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• A small but distinctive Dard Hunter collection has been acquired by the Department of Special Collections, University of California, Santa Barbara, with the assistance of the Friends of the UCSB library. The twelve books, ten of them published by Mr. Hunter himself and printed upon paper made by the author, comprise some of the most important works of this outstanding expert on the history and study of paper. Most of these books are of limited issue and include numerous examples of fine paper collected in various parts of the world.

• Author-anthropologist Oscar Lewis has given the original manuscript and ninety-one recording tapes of interviews that he conducted in preparation of his best-selling book, “The Children of Sanchez,” to the University of Illinois library at Urbana.

• An outstanding collection of one hundred five volumes by and about Blaise Pascal, 17th century French philosopher and physicist, has been presented to Boston University by Dean S. Edmonds, Jr., assistant professor of physics at Boston University’s College of Liberal Arts.

• Clippings of the nearly fifteen million stories which appeared in The New York Herald Tribune during its forty-second-year history have been given to the New York University libraries by John Hay Whitney, the paper’s last publisher. The clippings form the bulk of the Herald Tribune’s morgue, which also includes about two hundred thousand photographs, six-thousand books and miscellaneous correspondence.

• The University of Rochester’s Rush Rhees library has received a copy of a first edition of The Workes of Benjamin Jonson as a gift from Mrs. and Mrs. Saul Z. Cohen of New York City. Published in London in 1616, the volume is the first collected edition of Jonson’s works, and next to the Shakespeare First Folio of 1623, it is considered one of the greatest monuments of Elizabethan and Jacobean literature.

The hook will be added to the library’s treasure room.

• The Hofstra University library has bought the personal collection of Professor Shepard Clough of Columbia University consisting of more than five thousand volumes in the fields of European political and economic history. The collection is especially strong in French and Italian history and in European economic statistics.

• The Edwin B. Knowles collection of materials relating to Cervantes and Thomas Shelton has been acquired by the Paul Klapper library of Queens College, City University of New York.

A collection of family papers and photographs relating to James A. Herne—American actor, dramatist, and author has been acquired by the Paul Klapper library of Queens College, City University of New York.

• The Oliver St. John Gogarty collection was purchased with funds provided by La- Fayette Butler, through the good offices of Professor James Carens for Bucknell University library. This small but choice collection includes some forty items.

• The library of Wisconsin State University, La Crosse, has acquired the complete publications of the Arkham House Press. August Derleth, Wisconsin author, native of Sauk City, is director of the Press. The collection is rich, not only in autographed titles by Derleth, but also in the complete fiction and poetic works of H. P. Lovecraft, currently the subject of a growing audience of admirers.


• University of Illinois chapter of Alpha Chi Rho social fraternity has given $100 to the U. of I. library for the purchase of a ninevolume set of collected works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by R. P. Basler. The funds were provided by the fraternity’s national office because the U. of I. chapter’s gradepoint average was above the all-men’s average at Illinois for 1966-67.

• The Ford Foundation has announced a $5 million grant to help the nation’s libraries keep pace with the “information explosion.” The grant was made to the Council on Library Resources, which will expand its program of research, development, and demonstration of new techniques and methods in library operations and service.

• A grant, in the amount of $30,000, to ALA’s Library Technology Program for preparation of additional publications in a series on the conservation of library materials has been made by the Council on Library Resources. Plans call for publication of material dealing with binding construction, repairing and tooling leather bindings, deacidifying paper, supporting weak and disintegrated paper, repairing velum and parchment, and treating materials damaged by fire or water.


• The University of Pittsburgh officially acquired title to its new Hillman library on December 11. The library is scheduled to open officially on January 8. The five-story structure is made of Indiana limestone and was built at a cost of $12 million. The building contains 222,200 square feet and has a working capacity of approximately one million two hundred thousand volumes. It will be manned by a staff of 132, including forty-three professional librarians.

• An auxiliary library, with an initial capacity of some five hundred thousand books on fourteen miles of shelf space, is under construction on Princeton University’s James Forrestal Campus. When completed next March, the $515,000 single-story, reinforced concrete structure will begin relieving the jammed shelves of the University’s main Harvey S. Firestone memorial library, and fifteen supplementary departmental libraries. A “culling” of the library’s printed material has been in progress for more than a year to select volumes which will be moved to the 16,000 square foot structure some two miles from the Firestone library. It is expected that twenty-five thousand volumes will be moved initially.

• The new Hofstra University library has been awarded the 1967 Long Island Association Architectural Award for the best building completed on Long Island in the preceding year. It has also been awarded the New York State Association of Architects’ Excellence in Design Award. These follow the Spring, 1966, Concrete Award for the best concrete structure in the New York metropolitan area.

• On October 12 the new Boyd Lee Spahr library on the Dickinson College campus opened for the first day of service, after a thousand students, faculty, wives, and townspeople had participated in a day-long Book Walk, transferring one hundred thousand volumes from the old building to the new library. The $2M million library has a seating capacity of eight hundred students and shelf space for over three hundred thousand volumes.

• The Thomas B. and Jeannette L. McCabe library at Swarthmore College was dedicated on December 8 and 9. The ceremonies also included a special program to dedicate the Friends Historical library, which is a part of the main library structure.

• Ground will be broken on April 4 for a $2.8 million library-information center at Pennsylvania Military Colleges.

• On October 19 ground was broken for a new $1.5 million library building at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina. The

43,000 square foot building is designed to provide seats for four hundred readers and shelf space for one hundred fifty thousand volumes.


• Plans for three month-long educational seminars to be held in South America during 1968 have been announced by Mrs. Jennelle Moorhead, coordinator of overseas programs for the division of continuing education of the Oregon State System of Higher Education. The tours include a three-country seminar for “mature American” educators, professional and business people in February, with a second similar seminar in July, and a summer seminar on Ecuador and its Culture to be conducted during June and July. The Ecuador seminar is designed primarily for teachers.

The February seminar is an educational tour through Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, and will be conducted February 9 to March 8. Both will carry four hours of graduate or undergraduate credit from Portland State College.


Feb. 8-10: Third Library History Seminar at Florida State University, Tallahassee. It is jointly sponsored by Florida State University’s library school, history department and Strozier library and by the Journal of Library History and the American Library History Round Table. The registration fee for the seminar is $12, including a banquet. Room and other meals are extra. For reservations for the seminar, applications for student scholarships and further information write Third Library History Seminar, Library School, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306.

Feb. 15-16: Institute on Cooperative Library Systems: A New Look, at the School of Library Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Applications for admission should be mailed to Dean Martha Boaz before Feb. 1

Mar. 29-30: Third Annual Conference on Junior College Libraries Multi-Media Centers, sponsored by the Illinois Library Association, Illinois Association of Junior College Presidents, and Northern Illinois University, at University Center, NIU, DeKalb, 111.

May: Paris—International Council of Scientific Management, 6th Regional Conference of CECIOS.

June: Stockholm—International Congress on Medical Records.

June: Paris—12th General Assembly of ICSU (International Council of Scientific Unions).

July 29-Aug. 2: Cologne—8th General Conference of the International Council of Museums.

Aug. 5-10: Edinburgh—4th Congress of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).

Aug. 11-23: Second Annual University of Maryland Library Administrators Development Program. Senior administrative personnel of large public, research, academic libraries and school library systems will study organization and administration under the direction of management consultants, professors of business and public administration and library scholars. The program will be held at the University of Maryland’s Donaldson Brown Center, Port Deposit (Md.), and will be directed by John Rizzo of the school of government and business administration, George Washington University.

Aug. 18-25: Frankfurt/Main—34th Conference of IFLA.

Sept. 9-18: Moscow—34th FID Conference and International Congress on Scientific Information.

Sept. 23-26: Canterbury—42nd Annual Conference of Aslib.

Oct. 7-16: Ottawa and Washington, D.C.— 4th Congress of the International Council for Building Research, Studies and Documentation, and 6th General Assembly of CIB (Seer.: Weena 700, Rotterdam).

Oct. 20-24: American Society for Information Science, formerly American Documentation Institute, 31st annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Papers are invited on all facets of methods and mechanisms to improve the operations of information systems. The technical sessions chairman, David M. Leston, Jr., Battelle Memorial Institute, should be notified of intent to submit papers, by March 1.


• Stanford University received its three millionth book for its library system on Nov. 7. The book, a copy of the first edition of John Locke’s “An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding,” published in London in 1690, was the gift of Warren R. Howell, proprietor of a San Francisco antiquarian book shop, and was formally received in the Bender Room of the main library by Stanford President Wallace Sterling, Rutherford D. Rogers, director of the Stanford libraries, and a group of senior staff members. The book will be placed in the division of special collections.

• The Library of Congress is interested in registering all organizations, institutions, groups, or individuals with special knowledge or informational competence in any aspect of toxicology. This project is being undertaken by the Library’s National Referral Center for Science and Technology with support from the Toxicology Information Program of the National Library of Medicine.

The purpose of this announcement is to encourage the registration of all information resources on toxicology with the National Referral Center for Science and Technology. The data gathered will become a part of the Center’s comprehensive register of information resources. The Center uses its current collection of over 8,700 information resources to provide an ongoing referral service, directing those who need information on a particular subject to those organizations or individuals with specialized knowledge on that subject. The Center also issues directories covering both broad and specific subject fields and analyzes the nation’s scientific information network.

Those who wish to register their specialized capabilities in toxicology should call or write the National Referral Center for Science and Technology, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 (telephone: area code 202, 967-8341).

• Dickinson College has hailed Charles Coleman Sellers, its librarian, as “the scholar par excellence” of the faculty and one whose work is “honored nationwide.” This accolade is set forth in an illuminated scroll presented to Dr. Sellers at the dedication of Dickinson’s new Boyd Lee Spahr library on Nov. 4. The text of the scroll follows:

“Charles Coleman Sellers—On this auspicious occasion of the dedication of the Boyd Lee Spahr Library, it is also appropriate that we turn to you as librarian, who so long has nurtured the hope which today is a reality. That day in 1949 when you arrived on our campus to be curator of Dickinsoniana proved a happy one for this college. In the years which have followed you have become universally recognized by your colleagues as friend and adviser.

“Your distinguished writings and your knowledge of XVIII century art and life have made you scholar par excellence of this faculty, one whose work is honored nationwide. A one-time Research Associate of the American Philosophical Society and organizing librarian of the Belknap Collection at Winterthur while still serving Dickinson attest alike your energy and versatility. Now, as you commence a definitive history of Dickinson College, we salute you not only as librarian but as one whose gentle spirit illumines friendship, whose integrity of intellect in unmatched and one who is ever generous in giving counsel to others.”

• College and university librarians in South Dakota have recently put into effect an academic libraries interlibrary loan code involving updated features not presently available in the General Interlibrary Loan Code of 1952. The South Dakota Code has been labeled a “mutual use” agreement which allows in-person mutual use of academic library facilities by any student of faculty member in the state. One provision is an allowance for up to five pages of photocopy to be sent without charge at any one time; six or more pages to be billed at ten cents per page for the entire number sent. Bilateral agreements between libraries with approximately equal exchange may be made to eliminate charges altogether. Requests for copies of this code should be sent to James L. Dertien, Norman B. Mears Library, Sioux Falls College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57101.

• The first meeting of the newly organized Upper Mississippi Academic Library Conference met at Wisconsin State University, La Crosse, on October 27, 1967. The association, made up of smaller universities and colleges, included representatives from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.


• The first revisions to the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules have been approved by the A.L.A. Descriptive Cataloging Committee and the Library of Congress. The changes and additions have been made to clarify intent or to define application. These revisions have been issued in Cataloging Service, Bulletin 81, published by and available from the Library of Congress, Processing Department, Washington, D.C. 20540.

• The University of Colorado for the first time has collected in one central catalog information about the CU libraries collection of thirty thousand magazines, scholarly journals, proceedings and transactions of societies, yearbooks, newspapers and abstracts. The “Catalog of Serials” was released this month by the libraries; it had been in production for more than a year, made possible by use of a computer. The initial catalog will be supplemented by new titles every three months and an annual edition each year. The publication is available for $10 a copy from the Library Administration Office, Norlin Library, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo. 80302.

Continuing Education for Librarians, a listing of workshops, seminars, institutes and short courses in librarianship and related fields for the year 1968, has just been published by ALA. The list is intended for librarians, teachers, information scientists, and personnel officers interested in identifying opportunities for continuing professional education in librarianship. Continuing Education for Librarians is available without charge by writing to Continuing Education for Librarians, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

The Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Maryland Historical Society will be published in May 1968. It is being compiled by Mrs. Avril J. M. Pedley, of Newnham College, Cambridge, and comprises seventeen hundred collections, with a cut-off date of November 1967. Each collection is described, and a copious index provided. Correspondence should be sent to Mr. P. W. Filby, Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.

Libraries and Automation is a 3,079-item bibliography (with index) based on the course bibliographies prepared by faculty members in the majority of the library schools accredited by the American Library Association. Most items published before 1958 were omitted. The index to the bibliography is a useful guide to the major works in the rapidly expanding area of automation in libraries. Compiled by Jack Speer, and published by the Teachers College Press, Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia, the bibliography sells for $4. per copy.

• “Non-Book Materials as Library Resources,” by Budd L. Gambee, is published by the Student Stores, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and sells for $1.85 plus 3 per cent tax. Comprising class materials for a school of library science course the book includes outlines, bibliographies, lists of sources, cataloging forms, and assignments to accompany the course lectures, discussions, and special programs.

Performing Arts Libraries and Museums of the World by André Veinstein, George Freedley, Rosamond Gilder and Paul Myers is the second edition of this bi-lingual reference work (formerly Performing Arts Collections). Almost 75 per cent of the original material has been revised and brought up to date, and some seventy new collections are described, bringing the total to 310 in thirty countries—museums and even private collections all over the world which have special materials about the history and literature of the theatre, about dance and ballet, and circus arts, the cinema, radio and television, and all the arts connected with public performance. In each case information is given in both French and English. The analytical index contains twenty-five hundred entries.

• University of Illinois graduate school of library science at Urbana has published “proceedings of the Conference on Archival Administration for Small Universities, Colleges and Junior Colleges” as Number 88 in its Occasional Papers series. Papers presented at the conference covered such topics as: objectives, organization and location of an archival program; classification, provenance and control; processing and description; records management; preservation, space and equipment; and use, reference service and promotion. The conference was held Sept. 8-9, 1966, at the U. of I.

• The staff of East Stroudsburg State College (Pa.) library has completed an index to the personal names in the 14th edition of DDC. Copies are available for photocopying, on interlibrary loan, from Leslie R. Morris, Kemp Library, East Stroudsburg State College. ¦ ¦

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