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Vol. 31, No. 50
December 15, 1972
ROBERT BRAY, WILLIAM ROSSITER
RETIRING FROM LIBRARY
Two senior officers of the Library of Congress who
together have given a total of 77 years of distin-
guished service to the Library have announced their
retirements. They are Robert S. Bray, Chief of the
Division for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
since May 1957, who retired on December 11 after
37 years with the Library; and William W. Rossiter,
Chief of the Financial Management Office and Acting
Chief of the Procurement and Supply Division,
Administrative Department, who will retire, effective
January 5, after 40 years with the Library.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a graduate of
George Washington University, Mr. Bray began his
library career with the District of Columbia Public
He joined the Library of Congress in 1940, serving
successively as Deck Attendant, Junior Librarian.
Reference Assistant in the Science and Technology
reading room, and Assistant in Charge of the Check-
list of Certain Periodicals. In 1944 he left the Library
to serve as an officer with the U.S. Navy and in 1946
returned to become Head of the Library's Exchange
Section of the Exchange and Gift Divison, and two
years later was appointed Assistant Chief of the Card
Division. From 1950 to 1956 he served as Assistant
Chief and in 1956 was appointed Chief of the Tech-
nical Information Division.
Mr. Bray is the recipient of the Migel Medal for
Outstanding Service to the Blind (1963), the highest
award of the American Foundation for the Blind, and
the Apollo Award (1968), the highest award of the
American Optometric Association. In 1968 he re-
ceived the Francis Joseph Campbell Citation and
Medal given annually by the American Library
Association's Round Table on Library Service to the
Blind. In 1969, he received the Distinguished Service
Award from the Librarian of Congress. [See other
stories in the Information Bulletin, May 8, 1969,
pages 239-40 and May 19, page 226.]
(Continued on page 537)
WESLEY W. STOUT PAPERS
DONATED TO LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
"And hark in your ear; I am a coming man, so take
warning." Thus novelist William Faulkner wrote
December 21, 1927, to the editors of the Saturday
Evening Post; the occasion was the submission of the
short story, "Christmas Tree." The warning, which
alluded to the Post's earlier rejection of "Ad Astra,"
had no immediate effect: "Christmas Tree" was
rejected within two weeks of its receipt. In 1930,
however, Faulkner began to place stories in the Post.
Following acceptance of the second, "A Mountain
Victory," on October 9, 1930, one of the Post edi-
tors, Thomas B. Costain, invited Faulkner to visit
Philadelphia so that he and the staff of the magazine
could become personally acquainted. Faulkner
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58 Catalog Cards on Best Seller List 534-535
Fossilized Cypress Log Featured in Exhibit 535-536
LC Employees Help Establish PD Library .. 536
Library of Congress Publications ... 540
News in the Library World ... 540-542
Robert Bray, William Rossiter Retiring 533,537
Staff News . . ... 537-539
Visitors to LC . .... 536
Wesley W. Stout Papers Donated to LC 533-534
replied that he would have to sell the Post three more
stories before he could afford the trip. "At present I
am living on corn field peas, let alone hoping to go
anywhere," he wrote.
The Faulkner letters form part of a collection of
such editorial correspondence gathered by Wesley W.
Stout, associate editor (1924-1936) and editor
(1937-1942) of the Post, and donated to the Library
by his daughter, Mrs. L. Eugene Johnson of Louis-
ville, Ky. The letters are largely from the 1920's and
1930's, though a few date from the period of World
War I or even earlier. A noteworthy example of ear-
lier material is an autograph letter of William Jennings
Bryan, then Secretary of State, to Woodrow Wilson,
August 27, 1913, complimenting the President on his
message on Mexico. delivered that day to a joint ses-
sion of Congress.
There are approximately 600 items in the collec-
tion, both incoming letters and carbon copies of
editorial replies from Stout, Costain, and George H.
Lorimer. More than 100 notable persons are repre-
sented in the collection. Among those most promi-
nently represented are Arthur (Bugs) Baer, Thomas
Beer, Edna Ferber, Joseph Hergesheimer, Ring Lard-
ner, Will Rogers, and Julian Street.
The collection is organized and available for use in
the Manuscript Division. [John C. Broderick]
58 CATALOG CARDS MAKE
CARD DIVISION'S BESTSELLER LIST
What's a bestseller? Lucky publishers have certain
books that have runaway sales. Some recording com-
panies have song hits that reach the million mark.
And the Library of Congress Card Division catalog
cards for which the Division receives a thousand
orders or more in the previous 12 months is a best-
The cards which achieved that status in fiscal year
1972 are listed briefly below in random order and
give not only a slight indication of what cards the
Division is selling for what book titles, but also reflect
in some vaguely defined or not-defined manner the
reading tastes of the public or possible the acquisi-
tions habits of American librarians. Titles of books
which reached the catalog card bestseller list are as
This Island Earth, edited by Oran W. Nicks.
Aeschylus: A Collection of Critical Essays, compiled by
Marsh H. McCall.
Steinbeck; A Collection of Critical Essays, compiled by
Robert Murray Davis.
Understanding China; An Assessment of American Schol-
arly Resources by John M. H. Lindbeck.
The Pentagon Papers, as published by the New York Times.
Who Owns America? by Walter J. Hickel.
Guide to the Congress of the United States, Origins, His-
tory and Procedure by the Congressional Quarterly.
E. E. Cummings: A Collection of Critical Essays, compiled
by Norman Friedman.
Dreiser, A Collection of Critical Essays, compiled by John
The Power of Perfect Liberty; Out of Japan: A Creative
Breakthrough in Humanity's Quest for a New Man in a New
Age, by Marcus Bach.
Great Religions of the World, by the National Geographic
Twentieth Century Interpretations of Absalom, Absalom!
compiled by Arnold Goldman.
Twentieth Century Interpretations of 1984, compiled by
Samuel Lynn Hynes.
Go Ask Alice, author anonymous.
Women and Society, compiled by Diana L. Reische.
The Penguin Companion to Classical, Oriental & African
Literature, edited by D. M. Lang and D. R. Dudley.
The Penguin Companion to English Literature, edited by
The Penguin Companion to American Literature, edited by
Malcolm Bradbury, Eric Mortram, and Jean Franco.
December 15, 1972
The UTU Handbook of Transportation in America, by
Nomads of the World, by the National Geographic Society.
As We Live and Breathe, by the National Geographic
Fundamental Reference Sources, by Frances (Neel)
Matthew: Introduction, Translation and Notes, by W. F.
Albright and C. S. Mann.
The Horizon History of Africa, by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.,
Editor in Charge.
Historic Houses ofAmerica, Open to the Public, by Beverly
Da Costa, Editor in Charge.
The American Heritage History of Notable American
Houses, by Marshall B. Davidson.
Kennedy Justice, by Victor S. Navasky.
Analyzing Performance Problems; or, You Really Oughta
Wanna, by Robert Frank Mager.
Annuals, by James Underwood Crockett.
Nathanael West, A Collection of Citical Essays, compiled
by Jay Martin.
The First American; A Story of North American Archae-
ology, by Kurt W. Marek.
Deschooling Society, by Ivan D. Illich.
The Impact of Our Past; A History of the United States, by
Bernard A. Weisberger.
The Closing Circle; Nature, Man, and Technology, by Barry
The Vantage Point, by Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Beyond Freedom and Dignity, by Frederic Burrhus
Justice in America: Law, Order and the Courts, compiled
by William P. Lineberry.
Twentieth Century Interpretations of A Tale of Two Cities,
compiled by Charles E. Beckwith.
Without Marx or Jesus, by Jean Francois Revel.
The Ra Expeditions, by Thor Heyerdahl.
In the Shadow of Man, by Jane Lawick-Goodall.
Strindberg; A Collection of Critical Essays, compiled by
The American Cowboy in Life and Legend, by Bart
Einstein; The Life and Time, by Ronald William Clark.
Crossing the Water; Transitional Poems, by Sylvia Plath.
The European Discovery of America; the Northern Voy-
ages A.D. 500-1600, by Samuel Eliot Morison.
Archibald MacLeish, by Grover Cleveland Smith.
Twentieth Century Interpretations of Richard II, by Paul
Honor Thy Father, by Gay Talese.
Modern Black Novelists, compiled by Michael G. Cooke.
Twentieth Century Interpretations of A Streetcar Named
CHRISTMAS CAROL SING IN GREAT HALL
All Library staff members, their families, and
friends are invited to participate in the annual
Christmas Carol Sing in the Great Hall on Thurs-
day, December 21, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Desire, compiled by Jordan Yale Miller.
The Almanac of American Politics: The Senators, The
Representatives-Their Records, States, and Districts, 1972,
by Michael Barone.
The Nation's Health, compiled by Stephen Lewin.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Alexander
I'm OK, You're OK; A Practical Guide to Transactional
Analysis, by Thomas Anthony Harris.
Time Capsule, by New York, Time, Inc.
Future Shock, by Alvin Toffler.
Eleanor and Franklin, by Joseph P. Lash.
FOSSILIZED CYPRESS LOG FEATURED
IN MADISON BUILDING EXHIBIT
An exhibit on the James Madison Memorial Build-
ing of the Library of Congress has been opened on
the First Floor in the Main Building for an indefinite
period. Included in the exhibit are site plans, photo-
graphs showing the progress of excavation and the
pouring of cement for the foundation, a large scale
model of the building, architectural renderings of
interior space, and a fossilized cypress log uncovered
during the excavation.
The 18-inch polished slab of petrified wood in the
exhibit is a part of a log discovered in the summer of
1971 by workmen digging at sea level, 40 feet below
the surface of the construction site. The wood
appears to be a form of cypress called cupressi-
noxylon, a catch-all word for fossils of the type that
have the cypress-like structures, and which cannot be
identified further. The gravels found around the log
indicate they were part of the Potomac group of the
Cretaceous age and were deposited in a south-flowing
river approximately 70 million years ago. The log
probably fell into the river and was carried to a gravel
bar where it lodged and became covered. Marks on
the fossil show apparent worm holes and where
branches used to be. During fossilization, the wood
cells of the log were replaced, molecule by molecule,
The James Madison Memorial Building, authorized
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by Congress in 1965 and begun in May, 1971, has
been planned by DeWitt, Poor, and Shelton, Asso-
ciate Architects, under the direction of the Architect
of the Capitol. Located on Square 732, directly south
of the Library's Main Building, it will provide almost
2 million square feet of additional space, including
the James Madison Memorial Hall, a two-story room
entered from the Main Lobby on Independence
Avenue and exhibition areas on the First and Second
Floors for the display of Madison documents and
The Library's new exhibit coincides with the near
completion this month of the first phase of construc-
tion, excavation, and foundation. Bids for the con-
struction of the superstructure and interiors were
opened on November 28. The Information Bulletin
will publish an announcement of the contract award
at a later date.
LC EMPLOYEES HELP ESTABLISH
POLICE DEPARTMENT LIBRARY
A group of Library of Congress employees headed
by Judy Matheny, Serials Cataloger in the Serial
Record Division, devoted their free time in assisting
the Washington Metropolitan Police Department
establish a new police academy library. Over a period
of seven months, the volunteers applied their skills in
subject titling, cataloging, and book arrangement to
setting up the library and training the police officer
assigned to the library to carry on these operations.
Organized by Miss Matheny, the group spent one
night a week, from November 1971 to May 1972, at
the academy. Those participating were Matthew
Caulfield, Assistant Head of the Germanic Languages
Section, and Mrs. Jewel Pettiford, Senior Descriptive
Cataloger, from the Descriptive Cataloging Division.
Subject Catalogers participating from the Subject
Cataloging Division were Janet R. Meserve, Mary Lou
Miller, Regene Ross, and Mrs. Millicent K. Wewerka.
Reid L. Graham, a Shelflister in the Shelflisting Sec-
tion of the Subject Cataloging Division, also partici-
Chief of Police Jerry V. Wilson in a letter to Librar-
ian L. Quincy Mumford praising the accomplishments
of this group wrote, "I congratulate you on having
employees who have enthusiasm for their work not
only during business hours but allow it to continue
over into their own time."
VISITORS TO LC
Distinguished Polish Visitors
Mrs. Halina Trepczynska, wife of the President of
the 27th Session of the General Assembly of the
United Nations, and Mrs. R6ia Trampczknska, wife
of the Polish Ambassador to the United States,
accompanied by Mrs. Ewa Karska of Warsaw, pres-
ently with the United Nations in New York, visited
the Library of Congress on December 1.
After a tour of the Library, the group visited the
Slavic and Central European Division, where Paul L.
Horecky, Division Chief, and Mrs. Janina W. Hoskins,
Area Specialist on Poland and East Europe, briefed
them on the activities of the Division and on the
Library's Polish collections. Later, the party was
shown selected Polish rare books in the Rare Book
Mrs. Trepczynska, on behalf of her husband, pre-
sented the Library of Congress with the first volume
of Copernicus' Complete Works containing a facsimile
of his manuscript "On the Revolutions," and with a
record of Polish folk music.
Visiting National Librarian
The Director of the National Library of Peru Dr.
Estruardo Nufez Hague accompanied by his wife,
Senora Carlota Carvallo de Nufiez, visited the Library
of Congress on December 4. Formerly a professor at
San Marcos University in Lima and a distinguished
literary critic, Dr. Nufiez was seeking American
accounts of travels in South America written during
the 19th century. In addition to an orientation tour,
he visited the Manuscript Division and the Latin
American, Portuguese, and Spanish Division. Mrs. de
Nuflez, who is both an author of children's books and
an artist, met with Virginia Haviland, Head of the
Children's Book Section. The visitors were guests at a
luncheon in the Whittall Pavilion where they met the
Librarian and other Library officials.
Other Visiting Librarians
Mrs. Namnama P. Hidalgo, Readers Services Librar-
ian, University of the Philippines Library, Quezon
Ahmed Muchlis, Director of Libraries and Lecturer
in Parasitology, Pertanian Bogor Institute, Bogor,
West Java, Indonesia.
Martin Skibbe, Director of Library, German Cancer
Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany.
David Bailey, Periodicals Cataloger, Royal Mel-
bourne Institute of Technology Library, Melbourne,
December 15, 1972
DEATHS OF FORMER STAFF MEMBERS
Samuel R. Acuff, who retired from the Library on
April 27, died on November 14. He joined the Li-
brary staff in September 1968 as a Bindery and
Finishing Worker in the former Office of the Secre-
tary, now the Central Services Division of the
A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Mr. Acuff served for
four years in the U.S. Army during World War II and
later continued his Federal service with the Depart-
ment of Health, Education, and Welfare before
coming to the Library.
Mr. Acuff is survived by his wife, Vera, one
daughter, and two grandchildren.
Charles H. Stephenson, Jr., a Library of Congress
employee for 45 years before his retirement in 1965
died on December 7 at Alexandria Hospital, Virginia.
Born in Britt, Iowa, in 1903, Mr. Stephenson came
to Washington, D.C. at an early age. He attended
Eastern High School and Wood's Commercial School.
After serving for a short time in the U.S. Treasury
Department, Mr. Stephenson was appointed to the
Library of Congress staff on January 14, 1920 as an
Assistant in the Reading Room and was appointed
five months later to the carrier service in the Capitol
Because of his wide and varied acquaintance in the
Capitol and knowledge of legislative procedures, he
rendered invaluable service to the Library by supply-
ing information about the progress of legislation of
interest to the library world and by quickly iden-
tifying and obtaining bills, reports, and other Con-
gressional documents needed officially or for the
He was not only effective in serving Members and
Committees of the Congress but he was also un-
failingly kind and understanding in dealing with his
colleagues. Because of his courtly manner and his
long association with the Congress, Mr. Stephenson
was affectionately known to his colleagues as "Sena-
tor" or "the Senior Senator" and, in fact, was once
mistaken for an important Senator.
Among the many letters of praise and appreciation
for his service is a letter from the late Senator Carl
Hayden thanking Mr. Stephenson for his helpful
assistance. Senator Hayden stated that [Mr. Stephen-
son's] "efficient and intelligent handling of all
requests has many times aided in the prompt receipt
of needed information." And that "consistently [he]
has revealed a personal interest in providing required
data quickly and precisely."
On February 9, 1965, Mr. Stephenson was awarded
a 45-year Federal service pin [Information Bulletin of
February 15, 1965, pp. 85-86]. He retired from the
Library on December 30, 1965. [An article on Mr.
Stephenson's retirement appeared in the January 13,
1966 issue of the Information Bulletin, pp. 22-23.]
Mr. Stephenson, who lived in Alexandria, is sur-
vived by two sons, Richard W., of Burke, Va., who
works in the Library's Geography and Map Division;
and Charles H. III, of Mitchellville, Md., who works in
the Library's Central Services Division; two daugh-
ters, Mildred Hickox, of Upper Marlboro, and Ila
Kuser, of Alexandria, and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on December 11 at the
Demaine Funeral Home, Alexandria. Burial was in
Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Md.
(Continued from p. 533)
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Rossiter graduated
from Eastern High School and the Benjamin Franklin
University of Accountancy. Following three years in
private industry, Mr. Rossiter joined the staff of the
Library of Congress in 1932 as a Clerk in the Dis-
bursing Office. In 1942 he was promoted to Assistant
Disbursing Officer and the following year to Disburs-
ing Officer. He left the Library in 1944 to serve with
the U.S. Army and returned in 1946. In 1950 he was
detailed to the Office of the Director of the Adminis-
trative Department as Administrative Officer and was
later promoted to Assistant Director. In 1953 he was
appointed Budget Officer and in 1964 became
Deputy Chief of Fiscal Services. Since September
1968 he has been the Chief of the Financial Manage-
ment Office with responsibility for the performance
and direction of the Library's financial management
program, which provides a wide variety of manage-
ment support and control services.
Mr. Rossiter's exceptional service has been recog-
nized by the Library a number of times, with six
Outstanding Performance Ratings between 1954 and
1960, a Superior Accomplishment Award in 1953,
and Superior Service Awards in 1957 and 1972. He
received a 40-year Service Award this fall. [See recent
stories in the Information Bulletin, May 19, pages
223-24, and October 20, page 455.]
In ceremonies held in the Librarian's office on
November 29, Leon W. Seidner, Personnel Operations
Officer, received a Superior Service Award and a cash
award of $350.
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Mr. and Mrs. Seidner and Mr. Mumford
Mrs. Weiss and Mr. Lorenz
The two awards were presented for Mr. Seidner's
"consistently fine services. and advice in an ever-
increasing complex of personnel laws, rules, and regu-
lations governing rights, benefits, and compliance."
During the ceremony Mr. Mumford told Mr.
Seidner. "You are well aware, I am sure, of the high
trust I place in your counsel and judgment. The
Library is indeed fortunate to have you on its staff
and I am perfectly confident in stating that my
respect and admiration are echoed a thousandfold
among present and former staff members who have
benefited from your conscientiousness and technical
excellence over a period of many years."
Mrs. Seidner was also present for the award cere-
Mrs. Gertrude H. Weiss received a Meritorious
Service Award at a ceremony held in the Deputy
Librarian's office on November 24.
Mrs. Weiss, the former Administrative Secre-
tary and Editorial Assistant in the Publications
Office, was presented a Meritorious Service Award
and a cash award of $175 in recognition of her
"dignity, tact, cheerfulness, and quiet efficiency
[which] ... will have a lasting effect on the organiza-
tion of materials and the routines in the Publications
Office." In making the award to Mrs. Weiss, Mr.
Lorenz stated that "to combine competence with
courtesy, to meet demands with unfailing
cooperation-these are qualities that are rare and, like
most rarities, are highly valued, not only by your
immediate office but by the Library as a whole."
Correction: In the LC Information Bulletin,
December 1, on page 516, it should be noted that
Wayne A. McKenney is a Research Assistant in the
Senior Specialist Division.
Donald Curran Appointed FMO Chief
Donald C. Curran has been appointed Chief of the
Financial Management Office, effective December 11,
succeeding William W. Rossiter who is retiring. [The
retirement story begins on page 533 of thisInforma-
tion Bulletin.] Mr. Curran was appointed Deputy
Budget Officer in May 1969 and was named Budget
Officer in July 1970, the post he has held for the past
A graduate of St. Louis University (B.S., cum
laude, 1959), he was a management intern with the
Social Security Administration from June 1959 to
September 1960. In 1960-61 he held a graduate
teaching assistantship at George Washington Univer-
sity, where he completed graduate courses in public
Mr. Curran came to the Library in April 1961 as an
Administrative Assistant in the Congressional
Research Service (then the Legislative Reference Ser-
vice). In September 196 1 he transferred to the Refer-
ence Department Office as an Administrative
Assistant and later was promoted to the position of
Management Analyst in the Administrative Depart-
ment. In these positions he completed studies of
organization and work processes in a variety of opera-
tions in the Library, including serials-handling, care
and service of the classified collections, the feasibility
of automation in certain areas, care and service of
December 15, 1972
music and manuscript materials, building planning,
space allocations, and fiscal activities. He participated
in the work of special task forces on library statistics
and building planning and was one of several staff
members honored for special studies in connection
with the automation of procedures for preparation
and publication of the World List of International
Meetings. In 1971 Mr. Curran initiated in the Library
a series of training seminars in financial management.
Appointments: Robert Leverne Bannerman, warehouse-
man, WG-5, Procurement, 4189; Maureen C. Corcoran, shelf-
lister trainee, GS-5, Subj Cat, 4167; Maria T. Ferguson,
preliminary cataloger, GS-6, Desc Cat, 4338; Jane E. Gil-
christ, shelflister trainee, GS-5, Subj Cat, 4167; Janice M.
Herd, preliminary cataloger, GS-6, Desc Cat, 4338; Doris
Drake Lasley, reference librarian, GS-9, CRS C, 4264; Anne
B. Scheer, reference librarian, GS-9. CRS C, 4264.
Temporary Appointments: Kathryn Kayser, reference assis-
tant, GS-5, CRS E, NP; Robert A. Rockstroh, clerk, GS-3,
CRS C, 4383.
Promotions: Ola V. Countee, to assistant supervisor,
searching unit. GS-9, Cat Publ, 4187; Florence H. Dusty,
Share Cat, to assistant editor of catalog publications, GT-9,
Cat Publ. 4173; Gary R. Miller. to deck attendant. GS-3,
S&R, 4-600; Eric Johnnie Myers, to deck attendant, GS-3,
S&R, 4-600; Deborah C. Peacher. to clerk-typist, GS-5, Cop
Serv, 4300; Thorton P. Rich. Bldgs, to warehouseman, WG-5,
Transfers: Hugh Coley, Loan, to mail clerk, GS-4, CS,
4385; Gregory Kendrick. CRS D, to deck attendant, GS-3,
S&R, 4-600; Michelle Perry. Cat Publ, to clerk-typist, GS-2,
CRS D. NP.
Resignations: Anita S. Buckler, Subj Cat; Margaret M. Kel-
logg, CRS C; Jean M. Solomon, Sci; Arden D. Stannard, Card;
Laura B. Stewart, FMO; Cathy B. Stiehler, Subj Cat.
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile Unit will
visit the Library, Main Building, Room C-125, on Fri-
day, December 22, from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Staff
members wishing to donate blood should register
with keyworkers in their respective divisions.
In accordance with LCR 2015-17.4, all blood
donors may be granted a maximum of four hours
excused absence, which includes the actual time spent
giving blood and a rest and recuperative period
immediately following. The time of donation must be
approved by the supervisor.
Questions concerning the program should be
directed to Miss Brothers, ext. 6053.
Dates for registration for spring semester courses
which will be offered by schools and universities in
the Washington, D.C., area have been announced.
Schedules and catalogs of courses are available for
reference in the Library of Congress Training Office,
Main Building, G-129, ext. 6348.
Students may register for courses offered by the
Graduate School, U.S. Department of Agriculture, by
mail until December 29 and from January 8-13 in
person at the Graduate School. Classes will begin the
week of January 12. Six courses which will be held at
the Library of Congress are English Composition,
Great Books, Intermediate Spanish, Everyday Mathe-
matics, China: Past and Present, and Motion Picture
Appreciation. Schedules and catalogs are available
from the Graduate School, Room 1031, South
Agriculture Building, 14th Street and Independence
Avenue, S.W., or by calling 447-4419.
More than 100 college-level courses will be offered
through the Federal After-Hours Education Program
of George Washington University. Registration will be
held on January 9-10 in Conference Rooms A, B, and
D of the Department of Commerce Building, 14th
Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W. Classes will
begin the week of January 22. A course in the pro-
gram, Management Information Systems Develop-
ment and Application, will be held at the Library of
Congress. Further information may be obtained from
Robert W. Stewart, Jr., Field Representative, College
of General Studies, George Washington University at
The American University College of Continuing
Education is offering a full range of courses at loca-
tions throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia. and
Maryland. Advance registration is currently underway
and general registration will take place on Friday,
January 12. The semester begins the week of January
15. Catalogs and further information are available
from the College of Continuing Education, American
University, Massachusetts and Nebraska Avenues,
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016, or by calling
Beatrice C. Toliver and George Wilson were married
on November 25 at Michigan Park Christian Church
in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Wilson works in the Binding
Office and Mr. Wilson works in the Photoduplication
Mr. and Mrs. Irving Carter are the parents of a
daughter, Sikinah, born on November 25 at Columbia
Hospital for Women in the District of Columbia. Mrs.
Carter is a Library Technician in the Serial Record
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS PUBLICATIONS
Selected Information Resources on Meteorology
(SL 72-23). November 1972. (16 p.) Compiled by the
Science and Technology Division's National Referral
Center, this publication is an informal listing of 86
organizations or functionaries which will provide
information in the general field of meteorology.
The compilation is in two parts. The first part lists
18 Government and 12 nongovernment organizations
with a variety of information capabilities in meteo-
rology, each entry providing the name, address, and
telephone number of the organization and a brief
description of the information services offered. The
second part, an 8-page appendix devoted exclusively
to the National Weather Service, gives the address and
telephone number of regional meteorologists (List A),
and regional and state climatologists (List B). Copies
of this list may be obtained free from the National
Referral Center, Science and Technology Division,
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540.
Press Release: No. 72-83 (December 8) Robert S. Bray
retires as Chief of the Division for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped of the Library of Congress; No. 72-84 (Decem-
ber 8) LC issues recording of Moroccan music.
NEWS IN THE LIBRARY WORLD
Librarians Honor Germaine Kretteck
Germaine Krettek, Associate Executive Director of
the American Library Association and Director of the
ALA Washington Office, retired on November 30.
Five local Library Associations honored Miss Krettek
on this occasion at a reception in the Russell Senate
Office Building on Tuesday, November 21.
Library and Congressional guests at the reception
were welcomed by Rupert C. Woodward, President of
the District of Columbia Library Association, who
recognized the representatives of the Washington
Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, the Law
Librarians' Society of Washington. the Potomac Tech-
nical Processing Librarians, and the Washington,
D.C.-Maryland Unit of the Catholic Library Associa-
tion. Brief tributes were paid to Miss Krettek by
Charles Lee of the Committee for Full Funding of
Federal Education Programs, speaking on behalf of
the Washington representatives of the educational
community, and by John G. Lorenz, Deputy Librari-
an of Congress, speaking on behalf of libraries.
Robert Wedgeworth, Executive Director of the
American Library Association, paid tribute to Miss
Krettek's service to the Association and presented her
with a framed copy of the citation passed by the
membership at the Chicago meeting last June. Eliza-
beth W. Stone, President-elect of the Washington
Chapter of SLA, presented Miss Krettek with a gift
from her friends-a Michael Moran sculpture.
Although Miss Krettek plans to return to her native
Iowa, she will continue to provide ALA with assis-
tance in legislative matters. Her successor in the Wash-
ington Office is Eileen D. Cooke.
Canadian Archives Publishes Report
Public Archives of Canada, Report 1970-1971
(Ottawa, 1972. 57 p. English, 60 p. French, 5 plates)
covers the activities of the Historical, Records
Management, and Administration and Technical Ser-
vices branches for a 15- instead of a 12-month period,
marking the transition from the calendar to the fiscal
year as a basis for reporting.
Major projects of the Archives during this period
include a continuation of the microfilming and index-
ing, by electronic data processing, of the papers of
Canadian Prime Ministers, the acquisition of the
Manoir Richelieu Collection of pictorial works illus-
trating early days in Canada, the preparation of a
catalog of film holdings of the National Film Collec-
tion, growth of the oral history collection of the
Historical Sound Recordings Unit, and increased use
of the Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal Records
Centres for economical storage of "dormant records"
of government departments and agencies.
ACRUIL Holds Annual Conference in San Juan
The Association of Caribbean University and
Research Libraries (ACURIL) held its fourth annual
conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, November
19-25. Delegates representing the principal research
libraries in the West Indies, Colombia, Venezuela, and
Guiana discussed the Conference's principal theme.
"Personnel Administration and its Improvement in
Libraries in the Caribbean."
Dr. Michael Gill, ACURIL's president and Senior
Assistant Librarian of the University of the West
Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. opened the inaugural
session on November 19 with a brief summary of the
Association's work and accomplishments during the
Dr. Thomas Matthews of the University of Puerto
Rico summarized recent developments of ACURIL's
parent organization. UNICA. the Organization ot
Caribbean Universities, with respect to university
December 15, 1972
cooperation and development in the Caribbean. He
reported that a Ford Foundation grant of $100,000
and a grant of $28,000 from the Inter-American
Foundation were received recently to further the
aims of UNICA in the fields of education, agriculture,
and the social sciences with special emphasis on
urbanization. To give form and substance to these
programs, Dr. Paes, a well-known educator from the
faculty of the University of Los Andes in Bogoti,
Colombia has recently accepted a two-year appoint-
ment as program director for UNICA. One of his first
efforts will be to develop cooperative programs
between English- and Spanish-speaking institutions in
The President of the Council of Higher Education
in Puerto Rico, Juan Jos6 Jimenez, officially wel-
comed the delegates to San Juan, stressing the
increasingly important role of libraries and librarians
in the whole field of educational development.
During the inaugural session, special tribute was
paid to three distinguished librarians from the Carib-
bean: Enid M. Baa, Director of the Public Library, St.
Thomas, Virgin Islands; Dr. Alma Jordan, Director of
the Library at the University of the West Indies, Trin-
idad; and Dr. Albertina Perez de Rosa, Director of the
Graduate Library, University of Puerto Rico. All
three were highly praised for their dedicated efforts
and contributions to advance the work of libraries
and librarianship in the Caribbean.
A series of four working papers on library person-
nel administration was presented at the conference.
The first, by Dr. Frederick Kidder, Director of the
School of Library Science at the University of Puerto
Rico, was entitled "Library School and Library
Work: Similar and Divergent Standpoints." Dr.
Kidder stressed the need for developing new ap-
proaches to teaching library science which would
place more emphasis on ideas and concepts rather
than on the rote learning of information. He further
noted that there was a strong need for innovations to
make library school more interesting and attractive to
students. Dr. Gill presented a paper entitled "Match-
ing the Qualifications of the Job; a Semi-Professional
Point of View." Basing his report on experience in
Barbados, Dr. Gill noted that on-the-job training for
library clerks and technicians is limited to acquainting
employees with the institution's practices and proce-
dures. There is a strong need to develop new courses
in library schools to train technicians for binding,
preservation, and photoduplication services. Dr.
Leonard Shorey, Tutor of the University of the West
Indies, presented "An Approach to the Administra-
tion of Library Persunnr-," which was Jr'- ; to
acquaint librarians with some of I.: problems. ;
sonnel iri g rrn.:ni and the edto devp
train librarians to be better admnsto
that they can more effectively carry out ulieir pro-
grams. "Links Betv.ccn Administration and i.,bi- :!
in the Caribbean," the the.n- of the last working
paper, was presented in two parts: Mrs. Mi adoniadj de
la Torre concentrated on the Spjnibh .peaking Caiib-
bean, and Miss Baa focused on the Dutch and U.S.
Virgin Islands area.
On Friday, November 24, two panel sessions dis-
cussed first the strengths and weaknesses of the
system, and later a history and survey of the mini-
mum standards for library personnel.
There was a full schedule of social activities for the
conference participants which included a reception at
the City Hall of San Juan on No'veinbcr 2u, cocktidls
on November 21 at the Institute of Puerto Rican
Culture where the invited guests were entertained by
a folk musical group, "Eco. de la Montafia." and on
November 22, a reception at La Fortaleza, the Gover-
nor of Puerto Rico's official residence.
At a banquet on Thursday evening, November 23,
new officers of the Association were officially in-
stalled. The president of ACURIL for the coming
year is Mrs. Cecilia Gaviria de Mendoa, Director of
the Centro Internacional de Desarollo Integral de
Aguas y Tierras, Merida, Venezuela. Dr. Archie L.
McNeal, Director of the University of Miami Library,
was elected vice-president. "Libraries in the Context
of National Development" is the theme for next
year's conference, which will be held in Miami, Fla.
[Earl J. Pariseau]
Southern Historical Association Meets
The 38th annual meettl g of tiee Southern Historical
Association was held in Holly-ood-by-the-Sej, Fla.,
November 15-18, with headquarters at the Diplomat
Hotel. There were 48 special sessions ranging in time
from the ancient world of Babylon. Mesopotamia,
and Egypt, to present day publishing .:ipn or iuintes in
The history of the South- and Southeriers as
makers of history were at lhe heart of the meeiir.g.
Three sessions were devoted exclusively to aspects no
Southern Black History, and several other sessions
included papers whose focus was on :ack i4.:Arv.
Indians, women, urbanizatlin, and Lthnki-i were
afforded equal time with the more traditional
subjects of the Civil War. Reconstruction, and the
New Deal. Sessions devoted to Latin Americi, tlf Far
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East, and to Modern FuLopean and Medieval history
were also available for specialists in those fields.
As a participant in a session on "Precursors of
American Historiography The Collector-Historians,"
John McDonough. Manuscript Historian in the Manu-
script Division, read a paper on "Historian-Chiefs of
the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress."
Mary Elizabeth Massey of Winthrop College and
outgoing president of the Association spoke on
Thursday evening, November 17, on "The Making of
a Feminist." George B. Tindall, of the University of
North Carolina, will be president during 1973.
Study Group Report Presented to FLC
An interim report on the Federal Library Coopera-
tive Center Study Group's study of greater coopera-
tion among Federal libraries in the area of technical
production was presented to the Federal Library
Committee on November 22 by Russell Shank, Direc-
tor of Libraries at the Smithsonian Institution. The
Study Group is examining the progress of Federal
libraries in the automation of library processes, and
the solution of storage problems and procedures.
Comparable activities in the private sector are also
under study to ascertain ways in which Federal li-
braries might benefit from them on a cooperative
basis. Mrs. Madeline Henderson, Staff Assistant for
Computer Usage Information and Data, National
Bureau of Standards, is co-chairman of the Study
Group. Mrs. Mary Huffer, Director of Libraries,
Office of Library Services, U.S. Department of
Interior, is steering a small subcommittee which is
working on the administrative factors of the study.
Addressing the committee, Robert B. Stegmaier,
Jr., Administrator, Defense Documentation Center,
gave a detailed description of DDC's on-line remote
system for storage and retrieval of information in
classified and unclassified scientific documents. Of
particular interest was the progress he reported in
machine indexing and the building of a natural lan-
guage data base. He referred librarians to the follow-
ing reports for further information on these
programs: AD 696 200, Machine-A ided Indexing; AD
721 875, AD 733 800 on the same subject; AD 716
200, Future of Machine Indexing and Retrieval; and
AD 743 600, Natural Language Data Base.
Guide to Islamic Literature Published
Mansell Information/Publishing Ltd. published on
November 30 the Index Islamicus 1966-1970, a bibli-
ographic compilation of approximately 50,000 peri-
odical articles and other non-book publications from
more than 900 international sources of Islamic infor-
Compiled by J. D. Pearson, Librarian of the School
of Oriental and African Studies, University of Lon-
don, the 384-page volume is the third supplement to
the original work, Index Islamicus 1906-1955, which
listed 26,000 articles by subject, with an author
Together, the four volumes provide an unprece-
dented guide to Islamic material. Publications listed
represent all regions where Islam is predominant and
subjects covered include religion, law, art, history,
ethnology, language, and literature.
The Index Islamicus will be updated by annual
cumulations for the years 1971 through 1974. A
cumulative quinquennial supplement is planned for
1971-1975. Price information and ordering instruc-
tions are available from Mansell Information/
Publishing Ltd., 3 Bloomsbury Place, London WCIA
Guide to Federal Information Systems Issued
The Information Resources Press has published
Selected Federal Computer-Based Information
Systems, a 215-page work describing, both verbally
and graphically, 35 information systems currently
operating in 13 Federal agencies. Although most com-
puter operations in Federal agencies are performed on
a batch processing basis only, some systems are cur-
rently operating in an on-line manner (mostly for in-
house searching only.) These systems will interest
those engaged in the field of interactive, on-line data
An updated and expanded version of Selected
Mechanized Scientific and Technical Information
Systems, originally published in 1969, this new work
will serve as a basic primer for those working in the
field of computerized information retrieval and par-
ticularly in the rapidly expanding field of data bases.
Copies are available from Information Resources
Press, 2100 M St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, for
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