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T H ^. (J U >-. J ? '0 N '' k 

Puulisned oj- ■ ne • jston Riulic Lijrai^'' -^T.aff Association 
Volmne XVIII Number 1 Janoar-; 19c3 

Pu. licauions Co'uaittee: Jean oalcock, aar^aret Butler, Janice j'laniscalco, 

Thomas J. xianning, Saraii Richman, Catnerine 
Richiiiond, .jd'-xn u, oanford, Anna Scanlan, 
I. Ro^iGr Stevens, Carto'nist, Sarah .\, Usher, 
Inde^cer, William T. Casey, C airiTian, 

Pujlication date: Deadline xor .Tsterial: 

The liftcenth of each rr.onth The tenth of each -nonth 

In aciditior. ''.o his aoiliv. '^o lau..^:., nomo sapiens can else jb distin- 
f^^aisned from lesser orders of primates >^y a caararteristic thfet is partic- 
uliarly noticeable at chis time of year. For this is the season rhen he 
riaes from his couch, draws himself proudly erect and somoerly declaims 
is NeT: Years resolutions. 

Despite the fact Ihat many of these edifyinj^ resolves are destined to 
TTither in the chill Masts of January, uiis practice of -r^'irig to improve 
ourselves, if it is done in moderauion, can have a definite salutary effect 
on both our character and our ''usiness associations. For Lhe .benefit of 
^hose mem" er? of the staff x'ho Kii^iit oe interested in applying certain prin- 
ciples enumerated by Dr. Coue, the QUESTION FiABK takes the lijerty of 
offering a few su^^^estions for poa^iole resolutions. 

Administrators, depar-tment heads and all irho find themselves i-i po6-L- 
tions of authority mi^,ht resolve to ^ecome setter acouainted uith tneir 
subordinates. A knowledge ,'f ohe stren^^ths and Meaioiesses of individual 
.nembers of a department can often miniirdze friction, reduce personalis 
clashes and provide for a iriore efficient distribution of the -'or'-c load. 
A -"orker ^rho feels tnat '.lis supci-ior is ^enuinely ini-erested in nim and 
his problems ^./ill ^ften extend himself to do o little more ^.han i.'ie ar'' 

Those '.jiio labor in the vinoyai-d can face "he 'isin; sun aiid . o" 'o 
^enerate a few more ergs in the performance of tVieir daily routine, ^ ei-i 
of us may rise to ■.fccome "Ruler of the Queen's Nav^,^" ut it von^ . do air' 
narm t-o -Jve i.lnse door handles an ey.tra flick or t--'o '.'ith t1-x5 polish rag. 


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Ail jf as, chiefs and inaians alike, if we _reet tae le'v ear with 
t ixie resoi. tion, could do no ^. tter than lo resolve to work in aaririony 
.ith our fellow staff nemoers during 1963. Before the scoffers .rise up 
bo char£,e us with dealing in platitudes, let us pause to reflect on those 
instances when that harmony was lacking, when departinents were rent \ 
internecine strife and ill feelings were permitted to dominate common 

The name on the masthead of our publication appears to be singularly 
appropriate as ire contemplate the months that lie ahead. Finding ourselves 
•':thout a supply of entrails, vre venture no prognostication for the future, 
e-cept to note that whatever happens it -fon't be dull. 



The nerw sick leave policy has 
■een announced and, by this time, 
we hope you all have had the 
opportunity to study it at length. 
The Executive Board oelieves that 
the new policy will work to the 
advantage of both the library and 
the staff. Much time was spent 
oy the Executive Board with I^*, 
jaines in working out a policy 
that appeared to be in everybody's 
oest interests. Mr, Gaines and 
your president spent many more 
hours discussing areas of disagree- 
ment. What we wish to emphasize is 
that the new sick leave policy was 
a cooperative undertaking, chiarac- 
terized by complete candor and a 
spirit of mutual understanding. 
Honest differences of opinion were 
discussed openly and amicably, 

•Ale do, of course, vrelcome the 
'Bw^fits that have accrued to the 
staff during the past :^'^ear. What 
vje v&lue most of all, however, is 
the spirit that has existed between 
the acifQ.nistration and the Executive 
Board, The friendly atmosphere and 
spirit of good will that has pre- 
vailed if^tkes for a climate that 
encoux'ages cooperation and synt^a- 
thetic consideration of variant 

viewpoints. It is also 4 most encour- 
a£:ing progressive step to have the 
Staff Association and members of the 
administration consult prior t« 
adoption of new personnel policies. 
We hope that this spirit of friendly 
cooperation will endure and thus 
insure a high level of staff morale. 

In this, our swan song, we v;ish to 
thank the members of the Executive 
Board who have given so much time 
and energy to the many issues brought 
to their attention. Much of their 
T.>rork has not been publicized. The 
many hoijrs of time they have devoted 
to the Association is known only to 
their department heads to whom we 
also extend our sincere thanks^ 


Calender of Events 

A.L.A. Mid-VJinter Conference, Chicaeo 
January 30 - February 2, 1963. 

M.LJI. Mid-VJinter Conference, Boston 
(Sheraton Piaza Hotel, Copley Square) 
Thursday, Februai^ lU, 1963. 

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Margaret E. Lewis from Uphams Corner 
to North iSnd, December 26, 1962, 

Irene M» ?feins from North End to 
Lower Mils, 


Lois Inman, ^fest Roxbuiy - to return 
to school. 

Mary Wallace, Music Department - to 
accept another position, 

Devra Zetlan, Codman Square - to 
accept another position, 


Bonnie H, Atchison, Uphams Corner 
to Thomas E. Reilly Jr,, December 
28, 1962, 

Anne P. Kearney, Loi-jer I-lills to 
Joseph A, Crowley, December 26,1962, 


A memorial to the late Alice M, 
Jordan, Supervisor of Work with 
Children at the Boston Public Library 
for many years, was established in 
1962, in the form of a course in the 
Art of Story-telling. The Round 
Table of Children's Librarians, co- 
sponsor i./ith the B,?,L, , announces 
this course will be given in I963, 
begirjiing on Tuesday, Iferch 12 c|t 
7:30 p.ra, and continuing for eight 
weeks, through April 30. Yxs, Beryl 
Robinson of our staff, well knoTin 
for her successful TV series on 
21 inch classroom, will again pre- 
sent this course. 

Since space is limited, it is 
jrged that all interested in attend- 
ing send applications as soon as 
possible to Mi^s. Elinor Conley at 
the Adams Street Branch of the Eosoonf, 

Paolic Liuraiy or to liiss .'uxne 
Armstrong at the B.P.L, Open Shelf 
Department, It is noped that con- 
trioutions to the Ifemorial Fund 
which makes this course posciole 
will again be generous. 

op?ceTui:iTiES fce all 

The Kembersh^.p Committee of the 
wassachusetts Liorar:;^'" Association 
is presenting to all m-embers who 
attend tne ili.d-ȴiiiter Meeting in 
1963 an opportunity to serve their 
orpaaization by promoting fellowship 
and the advantages of membership in 
a special way. Red stickers of the 
type used as legal seals will be pro- 
vided to be at"oaciied to the name tags 
of persons who have joined liULJi., 
daring the fiscal year (beginning 
July 1, 1962. ) Members are invited 
to assist in welcoming ever;;'"one 
whose tag is so marked, 

A further opportunity to serve is 
open at most all times, namely to 
interest others in joining. May x-je 
reidnd you that trustees, library 
personnel at EVERY level and all in- 
terested are invited to be members 
as individuals. Institutional mem- 
bersnips are available to libraries, 
business firms, aiid other organiza- 
tions. Dues are schedifLed according 
to salary or type of membership. 

To assist in active campaigns to 
increase our ranks, a special leaflet 
outlining advantages of participation 
has ^">een prepared by the Membership 
Committee, It is hoped that this 
will be ready for distributing soon, 


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The Itirstein Business Branch staff | 
is bursting with pride as their most 
recent alinnnus, Paul McGerigle, 
joins the staff of Governor Peabody, 

A graduate of Boston University 
with an M, A, in Library Science 
from the University of Chicago, Pavil 
was Librarian of the Junior College 
of Boston University from 1952 - 
1957o He was then asked to serve 
on the Special Commission on Audit 
of State Needs, and later became 
Assistant Secretary and Research 
Librarian in the office of Governor 
Furcolo. ^.'niile in this position, 
he prepared materials for the 
Governor's iiiessages and speeches, 
in addition to maintaining a gov- 
ernmental and research library. 

He will work vrith the Peabody 
administration in a research capac- 
ity, with emphasis on matters re- 
lated to education and taxation. 

Farewell gift from the Business 
Branch staff was an initialed attache 
case, presented during o\ir Christmas 
dinner party, held at the Executive 

Paul's unfailing good nat\ire and 
co-operativeness, plus his invalu- 
able backr:,round, made him a jay to 
work with. And, in addition, he 
is that rare bird, a genuine gentle- 
man. We know he vjill have a fine 
contribution to make to the new 


Following are a few verses from 
Paxil's farewell to his fellow- 
xTOrkers : 

Soundly minded - hale and hearty 
Thanlcful for the party, 
I tell you all I'll miss you much 
But so there'll be no tears and such 
Just before iiy last loavetaking 
Ify will and testament I'm making, 


Ih- firet tG^yaest before I gc 
To MarilTO, Isfebelle and Joe. 
Pa+rons iieeding your statistics 
Problems neediag Joe's logistics - 
And puestjons rising from below 
'bout roc and GPQ, 

I leave the second floor a lot 
Of ouestioiis I can't ansi-jer but 
They've always answered evary query 
Even though they must be weary 
Of hearing patrons say "Hello - 
They said downstairs that you 

would knovr, " 

I leave ou girls who call to ask 

If you cai" do some simple task 

As finciii^ a street address for 

The bo£s's eir^Jit son-in-law, 

"His n?jm i3 eld - it sounds like Whelj 

And he's j.eft-handed - does that help?' 

Each one of you has oeen a friend 
I really haxc to make an end, 
(But six li'.ti couplets aven't nry game 
I really fear this is cuite lame, ) 
But I'll be back to haunt you gaily 
With ouestions from the State House 

So as I leave with hops so hippity 
I iiish you all — much serendipity, 



The ne^.-7 sick leave policy has 
accelerated the departure or retire- 
ment of i^chael Sullivan, Buildings 
Department, irho will soon reach the 
compulsory retirement age of 70 years, 
Mike had over 3^ years of service in 
the Library's Buildings Departmento 
A native of Ireland he is a veteran 
of World War I. 

Mike -"ith Iiis snow white hair, 
smiling Irish eyes, and friendly grin 
x-7as a familiar figure as he labored 
in the Library Courtyard trying to 
keep it as green as the "oiild sod". 

His elfish sense of h\imor, delight- 
ful brogue and ready chuclcLe made it 
a pleasure to have Mike araong us, 


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We will miss his "green thumb" 
and pleasant presence aniohg us. He. 
made a host of friends durdng his 
years in the Li" 'rary. We all i.dsh 
him i-Tell, 



The follOTang two letters -"-ere 
received from former South Boston 

Cairo, Sgypt 
Nov, 16,1962 

Lear Friends, 

I hope that things are 
going irell for you at the library, 
and tliat this finds you fully staffed 
and not unduly overworked. We are 
having a very pleasant tine here in 
Cairo, and thought you would be 
interested to know what we are doing, 

I am xjorking (mornings only, 9-2 ) 
as English language cataloger for 
the librarj' of the American Univer- 
sity here. Perhaps 1^% of the AUC 
collection is in En-lish (the rest 
is in Arabic), but they use LC cards 
for as many books as possible, so 
the i-'ork is not too formidable. It 
is much like an American library 
except that most of the sL,aff are 
Copis-«-, and speak English, French 
and Arabic interchangably. Also, a 
servant in turban and flowing 
gallibiya carries books from depart- 
ment to department (we are on four 
floors) and brings us "masbut" 
(Turkish) coffee under the palms of 
ovjc morning tea break. 

We have a three-room apai-tment now, 
on the ninth floor of a large apart- 
ment building in Falaki Square in 
Bab al-Luk, the heart of the buslneati 
section, i'alaki Square is sort of 
like Fanuiel Hall, Park Street Sta- 
tion, and Perkins Square rolled into 
one] The ceilings of the apartment 
are high, vie have two large French 
doors which open onto porches, ai'id 
there is a good east-west draft, so 
it is pretty satisfactory by 
Cairene standards. 

We .have hired a cook-suffragi from 
Aswan, vho cojies evei-y mornjng except 
Fiiday (Friday beJng the day of rest 
for most Egj-ptians) to do Ihe grocery 
shopping, clean the house, cook the 
meals, arid do the dishes. He speaks 
English well (though I have picked 
up some words, nry Arabic is still 
poor) and, having worked for a suc- 
cession of American families, cooks 
very much accoi-ding to oiur tastes. 

We ha\'B, of co^Jirse, lone a great 
deal of sit^ht-seeing to the Citadel, 
Mousl<y (Fiss Connell can tell you 
about that]), pyramids, Sa'dcara, etc., 
gnd last Simda^ afternoon took a 
felucca (sailboat) trip up the river 
a/oout 10 miles. Between the red sun- 
set and yellow monni'ise, it was a 
glorious tripi 

r.egards to all, 
Louise GoldsciimJ-dt 
-"••Egyptian Gbjristians 

Cincinnati, Ohio 

I iust wanted to msh you all a 
happy holiday season and hope you 
weatner another Ngx-j England winter 

lly husband and I are awaiting 
C'lristmas and (hopefully) a December 
baby, I've been keeping busy mth 
ni[;ht school math classes and trips 
to the branch library-. In terms of 
the futiare, we hope to return to 
Boston and once we have our twenty 
children I plan to get t^ library 

Once again, happy holidays! 


Margie Franz 



Central Charging records had not 1 
but 2 engagements to boast about 
during the Christmas Season. The first 
was Mary Kelly's engagement to Richard 
Joyce and the second Ann Connolly's 
engagem.ent to David ifcLaughlin( a 
foimer COR employee). Both fiance's 
are cui-iciitly noivjng in the Armed 

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Charles Collins, former library 
aide at Memorial Branch, is ncn-7 
officially Frater M. Vincent. At 
solemn ceremonies at the Cistercian 
Abbey of Notre Dame du Calvaire, 
North Roger sville. New Brunsvack, 
in Canada, "Charlie" as he was famil- 
iai^ly known to the library staff, 
made his profession. Frater Vincent 
keeps the staff at Memorial informed 
of his life as a Trappist monk 
through delightful letters and the 
monastery newsletter, SOUND OF OUR 
BELLS, sent bi-monthly to relatives 
and friends. 

NOTE: "Charlie'' also worked as a 

Junior Library Assistant both 
in Book Stack Serv:..o3 a'xi the 
Office of Records, Files, and 


John McLau^fhl: n, woi l-.'?d for 
many years as a library oidj at 
Memorial rhi].e &;oing thro-og'i hiph 
school and colluge^ is nov ''Faoher 
John" assignc'5 to St, Joseph ^s 
Parish in Holbrook_, Mass, His busj^- 
schedule as a. cuxate lea""'es little 
free time, but som.ehoT7 ?i-';b_or John 
manages to stop by "Ihi b-rr.n.-;h qvlte 
frequently whenever ho vipi-os his 
family t-^ho live nearby^ 


Susan Walker, former young adnlt 
worker ?.t Meiiiorial, i.,-.' no-'.-T ifrs, 
Gerhard Hoischen of Ifettmanner Strassu 
39, h i)usseldorf , G'.many, She is 
working for a Japanese tnport-Sxport 

CHA_]]:i_OF Eooys 

A certajja bojknan (so the story goes) 
Once ran a shop and kept the books in 

Arranged by author. Then cue fateful 



A wall of shelving buckled and gave 

Precipitating half ids pre'-ious stock 
In jumbled heaps upon the floorj The 

Was great, but even greater x-ras his a\^ 
Wlaen, picking up the nearest pile, he 

A marvel which -though it perple:^ed 

him sorely - 
I4jght have amnsed C'iris (Haunted 

Books/.cp) Morlf-yj 
Reading the title of topj.iost book 
He noted with en unnelievii-^g loo]: 
The last wor-d in that title >7as the sai 
As the first ^■rvc<^. a-^^y-i-rn^ln^:. in the namt 
Of the ■"o.."':'iie.. n itj T'lis was so 
In • chaixj,-.-.l-ke secue^ice do-nOi the 

scrs "iTuled. row J 
(E.g., Senximer.tal Journey, Journey t/^ 

the Moon^ 
Moon and Sijtpcixce, etc^ ) - a strange 

Now, reader, \ritA the clues supplied 

Can you n.ajne eignt books in another 

With titles similarly head-to-toe? 

1, A -^J a-"- b"-^ Shakespeare 

2, A novel '-y Wilia Gather (1923) 

3, A musical comedy 'oy Moss Hart 
(iP'ilj written for Ger crude LaT'jrence) 

h, A novel by Shen'ood Arderson 
(I9::s ) 

5o A 'look o"f memoii'S by Osbert 
Sitwoll (fc^US) 

6, A novol by 3.M.Forster (1908) 

7, A play by Arthur .liller (195$) 

8, A novel by Thornton Wilder (1927) 

(Nobei Words like "A" or "The" which 

stdi t a tit?_e 
May be ignored for this quiz as not 

vital. ) 

One month Tjill give you ample time, we 

Next monuh's itr^iue will show each 

proper link,. 

UKVE * YOU * DONATIiD -"- A -x- PINT ^;- 
OF -X- BLOCD * YET ???? IF -x- NOT * 
MAl^, -«• AT^^ -.<■ AP^O'Q'.TM^ll^T -■.'- TODAY 


The main editorial of the Decemoer 
8 issue ox the i^IE/J YOil^^ER is a -.last 
at oest-seller lists which must be i 
of great interest to librarians ' 
every^u'here, since so much of bock- 
buying policy"- is determined uy such 
lists. Wliile reading those outspoken j 
words, I was strongly reminded of 
ecually forcible words on a similar 
subject Tiritten by a famous BPL'r ' 
of an earlier day. Since not many 
BPL'r-B will probably get the chance ; 
to read the New Yorker editorial and \ 
the essay, I hope the QUESTION MARK 
will print these excerpts as a staff 

NEW YORIffiR, December 8, 196 2. paf^e hX 

"A recent TH^S oest-seller list in- 
cluded a coloring, book for adults, 
a journal kept by a child, a painphlet 
of newspaper photographs \irith humor- 
ous captions, the autooiography of 
a baseball manager, the reminiscences 
of a lavjyer who had appeared for the 
defense in a sensational Hollywood 
trial, a discussion of dieting, and 
a study of the se".ual activities of 
unmarried -nomen. fortunately the 
list is meaiiingless. .. the only 
redeeiTong quality of oest-seller 
charts in general is their inaccuracy^ 
They are based on slim and unreliable 
e vidence . . . f ew bookstores are con- 
sulted, fewer report, and there is 
nothing to prevent those that do re- 
port from falsifying their records 
to suit their inventories... the 
inacc^:cate ratings perform a major 
di-^i^r 'ice to serious irritings, the 
83,1. ■ of which are often damaged by 
o?rJ.rij.^'n from the list.,, the book 
chart... tries to show the confonnist 
how the literary Vierd is running and 
encourages him to run awa""" from 
literature with the heid,^, sales in 
the arts have never bet-n an ir.dex to 
value (tlOBY DICK was not a bestsellei- 
in its time , . . V 

Lindsa y Swift, IPOO THE FJBLIC 

BTL" :.o.r5T?r^3i 

"T/Jhatever else a great librarj^ ought 

or not to ,-:;arner to itself, it 
■las one plain duty co ace u^ re books 
of literatuj-^e. . , a library should se6 
to it that "real" books come first,,, 
other cooks a^^e for the material 
jenefit of some particular men, creed, 
poli bical system, comrriercial theoiy, , , 
they too should oe nere, ever^'' one 
of them, if possible, out not to the 
neglect of the poetr^ , drama, criti- 
cism, essay, novel.., the primordial 
cells of the tissues of a library, „ , 
The 3PL has the important vTorks of 
every age and countr:%,, its founda- 
tions were laid by earnest and 
scholarly men,,, in every large 
library there are per: ods of uneven, 
ragged groirrth. . . this is due to the 
tastes, soraeti'ies the caprices of 
trustees or of certain members of 
the >]orking force,,, it is astonishing 
into how few hands the welfare of ar^ 
great institution is practically 
committed. Recently was a mighty 
rage for books on theosophy, palmistry'-, 
, , . astrology. .yachting, . customs. , 
genealogy,. all those demands must be 
met in some fashion, but the more 
serious reauire:nents are never to be 
neglected... little confidence is to 
be placed in the man.. too ready to 
do what people will like,.. there is 
but one cons^oming ideal which a large 
library has a right to cherish, and 
that is to have on its shelves every 
broadside, pamphlet, or book xjhich 
ever was or ever will be printed.,,, 
but he who thinlcs today that he can 
choose with entire wisdom, is a fool 
...and any man, or institution, or 
church which undertakes to prescribe 
what another may read is kna^/ish... 
the people vjant... stories and they 
hopefully frequent these nails to get 
them... there are at least ^0,000^ 
people in this city t^ho xiant to be 
reading at the same moment DAVID 
C^VEL, TO ¥A\T. Am TO HOID, It takes 
more tiian the ample purse of this rxch 
city to feed such an appetite... At 
such a tjoint )egins the problem of 
attempting to minister to the pleasure 
ratlifeT- tAian to the needs of a popula- 
te ov._.-,t 


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Any contribution to the. Scap 3ox 
must be acGomp3_nled by tho full na'ne 
of the Association rneinber r^ubnittiag 
it, together -..dth the name of the 
Branch Library, Departrtipno or Office 
in which he or she Ie er^ieyed. The 
name is Tiithheli froxn nublic xtion, or 
a pen nar.e is b.sed, if the contributor 
so reouests. Anonymous ccr.tributions 
are not c;iven consideration. The 
author of the article is known only 
to the Editor-in-Chief, The contents 
of the article£ .?.ppef.rlr^ in th' 
Box are person?! opiriioiis expressed 
by ijidi\'idual Association^'s and 
their appearance does not necessarily 
indicate that the Publications Ccminlt- 
tee and the Association are in a^^ree- 
ment ^,ii.h the views ex-oresEed. Only 
those conbrii;)ntions containing net 
more ■h'!"n 300 -"ords will oe acce-oted 


Wnat happened to the old fashioned 
wheels of progress???? Are they still 

An LA 


Dear Soap Box: 

The Job Evaluation Coi.jniute/' stai'i"-^ 
off -"ith a trenienaous rush, i'lie 
members of tho Committee \7BT& excused 
from re^^ular uvtles, Trjorked fi LL-time 
on this project, irorlred evcnij .-^e to 
help bring thi.s iLpoi <;Rixt \:OtI '<,o 
completion. Then f ojl Tv-red a long 
hiatus \rh.ile the ra , scores were com- 


ud i.PbjJ., 

T.^o nore meetings 

and still uc^ i-pp-^rt or -mo" .emontation. 
The las"i:. .nHcb:.. g i.£-. held Months ago. 
No date Las jeen tet foi' aiictaer meet- 

This joo evaluation has taken a tre- 
mendous t:jTiounu of tine ?.nd effort from 
al] ohe ataff , particiilarl;- from the 
meir.beis of the Coranittee. 1 oelieve 
a repor-'-. go thb staff is Ion"; overdue. 

Do lA' d 

Dea'" r^.i.tor: 

We"'!.'! he--e -Te are a^^ain. The ue^in- ■ > 
ning c-.." ■', new year and sti] 1 no sign 
of p.-T'^-it -,:: in the Job E-va?.uation 
batt L- , 

I coaiA' !^ 'irong out I seem to remeiruJ 
oer hea->"inc a month or so ago that it | 
(JoD E'Jiluation) would be made lanoi-m \ 
to eve-- on.-j fet the beginning of the I 
7er~, ..•.-■•;■ +h<s big question is, IIIAT I 






Puolished b/ the Boston Puolic Liorar^- Staff Aosociation 
Volume XVIII Number 2 Feoriiar;- 1963 

Publications Committee; Harry Aiidrews, Jean Babcock, Doris Gray, Jane 

Manthorne, Edward J. Montana, Jr., Mrs, Bridie Stotz, 
Martin F, Waters, Pat Mhite, Barbara l-Jhitledge^ 
Roger Stevens, cartoonist, Sarah Usher, Indexer, 
William R. Leuis, Chairman. 

Publication date: Deadline for suoLiitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

We feel a certain affinity with those stage personalities who on opening 
night experience that dread disease wnich of times pla ues public performers . 
stagefrightj The symptoms in our case are a constriction of the muscles in 
the writing hand and a mind suddenly devoid of editorial ideas rather than 
the knocking of knees and vocal restrictions xvrhich embarrass the performer. 
In the theater the tradition which insists that "the show must go on" vital- 
izes the artistj and moments after the curtain rises he forgets his audience, 
conquers his fright, and proceeds to deliver a sparkling performance. We, 
the members of your Publications Committee for 1963, may not achieve the 
heights necessary to produce a 'sparkling performance 'j uut our efforts cou- 
pled -vrith the assistance which must come from ,:ou, the members of the Staff 
Association, can result in a paper worthy of the standards set by the better 
QMs of previous years. 

The QM is a continuing function a^.d as suci. it continues ohe policies 
and traditions established and extended through the years. The 1963 Publi- 
cations Committee represents a new cast of cnaracters playing at the same 
"old house" speaking familiar lines. Our sphere of activity is vTiue even 
when viewed through the confines of the Constitution of the BPLSA vjhich 
states its purpose as: fostering professional librarianship, furthering the 
common interests and welfare of the bibliothecal staff, and promoting greater 
efficiency in library service. With these goals as our guide vie t.ierefore 
feel free to comment on all natters affecting the Liorary staff, to question 
decisions which offend us, to probe and investigate xjhen necessar;', to be 
constructive in our criticism and generous in our praise when edicts please 
us. We accept vrithout reservation the proviso (vo^ed by the Staff membership 
at the Annual Meeting in January) that the Chairman of the Publications 
Committee "shall provide editorial comment following any letter in 'The Soap 
Box' where he feels that such commentary is needed to bring out facts". We 
do not feel that this measure is restrictive upon us in any way. Any factor 
which aids communication and builds a closer relationship x-jith the administra- 
tion we consider good. However, we reaffirm past policy vrhich governs the 
use of this very important part of the QM. "The Soap Box has served as a much 
needed safety valve for pent-up feelings, and often as a means of emphasizing 
problems which may otherwise have been overlooked,,, all material meeting dead- 
lines which is not libelous or obvioxisly incorrect, and is xi thin the interests 
of the membership.,." and conforms to the general rules for this column will be 
accepted for publication. 

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The Staff AssociaLion and its QH have been fortunate in the attitude 
taken by both Administration and Trustees recarding the activities of the 
Staff Association and the freedom of speech as it applies to the Ql'i, Al- 
though the QH is officially 'the bulletin' of the BPLSA and sho-old reflect 
the t/iinking of the Associat.lon it also has the duty of onjectivity in its 



Let me take this opportunity to 
thank you all for electing me and 
the members of the Executive Board 
to serve you in these offices in 
1963. In the ensuing months, vie 
assure you that we will try to 
prove that your confidence in us 
was well placed, 

I think, however, that we must as 
an organization clearly realize 
the implications of the fact that 
on our 1963 slate three offices 
went uncontested. Obviously, many 
of you "do not choose to run," 
Any organization which cannot find 
an ample number of people willing 
to assume the leadership of that 
organization is in serious trouble. 
One of the primary endeavors of 
your 1963 Executive Board will be 
to seek out, find and train the 
leadership we will need in I96I4., 
but this is a job Xv'-hich we cannot 
do alone. All of you must help \is 
with it, if the BPLSA is to continue 

It is undoubtedly true that our 
organization problems go hand in 
hand vrith the difficulties every 
library administration now faces 
in recruiting and keeping able 
libra-^r'ans and library assistants, 
I assur.e that acute staff short- 
ages within various departments 
cause some staff members to hesi- 
tate about taking on Staff Associ- 
ation responsibilities - and keep 
them away from our poorly attended 
business meetings. Despite iry full 
awareness of this continuing short- 
age I, nonetheless, enjoin each of 
you to make time, somehow, for 
fuller participation in your Staff 
Association. Now is the time to 
begin searching within yourselves 

and among your felloi-r staff members 
for names to present to the next 
Nominating Committee when it comes 
into being this May, 

And to Department Heads and Branch 
Librarians, a special plea] The 
future xrelfare of the BPLSA may well 
rest in your hands. Only you can 
rearrange schedules to make it possi- 
ble for yourselves and your staff 
members to attend our business meet- 
ings, fulfill committee assignments 
and assume offices in the Association. 
Often such schedule changes are ex- 
tremely inconvenient; but if they are 
not absolutely impossible, please bear 
with the extra work that may tempor- 
arily fall on your shoulders, 0\ar 
staff representatives need your help, 
too, in making known to new staff 
members - and perhaps reemphasize to 
old ones - the purposes and accom- 
plishments of the Association, We 
extend our gratitude to those of you 
who consistently do make these sac- 
rifices year after year to keep the 
organization running. 

On February 1, the 196 3 Executive 
Board held its first meeting. Much 
of the morning was spent upon setting 
the usual routines into operation, 
including the annoiincement of various 
committee chairmen. 

Amongst our old business, inherited 
from the prior regime, lay the vitally 
important matter of the Job Evaluation 
Study, You will remember that a vote 
taken at the November Business Meeting 
was unanimous in favor of immediate 
publication of the results of that 
study . With that desire, the 1962 
Executive Board was in complete agree- 
ment. The 1963 Executive Board is in 
no less accord. After weij^hing the 
worthy arrjuments set forth by the 


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President '-5 Motes cont. 

• -Administrartion • for balding up pub« 
-lication imtil-money is at. hand to 
-effect •any" salary changes ^involved, 
we still feeL that such reasons do 
"^t: .Qutj'iedLgh ±he loarering of staff 
morale -alxeafty ^resultant from this 
long waiting ^riod,- Consequently, 
a letter- is- on its way from the 
'Executi"ve.3oard to the Assistant 
"Director -{Personnel) requesting, on 
behalf of-the Library "Assistants 
Service, --that the results of this 
-Study be- made- public -Rrithout fur- 
ther delay. 

Another Item- of" old business was 
A possible" change in - anniversary 
dates for our part-time" employees 
from October X and May 1 to Septem- 
ber 1- and -April JU Currently, the 

- Executive Board is seekiag statis- 
tics to deteimuxie- jus-t what propor- 
tion of Library -A.ides - are hired 

"during the month of September, 
.^ As- you. will remember, this is a 
Bertha V, Hartzell- i'femorial- Lecture 
■year. Under the chairmanship of 
" Elinor -JD^ Conley, . Adams Street, the 
' Hartzell. Fiemorial Lecture -Committee 
-has ijeen. lucty-^enough- -to -secure 
Dr.. Meyer M, -ifessler of M^.T.. for 
-thisle«ture~* -Dr, -Kessler is, at 
"present, xTorking on a project for 
"■"the National -Science Foundation. 
He will speak on the problems of 

- information retrieval and -dissemina- 
tion. Date -foi-- the lecture has been 

■ ;set for- Frid^cr, April $, (Those vrho 

- voted -to- change our -spring profes- 
sional -meeting- "from snoviy February 
to enchan"ting Jlpril please note that 

■every other Friday in April this 
yer-.- is either a holiday or part of 
Nr.tx ?nal Library ^feek. ) Put that 
dLoe dOTiain -your- calendar of events- 
and please keep it free. Those mon- 
-ster mechanical computers may help 
"US one day in ■sol'ving our student 
use problems - at least on the 
college-research levelj 

A suggestion had oeen made that 
the- -Staff Association hold a white 
elephant sale for the -benefit of 
the Randolph Puolic Library, recent- 
ly devastated by fire. Tlie E:^:ecutive 
Board" did cremas re*3l.iR-t,i<r thinking 
about the time and effor-t nc«<led to- 

rrtfiike Such a sale a success. At hand, 
they had iiu.ormation revealing that 
the Town of Ra^idolph is, apparently, 
willing and financially able to remedy 
'their liuran^ losses. Conseqaently,. 
the Executive Board concluded that 
our oest form of assistance co"ald be 
given by continued donation of books 
on an individual basis via Edna G, Peck, 
Book Selection HR&CS, If any of you 
feel that further gestures, in some 
other form, should be made by the BPL 
SA out of a spirit of neighborliness, 
we will gladly consider suggestions 
at oxir March Board meeting. 

In this cold, often drizzly, or down- 
right snowj'' New England climate, we 
were not surprised to find some staff 
members resentful of the recent direc- 
tive that no staff member shall use 
■the Blagden Street door as an exit 
at the evening closing hour. We all 
understand the necessity of depart- 
ment heads or tneir assistants report- 
ing to the Officer-in-Charge that 
their departments are empty, but we 
d'? sympathize with those Blagden 
Street parkers \iho loathe getting 
their feet wet, thereafter, on the 
long march from front door to car. 
Since a guard is, apparently, still 
-going to be kept on duty at the 
Blagden Street door during evening 
hours, the Executive Board was happy 
to pass along to the Assistant • 
Director (Personnel) a request that 
the order forbidding staff to use that 
exit be reconsidered. It is such 
minor issues that often shake our 

Feeling the need of some background 
material, the Executive Board has 
assigned to the Personnel Committee, 
headed by Dorothy Shaw, Periodical, 
the task of gathering together infor- 
mation upon personnel rating sheets 
and promotion systems of other large 
libraries, allied educational insti- 
tutions and local estaolishments 
hiring large numbers of employees, 
With this information at hand, plus 
recommendations fro.n the Personnel 
Committee as to desirable featiu-es 
of a promotional policy from the_ 
emploj^ee's viewpoint, the Executive 
, Board feels it x-ill then be in a 
position to discuss as intelligently 
5.S possible any ^-hangea envisioned 

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pj-esid cxit' s Notes Coutt 

in ovr ami fluctuating promotional 
system, I am sore that the Personnel 
Committee would i^elcome any advice 
you may have on how t ;ey can best 
acquire the desired data. 

We have had a prolonged discussion - 
of OUT blood bank program which seems 
to be in dire straits. Certainly 
this is a vital program if any pro» 
gram ever was.' In accordance with a 
vote at the January Business Meeting, 
we have appointed a special committee 
to work on this program, Louis 
O'Halloran, Division Office HR&CS, has 
graciously agreed to act as chairman 
and to try to make this program ' ' 
successful. You will be hearing more' 
from him in the way of facts about the 
process of giving blood and a plea to 
all of you who are reasonably healt}^ 
to share your much-needed good red 
blood. Let's get behind this program 
and produce our quota of 30 pints a 

As we set forth on our course for - 
1963, the Executive Board extends to 
all staff members their best wishes 
for a year that is professionally 
satisfyfng and persbi'ialiy both tiealthy 
and happyj 




John J, Mellen, Audio Visual ■ 

Sandra Brown, Office of 'Re'coi^dsv Files, 

Statistics ■■ ■ "■ ■' 
ferry 'W, Hall, Central Charging 

Records • ' 

Christie V. Jorgehsen, Cataloging and' 

Classification, R.'AS ' ^' '•- \:>--'r: ':c 
Alfred J. Pruitt, Book Sfack" Servids' 
Reed Gherington, Book Purchasirig 
Joseph Luc'a'is, Bookmobiles 
Jtoes J, Duffy, Ceritral Char-ging 



Sarali T. Cadbury from Nit. Pleasant 
to We'St Rcrxbury- . • - , ^ 

Mrs. Laurelle VJ, Cole from Allsti-m t^ 

Connolly '' ' 
Irene M, Plains from 'pen Siielf to 

Mt. Pleasant - -^ .^ 


Susan Aiken, Cataloging & Classifica- 
tion, HR&CS .. to be married 

Thomas J, Crowley, Book Stack Service 
m to return to -school ' 

Marie Cambria,. Connolly - return to 

Eleanor Pali;ier, South End « t.o move 
out of state 

Paul McGerigle, I'ar stein Business 
Branch • another position 

Ruth Sullivan, Science &. Technology 
. another position 

Patricia Tynerj Records, Files, 
V Statistics - to sta^y- at home 

Retired - 

Margaret Gannon, Bindery, January 31, 


Carol A, Gourley and V'alter Feuerstein 
-Nor the,? stern students, February 2, 

- 1963 

Priscilla Deane, General Reference - 
—"-^obert S, Ramsay, Januar?;" 25,1963. 
Loretta J, Tiirner, AdaiTiS Street - to 
Vard Joh'tLSon, January 26, 1963. 



.Jerome P. Grace, Book PurchaEing 

Paul D,- Quialan, Book Purchasing 
Ruth Fi'Hagiaire,-.Uphams. Corner 
John . .Cii Handy, Book S-taciciService 
John H, Phillips, Baok Stack Service 
Arthur. F, :Radden,\ Book Stack Service 
Marie- G-. Stone., Division Office HR&CS 


William R. Maxxirell, Records, Files, 
Statisti-cs , . , , 

Adson Artis, Book Stack Service 
- Hmrard R. Druker, Book Stack Service 

Robert; J, Gaudet, Book Stack Service 
■"tLlliaJn Henderson, Book Stack Service 

Leonard V. lovino. Book Stack Service 

Robert ■ If , !<ai\e. Book St-acl<^ ■■^'3T-'yic<=^ 

Pw -F,ii.l,c!ied COnt.« 



Bruce N, Miller, Book Stack Service 
Marion Steinbremier, Book Stack Ser\T.ce 
John Iftiittaker, Book Stack Service 
Walter Feuerstein, Histcrjr Department 
Patricia Fradshan, Cataloging and 

Classification RiStRS 
Claire Ivaram, Cataloging and Classifi^ 

cation R&RS 
Maril^Ti L, Rand, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication R&RS 
Elizabeth I. McLucas, Cataloging aaid 

Classification RSRS 
Carol A. Feuerstein, South End 
Mark A« Neckes, Open Shelf 
I-5ary V. O'Brien, Jamaica Plain 
Lorraine A. Thompson, Mt, Bo\-jdoin 
Hilary A, l-Iayson, Bookraobiles 
Vincent Ellis, Book Purchasing 
Martha Talbot, Book Purchasing 

Returned to school 

David Kane, Office Records, Files 

Statistics ' 

David F. Allen, Book Stack Service 
Michael Eerman, Book Stack Service 
Barbara Carlson, Book Stack Service 
Dean Denniston, Book Stack Service 
Moore Dod^e, Book Stack Service 
Ernest Gam, Bock Stack Service 
Michael Konorjitz, Book Stack Service 
Robert HacDonald, Book Stack Service 
Peter Ranney, Book Stack Service 
Glenn Ryan, Book Stack Service 
Catherine Coggon, Cataloging and 

Classification R.ffiS 
Mai-ie LaRiviere, Cataloging and 

Classification RffiS 
Mary MacDonald, Cataloging and 

Classification R&RS 
John Sullivan, History 
Gail Berry, Mt. Boi-jdoin 
Charles Gosselin, Open Shelf 
Nathan Green, Central Charging Records 
Joan Harrington, South End 
Elaine Miller, Eookiaobiles 
Laura Richards, Audio Visual 
Dorothy Titus, JairiaJca Plfiln 
Nicholas Foundas, Book Purchasing 
Ken;^eth Pu.'',eo^ Book ta^-chasing 
Jcrace IJri^ht, Book P-arcliaeit.o 

The staff of the Boston Public 
Library offers congrat.ila! ia^is to one 
of its meiobers. Miss Vir-^lnia Ha^/iland^ 
on her recent appointment as Chief of 
the Children's Book Section, Library 
of Congress, effective March k, 1963. 

This honor comes as no surpi-ise to 
the staff since Miss Haviland has been 
active in children's work for many 
years and has made a major contribu- 
tion to this phase of library work 
Doth nationally and internationally. 
She has been actively associated with 
the Children's Servj.ces Division and 
served as chairman of the Division 
1954-55. She Irias represented ALA at 
IFLA several times; she has served as 
Chaiiman of the rJewburj'"-Caldecott 
award committee; as a judge for the 
New York HeraJ-d-Tribune Spring Bcoic 
Festival at'-ards; and also on the jury 
of the Hans Christian .Andersen Iiiter- 
national Cliildren's Book Award. Cur- 
rently she is known as a book reviewer 
and associate Editor of HCF.N BOOK 
MAGAZINE, She has taught Children's 
Literature at SimiTiOns College Libraiy 
School since 1957 and has been active 
,on the Plai'inliig Comr.iittee of the 
Boston Herald Traveler Children's Book 
Fair. She is also the author of 
several children's books. She has 
done an excellent job of promoting 
books and the boston Public Libraiy 
aiaong pare :'•' - and teachers in book 
talks to aault groups interested in 
cliildren's literature; she is a jnem- 
ber of the Women's National Book 
Association. Since her appointment 
as Reader's Advisor for Children, 1952, 
Miss Haviland has been a vitalizing 
force in the Boston Public Library's 
xjork with children. She is editor 
of BOOKS ON P-^JIADE, the BPL publica- 
tion promoting children's bo^ks, she 
is chairman of the Book Selection 
Coirjoittee for Children and has made a 
major contribution in establishing 
the system for re-eval'iation of the 
book collection for chixdren and com- 
■pilation of Replacement Lists, noxf 
nearJng completion of the first issue, 
Hor iTork mth children's books at 
the Boston Public Libraiy has been 
)irot.+,l7/ benefited by her work vrith 

ATA nT.'l ill1.';V!.:i(.iclirin gV^jllpS, 


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The BFL is ?ionored that the Librar- 
ian of Congi-ess, L, Quincy iluinfordj 
has chosen Miss Kaviland to assume 
this great responsibility of organ- 
izing this new service to develop a 
gi-eater use of the library's resources 
in children's books as part of the 
overall services of the Liorary of 
Congress, Miss Haviland is under- 
taking this work on a leave of absence 
from the Boston Public Library, The 
best Trd-shes of the staff go with her 
?s she begins this new phase of her 
work. VJe are svire shfe will make a 
notable contribution to the field of 
Library work with children and be an 
asset to the staff of the Library of 


A luncheon has been planned for 
Thux-sdey, February 21, to honor Miss 
Haviland and to pro\ her many 
friends an opportunity to wish her 
well in her new venture. 

The Luncheon \jill be held at the 
Red Coach Grill, h3 Stanhope Street 
at 12 noon. 

For further information and reserva- 
tions r leas 3 contact one of the follow- 
ing cx^ijrdtteo members no later than 
Feoruary 16. 

Cori irdttee 

Rcse Marie DeSimone 
Martha Engler 
Veronica Lehane 
Mildred Adels on, Chairman 


On Wednesday, February 6th, the 
Friends of Adams Street Bxanch enjoyed 
a very pleasant evening x^rith Miss Edna 
G. Peck as their guest sT^eaker, In 
her usual fine form (as if she cou3d 
be oth'-rwise), ffiss Peck reviewed a 
fine oci..-xT.:'.cn of recent books, chosen 
witi. c_j-3 f'\m her "Firesidu Reading" 
list. Ranging from the very serious 
problem's of today (Hoover's' A Stuiy 
of C o.fu-'unpsm), to such diverting^^id 
entt r oii^.ing gems as The U ncle hy 
Abrams, mth four or five' other "bypta 
of current literature in between. 

Miss Peck gave her audience a real 
incentive to read, not these but 
other bo3ks on lier list. As one 
meinber of the Friends ; roup pjt it 
at the social coffee houi^ after the 
book talk "She really had u3 right 
in the palm of her handj" 

rliss Loretta Turner, Zoung Adults 
worker at the Adams Street Braiich, 
became the bride of Mr. Vard Johnson 
at a very simple small wedding in 
Cambridge on January 26th, A few 
days before, the staff at Adams 
Street gave Loretta a DiLtle gojng- 
away party and presented her with a 
piece of silver in her chosen pattern, 
with their best wishes for her future 


Edith H, Bailey, formerly Branch 
Librarian, Phillips Brooks, who has 
been living in Hawaii x-rf-th her 
daughter Ruth (also a Phillips Brooks 
al^amna) has retvjr-ned to the mainland. 
They are now living in Portland, 
Oregon where Miss. Bailey has accepted 
the position for the program activi- 
ties of the Gcagregational Church, 

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Marion C. ICingman formerly Branch 
Librarian, South End, left recently 
for a vacation trip to Hawaii, Miss 
Kingman plans to go via the Southern 
Route visiting New Orleans en route. 
After a stop at Berkeley she plans 
to fly to Haxfaii where she will spend 
some time rith relatives. 

LlPROVi;.L.i!"Jl.:i I. Inn. PiJUGJlCi^L r-.OO.-. 

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During the past several years the 
Library has been used by more and more 
students of .ail aj-^es. periodical "and 
i\Iewspaper has received its full share 
of this avalanche. In order to make it 
easier for both student and librarian, 
several measures have been taken to ease 
the situation. 

Seat n'ombers (vjhich are necessary for 
the delivei^" of books, as in Jates hall) 
have been added to the ends of the tables 
in the Periodical Reading Room, so that 
if necessary, twelve more patrons can be 
seated in the Reading Room and seventy- 
six in the .leuspaper Room. This aids in 
keeping students off the floor, the 
stairs, and the windov seats. 

Patrons formerly wasted a great deal of 
time in looking up individual authors and 
subjects in the card catalogue which lists 
magazines by title only, and does not. 
analyze the contents, -iow, a sign has 
been put on top of tne catalogue, inform- 
ing students tnat if they vjish to fi::ia 
articles in periodicals, they should con- 
sult the inde;:os on the opposite side of 
the room. ..nother sign indicates that 
the catalogue is incomplete and that the 
patron may ask the librarian at the Main 
JDesk fcr additional infox-mation. 

Extra copies of the RiLijT'ZRS' GUIDE have 
been placed on the shelves and several 
other indexes (LT3GRAPHIC, T^i^ TO BOOK 
REVIEi/S r; r^L "{i:.i'4aTIx!S) have been more 
conveniently located so that they are 
directly accessible for public use. j-ach 
of the index shelves has been numoered, 
and a corresponding number put on each 
volume. It is, therefore, easier to re- 
turn the index to its proper place after 
being used, :ind serves as a reminder to 
the patron that this is what should be 

Each volume has a detailed list of in- 
structions affi::ed to the cover telling 
the reader hoi; to obtain the periodicals 
in the easiest way. Thus service has 
been made smoother and faster and more 
people ?r-. accOi.^moJetar' in a shorter 

Ih.e '":..*/"'■■ i''.(^ PES tsei. iidprcveu. FivE; 
new ur.-'oc i.a 't been adaei: one on the 
llai:. D^sk;: two on the tables in the ref- 
erence roji-i; and two on the walls of the 


reference room, one illuminating tiie 
inaex section. 

Because pf increased interest in 
science, requirec projects for science 
fairs, and so on, the tv.'o met popular 
magazLnes in the field, 3CIE..GE DIGEST 
and SCIEi'iCE IfcvJSLETTER, have been used 
so often that the volumes are beginning 
to show signs of wear. Jidditional sub- 
scriptions have been ordered, and multi- 
ple copies will soon be available, 
filong the same lines, two periodicals, 
.'EW REPUBLIC and i" -TIOi"', v/hich were 
beginning to disintegrate, and which 
are also heavily used, have been re- 
placed by microfilm copies and may be 
used in the Patent Loom. 

Both on the covers of the indexes ano 
on individual signs on each table wen- 
tion has been made of the fact that 
mutilation, "borrowing, " or defacing 
library materials is illegal and punish- 
able by lav;. It is still too early tc 
know whether this innovation has had any 

additional iiriprovements will be made 
d.s special problems arise. In the i-iean- 
time, more people are being served 
faster and easier than ever before. 

ID-Vi^rC' J. I-iOETj-»JJ\ , JR. 



On -onday, February ■+, 19^3 there i;as 
held in alumni rtall, Boston College, ar; 
Institute on the Civic Ro le of the Olde r 

Person , under the auspices of the Center 
for -applied Studies in ^ging and 

The library has been cooperating irith 
the center, most recently in connection, 
with a project to gather information 
about important buildintrs and streets 
in the South End. The Couth End Erancr. 
has served as a repository for iiiforraa- 
tion gathered, and History supplied a 
bibliography of published materials and 
also provided assistance with research 
problems. Kathleen aegarty coordinated 
the library's participation in this 

The Institute at Boston College was 
for the purpose of developing plans for 
future projects of value to the community 


«v;iicii couJ-.i i^i, u..uv,rccixu,. i.y senior citi- 
zens, .icivf c.xeiluiit ideas frorr. vioiting 
•'ShuL-ins'' fOi' tnc coilocting anc organ- 
iziiig of local hiscory aaterials, were 

i-\ ver^f group of suealcers 
addressed those i.-; attendance. Monsignor 
Francis L. Lall;;,', Chaiman of the Boston 
R.edevelopm8;-it Authority discussed the aims 
and methods of redevelopment in various 
areas of the city. 

In the afternoon hr. ./arren Roudebush 
of the Department of Health, iiucation 
and , /elf are outlix.ed the objectives of 
the Proposed "domestic Peace Corps" and 
the part that the senior citizen might be 
expected to play in it. Participating in 
the Panel discussion which followed his 
brief address xrere Dr. 'toward L. Sprague, 
a heart specialis-":, ^^rho has done consider- 
ajle research in the fijld of gerontology; 
-'Ir. iilfred Gardner, an attorney, v:ho 
pointed up the deficiencies iii some of o\).:' 
presant lairs such as the lack of protec- 
tion of the rights of the elderly to paid 
employment; and jr. ./. linwood Chasa, 
fo:-Tier dean of tnc Boston University 
School of Tlie discussion was 
mo^t lively, auditince participation most 
acuivfe, aiid one .:iay be sure that courses 
cT ijtion are b<.ing developed in vjhich 
Li>^ resources of the library will be 
ca] led upon. 

_;■--," n IDV.'L 'T !,^l 

..hile a j^-ln coxd wave nipped the noses 
cf good Chica^j;o,;.ns, your reporter moved 
from meetin,:; to meeting at the AD, ilid- 
winter sessions in the jagevrater Beach 
Hotel. Epaik's actually flew at every 
door knob aud li^ht switch as the unprece- 
dented loxr iiunidioy index left the air 
charged with static electricity. Sparks 
flew, too, c'!s philosophies of young adult 
Librarians collided and nevj ideas came 

Gf priiue iniportance to librariaris work- 
i ■-:■• ''rith youth ^;ere the hoard of j^irec- 
tjrs of the Youuj iidults Services Divi- 
3i'n (Yi.vSh) meetings (numoering eight 
ii'jorous; the iictivities Ccinmit.tee 
ji-oting, wlilch pl^ns future projects; 


tne Child i:. trouble meeting, reportij^ig 
on an 'jxperirae;.t Iv bibliocherapy; :>.'.-j. 
a special Book Selection Sub-ConirriiL.toi 
get-to-gether to evaluate and propose 
changes in the annual "Literesting ^idult 
Books for Younr /dults" list. 

From the of YiiSD attended by 
this reporter tnc foLlowing news items, 
decisions, progress reports, and plans 

- xhe Africa list, patterned 
after ''Richer by nsia" and '-o . 
in process, should be available 
for distribution by Convention 

- . new jrojeol. on Latin Araericf: 
is well under way, again. ii'J '^^■'^ 
spirit of the ^sia list but 
airected more to the young 
person himself, hotewortliy 
here i3 the fact that consult- 
ants for this project are drax:r. 
irom Latin iii.ierican countries. 
Invitations to them were 
phrased in the appropriate 
languages, Spanish or Portugese, 
a nice gesture. 

- The sequel to "Book Bait,' 
much needed for book talks, ha^ 
encountered snags and is still 
not completed, 

- The National Library IVeek Com- 
mittee of Y/iSD is investi£atin_ 
the possibility of surveyini' 
the effects of reading on youn^: 
people, ^L-1 \ ill oe checking 
the Loston Public Library's 
Book Ballot project in re^arc. 
to this proposed nation-wide 

- I/iSD i,5 considering includin- 
in "Top of tne Wevrs" full re- 
views of possibly -controver- 
sial books," i.^. nature adult 
books irith moaning for youn^ 
people. The Board believes 
that such reviews v;ill offer 
support to Y.1 librarians uid 
school librarians if their 
adult selections foi" teens are 
challenged locally. 

- iiware of the rrowlnp- interes 
in bibliothorapy and its 
possible application to proL- 

conr, . 

1 eras or Ho"! in( youth, Xi ju and the 
Children's Services Division (CSi.') ar^ 
"trying oui," novels with themes on ^ang 
involvement and trouble-vjith-the-lavr on 
test groups, lossibly the books may prove 
to be vehicles of communication oetween 
social workers teen-agers or between 
probation officers and teen-agers in the 
counseling process. 

The annual list of adult booko for young 
adults formerly tagged ''Interesting iidult 
Books for Young Adults" will be known in 
the future as ■ Significant /.dult Books 
for Young Adults," The YASD Board con- 
curred that the vrord "interesting" is far 
too nondescript and innocuous for such a 
provocative list. 

Under consideration is a bibliography of 
biographies and biographical fiction viith 
indexes of vocations, periods of history, 
and national origins. Biographies espe- 
cially useful for young people are listed 
to a degree in standard bibliographies of 
history and vocations, but the Board be- 
lieves that c more comprehensive listing 
is needed. 

These notes from riidvTinter are fragmen- 
tary compared with the massive volume of 
ideas and decisions hrndled, but they do 
show the major areas of consideration. 
Pervading the sessions was an eagerness 
which went beyoi.d the business at. hand, 
an awareness of vjhat comes next, namely 
the July convention's "Conference xvithin 
3 Conference." "x."» librarians have a key 
role in this "inquiry into the needs of 
students, libraries, and the educational 
process, '' 

JAi.-E i:ii-!THORi!E 

JOI.. wO\/I 

j.pply for membership applications 
.^ary Farrell 

'cataloging, R and RS 

t,pply for m'';mbership appT iaatiotis 
. leanora Chaplik 
Codman Square 
Anne ..rmstron^ 
Open Shelf, Cldldren's "Lr^-'W'^v. 

i ■■^' 

iarried , r 

Priscilla :. ^e^ne of General 
Reference to .'.objrt i.a"isay of Cajiicrxd^-- . 
Tlie was held January 25, 1^(C 
in MarshfieDd, luacs. « reception was 
held at the home of the Bride. 

CHRIoTL,.-^ 3CIi:;:'CiL i-iOHITOK, Jan 1.5- 
I-'ew England Report: The Library 
problem by Robert ?, Hey. 

SOSTOr: GLCBi::, Feb 4, 6, and ?• 
Series of articles on problems 
plaguing puolic libraries in the 
nation, Massachusetts and. Greater 
Boston by Robert E. Gljnin, 

B0ST01\^ SUNDAY GLOBL, Feb 10. 

Coliamn on Boston City Hall news by 
Joseph A . Keblinsky. . , 

BOSTOi^i SUiDiiY HERALD, Feb 10. 
Tell it to Joe column by 
Joe Harrington. 

L ITiijuiRY CEAlli -H- 

The following is the list of book 
titles suggested by the clues given in 
a quiz in last month's Qll. The last 
word of each title appears as the firs' 
word of the next. . 

1. Love's Labour's Lost 

2. Lost Lady 

3. Lady in the Dark 
k. Dark Laughter 

5, Laughter in the Kext Room 

6, Room with a View 

7, View from the Bridge 
8.' Bridge of San Luis Rey 


Commander Pdward iiaynard, □^ 
announced recently that .lichael Vene 
Patent, has agreed to assume the duti^ 
of -adjutant and Quartermaster in tha- 
organization. i-Iike succeeds Leonard 
Macmillan, Book Purchasing, viho has 
held this post for over five years. 
To Len from a grateful membership, 
"Thanks for a job well done," to lil^e- 
our "best wishes. " 

^- P'r/,v.le appfesa-fod in the MONH'-I^. author 
is H&iirJce F>f'.vi'jf-f , a foxiuor BPL'er 

m J.U • 


Margaret M^ Gannon, poular member 
of the Bindery staff retii-ed froiti 
the Library service on January 31, 
She began her career in January 19U5, 
Her particular duties included the 
operation of an Oversewing machine 
and the preparation of periodicals 
for binding. During her eighteen 
years in the Bindery, Margaret per- 
formed her duties with efficiency 
and dispatch. Her co-\-Jorkers remem^ 
ber her keen sense of humor and ready 
wit alwaj''S delivered with a happy 
smile. In a testimonial to her worth 
to the department 28 Bindery personnel 
and friends gathered at Steubens 
Restaurant on January 22 to bid her 
farewell and wish her well in her 
coming retirement, Margaret accepted 
with heart-felt thanks the gift of 
money proffered by her colleagues 
and promised to make good use of it 
on her trip to Miami Beach where 
she is presently enjoying the warm 
sun. The Library staff joins the 
Bindery people in offering its con- 
gratulations and best -".irLshes for her 

Clarence M, Fuller, Central Charging 
Records, is retiring on the last day 
of February, 

Mr, Fxiller was associated with the 
Boston Public Library in its catalog- 
ing project for many years before- 
joining the regular library staff in 
19U9. He began his Boston Public 
Library career with an assignment to 
the Division of Home Reading and 
Community Services. Later he was 
assigned to the Business Office and 
finally came to Central Charging 
Records in 1953, 

He and his ever present boutonniere 
became a familiar and pleasant sight 
in our main lobby. We will miss this 
congenial gentleman- ^f the old 
school". We unite in wishing him the 
happiest of retirements, 





V/e are sorry to report tiie death 
on Janu^-ry 26, 1963 of Catherine P, 
Loughman, Branch Librarian Emeritus, 
Funeral services were held on Jan, 
29, at St. Aidan's Church, Brookline, 
Mter forty,, years of ser"vace in the 
Boston Public Library, Miss Loughman, 
at that time Branch Librarian at the 
Uphams Corner Branch, retired on 
Dec, 31jl960, Miss Lougliman was 
first appointed Branch Librarian at 
the Mount Bowdoin Branch in 1938 and 
remained there until I9I4.6 when seri^ 
ous illness forced her to retire. 
She fought her way oack to better 
health with courage and determination 
and was able to return to the library 
service in 19U8, Thereafter, she was 
successively Branch Librarian at 
Felloa-js Athenaeum, City Point and 
Uphams Corner, She -was a fine and 
generous person and will be remem- 
bered by her associates as an excel- 
lent administrator. All those who 
knew her will remember her enjoyment 
of staff parties; the pleasant atmos- 
phere in the branches where she i-j-orkcKij 
her love of flowers ard pretty thingrj 
but above all, Catherine Loughman wat 
a xronderful example ol determination 
and courage in overcon±ng illness and 
physical handicaps which would have 
defeated one less tra^'^e. 

We, at Charles to-vm Branch, vjere 
both shocked and saddoned to hear of 
the sudden death or Cjcelia McCarthy 4 
She passed awcy Tuuf i.^.- morioing, 
January 29th st thf^ 'ih.. sachusetts 
General Hosp^.tdl where she had been 
taken a week pre-vinusl;y with a severe 
heart attack. 

It -t-ras just over a year ago that 
I*'irs. McCarthy was a guest 01 honor at 
a retirement parly helc by the Prion;lt' 
of the Charles toiai Lraixh Library, It 
was one of the lar.^est t^arnouts by the 
"Friends" group, with over two hundred 
people in the community coming to bid 
"Celia" fond farewell. 

With more than forty years in the 
service and most of these at Charles- 
tovm, Mrs. McCarthy had built up 
quite a clientele. There were several 


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adult patrons who would do ousiness 
only with Mrs, McCarthy because she 
knew just what kind of book they would 

Affable,., good-ciatiored, easy to work 
with, and a readiness to do favors for 
anyone x<rho asked, — Cecelia combined 
all these traits i-rith a keen sense of 
humor. Her sensitivity towards the 
feelings and wants of others sometimes 
caused her to be taken advantage of, 
but not enough to deter her from "doing 
a good turn," Celia brought to the 
Library the same vivacity and zest far 
living that colored her own personal 
life. Even after she retired a path 
was worn to her door by the many 
friends she had made in the library. 

We are at least thankful that Mrs. 
McCarthy Has a witness to the standing 
ovation and testimonial given to her 
by her many friends in Chariest oxTn, We 
know they will miss her very much as 
we all most certainly do. 

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Both present and past members of the 
staff at Mount Boirdoin mourn the sudden 
death of our former cleaner, Lillian E, 
Smith, on January 27. Forced to re- 
tire about a year ago because of the 
serious illness of her daughter, lirs. 
Smith took over the care of her three 
small grandchildren. Her daughter 
succumbed to her illness in November, 
The death of her beloved daughter was 
too severe a jolt for her ailing heart 
and mother followed daughter just two 
months later. 

We here at Mount Box»jdoin who were so 
fond of ovr kindly, loyal and wonder- 
fully dispositioned I^s. Smith and her 
devoted daughter are shocked and sad- 
dened by the double tragedy. Although 
she had not been irorking here for the 
last year, we had been in touch with 
her by personal visits and telephone 
calls, I"frs, Smith vras always inter- 
ested in what was happening to her 
"girls" at Mount Bowdoin. We irill miss 
her greatly and always remember this 
most popular staff member with great 



vJe have probaolj all had the expe- 
rience with members of the public, 
relatives and friends who think we do 
nothing but read all day, and that vje 
must know everj" book in the place. 
Some years ago I ran into a remark of 
Dr, Johnson's which has helped me to 
"defend" myself from the second half 
of that charge, and which fixed for me 
once and for all vjhat the chief func- 
tion of the librarian was. Boswell is 
describing the \T.sit by himself. Doctor 
Johnson, and Sir Joshua Refolds to the 
house of a Mr, Cambridge on April 17, 


"No sooner had we made our bow to 
Mr, Cambridge, in his librar;^, than 
Johnson ran eagerly to one side of 
the room, intent on poring over the 
backs of the books, Mr, Cambridge 
said, . . ' I have the same custom you 
have.., odd that one shoiild have 
such a desire to look at the backs 
of books,' "Johnson wheeled about 
and answered, 'Sir, the reason is 
ver;^^ plain. Knowledge is of two 
kinds, Vfe know a subject ourselves, 
or we 'imcfw where we can find informa- 
tion upon it, InFhen x;e enquire into 
any subject, the first thing we 
have to do is to know what books 
have treated of it. This leads us 
to look at catalogs, and the backs 
of books in libraries.'" 
As private persons ue naturally all 
know some s'ibjects ourselves; but as 
librarians we only need to ktiow vjhere 
to find the information on subjects 
wanted by our patrons. But it helps 
x:hen we can manage to read some of the 
books loosed on society each day. But 
which ones? Over l6,000 books were 
published iii this country in 1962, Mr. 
Edward Weeks, editor of the Atlantic 
Monthly, in an interesting article in 
the Dec, 2 issue of the Mew York Times 
BookJleview gives a list of the ten 
best in liis judgement. His list is as 
follows ; 


by Rachel Carson 


by William Faulkner 

by Robert Frost 


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by James Jones 

by Alfred Kazin 


by Katherine Ann Porter 


by James F, Powers 

by John Steinbeck 

by E. B. White 

by Edmund Wilson 

Should any member of the staff ask 
me which ones of these ten I myself 
have read I would have to turn off ray 
hearing aid. But on the basis of 
several reviews we could conclude that 
the three best and most permanently 
valuable of these books are the 
Faulkner, the Powers, and the Ldmund 




Ken Barnes, Periodican and News- 
paper, left Feb. 2 on a cruise to the 
West Indies. He will stop at Puerto 
Rico, Barbados, and Venezuela among 
other places, and spend a large part 
of his time taking photographs, in 
color, of the local attractions. Ken 
will return well-tanned we hope on 
the sixteenth. 




On January 6th, Paul F. Crane of 
the Education Department became the 
proud father of a lovely daughter. 
Helen Miriam who wei£,hed five pounds 
at birth is now a healthy seven 
pounds , 

"5C-/r-„— ,(~,c-— ,v- 



Thermometer at zero. 

We huddle safe at home, 
Suppressing rlelville's "hypos" 

Which urges us to roam. 

The bulletins don't scare 

On television newsj 
VJe hear with scant attention 

The Huntley-Brinkley views. 

If i"Iao's really pushing 

His redness to excess. 
And what Fidel is up to- 

We couldn't care less, 

"Macwonder" the patrician 
Is blackballed by DeGaulle 

In league with ancient Konrad- 
A twosome to beat all. 

Unrest in Arab countries. 

And Boston's unsolved crimes. 

And strikes in huge Manhattan 
Denying us "THji) TIMES". 

The current seesaw status 

Of dialogue by K's, 
And often really baffling 

Administration ways. 

They none of them give shivers. 
Nor troubles new or old; 

i'iacFrost has taken over- 



-"— vHK WW r-Jc""— X—' i-^^— )r-^i<")WH<-) H wi— «-) r-«— JC" 


Frederick Nossaj 

He explained it was the usual public 
education campaign, don't spit, move 
down the aisle, form queues at ous 
stops, don't heave garbage out of win- 
dows, make way for mothers with child- 
ren, keep the bus clean. 


James Dugan 

"When the devil wanted nothing to 
happen, he appointed a committee," 

Snatched in Passing 


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Any contribution to the Soap Box must j 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- | 
gether vrith the name of the Branch ' 
Library, Department or Office in which ' 
he or she is employed. The name is , 
withheld from publication, or a pen 
name is used, if the contributor so 
requests. Anonymous contributions are ' 
.lot 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 tne Publications Com- 
mittee and the Association are in agree-n 
ment vrith the views expressed. Only i 
those contributions containing not more i 
than 300 words will be accepted, ' 

Dear Soap Box: 

A notice sent to the 
units of the HR&CS Division dated 
January 22 speaks of "A stud^ of 
staffing and procedures in the New- 
York, Queens, Plxiladelphia and Enoch 
Pratt Public Libraries,,, to be made 
by a group from the Boston Public 
Library during the week of February 
Uth, , , " Four people were being sent 
to represent that Division, Did any 
other members of the staff go? How 
many went altogether? And will we 
clII be told what the group learned 
at those libraries? 



We would like to believe that 
the reason there are so few letters 
to the QM this month is that every- 
one is happy and well satisfied with 
conditions here at the BPL, 

Unf ortiinately we are unable to 
believe this is so. Action on any 
situation which can oe corrected is 
much more likely to be achieved by a 
well-thought out presentation of the 
problem in the Soap Box, than oy a 
griping session in the Coffee Shop, 

U&ar Editor: 

The city employee ' s xjho 
.:ere evaluated by the Jacob's Survey 
had the results pujlished prior to 
monetary implementation. The Library 
Assistants at the BPL have been wait^ 
ing two years for their Job Evaluation-, 
I think the RESULTS of our Evaluation 
should be published as long as the 
laoney to implement it doesn't seem to 
oe forthcoming in the near future. 


K;:iy I o,zf (\ ocJoK cxf+cr wav^cf ^ ' 




MARCH 1963 


Published by the Boston Puolic Liorary Staff Association 
Volume' XVIII Number 3 Vlarch 1963 

Publications Coranittee: Harry AndxeTrs, Jean Bab cock, Doris Gray, Jane 

Manthorne, Edward J. Montana, Jr., J-trs. Bridie 
Stotz, Martin F. "Waters, Pat White, Barbara 
Whitledge, Roger Stevens, cartoonist, Sarah Usher, 
Indexer, William R. Lewis, Chairman, 

Publication date; Deadline for submitting. material;. 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

The ides of March are upon us. Beviare the ides of MarchJ This stem 
warning to a certain Roman has little meaning now. Although in the recent 
past this date marked a deadline of which income earning Americans i-iere 
painfully cognizant. Today the date merely announces the advent of a new 
season. It is one of the maxsy heralds of Springj and as a harbinger of 
Spring it warns us that time, as al^^^aJ'■s, is moving sinftly. This is the 
time for activity, the time to emerge from the long Winter sleep and meet 
the needs of the present. One of the needs of the immediate present here 
at the BPL is a plan of action to co\xnteract the problems set up by the 
continuously increasing use of the Library by students. And it is in^. 
creasingi Witness the evidence presented in the figirres compiled at Center 
Desk in Bates Hall on Saturday March 9 when all previously existing records 
for call-slip handling were surpassed, (Amazing when one realizes the com- 
petition for student time provided by the finals of the state interscholas- 
tic hockey or basketball tournairients or the pleasant weather, ) No longer 
does the staff member ponder the prospect of another busy week-end. He 
merely applies the principle of arithm,etical progression to the previous 
week's total and girds himself for the predicted onslaught. The sheer 
number of students to be feccorrartodated. is, of co-orse, only one aspect of this 
many faceted problem. There are many others equally deserving of mention, 
however, one will suffice to illustrate the whole. 

The Library Administration has been aware of this situation for some 
time. Indeed, e-^en before student use of libraries became a popular _' catch- 
word' phrase, the Administration had anticipated the proulem and provided 
for a. staff Council on Student Use of the Library. The Council has been _ 
hard at work in its study of this difficult situation and a glimpse of their 
efforts was evident in their recent meeting -idth heads of the parochial 
schools of the city. We had hoped that the Council's report would have been 
released prior to our deadline. However, as such apparently is not the case, 
we look foniard to its publication in the very near future. The problem is 
with us now, it ^all not solve itself. We await the Council's recommenda- 
tions for our Information and guidance patiently but aiixiously, 


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Since the last issue of The Question 
Mark , most of yoxir president's time 
and effort has gone into appointment 
of committee chairmen and assistance 
to them, where needed, in setting 
their comraittees into operation. We 
have not yet held a second Executive 
Board Meeting. 

Already your Personnel Committee is 
hard at work learning as much as pos» 
sible about promotional systems. The 
Assistant Director (Personnel) has 
been most cooperative in offering to 
turn over to-- this committee any mate- 
rial which he has on hand and to 
assist them, if needed, in acquiring 
more information about practices in 
other libraries. Watch the next is- 
sues of Q.M. for articles on this 
subject. Miss Shaw has promised to 
summarize for publication some of the' 
more important findings of that 
committee's study. 

At our next Board meeting, we will 
be talking to the Chairman of the 
IVogram Committee about plans for 1963. 
As you know, our Constitution calls 
for two professional meetings each 
year. Remember that the first of 
these, the Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial 
lecture, trill be coming up soon in 
April. Since the student use problem 
is a universal one directly affecting 
everyone working in an open department 
and indirectly affecting others, I 
have been talking to the Program Com- 
mittee Chairman initially in terms of 
a fall professional meeting on some 
aspect of this topic. We will begin 
to think more definitely about the 
fall program at our March Board Meet- 
ing, Naturally, if we agree upon this 
topic, we must await the recommenda- 
tions of the Student Use Council and 
coordinate our efforts with theirs. 
However, if you have any concrete 
suggestions which you would like to 
make, please pass them along to the 
Program Committee, (See list of 
committees, ) 

In the past, several different staff 
members have eisked me why we do not 
have various types of social prograiris, 
A B.P.L. Pops night has been suggested; 
some people have indicated that younger 
staff members might enjoy an evening 

of dancing; at one time there seemed 
to be some interest in a music group. 
Do any of these ideas appeal to you? 
or do you have otner projects in 
mind? If so, take a minute to express 
your feelings to the Program Committee. 
Part of the value of the Staff Associ- 
ation lies in the opportunity it offers 
for us to get to know one another 
better. If a reasonable number of 
people (say 3O-I1.O or more) really 
desire some particular social activity- 
enough to support it wholeheartedly, 
there is no reason why we should 
hesitate to try it out, even though 
the activity may not be of interest 
to 100^ of our membership. 

Like iTQrself, several staff members 
seem to have missed the Type I Oral 
Polio Vaccine when it was provided 
by our Boston Health Department 
Clinics, Ifrs, VJollent has been kind 
enough to ascertain for us the follow- 
ing facts: 

1, T^T^e I vaccine is not now avail- 
able anywhere in the city, but 
will be available a^ain at a 
later date, 

2, You can take Type II oral vaccine 
even though you have not previ- 
ously taken Type I, (The order 
seems unimportant, ) 

Type II Oral Polio Vaccine Clinics 
will be operating between March 23 
and March 30. All of our departments 
will receive a schedule of times and 
places as we did before. I am told 
that most people working at Central 
were able to get to the clinic at 
City Hall and back during a lunch hour. 
Let's all make the effort this time J 



Personnel manager to female appli- 
cant: "We offer several fringe benefits 
- two weeks' vacation, paid-up insur- 
ance, a pension plan, and tx-jo unmar- 
ried vice— presidents." 



Annette Giacobbi, Central Charging 

Records (formerly part-time) 
Pajmela Dondale, Personnel Office 

(forraerly part-time in Information 
Anthony Pacy, General Reference 
Joanne E. Rajonond, Cataloging and 

Classification HR&CS 
John C. Shea, Periodical and Newspaper 

(formerly part-time) 
Richard Story, Central Charging Records 


Joseph Lucas, from Bookmobiles to 
Central Book Stock - Branch Issue 


Kendall Brown, Rare Book - another 

James Duffy, Central Chargin.^ Records 

-personal reasons 
Robert P. Giddings, Music 
Mrs, Lois Gordon, Mattapan - to remsin 

at home 
A, Robert Phillips, Periodical and 

Newspaper - another position 
Patricia Hurray, Personnel Office - 

another position 
Hugh Walsh, Central Charging Records - 

to return to college 


Clarence M. Fuller, Central Charging 



Mrs. Evelyn Isaacs, Personnel Office, 
and her husband left Boston on Sunday, 
March 10th, for a 6 weeks' trip to the 
West Indies, Among the places they 
expect to -visit are Antigua in the 
British West Indies; Kingston, Jamaica, 
St, Thomas, Virgin Islands, atid Cai-acas, 
Venezuela, iirs, Helene Fisher held a 
luncheon at her home for I4rs, Isaacs 
and the Personnel Office stai'f on the 
previous Saturday at which time a st^saaa 
travel iron \ra.s presented to Mrs, 
Isaacs. Happy flying, Evelyni 

Three Ma.jor Events Due i n the Near 
Futur e 

In the midst of xrorld-wide political 
upheavals, floods, devastations of 
all types and increased taxes at all 
levels, it is encouraging to know that 
there are due shortly three major 
events which will help relieve the 
pressures created by world tensions. 

The first event SPRING has been 
coming annually- ,f or a very long time,. 
Each appearance is welcome and never 
does its appeal .diminish, 

a new event. This is its sixth 
appearance. This year it vri.ll be 
observed throughout the nation during 
the week of April 21-29. As usual 
the Boston Public Library will parti- 
cipate in this national observance. 

The latest addition to these annual 
events is the Book and Author Luncheon, 
This year as in previous years it will 
usher in lo.cally National Library Week. 
The fourth annual Book and Author 
Luncheon will be held Monday, April 
22nd at 12 noon at the Statler-Hilton 
ballroom. Tables for ten may be 
reserved. The speakers as now lined 
up are Walter Sletzak, . author of What 
time's the next si-ran ? as told to 
Smith Corona Model 58E. John Updike, 
author of several novels including 
Rabbit run . The poorhouse affair and 
The Centaur ; Clarence Randall, whose 
latest book The joy and challenge of 
the years of retirement is receiving 
considerable attention especially by 
those anticipating this "blessed 
event" mthin the next decade. ( A 
handsome, (?) scintillating (?) viva- 
cious and clever (?) lady author will 
be added to this group of gentlemen). 
Mra. Endicott Peabody, will repre- 
sent National Library Vleek at the 


rw-ii^t-><^r%t . 


Hart ze 11 Lecture 

Dri Mej-er Kessler, HIT will be the 
speaker." In addition there will be 
a reception for the new officers of 
the BPLSA. Friday evening, 5 April 
in ihe Lecture Hall, Time: 8 p.m. 
All staff members are urged to make 
a sincere effort to attend this meeting. 

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The Inoellecoual Freedom Coniinittee 
met in Chicago to discuss its program 
for 1963. Uppermost in the minds of 
the committee members was the rash of 
attacks on libraries, particularly in 
California, for possessing titles dis- 
approved by noisy and militant minor- 
ities. The similarity of the tech- 
niques used and the emphasis on a few 
selected titles — the most prominent 
recent one being The Last Temptation 
of Christ — leads to the belief that 
there is a central leadership pro- 
graming the effort to intimidate 

To defend libraries, the Committee 
proposed to ask the ALA Executive 
Board to explore the possibility of 
retaining legal counsel to advise 
libraries and perhaps even to create 
a defense fiind for individual librar- 
ies coming under attack. The results 
of this exploration will be made 
knoim during the annual convention, 

Everett Moore has resigned his post 
as editor of the Litellectual Freedom 
feature in the ALA Bulletin . His 
successor will be chosen by Archie 
McMeal of the University of Mami, 

In another part of the forest, 
LeRoy C. Merritt has been asked to 
write for publication by ALA a modest 
volume on book selection, with spe- 
cial emphasis to be given to the 
question of creating book selection 
policies x^rhich will provide a defense 
against criticism. In the words of 
one member of the group which met 
with Mr, Merritt to discuss the broad 
outlines of the book, what is needed 
is advice on "what to do till the 
doctor comes." The projected volume 
will doubtless relate to the work of 
the Intellectual Freedom Corranittee, 
although its actual sponsorship is 
in 'the hands of the Public Library 

From the rather limited view of 
this one observer at a very large 
gathering of many coinmittees, it 
appears that after federal aid to 
libraries, intellectual freedom is 
perhaps the area of greatest concern 
in liorary circles this year, 



The Midwinter Meeting oi' the 
-lassachusetts Library Association was 
held in the Grand Ballroom of the 
Sheraton Plaza Hotel on Thursday, 
February lU, After a reading of the 
minutes of the previous meeting, 
Ervin J, Gaines, Assistant Director, 
(Personnel) BPL and Chairman of the 
CoiTimittee on Intellectual Freedom 
gave a short talk on the activities 
of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Com- 
mittee, This committee, at the recent 
Convention in Chicago, passed a motion 
recommending to its Executive Board 
that a defense fund be set up to pro- 
vide legal coiiT.sel for lioraries under 
attack by pressure groups. Special 
mention was made of the John Birch 
Society and the trouble it is causing 
libraries in California, 

The Nominating Committee presented 
the slate of officers for 1963/196U. 
Pauline Winnick, Coordinator of Young 
Adults Services, HR&CS, BPL is the 
candidate for Archivist, 

Mrs. V. Genevieve Galick, Director, 
Division of Library Extension, Massa- 
chusetts Department of Education, 
briefly related the progress of the 
State Aid Program and noted the in- 
crease in the number of libraries 
applying for it, from 237 in 1961 to 
286 in 1963. Of the regional librar- 
ies; one system is in full operation 
(Western Regional); one is partially 
on its way (Central Region with head- 
quarters at the Worcester Public 
Library) J the contract for this area 
was expected to have been signed by 
the end of February, The Eastern 
Region is still in the planning stage, 
but there should be some action in the 
next few months. 

The ALA Councillor, Lai-irence E, 
Wikander, noted that for the first 
time a President of the United States, 
directly through a Presidential mess- 
age, has asked for Congressional 
action on federal aid for libraries 
on a xride scale. 

Following this announcement, Milton 
E. Lord, Director, BPL, spoke on the 
proposed amendment to the State Aid 
to Libraries Bill, By its terms 
money for the financing of state aid 


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MLA cont. 

would be taken from the General Funds 
rather than from tax revenue as is done 
now, thereby conforming to the original 
intent of the law. Under the present 
system a certain amount of the tax 
money, which goes to the cities and 
towns anyway, must be set aside for 
libraries. The metropolitan officials 
feel that this is interference \irith 
local autonorry and object to it. As a 
result only 8l of 3U0 cities SAd towns 
have received direct grante-in-aid, and 
68, including Boston, are getting less 
support than before. Therefore Mayor 
Collins proposed an amendment to remedy 
the situation. The new plan iiill bring 
more money to the libraries and mil 
not interfere with local autonony. The 
town officials may then use the income 
tax revenue in any x-ray they please. 

On Monday, Iferch 25, tliere will be 
a hearing before the Committee on State 
Legislation, Voters should write to 
their state representatives asking them 
to support the amendment which empha- 
sizes the original intent of the bill. 

Later in the morning a symposium on 
State Certification of Librarians was 
held. Each member present was given 
a copy of the proposed revision of the 
law on certification now in effect. 
The principal points of the revision 



the law will be mandatory rather 
than permissive, 

2, it sets up the standard of formal 
education in li jrar ianship, 
requiring an M.S. in Library Sci- 
ence or at least thirty hours 
credit in library science attain- 
ed at the graduate or undergrad- 
uate level for the Pr-ofessional 

3, it provides for hardship where 
libraries cannot recruit fully 
qualified candidates, 

U. it contains a "grandfather" 

5. it uses existing legislation to 
penalize those libraries which 
do not coiftply; applies only to 
Vi-jnicipalities of 10,OCX> t>r mot«-,. 

A complete copy of the Revision may 
be obtained from Mrs. Miriam Putnam, 
President of the Massachusetts Library 
Association, and Librarian, Memorial 
Hall Library, Andover, In addition, 
cougar is ons were made i.jith the librar^ 
ian certification systems of Net-; York 
State, and the Massachusetts Department 
of Education, 

The last event of the day x-ms a 
panel on the subject of "legal Certif- 
ication: Questions and Ansx'^era," 
iCathleen Hegarty, Coordinator of Adults 
Services, HR&CS, BPL was the Moderator, 
and Pauline Winnick and Arthur Cur ley 
(formerly of Open Shelf, now Librarian 
of the Avon Public Library) were two 
of the Panelists, The panel discussed 
msnj points which were in need of 

The meeting adjourned at about k 
p.m. It was, all in all, a very 
successful and informative day. 



VJeatherrjise there's progressj 

The frosts have left the stagej 

Spring is next on billing. 
Succeeding icy age. 

Order still prevails. 

Ordained in primal time; 
Season follows season. 

Unchanging and sublime. 

No determined cycle 

Invests the human scene j 
Error follows error. 

And lawlessness is queeru 

Man alone amazes. 

Conceived in primal slime. 
Though hedged divinely. 

The slime is making time. 

Yet we'd seek no changes. 

Nor heed rebellious voice; 

Though xre choose perdition, 

I'lhat grace to have a choice. 


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We are sorry to report the death 
on February 23, I963 of Mary H. Siil- 
livan. Branch Librarian %ieritus. 
A Requiem Solemn High Mass was cele- 
brated on Monday, February 25 at 
St. Paul's Church in Dorchester. 

Miss Sullivan began her library 
career at the Central Library in 
1902. In 190^ she went to Dorchester 
as an Assistant and in I907 she was 
appointed Branch Librarian at 
Neponset. Subsequently in 1920 
Miss Sullivan became the Branch 
Librarian at Parker Hill where she 
remained until her retirement in 19'^-8. 

Miss Sullivan was an unassuming and 
charming lady. As the Branch Librar- 
ian at Parker Hill she became closely 
associated with the community and the 
people 3 he served so faithfully. She 
made the Branch Library a part of the 
social and cultural life of the com- 

Her qUiet smile and advice was 
given to all alike, whether she was 
inspiring a young man with courage 
to continue his education, or whether 
she was encouraging a member of the 
staff to qualify for advancement in 
her chosen profession. People and 
books were her major interests. 

She will be remembered by her 
friends and associates with affection. 


E d. Note : Miss Sullivan was the 
sistei- of Miss Katherine Sullivan 
who worked for many years at Center 



East Boston has always been most 
fortunate in its recruitment of 
LibraiT Aides. Usually talented in 
the artistic and inusical fields , as 
Well as being fast "book-shelvers" , 
they also manage to accrue four-year 
college scholarships with equal ease. 
Two of our present aides, Loretta A. 
Gibbons and Maria A. Magnolia have 
crossed the science barrier by win-" 
ning the first and second places in 

a recent high school science fair 
exhibit. Congratulation girls'. 

The South, Boston Branch Library is 
proud of Library Aide Mildred M, 
Connolly, senior at South Boston 
High School, who was awarded first 
prize in the annual Evacuation Day 
Essay Contest "or South Boston stu- 
dents. Mildred received her prize 
at the historical exercises held in 
the All-purpose Room of the South 
Boston Branch, Monday, March 11, 
under the sponsorship of the South 
Boston Citizens Committee. 

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The forlorn-looking desk in the 
Book Purchasing Department was until 
March 1, graced by our longtime 
friend and genial associate, Gertrude 
Steinmann McCabe. Her last day was 
highlighted by the presentation to 
her of adsorteJ gifts of household 
fineries, orchids, musical teddy- 
bears , and even stri ng beans . The 
beans were distributed to all who 
could obtain a bag to carry them 
home in. All expressed heartfelt 
sincere good wishes for the health 
and happiness in her new life which 
she and hsr husband, Irving J. McC?be 
have looked forward to for many years, 

Gertrude came to us from Jackson 
College where she was an outstanding 
mathematics student. She worked in 
the gift Section and became in tiiae 
the filial source of information for 
all things pertainxrg to C-oirernrent 
D-.OGuments , library e;'cl.aji^es , and 
gifts. In her quiet, efficxent, 
pleasant way, she handled all the 
bothersome details with a friction- 
less ease that would amaze a time- 
and -motion study ma!", t^o detail was 
too small for her to hand-e; .sh3 was 
never too busy to put aside for a 
moment some extremelj' preosing pro- 
ject to undertake to solve some fussy 
problem to which only she knew the 
answer. She never forgot her friends' 
birthdays, or omitted sending cards 
to the sick. She was always to be 

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counted on when there was a collec- 
tion being taken up for a worthy 
cause and could produce a contribu- 
tion from her billfold with a swift- 
ness that would make Houdini envious. 

No one could be more deserving than 
Gertrude of the usual send-off fes- 
tivities which library friends 
traditionally accord to those leav- 
ing the service. Her many friends 
throughout the library would have 
been pleased to attend a farewell 
party in her honor, but Gertrude did 
not want it that way. She did, how- 
ever, consent to attend a simple 
Luncheon at the Sheraton Plaza with 
her long-time fellow members of the 
Book Purchasing Department. An 
excellent luncheon was enhanced by 
an unburned frankfurt (her favorite 
delicacy) which was especially 
ordered for her by Mary Alice Rea 
and Dick Sullivan. 

We all wish Gertrude and Irving 
the best of luck and only regret 
that Gertrude left without giving 
her rendition of her favorite piece 
called, "Two Lone Sheen on the 
Mountain." This is usually so well 
received that an encore is demanded. 
Gertrude then recites the "Two Lone 
Sheep on the Mountain" backwards . 



Sunday afternoon, February 10 
began in the usual manner of any 
wmter Sunday in the Boston Public 
Library. There were the eager stu- 
dents , rushing Upstairs to get 
seats, •'.■reil av.are tliat by 2:30 
this Gonfort would be unavailable. 
Also there was the serious research- 
er, an experienced old -hand in 
library usage, and finally the 
visitor, peering into Bates Hall, 
comparing it's vastness with the' 
cosy home town library, 
_ About 2:10, a pl-asant faced man 
m his forties , approached the desk 
and requested infbTmation on obtain- 
ing books from the stacks, adding 
that he was a non-resident and tins 
was his first visit to the library 
in Boston. Following a detailed 

briefing he departed for General 
Reference to consult the card cata- 

Shortly thereafter an avalanche of 
patrons descended upon us. They came 
singly, they came in pairs, they came 
continuously and soon the Center Desk 
area resembled Park Street subv^ray at 
rush hour. Vie handled an average of 
580 slips per hour from two p.m. to 
six p.m. or just under 10 slips per 
minute. In addition there were end- 
less discussions with borrowers mak- 
ing applications for books . 

Some two hours later, I glanced to 
the right and observed a volunteer 
project in brisk operation. A staff 
member was busily opening pouches and 
roBioving crossed slips. Outside the 
Center Desk enclosure, a college girl 
(one of our patrons) was conscien- 
ciously sorting the crossed slips by 
seat number and giving these to two 
assistants for delivery. Another of 
the volunteer aides was Police Officer 
Charlie O'Connell, who on his tour of 
inspection of the building observed 
such chaos at the desk in the reading 
room, that obviously the needs of the 
moment were for helping hands rather 
than quelling riots or suppressing 
vandalism. The third volunteer was 
our first time visitor, who having 
shed his hat and coat was competently 
distributing crossed slips around the 
hall. "You folks were so busy we 
just had to give you a hand." 

To these kind souls, though they 
may never read the QUESTION ilARK, at 
least a grateful salute from the 
harassed staff is novr part of the 
public record. 



About the Liquid Soap- 
How come it isn't? 

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9M; -P Y jro. ,,UHOPE 

In the past fei; months the Boston Public 
Library has shared in an unusual young 
adult project T:hich is currently making 
news. An advanced Problems of Democracy 
clas<=: of Quincy High School under the 
leadership of teacher Ellis Swartz is 
doing research on the lives and philoso- 
phies of fifteen uorld leaders - amonp 
them, Franco, :.denauer, Panfani, nac- 
millan, and DeGaulle. Culminating their 
study, twenty students vrill depart in 
April on a three week trip across Europe, 
interviewing many of their subjects. 

Joining with the Thomas Crane Library 
of Quincy, the 3PL has aided in the re- 
search, offering a bibliography of world 
leaders, instructing the project members 
on the use of the library, and alerting 
them to new books relative to their re- 
search. At least one of our staff. 
Readers Advisoi for Young Adults Jane 
Manthome, is sporting a "Quincy to 
Europe" button for her part in the 

ChulpBrn ii CRUISE 

On Feb. 2nd shortly after k PM the 
Bremen slipped out of her berth at Pier 
88 m ice choked iJorth River, and crept 
silently down fog-shrouded New York 
harbor. I xras safely aboard with my two 
cameras, a battery of lenses and a hun- 
dred feet of Daylight Anscochrome film, 
most of which I maiiaged to use before my 
return, i'm rather embarrassed to say 
that one of the first things I did was to 
get sea sick (on a "smooth" and "slight" 
sea too). I ate practically nothing for 
two days, and lost sijc pounds during the 

On Wednesday morning we came to San 
Juan, Puerto Rico, and I was off to El 
lunque, the rain forest; during the after- 
noon I wandered around old San Juan. I 
observed at first hand "Ope'ration Boot- 
strap which makes this island different 
from most of the others I visited, which 
were primarily agricultural. 

•Xhursday we arrived at St. Ihomas and 
after a tour of the island I took a lot 
of pxotures in Charlotte Amalie and did 

a little shopping. 

The next island to be visited was 
Martinique. Fort de Prance was not air^„ 
as the guide books forcast, but it did 
have open gutters, and you had to watch 
where you stepped. A statue to her rnost 
famous citizen, the Snpress Josephine, 
stands in a park near the quay. It v;as 
hot near the coast but cool in the moim- 
tains. We drove to the village of 3t, 
Pierre which was destroyed by the erup- 
tion of Mt. Pelee in 1902. There was a 
lush countryside and a rain forest in 
the interior. The roads on liartinique 
were not nearly as bad as I expected, 
but a woman who rode in the back seat of 
our car complained bitterly because the 
haripin turns were not banked. At two 
o'clock in the morning after leaving the 
island most of the passengers were 
aroused by the ringing of the ship's 
alarm bells. I heard later that some 
people slept through the excitement, but, 
as it was not the signal to take to the 
boats, nobody was really frightened. It 
was probably caused by a short circuit 
in the ship's electrical system. 

Barbados is rather flat and much given 
over to the growing of sugar csine. There 
is a fine view of the Atlantic from the 
thousand foot elevation of Hackleton's 
Cliff. Another tourist stop was Christ 
Church, famous for its mysteriously 
shifting coffins for which no satisfac- 
tory explanation has ever been given. 
Afterwards I spent some time photograph- 
ing the section of Bridgetown around 
Trafalgar Square. 

Our next stop was at Grenada, which 
is particularly beautiful when viewed 
from the sea. There was no organized 
shore trip here, so I had to hire a ta:d. 
all by myself. The driver could not 
obtain other riders as everybody was 
going to the beach. I could not spare 
the time from taking pictures. Grenada 
is knovm as the "Spice Island, " and I 
also saw cocoa beans growing. It being 
Saturday I was able to get pictures of 
some interesting native markets. 

We left Grenada late in the afternoon 
for La Guaira, Venezuela. This was the 
only place we visited where the customs 
officer looked inside my camera bag. 
There was a guard on the pier with a 


;ub-machine ^un. The Communists have been 
^eiy active there, but all was quiet during 
ly visit. It \jas really hot at the pier, 
)ut we soon got into taxis for the trip 
dong the seventy million dollar super- 
lighway to Caracas, We visited the Capi- 
tol, the Pantheon, and Bolivar's birth- 
place, 'lie then had lunch at the Hotul 
Tamanaco xrhere I uent to the observation 
roof and took pictures of the city with 
its spectacular backdrop of mountains. 
After lunch we sa^.r the racetrack. Officer's 
Club, and took tlie Cable Car ride to Mt. 
Avi a. If I had knoxm what the trip up 
the mountain was like, I might have re- 
membered an important engagement else- 

That evening the Bremen left La Guaira 
with its myriad of lights glowing on the 
mountain-side; and when the ship tied up 
at the dock at '..■illemstad, Curacao, to 
take on oil, vre took a long ride by taxi 
to the center of this attractive iXitch 
city. I looked around in the shops and 
before leaving on a tour, photographed 
some of the si^^-hts. iimong them vias the 
Queen Emma, a pontoon bridge, perhaps the 
most famous landmark in town, and the 
floating market, uiring the tour v:e had 
a typical Dutch lunch at Ft. Nassau which 
overlooks the Schottegat basin. The city 
has an enormous nur.iber of oil refineries, 
oil refining being the chief industry of 
Curacao, The island is deficient in 
rainfall, vrhich results in cactus occupy- 
ing a prdminent place in the flox-a. 

The last port to be visited was Port-au- 
Prince, Haiti, The natives here were more 
enterprising than at the other islands. 
Not only did they dive for money, but they 
sold furniture frdm their boats. They 
actually had sijme fairly large tables, and 
while I didi:^»;c see tliem sell any, they did 
a business i'.i smaller itcos. 

The tour toolc us to the mountain resorts 
of Petionville and Kenscoff „ Haiti is a 
little arid, but is extensively cultivated 
and the scenery is spectacular, After 
returning to PorUau-Prince I visited the 
Iron I'ferket on my own and found that the 
best way to get rid of unwanted natives 
was to try my French on them. That night 
we left for l.'ev York, and you guessed it, 
I got sea-cick a£ain, but this time the 
sea was lot ged as "very rough, " 



By Kenneth Barnes 

The slides will be shown at the Little 
Iheatre, iiarch 25, 26, and 29, 1963 from 
1:30 to 1:50 PM. 

Please watch bulletin boards for any 
changes in dates or hours. 

The program can also be presented in 
one complete showing any day. after 5 ?ii 
if there is sufficient demand. 

On page 10 of the BPL STAFF MEMO ;25., 
21 February, 1963 under 'Recruiting leaf- 
let' there is the following statement, 
we quote, "The girl on the cover of our 
attractive new leaflet is Jean Babcock, 
of the RRS Division Office." We of the 
Publications Committee (one member ab- 
staining) agree that the statement is 
more accurate and certainly more gallant 
with the transposition of the word 
attractive so that it reads thusly: "The 
attractive girl on the cover of our nex; 
leaflet is Jean Babcock, of the RRS 
Division Office." 


Two boys, apparently high school stu- 
dents, came to the Education Department 
and asked for "six books. ' 
VJhen questioned about the authors or 
titles of the books, one replied, "It 
doesn't matter, as long as they are 
bound in leather. We just need them for 
props in a play." 

On a sub-zero bluster;^'' day last month a 
k yr. old "Barefoot Boy with feet of Tan, " 
clad only in shorts and T-shirt was train- 
ing for the Olympics in the Chevannes 
Gallery. A kindhearted Center Desker cer- 
tain that he had eluded his worried mother, 
took him in hand and went looking for aor. 

.Vhen found, completely surrounded by 
books, she looked over her Library specs 
and said," Is he bothering anyone?" To 
an amazed shake of the head she said, 
""Just leave him alone." 


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The fact that \^e have no holiday in 
August creates aa aesthetic imbalance in 
the Library yeai- which offends the sensi- 
oilities. '.'e are particularly conscious 
of it in I'iarch, because March too was for 
a long time in the same barren position, 
until a kind researcher unearthed the 
story that on i larch 1?, 1775 the valiant 
citizenry did cause the snaky British to 
depart from Boston, and we now have a holi- 
day on that day. I don't know of any 
similar patriotic event in August; but my 
own researches have led to the discovery 
that BPLr's and their patrons have an even 
greater reason for a special day of grati- 
tude in tinti.ionth. George Ticknor was 
born on August 1st. 

The following quotations from THE 
FLOWERING OF I^EII EIIGLAilD give some idea 
of Ticknor' s place in the Boston of his 

'...he was the great intellectual and 
social figure, the host of every visi- 
tor, the one man who had seen all the 
world, and iiho numbered among his cor- 
respondents the preeminent minds of 
half a dozen countries. . .v;here books 
were concerned he knew all the resource: 
of Europe... his Icnowledge of Spanish 
literature was greater than that of 
any man in .Spain... on terms of intimacy 
with all the [^reat and famous people 
in Englaiid, France, Italy, Germany, and 
Spain. . .he had made Boston once and for 
all a centre of historical research..." 
But Ticknor' s ovm letters and journals 
give a much fuller picture of his experi- 
ences and his industry. This Boston boy 
must have been a very remarkable person 
indeed to have gained such immediate and 
complete acceptance in all the highest 
political, scholarly, and fashionable 
circles in the major centres of Europe. 
Put that would not be reason enough for 
rr.aking a holiday of his birthday. He has 
earned that sort of secular beatification 
because he was th'^ chief if not the "oniie 
begetter" of our Library. 

The Administration here could help by 
beginning the mounting of a massive propa- 
ganda and educational drive to tell the 
public the Ticknor story, and persuade 
the city legislators to make August 1st 
a legal holiday. I suggest that as a 

first step we put the narat ilcKnor bac. 
into the title of the department whici 
owes so much to his generosity and 
scholarship. Ticknor says that when he 
was visiting the British I'iuseum he com- 
pared their collections in the field of 
Spanish literature with his own, and th.i. 
his was better. That collection he gav'- 
to this Library, and for that alone he 
would deserve not to be robbed of his 
titular enshrinement. And he did a lot 
more than just give us some of his books, 
i^ll his energy and leai-ning, his intelli- 
gence and time, and his many connections 
in Europe he put at this Library's dis- 
posal. He traveled personally and at his 
own expense to set up agencies in severa^ 
European places for the buying of the 
first books for us. He was in his own 
person our first Book Selection and Book 
Purchasing Departments, And Mr. Bates's 
generous gifts were given the more readily. 
because he knew that Ticknor was connectcc 
with the new institution. 

For a second step I suggest that we move 
from its inconspicuous place above the 
balcony in the Rare Book Department, 
Ticknor' s magnificent portrait by Sully, 
who caught so much of the power and radi- 
ance of the man. In its present location 
even staff members can see it only rarely 
and, even then, not too well. It should 
be hung in some prominent situation in 
the front hall or near the Abbey Room 
where the public will become more aware 
of the man and give us the opportunity 
to tell them of the part he had in the 
making of the Library. 

For the staff there is only one recom- 
mendation: Read his book. THE LIFE, 
LETTERS, AND JOURivIALS is one of the most 
fascinating books we have in the Library''. 
It is quite long, and many of the once 
famous names will not mean much today. 
But if you will use the index and check 
the references under i^dams and Jefferson, 
Washington and Webster, Madame de Stael 
and Lafayette, Bonaparte and Mettemich, 
Southey, Scott, i,Jordsworth, Macaulay, 
Bishop Cheverus and Sydney Smith, Lord 
Holland and Talleyrand, you will not onl 
continue with other names but enlist 
yourself enthusiastically to work for 
the establishment of TIGKxslOR DiiY. 

HiiRRY ..i\lDREW^ 

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Ally contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association" member submitting it to- 
gether with the neune 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 arti- 
cle 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 
necessarily indicate that the Publica- 
tions Committee and the Association axe 
in agreement Trith the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 

what is being done in relation to 
this problem. 

ERS ^ 

Dear Soap Box: 

Previously new salary 
schedules were first worlod out by 
staff association representatives and 
the administration, and then the staff 
association gave active support to 
budget hearings at City Hall, But ncfW 
who on the staff knows what the pro- 
posed salary schedule is? Some members, 
at least, of the Job Evaluation Commit- 
tee claim they do not know. How can 
you support a plan you are ignorant of? 

Maybe >re are better off if we have 
little or no voice in arriving at our 
salary schedules, but I don't think so. 

Let me knoi-x. Let me disagree. Let 
me help if I agree. 


To The Editor: 

It seems regrettable that 
some of the Staff of the Reference 
Division were not invited to attend the 
recent meeting in regard to student use 
of the Library, We are all concerned 
about the increasing use of the Central 
Library Collection by liigh school stu- 
dents and would be interested to know 


To the Soap Box: 

Could it be that there 
exists in the Boston Public Library a 
double standard? It appears that the 
Division of Home Reading and Community 
Services has Coordinators, Supervisors, 
Readers' Advisors, full compliment of 
Branch Librarians and a permanent Chief 
Librarian. It also appears that titu- 
lar positions in this Division are 
filled rapidly whenever qualified 
personnel are available. 

The Division of Reference and Research 
Services, hoviever, seems to suffer from 
a lack of Coordinators and Curators 
even though it seems, albeit to an uiv. 
informed observer, that qualified 
people are available to fill these posi- 

Sometimes we wonder if there is a 
lack of interest on high for the func- 
tion of the Reference Division. Or 
could it be that our cause is not 
represented with vigah. Or maybe a 
great reference collection is going to 
be quietly permitted to ijither on the 


* See Editor's note at the end of the 
Soap Box, 

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Dear Soap Box; 

It is quite generally 
held that axi election year is the most 
propitious for public employees to 
o'tain raises. It seems that this is 
so because fair treatment of the public 
employee may become an issue in an 
election campaign as well as have an 
effect on the vote of the individual 
employee on a public payroll. 

Although job descriptions were 
written for all employees below the 
grade of chief aiid branch librarian, 
yet it appears that only the Library 
Assistants are being considered for 
any increases in the immediate future. 
Are the Mayor and City Coxmcil going 
to consider the budget in this most 
favorable year for raises without any 
attempt to improve the salary schedules 
of the Professional Service? S'orely 
the professionals are not considered 
less deserving. Must there be a Li- 
brary'- lag? Must other city employees 
get their increases, and then have 
library employees try to catch up. 

The City Record and Boston newspapers, 
in commenting on the exclusion of the 
Library from the Jacob classification, 
say the Lil^rarj'- lias its own plan? VJhat 
plan? , I don't know, l#io doeis? Does 
it include raises for some levels of 
professional staff, for all levels, for 
no levels? 

There is no lack of publicity on the 
efforts of the School Committee and 
the teachers organizations to obtain 
more favorable salary schedules for 
the Boston Public School teachers. 

The teachers know what is being 
sought for them. Are we less inter- 
ested in our remunerations? 


-.^'~'- At-it-)/- 

To the Editor: 

The February issue of 
the Staff Memo has succinctly stated 
the purpose and scope of the recent 
"junket" of a group of staff members 
to various large libraries, alluded 
to in the last issue of the QM, Any 
misgivings as to the worth of this 
venture were dispelled by the splendid 
report prepared by Miss Walker and 
Miss Becker, and presented -so ably by 
Miss Walker at the meeting of the Home 

Reading Division on March 8, 

Viewed in the light of their out~ 
standing practical experience as branch 
liorarians, this appraising, clear-eyed 
look at the ways in which other compa- 
rable libraries are facing up to 
common problems had a special validity. 
The report would be well worth hearing 
as it stands, by other interested mem- 
bers of the staff as well as by the 
Director and Trustees, May they avail 
themselves of the opportunity enjoyed 
by the branch liorarians and other 
officers of the Home Reading Division. 



Dear Soap Box; 

There used to be a mirror 
in the front elevator to help the oper- 
ator see any one coming before he closed 
the doors. Inadvertently the door is 
often shut in someone's face (through 
no fault of the operator), or someone 
coming around the corner sees the door 
closing just too late, 

^■l\fouidn'*t it be a worthvThile thing 
to install on thfe elevator a convex 
mirror such as they have on hotel 
elevators and on the MTA busses? 

It is very annoying to see the door 
close and have to wait until the 
elevator makes its slow climb to the 
third floor, then down to the basement 
before it stops to take passengers 
again for the third floor. 

Since the front elevator will be much 
more heavily used during the planned 
repairs to the rear elevator, the in- 
stallation of such a mirror now would 
seem to be helpful if not absolutely 


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To The Editor of the Soap Box: 

would be a kindness to ■;he staff to 
keep the Staff Library open as many 
hours as the Library itself is open. 
It is fast getting to be the only 
place where one can go to "read one.'s 
office", possess one's soul, or just 
get away from nagging noise. 

It's an annoyance to begin to open 
the door to the Staff Library and 
find that some meeting is in progress 
there. Can't the Administration put 

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one of their offices at the disposal 
of these small meetings? Ladies and 
gentlemen of the brass, will you stop 
poaching on oiir limited demesnes and 
stay in your own baronial acres? 


Dear Soap Box; 

IJhy has there been no 
publication of the proposed schedule 
of LA. salary schedules which the Job 
Evaluation Committee was supposed to 
help create? Why shouldn't the 
individuals affected have a chance 
ho er.airdnQ these schedules before the 
money is actually appropriated for 
them? There is certainly ample prece- 
dent for such prior publication both 
inside and outside the Liorary. In 
the Library in the past, such a phrase 
as "if and as budgetary conditions 
permit" was used to indicate that pro- 
posed schedules might take some time 
to effect. The results of the Jacob 
classification was available to other 
city employees much in advance of any 
planned date of payment. This has 
allowed individuals and organizations 
the opportunity to make appeals before 
the fact, VJhy should the Library LA. 
have to contend with a "fait accompli"? 

The Job Evaluation Committee held 
its latest meeting in July of 1962. 
Members of the committee report that 
at least one f\irther meeting was to 
have been scheduled shortly there- 
after, but to this date no further 
meeting has been scheduled. Members 
of the committee report that they do 
not knov: what decisions were finally- 
made (we ass-ume some vere). 

Maybe no news is good ne>is, but it 
is also a good way to start\.uiA.- 
ing rumfjacs. 

Must' it glways be? 

TOO Lrrns am> lui tate 

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Ed, Note: 

The staff would have been 
welcome, but it x-ras indicated that 
the Lecture Hall was to be filled to 
near capacity by the in^dted super- 
visors, principals and school librar- 
ians. As it developed, because of 
bad weather and other circumstances, 
there would have been room for the 
staff but it was then too late to in- 
vite them. 

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(Note: Most recent past president, Louis Rains, is a non- 
voting member of the Board. VJilliam R, Lewis as Editor 
of Publications (or a member of the Publications 
Committee) is "allowed to attend the meetings of the 
Executive Board but not to take part in the discussions 
or in the voting".) 



Rose Marie DeSimone 

Joyce Kearney 

Euclid Peltier 

Louis R. O'Halloran, Chairman 


Paul Crane 

Majorie McCabe 

Robert Schleehauf 

Mildred Soames 

Arthur M. VJolman 

Randal Tobin 

Anna Scanlan, Chairman 


Gerald Ball 

B. Joseph O'Neill 

Russell Scully, Chairman 


Mildred Adelson 

Mary Bennett 

Mary Farrell 

Margaret Hoare 

Patricia Maguire 

Edna ilollent 

Katharine KacDonaJ/i, CkiaLirman 

Connolly Branch 
Information Office 
Audio-Visual Dept. 
Division Office, H.R.S. 

Education Dept. 


Buildings Dept. 

Book Preparation Dept, 

Mattapan Branch 


Rare Book Dept. 

Book Purchasing Dept. 
Newspaper and Periodical Dept, 
Book Selection Dept., R. & U.S. 

Jamaica Plain Branch 

East Boston Branch 

Catalog & Classification, R & RS 

Fine Arts Dept. 

General Reference Dept. 

Personnel Office 

Personnel Office 


Geraldine Beck 

Charles Gillis 

Madelene Holt 

Ruth Hayes 

Elinor Conley, Chairman 


Harry Fletcher 
Fred Rodenmeyer 
Robert Schleehauf 
Max Anapolle, Chairman 


Helen Bickford 

Geraldine Cudmore 

Lydia Palladino 

Marie Quinn 

Elizabeth Rollins 

Barbara E. Do ran, Chairman 


Kay Decker 

Claire 0' Toole, Chairman 


Ann Connolly 
Diane Farrell 
Helene Fisher 
Susanna Gill 
Janice Maniscalco 
Gladys McDonnell 
Marie Quinn 
Sally Shoemaker 
Jean Babcock, Chairman 


Frank Bruno 
William Casey 
Pris cilia Ramaay 
Kay Decker 
James Monahan 
Ruth Marshall 
Roger Stevens 
Pauline '/talker 
Dorothy Shaw, Cl,airmai; 

Hyde Park Branch 
Business Office 
Lower Mills Branch 
Division Office, H.R.5. 
Adams Street Branch 

Catalog & Classification, R i R£ 

Book Stack Service 

Buildings Dept. 

Periodical & Newspaper Dept. 

Open Shelf Dept. 

Business Office 

Open Shelf Dept. 

Division Office, R. 2c R.S. 

Buildings Dept. 

Catalog & Classification, R & RS 

Branch Issue Dept. 
Branch Issue Dept. 

Central Charging Records 
Codman Square Branch 
Personnel Office 
Charles tovm Branch 
Rare Book Dept. 
Faneuil Branch 
Division Office, R. & R.S. 
Sgleston Square Branch 
Division Office, R. & R.S. 

Central Charging Records 
Codman Square Branch 
General Reference Dept. 
Branch Issue Dept. 
Patent Room 
Education Dept, 
Audio -Visual Dept. 
-'est Roxbury Branch 
Periodical and Newspaoer Dept. 


Jaraes A, Ford 
Christiana P. Jordaj 
Isabel >-. Martino 
3. Joseph 0'!\leill 
"ucli^ 'T. Peltier 
Augusta Rubenstein 
Rose /loorachian, Chairna"" 

education Dept . 
Alls ton Branch 
Roslindale Branch 
Periodical and Newspaper 
Audio-Visual Dept, 
>iattapan Branch 
Dorchester Branch 



Harry Andrews 

Jean Babcock 

Doris jray 

Jane Manthorne 

lldward J. Montana, 'r. 

Roger Stevens 

Bridie Stotz 

Martin F. "Jaters 

•Pat 'Mte 

Barbara VJhitledge 

Sarah Usher 

'William R. Lewis, Chaimar 

Branch Issue Dept. 

Division Office, R. *■■ R.5. 

Book Selection Dept., K.R.^. 

Oioen Shelf Dept. 

Periodical and Newspaper Dert . 

Audio-Visual Dept. 

Roslindale Branch 


Catalog i Classification, H v R^' 

Division Office, H.R.S. 

Records , Files and Statistics 

History Dept. 


Anne Brennan 
Anne Crowley 
Dorothy K. Beckpr, 

..RE :Q'3;ittif 

"Vip irv-,ar 

jrac--- . .ar'.T.' 

>larv' • bpnr 

Laura :'. . Revet 

Rhoda BlaCKer, hairtnar. 

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Rita .. Jesaulniers 

:4ary C-, Langton 

■Cleanora K". Chaplik, ^haiman 

Dorchester Branch 
L.ower /lills Branch 
"gleston Square Branch 

?ook Selection Dept., n.R 
iook Selection Dept., " ' 

:^leston Square Branch 

attapan Branch 

■■.irstein business Branch 
Hospital Library Service 
Codman Square Branch 


-La..SLATr;i ^^iD legal hatters (To be announced) 



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^ Fridau, /^pi-il 5, 1963 ai 8 p, 






J he mti) Do:don - 
A Center oflnformo.1:iorC 

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El^^nor D. Gonley, Chairman 
Geraldine T. Beck ibit.b M. Hayes 

Madalene D, Holt Ctiarles J- Gillis 




APRIL 1963 

Published by the Boston Puolic Library Staff Association 

Volume XVIII Number It April 1963 

Publications Committee; Harry Andrews, Jean Babcock, Doris Gray, Jane Manthorne, 

Edward J. Mont.ana, Jr,, I^s. Bridie Stotz, Martin F, 
Waters, Pat White, Barbara VJliitledge, Roger Stevens, 
cartoonist, Sarah Usher, Indexer, William R. Lexiis, 

Publication date; Deadline for submitting material; 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

He has the right to criticize 
VJho has the heart to help, 


The recent unpleasantness has been happily resolved. Or has it? Whereas the 
ir^mediate incident is no longer with us, the greater problem - that of communi- 
cation, or to be more specific, the lack of same - is uixfortunately still the 
state of the relationship between administration and staff. It has been stated 
that we are quick to criticize and we seemingly delight in discovering flaws in 
administration practices. Not at all. Like most humans we delight in things 
that please and usually react favorably when given the opportunity, Hotrever, 
the recent breakdoT-m'in communication and resulting sag in staff morale are im- 
possible to overlook. 

It appears to us that a^ ■well-tnfoijmed staff would function more efficiently 
than one not so well iirformed, and that in its awareness of what is required of 
it could be expected to operate up to standards established by the administration, 
Coirimunication as it applies to staff-administration relationships connotes nothing 
more mystical than the floa-j of information. We are especially concerned here 
with that information which governs personnel policy and procedure. The staff 
cannot be held liable for errors of omission or commission where the necessary 
guide-lines of instruction are lacking. 

To be non-constructively critical serves no true purpose. We sincerely wish 
to be helpful. Perhaps it is too obvious to suggest that administrative direc- 
tives announcing new or revised policy be stated in clear and concise terms 
which are understandable to all concerned and which, when read by one and all, 
convey a single intent and interpretation. A further thought occurs to us - 
why not utilize the Staff Hanual . In its completed form the Manual could be the 
ultimate source and sole aroiter of any future staff-g.dininistration differences. 
This could be our Bible - on one hand it could be the" administration's statement 
of policy, procedure and goals and on the other, the staffs' protection against 
unwritten policy and arbitraxy decisions, 


The fifth freedom ,,, enjoy it'. 
KATIONi^X LIBRARY WEEK April 21-2?, I963 

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Staff members who were unable to 
attend the 3ertlia V^ Hartsell l^morial 
Lecture on April 5 misced a fine pro- 
fessional prograrn. To Ilrs, Elinor 
Day Conley and her co^iiittee, I would 
like to express again iry gratitude 
for arranging and carr^.-'ing through 
this program to such a successful 
evening, I pass along to f-iem the 
many thanks which I have received 
from people who thoroughly enjoyed 
this lecture. Our thanks, too, to 
Mr, Louis Rains Tiho first suggested 
our excellent speaker, Dr, %er 

Since the last issue of The Question 
Mark, the Executive Board has held 
one meeting. The Board voted unani- 
mously that the Staff Association 
should support Senate Bill #537, pro- 
posed araendinent to the Massachusetts 
State Aid to Libraries Bill, Since 
we supported the original state aid 
legislation, it is logical for \is to 
put forth oTir efforts on behalf of 
this amendment designed to restore 
the intentions of that legislation 
as it was origina3.1y proposed. Staff 
members will receive more information 
about this new bill. Meanwhile, I 
am working out \ ovx Legislative- 
Legal Conmittee Chairman, I'liss Helen 
Sevagian, i^ays in T/hich our support 
can be most effectively expressed. 

Several ideas for our Fall Pro- 
fessional Meeting have been passed 
along to our Program Corimittee Chair- 
man. Among the subjects suggested 
were: the student use problem, effects 
of state aid and regional planning 
upon the Boston Public Library, the 
functions of a staff organization, a 
book fair for librarians and teachers, 
a reading institute and a general 
discussion of the Future of the Boston 
Public Library, The last topic might, 
01 course, encompass several of the 
others. In regard to these possible 
subjects, members of the Program 
Coinmittee would expressions 
of your opinion, I an sure^ 

By the time this QM arrives in your 
hands, we hope that the results of 
the job evaluation study will have 
been published by the Administration, 
At our March Board meeting, Mr. Gaines 
explained carefully to us the res.Bons 

for the last few months of delay on 
this matter. The Board found these 
reasons sufficient to warrant ta- 
bling our request for full publica- 
tion until the April Board Meeting, 

Full examination of the hiring 
pattern for extra assistants through- 
out the year has led the Board to 
drop its reouest for a change in their 
anniversary dates. Although a larger 
number of part-timers come to us in 
September tl'ian in any other month , 
this figure was not found to oe suffi- 
ciently great to demand a chsinge which 
would be administratively difficult to 
handle. Actually, mnny extra assistants 
are hired during every month of the 
year. Present anniversary dates for 
this area of service are, apparently, 
just about as acceptable as any other 
t^70 dates would be. Our thanks to the 
Personnel Office for making these 
records available to us for study, 

A preliminary report from the Per- 
sonnel Committee upon their investiga- 
tion of promotional policies was 
received and accepted by the Executive 
Board. It was decided that this infor- 
mation, intended primarily for use by 
the Board iji discussing policy with the 
Administration, should not be published 
in the QM at this time, 

Subsecuent to our Board meeting, the 
Staff Association was invited by the 
Director of the Boston Public Library 
to participate officially in the hos- 
pitality which the Library intends to 
provide for the 137 British librarians 
expected to visit Boston in October, 
Hastily gathering the Board together, 
I was delighted to express to Mr, Lord 
their hearty acceptance of this invita- 
tion, Vfe have agreed that the Staff 
Association will sponsor a tea for 
these visiting librarians on October 9, 
the day of their arrival. Details of 
how this tea will be arranged will be 
decided upon later. 

To the Pre-Professionals involved 
last month in a misunderstanding of the 
details of their contract with the 
Library, I extend my sympathy as Pres- 
ident of this Association, It is mj 
understanding, however, that this sit- 
uation has been worked out by the 
Administration to the eventual satis- 
faction of all concerned, I join with 
the manj'' staff iiieiri«iG mUc» fliscussed 
t.hj R i nr.i deiit v/i t.h me in hoping that 

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it will cause us to create better and 
fuller means of cormnunication through- 
out our library system in order that 
future misunderstandings of this na- 
ture may be prevented, 




C. David Benson, Rare Book 
Gladj'-s H. Grund, Mattapan 
Anthony J, Pacy, General Reference 
Richard B. Story, Central Charging 

New Northeastern Students 

Peter Collins, Records, Files , 

Statistics i 

Anne M, Burnett, Book PurcheLsing 
Evon H, Calris, Book Purchasing 
Kenneth K. Cahoon, Book Stack Service 
Frank R. Castellano, Book Stack Service 
Henry J. Fenricle, Book Stack Service 
David H, Jaspan, Book Stack Service 
James M, HcKenna, Book Stack Service 
Alys M, Pec or arc, Uphams Corner 
Susan E, Simons, Charlestcrvm 
Francis A, Vidito", Book Stack Service 

Transferre d 

Catherine H, Richmond, from Charlestovjn 

to Brighton Branch 
Josephine Frost, from Brighton Branch 

to Allston Branch 
Katherine A, Bodwell, from East Boston 

to Orient Heights 
Mary A. LaFollette, from Orient Heights 

to East Boston 


Roberta MacCausland, General Befeience 
to Alexander J. Dorey, liarch 30,19^3 


Sarah Gadbury, West Roxbury - to be 
married and live in California 

Christie Jorgensen, Cataloging and 
Classification RRS - to move to 

Mrs, Loretta Johnson, Adajns Street - 
to staj'' at home 

Patricia Hurray, Personnel Office - 
another position 

Donna L. Pascale, Cataloging and Class- 
ification RRS - another position 

Robert Pasztor, Book Preparation 


Joseph A. Crotrley, Book Stack Service 
March l8, 1963 


Staff members living in Allston or_ 
Brighton may wish to attend the public 
meeting to be held in that area on May 
2 to discuss the Sargent Report, As 
you know, this report is the result of 
a study of Boston's school construction 
needs made by Harvard University for 
the Boston Redevelopment Authority ^-ath 
the cooperation of Boston School offi- 
cials. On I4ay 2, Mrs. Louise Day Hicks 
of the Boston School Committee will 
speak at the William Howard Taft School 
(20 Wairen Street, Brighton ) on that 
section of the report which applies to 
Allston-Bri-hton. She has agreed to 
try to ans^rer any questions which res- 
idents wish to raise. 

This meeting is being sponsored by 
the Allston Brighton Inter-Agency 
Council, a :,roup in -hich our oranch 
libraries serving that area are repre- 
sented. The meeting vn.ll begin at 
7:U5 P.M, If interested staff members 
have any questions about this meetingj 
please contact one of the branch 
librarians in Allston^ri^hton. 


Raymond C, Burke, a member of Branch 
Issue since last summer, an alumnus of 
Hingham High School, class of '62 and 
an ardent devotee of the drama, has 
made his debut as a dramatist with an 
entry in the Flassachusetts Drama Fes- 
tival. His play entitled " A Thread 
of Song" xras adapted from three Dorothy 
Parker short stories and was presented 
at John Hancock Hall on April 5 as one 
of sixteen plays which were semi- 
finalists in the Mass. Drama Festival, 


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Half a centui^' of service to the | 
Library is a rare distinction and one 
of which Joseph A. Croxjley x^as right- 
fully proud. We had considered him a 
permanent landmark aixi liis sudden death 
on March l8 was a shock to ?.ll of us. 

Entering the service on February 11, 
1909, "Uncle Joe" worked in many de- 
partments and for several years as 
assistant in the Patent Room unti]. he 
was transferred to Book Stack Serv:".ce, 
formerly the Issue Department, where 
he became Assistant In Charge, His 
long service was broken onl;^ by h-is 
absence in the service during World 
War I. Few people knew the book stacks 
as well and certainly no one cared as 
much about them. 

His anecdotes were a delight and he 
was kind of unofficial historian of a 
half century of change and progress. 
Nothing pleased him, or his audience 
more, than to reminisce about his mein- 
ories of the days of Horace G, Wadlin, 
James Lyman Whitney, Horace liHieeler, 
Frank C. Blaisdell, Lindsay Sxri.ft, 
Langdon Ward, John Singer Sargent, 
Charles F. D. Belden, Samuel A. 
Chevalier, and other notable figures 
in the long procession of notable names 
in the Library's history. 

His devotion to his appointed task, 
his considerate and sympathetic treat- 
ment of his staff, his unfailing and 
cheerful cooperation will long be re- 
membered and will serve as a fitting 


The death of Joe Crowley on March 18 
has left a gap in the inner life of the 
library which cannot be filled. His 
gaity and nonchalance, his peppy ap- 
proach to any problem, and his constant, 
goodnatured joking have become, over 
the years, as much a part of his co- 
workers lives as books and slips. No 
mstter how harried one might be, a few 
words trjith Joe Crowley and nothing seem- 
ed as bad as it had a few moments 
before. The lives of maaiy new employees 
have been made happier because of work- 
ir^g for or with him. His love for the 
library, never verbally expressed as 
such, was so much a part of him that he 
inevitably passed some of it onto 
others in his stories and memories of 

other days, VJho can sav that Joe 
Crowley is gone? It seems to me that 
he will always be here in some guise, 
in the memories of his friends, in his 
sayings which are legion and have be^ 
come part of our BPL language. No one 
can put as much of his life, time and 
spirit into an institution as Joe 
Crowley has v/ithout becoming part of 
it and to those of us vjho knew and 
loved him he is al^rays here. 

C. 0«T. 

The follcrvxing is a tribute from a mem- 
ber of the public, 


To "die in harness" that was his wish 
- and it was granted by Heaven^ Joseph 
A, Crowley's sudden death has deprived 
the Boston Public Library, in Copley 
Square, not only of its longest- irt- 
service employee, but also of one singu- 
larly co:.ipetent. With exemplary dedi~ 
cation he served for more than fifty- 
four years. No one, in that long span 
of time, sought his help that he did 
not respond with pleasant alacrity. In 
the fine art of dealing successfully 
with, of gratifying patrons, there was 
nothing worth knowixxg, or doing, that 
Joe did not know, that Joe did not do. 
Who can forget his straightforward 
manner and speech - no fuss, no feath- 
ers - one of Nature's noblemen, every 
inch a man, every inch a gentleman? 
Invariably gracious and alert, it was 
part of him to be obliging. He belonged 
to that charming elite who seem to be 
receiving when they are conferring. 
And guileless, a spade he could call a 
spade, Chockfull of proud memories of 
old South Boston, get him going, he 
was a racy raconte\ar. But the highest 
tribute is his life - it was GOOD, 
R.I. P. 



Hyde Park 

The Hyde Park Branch Library is very 
proiid of library aide Margery F. .Korg?n, 
senior at Saint Clare's High School, 
Roslindale, who was^warded a Presiden- 
tial Scholarship, a full tuition scholar- 
ship at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, 
Mass. Margery is planning to enter the 
School of Education at B.C., majoring 
in chemistry. Our best wishes go with 
her for her continued success. 

Sduth Boston 

The April exhibit in the showcase at 
South Boston Branch lAhTBTj, TIME FOR 
TRAVEL, feat\iring travel books, of 
course, shovrs the results of trips to 
far off countries which have been 
enjoyed by staff members. Included in 
the display are objects from 20 coun- 
tries, including such distant spots as 
Thailand, Hong Kong, Baalbek, Pit cairn 
Island and Colombia. Contributors were 
South Boston Staff members, Irene Tuttle, 
Taimi Lilja, Martha Engler, Helen 
Connell, Jennie Femino, Julie Eraser 
and Mary Voigt. 


That newly-added sparkle in the 
children' s room at the Roslinda!^ Branch 
Library is coming from the third finger, 
left hand of Miss Margot Woodward. 
VJedding bells are set to ring in August. 

We all think Margot' s fiance, !*fr. 
Robert H, Cornell (-mathematics teacher-^' 
at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School) 
is a most fortunate young man to vrin so 
fair and talented a bride. Our hearty 
congratulations and best wishes for a 
bright future to these young people. 

For five years, users of the 
R'osllttdale ^Branch Library have found it 
a'^1i^^e&.t ju;st tb <Lbok ?t our attractive, 
d&raure libr-ary aid6,-„ I«4ss Katherine 
G'Rourke'. The yo\ing l:ft^^-s;^heV^^ 
exterior is not hef obIj'' embelllsiwent 
however, but houses a brilliant mind 
and scholai'ly taste for Gr<;ek> Latin 

and the Classie Era. In June Miss 
O'Rourke graduates from Regis College 
and leaves the library and her native 
land to travel abroad. Italy and Greece 
are of course on the itinery. Upon her 
return in the fall. Miss G'Rourke plans 
to attend Columbia liniversity where she 
has been accepted to study for her 

I't,. Bowdoin 

Mss Madeleine Pi scope, one of 
I'ft., Bowdoin' s Library Aides has been 
granted a substantial scholarship to 
Boston University. She is to enter the 
"Six Year Medical Course" in the fall. 
One of these days we will all be able 

to pddress her as Dr. Piscopo 

this is her fondest hope. 


This is a r^hrase that we have all 
used at one time or another for one 
reason or another. Our answer to the 
above question is a definite and 
emphatic "yes" . We could-, ftot be any 
more serious when we ask that you become 
a blood donor in order that the employ- 
ees of the Boston Public Library might 
continue to benefit from participating 
in the Fed Cress Blood Bank Program, 

The donations you maJko now count as 
insurance for the future. Participation 
in this program guarantees any amount 
of blood which might be needed by you 
or your fpmily when the need arises 
(have you priced a pint of blood 
recently?). The actual giving of the 
blood is a painless process and you are 
usually in and out in less than one 
hour. It will, we arc sure, prove to 
be a very rewarding experience. The 
librar:' allows each successful doner 
one half of a day off . 

The hours at the Red Cross Blood 
Center which is located at Jlk Dartm-utl 
Street in Copley Souare are very conven- 
ient. They are: 

Monday 10:G0-a.m. to 2:ii5 -Q.r^^ 

Tuesday 2:00 p.m. to 7:h5 p.r. 

Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 3:U^ p.m. 

Th^JTsdaj 2:00 p.m. to 1:U^ p.m. 

Fri^y 11:00 a.m. to 3:hy o.ri. 


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} Cont. 

Be sure to indicate on the blood ■ 
donor's card that yotir donation is to be 
credit ea to the Boston Public Library 
blord bank. So if you are between the 
a£:es of 18 and 59 won't you please make 
it a point to giA'e in the immediate 
future? Unmarried donors between the 
ages of 18 and 21 need their parent's 
consent; forms may be obtained by contact- 
ing any member of the committee«-or ^'rs. 
¥ollent at the otaff Hospital. The 
need is NOW, If you have any questions 
please do not hesitate to contact any 
member of the committee. 

RoseMarie DeSimone 
Connolly Branch 
Joyce Kearney 
Information Office 
Ed Peltjcr 

Audio-Visual Department 
Louis O'Kalloran, Chairman 
Office, Div., KR & CS 

Dear Friends: 

Your Editorial Board has very kindly 
allotted us some space in this issue of 
the "Question Mark." Frankly, we need 
a full newspaper-sized publication, 
doublc-pape spreads, banner type and 
other dramatic accessories in order to 
thank adequately each and every nerson 
who has so generously contributed books 
to the Turner Free Library, subsequent 
to our tragic loss from fire. 

In our eyes, cynicism new constitutes 
a misdemeanori If any one of you feels 
tempted in that direction, for whatever 
reason, we, at Turner, have for ;^ou the 
remedy truly tried by fire: Further- 
more, YOU arc amongst the many who 
have concocted this remedy, making ours 
a most heart-warming experience. The 
generosity, good judgment and plain, 
unvarnished kindness which have been 
expressed by you and the hundreds of 
others throughout Massachusetts is 
something which can never be diocount-^d 
and for which we hereby say with all 
our hearts, "Thrnk you I" 

Come see us and your gifts I And, for 
comedy relief, come learn which inks 
run. which colors survive, our own 
answer to the wood-versuc-rrietal-contrr,- 
versy and other odd bits of post-fire 


"reference" datai 

With grateful best wishes from The 
Town, The Board of Trustees and The 

I'frs. C. Fenno-Faulkner 
Turner Free Library, Randolph, Mass, 

Concerning top shelves in the stacks 

I've often wished my girth wac 1 ss 
Or that iry chaxms were greater 
I've even longed to get here soon 
Instead of always later 
But never until now have I 
Desired to be extra high J 

For many years the bottom row 
Annoyed me in my searching 
'My back was bent from bending low 
Ity stiff knees kept me l.urching 
But now I roach — and reach in vainl 
That extra shelf pivcs me a oainl 


A gentleman asked at the Educ-^taon 
Department where he could get "cur^'^ent 
book information." Before the 
librarian could answer, he added, "You 
know, the C.E.I." 

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An assistant at one of the branch 
libraries suffered an unfortunate acci- 
dent when she fell down a flight of 
stairs in her home. It was not without 
its humorous aspects. The cause of 
the accident was a book left at the 
top of the stairs by hor young sor; 
title of the book Dive into Danger. 

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iPii-CL'-.L LlorvniUa. 


KIRST^Il^l BU£E\,£S5 BKh.-IC; 

fhe forthcoming^ . merican Library iAssociat- 
tion Convention (July 1^-20 in Chicago) 
promises a fascinr.ting variation from its 
usual pattern. Listead of meetings seg- 
mented according to the special interests 
of divisional and sectional sponsors under 
a loose over-all theme, there will be a 
strong one-focus program drawing together 
virtually all conference attendees as 
participants. The "Conference within a 
Conference" or Cw'C will be "an Inquiry in- 
to the i^eeds of Students, Libraries and 
the Educational Process." The CWC will 
consist of five sessions on Tuesday, 
Wednesday, and Thursday, July 16, 1?, and 
18. lionday and Friday meetings will be 
devoted to association and division busi- 
ness meetings. 

The announced purpose of the CWC is "to 
examine trends of society, their effect 
on the nation's educational needs and im- 
plications of these for students in li- 
braries." The announced objectives are 
to examine the national crisis in educa- 
tion; to assess libraries' roles in meet- 
ing the crisis; to explore issues and 
problems to be solved in fulfilling the 
libraries' role; to make recommendations 
for programs of action to help libraries 
fulfill their role. 

Two major innovations are apparent in 
the conference planning: first, the single 
focus and second, the opportunities for 
full individual participation. Three of 
the sessions will be in the form of small 
(no more than thirty-five members) dis- 
cussion groups. Librarians throughout 
the country are bein;j urged to prepare 
for action within a discussion group, 
riembers will be assigned advance reading 
and advance thinking. 

i^reas of concentration for the discus- 
sion groups iiill be the identification of 
student needs and library responsibilitie 
in meeting them, library resources and 
their availability to students, and the 

On i\onday evening, ixarch 25 • ^^ne ccsto.. 
Chapter of Special Libraries dissociation 
held its monthly meeting at the Kirstein 
Business Branch, iifter dinner at the 
Smorgasbord Restaurant on Tremont Street, 
the program began at the library. 

In the absence of Mr. Robert L. Martin, 
President of the Boston Chapter, I'liss 
Dorothy Hart, Past President of the Chap- 
ter and Librarian of Arthur D. Little, 
Inc., introduced the speakers of the even- 
ing. The organization was fortunate in 
having as speakers, Mr. Gerard l.enard ana 
i^ir. Albert mria, both business analysts 
in the local office of the U.S. Department 
of Commerce, rir. Maria explained the 
various government services available to 
those interested in exporting and import- 
ing and i4r. Menard spoke of the publica- 
tions of the domestic section which assist 
the businessman in promoting his enter- 

I^ir. Bradford M. Hill, Acting Chief of 
the Division of Reference and Research 
Services vrelcomed the group and Miss Rite 
M. Desaulniers explained a little of the 
workings of the Kirstein Business Branch. 
After the meeting, many of the librari- 
ans toured the building and coffee was 
served on the Second Floor. 


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Clarence B. Randall, one of the guest 
authors at the i^pril 22nd Book-and-Author 
Luncheon, says in his new book Sixty- Five 
Plus . . . "in middle life they permitted 
their entire reserve of energy -to be con- 
sumed by exacting daily routines. There 
was no time for serious reading, and thai. 

capacity to be stirred by it atrophied, 
possibilities'^using advances in technologji Life was a mad race to catch planes, to 

to make library resources more available. 
Well aware of the pressures of student 
needs on the Boston Public Library, staff 
members will predictably be much involved 
in the forthcomii:ig convention. Volunteer 
discussion leaders are invited to contact 
Phyllis Maggeroli, Director of the Speoiall 
Program, Chicago Conference, or Jane | 
Manthome, of their intentions of taking j 
part. i 


keep engagements, to turn up at cocktai- 
parties, and to be seen in black tie .^t 
banquets. There was no pauses for reflec- 
tion, no recharging of the brain by plu - 
ging it into the high voltage of a finf. 
book. " 


The Proposed revision of the law on 
certification of librarians in Massachu- 
setts was discussed in detail at the 
recent Mid-Winter Meeting of the Massa- 
chusetts Library Association, and was 
presented in outline form in the last 
issue of the Question Mark . Because this 
revision affects every librarian in one 
way or another, the features of the pro- 
posal are being presented here in greater 

First of all, the law vrill be mandatory 
rather than permissive as it is now, and 
in connection with this a standard of 
formal education in librarianship will be 
set up. The Board of Library Commission- 
ers will grant certificates, upon appli- 
cation, only to those who have completed 
an approved program of study in librar- 
ianship, Ah>-, approved program vrill be 
one accredited by the American Library 
Association. An alternative will be 
thirty semester hours of graduate or 
undergraduate credit in library science 
earned at a college or university accre- 
dited by any regional accrediting asso- 
ciation recognized by the National Com- 
mission on Accrediting. Once the Certi- 
ficate of Professional Librarianship has 
been granted it will be on a Permanent 

Wien libraries cemnot recruit fully 
qualified candidates, the Board will 
grant a Provisional Certificate, on 
request from the library board of trvis- 
teeo, to the person to be employed provi- 
ded that he has graduated from a college 
or university accredited by a regional 
accrediting association recognized by the 
National Commission on Accrediting. The 
Certificate will be valid only for a 
specific position in a specific library, 
and for a period of three years. It may 
be renewed by the Board for additional 
periods of three years each, at the 
request of the library board of trustees 
of the employing library, providing that 
there is evidence of professional growth 
on the part of the librarian, for example: 
progress toward the Certificate of Pro- 
fessional Librarianship, other formal 
education, in-service training, individual 
study, etc. 

Either the provisional or permanent 
certificate will be granted by the Board 
on a reciprocal basis to anyone who has 
a similar certificate from another state 
or country where the requirements are 



When the law is passed the Board will 
grant a permanent Certificate to anyone 
who has a professional certificate given 

under present legislation or who has 
been employed in a professional position 
in a public library for one year prior 
to the effective date of the law. Those 
who have worked in a professional posi- 
tion for less than one year and who do 
not hold professional certificates will, 
on application, be granted a Provisional 
Certificate which will be valid for five 
years. After five years of satisfactory 
performance in a professional position 
a permanent certificate will be granted. 
After the law is passed there will be a 
limit of two years during which certifi- 
cates may be exchanged and Provisional 
Certificates applied for. 

No examination or test will be requir- 
ed for the granting of a certificate of 
professional librariansliip. However, in 
any given library the board of trustees, 
as a condition for employment, may re- 
quire qualifications beyond those needed 
for certification. 

One year after the law has been passed 
all who are employed in public libraries 
in cities or towns having a population of 
10,000 or more will have to have Certifi- 
cates of Professional Librarianship or a 
Librarian's Provisional Certificate, if 
the library is to be eligible for state 

The proposed law is based on the 
recommendations of the Subcommittee on 
Certification of Librarians of the Massa- 
chusetts Library Association, whose 
report was accepted by the Association at 
the 1961 Annual Meeting. It should be 
noted that the revision is still in the 
proposal stage, and that there may be 
changes made before it is put into its 
final form, 



Mayor Collins recently announced the 
appointment of Attorney Lenahan O'Connell 
of Jamaica Plain as a Trustee of the 
Boston Public Library. He succeds 
Patrick F. McDonald. 

Mr O'Connell is currently secretary 
of The Civil War Centennial Commission 
of Massachusetts. 


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For 5 weeks, from February 16 through 
March l6, the rffiW YORKER carried long 
articles in its REPORTER AT LARGE depart- 
ment on the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem, 
Though the whole subject of Eichmann is 
now a dull drag to most people, of inter- 
est mainly to students of the Nazi era, 
the articlos were abs«rbing and exciting. 
And since the author, Hannah Arendt, is a 
distiguished writer on political science, 
TION we have here at the Library, I 
thought that members of the Staff might 
want to read a short synopsis of the NEW 
YORKER pieces. 

Mss Arendt writes great power 
and force, and, considering the subject, 
and her own experiences, with unusual 
objectivity. The only passion she shows 
is for justice. She discusses not only 
the happenings and atmosphere in the 
courtroom, the attempts by the prosecution 
to make it a show trial by bringing in 
irrelevant evidence, the fairness of the 
judges, the legality of the kidnapping, 
the international repercussions, and the 
personality of the accused. She goes into 
the whole background of the Neizi plan to 
exterminate the Jews of Europe, the many 
German offices, bureaus, banks, industries 
and individuals involved in its implemen- 
tation, the methods of liquidation, and 
the response of the various governments 
and peoples all over occupied Europe 
t-^wa-^d this most monstrous event in all 
history, Eichmann 's role was that of 
ciJ eT transport officer. He had to 
deii. '-er the victims to the death catrps,\ though because of these deliveries 
m^i,/ millions died, he thought he ought 
to ■> let off because he himself did no He followed orders and did his 
3 oh with great efficiency owing mainly to 
the cooperation of the leaders of the 
various Jewish communities themselves, 
who had no idea what was meant by 
Eichmann 's talk of emigration and resettle- 

Miss Arendt is grimly humorous about 
Eichmann as a person. He was a very 
ordinary man, unpretending, and without 
much imagination. In a memorable phrase 
slie speaks of the "banality of evil!'. He 
at first boggled at the idea of extermin- 
ating a whole nation, but when he saw 
that "important" people like generals, i 
industrialists, professors, social leader^ 

cont. ■ 

and respectable civil servants didn't 
bat an eye at the plan, he went enthu- 
siastically along. Hitler's word was 
law, and if this was Hitler's order, he 
would make himself into a very loyal 
subject. He chiefly admired Hitler 
because from an ordinary corporal he was 
able to become leader of a state. Nor 
was Eichmann lacking in conscience, but 
it was a peculiarly inverted form of it. 
He once helped a half -Jewish cousin of 
his to escape, and his conscience 
bothered him so much, that he confessed 
his lapse to his superiors who gave him 

The most interesting of the articles 
is the last. During the trial one 
witness mentioned a German sergeant 
ANTON SCHMIDT who was executed for 
helping the Jews, Miss Arendt compares 
his action with that of a German doctor 
BAHM who witnessed many murders of Jews 
in Sevastopol, but did not protest, 
because, as he wrote later, "opponents 
of the Nazi regime" disappear in silent 
anonymity, and any interference was 
"practically useless". The passage in 
the articles contrasting the two atti- 
tudes is worth remembering, 

"It is true that the totalitarian 
state tried to establish holes of 
oblivion into which all deeds, 
good and evil, would disappear, 
but just as the Nazis' feverish 
attempts, from June, 19ii2, on to 
erase all traces of their massacres- 
through cremation, through burning 
in open pits, through the use of 
explosives and flame-throwers and 
bone crushing machinery-were doomed 
to failure, so all efforts to let 
their "opponents disappear in 
silent anonymity" were in vain. 
The holes of oblivion do not exist. 
Nothing human is perfect, and there 
are simply too many people in the 
world to make oblivion possible. 
One man will always be left alive 
to tell the story. Hence, nothing 
can be "practically useless"-at 
least, not in the long run^ It 
would be of great practical useful- 
ness for Germany today-and not 
merely for her prestige abroad but 
for her sadly confused inner condi- 
tion-if there were more stories 
like Schmidt's to tell. For the 
lesson of such stories is simple, 
and within everybody's grasp. 
Politically speaking, it is that 


under conditions of terror most 
people will comply, but some 
people will not, just as the 
lesson of the countries to which 
the FINAL SOLUTION was proposed 
is that "it could happen" almost 
anywhere but it did not happ en 
everywhere . Humanly speaking, 
no more is required, and no more 
can reasonably be asked, for 
this planet to remain a place 
fit for human habitation." 

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News item from the Milwaijkee Public I 
Library Staff Publication, TIE EOOKTRUCK 

The Common Council on March Uth 
approved the following new beginning pay 
levels: Librarian I's at the fourth step 
of the salary pay scale (|5808) and 
Librarian I's with one year or more of 
experience at the maximum step in the 
Librarian I pay scale ($6060). 

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Book Fair 



Four prominent authors will be speakers 
at the Book & Author Luncheon to be held 
on Monday, April 22, at the Statler- 
Kilton Hotel, co-sponsored by the Women's 
National Book Association and the BOSTON 
LEPJ^LD-TRAVELER. They will be Elizabeth 
Hardwick, Clarence B. Randall, Walter 
fflezak, and John Updike. 

Second Governor's Conference on 
Libraries, a highlight of National 
Library Week, will be held at the Student 
i/.Aon, University of Massachusetts at 
Arherst. Time and date: 12 noon on the 
kcth of April. 

Governor Endicott Peabody, the host, 
x;ill speak on the role of the state 
government in library development. The 
tuest speaker will be Profgsssor James | 
I'if.?Gregor Burns of Williams College, | 
biographer of President Kennedy and a.u+,h.ori 
of The Deadlock of Democrary . 

Invitations (RSVP) to Library Supervi 
scrs and Department Heads. Tickets are 




To be held at the Boston Center for 
Adult Education, 5 Commonwealth Avenue, 
April 22 - 25, daily 3:30 p.m. to 9:OOp.r9.. 
There will be a reception on April 22, 
3:30p.m. to 6:00p.m, to which all 
Librarians are invited. Invited guests 
include David McCord, Edward Weeks, 
Emily McCloud, and Mr-s Endicott Peabody, 
the Commonwealth's First Lady and chair- 
man of National Library Week Committee 
in Massachusetts. 


Staff on Radio and TV observe National 
Library Week 

lyaiton E. Lord, Director, BPL 
interviewed by Bill Hahn 
WNAC - morning of April 23 

Euclid Peltier, Audio-Visual 

one of 5 librarians on Spectrum 
WHDH-TV - April 21, 10:00 a.m. 

Pauline Winnick, Div Off, HR & CS 

with other librairlans on Checkpoint 
WCOP - April 21, 10:30 a.m. 


To Mr & Mrs Thomas McGuiggan (Nancy 
Gushing, formerly of Central Charging 
Records) on the birth of an 8. lbs. 3ozs. 
baby girl on April 10. 


To Mr & Mrs Lawrence Zivin(Joella Zivin, 
formerly of the Rare Book Department) 
on the birth of a 10 lb. baby boy. 
Mr & Mrs Zivin are currently living in 
New York. 


To Mr & Mrs Daniel Comegys on the birth 
of a 6 lbs. 5 ozs. baby girl, Allison 
Daniellp, on Jan. 20, 1963 at the U. S. 
Ariry Hospital, Wurzburg, Germany. 
(Daniel, formerly of Book Purchasing 
Depai-^meTA and Elaine, formerly of the 
Business Office) 




Adams Street 




Codman Square 



East Boston 

Egleston Square 


Jamaica Plain 

ifyde Park 

Kirstein Business Branch 

Lowei' Mills 



Mount Bowdoin 

Mount Pleasant 

North End 

Oriont Heights 

Parker 5iill 


South End 

South Boston 

Uphans Corner 

Washington Village 

West Roxbury 

Elinor Conley 
Christiana P. Jordan 
Mrs Ifergaret Haverty 
Linda M. I vers 
yir William Casey 
Susan Wheatley 
Helen A. Brennan 
Mary Bennett 
Dorothy Becker 
Ethel E. Lindquist 
¥lTs Patricia Czabator 
Mrs Geraldine Beck 
Rita M. Desaulniers 
Mrs Anne Crowley 
Theodora B. Scoff 
Coluiriba M. Bartolini 
Mrs Catherine M. Baxter 
Helen Colgan 
Patricia Ewasco 
Mrs Tiargaret Donovan 
Bertha D, Streeter 
Isabel Martino 
Anne Connolly 
Martha C. Engler 
Sara Richman 
Mrs Mary Bowker 
Dorothy J. Flood 


The ninth annual Bertha V, Hartzell Mem- 
orial Lecture, sponsored by the BPLSA was 
3;ivm on Friday evening, April 5, in the 
Lect.ire Hall, 

5. Wade, President of the Staff 
HTsociation, welcomed the assembled mem- 
bf'is and guests, and commented on Mrs. 
Hartzell' s work and leadership in the fielc 

abstracting; indexing, and language trans- 

Throughout his talk Dr. Kessler empha- 
sized the importance of keeping civic and 
professional leaders in the commiinity in- 
formed of the value of computers in re- 
search, especially in science and of the 
necessity for providing encouragement and 
aid to institutions and organizations en- 
gaged in research and development of com- 

01 education for librarianship . The Chair- putor programs. 

Following Dr. Kessler' s address refresh- 
ments were served and a reception held for 
the new officers. 


man of the Lecture Committee, Mrs, Elinor 
D- Conley, introduced the speaker of the, Cr, Myer M, Kessler, Director of 
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Libraries » 

Tr, Kessler' s address, entitled The New 
B;'£,ton — a center of information , stressed 
ths viorld-wida importance of Boston as an 
ir.formaiion cant 

the future, Ke believes that the long- [annual dues appeal. However, there are 
sta-iding pre-eMnence of Boston in cultural^^^gj.^ departments and branches which 
and intellectual pursuits raist not be per- L^g ^lo^. y^^ submitted 1963 dues . We urge 
mitbed to languish, and that we must be ^-l]_ ^^^o have not already done so to pay 
constantly alert in providing the necessary^j^^^j. ^j^es a^ their earliest convenience. 

I would like to thank staff representatives 
er bota in the past and in ^^^ ^^^^ responded so promptly to our 
believes that the lone- I „t j,,^^ =r^r^^,^^ Hr,w(=irP.r. thei 

envi.ronmant for continued expansion and 
grovrth. Librarians should especially be of the developments of computer use 
in areas such as information retrieval, 

0.( >T &. 

Jean Babcock, Chairman 
Membership Committee 


Any contribution to the Soap ' Box must 
be accompanied by the full name \ of the 
Association riiCTiber submitting it, to- 
geiner with the name of the Branch Li- 
'orai*y, 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, 
Anon^'jious contributions are not given 
consideration. The author of the arti- 
cle is known only to the Editor-in-Chief. 
The contents of the articles appearing 
hi 'he Soap Box are personal opinions 
.■^xr-'-ssed by individual Association mon- 
borj and their appearance does not 
npcersaril^'- indicate that the Public a - 
"A.O'M Commj.ttee and the Association are 
ill .-t^rsemeiit with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions containing not 
r.iora than 300 words will be accepted. 

To the Soap Box: 

There are over ^^00,000 
priests and bj.shops in the Catholic 
ChuA'ch all over the woi^ld, yet when one 
of T-hem is appointed to a higher station, 
the appointment is made by the Pope him- 
seJf. There is grandeur and consolation 
at such orderly procedure in so vast anH 
complex an organization. The Pope may 

not know the candidate, and, as in some 
of the new countries , perhaps not even 
the area. But this personal laying or. 
of hands strengthens the fait,> ful in 
their loyalty to the institution and 
inspires confidence in the rightness of 
the choice. 

The Library here is a smaller princi- 
pality, so some of us found it disturb- 
ing some months ago when we were told 
that the appointing power had been sur- 
rendered by the Trustees and the Direc- 
tor into the hands of the chief librar- 
ians. Behind the scenes the Director 
of Personnel, the chief librarians, and 
heads of units involved should all be 
consulted at length about the fitness 
of a given candidate for a particular 
job, no matter how these officials and 
officers had themselves got into their 
positions. But it would make for more 
dignity and propriety if the appointment 
were announced to the staff by the 
Director as having been made by the 
Trustees . Even the Library could profit 
from occasionally copying the pageantry 
and procedures of more ancient and more 
complex societies, 



To the Soap Box: 

SUPPLEMENT (London) is in one respect 
the exact opposite to our own Q^•■ The 
reviews in the body of TLS are unsigned, 
but the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, their 
Soap Box, are signed and make very 
lively reading. Recently a concerted 
attempt was made to force them to change 
their policy of anonymous reviewing, 
but fortunately it did not succeed. 
With an anonymous review, the reader can 
concentrate on the thing said and not on 
the sayer. He does not get bowled over 
by a big name nor turns up his nose at 
a small one.. And the reviewer is free 
to give his honest opinion about the 
book he is discussing, without embarrass- 
ment, if knows the author, and without 
fear of reprisal. It is the same with 
our Soap Box , and it was a wise deci- 
sion by the Association to permit 
anonymity of opinion. The rules are 
followed, long letters are excluded, the 
Editor always knows the name of the, and the whole Publications 


cont . 

Committee responsibly studies the let- 
ter for reliability of facts and 
courtesy of expression. 

Most C3^ readers turn first to the 
Soap. Box . It may be because of the 
unfortunately common failing to see 
denigration and attack. But it may 
also be due to the fact that many staff 
members think there is something rotten 
in our Elsinore, and not wanting to 
write themselves because of humility, 
or pride, or weariness, or because they 
think it is of no use, they turn to 
the complaint department to see if their 
particular beef is mentioned. 

If any change is going to be made in 
Soap Box policy, I suggest that we ask 
all writers to use a pseudonym, so that 
the Staff can attend to the argument, 
not the reputation, 


To The Editor: 

Since my last puny little 
pay raise was in 1959. (that is I think 
it was 1959, before Cresap, McCormick 
and Paget) I am understandly curious to 
know where we, library employees and 
city waifs stand in the all-over city 
pay hikes. Does anyone know? Or, do I 
have to ask "Joe" of the Boston Herald? 


To The Editor: 

I vjish it could be made 
clear whether or not library employees 
are city employees? 

If they are, why don't the benefits of 
city workers apply to than, such as 
increases? It seems that every other 
city department including teachers are 
receiving increments. 

Since the library is not, does this 
mean that those of the Professional 
Service (P2) who have reached their 
maximum and haven't had an increase 
for a nximber of years , will remain at 
the same salary with no hope for any 
further remuneration? 

When one is dedicated, conscientious, 
indefatigable and faithful worker, 
shouldn't some monetary recognition be 

It does seem unfair. 

Is there a ray of hope in the not too 
distant future? 



To The Editor: 

Within the last month 
several of our pre -professional librar- 
ians who were not currently attending 
library school had their pay cut and 
were then notified that they were to be 
fired . 

One of these was a girl who had put 
herself through college by working in 
our library. Upon graduation she 
applied for a position in the profession- 
al seiwlce; was accepted as a pre- 
professional; was admitted to library 
school and completed a semester therein. 
In short, she did everything she knew 
was expected of her. She did not know; 
and I did not know; and I haven't met 
anybody who did know that she would be 
fired from the service of the library 
if, after over four yeai-s of working and 
attending school, she decided to skip a 
semester of library school. 

According to the staff manual the 
rules for attendance at library school 
allow five years to complete the course. 
The granting of this period of time can 
be taken only to mean that attendance 
need not be continuous . It would not be 
possible to attend continuously and 
take five years to complete the course. 

Although this terrible mistake has 
been corrected, this does not wipe out 
the fact that such a mistake was made. 
Also, it seems that action to correct 
this mistake was prompted by the horror 
and indignation which it caused 
throughout the library. 

VHiile it is reassuring to know that 
there are those among us with the wis- 
dom and courage to correct such mis- 
takes, we cannot but have a sense of 
foreboding that mistakes of similar 
magnitude may be made which cannot be 
so easily and happily resolved. 

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To the jJditor: j 

I would like to thank our [ 
Assistant Director (Personnel) for re- i 
versing his recent decision in regard ! 
to several of our Pre-Professionals as | 
soon as he realized that his decision i 
had been based upon insufficient infor- '■ 
mation in regard to their intentions, j 
and to their understanding of the terms j 
of their service* Of course we all want 
an administration which does not make 
errors J but falling short of this { 
millenium, should we not be grateful 1 
to find an administration willing to ' 
acknowledge its mistakes and to rectify ' 
them as quickly as possible? In the j 
final analysis, I wonder if I should not 
acknowledge a certain amount of guilt ' 
myself in relation to this entire epi- 
sode. Several months ago I began to be 
aware that certain aspects of the 
library's contract with those in the 
Pre-Professional Service were apparently 
not clear to everyone. Yet, neither 
as a Branch Librarian nor as President 
of the Staff Association did I make 
any formal request that the exact terms 
of t lis contract be spielled out to all 
of us so that there would be no mis- 
understandings. If we sincerely be- 
lieve in the need for two-way communi- 
cation between administration aM 
staff, is it not as incumbent upon us 
to ask for clarification of matters we 
do not understand as it is incumbent 
upon the administration to explain 
policies clearly to us? 

B. Gertrude Wade 




3F13H c'^o^S i/i9UT3^ 

^'VfKcA,i«vev vou Kc\y/e in mirid^ forget (t_ 


Its f\yr\e \o 

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Rhcda Blacker - Mattapan Branch Library 

Grace Marvin 

and - Book Selection Bepartirient , H. R. 3. 

Mary Otear 

r.aux-&. P.oyB*^ - Egleston Squar- Bran'-.L liibr&ry 





MAY 1 963 

Published by the Boston Public Librarj'- otaff Association 
Volume XVIII Nuitiber 5 May 1963 

Publications Committees Ilariy Ar>dre-ws, Jean Babcock, Doris Gray, Jane Manthorne, 

Edward J, Montana, Jr,, Bridie Stotz, Martin F. lATaters, 
Pat White, Barbara l/vTiitledge, Roger Stevens, cartoonist^ 
Sarah Usher, Indexer, William R« Lewis, Chairman, 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material! 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

The recent pamphlet from City Hall in the form of a Messa ge from the Mayor of 
Boston to Municipal Personnel on Conflict Of Intei'est Law has to the best of 
our knoT'jledge, failed to alarm an;/- of o^ix staff members; or at least at last 
count none had submitted resignations or applied for special municipal employee 
status. It must be admitted, however, that there was a brief tlxirry of genuine 
concern ajaong some of us regarding at least one area - to wit-certain librarian- 
publisher relationships such as for ezanple: could acceptance of the posh enter- 
tainment provided by enterprising publishers at library conventions be interpret- 
ed as bribery? After much soul searching we have convinced ourselves that along 
with the acceptance of an occasional reviex'f copy of a new book the sin like most 
sins has iirplications which are more moral then legalo We quickly dismissed the 
fears of other members who felt a certain conflict might be read into their book- 
related moonlighting jobs, VJe decided that none of our law enforcement officers 
could possibly raise any objection to this employment if the salaries of these 
professional librarians were ever revealed^ All things considered the Mayor's 
message caused very little commotion here at the BPL, 

On the other hand, thfe recent issue of the BPL Staff Memo caused many an eye- 
brow to raise not a little and several staff members v:ere asking, "HoT'T come?". 
This pxiblication ^^^hich purports to be " a bulletin of information from the gen- 
eral administrative officers of the library" and which carries out its announced 
purpose in admirable fashion seems to be cutting in on our territory and adopting 
the informal chit-chat and personal notes' type of reporting long familiar to 
readers in the QM. We feel that this is an unwarrented invasion of our own spe- 
cial province. So long as Staff Memo has access to the official library view- 
point for its dissemination of information pertaining to library matters it 
should confine itself to this type of reporting. 

Render therefore unto Caesar the 

Things which are Caesar's, etc. etc. etc. 


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At a Meeting of the Trustees of the 
Boston Public Library on April 26, I 
was asked as President of the Staff 
Association to express the opinion of 
the Staff in regard to the publication 
of the Library Assistant Reclassifica- 
tion and the new salary schedule 
connected with this reclassification. 
Needless to say, I echoed the presenta- 
tion which the Assistant Director 
(Personnel) had already made of the 
necessity to publish this reclassifi- 
cation and implement it with all possi- 
ble speed. Speaking on behalf of our 
Library Assistants, both Mr. Gaines 
and I emphasized the patience with 
which people in this area of our Ser- 
vice have awaited the results of the 
job evaluation. V'ith the backing of 
both your Executive Board and a spe- 
cial committee recently appointed by 
the Board to discuss in general terms 
the reclassification in its final form, 
I felt empowered to state clearly at 
this meeting of the Trustees that the 
Staff Association believes attention to 
this area should be given first prior- 
ity over any other personnel -salary 
revisions. I can assure you that the 
Trustees agreed that this matter shall 
be given top priority. 

As you know, however, the budget 
picture at the moment is not a good 
one. We can only hope that our admin- 
istrators will be able to prove to the 
budget experts of the City' our real 
need for increased appropriations. 
Meanwhile, the Executive Board of this 
Association believes that the reasons 
which they have been given for a con- 
tinued hold-up of the reclassifica-cion 
are sound enough to lead the Board to 
retable this matter until the full 
budget picture can be clarified. This 
decision was made at the May Executive 
Board Meeting. 

For further information on this 
subject, please attend the Business 
Meeting of the Association on May I7. 
Bring your questions there so that we 
can attempt to give you any answers 
which we possess. 

By now, it may have become evident 
to some of you that the still unpub- 
lished L A reclassification is, actu- 
ally, only a first step towards a still 

larger pattern of personnel re-organi- 
zation. As we understand it, a gradual 
decrease in the number of professional 
positions and an increase in the number 
of Librarj'' Assistant positions within 
the bibliothecal service is already in 
process. Your Executive Board has 
given informal endorsement from the 
Staff Association to the general pattern 
of this reorganization plan, for the 
following reasons : 

1. Eventually it should provide a 
real career service leading to 
semi-administrative posts for 
more Library Assistants - who 
make up a large part of our 
Association membership. 

2. It should make it possible to 
provide higher salaries for both 
la's and Professionals without 
increasing total personnel budget 

3. We hope that it will leave pro- 
fessionals freed from the many 
clerical tasks which now occupy 
many of their working hours. 

Again, if you have questions about this 
subject, please bring them up at the 
May Business Meeting. 

Since many staff members have ex- 
pressed great interejst in the coming 
October visit of 137 British librarians 
to Boston, I investigated the possibility 
of ccmbining our October Professional 
Meeting with this visit in some fashion. 
Unfortunately, the schedule which has 
been laid out for these visitors to 
cover their requests is a crowded one 
into which there is no way to insert a 
Staff Association Pro^rrrn. The Enter- 
tainment Committee has agreed to assume 
responsibility for the Tea which the 
Association is sponsoring, and we hope 
that it will be possible for many of 
you to meet these visitors. 

Committee chairmen will be glad to 
know that the Executive Board has 
authorized a new printing of Staff 
Association stationery. In response to 
a request, they have, also, asked the 
Special Services Committee to revise 
and reprint our rlisoount list, 


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John C, Shea - from PeriodiceuL and 

HetiTspaper to Bookmobiles 


Alfred J. Pruitt - Book Stack Service, 
to enter the service. 



This is the time to support the 
American Library Association, You need 
the Ifetional library Association to set 
and improve library standards, ALA 
needs you to demonstrate that it repre- 
sents the profession. 

Membership application forms may be 
secured from: 

Mildred C, O'Connor 
Education Department 

Mary D. Farrell 

Cataloging 2c Classification R£RS 


Arnavet's Banquet - l6 May at the 
Frolics in Revere, Mass, 

Conference on Libraries and Urban 
Social Problems - 27-29 l^Iay at 
Endicott House, Harvard College 

MLA - 6-7 June in Plymouth, Mass, 

SLA - 9-13 June in Denver, Colorado 

ALA - HU-.20 July in Chic3.go, Illinois 


Members of the Legislative & Legsl 
Committee for 1963 are: 

Paul F, Crane, Education 
Ruth M, Hayes, Home Reading Office 
Martha A, McDermott, Bookmobiles 
Elizabeth L, Wright -Trustees Offirie 
Helen H, Sevagian, Information 



The Pleasant Valley Country Club in 
Sutton, Massachusetts - a hilltop haven 
as delightful as its name - was the set- 
ting May 9 for the spring meeting of the 
Round Table of L5.brarians for Young 
Adults. Several B.P.L. staff members 
were in attendance. 

N.g.L.A. - Yes or No ? 

Important in the agenda was the possi- 
bility of the group's affiliation mth 
the New England Library Association. 
Richard J. Sullivan, President of the 
Association, presented facts which the 
Round Table should contemplate in regard 
to what N.E.L.A. can offer member sec- 
tions and what member sections can con- 
tribute to la.E.L.A. So far, Mr. Sulli- 
van pointed out, the N.E.L.A. has 
achieved employment of a part-time 
executive secretary, incorporation 
under Massachusetts law, and a confer- 
ence date (September 25-28, Wentworth- 
by-the-Sea, Portsmouth, H.H.). It is 
planned that this conference and future 
ones will not be as fragmented as in the 
past, but will offer a unifying general 
session of interest to all. 

In a strong "sales pitch," Mr. Sulli- 
van put forth the values of affiliation 
with N.E.L.A. as follows: l) increased 
financial assistance for sections in 
programming; 2) monbershio of each sec- 
tion in Advisory Council; 3) participa- 
tion of member sections in programs be- 
yond their own; ^) professional associa- 
tion with other specialists; and 5/ 
opportunities to further regional plan- 
ning and development. Membership of a 
Section in N.E.L.A. must be instituted 
by the petitioning of ten members of a 
section who signify their intent to the 
Advisory Council. An informal request 
for a show of hands following Mr. Sulli- 
van's presentation showed no expressed 
readiness to petition N.E.L.A. for mem- 

There is, Mr. Sullivan acknowledged, a 
reticence, a wait-and-see attitude 
toward N.E.L.A. at this point. N.E.L.A. 
has a mailing list of s3jc thousand names 
and a paid membership of four hundred. 
The four hundred members are fairly 
evenly distributed in regard to geogra- 
phy and type of library. 

cont „ 

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Why Two Libraries Are Ilecessarv 

A first draft of a flyer, "Every 
Young Person Needs Two", was suhnitted 
to the membership. Terse yet compre- 
hensive, this flyer is intended for 
distribution to school administrators 
and educators to point out the neces- 
sity and roles of school and public 
libraries in serving youth. Pauline 
Winnick, Coordinator of Young Adult 
Services, served on the committee 
responsible for the much -needed 
leaflet . 

New Officers 

New officers for the Round Table of 
Librarians for Young Adults were 
elected with Richard Morrill, Director 
of the Leominster Public Library as 
President, and Arthur Wolman of the 
Mattapan Branch Library as Vice- 

Book Reviewing 

Main speaker of the day was E. Louise 
Davis , a book review editor of Librar y 
Journal . Miss Davis followed the whole 
procedure of a LJ book review from the 
receipt of a book or galley in her to 
the appearance of a review in Library 
Journal . The primary mission of her 
periodical, she indicated, is to serve 
as a buying guide for libraries which 
lack pre-purchase access to new books. 
Miss Davis emphasized the need for more 
subject specialists in reviewing, 
especially in the sciences. At the 
conclusion of her long, fully detailed 
talk, Miss Davis invited comments and 
suggestions and was approached by 
several members for individual consulta- 
tions . 

******** *■l^^|i^^■i^^^^f.■^e■^^■^(:^f^f■^li^^f^■)^■^^^f^f■l^■^f^^-^f -If ■/f.if:^-/^^ 


Pamela Dondale, Personnel Office to 
Paul F. McNealey (formerly of C.C.R.) 
on April 16. 

Barbara Whitledge, H.R.&C.S. Division 
Office to Donald Flye on April 21. 

The passing of Joe Crowley has left 
another vacancy, that of "Sherlock 
Crowley" J which cannot easily be filled, 
I Whenever the irate public sought a book 
' in vain, and coirplained bitter J.y the 
I Court of Last Resort vras Joe Crowley. 
j He would set off with his flashlight, 
whistling, and when he returned nine 
times out of ten he had the wandering 
volume in hand. When asked where he had 
found it, he invariabDy replied "On the 
shelf". This has been known to cause 
near apoplexy in those who had already 
searched unsuccessfully! Many times he 
was asked for his formula for finding 
missing books and he always said ''That 
secret goes with me" and so it did. The 
only information he would give was "I 
ask nyself 'where would I go if I were 
a book' and I go there", 


The Education Depsirtment will have 
two of its Library Aides going to 
college in Septembero T oby Siminons, a 
senior at Girls' Latin School will enter 
Northeastern University where she plans 
to major in English. She belongs to the 
athletic, dramatic, and literary clubs, 
and is on the yearbook staff. Mary 
Harrigan , who is a student at Notre Dame 
Acaden^r in Roxbury, has been accepted 
at the end of her junior year to enter 
the University of Massachusetts this 
fall under the Early Admissions Plan. 
Mary is a member of the National Honor 
Society and the Drama Club, and is 
, editor of her school newspaper, 


To Mr & Mrs Phillip Flattich on the 
birth of a 7 lbs. 11 ozs. baby girl on 
April 30. Mr & Mrs Flattich have named 
their second daughter Marlene. (Of 
course we know that this is after her 
charming mother, the former Marlene 
McLaughlin of the Book Preparation 

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The Mattapan Young Adult Council 
shd the Fi'iends of the Mattapan 
Branch combined forces and resources to 
present a timely and provocative program 
on Monday, April 22nd in observance of 
National Library Week. Mrs. Amelia 
^lec^eros, a former attorney and Notary 
Public in Havana, presented a candid 
picture of Cuban life under Batista and 
[Castro. The Young Adult Council noted 
that this program had value in relation 
to their high school classes . VJith 
this thought in mind, principals and 
heads of history departments of the 
secondary schools attended by the young 
adults of the Mattapan area were sent 
written invitations by the Council, 
Invitations were also sent to youth 
leaders of activities in which young 
people of this area are involved. 

To enhance the value of the program, 
the Division of H.R. & C .3 . prepared 
an excellent book list reflecting 
different points of vieir with regard 
to Cuba, its recent history, and 
American foreign policy. The question 
period that followed the talk by 
Mrs. Mederos was heated and rewarding. 
Mr. Mederos was most helpful in clari- 
fying a few answers of his vrife when 
she was challenged by a couple of pro- 
Castro supporters. The audience experi- 
enced with this interchange the tension 
and drama that are part of a sensitive 
topic . 

The program was attended by eighty 
people vrho enjoyed a refreshment period 
after the talk as well as meeting 
Mr . and Mrs , Mederos who were available 
for further questioning. The fine 
cookies and brownies were made by the 
Friends of the Library and served by 
membei'3 of the Young Adult Council. The 
Young Adult Council ushered and handled 
publicity and many of the details that 
made for an excellent evening. Alan 
Lipson, Boston Latin School senior 
President of the I^lattapan Young Adult 
Ccancil and Mrs. Robert Rotman, Presi- 
dent of the Mattapan Friends, deserve 
a large share of the credit for this 

Mattapan Branch is proud to recognize 
the splendid school achievanents of its 
fine corps of library e>d:.ras. Not only 
has this achievement been exhibited in 
the class rooms , but each one has demon- 
strated talents in the after -study 
activities of their respective schools. 


Carol Bernstein, a Girls Latin School 
senior, will be attending Beth Israel 
School of Nursing in the fall. During 
the past year, she was Business Manager 
of her year book, and a member of the 
G.L.S. of Drama Club. Carol is the 
author of the G.L.S. Senior class song. 
She also did a fine job of representing 
Junior Achievement on the Young Adult 

John Connors has been awarded a $1200. 
scholarship to Boston College. He is a 
member of the National Honor Society, 
and an editor of his school year book. 
He is also the mathematical coordinator 
of the Student-Aid Society. 

Rena Fisher has served as a Library 
Extra at the Mattapan Branch for three 
years. She has held a scholarship for 
her first two years at Boston University 
College of Liberal Arts. 

Barry Hecht and Alan Paskind are grad- 
uating this June from Boston Technical 
High School, and both plan to further 
their education in studies at North- 
eastern University. Both are on the 
Class Day and Senior Prom Committees. 
Barry is also a contributor to the school 
newspaper, and one of the editors of the 
school year book. 

Harvey Levensohn, Mattapan Branch's 
poster and display maker, is first year, 
bean's List student at Massachusetts Col- 
lege of Art, Harvey was President last 
year of the Mattapan Young Adult Council. 

Arlene Richmond, niece of Sarah Rich- 
man at Uphams Corner, will be enrolled 
in the freshman class at Boston Univer- 
sity College of Business Administration. 
Her tuition bill will be reduced by a 
$900. scholarship. Arlene has been an 
active member of the Senior Glee Club, 
Spanish Club and the DraiTia Club at the 
Jeremiah E. Burke High School. 

We, the regular staff at the Mattapan 
Branch are proud of these fine young 
people. Good luck. 


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Adams Street 

Among the paintings exhibited during 
National Library V/eek at Adams Street 
were several by a former library aide 
at the Branch, Susan King. Miss King, 
now a student at the Mass. College of 
Arts , loaned a number of interesting 
abstract paintings demonstrating various 
moods which attracted much attention. 
Another library aide, Deborah Field, also 
loaned some of her work which consisted 
of Japanese brush paintings. Miss Field 
is a student at Girls' Latin School. 

The final meeting of the season of 
the Friends of the Adams Street Branch 
was held on May 1. The program consisted 
of a talk entitled T he Roots of Latin 
American Culture by Dr. Alfonso Barrera 
of Ecuador. Dr. Barrera is now doing 
research work in international law at 
Harvard University, and his talk was 
both interesting and informative. A 
group of fifty "Friends" enjoyed the 
program and the social hour afterwards. 
* * * 

The all -Dorchester Branch Library pro- 
gram in celebration of National Library 
Week was held at Adams Street on Thursday 
evening, April 25. This marked the first 
occasion on which all seven of the Dor- 
chester branch libraries had joined in 
the planning and execution of a program, 
and it is generally felt that the results 
of this first attempt were encouraging 
and that other such programs may be 
planned in the future with success. Each 
of the seven branches had its own exhib- 
its, built around the theme Dorchester 
Authors and Artis ts, and the actual pro- 
gram on Thursday evening consisted of a 
talk entitled Writing About Dorchest er. 
by Mr. Francis Russell, author of TRAGEDY 
IN DEDHAM and also of many articles on 
Dorchester and other historical subjects. 
Since Mr. Russell lived and attended 
school in Dorchester, his subject 
attracted an audience of about 100 
Dorchester residents , all of whom ap- 
peared to enjoy the evening. 

East Boston 

Recently Stephen R. Schmidt, a resident 
of East Boston, a senior at Boston Col- 
lege High School, and a member of the 
part-time staff of the East Boston Branch, 
received notice that he was to be honored 
in a very special way by the Mayor of 

Each year the Mayor sponsors a dinner 
for the "Men of the Future". To this are 
invited one Senior, one Junior, and one 
Sophomore, who in the eyes of the school 
officials are most outstanding in the 
class and who most deserve this honor. 

It was Stephen, despite hox\r unworthy he 
considers himself, that Rev, Ambrose 
Mahoney, S.J., Principal of B.C. High, 
picked as the outstanding Senior to repre- 
sent his school. Stephen has worked at 
East Boston for over a year and has man- 
aged to maintain a "B" average at a 
school which demands much of its students. 

Now, what are the future plans of this 
"man of the future"? It is Stephen's 
fondest desire to enter Cardinal 
O'Connell Minor Seminary in preparation 
for the Priesthood. If he is able to 
accomplish this, although he remains in 
obscurity for the rest of his life, he 
feels that this honor of ">'an of the 
Future" will not have been given to him 
in vain. 


The staff of the Open Shelf Depart- 
ment is happy to announce the forth- 
coming wedding of a former employee. 
Miss Constance l^iay Broadhurst, who 
mil be married to Mr, Kent Cameron 
on Saturday, the first of June at the 
Congregational Christian Church, 
Somerset, Mass, 


To Patricia Harrington, Bates Hall - 
Center Desk who is now recuperating at 
her home 2272 Center Street, West 
Roxbury following an emergency appen^ 
dectoiT^r. We sure Pat would enjoy 
iTiSaxini^ from her frnends in the BPL, 

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The new and attractive campus of the 
University of i4assrchusetts was the set- 
ting on April 25 for a large gathering of 
librarians who were there to attend the 
2nd Governor's Conference on Libraries. 
Along with the Massachusetts Board of 
Library Commissioners the Conference was 
co-sponsored by the I4assachusetts Library 
Association, the Ilassachusetts Library 
Trustees Association, and the iiassachusetts 
Committee for ilational Library Week. 

This affair having survived a change in 
state administrations seems likely to be- 
come a permanent fi::ture and potentially 
the highlight of future state observations 
of National Librar^^" '.leek. Similar in for- 
mat with the initial Governor's Conference, 
the 1963 version centered around a luncheon 
followed by a program of speakers. The 
festivities were held in the huge ballroom 
in the Student Union building attractively 
situated near the center of the campus. 

Toastmaster, Johii A, Humphry, Secretary 
of the Board of Library Commissioners, got 
the speaking prograra underway by intro- 
ducing the commonwealth's First Lady, Mrs 
Endicott Peabody, \;ho, in substituting for 
the Governor in his address of welcome, 
delivered brief but uarmly sincere remarks 
in a manner which charmed the visiting 
librarians and made one feel that Mrs. 
Peabody regarded her duties as chairman 
of the Massachusetts Committee for i\lational 
Library "Week quite seriously. Mrs. Peabody 
was followed on tlie speaker's rostrxim by 
John W. Lederle, President of the Uni« 
versity of Ma.ssachusetts. iir. Lederle 
took this occasion to inform the group of 
the 100th anniversai^j' of the school and 
that the event would be observed through- 
out the academic year. 

Richard J. Sullivan, Chairman of the 
Board of Library CoiiMissioners, was intro- 
duced and read a letter from the Commis- 
sioner of Education, Owen B. Kiernan. 

V. Genevieve Galick, Director, Massa- 
chusetts Division of Library Extension 
announced the winner of the Dorothy Can- 
field Fisher Award, one of the Eook-of-the- 
Month Club Librarj/- /iwards, as being the 
Jacob Edwards Ilemorial Library of South- 
bridge. The Libroricn, Mary Anna Tien, 
accepted for the town and Library Trustees. 

Mr. Humphrey then introduced the chief | 
speaker of the Conference, James MacGregor 

Burns, Chairman, Departiuent of Political 
Science at williams College. Professor 
Burns is the author of a biography of 
President Kennedy, JOHN KENNEDY: A POLITI- 
CAL PROFILE and his latest book, THE DEAD- 
AMERICA has just recently been published. 
The subject of Professor Burns' address 
"Towards new issues of politics" obviously 
had its basis in his new book. He spoke 
of the need of a "shifting of the pivot 
of debate," The great issues of the past 
as exemplified by the New Deal, Fair Desl, 
and the Eisenhower years, he feels are 
being overcome and whereas some of these 
issues are still with us, we novj have the 
capability to solve them. It is the new 
issues of the next decade which should be 
the subject of a great national debate. 
He calls them the 'American way of life' 
and 'problems of the mind and spirit.' 
Among the new issues he includes the shift 
of federal assistance to urban areas as 
opposed to the present emphasis on rural 
assistance; federal aid for education and 
medical care; federal governmental assist- 
ance for the arts (subsidy vfithout des- 
troying creative abilities) ; protection 
of the civil rights of all Americans; 
continued and enlarged cultural exchanges. 
These problems he said should be met at 
the state and loval level not just at tlae 
top. To solve these problems he envisions 
a new type politician — one who "must be 
concerned by issues of the mind rather 
than merely the problems of the stomach," 
The private citizen must also take a more 
active part in his government perhaps hy 
joining a political party and "giving up 
the anonymity of the Independent." For en 
informed electorate he sees Libraries as 
"centers of thought in the community. " 

Professor Bums concluded his address 
vjith a quotation from John Maynard Keynec 
whose observation in the 1930s is appro- 
priate today, "We are at one of those wn- 
common junctures of human affairs when we 
can be saved by the solution of intellec- 
tual problems and in no other way." 

Ihe luncheon vras excellent, the program 
interesting, however', something was 
lacking - hardly anyone rem«nbered to 
mention libraries. 


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The opening s?.lute to the 196 3 National 
Library Week in the JJoston area vjas the 
Fourth Annual Book a:id iiuthor Luncheon 
held at the Statler-Hilton Hotel on Monday 
noon, April 22, I963. This luncheon spon- | 
sored annually by the Boston Chapter of the 
VJomen's i^Iational Book iissociation and the 
Boston He raid- Traveler, is given in honor 
of National Library '..'eek and provides a 
fitting tribute to Hie IJeek which has be- 
come so vital a part of our library pro- 

The guests of the |burth Annual Book and 

Author Luncheon vere welcomed by Miss 

Louise Weiscopf , Chairman of the Book and 

Author Luncheon Committee. After all of 

the nearly 800 g^aests had fed the inner _ j,j Director of the Lexington Public 

man. Mrs. ^dicootPeabodyHonorar^i; Chair- library and Q-.airman of National Library 

man for ^^ssachusctts National Library ^^^^ -^ Massachusetts, and our state 

*ek welcomed the quests on behalf of NLW librarian. Mr. Albert Matko v. In the 

and spoke of che values of books and read- ^.^^^ ^^ ^^^ delighted surprise later 

ing to every citizen of the Commonwealth. ,. -, r,i-o i.j 
,,^+u v,^^ „^t, ^ -x 1 ., '"/"""y^^^"* when Mrs. Peabody reraeanbered our names 
with her sincerity, charm and vivaciousness /^■^^.u u j. t^ ^ ^ ^-p kov. 
M^e. D«ov,^^,r ,r^ 'v, 1 4. ^ IT , "^ "^ -^ (although VJB RVB not normally part of her 
Mrs. Peabody won bhe hearts of all her -n- ^^ ^ j i^ f ■ ^^^ 

-. . .^ ^ , , . J. , , social circle), we found some old friends 

listeners, i-ass .ieiscopf then introduced ' ■ xu • .. x ^ xu t t-,-\ • j 

+u^ ^+v,^v, v,.^.i X n X -, :,,.,, m the midst of the large milling crowd 

F^tto^ LnSll"^ fr^^ '• J'^^^^^/^^gill'gathered around a beautiful, lavishly 
Mitor. Doubleaay >^ Company, inc.. Mward ^^^^^^ ^^^^^^ ^^^^ ^^^ ..^^^^ ^^^^^^ 

plenty to think about in the days to 
follow. The last speaker, ■.\ialter Slezal<, 
author of the popular M-IiiT TIME IS THE 
NEXT aJAN? introduced the right note of 
gaiety to provide the quests with a 
pleasant sense of relaxation with which 
to conclude the luncheon. 

Once again i\iational Library -Jeek in the 
Boston area got off to a good start. 


Several members of the staff managed to 
make time on Tuesday afternoon, Aoril 23, 
to attend the National Library Week Tea 
in the State Library. They were met by 
their hostess, i'lrs. Endicott Peabody, in 
a receiving line which included Mr. Karl 

A. Weeks, ICditor, ..tlantic Montlily and 
Edna G. Peck, President. Boston Chapter, 
Women's National Coo!: Association and Chief 
of the Book Selection Department, HRS, | 
Boston Public Library. 

Wadsworth Faunce. once our Children's 
Librarian, but long since flourishing at 
Houghton, Mifflin. Among the staff of 
the State Library, all of whom turned 
themselves inside out to show us about, we 

Alice Dixon Bond, Boston Herald- Traveler ^V^'^'-"-^^"-; -'^--^ -^^^^^ -^^"" uo uu....,..^ 
o+vooc r.f- r - • ^•=''^\\^''=^'^^ xidvc^LCi, ^iscovered Mrs. Anna Lima, once Miss Pepi 

Mistress of Ceremonies, with her usual 
vivacity and graciousness, introduced the 
guest authors. Elizabeth Hardidck, vdfe of 
the poet Robert Lowell, and author of 
several books including the recent A VIBi/ 
OF MY OWI-J, essays in literature and society, 
was the first speaker. Those familiar with 
Miss Hardwick's xjritiiigs found in her ad- 
dress the same appreciation for good lit- 
erature, and the same devastating wit that 
characterizes her novels and essays. Her 
charm as a native Kentuckian was obvious. 
Clarence E. Randall, retired business man, 
rather than author (according to his own 
evaluation) despite the popularity of his 
new book SECU-FIVE PLUS, captivated his 
audience by his sincerity, his direct 
approach and his real appreciation for the 
written word. Jolin Updike, the j/oimg 
modern whose short stories and novBls. th<? 
latest of which is THE CENTAUR, have won 
for him wide acclaim, provided the group 
with a literary talk which gave them 

of the BPL. And guess who "just happened 
to be passing by the State House"? None 
other than Miss Katherine Rogan, former 
librarian at Charlestoism Branch, and still 
a spry lady who celebrated her eighty- 
ninth birthday during the week before 
this day. In every way, we enjoyed a 
most pleasant afternoon which we hope may 
become a BLW custom. 

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The Charles River Libraiy Club held 
its semi-annual meeting in the Lecture 
Hall on Thursday, May 2,1963 iroin 
10:15 A.M. to 12 noon. Milton E. Lord, 
Director, BPL, gave a warm welcome to 
the members, and spoke irittily on the 
history of the Library, and the foibles 
of its construction. Mr, Lord also 
mentioned that the building will be 
enlarged in the not too distant future 
and that most of our problems will then 
be solved, 

Euclid Peltier, Chief, Audio Visual 
Department, BPL, x-ias the featured 
speaker, Ifr, Peltier spoke eloquently 
on the uses of and necessity for audio- 
visual materials in the library. Be- 
cause the library is a communications 
center, he said, and is mainly con- 
cerned with the spread of ideas, it 
must use several means to achieve its 
purpose. The principal method is the 
providing of reading materials for 
the public, but it is not the only way. 
The public library by its very nature 
is an appropriate agency for the cir- 
culation of films and recordings. It 
is open to and serves the vJiole commu- 
nity, and it knovrs the needs of the 
area that it serves. As an educational 
institution, it is concerned with 
general learning and can correlate the 
uses of films, recordings and books. 
Because it is a public institution it 
is open long hours, making the materials 
more accessible than vould be the case 
with a private agency. Along the same 
lines, it is also the leader in the 
sponsoring of local film activities. 

The Audio-Visual Department, BPL, is 
slightly over ten years old. During 
1962 it circulated 9,000 films to 1,700 
organizations. These were shown to an 
audience of 500,000. 

During this same period an average 
of thirty-five hundred records per 
month were lent, A borrower may take 
six records at one time, on a regular 
library card. This is for the same 
period as a book. There is jazz, 
classical, opera, and folk-music, but 
the recordings of works of literattire 
ar-e becoming more and more importarit. 
There is a great demand for plays of 
Shakespeare, and Columbia Records has 
announced that it will soon recoi-d tJie 

works of Eugene O'Neil, Robert Frost 
reading his ovm poems is also ver^^ 

The Departrnent is experimenting with 
filmstrips. They are used primarily 
as illustrations for the pre-school 
story hours. Sometimes they are very 
successful, sometimes not. They are 
especially useful in the small library'-. 
because the room in which they are 
shotm does not have to be darkened, but 
most importan.tly because of price J two 
to six dollars per film-strip, as 
against $120. to $300. for a film. 

The films are not loaned to individ- 
uals but only to organizations located 
in the Boston area. An exception is 
made in the case of libraries and insti». 
tutions of liigher learning, which must, 
b.owever, use them themselves, they may 
not lend them in turn. Organizations 
not in the area may ^borrow only 
commercial films. All films must be 
reserved in advance, and are on loan 
for thirty-six hours during the week, 
or from Friday to Monday on weekends. 
There is no mailing service (as this 
would add about ten days to the 
borrower's time). Films must be picked 
up at the BPL, 

Selection has become very difficult. 
Ten y.ars ago there were few good 
films, and the problem was getting 
enoughj now the situation has zone to 
the other extreme and there are too 
many. The trend is toward television 
documentaries ^rhich are very popular, 
"Mrs, Kennedy's Tour of the Wnite 
House" is a good example of this type 
film. (BPL has on order). 

The crit.ria for selection is similar 
to that for a book. The film must have 
a content that is of importance to the 
objectives of the library,'- j it must be 
well-presented and have a valid contento 
Also, who made it and why? Ifhat does 
it do and how well does it do it? And, 
of course, vjho will use it? The de- 
partment does not usually buy films 
that are available from other sources. 
For example, the School Department has 
a collection and it is not duplicated 
by the Library, 

The Selection Committee is made up 
of members of the Department, adult, 
young adult, and childrens' workers, 
and, if the film is of a speed alized 
nat»ii-e, on mental health, art. 

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alcoholism, etc, , of experts in the 

The principal problem is having the 
right film at the right time. As in 
the case of a book, it must also be 
relevant, related, and should be able 
to stand on its orm. It should not 
have to be explained to the audience, 
except in the case of a classroom filiji. 

The children's films do not duplicate 
television or the movies. The depart- 
ment does not have animated cartoons, 
but the art work, music etc, must be 
of superior quality. 

The best programs are those built 
around a theme. The Festival of Award 
Winning Films was one of these, com- 
posed of short subjects which have 
received AcaderrQr A^-rards, Everyone 
reads about these in the newspapers, 
but few people ever get a chance to 
see them. In addition, booklists on 
appropriate topics are provided. 

The Department is also an information 
center. It has a coiqjlete file of cat- 
alogues, and members of the staff are 
on hand to answer questions on films 
or recordings. 

In five or ten years it is hoped that 
8MM film x-Tith sound will be available. 
It is still in the experimental stage, 
and has not yet been perfected. It 
will cut costs in half, and save space. 
It will then be possible to have the 
better Hollyi'jood feature films in the 
Library's collections. 

The program concluded with the show- 
ing of two films: one for National 
Library Week, "The Fifth Freedom," 
written and narrated by Karl Nyren 
formerly of the Fine Arts Department, 
and now Director of the Gary Memorial 
Library, Le:d.ngtonj the other, "N.Y., 
N.Y.J A Day in New York," had won 
awards at the Cannes, Brussels, London, 
and Edinburgh Film Festivals, and was 
described by Mr. Peltier as experimeiw 
tal, but not "too far out," The 
audience was fascinated, and it was a 
beautiful film, but if this one was 
not "too far out," the writer would 
like to see those that are, 



On Sunday af'ternoon, April 28, 
Bradford M. Hill, Acting Chief Librar- 
ian for Reference and Research Services, 
gave a talk on Governor William Bradford 
before the Massachusetts Society of 
Mayflower Descendants. Mr, Hill who is 
a descendant of Governor William 
Bradford chose the Governor as the sub- 
ject of his talk. There was a record 
attendance and members cajne from as far as 
Plymouth and Worcester to hear >Ir, Hill 
speak. His talk stressed the character 
of William Bradford and its developnent 
through intelligent association with 
people and events which made him the 
greatest man of the Plymouth colony. 
A social hour vdth refreshments 



The Men Librarian's Club held its 
Spring meeting at the Cambridge House 
on April 28 with about sixty members 
and their guests in attendance. After 
a delicious roast beef dinner the 
club was treated to an interesting 
illustrated lecture on the Civil War, 
The speaker also brou[^ht with him for 
exhibit a portion of his own collection 
including books, pamphlets, paper money, 
uniform insignia, and weapons. In 
addition to the usual large turn out 
of BPL staff members the follomng BPL 
alumni were in attendance : Sam 
Goldstein of Science & Technology, Paul 
F, Mulloney of Science Sjl Technology, 
Maurice Rahilly of Periodical and 
General Reference, Frank J. Seegraber 
of General Reference, David G, Sheehan 
of General Reference, Wai'ren Watson of 
Open Shelf, and Bob VJoodx,rard of Historyo 


Fire Prevention Inspector, John 
'i'lil'.^ returned to work recently follow- 
ing a long illness. His many friends 
on the staff take this opportunity to 
say "welcome back. Jack", 

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Some years ago, ■./hen preparations to cele- 
brate our centennial were getting under way, 
I vras asked, through channels, for sugges- 
tions for the occasion. I submitted two. 
One was extravagant, impracticable, border- 
ing on the macabre, but not untinged with 
imagination. I tliought that the remains 
of Bates and Ticlcnor, the two primary 
people involved in our beginnings, should 
be removed from their cemeteries and in- 
terred permanently in a corner of our 
courtyard. With proper tablets and in- 
scriptions that comer would become forever 
a sacred grove and shrine, countless visi- 
tors would hallow it, and all tlie world 
would admire Boston librarians for the way 
they honored their founders. 

Considering the logistics involved, it is 
not surprising that my suggestion was 
turned down. Instead, at celebration time, 
the statue of Ticknor was moved from its 
place against the irsll to the centre of 
Bates Hall, somebody raade a speech, and 
the statue was pushed back against the 
wall. People responsible for budgets and 
realities cannot be bothered with imagina- 
tion, or be sensitive to discourtesies to 
the safely dead. 

I-Iy second suggestion was also turned 
down. It was not really too far out, and 
logistically within the limits of the 
possible. I wanted the Library to send 
out invitations, and run an ad in the local 
papers, inviting all men and women who had 
ever worked in the Library in any capacity, 
and for no matter how short a time, to 
come and spend a few hours with us here 
at the Library on some specially designa- 
ted day, perhaps a holiday, when the Li- 
brary is closed to the general public. 
The entire acreage of the Library would 
scarcely be sufficient, and no doubt it 
would involve some work, but most of those 
v:ho came would have laid up the occasion 
in their mental coffers as a permanent 
bright memory. Lecause that is the way 
most people who have ijorked here feel 
about this place. 

This affection for wood and stone and 
sundries which survives war and marriage 
and age and trouble is generated by an 
indefinable enchantment which permeiites 
this place entirely, and which can only 
be called GMIUS LOCI. 

I think it was a publicity opporLnnity 
missed when the suggestion for a gatherinp 

was vetoed. There are ex BPLr's in all 
categories of the population, all over 
the country and the world. I know of an 
embassy attache in Asia, and an Air Force 
officer in Holland. There are priests 
and teachers, writers and politicians, 
policeman and lawyers, housewives and 
doctors, businessmen and monsignori, 
nurses and nuns, beatniks, idiots, and 
drunks. I talked for two hours at a 
Times Square curbstone with a man who 
left here in the '30's and he rememberec". 
everything and everyone with a freshness 
and nostalgia as if he had been here just 
last week. And in Park Square I ran 
into an ex BPLr who bought me a fancy 
drink in Pieroni's (that was before the 
Conflict of Interest pamphlet) because 
I was about to answer his question IS JOL 
disagreeable features of the work in the 
past become by some magic transmuted into 
the same pervasive witchery. Thus one 
woman said, "I'd rather have been un- 
happy in the Library than happy anywhere 
else," and another, after many years of 
retirement, would come into the branch 
and ask to be allowed to stamp eome 

It would not be entirely fair to say 
that all of our Jidministrators were una- 
ware of this elusive spirit of this place; 
but they generally treated it like a 
reactionary sentimentalism, called us an 
inbred staff, and instituted a new order 
which paid scant attention to men and 
women who carried the Library in their 
blood. These people turned away offended, 
like Hamlet's father's ghost, and left 
the Library before their time, or are 
holing up in some unimportant corner of 
our palace counting the days they have 

The Administration is to be congratu- 
lated on the new face on the floor of 
the Chavannes Gallery. It lights up 
the whole second floor and looks almost 
as the whole building must have looked 
in 1895 - a short time befcre I got here. 
Let's hope that some money will soon be 
found to do something about the outside 
of the building which resembles a dour 
and forbidrling B-ir+.tIIr on Copley S^qaaro. 


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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 :-jith 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 arti- 
cle is knowi 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 
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 iri-11 be accepted. 

To the Soap Box: 

The last sentence of 
my synopsis of the New Yorker articles 
on Eifthmann was deleted in our April 
issue, because I was "... editorialising 
in a b*ok-review." Since I was trying 
in that sentence to make a point perti- 
nent to BPL affairs, I will perhaps be 
permitted to give it in the SOAP BOX. 
This was the sentence: 

"Mutatis mutandis, this may also be 
said of the Librarj'"," 

Now I certainly would not compare 
the Library with the Nazi state, the 
most foiil abomination in all hmnan 
experience. But "mutatis mutandis" is 
a wonderfully serviceable phrase. It 
means "the necessary changes having 
oeen made", and it enables us to com- 
pare the smallest circle with the very 
largest because they have the property 
of circleness in common. Miss Arendt 
had said about the Nazi attempts to 
destroy all evidence of their crimes 
that "holes of oblivion do not exist," 
I wanted to emphasize that neither do 
they exist in our Library, 


To the Soap Box; 

Recently I reread marry 
of the SOAP BOX letters in oound volumes 
of the QUESTION FARK . From some of 
these letters, from conversations with 
members of the Staff, and from my own 
observation and experience, I think 
that two serious sins may be imputed to 
some heads of Library units and to some 
members of the Administration, One is 
incompetent use of Library personnel. 
The other is irresponsibility. 

It's a lonjj; time since I have read 
to remember that they finally realized 
that the dressed- up boy in the palace 
was not the prince when they discovered 
that he was using the Royal Seal to 
crack nuts with. There are never many 
Royal Seals around, but we do have some 
unusually gifted people on ovr Staff, 
and the way their talents have been used 
is proof positive that their superiors 
in Library station do not belong in 
such stations. 

Irresponsibility is a more serious 
offense, and cannot be tolerated in any 
public job. It takes marry forms. We 
have seen arbitrariness, high-handedness, 
go-it-alonism, unnecessary secrecy, petty 
interference, gross discoiirtesy, bad 
faith in the tailored requirements listed 
in some announcements of vacancies, and 
bad jurlijjennDnt in some of the appoint- 


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JUNE 1963 


Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XVIII Number 6 J^^n© 1963 

Publications Committee: Harry AndreTTS, Jean Babcock, Doris Gray, Jane 

Manthorne, Edward J. Montana, Jr., Mrs. Bridie 
Stotz, Martin F« Waters, Pat White, Barbara Flye, 
Roger Stevens, cartoonist, Sarah Usher, Indexer, 
William R« Lewis, Chairman, 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

There are those among us who feel - and quite strongly too - that the 
Staff Association and/or the QM should not concern itself with the subject of 
salary increases. Involvement in this type activity suggests a Union and 
Hould not be 'fittin' for an organization which shoxild more properly devote its 
"ime and thought to purely professional matters. We should like to point out to 
those who follow this line of thought that although we are an organization of 
librarians with high professional aspirations aiMi goals, unfortunately we are 
also just plain people. People who in the normal course of day-to«-day living 
must provide for their families and for themselves the things Americans con- 
sider necessary for their well-being. These essentials - shelter, food, cloth- 
ing which we cannot do without continue to cost more and more. No one has as 
yet established special reduced rates for librarians in the stores where we 
shop. We must for example meet the recent exorbitant jump in the price of sugar 
as of course must all other shoppers. However ve «• the forgotten among city 
employees - face this and other such price increases without benefit of the 
salary increases recently announced for other city employees. We wonder if 
those responsible for our exclusion from this 1963 salary increase feel that 
the 1958 revision (yes it was as long ago as tliat I ) is sufficient for all 
times. Was the 1958 salary schedule the pinnacle for library workers? How^ 
long do we dangle here at what now appears a dead-end? Is there a possibility 
of an increase in the very near future? As mentioned previously librarians 
are people and as such they are subject to certain very human feelings. Hope 
for a brighter future, which certainly includes a living wage,and despair in 
the knowledge that once again we are in the position of " catching-up" and that 
the "library lag" is an unpleasant truths still with us. Is it that we as 
librarians are less deserving than say firemen or policemen or teachers? Or 
perhaps these other city-workers have more agressive and vocal representation 
in their dealings with the city fathers. 

The library staff should be informed of the efforts, if any, being made 
to secure Salary increases and of the results of these efforts, 


NOTE: The Publications Committee announces at this time that the August - 
September numbers of The QM will b© combined and will be published 
15 September 1963. 

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I am delighted to report that B, 
Joseph O'Neil, Past President of thd^ 
Association and Coordinator, General 
Refarence Services, has agreed to run 
for office in the Staff Organizations 
Round Table of the American Library 
Association this year. We have on hand 
the ballot on which we will heartily 
vote for Mr, O'Neil on your behalf. 
Thanks to the many hours that ho hao spent 
on variouG .comitteGsof the Staff Asso- 
ciation, plus Ms work on the Student 
Use Council, the evaluation committee 
for the LA reclassification, and as 
Officer-in-Charge of the main library 
building, we know that he will make a 
first-rate addition, of which we can 
be most proud, to the Steering Commit- 
tee of v*:. R, T. 

On the much less pleasant side, I 
can only report at the time of this 
writing that the budget picture is 
still Tjnsettled, In accordance mth 
the vote of the membership at our last 
business meeting, I have communicated 
to the Chairman of the Board of Trus- 
tees our agreement with the administra- 
tive viewpoint that absorption of our" 
$U2,G00 budget cut via a reduction of 
that amount in part-time service may 
necessitate some reductions in library 
service. Since the possibility of 
some sort of supplementary money for 
new salary schedules still remains 
open, I have not yet xw'itten to the 
Trustees in regard to the further cuts 
in service which will, undoubtedly, be 
forced by our inability to fill vacan- 
cies thanks to our present low salary 

For your information, I received a 
note from the Administration on May 
20, 1963, indicating that money will be 
available from Library trust f \inds for 
the purchase of a sofa for the Men's 
Lounge in the Central Library Building, 
We trust that this sofa will arrive 
soon and that it will prove to be a 
comfortable one. 

At the regulai^ June h meeting of the 
Executive Board,/question was raised 
as to some needed revisions in our By- 
Laws, The Chairman of the Constitution, 
Russell Scully, was asked to draw up a 
proposed amendment to make the CARE 

Committee, the Concessions Committee 
and the S,0,R,T, Committee stand- 
ing committees. Other sugg^estions 
! have been made in regard to desirable 
rewording or re-numbering of various 
sections of the By-Laws, (% suggestion 
that dues be raised from $ ,^0 to $1.00 
a year was soundly defeated by vote of 
the Board, ) These proposals will, of 
course, be duly voted upon at the 
annual meeting of the association in 

Most of our last Board meeting was 
devoted to a discussion of promotional 
systems. After as much research as 
time allowed, the Personnel Committee 
had sent along a series of recommenda- 
tions on this subject. With some re- 
wording and a few additions of specific 
procedures, the Board unanimously ac- 
cepted these recommendations as the 
basis of the discussion which we shall 
have later this month with the Assistant 
Director (Personnel), Happily, our 
thinking on this matter apparently con- 
curs in large part and does not differ 
violently on any major point from the 
ideas which Mr, Gaines has offered to 
us for this discussion. This being the 
case, it is to be hoped that early in 
the fall we may be in possession of a 
promotional policy which will be gener- 
ally acceptable to both staff and 

You will remember that in the May 
IS LIBRARY JOURiTAL a lead article 
entitled "Time is a Commodity" by 
Dorothy Nyren expressed her personal 
views en the problems involved in set- 
ting up a regional library system in 
Eastern Massachusetts, By the unani- 
mous vote of our membership at the 
May 17 Business Meeting, I was instruc- 
ted to virite to the editor of that 
journal to express our dismay at his 
publication of this article without, 
apparently, any consultation with 
other librarians in this area or any 
counterbalancing statements to set this 
particular vievrpoint in its proper per- 
spective. There follows a copy of the 
letter which I sent on May 2k to Eric 
Moon with a reouest that this letter 
be printed in LJ, : 

President's Notes Cont» -• 3 • 

lyir. iirxc Moon 


1180 Avenue ox the Americas 

New York 36, New York 

Dear Mr. Moon: 

When the May l5 LJ article entitled "Time is a Commodity" was brought to our 
attention at a recent Dusiness meeting, the Boston Public Library Staff Associa- 
tion requested that a letter protesting the publication of such an article be sent 
to the editor of the LI3r:^JiY JOHILAL at once. Our .ssociation cannot understand 
how a national publication 01" LJ's standing could cai^ry as a feature such a biased, 
inflammatory report on a controversial subject without counterbalancing this arti- 
cle by some statement of other, more rational views upon the subject of regionali- 
zation of library service in Eastern Massachusetts. 

As many librarians know, the Boston Public Library Staff Association is one 
of many such organizations vjhich excludes the Director of the Librarj"- from raember- 
shipj nor is our organization connected in any ether way with the Administration 
of the Boston Public Library. Our membership at this time consists of 90 per cent 
of the biblipthecal staff of the Library, a staff which has always frankly and 
vigorously opposed the Library's administration whenever it considered such opposi- 
tion to be necessary. 

On this occasion we would gladly defend our Director if we were not so com^ 
pletely sure that he needs no defense. The many long hours — often stretching 
late into the night — which he has devoted to regional planning, week after week 
and month after month, for the past two years, plus his Triillingness from the be- 
ginning to endorse arty plan acceptable to the majority of libraries in Eastern 
Massachusetts, attest both to his good faith and to his admirable leadership in 
this area. 

What distxirbs us is the editorial policy which endorsed the publication of 
such highly personalized material as Mrs, Nyren's on a topic of such importance 
to the library field without providing in the same issue of LJ some other article 
or at least commentary from Massachusetts librarians holding a different view- 
point. It is our understanding that the Director or the Boston Public Library was 
not apprized of LJ's intention to publish this article. Was the Chairman of the 
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners consulted or notified? Were the 
opinions of any other librarians in the Eastern Massachusetts Region sought out? 
Is LJ aware that from where we sit -vre have found very few," if any, librarians in 
this area who feel as Mrs, Nyren does? And does LJ know or care who originally 
proposed the regional plan wliich we confidently expect to see in operation soon 
in Eastern Massachusetts or how long ago that plan was first suggested? 

By laying stress upon some of the personalities involved— as seen through 
the author's eyes-M-instead of offering a purely objective discussion of what has 
transpired in Eastern Massachusetts, Mrs, Nyren's article does not really help 
us understand the many problems involved in regionalization, VJhile apparently 
indicating the largest municipality in this area and its library, the article 
indicates that part of the difficulty lies, also, in the "suspicions town 
libraries feel towards both big city and state representatives, and the uneasiness 
state officials feel,,," Apparently, the problems involved in regionalization 
are many-sided. The general tone of this article and its satiric implications 
merely add further confusion to our thinking about ways to solve these problems. 

Does LJ really feel no responsibility to present more than one side and one 
personal view of such a controverclal Issue as this one? 

Sincerely yours, 


President, Boston Public Library 

Staff Association 

President's Notes Cont, 

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Whether or not any new classification 
can be paid for in this year's budget, 
yo\ir Executive Board is, as you knovr, 
committed to press the Administration 
for publication of the LA reclassifica- 
tion. We will proceed in this matter as 
soon as we have definite word about our 
possible supplementary budget. Mean- 
while, the Board has recorded its full 
approval in principle of further reorgan- 
ization of the LA Service in the direc- 
tion of the creation of more semi-admin- 
istrative positions in that Service, In 
watching the beginnings of such a reor- 
ganization, we are concerned about li- 
brary assistants being asked to assume 
duties formerly performed by profession- 
als without a clear statement of what 
these positions will now be classified 
as. Since we have received some ques- 
tions about this matter and other allied 
ones, the Personnel Committee has been 
assigned the task of ascertaining the 
facts in any such situation. It is 
obvious that their task will immediately 
be complicated by the fact that the 
initial reclassification has not been 
published. It is obvious, too, that we 
must start somewhere to get job descrip- 
tions for every bibliothecal position 
and classification. 

As we approach the months of July - 
August, I wish to each of you a most 
hapi^ vacation spent in the re-creation 
which we all seem to need at this time 
of year, Hope to see many of you in the 
White Mountains of New Hampshire, 
"vacation land of New England", 


P. 3. A bouquet of flowers, from the Staff 
Association, has been sent to Louis Rains, 
Science & Technology, who is a patient 
at the Massachusetts General Hospital. 


Entered ; 

Steven H, Cooper - Bookmobiles 

Joan C. McAuliffe - Washington Village 

Michael F. Meleedy - Periodical and 

NexiTspaper (formerly part-time) 
Lynne Simek - Science and Technology 
Gloria Randall - Cataloging and Class- 
ification, R&RS 

Bernard Hrul - Book Stack Service 
(foraerly part-time) 

i4arilyn Levine - Cata].otiing and Classi- 
fication (formerly part-time) 

Ellen Sraolker - CatalogJJig and Classifi- 
cation (formerly part-tima) 

Rena M, Fisher - l%ttapan (formerly- 
part-time ) 

Joanne Ruvido - North End (formerly partv* 

Joseph T. Shea - Central Charging Recoils 
(formerly part-time) 

Philip W, Wong - Book Purchasing 

Richard J. Vesey - Audio Visual 

Lena M, Moyberry - DivisJ.on Office HR.iCS 


Barbara Craxrford - Booknobiles (formerly 
vrorked in Book Stack service) 


Nancy Baxter - Central Charging Records- 

to move to Florida 
David Benson - Rare Book - illness 
Johanna Burke - Central Charging Records- 

another position 
Margaret McElwaine - Cataloging and 

Classification - another position 
Harry Hall - Central Charging Records - 

another position 
Jolin Mellen - Audio Visual - resigned 
Joanne Raymond - Cataloging and Classifi-- 

cation - I'larried and moved out of state 
John Shea - Bookmobiles - resigned 
Ellen VJalsh - Hospital Library Service - 

to go to Europe 
Kathleen McDonald - Bookmobiles - to go 

to Europe 
Elaine Zemella - Mattapan - to move to 

Theodore Hargrave - Central Charging 

Records - closing of cloakroom 
Mildred Ramsdell - Music - illness 
Frank lozza - Science and Technology - 

another position 


Barbara T'Jhitledge - Division Office HR<Sc 
CS, to Donald Flye on June 1, 1963. 

Marie E. Cambria - History, to George A, 
Lunn on Majr 12, 1963. 


Gertrude S. McCabe 
May 31, 1963 

- Book Purchasing, 


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At the Si^rins Business Meeting of the BPLSA held in the Lecture Hall on 1? I^ay 
1963 the follouins statement was read by Sarah W. Flannery, Coor'linator of the Humaiii- 
ties, RRS, in behalf of past editors of the Qi4 in support of the motion that the 
present policy of the "Soap Box" be maintained. 

To Association llembers: 

All of the past Editors of THE QUESTION MARI( who are still 
members of the staff of the Boston Public Library— with the exception of the cui-reat 
president iiho, ve believe, must maintain a position of neutrality on all questio .c 
discussed at £ business meeting—being deeply concerned over the future of the"3oao 
Box," make the following statements and/or recommendations to the Staff iissociation: 

1. Source of Complaints 

Before further consideration is given to the question of publishing 
so-called anonjmous letters, the members of the Association should 
be enlightened as to how widespread the complaints have been. Were 
tliere, say, ten from one person or one complaint from each of ten 
Association members? Were these complaints all from Central, all 
from r ranch Libraries, or some from each? viere they from any one 
Division or some from each Division? 

2. Hist orical Backg;round of the"Soap Bo}^' 

a. .'m "open forum" was suggested in the first issue 

of THE QUESTION MARK (1:1:1:1). 

b. Tlie policy of allowing signed letters to be sent 

to the Editor with the request that the names be 
withheld has been in effect since the seventh 
issue of Volume I (1:7:2:1). 

c. -Attention is called to the statement of policy which has 

appeared at the beginning of the"SoaP Box" since 1950 
(V:2:26:l). The amendment limiting contributions to 
300 words was added in 195^ (IX: 4:1: 2). 

3. Clarification of" Soap Box" Policy 

A quotation from a letter from the then President of the Associa- 
tion to the Director, 3I January 1950 (V:2:7:2): 

"I should like to clarify the matter of the "Soap Bo:<?' policy. 
According to Vfebster's definition of anonymous — 'of unknown 
or unavowed authorship or donorship' — ho letter is accepted 
for publication in THE CiUEGTlOlI ]a\Ri:, anonymously. All such 
oomraunications must be signed by the person who writes than 
when they are submitted to the editor for possible inclusion 
in the"Soap Bo:^' section. If the writer so requests the signa- 
ture is not published. It is the opinion of the Executive 
Board that this is one place where the individual staff members 
have the opportunity to bring to the attention of their fellow 
employees siny matter which may be of mutual interest without 
drawing unto himsQlf , or herself, as the case may be, undue 
criticism or laudatory comment. For this reason it has been 
deemed wise to keep this column free from censorship and to 
allow the editor of TtlE QUi:ST10:i ilAW-^ in conjunction with the 
Publications Committee, to publish all such material as they 
deem it wise." 

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4. Funct ion of th e "Soap Bo^, 

The''Soaio' Eok'as it now exists— and has since 19^— fulfills a function 
that is both necessary and important. It is the one outlet where the 
ordinary staff member may — with a reasonable assurance that while his 
troubles will be made known, his identity, if he so desires, will not 
be revealed — express his approval of existing conditions; offer construc- 
tive criticism; air his own grievances and frustrations, or speak for 
many iTho share common problems; endeavor to improve staff morale by 
clearing up misunderstandings; or, though not involved personally, at- 
tempt to help clear the air for those who sie takingsomething too person- 
ally or without proper objectivity. 

5. Imp ro vera en t of Commun ica tions between Administration and Staff 

The'^Soap 3ox^*provides a medium through which incidents may be brought to 
the attention of all strata of both Adrainistration and Staff in the hope 
that amicable solutions may be reached. Anonymity of signature furthers 
this process since it enables a point to be brought out objectively with- 
out the intrusion of personalities or fear of reprisals. 

6. Confidence in S leeted Officers and Their Appointed Repre s entatives 

To hedge in the Publications Committee with unnecessary restraints 
is to show a deplorable lack of faith in the judgment of those who 
have generally demonstrated a considerable measure of judgnent in 
the performance of a difficult task. 

In conclusion , the Past Editors: 

1. Recommend the continuance of the present policy of allowing letters bearing 
pen names to be printed in the "Soap Box"j provided always that the Associ- 
ation member submitting the letter is known to the Editor; and 

2. Reaffirm their beliefs that 

a. the Dditor should be alert to checking the accuracy of all allegations, 
and should continue to exercise discretion in accepting for publication 
only those letters which meet accepted standards of good taste; and 

b. the Boston Public Library Staff Association has always been fortunate 
in the position taken by the Library Admisistration of allowing a 
staff paper to maintain an open forum such as the" Soap Box." 

Respectfully submitted, 

1947-1949 ( s) SARAH VJ. FLAilNERY Sarah U. Flannery 
19'IC>-1951 (_slSA RAH M. USHER Sa rah M. Usher 
I95I-I952 .(s)L0UI3.A S. METCALF L ouisa S. Hetcalf 
1952-1953 (s)EDiJA G. PECK Edna G. Peck 
1953-1955 (s) CHARLES J. GILLIS Charles J. Gillis 
1957-1959 ( s)GERALD lTbALL G erald L. Ball 
1960-1962 (s)DOROTHr P. SHAW Dorothy P. Shaw 
1962-1963 (s WILLIAM T. CASEY W illiam T. Casey 

Francis X, Iloloney, Assistant Director, was among those who spoke in opposition 
to the motion. At the time that the Publications Committee decided to publish the 
forgoing statement by the past editors, ilr. i-ioloney was asked if he would be willing 
to prepare a statement outlining the views expressed in opposition to the motion. 
This offer was declined. 


Mother Nature unfolded a rare June day 
for the first day of the spring meeting 
of the Massachusetts Library Association 
at the Mayflower Hotel at Plymouth. 
Shaded porches, bright blue sea framed by 
hazy hills in the distance, shimmering 
swimming pool, and good food refreshed 
the physical senses. The theme of the 
meeting. The Library and Its Public, pro- 
vided the intellectual stimuli. 

Marie Davis, Coordinator of Adult and 
Young Adult Activities at the Free Library 
of Philadelphia, discussed the corporate 
image of the library o The jazzy pace- 
setting image and the self-deprecating 
image are misleading. Libraries have 
captured the attention of the public by 
emphasizing that the services of libraries 
are not free, but tax supported. 

Each library should capitalize on this 
position and decide what goal it mshes to 
achieve. Does it want more financial 
support, or more use of library materials, 
or more exp'ansion of librsiry facilities? 
The impact of the library id.ll be greater 
if it decides what its primary emphasis ia 

Public relations is a point of view and 
is the responsibility of the administra- 
tion. Once the public relations objec- 
tives are established, the techniques are 
relatively simple. The corporate image of 
each library will be determined by the way 
it meets the challenge of public relations! 

Francis X, Moloney, Chairman Public 
Relations Comtiittee, M.L.A., presided at 
the symposium on What the Public Thinks 
of the Library. Mr Moloney was adept in 
his task of getting his symposium members 
to speak their minds about the library. 
His dry humor spiced his introductory 
remarks and his reactions to the speakers, 

A businessman, Bartlett B. Bradley, 
urged libraries to look toward centrali- 
zation and more efficient use of total 
investment. Smaller libraries would 
benefit from the greater resources of 
material that would be available to more 
people.. Advertising, a tool used by 
business, is an effective means to encour-j itself , 
age people to use and enjoy libraries. 

A labor representative, Francis E. 
Lavigne, pointed out that labor is not the 
most educated group in the state. The 
esirly labor leaders acquired the educa- 
tional background needed for their work 
through beneficial relations with libra- 
ries. Mr Lavigne gained his own self- 
education in this way and is a fervent 
booster of B.P.L, for its many services 

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to him. He recounted numerous instances 
when staff members, including Ed Peliicr- 
of Aiadio-Vioinl, had helped and guided him* 

An adult education worker. Jay J. Martin 
thought that the image of the library was 
stereotyped due to first hushed contacts 
as a child with an elderly librarian, or 
to impressions of dingy, century-old 
library buildings. The librarian should 
i advertise himself as a professional worker 
and coitmunicate his needs to the community 
through energetic library-minded trustees, 
Mrs Martin believed that there should be a 
local informal library and a regional 
information retrieval center. 

A public official, Robert J. M. O'Hare, 
claimed that inadequate library buildings 
and services are the fault of the libra- 
rian and the trustees. They should be as 
militant about improving libraries as 
policemen and firemen are about raising 
salaries. The militancy of the librarian^j 
will gain the respect of the local budget 
officials. This point was refuted by 
Kathleen Hegarty of the B.P.L. in the 
concluding question period. 

Mr O'Hare also believed that librarians 
antagonized local public officials by 
accepting the present form of the state 
aid bill which takes income tax money out 
of one pocket and returns it as grants-in- 
aid, Milton E. Lord clarified the changes 
made by the General Court in the original 
legislation that led to this situation. 

A Newspaperman warned that the library 
image can only be as good as reality. 
Invested j?unds do a disservice to public 
libraries because the public thinks the 
library is free and separated from tax 
support. Trustees may be a roadblock be- 
tween the library and understanding of the 
library by the public. Libraries might be 
better off without trustees. It would 
make for closer relations with the public 
if the librarian had to go to town meeting 
and present a political case to secure 
funds. If the librarian is courageous, 
does his job efficiently, and provided the 
materials the public wants, the image and 
reality of the library will take care of 

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The fifth anniversary/of the American 
Film Festival presented b" EFLA, The 
Educational Film Library Association, 
toolc place at the Biltmore Hotel in New 
York City May 1 to May h, EFLA, which 
has sponsored the festival annually since 
1959, is the major service organization 
for all kinds of people in every area of 
the 16mm film field. It is the national 
clearinghouse for audio-visual informa- 
tion, ideas, and opportiinities . Having 
served as chairman of one of the many 
pre-screening committees, I attended the 
festivities in New York, The number of 
entries has grown every year and this 
year a total of more than 600 films and 
filmstrips were entered. In addition to 
the competitive screenings, there is an 
opportunity to see films and filmstrips 
as part of a special program. The main 
problem during the festival days is to 
cecide which of a dozen screenings to 

The formal program included an after- 
luncheon speech by Samuel B. Gould 
(formally of Boston University) president 
of Sew York's Educational Television 
Station Channel 13. A evening session 
presented a panel which examined the 
resurj^ence of the Documentary films. 
Panel members included makers of some of 
th'3 ".■'.lassie doc^lmentaries" of the past 
as T-^'ell as representatives of the newer 
fleZds of T. V. and independent produc- 
tion. Informal discussion was an import- 
ant pa.'rt of the meeting, and festival 
registrants had plenty of opportunity for 
it. Practically all of the large public 
libraiy audio-visual directors were rep- 
resented including Philadelphia, Detroit, 
Baltimore, Brooklyn, New York, and, of 
course, Boston. 

A large contingent of Bostonians in 
the audio-visual field were present. 
Miriel Javelin, formerly Coordinator of 
Adult Services, and I were continually 
running into each other throunhout the 
three days. The finale of the festival 
was a gala award banquet on Friday even- 
ing where the films rated highest by the 
festival's expert juries were awarded 
Blue Ribbons. On Saturday, the winning 
award films were screened throughout the 
day, I Was delighted to see thpt the 
Boston Public Library film selection 
committee had purchased earlier several 
of the prize winning films including MR. 


Euclid J. Peltier, Chief 
Audi o-Vi sual Department 


B. Joseph O'Neil, Curator of 
Periodicals and Newspapers and Coordin- 
ator of General Reference Services has 
been nominated for the Steering Committee 
of SORT. SORT, The Staff Organizations 
Round Table, is a national association 
which was established to bring library 
staff associations into a closer rela- 
tionship and to act as a clearing house 
for inforration about staff organizations 
Other objectives are the encouraging of 
the formation of staff organizations 
throughout the country and cooperation 
with ALA committees in making studies 
and surveys of personnel problems. 

The Steering Committee is the governing 
body of SCRT., There are nine members on 
this Committee, and the annual meeting 
is held durmp the annual conference of 
ALA. The SORT BULLETin, a monthly nexvs- 
letter, is available in our Staff Librae "^^ 

Previous to the nomination of B. Joseph 
O'Neil two other BPL staff members, 
B. Gertrude Wade and Bradford M. Hill, 
served on the Steering Committee. 



God, they say, is angry 

At what we sinners do; 
That is one emotion 

He's not entitled to. 

Yes, He made the Heavens, 

The beasts, and plants, and menj 

Here and the There, 

The Now and the Then. 

Sing Him hallelujas. 

But say that yet and still 

He is also Author 

Of Freedom of the Will. 

Harry Andrews. 

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In 1887 Sir John Lubbock delivered a 
I series of lectures at the London Work- 
I ing Men's College which were later pub- 
' IVsn-.d in book form with the title THE 
Pir.^jUR^ OF LIFE. The book, mainly 
bec^.v.f^e of the chapter called THE 
CriC".oE OF tiCOKS in which the author 
gHV3 e. list of the hundred best books 
of aM ti:P.:?f 'J£.C' '. ery popular and went £ievr7:.?l editions, A London 
praMlsher prinboi a spacial edition of 
"sCJ^ ;:he ti;,:i?;J, and caj.led the set 
sov;8 of the accession dates I looked at 
w? 3«emed to hdV3 got a set at the 
tiiie f.nd t'K: adr'itionel sets in 1909 , 
Wh(!r i f^x3^ arrived on the Library 
softr.3i an atlrp.ctively bound set was 
on the open, shelves in Bates Hall near 
the statue of Henry James, Merabers of 
the p-blic who did not want to bovher 
wiuh catalogs or assistants were able 
to £.^t the nfielvfts educated wit-hout 
bentjTit of Int'^rmediaries « 

P.-^cently I w^ikod into the bright, 
clssTi, modern Slvaron Public Library 
an--*, saw on the reference shelves near 
the BiaTANNICA and the AlIERICU^a set 
pu': Wished in 1952, available for circu- 
la"';ion. I looked them over, at lar-st 
the tables of contents, and thinking it 
wou^d be a good idea for us to have a 
set of them on open shelves in Bates 
Hall, I decided to compare than with 
the Lubbock books. 

They differ in appearance, paper, 
print, scope, purpose and emphasis 
alifioso as much as 1952 differs from 
2887. And yet 35 of the names appear 
on both lists . The GREAT BOOKS , or GB 
h-.3 5^+ large attractive, with 
good clear print, representing about 
75 authors. SIR JOHN LUBBOCII's set, 
or L, consists of 100 volumes, with 
small type and poor paper, represent- 
ing about 90 authors. Only bt^KEL^. 
are exactly the same in both sets, 
Milton's noans are in both sets, but 
GB adds the AREOPAGITICA, GB prints 
a great many more plays of the Greek 
dramatists and in better translations 
than L. Both sets have St. Augustine's 
CONFESSIONS in the Pusey translation, 
but GB adds his CITY OF GOD and 
CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE. Both give Bacon's 

but not the ESSA'io, which is supplied by 
L. DON QUIXOTE in GB is in the 0ms by 
translation, while L uses the Jarvis, 
Neither uses the Putnam translation 
which is now generally preferred. GB 
uses the Norton translation of Dante, L 
the Longfellow, Neither uses the Carlyle 
translation recommended by T.S. Eliot in 
a famous essay, and used in both the 
Temple Classics edition and the Modern 
Library, Aristotle is i^f^presented in L 
by the ETHICS and the i^CLxTICS. GB uses 
two full vor.wies vrith over 1400 pages of 
text, A re";c;3..utionary change in reli- 
gious thinl<in2 from 188 7 to 195?- is in- 
dicated by the fact that L does not 
mention St. Thomas Aquinas at all, while 
GB gives hijui the same coverage as Aris- 
totle, two full vciiuiies. Chaucer is a 
real clir:her for the superiority of the 
GB, L givc'S hi:-.i in the original only 
while GB hcs a m.dem English translation 
adjoining T^^ne oraglnal. L "ives the 
Elizf.bethan Ficrxo's transli-l^ion of 
Montnigne. while C3 uses the Cotton- 
Hazlitt or' 3,. iMeiil'er of then have the 
superior i;;::dem brynslition by Trecnmanu* 
L of coiu'se dc^'i not mention Freud v.ho 
is heavily represented in GB, Both have 
Darwin and Lock,:., Homer and Shakespeare, 
Pascal and Plate- Epictetus and Spinoza, 
but either xr different editions or 
different tra:islations or different 
sele>-".tion£. For some peculiar reason L 
gives Descai'tes in the original French-, 

Perhaps eiiough names have been dropped 
here to indicate what the two sets are 
like. There is, of course, much greater 
emphasis in GB on works of science and 
modem ideas, while L concertx-ates on 
what the narrower world of London in the 
1880 's considered the best that had been 
written. The fact that L has a heavy 
concentration of English literature is 
understandable under the circumstances. 
The great Russian writers had not yet 
penetrated into England, so L has 
neither Tolstoy nor Dostoyevsl<y which 
are to be found in GB along with Tom 
Jones and Moby Dick. L has Burke and 
Bunyan, Carlyle and Qnerson, Macaulay 
and Ruskin, but GB has William James 
and Karl Marx, 

The Bates Hall shelves which used to 
hold the Lubbock books happen to be 
vacant at the moment. No doubt the 

General Reference people have candidates 
for that space, but I thinlc it would be 
a very grand idea to put the 5^ volumes 
of the GREAT BOOKS there. Those mem- 
bers of the public who enjoy group 
guidance and group discussions are 
getting good help from our Library 
extension workers and in other areas 
of the community. But Boston has al- 
ways had many unreconstructed individ- 
ualists who like to come into a Library, 
find a comfortable seat in a quiet room, 
and get their own good book from a near- 
by shelf. A set of the Great Books in 
Bates Hall is a natural for such people. 
I think it's what Bates had in mind 
when he sent his famous letter, and 
with such bait I will myself come on 
frequent visits to the Library when I 
retire . 




Hubert McKiernan 

Hubert McKiernan, Senior Stationary 
Engineer in the Buildings Department, 
recently passed away after a long ill- 
ness. Hubert was truly a "gentleman of 
the old school", a fine mechanic, expert 
in his chosen trade, to which he applied 
himself diligently. Ifeny a cold or 
storny night he took his turn in the 
Engine Room and stayed all nifjht and day, 
if necessary, to insure the comfort aiid 
safety of the staff and of the public. 

He will be sorely missed by the B.P.L, 

T,P, Geoghegan 

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George Clifford Johnson 

George C. Johnson, for thirty years 
an Assistant in the Fine Arts Depart- 
ment, died June third at the New England 
Deaconess Hospital after a brief hos- 
pitalization. He retired at 70 and on 
June 27 would have celebrated his 85th 

Into the fifteen years of his retire- 
ment he probably crovided as much 
activity as any retiree on record, 
carrying into his leisure years all 
the interests and activities of his 
younger days while adding to than a 
consuming interest in world travel 
which was to give him so much pleasure. 
In the years since his 70th birthday 
he made five trips around the world, 
two extended trips around South America, 
travelled to Hawaii and the Far East, 
made a special trip to Ijigland for the 
coronation of Elizabeth II, cruised the 
Mediterranean, and more recently when 
long trips no longer seemed advisable 
he cruised the Caribbean. As recently 
as the past winter he made two differ- 
ent cruises to the Caribbean, taking 
one of his nephews each time as a 
guest. He was not fond of the cold 
Boston winters, so he delighted in the 
long cruises by which he escaped to 
sunnier climates. A camera enthusiast 
all his life, he brought back from each 
trip hundreds of unusual kodachromes of 
subjects well -chosen and finely composed. 
These he showed to groups of friends and 
club associates , adding lecturing to his 
many activities . There was a wonderful 
imperturbability about George Johnson. 
Whether nightclubbing in the frenzied 
atmosphere of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, 
ricSing out on an elephant to visit some 
Indian temple, or entertaining Chinese 
friends at dinner on board his ship in 
Hongkong Harbor, he moved through 
exotic scenes with the aplomb of Boston 

A Harvard graduate of the Class of 
1903, and a resident of the Harvard Club 
for more than fifteen years, Mr. Johnson 
kept up many pleasant associations with 
classmates and club members . For years 
he had dined weekly at the Club with a 
group of his classmates. An expert at 

chess, he played in the Club tournaments. 
June brought Class Day reunions, and 
autumn the football season. He made 
something of a record in the matter of 
attendance at the Harvard-Yale games. 
When, last November 2k he boarded the 
Harvard Special for New Haven, he had not 
missed one of these classics since his 
student days. 

With the strength of body which his 
lifetime fondness for mountain climbing, 
swimming and dancing had given him, he 
carried into his later years activities 
which most men relinquish long before 
retirement. Mountain climbing he finally 
had to give up, but swimming and dancing, 
including country dancing, he continued 
into the last months of his life. He was 
well into his 80 's before it occurred to 
him not to dance every dance in an eve- 
ning, and then it was his doctor who made 
the suggestion that he sit out an occa- 
sional dance. 

He was fond of the theatre and concerts 
but his special love was for the opera, 
and he looked forward with perennial 
eagerness to the Boston season of the 
Metropolitan Opera, and invariably 
attended every performance. This Spring, 
less than two months before his death, he 
had a gala week at the opera. Late 
Spring would find him at the Pops and 
early Summer at the Arts Festival events 
and at the Esplanade concerts. 

While enjoying new contacts made during 
his long cruises, he was unwavering in 
his attachment for old friends. Besides 
the friends of many years in the Field 
and Forest Club, the Appalachian Mountain 
Club, the Harvard and University Clubs, 
he had a sincere fondness for his 
associates in the Library, and when not 
travelling, returned to the Christmas 
Teas with genuine pleasure. 

Thinking of him, his library friends 
will remember his always youthful enjoy- 
ment of life, his enthusiastic pursuit 
of his varied interests, a certain court- 
liness of manner and the loyalty of his 
regard for the Library and the old 
friends of his working days. 


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South End 

Among the 200 high school students and 
faculty advisors who took part in a 
regional Youth Citizenship Conference 
recently was Alfred Haughton, a Library 
Aide at South End. This was one of a 
series of parleys on "Youth and the 
American Econorcr" held at state colleges 
throughout Massachusetts. Alfred grad- 
uates this year from English High and 
will attend Colby College in the fall. 

North End 

On Wednesday, May 22, North End held 
its fifteenth annual Mary U. Nichols 
book awards. The prizes, given to a 
North End boy and a North End girl "who 
in their senior year at a North End High 
School have excelled in English," were 
this year awarded to Joann Siciliano of 
the Julie Billiart High School and to 
John Chirichiello of the Christopher 
Columbus High School. 

The highlight of the evening for the 
students was the presentation of the 
awards by Milton E. Lord, Director. 
Joann chose as her prize, SEVENTEENTH 
C. White. John's choiee was THE COMPLETE 
WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE, edited by Qeorge 
L. Kittredge. Both books were handsomely 
bound and beautifully boxed in full 
leather with gold tooling and each bears 
a copy of a book olate, especially 
designed \iy i^rthur W. Hgintzelman, Keeper 
of Prints, Emeritus, to symbolize Miss 
Nichol's work with puppets. 

The North End w^s fortunate this year 
in hgving as its main speaker for the 
evening the Right Reverend Edw?rd G. 
Murray, President of the Board of 
Trustees of the Boston Public Library. 
Monsignor Murray's talk about the Value 
of education and the library in a commun- 
ity such as the North End was an inspir- 
ation and delight to his audience. Guy 
A. Beninati who represented the library's 
friends and the North End Community was 
the second speaker of the evening. 

As usual award night proved to be one 
of the neighborhood's most popular events 
Geraldine S. Herrick, Branch Librarian, 
welcomed the guests and introduced Robert 

Castagnola who served as chairman of 
the program for the fourth successive 

The entertainment this year proved to 
be exceptional. The Columbus Stereos 
from the local high school rendered a 
selectioh of popular tvnes and were 
followed by a xylophone solo by Theodore 
Leutz also of Christopher Columbus 
High School. 

Cookies, don?ted by the staff and by- 
members of the community, were served 
with punch during the social hour follow- 
ing the program. Presiding over the 
punch bowls this year were Edna G. Peck, 
Chief of Book Selection, HRCS a personal 
friend of the late Miss Nichols, and 
Dr, Adorna Wallia. 

The staff of North End and members of 
the Young Adult Council served as host- 
esses at this very enjoyable evening. 


The stpff of Memorial has ovory 
reason to be proud, Hprvey Douglas, 
library aide at Memorial, although only 
a junior at Boston English High School, 
was awarded a $L00.00 scholprship for 
outstanding scholastic achievement, 
A second honor received, was the L?wrence 
Prize for Fidelity and Deportment-an 
edition of O'llonry's DEST SKOKT STORIES, 

Hospital Library Service 

Ellen Walsh of the Hospital Library 
Service resigned from the library 
May 28, I963. Miss Walsh plans to 
resume her studies at Bridgwater State 
Teachers College in the Fall. In the 
meantime, Ellen is spending the summer 
traveling in England, Ireland and the 

The staff at the Hospital Library 
Service thank all the thoughtful mem- 
bers of the BPL who have so generously 
sent magazines for the patients at the 
hospital. The magazines are well and 
thoroughly used and enjoyed. With our 
thanks we say just one thing more, 
"Keep them coming, please," 

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Adgms Street 

Deborah Field, Library Aide at Adams 
Street and Senior at Girls' Latin 
School, recently won the First Prize for 
the Best Literary Contribution of the 
Cl?ss A Schools (enrollment of over 750), 
awarded by the Boston Globe. Miss 
Field's story entitled "Joshua" appeared 
in the March, 1963, issue of TKi: 
JABBnT'CCK , Girls' Latin School publi- 
cation. "Joshua" is a stark vignette 
in which prejudice and hate in the South 
are portrayed with chilling realism. 
Miss Field's talent in the use of v7ords 
and in characterization indicate a 
promising future, and the library is 
proud of her. 

Graduation Day means many things to 
many people. For fifty little boys and 
girls who assembled with their admiring 
mothers and assorted other relatives on 
Wednesday, May 22, at the Adams Street 
Branch, "graduation" was the most impor- 
tant event so far in their short lives. 
All year they had met once a week for 
pre-school story hour with Dorothy 
Ekstrom, assistant in the CbiTdren's 
Room. They had learned many fing=5r 
plays, songs, and little rhymes; they 
had listened to picture-bock stories ^ 
they had learned to salute the flag and 
to say a little morning prayer. Now 
they were to "graduate" and "^here x^'as 
to be a PARTY. First Mrs. Ekstrcm 
greeted the relatives and friends. 
Then the children shoiied what they had 
learned by following the routines of a 
typical story hour tiii-e. And finally, 
one by one, each little boy and gii-1 
was Called to the platform and given 
a "diploma" by Elinor Gonley, Branch 

There followed a socigl hour for the 
parents and friends, with Mary Doyle, 
Children's Librarian, as hostess, and 
of course coffee for the grown-ups and 
ice cream for the children. There will 
be other graduations, but none so 
wonderful as this onel 


Once upon a Saturday afternoon, a 
busy branch library closed its doors 
upon the last of the last-minate oatrons 
and opened its central meeting-room to 

its staff members. 

The all-purpose room had been trans- 
formed. Instead of rows of chairs facing 
the platform, the room was gay atid party- 
ninded/'^yme 3- enhanced with lace cloths 
and artistically arranged flowers. The 
silver setting and inviting foods werer 
a delijht to the eye. 

The occasion was a farewell party. 
The staff of the Roslindale Branch 
Library was bidding a fond farewell to 
Katherine O'Rourke, library aide who 
was terminating her library employment 
and leaving for Europe. Mss O'Rourke' s 
mother and sister were among those 

Everyone heaped plates xoth home-made 
chicken salad, potato s?lad, cranberry 
mold, ham rolls, potato chips, mar^ and 
varied condiments,- then settled comfort- 
able to enjoy the excellent food and 
pleasant company in deliglitful ease and 
informality. Thure was time ?nd oopor- 
tvinity to enjoy second helpings and to 
move around for welcome chats with 
fellow workers. The superb coffee, cake, 
ice-cceam, and canuies which followed 
were too good to give up. 

Miss O'RuVtrke was genuinely delighted 
with her evc-.'iing ^\irse generously filled 
with green-bicks to use on her travels. 

Library aides Aim Kreiiimsll and 
Carolyn Barker wore pleasantly surprised 
with gifts of white gloves in honor of 
their graduation from high school. 

After food and casual convei'sation 
had been throughly enjoyed. Patrolman 
John Jo Sqnires showed his films of 
historic Boston, and provided interest- 
ing comments about old landmarks. 

Everyone agreed it was a most satis- 
fying luncheon and visit, 



QM extends its heartiest congratula- 
tions to Jim Ford, Education Department, 
who on S-un;i>:y 9 J-me 196^ recoived the 
Master of Science in Library Science 
degree from the Graduate School of 
Library Science, Simmons College. 



July lU - 20, 1963 in Chicago 

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On Thursday evening l6 May 1963 about 
forty officers of the ARNAVETS sat down 
to a hearty steak or lobster dinner at 
the Frolics at Revere Beach. (All memr- 
bers of this organization are equal and 
therefore hold an office), Mike Venezia, 
Adjutant and Quartermaster, is to be 
congratulated on his efficient handling 
of the affair in his first assignment 
since assuming his new offices. (Some 
members are more equal than others 
therefore they hold two offices). 

To the long list of credits held by 
this noble group must be added still 
another. Not one man took a mouthful of 
food until it was determined beyond a 
doubt that astronaught Gordon Cooper had 
safely returned from outer space. We 
will admit however that most of the 
fellows did partake of certain liquids 
available at the bar which adjoins the 
dining area. This was however, done in 
the spirit of good-fellowship-toasts to 
the success of Cooper's mission! 

Following dinner the membership enjoyed 
an excellent floorshow. Although one or 
two diehards ' tried to keep the party 
going to the wee small hours (as was the 
practice of earlier ARNAVET affairs) the 
overwhelming majority bowing to age and 
dictum from home departed at a reasonable 
hour. It is with great pidde that we 
announce that everyone answered the nine 
a.m. rollcall at the B.P.L. the next 

Commander Edward Maynai'd announced tha 
following roster for the 1963-6U year. 


Dorothea F. Morgan 
Vice Commander 

Leonard J. Macmillan 
Adjutant and Quartermaster 

Michael J. Venezia 

Chester R. Walsh 
Officer of the Day 

John W, Taley 

Martin F. Murphy 

Louis R. O'Halloran 

Harry S. Parker 

Frederick N, Rodenmacher 

Arthur ¥. Mulloney 
Sergeant Major 

Charles D. Povah 

Patriotic Instructor 

Sumner Fryhon 

Francis X, Moloney 

Michael Langone 
William R. Lewis 
Anthony Vozella 
Entertainment Committee 
William F, Nelson 
B, Joseph O'Neil 
Randall J. Tcbin 
Guard Commanders 
John Allix 
Euclid J. Peltier 
Color Guards 

Sarah W. Flannery 
John Howard 
Frank McDonough 
Graves Registration Committee 
William A, Reynolds 
Daniel W, Sheeran 
Relief Committee 

Thomas Manning 
James McLaughlin 
House Committee 

Francis Meyers 
Patrick Mirtagh 
Ways and Means Committee 
Charles Gillis 
John McManus 
Membership Coiranittee 
Henry F. Barry 
Stephen Baxter 
Louis N, Rains 
liason Committee 

Matthew F, O'Brien, Jr. 
Louis Polishook 
Review Committee 

Bernard F. Doherty 
George White 
Censoring Committee 
William Kocen 
Steven Searl 
Past Commander 

Edward Maynard 


Louis Rains, Science & Technology, is 
a patient at the Massachusetts General 
Hospital, 8th floor. White Building. 


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The High Tribunal of the Chatter, i 
Chowder and Marching Society meeting in \ 
so7ofnn session early in May declared a 
dividend - a whopping big three for one 
affair - held at the old camp meeting 
grounds better known locally as The 
China Star. Time: Sunday evening, 26 May 
1963. Singled out for especial honors 
that evening were three of our big stock 
holders who have left the Library service 
but who retain their cherished seats in 
the Society. Retiring after 6h years of 
service were Bill DiRosario of Fine Arts 
and Margaret Cowling Butler of Audio- 
Visual. The Third member of this honored 
group was Barbara Coffey of Catalog and 
Classification (R&RS) who resigned to 
accept another position. 

The affair was attended by over sixty- 
five present and former members. Inclu- 
ded among the 'old grads' were Helen 
IBLrson and Connie Harrington of the 
Division Office, HR&CS, John McCafferty 
and Dave Sheehan of General Reference, 
Monica Harrington McCafferty and Joyce 
Kelley of Catalog & Classification (R&RS), 
Felicia Peltier of Audio-Visual, Mary 
Sheehan of Book Purchasing, Maurice (Mo) 
Rahilly of Periodical, Sheila Pierce 
Stevens of Central Charging Records, 
Dan IQioUry of ^^lsic, Carolyn l^ers of 
the Supervisor's Office, Margaret Gannon 
of the Bindery, Frank Moran of the Stock 
Room and Joan Morris and Sara Goldstein 
of Science & Technology, 

A mixed quintet sang (?) clever lyrics 
appropriate to the occasion as they 
parodied the 'Wonderful Year' bit made 
popular on the Garry Moore TV show. 
The DiRosario-Butler-Coffey trio 
professed complete surprise at this 
fancy 'do' in their honor and certainly 
looked the psirt. Each was presented 
iTith a handsome gift and their brief but 
sincere remarks were well received. A 
Chinese dinner augmented by frequent 
trips to a well equipped and strategi- 
cally situated bar rounded out the 
eveningj fastivities in what can easily 
be cali-:d one of the Society's most 
successiv.l affairs. 

Betty Drane of General Reference 
announced her engagement to Marvin 
Gould. They will be married on July Ih, 

In honor of the occasion Margaret Soper, 
assisted by Margo Hoare, had a gathering 
of Betty's friends at her home on June 9 
at 7:30. A pleasant evening was shared, 
and Betty received some lovely gifts 
and the sincere good wishes of all those 


At a 2o 'clock ceremony, Saturday after- 
noon, June 1, 1963 Barbara J. Whitledge, 
Home Reading Office, became the bride of 
Donald Richard Flye at the First 
Congregational Church in Natick. A re- 
ception followed in the Church parlors. 

The Bride wore a gown of white bouquet 
taffeta, the fitted empire bodice of 
appliqued Alencon lace had an Obi bow in 
the back and the skirt was bell shaped 
terminating in a chapel train. Her 
bouffant veil of imported silk illusion 
was held in place by a cluster of orange 
blossoms and she carried a cascade of 
Eucharis lilies and lilies-of-the-valley. 
Mr & Mrs Flye plan to make their home in 

On Thursday, May 23, friends of Barbara 
Whitledge gave her a luncheon party at 
the Maitre Jacques at which they present- 
ed her with a lovely Bride's Record Bock 
and a set of dinnerware. John Carroll 
"flew" in from Wellesley for the affair 
and proved to be a jovial toastmaster. 
i A most enjoyable luncheon was enjoyed by 
i all and Miss Whitledge was given all best 
I wishes for her forthcoming marriage. 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch 
Library, Department or Office in which 
he or she is employed. The name is 
w:!th-held from publication, or a pen 
nc-ne is used, if the contributor so 
requests. Anonymous contributions are 
not given consideration. The author of 
the article is known only to the Editop- 
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appearing in the Soap Box are personal 
opinions expressed by individual Asso- 
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Fublications Conr-.ittoe and tho AggocI- 
aticn arc in a ^rec .ont v;ith the vicv/s 
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Dear Editor: 

The recent appointment of 
Chief of Book Stack Service was made in 
the usual tradition. The person who 
would logically expect to be made Chief 
since he was next in line and already 
ably performing the work involved, was 
completely overlooked and a person 
appointed whose only connection with 
Book Stack Service was that he worked 
at one time in the same division. This 

is no reflection on the appointee, who 
will probably be a very good Chief, but 
if the Administration had no intention of 
appointing a person already in the depart- 
ment, it would have been kinder to convey 
this in the listing of requirements. 
This was done once before in listing an 
open position and at once conveyed to 
everyone that only persons already in the 
position of Branch Librarian were to be 
considered. In this way, persons who 
cannot possibly be considered for a posi- 
tion will know it from the beginning, 
instead of waiting and hoping in vain, 



To the Soap Box: 

The May 2? notice about 
the advisory panel to help the Trustees 
choose an architect worthy to be a 
successor to McKim must rejoice all 
members of the staff \-iho care about the 
Library as a beautiful citadel of learn- 
ing and are worried about our lack of 
space for books o The target for comple- 
tion of the addition to the Central 
building is probably too optimistic. But 
even if we do get a new building by 1968, 
what are we to do until then? The 
largest number of new acquisition and 
the ones most called for seem to be books 
in category P (literatiire) in Stack 3, 
and category B (philosophy, psychology, 
and religion) in Stack 6. Both those 
stacks are frightfully overcrowded. 
Books are jammed tight on the shelves or 
left on the floor, making it often diffi- 
cult for stack runners to find them. 

Could the areas vacated by the Bookmo- 
bile offices at the end of stack 3 and 
the Printing Department on the top floor 
be used for the overflow? Here is a 
legitimate subject for our useful and 
informative STAFF MEMO to research and 
report on. 



l U Hi w i tuim 


Grace Marvin 

and - Book Selection Department, H, R« So 
Mary Obear 

Laura Reyes - Egleston Square Branch Library 






JULY 1963 


Published by the Boston Public library Staff Association 
Volume XVIII Number 7 July 1963 

Publications Committee r Harry Andrews, Jean Babcock, Doris Gray, Jane 

Manthorne, Edward J. Montana, Jr, Mrs Bridie 
Stotz, Martin F, Waters, Pat White, Barbara Flye, 
Roger Stevens, cartoonist, Sarah Usher, Indexer, 
William R. Lewis, Qiairman. 

Publication date : Deadline for subm^" •' 'y: ng m£. terial ; 

The fifteenth of each month - The tcv.'Ji of m-);.th 

Anan-t the recent Ger ^"^o l Ad - iri,;tra tive N oticb v-'.^S, granted ttTo 
additional days of anneal loa re to'aL'.i ev.ployeos on the ref'^.iar pa./T'oll in Lieu 
of heat relief accorded other city en.ployses during the protrfxtcd .onfe-July 
heat wave, \-ie nake these obaervaoions. 

Using the sick leave policy a.- a model and pre.iedsnt why can't the Adminis- 
tration institute an "cuerroncy Tf-:,ather leave bank". The -b-dnk' cjuld ts com- 
puted according to an enplo,, .?os ■Lo:-3th of serv.-ice as was 'i-n^ witL' the sick leave 
'bank'. Older smploj^Gec:! obxio-'is^ly wov-ld require lonrer and moie frequent relief 
from extremes in the wsathor. Txio term "emerf,c-n'."!j we^.-che^ leave ' would be most 
appropriate for this rew fxange bonefit. Much mure c.pprcpii='.te than, day, 
'heat relief b'^.causc it c-r-ud p.^ovide succor ly m eve^y co-.^ceivable ver^aiy the 
elements may prt)Vide including the snow and ice of a viintar bli^irarrl, ths wind 
and rrin cf a ucvrlin^ f.-3 vro'll as the recently e-cperieiioed (ixscouifort 
from heat and Irrmidity. P?vr,ap£- it could even be ex-', ^.-.nded to include relief 
from the nysterious vicissitudes ve undergo each w'-dh the equinoctial 
changes in the weathori. Tiv? moi-;? ingenious and inventive cf couid con- 
ceivably brerk into 3\:oh a bank for relief from such vaata -v in3t.a_"ed ^xilments 
as can be found ii\ the artlnitic irries - sevc-: e jointal prins inu'^ced, it is 
claimed, by clianges in the atmoiipheric pressure. 

The ad'/antag3S to be obtained by the adoption of this innovation are poly- 
fold. The Admlristra 'i .! on could b-.i^st of a first in a new area oi 2 xafx- management 
relationships - a ver:' '-able breaVibixroughl The Staff, alvays easxly diverted and 
mollified, would be happy - at lee . -it for the present or long enouf^di to irxtigate 
the bitter feelings eaL-endo--od in the appirer.o loss of a 1:^63 p£.y i:ierso.EC a:id 
tha cut in extra servica. The Pixbl ic wo ild alno share in t.he beMe'Tit-s for with 
th-; availability of "emergency ijeAther leave" obviously on'.y t>.'8 stardirt^fc of the 
staff would be on di.^y during periods of extreme inclemency in vTeather - a 
sort of r.ur'/ival of tr.e fittest. All of this could be acccinplish-.d without re- 
course to annual lea\-3 or sick leave. Provision, of course, would have to be 
made for the conversi-jn of unused "emergency woather leave" to annual leave at 
retirement tiriSo A genercua conversion ra.tio \i:ould reward the fait'iful and at 
the same time encourage ccnscienticusnesos 


P.S. From the Publications CoOTiittee: We thiric the editor has been getting too 
much sun, so we are going to give him the month of Augi-''-st off frori his 
editorial duties^ Therefore ^here will be no Question Mark pnhlished in 
Au3UGt, but. we sliall resume publication in Sexjt ember « 



Althoiigh I have been warned by a 
former president of this association 
"not to editorialize in this column, 
but just to report the facts," I am 
taking this opportunity to extend your 
congratulations to two of our members. 
To Louis Rains, our immediate past 
president and general factotum, hearty 
congratulations on the recovery he seems 
to be maldng from his recent, serious 
illness, I am sure that I speak for 
everyone in wishing to you, Louis, the 
fastest possible, full recovery. We 
miss you very much indeed. Our members 
all wish, too, I know, to join me in 
congratulating B. Joseph 0»Neil on his 
recent election to the Steering Com- 
mittee of the Staff Organization Round 
Table of the American Library Associa- 
tion, We are proud to be represented 
again in our national organization, 

Coming to thos« "facts", the Execu- 
tive Board held a special meeting on 
'^^ 18, primarUy to discuss with 
J^. Gaines proposals for Chapter IV of 
t-he Personnel I%nual on the subject of 
promotions. From the beginning, as 
reported to you last month, the Execu- 
tive Board has found no major points 
of disagreement ^rith the ideas present- 
ed to us. In general principle, there- 
fore, >ie nave endorse the proposal as 
It was originally outlined, but some 
aetails do remain to be discussed fur- 
ther. We hope to get together lath our 
Personnel Director by early fall to 
come to an agreement, if possible, upon 
these relatively minor points; so that 
I r^T P°l^^ ^ay i^each a September 
or October meeting of the Trustees for " 
ITX "^^^^^^ion and, we hope, approval, 
uuring the interijn, once our minor 
aili^rences of opinion are resolved, 
the Executive Board has reouested that 
the entire staff be allowed to review 
this pTopostd promotional policy. 
VrZ\ "^^ ^^ meeting, the Executive 

^a^d, approved the outline of dur fall 

So+f '^u'^^^ ^^-^g^^ ^° ^« held in the 
Lecture K^ on Thursday morning, 

iSStt r'^,"^^-°^-l Trends in the 
1960«s. • It WU.1 consist of a panel 
discussion which Ervin J, Gainefhas 
knJidly agre^ to moderate. Already, 
Miss Moorachi^ and her P;ogram cSat. 
tee have secuxfe^ ^ speakers Donald H. 
Hunt, Library Ca:r^ Consultant, 


Drexel Institute of Technology, and 
Joyce Davidson, Assistant Personnel 
Director, Detroit Public Library, 
Wr, Himt's job consists lar&;ely of 
recruiting among high school and college 
students from vihom. he has, undoubtedly, 
acquired a new look at "the image of the 
librarian," A Simmons graduate, Mss 
Davidson has spent some time at the 
Providence Public Library and is, there- 
fore, aware of the personnel situation 
in New England, The Program Committee 
is currently working to produce a third^ 
equally proficient and, perhaps, even 
more iiell knoxm speaker. 

Since the members of the association 
all seem an>d.ous to treat our British 
cousins roya]J.y, the Execubive Board 
has agreed upon the hiring of Hart 
Brothers as caterers for the tee which 
we shall sponsor on Wednesday, October 
9 for the British librarians who will 
be visiting us. It is hoped that every 
member of this association who can 
reasonably be spared from his normal 
post of duty on that day will be on hand 
to gi-eet these visitors. On the whole, 
this group is, I understand, relatively 
young J so they would, undoubtedly, wel- 
come an opportunity to talk with souffi 
of our own younger staff members. 

In accordance with modern personnel 
procedures used in institutions like our 
own, some sort of performance evaluation 
on a continuing basis seems essential. 
For this reason, the Ejcecutive Board has 
appointed a special committee consisting 
of Frank Bruno, Dolores O'Hara and 
Dorothy Shaw to examine various types of 
such evaluation vdth the Assistant 
Director (Personnel), If you have any 
suggestions in regard to this topic, why 
not pass them along to this committee? 

Last, but scarcely least, I wish you 
all to know that, with the approval of 
your Board^ I am sending today (July 10; 
a letter to Mayor John Collins, In this 
letter, I have asked that he approve the 
recuest of the Boston Public Library 
Board of Trustees for additional money 
to implement higher salary schedules for 
both Library Assistants and Professionals* 
It is the opinion of the Executive Board 
- an opinion with which I heartily con- 
cur - that first preference must be 
given to our LA's, I have, therefore, 
so stated our position to the Mayor - 
along with the hope, of course, that the 
full amount requested to take f^are of 
both new schedules be granted* QONT, 


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Perhaps therei may be some good ne^'ra 
to report on this financial crisis by 
the next issue of The Question Ilark? 
We are confident that our l^Iayor will 
eventually look xjith favor on this, to 
us, most important city department and 
that he will give it the financial 
support it deserves, 




Mary Binkowski, Kirstein Business Branch 

Paula Conway (Mrs.), Ifettapan 

Claire Harrington, tfyde Park (former 
part-timer ) 

Dana Holby, Cataloging & Classification 

Frank Orser, Rare Book 

H. Lee Shealey, Book Stack Service 

A. JohJison Decker, Cataloging <Sc Classi- 
fication HR(S:CS 

Janice D, Macoomber, Alls ton 

Irene T, Halstrom, Central Charging 
Records (former part-timer) 

Elyse K. Wolf, Cataloging & Classifica- 
tion Rms 


Ruth E. Winn, Bookmobiles 

Genevieve A. Moloney, from Bookmobiles 

to Science and Technology 
John J, Rohen, from Central Book Stock 

~ Branch Issue -to H yde Park 

Marrie d 

Mrs, Catherine Macauley, Catalc.^-ng & 

Classification R&RS - to Walter 

Carlson, June 13, 1963. 
Gladys Grund, Ifemoi-lal - to Phillip 

Ssmans^ June 23, 1?63, 
Joyce Kearney, Inforiiistlon Offict) - to 

Alan R, Golant, Majr- I4, I963, 


Pamela Dondale, Persormel Office - 

another position 
Arthinr Kastner, Book Stack Sex^Joe - 

returning to school 

Anthony J, Pacy, General Reference - 

another position 
Frank Iferston, Government Documents - 

to attend Science Institute 
Thomas Santos, Audio Visual - another 

Louise A. Hoehl, North End - leaving 

Diane Stolpner, Director's Office - 

another jJosition 
Carolyn Smith, Bookmobiles - resigned 
Mrs. Jean Vint, Egleston Square - 

Harold Hammond, Cataloging & Classifi- 
cation R&RS - another position 



South End 

On June 19th, the Children's Room of 
the South End Branch Library was a gala 
setting for its "Festival of Books" 
progrsim. Tables decorated with many 
new books and booklists attracted the 
curious and excited children. 

Intended to stimulate and encoiirage 
summer reading among the children in 
this area, the program also served as 
an introduction to the SUlll«l READING 
CLUB which is now accepting as members 
any interested boy or girl in the third 
through the seventh grade . A brief 
iiitroduction -i.a the story of "Big 
Claus and Little Claus" opened the pro- 
gram, and then we were delightfully 
entertained by a most talented young 
lady, Dayle Stanley, who enthralled us 
with diversified folk songs. This was 
followed by a iiiock bcc'' auction in 
■win-ch the chilaren partxcip^ted by bjd- 
dii-.g for their favc.-lte bool'."^ which were 
to be talre-n out later on their library 
cards. Pieces of pa-_jer representing a 
dollar each had been distributed among 
the children, and with the "bills" they 
"bou-;ht" the boclcs being described by 
Miss HeToinvray, The bcy^i anc. girls 
throughly enjoyed using ial:c. money for 
thr'.s and bid to their heart's content. 
To top it oif^ every one was e^ate fully 
refreshe'l by a IToodsio, 


Codman Square 

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Sandy Walks the Plank ■«• 

Ahoy I matfes, we have a yarn to spin. 
On Wednesday the 26th of June at I8OO 
hours (six o'clock to you landlubbers) 
a "mustering out" party was held for 
the Second Mate of the Children's Room 
at Codman Square aboard the Good Ship 
D, G. Farrell. All the officers and 
prize crew were present or accounted for. 

The festivities coiranenced with a brief 
return to childhood - games. They vjere 
rather "intellectual" guessing gaines. 
The prizes were indeed unique i. e«, a 
roll of "dressed" toilet paper, a porta- 
ble ash tray for summit meetings and a 
classic bottle oiDener, 

After this, the chief cooks and bottle 
washers (l^, & Mrs. Farrell) soundad the 
order for cho'r. All aivanced to the mess 
hail-gaily bedecked with all the Xs-'iOf. 
mings. The day's menu included typical 
"ship's Fare": 

Shrimp Cocktail or Fruit Cup 
Rare Roast Beef 
Delmonico Potatoes 
Garden Vegetables 
Rolls (homemade & jnjmiry) 
Straijberry Shortcake 
Coffee, Tea or Milk 

A champagne toast \<islS given by the 
First Mate (DGF) in honor of the depart- 
ing Second Mate. Following the toast 
was a special "ship to shore" message 
from Linda Ivers of Charlestoirm, wishing 
our mate a bountiful voyage. Snoopy 
our mascot, was fferocious guardian of a 
"pirates' treasure" for o\ir honored 
guest. The trove included jade, bril- 
liants, fine silks and silver. 

Chief Petty Officer (RFC) "voluntsared" 
for K.P. Duty. The rest of the crew 
adjourned to the afterdeck for a round 
of tall tales, much laughter and flow- 
ing good cheer. 

So you see hoT7 the amiable Saxidy wsdkrjd 
the Plank in high spirits with the 
heartiest irLshas of all the crew for a 
fair wind, smooth sailing and happy 
adventuring ahead. 

•«■ Sandra Plank has left Godiran Square & 
the Library Service to return to 
teaching in the Fall. We shall sorely 
miss her] 


If the topsy turvey world of Alice's 
Wonderland has a flesh and blood coun- 
terpart. Open Shelf must be it. Not 
too long ago, one of our librarians, 
upon inspecting an open brown paper bag 
deposited under the desk, let out a 
blood curdling sliriek. Why? It moved 
- not only one move but two. Sleepers, 
readers and workers converge:^. Two 
turtles without a home had been left 
at our doorstep or so it seemed. We 
librarians, being a breed of our avm. 
making, always have interesting advoca- 
tions. In C^en Shelf we can boast an 
amateur naturalist. Diagnosis - acute 
hunger. Off io the "all day tea party" 
to seciire for our pets rrent our 
pri'-le arid joy. Act II - enter young 
man from Animal Rescue League^ "Where 
are the turtles?" Chorus -"Natui^ally 
there they are. What do you want id-th 
tham," It tm-ned out he had received 
a call froiii a liurarian that turtles 
were to be piclrsa up or rather rescued. 
Upon closer examination of the bag by 
a more curiouj member of the staff, a 
note was found. "Please give these 
turtles to the Animal Rescue League," 
It was addi'esyed to tlie naturalist, 
nat^orally. Closer eraminaticn revealed 
a tragedy. The turtles had been kept 
in the dark of a cellar and were blind; 
they would never see the light of day. 
So their last meal away they went 
for their last ride, 




For the first time all of the 
Lovelace papers have been raade avail- 
able to I'klccli^i Elvjin a>.id the result. 
Lor d B:srron's Wife, is a fascinating 
picture of the lives of upperclass 
English people in the l3th and early 
].9th century, a famous marriage and 
a iii.ore famous separation and divorce, 
neir light on the character of Anna- 
bella and Ikex ton^pesbuons husband, 





'i"ne beautiful city of Denver was the 
site Oi the Special Libraries Association 
1963 convention, which opened on Sunday 
eveniiig June 9th, with a reception at the 
Denver-IIilton Hotel. 

The first general session was convened 
at 10 A. II. on Monday morning. After the 
usual preliitiinaries, the keynote address, 
entitled "The Pierian Spring" was given 
by Dr. Estelle Brodman, librarian and 
associate professor at Washington Uni- 
versity School of Medicine in St. Louis. 
Her address was a challenge to librarians 
to meet the diversified needs of our com- j 
pie:: society by eagerly and willingly 
adopting new methods to better serve 1 
luanacement and patrons. 

ilie afternoon was devoted to division , 
meetings. The Publishing Division was led 
in an iiiformal discussion on "Problems of 
Publishing in the VJest" by Alan Swallow. 

On Tuesday afternoon, the second general 
session was a panel discussion on "Library 
Education: a license to learn." Ruth 
Leonard, professor at Simmons College of 
Libra r;'" Science in Boston was one of the 
participants. It was a lively session, 
witli sharp differences of opinion ex- 
pressed by the panelists in discussion 
and by the audience in the question and j 
ansirer period that followed. That evening 
the annual banquet took place, with a de- 
lightful program by Max Morath "Ragtime 
revisited. " A dynamic personality, who 
captivated the audience by recreating a 
by-^one era, Mr. Morath has appeared on 
I'ational Education TV on Channel 2 in 

Tlie Publishing Division business meet- 
ing on '.Wednesday was followed by the very 
popular Book -Author luncheon, an annual 
event of this division. This year the 
^per-ker was Marshall Sprague, author of 
:fjJ.JPORT E^ THE ROCKIES. A witty speaker, 
\jith a stock of anecdotes on the Rocky 
Mountain area, his talk on "A sidelong 
look at Little London" was in preparation 
for our Colorado Springs tour the next 

TlTe Public Library of the city and 

county of Denver held an open house on 
"Jediiesdaj'" night for the conventioneers. 

It is a handsome building vjith space and 

light and beauty. Conducted tours of the 

• building included both the special units 
and the general circulatioii departments, 
each seemed to be ideal for its purpose. 
The staff was gracious and delicious re- 
freshments were served while soft organ 
music played in the reception roor.i where 
a social hour followed the tours. 

3.L. A. Day at Colorado Springs came on 
Thursday. Some twenty buses, carrj'ing 
700 people converged on that city, each 
division visiting a place of special 
interest to the group. The Publishing 
Division visited the Alexander Pilm Com- 
pany where we vjere shown a film and taken 
on tours through the studios. Luncheon 
was at the beautiful Broadmoor Hotel, 
after which all groups drove the twelve 
miles to the United States Air 7orce Acade- 
my. A cadet was assigned to each party 
and guided tours were provided through 
certain areas of the school and libraries. 
Following this tour, we went UESTERN. 
First we attended a rodeo at the Reed 
Ranch, then off to the nearby ^ying W 
P^nch for an excellent chucla-;agon supper. 
At tables around a huge open fire, songs 
and stories of the Old West were presented 
by -the Flying W. Wranglers~no ?mateurs 
they, but polished entertainers RCA 
recordings of their music to their credit. 
A fascinating evening for Easterners. _ 

The 5'!+th annual session of tlie Special 
Libraries Association has passed into his- 
tory, not as large as the Washington, D.C. 
convention last year because of location, 
but a stimulating convention in a lovely 


GRACE 11. mRVDi 

Approximately 1200 special librariaiis 
j gathered at the Denver-Hilton ilotel in 
j mile-high Denver, Colorado, June 9-13t 
for the 54th annual convention of the 
Special Libraries Association, Despite 
acute problems of planning (the host 
chapter is small and all divisions of SLA 
are not represented in it), an e^ccellent 
program of meetings was presented. 

On Monday afternoon, June 10th, the 
Business and Finance Division held a 
panel discussion on The Comr.ion Market. 
This meeting, moderated by Ted Miller, 
librarian of Investors Diversified Ser- 
vices of Minneapolis, first presented 
Dr. Joe R. Wilkinson, Professor in Inter- 
national Relations, University of Denver, 
who provided the background of tlie CM. 


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He was rollowed by a panel of four experts: 
Georse Dickel, editor of the ROCKY MOUi-l- 
TAIlfu::iO:: farmer-, John is. Duffy, Denver 
Field Office, U. S. Department of Commerce; 
Bernard L. Rosenberg, president of the 
Robbins Incubator Company; Alfred L. Wick- 
man, lilucation Director of the Oil, Chemi- 
cal and Atomic Workers International Union. 
These four experts discussed the impact 
of the CoiiBion Market on agriciilture, com- 
merce, industry, and labor, respec- ively. 
Tliese panel members vjere not cnlj l.'jor- 
ouglily e:qDerienc:jd in their i.- elds but 
were also able to express themselves in 
a most co::;pnt fashion. 

As cha.iiTian of the Bvisiness and Finance 
Division, your reporter was nest hz^py to 
hear many people remark that this jas the 
best meeting thay had ever attended. 

Also, eiosellenoly received T;as the divi- 
sion's meeting on Wednesday mornin-; on the 
operating statistics o? special libraries. 
Discussants were Sarah Rebecca Rred, 
Library Services Branch, U. S. Office of 
Education, substituting for Ruth tine, 
U. S. Bureau of the Budget (who was unable 
to attend) ; Bernard Fry, National Science 
Foundation; and Mrs, ELaireV.'oodruff , U. S. 
Civil Service Coinmission. 

A Tuesday luncheon meeting on the use 
of punched cards, with Stephen E. Furth, 
manager of Information Retrieval, IBM, 
and a tour of Shepard's Citations at 
Colorado Springs on Thursday, completed 
the program of the Business and Finance 

Despite concentration on the business 
at hand, the vistas of the snow-capped 
peaks of the Rockies constantly beckoned, 
and eventually the work of the convention 
completed, many members succumbed and 
headed for well-earned vacations in the 
high altitudes. 

Former BPLers in attendance included 
Vanda Cariani and Joan Morris of Science 
and Tech and Eleanor Di Giannantonio of 



HRCS recently initiated an experiment 
with paperbacks and young adult readers 
in 10 Branch Libraries, The Branches 
selected represent a variety of commun- 
ijfcies;, readership, proportion of young 
adult use, and strength of resouroeso 

Paperbacks may prove more appoallrg to 
young adults than hard-cover cditiorso 
These paperbacks vrill supplement biifc not 
subjtituts for books in the -cormaner-t 
coliecticn; It is hoped that bhis cp^ 
pcrinent will re'/oal v;he.t usos pap^rb'.ek s 
will be put to. v;h.?^t a^^^a roajer is drawn 
to\'?ard thevdj wbe'";'or thoy are used for 
brc-7« or borrov-ing, ihether their 
general usefulness war rent city^v/ido 
placement or whether thoy lend themselves 
only to certain neighborhoods and cerfcuin 
ttieedd • 

iOO titles 3 all previously approved for adv,it collections have been snlejt*=» 
ed^ The same "package" collection will 
be in each of the 10 participating 
B ranches. 

Paperbacks will be charged out in the 
same manner as books. In case of over- 
dues, thoy will be treated as magazines. 

An evaluation sheet will be sent out 
to participating Branchus as a moans 
of assessing the strengths and weak- 
nesses of this eypcriment. 

The Branches selected are as follov/s: 




South Boston 

Washington Village 

Parker Hill 

Mt, Pleasant 




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I The follovring 3PL staff members are 
attending the ALA convention in Chicago, 
July 1^ - 19: 

Director's Office 

Milton E. Lord 
John J. Connolly 

Srvin J. Gaine'3 

pivJ.^.ion cf Bol'^c_ ; r.3_e ?d Rese a rch 

Fine ■A'i:'ts . 

Florence CorJiclly 
Elvira Lavorgna 

General Referenc s 
Rosalie A, Lang 

Social Sciences ' ; 
Mildred C. O'Connor 

Division of Home Reading and Comnunitv 

Division Office 

Ruth M. Hayes 
Kathleen B, Hegarty 
Pauline Winnie k 

Ot?en Shelf 

Grace B. Loughlin 
M. Jane Manthorne 
Louisa S. Metcalf 

Rose Moorachian 


Bridie P. Stotz 


Gertrude Wade 

Urhams Corner 

Veronica C. Lehane 


As librarians converge on Chicago this 
week to conteanplate libraries and student 
users, they will - it is hoped - bring 
clear-headedness, fresh insights, and 
sol u tions . If they tackle the rnppct of 
edijcation on libraries as if the 'oioblera 
were brand r.ew niid urgent, it matters 
no- so long as r-';.oWers are f:u'-.d. 

i3i'.t the px'oblcr.1 is not nc . , and shades 
of ether confer-jrices, other s7-ipc3ia may 
we.'-l hovel- "lesv the cor-/ent:..'..-n platforms, 
Mc : th&i Y.^lf a century ago earnest 
btMioteolu.iciayis met at an SZjA conven- 
tii;ri in PajadGna. Px-ofessor Ai-thur H. 
Ch.i barlain of the University of Cali- 
fonu.a, representing the National Educa- 
tion Association, spoke purposefully on 
"Increasing the educational efficiency 
of the library."-^ Some of his earnest 
proiieuncenents besur repeating; his 
entire talk merits attention today. 

The professor found the library to be 
"part arid parcel of the educational 
schemei" ti id to separate it from educa- 
tion was to place it in "the amusement 
column," He lamented that "already some 
libraries and the major portion of most, 
judged by the books on their shelves, 
belong with the theatres and the siiramer 

To make the library adequate to its 
educational mission Mr. Chamberlain 
hanmered out his main point that "all 
librarians must be teachers in spirit 
and temperament, and all teachers must 
understand how to work with books," To 
give out reading matter to students 
while untutored in books oneself is, he 
said, like putting "drugs of which you 
know nothing into a body of which you 
know less." 

Professor Chamberlain advocated 
library instruction in normal and train- 
ing schools so that teachers would be 
effective companions to librarians in 


1 Chamberlain, Arthur H. "Increasing 
the educational efficiency of the li- 
brary," In American Library Association 
P apors and Proceedings of the Thirty - 
third Annual meeting of the American Li- 
brary Association held at Pasadena. Cal - 

ifornia . May l8-2i+, 1911. 
1911. pp. 15'^-l63. 

Chicago, ALA, 

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cont . 

the book world. "It is quite evident 
that as yet few school boards, superin- 
tendents, principals, teachers or 
librarians have seriously considered 
the necessity of preparing all our 
teachers in the elements of library 

Descrying the much-repeated scene he 
had witnessed of students and adults 
groping for books in libraries, Professor 
Chamberlain urged complete librarian- 
teacher cooperation in book matters, 
early instruction of children in 
library methods, intelligent reading 
assignments by teachers, assigrments 
which "broaden /the student's/ outlook" 
rather than create a distaste for 
books . 

Professor Chamberlain talked length- 
ily and forthrightly on this problem 
which is old yet new. His recommenda- 
tions and solutions surely bear com- 
parison with the proceedings of the 
present ALA convention. 



At last the Library has a self-service, 
coin-operated, quick-copying machine 
available to the public. In fact we 
have two, one at the Kirstein Business 
Branch, the other in the Periodical 
Room. The Machine is called a Docustat. 

The machine will copy from single 
sheets or from pages in bound volumes. 
It will accomodate pages up to legal 
sizie. The readable white -on -black 
pmfjr negative is produced in thirty 
seoords. A positive if needed, can be 
produced from the negative in thirty 
more seconds. 

How do you operate the machine. Easy, 
Just place the material to be copied 
over the window atop of the nachine. 
Close the cover. Press the button. 
Deposit a quarter. Wait thirty seconds. 

The Information Office has agreed to 
change money for those who do not have 
quarters. The Officer -in-Charge will 
arrange for immediate refunds if the 
machine should fail to produce satis- 
factory copies . 

The machine is already well patron- 

ized. vJe expect that as the availabil- 
ity of this service becomes more widely 
known among our readers and the tempo of 
library use picks up in the Fall that 
the installation of more such machines 
will be warrented. 

We hope that this service will result 
not only in more satisfied users but 
also will reduce the number of mutila- 
tions of Library books and periodicals. 

Unfortunately this machine is not a 
practical answer to replacanent of pages 
already torn from Library volumes. The 
negative copy produced is of slightly 
smaller size than the original. A 
positive produced from the negative is 
correspondingly smaller. The paper used 
is not flimsy but would not appear to 
have the qualities needed in a library 
book subject to heavy usage. 

The Xerox print, which does not re- 
quire a special paper, allows the use 
of bond or onionskin or other special 
paper appropriate to the use to be made 
of the copy. The experience with the 
Docustat machines, particularly volume 
of use, may show ' ' the feasibility 
of a Library installation of a Xerox 
copier. Most libraries having Xerox 
copiers can supply positive copies on 
good paper for much loss than the 
Docustat can for a negative copy. 

In the meantime, the Docustat is help- 
ing to fill a need and probably would 
provide a useful supplementary service 
if and when the Library obtains a Xerox 

The U. 3. Post Office, famous for 
its wall portraits of the nation's 
WANTED criminals, offers a new por- 
trait this Week, Garishly ornament- 
ing a red poster is a creature weirdly 
insect -like - part fly, part mosquito, 
part artist's invention. The message 
on the poster calls on alert Americans 
to report unusi\sl insects to the near- 
est agricultur-^J. agfc.rl,. 

The vivwer ie led to wonder what 
this is all about, ie've faced 
Japanese beetles and earwigs. What 
comes next? Are the bug-eyed mon- 
sters at last slipping in from outer 

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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be ac6oir5)anied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department or Office in vjhich he 
or she is employed. The name is irith- 
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 
i." "'.he Soap Box are personal opinions 
L'..j^ressed b^r individual Association mem^ 
bers 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 not containing 
more than 300 tjords will be accepted. 

To the Editor: 

The Job Evaluation Study 
is now two years old, the job descrip- 
tions so carefully prepared no longer 
accurately describe many of the jobs, 
some jobs no longer exist. 

The Job Evaluation Study cannot be 
published until the money is available 
to put it into effect J the money is not 
available so we have to tighten our 
belts and slash the Library Aide budget, 

Lo and Be hold J Some money is avail- 
able! But not for the Library Aides and 
Library Assistants, It is sufficient 
money to pay the salary of two new 
curators for five months, (Enough to 
pay for about 5000 hoxirs of extra ser- 

Maybe we can struggle through the 
summer. TiJhen school starts up again, 
who is going to do all tne work which 
would b e done by the Library Aides cut 
from the payroll, 


■?f i«- -St 

Dear Soap Box; 

In view of the stringencj'" 
of the Library's personnel budget, the 
drastic cut in the budget for Library 
Aides, and the long delay in bringing 
about the badly-needed revision in the 
salary scales of the Library Assistants, 
how was the money found so easily to 
pay the salaries of the two newly 
appointed Curators? 

Two competent persons have been act- 
ing as Curators, Wny could ^^^e not 
wait until a more favorable financial 
situation? S-orely considering the 
length of time these positions have 
been left unfilled in the past, there 
was no urgent need to fill these 
positions now at the e:cpense of the 
Library Aides and the Library Assistants^ 


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To the Editor: 

Librarians, to be sure, 
are hardy souls — but arc they so much 
less sensitive to heat than other City 
employees that directions from City 
Hall, stating that heat relief is in 
effect, can be ignored? Certainly the 
public should be served, and perhaps 
only a few staff members can actually 
be spared; but it is the principle of 
di scrxTTii nation that hurtsi 

Ed, Note: 'Ulns lelLcr was received prior 
to BPL G,A.N, # 31 ^ 32, 1963. 

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To the Soap Box: 

A respected emeritus 
has asked me in a letter if I knew what 
had been done with the money donated by 
the Staff at Centennial time. It seems 
that the money is still unspent. The 
delay may be due to the fact that the 
gift was hedged -with a condition not 
entirely acceptable to the Administration*. 

If it is not too late or illegal, and 
if permission can be obtained from the 
donors, I would like to suggest that the 
money be deposited in some bank, and 
neither principal nor interest be touch- 
ed until the Library celebrates its bi- 
centennial, The Administration at that 
time should be allowed to spend all of 
the accumulated amount for Library pur- 
poses. But we should insist on two 
conditions : 

1, None of the money is to be spent 
on jiinkets to the Moon or Mars or a^iy 
other world available at the tim.c for 
the purpose of discovering how th.-.r 
solve their problems of staffing and book 

2, If the City governiaent of that 
time is to give a dinner ax, a contemporary 
Sheraton, it should be done m_ore d;.-mo- 
cratically tha:i --ras done at the Centerw 
nial, I remember a nouveau richo ad- 
ministrator "rattling" som.e tickets in 
his pocket in front of me and telling 
m.e I could not be given one becaM?8 the 
aff?ir was limi-'sd to chief r. (or was it 
already curators?) and betto:c> or, per- 
haps even less cemocraticaliy, to 
deputy supervisors (or was it already 
coordinators?) and better. 

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Dear Soap Box; 

Congratulations to the 
new Curators of Education and Music. 

Condolences to the Library Aides cut 
from the payroll and the underpaid 
Library Assistants waiting for o-vordiia 
salary adjustments. 


he xrould be advised not to tell his 
neighbors he is home on "heat relief". 
They may think he is some kind of nut. 

COOL ll^N 




Dear Soap Box; 

If a staff member has to 
wait until the cold weather to take the 
vacation granted in lieu of heat relief 

Dear Editor: 

Could there be a statement 
of policy as to the function of the 
Central Book Stock? What can the branch^ 
es and departments expect in the way of 
service from this dei>artment? 

It should be understood that when 
people in branches reouest books, v/heth- 
er in the regijlar manner or by telephoiie 
vfhen the books are needed in a hurry, 
they ask not for them.selves but for the 
public. The manner in •'^hich these re« 
ouests are sometimes received makss the 
branch person feel as if they are really 
asking too much. For wliat reason does 
C.B^S., exist except to send to the 
branch public books wiiich a branch can- 
not supply? Should the individual 
borroijer be expected to pay carfare and 
go to Central to obtain material which 
should be obtained from C.B^S,? 

At present it seems there are re- 
sti'ictioi.o as to what will and what will 
no"; be sent to the branches. Is this 
arbitrarjr on the part of the department? 

-X- -sc- -iC- 

Dear Soap Box: 

l^hy not have a column 
devoted to the doings of former BPLers? 

Ifost of us have at least a dozen 
friends who have left the Library, 


Dear Editor; 

Many BPL secretaries and 
typists have been xrorldng diligently 
this past week on a State Aid? Project, 
However, the return address on the 
insjority of this material is MIA, Why 
should underpaid (for the most part) 
BFL staff members, who needless to Say 
in most cases are working in under- 
staffed departments due to vacations, 
resignations etc., be asked to do this 
work on Library time. Shouldn't over~ 
time be allotted for a task such as 


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Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Voluine XVIII Number 6 September I963 

Publications Committee: Harry Andrews, Jean Babcock, Doris Gray, Jane 

Manthorne, Edward J, Montana, Jr., Mrs, Bridie Stotz, 
Martin F, Waters, Barbara Flye, Peter PeSantis, 
Cartoonist, Sarah Usher, Indexer, William R, Lewis, 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month TV- 3 ten'-.h of s-ich month 

We are always pleased when we notice new faces in our midst. New faces 
can mean a '-new look"; oftJines they bring the needed changes and fresh ideas 
so necessary to an institutJ.on such as ours which can not risk stagnation in 
r/J.s age of rapid change. We sincerely welcome all new members of the staff « 
I.- the same breath we lament the loss of the many individuals who for one 
reason or another have found it necessary to leave the service of the Library, 
Their reasons for leaving are varied. We suspect, however, that a large num- 
ber of recent resignations were for financial reasons. The current rate of 
remuneration for both the Professional and Library Assistant Services, espe- 
cially the latter, is woefuQJy inadequate. We can not continue to attract 
competent new people to either service nor, indeed, can we hope to maintain 
even the status-quo against the more attractive salary opportunities in this 

The present situation insures us of becoming a • short-term stop for 
qualified people who will remain here v;hile "shopping around" for better 
positions elsewhere. We do not for a moment suggest that acceptance of em- 
ployment here should involve any form of permanence or lifetime contract. To 
the contrary, the Library should encourage and expect that in the process of 
professional development careerists will want to apply skills acquired during 
tenure here when better opportunities appear in other places. This applies 
equally to both professional and to non-professional sld.lls. However, the 
Library should be in a position to offer both present and potential personnel 
a system in which career development exists and in vihich the competent person 
can expect recognition, promotional opportunity and adequate financial reward 
for superior service rendered. 

The present rate of resignations, with the resiiltant serious staff short- 
ages in all Library activities, when equated with the difficulties in recruit- 
ing qualified replacements point uneq>iivucgl'ly to an IMMEDIATE need for Library 
personnel salary adjustments URIARD, 



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Your Executive Board enjoyed a summer 
off from Staff Association activities, 
as there appeared no new major develop- 
ment to necessitate an extra board 
meeting. Mith the fresh outlook which 
vacations are supposed to provide, I 
hope that we can tackle some of the old 
problems as yet un-resolved in our 
September meeting later this month. 

Unfortunately, ve have received no 
reply from Ifeyor John Collins to our 
letter urging an appropriation for the 
salary increases which our Administra- 
tion has deemed necessary - and which 
we all know are long overdue especially 
to our Library Assistants, As these 
notes go to press, ovir Administrators 
are still o^rnestly seeking these in- 
creases but have not yet secixed the 
sum requested. We hope that some posi- 
tive action xjill be taken before Elec- 
tion Day] 

Meanwliile, we have two major Staff 
Association events to look forward to 
in Octooer, It is hoped that as maiy 
staff members as possible will be on 
hand to greet and meet the visiting 
Ijbrariaiis from England on Wednesday, 
October 9. Ovr tea will run from h:30 
to 6:00 P.M. [See further discussion of 
this event in ensuing pages of this QM, ] 
Despite our crucial personnel situation, 
we urge department heads to arrange 
schedules on that day in such a way as 
to ensure that we can make these offi- 
cial visitors feel really welcome by a 
large turnout of our membership. You 
will receive further particulars about 
this tea in a later notice. 

On October 31 we shall present our 
second professional program of the year. 
On that Thursday morning from 10 a.m. 
to 1 p.m^, you will have a chance to 
hear about and discuss contemporary 
personnel practices and procedures vdth 
three experts in the personnel field. 
I urge all of you to attend i.his meet- 
ing so that you can learn what is hap- 
pening in other institutions conparable 
to our ovm and, thus, be better able to 
discuss intelligently the policies of 
this Library. [Publicity for this pro- 
gram also, may be found in the follOTir- 
ing pages of this publication.] 

Have you all read our letter to Eric 
Moon as it was published in the Jiily 
issue of the Library Journal, p. 2^82, 

complete with an editor's note and a 
reply from Mrs. Dorothy I\lyren? Two 
things are worthy of note in this 
connection. In printing our letter, 
Mr, Moon took the liberty to omit two 
significant sentences - without, you 
will note, benefit of the ellipsis 
marks normally used to indicate such 
an ommission, [Now that I am recovering 
from my summer inertia, I intend to 
question him on this "peculiar" action, ] 
It is also fascinating to compare Mr, 
Moon's editorial note on this letter in 
which he defends his right to publish 
purely personal or "personalized" views 
with his own editorial on pages 26Ui4.- 
26I47 of the same LJ issue. In the 
latter, I'fe". Moon takes our John Berry 
and The Bay State Librarian to task for 
asking questions about segregation in 
certain southern libraries mthout 
first ascertaining all the facts by 
direct inquiry to everyone concerned^ 
Since the sentences omitted from our 
letter to LJ were ones asking whether 
or not other librarians in Massachusetts 
had been advised of the contemplated 
publication of Mrs, Nyren's letter, 
there seems to be a strong vein of in- 
consistency in LJ under its present 
editorial management,. 

Anyone who has had the dubious pleas- 
ure of heading the Publications Cominit- 
tee of The Question Mark may well 
Sympathize with Mr, Moon over the prob- 
lems of editorship. However, I think 
that our past and present editors 
deserve commendation for both consis- 
tency and professional integrity. 

This seems like the appropriate time 
of year to urge all of you once again 
to contribute news of the activities 
among members of your department to the 
QM on a regular basis, I cannot think 
of a better way to express our appreci- 
ation to the present editor and his 

Finally, my thanks to all of you who 
wrote to either senators or representa- 
tives on behalf of Senate Bill #537, 
Now that we are at last in possession 
of real state-aid for library service 
in the Commonwealth, we should be able 
to look forward to increased appropri- 
ations for our own institution in 
future years, 



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Belsky, Edward S,- Central Book Stock - 
Branch Issue 

Bleecker, Ruth [i%'s, ]~ Music 

Brooks, Margaret E... Egleston Square 

Childs, Anthony T,„ Audio Visual [former 
part-timer ] 

DeKoning, Juliann- ¥est Roxbury 

F?^eming, Judith - General Reference 

Fu]ler, Ann C,- Allston 

Fulium, Joseph F,„ Periodical and News- 

Guyette, Velma R.- Boolanobiles 

Lord, Helen -South End [former part- 

McCusker, Margaret A.- Central Charging 

■Miller, Gerald P.- Kir stein 

St« Clsdr, Norberty Cataloging and 
Classification R&RS 

Scannell, William J, ^ Audio Visual 
[former part-timer] 

Stenglein, Barbara M,, Washington 

Tiorano, Michael^. Book Purchasing 


Neckes, I-lark>. Allston 

Stevens, Sheila [Mrs,] - Cataloging and 

Classification R&RS 
Tie\ili, Anthony F, - Egleston Square 


Connor, Mary E, from Allston to Adasns 

DeSimone, Rosemarie from Connolly to 

East Boston 
Ellis, Linda from Open Shelf to Adams 

Eks trom, M, Dorothy from Adams Street 

to Memorial 
Frank, Winifred from Div. Office HR&CS 

to Officer-in-Charge Desk R&RS 
Hsnna, Dorotl^ from East Boston to Mt, 

Maniscalco, Janice from Rare Book to 

Director"' s Office 
Randall, Gloria from Cataloging &c Class- 

i-Lication R&RS to Office of Records, 

Files & Statistics 
Rohen, John J, from ifyde Park to Central 

Charging Records 
Story, Richard from Central Charging 

Records to Audio Visual 
Tieuli, Anthony from Egleston Souare to 

North End 


Elizabeth A, Drane, General Reference 
to Marvin Gould, July U^, 1963 


Bouchea, John - KLrstein 

Brown, Sandra - Office of Records, Files 

& Statistics 
Burke, Raymond - Central Book Stock - 

Branch Issue 
Cherington, Reed - Book Purchasing 
Cohen, Audrey - Cataloging and Class- 
ification R&RS 
Connolly, Ann M, - Central Charging 

Cororay, S, - Mattapan 
Doocoy, Mi :hele - Lower Mills 
Dorev, Ro-'.^rta [I"frs, ] - General Reference 
Fantdsia, Robert - Bock Stack Service 
Fletoherj Susan - Book Selection HR&CS 
Foley, Charles - Audio Visual 
Frcst, Josephine - Allston 
Harrington, Claire - Hyde Park 
Johnson, A. Decker - Cataloging and 

Classification HR&CS 
KeLly, Agn-js - Allston 
Ken-D-^dy, Marie R, - Mt, Bowdoin 
Lavine, Katherire A, - Ifyde Park 
Lynch, Michael - Book Stack Service 
McCa^-tty, Jean A, - Brighton 
McDonough, Card [Mrs„] - Charlestown 
McManiis, Ba:c-bara - Kir stein 
O'Connor, Mary F. - Codman Square 
O'Brien, F.^-y - Hyde Park 
Plenk, Sandra - Codman Square 
Rud'ii.iky, Alice - Washington Village 
Semons, Gladys G., Mat-capan 
Stevens, I, Roger - Audio Visual 
WkD.te, Patricia - Cataloging and Class- 
ification R8RS 
Van Horden, Frederick R, - Science and 



A mid-summer appointment by President 
John F, Kennedy was cause for general 
rejoicing in a certain Brighton apart- 
ment, Rcb-^rt H, Wiite, one time extra 
at f:Zo Bowioin vis appointed Chief of 
the United States Weather Binreau, Mr, 
White is the brother of Gladys R, VJhite, 
Chief, Central Book Stock [Branch Issue], 

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I was delighted to attend the annual 
meeting of the American Library Associ- 
ation in Chicago this summer for many 
reasons. Most important of all was the 
air of buoyant confidence which pervaded 
the conference, combined appropriately 
with a feeling of determination that we, 
as a profession, cannot afford to rest 
upon laurels already won but must work 
together to solve the tremendous prob- 
lems facing 103 and our world in this 
decade and succeeding ones. 

The conference on Sunday evening be- 
gan with a real air of celebration as 
our new headquarters building was for- 
mally dedicated at the first general 
session in the huge Conrad Hilton ball- 
room. Former A,L,A. president, Ralph 
Muxin of Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, 
carefully traced the development of A, 
L„A. from its inception in the mind of 
Ilelvin Dewey and his cohorts back in 
the 1870' s. As he indicated, the scope 
of library service throughout the United 
States has greatly broadened in the 
intervening years. While we gazed at a 
tremendous enlarged picture of the new 
building which was dramatically and u&. 
expectedly projected onto the wall of 
the ballroom, we were all immediately 
conscious that, even so, the potentials 
of library service have not yet been 
mo3?e than gently tapped. This became 
the motif of the 83rd conference as a 
^^rhole , 

The technique of small group dis- 
cussions, preceded by some excellent 
addresses covering the overall picture 
and succeeded by a masterly summary of 
major recommendations by Lowell Martin, 
were well utilized and highly successfiol 
from my viewpoint as an ordinary parti- 
cipant. For the first time at an A.L,A, 
conference, we xrere really able to get 
to know other librarians from all parts 
of the country and to compare notes on 
oxir successes and failures. I was 
especially delighted to have this near 
view of ]y&7s, Grace Stevenson, Deputy 
Executive Director, A.L.A. whom I had 
known formerly only as a gracious and 
excellent speaker. Along with many 
others in the stimulating group to which 
I was attached, Mrs. Stevenson revealed 
a tremendous grasp of library problems 
and potentials, together with an unusual 
willingness to indulge in self-criticism. 

VJe can, I think, be extremely proud 
that out of this group and the many 
others who worried over what we shoiold 
do with our overpopulation of students 
came the conviction that we ourselves 
must work harder together to meet this 
challenge instead of siirply laying the 
problem at the door of our educators. 

Naturally, I spent as much time as 
possible at the S.O.R.T. booth during 
the Conference. Here indeed, one gets 
a chance to find out what is going on 
in other institutions. You can rest 
assiired that our personnel problems are 
not unique. In fact, as the representa- 
tive of the Boston Public Library Staff 
Association, I was consulted upon such 
diverse difficulties as administrators 
i-rho question time spent examining new 
books, the comparative value of straight 
sick leave time versus cumulative policy, 
and how much time one can legitimately 
expect a library administration to allow 
for staff association activities. There 
is no doubt that many staff associations 
look to Boston for guidance and leader- 

The regular S,0,R,T, Business Meeting 
on Monday afternoon was attended by 
about sixty people. After an interest- 
ing speech by Dorothy Broderick of 
Western Reserve University Library 
School on "The Responsibilities of the 
Professional," there were many questions 
from the audience on all aspects of 
staff associations. One poor soul, tor- 
mented beyond endurance, even sought 
some ruling from S.O.R.T. against the 
constant playing of radios for staff 
"enjojrment" on the job. Everyone eager- 
ly awaited the report of Mrs, Grace 
McCready, S.O,R,T. Chairman, on the 
questionnaire regarding various person- 
nel practices which was sent out this 
spring. As Mrs. McCready explained, 
objections from some administrators to 
the length and detail of this question- 
naire have been more than coiinterbal- 
anced by the personnel officers who have 
already requested this data for their 
consultation as soon as possible. Due 
to some lanforseen pei'sonal difficulties, 
Mrs, McCready announced that tabulation 
woxild not be completed before the end 
of the year probably. Since this is 
the most complete statistical study of 
personnel practices since that made 
long ago by Stebbins, its value is 


A«L,A. Conference Notes cont« 

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On Thursday morning, S.O.R.T, members j 
enjoyed breakfast together at the Pick;- j 
Congress Hotel. There charter members - 
of S.O.R.T, were well represented - and 
quite proud of themsleves - along with 
many new members. It was announced to 
us that Mrs, McCready has agreed to 
serve as the Chairman of the S.O.R.T, 
Steering Committee for a second year. 
Our own B, Joseph O'Neil has been given 
the somewhat unenviable job of helping 
the membership chairman to drum up some 
new trade in the eastern part of the 
United States, 

Aside from the Conference td-thin a 
Conference, undouibtedly the most impor- 
tant event of this convention was the 
announcement of the results of the Access 
to Libraries study \mder the auspices of 
the Library Adjninistration Division, A 
report on this study was initia3Jy made 
at a meeting of the division on Monday 
afternoon. The controversy vxhich it 
aroused was continued at the final mem- 
bership council meeting on Friday 

Initiated upon the request of the mem- 
bership and the council, this Access to 
Libraries Study was conducted by Inter- 
national Research Associates, Inc, , N,Y, 
It was intended to investigate the 
degree to which American libraries prac- 
tice discrimination on the basis of race, 
age, economic status or any other cri- 
teria. Representatives of International 
Research carefully explained both their 
methods of procedure and the results of 
their findings. Primarily, of course, 
the southern situation came under heav- 
iest scrutiny; but some attempt was, 
also, made to evaluate possible evidences 
c£ such discrimination in the north by 
exaraining the situation in the branch 
libraries of several large city library 
systems. By vote of the membership of 
A.L.A,, the study in its entirety has 
now been published. 

Examination of this study is well 
worth the time it may consume, I think, 
[Copies viill undoubtedly be available 
in Central, or interested parties may 
borrow xiy personal copy. ] Conference 
attendants were gratified to learn that 
in many sections of the south, desegre- 
gation of libraries has proceeded much 
more quickly and smoothly than desegre- 
gation of any other form of public 

activity. On the other hand, they 
realized how much has yet to be done 
upon revelation that those deep south- 
ern states most deeply opposed to school 
integration have, by and large, opposed 
integration in libraries as well. Here, 
perhaps, is a situation where the force 
of A,L,A, might be put to use - if any- 
one can figure out just how to use it. 

Controversy raged over the sections 
of this study dealing with such northern 
cities as Detroit and New York, Place- 
ment of branch libraries and the strengths 
of collections relative to predominance 
of white or non-white populations in the 
area were analyzed. Together with these 
northern cities, some southern ones - 
including Washington D.C. - were, also, 
examined. Although International Re- 
search had indicated that many criteria 
must be considered in both the placing 
and stocking of branches, nonetheless 
their assertions that the non-white pop- 
ulations of Detroit, Washington and some 
other cities were much less well served 
than the v;hite areas sounded like con- 
demnation. In a heated discussion, the 
fact was brought out that the main 
library buildings of both the Detroit 
Public Library and the Washington, D.C. 
Public Library happen to be situated in 
predominately non- white sections of 
those cities. Mr, Ulveling from Detroit, 
who has received many commendations over 
the years for his untiring efforts to 
ensure peacef\il integration, pointed out, 
too, that population trends are con- 
stai:itly changing and that, even at this 
moment, new branches in non-white areas 
are being planned in Detroit, 

Grievances were, I think, temporarily 
forgotten at the final general session 
and banquet on Friday evening. At that 
time, the incomirg president, Mr, 
Frederick H. Wa^^man of the University 
Library, University of Mchigan, pre- 
sented his inaugiiral address. Many of 
us who admire him were happy to learn, 
also, of the election of Mr. Edwin 
Castagna as Vice-President and President- 
Elect, Most gratifying of all to us 
from Ifessachusetts was the presentation 
of the H.W, Wilson Company Library 
Periodical Award to The_ Bay S tate Librar- 
ian . As Mr. John Berry, editor, accepted 
this award due to his courageous tackling 
of significant library issues, many of 
us experienced a renewed conviction that 
the librarians in Massachusetts are in 

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A.L.A, Note Cont» 

the vanguard of progress towards a more 
complete utilization of our library po- 



A, L. A. and Young Adults 

lAJhile the main focus of the A.L.A, 
Convention with its Conference Within A 
Conference was predominantly on young 
people as students, a segment of the 
week's meetings concentrated on young 
people as personally motivated readers, 
reading for entertainment and new 
The plans and activities described in 
Meetings of YASD* showed several realis- 
■;lc, strong approaches to getting books 
lo teen-age readers. 

Mindful of the present global close- 
ness of Africa and Latin America, and 
equally aware of the active Peace Corps 
recruitment for these areas, YA3D 
li^unched its Africa booklist, A frican 
S^.coT Jiter , With a foreward by G. Mennen 
¥ii.L:-ams the list goes beyond books to 
nignlight films and filmstrips and pro- 
gram ideas, African embassies and agen- 
cies are mentioned for young people who 
may wish to address their questions 
directly to a spokesman of a specific 

Advancing beyond the planning stage is 
a comparable project on Latin America. 
Not a cut-and-dried enumeration of books, 
this list promises to be the most dynamic 
product of YASD, Paperbacks will be | 
offered as well as materials in Spanish 
and Portugese, "Controversial opinions," 
premises Chairman Alice Krahn, "vn.ll be 
included if the ideas or spokesmen are { 
an important part of a coimtry's culture!/ 
Well aware of the North American Librar- 
ian's lijnited contact with the "land 
below," Miss ICrahn is drawing on the wis- 
dom of consultants from nine Latin 
American countries. 

As new- books swell their shelves each 
spring and fall publishing season, as 
endless additions to mediocrity are 
dignified by the printed page and the 
hard covers, librarians despair. They 
virtually scream out, "I'd like to talk 
to those publishers,'" Conventions offer | 
a chance for librarian-publisher contacts, 
but they are often too brief or too ! 

convivial for exchanging serious thoughts. 
To promote a more sober interchange, 
YASD is planning a "Dutch Treat Luncheon" 
for the I96U Conference in St. Louis, 
Pre-arranged seating for this affair will 
put vocal publishers and librarians at 
each table. Instead of being recipients 
of publishers' generosity, librarians 
will "pay their own way" and speak their 

Several reports of YASD activities were 
essential yet routine, but one announce- 
ment showed a trend toward form and 
philosophy in YASD thinking. The in- 
coming editorial board of Top of the News 
announces that future issues will focus 
on one subject instead of many topics. 
The December issue will probably deal 
X'jith book reviewing; the March issue, 
with Frederick Melcher and his contribu- 
tions to the book world. 

Not all the hopes of YA librarians 
are being realized. Ways are still 
being sought, for example, on how to 
determine the impact or the effect of 
books and reading on young people. Ways 
are being investigated on how to con- 
vince fearful adults that young people 
are achieving greater and greater read- 
ing maturity, 


Member, Board of Directors 
* Young Adults Services Division 


Questions ranging from the bizarre 
and ridiculous - "Is it a mausoleum for 
Library Brass?" to the practical: "Per- 
haps it will be a bomb shelter entrance 
to the subway?" - can now be answered 
with some degree of authority and 

The huge mound of earth recently dmnp- 
ed on the green facing the Library in 
Copley Square is being fashioned into a 
platform to display a gift from the 
Watch Makers Association of S-;d.tzerland 
to the City of Boston, The gift appro- 
priately enough is a Floral Clock with 
genuine Swiss movement valued by its 
donors at $25,000, The Clock will be 
fifteen feet in diameter with minute 
and hour hands seven and five feet long. 
The flowers mil not be planted until 
next Spring but the Clock will be illu- 


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minated and in use this Fall with a 
dedication ceremony scheduled for Sunday 
afternoon, September 22 at 2 p.m. 

The present location is an interim 
choice pending completion of the Govern- 
ment Center where it is planned to place 
the Floral Clock in the new City Hall 



Pauline Winnick, the Boston Public 
Library's Coordinator of Young Adult 
Services, will assume a newly-created 
position on the Librar;;," Sei^/ices Branch 
of the Office of Education, repart.-ent 
of Health, Education and Welfare, Wash- 
ington. To be on leave of absence for 
one year beginning September 3rd, Hiss 
'Jinnick's title will be Public Library 
Specialist for Children and Young Adults. 
By the arrangement the Boston Public 
Library is helping to further a new 
national sei*vice to the library profess- 
ion and thus, to children and young 

Miss Winnick's well -wishers in the 
Library ^^oined together for a festive 
farewell party at Dinty Moor as'. 
Mr Carroll served as toastmaster with 
his fine knack for le mot juste. 
Deeply moved by the affair, Pauline 
responded with a full, witty description 
of what lies ahead for her: apartment- 
hunting, cooking for herself, working in 
a window-less office with more govern- 
ment documents than books, and - most of 
all - traveling to places unfamiliar. 
Her many co-workers were sad to lose 
her temporarily, but glad for her 
opportunity to pioneer in library 
service to young people on a national 



Whether the emergency calls for infor- 
mation on the Hope diamond on a cool 
September afternoon or a collection of 
books on arithmetic and English on a 
torrid July day, the B. I, staff comes 
across. It could have been no fun 
searching the stacks in the 90 degree 
t-emperature for books to help the South 
End youngsters in their studies under 

the giaidance of the Northern Student 


{Movement volunteers. Thanks again I 



South End Branch 



On July 31st, 22 members of Brighton's 
Summer Reading Club, accompainied by the 
children's librarian and extra Maureen 
Sullivan, trtkked down to the Frog Pond 
for their annual dip. They were dismayed 
to find the Pond just being filled so a 
quick toxir of the State House was sugges- 
ted. One hour later, after the children 
had traipsed through one chamber after 
another, they had an unexpected reward. 
Outside the Executive Department, a 
governor's aide appeared and asked the 
children, if they would like to meet the 
governor. The children screamed, "yes, 
yes". A few minutes later. Governor 
Peabody came out, made a little speech 
of welcome, and in return was promptly 
invited to their Reading Club party. To 
evei^'"one's surprise, his aide said he 
might even attend. There were hand 
shakes all around and, although the 
cliHiax had alreadj'- been reached, the 
children enjoyed the Frog Pond, too. 


The Fall meeting of the New England 
Unit of the Catholic library Association 
will bo held at Anna Maria College in 
Paxton, Massachusetts, Saturday, October 
5, 1963. A bus will leave from in fi-ont 
of the Library at 10 a.m. 

New England Library Association - Septem- 
ber 25-28, 1963 

"The Wentworth by the Sea" 
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 


BPLSA Tea for British Librarians 
October 9, 1963, U:30 - 6:00 p.m. 

The staff of Science & Technology is 
glad to report the return of their 
"fearless leader", Louis Rains, after a 
leng+.hy illness. 

mum BaooiN news 

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During mid- July the staff of Mount 
Bowdoin branch gathered to say "Auf 
¥iedersehen" to Mss Marie Kennedy and 
presented her with a red leather travel 
clock as a parting gift. 

Miss Kennedy had been Children's 
Librarian for some time at Mount 
Bowdoin, Both the public and staff 
feel a great sense of loss at her 
leaving — but all wish her the very 
best of success and happiness in her 
new appointment as Librarian at 
Roslindale High School, 

Before starting on her new assignment 
Marie left for a three week vacation 
trip through Mexico, 

U9 Caught With Their Books Down 

Forty-nine librarians were caught 
xrjith their books doim at the American 
Library Association's 82nd annual con- 
ference here. 

In a random sampling Thursday, 60 
librarians x-jere asked which book they 
had enjoyed the most so far this year. 

Forty-nine admitted they hadn't had 
time to read ANY book. 


In a similar poll last January, taken 
at the ALA's midwinter meeting here, 
hU of 60 librarians confesses they had 
not had time to read a book in 1962, 

In Thursday's poll, the three books 
most frequently mentioned by the 11 
reading librarians were "Elizabeth 
Appleton", by John O'Hara; "Another 

.■itry," by James Baldwin; ard 


"Terrible Sword," by Bruce Catton, 

-Chicago Daily News, Friday, 

July 19, 1963 


To Peter DeSantis [Book Stack Service] 
who very willingly agreed to replace 
Roger Stevens as cartoonist for the (#, 

To Mr, and Mrs. Francis %ers on the 
birth of a 8 lbs. 12 oz, daughter on 
September 6. This is Frankie and 
Carolyn's seventh child and fourth 
daiighter. Named: Car la Eileen, 

To Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Savignano 
[Joan Sughrue Savignano, formerly of 
Oificer-in-Charge Desk R&RS] on the 
birth of a Ulbs. 6 oz, baby boy on 
July 20. 


To Mrs, Edna Wollent [our faithfvd 
nurse] who became a grandmother for the 
third and fourth tiitie on July 21 when 
t^^rin daughters were born to Mr, & Mrs, 
Edward Wollent [Eddie formerly worked 
in Book Stack Service], The twins 
[Jean and Judith] were the Wollent 's 
first daughters, 


"Nancy is a career glrl^ 
litre fi-v© months," 

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The Study Tour of the Association of 
-Assistant Librarians from England will 
arrive in Boston on a BOAC chartered 
flight on v^ednesday, October 9. 19^3 
.at 3=^0 p.m. They will be met at the 
Airport and transported by bus to the 
ioston Public Library where a tea in 
their honor is to be given by the B.P.L. 
Staff Association. 

Included in the group are the following 
Officers of the Association of Assistant 
Librarians: the President, Ronald G, 
Surridge, FLA; the Honorary Seci-'etary, 
Jean M. Plaister, FLA; and the Education 
and Sales Officer of the Council, 
Jamas 3. Davey, FLA. ^ic Moon, an 
Ilnglishman, and the Editor of the 
Li brary Journal , is travelling i-rith 
the group on its tour of three American 
cities, which in addition to Boston are 
Washington and New York. 

The group numbers 31? of whofa 100 
are women and 37 men. Of these 12i{- 
come from ICngland, 5 each from Wales 
and Northern Ireland, and 1 each from 
-)Cotland, India, and Nigeria. They 
ranje in age from 19 years to .50+ years, 
liearly half of the group are thirty 
years and under and of these some 35. 
range from 19-25 years of age. 

The largest number in the group is 
anployed in either public librauries or 
county library systans. There are 
represented also college and university 
libraries , special libraries , school 
libraries, and library schools —the 
latter by a lecturer on a faculty and 
three library school students. 

The program which has been planned 
for them during their three day stay 
in Boston includes both visits to 
libraries and sightseeing. In outline 
the program is as follows : 

Thursday. October 10, 1963 

A.M. Sightseeing in Boston 
(choice of four tours) 

P.M. Visits to libraries 

(choice of eleven visits) 

Friday. October 11, I963 

A.M. Harvard University 
P.H. Boston Public Library 

S aturday . October 12, I963 

Day trips into the countryside 
(choice of four trips) 

The detailed program, together with a 
check sheet on which each member of the 
tour is to indicate his choices, has 
been sent to London by each host city. 
We are now waiting for the returns in 
order to malce all final arranganents . 

There has been guaranteed to our 
British colleagues bed and breakfast 
for the period of their stay in each 
city. In addition a foundation has 
given a sum of money to cover transpor- 
tation of the group in and between 
cities. The English Speaking Union in 
each host city is giving a tea and 
many other activities both professional 
and social have been planned for them; 
as, for example, H. W. Wilson Co. is 
giving a luncheon at the Harvard Club 
in Mew York and Harvard University 
will be host to the group at luncheon 
in Leverett House dining room follovring 
the tour of the University and its 
libraries . 

On Thursday invitations to luncheon 
with a local colleague are being 
arranged for our guests. B.P.L. Branch 
Librarians have invited the 17 British 
Branch Librarians to luncheon at the 
College Club, the officers of the 
Division of Reference and Research Ser- 
vices are entertaining the I6 Reference 
Librarians at the Red Coach Grill, the 
M.I.T. Library Staff Association is be- 
ing host to some 30 science and tech- 
nology librarians, and the New England 
Mutual Life Insurance Company Library 
to the half dozen or more Special 
Librarians, All will be issued an 

Our visitors will leave Boston on 
Sunday morning, October 13 t at an 
early hour and wiUL travel by bos to 



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A recent book committed to the starred 
collection is Norwegian Agnar Inkle's 
The Hotel Room. Ash Grande, a radio 
brcf^clcaster, seeks an acquittal from 
co\;v:; charges accusing him of being 
gillty of striking a hotel employee who 
has entered the hotel room in which Ash 
is sleeping with seventeen year old 
Jorunn. Through flashback, stream of 
conscious, narrative, and dialogue tech- 
niques Herr l^kle spotlights various 
f:iC2ts of Ash's life — his thought process- 
es, his experiences, his relationships 
with other people. 

Although it reminds one of Albert Camus* 
!,'■ etranger. The Hotel Room is wholly 
F'Onvsgian — moral restraint existing co- 
jjterally with legal permissiveness; the 
rorthprnors compensating for their lack 
c? sophistication with a fierce loyaltyj 
the sea as an escape, the door leading 
tij a superinf lated dream which inevitably 

This novel is a valuable addition to 
the BPL's collection but how many patrons 
are av/are of this title and will bother 
to write out requests for it? 
To Ash Grand hope is 

"a tattered flag and a timeless 
dread, it is a Woolworth crocus 
flowering in an auction room for 
second-hand cars, it is the horse- 
shoe above the door, the lucky six- 
pence in one's pocket, a strong 
man's hands groping for a hold, the 
Salvation Arrry singing that God loves 

But it is even truer that hope is 
the new suit with the square shoul- 
ders and the condom in the jacket 
pocket, Hope is the fly buzzing in 
the classroom, the letter with the 
green postage stamp, the tent beside 
your own at the camping site, hope 
is Svendsen's Festival Polonaise 
played by a symphony orchestra on 
the steps of the university aula at 
matriculation, hope is a pint of 
blood in the tube leading across to 
the other bed, hope is white snow- 
drops growing up through the snow, 
the carry-on party that your class- 
mates talk about, the smell of young 
birch trees, the kitten stumbling 
across the yard in pursuit of the 
hen^ the man who buys parsley in the 
market, the woman who brushes her 
hair with her head bent forward, the 

II Mill ilHiiiitnimi-iiinnr 


child aiming with a stone, the swallows 
building a nest on the beam in the 
barn, hope is the conductor of the 
choir, the uncut book, Hope is the 
fence in the wilds, the paraffin 
lamp in the window, the newly painted 
cradle still standing empty, the 
smell of bacon in the morning. Hope 
is the garland of red-clover, the 
heaps of new gravel on the country 
road, the song of the telegraph wires, 
the lights going down in the cinema, 
the rubber tyre in its place on the 
bicycle wheel, the laces for your 
running shoes, the smears of ski 
grease on your fingers, the brass 
band playing in the side-street, the 
fire engine's signal, the menu in a 
restaurant, the rose window in a 
church, the dragonfly crawling on a 
child's hand, honeysuckle smelling 
in the night, the mechanic laying 
the red lamp lighting up in the 
studio, and the ship's bell ringing 
for departure." 

Hope for me includes good books on 
open shelves, the fifth freedom,..,. 


South Boston Branch 



The "single thought" of these two 
authors is to provide better books for 
children - and they have both succeeded 

Our newest BPL author is Margaret Holt 
Zindler, whose book DAVID McCHEEVER'S 
29 DOGS is just off the press from 
Houghton Mifflin, It is a delightful 
picture-storybook which describes by 
means of Mrs Zindler »s sparkling text 
and Walter Lorraine's gay pictures, the 
unique adventures of David who went to 
the grocery store to buy groceries for 
his mother. David was a new boy in town 
and he wanted, more than anything else 
in all the world, just two little 
things - a dog and some friends. Before 
the day was over he had more of both 
than he knew what to do with. Mrs. 
Zindler is a children's librarian. She 
has been with the Bookmobile for some 
time and recently has been transferred 
to South Boston, 


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Another BPL staff member - now loaned 
to the Library of Congress - Virginia 
Haviland, is not new to the world of 
authorship. Her "Favorite Fairy Tales", 
published by Little, Brown has won wide 
■ acclaim. There have been six of the 
tales to-date, England, Germany, France, 
Norway, Ireland and Russia. Three more 
titles have been published recently by 
Little, Brown - Scotland, Poland and 

With Christmas just around the comer 
(can't you hear the wind howling and see 
the snow sweeping across the SqusireJ) 
what nicer gift for the young sprouts in 
your family than a book written by a 
fellow worker. Just in case - J .' 
Haviland, Virginia. 

Favorite Fairy Tales Told in 
Poland. Illus. by F. Hoffman. 
Favorite Fairy Tales Told in 
Spain. Illus. by B. Cooney. 

Favorite Fairy Tales Told in 
Scotland. Illus. by A. Adams. 
$2.95 each. 
Holt, Margaret. 

David McChoever's 29 Dogs, 
Illus. by Walter Lorraine. Houghton 
rafflin. $i«95 

Congratulations and best wishes to 
our BPL authors - long nay they flourish 
the pen or tease the t-^'pewriter. We are 
Proud of them. 


On July fy a resident of ne?rby 
'Jellesley Hills passed mray^ Those vho 
remember Margaret Lappen, vjho resigned 
in 1?33 to marry Eowax-d Fitch, >7ill 
recall her friendly smile, her twinlcling^ 
brii^ht eyes, her beautiful reu, wavy- 
hair, and the quick step with which she 
pacGi each day's activity. 

Her early years in the Library were 
spent at Allston and Brighton, her 
second assistantship at West Endj under 
Faniiy Goldstein, and hsr firj^t assist- 
antship at Uphams Corner. After bcjr 
transfer to Information in 19-3* Miss 
Lappen pursued enthusiastically an 
intensive study of government documents 
under the personal supervision of Edith 
Guerrier, who had organized a Government 

Documents Room as one of three distinct 


units of Information — Information, Open 
Shelf, and Government Documents (now 
Central Charging Records and the Coat 
Room), She successfully passed a promo- 
tional examination in the subject field 
and was in charge of the third room. 
When, under reorganization, government 
documents were absorbed into Statistical, 
Miss Lappen went along with them, aind at 
the time of her resignation was Assistant- 
in-Charge of the Department, 

During her long career in the Library, 
Margaret Lappen Fitch was devoted to her 
work; unswerving in her loyalty to the 
Library and to those with whom she 
labored; continuously faithful to the 
high professional standards she set for 
herself; uniformly fair in her judgments; 
in short, an all-round asset to the 
institution. To have sliared a friendship 
with her was a privilege. She will long 
be remembered with joy hj her .friendc, 
whose sympathy is now with those members 
of her family who survive heiT— her hus- 
band, her sister, and her- two brothers. 



It was w:i.i;h a great sense of shock 
that we heard of the passing of Bettina 
Coletti McCJymont on September 3rd. 
Those of us in the BPL wlio knew Bettina 
will remember her for her warm personal- 
ity, her charm, her affection for her 
family, her rexrei^hin? delight in the 
wide, wide vrorld. Bei-tlna leaves beliind 
mary friends and two families - her close- 
knit first family J, the Coletti 's, and her 
own hiioband James and baby son James III. 

Angiiished at the loss of one so young 
and vibrant J Bettina 's friends will find 
meaning in Jlin Ellioc's words from 
Shadow of the iumi^ hty; "I must not 

think it strange if God takes in youth 
those vxhom I would have kept on earth 
till they were older. God is peopling 
Eten:iby, and I mast not restrict Kim 
to old men and wcr.ien". 


To Kay and Louis 0' Hall or an [Central 
Charging Records] on the birth of a 6 lbs, 
baby girl on August 2. The O'Halloran's 
have named their fourth child [third 
daughter] Patricia. 


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Censorship is in the news again because 
of the publication by Putnam last June of 
John Cleland in 17^9. This work was 
banned by the State Supreme Court of New 
York in July of this year. In making its 
decision the Court considered the book in 
terms of its effect on the average man, 
as opposed to the authors and critics. By 
doing so it judged the book obscene. 

On a different level, Dr. Frederick H. 
Wagman, in his inaugural address as the in-)- 
coming President of the i^raerican Library 
Association made the reduction of censor- 
ship one of the prime objectives of his 
administration. Dr. Wagman feels that 
libraries are citadels of freedom because 
they make it possible for an individual 
to deliberately choose among alternatives 
known to him. A reader must know both 
sides of the stoiy before he can malte a 
decision. Dr. V/agman cites the Library 
3ill of Rights which states that libraries 
must challenge the censorship of books 
"by volunteer arbiters of morals or poli- 
tical opinion or by organizations..." 

Our own state of Massachusetts has come 
a long way since the days, twenty-five 
years ago, when ELMER GAWTRY and ALL QUIET 
ON THE WESTERN FRONT were banned in Boston, 
In 1962 the Supreme Judicial Court of the 
state declared the ban on Henry Miller's 
TROPIC OF CANCER illegal, and incompatible 
with the recent decisions of the United 
States Supreme Court. These decisions may 
be summarized as follows. In 1957 the 
Court faced for the first time the questior{i 
of the constitutionality of censorship of 
obscenity and ruled that the First Amend- 
ment ( "Congress shall make no law. . . 
abridging the freedom of speech, or of the 
press.") did not apply to works that were 
"utterly without redeeming social impor- 
tance," i.e. truly obscene. Obscenity 
the Court said would, in the future, be 
defined narrowly in terms of "whether to 
the average person, applying contemporary 
community standards, the dominant thstie of 
the material taken as a whole appeals to 
prurient interest. " Just how narrow an 
interpretation this was became clear the 
following year when the Court overruled 
the lower judicial bans on the right of 
the public to read the magazine ONE and 
SUNSHINE AND HEALTH, the former devoted 
to articles on homosexuality and the lat^ 
ter to nudity. In 1959. passing on the 

motion picture version of LADY CHATTERLY'S 
LOVER (banned in i\iew York) which was not 
thought obscene, but appeared to approve 
of adultery, Justice Potter Stewart, 
speaking for the Court, said that the 
Constitution does not protect only the 
expression of ideas that are "...con- 
ventional or shared by a majority. It 
protects advocacy of the opinion that 
adultery may sometimes bp proper, no 
less than advocacy of socialism or the 
single tax. " In the same year the Court 
ruled that no bookseller could be con- 
victed of selling an obscene publication 
unless it could be proved that he knew 
the publication was obscene. Such a 
proof is quite a trick in most cases. 
Because of this the Supreme Judicial 
Court of Massachusetts feels that cen- 
sorship must be limited to hard-core 
pornography, or as Justice Frankfurter 
put it , "dirt for dirt's sake, or, to 
be more accurate, dirt for money's sake." 

The Attorney General's Office in Massa- 
chusetts recognizes that the First 
Amendment does not protect obscene mate- 
rial, and also that the definition of 
the word obscene is not very clear, and 
that the question of whether material 
that is not so-called "hard-core porno- 
graphy" can be suppressed is still open. 
The laws are vague. 

In Massachusetts a person who sells or 
distributes a book that is reputedly 
obscene may be arrested and brought to 
trial for violation of the criminal code. 
The court must deteiroine in this case 
both whether the book is obscene and 
also whether the seller knows it is. 
The seller is therefore put on trial be- 
fore it has been determined that a crime 
has been committed. However, an alterna- 
tive allows the suspected book itself to 
be brought to trial without any arrest 
being made. During the time of the 
trial, and before a verdict has been 
rendered, an injunction is issued noti- 
fying everyone that the book is in jeop- 
ardy. No individual is threatened in 
this case. The state's attorneys may 
choose either alternative. 

li/hen Henry Miller's TROPIC OF CANCER 
was in trouble two years ago there was 
less of a furor in Massachusetts than 
in other states because the Attorney 
General decided to bring the book to 
trial instead of a bookseller. By the 


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summer of 1962 the book had been declared ; 
not obscene with a minimum of upset and 

In spite of this action, early in I963 
the Boston Police arrested a bookseller om 
charges of violating the obscenity stat- ' 
utes after a plainclothesraan had purchased! 
from him a copy of William Burrough's 
NAKED LUiMCH. The Civil Liberties Union 
of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts 
Library Association protested that this ' 
procedure was not in harmony with the 
methods fdlpwed in the TROPIC OF CANCER 
case. The Attorney General called a meet- 
ing at which the defendant's attorneys and 
representatives of the CLU and the MLA re- 
quested that the Attorney General drop the 
criminal prosecution because it was not 
in the spirit of the TROPIC OF CAi^ICER pro- 
ceedings. Consequently, the Attorney 
General in May of this year issued a merao- 
randijim to the district attorneys of the 
state asking that in the future all cases 
regarding cooks that would involve the 
First Amendment bs referred to the iittor- I 
ney General, and stated that civil pro- ! 
ceedings v;ere preferable to crimi^iJ., i 

As the natter now stands in JIassachusetts 
the situation is generally quiet. It is 
expected, howevsr, thai: as literature 
becomes more and more free, (because of 
the judicial decisions) , certarln groups 
will be alarraed and try to put pressure 
on the librarian and bookseller to conform 
to their preferences. 

Anticipating this development the Ameri- 
can Library i^ssociation has begun to ex- 
amine the poosibiliti'^s of raking availa- 
ble to libraries and librarians under 
group pressure not only advice but also 
legal counsel and financial aid, if neces- 
sary. It is hoped that supplementary help 
will come, (as, in the case of NAKED 
LUNCH) , from the state library organiza- 
tions and other groups interested in civil 

Education is a very important element in 
liberalizing the climate of cpinion. Edu- 
cating the public with regard to the aims 
and the rights of the librarj''" and its 
readers, and the reasons that the library 
opposes censorship is essential. Unfortu- 
nately too often the Fifth Freedon - the 
Right to Read - mast also be justified to 
the librarians thenselves. Later this 
month the New Haiapshire Library Associa- 
tion is sponsoring three one-day meetings 
on the subject, which will be supervised 
by Ervin J. Gaines, Assistant Director for 
Personnel, Boston Public Library, and 

Chairman of the Intellectual Freedom 
Committee of the MLA. This is a step 
in the right direction and there should 
be more like it until the question of the 
right to read has been finally solved. 



Elizabeth Drane [General Reference ] 
and Marvin F, Gould of Boston were 
married July lU in St. Mary's Church, 

The couple was attended by I^irs, John 
Soper [History] and Sydney Maraniz of 
V/ashington, D.C, 

The bride wore a street length em- 
broidered cotton sheath go;ni with back 
panel detail. She carried a Colonial 
bououet of white roses and carnations. 
Her veil of French silk illusion was 
held > a pearl tiara, 

Mr. and i-irs. Govld will make their 
hoiiie in Cochituate. 



The following BPL staff members are 
on the Sick Roll and would enjoy hear- 
ing from their library friends: 

John ¥, Tuley [Buildi-ngs] 
Carney Hospital, Dorchester 

Joseph P. Cullinane [Buildings] 
9S Calui.iet Street, Roxbury 

Elizabeth Rollins [Buildings] 

180 Dorchester Street, South Boston 

Harry Andrews [Branch Issue] 
Beth Israel Hospital, Boston 


To Thomas M. Needham. Library Aide 
[Periodical and Newspaper] who has been 
admitted to the Early Acceptance Pro- 
gram at Boston College, Thomas skipped 
his senior year at Boston College High 
School and started as a Freshrian at 
Boston College on the ninth of this 
month. He also received a four-year 






Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accowpanied by the full name of the 
Association member subnrltting it, toge- 
ther with the name of the Branch library, 
Bepartment or Office in which he or she 
is employed. The name is id. th- held from 
publication, or a pen nam© is used, if 
the contributor so requests. Anor^nmous 
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 Soa£ Box 
are personal opinions expressed by indi- 
vidual Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily indicate 
that the Publications Coniiiiitte«5 and the 
Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. Only those contributions 
not containing more than 300 words will 
be accepted. 

Dear Editor: 

During these parlous times, 
when contemporary writers have dedicated 
themselves to the theme of man's quest 
for identity; it should be a source of 


comfort to us lesser mortals to realize 
that this problem has suddenly become 
academic. Thanks to the unstinting 
efforts of the Personnel Department we 
new knew who we are. 

In moments of stress, when the waves of 
confusion threaten to imindate us and a 
gray fog of cbscuidty bedims our path; 
there, like a veritable beacon in the 
world of darkness, shines our bright new 
ID card. Hew reas sirring to know that we 
now have at our disposal a ready answer 
to the philosophers ancient query "Who 
am I?". 

Farewell to hesitation, equivocation 
suxl corroding doubt. One matinal glance 
at the coruscating facade of this latest 
emblem of our brave new world should 
sfuffioe to produce the strength to carry 
on thi'oughout the day, V.-e may have 
lingering doubts about our destination, 
but when that glorious day arrives that 
"The I'oll is called up yonder" - we will 
be able to answer that call, 


Dear Editor: 

As an Alumnus of Central Back 
Stock (Branch Issue to us "old boys"), I 
am somewhat disturbed by the implied 
criticism of the letter in JuSy ' ' '"Q.M, 

The exact nature and function of this 
department has always been something of a 
nysteiy to both staff and public. With- 
out giving into their operation in detail, 
I will only say that it has proven to be 
an inrvaluable adjunct to both branch 
libraries and certain departments of 

Each request, no matter vrtiere it 
originates, is treated with coj.5ideration 
and a great deal of effort is made to 
insure effective and prompt service. This 
process involves deciphering slips which 
have incorrect and illegible titles, weird 
subjects, requests for titles published 
last Tuesday, poems, short sbories. 
Science project material and almost every 
type of printed material a public library 
can be expected to supply. 

This situation has resulted in both eye- 
strain and chuckles as when slips are re- 
ceived requesting such books as N o Manners 
in Ireland by Thomas Merton, But in all 
instances, the staff of Branch Issue has 
attempted to do a difficult job to the 
best of its ability. Being human like the 

rest of us, they are subject to individual 


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weaknesses. Perhaps an "agonizing re- 
appraisal" may lead to changes in the 
operation of Branch Issue and a sub- 
sequent expansion of services, but I 
doubt if it will lead to the replace- 
ment of even fallible humans with 


Dear Soap Box: 

Several years ago it was 
recognized that salary increases for the 
staff were justified, particularly, for 
the Library Assistant Service. 

But before we could give any increases 
it was necessary to conduct a job evalu- 
ation survey to make sure that everyone 
was adequately reimbursed for the 
requirements of his job. 

After many long meetings by key mem- 
bers of the staff, the survey was conw 

However no report was published, 
because there was no money to pay the 
increases indicated by the survey. 

Since the survey lias been completed, 
the contento of many jobs have been 

Does this mean that if money is 
appropriated, we will need another Job 
Evaluation Survey to make sure that 
everyone is correctly coit^jensated? 

You kno<tr this could go on forever. 
Pay new survey later. 

Losing Ground 

Dear Editor: 

¥hy were library employees 
excluded from receiving the skeleton 
force which was in effect for City em- 
ployees the Friday before Labor Day???? 
Library employees have been excluded 
from the Jacobs Survey [from which 
retroactive raises have been granted to 
other City employees], from: heat relief 
[during the long HOT summer] and then 
from skeleton force. I think it would 
be a big morale booster, for a staff 
where at present there are many "ruffled 
feathers" so to speak, if Library em- 
ployees were extended such fringe bene- 
fits. If you recall a few years back 
when there were budget cuts et, al. — 

we were one of the first to succumb 
to the AXE, If we have to take the 
bitter — why not the sweet??????? 


\t \t \/ \ t >l \/ M \' \/ \l \f \J •U* >' *' ** \ / .v . 

PROGRAM : library Personnel in the Sixties 
Panel Discussion 

Panel Members : 

J<^ce Davidson, Assistant Personnel Director, 

Detroit Public Library. 
Donald Hunt, Librarj'- Career Consultant, 

Drexel Institute of Technolo^. 
Grace P. Slocum, Personnel Officer, 

The Free Library of Philadelphia. 
Ervin J. Gaines, Moderator, Assistant Director 

in Charge of Personnel, Boston Public Library. 


Thursday morning. Ten o'clock, October 31. 1963 
Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library 

Program Committee 

James J. Ford 
Christian P. Jordan 
Isabel M. Martino 
B. Joseph O'Neil 
Euclid J. Pelletier 
Augusta Rubenstein 
Rose Moorachian, Chairman 





THE ^ U ti S T I N MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XVIII Number 9 October 1963 

Publications Committee: Harry Andrews, Jean Babcock, Doris Gray, Jane 

Manthome, Edward J. Montana, Jr., I^s Bridie Stotz, 
Martin F. Waters, Barbara Flye, Peter DeSantis, 
Cartoonist, Sarah Usher, Indexer, VJilliam R. Lewis, 

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

The recent meeting called by the administration in which the Director 
and the Assistant Director (Personnel) met with members of the staff at 
the department head level is one of the infrequent occasions wherein this 
method of communication has been utilized in recent years. If it is true 
that one picture is worth a thousand words then it might be said that one 
such meeting is more productive than a score of official notices with their 
attendant multiple interpretations. In a vis-a-vis confrontation important 
directives could be immediately and fully explained at the time of their 
presentation. Misinterpretation would be minimal as areas of doubt or 
confusion could be resolved in a question and answer period on the spot... 
If administration - full staff meetings are considered too expensive in time 
and money then the October lit type meeting in which department heads repre- 
sented their staffs could be substituted. We hope staff meetings in one 
form or another with the Director and/or his representative will continue. 

In another area of Library communication - that between staff and 
Trustees - the QM through its editorial pages frequently presents the re- 
actions of the staff to official Library policy and comments on conditions 
which are in existence because of these policies. We are not ungrateful ■ 
for things done in our behalf and it is our fervent hope that the forth- 
coming individual notices to the staff concerning evaluation and salary 
adjustments will be cause for great rejoicing, •>.-. 



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On September 20, the Executive Board 
held its first fall meeting. Final plans 
for both the Tea for British Librarians 
on October 9 and our Fall Professional 
Meeting on October 31 were approved at 
this time. 

As a follow-up to its request for action 
as of July 10, 1963, the Board voted to 
express its thanks to the Mayor of the 
City of Boston for his recent allotment 
of 155,000 for salary revisions and to 
reiterate its concern for the people who 
are in the Library Assistants Service. 
During recent months, the Board has been 
in close conmunication with the Assistant 
Director (Personnel) in regard to the 
salary question and can testity to the 
persistence with which our Administration 
worked to secure these funds. It is 
gratifying to have their efforts finally 
culminate in this much-needed allotment. 

Due to the pressing problems and the 
large amount of work involved in getting 
new salary schedules into operation, the 
matter of a written promotional policy 
was temporarily laid aside. This policy 
will be discussed again with Mr Gaines at 
a later time. 

Most of our September Board meeting was 
devoted to an explanation by Mr Gaines of 
the method by which the new schedules 
will be put into operation. Our questions 
in regard to the first notice concerning 
these schedules were carefully answered. 
Mr Gaines then clarified the relationship 
between the new schedule and reclassifica- 
tion xd-thin the Library Assistants Service^ 
There was discussion, also, of longevity 

Since there is an Officers Meeting 
scheduled on October lU, at which this 
whole matter will be explained in detail, 
it seems unnecessary to give a second- 
hand account here of our discussion with 
the Assistant Director (Personnel), 



To Bob Woodward [formerly of History 
and now Director of the Public Library in 
Bangor Maine] who was elected Vice- 
President and President-Elect of the New 
England Library Association at their 
recent meeting in Portsmouth, N, H, 

Throughout the year^ the Executive 
Board of the Staff As^iociation becomes 
aware through innucr.'do and second-hand 
suggestions of wishes for action on some 
item by members of the association. Often 
it is difficult to trace davm. the source 
of such "requests" or to ascertain clearly 
just what action members would like the 
association to take. Both the Chairman 
of the Publications Committee and the 
President of the Association, also, 
receive complaints (often vaguely express- 
ed) from time to time about materials 
printed in The Question Mark either on 
the editorial page or in "I'he Soap Box", 

In order that your Executive Board may 
consider desired action or discuss 
intelligently Question Mark material to 
which objection is raised, we make the 
following requests* 

1, Any objection to materials published 
in The Question Mark should be stated 
in writing to the Executive Board of 
the Staff Association, Such communi- 
cation should make clear the reasons 
for the objection. 

2, Any requests for action on the part 
of the Executive Board should be 
stated to the Board in writing. Such 
comirainication should describe the 
issue under question and indicate 
what tjrpe of action is desired. 


/\ /\ ^\~\ /vTv r\ i\ t\ i\ f\ f\ /<^> V* 


Date: Wednesday, October 23, 1963 

Time: 6:00 p.m. 

Place: Cambridge House 

1637 Massachusetts Avenue 
Cambridge, Ma3«, 

Subject: Segregation 

Speakers :Rt, Rev, George W, Casey, colimn- 
ist for both the Boston Herald 
and The Pilot , 

AM) Mr, J. Westbrook McPherson, 

Executive Secretary of the Urban 
League of Boston 

Chairman: Mr, Francis X, Moloney [BPL] 


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Michael D. Arnold - Periodical and 

Newspaper Department 
Richard T. Delaney - Parker Hill (former 

Donald H, Cilley - Adams Street 
Dorothy M, LeDoux - Book Preparation 
Marion A. McCarthy - Education (former 

part-timer in Information Office) 
Maiy McGonagle - Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation, Division of Reference & Research 
James Duffy - Central Charging Records 

(former part-timer) 
Mrs Frederick J. Wyss - Mattapan 
Anne Luther - Alls ton 
Nicholas L. Petrone - Bookstacks 
Lawi-ence G, Scott - Book Preparation 
I'irs Amalee Cchen - Audio-Visual 
Dennis Dannigan - Audio -Visual 
Ruth E, Friedman - Uphams Corner 
Charles W» Kirk - Branch Issue Section 
Sarah T. Patz - Matta-)an 
Be toy A. Thorin - Norlh End 
Mrs Fra:nces Williams - Hospital library 

Susrji Conneilly - Cataloging & Classifica- 

tion. Home Reading & Community Services 
Rsyi.icnd D, CoJlirs - Book Stack Se'rvice 
Mrs Patricia Joaos - Egleston Square 
Mrs Margaret J. i'leS-.veeivey - Lower Mills 
Dorothy Perkins - Certral Charging Records 
Mrs Irene Shea - Lower ^!ills ( a former 

employee ) 
Patricia Andrews - General Reference 
Edward R. Ettele - Kir stein Business 

Catherine E, Hayes - (former part-timer) 
Mrs Anna Dacey - Hyde Park 
Warren Hairrington - South Boston 
Kathleen J. Messer - Connolly Branch 
Mi-s Geneva R. Kershner - General Reference 
Mrs Ruth Fitzpatrick - I^de Park 
Mrs Sstelle B. Hite - Rosir.iidale (formei- 

Mrs Elizabeth H. O'Brien - Bookmobiles 
Patricia Randall - Bookmobiles 
Mary C. Schuh - Codman Square 
Mrs Mary R. O'Brien - Yifde Park (former 



Barbara E. Doran from Cataloging and 
Classification (HR&CS) to Personnel 

>tyra A, Morse from Dorchester to 

Geraldine Cudmore from Business Office 

to Cataloging & Classification (HR&CS) 
Helen E. Colgan from Mt, Pleasant to 
Uphams Corner 
Richard J. Vesey - from Audio-Visual to 

Open Shelf 
Mrs Helen V. Rothwell from Adams Street 

to Mt. Pleasant 
^ts Margaret A. Zindler from Bookmobile 

to South Boston 
Barbara Bachrach from Periodical and 

Newspaper to General Reference 


Velma Guyette - Bookmobiles 

Sewell Hayes - Periodi'.-ials & Newspapers.. 

George Rollins - Boole Pi-^eparation 

Joseph Lucas - Branch Issue 

Susan Whe?tiey - Connelly 

Thomas P, Alburger - Cataloging and 

Classification (IR^CS) 
Margot Woodt^ard - Rcsiindale 
Arcie Fuller - Allstcn 
Johanna T:i ews - Fi:;6 Arts 
Mrs Julie Eraser - South Boston 
Janice Maoo^ber ~ Book Seleoiiofi-fHRfCSl 
Ju'^'dth Zi:.J-Tan —Ljt:-';..' Mill^- 
Ruth Winn - BcoVrri^biles 
Isabel Elder - Kirsteln Business Branch 
Patricia H, Evgasoo - North End 
John Celli - Open Shelf 
Antony Childs - Audio -Visual 
Steven Coopor - Poc-lniotilss 
Mary M. Vof-gt - South Boston 
Dana Holby - Cataloging & Classification 

Elyse Wolf - Cataloging & Classification 

Priscilla Ramsay - General Reference 


Respect for our Be'^'usr^ 

Is urged by Cnnrch and State; 

When Kent benc'jj kneo to Lear, 
Lear's mastery's frcm Fate. 

When Betters b?i.o/.k horizon, 

Exarrirc- iJ?to'''t.3 s •■•.I'-iirr.t? 
Are their ct^m-iLiosi-our? a'iT.iiored 

By Nature, Ci.urch, or State? 

It's kind of m.ce when Betters 

Exhibit all the thi-'eej 
But lineaments of Lear 

Cut all the ice with me. 


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137 members of the study tour of the 
Association of Assistant Librarians 
ikPJu) from the British Isles arrived 
in Boston by charter flight from London 
on '.Wednesday, October 9. Elizabeth 
.'right, Director's Office, irho re pre - 
'sented the Library on the Boston Com- 
mittee had orepared a program of events 
for our British visitors which not only 
set the style for their visit but 
vrhich would be difficult if not impos- 
sible for their '. Washington and New York 
hosts to better. 

The Staff Association contributed its 
bit by sponsoring a tea held in the 
Lecture Hall of the Library on their 
arrival. One visitor, obviously im- 
pressed by this the initial event on 
the tour, remarked that nothing that 
could happen to them in subsequent 
affairs could suriDass the feeling of 
warmth and friendliness engendered 
by the members of the Library staff 
present at the tea. With a minimum 
of difficulty visitor and American 
host xrere introduced and in due time 
scattered to their homes throughout 
the Greater Boston area. 

The following days were action 
packed as our visitors were guided on 
a variety of tours — tours of libraries, 
tours of museums , tours of historic 
Boston and vicinity, tours of places 
and things many of us Bostonians have 
yet to see. All of this was followed 
by more and more tours — large libraries, 
small libraries — riding tours, walking 
tours — special libraries, college and 
university libraries. They were con- 
stantly being pressed by their hosts 
to take another cuo of tea — many in 
desparation took to drinking coffee, 
others even tried milk. The stamina 
exhibited by our British colleagues 
throughout these e:cpressions of 
American friendliness was dramatic 
proof of x-ihy there will always be an 
England . 

Saturday, the 12th of October, 
being an American holiday was de- 
clared a day of rest for our visitors. 
But they had not come 3OOO miles tc 
cat-nap in Merica — that could be done 
at home I '/hat to do ^^rith them; well, 
and why not? The obvious thing, of 
course, you guessed it — another tour I 

Three of them, in fa'ttt. North along 
our rock-bound coast to Rockport, South 
to Pilgrim Plymouth and the Canal and 
V'est to tree-shaded Amherst with its 
college and iiniversitiy. 

That night vie broke bread together at 
a farewell dinner at Boston University^ 
new George Sherman Union. Our Director, 
Milton 'i. Lord, as toast-master called 
upon both British visitor and American 
host dignitaries to stand and be recog- 
nized. 'SaCh was rewarded with polite 
applause for his part in making the 
visit possible. For her part in making 
it a success, a standing ovation to 
Elisabeth Wright. 


Librarians rubbed elbows with poli- 
ticians the night of September 1? as a 
dinner for three former Adams Street 
staffers coincided ixith one for 
Lt. Governor Bellotti at the Sheraton 
Motor Inn in Quincy. 

Hary Doyle, Dorothy "kstrom and 
Helen Rothwell, resplendent in rose 
corsages, headed three tables of well- 
wishers, 23 strong, who met to recall 
memories with old friends. All but 
Anne Armstrong, Central Children's 
Room and llary McDonough, Book Prepara- 
tion, v:ere past or present employees 
at the branch. 

After "man-sized portions of food", 
to quote one despairing dieter. 
Miss Doyle opened a glittering evening 
purse accessory to find some crisp and 
"current" best ^^^ishes to enjoy in her 
retirement. liiss Doyle said she 
wouldn't use it for a minl< hat 
"because I'd have to buj'- a minl< coat 
to go with it I" 

Happy squeals of "How did you ever 
know?" punctuated the showing of 
Mrs. 'Zkstrom's gift, an off-white 
George 'Washington bedspread that she 
hci.d been planning to get for herself. 
Mrs. RothX'^ell was delighted vrith a 
gift as chic as she herself, a black 
calf handbag. 

Mrs. Ekstrom is now children's li- 
brarian at Memorial and fortunate Mt.. 
Pleasant has received Mrs. Rothwell. 

Adams Street bids a fond farewell to 
three favorites. 


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The announcement, by the Trustees, of 
their choice of the architect for the new 
addition to the Central Library Building 
brings to the layman's mind some thoughts 
of the present building and of architec- 
tural tastes in general. 

During the last part of the nineteenth 
century V7hen plans were being made for the 
new library in Copley Square it was deci- 
ded that the building should be one of the 
finest, if not the finest, in the country. 
Plans to build it in the Romanesque style 
of Richardson's Trinity Church across the 
Square, a style very popular at the time, 
quickly evaporated, and the firm of McKim, 
Mead and White at New York was selected. 

Charles Follen HcKim, the architect, had 
been greatly influenced by the style of 
the Renaissance palaces of Rome, and 
incorporated this style in his designs for 
the Central Library Building. This is 
most apparent in the interior details: 
the columned arcade in the courtyard, for 
example, the fireplace in the Abbey Room, 
and the staircase going from the second 
to the third floor, as well as in the idea 
of a central courtyard itself, and the 
great marble staircase going from the 
first to the second floor and leading to 
the beautiful Chavannes Gallery. 

McKim was unable to imagine any of his 
buildings as complete without sculpture 
cind painting as integral parts. And so 
we have the Sargent Gallery, the Elliot 
ceiling, the Saint Gaudens lions, and 
innumerable busts and portraits. All of 
these parts were to form a whole; the 
color scheme of the Chavannes raurals, for 
instance, is in complete harmony with the 
marble architecture of the gallery and 
staircase as much so as any work in fresco 
of the Renaissance or late Middle Ages. 

The result was a masterpiece of American 
architecture, and one of the finest 
buildings in the country. Architecturally 
speaking it was (and is) a thing of great 
beautyj considered practically, its 
defects are obvious. The courtyard, as 
popular and as appealing as it is, is 
really wasted space, as are the galleries 
and the great staircases. This was inten- 
tional on McKim 's part and did not seem 
to disturb him. Again, in this spirit, 
he did not include any bookcases in the 
furnishings for Bates Hall. 

Styles have changed since the nineteenth 
centuiy and so have ideas. It is unlikely 
that a bxiilding similar to the Central 


Library Building would ever be construc- 
ted today. Practicability is considered 
of equal importance with aesthetic design. 
The ideal is the perfect combination of 
the two. 

A good example of this philosophy is 
the Seagram Building on Park Avenue in 
New York City. It was designed as an 
office building by Mies Van Der Rohe and 
Philip Johnson, the architect chosen by 
the Trustees. It has been praised by 
critics as one of the finest examples of 
twentieth century design, and includes 
one of the ideas which McKim felt to be 
essential. It has a spacious lobby on 
the first floor in which are desplayed 
worthy examples of sculpture and painting. 
Wasted space again perhaps, but for a 
design to be completely successful there 
must be a balamce between aesthetic and 
practical. If one or the other predomin- 
ates the building as such is a failure, 

Mr Johnson must design an addition to 
the Central Library Building xathout the 
practical defects of the original, but 
still in harmony with it. It is hoped 
that one masterpiece will be augmented 
by another. There is every reason to 
assume that this will be the case. 



October 18, 1963 

You need the American Library Associa- 
tion as a strong voice speaking for 
librarianship in areas of mutual concern 
to librarians. ALA establishes standards 
of library service; it promotes the wel- 
fare of librarians through the develop- 
ment of standards for the administration 
of library personnel. 

ALA needs your help in its efforts to 
make libraries vital forces in Americsm 
life. Join the 25,000 librarians, 
libraries, and library trustees who 
actively support ALA I 

For membership applications please 
contact: Mary D. Farrell, Cataloging 
and Classification, R&RS, or laidred C. 
O'Connor, Education. 

Aryone who joins ALA now is a member 
for the rest of 1963 plus the entire 
year of 19 6li! 

Business Meeting 

The business meeting began with an ex- 
explanation of legislation pertaining to 
libraries now before the United States 
Congress. In essence, this legislation 
would remove the rural limitations of the 
Library Services Act and provide funds for 
the construction of both public library- 
buildings and college libraries. Funds 
pertaining to public libraries would still 
be administered through state library 
agencies. Members of N.E.L.A, were urged 
to write to their Congressmen in support 
of this- legislation. 

Richard S^illivan, President of N.E.L.A,, 
then summarized the accomplishments of 
his executive board during the last year. 
These accomplishments include: 

1. Hiring of a permanent executive 

2. Making N.E.L.A. a Massachusetts 
corporation - thus ensuring a tax 
exempt status 

3. Getting together a mailing list of 
8000 names 

4. Acquiring 750 paid memberships 

5. Creating several committees - in- 
cluding one for regional planning 

6. Stimulating the development of sec- 
tions as follows: 

a. Extensions librarians 

b. School librarians 

c. Round Table of Children's 
Librarians (in process of 
joining N.E.L.A. as a section) 

7. Stimulating passage of inter- state 
library lav7s. 

Several relatively minor changes had 
been worked out for the By-laws of the 
New England Library Association. These 
proposed changes were printed in the pro- 
gram of this N.E.L.A. session and adopted 
at this business meeting. In I962, the 
By-Laws adopted a double membership scale: 
one for state association or A.L.A. mem- 
bers; the other for non-members of these 
groups. Among the changes made at the 
1963 Business Meeting was the adoption of 
a single membership scale: that originally 
set forth for A.L.A. or state library 
association members. A second change in- 
volved the officers of sections, removing 
any limitations and allowing sections to 
have whatever officers they deem necessary 

The Nominating Committee, headed by 
Genevieve Galick, then read its report. 

In accordance with custom established at 
N.E.L.A., elections were held by written 
ballots, collected on the last day of 
this conference. 

At the close of this business meeting 
a standing ovation was given to the I963 
Executive Board for its woric in fonna- 
lizing the structure of the wew England 
Library Association. 

Fall Meeting 

PROGRAM: Library Personnel in the Sixties 
Panel Discussion 

Panel Members: 

Joyce Davidson, Assistant Personnel 
Director, Detroit Public Library. 

Donald Hunt, Library Career Consult- 
ant, Drexel Institute of Technology. 

Grace P. Slocum, Personnel Officer, 
The Free Library of Philadelphia. 

Eirvin J. Gaines, Moderator, Assistant 
Director in Charge of Personnel, 
Boston Public Library. 


Thursday morning, Ten o'clock, October 31, 
1963 Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library 

Program Committee 

James J. Ford 
Christiana P. Jordan 
Isabel M. ilartino 
B. Joseph O'Neil 
Hiclid J. Peltier 
Augusta Kubenstein 
Rose Moorachian, 


Sexjell Hayes, formerly of Periodical, 
is Editor and frequent contributor to a 
small magazine called THE FCEUM which is 
published occasionally with articles, 
poems, essays, etc. by "people he knows". 
Also included are excerpts of famous 
authors bearing on moral and politcal and 
other aspects of life* 


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n October I963 

The Boston Public Library Quarter Century Club is interested in obtain- 
ing one hundred percent membership. This organization, founded in 1931^ has 
ninety members as of the date of this notice. Most employing agencies of 
comparable size, whether public or private, have and promote such groups of 
long service employees. Unfortunately up until recently we have become 
inactive though not dissolved. During the past few weeks interest in re- 
activating this organization has been persistent and- we believe that a 
considerable percentage of those having twenty-five or more years service 
are now members, V7e welcome eligible members, of the staff and are issiiing 
this notice so that all will be aware of this welcome, A meeting will be 
held shortly for the nomination of new officers and other matters, 


I'fembership Committee Nominating Committee 

Mildred R, Adelson Geraldine Beck 

Geraldine Beck Grace Marvin 

Alice M, Cray Louisa Metcalf 

Margaret W, Haverty Patrick Murtagh 

Eleanor F. Halligan Bridie 0, Stotz 

Bertha Keswick Sarah M, Usher 

Grace 3, Loughlin 
Thomas J, Manning 
ItLldred C. O'Connor 
Edna G,. Peck 
RusselJL A, Scully 


"Besides sociology, geology, physics, 
psychology, and nuclear fission in 
college, did you learn any steno?" 

Soap Box 

Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association nierriber submitting it, toge- 
ther with the name of the Branch Library, 
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, Anor^nnraus 
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 Committee and the 
Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. Only those contribution; 
not containing more than 300 words will 
be accepted. 

Dear Soap Box: 

It should now be made clear what part 
the Job Evaluation Committee played in 
creating new salary scales. 

First, it was not a Staff Association 
committee but a committee appointed by 
the Library Administration. Its member- 
ship was heavily weighted with represen- 
tation from the upper administrative 

levels. The Staff Association was invited 
to send one representative. At the first 
meeting the objection was made that the 
committee had no LA. One LA subsequently 
was appointed" to the committee. 

From the information derived from job 
descriptions prepared earlier, and supple- 
mented by knowledge which members of the 
coiTsnittee had concerning the jobs, each 
job in the bibliothecal service from lA 1 
to P3 was rated against every other job 
considered in its several skill and 
responsibility factors. Each job factor 
was weighted according to its relative 
importance. The rating in each job factor 
was multiplied by the weighting factor. 
The points for factors for each job were 
totaled for final "score" for each job. 

With this phase completed, the 
Committee's job was actually finished. 
The conmittee was in substantial agreement 
that the array of jobs by points, rating 
jobs according to the skill and responsi- 
bility they required, was fair. 



Dear Soap Box: 

At later meetings the Chairman of the 
Job Evaluation Committee proposed that 
certain jobs be moved upward or downward 
from the groups in which they fell accord- 
ing to the points awarded in the job 
evaluation. The reasons given included 
competition for certain categories of 
employees in the labor market, administra- 
tive considerations in transferring em- 
ployees and reconsideration of some 
descriptions after comparison with others 
awarded different point values. Although 
these proposals were discussed, there was 
no vote by the body to alter the original 
array and grouping. Any changes in this 
array were made administratively without 
any formal action by the committee. The 
committee held no further meetings and no 
final report from the committee was issued 
to the staff. 

While tentative salairy scales were pre- 
sented in conjunction with the array, it 
was indicated that these scales might be 
changed considerably and the committee was 
not asked to approve any scale. 


ED. NOTE: At the Officers meeting on lU 
October a detailed mimeographed account 
of the theory and mechanics of the job 
evaluation process and a detailed descrip- 
tion of the factors and weights was dis- 
tributed to each one at the meeting. 

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Dear Soap Box: 

HOORAYI for GAII #5l. It 
is always good to see our institution 
move ahead vjith VIGilAH by creating this 
position. Let's hope that all our 
qualified professionals will apply re- 
gardless of the fact they lack "on the 
job training". Perhaps this factor 
shouldn't even be considered inasmuch as 
they weren't afforded this opportunity 
a year agOo 


70» /\ «\ /v /\ t\ n t\ f\ /0\ *\ XtO* 

Dear Editor: 

So this is the new pay 
schedule that the lA's have waited so 
long for. So this is the instrument that 
will give priority of treatment to the 
la's in granting salary relief. So this 
is the justice that the Staff Association 
and its Executive Board pleaded for, Vfe 
shoulda stood in bedi 


Dear Soap Bo?:; 

Despite the many recent 
notices the LA's are still in a most 
unenviable situation - or so it would 
seem from the proposed salary scale. It 
doesn't seem plausible to put a new 
schedule into effect which, id-th the ex- 
ception of the LAI status, is WORSE 
rather than BETTER than the old grid. Of 
course now they are told to wait for the 
reclassification — vri.ll it con^jensate 
this inadequate salaarj'' scale?? I think 
many of our LA's are now v/ondering if 
the new schedule is working for or 
against them. Perhaps the onily way in 
which they can avoid such inequities in 
the future is to PUSH for Civil Service 
where they would be assured of their 
salary and position - have an ample chance 
for advancement «. and an irapai-tlal boai'd 
of appeal, 


Dear Editor: 

This Association was born 
vxhen many of the staff vjere supporting 
legislation which vjould have broiight 
the Library employees under Civil Service* 
It was argued at the time that the biblio- 
thecal employees had similar or better 
benefits than their counter-parts in 
Civil Service, Ife did have things like 
a point s^^stem for promotion which rec- 
ognized not only education and training 
but years of experience so that seniority 
coionted for something definite and 
measurable o Ife were offered a choice of 
appeal systems wliich gave to the appeal- 
er 33 me choice in what avenue of appeal 
he inight use and also some choice of 
staff or association members on an appeal 
panel. We had a promotion system which 
allowed a non-professional to advance to 
professional by taking Boston Public 
Library Training Coxorses and examinations 
without going to Library School, 

Massachusetts Civil Service recognizes 
experience in library -work as a satis- 
factory substitute for college or library 
school, A Junior Library Assistant in 
Mass, Civil Service is required "under 
supervision to do the simpler kinds of 
non-supervisory library work of a mis- 
cellaneous character; and to perform 
related work as required" for a salary 
of $70,75 to $88,75 at present. The pay 
raise bill in the Legislature Mill give 
them a new minimum of $77*75 and a new 
maximum of $96,50, 

Did we move in the wrong direction? 



Perhaps the above vjr iters 
will have a change of heart when full 
information is available with release 
of individual reclassifications. 

To the Editor: 

Vflien librarians who had 
worked many years, most of them for very 
small salai^ies, irere gremted payments in 
recognition of their long service, they 
bolieved they had earned something which 
was theirs for keeps. Yet the new salary 
scale will vripe out these payments, and 
after 25, 30, 3S or liO years of service 

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we start all over again to work toc^ard 
a long service payment, on the same 
basis as new assistants. This will 
benefit the newer people, but the older 
ones, who have demonstrated their use- 
fulness, faithfulness, and loyalty, have 
been penalized by losing what they have 
already earned, 



Dear Soap Box: 

It has been argued that 
the $100 paid as a long service bonus to 
those with over 25 years service is not 
realistic, that in comparison with pre- 
sent day salaries it is not a signifi- 
cant amount. 

Surely this argument has no weight when 
it is applied to the Library Assistant 
Service, Remember the increments for the 
first four LA. pay grades have been re» 
duced to an average of less than $100, 
the increments for the LAI, and LA.2 are 
$80, and $90 respectively. Surely in 
comparison with these increments a $100 
bonvis is quite significant, and for 
those with several bonuses for long 
service, $200, $300 or $1400 is quite 
significant in comparison vrxth incre- 
ments of $80, $90, $100 and $120, 

The Professional Library Service has 
substantially increased pay scales and 
increments. The Library Assistants 
Service have smaller increments and the 
pay scales are not too GRAND, Don't 
take away the long service bonus from 
the LA» 



Dear Editor: 

The change in the base for 
long service payments is unfair. The 
statement has been made that no long 
service payment now in effect will be 
taken away, but will be "absorbed" into 
the new rate. 

It is not true that nothing has been 
taken at-jay. If A and B have the same 
classification and are at the same step 
in that classification, and if A has 
now no long service payment but B has 
two long service payments, B is now 
receiving $200 more than A in recogni- 
tion of long service. However B will 
receive $200 less in increments than 
will A in bringing them onto the new 

B with long service will receive less 
in order that A may receive more. Any 
recognition of long service granted up 
to that time by the Trustees idJJL be 
wiped out. Are we supposed to believe 
that B has lost nothing? Many many 
©Inployees of long service will be 
getting smaller increments than those 
in like pay grades with very little 


Dear Editor: 

May I suggest a contest 
among those who have received letters 
informing them of long service payments 
granted by the Trustees, The contest 
would be for the best suggestion on what 
to do vjith the letters. The suggestion 
should be in 2$ words or less. Suggest 
tions might be: "I think they should be 
used to make a bonfire on April Fool's 
day because,,,", "I think they should be 
cut up and colored as smiling face masks 
to be worn by the recipients because,,,", 
"I think they should be turned back to 
the Library to be into scratch pads 
becaiise,,,", "I think they should be 
made into paper baskets for trick-or- 
treat candy at Halloween because,,," 

Because,,,, because,,,, because then 
they would serve a useful pvirpose, 



It is our understanding that 
as a result of discussion at the 
October Ik Officers meeting, a committee 
will be formulated to explore the 
cessation of longevity payments. 

To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

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Page 2 of the General Administrative 
Notice #1;6 (Sept. 20, 19 63) is not likely 
to make us doddering old timers look 
benignly on the proposed change. I nodded 
vith approval when I read: "....As a 
figure for such an additional long service 
payment the amount of $100, as adopted in 
the 1920 's, is not realistic in the 1960's 
...." and expected to read in the next 
sentence that the figure had been realis- 
tically upped to $200. Instead, if I read 
it right, the payments are to be discon- 
tinued . 

Thus another traditional landmark of 
the Boston Library's way of life is to be 
removed to line our system up with 
"remunerative practices currently in 
vogue" elsewhere. If our way of recogniz- 
ing that there is virtue in staying for 
mar^r years in the same place is really so 
unique, we should instruct our spokesmen 
to recoinnend its adoption in other places. 

It is true that the longevity payments 
are a free gift, decided on by the 
Trustees of the '20s and can be removed 
by the Trustees of the '60s. But a system 
in vogue for so long seems almost as 
binding as a contract. If our current 
administrators think that the practice is 
cumbersome and old-fashioned, it should 
be abolished for the future. It is a 
nice question whether the change should 
affect anybody in the service now. But it 
certainly should not affect anybody who 
entered in 1938 or earlier. 


To the Editor: 

City employees come under several 
personnel classification schemes or plans. 
However, in at least two areas executive 
and budgetary officials of the city might 
be expected to endorse an overall conform- 
ity of practice - minimum wage and long 
service (twenty-five years or more) finan- 
cial adjustment. The latter is of consi- 
derable import when it is realized that 
all city employees pay into and come under 
the same pension plan which is to a consi- 
derable extent dependent on salary 
received in last years of service. An 
interpretation of Rule 10 of the General 
Compensation Plan for City of Boston 
Employees states that - 
1. Employees with twenty-five or more 

years of serviCfe creditable under the 
Compensation Plan, shall be compensated 
on promotion (permanent only), at a rate 
specified in Column VI, the maximum 
salary of the grade to which he is being 

2, Salaries of employees in the above- 
stated category who have been promoted 
within the past three years, and who have 
not, as yet received the maximum salary 
in the position they now hold, shall be 
adjusted to the mciximum salary of the 


Dear Soap Box: 

The new arrangement for making long 
service payments does not work to the 
advantage of those with really long 
employment. The with-holding of incre- 
ments up to the amount of long service 
payments now in effect means that, other 
things being equal, the longer service 
you have, the less will be your increment 
this year. The new arrangement will work 
more to the advantage of the person with 
relatively short service who has been 
hired at the maximum for her grade or at 
a step close to the maximum. This person 
may become eligible for so-called long 
service with as little as five years of 
service. If wage and salary reviews are 
made as frequently as they should be it 
is conceivable that very few if any em- 
ployees will benefit by the new arrange- 

The new arrangement will obliterate the 
recognition given to those with really 
long service of 25, 30, 35, and UO and 
more years despite the letters th^ have 
received telling them that the remunera- 
tion granted by the Trustees would be in 
addition to their regular salary. 

Some employees may never expect to have 
25 years service, other employees may not 
find that it is possible or probable to 
attain 25 years of service before retire- 
ment, but there are about 110 persons on 
the staff now with more than 25 yeai"s 
service who are confronted with the com- 
plete disintegration of the Library's 
policy of giving substantial recognition 
to really long service. 

Please refer back to Ed, Note on page If 






en-je neiDina reooe 

aiVt TO C A R E 


Rhoda Blacker - Adams Street Branch Library 

Grace Marvin 

and - Book Selection Department, H.h.S. 

Mary Obear 

Laura Reyes - Mattapan Branch Library 


Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XVIII Number 10 

November 19 63 

Publications Committee: terry Andrews, Jean Babcock, Doris Gray, Jane 

Manthorne, Edward J. Montana, Jr., Mrs Bridie Stotz, 
Martin F, Waters, Barbara Flye, Peter DeSantis, 
Cartoonist, Sarah Usher, Indexer, William R, Levas, 

Publication date: 
The fifteenth of each month 

Deadline for submitting material; 
The tenth of each month 

The announcement of a salary increase is universally associated with a 
feeling of happiness by the recipients followed by an uplift in spirit and a 
general, if unconscious, rise in the collective morale. However, here at the 
Libraiy when recently there was granted a salary increase, or, if you prefer 

- a revision in the salary scale - there was very little happinessj instead, 
there was a decided sag in spirit, and staff morale literally plunged to the 
lowest level ever. To deny these allegations would be tantamount to joining 
the ostrich when it buries its head in the sand in an attempt to hide itself. 
The proof is all around us as evidenced in the initial feelings of disbelief 
when individual notices were received, followed by mixed emotions of 
frustration and anger, and the subsequent flood of appeals, and most recently 

- letters to the Soap Box. 

Closely related to the salary scale revision and adding to the general 
low state of staff morale are the subjects of job classification or reclassi- 
fication in the Library Assistants service and the change in the base for 
long-service payments. We understand that the latter will be re-examined 
with the intention of finding a solution more acceptable to the staff. 
Perhaps the Library Trustees, in the light of the oven^helming dissatisfac- 
tion with the results of the job evaluation study, vrould be willing to direct 
that it also be re-examined. 

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PRESIDENT'S NCaES remarks from many staff mem- ' 
bers indicate that our October 31 pro- ! 
gram v/as a highly successful one. Uell- | 
attended, it seemed to provide the in- \ 
tended opportunity for us to compare our j 
own personnel practices with those in ! 
other institutions. In succeeding pages | 
of this issue of the QM, you will find a ! 
report of the remarks of our three j 
excellent speakers, together mth some 
of their answers to questions from the 
audience. Those who did enjoy this pro- 
gram would be well advised to let their 
feelings be known to next year's Program j 
Committee in regard to future meetings | 
of a similar nature, j 

Your Special Services Committee has } 
been hard at work bringing our discount ( 
list up to date. We hope that this list ' 
can be reprinted before the year is over» 
Unfortvinately, we cannot guarantee it , 
in time for your Christmas shopping; but i 
if you are planning to buy some large j 
item. Miss Becker [Egleston] can tell 
you x\rhere you might be able to get a dis- 

Since the last issue of the QM, the 
Executive Board has held two meetings. 
The first of these, on October l5, di- 
rectly followed the Officers' Meeting at 
which Mr, Gaines attempted to explain 
the process of reclassification, hovj 
people would be placed on the new salary 
scales and the reasons underlying the 
elimination of long-term service payments' 
in favor of a longevity system based upon 
years in grade. As you can imagine, much 
of the discussion at the Board, meeting 
revolved arovind these issues. 

Following up the suggestion made by 
Mr, Lord that a staff association con^ 
mittee discuss the longevity question 
with Mr, Gaines, a request was sent from 
the Executive Board for such a meeting 
as soon as possible. This meeting will 
take place during the last vjeek in 
November, In this connection, you shouM 
be aware of several facts: 1, At the 
Officers' Meeting, it was indicated that j 
some alternative to the new plan would, 
be adopted if needed to protect present 
employees from any financial loss; 2, At 
the November 1 Meeting of the Board of 
Trustees of the Boston Public Library, 
the Trustees expressed a real concern 
over this matter [engendered by letters 

which they had received, plus "Soap Box" 
commentaiy] and declared that further 
discussion with the staff is needed; 
3, In order to represent fairly the 
thinking of the bibliothecal staff as a 
whole on this issue, your Executive 
Board would welcome a full expression of 
opinion frcM as many staff members as 
possible, Vife invite you to present your 
views, whatever they may be, to the 
Board in writing. 

Questions regarding the reclassifica- 
tion, the LA salary schedule and place- 
ment on the ne\j salary scales continued 
at the second meeting of the Board on 
November 15, As some member of the 
Evaluation Committee lias pointed out in 
"The Soap Box", this committee, on which 
the Staff Association was duly repre- 
sented, was dissolved before the re- 
classification was solidified and the 
present point system applied. Final 
decisions were, therefore, strictly 
administrative ones. Suggestion" had been 
made that there be a Staff Association 
representative on a committee set up to 
review appeals. After ascertaining that 
such a committee would simply review 
facts and that final decision on the 
appeal would be made by ovir highest 
administrative officers, your Executive 
Board has declined the invitation of 
Staff Association representation on the 
appeal committee, [Note that it has 
always been the poliqy of this associa- 
tion to concern itself with personnel 
principles and practices rather than 
with individual grievances,] 

The Executive Board is firmly convin- 
ced that a full understanding of one's 
classification is impossible without 
reference to the classification assign- 
ed other [similar] positions in other 
vinits. We have, therefore, requested 
that a table of organization be publish- 
ed, indicating what LA positions now 
exist in each unit of the Library, 

It has been clearly stated that the 
new LA salary schedule was designed to 
attract new employees. However, in 
presenting this schedule to the Trustees, 
the Administration has committed itself 
officially to the reorganization program 
already begun of developing and opening 
'Jiigher level LA positions as promotional 
opportunities for qualified LA's, Until 
appeals from the reclassification have 
been resolved, it is still difficult to 

President's Notes cont. 

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get a clear pictiare of the present state ' 
of the LA. Service • Feeling that a com- ; 
parison between ovr LA salaries and thosel 
currently in effect in other large li- j 
braries vrould be valuable, the libcecutive j 
Board is requesting that I^, Gaines 
publish such a comparative study. In { 
view of the impending November Business 
Meeting of this association, no further 
action has been taken by the Board in 
regard to the Library Assistants, 

Since appeals on salaries have, also, 
been invited, the Executive Board feels 
that the placing of professionals on the 
new salary schedule is still somewhat in 

Many questions seem to have arisen in 
regard to the new PI and P2 levels, 
especially in regard to how they relate 
to our former PI and P2 levels, Obvious4 
ly, such questions can best be answered 
by the Personnel Office, We hope that 
a fixLl clarification of these two serv- 
ice grades \rLll soon be forthcoming from 
that office, 




Linda Ellis - from Adams Street to Open 

James M, McNiff - from Periodical and 

Nev7spaper to Book Stack Service 
Sadie Rotondo - from Mattapan to Adams 

Rhoda Blacker - from Mattapan to Adams 

Ilary LaFollette - from East Boston to 

Laura H, Reyes - from Egleston Square to 

Susanna M, Gill - from Charlestown to 

East Boston 


Priscilla A, Randall - Bookmobiles 
Paul Crane - Education 

Ann M, Kelley - Kirstein Business Branch 
Mary McGonagle - Cataloging and Classi- 
fication 'M&S 
Shirley Utudjian - Audio Visual 
Leonard Grundt - Business Office 
Ifrs, Anna Dacey - Hyde Park 

Derek W, Brandt - Book Stack Service 
Mrs, Mary A, CoUazzo - Central Charging 

Mrs, Antoinette M. Dello Russo - Bookmo- 
biles [formerly part-time and former 
full-time employee] 
Virginia M, L'Ecuyer - Bookmobiles 
Howard P, Harris - Periodical and News- 
Ann-Beth Hon-^itz - Book Preparation 
Michele Winslovr - Cataloging and Classi- 
fication HR^tCS 
Mrs, Jo Ann Mitchell - Adams Street 
John H, Donovan Jr, - Periodicals and 

Ann F, Goldberg • Cataloging and Classi- 
fication RfiRS 
Blanche S. Lynch - Ifyde Park 
Mrs, Eileen Niles - Dorchester 
iyErs, Nancy L, Vera - Cataloging and 
Classification R&RS 



The following statement was received 
from Harry Andrews [Central Book Stock 
and Publications Committee ] : 

I was hoping to return to the Library 
this month x-fhen a spurt of overactivity 
in making my preparations for such a 
move, aggravated the condition and show- 
ed I was not ready. The Doctor said 
"work for the present is impossible" — 
I'll have to take more time, I want 
to thank the many members of the staff 
who have taken the trouble to send 
letters and cards, 

Box 96 

Back Bay P, 0, 
Boston 17, Mass, 



To Miss Jecinne Fitzgerald of Kirstein 
Business Branch on her engagement to 
Paul McGerigle, Paul was on the staff 
at KBB until he left in January to work 
for the Dept, of Administration and 
Finance at the State House, 

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We extend our hearty congratulations ' 
and best wishes to Miss Jane M, Ilanthorne; 
on her appointment as Acting Coordinator 
of Young Adult Services^, and to Mrs* 
Beryl Robinson on her appointment as l 
Acting Readers Advisor for Children, j 

Miss Manthorne began her library career: 
as a Children's Assistant at the old j 
West End Branch and has risen through thai 
ranks to her present position. After ! 
serving at Dorchester, she was appointed 
Young Adults Librarian at South Boston, 
in 195c5 she was appointed Readers Advisor 
for Young Adults, For six years she 
taught the course in Literature for Young 
Adults at Simmons Library School and is 
on the Board of Directors of the Young 
Adults Services Division of the American 
Library Association, 

In 1962 Miss Manthorne was appointed 
Regional Director for the Boston area of 
the American Heritage Project, a book 
discussion group aimed at fostering an 
appreciation of our way of life. She is 
also a member of the Hornbook Magazine 
Advisory Councila 

Mrs, Robinson began her library serv- 
ice in 1939 and has been us contin- 
uosly except for a short pariod during 
World War II , She has war Iced at 
Dorchester and Egleston Square and was 
appointed Children's Librarian in 1950 
while at East Boston, More recently she 
was Children's Librarian at Roslindale, 

Mrs, Robinson has been chairman cf the 
Massachusetts Library Associabion Round 
Table of Children's Librarians and is on 
the executive board of Top of the Nexjs . 
an American Library Association publica- 
tion for children and young adxilts. For 
the past two years she has conduc'oed the 
Alice M, Jordan Memorial Story Telling 
course. She is currently t'?aching the 
course in Library Services to Children 
at Simmons Library School, 

We are confident that Miss Manthorne 
and Mrs, Robinson will raain-'ain and 
enii^jice tha high staniards of liorary 
service to ovr young people for 
the Boston Public Library is so highly 


Last week the Old Colony Library Club 
brought before its membership a timely 
confrontation of four key representatives 
of society - a high school English teach- 
er [Mrs, John Noblin of Randolph High 
School], a parent of teen-aga"S [Mrs, 
Charles Kane of Brockton], a senior in 
high school [Christine Slapik of West 
Bridgewater High School], and a librarian 
[Jane Manthorne], The panel were de- 
scribed in the words of Thoreau as "Four 
champions fierce" and their timely topic 
was "The young adult reading dilemma," 

Under Miss Manthorne 's probing, the 
panel members tackled such questions as: 
Are teen-agers being pressured unduly by 
the demands of accelerated secondary 
curricula and keen competition for col- 
lege admission? Are young people ber'ng 
dropped into the lap of VJilliara Faulloier 
before they have finished with Wind in 
the willows ? Do young people read for 
fun any more? Are they missing the joy 
of reading by a diet of eighteenth and 
nineteenth century classics when they 
want to come to grips with tiirentieth 
century realitr,'? Are parents doing their 
children ■ s homework? 

These qi^estions and numerous others 
were tackled by the panel in a relaxed, 
forthright exchange, Max^y of the areas 
of discussion were given only a surface 
analysis, but at least the audience was 
started on a path of thinking. If one 
thing emerged from this program, ably 
plar-ned by President Lucia Fa-olkner, it 
was that only librarians appear aware 
of the dilemma which includes parents, 
teachers, and young people. In conclu- 
sion, it was hoped that the Old Colony 
Program would be duplicated maniy times 
across the country in order to find 
solutions for the increasing reading 
needs of millions of young people. 

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A Panel Discussion 
October 31, 1963 

After some brief opening remarks by 
B, Gertrude ¥ade. President of the Boston 
Public Library Staff Association, and 
Rose lioorachian. Chairman of the Program 
Committee, Ervin J. Gaines, Assistant 
Director for Personnel of the Boston Pub- 
lic Library, introduced the members of 
the panel: Joyce Davidson, Assistant 
Personnel Director, Detroit Public Li- 
braryj Donald Hunt, Library Career Con- 
sultant, Drexel Institute of Technology; 
and Grace P, Slociom, Personnel Officer, 
The Free Library of Philadelphia, 

In introducing the panel Mr, Gaines 
noted that there were mar^r personnel 
problems, and that this was an under- 
standable situation. Eighty per cent of 
a library's budget usually goes for 
people, so that eighty per cent of the 
library's attention must be paid to the 
needs and aspirations of these people. 
Librarians must consider personnel as 
well as books. The public is served 
through books by the attention that we 
the librarians give to the work we do 
and the means we use to get it done© 

At the present time there is an enor- 
mous shortage of trained personnel, and 
the end is not in sight. The future 
looks grim. Therefore, alternative 
methods must be sought in order to main- 
tain good service. Automation may be one 
answer, but in what way id.ll it be used? 
The staff must still be kept up and this 
has become a major problem, 

Mr, Hunt's job is recrviiting for the 
libraries of Eastern Pennsylvania, [Carol 
Vogel performs a similar function for the 
western part of the state,] Despite the 
fact that the number of library school 
graduates has increased from 1200 three 
or four years ago to l650 in 1962, it 
seems that every librarian who is put 
in the field creates a demand for more. 
Since VJorld War II, or more specifically, 
within the last ten years there has been 
a great deal of expansion in all types 
of libraries. There are now, for exanple. 
over 10,000 special libraries most of j 
which \-jere not in existence before 19U0, j 

As regards recruiting, Pennsylvania 
has no new ideas, none were needed, ' 
merely a better application of old ones, 
Mr, Himt and Mss Vogel go to the larger i 

cities of between 50,000 to 100,000 
in population, and establish themselves 
for one vxeek with headquarters at the 
public library. There is a great deal 
of publicity both in the newspaper and 
on radio and television, and p-r^r college 
graduate may come in and talk with the 
recruiter. The recruiter also speaks to 
local organizations: the PTA, Junior 
League, Rotary, and high school groups. 
He talks to about one hundred people 
singly during the week. The program has 
been successful both regard to the 
quality and quantity of the applicants 

The same type of thing could be dono 
in any large city. In June of this 
year such a week was held at the Free 
Library of Philadelphia. This particu- 
lar time was chosen because there were 
many college graduates coming home from 
school and looking for jobs. The Cit^,'' 
Personnel Office placed ads four inches 
in length in two editions of two of t'le 
leading newspapers. One ad was in the 
"Help Wanted - Male" section, the other 
in the "Help Wanted - Female" sectionn 
Each was leaded with the words COLLEGE 
GRADUATES in letters two inches high, 
followed by the pertinent information. 
The library was swamped. There were 
between 200 and 2^0 applicants, with 
twenty-five follow-ups per day. The 
results have not been tabulated yet, but 
quite a few decided to go on to library 

Recruiting is time consuming and most 
libraries cannot do it themselves be- 
cause they do not have enough staff to 
do the interviewing. This is one method 
of overcoming the problem. 

Another method is the Substitute for 
the Librarian Program which is being 
used at The Free Library of Philadelphiac 
At first the idea was a..horrifying onOo 
There is no such thing as a substitute 
for a librarian, it was said. But there 
are not enough professionally trained 
personnel available, so something had to 
be done. The A,L,A, Standaiis for Public 
Libraries were developed when librarians 
\-jere plentifxil and before there was very 
much expansion. They describe an ideal 
situation. Despite this expansion the 
relative number of librarians available 
has declined. Recruiting is one solu- 
tion but this often does not begin to 
pay off for up until ten years after its 
beginning. So the question remains, how 

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Personnel in the Sixties cont. 

to maintain service at the same standards, t 
Many libraries are spread very thin, and j 
they are just limping along, j 

There are three basic ingredients to 
library service: the book [if there are 
no books, there can be no service]; the 
patron [if there are no patrons there is 
no business]; and the librarian. If one 
of the three elements is taken away can 
there still be good service? Is the 
librarian indispensable in all situations? 
He usually is, but if there are no 
librarians, what is to be done? The 
trainee or pre-professional program can- 
not be stretched too far. This is the 
main line of recruiting but a library 
cannot have all trainees. They are not 
professionals, and their time is divided 
between the ibrary and school so they 
cannot devote their individual attention 
to their work. 

Also, are all areas of a city really 
covered by the branch libraries? People' 
move. Every time a new branch is opened, 
an older one shovild be closed. Building 
a ne\j branch is very expensive, and ex- 
perience has shown it to be almost 
impossible to close one that has been 
open for any length of time, i 

Books are more important than librarians!, 
and it is better to have books than I 
librarians. In addition there must be j 
some relation between units which are 
fully staffed and those which are not, ' 
Having reading centers which are near a i 
branch or a regional library is one idea, j 
In Brooldyn, New York there is the Central 
unit, the district libraries, and the 
reading centers. The city of Philadelphia 
is laid out a little differently so the 
regional plan has been used, composed of 
the Central unit, branch libraries, and 
reading centers. The system is very 
flexible because a reading center can be 
opened and closed at will. They are es- 
pecially good for older people because 
they are quieter and better for browsing* 

Who will run the Centers? In Philadel- 
phia they would like to use library tech- 
nicians, A technician would be a college 
graduate [because the libraa^r is primari- 
ly an educational institution]. They 
will be trained at The Free Library and 
then become the administrative heads of 
the centers assisted by a clerical staff* 
They will act as guides to readers and 
do basic reference work. Anything more 
complicated will be referred to the near- 

est branch or the central unit. The 
library technician will not be respon- 
sible for the book collection; this will 
be done by a representative from the 
Central unit. Neither will he conduct 
community programs; this will be done 
by the branch. 

It was difficiilt to get this system 
accepted, becaiise the librarians did not 
want to admit non-librarians to the pro- 
fession. It has been accepted as a 
ten^orary expedient, but Mss Slocum 
does not think it will be short-lived. 
She feels that it might be a blessing 
in disguise instead of a cross and may 
msike better service and more books 

The Detroit Public Library, like most 
others, is a department of the city and 
must depend on the municipal budget for 
its finances. Buring the late 'ii-O's 
and early '50's the Library was able to 
trade professional for clerical posi- 
tions on a dollar for dollar basis. They 
traded twelve professionals for between 
sixteen and seventeen clerical workers. 
However, this system cannot be carried 
too far. Better clerks are being train- 
ed to perform duties now being done by 
professionals, i,e, non-professional 
work. The idea was hard to get across 
at first but it really improves the 

Detroit will also temporarily down- 
grade a position. For example, if all 
of the Librarian I positions are filled, 
and a library school graduate applies 
for a job, rather than lose him they 
will downgrade a vacant Librarian H 
position, and then promote him when he 
qualifies. In the Main Library some pro- 
fessional positions have even been down- 
graded to a clerical level. This is not 
desirable, but it is better to have a 
clerk than no one, VJhen a professional 
is available the position is upgraded 
again and the clerk is transferred, 

Detroit began to employ pre-profes- 
sionals in 1957, There were vacancies 
on the staff and people who were willing 
to go to library school were available. 
The pre -professionals work thirty-six 
and one-quarter hours of a forty hour 
week and take four credits in the eve- 
ning. There are about thirty pre-pro- 
fessionals in dovmgraded professional 
positions. They are not substitutes for 
professionals but do help to ease the 

Personnel in the Sixties cont. 

The lack of professionally trained 
librarians xd.ll continue for a long time, j 
perhaps indefinitely, and means must be 
found to fill the gap if adequate library ! 
service is to be maintained. The purpose ' 
of the panel discussion was to explore ; 
ways of remedying the situation and to \ 
tell what other libraries are doing. It j 
succeeded admirably. i 


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What is it that little ones spin and 
twirl in glee, young people love tar 
their informality, and adults regard with' 
mixed emotions? The staff at any of ten ' 
branch libraries vjill readily recognize I 
these as clues to the rotating racks j 
installed this Slimmer to hold collections| 
of paperback books. Not give-aways and j 
not for sale, the paperbacks took their | 
place as part of a circulating collec- ' 
tion in the Boston Public Library's firdb j 
full-scale experiment with paperbacks, i 

"They belong in drugstores, not in ! 
libraries," said some patrons, "They're 
gr-?at - easy to carry home with all iry 
bundles," said shoppers. "Wonderful to 
read in bed," added still others. 
Comments were many and mixed, but mostly 
favorable . 

New, after a four-month trial period, 
with the original collections increased 
in size from one hundred to one hundred 
and fifty titles, the ten branches in- 
volved report that their paperbacks are 
"still going strong," Some books have 
been given fast repairs, a few hiive been 
discontinued, and a number are E-!;.;;pected 
to be among the missingj but a la^'ge 
percentage are still moving from rrck to 
home and back. The experiment appears 
to be a success. 

There have been some unexpected re- 
siilts of the experiment such as the 
nuiTierous donations from readers. Borrow- 
ers are voluntarily bringing in their 
home libraries of paperbacks to augment 
our collections. Also of interest is 
the apparent lack of consistency between 
the circulation of paperbacks and their 
hardcover counterparts. In many cases 
paperback titles circulated while their 

bound "alter ego's" sat on shelf, and 
ordinarily popular titles sat on their 
racks in paperback form vfhile their 
hardcover tidjis circiilated. That read- 
ers are reading paperbacks is no sur- 
prise, but non-readers also have been 
reached. One branch reports that five 
young adult loungers greeted the arri- 
val of paperbacks with disbelief, then 
went on to become borroirers of the 
pocket-sized volumes. 

In four months several paperbacks have 
scored as many as eight circulations 
each which [for a fifty cent item] means 
a cost of approximately six cents per 
circxxlation, A little mathematics will 
show that an average-priced volume 
costing $2,95 would have to survive 
forty-nine circulations or almost three 
years of regiilar three-week charge 
periods to reach borrowers at a cost of 
six cents a loan. As with many experi- 
ments, this paperback trial inspires 
all manner of such mathematical juggling 
and interpretation. 

There are as many nysteries in the 
growing popularity of paperbound books 
as there are in any area involving the 
human ingredient, A tallying of final 
figures in Boston may throw light on 
the riddles of the paperback revolution. 
Possibly there may be revealed patterns 
and consistencies which prove something 
unique about paperbacks in Boston, Was 
circulation greater among children, 
young adults, or adults? Was circula- 
tion greater in busy branches or in low- 
circulation branches? Was fiction more 
in demand than nciificti on? Did high- 
priced paperbacks outlast cheaper 
editions? How mar^r circulations were 
achieved per paperback, and at what 
cost? These are the qv.estions which 
will be ansxrered in the ne:c-o few weeks 
when we learn whether or nor, the new 
look in books will become permanent? 


Readers Advisor for 
Young Adults 


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The selections from Eisenhower's nex-j book^ 
L'L.iiDP.TE FOR CHAi<IGE, which appeared in the 
WE/J YORK TIMES for about three weeks, made . 
very good reading. The extraordinary en- 
gagingness of his personality comes through* 
as when he speaks of his grammatical bloop- j 
ers at Press Conferences; and his extra- ' ! 
ordinarj^ judgment, as when he asked John 1 
Foster Dulles to bo Chief Justice of the ] 
Supreme Court, The most interesting of the 
excerpts contained the ex- President's con- j 
temptuous reference to "staff decisions." j 
iJ.nd he quoted the story of Lincoln who 
decided for a certain course of action af- I 
ter his whole cabinet voted against it. \ 

By an unusual coincidence, this same 
issue of the TIMES carried a very full 
"obituary notice" on the death of a vast 
circulation daily paper in New York, 
Hearst's THE MIRROR. J^s is usual ^^rith the 
TIMES, it gave the whole history of the 
paper, its various owners, the connection 
of the iicCormick and Patterson families 
with it, how Hearst got hold of it, his 
many enterprises, his political influence, 
his great povjer, and some colorful inci- 
dents from his private life. But the most 
interesting item was a remark made by one 
of Hearst's sons about the autocratic 
methods used in running his "shop" by his 
father, the "CHIEF". Once at a conference 
with many of the top executives of his 
"empire," the chairman of the meeting 
polled the members on a question of some 
importance. Everybody voted Aye, and then 
Hearst was asked for his opinion, and he 
said i'io. The chairman then said: "The Noes 
have it unanimously, " and the plan was 

Iheie is not much resemblance between 
EisenhoX'Ter and Hearst, but it was remark- 
able to find in two unrelated instances 
in the same issue of the paper their iden- 
tical disrespect for making decisions by 
majority vote. I hope there is more res- 
pect shown to the democratic process on 
our summits. 


ihe Fall Meeting of the Men Librarian's 
Club was held at the Cambridge House on 
October 2, with about 60 persons in at- 
tendance, including a large number from 
the BPL and several of our alumni. 
After a delicious roast lamb dinner, the 
iTieeting was turned over to the Chairman 
of the evening, BHL's Frank Moloney. It 
was his pleasure to introduce the speak- 
ers: i.estbrook McPherson, Director of 
the Urban League of Boston, and Rt. Rev. 
George //. Casey, columnist for THE PILOT 
and the BOSTON HERALD. Although the 
announced subject was "Segregation," the 
speakers largely confined their remarks 
to the recent controversy concerning 
the Boston school system. During the 
unusually lively questioning period, the 
problem of housing was brought up and 
it was generally conceded that the root 
of the probleni. in the schools could be 
traced tj restrictive or ghetto-like 


On Tuesday November 7, Mildred Picone 
met with twenty-eight of her library 
friends at a farewell luncheon held at 
the Red Coach Grill, Even though it 
rained buckets, everyone wore a cheery 
and festive air, Mildred looked lovely 
in her bright red suit adorned with a 
beautiful corsage of three orchids pre- 
sented to her as part of her going away 
gift. The luncheon was delicious and 
enjoyed by all, "Millie" was presented 
with a gift of money, and when she 
accepted her gift and the good wishes 
of her friends, she proved to be an 
eloquent speaker in addition to her 
other talents, 


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vjiiAT balteiok: is doing 


!e have all heard the story abovit the 
librarian who, after years spent in 
attracting young -oeople to the library, 
is not-r faced with the problem of how to 
keep them out. -.'hile not wishing to 
abrogate any responsibility toward any 
segment of the copulation libraries are 
beginning to face up to the problems 
created by heavy student use and are 
attempting to discover how they can best 
serve their student clientele while 
maintaining and exDandin^ full adult 
Drof^rams . One such library, Baltimore's 
"noch Pratt Free Library, has recently 
published a report on student use. 
This report, Students and the Pratt 
Library: Challenge and Onnortunitv . 
preoared by Lowell i 'art in under the 
auspices of the Deiches Fund Studies, 
presents in facts and fi";ures what 
librarians in every part of the country 
have been experiencinr, during the past 
fevr years: the overburdening of their 
librarys' physical facilities and their 
ov7n professional time and Icnowledge 
under the crushing weight of student 

Information for the study vjas 
supplied by three different question- 
naires administered respectively in the 
Baltimore schools, in the Pratt central 
library and branches , and in selected 
homes in the Baltimore area. 

Dr. "iiartin's analysis is nothing 
short of frightening. He states that 
we have been so pre -occupied with the 
one -third of our students trho are roor 
readers that we have been myopic to the 
t^^ro-thi^ds who are relatively good 
readers . This latter grouo has grown 
to such an extent that junior high and 
senior high school students now form 
the largest and most intensive group of 
purposeful book readers in our society. 
"Essentially the Deiches report can be 
summed up as follows . 

The schools depend on reading as 
a significant element in education, 
but adequate provision has not been 
made for student reading materials 
either in the schools or in the 
community-at-large . 

•ithin the next five to eight 
years, the situation will move 
toward a crisis, and, unless met 
in some way, will distinctly deter 

the educational grox-rth of young 
people and undermine the service 
programs of libraries. 
As a basis for his conclusions. 
Dr. "lartin examined the essential 
questions of vrhy, what, and how much 
does the average student read. Quite 
frankly today's teen-ager reads be- 
cause reading has become something of 
a status symbol. He feels compelled 
to keep up his grades, to meet paren- 
tal exr)ectations , and above all, to 
achieve the greatest status symbol of 
his generation: entrance into college, 
particularly the college of his choice. 
Of students questioned, '+7.7 oer cent 
indicated that thej'- olanned to go on 
to college. 

The range and breadth of a student's 
non-textbook reading is quite varied. 
"Any vievr that most of the outside 
reading material is confined primarily 
to lists of simplified materials and 
standard titles vrould be a mistake." 
Junior high school students are being 
introduced to the more adult popular 
authors in the field of history, 
literature, government, and science. 
Senior high school reading lists are 
beginning to look like those that are 
ordinarily seen in the first two years 
of college. Hovjever, for free reading 
the story is quite different. A stu- 
dent spends somewhat less reading time 
for his ovm pleasure, but the quality 
of his leisure reading droos sharply, 
'iagazines constitute the largest por- 
tion of his free reading time vjith 
oicture weeklies heading the list. 
These are followed by general and news 
vreeklies. The books students orefer 
follovr a light recreational oattern. 
It is in this area alone that libraries 
are not troubled in fulfilling student 

How much does he read? In addition 
to textbooks eleven to twelve hours 
oer month are devoted to school-related 
reading in books and magazines outside 
the classroom. He averages four books 
(other than texts) in whole or in oart 
each month. One-third of these he 
gets from the school library, the 
remaining two -thirds from the public 
library, "ight to nine hours per 
month are soent by him in searching for 
materials, using references, and 
examining books. One-third of this 



Jhat 3altimore Is Doin" /-bout jtudent 
Use cont . 

time is spent in the school library, the 
remainder in the public library. Six to 
seven hours per month are spent for per- 
sonal reading. 

In an area such as Baltimore where 
100,000 secondary school students are 
considered good readers, they are getting 
from one or more sources 'J'OO.OOO books 
per month (over 3 ■ 000 • 000 in a school 
year) and they are spending 900,000 
hours a month in a library or libraries 
(7,000,000 hours during the school 
year). In Baltimore City alone there 
are over 60,000 student readers who use 
almost 2,000,000 books oer year and 
spend over ^,000,000 hours in libraries. 
:3y 1970, Pratt will be supplying books 
at the rate of 3,000,000 per year to 
students and will be providing facili- 
ties for over 7,000,000 hours of student 
library time. .'ithin the next five to 
eight years, because of increasing 
school and colle3e pooulation, the Bal- 
timore area must be orepared to serve 
tvxice the present student demand. 

The report shows that a transforma- 
tion has taken place, ./hereas we might 
expect that the school library would be 
the first line of student attack, actu- 
ally it is the public library which has 
become the school library. School- 
related reading has become library read- 
ing and homework is now library work. 
Of thirty books (other than texts) 
which the student reads, twenty-five, 
or eit^hty-two per cent, cone from the 
public library. A high school of 2,000 
oupils requires 50,000 library book uses 
per year. 

Students use the public library for 
many reasons, the major reason being 
inadequate school library collections. 
Present-day tcachin:^ arbitrarily assumes 
that there exists and is available a 
substantial subject collection contain- 
ing not only an extensive collection of 
books but also periodicals. Fifty to 
sixty per cent of the students expressed 
dissatisfaction with their school" library 
collections. Other reasons for public 
library preference were inadequate 
school library hours; a certain freedom 
available in the public library in con- 
trast to school library restrictions; 
and, although not clearly stated, one 
lets the feeling that there is a 
orestige element in frequenting the 

Dublic library. Consequently, 78.3 
oer cent of junior high students and 
77-3 per cent of senior high students 
preferred the oublic library over the 
school library. Combining the college 
and high school grouos we find that 
over one-half of the adult users of 
the Pratt Library are senior high 
school and college students. 

In order to cope with this situa- 
tion, Dr. "'art in outlines the follow- 
ing suggestions. 

A review of the place of reading in 
education . Is reading being assigned 

liore extensive use of nanerbacks 
to be purchased by the student. 

Establishment of a library instruc - 
tion program to be instituted in the 
school and continued under library 
supervision on an informal classroom 

Longer hours of school library 
service . 

Develorrient of school library 
facilities . The school library- 
should contain 25,000 volumes per 
2,000 pupils, five professional 
librarians, and three clerical assis- 
tants . 

3etter communications betx^een 
school and library . The library 
should receive advance knowledge of 
assignnents and the teacher should be 
informed of the library's resources. 

A communicating council on student 
reading materials composed of 
teachers, librarians, and school 
supervisors . Basic attention would 
be given here to the purpose, kind, 
and amount of reading. 

Nevf position of Student-Teacher 
Librarian . Despite the fact that 
students form the largest single 
reader group, there are no library 
staff members specifically designated 
to meet their needs. Inasmuch as 
students use the entire resources of 
the library, someone in addition to 
the young adult librarian is needed. 
In the past no one has felt any 
specific responsibility for the 
young people as students. The pur- 
pose of this nevr position would be to 
cut across departmental lines and aid 
student service through present chan- 
nels . They vrould v7ork with schools 
and librarians and start the flovr of 
information that is and ^^rill be 


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! ".fhat Daltimore Is Doin'^ About student 
Use cont . 

; needed for food library service. If 
the nresent situation is allced to 
continue, the proportion of student 
users Hill rise to 75 per cent in the 
near future. 

One of the first steps in solving 
any problem is to first clearly define 
and analyze the problem. Dr. liartin's 
study should rjrove of value to the 
many libraries throughout the country 
vjhich have not yet fully recognized 
that the snowballins problem of student 
use is one which must be faced ur> to. 


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^^itamins have come to the aid of 
old boo;cs at the Vatican's Institute 
for Scientific Restoration of Books, 
headed by a Benedictine, Dom llario 
Pinzuti. Actually, Dom Pinzuti began 
using the vitamin method seven years 
ago, but confesses he doesn't knovr 
exactly ho\r it works . The vitamins 
are administered by hypodermic 
injection, spray and dip. 

Old paper is often 1o\'T in glucose, 
a component of cellulose. According 
to Dom Pinzuti, this causes the 
vegetal fibers to disintegrate, 
-ith administration of vitamin P 
or PP (bioflavonoids), however, old 
paner can more readily absorb and 
retain the proteins from a gelatin 
dir) and the level of glucose increases. 

Vitamins aren't the only remedy 
used by the Vatican's book restorers, 
but the 3 vitamins have been found 
particularly good for rejuvenating 
r)archment and vitamin C helps regu- 
late the absorption of moisture by 
old paner. Bom Pinzuti pointed out 
that heretical volumes enjoy the 
same rejuvenating therapy as ortho- 
do:; books . 

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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full naine of the 
Association member submitting it, toge- 
ther with the name of the Branch Library, 
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 con- 
tributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only to 
the Editor-in-Chief, The contents of the 
articles appearing in the Soap Box are 
personal opiaions expressed by individual 
Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Committee and the Associaticn 
are ia agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions not containing 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 

To the Editor: 

In spite of the widespread 
dissatisfaction the new salary 
schedules, it should be acknowledged that 
there are many good features in it. 

The professional salary scales compare 
favorably with those of other libraries 
of similar size and character. The be- 
ginning professional salaries and the pre- 
professional scale should make it possi- 
ble to recruit and retain desirable pro- 
fessional staff members. The increase in 
the beginning sa.1v3ries of Library Assist- 
ants should help in recruiting suitable 

I high school graduates for oia? clerical 

I and specialist positions. 

It would appear tlrnt \-rith a fe\j 
adjustments there might be widespread 
satisfaction with the new schedxile. If 
the proper weight is given experience 
and skill acquired in the Boston Public 
Library, most of the complaints wovild 
melt away, 



To the Soap Box: 

Quoting from "Long 
Service Payments" page. Agenda, Officers 
Meeting, October lii, 1963: "It is true 
that some variations, plus or minus, will 
result, but they are relatively insigni- 
ficant, and in any event will exist for 
a period of about 3 or U years, between 
1966 and 1970". 

Is a loss of some $200 a year in pen- 
sion, year after year, "relatively 
insignificant"? This would be roughly 
equivalent to one's oil bill every year ^ 
Why should any one lose even one dollar 
in his pension? Are our pension plans 
to be only another broken promise? 

That this condition will exist only 
between 1966 and 1970 is cold comfort to 
those planning to retire in that period, 
when it will affect not only salary loss 
during those years, but that will also 
be the last five year period affecting 
total pension. Should this segment of 
the staff be penalized in favor of high- 
er salaries for young and inexperienced 
members of the staff? 

It is this group too, in some cases, 
which fared worst in "new spending 
money" at the moment, because of the so- 
called "absorption" of the longevity 



To the Soap Box: 

What incentive is there 
to remain in a service that treats its 
experienced employees with such callous- 
ness? After many years of conscientious, 
satisfactory performance, a person re- 
ceives no more consideration than a new- 

Away with loyalty and experience - new 
blood is the order of the day, 

Geritol, everybody? 


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Dear Soap Box: 

The visiting personnel 
officers who spoke at the recent pro- 
fessional maeting of the EPL Staff Asso- 
ciation liad some interesting conments on 
longevity programs, 

Grace Slocum of The Free Library of 
Philadelphia said that her library had 
no extra payments for long service but 
added that she deplored this lack of 
recognition for longevity. 

Miss Joyce Davidson of the Detroit 
Public Library said that her library 
did have a long service payment. This 
is paid each year after 11 years of ser- 
vice and 6 years in grade. The payment 
is a percentage of the individual's 
basic salary. The top payment is near 
$300 and it is paid in a luinp sum each 
year shortly before Christmas, 

Detroit's practice is very interesting 
in view of the current reaction to the 
cessation of long service payments at 
the Boston Public Library, It should 
also be noted that Detroit's basic 
salary schedule compares very favorably 
with 0U33S, Apparently modern personnel 
theory and practices favor the long 
service payment. 

The long service payment is a morale 
builder, VJe need it, 


To the Editor: 

I'fliy can't employees of the 
Boston Public Library be treated as well 
as other city employees in regard to 

It is my understanding that under the 
Jacobs Plan, that the city is following, 
individuals are given credit for longev- 
ity in service * Credit is given for 9 
and l6 years of service. 

Under our plan, individuals with 25 
years and more lost their so called 
longevity bonus, and their status became 
the same as new employees. 

The idea of giving an increment after 
5 years without a salary adjustment, 
could give rise to many newer employees 
receiving this, before older ones. This 
is true especially when some new employ- 
ees are brought into the service, in the 
middle /or top of the grade, while an 
older employee might start at the bottom. 

For example, a new Fk brought in at 
step IV would reach his maximum after 3 
years. He would then wait 5 years and 
receive the longevity increment. His 
total years of service would be only 8 
years. While an old employee with as 
much as 25 or even 30 years of service 
would start at a lower step and this has 
happened /such as step 11/ and it would 
take him 5 years to reach his maxiraiim. 
He would then wait another 5 years for 
his longevity increment. By this time 
he would have 35 or UO years of service, 


Dear Soap Box Editor: 

No plan to restore 
recognition of long-time service should 
be acceptable unless it gives an adequate 
monetary remuneration to the old-timer 
NOWi The la's waited patiently for years 
to get a raise that everyone said they 
richly deserved. What did they get? hJL 
cents, 29 cents, 13 cents I 

The TIME is NOW 

Dear Editor: 

The explanation at the 
Officers Meeting concerning longevity 
payments was a little misleading when it 
was stated that the loss amounted to 
about 2^ as measured against about a 10^ 
gain as a result of the increase in the 
maximum salary in the chief's grade. For, 
that explanation "forgot" that all who 
have longevity payments are not getting 
chief's pay and too, that everyone else 
receiving increased salaries vrill attain 
this new maximum [at chief's or any other 
level] without losing any 2^, WHY should 
long service employees suffer, and lose 
morale badly, to furnish untrained em- 
ployees [comparatively speaking] with 
more money? We are the ones viio had ex- 
tremely low salaries in fact, and in 
conparison with other professions, for 

"^ ^^^'- SACRIFICED 

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To the Soap Box: 

What future remains for 
lA's with long service now? Still rated 
as lAl's or 2«s at best, lowered 
maximums and now losing longevity pay- 
ments as well, what sort of future have 


To the Editor: 

How can the longevity 
bonvis granted by the Trustees be taken 

Would it not take a vote of the Trus- 
tees to do this? 

This letter is written with the hope 
that the Trustees will do their utmost 
to restore the bonuses to the individuals 
from whom they were taken away. 

The new plan of an increment after $ 
years from the date of one's last salary 
adjustment is not a fair plan. It does 
not give any benefit to those of us who 
have already served the institution 
through all of the years, and most of 
them were lean years as far as salaries 
where concerned, 


Ed.Note : 

A committee will meet with Mr, 
Gaines to reexamine this question. 

To the Editor: 

Changing the nales in the 
middle of the game would be a blow to 
staff morale, to put it mildly. Some of 
us stand to lose as much as $2000 over 
the next five years. But there is a ray 
of hope since the Personnel Director has 
expressed a xdJ-lingness to listen to our 
suggestions. Personally I think the 
only fair and realistic solution is to 
honor longevity payments already earned. 
Let the new rules apply to those who 
have nothing to lose by them. 

Dear Soap Box: 

Seldom have so many been 
insulted with so little, 




Dear Soap Box: 

Does experience no longer 
count in these halls? At every level, 
those with experience either in grade 
or in service, are now leveled down to 
those newly arrived with little or no 
experience, whom they must train. When 
it appears that those with least expe- 
rience get the most in raises, what 
price morale? 



Dear Soap Box: 

What profiteth it to be a 
"career man" in the service of the BPL 
these days? Many of the career personnel 
got raises from 12^ a week [if any] to 
around $200 a year - while brand new 
pre-professionals with as little expe- 
rience as a few weeks, received over 
$300 per year and some 5-7 year pros got 
over $500, Doesn't responsibility and 
knowledge count any more? This hurts 
the more as the majority of the older 
employees have more financial responsi- 
bilities than the newer employees, and 
less time in which to save money since 
"decent" wages went into effect. And 
those nearest retirement dates got 
clobbered in every way. This may a.ttract 
new people but how are we gonna keep em? 


To the Editor: 

General Administrativ© 
Notice 1963 - No, 67, brings to our 
attention another confusing element in 
our salary schedules. It shows varioixa 
governmental units, federal, state and 
city, with their salaries and the ap- 
proximate time it takes to reach the 
maximum. In each of them it takes the 
same number of years to reach the maxi- 
mum, regardless of what grade one holds. 
The federal I8 years, the state 6 years 
and the city 3^ years. But note o\xc 
method, lAl takes 3§ years | LA2 takes 
3 years 9 months ^ LA.3 takes hz years, 
and there is still another method for 
the professional staff. Does it not 
seem unusual for a system to be so 
arranged that no two groups progress to 
their maximums in the same period of 
time. If the governmental units 


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mentioned above find it desirable to 

findings? or 2, that you had no know- 

have such a uniform method, wl^ must the i ledge of the findings before they were 
Boston Public Library be different, and announced? 
thereby create more confusion? 



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Dear Soap Box: 

IJhom would I thank for 
twenty-one cents take-home pay? It has } 
been carefully explained to me that this 
was not a pay raise and shotild not be 
regarded as such. Did I need to be told? 


Dear Soap Box: 

The long awaited results 
of the re-evaluation of the Library 
Assistants Service have finally been re- 
leased. Information from the Administra-j 
tion as well as the Staff Association I 
led everyone to believe that full atten- j 
tion was being given to this problem, ! 
but it has become quite apparent that tte 
Administration's opinion of the lA ser- 
vice is barely tolerant much less aware 
of its value. It is true that the 
minimum salaries for the LA I's vrere up- 
graded [they shoxild have been] bnt it 
seems that the Adxiiinistration's heart 
was left there . This can be borne out 
by the reaction of the majority when it 
first looked upon its new classifications 
only to realize that in the opinion of 
the Administration they were overpaid 
for the work they were doing and in most 
cases doing more than they were expected 
to anyway. Any administration which 
considers long time employees [$ years 
service or longer] a vast wasteland has 
to be looked upon as short-sighted 
Administration, Never have I witnessed 
morale so low nor heard so many com- 
plaints in nearly all areas in the Boston 
Public Library, The Administration 
through this re-evaluation has created a 
second-rate service in the form of the 
Library Assistants Service, 
, I would like to close with a question 
for the Executive Board of the Staff 
Association, Since we have constantly 
been told that you have been in close 
touch T-Tith the Administration regarding 
this Evalusrtion which conclusion are we 
to believe: 1, that you agree with the 



See President's notes this issue. 

Dear Editor: 

The new re -classification 
system has now been announced, the long- 
awaited justice due the LA's: A friend 
of mine always says that x^henever the 
Libraiy changes anything, the last state 
of the help is worse than the first, as 
In the Bible stories. This last iniquity 
has more than followed this statement. 
The nevjiy announced plan turns out to be 
a reverse Robin Hood action, which does 
not help but actually harms the LA's, The 
Administration forgets that any institu- 
tion is only as good as its base and the 
base of this institution is certainly 


Dear Soap Box: 

Amid a flurry of advance 
GAN notices the staff was informed that 
money was available to put the long 
awaited evaluation report in effect. If 
you can remember back that far, the pri- 
mary purpose of this evaluation was to 
take care of the LA's and correct iniq- 
uities existing in various jobs, October 
21;, D Day, the bomb fell and the LA's 
were left shattered. They were taken 
care of all right - with ice water. To 
be sure the starting salary for LA's was 
raised but once an employee is on the pay- 
roll the pace decreases. It was so 
calculated that an LA, no matter what 
grade, would receive very little, if any- 
thing, in the way of money. The wheeling 
and dealing was well worksd out to the 
disadvantage of the LA's, 

The atmosphere in the BPL is unhealthy. 
Respect and loyalty are gone in the face 
of such wheeling and dealing, Vfe thought 
progress was to be the watchword of Boston 
but find only regression and backtracking 
here. To the optimists who appealed we 
say lots of luck somewhere - sometime, 


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Dear Editor: 

I think that most of the 
Library Assistants were hurt deeply by 
the recently published salary schedules 
and the job classifications. To many of 
us it was a slap in the face to think 
our efforts were thought to be worth so 

aAD and MAD 


Dear Editor: 

The long awaited announcement 
concerning the LA's was, for one thing, 
misnanred. Perusal of the nevx scale proves 
that it is more a devaluation than any- 
thing. With the lowest position having 
so little significance, vhy not leave it 
open to new personnel, promoting them 
when they have gained enough experience 
to really fill the job? 

Wniy should there be a job evaluation 
without a parallel worker rating? If 
job alone is to determine rating and 
salary, then length of service, experience, 
initiative, incentive and HOPE are no 
longer to be integral parts of the work 
we do. 

Subtract individual value from pioblic 
service and it is no longer a service. 
We are not quite ready to become robots 
dispensing books on signal, sans smile 
or interest, ,,#Qr are we? 



Dear Editor^ 

The following little message 
was sent to a lowly LA last year by a co- 
worker. He intended to be facetious but 
turns out to have been prophetic. 

Always remember: 

There is no LA so lowly or hximble 
That he can't be reclassified 


La-JL2f LA 

P,S, This same author suggest for LA 
theme song «."We shall overcome" i 

To the Soap Box; 

After waiting over two 
years for the reclassification which 
was to end all injustices, the LA's in 
the branches are once again clccacd to- 
gether as equal pieces of machinery, 
with no recognition of the knowledge or 
skill which come from years of experience. 

We are now told that this is a start- 
ing point. For what? We had a starting 
point two years ago. To go from one 
starting point to another was a waste of 
time and money, not to mention a terrible 
strain on people's emotions. If this 
was to be our answer, we should have been 
told so, not kept dangling on a string 
with vague hopes and promises. 

There is something radically wrong 
with a system which turns loyal staff 
into disgusted employees, 

Catherine H, Richmond 


Dear Soap Box; 

Where was the Executive 
Board of the Staff Association when all 
of the new salaries and classifications 
were being arranged? It does not seem 
possible that it could agree with what 
was finally produced and put into effect, 

A result so generally disliked by the 
staff could not have been produced, if 
the staff were represented by a real 
labor \inion, 


ED, NOTE: f-^H:-?f->i«^HH*-a-«-5Hfs«KH«j 

See President's notes this 


Dear Soap Box: 

Another directive from the 
Assistant Director for Personnel explain- 
ing management practices. As employees 
of a non-profit, public service organi- 
zation, most of us never realized we were 
on a management-labor basis. 

Inasmuch as we are now, how about a 
union, everyone? Six hundred voices can 
make much more noise than a few isolated 
squawks, and get much better results, 



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Dear Soap Box: 

Congratulations for the 
splendid raises afforded our Professional 
Staff - Condolences to the LA's who once 
again were grossly insulted by a paltry 
remuneration which in most cases was 
only a few cents. Perhaps the incensed 
la's should push for Union rights or 
Civil Service whereby when one is given 
a raise it makes sense otherwise WS 


To the Editor: 

Those of us who were too 
smug to support the union some years ago 
have only ourselves to blame for the 
shabby deal we are now receiving. 


Dear Editor: 

Why doesn't the Library 
bring its Library Assistant's Service 
under Civil Service? Maiiy of the LA 
positions are substantially the same as 
those covered by Civil Service, Prefer- 
ence to seniors and an impartial appeal 
process are tijo of the advantages which 
it offers to employees. These items are 
very important to the morale of the staff* 


Dear Editor: 

I would like to have the 
status of the pre-1938 people, the P I's, 
made clear. If, as the notices seem to 
imply, they are being restricted to a 
$5500 maximum, it is a crying shame, and 
part and parcel of the 'deprive the old- 
timers' trend which seems to have been 
established of late. I^. Lord promised 
at the time that the new rxiles were 
being form\ilated in 1937 that the people 
who were already in the Library would 
not suffer in any way. Now apparently 
they are being discriminated against. 
Perhaps there may even be somewhere a 
notice which states this in so many words, 
and we can refer to it as a "scrap of 
paper" as the Germans did with the Treaty 

in 191klH 



Your Editorial Board has not 
been able to check the allegations in 
this letter, but, as it mainly ex- 
presses a point of view, we are print- 
ing it so that the writer will not 
feel that he is also being discrim- 
inated against by the QoM, 





Publishsd by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XVIII Number 11 December 196 3 

Publications Committee: Harry Andrews, Jean Babcock, Doris Gray, Jane 

Manthorne, Edward J, Montana, Jr., Mrs, Bridie Stotz, 
Martin F, Waters, Barbara Flye, Peter DeSantis, 
Cartoonist, Sarah Usher, Indexer, V/illiam R, Lewis, 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

As the year 1963 approaches its inevitable close we pause, each in his own 
fashion, and reflect on the events and happenings which have in one way or an- 
other affected omt daily lives. Some of these events occured outside the 
Library and have equal significance to people in other parts of our countryo 
Other happenings have been of a more intimate nature meaningful only to our- 
selves. Some have been resolved, others are in a state of flxix awaiting solution. 

Tradition decrees, however, that at this time of the year there be a hiatus 
in the normal course of events. During this period a irysterious something 
variously called 'the Christmas spirit', 'holiday cheer', etc, pervades the 
atmosphere and miraculously dispels animosities as differences are temporarily 
set aside. The PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE is happy to bow to this tradition and 
echo the familiar refrain: 

We wish you a Merry Christmas 

J. We wish you a Merry Christmas ^^v" 


y We wish you a Merry Christmas | 

And a Happy New Y0ar I 



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Since November 26, the Executive 
Board of the Staff Association has been 
meeting once a week \-rith the Assistant 
Director [Personnel] to discuss a wide 
variety of personnel matters. The 
first item on our agenda was the ques- 
tion of long-service payments. In 
accordance ; the motion passed at the 
November Business Meeting of the Asso- 
ciation, two representatives from the 
Quarter Century Club joined the Execu- 
tive Board at their discussions of this 

You will remember that members of the 
association were asked to vote on 
November 27 on two suggestions: 

1, All staff members who now have 
twenty-five years or more of ser- 
vice shall receive in 1963 an 
additional increment in their grade 
[minimum $100] above all other 
increases received in 1963 

2, No staff member shall have to work 
in any one grade more than the 
number of years necessary to reach 
his maximum in grade plus five 
years to receive any extra incre- 
ment based upon years of service 
in grade 

These suggestions were presented to you 
as possibilities for immediate inple- 
mentation which the E:;ecutive Board 
approved as an immediate step to improve 
the position of those vxho had been 
receiving long-service payments under 
the old plan© 

The results of the poll were as 
follows : 

211; ballots - - YES 

7 ballots NO 

7 ballots - - Invalid 

With this poll in hand, the Executive 
Board endorsed the payment of one 
increment in grade to people i/ith 25 or 
more years of service c This payment 
has now been officially announced, with 
a $200 minimum in place of our original 
$100 suggestion. 

Item nvmiber 2, on this poll needs 
further explanation and should, perhaps ^ 
be rex'jorded. This proposal we suggested 
so that future longevity payments based 
upon years in grade x^fould actually be 
paid when due. As we pass from one 
salary sched\ile to another, people are 

often put back several step levels. 
Thus it might be possible for an indi- 
vidual to serve many more years than 
the required seven [less for some LA 
levels] before he ever found himself 
receiving the maximiam pay for that 
grade. Payment for longevity in grade 
must be based upon calendar years spent 
in that grade, rather than upon grade 
levels, your Executive Board feels. 

As yet, the Administration has not 
accepted this proposal. However, we 
are working to have this principle 
adopted in order that longevity based 
upon grade may have some real meaning o 

In our discussion with Mr, Gaines 
relative to long-service payments, the 
Executive Board has tried to present 
clearly the issue which we believe is 
at stake. This seems to be the fact 
that long-service payments were given 
above and beyond the regular salary 
schedule, as an additional bonus well- 
earned by people with many years of 
service - and many years dviring which 
our pay scales were exceedingly low. 
The Executive Board does not feel that 
this whole question has been resolved 
to their complete satisfaction, and it 
is their understanding that this matter 
is still open for further discussion. 

Meanwhile, we are now engaged in 
conferences over the Library Assistant 
reclassifications and the attendant 
salary schedule. As yet, our discussion 
has not reached the stage at which I 
can make any meaningful report to you^- 
It is hoped that before our annual 
Joiiuary Business Meeting there may be 
some definite results from these 
discussions. By then, too, we expect 
that there will be more positions above 
the LA 2 level announced as vacancies 
to be filled o 

Our only other item of business since 
the last QM has been the appointment 
of Mrs, Sadie Rotondo [Adams Street] as 
Chairman of the Elections Committeeo 


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John M, 'Toole - Book Stack Service 
Ruth G, Holler - Charlestown 
Philip Tavella - Branch Issue 
Genevieve M, Kuzia - Hyde Park 
'Gwendolyn R, Peters - Kirstein Business 

Judean Langone - Brighton 
Patricia Neth - Book Selection 
Heidi R, Rieper - Bookmobiles 
^i^s, Selma - Roslindale 
Carol McGlellan - Book Preparation 
Irene L, Davis - Mattapan 
William. G, Verry - Book Stack Service 
Roderick Slowe - Book Stack Service 


Frederick Rodenmacher - from Book Stac k 

Service to Central Charging Records 
Charlotte Mahoney - from Charlestown to 

South End [NE Student] 
Lucille O'Brien - from Book Preparation 

to Cataloging and Classification R&RS 
Geraldine Gardner - from Book Preparation 

to Central Charging Records 


Mariann Conroy - Audio Vis vial - another 

Samuel D, Wilson - Open Shelf - another 

Gail L, Handrahan - Codman Square - to 
remain at home 

Mildred Picone - Cataloging k Classifi- 
cation - resigned 

Phyllis Richards - Roslindale - moved to 

Gerald P, Miller - Kirstein Business 
Branch - return to college 

Ann Goldberg - Cataloging &. Classifica- 
tion R&RS - resigned 



The Men's House Committee msh to 
thank the staff for their generous con- 
tributions made to sponsor the Ken's 
Christmas Party, 

Men's Christmas Party 

DATE: Tuesday, December 2k 
TIM: 10 a,m, to 12 Noon 
PLACE: Men's Smoking Lounge 

Men's House Committee 

Harry Fletcher 
Fred Rodenmacher 
Edward Stenberg 
Robert Schleehauf 
Max AnapoUe, Chairman 


One of the most striking examples of 
devotion to a profession was demonstra- 
ted in a very simple unassuming maimer 
last summer at the North End Branch, 
The case in point was the Children's 

After presenting the usual certifi- 
cates of achievement to the boys and 
girls in the Summer Reading Club, the 
Librarian chartered a MTA bus and 
treated the thirty children to a d^ 
at the Children's Zoo in Franklin Park 
at her own expense. The bus picted up 
the group at the Library and returned 
them that afternoon after a very happy 
and funfiUed day that xdill be well 
remembered by every child who partici- 

If anyone aspiring to the profession 
of Librarian were to state some of the 
ideals to which he should aspire, this 
simple act of the Children's Librarian 
would easily demonstrate one very 
important goal ~ imselfish devotion 
to the needs of others in providing a 
variety of experiences in the Library - 
experiences which will encourage the 
full use and enjoyment of the services 
available to all.,. 

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This is the time v:hen almost everyone 
is caught up in the rush of Christmas, 
shopping, planning, and enteiii^ining. 
But this season also signals the close 
of one year and the beginning of 
another. A good time for cogitation. 

No one vfho has seen the groups of 
young people sitting on the floors and 
the stairs , or leaning against the 
walls of the larger (and smaller) 
public libraries of the country can 
doubt the magnitude and seriousness 
of the student onslaught. Because of 
their sheer numbers the librarian often 
feels overwhelmed. The publication of 
the Deiches Report by Enoch Pratt Free 
Library in Baltimore is an indication 
of concern, as are the discussions 
held at the last meeting of the 
American Library Association. 

However, looked at from the proper 
point of viev/, the student is not 
really a problem at all, but rather 
a challenge and an opportunity for us. 
And while it is true that school 
library service is increasing on all 
levels, especially in the university, 
the number of students is growing too. 
Whether the schools will even manage 
to break even in this respect is an 
interesting question. In short, the 
student in the public library is here 
to stay — regardless of what his school 
does. The challenge begins at this 

Here the library runs the same risks 
as the school. If any individual is 
to be favored it will be the brighter 
one. He is easier to serve because 
he usually knows better vrhat he wants, 
and his intellectual level is closer 
to that of the librarian. They speak 
the same language. The slow learners 
take more time and often do not even 
seem to be interested. They give the 
impression of being in the library 
only because they have to be, and in 
a good many instances this is the 
case. These are the potential "drop- 
outs , " the unemployables of the 
future. The librarian's responsi- 
bility to this type of student is 
almost as great as the teacher's, and 
as much as possible should be done to 
satisfy him. Often he doesn't knew 
what he's looking for, because ho does 

not have a topic for his paper, or only 
a vague idea oif one. He given 
a subject by his teacher, arri shown 
vfhere the material can be found. Shown, 
not told. Too often librarians speak a 
language all their own and do not 
realize that Kardex, files, or even 
catalogue, mean nothing to the average 
person, much less to the slow learner. 
This is not the same thing as doing a 
student's homework for him, but merely, 
by giving him the tools, he is abl© 
to do it on his own. 

Of course, in going out of our way to 
help these two groups , the librarian 
must not neglect the so-called average 
student, the young man or woman who is 
probably just as interested as the 
rapid learner, but who will not do 
complicated research. Since this group 
comprises the largest number, it is in 
one sense the most important. It must 
not go away unsatisfied. 

Granted, the student, of whatever age, 
takes up a great deal of time, but 
librarians do not exist for themselves. 
Building collections is a fine and 
necessary thing. The better the collec- 
tion, the better the library, but books 
that remain pristine, urmutilated, and 
unusod are not worth the dust that 
collects on the ends of their pages, 
except to a collector. No one likes a 
mutilated or stolen book, but pages 
will be torn out and books vrill be 
taken, and the librarian should not be 
playing watchdog when he should be 
doing something else. The average 
student is neither a mutilator nor a 
thief and cannot be neglected for the 
sake of the others . 

In view of the problem and its size, 
why is the number of professional 
librarians being reduced, and the num- 
ber of non-professionals increased? 
Simply, because it is necessary. The 
recent panel discussion on personnel 
held at the Boston Public Library 
which included personnel officials 
from Philadelphia and Detroit as well 
as Boston and Eastern Permsylvania as 
a whole emphasized this fact again and 
again. Certain standards in personnel 
must be maintained, a poor reference 
librarian is worse, many times, than 
none at all. If full-time professional 
service cannot be maintained, it must 
be in effect at the times it is most 
needed, and vrhen the professional is 

Cont . 

[ Random Thoughts of a Reference 
Librarian Cent . 

on duty he should be doing nothing but 
professional --jork. Trained librarians 
; cannot be pulled out of the air, and if 
there are not enough, the fact must be 
faced and the library proceed from 
there. This is a condition that has 
been dealt with or is being dealt ^^^ith 
by almost every library in the country. 

What are the solutions? liore money, 
nore books, and more staff are of course 
the obvious ones . This is the answer 
to everything, it is usually assumed, 
and sometimes it is . But these are 
goals that recede rather into the dis- 
tance, the closer vre seem to come to 
them. Trying to achieve them, vrhile at 
the same time doinj the best '.rith what 
we have is most important. If the 
library is going to use non-profession- 
als then a strong non-pro fessicnal 
service must be maintained. The pro- 
fessional staff must be solidified and 
its talents used to the utmost. Each 
institution must fill in the details 
according to its own circumstances. 

These arc some of the problems that 
nave become more acute during the past 
year and a few random thoughts connected 
with then. It is hoped that I96'-! will 
be full of bright soots and that an 
advance will be made tovjard solutions. 


The following letter was received by 
our Hospital Library from the Association 
of Assistant Librarians^ London^ England: 

Fear Mrs. Langton: ' 

Ue should like to thank 
you most sincerely on behalf of the mem- 
bers of the A.A.L. Study Toui' and of our 
Association for the opportunity to visit 
your library and the arrangements made 
for us to see it as fully as possible in 
the tinie available, 1/e should be grate- 
ful if you could also convey our thanks 
to those members of your staff who acted 
as guides cr were so ready to answer our 

We were m.ade to leel very welcome and 
were most impressed with the work you are 
doing. Your dynamic and resourceful 

approach to library service we fo-ond 
most stimulating. We ai^e sure- the 
impact of this visit will remain vrith 
us for a long time, 

VJe had a most exciting and interesting 
tour of the Eastern United States and 
find it difficult even now to clarify 
our impressions^ but we are most con- 
scious of our indebtedness to you for 
your kind hospitality. 

Yours sincerely^ 

[signed] R. G. SURRIDGE 

[signed] F. BRYANT 

Tour Organizer 


Most librarians were probably as fas- 
cinated as I was by Oswald's dealings 
with the New Orleans Public Library, The 
assassination itself resembled one of 
those large acts of nature, like an 
earthquake J and for weeks we go around 
in a daze, burying our dead, and trying 
to get back to normal. But the mind of 
the supposed assassin becomes a matter 
of vjonderful curiosity; and what better 
excursion in that mind can we get tha 
by knowing the books he read, Fortimate- 
ly the New Orleans Library is still old- 
fashioned enough to put the borrower's 
name or card number on the book card, 
and it wasn ' t too hard for the Librarian 
there to check among the political books 
and find which of them Os\>rald had taken 
out. He had borrowed a biography of 
Kennedy, a book on the assassination of 
Huey Long, some factual material on the 
economy of Russia, several books of 
strong anticommunist nature such as the 
enormously popular one by the Over streets, 
novels by Aldous Huxley, and several 
detective stories by Kennedy's favorite 
Ian Fleming. 

I still remember the pleasure I felt 
when I read somewhere that a book was 
written on the reading Emerson had done 
as undergraduate at Harvard, made from 
an examination of the books in the 
harvard stacks, I never got around to 
looking it up, but it was good to know 
that such a record could be made. 

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We, too, in units of the Circulation 
Division, covild tell for years by looking 
at a book card who had taken it out and 
when. There are many books in Branch 
Issue even today with old cards giving 
such information, - \jhen the Director 
borrowed all our copies of THE VJINTHl'S 
TALE, or when I first read Henry James, 

It's too bad this old practice has 
been discontinued in the name of 


The following statement was made by 
Frederick H, ¥agman. President of the 
American Library Association on 11/22/63: 

The President of the United States has 
just given his life for his covintry, VJe 
the members of the Executive Board of 
the ALA, in session at the time of his 
assassination, are shocked and deeply 
saddened by this cruel news. Our sense j 
of loss is profound. 

President Kennedy was a courageous 
leader of his people. He also highly 
valued all that books and libraries mean 
in our society. 

We call upon aU librarians to honor 
our dead President by renewed devotion 
to our common cause, the strengthening 
of all our democratic institutions, and 
resistance to all forces that place in 
jeopardy our freedoms and those of all 
Dior fellow citizens, 


I love librarians; 

who tend to be sad, 

soberly clad, 

calm antiquarians; 

trained as riparians, 

learning to angle 

they never xirrangle 

with "beats" or barbarians. 

All make good spouses, 
quick on their feet, 
fingering neat, 
handy in houses: 
Not one carouses; 
mine has one vice: 
I have to call twice 
whenever she browses 

They have a vocation: 
Patient, urbane, 
learned, not vain, 
sldLlled at notation 
and organization, 
never on strike - 

Oh, how I like 

you, salt of the nation 

[London Times Literary Supplement, 
November 17, 196l] 


Anne Armstrong [Open Shelf] 
c/o firs, Timothy Malakie 
12 Ellsworth Road 
VJest Hewton, 65, Mass, 

Edward E, Guess [Buildings] 

Soldiers Home 

91 Crest Avenue 

Chelsea 50, Massachusetts 

M, Gertrude Chipman [Central Charging 

New England Baptist Hospital 
91 Parker Piill Avenue 
Roxbury 20, Mass, 

David O'Keefe [Buildings] 
25 Glenham Street 
West Roxbuiy 32, Mass, 



Our hats are off this month to all 
members of Accounting Staff who have been 
working days, nights, regular days and 
week-ends, in order that the new salary 
schedules may be put into effect this 
month, TAKE A BOW, each of youi 


to Miss Sydney Starr, Fine Arts, who 
designed the Christmas Tea poster which 
appears in this issue of the QM, 





Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, together 
with the name of the Branch Library, 
Department or Office in which he or she 
is employed. The name is with-held from 
publication, or a pen name is used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous con- 
tributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only 
to the Editor-in-Chief. The contents of 
the articles appearing in the Soap Box 
are personal opinions expressed by indivi- 
dual Association members and their appear- 
ance does not necessarily indicate that 
the Publications Committee and the Asso- 
ciation are in agreement viith the views 
expressed. Only those contributions not 
containing more than 300 words will be 

To the Editor: 

The granting of an addition- 
al increment to staff members of the 
bibliothecal service who have achieved 
25 years or more of service is a step in 
the right direction. 

But this should not be regarded as a 
longevity payment or a payment in lieu of 
a long service payment. Rather it should 
be regarded as an effort to place senior 
staff members closer to their proper step 
in salary grade. 

For example, some who were at step 6 or 
step 7 in their grade were assigned to 
step 3 or U. It was admitted by the 
Administration that ideally all should 
have been placed at the equivalent step 
in the new grade. This action will bring 
these persons one step closer to their | 
proper step in grade. | 

One additional action is suggested. ' 
Assign all individuals to their proper 
step even if the money is not available i 
to pay the commensurate salary immediate- j 
ly. Each year pay an additional sum, as 
the budget will allow, an extra increment, 
or half increment, or quarter increment 
to accelerate placing all individuals at \ 
their proper steps, j 


To the Soap Box: 

Trollope in his very 
pleasant AUTOBIOGRAPHT tells of an experi- 
ence he had when he was working for the 
British Post-Office in Ireland. His job 
was to travel through the country and 
investigate complaints made about the 
service by the public. Many very angry 
letters had been received from one coun- 
try sqviire, and Trollope was finally sent 
out to have a talk with him. He arrived 
tired and cold on a winter evening and 
hoped to get his business done soon and 
get back to his home the same night. The 
squire treated him with great courtesy, 
insisted that he have his dinner with the 
family, sit in the drawing room listening 
to the daughter of the house play the 
piano, and stay the night. Every time 
Trollope brought up the subject of the 
complaints, the man refused to listen, 
either on the grovmds that nobody dis- 
cusses business at dinner, or over the 
wine, or while listening to music, and 
Trollope had to postpone the talk until 
the next morning. Shamefacedly the 
squire admitted that he really had no 
complaint, that the service was excellent, 
and made the following remark: "Here I sit 
all day with nothing to do and I like 
writing letters," 

I don't think any of our staff members 
write letters to the Soap Box for any 
such reason. 


To the Soap Box: 

Good will is something 
that takes a long time to acquire, but 
can be lost very quickly, 

Word^ explanations and long evasive 
statements or promises that are contra- 
dicted by actions are no substitutes for 
fair dealing. Statements to the effect 
that you are a fair person or intend to 
be fair are quickly discounted if the 
person or institution making the state- 
ment does not have a reputation for 
acting fairly. 

Empty promises and broken promises are 
the instruments which will kill good will 
as surely as a hot knife will cut through 

Forthrightness and frankness build good 
will. Expediency and evasiveness kill 

Be men of good will J 



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