Morss on 
July 27, at the Richardson House. 

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Friends of Miss Kay Decker will 
be happy to learn that she is doing 
nicely after her recent illness. 
She is staying at the home of friends 
in Middleboro and is improving each 
day. Her only complaint is in trying 
to obey her doctors orders to 'Stay 
Put' and not overdue it at least 
until she returns to vjork soon after 
Labor Day, 

Best Wishes from all of us Kay, 

The Women's House Committee wishes 
you all to know that we are tr^^'ing, 
with the willing help of those in 
charge of such matters, to make 
things more congenial and comfortable 
in the Ladies' Lounge and the kitchen. 

Numerous complaints have been 
received and heard and we intend to 
stay with it until something has been 
done, 

Anna Scanlon, Chairman 
Women's House Committee 

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CONGRATULATIONS 

To I'ir, and lirs. Michael Epstein 
(Barbara was formerly in the Judaica 
Section) on the birth of a 7 lb, 
6 oz, baby girl on July 2k» The " 
newcomer in the Epstein household 
has been named Helene Deena, 

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Through the courtesy of I^^?, Casey 
and the Publications Cormnittee, I 
have been allowed to take this op- 
portunity to express n^r deepest 
thanks to all those involved in the 
festivities at the China Star a few 
V7eeks ago. I wish particularly to 
thank Louis Rains for the usual 
paper work and Roger Stevens for his 
very accurate (everyone tells me I 
really look like thati) caricatiires. 
They (the caricatures, not the paper 
work) are now hanging on the wall in 
our den and we have a spot right next 
to them in which to hang the artist. 

Again, thank' you all and I trust 
I will see you soon and often, 

DAVE SHEEHAN 



BRANCH NOTES 



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There is a note of sadness in any- 
parting, and it was present on a sultry- 
August afternoon when the staff of Cod- 
man Square bade farewell to Mss Julie 
Ch(n'alier on the eve of her departure 
to the wilds of South Boston. Despite 
the fact that the whispered conferences 
coupled mth certain odd comings and 
goings did much to much to dispell the 
element of surprise, the departing mem- 
ber gave a performance of Academy Award 
caliber in displaying her astonishment 
at the gatherings in her honor. The 
talented and industrious fingers of her 
fellow workers had produced a gayly de- 
corated table which supported an equally 
gay cake. The guest of honor distribu- 
ted large slices of this confection to 
the assemblage vjith the assurance that 
it was frosted with Metrecal. After 
this, toasts were drunk(in ginger ale) 
though some expressed disappointment at 
the absence of the traditional fireplace 
and champagne combination that has pro- 
vided so many dramatic moments for movie 
goers. As a recognition of two of her 
many interests. Miss Cnevalier was pre- 
sented with a book on modern art and one 
on philosophy. With the farewells still 
ringing in her ears she drove off into 
the sunset to begin a new chapter in her 
library career, 

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Miss Diane B. Farren, daughter of 
Mr, Arthur Farren, Custodian of the 
Mattapan Branch, was awarded a four 
year full tuition scholarship to the 
Fontbonne Academy, Milton. Msgr, Edward 
G, Murray presented the award at the 
graduation exercises of the Sacred Heart 
School, Roslindale. At the same time 
Diane received a Marion Medal from the 
Girl Scout program at the Sacred Heart 
School, I 

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Aloha'i Hawaii - was the greeting 
Barbara Rogstad received on her return 
from those enchanting islands. Barbara, 
assistant in the children's room, spent 
several weeks on a trip to the west 
coast and Hawaii, and had nothing but 
praise for both places. In Hawaii, she 
met Mrs. Bailey, former B,P.L,-er who 
is now a permanent resident. 

Pleasantly tanned and exuding enthus- 

cont. 



i iasm. Miss RogStad is looking forward to 
her next trip, 

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Mrs. Richard Conte (formerly Roberta 
Sacco) recently visited Dorchester 
Branch where she worked in 1959 and I960 
as Young Adults Assistant. Looking even 
younger and more sparkling than before 
her marriage (if possible), Roberta ex- 
plained that she had left her two little 
girls with her mother so that she could 
have a real visit, mthout distraction 
of any sort. So pictures and stories 
about the children had to suffice this 
time. Roberta and her husband have 
spent two years in El Paso, Texas, where 
Mr. Conte has served in the Arny, At 
present their plans are not completely 
settled, since there are two tempting 
possibilities for the future. But it 
seems unlikely that the Contes will be 
staying in Boston for long. Arn^r life 
may even prove too enticing to ignore J 

I'Q.ss Lisetts Tanck, former Adults 
librarian at Dorchester Branch, visits 
her old Branch quite frequently and 
proves her loyalty over and over again 
by borrowing her reading material from 
us, Mss Tanck may well join the many 
others of whom we say, "She looks so 
happy and rested ,'" Always busy and 
with lots of interests, she certainly 
has no trouble with "spare time". 

Word has been received that Mrs, W, 
Hugh Smith and her husbcind and family 
are on leave from the Hongkong Baptist 
Mission for several months, Mrs, Smith 
was Millicent Ann Hamer, who was Child- 
ren's Assistant at both Dorchester 
Branch and at Neponset Branch a few 
years ago, 

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Kathleen H, Jaime, Washington Village 
Branch became engaged to C, Raymond 
MacWilliaras, on July 2, 1962 

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On July 27 at Adams St. Branch Library 
a farewell party was given by the staff 
to Mrs. Janet Anderson, the Young Adults* 
assistant. iVtrs. Anderson has resigned 
from the library to accompany her hus- 
band to his new place of employment. 
Janet has made many friends during her 
year at Adams Street Branch and we all 
wish her the best in the future, 

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"WHAT'S THE LIBRARY FOR" 

Apparentlj"- it is not enough that we 
supply our public with easy chairs and 
browsing alcoves. Now we are expected 
to provide them with any article their 
little hearts desire. One of our more 
intelligent borrowers discovered, much 
to her discomfort, that she had forgot- 
ten her glasses. Smilingly, she appro- 
ached the desk, and asked to borrow a 
pair of the Library's glasses. Her in- 
dignation, when she heard we did not 
furnish glasses to our customers, was 
marvellous to behold. 

Another borrower, masculine this time, 
meekly accepted the fact that smoking 
is not allowed in the Branch, but did 
a rapid bum when he found that we do 
not have a pail of sand or an ashtray 
in which he could stub out his already- 
lighted cigarette. 

CHRISTIANA P. JORDAN 
ALLSTON BRANCH 

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ALUMNI N0T3S 



Best wishes for speedy mending to 
Jean B. Lay, "graduate" of Cataloging 
£Lnd Classification, HR & OS, and now 
at Fairview Inn, 52 Eastern Point Road, 
Gloucester, where she plans to remain 
for the rest of the summer. Her de- 
parture from Boston was delayed several 
weeks because of an accident which oc- 
curred during packing days. A fall 
resulted in a broken left arm. 

Jeremiah J. Danker, Superintendent 
of Library Buildings, Emeritus, and 
now with Lowell Institute in their 
office at the BPL, and Mrs. Danker 
have enjoyed a visit vri.th their son, 
Frederick (formerly Rare Book), who is 

cont. 



on the staff of the Cape Playhouse at 

Dennis. 

Congratulations to Sigrid (Robinson) 
Reddy, formerly of Open Shelf, on her 
appointment as Librarian of the Bedford 
Public Library. 

David Sheehan, formerly of the General 
Reference Department, now Librarian at 
Westwood was elected a member of the 
Old Colony Book Club at the annual 
meeting in June. 

Louis Ugalde, a Rare Book Department 
"ex", is now a member of the faculty 
of the University of Vermont. He is 
enjoying life in the Green Mountain 
state and sends his best wishes to his 
many friends back in Boston. 

Friends of Connie Broadhurst, former- 
ly of Open Shelf, will be interested to 
know that she has returned to Library 
work and is now working in the Provi- 
dence Public Library. 



VJVA T HAPPENS TO THE 
RECEN T MAIL BOTS? 

Neil Kelly, has not returned to 
Northeastern, but is instead undergoing 
basic training at Fort Dix, as part of 
six-months in the U.S. Army. 

Martin Bruce Shore chose the Air 
Force over Northeastern, has completed 
basic training, and is now an "A3C" at 
Pease' Air Force Base, New Hampshire. 

Stephen Growchowski has just returned 
from a trip in the middlewest and is 
working with his father in the sign 
painting business. He hoped to go to 
Art School. 

' Charles Collins is now Fr^re M, 
Vincent, O.C.S.O,, with Les Peres 
Trappistes, North Rogersville, New 
Bruns'.idck, where he is on the staff of 
the publication, THE SOUfJD OF OUR BELLS. 
The Trappists are celebrating their 
sixtieth anniversary in this community, 
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Any contribution to the Soap Box 
must be acconqjanied by the fiill najne 
of the Association member submitting 
it, together v/ith the name of the 
Branch Library, Department or Office 
in which he or she is eiqjloyed. The 
name is withheld from publication, 
or a pen name is used, if the contrib- 
utor so requests. Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. 
The ^thor of the article is known 
only to the Editor-in-Chief, The 
contents of the articles appearing 
in the Soap Brae are personal opin- 
ions expressed by individual Asso- 
ciation members and their appear since 
does not necessarily indicate that 
the Publications Committee and the 
Association are in agreement with 
the views expressed. Only those 
contributions containing not more 
than 300 words will be accepted. 



To the Soap Box: 

For two months we have been members 
of an insurance plan about which we 
have been told nothing - absolutely 
nothing. Correction, please, we have 
been told the price. 

For several months longer we have 
been watching the demolition of the 
building on Blagden Street. The 
newspaper told us that when it was 



cleared the area would be made into 
a parking lot for the staff. This 
was a small item tucked away on the 
inner pages, but we found it. And 
our hearts were glad. And we gave 
praise unto the Lord, And we 
smirked at the wandering policeman 
with his relentless crayon. 

Lately he's been smirking back. 

Could it be that the rumors are 
true? Could it be that this lofty 
intention has been corrupted by crass 
commercialism? Is the Library to 
compete with the Lenox Hotel parking 
lot? 

We have heard it argued that if 
this property were made into a free 
parking lot for the staff it would 
be necessary to have a guard there - 
at all times so as to be sure it 
vras used only by the staff. Couldn't 
a BPL sticker be issued to take care 
of this? Some very efficient person 
has been watching carefully for years 
to see that no unauthorized personnel 
used the existing space behind the 
library, IJhy not let him check for 
violators tjithout BPL stickers and 
bring new joy to his life? 

We hesitate to suggest there ia a 
breakdown in communications because 
someone always vehemently denies 
this. But may we have clarification 
of both these matters? 

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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



SEPTEMBER 1962 



THE QUESTION MARK 

Published by the Boston Piiolic Library Staff Association 
Volume XVII Number 9 September 1962 



Publications Committee: Jean Babcock, Margaret Butler, Janice Maniscalco, 

Thomas J, Manning, Sarah Richman, Catherine 
Richmond, Edwin G. Sanford, Anna Scanlon, 
I, Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, Sarah M. Usher, 
Indexer, VJilliam T. Casey, Chairman. 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



We note with considerable interest the contents of General Adminis- 
trative Notice Number 79. There can be no doubt in the minds of those 
who have had to live with the problem for so many years that the question 
of expediting book delivery should rate extremely high on any table of 
priorities. Every staff m.ember who has ever attempted to reason with an 
irate meinber of the public who tried xjithout success to seciire a needed 
book, can only applaud any concentrated effort to iraprovB service to the 
public. 

We will also agree with the importance of the second point concern- 
ing "the feasibility of introducing a regional branch system" while 
recognizing that tenable arguments could be made for awarding this pri- 
ority to other problems. 

What does cause us to raise a slightly quizzical eyebrow is the 
implication that change is feared simply because it is change. Admit- 
ting that librarians have a more or less deserved reputation for 
conservatism that has on past occasion placed them somewliat to the right 
of Senator Goldwater, we still feel that in this library, as in the pro- 
fession as a whole, there is an articulate minority that has been advo- 
cating certain basic changes for a good many years. 

Some of the "fear" that does exist has in times past been germinated 
by a belief that changes will be super-imposed from above without regard 
for the justifiable concerns of those directly effected by the changes. 
The fact that definite attenpts have been made to improve communications 
between administration and staff should help immeasurably to allay these 
fears. 

We hope that the projects in question (particularly the first one) 
will serve to augment the Xirork already done by the special staff commit- 
tee established to study this problem. The combination of experience and 
"fresh point of viei-j" should produce some interesting results. Because 
of the importance of the projects in question, plus the fact that similar 
ones may be in the offing, we can only underscore the Director's xvords by 
urging all members of the Staff Association to do all in their power to 
assxTve the^r success, 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



PRESIDElTr'S NOTES 



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We know that many enployees have been 
awaiting some word on the progress of 
the Job Evaluation program. There have 
been delays and there may be some 
further delays, K you recall, we 
wrote that a target date of October 
1st had been set for the Library 
Assistant Service, The Assistant 
Director (Persoimel) has been work- 
ing toward- that date and still hopes 
that a-, program Thrill be presented to 
the Director for submission to the 
Board of Trustees at their meeting on 
the 28th of September. A meeting of 
the Job Evaluation Committee is tenta- 
tively scheduled for Tuesday, Septem- 
ber 18, 

The Staff shoijld be aware that money 
to implem^ent a program that inclxides 
some, repeat some, adjustments in job 
classification miist be found within 
the present personnel budget. It 
should be apparent that this is no 
easy task, and that ary necessary 
delay is not to be construed as a 
matter of choice but as matter of 
necessity. 

The Executive Board wishes to make 
it clear that it has no knowledge of 
the final form or the final results 
of the job evaluation study. All the 
facts in our possession have been 
passed along in the PRESnDENT'S NOTES. 

Riamors concerning the immediate 
future of the Library's vacant lot 
on Blagden Street may be qiiieted by 
the Imowledge that the Trustees have 
invited proposals for leasing of a 
parking lot at Blagden and Exeter 
Streets for one year ending October 
31, 1963, Bids mxist be in on or 
before 12 noon, September 17, 1962. 

LOUIS RAINS 

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The often repeated cliches of 
"putting on the dog", "going to the 
dogs", etc. were all outdone last' 
month by that lively gal in the Per- 
sonnel Office who likes to do every- 
thing in a big way, (Evelyn Isaacs 
of course) 



It all started x/hen Evelyn and 
her husband decided to "go to the ■ 
dogs" (at Wonderland Park that is). 
The night was uneventful until 
Evelyn decided to play the "Twin 
Double" not a handicapper or sea- 
soned track goer her selections were 
based merely on liking for certain 
names and numbers. Her selection 
in the 3rd race of the parley was a 
real underdog but she was adajKait in 
her selection and e\T.dently the poor 
underdog was overwhelmed by her con- 
fidence at any rate he came through 
with flying colors for her much to 
everyone's astonishment. Of course 
it wasn't until she discovered she 
was the only one at the track who 
held a wiiuiing ticket on the "Twin 
Double" and her winnings were the 
magnificent sum of $22,666,20 that 
she was nxunbed by her success. 

Her 'fellow workers although 
ecstatically happy for her good for- 
tune were admittedly green with envy, 
A bad case of DOG TRACK FEVER raced 
through the Central building - one 
enterprising young fellow was going 
to organize a chartered bus service 
from the BPL to Wonderland - race 
charts were the bill of fare at 
Sam's but gradually the crisis 
passed and things now have returned 
to normal. 

We would like to take this oppor- 
tunity to wish Mrs, Isaacs the best 
of luck and we sincerely hope she 
will now be able to see the fruition 
of her many dreams.. 



JOHN E. ALDEN 

Congratulations are in order for 
John E, Alden who was appointed 
Keeper of Rare Books on September ^, 

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PERSONNEL NOTES 



New Employees 

Bonnie H. Atchison, Roslindale Branch 
I-Irs, Laura V, Abate, Cataloging and 

Classification R&RS - a former 

employee. 
Charles R, Foley, Open Shelf 
Mrs. Frances A, MacArthur, Print 
Roberta MacCaiJisland., General Reference 

formerly part-time in Inforiiiation 
Frank J, Marston, Government Documents 

formerly part-time " " 
Robert Pasztor, Book Preparation 
Alice M. Rudensky, Mattapan Branch 
Melicent Seyfret, Connolly Branch 
Mrs. Jean Vint, Dorchester Branch 
Mary M, Voigt, South Boston Branch 
Charles W, Pierce, Jr., Business 

Office 
Mrs, Bernice Feldman, Division of 

R&RS Office - Judaica Section 
Marilyn C, Cave, Kirstein - formerly 

part-time at Mt, Pleasant 
Mary E, Halsh, Book Stack Service - 

formerly part-time in Education 

Transferred 

Claire Karam, from Personnel to 

Fine Arts 
Rosetta P. Martin, from Bookmobiles 

to North End 
Patricia Murray, from Business Office 

to Personnel 
Anna Scanlon, from Book Preparation 

to Rare Book 

Retired 

Moorfield Storey, Cataloging and 
Classification Department R&RS 

Ceased 

Jeannette L, Alfe, South Boston - 

to teach school 
Ruth Balka, South End - moved to 

Philadelphia 
I^s, Janet Anderson, Adams Street - 

another position 
Noel J. Bray, Central Book Stock - 

Branch Issue Section - another 

position 
Charles Chamberlain, Audio Visual - 

another position 
J. Richard Belanger, Music Dept. - 

another position 



Paul Dillen, Book Purchasing - 

another position 
Robert W. Holland, Kirstein - to 

return to school 
Ethel Heins, Brighton - another 

position 
Plugh McDonagh, Government nocturremts - 

another position 
Malcolm J, Norton, Book Purchasing 

Department - another position 
Kenneth A, Puleo, Book Preparation - 

another position 
Angela Segadelli, Jamaica Plain - to 

return to College 
Dorothy Shtasel, Periodical & Nev/s- 

paper Department -gnother position 
Anthory Tieuli, Book Piirchasing - 

return to school (Northeastern) 
Charles Tyner, Book Stack Service - 

another position 



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I^E. STOREY RETIRES 



On August 22, 1962 Mr. Moorfield 
Storey retired from the library service, 

Mr, Storey entered the service of 
the library in January 1939, he 
transferred from the Director's Office 
to the Rare Book Department two years 
later. For the next txventy years he 
presided over the Treasure Room, un- 
til the budgetary restrictions of 
i960 necessitated his transfer to the 
Catalog Department of the Reference 
Division. Now he leaves us to join 
other members of his family in Seattle, 
Washington, 

A graduate of Harvard College and a 
member of the Massachusetts Bar, 
Moorfield's special interests lay in 
the field of American history. He 
worked extensively on the Lex-fissohn 
Collection of Washing toniana, and the 
thorough calendaring of the bulk of 
the Library's Anti-slavery Lianuscripts 
is a monument to Ms industry. 

Quiet and unassuming, Moorfield has 
a wry sense of humor, strong convic- 
tions, and innate dignity. We vjish 
him and his family the best of fortune 
as they, begin life in the West, 

ELLEN M. OLDHAM 



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BAREABA COFEEY 

For nine years Mrs, Barbara Coffey 
gave most of her working hours to the 
Reference and Research Cataloging and 
Classification Department; but all 
over the library she had friends liho 
will niiss her, now that she has left. 

In 19^3 she came to the library to 
work in Book Selection, Not long 
after, she was transferred to the 
Catalog Department, where she re- 
mained, except for a brief period of 
being "loaned out" to the Administra- 
tive Office, 

Her new position is at Wentworth 
Institute, 5^0 Hvmtington Avenue, 
where after a short vacation she will 
begin work as assistant to the libra- 
rian. 

In private life, Barbara is the 
wife of John "Bud" Coffey of 30 The 
Jamaicaway —"everybody knows him, 
anyway" she said. 

On August l6th Barbara's colleagues 
in the Catalog Department gave a 
farewell luncheon in her honor under 
the umbrellas of the Dubarry Restau- 
rant coiirtyard. It was their £;cpress- 
ed wish that the black leather loand- 
bag they gave her might alvxays be 
full of money. 

"I'm not saying good-bye jubilantly" 
Barbara told us. "I will miss all 
ny friends here", 

I4ARJ0RIE A. BRQ-JW 
MRS. GERALD INE DOUGLAS 



On August 30, 1962 a farewell 
luncheon party was held at the 
Amslfi Restaurant for Mrs. Gerry 
Douglas of the Cataloging and Class- 
ification Department,R&RS x-;ho was 
leaving the Library service on a 
maternit-y leave, 

Gerry was presented with a beau- 
tifiol yellow robe for herself and for 
the expected heir a Baby Bouncer, 
tiny white slippers, a beautiful 
sweater compliments of Ilarcy 



McConville and a $25 Savings Bond, 
We all wish the best for her and 
the baby, - 

WEDDING BELLS 

Margaret A, Howe, of the History 
Department, R &: RS, was mai'ried in 
Gardner on Saturday, September 8, to 
Mr. John C, Soper of Mattapan, She 
is a graduate of the University of 
Colorado and is currently attending 
Simmons College School of Library 
Science, lie, Soper is employed by 
the Harvard Trust Company. After a 
wedding trip to New Hampshire, they 
will make their home in Cambridge, 

The Women's House Co.nmittee has 
made some progress in regard to the 
complaints that have been received. 
Signs are ready to be posted in the 
several areas of the woiiien's qviarters 
which will enable those in charge to 
have the rules enforced. 

Shades have been ordered for the 
laraps in the women's lounge and the 
upholstering work has been again put 
into the budget for the next year. 

The new equipment for the kitchen 
is on order and will be installed as 
soon as it is received. Painting or 
washing of walls is to be done where 
requested. 

We are trying to make these rooms 
as comfortable and presentable as 
possible and hope you will all coop- 
erate with us. 

THE WOJIEN'S HOUSE COIiMITTEE 

The New England Library Association 
will hold their fall meeting at the 
New Ocean House, Swamps cott October 
3 -6, 

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OUR BLOOD DONOR PROGRAM IS IN FULL 

Sl/JING ~ \4E URGE ALL VJHO CAN POSSIBLY 

DO SO TO GIVE A BLOOD DONATION — ' 
NOW 



Emu DICKINSON 

One evening, in the 1930 's, in an 
-American literature course I was taking 
in Cambridge, we arrived at Endly Dick- 
inson, .Professor Hillyer spoke about 
her strange character, the drastic se- 
clusion, the odd handwriting, the 
piecemeal discovery and publication of 
her poems, and the great excitement he 
had felt when he first read her poems 
as a young man. He talked in a detach- 
ed, historical way, almost as if re- 
gretting his youthful enthusiasms, and 
with the attitude of "A PLAGUE ON BOTH 
YOUR HOUSES" towards the long feud 
between Mrs. Bianchi, the sole surviv- 
ing relative, and Mrs. Bingham, the 
daughter of the friend and first editor, 
Mrs. Todd. Mrs. Bianchi had been de- 
clared the sole owner of all copyrights, 
and every once in a while a collection 
of "newly discovered" work was publish- 
ed, and the literary community never 
knew when the end to such "finds" would 
come. Then the professor began to read 
some of the poems to the class. He 
stopped after a few minutes and said 
with embarrassment; "I thought the en- 
chantment was no longer there, but I 
was mistaken". He communicated the 
emotion, and for some of his students 
this enchantment remains undimmed in 
all the poems, letters, friendships, 
biographies, and the most casual gossip 
about this remarkable and wonderful odd 
Yankee spinster who lived in seclusion 
in a house on Main Street in the small 
town of Amherst a hundred years ago, 

Mrs. Bingham with her four books has 
done more than her mother Mrs. Todd to 
make Emily Dickinson intimately known 
to millions of people. BOLTS OF MELODY, 
19ii5, gave us over 600 new Dickinson 
poems. A^TCESTQRS' BROCADES, 19li5, gave 
a complete account of the way Mrs. Todd 
with the help of Thomas Wentworth 
Higginson went about copying the manu- 
scripts and preparing the first editions 
of the poems and the letters, EMILY 
DICKINSON-A REVELATION, 195U, reads 
like a fascinating detective novel, 
telling about the "affair" between 
Emily Dickinson and the friend of her 
father. Judge Lord of Salem, and Mrs. 
Bingham's attempt in 1932 to track down 
information and documents from some of 
the people who had been present at the 
main events in Amherst of the l880's. 



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And Lastly the portly EMILY DICKINSON'S 
HOME, 1955, which brings to life the 
brother Austin, the sister Lavinia, the 
parents and the whole spirit and atmos- 
phere of the times when Emily Dickinson 
was a girl. 

Mrs. Bianchi, the niece, died in 19ii3, 
and all her manuscripts were bought for 
Harvard University. Mrs, Bingham gave 
her material to Amherst College, and 
now at last it became possible to pub- 
lish for the first time a complete edi- 
tion of all the poems and letters. 
Thomas K. Johnson edited the 3 volume 
variorum edition of the poems in 1955, 
and the 3 volume edition of the letters 
in 1958. In I960 he published the 1 
volume edition of the 1775 poems, giving 
probable date of composition and date of 
first publication. This excellent book 
supersedes all other editions (except 
of course the 3 volume variorum of 1955) 
and should be used to replace any other 
edition of the poems the circulating 
units of the Library now use. 

Thomas Wentworth Higginson, the first 
coeditor, and the recipient from Emily 
Dickinson of the most remarkable of all 
the letters she had written, left the 
manuscripts to BPL when he died in 1911. 
The transaction is recorded in longhand 
in an old notebook which can still be 
seen in the Book Purchasing Department. 
I hope that some modern new broom does 
not suddenly decide to sweep out that 
notebook as no longer of use, A few 
years ago I went up to the Rare Book 
Department to look at the original 
letters, I am sorry to say they were 
meanly housed in a box that once must 
have held shoes or envelopes. The Bin- 
dery people who fashion such handsome 
going Hway books for retiring members 
of the Staff would probably be glad to 
make a similar tooled book or box to 
house this great treasure-particularly 
the second letter which ranks for me, 
in spite of Sir Charles Snow, higher 
than the second law of thermodynamics. 
The impact on the reader is similar to 
the effect she describes as feeling 
when she read some real poetry: 
"....You ask of my companions. Hills, 
sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large 
as myself, that my father bought me. 
They are better than beings becavise they 
know, but do not tell; and the noise in 
the pool at noon excels my piano... I 
have a brother and sister; my mother 

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does not care for thought, and father 
• •••• buys me inany books, but begs me 
not to read then, because he fears 
they joggle the mind. They are re- 
ligious, except me, and address an 
eclipse, every morning, -whom they 
call their "Father", Could you tell 
me how to grow, or is it unconveyed, 
like melody, or witchcraft;" 

I would declare on a streamer 
floating from the roof that we own 
the Emily Diclojison letters. And 
instead of the many evanescent sum^ 
miteers on our stationary, I would 
remind all our correspondents in a 
box at the top that we have some 
priceless originals by Emily 
Dickinson in our Library, And per« 
haps, once in a while, station an 
attendant in the lobtr;'-, and tell in 
deadpan all comers that Emily 
Dickinson wrote deathless letters 
and some of the best are here, 

HARRI AMDREliTS 

ELIZABETH M. GORDON I4SI'-'I0R1AL 

At their meeting on June 29, 1962, 
the Trustees voted to accept the sum 
of $572 as a gift to the Library to 
be known as the Elizabeth M, Gordon 
Children's Book Fund, The income 
from this fund is to be used to pur- 
chase children's books of outstanding 
design or artistic value. 

This money represents contributions 
from some 120 people who were on the 
staff of the Library at the time of 
Miss Gordon's death, or who were 
former staff members, or who Imew her 
through other contacts. The committee 
wishes to express its gratification 
for the response to the announcement 
of the project of setting up the fund. 

It is expected that the fund will 
be supplemented. The editors of the 
Bay State Librarian , the Library 
Journal and the Vfilson Library 
Bulletin have indicated they will try 
to carry information in their columns 
in future issues, Mss Gordon's 
professional circle and "alumnae" 
reaches from India to the Philippines, 



from New Mexico to Maine, and it is 
hoped to reach the people through 
the columns of each journal. 

The comi-oittee membership was made 
up of Mss Ilildred Adelson, I'Irs, 
Beatrice Frederick, JVIiss Ilildred 
I^ufman, Ilrs, Ethel Lindquist, Miss 
Margaret Morgan, Miss ^iarjorie M, 
Gibbons, and Itr, John M. Carroll. 



BRANCH NOTES 

Friends of Katie Richmond of Chas'n 
Branch and the Editorial Board will 
be happy to know that she is recover- 
ing from her recent illness. She is 
now home from the hospital and we 
know she would appreciate hearing 
from any of her friends on the staff, 

Mrs, Ruth Conrcry of Codman Square 
has returned to work after a whirl- 
wind visit to the Seattle VJ^orld Fair, 
Aiaong the scenic points of interest 
she visited were Crater Lake National 
Park, Grand Teton National Park, 
Yellowstone National Park and Ft, 
Laramee National Park, With this 
itinerary she is now better known as 
"the National Park kid". 

We are very sorry to report that 
Mrs, Geraldine Altman, Branch Libra- 
rian, Jamaica Plain Branch has been 
ill for several weeks. After a short 
stc^r in the hospital she is now re- 
cuperating at home. 



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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it^ to- 
gether Tvith the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department or Office in which 
he or she is employed. The name is 
T;rithheld from publication, or a pen 
name is used, if the contributor so re- 
quests, Anonyrrious 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 indi- 
vidual Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily indi- 
cate that the Publications Committee 
and the Association are in agreement 
with the viex-/s expressed. Only those 
contributions containing not raore than 
300 words T'ri.11 be accepted. 



Dear Editor; ' • 

Now that some of the "Acting" titles 
have been made perrr^inent, why not a 
clean svreep on the others? Isn't it a 
little ridiculous to have top ranlcLng 
brass "Acting" for several years? It 
certainly leads to low morale not only 
for individuals concerned but for all 
the staff serving under them. 

FASTER MOVES WANTED 
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Dear Soap Box: 

It was hearten ihg- to hear of the re- 
cent appointments to titular positions 
in the Division of Reference and Re- 
search Services including some to va- 
cancies of relatively short duration, 
I hope that this presages an end to 
"acting" appointments, except in situ- 
ations where a probationary period is 
required or there is some evident rea- 
son for a temporary appointment. 

This hardly seems to apply to the 
Acting Chief Librarian of the Division 
of Reference and Research Services. 
This has been an "acting" appointment 
for three years. 

It woTold be helpful to the Division 
and to this Library as xjhole if the 
appointment were made permanent. It ' 
would be fairer to all concerned, also* 

OBSERVER 

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To the Soap Box: 

The Coffee Shop has always been a 
convenient place where people could 
hear and/ or spread rumor and gossip. 
The grapevine languishes when the Cof- 
fee Shop people go away on vacationj 
By admission, facetious and serious, 
of staff members, this rendezvous has 
been deliberately used by some as a 
means of gathering up bits of "news". 
There are, therefore, individuals in 
the library v;ho avoid the Coffee Shop 
as a den of iniquity. They do not need 
St, Augustine's heartfelt adjiiration to 
"fly, fly temptation", not to atten^Dt 
to battle it, without question, there 
are many people of the utmost integ- 
rity who find the proximity of the 
Coffee Shop a veritable boon. 

These days, hOT-rever, there seems to 



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be two places of concourse that are ap- 
parent]^ even more insidious and dan- 
gerous: the Approval Room in the Home 
Reading Division Book Selection Depart- 
ment and the Staff lavatories. It is 
particularly disturbing when our new, 
youngj impressionable people come back 
and relate some of the unflattering, 
disillusioning, bitter remarks that 
have been made gratuitously about 
associates and administrative and di- 
vision heads. These utterances are es- 
pecially distressing, when seasoned 
staff members are guilty of them, 
-Jhat a weird, lopsided, damaging image 
these, for the most part idealistic, 
yoxingsters must acquire of library per- 
sonnel! Titillating, no donbt, but 
hardly one to be nourished on and in- 
spired by. Should we declare these 
places -- or our tongues — out of 
bounds?! 

The Boston Public Library has many 
approved ways for letting off steam, 
for airing grievances and gripes, for 
welcoming constructive criticism and 
suggestions. Use them . In the mean- 
time, let us all live up to our ethical 
and moral responsibilities and not 
scandalize the young ones or, for that 
matter, the old ones. 

AD ASTRA 

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Dear Soap Box: 

Had the Coioncil on Studett Use of the 
Library, which has been discussing that 
question for lo these many hours over 
•nearly a two year period, been directed 
in t he beginning to contact or meet 
with school principals, school and 
college librarians, college and univ- 
sity officials, or even student classes 
or assemblies, just THINK how far a- 
head the Library would now be in im- 
proving service to all classes of pa- 
trons, in saving materials, preventing 
unnecessary duplication of effort, and 
removing pressxires from our staff, A 
little direct action speaks louder than 
many hundreds of words of theoretical 
discussioni WHEN DO WE HAVE ACTIQN? 

STUDENT-I-JEARY 



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THE QUESTION MARK 

Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XVII Number 10 October 1962 



Publications Committee: Jean Babcock, Mai-garet Butler, Janice Maniscalco, 

Thomas J. Manning^ Sarah Richmaxi, Catherine 
Richmond, Edwin G, Sanford, Anna Scanlan, 
I. Roger Stevens, Caitoonist, Sarah M, Usher, 
Indexer, William T. Casey, Chairman, 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



In this complex and often confusing world that we mortals inhabit, one 
of the most pressing needs is for an improvement in that somewhat nebulous 
thing we call communication, A mighty conclave of theologiaiis gather in 
Rome for the express purpose of improving communications among various 
religious groups, a man-made satellite courses tlirough the heavens so that 
even the least fortunate of our brethren can witness the medical gyrations 
of Ben Casey and a ciorrent novel chills our blood stream with a description 
of the part communication must play in averting an "accidental" war. 

In that microcosm we call the Boston Public Library, cor.imunication has 
come to play an ever increasing role in the effective working relationship 
that must be developed among the various echelons that coiif)rise the staff. 
It was in recognition of this fact that the Staff Memo came into existence, 
the ■ suggestion boxes blossomed forth in the hallowed corridors of Central 
and definite steps were taken to improve the relations between staff and 
administration. 

But communication, like the liythical Pfydra, displays many faces ard in- 
volves more than forging stronger links in the chain of command. It also 
involves making those who consider entering the library profession fully 
aware of the demands and responsibilities of that profession and of the 
necessity of malcing certain sacrifices of time and effort, to satisfy those 
demands , 

It has become increasingly evident that applicsints for library positions 
have some rather peculiar ideas about the exact nature of work in a public 
library. Some recoil in hoiror to discover that libraries do not cease to 
operate at 5':00 p.m, but maintain evening hours for the convenience of 
their patrons. Others there are who take objection to the public they have 
volunteered to serve, not realizing it is the same public that pays their 
salary. Much has been written concerning the public image of the librarian, 
but X'fhat of the image that the librarian constructs about the public? For 
every patron that is queriilous and demanding, there iifill be at least ten 
who are friendly and appreciative of any assistance you can render, 

cont. 



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In any profession there is a shadow line between theory and practice. 
Perhaps what we are witnessing is a conflict between ideas set forth in the 
texts on library science and the exigencies of eveiyday routine. Could it 
be that professors of library science have failed to mention that a large 
urban library might conceivably have branches in less desirable sections of 
the c3t3r? I/O all tf^xt.s tloss car the fact that the library public is not 
always drawn from the fir.est ei.einents of society? 

We need capable, intelligent people to add to ovr ranks but the value of 
these recruits is minimized if their first contact with librajry work proves 
to be a traumatic experience. In every professional library publications 
great stress is laid upon the recessity for attro.-.tirig new persoiinelo Way 
should our own Director cf PerEcnnel spend, long hears doing just tht.t, if 
his efforts are mollified by recruits who atDempt to maks the job coincide 
with certain pre-conceived notions of theii- oi/jn and who stand poised ready 
to depart instanter if the work is not 100^^ to their liking. 

The library is a social institution. It is a human institution subject 
to human weaknesses and failings. There are iriany things that could and 
should be changed. We only ask that those who advocate these changes wait 
until the ink dries on a few paychecks before starting the revolution, 

THE PUBLICATIOIJS COiaHTTEE 



PRESIDED «S NOTES 

The Job Evaluation ComiiuLttee has 
held aiiother m.eeting since we iiiade 
our last report in this column, 
Se\'eral questions have arisen which 
the committee must consider prior 
to an announcement of the results. 
However, it should be quite obvious 
that the salary adjustments that 
might result from the job evalua- 
tions will not be effected this 
month, and probably not until the 
beginning of the year 1963, The 
delay is because of insufficient 
funds and not due to lethargy'- on 
the part of the administration or 
of the coriimittee. 

The Nominating Committee has 
been hard at work seeking out 
people to run for offices in the 
association. It is, of course, 
impossible for the committee to be 
aware of all the talented, capable 
members of the association. If 
you loiow of any clean-living, clear- 
thinking, straight-shooting meit'oer 
whom you would like "60 have nomi^ 
nated for an office please send the 
name along to William Levri.s,Historyo 



The Nominating Committee will make 
its report at the November Business 
meeting and there will be, as pro- 
vided by our constitution, an oppor- 
tunity to make nominations from the 
floor. 

Our newest Trustee, I^, Augustln 
Parker, Jr, will be the speaker at 
our October meeting to be held in 
the Lectxire Hall on Frid^ evening, 
October 26, Let us all make an effort 
to be present and meet our new Trustee, 
And those of you who bemoan the fact 
that there is little opportunity for 
the neirer members of the staff to be- 
come acquainted please take advantage 
of this meeting to meet and speak to 
your fellow staff members. We hope 
to see you all there, 

Mr, Gaines is meeting with the 
Executive Board on Monday, 22 October, 
to discuss the sick leave policy and 
the promotional system. We shall 
report on this meeting in the next 
issue of the Question Mark, 

LOUIS RAINS 



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PER30N1JEL NOTES 



NM El^PLOYEES 

Thonas P, Alburger - Cataloging and 

Classification, HR&CS 
Barbara A. Eachrach - Periodicsil and 

Newspaper Department 
Nancy E, Baiter - Cer.tral Charging 

Records 
Marie E, Cambria - Connolly Branch - 

formerly part-time 
Mrs, Audrey Cohen - Cataloging and 

Classification R&S3 
Joseph I-l. Franceschi - South End 

Branch (Northeastern Coop) 
Ilrs. Linda J. Ellis - Open Shelf 
Susan Fletcher - Book Selection HR&CS 
Mrs. Deborah Gordenstein - Kirstein 

Business Branch 
Leonard Grundt - Business Office 
Louise A, Hoeh3. ~ North End Branch 
Mrs, Frances Maa'lrthur - Print 

Department 
Mrs, Irene Probstein - Rare Book 

Department 
Phyllis Sutton - Open Shelf 
Kathleen McDonald - Bootaaobiles 
>1arcia Pouser - Central Charging 

Records 
Carolyn L. Smith - Bookmobiles 
Ellen Walsh - Hospital Library Service 
Sajjiuel D, V/ilson - Open Shelf 
Mary E, Skewes - Cataloging and 

Classification R&RS 
Ruth M, Sullivan - Science & Technology 
1-Iargaret McElwaine - Cataloging and 

Classification R&RS 

MATiRIED 

Margaret A, Howe - History to John 
■ C, Soper, September 8, 1962, 

TRANSFERRED 

Mark Alport - from Central Charging 

Records to Book Stack Service 
Carol Gourley - from South End to 

Central Charging Records 
James M, McNiff - from Cataloging and 

Classification R&RS to Periodical 

and Newspaper Department 
Alice M, Rudensky - from i"iattapan to 

Washington Village 
Isabel Thayer - from Open Shelf to 

South End 



CEASED 

Caroline R. Stanxjood - Rare Book 

Department - to return to school 
Roger Rainville - Open Shelf - to 

teach school 
Barbara Coffey - Cataloging and 

Classification RccRS - to accept 

another position 
Geraldine Douglas - Cataloging and 

Classification R&RS - to rer.'^ln 

at home 
Marilyn Cunningham - Book Selection 

HR&CS - another position 
Ernest DiMattia - Science ard Tech- 
nology - another position 
Ruth Katz - Connolly Branch « 

to teach school 
Frank Levine - Memorial - another 

position 
fJary Hengstenberg - General Reference 

to retiorn to school 
Daniel J, Morrison - Open Shelf - 

another position 
Theresa Ouellet - Book Purchasing - 

another position 
Barbara VJestr-ian - Print Department - 

to return to school 

■JBHHHK'-JHBHHKBHHt 

MARILYN J. CUNNINGHAM 

On Tuesday evening, October ninth 
the members of the Book Selection 
Department, HR&CS entertained l^ss 
Marilyn Cunningham at a farewell 
party at the Taime Lyne Hoiise in 
Lynnfield. l-ferilyn was feted roy- 
ally by her many other library 
friends at the time of her departure 
September 17th, 

Her sorrowing co-workers needed this 
damp opportunity to lift their droop- 
ing spirits, and re-assure them that 
life can go on, even without Marilyn, 
Her wit, her snappy repartee and her 
wonderful output of work mil be 
missed for a long time to come. 

Her many library friends wish her 
well as she goes out "into the cruel 
world" - and iri ll always vrelcome her 
when she can find time to visit the 
old "Dens of Iniquity", such as the 
Coffee Shop and Book Selection, 

MiARY E. OBEAR 



NEW ENGLAND LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 



Business Meeting of LISLA 

The business meeting of NELA, held at 
11 o'clock, on Thursday, Oct. U, 1962 
in the Ball Room was truly an education- 
al and exhilarating exnerience. (This 
•writer, to her astonishment, has in the 
past few years discovered that business 
meetings can often be the cream of the 
conference. So many nuances, so many 
maneuvers, coalitions, cliques, to vratch 
and savor J Mr. Theodore E, o'^Iinson of 
Reading Pub]-ic Library, president of 
NELA, was chairman. 

Tlie chief purpose of this meeting was 
to consider the proposed Constitution 
and By-laws of the New England Library 
Association: in short, to give formal 
structure and strength to a hitherto 
loosely joined organization of various 
library associations in the New England 
states. The main event occurring at 
this meeting was the hard-fought battle 
to establish from the floor a Regional 
Standing CommJ.ttee whose purpose would 
be to promote and encourage regional 
planning of library services in the New 
England area and to make recommendations 
for implementation to the board for 
action. Superb parliaraentarianship was 
evident throughout the inception of the 
Regional Standing Committee. 

The formalization of NELA will make it 
much more effective, especially in seek- 
ing and accepting foundation grants. In 
the meantime, NELA has set up its own 
system of dues. Previously, there were 
none, excepting registration fees. Now, 
the dues are very closely scaled to annu| 
al salaries, making membership by and 
large on the prohibitive side. Could it 
be that the Association is chiefly inter-} 
ested in those on the management and 
policy making levels? On the other hand^ 
we all realise that to get things done, 
you must have money and in sufficient 
quanities. 

President Johnson ended this exciting 
meeting with the statement that this had 
been a history-making session. We were 
glad we were there.' 

Adult Services Program 

New England Regional Cooperative 
Library Systems Planning was the formi- 
dable title of the Adult Services Pro- 
gram, Thursday morning, October k, 1962. 
A good cross-section of library personne^i 



at top levels-university, special, pub- 
lic, business, extension and librarj'- 
school-participated, and threw out, what 
too many of us, must have been frontier 
thin.-dng. 

After a highly technical bewildering 
introduction on Basic Systems Planning 
which would be such a thing as the Bell 
Telephone automatic dial system, the 
next topic dealt with the startling con- 
cept of "network operations", in which 
there would be nine centers throughout 
the country'': Boston, New York, Washing- 
ton, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Denver, 
Seattle, and San Francisco. Thereby, 
there could be very close linking of 
libraries and resources. A member 
library would consiilt its center and get 
such services as indexing, translating, 
and abstracting. In this "network oper- 
ations" there would be cooperative selec- 
tion, acquisition, storage, as well as 
bibliographic control. A salient point 
of another panelist was that interlibra- 
ry cooperation was crucial these days: 
"V/e must increase the sophistication of 
our interlibrary cooperation or we'll 
perish." It was also stated that mechan- 
ics and psychology are important elements 
of interlibrary cooperation. The spokes- 
man for special libraries urged the need 
for a Lfriion Catalog of Journals. An- 
other speaker pointed out that there are 
at least 25 million volumes in New Eng- 
land, and that stronger and more effec- 
tive units of ser^'ice are essential for 
progress. Even the largest libraries 
can no longer be autonomous. 

Some of the pertinent questions tossed 
out to the audience were* "Are collec- 
tions used to the best advantage?" Have 
they been birllt up haphazardly to suit 
individual needs?" 

The consensus seemed to be that we all 
have a long way to p;o, but that at least 
private corporations and universities 
are beginning to think together. There 
is the possibility of an all-New England 
Library School. New Hampshire and Ver- 
mont are sharing a film project. A 
cooperative consultant service on libra- 
ry building is badly needed. 

In conclusion, there must be "agonizing 
reappraisal" of resources, goals, acces- 
sibility, activities, communication 
media, technology of basic systems plan- 
ning, and curricula in graduate schools 
so that libraries and librarians might 

cont. 



forcefuDly and potently meet the litera- 
t'lre ard student explosion as well as the 
change in educational methods and mater- 
ials. We are student-and- contract-re- 
search driven and pressured. Something 
tmist be done J 

One of the speakers quoted "Nothing is 
so powerful as an idea whose time has 
come". It seems it has.' 

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New England School Library 

The four o'clo'^k meeting of the New 
England School library Association was 
held on Thursday, October h, 1962, at 
the Shaw Junior High School, Swampscott. 
This whole arrangement was an experiment 
called into being by necessity - somehow, 
there was no room at the inn for this 
group. It was so successful that it 
might set a precedent. The members were 
transported by bus from New Ocean House 
and were given en route a short foliage 
tour. Upon arrival, they vrere taken 
upon a school library tour, with children 
as hosts and guides. 

The topic, Reading and purchasing books 



for our school libraries was divided into 
three separate sections: elementary, 
junior high, and senior high school. 
Book budgets, discounts, overnight reser- 
ves, suggestions of books by department 
heads, closer relationships between pub- 
lic and school libraries, book selection 
policy (only one school library had a 
written one, because of unliappy experi- 
ences elsewhere in this respect) the 
matter of transportation (if fences do 
not make good neighbors, it seems that 
country roads do not make good walking), 
buying "review" books for IiO^ and $0% 
less, pros and cons of leisure as against 
curricula reading and buying were some of 
the topics battled around - as one looked 
out upon the flaming beauty outside. 

Among such a diversity of school libra- 
ians, from all the New England states 
and conditions — with a sprinkling of 
public librarians — only a single opin- 
ion could be called unanimous. For any 
of the problems raised or issues discus- 
sed, there can be no one solution, no one 
technique or approach. ALL IS FETATivS, 
and much must be played by ear. 

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New England State Extension Librarians 

The topic for the meeting of the Mew 
England State Extension Librarians, on 
Friday morning, October 5, 1962 was. 



Challenge of the sixties ; a coordinated 
national program of library development . 
This was a well-attended meeting of inter- 
est to all - "pan libr£.ri."ni;m" at i\>s 
best.' The five panelists and five re- 
actors were unusually well selected both 
from point of view of personal contribu- 
tions and that they cut across so many 
lines and levels: education, business, 
newspapers, public officials, library 
school, and public librarians of various 
types. 

Some of the salient paints brought out: 
The necessity of hammering at and boost- 
ing the Library' Services Act vhich has 
been increased from 7 l/2 to ^20,000,000. 
The resulting overall stinzcture would 
enable public libraries to do their func- 
tions, and do them effectively. 

School libraries grossly inadequate in 
quarters, material and state supervisors. 
School libraries should be taken care of 
by N.D.E.A. Also that interest should 
not be stifled by excessive education 
courses. Present situation produces 
heavy burden on public libraries. 

Using federal funds for a national 
recruiting program, with a wide variety 
of training programs: workshops, insti- 
tutes, refresher courses, short term 
training programs. Coordination of 
libraiy education activities very impor- 
tant. 

libraries and profession of librarian- 
ship, their approaches and substance, 
need determined rethinicing; much more 
use could and should be made of loans by 
students, rather than scholarships. 

Categorical imperative: libraries can't 
do what they are expected to do. Help 
must come somewhere! 

The wave of the future - coordination 
on all levels, local, state, national, 
and pertaining to all kinds of libraries, 
public and private. 

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School and Public Librarians 

At two o'clock on Friday, October 5, 
1962, the Ball Room was crowded, as with 
baited breath, school and public libra- 
rians gathered to garner some nuggets 
of wisdom, as a representative group of 
panelists held forth on the timely and 
challenging topic The impact of the 
"Research Paper" in schools and public 
libraries. VJhile there V7as lively give 
and take, especially among the school 
librarians, this meeting was predominan- 
tly an airine of their various problems 

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(such as multiple requests for the same 
bock)j and possible courses of action. 
There were two suggestions worthy of 
special note; a.) scheduling(staggering) 
of term papers, so that there would be at 
least a two week gap between each speci- 
fic assignment and b. ) the exploration 
of the possibility of using the school 
library collection, during the summer 
either in conjunction with the public 
libraries, or separately in some fashion, 
thus seeking out the supply of books. 
A dastardly statement was advanced that 
public librarians have more time than 
either the teacher or the school libra- 
rian to make contact wl.th each other, 
in a sence that is true, but if they 
rra^st do homework and attend meetings 
after workJ.ng hours, their wcrk day is 
slorter by far and they therefore do not 
have to work till the small hours on 
th eir administrative and paper work. 
Also, thegeneral feeling, unfortunately 
unchallenged by anyone in the audience, 
was that the school librarian is in a 
unique position to enter into rapport 
with the student. FMi; WHAT ABOUT OUR 
YOUNG ADULT WORKERS? (Theso, of course, 
are all brilliant afterthougnts, ) 

In the final analysis, the setup of 
the panel had a great defect: there was 
not one individual-superintendant, prin- 
cipal, or teacher-now actively, currently 
involved in the teaching field. So once 
again, we were merely talking to our- 
selves i 

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Second General Session 

At the Second General Session, October 
5, 1962, Mr. Richard Llewellyn, Versatile 
Welsh writer and world-wide traveler set 
at once, in his rich, melodious voice, 
the tone of his talk. He immediately 
literally translated his topic. The 
modern novel into "something new of out 
time", and thia novel, whimsical approach 
was borne throughout his remarks. 

"The poison is in the communication" 
was Ifr. Llewelljm's main theme. Words, 
the English language (of paramount impor- 
tance, and so difficult, since language 
is so tactile. Confusion, trouble of one 
sort or another, difficvilties of personal 
relationships all stem from one's indivi- 
dualistic interpretation of words. 
(Amen.) Each of us reads his own 
thoughts, emotions, atmosphere into them. 

Mr. Llewellyn spoke of the great change 
in American humor since The grapes of 



wrath. He offered some devastating com- 
ments and insights upon Dr. Zhivago , 
Lady Chatterley's lover, Lolita . For 
example, Lawrence's book is comic, not 
serious, written by an improper social 
rebel; Nabokov's novel is vicious, depra- 
ved and the so-called "beautiful" 
writing does not make it one whit less so. 

Anyone wishing to make writing his 
career was advised by the author of "How 
green is my valley" fame to first get a 
job on a local newspaper. Two days with 
the blue pencil there is worth two years 
of academic journalism. 

Rambling, disjointed, Mr. Llewellyn's 
address was original, off-beat, refresh- 
ing, humorous, acute, and this conferee 
found it a highlight of the conference. 
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Some general impressions and comments 
of this observer's two-da^y attendance at 
the NELA conference at the New Ocean 
House, Swampscott, October h and 5o 

The keynote words of the Conference as 
a whole were cooperation, coordination, 
and communication. Because we still fear 
and dislike organi2,aticn, we are unaware 
of the treasures within our grasp only 
waiting to have maximum use made of them. 

The unusual amount of MEN present. 
Apparently, this stronghold of "woman- 
world-only" is fast falling, doubtless 
due to the increasing availability of top 
positions and salaries. A sign of the 
times , alas I 

The number and awe-inspiring, inferior- 
ity-complex-producing knowledge and 
alertness of parliamentarians on panel 
and floor. 

Regret that too much had been planned 
for too little time. For one thing, 
because of this, the Business Meeting of 
M. L.A. was abruptly terminated. Discus- 
sion of the Certification Plan for Massa- 
chusetts will be taken up at a workshop 
session at the Mid-winter Meeting of 
M.L.A. And one of the days had four 
meetings schedueled for two o'clock - 
embarrassment of riches! 

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INTERMTIOML COKFSRENCSS 
BI BERNE AND HAi-lBURG 

The International Federation of Li- 
brary Associations (IFLA) met in Berne, 
Switzerland, August 27-31 for its an- 
nual conference, and the International 
Board on Books for Young People (IBBYP) 
held its biennial gathering in Hamburg, 
Germany, September 26-29. For the for- 
mer I was one of the United States 
representatives and for the latter ser- 
ved as official representive and as Hans 
Christian Andersen award jury member for 
the United States. 

Both groups discussed matters related 
to the developing countries. For IFIA 
there were lectures centered on the 
development of libraries in the emergent 
countries, including for the speical 
meeting of cliildren's librarians a talk 
and exhibition of recent children's 
books published in Japan ma-de by lirs. 
Bettina Hurlimann of Zurich who, with 
her husband ilartin Hurlimann, had made' 
an extensive trip through the Far East, 
She reported appreciation there for 
"everything good" in Western children's 
books and showed exarples of beaviti- 
fully and interestingly designed books 
illustrated by contemporary Japanese 
artists. 

Following the publication this year 
by the children's librarians' group in 
IFLA of "Translations of Children's 
Books," a compilation of nine papers 
and a bibliography of titles recommend- 
ed for translation by sixteen different 
countries, a present project designed 
to interest the developing countries 
is the printing of a set of articles 
received from some fourteen countries 
about library service for children. (in- 
cluding New Zealand, U. S, S. R., 
Poland, Ghana, England and the United 
States) . 

The theme of the Hamburg coPiference 
vras "Children's Literature and the 
Developing Countries," vdth knowledge- 
able talks by Datus Smith, Director of 
Franklin Publications, and by Jack E, 
Morpurgo, Executive Secretary of the 
National Book League in England, both 
of whom have had considerable to do with 
stimulating' publishing in the develop- 
ing nations. Other contributors vjere 
representatives from Teheran, Pakistan, 
India, and Tui'key, and Hunro Leaf who 
is currently making a tour for o\xr State 



Department's cultural program. 

The concluding highlight of the IBBYP 
conference was the awarding of the Hans 
Christian Andersen international chil- 
dren's book medal to ileindert DeJong, 
in recognition of his "significant and 
lasting contribution to children's lit- 
erature", ftr. De Jong is knovm inter- 
nationally through translations of 
his honor winning WHEEL ON THE SCHOOL, 
HOUSE OF SIXTY FATHERS, ALONG CAijE A 
DOG, SHADRACH, and other familiar 
titles. He received his award in per- 
son and made a moving acceptance speech 
on the subject of literary creativity, 
Follovring the ceremony he left for 
Holland to visit his native village of 
Wierum, which has provided the inspir- 
ation and background for some of his 
most vivid writing, including TOWER 
BY THE SEA. It was here that he lived 
until coming to America at the age of 
eight (as described by his brother 
David Cornel DeJong in WITH A DUTCH 
ACCENT), 

Diplomas for American honor books 
were accepted in absentia for Scott 
O'Dell (ISL/S.ND OF THE BLUE DOLPHIKS), 
Nicolas Sidjakov (BABOUSHKA AI\ID THE 
THREE KINGS), and Jean George (MY SIDE 
OF THE lOUIJTAIN), Among authors pre- 
sent to receive their awn certificates 
were iiary Norton from England and 
Myoko Matsutani from Japan. 

The American section of IBBYP is 
comprised jointljr of the Children's 
Book Council and the Ch).ldren's Ser- 
vices Division of the Amdrican Library 
Association, 

VIRGINIA HAVILAND 

PLEA FOR INCREASEI? 

MEi-lBERgHIP W M.L.A, 

Just what is the Massachusetts Li- 
( brary Association? 

The M,L.A. is the professional 
organization of your state. 

What are its objectives? 

a. To promote library service 
and the profession of li- 
brarianship in the state of 

■ Massachusetts, 

b. To study ways to raise stan- 
dards . 

c. To improve library sbtjIcq 
through new methods and tech- 
niques , 



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do To aid you professionally through 
workshops, institutes, conferences,! 
loans, scholarships. |l 

Are there any other benefits? 

Receipt of the lively official bul- 
letin, The Bay State Librarian , 

Opportunity to visit and/ or stay at 
fise inns and hotels and to be- 
come familiar with the many faces 
of Massachusetts, town and countr,'-. 

Opportunity to hear excellent speak- 
ers, drawn from a variety of dis- 
ciplines, discoursing on stimula- 
ting topics. 

Development of a sense of unity, of 
com;non purpose. 

Who are eligible? 

All friends of libraries laymen, 
private and organizational, in any 
field of endeaver, as well as library 
staff and library board members. 

The M.L.A, needs and solicits yoru- 
support, to reach its maximum potential 
Enlis t, nowi Urge your fellow workers 
to join this organization. Become a 
member in good standing, if your dues 
have lapsed. Since the dues are graded 
according to salaries, it is possible 
for the lowest salaried worker to ob- 
tain the advantages of this organization. 

Membership blanks may be obtained 
from Irs. "^leanora Chaplik (member of 
Membership Committee of M. L, A,), 
Codman Square Branch Library, 

E, N. CHAPLIK 

PAULINE O'MELIA 

Many of us were saddened to hear of 
the sudden death of Pauline O'Melia, a 
former staff member. Pauline entered 
the library service as an Extra at the 
Roslindale Branch Library in 1930. She 
was anpointed to the full-time service 
in 1931 and subsequently worked as 
Children's Librarian at the Mattapan 
Branch Library, West End and the School 
Issue Section. >]hile working at ]y&tta^ 
pan she found time to attend Simmons 
Library School where she received her 
degree in 1939. 

She left the B.P.L. to work for her 
degree at Columbia and in 19U9 received 
her doctorate in education. Among her 
various positions, she was employed as 



School Librarian in Elmont, N. Y. and 
Assistant Professor in the Library 
School at the University of Florida. 
From 19U8-53 she served as Assistant 
Professor, Division of Library Science 
at Indiana University. She was em- 
ployed as School Librarian in the 
Plainedge High School, N, Y, , and her 
last position since 1959 was that of 
School Librarian at the South Woods 
Junior High School, Syosset, N, Y, 

Pauline taught in saiimer schoole, 
conducted v/orkshops in young adult work, 
travelled extensively/ and held many 
offices in the American Library Asso- 
ciation. She contributed articles to 
a number of periodicals and was the 
author of Books for Slow Learning Chil - 
dren , 

Her many acconplishments were a 
sovirce of admiration to all of her 
friends in Boston, but v.hat inpressed 
us was her boundless energy, her keen 
mind, her ready vat, her dedication to 
her work and her warmth and friendli- 
ness* Her death is a loss to the en- 
tire library profession, 

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God is in His heaven. 

And that's His chief est fault: 
Nobody aro'jnd 

To call at last a halt. 

Hate and war increasing 

At enormous pace. 
Wealth of worid is squandered 

In crazy atom race. 

Murder, rape, and thieving 

Are a daily fact. 
Politicians plunder. 

Statesmen use no tact, 

Copley Square landmarks 

Face a certain doom, 
VIP's are slandered 

In Approval Room, 

A Turnpike Authoritj'- Dispossession 

Shoiild press. 
Turn Him out of heaven 

To clean the earthly mess. 

HARRY ANDREWS 



KATHLEEN B. HBGARTT 



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ROSE MOORACHIAN 



All of us join in congratulating 
Kathleen Hegarty on her appointment as 
Coordinator of Adult Services, Division 
of Home Reading Services. 

Mss Hegarty began work in the library 
as an extra at the Brighton Branch 
Library while still in high school. From 
Brighton she came to the Office, Division 
of Reference and Research in 19.^5. She 
was transferred to the General Reference 
Department in 1957 as Reference Assistant 
where she remained until 1959 wlien she 
came to the Office, Home Reading and 
Community Services as Adults Librarian. 

In conjunction with her various jobs, 
Mss Hegarty managed to graduate from 
Radcliffe College where she received a 
B.A. degree cum laude. She attended 
Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School, and 
received a Master of Library Science 
degree from Simmons College in 1958. She 
pursued further studies in literature at 
the B.U. Graduate School. 

While at Simmons Miss Hegarty became 
interested in work with adults and group 
work, an interest which eventually 
brought her to the position of Adults 
Librarian, and into close contact with 
the work of the braiich libraries and 
group work vd.thin and outside of the 
library. Under Mrs. Javelin's direction 
she took complete charge of activities 
of the Never too Late Group, a happy 
association for both. As chairman of the 
Pamphlet Committee she has brought much 
new material into use. Miss Hegarty has 
been responsible for planning programs 
in branch libraries with Mothers' Groups, 
and has made arrangements, secured 
speakers and prepared publicity for a 
variety of proprams in branch libraries 
and the Central Library. She is Chairman 
of the Adult Education Committee, Mass. 
Library Association; Secretary of the 
Adult Education Association in Mass.; 
member of the Committee on Library 
Services to an Aging Population, American 
Library Association; member of the 
Massachusetts Advisory Committee on 
Aging, appointment made by the Governor. 
She is also a member of A.L.A., Catholic 
Library Association, and served as 
Secretary of the BPL Staff Association, 
1959-1960. 

All our good wishes to her. 



The recently announced appointments 
in the Division of Home Reading and 
Community Services include a first in 
Boston Public Library history. Rose 
Moorachian becomes the first Young 
Adults Librarian to be promoted to 
Branch Librarian. This is an especially 
fitting first since this year marks the 
library's tenth anniversary of special- 
ized service to young people, and Miss 
Moorachian was an active pioneer in this 
service. 

Miss Moorachian 's library career goes 
back to her own teen days when she 
worked as an extra with Miss Kingman at 
South End and vdth Miss Ross and Miss 
Winnick at Codman Square. After her 
graduation from Simmons College, School 
of Library Science, she gained further 
branch library experience at Washington 
Village, East Boston, Uphams Corner, 
South Boston, and Mattapan. With her 
new assignment to Dorchester Branch 
Library, Mss Moorachian will have an 
unusual value of library experience in 
eight different Communities. 

Her colleagues agree that Miss 
Moorachian is a "doer". Where she goes, 
good things happen. Her young adult 
friends and patrons testify proudly to 
her successful programming for young 
people and work with Young Adult Coun- 
cils. Currently, she is chairman of a 
committee preparing a handbook on Young 
Adult Councils, 

An energetic school visitor. Miss 
Moorachian took the news of books, 
library activities, and services to 
every classroom in her area, even when 
she had to travel by boat - to Thompson 
Academy on Thompson's Island off South 
Boston, 

Her professional contributions extend 
beyond 3.P.L. Xiralls to A.L.A. and M.L.A. 
participation. She was a member of the 
M.L.A. ReciTiiting Committee and the 
JSxecutive Board of the Massachusetts 
Round Table of Librarians for Young 
Adults. She achieved the chairmanship 
of the Round Table and served for three 
years. She remains on call as speaker 
and moderator for Round Table meetings. 

A keen, thoughtful book reviewer. 
Miss Moorachian has selected and anno- 
tated books as a regular contributor for 
several years to the Sc hool Library 
Journal column "Adult Books for Young 
People". Her friends wonder when she 

cont. 



finds the time to read so prolifically „ic>* 
and critically. 

Kiss Moorachian's favorite non- library 
diversion is travel- at-home and abroad. 
She internipted her yen for globe-trot- 
ting this year for advanced study, and is 
presently working for her master's degree 
in history at Northeastern University. 
This interest dates back to a special 
bibliography on world history for your^ 
people which Miss Moorachian prepared in 
the early years of B.P.L. service to 
young adults. 

Ker new post will offer rich opportun- 
ity to continue her dedicated work with 
young people and to exercise her adminis- 
trative talents. 

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PATRICIA A. ASHE A BRIDE 

On VJednesday, October tenth, the Red 
Coach Grille was the scene of a festive 
luncheon in honor of Patricia A. Ashe, 
Records, Files, Statistics, whose wedding 
date had been set for that vreek. As a 
special climax to the happy occasion, 
John J. Connolly, Assistant Director — the 
only male present, and piobably feeling 
like a Sultan with his harem — made a 
heart-warming speech as he presented the 
bride-to-be with a set of gay dishes for 
her new home. Attached to the accompany- 
ing card was the traditional white ribbon 
which bore the names of many friends who 
extended best wishes to Pat. 



On a lovely autumn day, Saturday, 
October thirteenth, at the Mission Church, 
Patricia A. Ashe, radiant in a beautiful 
gown of white satin and lace, became the 
bride of Charles M. Tyner, a former B.P.L. 
employee. The Library was further rep- 
resented in the wedding party by Mrs. 
Mary (Casey) McElemey, Book Stack Service 
and Mrs. Barbara (Ashe) Kean, formerly of 
Book Stack Service, Incidentally, the 
bride is the neice of Mr. and Mrs. Eamon 
E. McDonough, both formerly of General 
Reference. The three bridesmaids and the 
maid of honor were gowned in gold and 
green. 

Following a reception at the Sherry 
Biltmore Hotel, Mr. & Mrs. Tyner (the 
bride becomingly attired in a blue knit- 
ted suit) left for a honeymoon trip to 
New York. Upon their return, they will 
live in Jamaica Plain, 



BLOOD D0NGR5 

As announced 1 August 1962 the 
Library is now participating in the 
Red Cro3s blood donor program. Such 
participation will insure that every 
member of the staff and his immediate 
family will be covered in the event 
that blood is required. 

Of course, successful participation 
in this pix»gram requires blood dona~ 
tions fl-om 30^ of the staff. The 
report to date indicates that very 
few staff members have volunteered 
to give blood. This is an excellent 
program and in order to insure con- 
tinued protection for all employees 
and their families we would like to 
urge all staff members who can pos-- 
sibly do so to give a pint of blood 
in the very near future. 

Anyone wishing to donate blood 
should contact Mrs. Wollent, who will 
aitrange an appointment with the Red 
Gross, Mrs, Wollent also has the 
cards which must be signed if a donor 
is under 21 years of age. In General 
Administrative Notices, 1962 - No. 65 
you will find particulars such as time 
allowed etc- 



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CCmm EVENTS 

The Men's Librarian Club will hold 
its next meeting at the Cambridge 
House, 1637 Massachusetts Avenue, 
Cambridge, on November 13, Details 
will be available soon, 

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The Charles River Library Club 
will hold its F4II Meeting on Tuesday, 
October 23 at the ^X^seum of Fine Arts 
Lecture Hall, 



REMEMBER 



CARE 



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BRANCH NOTES 



On Tuesday evening ^ September 18, 
1962, the staff of the Charlestow:a 
Branch Library boarded a local out- 
rigger and set sail for the Polyne- 
sian Room of the Hotel Soirierset, The 
occasion ~ a luau celebration for 
Miss Carol Dubis, prospective bride, 
who iri-11 be naxried to Mr. James 
McDonough in Adams, Mass, on October 
20th<. 

The food was deliciovis, the coirpany 
congenisil, and to the mellow accom- 
paniment of a Hawaiian giiitar and two 
tropical "love potions", ItLss Dubis 
was happily launched into the sea of 
matrimor^ ( a xredding gift presented 
by the staff rounded out the festive 
occasion). The potency of said 
"love potions" is guaranteed to last 
through the first year of marital 
bliss. Thereafter Miss Bubis's 
irjiate charm and talent will take 



over. 



LINDA M. IVERS 



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The South Boston Branch Library 
is proudly displaying for the month 
of October souvenirs of Taimi Lilja's 
trip to Japan, where she spent two 
weeks in July, Items include daintj'- 
fans, a small silk screen and a silk 
scroll, chop sticks of course, 
lacquer ware and cloisonne, a Buddhist 
charm, prints and a book, and toys 
called "Sit down, dear" dolls. The 
central figure is a doll dressed as 
a character from a Kabiiki play, 

l/Jhile in Japan, Taimi sampled such 
culinarj'- delights as Sukiyaki, 
tempura and shab shab, visiting res- 
taurants with Chinese and Mongolian 
cookery as well as Japanese, Geisha 
entertainment, the all-girl show at 
the Kokusai as well as modern night 
clubs were on the agenda. 

The group was received by the Mayor 
of Kyoto, sister city of Boston, and 
was presented with key rings vri.th the 
city seal and a small key on them, 
and beautifully illustrated booklets 
on Kyoto, 

In spite of fog on Mt, Fuji, Taimi 
took colored slides that will be 
shown to the South Boston Never -Too- 
Late group on October 2i)., 



.Taimi also spent some time in Hong 
Kong and Hawaii, where she had a 
telephone conversation with Mrs, Edith 
Bailey, Branch Librarian Emeritus of 
Philips Brooks Branch, ijps, Bailey 
wanted to be remembered to ^"'1 her 
friends in the Boston Puolic Library, 

IRENE H, TOTTLE 

Anyone who has ever registered a 
child for a library card Icnows that 
the application blanks can get a bit 
dirty en route back to the branch. 
One moppet appeared at the registra- 
tion desk of one of the oranches with 
an application covered with a large 
brown stain. "Did your father spill 
his coffee on this?" asked the li- 
brarian, "No" said the child. "He 
spilled his beer and boy, was he mad." 



LANTERN SLIDES 

Three slide shows will be given in 
the Little Theatre of the Audio-Visual 
Department by Kermeth C. Barnes. Mr, 
Barnes will make a few preliminary 
remarks at 1:20 p.m«,, and the slides 
will start promptly at 1;30 and last 
about 20 minutes, 

Oct. 22 - French Canada 

Oct, 23 - Pennsylvania and New Jersey 

Oct, 26 - Longwood Gardens 

Anyone interested is cordially in- 
vited, 

KSI-iNETH C. BARNES 
Periodical & Newspaper 

If the Children's Librarian at Lower 
Mills seems even happier than usual, 
it can be explained by the fact that 
Ann Kearney has just announced her 
engagement to Mr, Joseph Crowley of 
Milton, Congratulations to them both. 



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ALUl^IAE MOTES 



RossQyn Warner recently received an 
interestjaig letter from an other Ros- 
lindale "ex" Rose (Stinson) Zuckerman 
who has just returned to the States 
after two years in Europe. Her letter 
says in part: 

Dear Miss Warner: 

I'm sure that I didn't 
answer your last letter in the midst of 
a chaotic Spring and Summer, I hope 
your journeys were most pleasant, ,,. 

Jerry has been appointed Assistant 
Professor of Chemistry at Cornell so we 
will or in Ithaca, N.Y. for at least 
tht'cs i?.>-''S. It's a terrific piece of 
luck an- 1; e ar-^ very pleased. He has 
also just rece-ved his Ph.D. from 
Cambridge, England» The second was 
many times easier than the first i We 
will move to Ithaca on September l5 
after a flying visit to Philadelphia, 
You can't imagine how excited we are 
about coi.iing home. Two years is a 
long time, and we have seen so muchl 

So much has happened tliat I find 
it difficult to remember all, so I 
think I'll jot them down in the hap- 
hazard way in which I recall them. 

We expect our second baby (boy - 
we hopei) in December, so are very 
excited about that. We wanted to maJce 
the most of our European experience so 
we decided to throw care and caution 
to the winds and spend the svunmer see- 
ing as much as we could on as little 
as possible! We packed our belongings 
(foiir trunks of books, three of thingsl) 
and sent them for storage with the 
French Line and ].eft England on July 9» 
High points for the next two months: 
Munchen, Germany; Prague, Czechoslovakiaj 
Vienna, Austria^ Budapest, Hungary; 
Bucurest, Roumania; Sofia, Bulgaria; 
Istanbul, Turkey; Jerusalem, Israel; 
Cyprus, Crete; Athens, GreecejBelgrade, 
Yugoslavia; Trieste, Italy; Marseille^ 
France; Barcelona, Spain; Paris, France, 
Really Fabulous. We camped the whole 
time ( except when staying with friends) 
and were able to see plenty of Eastern 



Europe, We arrived at Le Harve 
practically broke for we did not 
travel with much money. I estimate 
that $75 fed us for the summer. Nuts 
and vegetables and bread very cheap 
everywhere and we bought cheapest 
meat. We ate plenty but sure missed 
the sweets and nicities. We're brown 
as Indians and really feel great, I 
doubt if we'd have the spirit to 
undertake such a trip again. Takes a 
lot of "grinning and bearing it", 
Lesley was perfect. Proves that 
babies are as tough as anyone. We 
boiled her water but that was our 
only precaution. 

Hard to give impressions of such 
different countries. ItSs not really 
fair to covnpare them with Eastern 
Europe for way of life, clirriate and 
people are so different, Prague is 
the most beautiful city in all of 
Europe, r.iagnificently located, 
Roumania is most primitive country we 
have yet seen. It's a very large 
country for Europe and its population 
are just not technically progressive 
(with the exception of Bucurest), The 
first city we stopped in was near 
Oradea, near the Hungarian frontier. 
Its population is 100,000, We saw 
half a dozen cars and some trucks 
but the streets belonged to the pedes- 
trians 1 Packed solid when citizens 
took their evening promenade. And 
curious! We were obviously the first 
tourists many of them had seen, A 
crowd of several hundred gathered when 
we stopped for gasi Wlien we left the 
car, two policemen were assigned to 
manage the sightseers J People were 
very friendly. Had some adventures 
there, Bulgaria prosperous. Turkey 
incredible — friendly but hard for 
us to understand. Quite Eastern, Do 
anything for dollars. Israel brave 
country for it is so hot and dry and 
forbidding that only pioneer types 
coiild live there in its present state, 
120° at Dead Seai Very beautiful in 
many places. Jerusalem is best city 
to visit - fabulous. Greece is con- 
sistently beautiful - our favorite 
coiintry. People wonderful and scenery 
gcrgebus, Yugoslavia has worst roads 
imaginable. In fact, sometimes they 
don't exist I We forded more than on^ 

cont. 



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river ^ Our oiLly car troiible was re- 
placing varioxis parts — muTfler, tail 
ipipe, gear box pan, etc. — that 
jolted loosed Adriatic more beautifiil 
than Western Jfediterramean. Woiild 
highly recoiranend cruise dovm Jugoslav 
coast to Aegean Sea and Turkey. Spain,, 
hot, I wasn't too taken with it. 

We sailed on "France" Sept, 7 
from Le Harve with 2,000 lb, baggage 
and ©ur carl The ship is wonderful 
and food exquisite. Everything in 
good taste ~ every convenience pro- 
vided, I'lakes the "Queen E" look like 
a freighter, 

Hope you are well. We plan to 
come to Cambridge in the Fall so hope 
to see you then. As yet we have no 
place to live so address is Dept, of 
Chemistry, Cornell U,, Ithaca, N,Y, 

Regards to Librarians I laiowi 
Love, 
ROSE ZVCKEBMPM 

Mr'e. Paul V, Moynihan formerly of 
General Reference, spent his svimmei 
vacation as a lay apostle. He went 
to New Mexico for a period of five 
weeks to catalog a novitiate library 
for a nex-fly founded community of 
Sisters at Holman, N,M« These Sisters 
of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Holy 
Trinity were founded by Father James 
Flanagan to supply the great need for 
teaching Sisters in that area« Father 
Flanagan, formerly of Lowell, Mass., 
is a cousin of Alice Buckley of the 
Jamaica Plain High School Library. 
Paul successfully coiripleted the cata- 
loging of the library. Then, instead 
of having time for sight-seeing, he 
became ill and was hospitalized at 
Santa Fe, He was then transferred to 
the New England Baptist Hospital. 
Paul is now recuperating at l5 Victoria 
Street, Dorchester and would appreciate 
hearing from his many B.P.L. friends. 



A former extra in the Periodical 
and Newspaper Department, Thomas J. 
Aglio, was recently appointed exec- 
utive secretary of the new Catholic 
Charities Regional Office in Orlando, 
Florida, Mr. Aglio is also the 
direct-or of the Cubsui Youth Program 
for the Diocese, 



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Former BPL'er Bob Woodward of 
Dedham has recently accepted the 
position of Librarian at the Bangor 
Public Library^ 



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KOBLESSE OBLIGE ~ 

l-Jho said courtesy was dead? The 
other morning I was riding the rails, 
courtesy of Mr, MacLernan when I saw 
something which proved that thought- 
fulness and courtesy are NOT dead. 

As the MTA roared into Copley Sq,, 
a blind girl who comes in every day 
was met by two Boston Public Library 
gentlemen - and I mean gentlemen - 
who escorted her safely up the stairs 
and across the hazardous Square, 
whether or not this is a daily cour- 
tesy I do not know - but I d£ know 
that observing it once revived ry 
faith in the so called "lost" art 
of chivalry - and lifted my drooping 
spirits (droopiiig because I was 
headed for Hartford and not the B,P,L,) 
and revived ny about-to-be-lost 
faith in mankind, 

E.G. PECK 

COMING EVENTS 

In conjunction with Children's Book 
V/eek the Second Annual Boston Child- 
ren's Book Fair will be held from 
Nov. 12 to 17 at The New England 
Mutual Hall, 

The Special Libraries Association 
will hold a dinner meeting to welcome 
President Ethel KLahre, at the litth 
floor dining room of the World Trade 
Center, International House, U70 
Atlantic Ave,, Boston, on Nov, 12. 
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KEEPER OF PRINTS 

Sinclair Hitchings, who has been 
appointed Keeper of Prints, was also 
signally honored by election to the 
American Antiquarian Society in 
Worcester on October l6, largely in 
recognition of a series of scholarly 
projects carried out by him during 
the past four years. On his earliest 
researches in the Society's ]J.brary, 
which contains the preeminent collec- 
tion of books printed before I8OO in 
England's North American colonies 
and in the new United States, Mr, 
Hitchings based a study of the life 
and work of a Boston printer cf the 
1790s. Entitled Joseph Belknap's 
Printing in Boston , it was published 
in the quarterly Printing & Graphic 
Arts in 1958, and was followed by 
Ifr, Hitchings' checklist of Belknap's 
printing, published the next year, 

A second article by Mr. Hitchings, 
Samuel Hill's Relief Engraving , 
(published in Printing and Graphic 
Arts, Vol. VIII, 1960} also was 
based on research done in the Society's 
library. The subject of the article 
is chiefly remembered today for 
copperplate engravings, made in the 
1790s, of Boston scenes. 

Another of tlr. Hitchings' articles 
which drew heavily on material in 
the American Antiquarian Society was 
published in The New England Galaxy , 
the Gld Sturbridge Village magazine, 
in the fall of last year. Entitled 
"Curious, Useful and Entertaining", 
it told the story of the almanac- 
publishing of Isaiah Thomas in the 
last three decades of the 18 th centu- 
ry, Thomas is famous as a New 
England printer-patriot and as the 
fourjder of the American Antiquarian 
Society, one of the oldest learned 
societies in the United States, early 
in the 19th century, Mr, Hitchings' 
article was based, appropriately 
enough, on a study of a set of 
Thomas's almanacs in the Boston Public 
Library and on manuscript material 



in the American Antiquarian Society, 

This fall Mr. Hitchings was able 
to arrange a loan of early American 
almanacs and paper currency from the 
American Antiquarian Society which 
provided key items in an exhibition 
of Boston's earliest printmaking— 
woodcuts and copperplate engravings 
made here between 1670 aM 1725. 
Mr, Hitchings mounted the exhibition 
at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 
connection with his talk on early 
printmaking in Boston, given at a 
conference on "The Arts and Crafts 
in Boston, 1660-1725". 

The American Antiquarian Society, 
which has limited membership, is 
dedicated to the task of gathering 
printed material relating to life 
in America, Its publications on 
various aspects of American history 
are extensive. Though its manuscript 
collections contain some outstanding 
items, its emphasis is on the printed 
book. It is one of the great centers 
of source material for American 
history. 

Incidentally, John Alden, the 
Library's new Keeper of Rare Books, 
is a long-standing member of the 
American Antiquarian Society, and 
many of his writings on American 
bibliography h^ave drawn on material 
owned by the Society, 



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EDITCR'S NOTE 



The current issue of the Question llark 
contains within the columns of the Soap 
Box several letters that are strongly- 
critical of a recent appointment made by 
the Division of Home Reading, They are 
being published only after considerable 
thought by the editorial cojTmiittee, We 
are conscious of the fact that the ques- 
tion of promotion and appointment is one 
of the most difficult of administrative 
decisions. Under ordinary circumstances, 
this is not a matter for public debate. 
We could not in conscience however, 
ignore those letters commenting on the 
situation. In the final analysis, it 
was deemed better to bring the matter 
into the open in the hope that certain 
points relevant to the promotional 
system could be clarified in order to 
avoid further controversy, 

THE PUBLICATIONS COilMITTEE 



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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied bv 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 
withheld from publication, or a Den 
name is used, if the contributor so re- 
quests, Anonimious contributions are 
not given c>.nsic]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 expressed by indi- 
vidual Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily indi- 
cate that the Pviblications Committee 
and the Association are in agreement 
with the views expressed. Only those 
contributions containing not more than 
300 words Xijill be accepted. 



Dear Soap Box: 

There has been much criticism direc- 
ted against delays in filling positions 
and against acting appointments that 
continue for years » It is in order to 
congratulae the administration on the 
prompt filling of the position of 
Coordinator of Work with Adults. We 
are indeed fortunate to have a person 
so well qualified ^r personality, 
education, and experience for tliis 
position. 

PLEASED 

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Dear Soap Box Editor: 

The following are two quotations set- 
ting forth the qualifications for two 
Coordinators in the same Division: 
"GAN ho, A minimum of ten years of 
successful work in the public field, 
A niinimum of five years of work with 
children in the library field in a 
position of administrative responsi- 
bility." 

"GAN 69, Sucessful work with adults 
in public libraries." 

Why such inconsistency? Are qualifica- 
tions tailored to fit individuals? If 
so, why go to the bother of appearing 
to operate on an elaborate system of 
applications, interview, etc.? 

JUST V;ONDERING 
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To the Soap Box: 

The appointment of Coordinator of 
Adult Services is now an accomplished 
fact; so, also, is the nose dive taken 
by morale in good portion of the staff. 
Obviously, appointments of Library 
School graduates is a step in the direc- 
tion of raising the professional level 
of the Library. Insistance upon Li- 
brary School Grad\iates is commendable, 
if it were required for all titular 
positions — but history has not shown 
such consistency. If it were a pre- 
requisite in tliis particular instance, 
and had been so stated in GAN 69, non- 
library school graduates would not 
have wasted time in appl^^ng and three 
top executives would not have had to ' 
waste time in unnecessary'" interviewing. 



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Are we to understand that the holding 
of a Library School decree outweighs 
years of experience, maturity of judg- 
ment gained in t hose years, and proven 
ability in administrative positions? 
The curious are asl<ing why a P3 was 
promoted to ?S without the opportunity 
first of proving herself in the PU level, 

ONE OF THE CURIOUS 

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To the Editor: 

Even in the most exceptional case the 
sudden promotion of a P3 to P$ is a per- 
version of Library order and is bound 
to offend the considerable body of the 
skipped PU's. 

To many of us some of the good work 
undeniably done for the city from that 
particular P5 position belongs properly 
in other community organizations. Our 
business is books, and only after all 
book matters are taken care of are we 
justified in extending ourselves into 
other areas. 

One activitv also in the past or- 
ganized from that particular position 
is the general meeting. Mot'riing in 
our Library world makes us so eligibla 
for a place in the Parkinson gallery as 
that sort of meeting. Formally people 
have a problem and meet to discuss it. 
With us it often seemed as if we had a 
meeting and spent hours to hunt up some 
problems. But with good will from the 
staff in general and with some common 
sense in the higher regions, this prob- 
lem too will pass away in time, 

HARRY AHEREWS 
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To the Editor: 

Once every ten years I am sufficiently 
"bestirred" (that word may not be in 
the dictionary) enough to pen a note to 
the Soapbox. Recently it has been of 
great wonderment to me when individuals 
with outstanding qualifications have 
been delayed from an appo-lntraent by a 
lengthy waiting period when they are 
"Acting"-presumption being that a myriad 
of such talent in the library world 
exists when th^ bare facts are that 
there is no comparable choice of talent 
elsewhere as we enjoy in this Library, 
And in the delay of the appointment of 



the Chief Librarian of the Reference and 
Research Division the onlv possible valid 
reason must be that the individual con- 
cerned is too highly qualified for the 
position, which is indeed flattering, 
but should not stand in the way of this 
most deserving individual, 

E.C. HARDEN 

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To the Question Mark: 

A word of warning tc future applicants 
for positions. Read the fine print and 
between the lines, if you find the qual- 
ifications "tailored" to apply to a cer- 
tain individual, it inight be well to 
i save the time of busy officers and your- 
self in the interviewing process. A 
notable instance is to be found in the 
specifications for the two recently 
appointed coordinators (General Adminis- 
trative Notices No, UO - No. 69), If 
the coordinator for children requires 
"a minimum of ten years of successful 
work in the public field. A minimum of 
five years of work with children in the 



library field in a position of adminis - 
trative responsibility" why only "suc- 



cessful work with adults in public li- 
braries" for the coordinator of adults?? 
An interesting contrast in qualifications, 

BEWILDERED BETSY 



To the Editor: 

For Home Reading Division's battle 
scarred branch librarians and department 
heads who had perhaps hoped for a "new 
deal", the appointment of Coordinator 
of Adult Services must have come as a 
jolt to morale, despite the new appoin- 
tee's youth and charm and successful 
(if brief) experience in Home Reading 
Division, in group work. In this in- 
staijce quiet corrpetence, proven leader- 
ship in a wide variety of important com- 
mittees and offices, over the years, and 
extensive knovrledge of overall branch 
problems, coupled with imaginative vision, 
were given short shrift in favor of in- 
experience in an administrative capacity 
and in branch library work, 

DISAPPOINTED 



To the Editor: 

Those unsuccessful caridioates for the 
Dosition of Coordinator of Adult Ser- 
vices might have spared tliemselves the 
ordeal of perfuinctoi*^'' interviews if 
they had compared the "fine print" in 
the two administrative notices annovmc- 
ing the vacancies for this position, 
and the (earlier filled) position of 
Coordinator of Cliildren's Services, 

Paragraph 1 of the tvjo notices, des^ 
cribing the duties of each position are 
identical. However, paragraph 2, sta- 
ting qualifications are widely diver- 
gent. UTiile the qualifications for Co- 
ordinator of Children's Service stipu- 
lated " A miniimun of 10 years of success - 
ful work in the public field . A 
minumum of 5 years of work with child- 
ren in the librarv field in a position 
of administrative responsibility ," the 
qualifications for Coordinator of 
Adult Services required only "success- 
ful work with adults in public libraries." 

Isn't it obvious that in this case 
the requirements were tailored to the 
limited qualifications of a particular 
candidate, '■/hy should there have been 
a doi-rngrading of qualifications for 
this position? For positions of iden- 
tical level and resporisibilj.ty aren't 
administrative experience and length 
of service equally important? As P.T, 
Barnum said, 

WHY? 



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To the Soap Box: 

Concerning the letter in the Sep- 
tember QM about older members of the 
staff disillusioning newer members, 
through remarks made in the Approval 
Room and lavatories, we wonder if newer 
staff members overhear enough of an en- 
tire conversation to know whether or 
not it is meant seriously or jokingly, 
whether or not it is truly detrimental, 
whether it should be taken seriously 
or is j\ast a letting off of steam. 

Did they really hear what the;'- thought 
they heard or did they jurap to a conclu- 
sion? Were they rude enough to listen 
in on a private conversation? And, 
WHY DID THEY REPEAT IT AND COI^IPOIMD 
THE ORIGIlNfAL ERROR? Younj people 
should realize the stresses and strains 
of responsibility, poor working con- 
ditions, tactlessness at times of 



superiors, human nature in relationships « 
Miile there are channels for complaint 
(which may not always remedy a personal 
situation) , sometimes just blovrLng off 
tenper or personal hurt to a friend or 
two may save one from a more serious 
error in judgment in a job situation. 
We also consider it in extremely poor 
taste to pinpoint a department and imply 
blame where blame is not deserved. 
Perhaps we should watch our words more 
carefully, but it is not only the older 
members of the staff who offend good 
taste in staff quarters. Younger members 
sometimes are offensive in speech in 
other directions. 

However, if someone is talking TO 
newer staff about individuals intention- 
ally in a derogatory manner, the employee 
who hears of the person who wrote the 
letter, would have been far wiser to 
protest quietly to the offender, or to 
report it to someone in authority, rather 
than airing it as they did. The very 
indefiniteness of the charge is unfair 
to all "older" employees i 

OTHER VIEW 

To the Editor: 

One major effect of the recent type 
of notice of job vacancy - vjhich dis- 
cards mention of minimum qualifications 
in favor of putting the b^Jirden of proof 
on the individual who rightly or wrongly 
may believe himself qualified - is be- 
vrilderment and outright resentment on 
the part of many of the staff. 

When people are passed over, who seem, 
to a large number of the professionally- 
minded staff, more qualified through 
long experience in more varied back- 
gro'onds than the appointee, morale takes 
a low dive. 

Is long and diversified experience in 
the field, with an excellent record of 
accainplishment, to be passed over in 
favor of much less experience and varie- 
ty, but a library school degree? Does 
not a thoughtful concern for service, 
coupled with reliable and effective work 
habits, capability in handling staff, 
and punctuality in meeting deadlines, 
count for anything these days? 

Ve also cannot help but x^ronder why 
some are permitted to jump over a whole 
level, when there are fully qualified 
persons applying from the level 



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immediately belov; - yet others adequate- 
ly fill a position as "Acting" appointee 
elsewhere for several years without 
being confirmed in the appointment. 

Does never opposing a thought a super- 
ior produces, count more than speald.ng 
up when one believes from experience she 
has a point wlxLch should be heard? 

Respect for those in authority cannot 
long endure while questions such as these 
automatically come to mindl 

NOT A CANDIDATE 

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Editor: 

Can some one tell me how these N.P.5 
positions can be filled when the re- 
classification is not yet completed - 
or is it? 

CURIOUS 



To the Editor: 

Re: recent appointments, do years of 
dedicated service and tested administra- 
tive experience in branch libraries 
count for nothing when the plums are 
being handed out? Or have we succumbed 
to the current trend of encouraging the 
newest, least experienced aspirants to 
start at the top? 

FAIR PLAY 
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To the Editor of the QM: 

The difference in qualifications for 
two positions of similar status as 
described in General Administrative 
Notices No.UO and No. 69 has been the 
cause of some consternation. Is there 
a logical explanation for this dis- 
crepancy? 

SUB ASTRA 
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To the Editor: 

The recent appointment of a Co- 
ordinator of Adult Services points up a 
distur.bing inconsistency in the require- 
ments for that position and for those 
of Coordinator of Children's i-fork, a 



parallel position, as set forth in 
General Administrative Notices, No.UO 
and No, 69. I'Jhile one listed as neces- 
sary qualifications ,., 10 years suc- 
cessful work with children plus 5 years 
administrative experience, the other 
specified only .., successful work with 
adults in public libraries. IJhile this 
is not intended as a relection upon 
the individual appointed, it does ask 
for an explanation. If, as it appears, 
qualifications were tailored to suit 
the pre-selected candidate, our person- 
nel policies are a sham. 



WONDERING 



,Dear Editor: 

Getting the right person for a key 
position is a most difficult task. The 
selection of iliss Katlileen Hegarty for 
the position of Coordinator of Work 
with Adults was a most happy one. It 
is unusual to find a person as young as 
I^Iiss Hsgarty with such long interest 
and experience in library work. 

Miss Hegarty's experience in the 
Boston Public Library and in work with 
adults gave to her Superiors an excel- 
lent opportxinity to appraise her 
capacity for this position. 

We often object to an "expert" who 
comes from outside the system. Now 
we offer our hearty congratulations to 
one of us who has proved herself on 
the job, 

BPLer 

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^y^ 5PEA\KE'R 

Mr. Augustin Va^r\<^r^ ]r. 

SUBJECT: 



President of the Old Colony Trust Company 
and the Library's New Trustee 



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TRUSTS' 




^ec&piian and ^ e.p a^ ri'rriaruU 

PROGMM COMMIT-rZE 
Mildred Picone - Chairman 
James Ford Myra Morse 

Eleanor Halligan Edna G. Peck 

Corinne Henderson Roger Rainsville. 

Marie Quinn 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



NOVEMBER 1962 



THE QUESTION MARK 

Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volurae XVII Nunber 11 Novenber 1962 



Publications Committee: Jean Babcock, Margaret Butler, Janice Jlaniscalco, 

Thomas J, Manning , Sarah Richman, Catherine 
Richmond, Edwin G. Sanford, Anna Scanlan, 
I. Rorer Stevens, Cartoonist, Sarah II. Usher, 
Indexer, William T. Casey, Chairman, 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



"Professional" literature in the library field does not aluays provide the 
same stimulation as the latest Ian 71eming spy thriller. It does, houever, 
often provide some useful observations relative to many of the major problems 
that perplex us. As a case in point, ve would like to cite the November 
issue of the Wilson Library Bulletin vjliich is devoted to a consideration of 
the student use problem in the public jd.brarj'-. 

This narticuliar issue was the result of an analysis of a questionnaire on 
student use that had been sent to some 5500 public libraries across the 
countr'/-. It xfas the orij-inal intent of the editors to publish an article 
based on the results of the survey and call it a "Guide to School Public Li- 
brary Relations", They felt that this title might be misleading because "a 
guide implies that answers have been found". 

They received some 1800 replies to the questionnaire and on the basis of 
these replies xrere able to draw some definite conclusions, 

1) The most obvious conclusion was that this is a nationwide problem 
that extends to all libraries regardless of size or geographic location, 

2) The public libraries have come to feel that they are being called 
upon to assume the functions of the school library, 

3) There has been a woeful lack of communication between teachers and 
libraries in the matter of assignments and/or materials available at the 
library, 

; U) An inordinate aiaount of student use has created problems of dis- 
cipline, mutilation of reference books and serious overcrowding, 

-'Although these conclusions may be nothing more than a re-statement of cer- 
"fiain painful truths that we in the Bo5:ton Public Library have had to live 
w^th for some time, it is often helpful to exa.aine the dimensions of a prcb- 
len. before attempting to find a workable solution. It was for this reason 
thas the Improvement Council on Student Use was established some time ago. 



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The Bulletin survey demonstrated beyond question that tne entire problem 
is so complex that' no ready rade solution is availaole for imraediate use. 
It was pointed out,.however , that there are specific lin^s of action that may- 
be followed in order that sor.;e measure of progress can be i.iade in iifiproving 
the situation. The individual library can work ijith the school system in a 
svirvey of student use of both school and library facilities as they express 
it: "Take the problem to the commAmity, It cannot be solved by the public 
library alone." 

Public librarians miist also worl-: for the development of school lioraries 
as part of a plan for the improvement of total library service. Inis is not 
altruism, but sheer self preservation. In order to avoid inundation by the 
flood of students, the public library mast endeavor to sten the tide by help- 
ing the school library to expand and assume a larger share of the burden of 
providing reading material. This in itself is a complicated issue, involving 
a much closer alliance between school and library in matters such as book 
selection, pruchasing and exchange of information. 

A long step forviard on this dusty road could be taken bv a proi;;raia of 
teacher education, '^e cannot expect the students to understand what the li- 
brary has to offer if the teachers the^riselves have no conception of how the 
avera:;:e public library?' functions. A course in the intricacies of the 'Oewey 
Decimal system for a high school "nglish class won't improve natters much if 
the teacher still thinks that said class can get thirty copies of Moby Dick 
from a local library. 

One of the "solutions" w'lich lends itself to considerable discussion is 
the idea that ue should "work for an e">^pansion of service to reet bl'.e in- 
creased demand, not a restriction of the demand." The situation is not -^oing 
to improve with the oassagd of time but is' going to become moie difficult as 
the student population continues to expand, Ue can sympathise Tdth the dis- 
traught librarian who wanted to loiow why those "damn teena£ers" weren't out 
holding up filling stations instead of disturbing the peace and quiet of the 
library, but no amount of wisliful thinking is going to prevent them from pro- 
viding' us with a major challenre to our ability to render adequate service 
to all, 

THE PUBLICATIONS COIMTTEE 



PRESIDENT »S NOTES 



No new developments on the Job 
Evaluation Comraittee's progress. 
Since we have not heard otherwise, w0 
assume that the target date for iirt- 
plementing the changes indicated by 
the findinr^s of the committee is 
around the first of the year. As 
one of the Staff Assoni.ation's repre- 
sentatives on the Job Evaluation 
Committee I feel that there remain 
several questions requiring further 
consi derati on , 

Those of you who have heard rumors 
about proi-iosed changes in the sick 



leave policy of the library and who 
have been concerned because of a seem- 
ing lack of information may relax, i-ir, 
Gaines has net twice with reoresenta- 
tives of the civil service employees 
and the Executive Board of the Staff 
Association to discuss certain aspects 
of oior present sick leave policy that 
apparently result in a high rate of ab- 
senteeism, Fir. Gaines has made it abun- 
dantl;- clear to your representatives 
that the proposed changes are not in- 
tended to reduce our benefits but to 
provide positive incentives to reduce 
absenteeism. 



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There has been no planned secrecy con- 
nected mth the discussions on the pro- 
posed chanp.es in the sick leave policy. 
Members of the Executive Board have been 
free to discuss the matter vdth other 
merabers of the staff, and have done so. 
However, the pro )osal3 were presented 
for discussion in an effort to deter- 
mine the sick leave policy that xdll 
work to the best interests of the em- 
ployees and of the institution. Nothing 
has been definitely decided, and we can 
assure you that there will be an op- 
portunity to consider the matter further. 
As a matter of fact, we hope that the 
proposals will be ready for presentation 
to the membersldp at our business meet- 
ing on November 30, 

The Executive Board has had one meet- 
ing iri-th 1-ir. Gaines concerninj tlie Li- 
brar^r's promotional policy. Here, 
again, certain proposals have been 
advanced but merely as starting pcints 
in an effort to discover a workable 
plan. The "bcecutive Board is co^icerned 
about the apparent inconsi:?tency in the 
requirem,ents for two recently filled 
positions that seemed, on the sui'face, 
to require approximately equal amounts 
of training and experience. 

Please plan to attend the Hovenber 30 
business meeting. Brin[; vour questions 
and ask them, 

LOUIS RAINS 

PERSOI-INEL NOTES 

NEW EMPLOYEES 

Susan Aiken - Catalogin£; and Classifi- 
cation, HR&GS 
Kendall Brovm - Rare Book Department 
iiTS. Marian Cahalane - Dorchester Branch 
Eleanor A. Palmer - South En^. Branch 
i-'Jary E. Holloy - VJashington Village 
I'lTS. Lucille C. O'Brien - Book Prepara- 
tion 
Diana Rutherford - Cataloging and Class- 
ification, R&RS 
VJilliam D. Jarde - General Reference 

l^'IARRIED 

Alice II. I'Jheeler - Cataloging and Class- 
ification, R&RS, October 23, 1962, to 



^filliai.T Frazziiii, 
TRANSFERR ED 

Bonnie A. Atchison - from Roslindale to 

Uphams Corner, 
Geraldine R. Cudmore - frOi.i Catalrging 

and Classification HR&CS to Business 

Office 
Arthur ii. 'Jolman - from Uphams Corner 

to Mattapan 

TERM!"ATIONS 

Ann Johnson - Cataloging and Classifi- 
cations R<?'R3 - another position. 

John Hansbury - :ll>:hibits Office 

Mrs. Mary M. ililler - Open Shelf - 
resigned, 

ilary Shea - Mt, Pleasant - r.oved from 
Boston, 

THE CHARLES RI\>'ER LIBRARY CLUB 

The Charles R:iver Librar" Club held 
a highly informative fall r.eeting at 
the Boston Mtiseum of Fine l.vts on 
October 23, 1962. 

As a general background for the de- 
tailed explanation of problems which 
have been encoimtered in the "Tlastern 
Fassachusetts Region, xii's. Betty Flj-nn, 
Library Division, iiass. Dept. of Edu- 
cation, carefull-T explained the role 
of the Division in regionalism. The 
Division is, of course, the a:^ency of 
the ComiTionwealth designated to super- 
vise the administration of re^^ional 
units. Its. Flynn defined this x,ask as 
a five-fold one: 1, Interpretation of 
law; 2. Advisory; 3. Supervision of the 
activities of each unit; U, Organization 
and administration of plans involving 
individual libraries; and 5, Evaluation 

annually of the activities and ser- 
vices of each unit - evaluation possible 
more often at the request of our li- 
brary commissicners. Thus ail plans for 
regional library activities must cone 
from the localities invol\'ed; while the 
Division serves as an advisory body with 
responsibility for checking programs to 
see that they are in line with approved 
plans as submitted to the Comriiissioners • 

Mrs. Flynn also summarized the events 
vxhich have taken place in the ''^est and 
Central Regions of Hassaohusetts where 



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plans have already been approved. 

Most of this meeting was devoted to 
describing progress in the Eastern Re- 
gion, particularly in the areas repre- 
sented by Charles River Library Club 
members. Our own J^rector, lie, liilton 
E. Lord, succeeded in presenting a 
clear overview of the complexities 
which have held up regional planning in 
this area. As he explained, the Board 
of Library Commissioners originially 
considered dividing the Eastern Region 
(from the Cape to New Hampshire; Marl- 
borough to and including Boston) into 
three areas. However, this set-up 
proved completely unworkable. The pre- 
sent Eastern Region was, therefore, 
created as one unit, including 3/U of 
the population of ifessachusetts and l80 
out of 35l tovins and cities in the 
Commonwealth. For this Eastern Region, 
I1r. Lord was appointed chairman cf a 
planning council, aided by the librari- 
ans of Lynn, Fairhaven and New Bedford, 

Because of the tremendous variety of 
interests and needs in this highly disp 
versified and hif.:hly populated area, 
the Council set up seven subregicns: 
North East, North iletropolitan, Central 
Metropolitan, ''est Iletropolitan, South 
Metropolitan, South East and Cape. In 
each subregion, a special council v.as 
created. Questionnaires covering many 
aspects of possible regional service 
were then sent out to all libraries in 
every subregion. To these there was a 
magnificent response of over 90 per cent, 

Preceeding Mr. Lord en the Charles 
River Program, Francis Kecugh, chairman 
of the subregional council in the West 
Iletropolitan Area and director of the 
Framinghan Library, described vjhat has 
taken place in his section stretching 
from Newton and Mlton to Stowe and 
Marlborough. The questionnaires sent 
to the 33 libraries of this area reveal- 
ed a desire for a regional inter-library 
loan set-up and a telephone reference 
service on the part of all, Samller 
conimunities would, also, welcome pub- 
licity, in-service training, cooperative 
purchasing , rotating audio-visual col- 
lection and advice upon children's work 
and administration. Mr. Keough care- 
fully noted that there was very little 
desire expressed for reciprocal borrow- 
ing priviliges with our B.P.L, In sum- 
mation, he stated that this area has 
excellent resources so that its chief 



need is a coorcination of efforts pliis 
fj.nancial support for its existing 
leadership. 

For the Central MetropolJ tan Sub- 
region, Mr. Joseph J. .jchamch, Lirector 
of the Belmont Library, suiijnarized the 
findings of his questionnaires. Again 
these contained a desire for good, 
prompt, inter-librsiry loan service and 

telephone reference service, plus 
reference services in depth. However, 
the 19 libraries in tliis area (the 
largest of the sub-regions in popula- 
tion - partly because it inc?-udss Bos- 
ton) express resentment and fear that 
the regional plans seeiu aimed mainly 
at communities of less than 2^,000, 
Because this area has at present some 
of the best facilities in the Common- 
wealth, it does not feel a great need 
for regional cooperation. Informal, 
local cooperation seems to be meeting 
most needs at present, Som.e of the li- 
braries conc3rned expressed a desire 
to have freedom to make contract. Most 
interesting to us Bostonians is the 
fact that many of these libraries ser- 
ving communities on our borders fear 
that any reciprocal borrowing from the 
3, P.I-, mifht reduce the finamcial sup- 
port given txiem ^y their own local 
gcvdrnments, 

Followinc, tl.is excellent local presen- 
tation, the meeting cor. eluded with a 
brief statement on I- aticnal Library Week, 
1963 olanning by the Massachusetts 
Director, Mr, Karl Nyren, of Concord, 
Five large book fairs i.'ill be held a- 
cross the state, manned by the American 
Association of University IJomen, Ten- 
tative plans have been laid fcr a sec- 
ond Governor's luncheon and for a pro- 
gram around our "Easy on the Eyes" 
booklist. \s you all knoi:, the 1963 
National Library Week slogan is - 
"Reading; the Fifth Freedom - Enjoy Itl" 

BRANCH NOTES 

News of some of our active aides at 
Faneuil Branch, 

Kathleen Leary a senior at Girl's 
Latin School is President of the Student 
Council at that school. 



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Joyce Hurray, a library aide at Faneuil 
Branch is Pr&sident of the Science Cl-oh 
at Girl's Latin School for Jttnior and 
Senior classes. 

Rosanne Bacon of Faneuil Branch is 
President of the Junior Class of Our 
Ladv of Presentation Academy, 

JULIA H. BARRY 

FANEUIL BRANCH 

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LIBRARY CARD, PLEASE 

If ever you'd like to travel 

And still stay in your home, 

If vou'd like to visit Paris, 

Berlin or Ancient Rome, 

You can go by auto 

Or sail across the sea. 

It niakes no difference hovr rich you are 

It can happen to you or me. 

You can visit all these places 

"ithnut costing you a cent, 

Yc \; can ride across the desert 

Or live out in a tent, 

""i^'-j ran travel underneath the sea 

Ii "n Atomic submarine 

Or svam in tropic waters 

And study things marine. 

You can learn to fix your doorbell 

And learn to sell a house, 

You can learn to run a factory 

Or how to catch a mouse, 

Jtist go to any library 

And get yourself a card. 

You'll find it can be lote of fun 

And not so very hard. 

Then take a walk around the place 

Find out what's for you, 

VJhere you'd like to tal;e a trip 

Or what you'd like to do. 

You can sit in quiet surroundings 

And read and read and dream. 

Let your imagination p\it you on the beam. 

The beam to where your book's about, 

England, France, or Spain. 

Or hox-j to build ^o^or castle without the 

working pain. 
The minutes mil turn to hours. 
And hours tvirn to days, 
Yo-ur trip or task will soon be done. 
You'll find the library pays. 
So don't you waste a minute, 
Be a traveller around the earth. 
You can do it in the library 
Or home at the open hearth. 



',#10 «S NEW 

The recently appoirted Cataloger and 
Reference Librarian cf the Rare Book 
Department comes to us i/dth a broad 
background in libi'ary work. IrSne 
Probstein, after serving as cataloger 
at both Princeton and 3rown Univer- 
sities, most recently vjcrked in the 
Special Collections of the Providence 
Public Library, where her experience 
with such varied fields as the Civil 
War, rare children's bocks, and the 
history of printing will be valuable 
in dealing with similar collections 
here at the BFL. The current inter- 
esting exhibit in the Treasure Room 
on "The Books of the Pilgrims" already 
shows Irene's abilities in tliis direc- 
tion. 

Born in Belgium, lirs. Probstein came 
to this country as a refugee in 19U0, 
Her husband is a professor cf aeronau- 
tical engineering at M.I,T, In her 
spare time IrSne enjoys working on both 
painting and sculpture, 

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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied bv the full QamG of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the na,iie of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department or Office in which 
he or she is employed. The name is 
withheld from publication, or a pen 
name is used, if the contributor so 
requests. Anonymous contributions are 
not riven Bonsideration. 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 indi- 
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and the Association are in agreement 
with the views expressed. Only those 
contributions containinp not more tlrian 
300 words xnll be accepted. 



To the Jiditor: 

A vagary in the irintin; made my 
poem on divine absenteeism limp to a 
most untuneful finale. 3ven in our 
small BPL world, I should not like to 
appear to be adding to tne disharmony. 
In the interests of right order, -will 
you kindly print the last stanza as I 
VTTote it, 

A Turnpike Authority 

Should dispossession press, 
Turn Him out of heaven 

To cl^an th3 earthly mess. 
Two of the pl-'.ces I recently lived 
in in the area are slated for des- 
truction, so be^ng turned out of home 
by the Turnpike i^.uthority is not a 
light punishment, 

HARRY ANDREWS 

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lo tae Soap Box: 

'.'e wish to congratulate the adminis- 
tration on another dazzling display 
of fast foot-work in the malcLng of the 
recent appointment to the position of 
Keeper of Prints, respite the obvious 
effort of the powers that be to fore- 
stall criticism of this appointment - 
see the unprecedented propaganda re- 
lease prepared by the administration 
on page lU of the October issue of 
the Question Mark - we cannot help 
but wonder what determines advancement 
and promotion in this institution. 
Does the recent appointee's record of 
achievement so far surpass that of our 
present Acting Chief Librarian that he 
received a permanent appointment in 
less than one year while the Acting 
Chief Librarian goes on year after 
year in a most frustrating position? 

There are a few more questions we 
would like to ask: 

Why the great rush in making the 

appointment only two weeks after the 

announcement of the intention of 

filling the vacancy? 

Was the position advertised in 

appropriate media in accordance with 

a previously announced policy of the 

« rtrol ni o tjjc>n,+.l on? 

WVty, in Gojieral Administrative 
Notice 86 - 1962, were the duties 

outlined but not, t\t^ q»ia1> f i rati ons? 



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I^Jhy was this position not listed 
in General Administrative Notice 9 - 
1962, which purported to list the 
vacancies existing as of January 1? 

Why -rin ■pooi^ic^ia- gy+> filled itiore 
quickly in the other divisions than 
in the Division of Reference and 
Research Services? 

Does the administration think they 
merit the confidence of the staff? ' 

BEDAZZLED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED 

Dear Soap Box: 

A monthly briefing in the Q.I*^ since 
the first of the year indicated that 
the Evaluation project was prooressing 
and would be in shape to be presented 
to the Trustees. That was in Mav, In 
June we were told there was no money 
available but that the Division Heads 
felt confident sufficient savings 
could be effected during the remainder 
of the year to put the proposed adjust- 
ments into operation about Oct. 1. Ap- 
parently the Division Heads couldn't 
effect any savings. Last month, ac- 
cording to the only source of informa- 
tion, the story poes that several 
questions had arisen and the results 
will not be known until 1963. If the 
Job Evaluation was completed and the 
fact remained that money could not be 
scraped together to dole out, what are 
the mysterious questions that have now 
arisen? 

This Evaluation Report, as I recall 
was for the purpose of evaluating and* 
adjusting the salaries in the Library 
Assistants' Service. This was the 
manner chosen by the Administration to 
reach a result and became the answer 
for everytMng, >Jhat was the use of 
starting the project and talcing poopl^ 
away from their work to do the job if 
the end result was to rest somewhere 
gathering dust, 

X'Tiere are these unreliable reports 
originating? This is a confused age 
but why does the Administration wish 
to add to the confusion bv displajring 
such indifference toward emplCT'/'ees 
within the system. In the meantime 
many good workers have left the service 
for more fertiel fields. 'Jhy not pu'c>-^ 
lish the report as it stands and let 



the rest of us judge for ourselves 
whether the library offers any opportxin- 
ities worth waiting for in the future? 

QUIZZICAL KID 



The Trustees Room was the scene of s 
uniqxie ceremony at 11:00 A,M. on Thursday 
November l$th» 

I'hr^ Lord conducted the ceremony. Pre- 
sent were Mrs, Andelman, Mr, Gaines,^ Mr, 
Maloney and Miss Hegarty, and members of 
the Suggestion Committee, Mrs, Phyllis 
P* Ktck and Mr» Ed Saiford. Mr. Lord 
presented an award to Mrs, Bickford, MSs 
Partridge, Mr, Rodenmacher, Mr» Andrews^ 
and Mr, Stevens;. The award was in recog- 
nition of suggestions each had made for 
the improvement of Library service. In 
addition to the $25 check, Mrs, Bickford 
and Miss Partridge each recieved a hand- 
some corsage and a hearty bviss on the 
cheek from the Director, The three men 
got an attractive boutonnlere but had to 
ccntent themselves with a hearty handshake, 

Mr. Lord then proceeded to give a 
fascinating historical and anecdotal trrr- 
elofue or t.E I'rustees Koom, gixlding the 
whole group from object to object, ex- 
plaining the furniture, the ancient clock, 
the paintings and lamps. 

The Lee M, Friedman Fund for Merit 
Awards was eatablished in October 7, I960. 



JEV/ISH BOOK MONTH r^ygriTS 

ieoetitoer 9 9:30 a. m. WBZ-TV Our 
Believing World. Rabbi 
Jack Riemer, lirs. Sylvia 
RothEhild, and Ilrs. Ada A, 
Andelman, with Ted Cavanaugh 
'."tiw^^STtoecr 9 3 p. m. , Boston Public Li- 
brary, Lecture Hall, Isaac 
Bashevis Singer and AUbert' 
Vorspan are g-aest speakers. 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC UBRAR/ 



DECEMBER 1962 



THEQUESTIONMARK 

Published by the Boston Puolic Library Staff Association 
Volume XVII Number 12 DeceTnber 1962 



Publications Coinmittee : Jean Babcock, Mai'garet Butler, Janice I^aniscalco, 

Thomas J. I-Ianning, Sarah Richman, Catherine 
Richmond, Ed-ijin G, Sanford, Anna Scanlan, 
I. Roger Stevens, Cartoonist, Sarah M, Usher, 
Indexer, William T. Casey, Chairman. 

Publication date. Deadline for submitting ifiaterial: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



Among the many books of Ogden Nash is a volume called The Christmas 
That Almost Wasn't . As we remember the agonizing hours of the recent 
Cuban crisis, that title seems horribly appropriate for this present 
season. Now that the vjorld has teetered back on its axis, we can grate- 
fully inhale the crisp December air that somehow feels so good despite 
its coldness, and prepare for the coming of the holidays. The simple 
fact of just oeing alive is something of a miracle at any time of year, 
but it manages to take on a new meaning in this particular December. 

For December is the month :7hen Jew and Christian alike light those 
special candles of faith that gleam so brilliantly against the backdrop 
of the winter darkness. Never before in its long troubled history has 
the world so needed the gleam of those candles and the faith that they 
signify. Let us draw from their luminescence a determination to face 
vjith I'enewed confidence the coming year. 

To the Trustees of the Library, to all members of the Staff past 
and present and to their families, the Question Mark extends a fervent 
wish that this may be for thera the best of holidays. 



TIIE PUBLIC AT ICJNS COMMITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

At the November Business Meeting 
an expression of opinion by the 
majority of the members present 
indicated that it was their opin- 
ion that staff morale '.irould be 
benefitted if the resioDle of the 
job evaluation study were publish- 
ed in the near future even though 
there may not be money immediately 
available to implement indicated 
salary adjustments. This same 
decision had been independently 
reached by the Executive Board 
prior to the meex,ing, and it 
appears reasonable to assume that 
it would be the opinion of the 
majority of the staff, 

Claire 0' Toole, Branch Issue, 
has been gracious enough to accept 
the chairmanship of the special 
committee to provide current cop- 
ies of popular periodicals for 
the Hospital Library. A list of 
the wanted magazines appears in 
this issue of the Q TOST ION MARK, 
Here is an opportunity for the 
staff to make a most worthi-jhile 
contribution to the community. 

Our efforts to establish a 
blood bank with the American Red 
Cross have met with a most apa- 
thetic reaction from the staff. 
Our balance is dangerously law 
at the present time and would not 
be sufficient to meet more than a 
few calls for blood. If you have 
been postponing making your dona- 
tion please get to it and bleed 
a little. 

Proposals for a new sick leave 
policy were read at the November 
Business Meeting. Mr, Gaines was 
present and ansvjered questions and 
offered explanations on several 
points. The reaction of the mem- 
bers appeared to be favorable. 
The proposals were to be presented 
to the Director and then, if the 
Director approved, to the Trustees, 
The Executive Board would like to 
see at least one change in the 
policy but think that it will be 
beneficial to the staff and to 



the institution. 

The Executive Board takes this 
opportunity to wish all members of 
the staff a very happy holiday 
season, 

LOUIS RAINS, 
HIESIDENT 

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PERSONNEL NOTES 
New EjTployees . Northeastern Students 

David R. Kane - Office of Records, 

Files, Statistics 
David F, Allen - Book Stack Service 
Moore \'h Dodge - Book Stack Service 
Maril^Ti Rubin - Cat. & Class,, R&RS 
John J, Sullivan - History 
Charles E. Gosselin - Open Shelf 
Nathan Green - Central Charging 

Records 
Dorothy Titus - Jamaica Plain 
Nicholas Foundas - Book Purchasing 

Students Re-entering 

Michael Berman - Book Stack Service 
Barbara Carlson " " " 
Catherine T, Co::con - Cat, & Class, 

Div. Reference &c Research 
Dean Denniston - Book Stack Service 
Ernest I. Gam . Book Stack Service 
Michael Konowitz " " " 
Marie E, LaBiviere - Cat, & Class, 

Div, Reference & Research 
Mary E. IfecDonald - Cat. & Class. 

Div. Reference & Research 
Robert B, Macdonald - Book Stack 

Service 
Elizabeth McLucas - Cat, Sc Class, 

Div, Reference & Research 
Peter A, Ranney - Book Stack Service 
Glenn Ryan - Book Stack Service 
Gail A. Berry - Mt. Bovjdoin 
Joan Harrington - South End 
Elaine Miller - Bookmobiles 
Laura Richards - Audio Visual 
Kenneth Puleo - Book Purchasing 
Janice Wright - Book Purchasing 

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Mew Employees 

Johanna Tiews, Fine Arts 

John J, Rogen, Central Book Stock • 

Branch Issue Section 
Mrs. midred 0. Ramsdell, Music 
Katherine A. Bodwell, East Boston 

Terminated 

Mrs. Xenia Maslouski, Central Charg- 
ing Records - another position 

Mrs. Isabel Thayer, South End - to 
stay at home 

Bert A, Anderson, Music Department - 
another position 

Mrs. Mary McAlerney, Book Stack 
Service - to stay at home 

Mrs. Marcia Pouser, Central Charging 
Records - to go to New York 

Transferred 

Natalie Palme - from General Refer- 
ence Department to Music Department 

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Sidelights on the Jetrish Bo o k Month 
Program a nd R eception 

It was a \Tonderful turnout, despite 
inclement weather and the competition 
of other activities - notably a 
Hadassah luncheon and a meeting of 
the Council of Rabbis. If the Rabbis 
couldn't make it, their wives didj 
Seen in the audience were Mesdames 
Strassfeld, Kazis and Gittelsohn, 

Monsignor Murray's apt introductory 
salute - Shalom - was a welcome note. 

Both speakers were witty, Ifr, 
Singer whose talk was on "IJhat 
Yiddish Literature is and VJhat it 
should be" read most of his speech 
and interspersed it with humorous 
asides and droll explanations. If 
Yiddish as a language is presently 
on the decline, at least Mr. Singer 
was optimistic about its survival 
and of its eventual resurgence. In 
his own vrords, "VJhen anything reaches 
bottom, there is no other way but up." 



Mr. Vospan spoke about the need 
for more understanding and toler- 
ance. He deplored ^rhat Harry 
Golden calls "five o'clock shadow"- 
the tendency of ethnic groups to 
disaesociate themsleves from fellow 
vrorkers of other denominations and 
faiths after working hours and to 
retire to neighborhoods and comimui- 
ities inhabited by members of their 
oxm group. 

The attractive appearance of the 
Judaica room elicited many compli- 
mentary remarks. Miss Steinberg 
and her assistant- take a bow. 
Ditto Mr, Manning for the display 
of rare and beautiful editions of 
the Biole in the mezzanine and 
second floor exhibit cases. 

The gala reception f olloijlng the 
program was well attended. The 
V/iggins Gallery was a wonderful 
setting. The refreshments were 
absolutely scrumptious I Trays of 
tempting pastries were pleasing to 
the eye and equally pleasing to 
the palate, 

A pretty picture were the charm- 
ing ladies I'ho acted as helpers: 
Miss Hayes, Miss Adelson, Miss 
Globus, Miss Steinberg, Miss 
Michelson, et al. They also served, 

A very special curtsy to Mrs, 
Andelman and Miss Winnick withoiit 
whom - as the storybook says - none 
of this vjould have been possible. 

And, of course, we mustn't neglect 
the men who contributed by deed or 
by presence - the two speakers, 
Monsignor Miu-ray, President of the 
Trustees, Mr, Aaron Bronstein, 
Chairman of Jewish Book Month, Mr, 
Robert Segal, who helped with the 
arrangements, Mr, Lord, Mr, Moloney, 
Mr. Carroll (querj'": did he locate 
the missing tea bags?), Mr, Manning 
and other members of the staff who 
attended. And to Mr. Wolman and 
Mr, Grundt who served as ushers. 

Altogether, it was a very success- 
ful afternoon, 

SARAH RICHMAN 



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MOTES FROM THE FIELD 

It is always pleasant to hear of 
any B,P.L* post-;,raduate vjho is 
mald-ng an outstanding contribution 
to library work, 

Mrs, Ilary E, West, former 3.P,L, 
Childrens' Librarian, who served 
in that capacity for several years 
in the children's Section, Open 
Shelf Department, Central Library 
has been elected Vice Chairman - 
Chairman-Elect of the Childrens' 
Section, of the Illinois Library 
Association. Mrs, West is also 
serving as chairman of the Aurianne 
AxTard Committee, administered by 
the Childrens' Services Division of 
the American Library Association, 
She is also doing an outstanding 
job as Supervisor of Childrens' i:ork, 
Lincoln Library, Springfield, Illinoi;, 

EDNA G, PECK 

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Dinner Pai-ty for Anne Kearney 

Warmuth's was the scene of a joy- 
ous dinner party on Tuesday, 
December k, given by the Lower Mills 
Staff in honor of its Children's 
Worker, Mrs. Anne Kearney, x^ho is 
to be married the day after Christ- 
mas, Present, besides the regular 
staff, was I-trs. HcDevitt of Adams 
Street, xxho formerly worked at Lower 
Mills id-th Mrs. Kearney, After a 
delicious meal a gift with many good 
wishes was presented to the guest 
of honor, and the party departed to 
see the festive lights of the city 
before returning home, 

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CONGRATULATIONS! 

Best Christmas vri.shes to Mr, and 
Mrs, James Cullity (Ethel O'Brien, 
Business Office), A baby girl, 
Veronica Catherine Cullity, weighing 
8 lbs, 11 oz, was born on November 
16. 



CHRIS T! 'A 3 PAP-TY 

The House Cornmittee for Men would 
like to express their appreciation 
for the many contributions made for 
the Christmas Party to be held in 
the Mens' Lounge on Friday ,December 
21, 1962. 

If there is anyone irho has not 
yet contributed and would like to 
do so, donations are still being 
accepted by m.embers of the committee, 

A, Lundgren 

F, Rodenmacher 

E, Stenberg 

J, Monahan, Chairman 

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HOSPITAL LIBRARY 

Recent issues of the folloi-ring 
periodicals are needed at the 
Hospital Library; 

New Yorker 
Readers Digest 
Field and Stream 
i. National Geographic 
Popular Mechanics 
Popular Science 
Esquire 
McCalls 

Ladies Home Journal 
Redbook 
Cosmopolitan 
Harpers Bazaar 
Any of the "Ladies" magazines 

Please foi-ward all magazines to Mrs, 
Claire 0' Toole or Mss Kay Decker, 
Branch Issue Department, They in 
turn will direct them to the Hospital 
Library, 

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Staff Associatio n Program 

The Program Comrnittee of the 
Boston Public Liorary Staff Associ- 
ation presented the Fall program on 
Friday evening, October 26, in the 
Lecture Hall, 

The guest speaker was Ilr, Augustin 
Parker, Jr. , who is our newest 
Trustee, ifr. Parker gave an inter- 
esting and informative talk on 
"Trusts and Trusteeships" which dretx 
much favorable comment from his 
audience. 

At the close of the program, a 
brief reception was held for Mr, 
and I^s, Augustin Parker, and the 
Entertainment Committee served 
refreshments. 

Mldred Pic one 
Program Chairman 

Ed, Note: The above item was recv'd 
after last month's issue 
had gone to press. SORRY 
we are a month late, 

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DISASTER TO RAMJOLPH 

The sincere sympathy of the staff 
of the Boston Public Library is 
extended to the Trustees and Staff 
of the Turner Free Liorary of 
Randolph. The fire of December 6 
destroyed the library and its entire 
book collection. In order to help 
with the process of rebuilding the 
library, the members of the BPL 
staff have been urged to contribute 
any useable library material. Please 
do not donate those dust covered 
curios from the attic. Save those 
for our next white elephant sale. 
Any contributions can be sent to 
either Miss Peck or Mr. Scully, 

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Ij-ss Conlin 

Elena Conlin, Tt-ustees 'Office, 
fell on the stairs outside that 
office on November 30, 1962 and 
Droke a bone in her ri^ht hand, 
Consecuently she >rill be unable to 
return to work for about 6 weeks. 
We're siore "Ellie" 'rould enjoy 
hearing from her many BPL friends. 
Her home address is 69 Cottage 3t,, 
Sharon, Mass, 

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BRANCH NOTES 

An Open House sponsored by the 
Friends of the Jamaica Plain Brai.ch 
Library will be held, at the Brarxh, 
on Tuesday, December I8, 1962 from 
three until five o'clock. 

The Mt. Pleasant Branch Library 
ijill hold a Christmas Open House 
on Monday, December 17, 1962 from 
7 to 9 p.m, 

A neighborhood Christmas Party 
will be held at the South End 
Branch Library on Thursday, Decern,, 
oer 20 at 7:30 p.m, Carols and 
Storytelling will be featured, 

A very successful Friends of the 
: Library i'feeting was held at the 
Charlestown Branch Library on Tuesday 
evening, December U. Mr. J, Daniel 
Selig, Research Analyst of the Boston 
Historical Conservation Committee, 
was the guest speaker. His informa- 
tive talk on "Old Architecture in 
Charlestown" was thorouphly enjoyed 
by the I60 "Friends" who were present 
at the meeting, A coffee hour follow- 
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Any contribution to the Soap Bok 
must be accompanied by the full name 
of the Association member submitting 
it, together -with the name of the 
Branch Library, Department or Office 
in which he or she is employed. The 
name is i-jithheld from publication, or 
a pen name is used, if the contributor 
so requests, AnonjTnous 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 Publications Commit- 
tee and the Association are in agree- 
ment with the views expressed. Only 
those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 



To the Soap Box: 

At the recent Staff Association 
meeting the pro's and con's of pub- 
lishing the results of the Job 
Evaluation were discussed. In all 
fairness are there any pro's and 
con's to be considered? The Library- 
Assistants have waited for almost 
TWO years for Job Evaluation results 
to emanate and have shown considerable 
patience in view of the fact that this 



Evaluation at times has progressed 
very slovily. Should the ■ Administra- 
tion be let to "have their cake and 
eat it too" as it were? In all fair- 
ness the LA'S should kno-;j T.here they 
stand, because undoubtedly x^hen this 
Evaluation is published there may be 
maxry x-jho will want to seek richer 
fields of emplo^TTient, After two years 
of patient waiting for the results of 
Job Evaluation are the LA's to be told 
that they cannot have the results of 
this Evaluation because they cannot 
be given the monetary value of their 
positions? l^Jhy where they ever Eval- 
uated??? Just to boost their sagging 
morale? It's high time the Library 
Assistant's vrere told just xirhere they 
standi 

ANXIOUS ALICE 

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Dear Soap Box: 

The difficulties of recruiting qual- 
ified personnel are v;ell knoim to the 
Library. The amount of time and effort 
needed to train personnel to do a good 
job makes this phase of an emplo;''ee's 
career a costly one for the Library, 

I-Jhy, in the proposed new sick leave 
policy, are the newest persons the 
ones descriminated against in the 
"bank" provision? 

Those with less than 6 years service 
will have all sick leave used during 
the past six vears deducted from the 
"bank". The "bank" is to be given to 
employees with 6 or more years service 
without any deductions, 

VJliy not treat the newer employees as 
kindly as the older employees? 

To saj' that the "grandfather" clause 
would protect them does not deny that 
the "bank" free of deductions viould 
not be available to these newer emplcry- 
ees. 

Isn't retention of trained emplcryees 
as important or more in^iortant than 
recruitment of new iintrained employees? 

The newer employees have less to lose 
when and if they decide to leave. Give 
them a oreak on the "bank" and help 
keep them here, 

A TURNOVER? 



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Deai' Editor: 

The Job Evaluation Committee's 
results have been awaited for a long 
time. Could the staff have a report 
on the findings of the Coirunittee even 
if the findings cannot be immediately 
translated into pay raises for those 
whose jobs the Committee has foxind to 
require more skills and responsibili- 
ties than their present job classifi- 
cation should require? 

This was an important consideration 
of the staff in awaiting the results 
of the Committee's work, that those 
who have been performing jobs whose 
skills and responsibilities were 
greater, would be entitled to a higher 
classification and a commensurate 
salary. 

The Committee has not met for a long 
time. No one has heard of any f^jrther 
meetings being definitely scheduled. 

How about letting us knmj now what 
the Committee has determined? 

WEARY OF WAITING 

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To the Editor: 

I think an ACADEMY AWARD is in order 
for a certain member of the Reference 
and Research Division for his out- 
standing ACTING performance these ^jusV, 
TWO years. 

0, Whatapity 

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