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Vol. 37, No. 52
JOHN BRODERICK NAMED
ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN FOR
John C. Broderick, chief of the Manuscript Divi-
sion, has been appointed Assistant Librarian of Con-
gress for Research Services, effective January 1, 1979.
Mr. Broderick has been on the staff of the Library
As Assistant Librarian for Research Services, Mr.
Broderick will head one of the major operational pro-
grams of the Library, providing leadership and policy
and administrative direction and coordinating the
activities of the 17 divisions that make up the Offices
of Area Studies, Special Collections, and General Ref-
erence, as well as the Preservation Office. In this
capacity, he is also responsible for the broad oversight
of the reader, reference, and specialized research ser-
vices, control and maintenance of the collections, and
the organization of public programs related to the
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Mr. Broderick earned
a bachelor of arts degree at Southwestern at Memphis
in 1948 and both a master of arts degree and his
doctorate at the University of North Carolina in 1949
and 1953 respectively. During World War II, he
studied Japanese language and culture in the U.S.
Army Language Progiam at Yale University. He has
taught English and American literature at the Univer-
sities of North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia and
Wake Forest University. He served as assistant chief
December 29, 1978
of the Library's Manuscript Division from 1965 to
1975, when he was promoted to chief of the division.
Since 1Q64 he has also served as adjunct professor of
English and consultant in bibliograph. at George
A specialist in 19th-century American literature.
Mr. Broderick has published articles and studies of
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry D. Thoreau, ind Walt
Whitman, among others. He is a member of the Edi-
torial Board of The Wiritings of Henry D. Thoreau
(Princeton University Press) and general editor for
Thoreau's Journal. He has been a member of the
Committee on Bihli',Laphy of the American
RECEPTION ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCED
The Librarian of Congress will open the ALA
conference-wide reception to be held on Sunday,
January 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall
of the Library of Congress. Joseph Duffey, chair-
man, National Endowment for the Humanities,
will make an announcement of importance espe-
cially to public librarians. Another special guest
will be Jay O'Callahan, professional teller of tales.
Courtesy buses will leave from the Sheraton Park
and Washington Hilton hotels beginning at 5:30
p.m. All ALA conferees and Library of Congress
staff are invited to the reception.
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Literature Section of the Modern Language Associa-
tion since 1964 and has served as chairman of the
American Literature Section in both the South Atlan-
tic and the South-Central Modern Language Associa-
tions. He is a member of the advisory board to the
U.S. Senate Historical Office and of the archival
security board of the Society of American Archivists,
and is the Library's representative on the National
Historical Publications and Records Commission. He is
a member of several professional and scholarly associa-
tions, including the American Antiquarian Society.
Mr. Broderick has received various awards and
grants, including a Council on Library Resources
fellowship in 1971, which took him to 22 U.S. librar-
ies and historical societies to study the history, devel-
opment, and service of selected major collections of
Americana. His findings were the basis of an article,
"Locating Major Resource Collections for Research in
American Civilization" (American Studies, Spring
1972) and a paper on "Archives of Literature and
Art" delivered at the International Congress on
Archives in Moscow, U.S.S.R., in August 1972. He
contributed the biography of John Russell Young to
the publication, Librarians of Congress 1802-1974,
Distinguished Guests of the Library
During November . ... 789-790
John Broderick Named Assistant
Librarian for Research Services ... 785-786
New Slide/Sound Presentation
Introduces Visitors to Library ... 786
Recent Gifts Reported . ... 787
Reception Activities Announced ... 785
Sergiu Luca, William Bolcom,
Anne Epperson to Perform . .... 788
Serials Claiming Project Underway ...... .788-789
Staff News . ... 790-793
Appendix Karel Capek Anniversary:
A Bibliography . ... 794-796
and the article on Young in the recently published
Dictionary of American Library Biography.
Mr. Broderick, who is married, lives in Rockville, Md.
He has two children, a daughter who is a Washington,
D.C., attorney and a son who is a college student.
NEW SLIDE/SOUND PRESENTATION
INTRODUCES VISITORS TO LIBRARY
Visitors now have the opportunity to tour the
Library of Congress without leaving their chairs.
"America's Library," an 18-minute slide/sound pre-
sentation produced by the Information Office, gives
visitors to the Library of Congress Building a behind
the scenes look at the many services to the public, the
Congress, the blind and physically handicapped, and,
through copyright, the creator. Highlights of the
collections, a short history of the Library, and preser-
vation activities are also included.
Visitors enter the new 48-seat Orientation Theater
on the ground floor to the tune of "The Library of
Congress March," composed by former Secretary of
the Navy J. William Middendorf and recorded by the
United States Navy Band. The multi-screen show is
produced with nine slide projectors and a stereo
soundtrack. Over 400 slides are projected on a 15-
"America's Library" is shown hourly in the Orien-
tation Theater on the ground floor of the Library of
John C. Broderick
December 29, 1978
RECENT GIFTS REPORTED
On December 5, Better Homes and Gardens food
editor Doris Eby presented to William Matheson,
chief of the Library's Rare Book and Special Collec-
tions Division, the 20 millionth copy of the Better
Homes and Gardens New Cook Book (right photo-
graph). The cook book, published by Meredith Corp.
of Des Moines, Iowa, has sold over 20 million copies
to date, making it the all-time best seller of hardcover
On Monday, November 27, Con-
gressman John M. Murphy of New ,
York turned over to the Library a set
of 23 volumes listing the names of
United States and United Nations
forces killed during the Korean War. J
The compilation was prepared by the
United Nations Korean War Allies
Association and presented by its
chairman, Kap-Chong Chi (pictured
on the left), to Congressman Murphy
(second from left). Congressional Re-
search Service Director Gilbert Gude
and Associate Librarian for National
Programs Carol A. Nemeyer accepted
the volumes, which will be added to
the holdings of the Rare Book and
Special Collections Division, for the
Library. Also present for the cere-
mony was Nathan Einhorn, chief of
the Exchange and Gift Division.
books by a single publisher, "a phenomenon of Amer-
ican publishing history."
Leonard Beck, the division's curator of special
collections (left photograph), shows Doris Eby and
Robert Goodwin, Meredith's Washington repre-
sentative, a sampling of material from the Library's
Katherine Golden Bitting Gastronomic Library,
housed in the division. The collection includes mate-
rial dating from the 15th century.
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SERGIU LUCA, WILLIAM BOLCOM,
ANNE EPPERSON TO PERFORM
Second Sonata by Bolcom Premiered
A new work for violin and piano, the Second
Sonata by William Bolcom, will be performed for the
first time at the Library of Congress on Friday eve-
ning, January 12. Violinist Sergiu Luca will join the
composer in the performance of the work, commis-
sioned by the Library's McKim Fund.
William Bolcom, a native of Seattle, studied at the
University of Washington, at Stanford University, and
with such composers as Darius Milhaud and Olivier
Messiaen. He later taught at the University of Wash-
ington and at Queens College in New York. He was
visiting critic in musical theater at the Yale Drama
School and composer-in-residence at the New York
University School of the Arts. Mr. Bolcom is cur-
rently at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In
1976, he completed his Piano Quartet, commissioned
by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the
library of Congress. As a pianist, he has recorded
works of George Gershwin as well as his own ragtime
pieces. This interest in jazz composition is obvious
throughout the Second Sonata.
The other works on the program will be the Suite
Italienne by Igor Stravinsky, and the Sonatina in D
major and the Rondo Brillante by Franz Schubert. In
these works, Mr. Luca will be joined by pianist Anne
Mr. Luca, an Israeli artist of Rumanian descent,
made his American debut in 1965 with the Phila-
delphia Orchestra. After a decade of extensive per-
formances, Mr. Luca in 1975 brought to fruition his
dedication to authentic performance of 17th- and
18th-century music with his presentations in New
York City and Washington, D.C., of Bach's complete
sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin with an
authentic Baroque bow and gut-stringed violin. Mr.
Luca last performed at the Library of Congress in
Miss Epperson, a native of Louisiana, has served as
accompanist for the Heifetz and Piatigorsky master
classes at the University of Southern California, the
Aspen Summer Music Festival, and the Western Opera
Theater in San Francisco, and has been a visiting
coach-accompanist at the Cincinnati College Conser-
vatory of Music. Currently she is a member of the
faculty at the North Carolina School of the Arts.
The concert on January 12, sponsored by the
McKim Fund, will begin promptly at 8 p.m. Tickets
will be distributed by Patrick Hayes, 1300 G St. N.W.
(Campbell's), beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday,
January 8. A service charge of 25 cents is placed on
each ticket, and only two tickets are distributed to an
individual. Telephone reservations may be made on
Monday morning by calling 393-4463. Mail orders are
The concert will be broadcast live by radio station
WETA-FM and made available to stations in other
cities through the Katie and Walter Louchheim Fund
in the Library of Congress.
What to do about missing issues of periodicals? Per-
haps claim them. But since systematic claiming is a
costly enterprise in the best of circumstances and
vastly expensive when coverage must extend to
120,000 titles, the Library of Congress for the last 20
years has not attempted to do so. Many Library staff
members in all the units dealing with serials have felt
uneasy about this policy, however, and in fact the
Subcommittee on Serials of The Librarian's Task
Force considered claiming one of the major areas of
For these reasons, the Planning Office selected the
issue of serials claiming as one for early investigation.
Late last year, Grace Ross and Robert Zich drafted
Reconnaissance 18 that proposed making a decent
stab at the problem. They drew up the document
after discussions with the principal officers in the
library of Congress responsible for serials and visits
to the National Agricultural Library and elsewhere to
learn how others approached the problem.
The proposal they made was essentially that the
Library select 1,000 heavily used titles and systemati-
cally claim them. The idea was generously embraced
by Joseph Howard, Assistant Librarian of Congress
for Processing Services, and Mary Sauer, chief of the
Serial Record Division, even though they knew, of
course, that the project meant more work for them
with no provision of additional resources. The
Deputy Librarian approved the project November 2,
1977, and it was launched.
The first step was to select the 1,000 titles. To
identify them, the Planning Office created the 1,000
Titles Committee (later named the Serials Claiming
Committee), which included representatives from all
units with reference or custodial responsibility for
serials. These people used the available documenta-
tion (including a list of all periodical titles requested
December 29, 1978
more than 10 times in the Newspaper and Current
Periodical Room from October 1976 through May
1977) and in addition canvassed the reference and
bibliographic specialists in their home units in an
effort to identify the 1,000 titles most important to
good service at the Library. The final list included
The committee forwarded the list to the Serial
Record Division for action. The division had secured
a small sum of overtime funds to assist in the project
and upon receiving the list began annotating the serial
record file and discussing with the Copyright Office,
Order Division, and the Exchange and Gift Division,
new internal procedures for claiming. Elizabeth John-
son of the Serial Record Division has now been
placed in charge of the project. She has almost fin-
ished one complete run through of the records of the
1.100 titles and has placed 225 claims. The division
hopes ultimately that the receipt records on all 1,100
titles will be scrutinized at least once a quarter. In
addition, accessioners have been instructed to report
missing numbers that they encounter for purposes of
immediate claiming. A side benefit of the discussions
held in the Serial Claiming Committee meetings is the
increased awareness of claiming and the rise in claim-
ing on titles outside the project.
Members of the Serial Claiming Committee con-
tinue to meet about once every two months to re-
ceive progress reports from the Serial Record Division
and exchange information among themselves. The
committee and the Planning Office are pleased with
progress thus far and pleased too with the fine re-
sponsiveness of those at all levels in Processing Ser-
vices and the Serial Record Division who have
vigorously attacked this longstanding problem.
DISTINGUISHED GUESTS OF
THE LIBRARY DURING NOVEMBER
Australia-Jennie Fernando, Monash University
Library, Clayton; Winnifred Johns, senior librarian,
Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works; Eoin
Wilkinson, university librarian, Macquarie University,
Brazil-Gilca Alves Wainstein, director, Museum of
Man, Minas Gerais.
Canada-Elicia Prata, head, Technical Services, Geo-
logical Survey of Canada; Frank Taylor. director,
National Film Theater of Canada, Ottawa.
Chile-Enrique Lihn, poet.
China-A delegation of 12 cardiolugists from the
Chinese Medical Association.
Dominican Republic-Juan Diaz, editor, El Sol
Egypt-A group of 12 Egyptian school librarians
accompanied by Ahmad Gamaluddin of Clarion (Pa.)
England-Marigold Best, University of Sussex; John
Gilbert, The British Library, London; Julie Lead-
better, Warwick University.
Ghana-George Abankwah, attorney, Copyright
Office of Ghana, Accra.
India-Yash Pal Mahajan, Library of Congress Of-
fice, New Delhi; Chandra Vaidyanath, assistant li-
brarian, University of Hyderabad.
Israel-Michael Sadykiewicz, Israel Bibliographical
Japan-Akihiro Chiyoda, senior officer, Manage-
ment Information Bureau, Japan Broadcasting Corp.,
Tokyo; Eiichi Kurahashi, head, Processing Depart-
ment, Kyoto University Library; Michihiro Nakai,
automation specialist, Honda Motor Co.; Yoshitaka
Nishimiya, head, Exchange Subsection, International
Exchange Section, National Diet Library, Tokyo.
Korea-His Excellency Yong Shik Kim, Ambassa-
dor of Korea, Washington, D.C.
Madagascar-Rakotondravao Rabefananina, editor,
Maresake daily newspaper.
Mexico-Lorena Careaga, Universidad de Quintana
Roo; Carlos Bosch Garcia, professor of history, El
Colegia de Mexico, Mexico City.
Norway-Oystein Wendelbo, deputy librarian, Uni-
versity Library of Bergen, Division of Medicine and
Paraguay-Ana Iris Chaves de Ferreiro, novelist and
cultural editor for Ultima Hora, Asuncion.
Philippines-Ofelia Angangco, associate dean.
School of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philip-
pines; Doreen Fernandez. chairman, English Depart-
ment, Ateneo de Mainila University; Marcelino
Foronda, chairman, Department of History and Po-
litical Science, De La Salle University; Salvador P.
Lopez, professor, University of the Philippines;
Bonifacio Salamanca, professor of history, University
of the Philippines.
Poland-Janusz Ekiert, music critic, Polish Radio
and Television and Express Wieczorny; Janina Fijal-
kowska, curator. Wilanow Poster Museum, \Wrsaw.
Rumania-loan Ciuperca, lecturer, Cu/a University,
lassy; Alexander Tarasescu. Rumanian Embjss\,
Singapore-Choo Hoey, music director and
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conductor, Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Sour i Africa-Thakazani Kweyama, Anglican
Spain-Lino G6mez Canedo, Academy of Francis-
can History; Jos6 Prat Garcia, president, Madrid
7Tailand-Knid Tantavirat, librarian, Chulalong-
U.S.S.R.-Ratchik Faramazian, Institute of World
Economics and International Relations, Academy of
Sciences of the U.S.S.R., Moscow; Olexej Putro, Insti-
tute of Culture, Kiev.
I'enezuela-Elena Perez, chief of documentation,
Universidad Andr6s Bello; Jos6 Lorenzo Perez, dean
Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas.
Zaire-Zaina Mwehu, head librarian, Faculty of
Social Sciences, University of Zaire, Lubumbashi.
From the United States
Thirty members of the American Dialect Society.
A group of eight document processing specialists
from the Anti-trust Division of AT&T.
Renate Bridenthal and Hobart Spalding III, profes-
sors of history, Brooklyn College. New York City.
A group of 38 library science students from Catho-
Shirley Dahlgren, KTO Microform, Millwood, N.Y.
Mary Ann English, Chicago, Ill.
Patricia Fagen, professor of history, San Jose
(Calif.) State College.
A group of 31 librarians from the Federal Inter-
agency Field Librarians Workshop.
Katherine Frohmberg, librarian, R&D Associates,
Los Angeles, Calif.
Bonnie Gerken, head, Young People's Services,
Everett (Wash.) Public Library.
Hugh Hamill, professor of history, University of
A group of 36 librarians and members of the
Friends of the Library from Hanover, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hirshhorn.
Franklin Knight, professor of history, Johns Hop-
kins University, Baltimore, Md.
Doris Mahony, Medical Center Library, University
of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Kathy Moeller, Overlook Hospital Library, Summit,
Morris Morley, State University of New York at
Jose Peila, professor of literature, University of
William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
Alastair Reid, New Yorker magazine, New York
Susan Rockwell, librarian, Falmouth, Mass.
Marion Sader, KTO Press, Millwood. N.Y.
Lars Schoultz. professor of political science, Uni-
versity of Florida.
Christy Sweet, cataloger, National Oceanic and At-
mospheric Administration, Boulder, Colo.
Antonine Tibesar, Academy of American Francis-
can History, Potomac, Md.
A group of 105 Wellesley College alumnae.
A group of eight staff members from the library of
the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William
Peter Winn, professor of political science, Columbia
A Few of the Visitors Expected in January
Rachel Barreto, librarian, Thomas Jefferson Li-
brary, Barcelona, Spain.
Martha B. Gould, public services librarian, Washoe
County Library, Reno, Nev.
A Japanese study mission on the use and manage-
ment of data bases.
Elizabeth Sandberg, ICA librarian, Oslo, Norway.
DEATH OF A FORMER STAFF MEMBER
Philip C. Greenwell, who held various supervisory
positions in the Service Division until the time of his
retirement on June 30, 1972, died on December 14 at
the age of 69.
Mr. Greenwell came to the Copyright Office in
1954 as a library assistant (arranger-filer) in the
Custodial Section of the Service Division, remaining
in that division throughout his career. He advanced to
the position of clerk (searcher) in the Materials Con-
trol Section in 1955, and the next year became head
of the Custodial Section. In 1962 Mr. Greenwell was
reassigned as head of the Records Section. He re-
turned to the Materials Control Section in 1963 as
supervisor of the Miscellaneous Files Unit, the posi-
tion he held until his retirement.
Mr. Greenwell served approximately 23 years in the
Federal Government, first with the Post Office De-
partment until 1942, and then as chief of mail and
security investigation for the War Production Board
from 1942 to 1946. He received his LL.B. from Na-
tional University Law School.
Survivors are his wife, Muriel L. Greenwell; his
sister, Marjorie G. Murphy; and his brother, Robert
H. Greenwell. Funeral Mass was offered December 18
December 29, 1978
This year, the WRA Cooking Club, which boasts a
membership of over 150 present and former Library
staff members, offered a Colonial Williamsburg
menu for its traditional Christmas luncheon on
Monday, December 4. The repast began with glig or
mulled cider and hors d'oeuvres, proceeded to Vir-
ginia ham and brandied peaches served with
creamed onions with peanuts and broccoli accom-
panied by an avocado salad and Sally Lunn (a sweet
bread served piping hot), and concluded with En-
glish fruit trifle.
Among those present for the occasion were (left
at Our Lady Of Good Counsel Church, Vienna, Va.
Interment followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wash-
Ralph A. Reinhart, catalog filer in the Filing Sec-
tion, Catalog Management Division, was presented a
35-year Federal Service Award pin by Joseph H.
Howard, Assistant Librarian for Processing Services,
on November 15.
Mr. Reinhart, a native of Washington, D.C., and a
graduate of Anacostia High School, came to the Li-
brary in 1949 after serving four years in the U.S.
Navy. Mr. Reinhart worked in the Cataloging Distri-
bution Service (formerly the Card Division) for 31
years, where he held positions of increasing responsi-
bility; he was appointed a series investigator in 1969.
He transferred to his present position in 1974.
Edmond P. Cahalane, senior descriptive cataloger in
English Language Section II of the Descriptive Cata-
photograph, left to right) Jewel Anthony, 1978 club
president; Vivian Fitzgerald, 1979 president; Sherry
Shapiro, the club's vice president, Jacky Reamy,
recording secretary; and Peter de la Garza, treasurer.
Seated before them are Donald C Curran, Cooking
Club member and The Associate Librarian, and
Oxana Horodecka, who chaired this year's C(hrit-
Cooking Club member (right photograph) John
James can be seen in action in the kitchen putting
the finishing touches on (and sampling) the whipped
cream for the English fruit trifle.
loging Division, received a 30-year Federal Service
Award pin on November 17, also presented by Mr.
Mr. Cahalane is a native of Chicago, Ill., and a
graduate of Loyola University and the University of
Chicago. He subsequently obtained a master's degree
in library science from the University of Michigan.
After serving from 1941 to 1945 in the U.S. Army,
he held a number of positions in various Government
agencies, among them the U.S. Public Health Service,
the U.S. Navy Special Projects Office, the U.S. Docu-
mentation Center, and the Ames Research Center of
NASA. He came to the Library of Congress in 1967
as a cataloger. All of his experience at the Library has
been with the division in which he now works.
Appointments: Leigh Bucca, catalog filer (trainee), GS-5,
Cat Mgmt, 6102; Alina Burke, clerk-typist, GS-3, Cii Publ,
OP 8-500; Ira Cure. research assistant, GS-7, CRS S, 5937;
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Rhonda Ferguson, deck attendant. GS-3, Ser, OP GR-102;
Frances Fulton. accounts maintenance clerk (typing), GS-4,
Cop Acq & Proc, 5982; Jo-Lynn Gilliam, catalog filer
(trainee), GS-5, Cat Mgmt, 6102; Allison Hamm, information
counter attendant, GS-3, Inf, OL-103; Joyce Robinson, bibli-
ographic and binding control assistant, GS-3, Preserv, 6115;
Katherine Simmonds, information counter attendant, GS-3,
Temporary Appointments: Jacqueline Campbell, editorial
assistant, GS-6, Sci, NP; Davi D'Agostino, reference assistant,
GS-7, CRS S, 6022; Jeffrey Shane, senior science specialist,
GS-15, Sci, NP.
Reappointments: Jeannine Pappas, assistant correspon-
dence clerk, GT-4, Photodup, 6147; Francis Saxon, catalog
filer (trainee), GS-5, Cat Mgmt, 6102.
Promotions: Susan Bello, CRS MAS, to secretary, GS-6,
CRS RAR, 6156; Judwiga Bliss, Photodup, to division file
clerk, GS-4, Ord, 6120; Jane Carroll, to assistant correspon-
dence clerk, GT-4, Photodup, 6147; Joanne Christman, to
assistant correspondence clerk, GT-4, Photodup, 6147;
Barbara Davis, to secretary to director, GS-8, GRR, 6168;
Charlotte Houtz, Photodup, to library technician, GS-5,
G&M, 6077; Mary Lee, to clerk-typist, GS-4, Cop Acq &
Proc, 6223; Patricia Murray, to systems analyst, GS-13, ASO,
6063; John Sullivan, Photodup, to information specialist,
GS-9, Inf, 6051; Mary Wright, to reviewer, GS-9, Subj Cat,
6247; Theresa Young, E&G, to clerk-typist, GS-4, Subj Cat,
Temporary Promotions: Caleb King, to warehouseman,
WG-4, NLS/BPH, NLS 104; Bill Tyler, to warehouseman,
WG-4, NLS/BPH, NLS 104.
Transfers: Christina Betit, Cop Rec Mgmt, to certifications
specialist, GS-6, Cop Inf & Ref, 6157; Phyllis Carmichael, Cat
Publ, clerk-typist, GS-4, Health, 6186; Donna Clark, Cop
Exam, to serial recorder (trainee) GS-5, Cop Cat, 6094;
Rebecca Coleman, Cop Exam, to serial recorder (trainee),
GS-5, Cop Cat, 6094.
Resignations: Nancy Bikoff, FRD; William Chjafin. Inf;
Paula Johnson, AFC; Jeanette Leach, FMO; Paul Metz. CRS
AIS; Margaret Ownby, NUCPP; Jennifer Woodward, CRS
A distinguished lecture program on "Trends in
Information Access, Activity and Network Design"
was held at the University of Southern California
School of Library Science on December 14. Henriette
D. Avram, director, Network Development Office,
Ronald L. Wigington, director, Research and Develop-
ment, and James L. Wood, director, Bibliographic
Support Division, both of Chemical Abstracts Service,
were the speakers. Martha Boaz, dean of the library
school, both arranged for and chaired the program.
Ethnicity and folklife studies were discussed by
American Folklife Center staff member Elena
Bradunas during two consultations and on two panels
at conferences in October and November. On Octo-
ber 10, she discussed, with staff members of the
Illinois Arts Council in Chicago, the development of a
southern Illinois folklife project to be carried out by
the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale. She
visited Seattle, Wash., on October 17-19 at the invita-
tion of the mayor's office and visited several of the
city's ethnic neighborhoods and met with ethnic com-
munity representatives to discuss the possibility of
organizing ethnic folklife workshops in the city. On
October 29-30, she attended a conference on
"Humanities in the Neighborhood" in South Bend,
Ind., and participated on a panel discussion of "The
Social History in the Neighborhood." On November
17-18, she visited Columbia, Mo., and spoke to a joint
meeting of the Missouri Folklore Society and the
Ozarks States Folklore Society on the activities of the
American Folklife Center and folklife research among
ethnic groups in that area of the Midwest.
Joseph Hickerson, head of the Archive of Folk
Song, and Kathy Westra performed Folksongs for
Christmas at The Songsmith on December 15 and 16.
The Songsmith is located on Capitol Hill.
"Legal Responsibilities of Senior Library Staff"
was the theme of the four-hour seminar presented by
Marlene C. McGuirl, chief, American-British Law
Division, for the Metropolitan Washington Council of
Governments' Continuing Library Education Net-
work and Exchange (CLENE) on December 12. A
wide range of topics discussed in the seminar included
censorship, employer/employee rights and liabilities,
performance contracts, and legal implications of pro-
viding information to the library patron. Her talk
included a discussion of current Supreme Court and
circuit court decisions, as well as Federal legislation,
regulations, and policy guidelines.
Lucia J. Rather, director for cataloging, spoke at a
Closing the Catalog Institute sponsored by the ALA
Library and Information Technology Association and
held in New Orleans, La., on November 28-30. Mrs.
Rather spoke on "LC's Plans for Closing the Cata-
At a December 4 conference on "Vision and the
Edlerly," Linda Redmond and A. D. Hagle of the
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped participated in programs concerning
attitudinal barriers and resources for visually impaired
older persons. Those resources highlighted included
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the NLS/BPH braille and talking-book program and
special reading services of the Martin Luther King
Memorial Library of the District of Columbia. They
also attended sessions on the availability and effec-
tiveness of optical aids such as magnifiers and elec-
tronic reading devices. The increasing rate of
blindness in the elderly population and some of the
social and psychological losses suffered by older
individuals were discussed. The conference was spon-
sored by the Prevention of Blindness Society.
Donald G. Shomette, visual information specialist
in the Printing and Processing Section, Central Ser-
vices Division, is the author of London Town: A Brief
History, published by the London Town Publik
House Commission, Inc. In the book, Mr. Shomette,
an underwater archaeologist, traces the development,
rise, and fall of London Town, an example of an early
at tempt at urban planning. The 90-page publication is
an outgrowth of Mr. Shomette's underwater survey of
the waters surrounding the London Town peninsula.
Proceeds from the book, which sells for $3.50, will be
used to initiate further preservation and restoration in
London Town. Copies are available from the Commis-
sion. Edgewater, Md.
Theodore Wiener, Judaica cataloger, Subject Cata-
loger Division, is the author of an article, "Jewish
Literary Anniversaries, 1979," that has appeared in
the Jewish Book Annual for 1978-79.
Maurvene D. Williams, head of the Library Re-
sources Section of the Library Services Division, was
a speaker at a forum sponsored by the Law Librar-
ians' Society of Washington, D.C., on November 30 at
the U.S. Tax Court. The theme of the forum was
"Sources for Legislation" and Mrs. Williams discussed
the various acquisitions techniques used in the Con-
gressional Research Service.
ACTIVITIES OF FORMER STAFF MEMBERS
Eilene Galloway, retired senior specialist in inter-
national relations, Congressional Research Service,
has been involved in a number of professional activi-
ties during the past year. In August. she conducted a
seminar on "The Role of Congress in the Formulation
and Implementation of Public Policy" for the U.S.
Civil Service Commission and in October presented a
paper on "Space Law and Astronautics for Peace and
Human Progress" at the 21st International Space Law
Colloquium, held during the 29th Congress of the
International Astronautical Federation in Dubrovnik,
Yugoslavia. Also in October, Mrs. Galloway presented
a paper on "Space Debris: The Soviet Satellite 954
and the Canadian Incident" at the fall symposium on
international law and the environment at the Univer-
sity of Virginia. She lectured in November on space
law at the Inter-American Defense College at Fort
McNair, Washington, D.C.
Arthur G. Renstrom, who headed the former Aero-
nautics Section in the Science and Technoloeu Divi-
sion, and who has continued his active ties with the
Library since his retirement in 1975 after some 44
years of service, is the author of a nine-page illus-
trated article in the December issue of the phila-
telic Airpost Journal entitled "Wilbur and Orville
Wright: A Diamond Jubilee, 1903-1978." Mr.
Renstrom has a long association with the topit, hav-
ing written two Wright brothers books published by
the Library, a bibliography in 1968 and a chronology
in 1975. He is currently completing a third, to be
published by the Library in 1979, tentatively entitled
"Wilbur and Orville Wright: A Pictorial Materials
Checklist Commemorating the Seven t -Fifth Anniver-
sary of Powered Flight, 1903-1978."
ANNOUNCE E NTS
On Thursday, January 11, 1979, the Library of
Congress Professional Association will present a
lunchtime program entitled "Chinese Libriries on the
New Long March: Libraries and Education in the
Post-Mao Era." The speaker will be Josephine Riss
Fang, professor of library science at Simmons Col-
lege, who will offer a lecture and slide presentation
documenting some of her travels and studies in the
People's Republic of China. On three separate occa-
sions since 1974, she has visited major libraries in
Peking and in the north and south of China. Most
recently the Council on Library Resources awarded
her a fellowship for 1977-78 to pursue further the
study of libraries and education in the People's
Republic. She has visited and studied libraries and
library associations around the world, published
extensively about her studies, been very active in
regional, national, and international associations in
which she has held a number of offices, and intro-
duced courses in publishing as well as international
and comparative libi arinship.
The lecture and slide program will begin at noon in
the Coolidge Auditorium and end at 12:30. Si.ll
members who wish to do so may bli lg hbj lunches to
the auditorium. The speaker will remain to answer
questions until one o'clock. Staff members whose
attendance at the program may require time exceed-
ing their normal lunch periods should consult their
LC Information Bulletin
KAREL CAPEK ANNIVERSARY
George J. Konrun
December 25 marks tile 40th anniversary of the death of Karel tapek (1890-1938), the best known and most
translated Czech author of the 20th century. His versatile personality encompassed a broad spectrum of human
activities, and his literary talent sought, and successfully found, its expression in a variety of genres. Karel tapek
wrote fiction, drama, poetry, detective stories, fairy tales, essays, feuilletons, and articles, compiled a remarkable
biography of President Thomas G. Masaryk based on personal interviews, and distinguished himself as a drama-
turgist. gardener, and amateur photographer. The most fruitful years of his literary career were spent in the
period of the first Czechoslovak Republic, and his death marked the decline of the Czechoslovak democracy and
the approaching triumphs of Nazism.
Many tragedies of European history were anticipated in his prophetic, but essentially optimistic, writing. The
themes of dictatorship, totalitarianism, political violence, dehumanization, and misuse of technical progress are
present in such of his works as Absolute at Large. R.U.R.. Krakatit. War with the Newis, and White Plague.
tapek's answer to the anguish of modern man was a refreshingly simple concept of common sense, refusal of
absolutization of human power. mistrust of all pretensions, and love of ordinary life.
The sizable selection of translated books published in the United States reflects the interest of the American
public in this outstanding writer. On the scholarly side, American literary criticism honored Karel tapek with the
first comprehensive study of his life and work published in any country, including Czechoslovakia. The author,
William E. Harkins, writes, "tapek's novels and plays on scientific subjects were indeed significant, and sounded a
prophetic warning on the dangers of modern warfare, technological civilization, and totalitarianism. tapek even
foresaw the possibility of using nuclear fission as a source of explosive energy for an atomic bomb. But it is not
this part of his work which is most important. Rather his chief accomplishment lies in his effort to give a
philosophical definition to the individual and his relation to a democratic society." Another American interpreter
of Karel Capek. Rene Wellek. wrote in 1936, "Karel Capek is an extremely ambitious and subtle practitioner of
the craft of fiction, a philosopher-poet passionately interested in the problems of truth and justice, in short, a
great artist who has to be reckoned with as one of the major figures of contemporary literature .... his work as it
stands now commands admiration by the very variety of his achievement, by the range of his powers, by its
earnest striving after the highest goal."
A Selected List of First Editions of
American Translations of Karel Capek's Works
"And so ad infinitum" (The life of the insects). An
entomological review in three acts, a prologue and
an epilogue, by the brothers tapek. Paul Selver, tr.
London, New York, H. Milford, Oxford University
Press, 1923. 69 p.
Czech title: Ze livota hmyzu.
R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), a fantastic
melodrama. Paul Selver, tr. Garden City, N.Y.,
Doubleday, Page, 1923. 187 p. (The Theatre Guild
Czech title. R.U.R.
Krakatit. Lawrence Hyde, tr. New York, Macmillan,
1925. 408 p. PZ3.C1695Kr
Czech title: Krakatit.
Letters from England. Paul Selver, tr. Garden City,
N.Y., Doubleday, Page, 1925. 191 p. illus.
Czech title: Anglick6 list.
The Makropoulos secret. Adapted by Randal C. Bur-
rell. Boston, J. W. Luce  165 p.
Czech title: Vec Makropulos.
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The absolute at large. Thomas Mark, tr. New York, Mac-
millan, 1927. 242 p. PZ3.C1695Ab
Czech title: Tovmrna na absolutno.
Adam the creator, a comedy in six scenes and an
epilogue. Dora Round, tr. New York, R. R. Smith
11930] 187 p. PG5038.C3A3
Czech title: Adam Stovfitel.
Money and other stories. Francis P. Marchant, et al.,
trs. New York, Brentano's, 1930. 279 p.
Czech title: Trapne povkdky.
The gardener's year. Illustrated by Josef Capek. M.
and R. Weatherall, trs. New York, Putnam, 1931.
159 p. illus. SB455.C34 1931a
Czech title: Zahradniktiv rok.
Letters from Spain. Paul Selver, tr. New York, Put-
nam, 1932. 192 p. illus.
Czech title: Vy'let do Span1l.
Dashenka; or, The life of a puppy, written, drawn,
photographed and endured by Karel Capek, M. and
R. Weatherall, trs. New York, H. Holt  93 p.
Czech title: Dierilka; 6ili, Zivot~tbnfte.
Fairy tales, with one extra as a makeweight by Joseph
Capek. NI. and R. Weatherall, trs. New York, H.
Holt (1933] 288 p. illus. PZ8.CI72Fai
Czech title: Devatero pohidek.
Letters from Holland. Paul Selver, tr. New York, Put-
nam  104 p. illus. DJ39.C3
Czech title: ObrAzky z Holandska.
Meteor. MN. and R. Weatherall, trs. New York, Put-
nam, 1935. 255 p.
Czech title: Povetrofh.
President Masaryk tells his story; recounted by Karel
tapek. D. R., tr. New York, Putnam, 1935. 302 p.
port. DB217.M3A55 1935
Czech title: Hovory s T. G. Masarykem.
Intimate things. Dora Round, tr. New York, Putnam,
1936. 176 p.
Czech title: 0 nejbligich v6cech.
War with the newts. M. and R. Weatherall, trs. New
York, Putnam, 1937. 348 p. illus.
Czech title: Vilka s mloky.
Travels in the north; exemplified by the author's own
drawings. M. and R. Weatherall, trs. New York,
Macmillan, 1939. 296 p. illus.
Czech title: Cesta na sever.
The first rescue party, a novel. M. and R. Weatherall,
trs. New York, Macmillan, 1940. 277 p.
Czech title: Prvni parta.
I had a dog and a cat. Pictures drawn by Josef &
Karel Capek. M. and R. Weatherall, trs. New York,
Macmillan, 1941. 160 p. illus. PG5038.C3 I 2
Czech title: Mel jsem psa a koku.
Tales from two pockets. Paul Selver, tr. New York,
Macmillan, 1943. 215 p.
Czech title: Povidky z jedn6 kapsy. Povidky z
Three novels: Hordubal, An ordinary life [and]
Meteor. M. and R. Weatherall, trs. New York, A. A.
Wyn  469 p. PZ3.C1695Th
Czech titles: Hordubal. Obycejny livot.
Apocryphal stories. Dora Round, tr. London, G. Allen &
Unwin; New York, Macmillan, 1949.165 p.
Czech title: Kniha apokryffi.
In praise of newspapers, and other essays on the mar-
gin of literature. M. and R. Weatherall, trs. New
York, Arts  138 p.
Czech title: Marsyas.
A Selected List of Essays and Books on Karel
Capek Published by American Scholars or
in the United States
Chandler, Frank W. Hungarian and Czech innovators:
Molnir and the Capeks. In his Modern continental
playwrights. New York, Harper, 1931.
p. 438-464. PN1851.C47
Dolelel, Lubomir. Karel Capek and Vladislav
Van'cura: an essay in comparative stylistics. In his
Narrative modes in Czech literature. [Toronto]
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University of Toronto Press [19731 p. 91-111.
Drake, William A. Karel Capek. In his Contemporary
European writers. New York, J. Day Co., 1928.
p. 310-316. PN771.D7
Elton, Oliver. Karel Capek. In his Essays and ad-
dresses. Freeport, N.Y., Books for Libraries Press
[1969, c1939] p. 151-190. PN710.E53 1969
Harkins, William E. Karel Capek. New York, Co-
lumbia University Press, 1962. 193 p. illus. (Co-
lumbia Slavic studies) PG5038.C3Z67
Hudson, Lynton A. Symbolic evangelism and the
philosophical review. In his Life and the theatre.
New York, Roy Publishers [1954?] p. 97-110.
Manning, Clarence A. Karel Capek [with selections]
In The Columbia University course in literature.
v. 10. Scandinavian and Slavic literature. New
York, Columbia University Press. 1929 p. 561-564.
PN6013.C5 1928,v. 10
Moskowitz, Samuel. Karel Capek: the man who in-
vented robots. In his Explorers of the infinite;
shapers of science fiction. Cleveland, World Pub.
Co. [I193] p. 208-24. PN3448.S45M65
Nemetek, Zdenek. Karel Capek. In World literatures.
[Pittsburgh] University of Pittsburgh Press, 1956.
p. 53-65. PN501.W6
Wellek. Ren6. Karel tapek. hI his Essays on Czech
literature. The Hague, Mouton, 1963. (Slavic
printings and reprintings, 43) p. 46-61. PG5003.W4
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