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T H ^ D u iL s T I iJ :; A Ji ;c 

Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volrnne XXll, Nunber 1 January, 1966 



Publications Coiranittee: T'^Argot Timscn, Chairman; Harry Andretra; James Fordj 

Evelyn Isaacs; Anrelo Msmmanoj "Tildred R. Somes, Artist; 
Sarah 1I« Usher, Indexcr; Kathleen ''ard. 

Publication Date; Deadline for submitting material: 

The fifteenth of each month The tenth of each month 



P!?ESIDEKT'S IIQTES 

The January meeting of the Executive Board was held on Friday, January 13, 
1967. 

The Board discussed the question of "collective barpjaining" and the proposed 
amendments to the Constitution relative thereto* 

V/e xjish to remind the members that the Constitution provides in Article Vll 
that: "This Constitution may be amended at ar^ annual meeting by a standing vote 
in the affirmative of trio-thirds of the m^embers present and votinp provided that 
previous notice of each proposed amendment has been fjiven in vjritinr: to the 
membership at the same time that the required notice of the annual meetin'' is 
sent to each bibliothecal unit of the library". 

VJe had hoped that the Coffee Shop would have been improved by the addition of 
hot food and refrigeration, but despite mai^ promises, nothinf?; has been done. 
The Concessions Committee has been instructed to investigate this matter. 

Do not forget that the annual mcctin<^ of the Association tJill be held on 
Friday, January 27, 1967 at 9:15 A.II. in the Lecture Hall. 

LOUIS POLISHCXIC 

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FLASrj The quarterly issue of the Question Nark will be delayed because of lack of 
typists. V'e are making every effort to have the stencils reac^ as soon as 
possible. Anyone interested in helpln(T out by typin<7 a stencil - please 
see the Editor. 



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SDITOR'S NOTE: An unusual phenomenon happened concerning this issue of the QM 
Memo, The Editor received on]y two questions through the mail. 
But just before publication date xjhile in the Coffee Shop, on the 
t33TA, or askinr; people for information for the quarterly issue, 
maiy staff members said, "Oh, say, I've got a question for you". 
In two days via this process and a good memory I feathered five 
more questions. Granted it is difficult to fret authoritative 
answers to these questions on short notice before the deadline, 
but all authorities involved have driven their utmost cooperation. 
The Editor is certainly willing to jot dovm any questions to the 
QI-T a Staff Association member mi^ht ask ai^jhere and anytime. 
Certainly the questions and ansviers are most beneficial to all of 
the staff. 

To the l^ditor: 

i#iat will happen when all the buildings behind the Central Library are torn 
doxm? I have heard that a temporary parkinr^ lot xdJJ. be nui until construction 
begins , 

Inquiring 

Mr, Connolly reports that no parking lot will be installed because of the time 
involved to put in a special fill. Hopefully the annex iTill be torn doim in the 
late suirmer and perhaps earlier, A fence id.ll be constructed around the lot 
until construction begins late this year or early 1968, 

To the Editor of the QM: 

When will the Coffee Shop have hot coffee? 

Hungaiy 

It ■was thought that a gas line would be installed in the Coffee Shop several 
weeks ago but obviously this is not the caseo The. Concessions Committee 
has been asked by the Executive Board to re-examine this problem. 

To the Editor: 

Where are the staff library books? Why not place this staff library in the 
bookcases of the lounge above the Coffee Shop? I have heard that it is 
located in the basement of the Roslindale Branch, What good is it doing there? 

Interested 

Mr. McNiff discussed this question with Mr. Carroll and Miss MacDonald, and 
It was agreed that the staff library should be brought back to Central and be 
placed in the bookshelves in the lounge. After a truck has brought back 
this collection (about 3^00 volumes) it will be weeded first and brought up-to- 
date. 

To the Editor: 

What is the story on taking one-half hour lunches and leaving at four-thirty? 
Some departments do this. 

Father Time 



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Personnel Office reports that Department Heads and Division Heads regulate 
schedules. Personnel Office states that a Y-hour day is the regrolation but 
irfiether this is 9«5 (vrith one hour for lunch) or 9-U:30 (with ^ hour for 
lunch) is up to the departments. 

To the Editor: 

Since the last issue of the QM Memo mentioned ventilation, is there anything 
being planned about better ventilation in the Coffee Shop and loxinge? Where 
is the fan that is supposed to be installed? 

Smarting Eyes; 

A fan is ready but will not be installed until the demolition is finished 
which will probably be in the Fall, By installing the fan now conditions 
would only be worse. 

To the Editor: 

1, Wh^y has not the association taken any action to act as the bargaining 
agent for the bibliothecal enployees df the Boston Public Library? 

?• If the Staff Association were to act as the bargaining agent, would it be 
necessary to raise dues to a level comparable to that of a union local 
which seeks to be the bargaining agent, approximately $2.50 a month? 

3. What would the dues be used for? 

U. Could the Association act as the bargaining agent without increasing the 
dues? 

Ex Libris 

The President of the Association answers : 

1. No action was taken in 1966, for the reason that a vote of the membership 
prohibited the President from doing anything relating to collective 
bargaining. No action was authorized at any of the later business meetings. 

2\ and 3» Acting as the collective bargaining unit for the st.iff would 
include negotiation for and the preparation of contracts. It would be 
unwise to carry on such activities without legal service from experts in 
the field of labor relations. Such expenses would have to be paid by the 
members, and would result in increased dues. 

U. It is possible if no legal expenses were incurred. 



To the Editor: 

1, What is the policy on starring books for the Reference Division? 

?, What is the policy on circulating books from Long Island? 

Reporting from the Director's Office: 

1. All books 1967- bought for the Reference Division will not circulate, 
A new system of acquisition is in effect whereby all Curators will order 
books for the Reference Division and indicate whether a copy should 
be purchased for the General Library* Stars •«• will not be used to 
indicate non-circulation. In the future the book number labels will 
indicate the collection to which the book belongs. Plain labels 
indicate branch books. Red bordered labels indicate Reference Division 
books and blue-bordered labels indicate General Library books. The 
labels have been ordered and should be in the building in February, 

The catalog cards will state whether there is a copy of a book in 
the General Library, 

Books purchased prior to 196? will continue on the old policy of 
starred books non-circulating. The books which presently circulate 
that are a part of the Reference Division will continue to do so until 
the collection in the General Library is expanded. 

2» The books now in storage on Long Island will be used only in the 
building as they are a part of the Reference collection. One of the 
main reasons for instituting this policy now is to expedite the 
reclassification of the Long Island books to Library of Congress 
classification. 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



FEBRUARY 1966 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
_Volume XXI. Number 2 February. 1966 

Publications Cominittee: Harry Andrews? Ruth Goddardj Katherine Herron; 

Evelyn Isaacs; Geneive Moloney; Mildred R. Somes, Artist; 
Sarah M. Usher, Indexer; Stephen R. Miller, 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. 



SETTING OUR SIGHTS ... An editorial 

When one starts out on a new venture he generally sets goals for himself and 
atteirpts as well as he can to outline his program and procedure with an end in mind. 
Where others are involved he relates these goals and procedures to them so that they 
too might have an inkling of where the road may lead. 

The purpose of this first editorial, then, is just what is indicated above. We 
hope to relate to the members of the Staff Association just what we feel the policy 
of THE QUESTION MARK should be. We will try to uphold this policy to the best of 
our abilities at all times. 

The purposes of the B.P.L.S.A. appear at the beginning of each issue of the 
Q.M. They are very clear in themselves. The purposes of the Staff Association 
newspaper appear in the constitution and are also clear enough, VJe do, however, 
desire to comment on a portion of those objectives to clarify our publication pdicy. 

THE QUESTION MARK is not a vehicle for personal attack on any individual or 
group of individuals. We hope articles which are in the best interest of the Staff 
Association, the Boston Public Library and the library profession as a vAiole will 
be forthcoming. We wish to encourage material -vdiich cJiscusses problems maturely 
and intelligently. 

We give our entire support to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, We 
welcome comment on the materials which appear within these pages. We ask only that 
articles or letters which are to be considered for publication be well thought-out, 
intelligently presented, and in the best interests of all concerned. 

Starting out in this vein vre can only hope that our management of this publi- 
cation vdll be successful, and that those articles which do appear in these pages 
in the coming months will be a credit to the Staff Association and to the Boston 
Public Library, 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



take an active part in the association. 



The first meeting of the new Executive 
Board was held on Friday, February 11, 
1966. 

The New Editor of THE QUESTION MARK, 
Stephen Miller was introduced to the 
Board and he presented his views and plans 
concerning the publication of THE ^ESTION 
MARK. 

Various committee appointments were dis- 
cussedj as were job announcements and 
anniversary increases. Also discussed 
was the work of the committee on in-eervios 
training. The Executive Board voted that 
the Entertainment Committee make plans 
for one social event during this year. 

The President has had several discus- 
sions with the Director and the Super- 
visor of General Library Operations. Bolh 
of them have indicated a desire to keep 
the lines of CDOTmiinication between their 
offices and the Staff Association open, 
working toward the very desirable objec- 
tive of a well-informed, happy staff, and 
the resultant good library seirvice. 

The Administrators of the Library have 
expressed their awareness of the urgent 
need for revised salary schedules. Their 
goal is to provide adequate and equitable 
salaries as soon as budgetary conditions 
permit. 

The demolition of the annex to the Cen- 
tral Library building is planned for the 
near future. This will olaviously create 
a serious problem of space. Every avail- 
able space is being surveyed for possible 
use. The staff lounges and lunch rooms 
are to be moved to make room for inport- 
ant library departments, and for the 
shipping room. The Coffee Shop is located 
in the annex and will be lost when the 
annex is demolished. A generoiis part of 
the limited space in the old building is 
being made available for the lounges, 
lunch rooms and the Coffee Shop, in the 
areas formerly occupied by the Bookmobile 
Office, The rebuilding of the Coffee Shq: 
presents problems of carpentry, plumbing, 
electrical work, and ventilation. The 
Staff Association is working closely with 
the Concessionaire in this regard. 

Members of the Staff Association will b^ 
asked to serve on various committees. 
You are urged to participate in "committee 
work". Most committee members enjoy this 
work, and it will give you a chance to 



LOUIS POLISHOOK 
M.L.A. MID-VJIHTER MEETING 

The Massachusetts Library Association 
held its mid-winter meeting at the 
Sheraton Plaza Hotel on Thursday, Febru- 
ary 16, 1966. The theme was The New Look 
in Library Buildings . The well-planned 
program and meetings moved comfortably on 
schedule under the guiding hand of the 
President, Milton E, Lord, 

The treasurer's report at the business 
meeting showed that the Association has 
financial difficulties which may be 
solved by raising the dues, Larry 
Wikander, A.L.A. Councillor, reported 
that the A.L.A. Executive Board decided 
it was too conplicated to withdraw mem- 
bership from institutional members who 
discriminated against users on the basis 
of color, creed, etc. To do this would 
require changes in the constitution of 
A,L.A, and of each state chapter. 

Arlene Hope, representative for New 
York and New England for the library con- 
struction program for the Library Services 
Branch, U,S, Dept, of Education, recom- 
mended reading the February^ I966 ALA 
BULLETIN and the January issue of SCHOOL 
LIBRARY JOURNAL for recent information 
on federal library legislation. Twenty 
of the programs are concerned with money 
for services. New York has received 
$1,000,000 to convert two floors of the 
Constable building for use as a library 
for students. In this connection Miss 
Hope stressed the need for analysis of 
the user, to find out how he really uses 
n libraryl A. flossy new building intim- 
idates and repels people who have never 
used a library. 

The Library Services Construction Act 
expires June 30, 1966, but a new bill 
has been introduced to update and in- 
crease the amount of money for services 
and construction, 

Mrs. Genevieve Galick announced that 
the Gale Free Library in Holden had 
received one of the six national Dorothy 
Canfield Fisher awards. 

At the conference on library buildings 
Kenneth Shaffer, Director, School of 
Library Science, Pinmons College, said 
that too many library buildings are not 



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functional and even ugly. The architect 
as an artist should create an object of 
beauty and of enduring qualities. As a 
functional engineer he is responsible for 
the relationships inside the building. 
The librarian deals with the Board of 
Trustees, its Building Committee, and 
often with the building committee of the 
city. He also considers the public. Mr, 
Shaffer hopes for the developrasnt of 
advisory services in the state area and 
of authority to decide what kinds and 
qualities of buildings should be built. 

The architect. Nelson W. Aldrich, be- 
lieves the success of library planning 
depends on the library consultant. The 
architect is the middleman between the 
library and the contractor and represents 
the voice of the people. If a choice is 
necessary, the architect decides for 
esthetics over function. 

The luncheon speaker was Austin Olney, 
of Houghton Mifflin Co, Mr, Olney con- 
tinued the architecture theme by describ- 
ing Ihe atmosphere and characteristic 
features of four English publishing 
houses that proudly maintain the old look; 

A,L.A. MID-WIMEER 

Young Adult Services Division 

Plans and projects revealed at the 
Young Adult Services Division meetings at 
the A.L.A. Midwinter Conference promise 
to be of interest and importance to li- 
brarians working with young adults in 
Boston, 

First of all are the plans for the 1966 
New York Conference to be held July 10-16 
and, especially, the Pre-Conference on 
disadvantaged youth to be held July 8, 9, 
and 10 at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronx- 
ville. New York, 

The theme of Pre-Conference is Two 
Blocks Apart and it will concern methods 
of identifying and reaching all dis- 
advantaged youth — Negroes, Mexicans, In- 
dians, Puerto Ricans as well as mateiT.aIly 
advantaged but culturally disadvantaged 
young people. At some sessions there vail 
be speakers; at others Conference partici- 
pants will be divided into small dis- 
cussion groups. Each registrant will har/e 
the opportunity to choose the group which 
is disccasing a topic in which he is 
particularly interested. At the Friday 



evening meeting, Charlotte Mayerson, whose 
book provided the title of the Pre-Confer- 
ence theme, will hold a conversation with . 
Margaret Scoggin of the New York Public 
Library, Registration for this Pre-Con- 
ference is limited and applications will 
appear only in TOP OF THE NEWS, It will 
be essential to register immediately in 
order to take part in what promises to be 
an outstanding series of meetings. 

For the New York Conference, Y.A.S.D. 
has planned a discussion meeting. Librar- 
ians and editors and promotion men from 
the major publishers will meet in small 
groups to discuss young adult books. 
Again it will be necessary to register 
early since each participant may choose 
the group of books that she cashes to read 
and be prepared to discuss at the meeting. 
This is an all-morning session which will 
take place on Thursday, July lUth, 

Young aduit workers who have used A.L.A, 
lists will be glad to hear that several 
new ones are now ready and others are in 
preparation. OUTSTANDING THEATRE FOR THE 
COLLEGE BOUND is being distributed now as 
is a reWsion of OUTSTANDING FICTION FOR 
THE COLLEGE BOUND. The list, OUTSTANDING 
BIOGRAPHY FOR THE COLIEGE BOUND, is being 
revised and a similar list of poetry is in 
the making, A committee is working on a 
new RICHER BY ASIA revised and lengthened 
to include films. SIGNIFICANT ADULT BOOKS 
FOR YOUNG ADULTS, 1965, for which we par- 
ticipated in the voting, will be distribu- 
ted in time for National Library Week use. 

This Midwinter Conference vras the last 
A,L.A, meeting in v4aich Miss Mildred 
Batcheldor, Executive Secretary of both 
Y.A.S.D. and C.S.D., would officially 
participate. Miss Batcheldor is retiring 
in May, She was honored at a luncheon 
which gave the many librarians from all 
over the country an opportunity to say 
'thank you' for her invaluable help 
throughout the years and 'Bon Voyage' for 
her projected trip abroad as soon as her 
A.L.A, duties are finished, 

ROSE MOORAGHIAN 



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Don't forget to visit the Library's 
exhibit at the WINTERFEST, February 18-27, 
1966. 



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BRING BACK THE GOOD OLD DAYS??? 
BOSTON EVENING GLOBE October 3, 1901 
FDR BOYS AND GIRLS 

Latest Examination at the Public 

Library. This was for the Lowest 

Grade in the Service — Salary $3.50. 

General Appearance of ^aper has 

much to do with the result. 

There are no civil-service examinations 
held probably in which the boys and girls 
of New England are so deeply interested 
as those which have to be passed to enter 
the service of the Boston Public Library. 

Yesterday afternoon 23 boys and lit girls 
took the examination for grade E, which 
is the lowest grade in the service and 
for which the salary is $3.50 during the 
first six months, when there is an ad- 
vance to $5.00, with the further oppor- 
tunity of taking examinations for higher 
grades. 

It will be seen from the character of 
the questions in the examination of yes- 
terday that a boy or girl must have a 
fairly good education to enter even this 
grade of the library. The scope of the 
questions would imply at least a high 
school education. 

The general appearance of the paper — in 
spelling, handwriting, neatness, etc. —is 
one of the tests of merit and counts for 
much with the library officials. 

Three hours were allowed for answering 
the questions, tdiich were as follows: 
1. Correct the following sentences 
and give the reason for each correc- 
tion: 

(a) It laid there in the grass all 

night, 

(b) Most every one goes by the new 

road, 

(c) I never did so poor in examin- 

ation before, 

(d) Neither John nor Mary were pre- 

sent, 

(e) Grammar teaches us to speak pro- 

per. 

(f) In what state did you say the 

8ity of Cleveland was? 
S', Fill the blanks in the following 
with shall or will: 

(a) I do not know when I return. 

(b) They not do it if I can pre- 
vent it. 



(c) When — — he return my new book? 
3. Name two empires, two republics and 
one kingdom of Europe? Give the cap- 
ital of each. 

Ii, Give the location of each of the 
fdObwing: Phillippine Islands, Azores, 
Hawaii, Corsica, St, Helena, 

5, Give an account of the war of the 
rebellion (civil war. United States) 
covering (a) causes, (b) one important 
battle, (c) results of the war, 

6, Give the location of each of the 
following places and mention an histori- 
cal event connected with each: Ticonder- 
oga. White Plains, Louisburg, Gettysburg, 
York town, 

7, Name five important seaports of con- 
tinental Europe and give the country in 
which each is located. 

8, Find the cost, at $l6.50 a ton of 
five bales of hay averaging 225 pounds 
each. 

9, At vtfiat price must stock paying k per 
cent be bought in order that 5 per cent 
may be realized on the investment, 

10, Name three modem poets and two 
modem novelists and give the title of a 
prominent work by each, 

11. Give the author of each of the follow- 
ing works: (a) "Conquest of Mexico," 

(b) "Oregon Trail," (c) "Ramona," 
(d) "Ben Hur." 

12, Give the principal works of two of 
the following: Piske, Hawthorne, Lowell, 
Tennyson, 

13. Fill the blanks in the following with 
proper forms of lie or lay: (a) His the 

book here long? (b) I shall 

down for an hour, (c) He — — quite 
still all the morning, 

lij. Write sentences containing the 
possessive singular of the feminine of 
lad, hero, duke, actorj the possessive 
plural of the masculine of aunt, queen, 
widow, 

NOTES FROM COPLEY SQUARE 

A Nasty Month for Book Selection H.R.&C.S. 
January was Casualty Month in the office 
of Book Selection, H.R.&C,S, Heading the 
list was Grace Marvin, cast in the un- 
welcome role of Innocent Bystander who 
gets into trouble without doing anything 
to deserve it. It was incredible to those 
who heard the first reports of the Boyl- 
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her 
named as among those injured. It was 
equally disturbing to have to wait so 
long to confirm the report and to find 
out whether she had been seriously hurt. 
Well, she had been, A scalp wound re- 
quiring twenty stitches is about as 
serious as she cares to get. And she hadj 
of course, not even been in that Gilded 
Cage J She was just wending her way down 
Boylston Street to the elevated station 
and had reached the Savings Bank when the 
street blew up around her, V&iich goes to 
show you that savings banks do not offer 
all the protection they claim to. They 
are all right if it's raining rain or 
violets, but when it's raining masonry, 
manhole covers and building blocks they 
are no safer than any other place. 

Meanwhile, Mrs 
Bd up — at least, a couple of her ribs had 
and she was at home all trussed up like 
A Candlemas goose. Miss Gray and Mrs. 
Lehane were endeavoring to cope, and 
following Mrs. Obear's favorite injunc- 
tion to "hold a finger in the dike*" 
This they were doing with the best old 
Dutch touch but they were relieved to 
find that help was on the way in the per- 
son of Patricia Neth who had decided to 
cause consternation by becoming a college 
dropout. However, before VJashington 
could organize a rehabilitation program 
around her. Book Selection had snaggled 
her again. Welcome back, PatJ 

By the time this report appears, we 
hope that all crises are over and that 
the staff is suffering from nothing more 
serious than being buried under the first 
avalanche of Spring books, ¥e all realize 
that Miss Marvin's recuperation will be 
a long and gradual one, and we share in 
the general concern for her welfare, and 
hope for her continued and complete re- 
covery very soon. 



Clair left with a sincere appreciation of 
the training which he had received in the 
Boston Public Library, fitting him for his 
position, 

GARDENER'S DELIGHT 

Tired of the snow am slueh? Weary of 
cold and gloomy skies? Longing for that 
first crocus to pop out on Commonwealth 
Avenue? Then "Waiting for Spring," the 
current exhibition in the Treasure Room 
of the Central Library is just what you 
need to brighten your outlook. 

From the varied collections of Rare Book 
have been brought together books and man- 
uscripts ranging from the fifteenth to the 
twentieth centviry. Here is a Book of 
Obear had finally crack-JHours with iris and pinks blooming on its 

borders, incunabula with quaint woodcuts, 
and splendid colored engravings by Redout^ 
and other botanical artists. Are you 
planning a little garden in yov^ auburban 
plot? Plates showing the great formal 
gardens of European, royalty may not offer 
too many concrete suggestions— but one can 
always dreamt 

But the exhibit is much more than a 
pictorial display. There are important 
milestones in the history of botanical 
description, and helpful treatises for the 
practical gardener, (Extensive marginal 
notes in several volixmes testify to the 
value they had for their early owners.) 
Even medical botany is covered. And per- 
haps most interesting of all to those of 
us who yearly struggle to coax blooms 
from the reluctant earth is "the gardener's 
diploma," awarded in Copenhagen in 1718, 

The exhibit will remain on display 
through April, 

PERSONALITIES 



MR. ST. CLAIR GOES ACR(^S THE RIVER 

Norbert St. Clair who left Catalcg:'..ng 
and Classification, Rr. and R„S, on Janu- 
ary 28, 1966, to accept employment in the 
M.I.T, Library, was given a coffee-break 
farewell by his co-workers. As a token 
of their esteem, Mr, St. Clair was 
presented with a handsome monogrammed 
goatskin wallet containing a bill (so 
he ' 11 never"^o broke" ) and wished much 
success in his new position, Mr, St, 



At the January meeting of the Staff 
Association new officers for the coming 
year were elected. They are as follows: 
Louis Polishcok, Central Charging Records, 
President; Warren Harrington, South Boston, 
Vice-President J Rhoda Blacker, South End, 
:Tread-;irer| Dorothy Ekstrom, Memorial, 
Recording Secretary; and Marion McCarthy, 
Education, Corresponding Secretary. Linda 
Ivers of Dorchester and Columba Bartolini 
of North End were elected to the executive 
board. Geraldine Beck of Hyde Park and 
Sadie Rotondo, Adams Street are still 



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members of the executive board through 
1966. 

Each fconth THE QUESTION MARK will carry 
a column dntitled 'Personalities ' « Over 
the next few months we will introduce the 
members of the executive and publications 
committee. Our first portrait will be 
of Mr. Polishook, the new President of 
the B.P.L.S.A. 

Louis Polishook, who is now Chief of 
Central Charging Records, came to the 
B.P.L. as a mere boy some 31 years ago. 
He was educated at Suffolk University 
where he received an LLB, and he graduated 
from the Bently School of Accounting and 
Finance. He has also attended the State 
College of the Spoken V/ord and the Army 
Administration School, 

Mr, Polishook is married and lives with 
his wife, Grace, in Newton, They have 
two children; Harlan, who is a sophomore 
at Tufts, and Nancy who is a sophomore at 
Newton High School, 

When not pursuing his favorite pastimes 
of studying law, accounting and taxes, 
Louis generally spends his spare time 
reading, and (New England weather permit- 
ting) playing golf er swimming. He also 
enjoys bowling. 

Congratulations, Louis, on your elec- 
tion as President of the B.P.L.S.A, 

BRANCH NOTES 

Hyde Park 

On a beautiful, brisk moonlit night, 
the staff of Hyde Park gathered at. the 
LAFAYETTE HOUSE in Foxboro for dinner. 
Our original purpose was a Christmas 
party, but with the promotion of Mr&, 
Geraldine Beck to Branch Librarian, we 
added a surprise celebration for her good 
fortune and our bad fortune in losing her 
to Washington Village, We had a most 
enjoyable evening and Mrs. Beck tsb3 given 
an appropriate gift. After the dinner 
and exchange of gifts, we gathered in the 
lounge where Sumner Fryhon took colored 
pictures of the group. Mr, Fryhon also 
received a surprise when the waitress 
brought a strawberry ice-cream pie with 
a lighted candle to celebrate his birth- 
day. 

South Boston 

On Friday evening, January 21st, at the 
Officers' Club of the Fargo Building and 



under the sponsorship of Colonel and Mrs, 
James B. Mullin, the past and present mem- 
bers of the staff of South Boston gathered 
at a dinner party in honor of their recent- 
ly retired branch librarian, Mrs. Irene 
H. Tuttle. Mrs. Moulton, mother of the 
guest of honor, and branch librarian , 
Miss Marjorie M. Gibbons, newest member 
of the South Boston staff, were among the 
party. Amid general good humor, high 
spirits, delicate viands, fine speeches, 
poetic recitation of original verse com- 
posed by staff bard, Edward Lunny, dedi- 
cated songs, and an all pervading conviv- 
iality, Mrs. Tuttle was presented with a 
bone china sugar and creamer set, a fitting 
complement to the series of bone china 
cups and saucers which had been her Christ- 
mas -time mementos from the staff through 
the years. Radiantly young and ravishing 
in a bright red dress, Mrs. Tuttle rose 
to the occasion by reading off her own 
individual prophecies of a variety of 
glorious and joyfilled futures for each 
person on her staff. We, too, wish for 
Mrs, Tuttle an equally glorious and joy- 
ous future doing whatever it is she wants 
to do in the many, many years ahead. Good 
luck, Irene I You take with you our love, 
our respect, and our appreciation J 

THE STAFF 

PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Employe es i 

Burgess Nichols— Book Stack Seirvice 

Linda Wallace — Book Stack Service 

Gail M, Devlin— Division Office, H.R.&C.S. 

Robert Brown— Book Stack Service 

Katherine Dibble— Egles ton Square 

James Mondello — Book Stack Service 

Mariam Shuman— Connolly 

Sherry Moore — Book Stack Service 

Gordon Perrotti — Book Stack Service 

Bfrs. Preseau — Bookmobiles 

Elizabeth Barlow — South Boston 

Temily Weiner — Book Stack Service 

Transfers? 



Patricia Neth— Division Office, H.R.&C.S. 

to Book Selection, H.R.& C.S. 
Mary Ellen Flynn— Jamaica Plain to North 

End 
Estelle B, Kite— Egleston Square to Adams 

Street 
Judith Noren— ^dams Street to Orient Height: 
Dianne M. Mullally — Charlestown to Adams St^ 



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Transfers (continued) ; 
Katharine Mackey— ^Roslindale to CharlestoWi 
Richard Campagna — Receiving, Shipping, 
Stock and Supplies to Book Purchasing 

Terminations ; 

Jerry Greenglass— Book Stack Service, re- 
signed. 

William Hanway— Book Stack Service, to re- 
turn to college, 

Sydney Potter— Book Stack Service, reaignec 

Patrick Potega— Book Selection, R. andR, Si 
to return to college 

Elinor Wing— Mattapan, to attend library 
school on a full-time basis. 

Priscilla Feinstein — Book Selection, H.R, 
and C.S,, resigned. 



Maternity Leave ; 

Mrs» Diana Mizzarelli— Fine Arts 

VISIT TO CCfUNTWAY LIBRARY 

On December 7, 196$, members of the 
staff visited the Countway Medical Li- 
brary of Harvard University, The trip 
was arranged by Mr, McNiff, We were told 
all the facts and figures about the li- 
brary and then taken on a tour by staff 
members. Some of the very latest tech- 
niques in library science are being em- 
ployed there at present and the plans for 
the future look very exciting. 

On our way out we were told to come 
again either in groups or as individuals. 
If you were one of the unlucky ones who 
were unable to make the trip, it might be 
well worth your while to go over to 
Countway, tell them who you are, and ask 
to be shoim around, 

CONGRATULAnONS 




SOAT^ JBOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must be 
accompanied by the full name of the Associ- 
ation member submitting it, together with 
the name of the Branch Library, Department, 
or Office in which he or she is employed. 
The name is vathheld from publication, or 
a pen name is used, if the contributor so 
requests. Anonymous contributions are not 
given consideration. The author of the 
article is known only to the Editor-in- 
Chief. The contents of the articles ap- 
pearing in the Soap Box are personal 
opinions expressed by individual Associa- 
tion members and their appearance does not 
necessarily indicate that the Publications 
Committee and the Association are in agree- 
ment with the views expressed. Only those 
contributions not containing more than 300 
words will be accepted, 



To the Soap Box; 



Mary Hunter, a student at Cathedral 
High School and a part-time assistant. 
Cataloging and Classification, R. and R.S 
received a $1,600 scholarship at Boston 
College, 



The TIMES of January 22 carried a letter 
from a puzzled citizen vAio had seen books 
outside the Donnell Branch Library waiting 
to be taken to the incinerator. They were 
in good condition, so he wanted to keep 
some of them, but it was against the rules. 
They had to be destroyed. 

The New York Public Library's Chief of 
•Circulation replied on February 3, Branch 
books are city property, and may be dis- 
posed of when no longer useful but must 
not be sold. It would cost more than an 
occasional exception was worth to consult 
experts. 

We are all familiar with this bureau- 
cratic dodge. But the Donnell Branch is 
a fairly recent addition, and was presvun- 
ably stocked id.th new books vdiich can 
easily be replaced, V'e here share the 
problem and have the same valid excuse. 



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But there is one important difference. 
When the public clamors for ANATOMY OF A 
MUEDER or BY LOVE POSSESSED, we have to 
buy 125 copies of each, and discard most 
of them when the demand is over. But 
Branch Issue is a unique small library, 
with books quite different from the 
ephemeral best sellers. And some of the 
branches had been autonomous town librar- 
ies before they joined us, with good col- 
lections of their own. The slsughter of 
many of those books in the last 12 — 13 
years are memorialized in cold figures in 
the Office of Records, Files, Statistics. 
But the cultural loss to the Library and 
the Community will need a Jeremiah to 
lament properly. Not being a Jeremiah 
and rapidly nearing the end of my allottee 
300 words, I'll just say shame on the 
perpetrators, 

HARRY ANDREWS 

To the Soap Box; 

The answer to the NEV/ YORKER'S com- 
plaint about discarded books was signed 
CHIEF, CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT. How did 
we here ever get saddled with highfalutin 
honorifics like CHIEF LIBRARIAN? It is a 
confusing and misleading designation, anc^ 
all things considered, must embarrass 
even the holders. Years ago, vdien the 
changes in nomenclature in our familiar 
pastures here were first introduced, I 
spoke out against the arid pedestrianism 
of names like BOOK STACK and BOOK STOCK. 
Such names lack color and imagination, 
but at least they do not falsify. The 
word LIBRARIAN in any given library can 
apply only to the head of that library; 
and the words CHIEF LIBRARIAN would apply 
only if we had a national combination of 
libraries. 

If some things done in the past are to 
be examined for change, I suggest that 
the naming of things be added to the 
agenda. 



HARRY ANDREWS 

To the Editor: 

It has been stated that the Tuesday 
afternoon administrative meetings are not 
to be top secret sessions. And yet, the 
staff is forced to depend upon gossip, 
conjecture, and an occasional remark, in 
order to follow the progress of the Tues- 
day afternoon conclaves. 



Granted, many discussions are not of 
concern to the entire staff, but the de- 
cisions which directly effect a specific 
department or office should be detailed, 
to all concerned., by the proper adminis- 
trative representative. 

Any large organization may harbor an ac- 
tive gossip ring, a group of rumor carriers, 
Certainly such "conjuring" can not be sub- 
stituted for intelligent communication be- 
tween administrator and staff. 

Sincerely, 
SOURED ON THE GRAPEVINE 

LATE FLASH I J 

Grace Marvin, (see page h) was welcomed 
back today, February 17. 

TV INTRODUCES B.P,L. TO PUBLIC 

With the cooperation of the Staff, it 
has been possible to tell the Library's 
story on television. Every week, some 
function, service, exhibit, or interesting 
collection Las been the subject of a ten- 
minute adult segment of Bob Emery's Big 
Brother's Wc t Ld programs on Cho k» 



You may want to watch the following pro- 
grams on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.: 

Feb, 19 — Mildred Kaufman and Rev, Richard 
S, Tierney, Gatholic Book Month, 

Feb, 26— Sidney Starr, the scope of the 
Fine Arts Department. 

Mar, 5 — The program will include a brief 
review of coming events in March; no one 
from the B.P.L. will appear. 
Mar, 12— Mrs. Ruth Sleeker, recent dis- 
coveries in the Music Department, 

Mar, 19 — Macy Margolis, local history 
material in the B.P.L. 

Watch tbe next QUESTION MARK for programs 
on Ch, ^ and, possibly, Ch, 7. Also, the 
next issue will tell more about Ch, ii's 
programs to date. 

Send comments and suggestions to Infor- 
mation Office, 




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UGstion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRAW 



MARCH 1966 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Voluine XXI, ^fuInber 3 March, 1966 

Publications Committee: Harry Andrews; Ruth Goddard; Katherine Herronj 

Evelyn Isaacs; Angelo Mammano; Genevieve Moloney; 
Mildred R. Somes, Artist; Sarah M. Usher, Indexer; 
Kathleen Ward; Stephen R, Miller, 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. 



EDITORIAL 

Joshua fit the battle of Jericho... 
and just because the walls come tumbling 
down there's no reason to fight about it. 

For the next few months walls at the 
B.P.L. will literally be tumbling down. A 
situation like this may cause strain on all 
our tempers. If you're hit by a brick 
don't let it get you down, and if the noise 
bothers you, just turn yourheering aid off. 
Concentrate on the picture of a new and 
beautiful annex by 197-1 



THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

A meeting of the Executive Board was 
held on Friday, March ii. 

The matter of committee chairmanship 
and membership was brought up and the 
Board voted that in order for all staff 
members to have a better opportunity to 
participate in Staff Association activi- 
ties, a notice would be published in this 
month's QUESTION MARK, (see below) re- 
questing volunteers for committee chair- 
manship and memberships. Please consider 
this and volunteer for committee work. 

The Executive Board discussed the re- 
cent enactment of the Sales Tax, and its 
effect on City of Boston employees sala- 
ries. It was voted that the President 
discuss this with the appropriate Library 
officials, regarding the employees of the 
Library and their salary scales. 

We are awaiting more definite word on 
the Coffee Shop. As soon as the problems 
are worked out, and announcement will be 
madeo 

If any member of the Association has 
any ideas or wishes any subject to be 
e:cplored, they should feel free to 
communicate with any officer of the Asso- 
ciation, 

LOUIS POLISHOOK 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 

In order for all the staff to have a 
better opportunity to participate in the 
activities of the Association, the Execu- 
tive Board requests that you indicate 
your willingness to serve as chairman and 
members of the various committees of the 
Association, by sending your names and 
the names of the committees on which you 
wovild be willing to serve, to Marion 
McCarthy, Corresponding Secretary, Educa- 
tion Department, by April 1, 1966. . 

Committees 

Program 

Entertainment — ^Richard Cronin, Chairman 

Membership and Hospitality 

Constitution 

Publication — ^Already formed, (see Q.M. 

masthead) 
Staff Library 
House Committee for Men and Women 



Special Services 

Bertha V, Hartzell Memorial 

Personnel 

Staff Organization Round Table (SORT) 

CARE 

Concession 

PERSONNEL MOTES 

New Employees : 

Murray Rudnick— ^pen Shelf 

Mrs, Julia S, Brecekeri — Book Selection 

R. and R.S, 
Elizabeth C, Barlow— South Boston 
Linda Wallace— Book Stack Service 
Sharon F, Whittemore — ^Rare Book 
Janice E, Barber — Memorial 
Maria Magnolia— Uphams Corner 

Transfers ; 

Carolyn Kirkham — from Connolly to Roslindale 

Katherine Mackey—from Roslindale to 

Charlestown 
Winifred C. Frank— from Officer-in-Charge 

to Personnel 
Selma Horwitz — from Roslindale to Codman 

Square 

Terminations ; 

Agnes Kelley — Faneuil, to return to college. 

James Mercer— Bookmobiles, to return to 

college. 
Barbara Doran — Personnel, another position, 
Anne Smith — ^Uphams Comer. 
Richard Banfield — Book Stack Service, to 

enter Military Service, 
Grace Duffy — Codman Square, personal reasons 
Phi Ills Patrick— Kirstein Business Branch, 

to remain at home, 
John J, Sullivan— 'History, Military leave, 

Theodora B, Scoff, Branch Librarian, 
Emeritus , is seriously ill-»»at the 
Faulkner Hospital, 1153 Centre Street, 
Jamaica Plain, 02130. Her friends might 
like to send cards. 

Rose Karaian, Branch Issue, is at the 
Middlesex County Sanatorium, 775 Trapelo 
Road, Waltham, Mass, 02l5ii. She loves to 
receive cards.' 



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MRS. iiPA ANDELMAN RETIRES 
"Ada, do you remember?" 

February 22 was a beautiful day. The 
Princess Room at the Somerset Hotel 
looked gay and spring-like with its love- 
ly decorations in shades of pink. The 
guest of honor was chic and charming in 
simple black, set off by the pearls 
which were a gift from Andy, who was a 
proud and happy escort. 

With a ceremonial march of guests to 
the head table the festivities began. 
After a delicious luncheon a nostalgic 
note was introduced when John Carroll, 
Chief Librarian of the Home Reading and 
Community Services, turned to Mrs. Ada 
Andelman, retiring Supervisor of the Home 
Reading Services and, with a musical 
background provided by Angelo Mammano, 
asked "Ada, do you remember the date 
June 29, 1919?" Mrs. Andelman smiled 
reminiscently and nodded, Mr. Carroll 
read a tribute in verse written by 
Lisette Tanck who also remembered the 
arrival of a new "extra" who was to be- 
come a well loved "super." 

A TOAST TO ADA 

It was a shiny yesterday 

The place was Warren Street Branch — 

I first met Ada Aserkoff 

It was a happy chance. 

She was little, she was sweet. 
She was brown-eyed and so sincere 
She was clever, she was keen 
Quite the extra of the year! 

I met her sister, Gertmde, 
Her brothers: Loiiis and Abe 
They were a close-knit family 
With parents fine and brave. 
Then Andy came upon the scene 
To her his heart he gave. 

The days went by as Ada worked. 
East Boston was her new locale. 
The job at hand she never shirked 
Warren Street missed their old-time pal. 

She climbed the ladder of success 
With talent and endeavor 
But to those she left on the lower rung 
She is just the same as everl 



Most of all she is sincere 
Quite the "super" of the year, 

Lisette Tanck 

One after another the questions came: 
"Ada, do you remember?" Our Ada's memory 
was excellent. Each question brought forth 
the answer and a story. This part of the 
program was brought to a close with Mr. 
Poli shook and all the guests joining in 
with: 

DO YOU REMEMBER SONG 

(To be spoken first by Mr, Polishook with 
musical background. Then group sing-alongj 

Mr, Polishook ? 

Ada, do you remember when 

The phone rang all day and then 

Next day it would start again — 

"Please, oh please send someone to help us" 

That's our favorite cry. 

Test your memory 

And Ada, do you remember how 

You worked hard with great success 

For someone to answer our S.O.S, 

Group refrains; (one and two) 

Dearie, days were busy 

In those dizzy help-less years 

Say you remember, if you remember 

Then you'll be awfully glad you're not here. 

Ada, days were busy 

In those dizzy help-less years 

Oh how we'll miss you 

As we wish you 

The best there is and then some, 

COMMITTEE 

with special credits to 

Sarah Richman 

and 

Sheila Stevens 

Mr, Carroll then invited the guests at 
the head table to add their personal 
tributes to Mrs. Andelman, This was fol- 
lowed by the presentation of the gift; a 
lovely after dinner soffee service in 
sterling silver. After accepting the gift 
Mrs. Andelman talked with her many friends. 

Close to one hundred and thirty friends 
gathered to honor this woman of quiet dig- 



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nity who is always charming and gracious, 
Mrs. Andelman is esteemed by her associ- 
ates for her fundamental integrity, for 
her helpfulness and friendliness. She 
has gained the respect and admiration of 
all for her capable and efficient hand- 
ling of difficult situations, for her con- 
tribution to the development of the brahnh 
library service and for the high stand- 
ards she set for herself and expected of 
others. Her modest and. unassuming manner, 
no less than her taot, endeared her to 
many. 

We know her many and varied interests 
will keep her happily occupied in the 
years ahead. Our good wishes accompany 
her along the way, 

Ruth M. Hayes 

March 2, I966 

Dear Friends, 

My heartfelt thanks to all of you who 
made my retirement luncheon such a memor- 
able occasion. The ingenious and careful 
planning made it perfect from beginning 
to the end, 

I am most grateful to the Committee vho 
arranged it, to all of you who attended 
and to the large number of friends who 
contributed so generously to the gift 
which was presented to me. The magnifi- 
cent sterling silver coffee service is 
something my husband and I shall treasure 
to the end of our days. 

If I may, I should like to repeat what 
I said at the luncheon. My many years in 
the library were extremely happy ones, 
not only because I was doing work I en- 
joyed but most in^jortant, I enjoyed the 
people I had the pleasure to work with 
and the many friends I made, I have a 
great admiration for the work the library 
is doing and for the employees who are 
making it possible. 

It is my hope, that when the time comes 
for each and everyone of you to retire^ 
you will carry away with you as many 
happy memories as I do. 

Sincerely yours, 
Ada A, Andelman 



STAFF IN PRINT 

In a recent article in THE PILOT en- 
titled "Youth and Books Span World Horisons " 
Philip J, McNiff looks at some of the ways 
in which books and book services can con- 
tribute to international understanding. 
As opposed to news media, books are valu- 
able in this area because they analyse 
events, provide depth, and separate the 
vital from the trivial. Publishers are 
now providing moro translations and 
authoritative paperbacks on history, geog- 
raphy and culture of foreign lands, Read- 
ing lists can be obtained from newsletters 
of various organizations, from libraries, 
and from the HEADLINE SERIES, published 
by the world Affairs Counf\il. Mr, HcNiff 
points out that not only books on history 
and government are valuable, but also 
poetry, plays, and biographies of paiople 
in other lands. 

■»■■»■■«■*■»•-;«■ 

An article by James J, Ford, Education, 
was published recently in the February 6 
issue of the BULLETIN of the Eire Society 
of Boston. Titled The Printed Book in 
Ireland it traces the growth of printing 
in the country more commonly known to 
bibliophiles for its illuminated manu- 
scripts, especially the BOOK OF KELLS. 
Exclusive rights to printing were given 
to the King's Printer in Dublin when 
printing was first introduced there j 
various ambiguities of the rights of Irish 
printers versus their English contempor- 
aries combined to slow the growth of a 
flourishing trade. Even today there is 
little activity— only 13 countries pub- 
lished fewer books than Ireland in 1^60, 

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SEX EDUCATION. THE COMH)N DENOMINATOR 

In a recent article in SCHOOL UBRARY 
JOURNAL (January 15, 1966) Jace Manthorne 
explores the responsibility of the library 
to the needs of disadvantaged city 
children. When parents fail to provide 
guidance it is up to the librarian to 
"unlock the books and put them within 
reach of the young people who need th«m," 
They can provide sex education to people 
in a wide range of ages and social levels. 



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and they can aim their programs at those i 
who have already become the victims of 
educational neglect and are living out- 
side the realm of "respectability." In 
the former class are programs such as 
discussion groups -for parents and teen- 
age programs at YMCA's. To help young 
people in trouble librarians support 
reading programs and give book-film pro- 
grams for delinquent girls, for exanple. 
To fill a vital need, libraries must re- 
spond with practical action in book 
selection, adjustment of circulation 
rules, strengthening ties with social 
agencies and developing a readiness to 
relate reading to the needs of individual 
lives, 

B.P.L.S.A. PERSONALITIES 

Rhoda Blacker, Branch librarian at 
South End, was elected treasurer of the 
Staff Association at the general meeting 
in January, Before becoming branch li- 
brarian in I96I4, Miss Blacker had been 
a children's librarian with the B.P.L. 
She was educated at Boston Teacher's 
College and the The Simmons College 
School of Library Science, She says that 
when she is not occupied with the affairs 
of running South End, she is interested 
in music, the theater and in psychology. 
Our only comment is that the Boston area 
is certainly a good place to pursue these 
interests . 

BRANCH NOTES 

On Thursday evening, February 17, Mem- 
orial-Mt. Pleasant presented a Negro 
History VJeek Program at Mt, Pleasant in 
cooperation with the Quill Club of Great- 
er Boston. The Quill Club is conposed of 
Negro writers. Club members read from 
the works of famous American Negroes, and 
from their own original works. The pro- 
gram was concluded with a bit of pantomim^ 
presented by the Junior and Senior Youth 
Councils of the Boston Branch, NAACP. 
They portrayed famous American Negroes, 
and the audience was asked to guess their 
identity, A "standing room only" crowd | 
of almost 100 people attended the prograi^ 
and many remained to view the displays 
and to enjoy the social hour that fol- 
lowed. Among the many distinguished 
guests present were: Philip McNiff, 



Director; John Carroll, Chief Librarian, 
H.R. and C.S.j and Kathleen Hegarty, 
Coordinator of Adult Services. 

A, H. Price 

NOTES FROM COPLEY SQUARE 

Mr, McNiff has just accepted the invi- 
tation of Foster E, Mohrhardt, Chairman, 
1966, Association of Research Libraries, 
to chair the ARL Committee to develop a 
program on Chinese materials. 

At the same time, the Director agreed to 
continue as ARL Farmington Plan Sub- 
committee Chairman for the coming year, 

Mr, McNiff has also accepted the invi- 
tation of the President of the A.L.A. 
(Robert Vosper) to serve as a member of 
the Special Joint Committee on Libraries 
and International Education, 

The Library has also become a full par- 
ticipant in recieving mateirial from Israel 
under PL U80, This means that we will 
receive all material published in that 
country including fiction, non-fiction, 
rabbinical tracts, and even pre-election 
propaganda , 

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Mr, and Mrs, Edward (Helen) Harrington 
will leave for Bitburg, Germany on March 
28 to attend the wedding of their daughter, 
Helen Marie and First Lt, Nicholas Peay 
Jordan, USAF, Young Helen graduated from 
the State College at Boston and served as 
a reading consultant in the Boston School 
System before going to Germany to teach 
for the Air Force in their dependents' 
school, Lt, Jordan is a graduate of the 
University of North Carolina and is the 
son of Mr, and Mrs, Harry T. Jordan of 
1''ashington, D,C, A reception will be held 
in the Officers ' Club following the cere- 
mony. Have a good trip, folks, and much 
happiness to Helen and Nick, 

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Frederick Aufiero, Book Stack Service, 
will be inducted into the United States 
Army, March l5. Though he has been in 
the Library service only two years, he 
quickly befriended the entire staff. 

A surprise party was held at The Town 
and Country, February 19 attended by some 



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65 of his friends. The "Yankee Clippers'^ 
a local rock and roll group, provided j 
the entertainment which lasted into the j 
small hours of the morning, (One of 
Fred's few absences was Sunday, the 20th) 
Book Stack Service and all others who 
have come in contact with Fred will miss 
him. 

POINT OF VIEW 

Winterfest 1966 

When the Winterfest 1966 programs were 
announced in the Boston newspapers, there 
seemed to be much to look forward to. In 
one week's time we were to have opportun- 
ities to attend concerts, ballet, theater, 
lectures, puppet shows, and all at bar- 
gain prices.' What were the favorable re- 
actions after the event? Most of us 
would be hard pressed to find any. One 
problem was the lack of a proper setting. 
The La Salle Quartet performed in a small 
dining room in the Sheraton Hotel. While 
the Quartet was playing, ticket-holders 
walked in and out, some only staying for 
a short while and then noisily leaving, 
perhaps to savor some other bit of cul- 
ture somewhere else. And there were 
other distractions— the sound of dishes 
rattling in a room to the back of the 
musicians, of a hammer rhythiraiically tap 
ping to the rear of the audience, and of 
flashbulbs popping all through the music. 

The Arena Theater, where Twelfth Night 
was given a two-night stand, was even 
worse a setting. This structure was 
actually just a section of the Exhibitior 
Area, set against the far wall. The 
doors were made of cloth, which made it 
very easy for sound from the Side Show 
to travel through. Thus, the actors had 
to compete with the barkers and an organ 
playing gushy pop music over the sound 
system. 

The Auditorium has already proven its 
inadequacy for musical purposes with its 
convention hall-like atmosphere and poor 
acoustics. The Boston Symphony concert 
was hanpered not only by these consider- 
ations, but also by the steady din from 
the audience, which Mr, Leinsdorf, after 
waiting an inordinate amount of time at 
the podium before starting the concert 



was unable to quell. 

What was the purpose behind Winterfarce, 
pardon me, Winterfest? What kind of plan- 
ning is involved when no special area of 
the arts is emphasized, and no appearance 
is made by the Opera Company of Boston, 
The Boston Ballet, or the Charles Play- 
house? During the winter months, there 
are hundreds of concerts and theatrical 
performances given in Boston. Why do we 
need more? Why not a Summerfest, now that 
the Arts Festival has been cancelled for 
the second consecutive summer? Ah, yes, 
the Arts Festival seems to have gone the 
way of the Boston Repertory Theater and 
the Metropolitan Boston Arts Center, An- 
other promising cultural endeavor hits 
the dust. Whether Winterfest joins this 
select group or not depends on its 
directors and their aims. 

Angelo Mammano 

BOOK TITLES 

S», Out, or Neglected?~Part I 

A recent survey compiled by Library 
Journal (Jan, 1, 1966 issue) attempts to 
analyse briefly opinions on the books of 
1965 which have wide or narrow applicabil- 
ity for public libraiT.es, Sent to 60 
libraries in the U.S., the survey consisted 
of three questions: 

1) Name one adult book published in 1965 
vdiich should be on the shelf of virtually 
every public library regardless of budget 
or size, 

2) Name one adult book vriiich should not 
be on the shelves of any public library 
(except for special collections) 

3) Name one book which had merit but 
which was likely to get less attention 
than it deserved for various reasons — for- 
mat, cost, insufficient notice in review- 
ing media, etc. 

Results showed that Sorenson's KENNEDY 
and Samuel Eliot Morison's OXFORD HISTORY 
OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE topped the list 
for question 1, with White's THE MAKING OF 
THE PRESIDENT I96I4 running third. The 
other titles in the list also revealed a 
strong historical interest, as well as an 
awareness of the civil rights issue. 

Although the response to question two 
provoked many objections (from librarians 
self-concious of charges of censorship) it 



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was a varied list, including such titles 
as AN AMERICAN DREAM (N. Mailer), DON'T 
STOP THE CARNIVAL (H. ¥ouk), and MISS 
MACINTOSH-, -m DARLING (M. Young). ' At the 
top with three votes each were TODAY IS 
TONIGHT (Jean Harlow) and THE MEMOIRS OF 
AN AMNESIAC (Oscar Levant). 

The last question yielded the longest 
list, with no title listed more than 
twice. Among the possible reasons for 
exclusion of worthy books by libraries 
were the treatment of sex or race (cited 
were THE ROSY CRUCIFICTION trilogy by 
Henry Miller and MANCHIID IN THE PROMISED 
LAND, by Claude Brown); poetry (books of 
poems by M.B. Tolson and Ammons were on 
the list); controversial politics (ATOMIC 
DIPLOMACY by G. Alperovitz); and price 
(NOT MAN APART, published by the Sierra 
Club at $25.) 

PART II 

In a follow-up survey (issue of Feb, 1, 
1966) LIBRARY JOURNAL sent its complete 
list of titles garnered from the first 
survey to 200 libraries of all sizes and 
asked ihem to indicate which they had 
bought or had on order. Results (obtainec^ 
12ii answering libraries) showed that 3 
titles were held by all 12U: HERZOG (S. 
Bellow), 'UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE (B. Kauf- 
man), and THE MAKING OF THE PRESIDENT 
I96U (T.H, White). Morison's OXFORD 
HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE was held 
by 122 libraries, Sorenson's KENNEDY by 
116, and Brown's MANCHIID IN THE PROMISED 
LAND by 9I4. The survey showed that I6 
of the 29 titles chosen in the "In" cate- 
gory by the panel were represented in 
7S% or more of the libraries, a fairly 
high degree of correspondence. 

In the "Out" category, however, this 
situation did not occur. The HARLOW book 
was "excluded" as recommended by the 
panel, but Levant's MEMOIRS OF AN AMNESIAC 
was bought by 96 libraries. The books 
by Wouk, Marguerite Young, and Mailer, 
as well as Irwin Shaw's VOICES OF A SUM- 
MER DAY, were held by a large majority of 
libraries, contrary to the panel's 
opinions. Even CANDY was in stock in 29 
libraries. 

In the third category, it turned out 
that a majority of the books thought by 
the panel to be neglected actually were 
neglected. Miller's trilogy was in only 



7.3 .of the libraries, but bottom place 
(bought by 5 libraries) was won by Kohl's 
AGE OF COMPLEXITY, probably because it 
was published in paperback only. From 
the list it appears that sex and poetry 
are the surest roads to exclusion from 
public libraries: Eberhart, Tolson, and 
Ammons all placed very low on the list, 

WINTERFEST AND THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 

One way or another, winter or sximmer 
(or both), Boston is going to have an arts 
festival. Right now it is going through 
the painful process of learning how to do 
the job in a coirpetent, practical, profes-» 
sional way. The significance of Winter- 
fest, recently ended, lies most of all 
in lessons learned which xaan be applied 
to future festivals. 

The Library's experience at Winterfest 
illustrates the point. The B.P.L, accom- 
plished more than it did a year ago, when 
the War Memorial Auditorium was opened with 
exhibitions, talks and musical events. 
At the same time, V'interfest 's management 
made it possible to accomplish more. 

Last year the Library had to provide its 
own insurance, to hire movers who carried 
exhibition cases to the Auditorium and 
back, and to arrange (and pay) for 2U-hour 
guard service during the e3diibition. This 
year, i-^interfest provided movers, arranged 
for insurance (and paid for it), and 
provided guard service as well. In addi- 
tion, this year's show was made infinitely 
easier to mount by means of an abundant 
supply of door-size exhibition panels 
designed by Tom Wong of the Boston Re- 
development Authority, Special spot- 
lighting, too, was available on request 
from the Winterfest staff. 

At the opening of the Auditorium last 
year, tiie Library put on a single exhibi- 
tion of manuscript and printed music, 
rare books and prints, accompanied by 
Louise Stimson's diorama, THE LONDON OF 
DICKENS and a model of the forthcoming 
West End Branch Libraiy, The backdrop 
to all this, and a highly effective one, 
was one of the Library's bookmobiles, 
open and welcoming all comers. 

This year, at Winterfest, the Library's 
contributions were more extensive and 
more varied. The North End Puppeteers, 
from their base of operations at the new 
North End Branch, brought performcrces of 



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puppet plays written by Geraldine Herrick 
who is Librarian of the Branch, An in- 
viting exhibit of books— books in abun- 
dance, on open shelves, for any visitor to 
pick up and browse in— was set »p by the 
Library in the Auditoidum's second-floor 
exhibition hall, A profusion of visitors 
availed themselves of chairs which pro- 
vided a rare chance to rest their weary 
feet. Also on the second floor, the 
Library staged a large and lavish exhibi- 
tion of prints by Toulouse-Lautrec — fifty- 
two of them in all, including some of the 
most famous pictorial images in western 
art. 

Quite a job for the Library, but a long- 
term gain, was the necessity of making 
frames for all fifty-two prints. The Li- 
brary purchased moldings and glass, the 
Carpenter Shop expertly put the frames to- 
gether in standard sizes, and the result 
was not only handsome framing of tJie ex- 
hibition but also, fur the first time, a 
stock of frames which the Print Depart- 
ment can use for loan exhibitions to 
institutions with limited equipment of 
this sort, 

Winterfest, many observers felt, was 
worthwhile thovigh somewhat chaotic. Con- 
fusing, surprising, and often rewarding, 
depending on vrtiere you happened to be and 
what you happened to see, were the crowd 
of exhibits in the two vast exhibition 
halls adjoining the War Memorial Auditor- 



ium, No one has yet proved that an order- man's heart and mind into a coherent whole. 



ly and coherent grouping of exhibits— of 



art, at least — is possible in these feigan- supplied, at least in part, by the man at 



tic halls in which the height, floor to 
ceiling, is extremely limited (ll^ feet) 
in delation to the great reaches of horl- 
Siontal space. The halls are well suited 
for widpt-cpen exhibitions of automobiles 
or motor boats or farm machinery— but 
bring in panels on which to hang paint- 
ings and prints, and immediately barriers 
are created, both to movement and to the 
roving eye trying to comprehend what the 
hall contains. Only the most expert and 
sophisticated planning might overcome 
this problem in the future. Signs hung 
from the ceiling, over some exhibits, 
certainly helped — and more signs, both 
high up and at eye level, are certainly 
going to be one of the essentials in 
future arts festivals held at the Auditor- 
iiim, 

AnotJaer esaerifcial, in future exhibitions 



will be more skillful allocation of space. 
Winterfest had the staff to seek out the 
consent of various institutions to stage 
exhibits— but not enough manpower to find 
out exactly what each show would contain, 
what its quality and visual impact would be. 
Consequently, space was allotted without 
precise knowledge of the quality or "carry- 
ing power" of each show. Future festivals 
will need to know exactly what's coming, 
long before it arrives. 

The Cultural Foundation of Boston, which 
organized V^interfest at Mayor Collins ' 
request, holds the promise of becoming a 
small, local, expert tivil service of the 
arts, A governmental venture in the same 
direction, which hopefully will become a 
permanent organization by legislative act 
this year, is the Massachusetts State 
Council on the Arts and Humanities. The 
Foundation and the Council, one centmred 
on Boston and the other with statewide 
scope, but both with kindred desires to 
bring the arts to a larger audience, ceuld 
be potent allies in financing and arranging 
further arts festivals and other eiiltural 
activities. 

If an arts festival is to have sustained 
success in Boston, both public and private 
financial support will be necessary; so will 
the kind of permanent staff (now solidly 
established in Edinburgh) idaich knows how 
to gather music, art, drama, ballet, jnovies, 
the poet's voice and kindred expressions of 



The element of imagination and daring is 



the top, serving as spokesman and public 
representative for the festival and being, 
as well, a focal point for new ideas. Eli 
Goldston, general chairman of Winterfest 
and founder of the Cultural Foundation of 
Boston, is by far the ablest leader in 
this field that Boston has seen. It is to 
be hoped weAall have the benefit of moi*e 
of his leadership in years to com6« 

Boston can aspire to the quality of 
Edinburgh's annual experience; tber«, the 
festival is a community event; stores 
salute it in their windows, libraries and 
other institutions all over the city stage 
supporting exhibitions, and yon arearare 
of it not just in the viciniiy of the con- 
cert halls and art galleries but in many 
different parts of the city. A "frir^e" 
of university and amateiu* production^ (c 
, of tbaiH, taking itr +' 



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I 
pression, was "Beyond the Fringe") flour- 
ishes in little meeting halls, gymnasiiuiis 
and auditoriums all over Edinburgh, It 
hardly needs to be said that visitors 
come from afar for the Festival's three 
weeks. Edinburgh is thronged and bubbling 
over with life. And the staff of the 
Festival sees to it that each individual 
event gets extensive publicity. The 
visitor finds it easy to know v*iat's go- 
ing on and vAiat's in the offing. Boston 
hasn't reached that level of expertise 
and community commitment yet, but we 're 
getting there. 



Sinclair Hitching s 
PAPIER-MACHE SCULPTURES AT WINTERFEST 

In February Boston's Winterfest was 
held in the War Memorial Auditorium. On 
view was a cross section of the Arts that 
can be found in and around Massachusetts, 
One of the most colorful and talked 
about exhibits was a series of Paper-Macli 
sculptures made by Nikki de Saint-Phalle, 
She is a French woman who has her home 
and studio outside of Paris. She began 
making these figures with the help of her 
ten-year-old son a few years ago. They 
have grown in popularity enough so that 
they are priced from $9.00 to |U,000. 
Unfortunately I was unable to find if 
they have become popular enough for any 
of them to have been sold. 

During the first few days of the exhi- 
bit very little was known about them. 
There were no signs explaining the fig- 
ures and many questions were asked. A 
reporter gave me prcea releases to read, 
which helped considerably. 

The figures were brightly colored 
women called Nanas. Nana is comparable 
to our slang expression of "dames" or 
"broads" and each is named after a friend 
of Miss Saint-Phalle, The artist claims 
to be an anti -feminist and this is proven 
with one look at her work. 

They range in size from a couple of 
feet tall to one spectacular woman well 
over six feet. Their width is all basic 
ally the same., .enormous.' They are 
buxom, have huge protruding stomachs with 
derriers to match, and short unshapely 
legs. This is topped off by a minute 
head capable of holding only the tinest 
of brains. Their coloring is bright and 



gay. They are just plain fun to look at. 



Kathleen Ward 



CONVERSATION 



Do you have any books on ancient Indians? 

Not in this department. You'll have to 
consult the catalog at the other end of 
the floor. 

I did, but I didn't find anything. 

Under what subject did you look? 

Ctiy I looked at the books, but I didn't 
find anything. 

We have closed stacks and you'll have 
to use the catalog to find out what books 
we have on your subject. The librarian 
at the desk near the fireplace will help 
you. 

Oh, you mean the little drawers that pull 
out? 

(Conversation between a Reference Li- 
brarian and a high school student, show- 
ing the folly of assximing our librarianese 
is generally understood. It also indicates 
the difficulty of using the Central Library.) 

TIMELY VERSE..~TO A LIBRARIAN : 

The world has been automatized as every 
schoolboy knows 

Machines translate all poetry to basic 
English prose 

High speed icagnetic Kemories quantize 
essential truth 

And store sufficient estimates of Mary 
and of Ruth 

The music of the future will use random 
number themes 

and waste no microseconds futilely en- 
coding dreams 

So when you catalog the dawn or class 
the lily stem 

Don't file it Dewey Decimal but punch it 
IBM. 

- Will.iam Puller Brown, Jr,, 
VERSES IN THE M3DERN MANNER 

(from AD LIB — TEE Indianapolis Library 
Association) 2/2I4/66 




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haps the greatest of all gifts, but in- 
telligence malevolently used is perhaps 
the worst of all sins, I remember read- 
ing years ago, probably in the APOLOGIA of 
Newman, the phrase CORRUPTIO OPTIMI 
PESSIMA, the corruption of the best is 
worst, or as Shakespeare says, lilies that 
fester are worse than weeds. 

Therefore, when you start to evaluate a 
personality for the Library, don't jiist 
check his Intelligence Quotient. Not his 
IQ, but his MIQ, partjcularly in iir^wrt- 
ant positions. 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must b« 
accompanied by the full name of the Asso- 
ciation member submitting it, together 
wjth the name of the Branch Library, De- 
partment, or Office in which he or she is 
enployed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name is used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous con- 
tributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only 
to the Editor-in-Chief, The contents of 
the articles appearing in the Soap Box 
are personal opinions expressed by 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 contributions 
not containing more than 300 words will 
be accepted. 



To the Soap Box ? 

Who screens the Suggestion Box notes? 
Though there are occasional wise guy 
lucubrations and crackpot jeremiads, the 
writers are generally sinple people with 
simple con^slaints — why an automatic ele- 
vator, why no electricity in the washi?oom 
drier, why didn't we buy such and such a 
book. The letters have grass roots 
authenticity about them, and require a 
simple, honest answer, not a conposition, 
originating in doublethink, and issuing 
in double talk. On this altar of li- 
brarianship we all offer up what gifts we 
have — a fat-thighed bullock, a spotless 
lamb, a cord of wood, or even a juggler's 
act, if that's all we have, and we bring 
it with humility. Intelligence is per- 



Harry Andrews 



To the Soap Box ; 



The other day a young man returned a 
book no one else was waiting for, and 
wanted to take it out again. He was told 
that no renewals were allowed under any 
circumstances, and he patiently came back 
the next day and took it off the shelf 
in Open Shelf, But it was considerably 
damaged since he had seen it the day be- 
fore, and he wrote a note to the Suggestion 
Box about it. 

He received in reply a letter suggesting 
that perhaps he had had a different copy. 
But it was the same copy. 

This incident has a fourfold aspect to 
it which should be treated in four differ- 
ent letters to the Soap Box, the Sugges- 
tion Box notes, the Return Desk chute 
(physical aspect), the Return Desk chute 
(utilitarian aspect) and books sent to the 
Bindery. V^ith all my genius for conpres- 
sion, I doubt if I can say all there is to 
say about those h items in 300 words. 
This introductory note will probably run 
to no more than 200 words. Will I be al- 
lowed to go a little over 300 in the next 
one? I doubt it. 



Harry Andrews 



To the Soap Box t 



I have been disappointed in the Soap Box 
of late and have a suggestion that should 
help the Publications Committee immensely. 
Rather than serve as one person's personal 
editor, why not give him paper and ink and 
'let him publish his own magazine (called 
GRIPES perhaps). The only larger crime 
than this perversion of the Soap Box is 
that this monopoly came to be because no 
one else seems to care enough to write on 
other subjects. 

" NOT H. A." 



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To the Editor ; 

To ',iiom it may concerns 

May I express my profuse thanks and 
eternal gratitude to the person who found 
my pearls on Friday, March h, and left 
them in the ladies ' wash room. 

They were a gift from my husband and I 
was heartbroken. I was also afraid to go 
home. 



Marcella G, MsConville 
Cataloging and Classificatio^in the literature, 
R. and R.S. 



In the literature. 

How did Freud interpret that dream? Which 
> opera contains this recurring theme? 
What makes employment practices unfair? 
From an Albee play to an analysis of Klee, 

if you're interested you'll find it, for 

it's there 
In the literature. 
In history, bibliography, periodical or 

biography. 
It's somewhere 



GeneTTleve Moloney 



F. P. Model has a long and interesting 
article in the February issue of BOSTON 
on Erich Leinsdorf of the Boston Symphony. 
He has this to say on "our" subject of 
books and reading: 

"...His entertainments are likewise 
not frivolous. A voracious reader, 
he literally consumes the COKGEHS- 
SIGNAL READER and the LONDON TIMES 
LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, and he digests— 
not just reads — ^three or four serious 
books a week. (His latest: Runciman's 
THE FALL OF CONSTANTINOPLE)... Fic- 
tion bores him "as it always pic- 
tures man as a product of genetics 
and childhood frustrations.** 
What I no Henry James, no Jane Austen, 
no Proust, no Thomas Mann, no Joyce, no 
Dostoyevsky, no Stendhal, no WAR AND 
PEACE I We find it as hard to believe 
this as to credit the above statement 
about his literal consumption of the 
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD and the LONDON TIMES 
LITERARY SUPPLEMENT. 

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The following is printed with apologies 
^ to Kipling and to P.J, Horton (whoever he 
may be), whose parody "The chemical lit- 
erature" is the basis of this one. 

THE REFERENCE LITERATURE 

or 

A LIBRARIAN'S CREED 

The literature. 
The reference literature— 
When in doabt look it up in the literatur^ 
Every question that man can raise, every 
' phase of that question is on record 
In the literature; 

Answers always can be found, answers sim^ 
pie or profound. 



On second thought, P.J, Horton is un- 
doubtedly there— somewhere — in the liter- 
ature, 

G. M. 

HARRIET SWIFT MEMORIAL 

The committee is grateful for all con- 
tributions received for the HARRIET SIVIFT 
MEMORIAL, and is happy to report that a 
final decision on the memorial will be 
made in the next ten days. If there arc 
any who would still like to contribute, 
the committee will be happy to receive 
your gifts. 

THE COMMITTEE 

Harry Fletcher 
Madalene D. Holt 
Louisa S. Metcalf 
Ellen M. Oldham 
Mildred R. Somes 
Sarah M. Usher 




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uestion 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



APRIL 1966 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volujne XXI, Number h April, 1966 



Ftiblications Committee! 



Harry Andrews; Julia M, Breve leri; James Ford; Evelyn 
Isaacs; Angelo Mammano; Genevieve Moloney; Mildred R, 
Somes, Artist; Margot Timson; Sarah M. Usher, Indexer; 
Kathleen Ward; Stephen R. Miller, Chairman, 



Publication Date: 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting materials 
The tenth of each month 



It shall be the object of the Association 



(a) to foster professional librarianship 

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

bibliothecal staff 

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



EDITORIAL NOTES 

Three perennial subjects seem to flourish in editorial committee meetings in 
proportion to their lack of growth | salaries, communications and courtesy. The 
salary problem cannot really be solved by the eiif)loyees alone, but better communi- 
cations can be a goal of all employees. In our opinion, communication is workable 
between the individual and the Director, but it does not seem to flow freely at all 
levels in between. It is our understanding that Mr, McNiff has requested that in- 
formation about the Tuesday meetings be passed on by the . department heads to their 
staffs, but in many cases it has not been. Too many other matters have also been 
left to hearsay. When hearsay is the only source of information there is bound to 
bo misunderstanding as well as enlightenment and, in addition, the employee is left 
feeling like a secret agent in his own organization. 

Perhaps we expect more of our superiors than they consider their duty; too 
often a conplaint or a sviggestion seems to get stuck at the department head's desk. 
Would a clearer definition of the responsibilities of department heads improve the 
flow of communication, both down and up? Would regular notices of decisions and 
plans affecting library employees widen the channels so they could be used more 
freely? We ask: we know of no final answer. 

THE PUBLICATION COMMITTEE 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

A meeting of the Executive Board was 
held on Friday, April 1, 

The eoncessionaire of our Coffee Shop 
and the new Chairman of the Concessions 
Committee were invited to the meeting for 
a discussion of the relocation of the 
Coffee Shop, We were informed that new 
counters, and some new equipment will be 
installed. Some of the old equipment 
will be moved and used. The grills will 
be eliminated, thereby reducing odors and 
smoke. Paper and plastic dishes and eat- 
ing utensils will replace dishes and cut- 
lery, and thereby meet the requirements 
of the health authorities. The Conces- 
sionaire was told that he should begin 
the work on this relocation as soon as 
possible so that he could be moved at 
the same time as the staff lounges and 
lunch rooms. 

The Board discussed salary adjustments, 
and the members were in agreement that 
new salary schedules were necessary if we 
are to compete with other libraries and 
with private industry. 

Only one Committee remains to be filled, 
This is the Program Committee. Efforts 
are being made to find a chairman for 
this veiy important committee. 

LOUIS POLISHOOK 
PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Enployees ; 

Leo P. Boucher— Duplicating 

Daniel J. Duran — Records, Files, Statistics 

Helen M. «Neil~Book Stack Service 

Robert J, Hartley — Central Charging Records 

William Hanway — Book Stack Service 

Donald R. Snyder — Book Selection, R. and 

R,S. 
Mrs, Audrey Schley — ^Adams Street 
Juan Hernandez — Book Stack Service 
Terminations ; 
Andrea F. Green — ^Adams Street, return to 

college 
Raymond J, Callahan — Exhibits, to enter 

Military Seirvice 
Elinor M, Wing — Mattapan, to enter library 

school 
Helen Gallagher — Central Charging Becoixis 
Mrs, Ann Marie Duggan — Bookmobiles 
Jane Frieze — Book Stack Service 
Sharon Whittemore — ^Rare Book 
William Sawyer— Book Stack Service 



Camel Williams— Book Stack Service 
Margaret C, Gardiner—Cataloging and 

Classification, R, and R.S, 
Frederick Aufiero— Book Stack Service, to 

enter Millitary Service 
Anthony Tieuli~Open Shelf, another 

position 
^frs, Margaret I, Noonan— Information, to 

remain at home 
Sherry Moore— Book Stack Service 
Transfers ; 
Katherine Dibble — Egleston Square to Hyde 

Park 
Janice E. Barber— Memorial to Connolly 
Retirements ; 

Bradford M. Hill— Trustees ' Office 
Irene G, Tuttle — South Boston 

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK 

"A circulating library in a town is as 
an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge," 
(Richard B. Sheridan) 

"A>man in.ll turn over half a library to 
make one book." (Boswell's LIFE OF DR. 
JOHNSON) 

"I know how busy you are in your li- 
brary, which is your paradise," (Erasmus) 

National Library Week fast approaches. 
It is a week of many activities: the 
hectic pace may be tiring. The week of 
April 17—23 is a busy one at the BPL: 
children's books will be reviewed on 
Saturday morning April 30, Mexico Week 
Program will be the highlight at Central 
as well as some of the brancfeee," a»d on 
J^rll 21 Carleton Beals, a noted author- 
ity on Mexico will speak before the Never 
Too Late group. The slogan at the BPL is 
"Happiness is.,,," accompanied by bright 
posters of the Peanuts character holding 
her library card. The slogan can be 
combined with the national slogan "Grow 
Through Reading" to become "Happiness is 
Growing Through Reading." 

The Boston Public Library, however, is 
not alone in celebrating National Library 
Week. Governor Volpe will sign a pro- 
clamation announcing the week in Massa- 
chusetts. Edward Brooke, James McGregor 
Bums, Helen Howe, and Barbara Tuchman 
will be guests at the Book and Author 
Luncheon April l8th at the Statler Hilton. 
Simmon's College School of Library Sci- 
ence is holding their invitational in- 
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on April l6th, A special book section 
id.ll appear in the BeS28N GiaBB M Apr^l 
17th. 

More than all the activities listed' 
above, however. National Library Week 
should be a week of evaluation, observa- 
tion and constructive thinking on the 
library's goals and objectives. It is 
the time of ever-increasing information, 
of better standards, and of more federal 
aid to libraries. Service to readers, 
as National Library Week emphasizes, is 
of the utmost importance, whether the 
reader is a scholar or barely literate. 
Where are libraries headed? And for what 
purpose? Hopefully during National Li- 
brary Week all libraries will ponder this 
and constructively build for the future. 



MARGOT TIIBON 



MEXICO WEEK 



MEXICO WEEK is set for April 17—23. 
Sponsored by the l^'orld Affairs Council, 
with the cooperation of approximately 70 
major community organizations, the Week's 
lectures, exhibits, and parties will 
cover all aspects of past, present, and 
future Mexican life. Highlights through- 
out the city include: an all-city auth- 
entic Mexican fiesta complete with 
mariachi troubadours, tacos, toi^tillas 
and tequila J the world famous Tiajudna 
Brass J Copland's "El Salon Mexico" per- 
formed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra j 
and an exhibit-film series at the BPL an<^. 
its 26 branches. 

The BPL series began April 3rd at i)or- 
chester with the film THE FORGOTTEN 
VILLAGE. Mary Reardon, artist, authof> 
lecturer, and traveler will speak at 
Charleston on April 21, Her subject will 
be Mexico Through its Arts and Crafts » 
At Central, also on April 21, will be 
Carleton Beals, noted auihof and lectui-er 
whose subject is Mexii i.p J 

Ernest Henderson, the new president of 
the World Affairs Council said, "The 
existence of an intelligent public 
opinion is something too many of us in- 
side and outside government tend to take 
for granted* It is up to organizations 
like the World Affairs Council to help 
insure that an articulate public opinion 
on foreign policy issues does, in fact, 
exist..." It is hoped that these activi- 
ties will lead to an improved inter- 
American understanding. 



BRADFORD M. HILL RETIRES 

On March twenty-second, Bradford M, Hill 
retired after a distinguished career of 
service in the Boston Public Library, 

Brad was first employed in the Boston 
Public Library in the Evening and Sunday 
Service in 1925* He was appointed an 
Assistant at West End in 1927, After a 
brief period in the Jordan Marsh Book 
Department in the winter of 1928-29, he 
returned to the Boston Public Library, 
in Branch Catalog where he was appointed 
Second Assistant in 1929 and First Assis- 
tant in 1930, From 1931 to 19h2 he was 
Reference Assistant at Parker Hill, the 
only person to hold that title in the 
branch library system. During World War 
II, he was Regional Depot Supervisor for 
New England in the Victory Book Campaign, 

In 19ii3 he became Chief of the Period- 
ical and Newspaper Department, Deputy 
Supervisor of Reference and Research 
Services in 19^6, Supervisor of Reference 
and Research Services in 1957, and Acting 
Chief Librarian of the Division of Refer- 
ence and Research Services in January 
i960. He served in this capacity until 
April 1965, 111 health caused his ab- 
sence from the Library from Kerch 1965; 
except for a few months in the stunmer of 
1965, In the meantime Brad was appointed 
Consultant to the Director (For the care 
of the collections). 

Brad received his A.B. from Boston 
University in 192^, his A.M. from the 
same institution in 1933, He was the 
first man to study for a library science 
degree at Simmons College School of Li- 
brary Science (the charter had not been 
changed when he started his studies in 
I9ii5) where he received his degree in 
19ii7* He started the parade of men from 
the Boston Public Library to study for 
library science degrees at Simmons, 

Brad was not only an active participant 
in many professional and staff activities 
but has been recognized and honored as a 
leader in the library profession. He 
holds membership in the American Library 
Association, Special Libraries Association 
Catholic Library Association, and Massa- 
chusetts Library Association, 

He served for many years on the Member- 
ship Committee of ALA, was a member of 
the Steering Committee of the Staff 
Organization Round Table of ALA from 19ii9 
to 1953, and was Editor of SORT Bulletin 
for the same period. He was Chairman of 



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Publications Conuidttee of the Boston 
Chapter of Special Libraries Association 
in 19li7-l|8, Vice President, 1953-56 and 
President in 1956-57. 

No one was more active in the organiza- 
tion of the Boston Public Library Staff 
Association, or rather the Boston Public 
Library Professional Staff Association, 
as it was first called. He was Chairman 
of the Organization Committee in 19U5, 
its first President, 19l46-19i47. He ser- 
ved on many committees including service 
as Chairman of the Book Selection Policy 
Committee in 1953-5i4» 

He was elected Vice President of the 
Boston Public Library Eii^Dloyees Benefit 
for 1938-191^0, and President 19UO-19i|2, 
and among many other activities served as 
the Chairman of the Publications Committee 
for many years. 

He was elected Vice President of the 
Boston Public Library Quarter Century 
Club in 1953-1956, President in 1956-58. 

He represented the Library before many 
groups, such as the New England Federa- 
tion of Women's Clubs, U.S. Anry Officer^ 
Boston University Women's Council, the 
Canadian Women's Club of Boston, the City 
Club of Boston, the New England Regional 
Conference of the New England Library 
Association; the North Shore Library Clutj 
the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregation 
of America, student and faculty groups of 
schools and colleges in the area, and on 
radio and television. 

Brad will be best remembered for his 
unfailing consideration for other persons, 
The "open-door"policy was never an entity 
phrase with Brad, Anyone who had a 
problem, request, conplaint, or siiggestioii 
could always expect and receive a coxirte- 
ous hearing from him, A "real gentle- 
man" is the phrase most often spoken of 
Brad, He inspired loyalty in his subor- 
dinates because of his fair treatment, 
and his willingness to fight for a pirin- 
ciple or for a deserving assi stant. 

His many friends wish him a speedy re- 
covery from the illness which has caused 
his early retirement. 

Anyone who wishes to eend a note or 
card to Brad may send it to his home: 
18 Hollywood Road 
Winchester 
Massachusetts OI89O 



ASSOCIATION FOR RECORDED SOUND COLLECTIONS 

"Music lovers of Philadelphia heard 
last night one of the most marvelous 
achievments of modem, science— a repro- 
duction of the h\iman voice so perfect 
and unerring that it was impossible to 
distingtiish between it (a phonograph) 
and the real voice of the original singer." 

The "last night" referred to in the ' 
preceeding eulogy was April 27, 1916 J *■ 
and the event was a direct comparison be- 
tween the actual and recorded voice of 
>4ne, Rappold, This stunt was one of many 
such demonstrations, arranged for the 
promotion of Thomas A. Edison's Re-Crea- 
tion recording technique. 

In the ensuing course of time, tech- 
nological iirprovements have succeeded in 
jading those innocent ears, and we are 
less easily impressed. Nevertheless, 
remarkable tone quality could be— and 
was—achieved half a century ago, despite 
their enployment of what seem to be 
crude, brute force recording processes. 
At any rate, our concern today is with 
the repertoire put on records at the turn 
of the century, rather than with their 
concept of high fidelity. 

In this connection, I attended a con- 
ference at Syracuse University late in 
February, the purpose of which was to 
form an organization devoted to the 
promotion of collecting and preserving 
old discs and cylinders. The need for 
such a nation-wide effort is critical, 
for we have reached a point vrtiere a 
rational, well-directed endeavor towards 
the preservation of the rapidly dwindling 
supply of irreplacable historical record- 
ings is a necessity. 

There are, of course, many sophisticated 
collections of rare recordings already 
in existence, notably at Yale, Syracuse, 
the New York Public Library and those held 
by private individuals. The Boston Public 
library houses an archive of approximately 
5,000 records, of moderate rarity. How- 
ever, although many collections exist, 
there will always remain gaps in these 
archives and there is always the need for 
protective duplication of any inpoirbant 
items. Searching for obscure, unknown and 
rare records can be an exciting treasure 
hunt. Consider, for example, the tanta- 
lizing possibility that in the corner of 
some attic lies the mysterious, one and 
only, lost recording made in I889 by 



by Johannes Brahms. 

In short, the Association for Recorded 
Sound Collections, which was formed at 
the conference, hopes to carry out a 
mutual exchange of ideas and materials 
towards the end of preserving a unique 
and splendid heritage. There still re- 
main undiscovered, vast numbers of valu- 
able recordings, both of music and the 
spoken word, and the Association intends 
to enlist the cooperation of anybody — 
amateur, dilletante or professional — ^who 
has an interest in participating. Mem- 
bership should prove valuable to all con- 
cerned, through the exchange of 'ideas con' 
ceming re-recording, acquisition tech- 
niques, etc.. The fruits of this Associ- 
ation should eventually enormously bene- 
fit both the scholar and the music lover. 



JOHN F. BUNDY 

COPLEY SQUARE? YES.' 

Within the next eighteen months Copley 
Square is to become a true square. The 
reconstruction will be done under the 
direction of Saski, Dawson, Demay Associ- 
ates, Inc. of Watertown, Massachusetts, 
Saski 's design took first place out of 
188 entries in a nation-wide contest a- 
mong landscape architects and planners. 
Its main features include: 

— Terraced walkways, leading down to 
an oblong -shaped shallow pool with 
a fountain which vrill cascade water 
10 feet into the air, 

— A low concrete wall and row of 
linden trees along the Boylston 
Street side of the park, 

— Some 15 bleached sycamore trees 
in a small grove, with cast iron 
benches, near the side of Trini- 
ty Church off Boylston Street, 

— ^Rows of trees in front of the 
Boston Public Library, except 
at the entrance along Boylston 
between Dartmouth and Clarendon 
Streets, and elsewhere in the 
square opposite the park, 

—Two medium height decorative light 
posts at the Dartmouth Street end 
of the open space, j^ast across from 
the library entrance, 
(CHRISTIAM SCIENCE MONITOR, 2U March, '66) 



Plans for inppoving the appearance and 
traffic patterns of Copley Square were 
begun in the late fifties by the Back Bay 
Association and other area interests. 
However, the final incentive to acttal 
construction came with the extension of 
the Massachusetts Turnpike past the B.P.L. 
City planners estimated that with the 
Turnpike exit over 12,000 cars daily would 
flow into Copley Square, With the present 
traffic system sentiments were, "Pity the 
poor pedestrian as he tries to cross 
Copley Square from Trinity Chxirch to the 
Boston Public Library, It would seem 
very much like the Charge of the Calient 
$ Few into the Jaws of the Twelve Thousand." 
Concern was immediately voiced over the 
possible physical damage to the architec- 
turial designs of Copley Square, Many, 
such as Professor Henry Millan of M.I.T,, 
publicly praised the B.P.L,, Trinity 
Church, Old South Church, and The 
Sheraton Plaza, and warned against any 
construction which would detract from 
their architectural appreciation. Debate 
on the Square centered over two general 
plans. One, designed by Robert Cutler 
for the City Public Improvement Commission 
in August of 196ii, proposed the removal 
of the Huntington "hypotenuse" and the 
extension of Trinity I laza to Boylston 
Street, The second, originally presented 
by the Back Bay Association in 1958, then 
updated in I96I4, called for a continuous 
plaza between Dartmouth and Clarendon 
Streets, A poll taken among the Back Bay 
Association members favored 10 to 1 the 
adoption of the "continuous plaza." 

In September of 196h Mayor Collins sug- 
gested that an inter-national competition 
be held to secure a worthy design for the 
new Square, but some of the 300 members 
of the Association were hesitant at the 
idea. Many feardd that not enough prize 
money could be offered to attract competent 
landscapers. By February of 1965, how- 
ever, opinions had changed and the Back 
Bay Council, the Back Bay Research Plan- 
ning and Development Corporation, and the 
City announced that an "open Coirpetition" 
would be held. 

Contest "kits" were sold for $15 to 
about 250 architects, and the maximum 
construction cost was set at $500,000. 
Cash prizes of $5,000 for first, $2,000 
for second and $1,000 for third were 
offered. Of the 250 firms only I88 sub- 
mited entries between March 1 and March 
23, 1966, All designs were judged by a 
feroup of ten architects, landscape ex- 



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perts and civic leaders. The dean 
emeritus of the Graduate School of Design 
at M.I.T., Pietro Belluschi, was chair- 
man of the judges. On the 23rd of March, 
1966 Mayor Collins announced the winner 
at the Museum of Fine Arts. Though the 
city is not obligated to use the winning 
design, Saski's plans will in all prob- 
ability be followed to the letter, 

IN MEMORIAM 
THEODORA B. SCOFF 

This morning we said our final goodbye 
to Theodora B. Scoff, and our hearts are 
filled with sadness. Her years of de- 
votion to the library are a matter of 
record. She expected—and received-- 
from her employees the fullest measiore 
of service to the Library and its ideals, 
for she herself set the perfect example. 
The Library was a large part of her life— 
and those of us vrtio were fortunate enough 
to work with her seen found that we were 
an extension of her otm immediate family. 
She became part of my life about twenty 
years ago when I first came to Mattapan — 
and through the years there were many, 
many occasions when I tiirned to her for 
advice and counsel. My husband and I 
shall miss herj our children, too, I 
know that she took great pride in their 
accomplishments since it was her good ad- 
vice which helped gtiide them in their 
chosen fields of endeavor. It is hard to 
believe that she has gone from us, 

AUGUSTA RUBENSTEIN— Mattapan 

T o Theodora Scoff 

H ere's a hearty toast 

E aoh of us would wish you 

f the best— the most 

D uring your retirement 

h, how you'll be missedj 

R emember, you're our mentor 

A s such, you top our list, 

B ecause you symbolize 

S much that's fine and true 

C an we now express 

ur gratitude to you 

F or all you've been, for what you are 

F riend, guide, good counsellor. 

This toast was written for Theodora 
Scoff two years ago and was presented -bo 



her as a scroll by friends and ex-staff 
members on the occasion of her retirement. 
It expressed— not eloquently perhaps, but 
truly — ^what we who had known and worked 
with her felt about this fine and dedi- 
cated woman. For if ever there was a 
person immersed heart and soul in her 
work, it was she. In a way, the library 
was her life. Even in her retirement, it 
was a part of her. She came back to lead 
an adults' discussion group at Mattapan j 
she was available for advice, information, 
encouragement at any time. All you had 
to do was mention the library — and you 
would get instant rapport. Her enthusi- 
asm carried over to the people she came 
in contact with and especially to her 
staff. She was so proud of her "girls". 
What gave her the greatest satisfaction 
were the number of people 'srtio trained or 
worked with her who advanced in the pro- 
fession . She felt a personal involvement 
and indeed she was responsible for many 
promotions, in the sense that it was her 
supervision and training that was a 
springboard for advancement. 

Miss Scoff took special pride in the 
fact that she was the youngest person in 
the B.P.L. system to be appointed Branch 
Librarian, She was a scant twenty-three 
and fresh out of college when she was 
appointed to that position. So she had 
the longest "reign" — more than iiO years — 
as Branch Librarian, She retired at the 
age of sixty-five. It is such a pity 
thSt her retirement was of such short 
duration and that so mueh was marred by 
illness. 

Our sympathy and condolences to her 
dear and devoted sister, Edna, to her 
family, to her life-long friend, Mrs, 
Malvina Maloof , and to all those who 
treasured her friendship. 

How we shall miss heri 

SARAH RICHMAN 

NOTES FROM COPLEY SQUARE 

On March 26, at the First Congregation- 
al Church, United Church of Christ, 
Martha Lee Parker, of Cataloging and 
Classification R, and R,S., became the 
wife of Brice Kenneth Await, Jr. who is 
an insurance agent for John Hancock Life 
Insurance, The wedding reception was 
held at the Village Inn in Norwood, They 
spent their honeymoon in New York and 



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Washington, D.C, They are now living in 
Roslindale. Congratulations i 

* -Si- ■«■*•«■ •»• 

On Sunday, March 27, a surprise bridal 
shower was held for Roberta Permatteo of 
Book Purchasing^, at the Paddock Club in 
East Boston. There were 96 guests presen"^ 
mostly family and a few B.P.L, friends, 

Roberta received some lovely gifts, in- 
cluding kitchen appliences, china, silver 
and linens. 

Her fiance, Al Cataldo, got a preview 
of what's to come; he was busy all night 
opening gifts and trying to remember 
everyone's name. 

The guests were entertained by a new 
Combo "The Rooks", in which Roberta's 
brother Frankie is the drummer. (Maureen 
Smith, of Book Purchasing, does a mean 
WatusiJ) 



On Tuesday evening, April 12, John M. 
Carroll spoke to the Beacon Hill Civic 
Association at the Charles Street Meet- 
ing House on the proposed West End Branch 
Mr, McNiff and Mr, Connolly were also in 
attendance. The model of the proposed 
building ha^ been on display this week 
at Simon and Sons, 69 Charles Street, 

BRANCH NOTES 

Linda Slee, assistant in the Children's 
Room at West Roxbury, was recently en- 
gaged to Steven R. Vlahon of Saginaw, 
Michigan, A September wedding in Long- 
mont, Colorado, is planned. The couple 
will return to Boston where Linda expects 
to continue working for the B.P.L. and 
studying at Simmons while Steven is in 
the Navy, 

*■»■->■«•■»■■«• 

Margaret Brooks, Young Adults Librarian 
at Memorial-Mt, Pleasant, is to be 
married June 7, in Maine, to David H, 
Smith of Mexico, Missouri. 

Miss Brooks, a graduate of the Univer- 
sity of Maine at Orono, is a Master's 
Degree candidate in Library Science at 
Simmons College, She previously worked 
at Egleston Square, 



Mr, Smith, a I963 graduate of Notre 
Dame University at South Bend, Indiana, 
served two years in the United States 
Naval Reserve aboard the U.S,S. Boston, 
and is presently a graduate teaching 
assistant and a candidate for his Master's 
Degiree in Chemistry at the University of 
Missouri, 

They plan to make their home in Colum- 
bia, Missouri, 

UNION LIST OF SERIAI£ I N LIBRARIES OF 
THE UI I aTED STATES AND CAN.'IDA 
3rd edition, I966 

Copies of this valuable reference tool 
may be found in General Reference and 
Periodical and Newspaper. 

Total serial titles listed: l56,i499 
Number of American libraries sur- 
tteyed : 956 

The 3rd edition includes all information 
in the 2nd edition, 19^43, its two supple- 
ments, 19ii5 and 1953, plus selected new 
titles up to i960, 

A word of caution: Although library 
locations from previous editions and 
supplements were combined to form the 
five volumes of the 3rd edition, the lo- 
cation symbols were not incorporated in- 
to a single alphabet, (i.e. To determine 
what libraries in Massachusetts own the 
periodical A-J- Jatio n, four distinct alpha- 
betical groupings of location symbols 
must be scanned) 

MARGARET L. 

PERSONAUTIES 
WARREN HARPJIIIGTON 

Warren Harrington, Vice President of 
the Staff Association, has been Toung 
Adult Worker at South Boston since Sep- 
tember 1963 -. He expects to receive a 
master's degree in library science from 
Simmons College in June I966, Mr, 
Harrington achieved his bachelor's degree 
in Philosophy from Saint John's Seminary, 
Brighton, in 1962 and attended gratuate 
classes in Catholic Theology there before 
coming to the B.P.L. Some of his friends 
tell us that V/arren's hobbies are wine, 
women and song. Others say that he 
doesn't sing very well. 



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FOBMR BPLers IN PRINT 

One of the library profession's knot- 
tiest problems is the subject of a sympo- 
sium in the April 1 LIBRARY JOURNAL 
titled Library Education and the Talent 
Shortage . Twelve top administrators, in- 
cluding Karl Nyren and Ervin J. Gaines, 
both formerly of the B.P.L., try to de- 
fine what is wrong with the library 
schools, their curriculum and their 
graduates, and to suggest new ways of 
pixjducing qualified librarians. 

Certain ideas were repeated by several 
of the participants. For instance, it 
was felt that the fifth year program as 
presently used was not adequate; a gradu- 
ated system of positions from pages to 
administrators, taking account of rele- 
vant education and experience, was sug- 
gested instead. More use could be made 
of undergraduate degrees in library 
science, 

Karl Nyren finds that money is the 
atJBwer to the profession's woes, not the 
library schools. Low salaries mean that 
the best qualified people are not attrac- 
ted to libraries. Contrary to the others 
in the symposi\im, he is in favor of more 
specialized education for librarians — k 
years of general education with a "major" 
in library science, and a fifth year of a 
career specialization, 

Eirvin Gaines also finds money a factor: 
librarians tend to be either "more highly 
motivated or less competent" than those 
in other professions. He thinks also 
that the number of professionals should 
be decreased in the larger libraries to 
allow more room for managerial skill and 
judgment in the remaining posts, 

WALL STREET JOURNAL LOOKS 
AT LIBRARIANS 

Plugs for library service as a pro- 
fession have penetrated even that august 
sheet, the WALL STREET JOURNAL. In the 
November 1, 1965 issue, an article re- 
ports with apparent surprise that li- 
brarians no longer fit the fussy old- 
maid image, and that libraries are no 
longer dusty refuges from the rain. More 
gold is pouring into libraries ' coffers 
than ever before — ^more than $200 million 
under the Higher Education Act of 1965 
will go to universities and training pro- 



jects, and $100 million from the Ele- 
mentary and Secondary Education Act is 
earmarked for public school libraries. 
However, librarians insist (not meekly) 
that $3*7 billion more is needed just 
to bring the country's libraries up to 
minimum standards, 

LibraiT.es are experimenting with new 
ways of creeping up on the space age. 
Cooperative exchange programs are being 
extended; teletypewriters in California 
transmit book requests from library to 
library to speed service; computers may 
be used to keep charging records, as at 
Florida Atlantic University, The goal 
for the future is a national network of 
libraries capable of transmitting a 
facsimile of a book or manuscript to any 
point in the country. 

Funds are also being used to recruit 
more prospective librarians; five states 
have hired full-time employees to recruit 
trainees and boost enrollment in 3-ihrary 
schools, 

mAT WAS THE MONTH THAT WAS 

How many copies of FANNY HILL do we 
have on shelf? 

Supply room reported that they were 
infindated with used Sensi-Ball pens. 
They are waiting for used elastics. May- 
be an LAI position will have to be cre- 
ated to sort and test all this material. 

The Easter Bunny reported that his 
Easter eggs were a mess this year: some 
were rotten, some stale, some miscolored, 
and others stolen. Maybe he needs Feder- 
al aid. Everybody else is getting it, 

A patron fainted Thursday during the 
2:30 student onslaught. 

The message on a lady's tea bag saidt 
"Someone say. Raise-in-pay 
Sound gong, Rumor wrong!" 

"Misery is,., a headache with four patrons 
waiting looking at you condescendingly 
thinking that you are a miserable speci- 
man of a public servant. The truth is 
you feel miserable," 

"Happiness is... a pipedream," (Essence 
of 'Neil's The Iceman Cometh ) 

Oh, to ride the clean, fast uncrowded 
MTA with the BOSTON HERALD in my hand. 
Would be interesting to see idiat news- 
papers people read during the strike. 
Then again I wonder what kind of people 
the newspapers read. 



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Monty lost, Monty found 

Joe glad, No frown, 

A little boy asked a children's li- 
brarian, " How do whales reduce?" (What 
he wanted to know was how whales repro- 
duced,) 

T'll next month 
■IHE IHIRD EAR 

THE 05LY AMERICAN 

I saw a pleasant-faced, well-dressed, 
peaceable man at our catalog, muttering 
discontentedly to himself, atd I went 
over to see what was wrong, "THE UGLY 
AMERICAN", he said. "What a titlei Why 
don't our writers show the good side of 
American life?" I suddenly remembered 
reading some years ago an article on 
that very subject. I knew neither author 
nor title, nor exact date. But I thought 
the late forties was the time and BGOKS 
ABROAD the periodical. With this meager 
information Mr, O'Neil was able to find 
the magazine for me. 

It is a very short article starting 
on page 11 of the Winter, 19hQ issue, 
written by Edward L. Tinker, This is 
how it starts: 

"In a world more than half-ridden by 
hate, hunger, suspicion, and a struggle 
for power, it was never as inportant as 
now for other nations to knox^ the decencj 
kindness, generosity, and altruism of 
the people of the United States as a 
nation. . , .This is not the portrait of us 
that is exported in our movies or . 
novels,,,", and he mentions specifically 
Steinbeck's GRAPES OF WRATH and Erskine 
Caldwell's TOBACCO ROAD. 

He goes on to suggest that we send 
overseas small collections of books which 
give a ware representative and pleasantei 
pictxire of this land. The lists he 
appends as a starter include books by 
Dorothy Canfied, Willa Gather, Edna 
Ferber, Ellen Glasgow, Ring Lajrdner, Sin- 
clair Lewis, John Marquand, Margaret 
Mitchell, Marjorie Rawlings, Elizabeth 
Roberts, Carl Sandburg, Betty Smith, 
Booth Tarkington and a few others. 

What we have sent abroad in foreign 
aid since 19U8 would still entitle us to 
the adjectives decent, kind, generous, 
and altruistic. But books which blacken 
our "image" are more numerous and harsh- 
er than Steinbeck and Caldwell. It 



would be an interesting parlor game to 
make up lists of authors and books since 
l^iiS which belong to both categories, 

HARRY ANDREWS 

YOUR LIBRARY CARD 

— Joseph Harper 

It's a piece of cardboard four by two 
Yet look what it can do for you: 
Wealth, Information, recreation galore. 
Education, Peace of Mind and much more. 
In Boston, a fruit peddler, Deferrari by 

name. 
Used it; made millions, and went down in 

fame. 
The information center is ready any hour. 
Fully aware that knowledge is power. 
You can go anyv*iere, be anyone. 
Just use your card and have some fun. 
If you 're planning to go to college. 
It'll become your passport to knowledge. 
If peace of mind be your need. 
The card may help to it leado 
YoTir card is the key, the Library the 

door. 
Need I say anything more, 

STAFF REPRESENTATIVES 

Staff Association's 'dues for 1966 are 
now due. Please do not forget to collect 
them. 




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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department, or Office in which he 
or she is employed. The name is with- 
held from publication, or a pen name is 
used, if the contributor so requests. 
Anonymous contributions are not given 
consideration. The author of the article 
is known oilil'y to the Editor-in-^hief , 
The contents of the articles appearing 
in the Soap Box are personal opinions 
expressed by individual Association 
members and liieir appearance does not 
necessarily indicate that the Publica- 
tions Committee and the Associa tion are 
in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions not containing 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 



To my fellow employees at the B.P.L. ; 

I would like to thank you all very 
much on behalf of iry wife and myself, 
for the enjoyable years we both spent 
at the library. May I also make person- 
al recognition to Maiy McDonough, Book 
Preparation, who was very kind and gen- 
erous to my wife and myself and also to 
Frank Bruno, Book Stack Service, for 
allowing me to work in his Department, 
I would like to continue on with the 
list but it would take many more pages 
than is already allowed to me. In 
closing, may I wish you all very good 
health and happiness in the future. 

Thank you, 

Philip W, Flattich 



the Q.M. hit 
asked what I 
little notice, 
my despatches 



To the Soap Box ; 

The day the March issue of 
the Coffee Shop, four people 
meant by MIQ, Ordinarily so 
oral or written, is taken of 
here, that four queries constitute public 
clamor. One English professor said in 
class once, that we must write in such 
a way that not only are we understood, but 
there must be no possibility that we be 
misunderstood, I thought this was one 
lesson I had definitely carried away with 
me, so I read my letter again, and sure 
enough the last paragraph was less than 
clear. I investigated and found that one 
line had been left out by the printers. 

Now when I wrote that letter and invented 
that term, my purpose was not just to set 
wriggling on a pin some people I thought 
were using their intelligence to deceive, 
I also hoped to establish a new criterion 
for judging candidates for Library posi- 
tions here, particularly the more respon- 
sible ones, I dredged my memory for an 
ancient substantiation of my thesis from 
Newman, and strengthened it by a similar 
sentiment from Shakespeare, and tried to 
phrase my result in the accents of a very 
celebrated passage from Donne, It was 
unnerving to have one element in this new 
confection lost in transit. 

If ever there is a new edition of the 
March, 1966 issue of the ^.M, printed, I 
would like the last paragraph to read as 
follows : 

"Therefore, when you begin to evaluate a 
personality for the Library, don't just 
check his IQ, the intelligence quotient, 
but his MIQ, the malevolence intelligence 
quotient. Great harm can come to states 
and libraries when people with high MIQ's 
take responsible positions," 

HARRY ANDREWS 

To the Soap Box ; 

MJRAL TURPITUDE, OR, WHAT'S IN A NAME 

The library has been issriing some rather 
interesting administrative notices but 
this last one No, 21 — 1966 is a gem, 
ShaAee of ambigid.ty'»-»''Bioral turpitude.'" 
It says so little, but sxiggests so much. 
This is a phrase that begs for definition, 
I thought I knew what it meant, but I am 
not sure that my interpretation is the 
same as yours. Is it? As a member of the 
staff, I vrould like this more clearly 



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spelled out, I for one, would like a 
clear line of definition before I report 
anyone for anything. As for notifying 
the officer in charge via the .switch- 
board, this is clearly an inpossibility. 
The time it takes to transfer a call on 
ordinary library matters is enough to 
turn one into a babbling idiot. Imagine 
transferring a call on "moral turpitude.*" 
I don't think we should or could ignore 
an unpleasant situation, but we should 
be sure of viiat we are reporting j if this 
notice be a guideline for action, I would 
hesitate to enforce it. Indeed, I would 
follow the old maxim, when in doubt, don't 

JOSEPH HARPER 

Editor's note ; 

BUCK LAW DICTIONARY (Uth ed. 1951) page 

1160, says this: 

Moral Turpitude : an act of baseness, 
vileness, or depravity in the private 
and social duties which a man owes to his 
fellow men, or to society in general, 
contrary to the accepted and customary 
rule of right and duty between man and 
man. 

To the Editor ; 

To speak or not to speak 
That is the question. 
Whether t'is nobler 

in the mind to suffer 



THE QB^KWJ MARK does serve the pur- 
pose of venting irritation and frustra- 
tion. Except for Sam's there is no other 
such outlet in the library. 

On the one hand people are seriously 
discussing the future of the B.P.L. and, 
on the other, Sensi-Ball pens are now 
important enough to warrent a General 
Administrative Notice, With all the 
committees, meetings, and discussions 
newly established it would seem •Uiat we 
shotild be moving ahead. The "underlings" 
(Pi's, P2's, and LA'S sometimes refer to 
themselves) don't see much change nor do 
their department heads tell them much 
about the new plans etc. Information is 
sifted, rumored, and generally garbled, 
I agree that one cannot solve years of 
problems in a few months, but some people 
seem to have the attitude that "This is 
the system; it has always been this way, 
Itvon't change, so bear up under it," 
I ask — why can't it change. Petty 



griping, extremely poor communication be- 
tween all levels of staff, and non-thinking 
staff make it eraeperating to work here. 
(Maybe I am non-thinking in writing this, 
but I am beyond caring). Why is everybody 
unwilling to open their mouths (sometimes 
I wonder if there are embarressing periods 
of silence at the department heads meet- 
ings) or is it because they know that they 
are ill-prepared for the ,1ob they are in 
and wish not to appear foolish. 

Absolutely nothing is accomplished by 
sending letters of such a disgruntled 
nature as this except the joy in seeing 
a few paltry words in print. Yes, I am 
griping. Everyone else is too. I am dis- 
couraged. 



"HAMLET" 
(•^I have of late,,, but wherefore 
I know not — lost all my mirth,,.") 




™ 



uestion 



MA^ 





THE BOSTON PUBLIC IIBRAW 



MAY 1966 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
_7oluine XXI « Number ^ 



May, 1966 



Publications Conrndttee: Harry Andrews; Julia M, Breveleri; James Fordj Evelyn 

Isaacs J Angelo Maramanoj Mildred R, Somes, Artist j 
Margot Timsoni Sarah M. Usher, Indexer; Kathleen Wardj 
Stephen R. Mller, Chairman, 



Publication Date: 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material: 
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. 



EDITORIAL 

At the last business meeting of the Staff Association we 
had difficulty in gathering a quorum, 

Whose fault? 

Wio knows i 

Why? Lack of interest? 

Maybe,' 

Too busy to come? 

Perhaps,' 

Department couldn't spare you? 

Hmmi 

Whose Staff Association is it? 

Yours i 

How do we improve conditions? 

By pitching in] 

These questions are simple { 

So are the answers! 

BE THEREi 

May 20th 

Why? 

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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



At the meeting on Friday, May 6, the 
Executive Board was made aware of the 
new developments concerning the Coffee 
Shop, The Concessionaire, because of the 
higher-than-anticipated expense of relo- 
cation, has decided to give up his parti- 
cipation in this venture, affective July 
1, 1966. This creates a problem which 
must be solved immediately in order to 
meet the deadline of the clearing out of 
the Annex, The Executive Board decided 
to present the problem to the membership 
at the May 20 Business Meeting and it 
has been placed on the agenda. 

The Board discussed cummunications be- 
tween Administration and Staff, and the 
new Collective Bargaining Law, Both of 
these items have been placed on the 
agenda, and it is hoped that a full dis- 
cussion will develop, with the resultant 
better understanding of these subjects. 

All members are urged to make every 
effort to attend the meeting on Friday, 
May 20. 

LOUIS POLISHOOK 

PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Employees ; 

Thomas P. Coveney~Book Stack Service 
Joseph E. Caparco — Book Stack Service 
Sylvia Ferris—Cataloging and Classifi- 
cation 
John J, Jtilian— Book Selection 
Susan S, Konotchick— Book Stack Service 
Mrs. EliSB M, Rousseve—Mattapan 
Married ; 

Harriet McGrath, Book Purchasing, to 
Michael Tiorano, Audio-Visual, May 1, 
1966. 
Transfers f 

Mrs. Rosamond Preseau, Bookmobiles to 
Dorchester 
Michelle Tjmdal, Inter-library Loan, to 

Cataloging and Classification 
Paul Romano, Central Charging Records, tc 

Branch Issue 
Terminations ; 

Katherine Herron — General Reference, an- 
other position, 

Jean Babcock— Officer-in-Charge, another 
position. Federal Government, 
Richard J, Forest — Science and Technolo- 
gy, another position, 
Jane Rust — Cataloging and Classification, 



another position, 

John C, Foley— Book Purchasing, to con- 
tinue his writing, 

Philip Fiattich— Patent Section, to work 
for the Telephone Coupany, ' ■ ' 
Dennis O'Neill — Book Stack Service, an- 
other position, 

Sharon White— East Boston, to return to 
Washington and attend the University of 
Washington. 

Ronald Dujon— Book Stack Service, another 
position, 

Gordon Perotti— Book Stack Service, an- 
other position, 

Genevieve A, Moloney— Branch Issue, an- 
other position, 

"THE NEW 1966 NATIONAL DRIVERS TEST" 

The following is taken ft-om a letter 
from J.J. Mullen, Program Director of the 
Massachusetts Safety Council, Inc., ad- 
monishing persons to watch and partici- 
pate in "The New I966 National Drivers 
Test" to be conducted on Tuesday, May 2I4, 
between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p,m, on 
Channel 5« 

"As you know, during 1965, over 50,000 
people lost their lives in highway 
accidents within areas of o\ir 50 
states, Massachusetts experienced 
in that same period over 100,000 
highway accidents resiilting in more 
than 800 deaths," 
"Will better driving reduce such 
tolls? We believe that a combina- 
tion of safer drivers and cars en- 
gineered for passenger safety will 
result in fewer accidents and 
deaths. We also believe you and 
your fellow employees will become 
better and safer drivers and bene- 
fit from the exposure to the tests 
that will be given on the night of 
May 2ii," 
THE QUESTION MARK wholeheartedly sup- 
ports Mr, Mullen's view and suggests that 
each of us make every effort to be in 
front of our TV's on Tuesday night at 
10, The official test form is available 
in the Information Office, or will be 
reprinted in the various television maga- 
zines, 

STAFF REPRESENTATIVES 
STAFF ASSOCIATION DUES FOR I966 ARE DUE. 
Please do not forget to collect them. 



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IN MEMCRIAM 
MARIE CASHMAN 



To the public, she was Wlss Cashman, to 
her nrultitude of friends, Marie, and now 
that she is gone we are just beginning to 
realize and appreciate how much she meant 
to Open Shelf. 

Marie Cashman entered the library ser- 
vice in 1929, and worked in this depart- 
ment since 1937. With a seemingly end- 
less vitality, cheerful enthusiasm and 
gay insouciance she made life happier for 
all she served. It was her smile, and 
the quick wit behind it, keen but always 
kind, that endeared her to both public 
and staff, who came to know also her in- 
finite patience and quiet syrrpathy in 
times of sorrow. 

Our own sorrow was deep when we first 
learned of Marie's illness. Stricken 
with a cerebraillhemorrhage Janus ry fifth, 
she remained in a coma until her death 
April eleventh, so never knew of the con- 
cern of the many who loved her. 

Marie's loyalty to the B.P.L. was pro- 
verbial, and rare indeed was the day 
when she failed to report for work. When 
holidays permitted, she traveled widely, 
and our memoiaes are richer for having 
shared vacation trips with her, or viewed 
her slides and listened to her sparkling 
accounts of journeys which in her company 
became adventures. 

Our sympathy is extended to her brother 
and the many nephews she loved so dearly. 
We can only hope that her own strong 
faith and courage will be shared by them 
and provide consolation in their loss 

ANNE E. ARMSTRONG 
THEODCRA B. SCOFF MEMORIAL FUND 

A check for one hundred and sixty-six 
dollars received in contributions for the 
Theodora B. Scoff Memorial Fund was sent 
to the lovely new Church of Our Lady of 
the Annunciation in V'est Roxbury, where 
a beautiful stained glass window repre- 
senting SCIENCE has been named in memory 
of the beloved branch librarian, vdio 
dedicated her life to the pursuit of 
learning, 

A letter from her sister, Mrs, Edna 
Gannam, expresses the appreciation of 
Miss Scoff's family: 

"... No words of mine can express the 



feeling in my heart for what her 
friends have done for her. I 
know that she must know, as we all 
believe, what is being done for 
her memory. Please thank one and 
all for their kindness..." 

THE LIBRARY IN PRINT 

It has become increasingly iitportant to 
emphasize the library's problems effective- 
ly if not dramatically through various pub- 
lic relations media. In Free to All — 
The Evolution of the Boston Public Library , 



an article appearing in the May issue of 
BOSTON MAGAZINE, again an informative but 
tempered essay is presented. The article 
primarily discusses the lack of space, 
particularly stack areas and closed office 
space. The historical treatment of the 
library is well-written, far from dull, 
and hopefully appealing to the general 
reader. The article closes with a brief 
explanation of the library system, book 
selection, and policies. 

Interesting points are raised. To quote, 
"An examining committee in 1921, issued a 
report that said it was 'not too early to 
begin considering plans for the new library 
bTiilding that must inevitably be erected 
in a few years ' ". Plans were postponed in 
the last decade because of "financial 
squeeze". The article does not stress 
enough the real inconvenience to not only 
the public but also the librarians of ij5 
years of waiting for a new building. The 
books going to Long Island are not pri- 
marily "duplicates or older volumes" but 
in many cases parts of vital research 
collections making the library eligible to 
be a member of "the prestigious Association 
of Research Libraries" . Just because 
books are old does not mean that they are 
not called for. 

The photographs used to accompany the 
article are appealing but fail to portray 
the space problems confronting the li- 
brary today. 

It is hard for a member of the B.P.L. 
staff to judge such an article. It is 
certainly interesting but perhaps lukewarm 
in its effort to indicate what the library 
is really up against in the next five 
years. The article, nevertheless, is well- 
balanced in its presentation as far as its 
being an introduction to the B.P.L. for 
the general public. Hopefully this intro- 
duction will be followed by articles con- 



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centrating on specific aspects of this 
city's library service: finances, studait 
use, information explosion and the like. 

BRING BACK THE GOCD OLD DAYS?? 

"The average compensation of all these 
persons, including the Librarian, Assis- 
tant Librarian and Heads of Departments 
under the salary schedule in force Jan- 
uary 31, 1911, is $719»1<3 annually, the 
averagjB of all the males being $903.66 
and of the females $630.1^5 a year. Ex- 
cluding the Librarian, Assistant Librariar 
and ten other persons employed as Head of 
Departments, the average salary paid to 
the remaining 208 persons is $628,57 a 
year. Of these 208 persons, 6I are males 
who receive the average salary of $6h6.03 
a year, and lii7 females who receive the 
average salary of $621.21 a year. The 
Custodians of the principal branches are 
all women, and the salary fixed for the 
position is $1,000.00 yearly." Wadlin's 
THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OF THE CITY OF BOSTON 
pp 211^-215. 

BEST— SELLERS 

On May 10, the tally on the Best-Sellers 
in Open Shelf was as follows: 

1. MRS. JACK by Louise Hall Tharp. 
73 reserves, oldest reserve Octo- 
ber 29, 1965. We have 7 copies, 
85 reserves have been filled. 

2. IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote. 
63 reserves, oldest January 21. 
On hand, k copies, 19 reserves 
have been filled, 

3. THE SOURCE by James Michener, 
36 reserves. Oldest, December 
30. On hand, 7 copies, 78 re- 
serves have been filled. 

I4. YES I CAN by Sammy Davis, Jr. 
3ii reserves. Oldest, Januaiy 
28, On hand, 3 copies, 19 re- 
serves have been filled. 

5. DOUBLE IMAGE by Helen Mclnnes. 
3h reserves. Oldest, February 
ii. On hand, I4 copies, 10 re- 
serves have been filled. 

6. GIFT OF PROPHECY by Helen Mont- 
gomery. 29 reserves. Oldest, 
January 7. On hand, 9 copies, 
ii9 reserves have been filled. 

7. INTERN by Doctor X. 23 re- 
serves. Oldest, December 30, 
1965. On hand, 9 copies, 92 re- 



serves have been filled, 

8. GIFT OF JOY by Helen Hayes. 
22 reserves. Oldest, January 
12, On hand, 1 copy, 10 re- 
serves have been filled. 

9, THE GENTIE AMERICANS by Hel- 
en Howe, 20 reserves. Old- 
est, January li;. On hand, k 
copies, 37 reserves have been 
filled. 

10. THE PROUD TOWER by Barbara 
Tuchman. 19 reserves. Old- 
est, February I8, On hand, 

1 copy, 8 reserves have been 
filled. 

11. UHSAFE AT ANY SPEED by_Ralph Nader. 
18 reserves. Oldest, January 28. 

On hand, 1 copy, only 1 reserve 
has been filled, 

12. GAMES PEOPLE PLAY by Eric Berne, 
16 reserves. Oldest, February 10. 
On hand, h copies, 31 reserves 
have been filled. 

A better over-all picture of the most 
wanted books in the areas covered by the 
Library can be had from Branch Issue which 
is supposed to have a record of all the 
reserves left in all the branches. Bookmo- 
biles, Hospital Library and Open Shelf, 
But since the clientele in this is not 
just drawn from local inhabitants, the 
picture above is representative enough, 
I should have liked to add the date when 
the first copy of any book above was first 
received here, but unfortunately the ac- 
cession date in new books, an item which 
older members of the staff had thought as 
inseparable from the book as its title, a 
sort of permanent identification like a 
birth certificate, has recently been un- 
accountably abolished. 

There are only 2 fiction on the list, 
though the runner up with 15 reserves is 
THE EMBEZZLER by Louis Auchincloss. Some 
additional copies of these books have re- 
cently been ordered, but have not yet 
come. It is possible that we may have to 
curtail the loan period for best sellers 
in the future, ^^j^^^ ANDREWS 

RECENT BOOKS 

DOGS by Masters. 

THE BOOK OF TREES AND SHRUBS by Bush, 

YOUR WONDERFUL BABY by Potts, 



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VJIGGIN DIORMIAS OPEN TO PUBLIC 

On May fifth the Wiggin dioramas were 
unveiled to the public in a special 
gallery adjoining the Albert H, Wiggin 
Gallery on the third floor. Central li- 
brary. 

The dioramas are entitled Pfeifatmakers 
at Work and are based on experiences: in 
the lives of eleven artists. They were 
commissioned by Mrs. Marjorie Wiggin Pres- 
cott, daughter of Albert H. Wiggin, and 
planned and made by Louise Stimson of 
Concord. Each diorama is closely re- 
lated to the Albert H. Wiggin collection 
of Prints and Drawings. 

Sinclair Hitchings, Keeper of Prints, 
Mr. McNiff, J)fr. Lord, and Mrs, Prescott 
were on hand to greet several hundred 
guests at the reception for Miss Stimson. 
Tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes were 
served. Pourers were Mrs. Milton B. Lord, 
Miss Stimson 's sister, Edna, Mrs, Hitch- 
ings and l-lrs. Guido R. Perera. 

Miss Stimson 's work is well known to 
the Library Staff through her Dickens ' 
London (Education), Alice in Wonderland 
and The Arabian Mights (Children's Sec- 
tion. Open Shelf*) ^ If you have not al- 
ready seen her most recent masterpieces, 
we urge you to do so. 

BRANCH NOTES 

The follo^^ring article appeared in the 
March CHATTER, publication of the Orchard 
Park Development in Roxb\iry: 

"MT. PLEASANT LIBRARY 

"A salute to Mt. Pleasant Branch Library 
for being the first library in Roxbury 
to have a new set of reference books en- 
titled, 'Negro Heritage Library. « Read 
about emerging African nations and their 
leaders. Read «The Winding Road to Free- 



dom. » This book starts from the beginning 

of slavery to the present-day Civil Rights; dissatisfied with the Auditorium as its 



not wasted their effort in obtaining these 
books. Let us keep the dust and cobwebs 
off these books by keeping them in contin- 
ued use. Don't take my word for it, go to 
your library this week and see and read 
these wonderful books for yourself. 

"Remember, they are REFERENCE BOOKS ONLY.'.' 
I thank you and the Library thanks you. 

DANIEL REASON" 

Daniel Reason is one of our Young Adults 
who use Mt. Pleasant. He was looking for 
term-paper material for Negro History Week 
and I showed him our brand new five-volume 
Negro Heritage Library, These books in- 
clude THE WINDING ROAD TO FREEDOM, PROii 
FILES OF NEGRO WOMANHOOD, EMERGING AFRICAN 
NATIONS AND THEIR LEADERS in two volumes, 
and A MARTIN LUTHER KIM} TREASURY. They 
are handsome books and apparently Daniel 
was impressed. We're very happy to have 
served. 

POINT OF VIEW 

Recently there has been much newspaper 
space employed in complaint over the lack 
of an opera house in Boston. It seems to 
be an annual conplaint, recurring during 
or right after the Metropolitan has played 
itswsek of opera at the VJar Memorial Audi- 
torium. Attendance during the recent 
visit has dropped sharply over the 1965 " 
one, at least as it seems to one observer. 
(There has been nothing official to come 
from the Boston Opera Association about 
attendance figures, nor is there likely to 
be.) 

While one can agree wholeheartedly with 
the complaints, it is difficult not to 
feel it would be a misguided effort to at- 
tempt to build a vnaTsnwoiM theatre for use 
only one week during the year. If the 
Metropolitan Opera Administration is as 



Acti Also included in this volume are 
all supreme court rulings concerning 
civil rights, the March on Washington-iaiid 
the Civil Rights Act itself. Read 'Pro- 
file of Negro Womanhood' with famous 
women such as Phyllis Wheatley, Elizabeth 
Taylor and hundreds of other Negro women. 
Read about Martin Luther King, Jr. 

"Let us show our library that they have 



patrons are, it can very well use Mr, 
Sack's Music Hall, as the Bolshoi Ballet 
is doing this month. 

Much more inportant, it seems to me, is 
that Boston provide a home for its resiiflent 
companies: the Opera Coitpany of Boston and 
the Boston Ballet. The Opera Company in 
particular is constantly expanding its 
activities, and eventually will need a 
theatre of its own. A theatre seating 



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five or six thousand would be out of the 
question, but one with a capacity of two 
thousand woiild be assured good sight lines 
from every seat and good acsoustics. The 
local company has already proven its 
ability to put on excellent performances 
in a reconverted movie house. Given its 
own theatre, it may well challenge com- 
parison with its sister company in New 
York, 

ANGELO M. MAMMANO 
NOTES FROM COPLEY SQUARE 

The BOSTON SUNDAY HERALD carried three 
articles by B.P.L. people in the SHOW 
GUIDE section of the April 17th issue. 
These articles were in connection with 
National Library Week. 

Mr. McNiff 's article dealt with how the 
library had changed over the years, and 
he pointed out the services which the 
B.P.L. has to offer. His theme was 
"Happiness is having your own library 
card" . 

Russell Scully, Coordinator of Book 
Selection, reviewed the new books briefly 
and emphasized that April was the time to 
browse, scan, and read, 

Mrs. Beryl Robinson, Open Shelf, point- 
ed to some of the children's books which 
may be of interest to adults. If you 
missed these three articles it might be 
well for you to go look them up. They 
are not only informative but also show 
some of the writing talent which our 
people have. 



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While we are nn the subject of writing, 
let us also call your attention to the 
May 1st issue of LIBRARY JOURNAL which 
has two book reviews by Mr, Carroll. 



^iHHi -SHHl- ^-JHf 

Patricia 0. Neth, Book Selection, be- 
came engaged to Donald B. Wallace. No 
date has been set for the wedding. 

On April 19, 1966, Miss Helen M. Har- 
rington became Mrs, Nicholas P. Jordan 
in a double-ring ceremony in Bitburg, 
Germany. The daughter of Book Selection's 
Mrs. Harrig^ton, young Helen was married 
by the chaplain at the air base where 
First Lieutenant Jordan is stationed, fi 



Mediterranean cruise is planned by the 
newlyweds for early summer, 

TIORANO ^ MCGRAIH 

On Sunday, May 1, 1966, Harriet McGrath, 
Book Purchasing, became the wife of 
Michael Tiorano, Audio-Visual. They were 
married in Saint Peter's Church, Dorchester. 
Dennis 'Neill, formerly of Book Stack 
Service, was Best Man, and Linda Ponticelli, 
Office of Records, Files, Statistics, was 
Maid-of-Honor, 

The reception took place at the ^awmut 
Associates' Hall in Dorchester. Many 
friends from the library attended, along 
with other friends and relatives, KEN 
ROBERTS was the name of the Combo, in 
which Richard Csmpagna, of Accounting, was 
the drummer. (WOULD YOU BELIEVE, Richie 
can also sing?) 

Mike and "Bunny" spent their honeymoon 
in Washington. They are now living in 
Dorchester. 

HOW TO MAKE A LIBRARY 



Ingredients 

1 plot of land 
1 Building 
? Shelves 

Directions 



? Books 
? Staff 
? Borrowers 
? Service 



Take one plot of land, add one building. 
Add many shelves, fill generously with 
books. Open doors as often and as long as 
possible. Serve as many borrowers as pos- 
sible. Smile — if you can find the book; 
if you cannot find the book— never, but 
never, frown. 

If the above ingredients are mixed as 
directed, you will see that although the 
building is the body, and the books the 
blood, the service you provide makes the 
difference whether the building you work 
in is just another building, or a library. 

JOSEPH HARPER 



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COMMUNICATIONS CONTROVERST 



,.."I have not ventured to speak from 
any chance information , nor according to 
any notion of my own ; I have deacribed 
nothing but what I saw myself, r or learned 
from others of whom I made the most care- 
ful and particular inquiry. The task was 
a laborious one because eyewitnesses of 
the same occurance gave different accounfe 
of them as they remembered, or were in- 
terested in the actions of one side or 
the other," Thucydides Pelop»nneolan 
war. Book I, 22, 

In the past week there has been much 
controversy concerning "communication": 
the lack of it, the overabundance of it, 
and its misdirection. It seems that we 
all talk too much or too little perhaps 
failing to pass on the right information 
to the proper people. Communication will 
never be perfect as we all "impart, pass 
on, gesture, signal" according to our in- 
terpretation of the facts. "What he real- 
ly meant to sfry" or "as I see it" are 
familiar phrases used every day. 

The Q.M. staff at its regular monthly 
meeting, expressly invited Mr, McNiff, 
Mr. Ettele, and Mr, Polishook to discuss 
the problem of communication within the 
B.P.L. system. However, as with the de- 
partment heads meetings, an "air of mys- 
ticism" fused through the library as to 
the purpose of this meeting, "It's nevsr 
been done before" or "Now Mr, McNiff is 
trying to control what's written in the 
Q.M," were actual remarks. Rumor, gossip 
and misinformation showed that perhaps 
communication failed again. 

No great startling new revelations were 
whispered in this meeting. We discussed 
processes of making suggestions, levels 
of communication, and what should be 
communicated. 

In conclusion, as was also stated in 
the department heads meetings, worthvrfiile 
suggestions should be made to department 
heads, coordinators, or the proper author- 
ities and acknowledged whether accepted 
or not. If all fails, Mr. McNiff 's door 
is open, and he does have a telephone. 
Some suggestions may never be proven un- 
til tried. Maybe a new policy might be | 
better than "the way that it has always | 
been done". Communication is a art. 
Lets use it with discretion and authoritja 



INCREASED RETIREMENT BENEFIT Bill. PASSED 

The Quarter Century Association in 1965 
indicated its support of two bills which 
WDvild increase retirement benefits; H 3996 
v^ich would base retirement on the last 
two years' salary, and S 1089 'which would 
base it on the last three years' salary, 
rather than a five-year base as had been 
in effect. Although support was lent to 
each of these, we stressed ovir preference 
for the former bill. 

These bills were supplanted in the 1966 
session of the Legislature by H 181|1 which 
provides for a base of "any period of three 
consecutive years of creditable service for 
which such rate of compensation was the 
highest, or on the average annual rate of 
regular compensation received by such 
member during the period of periods, 
whether consecutive or not, constituting 
his last three years of creditable service 
preceding retirement, whichever is the 
greater". Letters to the Clerk of the 
House and the Clerk of the Senate last 
month elicited the following information 
regarding the status of the bill as of 
April ihth: 

Passed by the House on March 28th; re- 
committed to the Committee on Pensions and 
Old Age Assistance of the Senate, 

A later check on May 13th with the Office 
of the Clerk of the Fenate has provided 
the welcome information that this bill 
has just lately been passed by the Senate 
and signed by the Governor, It is now 
the law of the Commonwealth, 

LEONARD J. MACMILLAN 

President 

Quarter Century Association 

ELLEN PETERSON RETIRES 

Thursday, May 5» was a pleasantly bright 
spring day, when sixty-three friends and 
fellow staff members gathered for luncheon 
at the Hotel Lenox, to honor Ellen Peter- 
son, branch librarian of Hyde Park, vtoo is 
retiring on June 3. 

Mr, Carroll spoke of her forty-seven 
years of service, as a success story, 
which started with her "walking up the 
stairs as an Extra and down as Branch Li- 
brarian", and of her particular contribu- 
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history. A lifelong resident of Hyde 
Park, Miss Peterson has always been in- 
terested in the history of the community 
and has become THE authority on persons 
and places related to its history, Mr, 
Carroll presented a gift with the best 
wishes of all the many friends who have 
known Miss Peterson over the years. When 
removed from its attractive wrappings, a 
navy blue silk purse was revealed, the 
contents of which will make it possible 
to secure a lasting remembrance. When 
Miss Peterson had extended her greetings 
and gracious words of acceptance, Mr. 
McNiff added his personal expression of 
appreciation and good wished. 

Following a summer on the Cape, Miss 
Peterson will be back in Hyde Park in the 
fall ready to pursue her hobbies in her 
new hours of leisure. She will be missed 
but we hope to see her often. 



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May 12, 1966 



Dear Friends and Co-workers: 

This note of thanks will probably seem 
somewhat tardy to you all, but I trust 
you will understand. 

It was very gratifying to know that I 
was so well remembered during my illness 
and misfortune. To acknowledge each one 
individually, about 200, was too much of 
a task. 

Ky therapy at the rehabilitation is 
still not conplete due to delay at the 
center and distiirbing circumstances at 
home, otherwise I had hoped to rejoin you 
by now. My husband's sudden illness and 
operation was quite a blow, and as his 
progress is quite slow and uncertain it 
is very difficult to predict ahead. So 
I hope you vrill bear with me for my neg- 
ligence in writing sooner. 

Both Lew and I are staying at our 
^ughter's home in Foxboro, v^ose address 
is below if anyone cares to make con- 
tacts. 

Again, I thank you very much and hope 
I may still have your well wishes and 
prayers. 

Gratefully yours, 

MARGARET MORRISSEY 

c/e Mankus 

165 East Street 

Foxboro 

Massachusetts 02035 



FORMER STAFF IN PRINT 

In the opinion of Ervin J, Gaines, form- 
erly of the B.P.L., the reference librari- 
an is "the person to develop for the li- 
brary of the future," In a recent article 
in LIBRARY JOURNAL, he finds that the re- 
ference librarian occupies the key posi- 
tion in the library hierarchy because a 
library's usefulness to the public depends 
on a good staff; this in turn depends on 
leadership, a quality central to the train* 
ing of referance librarians. The "ideal" 
reference librarian is a person with a 
strong liberal education, a liking for 
scholarship, managing and organizing abili- 
ties, and a well-developed social aware- 
ness. Since he "performs well in his in- 
stitution when he is able to generalize 
from the particulars of his work," he 
ought to have a sceptical and analytical 
habit of mind. 

In a larger context, Gaines finds that 
"the great weight of the public library 
cannot be puliled along without a much 
larger dadre of keen-minded, skeptical 
and informed people mthin the profession 
than we now have" and that these skeptics 
will provide the leadership and raise the 
tone of the profession. Reference li- 
brarians are in the best position to do 
this since they can recommend standards 
of work and service, observe the needs of 
patrons, and discover tftw^j-o ths .lHjasry has 
failed — and then find new ways to surmount 
the failure. 







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After all life is not a bed of roses, so 
vhy paint it othervdse? 

"PERFILLIO RUBEROSO" 



. -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 nam.e is vjithheld from 
publication, or a pen name is used, if 
the contributor so requests. Anonymous 
contributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only 
to the Editor-in-Ghief , 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 iiie 
Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. Only those contributions: 
not containing more than 300 words will 
be accepted. 



To the Soap Box ; 

Wliy must a department's supply cabinet 
be emptied and the supplies put in any 
comer available so that the head of the 
department may have a separate closet for 
clothing? Especially when close at hand 
there are lockers designated for such a 
purpose. 

Just Wondering 
Editor's Note ; I wonder, too] 

To the Soap Box ; 

I have read Mr, Andrew's article en- 
titled, "The Ugly American," in last 
monthisissue of THE QUESTION MARK. Could 
not the reason that our image has been 
blackened by some of our novelists be re- 
lated to the period in which we ana living. 



A RTHUR M. SCHLESINGER 

No stranger to awards, historian Arthur 
M, Schlesinger received, on May 2, the 
1966 $500 P^ilitzer Prize in biography for 
A THOUSAND DAYS: JOHN F. KENISDY IN THE 
VJHITE HOUSE. This book, of which over 
200,000 copies are reported now in print, 
was also honored by the National Book 
Award in March of this year. After cam- 
paigning for Stevenson in 1952 and 19^6, 
Schlesinger left his position as Professor 
of Histoiy at Harvard, his almamater, to 
become Special Assistant to the President 
in 1961, He remained in Washington until 
the summer after Kennedy's assassination, 
and recently accepted the Albert Schweitzer 
Chair in Humanities at the City University 
of New York, In 19h$, at the age of 28, 
Mr, Schleslinger received his first Pulit- 
zer Prize; this one was awarded in history 
for THE AGE OF JACKSON, Twice recipient 
of the University of California's Foreign 
Press Award, Mr, Schleslinger won both 
the Bancroft and Parkraan Prizes in 1958, 



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MARY U. NICHOLS BOOK PRIZE AWARDS 

Philip J. McNiff, Director of the Bos- 
ton Public Library, made the presentations 
at the Eighteenth Annual Award of the 
Mary U. Nichols Book Prizes at North End 
on Wednesday evening. May It, Michael 
Marciello of Christopher Columbus High 
School and Gloria Mancini of Julie Billi- 
art High School received the awards— 
J0URNAI5 AMD OTHER DOCUMENTS ON THE nFE 
AND VOYAGES OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, by 
Samuel Eliot Morison, and READER'S Elt. 
CYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, by 
Max J. Herzberg, respectively, 

Mary U, Nichols was Branch Librarian at 
North End from 19hl to 19i|8, It was she 
who introduced puppetry to the North End 
library program. When she died suddenly 
at the Central Library, the people of the 
North End and her library friends raised 
a sum of money, the interest being used 
each year to buy two books of lasting 
value. The books are presented annually 
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," Each book contains a bootplete, 
designed by Arthur W, Heintzelman, who 
was Keeper of Prints at the Boston Public 
Library and an artist in his own right, 

Mrs, Geraldine Herrick, Branch Librarian^ 
welcomed the large gathering to the Li- 
brary for the Nichols Program and an- 
nounced that it was also the first anni- 
versary of the new North End, 

Robert L. Castagnola served as program 
chairman. The Chorus from Sacred Heart 
Chiirch, North Square, delighted everyone 
with selections of Italian Folk songs, 
Dr, Giorgio de Santillana, Professor of 
the History and Philosophy of Science at 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 
spoke briefly in Italian to the Choral 
Group and then gave everyone present some4 
thing to think about in his interesting 
evaluation of Italy's contribution to 
civilization, 

Mrs, James Snyder, a sister of Miss 
Nichols, came from Auburn, Maine, to at- 
tend the program, 

A birthday cake with one candle by an 
open book was given to the Library for 
its anniversary. The beautiful cake j 
formed the center piece ©nthe table from! 
which the Ladies ' Committee served punch j 
and cookies. Flowers and plants from thei 
community and a host of golden daffodils j 



from Mrs, John W, Sears added to the at- 
tractiveness of the Library, A social 
hour was enjoyed by all following the 
program, 

A CHAIXENGE TO "RESTLESS RETIRED 
UBRARIANS"— AND OTHERS 

Record American 

Sunday Advertiser 

5 Winthrop Square 

Boston, rtessachusetts 02106 

April 17, 1966 

Boston Public Library 
Boston 
Massachusetts 02117 

Gentlemen : 

Is IJiere one or more persons on the Li- 
brary staff who might like to work on 
their own time with me on a joint project 
of research of two plays and be part own- 
ers of tiie finished properties? 

The subjects are: 

Teddy Roosevelt 
Aaron Burr 

Both are interesting and I believe have 
market possibilities for placement, which 
I will discuss with the interested pare- 
ties. 

At leisure, the work could be done in a 
week or so. 

Sincerely, 

Signed: MARK FINLEY 

Mark Finley 
Promotion Director 



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BOSTON PUBLIC , LIBRARY STAFF ASSOCIATION 
OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES - I966 



President 
Vice President 
Corresponding Secretary- 
Recording Secretary- 
Treasurer 



Columba Bartolina 
Mrs, Geraldine Beck 



Louis PoMshook 
Warren Harrington 
Marion McCarthy- 
Mrs. Dorothy Ekstrom 
Rhoda Blacker 



Executive Board 



Linda Ivers 

Mrs. Sadie Rotondo 



Note : Most recent past president, Mary T. Crowe, is a non-voting mem- 
ber of the Board, Stephen R. Miller as Editor of Publications 
(or a member of the Publications Committee) is "allowed to at- 
tend the meetings of the Executive Board but not to take part 
in the discussions or in the -roting". 



Committees 



C.A«R.E« 

Concessions and House 



Constitution 



Entertainment 



Hartzell Memorial Lecture 
Legal and Legislative 



Membership and Hospitality 



Nominating 

Personnel 

Program 

Publications 



Josephine H. Kelley 

■«■ George Gentile 
•«* Mrs, Dorothea Morgan 
Mrs. Claire 'Toole 
Margaret Thrasher 
Kenneth Billiard, Chairman 

Elizabeth Barlow 

Mrs. Jennie M, Kielczewski 

Warren Harrington, Chairman 

Michael Craven 

Paula Giacobbe 

Ronald Logan 

Richard J. Cronin, Chairman 

Mrs. Laurelle E. Cole, Chairman 

Irene Mains 

Gladys R. White 

Rhoda Blacker, Chairman 

Mrs, Josephine Kelley 

Mrs. Helen Lord 

Macy Margolis 

Barbara Stenglein 

Mrs. Sadie M, Rotondo, Chairman 

TO BE APPOINTED IN NOVEMBER 
Alvis H. Price, Chairman 

Warren Harrington, Chairman 
Members of Executive Board, ex- 
cluding Mr. Polishook 

Harry Andrews 

Mrs, Julia M. Breveleri 

James J. Ford 

Mrs. Evelyn Isaacs 

Angelo Mammano 

Mildred R. Somes, Artist 

Sarah M, Usher, Indexer 

Kathleen Ward 

Stephen R. Miller, Chairman 



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Special Services Rosemarie DeSimone 

Mrs, Francine Galver 

Mrs. Corinne Henderson 

Mrs. Mary LaFollette 

Mrs, Lucja Jaeger 

Mildred Presente 

Mrs. Dorothy Ekatr&B, .Chairman 

Staff Library Mrs. Laura H. Reyes, Chairman 

■«■ — Representative of the Boston Public Library Building Service 
Employees International Union, Local #i(09 (AFL) 
■K-»— Representative of other groups not represented in the Associ- 
ation or the Union 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Voluine XXI, Number 6 June^ 1966 

Publications Committee: Harry Andrews; Julia M, Brevelerij James Ford; Evelyn 

Isaacs; Angelo Mammano; Mildred R. Somes, Artist; 
Margot Timson; Sarah M. Usher, Indexer; Kathleen Ward; 
Stephen R, Miller, 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 BEFORE A CONVENTION— AN EDITORIAL 

Next month, in New York City, librarians from all over the country will be at- 
tending the American Library Association Convention. Many of us will be making the 
short trip to join in the proceedings. Because of the significance of this annual 
meeting, one's thoughts turn to what is happening in the profession as a whole. 

Since the first ALA meeting in I876, many Idlings have happened. It might be 
pointed out, however, that many of the greatest strides forward have been made in 
recent years. It will be appropriate for us to look at some of these achievements 
briefly. 

First, there are the tremendous gains made in library cooperation. Inter-li- 
brary loan is an important department in every library regardless of its size or 
nature. Foreign books and periodicals are coming to the libraries of this country 
through the Farmington Plan, LACAP, P. L. ii80, and Section C, Title 2 of the Higher 
Education Facilities Act that states that the Library of Congress is allowed to buy 
research material from all over the world. State and regional libraries are being 
established throughout the country, and the day is coming when a resident may v.s^ 
any library in his state to check out books. Some believe that this will soon be 
the case on a national basis. 

Second, state and federal government are realizing the need for strong collec- 
tions more than ever and are being very generous in their appropriations. The Li- 
brary Services Construction Act and the clauses pertaining to libraries in the Ele- 
mentary, Secondary, and Higher Education Acts are witnesses to this fact. 

Third, the image of the librarian is changing. National recognition of li- 
brarianship as a profession has been given by such inportant media as ATLANTIC and 
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. Some of the library schools are hiring full-time recruiters 
to visit high schools and colleges. Salaries are on the rise in most cases. 

These are only a few of the things which are happening in our profession. We 
are involved not only as members of the staff of the Boston Public Library, but as 
members of the profession of librarianship. This applies not only to Assistant 
Directors and Department Heads, but to Professional Library Assistants as well. 



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Those who work in the Stacks and do the clerical work also have their part to play 
in the work of the library. Let us all be proud that we work in the Library in such 
an age, 

■ THE PUBH CATIONS COMMITTEE 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES planning stages as well as the Central Li- 

brary. West End, Fields Corner, Brighton 
The Executive Board held its May meeting Regional Center (a reference and circula- 



on Friday, June 3» 

The subject of the Coffee Shop was dis- 
cussed, and it was disclosed that word is 
being awaited frt)m Schrafft's, a firm 
which is contemplating the running of our 
Coffee Shop, In its initial proposal, it 
was noted that they are going to attempt 
both personal service and coin operated 
machine service. This would be advanta§ 
geoustto those staff members who work al^^tB, 
Saturdays and Sundays. 

The matter of salary increases was also 



discussed, and the President was instruct- system as a \diole, however, is the addition 



ed to make further and more specific in- 
qvdry concerning this, 

Ifey we congratulate the membership for 
its co-operation and attendance both at 
the May Business Meeting and at the 
Spring-Svimmer Program. The Association 
wishes to express its thanks to the mem- 
bers of the Committeea \dio worked hard to 
make the program a success, blanks are 
also extended to the Buildings Department 



for its help in preparing the Lecture Hal] to costs increasing from 11 million to 18 



for our program. 



LOUIS POLISHOOK 



AN EVENING WITH THE DIRECTCR 

"The Library cannot sit back and 
wait for people to come to them." 

"May get worse before it gets 
better." 

"Put us back to the forefront 
where we once were, not of pub- 
lic libraries but of American 
libraries." 

With his usual infectious enthusiasm as 
shown by "Oie quotations above, Philip J. 
MsNiff, Director of the Boston Public Li- 
brary, addressed the Spring-Summer meet- 
ing of the Staff Association on Friday, 
June 3» His opening remarks stressed 
that it is a pleasure to work with the 
Association and its officers. The opera- 
tion of the library is successful only as 
the staff as a whole makes it so. 

The building plans for the future are 
extensive. Six new buildings are in the 



ting collection to serve Brighton and All» 
^s^tQtKB but not to replace the existing 
Branch Libraries) Roxbury, South End, and 
hopefully Charlestown are buildings of the 
future giving "tremendous new impetus to 
the branch activities of the Boston Public 
Library", and "immediate points of con- 
tact with so many residents of the city," 
In expanding the branch system, the li- 
brary must reevaluate its services to the 
disadvantaged. 
The most iirportant structure to the B.P.L. 



to the Central Library. Mr, McNiff stress- 
fidl that under the existing conditions we 
cannot expect to give the same quality of 
service as has been done in the past but 
we must renew the service and make it bet- 
ter as the new bxjilding materializes. The 
new building should adequately serve Boston 
for twenty-five years and optimistically 
will be ready by I969 but by 1970 definite- 
ly. The delay, of course, has been due 



or 19 million. Ihe situation has been un- 
fortunate but also fortunate, said Mr. 
McNiff, in that we have been able to take 
a second look at some of the programs for 
the new building. 

Moving from the physical aspects of the 
library to its programs, Mr. McNiff out- 
lined some of the programs and purchases 
in progress: possible purchase of Italian 
librettos, the Carducci collection (Italian 
literary figure), a specialized collection 
on Boston, books on the art of printing, 
and the work with the Ashmoleon Museum 
in Oxford on Griggs, the English print- 
maker. We are striving also to collect 
intensively on Boston, Massachusette, 
and New England. In addition, he stated 
"Uiat Mr. Carroll has asked all the branches 
to outline their basic needs for carrying 
on programs. The emphasis is on maintain- 
ing a balance between the public services 
and scholarly research services: neither 
one outdoing the other. The new bxiilding 
will contain a large open shelf circulating 
collection of some half million books in- 



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eluding adult, young adult, and Qhildren's 
collections, as well as basic research 
tools for students. 

The question period foUovdng pointed 
out additional needs such as: audio-visua] 
equipment, reclassification, and personnel 
recruitment. Mr. McNiff stressed that it 
is inpossible to reclassify one position 
without upsetting the balance of all po- 
sitions. Therefore, all positions, are be- 
ing studied in the library as well as the 
recruitment programs. The new salary 
schedule has been accepted by the Trustees 
and awaits implementation by the City, 
The Library administration and trustees 
have worked hard on this problem, and it 
is now in the hands of the city officials. 

The "surprizing weaknesses" Mr. >fcNiff 
found in our system aret the organiza- 
tional patterns (such as two book selec- 
tion and two cataloging departments), ex- 
cess of paperwork, a fascination with 
statistics, the division of the library in-- 
to so many compartments, and the poor phy- 
sical condition of the book stock. But 
far overridding these weaknesses are' the 
"surprizing strengths": the enthusiasm oi 



the staff and the spirit of cooperation 
and the excellent retrospective collecbiore 



of this library particularly prior to 
World War I, 

For the several members of the Staff 
Association present Mr, McNiff 's informal 
lecture was highly informative as well as 
interesting. It is perhaps unfortunate 
that more people were not there because a 
second-hand reiteration of such a speech 
is unable to convey the spirit of the 
original. 

MARGOT TIJBON 

QUESTION MARK POLL ' 

We would like to call yd)ur attention to 
the June 6 issue of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. 
Beginning on page 22^ you will find the 
Revised Summer Reading List for Secondary 
Schools . How many of these have you read? 

Supposing you were to reconmesnd to a 
person two booksfSshirt he must read, Wiat 
two wouid you recoiranend? One fiction and 
one non-fiction. Jot these down on a 
piece of paper and send them to the Editor 
of the Q.M. along with your reasons for 
choosing these two (or more). We'll pub- 
lish the results in forhtcoming issues. 

This is the first of Q,M. Foils. There 
will be more as we go along. Let us hear 
from you. 



THEODORA SCOFF MEMORIAL 



May 18, 1966 



Miss Mildred Kaufman 
11 Ferncroft Road 
West Roxbury, Ifess, 
02132 

Re: Theodora B. Scoff Ifemorial Fund 

Our Lady of the Annunciation Church 

Dear Mildred: 

My mother had written to me to tell me 
of the generous donation which you and 
sixty-two other good friends of my Aunt 
Theo from the Boston Public Library have 
Just made to Our Lady of the Annunciation 
Church in her memory. This donation \ri.ll 
be used by the Church for a stained glass 
window which will be dedicated to her mem- 
ory. 

To my Aunt Theo the Boston Public li- 
brary was more than just a job—it was the 
central point of her life apart from her 
family, I know that her conception of the 
library was not Just as a depository of 
books but as a living store of knowledge 
and as an instrument by which that know- 
ledge could be made available to the peo- 
ple. She loved books and what was in 
them. Just as she learned so much from 
them herself, she wanted to encourage 
others to do the same, I know that my own 
love of and respect for good books stems 
from my Aunt's example. My Aunt felt very 
possessive about the Boston Public Li- 
brary and particularly about the Mattapan 
Branch which she often referred to as "her 
library" , 

If she had any disappointment in her 
chosen work, it was that the library was 
not used even more then it was despite the 
fact that such increased use would mean 
more work for her and her staff. She has 
had the pleasiire of knowing that many of 
those who used "her library" used it well, 
I believe that the noted author, Theodore 
White, was one such person. The other 
great pleasure that she had was the 
friendship of all of the wonderful people 
with whom ihe had associated in her li- 
brary career. Your generous contribution 
in her memory tells her family that her 
warmth of feeling for all of jrou was re- 
ciprocated by you for her. 



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On behalf of all the members of Theo's 
family, I would like to express oxir deep 
gratitude for your generous act and ask 
that you, Mildred, will be kind enough to 
express that gratitude to all of yoiir fel- 
low contributors to this memorial. 

Most sincerely, 

Nicholas Gannam 

1360 Lake Shore Drive 

Chicago, Illinois 

ATROCITIES 

A jaunty young man breezed in the other 
day and asked for some books on Nazi atro- 
cities. He had just returned from a few 
years* stay in Germany, and had liked the 
country and the people very much. No nne 
he met would adirdt they had ever heard 
what the Nazis had done to Europe and its 
conquered peoples, and he could not be- 
lieve that the very nice Germans them- 
selves he met every day could in any way 
have been guilty of such barbarities. 
Now that he was home, he wanted to check 
up on the question via books in his home 
town library. 

In an interesting article on book selec- 
tion in a recent issue of the LIHIARY 
JOURNAL I had run into the phrase "ideo- 
logical neutrality" as a necessity for the 
librarian, and I generally agree. But 
the Nazis destroyed not only people but 
libraries and books, and that's where a 
librarian has to stop being neutral. So 
I first of all told the young man what 
Churchill had said about the Germans, that 
they behave quite differently in victory 
than they do in defeat. Where Churchill 
preached for his Englishmen the credo: 
IN VICTCRI, MAGNANIMITY; IN DEFEAT, DEFI- 
ANCE, the Germans, he said^ were like one 
breed of dogs, "at your -Uiroat, or at 
your feet." Terror, murder and schrek- 
lichkeit all over Europe from 1933 to 19U5 
and lieder and gemuhtlichkeit since. But 
I promised the young man to get him a ccrni- 
prehensive list on the subject in a few 
days, and in the meantime I went to get 
him a couple from the shelves. I found 
nothing in. 

Now I have been handling requests and 
books on the subject for many years and 
am familiar with the material we have at 
the library. And I have formed some opin- 
ions. The two greatest phenomena of the 



twentieth century, perhaps of all centur- 
ies, are the achievements of science in 
laboratory and space, showing the heights 
man can reach with his mind, and the Nazi 
atrocities against human beings, showing 
the depths man is capable of descending to 

morally. For 500 years the Spanish. 

Inquisition was public enemy number one 
for the western liberal intellectual. But 
the Nazis took the Inqiiisition off the 
hook, and for the next thousand years, in 
a someidiat different sense than planned by 
Hitler and Goebbels, Germany will be re- 
membered by all who read history^ 

Unfortunately the docuinentation in li- 
braries of this subject is not commensurate 
with its vast importance. When I went to 
the catalog to make the list for the young 
man, I found no listing at all for ATROCIi. 
TIES, the most obvious heading, not even a 
see card. There is a heading for CONCEN* 
^ITION CAMPS, but that lists also books 
on Japanese canps, and the Algerian situa- 
tion. Some of the books are listed under 
the names of individual camps, like DACHAU, 
BUCHENWALD, AUSCHWITZ, etc. Other books 
are listed under WORLD WAR, 1939-19ii^, 
ATROCITIES (the most useful heading). Still 
others are under WORLD WAR, 1939-19li5, 
PERSONAL NARRATIVES; WORLD WAR, 1939-19il5, 
PRISONS AND PRISONERS; GERMANY, POLITICS 
AND GOVERNMENT; JEWS IN EUROPE, PERSECU- 
TIONS; and a few others. The books are in 
too many different places sin the catalog 
and in too many different places on the 
shelves. 

r&ny of the best books on the subject are 
no longer listed in the Open Shelf catalog. 
Some have been "overdetained" and some are 
"missing". But I had not expected quite 
such a startling denudation of the shelves 
of books in this area. It almost seems as 
if some person or group is deliberately 
removing such books from otjt shelves. And 
this would be a sort of atrocity itself. 

For various reasons I think the following 
ten books give the best picture of the 
whole subject, and I hope our catalogers 
will list them all under the one sensible 
headings ATROCITIES. 

1, Cetynski, THE HOUSE OF DOLIS 

2, Harris. TYRANNY ON TRIAL 

3, Hoess. COMMANDANT AT AUSCHWITZ 

I, Hilberg. DESTRUCTION OF THE JEWS OF 
EUROPE 

5. Karski. STORY OF A SECRET STATE 

6. Kogon, THEORY AND PRACTICE OF HELL 

7. Lengyel, FKITE CHIMNEYS 



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8. Reitlinger, THE FINAL SOLUTION 

9. Rousset. THE OIHER KIN3D0M 

10. Van Paassen, DAYS OF OUR YEARS. 

HARRY ANDREWS 

THE corn NO MACHINE EXPLOSION 

OR 

THE ASSASINATION AND PERSECUTION OF HAND - 
WRITIM} 

No more library cards.' No more recordsi 
Central Charging are you doomed? Perhaps 
only a maintenance man will be needed to 
repair broken copying machines of patrons. 

It is difficult to realize the effects 
of the copying machine on the future un- 
til someone puts in print the potential 
use of such handy devices. Herbert S. 
Bailey Jr. in Book Publishing and the New 



Technologies (SATURDAY REVIEW, June 11, 
1966) outlines such potential. First, he 
finds that it will be common to have your 
own personal copying machine to copy what- 
ever you like and make copies of copies. 
But for libraries, the effect of the new- 
er and technologically better machines is 
staggering. 

"Libraries have only begun to real- 
ize the potential of copying machines. 
Since photocopies will soon be pro- 
duced at less cost than acqviiring ori- 
ginal books, there will be no need for 
any well-equipped and well-organized 
library to have more than one copy of 
any book. Nor will there be any need 
to maintain the costly apparatus of 
general circulation; it will be cheap- 
er to provide a library-user with his 
own copy of whatever he wants, and no 
book will ever go out of the librari- 
ans direct control— a librarian's 
dream J" 
But listen further-- 

"The development of cheap copiers 
is just the beginning. Using the 
copying technology, we can e3q)ect re- 
mote copying to follow shortly. A 
book or article will be inserted in a 
machine in New York and a copy will be 
produced in Chicago or California, 
transmitted over a network of wires 
connecting all major libraries and 
perhaps bbokstores. Think what a 
boon to libraries this would be-Hin- 
stant inter-library loan from a single 
copiplete collection, perhaps the Li- 



brary of Congress, Only one copy of 
each book would be needed for national 
library use, and the enormous expense 
of repeated cataloging and shelving 
would be saved," 

The whole problem of copyright must be 
solved in light of these predictions. 
But the article closes with a word of cau- 
tion by reminding us that the great pro- 
mise of television only led to a wasteland 
of "trivia and pap". Hopefully the new 
technology will not have the same effect 
on books, 

MARGOT TIJBON 

A BOUQUET FOR MUSIC 

LADD I. JOHNSON 

68-OI1 Clyde Street 
Forest Hills 7^, L6ng Island 
New York City 

May 22, I966 

Mrs, Ruth Bleecker 
Curator of Music 
Boston Public Library 
Copley Plaza 
Boston 17, Massachusetts 

Dear Ifrs, Bleecker, 

When I visited you last Labor Day week- 
end to study the Gorokhoff collection of 
Russian Chiirch music (I was on my way 
from the northwoods of Canada— and dressed 
the part) I promised to send you a record 
of the Slavonic Arts Society entitled 
"Russian Liturgical Masterworks" and sung 
by the Slavonic Cappella Ensemble, It 
has been mailed to you under s^arate 
cover and with my compliments . 

For my part I am delighted that the en- 
tire collection of Ivan T, Gorokhoff has 
been well preserved by your Library and 
that itia once again available ► I' also 
thought that you might like to have a man- 
ifest example of substantive work result- 
ing from your efforts. I am sure that you 
frequently pause to wonder whether your 
thorough and dedicated efforts lead to 
fruition. 

The Slavonic Arts Society has been estab- 
lished to print long-lost music, to make 
more records, to hold exhibits and lectures 
and to print monographs on Russian Church 
music and subjects related to Orthodoxy 
to make it more understandable. 



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Should you want another record for the 
lending library, please let me know. 

Sincerely, 

LADD I. JOINS ON 

A.B.C.D. PROJECT 

Many people have asked Mrs. Scanlan 
about her work with the A.B.C.D, Project, 
THE QUESTION MARK asked her if she would 
write an article about her activities. 
We appreciate her contribution. 

The A.B.C.D, Program began in the Bos- 
ton Public Library, as far as my part was 
concerned, in December of I96I4. I had 
been concerned about the condition of the 
books in the stacks and what might happen 
to them in the move to Long Island, and 
was therefore very much pleased when I 
was asked to supervise a class of girls 
who had been recruited through the ef- 
forts of the South End House, Roxbury 
headquarters for the A.B.C.D. I was to 
teach them book repair in order that we 
might do something about these books be- 
fore moving them to Long Island. 

The girls and their supervisor appeared 
on time but were very reserved and polity 
and seemed to me to be a bit belligerent. 
Books and the library meant nothing to 
them as high school drop-outs, and the 
Library was the last place they wanted to 
be. They had begun "Uieir first year of 
high school but because of racial pins- 
blems in their part of the city, they 
were not happy and had left after one or 
two months of schooling. 

It was not long before I had another 
class in the morning of Puerto Rican 
girls with their supervisor who was to 
translate for us. They came in from 
nine until twelve. There were seven of 
them, and though they all lived in Boston, 
none of them had been in the United 
States very long. They spoke little or 
no English but talked continually among 
themselves in their native tongue. I 
was to teach the supervisor in each class 
and then have them teach the girls, but 
the classes fluctuated so much, that we 
were botb busy all day. The girls would 
come one day and leave the next, and then^ 
after they had been replaced, would re- 
turn. 



The girls in the afternoon class all 
lived in Boston, but some had come fVom 
the South. I had them from Georgia, Ala- 
bama, North and South Carolina and one 
from Florida „ These girls finally learned 
to shelve books and turned out to be very 
conscientious and hard workers, I had 
trouble with only two who finally were 
told that they would have to leave the 
class. These two wotild whisper between 
themselves and when I objected, they in- 
formed me they could not speak out loud 
because their conversation was too mature 
for me to hear. 

I would say the experiment, if I may 
call it that, iras a success. Both class- 
es worked very hard and they certainly 
saved a large part of our book stock from 
being lost or destroyed in moving. We 
had to move into the stacks soon after we 
started on this work and Jxist tie and 
label books from tables in the alcoves, 
because a great number of books had to be 
handled. Repairing had to be given up be- 
cause we had movers coming in and we were 
trying to save book covers and loose pages. 

At present I have six girls from the 
Boston Trade School for Giris who come 
from 3 to 5 after school. They are doing 
very well and, because of their training 
in school, have been easier to teach and 
supervise, I am hoping they may be able 
to stay at least as long as we have the 
Annex floor under us, 

MRS. ANNA SCANLAM 

CHARLES RIVER LIHIARY CLUB 

War, Carroll has membership applications 
for I966-I967. If anyone would care to 
join, please contact his office. 



A. L, A. Annual Conference 
NEW YORK CITY 



July 10-16 



See you there? 



HARRIET SWIFT MEMORIAL 

The Harriet Swift Memorial gift was pre- 
1 sented to the Board of Trustees at its 
I meeting on Friday, May 13, 1966, with the 
' accompanying letter of transmittal: 

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
I 5 ffey 1966 

To the Trustees 

of the Public Library 

of the City of Boston 

Gentlemen: 

On October 25, 1965, Miss Harriet Swift^ 
Curator of Americana, Emeritus, passed a- 
way. Many of her friends, both active and 
retired, vriio had known her during her 
thirty-«ight years of service in the Bos- 
ton Public Library, e:q)ressed a wish to 
contribute to a memorial in her name. A 
Committee was formed which received vol- 
untary contributions. 

The Oommittee also welcomed and evalu- 
ated all suggestions made to it concern- 
ing the form the memoirial mi^t take. It 
considered the personality and capabili- 
ties of Harriet Swifts her courage, in- 
tegrity, forthrightness, and loyalty, on 
the one hand; her dry wit, her capacity 
for fun, and her love of the feminine 
arts— cooking, sewing, and flower garden- 
ing—on the other. It recalled the hi^ 
ideals of professional service to which 
she adhered, and which were a natural in- 
heritance from her father, Lindsay Swift, 
one of the Library's distinguished Editors 
of Publications, of ^om she was justifi- 
ably proud. Together, their two-genera- 
tion service to the Library spanned more 
. than fovir-score consecutive years. But, 
' always the Committee came back to the mem- 
ory of Harriet Swift's interest in, and 
awareness of, her co-workers as individu- 
als, and of her enthusiastic support of, 
and willing participation in, staff acti- 
vities and festivities. 

The Committee finally concluded that 
a gift which would bring continuing enjoy- 
ment to the Staff would be one which woulc 
most fittingly honor her memory. Acting 
upon its decision, and on behalf of her 
many friends, active and retired, in the 
Boston Public Library, the Committee here- 
by presents to the Trustees of the Public 
Library of the City of Boston, as a mem- 
6r±al to the late Harriet Swift and for 
use by the Staff at social functions, a 
^s^Ug^Pau^Revg^bov^^^isc^^eda^^^ 



folloire: 

In Memory of 

Harriet Swift 
Boston Public Library Staff Member, 1921-195' 

daughter of Lindsay Swift 
Boston Public Library Staff member, 1878-192: 

Given by Her Associates 

Sincerely, 

THE COMMITTEE 
(s) HARRY C. FLETCHER H arry C. Fletcher 
(s) MftDALENE D. HOLT M adalene D. Holt 
(s) LOUISA S. FETCALF Louisa S, Metcalf 
(s) EILEN M. Oimm E llen M. Oldham 
(s) MILDRED R. SCaiES " Mildred R. Somes 
(s) SARAH M. USHER S arah M. Usher 

The following letter of acceptance has 
been received from the Director: 

15 June 1966 
Dear M3.ss Usher t 

The Trustees at their Bost recent meet- 
ing accepted the silver Paul Revere bowl 
irtiich was presented to the Library in mem- 
ory of Miss Harriet Swift, Curator of 
Americana, Emeritus, by her many friends. 
A copy of the foniial vote is attached. 

This generous gift, which will grace 
the table at future Staff social functions, 
recalled Miss Swift's many years of active 
and dedicated service as well as the dis- 
tinguished contribution of her faliier, Mr, 
Lindsay Swift, I am pleased that the Li- 
brary has this memorial recalling the more 
than fourscore years of consecutive service 
by Miss Swift and her father. 



(Signed) 



Sincerely yours, 

PHILIP J. ICNIFF 

Director 

13 May 1966 



"VOTED: that the Trustees of the Public 
"library of the City of Boston 
"accept with warm gratitude fi-om 
"Library friends of the late 
"Harriet Swift, Curator of A 
"Americana, Emeritus, the gift 
"•f a silver Paul Revere bowl in 
"her memory for use by the Library 
"staff at social functions," 

A true copy. 

Attest: ELIZABETH B. EROCKUNIER 

Clerk 



mUBMMHMMHl 



II MIim i l ll l l lM ll ll ll lll ld H III I I II 



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PERSONNEL NOTES 



New Enployees ; 

Book Stack Service ; 
Joseph. G, Brady- 
Michael E. Carey 
Laiira Cox 
Robert Griffin 
Sandra L. Moro 
Stephen M, Moylan 

Ann Marie Coyne— Open Shelf 

Joseph McNiff—Open Shelf 

Carren Mandee— Business Office 

Susan L. DeFronzo — ^East Boston 

Diane Fa rr en— Adams Street 

Lois P» Strother — Cataloging and Class- 
ification, R, and R.S, 

Alan G, Vonderhae — Cataloging and Class 
ification, R. and R.S, 

RuthS. Chasen— Roslindale 

William A. Riley—Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics 

Ann O'Neil — Codman Square 

Married ? 

Roberta Permatteo— Book Purchasing, to 
Albert W. Gataldo, Jr., on May 22, 
1966. 

Transferred : 

John Pelose — ^Duplicating to Book Selec- 
• tion. 

Terminations t 

Jane Rust— Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion, to work at MIT, 

Mrs. Ellarose Leimberg — Codman Square, 
to return to Philidelphia xdiile hus- 
band enters service, 

Gail M. Devlin — Home Reading Division 
Office, to return to college. 

Sxisan Konotchick~Book Stack Service, • 
to live in New Hampshire, 

Maryanna Bloch— Uphams Corner, moving 
out of state. 

Mary Ellen Brooks — ^Memorial, Marry and 
live in the Midwest, 

Ellen J, Barton — Cataloging ani Class- 
ification, H,R. and C,S,, to marry 
and go abroad, 

Robert Contant— Central Charging Record^-t^ 
to irork at Harvard, 

Mrs, Kathleen Knuettel— Bookmobiles, 
moving out of state, 

Judith S, Nor en— Orient Heights, 




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accorpanied by the full name of the Associ- 
ation member submitting it, together with 
the name of the Branch Library, Department, 
or Office in which he or she is employed. 
The name is withheld from publication, or 
a pen name is used, if the contributor so 
requests. Anonymous contributions are not 
given consideration. The author of the 
article is known only to the Editor-in-Chief. 
The contents of the articles appearing in 
the Soap Box are personal opinions express- 
ed by individual Association members and 
their appearance does not necessarily in- 
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the Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. Only those contributions 
not containing more than 300 words will be 
accepted. 



Dear Soap Box: 

What ever happened to the STAFF MEMO? 
We miss iti 

"WE" 



Pa\il Buck, librairian emeritus of Harvard, 
says: "If the virtues that should charac- 
terize a library could be suggested by a 
single word, it would be responsiveness , 
o»,the best librarians, the best academic 
librarians, and the best acquisitions li- 
brarians may properly be characterized by 

e same word". From L.J, 1 ffey »66 

p. 227li 



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in 



UGSiion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LI BR AW 



JULY 1966 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Publiehed by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XXI « Number 7 July« I966 



Publications Coimnittee: Harry Andrews; Julia M. Brevelerij James Fordj Evelyn 

Isaacsj Angelo Maramano; Mildred R. Somes, Artistj 
Margot Timsonj Sarah M, Usher, Indexer; Kathleen Ward; 
Stephen R, Miller, Chairman, 

Publication Date: Deadline for submitting materials 
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. 



EDITCRIAL 

Since this is an A.L.A, Issue, we will defer to our national association and 
postpone all discussion of B.P.L. issues till September. See you then, 

THE PUBLICATIONS COMITTEE 



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SPECIAL UERARIES ASSOCIATION 
1966 CONVEmON 

The 57th annual convention of the Spe» 
cial Libraries Association opened in 
Minneapolis on May 2$, 1966 at the Raddi- 
sfflon Hotfel, The convention theme — The 
Special Librarian, vital link in communi- 
cation. 

On Sunday evening a convention receptior 
and opening of exhibits took place, fol- 
lowed by a dinner and the first general 
session. The kejtnote address was given 
by Dr. Walter Heller, former chairman of 
the President's Council of Economic Ad- 
visors and currently. Professor of Eco- 
nomics, University of Minnesota, He pre- 
sented a vigorous and dynamic speech on 
the changing attitudes toward deficit 
spending in this country and economic 
planning in the multi-billion dollar 
world of government. With hviinorous anec- 
dotes, he recalled personal episodes of 
his years in Washington under President 
Kennedy and Johnson, At the conclusion 
of his talk. Dr. Heller was given a 
standing ovation for a splendid presenta- 
tion of a con^slex subject. 

Many of the sixteen divisions had hos- 
pitality suites open each evening so that 
members might meet others in similar 
fields of interest. These gatherings are 
a fine opportunity to become acquainted 
with other librarians and renew friend- 
ships from year to year. The Business 
and Finance Division celebrated the 50th 
anniversary of its founding with a birth- 
day luncheon on Monday, 

At the second general session on Monday 
morning, Dr, George Shapiro, Professor of 
Communication Arts and Sciences, Univer- 
sity of Mnnes^ta, spoke upon Human Prob - 
lems in Communications . The normal re- 
sult when two humans try to communicate 
is confusion and misunderstanding. 
Through examples and audience participa- 
tion devices, he demonstrated the com- 
plexity of communication when not prac- 
ticed carefully and efficiently. The fo- 
cus on this problem as a central part of 
the special librarian's responsibility in 
his relations with patrons, management, 
subordinates and peers, was developed in 
a most fascinating and informative pres- 
entation. 

The Tuesday session was a panel dis- 
cussion followed by seven circles of 
communication. These groups discussed 



communication with management, with li- 
brary patrons, other libraries, etc., each 
individual selecting the circle of great- 
est interest to him. The whole group met 
again and a resume of the circle discus- 
sions was presented. The annual business 
meeting took place on Wednesday morning 
and Thursday was devoted entirely to di- 
vision activities. 

Each afternoon there were luncheons and 
meetings by division according to the 
special interests of the group. As a mem- 
ber of the Publishing Division, I attenl- 
ed all of the varied activities of my di~ 
vision. A luncheon on Monday was followed 
by our business meeting and plans for the 
next year. Only in New York does the 
group meet as a division for most members 
are concentrated in the New York and 
Chicago areas. The following day, we had 
a luncheon at the University of rdnnesota 
with Howard Haycraft, President of H, ¥, 
Wilson Co., and John Ervin Jr., Director 
of University of Minnesota Press, as 
guests. In the afternoon we toured the 
James Ford Bell collection and the Ames 
Library of South Asia at the University. 
On another afternoon, we had a workshop 
on library publications in which the li- 
brarians of St, Paul and Minneapolis par- 
ticipated, 

Mr. Erwin Gaines, formerly oflhe Boston 
Public Library staff, is now librarian of 
Minneapolis Public Library and he was one 
of the panel members. He invited us to 
his handsome modern library and showed us 
the departments of particular interest to 
us. 

On Thursday, I took an all day tour of 
General Ifi.lls Company. We were escorted 
through the Research Center and library, 
sampled textured proteins, heard an inter- 
esting account by Dr. A.D,Odell on the 
successful development of soy bean pro- 
ducts to relieve world starvation partic- 
lolarly in Africa and India. The company 
served us an excellent luncheon (no soy 
beansl). We toured the Betty Crocker 
kitchens and were presented with a "goody 
bag" of cake andfirosting mixes—a real 
problem for travelers to pack away. 

There were excellent social programs 
each night. The Ifetals Division sponsored 
a theatre evening for the S.L.A. Scholar- 
ship Fund. This was a production of AS 
YOU LIKE IT by the Guthrie Theatre resi- 
dent conpany. It was presented in a Civil 
War setting in a very modern theatre in the 



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Tovnd, 

Another evening a Book -Author dinner 
was sponsored by the Publishing Division 
and two other divisions. Howard Haycraft 
of H. W, Wilson Conpany presided and 
Walter N. Trenerry, author of MHRDHl IN 
MINNESOTA and president of the Minnesota 
Historical Society was the speaker. His 
hilarious discourse on Minnesota's mur- 
derous past, followed by a give and take 
with the audience on mystery stories, was 
genuine fun for all guests attending. 

The annual banquet on Wednesday night 
was a smorgasbord in deference to the 
Scandinavian background of Minneapolis. 
Entertainment was furnished by the Golden 
Strings and the Montivideo Barbershop 
Quartet, 

About 1300 members from the United 
States, Canada and other countries, at- 
tended the convention. The theme of 
communication was well presented by stim- 
ulating speakers and thoxight provoking 
programs. The I966 convention is over 
but off to New York in '67. 

GRACE M, MARVIN 
XI S. A. L. A. L. M, 

The ELEVENTH SEMINAR ON THE ACQUISITICN£ 
OF UTIN AMERICAN LIBRARY MATERIALS met 
at Columbia University on July 7-9th, 
About one hundred people were in attend- 
ence, Mr, McNiff and Steve Miller repre- 
sented the Boston Public Library, 

Nine working papers were given to the 



participants. Among these were a progrea;3ij.;Line strike). Spirits seem to be run- 



report on the Seminars, a report on sig- 
nificant acquisitions in the field of 
Latin America by U,S, libraries, a r^ort 
of bibliographic activities with a selec- 
ted list, and a survey and proposal con- 
cerning problems related to bibliographi- 
cal materials in support of Latin America 
Area Studies, 

Four general sessions were held and re- 
ports were given relating to the activi- 
ties of S,A.L.A,L.M. One of the problem 
areas discussed was that of government 
documents and the fact that no systematic 
collecting is being done in the Latin 
American countries in this area because 
of the built-in problems, e.g., the 
government agencies themselves will not 
take the responsibility of sending every 



means be taken to solve it, either through 
the book dealers themselves, or by sending 
someone to Latin Amerida to collect these 
and other materials. While a roving rep- 
resentative is a good idea, this would by 
no means be a solution. 

One of the highlights of the Seminar oc- 
curred on, Friday afternoon when Senor 
Carlos Victor Penna, Chief of Libraries of 
U.N.E.S.C.O., arrived from Paris, After 
listening for an hour or so about the pro- 
blems of acqviisiting Latin American Materi- 
al, Senor Penna gave a very inspiring talk 
vAiich pointed out U.N.E.S.C.O. activities 
and suggested that patience on our part 
(as well as support) is one of the possible 
solutions to a breakthirough. 

The Seminar ended with resolutions made 
to further the work ^ich has already been 
done and to support any and all efforts on 
behalf of getting materials out of Latin 
America, training specialists to do all 
manner of work involved with establishing 
Latin American collections, and providing 
more and better bibliographic data possib- 
ly through to establishment or more bibli- 
ographic centers, 

A.L.A. ANNUAL CONFERENCE 

Libraries and the enquiring mind was the 
theme for the 85th annual conference of 
the American Library Association \0iich was 
held in New York City July IO-I6. 

Some six or seven librarians gathered at 
the Americana and New York Hilton Hotels 
to witness the proceedings (in spite of an 



document th^ publish outside the country, ^j^tgl^Lg^t^g^L endeavor. New officers for 



The Seminar made a proposal that this 



ning high as the A.L.A, members attended 
meetings, viewed dealer and publishers 
exhibits and attended social gatherings 
sponsored by various publishers. 

The exhibits were most attractive this 
jnear and the representatives seemed very 
enthusiastic about selling their wares and 
putting your name on their lists. An 
alert librarian could pick up, or should I 
say gather, such things as dealer and pub- 
lisher catalogs, prints, brochures, pamph- 
lets, ball point pens, paperbacks, and hard 
bound copies in a few cases. Shopping bags 
were provided in some of the booths and 
coffee or punch was also to be had, 

Sunday saw the initiation of new members 
to Beta Phi Ma with a charge to further 
the profession of librarianship through 



the coming year were presented and a recep- 



problem and others be studied further and ^lon for new members was held. 



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Sunday evening Robert Vosper presided 
over the 1st General Session. Gordan N, 
Ray, President of the Guggenheim Founda- 
tion spoke on "The Future of the Book". 
A reception was held afterwai\is at Lincoln 
Center. 

On Monday afternoon, Frank N. Jones 
spoke to a SCRT meeting on "What to call 
the boss." Mr. Jones' conclusion was that 
it was dependent upon one's situation. 
The University Libraries section of ACRL 
held their meeting on Monday night. It 
was concerned with Section II of the 
Higher Education Act of I966, William S, 
Dix led off the program by giving a con- 
cise history of centralized cataloging 
emphasizing the attenpts which have been 
made in the past 80-90 years. 
Library of Congress, told about the Li- 
brary of Congress • 
cataloging material under title II. He 



Conferences are a good idea. There is 
much to learn on all aspects of librarian- 
ship from other people as well as through 
meetings. The exhibits were a delight. 
We came home esdiausted, but it was all 
well worthwhile. 

STEVE MILLER 

First General Session - July 10, I966 
New York Hilton— Grand Ballroom 



Speaker: Gordon N. Ray, President, John 

Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New 

York. 

Topic: THE FUTURE OF THE BOOK 



Gordon Ray, keynote speaker for the 85th 
convention of A.L.A. gently reminded li- 
John Cronir^brarians that they should be bookmen first j 
information specialists, retrevialists 
plans for acquiring an(^ etc., second. Ray has little patience with 

those TiAio allow library "hardware" to re- 
made clear that L.C. must get the catalog-! place the book form, as the area of pri- 



ing done in minimum time if the program 
is to succeed. Dr. James Skipper then 
told of the implications of this program 
and centralized cataloging for the future 
and expressed the view that while great 
things are happening let's not allow our 
expectations to get carried away. 

The Presidents program was held on Tues- 
day night. The theme was library Cooper- 
ation for Reference and Research. Dr. E. 
B. Nyquist gave a humor-filled talk about 
the programs for library development in 
new York. James R. Hunt, state librarian 
of Hawaii, amazed most of us, or should I 
say made most of us ashamed, of the tre- 
mendous steps being made in library coop- 
eration in his state. All I can say is, 
it was incredible, Mss Mary Gaver, in- 
coming president of A.L.A. , then told of 
cooperation in New Jersey and of library 
siirveys made in that state. Dr. Kenneth 
Beasley analyzed the political and social 
factors involved in library cooperation. 

Wednesday a group of us BPL'ers went 
on a tour of another BPL, this one being 
in Brooklyn. We tovired one of the build- 
ings, which happened to contain the busi- 
ness branch, were told of their regional 
set up, showed one of their sidewalk vanSj 
and were served champagne with . 
hor d'ouevres — fond memories of Brooklyn I 

Wednesday night saw the library school 
luncheons. After this activity I deferrec 
to Margot Timson and Margaret Thrasher, 
who will recount Thursday and Friday 
events elsewhere in the Q.M. 



mary concern for librarians. No scholar 
would ignore the future value of a micro- 
print, a photo-copy interlibrary loan, but 
Dr, Ray feels a librarian must convince 
the scholar of his interest in, and must 
have subject knowledge of library re- 
sources, 

Ray, a Victorian scholar, offered a 
thoughtful lecture, liberally sprinkled 
with appropriate quotations from Dickens, 
Macaulay and Thomas Carlyle whose HERO AS 
MAN OF LETTERS was offered as proper study 
for librarians, 

"All that mankind has done, thought, 
gained or beenj it is lying as in magic 
preservation in the pages of books," 
ON HEROES, HERO-WORSHIP, AND THE HEROIC IN 



HISTORY. 



Wednesday, July 13 » 1966. Americana 



Tppic: THE LITERATE UNREACHED: PAPERBACK 
READERS AND LIHIARIES 



Book sellers, book distributors, and 
paperback book publishers, held forth on 
the paperboimd book phenomena. The most 
thoughtful statements were made in an 
attempt to explain why so many "literates" 
turn from the library, and its traditionally 
hardbound book collection, to the paper- 
back, 

1. Some readers would siirply rather 
buy than borrow. 

2, Many paperback fans purchase cheap 
editions as a supplement to library 
materials, as a source of information 
the library has not provided, or as 



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the most direct avenue to the "way 
out" and "really in" materials, 
3» The relative accessibility and 
timeliness of paperbound materials 
are felt to be iirportant market 
factors. The 72 ho\ir publishing 
(ffeat which made the WARREN COMMISii 
SION REPCRT readily available 
throughout the world was sighted as 
an example. How many libraries were 
able to match that record? 
ii. Format and attractiveness were 
thought to influence the mass mar- 
ket, although small print, unsatis- 
factory illustrations etc. were ad- 
mitted to be drawbacks, 

5, Destructability was a factor viiich 
one book distributor sighted in fa^^or 
of the paperback book, "TfJhy not mark 
it up," he said, A collective shud- 
der passed throoigh the audience, 

6, Several hinted that the paper- 
back library had replaced the hard- 
bound collection as the intellectual 
status symbol, 
Ifeny of these points were offered as 

ample reason to add paperbound books to 
library collections. As one bookseller 
and librarian put it~"Librarians are too 
cautious. Our slogan should be more avanii 
and less guardi " 

MARGARET THRASffiE 



A CERTAIN "WOOLLINESS" 

The 85th annual A.L.A, Convention seem- 
ed to point up the schisms which continue 
to exist iri-thin the library community. 
Programs often led to confrontations? 
boo':;i;en versus automation experts j re- 



search or university libraries versus pub- the "Fair Use in Photocopying" statenient 



lie or school libraries; cooperative li- 
brary systems versus small community li- 
braries. 

The unspoken conclusions which often 
prompted committee recomendations were of 
much interest to this observer, 

1, The assxunption that ANY automated 
concept was superior to traditional 
methods, 

2, The acceptance of library cooper- 
ation—between all types of libraries — 
as a desirable, beneficial and in- 
evitable event, 

3, The belief that library systems — 
particularly in the area of public li- 
brary service— offered the most adequate 



means to meet increasing patron demand, 
Ii, The willingness to expand library 
programs with federal funds. Funds 
vdiich many considered to be unlimited. 

If these unspoken conclusions were, in 
fact, the views which subtly influenced de- 
bate; they must be openly discussed among 
libraidans. Open discussion is the only 
way to avoid what Eric Partridge is fond 
of calling "woolliness" i.e, "Aiift)iguity 
which springs from vague and muddled 
thinking,,, ambiguity on a large scale," 

MARGARET THRASHER 

"PHOTOCOPYING AS AN INTERLIERARY 
LOAN SUBSTITUTE: FREEDOM OR STANDARDS?" 

The Interlibrary Loan Committee of the 
Reference Services Division of A,L.A, 
realizing the great boon in providing 
photocopies to relieve the burden of a li- 
brary's supplying materials proposes to 
change the general ILL code— Photographic 
Substitution, The proposed rules are the 
following in abbreviated form, 

1, Requests indicate whether a photo- 
copy is adequate as a substitute for 
non-circulating material, 

2, Libraries should quote the maximum 
price they are Tailing to pay without 
further authorization, 

3, Submit on the ILL form or the 
Photoduplication order form, 

it. Requests indicating photocopying 
substitutes will be considered bona fide 
orders for copying. 
The library should be as generous as pos- 
sible when the cost of photocopying is too 
much and lend material. Also the price of 
copying should be kept at a miniTTum and 



should be followed. Perhaps also some 
system of coupons might be established 
whereby the order may be filled without 
reverting back to the requesting library 
and the scholar. 

The problem with the whole meeting was 
that the lihairman, Mr, Reynolds from Indi- 
ana, was a university man and his ILL re- 
quests were far different, more scholarly, 
and more limited than those of a public 
library. It was obvious that ILL pro- 
cedvires vary widely among libraries, and 
Mr, Reynolds seem to think that poor prac- 
tices could be changed overnight* Pro- 
cedures should be ironed out before the 
ILL code becomes more confused with a 



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photocopying statement, 

PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION SECTION 
"Library Manpower " 

Mr, St, John of Library Consultant Inc. 
sxunined up in ten minutes in a most 
emphatic voice the future of the librariarj. 
The future d^ends on: 

1. The Demand of the Citizens for 
better service. 

2, The extreme weakness of the present 
pattern. 

No longer can the extremely small library 
stand alone unless there is a broad tax 
base supporting it. The interloan system 
is not working: time, the crucial factor ^ 
is far too long before receival of re- 
quested material. There must be an amal- 
gamation of all libraries of all kinds 
in order to make full use of technology. 
Too much money is being spent on what is 
called the "soothing". University li- 
braries, by in large, have the better 
back-\jp "good" collections and they must 
transmit the material to as many >Aio need 
it. High level cataloguers must operate 
from one (or several) centers and cata- 
logue for all libraries. Systems of li- 
braries must concentrate specialists in 
centers to make full use of them. 

Public money (federal, state, and local] 
mo.st be accounted for and viien it is so 



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it will be evident that there is a 



tr . iriendous waste through duplication and 
iTii 3use of trained personnel. We cannot 
think in terms of the pattern which we 
now have as it will totally change in the 
next five to ten years. 

Russell Schank had opened the meeting 
stressing the fact that we are a profes- 
sional association rather than a society. 
Amusingly enough some are worried about 
blocked communication within A.L.A, We 
must also push for a rational ethic. We 
must disassociate the intellectual from 
the non-intellectual. 

Miss Bundy from the University of Mary- 
land described the three year manpower 
studies being undertaken at U. of Md, with 
a grant from the U, S. Dept, of Labor, 
This study will cover such areas of the 
library profession as: inform, to 
management and the government, data on 
fringe benefits, administration info, 
needs, mobility and success at the job 
satisfaction, library education, and 



staff development programs, 

PERSONNEL NOTES 

New Employees : 
William Fletcher— Open Shelf (part time) 
Gale E. Eckerson— Codman Square 
Jean M, Hughes— West Roxbury 
Dora M, DiMascio— Bookmobiles 
Mary Jane O'Connor — Mattapan 
Edith L, Hathaway—Bookmobiles 
Bertha L, Dabney — Dodman Square 
Janet McH^jgh— Connolly (former part time) 

Military Leave : 

Brendan Craven— Central Charging Records 
Richard Cronin — Inter-library Loan Office 

Transferred t 

Miriam Shuman—Connolly to Egleston Square 
Joseph G. Brady— Book Stack Service to 

Central Charging Records, 
Ann B, 'Neil— Codman Square to South End. 
Elise Rousseve — Dfettapan to Brighton, 
Michael Carey — Book Stack Service to Cata- 
loging and Classification, 
Robert Griffin— Book Stack Service to Cat? 
loging and Classification i 
Carolyn Poole — ^Roslindale to Orient Height 
Robert Brown— Book Stack Service to Cen- 
tral Charging Records, 

Retired ; Julia F, IfcDonough— Binding Dept, 

Married : Sheila Swalnick, of Central 
Charging Records, to Michael Mllstone, 
July h, 1966, 

Transferred with a Change of Status : 
Mark Alpert from Parker Hill to Memorial- 
Mt. Pleasant as a Pre-professional. 

Terminations : 

Jerome F. Sullivan— Science and Technol- 
ogy, another position, 

Alvis H. Price — Memorial-Mt, Pleasant, 
accept position as Director at ^hirviff 
Christian College, Hawkins, Texas 

Sydney Starr — Fine Arts, accept position 
at Pratt Institute, 

Julia S, Breveleri — Book Selection, to 
woric at State Street Bank, 

E, Brickley Stenberg— Exhibits Office, 
another position out of state, 

Monica Dixon— Egleston Square, to attend 
college. 

MarypK»!-Walsh — Lower Mills, to stay home 

Barry Jacobson— Book Stack Service, an- 



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other position 

William W, Moreland~Open Shelf, resign- 
ed, 

Anne Bromer— Mt. Pleasant-Memorial, moves 
to California, 

" Warren Harrington —South Boston, to be- 
come Branch Librarian at Framingham 
Public Library, 

CONFERENCE ON RECRUITMENT 

On Friday and Saturday preceding the 
A.L.A. Conference,r'a Recruitment Confer- 
ence sponsored by the Drexel Graduate 
School of Library Science was held in 
Philadelphia. Approximately $0 regis- 
trants from 19 states as far west as Cali- 
fornia, as far south as Texas, as far 
north as M5.nnesota, and as far east as 
Massachusetts, actively participated in 
the conference *4iich was designed to as- 
sist all librarians in meeting personnel 
shortages. Under the direction of Donald 
H, Hunt, one of the Two Library Career 
Consultants for the state of Pennsylvania 
and a member of the Drexel faculty, the 
Conference took the form of a workshop 
and concentrated on methods for reaching 
major sources of potential manpower—stu- 
dents, returnees to the labor market 
(former Peace Corps members and Vista vol- 
unteers, ex-servicemen, etc/), individuate 
seeking a second or third career. It was 
emphasized time and again that recruit- 
ment is not a job interview but rather it 
is a stimulation to meet individuals and 
to talk with them about work in a given 
field. 

Following a welcome by Dean John Harvey 
of the Drexel library school, the keypote 
speaker. Dr. Joseph F, Kaufman, Dean of 
Students, University of Wisconsin, spoke 
on the theme "The Student Climate Today" 
and urged recruiters to "tune in" on to- 
day's students— to note the changes f^^Sis 
place in colleges and in students — to 
recognize that youth culttire is our most 
commercially exploited commodity— to rea- 
lize that young people are anxious to be 
of service and to lead meaningful lives. 
The Civil Rights movement has had a tre- 
mendous effect on youth j they can synpa- 
thize with the disenfranchised, especiallj 
because of their own experiences in disc- 
ipline. He described the restlessness of 
students and the experiences on his own 
campus of sit-in demonstrations this past 
spring because of the military draft. 



The next two speakers, Emily Chervenik, 
Coordinator, Placement Service, University 
of Wisconsin, "Updating Recruiting Attitudes 
and Approaches," and Gerald Robinson, 
Vice-Dean of Admissions, University of 
Pennsylvania, "Building aniBffective 
Recruiting Program at the High School 
Level," spoke frankly and freely of the 
need to get the library story across, to 
make the public realize that librarians 
are as important as libraries, to start 
early in making young people realize what 
a librarian's job is, to realize the need 
for excellence in recruiting publications, 
to work with college placement officers 
and high school guidance counselors and 
to keep them informed on library plans and 
programs, to be enthusiastic about the 
library profession, to look into financial 
aid and federal assistance programs for 
library school scholarships. 

The fourth speaker, Mrs. Marjorie E. 
Duckrey, Chief of Program Planning, Hiila- 
delphia Anti-Poverty Action Committee, 
called attention to the "Upwardly Mobile,'* 
the disenfranchised members of society to 
vtiom the library profession has appealed 
so much so that it is the equal of the 
teaching and the ministry professions, 
once the most admired and respected 
careers. She described the anti-poverty 
program in Philadelphia and the efforts 
of her staff to counsel and give guidance 
to those being reached and to suggest and 
arrange for training for new careers. 

At the luncheon meeting, Anne Cronin, 
Director, Seven Colleges Vocational Work- 
shop, spoke of the opportunities for 
"Second Careers" and how she and her staff 
afforded gviidance to women whose families 
were grown and who were desirous of re- 
turning to the labor market, preferably 
in a new career. Many of them were inter- 
ested in library careers, but many were 
not accepted in library schools, partly 
because of age and partly because of 
undergraduate grades. She felt the need 
for libraries to re-examine their position 
classifications to see if a new classi- 
fication for mature college graduates 
id-thout library school training m|:feht be 
introduced. She was also of the opinion 
that library schools should look at mature 
applicants in a different light from re- 
cent college graduates, weighing their 
maturity and experience more heavily than 
their undergraduate records, 

Virginia Mathews, Deputy Director of 



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National Library Week, was the very able 
moderator of a work session devoted to 
"Designing State-Wide, Long-Range Re- 
cruiting Programs," The registrants were 
divided into groups of 8 to 10 persons 
from similar libraries or from like geo- 
graphic areas of the country and were 
given 1^ hours to develop a state-wide re- 
cruiting program. The 7 different plans 
viiich came from the groups were discussed 
by a panel consisting of personnel officers 
librarians, educatorsllater that evening 
and were presented to the entire Confer- 
ence the next morning. Group participa- 
tion and discussion among panel members 
brought out the following proposal as a 
goal to be reached: At least one full- 
time recruiter in each state sponsored by 
the state library or state libraiy agency 
and advised by a committee selected by 
the state library association or one made 
up of librarians, administrators, educa- 
tors, business leaders, college placement 
officers, guidance counselors, etc. This 
recruiter should be well-informed on the 
library profession as a whole and on the 
librarian's job in particular; he should 
be an out-going person and an excellent 
public speaker; he shoxild be responsible 
for looking into the possibilities of fi- 
nancing recruiting programs and providing 
scholarships through Federal and/or state 
funds, through foundations, through state 
and regional library associations; he 
should use recruiting pamphlets, exhibits, 
films, and other media from all available 
sources and assist in the preparation of 
new recruiting materials; he should work 
closely with the advisory committee as 
well as with librarians, placement offi- 
cers, guidance counselors, educators, 
state and other enployment agencies; in 
short, he should plan a well-organized 
recruiting program and execute it in 
phases. 

The closing speaker following luncheon 
on Saturday was Myrl Ricking, Director, 
Office for Recruitment, American Library 
Association, who summed up recruiting 
accoitplishments at the local level up 
through the national level and inspired 
each of the registrants, who had been wel] 
aware of the recroiiting methods but who 
had gained much more knowledge at this 
Conference, to continue their efforts in 
reaching and interesting all possible 
soxirces of manpower. 

CATHERINE MACDONALD 



THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE 
HIGHER EDUCATION ACT OF 196^ 

A number of speakers concentrated upon 
the importance of knowing what federal 
funds are available for research, library 
education, technical services, and the 
like. Certain titles within l^e act as 
well as titles from other related acts 
offer to libraries money that shoiild be 
taken advantage of. 

A greater centralization of cataloging 
processes, specialists, and bibliographers 
are implications for research. Perhaps 
fuller cataloging will have to be fore- 
gone but with more control over the book 
stock and information material by other 
methods the reference librarian should 
have new confidence in meeting the needs 
of scholarship. Acquisitions must be 
centralized. And once again in relation 
to cataloging library subject classifica- 
tion is inadequate to meet needs and must 
be inproved. 

In technical services the inplications 
of the act (Part c, title 11) again stress 
centralized cataloging and centralized 
acquisitions, A renewed emphasis must 
be placed on foreign material. Libraries 
will be forced toward standardization be- 
cause of centralized cataloging* The 
locally tailored catalog is a luxury, 

Maurice Tauber spoke of iirplications 
for library education, l^ney will come 
to library schools on a small grant basis, 
a program supported basis, and for re- 
search and development programs. Short- 
ages in librarianship are irost felt in 
cataloging. New library schools must be 
developed and staffed with teaching per- 
sonnel. Funds must be obtained to im- 
prove teaching. There is money available 
for projects to be carried on in connections 
with library schools. The problem is 
that there is no space within the schools 
to house the projects. The non-accredited 
schools must be encouraged to achieve 
accreditation, (Perhaps they should re- 
ceive a little of this money too to help 
upgrade themselves but they are ineligible 
because of non-accreditation. Maybe that 
should be overlooked when considering 
small grants but this is only this author's 
viewpoint ) • 

The ijiplications then of the act may be 
summed up in two words: CENTRALIZATION 
and MONEY, 




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Any contribution to the Soap Box must be 
accompanied by the full name of the Asso- 
ciation member submitting it, together 
with the name of the Branch Library, De- 
partment, or Office in which he or ^e is 
erployed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name is used, if the 
contributor so requests. Anonymous con- 
tributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only to 
the Editorf*in-Chief . The contents of the 
articles appearing in the Soap Box are 
personal opinions expressed by individual 
Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Committee and the Association 
are in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions not containing 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 



To the Soap Box: 

At the American Library Association very 
few preprofessionals or recent library 
school graduates were present, Mary Gave^ 
the new president of A,L,A,, indicated in 
her inaugural address that A.L.A. must 
try to attract more young people by stress 
ing membership in A.L.A, and perhaps 
junior membership in some of the activity 
sessions hereby actual participation in 
closed meetings and behind-the-scenes work 
could take place. 

Can the B.P.L. do something about this? 
Perhaps a token of financial assistance 
could go to a preprofessional or recent 
graduate for attendance at a convention. 
If is good that Bvery monber of the li- 
brary staff see and hear about other li- 
brary systems other than the B.P.L. Con- 
servatism might not be so prevalent here, 

MARGOT TIieON 



To the Editor: 

In the coijtrse of conversation of the 
last several weeks, three people mentioned 
to me that the aditdnistration was trying 
to "control the Q.M." in order not to 
have grim but tnae details in print mar 
the supposedly "rose colored" atmosphere 
here. What's the scoop?? 

INQUISITIVE 

Editor's Note ; 

The Editor, the Publications Committee, 
and the B.P.L.S.A, itself controls the 
content of the Q.M. through the Constitu- 
tion of the B.P.L.S.A. and the section 
which pertains to the Q.M. Don't forget, 
there is a difference between "objecting" 
and "censoring." 

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"There is an ancient Chinese curse, re- 
served for dire condemnation, which says, 
•May you live in an age of transition. ' " 

Moderator , March, 1966. p. 52. 
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uestion 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 



SEPTEMBER 1966 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XXI, Number 8 September, 1966 



Publications Committee: 



Harry Andrews j James Ford; Evelyn Isaacs j Angelo 
Mammanoj Mildred R, Somes, Artist; Margot Timsoni 
Sarah M. Usher, Indexer; Kathleen Wardj Stephen R, 
MiUei", Chairman, 



Publication Date: 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material: 
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. 



EDITORIAL NOTES 

There are two questions which the MiBm- 
bers of the Staff seem to be asking over 
and over: 

1, Are salary increases coining, and, 

"if so, when? 
2« Are we going to get heat relief 
corqDensation as we did last year? 
The Publications Committee f6'els that 
these are two questions that must be 
dealt with in the very near future. We 
know that those who are making the de- 
cisions are well aware of Staff anticipa- 
tion. We feel assured that affirmative 
action will be taken soon. 



And now, farewell! 



STEPHEN R, MILLER 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

A meeting of the Executive Board was 
held on Monday, September 12, 

The question of salary increses was in- 
troduced and discussed. The Board was 
confident that the Trustees would act upon 
salaries at their September fourteenth 
meeting and that a satisfactory result 
would be forthcoming. 

The Concession has been the subject of 
coiiiment from Members of the Staff, The 
Concession Committee has been instructed 
to meet with the Concessionaire and to 
try to improve conditions. 

Our vice-president, Warren Harrington, 
has left the service of the Library, 
Stephen R. Miller, Editor of Publication, 
leaves the Library on September 30, It is 
the duty of the Executive Board to fill 
these two vacancies. Any Member of the 
Association who desires to be considered 
for either, should communicate xjith the 
President* 

LOUIS POLISHOOK 



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ra:RS(^mEL notes 

New Employees ; 

Susan Bradley— *Codman Square 
Vailiam P, Murphy— Cataloging and 

Classification R, and R^S, 
Judith H, Thompson-- Loxiier Mills 
Carolyn Mclver— Parker Hill 
Transfers ; 

Gladys L, McDonnell — from Brighton to 

Allston 
Margaret Lewis—from South End to Orient 

Heights 
Mrs, Anna Bracks tt — from South End to 

Faneuil 
Helen Nicholas — from Faneuil to South 

End 
Ann B, 'Neil— from South End to Divi- 
sion Office, H.R. and C.S. 
Mrs, Selma Horwitz — from Codman Square 

to Roslindale 
Mrs, Helen A. Goldenberg— from Division 

Office, H.R, and C.S, to Mattapan 
Military Leave ; 

Robert Hartley— Central Charging Records 

entered the U,S, Army for three years 
Terminations : 

John McManus — ^Book Stack Service, to 

travel, 
Margaret Thrasher — General Reference, 

another position, 
James McNiff— Book Stack Service, to 

teach school, 
Margaret McCusker— Parker Hill, to 

teach school, 

NOIES FROM COPLEY SQUARE 

Congratulations to M, Jane I^Ianthome, 

recently elected to the ilational Council 

of .i.LJt. 

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On July 2S, Philip J, McNiff gave an 
infoiTnal talk at a meeting of the Newton 
Rotary at the Brae Bum Country Club. 
His topic was The Development of Library 
Services in the 1960»3 . 

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John M. Carroll has an excellent re- 
view of Nancy Surkis' new pictorial book 
entitled BOSTON, on page 39li3 of the 
September 1st issue of LIBRARY JOURNAL. 
Be sure and see it. 



Don't miss the article on librarianship 
taken from the NATIONAL REVIEW which can 
be found on the bulletin board outside the 
Personnel Office, More ammunition for 
those who preach that the image of li- 
brarians is changing, 

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Mr, McNiff was a speaker at the Second 
Annual Archival Symposium held at Boston 
College in May, His subject was Building 
Collections around unified subject areas 



or themes. 



BOUQDETS 



To's Philip J. McNiff 
From: Harry White 

The Central Public Library 

Stourbridge 

Worcestershire County^ England 

I write to thank you n^st sincerely for 
the welcome and all the kind assistance 
given to me and the party of librarians 
who visited your library in Boston last 
week. We were made to feel welcome from 
our first hour in Boston, and thoroughly 
enjoyed every minute of o\ir stay. 

As you know, some of us had the oppor- 
tunity to visit two of your branch li- 
braries after spending the morning in the 
main library, Wfe saw the North End Branch, 
and the South Boston Branch, and in both 
places were able to have some conversation 
with the librarians, which we very much 
enjoyed. Both branches are pleasant and 
lively, but we were all struck by the 
particular charm of the North End one, 
I was amazed to laam that it was possible 
to have a pool in a library without some 
small boy falling into it, I woioldn't 
mind betting that the Librarian has a few 
spare items of children's clothing in her 
office — just in case, 

I am writing this in my office, with 
traffic noises drifting in from the street 
outside, and I think a little enviously ' 
of the peace and quiet of your courtyard, 
and more than a little enviously of the 
space and beauty of your building. 

With all good wishes to you and the 
many members of your staff who befriended 
us, and my best thanks. 



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To: John M, Carroll 

From; Herbert (joldhor, Managing Editor 

Graduate School of Library Science 

University of Illinois 

Urbana, Illinois 

May I take this opportxinity to convey 
our appreciation for your contribution 
to the current issue of Library Trends 
devoted to "Current Trends in Branch Li- 
braries," I think that the issue is a 
good one and should be a useful addition 
to the literature of the profession, I 
regret the delay in its appearance, which 
xjas caused by staff changes in the editor- 
ial office. 

Library Trends presently goes to every 
major library and library school in the 
world. Every state in the Union and more 
than forty foreign countries are repre- 
sented on our subscription list, which 
is unusually large for a journal of this 
type. You can see that your work will 
have widespread distribution and influ- 
ence. The personal generosity and pro- 
fessional interest in librarianship of 
those who contribute to the journal have 
helped materially in its becoming one of 
international interest and significance. 

We shall welcome any suggestions you 
may have in the future of possible topics 
for issues of Library Trends or manu- 
scripts for our Occasional Papers series 
or other publications of the University 
of Illinois Graduate School of Library 
Science, 

* 

To: John Alden 

F^om; C, Duncan Rice 

Department of History 
University of Aberdeen 
King's College, Old Aberdeen 

Since my plans for doing a final cot5)le 
of days work in Boston were frustrated by 
the general confusion of my departure, I 
never had an opportvinity to thank you for 
an your services to me during my jrear at 
Harvard, 

I like to think of n^elf as having 
worked in a large number of research li- 
braries for someone of my tender age, but 
I have never had so much courtesy and 
general help as I had in the work I did 
in your Department, I have to thank you 
yourself for a great deal of this, but I 
would also be grateful to you if you 
co\ild let your staff know just how much I 



habe appreciated their services, I think 
you will be an extremely fortunate curator 
of rare books if you manage to keep yovx 
present personnel for the rest of your 
career, 

I will be lecturing American History 
here for the next three years, after ^^rhich 
I expect to return to Harvard, I look 
forward to seeing you all again then. 



To: Mss Alice E, Hackett 

From: Laura C, Colvin, Professor of 

Library Science 

Simmons College 

Boston, Massachusetts 

The students in the elective course. 
Technical Services, join me in expressing 
our appreciation to you for the fine field 
trip we had visiting the various techni- 
cal service areas of the Boston Public 
Library on Iffednesday, 20 July 1966, The 
students have commented very favorably 
on the tour but particularly on yotir talk 
about the reorganization in cataloging 
and classification and about the new de- 
velopments in catalog card reproductiono 
They liked being able to ask questions 
informally in your office and your sharing 
your experiences with them. 

You have certainly accomplished a great 
deal in a brief time. May good success 
continue to attend all your ideas and 
efforts, Ity best wishes come to you, 
and thank you again for giving us time 
from yotir busy schedule. 



To: Mrs, Ruth Bleecker 
From: D, C« Parker 

Edinburgh 3, Scotland 

I have received your kind letter of 
August 12 and send you my thanks for it, 
I have read with interest what you say. 
And I want you to know how much I apprci- 
ate the trouble taken in connection with 
my enquiry. Had there been anything re- 
corded locally about Alice Esty it would, 
of course, have emerged as a result of 
the splendid search which was made. Will 
you be good enough to tell Mr. John Bundy 
that I qtiite realise the extent of his 
hunt for any reference to the singer in 
questioh, 

I am pleased to have been in touch, how- 



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ever, modestly with so famous a Library, 
Ify thanks again for your trouble and in- 
terest and with best wishes, ' 

WHICH ONE SHAXL I REPAIR FIRST? 

I was passing through Stack $ the other 
day and I stopped to talk with Mrs, Anna 
Scanlan, Anna is an LA 3 responsible for 



the supervision of the group of young 

people of the "ABCD Program" presently re4"Studio tour" through southern Connecticut 



pairing books for the library. She was 
busily taking first one book then another 
off the shelf and trying to decide which 
one shotild be repairdd. 

She was quite concerned that the books 
were in such terrible condition but I 
tried to make her feel somewhat better by 
explaining that as far as Documents were 
concerned, some members of the public ex- 
pected (seldom disappointed) that the 
books wotild be old, badly worn and dusty. 
Dust is the unmistakable proof of authen- 
ticity, I find it quite amusing to dust 
the book in the presence of the person 
and watch for the smile which assures roe 
that this is the book they have waited 
for so long. Soon into their hands shall 
pass an original bookl 



CHILDRENtS SERVICE DIVISION 

For most of the attending librarians, 
the A,L»A. Conference ended with the 
Inaugural Banquet on Friday evening, and 
Saturday was a day of general exodus. 
For a few, hovrever, Saturday offfered a 
post-conference program, one of the roost 
enjoyable events scheduled for the 
Children's Services Division, This was a 



to meet authors and illustrators of 
children's books. The tour was sponsored 
by Morton Shindel of the Weston Woods film 
studios, with arrangements made by Seth 
Agnew of Doubleday, ^o is President of 
the Children's Book Council. 

Those fortunate enough to obtain the 
scarcer-then-hen 's-teeth tickets left at 
nine o'clock, by air-conditioned bus, and 
made our first stop at Vfestport, There we 
made a quick tour of the attractive town 
library and picked up Eleanor Street, 
Mrs, Elisabeth Mott and Mrs, Louise Wilcox, 
the librarian, children's librarian and 
children's assistant. We then proceeded 
to "Rabbit Hill," for many years the home 
and studio of Robert and Marie Lawson, 
For those outside the children's field who 



Since the books are shelved by the stafjpnay not recognize the magic of the Lawson 
and only used by the public, we cannot 
share in the pleasure of a dirty, old, 
worn-out and dusty book, Tou who read 



this, can, at this moment, go to any stack 
area and find Just such a book. You 
won't have to look hard, ±& fact you wont 
have to look at all. There it is sitting 
on the shelf. It would make a true li- 
brarian weep. 

When the repairing of a book is reduced 
to which ohe is worse then some official 
action should be taken. Perhaps a de- 
partnKnt or part of an existing depart- 
ment could be utilized for this purpose, 
A canvass of the library might turn up 
interested people with an aptitude for 
repairing. Interest is sadly lacking in 
this line of work. Aptitude abounds i 
Unless you have an interest as well as an 
aptitude for any work, then that work 
suffers. This ingredient, so much a part 
of a really healthy attitude, is lacking 
in the world, I'd like to see it come 
Nowl Here! 



back. Today I 



JOSEPH HARPER 
Government Document Dept, 



name, I should explain that Robert Lawson 
created the illustrations for Munro Leaf's 
famous flower-loving Ferdinand, received 
the Caldecott Medal in 19U0 for They were 
Strong and Good , and the Newbery Award in 
19hh for Rabbit Hill , After Mr, Lawson «s 
death, the estate was purchased by Doctor 
and Mrs, Donald Shafer, who graciously 
opened their home for our visit. In what 
had been the Lawsons' studio, much of their 
original work had been arranged for dis- 
play by Mrs, Stuart Otto, to whom it had 
been bequeathed. The rabbit motif is yet 
much in evidence, indoors and out and, 
as one strolls through the grounds, one 
can also catch glinpses, among the bushes 
and shrubs, of other small creatures ~a 
turtle sunning on a stone, a woodchuck, 
a field mouse, and the good Saint Francis 
watching protectively over them. We de- 
parted with due caution down the driveway 
^ich still bears the sign, "Please Drive 
Carefully because of small animals," 

Our next stop was in Weston, at the Wes- 
ton Woods Studios, where Mr, Shindel pro- 
duces his distinctive films of children's 
picture books. The house looks as though 
it might have come straight out of a Grimm 
Brothers' fairy tale and, indoors, presents 



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the saire air of informality. We were con- 
ducted through the studios in small groips 
by staff members who showed us where and 
how the films and sovind tracks are made. 
Mr. Shindel uses an "iconographic" tech- 
nique, in which the original illustra- 
tions are photographed directly from the 
book, the apparent mobility coming from 
the movement of the camera, synchronized 
with the pace and timing of the narrator. 
One of the attractions on the grounds is 
the Ulysses Diner, the setting for what 
is, I believe, the only "live" film 
the studio has made, which was the hilari- 
ous doughnuts episode from Robert McClos- 
key«s Home r Price . This enterprise in- 
volved IcoaLing a thirty-year-old dough- 
nut -makitig, machine, turning out 12,600 
doughnuts c.nd subsequently getting rid of 
them, which irjas an even greater problem, 
YOU try disposing of 12,000 doughnuts. 
Mr, Shind^'l's latest project is his 
Children'^ Caravans, converted buses uEled 
as traveling theaters and art galleries. 
The United States Government is now using 
the Caravans in connection with the anti- 
poverty program in depressed areas in the 
deep South and Appalachia. Mr. Shindel 
and his staff also served us a lav.-.sh 
buffet luncheon, which we ate at small 
tables on the porches or around the swim- 
ming pool, A happy adjunct to the lunch- 
eon was the pleasant conversations x-rith 
a goodly company of a score of authors 
end illustrators, from newcomers in the 
field to such longstanding friends as 
Berta and Elmer Hader, 

As if all this were not enough to ab- 
sorb in one day, we had another treat in 
store at Lia Farm in Wilton, the hon^ of 
Ingri and Edgar d'Aulaire, We were greet- 
ed by the hosts and their "children," Ola 
Eric and Ola's wife, who came as a bit of 
a shock to those of us who, for years, 
have pictured Ola as still the lovable 
towhead of one of his parents' early pic- 
ture books. The d'Aulaire 's art medium 
is lithography, and Mr. d'Aulaire ex- 
plained and demonstrated the techniques 
of preparing the special, one hundred and 
fifty pound stones, and making their il- 
lustrations on them. (If you do not know 
what a lithographer's stone looks like, 
you can get an idea of the size, shape 
and thickness from the one in the press 
in the Wiggin Gallery.) The d'Aulaires' 
early work was predominantly ScaJidinavian 
Sbi theme and tone, but many of their 



later books have been picture biographies 
of famous Americans, and their Abraham 
Lincoln was awarded the Galdecott Medal in 
1939, Mrs, d'Aulaire was kept busy answer- 
ing visitors' questions, or explaining 
the background and significance of the 
countless pictures, handmade art objects, 
rugs and furnishings scattered throughout 
the house. On the back lawn, the "chil- 
dren" were serving cookies and pxinch, 
assisted by three active Siamese kittens. 
As we were leaving, each of us was pre- 
sented with an illustration from the 
d'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myt^hs . 

We arrived back in New York in the early 
evening, pleasantly tired after a memor- 
able day. Truly, the warm welcome we re- 
ceived at Westport, Weston and Wilton was 
a worthy wind-up of an enjoya.ble Conference 
week, 

VERONICA M. lEHANE 

WH/>.T«S IN IT FOR ^E????? 

One of my duties with the Government 
Document Acquisition Section is the soli- 
citation of Government publications. Two 
weeks ago, I bep;an to solicit Urban Re- 
newel information from cities thrpnghout 
the United States, Today (August 31) I 
received a package from North Las Vegas, 
Nevada, first class mail with the penciled 
notation "Rattle Ok." Alas, there was 
only "Urban Rene we 1 Information" and the 
only thing that rattled was the plastic- 
ring binding. Ohl well, it might have 
been,... , 



JOE HARPER 



ALITWAE NOTES 



Greetings to all my friends at the Bos- 
ton Public Library. The familiar names 
grow fewer through the years, but the 
Soap Box still reflects the same general 
atmosphere there. Reminds me of Unter- 
meyer's Prayer: 

"From compromise and things half 

done 
Keep me, with stem and stubborn 

pride J 
And when at last the fight is 

won, 
God keep me still unsatisfied,. •" 
Perhaps these lines say it better: 
(sazj© poem) 

"From sleek contentment keep me 



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free. 
And fill me with a buojrant doubt. 
Open my ejres to visions girt 
With beauty, and with wonder lit, 
(I findat all in the Soap Box.) 

(RECEIVED WITH A TWO-YEAR RENEWAL TO THE 
QUESTION MARK, FROM MRS, JOSEPH R, ROSS) 

BRANCH NOTES 

Jxine 30th saw the simultaneous departure 
from Memorial — Mt, Pleasant of Alvis 
Price, brandh librarian, headed for Texas, 
and Anne Bromer, adult librarian, off to 
California, In appreciation of their 
fine work and to bid them a fond fare we 13, 
a luncheon was given at Mt, Pleasant to 
which also were invited John M« Carroll 
and Kathleen B, Hegarty of Central, Mil- 
dred Kaufman of Mattapan, Nura Globus of 
Egleston Square and Mary Hackett of 
Parker Hill, Mr, Carroll presented Mr, 
Price (Hoping perhaps to entice him back 
in the future) with a lovely pictorial 
volume of New England in the fo\ir seasons, 
and Miss Hegarty delighted Anne with a 
complete guidebook to San Francisco, 
From the staff, Mr. Price received a U.S. 
Savings Bond, and Mrs, Bromer, a leather 
handbag. All in all, the luncheon and 
the gifts were but small tokens of our 
appreciation and our best wishes which 
go with them for the future. 

■5t -> -K- ■«■ ^i- 

Grace Digange, fornier Children's Li- 
brarian at Mattapan, was recently married 
to John Charles McCloskey of Pittsburgh, 
Pa, 

READY, REFERENCE ? 
By Wyat Helsabeck 

Once upon a patron's query, while I pond- 
ered weak and weary. 
Cursing Shankle, Dewey, Ulrich, WincheH 
Mudge, and all their kind. 
Suddenly, the desk untended, four phones 
ringing, drawers up-ended. 
Half the town at onee descended on that 
little world of mine, 
GodS I thought— we » 11 earn our wages I 
Frantically I rang for pages; 
And at last in what seemed ages, what 
I thought I'd never find 



Turned up (God knows why!) in Shankle — 
where nobody but a crank' 11 

Look for what that dame called Con- 
stance to some other source assigned. 
Back to grab one phone I speeded— dizzy, 
blind, but undefeated. 
With just what this lady needed, then 
with voice sweet, refined. 

Quoth the patron, "Never mindl" 

This displeased ne—I admit it. Picked a 
pencil up and bxt it. 

Felt my ten^Der rise, but hid it, smiled 
and waxed polite once more. 
Up there rushed a sweet old lady (bless 
her, every day of eighty J) 

"Toung man," said she, "something 
shady, Where's that book I had be- 
fore?" 
"Who's the author? What's the title?" 
This I knew was suicidall 
Still — such trivia being vital in this 
rat race, I implore I 
"Don't expect me to remember, I reserved 
it last September, 
Someone in here should remember I That's 
what librarians are fori 
Find it I If you get contrary — ^I'll hit 
you with this dictionaryl" 
(Webster's third, the eighty potuid one, 
was the one she headed fori) 
"JamesI" I yelled; but she'd just wandered 
somewhere over in three htmdred. 
Then to fiction, where she plundered, 
seeking recipes, she swore, 
"Madam," said I, with conviction, "you 
won't find cookbooks in fiction," 
Me and ngr big mouth— that section held 
not one, but cookbooks four. 
Quoth the patron, "Look — there's morel" 

Back I slunk, my ego busted — irked, ex- 
hausted, plumb disgusted, 
"That damn Melvil can't be trusted!" 
I was muttering as I flew. 
Barely had I sneaked by Thomas, when some 
foreign lad said, "Vamosl 
Please to show me Nostradamus," That 
had got in fiction, tool 
Slowly, then, my poise returning, still 
my lesson never learning. 
Up there rushed a lady burning, with a 
great big book in tow, 
"Why don't annuals come out weekly?" "Beg 
your pardon?" said I meekly, 
"Get me something recent— que eklyl 
Some folks have to work, you know," 



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Wish I had a job this easyj you donit get 
yoTir hands all greasy. 
That young man in specs —who is he? 
When does he work? You're too slow," 
That made me antagonistic, "Lady, let's 
be realistic. 
You're just one more damn statistics " 
said I, crossing out a row. 
Quoth she, "You know iiJhere to go I " 

Next, a lady with a hat on, slammed a book 
at what I sat on, 
"What librarian dared put that on 
shelves? I'd pitch it out the door- 
It's plain nasty — just read through it! " 
"Thank you, ma'am, I'll hop right to it. 
Haven't had time yet to do it," (Better 
order several more!) 
Naturally the book she needed had been 
lost or superseded — 
So a loan fonn I completed, asking 
questions by the score, 
"Now — just tell us why you need it," 
"Such fool questions I Think I'H eat it? 
All I want to do is read it J " said she, 
stomping on the floor, 
"How come Greek books in eight-eighty?'.' 
'That's where Dewey put 'em lady," 
"Well — that man's a kook, already. 
Move »em closer to the doorl " 
Quoth I, "Where's my two-by-four?" 

What's a googol? Who shot Hector? Vflierefe 
the nearest lie detector? 
Who was Lincoln's cousin's sister's 
husband's nephew's only son? 
Is that free out there a ginkgo? I don't 
know, sir, I don't think so. 
What makes all libraries stink so? 
You're a strange one — where 's your bun? 
Is a platypus a plant, sir? Spell hors 
d'oeuvre — I bet you can't, sir. 
Don't you ever know the answer? How'd 
you get a job in here? 
We're mixed up, young man; unsnare us. 
Who stabbed Hamlet in the arras? 
Watch your language, madam—spare us I 
What you're asking's not quite clear, 
"Sir, this paper's due on Friday," quoth 
a teen-^ge Aphrodite, 
"Tell iTB what it's on." "All rightey— 
here's some notes I tried to take, 
Oedipus in Oklahoma! Sir, my boy friend's 
in a coma. 
They won't give him his diploma till 

it's read, for heaven's sake!" 
Quoth my colleage, "Take a break," 



Off I went, my poor nerves tid.tG±iin' — had 
a cola in the kitchen. 
Then back down to put my hitch in (two 
more hours, and home I go I) 
"There's my teacher, that old geezer!" 
said a beatnik, reading a Caesar, 
"Guess I'll dig this stuff, to please 'er~ 
least, it's not that square Thoreaul " 
"Hey, youi This ain't illustrated. It's 
too long, too complicated! 
Who reads stuff ain't even rated in the 
best-seller list?" 
"Well — there's other things worth reading," 
"Yeah — ^like what?"' (Our minds aren't 
meeting!) 

This kid needs a good stiff beating — not 
a psychotherapist! 
Night and day— there's no end to it, I 
can't figure why we do it 
Just ourselves to blame— we knew it, 
when we crammed for that degree. 
Quoth the patron, "C'est la vie! " 

NORTH CAROLINA LIBRARIES 

COMING TV PROGRAI^ ON CHANNEL k 

Bob EnBry, host of the BIG BROTHER'S 
WORLD program, on Channel Ii, WBZ-TV, will 
interview "Ed" Peltier, Chief of Audio- 
Visual, and a representative of the Inter- 
national Institute on September 2ii (the 
time for the program is being changed, so 
check your newspaper). The "blue" ribbon 
award winners of the I966 American Film 
Festival are tb'bfe the topic of their dis- 
cussion. These films may be viewed, free 
of charge, at the International Institute 
on Friday, September 30, from 2-10 p,m,, 
and on Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.9, 
to 6 p,m, 

Gerald L. Ball, Curator of the Engineer- 
ing Sciences, will be Mr, Emery's guest 
on October 15, Examples of reference 
books will be shown to demonstrate the wide 
range of materials in the Science and 
Technology collection. He will discuss 
the Library's awareness of the growing de- 
mand for material which began many years 
ago id.th some of the early purchases in 
the field of nautical engineering (in 1857), 
how the B.P.L, continues to meet the 
present-day needs which are the result of 
changing methods of teaching, and the in- 
ter-disciplines of advanced scientific 
research will be covered. 




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Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be accompanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, to- 
gether with the name of the Branch Li- 
brary, Department, or Office in which he 
or she is employed. The name is withheld 
from publication, or a pen name is uaed, 
if the contributor so requests. Anony- 
mous contributions are not given consider 
ation. The author of the article is known 
only to the Editor-in-Chief. The content^ 
of the articles appearing in the Soap Box] 
are personal opinions expressed by indi- j 
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 Editor: 

Open Shelf and its staff are to be con- 
gratulated on their fine new foreign 
language collection, located in the de- 
partment's Lower Level. Hundreds of 
titles, both classic and recent, in Ger- 
man, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portu- 
guese, have been added in the last few 
months. 

It is to be hoped that efforts are be- 
ing made to accquaint the public with the 
existence of these books. 

As a further development of this collec- 
tion, I should like to see even so small 
a section as two or three shelves given 
over to no particular language, but to 
good books in any of the approximately one 
hundred ninty other written languages. 



i|uch a polyglot section might include an 
anthology of Chekov's stories in Russian, 
several of Kazantzakis' novels in Greek, 
perhaps one of Tagore's works in Bengali, 
etc. 

Whether or not these things are brought 
about, this newly augmented five -language 
collection is an accomplishment in which 
the Open Shelf may justifiably feel §, 
tinge of pride. 

CHARUSS GOSSELIN 

To the Soap Box: 

Edward Gordon Craig, famous actor, critic, 
director, and son of even more famous 
Ellen Terry, died on the Riviera July 29 
at the age of 9k» There is a long obitu- 
ary notice in the NEW TORK TIMES of July 
30 from which I quote the following passage: 
"I have found the cure for insomnia," 
he said when he was 92. "Each night 
when I go to bed I begin reading a 
novel of P. G, Wodehouse, Five or 
six pages, and I am asleep. I don't 
want to say that Wodehouse puts me 
to sleep because he is tiresome. 
No, he is a fine writer and has 
given me so much pleasure that I 
know his books by heart. VJhen I open 
one I feel comfortably at home, and 
that feeling of contentment and ease 
creeps over me and lulls me into 
slumberland." 

Wodehouse is still widely read. Just a 
few weeks ago, two different persons wanted 
to read all his books if they could get 
them. There are 31 titles listed in the 
General Reference Catalog, 57 titles in 
the Branch catalogj k9 titles in Books in 
Print, When I checked there were 26 Wode- 
house items on the shelf in Branch Issue, 
and nary a one on the shelves of Open 
Shelf. 

HARRY ANDREWS 



CARE 



An ALL-OUT DrivBll 



A One-and-Only Appeal for 1966 



Please help to make it 
a reijarding one. 



With YOUR cooperation 

the Committee hopes 

to send a sizeable 

check to CARE in 

November, 



Your Staff Representative 

will be happy to accept 

your contribution 



Give NCWl 



COMMLTTEE ON CARE 

Josephine Kelley, 

Chairman 

Uphams Corner Branch 



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BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF ASSOCIATION 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARV' 



OCTOBER 1966 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volume XXI, Number 9 October^ I966 

Publications Committee: Margot Timson, Chairman; Harry Andrews; James Ford; 

Evelyn Isaacs; Angelo Mammano; Mildred R. Semes, Artist; 
Sarah M. Usher, Indexer; Kathleen Ward. 

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 caranon interests and the welfare of the 

bibliothecal staff 

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



HOW I SHALL SPE?JD MY PAY RAISE WHEN IT COMES 

The day arrives — a retroactive check and visions of an increased 
pay check in the future. What luxuries do I want— better get the in- 
cidentals over with first. 

Cost-of-living is up almost 3% in Boston in less than a year. A 
few dollars for food and a few dollars for rent and that vrill settle 
that. Better put a few cents aside for the Sales Tax and more for the 
increased federal taxes probably coming next year. I mast not forget 
about the proposed increase in Social Security benefits which, of 
course, will come out of my paycheck. 

Now to total what is left $.1U I!l 

What luxuries can I buy, 

2 popsicles 

2 packs of gum and four Bazooka Bubbie Gums 

Almost three days overdue book fines 
1^ bus rides 
2 pencils 
1 comic book 
1 Danish roll 
1 small package of Bobby Pins 

PUBLICATICNS COMMITTEE 



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EDITORIAL POIMTS 
(A new feature - any reactions?) 

1. The September I966 Q.M. featured a 
new section called BOUQUETS in which 
several letters concerning staff accom- 
plishments were printed. We have heard 
via the grapevine many pros and cons. 
Anybody care to write us about it? 

2:. The branch news in the Q.M. is dwind- 
ling. 

3. Many complaints are heard about the 
Coffee Shop. Is anything being done to 
eleviate certain conditions? 

U. Letters to the Q.M. , primarily the 
SOAP BOX, will remain confidential. If 
you feel a letter should have been 
printed in the Q.M. , go to the Editor 
immediately, 

Sm Everyone is wondering what this new 
administrative bulletin will contain, 

6, Lack of interest in the Staff Associa- 
tion is again showing. No one wants to 
be an officer. Seems like most people 
here want the dirty work done for them 
and do not want to get involved, 

7, Would department heads, chiefs, and 
other staff members mind if the Q.M. 
staff interviewed them occasionally on 
pert ins nt subjects? 

8, The cost-of-living has risen drastic- 
ally enough for everyone to canplain 
about it. Salary increases? 

9, We are one library system. Ever 
thought about how little central knows 
about the branches and how little the 
branches know about central? 

10. Let's hear more frcm the staff: Much 
is said in the coffee shop but very 
little is written. 

SCHOURSHIP MONEY 

The Massachusetts Library Association 
has scholarships available for full and 
part-time library school students. One 
scholarship of $$00 is now available. 
Others will probably be available after 
the first of the year. Loans up to $300 
are also available. 

The applicant must have an undergraduate 
degree, be enrolled in an accredited li- 
brary school, present grade transcripts, 
and have two references. Information and 
applications concerning these scholarships 
may be obtained from Ruth M. Hayes, Coor- 
dinator of Children's Services. 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

The monthly meeting of the Executive 
Board was held on Friday, October 7. 

At this meeting the Executive Board ac- 
cepted the resignation of our correspond- 
ing secretary, Marion McCarthy, and confirmee 
her appointment as vice-president of the 
Association, Miss McCarthy has agreed to 
carry on the duties of corresponding sec- 
retary \mtil a replacement can be found. 

Harold Brackett was appointed chaiiman 
of the nominating ccmmittee and he is 
looking for members to serve with him on 
this committee. This committee will have 
the responsibility of recruiting members 
to mn for the various offices of the 
Association. Any member who is desirous 
of running for office should canmunicate 
with Mr, Brackett, Central Charging 
Records, 

Word has been communicated to the Presi- 
dent that every effort possible is being 
made by the Library toward implementing 
a new salary scale. It is hoped that an 
official notice will be forthcoming, 

LOUIS POLISHOOK 

LIBRARY VISITED BY MANUSCRIPT SOCIETY 

On September l5, while in Boston for 
their annual meeting, members of the Manu- 
script Society visited the Boston Public 
Library. The Director and Mr, Alden were 
at the Library at 7:30 P.M, to greet them. 
Ellen Shaffer, Head of the Rare Book De- 
partment of The Free Library of Philadel- 
phia, is the newly elected president of 
the Society, the first woman to head the 
group since its organization twenty years 
ago. The Manuscript Society is &nter- 
national and its members (numbering about 
1,000) consist of private collectors, 
scholars, archivists, curators, dealers 
and interested amateurs. In addition to 
collecting manuscripts, the Society's mem- 
bers also are actively interested in the 
care, maintenance and restoration of manu- 
script materials, 

MR, MCNIFF SPEAKS 

Mr, McNiff was the guest speaker at a 
Communion Breakfast of the Massachusetts 
Catholic Daughters of America held at 
Blinstrub's on Sionday, September 2$. His 
topic was Libraries and Learning. 



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PERSONNEL NOTES 

The new administrative bulletin will 
take over the staff perscrinel notes. We 
hope, however, not to abandon this column 
but to make it more newsy, personal, and 
interesting. We would like all news of 
the staff — arrivals, illnesses, depar- 
tures, etc. sent to the Q.M, 

A sample of our new approach follows: 

Joe O'Neil of Periodical looks like he 
was attacked by 76 students all wanting 
to know how to use the READERS' GUIDE. 
Hope the knee heals fast, 

Steve Miller of Book Selection has de- 
parted for Paul Revere land and the 
bridge that arched the flood. Best of 
luck in Lexington, Steve. Better visit 
to check on the Q.M. 

Louisa Metcalf of Open Shelf is missing 
these days. She is in Paris, and on to 
Spain and Portugal. C'est la vie I 

Mary Rae has returned from Europe, and 
Tom Manning from Canada, 

Hank Bosse left General Reference to 
spend more time at Simmons, Why he 
would want to do that is beyond us but 
we are sure that he will study hard. 

Helen Doyle's son is fast entering the 
commercial art field and has had sever- 

3X1 

al offers to do the art work for* estab- 
lishment on Beacon Street. He did sev- 
eral paintings of Boston Patriots* 
players and has offers to do more. He 
is now starting to paint hockey playera 

Beth Harvood is the new professional in 
General Reference. She's the one with 
the real southern drawl — Kay Martin's 
losing hers. Beth is still overwhelmed 
by the compactness of Boston and the 
variety of things to do, 

Mrs. Jaeger of Government Documents at- 
tended the International Federation of 
Libraries Association conference in the 
Hague and is now in Poland. 

Ginny Massey entered Cataloging this falL 
She hails from Drexel and it's certain- 
ly nice to hear about library schools 
other than S . 

GET THE IDEA. WE CAN'T INCLUDE ALL THIS 
WAY BUT WILL DO AS MANY AS POSSIBLE. 
SEND NEWS. 



EVEMTS COMING UP 

The itoiicipal Conferama of Boston will be 
held November 17 and 18, in the Lecture Hall 
Central Library. The theme for the con- 
ferama is The Metropolis, U.S.A. — Past — 
Present— Future and will have a variety of 
panel members: Edmund L, McKamara, Thomas 
Win ship, John F. Flsiherty and many others. 
The six panels will be concerned with ser- 
vicing the community, administration, bet- 
ter government, home rule, juvenile de- 
linquency, and the moving of city hall, 

* * 

The Children's Book Fair, Oct, 30-Nov. $ 
will be held in New England Life Hall. 
Book exhibits and programs are the main 
features, Ruth M, Hayes, Coordinator of 
Children's Services, is the Book Selection 
Committee Chairman. 

A LIBRARIAN 

By Joseph Harper 
Ingredients 

1 human being (either sex) 

1 desire to serve 

2 college degrees 
1 library 

1 opportvmity 
1 salary 

Directions: 

Take one human being, fill generously 
with the desire to serve. Add two college 
degrees, provide opportunity to seek em- 
ployment in one library. Sprinkle gener- 
ously with adequate salary compensation, 
add plenty of incentive to remain with the 
library, smd you have a librarian. 
P.S, The above recipe will not necessarily 
guarantee you a librarian, but it does con- 
tain all the necessary ingredients xdiich go 
into the making of a librarian. This 
au'jbhor does not assume responsibility for 
the success or the failure of the above 
recipe; that's up to the person and the li- 
brary. 



Have you shown that you still CARE? 



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PRESIDMT'S COMMITTEE ON LIBRARIES AND 
THE NATIONAL ADVISORY CQI#IISSI(3J (M 
LIBRARIES 

"What part can libraries play in the de- 
velopment of our communications and infor- 
mation-exchange networks?" 

"Are our Federal efforts to assist li- 
braries intelligently administered, or are 
they too fragmented among separate pro- 
grams and agencies?" 

"Are we getting the most baixef it for the 
taxpayer's dollar spent?" 

The commission (established Sept. 2) and 
composed of distinguished citizens and ex- 
perts will appraise the role of libraries 
keeping in mind the above questions and 
will evaluate policies, programs, and 
practices, 

MRS. MARY M. BOWKER RETIRES 

It was with great surprise that news of 
the early retirement of the Children's Li- 
brarian at Washington Village, Mrs, Mary 
M, Bowker, was received by her many f riend^ERS 
and co-workers. But the move was more 
understandable when we discovered her rea- 
son for retiring— a parcel of charming 
grandchildren, the prospect of a delight- 
ful trip abroad and of course her beauti- 
ful garden. A farewell tea was held for 
her at Washington Village on Wednesday, 
September 28, We shall miss her there and 
the lovely flowers with which she so gen- 
erously brightened our rooms. We wish her 
well in her new ventia*es. 



H, L. L, 



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After the Children's Librarian's meeting 
cm Thursday, October 13, the librarians 
also feted Mrs, Bowker with a coffee hour. 
She was presented a corsage and a hot tray 
to help her with her hostess duties which 
all enjoy, 

NEW ENGLAND CHILDRM'S BOOK CLDJIC 

Pardon me if my prejudices are showing, 
but it does sean that the Children's Ser- 
vices divisions of library associations 
have the most varied and enjoyable pro- 
grams of anybody, in A.L.A., M.L-A., 
N.E.L.A. and on through the alphabet. The 
most recent case in point were the pro- 



ceedings at the New England Library Asso- 
ciation conference at The Wentworth By- 
the-sea, on Thursday, September l5. De- 
spite the fact that the rains had bean 
pouring for hours, there was a large at- 
tendance gathered for the New England 
Children's Book Clinic, which was held in 
the Ship's Theatre at ten o'clock. The 
clinic is usually a panel discussion, on 
an assigned theme, by authors, illustrators, 
reviewers and editors, followed by a ques- 
tion period. The subject of this lively 
session was. Is it for the children ? The 
participants were: Paul Galdone, illus- 
trator and creator of picture books, ^ho 
has recently been concentrating on special 
poems from American history, like PAUL 
REVERE *S RIDE and THE STAR*6PANGLED BANNER j 
Dorothy Shuttlesworth, a staff member of 
New York's Museum of Natural History, 
author of several distinguished books of 
animal biology and entymology, whose latest 
book is WILD LIFE OF SOUTH AMERICA; Nonny 
Hogrogian, designer, illustrator, and win- 
ner of this year's Caldecott Medal j and 
Lavinia Russ, associate editor of PUBLISH* 

' WEEKLY, whose breezy but pungent 
notes on new children's books are such a 
delight. Moderator of the program was 
Louise R. Weiscopf of New England News 
Company, the perfect sparkling hostess for 
such occasions. 

The highlight of the Fall meeting as the 
Caroline; Hewins — Frederic G. Melcher Lec- 
ture, vrtiich was presented this year by 
Jane Manthome, Co-ordinator of Yoimg 
Adult Services, Boston Public Library. 
This program was graciously presided over 
by Ruth M, Hayes, President of the Round 
Table of Children's Librarians, N.E.L.A,, 
and Co-ordinator of Children's Services, 
Boston Public Library, Miss Manthome 's 
subject was The Lachrymose Ladies , a study 
of the three outstanding, most typical 
writers of sentimental feminine fictional 
fare of the late nineteenth century. These 
were: Maria Cummins, best known for her 
novel, THE LAMPLIGHTER, portraying the 
fortunes of a homeless waif in the slums of 
Boston; Susan Warner, whose THE WIDE, WIDE 
TORLD was dear to Mid-Victorian girls in 
both America and England; and Martha Fin- 
ley, creator of the endless series of 
stories about the priggish ELSIE DINSMORE, 
Somewhat surprisingly, one of the features 
of these stories irtiich gives them signifi- 
cance. Miss Manthome pointed out, is that, 
despite the sentimentality to be found in 



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their tearstained pages, they might almost 
be termed realistic novels. They were 
true reflections of the society which pro- 
duced them: the attitude towards minority 
groups^ the dominance of the male, the ap- 
parently subordinate position of women whq 
though prone to weeping and swooning, man- 
aged, nevertheless, to wield their subtle 
influence. The Lachrymore Ladies was 
clearly the product of thorough research, 
couched in polished prose, delivered with 
a dramatic, seriocomic flourish. Those 
who could not attend the lecture can, how 
ever, share the enjoyment of the audience 
by reading the paper when it is published 
in a forthccMing issue of The HORNBOOK 
Magazine. Those who did hear it can look 
forward to the renewal of a delightful ex- 
perience. 

In the late afternoon Little, Brown and 
Company held a reception for Mrs, Virginia 
Tashjian, one of the writers on their dis- 
tinguished Fall list of children's books. 
Mrs. Tashjian is the author of ONCE THERE 
\ikS AND WAS NOT, Armenian folk tales 
skillfully retold, and illustrated by 
Nonny Hogrogian in true Armenian style and 
colors. Mrs. Tashjian, a children's li- 
brarian and storyteller from Newton, is 
well known in children's library activi- 
ties in the greater Boston area. 

VERCWICA M. LEHANE 
POINT OF VIEW 

How large a part should libraries play 
in community service? Should bibliothecal 
activities stop id.th books, periodicals, 
newspapers, and audio-visual materials, or 
should it extend even further? One in- 
stance of further ccmmunity senn.ce is the 
recent exhibit in the Main Library concem- 
ing the Theatre Company of Boston. Why 
should a public library help to publicize 
a drama company? Well, for one thing, it 
shows interested members of the public 
that the library is more than a cultural 
repositoryj that it is aware of the cur- 
rent events which after all will one day 
be considered an important part of Boston 
tustory. For another, it draws attention 
to the library's own stock of dramatic 
literature . 

It may surprise some library employees 
vO learn that many of our visitors come 
lot to find some good novels for leisure 
reading or to do last-minute research for 
i paper that was due this morning, but 



simply to enjoy our exhibits and paintings. 
This can be attested to by the fact that 
at least a dozen times a day the Music De- 
partment is required to answer the question, 
"Where can I find the Sargent Gallery?"(I) 

Another project that should promote in- 
terest and good-will (besides the afore- 
mentioned theatre exhibit) is the November 
opera exhibit. This exhibit will have 
several purposes — to offer our own salute 
to the ^era Company of Boston on the 
occasion of the American premiere of 
Schoenberg's MDSES AND ARQN, to submit a 
necessarily miniscule look at Boston's 
rich operatic past, and to display several 
of the rare autograph manuscripts of 
eighteenth and nineteenth — century scores 
frcsn the Allen A. Brown Collection. 

It is through cooperative efforts .such 
as these that the library can perhaps form 
closer ties with the city and its people. 

ANGELO MAMMAKO 



Sixth Annual 



Children's Book Fair 



New England Life Hall 



October 30-'^ovember 5 



Co-sponsors: 
Boston Public Library 
Boston HERALD TRAVELER 
Massachusetts Department of Education 



COME 



~ Hear your favorite authors 

- See the new fall books (and 

the old favorites) 

- Volunteer your services 



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premise behind that J We can have both 
friendliness and progress, I'd like to 
see it back to noraial and have a pleasant 
normal day again I 



YEARNING "PEACE" 



To the Soap Box; 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must 
be acconpanied by the full name of the 
Association member submitting it, togethei 
with the name of the Branch Library, De- 
partment, or Office in which he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name is used, if the ! 
contributor so requests. Anonymous con- 
tributions are not given consideration. 
The author of the article is known only tc 
the Editor-in-Chief. The contents of the 
articles appearing in the Soap Box are 
personal opinions expressed by individual 
Association members and their appearance 
does not necessarily indicate that the 
Publications Committee and the Association 
are in agreement with the views expressed. 
Only those contributions not containing 
more than 300 words will be accepted. 



May I have a sincere reply to these ques- 
tions? 

The employees of the City have been 
given a raise in salary by the Mayor. Why 
am I, a library employee, in the dark as 
to its effects on my paycheck? Am I not 
a city employee or is the library a sep- 
arate entity? 

The Mayor has said this raise will be 
tangible in the near future. When will I 
know if I shall or shall not see this 
raise in my paycheck? What is holding 
back a final desision? What are you bar- 
gaining for? Or if a decision has been 
made, may we please be given a definite 
answer? 



STILL WAITING 



To the Editor: 



Where are the salary raises? Could we 
at least be enlightened by the Administra- 
tion as to why it is taking so long? 

NEAR POVERTY 



To the Editor: 

There must be a number of persons in the 
Boston Public Library service \iho are well 
qualified to be appointed to the position 
of Branch Librarian. It seems- queer that 
we have to import Branch Librarians from 
out of state. 



SATURDAY'S CHILD 



Dear Soap Box: 



Why do good things have to be spoiled? 
The library has been a place that has had 
congeniality and friendships among all em- 
ployees (professional and not). It was a 
joy to ccsne into work in the morning, get 
a friendly hello from everyone and go 
about doing a days work. What was the rea:!- 
son for change in attitude to complaints 
and bickering? Progress? I doubt the 



To the Editor: 

We have had plenty of non-progress re- 
ports on the new building. How about some 
non-progress reports on the salary raises? 

IN THE DARK 
To the Editor of the SOAP BOX: 

Recently a position at the Central Li- 
brary on the PU level was created and 
filled xd.thout any announcement being made 
that the position even existed. There 
still has been no official announcement of 
appointment to this position. 

There is no question but that the method 
in which this appointment was made is a 
flagrant violation of the Boston Public 
Library's Icmg established promotional 
system. 

It is difficult to understand how an Ad- 
ministration which has voiced its belief in 
the importance of intra-library cornmunica- 



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tion could make an appointment in the man- 
ner in which this one was made. 



WHAT NEXT 



To the Soap Box: 



The Administration deserves congratula- 
tions for the bold, imaginative step of 
placing the Officers-in-Charge right in 
the middle of the worst trouble spot in 
the Library's relations with the public. 
The Center Disk has been for many years 
the chief place where the general public, 
students, and visitors discovered with 
amazement and frustration the decline of 
our usefulness as a library, with conse- 
quent wide-spread, long-lasting damage to 
our reputation. At a local bar, many 
years ago, one man asked another what were 
those names carved all aver the outer li- 
brary walls, and was told that they were 
the names of people who had died while 
waiting for their books to be delivered. 

The Officers-in-Charge — still young, 
energetic, idealistic, and knowledgeable, 
with sufficient administrative authority 
to nudge the staff involved into their 
best efforts, and, above all, with pro- 
fessional know-how to see to it that the 
public is reasonable and intelligent in 
its demands, and that the bright young 
freshman doesn't really need 20 books for 
a "thesis" on Wordsworth — ^will do much to 
restore public confidence in all oar per- 
formances. 



HARRY ANDREWS 



To the Soap Box; 



We are entering a period of prolonged 
spatial austerity. The Library belongs 
to the people. It is therefore inciBn- 
bent upon us to make sure that a minimum 
of this austerity is passed on to the 
public, and the maximum to ourselves. Di- 
ligent ferreting is necessary on the part 
of the Administration to utilize all pos- 
sible space for the service to the public 
or the storing of books. 

We have a large steady readership among 
local old men and women. Their interests 
in many things seem to be stilled, and all 
their remaining passions concentrated on ; 
the unravelings of fictitious plots. 
They come clattering with their canes and 
fumbling with their hearing aids, demand- 
ing more and more whodunits. For these 



people a large room on the main floor 
should be made available. Perhaps the 
Children's Room can go into the Lecture 
Hall, and the space used for the combined 
fiction collections of Open Shelf, Branch 
Issue and the old PZ3's. 

The late memorable Edith Guerrier, with 
more branches and fewer gadgets, operated 
for many years, and with great success, 
the branch libraries from one comer of 
the present Book Preparation Department, 
It should be possible to riin them for the 
duration from a couple of desks in the 
Main Office, and the whole Mezzanine 
floor turned over to the storage of the 
books wildly mushrooming in the stacks. 

HARRY ANDREWS 



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It is in Process 

We will look into It 

A Program 

Expedite 

Channels 

Consultant or Expert 

To Activate 

To Implement a Program 

Under Consideration 

Under Active Consideration 

A Meeting 

A Conference 

To Negotiate 

Re -Orientation 
Reliable Source 
Informed Source 
Unimpeachable Source 
A Clarification 



Guide to Interpretation of 

MODERN BUSINESS LANGUAGE 

(Maybe Library language too?) 

- So wrapped up in red tape that the situation is 
almost hopeless. 

- By the time the wheel makes a full turn, we assume 
you will have forgotten about it too, 

- Any assignment that can't be completed by one phone 
call, 

- To confound confusion with ccxnmotion, 

- The trail left by Inter-Office memos. 

- Any ordinary guy $0 miles frcan home. 

- To make carbons and add more names to the memo, 

- Hire more people and expand the office, 

- Never heard of it, 

-We're looking in the files for it, 

- A mass milling of master minds, 

- A meeting of individuals who individually can do 
nothing, for the purpose of concluding that nothing 
can be done, 

- To seek a meeting of the minds without knocking 
together heads, 

- Getting used to work again, 

- The guy you just met, 

- The guy who told the guy you just met, 

- The guy who started the rumor in the first place, 

- To fill in the backgroimd with so many details that 

the foreground goes undergroimd. 



Let's get Together on This - I'm assuming that you're as confused as I am. 



Give us the Benefit of your 
present Thinking 



- We'll listen to what you have to say as long as it 
does'nt interfere with what we've already decided. 



Will Advise You in Due Coxirse - If we figure it out, we'll let you know. 

From The Gateway To The West, Systems Newsletter , March, I966, published 
by the St, Louis Chapter of the Systems and Procedures Association, 
and reprinted in SPIRIT OF ST, LOUIS, September, I966, 

Vol. II, No. 5. 




TO 



uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC UBRARY 



DECEMBER 1966 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Staff Association 
Volxime XXI, Number 11 December, 1966 

Publications Committee: Margot Timson, Chairmanj Harry Andrews; James Ford; 

Evelyn Isaacs; Angelo Mammano; Mildred R. Somes, Artist; 
Sarah M. Usher, Ihdexer; Kathleen Ward. 

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 

biblio thecal staff 

(c) and to promote greater effiodency in library service 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

A meeting of the Executive Board of the Association was held on Friday, 
December 16, 

The Board voted to spend the sum of $13.75 to pay for the postage to send books 
to libraries in Barbados and Nigeria, This was done by the Association in line with 
its policy of doing all that it can to help provide books to the underprivileged. 

The sum of $30,00 was authorized for the expenses of the Association Christmas 
Party about which a notice has been distributed to the staff. In previous years, 
excess money from the men's open house was turned over to the treasury of our 
Association, This year it was felt that we could reverse the procedure and help 
defray some of the expenses, 

Edwin Sanford, History, was confirmed as the Chairman of the Elections 
Committee; Joseph B, O'Neil, Coordinator of General Reference Services, Tsas confirmed 
as Chairman of the Auditing Committee (with Louis O'Halloran as an alternate 
candidate . ) 

The Executive Board amended the distribution policy of THE QUESTION MARK as 
follows : 

"The monthly bulletin shall be distributed only xd.thin the Boston 
Public Library System, to members of the Board of Trustees, to 
retired members of the staff who were members of the Boston 
Public Library Staff Association at the time of their retirement, 
and to former members of the Boston Public Library Staff Associ- 
ation who request, and pay for, a subscription," 

The November issue was not mailed to those on the mailing list, because the 
distribution policy didn't provide for such mailing. 

The Editor informs us that she would welcome more questions, and that she has 
been assured of prompt and complete answers. She feels that this is an opportunity 
for the staff to clean up any inquiries which they nay have quickly and authorita- 
tively. She also tells us that she would like contributions for her quarterly pub- 
lication which is expected to be published on January 1$, 1967. 



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The officers of the Association wish to extend their best wishes for a happy- 
holiday season to all of t-hs ma.TiberSo 

LOUIS POLISHOOK 

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SOAP BOX 

To the Editor ; 

Can the editor tell us why one group of staff members has been told not to use 
the grill in the lunchroom? They were told by the Personnel Office that a notice 
would not be sent out to the rest of the staff because they, this group, were the 
only ones who used the grill to any extent. They were told by the Personnel Office 
that the reason for this order was "because somebody complained". They weren't told 
what the nature of the complaint was. 

Can the Editor find out what we did wrong? And why one complaint brought about 
this order which involves eight people? 

And can the Editor tell us why the grill is still in the lunchroom? 

LAROUSSE 

Answer to Question ; 

The Editor contacted the Personnel Office which reported that the non-use of 
the grill (except for toasting sandwiches) in the lunchroom applies to all the 
Library staff, not just eight people involved. It was thought that this point was 
made clear. The Personnel Office contacted the Buildings Department which stated 
that under the present circiimstances of poor ventilation in the lunchroom no cooking 
of food causing great Oder can be undertaken. Only toasting of bread is allowed, 

P.S. Editor's Note ; At the last Staff Association Meeting it was 

noted that plans are underway for a grill to 
be installed for the concessionaire. Proper 
ventilation facilities will be installed. 



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THE EDITORIAL STAFF OF THE QUESTION MARK EXTENDS SEASON'S GREETINGS TO ALL, 



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