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THE QUESTION MARK ; 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XX Number 1 Januar^r 1965 

Publications Committee: Michael Arnoldj Jean Babcock| Barbara Bachrachj 

Jane Manthorne; Sheila Stevens j lirSo Bridie Stotz^ 
George ScvuLly, Cartoonistj Sarah Usher, Indexerj 
VJilliam T, Casey, Chairman 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



One of our favorite patrons is a remarkable lady who has spent a 
good part of her ninety years in the company of books. Another favorite is too 
shy to reveal her age^ but is old enough to enjoy the pre-school story hour. 
Considered together, these charming ladies represent the opposite ends of the 
broad spectrum of library service. No other institution attempts to serve 
such a variety of age and tastes as a public library, and, in attempting to 
render this all-incl\isive service, no other institution can lay claim to such 
a remarkable record of both failure and success. 

By way of underscoring this point, this particular issue of QM contains 
reports of activity in the three major areas of public library service - Adult, 
Young Adult and Children, These reports are indicative of the manner in which 
we maintain a continuing program of activity on all three levels. If these 
programs represent our successes - where then shall we look for our failures? 

If a child has never listened wide-eyed to a story or been transported 
to the mafe;ic land of fairy tales - we have failed. If a yo\mg adult has nothing 
but contempt for books and reading - vre have failed. When an adult can boast of 
never having set foot in a library since childhood - we have failed© 

To acknowledge these failures, is the first step toward overcoming 
them, for one of the hazards of this profession is a form of psychological 
myopia. To live and work with books may make us forget, that, for far too many 
people, the library plays no part in their lives. It is a paradox that would 
have delighted Chesterton to realize that even though we are hard pressed to 
handle the multitudes who flock to Bates Hall on a busy Sunday, we rnust still 
continue to search out those who need us most© 

VJithin this paradoK lies the root of a mild form of schizophrenia 
\^hich manifests itself when we attempt to balance between the harsh reality of 
daily living and the bright promise of tomorrow, VJhile one of our "split 
personalities" thinks large thoughts on the fiondaniental philosophy of 
librariaiiship, the other one must concern itself with such things as coverage 
and overdue postals. 

But these have ever been "the best and the worst of times". Much 
remains for us to do in the months that lie ahead* The word "challenge" has 
been so overworked it has lost much of its effect, but it still retains enough 
force to remind us of the magnitude of the job that still needs doing, 

THE PU'BLICATIOJIS CQ'MITTEE 



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rR£SIDEi:T»S NOTES I 
I 

Yoxir Executive Board has been hard at , 
work on a number of progrejns whi.ch will 
be discussed at the next Business jleetingsi 
One problem which we have been trying to • 
solve is the increase for the LA service© '. 
I am sure that it is no news to the j 
membership to learn that an increase has 
been long overdue and that it is not only I 
Justified but essential. Such an increase 
is essential if we are to retain those 
who are now in the employ of the LLbraiy 
and also attract new members to the serv- 
ice, I can only ask you to please be 
patient and bear with us until we have 
some definite neiis for you. The Execu- 
tive Board has also been working on an 
In-Service Training Program. I hope to 
have a definite program worked out in 
the near future, 

% thanks to Lana Reed and the members 
of the Program Committee for the excel- 
lent program which took place on Thxirsday, 
January lh» Both speakers had some 
excellent and thought provoking ixif orma- 
tion which the members may be able to use 
not only in augmenting the war on poverty 
but in improving our image and our rela- 
tions with the public and also in assist- 
ing in the advancement of the underprivi- 
leged in our commimity. 



IIARY T, CRaVE, 
President 

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PERSOUIEL NOTES 



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Leo Boucher - Book Stack Service 
Marjorie R, Bloomberg - Memorial 
Dorothy Fletcher - Parker Hill 
Diane R, Mitchell - Uphams Corner 
Rose A. Strano - Charlestown 
Eleanor L, Kimball - Mt, Pleasant 
Richard Forest - Science and Technology 
Patricia M, Morrell - Book Purchasing 
James Rothwell - C^en Shelf 
Janet M, IJatkins - Codman Sqixare 

Re-Entered 

Mrs, Blanche S, Lynch - tfyde Park 
Barbara Tuthill - Ifettapan 



Maternity Leave 

iirs, Laura H„ Reyes " Mattapan 
Transf erred 

Dianne iu Mullally - from memorial to 

Charlestown 
Helen V. Rothwell - from lit. Pleasant 

to Egleston 
Jeannette Dupis-from Parker Hill to 

Bookmobiles 
Alvin H, Price-from Egleston to liattapan 
iiary A. LaFollette-from Charlestown to 

Mt. Pleasant 
Maureen E, Hanlon - from Book Pm^chasing 

to Book Selection R&RS 

CEASED 

Ronald D, McLeod - Audio-Visual - to 

accept another position 
Barbara H. Rogstad - Uphams Corner - to 

work at Science Museum 
Janet Price - Mattapan - to accept 

another position 
Barbara A. Bachrach - General Reference - 

to accept another position 

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BI I^EMORIAI^ 

James. P» Mooera 

On December 31^ 1961i, James P, llooers, 
formerly Chief of the Binding Department, 
passed away, Ylr, Mooers had retired from 
the service of the Library on April 8, 
i960, after almost li8 years of faithful 
service, 

Phil, as he was known affectionably to 
all his associates, entered the Library's 
service on October 6, 1912 as an Appren- 
tice in the Binding Department, He left 
the Library on June 25, 1917 to pursue 
farming as a means of livelihood for a 
brief period of time. He re-entered the 
Library on October 29, 1917, Less than 
two months later he joined the United 
States armed forces in the First World 
War, He served his country with distinc- 
tion as a machine gimner in the Arnry, He 
was discharged with the rank of Sargent, 

Once again, on September l5, 1919 he 
returned to the Library and continued his 
service in the Binding Department, On 
Hay 6, 1931; he was made Acting Chief of 
the Binding Department and on August 6, 
1936 he became its Chief and continued as 
head of the unit until his retirement^ 

cont. 



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Phil xiras married to Angeline Hovestadt^ 
who had previously served as secretary 
in the Binding Dei^artinent, They had two 
daughters Olga Joan and Dorothy Jane, He 
lived in Dorchester with his family 
during most of his life and moved to 
Randolph shortly after his retiremento 

Phil vras a man who enjoyed his work and 
membership in various organizations. He 
was active in American Legion activities 
and held many offices in the Arnavets 
and the Boston i'ublic Library Employees 
Benefit Association, 

His was a generous disposition and he 
was at all times a quiet, dignified, and 
fine gentlemaHa He had the qualities of 
loyalty, dependability, devotion to duty, 
and cheerfulness. May he rest in peace i 

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CONVALESCENT COI^HIENTS 



In our modern scientific society every- 
body, even one as scientifically benightei 
as I, knows that nothing is static. Every- 
thing is constantly on the move, either 
progressing or retrogressing, [s ane things 
may even be moving sideways but, since I 
do not Imow the term for that kind of 
movement, I'll ignore it,] So, even when 
I seemed to be just lying in a hospital 
bed, not allowed to lift anything heavier 
than a finger, I was aware that, right 
under the eyes of an alert medical staff, . 
I was really moving all the time, I 
would have sworn that I was keeping 
absolutely still, but you can't argue with 
Science, nohoiir. Contrariwise, I was just 
a victem of Kinetic forces, obeying the 
doctor's orders and the laws of dynamics 
at the same time, I might have developed 
a fine case of schizophrenia if I had not 
fortunately been so absorbed with my 
coronary case. Anyway, as long as I X'xas 
on the move, vjilly-nilly, I decided that 
I would at least choose my own direction, 
and began consideration of several possi- 
ble roads to take. 

There was the Road to Mandalay- I have 
long been fascinated by the idea of seeir^ 
those flying fishes playing in the thun- 
dering daT,Tm but, the political situation 
in Southeast Asia being what it is, it 
didn't sound lilce a place safe for ori- 
ental fish, let alone a weakened Westerner, 

Then I fleetlngly considered Tobacco 
Road but even at the height of its literacy 



prosperity, I have never quite appre- 
ciated its earthly charms. Besides, 
since I had virtually given up smoking, 
it seemed unlikely that the residents 
would appreciate me and my undermining 
of their weedy econorry. 

Of course, there is alvxays the Road 
to Ruin, but most days I looked and felt 
as if that was where I had just been. 

The direction most widely favored was 
the Road to Recovery , I received 
scores of cards and notes commending it 
to my attention and, since it was the 
only place to which I was actually in- 
vited, I thought I should give it a try. 
So, for those who have been inquiring, 
that's where I am now - on the Road to 
Recoveryo The posted speed limits being 
what they are, I couldn't outrun the hare, 
not to mention the tortoise, but I have 
at least advanced from a toehold to a 
firm foothold. Furthermore, this pace 
allows time for me to enjoy the flowers, 
plants, billboards and well-wishers so 
liberally strewn along the roadside o ^ 
ciirrent complaint is that this is a 
longer road than I had expected, and I 
hope I haven't missed my exit. Oh, well, 
maybe one of my best friends vail tell 
me where to get off. They usually do, 

Veronica M, Lehane 

ROUND TABLE OF CHUDREH'S LIBRARIAI^S 

The Round Table of Children's Librar- 
ians held its Winter meeting on Thursday, 
January lU, 1965 at the Worcester Public 
Libraryo 

Mrs, Pris cilia Moult on. Chairman, 
opened the meeting by expressing appre- 
ciation to the librarians, particularly 
Mrs, Madelyn Wankmiller of the Children's 
Section, for the hospitality of the 
Library, 

The topic for the day was on the Book 
E^cposure Program for culturally deprived 
children in the elementary grades in 
Worcester, The speaker was ItLss I'label 
Wray, Supervisor of Elementary Education 
for the Worcester Public Schools, The 
Worcester pilot program, explained l-fi-ss 
Wray, is strictly for motivation and 
pleasure. It is to help the youngsters 
become involved with books. She ex- 
plained the process of book selection 
and remarked on the enthusiasm of all 
who participate. 



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After questions from the floor, the 
meeting was adjoiirned and the membership 
had an opportunity to toior the new and 
exciting IJorcester Library, 

E, LINDQUIST 



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ROUM) TABLE OF YOMG ADULTS LIBRARIANS 

The winter meeting of the Round Table of 
Librarians for Young Adults was held at 
the new Worcester Public Library on 
Wednesday, January 13. After a pleasant 
coffee hour in the attractive staff loimge 
the business meeting continued in a com- 
fortable, well appointed meeting room, 

Mrs, Leila-Jane Roberts announced the 
resignation of Arthur Wolman as President, 
whom she as Vice-President, replaced and 
the appointment of Mrs, Bridie Stotz as 
the new Vice-President, 



asked to write a creative work in the 
style of the author if they had particu- 
larly enjoyed it. 

Miss Coleman read extensively from the 
reviews which revealed surprisingly keen 
insight into the problems presented. She 
spoke of the need to represent death 
[VDeath in the family" -"Death be not 
proud"] in the collection for seventh and 
eight graders xjhere many children were 
experiencing this for the first time, and 
that children need older books beyond the 
classics. One of the problems of the 
experiment was to distinguish those who 
read the advanced titles for prestige, a 
difficult thing to determine. 

Titles also included in the experiment 
Xirere "Nectar in a sieve", "Arundel", 
"Hiroshima", "Pocketbook of Ogden Nash", 
"The wonderful world of 0", "Report from 
Red China", "The pearl", "The red pony", 
and "Cry, the beloved coxmtry". Other 
titles will be added and in many instancea 



The pamphlet "Every young person needs 
two" is now available in a limited quantiigfj the children buy their own paper back 
from the Division of Library Extension 
Office, to be used with trustees and fi- 
nance committees or wherever a greater 
understanding is needed concerning public 
and school libraries. 

The program committee chairman announced 
the mid-winter meeting of MIA to be held 



at the Sheraton Plaza on February 11 on 
the general topic of certification and 
civil service j the spring meeting May 20 
sind 21 at the Fi-ovincetown Innj and the 
next Ro\md Table in Fitchburg on May 13* 
which will be a follow-up of the St, Louis 
meeting centering on the common ground be- 
tween publishers and librarians. 

The speaker of the morning. Miss 
Jacqueline Coleman, Elementary School li- 
brary Supervisor of Brookline, in a talk 
entitled "Higher horizons for the younger 
young adult" described a project carried 
on id-th an eight grade [not an advanced 
group] in which such titles as "Catcher 
in the Rye", To kill a mocking bird", 
"Black like me", "Lord of the flies", 
"Good earth", were made available in paper 
back editions in the school library. Those 
who xd-shed were free to borrow them, with 
the teachers assuming the responsibility, 
these titles being neither restricted nor 
pushed. If selected, reviews were written 
for the teacher in which the child told 
something about the author, how the book 
was ^^rritten, what the book said to him, 
and in some instances the children were 



copies, 

ffiss Coleman feels that such books will 
not hurt the seventh and eight graders 
since they understand the social history 
because they are living in it, while 
"Huckleberry Finn" or "Uncle Tom's cabin" 
could harm them. It was brought out 
that there was no parental objection 
since they wanted this opportunity for 
their children. Another interesting 
comment from the audience was that most 
of these books are not difficult reading 
and are short in length and the same 
children who read these would not take a 
longer, more solid book. 

In closing her talk ffiss Coleman 
suggested that whatever we think the li- 
brary must enrich the reading experience 
of each child, that the children with a 
good background of the best children's 
literature are ready for the adult books, 
and that the library should let the 
children have free access to these books 
and permit them to reject them for them- 
selves, 

A half -hour tour of the building was 
provided at the end of the meeting, 

PAULINE A, WALKER 






THE LIBRARY PM) THE WAR ON POVERTY 

A special program was held in the 
lecture hall of the central library on 
Thursday, January lii. ' Sponsored by the 
Staff Association, it was designed to 
acquaint the members of the staff with 
some of the far-reaching implications of 
the anti-poverty program launched by 
federal, state and local agencies, 

Itr, Belden Daniels, Program Director 
of the Commonwealth Service Corps, gave 
the general outlines of the program as it 
applies to Massachusetts, The Service 
Corps, which hopes to have 1000 members 
by September, 1965, has three general 
aims: 

1, It co-ordinates the work of 
state agencies and programs, 

2, It assists cities and toims to 
establish community action 
programs such as ABCD, 

3, It will also review programs 
throughout the state in order 
to make certain they are opera- 
ting at maximum efficiency* 

He explained that the anti-poverty 
program has five general targets: 

1, To sponsor local initiative 
lether than outside interventicru 

2, To co-ordinate, at the local 
level, public and private 
resources, 

3, To encourage direct participa- 
tion by the people most 
involved. 

i;. To concentrate available re- 
sources where they will do the 
most good, 

5. Eliminate poverty as far as is 
humanly possible to do so, 

I'ir, Francis X, Moloney, who is on loan 
to the Mayor's Office as Coordinator of 
the ABCD program, spoke with great feel- 
ing on some of the very disturbing sit- 
uations vrhich this program is endeavor- 
ing to combat. Giving a brief sketch of 
the aims and background of ABCD, I^, 
Moloney explained that it is a quasi- 
public organization, operated with grants 
from foundations and designed to cope 
with some of the human problems resulting 
from contemporary urban living, 

l-tr, Moloney discussed two major aspects 
of the Economic Opportunity Act of 196I|. « 
the VJork Training Program for Youth 



[Title lb] J and the Community Action 
Program [Title Ila], He outlined some 
of the dimensions of the problem on the 
local level and indicated in general 
terms how libraries would become more 
and more involved in this massive effort 
to cope with a program which effects us 
alio 

W. C, 

CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 

The winter meeting of the New England 
Unit of the Catholic Library Association 
was held on Saturday afternoon, January 
9th, at Ronan Hall, Saint Peter's School, 
Dorchester, Sister Marion SCH, PhD, an 
authority in geographic studies, gave a 
talk, illustrated with color slides, of 
social and economic conditions in South 
America, specifically in the city of 
Call, Colombia, The new John F, Kennedy 
Youth Library of St, Peter's School, one 
of the few elementary school libraries 
in the Boston area, was open for inspec- 
tion. Let it be said, the library is 
bright, modern, and well-stocked with a 
fine juvenile collection. At 5 p«m, a 
llass for the deceased members of the New 
England Unit was said by the Chairman, 
Rev, Nicholas Jo McNeil S.J,, in Saint 
Peter's Church, 



THANK YOU J 



To the Staff: 



On behalf of the Committee for the 
Christmas Tea I wish to thank all the 
staff members, former staff members, 
and friends of staff members who made 
the Tea such a success by their dona- 
tions of food and money beforehand, and 
by their presence in the VJomen's Lounge 
on the afternoon of December 22, 1961;, 

ELIZABETH F. SCAIvINELL 

Chairman, 1961; Christmas 
Tea Committee 

CONGRATULATIONSJ 

To Mrs, Carolyn McDonough [formerly 
Carolyn Rose of the R&RS Division Office] 
on the birth of an 8 lb, 6 oz, baby boy 
on January lh» 



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STAFF BI PRINT 

"The Superriiarket Come-On", an article 
on paperbacks by Jane Manthorne, newly 
appointed Coordinator of Young Adults' 
Services, appears in the January 1965 
issue of the School Library Journal . 

DON'T MISS IT i 

TO THE STAFF: 

Please accept the sincere thanks from 
the Coiiffoittee and Chairman of CARE for 
your wonderfiil contributions during the 
year 1961i, The total amount was $226,26 
which iiTas greatly appreciateds 

Anne Dray 

Marie Cashman 

Rhoda Blacker 

Selnia C, Hon^fitz, Chairman 

A thanl< you said simply sometimes is 
the best way, so to my Committee, Anne 
Dray, Harie Cashman, Rhoda Blacker please 
accept rr^ thanks for your cooperatione 
It has been my pleasure to have served 
with you. And to Mildred Somes for her 
artistic help v/ith the CARE poster^ a 
very special Thank You, It is because 
of people like you that made the privi- 
lege of beiiig your chairman such a 
pleasure. Thanks, 

Selma C. Hond.tz 



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TEN COMMANDMENTS OF HUMAN RELATIONS 

1, Speak to people. There is notliing 
as nice as a cheerful word of 
greeting, 

2, Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles 
to frown, only Ih to smile, 

3, Call people by name. The sv/eetest 
music to anyone's ear is the sound 
of his or her own name, 

U, Be friendly. If you have a friend 

- be one, 
5, Be cordial. Speak and act as tho 

everything you do is a genuine 

pleasure. 



6, Be sincerely interested in others. 
You can like almost everybody - 

if you try, 

7, Be generous with praise - cautious 
with criticism, 

8, Be considerate of the feelings of 
others - it will be appreciated, 

9, Be thoughtful of the opinions of 
other. There are usually three 
sides to a controversy - yours, the 
other fellovjs, and the right one, 

10, Be alert to give service, IJhat 
coionts most in life is what vje do 
for others. 

Add to these commandments a sense 
of humor, plenty of hxinility and 
you will be rex^arded manyfold. 

Written by a retired lady (Federal. 
Service) and printed in a retired peoples 
magazine a 



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The following was received at desk 
of Brighton Branch - Tliis proves that 
someone loves us - 

M, W, Haverty 

I do not want 

books today 

Merry Christmas 

and a happy new 

years 

love 

Ann ilarie 
Minehart 

yiy Grandfather is 
returning rr^ books 



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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accoiiipanied 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 indi- 
vidual Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily indicate 
that the Publications Committee and the 
Association are in agreement with the vievxs 
expressed. Only those contributions not 
containing more than 300 words will be 
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THE QUESTION MARK 

Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XX Number 2 February 1965 

Publications Committee: Michael Arnold^ Jean Babcock; Jane Ifenthornej Sheila 

Stevens j Ifrs, Bridie Stotzj George Scully, Cartoonist^ 
Sarah Usher, Indexer; VJilliam T, Casey, Chaimian. 

Publication date: Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



At the bottom of the pile of calendars, Christmas cards and unpaid bills 
left over from the Christmas season was a letter that never quite made the 
Soap Box. 

Dear Editor: 

I am a new member of the library staff, I wanted to Join the Staff Associ- 
ation, but some of my little friends in the Coffee Shop tell me there is no Staff 
Association, I-^ department head said that if you see it in the Question Mark - 
it is in the Question Mark» Please tell me what to do« 

Virginia 

Dear Virginia: 

Your little friends are the cynical victims of a cynical age. They believe 
only in those things they can actually see. They believe that because the Staff 
Association lies sleeping peacefully, it does not exist at alio They believe it 
is dead just because the business meetings sometimes resemble a v;ake. 

Your little friends are wrong, Virginia, They can have no understanding of 
the mighiy force of apathy that motivates this sleeping giant. They can have no 
true concept of the vast store of indifference awaiting only the moment of liber- 
ation. They can not know that when the ice leaves Copley Square, this mighty 
host will rise as one man and surge reluctantly forward to storm the gates of 
City Hall. 

Not believB in the Staff Association? Why you might as well not believe in 
Parking Meters, in the sales tax or in the MBTAo Yes ^Virginia, there is a Staff 
Association, It lives forever in the heart of every member who has ever volun- 
teered to serve on a committee, who has ever offered a resolution to further the 
goals of the membership, or who is willing to give whatever is necessary to make 
this Staff Association a real and vital organization. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



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PRi^oIDElJT'S NOTES 

I regret to say that the new Executive 
Board has not had a meeting because most 
of the members have succumbed to the flu,, 
As soon as enough of us recover, we vfiU 
begin to work on the many problems which 
I outlined in nry report at the January 
Business Meeting » 

MARY T. CROWE, 
President 

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PERSONNEL NOTES 



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Marsha VJhitman - Bookmobiles [formerly 

part-time ] 
Margery E, Berman - South End 
Mrs, Judith Gans - Print 
Walter Jones, Jr. - Rare Book 
Florence Jacobs - Bookmobiles 
Agnes Kelley - Connolly [formerly paa^t- 

time at Alls ton] 

Ceased 

Lois Lyman - Washington Village - to 

attend Simmons full-time 
Thomas Logan - Book Stack Service - to 
'tattend college 
Elizabeth H, O'Brien - Bookmobiles - 

moved to Lawrence 

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IN MEMCRIAM 

John Tuley, Fire Prevention Inspector, 
passed away on 7 February 1965. 

Jack had long service in the Library 
and other city departments. He had been 
in the Public VJorks Department, Real 
Estate Division since 1939 before coming 
to the Library's Buildings Department in 
19i;l. He became the Library's Fire Pre- 
vention Inspector in 19U8o 

His activities in this position made 
him a familiar figure throughout the 
Central Library Building and the Branch 
Libraries, Jack took great pride and 
interest in his work. He loved the work 



he did and was enthusiastic in discussing 
and lorging installation of the latest 
developments in fire prevention. 

Jack was a long-time member of the 
American Legion, He served in the regu- 
lar Army for four years. He took part 
in the Mexican Border Incident in 1916, 
spent 26 months overseas with the First 
Division and 9 months with the Army of 
Occupation in Germany, 

The great interest in Jack's life was 
his family. The activities of his three 
daughters and two sons were well-known 
to all his friends in the Library, as 
Jack kept us posted on all their activ- 
ities. 

Jack was born in Staten Island, New 
York in 1897, lived in the Savin Hill 
area of Dorchester most of the time he 
worked in the Library, but in recent 
years lived in the Ashmont area. But I 
think Jack would agree that he found a 
"home" in the Library, His family in the 
Library will miss him both as a dedicated 
public servant and a sincere and friendly- 
staff member. 

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BRANCH NOTES 

On a wet Friday evening, January 8, 
Miss B, Gertrude Wade, I'lrs Dorothy 
Ekstrom and Miss Peggy Brooks embarked 
from Memorial and Mt, Pleasant Branches 
to collect their guests of honor. Miss 
Dianne Mullally and ¥!rs. Vera Rothwell, 

Miss Mullally, after four months of 
service at Memorial, and i^frs, Rothwell, 
having given of herself for sixteen 
months at Mt, Pleasant, have left respec- 
tively for the Charlestown and Egleston 
Square Branch Libraries, 

One and all sailed through several 
courses of good food at the English Tea 
Room, after which. Miss Mullally and l^s, 
Rothwell were presented with gift sweaters, 
being regaled the while by a self-appointed 
delegation of clowns who shall remain 
anonymous, 

A delightful time was had by all, 

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Branch Notes cont« 



Dear Lklitor: 

One of our youiig borrowers - 
about age 10 - who forms part of the 
"study group" every day left the follow- 
ing poem \irith me the other day. We feel 
that it ought to be shared via the QM 
with the rest of the staff. Perhaps we 
should label it - The Child's Eye View? 

VJhat Does a Librarian Do? [humorous] 

VJhat does a librarian do when she has 

nothing to do? 
She sits around like a clown that is what 

she does« 
What does a librarian do when she is mad 

at you? 
She kicks you ought with a shout, that is 

what she does» 
What does a librarian do when you have 

something to chew? 
She says spit it out, then kicks you out, 

that is vrhat she does J 
V\Jhat does a librarian do when she is mad 

at you? 
I pity you« Just play it cool and act 

lilce you were just getting ready to go<, 

By the Poet John 

Respectfully submitted, 
B. GERTRUDE MADE 

COmRATULATIdlSi 

To Itrs, Barbara Flye [formerly of the 
Home Reading Division Office] on the 
birth of a 7 lbs, i; oz, baby boy, , 
Michael Richard, on January 31» 

CONGRATULATIONS J 

To Iferie Quinn [Reference Division 
Office] x^ho was delighted recipient of a 
beautiful diamond ring on February l8th, 
A September wedding is planned by Marie 
and her fiancee, Dennis Buckley of 
Arlington, Congratulations and best 
wishes to you bothi 

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NEQRO HISTORY VffiEK PRCCJIAM 
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Today's younger generation are the 
history makers of tomorrow. With this 
thought in mind it seemed logical to focus 
a Negro History V/eek program on career 
opportunities for young adults. High 
school students were invited to come to 
the Lecture Hall of the Boston Public 
Library on Wednesday, February 10, at 
6:U5 p.nie to discover for themselves that 
"Negroes Can and Do Make Good" and to 
find out how Negro job-holders have done 
so. 

Sponsored by the South End Branch li- 
brary and the Yo\mg Adult Room of the Open 
Shelf Department, the program consisted 
of four interrelated segments. First came 
a panel discussion on the subject, skill-. 
fxdly moderated by Miss Jane lianthorne. 
Coordinator of Young Adult Services, The 
distinguished panelists included Mr, John 
D, 'Bryant, Guidance Counselor, Boston 
Technical High School, Dro David V7, Skinner, 
Vice President and General Manager, 
Polaroid Corporation, Kr, ifcrray L, Townsenc 
Jr,, Deputy Enqsloyment Policy Officer, 
U, S, Internal Revenue Service, and Mr, 
Harold L. Vaughan, Supervisor of Assessors 
for the City of Boston, [a fifth member, 
Mr, Thomas J, Broi'm, founder of Jobs 
Clearing House, Inc,, was ill with the flu] 
Because the four panelists varied widely 
in background and vocational experience, 
each one had something important and yet 
distinct to say about how young people 
shoiiLd prepare themsleves to enter the 
working world, how they should act on the 
job, and their chances for realizing pro- 
motion and personal achievement. They 
were candid and straightforward in their 
assessment of possible limitations and 
opportunities in the employment field for 
Negroes, yet they communicated to the 
audience the conviction that there are 
careers unlimited for all those who are 
genuinely interested in aspiring towards 
thema 

Following this lively exchange of views 
and factual information, eight young Negro 
men and women gave individual job profiles 
~ short talks on their own particular 
fields of work. Represented in the group 

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were a systems engineer, a credit analyst 
for a bank, a medical research assistant, 
and of course a librarian, the BPL's ^ir, 
Alvis Price, Young Adults Librarian at 
the Mattapan Branch Library, Personable 
and sincere, the speakers frequently 
added impact to their presentations by 
revealing many different types of jobs 
they had held before attaining their 
present positions. 

At the conclusion of the talks members 
of the audience were welcome to take 
their questions directly to the job- 
holders and panelists, and to inspect the 
excellent exhibit of career materials 
prepared by Mrs, Helen Bickford, Young 
Adults Librarian of the Open Shelf 
Department, 

Although the weather was most uncoop~ 
erative on the night of February 10 with 
sleet, freezing rain, and hazardous 
driving conditions, the Lecture Hall was 
comfortably filled with a receptive and 
responsive audience of both high school- 
ers and their parents. One mother 
appeared alone. Her two teen-agers were 
busy studying for exams but not wanting 
to miss the program, they had delegated 
her to attend and bring back the infor- 
mation! 

MLA I-HD-WINTER JffiETING 

The Mid-VJinter gathering of MLA. took 
place on Thursday, February 11 at the 
Sheraton Plaza, The program, arranged 
by Vice-President Mlton E. Lord, had a 
two-fold theme. Although the primary 
purpose was to introduce the State Board 
of Library Commissioners to the Associa- 
tion, it was also designed to convey the 
message that 1965 would definitely be a 
Library Year for both state and nation. 

Introducing the "faceless" people v/ho 
served iiithout compensation on the Board, 
Mr Lord recalled the history of this 
organization and some of the outstanding 
people who had served as members. He 
mentioned the debt that professional 
librarians owe to the interested and 
knox'Tledgeable lay people who contributed 
so much to the Ifessachusetts libraries. 

After an introduction by Chairman, 
Richard Sullivan, each of the members of 



the panel spoke briefly on one aspect 
of the state-wide program of library 
service indicating in general terms what 
is being done now to aid libraries and 
Xifhat we may look forward to in the future. 
The program concluded with a series of 
questions submitted from tlie floor, 

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STAFF m PRINT 

"Books for the Job Corps", an article 
by Jane Manthorne, appears in the 
February l^th issue of the Library Journal 
VJe are certain the staff tjill be intereste 
to learn the BPL's role in supplying the 
Job Corps with a recreational booklist 
of USO titles as an adjunct to their in- 
structional program^ Following the 
article is a photograph of the BPL staff 
members who participated in this project. 

Another article by Jane Manthorne 
entitled "Way-Out Literature Collides 
\Jith Tomorrow" appears in T he Pilot ^s 
Catholic Book Week Supplement, February 
21-27, 1965. This article gives us a 
provocative insight into the literary 
world of Science Fiction, 

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On Friday evening, February $, the 
staff of tlie ICirstein Business Branch 
and the many friends of Mss Winifred 
Root gathered at Anthony's Pier h 
Restaurant to launch her on her retire- 
ment. Former colleagues and friends 
came from near and far for the occasion. 
The general consensus was that it vxas 
the party par excellence and Winifred 
was certainly sans pareil. Looking very 
beautiful, chic and unretireable, she 
charmed us with her speech accepting our 
gifts of a television, an art book and 
greenback ifhich should help to keep the 
television in good repair, 

Mrs Dorothy Lovett, our former libra- 
rian, v7ho was unable to attend sent a 
poem vfhich suriis up our Winifred, 

To Winifred on Her Retirement 

We salute - Winifred Root, librarian. 
Dispenser of books at K, B, B. 
For nearly a quarter century; 
First the third floor, now the second 

she tends. 
Quietly maldng a great many friends. 

We salute - V/inifred Root, musician. 
Pianist, allegro and con brio.. 
She once was a member of a trio; 
By means of her liagnavox she'll knovj 
The sound and style of the latest 
maestro. 

We salute - Winifred Root, outdoorsiiian, 
Altmina of Camp Kokatosi, 
Canoer and climber, no cosy 
Fireside calls when the weather's 

apposite 
At Panther Pond, Rockport, or Ogunquit, j 

We salute - Winifred Root, cosmopolitan. 
Traveler to out of the way nooks. 
She can use as guide her brother's 

boolcs. 
Interested in causes, at home her 

search 
Has taken her to Community Church, 



We salute - Winifred Root, friend and 

colleague, 
iiaker of verses for many xriio've gone. 
She deserves here and now one of her own. 
Good friend and colleague over the years. 
She'd have done well at many careers, 

D,M,L, and R.L., February- 5, 1965 
RITA M, DESAUU^IERS 

JETTING UP FROM PATTERSON 

On Saturday, February 6, two students 
appeared in the Open Shelf Department, 
They were Fine Arts majors from Patterson 
State College, Patterson, Nev; Jersey who 
had flown up that morning to see the 
exhibit of puppets on the first floor of 
the Central Library Building, We don't 
know how they found out about the exhibit, 
but the incident does show that BPL 
publicity reaches far and wide. 

They expressed their enthusiasm and 
appreciation to both Grace Loughlin, 
Chief, and A3J.ce VJaters, Professional 
Assistant, vrho conveyed the visitors' 
sentiments to the man responsible for 
the entire project, Thomas lianning, 
Cliief, Exhibits Office. 

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CONGRATULATIONS 1 

To riarie 0' Neil, daughter of B, Joseph 
and formerly of Book Stack Service, who 
v:as the recipient of a full four year 
scholarship to Emmanuel College, 

INFCRMATION DESK 

Reports that mary visitors to their 
desk in the foyer are quite amazed to 
find themselves inside a library. Many 
had thought it was a Post Office and one 
fellow recently confessed that he has 
been passing through Copley Square for 
tvxenty years and had always assumed this 
vjas a train station. 



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Axiy contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompaiiiGd. by the full naine of the 
Association mejiiber submitting it, to- 
gether v?ith t;>.e name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department or Oifice in which he 
or she is employed. The name is vri.th~ 
held from publication, or a pen name is 
used, if the contributor so requests, 
AnonjTTious contributions are not giveii 
consideration. The author of the articlf 
is Iciiown only to the Editor-in-Chief, 
The contents of the articles appearing 
in the Soap Box are personal opinions 
expressed by iiidividual Association 
members and their appecu-ance does not 
necessarily itidicate that the Publica- 
tions Coi.ii.iittee and the Association ^e 
in agreement uith the views expressed. 
Only those contributions n.ot containing 
more than 300 v:ords will be accepted. 



Dear Editor: 

I'Jhy hasn't the Library 
Administration or the Staff Association 
presented a new salary schediole for the 
entire staff. The limited approach of 
a small raise for some of the Library 
Assistants will not solve the problem. 

It is apparent that our scale for 
beginning professionals is not adequate 
to attract the young library school 
gradiiates. 

The result of an inadequate salary 
scale is turnover, training, turnover. 



training, turnover, training, etc. 

Once our pre -professional assistants 
have their library degrees we can expect 
them to look for greener pastures. 

The City is not about to offer a City- 
wide increase. If the Library staff and 
administration do not present a strong 
case for the increase, you can be sure, 
no consideration will be given. 

The WHOLE staff needs a new salary 
schedule » 

THE TIME IS NOW 

Dear Soapbox; 

Should we rejoice at the new 
Interlibrary Loan Section wliich was 
designated as a result of the BPL assuming 
the interlibrary loan duties of the Eastern 
Regional Library under State Aid? Or 
should we pause sind reflect on the number 
of people who worked on interlibrary loans^ 
from both Divisions, prior to this new 
arrangement. Certainly, one prson isn't 
going to be able to cope with the vol-ume 
of work involved in this project when in 
the past [when the number of ILL'S received 
daily weren't nearly as vast as at present] 
it took quite a nun±ier of people to make 
this a smooth working operation, I think 
it is a gross in justice, to all concerned, 
to lindertake a project of this diraension 
id.thout ample remuneration, adequate 
quarters and a sufficient number of work>. 
ers to cope with this enormous project, 

LET'S LOOK BEFORE I-ffi LEAP J 

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THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public library Staff Association 
Volume XX Number 3 March 196$ 

Publications Committee: David G, Nevin, Chairman 

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

Welcome to a new Question Mark J Or at least to a new editorial regime. 
It will be, I am sure, of comfort to some and a disappointment to others that the 
issue contciins no drastic changes or amazing new concepts and insights. It should 
be made clear from the outset, however, that althcu^ the editorial is signed by a 
Publications Committee, the new chairman has not as yet chosen a full committee. He 
alone bears responsibility for the issue, its editorial content and its tardiness. 
Hopefully, April idLll bring both a Publications Committee and a publication date 
slightly closer to the l5th of the month. 

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It gives a considerable boost to one's faith in youth to discover that, in 
an age where teenagers and college students are regarded primarily as hoodlums and/or 
beatniks, there is an occasional young man or woman who has become the victim of such 
generalizations. Such was our feeling just the other day when two boys, dressed in 
rather sloppy teenage style, courteously got up to give their seats to two ladies who 
had just climbed aboard the subway, A look of pleasant surprise was noticed on the 
faces of several other passengers sitting nearby. 

Warmest congratulations are likewise in order for the group of college men 
who undertook the not inconsiderable task of publishing the first issue of a new 
periodical: AGORA, Boston's Cross-Campus Student Monthly . In addition to contribu- 
tions by Angelo Maramano of the Music Department and Mike Meleedy of the Periodical 
Room, the masthead reads much as a BPL Library Assistants' directory might. Editor- 
in-chief Tom Needham, managing editor Bob Kavin, and "all-pairpose slave" Greg Stowe 
are all from the Book Stack Service; George Ctiraming and Bill Needham from the Perio- 
dical Room; Skip Cronin from Book Preparation^ and Paul McCallion from Government 
Documents and Social Sciences. 

From an all-too-rapid skimming through its pages, it seems rather doubtful 
that Saturday Review, Harper's, and The Atlantic Monthly will have very serious 
competition, but barring numerous 'typos', we rather thoroughly enjoyed the first 
issue. The combination of editorial opinion, poetry, and short stories seemed to 
hit just the right blend, and the month's "Calendar of Events" brings together much 
information available only firom several, more limited soiirces. If you've missed it, 
copies are still available at a few newstands in the Copley Square area. 

"The market place" fills a need for expression by a group who often find 
themselves bursting at the seams with no creative outlet. Certainly what they have 
to say merits being heard. We wish them every success in the continuation of their 
venture. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

The 1965 Executive Board met for the 
first time late in February. Much of the 
time was devoted to the problems which 
are still current in 1965: namely the 
Library Assistants ' salary schedule and 
the project concerning the economy 
measures to which this Board will ^ve 
priority. The Board also discussed the 
need for In-Service Training and an Orien- 
tation Program and have agreed to work on 
this until a program has been established. 

On March 8th, an emergency meeting of 
the Board was called to discuss the possi- 
bility of the entire Library Staff coming 
under the jurisdiction of the State Civil 
Service Commission. The advantages and 
disadvantages were carefully weighed. The 
Board agreed that it would not serve the 
best interests of the Staff to come under 
Civil Service. It was voted to send the 
President and Mr Casey^ the former Editor 
of the Question Mark to attend the hearing 
on March 9th and to record their approval 
of passage of Bill #326. This Bill was 
introduced by the Massachusetts Library 
Association requesting that Librarians, 
Library Assistants, and Library Aides 
remain exempt from Civil Service rule. 

The Executive Board also met in regular 
session with members of last year's Board 
to discuss, evaluate, and formulate ways 
and means to economize on library opera- 
tions in order to find enough money for a 
5^ salary increase for the Library Assis- 
tants Service. A full report will be made 
to the Staff as soon as it is completed. 

MARY T. CROWE 
President 

BACK IN FOCUS 

After her month-long bout with a virus 
pneumonia, the Audio-Visual Department 
welcomed back Mrs Veronica Silverman with 
open arms, a bouquet of flowers, and a 
large sigh of relief. 



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CIVIL SERVICE HEARING 

It was difficult to get an accurate 
count of the number of librarians who 
jammed the stuffy committee room at the 



State House on Tuesday, March 9, but they 
were both numerous and vocal. They came 
to register their support of House Bill 
#326. This was a proposal to exempt 
librarians from the provisions of the 
Civil Service Law. 

This idea of incorporating library 
workers under Civil Service was not new. 
It had been proposed some years ago and 
subsequently defeated. The current pro- 
posals, including House Bill #326, have 
as their intention the specific exemption 
of library personnel from the Civil 
Service. If the enthusiasm demonstrated 
by the library people who supported it is 
any criterion, the Bill is destined to 
meet with legislative acceptance. 

W.C. 

Connolly Branch 

A SALUTE TO THE APPROVAL ROCM 

A busy hive — a mountain of books 
Diligent hands — determined looks 
Typewriters clicking — cards completed 
Files consulted — energies depleted. 

Librarians pondering — fiction lists 

checked 
Telephones ringing — desks bedecked 
Book trucks groaning — department 

shelves filled 
Curators frowning — duplicates killed. 

New arrivals — pencils set 

A shuffle of chairs — a tete-a-tete 

A silence descends — books rejected 

A gracious thank you for those selected.' 

RUTH MICHELSON 

Book Selection, R&RS 

BRANCH NOTES 

We are proud to announce the arrival of 
oiir "nephew", Richard Reyes, on Tuesday, 
February I6. This young man, who checked 
in at 6 lbs and 9 ounces, is the son of 
Mr & Mrs Mario (Laura) Reyes, and to 
quote Miss Kaufman, who visited the 
family, is "positively beautiful". -Need 
we say more. 

The proud Aunts and Uncles 
at Mattapan Branch. 



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PERSONNEL NOTES 

Entered : 

Agnes F. Kelley - Connolly (formerly part- 
time) 
Florence Jacobs - Bookmobiles 
Mrs Grace Duffy - Lower Mills 
Mary P. Stephenson - Kirstein Business 

Branch 
Peter C. Ellsworth - Bookmobiles 
Michael G. Hiinter - Open Shelf (formerly 

part-time) 
Brendan M. Craven - Central Charging 

Records 
Maureen E. Smith - Book Purchasing 
Kevin J. VSxpe - Open Shelf 
Ralph V. Mayo - Book Purchasing 
Kevin Duffley - Central Charging Records 
Alexander Greenwald - Book Purchasing 

Maternity Leave ; 

Mrs Mar jorie P. Whalen - Bookmobiles 

Terminations ; 

Judith C, Grohe - Codman Square - to enter 

family business 
H, Barry Morris - Open Shelf - another 

position 
Lois Lyman - Washington Village - to 

attend Simmons full-time 
Judith Fleming - General Reference - for 

travel and study 
Samuel D. Wilson - Open Shelf - to devote 

more time to college 
Melicent Seyfert - Connolly - to be 

married and leave 
Massachusetts 
Mriam C. Oester - Book Stack Service- 
moving out of Boston 
Heidi R. Rieper - Bookmobiles - moving 

out of Boston 

Transferred ; 

Michael T. Tiorano from Central Charging 

Records to Audio-Visual 
Mary A. LaFollette from Mt, Pleasant to 

Memorial 
Helen M. McDonough from Memorial to Mt. 

Pleasant 
Margery E. Berman from South End to Uphams 

Comer 
Dorothy W, Perkins from Central Charging 

Records to Faneuil 



PRE-PROFESSIONAL NOTE 

The following from the March l5th 
Library Journal ; 

"The Rhode Island Library Association 
Scholarship Committee is offering a |500 
scholarship to qualified persons interes- 
ted in pursuing a career in librarians hip. 
Applicants must have been accepted in the 
library science program of a qualified 
graduate library school. The deadline 
for filing applications is April 1$, 1965. 
The scholarship will be awarded at the 
spring meeting on May 8, 1965. Applica- 
tion forms may be secured from Mrs Miriam 
G. Haas, Chairman, Scholarship and 
Recruitment Committee, R. I. Department 
of State Library Sei*vices, Roger Williams 
Building, Hayes Street, Providence, R,I, 
02908„" 

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TO A LIBRARIAN 01 

THE WORID HAS BEEN AUTOMATIZED AS 02 

EVERY SCHOOLBOY KNOWS 03 

MACHINES TRANSLATE ALL POETRY TO Ok 

BASIC ENGLISH PROSE 05 

HIGH SPEED MAGNETIC MEMORIES 06 

QUANTIZE ESSENTIAL TRUTH 0? 

AND STORE SUFFICIENT ESTIMATES OF 08 

MARY AND OF RUTH 09 

THE MUSIC OF THE FUTURE WILL USE 10 

RANDOM NUMBER THEMES 11 

AND WASTE NO MICROSECONDS FUTILEY 12 

ENCODING DREAMS 13 

SO WHEN YOU CATALOG THE DAWN OR iJk 

CLASS THE LILYS STEM 1$ 

DON'T FILE IT DEWEY DECIMAL BUT 16 

PUNCH IT IBM 17 

- William Fuller Brown, Jr., "Verses 
in the Modern Manner", ETC . ; A Review 
of General Semantics , v, 21, no, k 
(December 1961; ), pp. lilli-5. 



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CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 
AWARD 

Ruth Sawyer Durand has been selected by 
the Catholic Library Association to be 
the recipient of the Regina Medal in 
recognition of her lifetime dedication 
and "continued distinguished contribution 
to children's literature". This award is 
given annually and will be presented to 
Mrs Durand at a luncheon, Tuesday, April 
20, 1965, in Philadelphia, as part of the 
activities of the annual CLA Conference. 

Both a native and a resident of Boston, 
Mrs Durand is well known to children's 
librarians at BPL, She has shared with 
them her experience with people and books, 
demonstrated her talents as a storyteller, 
and enriched the shelves of children's 
rooms everywhere with her many distin- 
guished books. In 1937, she was awarded 
the Newbery Medal by the American Library 
Association for her book. Roller Skates . 
From her rich and varied experience both 
in telling and collecting stories here 
and abroad, she has written The Way of the 
Storyteller, an inspirational book dealing 
with storytelling as a creative art and a 
classic in the field. 

To Ifrs Diirand we extend our warmest good 
wishes and congratulations for an honor 
well deserved and truly earned, 

MARTHA ENGLER 
South Boston Branch 

NOTABLE BOOKS, 196U 

After sifting through a total of 550 
nominations submitted by 3U libraries 
representing every si»e, type, and loca- 
tion in the U.S., the Notable Books Coun- 
cil of the American library Association 
announced on March 1st a list of ^h out- 
standing titles published in 196U. 

Those interested in participating in 
the heated discussion which invariably 
follows this annual event are directed to 
the complete listing appearing in the 
March l5th issue of Library Journal , 
(v. 90, no. 6, p. 1279TI 



BOOKMOBILE INS AND OUTS 

On February l6th, the Bookmobile Office 
held a going-away party for Mar jorie 
Whalen and Heidi Reiper at Mick's on 
Warrenton Street in Boston, Mrs Whalen 
is anticipating a blessed event in June, 
and Miss Reiper has returned to her home 
in New York and will be married in the 
near future. 

Also in February, three new members 
were added to the Bookmobile staff: 
Marsha Whitman, who was an extra at the 
Ifyde Park Branch; Peter Ellsworth, who 
was recently discharged from the Army; 
and Florence Jacobs, who is new to the 
Library Service. 

DOUBLE ENTENDRE: JUHOR VERSIONI 

While doing a stint at the charging 
desk, surrounded by public of all ages, 
I was asked by the little ^rl whose 
books I was charging out: 

"Mss Engler, do you know the three 
different kinds of sex?" 

. I replied promptly (after all, no 
fourth grader is going to get away 
thinking there is anything about sex 
that I don't know), "Sure. Middlesex, 
Essex, and Sussex." 

"Oh, no. That's not it", she said 
gleefully, "It's female sex, male sex, 
and insects." 

ED, NOTE 

Despite the disclaimer for a Publica- 
tions Committee at the beginning of 
page 1, warmest thanks are in order to 
Miss Marie Quinn who filled in vrith such 
an admirable job as 'Emergency Committee* 
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SOME THOUGHTS ON ORIENTATION 
AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING 

This article, entitled "A View from the 
Bridge", was written by Lois Booth after 
an interview with the Director for The 
Staff Outlook of the Denver Public 
library (February 18, 1965). Names, 
acronyms, and initials are 'Denverese', 
but there is also some food for serious 
thought. 

"Knowing that the administration long 
has been interested in in-service train- 
ing, I asked Mr Shearouse to give me his 
views on the library training program. 
"'Before you can do a good job, you 
should know for yourself where everything 
is, and what the library has to offer, 
you know, ' Mr Shearouse related. 'When 
I came here the need for more training 
was being expressed by the entire staff 
in workshops, in suggestions, and in 
committee reports. It was this need, so 
strongly felt by the entire staff, that 
prompted us to begin in-service training 
on several levels. 

"'Working with Miss Scott, Mrs Parrahm, 
and Mrs Lawrence, we were able to decide 
how to go about satisfying this need as 
best we could. The first program, you 
will remember, was the Young Adult work- 
shop in the spring of sixty-four, which 
was very successful. From there we went 
on to the weekly information sessions in 
each area of the library. 
" ' We instituted the branch and depart- 
ment heads meetings each month where 
branch people and department heads could 
discuss book selection and book materials 
together, among other things. Next was 
the Children's workshop, and after that 
the Adult Services workshop, ' 

"Mr Shearouse tnok a deep breath and 
continued. 'Last spring we suddenly had 
six vacancies to fill and we decided to 
fill them with library school graduates, 
most of whom we knew would have had no 
library experience. Theory is all fine 
and good and is just what library school 
students need and want - but theory is 
useless without practical experience. 

"'We decided that a formal on the job 
training would answer the needs expressed 
by so many librarians who had gone before 
them , , . we decided to give more prac- 
tice now than theory. We would give them 
a subject area plus extension work and 
expose them to as many public service 



areas as possible in a year. We had 
hoped at first to make the program a com- 
plete two-year package, but DPL isn't 
large enough to afford such a luxury, ' a 
phrase which was to be repeated for me 
later in answer to another question. 

" 'We wanted our six trainees to see a 
DPL viewpoint. Supervisors always are 
responsible for any on the job training. 
It has to be done in any case when any 
new person comes in to fill a vacancy; 
therefore, it was natural for us to want 
to give each trainee six months OJT in a 
subject specialty, such as Art and Music 
Department or Young Adult Division, and 
six months in branches, 

"'Since this plan would give us the 
opportunity to express our viewpoint, we 
wanted them to be able to freely discuss 
any problems that might arise, any sug- 
gestions they had to offer, and also to 
become acquainted with omt special depart- 
ments where they wouldn't be gaining OJT 
because we limited the course to public 
service. Thus, we included plans to hold 
seminars periodically, 

"'Here was our chance to explore in 
some depth services like the Bib Center, 
JADA, and personnel policies. They took 
tours. They had bull sessions. The 
meetings are somewhat structured to give 
them knowledge of our reference services, 
but they are also designed to permit free 
expression, to ask questions like the 
ones the staff is forever asking "How can 
I learn the collections? When is a refer- 
ence question a reference question? How 
much time do I devote to it before I turn 
it over to someone else?" 

"'My aim, and the administration's aim 
in all training, is to try to make oior 
people more flexible, to be able to move 
them from one station to another without 
too much difficulty. We fight against 
rigidity because we haven't enough libra- 
rians to go around. We can't afford to 
have specialists only. Librarians must 
learn to be all 'round librarians first; 
to feel that they can move easily from 
one job to another within the system; 
then to have a specialty such as litera- 
ture and history; and only then at last 
to specialize within a department - to 
become a history specialist. ' Mr Shearouse 
said. 



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SOME THOUGHTS (con't) 

" 'Vfy idea of the whole staffing program 
is that in-service training makes it 
possible for us to know a librarian's 
strengths and abilities. We must have 
the general person first. Remember, a 
librarian is a librarian first; a depart- 
ment librarian second; and, possibly, a 
specialist last of all.'" 

The Library Administration Division 
(Personnel Section, In-Seirvice Training 
Committee) of the American Library Asso- 
ciation has just this year issued a 
revised, in-depth "Bibliographic essay" 
on this subject. The study, by Judith K. 
Sollengerger, Research Assistant at the 
Indianapolis Public Library, is entitled, 
In-Service Training; A Bibliographic 
Essay . 

"The purpose of this bibliograpl^S'' is to 
assemble the relatively recent (since 
1955) writings on the subject as a guide 
to those who wish to know what is 
currently being thought, written, and 
done about library staff training and 
development. Under the term "in-service 
training" have been included not only 
those programs which are carried on with- 
in individual libraries, but those which 
are organized outside the library with 
the cooperation and encouragement of the 
library to a greater or lesser degree. 
Furthermore, since employee training, for 
the highly paid executive as well as the 
unskilled laborer, has received a great 
deal of attention in business, industry, 
and many other organizations and has been 
tried out extensively on all levels, the 
bibliography includes a selection of 
titles from the abundant literature on 
personnel, management, and efficiency 
outside the field of libraries. In this 
revised edition many of the titles listed 
in the first edition have been dropped; 
many recent titles have been added, 
bringing the entries well into the first 
half of 196U." 
("Introduction", pp. 1-2.) 



DATES TO REMEMBEE 

April 20-23: Catholic Library Associa- 
tion, Philadelphia. 

April 25-May 1: National Library Week. 

May 20-21: Massachusetts Library Asso- 
ciation, Provincetown, 

May 30- June 3: Medical Library Associa- 
tion, Philadelphia. 

May 30- June 5: International Publishers 
Congress, Washington, D.C. 

June 6-10: Special library Association, 
Philadelphia. 

July It -10: Amertcan Library Association, 
Detroit. 

In case you missed it or haven't cau^t 
up with it yet, the entire March issue 
of the ALA Bulletin is devoted to the 
Washington, D.C, Midwinter Meeting. 

"Put yourself in the middle of things, 
to get at once at the heart of the busi- 
ness; most roam around, in useless mill- 
ings either about the edge, or in the 
scrub of a tiresome verbosity, without 
striking upon the substance of the matter; 
they make a hiindred turns about a point, 
wearying themselves, and wearying others, 
yet never arriving at the centre of what 
is important; it is the product of a 
scattered brsdn that does not know how to 
get itself together; they spend time, and 
exhaust patience, over that which they 
should leave alone, and afterwards are 
short of both for what they did leave 
alone." 

- A Truthtelling Manual and the Art of 
Worldly Wisdom ; being a collection of the 
aphorisms which appear in the works of 
Baltasar Gracian of the Company of Jesus 
and Reader in Holy Scriptures in the 
College of Tarragona immediately trans- 
lated for the understanding from a 1653 
Spanish text by Martin Fischer, doctor, 
and professor of the University of Cin- 
cinnati. A second and revised edition. 
Springfield, 111: Charles C. Tho^s 



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IF 



SILENCE 



WERE 



GOLDEIvI 



We might very possibly have the richest 
library staff in the country.' 



Any contribution to the Soap Box nnist 
be accompanied by the full name 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 withheld from 
publication, or a pen name is used, if 
the contributor so requests. Anonymous 
contributions are not given considera- 
tion. The author of the article is known 
only to the Editor-in-Chief. The con- 
tents 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 contri- 
butions not containing more than 300 
words will be accepted. 



T^IE QUEST'ION MARK 
Published "by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 

Volume XX, Number 5 May I963 

Publications Committee? 1/Villiam F. Caseyj Harry Andrews; Evelyn Isaacs; Sarah 

M. Usher, Indexer; David G. Nevin, Chairman 

Publication Date; Deadline for submitting materials 
The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 

" THE QUALIFICATION IS NEED " 

Miss Pauline Winnick opened her talk, given as the Bertha V. Hartzell 
Memorial Lecture, by quoting statistics based primarily on Bernard Berelson's 
1949 study for the Public Library Inquiry, The Library's Public . This and later 
studies have shown that libraries are supported by the total society for the use 
of a very small minority. Only ten percent of the adult population are "active" 
users while a maximum of an additional five percent can be classified as 
"occasional". Even among students, less than one third are active public library 
users. And of the total number of books read by the United States public, less 
than one fourth are borrowed from libraries. 

She went CD to outline programs under the Economic Opportunity Act (P.L. 
83-452) and the Library Services and Conatruction Act (P.L. 88-269), both of 
1964, directed in large measure at the "other 75 percent" of the library's pro- 
spective usersi Job Corps, Coramxinity Action Program, Neighborhood Youth Corps, 
Work Experience Programs, and VISTA, the Volunteers in Service to America. 
Under LSCA she cited several interesting examples of what is being done in the 
Queens Borough and Brooklyn Public Libraries; day-care centers, preschool story 
hours, and a 'community librarian' philosophy with detached workers whose job it 
is to take the library and the library idea directly to the public it purports 
to serve by merely being 'there'. 

But v/hat concerns us here is not the facts, statistics, and programs, 
interesting 'though they may be. Those who are particularly interested should 
turn to Library Journal (Sept. I5, I964) or to the January I965 issue of the 
ALA Bulletin where Miss T/Vinnick and others have covered the "War on Poverty" 
programs in considerable detail. Vk'hat does concern us is that such efforts are 
creating a sink-or-swim necessity for reexamination of the concept of the li- 
brary as a- social institution. Libraries in general, and the public library in 
particular, have become so accustomed to and generally content v/ith service to 
a minority public that the concept of the library as a dynamic social institution 
and center of communication may be beyond both its fiscal and intellectual means. 
Those who are searching for current information fast have long since given up 
the idea of the public library as a source. Nor will we be able to provide more 
than a minimal service to a minority public so long as library administrators 
and boards are content to v/ait "until the school board gets theirs" to request 
additional funds. 

As Miss Winnick pointed out so well, the federal government has provided 
the foundation on which to build. Not until we have established a more dynamic 
image of the library as a center of communication and as a pivot 'in the processes 
of social change, however, will the base of library use, service, or fiscal 
support be broadened in order that these great institutions may become fitted 
into the framework of an expanding society. 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



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I wish to express my appreciation to 
all those who helped make the 10th 
Hartzell Memorial Lecture successful, I 
am especially indebted to Mrs. Bridie 
Stotz and the Members of her Committee 
for obtaining the services of Miss Pauline 
Winnickji I am sure that all those who 
heard Miss ifiiinick speak were inspired, 
by the many challenging ideas and projects 
which are now in process or are being 
planned for the future, I'ly thanks to 
Eleanor Halligan and Tom Manning for the 
delicious refreshments and beautiful 
flower arrangements, 

I know that most of the staff is waiting 
for word on the Library Assistants salaiy 
schedule. I am sorry to have to tell you 
that there is no money available for in- 
creases in the immediate future. Because' 
the City is having financial difficulties, 
the Trustees do not feel that they can 
present a supplementary budget for in- 
creases until the 1965 Boston tax rate is 
announced. Ordinarily the tax rate is 
announced in June, but this year the rates 
Tin.ll not be determined and announced until 
August when the City should have some idea 
of the amount of aid it will receive from 
the Commonwealth, The Trustees have 
stated that the LA salary schedule will be 
given priority. 

The Executive Board met recently to 
discuss other questions of concern to the 
membership. These problems, which include 
In-service training and the future of the 
Coffee Shop will be discussed at length 
at the Business Meeting to be held on 
May 28th, 

MARY T. CROIJE 

President 

BPL5A COMilTTEE MEMBERSHIPS 1^65 
HOUSE COMMITTEE FOR MEN AND WOMEN 



CONSTITUTION COMlVilTTEE 



Louis Polishook 
Claire 0' Toole 



Joseph Naples 
Margaret Lyons 



CONCESSIONS COMITTEE 

Corinne Henderson, Chairman 

Brenda Brewington 

Margot Timson Claire 0' Tools 



Sheila Stevens, Chairman 

Claire 0' Toole Martin Haters 

PROGRAl'l COFiMITTEE 



Gerald ine T. Beck, 
Eleanora Chaplik 
Elinor D, Conley 
Marjorie Gibbons 
Mary Hackett 
Gerald ine Herrick 



Chairman 

Mildred Kaufman 
Mary Langton 
Rose Moorachian 
Mildred Presente 



SPECIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE 



Ruth Conroy, Chairman 
Jean Babcock 
IJinifred Frqnk 



Corinne Henderson 



i'lEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE 

Sadie M, Rotondo, Chairman 
Macy Mar go lis Barbara Ste ingle in 
Marie Cashman Josephine Kelley 
Helen Lord 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

Elinor D, Conley, Chairman 
Mildred Adelson Nura Globus 
Gerald ine Gardner Anthony Tieuli 
Patricia Harrington 

CARE COimiTTEE 

Josephine H, Kelley, Chairman 
Margaret E, Lyons Mary E, Mollcy 
Mary A, LaFollette 

ENTERTAIM^NT COMMITTEE 

Eleanor Halligan, Chairman 

Jean Babcock Margaret Thrasher 

Margot Timson Bertha Keswick 

HARTZELL MEMORIAL LECTURE COl^MITTEE 

Bridie P, Stotz, Chairman 

Ruth M, Hayes M. Jane Manthorne 

Rose Moorachian 



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PERSOMEL NOTES 



ENTERED: 



John F. Bundy - Music 

Henry D, Selvitella - Book Stack Service 
Thomas G, Kochins - Book Stack Service 
Patrick H, Potega - Book Stack Service 

TRANSFERRED ; 

Marie J, Qviinn - from Reference Division 
Office to Home Reading and Coiranunity 
Services Division Office 

CEASED ; 

Assvmta Donisi - Book Selection, Reference 

- resigned 

Maureen Hanlon, Book Selection, Reference 

- resigned 

Qiristopher Ivusic - Periodical &. Newspaper 

- to work in Washington, D,C, 
Michael Arnold - Periodical & Newspaper 

- another position 

William Wards - General Reference - to be 

Assistant Librarian at Framingham Libraiy 
Mary E, VJalsh - Book Stack Service - health 

IN MEMORIAM 
Helen Schubarth 

On March 2li, 196$, Helen Schubarth died, 
very suddenly. Her death was a great 
shock to all who knew her, and our sympathy 
goes to her sisters and other members of 
her family in the loss of such a vital, 
loving and uncompromisingly honest person. 

For almost forty years Helen Schubarth 
"accounted" for all the expenditures of 
the Boston Public Library in her position 
cis Auditor, and later Chief Accoxmtant, 
Her accounting was meticulous in every 
detail: she demanded accuracy and exact- 
ness from her staff, but not more than she 
demanded from herself. The high standards 
she set for her office x/ere never allowed, 
to deteriorate, even though it might mean 
an extra hour or two added to her Twrking 
day. She won the respect and admiration 
of all who had any connection with her 
work. 

Miss Schubarth enjoyed her life in the 
library as she fully enjoyed so many other 
things ••• family, friends, the theater, 
the arts, music (she sang and played the 
piano beautifully), the opera, travel. 



Flowers were a joy ,,, her friends 
received them from her to celebrate any 
occasion .., or just because she loved, 
to share their beauty. She entertained 
delightfully, and liked to talk with 
her friends on vrLdely diverse subjects. 
She had a deep concern for her family 
and friends, and a genuine sympathy and. 
kindness for mar^ less forttinate than 
herself. 

Although her death came less than five 
years after her retirement, those years 
were ones of pleasure in her leisure, 
her family and friends. Her vivacity 
and enthusiasm for all facets of her life 
remained undiminished to the very end.,,« 
and that is iniiat she had always hoped 
for. 

GERTRUDE McCABE 

Ruth A. Foley 

I'^hen Ruth Foley died on May 9, the 
Library lost a most iinique and beloved 
personality, 

A veteran of 35 years service, she had 
survived through many changes and many 
vicissitudes vjith her spirit undimmed. 
and her sense of humor undiminished. She 
loved the Library and the people who 
worked here. She often said she would, 
rather be unhappy here, than unhappy 
somewhere else. To her the Library was 
her home and her co-workers her friends. 
She was always willing to work an extra 
night for another, to give up her day 
off to someone else, to work at a momentis 
notice in an emergency. 

But to her many friends she will be most 
remembered for her jokes and quips, which 
she could produce in the most impossible 
situations. Her humor was quick, clever, 
but gentle and never unkind, except to 
herself. To me, and to many of her old 
friends she was known as "Miz Foley dear" 
and her memory is forever woven into our 
memories of earlier days when oiir hearts 
were young and gayer because of "Miz 
Foley dear", 

CLAIRE 'TOOLE 



CONT. 



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Joseph P, Cullinane 



A friendly face is being missed at the 
Central Library, The whijnsical smile 
and pleasant "Good day" of Joseph 
Cullinane has gone forever, 'Joe' passed, 
away suddenly on April l8th of this year, 

A native of Mssion Hill, his was a 
unique knowledge of that area. He was 
born there, educated there and married, 
there , 

Joe joined the staff of the Library as 
a member of the Buildings Department on 
September 27, 1939; and was ever con- 
scious of the endeavors it took to keep 
this building a thing of beauty. 

It is difficult to express the feelings 
of the staf f j of we who knew of his 
faithful, knowledgeable and, conscientious 
philosophy towards the Library, The 
best way for all of us to remember him 
is to be as loyal to the Library as was 
Joseph P, Ciillinane, 

THOMAS MANNING 



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FIVE NAJffiS TO SEVEN SUPERIORS 
WILLIAM FRANCIS O'HARA 
BPL SERVICE, 1918 - 1965 

Having attended Boston Latin School, 
and then Burdett Business College, Mr, 
O'Hara (who was called "Francis" by his 
family and friends) decided to enter the 
service of the Boston Public Library, It 
was then August, 1918, I cheerfully 
admit that I had already been bom at the 
time, but I had never seen the famous 
Italian palace in Copley Square, In 
fact I had never even seen North America, 
But August 3, 1918 was the day that 
William Francis O'Hara entered the portals 
of the BPL and took his place at a desk 
in the Ordering Department under the 
Chief, Miss Theodosia McCurdy, There he 
was to remain for forty-seven years. 

Within three months William ( in those 
days he was called "William" in the BPL) 
so impressed Miss McCurdy with his will- 
ingness to help that she recommended him 
for permanent employment on November 5, 
1918, three months in advance of the 
usual half-year wait. The labor shortage 
due to World War I was being felt at the 
library, and the problem of handling 



mail bags of fifty and seventy-five 
pounds became too difficult for Miss 
Cunniff and Mr, O'Hara, So Miss McCurdy 
requested, that Mr, Niederauer (the then 
Building Superintendent) arrange to have 
the janitors put the mail bags on the 
mailing table for the Ordering Department 
staff. 

After that, things went along like a 
house afire and. William did. such a fine 
piece of work that the new Chief of the 
department, Mr, Louis FeLLx Ranlett 
recommended Mr, O'Hara for a raise, re- 
ported that his work was excellent, and 
that he was to be especially commended, 
during the recent rush of business, (I 
did a double take on tliat ~ but the date 
was 1929 NOT 1965). Mr, O'Hara was then 
responsible for the mail and the for- 
warding of all material from the Ordering 
Department, and supervised three young 
men: Charles Mosey, and the late Leo T, 
Ryan and Earle A, Quadros, 

From 1918 through 1936, during the 
period of the 'two-platoon system', 
William also worked on the Sunday and 
evening services in the Periodical Room, 
under the late Francis J. Hannigan, but 
all of his regular library service was 
in the Ordering Department. When this 
department was divided into the Book 
Purchasing Department (for acquisitions) 
and the Book Selection Departments (for 
selecting), Mr, O'Hara (as he had now 
become to us all) remained in the Book 
Purchasing Department. Here he served 
xinder seven department heads : Miss 
McCurdy, Mr, Ranlett, Mr. Maiers, Miss 
Mulloy, Mr, Ball, Mr, Ettele, and Miss 
Rea, 

In later years Mr, O'Hara was responsi- 
ble for the material received from the 
library's many miscellaneous dealers. He 
became such an expert on locating unusual 
items which often got sidetracked, that 
Mr, Ball used to say: "Bill is a good man 
for resolving snags," (By this time the 
men on the staff began to call him "Bill") 

In the days of my so-called youth, I 
remember how well Willie knew every girl 
in the building, (The girls affectionatel; ' 
called him "l«7illie") There was never a 
need to find out the name of the new 
young lady just assigned to some remote 
department far from the Book Purchasing, 
One just asked Willie, Proof of his 
popularity alvjays came on Saint Valentine'. 
Day, when all the ladies deluged his 
desk with greetings. 



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Bill made many friends throughout the 
staff, and he was always both anxious and 
willing to accomodate his fellow- worker^ 
in any manner in which he was able* Once 
he performed a sibaII commission for a 
fellow worker, a necessary errand to pur- 
chase fish. Unfortunately for Bill, word, 
of this got around the department. For 
years aftervrards, someone, every so often, 
would pop up to ask: "Bill, did you get 
Harriet's fish yet?" But Bill would just 
turn scarlet, get flustered, and pooh-pooh 
all his many helpful acts of kindness as 
something that didn't matter. He loved, 
chocolates, and had his special favorite 
varieties. Often he would. surreptltiousHy 
pass one a candy from a precious small 
horde in a paper bag from Pierce's, Again 
he would bring in a whole box and share 
it vri-th the depai-tmento 

William O'Hara was a pleasant gentleman 
to work wj.jh, a great support in times of 
personal difficulties, v7onderfully help- 
ful about straightening out problems ' 
which no one else could remember, and 
always willing to do his part in libraiy 
activities. As I write this. Bill and 
his vivacious sister, Irene, are enjoying 
the Florida sunshine on one of their mar^ 
holidays together. We all send him our 
congratulations and best xirishes that they 
xn.ll both continue to enjoy the sunshine 
and leisure of many more happy trips, 

I^IARY ALICE F, REA 

ARTHUR HEINTZELMAN MEI40RIAL FUND 

Contributions to the Arthur Heintzelman 
Memorial Fund can be made through members 
of the corimittee for the fund: 

Geraldine Herrick 
Thomas J, Manning 
Louisa S. Metcalf 
Russell A, Scully 
Paul B, Sirens on 
Sarah M, Usher 

A lasting memorial to MTo Heintzelman^ 
the fund xd-ll become an endowment for the 
purchase of prints and drawings, follovx- 
ing the tradition of his accomplishments 
as the Library's first Keeper of Prints 
from I9I4I to i960. 

Contributions sent by check should be 
made out to The Trustees of the Public 
Library of the City of Boston, and marked 
Arthur Heintzelman Memorial Fund, 



BRANCH BRIEFS 
NEW NORTH END BRAI^CH LIBRARY 

"Spotlights beamed their radiance on 
the long broad walk and the eager and. 
enthusiastic public poured in to see the 
luxurious new North End. Libraiy quarters. 

"The little people and the big people, 
more than 1000 of them came to the gala 
open house and formal dedication of the 
new North End Branch Library at 25 
Parmenter St., Boston on Wednesday evening. 
May 5« 

"It was a grand and glorious night, 
weather and occasion wise. Old-time 
libraiy patrons, some of them recalling 
going to get books at a delivery station 
at the North Bennett Street Industrial 
School mingled with new residents newly 
exposed to North End library service, 

"Former North End Branch Library r-t-aff 
workers helloed old library friends and, 
rejoiced with them in their new co2y 
quarters, 

"Sixteen distinguished foreign librar- 
ians from Europe, Asia and the Orient on 
a tour of American libraries sponsored, by 
the State Department were wide-eyed at 
the beautiful and comfortable furnishings, 
the lush greenery surrounding the jetting 
fountain with six fat goldfish nestling 
under the shocking pink lotus blossoms, 

"State and cit;/ dignitaries joined 
North End residents, invited guests and 
library personnel in this unusual ceremony 
~ a combined, occasion, the dedication 
ceremonies c-nd the awarding of the Maiy U, 
Nichols Book PriiLe Awards for 196ii and 1965. 

"The evening started with a buffet 
supper at 5:U5 for the Mayor, the City 
Council, the Library Trustees, State 
Representatives, the architects and other 
guests, 

"Greeting the guests as they arrived 
were the chaarming and gracious Mrs. 
Geraldine Herrick, North End Branch Li- 
brarian, Milton E, Lord., Director of the • 
Boston Public Library, and. Anthony Tieuli, 
Young Adult Librarian at the North End 
Branch, " 

The Italian News of Friday, May lii,1965, 
from whose feature article the above is 
quoted., goes into glowing detail listing 
guests, gifts, and congratulatory tele- 
grams. Those particularly interested 
should read the fuller account given 
therein, but the full impact of the 
building itself cannot be adequately 
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described in words. If you haven't seen 
it yet, it is well worth the special trip 
— only a five-minute walk up Hanover St« 
from the Haymarket MTA station (left on 
Parmenter St, ), 

But to recount the events of the evening 
in briefer fashion, following the buffet 
supper the doors were opened to the public 
and dedication ceremonies began shortly 
before 8 p.m. after the arrival of the 
Mayor,' Presided over by Mr, Augustin H, 
Parker, President of the BPL Trustees, 
they consisted of an invocation given by 
the Rt, Rev, Edward G, Murray (also a 
Trustee), an address by Mayor Collins, and 
the key presentation ceremony. Architect 
Karl Koch presented the solid, gold engrave- 
ed. key to Mr, Parker, who in turn gave it 
to Mrs, Herrick: "Ex Libris Felicitas 
North End Branch Library 1965". 

Mrs, Herrick then introduced guests and. 
staff, and Mr, Lord presented the l6th 
and 17th annual Mary U, Nichols Book Prize 
awards, Mary U, Nichols was Branch Librar- 
ian at North End Branch from 19U1 to 19h9 
and died of a heart attack at Central in 
January of 19li9, Money raised hy her many 
friends in the North End was presented, to 
the Library and funded as "The Plary U, 
Nichols Book- Prize Fund — Established on 
May- 20, 19ii9, through inter vivos gift by 
friends of Mary U, Nichols, Branch Librar- 
ian at the North End Branch Library from 
19iil to 19li9, Income to be used to award, 
annually a book prize to the North End boy 
and to the North End girl who in their 
senior year at a North End high school 
have excelled in English," 

The first award was given June 2, 19h9, 
Books are handsomely bound in the BPL 
Bindery and contain a memorial 'puppeteer* 
bookplate especially designed by the late 
Arthior ¥, Heintzelman, Keeper of Prints, 
to symbolize Miss Nichols ' work with 
puppets at the Branch, The 196ii prizes 
were to have been axxarded at the dedica- 
tion' of the Branch in the summer of that 
year, but since the Branch was not opened 
until May of 1965, two awards were made 
this year. Winners were Domenic Stagno 
and Robert Dello Rosso, graduates of 
Christopher Columbus High School, and 
Roberta M, Lombardozzi and Angela S, Dello 
Russo, both graduates of Julie Billiart 
High School, 

Guests, staff, and ■visitors lingered we31 
into the evening to enjoy punch and cook- 
ies and to luxviriate in the wonderful 
surroundings. To quote from the Italian 



News once again, it was, indeed., "a 
truly magnificent opening in every way", 

Mattapan Branch is delighted, to 
announce its newest baby. Daughter of 
our ^oung Adults Librarian, Alvis Price 
and his pretty wife, Christina, made her 
debut on April 22, 

Congratulations I 

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IT»S A FAST AGE VJE«RE LIVING IN 

Monday, at 2 p,m,, a teen-ager — 
probably 9th or 10th grade — ' came to the 
library for a book that vjould teach him 
how to dance, Ha^ving learned from him 
that he was going to a 'prom», Mrs, 
Rubenstein gave him a book on social 
dancing, and laughingly suggested that 
he practice 10 or 12 hours-a-day 'til 
prom time, in order to become fairly '" 
adept at the art, "Heck, no", said he, 
"The prom is tonight, I just got in- 
vited yesterday", 

STAFF IN PRINT 

Just published Isy the American Library 
Association is its ACRL Monograph No, 27, 
R.are Book Collections; Some Theoretical 
and Practical Sugr;6stions, edited by H» 
Richard Archer, Custodian of the Chapin 
labraxy at Williams College, The 
chapter on "Cataloging and, Classification" 
was xiiritten hy John Alden, Keeper of 
Rare Books, 

The introduction to Thomas R, Adam's 
recent American Independence; The Growth 
of an Idea; a Bibliographical Study 
(Providence, Brown University Press, 1965 ) 
states that to Mr, Alden the author is 
more indebted than to any ether indi-vidual, 
"Anyone acquainted with the meticulous 
and thorough manner in which Mr, Alden 
works will understand the obligation I 
am under," Mr, Adams, son of Randolph 
G, Adams, is Librarian of the Johii Carter 
Brown Library at Brown University, 



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FOURTH GOVERITOR'3 
COI'JFERENCE ON LIBRARIES 



The Fourth Governor's Conference on 
Libraries, held Thursday, April 29 at the 
Hotel Somerset, consisted of two parts: 
an afternoon colloquimn and a 'Diamond 
Jubilee' dinner at 6 p,m. 

The colloqui . vdiich was entitled, 
"Libraries and the Great Society", was 
concerned with the roles of federal, 
state, and local governments, respectively, 
in library development. Miss Alice Cahill, 
Assistant Director, Division of Library 
Extension, Massachusetts Department of 
Education, introduced the discussion by 
pointing out some of the problems of 
governmental relationships to libraries* 
After Mss Cahill 's remarks, Mr, Erwin D, 
Canham, Editor-in-Chief of the Christian 
Science Monitor and Member of the Board 
of Trustees of the Boston Public Library, 
took over as moderator of the discussion* 

The first speaker in the colloquium was 
Mr, John G, Lorenz, Director, Division of 
Library Services, US Office of Education, 
xvho reviewed some of the federal legisla- 
tion already passed or being considered 
by Congress at the present time. While 
doing this, !%", Lorenz pointed out some 
of the problems which such legislation 
could alleviate* He emphasized, however, 
that the federal government cannot solve 
all the problems. Federal aid can and. 
should serve only as a stimulus to state 
and local activity. 

State government was represented, by 
Miss Jean L, Connor, Director, Division 
of Library Extension, NY State Education 
Department, Miss Connor pointed out that 
ours is an age of change and that, in 
order to provide adequate library service 
in our society, there must be cooperation 
between libraries and other social agen- 
cies. She felt that the state libraries 
have four major functions: to point out, 
especially to laymen, the relevance of 
libraries to conterporary society; to 
coordinate cooperative activities among 
the libraries of the state, especially in 
regard to collections of specialized 
material; to see that the libraries of the 
state are fulfilling the needs of their 
patrons constructively and successfully; 
and finally, to make sure that all who are 
participating in providing library services 
are reinforcing one another's efforts. 



Mr, Kenneth R, Shaffer, Director of the 
School of. Library Science and of the 
Libraries 'at Simmons College, reviewed the 
many changes in librarianship which have 
occurred during the past four or five 
years. He pointed out that "this is just 
a beginning" compared to what may be 
expected in the future. 

Finally, the only layman on the panel, 
Mr, Robert J, M. O'Hare, Director of the 
Bureau of Public Affairs at Boston College 
and former Town Manager of Stoughton, 
Massachusetts, discussed some of the 
problems of the library in the local 
community. He pointed out that libraries 
are necessary in order to assure our 
children the education required to pre- 
pare them adequately to meet the chal- 
lenges of modern society. He noted the 
need not only for a greater number, but 
also for more attractive, functional, 
and better-equipped libraries in our 
communities. 

There followed a brief discussion 
period, enlivened by a debate on the 
feasibility of combining school and 
community libraries 

•JHHHHHKHKKHHJ- 

Although the above report was submitted 
to the Staff by our Corresponding Secre- 
tary, liar ion McCarthy, no member of the 
Association was present at the 'Diamond 
Jubilee ' dinner responsible for reporting 
on the evening's activities. Notes taken 
from the program, however, indicated that 
it was in honor of the l^Iassachusetts 
Division of Library Extension, 1890-196^, 
with Richard J, Sullivan, Chairman, Board, 
of Library Commissioners, as Toastmaster, 
After a welcoming address by Governor 
John A. Volpe, several speakers and guests 
were scheduled to participate: remarks 
ty Dr. Owen B, Kiernan, Coiimissioner of 
Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; 
greetings by EdTmi Castagna, President, 
American Library Association; and the 
keynote address try the Honorable Silvio 
0, Conte, Member of the US House of 
Representatives from Pittsfield, Mass, 



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CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL 
CONFERENCE - PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 19-23 

This is a report of the proceedings of 
the Elementary School Libraries Section 
meetings which I attended. There were maiy 
other meetings of value and interest to 
librarians about which I cannot give a 
first hand report as I was not present. 

The Regina Medal Award Luncheon on 
Tuesday, April 20, at which Mrs, Ruth 
Sa^iyer Durand received the Regina Medal 
for her lifetime of distinguished contri- 
bution in the field of children's litera- 
ture was, to me, the most stimulating and, 
delightful experience of the entire con- 
ference, l^trs. Durand, although not fully 
recuperated from a bad virus infection, 
gave a vigorous talk on the value of fine 
books, finely written, rich in vocabulary 
and in meaning for family reading. She 
told of some of the x^ronderful storytellers 
she had met in Ireland, Spain, and other 
countries who, though perhaps poor in ma- 
terial things, were blessed with a rich- 
ness of words, a richness much to be 
envied, "A poverty of words is one of the 
xTOrst poverties a person can live xri. th," 
she said. Mrs, Durand ended her talk xd.th 
the telling of one of her Irish tales. 
The Peddlar of Ballaghadereen . She was 
accompanied by her dau^ter, Mrs. Robert 
McCloskey, and Mrs. Annis Duff of Viking^ 
Company. Among those present was Virginia 
Haviland of the Library of Congress, 
formerly Readers Advisor to Children, BPL, 
At each place at table there was a souven'r 
copy of the paperback edition of Mrs. . r ■ 
Durand 's classic. The Way of the Story- 
teller , 

The following morning, David McCord spoke 
to the Elementaiy Section members on the 
importance of poetry for children. It was 
a lively presentation stressing the uses 
of rhythm and a sucfiinctness of words. 

In the afternoon. Sister Anne Lucille 
told about the need for school libraries 
on parochial schools and of how this need 
is being met in her area of service, ..•- 
northern New Jersey. Sister Ann Lucille 
has established the Elizabeth Seton libraiy 
Guild, consisting of UOO mothers in hh 
parishes. These volointeer helpers in 
parochial school libraries having no pro- 
fessional librarian, are given about 18 
hours of library science instruction by 
Sister who makes periodic visits to these 
schools. The results are astounding. 



Sister Anne Lucille showed slides of 
some of these school libraries, not the 
most advanced in her district, but 
rather those in which it had been insis- 
ted it was BiPOSSIBLE to fit any kind, 
of library into the existing plant. But | 
the impossible was accomplished and i 
judging from the slides, accomplished j 
very well. Books are purchased from ' 
Catholic Library Service and come fully 
processed and catalogued. Book ^election 
for this service is under the direction 
of such professional children's librar- 
ians as Margaret Martignoni, Ethna 
Sheehan and Clara Kircher. 

Also at this afternoon meeting, Frank 
A, Stevens, Supervisor of School Librar- 
ies in New York State, explained the 
implications of the Elementary and 
Secondary Education Act of 1965 as it 
applies to non-public schools and school 

libraries, 

A special tour was arranged to the new 
CLA headquarters at Haverford, An 
attractive private residence, in excellent 
condition, has been adapted to the needs 
and uses of the CLA Bookshelf of out- 
standing children's literature. Miss 
Wessel, Children's Librarian of the 
Detroit Public Library, was a past chair- 
man of the Elementary Section who served 
with great dedication and distinction. 

Tours were also made to the University 
of Pennsylvania's Charles Patterson Van 
Pelt Library, a fine example of modem 
functional construction. I was deeply 
interested to note that in the reading 
rooms of this library, used by the 
graduate students of the University, 
there were conspicuous signs posted, "No 
" Talking Allowed". Commenting on this to 
the librarian-guide, I was told that it 
was a necessary stricture otherwise the 
library would be turned into a "courting 

On the $th floor of the library is the 
Union Library Catalogue which lists in 
one alphabet approximately 5,000,000 
titles owned by l60 libraries in the 
Philadelphia area. Here also I was 
interested in the librarian's comment 
that no machine has yet been invented 
that can compete with the human hand and, 
eye in the interfiling of catalogue cards, 

Ife also visited St. Joseph's College 
Library and the Free Library of Phila- 
delphia. At this latter, the delegates 
were shown the treasures of the Rare 

Cont, 



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Book Department, currently exhibiting 
rare editions of Beatrix Potter, Kate 
Greenaway, and other well knoim children's 
authors and illustrators. The tour con- 
cluded with tea served graciously in the 
Rare Book Department irith FLP Director 
Emerson Greenaway as host. 

At the business meeting of the Elemen- 
tary Section it was voted to change the 
name of the section to Children's 
Libraries Section, It was felt that this 
new title more nearly represented the 
interests of the Section tiiich is not 
concerned alone with school libraries but 
rather with all phases of library service 
to children, 

MARTHA C. EICLER 

GOURMET CORNER 

i 

Numerous requests were received follow- 
ing the Hartzell Lecture, and Mrs. Rotondo 
has been good enough to submit the recipe 
for the delicious "Peppermint Squares a 
la Adams Street", 

Peppermint Squares 

Melt together: 

2 squares unsweet chocolate 
I" cup margarine 

Cream together: 

1 cup sugar 

2 eggs 

Add mixture of chocolate and margarine 
to this* 

Add to them: 

J cup flour 

dash of salt 

J teaspoon of peppermint extract 

•§• cup chopped nuts. 

Grease well and flour a 9" x 9" square 
pan. Balce in 350° oven for 20 to 25 
minutes • 

Filling 

While cake is ' baking, make filling and 
refrigerate. 

Combine and mix: 

2 tablespoons cream or milk. Start 

with one and add 
1 cup confectioner's sugar 
■J teaspoon peppermint extract 



After cake has cooled, spread filling 
over it and chill enough to set. After 
this is done, pour over chocolate 
glaze on top of filling. 

Glaze 

Melt together: 

1 square chocolate 

1 tablespoon margarine 

Chill cake again and cut in square, 

CONGRATUUTIONS I 

To Mr, and Mrs. Lavirence Savignano 
(Joan formerly worked at the Officer- 
in-Charge Desk) on the birth of a 6 lb, 
9 02» baby girl on May km They have 
named their 2nd child, first daughter, 
Teresa, 

DUESi 

The Treasurer has requested that all 
persons wishing to join the Staff 
Association submit their name and 
department together -tirith one dollar 
($1,00) annual dues. Send or deliver 
to Louis Polishook, Central Charging 
Records, 

LET»S i^IAKE IT 100^ ill 



Dear Reader : 

QM's editor apologizes for the 
tardiness of this issue • Earlier 
issues have been slightly delayed, but 
this is close to the ridiculous i Had 
it not been for the excellent services 
of Miss Jean Babcock, however, this 
might well have been a midsummer issue. 

All of which points directly to 
the fact that <^A is without a typist 
and needs one desperately. Anyone 
willing to donate three or four hours 
a month, please contact the editor c/o 
the Audio-Visual Department. As an 
official duty of the Staff Association, 
library time is ordinarily allowed. 






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SOAP BOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name 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 withheld from 
publication, or a pen name is used., if 
the contributor so requests. Anonymous 
contributions are not given consideratioii 
The author of the article is known only 
to the Editor-in-Chief. The contents of 
the articles appearing in the Soap Box 
are personal opinions expressed by indi- 
vidual Association members and their 
appearance does not necessarily indicate 
that the Publications Committee and the 
Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. Only those contribu- 
tions not containing more than 300 words 
will be accepted » 



To the Editor: 

It seems to me that an institution of 
our size should have some official policy 
with regard to staff attendance at 
funerals of staff members, particularly 
members who have been here for decades. 
The most recent funeral of a staff member 
was poorly attended, in view of the fact 
that the person had worked here in Central 
for 3^ years. There were about 15 persons 
at the service, but a very small percent- 
age of these xrent to the funeral, and they 
had trouble securing transportation. 

It is difficult to go to a funeral witb 
out transportation, so perhaps some policy 
could be evolved by which people who have 
cars and are willing to take passengers 
could notify Personnel or put a notice on 
the Bulletin Board in case of a funeral. 

Perhaps the Staff Association should 
take the matter up. At ar^r rate, someone 
should, 

CLAIRE 'TOOLE 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

Some time ago I picked up in a bookshop 
a copy of Arnold Bennett's BOOKS AND 
PERSONS, (Doran, 1917), a book of literary 
comments and essays, and found in it a 
piece called CENSORSHIP IN THE LIBRARIES 
(pp 167 - 19U)« Here are some of the I 
things he has to say about us: 1 

"Boston, c» the city of Harvard Univer- 
sity, of the Atlantic Monthly, ,,, of 
Emerson, Lowell, Longfellow, and. Holmes 
••• has a Public Library, It is sup- 
posed to be one of the finest public 
libraries in this world, or any other,,, 
A women asked for George Moore's "Esther 
Waters," The work was included in the 
catalog of the Library, In reply to her 
request she was informed, that she could 
not have the book unless she obtained 
from the Chief Mandarin or Librarian 
special permission to read it,,,," 

Bennett goes on to say that the lady's 
husband was a prominent journalist in 
Boston, and iirhen he heard the story, he 
looked into the irfiole question of starring 
books in our catalog, and wrote it up in 
his paper. 

The surprising thing to me in the Bennetl 
article was the statement that "pernographi 
books were listed in the public catalog wit 
a red star, 

"Esther Waters" is now on the open shelve 
and not very much in demand. We have becoi 
much more liberal in our policy of what to 
put on open shelves. But all books, eithe.t 
bought or accepted, as gifts tiy the Library^ 
should, be listed in the public cataloge 

HARRY Al^IDREVB 

UNFAIR TO FEMALES 

li/hy is it the females of the Book Stack 
Service Department are totally ignored whei 
it comes to receiving step-rate increases? 

Males who have been in the service of 
the library from six months to two years 
(LA I's and LA. 2's) have just recently 
jtimped to LA U's« 



While the females who have been in the 
service for seventeen years are still 
LA 2's and another who is an LA 5 after 
37 years. 

Now, we ask you, IS THIS FAIR ? 

VERY DISCOURAGED 




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uestion 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



JUNE 1965 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XX, Nimiber 6 June 1965 

Publications Ccinmittee: William F, Caseyj Harry Andrews; Evelyn Isaacs;' Maiy 

Skewes; Sarah M. Usher, Indexer; David G, Nevin, Chairman 

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

It shall be the object of the Association 

(a) to foster professional librarianship 

(b) to further the common interests and the welfare of the bibliothecal staff 

(c) and to promote greater efficiency in library service. 



THOUGHTS ON THE IMMINMT DEMISE OF THE COFFEE SHOP 

Both the June Staff Memo and the minutes of the May 28 Staff Associa- 
tion Business Meeting inform us that the Central Library's Coffee Shop is to be 
closed between the time the present annex is torn down and the completion of the 
new building. Although the actual event may not take place for a year or more, 
there is no more than a suggestion of the type of interim facilities which may be 
provided or how long we can expect to 'bide our time* until the new building's 
lounges and lunch rooms will be available. It is suggested, then, that rather 
than waiting until the last minute, it might be prudent to do a little planning 
ahead for what will be a rather large gap in the fringe benefits we all now enjcy 
and will surely sorely miss when that fateful day arrives. 

Although it is pleasant to be able to sit down with a cup of coffee, 
a coke, or a sandwich, the' present facilities are neither spacious nor very com- 
fortable. In this respect, &t least, the problem of putting up with temporary 
quarters or the almost complete lack thereof should be considerably eased: when 
the day comes, it will mean that we are just that much closer to the opening of 
the new building with its hopefully larger and more comfortable staff accomoda- 
tions. 

But even assuming that we are able to view it intelligently merely as 
a necessary evil created by the slow churning of the wheels of progress, the non- 
availability of a reasonably priced meal — a difficult enough burden for many- 
may not prove nearly so permanent a resiilt as the lack of sufficient space to sit 
and discuss personal experiences and feelings and to complain of libraiy problems. 
This month, for the first time in a long time, we have a reasonable representa- 
tion of staff opinion in the Soap Box, But hy placing a tape recorder in the 
Coffee Shop for a single afternoon, there would be sufficient material for nearly 
a f\ill year's Soap Boxes, 

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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

Ed» note ; Mary Crowe is on vacation j 
as this issue goes to press. We have 
nary a picture postcard from her and 
can only invite your attention to the 
Recording Secretary's minutes taken 
at the May 28 Business Meeting. 



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PERSONl^EL NOTES 



ENTERED: 



Mrs. Rebecca Peters - Bookmobiles 
Patricia A. McCabe - Book Preparation 
Shirley A. Lyons - Fine Arts 
Barbara Ann Langone - Book Selection, 

R&RS 
William M. King - Book Preparation 
John J. Rohen - Central Charging Records - 

return from Military Leave 

TRANSFERRED ; 

Rena Fisher - Egleston Square - formerly 

a part-time Library Aide, now Pre- 

Professional 
Kevin Shea - Book Preparation - formerly 

part-time in Cetaloging & Classification 

R&RS 
Andrew Soo - Book Stack Service - formerly 

part-time 
Stephanie G. Daggett - West Roxbury - 

formerly part-time 
Denise A. Boyce - Central Charging Records 

- former Library Aide at Mt. Pleasant 
James G. Mercer - Book Stack Service - 

formerly a Library Aide in Branch Issue 
Marie C. DeFronzo - North ^-nd - formerly 

a Library Aide 
William C. Hanway - Book Stack Service - 

formerly in Cataloging & Classification 

HR&CS 

Cont. 

Folksinging is when a lot of rich college 
kids get together and sing about 
poverty. — Cambridge Circus 



j CEASED ; 

i Winifred F. Root - Kirstein Business 

Branch - retired 
! Hilliam F. O'Hara - Book Purchasing 
Dorothy Banner - Mt. Pleasant 
Raymond Collins - Duplicating - another 

position 
Peter Ellsworth - Bookmobiles - return 

home 
Kevin Hipe - Open Shelf 
Jeanne F. McGerigle - Kirstein Business 

Branch - to stay at home 
Frances MacArthur - Fine Arts - moving 

to Maine 
Joan Morris - Science and Technology - 

resigned 
Dorothy Perkins - West Roxbury - resigned 

NElVLYl'ffiDS : 

Ella Vi/hite - Central Charging Records, 

to Stanley E. Lombara 
Juliana DeKoning - Brighton, to Howard 

Hickerson and moving to Memphis, Tenn. 
Joan M. White - Bookmobiles, to Edward 

McKinnon 
Paula M. Burke - Kirstein Business 

Branch, to Paul B. McCarthy 

************************************** 
IN MEi^ORIAii 



Jean B. Lay 

After a month's hospitalization Miss 
Lay passed away on June 2, 1965. Her 
friends were confident that she would 
rally and leave the New England Baptist 
Hospital for her usual happy summer on 
the coast of Massachusetts, but that was 
not to be. She has been buried in Amhens-fc, 
Nova Scotia, where she was born and 
J spent her early years. Her attachment 
for the town where her father had been 
high school principal was made concrete 
over the years by annual contributions 
for school prizes. She attended Mt. 
Allison College and Truro Normal School 
in Nova Scotia and spent a number of 
years teaching, coming to the United 
States in 1918 to enter the library field. 
She first worked in Springfield where 
she entered a library training course. 



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Her work at the Boston Public Library 
began in 1924 when she worked in the then 
Branch Catalog Department. This work led 
to one of her hobbies. She cataloged 
children's books and became interested 
in the Children' s Room, and put together 
delightful scrap books to be given away 
to young acquaintances. I first met Jean 
Lay when she was sent to the old Boylston 
Branch Library (now Connolly) to update 
the catalog and shelflist there. 

Although Jean gave the impression of a 
sombre outlook, a real vein of humor was 
there and brought forth many a laugh 
among her friends when she entertained at 
the Pioneer Hotel at luncheon and evening 
card parties. Her memory for poetry was 
remarkable; it also was her pleasure to 
experiment with verse as well as with 
other forms of writing. 

The theatre and opera meant a great deal 
to her; here too, her remarkable manory 
for stage personalities made her a fasci-i- 
nating conversationalist. Since her retire- 
ment about ten years ago she had seen 
many a performance not only in Boston but 
in England. Her travels during these 
years, although concentrated on iingland, 
did take her as far as the Soviet Union 
on one occasion. Jean's friends at the 
Pioneer and in the Library will miss her 
pithy comment on these and other matters. 
They will also miss her genuine interest 
in their undertakings for she rarely for- 
got any of her fellow workers. 

PEARL SMMif 

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Mary E. Mulvaney 

With the passing of Mary E. Mulvaney, 
the Library has lost another of its many 
honored and respected retired employees, 

Mary came to be known as "Marie" back 
in her "stack girl" days when so many 
Marys were working together that a call 
of ";iary" brought everyone running. 
During her 50 years with the Library she 
graduated from the stacks to the Regis- 
tration Department where she stayed until 
her retirement, after that Department had 
expanded into the present-day Central 
Charging Records. Her devotion to duty 
during this span of years was evident in 



her remarkable attendance record and 
the quality of her work. She was a 
perfectionist and the product of her 
work was positive proof of this 
personal quality. 

Those of us who had the pleasure of 
working close to her found in her a 
friend, confidante, and, of prime im- 
portance, a good and thorough teacher 
in the work we were expected to perform. 

The exquisite work she did with a 
needle — knitting, sewing, crocheting- 
was a delight to behold, and no request 
for a dressed doll or a baby set for a 
charity bazaar was ever turned down, 

I'l/e all knew her as a bright, cheerful, 
generous person. Since her retirement, 
those of us who kept in touch with her 
always heard her say cheerfully, "I'm 
just fine," even though we knev; she had 
just come through a bout with illness. 
It made us feel a bit ashamed that a 
short time before we may have been 
feeling sorry for ourselves because of 
some minor discomfort or irritation. 

As someone so simply put on the day we 
heard of her passing, "It was a privilege 
to have knov/n her." 

GERTRUDE E. STUHL 

ALA CONFEREES 

The following listing is printed with 
best wishes for happy landings in 
Detroit, July 4 - 10. 

Division of General Library Operations 



Edmund R. Ettele 
Catherine MacDonald 
Helen Sevagian 

Division of Home Reading & Community 



Services 
Ruth M. Hayes 
Kathleen Hegarty 
M. Jane Manthorne 
Mary G. Langton 
Eleanora Chaplik 
Evelyn Eillman 
Mary Crov^e 
Beryl Robinson 
B. Gertrude Wade 



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Division of Reference and Research 
Services 

B. Joseph O'Neil 
Florence Connolly 
Rosalie k, Lang 
Minna Steinberg 

CONGR/iTULATIQNS I 

A letter from Alphonse F. Trezza, 
Associate Executive Director of A.LA and 
Executive Secretary of the Library Ad- 
ministration Division, has been received 
notifying Helen Sevagian of her success 
in the recent nationwide ALA elections. 
Miss Sevagian has been elected a Member 
of the Executive Committee of the Section 
on Public Relations of LAD, 

QTl extends warmest congratulations to 
Miss Sevagian ... and compliments to LAD 
on an excellent choice. 

AMTIQUARIAII LIBRi^IAN ? 

The perennial question as to the 
proper function of librarians is aired 
in the May 3 issue of the Antiquarian 
Bookman as follows: 

"T'Ir. Edward (sic) Castagna, Director 
of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and 
President of the American Library Associ- 
ation, has described the urgency of the 
problem throughout the country; 'It 
is hard and challenging work to sell 
reading in the neighborhoods where chil- 
dren grow up without the basic language 
experience which most of us take for 
granted. We must show that words can 
be used for purposes other that the ex- 
pression of the most immediate and 
physical need and that language skill, 
once acquired, can lead to a new way of 
life for people of all ages. Vjhat is 
needed is not just traditional library 
service, '.''ihat is required is innovation, 
the creation of techniques that can 
liberate vast numbers of children and 
adults from their environment. 1/Ve must 
free able librarians of their present re- 
sponsibilities so that they can get their 
teeth into the problem — study the needs 
of the poor, develop ways of satisfying 
them, and train others to work effectively 
with them. ' 

—NLW press »-elease." 



To which the Editor of AB (Sol M. 
Malkin) replies: 

"EdI liihat nonsensel 'Able librarians' 
should, must be bookmen first and last, 
and leave all other noble tasks to 
sociologists, therapists, literacy 
teachers, etc., each qualified in his 
own fieldl" 

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A FOMD FAREYjELL 

Lana Maybury Reed was paid due homage 
on Friday, May 28th at a luncheon in 
her honor at DuBarry's. Vvithin the two 
years that Lana had been a staff member, 
she had won the affection of a large 
number of Library personnel. Twenty- five 
of these friends joined in the luncheon 
celebration, with many more contributing 
to her gift. 

The Committee of Four who organized 
the luncheon within the space of a week 
worked so efficiently that it was sug- 
gested that they be made a permament 
committee. (Maria Consoli, Genevieve 
Molony, Marian McCarthy and Regina 
Cotter promptly declined.) They had, 
however, done their work well for this 
occasion. 

The guests were guided to their seats 
by Stork place cards designed by Jean 
Babcook. We ate a delicious meal of 
chicken or scallops (and one cheese 
omelette). Lana looked lovely and was 
quite delighted with her corsage of pink 
sweetheart roses and lilies of the valley. 
Mr. Carroll made his usual witty pre- 
sentation of the gift— a dainty lounge 
robe and some green bills. Lana thanked 
everyone for the gift and luncheon and 
especially for the opportunity to work 
with them. She indicated that she ex- 
pected her faith in the book — namely 
Dr. Spock — would see her through the 
challenging period of motherhood. 

The Library will miss Lana who was a 
valuable member of the Adult Services 
Office staff. She had endeared herself 
to the Never Too Late Group which she 
led and had played an indispensable part 
in the programming of the Central and 
branch libraries. We are happy, however, 
that she goes forward to the wonderful 
experience of motherhood. Dr. Spock in 
hand. 



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AIvIERICAl:J Fim FESTIVAL 1965 

No starlets, no lights, no brass band — 
only films, and good films at that. This 
7th session of the American Film Festival, 
sponsored by EFLA, the Educational Film 
Library Association, was held in New York 
City at the Biltmore Hotel, April 21-24. 

As chairman of the pre-screening com- 
mittee for the category, "Stories for 
Children", and chairman judge for the 
screening session, "Guidance: Personal 
Invocation", I was privileged to see many 
outstanding films. It pleased the pre- 
screening committee, which had included 
BPL staff members, that the winner of the 
"Stories for Children" Blue Ribbon Award— 
Comet at Night , produced by the National 
Film Board of Canada — was the same film 
selected as their first choice. 

In addition to four days of film sessiois, 
an interesting program of lectures and 
special activities was arranged for those 
attending, "Film Making on Campus" was 
presented Vu'ednesday evening in co-opera- 
tion mth the University Film Producers 
Association. The role of the University 
was discussed by a panel of experts 
working with films on campus, chaired 
by IVilbert H. Pearson, United States 
Information Agency. 

On Thursday afternoon the New York City 
Film Council sponsored a luncheon with 
George Stephens, Jr. of the USIA as the 
speaker. His topic, "Films— Ambassadors 
at Large", covered the problems and 
difficulties the A,gency has in producing 
and distributing films for world circula- 
ticn and how successes as well as failures 
reach an audience of millions, 

Thursday evening was a special treat; 
arrangements had been made for Festival 
registrants to attend several film events 
at the Vforld's Fair. The most fascinating 
of these was a special screening at the 
Johnson Wax Pavillion of the three-screen 
film. To Be Alive . All the glowing advance 
reports about this film were true, and it 
is a visual experience not to be forgotten. 
After the showing we were privileged to 
meet the producer, Francis Thompson, who 
discussed the film technique and answered 
questions. 

On Friday afternoon a special program, 
"Films and the Conmunity Mental Health 
Boom", was held under the sponsorship of 
the Committee on Physical and Mental 



Health Films. A panel of experts 
discussed the film shown and the future 
growth of the mental health film field. 
That evening, the gala banquet took 
place in the grand dining room of the 
Biltmore. After dinner and presentation 
of the annual SFLA awards — this year 
awarded posthumously to Paul C. Reed, 
pioneer leader in the audio-visual field 
and former editor of Educational Screen- — 
the Blue Ribbon winners were announced. 

After screening of the winners on 
Saturday, yours truly headed back for 
Boston with aching bones and blurry eyes. 

EUCLID J. PELTIER 

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SOMEBODY'S MOTHER 

Excuse me, but 3 'm in a hurry. 

Are you the librarian here? 

I'm looking for something on Milton... 

Or Hilton ... or Walton — Oh dearl 

Well, you must know, it's the assignment 

For eleventh grade English this week. 

My daughter is taking that course now 

And she's writing some kind of critique. 

So since I was going right by here, 

I thought I -would drop in to see 

If you had a book that might help her — 

She must get an A or B, 

Her father and I are quite worried. 

Just next year she has to apply 

To the College of his and my choice which 

Requires a grade average that is high. 

But the poor girl has no time to study. 

She has something to do every day. 

You know she's the band baton twirl er 

And she's taking both tap and ballet. 

Then her social life, too, is important, 

A girl of her age should have fun 

And there's always some party or movie 

Or dance to keep her on the run. 

But she needs a career to fall back on. 

Her father and I just insist 

That she study for some nice profession... 

Maybe lawyer or psychiatrist, . , 

Oh, look at the timel I must run now. 

My bridge club is meeting today. 

But do be a dear and find something 

And just sort of hide it away. 

Her father can get it this evening. 

He'll be glad to help out — he agrees 

That parents should always encourage 

Worthwhile research projects like these. 

By Barbara Toohey 
(Cleveland Public Library Staff Asso- 

ciatifcn.. News & Views , v, 29, no. 4, 

Mar ch-Ap ril, 1965) 

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MUSIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION . 
NEW fflGIAM) CHAPTW 

The Spring meeting of the New England 
Chapter of the Music Library Association 
was held on Saturday, April 10, at 
Connecticut College in New London. 

The morning session consisted of talks 
by Mr. Philip L. Miller, Chief of the 
Music Division of the New York Public 
Library, and by Mrs, Catharine K. Miller, 
Librarian (ret.) of the 58th Street Music 
Library in New York City. Mr. Miller 
described and showed plans for the new 
Library and Museum of Performing Arts at 
Lincoln Center. This new Library/ 
Museum will be a combination of the three 
performing arts sections of the present 
library — Music, Theatre, and Dance 
Collections, each with its own separate 
stacks and reading areas. The Library 
will continue to be in two distinct sec- 
tions. Research and Circulation, The 
lov;er floor will house the circulating 
collection, with browsing, exhibit and 
listening areas, and an intermediate 
reference section for the casual reader. 
A special card vjill be issued to admit 
readers to the research library on the 
top floor. A small auditorium will be 
available for recordings, concei-ts, 
chamber music, and dance recitals. The 
question now remains as to when the 
Library/Museum will open-— that old money 
problem againj 

Mrs, Miller, fascinating and to the 
point as always, spoke on "Music 
Librarians", I'lhei-eas once an aptitude 
for librarianship and musical knowledge 
was considered sufficient background, now 
music librarians must also be familiar with 
musicology, ethnomusicology, and the 
adjacent performing arts. Mrs. Miller 
believes that the cataloger and the 
reference librarian should be allowed to 
switch places in order to gain a broader 
perspective of the field. She also spoke 
of the great mass listener problem with 
which today's music librarian must cope, 
and stressed the fact that the training 
of music librarians must not be watered 
down to take care of these people, but 
rather that the standards of training 
must be raised. 

At the business meeting which preceded 
luncheon, the following officers were 
elected: President, Alfred Kuhn, Yale 



University; Vice-President, Mary 
Ankudowich, Smith College; Secretary- 
Treasurer, Gertrude Martin, ViTheaton 
College; Member-at-Large, Ruth Bleeker, 
BPL, It was announced that a separate 
"Union List of Music Serials" was under 

consideration, to be published by 
Wilson, and members of the Chapter will 
be polled in the near future as to 
their feelings on the project. 

The afternoon session on "Library 
Services" consisted of a panel of 
three librarians and three library users. 
The librarians: Mrs, Ruth Bleeker, BPL; 
Miss Eileen Borland, MIT; and Mr, Brooks 
Shepard, Yale University. The library 
users: Mr. John Baviochi, composer and 
and teacher, of Brookline; Miss Mary 
Peckam, Smith College senior and Music 
major; and Mrs. Lawrence Greenberg, 
graduate music student at Connecticut 
College. Each panel member discussed 
the services offered by or received 
from his library. It seems that even 
the most knowledgeable and intelligent 
library user is still not aware of all 
that a library can and should offer him, 
and must be educated to the fact that 
the librarian is there to help him. The 
panel concluded with a lively and in- 
formative open discussion period. A 
coffee hour ended the day's activities, 
giving us an opportunity to chat with 
old and new friends. 

NATALIE PALME 

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CONCERNING HIGH SHELVES 

It wasn't very long ago 

I fretted over bending law 

For each book the public needed 

Now it seems that I've succeeded 

In changing Fate's malign intent 

For now I'm stretched instead of bent J 

ALWAYS COMPLAINING 

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OF INTEREST ON THURSDAYS 

One way to save money is to live as 
cheaply after payday as you do the few 
days before. 

ANONYMOUS 

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tions not containing more than 300 words 
will be accepted. 



Dear Soap Box: 

IT'S NOT THElvI IT'S fiE 

Oh, what a joy it would be 

Indeed, 

If they sent a slip that 

I could read. 

But it's not them. 

It's me. 

An hour to run one slip? 

Oh no. 

But I get more than one 

Slip you know. 

But it's not them. 

It's me. 

Tell me how to loaf in a chair, 

Vi/hen there's never any 

Anywhere 

But ■'t's not them. 

It's me. 



How can I find the books, 

Mr. B. 

1/Vhen there's never any light to 

See. 

But it's not them. 

It's me. 

I will only say a few things 

More 

How can one person run 

Five and Four? 

But it ' s not them. 

It's me. 

And oh, dear public can't 

You read? 

Starred books go out? 

Indeedl 1 

But it's not them. 

It's me. 

Oh tell me kind sir and lady fair. 
How can I find a book that's 
Just not there. 
But it's not them. 
It' s me. 

Mr. B. please tell me 

Where I have failed. 

My Negro skin has 

Paled, 

But it's not them. 

It's me . 

Mr. E. please heed my 

Request, 

Someday be my guest 

Because, 

IT'S NOT ME, 

IT'S THffll 

MISS BOOK STACK SERVICE 

MORE »ORK BUT A RAISE, TABOO 

With this "Long Island Deal" much more 
work is involved at Centre Desk. 

At the present time the work can be 
handled without any difficulty, but 
when school re-opens in the fall it will 
take at least two of the attendants here 
at the desk just to take care of the 
Long Island and New England Deposit books. 

This wd 11 thrust a greater load of the 
regular work on the three remaining 



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attendants at Centre Desk, especially on 
a day when ^000 slips are requested at 
the desk. 

Don't you think we deserve a raise like 
everyone else? 



WAITING PATIENTLY 



Editor's note; 



The above is a very specific and local 
complaint. It is worthy of general note, 
however, on at least two counts: 

1. It is representative of the common 
discontent with the Library Assistants' 
salary schedule, 

2. It points out rather well the con- 
fusion in many minds concerning salary 
schedule, promotion, and job classi- 
fication. Here, it would seem, is an 
excellent example of how a particular 
job — as a result of Regional service, 
temporary storage arrangements, etc, — 
has become much more complex and demanding 
than when originally described for classi- 
fication purposes. A "raise", either 
across the board or "like everyone else", 
may be very desirable in furthering the 
common interests and welfare of the staff, 
but this is an instance involving a sig- 
nificant increase in both complexity and 
responsibility of one particular position. 
Jobs at Centre Desk appear to be prime 
candidates for reclassification. 

To the Editor of the Soap Box: 



Some days ago I went up to the Pru- 
dential Tower, and along with the beauti- 
ful vistas stretching east, west, south 
and north of Boston, I had a new view of 
the Library, It dominates the area with 
its perfect proportions, and looks com- 
pletely in keeping with the masterpiece 
of architecture it seems when you look at 
it at close range, and with the marbles, 
paintings and treasures within. The 
Annex, hugging one of the Library walls, 
so sturdy and serviceable for almost 50 
years, seemed from that distance a country 
lean-to, an interloping excrescence and 
parasite. So that from the point of view 
of restoration and making the new pro- 
jected building mesh perfectly xdLth the 
old grand one, the removal of the Annex 



may be a sort of boon. But the simul- 
taneous elimination of space for half a 
million books is a much more serious 
matter, I hope the temporary measures 
by the Administration will prove adequate. 
While in the New York Public Library 
last week, I found that their overflow 
books have been sent to an Annex not too 
far away, and the public is asked to go 
there themselves. Could we not have 
taken a building nearby where the public 
could be sent to consult the books, or 
perhaps some departments idiich are 
eventually slated to go into the new 
building be removed with all their books, 
on new and old numbers, and housed in 
some hired quarters not far from Copley 
Square, We will know in the fall when 
business resumes in earnest how well the 
current plans are going to work out, 

HARRY ANDREWS 

Dear Editor: 

In May two full-time Officers-in- 
charge were appointed in the Reference 
Division of the Library, One of the 
requirements of these new positions which 
seemed to many to be undesirable was that 
the new Officers -in-charge would have 
to work every other Saturday. 

But now we find out that this is not 
so. The new Officers-in-charge are only 
going to work one Saturday in fovr 
during the vacation period, and the 
Curators in the division are being forced 
to work all the other Saturdays I 

Several of the Departments in the 
Reference Division operate with a mini- 
mum staff at all times, and during the 
vacation period the heads of these de- 
partments are positively needed in their 
own departments on Saturdays to provide 
coverage. So who is actually going to 
work while the Officers-in-charge have 
extra Saturdays off? Why, the general 
assistants, of course, who are filling 
in for their Chiefs who are filling in 
for the Officers-in-charge who are at 
the beach or playing golf, 

And so we find that the vacation 
schedules of all subject departments 
must reflect the necessity for providing 
coverage for the Officer-in-charge office 



on Saturdays. 

Looking at this situation from a long 
range point of view we find another unfor- 
tunate result. It has always been ad- 
vantageous for the Off icer-in-charge to 
maintain cordial relations with the staff. 
This Saturday business will certainly not 
aid our two new Off icers-in-charge in 
establishing harmonious relations with 
the subject departments based on mutual 
under steinding and respect. 

E PLURIBUS UInIUM 



MOPgRM ANNOTATIONS 

Cinderella — A beautiful passionate 
woman bares her naked foot to the man 
she loves while her stepmother and 
stepsisters plot to cheat her out of 
the one memorable night in her life. 

Treasure Island — ^The crew of a ship 
bent on rape and plunder land on an 
island inhabited by sex-crazed canni- 
bals. An innocent boy finds the 
secret of growing up. 

Art Buchwald, And Then 
I Told the President (Putnam, 1965) 



(Thoughts on the imminent demise of the Coffee Shop cont'd, from page l) 



The Coffee Shop is an outlet for all sorts and varieties of built-up 
emotions and general 'gripes'. No other source is quite able to provide as much 
satisfaction as being able to sit with one's co-workers' in a hash session over 
each other's complaints, ideas, disregarded suggestions, etc. The Staff Sugges- 
tion Box might be able' to pro-vide an escape valve for excess steam if suggestions 
were even acknowledged, but except in the occasional instance where the $25c 
'best suggestion' award is presented (some have accused the Committee of ul ijig 
this only as a means to keep controversial suggestions from being aired via 
other means or to delay action on a particularly sore point) no satisfaction is 
received except in the writing itself, %■ submitting a contribution to ^'s Soap 
Box, one can at least have ideas put in print with a reasonable assurance that 
thqy will be read, even if not acted upon. 

Staff locker space was never veiy plentiful; the removal of the Staff 
Library to its inaccessible quarters at Roslindale affected only the Pre-Profes- 
sionals and others ' attending library school; but with the closing of the Coffee 
Shop, staff morale, already at apathetic depths, will reach a new, low ebb. One 
of the last fringe benefits which has partially compensated for inadequate salary 
scales is now to be removed. That this step is necessary is hardly contestable; 
but that some other place for blowing off steam or just good company should be 
found seems mandatory. Unless some method is found to redress or offset this and 
other justified grievances, the Library woiild appear to be in grave danger of 
losing one of its most valuable assets — the remaining good will of its employees 
— before the ink is dry on the architect's plans for the new building. 




™ 



uestion 



MA^ 





THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



JULY 1965 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published b^^ the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XX, Number 7 July 1965 

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Publications Committee: William F. Casey; Harry Andrews; EveltTi Isaacs; Mary 

Skevjes; Sarah M. Usher, Indexer; David G. Nevin, 
Chairman. 

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

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CERTIFICATION 

There have been many questions concerninr' the certification require- 
ments for exemption from Civil Service raised bv the publication of General 
Administrative Notice #80. 

Were those already holding previously issued (19)48) certificates not 
to be required to apply apain? Then was it merely in error that some who 
thought themselves certified under former regulations received instructions 
to register anew? 

VJhat of the Pre-Professionals, especially those who are within one 
or two courses of their library deforces? Are they to be required to apply 
for certification as Library Assistants, only to turn around in six months 
or a year's time and be required to reapply (and pay an additional three 
dollar fee)? 

But whereas the above inquiries concern only a minor portion of the 
total bibliothecal employees, one question encompasses all: is it alto^^ether 
right that the individual incumbent employee must pay for certification by 
the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners? VJhen the Professionals 
and Library Assistants were hired, there was no certification requirement 
mentioned. Is it not the Library's responsibility to cover the cost of a 
program which, although enacted by the Commonwealth's General Court, it may 
be said to be on record as supporting? When the qualifications for employ- 
ment have been up";raded with the employers full knowledge and concurrence, 
it vjould seem only proper that he bear the burden, financial or otherwise, 
of such action as it affects those already in his employ, 

G.A.N. #80 was well vrritten, informative, and to the point. But the 
questions vjhich it has managed to raise are nearl""- as many as those it 
answered. We urge the administration to seriously consider the publication 
of additional clarifying information. 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



It shall be the object of the Association 

(a) to foster professional librarianship 

(b) to further the common interests and the welfare of the 

bibliothecal staff 

(c) and to promote greater efficiency in library service. 



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PERSO m'EL KOTES 
NEW EMPLOYEES ; 

Brenda Shporer - Rare Book Dept. - 

from part-time to full time 
Richard P. Sullivan - Government 

Documents 
Robert J. Broder - Book Stack 

Service 
Shirley Hakim Din - Adams Street 

Branch 
Marion Twickler - Book Stack 

Service 
Ann P. Martin - './ashington Village 

Branch 
Patricia M. Morgan - General 

Reference Department 
Helen A. Goldenberg - HR&CS 

Division Office 
Mary McCarthy - Buildings Dept. 
Katherine M. Mackey - Roslindale 

Branch 
Patricia A. McNally - Adsjns Street 

Branch 
Helen Petry - Central Charging 

Records 
Carolyn P. Smith - Memorial Branch 
Michelle L. Tyndal - General 

Reference Department 
Kathryn H. Martin - General 

Reference Department 
Diana V/. Muzzarelli - Pine Arts 

Department 
Judith S. Koren - Brighton Branch 
Joanne E. V/amer - Codman Square 

Branch 
Carol M. './arren - History Dept. 

TRMSPERS: 

Paul Romano - from Rare Book Dept. 

to Central Charging Records 
Bridie P. Stotz - from Roslindale 

Branch to Mt. Bowdoin Branch 
Linda A. Ivors - from Mt. Bowdoin 

Branch to Dorcester Branch 
Jennie M. Kielczewski - from Mt. 

Bowdoin Branch to South Boston 

Branch 



Mary Skewes - from RoiRS Cataloging 
and Classification to HR&CS 
Cataloging and Classification 

Mary T. Crowe - from South Boston 
Brsjich to Egleston Square Branch 

Helen V. Rothwell - from Egleston 
Square Branch to Mt. Bowdoin 
Branch 

TERMINATIONS ; 

Peter Brownlie - Book Stacks - 

another position 
Laura V. Abate - R&RS Cataloging 

and Classification - resigned 
Louise M. Watson - Central Charging 

Records - returning to home in 

New York 
Regina A. "Dichetti - Kir stein 

Business Branch - to travel and 

work on own projects 
Lucille 'Brien - R&RS Cataloging 

and Classification - returning 

home 
Sandra Slone - Kirstein Business 

Branch 
Predericka Jean V/yss - Mattapan 

Branch - husband has accepted 

another position in New York 
Mary i\nne Vaughan - Science and 

Technology - another position 
Dona Atwood - Audio- Visual - 

marriage 
Bette B. Pinckney - Dorcester 

Branch - resigned 
Rebecca E. Peters - Bookmobile 

Service - ret^mming to Indiana 

MATERNITY LEAVE ; 

Lana M. Reed - HR&CS Division Offic 

MILITARY LEAVE: 



Lawrence G. Scott - Central 
j Charging Records 

RETIRED; 



Rose T. Fitch - V/est Roxbury Branch 
Leonard T. Kanter - Book Stack 
Service 



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PI J.-IEriORIill/I 
Dorothea A^nes Blue 

V/hen Dorothea Blue passed away 
on June 21, I965, she had served 
on the staff of the Boston Public 
Lihrary for approximately twenty 
years. Her library career began 
in the \i7obum Public Library and 
continued in the branches of the 
Boston Public Library, with the 
greater part of her service spent 
a:t the West End Branch and the 
Parker Hill Branch. 

Perhaps some would think that 
Dorothea had a sad life. To be 
sure , she had imusiially heavy 
family responsibilities all her 
life, and for this reason, she may 
have missed many of the social 



CLASSICS REVISITED 

In its issue of March 20, 1965, 
the Satiirday Review printed the 
first essay of a series by Kenneth 
Rexroth, called "Classics Revisited 
with the following introduction by 
the editor: 

Literary classics are classics 
because they have endured, be- 
cause successive generations have 
found in them some hum^ truth 
that does not turn stale with 
time. But because the human 
vantage point is continually 
shifting, each generation must 
necessarily interpret the classic: 
afresho With this issue, there- 
fore, SR presents the first of 
of a series of second looks at 



pleasures that one takes for granted, the classics by Kenneth Rexroth, 



But she was sincerely devoted to 
her family and she had her own 
enjoyment of life and her own 
infectious sense of humor in spite 
of discouragements and responsi- 
bilities. 

Too fev/ people knew Dorothea, 
probably because she was not able 



to socialize very much. But those have appeared; 



who worked with her and the many 
members of the public whom she 
served over the years will remember 
her helpfulness and friendliness, 
her fundamental good nature , her 
brief tempers over minor irritatJoE 
and her ready la\Aghter. She 
surely gave of herself wherever she 
was, and she will surely be missed 
by those of us who had the good 
fortune to have knov/n and v/orked 
with her. 



author, critic, painter, and co- 
founder of the San Francisco 
Poetry Center. "I have tried," 
says I.Ir. Rexroth, "to provide a 
bridge across the blockage of the 
ages. " 

So far (July 10), eleven essays 



March 20 
March 27 
April 3 
April 10 
May 1 
May 15 
May 29 
June 5 
June 12 
Jvne 26 
July 10 



Epic of Gilgamesh 

The Iliad 

The Odyssey 

Beowulf 

Njal 's Saga 

Don Quixote 

Livy 

Satyr icon 

Plutarch 

Tacitus 

Le Morte d 'Arthur 



Mr. Rexroth is a writer of great 
briginality, clarity and depth, and 
CHaRLESTOV.IvT BR .NCllthese essays are not only excellent 

introductions to the classics, but 
are themselves additions to litera- 
ture. He wants us all to read the 
Art is not truth; art is the lie t^eat books of the past in their 
■ " /original languages, as he did, but 

he knows that that is a cons-ummation 



ELINOR D. CONLEY 



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which makes us see the trnith 

PABLO PICASSO 



not easily achieved, and he there- 
fore adds a note at the end of each 

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essay recommending the best trans- 
lation. This is of particular 
value to those librarians who have 
to think of replacements or addi- 
tions in these areas. 

H. A. 

PLM AHEAD.' 

Oct. 6-9; New England Library 
Association, V/entworth-by-the- 
Sea, Portsmouth, N. H. 

Oct. 10-16; International Federa- 
tion for DocTJunentation (FID), 
Sheraton Park Hotel, Washington, 
D. C. 

SCHOMRS 

On behalf of the Staff Associ- 
ation, QM extends warmest con- 
gratulations to the four Pre- 
Professional Library Assistants 
who were awarded scholarships by 
the Trustees for study at library 
schools during this fiscal years 

J. \7arron Harrington 

South Boston Branch Library 

Carolyn A. Kirldiam 
Connolly Branch Library 

Marian A. McCarthy 
Education Department 

Jo Ann A. Mitchell 

Adams Street Branch Library 

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And here's still another cure 
for crabgrass. Take an unpopular 
stand and let the pickets trample 
it to death, 

CHAI^GING TIDIES 

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RELIEF .' 

Was it in anticipation of the 
annual hot weather diatribe? 
(There's one in the Soap Box this 
month. ) Or was it feared that 
the unconfirmed rumor about other 
City employees being allowed to 
leave work early on particularly 
warm days would cause uncontrollabl 
rebellion? Or — Saints perserve 
us.' — was it out of the kindness 
of their hearts? 

Whatever the motivation, we would 
still like to thank the adminis- 
tration for granting two additional 
days of annual leave. Although 
not as hot as some, this s\;umner 
has been sufficiently uncomfortable 
to make working in a non-aircon- 
ditioned building somewhat less 
than pure pleasure. \/e think it 
was well deserved. 

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SHAKESPSilRE ONCE MORE 

An Open Shelf Department paton 
was recently talking about Shake- 
speare with one of our bright yoimg 
men, and mentioned several items I 
had never heard before : that some 
members of the Jamestown Colony in 
1607 had been friends of Shakespear 
in England, that some documents 
and deeds of that time were hidden 
somewhere on Martha's Vineyard, 
that a Shakespeare signature was 
on the back of a portrait owned by 
that patron, etc.. The most in- 
triguing part of this new (to me) 
Shake spear eana cache was the claim 
that Shakespeare had hidden his 
name in one of the psalms of the 
English Bible. The great King 
James Bible was printed in 1611, 
and so presumably some of the 
translations and preparations were 
made in 1610, when Shakespeare was 
46 years old. In the 46th psalm, 
the 46th word from the top is 



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SHAKE, and the 46th word from the 
"bottom, (not coimting of course the 
word SELAH which meant END) , is 
SPEARE. I checked it, and it v^as 
so. This can be considered co- 
incidence only in the sense in 
which the mythical monkey typing 
at random a mythical niomher of 
centuries will eventually type out 
King Lear . My own guess was that 
the Elizahethan scholars engaged 
in the translation must have been 
acquainted with the poets and 
dramatists of London, and perhaps 
occasionally asked some of them, 
after some translation had been 
made, to beat it into more poetical 
shape. Shakespeare must have been 
one of these poets, and having 
that impish streak in him which 
when he was a boy made him make a 
speech v/hen slaughtering a calf, 
he thought he would put something 
over on the professors and conceal 
his name in the translation. 

Professor Leslie Hotsen, in his 
excellent tir. V/. H . , had written 
about the extraordinary familiarity 
of the Elizabethans in general 
with the psalms. So recently when 
I was in the New York Public Li- 
brary, I looked up his address in 
Connecticut and wrote to him about 
all this. These scholars are much 
more courteous and accessible than 
administrators, politicians and 
movie stars, and within a few days^ 
I had an answer. 

' Here are a few quotations from 

his letter; 

...I am happy that you. enjoyed 
JJr. '//. H . smd shared some of 
its author's gusto. You will 
look forward, as I do, to further 
discoveries about Hatcliffe, in 
confirmation ... I am afraid 
that the 46th psalm curiosity 
has been commonly knovm for many 



years. I heard of it in the 20 «s 
and it was old then. No reput- 
able scholar or critic believes 
that it shows anything at all . , . 
a curious coincidence, nothing 
more. V/hat is quite impossible 
is that King James's learned 
Hebrew scholars v/ould ever dream 
of turning to a common player 
for help — an actor who had neithe 
attended the university nor 
studied the elements of the 
longuage .... 

I greatly admire Ilr. Hot son, but 
I v;ill go on believing my inter- 
pretation of the "coincidence", 

H. A, 
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ALTOTNAE NOTES 

Congratulations to Mrs. Mary 
Elizabeth (Betty) West on her 
appointment to a new position as 
Coordinator of School Libraries 
for the City of Springfield, 
Illinois. Mrs. V/est entered the 
B.P.L. as an "Extra" in 1939, and 
chose the field of children's 
work as her specialty. She v\ras 
Children's Librarian in the Central 
Library Children's Room from 1953 
until she left in 1956 to become 
Director of Children's Work at 
the Lincoln Public Libri-ry, Spring- 
field, Illinois, Best wishes to 
her from her B.P.L. friends as she 
tc.kes over her ncv/ and challenging 
duties on September 1. 

And more congratulations.' At 
the ALA Conference announcement 
was made by the Children's Ser- 
vices Division that Mrs. West has 
been elected to membership on the 
Newbery-Caldecott Committee, 



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A recent meeting at Rand Mc- 
Nally's in New York was attended 
by two B.P.L. Alumnae — Virginia 
Haviland (formerly Readers Advisor 
for Children) and Muriel C. Javelin 
(formerly Coordinator of Work with 
Adults). The prize offered that 
day was a globe of the world. 
According to established custom, 
the honor of drav;ing the winning 
name went to the person coming the 
greatest distance. Miss Haviland, 
from V/ashington, D. C, qualified. 
And what name did she draw? You've 
guessed it — Muriel C. Javelin i 

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IWien power leads man toward 
arrogance, poetry reminds him of 
his limitations. When power 
narrows the area of man's concern, 
poetry reminds him of the richness 
and diversity of his existence. 
When power corrupts, poetry 
cleanses. 

JOHN F. KENNEDY 
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Novelist Eric Ambler's manu- 
scripts and files have been 
presented to the Boston University 
Library and will be housed in 
the $5.5 million Mugar Library, 
currently \:inder construction. 

LIBR-^YRY JOURNAL . 

April 1, 1965, p. 1688. 

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There's a trend toward longer 
education and one toward earlier 
retirement. Give generously to 
these causes now. Help stamp 
out work. - 

CHANGING T ILffiS 



FUTURE ALUMNI NOTES 

Vi/ord has been received that 
Mr. and r/Irs. Macy Margolis be- 
came the proud parents of a baby 
boy weighing in at just over 7 
pounds on Tuesday, July 20. 
Warmest congratulations to our 
Curator of History and his lovely 
wife. 



Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Goldschmidt. 
Jr. take pride in announcing the 
arrival of Stephen Robb Gold- 
schmidt, weight 8 lbs, 3^ ounces, 
on June 4, 1965. Mrs. Louise 
Goldschmidt was Children's 
Assistant at South Boston Branch 
at the time of her resignation 
from the B.P.L. to accompany her 
husband to Cairo, Egypt. Since 
then she has been working as a 
cataloger (art, architecture, 
city planning) at MIT. In 
September, the Goldschmidts will 
move to Pennsylvania where Mr. 
Goldschmidt will be teaching 
European and Near Eastern History 
at Perm State, 

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MODERN A^TNOTATIONS 

Litt le Red Riding Hood - A 
girl goes to visit her grand- 
mother only to discover a wolf 
in her bed. Read v/hat happens 
when the girl refuses to get 
into bed v/ith the wolf. 

ART BUCHWALD, 
And Then I Told Th e P reside 
(Putnam, 19^57 



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To the Soap Box editor t 

Staff morale is extremely low 
because of over-patronage, under- 
staffing, lack of space and equip- 
ment, low salaries in comparison 
• with the amo-unt of coping done on 
many levels, and apparent uncon- 
cern for staff comfort on the part 
of the administration. 

Could not some slight gesture 
tov/ard that staff comfort be made? 
Such as more fans (some are really 
made ill from heat), fans v;hich 
have not rotated for years re- 
paired, ventilation of the entire 
building during the cooler 



night hours , replacement 
quickly of burned out light 
Hllbs, repair of the water 
fountains which no longer run 
really cold (i.e. see stack 2 
kitchen fountain) , fans started 
an hour before library opens , 
windov/s open at that time to 
bring cool air in, one staff 
spot where smokinj is not per- 
mitted or really good ventil- 
ation of smoking spots (stack 2 
locker room smells of smoke 
always now and so do clothes in 
lockers, and is perpetually like 
a turkish bath most of the summer 
from lack of ventilation). 
Thes? are but a few of the little 
things which could be remedied 
without much expense and pay 
off immensely in staff well-being. 

HOT MB TIRED 

BUSES FOR LONG ISLAND 

I wonder if thought has been 
given to the possibility of having 
buses take members of the public 
to Long Island to consult materials 
in certain instances ra.ther than 
have the books brought here? I 
realize the facilities for study 
must be limited. However, it 
would seem that other factors 
v/ould outweigh that thought and 
provisions be made. Our primary 
purpose as a public library we 
knov/ is to give the best possible 
service under even the most diffi- 
cult conditions. 

Material is not being sent on a 
selective individual item basis. 
Collections have not been scanned 
(with a very few exceptions). The 
principal decisions have been made 
according to type of classifi- 
cation. This may be generally- 
logical. To those of us working 



directly with subject collections 
considerable material basic to 
area study is slated to go. If 
this must be, it must be. All we 
may hope for is the possibility 
of bus service as noted above or 
some other plan to ease the impact. 
As librarians I do not feel that 
we should just sit back and with- 
hold siiggestions which may be 
feasible. 

Instancies in particular should 
be offered. Indications are that 
the "93 "s" (Special Collections) 
may be sent. This is by no means 
a dead collection. I.lany hundreds 
of scholarly and subject field 
series and periodicals curre ntly 
received are involved. Bade files 
are in constant use being in many 
instances the only holding's in the 
region. As to the individual book 
items - nationally famous holdings 
such as those in the labor history 
and economic theory area would be 
included. People come from many 
places to consult these. V/ill 
they have to sta.y overnight in 
Boston? Undoubtedly some might 
be sent on inter-library loan if 
the person knew the situation in 
advance. Students will be assigned 
week-end papers based on items not 
available in school libraries. 
Certain term papers depending on 
such items may well be the key to 
a college career. Have we notified 
all colleges and schools in the 
region? 

?.1ARY F, DALY 

Dear Soap Box; 

Since the O's-in-C have boen 
covered so that they work only 1 
Saturday in 4 this suimner, how 
about Saturday-v/ork-relief for the 
rest of the staff who arc working 



every other or more? Could not 
the office workers, who never 
(well rarely ever) work a Saturda; 
all year, not volunteer to cover 
one Saturday each so that the res- 
of us night have a much needed re. 
Since this is one of uhe very few 
libraries open in the entire area 
on Saturday, it would not matter 
too much that these office worker; 
did not know the subjects. Most 
of the patronage on Saturday in 
the summer is students end out-of 
town residents who come only be- 
cause their own libraries are clo 

SOCIETY FOR EQUAL OPPORTUKir 

To the editors 

Some few staff members are 
making life unpleasant for the 
majority; 

1. Taking milk, canned foods, 
or entire l\anches from the 
refrigerator in the stack 

2 kitchen, whi.oh another staf. 
member has counted on and 
purchased. 

2. Moving to another location, 
pawing over, or turning 
upside down liinches of others 
presumably in search of his 
or her ov/n. Ho one likes 
food handled by others. Fo 
one likes to h\mt all over 
the refrigerator for his 
limch. Fo one really cares 
to find his sandwich drcnche 
in fruit juice or something 
else because it was turned 
upside down. Label your 
lunches ! 

3. Leaving spillable items care- 
lessly where they can be 
tipped, drenching the l\inche' 
of others and thereby ruinin 
them. 

4. Leaving tables filthy with 
sticlcy rings, ashes, crujnbs, 
etc. for the next user to 
wipe up. 



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5. Moving chairs or tcbles out 
of place and "expecting otliors 
to replace then (loungo also) 

6. Leaving coffee shop dishes 
for others to return to the 
coffee shop. 

7. Heglectinj to ret-urn empty 
coke "bottles to cases provided 
(lounge use of cokes or food 
is prohibited) 

Let's all make it a point to put 
"back, mop up, pick up after our- 
selves, and not to touch what 
"belongs to others.' 



was not an emergency and 
"relief" was asked for that 



DISGUSTED 

To the editor; 

I am in almost complete agree- 
ment with the person who v/rote 
to the SOA? BOX concerning Satur- 
day work at the Officer-in-Charge 
desk. I will have to work in my 
department at least eight Satur- 
days during the summer period. 
The Off icers-in-Charge I under- 
stand are scheduled to work four. 

Having worked almost every Sat- 
urday for aliiiost forty years I 
thought that this summer, at least 
I would like to cut it dov/n to one 
in two. I considered that reason- 
a"ble end certainly did not feel 
that I was "being overv/orked on that 
"basis. '..Tien we agree to v/ork in a 
public department Vi/e l<nov/ we have 
to do Saturday worko In addition, 
I kno\'" of no Curator who hasn't, 
when necessary, worked in emer- 
gencies or carried on some activity 
needed even though it did not fall 
specifically v;ithin their "job 
description." 7e all know our re- 
sponsibilities and seldom asked for 
"relief" even when it meant working 
from nine to nine. I think the 
reaction - and it was a general 
reaction - was to the fact that 

cent. 



this 
that 

we would never request ourselves. 
There was no doubt in our mind 
that the request was made without 
realiza-tion of the general situ- 
ation. Almost everyone objected, 
giving their reasons verbally. A 
few of us put it on paper in the 
belief that reasons for objection 
would be clarified c Evidently 
they made no real impression as 
they were rejected. The ironic 
part of this "shimmer relief" 
measiire is that while most of us 
are called on to work several 
days in a row under ninety degrees 
temperature if the weather breaks 
that 'way, the Off icers-in-Charge 
have a nicely air-conditioned 
office. I do not agree that we 
should make them responsible or 
hold any ill will against them as 
individuals, 

JIARY P. DALY 

To the Soap Box Editors 

I wish to say that I have been 
very much interested in the thoughi 
that when staff members become ill 
the Staff Repreeentctive from that 
Branch \/here the person is v;orking 
at the time should send informatioi 
pertaining to whether the staff 
member is hospit lized and, if so, 
what hospital so that a shov/ of 
more concern for each other may 
be shov/n v/hen it really coixnts for 
something. Most usually you get 
v.'ord that a person you had worked 
with many years ago is deceased 
without ever having heard that the 
said person was even ill. 

In June there was an omission of 
an administrative notice in regard 
to a staff member's death. I thinl 
much more care should be taken in 
the futirre to avoid such omissions. 

lL'^lRY a. la pollette 

Ed. notes Having been informed of 
the above omission, ^ was able to 
pro veil upon Mrs. Conley of the 
Charlestovm Brench to write a brief 
tribute. It appears elsewhere in 
this issue. 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



OCTOBER 1965 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XX, Number 9 October, 196^ 

Publications Committee: William F. Caseyj Harry Andrews; Evelyn Isaacs; Sheila M, 

Stevens; Sarah M, Usher, Indexer; Martin F, Waters, Chair- 
man, 

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

It shall be the object of the Association 

(a) to foster professional librarianship 

(b) to further the common interests and the welfare of the 
bibliothecal staff 

(c) and to promote greater efficiency in library service. 



In last month's editorial we "hinted" that our promotional system, among other 
things, could stand some inprovement. Since then, several people have taken us up 
on this asking "What is wrong with our promotional system'^" One indication that 
there is something wrong with it is that there is no clear general understanding, 
among the staff members, of the sjrstem. Indeed, some long-service staff members 
will argue that we have no system worthy of the name. 

Can we get any help from the Personnel Manual ? I'm afraid not. For example, 
concentrating on the Professional Library service, we find that Section ijCl.Ol of 
the Manual states that "Any enployee is eligible for promotion into the Professional 
Library Service ... if he has met the standards of education, experience, and char- 
acter established for entry into the service." But nowhere in the I^nual can we 
find what these standards are. 

However, in searching the Manual for a statement of these standards we discover 
(Section 200.011) that "The Professional Library Service is composed of employees 
who perform professional duties commensurate with the standards of librarianship 
generally accepted in public and private librairLes in the United States". Actually, 
the standards of librarianship vary so greatly throughout the United States that we 
can find little, if any, value in this statement. 

However, there is a statement in the Manual (10$,05) — "All orders, practices, 
and policies which existed prior to April 1, (I960) not in conflict with this Man- 
ual, continue in effect," — Which opens up an entirely new line of thought. This 
statement seems to indicate that the 1938 Qualifying and Promotional Examination 
System is still the Basic promotional system of the library. True, it has lain 
inoperative in recent years, but it is still with us. More on this next month, 

PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

There is little to report on the salary 
situation and other problems besetting 
the membership at this time. Because of 
the recent change in the Administration, 
I ask you to be patient until the new 
Director has had time to become familiar 
with the problems idiich have caused such 
low morale among the staff, I can tell 
you, however, that some of our difficult- 
ies are being re-examined and re-consider- 
ed, I hope to be able to report on the 
results very soon. 

The Executive Board and I hope that all 
of you will accept our invitation to meet 
the new Director and Mrs. McNiff at the 
reception which is to be held on November 
nineteenth. Details concerning time and 
location will be found elsewhere in the 
Q.M. 

BRANCH NOTES 

Memorial 

Carolyn P. Smith, Senior Library Assist- 
ant, and formerly Library Aid at Egleston 
Square, has been awarded a special $1170 
Charles Irwin Travelli tuitional scholar- 
ship to attend Northeastern University, 

How very proud we are of Penny and all 
our people who accept the bright challenge 
of educational advancement. Our best 
wishes go with her. 

South Boston 

At sequestered Harbor Lights, overlook- 
ing placid Neponset River, the staff gath- 
ered for a pleasant social evening, Sep- 
tember 29th. The guests of honor were 
three recently transferred colleagues, 
Mary Crowe (to Egleston Square), Anna 
Brackett (to South End), and Elisabeth 
Franck (to Dorchester), It was a conviv- 
ial reunion, good food, high spirits, and 
a view of the sunset over Dorchester Bay, 
Souvenirs of their much-too-short period 
of service at South Boston vrere given to 
the alumnae: to Mary Crowe, twoprtable 
ash trays, ^ne for home use and one to 
carry in her purse; to Anna Brackett, a 
piece of costume jewelry in the form of a 
filagree butterfly brooch; to Elisabeth 
Franck, a hand puppet, a frisky gray 
squirrel with a wondrous bushy tail. A 
good time was had by all. 



ENGAGEMENTS 

Two of Reference and Research Catalog- 
ing and Classification LA 2 's are wearing 
diamonds, as of October l8th. 

Rosalie Greenspan is engaged to marry 
Joseph Neiraan, a student at Boston Univer- 
sity, The date is tentatively set for 
December 2k, 1966. 

Martha Parker plans to marry Bruce Await, 
an employee of John Hancock Life Insurance 
Conpany, on October 1, I966. 

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Announcement has been made of the engage- 
ment of Sheila Swalnick, Central Charging 
Records, and Michael Mllstone, a student 
at Salem State College. A July U, I966 
wedding is planned. 

RETIREMENT PARTY 

On Thursday evening, September 30, 1965> 
the Bindery had a retirement party for 
Mary Dornan and Daniel ¥, Sheeran, at 
Blinstrub's Village in South Boston. The 
party was attended by more than fifty 
friends and guests of Miss Dornan and Mr. 
Sheeran, 

We hope that all irtio attended the dinner 
had a very enjoyable time, and that they 
enjoyed the show that followed. 

We would like to thank those friends who 
attended the dinner and those nice people 
who made a donation. 

Many Many Thanks] 

THE COMMITTEE 

The annual business meeting of the Bos- 
ton Public Library Staff Association will 
be held on November 19th at 9tl5 A.M. in 
the Lecture Hall of the Library. We hope 
that all members of the Association who 
can be there will be there. 



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Department, or Office in which he or she ^ "^ 

is employed. The name is withheld from 

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The author of the article is known only 
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that the Publications Committee and the 
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not containing more than 300 words will b^ 
accepted. 



To the Editor: 

It was indeed a harsh policy that the 
Administration established this fall by 
which Library i^ssistants who were attend- 
ing college, and who worked full time 
during the summer were not permitted to 
go on half-time during the school year. 
Many had been able to do this during the 
previous years. These assistants were 
good workers, well-trained, and in many 
instances helped the library to meet sev- 
eral personnel emergencies. 

Also an explanation should be forth- 
coming as to why some of these assistants 
have been allowed to work half-time and 
others have not. 

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vance of the season, but we want to be sure 
you have time to fill our needs, in time 
for Christmas delivery. If you could do it 
sooner, we would not ask for another stock- 
ingful then. We need badly a Division Head, 
who has his full working hours to devote to 
our needs and problems. Other desired 
specifications are that he or she be sym- 
pathetic, easily appreciable, have a sense 
of hvimor, know what it means to work nights, 
Saturdays and Sundays, understand student 
use of the library and its attendant prob- 
lems, have the courtesy to acknowledge stafl 
presence when met in corridors etc., have 
both our welfare and that of the library as 
.an institution at heairt. Our morale is 
shot. We are worde than orphans. Our ser- 
vice is suffering from many angles, many of 
which could be cured by a Division Head we 
respect and whom we found accessible. 
Please Santa, devote some thought to our 



NEED 



Head you can find,,, we sincerely 
good one.' 

REFERENCE DIVISION 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

I should like to suggest a new regular 
featvire for THE QUESTION MARK— a list of 
the ten most called for books at the Cen- 
tral Library, Thus members of the Staff 
will know what is being read locally, will 
be able to conpare our list with the lists 



^. ^ _. , nnxu i-v_a.' j.^^ the local papers and in the TIMES and 
^„r „ Sf: f • *JL!'?S ,^"J^r!?n°:^fr'^I^-™B™ Bcok Reviews, and after they 



Dear Santa, 

You may consider 



this a little in ad- 



have coirplied with the rules and taken such 
books out, will perhaps try to return them 
faster. It may be a good idea to supjply 
along iri-th the list the number of copies 
on hand and the number of people waiting. 
The Staff will thus have a better picture 
of the Library procedures in this matter 
and be more intelligent with the public 
whenever any question on this type of ac- 
tivity arises. 

The ten most-called-for books right now 
(October 20) in order of popularity are 
as follows: 

MRS. JACK— .Louise Hall Tharp 
INTERN~Dr. X 
THE SOURCE— James Michener 
UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE— Bel Kaufman 
THE GREEN BERETS— Robin Moore 
GIFT OF PROPHECY— Ruth Montgomery 
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY— Eric Berne 
AIRS ABOVE THE GROUND— Mary Stewart 
IS PARIS BURNING?— Larry Collins 
MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GCN«-Ian Fleming 



The same information minus the number ofl To the Editor of THE QUESTION MARK 



copies and the number of r; j^uests could 
perhaps be made available to the public 
via BPL NEWS. 

HARRY ANDREWS 

To the Soap Box: 

" . , .SO THAT NON-PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES WHL 

HAVE A GREATER SENSE OF CAREER..."??? 



6k Report of the Examining Committee, Sub- 
committee on Personnel", I have just ar- 
rived back from Personnel having been told 



OPERATION BEST-SELLERS 

A sudden, myeterious SNAFU in our oper- 
ations behind the scenes has resulted in 
a stoppage of the buying of new books. 

Books are our red-and-white corpuscles 
and our entire reason for existence. 

There are always some new books on our 



The above quote is taken from the "1963- weekly lists which can, in an emergency. 



be deferred to more prosperous times. 

Not so with Best Sellers. The Public 
demands them and we can't do without them. 



that my job reclassification was not forth- It is fraught with some danger to sit 



coming in the forseable future for my 
present duties with the Library. I am 
working with very interesting material in 
the newly-created Acquisition Section of 
Government Documents, Among my many rea- 
sons for -pplying for this position were 
background knowledge which I gained work- 
ing x-rith the Government publications and 
iniative. I expected that monetary com- 



pensation in keeping with the type of work Room at the United Nations for inspiration. 



involved would also be forthcoming. I 
have been informed today, that there is 
very little possibility for reclassifica- 
tion at the present time. It seems that 
my duties, as interpreted by Personnel, 
do not require retlassification. The up- 
grading of positions outside the secret- 
arial and office seem to depend solely on 
the niomber of persons supervised, regard- 
less of the level of work. Are there 
formulas on hand which would take into 
consideration such items as quality of 
work, background knowledge and iniative? 



prior to that interview, it was I. I am 

well aware that I am not alone in seeking 

a pay raise commensurate with my duties dn 

the Library, It is my inpression that 

this situation is shared by many of my 

fellow Staff Associates. Yet, what is be-|- PHECY, MEMOIRS OF AN AMNESIAC, and MAN 

ing done to remedy this appalling situa^ ■ WITH THE GOLDEN GUN. 



at a public desk and tell people we are 
not buying new books, 

I told a woman the oth^r day that there 
were 62 people ahead of her for the INTERNj 
she looked at me like Madame Defarge, and 
I had visions of knitting needles and 
guillotines. 

Deeply pondering the problem on a visit 
to New York, I went to the Meditation 



And Inspiration came, 

I think that those Happy Few who were 
invited on September 30 to witness the 
transfer of power on our apex should ass- 
ess themselves a Best Seller apiece and 
donate it to Home Reading. 

The two principals at that party should 
get the $10. KENNEDY by Sorenson, which 
an important review said was the best 
book on Kennedy so far, one of the best 
books of its kind, and almost a master- 
piece, p^jg 

The P5's/and P7's can get THE SOURCE, 



If anyone had a "Greater Sense of Career' MRS. JACK, IS PARIS BURNING, and MAKING 



OF THE PRESIDENT. 

The Pli's will oblige us by getting cop- 
ies of UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE, INTERN, 
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY, IHE GREEN BERETS, MY 
TWELVE YEARS WITH KENNEDY, GIFT OF PRO» 



tion? True, members of the Association 
have approached the Trustees with our 
grievance, but no action has resulted. 
For me, the Staff Association has been 
useless, I have been a member since 1956^ 
and no action on Salary increases, has been 
taken J Since the effectiveness of the 
Staff Association has been q\aite obvious, 
\diy not cease its existence? I for one, 
could use that dollar that I paid to be- 
long to this obviously out-moded, and 
thoroughly useless organization, 

JOSEPH HARPER 



The logistics of what Pii's get what 
books can be worked out in a short con- 
ference, 

HARRY ANDREWS 

ANSWERS TO PREVIOUS SOAP BOX LETTERS 

Part two of Mr. Geoghegan's report on Cen - 
tral Library maintenance: 

#ii-- jlep? qcement of Burned Out Light 
Bulba 

We have two types of lighting, incandes- 
cent and fluorescent. Each of these must 
be broken down into categories with refer- 



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ence to their accessibility. An unlightedthe tank froze, 
tube or lan^) may also fall into two cat- b— Has the unit the capacity and recovery 
egojrlv^. It may be sijply burned out; or, rate to produce $0OF water in volume 
something more difficult, such as burned at peak periods? 



out ballast, starter, switch, over-loaded 
circuits, etc., may be causing the mal- 
function. The replaceitient of a tube in a 
firture which is not accessible is govern- 
ed by many factors. Are there men avail- 
able to erect staging? Is it a public 
area? Are men available to climb the 
staging? (All workers are not capable of 



The water by thermometer test during the 
morning relief periods, after continued use, 
was found to be 60°F. This is an indica- 
tion that the machine is probably over- 
taxed by present usage. The fact that both 
men and women are now using the Stack 2 
facilities has undoubtedly increased the 
demands on the unit and we are now in the 



working at any great height.) Then, if itprocess of acquiring a new, larger unit 

is a burned out tube, the trouble is over. 

If not, a new group of problems arise. l£ 

the fixture old? Are parts available and 

in stock, (we never have enough money to 

stock other than the bare necessities), 

and do we have a licensed electrician on 

duty? (We have only one, due to Civil 



Service's inability to supply more at pre- 
sent salary scales.) We are, however, 
very fortunate to have three very reliable 
helpers, but the work they can do is limi- 
ted by law and must be supervised by a 
licensed man. It seems one problem com- 
pounds another. 

In cases where the fixture is accessible 
and can be visually checked, lamps and 
tubes are replaced promptly. In some 
areas such as the annex and basement, 
where each lamp is on a drop cord indi- 
vidually switched, it is not possible, 
without employing a man just for this job, 
to check each and every light. The staff 
helps immeasurably by reporting lighting 
problems to Buildings for correction. 

Once again, we could give the type of 
service which the writer of the complaint 



suggests, if we had three full-time elec- 
tricians and helpers, and a large budget 
for spare parts. 
#5— -Water Coolers 

There are two major factors to take in- 
to consideration when judging the perform- 
ance of a water cooler, provided the mach 
ine is operating. 

a~Is the control low enough? 
The control on the unit on Stack 2 is 
set to produce water at 50°F, which is 
the recommended tenperature for public 
water coolers, as the water at this terp- 
erature can do no harm to dentvires, etc.. 
This unit, by actual thermometer test, 
can produce water at 50°F. As a matter 
of fact, the machine got so cold on Fridaj 
afternoon, August 13th, that the water in 



for this area. 

There is, however, no undue hardship be- 
ing placed on persons using this cooler, 
as there is another one just across the 
hall in the Coffee Shop. 

Sincerely yours, 
T.P. Geoghegan 
Superintendent of Library Buildings 



M3RE SOAP BOX 

To the Editor, 

In a letter from Mr. Lord in the last is- 
sue of THE QUESTION MARK commenting on the 
R, and R, Division Curators being required 
to work on Saturdays last summer for the 
Officers-in-Charge he stated that "With 
the best will in the world the responsible 
administrative officers of the Library 
were not able to arrive at a solution that 
has been found to be uniformly acceptable," 

I am sorry to report that neither I nor 
any of the other Cixrators with whom I have 
talked saw any evidence of this good will. 
There was no spirit of compromise evident 
in the orders that vjere given to the Cura- 
tors, Vfe were sirply told to do it. 

Many of us have never worked in the Of- 
ficer-in -Charge Office, were never told 
that such work was a condition of employ- 
ment, and do not wish to do this kind of 
work. 

If this policy of assigning people to do 
any job at all in the Library were carried 
to its ultimate extreme, the Curators 
could find themselves out shovelling snow 
come next January, 

D.C. 

To the Soap Box: 

Although I am the Chairman of the Pub- 
lications Committee of the Staff Associa- 
tion, I am writing this letter as an 
"average man-on-the-street". 



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There has been a lot of smoke and heat 
generated by last summer's Saturday Of- 
ficer-in-Charge schedule, but little lighlj. 
None of the letters to the Soap Box has 
mentioned the basic cause of the trouble, 
I think that the persons in charge of ar- 
ranging this schedule were surprised at 
the lack of enthusiasm felt by almost the 
entire body of Ciirators, a group knovjn to 
me to be most cooperative in covering 
emergencies and aiding one another and the 
Library under ordinary circumstances. 

The main reason for the almost 
opposition to this summer schedule can be 
found in the way the Officer-in-Charge 
was set up. As anyone wbo had been in the 
position of regxilarly arranging schedules 
for a full-time Central Library department 
knows you cannot operate such a department 
throughout the year with less than four 
people. The Officer-in-Charge was organ- 
ized as a two-man department, and thus 
scheduling difficulties were built into 
the department at its conception. To be 



unanimous Willi 



sure, our two Cccrdinators were to provide 
"supplemental coverage"; but this proved, 
or was thought to be, not enough. 

And so it is generally agreed that last 
summer's Officer-in-Charge schedule was 
not an outstanding success; however, that 
is over anddane with. What we need to do 
now is to make arragnements so that this 
situation will not re-occur next summer, 

MARTIN F. WATERS 



PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Enployees ; 

Jean Leydon— Personnel 

Mrs. Sybil Smith— Branch Issue 

Paul Brawley — Audio-Visual 

Carolyn S. Poole — Roslindale 

Mrs. Genevieve S, Twomey — Buildings 

Judy S. Strachan — Mr. Lord's Office 

Jerome Sullivan — Book Stack Service 

Melody Gayer~Div, Off., HR and CS 

Susan Brodrick — Mattapan 

John J. Diggin Jr, — Open Shelf 

Avis Stillman — Book Stack Service 

Transferred ; 
Esther Leonard — Education to Cat. and^, 't 
Clcea., R. and R.S. 

Married ! 

Barbara J, Brown— South End, to Richard 
Beach 



Maternity Leave ; 

Mrs. Phyllis Patrick— Kirs tein 

Leave of Absence: 



Diane G. Farrell — Codman Square, attend 
library school at Columbia 

Terminations J 



Marcia L. Pina — Cat. and Class., HR andCS, 

another position 
Paula B. McCarthy^-Kirstein, to stay at 

home 

am J. Scannell — Kirstein, another 

position 
Patricia Neth— Book Selection, HR and CS, 

return to school 
Eleanor Kimball— Mt. Pleasant, t« attend 

library school full-time 
Patricia McRae— Kirstein, another position 
Brenda Curran — Cat, and Class., R.andRS, 

go to Germany 
Mrs. Ella Lombara — Central Charging Record^ 

^ill-time job 
James Duffy — Central Charging Records, fuU 

time job 
Leo Boucher— Duplicating, another position 
Jo-Ann Conroy— Book Stack Service, return 

to college 
John Koch— Book Stack Service 
Jo-Ann C, Mitchell — Adams Street, attend 

college full-time 
Robert Fantasia — Book Stack Service, re- 
turn to college 
Michael J. Vene«ia — ^Patent Section, an- 
other position 
Mrs. Beverly Lambert — Cat, and Class,, R. 

and R.S., stay at home 
Lynne Simek — Science and Technology, attend 

college full-time 
Mrs. Geneva R. Kershner— General Reference, 

return to California 
Henry Selvitella— Book Stack Service 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



NOVEMBER 1965 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XX « Number 10 November, 196^ 

Publications Coiranittee: William F, Casey j Harry Andrews; Evelyn Isaacs; Sheila M, 

Stevens; Sarah M. Usher, Indexer; Martin F, Waters, Chair- 
man. 

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

It shall be the object of the Association 

(a) to foster professional libra rianship 

(b) to further the common interests and the welfare of the 

bibliothecal staff 

(c) and to promote greater efficiency in library service. 



We thought that we might arouse some interest in awakening the Li- 
brary's somnolent promotional system with last month's editorial, but 
there seems to be more interest in burned out light bulbs than in pro- 
motions . 

We received very few comments on our editorial j and we have not 
heard of any great rush to the personnel office by our LA's for in- 
formation on qualifying for the Professional Library Service, al- 
though we did have pointed out to us the very minor detail that the 
Library Qualifying Examinations have not been offered for at least 
eight years. 

The main point we were attempting to make was that our basic 
promotional system is still the corprehensive 1938 system which in- 
cluded in-service training for non-professional workers (LA's) as 
well as for the professional staff. This has not been officially re- 
placed or discontinued and has been modified only a very little in 
the last 26 years. At least this seems to be the case so far as we 
can discover from the Personnel Manual, 

It is especially to be deplored that we are not actively pro- 
viding an in-service training program for our LA service, A high 
school graduate who enters this service ordinarily cannot, by con- 
tinuing his education outside the library, prepare himself specifically 
for advancement in most of the types of work which the LA services pro- 
vides. There are exceptions, of course, such as secretarial work. 

Along vrith this we find that the Officers of the Library who are 
engaged in making promotions cannot be provided with substantial in- 
formation which will enable them to accurately evaluate the qualifica- 
tions and abilities of the several candidates for a given position. 

It would seem that the re-activation of our in-service training 
program might be a good way for us to get back in the promotional 
system business. 



PRESIDEWT'S NOTES 

The President's Notes vd.ll of necessity- 
be brief this month since we are still 
undergoing a period of transition. The 
new Directflfep has been in office a little 
more than 6 weeks and cannot possibly be 
expected to have familiarized himself or 
come to terms with all the problems which 
have plagued the Library for some time, 
I feel quite certain, however, that given 
the time, he will attempt to alleviate 
our most pressing problems, 

I recently met with Mr, McNiff to dis- 
cuss the salary situation. He stated 
that salaries were of vital interest to 
him, also, and that he would study the 
situation most carefully. He could not 
say vHnen or how salary increases would be 
granted but that the whole salary picture 
was under advisement, 

I might also add that during my dis- 
cussion with Mr. McNiff, he stated that 
he was most interested in the welfare of 
the staff and concerned with what is best 
for the library. As members of the Staff 
Association, it might be well to consider 
again the goals of the Association J (see 
Sept., 1965 Editorial) and review our 
present attitudes and professional con- 
duct with an eye towards playing a more 
positive role in Association activities 
and in improving Communications between 
Staff and Administration, 

B P L IN BLACKOUT 



The changing of the guard had just 
taken place, the day shift was gone, the 
night shift was settling into its evening 
routines when the lights suddenly dimmed, 
flickered, and went out, A lone holdout 
for a full minute was an old non-fluores- 
cent light high up in the northwest cor- 
ner of Open Shelf, People were caxight 
at the catalogs, sitting reading in the 
chairs, browsing at the shelves. The 
Department flashlight was in a desk in an 
inner office in a bottom drawer, but in 
the dark I could not find it. Dozens of 
matches were being lighted by customers 
in a way which would have scared and out- 
raged adirdnistrators mindful of our treas^' 
ures upstairs, Officer-in-Charge, Bill 
Lewis, was immediately on the phone ask- 
ing us to lead the public to the front 
lobby. The evacuation, even from the 
Children's Room, was calm and orderly. 
Officer Regan and the Custodians appeared 



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with flashlights and lamps and went with 
despatch all over the building, leading 
staff and public to the front entrance. 
Rumors flew — the power failure extended to 
Niagara, probably sabotage, perhaps the 
country was under attack. But by means 
of transistor radios carried by some young 
people we soon knew what had happened, and 
Mr. Lewis sensibly decided to close the 
Library, 

We stood for an hour or so at the front 
door. The moon was very bright and very 
full, and lit up the dark Square, which 
was both beautiful and eery. Traffic was 
moving along as usual, helped along by 
the flashlights of students who appeared 
suddenly and spontaneously, and looked 
neither pro nor anti Vietnam— Just Ameri- 
can boys responsibly stepping into the 
breach when help was needed. Many of the 
regular Library customers hung around the 
Square, asking when we would reopen. One 
man said he wanted to come in to get warm, 
A distraught woman insisted that her 
grandchild must still be in the building. 

We began to disperse almost regretfully. 
A new expeidence had been shared. Two of 
our ladies sitting quietly but somehow 
forlorn in the recess at the bottom of the 
Great Stairway reminded me of Mr, and Mrs. 
Strauss waiting for the end on the Titanic, 
The dark, grim, and sirtister Prudential 
Building and the quiet Huntington Avenue 
made me think of ON THE BEACH. 

Much credit is due to Messrs. Lewis, 
Maxwell, Mealy, Murphy, Bmno, and Officer 
Regan for the way the situation was han- 
dled at the BPL. The names may not sound 
like Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and 
Gloucester, and it would be an exaggeration 
to say that the scene was a Battle of 
Agincourt on St. Crispin's Dayj but it was 
a night to remember. 



HARRY ANDREWS 

CAN YOU HELP ? 

Periodical and Newspaper is lacking 
these issues for binding. If you have 
and can spare copies flrom your personal 
files, please send them to that department: 

American Journal of Nursing, 

March 1965, 

American Opinion, Dec, 19614, 

American Scholar. Fall 1961;. 

Aviation Week. March 9, I96I4, 

Feb, 15, and March 1, 196$, 

Best Sellers, June 1, 1965. 



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Better Homes and Gardens* 

January-June, I96I4J Sept.* 

Dec. 1961 J May I962, 
CQ, January I96I4, 
Christian Advocate. Nov, 5> 

19; Dec. 3, 17, 31, I96I4. 

Jan. Ih, 28, 1965. 
Daedalus, Fall I963. 
Esquire. Sept. 1965. 
Flower Grower. Jan, and 

Feb, 1965. 
Harpers Bazaar, Jan. Feb, 

Mar. Aug. 1965. 
Hot Rod. Sept. I963. 
Editorial Research Reports. 

Se--^. 27 and Oct. 11, I96I; 

January 25, 1961. 
Films xn Review. Jan. and 

Mar. 196iij Jun. and Jul. 

1963. 
Eenyon Review. Aut-umn 1957. 
Library Quarterly. Oct. 1958. 
Ladies Home Journal. Jan. 1965. 
Living Church. Jun. 13, 1965. 
Mademoiselle, Sept, and Oct, 

1965. 
New Statesman. June 11, 25, 

1965. 
N.y. Public Library, Bulletin, 

June 196ii, 
Outdoor Life, Nov. I9635 Feb, 

Mar. I96U. Oct. I963. 
Queens Quarterly, #1-3 196ii, 
Macleans. June 15, 1963. 
PMLA #[j pts. 1 and 2, #5 I960. 

(Sept. and Dec.) 
Month. January 1955. 
Motor Trend. Dec, 1962 j April, 

May, July, Sept. Oct, 1963; 

Jan. 1958. 
PLD Reporter, fk 1955. 
Popular Electronics. Sept, 

1962; Jan. -Mar. 1963; Jan. 

196U. 
Radio Electronics. Mar. I96I1. 
Saturday Evening Post. Jan. 2, 

16, 30; Feb. 13, 27, 1965. 
Science Digest, Jan. I96I4; Mar. 

Aug. Sept. 1965. 
Simmons Review. Fall 1962. 
Sunset. April 1963. 
Town and Country, Feb, 1965. 
True. Sept. 1965. 
Seventeen. Jan. Feb. 1963. 

April 1965. 
Times Literary Supplement. Jun. 

29, 1962. 
Unesco Bulletin for Libraries, 

October 1958, 
Radcliffe Quarterly. May 1965, 



Yankee. Mar. -Jun, Sept. Nov,- 
Dec. 1963; Jan. -Mar. Jul^'-- 
Aug. 1962, 
World Tennis. October 196h, 
Vital Speeches. May 1, 196Ii, 
June 1, 1963. 

THE OMBUDSMAN RETURIC 

Every once in a while a beautiful, just 
right word gains currency, gets used too 
much, until those of us who wince at 
cliches, hate to hear it, or see it in 
print again: words like image, radiance, 
charisma. 

I 'd like to bring to the attention of 
the Staff one such word I have seen two 
or three times the last few months, be- 
fore the usual fate overtakes it. The 
word is OMBUDSMAN, and this is what the 
NEW YORK TIMES said about it in an article 
on Sunday, November llij 

"...The early Nordic word, said 
to be traceable back to the l5th 
century is common to Norway, Swe- 
den, Denmark, and Finland,.,, cm 
means about, bud means message, 
and man means man,,,. The ombuds- 
man is a government official, 
above reproach, and beyond be- 
ing reached by politicians and 
bureaucrats, who will listen to 
complaints from those citizens 
who believe that they and their 
rights have been abused by the 
government and its officials..." 
The TIMES article wants an ombudsman in 
the world of travel to take care of the 
interests of travelers. But from its def- 
inition I think all three objectives of 
our Association as stated on the front 
page of the QM would be served by such 
a guardian. The Examining Committee, for 
all the good will and civic mindedness of 
its members, is not such a guardian. 
They go on guided tours, and speak to the 
very people vdiose bottleneck activities 
or inactivities are the chief reason why 
this Library does not function the way the 
fine vision of our Founders and the gen- 
erous provision by the city would make 
possible. There is nothing of real pro- 
mise in the latest Report, but there is 
a note of hope in one of the "answers'* by 
our "officials." Mr. Moloney will soon 
return from another assignment; and his 
office, and he personally, have been the 
nearest thing to an OMBUDSMAN we have re- 
cently had. 



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Onds day, a few years ago, annoyed by the 
curtailment of the daily use of Branch 
Issue books for Open Shelf customers and 
disturbed by reports from 'friends and 
public about the fearful denudation of 
Open Shelf shelves of books for the ed- 
ucated common reader — the Stendhals, the 
E. M. Forsters, the Kierkegaards, the 
Freuds, the Sartres, the Santayanas, the 
Virginia Woolfs— I made a spot check in 
one iirporbant category, very popular since 
the '20 's, and very influential in life 
and literature since: the 131.3U, psy- 
choanalysis. There were just two books 
on the shelf in Open Shelf, There were 
one hundred and twenty five on the shelves 
in Branch Issue, The competent Book 
Selectors had approved the selections; the 
City had supplied the necessary funds; 
Sook Purchasing had made the purchases; 
Book Preparation people had furnished 
them with attractive cellophane covers; 
and the extra boys in the afternoons had 
diligently placed them on the shelves, 
and kept them in order. And there they 
stood for months, in shameful inutility, 
in monumental rebuke to Library, Division, 
and Department, Scores of people in 
search of these very books, the Freuds, 
•the Alexanders, the Jungs, the Adlers, 
the Homeys, the Brills, the Berglers, 
the many fine studies for crA against the 
subject, were turned away unsatisfied 
every day unless they left postcards for 
them. Most people are unwilling to do 
that except for best sellers. 

There is some small justification for 
the belief that some of these people seem 
to want these Library books for their own 
private collections. But that is a 
different problem and has never been 
adequately discussed, 

I showed that remarkable statistic, 
125-2, to Mr, Moloney that same day, 
I don't know what he did about it, A few 
years later some money was suddenly 
"found" to replenish Open Shelf shelves 
in that area. But Mr, Moloney looked 
disturbed and appalled at the statistic, 
and that is enough for me to nominate him 
BPL OMBUDSMAN, and we should welcome his 
return, 

HARRY ANDREWS 

"A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME..." 

Education, like other departments, gets 
its share of questions that have to be 



interpreted before they can be answered. 
The student v*io needed a "pencil topper" 
was looking for the pencil sharpener, A 
patron who wanted to use the Docustat 
asked for the "Gopystat." 

The Officer-in-Charge gets all kinds of 
titles, such as the "Officer of the Da/' 
and the "Guard on Duty." 

Then there was the summer visitor who 
admitted that she hadn't been in the Li- 
brary for years, who wanted to see the 
painting "The Dance of the Hours," That 
turned out to be John Elliott's "The 
Triumph of Tise," 

ENGAGEMENT • 

Margaret Claire, I^j^^ Cataloging and 
Classification,/nai a aiainond from James 
Latten of Cleveland, Ohio, The date of 
the wedding has not been set, 

Q. C. C. LUNCHEON 

The Luncheon Committee of the Quarter 
Century Associations wishes us to remind 
all staff members that they are invited 
to the luncheon meeting of the Quarter 
Century Association which will be held at 
the Hotel Lenox on Wednesday, December 
8th, at one o'clock. 

Tickets at $2,50 (including tax and tip), 
may be obtained from Harry Fletcher, Trea- 
surer, Cataloging and Classification, R, 
and R.S, All returns must be made by 
VIednesday, December 1st, 

We Repeat: All members of the Boston 
Public Library staff are cordially in- 
vited to attend. Those having twenty- 
five or more years of service are urged 
to join the Association. Dues are $1.00 
per year, payable to The Treasxarer. 




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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, togeth- 
er with the name of the Branch Library, 
Department, or Office in which he or she 
is employed. The name is withheld from 
publication, or a pen name is used, if 
th« contributor so requests. Anonymous 
contributions are not given consideratioa 
The author of the article is known only 
to the Editor-in-Chief, The contents of 
the articles appearing in the Soap Box 
are personal opinions expressed by indi- 
vidual Association members and their ap- 
pearance does not necessarily indicate 
that the Publications Committee and the 
Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. Only those contribu- 
tions not containing more than 300 words 
will be accepted. 



To the Soap Box Editor: 

Please, \ihy should an answer to a Soap 
Box letter be granted more than the 300 
words allowed a staff association member 
in the Soap Box itself? If we must com- 
press our thoughts, complaints or queries 
into 300 words, surely the higher echelon^ 
who make reply should be able to be lucid 
in the same number of words i Perhaps the 
writer of the original Soap Box letter 
could have made a point more clear on 
burned out bulbs, for example, by going 
into the degree of dimness through cate- 
goidzation, or asking about the capabil- 
ity of staff workers going into dark 
places in search of books etc... (are all 
workers capable of seeing in the dark?) 
ere there eome available on any given 
staff short enough to avoid hitting a 
head on low beams in the dark?) ••• 



or pointing out that we, too, have staff 
shortages because of money or non-avail- 
ability of candidates at present salary 
scales, which are further depleted in 
giving service to the public by not be- 
ing able to see in the dark, etc. We 
must make do, however, with 300 words I 

FAIR PLAY & EQUAL RIGHTS 

To the Editor: 

How much longer must we be fobbed off 
by such gobbledegook as the "essay" on 
types and categories of light bulbs? We 
do not care whether or not there is a 
category... only thatwe have sufficient 
light. Nor are we interested in non- 
"visual" checkE on lighting fixtures. We 
do care when bulbs in staff quarter, 
easily seen and easily accessible to a 
tall man, or a man on a chair, go out and 
stay out for days,. (Incidentally why 
doesn't someone save the library money 
by checking that fixture over the long 
mirror in the stack 2 locker room which 
goes out regularly after a day or two of 
use?.,, remaining out, to our sorrow, for 
days.) 

We notice the lighta by which we work, 
find books for patrons and shelve returns, 
These lights are easily checked "visual- 
ly", are easily replaced, but cause many 
errors and delays in service to the pub- 
lic when out. Busy public departments 
do not always have time for work orders. 
Building phones are not always free when 
dimness occurs, and servicing is slow. 
Could WE have extra bulbs? WE could re- 
place them though it be unprofessional 
of us to do soc 

We tire of words which gloss over con- 
ditions but do not remedy them. We know 
of fans for which work orders were ■ 
regularly provided, not yet repaired be- 
cause "there is no money for parts",,, 
relatively inexpensive parts perhaps? 
We do realize that Buildings is short- 
handed — as we all are, V/e do appreciate 
the brave attenpt the men in Buildings 
make to keep us happy and comfortable, 
once they are assigned to a task. Some- 
thing seems to be lacking before assign- 
ments are made or in the method of their 
making, 

Vie are most grateful for that new bub- 
bler, incidentallyi 

FRUSTRATED AGAIN 



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Editor's Note: 

Tne ruDiications Committee decided to 
print in its entirety Mr. Geoghegan's re- 
port on maintenance problems for the fol- 
lowing reasons: 1) It was an answer to a 
letter which appeared in the QM and we 
wished to encourage the answering of such 
letters by the Library Administration. 
2) It did contain some information of pos- 
sible value to staff members. 

To the Soap Bex: 

CHRISTMAS is the one fairdly holiday thai 
brings peace and happiness to all. How- 
ever, the announcement that the library 
will be open on December 26th from two to 
six o'clock is not a peaceful thought' for 
the staff who MUST work on Sunday. In 
the past, the library closed on Sunday 
when Christmas was celebrated on Satvirday, 
Why the change? 

It would be a nice Christmas present to 
the loyal Sunday workers to have this Sun- 
day off. 

A SUNDAY WORKER 

A BIRTHDAY SALUTE 

On November llith this year, the library 
celebrates the l5th birthday of our own 
"Coffee Shop." Yes, it was in 19S0 that 
the doors of this "Institution within an 
Institution" were opened by Sam and Dot 
Adelstein. I for one, have enjoyed the 
special services rendered by them. The 
making of my unusual combinations such as 

and , was met with a 

slight squint of disbelief, but it was 
made, I for one, have appreciated their 
services and take this opportunity to ex- 
press my gratitude, 

JOSEPH HARPER 

Editoi*s Note ; 

Although we think it is very kind of Mr, 
Harper to remember this anniversary of the 
Coffee Shop, because of the unusually re- 
volting comijination of ingredients of 
which his favorite sandwich is composed, 
and because some of our readers may have 
weak stomachs, we have deleted the names 
of these ingredients. 

To the Editor: 

Until recently, after a new book was 
cataloged and shelf -listed by the Refer- 
ence Division, a tenporary catalog card 
was filed into the Public Catalog, Thus 



the book was immediately made available to 
the public. The permenant card filing 
could then be done orderly, carefully, and 
systematically. 

Temporary cards are no longer filed in 
any catalog. When I asked why I was told 
by the Officer -in-Charge that it was a 
"time saving measure" . 

This afternoon I spent an hovir of thp 
library's time tracking down a book that 
was shelf-listed on October 19, 1965. 
There was no indication that this book 
was owned by the library in the public 
catalog, the official catalog, or in the 
catalog of the subject department that 
had ordered the book. 

The library paid me for the time I spent 
looking for this one bookj it paid a pro- 
fessional assistant in Book Selection to 
check the records and tell me that the 
book had been ordered; it paid a pro- 
fessional assistant in the subject de- 
partment to check the records and tell me 
that the book had been received and what 
the number was; it paid a Library assist- 
ant in j^he Shelf List to tell me that the 
book had been shelf-listed and when; it 
paid a library Assistant in the subject 
department to find the book on the New 
Book Shelf and to type a Temporary cat- 
alog card for her department before she 
would let me take the book. 

The only thing that saved this routine 
from being a complete waste of time was 
the fact that the borrower finally got 
the bookf and that's why we're all here, 
isn't it? 

Let's hope we don't adopt any more "time 
saving measures" like this one. 

DRAG GOLATAC 

To the Editor: 

An inportant point to consider is the 
fact that I was never approached on the 
subject of the letter written by "Refer- 
ence Division", Views of several indi- 
viduals do not necessarily encompass 
views of all members of a division, 

MARGOT TireON 
Member of the Reference Division 

Editor's Note : 

The letter in the October Q.M, which 
was signed Reference Division was written 
by only one staff member. Your editor 
understood this nom de plume to be in 
keeping with the whimsical style of the 



letter. I am sure that there was no in- 
tention to deceive or misrepresent. 

To the Soap Box: 

" IT'S OLD HAT J " 

In the October issue, I expressed, somef- 
•what bitterly perhaps, my disappointment 
in not having my position re -classified. 
For those members of the Staff Associa- 
tion who were members of the Employee's 
Union in I9J46 when the first issue of 
THE QUESTION MARK was hot off the presass, 
a re-reading of that issue and sub- 
sequent ones, will, I believe, evoke the 
response "It's Old Hat.'" And for those 
of you who hold the maxim "History Does 
Not Repeat Itself" might also re-read 
that first issue. Note how that familial' 
tune "Classification" occupies most of 
those issues. In brief, "To re-classify 
or not to re-classify", is then, as now, 
still the question. Here we are 19 go- 
ing on 20 years later, and still the tun<i 
of classification lingers on, somewhat 
nostalgically. Is the year I966 going t<i 
give a repeat performance of that old 
refrain? I hope not J 

JOSEPH HARPER 

Focus of Department Heads 

To the Editor: 

I wonder how much the department heads 
realize that they are often (but not al- 
ways) the cause of low morale? Is not 
low morale caused, to a great extent, by 
listening to the constant extreme rejec- 
tion of new policies, the constant bick- 
ering which occurs betvieen departments, 
and the constant lack of cooperation? 
Nothing will be accomplished (and conse- 
quently morale will remain low) if these 
attitudes remain unchanged. Such stumbl 
ing blocks are little more than childish 
and/or defensive behavior on the p^ rt of 
the department heads. 

To quote from Practical Administration 
of Public Libraries by Wheeler and Gold- 
hor, page 93... 

Recognition: Psychologists and 
specialists in industrial rela- 
tions are well aware that morale 
thrives on appreciation and on 
favorable comment for good work. 
The Chief's Attention to Stig- 



gestions; A staff quickly meas- 
ures administrative cordiality to 
new ideas. Does the librarian 
or department head have an open 
door but a closed mind? Confi- 
dence and enthusiasm mount when 
it is discovered that the chief 
is not too busy, but interested 
in details, knows what is going 
on, understands the value of a 
suggestion and does something 
about it. Within a department, 
suggestions may have consequen- 
ces to the individual, maybe re- 
sentment and opposition from the 
head, and strained relationships. 
The librarian's task is to de- 
velop department heads; their 
task is to build the administra- 
tive interest of assistants, un- 
til all place the improvement of 
their department above personal 
pride and sensitiveness. He 
needs also to be the coordinator, 
gatherer-up and information 
spreader between departments, to 
avoid confusion and cross pur- 
poses, 

PAH 

To the Editor: 

The Office of the Officer-in-Charge of 
Reader Services wishes to express its 
appreciation to those members of the staff, 
both in the Central Library and the Branches, 
to the Sullivan guards, and also to the 
duty policeman, for their cooperation 
during the emergency created by the power 
failure and resultant blackout, 

WILLIAM R. LEWIS 

To the Editor: 

Earlier this year the Library appointed 
a Coordinator of Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation whose primary function, as stated 
in the announcing G.A.N., was to execute 
the cataloging and classification policies 
of the BPL. For many years now we have had 
coordinators in our midst and most of us 
are more or less familiar with their re- 
spective duties vdiich are mainly to over- 
see the duties in their particular area. 
Why then, in this instance, should these 
duties change so drastically? Why has 
this new Coordinator been allowed to as- 
sume more responsibility than any coordin- 
ator heretofore? It seems nonsensical to 
leave Department Heads in such departments 
if coordinators are going to usurp their 



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the rule or is this to be the policy of 
the Library in the future? If so, isn't 
it a waste of the tax payers money to 
have Department Heads too^ 

I'M REALLY CONCERNED 



IN MEMQRIAM 



HARRIET SWIFT 



On October 25, 196^, Harriet Swift, 
Curator of Americana, Emeritus, died 
after a long illness. Daughter of 
Lindsay Swift, himself a long-time Li- 
brary employee and Editor of the Library 
Bulletin for 25 years, Harriet entered 
the service in 1921 as a Probationary 
Assistant in the Executive Department, 
In 1926 she was transferred to the 
Special Libraries Department as Assistant 
in-Charge of the Barbon-Ticknor Room. 
When this was transformed inte the Rare 
Book Department upon the appointment of 
Zolt^n Haraszti as Keeper of Rare Books, 
she continued as Assistant in Charge un- 
til 19^40 when she became Curator of 
Americana, a position which she held un- 
til her retirement in September, 1959 » 

Energetic and forthright, never reluc- 
tant in expressing an opinion. Miss Swift 
was a loyal and valued member of her De- 
partment, ever ready to help a young 
assistant. Even after her retirement, 
Harriet continued to work at her desk 
clearing up "snags" and hoping to organ- 
ize the many rare children's books into 
a comprehensive collection. This project, 
however, was abandoned when she undertook 
part-time employment in the Library of 
the Massachusetts Horticultural Society — 
a fitting place for one so fond of plants 
and gardening. 

We can only regret that Miss Swift's 
final years at her retirement home in 
Rockport were marred by persistent and 
serious illness. She will be much missed 
by her many friends and associates, A 
Fund is being collected, in hopes of per- 
petuating her memory in some small way, 

E. M. 0. 



PERSONNEL NOTES 



New Employees 

Jerome A. Crowley, Jr. — Bookmobiles 

William Moreland— Branch Issue 

Transferred 

Mary Jo Campbell— from Book Stack Service 
(Center Desk) to Kirstein 

William King — from Book Preparation to 
Periodical and Newspaper 

Ronald Logan — from PeirLodical and News- 
paper to Science and Technology (Patent) 

John Pelose — from Branch Issue to Dupli- 
cating 

Maternity Leave of Absence 
Mrs, Brenda Brev/ingt on— Central Charging 
Records 

Retired 

Florence McManus — Faneuil 

Terminations 

Ernest A. Dimattia — Science and Technologj^ 
to accept position of Director of Salem 
Public Library 

Mrs, Grace M. Duffy— Lower Mills, to re- 
main at home 

Mrs, Willie Mae Davis — Mount Pleasant, to 
move to New York 



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THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Ldbraxy Staff Association 
Volvune XX, Number 11 December, 1965 

Publications Coiiiroittee : Harry Andrews; Evelyn Isaacs j Sheila M. Stevens; 

Sarah M, Usher, Indexer ; Martin F, Waters, Chairman, 

Publication Date: Deadline for sutmitting material; 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



It shall be the object of the Association 

(a) to foster professional librarianship 

(b) to further the coromon Interests and the welfare of the 

bibliothecal staff 

(c) and to promote greater efficiency in library service. 



One of the benefits that sometimes comes to "always-late" editorial 
boards is that once in a while some good news comes along which the sinart 
"on-time" editorial boards miss by their promptness. And so, being able 
to coiiiment on the good news of the pay increase which most of the LA's 
and some others have been granted gives us an additional reason to be 
thankful that we are again late in publishing. It is unusually pleasant 
when a pay raise comes at Christmas, and the timing on this one is just 
about perfect. 

Although we don't like to imply that there is a direct relationship 
between letters to the Soap Box and money, you xd.ll note that there are 
no letters of complaint this month. Which we think dramatically demon- 
strates the truth of the old saying that when money comes in the door, 
letters to the Soap Box fly out the window. 



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FRESIDEMT'S NOTES 

My thanks to everyone who contributed 
their time and talent to the very success- 
ful reception for Mr, and I-lrs, McNiff in 
November. Both Mr, and Mrs, MclJiff 
expressed their appreciation and pleasvire 
in meeting the Staff, 

I wish to express my thanks also to 
Mr, McNiff and to the members of the Pro- 
gram Committee who arranged for the 
Ck)untway Library toior. Those of us who 
attended found it a most enjoyable and 
educational experience. 

On December 10th the Executive Boa3rd and- 
I met with Mr, McNiff to acquaint him with 
the goals and history,- of the Staff Associ- 
ation and to discuss some of the problems 
which have contributed to the low morale 
of the staff. 

The first item under discussion was the 
salary schedule. As I stated in the 
President's Notes in the November issue 
of the QM, Mr, McNiff expressed his con- 
cern for the welfare of the staff and his 
desire to work out an eqiiitable salary 
schedule. Provision has been made in the 
1966 budget for a salaiy Increase but 
Mr. McNiff could not say, at that time, 
just how such an increase would be dis- 
tributed. The size of the budget allot- 
ment for the library is still dependent 
upon the solution of the financial prob- 
lems of the City and the Commonwealth. 
Mr, McNiff did. s^, however, that he 
believes the Staff will not be disappoint- 
ed when the increases do come through. 

In-service training and orientation were 
also brought up for discussion, Mr.McIttff 
mentioned the fact that this was on the 
agenda at a recent Division meeting. He 
found the presentation most interesting t 
but said that he wo-old lilce to make a 
thorough study of the situation before 
committing the Administration to any pro- 
gram. 

Other problems, including a new study 
of the re-classification of the L« A, 
Service and the lack of caaiunication 
between the Administration and the Staff 
and between divisions were also discussed., 
Mr, McNiff plans to make a complete study 
of every facet of the B.P.L. and said 
that he would keep in mind the problems 
which we discussed -with him. 



Both the Jibcecutive Board and I felt 
that the future of the Staff and the 
BPL promises to be most exciting and 
rewarding, 

MARY T. CROWE 
President 



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A great many years ago, in the "dark 
backward and abysm of time" before I 
came to work in the BPL, ny friends and I 
used to hang aroimd in the old West End, 
The place as Joshua Bates had recommended, 
was warm, roomy, well-lighted, comfortable, 
and open every evening, the collection 
excellent, varied, and accessible, our 
curiosity insatiable, and other distractions 
few, so we did a good deal of browsing and. 
reading. One of the books we ran into at 
the time was THE MOON AIJD SIXPEI\ICE by 
W, Somerset ilaugham, who died at 91 last 
week, and even today I remember some of 
the excitement we felt at the time. Know- 
ing little of the distinction between 
fiction and non-fiction, and not yet having 
formed the librarian's habit of reading 
reviews and books about books, I thought 
the book was a biography of a painter 
naroed itrickland, and iiinnediately wanted, 
to Icnow more about such a remarkable man, 
I didn't like to ask the Librarian or the 
assistants, so I ransacked the biographical 
dictionaries and encyclopedias in the place, 
and got noTijhere fast. So one of my friends 
and I decided to make a pilgrimage to the 
big Library on Copley Square, and ^re spent 
one whole Sunday afternoon in Bates Hall 
and the Fine Arts Department looking in 
vain for material on the life of Charles 
Strickland, paintex'. It was not only 
frustrating but sad. 'ie couldn't under- 
stand how so important a painter, as 
described in the book, wouldn't even have 
a line in an encyclopedia. 

That item got itself straightened out in 
my mind later vjhen we all read almnst all 
of Maugham's books as they came out. But 
his reputation waned. A few years ago 
Edmund V/ilson, that loner among literary 
critics and unofficial arbiter of literary 
reputations, wrote a deadly piece on 
Maugham in one of the periodicals, and. 
killed him dead for the intellectuals. 



W.S, Maugham 



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In 196ii, on the occasion of iiaugham's 
90th birthday, there was some flurry 
about him in the papers, I thought I 
would get into the act and wrote him a 
longish letter about the episode above, 
to remind him how much he had meant to 
some young people many years ago, and to 
cheer him up against the IJilson attack. 
He wrote back from his villa on the 
Riviera pretty promptly, as follows: 

",,, Thank you for your charming letter 
and all the nice things you say; 
I was touched and much pleased. 
You must forgive me if I reply 
briefly. Ify" recent birthday pro- 
duced an avalanche of nearly two 
thousand letters, and at my 
advanced age and in my indifferent 
state of health, I find it all a 
bit of a strain.,,," 

The public disregards the critics and 
still read Ilaugham, but not all of him, 
OF HUliAN BONDAGE, lliS MOOK AND SIXPENCE, 
IHE RAZOR'S EDGE, CAKES iUID ALE, RAIN, 
AND ASHEIJDEN still circulate frequently. 
Fledgling writers read his THE SUJMII'IG UP 
and other autobiographical pieces, I 
myself vrould lil-ce to reread an old book 
of his if the talented, competent, and 
obliging people in the General Reference 
Department will hunt it up for me. It 
was about a doctor in the Far Ea^t who 
would close the office at noon, and- he 
and his assi^ant would retire to an inneij Well become their hallmark 



The BPLSA reception for Mr, and Mrs. 
McNiff, held in the Lecture Hall on Friday 
evening, 19 November 1965, easily captures 
honors as the most successful Association 
affair of the yaar and the best attended 
event in recent years. Joining the guests 
of honor in the reception line were the 
President of the Association, Mary Crowe, 
the Vice-President, Linda Ivers and 
William Le;ri.s, representing the Executive 
Board, 

The setting was superb. The caterer, 
in addition to serving an excellent 
collation, succeeded in transforming the 
usually severe lines of the Lecture Hall 
into a f lot/er bedecked formal room vjorthy 
of a >Jashington diplomatic affair^ Com- 
plementing the room decor and aciding tone 
to the occasion was the incli;i3ion of 
chamber music from the Baroque psriod, by 
members of the staff of the Ilusic Depart- 
ment: P.uth Bleecker, John Bundy, Angelo 
Mammano and Natalie Palme, 

Those in attendance included Monsignor 
Murray and Mr, and Mrs, Canham of the 
Library Trustees, the tcp administrative 
officers of the Library and their wives, 
department heads by the score and a good, 
representatioii of the rank and file of 
the Library staff. The size of the turn- 
out was in itself a testimonial to the 
guest of honor, Mr, and Mrs, McNiff 
responded to the congratulations and well 
wishes of the assembled guests with a 
becoming modesty and grace which might 



darkened room, and sitting in different 
corners would spend hours sraoking opituti 
pipes, with such resultant feeling of 
well-being that the uphoria communicated 
itself to the reader, 

EA3SI AiffiRa'JS 

Bow To Dorothy Elcstrom 

Seen in the Children's Room at Memoirial 
during Children's Book Week - a large 
basket of gourds, each gourd presented by 
a child with the followJLng sign: 

To Mrs. Ekstrom 
Our Librarian 
•vrtio makes every week 
Children's Book Week 
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LEONARD J, KaI^TER 



On November 18, after a very long illness, 
Leonard J, Kanter passed aw^, Leonard 
had been on the s'':aff of the Library for 
almost forty years, beginning in the old. 
Special Collections, then, successively. 
Music, Newspaper Room, Patent Room, and. 
Book Stack Service, 

Leonard was a quiet man, \mcomplaining. 
He delighted in the pun. He always tried 
to be of service, whether helping the 
public or calling the attention of a col- 
league to some forgotten reference book. 
His world outside the Library he enriched 
by his vrork tirith neighborhood youth groups 
and with the elderly. 

Our sympathy to >irs, Kanter and to his 
children, 



B, Gertrude Wade Honored 



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The atmosphere was one of good cheer 
tinged silently with regret at losing a 
good friend, teacher, and "0\ir Boss", We 
were drawn together around the table, 
heavy with Dorothy Ekstroin's preparations 
for our Sunday dinner, and the next hours 
were filled with excitement and laughter, 

Mrs, Anne Bromer cleverly had arranged 
for us to sing "To: B.G.VJ," to the tune 
of "Manyana" and we verbalized our 
thoughts with wishes for the best of all 
things in life. 

Reluctantly, some of us left early but 
coffee and good talk lasted into the wee 
hours. 

So long. Miss Wade, But not goodbye, 

Tr»: B.G.W, 
(To the Tune of "Manyana") 

For many years ^ou've been a part of this 

the BPL 
And we will bet it won't forget the gal 

who gave it hell. 
The City Point, The Codman Square, and 

then old Faneuil 
And best of all our favorite two, MP - 

Memorial, 



Chorus 

We'll miss you 

And wish you 

Shalom, au re voir, and fond adieu 

The Appalachian liountain Club of this 

you're very proud 
And even though you're chased by bears 

you woioldn't cry out loud. 
You hoist your pack upon your back and it 

must weigh a ton, 
Yotir shoes they leak, your sneakers 

squeak, but this you say is ftm. 

Chorus 



All the young adults you help, they say i, 

you're mighty grand 
The adults and the children have receivied 

your helping hand. 
And everyone both here and there will 

miss you very much 
For they agree with us today that you 

must keep in touch 

Chorus 



A fond farewell is made today from us 

your employees 
As you join psychology in lieu of 

libraries. 
We wish you luck, we wish you well, we 

wish you all success 
And more than that, our Dear ^dss Wade, 

we vjish you happiness. 

Chorus 



Your Staff at 

Memorial - Mt, Pleasant 

QUOTES FROM ANTIQUARIAN BOOKMAN - 
December 6. 1965 : page 2070 

",,, .report from St. "Joseph, Mo., that 
Mayor Arthur Meers received an envelope 
containing some ashes and an unsigned 
note reading: 'In protest against the 
recent increase of overdue library book 
fines from three to five cents, I bave 
bxirned my library card,'" 

November 15, 1965 - page 1835 

",,..Tne TIMZ^3 LIT. SUP. (Oct. 21; and 3l) 
has been carr;iT.ng on a controversy over 
th3 limited citaloging of erotica and 
suppressed books in the British Museiun, 
N,F, Sharp, Keeper, Dept, of Printed 
Books (B.M.) states that Private Case 
books are now being entered in the General 
Catalogue "as fast as the availability 
of staff time allows.., as a normal 
cataloging process,"" 

Private Case in the British Museum 
corresponds roughly to former BPL cate- 
gories of Inferno and Reserve Collection, 
We are assured that the same practice 
is being followed here in ;!aking the books 
available in the catalogue as time allows, 

HARRY ANDREWS 

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HARRIET Sl'dTFT IIEMORIAI. 

CantribTitiona tr the Harriet Swift 
xiemorial have been most gratifying. The 
Committee has received suggestions as 
to the type of memorial but has postponed 
its decision luitil after the holiday 
season. It takes this means of express- 
ing thanks to those who have already 
participatcsd in the memorial. 



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The TBlES LITERARY SUPPLLiiEi^JT (London) 
remains almost the best book-review 
magazine in the English-speaking world, 
and is one of the most interesting papers 
to read regularly. An outsta.iding fea- 
ture is its Letters to the Editor sectiorw 
A reader will make an objection to some- 
thing a reviewer said, another reader 
will coiinent on the objection, and away 
they go. For months the battle igill 
rage, with courtesy and good htimor but 
seriously-cn a new reading of a much 
anthologized peom by Tennyson, what the 
Norwegians now think of Quisling, the 
neglect of the Bronte house at Haworth, 
how Doris Langley Moore used the Byron 
manuscripts still jealously guarded by 
his noble descendants, how George Painter 
represented a still living friend of 
Proust in his recent biography, or a new 
Wise forgery discovered at the University 
of Texas. 

The latest such epistle-fest was 
started on Sept, 23 ^■ri.th a letter fr«m 
Louis J. Halle, well-lcnown American poli- 
tical scientist and now at the Graduate 
Institute of International Studies at 
Geneva, not in answer to a review, but 
Tnrith deliberate intent to start a dis- 
cussion on the relations between the 
writer and the editor in the modem pub- 
lishing world. 

He says: 

",,, although discussion of the writer's' 
role frequently appears in print, Dne 
finds little about the editor 's-in 
spite of the fact that the editor's 
role has been increasing to the point, 
where, ,.,it exceeds the vrriter's. 
Today... the inriter contributes the 
raw material that the editor refines 
or reshapes tu make the finished arti- 
cle... in the style of the periodical 
rather than the author,,. This is 
stultifying tJ stylistic distinction. 

It is death to idiosyncracy most 

editors prefer ii/hat everybody says to 
what everybody does not say, and pre- 
fer it to be said in the language in 
which everybody says it. Consequently 
it is hard to get by them ^^^ith a 
thought or a phrase that is not common 
currency,,.," 



The letter goes on at considerable 
length T.rLth many examples of editorial 
invasions into authors' r.Tanuscripts, but 
also, in fairness, citing cases where 
such editorial resh^ing is necessary, 
as when an article is written by a man 
vjho is an erpert in his subject but not 
expert in writing about it. 

Many letters have already appeared 
commenting on lir, Halle's views. Several 
authors gave horrible examples of their 
OTim experience. Professor Morgenthau, 
of the University of Chicago wrote in 
indignation about his breaking ijith 
COIfi£I>fTARy because they had changed some- 
thing he 'ad written for them. Finally 
TLS itself T-jrote an editorial on the sub- 
ject, deriding the professor's claim to 
the sacrosanctness of his every word. 
But the letters in general agreed that a 
xjTiter has a right to have his xrords 
printed as he had written them, 

Thoush o\ir situation on the smaller 
arena of BPL is somevjhat different, re- 
lations between writer aiid editor also 
occasionally get strained. The Jqh of 
Editor on the Question I'^ark is thankless 
and burdensome, and all members of the 
Staff who have held it are to be com- 
mended for their library patriotism and 
responsibility. But it has never been 
clearly outlined as to i^rhat scope the 
Editor has in deciding what is to appear 
in the pgper and in what fom. One recent 
Editor had a large reprerientative committee, 
met with them regularly once a rionth for 
several hours and discussed every item to 
be included in the next issue, including 
his editorial. Another rejected several 
letters relevant to BPL affairs without 
consulting his committee, and a third took 
the next logical step and said he needed 
no committee and no meetings at all. 

The Question Mark exists not only for 
the reporting of vital statistics of 
staff .lembers. It has to be vigilant 
about the way both Staff and Administration 
live up tr the standards admirably 
siunmarized as the object of our Association 
on the front page. And an arbitrary 
Panjandrum as Editor will not do, 

HARRY AIJDREWS 



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PERSONNEL NOTES 



faltered 

^llarose Leimberg(Mrs,) - Codman Square 

John C, Foley - Book Purchasing 

Donald A, McQuaid - Periodical and 

Newsp^jer 
Raymond Salter - Book Stack Service 
I«roy Dixon - Book Stack Service 
Richard R, Manstir - Office of RecDrds, 

Files, Statistics (NE Coop Student) 

Transfers 

Barbara Stenglein - from Charlestown tr 

Mattapan 
Marjorie M, Gibbons - from Washington 

Village to South Boston 
William Iioreland - from Branch Issue to 

Open Shelf 
Dennis M, Sarsfield - from Open Shelf 

to Branch Issue 
Grace M, DiGange - from Dorchester to 

Mattapan 

Ceased 

Mary L, Harrington, Bookmobile -another 

position - to wjrk in Gennany 
Mrs. Barbara J, Beach, Soutii End - to 

stay at home 
Mrs. Lana ReeJ, Home Reading Division 

Of rice - to stay at home 
Sally Lee Shoemalcer, Cataloging & Cias3„ 

if ication R&RS - another position 
Adria Cimo, Audio Visual - to be married 

and move to California 
Martha Jane Monazynski, Information Office 

-another position 
Nancy E, Peace, Education - to attend. 

V/esleyan University 

Maternity Leave 

Mrs, Ann M, Duggan - Bookr.iobile 

CONGRATULATIONS! 

To Mr, and Mrs, Joseph Hulme (Duplicating 
Section) on the birth of a 7 lbs, ^ oz, 
baby boy on December 21st, Needless to 
say the Hulme 's have decided to name their 
second child., first son, Joseph Jr, 



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