25- Data Processing: Seminar on Library Automation and Information Management, sponsored by the Syracuse University School of Information Studies and the Continuing Education Center. Keynote address, “Planning for Electronic Information Services,” by Thomas H. Martin. Contact: June Brower, University College, 610 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202; (315) 423-3291.


21-23—Indexing: “Indexing in Perspective: Traditional to Computerized Retrieval Systems Seminar,” sponsored by the National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services, National Library of Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa. Fee: $320 for NFAIS members, $395 for non-members. Contact: NFAIS, 112 S. 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102; (215) 563-2406.

26- 30—Online Databases: A workshop offered by the Library Media Education Department on online catalog access systems will be held at the Mankato State University Libraiy. A special feature will be an opportunity for hands-on experience with a state-of-the-art online catalog. Contact: Dale Carrison, Dean of the Library, or the Libraiy Media Education Department, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN 56001; (507) 389-6201, or 389-1965.

27- August 17—Oral History: A seminar course that investigates the history and practice of oral history as an information gathering tool, especially with regard to library and archive collection development. Fee: $111.75. Contact: Jennifer Brownlow, School of Library Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H8; (902) 424-3656.


8-13—Rare Books: “The Out-of-Print and Antiquarian Book Market,” a seminar-workshop for librarians and booksellers, will be held at the University of Denver Graduate School of Librarianship and Information Management in cooperation with AB Bookman’s Weekly. Fee: $250 ($100 deposit in advance by July 1). Contact: O.P. Program Coordinator, GSLIM, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208; (303) 753-2557.

16-20—Library Buildings: Pre-IFLA Conference Seminar on Canadian Libraiy Buildings in the Network Context, at the University of Toronto Faculty of Library Science. Seminar participants will discuss and evaluate selected facilities in the context of the environment and the needs of the 80s. Contact: Adrienne Thierry-Broad, Secretary, Local Arrangements Committee, University of Toronto Library, 130 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; (416) 978-5317.

22-28—IFLA: “Networks” are the theme for the 48th General Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Montreal, Quebec. Registration fee: $125. Contact: Adrienne Thierry-Broad (address above).

29-September 1—Chinese: Conference on International Cooperation in Chinese Bibliographical Automation, Asian Studies/Law Lecture Theatre, Australian National University, Canberra. The conference is sponsored by representatives of the Australian National University Library, the National Library of Australia, and the University of Hong Kong. Fee: $A85. Contact: The Secretary, CICCBA, c/o The Library (A.S. Division), Australian National University, PO Box 4, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia.


7-9—South Carolina: Annual Meeting, South Carolina Library Association, Carolina Inn, Columbia. Contact: Gerda M. Belknap, Richland County Public Library, 1400 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201. ■■


Music students at Ohio State University who have a gripe to air about the OSU Music/Dance Library can always “sound off’ to the Johann Suggestion Box. Originally a cardboard affair, the suggestion box underwent renovation in 1981 when library staff presented a handmade, varnished, permanent version—complete with portraits of Johann Sebastian and P.D.Q. Bach on each side—to music librarian Thomas F. Heck.

Heck, who personally answers all the questions, suggestions, and complaints submitted to the box under “Johann’s” signature, says it has prompted its fair share of patron interaction and is a very good public relations device.

Some of the queries are answered in verse or dialogue and all contain a fair amount of musical puns. Ever since the box was made available, student-staff relations at the library have been very chordial. • *

The Johann Suggestion Box.

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