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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



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



Voliune VII » Number 1 



January 1952 



Publications Committee ; 



Geraldine M. Altman, Ruth S. Cannell, Mary F. Daly, Thomas 

J. Manning, Beryl Y. Robinson, Martin F, Waters, Louisa S. 
Metcalf, Chairman 



Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material ! 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 
After a long period of apparent quies- 
cence, and even retrenchment, for the Li- 
brary during the past decade or so, which [ 
has actually been a time of intensive plan-| 
ning for the expansion program nov/ under 
way, 1951 marked a real turning point in 
B,P.L, history. Evidence of this invrard 
ferment was apparent in the spectacular 
success of the Bookmobile, and the opening 
of the Adams Street Branch Library and the ' 
Tyler Street Reading Room. On January 2, 
as a curtain raiser to the Anniversary 
Year, the new Open Shelf Department and 
Audio-Visual Center made their bows, and 
Bookmobile II will soon take to the road, 
testifying further to the vision and plan- 
ning which went into their creation. Fol- 
lowing in quick succession, each debut has 
attracted increased public interest, and 
countless new friends and users of the Li- 
brary have been acquired. Such intensive 
development, concentrated in so short a 
span has inevitably taken no small toll of 
other services* On occasion, book quotas 
have been cut, book orders and preparation 
of books for other units have been unavoid- 
ably delayed, and the staff has been spread 
regrettably thin. As our expansion will 
be judged ultimately on the basis of the 
quality and currency of the book collec- 
tions, and the adequacy of their servicing, 
it is to be hoped that 1952 may provide a 
breathing period for the staff, in v/hich 
the spectacular gains already made may be 
consolidated. Perhaps an appropriate ob- 
servance of the Centenary year might be in-j- 
terpreting and presenting both our old and 
new services in fresh and imaginative ways 
to the public, v;hich can be fickle or 
faithful depending upon the sincerity and 
imagination with ^vhich it is woood. Rent- 
al libraries and the various mass media 
provide too keen competition for public 
interest for us to be complacent about 
even our more glamorouG innovations, and 
our most enthusiastic newly-won friends. 



PERSONAL NOTES 
New Staff Members 

Miss Hope B, Brown, Young People's Room, 

Miss Mary J, Campbell, Ifettapan Branch 
Library. 

Mr William T. Casey, Open Shelf Depart- 
ment, formerly part-time, 

Mrs Lucia S, Faulkner, Audio- Visual 
Center, (Mrs Faulkner has worked both in 
the Toledo Public Library and the Boston 
Public Library,) 

Miss Stella Kallas, Connolly Branch 
Library. 

Mrs Phyllis R. Kallman, Phillips Brooks 
Branch Library. 

Mr Karl E. Nyren, Fine Arts Department. 

Mr Charles R, Shaw, Adams Street Branch 
Library. 

Mr Pasquale A, Vacca, Dorchester Branch 
Library, 

Mr Richard J. Waters, Open Shelf Depart- 
ment, formerly part-time. 

Resignations 

Mss Ruth M, Gomes, Phillips Brooks 
Branch Library, to be married. 

Miss Amy Hoey, Adams Street Branch Li- 
brary, to enter a convent of the Sisters 
of Mercy Order. 

Mxs Joyce R. Kelley, Office of the Divi- 
sion of Reference and Research Services, to 
live in Rochester, New York. 

litrs Mary F. Nagle, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics, to remain at home. 

Mr Joseph F, Turley, Kirstein Business 
Branch, to accept a position with the 
Boston Municipal Research Bureau. 

Transfers 

Miss Mary Golden, from Mattapan Branch 
Library to Tyler Street Reading Room, 

F-r John W. Hall, from Office of the Divi- 
sion of Home Reading and Community Service^ 



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to the Audio-Visual Center, j 

Miss Mary J» Littlefield, Charlestown | 
Branch Library to Tyler Street Reading 
Room, 

Mr Euclid J, Peltier, from Office of the 
Division of Home Reading and Community 
Services, to the Audio-Visual Center, 

Mrs Bridie P, Stotz, from Uphams Corner 
Branch Library to East Boston Branch Li- 
brary, 

Mr Maurice F, Rahilly, from Periodical 
and Newspaper Department to Audio-Visual 
Center, 

Engagements 

Miss Margaret J, Murphy, Charlestown 
Branch Library^ to Mr Robert J, Bowdring of 
oomerville. 

Miss Patricia M, Wilson, Book Preparaticn 
Department, to Seaman First Class Micheal 
Venezia, 

Miss Mary E, Lyons, Information Office, 
to Mr Wallace A, Herrington, of Troy, New 
York. The wedding date has been set for 
April 20. 

Marriages 

Miss Lillian L, Friedman, Adams Street 
Branch Library to Sidney Topol, December 
15, 19^1. 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

January 16 - Annual meeting of the Quarter 
Century Club, 

January 18 - BPLPSA annual meeting and 
election of officers, 

January 29 - February 2 - Mid-Winter Meet- 
ing, A.L.A., Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago^ 
February 21 - Jfid-Winter Meeting, M.L.A., 
Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston, 
February 26 - Reception for newly elected 
officers followed by informal program, 

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WEDDING 



Following the reception, attended by many 
of the bride's library and Simmon's College 
friends, the couple motored to New York on 
their honeymoon* Mr and Mrs Topol will 
make their home in Wethersfield, Natick, 



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On Saturday evening, December 15, at 8 
o'clock. Miss Lillian L, Friedman, Adams 
Street Branch Library, was married to Mir 
Sidney Topol, of Dorchester at the Chateau 
Garodj Brookline, The bride wore a white 
satin gown embroidered with pearls, and a 
finger-tip veil. She was attended by her 
sister, who wore a Windsor rose tulle diesstgift 



PARTIES 

Annual Christmas Tea 

On Thursday afternoon, December 20, there 
was held in the Y/omen's Lounge the annual 
Christmas tea for members of the staff. 
Thanks to the ^vork of the Women's House 
Committee, the lounge was most attractively 
decorated with laurel chains and bright 
colored ornaments, Mrs Vanda B, Cariani 
and her committee, with the cooperation of' 
many members of the staff of the Central 
Library, supplied delicious home-made cakes 
and cookies for the tea. Everyone was in a 
holiday spirit and enjoyed the party as a 
most welcome diversion from the pressure of 
everyday routine work, ViTe all enjoyed 
having an opportunity to chat once again 
with some of the retired staff members, 
among whom were Miss Toy, Mr Mulloney, Ik- 
Rosenberg, and Mr Taylor, 

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Miss Ruth M, Hayes, Branch Librarian, 
Adams Street Branch Library, gave a Christ- 
mas party for her staff at the library on 
Friday, December lU, The invited guest was 
lirs Clifford Fay, wife of the custodian viho 
acted as "Santa Claus". 



The staff of the Adams Street Branch Li- 
brary held a pre-nuptial party in the staif 
room on Friday, December 7, 19-^1, for Miss 
Lillian L, Friedman, A collation Tras 
served and Miss Friedman was presented \'7ith 
a gift by her co-workers. 



On Friday morning, December 21, 195l> 
Miss Amy Hoey, of the Adams Street Branch 
Library vras given a surprise party by her 
co-workers, A beautifully decorated cake 
wishing her "good luck" was the highlight 
of the party and she was presented vrith a 
of money. Miss Hoey enters the 



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convent of the Sisters of Mercy, located 
in r.fanchester. New Hampshire, on February 
2, 1952. 



The lamenting at South Boston Branch 
Library is very audible these days, 
"l/lfhere's Miss Connors?" ask the children, 
although for two years Miss Connors has 
been Mrs Kearney, Wiatever her name, 
everyone is missing her. The staff said 
"au revoir" to her at The Window Shop in 
Cambridge on Saturday, December 29^ when 
Mrs Kearney began a maternity leave of 
absence. Besides a delicious luncheon, 
the party was enhanced by the presence of 
former members of the South Boston Staff 
and other close friends of Mrs Kearney in 
the Library, ■';vho presented her with a 
fitted, leather sewing box and a corsage. 
The extra assistants also surprised her 
with a gift of a beautiful white shawl. 
On the following Saturday, the members of 
the Staff v;ere the guests of Mr and Mrs 
Kearney in their charming home in Brighton, 

ALUMNAE NOTES 

Mr and Mrs Francis Scannell of Detroit, 
announce the birth of their third child, 
Elizabeth Keary Scannell, on December 22, 
Mr and Mrs Scannell are former staff mem- 
bers of the Boston Public Library. Mr 
Scannell is now a member of the Detroit 
Public Library staff. 



A son, Richard, was bom to Mr and Mrs 
Joseph Lynch of Dorchester, on December llj 
Mrs Lynch was formerly Rita Carr of the 
Reference Division and the Director's 
Offices. 



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A first child, Sylvia Lois, was born to 
Mr and Mrs Lawrence Markus of Cambridge on 
December II4, Mrs Markus was Lois Shoe- 
maker formerly of the History Department, 



Miss Elizabeth H, McShane, Branch Li- 
brarian Emeritus, is in Florida where she 
plans to stay until early spring. 



Best ivishes are extended to Miss Katharine 
F. Muldoon, who is ill at her home, 290 
Market Street, Brighton, 



SEG Reunion 

On Saturday afternoon, January $, the 
Saturday Evening Girls, a group of women 
originally connected with the North End 
Branch Library Club House, held a reunion 
at the West End Branch Library, Miss Edith 
Guerrier, Supervisor of Branch Libraries, 
Emeritus, was the leader and founder of 
this group many years ago, vihen these SEG 
had their first story hour group in the 
library in 1899. From time to time, the 
girls meet for reunions, in order to empha- 
size the original objective of the group, 
"to maintain and show a friendship for 
those with whom they come in contact, that 
shall foster good comradeship and contribute 
its quota toward peace on earth," lliss 
Valerie Paling of Melbourne, Jiustralia, 
formerly Field Supervisor in charge of six 
D.P, Camps in Germany, spoke on "DPs I 
know- Displaced and Placed," An exciting 
feature of tha afternoon's activities was 
a new issue of the S.E.G. News , the first 
to be issued in more than thirty years, 
which brought the story of the S.E.G. up 
to date. In spite of the storm some sixty 
"-^irls" attended, many of them grandmothers, 
but still S.E.G. Refreshments vrere served 
and the fun and excitement of meeting each 
other and comparing notes ran high. An 
Article on The S.E.G. appeared in the 
January 5 issue of the Christian Science 

Monitor, 

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m VJELCOI"IE BACK 

Mr Arthur W, Heintzelman after an eight 
weeks trip to Paris \vhere, at the invita- 
tion of the French Government, he made ar- 
rangements for an important exchange exhi- 
bition of prints to come to the United 
States in 19^2. Mr Heintzelman will report 
on his trip in the February issue of The 
Question Ifark . 

Miss Rosalyn S, Vferner, Roslindale Branch 
Library, after a recent operation. 



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BEST MSHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY 
to " 

Miss Theodora B, Scoff, who is recuper- 
ating at home, after a recent hospitaliza- 
tion, 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

The arrival of the annual meeting marks j 
the close of another year in the history 
of the Association and the opening up of a! 
new year for additional opportunities and | 
progress. The reports of the officers and; 
various committees will indicate the accom-j 
plishraents for the year but they will not 1 
reveal the extent of the individual effortl 
sacrifice of time, and loyalty to the As- | 
sociation that participation in these , 
duties represents. YJe are grateful to allj 
the active supporters in whatever way they 
have made a contribution and , as presi- 
dent, I extend wy thanks to the Executive 
Board and to the chairmen of the committees 
who have made it possible for the Associa- 
tion to function successfully on behalf of 
the membership. 



The recolmmendation of the Constitution 
Committee in regard to the change in 
Article III of the Constitution on the 
subject of dues, will be based on the re- 
sults of the poll conducted by the Special 
Committee on Dues, Miss Dorothy P. Shaw, 
chairman. Through the poll all the mem- 
bers will be able to indicate their pref- 
erence in this matter. As provided by the 
Constitution the change will be voted upon 
by a standing vote of two-thirds of the 
members present and voting. 



The polls will be open from 9 a.m. until 
2 p.m. for the election of officers on 
Friday, January 18, 1952. Each member is 
urged to feel the responsibility of cast- 
ing his vote in person during these hours 
if he has not already made provision for 
doing so by absentee ballot. Casting your 
vote for the candidate of your choice gives 
to each member the advantages of a democra-- 
cy - a voice in the future policy of the 
Association. 

P.A.W, 



WELCO?ffi TO THE NEY^f OFFICER OF THE LIBRARY 

The staff extends a cordial welcome to 
Mr Francis X. Moloney, recently appointed 
Assistant to the Director, in Charge of 
Business Operations, who reported for duty 
on January l5« 

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VISITORS 

Dr CTirt Wonnann, Director, The Jeifish 
National and University Library, Jerusalem, 
Is real. 

Miss Rita Wuelfing, Mimicipal Library, 
Bonn, Germany, 

Dr G.S. Phylactopoulos, Athens College, 
Athens, Greece. 

Mr Syed Ahmad Bin Ali, U.S. Information 
Office, Singapore, Malaya. 

IN APPRECIATION 

Miss Pauline Walker 2k December 1951 
President, BPLPSA 

Dear Miss Walker: 

Please extend our sincere 
thanks to the Library Staff for their 
generous expression of Christmas Greetings, 

Sincerely, 

(SIGNED) Samuel Adelstein 
"The Coffee Shop" 

BON VOYAGE 

To Miss Ruth Cannell, Assistant to the 
Chief Librarian, Division of Home Reading 
and Community Services, who in connection 
with her recent assignment to supervise 
the installation of Central Charging in 
the Library, left for Detroit on January l5 
to spend three dayS studying charging sys- 
tems in the Wayne County and Detroit Public 
Libraries. 



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THE LIBRARIES I VISITED ABROAD 



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I wish to keep to my subject, yet before 
leaving the British Isles I must say a few 
words about my trip to lona and Skye in 
the Hebrides. It is the combination of 
sea and mountains which makes these islands 
unforgettable. I made my headquarters at 
Oban (the accent is on the first syllable, 
opinions to the contrary notwithstanding) ; 
and a charming little place it is, a kind 
of miniature Nice in the North, From here 
go out the neat little McBay boats, plying 
the Innumerable straits and lochs. 

From the fishing port of Mallaig we 
crossed over to Armadale on Skye, and I 
felt at once the difference in temperature. 
Skye is many degrees milder than the main- i 
land. Near the tiny dock I found what may i 
be called, with some exaggeration, a j 
general store. The ancient lady ■vrtio was 
in charge looked up into my face and asked,] 
in the best style of New York reporters j 
interviewing foreign visitors, "How do you 
like Skye?" I laughed, and assured her of 
my delight. I could not go to Portree, 
the main town of the island, and did not 
see Dunvegan Castle, supposedly the oldest 
habitation in Scotland; but I saw the 
Culllins in all their sinister glory. By 
bus and on foot, I got to Loch Dugall, and 
there suddenly opened up before me that 
enormous cvirtain of black granite, reach- 
ing from Loch Coruisk, the wildest whirl- 
pool of the North, across the larger part 
of the island. 

Zona was different. We started out early 
in the morning and coasted along the shores 
of Morven, looking at the many castles, 
seats of MacLeods, MacLeans, and other 
famous clans. We stopped at Tobermory 
(the name means "the well of Mary") with 
its sleepy quay and crooked streets; and 
soon afterwards Staff a and Fingal's Cave 
came into view* The enormous columns, 
shielding the entrance, are an unearthly 
sight - the whole island is like a coloa* 
sal cathedral. The sea was rough, so we 
could not visit the Cave; and in another 
hour we reached the sandy beach of lona, 
I shall not attempt to describe the ruins 
of the old Benedictine monastery; the 
cemetery of the fifty-odd Norse, Scottish, 
and Irish kings, their statues lying in 
ix)ws on the ground; the chapel of St. Oran 
on the site of St. Coluraba's church; and 
the cathedral with the huge Saxon crosses 



in front of it. The architect in charge 
of the renovations invited me to stay for 
a day or two, and to be sure it was not 
easy to tear myself away from the place. 
We returned to Oban along the southern 
shore of Mull, the rocks of which, extend- 
ing many miles, stand watch like the 
gigantic fortress of superhuman beings. 

On my way to France, I stopped at Dover 
overnight, for I wanted to see the Castl^ 
which next to the Tower of London, has the 
greatest Norman keep in England, Dover 
itself suffered enormously during the late 
War; a large part of the town has been 
entirely destroyed, with gaping squares 
where busy streets were before. A sudden 
downpour forced me into a haberdashery 
store, where I got into conversation with 
the owner about the peoples ' vicissitudes 
during the War. The constant bombardment, 
I thought, must have been frightful to 
endure. Yes, he admitted, it was "rather 
tiresome" towards the end. 

But it's time to cross the Channel, I 
had my first French meal on the boat, and 
admired the "white cliffs of Dover," Then, 
turning to the east, we all scanned the 
French coast. Many of the people were 
French, returning from a holiday in Kent, 
Suddenly I heard the excited shout of a 
little boy of three: "La France, la Francel" 
I felt reassured that the reports about 
French decadence were only temporary rumors. 

The first library I saw was at Rheims, 
between visits to the Cathedral and the 
Church of St, Rimi, Looking at the card 
catalogue and steel stacks, one might think 
oneself In an American library. While pro- 
testing that she was no scholar. Mile 
Reville, the Librarian showed me quite a 
few of their treasures - a fine copy of 
the "Mer des Histoires," printed by Le Noir, 
vdth its elaborate border decorations and 
initials; Froissart's "Chronistes," with 
many woodcuts; and an eighth— century Bible,, 
written in uncial letters in silver on 
purple-dyed vellxim. I even helped Mile 
Reville to identify the printer of a fif- 
teenth-century German book; for, as it 
happened, the problem had come up in my 
own work a few years ago. It was a pleas- 
ant hour; but it would be useless to pre- 
tend that it was ray chief joy at Rheims, 
The Cathedral overshadows everything, I 
gazed for hours at the portals, and found 
that the "smiling angel" of the West 
facade really smiled. But I was cautious 
in my admiration, trying to distinguish 
between the fourteenth-century sculptures 



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and those produced by Mr, Rockefeller's | 
masons* The restoration of Rheims Cathe- | 
dml goes on in full force, as the innumer- | 
able new gargoyles lying in the south yard 
testify. 

The interior of the Cathedral is extraor4 
dinary« The immense choir Includes two 
bays of the nave, #iich is longer and [ 
narrower than those of most French cathe«» 
drals; and the combined effect of the 
western and eastern rose windows is over- 
whelming. Standing at the crossing, one 
has the feeling of being in an enormous 
feudal hall, an impression to which the 
tapestries -on the walls undoubtedly con- 
tribute. And then one remembers that this 
was the scene of the coronation of the 
French kings ever since the thirteenth cen-' 
tury» Rheims Cathedral, with its worldly 
splendor, was built not only for the glory 
of God< but also for the glory of the 
kings of France* 

At Beauvais, I saw the largest Gothic 
choir ever erected, its precipitous 
heights reaching to over a hundred and 
fifty feet; and also the smallest nave, a 
tiny Carolingian chapel. Three-quarters 
of Beauvais was put to the torch by the 
Germans, and the bustle and the constant 
hammering reminds one of the building of a 
new tovm in the AmericaJi Middle West. But 
one quarter of the town has survived, and 
there I went to visit the library, located 
in the Prefecture, Being at Beauvais, I 
wanted to see the work of the great ency- 
clopedist, the librarian of St» Louis » 
But Vincent de Beauvais is no prophet in 
his home townj I had great difficulty in 
explaining to the assistant what book I 
meant. Finally, the Archivist rescued us, 
dragging out what is perhaps the largest 
copy of the huge "Speculum Historiale," 
Afterwards, he showed me a number of late- 
Carolingian manuscripts - lectionaries and 
gospellaries - vrLth their blue and green 
outline drawings. 

Of course, I revisited Chartres - that 
incomparable miracle, the apogee of the 
art of Christendom, The twelfth-century 
windows of the west portal hold one be- 
';ri.tched, until the ceaseless sighs of "0, 
ce ble«, ce blem"3tir up an anger which 
sends one fleeing to the other end of the 
Cathedral. The monumental clerestory 
windows are unsurpassed; and one tries in 
vain to decide which is more beautiful, 
the north window of St, Anne or the south 
'niiiAon of Christ, Two weeks later I saw 
the windows of the Cathedral at Angers 



under even better circTimstances, for the 
organist took me up to the narrow tier 
that runs around the interior. The twelfth-- 
century windows are so light that at first 
one thinks them imitations, until one 
realizes that this glass had to be thinner 
than the richer and more brilliant thir- 
teen-century glass, for the small Roman- 
esque windows had to admit more light than 
the large Gothic openings, 

I hope that no one will charge me with 
digression for speaking of the stained 
g]ass Tfindows, They v;ere the books of the 
poor who never learned to read. They 
offered all the Biblical narratives and 
also innumerable legends. Nor are they 
very different from the miniatures in the 
manuscripts. Indeed, the latter were often 
copied from the windows - if not made by 
the same artists, 

Paris is the same as evert what strikes 
one most is the unchanging quality of the 
city. For one expects changes, after all 
these apocalyptic years. The War has left 
Paris unscarred. The plaster on the build- 
ings is more ready to fall off, but the 
color blends even more beautifully with 
the whole J the cafes are perhaps shabbier, 
but they are as crowded as ever (mostly 
with Americans); the food is expensive, 
but not if you consider what you get for 
your money. And the Garden of the 
Tuileries still speaks of grandeur; the 
Opera J with its ornate facade, is still a 
magnet; and the Boulevard des Capucines 
seems as intimate as the main street of 
of your own town. The office of the Amer- 
ican Express is crowded at all hours, with 
long queues of people waiting in the 
basement for mail from overseas* One 
morning, in the young woman standing be- 
fore me I recognized a glamorous movie 
actress, one of those who, we are told, 
receive a thousand fan letters a week. 
Her grimace of disappointment, as the 
mademoiselle at the window reported that 
there was no nail for her, was worthy of 
the best shots that were ever coaxed out 
of her in Hollywood* 

At Rouen, again, I went to the library* 
The huge reading room serves also, in part 
at least, as stacks; books are piled up to 
the very ceiling, with ladders provided in 
each tier. It must be e dangerous opera- 
tion to scale those heights; however, while 
I was there, there was no rush for the 
books. The Librarian, vriiora sixteen years 
ago I met in Spain at the International 
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but her assistants tried to substitute for i 
hert IVhen they too produced a copy of \ 
Le Noir's "Mer des Histoires" I politely | 
protested (as I had to later on several | 
other occasions)] but I enjoyed seeing a ! 
fine "Romas de la Rose," with innumerable ! 
small miniatures, i 
The Rouen library has one of the most 1 
valuable collections of incunabulae and j 
manuscripts among the provincial French i 
libraries - but, again, it would be vain ! 
pretense to say that I came to Rouen for '■ 
them. The facade of the Cathedral is in- 
tact, but the nave was hit and the whole j 
edifice broken in two. 



On the south side, 
the Portail des Libraires with its book 
stalls is gone; one can only visit the 
north trancept, St. Maclou, apart from its 
pentagonal front, is entirely gutted. But 
the Church of St. Ouen is unimpaired and, 
coming from England, its similarity to the 
English cathedrals is striking. In the j 
typical French cathedrals of the lie de 
France the nave with its rows of chapels 
is nearly as wide as it is long; this is 
why, although taller than the English ones,' 
they seem lower. But St. Ouen, like the 
English cathedrals, has the shape of a per- 
fect Latin cross. It is also a magnifi- 
cent example of the reciprocity of artistic 
influences. The English churches, erected 
by Norman bishops, were patterned upon the 
churches of Normandy; in turn, St. Ouen, 
built in the fourteenth century, was pat- 
terned upon English churches. 

The tapestry of Queen Alatilda at Bayeux, 
depicting the invasion of England by 
William the Conqueror, seems surprisingly 
fresh and amusing. Eighteen inches wide 
and more than tvro hundred feet long, it 
consists of some sixty episodes which, lite 
h'ige miniatures, are full of inventiveness, 
/iiye-iox itself, with its many old houses, 
J.;-} pn.arming. I arrived at night in a ter- 
i-.'lble rain; but as the vreather cleared, I 
iront for a stroll in the cobble-stoned 
■s>i??-ht:; and in the morning it was a 
pleasure to watch the awakening of the 
oCPTi^, as one by one the maids and house- 
"ivu.v:;3 appeared on the streets with pail 
an*? broom to clean the sidewalks » Inci- 
dp.r: bally, Bayeux deserves fame for its 
P'^tlfserie almost as much as for it 
i;?.pi';serie. 

l!i''Ort— St.-l.tichel is as unique as it is 
supposed to be. I stayed at Jfedame 
Poulard's, one of the many hotels which 
claim direct descent from the establish- 
ment ef the original I.ladame - and spent 



the better part of a day in the Abbey, 
The Salle des Chevaliers is the most 
beautiful Gothic hall in the world; and 
from the terrace of the Cathedral there is 
a magnificent view of the ocean. Seven or 
eight old Breton women were in the crowd, 
dressed in black, with their tall white 
head-ornaments bobbing up and down like as 
many sugar loaves. They told me they were 
from Finisterre, and when I informed them 
that I came from Boston, the oldest of them 
clapped her hands in amazement, "From 
Boston, in America. So far as thati" Once 
upon a time the library of Mont-St.-ItLchel 
was celebrated for its manuscripts, but 
the halls are empty now; only the reader's 
lectern in the refectory recalls the books 
which were once treasured there. 

Thirough St. Malo - completely destroyed 
by the Germans, but now being rebuilt with- 
in its amazing ramparts - I travelled to 
Rennes, a modem city, with no fortress or 
great cathedral. The public library has 
been transferred to the Seminaire, a few 
blocks from the impressive Palais de Justice. 
It is combined with the university library; 
and M» Malo-Renault, the Librarian, did 
everything to make my visit profitable » We 
examined a number of fine manuscripts, but 
none finer than our own Rennes Book of Hours ^ 
made at the end of the fourteenth century 
for a Breton duchess. 

At Angers, of \*ic-h I have already spoken, 
I merely went by the library. But the tre- 
mendous fortress^ the Cathedral and the 
Church of the Trinity across the river 
Maine ^ the fifteenth-r:ftntury houses rdth 
their carved wooden statues, and above all 
the tapestries in the Bishop's Palace 
offered keen competition. Those fourteen 
panels of the Apocalypse are the most ex- 
quisite masterpieces of the art of vreaving. 
Their naive charm and clear simplicity make 
the allegories of even the best Gobelins or 
Bruxelles vrork seem heavy and confv"3inge 

I stayed five days at Tours, or rather in 
Touraine, visiting the great chateaux of 
Charabord, Chavrniontj Amboise, Chinon, Loches, 
Langeais, and many more,, revelling in the 
archi.tecture and sculpture of the French 
Renaissance- I sav; books ; too^ almost 
everywhere At Langeais, which is noiv under 
the care of the Institut de France, large 
folios were lying on the tables^ the aulases 
of Blaeu and Hondius, such as are now on 
exhibit in our Treasure Room. There was a 
complete library at Chaumont with modern 
additions by the last owner. However, the 
finest chateau library is at Fontainebleau, 



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in the hall named after Diane de Poitiers, remarked that it was a pretty big fish. 
The attendants obligingly looked in the j "Sometimes they weigh a kilo or even two," 
other direction while I took some of the the fisherman wistfully confirmed. I 



books off the shelves. 

It was at the "Gargantua" at Chinon, the 
birthplace of Rabelais, that I had my best 
and biggest meal. I regret that space . 
does not permit me to ennumerate all the 
good things I ate. Hovrever, I sincerely 
congratulated the proprietess for carrying 
on the good name of her house. 

Tours is the city of Alcuin, where the 
former Bishop of York established his 
great scriptorium at the invitation of 
Charlemagne. Its library has been famous 
ever since for its great collection of 
Carolingian manuscripts, v;hich were 



noo," 



studied most exhaustively by the late R. K, afternoon, as I was telling them about the 



Rand of Harvard. To see some of them, I 
made an appointment vdth M. Collon, the 
Librarian. Most of the manuscripts are 
still in shelter - and it v;as well that 
they had been placed there, for whole 
sections of the city are in ruins; but M, 



watched and watched, and finally asked, 
"Do you often catch a barbeau?" "Ooo, 
the angler replied, "very seldom," I be- 
lieved him; I never saw anyone catch a fish 
in the Seine, 

Nor have I ever seen the bouquinistes sell 
a book. Sitting on a bench in their long 
blue smocks, deep in reading, they might 
even regard a customer as an intruder. Like 
the fishermen, they are in business for the 
fun of it. 

As you may judge, I had a very pleasant 
vacation. The members of my Department have 
already heard about it aplenty. One Sunday 



sea around lona which T/as the setting for 
that beautiful film "I Know YJhere I'm Going," 
[who shoiild walk in but the Old Fisherman of 
ithe play - Mr Finlay Currie, the actor. It 
was then he presented to the Library his old 
Armenian Bible with the richly-sculptured 
The wonder-working powers 



Collon brought over enough volumes to make silver binding, 

my visit memorable. Looking at those of the Island of St. Coluraba are not 

Gospels written in the moat exquisite pris-exhaustod yett 

tine minuscules, I mentioned the name of 

Alcuin; but M, Collon informed me that j 

long before him there was a scriptorium at ' 

St. Martin, impatiently pointing towards \ 

where the fourth-century abbey once stood. 

It was a remarkable instance of Gallic 

nationalism, evoked by the very symbol of 

the international unity of scholarship. 

Back in Paris, I revisited the Library 
of St. Genevieve, near the Pantheon; and 
went twice to the National Libraiy. M, 
Guignard, the Keeper of Rare Books - or 
rather, Conservateur des Livres Rares - 
placed before me a wide variety of books, 
including some of the choicest Verards on 
vellum and bindings by Le Gascon and 
Pasdeloup, I recalled the evening which 



! Zoltan Haras zti 

1 

I 

LIBRARY SKIT POSTPONED 

Because of the pressure of work at the 
Ipresent time in both the Central Library 
and the Branch Libraries, the Program Com- 
mittee has received permission from the 
lExecutive Board to postpone the skit on the 
'history of the Library until a date which 
jwill be announced in the near future, 
j At the request of the Executive Board 
jthe Program Committee is planning a recep- 



tion for the newly-elected officers, fol- 
on my last visit to Paris, in 1937, I spen-tjlowed by an informal program. Please sav? 
here with his predecessor, and M, Guignard jthe date - Tuesday evening, February 26„ly52i 
told me that M, Dacier was now living in j / 
retirement near Paris, still continuing 
his research. We both smiled, thus paying 
tribute to a real scholar, a simple and 
modest man, a good librarian. 

I often watched the amateur fishermen of 
the Seine, those vacationing workmen in 
blue jeans, holding their long poles hour 
after hour. One evening, on the Pont de 
Caroussel, I asked one what kind of fish 
there were in the Seine. "Le barbeau. 
Monsieur," he answered. The barbeau is a 
distant relative of our pike, and I 



■5HHKHHB<-»-;f-;f- 



CALLING ALL SLA ELIGIBLES 



Are you a member of S L A? 

If not, isn't it about time you joined? 

Professionally, your name should be on 
the Special Libraries Association raeraber- 
jship list, while socially you owe it to 
jyourself to become acquainted with other 
[special librarians, more especially those 
in Boston Chapter, 



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Membership in Boston Chapter or the j Boston, without any payment, on presentation 
national organization offers many advan- 'of a simple request on a prepared form. In 
1 tages, i point of fact, it is a gratuitous circulat- 

I Here in Boston our meetings are monthly ,ing library open to all Boston, rich or poor, 
i for the most part. The program features a young or old. The books seemed in general 
I dinner, business meeting, speakers, social 'to be confided to young children, in^o came 
\ hour and visits to libraries. The custom as messengers from their fathers and mother^ 
is to hold meetings in libraries in various! or brothers and sisters. No question v;hat- 
parts of the Metropolitan area, and even at|ever is asked, if the applicant in known or 
points beyond, on occasion, I the place of his residence undoubted. If 

Boston Chapter sponsors a placement bu- | there be no such knowledge, or there beany 
reau for the benefit of its members. It jdoubt as to the residence, the applicant is 
publishes a BULLETIN on a monthly basis, jquestioned, the object being to confine the 
offering news on what goes on among special 'use of the library to the bona fide inhab- 
libraries and librarians. Over and above iitants, and all those 200,000 are entitled 
that, membership in the Chapter brings you, to them. Some twenty men and women are 
in contact with many of the leading librar-|kept employed from morning to night in 
ians of Boston and New England, i carrying on this circulating library; and 

Persons wishing to join the national or- 'there is, moreover, attached to the estab- 
ganization automatically become members of jlishment a large reading-room supplied v/ith 
the Chapter, Those who wish to join only | papers and magazines, open to the public of 
the local group do not participate in the I Bos ton on the same terms, 
activities or enjoy the privileges of the \ "Of course I asked vjhether a great many 
national association, ;of the books were not lost, stolen, and 

If you have any questions about S.L.A. 'destroyed; and of course I was told that 
please see Leonard J. Macmillan, Book Pur- i there were no losses, no thefts, and no 
chasing Department, Boston Public Library jdestruction. As to thefts, the librarian 
representative for S.L.A. jdid not seem to think that any instance of 

isuch an occurrence could be found. Among 
-x-;hh;-«^h«h(- ithe poorer classes a book might sometimes 

jbe lost when they were changing their lodg- 
A BACKWARD GLANCE lings, but anything so lost was more than 

ANTHONY TROLLOPE VISITS THE B.P.L. jreplaced by the fines, A book is taken out 

jfor a week, and if not brought back at the 
j! (Out of his travels in North America in lend of the week, vi(hen the loan can be renew- 
l86l Anthony Trollope fashioned a book, ^ed if the reader wishes, a fine, I think of 
"North America", which was republished in jtwo cents is incurred. The children, when 
1951 by Knopf, One of the chapters in the ! too late with the books, bring in the two 
book is devoted to Boston and therein the jcents as a matter of course, and the sum so 
author speaks of a visit to the B.P.L.) jcollected fully replaces all losses. It 

"I went to see a public library in the 'was all "iouleur de rose ; the librarianesses 
city, which, if not founded by Mr^ Bates llooked ■■.'■ery pretty and learned, and, if I 
. -,\rhcs.'^ ne.rae is so well known in London as jremember aright, mostly wore spectacles; 
?-ornai-ted 7d.th the house of Messrs, Baringjjthe head librarian was enthusiastic; the 
• ha? 06311 greatly enriched by him. It is |nice instructive books were properl: dog's- 
by his money that it has been enabled to leared; my own productions were in enormous 
do its work. In this library there is a jdemand; the call for books over the counter 
certain number of thousands of volumes - a kjas brisk, and the reading-room was full of 
great many volumes, as there are in most [readers, 

public libraries. There are books of all ■ "It has, I dare say, occurred to other 
classes, from ponderous unreadable folios, !travellers to remark that the proceedings 
of which learned men know the title-pages, jat such institutions, when visited by them 
' down to the lightest literature. Novels jon their travels, are always rose coloured* 
are by no means eschewed, - are rather, if It is natural that the bright side should 
I understood aright, considered as one of ibe shown to the visitor. It may be thatk 
I the staples of the library. From this li-» imany books are called for and returned un- 
I brary any book, excepting such rare vol- jread, that many of those taken out are so 
! umes as in all libraries are considered Itaken by persons who ought to pay for their 
holy,- is given out to any inhabitant of [novels at circulating libraries, that the 



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librarian and librarianesses get very i 
tired of their long hours of attendance, ! 
- for I found that they were very long; — ! 
and that many Idlers warm themselves in | 
that reading room: nevertheless the fact i 
remains, - the library is public to all ; 
the men and women in Boston, and books ard 
given out without payment to all who may I 
choose to ask for them. V'/hy should not : 
the great Mr. Mudie emulate Mr. Bates, and 
open a library in London on the same } 
system? i 

"The librarian took me into one special i 
room, of which he himself kept the key, td 
show me a present which the library had ! 
received from the English Government. The! 
room was filled with volumes of two sizes,| 
all bound alike, containing descriptions 
and drawings of all the patents taken out ! 
in England. According to this librarian ' 
such a work would be invaluable as to | 
American patents; but he conceived that I 
the subject had become too confused to I 
make such an undertaking possible. 'I never] 
allow a single volume to be used for a i 
moment without the prescence of myself or ; 
one of my assistants,' said the librarian;' 
and then he explained to me, when I asked 
him why he was so particular, that the 
drawings would, as a matter of course, be | 
cut out and stolen if he omitted his care.j 
'But they may be copies,' I said. 'Yes; 
but if Jones merely copies one. Smith may 
come after him and copy it also* Jones ' 
will probably desire to hinder Smith from j 
having any evidence of such a patent. ' As ' 
to the ordinary borrovilng and returning of, 
books, the poorest labourer's child in i 
Boston might be trusted as honest; but I 
when a question of trade came up, of com- I 
mercial competition, then the librarian | 
was bound to bethink himself that his j 
countrymen are very smart. 'I hope,' said 
tho librarian, 'you will let them know in j 
Fr^.7,:.and how grateful we are for their | 
present.' And I hereby execute that li- I 
brarian's commission." I 

Editor's Note: | 

Our editorial thanks to Mr 
Edward Casey, Cataloging and Classifica- 
tion Department, Division of Reference and 
Research Services, for calling our atten- 
tion to these entertaining observations 
som? of which prompts us to reflect that 
after almost a century "tout ca change, 
tout c'est la meme chose," in the B.P.L.t 



BECAUSE YOU CARED 

(Extracts from a letter to the Chairman 
of the B.P.L.P.S.A. Special Committee on 
CARE from the Director of the New England 
Committee for CARE.) 

Dear Miss McDonald; 

In the years since 
World War II ended, the postwar picture 
has changed. The need has shifted from 
the emergency of relief for the starving 
to the further-reaching goals of recon- 
struction. Any feeling that once the war 
was over America would go home and forget 
has been disproved. On the government 
level, America's awareness of responsibil- 
ity brought the Marshall Plan. On the 
individual level, it brought the continu- 
ing expansion of a unique American agency - 
CARE, 

The very name of CARE is a sjmibol of the 
willingness of Americans to help build a 
new and better world. Its initials stand 
for the Cooperative for American Remit- 
tances for Europe - a joint organization 
created by the major welfare agencies of 
the United States to meet the need for a 
person-to-person package service. 

It was to the voluntary agencies that 
President Truman's War Relief Control 
Board turned, a few months after the Tvar, 
to ask help in solving the problem tf 
immediate overseas aid. 

Thus, when you see the statement in 
care's literature that CARE is "government 
approved", this is not an idle claim. On 
the contrary, this government approval has 
grown steadily in the more than four years 
»f care's operation, CARE has won the 
praise of President Truman himself, of 
General Eisenhower and of many other 
leaders of American life, both in and out 
of government. 

It was government cooperation, too, thao 
helped CARE with the practical problem 
involved in getting food relief into Europe 
without undue delay, IfJhen the war ended, 
a large stock of military ration packages 
remained. They were the famous lO-in-1 
packages, so called because they contained 
enough food to feed 10 soldiers for a day, 
CARE purchased two million of these pack- 
ages from the War Assets Administration to 
initiate its service e 

Because of its governments support, CARE 
was also able to enter into agreements with 
European governments for the admission of 



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CARE packages free of customs duties or 
charges of any kind. This was an added 
boon to the recipients, for they were in 
no financial condition to pay duties. An 
equally important feature of the service 
was that the recipients suffered no loss 
of their regular rations. 

But though CARE had .government approval 
and cooperation, it was individual effort 
that put the agency across. It was indi- 
vidual generosity that brought orders for 
packages flooding into CARE headquarters 
in ever increasing volume from all over 
the country. 



: It has developed from a designated ser- 
I vice for relatives and friends to an organ- 
j ization through which thousands of Ameri" 
! cans have extended help to thousands of 
strangers in the lands across the seas. 
And from its headquarters in New York it 
has branched out to local offices in major 
cities of the United States, Canada and 
South America, in order to serve more 
people effectively, 

CARE can look back to having safely de- 
livered more than ten million packages 
overseas - 9U percent of them food. It 
looks ahead to delivering millions more on 



To fulfill the obligations it had under- |behalf of the American people. It is en- 
taken, CARE faced the necessity of estab- j couraged to believe that public support, 
lishing a widespread operation both here \ such as that of the Professional Staff 
and overseas. In New York, it meant estab -J Association of the Boston Public Library, 
lishing a purchasing division; training | will continue because it kndws what CARE 
corps of clerks to catalogue and index the I still means to the people it reaches, 
orders that poured in; finding executives j With sincere thanks and congratulations 
•who would keep a tight check on expendi- to you for the wonderful' job you have done 
tures and expenses. Abroad, it meant , as CARE Chairman of your Association dur- 
setting up a network of vrarehouses at stra-t ing the past year. 



tegic centers in which thousands of pack- 
ages could be stockpiled and dravm upon as j 
the orders, airmailed from New York, 
arrived. 

The organization established in each 
country overseas -vvas headed by an American 
Chief of Missions, chosen for his kno¥;-ledge 
of the country and his experience in the 
administration of relief programs. His 
clerical staff is usually chosen from the 
native population. But complete supervi- 
sion of the CARE operation in each country 
remains in American hands.. This is pro- 
vided for in the standard CARE agreement 
with foreign governments. 

It was early in 19U6 that the first CARE 
representative in Europe delivered the 
first CARE food package to the first Euro- 
pean citizena This took place amid the 
ruinf? of the French port city of Le Havre. 
The previous day, the 3. So American Travel- 
ler had steamed into the harbor bearing the 
first shipment of CARE food packages - 
15,000 in all. 

From this comparatively small beginning 
CARE was la\inched on a program that is now 
well into its sixth year. Since then, 
CARE has expanded from the one foreign 
country to 17 - and from Europe to Japan, 
Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, India, 
Isreal and Pakistan, It has grown from a 
one-package service to an operation meeting 
various needs with a variety of food and 
textiles, and with a book program that is 
helping to rebuild lAar-wrecked libraries 
md schools. 



I am, 

Very truly yours, 

(SIGlffiD) Edward W, Joyce,Jr, 
Director 



Dear Fellovj' Members : 



"So long I 
ti 



It's been 
good to know you.. 

Yfe're off on the road to retirement with 
many thanks and mighty huzzas for your 
support throughout the past year. Great 
has been your generosity. 

In 1952 let's continue to share with CARE 
and help make a better world for all of us. 

Special Committee on CARE 

Emilia Lange 

Veronica Lehane 

Bette Preer 

Sarah Richman 

May McDonald, Chairman 



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NEW BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Fiction 

Lin, Hazel Ai Chun 
The physicians. 
New York, J, Day, 1951. 

Mc Mullen, Mary 
Strangle hold. 
New York, Harper, 195l« 

Marquand, John P» 

Melville Goodwin, USA, 
Boston, Little, Brown, 195l» 

Monsarrat, Nicholas, 
The cruel sea. 
New York, Knopf, 1951. 

Roy, Gabrielle C, 

■yi^here nests the water hen. 

New York, Harcourt, Brace, 195l» 

Styron, William, 

Lie down in darkness, 
Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1951. 

Yenni, Julia T, 

The spellbound village. 

New Y0rk, Harcourt, Brace, 195l» 

Non-Fiction 

Fowler, Gene 
Schnozzola. 
New York, Viking Press, 195l» 

Keith, Agnes N, 
■WTiite man returns, 
Bostc«i, Little, Brown, 1951. 

Mann, Thomas 

The Holy Sinner, 

New York, Knopf, 1951. 

Mlchener, James A, 
The voice of Asia, 
New York, Plandom House, 1951 

Pearson, Hesketh 
Dizzy, 
New York, Harper, 1951, 

Rombauer, Irma S, 
The joy of cooking, 
Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1951. 

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DEPARTMENT NOTES 

Patent Room 

The following Christmas greeting was 
received by the Department from Paul 
McGillicuddy. who was inducted into the Ma- 
rines on December 17, ".,.1 have war stories- 
already - the hours aren't as good as the 
Patent Room (U a.m. to 10 p,m,); the pay 
isn't as good (10 l/?h^ per hour); the 
bosses aren't as pleasant (gruff sergeants) . 
but I like it - No promotions yet though. 
Merry Christmas, Civilians - Paul. 

Pvt. Paul W, McGillicuddy 125^977 
Plf 710 Company A 5th Reg. Tr BN 
M,C.R.D., Parris Island, N,C, 



Print Department 

Prints by Muirhead Bone, Frederick L, M, 
Griggs, Arthvir W, Heintzelraan and Thomas 
Nason have been lent by the Print Depart- 
ment to the Shawmut Bank on Arlington St, 
(Park Square Building) for exhibition in 
their windows. These prints show the de- 
velopment of a print and are accompai^ied 
by descriptive cards prepared by the Print 
Department, 

Further afield are watercolor drawings 
by Thomas Rowlandson, which are opening 
the 1952 season at the Roswell Museum in 
Roswell, New Mexico. 

I\iiss Muriel Figenbaum, First Assistant, 
represented Mr Heintzeltnan at the Public 
Service Award Dinner in November, follow- 
ing which she spoke in West Roxbury at a 
program given by the Woman's Union of the 
Congregational Church, Her talk was on 
her European trip in 1950, illustrated 
with slides. 

Following the recent presentation of 
awards by the Boston Municipal Research 
Bureau to outstanding city employees, 
Filene's held an exhibition in their Frank- 
lin Street windows, during December, 
featuring pictures of the recipients with 
quotations from their citations. Included 
in the exhibition was Mr Arthur W, Heintzel- 
man, one of the six award vrinners, 

Mr Paul Swenson, part-time assistant, is 
represented in the exhibition of the Boston 
Society of Independent Artists now at the 
Boston Museum of Fine Airts, 



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BRANCH NOTES 

Open Shelf Department 

One of the pleasantest features of the 
opening of the new Department, especially 
for the senior members of the staff, was 
the return, for the occasion, of many- 
former staff members who had worked so 
faithfully in the old quarters toward the 
present goal. They included Mrs Sidney 
Quint'from El Paso, Texas, llir John Vazaka^ 
from Purdue University, Mr George Vazakas, 
from Y/hite Sands Proving Ground, New 
Mexico, Mr Richard Lyons from Fort Dix, 
New Jersey, Ifr Francis P. Connell, from 
the Paulist Preparatory Seminary, Balti- 
more, Maryland, and Mr Jack O'Keefe, Naval 
Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia. On look- 
ing at the resplendent shelves of books 
all could feel with pride that they had 
contributed in very tangible ways to the 
opening. 



Washington Village 

The New Year and the "New System" got 
off to an auspicious start as our public 
turned from holiday fun to more quiet 
pleasures, such as reading. Wednesday, 
January 2, 1952, however, was anything but 
quiet at Washington Village as questions, 
explanations, and exclamations inaugurated 
the new plan# Both adults and children 
were eager to take advantage of newly- 
offered opportunities, but unquestionably 
the most responsive group were our younger 
readers. In fact, the younger, the more 
excited they became. One youngster in- 
quired breathlessly, "Is is just for to- 
day?" while the query, "Can I come back 
tomorrow and do the same?" was heard re- 
peatedly. 

During the next few days the matter of 
returning books brought more comments, 
"Where are the date due cards that were in 
the book pfcckets when you took them out?" 
an assistant asked a youngster, "Oh, are 
they supposed to be kept in there?" asked 
the little girl,, casually taking them out 
of her hip pocket. 

An interesting sidelight vras reported by 
one mother, "How come you have so many 
books?" she inquired as she saw her small 
son return from the library with his arms 
loaded, "That's all I could carry," came 
the mournful reply. We, of course, have 
admonished the young children to take only 



what they need and be considerate of the 
ri^ts of others; but we do not need to be 
over-anxious because the books are brought 
back promptly, and furthermore, our ade- 
quate adult and juvenile collection can 
withstand and are looking forward to heavy 
borrowing. 

In connection with the simplification and 
liberalization of the system as a whole, 
one approving patron remarked, "At last the 
library made a good rule. And it's about 
time," he added parenthetically. Another 
appreciative teen-ager asked, "Who thought 
this all up?" "The Director", was the re- 
ply, "Swell idea," she responded. 

And that's what most of our Public thinks^ 
tool 



West End 

Two distinguished Israeli scholars, Dr 
Curt Wormann, Librarian of the Jewish 
National and University Library, and Dr 
Dov Ashbel, Professor of Meteorology and 
Climatology at the Hebrew University were 
tendered a reception by the Greater Boston 
Chapter of the American Friends of the 
Hebrew University at the Library on Tues- 
day evening, January 8, 

Dr Leon S. Medalia, Honorary President 
*of the Hebrew Teachers' College and Presi- 
dent of the Boston Chapter of the American 
Friends of the Hebrew University, was 
Chairman for the occasion. 

The importance of water to Isreal's way 
of life was ably presented by Dr Ashbel, 
Isreal's foremost climate expert and author 
of several books on the subject, 

Dr Wormann, told of the intense hunger of 
Israeli people for books. The original 
library with all its holdings on Mt Scopus 
in Jerusalem, now in Arab territory, is 
inaccessible and the current paper shortage 
further limits the supply of books. Be- 
cause of its position as the only important 
library in the Near East and its many con- 
tacts with Jevrish and Christian organiza- 
tions throughout the world, the Hebrew 
University Library is in a unique position. 
Dr Wormann stated that such a potentially 
important library should be well-cared for 
and is interested in founding a Library 
School in Isreal to insure an adequate 
supply of professional librarians, Dr 
Wormann is travelling through the United 
States to study American library systems 
on a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, 

A surprising climax to the evening *s 



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program in keeping with the aim and inter- 
est of Dr Wormann's visit, was the presen- 
tation of a personal gift of two hundred 
American juvenile books by 3S Fanny 
Goldstein, Branch Librarian, The collec- 
tion consists of a choice number or repre- 
sentative titles for the youngest children 
through the young adult group. A wide 
range of interests is indicated by the 
various kinds of literature included. 
Particular emphasis has been placed on a 
selection of books dealing with the build- 
ing of America, biographies of famous 
Americans, and American life and customs. 
The books were selected because of their 
perennial juvenile interest, titles sucli 
as many American public libraries would 
retain on its reading lists for young 
people, because of their contents and 
beauty of format, Dr 'J'/ormann gratefully 
acknowledged the gift, expressive of 
American democracy in the making, and 
stressed its importance in helping the 
Hebrew University to establish a new de- 
partment in American culture. 

A musical tribute to Israel in the form 
of national folk songs was given by Mrs 
Flora Roussos, mezzo-soprano, an assistant 
at the West End Branch Library. Miss 
Manfra Dudnick, Israeli student in Boston, 
sang several songs of the Negev. 
. Approximately one hundred and fifty 
guests attended. Among them many dis- 
tinguished Bostonians including Ilrs Serge 
Koussevitsky, Dr and ?.trs Hywan Morrison, 
Dr and J.Irs Oscar Tanenbaum, Mr Francis B. 
Masterson, and many others. A group of 
thirty Israeli students attended. Refresbj- 
ments were served. 



Blind as wellas literature written in 
Braille form the basis of the exhibit. 



Trials and tribulations of the new charg- 
ing system: 

Assistant at the West End Branch Library 
to small boy: "Please be sure and keep 
this card in the book pocket. Don't lose 
it." Small boy: "I won't lose it. As *., 
soon as I get home, I'll past it in the 
book." 



West End small fry had a special guest at 
Story Hour on Saturday, January 12, when 
Miss Elizabeth Barrett, a free-lance writer, 
entertained them with an original story en- 
titled, "Bunny Bear". As Miss Barrett said, 
she wanted to "try out her story on them," •■ 
and as an experiment, her efforts proved 
both interesting and valuable because the 
children reacted favorably to the telling 
and immediately asked to take the book out. 
It had to be explained that this story was 
not yet in the form of a book, but that 
they might watch for it to be published. 



SOAP BOX 



A tribute to Louis Braille, famed blind 
French pianist who created the special 
form of vnriting for the blind now known as 
the Braille System, is being offered on 
the Centennial of his death, in an exhibi- 
tion being held from January 9 through 19. 

On loan from the Boston Aid for the 
Blind Center is a lovely display of copper^ 
ware designed by blind craftsmen. Toys, 
games, and wearing apparel used and made 
by the blind are also being shown. 

As a special highlight of the Braille 
observance, two blind women, Miss Olga 
Falcione and Mrs Lillian Stetson, gave a 
demonstration of writing in Braille daily 
from 3 to 5 p.m. in the main room of the 
branch library, which attracted much in 
interest. Books and pamphlets about the 



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 she is 
employed. The name is iMlthhald from pub- 
lications, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in-chief. 
The contents of 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 vd.th the views 
expressed. 



llliiniiiiiniiiiiiiiiu»iiiF.iii..i....— 



Soap Box Editor: 

Christmas has come and gone 
and Santa Claus forgot to leave presents for 
those members of the staff who have patient- 
ly waited for appoints. 



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To the Soap Box Editor; 

In reply to Mr McDonough's letter 
appearing in the Soap Box colxunn of the 
December, 1951 issue of The Question Mark 
two comments are made as follows : 

(1) the position in question wag an- 
nounced publicly to members of the 
staff on January l6, 1950 as having 
been re-established, and at the 
same time the statement vras made 
that "the position will be filled 
at a later date", and 

(2) the practice of the Trustees is to 
make appointments to the highest 
executive positions in the Library 
in accordance vdth their best judg- 
ment rather than in accordance with 
the formal promotional procedures. 

JOHN J. CONNOLLY 
Assistant to the Director, 
and Chief Executive Officer 



To the Soap Box Editors 

Congratulations to the Men's House » 
Committee and to the men in general, on 
their Christmas Coffee Hour on Friday, 
December 21. Seldom has a suggestion been 
made in the Soap Box which has received 
such prompt and satisfying fulfillment. 
The women's bump of curiosity was proven 
to be fully developed by the numbers who 
accepted the invitation and came to see 
the men's quarters, especially bedecked 
for Christmas. Of course, the fact that 
women love to eat may have helped a bit, 
tool 

The highly systematized scheme setup by 
the men did them credit - in the kitchen 
door, into a definite line for food and 
coffee, then into the "living room" where 
chairs around tables gave opportunity for 
groups to sit, eat, and chat comfortably •» 
and all with soft Christmas music in the 
background. 

You did a grand job, men, and the women 
fully enjoyed themselves i 

S.M. Usher 



To the Soap Box: 

The chargers charge on Monday . 
(a normal thing to dp) 
Then they relax on Yfednesday 
When all the books are due. 

If you come in on Tuesday 
We v;on't be nice to you. 
Return the books on ^Yednesday 
V/hen all the books are due. 

Don't come to us on Thursday. 
We'll fine you if you do, 
And shout "IVhere were you Wednesday 
When all the books were due?" 

We'll give you books on Friday. 
Here] take a shelf or two 
But see they're l>ack on Yfednesday 
'^fdaen all the books are due. 

On Saturday and Sunday 
The stacks are bare, tis true. 
But just remember Vifednesday 
When all the books are due* 

On Wednesdays, on IVednesdays, 
The books are due on Wednesdays. 
We've ladies' days and men's days 
But books are due on Wednesdays. 

(Afterthought) 
Lord and Jfester tell us 
T.Tiatever shall we do 
VJhen holidays are Wednesdays 
liThen will the books be due??? 

S.Y/.P. 



To the Soap Box: 



Query 
Reply 



Query and reply 
(YiTlth a sigh). 

The staff 

Robots - or humans? 

They must be human 
They're fumin' 



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To the "Soap Box": 

Altho "Curious" in last month's 
Q uestion ferk was answered in part by the 
summary of the opening ceremonies at 
Tyler Street which mentioned that the re- 
freshments were contributed by the Branch 
Librarians, I think a little amplification 
might be of interest. 

Two days before the opening of Tyler 
Street, at the monthly meeting of Branch 
Librarians, it was agreed that punch and 
cookies should be served as had been done 
at Adams Street. Twenty of this group 
contributed a quarter each, making a total 
of six dollars. This provided more than 
enough funds for the punch, ice, and paper 
doilies, and one dollar and six cents of 
the sum were turned over to the Branch 
Librarians' flower fund. Seven staff mem- 
bers, two of whom were not in the group 
at Branch Meeting, volunteered to make 
cookies. The flowers on the refreshment 
table were furnished by two members of the 
group who were former Branch Librarians at 
Tyler Street. Other flowers were given by 
the Supervisor of the Division of Home 
Reading and Community Services. The Li- 
brary provided the paper cups. 

All of us who attended the opening, I 
think, will agree that the refreshments 
added a gracious, friendly touch to the 
dignified, simple ceremony. Anyone v/ho 
watched the children politely munching 
their cookies and sipping their punch was 
amply rewarded for his contribution to the 
refreshments. 

Dorothy F, Nourse 

To the Soap Box: 

In retrospect, the ceremonies at the 
formal opening of the new Open Shelf De- 
partment seem to pale in comparison with 
ohe opening of Adams Street Branch Library 
and the reopening of what is now desig- 
nated as the Tyler Street Reading Room* 
/Vmong the reasons for this, I would like 
to cite three omissions which seemed to me 
to contribute largely to this "paling" 
process. 

In the first place at the ceremonies on 
January 2, 1952, there vras lacking the in- 
formal and convivial atmosphere engender- 
ed by the refreshments served at the two 
previous openings. It is doubtful if any- 
one attending any of the exercises was 



hungry or really needed something to eat. 
It cannot be denied, hmvever, that refresh- 
ments - no matter how slight - add to the 
atmosphere on such an occasion. If the 
Library as an institution did not feel 
justified in spending money on such super- 
fluous trimmings as food, I am certain that 
the Branch Librarians would have been glad 
to provide punch and cookies as they so 
generously did for the Tyler Street reopen- 
ing and in a lesser degree for the Adams 
Street opening, (The Trustees of the Li- 
brary provided some funds for refreshments 
at Adams Street - the Branch Librarians 
and their associates supplemented this con- 
ti^ibution with home-made cookies o) 

Secondly, the ceremonies at the Adams 
Street Branch Library and the Tyler Street 
Reading Room viere highlighted by the pres- 
ence of His Honor, tiayor Jghn B, Hynes-^ and 
his gracious words of commendation and ap- 
preciation for the services of the Boston 
Public Library. His absence made a defi- 
nite void at the Open Shelf Department 
ceremonies. The staff recognizes, of 
course, that his absence vras unavoidable 
and due solely to the pressure of demands 
on his time and energy as the chief execu- 
tive of a large city^ We have to admit, 
however, that he was missed and his ab- 
sence detracted considerably from the com- 
pleteness of the occasion. 

The third omission, and the one that made 
the greatest impact on the staff vras the 
lack of any mention of the contribution 
made by so many staff members to the com- 
pletion of this project, and the failure 
to present to the guests the two people 
directly responsible for the successful 
carrying on of the activities of the Open 
Shelf Department and the Audio-Visual 
Center^, namely^ Mrs Grace Bo Laughlin and 
Mrs Ifiariel G, Javelin. It is certain that 
neither of these ladies expected nor vranted 
any special recognition. They have both 
given freely of their time and efforts for 
far too long a period to be disturbed by 
either recognition or the lack of it, I 
do believe, however, that their staffs 
vrould have been pleased to see their ser- 
vices publicly recognizedo It would have 
been impossible to mention individually 
those members of the staff who contributed 
to the opening of the Open Shelf Department 
and the Audio-Visual Center on the date set 
in the notice of December 3j 195lo Even 
mention by departments and branch libraries 
would have consumed unnecessary time. But 
a brief word of appreciation for the over- 
all efforts of the staff would have compen- 



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sated in some small measure for the long 
hours of ceaseless toil that were made by- 
countless staff members over a long period 
of time, in order to bring this project to 
its obviously successful conclusion. I 
hear the inevitable reply by some staff 
members who are not in sjonpathy with ex- 
pansion and the forward look, "They got 
paid - what more do you want?" Yes, they 
got paid for their work, but you cannot 
pay for loyalty, cooperation, generosity, 
and similar qualities so prevalent among 
the staff during the trying pre-opening 
period. Only appreciation expressed - for 
unexpressed appreciation is no apprecia- 
tion at all to the potential recipient - 
can ever compensate for such wholehearted 
cooperation as was evidenced by so many 
staff members during the past few weeks. 
We are confident that these omissions, 
especially the last two cited, were not 
intentional, However, the effect on staff 
morale, which took a decided nose-dive the 
day following the opening, was most unfor- 
tunate . 

Since this is a brand . new year and 
since this evidence of lack of expressed 
appreciation has been brought to our atten- 
tion, it might not be a bad idea if we 
each one did a little soul-searching, Letfe 
ask ourselves: Have I expressed apprecia- 
tion to the Administration for its part in 
bringing these two fine new units into 
being? Have I told the staff members that 
they did a rousing good job and we're 
proud of them? If this is to be our li- 
brary, no member of the staff can afford 
to relegate to his superior officer the 
privilege of expressing appreciation. We 
all take too much for granted. So, in 
order to compensate in some small measure 
for my own sins of omission, I would like 
to take this opportunity to say that I 
think that everyone who helped to bring 
this project into being, from the Director 
to the cle.rk v;ho typed lists and the per- 
son who m.ipped the floors, "I think you 
did a ^rand job," 

The staff as a whole are a fine group of 
people. They always "deliver the goods," 
irrespective of the amount of pressure to 
which they are subjected. It is recog- . 
nized that a certain amount of last minute i 
pressure is inevitable. Surely a little | 
more thoughtful long-range planning and a [ 
more equitable distribution of v/ork load j 
would in some measure relieve that pres-« 
sure. The opening of three new units -with- 
in four months, after a twenty-year lapse 
when there were no new units brought into 



being, has been a real strain on the staff. 
The effect of concentration on each new 
unit as it has been preduced to the neglect 
of the other units of the Home Reading 
Services has been detrimental to morale 
and to service to our clientele. Let us 
hope that 19B2. can be on a more even keel 
as the expansion program goes forvTard, 
Tdth fewer periods of crises within -the 
organization and thus better service to 
the public v/hich is, in the final analysis, 
our main objective and our only justifica- 
tion for existence as a public institutiono 

E.G.P, 



To the Soap Box; 

While the new Open Shelf Department, 
Audio-Visual Center, branches and bookmo- 
biles are causing so much favorable com- 
ment in the press, and amongst our public, 
perhaps it would be an advantageous time 
to take stock of the losses, from the 
staff point of view. As employees, vre 
OTim to much pride in the new ventures, and 
expect them to be very successful innova- 
tions. But there are also glaring disad- 
vantages and costly mistakes in our minds 
at the present time. 

The nev^spapers of this week have men- 
tioned that the top officials of the li- 
brary should be capable of managing a 
"mammouth" factory after these new ventures, 
so successfully laiinched. We sometimes 
wonder. Staff morale is important to the 
success of these ventures, A beautiful 
room and many nevj- books are only part of 
the concept. Getting the proper book to 
the proper person depends on staff morale 
somev/hat. The staff sees those at -the 
charging and return desk of the nevr Open 
Shelf Department standing, even i^hen there 
is no one waiting for service. Since the 
department covers a very large floor space 
and many stairs, and since more footwork 
is necessary as telephone connections are 
not complete, and possibly in the future 
■will be overburdened anyway, a member of 
that staff will obviously be very foot- 
weary at the end of the day. ITiat any 
other library in the country does, makes 
no impression on the staff as against the 
seemingly total lack of consideration for 
the comfort of fellow staff -members at the 
charging and return counter. When there 
is no business, certainly the use of stools 
would harm no one and v/ould aid the staff 



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of that department and the morale of all 
of us. 

The opening of departments before the 
complete arrangements have been made also 
seems a dubious procedure. Lack of a full 
staff handicaps the complete use of the 
department. And borromng even temporari- 
ly from another department, to say nothing 
of transferring permanently a staff member 
vdthout sufficient vraming to permit re- 
;jla'.-ement of staff to that department, 
jrst at the busiest time of the year, 
h?.v!ipers the service to other segments of 
the public by the library as a whole, and 
lowers staff morale and staff trust in the 
planning abilities of the administration, 

Ttivo charging machines are too often in- 
sufficient for the number of people wait- 
ing particularly if a large number of 
record albums taking three times as long 
at a book to process are included. This 
causes congestion in the small bit of 
corridor remaining in that wing, impeding 
necessary truck and staff passage. It 
irritates the public fully as much as the 
staff. Also, staff members, attempting to 
secure reading matter for themselves or 
their families, rarely are able to pick 
out the books and have them charged in the 
time allowed for a relief, or even in the 
remainder of their lunch hour. 

Another by-product of all the new departrj 
ments and the necessary book-processing, 
is the failure to keep the materials 
needed in the Division of Reference and 
Research Services, and in the other 
branches, moving along in sufficient nun>- 
ber for adequate service o Many books and 
periodicals have met a bottleneck in the 
Book Preparation Department and do not 
reach shelf quickly enough for the demand, 
and many more of both types of material 
have been in the binding process for more 
than a year, in contrast to the usual 
bindery period of three to five months. 
Should Peter be robbed to pay Paul? 

There are rumors that there is no com- 
plete listing for the holdings of the 
Audio-Visual Center, Yftiat can the public 
attempting to use the center think of 
this? We are ashamedi And embarrassedl 
Another rumor says that books have been 
sent to the Tyler Street Branch without 
any accurate record of what has gone« Is 
this the efficient vray of conducting any 
business, organization, factory or LIBPjVRK 

We are very proud of the advanced theorjj 
the modem concepts, involved in these new 
sections of our Library, but we are NOT 
proud of the seemingly inefficient method 



of planning for the deadline of opening 
days, 

A Reference Assistant 



To the Soap Box: 

The tumult and shouting now have passed 
Our dream has really come true at last. 
The old Open Shelf ' s given way to the new 
-*The A.-V Center has opened too, 

I stand and gaze at books bright and new 
The shelf markers are most handsome too. 
The comfortable chairs all readers invite 
The young adults' room is a delight. 

The smoking section's but one innovation 
There are new rules for circulation. 
Books with the Recordak are charged 
And are not stamped on Library cards. 

But I am writing of the A-V Center 
With its listening booths and Little 

Theatre. 
We've long had films for circulation 
And now we have added a record collection. 

As I recall events of the past week 

To express my thou-^hts for words I seek. 

Thanks to many of you I owe 

And I take this opportunity to tell you so. 

The Library's officers needless to say 

Gave assistance in many a wayo 

But there were many others too 

Wio came to ask what they could do. 

I'm grateful for the help of each one of 

you 
I'd like to write to each one of you too^ 
But the truth of the matter is simply this 
The list is so long I fear someone I'd 

miss. 

Through the Soap Box I extend my apprecia- 
tion 
To all those ■who offered cooperation. 

To the Print J Jig Department who rushed 

pockets through, 
To the Bindery who went "all out" for us 

too, 
IVho ordered stock and designed carrying 

cases 
That villi advertise us in many places, 

* Audio-Visual Center 



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ALTERATIONS ON STACK THREE 



T/ho made record folders of which we are 

proud 
VJho never once complained aloud 
Of all the work we'd asked them to do 
As well they easily might have too. 

To the Exhibits Office who shelf markers 

made 
TlVho lettered folders vreekends when they 

might have played. 
To Book Preparation v^ho with so much to 

do 
Pasted pockets and made record cards too 

To Book Purchasing for rushing ahead 

each bill 
And doing it all vd.th such a good will. 
To the Buildings men who helped us I'm 

grateful, 'tis true 
And to the men from Reference who moved 

records too. 

To Branch Catalog for invaluable aid 

In sorting recordings after folders were 
made, 

Tc the otatistics Office , to Book Selec - 
tion too, 

I appreciate the help that came frcm you 

To the Branches who've lent Assistants, 
"Thank you", I say 

And to those " Extras " who worked on New 
Years Day, 

To the Publicity Office I give apprecia- 
tion 

For the press and radio's fine ovation. 

To Miss Coleman vrho vihen ive needed a 

sign 
Called on one of her girls v;ho made one 

before nine. 
And who sent one of her boys to help, 

'tis true 
So we could give our public some records 

new. 

To the Open Shelf vfho though sorely 

pressed 
Has come to our rescue at each request. 
Has covered supper hours and has no 

chance lost 
To offer us assistance at any cost. 

And to our Office Staff who has worked 

vri.th such zeal 
'''.''ords can never express the way I feel. 
Yes J. I appreciate all that has been done 
And again say "thank you" to everyone. 

Muriel C, Javelin 



Alterations are being made on the Blagden 
Street side of Stack three in the Central 
Library building to provide new quarters 
for the Business Office and the Accounting 
Department. Tifhen these offices move to 
their new location, they will be adjacent 
to the new Book Purchasing Department quar- 
ters on the same level in the Anne-x. They 
will likemse be on the same floor level as 
the Offices of the Division Heads, 

1951 PUBLICATIONS CO^IITITTEE BO^A^S OUT 

i With this issue of The Question Jfark the 
I present Publications Committee relinquishes 
jits responsibilities of the past year, 
pATiile the task has been at time a strenuous 
lone it has been lightened by the unstinted 
cooperation of the many members of the 
I staff, ?ri. thout which in the final analysis 
I there would be no Question Mark, For all 
who have contributed so generously during 
the year and have kept us abreast of news 
I in the making in the various units of the 
JLibrary we extend our ivarmest thanks, and 
J to Miss Usher and her staff for their in- 
valuable assistance in continuing the 
mimeographing, distribution and indexing of 
the publication. To the incoming Publica- 
tions Comjp.ittee, which vd.ll be appointed 
after the annual election of officers, we 
offer our congrat\ilations and good wishes. 

UTE FLASH 

At the annual meeting of the Quarter 
Century Club, held on January 16, the fol- 
lovri.ng officers were elected for the year 
1952 J 

President - George W, Gallagher 
Vice President - James P.J. Gannon 
Treasurer - Robert F. Dixon 
Secretary - Ethel M, Hazlewood 

The Treasurer will accept 1952 dues at 
the convenience of the members. 



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uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



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



Volume VII, Number 2 



February 19S2 



Publications Committee: Barbara P« Cotter, George M, Pahud, Helen M, Popp, Sarah 

Richman, Edna G, Peck, Chairman 



Publication date: 
The fifteenth of each month 


Deadline for submitting material: 
The tenth of ea:ch month 






Editor's Corner 
With this issue of The Question Mark a 


PERSONAL NOTES 
New Staff Members 


new Publications Committee assumes respon- 





eibility for the vocal organ of the Boston 
Public Library Professional Staff Associa- 
tion, We come to you young, practically 
infantile, in experience along this line 
and utterly devoid of preconceived notions 
on publication procedure. To carry for- 
ward the Staff Association publication on 
the same nigh plane that has characterized 
it for the past few years will be no small 
task. We are fully aware of our obliga- 
tions to the Association. We are cogni- 
zant of the fact that The Question Mark is 
the voice of the Association* It is the 
major medium whereby every Association 
member has an opportunity to express him- 
self in the form of concrete ideas and 
constructive criticism. The Committee is 
limited in what is published only by what 
we hope will be fair and equitable judg- 
ment and by space. We request your com- 
plete cooperation as individual Associa- 
tion members and as units within the insti 
tution. We especially ask the cooperation 
of the Staff Association Representatives, 
for on their shoulders rests the major 
responsibility of transmitting to the Com- 
mittee the material from the various 
departments, offices and branches. Here 
is the opportunity for you to share with 
other Association members your ideas 
about your aspirations for, and your 
criticisms of the Boston Public Library 
Professional Staff Association as a factor 
in the life of the Boston Public Library, 
always keeping in mind the objectives of 
the Association which, according to the 
constitution are: (a) to foster profes- 
sicnal librarianship (b) to further the 
common interests and welfare of the pro- 
fessional staff (c) to promote greater 
efficiency in library serv''ice» 



llr Blair M, Benner, Audio-Visual Center* 

lers Anne H. Brickie y. Bookmobile I (form- 
erly part-time at the Charlestown Branch 
Library) « 

Miss Elizabeth C, Cowling, Bookmobile II, 

Miss Harriet E, Frye, East Boston Branch 
Library. 

Mr Bradford F, Herzog, Mattapan Branch 
Library (formerly part-time at the Vfest 
End Branch Library). 

Mr Wilfred D, Lahaie, Open Shelf Depart- 
ment (formerly part-time in the department )» 

Mr Frances A, Landrigan, Open Shelf De- 
partment (formerly part-time in the depart- 
ment and at the Roslindale Branch Library). 

Miss Carmella 0. Lemon, Allston Branch 
Library, 

Miss Marjorie A, Leonard, East Boston 
Branch Library, 

Mr John S, Lerch, Periodical and News- 
paper Department* 

- Miss Agnes C. Lucchesi, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics. 

Mrs Helen M, KcGah, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication Department for Heme Reading Service? 

Miss Susan E, Shelvin, Audio-Visual Center. 

Mrs Aura G» Watson, Charlestown Branch 
Library, 

Miss Eunice R. ?/erner, Audio-Visual Cen- 
ter. 

Resignations 



Mrs Mary Lo Flanagan, Book Stack Service, 
to remain at home, 

Iv'Irs Mary C, McDonald, Book Stack Service, 
to remain at home, 

Mrs Therese A. Moore, East Boston Branch 
Library, to accept a teaching position in 
Weston, J&ssachusetts, 

Miss Mary Campbell, tfettapan Branch* 



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Tran s f org 

Mrs Gertrude R. Bergen, from Tfettapan 
Branch Library to Adams Street Branch 
Library, 

Miss Margaret F, Connell, from Office of 
Records, Files, Statistics to the Book 
Stack Service, 

Mrs Lucia 3. Faulkner, from Chariest omi 
Branch Library to North End Branch Library. 

Miss C. Marjorie Groves, from Mt» Bow^ioir 
Branch Library to Bookmobile lo 

Mr Girard D, Hottlemanj from Open Shelf 
Department to Book Piorchasing Department. 

Miss M, Jane Manthome, from Dorchester 
Branch Library to the Yo\ing Adult Section 
of the Open Shelf Department « 

Mrs Julia L. Miller, from Bookmobile I 
to Bookmobile II, 

Miss Marie Pineo, from North End Branch 
Library to Bookmobile II. 

Miss Alice M, Waters, from the Office of 
the Division of Home Reading and Community 
Services (with assignment to Norfolk House; 
to the Open Shelf Department, { 

i 
Marriages I 

Miss Helen R. McMahon, Book Stack Ser~ I 
vice, to Mr John l-V, MacDougall, on Decern- ! 
ber 23, 1951. 

Retirement 

Miss M, TbBrese Campbell, Cataloging and 
Classification Department for the Division 
of Reference and Research Services on 
January 31, 1952. 

^BK;--;KH;-:a;-!Hf 
WE- ITCLCOIlffi BACK 

Miss Beatrice Flanagan, School Issue 
Department . 

Mrs Iphogenia Fillios, Brighton Branch 
Library, 

Miss Christine Hayes, Book Selection 
Department, 

Miss Evelyn Levy, Jeffries Point Branch 
Library, 

Miss Florence MacManus, Brighton Branch 
Library. 

BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY 
to 

Miss Margaret McGovern, Branch Librarian 
Memorial Branch Library, Channing Home, j 
195 Pilgrim Road, Boston 15, I«Ias3» 



BON VOYAGE 

To Miss Virginia Haviland, who left on 
February lU, for a ten-day trip to Puerto 
Rico, 

■jHH;-;i-;s-;;-;(-;HHf' 

RETIREMENT 

M» T HERESE CAMPBELL 

Miss M, Therese Campbell has been for 
many years the earliest arrival in the 
Catalog and Classification Department of 
the Division of Reference and Research 
Services, Surprise was expressed by many 
of her fellow workers when on the morning 
of January the fourth. Miss Campbell failed 
to appear. Early that day it was learned J 
that Miss Campbell had quietly retired - "^ 
not vfishing that any formal recognition 
should be made of her departure. It was 
Miss Campbell's assignment to catalog the 
many and varied serials of the Reference \ 
and Research Division, She was a most 
careful worker and errors in her cataloging 
seemed miraculously absent. Her fund of 
knovirledge in the field of cataloging -f^s 
willingly shared with others. Her interest 
in her fellow workers through her long years 
of service has made for her many friends 
and she will be missed by her fellow work- 
ers. She is now living in her apartment 
in Brookline participating in the many 
social activities which she has always 
enjoyed. Her friends wish for her many 
years of well- deserved recreational ■ 
activity, 

E, L^ 
V.'EDDINGS 



The staff of the Kirstein Business Branch 
recently welcomed back from her honeymoon, 
Mrs Thomas Jo Marsilli, the former Elaine 
Parsons, The beautiful wedding ceremony 
was celebrated at a 10 o'clock Mass on 
Thanksgiving morning at Saint Brendan's 
Church in Dorchester, The bride was lovely 
in a simple gown of ivory satin with an 
embroidered yoke. Her headdress was of 
satin and heirloom lace with a fingertip 
veil, and she carried a cascade of white 
chrysanthemums. The bridegroom's sister 
was the maid-of-honor, and she and the tiny 
flower girl wore matching gowns of gold 



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velvet and faille and carried bouquets of 
wine chrysanthemnjTis -. The tviro brideh'iit\id«r 
one of whom was Mrs Grut>hcy of the Busi- 
ness Branch^ nere sinalarly dresHOu in 
burgiindj and carried gold ch.ryiaritiieinoracv 
A small reception follorred at tne hoaii of 
the bride's parents, from vrhioh the newly- 
weds left on a motor trip to Baltimore, 
Marvjand.^ 

Shortly before the wedding date^ the 
K3B otaff held a dinner in bci.cr of the 
happy coiip!!/; a.z Patter's ResoArrar.t- Along 
with best w?.s}ies_; the frto^'e Jirs May zilll 
was at that time presented iTlth a gift of 
Revere Ware;, 



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On Wednesday evening, Jam:ary 30? 1952^ 
Miss Phyllis M<, H.-^ffman of -ohs Director's 
Offioa was given a shovtex in the l-junge by 
a group of her. friends.- Miss Hoffn-in re- 
ceived many beautiful and useful gifts i 

On Sunday afternoon, Februa.ry 3,, 1952, 
Miss Hoffman became the bride cf >'';rr-'aiah 
Falvey at the Immaoulann Gnnception Church 
in Everett o The bride looked "io'/ely in j 
a ballerina gown of T;hite lace.; i^th a j 
satin underskirt, a fingertip veil^ and j 
cax'ried a prayer book with a whi te orchid, '. 
U2r maid of honor. Miss Ruth O'^'Toole- was | 
gowned in Wile green tulle with a matching | 
?iat and carried a bouquet of red and yellow| 
roses e She was given in marriage by her i 
father. Follomng the reception, attended! 
by m.any of the bride's library fr-.ends, ' 
the couple motored to New York for their j 
honeymoon, | 



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On Saturday, February 2j 19^2. Miss I'feryj 
F, Maguire of the Informaticr. Office was ' 
married to Mr William D,, Scar^Lcn cf RoxhD'3'! 
at a 9:00 a,m, Nurtial lks3 at the Star of I 
the Sea Church, East Eostonv T^ie bride | 
were a white chantilly lace gown and lace | 
Juliet cap vrith finger-tip veil- She car-j 
riod a prayer book with an orchid,-, The i 



CALE^TDAR OF EVENTS 

February 17 - 2? - Cati'ol;-0 Pcok 7/eek 
Februa-ry 17 •• 2U - Brotherhooc Week 
February 21 ■' ¥J'A-'-*J'.i\'yr.r Meot:.r„g of MrL.A. 

Shrr'aT-cn Plaza Kv.telj Boston 
Febrijary 21-25' -' A.lr-rb Am?ri'^a Vfeek 
Febrt-ary 26 - Rei ep-ion f'.jr newly elected 

offi;-.ers of the BoP.L.P-.S.A. 
February 29 - Girls i. one chance in fcuri 

AimLNA S NOTES 

Mr Leo Jr Hfies, formerly of the Open 
Shelf Departmenbj vino wen second prize in 
the 195-<- Na'.ioiial Catholic Theatre contest 
for his play. Mcir'.e A:''toiuett3 , is new 
directcr of the Br"ston~'-'atho]_:.o Th.eatre:> 
The ^C'JGipany,- whjch recentlv opened It^ >sea- 
.£or. w- '-.h a sucoeiJfc'ful perf ornax "-e of ^5ar^ 
c-f C-^rbj.!x.cA ii; now rehearsing itp fltdv 
jT.i^;:'.-..-.-..! v;.'Mjedy, ¥a3.teT Kerr's ^'■-!^_^h'^ 
Sweer^--a:ay. to be presented at Ne'^- England 
Mutual Hail, February lii, 15, and l6o 



maid of honor, the bride's sister^ Barbara, 
wore a light, green brocade gc-rn -with match- 
ing mitts and half -hat and carried a cas- 
cade bouquet of jonquils* 

The reception was held at the General 
Edward's Inn;, Point of Pines© Following 
the reception the couple left for North 
Conway, New Kampshirp, ¥x and Mr'' Scanlcn 
will irake their hom.e in Dorchester, 

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>irs Fern Ingersoll, former children's 
ViTorker at -Jeffries Point Branch Library 
wh'. with, he;..' husband left for Europe in 
-Ji'Lie. has deciced to stay the winter-.. 
Fcl].ov^ing are excerpts from a letter of 
Mrs roge-rs:-ll's to Miss Peck: "Jay and I 
1-iave been ^Tavelling so much d-iirixg the 
past f?"'.x. liicv.ths - absorbing so mariy impres- 
sions so ojickly - that we have decided 
that ws wou'.d. -/ery much like to stay in one 
place for the wjnter and become a little 
moi'e th'.-i:'.:.t.^?hl;>' a-^quainted vrith on«5 Et^jL'o- 
pean cctr.trv and o;Jture; We arrived in 
Par'ie jist be.'"':>re Christmas and ab soon as 
the nclic'.ay:; were cysv we began looking 
for i'.bc- At the present tin.e we re work- 
ing togethe-' at clean Jng; painting and 
papering an old hjv.te j.st outside of Paris 
at the rate cf kDi an hotr .for Jay and 
cSx for me (plas lots of fun and experience) 
There are^ however... possibilities for me 
•with UNESCO and with the Amer ^'.;an Library 
in Faids - either (.f -wni.jh X '-.hink would 
be faso.inatingc. The UNESCO work would be 
in the llbraiy fiela.-. r. There is not a 
g-.'^a'-> possibility for the job vdth the 
Ai^ai.L-an Library in Paris becuase of the 
c.o;^bined reasons that it is operated on a 
ve-j limited budget and it is required to 
hire L-en French people for every one 
foreigner (as are all businesses and organ- 



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izations except embassies and the United 
Nations Headquarters) •»• we really are 
having a wonderful timeo We have a room 
just around the comer from the Louvre, 
with an old French lady who has been alone 
so long she just loves to talk and talk. 
It is a marvellous thing for our French., 
We use the National Library which is just 
down the street, for the dual purposes of 
reading and getting warmt 

Sincerely 

Fern S, Ingersoll" 

NO MORE SWEETS FOR THE SWEET 

To Members of the Staffs 

In response to many interested queries, 
the Executive Board regrets to announce 
that it will be impossible to offer any 
candy purchases for the Valentine season. 
We believe that the following letter from 
Mr John Jo Connolly, Assistant to the 
Director, and Chief Executive Officer, is 
self-explanatory: 

"30 January 19^2 



Mr Eamon E. McDonough 
President, Boston Public Library 
Professional Staff Association 
Boston Public Library 
Boston 17, ifessachusetts 

Dear Mr McDonough j 

The arrangements which have been in ex- 
istence for sometime whereby members of 
the staff have been able to purchase candy 
at a discount at certain periods of the 
year must be terminated. It has been 
found that the amount of work involved in 
the ordering, receipt, distribution, and 
payment for the candy requires so much 
time of the members of the Business Officej 
the Shipping Department, and the Supply 
Room that it has interfered with the 
normal operation of these units. 

If some other arrangement can be worked 
out by the Association whereby the work 
might be undertaken outside an individual's 
Library v;ork schedule, there would appear 
to be no objection to the resumption of 
this project. 



We regret very much that we have had to 
take the above action, and we hope that the 
members of the Association will appreciate 
our reasons for it. 

Very sincerely yours, 
(SIGNED) JOHN J. CONNOLLY 

Assistant to the Director, and 
Chief Executive Officer" 

We are aware of the keen disappointment 
that vd.ll be felt by many that an arrange- 
ment so beneficial to the staff must end 
so abruptly. The Adm.inistration has been 
exceedingly generous in this matter of the 
use of Library personnel and facilities to 
ensure the success of the venture, V.'e wish 
to express our gratitude to them at this 
time, and especially to Jfr Samuel Green 
who both in and ca'j of working hours has 
worked so hard to help others. 

We trust that a satisfactory solution may 
be found to enable the Association to re- 
sume its candy business on a voluntary 
basis before the next holiday. The Special 
Services Committee will, of course, continue 
to handle discounts and any other business 
of a like nature. 

One of the dealers, Starr Confections Co., 
77$ Huntington Avenue, has very kindly con- 
sented to honor Library discount cards for 
purchases at its establishment during the 
Valentine season. 

The Executive Board welcomes any and all 
suggestions for a plan that will obviate 
the difficulties entailed in the enterprise. 
Please send us your ideas. 



8 February 19$2 



EAMON E. Mcdonough 

President 



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IN TODAY'S NEVfS 

Boston Traveler, February 11, 19$2, 
New York - Lee Mr Friedman, Boston lawyer, 
was re-elected president of the American 
Jewish Historical Society at the annual 
meeting at the Jewish Museum here. 



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Mr Kenneth C. Barnes, Periodical & News- 
paper Department, has had his photograph 
of the volcano Paracutin accepted by the 
Chicago International Exhibition of Nature 
Photography, which is being held at the 
Natural History Museum there during Febrjaiy. 



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This is one of the Mexican prints which 
Mr Barnes had on exhibition at the Library 
last summer. 



REPORT OF A.L.A. MD-WINTER MEETING 

The A.L.A. Mid-Winter Conference was [ 
held at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in 
Chicago from January 28 to February 2,1952J 
The registration on Saturday, the last dajjl 
had risen to 1301 as compared with approx-| 
imately IhOO at the 1951 liid-Y'/inter Con- I 
ferencse Some 135 meetings were scheduled 
by the various Boards, Committees, Round | 
Tables, Tivisions, Associations, and the I 
like of A.L.A, i 

An innovation at the Conference was the j 
presence at each scheduled meeting of a 
silent man sitting to one side busily tak- 
ing notes and fro-Aoiing from time to time» 
He was the D.C, Reporter, an A,L,A, member 
from the District of Columbia. Henry Jo 
Gartland, an alumnus of the B.PoL., was 
one of the reporters. They reported all 
open meetings and as many of the closed 
meetings as the chairmen of such meetings 
allovred to be reported. The reports vrere 
mimeographed as fast as copy was received 
and upon payment of a dollar were mailed 
to subscribers as soon as the last days' 
reports were reproduced. The title of the 
Report is American Library Association^ 
Sumirary Reports of 1952 Mid-winter Meet- 
ings, Jan. 28-Feb, 2, 1952; Prepared by 
A.L.A. Members in the District of Columfoia 
Chicago, Feb. Ss 1952 . A copy may be 
fcond in the Gtaff Library. | 

Three items aroused particular interest ; 
and discussion at the Mid-Winter Meeting: 
the Jiinimum Library Salary Standards for 
1952, the report on the American Heritage 
Project, and the book selection question 
raised by Mr Ralph A. Ulveling, Director 
of the Detroit Public Library, at the 1951 
Annual Conference. 

The Board on Personnel Administration 
presented Minim\iiri Library Salary Standards 
for 1952 based upon the 1951 'Standards 
with a cost-of-living adjustment of 11.3 
ever the 100 point index of the 1935-39. 
The discussion was lively and warm. Three 
arguments were presented against the new 
Standards; (l) that small libraries could 
not hope to meet these standards, (2) that 
many libraries would not find them accept- 
able to Boards and Councils, (3) that many 
libraries had adopted Grade 1, the begin- 



ning rate, but that those librarians with 
experience and years of service represent- 
ing the titular levels (Grades 2 - k) had 
not been recognized and were not receiving 
the scales recommended in the 1951 Standards 
The Council defeated a motion to adopt the 
1952 Standards by 57 to 52 • 

Ltrs Grace T. Stevenson, Director of the 
American Heritage Project, made a vivid 
progress report in which she indicated that 
105 discussion groups had been organized 
and 190 leaders trainedo She commented on 
the purpose of the Project and the reasons 
for A.L.A. sponsorship as follows: 

(a) the purpose of the Project is to 
develop a public better informed in dem:- 
cratic principles and better able to apply 
them to the present situation; 

(b) the discussion technique seems to be 
the best for this purpose; 

(c) the Project will indicate the role 
of libraries in shaping the future pattern 
of adult educations 

In the Library Journal , August 1951j 
there was reported Mr Ralph A. Ulveling's 
statement made at the 1951 Annual Confer- 
ence entitled Pook Selection Policies . The 
report of the Intellectual Freedom Commit- 
tee on his statement was published in the 
November ALA Bulletin o The discussion was 
continued in Chicago at a meeting of the 
Acquisitions Round Table and in the Second 
Session of the Council, The controversy 
centered. around the fact that the Committee 
on Intellectual Freedom felt that there 
might be danger of misinterpretation of 
the Detroit Public Library policy and 
around the Committee misinterpretation of 
Mr Ulveling 's statement. The Corriraittee 
indicated that the statement was not in- 
tended to be an attack on either Mr Ulveling 
lor on the Detroit Public Library's policy. 
■At the Council meeting the Chairman indi- 
jcated that the Committee will hold a Work- 
ishop on how to interpret and implement the 
Library Bill of Rights at the 1952 Annual 
Conferenceo 

(SIGNED) ELIZABETH Lo TOIGHT 

Supervisor of Personnel 

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PRESIDENT'3 NOTES 

Speaking for the entire Executive Boardj 
we should like to thank the membership for 
the honor that has been conferred upon us. 
Thus far our term of office has been some- 
what hectic, ■ We have been fortunate in 
having on the Board four members with pre- 



the interview and a representation from our 
organization vras sent. 

Mr Connolly received us most cordially 
and endeavored to answer all questions put 
to him. It became apparent, however, that 
the Chief Executive Officer was not in a 
position to speak for the Trustees on all 
points. It was suggested that the various 
organizations seek a joint meeting with the 



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vious experience, who will help guide us 

towards the aims and goals of the Associa- |Trustees to duscuss the matter further. 



jWith the consent of the Executive Board, a 
letter was sent to the President of the 
Board of Trustees, Mr Friedman, requesting 
permission for a representation from our 
organization to attend such a meeting. Per- 
mission was granted and a representation 
attended this meeting on February 1. 

Mr Friedman, speaking for the Trustees, 
welcomed us to the meeting. The spokesmen 
for the other staff groups put their organ- 



tion as envisioned. It is our hope that 
in the coming year we shall be able to 
place especial emphasis on the welfare of 
the staff as individuals. 

We have been particularly fortunate in 
having with us Miss Theodora Scoff, who as 
the sole branch member of the Board has 
been our prop and mainstay in insuring a 
proper balance of branch representation on 
the various committees. Despite her ill- 
ness, Miss Scoff has kept in touch with us ] izations on record as being opposed to the 



by phone and mail and has been of invalu- 
able assistance to us in the selection of 
chairmen. The list of committee chairmen 
will be published in the ?ilarch isnue^ 
May we express our profound gratituae to 



payment by check. Your President, as 
spokesman for our group. explained to the 
Trustees that we had not come either to 
protest or condone any particular method of 
payment, but rather we sought further infor- 



all those iniho cooperatively accepted posts umation in order to recommend a course of 
and to those i/'jho while unable to accept 'action to our members. The eleven . ques- 
themselves, v;ere so kind as to offer valu- tions listed below were then proposed to 
able suggestions in that direction, jthe Trustees for the purpose of clarifying 

The membership, undoubtedly, is interestjthe issues involved. The Trustees appeared 
ed in knowing what, if anything, your i reluctant to answer these questions at that 
Executive Board has done in the matter of jtime, but promised to send a written answer 
the change in method of payment of sala- at a later date, 

ries. The Executive Board met in an emer- A general discussion was precipitated in 
gency session on Thursday, January 2U, to [which the following points became evident* 



discuss the matter* It was the feeling of 
the Board at that time that if we possess- 
ed more pertinent information on the sub- 
ject we would be in a better position to 



ship. Consequently a letter was drafted 
to Mr John J. Connolly, Chief Executive 
Officer of the Library, which incorporated 
most of the points which we felt needed 



The Trustees feel that the staff should 
give the check method a period of trial, 
Mr McDonald suggested a period of two months 
and stated that if at the end of that per- 



recommend a course of action to the m^ember+iod the majority of the staff were opposed 



to checks he Vifould reverse his vote© The 
other Trustees while also advocating a 
trial period of tvro months did not indicate 
what action they would favor at the end of 



clarification, Ifr Connolly was courteous- i that period, 

ly prompt in his answer. Both letters are | The meeting ended on a friendly, if some- 



jwhat unresolved, note «, On Monday, February k)\ 
jvrord reached your Executive Board that a 
jvote was to be taken in the City Council on 
an order concerning the method of payment. 
A representation from the Executive Board 
was granted time off by the Administration 



appended. 

Later the same day, your President was 
informed by officers of the Ifaintenance 
Employees' Union, the Arnavets, and the 
Employees Benefit Association that those 
organizations were planning to ask Mr 
Connolly for an interview that afternoon to attend, '^'''e attended in the capacity of 
to discuss the change in method of payment, observers. As the day grew late and the 
We were invited by them to join in the re- Council went into Executive Session without 
quest. The President consulted with the having arrived at the order vre who were 



Executive Board and was authorized to join 
in the request, Mr Connolly consented to 



interested in your representation vd.thdrew» 
This is the story thus far. Your Execu- 



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tive Board would like to hear your point 
of view in regard to this question of the 
method of payment. Please wi^ite to us on 
the subject either directly or in the Soa p 
Box , If you do not speak out, how can you 
be heard? 

E.E.McD. 

25 January 19^2 



We look forward to your reply to these 
questions* 

Respectfully yours, 

(SIGNED)EAMON E. McDONOUGH 
President 



Mr John J© Connolly 
Assistant to the Director 
and Chief Exenutive Officer 
Boston Public Library 

Dear Mr Connolly: 

Members of the Executive Board of the 
Professional Staff Association have been 
strongly urged by a great many members of 
the Association to protest against the pay-- 
ment of vrages by check. Before taking any 
course of action it v.-as felt by the Execu- 
tive Board, at a meeting on January 2ii, 
19^2, that they could more properly evalu- 
ate the reasons for payment by check after 
they had received fuller information from 
the administration concerning its posi- 
tion in this matter, Vife have framed the 
following questions which contain the in- 
quiries that many Association members 
brought to our attention, 

1, Did this present policy of payment by 
check originate with the City Administra- 
tion or with the Library Administration? 

2, Could the Trustees change the system 
of payment by check to payment by cash? | 

3, Was full and careful consideration 
given to the poll taken in 1950 of the 
staff affected concerning payment by check? 
k* If the fear of robbery is so imminent \ 
in the Branches that it is imperitive that; 
payment be made there by check, would it 
be possible to pay the Branches by check 
and the Central Library by cash? 

5, Would it be possible to distribute the 
checks on Thursday? I'lJhen checks are dis- 
tributed on Friday the time for cashing 
them before the weekend is considerably 
shortened and barely sufficient for this 
purpose, 

6, In the event that it is found that too 
much personal time of the staff members is 
consumed in cashing checks would it be 
possible for the Library to allow time for 
cashing checks? 



28 January 1952 

Mr Eamon E, McDonough, President 
Boston Public Library Professional 

Staff Association 
Boston 17, Massachusetts 

Dear Mr McDonough: 

In response to your request I wish to 
make the following comments in connection 
with the questions noted in your letter 
\inder date of January 25, 1952 concerning 
the matter of payment of wages by check: 

1, The request for payment by check origi- 
nated irith the Trustees of the Library. 

2, The Trustees could consider a change in 
the method of payment by check to payment 
by cash. 

3, The original request for payment by 
check was made directly after the safe 
robbery in December 19U9« Therefore, con- 
sideration of the poll taken in 1950 by 
the Association did not enter into the 
original request, 

U. It is believed that it would not be de- 
sirable to have certain units of the li- 
brary paid by check and others paid by cash. 
The question of a robbery is possible 
either in the Central Library or in a 
Branch Library, 

5c ^''Tien chpcks are received in the Library 
on Thursday they will be distributed 
promptly* It is hoped that when the rou- 
tine is established Thursday may become the 
regular payday, 

69 The possibility of allowance of time to 
members of the staff for the purpose of 
cashing their checks can be examined. 

Very sincerely yours, 

(SIGNED) JOHN J, CONNOLLY 

Assistant ±0 the Director, and 
Chief Executive Officer 



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RESULTS OF THE POLL A3 FOUND IN THE 
Q.M. MRGH, 19gO 

Number of ballots 880 

Number of returns . 7l6(8l^ 

Cash » UOO 

Check 278 

No choice «••••••••» 8 

Ballots arrive late ..... 30 

Questions asked the Trustees 

1- Was the move to change payment from 
cash to check initiated by the Trustees or 
by the officials at City Hall? 

2« Were the Trustees avrare that a poll onj 
this question had been taken under the i 
auspices of the B.P.L.P.S.A. in 19^0? | 

3* Were the results of that poll given j 
full consideration in the making of the i 
decision to change to check payment? j 

k» Was contemplation of a change in the | 
method of payment begun at the suggestion j 
of the Director? 



5» Were the plans for the change at a 
sufficient stage of completion two or 
three months ago to have enabled tbe noti- 
fication of the staff of the immin^fice of 
the change? 

6, Were the Trustees notified by the City 
officials concerned at the time of the 
completion of the plans that Friday was 
the earliest day for the delivery of 
checks that could be assured? 

7, If so, did the Trustees proceed with 
the plans with the realization that the 
Friday payday would cause undue hardship 
to many members of the staff? 

8, Prior to the making of this decision 
did the Trustees make any survey, or ex- 
tensive study of comparable salary payment 
practices in other libraries? Other in- 
stitutions? Other governmental units? Or 
similar private enterprises? 

9» Will the check method of payment 
effect a substantial saving to the City or 
Library or will it cause an increased fi- 
nancial burden to be placed on the City or 
on the Library? 



10» Do the Trustees contemplate a rever- 
sion to the former method of payment under 
any circumstances whatsoever? 

llo Would the Trustees care to comment as 
to any intent on their part at a later date 
of stretching the pay period to a biweekly 
or semimonthly period? 

mSSION TO PARIS 

To write a full account of my mission to '" 
Paris would necessitate endless detail and 
require much time and space. I shall en- 
deavor Y/ithin the limits allotted me to 
touch upon the more important events that 
led to this important work, also its main 
pvirpose and a few of the outstanding re- 
sults • 

The Print Department in the Boston Public 
Library was asked to undertake the organi- 
zation of exchange exhibitions between 
France and America, This was due in great 
part to the importance of French work in 
our collection, vihich is unique for its 
thorough representation in states, proofs 
and working dravd.ngs» Exhibitions of prints' 
in our own gallery and loans to museums 
and colleges from coast to coast during the 
last decade did much to keep French culture 
before the American people during this try- 
ing periodo Two exhibitions of great mo- 
ment were loaned to the French Government 
through the Services du Conseiller Cultural 
of the Embassy in New York* A selection 
was made from our complete portfolios of 
Davunler and Jean-Louis Forain to form shows 
which were considered outstanding events of 
the art season. 

When Wie request for an exhibition of 
American prints came to us from the Cultur- i 
al Division of the United States Embassy in 
Paris I immediately brought the matter to 
the attention of Monsieur Albert Chambon, 
French Consul General for Nevj- England, and 
Monsieur Rene De Messieres, Conseiller Cul- 
tural for France, They forthwith suggest- 
ed an exchange exhibition and the possi- 
bility of a mission to France to inaugurate 
the American exhibition, and to organize 
a contemporary representative group of 
prints by French artists. 

There were two other exhibitions which 
had bearing on my European trip which shoulc 
be mentioned briefly since they were given 1 
birth in the Print Department, and were the ' 
means by which this final and comprehensive . 






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American show made its appearance in Paris 

Through our efforts and that of Monsieur 
De Messieres the first pcst-war exhibition 
of American prints was sent to the Inter- 
national Exhibition of Comtemporary Print- 
making, which was held in the Petit Palais 
in Paris, Ifeiy 19U9» In July 1950 one h\m- 
dred prints were assembl«d for the Inter- 
national Exhibition of Prints for the 
Socie'te Graveurs Original!? Conteraporaine 
at Rouen. 

The prints travelled through the Prov- 
inces of France and Western Germany for 
several years with great success. It was 
because of the interest created by these 
exhibitions that a request was made for us 
to organize a contemporary show of graphic 
arts by living Am.erican artists through 
the Cultural Division of the United States 
Embassy in Paris. 

To organize such an exhibition which was 
to represent our best printmakers, was a 
great responsibility* It also presented 
the difficult task of bringing together 
our leading artists- — those who were al- 
ready established and the younger men who 
by their promise and achievement demand 
recognition. 

An H^^norary Committee was formed of 
Curators of Prints, Museum Directors and 
prominent collectors in the principal 
cities of the United States. They were 
asked to recommend artists worthy of in- 
clusion in such an exhibition^ The re- 
sponse was most gratifying, and after some 
months of research and careful selection 
an outstanding group of prints in all 
mediums, all schools of thought and tech- 
niques was brought together with such sat- 
isfying results, that one can unhesitat- 
ingly pronounce it as the first true pic- 
ture of Am.erican art in the print world 
today. It v/ill also interest the person- 
nel of the library ttiat the Print Depart- 
ment is represented by the work of three 
of its members. 

The one hundred and thirty-four prints 
chosen are the work of seventy-three art- 
ists. The important feature is that 
originality dominates the exhibition, and 
each effort is individual in the use of 
all manner of techniques, the result of 
experiments ably handled supporting our 
very best talent, 

Vifhen this exhibition left these shores 
late in August of 19^1 the original inten- 
tion was to have it hung in the galleries 
of the U.3, Embassy in Paris, When it was 
brought to the attention of the Comite' 



(^National de la Gravure Franpaise by Mon- 
sieur Vallery-Radot, Conservateur des 
Estampes at th-e Bibliotheque Nationale, 
Monsieur Julien Cain, Administrateur General 
de la Bibliotheque Nationale, invited it to 
be shoivn in the newly renovated Galerie 
Mansart, This brought us in close touch 
with my friend, Monsieur P. A, Lemoisne, 
president of the National Committee. 

It was at this time that developments for 
my going abroad took definite form, T'hen 
an exchange exhibition was suggested to the 
[American committee all responded unanimously 
iand pledged support to the project by show- 
iing it in their galleries or museiims, 
I At the advice of Monsieur Chambon and 
iMonsieur De Messieres, I presented the idea 
ito Monsieur Lemoisne, I received an enthu- 
jsiastic letter within a few days notifying 
[me that the French National Committee had 
imet and that it was already at work 
jassembling the exhibition 
I The A!iierican Exhibition, Les Peintres 
IGraveurs Actuels aux Etats-Unis, in the 
■Bibliotheque Nationale, was advanced to 
jearly December instead of the spring of 
jthis year for its inauguration, 
I An invitation from the French Government 
jto assist in the organization of the French 
lExhibition and to inaugurate the American 
jshow in Paris was forwarded to me by Mon- 
jsieur De Messieres from Monsieur Louis Joxe, 
iDirecteur General des Relations Culturelles 
■and Ministere des Affaires Etrang^ res, last 
iSeptember, 

I Things moved so rapidly that there was so 
imiich overlapping of ideas on both sides of 
the Atlantic, that I could not accept the 
hospitality of the French Government immed- 
iately until I made their plans known to 
Mr Lord and the Board of Trustees, and to 
receive their aporoval. Permission was 
given as this was considered a library func- 
tion, for the project was given birth In 
the Print Department. I found later that 
a very close relationship between the 
Bibliotheque Nationale and our library had 
existed for some years through direct 
interchange and association of ideas, 

Jilrs Heintzelman and I sailed for France 
November second on the Liber te and arrived 
in Paris six days later, Vie were located 
at the charming and famous old Hotel du 
Quai Voltaire which is situated on the left 
bank of the Seine overlooking the river and 
the famiiliar bookstalls. We had the entire 
length of the Louvre continually before our 
eyes. No hotel in Paris could be more 
ideally located for an artist or anyone 



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connected with the arts. Tt was only a 
few steps to the Ecole des Beaux Arts, the 
Institute de France and the Latin Quarter, 
Anyone familiar with old Paris knows the 
fascination of the rue de Seine, Bonaparte | 
St, P^res, the Boulevarde St. Germain and j 
the St, Michel quarter, which were all in | 
close proximity. This was coming home to 
us. We found Paris very little changed 
and it was good renewing our acquaintances 
with old familiar places and the prospect 
of meeting old friends was pleasant to 
anticipate. 

Setting up my headquarters in the Hotel 
du .^uai Voltaire my busy five weeks in 
Paris was to begin even before I could 
lose . my sea legs. 

The first week or ten days were spent on 
the Quai d'Orsay at the ministere des 
Affaires Etrangferes and Relations Cultur- 
elles v«rhere I had to report the nature of 
my mission. This was necessary because of 
there being national recognition of art in 
France and approval from these bureaus 
through the C ornate National de la Gravure 
Frangaise was essential. I could relate 
many pleasant experiences in relation to 
these preliminary meetings for after for- 
malities were over I was asked what could 
be done to make Mrs Heintzelman's and my 
stay one of pleasure as vrell as work. 
Cultural Paris was literally opened to us 
and more invitations to opera, ballet, 
theatre and conferences on art, music and 
letters were sent to us than we could I 
possibly accept, | 

My program was one of many appointments ] 
for beside the preparations necessary for : 
the exchange exhibition, my schedulu ! 
called for a study of present day tenden- j 
cies and trends in contemporary French art, 
education in the field of art, printing of 
de-luxe books, particularly those illus- 
trated by leading artists and interviews 
with the younger men in the graphic arts 
as well as renewing acquaintances with the 
older engravers. 

All this had a direct bearing on the 
activities of the Print Lepartment in the 
Boston Public Library, whose position, I 
am pleased to report, has taken on inter- 
national proportions. This will be relat- 
ed in the next installment of The Question 
Mark , 

Arthur W, Heintzelman 
Keeper of Prints 



MASSACHU SETTS ORGANIZES FOR ADULT EDUCATION 

On May lU, 1951; in Columbus, Ohio, the 
Adult Education Association of the U.S. A, 
was founded and the former American Associa- 
tion for Adult Education and the former 
Department of Adult Education of the Nation- 
al Education Association were dissolved. 
Known as AEA the new organization's purpose 
is to "further the concept of education as 
a process continuing throughout life by 
affording to educators of adults and to 
other interested persons opportunities to 
increase their competence; by encouraging 
organizations and agencies to develop adult 
educational services; by providing the 
balanced development of educational services 
needed by the adult population in the United 
States; and by cooperating with adult educa- 
tion agents internationally," 

The AEA will publish four publications: 

1. A Magazine of Leadership (leadership 
ideas and techniques) 

2o Ad\ilt Education (professional 
bi-monthly journal) 

3, AEA Nev^sletter (important happenings 
in the field) 

U. Research reports. 

State Organizations of Adult Education 
are being organized throughout the United 
States to viork with the National Organiza- 
tion. On Monday noon, February 11, 1952, 
ll6 adult educators met to organize the 
Adult Education Association of Massachusetts 
Miss Elizabeth Butcher, Librarian of the 
Brookline Public Library* presided. Malcolm 
Knowles, Administrative Coordinator and 
Project Director, AEA, and Robert Luke, 
Field Services Coordinator, AEA, described 
the national organization and set the pat- 
tern for the Massachusetts organization. 

In stressing the significance of Adult 
Education, they repeated the statement 
made at the Los Angeles Adult Education 
Conference to the effect that vri.thin ten 
years it will be as normal for adults to be 
carrying on educational activities as for 
children to be in school. There vifill be 
four levels of education — elementary, sec- 
ondary, higher education, and a diversified 
educational program for all adults in the 
United States, They went on to say that 
without mature adults the educational sys- 
tems will be poisoned. In this Atomic Age 
there ia not time to wait for another gener- 
ation to solve our problems. 

At a previous planning meeting of twenty- 
five J'assachusetts Adult educators called 
by Miss Sigrid Edge of Simmons College, a 



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Constitution and Nominating Committee were! 2, Information to stimulate more effec- 
appointed in anticipation of Monday's meetTtive use of audio- visual materials, includ- 
ing. The Nominating Committee has not com-ing better evaluations of films to be used 



pleted its slate of officers, but the Con- 
stitution Committee presented a proposed 
Constitution for considerationt This was 
discussed at great length and after 
several amendments, xis accepted. 

As stated in the new Constitution the 
purpose of the State organization in co- 
operation with the National Adult Educa- 
tion Association shall be "to bring toget- 
her for stimulation, mutual assistance, 
and exchange of ideas all those in the 
Commonwealth who are in any way involved 



with adult groups, 

3» Recognition of the fact that a special 
! type of leadership training is needed for 
I individuals who are to lead film discussion 
programs. 

In adopting these projects for the coming 
year it was recognized that DA VI must work 
with all existing organizations primarily 
concerned with adult education. The members 
of the groupiAere divided into sub-committees 
to work on the folloi/dng problems: 



1, Comprehensive, annotated bibliogra- 
in any form of adult education as leaders jiMes of adult films in the fields of health, 
or participants. Adult education may be [workers' education, family living, religion, 
defined as the activity of any individual, I etc. Annotations are to include evaluation 
organization, or group which has as its j as to use with adult groups, 
object the gaining of information, the I 2, A study of leadersl:iip training 
increasing of understanding, the discover-' courses now in existence and a determina- 
ing of ideas, the creating of works of artStion of what should be included in a course 
the acquiring of skills, or the working j to train leaders in the effective use of 
cut of courses of action through democratici films with adult groups, 
procedures," i 

M,C*J, 
Muriel C, Javelin . 



NATIONAL AUDIO-VISUAL CONFERENCE 

The Department of Audio-Visual Instruc- 
tion of the National Education Association 
known as DAVI, held its winter meeting at 
the Hotel Kenmore, February 6-9, 1952. 

In addition to the General Sessions there 
were fifteen Action-Planning Sections { 
which met Thursday afternoon and all day 
Friday, 

The Adult Education Section was led by 
Dr Ernest Tiemann, Director, Visual In- 
struction Bureau, University of Texas, 
Resource leaders were from the Washington, 
D,C. Film Council; Rutgers University; 
American Museum of Natural History; U.S, 
Department of State; University of the 
State of New York; and the University of 
North Carolina, 

Starting with the premise that Adult 
Educators can carry out their work more 
effectively with Audio-Visual Aids, after 
three discussion sessions the group 
arrived at the conclusion that the three 
outstanding audio-visual needs of all 
Adult Education groups are: 

1, More information about audio-visual 
materials available for adult education 
purposes. 



Concerns of the Action Planning Section 
on Research revolved about important cur- 
rent findings of acting research groups, 
e,g. Human Resources Research Laboratories, 
the Instructional Film Research Program, 
the U,S. Navy Special Devices Television 
Evaluation Project, and the Yale Motion 
Picture Project. 

Other topics included significant exist- 
ing literature; the adequacy of current 
reviewing articles on research in such 
publications as Educational Screen and the 
Review of Educational Research ; a program 
for future research information dissemina- 
tion, e,g, via newsletter, digests of im- 
portant studies, monographs and brochures. 
The desirability of regional coverage of 
research studies by committees was dis- 
cussed. 

The library played a role in the discus- 
sion exchanges when stress was laid on the 
significance and importance of talents. 
Comments were made on the new service of 
the Card Division of the Library of Congress 
dealing with the cataloging of motion pic- 
tures and filmstrips. 

Recommendations vrere made to Committees 
that surveys of the abstracting techniques 
of such publications as Chemical and Bio- 
logical Abstracts be studied for practices 



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pertinent to DAVI research objectives; thatinterested in Mr Parker IVheatly's descrip- 



the organization make known its interests 
and ability to aid projects being under- 
taken by Ford Foundation and similar grou 
groups; and that existing information be 
"screened" J consolidated, and evaluated b 
before outlays of money were made where 
research and production programs were to 
be undertaken, 

M.F.R. 



The main topic discussed at the Thursday 
afternoon Action Planning Section on Tele - 
vision in Education was What Types of Edu - 
cational Telecasting Can Be Done By Local 
Communities ? 

With I. Keith Tyler, Director of Radio 
Education, Ohio State University, as Chair-I- 
man, such questions as '"ffliat educational 
needs in the comjnunity can be met through 
television?" and "^i^Jhat resources for pro- 
gramming are available?" were discussed* 

The public library was mentioned often 
as an important source for fulfilling the 
needs of this new m.edium. In some cases 
examples were cited where libraries have 
already participated in television pro- 
grams, including our own Boston Public 
Library, 

The meeting adjourned with a lively and 
interesting debate over the question of 
television versus films. Pros and cons 
were given, but no conclusions were reach- 
ed as to which was better, or would be 
better in Education, If there was any 
conclusion, it was that both films and 
television each have a place of their own 
in Education, and that each must expand 
and develop to meet the needs and chal- 
lenges of a modern and confused world, 

E.J. P. 



tion of the proposed plan for educational 
television in Boston under the sponsorship 
of the Lowell Institute Council, at an 
estimated cost of $1,619,000 for equipment, 
building, film production, operating costs, 
maintenance, etc. 

As at all conferences, much benefit was 
received from the opportunity between ses- 
sions to see new films, to talk with audio- 
visual people from other parts of the 
country, and to meet and talk with many 
film distributors. 

During the Conference there were many 
visitors to our new Open Shelf and Audio- 
Visual quarters, 

M.C.J. 



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On Saturday morning, following a summar- 
ization of the reports of the Action- 
Planning Meetings, there was a panel dis- 
cussion on Television's Challenge to Edu - 
cation and Culture and Education Accepts 
the Challenge . With 209 channels allocat- 
ed to education the future for educational 
television is assured in spite of many 
still unsolved problems of financing, pro- 
gramming, and station assignments. Those 
of us from New England were particularly 



BOOKMOBILE II 

On February the tvrentieth Bookmobile II 
will make its official debut. This date 
has double significance for just two years 
ago on February the twentieth Bookmobile 
service was inaugurated at the Boston Pub- 
lic Library, The wide use of Bookmobile I 
by reading-hungry patrons has more than 
justified the inclusion of this service. 
Bookmobile II will be "manned" by the fol- 
lowing ladies s 

I»IIrs Julia Miller, Assistant in Charge 

of Ad^jlt Work. 
Miss Marie Pineo, Children's Librarian, 
Miss Elizabeth Dowling, General Assis- 
tant, 
Miss Madeline MacManus, General Assis- 
tant, 
The revised schedule for Bookmobile I and 
the schedule for Bookmobile II, will appear 
in the B.P.L. News and will be sent by 
circular to all branches and departments 

A.L,A, NEEDS YOU ... 

...YOU NEED A.L.A. 
Join in 19$2 
Annual Conference, New York City 
June 29-July 5, 1952 

Don't Jass the 
Boston Public Library Civil Defense Display 
First Corps Cadet Armory 
Columbus Avenue at Arlington Street 
February 21-2^, 1952 



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NFJf BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Fiction 

Bromfield, Louis 
Mr. Smith. 
New York, Harper, 195l» 

Capote, Truican 
The grass harp. 
New York, Random House, 19$1. 

Faulkner, Tifilliam 
Requiem for a nun. 
New York, Random House, 19^1* 

Kennedy, i/argaret 
Lucy Carmichael* 
New York, Rihehart, 19?1. 

McCullers, Carson 

The ballad of the sad cafe. 
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1951. 

Morgan, Charles 

A breeze of morning. 

New York, Macmillan, 1951. 

Seeley, Mabel 

The stranger beside me. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 19^1. 

Sharp, Jkrgery 
Lise Lillywhite. 
Boston, Little, Brown, 1951. 

Shaw, Irwin 

The troubled air. 

New York, Random House, 19^1. 

Sneider,, Vera J, 

The teahouse of the August Moon, 
New York, Putnam, 19^1. 

Stone, Irving 

The President's lady. 

Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 195l« 

Wellman, Paul I. 
The iron mistress. 
Garden City, N.Y,, Doubleday, 19$1. 

White, Nelia 

Woman at the window. 

New York, Viking Press, 19^1 



Non-Fiction 

American Library Association, Board on 
Personnel Administration, Position classi- 



fication and salary administration in 
libraries, Chicago, 195l» 

American Library Association, Committee 
on Annuities, Pensions, and Life Insurance , 



Retirement for librarians, Chicago, 1951, 

The American library directory. 
New York, R.R. Bowker Co., 1951. 

American Library Association, Division of 
Public Libraries , Prospecting for library 
patrons , Cleveland, 1950, 

Borome, Joseph A, 

Charles Coffin Jewett, 
Chicago, ALA, 195l. 

Caldwell, Erskine 
Call it experience. 
New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 195l« 

Corey, Tiarian 

McCall's complete book of dressmaking. 
New York, Greystone Press, 195l» 

Costain, Thomas B, 

The magnificent century. 

Garden City, N,Y., Doubleday, 1951. 

Cuppy, ■"'.^illiam J, 

How to get from January to December, 
New York, Holt, 1951. 

Derounian, Arthur 
Cairo to Damascus, 
New Yoi^, Knopf, 1951. 

Diederich, Paul B, 
The workshop. 
New York, Hinds, Hayden & Eldredge, 19Ij5. 

Drury, Gertrude M, ed. 

The library and its organization. 
New York, H,W, Wilson, Co,, 192U 

Duncan, Davis D, 
This is war! 
Ne;v York, Harper, 1951. 

Galbraith, Ruth 

Course for the storyteller, an outline. 
New York, H, ¥, Wilson, Co,, 19U3. 



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Godley, John 

The master forger: The story of Hans 

van Meegeren, 
New York, W. Funk, 1951. 

Has 3, Hans 

Diving to adventure. 
. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1951. 

Hirschfeld, Albert 

Shfiw business is no business. 
New York, Simon & Schuster, 1951. 

Irwin, Raymond, ed« 
The libraries of London, 
London, Library Association, 19^9 » 

Lehmann-Haupt, Hellmut 

The book in America, 2d ed» 
New York, R.R. Bowker, 1951. 

Lipman, Jean 

American folk decoration. 

New York, Oxford University Press, 1951. 

Martin, Laura K, 



Rodman, Seldon 

Portrait of the artist as an American* 
New York, Harper, 1951. 

Sheean, Vincent 

The indigo bunting. 
New York, Harper, 1951. 

Sorenson, Roy 

The art of board membership. 

New York, Association Press, 1951. 

Special Libraries Association 

Directory of members as of March 10, 1951. 
New York, 1951. 

Special Libraries Association, Science- 
Technology division. 



Technical libraries. 
New York, 1951. 

Trueblood, David Eo 
The life we prize. 
Nevj- York, Harper, 1951. 

Utley, George B. 



Magazines for school libraries. Rev. ed. The librarians' conference of 1853 



New York, H.W, Wilson Co., 1950, 

Munn, Ralph 

A librarian's reaffirmation of faith. 
Boston, 195l« 

Munson, Amelia H. 
An ample field. 
Chicago, ALA, 1950, 

Naude, Gabriel 

Advice on establishing a library. 
Berkeley, University of California Press, 
1950. 

Ogg, Elizabeth 

Decorating the small apartment. 
New York, Woman's Press, 19li9» 

Pastene, Jerome 

Three-quarter time. 

New York, Abelard Press, 195l» 

Finney, Peter 

Dust on my shoes. 

Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1951. 

Quinn, Arthur H. 

The literature of the American people. 
New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 195l. 



Chicago, ALA, 195l« 

Van Dor en, Mark 
Enjoying joetry. 
New York, Sloane Associates, 195l» 

Williams, Vailiam C, 
Autiobiography, 
New York, Random House, 195l» 

The Wise Fishermen's encyclopedia. 
New York, W.H, Wise, 1951. 

REMilllBER THE DATE l 

February 21, 1952 

M.L.A» Mid'-Winter Meeting 

Sheraton Plaza Hotel 

Morning Session 

Registration 

Panel Discussions 
Sectional Meetings 

Luncheon Meeting 
Speaker: Eliot Norton 



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DEPARTIffiNT NOTES 



Information Office 



B.P»L. ON TV 
On Monday, February U* at 1:00 p.m., Misi 
Edith Fisher, of Cambridge, apjbeared on 
WBZ-TV with Polly Huse on her "Domestic 
Diary" to shov: some of the valentines from 
her collection which are on exhibit in the 
?.Iain Lobby and in the Pubis de Chavannes 
Gallery during the month of February. 

Mr Truman Nelson, author of the forth- 
coming novel The Sin of the Prophet , and 
featured speaker at the South End Branch 
Library's Open House on February 13, the 
publication day of his new book, vras a 
guest of Polly Huse on "Domestic Diary", 
WBZ-TV, Monday, February 11, at 1:00 p.m. 

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Plans are under way for the guest appear 
ance of Mrs Hazel Davis of Roslindale on 
WNAC-TV for an interview with Bill Hahn, 
Tuesday, February 26, at 12:U5 P«>ni. Mrs 
Davis, an authority on gourd craft, has 
lent her collection of gourds for exhibit 
in the Young People's Room during February, 

B.P.L. IN THE NEIVS 
The Boston Sunday Post for February 3 
carried a feature story about the DirectorL 
Milton E, Lord, and his contributions to ' 
the fields of library administration and 
service to the public. 

The Magazine section of the same paper 
featured a story about Miss Edith Guerrier 
and the "Saturday Evening Girls". 

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The Boston Sunday _Po_st Jfegazine will 
soon tell the story of Robert F. Dixon, 
Chief of the Shipping Department, who is 
our oldest employee in length of service. 
Congratulations, Bob, one would never 
guess you had been here for $0 years* 

The Christian Science Monitor has taken 
pictures of "behind the scenes" activities 
in the building program of the Library, 
It is expected to appear within the week 
cf February 11, 

The February 9 Issue of The Pilot pub- 
lished an article on the Bible collection 
of the Boston Public Library. 

Future articles which have been planned 
for The Pilot include a feature article 
on the Print Department and the use of a 
religious print from the Wiggin Print 
Collection each week during Lent, 



I The Catholic Book Week Supplement , of The 
[ Pilo t, February 16, will feature a picture 
I of the Open Shelf Department, Lower Level, 
I on the cover© 

B.P.L. ON RADIO 

Since the opening cf the recordings sec- 
tion of the Audio-Visual Center, Larry 
Homer of "Club Midnight", VffiEI, ll:[i5 p.m» 
Tuesdays through Saturdays, has presented 
a recording from the collection of the 
Library and has introduced it in such a 
way that it has brou^t many new borrovrers 
to the Library, 

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Have you a "pet" service or collection in 
the Library i/rfiose story has not yet been 
told. If so, the Information Office will 
welcome your suggestion, 

'•h Some members of the staff have come to 
the Information Office to read clippings 
they had missed. The clipping books are 
always available and the staff is always 
welcome. 



Open Shelf Department 

A luncheon was given on Vifednesday, Feb- 
ruary 7 J at the Town Room of the Sheraton 
Plaza for Mrs John M, Reddy, by present 
and former members of the staff, Mrs 
Reddy was presented with a baby blanket. 



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Print Department 

A shower was given for Muriel Figenbaum 
by the staff of the Print Department on 
Tuesday evening, January 29) at the home 
of yirs Rogers of the Fine Arts Department, 
After the bride-to-be opened her many gifts 
amid "Oh's and Ah's" of her library friends, 
refreshments of ice-cream, cakes and coffee 
were served. 



Science and Technology Department 

On January 19th the members of the 
Science and Technology Department enjoyed 
a wonderful meal at Hobomock Inn, Pembroke 
Center, Seventeen people were present and 
a marvelous time vias had by all. 



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Young People's Room 



iRoom through April 5» 
I At eight o'clock in the Lecture Hall, 
Gourds, gourds, gourds] Little ones, East Boston musicians and dancers will be 
odd-shaped ones and a very lar^^e one are featured in a varied program. Several of 
on display. Stories from the Old Testamentthe artists of past years have promised 
and the Ten Commandments are depicted in their talents m.ost generously and new art- 



small sections on a large background, with 
ancient designs forming section borders. 
Included in the display itself are gourds 
in the slrapes of boxes, urns, and vases 
vdth copies of age-old designs traced on 
their surfaces. Many characters, such as 
Papa Bear, Man^a Bear and Goldilocks, are 
depicted in dells and puppets with gourd 
heads. 

Much research and careful study have 
gone into the jiaking of these objects. The 
staff is indebted to Mrs Hazel Davis of 
Roslindale for this exhibit of fine craftsjian, has regaled the staff with tales of 



ists will also be featured. After the 
formal program, guests are invited to meet 
the artists and library staff over punch 
and cookies servod in the Children's Room* 
All library friends are cordially invited 
to this Community Night. 



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Mattapa n 

Miss Mildred Kaufman, Children's Librar- 



manship. 



the Third UNESCO Conference held at Hunter 



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BRANCH NOTES 



Connolly 

During Be Ki^.d to Books Wee k which 
occurred during January an essay contest 
in the schools emphasized good care of li- 
brary books. The Children's Librarian 
presented books for prizes and had pic- 
tures taken of the winners. Many amusing 
remarks worth repeating appeared in the 
essays. One yeung philosopher offered 
this gem of wisdom, "Be good to your books 



College in Nev/ York City to which she was 
a delegate. Apparently the seriousness of 
the conference did not detract from an 
active social curriculum v^hich included a 
'very gala' (hgr words) reception given the 
delegates by thot Nelson Rockerfellers in 
the Rainbow Room at Rockerfeller Center. 
Now, having doiiQ with UNESCO, Miss Kaufman 
has been appointed a member of the Planning 
Committee for the forthcoming Founders ' Day 
Institute at Boston University. The theme 
will be human relations and Miss Kaufman 
will be working with Prof. George E. Dene- 
mark, a member of the Department of Human 
Relations. 

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The departure of Miss Lois Goddard for 



when you're young and they'll be good to 

you when you're old". Another voiced this jAdams Street Branch Library was marked by 

horrible thought, "How would you like to ja farewell party given in her honor, 

see a library cluttered up with books?" 

A literary light of the future personified 



"Gulliver's Trsivels" and "Ivanhoe" and had 
the two books tell their tales of woe at 
the hands of c:!?.reless borrowers. All were 
delightful reading and amused the staff 
for days. 



East Boston 



A new mascot has been acquired in the 

person of Mr and Mrs Irving Goodman's new 

sonj David Michael, born on December 23, 

1951. 

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Miss Theodora B, Scoff, Branch Librarian, 
is recovering from her illness and is most 
appreciative of all the cards and letters 
sent to her by her library friends. 

On display during January were several 
The third Adult Art Exhibit will open on textiles, etchings, and posters created by 
Monday, March 10, at the seventh Open House J^larlene Levine, a former extra assistant. 
With the many .irtists of the neighborhood 
it is expected that the show this year wiH 
surpass the previous exhibits in scope and 'Sherman Paper Products Corporation in Newton 
artistic merit. The paintings, sculptures, Hpper Falls, 
pencil sketches, charcoals and other types * 

of art will be on display in the Adult 



Marlene is now a senior at Massachusetts 
School of Art and is an employee of the 



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Something new in library-life coinci- 
dences. Instead of tvro trees planted in 
Brooklyn, Miss Mildred Kaufman, Children's 
Librarian, as well as fliss Phyllis Freeman, 
Assistant in the High School Room, have 
gone across the sea by proxy to plant 
theirs in Israel, The similarity of cir- 
cumstance which gave rise to these trees 
bears some mention. Miss Kaufman spoke at 
a Chantikah meeting of the Metropolitan 
Chapter of Pioneer ¥fomen, a group of young 
mothers supporting working mothers in 
Israel, In token of their appreciation 



artist, arranges outstanding exhibitions 
with his own works and those of ether 
artists. This year we were privileged to 
display many of his beautiful oil paintings, 
including local street scenes, portraits, 
and religious subjects. His special collec- 
tion of religious plaques done on copper 
and silver lend a dignified atmosphere to 
the exhibition case. The Harriet Tubman 
House also loaned us some ceramic pieces 
and shell jewelry, paintings done by the 
Nursery School children, photographs of 
teen-j-agers' activities, and an informal 



for her talk about Recent Books of Interes|hi6tory of their organization, ^"!e take 
to Jewish Children, Miss Kaufman was given j great pride in these loan collections from 
a certificate stating that a tree had been | «ur neighborhood, as it gives our visitors 
planted in her honor in Israel, Miss 
Phyllis Freeman several days later re- 
ceived the same remembrance for a talk 
which she gave at a Chanukah meeting at 
Congregation Kehillath Jacob, She gave a 
book review of Room for a Son, a recent 
novel. We wonder if they are nei^bors 
ever in Isi&al? 

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One begins to m^tice that a democratic 
spirit prevails at Mattapan. Within the 
same week that Miss Kaufman received her 
tree certificate she was given a- small, 
silver St, Christopher's medal for her fcar 
by a sister of 3t, Jotjeph, -vthcm she had 
supplied with book jackets, (Miss Kaufman 
is a new driver,) The n^on accompanied her 



an opportunity to see some of the worth- 
while things that are being done by our 
friends , 

Of course, the special story hour by Mr 
and Mrs Cronan featured stories that were 
enjoyed by our guest artist, Mr Crite, v;hen 
he was an enthusiastic member of their r • 
story hour audience and had presented Mrs 
Cronan mth his own interpretation of the 
stories in water color. These juvenile 
drawings give a very personal message to 
the story telling group and encourage the 
children to follow his illustrious career. 

The central feature of the observance was 
the Open House Night on Wednesday, Feb- 
ruary 13, when a new author, Mr Truman 
Nelson, told us about his recent novel, 
gift vath the admonition that "St. Chris- | The Sin of the Prophet , a story of a refu- 
topher refuses to work at more than thirty- gee slave and his experiences in Abolition- 



five miles an hour." 



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A very perplexed Protestant Chaplain at 
the State Hospital, Mattapan, entered Pur 
portals one Friday morn to obtain help in 
preparing a Chanukah-Xmas celebration fcr 
the patients. Knowing he had a sensitive 
audience, he felt it imperative to get the 
ceremonial lighting of the candles on the 
Menorah down pat. Miss Kaufman's reassiir- 
ance and instruction especially on the 
actual kindling of the candles was a great 
boon to our chaplain, whose most fretful 
question was, "Do you start from right or 
left?" 



South End 



activities. Mr Allan Rohan Crite, a resi- 
dent of the neighborhood, and a well-known 



ist Boston. Miss Marion C. Kingman, the 
Branch Librarian, introduced Mr Nelson as 
a man who was not afraid to say that "he 
was a graduate of the Public Library" and 
proudly published it on the book jacket as 
a part of his life story. We librarians 
are always pleased to find that the insti- 
tution of which we are a part, is given its 
just due. The Master of Ceremonies was 
Mr Maurice L. Smith, -who conducted the 
question period with dignity and poise, 

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Other activities included the publication 
of a reading list of important books by or 
about Negros, and its distribution at 
special meetings of the Aristo Club and at 
the Robert Gould Shaw House. At the latter 
Miss Kingman gave brief reviews of the 
books, and placed them on display for the 
audience to enjoy. These programs carry on 
Every year we celebrate Negro History a custom that has been observed in this 
Week with appropriate exhibitions and otheJ branch over a long period of years, and are 



one of the many cooperative efforts with 
particular neighborhood groups in our 
library system. M.CKo 



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Washington Village 

The Staff had long wondered what could 
be done - simply, effectively, rapidly - 
to make a Branch Library possessing none 
of the modern touches of design or equip- 
ment truly cheerful, warm, and inviting. 
Observing how vividly Christmas cards, 
posters and exhibits glamorized the rooms, 
we became inspired to keep the atmosphere 
gay and festive all the year around by two 
main efforts: an abundance of plants and 
profusion of color via poster material. 

Because of a superlatively cooperative 
staff, we have launched an active program 
in rejuvenating the Branch, Each member 
has already brought in at least one good- 
sized plant and now we have a flourishing 
beginning collection of grape ivy, philo- 
dendron, sansevieria, coleus, small palms 
and our prized colorful begonias. We have 
also started a collection of African vio- 



lets, for which we have great expectations ,on Thursday evening, February 1U> in the 



for information and material in connection 
with the Fourth Annual Scholarship Award 
Contest conducted by tKe tessachusetts 
Federation of Labor Comrdtte* on Education* 
Since our Labor exhibit is January had been 
built up with the help of tha^ organization, 
it was re-BTarding to both parties. 

Negr6 History Vfeek, which is designated 
appropriately to coincide with Abraham 
Lincoln's birthday is being celebrated by 
a special display of pictures and books 

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Mrs Lydia Roberts of the special Poetry 
Library at Harvard University gave an intro- 
ductory talk on William Butler Yeats at the 
monthly meeting of the 1'Vest End Poetry 
Group, Tuesday evening, February 12 at 7s30« 

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A special series of book talks for a 
group of student nurses from the Massachu- 
setts General Hospital will be inaugurated 



Since spring can not be far away, we hope 
to enjoy the bounty of early spring gar- 
dens which some of our staff, a" la Candide, 
cultivate. Flowers, flowers everyvdiere is 
our aimi 

Emboldened by the success and decorative 
effect of our recent Children's Poster 
Contest, we are sponsoring a similar one 
for adults, hoping that their art work 
will add the same attractiveness and bloom 
to the Branch. Again, due to the positive 
interest of the staff, each member has 
blithely imposed upon herself the task of 
producing a tasteful poster once a month, 
thus ensuring a constant, new, individual 
supply of bright, clean posters. At pres- 
ent, our predominant color scheme is card- 
inal red and royal purple - vibrant, 
heart-warming colors befitting the season 
and its prevailing mood and spirit, Color^ 
color, color is our watchwordi 

Perhaps we have not quite accomplished 
all we had hoped to do but we feel that 
we have done all that is nov;- possible in 
achieving a painless face-lifting and 
creating a glowing, delightful environment 
for our library users, thanks to beyond- 
the-call-of-duty staff enthusiasm and 
cooperationl 



Lecture Hall, Miss Nura Globus and Miss 
Helen E, Colgan will conduct the program 
of six meetings for fifteen student nurses 
and their faculty advisor. 

Alec Waugh's Hot Countries is the novel 
to be discussed at the regular meeting of 
the West End Fiction Group on Tuesday even- 
ing, February 19, at 7:30 e 



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West End 

Evidence that our exhibits do get across 
t» our library patrons was found in the 
requests of several high school seniors 



Editor's Note: 



The following communications were received 
from the Director: 

To the Editor: 

In a communication to the 
Soap Box in the January issue there is 
cited an omission on the occasion of the 
opening ceremonies for the Open Shelf Ee- 
part.raent on the afternoon of January 2nd, 
namely, the failure to offer refreshments. 

The commxinicatlon states that "if the 
Library as an institution did not feel jus- 
tified in spending money on such super- 
fluous trimmings as food, I am certain that 
the Branch Librarians would have been glad 
to provide punch and cookies as they so 
generously did for the Tyler Street reopen- 
ing and in a lesser degree for the Adams 
Street opening," 

In this connection the following comments 
are offered. First, the Library itself has 
no funds for such a purpose. Actually it 



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is prohibited from spending city funds in 
such a direction. Second, it has not been 
in general considered desirable as policy 
to offer refreshments for public gather- 
ings in the Central Library rjhere a large 
and heterogeneous attendance incidental to 
a metropolitan situation must perforce be 
expected. This is in contrast with gather- 
ings in the branch libraries which, par- 
taking more of the nature of community 
events and attended for the most part by 
more homogeneous groups, lend themselves 
more easily to the offering of refresh- 
ments. 

We are all deeply grateful for what has 
been and is done by interested individuals 
on appropriate occasions. The Branch Li- 
brarians are particularly to be commended 
for what they have so generously done and 
do. Everyone is most grateful to them. I 
should like to suggest that the Trustees 
of the Library are to be commended as well 
for what they too do likewise from time to 
time most generously by way of personal 
cash contributions as individuals to li- 
brary activities. 

Yours sincerely, 

(SIGNED) MILTON E. LORE 

Director 
lU February 19^2 

To the Editor: 

May the Director of the Library have the 
privilege of your columns to say that he 
regrets that he omitted mentioning specif- 
ically by way of grateful recognition the 
names of Mrs Grace B, Loughlin and Mrs 
Muriel C. Javelin, in connection with the 
opening ceremonies of the new quarters for 
the Open Shelf Department and the new 
Audio- Visual Center on January 2nd, as the 
representatives of those members of the 
library staff who had contributed so fully 
and so effectively to bringing into being 
these significant new developments in the 
Library? 

His omission to do so was not by intent 
or by policy. His policy is to make men- 
tion of the titular representatives of the 
library staff on such occasions. The /.., 
omission was an oversight and is sincerely 
regretted. 

Lest he be thought to have been insensi- 
ble to the efforts of so many members of 
the library staff he would like here to 



mention two facts. Immediately after the 
end of the ceremonies on the afternoon of 
of January 2nd he personally requested a 
list of all of the various groups of workers 
and all of the individuals apart from 
groups who had had a part in the new deA'-el- 
opments, in order that he might write indi- 
.vidual and personal letters of thanks to 
them in accordance with what he tries to 
make his practice in such instances. He 
did vjTite subsequently some twenty personal 
letters to such groups and to such individ- 
uals. 

The Director is sincerely appreciative of 
the outstanding cooperation demonstrated by 
members of the staff in these new develop- 
ments of the Library and he hopes that this 
present letter mil be given publication in 
The Question I.Iark. 



lU February 1952 



Yours sincerely, 
(SIGNED)MILTON E, LORD 
Director 



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SOAP BOX 



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 she is 
employed. The name Is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribut- 
tions are net given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in-Chief. 
The contents of articles appearing in the 
Soap Box are personal opinions expressed 
by individual Association members and 
their appearance does not necessarily in- 
dicate that the Publications Committee and 
the Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. 



JTo the Soap Box: 

1 In a letter from "A Reference Assistant" 
I in the January Soap Box appeared the state- 
Iment - "There are rumors that there is no 
complete listing for the holdings of the 
Audio-Visual Center." Alas! this is no 



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rumor, but a statement of fact. The truth 
of the matter is simply this. All 78 re- 
cordings are cataloged, as are many of the 
long playing recordings o However, on the 
opening days of the Recording Section the 
demand far exceeded the supply. We were 
in a quandry. Should we allow members of 
the public to go away empty-handed when we 
had recordings waiting to be cataloged? 
Perhaps we were wrong, but we decided the 
public would prefer the recordings without 
the cataloging. And so we rushed every 
available record onto the shelves. Now 
the recordings are being cataloged rapidly 
and before too long we will have a correct, 
complete listing of all our holdings » 

Ituriel C, Javelin 



Dear Editor: 

We don't wish to appear unduly legalis- 
tic in our thinking, since that sort of 
thing can easily be overdone. However, in 
re the case of the young girls at the Open 
Shelf Department charging machines who 
must perforce stand at their work, has the 
Administration ever read Chapter lh9 } 
section 103, of the General Laws of Massa- 
chusetts? 



Dear Editor; 

In regard to the recent tumult and 
shouting respecting the payment of sala:. 
ries by check, it would seem that the 
strong adverse feeling displayed vocally 
by many members of the staff was engen- 
dered not so much by the change in the 
mode of payment, but by the seeming cal- 
lous and indifferent attitude on the part 
of the Trustees in putting this change 
into effect. 

We think that had the change been an- 
nounced in advance, and had people been 
given the opportunity to adjust themselves 
more gradually to it, a great deal of the 
criticism levelled at the Administration 
would have been obviated. 

It is time that the Administration 
realized that when dealing with matters 
so vitally concerning the vrelfare of the 
staff, finesse is in order. May vre sug- 
gest that in the future the Administration 
would further its o-vna aims by consulting 



the several staff organizations before 
making radical changes in policy? 



Dear Editor; 

We understand that a recent state law 
was passed requiring motorists to indicate 
by appropiiate signals a sudden change in 
direction. Might the fellow travellers on 
this bus, the B.P.L,, ask the driver to put 
out his hand once in a while when making 
sharp shifts in policy? How about more 
formulation of policy at the grass roots 
instead of the brass roots? 



Dear Editor; 

We personally don't care one way or the 
other about being paid by check. However, 
we do object to having this method of pay- 
ment thrust upon us in direct opposition 
to the staff -s wishes as expressed in a 
staff -wide poll. If the Administration did 
not wish to be guided by the results of the 
poll, it had ample opportunity to speak out 
during the past two years. The suddem im- 
position of a method of payment diametri- 
cally opposed to the vote of the majority 
of the staff is not only high-handed, but 
downright discourteous. Surprise may con- 
stitute a diplomatic advantage in dealing 
with an enemy, but in dealing vd.th members 
of one, big, happy family it is liable to 
bring about a sharp decline in the state 
of the affections of the little siblings. 

It is high time the Administration re- 
examined its personnel policies vjith a 
view towards establishing greater rapport 
with the staff a 



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Dear Editor: 



We could not help but notice several 
errors in a recent newspaper interview 
accorded by the Directoro We are magnani- 
mous enough to overlook reference to a 
liberal personnel policy, since that is a 
matter of opinion, and we readily admit 
the existence of an overworked staff hospi- 
tal,, since no other staff in the country 
has greater need for one. We must point 
out the obvious error as to there being 
three staff meetings a year. Such is no 



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longer the case. 

We would also question the basis of com- 
parison in comparing salaries in the li- 
brary with that of other groups on the 
city payroll. Compared to the day-laborer 
in the Public Works Department, the profeS' 
sional librarian is doing well, but com- 
pared to the teachers, the only truly com- 
parable group, we are woefully underpaid. 
We would welcome elucidation from the Di- 
rector on these points o 



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To the Soap Box Editor: 

After it vras announced that Library gi&- 
ployees would be paid by check, an article 
appeared in a metropolitan Boston daily 
newspaper quoting a "representative of the 
Library". It was believed by some staff 
members that the reference was to a member 
of the staff of the Information Office, 
Since the statement vras not an official 
one it did not come from that Office, 

It might be well to remember that a 
"representative of the Library" refers to 
each member of the staff of the Library 
glnce each employee represents the organi- 
zation by which he is employedo Thus each 
member is an instrument of public rela- 
tions. 



REQUIEM FOR THE RESERVE LIST 

We see in this system no reason or rhyme 
For twenty-one days is a mighty long time. 
The folks \vho are waiting were once in 
• their prime 
Yes, twenty-one days is a mighty long time, 

I They send their requests here for books 

! that are new 

I But little they know just how long till 

I they're due 

I They wait and they wonder, then contemplate 

crime 
IFor twenty-one days is a mighty long time, 

iSoon now you'll find women with shoulders 

j that droop 

'And grey-haired old men sitting out on the 

stoop 
;And teary-eyed children with book-reports 
j due 
I Waiting here since the days when the old 

i books were new» 

I 

'Here's hoping the sponsors of this 

] charging plan 

I Can tell us just how or just why it began 

jSo we'll know the reason (or even the 

1 rhyme) 

■For twenty-one days - that's a mighty long 

1 time. 



Helen G« Pappas 



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LIBRARIAN'S UME NT 

or 

^TOERE IS MY WAI^IDERING STAFF TODAY ? 

I'm forever making schedules 
Schedules that must be changed 
For when they're done 
It's ten to one 
They will be rearranged; 
Some one's alv^ays absent 
On loan or off for the dayj 
Sick, in class, or at meetings 
Or just simply - away. 

Chorus { 

Oh, the schedule, the schedule 
The aU-Gssuming, time-consuming schedule 
It's finished - that's that 
Some one's out? NOT THAT I 
Oh, drat 
That schedule I 



To the Editor: 

The following titular positions became 
vacant on the dates indicated: 
Branch Librarian: 
Washington Village, April 30, 19^1 
Codman Square, September 30, 19^1 
Uphams Corner, September 30, 1951 
Connolly, October 31, 19^1 
On July 1, 1951 , the following positions 
were "posted", with closing date for making 
application therefor July 25, 195lo In 
each case, v>rith one exception, "one appoint- 
ment is announced for filling at this time." 
Division of Reference and Research Services 

1, Cataloging and Classification Depart- ■ 
ment, one Cataloger and Classifier 

2, General Reference Department, one 
First Assistant, 

3« Kirstein Business Branch, one 
Reference Assistant, 



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Division of Home Reading and Communi ty 
Services 

1, Bookmobile II, one Bookmobile Librar- 
ian "will shortly be appointed", 

2, Branch Librarian, two positions to be 
filled, 

3, Branch Issue Department, one First 
Assistant, 

1;, Children's Librarian, one position to 

be filled. 
5, Extension Librarian, one position to 

be filled. 
6o Neponset Branch Library, one Assi3%- 

ant-in-Charge . 

7, Tyler Street Reading Room, one Assist 
ant-in-Charge, 

8. Open Shelf Department, one First 
Assistant (position became vacant in 
June 195Q)} one Reader's Adviser for 
Children; one Reader's Adviser for 
young people. 



No comment. 



February IS, 19^2 



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should be some tacit understanding 
among the staff that they will make 
this helpful gesture in consideration 
of those who visit the Coffee Shop 
after them. (You may say that clear- 
ing away dirty dishes is a function of 
the Concessionaire, and I agree that 
it is and that it should remain his 
responsibility. Hovrever, we all know 
how crowded conditions make it impos- 
sible at times for him to take care of 
these dishes when people are v;alting 
to be served, etc. Incidentally, 
The Chatterbox in the WCA uses this 
system of having lunchers remove 
their own dishes to a' counter, and it 
works beautifullj-.) 
A suggestion box placed on one of 
the walls so that the Staff could let 
the Concession Committee have an idea 
of what they would like in the way 
of any possible improvements. 

LILLIBET 



I'D LIKE TO SEE ... 
Dear Soap Box Editor; 

In the Staff Library , I'd like to see: 
(T) Come kind of magazine rack, possibly 
one similar to that in the new Open 
Shelf Department, for holding the 
magazines - instead of the present 
unsatisfactory arrangement of rel- 
egating magazines to a top shelf 
where they are so hard to reach, 
(2) Current issues of all the magazines 
we are supposed to have in the Staff 
Library. Again and again one goes 
into the Library on one-s lunch hour 
and on relief to inspect the latest 
issues, without success o Apparently 
these issues are as free to circu- 
late as the older ones. This writer 
believes that the current issues 
should not circulate at all, but, if 
they must, that a time limit (say, 
overnight) be placed on their circu- 
lations 
In the Coffee Sho p, I'd like to see: 

(l) Some arrangement whereby a table 
could be set up to receive used 
dishes which a re brought there by 
the individuals who have used them* 
I don't think m.embers of the staff 
should be told to do thus and so in 
this respect, but I do believe there 



LATE FLASH 
EngagemGnt 

Miss Mary L, Hegarty, Rare Book Depart- 
ment, to Mr Richard E, Llalany of Syracuse, 
New York, Mr Malany is completing work 
for his doctorate at Harvard University* 

IP.TOPI LOOK I LISTEN ! 

Tftiere will you be on the morning of 
Thursday, February 21, at 10:10 o'clock? 
You should be on your way to the shelter 
area assigned to your department or officei 
Do you know -w^ere it is? 

The first official Daylight Air Raid 
Test takes place on February 21, 1952, at 
10:10 a,m., weather permitting. If bad 
weather interferes, the test villi be held 
on Saturday, February 23, 



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RECEPTION TO NEW OFFICERS 
NEW DAY I NE\'/ Tlf'IEI W3 PLACE I NEIY FEATURES I 

New Pay ; Tuescisy, Febt'Liary 25, 1 352 

New Time ; '^Jp.n'). 

New Place : Little Hipati'e. Ai idio-\/i5i.ial Ceniei-iJ 

Feature ; Buffet 5 Upper - Coffee SllOp i.':ll 

TLW. ; 6:00 p.m, - 7:30 p.m. 



New 



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Tomato juice 
Baked hara 
Potato salad 
Sliced tomato 



Cold slaw 

Roll 

Ice Cream 

Home-made cookies 



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Tea, coffee, or milk li|-:.-yJ, - *_ 
Price 80^ (all inclusive)"--'-.' ■'~'~ /j^/f->/. 



B.P.L. SPEAKERS 







Air, AoLidn 7iarn. 52.11 . Jieeper of VareT3ook: 

EPISODES FROM W TRIP ABROAD 

Air. _^rtliur hi^. yeintzc^li-nnn. Keeper ofPrmi^ 

- A MISSION TO FRANCE - 
EXCHANGE EXHIBITION BET:JEEN FRANCE AND THE UNITED STATES 

NEJJ FILM ; Title to be announced 

RECEPTION; 9:00 p.m. - OPEN SHELF DEPARTIvIENT , Lower Level 

Chamber music Refreshments Smoking 

COUffi 0I\IEJ COJffi ALL I 

PROGRAM COWaTTEE 

Muriel C, Javelin, Chairman 
Edward X, Casey Pearl Smart 
Margaret W, Haverty Loraine Sullivan 
Ruth M. Hayes Pauline Winnick 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



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THE QUESTION MARK 



Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 



Volume VI I J Number g 



Iferch 1952 



Publications Committee: Barbara Po Cotter, George M, Pahud, Helen M, Popp, Sarah 

Richman, Edna G» Peck, Chairman 



Publication da te; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material ! 
The tenth of each month 



.EDITOR'S CORNE R 

There's been a good deal of talk lately 
about "staff relations", "staff morale", 
etc., especially in relation to such 
things as payment by check and titular ap- 
pointments The air in the coffee shop ' 
and smoking rooms is blue with comments. 
Indignation is rifee But it seems to end 
there. Everyone will tell his friend v>rhat 
he thinks, but he doesn't care to share 
his opinions — or perhaps he's just plain 
lazy. 

The contributions to the Soap Box all 
have a similar ring. Could it be that the 
same people contribute month after month? 
If you have an opinion, why not express it 
where others can see it? The editorial 
staff would be more than happy to expand 
the space allotted to the S oap Box p If 
more people will espouse the causes that 
give vent to so much private comment, the 
administration might be in a more advanta- 
geous position to act on the suggestions 
presented in the Soap Box c 

The Soap Box is open for constructive 
criticism as well as adverse comments, and 
anonymity is respected. The Question Mark 



Transferred 

Miss Lois Goddard, from Mattapan Branch 
Library to Adams Street Branch Librarya 

Mrs Lois Cj Hughes j from Bookmobile I 
Open Shelf Department ? 

Miss Ivferjorie A, Leonard, from East 
Boston Branch Library to Jamaica Plain 
Branch Library© 

Miss Tyyne Mo Saari, from Jamaica Plain 
Branch Library to Allston Branch Library, 

Marriages 



to 



Miss Phyllis Me Hoffman j, Director's 
Office to Mr Jeremiah Ao Falvey, Jrc, on 
February 3, 1952, 

I'liss I'lary F. Maguire, Information Office, 
'to Mr William D<, Scanlon on February 2, 
il952. 

: Military Service 

Mr Robert F. Ferris, Book Stack Service, 
:to enter United States Air Force. 



Let's 



is for all the Association members, 
all participate, 

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PERSONAL NOTES 
New Staff Members 

Jir Francis R. Currie, Mt oowdoin Branch 

Library. 

Mrs Goldie G, Hart, Business Office, 
Miss Nancy C, Stipurko, Mattapan Branch 

Library, 



Resignations 

Miss Mary Jo Campbell;, Mattapan Branch 
Library, to enter the Harist Novitiate in 

i Framingham, 

j Mrs Helen M, Duston, Rare Book Department, 
to live in New York» 

I Mrs Adrienne M-^ Dyett, Roslindale Branch 

[Library, to remain at homeo 

Mrs Phyllis H. Falvey, Director's Office, 

[to accept a position elsewhere 

I Mrs Hazel R. Johnston, Allston Branch Li- 

[brary, to move to Texase 

i Mrs Miriam F. Porter, Codman Square 

i Branch Library, to accept a position else- 

; where. 

I Jfe-s Lillian La Topol^ Adams Street Branch 
Library, to remain at homeo 



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CALEN DAR OF E^/EMTS 

Iferch 20 - Thursday, at 10:15 a.m.j Lec- 
ture Hall, Round Table of Children's 
Librarians, Mrs Dorothy Parker, Consul-I 
tant on Community Mental Health Program . 
for the idassachusetts Association of j 
Mental Health, mil speak on The Librar- I 
ian and the Child , 

May 2 - The Bertha V. Hartzell Lecture for' 
19^2 will take place in the Lecture Hall 
at Central at 8:30 p.m. The name of the 
speaker will be announced in the next 
issue. 



WEDDING AND PARTIES 

On Tferch 5, 1952 at 9 a.m. in the Chapel 
atStJktthe-w's Church, Miss Eileen T. 
Wilson, of the Book Purchasing Departm.ent, 
became the bride of Paul Yf, McGillicuddy, 
USMCj formerly of the Patent Room, The 
bride wore a two-piece gold silk shantung 
suit viith an accordian pleated skirt, and 
carried white camellias on a prayer loook. 
The bride's only attendant vias her sister, 
Miss Patricia M, Wilson of the Book Prepa- 
ration Department , who wore a tvro-piece 
copen-blue silk shantung pleated suit and 
carried pink camellias on a prayer book. 
The couple were married by Reverend William 
O'Connor, \incle of the grooraa 



STORK EVENTS 

llir Martin Vfeters, Assistant-in-Charge, j 
History Department, is the happy father of | 
a son, Martin Jerome Waters, born on J&rch! 
2, 1952. Says ¥x Waters, "He's just a j 
little fellow (seven pounds)," Formerly, ] 
Irfrs Waters was a member of the Cataloging ; 
and Classification Department, Division of j 
Reference and Research Services, I 



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On Saturday, March 8, 1952, ¥xs Marie Fe 
(McCarthy) Hewes gave birth to a daughter j, 
Marie Therese, Ifrs Hewes was once a mem- 
ber of the Book Purchasing Department} 
while Mr Hewes is now a part-time member 
of the Book Preparation Departments Since 
her father, mother, aunt, uncle, maternal 
grandmother and grandfather have all been 
employed in the Library at one time or 
another, Marie Therese certainly is a 
Boston Public Library baby. 



Allison and Joan McDonough have a new 
brother, David Owen, who arrived on J'iarch | 
11, 1952, David's father, Eamon McDonoughj 
is the newly-appointed first assistant of 
the General Reference Department and Presi-^ 
dent of the Boston Public Library Profes- 
sional Staff Association, Mrs McDonough 
is a former member of the Reference Divi- 
sion, 



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On Friday, February 29, the staff of the 
Office of the Division of Home Reading and 
Community Services gave a tea in honor of 
Mr Orlando Co Davis upon the occasion of 
his retirement as Chief Librarian of the 
Divisiono The tea table in the lounge was 
gay with spring flovrers, making an attrac- 
tive setting in which Mr and Jfrs Davis 
greeted members of the staff, past as well 
as presento Among former members virho gath- 
ered to honor I'lr Davis were Mrs Edith Ho 
Bailey, Mrs Mary VJ, Diatrichson, Mrs Harold 
Re Donaghue, Miss Edith Guerrier, Miss 
Alice Mo Jordan, Ifr William J, I'hilloney, 
Jfr Morris Jo Rosenberg, Miss Elizabeth P* 
Ross, Miss JJIary C= Toy, and Miss Rebecca 
Willis, The presence of so many well- 
wishers was a clear indication of the re- 
spect and affection accorded Mr Davis by 
his colleagues. We wish him health and 
happiness in his new leisure I 

As a gift from his many friends Mr Davis 
has been presented with a check and a net 
of garden furniture for his home in West 
Medwayo 

G.M.A. 'i 

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BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY 



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Mr David O'Keefe who had the misfortune 
to fall down the Blagden Street stairs, 
sustaining injuries of the back, leg and 
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Mr Tibbetts is a member of the staff f?f 
the J^sic Departments It has just been 
learned that l.tr Tibbetts is to be the guest 
soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchentra 
on Friday afternoon and Saturday evenir,g> 
March 21 and 22. in Stravinsky's Oedipus 
Rex , The following Friday Mr Tibbetts 
sings the same role with the Buffalo Phil- 
harmonic » 



FOREIGN VISITORS 

Mrs Neomi Crostarosa, U.S. Information 
Service, Rome. 

Miss Joana Blom, U,S» Information Ser- 
ice, The Hague, 

Miss Nicole Homo, Paris. 

MISS KINGFAN HONOREr 

The South End Branch Library was honored 
in February when their Librarian, Miss 
Marion Co Kingman, was presented with a 
citation. At the annual meeting of South 
End House Association, she was cited "For 
generous public service" by its president, 
Robert G, Stone. Miss Kingman is the 

third recipient of this honor and the first] of Publications * Comprising a compendium 
woman to be so recognized for outstanding | of the more important marginal notes made 
service to the South End community. Miss i by Adams in some hundred volumes of th* 
Kingman has been generous with her time and| John Adams library now in the Boston Public 
help, not only in her official capacity as i Library^ the work is an expansion of pr-r- 
branch librarian, but also as Secretary of tions of the notes first printed in the 
the South End Planning Council and as Vice I Library's former monthly bulletin, Moro 
President of the South End Women's Club, j Books , and its successor The Boston Public 
The staff of the South End Branch Library Library Quarterly ^ Of all his books Atiams 



THE STAFF IN PRINT 

A distinguished curtain raiser to the 
Library's centennial anniversary will be 
the publication on March 21 of John Adams 
and the Prophets of Progr ess j, by Zoltan 
Hara'sztij Keeper of Rare Books and Editor 



wait with eagerness the renovation of Miss 
Kingman's new office and look forward to 
the display of her mounted citation. 

R.E.Wc 

Editor's Note ; The Publications Committee 
of the Boston Public Library Professional 
Staff Association vrLshes to join the South 
End community in recognizing the outstand- 
ing work of Miss Kingman in making her 
branch an active social force in the com- 
iTMnity. Such spirit is vital if the public 



studied the vrorks of the eighteenth cer>- 
tury English and French philosophers with 
the greatest attention. Although he had 
acquired them during his embassy in Paris 
it was not until the French Revolution 
when he was Vice President and then Presi- 
dent that he apparently had the opportunity 
to read the books, most of them twice, 
later returning to them for the third time 
after his retirem^ent to Wuincys With pen 
in tend Adams carried on discussion v/it.h 
the authors making notes on margins anH 
flyleaves. Without apparent design upon 
his part they form a consecutive seriea 



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RECITAL BY PAUL TIBBETTS 



library is to justify its existence as an ^ 

institution. i starting with Bolingbroke and including 

Rousseau, Frederick's correspondence with 
Voltaire and d'Alembert, the Abbe de Mshly, 
Turgot, Condorcet, fery Vfollstonecraftf Dr 
Priestley, and many others^^ all represonta- 
i tive of the "Age of Reason" c Although in 
On Sunday evening, February 17, 19^2, i his -.Yorks and letters Adams comjnented 
the Streeter Studio presented a song recit-i briefly on the eighteenth century thin'^ers 
al at the College Club, Commonwealth Avenu^ it was in the margins of their books, the 
Boston. The soloist was Mr Paul Tibbetts, "great books'' of the century; that he roally 



baritone. Judging by the prolonged ap- 



plause which greeted the conclusion of eacl^ ing his ovm views on a vade rang 
number, llr Tibbetts' program v:as well- 
chosen and exceptionally well-executeda At 
the end of the recital, IL" Tibbetts ^.--as re-4 
called for several encores, Mr Reginald 
Boardman presided at the pianoc- An infor- 



came to grips with the "philosophes", 3tat- 



^e of sub- 
jects often with a pungent and caustic vdt 
expohing the weak points of his opponeHt, 
"These vigorous, cften explosive commentsy. 
writes It- Haraszti, "constitute the firyt 
critique of the doctrine of progress (as 



mal reception followed the musical numbers.! well as the doctrine of regress) by an 



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American", Although the influence of the 
French political thinkers in eighteenth 
cen]:ury America has been debated by his- 
torians, it is clear that hostile criti- 
cism existed from the beginning, but only 
a few dared to express their views openlyo 
John Adams was the first to fight them 
vigorously as a dangerous force » 

Steeped as Adams was in English politi- 
cal thinking, i/vith pi-actical experience inj 
the workings of government, the aspira- 
tions of the philosophes appeared to him j 
"fantastic exaggerations", their notions | 
of limitless progress a "chimera", and the| 
principles of liberty, equality and fra- | 
ternity a "svd.ndle", Vlhlle ambassador to j 
England he composed his famous "Defence of 
the Constitutions of Government of the 
United States of America" in which he 
vrarned his country against the adoption of 
the unicameral system in its state consti~ 
tutions as recomjnended by Turgot and the | 
other philosophes* In his eyes the blun- | 
derings and excesses of the French Revolu-' 
tion stemmed directly from the "rashness" | 
and "conceit" of the philosophers and the | 
baneful influence of their thinking on thSj 
course of evexits in France. I 

In Mr Haraszti's careful and scholarly I 
editing of these marginal notes, which he j 
considers the most important material I 
brought to light about Adams since the i 
private printing of the letters to Dr 
Benjamin Rush in I892, and in his keen 
ans lysis of Adams' thinking and the polit- 
ical climate and personalities of his time, 
he has made a valuable contribution to a 
better understanding of a much maligned 
historical figure. Following so closely 
on Catherine Drinker Bowen's sympathetic 
biography cf the young Adams, whom Jeffer- 
son called the "colossus of independence", 
this presentation of Adam.s the thinker 
places him in historical perspective as 
one of the half dozen greatest men in. 
American history, 

L.S.M. 



Simply and clearly told, this is the 
story of William Penn from his early school 
days, stressing his interest in and accep- 
tance of Quakerism, and the practical ful- 
fillment of his almost life-long dream cf 
establishing an ideal government in America, 
Authentic in detail, the biography develfps'^ 
with increasing interest and presents a 
careful, thoughtful portrait of the great 
colonizers 

We are happy that Miss Haviland is "one 
of us" and congratulate her upon her 
achievement* 

E.M.G. 



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William Penn, Founder and Friend , a bi- 
ography for children, 'ivritten by Virginia 
Haviland, Branch Librarian, Phillips 
Brooks Branch Library, was published on 
March 10 by Abingdon-Cokesbury Press as 
the third book in its "Makers of America" 
series* 



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PRESI CEFT^S NOTES 

My fellow officers and myself wish to 
express to Mrs Javelin and her Program 
Committee our profound gratitude* for the 
splendid job they did on the reception, for 
new officers* Our special thanks go to 
Mr Haras zti and Mr Heintzelman for their 
part in making the evening most enjoyable* 
May 1 offer my sincerest regrets for not 
having been able to attend* As you all 
know only the gravest of emergencies kept 
me away. But my friends tell me it was a 
memorable occasionc 



The Executive Board has received only 
three replies so far in response to its 
request for opinions on the subject of 
check vs, cashj All have favored check* 
We hope more comments will be forthcoming 
before the next issue. The period of fair 
trial which the Trustees have asked of the 
staff will be up on April 1. It is the 
intention of the Board subsequent to that 
date to take a poll of the membership only, 
on their preference for check or cash. 
More details will be announced later. 



Apropos of the check vs. cash controversy 
we had hoped to have the Trustees' reply 
to the eleven questions presented to them 
at the February first meeting, which ques- 
tions were listed in last month's issue. 
We have received the following letter from 
B/tr Lee M, Friedman, President of the Board 
of Trustees! 






26 February 19^2 



Dear lir McDonough: 

At their meeting on 
February l^th the Trustees of the Library 
gave consideration to the eleven questions 
which you had left with them on the occa- 
sion of your having appeared before them 
at their meeting of February 1st, together 
with other representatives of Library 
groups, in the matter of payment of wages 
and salaries by check. j 

In view of the fact that llr John J. Con-j 
nolly. Assistant to the Director, and | 
Chief Executive Officer, had already pro- I 
vided information concerning the fundamen-j 
tal points at issue in his letter of ' i 
January 28th in reply to your own inquiry 
of January 25th to him, and in view of the 
additional fact that the Trustees had al- 
ready discussed the matter at some length 
with you and the representatives of other 
Library groups on February 1st, it is the 
belief of the Trustees that the fundamen- 
tal issues in the matter in question have 
been presented and that the pertinent data 
concerning them are now before all con- 
cerned. Therefore they will not be send- 
ing to you a further statement in connec- 
tion with the questions submitted by you. | 

The Trustees believe most earnestly that! 
the new procedures of payment of wages and 
salaries by check should be given a period: 
of trial during which every effort will be; 
made by all concerned to make the new pro-! 
cedures workable in the most successful ! 
manner, I 

Yours sine ■..rely, j 

! 

(Signed) LEE M. FRIEDMAN 
President 



the questions important enough to answer* 
We ask the members not to judge this latest 
action of the Trustees rashly, but rather 
to keep an open mind on the subject when 
voting in the poll that is to be taken. 



Two special committees are planned for 
the near future. At the suggestion of the 
Director a committee is to be forned to 
cooperate with the Administration in pre- 
senting a panel on the Book Selection 
policies of the Library^ similar to the 
panel on the P ublic Library Inquiry , at the 
Director's fall staff meeting. A second 
committee is in the process of formation 
to investigate the personnel morale in the 
Library with a vievir towards making concrete 
suggestions for a method of staff -adminis- 
tration cooperation in such matters. We 
would appreciate any comments. 



It is the recollection of those members i 
of the Executive Board who attended the i 
meeting with the Trustees that none of the' 
eleven questions vras answered fully in the' 
discussion, only two were answered in part, 
only one appears in even similar form in i 
the letter to -'ir Connolly, It was our in-i 
tention in a:iking these questions to give j 
the Trustees an opportunity to explain to ! 
the staff the reasoning behind the sudden j 
change in the method of payment. The be- | 
lief was that an informed staff is more | 
capable of intelligent action than a staff! 
swayed by rumor and gossip. It is regret-j 
table that the Trustees dis not consider 



A happy Saint Patrick's Day to you all, 
Slainte J 

LITTLE THEATER ACTIVITIES 

Follovdng a tour of the Central Library 
on Thursday morning, IVIarch 6, the members 
of the Literature Committee of the Vfest 
Roxbury Woman's Club enjoyed a short film 
program in the Little Theater. Tvro liter- 
ature films v^ere shown to the group - New 
England Background of Literature and John 
Greenleaf VJhittier . Miss Pauline Walker, 

t Branch Librarian of the West Roxbury Branch 
Library, accompanied the Committee which 

[was the first non-library group to meet in 
the Little Theater. 



On Monday morning, March 10, Miss Julia 
Sheehan, with members of her class in 
Children's Literature - Juniors at the 
Massachusetts School of Art - visited the 
Open Shelf Department and Yovmg People's 
Room, tnd the Audio-Visual Section of the 
Central Library. A short, but spirited 
discussion, followed the shovidng of the 
film What is Modern Art in the Little 
Theater, 



M.CJ. 



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RETIRE] \ IENT3 
ORLA^roO C. DAVIS 

It was with regret that members of the 
staff learned of the retirement from the 
library service of Mr Orlando C, Davis, 
Chief Librarian of the Division of Home 
Reading and Community GerviceSo Ilr Davis 
joined the staff of the Boston Public Li- 
brary in 193h, to fill the neT;ly-created 
position of Chief Librarian of the Circu- 
lation Division^. During the period of 
World War II he served as Acting Chief 
Librarian of the Reference Division, in 
addition to his work in the Circulation 
Division; and for a short period was Act- 
ing Director of the Boston Public Library 
while the Director was absent in Europe onj 
a special assignment. Prior to coming to i 
Boston, he had had twenty-seven years ' | 
experience as librarian in libraries in | 
the east and middle west, including 
several years as Librarian of the Bridge- | 
port (Connecticut) Public Library^ 

Ulr Davis' interest in state-wide library 
problems was e^rLdenced by the fact that he 
served on the Special Legislative Commit- j 
tee of the Massachusetts Library Associa- | 
tion set up to bring into being a revision' 
of the Massachusetts censorship law which j 
now has such an impact on book legislative; 
procedures within the state,, lir Davis waS| 
also very active in the establishment of | 
the Great Books program in the Boston arestj 
It was primarily through his efforts that ! 
the quarterly Boston Public Library publi-i 
cation Books Current was instituted » Thisj 
publication devoted to an annotated list- ■ 
ing of new books available at the Boston I 
Public Library has been widely acclaimed | 
by the public as an exceptionally useful i 
tool* It was during his regime as Chief | 
Librarian of the Division of Home Reading 
and Community Services that the Audio- ' 
visual Center at the Boston Public Library} 
was brought into beingo Mr Davis is a | 
past president of the Indiana Library As- j 
sociation and of the Connecticut Library } 
Associationo He is a member of the Ameri- 
can Library Association, the Massachusetts! 
Library Association, The Boston Public Li-j 
brary Employees Benefit Association and j 
The Boston Public Library Professional j 
Staff Association, 

Since 193ii- ^'t Davis has contributed much 
to the efficient operation of the Boston 
Public Library system in the improvement 
and expansion of service to the public. 



He will long be remembered for his •warm 
human qualities, his sympathetic understand-, 
ing of the problems of the individual staff ' 
members, his long-range approach to all li— 
bleary objectives and his continual mainte- j 
nance of high professional standards of 
librarianshipe : 



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GEORGE H. EARLEY 

Mr George H„ Earley, a pressman in the 
Printing Department; retired on February 29, 
19^2 « l.'Ir Earley came to work in the Li- 
brary on September 22 _, 1913 v when the Print- 
ing Department was on Columbus Avenue, 
His co-workers in the Binding and Printing 
Departments presented him with a check, 
wishing him many years of well-deserved 
recreational enjoyraento ^fr Earley 's two 
sons. Bill and George, are well-known 
among B.PeLo employees a 

C HILDREN'S DAY OF CATHOLIC BOOK WEEK 

Lions, tiger, giraffes, clowns and acro- 
bats visited the Lecture Hall at the Cen- 
tral Library on February 19, to help in 
celebrating Children's Day of Catholic 
Book Weekc This part of the program was 
conducted by Reve Edward Sullivan, the 
"Circus Priest." Father Sullivan had just 
returned from a month with Barnum and 
Bailey Circus in Florida, and he showed 
his latest pictures taken there. In addi- 
tion to his pictures he told tales and 
anecdotes about different performers and 
delighted the children with animal stories. 
Father Sullivan's talk was not only enter-' 
taining but informative. 

Another speaker was Mrs Sarah L^ Barrett, 
author of Silver Blg.des , a popular child- 
ren's book. She talked informally on read- 
ing and v/riting, particularly theme writ- 
ing, and encouraged the children to come 
to the library and to read for information 
as well as pleasure. 

Mrs Barrett then presented awards to 
elementary school children for essays vfhich 
they had vncltten-, The first prize was 
given to a boy who chose Alice in Wonder- 
land as "The book character I would like 
best to knowo" 

A.LoK= 






BPLPSA mm TALENT NIGHT | 

On Tuesday, February 26, members of the 
Association spent a most enjoyable evening.; 
at the Central Library, The program 
started at six o'clock in the Coffee Shop,: 
where a delicious buffet supper vras served! 
to members and their guests in tv:o "sit- I 
tings". j 

After supper the group adjourned to the j 
Lacture Hall, vhere identification tags 
were given to everyone - red paper hearts 
for the vromen and red paper hatchets for 
the men - a dual celebration of Yfeshing- 
ton's birthday and leap year. The speak- ■' 
ers were introduced by I'.lrs Muriel C, j 
Javelin, Chairman of the Program Committees 
Mr Zoltan Haras zti, Keeper of Piire Books, ■ 
spoke en "Episodes from My Trip Abroad", • 
limiting his subject to experiences in j 
England J In addition to entertaining the i 
audience with humorous happenings, Mr j 
Haras zti also made many interesting com- i 
ments concerning present conditions in | 
England and attitudes of the English j 
people, I 

Ifr Arthur W, Heintzelman, Keeper of | 
Prints, gave the background of his "jiission, 
to France - Exchange Exhibition between ' 
France and the United States", and spoke ' 
of how well received had been the American! 
print exhibition which was put together by; 
our oviiTi Print Department and officially 1 
inaugurated at the Bibliotheque Nationale ; 
on December 8, 1951 » The French exhibition 
is expected to reach the United States i 
some time after ¥3.y of this year^ and | 
after an opening at the Boston Public Li- j 
brary will be routed through the United 
States o I 

At the conclusion of lir Heintzelman 's j 
talk, a new colored film entitled "Ageless | 
Paris" ■ft'as shown to the group. After the 
showing of the film, the group went to the' 
loTrer-level section of the new Open Shelf I 
Department where a reception to the new | 
officers was held. Members were sorry notj 
to have opportunity to greet Mr Eamon i 
McDonough, President, who was unable to j 
attend the meeting because of illness in i 
the family. 

Under the able direction of Wd.ss Dorothy 
F, Nourse, 'Chairman of the Entertainment 
Committee, delicious punch and fancy 
cookies in the shape of hatchets, hearts j 
and wedding bells, i/rere served^ It -.vas I 
after ten o'clock when m^embers started 
leaving with the feeling that this had 
been one of the most interesting m.eetings 
of the Association,. 



SPECIAL T.ESTING 

On Wednesdaj--, I/Iarch $, the Branch Librar- 
ians and the Children's Librarians met to- 
gether at Parker Hill Branch Library, The 
meeting had a dual puroose, to give the 
tvro groups an opportunity to exchange ideas 
on problems pertinent to both and to honor 
a member of both groups. Miss Virginia 
Haviland, whose new book ITilliam Pennt 
Founder and Friend , vras published on 
March 10, 1952, 

The business of the meeting vras devoted 
to the revie-vd.ng of adult and juvenile 
books J, explanations of the new charging 
systems by Branch Librarians and Children's 
Librarians now operating under the nevj- 
systems, and the presentation of new ideas 
being carried out in several Branch Li- 
braries o This exchange of ideas was very 
helpful to both groups and brought fresh 
Stimulus to all those in attendance. 

Miss Haviland was invited to give the 
group the background story of her book. 
The account of her research in England and 
in this country was of special interest. 
At the conclusion of her remarks she was 
presented vath a corsage and a beautifully 
bound autograph book. Shortly after the 
meeting she left for Philadelphia where 
she appeared on an author television pro- 
gram, spoke at a m.eeting of Branch Librar- 
ians and Children's Librarians, and vas 
the guest of honor at a luncheon held at 
the Free Library of Philadelphia, This 
was followed by a guided tour of the Free 
Library and of the City of Philadelphia, 

At the conclusion of the meeting at 
Parker Hill Branch Library, a bounteous 
luncheon was served under the guidance of 
Miss Iviary Kackett, Branch Librarian, and 
Miss Terry Mannix, Children's Librarian, 
The tables were very attractively arranged 
and the flowers j procured through the ef- 
forts of Miss Fanny Goldstein, Branch Li- 
brarian, ijTest End Branch Library, added 
greatly to the festive air of the lecture 
hall where the Ivjicheon was served. It 
was unanimously agreed that this combined 
meeting v/as successful on all coiuits. 
Similar meetings hy these groups and other 
allied units are highly recommended in 
order to make possible the sharing of pro- 
ductive ideas 



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MASSACHUSETTS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION 



MID-WINTER MEETING 



Notes on "Freedom of the Press" Panelt 



Mr Stringer declared that the upholding 
of freedom's rights required both laws and 
a personal appreciation of freedom. Guate- 
mala, for instance, has a constitution 
guaranteeing freedom, but despite this 
A panel on Freedom of the Press was pre- 'guarantee there is no real freedoms publi— 
sented at the morning session at the Shera-cations, parades, or other manifestations 
ton Plaza Hotel, Boston, Thursday^ Februarypot favored by the current government are 
21o Hr John H, Grider, former Editor-in- lintimidatedo These people have no true ap- 

jpreciation of liberty^ Libraries have a 
Igreat opportunity to foster the understand- 
(ing of true freedom* 

Jfr Grider summed up the remarks of the 



Chief of The Boston Herald was chairman. 



The participants were: 

John Griffin, Sunday Editor, The Boston 

Post -- ^ -^ ---- 

Rev, Francis J, Lally, Associate Editor, panel and then presented this question for 



The Pilot 
Robert Martin, Nieman Fellow and C.3.S. 

News Correspondent 
Vrilliam H. Stringer, Assistant Editor, 

Christian Science Monitor o 



discussion: "Should members of the Soviet 
Ipress be refused admittance to the press 
■galleries of Congress?" On this point there 
was wide divergence of opinion among the 
members of the panel o On one side, it was 
Mr Grider opened the discussion by say- peld that the Russians should not be allowed 
ing that freedom is being challenged today [to sit in the gallery because they are not 
by many sinister forces that all who are bona fide newspaper men, but simply spies 
interested in preserving that freedom must lin disguise. On the other hand, can we who 
actively opposes One of the first liber~ hiaintain the right of freedom of the press 
ties to be challenged is freedom of the hake such a blanket rule? All foreign cor- 
press. For fairly understandable reasons, Irespondents, regardless of country, are 



jhunting for information. Are they therefore 
0pies? In any case, the Russians can get 
all information available in the press gal- 

eries by subscribing to the Congressional 

e cord o 
Once again, the discussion turned to radio 



a self-imposed censorship is exercised by 

most newspapers, periodicals, and radio 

stations. Books, on the other hand, are 

one of the freest miediums of expression* 

Yet a most sinister type of censorship: 

the "cult of orthodoxy," makes authors 

afraid to speak out, for fear of being mis-as a medium of expression, with comparisons 

understood. Now is the time to speak up jcited between the American and British sys- 

for freedom, jtem^, which diverge greatly especially dur- 

Father Lally pointed out that freedom is fing a period of national elections. The 
not really free. It is more than breaking hieeting closed with the warning that freedom 
of bonds; it means the making of bonds, as :of the press is a continual battle, never 
well. Every freedom implies a duty. Ac- Won, against those who want to hold down 

auman freedom. Keep alert to the issue of 
freedom of the press, which is bound up with 



freedom of speech and discussion — the 
oasic right of mankind to know and learn, 
Speak upl 

I.H.T. 
M.C.E. 



cording to the traditional American view, 
"Freedom is liberty under law." 

Mr Martin used radio as an example of 
freedom under law, where regulations en- 
force balanced programs, presenting both 
sides of controversial subjects, and making 
all news available, with editorialization 
strictly forbidden, Ovmers, advertisers, 
and pressure groups continually try to 
limit freedom of speech by vn^iters and 
radio analysts. Yet freedom of the press 

implies not only freedom but willingness to Public Library Group 
stir up an argument. 

Mr Griffin brought forth the fact that Current dissatisfaction with traditional 
ideas of freedom are likely to get mixed up book selection policies was reflected in 
and mislabeled. In the matter of present- the talk, Books for the Library's Readers : 
ing news to the public there is sometimies [ Selection or Evaluation , given by Mr 
a difficulty of choice. 



Too much freedom 
of choice is not always desirable* 



Clarence E. Sherman, Librarian, Providence 
Public Library at the meeting of the Public 



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Library Section* Although book selection 
is a well established term, Mr Sherman com- 
plained that the methodology of selection 
as practiced in the past, and as still 
being practiced in some quarters- is too 
often based on weak analysis* The old 
criteria of giving people what they waniJ 
and supplying the greatest number of books 
regardless of quality or cost;)he declared, 
must be abandoned in favor of clearly de- 
fined standards of evaluation. In this 
connection he pointed out that TV may have 
changed standards, especially in regard to 
selection of books for children^ who, 
accustomed to the freedom of that medium 
are increasingly reluctant to have their 
reading "censored" by teachers or library 
ians , \ 

In discussing the relative merits of the ' 
"approval" plan versus waiting for a con- I 
sensus of qualified reviews in considering , 
books for purchase, Mr Sherman recommended | 
the former as the most satisfactory method j 
since revievfs are inadequate guides to the : 
needs of particular libraries o Citing the ' 
value of wide staff participation (from j 
trustee to qualified general assistant) in I 
book evaluation he suggested as minimum | 
qualifications for this tasK.' a good i 
general and special reading background and j 
foreground, discrimination, flexibility, ! 
tolerance of various opinions and methods I 
of writing, and Ydde experience with all 
types of people* ll>Jhen properly screened \ 
by department heads, this method of evalua- 
tion as practiced in Mr Sherman's ovni li- ; 
brary is, he believes, the most vrorkable i 
and generally satisfactcryo j 

Stressing further the imiportance of eval-J, 
uation versus selection, he discussed ; 
various important factors to be considered | 
in evaluating a book for purchase, such as \ 
its value to the particular library, suit- | 
ability of format-, cost of acquisiticn; j 
cost of book: i.e^.oif light fiction of I 
ephemeral value is it available in an "ex- j 
pendable" paper-covered edition-, if gift 
books, are they worth the cost of pr(;cess— | 
ing and shelving or are they pi-opc.gardistiCj 
or =' vanity" gifts which should be tactfully! 
refused in the first place; Vifith these \ 
standards of evaluation in mind and with ' 
thought given to regular weeding of cbso- i 
lete material, the criterion of size alone j 
will be of secondary importance in judging | 
the superiority of a bocK collecticno j 

In conclusion Mr Sheriici.-i de'..lared that i 
although his o\m library has found io-3 sys-l 
tem workable, there is no perfect system I 



and there are no short cuts to intelligent 
evaluation, such as depending on best 
seller lists or on casual requests from 
the general public which may all too often 
spring from idle curiosity. 

L.S.M. 



College Group 

The topic under discussion at the section 
meeting of the College Group,; of which lirs 
Eulin Ko Hobbie, Librarian of the American 
International College^ Springfield, served 
as chairman;, was the practice of charging 
fees for the use of a research library. 
Specifically; the subject vras restricted 
to the present policy of Harvard University, 
presented by Keyes D, Metcalf , Director of 
the Harvard University Library, and objec- 
tions to the policy offered by Wylie Sypher, 
Chairman of the Division of Language, Lit- 
eratui'e and the Arts of Simmons College ^ 
Since 19^1; Harvard University has charged 
a fee of ten c^cI^.^a-ts a year for the use of 
the library to persons not connected with 
the university. The fee was instituted to 
help cover the cce-i. of providing service 
to this grovP'> Professor Sypher 's objec- 
tions to the fee were based on the monetary 
burden impooed on the young research worker 
or instructor who may use several libraries. 
If the pracTu.ce of charging fees viere to 
become general in research libraries, many 
legitimate borrowers might be barred from 
material of which they could make valuable 
use* 

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I nstitutional Llbrariane G roup 

At the sec-^donal meetiiag of the Institu- 
tional Librarians Group ^ David A, Bowers, 
Rehabiiitat"',o..i Director of the Massachu- 
setts T'ubercr:losi:> and Hoalth League, 
spoke on. the topic; "Your pat:ient and you'i 
Modettly Mr Power:> insis-led, a'., first, that 
he kr.'^w litt.'te abf.'-ub the insti-utional 
librarian's jobj hot he soon proceeded to 
a fine analysis cf the personal qualifica- 
tions (demanded by such a posixJ.on, 

As I'fr Bowers poi-:.ted cut, it is imipos- 
sible for the hospital If.brarian - or any 
oii^jher social service worker - to help a 



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these voriters: iJlrs Helen C, Fernald, Mrs 
P.nth Kolbergj Mr Richard T, Flood, Miss 
'hrion Lansing^ I;Ir Tom Robinson, and Ifrs 



patient solve his problems until the li- 
brarian herself has reached emotional 
stability and solved her ovm problems. In 

addition to the skill and the neatness of jAnne Molloy have published stories with 
appearance demanded by any professional | New England backgrounds, they were ably 
position, the hospital librarian must have: suited to talk on the morning's topic 



a warm, sympathetic but not gushy nature^ 
must be both tactful and gracious, and 
must possess the integrity which guaran- 
tees no betrayal of patient confidences. 
Seeking to ascertain how the librarian 
may best "sell herself" to the patient;, 
Mr Bowers found himself in conflict v.dth 
several members of his audience 3 Despite 
his violent dislike of the salutation^ 



New England Sampler :. (Jiliss Tasha Tudor 
who was, also J to be present at this meet- 
ing was kept away by illness,) 

In turn, each a uthor described the in- 
spiration which the natural scenery and 
the rich historical traditions of New Eng- 
i land have brought to his writing. Most of 
j these writers proved to be native New Eng- 
landers, and each of them, of course, re- 
"Good morningj Do you ^vant a bock today?"^ vealed a peculiar affection for one partic- 
the group persuaded him that for the short^-ular locale in this region. Coming from 
term patient quick identification of the ' the middle-vrest, Mrs Fernald and Mrs Hol- 
librarian as a non-medical vrorker is best [berg accounted for the means by ivhich they 
achieved by such a greeting. The terrific i had become acclimated to our section of 
emotional upset occasioned by the onset of; the country,^ Jfrs Holberg proudly asserted 
a long-term illness like tuberculosis, 1 that she had, in the course of some re- 
hovreverj demands a less brusque and more j search, learned m.ore about Cape Ann history 

' than natives themselves knewn 
I Probably there never vras a discussion 
I among authors which failed sooner or later 



roundabout approach. Ability to judge a 
person's character quickly is, therefore, 
even more important to the hospital li- 



brarian than to the public library workeroito touch upon pholosophies of writings 



Following llr Bowers, I'Irs Elsa Leahy of 
Westfield Sanatorium, President of the 
Institutional Librarians Group, led a 
brief business meetinge The secretary 



I Consequently, it was natural for several 
I of these speakers to explain some of their 
I ovm motivation^ As one could easily judge 
;from her books, Mrs Holberg obviously de- 



reported that the special shoulder patches lights in sharing and describing the joy 
recently designed by the group to differ-- : of children simply for the pleasure it 
entiate librarians from other hospital ; brings both the young people and herself. 
em.ployees have been officially accepted by In contrast ^ T-Irs Molloy accented the desire 
the Massachusetts Library Association; the| of children to learn the distinction be- 
American Library Association is now con- 'tween right and vri-ong^ a. desire which can 
sidering them as the official insignia of ' be satisfied in part by more "black and 
institutional librarians throughout the 'whiteness" in children's books « However, 
United States, For her pioneering work on; Mr Flood warned against pi'eaching, partic- 
these emblems, Mrs Helen Welch of the ! ularly to boys: the aporoach must be 
Marine Hospital in Brighton was accorded jsubtle, 

warm recognitiono Patches for volunteer j At the close of the meeting, Miss Pauline 
hospital workers have, also, been suggest-jWinnickj; Children's Librarian at the Cod- 
ed, j man Square Branch of the Boston Public Li- 
brary and President of the Round Table of 
Children's Librarians, made a few announce- 
(mentsn These included the current sale of 
* j the young adult reading list, entitled, 

I Good Reading Ahead i „ prepared in the 19^1 
Round Tab le of Children's Librarians Workshop of" the Bcsr.on Public Library Pro- 
fessional Staff Associationj,. and published 
Under the able direction of Mss Alice by the Boston Public Library, 
Jordan, Supervisor of Work vdth Children, 

Kfflcritus, at the Boston Public Libravy, a DoN.F. 

group of well-known authors of books for 
children engaged in an entertaining dis- 
cussion of their work at the Round Table 
of Children's Librarians. Since all of 



BcG.W. 



Round Table of Librarians for Younf^ Adults Boston-Cambridge Chapter of Music Librarians 

The steadily grovring interest in library | The Boston-Cambridge chapter of the lifusic 
service for older boys and girls was clear-[ Library Association met with J'liss Mar jorie 
ly evidenced by the large attendance at thsHolman of the Quincy Public Library as 
Round Table of Librarians for Young Adults»j chairman and sixteen persons in attendance 
The topic for discussion was The Teen-Ager, ' from public or music libraries in Boston, 
so what ? - that is, what is he like, what ; Lawrence, Andover, Winchester, Brookline, 
does he read, what are his interests, what ! Maiden, Quincy, Arlington, Weymouth, the 
does he expect of us? - a topic vrhich was [New England Conservatory of Music, and 
considered from the viev^point of the schooDjRadcliffe, A non-librarian member from 
the home and the public library. The Iwatertown is a collector of records. It 
speakers were: Jttss Ruth P, Strout, Dean was decided that it was important to have 
of Girls and Librarian at the Braintree i meetings in conjunction with the Massachu- 
High School; iJIrs Katharine P. Jeffrey, | setts Library Association and occasional 
Young Adults and Children's Librarian at ; meetings in libraries with special music or 
the Milton Public Library, and herself the I record collections. Miss Doris J&xwell of 
mother of a teen-age son and daughter; and i the Winchester Public Library was elected 



treasurer, 

R.G,A. 



Mrs Helen Smith of the Springfield Public 
Library, v/ho is Young People's Librarian 
in the room for young adults which was 
opened in Springfield last year. 

Til/hile each speaker's approach was differ-' 
ent, and the question period brought out 
other opinions, the concluding emphasis I Business Meeting 

seemed to be on one seldom-noted fact • 

which is of importance in work with young The Business Meeting of the M.L.A. was 
people. They resent being classed as a i opened by the President, Miss Catharine 
group: as just "teen-agers" who all dressy Yerxa. After the reading of the minutes of 
think and act the same way, when they are j the Secretary and the report of the Treas- 
really so many individuals, each expecting | urer, lies Elizabeth Lo Wright, Chairman of 
individual treatment. That is what they 'the Nominating Committee, announced the 
SAY. At the same time, the teen-ager does 'candidates for the year 1952-53 as follows: 
not really enjoy being different, but i Roland C, Willcox, Westfield Athenaeum, 
rather tends to do v/hat the rest of "the j f or Vice-President and who shall be Presi- 
crowd" is doing. In his reading, also, he | dent-elect| Ruth A, Hazelton, Belmont Pub- 
vTants to be approached as a new, individual] lie Library, Secretary} Lucille Wickersham, 
personality, but the librarian must remem- i Sprin<^f ield Library Association, Treasurer; 
ber that there are certain books, recog- land Charles L, Higgins, Boston Public Li- 
nized as part of the group experience or ;brary. Archivist. 



heritage, which should not be overlooked 



because of a misguided emphasis on individ-i three censorship bills before the House: 



uality. 

At this meeting, there was also an 
announcement made of the publication of 



The Legislative Committee reported on 



(l) H1095 providing for a censorship com- 
mission and the licensing of persons en- 
gaged in the business of selling books and 



Good Reading Ahead i , the list of recent j magazines, 

books for young adults viihich was prepared (2) HI898 providing for the establishment 

by the Tforkshop on Reviewing and Selection j of a state board of censors in the Depart- 

of Books for Yowag Adults, sponsored by iment of Public Safety, to supervise and 

the Professional Staff Association of the I censor the sale and distribution of all 

Boston Public Library, The list has been I comic books, and 

printed by the Boston Public Library, 1(3) H237 providing for an advisory board 

Copies were available for inspection and and the licensing of persons engaged in 

for ordering. j the business of selling or distributing 

Presiding at the meeting was Miss Evelyn | certain printed matter* The M.L.A. Legis- 
R. Robinson, Consultant, School Libraries j lative Committee, the Committee on Intel- 



and Work with Children and Young People, 
Division of Public Libraries. 



lectual Freedom, and the Executive Board 
had expressed their views to the legisla- 
tors by letters, telephone calls, and per- 
V.M.L I sonal visits. The American Booksellers 



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Conventlon was represented by its laryers 
at the hearings on January 9th. All bills 
were reported on unfavorablyc 

Hearings will be held in Vifashington next 
month on the Library Services Billo Mem- j 
bers of M,L.A= are requested to write to | 
Representative John F. Kennedy and as manyj 
other legislators as possible urging them 
to support the billo 

The Publications Committee reported that 
the A.L.A, Intellectual Freedom Committee 
wishes to disseminate word of the action 
of M:L.A» in opposition to censorship and 
for this purpose has purchased 500 re- 
prints of the pertinent section of the 
January 1952 issue of the M.L.A.- Bulletin ^ 

The Planning Board's booklet "From one 
trustee to another" has met with a flood 
of requests from, outside the state. I\ilrs 
Langeley Keyes of Winchester, one of the | 
trustees appointed to look into the possi-l 
bility of a trustees organization within j 
M.LjA,, reported that thirty trustees had | 
met that morning at the conference and had! 
made plans for a spring dinner to organize 
a group. 

The Merrimac Valley Library Association 
was accepted for affiliation with M.L.A* 

The question of refunds of 2% of M,L,Ac 
dues from a region to its regional associa-|- 
tion has been explored by the Treasurer of 
M.L,A» with presidents of all affiliated 
associations e- All have now agreed to 
forego the refunds henceforth in view of 
the economic im.possibility of supporting 
M.L,A« with this cut-back to the regional 
organizations n The by-laws will therefore 
be amended to drop Article U, Section 3^ 
providing for the refunds « 

Miss Usher's letter inviting M.LoAo mem- 
bers to see the civil defense display pre- 
pared by B.P.L. for the Alert America Con- 
voy was reado Announcement vras made of 
M.L.Ao^s cooperation in B=Ue Founders' Day 
and the fact that two representatives yfBT^\ 
to be sent to the Town Hall vrorkshop at j 
Faneuil Hall, February 26, 1952c j 

The death of E. Kathleen Jones, General j 
Secretary, Division of Public Libraries, 
Department of Education, who retired from 
the Division of Public Libraries in 1937, 
was announced- The meeting adjourned on 
motion* 

M.G.B. 



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Contemporary Theater in Boston 

Eliot Norton, drama critic of The Boston 
Pqsti kept his audience on the edge of 
their chairs with his talk on The Contem- 
porary Theater in Boston at the luncheon 
session-j He pleased them by stating that 
Boston is second only to New York in the 
part which it plays in the present-day 
theater, discouraged them a little by 
stating that the existence of the theater 
here at all is impressive, since lack of 
financial support prevents our having a 
production c enter of our own v/ith New Eng- 
land writers or our own company of actors 
presenting classics c 

Llr Norton continued with the fact that 
ninety-nine per cent of the plays present- 
ed in the country originate in New Yorkc 
One-half of those which come to Boston are 
try-outs o (in the 1950-51 season, we had 
forty- three productions altogethero) Mr 
Norton pointed out that the try-out before 
an audience is necessary, though hard on 
the average play goer, ivho does not have 
the opportunity to see the play grow, as 
does the professionalc But reading a manu- 
script is no substitute for audience re- 
action_, and since the Nev; York audience 
and critics are severe, producers and 
writers try to minimize their risks. 

In his dramatic way, v/hich practically 
re-created the episodes^ Itr Norton de- 
scribed how a scene shomng physical 
appearance of the rabbit vras omitted from 
Har/ay and hcrf a scene was completely 
re-v>rritten for C arousel o Try-outs had 
shown that such action was necessary in 
crder to sustain the moods of the plays* 

A talk to a group of librarians should 
not close without mention of books, and Mr 
Norton recommended two - Dance for th e 
Piper by Agnes de Mille, and Ifagic Curtain 
by Lawrence Langnero 

D.M.L. 



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MISSION TO PARIS 



I The Qalerie Ibnsart in the Bibllotheque 
jNationale is long and narrow, several hun- 
idred feet long and approximately thirty 
feet widBc This suggested a progressive 
show whereby the so-called conservative 
: prints could be placed at the entrance to 
jthe gallery t, They could then progress 



The formalities now terminated at the 
Quai d'Orsay vdth the Ministere des 
Affaires Etrangeres and the Directeur 
General de Relations Culturelles;, I was 
free to carry out the remaining details 
concerning the exchange exhibitions which jthrou.gh the various schools to the more 
were the purpose of my missiono To 'modern demonstrations at the end. In this 
achieve the task before me in the limited ^:vay the exhibition could be studied intel- 
time of a few weeks presented quite a jligently and in an arrangement v^hich was 
problemo However, I found perfect cooper- 'pleasing, well balanced and instructive, 
ation everywhere from Miss Earthea Speyer^ } The printed catalog was delivered on the 
Assistant Cultural Attache at "he American .norning of the opening, December tenth; 
Embassy in Paris, the Comite de la Gravure ;and the last print ^^as hung at noon^ I 
Francaise, the French artists themselves |raet the French press, artists and digni- 
and a few old friends among whom were 
Monsiem' Pa-jl Leon, Ministere des Beaux- 



|taries invited for the "vernissage" at 
'three o'clock.- and at five the exhibition 
i"Les Peintres Graveurs Actuels aux Etats- 
;Unis" was officially opened. 



iticularly serigraphy held the interest of 
ithe press and artists, the technique of 
jwhich I had to explain in detaile Seri- 
'graphy is employed by printmakers in France, 
but in black and v/hite mostlyo Our use of 



Arts and Monsieur P.Ar. Lemoisne, retired 
Consei'vateur des Estampes at the Eiblio- 

tneque Nationale, Both of these gentlemen' The use of color in lithography and par- 
are now numbered arecng France's immortals 
as members of the Institute de France c 
The first meeting ■■with the National 
Comite de la Gravure Francaise was at a 
Ivnoheon given by Monsieur PcA, Lemoisneo 
Fj.ans were discussed for the inauguration |the medium 7rith a full paletoe of color 
of the American Exhibition and the organi- .was an innovation to all present, 
zation of the French showo 1 At the same time that preparations were 

I was told that a foreword was expected Ibeing carried out for the Am.erican show, 
of me, which was quite a surprise^ and ;I vras vrorking on the French exhibition 
meant that my rusty French would have to ;which was to come to the United States, 5 I 
be brushed up a bite It was not as diff i- ^f ovind that some work had been done by the 
cult as I had anticipated for I knew the Comite National, A list vras given me by 
prints well and many of the artists who ;them and in looking it over I found that 
did them« I was also familiar with the jit contained only the names of their fore- 
trends that have taken place in the graphicimost printmakers among whom were Picasso, 
arts,, having studied them from my student ^Ifetisse, Rouault. Bon^iard, Derain, Dufy, 
days' in Paris. The exhibition was praoti- ;Utrillo and others of this celebrated 
cally organized before it left our Print Igroupo This would of course make an out- 
Department for France, so all that remained 1 standing exhibition, but it hardly gave an 
to be done vras matting, framing and cata- jidea of what was being done in France today 
loging the prints, lespecially among the younger m^en. 

The manner in which our exhibition should It remained for me to get in touch with 
be hung to present it in the best possible ithe presidents of the various print socie- 
manner required some study^ for printraakingties, I also solicited the aid of my good 
has become more difficult to judge in re- jfriends, Jean-Eugene Bersierj Edouard Goerg 
cent years o The machine age and the fast land Pierre Quastalla, who knew the work of 
pace of the vrorld today has influenced the jpromising artists who had not attained the 
creative arts to a point where much of it !recognition of the above nam^ed masters ^ A 
has become too scientific, and there is an ilist of sixty-one printmakers was given me 
inclination toward conscious rather than Which I in turn took to a meeting of the 

jComite National explaining to them that I 
wanted a well rounded exhibition for 
iAmerica, We studied the list together and 
lafter some names were eliminated a diffi- 
their natural tendency to search for work jcult but interesting task presented itself, 
beyond techniques » This helped a great jThirty or more artists included on the list 
deal in the arrangement and hanging problerasjrere not knovm to me, neither was their 



the purely creative effort Technique is 
stressed more than ever, Knoi"ri.ng the 
French and their critical attitude toward 
a measured demonstration I anticipated 



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worko I met everyone of these men, mostly 
in their studios and saw their v/orko I 
believe I can count them among ray new 
friends -which v/as one of the pleasant ex- 
periences of my missiono The list checked 
by me was turned over to Monsieur Paul 
Vallery-Radot the day before I left Paris * 
I found that I had done some valuable re- 
search for the Bibliothe"que Nationale as 
well as for myself in relation to the 
future of our Print Department c 

This exhibition is scheduled to be in- 
augurated in our Albert H. Vv'iggin Gallery 
by the middle of wlay, everything depending 
upon the ability of the French committee 
to get the prints together and the time iti 
takes to bring it across the oceano I 

iffhen the show does take place it will be 
inaugurated by Monsieur Henri Bonnet, i 
French Ambassador to Washington* Other I 
representatives of the French Government 
will be present as well as the Trustees of] 
the Boston Public Library and state and j 
municipal dignitaries representing federal^ 
state and city offices « [ 

After several months in our galleries ; 
the exhibition will travel to the art cen-[ 
ters throughout the United States for at 
least two years Although a schedule has 
not been attempted as yet, nor have the 
museums, colleges and other institutions \ 
desirous of shov/ing these prints been | 
notified, word has come to them of this j 
exhibition and requests have come to us 
from coast to coast. 

Organizing this French exhibition 
gave me an excellent opportunity to study 
the changes that have taken place in the 
past few years — may be because of a 
renewed interest in the impressionists » 
There are two very important exhibitions by; 
this group, one at the Jeu de Pomme owned 
by the French government, and the other at 
the Orangerie, the property of the German 
government, It is worth a trip to Europe 
to see these exhibitions if for no other 
reasono 

There is a definite "back to nature" 
movement among the creative artists c One 
sees the great influence of the modern 
tendencies which I feel certain will in 
time create a new advance in art. 

The catalog is now in progress, and all 
that remains for the present is the 
arrival of the prints. 



Deluxe Books 

As there is a movement back to nature in 
painting and the graphic arts there is 
also a return to the artistically illustra- 
ted book. The printing of deluxe books 
coming out of France for the past quarter 
of a century including the second vforld 
war years, had intrigued me for some time. 
Since I knevj- a tevf of the artists who il- 
lustrated these books, I took the oppor- 
tunity of making it a definite part of my 
mission to Paris to explore this field of 
art form in books » I also vranted to know 
the circumstances v\hich made an xmdertak- 
ing of this nature possible© 

We know that for centuries copyists and 
illuminators worked in close harmony c 
Fouquet, one of the greatest masters took 
as much delight in decorating a manuscript 
as in painting a pictureo Poussin, in the 
seventeenth century and Fragonard and 
Boucher in the eighteenth century became 
interested in the art of bookmakingo In 
fact^ many of the fine books which remain 
the glory of the past are the work of 
artists and craftsmen- who steeped them- 
selves in the spirit of the text and knew 
the importance of composition in typog- 
raphy, 

I found ■-..... in studying the deluxe books 
done in the past fifteen years at the Bib- 
liotheque Nationale, with Monsieur Jacques 
Guinard, Conservateur of the Rare Book De- 
partment, that artistic printing and illus- 
tration are vibrant artso Editions, es- 
pecially those done recently, are suffi- 
cient evidence of their being artistic 
achie:7ements which justify the importance 
of collaboration of author, artist, printer 
and typographer.-. 

Way is it that modern book craft owes so 
much to the artists? I saw books at the 
Bibliotheque Nationale illustrated by 
Manet, Rodin, Bonnard, Maurice Denis, 
Vuillard, Ifeillol, Picasso, Matisse, Georg^ 
Rouault and a number of others among the 
artists of the younger generations. Every 
school of thought in modern art from the 
Cubists to the Surrealists, also many ex- 
amples from the so-called conservatives, 
are represented. All have paid tribute to 
book crafta All have found an outlet for 
their talent in this great art and creative 
mode of expression* 

Vollard set a precedent for fine book 
printing which has been followed by indi- 
vidual authors and artists, I found that 
the artist chooses a text and, being moved 



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by it, applies for the privilege to illus-i Cite Internationale des Art s 
trate this book of his otto choice. If the 

author is living the artist and writer The creation of "La Cite Internationale 
agree to work together writhout r e mane raticnl des Arts" in Paris also interested me 
The artist working in his own inspired andj greatly. I had the privilege and good for- 
creative way illustrates the passages from! tune of meeting Monsieur^ Felix Brunau, 
the author's work with no dictation or set 
limitation as to medium or number of il- 
lustrations he will execute o If his 
medium is etching or engraving he may be 
moved to make twenty, fifty or possibly 
one hundred plates. After a certain num- 
ber are chosen, a printer, one who can in- 
terpret the artist's work perfectly, is 
chosen to pull the proofs. In some cases 



Inspecteur ge'neral des Batiments civils et 
Palais nationaux and Conservateur du 
Domains de Saint Cloud, who is the creator 
of the idea. 

Ground has already been given by the 
French Government which is situated along 
the Seine on the Quai de I'H^tel de Ville, 
Yflien this wonderful project is realized it 
will be comparable to la Citi Universitaire^ 



the artist will print his own plates. When] This ground has been cleared with the ex- 
the work has been carried to this point a ception of the H(?tel d'Aumont, which is an 
type printer is sought to compose the [historic monument and reserved for the 
printed page. Handmade paper and appro- I French section^ 

priate type are chosen, the composition of i Plans for studios in all the arts are al- 
which is designed by the artist, author, ! ready in blue prints There are provisions 
plate printer and typographer. The result i made for schools, ateliers, museums, li- 
is a beautifully balanced printed page to I braries and auditoriums, and in fact every- 
harmonize and balance the illustration, ! thing that one can think of pertaining to 

After printing, the pages are folded and ; the arts. Artists, musicians, writers and 
not bound. An appropriate title page and I craftsmen will, for a nominal fee, be able 
cover are designed and the whole is housed i to live in a perfect creative atmosphere, 
in an artistic slip cover or solander casej exhibit, give recitals, produce plays with- 
it is then sent to the Comite National du I in the limits of this wonderful project, 
Livre Illustre FrancaisR for approval. It I Each country will provide for a certain 
is then recommended'to the Bibliotheque j number of studios according to its needs, 
Nationale to be sponsored by them. If suc4 Unfortunately the second world war has de- 
cessful a limited edition is declared and -layed the development of these plans in- 
a publisher is chosen to launch the publi- definitely? however, I am certain thatthsy 
cation. will become a reality. 

There being no mention of money until th^ ^i^at plan or idea could be better? This 
book is publishes one can readily see that i would be the common meeting ground for stu- 
the main object is to produce an edition | dents of all nations and -vrfiere the creative 
which is a work of art. Discriminating |arts would merge with no international 

[barriers. 

The Ecole des Beaux Arts and ateliers 
where art instruction is given remained an 
important item on my agenda, because of the 
I educational program in relation to our 
i great collection of prints, 
could sponsor such a program for the publi4 I spent some time with Monsieur Edouard 
cation of deluxe books with great success, iGuerin, director of the Ecole des Beaux 
We have presses for all the graphic arts JArts^and found that changes have taken 
mediums. All that is needed is a workshop I place in their usual course of instruction. 
where artists can create and carry out this! There is more freedom in the use of the 
idea in a sympathetic atmosphere. There [various mediums and academic thoroughness 



collectors, museums and libraries have 
responded with great interest toward this 
form of artistic endeavor. Although we 
have no national recognition of art in 
this country, I believe that an institu- 
tion such as the Boston Public Library 



would be no money involved and the thought 



of the possibility of fine editions eminat- composition and the building up of a thor- 



ing from the Boston Public Library is fas- 
cinating. 



of execution^ However- the insistance upon 



ough foiindation still exists. 

It was interesting to see the successful 
Prix de Rome paintings which were hung in 
order of the years in one huge galleryo 
They dated back to the early years of the 
Ecole des Beaux Arts and it is needless to 



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say that there were several hundred of 
themt It was a revelation to note the 
gradual change to the present dayo I be- 
lieve that considering there are no short 
cuts in art education, the tjTDe of train- 
ing insisted upon at the Ecole des Beaux 
Arts is the proper background necessary 
for one with talent to build upono 

In the private ateliers I found there 
was less insistence upon thorough training! 
and perhaps too much liberty in allowing aj 
student to express himself » I think this j 
latter idea has caught up with our present 
generation of young students, many of whomi 
have built up a false reputation by the I 
imitation of successful masters old and i 
new. Unfortunately, many of our schools j 
condone these principles v/ith the annual I 
exhibition in mind at the end of the 
school year, ' 

We look back to the old apprenticeship | 
days insisted upon in Guilds where many of i 
the old masters received their training, j 
They were good craftsmen and great artists j 

Iv5rs Heintzelman and I did squeeze in the 
gala night of "Blanch Nelge" at the Opera j 
and several plays by Jean-Paul Sartre and | 
Federico Garcia-Lorca* ! 

Wha.t I have written are the most impor- t 
tant highlights of our trip. There isn't [ 
space enough to m.ention our visits to gal-! 
leries, museums, invitations to luncheons ' 
and dinners, conferences and our visits to I 
the United Nations. 

We said good-bye to Paris with a tear on i 
December eleventh. We stopped off in Am- i 
sterdam for a few days visiting the Rycks i 
Museum, especially to see the "Night Watch"! 
by Rembrandt which has recently been [ 
cleaned. We also wanted to see Rembrandt's ; 
house to study the draiAdngs and some early 
states. j 

We journeyed onto London for some special' 
research at the British Jihiseum which was 
pertinent to our collection of English { 
prints. The National Gallery and the Tate | 
Museum were visited. The new arrangement j 
of hanging in both these museums was inter4 
esting to see. The paintings can now be I 
studied without interference from other I 
pictures being in close proximity, Vfe felt 
that there was little that British artists \ 
had contributed to modern painting, I 

We sailed on the He de France on Decern- I 
ber eighteenth and landed in New York two j 
days late because of heavy weather. 

Our journey was now at an end crowded 
with experiences v.-hich will remain always 
as rich memories. However, my mission is 



still vibrant with the activities connec- 
ted vdth the French exhibition and it shall 
remain so until the end of its travels in 
the United States, 

Arthur W» Heintzelman 



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MISS FAILLE ENTFRTAINED 

On February 28, Miss Loraine Faille, 
Open Shelf Department, was given a surprise 
"shower" at the home of Miss Isabel fertino. 
About thirty-five friends attended the 
party and enjoyed delicious refreshments, 
preceeded by some hilarious parlor games. 
Miss Faille recently resigned her position 
to enter the Franciscan Missionaries of 
Maryo 

On Sunday, March 9, a farewell dinner 
was given for I'liss Faille by her parents 
at the Beaconsfield Hotel in Brooklineo 

CIVIL DEFEN SE - FIRST AID 

Early in February word was received from 
the Civil Defense headquarters that His 
Honor the Mayor had authorized the giving 
of First Aid courses to city employees dur- 
ing working hours. In order to facilitate 
this, the suggestion vi&s made that each 
city department send two staff members to 
a course for instructors, under the direc- 
tion of lilr E, Forest Hallet, Director of 
First Aid Services for the American Nation- 
al Red Cross, Boston Metropolitan Chapter, 
Mrs Mary Do Farrell, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication Department, Division of Reference 
and Research Services, and Ltr Louis Rain«, 
Science and Technology Department, were 
designated by the Library to take this in- 
tensive course, vfhich began on FelTuary 11 
and extended through Jkrch 5> a total of 
56 hours. Impressive graduation exercises, 
with demonstrations of bandaging, etc, 
were held at Ih Somerset Streets The Li- 
brary T^as represented at this function by 
Mr John W, Tuley, Coordinator, and Mrs 
Edna Wollent, In Charge of Medical Aid and 
Health Services o A notice concerning new 
First Aid courses to be given to staff mem- 
bers on library time v/ill be forthcoming 
shortly. 



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Official Daylight Air Raid Test 

The entire Library System participated 
in the first Boston Daylight Air Raid Test 
held on February twenty-first, which was 
acclaimed a success. V'Tien the siren blew, 
30L|. members of the staff and 20? members 
of the public were in the Central Library 
building and 370 people from the street 
took shelter in the Library; 881 people 
were evacuated to the shelters in h 
minutes. In the Branch Libraries the ' 
largest number of people present during j 
the test was 83 public and 5 staff members 
at South End Branch Library. The coopera-j 
tion of staff and public throughout the i 
entire system was excellent. | 

-IHKHHHBHHKS- j 

IN ?IEMORIAM I 

ELIZABETH H. MCSHANE 1 

Little did the friends of Miss Elizabeth I 
H, McShane realize, when they read the i 
fine tributes paid to her in the May 1951 I 
issue of The Question Mark , at the time of | 
her retirement that within the year it | 
would be our sad duty to record her pass- ! 
ing. Her many friends in the Library Sys- 
tem were shocked and saddened to learn of 
her death in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 
March tenth. She had gone to the South 
for the winter months because of her 
health, and had written a short time ago 
that she would return to Boston in time 
for the March issue of The Question Mark , 
which she always enjoyed receiving. 

Miss McShane entered the service in May 
1913 and was made Branch Librarian, Emeri- 
tus, on April 30, 1951^ when it seemed ad- 
visable for her to retire because of poor 
health. 

With the passing of Jiliss Elizabeth H, 
McShane has gone another of the Branch Li- 
brarians who received much of her training 
and inspiration from Miss Alice M. Jordan 
in the Children's Room at Central Library, 
She was ambitious, studying and taking 
examinations until she vas transferred to 
the Branch System which at that time 
offered the best chances for advancement. 
Her work as Assistant at the old Warren 
Street Branch Library, and as a successful 
second assistant at Codman Square Branch 
Library, were all steps toward the goal 
which she had set for herself - Branch Li- 
brarianship. 



After qualifying as a Branch Librarian, 
she v;as appointed to the Andrew Square 
Branch Library. She was well-known for her 
work in that section of South Boston and 
was closely associated with the school 
nearby. When the branch library was moved 
to Washington Village, she went too, and 
took particular pride in the new quarters. 

She always enjoyed attending lectures 
and traveling. Besides three trips abroad, 
where she visited both the continent and 
the British Isles, she had crossed this 
country and traveled in Canada. She es- 
pecially enjoyed her trips to Florida and 
to New Orleans. 

Always interested in her chosen profes- 
sion, she was a member of the state and 
national library associations and a charter 
member of the Catholic Library Association! 

Elizabeth IfcShane was loyal to her 
friends and to her office of Branch Li- 
brarian. 

CONGRATULATIONS 
to 

Miss Dorothy F, Nourse, Branch Librarian, 
East Boston Branch Library, whose article 
Bait - for bookworms , appeared in the 
March, 1952 issue of Wilson Library BuHe'r.ij -. 



Miss Wanda Yelmokas, an extra assistant 
at South Boston Branch Library and a 
senior at South Boston High School, v^ho 
has been awarded the first prize in New 
England for her essay on life insurance, 
in the contest sponsored by Scholastic 
Magazine. 



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Miss Jferie Hyland, whose exhibit on GeO"* 
morphology will be shovm in the Boston 
Globe-Massachusetts Science Fair at Rock- 
well Gage, M.I.T. Miss Hyland is an extra 
assistant at the Washington Village Branch 
Library. 

■JHKHHHHKHHi- 

A REMINDER 

AoLeA, membership blanks are available in 
the Office of Records, Files, Statistics* 
When are you going to join? 



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Censorship in the Bay State 

Book censorship in Massachusetts came in 
for considerable comment in the public 
press during the past week due to the re- 
strictions placed on U.S.A. Confidential 
by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer. The con- 
sensus of opinion as expressed in the 
press seems to be that the action against 
this book has accomplished two things: 
The advertising of "a poor book, a book 
■which states that publishers often pay to 
have their books banned in Massachusetts" 
and an infringement of the rights of "the 
freedom of the press". Among the many 
articles appearing on this subject atten- 
tion is drawn to an article in The Boston 
Sunday Globe on March y, 19^2, and edito- 
rials in the Boston Traveler on March 10, 
1952, and The Boston Sunday Herald on 
March 9, 1952. Since books and their use 
is the life blood of the library, it is 
imperative that we should all be cognizant 
of what is taking place in the world today 
regarding freedom of the press. 

■5HHHHf-X-}HS-;H«- 

REJECT LIBRARY BILL 

On a voice vote the House of Representa-! 
tives yesterday turned down a bill to havej 
the Metropolitan District Commission take 
over Boston's public library system, 
Boston Post - March 6, 19^2. 

DEPARTMENT NOTES 

Book Stack Service 

We^d like to welcome back from winter 
vacations the following staff members from 
Book Stack Service: 

Miss Beatrice Coleman from St Petersburg] 
Florida. ] 

Misses Rose LaGonca, Jeanne Fitzgerald andl 
Shieia Pierce from Miami Beach, Florida. 

Miss Florence Karcauskas from a leave of 
absence spent in Jacksonville, Florida, 



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Fine Arts Department 

We welcome with pleasure the new publica- 
tion entitled, Notes , prepared by the Fine 
Arts Department, This mimeographed leafleij 
containing six pages for January/February 
1952, may be obtained in the Abbey Room as 
well as in the Fine Arts Department. Notes 
contains annotations on recent accessions 
plus bibliographies for both current art 
exhibitions in Boston and a variety of in- 
dividual subjects. Headed "In the Jilaga- 
zines," a special column annotates various 
articles from many art periodicals. Con- 
gratulations to Miss Prise ilia S, MaeFadden 
and her staff, and best vdshes for more 
issues of Note s. 



BRANCH NOTES 



Mattapan 



Signorina Enrica Epifania is a member of 
the staff of the American Embassy Library 
in Naples, Italy, Last year under the 
auspices of the State Department she came 
to America for a short tour to see our 
"democracy at work," Once here she met, 
through a series of fortuitous and contin- 
gent events. Miss Mildred Kaufman of the 
Mattapan Branch Library, who with Miss 
Pauline A. ¥[alker of West Roxbury Branch 
Library, undertook the task of showing 
Signorina Epifania about greater Boston. 
In just a little time the three women did 
extensive sightseeing. For example, Sig- 
norina Epifania is a great admirer of ■ 
Thofeau, so that if one had been in the 
Concord Library on a certain bleak April 
day of last year, one would have seen 
Signorina Epifania, Miss Walker, and Miss 
Kaufman looking through some of Thoreau's 
original manuscripts which are housed 
there. The acquaintance was brief but a 
deep friendship was formed. 

Thus it was that when another friend of 
Miss Kaufman, Miss Mildred Donnelly of the 
American Humane Education Society, found 
herself bound for Italy, Miss Kaufman sug- 
gested that she look up Signorina Epifania. 
Again, this time on the other side of the 
Atlantic, a strong friendship was formed, 
and Signorina Epifania made it possible 
for Miss Donnelly to see Naples as perhaps 
few Americans have seen it. 



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Upon returning to America, Miss Donnelly- 
found in her office a large number of 
children's classics in Italian v;hich she 
had forgotten she aimed. She asked Miss 
Kaufman about their usefulness in a li- 
brary. The latter suggested that certain- 
ly Miss Epifania vrould find a use for themi 
Miss Donnelly promptly dispatched them to 
Italy and Signorina Epifania c What Signor-f 
ina Epifania did vri.th these books may best 
be told in her ovm words which appear on a 
handmade Christmas card received by Miss 
Kaufman ; 

"The books are no:w on the shelves of the 
ffree Public Lending Library of Rione Lonz- 
zattij Naples' where they vrere acquired by 
citizens at a lottery organized to raise 
funds for the library." 

And thus it is that a day at Walden and 
the friendship between two librarians 
formed there resulted in material aid to a 
public library in Naples. 



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The bsst news of the month was the re- j 
turn of Miss Theodora B. Scoff, Branch | 
Librarian, to her duties after an extended | 
illness « ?fe feel sure that all her many 1 
friends both in and out of the library sys- 
tem join with the staff in Tvelcoming her I 
back* I 



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scenes surrounding a colorful painting of 
an Irish country side. The painting and 
the mounting were done by Anne Lebhera, 
one of the high school group. 



Neponset 

On Tuesday afternoon during vacation 
week, the children held a hobby show. On j 
exhibition were stamp and coin collections,! 
model planes, dolls, embroidery, maps, 
scrap-books, plants, post cards, copper 
tooling, cakes, etc. Nineteen entries 
were exhibited and about one hundred I 
youngsters attended. They all enjoyed 
looking at and comparing the exhibits, j 

Mr George Magner and Mrs Helen Hodges, i 
neighbors in adjoining offices, judged the 
exhibits and ribbons were awarded to the 
three best exhibits. Honorable mention 
was also given to three other youngsters 
including the youngest exhibitor, a first 
grader. 



On display with the books on Ireland are 
attractive posters: one, a post-card col- 
lection of churches in Dublin; another card 



Roslindale 

On Friday evening, February l^th, a sur- 
prise party in honor of Miss Frances 
Landrigan was given at the Hi-da-way by 
members of the staff. An added surprise 
was the gift of an attractive black corde 
bag. Miss Landrigan, who has been recent- 
ly transferred to the neve Open Shelf De- 
partment, will be greatly missed by her 
friends at Roslindale, 



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South Boston 

The staff is very proud of extra assis- 
tant, Claire Thornton, who is currently 
p].aying one of the important dramatic 
roles in Boston's own Lenten drama, 
Pilate's Da ughter , For the past four 
years Vixss Thornton has had the role of 
Ruhia, in which part she succeeds her 
sister, Marie, whose characterization of 
Rubia was widely acclaimed. In addition, 
she is also alternate for the equally im- 
portant role of Rebecca, M3.ss Thornton 
has been on the staff for the past Bix 
years « 



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West End 

"Seventy-five Years of Telephone Prog- 
ress", an exliibit loaned through the cour- 
tesy of the New England Telephone and 
Telegraph Company, is being shown from 
March 5-1^ • Pictures and actual instru- 
ments showing the development of the tele- 
phone from its inception to the present 
are set up on a rotating stage for close 
scrutiny by the public. The most inter- 
esting feature of the exhibit seems to be 
a case containing a telephone as we nor- 
mally see it and its companion broken-down 
into its 1;33 component parts. 



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11 Iferch 1952 
Miss Margurita P. Mayer, a member of the! To the Editor of the Soap Box: 
?/est End Poetry Group, noted as Chair- 



man for the discussion of the work of 
Robert Burns at the March meeting on 
Tuesday, the 11th, at 7 00 p.m, in the 
Lecture Hall of the West End Branch Li- 
brary. 



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SOAP BOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must be 
accompanied by the full name of the Asso- 
ciation member submitting it, together 
vrLth 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 used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given considerationo The 
author of the article is knovm only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in-Chief. 
The contents of articles appearing in the 
Soap Box are personal opinions expressed 
by individual Association members and 
their appearance does not necessarily in- 
dicate that the Publications Committee and 
the Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed^ 



In a letter which appeared in the Soap 
Box in the Question Mark for February 19^2, 
tKe question was asked "has the administra- 
tion ever read Chapter lli9j Section 103, of 
the General Laws of Jilassachusetts?" The 
law quoted does not app^-y to a municipality 
and therefore does not apply to the Library, ' 

It is believed that stools might be pro- 
vided to members of the staff for use when 
not serving a member of the public, and 
steps will be taken to provide them» 

(Signed) Slidcihoth V/right 

Supervisor of Personnel 



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Dear Lillibet: 



11 March 19^2 



Dear Editor; 



11 March 19^2 



In the January issuo of The 
Question Mark a letter signed "A Reference! in effect in the Division of Home Reading 



Thank you for your suggestions as to im- 
provements in the Staff Library, Subscrib- 
ing to a selected group of popular periodi- 
cals for the Staff Library has been on an 
experimental basis o It is agreed that the 
experimental period is now over and the 
popularity of the titles proven. We will 
be glad to look into the more convenient 
housing of these titles. If a magazine 
rack seem^ to be the answer and floor space 
can be found, one will be provided. 

It has been the policy in the Staff Li- 
brary for all materials except text books 
to conform with circulation arrangements 



Assistant" stated that "the newspapers of 
this week have m.entioned that the top of- 
ficials of the library should be capable 
of managing a 'mairjnoth' factory after 
these new ventures (the opening of the 
new Open Shelf Department, Audio-Visual 
Center, etc.) so successfully launched". 
This is not a correct statement of fact. 

The Boston Sunday Herald of January 13th 
which carried the story in question actu- 
ally said, "It is safe to say that Direc- 
tor Milton E, Lord and other top officials 
could run a mammoth factory successfully 
despite their esthetic qualities". 

It seems unfortunate that, in a staff 
publication and in a section of that pub- 
lication that serves the very useful pur- 
pose of discussing matters of interest to 



misrepresentation through inaccurate quo- 
tation should occur, 

(Signed) JOHN J. CONNOLLY 
Assistant to the Director, and 
Chief Executive Officer 



and Community Services e The arrangement 
for the circulation of periodicals is 21 
days, the sam.e as for books, 

Vfe will refer both these matters for com- 
ment to the new Chairmian of the Staff Li- 
brary Committee of the F.S.A, 

(Signed) ELIZABETH imiOUT 

Supervisor of Personnel 

12 March 1952 
To the Editor of the Question Mark ; 

In the February, 1952 issue of the Ques - 
tion Mark a contributor to the Soap Box 
states in a letter: "We are magnanimous 
enough to overlook reference to a liberal 



the staff as well as providing informatior, personnel policy, since that is a matter of 



opinion 0.," 

In overlooking "reference to a liberal 
personnel policy" was there overlooked such 
factual evidence as the folloring: 



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(1) An In-Service Training Program for 
the staff of the Bibliothecal Service j 

(2) A Staff Library of 3500 titles; 

(3) Annual grants to members of the staff 
toward, expense of attendance at A.L.A. An- 
nual Conferences; 

(U) Annual grants of scholarships to mem- 
bers of the staff toward expense of at- 
tendance at library schools; 

(5) Inspection trip to other libraries by 
nine Officers of the Library under the 
guidance of the Director; 

(6) Arrangements for leaves of absence 
for study and for travel; 

(7) The 35-hour 5-day •work-week; this is I 
believed to be the most liberal work-week j 
in effect in any large public library; ! 

(8) Liberal vacation allo-wances; ' 
(p) Leaves of absence for illness up to aj 
maximum of 12 weeks in any 12-month period; 

(10) Long Service Payments of $100 oOC an- ; 
nually in addition to basic pay, in recog- 
nition of years of service received at j 
5-year intervals commencing upon coraple- | 
ticn of 25 years, with payments ranging I 
from $100,00 to $600,00 annually; i 

(11) A Staff Hospital staffed by a trained ' 
nurse; , 

(12) Institution of a cafeteria to providej 
food for em.ployees inside the Library it- j 
self and at prices as favorable, and in I 
most instances more favorable, as outside J 

Tours sincerely, | 

(Signed) ELIZABETH Y.TIIGHT | 
Super\'lsor of Personnel j 



An open letter to ?.tr Lord ' 

Dear Mr Lord; i 

In the recent interviews i 

which took place for the filling cf the ! 
positions of First Assistant in the Gener-I 
al Reference Department and of Cataloger 

and Classifier in the Division of Refer- j 

ence and Research Services, why was it i 

that the qualifying prj^ase inserted in i 

the first set of Minimum Qualifications ! 

was so broadly interpreted in the case of ; 

First Assistant in the General Reference I 

Department as to Include for considera- i 



tion an individual from the Division of 
Home Reading Services and in the case of 
Cataloger and Classifier was so finely 
interpreted as to exclude from considera- 
tion persons in the Division of Reference 



and Research Services, Many of the staff 
would be interested in the answer to the 
question. 

One of the baffled employees 

To the Soap Box Editor: 

It's tim^e that somebody presented the 
case for the First Assistant, With all 
the furore now current about promotions, 
one important factor is bound to be over- 
looked. That is. that virhile many are in- 
terviewed, even fewer are chosen. I'liere, 
exactly, does that leave the ones that are 
left behind? 

Consider, if you will, the case of the 
First Assistant level in the branch li- 
braries. In the absence of her superior 
officer, she is expected to assume full 
responsibility for the v^orkings of her par- 
ticular library. That means responsibility 
for the operation of the branch, super- 
vision of personnel, and co-ordination of 
library functions and problems o. In addi- 
tion, she is expected to discharge her 
regular duties as First Assistant, and 
sometimes to "double in brass" in branches 
where there are no Second Assistants, It 
has not been unusual in the past several 
years for a First Assistant to assume all 
these duties in the absence of the Branch 
Librarian over a period of weeks and some- 
times months. 

Those who work in branches know that even 
under the most ordinary circumstances run- 
ning a library these days is no easy task, 
ITiat with the eight-hour day, shortage of 
competent help;> training of new assistants, 
schedules, etce, it would be no exaggeraticn, 
to state that even with the recent simpli- 
fications in the system, the over-all re- 
sponsibilities have not changed. Work 
must be done, standards must be maintained. 
In the maintenance and direction of library 
policies, the First Assistant plays no 
small parte 

llJhat, exactly, does the First Assistant 
receive? In a spiritual sense, perhaps, 
satisfaction for work ^Kell done; But this 
is a practical world. Services are recog- 
nized on a monetary, not a spiritual. 

In dollars and cents, the First Assis-i 
tant receives t>70 hundred dollars more per 
annum than the Second Assistant, and only 
four liundred dollars more per annum than 



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the Assistant, 3rd step level* \ She nay 
have worked for years in her present posi- 
tion, yet somebody virho has been in the li- 
brary service for a comparatively short 
interval will receive just a few dollars 
less than she does. Does this not seem 
disproportionate in view of her experience^ 
know-how, and actual participation in re- 
sponsible activities? 

The annual increment of the First Assis-I 
tant is $3960, The maximum of Branch Li- j 
brarian is $U660, Somev^here in between, 
there should be a more equitable adjust- | 
ment of salary. j 

A sliding scale of minimum and maximum 
salaries vj-ould be one plan. There may be | 
other ideas on the subject. The important! 
thing is that some satisfactory solution ' 
should be promulgated, some consideration I 
accorded to that anomalous being, that ■ 
almost-but-not-quite librarian, that for- 
gotten factotum, the First Assistant. 

In writing this letter, I know I am ex- 
pressing the sentiments of many of my . ■ 
fellow-colleagues on similar professional 
levels. An expression of opinion from 
other members of the staff would be 
welcomed. 

One of the many* 



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OVERHEARD AT PARKSR HILL NESTING 

"But I always buy my own."- 

"Buy your own what?" 

^'My own poster paper and ink. I've 
bought it for years," replied the first 
Children's Librarian. 

"Can't you get it on a regular supply 
requisition?" asked a new-comer to the 
group, 

'"Oh, yes, you can get something that 
passes for poster paper - but it isn't 
really poster paper. It's more like 
colored v/rapping paper. As for the poster 
paint they send us, it peels right off. " 

"No sirl If I'm going to put into a 
pester the v;ork that a good one requires, 
I'd rather have good material, even if I 
have to buy it myself," the Children's 
Librarian replied. 

The young one wasn't quite convinced, 
"But do all the Children's Librarians ' buy 
their own?" she queried, 

"They do if they want good posters," 
answered the seasoned soul. 



Just then luncheon was announced and the 
grotip- moved off. 

Editor's Mote ; If this "overheard" is 
accurate, may we respectfully suggest that 
the supervisor get out her little hatchet 
and "go to bat" for her girls. Our Branch 
Librarians and Children's Librarians have 
alivays spent their ovm money on food and 
other materials for various entertainments, 
but surely they should not be expected to 
buy supplies required for the carrying on 
of their regular library activities. 



Dear Editor: 

According to the architects ' plans for 
the Central Library Building, the public 
catalog is to be put in the Abbey Room, 
I'm outraged! People travel thousands of 
miles to see the depiction of The Quest of 
the Holy Grail , by Edwin Abbey, Nov/ we 
find that the architects are going to put 
the catalog in this area - the most beauti- 
ful single room in the Library, Art lovers 
are going to be under book lovers ' feet, 
and vice versa. Neither purpose viill be 
vrell served. Far be it from me to stand 
in the way of progress, but if we are to 
have a new building in a few years, can't 
we dub along for that period and leave the 
Abbey Room intc.ot- and fully open to those 
who love its paintings? 

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To the Question Mark: 

As the representative of those who contri- 
buted toward a gift presented to Mr Davis, 
I have today received acknowledgment which 
is quoted in part: 

"Your generous gifts vrere entirely unex- 
pected, just as were the out-pourings of 
friendliness at the tea on the afternoon of 
the 29th of February, Thank you for these 
gifts, 

"Please accept also nqr cordial best 
wishes to all. 

Faithfully yours, 

." "■ ORLANDO C. DAVIS" 

I felt sure this item viould be of inter- 
est to all, 

A.L. CARPENTER , 




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uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



THE QUESliON MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
golume VII, Number h April 19g2 



Publications Coronittee: Barbara Pc Cotter, George M, Pahud, Helen 

Richman, Edna G, Peck, Chairman 



Popp, Sarah 



Publication date : 
The fifteenth of each T:-;nth 



Deadline for submitting material : 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 



How many people reaa editorials? How 
many ever get beyond the words EDITOR'S 
CORNER? How many skip to the next column 
or the next page without even a cursory 
glance? 

Tell the tinith. Are you one of the 
skippers? Do editorials bore you? Do 
they say too much? Not enough? Are they 
too didactic? Does the word "editorial" 
symbolize, something impersonal and dis- 
associated from reality? 

That's it, isn't it? Editorials are 
prone to be preachy and unreal » There's 
always an issue or something at stake. 
And goodness only knows there are eno-^igh 
problems without getting involved in more. 

There's the crux^ Ti/hat it amounts to is 
this: Somebody else's responsibilities 
are not mineo I've got troubles of my 
o'sm. Let George do ite But keep me out of 
it. 

But are you out of it? Don't somebody- 
else's responsibilities - in some way - 
affect you, too? Are you so self- 
contained and so self-sufficient that 
nothing matters except your own private 
individual concerns? 

Take the B.P.L., for instanceri Outside 
of your own unit - your department, branch 
library, or office - how much actually do 
you know or care to knovf about this insti- 
tution in which you work? How much sup- 
port - aside from financial, which is 
always welcome - do you give the organiza- 
tions that are working for you? Hov; 
active are you? How many meetings and 
functions do you attend? 

There are some rrorth-while projects. For 
example, there's the committee on person- 
nel m.orale now v-crldings We've had a ^oint 
meeting of Branch Librarians and Childrenfe 
Librarians o Wonderful] YiTiy not a jo/int 
meeting of First Assistants and Branch Li- 
brarians, or Assistants in one level to 



idiscuss coirmon problems? Does this open 
■up new avenues? 

i Remember - lip-service is not enough, 
i Support is essential. And by support we 
'mean active - not passive - participation 
in library affairs. Do your share] 
I That's our editorial. And now v/e dare 
you to follow our advice] 



S.R. 

j 

PEP.SONAL NOTES 
New Staff Members 

. JtLss Virginia A, Dalton, Open Shelf De- 
partment-. 

Mi&s Isabelle G, Finn, Bookmobile II 
(formerly part-time), 
Mr John P, Doherty, Book Stack Service. 
lass Natalie L; Velarde, Book Stack 
Service, 

! Mr Joseph E. Walsh, Kirstein Business 
! Branch a 

; Miss A. Victoria Vangos, Director's 
'Office. 

■ lir Harold A. Prackett, Book Stack Service, 
; Miss Irene Mo McCarty, Book Stack Service, 

; Trans ferred in Branch System 

i Ifrs Gertrude L, Bergen, from Adams Street 

'to Lower Mills. 

I Mr Francis R. Currie, from Mt Bowdoin to 

I Memorial, 

i I\aiss Dorothy J« Flood, from Memorial to 

I Adams Street ■> 

' Miss C, Mar T oris Groves, from Bookmo- 

jbile I to Mt Bowdoin-> 

Mss Stella Kallas, from Connolly to 
' Orient Heights . 

I Miss Etta Kessell, from Neponset to Wash- 
! ington Village, 



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Miss Lillian Lagamasino, from Orient 
Heights to South Boston. 

Jtrs Louise L, McGurk, from Roslindale 
Jamaica Plain* 

Miss Rose Moorachian^ from Washington 
Village to East Boston. 

Jtrs Mary E« Obear, from Uphams Corner 
Bookmobile I. 

Miss Sarah Richman, from Alls ton to 
Mattapan. 

Miss Elizabeth A, Sarjeant, from Book 
Stack Service to Codman Square. 

Miss Martha C, Engler, from South End 
South Boston. 

Resignations 

Benedetto A. Ricciardelli, Book Stack 
Service, to enter the Marine Corps, 

GIFTS TO THE STAFF LIBRARY 



to 



to 



to 



Mr Zoltan Haras zti. Keeper of Rare Books j 
and Editor of Publications, has graciously | 
presented an autographed copy of his re- | 
cently published book, John Adams and the j 
P rophets of Progress , to the Staff Library»i 
On its flyleaf the author has written the i 
following: "To the Staff of the Boston I 
Public Library I offer this volume with I 
the warm regards and cordial greetings of | 
a friend and colleague. Zoltan Haraszti" , 



pounds and eleven ounces. His mother, 
Ruth Williamson, formerly worked in the 
History Department; dad, Robert Fleiles, is 
an alumnus of the Book Purchasing Depart- 
ment. 

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The Open Shelf Department passed through 
a period of suspense during the early part 
of Marche Finally ;, on March 2U, Mrs John 
Michael Reddy, until very recently a mem- 
ber of that department, gave birth to a 
daughter^ Louisa Carrollc At her home in 
Attleboro, Massachusetts, Louisa expects 
to increase very rapidly the seven pounds 
and two ounces with which she began life* 

To celebrate his birthday month, John M, 
Carroll, Jr, has a new baby brother, Philip 
Mj Carrollo Philip ;, weighing six pounds 
and ten ounces, was born on April 12. 
Since his father is Supervisor, Division of 
Reference and Research Services at the 
Boston Public Library and his mother, 
Evelyn Caswell Carroll, once worked in the 
Science and Technology Deoartment. Philip 
certainly can be added to our growing list 
of library babies. 

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Congratulations to Mr and llirs John Hall 
on the birth of a son- Saturday, April 12; 
1952 c Iidr Hall is a member of the staff of 
the Audio-Visual Center, 



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WEDDING 



The Boston Public Library Professional 
Staff Association has deposited in the 
Staff Library a number of books presented 
to it by Mss Edith Guerrier, Supervisor 
of Branch Libraries, Emeritus. The titles 
include a much-needed additional copy of 
William S. Learned 's The American Public 
Library and the Diffusion of Knowledg e ^ 
which is now out of print, and a Bri-'^.ish 
publication not o-v\Tied by the Library en- 
titled Public Libraries in America by 
William I. Fletcher. 

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STORK EVENTS 

At his hom.e in Floral Park, Long Island, 
New York, Richard Warren Heiles is begin- 
ning to take more and more noi.ice of the 
world about him. YiThen he was born on 
ferch 19, 1952, Richard weighed eight 



On March 15, at an 8 o'clock candlelight 
service in the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 
West Roxbury, Miss Muriel C, Figenbaum of 
the Print Department became the bride of 
Falter Robinson of Belvedere^ Kent, England, 
A reception followed in the parish house. 
The bride wore an ice blue satin wedding 
gown and a matching fingertip veil, and 
carried a white Bible wl^&h an orchid and 
stephanotisu '.liss Jfergaret Ruud, her 
cousin's only attendants wore doeskin 
taffeta and carried yellow and white snap- 
dragons mth sweet peas.. Mr and Mrs 
Robinson will live in Brookline, Mass. 



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CIVIL DEFENSE 



First Aid 



On Monday, March 31, a First Aid class of 
25 members held its initial meeting in the 
Temporary Conference Room with }Jlrs Mary D» 
Farrell instructing. A second group of 26 
held its first meeting on Tuesday, April 1, 
in the Lecture Hall with Mr Louis Rains 
instructing. Both of these groups will 
meet two mornings a week, two hours each 
morning, for a total of 2U hours. 

It is encouraging to note that other ! 
members of the staff are interested in tak-i 
ing the Standard First Aid Course . It is 
hoped that as early as possible in the falllj 
other classes will be formed. If arrange- 
ments can be made, these classes will meet 
only once a week, thereby making the plan- 
ning of schedules less difficult. 

Lady Reading, Guest Speaker 

The Chairman of the Library's Civil De- 
fense Planning Committee vras fortunate 
enough to have one of the limited number 
of tickets available for a meeting held in 
the Gardner Auditorium at the State House 
on March 25 and planned by Miss Pauline 
Fenno, Consultant, Women's Voluntary Par- 
ticipation in Civil Defense. The purpose 
of the meeting was to have women Civil De- 
fense workers in Jfassachusetts hear "how 
the women of Great Britain were organized 
and trained to play their part in Civil 
Defense in the last war, and how they are 
now being organized to play their part as 
members of the permanent Civil Defense 
Corps." The speaker v/as The Dowager Mar- 
chioness of Reading, G.B.E., who, during 
the last war, was responsible for vromen 
volunteers totaling 1,215,000, plus a re- 
serve of 750,000, and who was referred to 
by His Excellency Governor Paul A, Dever 
as ''one of the distinguished ladies of the 
world." 

Lady Reading was a compelling speaker 
who had something very definite to say out 
of her experiences and who said it simply 
and convincingly. Her choice of anecdotes 
revealed a very lively sense of humor and 
a deep understanding of human nature. 

She answered four questions: l) Why must 
we do this work? 2) Where do we get per- 
sonnel? 3) How can we interest people in 
Civil Defense? and k) How valuable are 
training and experience? She made many 
informative statements, among them: "The 



strength of Civil Defense is in prepared- 
ness,. •Civil Defense is like an insurance 
policy, I hope that the policy vail never 
have to be cashed in, but we must not 
begrudge the payments,,.you can not buy 
the things you most vrant with money. We 
in Civil Defense could not exist on a pay 
basis. No government could afford to pay 
Civil Defense personnel, which means that 
every single person pays for Civil Defense 
in time and energy, , »An enemy will never 
attack a nation which it thinks is 2/3 
prepared. That is why we work hard for 
Civil Defense, Civil Defense is here to 
stay,,, Too many people think somebody else 
can do the job and, therefore, do nothing 
about it themselves,,, Civil Defense may 
never win a war but absence of Civil De-r 
fense may lose a war," 

In introducing Governor Dever, Mr John 
C, Dowd, Chairman of Public Information, 
presiding at the meeting, said: "It is 
my hope that every dollar of money, every 
minute of time, and every ounce of energy 
that any of us put into Civil Defense in 
this state will prove ultimately to have 
been a complete waste of time because it 
will have been unnecessary, ,, We are pre- 
paring for an emergency v/hich we hope will 
never exist," 

In addition to reviewing the outstanding 
work Lady Reading has done, and is doing, 
in Great Britain, the Govenor commended 
Miss Fenno, Mr Stokes, and all Civil De- 
fense workers in the state who "even when 
attack does not seem imminent, even as we 
hope that aggressive death will not be our 
lot, recognize truly that the price of 
liberty is eternal vigilance," 

S,M, Usher 

NEl^ WALL EXHIBITION CASES 

It is expected that the work on the 
wall exhibition cases in the Central 
Library building v>rill be completed in 
the early part of next \reek. Displays 
for these new cases are being planned 
for the latter part of April, 



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THE STAFF AFI ELD 

Mrs Wright spoke on Librar ianshlp as a 
Career at the Girls ' High School observa- 
tion of Career Day on March lit., ISS'^o Some 
200 girls chose the talk on the library- 
profession from among three careers being 
presented simultaneously. The number of 
interested girls was a surprise to Miss 
Ruth Hennig, the Librarian, as well as to 
the speaker. 

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At a Personnel Institute sponsored by 
the Boston Chapter of the Special Libraries 
Association and held at Radcliffe College 
on March 31, 1952, Mrs Elizabeth L, Wright 
was chairman of a panel entitled, The 
organization of the staff of a special l i- 
brary for service to a c ompany or institu - 
tion, which was scheduled in the evening. 
The members of the panel were ''A'illiam J» 
Earley, Research Librarian, Lever Brothers 
Coo (formerly a member of the staff of the 
Kirstein Business Branch) j Johanna Fried- 
enstein, Research Librarian, Research and 
Development Department, Godfrey L^ Cabot, 
Inc. 5 Louise Lucas, Librarian, Fogg Art 
Museum; and Dr Robert C, Putnam, Research 
Division, United Shoe fechinery Corp., 
Beverly. 

Mss Fanny Goldstein, Branch Librarian I 
at West End, addressed the Portsmouth, New ' Ed_itor ' s Note_ - Science and Technology De- 

partrnt-nt please contact Washington Village 



I before the group, ohe of the oldest womenfe * 
clubs in the State Federation. 

CONGRATULATIONS 

On April U-^, 19^2, some l68 scientific 
projects were on display at the Mechanics 
Building, Huntington Avenue, Boston, 
[These projects represented outstanding 
'work in science being done by pupils from 
I Boston parochial schools, each school hav- 
ing sent in three displays. After special- 
iists in various scientific fields had se- 
! lected the outstanding projects, Archbishop 
' Gushing awarded prizes to the vdnners on 
'■ the last day of the exhibition. Among the 
:nine first prizes, one vras presented to 
j Miss Marie Hyland, an extra at the Washing- 
j ton Village Branch Library, for her repre- 
I sentation of the geomorphology of the 
: Massachusetts coast line. A second prize 
jwas awarded to Miss Regina P. O'Brien^ for 
her exhibit of "The identifying and dyeing 
! of fabrics", an extra assistant at Charles- 
it ovm Branch Library. Another extra assis- 
• tant at Charlestovm Branch Library was 
1 successful in winning first prize at the 
i Girls ' High School for her exhibit 
"Solutions". 



Hampshire, Chapter of Hadassah on Thursday 
evening, April 3, The subject of her lec- 
ture was "The Jewish Child's Heritage - 
Books and Learning." 

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On Wednesday, April 9, Miss Goldstein 
assisted the Chaplain, Rabbi Benjamin L, j 
Grossman, of the State Prison at Charles- 
town in conducting a Seder service and 
meal for Jewish inmates in observance of 
the Passover Festival, She also addressed 
the inmates of the Norfolk Prison Colony 
on the Literature of Passover on Monday 
evening, April lit. 

On Friday. April 11, at 2:30 p.m.. Miss 
Edna G. Peck, Chief of Book Selection, 
Home Readirjg Services, spoke before the 
seven hundred and eighty-fourth session of 
the Roxbury Women--in-GoTmcilj, at the 
Masonic Temple, Warren Street.. Roxburya 
Miss Peck ivas introduced to this cl^ib by 
Miss Mary E- Ames, when she iizs serving 
as Branch Librarian at tlie Fellovres Athen- 
aeum Branch Library, Since that time Miss 
Peck has given an annual book review ' ■ 



and Charlestown Branch Libr-aries, 

i BON VOYAGE 

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1 Dr and Ifrs Walter Cotter are spending a 
: well-earned vacation in Bermuda, Jfrs 
I Cotter is an assistant in the Supervisor's 
i Office, Division of Reference and Research 
i Services, and a member of the current Pab-" 
j lications Committee of The Question M3.rk . 

Miss Rebecca Millmeister is again off to 
distant shores and has her fellow staff 
members at West End longing to go along. 
On April 19; she vdll fly directly to 
Panama where she will spend a fortnight. 
She will visit Colon and Balboa before 
taking a leisurely cruise home. 

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Mr and ilbrs Robert Lovett are spending 
six weeks in South Carolina c Ivtr Lovett 
ha.s been invited to catalogue the private 
library of Mr Kendall of the Kendall Mills, 



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Camden, South Carolina* A suite of rooms 
in the Kendall mansion with maid service 
has been set aside for the use of the 
Lovetts during their stay. According to 
reports they are thoroughly enjoying their 



lliss Haviland was so delighted with this 
choice that the staff gave her the two 
records which completed Book I of Bach's 
work. 

A staff get-together took place at lllss 



southern previeiv of spring. I.Irs Lovett is j Haviland 's home a few days before she left 
the librarian at the Kirstein Business jPhillips Brooks. Miss Haviland served a 
Branch, ibuffet supner crovmed vrith baked alaska, 

took the staff to the Caribbean via photo- 
graphs of her recent tJip, and charmed 
them with her record collection^ The 
evening ended ivith the good vashes of all 
the staff to Miss Haviland as she assumes 



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VISITORS 



Ifembsrs of Burma Educational Observation ,her new position, 
and Study Llission ;v-ho visited the Library i -^ 

on Tuesday, April 1, 1952: | On Wednesday, a dull rainy morning, the 

U Kuang, Director of Public Instructionc- iNeponset Branch Library was bright with 
U Thien Han, Librarian, University Library ;f lowers to vrelcorae Miss Lfedalene Holt as 

of Rangoono :branch librariano The staff offered its 

U Than, Member of the House of Deputies. jcooperation and best wishes for a happy 
U San Htvrar, Chief Editor, Burma Transla- jStay at the branch library. 

tion Society. j 



Sao Saimongj Principal Education Officer 
of the Shan States Governments. 



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THE ii7EEP-AMD--'.W;LC0ME MATS 



Before Miss Etta Kessell left for her 
nevf assignment, the staff tendered her a 
[farewell luncheon« As a parting gift, 
piiss Kessell received a Colonial Lady 
'figurine t The staff extended its congratu- 
jlations on her promotion and wished her 
iwell in her new position at Washington 
IVillage Branch Library, 

I 

! On Monday afternoon, March 31^ the Staff 



Miss Elinor Day was guest of honor at 
West End staff luncheon held at "The 
Charles" on Chestnut Street, Saturday 

afternoon, March 29, in celebration of her bf the Jeffries Point Branch Library bade 
promotion to the position of Branch Li- farewell to Miss Evelyn Levy, Branch Li- 
brarian, Dorchester Branch Library, "Daisy'ibrarian^ at a party, given at the branch, 
was given a lovely jewelled pin as a token The enjoyment of the staff in planning a 
of the staff's affection. West End staff get-together for I'iLss Levy was heightened 
alumnae, vrho also had received promotions -by her complete unawareness of the event 
Mrs Julia Lo Miller, Miss Madelene D. Holt ^nd her overwhelming surprise. Tlie staff 



and Miss Dorothy J. Flood, were the 
special guests of Miss Goldstein. The 
four guests honored were each presented 
with a corsage of svreetheart roses and 
best wishes for their individual success 

The staff of the Phillips Brooks Branch 



■presented her with "Boswell's London Jour- 
pal", a year's subscriiotion to "Theatre 
lArts", and a lovely spring corsage, along 
iwith warm wishes for success and happiness 
tin her new position^ On Wednesday, April 2, 
'the staff welcomed with sincere congratula- 
tions. Miss Anne Coleman, new Branch Li- 



Library and the community of Readville sawprariano 
their Librarian, Miss Virginia Haviland, j ■«• 

leave last week to take up her new duties | The staff of the Dorchester Branch Li- 
as Readers Adviser for Childreno Feelings jbrary entertained Miss iviargaret A. Morgan 



were mixedj the good-byes expressed re- 
grets, good wishes, and most of all, the 
hooe that Miss Haviland would come back 
oftene 

The Great Books group, which has been 



at a dinner at the Abner ''."/heeler House on 
Saturday, Iferch 29a The tables were attrac- 
tively decorated with tall white candles 
and tiny nut baskets in pastel shades. 
Miss Morgan was presented viith a corsage of 
meeting with Jliss Haviland for four years, pink roses and a blue jeweled necklace. To 
voiced the thariks of all in a gift, Wanda these was added a gayly illustrated booklet 
Landowska's first record of Bach's "Well- designed by Miss Rosemarie DeSimone, Appro- 
Tempered Clavier." priate verses had been written to represent 



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the eight years Miss Morgan had been at 

Dorchester, The best wishes of the staff 

go with Miss Morgan as she takes up her 

new duties as Branch Librarian of Connollj^be present to do honor to a 

Branch Library, 

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Miss Marie Pineo was recently guest of 
honor at a dinner party at the Hotel 
Vendome, The dinner was given by her 
former colleagues of the North End Bra;nch 

Library on the event of her transfer to -;H;-;;-*-;s-;KH«-)Hf 

Bookmobile II. Knowing of her wanderlust J 



Japan and Korea, 

The Committee hopes that a great many 
members of the staff and their friends will 

beloved teacher 
and to hear a Massachusetts librarian who 
is currently performing a distinguished 
service in the profession. 



Dorothy M, Lovett 



they presented I>Iiss Pineo with a red 
leather traveling case in the hope that 
she'll find many occasions for its use. 

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At the April meeting of the Branch Li- 
brarians the rigid routine Tvas pleasantly 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES 



This past month has been a comparatively 
quiet one, free of impending crises, etc. 
The only matter of importance before tis is 
the poll on cash vso check» Results should 

interrupted by a Dip-and-Dunk party in thei be in by the time this issue appears on the 

Women's Lounge in honor of the new branch [stands. 

librarians « Several officers of the 

Division of Home Reading Servicog joined 

the branch librarians in this welcome to 

their new associates. The fledgings were 

warned that such pleasant interludes do 

not happen at every branch librarians' 

meetingJil 

Editor's Note - The above accounts of 
parties for the new appointees were the 
only ones that were received at the Edi- 



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i Wasn't that a clever idea the CARE Cora- 

I mittee came up with this month? ^'Je hope 

' it stirred more than your imagination, 

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I Reminder > Don't forget the Bertha V, 

iHartaell Memorial Lecture o Not only the 

iHartzell Committee, but the Publicity and 

EntertainiEent CoiLmittGes as well are bend- 

i ing every effort to make the occasion a 

'success, JiUss Flora B. Ludington, the 



tor's desk before the deadline. Doubtless! g^^est speaker, has promised a fascinating 



there were many m.ore such delightful 
gatherings. Too bad they were not all 
sent in for publication. 



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BERTHA V. HARTZELL MEMORIAL LECTURE 

The second Bertha V, Hartzell Memorial 
Lecture to be sponsored by the Boston 
Public Library Professional Staff Associa- 
tion will be held on May 2, 19^2 at 
8:30 p.m., in the Lecture Hall of the 
Boston Public Library, Miss Flora B, 
Ludington, librarian of the I'illiston 
Memorial Library, Mt Holyoke College, Td.ll 
speak on Li brary Development and Inter - 
national Understanding . Miss Ludington is 
at present Chairman of the A„L.A. Commit- 
tee on International Relations, and served 
from 19!ih-Ii6 as Librarian of the United 
States Information Service Library in 
Bombay, Iiidia, From August to November in 
19ii8, she v^as visiting expert with rrili- 
tary government in the field of informa- 
tion librirles. Civil Information and Ed- 
ucation Section, Supreme- Allied Powers, 



I talk that will include her library adven- 
j tures in the Pacific Theater during the 
I War. 

We are sorry to hear that many Associa- 
tion members misinterpreted the position 
taken by their representatives at the meet- 
j ing with the Trustees on payment by check, 
I We Yfelcome all honest criticism of the 
policies of the Executive Boarde We hope 
that those who differ from us on specific 
issues will come in full force to the I\feiy • 
meeting and speak out so that in a demo- 
cratic manner we can clear the air. 



HST had an idea there, didn't he? 

E.E.McD, 



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LITTLE TIFAT'-E ACTIVITIES 



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Dr Abraham Krasker's class in Administra- 
tion from Boston University, Division of 
Audio-Visual Aids^ met in the Little Theater 
on Friday afternoon, March 28, 1952, Mrs 



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Muriel C« Javelin, Deputy Supervisor, in | Henne, Frances 
Charge of l/York with Adults, spoke to the 
class on The Administration of a Film Pro-j 
^ran in a Public Library. 



Planning guide for the high school li- 
brary program. 

Chicago, American Library Association, 
1951 



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BPLEBA ANNIVERSARY BANQUET 

Helen Colgan, Chairman of the Entertain- 
ment Committee, announced that final plans 
have been made for the Golden Anniversary 
of the Boston Public Library Employees' 
Benefit Association, 

There will be a dinner dance in the 
Louis XVI Ballroom of the Hotel Somerset 
on Thursday Evening, tky 15, at 7^00 p.m. 

Al Capp, well-known cartoonist, has 
accepted an invitation to appear. Fred 
Allen, who is finishing a picture in 
Hollyvrood, hopes to be back by May l5, so 
that he may be able to attend. 

Good music, special features, and favors 
for allJ 

Tickets, priced at -S^^i^G per person, in- 
clude admission price, tax, gratuity, and 
special favors. They may be purchased 
outright or budgeted by special arrange- 
ment Y.dth Frank Bruno, Chairman of the 
Tickets Committee, 

Buy your tickets early for good table 
seats. Designate whether or not you pre- 
fer to sit with any special friends. 
Let's make this a real B.P.L, party, 

ELIZABETH B. BOUDREAU 
Chairma.n of Publicity Committee 

W v/ V/ \/ V/ \' 1' t' u \/ 

NE7/ BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Berner, Elsa R, I 

A basic book collection for junior high 
schools, 

Chicago, American Library Association, 
1950. j 

Bryan, Alice J, I 

The public librarian - a report of the 
Public Librarj'- Inquiry. 
N. Y, , Columbia University, 1952 

Oilman, Lawrence 

Orchestral music; an armchair guide. 
New York, Oxford University Press, 1951 



Joint Committee of the American Library 
Association, National Education Associa- 
tion. Association for Childhood Education 
(and) National Council of Teachers of 
English. 

A basic book coT lection for elementary 

grades, 5th ed. 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

1951 

Walsh, Edmund A, 
Total empire, 
Mil-v/aukee, Bruce, 1951 

DEPARTTENT NOTES 

Book Stack Service 

Two ex-members of the Book Stack Service 
have found many changes and differences in 
themselves as vrell as their lives since 
they have become Uncle Sam's boys. Vfe 
were delighted to see S 2/c Frank Donovan 
back in the Library for a visit, Ilarch 29, 
but dismayed to hear of his bout with 
pneumonia since he's been with the Navy, 
Vfe were all glad to hear he's well now and 
enjoyed his Boston visit immensely. 

Quite the opposite was the nev^rs from 
Robert Ferris, Bob has been made PFC al- 
ready, and believe it or not he has gained 
27 pounds i 

Information Office 

The staff held an informal dinner party 
at tht^ home of Miss filizdbeth B, Boudreau 
on Saturday evening, March 29 j in honor of 
the engagement of Miss I'fery E. Lyons to 
Jlr Wallace A, Herrington. The bride-to-be 
was presented v/ith a lovely orchid corsage 
and a toast was proposed to the couple's 
future happiness. 

BRANCH NOTES 

Mattapan 

On April 2, 1952, Rabbi Hyman J, Routten- 
berg of the Agudath Isreal Congregation 
gave a talk on the customs and ceremonials 
of the Passover Seder to mothers v/ho had 



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brought their children to the pre-school 
story hour. ''/Jhile the little toddlers 
were in the children's room hearing a 
story, their mothers were being told about 
the symbolism of the Passover service. 
Rabbi Routtenberg had brought with him an 
unusual collection of Haggadahs, which are 
Jewish Prayer Books. One, for example, 
had come from Jerusalem and vras intended 
for children's use. It was brilliantly 
illustrated in color vrlth pictures v\fhich 
could be made to move. 

Actually the Rabbi's appearance at the 
Branch inaugurates a series of Wednesday 
morning programs -"Arhich \vill be given main-i 
ly for those mothers whose children attend] 
the pre-school hour. The majority of the 
weekly programs will probably be done by 
staff members and vjill consist of book 
talks. However, Rabbi Routtenberg 's 
appearance Mra.s so successful that it is 
hoped that guest speakers will form a 
regular part of the series' programs, [ 

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Miss Mildred Kaufman, Children's Li- , 
brarian, was very active in Boston Uni- 
versity's Founders' Day Institute which 
Tias held in Boston, March 11 through 13 « | 
The Institute's theme was "Brotherhood in 1 
Action", Miss Kaufman, as a member of a I 
committee on Educational Institutions j 
headed by Professor George W, Dememark, | 
compiled an annotated bibliography of 
over thirty pages of children's books 1 
"useful for teaching human relations from . 
the pre-school years tb-rough junior high 
school," 

North End 

On Saturday, April 5, 1952, ffiss \ 
lilargaret Lane of the Memorial Hall Llbrarj^ 
Andover, lilassachusetts, came to the North i 
End Library, virith her puppet club to see j 
the performance of "Plnocchio", a marion- j 
ette play in five acts. Miss Lane's i 
group consisted of eight boys and girls I 
who are members of the Memorial Hall Li- j 
brary Puppet Club. After the performance,] 
together vath the North End Puppeteers, | 
who played hostesses, they exchanged idead 
on puppetry, properties and stagings Re- I 
freshments of cocoa, cookies, and sand- 
wiches were served. Miss Lane has in- i 
vited the North End Puppeteers to Andover,] 
in the fall* 

Mrs Ruth H, Viguers was the guest story- 
teller at the March 21 story hourt Ifrs 
Viguers is an instructor in Library 



Science at Simir.ons College, Boston, and 
she has worked in libraries in the United 
States and abroad,. She told three unfa- 
miliar tales which captured completely the 
attention of all those present. At the con- 
clusion of the stories one of the children 
presented to Mrs Viguers, on behalf of the 
staff, a bouquet of violets. Tea and 
Italian pastry were served, 

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Roslindale 



Miss Berna- 
dinner and 



On Friday evening, March 21; 
dette Russell was honored at a 
bridal shower given by her fellow staff 
members at the home of ^'trs Loaise I'bGurk. 
Miss Russell vras the recipient of many 
useful and attractive gifts « 

West End 

Groups of eager and enthusiastic Campfire 
Girls from Reading, Hingham, Brighton and 
other parts of Boston came vdth their 
leaders to the Library during their i4,2nd 
Anniversary Week of March 18, to demon- 
strate their crafts and to introduce their 
organization to the local children. Paper- 
bag puppets, yarn dolls, outfits of vreav- 
ing, lampshades, and carvings were display- 
ed© On one occasion the girls presented 
"Cinderella" and the "Three Billy Goats 
Gruff", manipulating the puppets by hand 
to the great delight of their impromptu 
audience. Besides the participation of the 
girls themselves, exhibits vrere set up in 
both the Children's Room and Adult Room 
showing examples of arts and crafts made 
by the Campfire Girls, Attractive photo- 
graphs and posters picturing their camping 
activities completed the graphic display^ 
Photographs of the Campfire Gi.-'ls at work 
appeared in the B(;3 ton Travel er j >.iarch- 2ii, 
1952 c, and !.■•. The~'Onris tian Science Moni- 
tor , Jferch 20, 1952, ' 

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Beautiful multi-colored stained-glass 
panels borrowed from the artists, Messrs. 
Reynolds, Francis and Rohnstock at Hay- 
market Square, decorated several mndows 
for Easter. ?/lany paintings of original 
designs used for v;2.ndovre in chapels and 
catheGi'als throughout the couuDry vrere als< 
put on display. An especially intriguing 
case exhibit offered samples of the var- 
ious stages in the execution on one block 
for a panel of stained glass as well as 
the tools used in the process, 

Passover, the Jewish holiday of libera- 
tion, which this year occurs at the same 



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time as Easter, is noted by a tvfo-fold .. 
display. One case is devoted to "Hagga- 
dahs"» These contain the traditional 
story of the holiday as handed down from 
father to son throughout the centuries of 
Jevri.sh life. In addition, these books 
contain special prayers and poems. Most 
of them are beautifully illustrated by 
famous artists of the past and present. 
The second case tells the story of Moses, 
who is the central figure in the Passover 
story. He is seen as interpreted by the 
great creative artists of the world in 
painting and sculpture. Included in this 
exhibit are the literary works, mainly 
biography and fiction, devoted to this 
great leader. 

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An interesting result of the Junior I 
Poetry Group experiment came as a surprise} 
to Miss Fanny Goldstein, Branch Librarian,! 
when she received a copy of "Four-Five- " 
Six", Modern Rhymes for Children, by I 
Rosalie S. Jacoby, together with the fol- | 
lowing note : i 

"Dear Miss Goldstein; 

I read the article about your work in, 
introducing poetry to little children in 
The Christian Science Monitor , so I am i 
sending you a complimentary copy of my i 
little book, "Four-Five-Six". Please try ! 
it on children from three to seven* The ■ 
book has been enthusiastically received by| 
various teachers and libraries and espe- | 
cially by little children themselves. I ! 
enclose a sheet of comments on the book, j 

i 
^ Yours sincerely, 

Rosalie S. Jacoby 
Los Angeles, California!] 
These poems were read to a group of chil- i 
dren at the regular Story Hour on I/arch29»! 
The ages were from three to ten and the I 
children seemed to enjoy both the sub- i 
stance and rhythm of the poems. 

* I 

On Sunday evening, March 30, Rabbi Hy- j 

man J. Routtenberg, spiritual leader of , 
Congregation Agudath Israel, Dorchester, j 
at a special service marking the culmina- ! 
tion of a campaign to rejuvenate the Jew- 
ish Sabbath, presented to the Judaica Col-j 
lection of the Boston Public Library a 
copy of Dr Abraham Heschel's latest book, 
I'The Sabbath, Its Meaning for Modern Man"*; 
Miss Fanny Goldstein, well-knovm for i 
her work in the field of Judaica, accepted 
the gift on behalf of the Library's Direc-! 



tor and Trustees. In her acceptance re- 
marks, she noted that this was the first 
time in the history of the Library that a 
Boston Congregation has presented a book 
to the Library. 

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Miss Goldstein has been appointed one of 
the judges on a national committee to 
choose the best Jevfish juvenile publica- 
tion in 19^1. The award will be made at 
the Annual Meeting of the National Jev/ish 
Book Council of America in New York in May, 
Miss Goldstein is also serving as a judge 
for the essay contest of Bonds for Israel, 
being sponsored in Boston at this timeo 

SOAP BOX 

Any contribution to the Soap Box must be 
accompanied by the full name of the Asso- 
ciation member submitting it, tor^ether 
with the name of the Branch Library, De- 
partment or Office in which he or she is 
employed. The name is viithheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor 30 requests o Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in-Chief, 
The contents of 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 
expressedc 

To the Editor: 

If, under the present "point system", 
it is necessary to dip down to the laottom 
of the barrel to find eligible candidate^, 
as was done in certain of the recent 
appointments, then it is time we had a 
better system. Something more than '•^ointo-* 
is required, as most of us have kno^ivn all 
along. 

Discouraged, 



if 



Dear Editor: 

The recent appointments mth their 
accompanjang apparent inconsistencies have 
provoked much discussion of the "point 
system" of determining eligibility. If 



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first assistants and children's librarians 
■vd-th long successful records, are to be 
overlooked infavor of candidates with more 
points , but no record of accomplishment, 
either personal or professional, certainly 
the Library is not getting the best avail- 
able people, which should be the goalo 
What possible justification can there be 
for elevating to the position of Branch 
Librarian a person who has been unsuccess-j 
ful in less responsible positions? Cer- 
tainly personality, ability to Tarork well 
with other people, to say nothing of the 
public, are far more important in the long 
run than mere "points". 

Disenchanted 



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Ad Astra Per Aspirin 



The Puzzle of the Points 

Mathematics was never my strong point 
and I am no puzzle fan, so no doubt, I am 
pretty stupid about the points which led 
to the recent appointments for branch li- 
brarians o Most of them vrere a fine selec- 
tion of outstanding women who have a defi- 
nite contribution to make to librarianship 
but some are frankly a puzzle » I can't 
make out the "xyz" of itt. 

If X has twenty-five years of experience^ 
three of virhich have been as first assis- 
tant, a certificate from the Training I 
Class and many Extension courses^ I 

If y has two college degrees, seventeen 
years of experience, ten of which have 
been as a titular assistant. 

If z has done outstanding, creative work 
with children, has executive and teaching 
experience outside the library, two col- • 
lege degrees but has had only ten years of 
library experience although for nearly six 
of these she has been in charge of a chil- 
dren's room, 

Which points add up to the best branch 
librarian? Education, plus outstanding 
experience, plus a pleasing personality; 
or length of service with little perti- 
nent experience? It's a pernlexing point ,|. 
The right points must be evaluated and 
the problem correctly s olved or the pub- 
lic, the staff and the administration 
will suffero Once an appointment is made 
fcr better or for worse j it is "A POINT 
OF NO RETURN" . 

D FoN. 



Oh, virtue is it's own reward 
Or so it has been said; 
And those who vrork the hardest 
Are sure to get ahead. 

This simple rule I have observed 
But Fate has been resistant; 
Others, less strict, have forged ahead 
Vifhile I'm still First Assistant* 



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Dear Soap Box Editor: 

Most sincere congratulations to the 
nine brand new Branch Librarians J And 
equally sincere condolences and sympathy 
to those in the Division of Reference and 
Research Services who have the same back- 
ground of examinations, work capacity, 
education and experience as the nine, but 
who still lack the salary, that recogni- 
tion, and that higher pension, simply be- 
cause the examination system above Step III 
in that Division limits promotion to one 
or two departments instead of many branches, 
several departments and two bookmobiles. 



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To the Soap Box Editor: ! 

The letter in The Question ?fark for 
I'hrch describing the "plight of the first 
assistant in branches" deserves careful 
consideration by the professional staffs 
The responsibilities of the first assis- 
tant and the second assistant,, as the 
writer pointed out, do vary considerably. 
The present ^200 differential does not 
compensate for these added responsibilities*: 

If the maximum level of the first assis- 
tant were raised to a more eqaitable fig- 
ure, (now $700 less than Branch Librarian) 
this would in a measure remedy the situa- 
tion, 

A Branch Librarian 



To the Soap Box Editor: 

'. I v/ould like to add a supporting word 
to the letter which appeared in the March 
issue of The Question Mark in reference to 
the adjustment of salary for a First Assis- 



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tant» , Editorial Board to interpret the meanings 

The First Assistant receives ipUOO more ' of the letters, be they -wrong or right# 
per annum than an Assistant 3rd step level! 

yet there is a very great difference in * 

the duties and responsibilities of the twoj 

positions; the duties of the Department To Soap Box Editor; 
chief or Branch Librarian and the First I 

Assistant are more closely related since \ The current f-uror over payment of 

in the various absences of the Department I salaries by check appears to many members 
head the First Assistant assumes the ! of the staff to be a tempest in a teapot* 
duties and responsibilities of the posi- ' Although it was understandably regrettable 
tion, yet the salary gap of $700 is almost' that announcement could not have been made 
tydce the amount that which exists between; in advance of the change of procedure, to 
the Assistant, 3rd step level and the I many of us payment by check represents a 
First Assistant* ; great improvement over the former time con- 

It seems reasonable to ask the question i s-uming, hazardous system* Offsetting the 
"on what basis has the scale of salaries i minor inconvenience of cashing a check are 
been planned" and if a more equalized rate the advantages of freeing numbers of staff 
could be arrived at between the levels of ■ irembers of the responsibility of collecting 
Department head and First Assistant? pays for fellow employees, the hazards in- 

I volved in holding in branch libraries size- 
■3«- jable sums of money at regular, readily 

irecognirsd times (vide the newspapers to 
Dear Editor; 'recognize this rifik), the man hours spent 

'Standing in pay lines and recording and 
I wonder if it might be possible to {depositing in the safe the pays of absent 
ask those members who contribute regularly i staff members, to say nothing of the 
or at their pleasure to the columns of The - generally more business-like procedure 
Question I^fark to bear in mind that while which is prevalent in other libraries as 
no one would wish to question the inherent 'well as in business and industry, 
right of any member to speak his or her ! To have made so minor a matter, (design- 
mind on any point there is also to be con-'ed primarily to safeguard employees from 
sidered in such matters the correlative ,3uch occurrences as the safe robbery of 
responsibility, indeed obligation, on the several years ago) the occasion of repre- 
part of the contributor that complete and .sentation from the Staff Association to 
accurate statements be made as such may be, the Trustees seems to some B.P.L.P.S.A, 
possible in the light of known or verifi- | members a distortion of values. Granted 
able facts. that occasional or even regular meetings 

This obligation, it seems to the writer, ; of Association Representatives with the 
has validity equal to that of the principleTrustees are desirable^ particularly since 
of free speech, no such representation has been made in 

To this member it does seem that the 'recent years, there are certainly matters 
columns of The Question Ifark are not the of more vital importance affecting staff 
appropriate place in vAiich to give curren-' morale which might have had precedence 
cy to rumor, when the facts are ascertain- over a matter which in the final analysis 
able at will; that readers of The Question 'ndght properly be considered a purely ad- 
Mark are entitled to a temperate presenta-'ndnistrative one. Before such further in- 
tion of a situation without resort to ; discriminate representation is resorted to 
questionable rhetorical devices; and that let us have discussion of the general ques- 
it is incumbent upon all contributors, and:tion at the next business meeting and de- 
the Editorial Board, to make certain that icide as a membership whether, and to what 
the attitudes and opinions of a few, how- extent, and in what areas such representa- 
ever active and vocal, are not presented tion should be authorized, 
in such a way as to seem to represent the ' 
entire membership, i A Worm's Eye Vierw 

Editor's Note ; The Soap Box is a reflec- j * 

tion of the attitudes and opinions of its ! 
contributors, . No attempt is made by the i 



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Dear Editor: 



In defense of %heck:s we in our branch 
are very satisfied with the system. It is 
efficient and safe in branches where there 
is often one assistant at the desk and 
several disreputable looking people sit- 
ting in the adult room v*ien the paymaster 
arrives. No branch is so far from a bank 
or shop where the staff is well known that 
any one is inconvenienced* However, it 
would be better still if the checks could 
come on Thursday, 

Let's not go back to the old system. 

Satisfied. 



Dear Soap Box Editor: 

Orchids to the Administration for in- 
stalling the check pajrment system in place 
of the antiquated standing-for-hours tor- 
ture i It saves not only foot wook, but 
time, which can be devoted to more impor- 
tant library affairs. There ±s no worry 
in the open departments about whether 
there will be enough staff on hand to give 
adequate service to the public and also 
collect the pay if the paymaster runs into 
our lunch hours, nor is there any uncer- 
tainty concerning the safety of cash in a 
desk drawer for an hour or two until the 
night 3taff comes in. Time in having pay 
slips signed in advance, apportioning the 
slips evenly among those on hand to col- 
lect, getting them witnessed, etc», is 
also saved, We knov; now how much is taken 
out for bonds, pension, tax, etc, each 
week. Many of us never knew before since 
we never were in to collect our own pay, 
I can ask the bank to give me bills of the 
denomination I need instead of having to 
take what comes. There is hope that I may 
not have to report in person navf, on my 
mornings off before leaving on vacation, 
to collect my own vacation pay. 

My one plea is that we might have the 
checks in time for lunch-time cashing on 
Thursday, so that those who do not come in, 
on Friday might cash their checks without 
paying for it in the neighborhood banks, \ 
(Or be in my position in an emergency, ., 
when I was ill on Friday and on Saturday I 
could not cash my check in any of the 
neighborhood stores. Perhaps I should 
have been more thrifty, but many of us 
find that a week's pay these days barely i 



lasts the week, I was unable to eat as 
well as I would have liked that particular 
weekend!) 



Dear Soap Box Editor: 

Query to the Administration, Is it 
entirely necessary that departments be 
moved at the present time and then again 
when the new building opens? It would 
seem double effort, double trouble to the 
public, and a waste of money better spent 
on other things, since quarters done over 
for one department would almost certainly 
have to be torn apart and done over again 
for another with entirely different needs. 
Would it not be better to leave those de- 
partments which are to go into the "new 
building" alone, until the new building is 
ready for them? And is it necessary to 
open new departments before that time? 
Since the library has functioned reasonably 
well without them all these years, ?S it 
too much to ask that the library delay the 
few more years until we move? 



i 



Dear Soap Box Editor: 



Brief comment, I wonder what members 
of tho public think of expensive new dis- 
play cases in corridors when they must use 
departments vdth antique lighting and near-' 
ly antique books? 



it 



Dear Soap Box: 

A hint to the wise is sufficient i 
This quotation has become hackneyed, but 
so have both the complaints and sugges- 
tions that habitually fill the Soap Box 
and the response which these complaints 
receive* There are very few letters to 
this column that do not have one thing in 
common: criticism of the administration 
of the library. Almost invariably this 
criticism is not of new ideas or policies 
as such, but of the inconsistencies with 
which new policies are put into effect. 

According to the Director, the Soap Box 
is a healthy outlet for the steam we often 
want to let off, and it gives the Adminis- 
tration an inkling of our feelings on var- 
ious matters. But do the administrators 



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really analyze these sufrgestions, or do 
they just skim through them each month 
to 8'ie what else is griping the gremlins? 

Having worked elsev/here, I appreciate 
the Boston Public Library as only one who 
has worked somevirhere elae can appreciate 
itc Nevertheless, I vfholeheartedly agree 
with some of the letterwriters in the Soapj 
Box. Moreover, when definite discrepan- | 
cies are pointed out fairly and squarely, 
I do not see why owning up to them is suchl 
a difficult matter or why those respon- j 
sible for them should nr^t be more con- , 
science-striken than they are© Yet these ' 
letters of criticism are invariably met by 
one of three attitudes: 1. The Adninis- j 
tration could not be wrong j 2e The Admin- : 
istration chooses to ignore the criticism i 
(most frequent attitude) j 3a The Adminis- | 
tration admits that the criticism is jus- • 
tified - but with such an air of conde- : 
scension that the situation is only aggra-j 
vatedo i 

Administrative policies work both ways -i 
for the employer and the employee. It ' 
should be a matter of conscience for both [ 
groups to adhere to thecio Remembering 
that the Eirector cannot handle every de- ., 
tail in policy administration, may I sug- 
gest that whoever does handle a particular; 
detail should try to see it carried . a^ 
through to the letter of the law? Perhaps! 
if the Administration vfould put more ' 
initial study into new policies, they 
could make rules that wr^uld hold. A hint 
to the wise is sufficient] j 

I 

An interested observerl 



The Stack Girl's Lament 

There's many a change in the Book Stack 

But not in the personnel. 

Each day we see many new faces 

In positions we'd fill just as'Aell. 

But the stack girls are vraiting and wait- 
ing 
And doing our work as we must 
Yilhile strangers are hired and transferred 
Each day we go "back to the dust". 

No value is set on our training 
Though many have vrorked here for years. 
And we hear that the newest employees 
Are often considered our peers. 



V/hen openings come in departments 
Some have been interviewed it is true 
But somehow we feel it only a gesture 
Since none of them ever came through. 



Dear Soap Box Editor: 

The new "Five Day Week" law is very 
unfair and undemocratic. Personnel earn- 
ing ^iiOOO or more can arrange to still 
work their seven hour day and exempt them- 
selves from working on Saturdayo Person- 
nel earning less than lUOOO must vrork on 
Saturday and take a whole day off. This 
means that the underprivileged must work 
three - eight hour days. This seems to be 
the interpretation of the new law at my 
branch. Let's hear some comments on this 
matter. 



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To one of the baffled employees: 

Your "open letter to Mr Lord" in the 
J-larch 1952 issue of The Question jfark is 
being answered by the undersigned as Super- 
visor of Personnel since it has to do with 
the application of policy in the making of 
promotional appointments rather than the 
formulation of the policy. 

It is believed that the establishing of 
the list of eligible candidates and t}i« 
evaluation of these individuals in conr^ec- 
tion with the recent promotional appoint- 
ments to the positions of (l) First Assis- 
tant in the General Reference Department 
and (2) Cataloger and Classifier in tVB 
Cataloging and Classification DepartKsnt 
were carried out in each instance on a 
uniform basis, and not on a basis of vary- 
ing interpretations as stated in your 
letter. 

It must be made certain that individuals 
are considered for promotion in t erics of 
the positive experience which they bring 
to the positions in question irrespective 
of whether the individual candidates come 
from the Division of Reference and Re- 
search Services or the Division of Heme 
Reading and Community Services. 

Up through 1950 the statements of Mini- 
mum Qualifications were general in pre- 
sentationj and accordingly demonstrated 
experience in the particular library 
activity or field was found to be given 
inadequate consideration. In 19^1 j there- 



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fore, the Minimum Qualifications were made 
more specific in this direction, more 
descriptive of the type of experience es- 
sential to the position, and the phrase 
and the possession of experience i n the 
etc . -was added to the Minimum Qualifica- 
tions in each instance. 

Although this provision eliminated, as 
was stated, certain candidates from con- 
sideration, tho3e eliminated represented 
individuals who lacked positive experience 

pertinent to the position in questiono ■ 

1 
I 

Elizabeth L, Wright '. 

Supervisor of Personnel \ 



LATE FLASHl 

Bookmobiles Have a Home at Last 

Congratulations to the staffs of the two 
Bookmobiles, They have an office - or at 
least an "interim" office with beautiful 
colonial turquoise lA.'alls, fluorescent 
lighting, and space to crow in. And where j 
are these spacious quarters? That's the 
secret. Here's a clue - and then you're 
on your own. From the Blagden Street docrl 
head for the Office of the Division of ' 
Home Reading and Community Services, At 
the head of the first flight of stairs, 
change your mind and turn right, turn 
right, turn right, turn left; head for 
Book Purchasing Department, Just before 
you get there, change your mind. Turn 
right, turn left, turn right - oh, vfell, 
after all, you didn't really want to see 
the new quarters, or did you? Well, keep 
going - and there you are. Tea served 
every afternoon at four? 



TESTIMONIAL DINNER 
FOR 

MR AND ms FRANCIS B. MSTERSON 



On Tuesday, April 29th, at 7 P. M,, a 
testimonial dinner will be given in honor 
of Mr and lirs Francis B» Ifesterson, Mr 
Masters on was a member of the Board of 
Trustees of the Library from 19)45-1951. 
The dinner will be held in the Monaco Room 
of the Hotel Lenox. 



Tickets are 
gratuities. 



uOO each including all 



* 



^H!-«-; 



HHH?- 



Chester A, Fazakas, Chairman 

Max Anapolle 

Mary A, Blute 

Katherine J, Collins 

Joseph A, Crowley 

Bessie L, Doherty 

Evelyn G. Green 

Patrick A, Kennedy 

Delia A, Leonard 

Cecilia M„ McCarthy 

Patrick Oe ISiiirtagh 

Palmira Piciulo 

Charles D, Povah 

Abraham Snyder 



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HOT SHOT OR BIG BUSINESS TERmNOLOGY 

As a potential big gun in Air Force Administration or Comptrollers hip, or as 
a future Financial or Business Genius, it is important that you master the 
language of the upoer strata of Hot Shot Executives « A few samples follow: 

I9 A program! Any assignment that cannot be completed by one telephone call. 

2, To expedites To compound confusion with oommotion. 

3. Channels: The trail left by Inter-Office memos. 

U» Coordinator: The guy that has a desk between two expediters. 

5c Consultant: (or Expert): Any ordinary guy ^0 miles from home, 

6» To activate: To make carbons and add more names to the memoo 

7» To Implement a Program: Hire more people and expand the office. 

8, Under consideration: Never heard of it, 

9. Under active consideration: We are looking in the files for it, 
lOo A Meeting-; Ifess mulling by the master minds, 

11, A Conference: A place where conversation is substituted for the dreariness 

of labor and the loneliness of thought, 

12, To Negotiate: To seek a meeting of minds ivithout a knocking together of 

heads , 

13, Re-orientation: Getting used to working again, 

lii, A Clarification: To fill in the background with so many details that the 

foreground goes underground, 

15, We are making a survey: We need more time to think of an answer, 

16, Note and Initial: Let's spread the responsibility for this, 

17, See me, or Let's discuss: Come down to my office ; I'm lonesome. 

18, Let's get together on this: I'm assuming you are as confused as lo 

19, Give us the Benefit of Your Present Thinking: We'll listen to what you 

have to say as long as it doesn't interfere with what we've 
decided to do, 

20, Reliable source: The guy you just met, 

21, Informed source: The guy who told the guy you just met, 

22, Unimpeachable source: The guy -who started the rumor originallyo 

Editor's Note ; These gems have been going the rounds in several local publications. 
Thought you might like to share the fun. 



BOSTCN PUBLIC LIBRARY PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



Officers and Coranlttees 



1952 



President 
Vice President 
Corresponding Secretary 
Recording Secretary 
Treasurer 



Ecffion E. McDonough 
Gerald L. Ball 
Edith M. Sliney 
William R, Lewis 
Louis Prliahook 



Executive Board 



Edward X. Casey 
Paul V. Moynihan 



Mary F. Daly 
Theodora B. Scoff 



Standing Committees 



Consti tution Cocimi tte e 

A, Phyllis Freeman^ Chairman 

Lois G. Goddard 

E nter •'•■airjicnt Committee 
Vurlo J. Pineo, Chairman 
Phyllis E. Adams 
Blaii' M. Bennett 
Mideleno V. McManus 
Ei.olld J. Peltier 
Mrx'tin F. Waters 

M^lkf:^ ghip and Hospltali ty 
V&roiilca M. Lehane, Chairman 
Helen E. Colgan 
William DiRoaario 
Iphigenia L. Fillios 
Miriam B. Hannon 
Ethel M. Hazlewood 

Thomas J. Manning 
Mary R. Roberts 
Sarah M. Usher 

Men's House Committee 

Paul W. Smith, Chairman 
♦Joseph Cullinane 

Walter R. Cur ley 
*John T. Kyle 

Patrick 0. Murtagh 

P rogram Committee 
lura Globus , Chairman 
Margaret A. Morgan 
Elizabeth J. Obear 
Sarah M. Usher 
Irene J. V/adsworth 

Piibl 1 ca tions Committee 
ii'na G. Peck, Chairman 

Barbara P, Cotter 

George M. Pahud 
Helen M. Popp 
Sarah Richman 



Mattapan Branch Library 
Adams Street Branch Library 



Bookmobile II 
Book Stack Service 
Audio-Visual Center 
Bookmobile II 
Audio-Visual Center 
History Department 



Memorial Branch Library 

West End Branch Library ' 

Fine /jrts Department 

Brighton Branch Library 

Connolly Branch Library 

Cataloging and Classification Department, 

Division of Hime Reading & Ccntovinity Services 

Exhibits Office 

Open Shelf Department \ 

Office of Records, Files, Statistics ; 



Book Purchasing Department 

Buildings Department 

Science and Technology Department 

Supply Room 

Book Stack Service 



West End Branch Library 

Connolly Branch Library 

Bookmobile I 

Office of Records, Files, Statistics 

School Issue Department 



Book Selection Department, Division of Home 

Reading and Community Services 

Office of the Division of Reference and 

Research Services 

Music Department 

Brighton Branch Library 

Mattapan Branch Library 



staff Library Committee 
Dorothy F. Nourse^ Chairman 
Barbara Gils on 
Pa3q.ua le A. Vacca 
B. Gertrude Wade 

Patience-Anne C . Willlama 

Women's House Cotaaittee 
Veronica M. Titets, Chairman 
Margaret D. Butler 
**Catherine A. Far re 11 
Helen H. Savakian 
♦Louise C. Wall 



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East Boston Branch Library 

History Department 

Dorchester Branch Library 

Book Selection Department^ Division of Home 

Reading and Community Services " 

Connolly Branch Library 



Book Stack Service 

Periodical and Newspaper Department 
Accounting Department 
Information Office 
Buildings Department 



Spec ia 1 Committees 



Bertha V. Hartzell Memorial Lecture Committee 



Dorothy M. Lovett, Chairman 
Geraldino S. Herrick 
Esther J. Leonard 
Dorothy P. Shaw 
Gladys E. IVhite 

C ARE Coimittee 

May C. McDonald, Chairman 

Marie T. Eastie 

Emilia M. Lange 

gentennial Committee 
Muriel C. Javelin, Chairman 

Edward X. Casey 

Margaret W. Haver ty 
Ruth M. Hayes 
Pearl Smart 
Loraine A. Sullivan 
Pauline Winnie k 

C oncession Committe e 
Louis Rains, Chairman 
-♦Stephen L. Baxter 
Charles J. Gillis 

Adelaide B. Lockhart 
♦^Villiam A. Reynolds 

Library Objoctivos Committee 
Pauline A. Walker, Chairman 
Bradford M. Hill 
Louisa S. Me tea If 
Charles L. Higgins 
Edna G, Peck 



Kirstein Business Branch 

North End Branch Library 

Teachers Department 

Periodical and Newspaper Department 

Codman Square Branch Library 



School Issue Department 
City Point Branch Library 
General Reference Department 



Office of the Division of Home Reading and 

Community Services 

Cataloging and Classification Department, 

Division of Reference and Research Services 

Jamaica Plain Branch Library 

Adams Street Branch Library 

Personnel Office 

Science and Technology Department 

Open Shelf Department 



Science and Technology Department 

Binding Department 

Cataloging and Classification Department, 

Division of Home Reading & Community Services 

General Reference Department 

Buildings Department 



West Roxbury Branch Library 

Periodical and Newspaper Department 

Open Shelf Department 

General Reference Department 

Book Selection Department, Division of Home 

Reading and Community Services 



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Penaion Committee 
Abraham Snyder, Chairman 

Harry C. Fletcher 

Francis G. Myers, 



Cataloging and Classification Department, 
Division of Reference and Research Services 
Cataloging and Classification Department, 
Division of Reference and Research Services 
Book Stack Service 



Puhllclty Conmitt eo 
Marie T. C renin, Chairman 
M. Jane Manthorne 
Helen G. Pappas 
Mildred R. Somes 



West Roxbury Branch Library 
Open Shelf Department 
Information Office 
Book.. Preparation Department 



Special Services Committee 
Harry C. Fletcher, Chairman 

Samuel Green 

Ruth M. Stenstreem 



Cataloging and Classification Department, 
Division of Reference and Research Services 
Business Office 

Cataloging and Classification Department, 
Division of Reference and Research Services 



* Roprosentctive of the Boston Public Library Mcintenanco Employees Union. 



** Representative from other groiipa not represented in the Association, or the 
Union. 



THE QUESTION MARK 



Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 



Volume VII, Number 5 



May 1952 



Publications Committee: Barbara P, Cotter, George M. Pahud, Helen M, Popp, Sarah 

Richman, Edna G« Peck, Chairman 



Publication date; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting; material ; 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 

llany months ago, when the Boston Public 
Library vras first feeling the effects of 
TV, "The Question Iferk" had an editorial 
directed toward youi In effect it asked 
for suggestions on "ViTiat to do about it." 
Nothing happened. Since that time people 
have learned to live with TV and on rare 
occasion without it. In the minds of 
educators and librarians, however, its 
omnipresence is still considered a threat 
to our would-be readers. There is still a 
"what to do about it" question. Among the 
staff members there must be at least a few 
very good suggestions on either joining 
forces with the enemy, as vras done last 
summer with the Children's Simmer Reading 
Club, or otherwise combating it, V/hy not 
let us hear from you on the subject. 

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PERSONAL NOTES 



New Staff Members 



Jliss Joan V, Custin, Dorchester Branch 
Library. 

lip Daniel W. Kelly, Jr., Audio-Visual 
Center. 

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Transfer 

y&ry J. Littlefield, from Tyler Street 
Reading Room to West End Branch Library. 

i Engagements 



Miss G. Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Tyler 
Street Reading Room, to Lavjrence C, Howard, 
of Des ''ioines, Iowa-, ibr Howard is a grad- 
uate student at Harvard University. 



Miss I&ry T» Kenney, Personnel Office, 
to Pvt. Richard J. IfcNamee, United States 
jArmy. 



REMINDER 



IIIPORTANT 



B.P.L.P.S.A. Business Meeting 

IMy 23, 1952 
9 A. M. Lecture Hall 



Miss Barbara Rogovin, Book Stack Service, 
to Mr James Gray, Providence, Rhode Island, 
Mr Gray is a senior at Boston Universityo 
They plan to marry late in June. 

Mlitary Service 



David T. Sheehan^ Book Stack Service, to 
enter the United States Army, 

Mr Charles Hanson entered tho Air Force 
on Friday April 11, 1952. He is stationed 
at Sampson Air Force Base, Geneva, New York. 



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Resignations 

Mrs Anne H, Brickley, Bookmobile II, to 
live in Schenectady, New York, 

Miss Barbara M, Dydek, Print Department j 
to be married and live in Virginia. 

}Jirs Patricia M. Egan, Washington VillagdConlon gave a bridal shower at Mrs Nagle's 
Branch Library, to remain at home, ; 

Miss Marjorie A. McGee, Memorial Branch | 



On Saturday evening. May 10, Mrs Mary 
Nagle, Mrs Alice Chisholra, and Mrs Mildred 



Library, to be married, 

Mrs Eileen W, McGillicuddy, Book Pixr- 
chasing Department, to live in North 
Carolina. 



WEDDINGS AND SH01VF,RS 

On April 19, at 11 o'clock, in the 
Church of St, Bede, Williamsburg, Miss 
Barbara M, Dydek, formerly of the Print 
Department, became the bride of Norman 
Balderston Tomlinson, of Morristovm, New 
Jersey, in a double ring ceremony. The 
bride wore a beige faille suit trimmed 
with black velvet, a matching sailor hat, 
and carried white daisies. Miss Dorothea 
Dydek, sister of the bride, wore a blue 
plaid wool suit trimmed with black velvety 
a white straw hat, and carried yellow 
daisies. Following a wedding luncheon at 
the Williamsburg Inn, the couple left for 
a wedding trip to Richmond, Mr Tomlinson, 
in the U.S. Army^is stationed at Fort 
Eustis, Virginia, The couple are living 
in Williamsburg, 



At UjOO p,m, on Sunday, April 20, Jliss 
Mary E, Lyons of the Information Office 
became the bride of Jtr Wallace A, Herring' 
ton of New York at the Star of the Sea 
Church in East Boston, The bride wore a 
ballerina-length lace gown and lace cap 
with finger-tip veil. She carried a 
v/hite prayer book and orchid corsage with 
stephanotis streamers. 

The bride's sister Martha, as maid of 
honor, vrore a govm of blue tafetta and 
net and carried pink roses. A crown of 
pink roses formed her headdress. 

After the reception, v^iichi/as held at 
the Paul Roger House in Revere, the 
couple left for a week's honeymoon in New 
York City, 

Mr and Mrs Herrington will make their 
home in Boston until Mr Herrington, who 
is a member of the United States Coast- 



home in Dorchester for Miss Edith Sliney, 
Office of Records, Files, Statistics. The 
bride-to-be received many beautiful and 
useful gifts from her library friends. The 
party had been kept a secret, and Miss 
Sliney was completely surprised. The 
hostesses served delicious sandwiches, 
cookies, cakes, and coffee, and the center 
of the table was resplendent with a huge, 
decorated, shower cake provided by Miss 
Sarah M, Usher. Light blue and yellow were 
the colors used in the decorations. The 
guests were delighted to be given blue 
paper napkins and match folders which had 
been printed in silver with Miss Sliney 's 
name and the date of the party. 



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STORK EVENTS 

llir and Ifrs Ben Lacy announce the birth 
of a son, on May 7, 19^2, Mrs Lacy was 
formerly an assistant in the Rare Book 
Department. 



Mr and Mrs William Carley are happy to 
announce the birth of a daughter, Christine 
on April 9t Mrs Carley (Helen Maguire) was 
formerly an assistant in Book Stack Service 



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Mr and Mrs James Kearney announce the 
birth of a daughter, Anne, on April 19, 
1952, Mrs Kearney was formerly Anne 
Connors, an assistant working with childrei. 
Young Anne weighed 8 lb. lii oz. at birth. 
According to her parents she is "the most 
beautiful baby ever born." The feeling 
seems to be mutual, for baby Anne seems to 
be very happy in her choice of parents. 



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BON VOYAGE 

Miss Frances C, Lepie, Branch Librarian, 
Mt. Bowdoin Branch Library, leaves the 
last of this month for a tour through parts' 
of France, Israel , Greece and Italy, 



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Miss Margaret A, Morgan, Branch Librar- 
ian, Connolly Branch Library, with her 
mother, her aunt and another friend leaves 
June 29 to visit the Scandinavian coun- 



On Saturday, J.fey 10, 1952, at 300 in the 
afternoon, Miss Elizabeth C, Hershey, for- 
merly a member of the staff of the Person- 
nel Office, -was married to Mr Ben Vfatson 
Melvin, Jr», at Kennet Square, Pennsylvania, 
The ceremony was held in the Episcopal 
Church of the Advent and the reception im- 
mediately followed in the garden of her 
parents ' home in Kennett Square with ap- 
proximately UOO guests attending, 

Mrs Melvin was a very lovely bride in 
creamy satin and lace vrLth a finger-tip 
length veil. She carried a white orchid 



tries, the Netherlands, France,. A motoring i surrounded by lilies of the valley. Her 



trip through England and Scotland is also 
included in the travel plans. 



[three attendants wore apple green tulle 
jgoivns vidth picture hats to match and car- 
Iried small woven reed hoops entv/ined with 
•jf jbaby orchids, Mr Melvin 's niece and nephew 

jwere flower girl and ring bearer, ¥r and 
Miss Gilda 0. Rosetti, Kirstein Business ■^-^^ Melvin will live in Seaford, Delaware. 
Branch, sails May l6th on the He de Francd C.M.McD, 

for Germany to visit her brother who is -jfAMHHHfJHKHt 

stationed there In Heidelberg with the I 

American Army of Occupation, Control In- ! mS WALL ENTERTAINED 

telligence. From there, l^tlss Rossetti j 

will visit Paris and with her brother and The Gleaning Wom.en held a banquet last ' 
his family, motor to Italy where they will [Saturday night. May 10, at Blinstrub's 
visit relatives in Rome and Naples, lllhile i Village to celebrate the appointment of 



in Rome, she expects to have an audience 
with the Pope, Switzerland and Austria 
are to be included in their motor trip. 



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Among the many friends at Logan Inter- 
national Airport on May 9, to bid "bon 
voyage" to Mr Patrick F. McDonald and his 
sister, Mss Ifery McDonald^ were Mr Milton 
E, Lord and Mr John J, Connolly, Mr and 
Miss McDonald left on a three months' trip 
to Europe, They expect to visit Ireland, 
Scotland, Sweden, France, Italy, and 
Portugal, 

ALUMAE NOTES 

!&• and Mrs Harold Donaghue recently re- 
turned from a visit to Florida where they 
were guests at the Roney Plaza Hotel, 
liLami Beach, Mrs Donaghue was formerly 
Miss Margaret A, Calnan, Branch Librarian, 
Connolly Branch Library, 



Mrs Louise Wall to the position of Assis- 
'tant Housekeeper, Mrs Wall was presented 
Iwith a beautiful black leather handbag and 
[e eorsag'. ; and everyone had a vronderful 
jtime, Jennie Hasson, former Assistant 
i Housekeeper now retired, was also present 
I to congratulate Ifrs Wall, 

RETIREIENTS 

MLLIAM HICKEY 

Mr William Hickey, elevator operator in 
I the Central Library since Jferch 6, 1917, 
retired on April 30, 1952. Jfr Hickey had 
many accomplishments not known to the mul- 
(titude. He tahs a member of the Brighton 
i Horse Guards in the late 80 's and he also 
jdid research work for the Boston Globe, ■ 
j"Bill", as he was knovm to us all, started 
operating the elevator in the giy 90 's when 
water (low brovj), H^O (hi,'^h brow), was the 
medium that sent Bill and his customers up 
[and down. "Those vrere the happy days", says 
j"Bill", Then came the change from water to 
I electricity. Too bad that legislation 
[forces him to retire before atomic energy 
lis the motive power, 
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MARGARET I. MCGOVERN 

On April 30, 1952, Miss Jiargaret I» 
McGovern, Branch Librarian, Meinovial 
Branch Library, was retired, due to ill 
health. She entered the full-time service 
of the Library in 1916, and served as 
Branch Librarian since 1928« 

Margaret I» McGovern has always been 
much too active and busy a person to take 
time to look up Mr Webster's definition of 
the word "rest", much less pay any atten- 
tion to it. She would, rather, subscribe 
to the sentiment : 

"Rest is not quitting the busy career. 
Rest is the fitting of self to one's 
sphere." 

In each new sphere of library work, at 
Charlestown, at Neponset and, in recent 
years, at Memorial Branch Library, she has 
found new interests and lasting friends- 
ships. She has never failed to give 
friendly counsel to all who sought it, 
while her quick wit and unfailing sense of 
humor have carried her staff through the 
most hectic and tiying of days. 

A book, to her, is a personal thing, to 



Hungarian Revolution of l8U8-4i9, to America,' 
The articles were entitled "Boston Hailed ! 
Kossuth's Visit 100 Years Ago", "U.S. 'Frig- ' 
ate Carries Kossuth Out of Exile", and 
.■Russia's 'Closed Shutters' Warned of 100 
Years Ago*" 



Miss M» Therese Campbell, retired member 
of the Cataloging and Classification Depart- 
ment, Division of Reference and Research 
Services, had a short story printed in the 
Boston Post , April 29, 1952* ! 



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THE STAFF AFIELD 

At the invitation of Mr Stephen E» 
McCloskey, A.F.L, Staff Representative, 
jUnited Community Services, Mrs Helen Fc 
Hirson spoke on The Boston Public Library's 
Service to Trade Unions , at the Workers' 
Educational Labor-Social Program held in 
the Jfaison Building on April 29* The meet- 
ing was the third of a course of seven 



ty Services of Metropolitan Boston and pub^ 
lib institutions, so that the Union Coun- 
sellors in turn, may help union members 
take greater advantage of available oppor- 
tunities. 



be shared or argued over, and she welcomes 'sessions to acquaint Union Counsellors with 
everything readable that comes along, from!*^© services offered by the United Communis 
Dostoevsky to "Who Done It?" The news 
magazines are read from end to end, but so 
too, vrithout fail, is Vogue , If you see 
it in Vogue , you v/lll soon see it on her 
trim figure, or perched on her head In a 
becoming shade of pink. 

It would be difficult to imagine anyone 
like Margaret McGovern "quitting the busy 
career" of librarian, or actually "resting" 
except as the prelude to a new sphere of 
life, which we hope will be her happiest. 
We «ho know her well will always think of 
her facing each new challenge with cheer- 
ful courage, high spirits and a gallant 
little toss of her head. Her nany friends 
and Library associates wish her a speedy 
recovery. 



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THE STAFF IN PRINT 

Mr Zoltan Haraszti, Keeper of Rare Books 
and Editor of Publications, contributed a 
series of three articles to the April 28, 
29, and 30 issues of the Boston Globe , on 
the occasion of the centenary of the visit 
of Govenor Louis Kossuth, leader of the 



A meetlne Of the Round Table of Librarians 
for Young Adults was held Lfey 1 at the 
j Adams Street Branch Library, After a 
I coffee hour and the business meeting Miss 
! Pauline Winnick, Readers' Adviser for 
I Young Adults>gave a talk entitled "Boston 
[Plans for the Young Adult," She discussed 
'the resources of the new Young Adult Sec- 
tion of the Open Shelf Department, the use 
of reader interest groupings, book selec- 
tion for young adults, and the newly inaug- 
urated readers' advisory service for that 'M 
age group. She also spoke on the April ■ 
questionnaire which surveyed the work being 
done in the branches with young adults and 
looked to the future for intensified work 
with the yoiuig people in Boston, After a 
question period the members of the group 
adjourned to the Fox and Hounds in Quincy 
for lunch, 

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Elizabeth B. Boudreau, Chief of the In- 
fornation Office, addressed the Woodbourne 
f/oraen's Club of Forest Hills on Tyednesday, 
April 2, Her subject vias Wide ni ng Your 
Horizons . 

On Friday, April 2S, she awarded prizes 
to the crippled children at the Stamp Shov; 
which was held at the Joh:'i Hancock Build- 
ing from Friday through Simdayo 

On Sunday. April 27, Miss bovidreau,. 
assisted by Mr Falter C. Forse_- publicity 
director for the Boston Chapter of the Boy 
c'louts of America, av/arded prises to the 
winners of the Stamp Show essay contest. 



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Miss Virginia Haviland was the guest 
speaker at a luncheon meeting of the Massa^ 
chvsetts Association of School Librarians 
at the Hi-da -way, Boston, on Jfey 3o Miss 
Haviland spoke on the research and writing 
of her recent book I'filliam Penn, Founder 
and Friend. 



At a meeting of the Merrimac Valley Li- 
brary Association held at Westford on liky 9, 
Miss Virginia Haviland^ Readers Adviser for 
Child."enj and Mrs I'-fariel C, Javelin, Deputy 
Super ■'It; or In Charge of Work vrizh Adults, 
discusr^ed Th e Use of R ec crdlngs in Library 
Pro grains , demonstrated vdth recordings. 



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On IVednesday, April l6., at I'.OO p„m,. Dr- 
Ida Bailey Allen aiDpeared as the guest of 
Polly Huse on TOZ-TV in connection with her 
lecture at the Library that afternoon.. Dr^ 
jAllen, food editor for King Features , spoke 
Ion Solving the High Cost of Eating o 
f On Friday, April 25, ab 1:00 poffic, Polly 
jHuse again was hostess when Elizabeth B.> 
[Boudreau, Chief of the Information Office, 
i talked about the Cardinal Spellman Stamp 
! Collection I'riiich was on display at the Li- 
brary from April 21 through April 30 <, 



On Thursday, May 8, Miss Edna G. Peck, 
Chief of Book Selection for Home Reading 
Services, addressed the North Shore Li- 



Miss Fanny Goldstein, Branch Librarian of 
the lYest End, was interviewed on the pro- 
gram entitled "Women in Local Government" 

brary Club, The meeting was held at the jby Miss Eleanor Jones of Station WERS, 

Peabody Institute Library at Danvers, f ol- iApril 2^. 

lowed by a luncheon served by the women of 

the Congregational Church. WH-HHti(-x->^ 

THE LIBRARY IN THE NEWS 

On April 22, Mrs- Muriel C, Javelin, j In the Christian Science Monit or for 

Deputy Supervisor In Charge of Work with jSaturday, April 19, there appeared a fea~ 

Adults, participated in a panel discuss ion, ture story by Laura Haddock about the Li- 

jbrary's Book Selection Departments, based 



on Recreation for the Aging , one of nine 
University Extension meetings on Problems 
of the Agingo Jfrs Javelin talked on the 



on an intervievir with the two Book Selection 
Chiefs, Misses Christine Hayes and Edna G» 
Peck. 

The follovri.ng Tuesday, April 22, Frederick 



Library's Never Too Late Group* 

On April 29, she spoke on The Role of 
Adult Education ^ath Reference to Aging at IW. Carr, the union editor at the Monitor, 
the Bristol County Regional Conference of |ran an article entitled "Boston's Library 
Social Work held at Middleboro. Imaintains service for labor unions", in 

On Thursday evening. May 8, Ibcs Javelin, jwhich he discusses Mrs Helen Hirson's work 
spoke on the Public Library Uses Recordirgsjw ith laboro 
at the meeting of the Boston Regional 
Group of Catalogers and Classifiers of the 
American Library Association. The meeting 
was held at the Hayden Memorial Library at 
M.I.T. 



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i TO ^lELCOME BACK 

! 

1 Miss Catherine Gorham, Cataloging and 

'classification Department, Division of Ref- 
lerence and Research Services, who has re- 
turned after a six months' leave of absence 
due to illness. 



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GIFT S 

Steve Allen, master of ceremonies on the 
"Songs for Sale" TV program, presented the 
Library with his latest record album v^hich 
includes piano compositions written and 
played by him during his visit here on 
Thursday, May 8. He also presented the 
Library with a copy of his book for song- 
writers, Ik" Allen, ta±io came to Boston for 
the Boston Post Music Festival, visited the 
Library in observance of National and 
Inter-Amsrican JVIusic Week , May h through 
Jilay 11. 

VISITORS 

Mr Bo So Kesavan, Chief Librarian, The 
National Library of India. 

ANNUAL BOTTLING LEAGUE BANQUET 



10:l5 a.m. 



Speaker: 



The annual bowling league banquet was 
held on the night of April 22, at Blin- 
strub's Village, South Boston. 

Everyone enjoyed a hearty meal of turkey A BIG DAY: 
or chicken, and was entertained by a de- 
lightful floor show. 

In remembrance of the boys in the league 
who have left us for the Armed Services, 
a sheet of paper was passed around by our 
Treasurer, Mr Jack Kyle, and each bowler I 
wrote a few words individually. A copy of I 
this will be sent to each of the boys. 1 

Before the evening ended, the group de- j 
cided en masse, to seek further entertain— | 1:00 p.m. 
ment, and all proceeded to Hurley's Log i 
Cabin. All the prizes were distributed. I 
The prize for high average for the men was ! 
taken by John Sullivan with 95<-6, and for j 
the women by Miss Rita Doherty with 85oO. | Chairman: 
High single string for men was 129, by | 
David Sheehan, and for the women 111, by j Panel: 
Mary Scanlon. The high three string for j 
men was captured by Jim Griffin with 3h3 \ 
and for the women by Mrs Eileen McGilli- 
cuddy with 297 • The competition between 
teams was close with Mary Scanlon 's team 
taking top honors, and Gertrude Barry's 
team nosing out Bernard Doherty's fighters 
for second place. 

All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable 
evening and vre parted in agreement that we 
would be back next fall. 

Patricia Wilson, Secretary 



COMMITTEE ON PERSONNEL MORALE 

The Special Committee on Personnel Morale, 
recently appointed by the Executive Board, 
is engaged in discussion of various fields 
of library activity which may be contrib- 
uting to poor staff morale. The Co-Chairmen 
would be interested in hearing comments 
from any members of the Association, on any 
phase of staff morale. 

It must not be, however, a 
personal "gripe", but a problem which con- 
cerns many of the staff. Members of the 
committee are: Mrs Geraldine Beck, Yfelter 
Curley, Mary Crowe, Tfery Oilman, Eleanor 
Halligan, Mrs Geraldine Herrick, Emilia 
Lange, Mrs Veronica Lehane, Sheila Pierce, 
Paul Smith, Pauline Puglisi, Sidney Wein- 
berg, and Gladys T/hite. 

Co-Chairrcen: 
Geraldine IL Altman, 
Jamaica Plain Branch 
Library 
Dorothy P. Shaw, Period- 
ical and Newspaper 
Department 



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THURSDAY, MAY 22 



Round Table of Children's Li- 
brarians - Boston Public Library 
Lecture Hall, 

Mrs Louise Seaman Bechtel, of i 
the New York Herald Tribune f 
Books, vdll revieviT spring books 
for children. 



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New England Children's Book 
Clinic Luncheon meeting at the 
Red Coach Grill, Stanhope St., 
Boston. 

Mr Floyd Rinker, Newton High 

School. 
Mrs Louise S. Bechtel, New York 

Herald Tribiin eo 
Miss Frances Phumim, Newton 

High School, 
Mr Maurice Dolbier, Providence 

Journal . 
lUr Yifilliam S. Knickerbocker, 

Emerson College. 
Mr Charles R, Morris, Milton 

Academy. { 

Tilr John A. Reed, Langley Book 

Store, Newton Center, 

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BERTHA V. HARTZELL IiffiMORIAL LECTURE 



quarter of the world of free libraries and 
museums ever open to the use of the people e" 
Upon ybr Vattemares arrival in Boston in 
l8Ul, he succeeded in securing much cooper- 
ation j A resolution \ms nade - "That we 
regard the system of National Interchange 
suggested by Mr Vattemare, as one which 



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The Boston Public Library Professional 
Staff Association presented the second 
Bertha V, Hartzell liemorial Lecture, - 
Library Development and International 
Understanding , by iviiss Flora B, Ludington, 

Librarian of the Williston Memorial Libraiylwill tend to remove national and sectional 
Mount Holyoke College, on Friday evening, [prejudices, will promote thg great cause of 
May 2, 19^2. The meeting was held in the peace, and the first principle of relxgion,- 
new Children's Section of the Open Shelf l^y uniting all nations in intellectual 
Department, which will be open to the pub- jbrotherhood" . Mr Vattemare later trans- 
i-'C in the near future. Guests of honor mitted to the city authorities fifty ^m 

jas a gift from the city of Paris to ad-.T-vir. 
this enterprise. Later, through the yr::--'-', 
'this undertaking shovred marked progre^'- .--■- 
i inactivity, interm.lttently; but once a^■ \ . 

as a noble p.."^- 
assis'"^...' c 
Gi.^.ii-man of the Special Committee for the j of Milton Eo Lord. Director nf the B'-.r/i.r- 
Hartzell 5/!emorial Lecture. Mrs Herrick I Public Library. Mr Lord served as dA-e^cor 
snoke briefly on the purpose of the Lee I of the American Library, Paris, in 19U5.. 
ture, and then introduced Miss Dorothy |He has also served with the International 
Nourse, Branch Librarian of the East Boston Congress of Libraries and Bibliography^ the 

Council of National Libraries Assns,, as 



were Mr and Itrs Karl D. Hartzell of Long 
Island, Nev/ Yorkc 

rir Eamon E, McDonough, president of the 
Association, extended a welcome to the 
staff members and their friends, and intro-}advan<:ed in signifr.cance, as a : 
ducad Mrs Geraldine S. Herrick, the Vice- |3ect,vMer the ministration and 



Branch Library, who paid tribute to I.Irs 
Hartzell, the former Supervisor of Train- 
ing in the Boston Public Library, as a 
beloved teacher and Td.se counselor* 

Mrs Herrick then introduced the guest 
speaker of the evening. Miss Flora Be 
Ludington, Librarian at the Mount Holyoke 
College since 1936, Miss Ludington is at 
present Chairman of the A.L.A. Committee 
on International Relations, and served 
from 19[iU-U6 as Librarian of the United 
States Information Service Library in 
Bombay, India, and later as a visiting ex- 
pert with the military government in the 
field of information libraries, with the 
Civil Information and Educational Section 
cf the Supreme Allied Povrers in Japan, in 
19li.8» She is one of two candidates for 
First Vice President (President-Elect) of 
the A.L.A. 

of library development and international 
understanding included a brief resume of 
the early source of this now expanded 
national interchange. In May. 1839 ^ M, 
Nicholas Marie Alexander Vattemare of 
France, having devoted twelve years to the 
establishment of a system of library ex- 
changes among European libraries, arrived 
in New York to prosecute his mission in 



I Chairman on the Joint Committee on Books 
ifor Devastated Libraries since I9I4U, and 
las President of the U.S. Book Exchange Inc* 
! since I9I48, as well as a member of the 
I U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, since 

|l9U9. 

Miss Ludington spoke briefly on India and 
Africa, and the dire need of complete under- 
t standing of their problems. This under- 
1 standing, she feels, can be gained only by 
reading their OTivn national publications - 
hence the stern necessity for book exchange. 
She spoke glowingly of the powerful contri- 
bution to the diffusion of knov^edge made 
by the Farraington Plan, the UNESCO, the 
U.S. Book Exchange, \he Bibliographical 
Society of America, and the International 
Exchange. Foreign libraries are much poorer 



Her "presentation of the history than our libraries, publishing costs are 

very high abroad, and we have been most 
generous to them with our publications n 
Long before today we have given much more 
in books and periodicals than we received 
I in the gifts sent a century ago. Our one 
I desire is that we should help people to 
[understand - we here in America will often 
be mis understood 5 and vre will also often 
I misunderstand. Therefore, as librarians, 
this eountry. His system was "designed to jwe should do our share to help with this 
give the intellectual treasures of the cul-i problem. Quality magazines, in particular, 
tivated world the same dissemination and | are needed for this pur]:osec Compi..ations 
equalisation which commerce has already of National Bibliographies have^ Pfo^ed ^o 
given to its material ones"; and the out- | be a great aid. Because the pvoiishing 
come was to be "the extablishm.ent in every 1 costs are so high abroad, there is a leel- 



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ing that books published here, which meritrainds and hopes of students and young 
wide recognition, should be sold abroad a-ppeople abroad - and these end results will 



the lowest possible cost and in the 
language of each individual country. Leg- 
islation is pending in Congress, apropos 
this matter. 

Miss Ludington stated that International 
Library development depends a great deal 
on Personnel as well as materials - 
librarians Visiting from abroad are 



be most enduring and convincing. 

We here in the United States can do much 
in lending our talents to these ends - for 
one thing - we could, and should, encourage 
only the very best and realistic stories 
of American people by our authors. Authen- 
tic stories and true facts concerning our 
American way of life are more important 
anxious to know us as people - to learn of today to those abroad than ever before, 
our failures as well as our successes. We In these turbulent times, the right course 
should make an effort to assist them in is not alvrays clear - but we librarians 
understanding our American way of life, must encourage our library users to read 
Miss Ludington suggested that a Hospital- intelligently on all issues involving inter-r 
ity Committee be formed to greet and aid national affairs, 

foreign librarians who visit our libraries! At the close of her address, Miss Luding- 
A map of all libraries ■v'ri.thin our districtjton appealed to us all, as librarians, to 
together with a list of suitable hotels let our hearts join with other librarians 
and eating places, vrould prove of inestim-<in the promotion and furthering of the aims 



able value. 

Many young librarians from Europe, the 
Far East and Africa are coming here to 
study our library know-how, but up to now 
there have been too few scholarships 
available for foreign students* We must 
bear in mind that we, too, have much to 
learn from these students, particularly 
their bibliographical skills. 

The A.L.A. is considering exchanging a 
number of German Librarians by the fall of 
1952, providing living accomodations can 
be arranged; and it also hopes to send a 
number of American Librarians abroad, for 
the expanding educational programs author- 
ized by the Fulbright Act, Miss Ludington 
emphasized the importance of representing 
the library profession, and our country, 
wisely and well, on these inter-library 
exchanges. Vfe still have a great deal to 
learn - as well as to teach - wherever we 

gOo 

The Divisions of Libraries and Institu- 
tions of the UNESCO which administers the 
programs relating to the United States 
Libraries, cultural centers, aid to 
American-sponsored schools and the dissem- 
ination of American books, periodicals, 
newspapers, Governm.ent documents, music, 
art and educational and cultural materials!, 
has done a tremendous task in promoting 
understanding and the desire for inter- 
national cooperation. The strength of 
these libraries, etc., lies in their 
materials and the people who serve them. 
We who have gone abroad to work in the 
U.S, Information Centers have returned 
with a knowledge and understanding of the 
people, and what they think of us - as 
well as an unmatched insight into the 



of international understandingo 

Miss Marie Pineo, Chairman of the Enter- 
tainment Committee, and her capable commit- 
tee members, served a delicious fresh straw- 
berry punch, and a variety of palatable 
dainties, which gave an air of hospitality 
and festivity to the reception period fol- 
lowing Miss Ludington 's address* 



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THANK YOU NOTE 



to 

gave 
and 



The Entertainment Committee wishes 
extend its warmest thanks to all who 
.generously of themselves, their time, 
their money so that there would be delicious 
things to eat at the conclusion of the 
Hartzell Memorial Lecture, on Friday evening 
May second. 

Our sincere thanks also to those who 
helped to serve, and to those who remained 
after the Lecture to wash dishes i 

ENTERTAINMENT COWaTTEE 

Jilarie Jo Pineo, Chairman 
Phyllis E. Adams 
Blair M, Benner 
Madelene Vv McJIanus 
Euclid J. Peltier 
lilartin F. Waters I 



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PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

The notes are brief this montho We hope 
to have the results of the second polling 
before the Ifey meeting, which, in case you 
didn't notice is the 23rd, Main item on 
the agenda for the ilay meeting will be a 
discussion of the extent to which the 
Association will pursue the objective of 
the social welfare of the staff and the 
amount of discretionary power it wishes to 
grant to the President and/or the Executive 
Board in the pursuit of such an objective, 
even though this may involve amendment to 
the constitutiono Be there and don't be 
bashful J 



Trustees were most appreciative of this 
contribution to the Library by members of 
its staff, and all the more so that it 
should have been the first gift to be re- 
ceived in honor of the Library's Centenary. 
The President of the Board has vn-itten to 
those participating to express on behalf of 
the Trustees their deep appreciation, 

Ifilton Eo Lord 

Director 



Our congratulations to the Hartzell 
Memorial Lecture Corrjnittee for a very sue- ' 
cessful evening. Elsewhere you T,vill find j 
and account of the interesting lecture by ! 
Miss Flora Ludington, But, as one of thos^ 
privileged to have had dinner with Miss j 
Ludington before the talk, your President 
votes her one of the most fascinating j 
dinner companions he has ever had the ! 
pleasure of dining witho In this, by the I 
way, she was more than equalled by the I 
charming and gracious I.'k' and 'I'lrs Karl 
Hartzell. Mrs Kartzell tells us that the 
trd-ns, despite their Boston origin, are 
rooting for the Yankees. Fine thing! 



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Speaking of baseball, how did you like 
that CARE notice this month, A Texas 
leaguer, if I ever saw one. How does that 
CARE committee do it? 

E.E.McD. 



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FIRST CENTEOTJIAL GIFT 



GIFT TO LIBR .A RY BY AN Ei^ffLOYEE OF THE 
CITY OF BOSTON 

A significant example of the deep inter- 
est of the citizens of Boston in their Pub- 
lic Library is the gift of $78 which was 
made in cash (both bills and silver) by 
Mr Samuel Grasso;, of 609 East Second Street, 
South Boston. Out of a clear sky on the ' ' 
morning of April 22, 19^2, humbly ben ring 
his ijjift in his open hands, Mr Grasso came ' 
in to the Library to present his gift to 
the Director. 

This generous gift by a humble individual 
in the employ of another department of the 
City of Boston has been accepted by the 
Trustees with grateful appreciation. Not 
only is the gift important in itself, but 
the warm and generous attitude of the donor 
is particulaily gratifying, 

L'lilton E, Lord 

Director 

SECOND ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL 



On December 6, 1951 the members of the 
staff of the Information Office and Mr 
John Wo Tuley informed the Director of the 
Library that they had pledged themselves 
to raake a gift of i>100 to the Library, to 
bf paid on May 1, 19^2 t They stated that 
this gift Tfould be in honor of the Centen- 
rlaJ. Anni"<''ersary of the Libraryo 

Sabsequent,ly at their meeting on May 2, 
].9?2 5 the Director had the pleasure of 
presenting this gift to the Trustees * The 



Over two hundred individuals attended 
the Second Annual Film Festival of the Film 
Council of Greater Boston held at the 
Sheraton Plaza Hcx-el on Saturday, Jfey 3, 
The high light of the Festival vras the 
luncheon at which Comma. '.'der Robert A.- Noe, 
I Commander and Dii-e.;tor rf the United States 
jNavy Special Devxoes Ce-rter, spoke en Tn3_ 
I Naval Approa ch to A.^.xdi:-- • -Visual Lea n un? .. 
Commciuder K;e^ a dynami-, speaker, hc,ld"his 
audience spellbou;j.d for an hour, during 
which he demonstrated the many audio-visual 
training devices i.sed by the Navy. Workers^ 
teachers, librarians, social workers, re- 
ligicus workers, and business men were 



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unanimously of the opinion that it was an /period of some fifty years, many of which 
inspiring experience to hear him. Dr I he had been instrumental in bringing about, 
Dennis C« Haley, Superintendent of Schools ;He contrasted the time when Trustees of the 



brought greetings from the Mayor* 

During the day fifty-nine films were 
shown covering seven categories - Adult 
Education; Classroom; Public Relations — 
Industry; Recreation and Arts and Crafts; 
and Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant Re- 
ligions. The best film in each category 



Library thought of the employees only in 
terms of dollars and cents with the pres- 
ent when Ltr ?fe.sterson's ideal of a maximum 
of efficiency to the public, by means of a 
well-trained and competent personnel, is 



I being brought into being. To insure this, 

j Vbc Masterson was always aware that better 
was selected by audience ballot. The win- i salaries and a willingness on the part of 
ning films will be shown, and certificates the Trustees to try to understand the prob- 
will be awarded, at 9.n open meeting of the lems under which the staff must vrork were 
Council to be held at the Public Library i of the utmost importance » 
on Monday, llay 19, from 2:00 to 5:30 p.-rac i Mr lilasterson was introduced by Mr George 

Reverend Timothy F, O'Leary, Suporinten-j Gallagher, inasmuch as Mr Gallagher's was 
dent. Diocesan Schools, Boston, is Presi— 'the first friendly face that llbr Masterson 
dent of the Council. Vxs Muriel C. Javelir^ saw on his first night of T;ork in the 
Deputy Supervisor in Charge of Work with j stacks many years ago. Acting for the 
Adults, is the Secretarye , group, J/lr Gallagher presented a silver 

I table lighter set to Jtr Jfesterson, as a 
I.C.J. small but tangible evidence of respect and 

affection. 



MR MASTERSON HONORED 



Mr Jfesterson refused to take any credit 
for himself, but rather felt that any 
dinner of thanks should be given to lb- 
Curie y who, he insisted, was the best 
On April 30, 19^1, Mr Frandis B, Master-! friend that the Library and its employees 



son's term of service as a Trustee of the 
Boston Public Library ended. This was a 
great disappointment to many members of 
the staff who had always felt that Ik" 
Masterson 's first job with the Library as 
a stack boy had given him a breadth of 
understanding, unique among trustees, of 
the problems of the Library's employees r 

A dinner to honor Mr Masterson was held 
on Tuesday evening, April 29, 1952, in the 
Morocco Room of the Hotel Lenox, The in- 
imitable Fanny Goldstin, in her capacity 
as acting chairman, opened the proceedings i[ 
Entertainment was provided by Jlrs Ernest | 
Roussos, West End Branch Library, and Mr I 
Martin ffaters. History Department. Mr i 
Eamon E. McD enough was the urbane and 
amusing toastmaster. 

J-lr miton E. Lord, Director, and Mr Lee 
M, Friedman, President of the Board of 
Trustees, spoke of the sense of loss that 
the Trustees feel in no longer having Mr 



I had ever had. He expressed himself as 
' touched that many employees in the Library 
I service had thought so highly of him that 
I they had petitioned the Iifeyor for his re- 
i appointment. He thanked those present for 
I the tribute payed to him and for an evening 
i \vhich would ever be a golden moment among 
] his memories of his friends and associates 
in the Library, 

M.T.M. 



particularly now when they are faced Tidth 
a program of diverse and tremendous 
changes - new building, new methods, etc. 
Honorable James M. Curley was the chief 
speaker of the evening. His talk had all 
the charm for which he is deservedly so 
famous. In retrospect, he described the 
changes that he has seen take place over a 



BOSTON UNIVERSITY BOOK FAIR 

Several Boston Public Library staff mem- 
bers availed themselves of the opportunity 
to attend the Boston University Book Fair, 
sponsored by the University's School of 
Education, at the Charles Hayden Memorial 



Auditorium, April 26, 1952. The morning 
Masterson's able and discerning assistance, session vias devoted to "The Young Readex", 



Several authors of books for the young set 
were presented, among them Thornton W. 
Burgess, Elizabeth Coatsworth, and Bfari- 
belle Cormack. David McCord read several 
delightfully humorous poems from his forth- 
coming collection for children. The chief 
speaker of the morning was Virginia Lee 
Burton (Ifrs George Demetrios) who delighted 



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the audience v/ith her drawings and infor- 
mal comments. 

"On the flatform for the afternoon ses- 
sion, which was f^iven over to "The Mature 
Reader", were Esther Forbes, Eric P» Kelly- 
Marion Lansing, and Jferjorie Medary, 
Clifton Fadiman was the chief speaker of 
the afternoon. His evaluation of the cur-^ 
rent literary scene in America was a men- i 
tal treat for the large audience » Mr I 
Fadiman 's apt turn of phase, his complete } 
mastery of the verbal media and his pun- ! 
gent humor, all used to express his excep-j 
tionally objective criticism of the output | 
of present day American authors ^provided ! 
rare entertainment for his appreciative I 
audience. At the conclusion of the after-! 
noon session, the committee in charge i 
served afternoon tea in the Claflin Room, i 

E.GtP. I 

RECENT MATERIAL OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST j 

Winslow, Amy. Can Librarians Read? I 
Library Journal , May 1, 19^1, ppc760-763. | 

The staff of the Enoch Pratt Library in j 
Baltimore became interested in finding out: 
how they could read more books in their ' 
available reading time. The Remedial Edu-; 
cation Center in Washington, De.Ce was con-! 
suited. The Center has been training 
adults in advanced reading skills since 
I9I1.6, Two instructors from the Center 
were engaged by the staff of Enoch Pratt 
to come to Baltimore twice weekly for an 
hourly class period. This article des- 
cribes the method and results obtained 
from this course. The Baltimore staff 
thought it an excellent program for 
in-service training, and wish tha,t the 
Remedial Education Center, vri.th similar 
centers around the country, could make 
available a corps of peripatetic instruc- 
tors to give such courses to interested 
library staffs. 



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Jfeizell, Robert E. The Subject-' j 

departmentalized Public Library. College | 
and Research Libraries , July 1951^ pp»255-l 

2E0I j 

This is a study which clarifies the I 

meaning of subject departmentalization, j 

summarizes its historical development, j 
indicates problems involved in the plan. 



and develops a body of prin pies for the 
guidance of administrators of subject- 
departmentalized libraries. Reasons con- 
sidered by the writer of this article for 
inaugurating such libraries are the pres- 
sure of important community groups and 
interests, and the inability to develop 
book collections adequately under the older 
forms of organization. 



Wallace, Sarah H. Public delations is a 
state of mind. Wils on Library Bulletin , 
March 19^2, pp. 523^2^7 

Here is an article about a subject which 
may mean different things to different 
people; but what pEublic relations means to 
this vifriter is v/ell worth our meditation. 
The road to satisfactory relations between 
a library and its public is to be travelled 
by all, executive and janitor, with belief 
in one's job, faith in library service, and 
understanding of people. 

There are other articles on public rela- 
tions in the Iferch 1952 issue of Wilson 
Library Bulletin. 



The 30th yearbook of The National Elemen- 
tary Principal , issued in September 1951, 
is devoted exclusively to the subject of 
elementary school libraries today. Its 
231 pages covering a multitude of phases 
of elementary school library work will 
prove of much interest to our Children's 
Librarians in the branch libraries. 

P.M. 

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A NINETEENTH CENTURY APPRAISAL 
OF A REFERENCE LIBRARIAN 

In the annual report of the Library for 
1898 there are printed some passages from 
the address of the Reverend Doctor James 
DeNormandie at the funeral services of 
Arthur Jfason Knapp, Custodian of Bates Hall 
from 1878 to 1898, In this address, given 
by one who was a Trustee of the Library at 
the time, there is drawn an ideal picture 
of a reference librarian and his duties., 
A portion of this pen picture is reprinted 
here for the inspiration and encouragement 
of those of our staff who perform reference 
work for the publico 



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The main attraction of this particular 
program was the making of Mother's Day- 
cards by the children. Simply constructed 
beforehand, the cards were purposely easy 
to assemble yet very attractive, and every 
child was eagerly enthusiastic at the 
prospect of surprising his mother with the 
finished product. Older children helped 
the pre-schoolers by printing suitable 
messages on the cards. May candy baskets 
of lacy paper doilies were a fitting cli- 
max to a happy hour. 



Dorchester 

On Saturday morning. May 10, about 150 
children participated in a Spring Festivali 
with a May basket display, a talent show, 
and a yky Queen as the special features, j 
Children of the local schools provided the 
entertainment, with a program consisting 
of a play, "The Sleeping Beauty", songs, 
a square dance demonstration, and musical 
selections. The part of the May Queen was 
taken by Miss Ann Allen, part-time assis- 
tant on the staff, and the children were 
charmed by her gracious appearance and by 
the brief ceremony in which two children 
of the neighborhood placed a crown of 
flowers on her head, 

A number of gaily colored May baskets 
made by the children were presented for 
display and were placed near the large 
basket made by the library staff to ex- 
hibit miniature books. All children pres- 
ent were given lollipops just before they 
left the library, 

Mrs Beatrice P, Frederick, Children's , 
Librarian, acted as mistress of ceremonies 

At a small surprise luncheon on Monday, 
May 5, the birthdays of two members of the 
staff were celebrated simultaneously. Miss 
Elizabeth Tanck and l&r Pasquale Vacca 
received congratulations and best wishes* 
Special guests for the occasion were Miss 
Margaret Morgan, Branch Librarian of 
Connolly Branch Library, formerly of 
Dorchester, and Mrs Margaret Sagar, now on 
leave of absence from Dorchester, 



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Hyde Park 

A "Toy-Town Circus", the work of Miss 
Ella M, Adams, is lending a touch of 
Spring excitement to the Children's Room, 



Petite dolls are resplendent in crocheted 
costumes, while a coy pink and green horse 
steals the show in the center of a ring 
filled with genuine sawdust. The animals 
were all crocheted by Miss Adams, a staff 
member whose talent and patience have won 
acclaim ever since she constructed the 
colorful and intricate McCall's candy and 
cookie Merry-Go-Round at Christmas time 
last year. 

At an afternoon party on April 1, the 
staff wished Miss Jeannette Pepin a very 
happy and successful future. In celebra- 
tion of her promotion to the position of 
Assistant-in-Charge of Tyler Street Reading 
Roomj the staff room was gaily decorated 
with Spring daffodils and pussy willows. 
After rt^freshments were served, an attrac- 
tive jewelled costume pin was presented to 
Miss Pepin, 



Jamaica Plain 

The Friends of Jamaica Plain Branch Li- 
brary held their first meeting on Monday 
evening, April 28, With no assistance 
from the weather - it poured all day - a 
considerable group of enthusiastic patrons 
vrere on hand to hear Mr Milton E, Lord, 
Director of the Library, discuss the his- 
tory of the "Friends of the Library" move- 
ment» Stressing the increasing importance 
to oiir Library of such organizations, he 
outlined possible areas for activity, em.- 
phasizing the role of "Friends" in provid- 
ing energetic support for fuller use of 
the Library's great resources, Mir Francis 
X, Moloney, Assistant to the Director, 
addressed the group as a neighbor as well 
as an official of the Library. He sug- 
gested various types of programs v/hich the 
Friends of Jamaica Plain Branch Library 
might present. 

Following the discussion, guests 
adjourned to the adult room for refresh- 
ments, A mass of spring flowers, arranged 
in an antique soup toureen, decorated the 
table. All sorts of homemade cakes and 
cookies, contributed by many good "Friends" 
as well as staff members, were enjoyed 
with coffee. 

It was an auspicious beginning of an 
undertaking to which we have looked for- 
ward for many months. Mr Maurice Ford, 
Principal of the Thompson School, was 
appointed Temporary Chairman, and immedi- 
atly garnered an organization committee 



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which will meet on J.fey 13 • We hope to 
hold an open meeting early in June, 



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Lower Mills 



The staff entertained Lttss Jfary L, Gil- 
HHn at a luncheon at Joseph's Restaurant 
on Saturday. April 26 » The table was 
attractively decorated with dainty nut 
cups made of tvro shades of lavender crepe 
paper J charming place cards, and a center- 
piece of lavender sweet peas. Miss Glli'nan. 
was presented wath a corsage of yellow 
roses and a black Morocco leather wallet. 
It was a gay and happy occasion and the ! Phillipa Brooks 
very best ivishes of the staff go with Miss 



' gratulates the Readville district on its 
good fortune. The staff and public will 
miss her very much. Former staff members 
present were Mrs Rose DiPasquale Giella, 
now the mother of two lovely children, 
Miss Dorothy k« Becker of Connolly Branch 
Library, ivliss Tyyni Saari of Alls ton Branch 
Librar7_, and Miss Marie Pineo of Bookmo- 
bile 11^ The best wishes of the group go 
with J'lrs Herrick in her future work. The 
giaest of honcr was presented with a desk 
set as an expression of high esteem in 
which she is held by her fellow work^ro- 



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Oilman as she assumes her new position as 
Branch Librarian at City Points Vfe were 



The Friends of the Phillips Brooks Branch 
Library held the traditional Anniversary 



also pleased to have as a guest Mrs Effie | Parvy on Thursday.. May l5> 1952 at 6 p mo 
G. Freeman, a retired member of the staffs i The large audience vias very interestfii in 

; the talk given by Miss Virginia Haviland, 
* who returned for the occasion to his bx-^anch 

where she had served so longo The publica- 
Ii/!attapan tion of her recent book, "liTilliam Perin, 

Founder and Friend'', had suggested the 
The many friends of Miss Theodora B. j title of her talk: "Research for Writing, 
Scoff, Branch Librarian, will all be sorryjat Home and Abroad'U The program, which 
to learn that she is a<?ain ill and in the had been planned in honor of Miss Haviland, 



Faulkner Hospital, 

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A rather tense situation developed at 
the Branch a few weeks back. A woman came 
in wanting to obtain that popular novel 
based on the Old Testament. She didn't 
know the title and the librarian at the 
desk tentatively named a few titles, but 
was interrupted by the woman who said the 
book she wanted was on the best-seller 
list. 



included brief speeches by Miss Edna Ge 
Peck and Mrs Edith H, Bailey, both former 
branch librarians at Phillips Brooks Branch 
Library, A gift was presented to Miiss 
Haviland in appreciation of her services 
to the community. Refreshments and a 
social hour followed. 

The Phillips Brooks Branch Library has 
had two parties recently v:hich were well 
attended and greatly enjoyed; enjoyed by 



A gloomy silence descended while 
the woman disappeared into her purse look-. the pre-school children who attended the 
ing for a scrap of paper on which she had Wednesday morning story hours, and by the 



the title written. She at last found it, 
and brandishing it said, with a slight 
edge of moral triumph in her voice, "The 
name of the book is 'Cain's mutiny' J" 



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North End 



• mothers and the staff as well. On April 9 
I the children were enthralled with stories 
i by Mrs Cole, while Mxs Kallman, in the 
1 guise of an Easter rabbit, and several of 
I the mothers hid candy eggs in easily 
i reached places. Great enthusiasm and many 
i sticky fingers ensvi.ed. Tvrenty-f our young- 
i sters were entertained, 

; On May 7, the staff prepared May Baskets 
The French Room of the Hotel Vondom.e was I for a like number, only to have to make 
the scene of a very pleasant party on Fri- ! hurriedly seven more while mothers dashed 
day evening, May 9, 1952. The staff met to i off for additional filling. After stories 
honor Mrs Geraldine S. Kerrick on her well land a few singing games,- a very dressed-up 
earned promotion to the position of Branch | group of thj ruy- one young ladies and gen- 
Librarian at Phillips Brooks Branch Library* tlemen pranced solemnly around a gay May 
Every one who has ever worked Tith Mrs |Pole, wnipps:lup out of a standing lampf 
Herrick knows her fine qualities and con- So popular are these features for our 



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juvenile clientele that the mothers are 
planning to cooperate in preparing others 
as one of the many activities of the 
Friends of the Phillips Brooks Branch Li- 
brarjj which has sponsored the monthly- 
meetings of the mothers to discuss child 
behavior. 



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South Boston 



On Saturday afternoon, April 12, the 
staff had a luncheon party in honor of 
Miss I/Iadalene Holt at Novak's Restaurant, 
Brookline, to celebrate her recent appoint 
ment as Assistant-in-Charge, Neponset 
Branch Library. The staff presented Miss 
Holt with a capacious leather shoulder bag 
to be used when she tours the continent 
this summer. Incidentally, she also dis- 
played it at the Easter parade next morn- 
ing, as well as a magnificent orchid cor- 
sage, the special remembrance of the 
Extras whom she trained and supervised at 
South Boston, Among those present were 
Mrs Anne (Connors) Kearney, currently on 
leave, and Mrs Mary L, Y.'alsh, retired mem- 
ber of the staff. 



j other surrounding scenic spots in the sub- 
urbs . 

A maypole was one of the features of the 
Ifey Day observance. Hand painted book 
marks with lovely floral designs were dis- 
tributed to the children. Two striking 
flower-filled baskets added beauty to the 
whole display. 



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Washington Vil lage 

}Jirs ?ilarie Hylandj extra assistant, has 
■been awarded second prize for her exhibit 
on Geomorphology at the Science Fair at 
Rockwell Cage, M.IgT. She also received 
a full four year scholarship to Emmanual 
College, 



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West End 

A delightful good neighbor policy has 
always existed between the West End Branch 
Library and the Harrison Gray Otis House, 
the home of the Society for the Preserva- 
tion of New England Antiquities, The Li- ^ 
brarian and the entire Staff were the 
guests of the Society at the U2nd Annual 
Meeting on Wednesday afternoon, ?fey llu 

Word has just been received from the 
Australian Jewish Historical Society of 
Sydney, Australia. that Miss Fanny Gold- 
stein has again been elected as Representa^ 
tive of the Society for the United States 
of America, 

One permanent and interesting result of 
the recent Camp Fire Girls exhibit held in 
March is the enthusiasm of the children 
to such an extent that two groups of Camp 
Fire Girls have been formed under the 
leadership of ¥xs Ifergaret Lewis, Child- 
ren's Room Assistant. During the summer 
months, they will spend much time enjoying 
the natural beauties of Boston Common and 



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 she is 
emnloyed. The name is vdthheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in-Chief. 
The contents of articles appearing in the 
Soap Box are personal opinions expressed 
by individual Association members and 
their appearance does not necessarily in^- 
dicate that the Publications Committee and 
the Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. 



ATTENTION ASSISTANTS 

"Assistants" have been very generous in 
past years. They have willingly been 
tossed around so that the "Institution" 
could run smoothly and efficiently. 

Many of these "Assistants" are left "in 
charge" because they are so efficient and 
capable but they receive no reward for their 
services. If an "Assistant" does not re- 
ceive remuneration for this responsibility 
why should she accept it. Since the Li- 
brarian, First Assistant, Children 's Li- 



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brarian and Second Assistant are remuner- | 
ated for being "in charge", they should bej 
na.de to accept this responsibilityo | 
Let us "Assistants" band together on \ 
this matter and maybe we will be revrarded 
for our "years of service and efficiency, 



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To the Soar) Box: 



¥Jhy not a bit more economy 
on library hours, for the summer months at 
least? Summer patronage on Saturday even- 
ings is light, and the specialized depart-j 
ments in the Central building already I 
close at sixo Could not the entire build-! 
ing close at that hour? 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

In view of the current furor about the 
existing promotional system - the so- 
called "objective'' point ratings - it 
might not be amiss for me, as a new staff 
member with a Aster's Degree in Library 
Science and no eligibility for promotion 
at present, to submit my impressions of 
the situations I 

First, it came as a shock to me to ' 
learn of the existence of such a system, j 
I had been under the imi.pression that, oncej 
in the Library, all that was necessary for 
advancement was the successfiil completion 
of the Promotional Examinations (plus, of 
course, some indication of ability), and 
that in cases where several applicants 
were thus eligible for a single position, 
the officers of the Library would base 
their final choice upon interviews with j 
the various candidates o I have learned, j 
too, that those staff members v;ho immedi- | 
ately took all the exams offered when the I 
promotional system was instituted were ledj 
to believe the sam.e thing, and that the j 
point system, vrhen it was introduced, comr-i 
pletely nullified all their previous ef- i 
forts. Both new staff members, therefore,! 
and those who have been in the Library forj 
some time are mystified by the point rat- , 
ings. Certainly new members should be 
told, in detail, of the point ratings as . 
they are told of the Promotional Exams, I 
since advancement is dependent on botho { 

As for the points themselves: I have ! 
managed, by dint of much effort, (I was j 
not given a copy myself) to ferret out the! 
actual point values, and they themselves 



are wierd and wonderful. Why, in heaven's 
name, does a ^.fester's Degree in any other 
field count for five points, while an M.S. 
in Library Science - or what is even more 
ridiculous, the fourth year of college de- 
voted to library studies - endow the pos- 
sessor Td.th 25 points? Granted that li- 
brary studies may be more valuable to the 
BPL than a liberal arts program, they are 
certainly not five times as valuable, and 
Yirhen one considers that an iJcS. in Library 
Science may be acquired in a little over a 
year, ivith no thesis requirement, and al- 
most no original work to be done, and that 
a J-kster's in other fields almost always 
demands a thesis, more concentrated effort, 
and often two years of study, the disparity 
becomes even greater. Further, the Li- 
brary puts the same value on a year of 
college study (five points) whether at the 
graduate or undergraduate level (irith the 
single exception of the library school 
training mentioned above) - is there no 
one in this educational institution, who 
is aware of the difference between the two? 
A graduate of Simmons College, for example, 
with a Bachelor's Degree in LrS. is credit- 
ed with UO points, fifteen points more 
than a person holding a Ph.D. in any field 
v/ould received Surely the disparity in 
educational background must be glaringly 
obvious o 

But the most important feature of the 
point system is its complete objectivityo 
The selection of the three candidates for 
consideration for appointment to a titular 
position (assuming that the necessary Pro- 
motional Exams have been passed) vri.th no 
regard for work performed, for ability, 
efficiency or a dministrative capacity is 
the strangest personnel policy imaginable. 
It must be apparent to all that there are 
those individuals who can work twenty or 
thirty years in a given position and con- 
tribute far less than another who may have 
been employed for only five years c It 
seems to me to be the height of folly to 
ignore whatever a librarian's immediate 
supervisors may have to say about the 
quality of his work. Efficiency ratings 
are important and should not be dismissed 
from consideration when appointments to 
titular positions are to be made. There 
should be a combination of objective and 
subjective ratings, with the former, not 
the later, to bo given more weight. 

If the administration is at all concerned 
vrith the morale of its staff, which has 
been at an appalling low lately, it would 
be wise, it seem^ to me, for a revision to 



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be made in the promotional system. 

Dear Soap Box: 

Please let us have courtesy- 
extend both ways in the Women's Lounge, 
Specifically, let us not feel free to come 
in and turn off the radio \7hen someone is 
listening to a program just because we 
want to read our booko The Staff Library 
is perfectly comfortable and always quieta 
However, a simple "Please'' will most 
always meet with agreements 

To the Editor: 

The chief function of a pub- 
lic servant and of public service is to 
give Service to the people virho pay the 
salaries of the public servants and for 
the maintenance of public service. The 
curtailment of facilities which is planned 
by closing the Library on Sunday during 
the summer, and only having it open for 
four hours on Sunday commencing in the 
fall, is a direct lack of service* 

In the City of Boston, as a v^rhole, and 
more especially in the area of Copley ; 
Square, are many taxpayers who anxiously | 
and eagerly look for\"ra,rd to a pleasant j 
stay in the Public Library. This day in | 
the Library is the keystone in their week-j 
ly plan of living. From the time the ! 
doors open on Sunday and until they are | 
closed Sunday evening, there is a steady 
stream of people entering^ By 2:l5 on 
Sunday afternoon it is impossible to find 
a seat in Bates Hall. A similar condition 
now exists in the pleasantly remodeled 
Open Shelf Department. Some come for ser- 
ious study, some merely to read for pleas- 
ure, while still others seem touched with 
a restlessness that compels them to move 
from department to department. They read 
a few pages here, ask a question there, 
and also stopping from time to time to 
admire the unique genius of the many 
artists who have contributed to the beauty 
of the "palace in Copley Square", But 
whatever they do, even like some ivho sit 
in the sun in the courtyard, they are 
happy and content for they have spent 
their Sunday in their Public Library. 

However, this group is not alone for 
there are other members of the public who 
can only make use of the Library's faci]- 



ities on Sunday, "■"fill you please hold 
this book for me until Sunday? That is the 
only day that I can call for ito", is a ' ! 
frequent request* Since these people pay ' 
the salaries of those who work in the Li- 
brary, for the purchase of books, and 
maintenance of services can it be fairly 
argued that the Library is performing a 
public service in an adequate nianner when 
the Library is to be closed on Sunday? 

A third group who vdll be hurt and 
shocked by these new regulations is com- 
posed of the visitors to historic Boston. 
On their itinerary, Sunday Tras always set 
aside for a visit to the Library. .Sunday, 
because the Library was open while other 
historic places were closed. The loss of 
goodvd.ll and disappointment for these can 
never be replaced. 

Thus along viith the change of regulations 
there should be a change in mottoes. "Free 
to all" should read "Free to all who can 
make it before Sunday." Another should < 
read: "Dedicated to the advanc&ment of 
learning, Monday through Saturday." 



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To the Soap Box; 

It seems unfortunate that 
the entire library personnel has to be held i 
up to ridicule outside the library by such 
means as that employed by the pranksters 
who inserted the advertisement L ibrarians 
at larg e in The Boston Herald . There is a 
fine line v;here humor lapses over into 
just plain poor taste » That advertisement 
seems to have erred badly in both good 
taste and good judgment. Many staff mem- 
bers take issue with this raeana of airing 
our grievances in publico 



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Dear Soap Box! 

All officers of this Associa- 
tion should act as representatives of it 
at all times If an officer chooses to 
act publicly as an individual in matters 
of controversy, the name of the Association 
should not be connected ivith it, in such a 
way as to appear that it was the sentiment 
of the whole Association^ 

I found it very unfortunate that the 
Association's name appeared in connection 
with the recent interview on Sunday clos- 
ingo It is true that at the conclusion of 
the article the statement vras riade that 



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the President was speaking as an individ- 
ual, but the fact that he was President of 
the Association wss established in the 
first paragraph, therefore leading the 
public to believe until the last that this 
was the feeling of the whole Association, 
To say that this was in poor taste is 
putting it mildly. 

The subject, no doubt, is a burning one; 
I do not disagree v/ith that, only with tho 
method usedj The President is very great- 
ly effected by the Sunday closing, but 
should not use his position as President 
to accomplish his endso It would be well 
to remember that he is the President and 
conduct himself accordingly,? 

Indignant 



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To the Soap Box: 

"If ever our Association 
needed leadership, now is the time," - 
Quote from a letter which appeared in the 
Soap Box for December 19^1, signed by 
Earaon E. McDonough, 

Query ; Is the intervieTf granted to the 

Boston Globe by the v/riter of that 
quotation, in which interview he 
identified himself as President of 
the BPLPSA, his idea of leadership? 

It certainly is not my idea of pood 
leadership. I wonder hovi many agree with 

ANNOYED 



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To the Soap Box; 

Under the date of ISaj 23, 
1931, the follovri.ng notice vias issued by 
the Director, to "Chiefs of Departments:" 

"The Trustees find that misunderstanding 
and embarrassment not infrequently re- 
sult from the coiraiunication of unoffi- 
cial information relating to the admin- 
istration of the Library to the public 
press. It is therefore requested that 
all reporters and others v:ho seek such 
information be referred to the Director, 
and that Chiefs of Departments communi- 
cate this request to those under their 
direction so far as is necessary, "^ 



This was followed on September 18, 193$ 
by another notice to "Members of the staffy 
and signed by the Director i 

"The proper source for the communication 
of official infornation relating to the 
administration of the Library is the 
Director's Office, It is therefore sug- 
gested that requests for such information 
be referred to the Director's Office, 

"Similarly it is asked that there be sub- 
mitted to the Director's Office in ad- 
vance of publication any article which 
is TO-itten by an individual in his capac- 
ity as a member of the staff or which is 
based on his experience as a member of 
the staff. 

"The above suggestions are made merely 
that there may be avoided any misunder- 
standing from erroneous or incomplete 
informationo" 

In the Trial Edition of the Staff ?'lanual 
for the ."iibliothecal Service , Section 65 
reads as follows: 

"An article written by an individual in 
his capacity as a member of the staff, 
or one which is based on his experience 
in the Library, should be submitted to 
the Director in advance of publication. 
This is done merely to be certain that 
there is avoided any misunderstanding 
through use of erroneous or incomplete 
information," 

As far as this writer knows none of these 
directives has been rescinded. How then 
could an individual staff member allow 
himself to be quoted in a local paper and 
give to the public "erroneous or incomplete 
information"? The- ourt.iilment of Sunday 
service is a deplorable situation, for the 
public as well as for the staffs No doubt 
it needs publicity. Publicity presented 
through the right channels will be more 
effective than random comments by those not 
in a position to make such comments. 

As a member of the Staff Association, I 
also disapprove of the vaj in which Mr 
McDonough allied himself virith the Associa- 
tion, The denial of his representation of 
the Association as its President in the 
last paragraph failed to compensate for 
the fact that the first part of the article 
definitely established him as the president 
of the organization. 



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To the Soap Box: 

The Sunday-closing situa- 
tion has once more brought up the question 
Just how important is service to the pub- 
lic in the eyes of the administration of 
this Library? Apparently renovating has 
become the prime factor in the B.P.L, The 
book budget doesn't allow for the purchase 
of books, at least in departments known 
to this writer. 

Books very much in demand are sent to 
storage to make room for offices - not 
more books. Jobs are created when the 
work could be divided among what staff we 
had, if v/e're so poor. Now we're going to 
close on Sundays, Enough has been said 
about the loss in pay to members of the 
staff.- I wish to emphasize the loss in 
service to the public. How much longer 
is this sort of thing going to go on? 



CIVIL DEFENSE 



First Aid 



Jfey fifteenth was a red-letter day for 
some fifty members of the staff for it 
marked the completion of two courses in 
First Aid given under the competent direc- 
tion of Mrs Mary Farrell and Lir Louis 
Rains, Features of the ceremonies, held 
in the Lecture Hall at 9 aom. , were the 
presentation of certificates by the Direc- 
tor and a brief talk by Mr Alfred J, 
Spitall of the Boston Metropolitan Chapter 
of the American Red Cross. The speakers 
were introduced by Mr Francis X. Moloney, 
in charge of the Library's Civil Defense 
program. This meeting, which climaxed 
2li hours of class work by the students, ■ 
was planned by IVErs Edna Wollent, in Charge 
of Medical and Health Services, The Li- 
brary's Civil Defense Planning Committee 
was represented at the ceremonies by its 
chairman, Sarah IL, Usher* Mr John ¥- 
Tuley, as Co-ordxr.at,or, also attended. 

Plans will be made for refresher and 
advanced First Aid courses to begin early 
in October, 



SECOND OFFICIAL DAYLIGHT AIR RAID TEST 

The second official daylight air raid 
,test, vrhich took place on May l5, at 
10:20 a.m., was taken pretty much in stride 
by members of the staff and public, both 
in branch libraries and in Central Library. 
In the latter, steps which had been taken 
to eliminate the bottleneck on the Blagden 
Street stairs proved in practice to be 
effective. All in all, the Library's par- 
ticipation in the test vas apparantly quite 
a success, 

BPLEBA CELEBRATES FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY 

The Golden Anniversary of the Employee *s 
Benefit Association was celebrated on 
Thursday evening, May l5, with a dinner- 
dance in the Louis XIV Ballroom of the 
Hotel Somerset, ■ Seated at the head table 
were Mr and Mrs Albert L, Carpenter, 
Miss Helen Colgan, Mr Lee M, Friedman, Mr 
and Mrs Milton E, Lord, and Mr Francis B, 
Masterson, • 

Mr Albert L, Carpenter, President of the 
Association, served as toastmaster for the 
occasion introducing the speakers. Miss 
Helen E, -Colgan, Chairman of the Golden 
Anniversary Dinner-dance, expressed her 
gratitude to members of the several commit- 
tees who had assisted her in carrying 
through plans for the party, ¥t Lee M, 
Friedman, President of the Board of Trus- 
tees of the Library_; Mr Milton E, Lord, 
Director and Mr Francis B., Masterson, for- 
mer Trustee, all spoke briefly to the as- 
sembled guests. Unfortunately Mr Al Capp, 
who had accepted an invitation to be guest 
speaker at the dinner, was unable to attend 
because of an emergency call to Washington. 

It was pleasant for members of the Asso- 
ciation and their guests to have an oppor- 
tunity to greet as charter members l!ir 
Robert F. Dixon, Mr William Mulloney, and 
Mr Morris J, Rosenbergj and to greet also 
as former members of the Association, Mr 
William Graham, liliss Jane Hasson, Mr 
Garrett Lacey, and Yac John Watson, 

Following the conclusion of the speaking" 
program^ guests stayed to continue dancing 
to music furnished by Jtr Frank Myers' 
orchestra. 



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uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
Volume VII, Number 6 June 19$2 



Publications Conimittee: Barbara P, Cotter, George M, Pahud, Helen M, Popp, Sarah 

RichJnan, Edna G, Peck, Chairman 



Publication date t 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material ; 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 

A limited number of copies of The Ques - 
tion Mark have been requested for the 
booth of SORT (Staff Organization Round 
Table) at the A.L.A. convention in New 
York in July, The Question Mark -^Till be 
one of many staff bulletins on display 
from libraries all over the country* Such 
an exhibit in our oTvn staff library might 
give us some new points of view concerning 
the importance and place of association 
bulletins as a function of staff associa- 
tions. Wouldn't it be worthwhile for the 
B.P.L.P.S.A. Executive Board to explore 
the possibilities of. arranging for an 
exhibition of staff publications, or to 
see if SORT would sponsor a traveling 
exhibit of such material? 

During the convention on July 3 at 
10:30 a.m., SORT will present Mr Robert H. 
Holmes, Jr^, Employee Relations Officer at 
the Library of Congress, whose subject 
will be "What the Staff Association Can Do 
to Promote Staff Welfare." Such a subject 
is important enough that one of the dele- 
gates from the B.P.L. would do us a ser- 
vice by giving us a resume of the talk, 
or, better still, by bringing back a 
mimeographed copy of the speech which is 
to be distributed at the meeting for 
future report in The Question Mark . This 
might encourage more of our staff to par- 
ticipate in the activities of our own 
Morale Committee either by writing to The 
Question Itfark or directly to the Co- 
chairmen of the committee, giving their 
ideas and reactions to this talk and its 
relation to our own local problems. 

G.M.P. 



PERSONAL NOTES 

[ New Staff Members 

Robert J. Anglin, Book Stack Service. 
I Mildred P. Fischer, Jamaica Plain Branch, 
formerly part-time at West Roxbury Branch, 
I Julia A. Lenzi, Mattapan Branch, formerly 
1 part-time at Orient Heights Branch, 
i Louis M, Ugalde, Rare Book Department. 
William J, Gurney, Audio-Visual Center, 
lirs" Alice A, Marcoux, Bookmobile, former- 
ly part-time. 

Miss Bertha T, Dumsha, Adams Street 
Branch, formerly part-time. 

Michael W. Barden, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication Department, Division of Reference 
and Research Services, formerly part-time, 

John F. Buckley, Book Preparation Depart- 
ment, formerly part-time in Cataloging and 
Classification Department, Division of 
Reference and Research Services. 

Linda M, Pagliuca, North End Branch, 
formerly part-time. 

Re-entered Service 

Gloria H, Shine, South End Branch, Miss 
Shine resigned in September, 1951, to 
attend Columbia School of Library Serviceo 

Resignations 

Mrs Florence K, Goodman, Mattapan Branch, 
to remain at home. 

Marjorie A, Leonard, Jamaica Plain Branch, 
to do camp work for the s\imraer, 

llrs Shirley B, Ahern, History Department, 
to remain at home. 

Charles R. Shaw, Adams Street Branch. 

John W, Hall, Audio-Visual Center, to 
accept another position. 

Prizes 

Thomas McAuliffe, General Reference De- 
partment, was awarded the Franklin Medal 
at High School of Commerce, 



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T ransfers 

Rita E> Susi, from North End Branch to 
East Boston Branch, 

Mary C, Day, from East Boston Branch to 
Memorial Branch. 

Engagement 

I\fery A. Blute, Upharas Corner Branch, to 
S, Duane LaFollete, of Aurora, Missouri, 
A June wedding is planned, 

STORK EVENTS 

Have you met those two large inflated 
gentlemen walking down the corridors? They 
are the two newest papas, dispensing choc- 
olates and lollypopa in honor of the 
"births of Katherine Louise, a beautiful 
blond, born June 9, daughter of Mr and Mrs 
William T, Casey, Open Shelf Department, 
and Dean Kingsbury, a 7-lb boy born on 
June 10, son of Mr and lilrs George M, Pahud 
Music Department 

BON VOYAGE 

Miss Colomba N, Bartalini, Branch Issue 
Department, accompanied by her mother, 
leaves by air for Italy on June 30, 



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Miss Rita M» Desaulniers, Kirstein Busi- 
ness Branch sails from New York on the 
■Queen Mary , July 9 for a seven-week tour 
of Europe. 



Miss Madalene L, Holt, Neponset Branch 
sails on June 21; for a tour of major 
European countries. 



Miss Taimi E, Lilja, 'Codrcan Square 
Branch, leaves by air, June 2'3, for Fin- 
land, where she will visit relatives. 
Before ret\arning home. Miss Lilja plans to 
visit several European countries including 
England, France, and Switzerland, ; -. 



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Miss Pearl Smart, Personnel Office, 
accompanied by Mrs Minerva Elliott, former- 
ly a member of the staff of the Music De- 
partment, sails on June 1? for a tour of 
France, England and Scotland. 

WELCOME HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL 

Mr William J, Mulloney, Chief of the 
Main Reading Room, Emeritus, returned to 
his home on June 2, from the City Hospital 
where he recently underwent a major opera~ 
tion. 



Miss Mary McDonough, Chief of Book Prepa- 
ration Department, is resting at her home 
after treatment at St Elizabeth's Hospitalo 



Officer Frederick Crocker is recuperating 
at his home after an operation performed 
at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 

ITCDDINGS 

On Sunday, May 18, at two o'clock in 
I St, John the Baptist Church, Salem, Miss 
j Sophie F. Leskewicz became the 'bfide of 
i Ifr Robert J, Harris of Book Stack Service, 
! The bride wore an ankle-length gown of 
j chantilly lace, a finger-tip veil with 
lace crown, and carried her prayerbook 
j with white roses, streamers of ribbon and 
I lilies of the valley. The maid of honor, 
. Miss Mary Mroz of Salem, was gowned in aqua 
' nylon net with matching picture hat and 
carried a colonial bouquet. Mr Walter G, 
Harris of the Book Purchasing Department, 
assisted his brother as best man. After 
the reception, lAdiich was held at Saint 
Joseph's Hall in Salem, the couple left 
for a wedding trip through New England, 
They will make their home in Wenham, 



1 On May 18, at 3 o'clock, Miss Bernadette 
i Russell became the bride of It- John Je 
jo 'Callahan of Charlestown at St Francis de 
I Sales Church in Charlestown. The bride 
I wore an antique ivory satin gown, with a 
cathedral train and a matching French 



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Illusion veil. She carried a prayer book .Her keen interest in library affairs and 
with orchids and lilies of the valley, contagious enthusiasms in so many fields 
The groom's sister, as maid of honor, worelwill be available to us. Travel she will, 
aqua taffeta and net with matching picture Ibut home to Faneuil she will come, sharing 



hat» Following the ceremony a reception 
was held at the home of the bride's par- 
ents after -vrtiich the couple left for a 
week's honeymoon in New York and Washing- 
ton, 



On Sunday afternoon, June 8, 1952, Miss 
Marie J» Pinec, of Bookmobile II, became 



the bride of Mr Blair 



Benner, of the 



'her experiences with us who love her and 

I know her s'i vrell, 

I 

I H.M.O. 

I 

VISITORS 

lUrs Kaethe Lewy, Librarian, The Jewish 
National and University Library, Jerusalem, 
Ifr 0,H, Spchr, University of Capetown 



Audio-Visual Center, Recordings Section, 

at a ceremony which took place in her home ^Library , Capetown, South Africa, 

The bride wore a ballerina length gown of I Miss Phyllis Corner, Public Library, New 

white organdy and eyelet lace over a pale jSouth Wales, Sydney, Australiac 

blue slip. She carried a nosegay bouquet 

of 'White carnations and white sweat peas. 

Her maid of honor wore an aqua ballerine 

length gown and carried a raulti-colsred 

nosegay bouquet. The reception, which was 

attended by many of the couple's library 

friends, was given in the garden of the 



Mr Naro Okada, Director, Processing Divi- 
sion, Nati&nal Diet Library, Akasaka, 
Tokyo, Japan, 

lite Kohei Izawa, Professor of Law, Tohoku 
University, Sendai, Japan, 



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lowed by ice cream and assorted cakes and 
cookies. The beautiful three-tiered wed- 
ding cake vras made by the bride's mother* 
The newly-v.eds left for the Berkshires 
amid a showar of confetti, 

MISS FLORENCE B. DARLING HONORED 

On a recent fine Saturday afternoon. 
Miss Florence B. Darling vras honored at a 
luncheon at the Toll House in '^/hitman. 
This luncheon was occasioned by Miss Darl- 
ing's retirement from the library, on 
J-'one 30, 1952, after thirty- two years of 
service and was attended by the entire 
staff. 

The Wishing Well at the Toll House was 
the perfect place for the many warm wishes 
offered Miss Darling for "the best that is 
yet to come" , Miss Darling was presented 
with an orchid corsage, a purse and a 
sterling silver necklace. 

We, at Faneuil Branch, are fortunate that 
Miss Darling lives in the district that 
she has served so vrell for thirty years. 



ZOLTAN HARASZTI ADDRESSES 
FRIENDS OF JAMAICA PLAIN BRANCH LIBRARY 



bride 's home, A beautiful day blessed 
the happy couple with a wonderful recep- 
tion. A delicious pineapple punch was 
ser\'-ed first. Tempting sandvaches were 

arranged on shining silver trays. Th&fio ^ On Monday evening, June 9, a large, en- 
were accompanied by hot coffee and fol- A thusiastic group of Friends of Jamaica 



Plain Branch Library gathered at the branch 
to hear Mr Zoltan Haraszti, distinguished 
author and editor. Keeper of Rare Books at 
the Boston Public Library. He told his 
audience many little known facts about 
John Adams, the subject of his recent book, 
John Adams and the Prophets of Progress , 
The original Adams library, part of the 
fabulous Rare Book Department of the Boston 
Public Library, provided the backgroiind 
material for I'lr Haraszti 's booku It was 
the copious marginal notes made by John 
Adams in the volumes of his personal li- 
brary which revealed facets of the man's 
personality hitherto unknown. Far from 
being a reactionary and a monarchist, as 
he was considered by his contemporaries, 
John Adams , was a true republican and r-^ ' 
of the really great men of the eighte 
centurvy as Jfr Haraszti presents him, Tne 
audience obviously enjoyed the talk, 
applauding vigorously. 

The guests had a chance to meet and chat 
with Mr Haraszti while refreshments were 
being served, A v;ide variety of cakes and 
cookies, made by members of the "Friends" 
las well as by the library staff, were on- 
joyed wl-th punch. 



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LIBRARY OM TV 

On Friday, June 6, Thornton Burgess, 
author of animal stories and books for 
children, was the guest of Polly Huse over 
WBZ-TV in connection with his talk the 
following day in the Library Lecture Hall. 

♦ 

Mr Gerald F. Krumm, President of the 
Boston Mineral Club, was Bill Hahn's guest 
over INAC-TV on Mor^y, June 16, in connec- 
tion with the mineral exhibit in the Main 
Lobby through June 30. 

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LIBRARY IN THE NEWS 

On Tuesday, Ifey 27, Mr John Kelso, a 
feature writer for the Boston Sunday Post 
came to the Library for material for a 
story on the new record reproducing 
nachines in the Open Shelf Department, the 
Audio-Visual Center, and the Adams Street 
Branch Library, 

LIBRARY EXHIBIT AT A,F. OF L. 
UlflOH IflPDSTEIES SHOIT 

Do you like routine or do you like to do 
something different? From my experience 
of last month, I have observed that many 
staff oembera enjoy working on a novel 
task. At least, that seems to be the ex- 
planation for the whole-hearted coopera- 
tion given by so many departments of the 
Library in designing, building and ser- 
vicing the Boston Public Library Service 
to Labor Exhibit at the A.F. of L. Union 
Industries Show, held in Ifechanics Build- 
ing on May 17-2li. 

The exhibit had a back wall, seven feet 
high, and three counters, all displaying 
books on labor. For animation, there was 
a rotating red, white and blue carousel, 
•perated by electricity, which held twelve 
books in colorful Jackets, There was also 
a "Wheel of Information" with twelve labor 
questions, answered by turning a red arrow, 
For each question, there were three open- 
ings, giving the author, title, and page of 
the books in which a full answer could be 
found. Indeed, Jxist as in good library 
practice, more than one source is recom- 
mended, the "Wheel of Information" was 
accompianied with a free booklist, listing 
foiir titles for each of the twelve Kfu&n" 



tions . 

There was no doubt that the Library ex- 
hibit had good public relations value for 
all of the half-a-million people who 
visited the Show. "Oh, the Boston "Public 
Library is here, tooi" was always exclaimed 
with pleased surprise. 

The attractive, well-lighted booth could 
never have been so successful if it had 
not been for the assistance of so many 
staff members. I should like to list all 
the departments who contributed to the 
exhibit in many cases in excess of their 
regular work assignments' because I think 
the whole staff can feel proud of the co- 
operation on this project: Audio-Visual 
Center, Book Stack Service, Book Selection, 
Branch Issue, Buildings (carpenters, elec- 
tricians, painters), Open Shelf , Shipping 
and Statistical Departments, Exhibits 
Office, Office of Division of Home Reading 
and Coiraminity Services, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics, and the BPL Maintenance 
Employees Union, Local I31h» 

I should like to express my deep appre- 
oiatioo of the enthusiasm, initiative and 
ever-ready assistance from e veryone who 
participated in this successful undertaking 

Helen F, Hirson 
Extension Librarian 



BPLPSA Delegates 

In accordance with their regular custom, 
the Trustees of the Library have allowed 
five grants of $100 each toward the expensi 
of attendance at the Annual Conference of 
the American Library Association to be helc 
in New York, June 29 - July 5, 19?2, As 
in former years those receiving the grants 
have been appointed as delegates frcMH the 
B.P.L.P.S.A. to the S(BT annual convention, 
held in conjunction with the A.L.A. meet- 
ings, with power to cast five votes, the 
maximuiQ allowed our association. The dele- 
gates are: Gerald L, Ball, Chief, Book 
Purchasing Department j Fanny Goldstein, 
Branch Librarian, West End Branch; Paul V, 
Moynihan, Assistant, General Reference De- 
partment; Mrs Bette B, Freer, Children's 
Librarian, Mt Pleasant Branch; and ifeurice 
F, Rahilly, Probationary Assistant, Audio- 
Visual Center. 



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Edltor's Note ; 

The following "campaign literature" . in 
support of Miss Georgia Gambrill's nDUiina- 
tion as a member of the SORT Steering. Com- 
mittee, for the election to be held during 
the A.L.A. convention in New York was re- 
ceived from the Staff Association, Saint 
Louis Public Library. We take the liberty 
of reprinting. 

Our. name's not Kefauver, 

And our name's not Taft, 
And we don't know campaigning 

Fore nor Aft, 

But we like our candidate - 

We think she's fine. 
And we hope to "vote em" 

Right down the line I 

We know its, dreadful 

That we must report 
No representation 

On committees of SORT 

(No - never ; not even hardly ever J) 

Our Georgia Gambrill 

Will work might and main 
For the common good 

In the SORT Domain, 

And the St. Louis Staff 

Know they've much to gain 
Through a closer tie 

With the SORT DomainJ 

• • CHILDREN'S LIBRARIANS MEET AT 
- TYLER STREET READING ROOM 

The Children's Librarians concluded the 
current season of monthly business meet- 
ings on Wednesday, June 11, wheij: they met 
at Tyler Street Reading Room. It:was the 
opinion of those acquainted with the Tyler 
Street Branch of yesteryear that it bore 
little resemblance to the attractive, gay- 
ly furnished rooms of today, where the at- 
mosphere is conducive to reading and relax-j- 
ation. Between the business session and 
the book reviews, the staff served punch 
and cookies, including Chinese rice cckes 
that contained "fortunes". It was fun to 
know that for one Children's Librarian 
"t,cmorrow will be peppier" - that another 
"vi^ll soon have to choose between two 
lovers", while still another has "thoughts 
favorable for music and entertainment*" 



The meeing adjourned with mutual- good 
wishes for a summer of fruitful activity, 
punctuated with happy holidays. 



■5«H«H«-)BHHH«- 

RECENT MATERIAL OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST 

Winslow, Amy. Many Minds Better Than 
One. Public Libraries . April 19^2, ppk U-7. 

In this article Miss Amy Winslow, Direc- 
tor of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in 
Baltimore, declares her belief in and ad- 
miration for active employee participation 
in library planning. She cites two highly 
desirable results of such participation: 
better employee relationship, and the su- 
perior product which comes from group 
thinking. Miss Winslow enumerates and com- 
ments upon methods now used at Enoch Pratt 
that allow many of the good minds of the 
staff to wor^ on the problems of that Li- 
brary. Ideas are encouraged and given full 
consideration, even though they can't be 
carried out, or have failed previously. 
Staff committees are established to con- 
tribute to planning and executionc The 
opinion of the staff is solicited through 
questionnaire or vote. Early announcement 
about neviT plans is made to the staff o The 
advice of the staff in the preparation of 
the budget is solicited. The Staff Asso- 
ciation is regarded as an asset. Member- 
ship in professional organizations is en- 
couraged. Miss Winslow warns the reader 
of this article that the above methods are 
probably not new, but they are all being 
used in her library. Team-work such as 
she describes is not always easy, but the 
Director of the Enoch Pratt Library is 
certain that "one of the delights in work- 
ing in the Pratt Library is that we work 
together". At the end of this article 
Miss Winslow states: "We are firm be- 
lievers in democratic administration. Hav- 
ing learned through pleasant experience 
that many minds are better than one" » 



Martin, Lowell. A Review of Alice I, 
Bryan's "The Public Librarian," Publi c 
Libraries , April 1952, pp. 7-9. 



Dr Lowell Martin, Associate Dean of the 
Columbia University School of Library Ser- 
vice, believes the strength of this volume 
of the Public Library Inquiry "is more in 
its appraisal of the existing situation 
than in its prescription for change" * In 



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Miss Bryan's book the public librarian is 
pictured as a variable unit in a group. 
This group has certain characteristics, 
among them: below-average scores on tests 
of aggressiveness and self-confidence; un- 
even age distribution of professional per- 
sonnel, with heavy concentration in the 
i;0-55 age groupj failure to achieve col- 
lege graduation on the part of over UO per 
cent of the persons holding professional 
position} and personal (but not monetary) 
satisfaction felt by librarians in their 
work. Dr Martin claims that the findings 
of the Guillard-Martin Inventory and the 
Strong Vocational Interest blanks used to 
test personality factors as reported by 
Miss Bryan, are, in general, approxima- 
tions and at specific points may be unre- 
liable. In the section on personnel ad- 
ministration Dr Martin notes there is only 
limited development of comprehensive and 
consistent personnel programs in libraries, 
Some of the serious charges against libraiji 
personnel practices listed by Miss Bryan 
and noted by Dr Martin are- failure to 
define clearly the nature of professional 
work, inadequacy of methods for selecting 
and pronioting employees, and the limited 
opportunities given to staff members to 
grow on the job both for their own benefit 
and that of library service. The person- 
nel administration section of Miss Bryan's 
book is criticised on the point that only 
limited attention is given to psychologi- 
cal conditions of employment, such as 
sense of purpose, creative effort, and 
personal recognition, while more emphasis 
is placed on equitable salaries, working 
conditions and security. Dr Martin be- 
lieves that Alice Bryan's The Public Li- 
brarian provides answers to the question: 
are library staff members really equal to 
the tasks which they are called upon to 
perform, and how can we bring the quality 
of personnel up to the necessary level» 

Public Libraries , the official publica- 
tion of the A.L.A. Division of Public Li- 
braries, has devoted its April 195? issue 
to the subject of library administration. 
In addition to the two articles described 
above this issue has two other articles of 
interest: "Problems of Coordination and 
Research in Large Public Libraries", by 
Dr Edward Wight; "Work Simplification in 
Libraries", by Dr Joseph Wheeler. 

Some of the periodicals of the libraiy 
profession in their recent issues carry 
material of considerable usefulness for 
librarians who will attend the A.L.A. Con- 



ference in New York City, June 29 -July 5. 
The A.L.A, Bulletin for March has a map of 
the Conference area and a list of hotel 
rates. The May issue has an article "Side- 
lights on New York" by Harold L. Roth that 
gives ideas for sightseeing, advice on 
what to wear, and other helpful hints for 
a pleasant New York visit. This same issue 
carries some Conference notes. The Bulle- 
tin for June gives the tentative program of 
the Conference, The Library Journal for 
March 15, 1902 has articles that give a 
list of books on New York City, cite sig- 
nificant new buildings, suggest visits to 
libraries and museums, and provide other 
items of interest to the Conference visitor," 



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Hardy, May Go The Library of Congress 
Subject Catalog: An Evaluation, The Li - 
brary Quarterly , Jan-uary 1902, pp. UO-SO, 

Those of us who have occaasion to use the 
comparatively recent publication Library 
of Congress Subject Catalog will find this 
evaluation of much usefulness and consider- 
able interest. The Subject Catalog was 
inaugurated in 1950 as a complement to the 
Library of Congress Author Catalog . The 
Subject Catalog lists under appropriate 
subject headings, regardless of country of 
origin, works published since January, 
19U5 (in the Roman, Greek, Hebrew, Gaelic, 
or Cyrillic alphabets), received and cata- 
loged by the Library of Congress, or for 
that Library by other American libraries 
participating in the cooperative catalog- 
ing program. It assembles under the stan- 
dard Library of Congress subject headings 
traced on the printed cards those vnorks 
listed under authors, editors, translators, 
etc, in the Author Catalog for the corres- 
ponding period. 

Miss Hardy writes that the potentialities 
of the Subject Catalog can be realized if 
such defects as the Library of Congress 
system of subject-heading includes can be 
corrected in time. Defects due to the 
lack of minute editorial supervision are 
seen to be quite noticeable in the see 
references. The Catalog is being produced 
by largely mechanical methods with a mini- 
mum of editorial supervision, because this 
method at present is financially feasible. 
Details of format, layout, and organiza- 
tion of the catalog are being studied by 
the editors and future issues will include 
necessary changes. Miss Hardy laments the 
lack of an introductory statement that 



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should include a detailed statement of the 
scope and limitations of the the coverage 
and a clear exposition setting forth the 
general design of the subject-heading sys- 
tem. With such. an introductory explanation, 
a minimum of professional guidance will be | 
required in using the catalog* It is 
pointed out that international use of the 
catalog is hampered by the alphabetical 
arrangement, and it is suggested that a 
classified arrangement, as is found in the 
British National Bibliography , would great- 
ly facilitate foreign use. "If the Sub- 
ject Catalog can be accurate and depend- 
able in its subject analysis of books; if 
the subject headings used in it are ade- 
quate, up to date, and logically integrat-j 
ed; and if it can be made prompt and reaHy^ 
comprehensive in its coverage of the re- • 
cent American and foreign works available | 
in American libraries, then its place in ! 
the organization of American bibliography j 
will be assured, and its usefulness will i 
be great indeed." 

P, Moynlhan 

THE SOCIAL yJHIRL 

A bon voyage party at Boraschi's was 
held May 12 for two members of the Kir- 
stein Business Branch staff who are visit- 
ing Europe this summer. The fortunate 
members are Mss Rita Desaulniers and JJiss 
Gilda Rossetti. Miss Rossetti left Fri- 
day, May 16, from New York aboard the lie 
de France for a 9-week stay in Europe. 
Gilda, who is travelling with her sister 
Jeanne, plans to meet her brother and his 
family in Paris, from where they will 
start on a motor trip through France, 
Italy, and back to Germany where her 
brother is stationed vjlth the U.S. Array. 
Miss Desaulniers is sailing for Europe on 
the Queen Mary , leaving New York July 9» 
England, France, Denmark, Italy, and 
Switzerland are among the countries includ- 
ed in the 7-week tour Rita is taking with 
her sister Louise. Both Rita and Gilda 
are planning to keep interesting records 
of their trips in the travel books pre- 
sented them by the staff. 



On May 22, the staff of Jamaica Plain 
Branch honored Miss Marjorie Obenauer, 
recently appointed Branch Librarian at 



Mt. Pleasant, and lire .Ruth Gibson, who is 
on leave of absence, at an Italian lunch- 
eon served at the branch, -,:The staff pre- 
sented a pewter bowl to Jliss Obenauer as 
a belated farewell gift. We wish both Mss 
Obenauer and Mrs Gibson the. best of luck. 



On Saturday, liary 2U, Miss Frances C, 
Lepie , Branch Librarian of Mt . Bowdoin, 
sailed on the Liberte for an extended tour 
of Europe and Israel, Prior to her leaving 
she was guest of honor at a bon voyage 
party given by her staff. Champagne was 
served and the group drank a toast to a 
very happy voyage for Miss Lepie. The 
lobster salad luncheon was topped off by a 
gaily decorated bon voyage cake. The .staff 
presented Miss Lepie with a Kodak Pony 
Camera hoping that she will capture some 
of the more clamorous scenes which she will 
enjoy. As an added surprise she received 
a soft gray doeskin case for the camera 
from the Extra Assistants-. 



On Sunday eveining, May 2$, J/tLss Edna G, 
Peck gave a delightful "Bon Voyage" party 
for a group of the Boston Public Library 
staff members who are now on their way to 
Europe, or soon to leave, A delicious 
buffet supper was served while guests had 
fun discussing itineraries and highlights 
of their respective trips. Pictures of the 
1950 European vacation taken with Miss 
Peck were shown by Miss Margaret Morgan 
and Miss Virginia Haviland. Traveling 
guests included Mrs Elizabeth Wright, 
Misses Pearl Smart, Barbara Gilson, Taimi 
Lilja, Madalene Holt and Ifergaret Morganj 
and Mrs Jessie Morgan, Mrs Minerva Elliott 
was prevented from attending because of 
illness. 



The Fiction Committee, (about to be dis- 
solved to be reborn as the Adult Book Sel- 
ection Committee) paid tribute to its own 
passing by enjoying a substantial dinner 
at Lock Ober's on Tuesday evening, May 27. 
Mrs Geraldine M. Altman, Jamaica Plain 
Branch was unable to be present due to 
illness on the staff, but all other members 
were present, with hearty appetites. At 
the conclusion of the leisurely, social 
dinner, it was the unanimous decision that 
no less painful method of demise could be 
devised, * 



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On WedP-fiSday eveniJig, June h, Mss 
Dorothy F. Nota^e had a joint celebi-dtion 
at her home in honor of Miss Harriet Frye 
who will be married on Jime 15, and Miss 
Ifery C, Day who will be transferred to 
'Memorial Branch. Inunediatel;- after the 
festive dinner, attended by the staff of 
the East Boston Branch, Miss Day was given 
a lovely necklace and earrings set. Later] 
iri the evening Miss Frye was presented 
with an enormous book, gaily decorated, 
which contained useful kitched gadr-ets 
colorfully wrapped with original jr.r-gles 
attached. The biggest surprise waa the 
sterling silver pie server, cream ladle ■ 
and salt spoons. The evening concluded 
with a clever puzzle made up of book 
titles telling the story of the "Royal 
road to Romance," 



The members of the Personnel Office gave 
a bon voyage party for Mrs Elizabeth L, 
Wright, Supervisor of Personnel and Miss 
Pearl B, Smart, Assistant to the Supervi- 
sor of Personnel at Novak's Towne Terrace 
on Tuesday, June 10, 19^2, Miss Smart 
will be sailing for Europe aboard the 
Mauretania on Tuesday, June 17, 1952 and 
will tour England, Scotland and France. 
Mrs Wright will be flying to England dur- 
ing the middle part of August and will 
travel in England and Scotland. Both Mrs 
Wright and Miss Smart were presented with 
fitted traveling kits for use on their 
European trips. 



were invited to rack their battered brains 
solving a literary quiz prepared by Miss 
Mourse, Strange as it may &eemj, no one 
received zero f^r her efforts , although 
several hpvered near that precarious digit. 
The piece de resistance of the evening was 
one of Miss Nourse's famous culinary crea- 
tions - a large green parfait sea, lashed 
with whipped cream waves, on which floated 
the good ship,- properly equipped with life 
savers, just in case the whipped cream 
waves should grow obstreperous. Never be- 
fore in the history of mankind has a whole 
sea disappeared so rapidly. At a late 
hour the guests remembered that nine 
o'clock the next morning comes early these 
days and they departed with hearty good 
wishes for the guest of honor, wholeheart- 
ed thanks to their hostess, and a unani- 
mous conviction that bon voyage parties 
are a wonderful institution. 



THE POETS' CORNER 

Tv/o programs of plays by poets living in 
the Boston area irere given recently in the 
Court of the Fogg Jiuseun, Cambridge, Smith , 
a Masque , by Alison Bishop and The Center ^ 
by Cid Corman were among the plays pre- 
sented. Both of these productions were 
very favorably received, Mrs Bishop is a 
member of the staff of the Rare Book De- 
partment, Mr Corman is a former member of 
the Open Shelf Department staff, 

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S.L.A. CONVENTION 
On Tuesday evening, June 10, Miss Edna 
G, Peck entertained the staffs of the two j The ii3rd annual convention of the Special 
Book Selection Departments in her recently ^ib^^^ies Association was held at the Hotel 
redecorated apartment, which all agreed [Statler, New York City, from May 26 to 29, 
should be featured in House Beautiful . followed by a two-day post-convention pro- 
Following a delicious dinner, and between gram, sponsored by the Science and Technol- 
ogy Oroup, and devoted to restricted and 
other documents. 

An exceptionally full program was provid- 
ed for all groups, and divisions, with s® 
many outstanding speakers and visits occur- 
ing at the same time, selection was diffi- 
cult. 

The major topics of discussion at the 
various Science and Technology sectional 
meetings were on the compilation of refer- 
ence sources - abstracts, translations, 
periodicals, indices, bibliographies, stan- 
dards - both in English and other languages. 



showers (hail and otherwise), the Fenway 
Rose Gardens were visited. 



On Wednesday evening, June 11, IJilsa 
Dorothy F, Mourse was hostess at a bon 
voyage party for her house mate. Miss 
Madalene D, Holt, After the guest of 
honor had opened and displayed several 
at-cractive and practical gifts, which she 
v;lll no doubt find very useful on her 
forthcoming trip to Europe, the guests 



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on new methods, of publication and repro- 
duction by the use of microfilm, micro- 
print, microcards, the minute indexing of 
information by punched card and other 
machine aids, and the reference use of 
material by means of high-speed facsimile, 
rapid selectors, wire recording, televised 
transmission, etc. 

An especially interesting discussion on 
legal aspects of photo and other machine 
documentation was given by Albert S, Davis 
who stressed the fact that such reproduced 
material is, in general, not adraissable as 
evidence, and that libraries should pre- 
serve original and rare sources, 

A most delightful day was spent by the 
Biological Section in a visit to the Boyce 
Thompson Institute for Plant Research in 
Yonkers, where startling developments in 
weed control, mushroom growth in solution, 
and plant varients with colchicime are 
being made, and to the New York Botanical 
Gardens, where a sight-seeing deluxe ser- 
vice, in the form of a miniature train was 
provided. 

Of the general meetings, the first pre- 
sented His Honor Ifeyor Impellitteri in a 
most gracious welcome, the second, a 
luncheon meeting, brought Dr Benjamin A. 
Cohen, Assistant Secretary General of the 
Department of Public Information of the 
U.N,, Dr Solomon V, Arnaldo, Director of 
UNESCO, and Pauline Frederick, radio and 
U.N. commentator, as principal speakers, 
and the third was devoted to personnel 
problems in company libraries t 

Loraine A, Sullivan 

M.L.A, ANMJAL MEETING 

Reports of the Annual Meeting of the 
Massachusetts Library Association held at 
the Hotel Belmont, West Harwich, Ifessachu- 
setts, June 13-11; j 1952, are given below: 

The Hazar ds of Publishin g 

Miss Catherine Yerxa, President, was 
chairman of the afternoon program which 
featured Mr Donald S. Cameron, Executive 
Secretary of the American Book Publishers 
Council, and Miss Helen Jones, Associate 
Editor for juveniles at Little, Brown Co, 
Before introducing Mr Cameron, Miss Yerxa 
spoke of a joint committee set up in 1950 
by the A.L.A. and American Book Publishers 



j Council to consider such matters pertaining 
[to books as intellectual freedom, censor- 
j ship, copyright and legislation. Her open- 
ing remarks stressed the point that librar- 
ies are one of the greatest distributing 
agencies of books and therefore it would be 
in the interest of publishers to get to- 
gether with librarians to consider their 
needs. 

Jir Cameron stated that in the industry 
,iof communication of ideas, books are rather 
the poor cousins, for they derive no income 
other than from sales; while radio, tele- 
vision, newspapers and magazines receive 
additional income from advertising. Book 
publishing represents an enormous financial 
risk. Since the viar book publishers have 
been depending heavily on subsidiary in- 
come from such sources as book, clubs, mov- 
ing picture rights, and digest magazine 
synopses. Simon & Schuster employs an edi- 
tor to consider each manuscript offered as 
a possibility for such subsidiary income. 
Less than twenty cents of the consumer's 
dollar for reading matter is spent on booksj 
the remainder of the dollar goes to the 
purchase of magazines and newspapers. 
Slightly less than half of the books now 
published are paper cover reprints j this 
represents a 100^ rise in the last four 
years. Some Nev; York publishers are con- 
sidering paper cover format for original 
works; an example of this is the "New 
World Writing" which sells for 35 cents, 
Mr Cameron thinks people are not buying so 
many hard-cover books because of their cost, 
and because they take up space in homes 
which are becoming smaller, Mr Cameron is 
not pessimistic however about the book in- 
dustry, for he believes there will always 
be an intelligent reading public. 

Miss Jones described the main problem of 
a publisher's editor, which is to know what 
to publish. Quantity of books being pub- 
lished continues great, but the search goes 
on always for qxialityo If the librarian 
would consent to see the publishers ' repre- 
sentatives when they call, this would, in 
Miss Jones • estimation, greatly improve 
publisher-librarian relations, and would 
bring about better cooperation. As the 
basis for editorial selection of juvenile 
books by the publishers. Miss Jones cited 
three points: market probabilities; likeli- 
hood, of professional acceptance; editorial 
preference. Implicit in all three points 
must be the child's interest. Publishers 
are now depending upon libraries and . 
schools as their main market for the hard 



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cover books. 

In the question period following these 
talks on "The Hazards of Publishing", Miss 
Mead of Winchester pointed out that some 
very good material was coming to her li- 
brary in paper covers, but the margins of 
such were too narrow for binding. Miss 
Phillips of Norwood asked Mr Cameron if 
librarians who wanted to let publishers 
know books were needed in certain subject 
fields should write to the American Book 
Publishers Council about it. Mr Cameron 
replied in the negative, explaining that 
the Council considers only the business 
and economic side of publishing, and does 
not consider the editorial work of pub- 
lishing. In reply to Miss Phillips, Miss j 
Jones suggested writing to individual j 
publishers. After some interesting ques- | 
tions and answers the afternoon program : 
came to a close. 

Mind Meets Mind, A Study of Barriers 
To Human Understanding 

Immediately after dinner the Association' 
heard Mr Ernest W. 1.5uehl, Associate Pro- | 
fessor of Public Speaking at Yale Univer- j 
sity, deliver a humoroua ■ and well design- 
ed talk on barriers to human understanding 
in the communication of ideas by speech. 
From the talk we learned that communica- 
tion between minds often fails for seman- 
tic reasons, and for various states of 
mind of the listeners. 

Semantic difficulties arise because of 
the great differences in vocabularies of 
people trying to communicate idess; be- 
cause words cease to carry their real 
meaning when used oftenj and because words 
exhaust their emotional impact through 
over use. 

Because people tend to set up barriers 
when an idea unfriendly to them is about 
to be communicated, a speaker before a 
group must cope with such states of mind 
as : limited attention; the ability of the 
mind to deafen itself to what one does not 
Ijl'te to hear J the tendency of the human 
mind to deny the implications of an un- 
friendly idea; and unwillingness to gener- 
alize from a specific lesson involving an 
unpleasant issue. 

Mr Muehl believed speech making presents 
a major problem to average Americans. He 
ccuHiders the problem to arise from two 
causes: the- average American's leadership 
rejection complex and his faith in the 
"strong, silent, masculine approach" o Mr 



Meuhl concluded his interesting talk with 
the thought that effective communication is i 
more of an art than a science. 

P.V.M. 

Vinland Yesterday - Cape Cod Today 

Mrs Virginia Doane, President of the Cape 
Cod Library Club, presided at the evening 
meeting, and extended a welcome from the 
Club which had planned the program. Three 
speakers brought Cape Cod to the audience e 
Donald Trayser, Clerk of Courts for Barn- 
stable County and Trustee of the Sturgis 
Library in Barnstable, traced the history 
of that "bared and bended arm of Massachu- 
setts" as Cape Cod has been so aptly des- 
cribed. Defining Cape Cod humor as "Yankee 
humor with a large dash of salt", he pro- 
ceeded to illustrate with some colorful 
anecdotes. To show that there are still 
peculiar ideas existing elsewhere about 
this small part of the U.S.A., he cited the 
instance of the man vrtio wrote to -the Chamr- 
ber of Commerce requesting a place on Cape 
Cod "where he could fish from both sides 
\7ithout moving." lie Trays er suggested the 
following books for those interested in 
learning more about Cape Cod: 

Henry Kittredge - Cape Cod and Shipmasters 
of Cape Cod; Arthur W. Tarbell - Cape Cod 
AhoyJ and I retire to Cape Cod; Frank and 
Edith Shay - Sand in their shoes. 

The second speaker, Paul Chavchavadze , 
author of Family Album and a Cape C odder 
by adoption, told of his Russian background 
and of the reaction of his mother, who 
lives in England, to his chosen home. On 
•examining a map of North America, she de- 
cided that her son " had landed on a hook". 
He admitted that he had "been hooked" ; that 
Cape Cod had "gotten under his skin" to 
such an extent that in 1939 he and his wife 
had bought a home in Wellfleet by selling 
a valuable diamoidand emerald brooch which 
had belonged to his wife's maternal grand- 
mother. Queen Olga of Greece. Recognizing 
that it is impossible to be considered a 
native Cape Codder by those who were actu- 
ally born there, he said: "So long as one 
feels that he belongs, that is all that 
matters e" He concluded with this statement 
of belief: "During the war in Germany, and 
later in Korea and China, I would sometimes 
sort of sniff the air and think that I 
smelled Cape Cod. If a man, when he is 
lonely and in a distant land among people 
who are completely strange to him, suddenly 



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remembers a place like that, it is really 
and truly his home,," 

The third speaker -was Milford Laivrence, 
florist and Trustee of the Falmouth Public 
Library, who spo}ce as a native son who h^d 
chosen in 1921 to give up a promising 
career in Minneapolis to return home and 
enter the family business when his 
father's health seemed precarious, and who 
had never regretted the decision (His 
father, by the way, is still active at 
90fJ) In addition to adding his quota of 
local yarns, he spoke of the threat to the 
naturalness of Cape Cod which over commer- 
cialism presents and, of the necessity of 
working unceasingly in an attempt to keep 
this area unspoiled; of the peculiarities 
of vegetation on land which faces four 
seas J and of the challenge to native-born 
Cape Codders to be vrorthy of the friend- 
ships of those who come to visit or to 
stay. 

An exhibit of pictures of Cape God from 
its lending collection had been arranged 
by the Brewster Ladies ' Library. The two 
librarians from Camp Edwards and Otis Air 
Force Base, Sara Graham and Marion Ingram, 
extended a cordial invitation to the group 
to visit both libraries. All who took ad- 
vantage of this were -warmly received by 
those on duty, but all the "patrons" had 
forsaken Camp for the day to attend the 
Strawberry Festival and crowning of the 
Strawberry Queen in Falmouth] The two li- 
braries, distinctly different as to physi- 
cal layout, are equipped with furniture 
similar to that in the Open Shelf Depart- 
jnent and present friendly and hospitable 
atmospheres, 

S.M.U. 

New England Opera Theater 

At the Saturday morning session, Boris 

Goldovsky, director of the New England 
Opera Theater, discussed the present de- 
plorable status of opera in America, and 
the efforts of su'ch organizations as the 
New England Opera Theater to stimulate and 
expand interest in the classic, establish- 
ed operas of the past, and to encourage 
and support the production of new operas. 

Opera in America has. much in common with 
literature and the theater in that Ameri- 
cans pretend they do not like such cultu- 
ral mediums because "real people don't do 
it." This is born out in the European 
concept of America as a nation of "Gadgets^ 



rather than of culture. Eve-n the library 
is, better off,- since even the smallest 
to-vm expects to maintain a library, while 
opera, until recently, was considered not 
quite nice. 

Fine vocal talent in large numbers is 
available each year at American auditions, 
yet the limited opportunity for, and the 
high cost of production of opera here offer 
little opportunity for its development. 
Opera can never pay for itself, and must 
always be subsidized in some way. There is 
need of great acti-vlty on a low level, and 
much bad opera must be produced in order to 
encourage the creation of good work. Here 
is where the mechanism of a national opera 
foundation could be most effective, aiding 
the production of s-tandard opera in English, 
•with good libre-trtos, and stimulating the 
development of new, original productions.- 

L.A.S. 

Business Meeting 

Miss Catharine M, Yerxa, the president, 
Watertown Public Library, called the meet- 
ing to order. The Secretary, Miss Eliza- 
beth Johnson, Lynn F\iblic Library, read the 
report of the winter meeting held at the 
Sheraton Plaza Hotel, Boston, Miss Lucille 
Wickersham, Treasurer, Springfield City Li- 
brary, gave an outline report, and reminded 
the members that the Treasurer-' 3 annual 
report would be given in full in the Octo- 
ber issue of the M.L.A, Bulletin , On vote 
it was decided to omit the reading of the 
reports of the Standing Committees since 
they also can be read in full in the Octo- 
ber Bulletin . The reports of the follow- 
ing special committees were read and 
approved: By-La-ffs. Committee - Miss 
Gertrude Coloban,. -Thomas Crane Public Li- 
brary, Quincy; Committee to contact Lowell 
Institute Cooperative Broadcasting Council- 
Miss Edna Phillips, Morrill Memorial Li- 
brary, Norwoodj Nominating Committee - Mr 
Dolan, Cambridge Public Library for Mrs 
Elizabeth Wright, Chairman, Boston Public 
Library, 

A very full and interesting report on 
Tmstees activities -was read by Mr Stacy 
Southworth, Trustee, Thayer Public Library, 
Braintreee-»- Mr Sou-bhworth also repotted 
informally on the Western Massachusetts 
Library Federation. 

Miss Yerxa thanked the various committee 
members for their cooperation diiring her 
presidency and turned the gavel over to the 



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incoming president, Mr Philip; McNiff, 
Lament Library, Harvard University*. In 
deference to the inviting surroundings and 
ideal weather, Mr McNiff said "No speech" ' 
and adjourned the meetings 

E»G.P« 

* This report stated that the original 
Trustees Committee of three members had 
been enlarged to eleven. Among those in- 
vited to join this Trustees Steering Com- 
mittee is Mr Lee M, Freidman, President of 
the Board of Trustees, Boston Public Li- 
brary, This committee will work on the 
formation of an official trustees section 
of the M.L.A, and present their findings 
at a State Trustees meeting to be held in 
September 1952, 

■5«H««HrJHHHf 

IN MEMDRIAM 
KATHERINE F. MULDOON 

After a prolonged illness Miss Katherine 
F. ^'hildoon. Branch Librarian Emeritus, 
passed away, Thursday evening, May 22, 
Her passing takes from the Boston Public 
Library a loyal and devoted friend. Until 
her illness she read every publication of 
the library, kept up her subscriptions to 
professional journals and scanned news- 
papers and magazines for news of the Bos- 
ton Public Library or -up-to-date informa- 
tion on library procedure. These news 
items she clipped and passed on to her 
friends still in the service. 

To viirite of Miss Muldoon's services 
necessarily means recalling the growth of 
the Allston Branch Library for it was she 
who guided the branch through its various 
phases from "a shop station" located on 
Franklin Street, Allston, in I896 to its 
present location on Harvard Avenue where 
as one of the large branch libraries in 
the system, it serves an ever-increasing 
clientele. Service to the public was . . 
foremost to Miss Muidoon, It was no un- 
usual thing for her to purchase books for 
the branch collection from her own pocket- 
book when quotas were low. She acted as 
advisor to many young patrons seeking help 
in solving their vocational problems. 

After her retirement in 1937 ^ she re- 
turned to her old love of travel and spent 
several enjoyable years. Miss Muidoon has 
gone, but her indomitable spirit and 
loyalty will always be remembered. 



■ JOHN J. .GRIFFIN 

There passed away on June 17, 19^2, at 
the City Hospital, John Joseph Griffin, of 
the Buildings Department, Jfr Griffin was 
'a Spanish War Veteran who has been in the 
Boston Public Library service since 1919. 
During the years he has been associated 
•with the Library, he has given unstintingly 
of his services as a mason. He will be re- 
membered as "the man who fixed the marble" 
and much of the fine marble repair work in 
the Central Library building was done by 
Mr Griffin, His ability in marble and tile 
work was outstanding. As one of his fellow 
workers said, "He was tops. They don't make 
them like Joe Griffin any more," He will 
be 5r>datly missed by his associates. 

A Spanish American War Veterans ' Mlitary 
Funeral will take place on Friday morning, 
June 20, at a 9 a.m. Requiem Jfess, St, 
Peter's Church, Dorchester. 

DEPARTMENT NOTES 
Print Department 



Mr Arthur W, Heintzelman, Keeper of 
Prints, has given a number of lectures 
.since May 1, Directly connected with the 
Ljtarary was his talk on the evening of 
June 5 at the Adams Street Branch on The 
Development of an Etching and Dry point. 
May 1st he served as critic for the Newton 
Art Association, and performed a like duty 
at the Business Men's Art Club on May 12, 
On May 28, he was the guest speaker at the 
Annual Dinner in honor of newly elected 
members of St. Mark's Chapter of the Cum 
Laude Society, at St, Mark's School in ,"' 
Southborough. June 9 he recorded an inter- 
view with I»ir Edward Cooper on the Wiggin 
Collection and the coming exhibition of 
Contemporary French Prints, which was 
broadcast the following evening over WBUR, 

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On June lii, at a 10 o'clock Nuptial Mass 
at St, Aidan's Church, Brookline, Miss 
Elizabeth Kaufmann, of the Print Department, 
became the bride of John J, Norman of Bos- 
ton, The bride came down the aisle on the 
arm of her brother, Fred Kaufman, wearing 
a beautiful white satin and lace wedding 
gown with matching veil, and carrying an 
orchid with a shower of stephanotis. Miss 
Doris Rupp, her cousin's only attendant, 
wore a blue ballerina length gown, with 



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matching head-piece and slippers. 

A reception and wedding breakfast fol- 
lowed the ceremony at the Hotel Vendome, 
after which Mr and Ilrs Norman left for a 
honeymoon in the Poconos» The couple will 
be at home after June 23 at 3228 Martha 
Custis Drive, Alexandria, Virginia, 

Miss Elizabeth Kaufroann was the guest of 
a few of her friends from the Print Departj- 
ment, Fine Arts and Technology Departments. 
at a luncheon on June 5 at Salraag^mdi-s, 
both in honor of her marriage to be on 
June lU, and as a farewell upon her resig- 
nation from the Print Department. 

In her own department, on her last day 
of service, MLss Kaufmann was entertained 
at tea and presented vd.th a gift from the 
department staff. 



Mr Paul B, Swenson of the Print Depart- 
ment is represented by his lithograph, 
"The Front Hall" in the Annual Exhibition 
at the Library of Congress. His print has 
also been purchased for the collection at 
the Library of Congress o 

From the American Exhibit now in France, 
his print "Back Bay Mansion" was selected 
to be in the American section of the Salon 
de I'fei in Paris , This print was also pur- 
chased in 1951 by the Library of Congress » 

■iHHHBf-SHHi-iHt' 



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Application blanks available in the 
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BRA.NCH NOTES 



Brighton 



There's something about a contest. • »and 
all children love one. This was again 
proved by the enthusiasm recently shown in 
the children's room during a treasure hunt 
for titles of new books. The contest was 
entered by many young library borrowers 
during the Spring Book Festival, Once the 
contestant located a paper flower labelled 
for his grade he was ready to begin. This 
flower indicated where to look for another 
and so he continued vri.th each consecutive 
flower bearing one v/ord of the title of a 
new book. When he succeeded in finding 
all the flowers for his title he arranged 
the words in order according to his idea 
of a possible book title. Another attrac- 
tion of this festival was the last story 
hour of the season featuring a "Book Quiz- 
Down" for young enthusiasts in grades tvro 
to six. 



Mattapan 

Miss Theodora B, Scoff, Branch Librarian, 
has nade a rapid and strong recovery from 
her recent illness and expects to be back 
to work in the near future. 

Well, there'll be rumors about it, and 
they're true. The llaypole which was 
erected in the Children's Room was an over 
whelming success. It was originally set 
up for the younger tots who wore crowns 
garnished with flowers and ate cookies 
garnished with sugar, but before the Cus- 
todian was able to remove it, the Maypole 
had almost become an institution. There 
were children dancing about it constantly 
for algiost a week and singing everything 
from "Here we go gathering nuts in May" to 
"God save the Queen". This phenomenon 
might be talked about in terms of Freud, 
Sir James Frazer, or examples of Medieval 
dancing madness, but it's not going to be 
here. Not even a Druid mil be thrown in 
with a dark hint or veiled allusion. This 
was just a case of a library party which 
went on a little longer than usual because 
people had fun. 

The original party was to mark the last 
meeting of the pre-school story hour habitj- 
ues, and thirty-six children, all in their 
Sunday best, turned out. The props wore 



made by Arthur Farren, Mildred Kaufman, 
and Nancy Stipurko, staff members. Because 
it was a special occasion, the mothers 
were invited to watch. Jeanne Foret told 
a stoiy, and then Mildred Kaufman explained 
many of the customs associated with the 
month of May, The children were crowned, 
with wreaths of paper flowers for the girls 
and star-studded crowns for the boys, poems 
were recited, and songs were sung, not 
without solo performances. Then, the boys 
and girls had a wonderful time skipping 
around the ten foot Maypole to the music 
of a phonograph. Ice cream and cake pro- 
vided by the parents were served. 

Most heart warming for the staff members, 
aside from the obvious pleasure, of the 
children, was the deep gratitude of the 
parents, many of whom had brought their 
children faithfully to each story hour dur- 
ing the year. In terms of cold library 
realities, the story hours have been most 
successful. More than one hundred child- 
ren '-s books and usually half that number 
of adult books were circulated each Wednes- 
day as a direct result of the story hour. 



* 



Phillips Brooks 



Two Extra Assistants were awarded schol- 
arships recently. Miss Roberta Thorp re- 
ceived the Dr Joseph A. and Florence R, 
Price Scholarship of $150 at the gradua- 
tion exercises of Hyde Park High School, 
"Roberta plans to enter Boston University 
School of Public Relations and Communica- 
tions in September, Graduating from St. 
Thomas High School, Miss Ellen Sweet, re- 
ceived a $100 scholarship to Wyndham where 
she has enrolled for Secretarial studies. 

The editors, reporters, and contributors 
of the Pathfinder , a monthly bulletin of 
Phillips Brooks library activities, book 
reports, and letters to and from authors, 
will visit the Christian Science Publish- 
ing House on Saturday, June 21, to see how 
a great daily newspaper goes to press t 

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On Wednesday afternoon, l^iay 21, children 
of the Ivlusic Appreciation Group met for 
the last time until next fall. The pro- 
gram consisted of two films, Symphon y 
Orche stra and Jose Iturb i, The former 
concluded a study of the instrrcTients of 
the orchestra and orchestration, which the 
group has been carrying on for several 



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months* Jose Iturbl was of particular 
interest to those children ■who are stu- • 
dents of the piano, Folloiving the films, 
prizes for perfect attendance throughout 
the year were awarded to five children. 
The prizes were made and donated by Sister 
Mary Genevieve of St Anne's School, Read- 
ville. Mrs Phyllis R. Kallman, leader of 
the music appreciation group, presented 
the awards. 

The life and music of the following com- 
posers have been covered in tthis year's 
program: Mozart, Beethoven, Schuman, 
Tschaikovsky, Wagner, and Debussy, The 
group has become acquainted with some of 
the music of many other composers in con- 
nection with studies of the ballet, opera, 
and musical mood. Along with making a 
project of understanding the symphony 
orchestra, the children have practiced 
conducting. The recording machine used 
during the music appreciation hour was a 
gift from the Friends of the Phillips 
Brooks Branch Library, The recordings 
used were borrowed from the Audio-Visual 
Center of the Central Library. 



SOAP BOX 



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 she is 
en^loyed. The name is mthheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in-Chief, 
The contents of articles appearing in the 
Soap Box are personal opinions expressed 
by individual Association members and 
their appearance does not necessarily in- 
dicate that the Publications Committee and 
the Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. 



To the Soap-Box! 

The following items were submitted 
to The Question L'lark as the President's 
Notes, However, it was the feeling of the 
Publications Committee that the subject 
matter did not properly constitute mater- 



ial for the President's column. Since on 
the other hand, it is ray feeling that noth- 
ing I might say to the Association at this 
time would be of more importance than this, 
there will be no President's Notes this 
issue and the President speaks his mind 
like any other member in The Soap Box . 

Eamon McDonough 



The membership is to be congratulated 
on the attendance at the May meeting. It 
rather disproves the adage about flies, 
honey and vinegar. 



Nothing much to report, but the follow- 
ing bits of incidental intelligence culled 
from the daily papers might be of interest. 



According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor 
Statistics the cost of living for a family 
of four in the Boston area rose $lilO be- 
tween October 1, 1950 and October 1, 1951. 



A supplementary budget submitted by the 
Mayor to the Council will implement the 
reclassification plan to go into effect on 
July 1. This will result in a pay raise 
for 6000 city employees. Police, fire, 
school and library departments are excluded 
from the provisions of this plan. 



A bill introduced in 
ture by Representative 
and now pending, calls 
for the Boston police, 
policy of the Mayor in 
a concomitant raise to 
police get one. 



the State Legisla- 
Pieraonte of Boston, 
for a raise in pay 

It has been the 
past years to grant 
firemen when the 



If the single pay plan for Boston teach- 
ers goes into effect it will result in a 
pay raise for many teachers now in the 
lower brackets. It may not be put into 
effect this year. 

E.E.McD, 



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Editor's Note ; 

The decision of the Publications Commit- 
tee in this matter was based on its under- 
standing of vj-hat constitutes President's 
Notes as outlined in the inaugural column 
in The Question Mark j March, 19U8, which 
reads in part "Its purpose will be to re- 
late informally some of the day-to-day 
activities which have been the concern of 
your officers during the past month..." 
We understand "activities" as given here 
to refer to Association activities, es- 
pecially proceedings of the Executive 
Board between official business meetingSo 



it 



To the Soap-Box: 

In the last issue of The Question 
Iferk several staff members enjoyed a 
fishwives ' holiday hacking away at my 
reputation, questioning my integrity and 
accusing me of having a sense of humor. 
(This last charge might well ruin a li- 
brarian's career.) Consequently, I feel 
that this month turnabout is fair play. 

I shall address myself primarily to the 
last letter writer as she was the lengthi- 
est» (The Public Library Inquiry suggests 
that a librarian is generally a "she"o'> I 
congratulate you on your diligence and 
assiduity in locating copies of compara- 
tively obscure notices <, It is not easy 
to come by 1931 and 1935 items in the 
short space of a day or tvTOo I appreciate 
the trouble you went to just for moo 

But I must take issue with you on the 
rather unworthy motives which you impute 
to the Administration of this Libraryo If 
I understand you correctly, you imply that 
the tavo notices and the manual quoted es- 
tablish for a censorship of the free 
thought and opinion of the eniployees of 
this institution by the Director. To the 
best of my knowledge the Director of this 
Library has never claimed any such right 
of censorship and I think that in inter- 
preting his notices thusly you have done 
him a disservice though undoubtedly such 
was not your intentions This is Boston, 
ma'am, not Moscow© 

As to your disapproval of me, ma'am, 
why, bless you, I disapprove of your atti- 
tudes just as heartily*. For example, you 
and your fellow critics, have intimated 
that you are aware that the Sunday closing 
makes for a deplorable situation. Charity 



compels me to refrain from labelling that 
pure hypocrisy. If you felt the situation 
was deplorable, why didn't you do something 
about it? In an entire week only one staff 
member our of almost 1000 persons took the 
trouble to voice any sort of protest. If 
you had a more dignified approach, why 
didn't you take it? 

You do not appreciate the problems of 
those who suffer by the Sunday pay loss. 
You are not, for all your lip service to 
charity, the least concerned with whether 
my children or the children of any of those 
affected by the loss eat less this summer 
because of it. In this you are joined by 
those members of the staff, mostly female, 
who seem to regard the discussion of 
salary increases as vulgar. Yet when an- 
other organization, supported by the dues 
of people less well paid than you, fought 
successfully for a cost of living increase 
last year, none of you refused to accept 
the increase, nor the previous one, nor 
the previous one, nor the previous one. 

You are indignant. Indignant? I am a 
hundred times more indignant. I am indig- 
nant that my fellow workers have so little 
regard for each other's welfare that some 
will actually gloat at another's misfortune, 
You are annoyed. Annoyed? I am a thousand 
times more annoyed, I am annoyed by the 
knowledge that when the bit begins to pull 
tight on yrur mo^ith, you will come to me 
for the very leadership that you now decry. 
And I, poor, naive, sympathetic foal that 
I am, I shall try to do all that I can to 
help you a 

Eamon E. McDonough 



To the Editor of the Question Mark; 

In the S oap Box in the Ifey 19^2 issue of 
the Question !ferk appeared a letter from 
"a new staff member" on "the so-called 
'objective' point ratings" which raised 
questions on -which comment should be made. 

In the Indoctrination Meetings, which 
must be attended by Probationary Assistants 
entering the Professional Library Service, 
a full explanation of the Examination Sys- 
tem is made and it is indicated that with 
the passing of the Promotional Examinations 
an individual is eligible for consideration 
for titular appointment to the Step IV 
level or the Step V level when and as a 
vacancy arises in the area in which he has 



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qualified. As the writer states, the .follows; Edv.cation, 25 points 5 Training, 
"point ratings" are not presented at these|25 points; Experience, 50 points. In the 
meetings. Division of Reference and Research Services 

It is not intended to mislead or to witbiin application to titular vacancies of the 
hold from the new employee this informa- ! level of Second Assistant, First Assistant* 
tion, but rather it is thought that like aiand Chief of Department, the points are 
sponge, an individual can absorb only so |set as follows: Education, $0 points 5 
much and that first things should come 'Training, 25' points; and Experience, 



first. There is no reason why the promo- 
tional procedure cannot be presented in 
detail in the Indoctrination Meetings in 
the future; however, it is believed that 
it would be more useful to do so following 
permanent appointment to the staff. 



25 points. And again, for example, when 
the points are applied to candidates for 
Cataloger, Cataloger and Classifier, and 
Chief of the Cataloging and Classification 
Department in the Division of Reference and 
Research Services, they are allocated as 



The writer in the May issue states "that, follows: Education, 33 1/3 points; Train- 
those staff members who immediately took i ing, 33 1/3 points; and Experience, 
all the exams offered when the promotional! 33 1/3 points. In other words, careful 



system was instituted were led to believe 
the same thing, and that the point system, 
when it was introduced, completely nulli- 
fied all their previous efforts." That 
the point system "completely nullified all 
their previous efforts" is an incorrect 
statement. It in no way "nullified" an 
individual's "previous efforts" or his 
eligibility for consideration for promo- 
tion. The Evaluation Sheet j which is re- 
ferred to as the "point ratings", was de- 
veloped to provide a means of codifying 
the eligible lists, of evaluating all the 
candidates for a particular titular vacan- 



cy — an objective means by which to detei*- of Southern California, School of Library 



mine the level of eligibility of the can- 
didates. Education, training, and exper- 
ience are recognized bases, and therefore, 
for evaluation these bases were adopted. 

The letter goes on to say that "Both new 
staff members, therefore, and those who 
have been in the Library for some time are 
mystified by the point ratings." There is 
no reason why "those who have been in the 
Library for some time" should be "mysti- . 
fied" since the entire procedure was ex- 
plained in detail in staff meetings at 
■ffhich time a copy of the Evaluation Sheet 
was given to each member of tne bibliothe- 
cal staff. 

The "wierd and wonderful" "points them- 
selves" are based on the recognized stan- 
dard that general education and library 
training are the two component parts of 
education for librarianships The writer 
in the May issue is not fully informed in 
his comments on the point system. For ex- 
ample, in the Branch Libraries in applying 
the E-\'eiluation Sheets to eligible candi- 
dates for appointment to the positions of 
Second Assistant, First Assistant, and 
Branch Librarian, the points are set as 



consideration has been given to the rela- 
tive evaluation of the three areas as they 
apply to the area of library activity in 
which an appointment is to be made. 

The general statement that all MeS, pro- 
grams in library science do not require a 
thesis and almost no original work is in- 
accurate. The following library schools 
require a thesis: Catholic University of 
America, Department of Library Science; 
Emory University, Division of Librarian- 
ship; the University of Chicago, Graduate 
Library School; the University of Denver, 
School of Librarianship; and the University 



Science (or comprehensive examinations), 
The Columbia University, School of Library 
Service; the University of California, 
School of Librarianship; and the University 
of Illinois, Library School, require a 
research paper or project. In addition, 
the thesis requirement in the liberal arts 
colleges and universities has to a wide 
extent been replaced by the comprehensive 
examination in graduate schools for the 
Master's degree in cultural fields. 

Further it may be said that the intent 
is not to measure one ilaster's degree 
against another, but instead to recognize 
the basic education for librarianship; 
namely^, five years of education over and 
above secondary school including one year 
of library science. The Evaluation Sheet 
with its point system recognizes this ■ 
national standard as approved by our 
national professional organization; namely, 
the American Library Association. 

Another statement made in the letter 
reads as follows: "It seems to me to be 
the height of folly to ignore whatever a 
librarian's immediate supervisors may have 
to say about the quality of his work". It 



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is "the height of folly" to make such a 
statement. Immediate superiors, except in 
the case of the branch libraries which are 
administered as a unit, are held responsi- 
ble for the evaluation of candidates for 
titular appointments and make -written 
recommendations in each instance. 

It is hoped that these comments do not 
result in adding confusion to confusion. 
If such is the case, a visit to the Per- 
sonnel Office is recommended for further 
discussion, 

Elizabeth Wright 
Supervisor of Peraonnel 



To the Soap Box: 

The individual who has such ready- 
access to directives dated "May 23, 1931," 
and "Sept. 18, 1935j" is indeed the enemy 
within. Here is the cold breath of cen- 
sorship attempting to enforce the suspen- 
sion of normal growth, contrary to the 
traditions of the development of social 
institutions. True, all is couched po- 
litely "suggestion" and "request", but... 

Can it be possible that any individual 
is naive enough to suggest that a state- 
ment in direct opposition to the Director's 
dictate be submitted to the Director for 
presentation to the press? Does the indi- 
vidual really expect the Director to pre- 
sent to the public or the papers an un- 
biased, vigorous view of a dissenting 
opinion? 

Within a space of less than ten years 
I have watched this historic monument to 
learning degenerate from a library to an 
office building dedicated to forms in 
triplicate. Must I now watch its further 
disintegration under the pernicious weight 
of an iron curtain? ¥Je do not burn the 
books, we store them; we close the build- 
ing, and then "suggest" that the staff 
remain quiet - unless spoken to. 

We are all in a position to have very 
definite opinions, and. I hope we are en- 
titled to express them. Moreover, in de- 
fense of our public, may I say that most 
readers, even of newspapers, are capable 
of retaining in their minds information 
expressed in the first paragraph of an 
article, and coordinating it with informa- 
tion given in the last. 



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To the Soapbox: 

There was a letter in the Ifey issue 
commenting on courtesy - or the lack of , , 
it - in turning off the radio in the lounge. ' 
May I say that I have often found it ex- 
tremely difficult to determine whether or 
not it was being listened to, or had been 
left on inadvertently. If I have there- 
fore, offended by turning it off when some- 
one at the other end of the lounge wished 
it on, I most sincerely apologize] To 
avoid this type of accidental discourtesy, 
would it not be possible for those who are 
listening, to sit near the radio and to be 
sure to turn it off when leaving? 

I should like to add that there are 
times, when those using the radio turn it 
to an unbearably loud volume, so that 
evei'yone in the room is FORCED to listen to 
the program willy-nilly, and at the cost of 
any conversation or rest or reading THEY 
may desireo Courtesy in radio listening 
would avoid offending the ears of others 
in the roome This, of course, does not 
excuse rudeness in reaching over someone's 
shoulder and turning the radio off i 

Some of us would differ too, about the 
comparative comfort of the lounge and the 
staff library. The chairs in the staff 
library are much less comfortable uphol- 
stery, springs, and backs. And they are 
acutely uncomfortable for short-legged 
people J 

Fair-play 



Soap Box Editor? 

The new plans for book selection, 
while commendable in some aspects, present 
a problem where branch libraries are con- 
cerned. Since book ordering and checking 
of book lists are to be done in the Central 
library, this would mean that the branch 
librarian or some branch representative 
would have to be present at Central once a 
week. Presumably, the checking, etc, would 
consume little time, and the chance of 
seeing the new books is an advantage not 
heretofore enjoyed. However, consider this 
factor: nany branches are some distance 
from the Central building, and the time 
consumed travelling from such diverse 
points as Hyde Park, let us say, or Orient 
Heignts., is something close to an hour. 
In view of the curtailment of book quotas 



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and library coverage - is the present plani To the Editor 
advisable? To quote a recent comment of a 
presidential candidate - "Is this trip 
necessary?" For the present, perhaps some 
modification - bi-monthly checking, for ■ 
instance - would be more feasible. 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 



Attending one of the recent Staff 
Meetings, I mas struck by the fact that 
not a single question was asked by those 
present. It is highly improbable that no 
one wished to ask a question. But the 
Director's aloofness, and the ever-widening 
gulf which separates him. from the staffs 
does not provide a comfortable atmosphere 
'iniihich to ask reasonable questions. It 



Vifith great interest and nodding satis j-may be that rude questions, designed to 
faction I have folloi.ved in recent issues |embarrassr which have been hurled at him 
of the Question Mar k the various notes and i by crude people at former Staff Ifeetings, 
comments provoked by the controversial j have discouraged him to the point where he 
point system-, How clearly they mirror my j no longer cares about staff relations, 
own feelings and those of less vocal mem- ' This is certainly not healthy and not good 
bers of the staff, fuming quietly, but i business. The great majority of the staff 
fuming nonetheless at the injustice of the! would welcome and cooperate fully, in any 
point rule. Bravos to the Executive Board j move to bring about closer relations be- 
of our Staff Association for appointing a | tween the Director and the rank and file. 
committee to investigate staff morale and I 

the point systemi They cannot begin too Pollyanna 

soon their work tovrard improving the pat- 
tern for promotions. 

Other writers have expressed eloquently 
and concisely the objections to the point 
system in its present form. It is not my 
intention to repeat their objections, but 
rather to let the writers know that others | the lesser lights in this luminary of li- 
share and applaud their views. To the ob-; brary personnel, I have been interested to 
jections already described, however, may li observe from month to month the contribu- 
add the following observation: How valid I tion to the S oap Box . The' freedom of ex- 
actually is the point system? Were it to pression allowed in this column seems an 



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To the Soap Box Editor: 

From my observation tower as one of 



be applied to our present officers from 
the highest ranking positions down, how 
many officers could even be declared 
eligible for consideration Tinder the ex- 
isting system? Not many, I venture to 
point out. Can it be that, like many 
fifth step candidates this past spring, 
our officers are not deemed competem:, or, 
as' I am inclined to note, can it be that 
the point system is not, a valid yardstick 
for measuring aptitude or competency? 

Also in order at this time is a plea for 
consistency rather than the. policy of ex- 
pediency which has seemed to mark some of 
the recent promotions. If college and li- 
brary school degrees are to be required, 
let's require them for all officers* If 
quality of experience is to be a determin- 
ing factor in considering a candidate for 
promotion, let's consider the quality of 
experience of all candidates. 

POINT COUNTERPOINT 



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admirable idea. To one not' too familiar 
with the contents of early issues of The 
Quest ion Wark , the recent issueis, fespecial- 
ly~the May 1952 number, seems to me to con- 
tain an over balance of destructive criti- 
cism. Are the contributors perhaps seeing 
only the hole and not the doughnut? With 
so much "hole", there must be some dough- 
nut© There must be something good in the 
entire insLitution that could be cited; or 
som.e few Association members must have 
constructive criticisms to offer a If the 
Library is as bad as it is pictured in the 
So ap Bo xg perhaps it might be of advantage 
person:. lly if those who are so thrrougnly 
dissatisfied as their Soa p Box contribu- 
tions indicate might look elsewhere for 
jobs. If the pastures on the other side of 
the fence look greener when compared with 
our parched pickings, why not give the 
green fields a chance? No one is forced 
beyond his mil to stay in the library. 
Oh, yee, pensions j but then, surely if 
ever5*t.hing else is wrong, there must be 
something wrong with our pension system — 



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or is that the doughnut? If I were in the 
higher financial brackets (and if it were 
legal), I'd like to offer a five-dollar 
reward for every contribution to the Soap 
Box of the June 19^2 issue of The Question 
Mark that contained (l) a constructive 
critical comment or (2) an appreciation 
for some phase of our work that deserves 
appreciation. Any takers without the five 
spot? 

A Mild Speculator 



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Economy and How 

As economy measured to be considered in 
the library I would like to suggest the 
following : 

1, Closing branch libraries on Saturdays, 
especially during the summer months, A 
study of the circulation statistics might 
prove that there is a waste of personnel, 
and' light on Saturday mornings , 

2o Putting time clocks in the branches 
and Central in order to honestly account 
for hours of service. These would be for 
the use of not only bibliothecal workers 
but also custodians who are being paid for 
(time and a half in many cases) time that 
is at least in part not even spent in the 
building. Maybe, installation of oil 
burners would also be a great saving in 
this direction* 

3. Checking in the branches and all de- 
partments to see if the rules for work 
simplification are being carried outo 
Some branches still continue many duplicate 
ing processes that were declared obsolete 
a long time ago as well as the most recent 
ones, 

U» Assigning supervisors' representatives 
to spend considerable time in the branches 
and all departments, A few weeks in these 
departments would reveal to the observer 
not only the extent of wasted time amongst 
personnel, but also the need in many places 
for better working conditions. 

5. Making surveys from time to time among 
the assistants with a view to at least con- 
sidering their younger ideas for economy 
measures. The prime factor being methods 
of work planning and distribution that are 



sometimes overlooked by those no longer 
doing the viork or those no longer interest- 
ed in progress, 

6, Putting an interested and capable per- 
son in charge of the distribution of sup- 
plies. In many cases more than the number 
of a certain object that was ordered 
arrives and in more disturbing cases the 
essential supplies are not to be had. 



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To the Soap Box Editor: 

It was rather a surprise to attend a 
meeting of the Professional Staff Associa- 
tion and see some of the frantic antics of 
some of its members. First it was made 
emphatically clear by the President that 
the meeting viras to adhere closely to 
Robert's Rules of Order o As a matter of 
fact, he challenged the Association's 
right to conduct a business meeting unless 
a quorum, as stipulated by the Constitu*- 
tion, was present© However, the Associa- 
tion had established a precedent by ignor- 
ing this stipulation in the past whenever 
it had been impossible to obtain a quorum* 
The precedent was quite proper and is in 
keeping with Robert's Rules. Thus before 
the meeting even started, it looked as if 
it were over. But several members found 
out that a meeting could be held if Mr 
McDonough's challenge was formally with- 
drawn. This procedure is outlined in 
Robert's Parliamentary Practice . Mr 
McDonough agreed to withdraw his challenge, 
but it did not seem as if this was done in 
a formal manner. 

After the preliminary skirmishing, the 
main bout got under way. Again Robert's 
lost the decision. For in spite of the 
outline of the duties of a chairman, omt 
Chairman proceeded to make himself Record- 
ing Secretary, cheerleader, chief heckler 
and clown in general. Under Robert's 
Rules the Chairman is to act as moderator 
and shall not participate in the debate, 
nor is he to indulge in personalities 
with a person holding the floors Neither 
is he to interpret, explain or modify in 
anyway motions made from the floor. This 
is one of the functions of the Recording 
Secretary, Nor is it the function of the 
Chairman to act as a coach to a person 
holding the floor* All in all, the meet- 



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ing was not professional and iwas rather 
disassociatedft 

"Geoffrey" 

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FUSH 



To the Staff: 



If your morale is low, would 
you tell us why? If it is excellent we 
would appreciate knowing what keeps it so« 
May we hear from ALL of you, so that our 
study of staff morale may be as thorough 
as possible and may include what is good 
as well as what is bad? 

Mrs Geraldine Mo Altman, 
Jamaica Plain Branch Library 

Dorothy P. Shaw, Periodical 
. ' and Newspaper Department 

Co-Chairmen, Special Committee 
on Personnel Morale 



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BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



Report of Committee on Library Objectives 



To the Executive Beard : 

The Committee on Library Objectives was formed aa a result of 
interest on the part of members of the Boston Public Library Professional Staff 
Association who attempted to secure a written statement of Boston Public Library 
objectives to be used in connection with the first staff meeting to be planned and 
presented by a committee of staff members in F^^jtruary, 1951« When asked, the Direc- 
tor indicated that such a statement would be desirable and might be formed with the 
cooperation of the staff. This, combined with the findings of the Public Library 
Inquiry concerning objectives, and the publication of the Enoch Pratt Book Selection 
Policy including its general library objectives, further stimulated as interest in 
examining the possibilities of a similiar project for the Boston Public Library. 

The purpose of the exploration into this field by the present special committee 
of the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association is to cooperate with tho 
Administration 3n drawing up a statement of library objyctives that will clarify in 
the minds of both the staff and the public the library's basic philosophy and goals. 

The results would be prepared in detailed form for staff guidance and indoctri- 
nation on basic library policies, and would serve also as a set of standards to whlcli 
members of the administration could refer. 

Secondly, it is suggested that from the detailed statement a brochure be devel- 
oped in a general popularized form for public dissemination. The brochure, to be 
used in connjction with the centennial celebration, would recapitulate past achieve 
ments and state present and future goals. 

The attachod outline is submitted &a a suggaBtion of the areas to be covered and 
the possible approaches to the problem. It would also act as an aid in estimuting 
tho personnel needod to accomplish a project of this ma'^,nitudo. The formation of 
staff committees would be necessary to work with the administration on recommendations 
in tho areas enumerated. The outline has been reduced to the barest indication of 
the potentialities for the further evolution of the undertaking. It is understood 
that anj vn:'ittG-n statement of objectives, which will inevitably influence policy, 
must be flexible. Tho material presented here as a beginning step has beon prepared 
with consideration of the expanding library program. Even in the final form it will , 
be necessary to reexamine and revise tho statement at frequent future intervals. 

Last October at the request of the Executive Board, Miss Peck interviewed Miss j 
Shirley Barker of the American History Department of the New York Public Library. 
Miss Burkvjr is secretary of a committee appointed by Mr Beals, the Director, to study, 
formulate and crystallize the alms, objectives and Ideals of the policies of the New 
'York Public Library. The comnittee is made up of nine members from various depart- 
ments with r/r Beals cerving as chairman. Miss Barker was extremely interested in tho 
work the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association had started and offerod 
to forward to our Association any concrete plans that the New York committee ml<?;ht ■ 
evolve. She requested that we keep her informed of any progress that may be made 
along the same lino by our committee. Future cooperation ohovild prove valuable if 
this work ic- contiiiuod. 

The Committee recommends that if the Executive Board is disposed to pvj:'sue this 
activity that the matorial submitted be presented to the Director for his considera- 
tion f.a i\n undertaking in which the Administration would be interested in cooperatin'i 



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"boforc further action ia taken. The Conunittee also recommenda that this report be 
made available to all members of the Association through The Question Mark , 

Committee on Library Objectives 

Pau 1 ino A , Wa Ikor, C ha irman 
Edna G. Pock 
Bradford M. Hill 
Louisa S. Me tea If 
Charles L. Higgins 



April 2'1, 1952 



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OBJICTIVES FOR THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
Outline for Written Statement 



DEFINITION 

The Library is a dynamic community center for the provision and 
adequate servicing and stimulation of use of carefully selected 
ijaf ormational, educational and recreational materials on equal 
terms to all individuals, groups, and organizations within the 
area serviced. 

FIELDS OF SERVICE, through 

I. Division of Reference and Research , serving adults for 
information, research, education, aesthetic appreciation 
through special departments (present departments and those 
to te developed) 

1. Groups servaa 

a . *'\dulte 

b. Students 

c. RGBearch workers 

d. General readers 

2. NTateriala and methods 

a. Bo oka and pamphlets 

"b. Catalogs and indexes 

c. Newspapers and periodicals 

d. Manuscripts 

e. Maps 

f. Music 

g. Audio-visual aids 

Pictures 

Microfilm, microcarda 
Recordings 
h". Concerts, lectures 
3- Basis of selection , including identification of 
fields for special emphasis depending upon local 
situation and needs 
a. Procedure 
^. Availability of materials 

a. Permanent collection 

b . Indexing services 

c. Bibliographic services 

d. Inter-library loan 
5* Special services 

a. Subject consultants 

b. To business, educational institutions, etc. 



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FIELDS OF SERVICE, through (cont.) 

II. Division of Home Reading and Community Services , serving 
children, young people, and adults for information, 
education, aesthetic appreciation, recreation 

1. Groups served 

a. Adults, young people, children 

"b. Students 

c. General readers 

2. Materials and methods 

a. Books and pamphlets 
"b. Periodicals 
c. Audio-visual aids 
Pictures 
Films, slides 

Lectures, forums, film showings, 
concerts, discussion groups 
5. Basis of selection , including identification of 
fields for special emphasis depending upon local 
situation and needs 

a. Procedure 

h. Availability of materials 
a« Open shelves 

b. Deposits 

c. Bookmobiles 

d. Inter-library loan 
5. Spocial Services 

a. Readers advisers for children, young adults, 
adults 

b. Extension 

Schools, hospitals, unions, shut-ins, 
churches, clubs, social agencies, etc. 

III. Coordination of Divisional Services , to prevent undue 
overlapping of services and to insure againstga-ps in 
collection due to temporary budgetary restrictions 
effecting either or both Divisions 

IV . Acti vo Recruiting of Wider Comnamity Stipport, thi-oug^ 

1. Friends of llbrrrlOB 

2. More active publicizing of services 



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BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY PROFESSIONAL S'mFF ASSOCIATION 

To the Executive Board : 

The Committee appointed to count the ballots of the second 
poll on payment of salaries hy cash vs. check reports as follows: 

Ballots : Sent out ^^9 

Returned 392 

Not valid k 

Valid 388 (86M) 

Results of Poll 

Central Library Branch Libraries Total 

Question 1 --Do you prefer to be paid 
by cash or by check? 

By Cash 119 ^2 l6l 

By Check 109 ll8 22? 

Total. 228 160 388 

Question 2 --If the answer to question 1 
is By Cash, would you be 
agreeable to payment of salaries 
by check, if you received your 
check each week in time to have 
it cashed on the Thursday lunch 
hour? 

Yes 54 23 77 

No k^ 15 62 

Blank _l8 h 22 

Total 119 42 l6l 



Question 3 --If your answer to question 1 

is By Check , would you prefer to 
receive your check in time to 
have it cashed on the Thursday 
lunch hour? 



Yes 90 93 183 

No 1 23 24 

Blank or did not matter _18 2 _20 

Total 109 ll8 227 



Respectfully submitted, 
BALLOT COUNTING COMMITTEE 

(Signed) SARAH M. USHER 

(Signed )FRANK P. BRUITO 



May 21, I952 




TO 



uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



THE QUESTION MARK 
Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 
V olune Vllj Number 7 - July 19^2 

Publications Committee: Barbara P, Cotter, George M, Pahud, Sarah Richman, Aura G, 

Watson, Edna G, Peck, Chairman 



Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material ; 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 

At the A.L.A. Pre-convention Conference 
on Intellectual Freedom much was said 
about the right of the individual to 
think, to write, to act freely. From the 
foTirteen major speeches given at these 
meetings two important facts stood out; 
(l) individual freedom, while not pec\il- 
iaily an American ideal, is finding its 
final testing ground in America and it is 
an ideal worth fighting forj (2) individ- 
ual freedom not only implies, but demands 
individual responsibilityt No individual 
is truly free who- fails to recognize his 
responsibility both to his f ellowman and 
to the democratic society in which he 
lives . 

Since this Conference was designed to 
meet the needs of librarians, emphasis was 
placed on freedom of the written word, ' T 
This freedom can be maintained only so 
long as those v;ho write assume the respon- 
sibility inherent in freedomo Yfriting 
which is biased, untruthful, misrepresen- 
tative of facts or designed only to des- 
troy implies a loss of freedomo 

Unfortunately, the last few issues of 
T he Question Ifark : i.e., the Soap Box 
section, seem to be indicative of such a j 
loss of freedom. As it was so well j 
stated at the Conference, "freedom is not 
license." Those who seek, under the 
cloak of anonymi-oy, to tear down their 
fellow men are hindering, not furthering, 
individual freedom. They are ruled by 
fear, jealousy or intellectual immaturitye 

The Publications Committee has been 
operating on the theory that Boston Public 
L-^brary Professional Staff Association 
members are mature, educated, v/ell- 
balanced adults. In the past they have 
avoided censorship in contributions to 
tne Soap Box and earnestly hope that they 
can continue to do so. It is the belief 
of the Publications Committee that the 
Soap Box should be a medium of free ex- 



pression to all members of the Boston Pub- 
lic Library Professional Staff Association 
for the benefit of the Association as a 
wholie • 

However, if the present 'trend toward un- 
controlled personal attacks continues, the 
Publications Committee will be forced to 
return as unacceptable for publica'tion 
material which is submitted on the basis 
of personal animosity. 

Any Boston Public Library Professional 
Staff Association member who wishes to 
take issue with another member is at 
liberty to do so, face' to face,' As mature 
adults, we should be able to discuss dis- 
passionately any differences of opinion. 
Let us not use the columns of The Question 
Mark to 'air our personal grievances and 
thus endanger the freedom of the 7n:itten 
word and oxxr individual responsibility to 
make a positive contribution to our Asso- 
ciation, 



E.G.Pe 



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PERSONAL NOTES " 

New Staff Members 

Christine J, Celia, Dorchester Branch 

John J, Hallahan, Open Shelf Department, 
formerly part-time in the Book Purchasing 
Department o 

Doris R, KelleHer, Cataloging and Classi- 
fication Department, Division of Reference 
and Research Services. 

Macy Ivlargolis, History Department,, 
formerly part-time, 

Linda Pagliuca, North End Branch, 
formerly part-time, 

Janet B, Schlein, Mattapan Branch, 

Transfers 

Mary L, Dennison, from Allston to the 
North End Branch. 

Lucia S, Faulkner, from North End_ to 
Codnan Square Branch, 



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Mary Golden, from Tyler Street to Allstorj Number of Individuals Who Attended the 

A»L,A8 Confurence 1952 t 

General Administrative Offices - ^ ■.'" 
Division of Business Operations - 1 
Division of Home Reading and Comnunity 
Services - 3U 

Pivision of Reference and Research 
Services - II4 .,..,. 



Resignations 

Jean B, Buchanan, Godman Square, to move 
out of state o 

Helen M, Carley, Book Stack Service, to 
remain at homeo 

Thomas Pe Carras, Book Purchasing Depart4 



ment, to travel^ 
■ Joan V, Custin, Dorchester, to travel* 

Anne C, Kearney, South Boston, to remain 
at home. 

Elaine P. Marzilli, Kirstein, to remain 
at homSo 

Sigrid R, Reddy, Open Shelf Department, 
to remain at home. 

Teresa L, Tape, Book Preparation Depart- 
ment, to accept another positiono 

Marie E. lIThite, Godman Square, to remain 
at home. 

Ruth E, Winn, South End, to accept 
another position. 

Retired ' 

Florence B, Darling, Faneuil, June 30, 
1952. 

Marriages 

l^ry Ao Blute, Uphams Corner, to s« Duan«! 
la Follettte, June 15, 19^2. 

Harriet fi. Frye, East Boston, to Douglas 
Heath, June 15, 1952. 

Marie J. Pineo, Bookmobile II, to Blair 
Mo Benner, Audio-Visual Center, June 8, 
1952. 

Edith M. Sliney, Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics, to Julius J. Trocki, 
June 28, 1952. 

Gloria Shine, South End, to Gerald 
Seidenberg, June 29, 1952, 

Graduations from Library School 

John J, Hallahan, Open Shelf Department, 
Sin-anons College, M.S,^ 1952. 

Pearl G, Lems, General Reference Depart-j- 
ment, Simmons College, M.S., 1952. 

Marianne Morse, Music Department, Simmons 
College, M.S., 1952. 

Deceased - 

Daniel J. Brown, Binding Department, 
June 27, 1952. 

Ntimber of Individuals V/ho Attended Pre - 
Conference Activities of A.L.A, 

Division of Home Reading and Community 
Services - 7 

Division of Reference and Research 
Services - 1 



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STORK EVENT 



Paul Vinci is happy over the arrival of 
his new sister, Karen Rita who became a 
part of the Vinci family, on June 26, 1952 t 
The children's mother, Pauline Ferrante 
Vinci, was formerly a member of the staff 
of the Office of the Division of Home 
Reading and Community Services* 

BON VOYAGE 

Ifrs Elizabeth L» Vfright, Supervisor of 
Personnel, leaves by air on August 11 for 
a trip to England and Scotland. On her 
tour of England, Mrs Vifright will be joined 
by Miss Honor McCusker, nav7 a member of 
the staff of the U.S. Information Library, 
Rome. Miss McCusker was formerly a member 
of the Rare Book Department and was the 
first editor of The Question Mark. 



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On July 2I;, ffiss Marianne Morse of the 
Music Department sails from Montreal on 
the S,S« Columbia for a Eviropean trip* 
Miss Morse plans to visit among other 
countries, France, the Netherlands, Switz- 
erland, Germany, and Austria. In Vienna 
Miss Morse will visit the family of Dr. 
Steeps, professor of music at the Conserva- 
tory of the City of Vienna, with whom she 
became acquainted through CARE« On her 
return to America in late September, Miss 
Morse will join the staff at the Library 
of Yale School of Music. 

■SHKHHHHHWHf 

IfELCOME HOME 

When the new superliner The United States 
sailed into New York Harbor on her west- 
ward maiden voyage, two of her enthusias- 
tic passengers were Miss Margaret Morgan^ 



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Branch Librarian, Connolly, and her mother-,^ 
ISrs Jesse Morgan* Both report a v^ry 
thrilling crossing on>vthis new luxury lineii 
The only adverse criticism was that the 
trip was so short that the passengers did 
not have tiipe to see all the beauties of 
this Queen of the Seas, 



trip, Seaman La Follette returned to sea 
duty at Key West, Florida, while Mrs La 
Follette returned to her position at the 
Uphams Comer Branch Library, 



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On July lli. Miss Eleanor Halligan, 
Statistical Department returned from a 
trip to the west coast*- .Miss Halligan 
flew to San Diego and from there she 
visited Los Angeles, Yosemite, San Fran- 
cisco, Portland, Mt. Hood, Victoria and 
Vancouver. From Seattle she returned by 
a±r to Boston, She reports that this trip 
is one she can heartily recommendo Des- 
pite the fascination of the west. Miss j 
Halligan is glad to be back "slaving and | 
toiling" in ye olde Statistical Department. 



Ladies, take a bow t 

Mr Thomas Manning, Chief 5 Exhibits Officel 
who recently returned from atrip to the 
west coast states that in all the librar- 
ies he visited he did not find any young 
ladies who wore as attractive or as well 
dressed as those at the Boston Public Li- 
brary, (Ed. note: Until the publipation 
of this statement Mr. Winning has been a 
bachelor. His prospects of remaining in 
that blissful state are new doubtful,) 

t. 

YffiPDINGS 

On June l5> in St. Tiary's Church in 
Charlestown at fotir o'clock. Miss Mary 
Blute, on the staff of .Uphams Go3;-ner, be- 
came the bride of Seaman Firsl^ Class S, 
Duane LaFollette of Aurora, Missouri, 
Dressed in vrtiite satin with Duchess lace 
and a finger-tip veil of tulle, the bride 
carried a prayer book vd.th a single orchidi 
As bridesmaid. Miss Constance Meehan of 
Dorchester wore powder-blue satin and 
carried a bouquet of American Beauty roses, 
The best man was Seaman First Class C, , 
Robert Strom of* Minnesota, Miss Catherine 
Loughman, branch librarian, and other stafj' 
members attended both the wedding and the 
reception held at the home of friends of 
the bride's family. After a short wedding 



Sunday afternoon J^lne 15, Jfi-ss Harriet 
Frye of the East Boston Branch was married 
to Mr Douglas Heath in Cambridge. The 
ceremony was the quiet worship of the 
Friends with Dr. Glenn Frye, the bride's 
father, reading the certificate. Miss 
Eunice werner of the Central Library Staff 
served on the board of overseers,- The 
bride wore a ballerina length dress of 
white organdy over taffeta trimmed with 
imported lace. Following the ceremony a 
reception was held on the lawn outside 
the Meeting House, The tiered cake served 
as a centerpiece of the lace covered table. 
Miss Gertrude Pazol and Miss Duilia Capo- 
bianco from the East Boston Branch poured 
the punch. Miss Mary Crosby and Miss Rita 
Tadodonia served the cakeo 



On Saturday, June 28, Barbara Rogovin 
became the bride of Mr James Gray of Provi- 
dence, Rhode Island, The bride looked 
lovely in a white organdie ballerina 
length dress trimmed with yellow. She 
carried a corsage of white and yellow 
orchids and stephanotis. The matron of 
honor, the bride's sister, wore a blue 
silk shantung dress. Following a small 
family reception, the couple honeymooned 
inthe Berkshires and Rhode Island, 



On Saturday, June 28, in St, Joseph's 
Church in Hyde Pa-rk, Tiiss Edith M, Sliney 
became the bride of Mr Julius Joseph 
Trocki at a nine o'clock nuptial mass. 
The bride, attended only by her sister and 
given in marriage by her father, wore 
white embroidered nylon over pale blue 
taffeta and a fingertip-length veil. Her 
bouquet was a cascade of white roses, 
Yilhen during the reception, she threw the 
bridal bouquet in the traditional manner, 
it was caught by her co-worker in the 
Office of Records, Files, Statistics, 
Miss Agnes Lucchesi. After the reception, 
held at the Dedham Community House, Mr and 
Mrs Trocki left for a honeymoon in Nev/ 
Hampshire e On their return, they will 
make their home in North Cambridge o 



In the presence of her family and inti- neighbor policy in"herfamou§ enchanted 
mate friends, liliss Gloria H, Shine, acting spell which so successfully creates a de- 
Children's Librarian at South End Branch, light in books. Anecdotes about her new 
was married to 'Gerald G, Seidenberg on boxer "Brutus", her airdale "Muffins" and 
Sunday afternoon, June 29, at lOO p. mo the kitten "Basket", stories about the 
at the Temple Beth Zion in Brookline. Shejbranch libraries of United States' Benjamin 
wore her sister's wedding dress, tradi- 
tional white satin with a train, and car- 
ried a Bible with white orchids o The 



Franklin Library in important Mexican cit- 
ies and the work of the bookmobile in rural 
Mexico lasted far longer than the straw- 



bride's sister, Mrs Roberta Kunin, was berberry pie and many cups of coffee. 



only attendantj she wore a white eyelet 
organdy over blue taffeta. A, dinner was 
served to the wedding guests in the ves- 
try of the temple o After a short wedding: 
trip to St. Agathe, Canada, Mr and Mrs 
Seidenberg returned and are now living at 
318 St. Paul Street, Brookline, 

ALUMNAE NOTES 

Mrs John Hatzik, formerly Gussene Guve- 
yan of the Cataloging and Classification 
Department, Division of Reference and Re- 
search Services, came in recently to say 
good-bye to her Library friends prior to 
flying with her twins to North Hollywood, 
California. Her husband, who has taken a 
promising position there, will follow 
later by automobile. Gussene issued a 
most cordial invitation to all BPLers who 
plan to attend the ALA Conference in Los 
Angeles in 1953 to call on her and give 
her the opportunity of showing them that 
part of the country. 



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Miss Virginia Haviland and Miss Dorothy 
F. Nourse had a delightful reunion visit 
to Mexico vidth Mrs Luis Gorez better 
known as "Tony" to her BPL friends on 
Wednesday evening, July 9th. During the 



Mrs Gorez, formerly Eva J. Anttonen, was 
children's librarian at East Boston before 
she went to Mexico City in 19U6 to become 
children's librarian in the Benjamin Frank- 
lin Library. She held this post until 1951 
when she was sent by the State Department 
to Buenos Aires to open the children's de- 
partment at the Abraham Lincoln Library 
there. Although Tony resigned last fall 
from library work when she married Dr Gorez, 
she still works creatively with children 
and books. 

VISITORS 

Jfi.ss Helen F, Charles, Enoch Pratt Free 
Library, Baltimore. 

Dr Joseph Dagher, Conservateur of the 
National Library of Lebanon, Beirut, cur- 
rently serving as Consultant on Arabic 
Literature and Bibliography at the Library 
of Congress. 

Mrs Lydia de Queiroz Sambaquy and 

Miss Jannice de Lfello Monte-Mor, Servico 
de Intercanibio de Catalogacao, Rio de 
Janeiro, Brazil. 

Jiro Ishihara, Deputy Mayor, Kobe City, 
Japan. 

Mr Kurtz Myers, Detroit Public Library, 

Professor Franco Schiavone, National 
Union against Illiteracy, Rome, Italy, 

Dr Wilhelm Schmitz-Veltin, Director, 



dinner and evening at Miss Nourse 's apart- StadtbUcherei, Duisburg, Germany 



ment, reminiscences about Mexico in 19U6 



and 1952 were exchanged. Tony vividly re-and Florence Garrity, president of the Eire 
counted experiences as a substitute teach- Society of Boston, visited the Library on 
er in the American School in Mexico City. Thursday, June 12, to view the exhibit of 



Experiments in choral reading, dramatiza- 
tion of A. A. Milne's "King's Breakfast", 
the celebration of Hans Christian Ander- 
son's birthday and teaching arithmetic 

and spelling as -well as geography by mean^acoma, Washington, 
of flying to New York via American Airline 

literature and notebook proved that Tony ^«H«(-s,'-}HH8«f 

still combines love of reading, apprecia- 
tion of poetry, understanding of children 
and practical application of the good 



Joseph Shields, Irish consul at Boston, 



Irish books which was in the South Corridor 
of the Main Lobby through June 30. The 
books were a gift from the Eire Society. 
Miss Ifergaret Stapleton, Public Library, 



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THE SOCIAL WHIRI, 



In honor of her approaching marriage, 
J'iiss Edith M* Sliney was entertained at 
luncheon in the Town Room of the Sheraton _ 

Plaza on June 2U. The present staff of th6|Giadys"pitcher/mnaging7ditor oFcic 
Office of Records, Files, Statistics was 
joined by Mrs ISary F, Nagle, a former mem- 
ber of the staff. 



time he described some of the minerals 
which members of the Club had on display 
at the Library in the Main Lobby from 
June 2 through June 30. 

On Thursday, June 26, at 1:00 p. mo, 



On the evening of June 25 in the Staff 
Lounge Miss Barbara Rogovin of the Book 
Stack Service vras tendered a surprise 
shovrer. She was the recipient of many 
lovely gifts for her new home. A delicious 
repast was served in the lunch room immed- 
iately following the presentatL ona 

B.C. 



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At a surprise farevrell luncheon held in 
her honor on Friday, June 27, I^ss Gertrude 
Pazol was presented with a silver compact 
by fellow staff members of the East Boston 
Brancha Miss Pazol severs a very pleasant 
association of a year to take up duties as 
Librarian at Mitchel Air Field in Long 



Island, New York, Vfarm wishes for a suc- 
cessful and happy future accompany her. 



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Mrs Elaine flarzilli of Kirstein Business 
Branch vras honored recently at a dinner 
party at the Scituate home of Miss Rita 
Desaulniers . The entire staff, together 
with many of their friends, gathered at 
the shore-side summer residence to present 
Mrs ?ferzilli and her husband with a sterl- 
ing silver baby set and to shower Elaine 
with many good wishes on the completion of 
her service with the BPL, Mrs Marzilll 
came to work at Kirstein in 19h9 after 
graduating from Dorchester High School for 
Girls 9 Mr Marzilli is an electrical engi- 
neer v;crking in Norwood where the couple 
are now planning to settle. 

LIBRARY DISPLAYS NOTED ON TV 



Birchard, Company, and chairman of the 
Bookbuilders Workshop of Boston, appeared 
on Polly Huse 's "Domestic Diary" over WBZ- 
TV, in connection v/ith the Bookbuilders of 
Boston - Workshop Projects exhibit which -^ 
was held in the Puvis de Chavannes and 
Sargent Galleries from June 2 through 30, 

WOMEN'S HOUSE COMMITTEE REQUESTS 

Once again the BPLPSA Women's House Con>- 
mittee would like to bring to your atten- 
tion that: 

1, All utilities used in the Women's 
Lunch Room mast be cleaned and replaced in 
cabinets by the individuals using them, 

2, Articles have been disappearing from 
the refrigerator in the Women's Lunch Room# 
Please check careful]yto avoid such mistakes 
in the future. 



3, Carelessness has been reported re- 
garding shoes being placed on the uphols- 
tered furniture, and ash trays being upset o 
Cooperation is needed in both these matters. 
We would also like to bring it to your 
attention that no food is allowed in the 
lounge and this includes candy. 

Margaret Butler 

Catherine Farrell 

Helen Savakian 

Louise Wall 

Veronica Tibots, Chairman 

CORRECTION 

I-fe has been called to the attention of the 
former chairman of the Library Objectives 
Committee that the terra "young people" has 
been used on page two of the Outline for a 
ffritten Statement, ifiSiich appeared in the 
June Issue of The Qixestion Iferk, The ac- 



Mineral Club, was Bill Hahn's guest at 
12:00 m, June 16, over WNAC-TV, at which 



cepted terra is "you.'?g adul.Ls" which should 
Gerald Fo Crumm, president of the Boston kave been used consistently throughout the 



outline ^ 

It was also noted that under Fields of 



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Service on the first page priat.* and 
rare books had been omitted. Although thi 
outline was intended to suggest areas of 
service and not as a complete listing, 
other fields have. been specifically in- 
cluded and these additional ones should 
have been among them* 

The Committee that prepared the outline 
appreciate these comments and the interesi. 
expressed through them* 



Pauline Ao Walker 

'The Bubble Reputation^ 

(But not in Shakespeare's time!) 

■Just a whisper and a sneer 
And a shrug of the shoulder] 
A miasma of fear 
Makes the slanderer boldere 
Just a word in one's ear; 
Someone told him who told her 
Who told yet another, 
Who blabbed to his brother - 
And the victim is wrapped 
In a web of suggestions 
Till the victim is trapped 
By ambiguous questions. 

Just a whisper and a smirk 
And you set it in motion: 
The poison will work 
Like a magic potion. 

If guilt is unprovable. 
You need not worry: 
Good names are removable 
In quite a hurry© 

Just a clog of suspicion, 
Like a f of^ oh a field. 
Makes your victim's perdition 
Irrevocably sealed. 

Just a whisper and a sneer 

Everyone understands i 

It is easy to smear - '<' 

But how clean are your hands? 

Margaret Munsterberg 

Reprinted, from The Churchman, July, 1952. 



E ditor's Note ? 

The following excerpts from 
a letter written by Mrs Fern Ingersoll, 
former staff member, to Uss Evelyn Levy, 
give an interesting picture of o"ertain 
phases of life in Europe today. 



"Well we're back in Paris I Jay is work- 
ing at UNESCO in the Technical Assistance 
Program, It is a very interesting exper- 
ience for him because his work is to read 
all the field reports coming in from ex- 
perts in the field, brief his superiors, 
channel questions from experts to the ap- 
propriate specialists in UNESCO for answer- 
ing, and con5)ile the answers to go back to 
the field. At the present time it's a 3 
month appointment with the possibility and 
probability of an extension for a year or 
perhaps 2, We waited and hoped for this 
job all through the winter and because of 
personnel problems he was weekly told al- 
ternately that he would and would not have 
it. Finally, thinking the final answer 
was "No", we decided to spend the summer 
in a Quaker work canp in southern Italy — 
a tremendously interesting project. In 
preparation for it we went to two leader- 
ship seminars in Germany, one in Oberhausen 
in the Ruhr District and the other in 
Berlin. Berlin was particularly fascinat- 
ing.'" That was about a month and a half 
ago when people could still go relatively 
freely between West and East Berlin, Most 
of the people in the seminar were Berliners 
and for the week after it closed our time 
was filled up by going all over the city, 
guided by our friends and seeing the life 
of the city as they were involved ±ja it - 
a refugee camp in the West (we were told 
that about 300 refugees from the East came 
to the West everyday) j work shops for young 
unemployed men a':rl women (a bad problem all 
over Germany, bu-; especially in West Berlin 
where the economy is so confined) ; high 
schools (we were impressed by some excel- 
lent non-authoritarian teaching, after what 
we know of Germa'i education of the past) ', 
the Free Beilin Ur.j.versity (started in 19U7 
to make a pjaoe for the vast number of stu- 
dents coming iroi.i the East, now having an 
amazing number oi courses and something 
like 7,000 students); the House of Soviet 
Culture and the University of Berlin in 
the Eastern secto:.'-, We went to the Eastern 
zone with Western Students and several 
Easterners who had fled to the West, It 
was really fearful I We had the particular- 



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ly unique experience of being there on large library with insufficient funds to 
May 1, which is the big labor holiday all duplicate titles. Books recommended for 
over Europe. In the Western sector there use with youth are specially markedmth a 
was a rather quiet ..ceremony with crowds hyphen to the left of the call number so 
gathered in a square to hear speaches 'that no matter where they are housed -even 
from labor leaders from all over the wor3du.n the adult collection - all assistants 
politically colored, yes, but no compari- lean easily recognize them. Although the 
son with what we saw in the East. There, point was made that this is a method of 
all day long from 8 in the morning to 10 selection, not limitation of books, a repre- 
at night, everyone - farmers with their sentative of Enoch Pratt Free Public Library 



tractors and pigs, mothers with babies in 
their arms, nurses, factory workers, 
school children, the young people all in 
their blue uniforms - miarched carrying 
banners with pictures of the Eastern 
leaders and charicatures of the Western- 
ers and banners with all kinds of double- 
talk. There was much music and singing 



and cheering but everyone looked so tiredoarate youth rooms, with large fluid collec- 



Af ter -the Berlin experience Tire f lev;^ back 



to Hanover (on the border of the East-West New York Public Library's practices, ended 



zonos, where we had left Toby (our motor- 
cycle) and rode over to the Rhine and 
down south along it. At Heidelberg we 
received a letter from UNESCO saying they 
wanted Jay to come back. So here we areS 
Jay and I are both very concerned about 
the book censorship at home which we have 
been reading about in the New York Times . 
We'd appreciate it very much if you'd 
-give us your view of the situationo 



AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE 
; June 29 - July 5, 19^ ~" 

Editor's Note ; The following reports 
■cover certain sections of the Preconven- 
tion Conferences and the Conference prop- 
er. The remainder of the reports will be 
■printed in the August issue. 

Preoonferenceg 

Work With -Young People 

The opening session of the Preconfer- 
ence Tforkshop on Work with Young People 
took the form of a panel discussion, en- 
titled "Organizing Youth Work." As an 
example of a small collection used for 
individual recommendations, the library 
at Milton, Massachusetts. was described. 
Detroit's practice, ranging from a single 
shelf to separate rooms for youth collec- 
tions, illustrated the possibilities of 
utilizing the entire collection of a 



objected to this special designation, in- 
sisting that the librarian should know the 
entire field of adult books. In Baltimore, 
all important books are duplicated regard- 
less of expense or bother. Two other 
methods of grouping books: in an entirely 
separate building, like the Brownsville 
Children's Branch in Brooklyn j and in sep- 



tions, located near adult roons - one of 



the presentation. At the conclusion of the 
discussion which followed, the speakers 
seemed agreed that the most important part 
of service to young people is the youth 
librarian herself c 

"The Youth Librarian Visits the High 
School" was the theme of the second panel 
discussion of this preoonference. Among 
suggestions examined by a panel represent- 
ing four different types of libraries: 
Rutland Regional Library, Vt.j Detroit j 
East Orange, New Jersey j and Yoiingstown, 
Ohio, were possibilities of joint meetings 
of school librarians, public librarians and 
English teachers; the sharing with school 
librarians of public library recommended 
lists and new books; and assembly versus, 
classroom talks. A final debate on the ' 
relative provinces of public and school 
librarians was resolved in pointing out 
the abundance of work yet to be done by 
both in getting reference, collateral and 
recreational reading to young people. 

At the third session. Miss Jfergaret C, 
Scoggin of the New York Public Library 
introduced a panel on "Touchy Areas in 
Book Selection" with a memorable presenta- 
tion of general book selection standards. 
As she stated, young people do not need to 
be wrapped in cotton batting, since they 
are developing adult minds. As educated 
people, librarians must accept or reject 
according to positive standards, accepting 
"true" books even if they are unpleasant. 
The youth librarian must know the touchy 
areas of her communitys, have the courage 
of her convictions, matched by the ability 
to state them clearly, and must serve as 
interpreter, rather than dictator. 



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The ensuing panel reviev/ed specific books 
in the following "touchy areas"; sex, 



realism, politics, and racial and religious grains." 



differences. Among the many titles cover- 
ed, such books as The Caine mitiny . The 



catcher in the rye . Witness , American free- Adult Education movement in the United 



dom and Catholic power and material on 



Paul Robeson brought forth frank, stimulate compared Adult Education of 1926 with that 



ing debate 

The fourth session of this pre-conference 
featured Dr Marynia L, Farnham, psychia- 
trist and author of The adolescent , speak- 
ing on "The Teen-ager in Today's World," 



In a vivid picture of the adolescent, grow-However, libraries have come to the reali- 



ing at different rates in different direc- 
tions, Dr Farnham explained the reasons 
behind his seemingly inconsistent and ofter 
inconaprehensible behavior. Adolescents 
need guidance they can rely on, from people 
they can trust, in terms they can under- 
stand. Along with parents, librarians can 
contribute to youth's need for inner 
security and assist their intellectual 
flowering. ViTe must not underestimate ado- 
lescents, reduce them to mediocrity, and 
so force them into a stereotyped adulthood. 

P.W» 



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stated briefly, is to assist participants 
to achieve greater clarity in Library pro- 



Dean Cyril 0, Houle, University of 
Chicago, in giving a brief resume of the 



States during the last twenty-five years. 



of the present. "We have moved upward in a 
spiral", stated Dean Houleo Vastly greater 
numbers of individuals , are now engaged in 
adult learning due to increased formal 
Bchooling, the depression, and Y/orld War II. 



Adult Education 



In the heat of the last week in June 
some eighty librarians met each morning andl field. 



zation that the masses are not yearning for 
education. Adult educators must create the 
motivation if more people are to be brought 
into the movemento 

Dr Robert Leigh, Director of the Public 
Library Inquiry, on the other hand, recog- 
nized the Library as an accepted agency of 
Adult Education in the community, but 
stressed the point that the Library should 
serve the already motivated desires of 
adults. Librarians should not have the 
idea that they can change the attitudes 
and motivations of people. "Librarians 
cannot even increase the number of people 
interested in adult education", said Dr 
Leigh. 

John Cory, Chief of the Circulation De- 
partment of the New York Public Library 
replied that the Public Library is still 
the weakest link in the Adult Education 



However, it may not always be so 



afternoon at Columbia University to discuss^for Library adult education reaches a 



ways of strengthening educational service 



in public libraries. Registrants were f ron it is often more accessible than other 



twenty states - including California and 
Washington, Maine and Florida - the Dis- 
trict of Columbia, and Canada. 

Lowell Martin, Associate Dean of Faculty 
of Library Service, Columbia University, 
was the General Chairman of the five-day 
Institute which was sponsored by the School 
of Library Service of Columbia, and the 
Adult Education Board and Adult Education 
Committee of the Public Libraries Division 
of A.L.A. 

Mr Martin introduced the Institute by 
pointing out that there are three factors 
which enter into all successful educational 
library programs i Faith - a dedication to 
the work at hand. Sense - an understanding 
of at least a part of the people in the 
comnainity* Clarity - a continuing program 
or group of activities fitting into the 
purposes of the Library. Mr Martin con- 
cluded, "The purpose of the Institute, 



broader age range than the other agencies j 



agencies; it is informal without the con- 
straint of the academic; it is voluntary; 
and it gathers together and uses all the 
media of communication. "The Library", 
said Mr Cory, contrary to Dr Leigh's views, 
"must reach out not only to the inquiring 
minds, but also to the unprepared minds. 
The Library should put ideas Tjhere they 
will be stumbled upon." 

Thus on the opening day of the Institute 
the stage was set for a discussion of the 
role of Adult Education in the Library's 
program. Repeatedly during the following 
days, reference was made to the motivated 
individual versus the unmotivated individ- 
ual, or to the inquiring mind versus the 
unprepared mind. 

To complete the first afternoon program 
Miss Ifery Louise Alexander, Librarian of 
the Ferguson Library, Stamford, Connecticut, 
pointed out the educational opportunities 



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of the Library in a snail city where the 
Library is practically a coniinunity center. 

Mrs Helen Steinbarger, Consultant in 
Adult Education at the Vfashington, D.C, 
Public Library, stressed the importance of 
a balanced Library educational program 
which is keyed to the needs and reading 
interests of the larger community. Such a 
program should include books, book lists, 
films, recordings, radio, and television. 



In spite of the high temperature on 
Thursday, practically all of the regis- 
trants attended the Thursday evening ses- 
sion at which Ulrs Mildred Mathews, Super- 
intendent of Adult Services at the New York 
Public Library described that Library's 
training program which is organized for 
the effective carrying out of the job at 
hand or for promotion to another job. At 
this meeting lir Byron Hopkins, Director of 
"Libraries should begin to prepare for the] the East Orange, New Jersey Public Library 



acceptance and use of television in their 
programs," said Mrs Steinbarger* "No one 
part of the Library has to do with educa- 
tion., It is the concern of the whole li- 
brary," she concluded. 



also told of his experiences in projecting 
la new educational program into the comraun- 
jity. 

On Friday, although the speakers were 
concerned with the various types of Group 



The program of the Institute was full anqPrograms in Libraries, emphasis was on book 
varied. There were twenty-two different Idiscussion programs. Of particular inter- 
discussions during the week. Space permit^est was the report on the A.L.A, American 
only the briefest of notes on the remainde2[Heritage Project as presented by the Pres- 
of the well-planned and stimulating pro- 
gram. 

Wednesday was given over to a discussion 
of Materials for Educational Service in 



Libraries, There were talks on strengthen-tbrarian in Charge of Book Discussion pf o- 



ing the book collection M±th emphasis on 
the need for a well-defined book buying 
policy, the use of non-musical recordings 
including buying sovirces, and the use of 
films with a demonstration of a film 
evaluation session. It was encouraging to 
hear Theodore Waller, Managing Director of 



the American Book Publisher's Council, dis- which Libraries serve a wide variety of 



ent Director, Mrs Grace Stevenson, ■ 

A highlight of the weekinas the Heritage 
book discussion leadership training session 
demonstrated by Miss Margaret Monroe, Li- 



grams at the New York Public Library, and a 
group of leaders from the New York comraun— 
ityo 

The final session of the Institute on 
Saturday was on reaching and serving busi- 
ness, civic, labor, and parent groups in 
the community. The many diverse ways in 



cuss reading trends, "Books," he said, 
"have always been under one doom or an- 
other. First it was the automobile; then 
the movies, then radio, and today tele- 
vision. Yet each year many more books are 
published and sold." He pointed out the 
increasing interest in paper bound books, 
particularly in paper bound originals and 
indicated the many projects being consid- 
ered by the Publisher's Councilo "The Li- 
brary more and more rightly represents a 
selective interest narket, whereas the 
publisher represents the mass narket," 
said Mr Waller, 

The Library's job in helping its clien- 
tele to become more discriminating readers, 
the work of the A.L.A. Sub-Committee on 
Book Appraisal, the need for specially 
prepared annotations for certain types of 
non-fiction books, subject interest arrang-j- 
ment of Library collections to fit the 
needs of the greatest number of borrowers, 
and a discussion of book reviewing by Li- 
brarians to meet the mind of the non- 
pa ci en were included in Thursday's program 
on Se/.^vice to Individuals, 



groups demonstrates the increasing inqior- 
tance of group activities as a necessary 
and vital part of the Library's Adult Edu- 
cation program. 

Perhaps it is unnecessary to add that the 
greatest value of the Institute was the 
opportunity it offered for the exchange of 
ideas with Librarians from all sections of 
the United States, The discussion period 
f ollovd-ng each s ession was usually far too 
short because of the full program. However, 
the discussions were continued at lunch and 
dinner and frequently even far into the 
night, as the majority of the registrants 
were living in Johnson Hall, a Columbia 
University graduate house, 

M.C.J. 



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Intellectual Freedom 



by relinguishing ity he asserted, "and we 

oanH defeat totalitarianism by imitating 
The two day Conference on Intellectual i-t." Presstire against libraries was shown 
Freedom, sponsored by the ALA Committee on to ta>ke the following forms: l) direct 

pressure, (often sincerely motivated) by 



patriotic organizations, and individuals. 
In the belief that they are doing good by 
prohibiting the circulation or even acquisi-;: 
tion of "subversive" materials, (as illus- 



IntelDectual Freedom, was held in the 

auditorium of the Bar Association of New 

York^ on Saturday and Sunday, Jione 28-29. 

It was called to consider the problem of 

free communication in the library and the 

allied fields of publishing and broadcast- [trated by a request that the Library of 

ing and the ways in which librarians, in Congress label its so-called subversive 

particular, can effectively resist pressur^^iterature), 2) the indirect, insidious in- 

groups attempting to limit their effective-f l^ence of a widespread demand for conform- 

ness. The four meetings, comprising panelfi-'^y* causing timid librarians to censor 

of three speakers at each session, dealt their own activities in anticipation of 

specif ically with : l) The Library and arousing criticism, 3) direct or indirect 

Free Communication, 2) The Present Problen pressure from legislators and others in 

in Book Selection, 3) Pressures - Where- Authority demanding restrictions on unortho- 



from and How? and h) Our Common Stake in 
7ree Communication (Book Publishing, the 
fress. Broadcasting). They were in turn 



chaired by William Dix, Chairman of the 
Committee on Intellectual Freedom; Milton 
5.. Lord, Director, Boston Public Library; 
Lavid K, Berninghausen, Librarian, Cooper 



iox materials, particularly of a political 
nature « 

Asserting that much of the danger to free 
communication is coming from friends ^vithin 
our borders rather than our enemies without, 
Julian Boyd, together with E. ¥[, McDiarmid, 
expressed doubts about the ability of some 
Unionj and Luther Evans, Librarian, Librarj librarians to resist these pressures, while 
„of Congress, The speakers included! Juliar^t the same time exhorting the profession to 
Soyd, Director, Princeton University and insist upon complete freedom of selection, 
distinguished editor of The Jefferson at whatever the cost» Lively discussion 
Papers ; Alan Barth, editorial writer of the^entered about iJlr Ralph Munn's "adrainistra- 
tashington Post and author of The Loyalty tive f easability" in interpreting the Li- 
of Free Men j E. W, McDiarmid, Dean, Colleget>r^ry Bill of Rights in the selection and 
of Science, Literature and the Arts, Uni- shelving of politically unorthodox books 
versitv of Minnesota; Ralph Munn, Director /o^ his library. Distinguishing between 
Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh; Robert Colli^Dvert and disguised propagand.a, he declared 
.son, Librarian, Westminster Library, Lon- 



that while the former should be included in 
general collections, it should not be open- 
ly displayed but should be shelved in a re- 
stricted area where it would be freely 
available on request. Since disguised 
citizen to free access to information, the propaganda is deliberately deceptive and has 
speakers showed how that right is being in-become a recognized weapon of iiiarfare, he 
creasingly threatened by pressure from in- pointed our that Librarians should make 
dividuals and organized groups, and unless every effort to discover and eliminate it 
resisted willseriously ciortail the acquisi-in their collections. Knowledge and judg- 



don; Lester Markel, Sunday Editor of The 
New York Times ; and Merle Miller, author 
of The Judges and the Judged » 
Emphasizing throughout the right of the 



■jion and circulation of materials present- 
ing all points of view, as defined in the 
Library Bill of Rights, Describing the 
threat to libraries as indicative of the 
growing tendency to place a premium on or- 
thodoxy, as officially exemplified by the 
Internal Security Act and the Government's 
loyalty program, Alan Barth suggested that 



nent, he emphasized, are the components of 



"administrative feasability" and also a 
realization that the Library can not veer 
too far from public opinion. 

Rebuttals to this policy were provided in 
the discussions of Ibc Robert Collison of 
London, England and Mr Jerome Cushman, of 
Balina, Kansas, both of whom regarded re- 
librarians are in the midst of a battle novjstricted shelving as "pernicious practice" 
being waged far the freedom of the human and did not tolerate it in their libraries, 
mind. Without free communication, under- In summarizing the discussions and general 
standing is impossible; and as understand- areas of agreement in the conference, VSr 
ing diminishes so do the chances of pre- "^lan Barth called upon librarians as "cus- 
serving peace, "We can't preserve freedom todians of a great past" to close rank 



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among themselves and join with the other 
nass media of coimnunication to "resist- the 
barbarian invasion" and protect the right 
of every American to express his opinions 
freely, however heterodox. Librarians, he 
emphasized, are trustees of the nation's 
intellectual heritage, and in protecting 



sponsible for the A.^L.A. Daily Reporter «" 

• • • • o 

The registered attendance edged over the 
5200 mark set at the last New York Confer- 
ence in 1937 • 

• o • • o 

The outstanding bit of Conference litera- 



their freedom they are protecting all freefture was found at the Columbia University 
dome Reaffirming Ik" Boyd's contention Press Booth, This was a pamphlet entitled 



that freedom is a right of the public to 
free access to information, he declared 
that censorship is "a reproach to the coia- 



Librarianna , with photographs of babies 
caricaturing library patrons by Constance 
Bannister and captions by Jean and Bob 



mon people". It is of itself a corrupting' Holmes. It caused more comment and was 
influence and there is no such thing as ( much more fun than a "banned-in-Boston" 
"good censorship". However, the true test | book. 



"It would be better," mused the wise old 
owl, "if librarians from Boston would stay 



of freedom is its use. Freedom is akin to 
re.:^ponsibility and it is our duty as li- 
brarians to use it responsibly. The li- 
brarian's responsibility lies in the selec-away from restaurants about to be robbed, - 
iion of materials, and selection requires jand if they do insist in consorting where 
well trained, thoroughly qualified person- crime runs rampant - Tsdiy don't they do 
nel^; not subject to pressure. In conclu- something instead of just sitting and calm- 
sion library administrators were admonish- ;ly eating while a thief walks off with $500? 
ed to be constantly on the alert to threatgl wonder if things like that ever happen in 
to tne profession, and to guard against 1 Boston?" 

their, by adoption of the Library Bill of (Editor's note: Of course not, who ever 
Kisjlits and the thorough education of their heard of a Boston restaurant being robbed, 
litrffs in its principles and implications, owls should know better J) 



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L.S.M.. 



Conference 



Conference Casuals 



: Next year the A.L.A. Conference meets in 
'Los Angeles. The old owl heard a rumor, 
but just a rumor to be sure, that the Con- 
iference had been unofficially invited to 
I meet in Rio de Janeiro in 195U« Jfeybe, 
jwe'll all be "flying down to Rio" in a 
couple of years. - I&ybe noti 



A wise old owl atop the Enqjire State 
Building made a few random notes on the 
recent A.L.A. Conference which convened at 
the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City, 
June 29-July 5, 1952. He observed that 
there were approxinately sixty members of 
■Lne Boston Public Library staff in attend- 
ance at the Conference. Everywhere he 
looked he could spot a Boston Public 
I ■ t.raryite : Radio City, RoCkerfeller Cen- 
to?., U.N. Council meetings, the new Lever I 
g"!.r-.33 menagerie. Divan Parisian, the zoo. 
Central Park, Fifth Avenue buses, publish- 
ers' "teas", - and even at Conference 
meetings. 

The old owl noted, too, that the Local 
Committee with Francis R. St John, Brook- 
lyn Public Library, as general chairman, 
did an outstanding job. Congratulations 
should, also, go to Paul ?fasserman, editor, 
and his efficient staff drawn from the New 
York United Staff Association who were re- 



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Conference Side -Lights 



We were pleased to note that The Question 
Mark vjas one of the popular items at the 



booth reserved for staff publications. 
[Everywhere we went - arid those who attended 
I the convention can attest to the miles and 
I miles of floor space - people carrying 
i copies were very much in evidence. The 
very nice young lady in attendance at the 
booth is a Question Ufark fan by her own 
admission. Her favorite column? The Soap 
Bo^. The check controversy was of special 
concemo She was particularly interested 
in the outcome. 

The CARE book also was receiving much 
iattention. The B.P.L.P.S.A. Committee on 
JCARE should be congratulated for their un- 
Istinting efforts, A special bow to Miss 
!T/lay McDonald, chairman, for her zeal and 



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good work* 

Former staff members glimpsed in N©Tsr 
York or at the convention: 

Dora Bailey^ formerly Children's Librar- 
ian of South End Branch, now m. th the New 
York Public Library • 

Ruth Fishburne, now vice-president of 
Special Libraries in New York, and editor 
of their staff bulletin. Both girls look- 
ed radiant and happy. Both have been on 
extended leaves in Europe since leaving 
the B.P.L, Must be something about New 
Yorki 

Mrs Florence Angoff (nee Adelson) , 

Alice Buckley, formerly Children's Li- 
brarian at Allston Branch, now High School 
Librarian at East Bostona 

S,R. 



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Work with Young People 



• l«i. Books of high literary quality but of i 
limited appeal j 2, Books of wide appeal 
but of slight literary value; 3» Books 
true to life but starkly realistic; ii» Stor- 
ies- of careers v/ith poor characterization, 
Friday's buzz session questioned the buying 
of: 1, Special editions of adult books 
(re-writings, abridgements, etc); 2, Super- 
ficial treatment of important subjects; 
3, Frank presentation of social problems; 
and U, Large quantities of science fiction, 
On neither day v/ere any generalized rules 
agreed upon, but speakers from both plat- 
form and floor, did agree on the importance 
of community situation and recognized the 
possibilities of different points of view. 

On Tuesday afternoon. Amy Logman of 
The Saturday Review spoke to a large audi- 
ence on "Tifhat Books Mean To Young People", 
She pointed out the fact that, since most 
young people do their most intensive, re- 
sponsive reading between the a^jes of twelve 
I and sixteen, the value of books is profound 
The New York Times Youth Forum Broadcast to them. The world in which adolescents 
on Monday morning was the first meeting oinaw live reveals the lack of restraint- 
the Association cf Young Peoples' Librar-|in language, books, and behavior - for 
ians. With author, Howard Swiggett as iwhich their parents agitated; the war has 
guest, four students - l5 to 17 years old-| ended "cheerful yesterdays and confident 
were given a chance to express their li- ; tomorrows," This defeatism and despair 
brary needs. In no uncertain terms, they nmgt be overcome by propelling youth 5nto 
insisted that they be given books on both; an awareness of their mission as effective 
sides of controversial issues; so that, citizens, bastions of the future. While 
for instance, they can learn of the origi-yyoung people are malleable and inflajnmble, 
nal objectives and accomplishments of the , while they still read without bitterness or 
Communist Party as well as present popular disillusion, before futility spoils their 
conceptions of that subjecto Feeling that idealism, they must be convinced that the 
teen-age collections are chosen "for world is worth saving. Never have the ob- 
morons", they suggested advisory councils ligations of youth librarians and educators 
representing every community group and all been of such potential importance tD the 
ages to help in book selection. There was world, 

comment on the dullness of libraries and , P,W, 

their exhibits and the difficulty of findi 

ing specialized literature. In this con- j * 

nection it vvas noted that New York Public | 

Library's reference collection is not | Audio-Visual 

available for use by students under tvrenty-J 

one. In conclusion, answering criticism j The convention activities of the Audio- 
of book censorship, lilr Swiggett reminded ' Visual Board v/ere centered around film 
the young people that limited funds create showings, a film preview and discussion of 
in themselves a form of censorship. ! recent developments in educational tele- 

At two meetings - Tuesday and Friday vision, 
mornings - The Association of Young On Tuesday, July l,the Audio-Visual Group 
People's Librarians engaged in lively bool^ were shown a group of films which included: 
discussions. Using specific titles to il-j 1, . The Oxford Student , a color film in the 
lustrate each category, the Tuesday group j Life in Great Britain series which re- 
debated the inclusion in young people's i enacted the past, tradition, and life today 
collections of the following materials in various colleges cf Qrfordj 2. That the 



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de^f may speak , prize winning festival ■ 
film, sponsored by Lexington School for 
the Deaf, indicating ways in which the 
school soeks to help deaf children lead 
r.jr^al lives; and 3 a The imprersionable 
^^ :■:;;, a picture set in the Nathan Strauss 
Branch of the New lork Public Library, 



American Heritage Project 

• At an A.L.A, Adult Education Section 
meeting on Friday, July h, seven librarian^ 
with Mrs Stevenson as the leader, discussed 
their experiences in setting up, carrying 
on, and evaluating the Heritage Projco-Oj 



concerned with children and their librar- This was one of the outstanding meetir^s 
ies, |>f the Conference. The surprisingly large 

On ''Wednesday, a convention-wide audience ^ audience on a holiday afternoon testified 
previewed a new French film entitled The i to the widespread interest of Librarians 
fgrriAc us Fabre - as yetj not shown to the ±n learning more about the Heritage Project, 
genii'al publico Based on the life of Jean 



Rem'i Fabre (1823-1915) and giving vivid 
insight into that renowned French entomol-- 
ogzst's methods of labor and observation, 
this picture contributes to a deepened 
appreciation of his remarkable patience 
and achievements. An excellent film to 
combine vdth book-lists and exhibits. 

At the Television Committee meeting on 
Thursday, the field consultant of the 



M.C.J. 



Friends of Libraries 



The Friends of Libraries Committee held 
a luncheon meeting on Wednesday, July 2> at 
the Starlight Roof of the Waldorf Astoria, 
Joint Committee on Educational Television, at which the speaker was Mr Norman Cousins, 



Paul C. Reed, revievred "Recent Develop- 
ments in Educational Television," These 
may be stated in terms of securing tele- 
vision stations and educating those who 
are to use them. Between October, 1950 



vice-president. The Saturday Review . 

Mr Cousins stated that membership today 
in a Friends of the Library group requires 
convictions, insight, courage and just 
plain "guts" J whereas in the past member- 
and April, 1952, educators and other internship in such a group has been based pri- 
ested parties - like the city of Miami, narily on a love for books. The many pres- 
Florida - secured stations on 2U2 reserved I sure s on libraries at the present time are 
channels for one yearj unfortunately, how- related to the general feeling of insecur- 
ever, these options, if not renewed, may ity throughout the world; we have been un- 
be taken up by commercial agencies after able to use our power successfully and as 



June 2, 1953* Despite accomplishments in a result we are beginning to use it against 
suqh areas as Denver and the State of Wis- ourselves. Our failures have produced 
consin, no uniform pattern has been devel- tensions, mth the result that people feel 
oped for securing the support of educatior>-that action is imperative. When the desire 
al television by educational organizations, to act becomes an end in itself, we have 
Mr Reed closed by urging all thinking I set the stage for mob action. Our national 
people to support this worthy cause, objectives are to secure a peace which will 
Friday, July U, was devoted to a filn>- , maintain freedom and bring an end to tyr- 



shcwing sponsored jointly by the Audio- 
Visual Board and the American Heritage 
P:-jject. Fo\ir films on America: it;j ori- 
gins, heritage, struggles, and peoples, 
were shown in a holiday-slanted programo 
Included were Voices of people , dealing 
with the Declaration of Independence and 
the Bill of Rights; Freedom r. f the press , 
depicting famous struggles on the part of 
men like Peter Zenger to retain this free- 
dom; Peoples along the Missisr - ippi , high- 
lighting the backgrounds, of these river- 
side dwellers; and The library story , 
treating the services, personnel and 
cliontele. of, Wilmette, Illinois Public Li- 
, brary, 

M.F,R, 



iannyo Among the obstacles we are facing in 
achieving these objectives is a loss of 
I ground with communism, resulting fr.om our 
I inability to recognize eithei" a comnunist 
i or a non-communist. Another obstacle -vrfiich 
{America faces today is the tendency to make 
apologies against every kind of attack. 
But an attack against world citizenship or 
the wcrk of UNESCO should not be defended; 
it sli'.ald be opposed, Mr Cousins stated 
that the important question is not for us 
to decide whether or not we want world 
government, but what kind of world govern- 
ment '-we wanto ^Ifhen we answer the question, 
are we Willing to join world government? 
then we have a right to ask Russia and the 
other countries the same question, 

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I'ilrs Vining Speaks 



A conference highlight, for an audience 
far greater than the Division of Libraries 
for Children and Young People, whose pro- 
gram meeting it v/as, mas the Wednesday- 
evening talk by Mrs Elizabeth Gray Vining, 
author of the current best-seller WINDOWS 
FOR THE CRO^TO PRINCE and a list of distin- 
guished stories and biographies for young 
people. 

Jfrs Vining spoke about the American her- 
itage - what it is and how, as "windows 
ts be opened," she interpreted it to the 
Crown Prince* As a blend of people, 
places, ideas and ways of doing things, 
she discussed it with keenness, directness, 
and simplicity, quoting such American lead- 
ers as William Penn and Benjamin Franklin, 
and enlivening it all with the kind of il- 
lustrations from her experiences in teach- 
ing that make her book so delightful and 
that reflect her innate fitness for the 
work she didt 

V.H. 

CONGRATULATIONS 

The History Book Club selection for 
July, 1952 is John Adams and the Prophets 
of Progress , by Zoltan Haras zti. Harvard 
University Press o 1952. Mr Haras zti is 
Keeper of Rare Books, Boston Public Li- 
brary. 



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One of the display casBS in the main 
lobby, north corridor is featuring ma- ■ 
terial relating to the recent book William 
Penn, Founder and Friend , by Virginia Ha vi- 
le nd. Reader's Advisor for Children at the 
Boston Public Library. Included in the 
display are the original illustrations by 
Peter Burchard* 



lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in-Chief. 
The contents of 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. 



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SOAP BOX 



Any contribution to the Soap Box must be 
accompanied by the full name of the Asso- 
c^acion member submitting it, together 
w:.tn the name of the Branch Library, De- 
pt.i-tment, or Office in v^ich he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld from pub- 



To the Soap Box: 

A word a day keeps Mental Inertia 
away, A staff member submits the follow- 
ing " vocabulary builders". 

BIBLIOTHECAL, adj. Former usage - of or 
pertaining to a library. Now - used to 
describe the state of nirvana. 

BUDGET, n. An indefinite quantity posses- 
sing unlimited elasticity in some directions 
and complete rigidity in others. 

CLARIFY, v,t» To compound confusion with 
chaos. 

CLOWN, v,i. To speak or act in a manner 
inconsistant T;-ith the standards of the 
Professional Pall Bearers Association. 

COMMITTEE, n. An intrepid group of li- 
brarians who do not permit the lack of 
ideas to prevent them from filing a report, 

COOKIE, n. A type of small thin flat 
cake served at all Library functions. Ex- 
cellent eating but monotonous reading, 

DECORUJI, n. Tittering, making snide re- 
narks. Braveiy sotto voce, 

DIGNITY, n, A combination of mental in- 
ertia and moral anemia. 

LIBRARIAN, n, A much mispronounced word 
signifying the infallibility of the Direc- 
tor, 

MCDONOUGH, EAMON, n, 'Satan, Lucifer, 
Used to frighten nevj- Library employees and 
probationary assistants. 

MONEY, n, A nagical word credited with 
the power to shock professionals and change 
their complQxions from white to rosy red, 

PROFESSIONAL, adj. Of or pertaining to 
my lYork or attitude, 

UNPROFESSIONAL, adj. Of or pertaining to 
your work or attitude, 

QUESTIONNAIRE, n. Three sheets to the 
wind, 

RAMFICATION, n, (Fr. Latin ramus and 
facere) To make like a ram, i.e, the act 
of butting the head against a stone wall. 



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REQUEST, v,t. To ask or solicit by plac+ • 
ing the point of a knife in the small of 
the back. 

STAFF MEETING, n. An experiment de- 
signed to demonstrate that the mind can 



LAMENT FOR A C EDGING PUTE 



It stuck to us through thick and thin 
And to the book we put it in 
And now it knows a bitter fate— — 
absorb no more than the posterior can bearj Never to have another datej 

SUBPROFESSIONAL, adjc Of or pertaining \ 
to the enlisted personnel, swabbies and 10 dear Association, here's a 
j^rdbirdse ! point to take a vote on 

SUGGEST, Vet. To put into a person's jit served us well, and now it's 
mind the thought of, desire for, etc. Es- only good to write a note onl 
pecially by making a hole in the head a 

URGE, v.t. To present in an unprofes- 
sional and undignified manner. Nov«r low 
Library. 

USURP, v.t. To consult. 

COURTESY, n. My attitude and behavior 
toward you» 



A Chan^ion of Lost Causes 



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DISCOURTESY, n. 
havior toward me» 



To the Soap Box; 



Your attitude and be- 



Reprinted from The Boston Herald ^ July 7, 

1952. 

Bliss Perryana 



To the Editor of The Herald: 

Will you allow a nan who has read your 
Mail Bag letters for many years to risk a 
single generalization? Very few men and 
no women write well when they are angry. 



Exeter, N.H, 



At the A.L.A, Convention, 
a librarian from a small town in Ohio told 
of a week-end visit to Boston a few years 
ago. On her first day, Saturday, June 17th 
everything was closed. "But", she said, 

"the next day, Sunday the Library was open- To the Soap Box: 
ed, and how we enjoyed those Sir Galahad 
paintings." 



Bliss Perry 



A Lot of Gloss is a Dangerous Thing 
or 
We TTax Poetic 

0, lately when the doctor comes 
aknocking at our door 
The answer always seems to be 
"I slipped in old Stack U" 
From ankle sprains and black-and- 
blues our dignities are sore 
And all because there has' to be 
a. gloss upon the floor. 

Refrain: 
A gloss upon the floor 
A gloss upon the floor 

As time goes by our ranks may be depleted 
more and more 

But, be that as it may, there's 
still a gloss upon the floor. 

C.O'T and S.W.P. 



Last month's issue of the Question Mark 
contained a letter signed "Geoffrey" which, 
;in ray opinion, brings out into the open 
;the campaign of criticism that has been 
■vraged for some time now against the Presi- 
dent of the Professional Staff Association. 
The letter, with its implications and 
accusations, also points up what appears 
to be a widening difference of opinion 
; among several groups v/ithin our organiza- 
;tion» I think it vrould be salutary for 
all of us to give some thought as to what 
may happen to the Association if we permit 
jpersonal feelings and rancor to interfere 
with the pursuit of our legitimate goals » 
Our greatest asset in having the Profes- 
'sional Staff Association is that it does 
represent the vast najority of the biblio- 
thecal staff and can speak for this major- 
'ity. Any division vdithin the group weak- 
ens oxxr effectiveness. Differences of 
opinion can and should be settled either 
at the regular business meetings or by 
(action of the Executive Board, 
i You, ray dear "Geoffrey", evidently 
i attended the recent meeting of the Profes- 
sional Staff Association and, as you make 



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unmistakably clear in your letter, found 
much of the proceedings not to your likingc 
It would seem that the time and place to 
have aired your objections iwas at the 
meeting,, thereby giving the membership an 
opportunity to discuss these troublesome 
natters and to take whatever action the 
majority decided. This would have been a 
democratic and decisive method of settling 
differences. You should bear in mind, 
"Geoffrey," that the officers and Execu- 
tive Board of the Association are elected 
by the members and are answerable to the 
members for what they do or fail to doo 
It is difficult to understand the reason 
for your reticence at the meeting. Surely 
it could not have been the lack of support 
by other members who shared your views 
since it is now common knowledge that many 
members who did not approve of the Presi- 
dent's actions had held pre-meeting dis- 
cussions, and had even drawn such a sharp 
line between themselves and those who gave 



opinions published anonymously in the 
Question Mark© You have, too, the oppor- 



tunity to determine whether or not the 
membership and their elected officers share 
your views. For our common good let us 
clear the air, make our decisions, and, 
above all, let us get along with our legit- 
imate business, 

Louis Rains 



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Soap Box: 

Nvimerous inquiries were heard at 
the A.L.A. Conference from various parts of 
the country as to what the BPLPSA was 
planning this year for a supplementary in- 
service training projecto The projects ox" 
the past few years have proved so success- 
ful and stimulating it seems unfortunate 
not to continue something of this nature, 
evidence of being in accord with the Presi-tThe institutes and workshops have not only 



dent's views, as to label the two groups, 
"our side" and "the other side." And, 
even had you been unaiware of the organiza- 
tion of the loyal opposition, you certain- 
ly must have known by the presence of the 
claque, that there were others present who 
supported your feelings , Can you honestly 
think, "Geoffrey" that you were acting in 
the best interests of the Association by 
remaining silent when you had the oppor- 
tunity to speak, the opportunity to ques- 
tion, and the opportunity to receive a 
direct answer to your questions and aco«s» 
sations? ' '■ 

You were very free with your accusations 
against the President. You were either 
unwilling or unable to express your views 
at the meeting. However, if you now think 
that a situation exists -w^iich requires 
correction or modification, you may write 
a formal protest to the Executive Board, 
and/or, write a formal letter to tiie Presi4 
dent requesting that he call a special 
meeting of the Association for the purpose 
of considering and taking action on your 
charge against the President. And while 
you are at your typev^rriter, "Geoffrey'J you 
might also address a letter to the Consti- 
tution Committee suggesting that they pre- 
pare an amendment to the constitution pro- 
viding for the impeachment and removal of 
officers for conduct unbecoming to the 
dignity of librarians. 

You are entitled to your opinions, and 
you have the privilege of having your 



been helpful to many individuals but have 
reflected creditably on the staff and the 
institution which the Association repre- 
sents. Are there any plans? 

Curious 

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GOOD NEWS 

The many friends of Miss Jfergaret 
McGovern, Branch Librarian, Emeritus, Menn 
orial Branch Library, will be delighted to 
know that she has left the Channing Home 
greatly improved in health. For the pres- 
ent Miss McGovern is at the Bellevue Hotel, 
21 Beacon Street, Bostono 




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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



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



Volume VII, Number 8 



August 1952 



Publications Committee: Barbara P. Cotter, George M. Pahud, Sarah Richman, Aura G. 

Watson, Edna G. Peck, Chairman 



Publication date; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material; 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 

Those who Twent to the A.L.A. convention 
in New York said that The Question ifark 
proved to be very popular at the SORT 
booth. It was eagerly perused by those 
who were connected with other staff publi- 
cations and by just plain staff members 
from elsewhere. Apparently our publica- 
tion is not so bad after all. We don't 
mean to pat ourselves on the back too 
much, but there was some opposition to 
sending the June issue to the SORT booth 
among a portion of the staff. It was felt 
in some quarters that it was "airing our 
dirty laundry in public" to exhibit such 
an issue. It's evident that others 
thcaght it showed a healthy airing of all 
sorts of laundry, clean, dirty and tattle- 
tale gray. Or perhaps they were more in- 
terested in our professional and social 
sections than in our personal squabbles. 
We try to represent both sides of every 
question. As we said last month, we hope 
w;e can continue to do so. At any rate, 
it's nice to know that others approve, 

B.P.C, 

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PERSONAL NOTES 

New Employee 

Maureen T. McCarthy, Book Stack Service. 

Transferred 

Maiy T. Crosby, from East Boston Branch 
Library to City Point Branch Library, 

Rosenmrie larrobino, from Book Stack Ser- 
vice to Business Office. 

Gilda Tecce, from City Point Branch Li- 
brary to Sjuth Boston Branch Library. 



Retired 

Joseph A, Loughlin, Brighton Branch Li- 
brary, June 15, 1952, after eight years of 
service in the Boston Public Library. 
Mr Loughlin died on July 18, 1952. 

Resignations 

Mrs Goldie Hart, Office, Division of 
Business Operations, to accept another 
position, 

Mrs Marie F, Hewes, Book Purchasing De- 
partment, to remain at home. 

ISrs Elizabeth M. Norman, Print Depart- 
ment, to live in Virginia, 

Gertrude Pazol, East Boston Branch Li- 
brary, to accept another position. 

Mrs Helen M, Popp, Brighton Branch Li- 
brary, to move away from Boston. 

]!irs Barbara. 0, Rogers, Fine Arts Depart- 
ment, to move to New York State,. 

Engagement 

ll^ss Patricia Ao Tuley, Assistant, Book 
Preparation Department, to Mr James J. 
Norton. 

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TOPPINGS 

Saint Mary's Church in Charles town was 
the scene of the marriage of liiss Margaret 
Murphy to Second Lieutenant Robert Jo 
Bowdring, U,S,A», on Saturday, August 2, at 
10:30 a.m. The bride wore a beautiful 
gown of Chantilly lace over taffeta. Her 
only attendant was her sister, Mrs Helen 
Neary, also of Charlestovm^who wore yellow 
lace over taffeta. The bride vfas given 
av;ay by her brother, Eugene Murphy. Mrs 
James Lynch was the soloist and ffi.ss Marie 
Hagman was the organist for the occasion. 
After the ceremony a reception dinner was 
held at the Hotel Beaconsfield on Common- 
wealth Avenue* The couple vdll take up 
their residence in Savannah, Georgia, on 



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Augiist 15 after a wedding trip to New 
Hampshire, firs Bowdring recently resigned 
from the Charlestown Branch Library. 



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At a 10 o'clock Nuptial Mass on Saturday 
morning, August 9, at St. John the Evan- 
gelist Church, ViTinthrop, Miss Ellen Marie 
Donahue was united in marriage to Eugene 
N. Guiney, Jr., U.S.N.,of Portland, Maine, 
The bride looked lovely in lace and il- 
lusion tulle gown fashioned vriith lace pep- 
luffl. The chapel-length veil was attached 
to a coronet of seed pearls. The bride 
carried a cascade of stephanotis. As maid 
of honor. Miss Rita Doherty, Book Stack 
Service, vrore a yellovf ballerina length 
gown vri-th picture hat to match and carried 
a bouquet of blue stephanotis centered 
with yellow daisies . Following the cere- 
mony, the wedding reception was held at 
General Edwards Inn, Point of Pines, 
Revere. The happy couple then left for a 
honeymoon trip to Maine. Mrs Guiney, Jr., 
is employed in the Book Stack Service. 

STORK EVENTS 

Mr and Mrs Paul E. Conlon announce the 
birth of a son, Paul E., Jr., on August 
12, 1952. Mrs Conlon is the former 
Mildred Francis of the Business Office. 



Mr and Mrs Donald MacKay announce the 
birth of a daughter, Carol Anne, on August 
3, 1952, Ivlrs MacKay is the former Lola 
Robinson of Book Stack Service© 

THE STAFF "AT EASE" 

On Wednesday, July 23, Miss Christine 
Hayes and Mrs Frances Kelley were luncheon 
guests of the IVIisses Edna G. Peck, Ger- 
trude V/ade and Ruth Michelson, at the Town 
Room, Sheraton Plaza. Miss Hayes and Mrs 
Kelley will soon belong to the illustrious 
group of B.P.L. alumnae. This seemed to 
call for a celebration. The Book Selec- 
tion "remainders", sad as they are in the 
face of this double loss, managed to put 
on a brave front, smile wanly, and eat a 
hearty lunch. All, even the two who are 



about to go out into the cruel hard world, 
report a "good time was had by all". 



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On July 30, staff members of the Charles- 
town Branch Library gave a shower luncheon 
for Miss Margaret Murphy in honor of her 
forthcoming marriage to Robert Joseph 
Bowdring of Somerville, Ifess, A delicious 
lobster salad lunch was prepared by Miss 
Marion K, Abbott and served in an appro- 
priately and very c;aily decorated staff 
room. The guest of honor's mother was also 
present at the festivities. Miss Murphy 
was presented with a gift of money from 
the staff during the most successful 
luncheon party. 



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At a surprise coffee hour held in her 
honor on Friday morning, August 8, the 
staff of the Mount Bowdoin Branch Library 
presented Miss Marie R. Kennedy, Children's 
Librarian, with a lovely, white nylon slipo 
liLss Kennedy leaves for a three-week tour 
of Mexico, and the entire staff joins in 
wishing her a pleasant and interesting 
journey. 



Not only work, but romance is a-brewing 
at Vfest End Branch Library. Two members 
of the Staff are about to march down the 
aisle to the tune of ivedding bells and 
wearing orange blossoms. Miss Mary Jo 
Littlefield, Children's Worker, arid Miss 
Lee Lane, Assistant, were guests of honor 
at a joint party, celebrating their forth- 
coming nnrriages, on Tuesday, August 12. 
The Staff tendered many good wishes, and 
appropriate vredding gifts were given to 
the happy brides-to-be by their fellow 
Staff members. 

BON VOYAGE 

On August 1, Miss Iferjorie Gibbons, Chil- 
dren's Librarian, Washington Villa,ge Branch 
Library, flev^r to Ireland v\rhere she will 
visit relatives. Vftiile in Europe Miss Gib- 
bons will tour England and pay a short 
visit to Paris, 



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On August 9 , Jtisa Ifery Z, Lynch, Book 
Stack Ser'/ice, sailed on the liner United 
States , for a seven-weeks visit to England 
and Ireland. 



Miss Marie R. Kennedy, Children's Li- 
brarian, Mt, Bowdoin Branch Library, and 
Miss Dorothy Becker, Children's Librarian, 
Connolly Branch Library, left by train on 
August 9f for a visit to Ivlexicoo They 
will be joined by Iliss Jeannette Pepin, 
Tyler Street Reading Rooji and her sister 
who left later by air. 



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On August 20, liiss Barbara Gilson, His- 
tory Department, leaves for an eight-wo3k 
tour of Europe, with emphasis on England 
and Scotland. Mss Gilson and Mrs Eliza- 
beth L, I'fright, Supervisor of Personnel, 
who is in England now, plan to meet for a 
■two-day trip to Salisbury. 

^m TffiLCOJlE BACK 



and their contributions to the "city of 
culture" during the last fifty years. 

The Jewish Advocate, July 2U, carried an 
article by Miss Fanny Goldstein, entitled 
Judaism is a one-way street. 



The Boston Sunday Globe , August 10, car- 
ried a full-page pictorial feature. Exper- 
iment in bookbuildi ng, by-lined by Miss 
Elizabeth B. Boudreau. 



The current issue of the M.L.A. Bulletin 
which features the American Heritage pro- 
gram, carries an article by ^frs Muriel C, 
Javelin, Deputy Supervisor in Charge of 
Work with Adults, in which she outlines 
this undertaking in a large public library. 



The Pilot, August 9, carried an article 
by William J. Ourney, Assistant in Film 
Section, Audio-Visual Center, entitled 
Sunset Paint - the lemon that became a 



Ijliss Mary M, McDonough, Chief, Book Prep' 
aration Department, received an enthusias- 
tic welcome when she returned to her desk 
on Monday, July 11, after an absence of 
eleven weeks, due to illness. 



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THE LIBFJVRY IN PRINT 



June 26, 1952, carried an article by Vx 
Lee M. Friedman, President of the Board of 
Trustees of the Boston Public Library. 
Entitled The Origin of Welfare Federations 



life saver. 



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STAFF PERSONALITIES NOTED IN THE PRESS 



In the Saturday Review , August 9, is an 
article on Festival of the seven arts , held 
recently at the Lake Tarelton Club in the 
White Mountains, ^.'[r Arthur W. Heintzelman, 
Keeper of Prints, ims mentioned in connec- 
tion with an exhibition of Toulouse-Lautrec 
The Jubilee Issue of the Jewish Advocate ^ which had been insured for $80,000 for the 

trip. Mr ^intzelman was referred to as 
"chairman of the Boston Public Library", 
thus posing a new problem in the interpre- • 
tation of our Organization Chart. 



and Community Drives and Their Background , 
this article presented the historic devel- 
opment of welfare federations and coramuni-tj 
drives in Boston. 



An article by Miss Fanny Goldstein, 
Branch Librarian, West End Branch Library, 
entitled Boston Jews; Their Literary Con - 
tributions Adding Lustre to the City of 
Culture , also appeared in the Jubilee Is- 
sue of The Jewish Advocate , This article 
was an exhaustive study of Jewish writers 



The Jewish Advocate, Jubilee Issue of 
June 26, carried an article on Mr Lee 
Friedman's private library, entitled, 
Boston boasts of America's finest collec- 



tion of Judaica gathered in fifty years. 



On Thursday, August 7, the Boston Travel - 
ler named Fanny Goldstein as "Yfoman of the 
Week". An article vn'itten at this time by 



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Barbara Tibbetts, -cited the fact that Miss 
Goldstein is now observing the 30th Anni- 
versary of her tenure of service as Branch 
Librarian at the West End Branch Library, 
and gave some of the high spots of her 
career during these years. One of the re- 
sults of the article was a letter from an 
unkncm member of the piiblic, asking Miss 
GoldoLein to trace a jev/ish passage and 
signed, "Best wishes in your work with 
minority groups, — A Negro Brother," 



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iir John Jo Connolly, Assistant to the 
Director and Chief Executive Officer, 
P-.'^torially shares the spotlight vfith 
S-,HV'?. Allen, master of ceremonies of Song s 
f.-r 



;le in a feature article in the June 
2';/ ^.doie of the Boston Sunday Globe. 



The Holyoke Transcript-Telegram , July lii, 
car^^ied a re-write of an article from a 
recent Sun-Jz'j Bosto n Pe st which featured 
the -«Tork of the Cataloging and Classifica- 
t: on Department, Division of Reference and 
Research Services, rdth emphasis -on the 
leadership of Miss JitLldred G, O'Connor, 
Chief of the Department, who v/as a former 
Holyoke resident. 



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"Illustrations through the courtesy of 
the Boston Public Library" was the note 
which gave credit to the Library for its 
part in the Cartwheels on Par?,d e exhibit 
at the Essex Street Branch of the National 
Shawmut Bank. The exhibit which traced 
the life story of the silver dollar 
aroused considerable interest. 

ALUMJAE NOTES 

The editor recently received a letter 
fro-]: Mrs Edna Coffin Langille who ex- _^ - . 
p-e^.v^ed her appreciation for copies of '' 
'.<:r-3- i;''-.\ -?sti cn ferk which had come her way, 
M.? J„\-ngiil£ is a former B.P.L. staff mem- 
ber . She reports that she and her husband 
haA.-3 returned from their three-year stay 
in Florida where Mrs Langille was doing 
liorsry workc They are now living in 
the.ir island home at Oak Bluffs, Maivtlia's 
Vineyard. Even here, J;irs Langille cannot 



forget she is a "liberry-teacher" j all 
last winter she told stories in a number 
of the Island libraries. We may be par- 
doned if we quote ,1ust two sentences from 
Mrs Langille 's letter, "-.»I believe that 
library folk are in general the very nicest 
people. Perhaps because people are gener- 
ally fine folk who like people and books," 



Mr Leo Hines, former staff member of the 
Open Shelf Department, is now serving as 
one of the editors and a feature writer 
for B s t on Vv .s ine s s , the official publica- 
tion cf the Greater Boston Chamber of Com- 
merce, 

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IN I.SMORIAM 

FREDERIC SSREX . 

After a short illness, Mr Frederic Serex 
passed away on June 22, 19^2, Mr Serex was 
First Assistant of the Newspaper Roo.n v;hen 
it was part of a department comprising the 
Center Desk, Bates Hallj and the Patent 
Room-, He had been enjoying life at his 
Jamaica Plain home ever since his retire- 
ment in 1937 « A quiet, dignified gentle- 
man, Mr Serex ivill be missed by all i.ho 
knew him, or had occasion to read or bor- 
row papers when he was in charge. 

K.G ,B, 

t/IATTHSTf I'lIClCF-NSTUHM 

It was a shock to many friends of Matthew 
Muckensturm to learn of his passing on 
June 26, 1932 » Mi:- ''feckenstiir:n,; who had 
been a, cataloger xn his early days, left 
to become the successful prcprieter of one 
ot, Boston's most famous French restaurants. 
Later, when he had retired from business, 
he was employed by the W.P.A. on a catalog- 
ing projectn After this terminated he vras 
employed for several years in the Newspaper 
Room, vifhere he put his heart and soul into 
his work and was probably one of the most 
meticulous workers the Library has ever 
had. To the wide circle of his friends, 
it -vail be a little sad to think that 
"Matt" 70.11 no longer drop in to see them. 

K.C,B, 



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CHRISTINE HAYES RETIRES are just as true today as when written in 
On Tuesday noon, August 5, 195?, exactly" Miss Hayes vri.ll be missed on many sr;orQs 



forty years from the dsy she entered thfe 
library service, Mss Christine Hayes, 
Chief of Book Selection for Reference and 
Research Services, closed* her desk- and 
left for her home in Natick^ To all out- 
ward appearances this was similar to many 
other times when Miss Hayes has gone on 
vacation. The good wishes of her many 
friends and an air of anticipation of goodj 
things to come prevailed,^ This time, how-! 
ever, there was a difference. When her 
vacation is over^ I.'Iiss Hayes will nob be 
coming back to Book Selection, She iTill 
be retired. There was a time, not so many 
years ago, when retirement meant ill 
health, decrepitude, old age, inactivity. 
Happily that is no longer the case.. These 
words have not even a remote connection 
■yiith Miss Hayes. She is one of those wise 
pe'ople who retires vrhile there are still 
years of joyous activity ahead. 

Those' who knew Miss Hayes only slightly, 
if such unfortunate person there be^, might 
think of her as a rather dignified, per- 
haps even austere. New England lady, de- 
voted exclusively to the erudite processes 
of selecting books for the reference divi- 
sion of one of the world's great libraries 
Those who knew Miss Hayes intimately, and 
¥/orked with her closely over the years, 
knew her as' a person of great personal 
charm, with a keen vrLt and an unfailing 
sense of humor. Her devotion to her vrork, 
her loyalty to the Library, and her keen 
interest in her fellovi workers made her a 
Jserson mth whom it was an inspiration and 
a pleasure to be associated. 

Always interested in events of world and 
national scope. Miss Hayes also is a music 
enthusiast and an ardent advocate of the 
theater, which at one time almost v/on her 
avray from the library profession^ She is 
also actively interested in the affairs of 
her alma mater, Radcliffe College. She 
will not be a " sit-by- the-f ire" B.P.L. 
aluHina . 

Donna Ford, in her article on Miss Hayes 
in ''Other Women's Lives" in The Br^-'-.r-n 
Herald some years ago, said, in part: 
"17ith aboudant grey hair, cut short and 
becomingly banged, eyes that sparkle with 
fun as she talks, and a very evident keen 
enjoyment of life, she is a splendid rec- 
ommendation for the pleasure that can be 
had from such a position as hers^ which 
she has held for many years." Those worBs 



professionally but vie cannot fail to note 
her man^' fine contributions to The Qu eEt.j^n 
Iferkr So marked has been the interest on 
the part of the staff in her articles that 
it is hoped that sne will continue to pro- 
vide our periodical wil many more features 
from the alumnae point of view. 

Miss Hayes' library associates, not alone 
in the Book Selection Ddpartmenta, but 
throughout the entire system, will miss 
herj of that, theie is no doubt. Their 
wish for her is continued good health and 
many years of pleasure in doing those 
things which business routine makes im- 
practical, if not impossible. 

E.G. P. 

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CIVIL DEFENSE 

The Massachusetts Civil Defense Agency 
recently sponsored the following two 
schools ; 

Unexploded Ordnance Disposal Control 
School. Boston Latin School, July 21, 
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Administrative School, Gardner Audi- 
torium, State House, July 29, 1C:00 a.ji\, 
His Honor The -lay or requested that all 
city depar:xients send representatives to 
these two sessions, Mr John W, Tuley, 
Coordinator^ was designated by the Library 
to be its representative. 

LOOKING AlffiADI 

A.L.A. — 1953 Convention^ 

Los Angeles, California 

JOIN AcL.A. NOW AND BE READY IN 1953 

Applications available in 
Office of Records, Files, Statistics 



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CATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE 

The Twenty-sixth Annual Conference was 
held in New York City, June 2^-28, 1952. 
There were about eight hundred members 
present, from Louisiana to Minnesota and 
from Los Angeles to Portland, Ifeine. 

The theme of the Conference, American 
Catholic Letters at the Mid-Century , was 
discussed at the first general session by 
President John M, O'Loughlin, Librarian of 
Boston College, Rev, Joseph B, Code, Man- 
hattan College, New York, and Rev. Francis 
B. Thornton, Book editor of the Catholic 
Digest. 

At the annual luncheon, the main speaker 
was Dr James A, O'Neill, Brooklyn College, 
author of Catholicism and American Freedom, 
Dr O'Neill spoke of the various aspects of 
censorship and cautioned the audience about 
confusing Censorshi^o with Suppression. 

Rev. Harold C, Gardiner, S,J», the well- 
known literary critic, analysed the work 
of a Critic and the danger of influencing 
the reader. The Critic, he said, tells 
about the book, and in no way suggests 
whether the reader should or should not 
read it. His functions are, first, to ex- 
amine the purpose of the author; second, 
to decide if the purpose is worth writing 
about; and. third, how well has the author 
recorded it. He "warned librarians against 
ursurping the prerogative of the reader in 
trying to make up his mind for him. 

Other sections as elementary school li- 
braries, which was held at the Nathan 
Straus Branch of the New York Public Li- 
b-o.ry, the visual aids program, and the 
discussion of the Catholic Periodical Index 
were equally interesting and informative. 

The spirit of the Conference was one of 
friendliness and cooperation. The only un- 
pjeasant feature was the v/eather, but we 
from Boston were prepared for that, rather 
tnan the members from New Orleans, who 
carried heavy clothing coming so far North. 

Anna L. Manning 

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A , L .A . PRECOIF gPENCE 

AND co]^:fijrence notes 

(continued from July issue) 

Analysis of Library ifeterials 

The School of Library Service at Coluraboa 
University and the Division of Cataloging 



and Classification of the American Library 
Association cooperated to bring to cata- 
logers, reference librarians, bibliograph- 
ers, and librarians, an Institute on Sub- 
ject Analysis of Library I^feiterials at 
Columbia from Tuesday, June 2U through 
Saturday, June 28. 

The program covered the historical and 
theoretical background and the application 
of classification and subject headings to 
library materials. A lively question and 
discussion period at the end of each ses- 
sion challenged the speakers to defend 
their pet theories. The only air- 
conditioned room on the campus was the 
comfortable meeting place that made the one 
hundred and six registrants forget the 
ninety-seven degree temperature outside. 

Mr Leo H, La Montagne, Deputy Chief, 
Subject Cataloging Division, Library of 
Congress, prepared a scholarly paper giving 
unusual sidelights on the history of Amer- 
ican library classification. Thomas Jef- 
ferson introduced the Baconian classifica- 
tion into the United States in 1770. Ben- 
jamin Peirce incorporated the Brunet 
classification in the classified section 
of the Harvard College Library catalog in 
1830. From then on it was Bacon versus 
Bninet for the dominance of the field. 
When Edward W» Johnston evicted Brunet and 
installed Bacon in the St Louis Mercantile 
Library in 1858 he molded the future of 
American library classification. It was 
from Johnston and not from Bacon that 
William Torrey Harris derived his system, 
Dewey follovred Harris and the Universal 
Decimal Classification, begun in Brussels 
in 1895 > carried the system back to Europe. 

ISr LaMontagne said that notwithstanding 
the present trend tovjards simplification 
in procedures libraries are guilty of 
"abulia, or ir.stiti tional vacillation, in 
the fieT.d of slassificaxion. Libraries 
want rn£.nsions and Cadillacs when it comes 
to classificaoiono" 

Jesse H, Shera, Associate Professor, 
University of Chicago, believed tradition- 
al library classification has failed be- 
cause of its limit? lions - linearity, in- 
consistency of orgc.::.izaticn, inherent in- 
completeness, and complexity. He proposed 
that future bibliographic classification 
should record informatioa in terms of units 
of thought, substituting ideas for words. 
Ilr Shera thought the stack arrangement of 
large research collections might do well 
to f ollovf the pattern now in use at the 
John Crerar Library where the volumes are 



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shelved in chronological sequence as they 
are acquired. 

David J. Haykin, Chief, Subject Catalog- 
ing Division, Library of Congress, said 
that there is little, if any, objective 
evidence as to how rea.ders use the catalog 
and to what extent education, social group, 
age, and other factors affect the approach 
to the subject catalog. Consistency in 
the structure of subject headings is not 
possible since the subject headings chosen 
depend on readers ' usage as it is reflect- 
ed in current periodical literature on the 
subject. 

Margaret Egan, Assistant Professor, 
University of Chicago, discussed subject 
headings in specialized fields, the needs, 
problems, and relationships to general 
subject headings. Because books and li- 
braries were for so nany centuries the 
tools of scholars only, our traditional 
library philosophy and practice have been 
most heavily influenced by the habits and 
needs of scholars. Library patterns of 
thinking still show traces of the earlier 
philosophic influences which are incompat- 
ible with modern needs. One library in 
six finds the available general subject 
heading lists are unsatisfactory, feny 
subject heading lists give not subject 
analysis but situation analysis. Both 
types of analysis should be carried out 
adequately and correlated. 

The discussion of special approaches to 
subject analysis included classified cata- 
logs, bibliographies, and centralized 
analysis. 

Kanardy L, Taylor, formerly at John 
Crerar Library and now at the Armed Forces 
Medical Librarj', extolled the merits of 
the classified catalog for the scientific, 
research, or special type library. Most 
of •U5 were surprised to hear from Herman 
Henlde, Librarian of John Crerar, that 
that library's classified catalog has 
failed to accomplish its supposed advan- 
tages of close classification and keeping 
abreast of new subjects. At an extra 
evening session called by Mr Henkle in 
order to solicit advice, we learned that 
the John Crerar Library has received a 
grant of $150,000 to study and do over the 
catalog. There is a possibility that a 
classification, other than the Dewey. 
classification now used, e.g. the Library 
of Congress classification, may be used 
in certain sections of the catalog. 

Wesley Simontou, Chief Catalog Librarian 
University of I''H.nnesota, said it is time 



to re-orient our thinking in terms of sub- 
ject catalogs and bibliographies instead 
of subject catalogs versus bibliographies. 
He advocated discarding the comprehensive 
subject catalog, replacing it with a selec- 
tive catalog of best books on a subject, 
preferably annotated from bibliographies. 
During the discussion period Jlr Simonton 
admitted this plan was purely theoretical ' 
and was not followed by fiinnesota or any 
other known library. 

Yerner W. Clapp, Chief Assistant Librar- 
ian, Library of Congress, concluded that 
the Library of Congress cooperative cata- 
loging arrangements indicate the possibil- ^ 
ities of cooperative subject work in other 
areas, such as journal indexing and ab- 
stracting. Improved standards in subject 
heading terminology, definition, and appli- 
cation are needed. 

A summary and evaluation of studies in 
the use of subject catalogs was made by 
Carlyle J. Frarey, Associate in Library 
Service, Columbia University. Of the 
twenty-seven studies of catalog use made 
since 1930, Blr Frarey found that fifteen 
studies were concerned with subject cata- 
log use. Mr Frarey concluded that library 
catalogs are used by from fifty to sixty 
percent of all library users, but at any 
one time only about one-fifth of a li- ■■■ 
brary's patrons will use the catalog. The 
non-specialist ordinarily will make more 
use of the subject catalog than will the 
specialist. Subject catalogs are relativ- 
ly effective, providing satisfaction to 
their users about seventy percent- of the 
time. There is need for more and better 
instruction in catalog use among all 
classes of patrons. 

Jean K. Taylor, Chief Reference Librar- 
ian, The Queens Borough Public Library, 
and Ruth Erlandson, Reference Librarian, 
BrookljTi College, discussed subject analy- 
sis from their point of view. Miss Taylor 
regretted the economies practised by the 
Catalog Department of her library, forcing 
her to supplement the catalog by indexes 
nade by her staff. Miss Erlandson de- 
scribed in detail the slides she uses to 
teach entering students the use of the 
catalog. 

Professor Allen T. Hazen of Columbia 
reported that as a research user of li- 
brary catalogs he finds them entirely sat- 
isfactory. Catalogers must follow logical 
divisions of knowledge. The research user 
cuts across intellectual divisions illogi- 
cally, the catalog supplying him with just 



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the information he -wants. 

The mechanization of subject analysis 
was discussed by Professor J. W. Perry of 
iCET. He warned against using punched 
cards unless there was a proven need. His 
advice, if punched cards must be used, was 
to, "keep it simple. All that should be 
required is a fairly rough separation of 
items for marginal interest. A great deal 
of time is required to interpret the re- 
sults of a complicated pattern," 

Dorothy Charles and Sarita Robinson, 
senior editors of the H.W. VJilson Company 
and the concluding speakers of the Insti- 
tute, discussed the problems in the pro- 
duction of subject indexes. An indexer, 
working with the same group of periodicals, 
reads or scans all material. The subject 
headings are indicated in the magazine 
itself by underlining or writing in the 
appropriate word. The typist copies the 
entry for the index directly from the mag- 
azine. When an indexer works with new 
subjects on lAdiich no books have been 
written the subject heading assigned is a 
tentative one until the Library of Con- 
gress has formulated an appropriate head- 
ing. 

The audience was thoroughly satisfied 
with the program of the Institute. It 
welcomed a review of the theoretical foun- 
dations of the field as a stepping stone 
to a consideration of methods of improved 
subject analysis of library materials. 
The general chairman, Ivfeiurice F, Tauber, 
Professor of Library Service, Columbia 
University, announced that in response to 
numerous requests a complete report of the 
Institute will be published in the fall. 

M.O'C. 



Art and Reference Hound Table 

The meetings of this section took the 
form of visits to art libraries and pic- 
ture collections. There are so many art 
libraries in New York that it was impossi- 
ble to visit all of them, but the group 
chosen varied from public to museum and 
college libraries. The Art Division, the 
Prints Division, the Spencer Collection 
and the Picture Collection of the New York 
Public Library were shown to us as, well as 
the Art Department of the Public Library 
of Newarks In the Metropolitan Museum vre 
saw the Art Library, the Costume Institute, 



and the collections of slides, color prints 
and photographs. The Avery Architectural 
Library and the Art Library at Columbia 
University, the libraries at Cooper Union, 
and the Frick Art Reference Library com- 
pleted the group of libraries that were 
visited. To see the collections of these 
libraries and the techniques employed, 
particularly for pictures and slides, was 
very worthwhile and the welcome vihich we 
received everywhere made our visits very 
pleasant. 



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Library Service to Labor Groups 

At the first of tvro meetings sponsored 
by the Joint Committee on Library Service 
to Labor Groups, La^vrence Rogin, Director 
of the Education and Publicity Department, 
TWUA-CIO, discussed workers ' education in 
general and library service to labor from 
the point of view of an educational direc- 
tor. Mr Rogin regretted that most workers 
do not read, but even have an animosity to 
books and to classes. In an attempt to 
reach ne\{ readers, the UAW Union establish- 
ed a book and pamphlet club, but there 
were not more than twenty members. In 
discussing how librarians could attract 
the large number in the community who do 
not now read books, Mr Rogin believed that 
films are a good means of reaching this 
class. He commented that the public i' . -' 
schools are not T/illing to handle pro- 
labor films, but that libraries have been 
very cooperative. lir Rogin mentioned that 
Boston's service to trade unions is excel- 
lent, but that there is need for ex-tension 
to New Bedford, Biddeford, and so forth, 
where the largest number of CIO textile 
workers are located. 

The second meeting, planned to present 
the practical aspects of library service 
to trade unions, was a symposium by six 
librarians actively engaged in that v/ork. 
The speakers described the basic service 
and the various phases in vfhich their re- 
spective libraries specialize.. According- 
ly, Mrs Dorothy K. Oko, New York Public 
Library, told how to begin a union service, 
how to make a survey, how to explore the 
labor movement, how to contact unions, and 
how to meet specific needs of the "locals". 

Miss Bernice Bollenbacher, Social Science 
Department, Cleveland Public Library, de- 



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scribed the labor section, stations in 
factories J and occasional displays at- 
union meetings. The Group Service of the 
Akron Public Library was described by 
Robert I, Hirst as a guide to the re- 
sources of the whole library, including 
films, for use by trade unions and other 
organizations e 

Encouragement to the novice librarian 
beginning a service to unions was express- 
ed by Mrs Helen F, Hirson, Boston Public 
Library. She ennumerated eight advantages 
simultaneously gained when the librarian 
regularly attended union meetings with a 
deposit of books. Libraries can also give 
unique, indirect service to labor by ex- 
hibits on the labor movement and its day- 
by-day activites for the general public 
who have little access to unbiased infor- 
mation about unions. The voice of exper- 
ience was Mss Ruth Shapiro's of the Mil- 
waiikee Public Library, the first library 
to give special service to unions. Co- 
operation with the Workers Education Com- 
mittee of Milwaukee and the Industrial 
Relations courses are the highlights of 
their service. Miss Betty Day, Social 
Science Department, Newark, New Jersey, 
Public Library suggested ways and means 
of having an inexpensive service to laber 
by efficient use of the resources and 
staff of the entire library. 

The question period stressed the general 
problem of all libraries on how to reach 
the large majority of our population who 
do not use the public library. 

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Children's Library Association 

Monday, June 30 v/as a busy day for mem- 
bers of the Children's Library Association, 
At 10:30 a.m., the membership assembled at 
the Museum of Modern Art to see and -hear: 
a Festival of Theatre and Film; Dick Whit- 
tington and his Cat, a puppet demonstra^^ 
t..-..i. by Marcia Bravm, author and illustra- 
tor j and the Impressionable Years, a film 
for children and their libraries, produced 
by Peter Elgar for the United States State 
Department. 

From 5:00 to 7 '00 Monday evening, 
June 30, a reception v;as held in honor of 
authors, artists, guests, and members. 
Although the grand ballroom of the Waldorf 
Astoria was filled to capacity, there was 



an excellent opportunity to meet and talk 
with any one or all of the several hundred 
guests attending this informal reception. 
The high spot in the entire week's pro- 
gram for this group -vreis. the Newbery- 
Caldecott dinner, held in the Grand Ball- 
room of the Waldorf Astoria. After the 
dinner, Mrs Eleanor Estes, awarded the New- 
bery Award for her book " Ginger Pye ", 
charmingly spoke of her childhood memories 
to T/rfiich she has added a vivid imagination 
and the spark of creative genius all of 
which lie behind the writing of her books o 
Mr Mordvinoff , who received the Caldecott 
Award for his art work in the book " Finders 
Keepers ", gave an interesting sketch of the 
art and principles involved in illustrating 
children's books. The full text of both 
speeches are printed in the latest issue 
of the Horn Book magazine. The gayly 
colored balloons on which were printed the 
names of the award winning books; the 
strolling musicians j Mr Melcher's reading 
of the Kings Breakfast, by A. A, Milne; and 
the introduction of each of the former 
av;ard winners vdll live long in the memory 
of those who attended. 

The reception f ornally opening the Inter- 
national Exhibition of Children's books . 
and paintings arranged by the CL-i, Inter- 
national Committee and the New York Public 
Library Central Children's Room^ 5th Avenue 
and i4.2nd Street, was well attended by li- 
brarians and guests. The display was at- 
tractively arranged and everyone had the 
opportunity to browse among the entire 
collection, or to study particular types. 
The fact that the exhibition was held at 
the New York Public Library gave vi^sitors 
an opportunity to take a toTa2* through the 
library itself. 

On Wednesday, July 2, Gerald Gross of 
Harcourt Brace, talked of Book Design ir.d 
Production. He ■'^as enjoyed as much c,s v.as 
Philip M, Sherlock of the University Col- 
lege of British West Indies, Jamaica, who 
spoke on Tuesday, July l,cn "Literature of 
the West Indies and the Anancy Stories" ^ 

Sterling A. Callisen of the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art in New York gave an illustra- 
ted lecture entitled "Book Design and Il- 
lustration, a Creative Art" on Thursday, 
July 3. In this lecture, Mr Callisen sur- 
veyed the history, development, significant 
characteristics, changes and trends of the 
art of design over a period of 3000 years. 

The Business meeting of summaries and re- 
ports v;as held on Friday, July U. 

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Sort Meetings 

SORT (Staff Organizations Round Table) 
maintained a booth that displayed bulle- 
tins of library staff organizations, and 
samples of surveys and studies made by 
SORT, Also on display was a printed 
statement of the functions of the Cleve- 
land Public Library Staff Association > 
These functions vrere stated as follows: 
l) works with the administration and li- 
brary board to improve working conditions 
and salaries J 2) endeavors to act upon 
staff suggestions; 3) sponsors the Staff 
Institute and cooperates in social affairs; 
U) keeps the staff informed of staff ac- 
tivities through a publication "News & 
Views"; S) arranges discounts on purchases 
of books, magazines and merchandise. Our 
Staff Association had on display ovir CARE 
scrapbook of letters received from CARE 
recipients, samples of the clever notices 
on contributing to CARE that are distrib- 
uted to our staff, and a bound copy of The 
Question ?;krk for i95l> as well as copies 
of other issues for distribution. 

At the business meeting of SORT, the 
usual reading of committees was nade and 
the ballots for electing four new members 
of. the Steering Committee were marked and 
collected. From the reports of the vari- 
ous committees some interesting facts 
could be garnered. In 19^1 there Trere 86 
active members in SORT and during the year 
13 staff associations joined. The 1952 
SORT project is the compilation of sugges- 
tions for the preparation of personnel 
manuals. A leaflet PERSONNEL MNUALS; 
SUGGESTIONS FOR THEIR PREPARATION, compil- 
ed and published by SORT was distributed, 
A copy of this leaflet is on file with the 
BPLPSA. 

The remainder of the business meeting 
was given over to prepared talks on the 
progress of the Boston, the Cleveland, and 
the New York Public Library Staff Associa- 
tions. The Cleveland staff holds an 
annual three-day institute planned by 
their Educational Committee and based on 
suggestions of the staff. The sessions of 
the institute are held during library 
hours and are well attended; permission is 
given for attendance at two sessions on 
library time. The programs of the Cleve- 
land Institute are not always devoted ex- 
clusively to one general theme. The major 
achievement -Jf the New York staff was ob- 
taining discounts on books for library 
personnel. The New York spokesman cited 



the peculiar difficulties of obtaining the 
book discount in the New York area, A de- 
tailed report of the CARE project of our 
own staff association was given by Miss 
Peck, 

Toward the close of the meeting, a mem- 
ber of the Springfield, Massachusetts, 
Public Library rose to ask the delegates 
what was the attitude of the staff organi- 
zations they represented toward membership 
in labor unions. It was brought out in 
the discussion created by this question 
that some library staff groups objected to 
union membership, but not many reasons 
were given for their attitude. On the 
other hand, some staff groups considered 
union membership a means of support in de- 
mands for wage increases and a method of 
obtaining a place for library personnel 
among other city employees. 



On July 3, about 200 people attended the 
SORT program meeting at v;hich Mr Robert M, 
Holmes spoke on "Yifhat the staff association 
can do to promote staff welfare," Mr 
Holmes' two main points were: Ifeke sure 
that the need for a certain program exists 
before you organize it, and then decide 
what kind of an organization is necessary 
to fill this need. He advised that it 
would be necessary to know rdiat your ad- 
ministration v;ould permit, to determine 
the need in the community for your pro- 
jected program, and to determine the per- 
sonnel policies of your library. He said 
that staff associations could recommend 
policies and procedures; could perform 
such jobs in the field of employee services 
as credit unions; help employees in some 
personal problems if desired, and fill a 
gap Vifhere no personnel division exists. 

There is in effect at the Library of 
Congress a method of organizing den^iocratic 
management. This method was described by 
J/ir Holmes, Discussion groups, numbering 
not more than twenty-five participants, 
meet every other month for a period of two 
hours. During the first hour topics handed 
down by the librarian are discussedj some 
of these topics have been created from 
recommendations made to the librarian by 
the Staff Advisory Committee, The discus- 
sion groups do not handle personal griev- 
ances. The discussion groups also publish 
for the information of the staff the topics 
discussed and their disposition. There is 
a Staff Forum which meets monthly and 



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attendance is voluntary* A full descrip- 
, tion of these activities at the Library of 
I Congress is in an article by Mr Holmes in 
Personnel Adn^inistration , Vol. 12, No, 5, 
Jiay 1950. . (The library of the Littauer 
School at Harvard University is the only 
library in this area known to have this 
periodical.) 

In planning recreational programs in 
staff organizations, Mr Holmes warned 
against presuming that people's recrea- 
tional interest run along the same lines 
as their vrork. He said it may even be 
necessary to have more than one staff or- 
ganization, each devoted to a separate 
program, such as welfare, culture, social, 
etc. Questions of particular interest to 
indi visual libraries were asked. The time 
allotted for the meeting ran out, and an 
interesting program meeting came to a 
reluctant close. 



P.I 



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BOOKS AND MEN 

Into a crowded room of a rather mediocre 
nursing home I will bring three books, a 
few magazines and recent copies of the 
Sunday New York Times. In this room live 
five old men, and to one of them I will 
give this reading matter. This room is 
crowded, not with men and furniture, but 
mth life and death. The life of four 
will interfere with the life o.f one. 
Death will come for one and will upset the 
remaining four. 

My old man waits for me by his bed oppo- 
site the door, Ify visits occur with some 
regularity; I come to him each week or 
every other week on the same day and at 
the same hour, I am one of his very few 
visitors. He v/aits patiently, for he has 
suffered intensely during these last years 
and suffering has added patience to his 
other virtues. 

This man has been in his lifetime a 
teacher in private schools and in colleges, 
Now he is aged, poor and infirm, Down the 
years he has attended operas, the theatre, 
concerts and lectures. At this stage of 
his life my old man has in his memory a 
storehouse of reflections upon the liter- 
ary and musical scene of the past fifty 
years . 

He looks forward eagerly to any books 
that I bring. In the hours when he reads. 



some measure of the pain and lonliness that 
have come upon him in his later years will 
give place to peace, strength of soul and 
happiness. Is not this one of the great 
functions of books? 

PRESIDENT'S NOTES 
Report of Meeting with Trustees 

A committee of three members of the 
nine-member Executive Board of the BPLPSA 
met with the Trustees and the Director on 
June 20, 19.52, to present two resolutions, 
as directed by the membership of the Asso- 
ciation at the meeting held May 23, 1952. 

Preceding the discussion of the two res- 
olutions, the Committee spokesman brought 
the following to the attention of the 
Trustees and the Director: 

1, That the Committee was instnicted to 
present two resolutions for consideration 
to the Trustees and the Director and to 
report back to the BPLPSA their reaction 
and comment, and to answer as objectively 
as possible any questions put to them per- 
tinent to the resolutions. 

2. That the Committee wished to emphasize 
that this was the first occasion on which 
any official action had been taken by the 
BPLPSA, either through an individual or by 
committee, along the lines and pertinent 
to the content of the resolutions to be 
presented. 

Resolution No. It "That the Executive 
Board meet with the Board of Trustees and 
the Director to discuss the possibility of 
seeking additional funds to reestablish 
Sunday and Part-Time Service." 

Summarization of Discussion 

The Committee was given to understand 
that no action could be taken in regard 
to Sunday closing at the present time, 
and, due to additional cuts in the Li- 
brary Budget, there existed the possibil- 
ity that other economies might have to 
be put into effect. It was also remind- 
ed that since the time the resolutions 
were drawn up, the Director had held a 
series of meetings presenting to the 
staff backgrovmd information and provid- 
ing opportunity for discussion of the 
problem involved. The spokesman for the 
Committee stated its belief that these 



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meetings were of definite importance in 
providing enli-^htenment on controversial 
situations! and expressed the opinion of 
the Conunittee, haviever, that it would be 
advantageous from the point of view of 
staff morale if such meetings could be 
held prior to announcements being made 
in those instances where such announce- 
ments directly affect the welfare of the 
employees. 

It was the opinion of the Trustees 
that the matter of the curtailment of 
Part-lime Service was one that should be 
referred to the Administrative officials 
of the Library, as it was prinarily a 
matter of allocation of available funds 
to the various units within the Library 
System. The spokesman for the Committee 
gave specific and general illustrations 
of the result of such curtailment both 
as it affects the vrorking staff and ser- 
vice to the public. 

Resolution No. 2 ; "That the Executive 
Board meet with the Board of Trustees and 
the Director and recomreend that inequities 
in the pay of Pull-Time Sub-Professionals 
be eliminated." 



Summarization of Discussion 

The Committee was informed that the 
^300 in question was given only to thos 
in the service of the Library as of 
July 1, 19ii9, as authorized by the City 
of Boston. No further allocation of 
money was made for those who might 
enter after that date. Those entering 
the service of the Library after that 
date entered the service knowing what 
their remuneration was to be and accept- 
ing that rate. It was pointed out that 
according to a survey made by the Super- 
visor of Personnel of similar work in 
this area, the rate of pay at the Li- 
brary is higher than the standard. 

The Committee spokesman said that it 
would seem to be a question primarily 
of two persons doing the same work and 
receiving different rates of payj that 
such a situation inevitably reflects in 
staff morale, regardless of technical 
or other aspects involved. The Direc- 
tor said that at the time the new 
city pay classification is put into 
effect the entire question would be re- 
studied and that there is a possibility 
that some adjustment might be made at 
that time. 



Recommendations of the Committee 

It is recommended by the Committee that 
a definite policy be followed in the pre- 
sentation of resolutions or recommendations 
to the Trustees and the Director, • 

1, That in each case the matter under con- 
sideration be sub;)ect to an objective study 
by the nine member Executive Board and that 
a factual presentation of all aspects of 
the subject be prepared and submitted to 
each individual Trustee and to the Director 
three days before an arranged meeting. 

2. That the Secretary of the BPLPSA com- 
municate with the Administrative officials 
of the Library and request that whenever 
an announcement is issued which affects 
directly the employment, working status, 
or remuneration of the staff, that one 
copy of the announcement be sent to the 
Secretary of the BP:^PSA to be kept on file 
so that accurate reference to official 
communications will at all times be avail- 
able. 

Mary F, Daly 
Paul V, Moynihan 
Edith S. Trocki 



Nominating Committee Appointed 

Harry Andrews, Branch Issue Department 
Ruth A, Foley. Book Stack Service 
Mary A. Hackett, Parker- Hill Branch Library 
May C, McDonald, School Issue Department 
Florence G, Corjiolly, Chairman, Fine Arts 
Department 

E.E.McD. 

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EGLESTON SQUARE CONTRACT AWARDED 

The Trustees have awarded a contract to 
the Edvrard R, Marden Company, 233 Harvard 
Street, Brooklinc, Massachusetts, for the 
erection of a branch library building for 
the Egleston Square area which has been de- 
signed by the firm of Richmond & Goldberg, 
l6 Arlington Street, Boston, JIassachusetts, 
The building will be erected at 20UU Colum- 
bus Avenue, Roxbury, Construction will get 
underway early in September, and it should 
be ready for occupancy in the latter part 
of this year or early in 1953* 



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" •H01,Y FAR THAT LITTLE CANDLE 
THRO?/S ITS BEAMS..," 

Orders for the booklist Good Reading 
AheadI, prepared by the T/orkshop on Re- 
vievri-ng and Selection of Books for Young 
Adults, sponsored by the Association in 
19^1, are coming in in gratifying numbers 
from i4.6 states (Delaware and North Dakota 
not heard from yeti ) , and even from Canada, 
England, and Hawaii. It may be on inter- 
est to nany to know to just -vrfiat parts of 
the world this excellent emissary of the 
BPL has gonej so, here's a list: 

Alabama - Gadsden, Ozark, Troy, University 

Arizona - Flagstaff, Phoenix, Yuma 

Arkansas - Fordyce, Little Rock 

California - Alhambra, Antioch, Berkeley, 
Beverly Hill, Brea, Chico, Compton, 
Fresno, Glendale, Long Beach, Los 
Angeles, Iviartinez, Marysville, Modesto, 
Palo Alto, Pasadena, Piedmont, Redwood 
City, Rosemead, Sacramento, Santa Monica^ 
Santa Rosa, Sonora, South Pasadena, 
Stockton, Sunnyvale, Ventura, Willows 

Colorado - Boulder, Colorado Springs, 
Denver, Greeley, Lakewood, Longmont, 
Loveland 

Connecticut - Bridgeport, Bridgewater, 
Danbury, Falls Village, Hamden, Hart- 
ford, Kent, Lyme, Meriden, Middletown, 
New Britain, New Hartford, New Haven, 
New London, Norvdch, Plainville, South 
Kent, South Norwalk, South Windsor, 
Terryville, Unionville, Woodbury 

District of Columbia - Washington 

Florida - Gainesville 

Georgia - Albany, Emory University, Savan- 
nah 

Idaho - I'vlackay, Pocatello 

Illinois - Carbondale, Chicago, East Alton 
Evanston, Glencoe, Hillsboro, Jackson- 
ville, Kewanee, feywood, Nashville, Oak 
Park, Quincy, Springfield, Winnetka 

Indiana - Bloomington, Crawfordsville, 
Crown Point, Darlington, Decatur, East 
Chicago, Evans ville. Fort Wayne and 
Allen County, Hammond, Indianapolis, 
Jeffersonville, Marion, lluncie. South 
Bend 

Iowa - Bloomfield, Cedar Falls, Clinton, 
Davenport, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Grand 
Rapids, Iowa City, Lenox, J^arshalltown, 
South Aroana, Wall Lake, West Des Moines 

Kansas - El Dorado, Lavnrence 

Kentucky - Fort Thomas, Lexington, Louis- 
ville, Morehead 

Louisiana - Columbia, Lafayette, Morgan 



City, New Orleans, Rayville 

Maine - Fort Fairfield, Lincoln, Rumford 

liaryland - Baltimore, Bel Air, Elkton, 
Hyatts ville 

Massachusetts - Allston, Andover, Attle- 
boro, Boston, Braintree, Bridgewater, 
Brockton, Brookline, Cohasset, Conway, 
Dorchester, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Hing- 
ham, Lenox, Leominster, Lincoln, Medford, 
Methuen, Iiliddleboro, Middleborough, Mil- 
ton, Monson, Mount Herraon, Natick, New 
Bedford, Newton, Netrfcon Centre, Newbon- 
ville, Norwood, Pittsfield, Quincy, 
Reading, Roslindale, Springfield, Stone- 
ham, West Roxbury, Weymouth, Worcester 

Michigan - Battle Creek, Center Line, Dear- 
bom, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, 
Lansing, Lapeer, Monroe, Mount Clemens, 
Port Huron, Rogers City, Royal Oak, 
Saginaw 

Minnesota - Albert Lea, Anoka, Peraidji, 
Crooks ton, Duluth, Fergus Falls, Min- 
neapolis, Sleepy Eye, Winona 

Mississippi - Columbus, Natchez 

Missouri - Cape Girardeau, Caruthersville, 
Jefferson City, Kansas City, Normandy, 
St, Louis, Wellsville 

Montana - Billings, Lewistown 

Nebraska - Grant, Humphrey, Lincoln, Oak- 
land, Omaha, Scotts fluff 

Nevada - Boulder City, Reno 

New Hampshire - Exeter, Lancaster, Roches- 
ter 

New Jersey - Atlantic City, Bernardsville , 
Blairstown, Chatham, East Orange, Free- 
hold, Hackensack, Harrison, Hoboken, 
Irvington, Jersey City, Lambertvil'le, 
Morris town. Mountain Lakes, New Brunswick, 
Oradell, Paterson, Plainfield, Ridgefield, 
South Orange, Toms River, Trenton, Upper 
Montclair, Verona, Weehawken, West Orange 

New Mexico -Albuquerque., Roswell 

New York - Albany, AuSable Forks, Averill 
Park, Bolton Landing, Brockport, Bronx, 
Brooklyn, Buffalo, Crown Point, Dobbs 
Ferry, Dolgeville, Elmont, Fairport, 
Forest Hills, Glovers ville. Great Neck, 
Groton, Huntington, Ithaca, Jamaica, 
Jamestovm, Johnson City, Johnstown, 
Lake Placid, Larchmont, Lynbrook, Man- 
hasset, Medina, Millbrook, Mount Vernon, 
Newfane, Newtown, New York, Niagara Falls, 
Northport, Oakfield, Oneida, Oneonta, 
Ossining, Painted Post, Paln5n:'a, Platts- 
burgh. Pleasant ville, Rochester, Saratoga 
Springs, Saugerties, Schenectady, Spring 
Valley, Utica, Webster, West Nyack, T?hite 
Plains, Yonkers 



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North Carolina - Canton, Chapel Hill, Dur- 
ham, Halifax, Hendersonville, Louisburg, 
Rocky Mount, Salisbury, Oak Ridge 
Ohio - Centerburg, Cincinnati, Cleveland, 
Columbus, Coshocton, Dajrton, Euclid, 
Kent, Massillon, Maumee, Mentor, Millersp 
burg, Monroeville, Mount Vernon, Spring- 
field, Toledo, Worthington, Youngs to^m, 
Zenia ■ 

Oklahoma - Ardmore, Goodwell, Tulsa 

Oregon - Eugene, Forest Grove, Lebanon, 
Pendleton, Portland, Seaside 

Pennsylvania - Altoona, Erie, Greens burg, 
Hazleton, Irwin, Kingston, Landsdowne, 
Monongahela, New Cumberland, Philadel- 
phia, Pittsburgh, Potts tovm, Prospect 
Park, Reading, Telford, Upper Darby, 
■Wilkinsburgh, Williamsport 

Rhode Island - Cranston, Providence, 
Saylesville, Warwick 

South Carolina - Gaffney, Greenville 

South Dakota - Webster 

Tennessee - Chattanooga, Kingsport, Knox- 
ville 

Texas - Austin, Beaumont, Dallas, Denton, 
Lancaster, Odessa, Texas City 

Utah - Midvale, Provo 

Vermont - Benson, Essex Junction, Pitts- 
ford, Springfield, Windsor 

Virginia - Alexandria, Arlington, Farm- 
ville, Hampton, Lynchburg, Portsmouth, 
Richmond, Staunton 

Washington - Burton, Ellensburg^ Everett, 
Longview, Olympia, Tacoma, Yakima 

West Virginia - Athens 

Wisconsin - Beaver Dam, Eau Claire, Fort 
Atkinson, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, 
Manitowoc, Merrill, i^lilwaukee, Mosinee, 
Oconomowoc, New Richmond, Sheboygan, 
Sturgeon Bay, Superior 

Wyoming - Worland 

Canada - Alberta, Halifax, Ontario, Toron- 
to, Vancouver 

England - Manchester- 
Hawaii - Honolulu, Wailuku 

Newfoundland - St. John- 

S.M.U. 



BRANCH NOTES 

Mattapan 

Those of you who are intimates of Baffin 
Island realize that the days and nights 
are long and that the soap and water are 
short, For those of you who have spent 
your vacations going to less exotic and 



more comfortable places such as Central 
Africa, the peculiar length of days and 
nights may to verified by means of an 
elementary geography book, and the lack 
of soap and water by visiting the Ivlattapan 
Branch, This is to say that the Branch 
has been lent some sealskin articles which 
came from Baffin Island and which brought 
with them some of the aurora of their 
homeland. The articles, three in all, a 
sealskin bag, a pair of sealskin mittens, 
and a sealskin hide vrere sent to the Li- 
brary by Lt, Samuel Yale Brass, USNR, an 
old borrower, who iias cruising the waters 
and happened to run across an Eskimo who 
parted with the articles for the trousers 
Lt. Brass was wearing. He didn't say how- 
he managed it back to his ship but presurar- 
ably it must have been a riather chilly 
stroll. Anyhow, when he did get back to 
the ship he thought of the Branch and htw 
we have these rather interesting articles 
on display, very much locked up in glass 
cases. 



* 



Chaucer in the C anterbury Tales speaks 
of the wife of Bath: •' Ga t-thothed was she, 
soothly for to seyc." However, with 
socialized medicine, the gate toothed per- 
son is fast becoming an archaism. Tooth- 
less Youngsters, however, are probably a 
perennial occurance in Britain as well as 
America, Anyway, they are constantly 
popping up at the registration desk at 
Mattapan viith a front toof missing and 
often a thu'ib-tied tongue. They have 
their problems, and, being forced to oper- 
ate in this adult-controlled world, they 
do the best they can v;ith an alien and 
hostile temr.nology. The results, al- 
though sometimes inaccurate, are explicit 
and often dramatic. Mispronunciation and 
anacoluthon have never been any bar to 
communication, Mrs Augusta Rubenstein 
has culled a fev/ of the gems which float 
her way each day, 

"I -am being commoted to the first grade 
next year." 

"My card expelled last week," 

"My card is here 'cause it was renewell - 
ed." 



West End 

Sixty-seven animated youngsters ranging 
in age from three to eleven were properly 



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indoctrinated as vrell as entertained at a 
, Safety Program, held at the Branch on Fri- 
day, July 25 • The technicolor movie of 
PETER AND 'THE WHIFFLEHOUMD , with its im- 
pressively accompanying recorded story, 
v.'as ably introduced by ?/Iiss Ballou, of 
the Liberty liutual Insurance Company, Vfe 
can only hope that the children vail con- 
tinue to watch for the green light! 



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On July 28, ffiss Goldstein, Branch Li- 
brarian, was interviewed on the Ligget's 
radio program by Nelson Bragg over Statior 
WCOPi The interview particularly empha- 
sized the place and services of the Branch 
Library in this community. 



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Miss Helen Donovan, Assistant, has just 
returned from a two weeks motor trip to 
Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, where she visited 
one of her girl-hood friends, who was tak- 
ing the First Veil at the Convent of the 
Most Holy Rosary, 

SOAP BOX 

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 vrhich he or she is 
employed. The name is withheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in-Chief. 
The contents of articles appearing in the 
Soap Box are personal opinions expressed 
by individual Association members and 
their aopearance does not necessarily 
indicate that the Publications Committee 
and the Association are in agreement with 
the views expressed. 



To the Editor of the Soap Box ; 

In the June issue of The Question Mark 
a contributor to "the Soap Box column 
criticized personnel of tvro departments oi 
the Division of Business Operations, The 
charges were serious : neglect of duty in 



one case, incompetency in the other. They 
were loose charges; they were not supported 
by evidence; and they were made anonymously. 

The Library employees who were criti- 
cized - branch library Custodians in gen- 
eral and Supply Room personnel - were nat- 
urally disturbed and resentful. Their re- 
sentment against the anonymous critic, and 
against The Question Mark , was the more 
bitter because, as non-members of the Pro- 
fessional Staff Association, they were not 
eligible to, reply through the columns of 
the Soap Box . As the head of the division 
of Yi-hich these employees are members I 
wish to have it known that I have not re- ■ 
ceived a single word of complaint from 
branch librarians about the attention to 
duty of branch library Custodians, Sug- 
gestions for the improvement of operating 
procedures of the Supply Room are always 
welcome and should be made to the Deputy 
Assistant to the Director, Mr Samuel Green, 
in whose field. of supervision the Supply 
Room is placed. Both he and I have the 
fullest confidence in the earnestness and 
competency of the Supply Room staff. 

The purpose of the unnamed writer may 
have been to vrork off a personal grievance. 
In that case the coliimns of the Soap Box 
offered a ready and safe solution. If the 
motive was to call to the attention of 
supervisors a need for administrative 
changes, the nethod hit upon was singular- 
ly inappropriate and was productive of 
harm rather than good. Surely there are 
better ways of attempting to prompt admin- 
istrative improvements. 

Francis X* Moloney 
Assistant to the Director 
In Charge of Business 
Operations 



To the Soap Box: 

I love my work at the Boston Public Li- 
brary. I am fortunate to be working where 
spiritual and intellectual values tran- 
scend material ones. I like the people on 
the Boston Public Library staff with whom 
I have come in contact. I like their love 
of learning, their sense of humor, their 
spirit of helpfulness, and their apprecia- 
tion of people in all walks of life. Nat- 
urally I have observed that some people 
possess these qualities to a greater de- 
gree than others, but that is true in all 



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professions. 

Have you noticed how beautiful the Puvis 
de Chavannes Decorations look in the early 
morning light, around 9:00 or 9:1$? Their 
pastel colors and the marble seem to glean 
and blend in a way that is quite breath- 
less in its beauty. That same light ap- 
pears to be on them in the late afternoons, 
too. I like to walk up that stairway be- 
cause every time there is some new phase 
of those paintings I have not appreciated 
earlier, or perhaps even noticed. The 
same thing is true of the Holy Grail Paintj- 
ings in their deep, rich colors and deli- 
cate detail. The subject matter of these 
paintings alone opens up doors of knowl- 
edge that I had not thought about explor- 
ing before, 

I shall never forget the thrill of see- 
ing the Doges Palace at the North End 
Branch for the first time, either, and of 
hearing Miss Peterson tell about it. 
There was such tragedy, depth, and beauty 
in the life story of the person who creat- 
ed this exquisite work of art. I shall 
never forget, too, the humor, understand- 
ing, and creative spirit of the librarians 
who work under a public gumnasium all day 
and the delightful things they do for 
children and adults despite crovirded, 
cramped and noisy quarters* The cross- 
section of Aroerica that the library and 
its branches serve is a lifetime study in 
itself 

I rejoice at the delight of young chil- 
dren as they explore books for the first 
time J at the excitement of boys over 
snakes, baseball, or science; at the teen- 
agers v/hose interests are so varied; and 
at the sense of joy and peace felt by ' •' 
elderly people to whom the library means 
so much. I like to welcome visitors who 
come here frcm all parts of the world and 
make them feel at home here, I think it 
is just as important they get a GOOD FEEL- 
ING about the library as it is that they 
get the correct information or book, be- 
cause good feelings about a place or a 
person have a tendency to linger far long- 
er than facts, titles, or statistics. All 
human beings want and need warm, gracious 
human treatment, whether they are a member 
of the public or a staff member mending a 
book in a back room somewhere. 

Naturally I suppose many of us on the 
staff are young, iT.patient , and probably 
immature, like myself, and we all have 
times when Y(E think W, could personally 
run the library BETTER, And we are all 



facing the economic struggles with the 
tangibles along with the joys of the in- 
tangibles, too. But it is the intangibles, 
I think, that make the work so very worth- 
while . 

To be a part of the Boston Public Library 
system is to know closely many phases of 
human experience and to constantly explore 
new fields of learning, sharing them vifith 
others, and to have a chance to contribute 
in providing the best service possible to 
the public. To me this is a privilege. 

Sincerely yours, 

Hope Buxton Brown 
Young People's Room 



Soap Box: 

The recent action of the Executive Board 
in filling the vacancy on the Board caused 
by Miss Scoff's resignation with someone 
who does not represent the branch libraries 
is regrettable. Miss Scoff was the only 
member of the Board from either a Branch 
Library or from the Division of Home Read- 
ing and Community Services, These circunv- 
stances would indicate the desirability of 
choosing an individual from a Branch Li- 
brary to serve the remainder of her term 
in order that the large portion of the 
membership in the Branches be represented 
in the transaction of Association business. 
It is unfortunate that this was not given 
first consideration in selecting TiLss 
Scoff's successor. 

Pauline A. Walker 
West Roxbury Branch 



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Soap Box: 

"Taxation without representation is 
tyrany" is one of the vratch words of Amer- 
ican independence. Since Mrs Gurnett, a 
member of the Division of Reference and 
Research Services, has been selected by 
the executive board to fill the vacancy 
caused by Miss Scoff's resignation, we in 
the branches are not represented. Please 
may we be a part of the B.P.L.P.S.A., too? 

Dorothy F, Nourse 
East Boston Branch 



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To the Soap Box: 

Being a firm believer in justice for all 
and an equally firm disbeliever in the 
exercise of favoritism in any form, I am 
disturbed that the Executive Board chose 
to replace the only representative of 
Branch Libraries with a member of the . 
Division of Reference and Research Ser- 
vices. Efforts should be made wherever 
possible to bring about a closer relation- 
ship between the staffs of those units of 
the Library System which are housed out- 
side the Central Library building and the 
staff at Central. The recent action of 
the Board would seem to indicate a com- 
plete disregard of branch libraries. 

As the Board now stands, there are 7 
representatives from the Division of Ref- 
erence and Research Services, 1 from the 
Division of Business Operations, and 1 
from the General Administrative Offices - 
and no one with an up-to-date point of v 
view of Branch Libraries. To me this is ; 
deplorable situation, which, had it come 
about as a result of an election, would 
have been beyond the powers of the Board 
to rectify. Coming as a direct action of 
the Board, it seems to me difficult - if 
not impossible - to justify. 

S,M, Usher 



To the Editor of the Soap Box: 

It is with sincere regret that we must 
accept the resignation of Miss Theodora B, 
Scoff from the Executive Board of the 
B.P.L.P.S.A., for reasons of ill health. 
Miss Scoff's active interest in and her 
work in furthering the welfare of the en- 
tire professional staff has been an in- 
spiration to us all. Fe are grateful to 
Miss Scoff and wish to express our appre- 
ciation to her, and sincere wishes for a 
rapid and coraolete recovery. 

Appropos the appointment of Miss Scoff's 
successor, it is disappointing to note | 
that the entire Executive Board, as it now 
exists, comprises Central Library members 
of the Association, only. There is no 
representation of the Branch Libraries. 
Certainly there should be at least one 
Branch Library member of the Association 
on the Executive Board. 



To the Soap Box: 

We are amazed that Association members 
from the branches have not protested the 
lack of representation by one of their 
number on the Executive Board of the 
B.P.L.P.S.A. There must be a few who are 
sufficiently interested in the organiza- 
tion to give of their time, if given the 
opportunity. 

R.M.H. 



G.T.B. 



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To the Soap Box: 

Is it possible that among the entire per- 
sonnel of the branch libraries there is 
not one single individual qualified and 
willing to serve as a member of the Execu- 
tive Board of the B.P.L.P.S.A.? Really? 
I am astounded] 

Naming Mrs Julia IManning Gurnet t to the 
Executive Board to take the place of Miss 
Scoff leaves the branch libraries without 
any representative on the said board, A 
group Tirhich makes up such a part of the 
B.P.L.P.S.A. certainly should be represent- 
ed there. Othervfise, all this talk of 
democratic processes is just so ranch eye- 
wash. 

This is not to be interpreted as any 
aspersion upon JIrs Gurnett, her abilities, 
and her objectivity; rather it is intended 
as a jolt to the aplomb of the group w^ho 
named her to fill the vacancy. 

Curious 



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To the Soap Box: 

It is suggested that many Association 
members would find interest in examining 
the current issue of the NE'.VS BULLETIN, 
published by the Detroit Public Library 
Staff Association, on file in the Staff 
Library. 

S.M. Usher 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



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THE QUESTION 



ARK 



Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 



Vo lume VII, Number 9 



Septem ber 19^2 



Publications Committee: Barbara P, Cotter, George M. Pahud, Sarah Richman, Aura G. 

1/fatson, Edna G, Peck, Chairman 



Publication date: 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material; 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 



The sad days, the death of the year, are 
with us again, but the fall, far from 
being the end and decay of things (for 
human beings), is in actiaality the spirit- as a part of a library system that covers 



choice of a candidate. Librarians and de- 
partment heads can display material openly 
and attractively, hold discussions both 
iL»r the staff and the public, and see to 
it that school children are exposed to 
ideas as age and education -warrant. We can. 



ual spring of the year. Beginning right 
after Labor Day nature's change gives a 
go-ahead signal for countless thousands 
who have been held up by the traffic light 
cf summer heat and vacations. 



the municipal area of one of the largest 
metropolitan units in this country, give 
the slight push to\vard a discriminating 
and intelligent preparation for an individ- 
ual vote in the presidential election of a 



The return to school, office, and facto- country that is on the threshold of a new 



■y this year is marked by the inception of 
one of the greatest periodically recurring 
avtoranal institutions in the United States- 
the campaign by the candidates nominated 
to aeek election to the office of Presi- 
dent. Yfe are, without a doubt, in one of 
the most crucial and interesting periods 
of the history of man. It is beyond the 
conception of the intellect to take in the 
tremendous scope of our times* V/e, as 
mere citizens of an age that defies defi- 
nition, have all we can do at times to 
place ourselves against the vast shadow it 
casts before us. Tet, as world citizens 
of this age, we should try now to exercise 
the great prerogative of voicing our opin- 
ion through the medium of the ballot. 

As library personnel we are in a posi- 
tion to keep ourselves well informed (not 
so much a personal choice, but almost the 
necessary rec:iuisite for dealing with 
people and books), and also to direct and 
piLide the public for whom we work to any 
and all literature and publications th^t 
can be of help in determining opinion for 
the coming elections. Far from being able^ 
as library personnel, to impose the con- 
science of duty on another individual, we 
can, nevertheless, by advising on reading 
!3atter, periodicals, current and past lit- 
erature on the tvro parties and personali- 
x:,es, point the way to facts and records, 
figures and statistics, purposes and plat- 
forms which are distinctly relevant to the 



era which will be a challenge to every 
citizen of the world from Boston to Bangkok, 

A.G.W. 



PERSONAL NOTES 



Transferred 



Ifery C. Robbins, from the Director's 
Office to the Business Office. 



Ifarriages 



Mary L, Hegarty, Rare Book Department, 
to Richard E. Ilalany, on August 23, 1952. 

Resignations 



Margaret F, Connell, Book Stack Service, 
to train for nursing, 

Geraldine R, Cudmore, Book Stack Service, 
to enter the religious order of the Sisters 
of St. Joseph in Framingham, 

Eleanor DiGiannantonio, Kirstein Business 
Branch, to accept a library position with 
the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston. 

Catherine M. Flaherty, Registration De- 
partment, to enter the religious order of 
the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 
Wakefield. 



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Mrs Beulah S, Ha milt, Uphams Corner 
Branch Library, to move to Connecticut „ 

Marianne Morse, Ivaisic Department, to 
accept a library position at the Yale 
School of Music. 

liargaret J, IvKirphy, Charles town Branch 
Library, to be married « 

Teresa L, Tape, Book Preparation Depart- 
ment, to accept a position as a dental as- 
sistanto 

llrs Veronica M, Tibets, Book Stack Ser- 
vice, to remain at home* 

WEDDING 

On August 23, at St. Columbkille's 
Church in Bi-i.ghton^ Miss Mary Lo Hegarty 
of the Rare Book Department staff, became 
the bride of Richard Eugene Malany of 
Syracuse, The bride was lovely in a grace 
ful lace govm and fingertip veilo She was 
attended by her sisters gowned in blue 
taffeta. After the reception at the Shera 
ton Plaza, Mr and Mrs Malany left for a 
trip through Canada. 

STORK EVENTS 

Mr and Mrs Charles Gibson are Tecei.v6.ng 
congratulations on the arrival of a 
daughter, Mary Louise, August 12th, Mrs 
Gibson if the former Ruth Mann who has 
been a member of the Jamaica Plain Branch 
Library staff for several years* 



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On August 13th a daughter was born to 
Mr and Mrs Robert Sagar, Readville. Mrs 
Sagar, the former liargaret Gallagher, is a 
member of the staff at the Dorchester 
Branch Library, 



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Mr and Mrs Robert C. Amirault, Vlarring- 
ton, Florida, are happy to announce the 
arrival of Leslie, August 5^ 1952, Those 
who remember Mrs Amirault as Phyllis 
Boudreau of the Information Office will 
know that Leslie must be a beautiful baby, 
if she resembles her mother, 

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BON VOYAGE 

On September 19, Mrs Marjorie G, Bouquet, 
Assistant to the C'lief Librarian, Division 
of Reference and Research Services, sails 
from New York on the Sr,S. United States , 
IVtrs Bouquet goes directly to Austria where 
she will visit Vienna and other points of 
interest, 'liVhile in Rome, Italy, she will 
visit Miss Honor McCusker, who was formerly 
a member of the staff of the B.P.L, and is 
now a member of the staff of the U,S, In- 
formation Library in that cityo On Colum- 
bus Day she sails from Naples for New York. 
With many stops en route she is due to 
arrive home on October 27tho 

N E1/7 QUARTERS IN STACK 3 OPEN 

• On September U, 19^2, certain units of 
the Division of Business Operations - the 
jAccounting Department, the Business Office 
•hand the office of the Assistant to the 
Director in Charge of Business Operations - 
were moved to the Stack 3 level. The 
transfer is a part of the current program 
of relocation of departments and units in 
the Central Library Building, Included in 
the new quarters, in addition to the 
Accounting Department and the Business 
I Office, are individual offices for the 
I Division head and the two Deputy Assistants 
ito the Director. The move brings the 
iDivision head in closer touch with his in>- 
Imediate assistants, makes for greater ef- 
jficiency in operations, and permits needed 
lexpansion of the Personnel Office into the 
j vacated space in Stack 2. 
! Members of the staff are cordially in- 
jvited to visit the new quarters of the 
Division of Business Operations. 



The following exchange of "poems" 



shows 

clearly that "parting can be such sweet 
sorrow." 

Rhymes on the occasion of departmental 
changes 

(1.) From: the Personnel Office 

To: the Accounting Department and 
the Business Office 

As a token of our affections 

We send you this box of confections 



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With heavy hearts we bid you fond adieu, 
The silence is deafening here in Stack 2 

Time was when sounds ran up and down. 
Now we 're living in a deserted Ghost Town 

"oors that once smiling faces disclosed 
','.'e now find firmly locked and closed 

Vfe hope this hasn't made you sad 
Because in truth we 're kind of glad 

Not because we have lost our friends 
But now we can spread out at all ends, 

(2.) From: the Business Office 
To: the Personnel Office 

Thanks from us for feeling blue 
And for sending candy, too J 

But keep in mind that we v;ill be. 
Right up above you in Stack 3 

We might have transferred up one floor, 
But still we have an unlocked door 

Thanks again, we'll alv/ays be 

The same old gang, tho in Stack 3» 

MRS MARY ?.gJRPHY RESIGNS 

On September 11, the Boston Public Li- 
brary lost one of its loyal members. Mary 
Bean I^turphy of the Teachers Department 
left the service to take a position with 
the Armed Services Medical Library in 
Washington* 

Mrs Murphy has been in the Library for 
15 years. It was while she was in Book 
Stack Service that 5/!ary met and married 
Leo Ifurphy. For a year they led a happy, 
carefree life until the ^war came with its 
tragedy when Leo was killed in action. 
But Mary Abigail had arrived to give her 
niother an incentive to live and love. 
Throughout these trying years Mary's cour- 
age never failed, and she was an example 
to all in trouble. And as Abby grew up, 
looking like her "Daddy Leo" and acting 
like her "Daddy Leo", all who met her 
loved her at once. 

For the past two years, Mrs Murphy has 
been studying for a degree at Boston Uni- 
versity. The Teachers Department was 
looking forward eagerly to her return to 
full time, but Washington called. 



We shall miss Mary veiy much, not only 
as an able, valuable assistant, but also 
as a friend. She was at all times coopera- 
tive, generous vdth her time and talents, 
and happy in helping others. She will 
make new friends in T/ashington, and we know 
that all her old friends will always be 
welcome at her home in Arlington, Virginia. 

On Thursday, September h, the Teachers 
Department gave Mary a luncheon at the 
Darbury Room, and presented her with a 
travel clock. A remembrance poem was 
written for the occasion and was greatly 
enjoyed. Later, a gift of money from her 
friends throughout the Library was present- 
ed on her leaving. 

Teachers Department 

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HAVE BOOKS BEEN DISCOVERED? 
A Vacation Meditation 

Before I left for my vacation, I noticed 
on the bulletin board an impressive poster 
recommending that one take books along on 
one's vacation. The staff, I suppose, 
h-^vdly needs such advice, but how about 
t.irj, public? Next year I hope such a poster 
will be nailed on every street corner in 
Boston. 

Everybody's experience is only his own 
chance one, and yet I cannot help thinking 
that what I observed in one vacation v^eek 
in a country inn may be typical. This 
pleasant inn, on a high-road through one 
of New Hampshire's picturesque country 
towns, attracted quiet people who came to 
enjoy the surroundings or because they had 
relatives living in one of the white Colo- 
nial houses peering out from under the elmso 
Two young men were staying there because 
they attended a near by institute for the 
discussion of industrial trends, and one 
young couple was connected with the little 
summer theatre. 

Not once did I see a guest carry a book. 
The first rainy day, the host, a man of 
higher education, said to me* "Did you find 
something to read?" Incensed, I retorted 
with a library worker ' s wounded pride : 
"I provide myself with reading matter!" 
"You dol" - Well, no one else, as far as I 
could observe, vias provided with more than 
a newspaper. The loungers dipped into the 
"Life's" and "Saturday Evening Post's" 
that lay piled up in the living-room, v/hen 
they viere not playing solitaire. A bright 



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little girl of five was able to amuse her- 
self with playing-cards, but she had no 
picture-book, not even a comic. Some 
books belonging to the house were lying 
about - I recall a copy of "The Proper 
Bostonians" and two volumes of Emerson - 
but, with the exception of a book of car"- 
toons, these proved no magnets o 

Of course, my inference may be wrong. 
The family parties felt, no doubt, that 
amiable conversation and sociability was 
Tfhat they were here for, and, for all I 
knoTf, they may read on long winter even- 
ings. Yet the fact remains that people 
did pick up the stray popular magazines 
that happened to be at hand and that the 
unrecognized potentialities of long coun- 
try afternoons provoked the question in my 
mind: "Have books as vacation companions 
not yet been discovered?" 

Margaret Munsterberg 

THE LIBRARY IN THE PRESS 

On Wednesday, August 20, the Christian 
Science Monitor carried a picture and 
story about the exhibit entitled The Presi - 
dency which T.'ill be on view in the Main 
Lobby and the first floor corridors 
through September 30 » 



Mr Thomas C, Barger of the Arabian Amer- 
ican Oil Company in Nevr York was the guest 
of Polly Huse of WBZ-TV on Monday, Aug.25, 
at 1:00 p.m., in connection with the ex- 
hibit on Saudi Arabia T/hich will continue 
through the end of the month in the second 
and third floor galleries, Mr Barger is 
director of local government relations and 
has been stationed in Saudi Arabia for 
about 15 years. That afternoon Mr Barger 
was interviewed by a reporter from the 
Christian Science Monitor which carried 



the article on August 27. 



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Mss ^ileen Kneeland, the ITOZ "Lady of 
the Bookshelf", participated in the open- 
ing festivities which the Adams Street 
Branch Library had planned in celebration 
of its first birthday. On Wednesday, 
August 20, Miss Kneeland entertained a 
group of children from the neighborhood 



with a picture book story hour and her 
picture with the group appeared in the 
Boston Daily Record on Friday, August 22, 



On Friday, August 29, which \vas the first 
anniversary of the opening of the Adams 
Street Branch Library, the Summer Reading 
Club avrards were presented, A picture of 
this activity appeared in the Boston Globe 
that evening. 



As a Labor Day feature story the Boston 
Sunday Globe carried a two column picture 
and story about the gift of 5 albums of 
recordings which were presented to the Li- 
brary by the Northeast Region of the Jewish 
Labor Committee in appreciation of the Li- 



brary's service to labor. 



The current issue, September 19^2, of i 
the American Jewish Historical Society 
carries an interesting article by Mr Lee M. 
Friedman, chairman of the Board of Trustees, 
entitled "A great Colonial case and a great 
Colonial la-'wyer," 



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Mr Eamon McDonough, President of the 
B.P.L.P.S.A., has a "letter", in Time , 
August 18, 1952, page ii. The issue of 
September 1, 1952, carries two replies to 
llr McDonough 's letter, one from Brooklyn, 
N.Y,, the other from Chicago. 

REICTNDERS THAT FALL IS HERE 

Calling All Bowlers 

The 1952-53 season of the Library Bowling 
League is about to begin. But we can't 
begin it without you . Eok about it? All 
you have to do to join is get in touch vd-th 
one of the people listed below on or before 
Wednesday, September 17, 1952, Be sure to 
let us know what night you prefer. 

Bernard F, Doherty, Binding Dept, 
A. Gertrude Barry, Personnel Office 
Daniel ?/, Kelly, Audio-Visual Center 
John T. Kyle, Supply Room 



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CARE - Book Fund for Children 

\?acations are over, school has begun, 
and it will soon be Christinas shopping 
tirne > 

Remember boys and girls abroad by con- 
tributing to the CARE Book Fund for Chil- 
dren.. 

Unless you request it, your regular con- 
tributions to CARE do not include the Book 
Fund for Children. Money for this purpose 
may be given to your Children's Librarian, 
or sent to Mrs Benner, Bookmobile II, 

Vera Lehaae 
Dorothy Becker 
Mildred Kaufnan 
I'ferie Benner 

CALLING ALL GUISES 

On Monday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m., 
the Special Libraries Association ivill be 
the guests of the Boston Public Library, 
Folloidng a brief meeting in the Lecture 
Hall, there will be a tour of the Open 
Shelf Department and the Audio-Visual Cen- 
ter. Ten guides are needed for the tour. 
If you are willing to serve as a guide, 
will you please notify Mrs I\/hiriel C. Jave- 
lin, Office of the Division of Home Read- 
ing and Community Services, by September 15fi 

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European and British National collections. 



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BRANCH NOTES 



Chariest own 

Resignation of Firs Alice Riley, Chil- 
dren's Librarian, to accept a position as 
librarian in the Junior High School at 
Wellesley, Ifess,, is noted with mixed 
feelings. Vfe are happy for Mrs Riley in 
her new position; we are unhappy for our- 
selves, for Mrs Riley •vd.ll be a real loss 
from the staff both prof essionally and 
socially. 



DEPARTTENT NOTES 
Print Department 

It will be of great interest to members 
of the staff that Arthur W. Heintzelman, 
Keeper of Prints, has been honored by the 
acquisition of twenty of his etchings and 
dry points by the Metropolitan ?.fuseum of 
Art, New York, for its permanent collec- 
tion. 

With these additional prints, the col- 
lection of J,fr Heintzelman 's vfork at the 
Metropolitan Museum of Art is the third 
largest representation of his work in the 
United States ; ranking after the Edvrard C, 
Crossett Collection, which is the most 
complete, in the Bos-oon Public Library, 
and the Boston Muse'jjn of Fine Arts. His 
work is in all the most important museums 
and libraries throughout the country, and 
he is also included in many of the 



Dorchester 

Two members of the staff were among the 
many B.P.L. workers who took extended trips 
during their vacations this summer, li/trs 
Beatrice P, Frederick, Children's Librarian, 
drove to Florida with her husband and her 
mother, stopping along the way at such 
points of interest as Williamsburg, St, 
Augustine and Daytona Beach. Miss Rose- 
marie DeSimone, assistant in the Children's 
Room, went with her sister Helen, of the 
Book Stack Service, on a pilgrimage to 
St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal and down 
the Saguenay River, stopping at Tadousac, 
Murray Bay, Stc Simeone's, Bagotville, and 
the Capes They also visited Quebec, the 
Chateau d3 Frontenac, and St. Anne de 
Beaupre . 

Mattapa n 

The last several weeks have been full of 
arrivals and departures at Mattapan, llrs 
Augusta Rubinstein and Miss Phyllis Free- 
man returned from their respective vaca- 
tions, spent at opposite corners of the 
North American continent, Florida and Lake 
Louise in the Canadian Rockies, Miss 
I.'Iildred Kaufman, staying somev/hat closer 
to home, spent part of her vacation at the 
dance festival at the University of Connec- 
ticut, Most recent of the arrivals, and 
one we are very happy to be able to 
announce, is the return of Miss Scoff to 
her duties as Branch Librarian after a four 
months' illness o 

TvTo members of our staff are no longer 
with us s Miss Lillian Gillis, one of ovir 



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"extras, has entered the convent of the 
Sisters of St., Joseph; and Mr Bradford 
Heraogj \Those six foot, three-inch pres- 
ence will be markedly missed, will be 
teaching at Milton Academy, 

On September h and 5j the bookmobile of 
the Grolier Society T»'as parked outside the 
Branch, and its content of incunabula, il- 
luminated manuscripts, examples of cunei- 
form and hieroglyphic -writing, all beauti- 
fully mounted and displayed to illustrate 
the history and art of the book, -was open 
for public inspection. The Branch pre- 
pared, in its indoor case, an exhibit of 
Bibles, prayer books and similar materials 
in keeping with the -magnificent, priceless 
collection outside. 

For several years now, the Children's 
Assistant at the Branch has held a pre- 
school story hour, \«rtiich has always been 
well attended, but which this year, seems 
to be a record-breaker. During the summer 
(when the story hour was not held), there 
were telephone calls from mothers of pre- 
school age children - some from several 
miles away - asking to enroll their boys 
and girls in the group. As a result of 
this unusual, but gratifying experience, 
there -I'dll be no further announcements or 
publicizing of the story hour, since there 
are already as many children enrolled as 
can be accommodated, and this a full month 
before the first story hour v^ill be held J 
One other interesting aspect of these 
story hours is the effect they have on the 
mothers' reading habits. It vrould seem 
that without the incentive of taking their 
children to participate in story hours, 
many of the mothers fail to make the effor-f, 
to visit the library. As one mother told 
the Children's Librarian, Miss Ka-ufman: 
"I'll be glad whenstory hour starts - I 
haven't had a thing to read for months i" 



Mount Bowdoin 

The circus came to Mount Bowdoin Branch 
in the form of the annual Summer Reading 
Club costume party on September 5« Twenty- 
five club members, dressed as gypsies, 
clowns, cowboys, ballerinas, and hobos, 
invaded the branch to participate in games , 
songs, refreshments, and general circus 
festivities, under the supervision of Miss 
Marie Kennedy and Mrs Naomi Wayne. The 
activities came to a close -with the eager- 
ly awaited presentations. There were 



special gifts for the boys and girls who 
had read the greatest number of books dur- 
ing the summer, prizes for the winners of 
various games played, and a-wards for the 
most original costvimes. As a finale, each 
member was presented -with his Reading Club 
certificate, amidst hearty applause for 
the winners. 

The highlight of the afternoon was the 
surprise arrival of the Boston Globe photo- 
grapher who took pictures of the excited 
children and thus saw to it that they "made 
the news", a fitting climax to a happy dayo 



Neponset 

On August lit, the staff held a siirprise 
luncheon for Miss Jilildred Presente to bid 
her bon voyage. She and her brother are 
touring Europe, We hope to see her back 
at her desk about October 1. 

Miss liladalene D. Holt, Branch Librarian, 
returned from her European tour, i'rom her 
accounts and her snapshots, she surely had 
a glorious time a 



Parker Hill 



The staff and her many friends are happy 
to learn that Miss Elizabeth Kernachan is 
able to resume her duties after an absence 
of six weeks. She suffered a fall result- 
ing in a fractured ankle and a sprained 
arm. Although she is not entirely recov- 
ered, she is resuming her duties, and it 
is our sincere -wish that it will not be 
long before she is entirely well again. 



Roslindale 



On August 30, Mrs Josephine Shaw sailed 
■with her husband to Paris, France, where 
they -vri-ll spend a year vAile he continues 
his studies in music. lHany friends and 
relatives were at the ship to see them of f » - 
Mrs Shaw was honored on August 5 by her 
co-workers with a dinner at Newbury's Steak 
House where she vras presented with a bon 
voyage gift of a fan made of dollar bills, 
Mrs Shaw has endeared herself to all her 
associated and will be greatly missed. We 
all wish her the greatest of happiness in 
her new venture. 



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West End 

Mrs llarcela Avencena, Librarian of the 
National Teachers College of Manila, 
Phillipine Islands, recently visited the 
Branch Library. Tlais was a true businan's 
holiday,. Our charming visitor was de- 
lighted with the history and historic sig- 
nificance of our particular library 
setting and tremendously interested in 
branch library technique and special as- 
pects of huican relations work as manifest- 
ed at this branch. Quite unexpectedly we 
gave her an exciting thrill. Since West 
End Branch is a voting place of the City 
of Boston, she saw for the first time an 
American voting machine. She was quite 
overcome by this discovery, which she said 
was a sharp contrast to voting methods em- 
ployed in the Phillipines, 



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Another foreign visitor was Miss Hanna 
Heinlein, German social service worker and 
a guest of the United States State Depart- 
ment Division of Labor,. who has been tour- 
ing the United States for three months. 
The finishing touches of her American 
visit were properly climaxed in Boston, 
where she was the guest of Miss Goldstein, 
who, in addition to her Library visits, 
piloted her to historic and cultural spots 
in and around Boston and introduced her to 
a pot of Boston baked beans and brown 
bread, #iich she said were "very nice." 



West End has added a baby to the Staff, 
Mr Hugo Bedau, an assistant at the West 
End Branch, is the proud father of a baby 
girl, Lauren, born August 27. 



The Camp Fire Girls of the Yfest End 
Branch, under the guidance of Mrs Jilargaret 
Lewis of the Children's Room, were able to 
have fun during the siimmer despite the 
curtailment of their regular meetings. 
They attended the movie of ROBIN HOOD and 
went on picnics to Revere Beach and Hough- 
ton's Pondo 



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Various exhibits borrowed from the Chil- 
dren's Museum had whetted the curiosity of 
several of the young West End patrons so 
that it was an eager dozen children who 
traveled virith Mrs Lewis on Saturday after- 
noon, August 30, to view the movies and dis- 
plays always available there » 



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An average of kh books was read by each 
of the winners of the West End Branch Slim- 
mer Reading Club "Holiday in Boston", 
Special prize books were awarded to Mary 
Alessi, Frances Jaworski, Hugh Mattison and 
Robert Morello at a program in the Chil- 
dren's Room, Saturday morning, September 13. 
Each participant received a lovely booklet 
of HISTORIC BOSTON in addition to a folder 
of colored photos of Boston landmarks. The 
group was allowed the special privilege of 
touring the "^.tystery Room" and of vieiiring 
the city from the Tower Room of the West 
End Branch, whose present building dates 
back to 1806, 

As a follow-up to the summer programs, 
all children who had read at least 5 books 
were invited to take part in trips to the 
Museum of Science and to the Society for 
the Preservation of New England Antiquities, 
better known as the Governor Otis House c 



SOAP BOX 



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 v;hich he or she is 
employed. The name is iTithheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in-Chief, 
The contents of 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 -.'irith the views 
expressed. 



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To the Soap Box; 

As chairiran of the origi- 
nal Organization Committee and first presi-' 
dent of the Boston Public Library Profes- 
sional Staff Association, I have more than 
a passing interest in the Association and 
in its official publication The Question 

Some of the contributions to the "Soap 
Bo:r.'- have become so personal and at times 
so defamatory that I should like to point 
odt to the members of the Association in 
g'?^ieral and to the Editor of The Ques t ion 
M.^';t in particular, that contribntious of 
t. "^s' sort have no place in our official 
publication. 

The "Soap Box" was instituted as a means i 
of exchange of ideas between members of 
the staff on topics dealing with profes- 
sional matters. TiThen the first "Soap Box" 
appeared in the April 19lt6 issue of The 
Qc.qG tion Mark it was requested that con- 
tributors "observe ordinary good taste." 

Some of the letters that have appeared 
recently in the "Soap Box" have been \in- 
ethical, unprofessional, and utterly lack- 
ing in good taste. 1% hope that the Edi- 
tor will be more discriminating in the fu- 
ture. 

It is up to the Editor and her committee 
to keep the high tone and professional 
standards ■'.vith which we began. The Editor 
is under no obligation to accept or to 
publish material of a derogatory nature. 
In fact, it is one of the responsibilities 
of the Editor to see that personal gripes 
and attacks are kept out of our publica- 
tion. The "Soap Box" was never intended 
to be used as a means of venting personal 
spleen. ■ 

It has long been my observation that 
members of the staff who spend their tim.e 
doing their job to the best of their 
ability and those who work with the public 
who try to give the very best possible 
service have no time or occasion for per- 
sonal gripes or complaints. 

Instead of tearing doiivn and causing ill 
vd.ll let us put our emphasis and energies 
on building up. Cooperation denotes a 
healthy state of mind and is an excellent 
morale builder. As professional members 
of the staff let- us be aware of our 
responsibilities and loyalty both to our 
Association and to the institution which 
we serve. 



Bradford 



Hill 



As a member of the Editorial Board of 
The Question Mark , I wish to say that Miss 
Peck, Editor of The Question Mark , is not 
solely responsible for selecting the 
letters which are to be placed in the "Soap 
Box". All material to be included in The 
Question Mark is considered by each member 
of the editorial board at its monthly meet- 
ing «. On occasion, the board has voted to 
reject letters which seemed of a personal 
nature and not of interest to the Associa- 
tion in general. On one occasion, Miss 
Peck even came in on her day off to get the 
opinion of board members concerning "Soap 
Box" contributions o During the tenure of 
the present editorial board, a poll has 
been taken of personal attacks appearing 
in the "Soap Box," Out of 78 letters to 
the "Soap Box" since February, there have 
been 11 "attacks" - 12 if one considers 
Mr Hill's letter an attack on the editor. 
The greater part of these 11 letters bore 
reference to the curtailment of Sunday 
Service. 

I should, also, like to refer our' reader's 
to Miss Peck's editorial in the July issue 
of The Question Mark . 

George Pahud 



Editor's Note: 



The follomng letter refers 
to an article in the Boston Sunday Post, 
August 2k, 1952. For the benefit of those 
staff members vj-ho did not see the article, 
it is here quoted in its entirety? 

"' RED' BOOK OFF HUB'S SHELVES 

Won't Be Allowed in Open Section of Library 

"The controversial text book with articles 
allegedly favorable to Russia, which has 
been banned by the ITorcester school depart- 
ment, will be removed from the open shelves 
of the Boston Public Library, it was re- 
vealed last night, 

"'Thus Be It Ever' was in the open shelf 
section of the main library in Copley Sq. 
Lee M, Friedman, president of the library 
board of trustees, said it would not be 
left on the open shelves. It was indicated 
the book would be filed away in a remote 
spot in the library, 

"Chairman Isadore H.Y. Muchnick of the 
Boston school committee, said that Hub of- 
ficials will make a survey to determine 



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If the book is being used in this city's 
.'school rooms. Jfeny other Bay State li- 
braries and 30hool departments will be 
shecked to determine if the book is in 
circulation. 

"ThG Worcester School Department claims 
the book contains statements favorable to 
■Russia. It is a collection of essays, 
articles and poems, many by noted Ameri- 
cans of the past. 

"Two articles have been found objection- 
able. 'The Voice of Fighting Russia' was 
vTitten by the ReVc Dr. Hewlett Johnson 
of Canterbury, England, the 'Red Dean. ' 
Another article which aroused the ire of 
school officials is 'The United Nations - 
United for War and After. ' It urges this 
country to help Russia and other World 
War II Allies. 

|i "President Friedman of the Boston Public 
Library Board of trustees explained that 
a large public library has to have books 
which show the various sides of history. 

"■'We have to have books showing all sides 
of all kinds of questions for scholars and 
historical records,' he pointed out. 'But 
we don't have controversial books for 
general circulation to the public.'" 

The Editorial Board of The Question Mark 
is of the opinion that this is a serious 
matter v/hich should receive the attention 
of the Boston Public Library Professional 
Staff Association. Fe msh to go on 
record as endorsing the letter printed 
below. 

To the Editor: 

A recent press announcement 
and its concomitant frightening implica- 
tions should well have raised a clamor 
within and without library walls. The 
stir was lacking. Summer-time lassitude 
and all that. As a librarian and as a 
member of the American-style community I 
cannot resist raising my ovm small noise. 
A matter of one book, removal of one cata- 
logue card, loss of one small grain of 
freedom - one act which sets the precedence 
for how many more acts of dogma bism, care- 
lessness, and pseudo-vigilance. I speak 
of the recent annovmcement by Mr Friedman, 
president of the Board of Trustees, that a 
certain book would be relegated to a dis- 
tant corner of the library, that the li- 
brary did not contain books of a contro- 
versial nature on its shelves. 

What v/as this book? A philosopher ad- 



vocating the overthrow of the democratic 
system? A book imbued with corrupting 
influences? We have a right to know. The 
book resided among us so innocuously, so 
harmlessly for some ten years that many of 
us are unfamiliar with the dragon virtually 
yanked from our midst. Find the distant 
corner of the library, find the booki 

At a time in 19U2 when yo\mg lads vrere 
crossing oceans and donning weapons for a 
threatening global conflict, many wondered 
what it was all about, wondered about the 
proverbial struggle and the proverbial 
freedom. Lawyers, teachers, students, 
militarists, poets gave their answers, each 
in his own manner of expression. There 
came forth a virtual panegyric of freedom, 
of basic human rights. The book Thus Be 
It Ever represents an anthology of voices 
praising man's rights - voices of the pres- 
ent and voices still heard down the ages. 
There is Roosevelt's Four Freedoms , Peri- 
cles' Funeral Oration , Christ's Sermon on 
the Mount, Thomas Paine speaking on free- 



dom, poems by Millay - all in all some 
eighty odd voices. And amid these exalted 
names one man, Hewlitt Johnson_, chooses 
the cause of Russia over Fascism. In a 
two page description of the Russo-German 
conflict of ideologies, Johnson prefers 
Russia, For the Red Dean's acknowledged 
personal views honestly expressed in just 
a few pages, vre remove an entire anthologyl 
'iifhat does this mean? TiTiere are we head- 
ing? A series of questions cry out for 
answer. Does the library's censorship 
indicate that we are less democratic than 
England? The most Rev. Geoffrey Fisher, 
archbishop of Canterbury, commenting on 
the "Red Dean" said recently that Mr John- 
son is an admitted "nuisance", but one of 
the "prices we pay for freedom". 

Question two: Do we employ the same 
principles in book selection for adults 
which the Worcester schools employ for 
children? Jfr Friedman's action followed 
that of the Worcester schools, not that of 
the Worcester Public Library, Such an act 
of book-bannint; negates the very purpose 
of a public library:, Men are encouraged 
through the library to expand their think- 
ing, their knowledge, to differentiate 
logically between right and wrong. To re- 
move the opportunity to use logic and 
judgment is to deny our belief in the use- 
fulness, the fulfillment of purpose of the 
public library.^ 

Last questicn: Does the president of the 
trustees formulate the book selection poll- 



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cies of the library? And are we to sup^ 
pose that the presence of Thus Be It Ever 
on library shelves for the past ten years 
indicates laxity of the part of librarians 
or of previous presidents of the Board of 
Trustees 2 Is such an act of censorship 
accomplished with the concurrence of all 
the trustees and the director? Ten years 
ago we were Russia's allies and consequent- 
ly our hopes were higher in the diploniatic 
sense than they are today, Allan Nevins, 
eminent historian says in a passage from 
Th;a 5 Be It Ever ^ as he expresses pride in 
members of the United Nations: "The 
Soviet System has been sharply criticized* 
But the devotion of the Russian people is 
proof enough that it is ribbed Tiith fine 
elements." Are we to condemn the book and 
th-3 man for fostering such hope a decade 
ago? Does the removal of the book mean 
that we change our collection as frequent- 
ly as we change our foreign policy? 

It is ironic that of all books, this 
SjTiiphony of freedom should be the first I 
We -find herein Thomas Paine saying, "IVhat 
vre obtain too cheap ^nb esteem too lightly; 
it is dearness only that gives everything 
its value," And that which is dear and 
ha.-'d gained may slip elusively, quietly 
away as a little thing - the censorship 
cf one book perhaps - and then one day 
lost entirely. In an essay on citizenship 
we find these words by Roger Holmes, "It 
is your privilege to defend your neighborfe 
right to write and publish what he pleases 
on controversial issues." Who but li- 
brarians should be shouting the first de- 
fense! 

John Milton summed up the problem of 
censorship satisfactorily in these words: 
"If it be true, that a wise man like a 
good refiner can gather gold out of the 
drossest volume, and that a fool v/ill be 
a fool with the best book, yea, or without 
a book 5 why should we deprive a wise man 
of advantage to his wisdom, while we seek 
to restrain from a fool, that which being 
restrained will be no hindrance to his 
folly." 

While Milton's Areopagitica cowers on 
the shelf and The Prince , the Communist 
M anifesto and Me in Kampf look embarrassed, 
I ask in closing: Since when have we had 
no controversial books on open shelves? 

Jane Manthorne 



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THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



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



Volume VII, Number IC 



October 19^2 



Publications Committee: 



Barbara P, Cotter, George M, Pahud, Sarah Richman, Aura G,' 
Yfatson^ Edna G, Peck, Chairman 



P ublication date ; 
The fifteenth- '^f each month 



Deadline for submitting material ! 
■ The tenth of each -month 



Wim RELATIONS BOOK FAIR 
■ 

What is believed to be the first Human 
Relations Book Fair in the United States 
was held .In. the new Children's "Section of 
the Open Shelf Department of the Central 
Library on October 2 through ^, The ac- 
tive cooperation and untiring efforts of 
j a large number of staff members, together 
I with the aid and encouragement of a Plan- 
ming Committee of interested teachers and 



but accurate attendance figures for the en- 
tire Fair vrere impossible because of the 
large number of visitors, some of whom. 
browsed for only a short time, while others 
lingered to read a book or pamphlet. The 
i advantage of having the Fair adjacent to 
I the Open Shelf Department was evidenced by 
i the fact that practically all Open Shelf 
j copies of the books on display were circu- 
ilated,'and many reserves veve taken for 
j titles in the display. 

At the opening of the Fair on Thursday- 



librarians, resulted in one of the most 

successful educational ventures undertaken! evening, greetings were brought from the 

by the Library. in recent vears. j three co-operating groups - The National 

The term "Huoan Relations" was interpret-i Conference of Christians and Jews, the 
ed in its broadest sense. Using as a gen-l Boston Public Schools, and the Independent 



eral theme, 1/Vhen Peoples Meet , books for 



Schools of Boston. Monsigncr Francis J:> 
adults, young adults and children on the ll^ally, now the Editor-in-Chief of The Pilot, 
individual and his relationships with his ; delivered the keynote address.. Other 
family, his community, his job, his coun- , speakers at the three adult meetings m- 
try, and the world, were attractively dis-i eluded Professor Hugh Cabot of , Harvard Uni- 
played.. Still another group included some | vers ity, Professor Mary Ellen Goodman of 
of the basic books in the field. These Wellesley College, Professor Wayland 
books, lent by the publishers, were selectri ^aughan of Boston University, Dr Henry J. 
ed and arranged by Miss Edna Peck, Chief i Cadbury, Chairman of the American Friends 
of Book Selection and the three Readers [Service Committee, Stefan Lorant, author 
Advisers in the Division of Home Reading 'and Professor M. F. Ashley-Montagu of Rut- 
Services. Artistic signs, the work of the ' gers University. All of the speakers are 
Exhibits Office, called attention to the ! either authors of Human Relations books or 
various sections of the display. Pamphlets are doing active work in the field. T^o o± 
and pesters were lent by the American Jew- i the adult meetings were held m the new 
ish Committee, the Anti-Befamraation League ' Children's section which offered an oppor- 
of B'nai Brith, the Civic Education Pro- ' tunity for members of the audience to meet 
ject, and the National Conference of Chris-^the speakers and to examine the books on 
tians and Jews. Reading lists, prepared display. The sudden change from the Lec- 
by the three Readers Advisars were printed | ture Hall could not have been accomplished 
by the Printing Department,' which, togeth- without the help of the staffs of the 
er with the Binding Deoartment, made an Buildings Department, the Open Shelf ^e- 
all-out effort to have the lists ready f or I Partment , and the Audio-Visual Center, all 
distribution at the Book Fair, • ■ 9^ whom worked with such good will that 

Staff members of the Open Shelf Depart- , chairs were available for the waiting audi- 
ment and Young People's Room were on duty i ence with but little delay, 
in" the Children's Section during the four ■ At the Young Adults' meeting on Friday 
days. On Friday some six hundred individ- i afternoon, Jfrs Rachel Baker, author of 
uals were recorded as visiting the display, books for young adults, and Mss Basilla 



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Neilan, Executive Director of the Cambridge) into the planning and carrying out of the 

Youth Project, captivated their audience. 

Following the meeting in the Lecture Hall, 

the group adjourned to the Little Theatre 

to participate in a discussion based on 

the film How to Say No « 

Sone two hundred and fifty children at- 
tended the caturday morning program. 
Groups from Branch Libraries, Scout Troupe 
Parochial Schools, Settlement Houses, etc., 
enjoyed hearing tfrs Florence Hayes, chil- 
dren's author j v,-atched with fascination as 
Miss Althea Karr did chalk drawings of 



Book Fair. Certainly the aim of the Fair 
■was realized, namely, to make more people 
in the community aware of books, pamphlets, 
and motion pictures in the field of Human 
Relations. 

■)HHHHH«-M-**» 

FORIffiR EMPLOYEE ^TINS MODEL GIFT HOJffi 



John J. Kelley, Jr., transferred about 
two weeks ago from the Supply Room at the 
Indians J joined in sinking the songs from j Library to the Public Buildings Department 



the film Sin^ a Song_^ of_Friendship; and 
listeriea enthi-alxtd 1.0 one oi Br Jorm J« 
Cronan's stories. 

During the day, on Friday and Saturday, 
Human Relations films were shown in the 
Little Theatre. On Friday the number of 
viewers was increased by the visit to the ) 
Library of approximately one hundred stu- ; 
dents from the Girls Trade High School, | 
each of whom viewed at least two short ! 
films. Some of these young people had 
never before been to the Library. Many of 
them registered for Library cards. This 
was only one of several groups which 
visited the Book Fair. On Saturday over 
one hundred and fifty adults saw at least i 
one film. Recent bookings of Human Rela- j 
tions Films indicate use of the mimeo- 
graphed film list which was prepared in 
connection with the Book Fair. 

There was noteworthy publicity for the 
Fair. Mr Edward C, Donnelly, Jr., presi- 
dent of Donnelly Sign Company, contributed 



On Monday afternoon, September 29, Mrs 
Muriel C. Javelin, Denuty Supervisor in 
a very large poster which was advantageoua4Charge of Work with Adults, spoke on the 
ly displayed at the corner of Tremont and 



Boylston Streets. Mr Francis Hurwitz of 
the National Coriference of Christians and 
Jews furnished several notices to the lo- 
cal and metropolitan papers so that there 
was an unusual amount of newspaper public- 
ity. Posters vrere distributed to stores, 
churches, settlement houses, social ser- 
vice agencies, libraries, and schools with 
the help of staff members of the Branch 
Libraries, With the aid of the Office of 
Records, Files, Statistics, mimeographed 
notices were sent to other groups and or- 
ganizations. Necessarily much of the work 
connected with the Book Fair was handled 
in the Office of the Division of Home 
Reading and Comiviunity Services. 

Although every one breathed a sigh of 
relief at six o'clock on Sundlay afternoon, 
we vrere all convinced that the results had 
been well worth the effort which had gone 



at Cjty Hall, itrk th*' vn.Trev of th° $^,n .r'A- 
Veterans of ii^reign 'TVarb moael gift home, 
the grand prize at the New England Food 
Exposition in the Commonwealth Armory. 
Although the award was made in the name of 
his father, the lucky ticket was one of 
two which had been purchased by Mr Kelley, 
Jr. 

VISITOR 

Dr Hassan Mahmoud, Controller General of 
Libraries, Fouad I University, Cairo, 
Egypt. 

MRS JAVELIN TALKS AT CITY HOSPITAL 



Library's work with the senior Adult (the 
adult sixty years of age or over) at a 
class session of student nurses at the 
Boston City Hospital. The class hour was ■ 
concluded with a showing of the motion pic- 
ture Life with Grandpa from the Library's 
film collection. 

BEST Tn:3HES 
for a 
SPEEDY RECOVERY 
to 
Miss Jean B. Lay, Catalog and Classifica- 
tion Department, Division of Home Reading 
and Community Services. 

Vx William F. Quinn, Buildings Departraen-t« 

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PERSONAL NOTEi; 



I Retired 



'R esignations 

Ha.T^i^t '/f. Balcora. School Issue Depart- 
n^nr :o live -.n Ve"iuOnt, 
! A .. ■■■: F. Ca^.Jwell; Book Stack S-.-vice, 
to ?.-L.ind sch'-.ol in New Yoik, 

Maiie T, Croiim, "est Roxbury, to live in 
New Jersey. 

Doris N. French, School Issue Department, 
to ?cc3pt a position in the Pas" '.ena Public! 
Library and to study at the Uni.;- c^sity of 
Southern CaliTornia Library Schv ' 1, 

Mrs 'I. Patricia Gillis, Offic.-_, Divj^ion 
of Home Reading and Community Services.;, to 
remain at home. 

M.p Jiary L, Harrington, Information 
Off:'.ce, to remain at home. 

^1-3 Helen M, McGah, Cataloging and Claa- 
s:";: .cation Department for Home Reading Ser- 
vj -33, to accept another position. 

./J -3 Alice A, Jfercoux, Bookmobile I, be- 
ci 15 e of ill health, 

I^annette A, Pepin, Tyler Street Reading 
Rcoifl, to accept a position as Librarian in 
the East Boston High School. 

Frederick F. Powers, Kirstain Business 
Branch, to attend theological school. 

Charles 0, Ruddy, Book Stack Service, to 
attend Bostcn College. 

'■Itcs Eunice R. Walker, Memorial, to accept 
't riition at Harvard Ifedical School Li- 

Transfers in Branch System 

Christine J, Celia, from Dorchester to 
City Point. 

. Ltrs Barbara C. Elam, from Jeffries Point 
to South End. 

Lois G. Goddard, from Adams Street, to 
Jeffries Point. 

Cannella 0« Lemon, from Allston to Mem- 
orial. 

Julia A, Lensi, from Mattapan to Adams 
Street. 

Mrs Margaret M, Sagar, from Dorchester 
to Hyde Park. 

!frs Gloria S. Seidenberg, from South End 
to Charlestown. 

ilrs Naomi L. Wayne, from Mt. Bowdoin to 
Codnan Square. 

Returned from Military Leave 

B. Joseph O'Neil, Periodical and News- 
paper Department* 



Patrick A. Kennedy, Senior Building Cus- 
todian afte" Ii6 ye'.rs of service. 

STORK EVENTS 

The ■'atest nember to be added to the 
Buchan .. clan - Tom and Jean branch - is 
Bradford Scott, whose 9 lbs, as of Septero- 
be ' 15- 19^2, made a most desirable addi- 

5n t the clan. Bradfo: i's mother Yra.,-; 
.'. for.u^r member of the s'.;.ff of the Cod. an 
Square Branch Library, 



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^fr and ¥irs Daniel Ahern have decided that 
Katherine Ann, who arrived at Richardson 
House on September 18, 19^2, is destined 
to be the pin-up girl of 1970. Mrs Ahern 
was a former member of the History Depart- 
ment, 



Add to the roster of Library babies the 
name of Pierre Foret, Jr., born Septem- 
ber 22, 1952, to Pierre and Jeanne Foret 
of Hyde Park. I4rs Foret is the assistant 
in the Children's Room at ffeittapan Branch 
Library. 



Catherine Margaret, daughter of Mr and 
Mrs George '"T', Nitchie, came to Boston at 
the Lying-in Hospital, September 2U, 1952. 
Her 6 lbs. 11 ozs. made a fine addition to 
the gallery of library babies. Mrs Nitchie 
was formerly a msmber of the staff of the 
General Reference Department. 



Roger William (3) and Laurene (2) DiRos- 
ario are fascinated by Paul LeRoy, 5 lbs, 
13 ozs,, wtio joined the family on Septem- 
ber 29, 1952. The children's father is 
William Di Rosario, Science and Technology 
Department, 

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CARE 
Congratulations ta'the CARE Committee 
for supplying the appealing contribution 
boxes. They should help to svrell our of- 
ferings toward this worthy cause. 



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MSS GORHA.M HONORED 

The Cataloring and Classification De- 
partment of the Division of Reference and 
Research Services alvrays knew Katherine 
Gorham "was a sterling person, but on Octo- 
ber second, she became pure gold when she 
celebrated her fiftieth anniversary as a 
worker in the department. Her fellow cat- 
alogers took this golden opportunity to 
present her with a gold circlet set with 
pearls. Flowers and a specially designed 
booklet made up in the Binding and Print- 
ing departments in her honor accompanied 
the gift. 

ALUMNAE MOTES 

For the fifth consecutive year the 
weatherman has cooperated by furnishing a 
beautiful day, September 27, and 80 Not- 
tinghill Road, Brighton, has furnished the 
ideal setting for the annual Alumnae Tea, 
JitLss Edith Guerrier, as hostess, was as- 
sisted by the same "caterers" who have 
served vdth her in previous years, i 

Those present viere: The Msses Kath- | 
erine F, Albert, Mary E, Araes'j M, Florence | 
Cufflin, Clara L. Maxwell, IJargaret I. 
^■fcGovern, Elizabeth B, Ross, Mary M, Sulli' 
van, and Rebecca E, Willis, Previous en- 
gagements nade it irapos.^ible for the fol- 
lowing to attend: Mesdames Ada A, Andel- 
raan, Edith H, Bailey, and Jiargaret C. 
Donaghue, Msses Alice M. Jordan, Beatrice 
C, Maguire, Christine Hayes, Carrie L, 
Morse, Katherine S, Rogan, and Geneva 
V/atson, 

After delicious refreshments v/ere enjoy- 
ed by all, and her 82nd birthday cake had 
been cut by the hostess, I'Aiss Virginia 
Haviland showed pictures of her 19^2 trip 
to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Isles, 

S.M.U. 



Miss Margaret I, McGovern* Branch Librar- 
ian, Emeritus, left for Florida early in 
October, and will make her home for the 
present at UlS Hibiscus Street, West Palm 
Beach, 



Friends of the late J.1rs Bertha V, Hart- 
zell will be interested to know that her 
son, Dr Carl Hartzell, has accepted the 
position as Dean of Cornell College in 
Iowa. 



Two alumnae have made contributions to 
The Question I'Jark totaling six dollars. 
One contribution -.vas given with the verbal 
comment: "with many thanks for The Ques - 
tion ?fark " : the other was sent by mail, 
with thij following comment: "I look forward: 
to the arrival of "The Question Tferk" 
every month, I find it very interesting, 
as it koeps me in touch with B.P.L. news 
and affairs. In appreciation I am enclos- 
ing a small contribution, which I hope the 
Publications Committee will accept." 

Editor's Note: The Publications Committee 



accepts, with thanks. 

Editor's Note 

In Accordance with the minutes of the 
Jiay 23, 1952, business meeting of the 
Association, the following report is print- 
•ed in The Question Mark , 

REPORT ON THE 19^2 
BERTHA V. HARTZELL MEMORIAL LECTURE 

Since the llay 1952 Question ?fark contains 
?1rs Beck's veiy able account of the Second 
Bertha V, Hartzell Memorial Lecture, de- 
livered by Miss Flora B. Ludington, on 
May 2, 19$2, this report mil be confined 
to the work of the Committee during 19^1- 
1952. 

The Committee vras finally organized by 
February, 1952, vriith the following meiifcers: 
Geraldine S, Herrick, Esther J. Leonard, 
Dorothy P, Shaw, Gladys White, Because of 
schedule variations, it was never possible 
for all committee members to meet together^ 
However, one meeting of a majority was held, 
and the ChairriHn kept in touch ;vith all by 
telephone and by correspondence. After 
considering several possible themes for the 
lectiure, the Committee decided to have it 
based on some phase of international li- 
brary relations and invited Miss Ludington 
to be the speaker* 

Most of the procedure from this point on 
was guided by the methods of last jrear's 



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coBBBittee. Invitations were sent to the 
special guests, also to a group of Mrs 
Hartzell's friends, whose names iwre sup- 
plied by her son, and to training class 



graduates who &re no longer in the Litarary fortunately it vas the day I had chosen 



Local library associations iwre notified, 
also Simmons College School of Library 
Science, Notices -were sont to profession- 
al periodicals. The l^y 15 th issue of 
Library Journal contains an announceoent 
to the effect that the lecture has been 
held. 



were also spending their vacation in Italy, 
and who attended the wedding ceremony, 

August 16, according to weather reports, 
Tias the hottest day in 153 years, and, un- 



f or my wedding-day. I was married at a 
Huptial Maes in the private chapel of the 
Count San Galletti, in Pisa, to Rino Onesi 
of that city. The priest who officiated 
at the ceremony was ny cousin Don Ouilio 
Andreotti. Since I believe that when you 
are in Rome, you should do as the Roraans 



The expenses for the Lecture were aoderJ do, I was married in the Italian custom. 



ate. Details probably belong properly in 
the Treasurer's Report. The total spent, 
exclusive of any charges to the Committee 
for paper and postage, is $UU.73 to date. 
This is partially offset by new contribu- 
tions of J*26.00, 

Future connittees might well consider 
the fact that Trustees' meetings are held 
at regularly stated intervals when setting 
the date for the Hartxell Lectxire. For 
two years in succession, the Lecture has 



rather than the American! In the morning, 
ny husband came for ne and brought me my 
bridal bouquet. There vjae no maid of honor 
nor best nan; instead, their places were 
taken by two male witnesses, the Jfarquis 
Leopoldo di Sbrana of Pisa, and Pierluigi 
Andrea Albrighi of Florence. 

The chapel is a tiny, thousand year old 
church situated on the left bank of the 
Arno River; it is so small it will accomo- 
date only forty to fifty people. Inside 



coincided with a stated Trustees' meeting, the chapel has been coated with the gold 



which has made it difficult, if not iak- 
possible, for the Director to attend din- 
ner with the guest speaker. 

The Coumttee is most grateful to all 
tiho helped make the evening such a sue- 
c©s$ - to the Director, for making the new 
Children's Section available; to Miss 
Somes, for designing the Invitation; to 
Miss Plneo and her committee, for provid- 
ing such delicious rof reshiaents ; and to 
many othors for their valuable advice. 

The Chairman wishes to express her 
thanks to every member of the Coinnittee, 
particularly to Mrs Herrick, who carried 
on as Vice-Chairman after Jlarch 28th. 

Respectfully submitted 

DOROTHY M: LOVETT 
Chairman 

MARHIED IN ITALY 



During the summer of 1951, while spend- 
ing niy vacation in Italy, I met wy future 
husband, who was a professional cyclist. 
The following summer, I packed my suit- 
cases again, this time with a wedding gowq 
hopped onto a T.W.A. Constellation flight 
plane bound for Italy; and was married 
there. I"^ mother accompanied me, with 
three of our relatives from the states who 



of the Incas, which had been donated to a 
Cardinal San Galletti, in the late l500's 
by several Spanish "conquistadores". The 
chapel was decorated with white and red 
carnations for the ceremony. Since the 
entire San Galletti family died out about 
the time of Napoleon, the chapel now belongs 
to the University of Pisa, and is cared for 
by an Italian order of nuns. The chapel is 
very rarely used and according to the 
records, my wedding was the first to be 
performed there for 76 years. 

Ify gown of chantilly lace was pure white 
with a train. It had a Queen Anne collar 
and I wore a lace crown with a fingertip 
veil. %. bridal flowers consisted of a 
small, old-fashioned type bouquet made up 
of tiny v;hite lilUea of the valley. 

We had an early dinner at the Hotel 
Net tunc Lungamo, Pisa, In the late after- 
noon a reception was held in Viareggio, a 
summer resort nearby. For ray honeymoon, 
I went to the Italian Dolomites, 

Columba Bartolini Gnesi 
Branch Issue Department 

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EXCHANGE EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY to several hundred guests. 

FRENCH PRINT S At the close of the exhibition in the 

Boston Public Library the prints will be 
Because of its great importance this ex— seen in Philadelphia, New London, Provi- 



hibition will contirue in the Albert H, 
?/iggin Gallery through November. This is 
the exhibition vfhose beginnings go back to 
the first post-war American exhbition sent 
to France in 19h9 for the International 



dence, Pasadena and other major art centers 
in the United States before their raturn 
to France in 1955* 

Interested staff lasrabers are cordially 
[ invited to visit the exhibition and may 



Exhibition at the Petit Palais, Paris. Ini obtain catalogues upon application at the 

19^1 plans were made for an exchange exhi-l Print Department, 

bition between France and the United .i 

States and it was at this time that % I ^^jhhhhhhhbh!-. 

Arthur W. Heintzelman, Koeper of Prints, 

went to France at the invitation of the \ CATHOLIC L IBRARY ASSOCIATION 

French Government to make definite arrangej- 



ments with the Comite National de la 
Gravure Francai?e. It was with great ex- 
citement that we opened the boxes of 
prints upon their arrival last spring and 
made plans for their exhibition here dur- 
ing October and November 1952. 

A luncheon was given by the Honorable 



The fall meeting of the New England Unit 
of the C.L.A, mil be held on Saturday 
October 18, 19^2, at 2:30 in Saint Joseph 
College, I7est Hartford, Connecticut, 
Luncheon will be served at IsOO p,m. The 
programme, arranged by Mary Alice Rea of 
the Book Purchasing Department, Boston 



John B. Hynes, I%yor of the City of Boston^ Public Library, will include Dr Frederick 
on October seventh on the occasion of the jJ»P» Rosenheim, M,D, of Boston, and Rever- 
inauguration of the exhibition as a recep- end Emil Manastersky, librarian of Stint 
tion to officials of the French Government! Basil's College, Stamford, Connecticut, 

Those planning to leave Boston by chartered 



Rea, as promptly as possible. Unit members 
both new and old, are reminded that "/liss 



which last year extended high honors to 

the American Exhibition in Paris and to j^us, are requested to gut in touch with ?!iss 
representatives of thr; City of Boston, 
Invited guests included representatives of 

the French Government, the Canadian Govemi Planning of the Teachers Department, is 
ment, the Boston City Council, the Boston j evur-anxious to receive dues. 
Public Library, the ^iuseum of Fine Arts, i 

and the French organizations in Boston. ^^a-'n-ii^^^A** 

Mayor Hynes welcomed the exhibition on be- 
half of the City of Boston and introduced SPECIAL LIBRARIES ASSOCIATIO N 
Mr Milton E, Lord, Director of the Boston ; 

Public Library, who in turn presented Mr I The Boston Chapter of the S.L.A. has 
Arthur W. Heintzelman, Keeper of Prints, j announced the officers for the coming sea- 
who gave a brief history of the exhibition! son, as follows : President - ?.ir Paul Ward 
and its importance in the cultural rela- j Riley, Boston College, Vice-President - 



tions between the two countries. ?iiayor 
Hynes then introduced Monsieur Francois 
Charles-Roux, Consul General de France, 
who expressed the greetings of the French 
Ambassador Henri Bonnet, and of the 
French Government on the occasion of the 
opening of the exhibition. 

Following the luncheon the guests vrere 
given a preview of the exhibition in the 



JJUss Doris Clancy, Bethlehem Steel Co,, and 
former member of the B.P.L, staff. Secre- 
tary - iiiss Irene Christopher, Boston Uni- 
versity, Treasurer - Ik- Charles C. Colby, 
Boston 'bdical Library, Executive Board - 
Miss Ifergaret A. Firth, United Shoe Jiachin- 
ery Corpr, and !&• Leonard J. ilacmillan, 
Boston Public Library . Archivist - Miss 
! Ivlildred Q 'Connor, Boston Public Library . 



Albert H. "iggin Gallery where the vernis-| Advertisi.ig I'lanager - Mr Ernest J. Crerie, i 

An F,J. Barnard & Co., Inc. Circulation 

Manager - lirs Ruth S, King, Baker Library, 
Editor - I.Ir Robert V', Lovett, Baker Librarjt 
Editorial Committee - Mr Thomas W, Connor, 
Boston Post, and lAss Margaret P. Hazen, 
M.I.T. Education Committee - iQ.ss Dorothy 



sage was held later in the afternoon, 
interested guest at this time vas Miss 
'^■'-.'nelia Otis Skinner, currently playing 
in Paris '90 , who also enjoyed a few of 
our lithographs by Henri de Toulouse- 
Lautrec. Tea was served in the Study Room 



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E, Hart, Arthur D, Little, Inc. Hospital- 
ity Coinmittee ~ Mr Thomas Reiners, Boston 
College. Membership Committee - Miss 
Marjorie L, Buck, Curtis Publishing Co. 
Placement Committee - ¥x Gerald L, Ball, 
Boston Public Library . Program Committee- 
Miss Arlene Hope, C.G.E., Boston Universi'^ 
ty. Publicity - Miss Mary Alice Rea, 
Boston Public Libra ry. 

The B.P.L. is well represented with four 
staff members, and one ex-staff member, 
among the officers. 

The meeting of October 27 will be in the 
Massachusetts School of Art, and will fea- 
ture a special exhibition of Indian cos- 
tumes arranged by Professor Douglas of 
Peabody Museum, 



the d«-nonstration deals with coraraon, every- 
day neglect and carelessness of which all 
have been guilty at some tine; and which 
cause 80^ of all fires in the United States, 

The part played by two live rabbits and 
the magic tricks performed by ivlr Williams 
delighted the audience. In closing, the.' 
•rabbits v/ere given to two members of the 
staff; Mrs Dorothea Morgan, Accounting De- 
partment and -Mrs Anna Scanlon, Book Prep- 
aration Department, 

We are grateful to Miss Janet Ballou ;of 
the Liberty iihitual Fire Insurance Company 
.for having made this demonstration possible^ 

J.W.T. 



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WOMEN'S HOUSE COMMITTEE 

ODE TO A DIRTY SINK 

For shame, for shame, this sad refrain 
Must appear in this month's paper 
'Cause leaving dishes in the sink 
Is the latest kitchen caper. 

We sigh, we cry, we beg, and plead 
But, alas to no avail 
We 'd like to catch these culprits 
And send them 'off to jail. 

We ask your help for cleanliness 

Please help our kitchen gleam 

So do your dishes suppertxine ' 

Be on the Library Team, 

B.M.S. 

FIRE PREVENTION VJEEK 

The new fire alarm system was used at a 
fire drill which was held in the Central 
Library on Friday, October 10, at twelve 
noon. At the same time the Boston Fire 
Department drill team presented its annual 
demonstration and drill in front of the Li- 
brary. 

On Tuesday, October lii, at 12:30 p.m., 
and at 1:30 p.m., in the Lecture Hall of 
the Central Library, Mr E. W. Y/illiaras and 
Mr Thomas Call of the Liberty "'ifutual Fire 
Insurance Company presented a demonstratiflOl 
called Fire in Miniature . Mr Williams, a 
author of several books on fir^ prevention: 
was formerly a chief of the Lynn Fire De- 
partment. Based on real life experience, ' 



LECTURE HALL BECOMES BANQUET HALL 

The Lecture Hall at the Central Library 
building vras the busiest place in Boston on 
Thursday morning, October 9 - or so it 
seemed. Carpenters, custodians, electri- 
cians, painters, and bibliothecal workers, 
were finishing preparations for exhibits 
that v;ere to be displayed at' the luncheon 
meeting that day of Boston's Back Bay Asso- 
ciation. Meanwhile, hustling crews from 
Sellers, the caterers, poured through the 
Boylston Street entrance and up the stairs 
with cooking equipment, tables, chairs, 
linens,' dishes, and silver. By 12 noon 
the Lecture Hall was transformed into a 
combined dining room and exhibition floor. 
Gone were the rows of hard-bottomed folding 
chairs J gone were the dirt and dust on 
walls and picture frames; gone, too, was 
the Lecture Hall's familiar grayness, in 
one sudden burst of cooperative activity. 
On the stage, in front of drawn curtains, 
were panel boards mounted with colorful 
displays of brightly jacketed books and 
recordings. To the right of the stage, on 
the main floor, a recording machine (lifted 
temporarily from the Open Shelf Department) 
was already playing Strauss waltzes amid 
the bustle. Directly in front of the stage, 
and mounted on a temporary platform, stood 
the head table, complete with lectern, P,A. 
system, and handsome bouquet. Along the 
walls choice prints were hung, 50 of them - 
Bensohs, Toulouse-Lautrecs, Daumiers, Muir— 
head Bones, etc, - Jfr Heintzelman's selec- 
tions from the Wiggin Collection, On the 
aides, too, exhibition cases, filled with 
some of the rarest of rare books, awaited 
inspection; in other cases technical books 
and periodicals of interest to business 



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men yrere assembled. At the end of -the 
hall, opposite the stage, Mr Mooers' book- 
binders had set up a "live" demonstration 
of hand bookbinding processes, and across 
the way, under a sign reading "Today's 
News - Tomorrow's History - on Itierofilm",] 
equipment and personnel from the Patent 
Room were stationed. 

Late in the Spring the officers of the 
Back Bay Association had come to the Li- 
VirsLly and had suggested the idea of a Fall 
luncheon meeting in the building. The As- 
socj^jtion, which numbers among its members 
pronsinent merchants, hotel men, insurance 
and bank executives, vras to provide the 
luncheon J the Library was to provide the 
progrkm. The Association would hold its 
first Fall meeting in a novel setting, 
while the Library would have opportunity 
to win new friends among influential 
people. Agreement on date and program 
quickly followed. 

By half ta.st noon Boston Public Library 
volunteer guides, stationed at the main 
entrance afA up the main staircase, began 
directing a "throng of good-looking profes-j 
sional and business men and women along 
the circuitous route to the "main ball 
room". In short order some 200 diners 
were enjoying %. man-sized meal. 1 

Representing the Back Bay Association at' 
the head table were Mr John Hill, presi- 
dent of the Back Bay Association and vice- 
president of the ^ew England Mutual Ins\ir- 
ance Company j Mr Lloyd C. Carswell, vice- 
president of the Back Bay Association and 
general manager of the Sheraton Plaza 
Hotel; and Mr Howard Nason, chairman of 
the Back Bay Association program committed 

Representing the Library at the head \ 
table were Mr Frank W, Buxton, senior 
Trustee; Mr Lord; Mr Connolly; and Mr 
Manning. 

The president introduced people at the 
head table, and four other members of the 
Library staff who were pleasantly situated 
nearby: Messrs Hensley, Haras zti, Heint- 
zelman, and Moloney, As principal speaker 
the Director gave a brisk, factual talk 
chock full of information about the Li- 
brary and relieved by a suspenseful narra- 
tive of the benefaction of Joshua Bates. 
Luncheon over, our guests elbowed their 
way to the exhibits and demonstrations. 
Some headed directly to a registration 
desk which had been set up for the conven- 
ience of Back Bay Association members, and 
signed up for their first Boston Public 
Library cards. All in all it tt-is quite a 



show, leaving both Library personnel and 
our Back Bay neighbors in a pleasant mood. 
The whole thing was a product of cheer*- 
ful, cooperative effort on the part of many, 
many people from all three Divisions. No 
one doubted that the Lecture Hall would be 
the scene of many more such activities in 
the future. By four o'clock the hard- 
bottomed seats were being put back in their 
accustomed places, and early comers to the 
Lowell Institute were gathering to hear 
their third lecture on "Ancient and Modern 
Man in Southwest Asia", 

F.X.M. 

NEW BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 

Fiction 

Brooks, Win 

The shining tides. 
New York, Morrow, 1952 

Buck, Pearl 

The hidden flower. 

New York, John Day, 1952 

Guaresohi, Giovanni 

Don Camillo and his flock. 

New York, Pellegrini & Cudahy, 1952 

Remarque, Erich M, 
Spark of life. 
New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1952 

Spring Howard 

The houses in between. 
New York, Harper, 1951 

Non-Fiction 

Caruso, Dorothy P. 
Dorothy Caruso. 
New York, Hermitage House, 1952 

Chambers, ^Wiit taker 
Witness. 
New York, Random House, 1952 

Dragonette, Jessica 
Faith is a song. 
New York, McKay, 1951 

Forrestal, James 

The Forrestal diaries. 

New York, Viking Press, 1951 



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Marek, Kurt W^ ■ ■ 

Gods,, graves and scholars j the story of 

archaeology.. 

New York, Knopf, 1952 

Overstreet, Harry A» 
The' great enterprise. 
New .York, Norton, 19$2 

Prescott, Orville 
In iTQr opinion. 
Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 19^2 

Shirer, William L, 
Midcentury joiirney. 
New York, Straus and Young, 1952 

Thomas, Lowell J. 
Back to Mandalay, 
New York, Greystcne Press, 1951 

Turkus, Burton B, 
Murder, inc. 
New York, Farrar, Straus and Young, 1952 

Wilmot, Chester 

The struggle for Europe, 
New York, Harper, 1952 

Non-Fiction - Library Science 

Columbia University. School of Library 
Service . 

Guide to the literature of science. 

New York, 1952 

Do\ms, Robert B, 

American library, resources. 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

1951 

Eaton, Thelna 

Cataloging and classification. 
Champaign, 111., Distributed by Illini 
Union Bookstore, 1951 

Jesse, William H. 

Shelf work in libraries. 

Chicago, American Library Association, 

1952 

Library Association , 

A century of public libraries, .1850-1950« 
London, 1950 

McColvin, Lionel R, ■ • 
Public library extension. 
Paris, UNESCO, 1951 • ' 



Malcl6s, Louise N, 

Les sources du travail bibliographique. 
Geneve, E. Droz, 195*^ 

Parker, Ralph H. 

Library application of punched cards. 
Chicago, American Library Association, 
1952 

Parsons, Edward E. 

The Alexandrian Library. 

New York, Elsevier Press, 1952 

Ranganathan, Shiyali R., raro sahib . 
Colon classification, 3d ed. 
Madras, Jfedras Library Association, 1950 

Wilson, H. W. firm publishers . 
Children's catalog, 8th ed. 
New York, H.W. Wilson, 1951 

Wilson, Louis R. 

The library in college instruction. 
New York, V.'ilson, 1951 

DEPARTIffiNT NOTES 

Periodical and Newspaper ■■....• c 

Capers at Aglio Acres 
On Friday evening, September 12, Aglio 
Acres in Hyde Park was once again the scene 
of a library party. This time it was a 
farewell party given for two departing mem- 
bers of the staff, Mr Richard Gidez, hav- 
ing graduated from Harvard University this 
year, leaves for New York to attend Colum- 
bia University Graduate School of Philoso- 
phy. I4r David Cotton has accepted a posi- 
tion with the State Street Trust Company, 

The staff of the Periodical and Newspaper 
Department, their husbands, wives and 
friends - numbering thirty-three - were the 
guests of Mr Thomas Aglio of the Periodical 
Department. Mrs Agile's table was set virith 
her beautiful Bone China and In^jorted Ital- 
ian demi-tasse silver. In the center were 
two cakes, one for each of the guests of 
honor, A buffet luncheon, highlighted with 
lobster and chicken, was served. 

The party was a complete surprise- to both 
Richard and David-,- each one thinkijig it was 
being held for the other, Richard was es- 
pecially surprised when he arrived and 
found his mother and father among the guest.8 
gathered at Jfrs Agile's beautiful home. 



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David and Richard were presented with 
fitted leather traveling cases as the 
staff extended them good wishes fo-r a suc- 
cessful and happy future. 

Among the guests v;ere Mr and lire B, 
Joseph O'Neil. Mr O'Neil has been on a 
military leave of absence , serving with 
the United States Navy for the past two 
years, and returns to the Department this 
month. 



Teachers 



The follo^ving is a copy of a letter sent 
to Ws Ifery Murphy vjho resigned recently 
to accept a position in Washington, D,C, 

Dear Mary: 



the beauty you sought. But, there's so 
much fflore, too much here to relate... 
things special to each of us... that we'd 
like to state. 

Your judgment and sweetness, ..all the 
friends that you nKLde,.,you were never to 
busy to give any your aid... to talk to 
Riccapdo, or to wait on late comers... to 
fan yourself through the heat of the sus- 
mers* 

You talked about diets and (a num) Indian 
lore... the Irish and Democrats and Profes- 
sor Moelher. and wondered why, after doing 
a week's work in a day, you were a little 
bit tired... a little less gay. 

Really, Mrs Murphy, there's so much to 
say, ,,vre'd go on forever,.. if it would 
make you stay. But we must be content with 
a wish for success. . .every joy and every 
pleasure,.. every little happiness-,. 



Sincerely yours, 
"US" 



BRANCH NOTES 



^'^'hat will ve remember. . .would 
you really like to know? Little things 
and little traits,. , You '11 be surprised ] 

they even show. Yet, they're yov. and what! P. S, Please don't forget us 
you mean to us,,. and we'll miss them when 

you go, -*^J-!i"!HHHHH«-«- 

The drawer you cleaned before each vaca- 
tion, ..earrings, a pair for every occa* i 
8ion« . .9A.rl^ reliefs and tea at Hayes 's . . , [ 
answers to qusstione that would have fazed i Dorchester 
us, ' 

The fuss that was made when you over** | On Saturday morning, October U, a group 
drew, ..the panic that seized you when a j of childrer^ all members of the 19^2 Sunnier 
paper was due,,. the day you thought sure a i Raiding Club, visited the North End Branch 
fortvine you'd struck, by selling a letter ; Library to see a puppet show performance. 
. . ,bu* no such. luck. jFor many of them it was a novel experience. 

The parties you planned and your natch- . and enthusiasm ran high. This was not 
making game... the people invited.., and the j lessened when the staff at North End served 
ones that "^just came", Thfi aspirins, band4- punch and cookies as refreshments to the 
aids, and needles you'd save. ..to chase j visitors. Reports from parents and chil- 
sway headaches.,, and itend dresses that I dren ever since have shewn nothing but the 
The books you'd track down for an J highest praise for the puppeteers and for 



evening of "leisure",, .Bertocchi, Frois** I puppet shows in general, 
sard, Adams.,, to reat at your pleasure. { 

The effort you'd make and the time you i ■* 

would spend... to make someone happy, to ' 
help out a friend. The folders and envel- 1 Jamaica Plain , 
opes we'd all gladly tear,,, for stamps that 



ilary would examine with care. 

The way you cut flowers , . .arranging each 



Two new centers of interest are a maga- 
zine corner and one for young adults, 
stem. Your name in the time book, ..a wave-j These are situated at each side of the main 
length, an "M", The delight you would get i entrance, thus filling formerly unattrac- 
in the Artisan's store,. .in looking and Itive, barren spaces. The focal point of 
loving and looking some more. You'd thrilleach corner is an over-size coffee table - 
at a Rembrandt, a brooch or ^ print.., or ; sans coffee, sans cocktails, sans cigar- 
a garden of herbs, of basil and mint, , ettes - decorated with vases of seasonal 

"■^Je'll never forget all the frames that | flowers. Current periodicals are effective-' 
you bought., .your house do-fm in Hingham.,, ' ly displayed on them, thus luring the t 



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patron. Into, increasing our circulation. 
Recent books-: suitable for young adults are 
in sreall -book cases in their corner. Thus 
■far both gtaff and public have been 
plea^sed with our two new "living rooms". 



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Jeffries Point 

Mrs Barbara G. Elam and Mrs Dorothy 
Hanna were guests of honor recently at a 
dinner party given by the staff at the 
Parker House, on the occasion of !Irs 
Elam's leaving to take on the duties of 
acting Children's Librarian at the South 
End and of Mrs Hanna 's transfer to Tyler 
Street. The enjoyable evening was cli- 
maxed by the presentation of gold and 
rhinestone earrings to Mrs Elam and an 
attractive blue v/allet to Mrs Hanna, along 
vd-th best wishes for their continued 
future success. 



Utattapan 

One day recently, a nine year old girl 
came into the Branch holding in her cupped 
hands one hundred and twenty-six pennies, 
the product of a whole summer's frugality 
and self-denial J These she deposited on 
the counter, and explained to the puzzled 
assistant that she had managed to save 
this sum from her allowance, in order to 
pay for a book her dog had destroyed sev- 
eral months before. Further investigation 
reveale;! that she needed only one dollar 
and t,wenty-five cents to settle her debt, 
a fact which pleased the young borrower 
immenselyo We were all delighted with 
this episode, and pass it along as an indi- 
cation that among the younger generation, 
at any rate, all is not yet lost 5 that 
there is still a spirit of responsibility 
tovra.rds and sincere interest in the public 
library* 



North End 

The present staff, together vflth a group 
of former staff members, spent a pleasant 
evening in the "Terrace Room" of the Hotel 
Statler on Wednesday, September 17. The j 
dinner was in honor of i'liss Rita Susi who | 
was transferred to East Boston in the springi 



Former staff members present lAiere ISrs 
Geraldine Herrick, Ifrs Rose Giella, Miss 
Dorothy Becker, Mrs Barbara Elam, Mrs iJarie 
Benner and Miss Tyyni Saari. The group 
decided that these gatherings were so pleas- 
ant that they would plan to get together 
more often for an evening of good food and 
conversation. 



Phillips Brooks 

The Friends of the Phillips Brooks Branch, 
learning that Congressman Richard Wiggles- 
vrorth would be at the local post-office on 
September 30, arranged for him to visit the 
Branch. There a group of the women met him, 
shovring their interest in this small but 
growing community, and their interest in, 
and participation in the projects at the 
Library, The Friends sponsor a monthly 
evening with lecturer, book talks, or pic- 
tures which is open to all, and it is hoped 
that Congressman "Tigglesworth may be able 
to come some time as a speaker. The ladies 
of the group who were here the morning when 
the Congressman visited the branch have been 
active in the Mothers ' Discussion Group and 
served on the Refreshment Committee. The 
Congressman was greatly impressed vri.th the 
close community spirit and the part the Li- 
brary has played in helping its neighbors 
meet for pleasure and learning. It ^,ra.s 
these same active young mothers who ran a 
very successful cake sale in Wolcott Square 
on September 27, a bright, glowing Autumn 
afternoon. The proceeds of this sale, 
fifty-four dollars and nineteen cents, the 
Fr iends plan to put toward a tape-recorder 
for the Branch. Previously this same 
group has given a motion-picture projector 
•and a record player which have made possi- 
ble many of our branch programs. The I6 mm 
projector has been used for afternoon pro- 
grams for the children every week in the 
vdnter, and frequently through the summer j 
and the three-speed record player provides 
music for lectures, readings for Great 
Books Discussion Groups, and a planned 
course of weekly music programs for a group 
of children. The librarians are formulat- 
ing plans for the use of the tape recorder 
which they feel will be. fully as useful 
and as interesting as the projector and the 
record player. 



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South Boston 



Mrs Anne P, Kearney returned to the 
Branch for the afternoon of September l6 
to be the guest of honor for the final 
get-toRether of the Summer Reading Club, 
She was warmly greeted by her many friendly 
both staff and public. Photographs of 
little Anne were greatly admired by all. 
Seemingly, little Anne has inherited from 
her mother both appearance and disposition 
As the guest of honor, Mrs Kearney, dis- 
tributed the reading certificates to the 
children. 



j With school once more in session, the 
West End Camp Fire Girls ' Clubs have begun 
their winter activities. Under the able 
direction of Mrs Margaret Lewis, Children's 
Assistant, meetings have been resumed. 
Fortified with their Indian motto "0 Ti Yi", 
or "Able to Accomplish" the children are 
enthusiastically planning the year's pro- 
gram. 



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CIVIL DEFENSE 



West End 

Volume XI of the Jewish Book Week Annual 
1952-53 carries a summary of American Jew- 
ish Juvenile Literatxire, 1951-52, by Miss 
Fanny ^Joldstein, 

As a token of appreciation for a talk on 
The Jewish Woman in American Literature , 
which she gave on Septeiriaer 22, at Hamptonjber of technical fields and was extremely 
Court, Miss Fanny Goldstein has been en- i informative, 
rolled in the Golden Deed Book of the Jew-j 

ish Memorial Hospital by its Young Women's' F.X, 

Auxiliary. 



Three of the Library's most experienced 
people in the field of medical and first 
aid service, Mrs Edna M. Follent, Jfrs Mary 
D. Farrell, and % Loviis P^ins, represented 
the Library at an all-day session of the 
Medical and Health Division, Massachusetts 
Civil Defense, held in the Gardner Auditor- 
ium in the State House on Tuesday, Septem- 
ber 23. 

Judging from comments of our Civil De- 
fense specialists, the conference was con- 
ducted by highlytrained experts in a num- 



Miss yiary Jo Littlef ield who resigned 
from the library service to be married, 
became the bride of Mr Robert L. Silberman 
of Chicago, Illinois, at a family wedding 
at St. Columbkille's Church on Saturday 
afternoon, October 11, 



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S.L.A. MEETING 



On Tuesday evening, September 22, members 
of the Boston Chapter of the Special Li- 
braries Association -were the guests of the 



j Boston Public Library, Mr Milton E. Lord, 
Miss Marie Hasty formerly at City Point,! Director of the Boston Public Library, 



has just been assigned to West End as 
Children's Librarian. 

* 

HEALING HANDS, a pictorial story of the j 
progress of modern medicine, is on view j 
from October 12-25. The physician's Oath j 
of Hippocrates and the Prayer of Ifeimoni- 1 
des are among the literature displayed. j 
Impressive and colorful reproductions of 
some of the human organs, charts, pictures | 



spoke on plans for the future development 
of the Library, and Mrs Muriel C, Javelin, 
Deputy Supervisor in Charge of Work with 
Adults, described the services of the Open 
Shelf Department and Audio-Visual Center. 
Following a showing of the motion picture^ 
The Story of Time, the group visited the 
Open Shelf Department and the Audio-Visual 
Center, 

Special thanks are due to Mrs Helen Hir- 
, Miss Mildred O'Connor, Miss Edna Peck, 



and books constitute this interesting ex- i son 

hibit. I Miss Mildred Somes, Mr John Halahan, Mr 

^ '■ Maurice Rahilly, and Mr Richard Waters , 

Mr Fred Hoppe led the discussion of jwho assisted Mrs Grace Loughlin, Chief of 
Henry W. Longlellow's works at the monthly} the Open Shelf Department, and Mrs Javelin 
meeting of the West End Poetry Group on j in welcoming the guests. The delicious 
Tuesday, October lU. i home-made cookies and punch, served by the 

-;f [members of the B.P.L.P.S.A. Refreshment 

' Coranittee, with Mrs ^Sarle Benner as chair- 



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man, were greatly enjoyed. Thanks go to 
the Refreshment Coininittee and to the many 
staff members who contributed cookies. 

, FLASH 

Announcement has been made of the engagej 
ment of i\iiss Cnirley Anderson to Ifir Rich- | 
ard Waters, both of the Open Shelf Depart-i 
ment . I 

I 

SOAP BOX I 

I 
Any contribution to the S oap Box must be! 

accompanied by the full name of the As so- i 
elation member submitting it, together 
vrith the name of the Branch Library, De- [ 
partment, or Office in which he or she is | 
employed. The name is vrithheld from pub- i 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- j 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribu-' 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is known only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in-Chief. 
The contents of articles appearing in the 
Soap Bo x are personal opinions expressed 
by individual Association members and 
their appearance does not necessarily indi 
cate that the Publications Committee and 
the Association are in agreement with the 
views expressed. 



To the Soap Box: 

My brother once told me that in some 
newspaper offices, a common remark went 
something like this: "You see those hooks 
on the wall? V.Tien we c&me in to work, 
that is where we hang our consciences t," 
We hav3 just been treated to an education- 
al deniyastration of how this school of 
jor.r:::.lism operates. Here are a few sam- 
ples tricks 01 the trade: 

1, T he Fait Accompl i c "Communist Maga- 
zine ax. Library, Board to Act Today on 
Thromng it Out." (September 23) Library 
officials and trustees did not throw it 
out entirely, then or later. 

2. The Half Truth . When the USSR Embassy 
Information Bulletin vras discontinued by 
the State Department, the Embassy notified 
their mailing list, as follows: "We re- 
gret to inform you that the USSR Inf orma- 



ti-on Bulletin has been discontinue^ as of 
No, 13 dated July lU, 1952, at the insis- 
tence of the United Stated Department of 
State," Period. 

The Boston Post in its issue of Septem- 
ber 2lt, said "...But the State Department 
■finally took action late in the summer and 
requested the Soviet Embassy to discontinue 
sending the propaganda leaflets and books 
to our libraries," Period, Note that both 
publications failed to tell us the reason, 
namely that our propaganda magazine AIJERIKA 
was no longer permitted on news stands in 
Russia^ (Only because the Embassy Bulletin 
was allowed distribution in the United 
State? were we able to send our own maga- 
zine into Russia.) Here the Post has used 
the same technique as the Russian publica- 
tion, and for the same purpose. They pre- 
ferred that we should not know the whole 
truth. Of course, the same press release 
that carried the story of the ban, also 
gave the reason. 

In banning the Embassy Bulletin, the 
State Department was acting on the same 
principle on which the library acts in re- 
i taining controversial material, icg., that 
I there is a balance of material presenting 
I all points of view. With the banning of 
i-AI\ERIKA, our communications line with Russia 
was no longer a two-'^way street© 

1 
3o No Space ? With all the space given to 

the matter of the petition, the Post found 
no room to print the five paragraphs of the 
Library Bill of Ri£;hts airi the six points 
of the Labeling re coiamenda tions, but did 
print a few q-iotes^ Yet tnese two items 
were the whole subject of the petition, ^ 
(October 2), Conspicuously missing was 
Point 3: "Censorship of books, urged or 
practiced by volun'Leer arbiters of morals 
c:c political opinion or by organizations 
that wciild 6st;.blisn a ccercive ccnccpo of 
Anericanism^ must be challenged by librar- 
ies in maintenance of their responsibility 
to provide public information and enlight- 
enment through the printed word." 

k„ Free Translation . Again in the peti- 
tion story, the Library Bill of Rights is 
described as f ollows : "In stating five 
points supporting their contention against 
censoring books, magazines or newspapers 
and maintaining books, magazines like the 
communist sponsored New World Review and 
the Moscow-published, papers. Pravda and 
Izvestia, the -"library Association said it 



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is a library's responsibility to have such 
documents on file." This is a free trans- 
lation of the first part of Point 2 : 
"There should be the fullest practical 
provision of material presenting all 
points of view concerning the problems and 
iss-ues of our times, international, 
national, and local." Of course, no spe- 
cific titles were mentioned, nor any spe- 
cific points of view. The uninformed 
reader was to get the inpression from the 
Post story that the sole purpose of the 
BLll of Rights was to urge libraries to 
buy communist material. 

5. Father-( Fox) -Knows Best Attitude* In 
the Post editorial "Label the Poison" 
(September 29): "'/ir Lord may protest that 
there are varying opinions on who is qual- 
ified to denounce a piece of communist 
propaganda as such. There are many citi- 
zens of excellent repute and scholarly 
attainments who would be very happy to 
Identify Soviet propaganda for the libraryj 
men and women who would stand staunchly by 
their judgments when the shrill but decep- 
tive communist claque goes into action." 

The stand of the ALA Committee on Intel- 
lectual Freedom on this point: Point 3« 
"No one person shorold take the responsi- 
bility of labeling publications. No siz- 
able group of persons would be likely to 
agree either on the types of material 
which should be labeled or the sources of 
information which should be regarded with 
suspicion. As a practical consideration, 
a librarian who labeled a book or nagazine 
pro-communist might be sued for libel," 

A difference of opinion. But the recom- 
mendations of the Committee on Intellec- 
tual Freedom, which were endorsed by the 
Council of the ALA, were arrived at after 
careful study and deliberation, plus a 
nation-wide poll of librarian opinion, 
(ALA Bulletin July/August 1951) The Post% 
opinions, on the contrary, must now be 
assumed to be just one man's opinion. "He 
(John Fox) has been considering buying the 
Boston Post J that would give him a mouth- 
piece," (Fortune, July 1902) 

Shall we Label? The Post, so anxious 
for us to label, might do a little label- 
ing on its own account, since by now the 
news and editorial opinions are hopelessly 
mixed. Perhaps they should warn their 
readers, "This is Editorial Matter, or 
Propaganda, not News," 



Note that after ascertaining that the 
New World Review was available at the pub- 
lic library, a Post reporter purchased a 
copy at a news stand, in order to prepare 
the story. Apparently it v/as freely 
available there, along with the Daily Work- 
er, Nothing said about censorship of news 
stands as yet. A clear indication that 
the Post is less interested in the avail- 
ability of pro-Russian literature, than in 
making an attack on the public library. 
TWiy? And what next? 

Winifred F, Root 



To the Editor: 

I know that there were some members 
of the Boston Public Librazy staff who were 
as deeply disturbed as I was that they 
could not honestly sign unqualified approv- 
al to The Library Bill of Rights and the 
resolution on Labeling which were present- 
ed to us during the recent controversy. 
We had a single choice - to sign or not 
sign; no other way was offered us to voice 
our protest to THE BaSTON POST'S attack on 
the policies of the library or to express 
our loyalty to the institution in which we 
work, I am taking advantage of the oppoi>- 
tunity which THE QUESTION MARK affords to 
present here a copy of the letter which I 
submitted with the unsigned petition from 
City Point Branch but which could not be 
accepted at the time s 

No one on the staff of the City Point 
Branch Library wished to sign the petiticai 
presented. 

I personally regret that I do not con- 
sider The Library Bill of Rights and the 
resolution on Labeling an adeqviate stste- 
nent on the stand -wtdch librarians shorild 
take in such controversies as the present 
one. Thus I cannot honestly affirm my 
belief in the principles as stated therein. 

I wish, however, to go on record as 
strongly opposed to the attack now being 
made by THE BOSTON POST on the Boston Pub- 
lic Library. 

(Signed) Mary Louise Oilman 
Branch Librarian, 
City Point Branch Library 
In conclusion I should like to present 
for consideration a statement by a distin- 
guished member of the library profession; 



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Ifr Ralph Ulveling, Librarian, Detroit Pub-[ 
lie Library, speaking before the American j 
Library Association in July, 1951 j, said inj 
regard to the second article of The Li- I 
brary Bill of Rights; I 

"The usual interpretation of this - no 
censorship of reading materials - keeps 
open important channels for one of the j 
enemy's important v.'eapons of warfare, 
propaganda. For months I have thought of | 
the incompatibility of this library policy I 
with my obligation as an American citizen ' 
and with the obligation of the institution. 
I represent which is a part of the govern-| 
ment itself « No American librarian I am j 
sure would ever admit that his profession j 
and his citizenship involved him in ir- i 
reconcilable allegiances u" ' 

Later, in answer to criticism of his re- j 
irarks, J% Ulveling said: i 

"My statement, I had hoped would not be ( 
interpreted as an attack on the L.B.R. but| 
would lead to some amplification or clari-j 
fication or refinement of the original I 
document to correct these misinterpreta- ! 
tions." I 

These brief quotations hardly due justice 
to the whole report printed in the ALA 
Bulletin for November, 1951 and which 
should be carefully read by every member 
of the library profession sincerely con- 
cerned with the problems of book selection 
and intellectual freedom. 

Respectfully submitted: 

Ifeiry Louise Oilman 



To the Soap Box Editor: 

Now that we are off the POST hook, it 
might seem belated and even anticlimactic 
to say anything about the attack we re- 
cently underwent; and wiser heads will say 
let sleeping Foxes lie; but such attacks 
are generally planned and premeditated and 
might be repeated. Hence this comment. 

A character in a movie I saw sometime 
ago remarked of this peculiar age of ours 
that the .human race must be having a ner- 
vous breakdown. This is the most charita- 
ble interpretation that can be made of the 
vicious attack on the first principles of 
our profession' as librarians' - if people 
like Mr Fox and his informer in the Li- 
brary may be said to belong to the human 
raceo I doubt if there were any people of 



even tht most elementary intelligence here 
at the Library who agreed with the POST 
position, but some members of the staff 
have personal gripes against the Adminis- 
tration and any stick that beats it be- 
comes an Aaron's rod. Many of us have 
areas of disagreement with the Administra- 
tion - I have one as wide as a western 
prairie myself - but surely it is obvious 
that the issues raised by the POST blitz 
transcend all personal considerations. 
The POST attack was an ancient abomination, 
beyond common sense and common decency, so 
it was sad and disheartening to see some 
people who should know better clamber with 
such unlovely haste on so creaky and dis- 
honorable a bandwagon. 

It was surprising to find a man of the 
reputed cleverness of !&* Fox accept such 
shoddy currency as the real thing from his 
informer. Has there ever been such a comr- 
bination of half truths and whole lies 
and nasty innuendoes and discourtesies as 
was dished out by the POST that week? Had 
Mr Fox sent one bright office boy to the 
Library he could have learned that the 
papers are not bought with city money but 
from a fund left by a different kind of 
American than either Ilr Fox or his inform- 
er; that the manifesto pamphlet was not 
specially featured in a display case but 
was one of scores of such pamphlets adver- 
tising the GREAT BOOKS courses; that the 
GREAT BOOKS program is not a Library pro- 
ject but originates from Chicago and is 
paid for by that organization; that the 
exhibit was not especially rushed that 
week but had been arranged for with Mr 
Manning months in advance , etc . , etc . Not 
even JlrMcD enough's resignation v/as honest- 
ly reported. 

We are librarians, not men of action. 
We are educators and guides, custodians of 
the Word, so we can only fight back with 
the weapons we have. I suggest we pelt 
our enemies with texts. The most appro- 
priate one I can think of at the moment is 
Dr Johjison's "Patriotism is the last refuge 
of the scoundrel". Other members of the 
staff can perhaps come up -vri-th others as 
gooda 

Having read in the past how very powerful 
can be the weapons of the poet and how ex- 
alted the poet's position can be: "The pen 
is mightier than the sword" (Lytton; "Poets 
are the unacknowledged legislators of man- 
kind" (Shelley); "The poet is a sovereign 
and stands on the centre" (Emerson); the 
poets are "Movers and shakers" (O'Shaugnes- 
sy) ; and "A verse a day keeps pigs at bay" 



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(Me), I cudgeled my brains to see if I i 
could make up some poem to fit this occa- | 
sion. I finally came up with one of 
which I am not very proud. It will be 
seen at once that this "poem" is remark- 
able neither for copiousness nor original- 
ity. It has only h words, the first three 
of which I lifted outright from litr Shake-- 
spears, and bverybody knows the last wordj 
but it rhymes and expresses a sentiment 
adequately; so until the other poets in | 
the Library come up with something better j 
I hope this puny heir of my invention vd.ll 
receive some consideration. Here's the 
poem: 

A pox 

On Foxe 

Harry Andrews 



To the Editor? 

Congratulations to the Editorial 
Board of the Question fc.-k for endorsing 
the letter in last month's Soap Box con- 
demning the Library's ■^-ction in removing 
from open shelves a "controversial" book. 
Congratulations, too, to Miss Jane Man- 
thorne for expressing so ably tne indigna- 
tion of all thinking members of the staff, 

G.M,A. 



Pear Editor: 

Recent salary increases among City 
Employees 's points up discrepancies exist- 
ing among the sub-professionals in the li- 
brary, 

V/hile cleaning vromen in city depart- 
ments, working a thirty-hoiir week, are to 
receive a salary of fifty-six dollars a 
week, sub-professionals working a thirty- 
five hour week, being required to pass ten 
exams and in most cases doing work requir- 
ing considerable training and ability, are 
earning the paltry maximum of less than 
fifty dollars a week. 

lie are not criticizing the action 
raising the salaries of cleaning women, 
but we are wondering how soon the library 
will take steps to effect a decent living 
wage for the sub-professional. 

Sympathetic professional 



Editor Soap Box: 

I was quite intrigued by a quotation 
from "Thus be it ever" in the last issue 
of The Question M^ rk. This quotation from 
Allan Nevins is "The Soviet System has been 
sharply criticizedo But the devotion of 
the Russian people is proof enough that it 
is ribbed with fine elements." I have ask- 
ed many persons vfhat they thought was im- 
plied by that quotation and they said they 
believed, as I did, that it meant that the 
Russian people were devoted to the Soviet 
System. Ncaf even ten years ago those of 
us who had read the basic materials of 
Russian Communism knew that an extremely 
small percentage of the Russian people were 
Communists and that the Russian people were 
not devoted to tne Soviet Systemc Any book 
or person implying that Russian Communism 
was anything but the rule of the majority 
by a ruthless minority would seem to me to 
be open to question as authoritative. As 
to many of the other selections noted I am 
sure they are fine and I am almost as cer- 
tain that they are contained in other col- 
lections. 

Furthermore, I do not think that in this 
instance there was any question of the 
right to "vrite or publish" which vra.s the 
basis of the Roger Holmes quotation. 

Many of us are just as concerned about 
"censorship" as such, as the writer of the • 
letter. However, we do not let ourselves i 
become emotional because some emotion- 
charged word is used until we have examined 
the situation thoroughly. We do not forget 
that even in disagreement, we must respect 
other rights - the right of a Trustee as a 
member of the policy making body of the li- 
brary, the right of the free press, the 
rights of individuals to agree or disagree, 
and in this matter a feeling that a collec- 
tion of a type involved (Open Shelf Collec- 
tion) might be governed by certain criteria 
not applicable to the collection as a whole> 

It would seem that the professional ap'- 
proach would have been for those concerned 
with book selection to have stated their 
concern in regard to the action involved 
in writing* for transmission to the policy 
making officials of the library, who would 
undoubtedly have taken the matter under 
consideration and acted according to tho 
best interests of all. As the writer of 
the lettel" did not r^.ei- t6 any pvi-ienae to 
tte contrary we must come to the conclusion 
that her concern was based solely on a 
nevfspaper story and not on an official pro- 



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nouncement of any kind. 

Sincere ly^ 

Mary F„ Daly 

^ i^dit or 's Not e : 

It may noc. be generally kr;oT"i, bat 
the Adult Bocl. Selection Co.iimiL"be3 on HA.VE 
August 28^ 1952, sent to the Director a 
protest regarding the Thus be it eve ^ 
ino_drjiit ■, 



BABY SHO^^rER FOR JULIE GURNETT 

On Monday, October 6, a surprise shower 
party v^as given for Mrs Julia Manninj 
Garnett; of the Rare Bock Department ^ by 
Mrs J&rgaret Butler of the Periodical De- 
partment ^ About thirty-five members of 
the Library staff and their families were 
on hand to dispose of some marvellous food 
(including lobster rolls) and watch ?!rs 
Gurnett open thirty-five appropriate gifts, 

NEPONSET BI(/-NGH NOTES 

October Ih the youngsters crovv^ded the 
Library for the first film program. There 
was plenty of enthusiasmi but not enough 
room. Everything available (chairs, . 
ledges, scrap baskets, and tables) was 
used but a great many were turned away. 
The lucky ones enjoyed the pictures very 
much. All are looking forvrard to the next 
showing. 



October 1^ the members of the "Suramier 
Reading Club" and their parents were enter- 
tained by Miss Madalene D. Holt and Miss 
Mildred Presente, As guest speaker Miss 
Virginia Haviland explained the various 
steps in the procedure of viiriting her book 
"'Tilliami Penn"c Some book games vrere 
played and then the certificates were 
awarded. The youngest and the oldest boy 
and girl who had read the most books were 
given galley proofs by Miss Haviland c 
Refreshments and a social time were enjoy- 
ed. 



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Come and "bring your friends 



Eefreshments will "be served 



Program ComnLlttee 

Nura Glo'bus, Chairman 
N^rgaret A. Morgan Sarah M. Usher 

Eliza'beth J. Obear Irene J. Wadsworth 



PLE/iSE POST 



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QM Volume VII, Number 11 November 1952 




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uestion 




THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATION 



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THE 



QUESTION 



MARK 



Published by the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association 

Volume VII, Number 12 ^ December 19$2 

Publications Committee: Barbara P. Cotter, George M. Pahud, Sarah Richman, Aura G, 

Watson, Edna G. Peck, Chairman 



Publication date ; 
The fifteenth of each month 



Deadline for submitting material : 
The tenth of each month 



EDITOR'S CORNER 

As we stand at the door of a new year 
and look backward down the corridor of 
time, we see many things within the Li- 
brary family that attract our attention. 
Time and space permit the consideration 
here of only one of these problems. 

A careful survey of The Question Mark 
reveals two startling facts: JT) That 
during the first eleven months of the 
current year 72 full-time bibliothecal em- 
ployees left the service, and (2) that 
the reason topping the list, as shown be- 
low, was "to accept positions elsewhere". 

No. Reason for Leaving Per Cent 

20 To accept positions elsewhere 27.8 

19 To remain at home* 26, U 

13 Moving from Boston ,..., 18,1 

k Entering convents. o^ ^oco 5e5 

k Entering Military Service..., 5.5 

h Entering schools and colleges 5.5 

3 To be married. =, o.... ...... 3 c. h»2 

2 To travel,.., 2.8 

2 No reason given 2,8 

1 111 health , loU 

100.0 

It is time for all of us to take cogni- 
zance of the fact that far too many of our 
young people are leaving to accept posi- 
tions elsewhere. It is time we asked and 
answered a few pertinent questions, or 
five years from now our staff will be in a 
sad state. Why are our young people - yes, 
and even some of those who have been in a 
a number of years - seeking positions else 
where? Are our working conditions too de- 
manding? Is the remuneration not compara- 
ble to that in other educational institu- 
tions or in the business field? Are our 
young people not given sufficient equiva- 
lents and credits - enough incentive to 
stay? Is there too great a lapse in time 
between their coming into the service and 
our recognition of their past record, 
either educationally or professionally? 

Do they grow weary in waiting and seek 



more lucrative and less deitanding positions 
elseTrtiere? 

Are we making our Library sufficiently 
appealing in salary, working conditions, 
credits and equivalents to attract vrorkers 
from other large libraries? If a chil- 
dren's librarian from Detroit should wisii 
to transfer to Boston, can she come as a 
children's librarian or does she have to 
go through the throes of examinations, de- 
layed credits, and work her way up from 
the botLom all over again? Aren't we being 
a little superior, perhaps too superior for 
our own good, in assuming that a worker in 
a library comparable to Boston cannot as- 
sume a position in Boston on a par with the 
one held in another library, given a rea- 
sonably short time "to learn the ropes"? 

Is our examination system too rugged, 
too inflexible j the examinations far too 
numerous; and the reward not worth the ef- 
fort? Are those in positions of authority - 
the so-called "bosses" - not sufficiently 
attuned to the needs of our staff? Do we 
do everything we can to help our assistants, 
to make their work agreeable, their sur- 
roiindings pleasant? Do we give them aid 
and advice when they need it? Do we do all 
these things or do we just think' we do? 
No assistant is worth his salt who has to 
be pampered but there is a vast difference 
between pampering and encouraging. 

There are rumors that- our staff morale is 
not too good. Where does the fault lie? 
This question naturally implies that all 
staff members are to some extent responsi- 
ble for staff morale. It is interesting 
•to note, however, that on the same day 
(November 2h, 1952) two well-known commen- 
tators noted that staff morale seeps down 
from the top, never up from the bottom. 
Robert C. Ruarck in the Boston TRAVELER 
said, "The fault is nearly always at the 
top. Something is basically wrong with 
the brass, high and low, if the ranks get 
unrulyo" Henry J. Taylor, over a national 
broadcast, stated in substance that the 
tone of a staff - in morale, work and gen- 
eral well-being - is always determined by 



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those in authority* Mrs Janet R. Quint, Allston, formerly 

Another side of this picture is the prob- part-time in the Open Shelf Department, 



lems created by the young people who "use" 
the Library to complete their education, 
accept scholarships from the Library and 
once educated promptly "fold their tents 
like the Arabs" - and scram. The Library 
is very generous nvith its scrambled sched- 
ules to fit the need of the student and in 
the granting of scholarships. Should not 
some measures be taken to protect the in- 
vestment by (l) offering scholarships only 
to assistants who have been in the System 
for at least two years and (2) requiring 
that these assistants who have been given 
special consideration for educational pur- 
poses guarantee the Library a set minimum 
of three years of service before seeking 
employment elsewhere. 

These are but a few of the many factors 
in a pertinent problem which should be met 
and mastered. It is easy to shrug our 
shoulders and say "It is happening every 
where, ev-en in industry"; it takes more 
stamina to square our shoulders and say 
"It can't happen here," 

The Editorial Board extends to the staff 
the season's greetings. 



Joan M. Sughrue, Registration Department, 
Mrs Mary T, Welby, Invest End, formerly 
part-time. 

Transfers 



Dorothy K, Becker, from Connolly to Tyler 
Street. 

Mary J. Bradley, from Parker Hill to 
Bookmobile le 

Felicia J. Langdon, from Bookmobile II 
to City Point. 

Margaret E. Lewis, from Y\rest End to the 
Open Shelf Department. 

Elizabeth McLoughlin, from Book Stack 
Service to Parker Hill, 

Helen S. Murphy, from City Point to 
Faneuil. 

Ethel L, O'Brien, from Book Stack Service 
to Book Preparation Department. 

Resignations 



PERSONAL NOTES 



New Employees 



Margaret F. Ambrose, Roslindale, formerly- of State, Washington, D, C. 
p^rt-time . 



Delores Costa, Bookmobile I. 

Barbara E. Cotter, Connolly, formerly 
part-time in the Tr.aohers Department, 

Ruth J. DuCharme, Trustees' Office. 

Catherine T. Duffy, Book Selection De- 
partment, Division of Home Reading and 
Community Services, 

Robert B, Flanagan, Fine Arts Department, 
formerly part-time . 

Thomas F. Gaines - Kirstein Business 
Branch, formerly part-time, 

Shirley A, Gildea, Information Office, 

Marcia I. Hale, Book Stack Service. 

Janice G. Lane, Office of the Division 
of Home Reading and Community Services. 

Margaret L. Iifahoney, Information Office. 

Mrs Donna C. Maxson, East Boston. 

Louise F. Miraldi, General Reference. 

Thomas J. Nolan, Periodical and Newspaper 
Department. 



Margaret R. Bowers, West Roxbury, to be 
married, 

Mrs Mary T. Delano, Adams Street, to re- 
main at home. 

Mrs Jeanne C. Foret, Mattapan, to remain 
at home. 

Mrs Marion D, JilacWilliam, Fine Arts De- 
partment, to live in North Carolina, 

Mrs Laura W. Nitchie, General Reference 
Department, to remain at home. 

Maurice Rahilly, Audio- Visual Center, to 
accept an internship in the Division of 
Library and Reference Services, Department 



Engagement 



A, Gertrude Barry, Personnel Office, to 
Bernard F, Doherty, Binding Department, 
October 27, 1952. 

SEASON'S GREETINGS TO THOSE ON 
THE SICK LIST 

Helen E. Colgan, West End. 
Mary V, Doyle, Adams Street. 
Rose Karaian, Branch Issue Department. 
Ralph H, Mann, Buildings Department. 
IJIary E. Mulvaney, Registration Department. 
Marjorie A. Obenauer, It. Pleasant. 
William F. Quinn, Buildings Department. 
Katherine G. Sullivan, General Reference 
Department. 



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IN !EMORIAM 
' ' ROBERT F. DIXON 

In the death of Robert F. Dixon the Li- 
brary has lost a truly faithful and con- 
scientious employee ^ For well over a 
pe.riod of fifty years he worked at the 
Boston Public Library. Always a loyal 
friend, ever ready to advise on problems 
that did not seem to have an answer in our 
daily chores , his counsel v/hich was al-vrays 
so rjght was indeed comforting. We shall 
m3.33 him because he was such a shining ex- 
ample of a man who enjoyed his work and 
the friendship of the men and women who 
worked with himc 

A lifelong resident of Boston- he attend- 
ed Rice Training School, Central Evening 
High School, and took courses in traffic 
management and related subjects at Boston 
College and Boston University. He was 
past president of the Employees' Benefit 
Association of the library, treasurer of 
the library's Quarter Century Club, past 
deputy grand knight of Boston Council 
No. 68, Knights of Columbus, secretary of 
the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Immacu- 
late Conception Church, South End, and 
founder of the first Catholic Boy Scout 
troop in Boston, at the Cathedral of the 
Holy Cross o 

A solemn high mass of requiem was cele- 
brated Tuesday morning, December 2nd, at 
10 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church, Chestnut 
Hill. A large delegation of his fellovT 
workers were in attendance. l.iany of his 
friends among retired members of the Staff 
were also present. 

William B. Gallagher 

TAKE A BO/lf 

The Publications Comjnittee is of the 
opinion that people are too ready to note 
the omissions and too prone to accept with- 
out comment the job vrell doner Web. lilse 
to have from time to time reports of those 
who without fanfare, even vdthout comment, 
have done an outstanding piece of work, in 
order that they may receive some recogni- 
tion even if that recognition is only "to 
take a bow" in Tli e Que d"'". ion MT.rk» We know 
that there are many staff members who do 
a fine jobj they would not think of doing 
otherwise. We cannot recognize all such 



excellent work but we can from time to time 
cite a few - just for the record - so that 
the staff may know that a job well dono is 
not always unrecognized. 

As the first recipients of this outstand- 
ing award. Ta ke a Bow , we would like to 
nominate Thomas J„ Manning and his assis- 
tant, George Scully, of the Exhibits Office, 
Those beautiful, yawning, vacant cases 
certainly offer a challenge to these two 
men. The exhibits they arrange are out- 
standing and a credit to the Library. 
Boys - Take a Bo w fx-om your fellow staff 
members. Yife enjoy and appreciate the fruits 
of your labors. 



Even before the above idea saw the light 
of day in The Que st ion ^'ark columns, the 
following, unsolicited coiriment was received 
from a staff member. The Publications Com- 
mittee is happy to "second" the sentiments 
of the contributor, 

A Salute to our Telephone Operators 

Once again v/e have occasion to pay trib- 
ute to our efficient and loyal telephone 
operators. These past weeks have been a 
most trying experien:;e for them during the 
noise and confusion cf the reconstruction 
of their office. Only a few realize how 
difficult it has been for them to carry on 
and give efficient service during this try- 
ing period. Again, w^ salute a fine group 
of girls. 



C.M.F. 



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Dear Friends : 



I want to take this opportun- 
ity to thank all iry friends at the Library 
for their kindness and thought fulness dur- 
ing my stay at 'the hospital. 

The many, many cards and flovrers I re- 
ceived were a source of much pleasure to 
me and Certainly helped to mke the days 
a little brighter. 

I am now on the road to recovery and am 
looking forward to seeing you soon. 

Sincerely yours, 
Ifery E, .Mulvaney 

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GREETINGS FROM MARY GOLDEN 
To my friends in the Library: 

Here I am in warm and sunny Miami, and 
it is December 6th, I've seen boulevards 
which boast of palm and flowering bushes. 
Poinsettlas, hibiscus, and other beautiful 
flowers run rampant. At night I've seen 
"the moon over Miami" and a small edition 
of the New York sky-line. I do not mean 
to gloat. I only msh that I could share 
some of this excellent weather with you. 

With the approach of the Christmas sea- 
son, there are many displays and exhibits 
in the shopping districts o The streets 
are all lit up with Christmas decorations. 
However, when department stores feature 
wollen gloves and socks, warm robes and 
slippers, I presume that they are for 
gifts to be worn in colder climates. 
Santa Claus visits here in an airplane 
since his reindeer-driven sleigh must have 
snow. 

The Question Mark will no doubt keep me 
informed of our library news, (I still 
refer to our library back home.) 

Many good wishes for a very happy Yule- 
tide, accompanied by my best regards to 
you all. 

Cordially yours, 
Mary Golden 

8Ul S.W. 6th Ave. 
Miami, Florida 

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GIFTS 

The Honorable Joseph Shields, Irish con- 
sul at Boston, presented a copy of Dorothy 
Macardle's book. The Irish Republic , to 
Lee M. Friedman, president of the Board of 
Trustees, on behalf of President Sean 
O'Kelley of the Republic of Ireland at a 
formal ceremony on Thursday, November 20, 
at 3:00 p.m. The inscription reads: "To 
the Boston city public library vrith every 
good wish and blessing from Sean T. 
O'Ceallaig President of Ireland August 8, 
1952." 



On Thursday, December k, at 11:00 a.m., 
the Reverend Thomas J, Carroll, director 
of the Catholic Guild for the Blind, pre- 



sented to the Boston Public Library a new 
magnifier called the Megascope, which has 
been placed in the Patent Room. Milton E. 
Lord, director of the Boston Public Library, 
accepted the gift. 

Father Carroll said that one of the rea- 
sons for choosing the Library was because 
he felt that many partially-sighted persons 
feel hesitant about visiting an organiza- 
tion for the blind or for other specialized 
groups. He also felt that the Library was 
easily accessible to everyone and because 
it is important that the Megascope be near 
a source of reading materials. 

"The presence of this new machine in such 
a public building as the Boston Public Li- 
brary vdll allow people to use it in read- 
ing library books as well as personal 
letters or any other materials they may 
wish to bring with them," Father Carroll 
said. He noted that the Guild vras among 
the first organizations for the blind in 
the country to finance research on a pro- 
jection magnifier, having contributed to 
research along those lines as far back as 
19U5. 

"The machine will free many partially 
sighted persons from a world of blindness 
where they do not belong," the priest said. 
"It is hoped that, being placed in a great 
center built around the sense of sight, 
this magnifier will redouble the efforts 
of these people to live in a sighted world." 
Father Carroll gave great credit to the 
Library for its cooperation in the project. 

Developed by the American Foundation for 
the Blind, the new Megascope is an out- 
growth of a machine originally made to read 
microfilm. It has had extensive use in 
technical libraries for reading microcard 
indexing of books and manuals. It magni- 
fies the print of a telephone directory to 
a height of two inches, and enlarges 
ordinary typewritten figures to three 
inches. Authorities claim that the secret 
of the new machine is that it maintains a 
reasonably good contrast between the 
letters and their background while magni- 
fying the letters considerably. The Mega- 
scope purchased by the Guild for the Public 
Library is equipped with both 12 and 25 
power lenses; the larger lens shows less 
of the field than the smaller one. 

Though most persons having at least 
2/200's vision will be able to read with 
the Megascope, it is emphasized that the 
machine is of no value whatsoever to the 
totally blind. Persons with extreme 
hyper-nyopia or advanced retinitis pigmen- 






tosa will be unable to use the Megascope » 

One of the benefits of having the magni- 
fier readily accessible is that it will 
allow many persons to determine whether or 
not their vision is such that they can be 
aided. Since the announcement of the 
machine in the June issue of LISTEN , an 
extraordinary number of inquiries have 
been received as to when it would be avail- 
able in this area. 

As explained in the June LISTEN , the 
magnifier, which occupies about the same 
desk space as a typeTTriter, is lighted by 
a l50-watt bulb, ilaterial to be read is 
placed type-side dovm on a plastic tray at 
the top of the machine and is projected in 
a greatly enlarged form (26 diameters) on 
a screen at the front « Movement of the 
material is controlled by a frame bar be- 
low the screen. Manipulation of this bar 
requires practice, and persons who have 
never read before may have some initial 
difficulty, but the method is quickly 
learned. In addition to magazines, papers^ 
books and letters, other flat material can 
be magnified in the machine. Textiles, 
coins, leaves, stamps and music sheets are 
some of the numerous things which can be 
used. 

OPENING OF NElr; CHILDREN'S SECTION 

The new Children's Section of the Open 
Shelf Department was formally opened for 
service to girls and boys on the afternoon 
of November 17, by the Director, Milton' E, 
Lord, who welcomed the guests and spoke 
briefly on the function of the room and 
paid tribute to the fine cooperative work 
of the staff in the preparation of the new 
quarters. Lee M, Friedman, President of' 
the Trustees, spoke on the life-long joys 
and friendships to be found in books and 
reading, and closed with Emilie Poulsson's 
familiar lines t "Books are friends. Come 
let us read." 

The pleasant room, inviting with its at- 
tractive color and lighting, modem com- 
fortable furniture rightly sized for little 
children and for their older sisters and 
brothers, gayly jacketed books arranged in 
reader interest classification, the dio- 
rama of "Alice in Wonderland" , and the two 
record players with multiple sets of ear- 
phones attracted many visitors that day and 
throughout Book Week, and made new friends 
and patrons for the Library. 

Elizabeth M, Gordon 



QUARTER CENTURY CLUB LUNCHEON 

On Wednesday, November 19, over seventy 
members of the Boston Public Library Quar- 
ter Century Club attended a luncheon in the 
Monaco Room of the Hotel Lenox. Milton E. 
Lord, Director, and Francis B. Masterson, 
former Trustee of the Library and Honorary 
Member of the Club, were guests of honor. 

After a very fine (and substantial) 
luncheon, enlivened by accordion music by 
Helen Ko I\4urphy of the Book Stack Service, 
President George W, Gallagher introduced 
^Ir Lordj The Director gave a short speech 
of greeting and enthusiastically endorsed 
the choice of the Club in having a luncheon 
instead of a dinner. From the large turn- 
out it" was aoparenty that most of the member- 
ship was also pleased with the idea of a 
daytime get-together. 

President Gallagher read replies to in- 
vitations sent to the members of the Board 
of Trustees, 

Our Honorary Member, Mr Masterson, was 
then introduced. He recalled vri-th nostal- 
gia his happ2'' experiences in the Library - 
first as a young employee and then, many 
years later, as a Library Trustee. Chang- 
ing from nostalgia to fervor, he spoke 
forcefully of the historic importance of 
libraries and of the virtue of courage and 
determination in librarians as a whole and 
in the group represented^at the luncheon 
in particular. 

Toward the end of the luncheon, J. Joseph 
Danker moved that the Secretary (Ethel M» 
Hazlewood) send a letter of sympathy and 
best wishes for a speedy recovery from the 
members of the Club to Robert F. Dixon, 
This letter was received by Mr Dixon a few 
days before he passed away. 

C kJ (G. 

FOUND ON THE EDITOR'S DESK 

Any resemblance to the original is purely 
coincidental. 

The book was so much better than the pic- 
ture- 
In the book she was a waitress, not a maid. 
And the man who was a cook 
Was a lifeguard in the book 
On top of that his part was badly played. 
On the screen she drew the blind while 

she vias working. 
But the story had her working as a blind. 



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Oh, the book was so much better than the 

picture, 
That I think they had another book in 

mind. 

(a popular song) by Mel Leven 

N.Y. Johnstone- 
Montei, Inc. 

STORK EVENTS 

Mr and Mrs Harold M. Kelley of Milton 
had the welcome mat out for Carolyn Ann 
who arrived at their home at 7 Voses Lane, 
on November l6, 19^2. Carolyn weighed 
7 lbs. 15 oz., and the beautiful bio^'ide 
tint of her mother's hair was evideu'jed 
among the darker shade which predominated. 
She also looks like her mother according 
to latest reports, Mrs Kelley is the 
former Joyce Rylander of Office of the 
Division of Reference and Research Ser- 
vices. 

■K- 

Mrs and Jeremiah Falvey announce the 
birth of Stephen Paul. Mrs Falvey is the 
former Phyllis Hoffman of the Director's 
Office. 

" SOIREE AT SHORE'S" 

The Library Party Goer's Association, in 
full company with their inner sanctum 
nucleus, the Beasts of Bates Hall Choral 
Society, svrarmed into the home of Elsa 
Shore in West Roxbury of a Saturday even- 
ing, bent on hilarity, songfest, and gen- 
eral fol-de-rol. 

The ostensible pretext of this meeting, 
(for all meetings of these august bodies 
must have a pretext for their ever-more- 
frequent occurrences) was the departure of 
Maurice Rahilly of the Audio-Visual Center 
to the U.S. State Department Library (for 
further study by Congressional Committee). 
To buttress further the justification for 
the call of this meeting, the steering 
committee of the Association cleverly de- 
cided to commemorate the tenth anniversary 
of the narriage of Louis Rains of the 
Science and Technology Department to Lee 
Rains (some, including your reporter, com- 
miserated the event with the latter) « 

After the presentation of the gifts ^ 



Moe got a shirt and tie (suited especially 
for diplomatic wear); the Rains', a silver 
ice bucket (enough ice capacity for all 
members at one sitting) - we were, on one 
hand, feted by Miss Shore's pleasing voice 
and guitar accompaniment, and tortured, on 
the other, by the vdld choralled laments 
of the "Beasts" who came prepared with 
original lyrics especially written for the 
occasion by Maestro Earaon McDonough of the 
General Reference Department. 

Somewhere in between, we ate of the won- 
derful fare which Elsa - your reporter 
doesn't thinl-; it necessary to say that she 
is "of the Cataloging and Classification 
Department, Reference and Research Divi- 
sion" - prepared for us. Vfe also made the 
acquaintance of a lovely belle j name of 
Miss Rheingold. Colored slides of Alaska, 
from which Elsa's brother, Robert, had 
recently returned, were shown and enjoyed. 
The meeting adjourned somewhat after 12Mo 
Since Mr Rains couldn't report on this 
meeting. 

Sadly submitted, 

Sidney Weinberg 

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WHAT PRICE FA^E 

In a child's mind the familiar is often 
synonymous with the famous. 

On Tuesday, story hour day, at the South 
End Branch, Mrs John Cronan was approached 
by one and then another child asking for 
her signature. After signing her name 
about the fourth or fifth time, she in- 
quired why so many children wanted her 
autograph. The child answered, "We have 
to get the signature of a famous person for 
extra credit in our English class," 

ALUMNAE NOTES 

Edith Guerrier, Supervisor of Branch 
Libraries, Emeritus , was guest of honor at 
a luncheon on December tenth. The "cater- 
ers" virho assist her at the annual 
Alumnae Ite-as were her hostesses at Salira- 
gundi's. 

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THE SPOKEN AND TOITTEN WORD 
BY STAFF ME.?EERS 

On Tuesday, November 18, Elizabeth M, 
Gordon was the guest of Nell Gabriel on 
Station TOMS, On Friday, November 21, she 
appeared on Domestic Diary with Polly Huse 
over WBZ-TV, On both occasions she dis- 
cussed Children's Book Week and the open- 
ing of the new Children's Section of the 
Open Shelf Department, 

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During Jewish Book Month, Miss Goldstein 
conducted nine radio panels over Stations 
WBZ, WEEI, MAC, and WOM with many dis- 
tinguished persons participating. In the 
November 28 issue of the Juvenile Jewish 
periodical, WORLD OVER , there appears an 
article on Boston and the growth of its 
Jewish community. It is gratifying to be 
able to report that the article cites with 
illustration the West End Branch Library 
and its Librarian, Fanny Goldstein. as im- 
portant and moving factors in that growth, 

Dr Harry Zohn of Brandeis University, a 
member of the Boston Jewish Book Month 
Committee, has just published a LIBER 
AMICORUM, Friderike Ularia Zweig on the 
occasion of her 70th birthday which in- 
cludes over one hundred congratulatory 
messages in five languages plus a poem and 
a wood cut. Many famous world personal- 
ities are included. In the preface Dr 
Zohn gives credit to Fanny Goldstein of 
the West End Branch Library for her help 
in editing the volume. 

On November 30 Miss Goldstein spoke at 
the Community Church on the topic of the 
JEW IN CONTEMPORARY POETRY to a very ap- 
preciative audience, 

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At the December eleventh meeting of the 
North Shore Library Club, held at the 
Houghton Branch of t}ie Lynn Public Library, 
Virginia Haviland, Readers Adviser for 
Children, spoke on the new Children's Sec- 
tion of the Open Shelf Department: its 
organization and its services, and review- 
ed current books for children, 

A CHRISTM/-.S SUGGESTION 

A year's membership in A.L.A. - applica- 
tions available in the Office of Records, 
Files, Statistics, 



PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

We had a very interesting meeting of the 
Executive Board on Friaay, December 5, 1952, 
At this meeting Mr Weinberg's motion to ex- 
pand the welfare clause of the constitution 
from the general terms to more specific 
terms in regard to wages and hours was con- 
sidered. The President raised the question: 
If the motion is voted upon, will the Asso- 
ciation have to file with the Department of 
Labor and Industries the same as other or- 
ganizations dealing in such matters? Since 
Mr Polishook, our esteemed Treasurer, is a 
lawyer, I tried to get a little free advice 
for the Association, Mr Polishook checked 
immediately with the State House and it 
was the opinion of lb" O'Neill that we would 
have to file. He offered to check further 
on this question. We then voted to lay the 
motion on the table until the next meeting 
so that we could have a complete report to 
make to the members of the Association, 

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It has been suggested that a committee 
be formed to work on the Book Selection 
Policy of this Library, Accordingly, the 
following members of the Association have 
agreed to serve on this committee: Marie 
Kennedy, Mt Bowdoin Branch Libraryj Edward 
Lahai, Open Shelf Department; John 
McCafferty, General Reference Department; ■>''-* 
Sarah Richman, Mattapan Branch Libraryj 
Loraine A. Sullivan, Science and Technology 
Department; and Harriet Swift, Rare Book 
Department, The names are arranged alpha- 
betically, because it has been decided that 
we will let the committee elect its own 
chairman, -;«-»-Dorothy F, Nourse, East Bostono 

Again we want to thank the Committee on 
Personnel Morale for an excellent report. 
The report was discussed at the business 
meeting, but it is felt that it could not 
be given justice; so, we have had it 
mimeographed and sent to each unit of the 
Library and incorporate it as an appendix 
to this issue of The Question Mark , It is 
hoped that all will get a chance to read 
and discuss it. Please send along any 
comments that you may have to make, 

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As many of you know, Mrs Edith Sliney 
Trocki, our Corresponding Secretary, who 
has served two terms, is leaving shortly. 
The Executive Board wish her well and ex- 
tend a vote of thanks to her. 



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RECENT PROFESSIONAL READING 

Oboler, Eli M, Congress as censor. Li - 
brary Journal , November 15, 1952, pp. 1927- 
30. 

Mr Oboler, Librarian of Idaho State Col- 
lege Library, performs a valuable service 
for librarians in this article by bringing 
to their attention those bills and resolu- 
tions introduced into the past session of 
Congress that would give the government 
the role of censor. These bills demand 
careful s tudy, and an intelligent reading 
of Mr Oboler 's article in which he identi- 
fies and briefly discusses six bills is a 
good starting point for such study. 

A rousing challenge is made by Mr Oboler 
to librarians to become very active in 
causing an awareness of a legislative 
trend toward censorship among local civic 
groups, editors and all those engaged in 
the communication of ideas, viz., educator; 
journalists, radio-film-TV people and lec- 
turers. 

Some of the bills brought to our atten- 
tion by Mr Oboler are H.R,6335, "to pro- 
vide that the Librarian of Congress shall 
mark all subversive matter in the Library 
of Congress and compile a list thereof for 
the guidance of other libraries in the 
United States"; H.R.6523, "to prohibit the 
transmittal of communistic propaganda 
matter in the United States mails or in 
interstate commerce for circulation or use 
in public schools"; H.R.7U3U, to bar from 
the mails "all papers, pamphlets, magazine 
periodicals, books, pictures, and writings 
of any kind, containing any defamatory and 
f-alse statements which tend to expose per- 
sons designated, identified, or character- 
ized therein by race or religion, any of 
whom reside in the United States, to 
hatred, contempt, ridicule, or obloquy or 
tend to cause such persons to be shamed or 
avoided or to be injured in their business 
or occupation.,."; H. Res. 596, which createc 
a "Select Committee on Study of Current 
Pornographic Materials". 

Kipp, Laurence J. Report from Boston. Li- 
brary Journal , November 1, 19^2, pp.18143-. 
This is a thorough account and objective 
evaluation of the recent attack on the 
Boston Public Library by the Boston Post, 
charging the Library with having in its 
collections communist literature. For 
those unfamiliar with the Post attack, this 
will provide a good resume'. Since the 
Library Journal has wide circulation, we 



can assume that librarians throughout the 
country will be well informed of the whole 
case. It is as an evaluation of the Post 
attack that Mr Kipp's article attains con- 
siderable value for the discerning reader. 
The attack is aptly defined by him as an 
"attack upon the principle of free inquiry 
within the library". Ife* Kipp would label 
the Boston Post attack upon the Library a 
sample of McCarthyitm, "The forces, the 
issues, the tactics . and the irrationality 
of the fight are n^/'; \y::c3ly ncr properly 
Bostonian. It is ci-p-jarent thab the attack 
was deliberately conceived as a part of a 
national trend, and its progress and re- 
buttal may well serve as a classic illus- 
tration for librarians throughout the 
country. 

Boston Post continues to heckle Boston Li- 
brary. Publishers ' Weekly , November 1, 
,1952, p. 1880. 

This article questions the Boston Post's 
motives in inaugurating its recent campaign 
against our Library, and cites the Post's 
point of view as "not wholly one of patri- 
otic indignation, for the paper has been 
reported as 'ailing' (Time, Oct. 20) and 
the new owner has seen in McCarthyism and 
library 'infiltration' a circulation- 
building issue". The Post's stand is de- 
scribed as one that would have the Library 
"adopt the idea that the best way to fight 
against a revolution is to make sure that 
no one is allowed to know at first-hand 
sl,what the revolution is all about" . That 
libraries should make it impossible for 
readers to know about coraratunism seems to 
the writer of this article "the worst of 
policies, against good judgment and against 
historic American theories". 

P. Moynihan 

IT HAPPENED IN 
THE OPEN SHELF DEPARTMENT 

lllhen several children wish to use the 
earphones for listening to music in the 
Children's Section, they are given numbered 
slips and must await their turns. Recently 
a boy about seven-years old took one such 
slip, and after waiting patiently for his 
turn, approached the assistant in charge 
and queried: "How long does it take to 
have your ears tested?" 

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M.L.A. FALL MEETING 
HOTEL SHERATON, WORCESTER 

Morning Session 

This session -was devoted to the field of 
science with two speakers bringing stimu- 
lation from educational standpoints and 
work that supplements that of librarians. 

Mr Bradford T/ashburn, Director of the 
Boston Museum of Science, used as his 
topic, "The Program and Plans of Boston's 
New Museum of Science", He outlined the 
plans for the development of the Museum 
which at present consists of the East Wing 
and the nearly completed Planetarium- 
Auditori\xm. He emphasized the fact that 
the exhibits now displayed in the one 
finished unit are representative rather 
than unified o In the final structure there 
will be a central tower with rest areas, a 
Hall of Man and Public Health, the libraryj 
and administrative offices above o The 
present wing will house exhibits of 
Natural History and the ?fest Wing will con- 
tain displays of Science and Industry ■> The 
whole building when finished and land-* 
scaped will be artistically more attrac- 
tive than it appears at this stage. 

The Museum receives no financial support 
from the city or state and has had to 
raise itself by its own bootstraps depend- 
ing on gifts, memberships, and admissions 
for the development of its expansion pro- 
gram. 

The policy of the Museum is geared to 
the slogan "Science Is Fun", and it is 
felt that a more understanding approach to 
the complexity of modern science will be 
achieved when individuals actually partici-- 
pate by pressing buttons or feeling the 
conduction of heat, and that they will 
also remember what they learn „ 

There is a fine popular scientific li- 
brary which does not duplicate the science 
research libraries of the local universi- 
ties but makes available scientific ma- 
terial to all interested people. 

Mr Washburn closed with the Einstein 
quotation found near the entrance of the 
Museum. "It is of great importance that 
the general public be given an opportunity 
to experience - consciously and intelli- 
gibly - the efforts and results of scien- 
tific investigation... Restricting the 
body of knowledge to a small group deadens 
the philosophical spirit of a people and 
leads to spiritual poverty." 

"Science and General Education" was the 



subject of the talk by Prof. Fletcher G. 
Watson, Harvard University, or, as he said, 
any one of several other phrases could be 
substituted for what was to be said. Prof. 
Watson reiterated ■vrtiat had previously been 
stated in regard to the need for a continu- 
ing education of adults in the modern 
world where such a tremendous body of 
knowledge exists. He cited the prejudiced 
view of science held by those vrtao shudder 
at the remembrance of college laboratory 
courses.-, IThat is necessary today is a pree- 
eutatiou of soien-lific subjects that will 
create an intellectual curiosity and an 
eagerness to learn about these things which 
touch every part of present-day living. 

The college courses themselves must be 
planned not, as so often happens, as intro- 
ductory courses to more advanced work, be- 
cause frequently the student does not con- 
tinue and has onl;'' the introductory course 
crammed with difficult factual material. 
It is to be hoped that courses to be offer- 
ed in the future to those individuals who 
are not majoring in a definite scientific 
field will be such that the knowledge may 
be related to the life work of the indi- 
vidual. 

Prof, Watson also mentioned the care that 
should be exercised inselecting scientific 
books. He warned especially against how- 
to-do-it books that make an after-dinner 
trick of serious scientific experiments, 
without a carryover to indicate the enor- 
mity of the implications involved. 

P.A.W. 



Luncheon Meeting 

Louis Unterraeyer, famous critic, poet, ■ 
anthologist, and editor, spoke on "The New 
American Arts''. "In the last fifty years 
we have discovered America, American arts 
have become American in the twentieth cen- 
tury. Previously we had to go abroad for 
our culture. Unless a painting came from 
Italy or France, it couldn't possibly te 
any good. Unless a musician studied in 
Germany, he couldn't be successful in ' 
America." As an example of this turning 
toward Europe, ?fr Untermeyer cited the 
Boston Public Library "built in 1895, they 
had to have a second-rate French painter 
Puvis de Chavannes do murals which are comr- 
pletely unAmerican and completely unartis- 
tic. To compensate for having a second- 
rate Frenchman, they had a second-rate 
American painter, Edwin Abbey do the Holy 



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Grail. It is so dark in the room, you 
can't see most of the paintings and some 
you can see if you lie flat on the floor," 

"But today there is a new American vjay 
of looking at things." Because his sleep- 
er came into Worcester early, Mr Unter- 
raeyer killed time at the Vforcester Art 
Iluseum - "a refreshing experience, the 
range of American art on exhibit was as- 
tounding. It couldn't have happened fifty 
years ago, Americans are beginning to 
look at their own country." 

'■You don't discover your soul until you 
discover your soil. Regional art, music, 
and literature came first. Walt T/hitman 
in his Leaves of Grass was a pioneer. He 
was considered commonplace. To an artist 
there is nothing commonplace. The hinge 
of my hand puts to shame all mechanlsmo 
Thsre has been a Declaration of Cultural 
Independence. It is apparent today in art,, 
literature, music, and architecture. It 
is an effort not to be an American. It 
took the genius of Louis Sullivan and his 
pupil Frank LLoyd Wright to introduce the 
American motif in architecture. The pat- 
tern of the skyscraper is American. 
Europe has begun to imitate America," 

■■'In music, Stephen Foster was a pioneer 
Our folk music, cowboy and hillbilly songs, 
and Negro spirituals are American. George 
Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' is as good 
a rhapsody as any by Liszt or Brahms. The 
unexpected variations speak of a dynamic 
America. Gershwin's ''Concerto in F' is an 
American concerto. It has an American 
motif. ''Porgy and Bess' is an American 
opera. 'Old Man River' is an American 
folk song. Previously our work had been 
patterned on foreign models, 

"Hemingway's bare and masculine style is 
American. Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Stein- 
beck, Mencken, Sinclair Lewia are all 
American writers." The best sellers of 
Untermeyer's youth were Graustark , Prison - 
er of Zenda , King Solomon's Mines , When 
Knighthood was in flower . Monsieur Bean - 
caire . They didn't happen here, Romance 
was something that happened where you 
weren't. Now Bob Hope is playing Monsieur 
Beaucaire in the movies. 



Mr Untermeyer, after concluding his talk, 
offered to answer questions. 

"■What effect is Television going to have?" 

"Television is a potent competitor. 
People are reading less, thinking less, and 
talking less. It is making hjrpocrites out 
of us because we say we bought it for the 
kiddies. Eventually it may lift our cul- 
tural level one rung." 

Francis X. Moloney of the Boston Public 
Library invited Sir Untermeyer to view the 
Abbey paintings in their new light. He 
also invited him to the Print Department 
which that very afi.ernoon -was opening a 
display of the work of Frank Benson, 
American artist, 

G.S.H, 



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FIFTH ANNUAL CAROLINE M. HBYINS LECTIBE 

The Round Table of Children's Librarians, 
in their afternoon meeting, with Miss 
Pauline Winnick as Chairnan, presented !frs 
Elinor Whitney Field as fifth Hewins .Lec- 
turer, Her delightful paper on "The Neigh- 
borhood Stories of Adeline Dutton Train 
Whitney" was read by Mr William Field, (It 
is interesting to note that Mrs A.D.T, 
■"Wiitney was grandmother of both Mr and Ifrs 
Field, who married as cousins.) 

Mrs Field began her paper on these widely 
read stories, written 1865-1901, by compar- 
ing them with some contemporary books for 
children, especially with Susan Warner's 
WIDE, WIDE WORLD, in which there was a 
similar "concern over things of the spirito" 

Speaking of Mrs T.Tiitney's personality and 
character, Mrs Field mentioned her sense of 
fun which v«as reflected in the "wit and 
repartee" in her books and "her happy art 
of breaking up^dife into rainbows".., with 
words that helped to "solve her readers ' 
needs". Her Ladies Home Journal advice to 
women made clear her views on the importance 
of home living (versus the career outside). 
She considered that only for Sunday School 
teaching, or for sewing or nursing, if 
necessary to make a living, should a woman 
work outside the home. Quiet living and 
neighborliness were ever emphasized in her 
writing. 

Referring often to FAITH GARTNEY'S GIRI^ 
HOOD, to A SUM,IER IN LESLIE GOLDTHWAITE'S 
LIFE and THE GATTORTHYS, especially, among 



We have matured 
because we can look at it and say this is 
to laugh at. We are out of our swadling 
clothes , 

"We are on the threshold of a golden age 
of literature. In every art there is the 
indication that we are at the golden age 
of American culture. We are fortunate to (the twenty or so books written by Mrs TThit- 
be alive at this unusual time." ney, Mrs Field quoted from admiring letters. 



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cominents, and book reviews - from such 
well-known persons as Sarah Ome Jewett, 
Henry James, and I'irs Charles Kingsleyo 
Magazines reviewed her books - with di- 
verse opinions. Concerning THE GAYWORTHYS 
one reviewer claimed that it was "a book 
that will exercise power over readers... 
The writer is a great public benefactor." 
On the other hand, Henry James clearly 
recognised in liirs Vfhitney's vo-iting her 



that 'after the church and the school, the 
free public library is the most effective 
influence for good in America.' He must 
agree with Nicholas Murray Butler that 
•our universities, our colleges, and our 
schools leave education vinfinished'; and 
that we need to train our people in the use 
of the public library. His ideas should 
coincide with those of a Michigan trustee 
who says that 'the modern library is an in- 



sentiment and sermonizing. ' Of the polular-tricate business and requires efficient 



ity of Mrs Whitney's books there is no 
doubt J over 1U,000 copies were sold of 
FAITH GARTNEY'S GIRLHOOD, and THE GAY- 
YfORTHYS was published simultaneously in 
the United States and England. 

Mrs Field's sympathetic study, filled 
with humor and understanding of the author 



trustees to act as its board of directors; 
not to run it, but to see that it is proper- 
ly conducted; not to manage it but to get 
it managed in the best possible way. ' 

"The type of trustee most needed in our 
public libraries today is the man or woman 
who appreciates the change that has taken 



and her period and v»ith interesting side- | place in library se"vice in the last half- 
li.^hts on her local background and friends] century - and who bases his library plans 
is a worthy contribution to the series of {and theories en the fact of change rather 
Hewins Lectures, established by Mr than on the hope of keeping things as they 
Frederick Melcher and sponsored by the 'are. Remember there is a sound school of 
Round Table of Children's Librarians. Mrs i thought iriiich operate on the principle that 
Field, who lives in J'Ulton, is an Associat^if your efforts are criticized, you must 
Editor of the Horn Book Magazine; author ihave done something worthwhile <> 



of TOD OF THE FENS, TRY ALL POr.TS, a.id 
other books for children; and joint com- 
piler, with Mrs Bertha Mahony Miller, of 
REALMS OF GOLD, FIVE YEARS OF CIIILEREN'S 
BOOKS, and ILLUSTRATORS OF CHILDREN'S BOOS 

V.H. 

•iH«-«-?HH«-^HB«- 

A REPRINT FROM 
THE MILTON RECORD 
Friday, November 7, 1952 

Library Trustees Entertain Region 



I 
The Trustees of the Mlton Public Librarji' 

recently entertained trustees of libraries 
in this region at a meeting at the Central 
Library. 

The theme of the evening's discussion was 
"The Library Trustee and Local Government". 
Ifrs V, Genevieve Galick^ Director of Field 
Services of the J/kssachusetts Department 
of Education, Division of Library Exten- 
sion, spoke on this topic. She said in 



"Good social and educational institutions 
do not grow in a vacuum: neither do they 
thrive on past glcry or can they be taken 
for granted. They need sufficient financial 
-support and physical facilities sufficient 
to enable them to do a good job, I do not 
need to say any more than that the budget 
is the key to successful financial admin- 
istration of a librarys 

"The most important and stiff est assign- 
ment of anyone accepting the responsibility 
of libraiy trusteeship is the securing of 
adeq\iate funds for his library - dedicating 
himself to a pledge that his library will 
not be a financial step-child of the com- 
munity." 



be more than a reservoir of books or a mere New York, Dutton, 1952 
resource agency of inf onmtion. Dean, Robert G 



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NEW BOOKS IN THE STAFF LIBRARY 



Fiction 



The Best American short stories and the 
Year-book of the American short story, 1952. 
Boston, Houghton ififflin, 1952 
part "...the library in a modern sense raustJBest detective stories of the year. 



"Today's libraries are in process of 
rapid change. The trustees who realize the 



scope of library planning for the world to-JDe La Roche, Mazo 



day should believe with Theodore Roosevelt 



A gambit for Mr Groode, 
New York, Dutton, 1952 



A boy in the house, and other stories, 
Boston, Little, Brown, 1952. 



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Salinger, Jerome D. 

The catcher in the rye. 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1952 
Vidal, Gore 

A search for the King, 

New York, Dutton, 19^0 

Non-Fiction 

Davis, Hassoldt 

The jungle and the damned. 

New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 19^2 
Hynd, Alan 

Murder » 

New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1952 
Leeming, John F. 

The natives are friendlye 

New York, Dutton, 1952 
Peterson, Virgil W, 

Barbarians in our midst, 

Boston, Little, Brown, 1952 
Prychodko, Nicholas 

One of the fifteen million, 

Boston, Little Brown, 1952 
Saroyan, William 

The bicycle rider in Beverly Hills. 

New York, Scribner, 1952 
Weyl, Nathaniel 

The battle against disloyalty. 

New York, Crowell, 1951 

Non-Fiction - Library Science 

Bliss, Henry E, 
A bibliographic classification, 2d ed. 
New York, Wilson, 1952 

BRANCH NOTES 

Connolly 

Announcement has been made of the en- 
gagement of Patience-Anne C, V'/illiams, to 
Mortimer Lenk of Boston, The wedding is 
scheduled for January, 1953. 

We welcome back Mrs Miriam B, Hannon, 
after a recent operation. 

On Tuesday afternoon, December 2, mem- 
bers of the staff tendered a tea in honor 
of Dorothy K, Becker, who was transferred 
to the Tyler Street Reading Room, Decem- 
ber 3 J 1952, Delicious cake and cookies 
were enjoyed by all and a lovely gift was 
presented to Miss Becker, along with best 
wishes for her continued future success. 



Dorchester 

On Sunday evening, November 23, Margaret 
Morgan had as guests at her home the staff 
and also Amelia JfcCauiey, Mr and l\trs Sagar, 
Mrs P, A. Vacca, and llir A, P, Frederick, 
A most interesting and enjoyable entertain- 
ment was provided by the colored travel 
films which Miss Morgan took on her recent 
trip abroad. Even though these were 
"silent movies". Miss Morgan made them 
lively by her running comments on various 
scenes and events, so that her guests felt 
as though they had actually been present 
themselves. Assisting her in entertaining 
were Miss Morgan's mother, Mrs Jessie Mor- 
gan, who accompanied her on her trip, and 
her sister, Mrs Joseph McDonald, Delicious 
refreshments were served. The group pre- 
sented their hostess with a Japanese dish 
garden. 

East Boston 



Tuesday, November l8/was a history-making 
day. On this afternoon, Mrs Sydney Taylor, 
author of the prize-winning book "All-of-a- 
Kind Family" was guest speaker at a special 
Book Week program. She delighted a large 
audience of exuberant children by telling 
how she wrote her book. After reading the 
first chapter of it which dealt with a lost 
library book, she drew them into the pro- 
gram with play-acting games, ISrs Taylor's 
talk was recorded on the new tape recorder, 
presented the previous Thursday evening by 
the Friends of the East Boston Branch Li- 
brary, This was the first official use of 
the new gift and the excellent recording 
will be kept as a permanent record of the 
memorable afternoon when the library had 
its first guest author. After the program 
ended, the staff had an opportunity to 
meet J/Irs Taylor and Miss Fanny Goldstein 
who had arranged Mrs Taylor's visit to 
Boston, while coffee and frosted cookies 
were served in the staff room. 

Hyde Park 

Would you like to see a little house sur- 
rounded by two little apple trees, a fence, 
and in the yard Hansel and Gretel with two 
geese and chickens - and all made of candy 
and cookies? Then come to Hyde Park , 
Miss Ella Adams has made the most delicious 
cottage with a roof of brightly colored 
gum drops, a block sugar chimney with a 
green frosting vine climbing to the top and 
a front door complete with a candy rose 
vine, and sitting on the steps a tiny 
doorraouse. The walk to the house is out- 



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lined in colored Jordan almonds and at ths' actual celebration of this annual event 



side of the house stands a delectable 
cooky Christmas tree. Not only are chil- 
dren enjoying the exhibit, which is in a 
glass ease in the children's room, but 
also men and women are coming in to see 
the charming confection. 

Jamaica Plain 

The first fall meeting of the Friends of 
the Jamaica Plain Branch Library was held 
Monday, November 17a The Friends and 
Staff were fortunate in securing Dorothy 
Wayraan, author of David I» Walsh , as their 
speaker, to open the current year, llrs 
Tfeyman held her audience not only by her 
subject material, "How a biography is 
written" , but by her own quiet charm. 
Coffee, cakes and enthusiastic conversaticn 
rounded out a successful evening, fore- 
runner of others to come, 

Mattapan 

Mattapan Branch has been fortunate in 
being able to display during Jewish Book 
Month a beautifully mounted collection of 
book-plates assembled by Philip Goodman of 
New York Citya The exhibit consists of 
book-plates which were designed for indi- 
vidual Jewish book owners, or which use 
Jewish or Hebrew symbols or lettering. An 
article written by j'lr Goodman which accom- 
panies the exhibit numbers his collection 
of book-plates around 700, but only the 
most representative designs were chosen 
for this traveling exhibit which is tour- 
ing the covintry under the auspices of the 
Jewish Center Lecture Bureau of New York. 

■«■ 
Our children's librarian. Miss Kaufman, 
some little while ago, instructed a fifth- 
grade class in the use of the library cat- 
alog. In response to her lesson, she re- 
ceived from one of the little girls in the 
class the following note, which we offer 
without comment* 
"Dear Miss Kaufman, 

I never dreamed of having such a 
lovely time at the library as I had yes- 
terday. Now I think it is more fun to 
find my own books instead of asking you 
or the librarian that is there. From 
now on I think I am going to have more 



began during the week of November 10 with 
the Hobby Exhibi^r of crafts and collections 
loaned by individual children, plus a com- 
posite display from both the George T. 
Angell School and the Roxbury Neighborhood 
House. On November 13, Jennie D. Lindquist 
of the Horn Book, Inc. unfolded the story 
of how a book is published to a group of 
sixty boys and girls who examined the 
samples of the old Horn Book, type, galleys, 
signatures, and unbound books. On Novem- 
ber 17, Richard T. Flood, author of ' Pass 
the Puck and Fighting Southpaw talked 



to a smaller but equally interested audi- 
ence about his writing career and his 
forthcoming books. Quiz-Down, in which 
selected children answer questions on books 
they have read, attracted a near capacity 
crowd of 100, on November l8. On Novem- 
ber 19 3 J'i's Ruth Viguers told three entranc- 
ing stories to an audience of over one hun- 
dred children. Jfrs Freer, Children's Li- 
brarian, reviewed the representative books 
of 1952, on November 20, and the sixty 
children who attended this "Parade of Books" 
program played the game of "Magic Letters" 
which entitled them to borrow or reserve 
one of these titles, A surprise treat on 
the program were brief talks on "My Hobby" 
by three children who had crafts on exhibi- 
tion, Elizabeth Yates, author of Once in 
the Year , H aven for the Brave and many 



Mt Pleasant 



Boys and girls of all ages crowded into 
the branch library to attend programs every publicity agents, hosts to guests, intro-^ 



day during Book Week, November 16-22. The 



other popular books both for adults and 
children, told a capacity audience the 
story behind the story of her 1901 Newbury 
Aw3.rd book Amos Fortune, Free Man . 

The library was gay with orange streamers 
on which were hung jackets of the 1952 
books. The wall decorations of aqua and 
sand colored paper featured the word '♦Book" 
in various languages of the world. The 
table display of books, and the display of 
children's writings on the Book Week Theme 
were very popular. 

Children viere pleased to be our "guests 
of honor" on their Grade Days. The first 
fifty Y/ho borrowed books wore Book Week 
souvenir booklets as positive proof to the 
community that "Reading is Fun"9 

The Book Week Committee of boys and girls. 
Grades 5-8, were to a great extent respon- 
sible for the success of this year's cele- 



fun finding the books than reading them."|bration. These children decorated the li- 
brary, arranged the Hobby Exhibit and dis- 
plays of books and compositions, organized 
seating, distributed souvenirs, acted as 



duced and thanked speakers, participated in 



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discussion with speakers during the pro- 
gram, and restored normal library atmos- 
phere when all activities were over. 

Neponset 

Th^3 Library celebrated its fifth birth- 
day (at its present location) Monday even- 
ing December 1, 1952 v»rith an Open House 
for Adults. The guest speaker Edna G. 
Peckj Chief of Book Selection for Home Read' 
ing Services, was introduced by Madalene D 
Holt, Branch Librarian, ani entertained the 
group with a talk on recent books. The 
group then met Miss Peck to thank her and 
ask for more information, A special guest, 
Miss Ellen Petersen, Branch Librarian at 
the North End Branch Library, was in 
charge at the Neponset Branch Library when 
it opened at this location in 19U7» Mem- 
bers of the staff served refreshments o 
The table was very attractive mth its 
centerpiece of white chrysanthemioms and 
the birthday cake with its five lighted 
candles. Miss Holt received many expres- 
sions of thanks as the guests departed. 

A display of dolls (mostly foreign) dur- 
ing the last month has caused much commentc 
They were loaned by Katherine K. Kelly, 
Mildred Presente, and Madalene Do Holt of 
the Branch staff and Janice Walsh and Anne 
Lynan, two young patrons of the library. 

Roslindale 

On November 6th, the staff attended the 
Silver Wedding Anniversary party of their 
fellow staff membtr, Mrs Ruth Wall. 
Chatting, dancing, and refreshments com- 
bined to make a most enjoyable celebration, 
Decorations were carried out in silver and 
white, and added to these was the surprise 
presentation to Ruth by her husband of a 
lovely bouquet of chrysanthemums bearing 
a shower of silver dollars. Among the 
many gifts received by the Walls was a set 
of silver given by the Roslindale Staff » 

West End 

Jewish Book Month was celebrated this 
year from November 7 through December 7. 
As in former years, the Branch Library 
took an active part in its observance and 
held various exhibits and lectures to 
honor its phenomenal growth since its 
birth a little over a quarter of a century 
ago. 

The exhibits this year marked a high 
point both in their unusual content and in 
the amount of interest they aroused, Ona 



featured the best and newest items in the 
field of Judaica books, pamphlets and 
periodicals. Although the greatest part 
was in English, there was also for the 
first time a group of books and periodicals 
in Hebrew, which were printed in Is real. 
This Hebrew material consisted of the lit- 
erary fruits of important contemporary 
Israeli writers, of well-known literary 
works, originally written in English, 
Scandinavian, French and German in Hebrew 
translations. 

The s econd exhibit was one devoted to a 
collection of book plates of Jewish inter- 
est. The term "Jewish interest" includes 
book plates which featured Jewish symbols 
of writing in their design and those owned 
by Jewish individuals, temples, hospitals 
and schools. The exhibit was loaned 
through the courtesy of Rabbi Philip Good- 
man, Executive Secretary of the Jewish Book 
Council of America, the owner of the larg- 
est collection of Judaica book plates in 
this country. His collection was supple- 
mented by many book plates of local inter- 
est. 

The lecture platform of this year's ob- 
servance was opened on November l6 at the 
Branch Library with a talk by ^trs Sydney 
Taylor, author of the prize winning juve- 
nile, ALL-OF-A -KIND -FAMILY. She told her 
spellbound audience of children and adults 
how she came to write the book. She 
demonstrated in her inimitable way vfith 
children by playing participation games 
with -ohem. Completing a perfect afternoon 
was the serving of delectable refreshment, 
consisting of punch, cookies and candy. 

On Wednesday evening, November 19, Rabbi 
Ely E, Pilchik of Temple B'nai Jeshurun in 
Newark, New Jersey, and author of the well- 
received study of the great Jewish sage 
HILLEL, spoke on "The More Righteousness, 
the More Peace", the basic theme of 
Hillel's teachings c 

The hrajoch library, long famous for its 
collection of Judaica, had many visitors 
during this period, both individuals and 
groups. To mention just two, on November 
2U, l6 teen-age girls from the Y.M.H.A. 
Roxbury group, came with their leader to 
view the exhibits, to see the Judaica Col- 
lection, and to learn at first hand how 
this particular phase of the work of the 
branch is carried one On November 26, 
another group of girls from the Temple 
Kehillath Israel Confirmation Class came 
with their instructor to view the collec- 
tion and exhibits* 



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Oa December 7, a program of the Jewish iTo the Soap Box 
Book Month observance vss held at the I 
Hotel Beaconsfield vdth Fanny Goldstein as 
hostess, Dr Sol Liptzin, author and Chair-' 



man, Department of Germanic and Slavic 
literature at the City College of New York 
spoke to a capacity audience. His topic 
was "The Legend of the Jew in English Lit- 
erature" o 

On December 9, the Poetry group held its 
regular meeting, with Florence Doe as 
leader and the works of Sir Edwin Arnold 
were the topics. 

We are happy to report that Helen E2 
Colgan is recovering at home at h73si Dud- 
ley Street, Roxbury 19 » 

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A carry-over of Children's Book Week 
Activities were the visits of thirteen 
classes of children from public and paro- 
chial schools - the Faneuil, the Winchell, 
and St. Joseph's. Some 500 children in 
these classes were officially piloted 
through the building ^ told of its historic 
background and place in this community, 
and indoctrinated in the knowledge of how 
to use the library to best advantage. 

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An exhibit of art contributed by the 
pupils of the Blackstone school was held 
during November and attracted a great deal 
of attention. 



SOAP BOX 



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 she is 
employed. The name is vathheld from pub- 
lication, or a pen name used, if the con- 
tributor so requests. Anonymous contribu- 
tions are not given consideration. The 
author of the article is knoiivn only to the 
contributor and to the Editor-in-Chief. 
The contents of articles appearing in the 
Soap Box are personal opinions expressed 
by individual Association members and 
their appearance does not necessarily indi- 
cate that the Publications Committee and 
the Association are in agreement ■with the 
views expressed^ 



I was quick to criticize 
the Executive Board for filling a vacancy 
on the Board caused by the resignation of 
a person from Branch Libraries with a per- 
son from Central Library. The person from 
Central Library has resigned from the 
Board and is on leave of absence o She has 
been replaced with a preson from Branch Li- 
braries. I am just as quick now to congrat- 
ulate the Board on its more recent action, 

S,M. Usher 



To the Editor: 

I apologize to the lady whose depart- 
ment is on the outer fringes of the Library 
for leaving thern out in the rhymed open 
departments. She responded very quickly in 
unflattering alarm "Please leave us out", 
I am sensitive, so I almost abandoned the 
whole project, but it's not easy to stop 
an aroused muse. The alerted tetrameters 
just kept coming. But this is all there 
is - at least for 1952. 



Harry Andrews 

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These are for the public gaze. 

Underneath is wider mazej 
Complicated webs embrace 

Areas of vaster space j 
Endless corridors of books. 

Bureaucrats in choicest nooks j 
Offices on every floor, 

fhere books vrere kept before. 

18. 

See behind the ISSUE wall 

Closed departments big and small; 
Busy nests of work no end, 

But the help can here unbend; 
And they never come to grief 

If they take a long relief; 
Saturdays and evenings free. 

Nine to five aristocracy, 

19. 
Stack the First let first appear, 

Books on all religions here; 
Books on libraries, and plays. 

Books on Boston's early days; 
Smoking Room for relaxation. 

Men discuss the state and nation, 



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Character of new trustee, 
Doings in the Library. 

20. 
Doivn the corridor we view, 

Shipping Room and Stock Room too; 
Trucks with books arrive and go. 

Bundles flying to and froj 
Stock Room says don't get incensed. 

Supplies are cheerfully dispensed. 
If, of course, you're in position 

To produce a requisitions 

21. 
Stack the Second, just above. 

Stack we cannot help but lovej 
New concession, spick and span. 

Caters to the inner manj 
Refuge from a boring station, 

Overwork, or irritation; 
Have with members of your set 

Coffee, gossip, cigarette. 

22. 

Then the well-appointed place, 

Haven for the female racej 
Sad emeriti who dwindle 

Here memories rekindle, 
l^ifhen they stage a comeback meet 

New emeritus to greet. 
I will have them wear trusses 

If the plural's emeritusses, 

23. 
Here also you will see 

Staff has special library! 
Books on things professional, 

Amusing, educational] 
Classics, and the latest rage. 

All you do is wait an age. 
Hospital -with expert care. 

Illness is a pleasure there. 

2U. 
Just across is PERSONNEL 

All your secrets they know well; 
Are you prompt, or are you tardy. 

Are you sickly, are you hardy; 
Are you here, or on vacation. 

Do you travel for education; 
What's your general attitude, 

What's your special aptitude. 

2^. 

Are you single, are you married, 
Are you calm, or are you harried; 

Are you loyal, or subversive. 
Taciturn, or discursive; 



What's your title, what's your rank, 

'?Jhat's your balance at the bank; 
How did ■we do so well 

Before the AGE of PERSONNEL? 

26. 

Then BI, oh lamentation. 

Shadow of its former station; 
Lofty once, of vast dimension, 

Cut in half by new suspension; 
Glary lights, and paint like ointment. 

And "incredible appointment"; 
Fruitful once in every line. 

Now rotting on the vine. 

27, 
Sharing space in this location. 

Streamlined BOOK PREPARATION; 
Busy fingers here ply. 

Fixing books to catch the eye; 
Older books are made like new. 

Miracles of skill and glue; 
Plastic covers on each book 

Give them all the newest look, 

28. 
Stack the Third you next will hit. 

Mostly books on Lang and Lit; 
Mathematics, education. 

Medicine, and navigation; 
Shelves denuded more and more, 

Office beachheads gain the shore; 
Dispossessed, the volumes flee. 

Deportees at N.E.D, 

29. 
Inner lairs, back of wall 

Ancient catacombs recall; 
BUSINESS OFFICE, brisk, efficient. 

For all contingencies sufficient; 
Audits in condition prime. 

Our checks arrive on time; 
PURCHASING DEPARTMENT nigh. 

Books are piled mountain high» 

30. 
Stack the FOURTH you next will find. 

Catalogs of every kind; 
BPL professional. 

Branches and congressional; 
Catalog Departments see, 

One for Dewey, one L.C.; 
BOOK SELECTION office here 

Sifts a million books a year. 

31. 
Books in annex of all sorts, 

Travel, history, and sports; 
Annals of the English downs. 

Stories of New England towns; 



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Documents, historic places, 

Anthropology of races j 
British life baronial, 

American colonial, 

32, 
Up the stairs you arrive 

At the books of annex five) 
Literature, biography, 

Law and Hagiography; 
Social customs and conditions, 

Shakespeare in diverse editions; 
History of early date. 

Church relations vrlth the state. 

33o 
Stack the fifth you now pass. 

Office for the higher brass; 
Here they tell you you are billed 

For a job already filled; 
You are one of topmost three, 

But you wind up on the tree; 
They pretend to really pool us. 

Do they really think they fool us? 

3U. 
Stack the Sixth, we don't regret 

Has no offices as yetj 
Books on grave theology. 

Psychology, philology; 
Books on all the oddest creeds, 

Books in tongues of lesser breeds; 
Indicator in one nook 

Keeps the tabs on every book. 

35. 
Well, there isn't any more. 

Inner and the outer core; 
Splendid edifice to sight. 

Inner workings seem all right; 
Where then the current lag, 

Yi^y does ^11 morale so sag? 
Needless all astonishment, 

It's the human element. 

36. 
Here I could attention held 

With a tale I could unfold; 
List a hundred motes and beams. 

Cracks and fissures in the seams; 
Ridicule with scornful ease 

Appointers and the appointees; 
Trumpet loud on published page. 

All we hear in whispered rage J 

37. 
But it's time that I remember 

This is written in December; 
Season when we owe goodTv-ill 

Even them who use us ill; 



I So the best of Christmas cheer 
j To BPL'rs far and near; 
Them in high and low station. 
Even the administration. 

H.A. 
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To the Editor of the Soap-Box; 

It seems to me that in the past sever- 
al weeks the Libraiy has lost two excellent 
opportunities for furthering public rela- 
tions. The first of these, which can still, 
and very simply, be remedied, is the lack 
of any indication at the site of the new 
Egleston Square Branch Library as to the 
purpose for which the building is being 
built. The construction company which is 
working on the building cut up a sign ad- 
vertising themselves almost as soon as 
ground was broken; - could not the Library 
have done the same? The street at that 
point is heavily travelled, there is a 
street-car line going by, people are always 
curious about new structures, surely the 
residents of the commvinity would be pleased 
to know of the new Branch - #iy the retif 
cence? 

The second, and more serious blunder has 
been the lack of action during the recent 
drivers' strike (still in progress at this 
writing) . One would have thought that the 
Library vrould have made every effort to in- 
form the public that temporarily they could 
not return books to branches from which 
they had not been borrowed, and especially 
to inform them that the bookmobiles would 
not be in operation. Newspaper items, 
public service radio announcenents , bulle- . 
tins sent to all public and parochial 
schools - these could, and should, have 
been done immediately. It most certainly 
does not generate good-will when a patron 
who has been in the habit of borrov/ing 
books f romseveral branches suddenly finds 
that his books are not acceptable for re- 
turn at the particular branch he chooses 
to visit. It does not generate good-will 
when members of the public 7ra.it as much as 
an hour for a Bookmobile v*iich does not ap- 
pear, and of whose non-appearance no word 
has been sent. Could not signs have been 
posted at Bookmobile stops? And v/hen one 
considers that many people repeated their 
wait for a second week, because they still 
had no knowledge of the strike, the Li- 
brary's inaction becomes all the more in- 
explicable 



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I cannot understand vdiy, in a situation 
such as this, -which has inconvenienced and 
irritated so much of our public, the Li- 
brary has done almost nothing to notify 
its patrons of existing conditions. The 
results of such apparent apathy on the 
part of the Library towards its public, 
will unfortunately add to the noticeable 
apathy the citizens of Boston already 
feel towards the Library. 



8 December 19^2 



A, P. Freeman 
Mattapan Branch 



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ADDITIONAL PRESIDENT'S NOTES 

At the fall business meeting we had an 
interesting innovationr Mary Ann Gelsomini 
of the Reference Cat. and Class, was there 
with her stenotype machine and provided us 
with an excellent report of what trans- 
pired. It is recommended that future of- 
ficers consider some sort of stenographic 
coverage to preclude any arguments. 

G.L.B. 

WAITING FOR QWER 

One pair gold dangle earrings found in 
Ladies' Powder Room, November 10, 1952. 
Will owner please contact Personnel 
Office? 



IN MEMORIA?! 

ifflS MRGARET MURPHY BOTORING 

The following poem was written by Mrs 
Aura G. Watson, Charlestown Branch, in mem- 
ory of Jtrs Robert Bowdring, the former 
Margaret Murphy of Charlestown, and Charles- 
town Branch, who died by accident Decem- 
ber 10, when a gas heater went out during 
the night. Her husband is still in criti- 
cal condition in Si."annah, Georgia, where 
they made their home. They were married 
August the second, 1952. 

Wiy should we weep for you who knew no 

pain. 
For you who blossom now where all the faded 

years have gone. 
And all the tides that ebb. 
The moons that wane, 
V/here beauty knows no blight, 
I'There all your gracious goodness is the 

light 
That measures our eternity? 

As each day leaves no sign of where you are. 
We pause to scan the skiea for virgin stars. 
And we who here remain, iznknowing, dumb. 
For us your passing is the end of much that 

lives v/ith life. 
Though you have gone. 
We must the empty flagon 1*306, 
The vacant footmark of your step replace. 
The memory of your violet eyes erase. 

But you — you breathe with all the still, 

sweet falling of the rain. 
You go where all the birds have flown. 
Where every fallen leaf has blown. 
Where each fresh flower unfolds, - 
Yet we remain to live. 

Then, why should we grieve? 

Why should we weep for you who knavf no 

pain. 
For you who know no death. 



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BOSTON FUBLIC LIBRARY PROFESSIONAL SIAFF ASSOCIATION 

To the Executive Board : 

Nine ciem'bera of the Special Coiraiittee on Personnel Morale were appointed "by 
the Executive Board early m May 1^'?., to inveatfgate the larger problems of atoff 
morale and to suoaiit a report to the Executive Board, if possible, before the 
November meeting of the Association.. Five more members were added at the second 
meeting of the Committee to give better representation to the Division of Reference 
and Research Services, end to the Sub-Professional staff. Wa Geraldine Altman and 
Dorothy Shaw were elected co-chairmen, and Emilia Lange, secretary. 

Although the Committee made a re'iuest for unsigned comments on morale through 
the pages of the Questi^:n_ M ark in JuTie and July^ and sent out- a general notice to 
that effect on June 27oh, -chere v.'as almost no response from the mentors of the 
Association. As a result the Committee was hampered in its investigation from the 
start. However, the Committee felt that there was a rather serious problem in 
morale existing, and this report is a sj:icere attempt to discover the level of 
morale in various fields on rather slighb basis. Problems v;Gre submitted by less 
than l/l6th of the membership. The Committee also scanned back files of the 
^-0£xlTnJ\&rk for material bearing c:i problems of morale and from this, prepared 
an outline for further study, sub-dividing into three groups: 1. Financial ; 
problems under Mrs Eerrick and Mr Weinberg, 2. Promotional system under Miss Shaw, 
and 3. Administration-Staff relations under Mrs Altman. 

The Committee subscribes whole-heartedly to the views of Ralph Shaw, expressed 
in a talk on creating job enthusiasm and Job morale, in which he stated that high 
morale depends on two points: 

1. Good living wage consistent with the type of work performed. 

2. Psychic wage, consisting of enjoyment of work, satisfaction in a 
Job well done, praise, loyalty, and team-work. 

While fully cognizant of the increases in salary which have been put into 
effect at various times since 1938, the Committee finds that our present wage scale 
is lowor than that in effect in other large libraries such as: Chicago, Cleveland, 
Deti'oit, Enoch Pratt and Los Angeles. The Committee feels that staff morale would 
be Improved by the Library's adopting the suggestion of the Examining Committee in 
its report for 1950- I95I, page 10: "It is suggested that the general wage scale be 
reviewed at least annually to avoid inter-library inequities and to keep pace with 
current and future economic conditions". 

In addition to a general wage increase, and to supplement the present schedule 
of remiinoration based on examinations, we recommend a minimjjm-maximum wage differ- 
ential for all classifications of the bibliothocal staff wherever none at present 
exists. IVo propose that such maximums be reached by automatic annual increments. 

Attention is also called to the reclassification schedule for employees of 
the City of Boston, which excludes employees of the Library, Police, Finance Ccm- 
misaion. School, School Buildings, and the uniformed force of the Fire Department 
from its provisions. The Cormnittee urges that the Administration make a study 
of the aforementioned reclassification system with a view toward providing the 
same advantages for the Library Department as appear to have been gained by other 
city departments. 

The Promotional System directly affects both the Hiring wage and the psychic 
wage, as stagnation in one pay scale for too long a period of time, holds down the 
actual living wage, directly affects the future of the employee through a smaller 
pension, and dotracta frcm. enjoyment of work and satisfaction in work well done. 



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Thc Committee believes that: 

1. The preaont Point System ia unjust in that, while the years of experience 
are given credit, the quality of work done during those years is not. 
Points acq.uired for education and experience alone, do not necessarily 
provide the "best candidate for the Joh, unless some provision is made for 
asiiessing the intajrigil-les, and far requiring on the part of successful 
candidates, demonstration of the ability to work with and through people, 
as proven "by the recommendations of immediate superiors. 

2. Ihe Examination System tends to promote assistants at a far slower rate in 
the Division of Reference and Research Services than in the other divisions 
of the service, by rec^uiring specialized examinations through Steps III-V, 
in a majority of the departments within the Tivision, as contrasted to the 
atoost division-wide examinations and opportunities for promotion of the 
0"Gher divisions. The Commitxee recorcmends that a new study of the examina- 
tion system be caade by the Administration with a view to possible general- 
izing of fields of specialized knowledge to include larger groupings of 
departments under one set of examinations. Or, alternately, to consider 
more titular positions within these specialized departments, or some other 
monetary award to those qualifying for Steps III-V, in order that the em- 
ployee with specialized knowledge will not be penalized for it. Increased 
opportunity for transfer within that Division should improve quality of 
division work as well as the morale. 

3. The long time lapse between announcement of a vacancy and the filling 
thereof, lowers the morale of the individuals waiting for appointment and 
of the entire unit concerned. Since the date at which a vacancy will occur 
can usually be anticipated, there is no necessity for the long delays. It 
is most unjust to allow an individual to remain indefinitely in charge of 

a unit, only to appoint some other individual to the position eventually. 

Obviously, tools and working conditions have a direct bearing upon staff morale. 
Improvements are recoranended in the following phases: 

1. Inconsistent book budgets, with long delays in apportionment, impair ser- 
vice to the public and bring dissatisfaction to the staff. Funds available 
and evenly distributed throughout the year would prevent frustration as 
well as relieve the strain of frantic spending toward the end of the year. 

2. Inadequate lighting, poor ventilation, and antiquated equipment constitute 
a real handicap in many departments and branches. 

"Staff morale ... is a two-way affair, based on mut^ual respect and a desire to 
contribute crnstr actively. " SORT November 1952, page h. The Conmittee believes 
that more Importance given to the individual human relations angle, as stressed by 
all writers on Industrial relations, would nourish team spirit, develop loyalty and 
destroy apathy. 

Listed below are some of the "morale depressors" sent to the Committee by staff 
members : 

1. Lack of staff participation in planning. 

2. Notices of decisions made by the Director and Trustees, directly affecting 
the staff, without any attempt to prepare the staff in advance for such 
changes. 

3. Lack of commendation for outstanding work. 

h. Infrequent, or lack of, staff meetings in some departments, and failure to 
present to the staff general notices and announcements. 



5. Arbitrary work schedules requiring an assistant to work every Saturday when 
it is poasiljle to rotate. 

6. Difficulty of crossing from the Sub-Professional to the Professional Service 
after fulfilling requirements. 

7. Tr.e "caste" system existing in certain units^ preventing Sub-Professional 
asGistanta from receiving the same consideration accorded to Professional 
assistants . 

8. Variance ($300 annually) in the salaries of Sub -Professional employees. 

The Committee respectfully invites attention to the following excerpt from 
Super v isin g Libra ry Personnel , by Adra M. Fay, American Library Association, 1950, 
page 15. 

The administration can control to a considerable degree such factors influenc- 
ing morale as : 

1. Initial impression upon the new employee. 

2. Friendly and adequate introduction to his Job. 
5. Proper placement according to ability. 

h. Adequate training in duties. 

5. Fair and consistent policies, and fair and impartial treatment. 

6. Good working conditions. 

7. Fair compensation methods. 

8. Security factors: tenure, pension, seniority and promotion. 

9. Fostering of team spirit. 

10. Supervision of a high order. 

("It is the supervisor who has the strongest influence upon attitudes 
developed in library assistants. His effectiveness in the long run 
depends upon his understanding of and ability to deal with problems 
of human relations. [By supervisor is meant all who are in formal 
control over others]", page 7) 

11. Informing employees as to library plans and allowing them participation 
in the formation of certain policies. 

Respectfully submitted, 

SPECIAL COWMTTTEE ON PERSONNEL MORALE 

Mrs Geraldine Altman, Co-chairman 

Dorothy P. Shaw, Co-chairman 

Mrs Geraldine T. Beck 

Walter R. Cur ley 

Mary T. Crowe 

Vhry L. Oilman 

Eleanor F. Halligan 

Mrs Geraldine S. Herrick 

Emilia M. Lange 

Ws Veronica M. Lehane 

Sheila W. Pierce 

Paul W. Smith 

Sidney Weinberg 

Gladys R. White 



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Marie L. Crowley 
N'fery V. Ourado 
Rose Marie Te Simone 
?/Bry T. Ellis 
Jeanne M. Fitzgerald 



Ellen D. Gurney 
Anne E. McCarthy 
Madeline V. McManus 
Isatiel M. Mlartino 
M^ry C. O'Malley 
Eliza'beth A. Sarjeant 



8 Decembor 1952 



Sheila W. Pierce, Chairman 

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