ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BRITISH HONDURAS LIBRARY SERVICE
FOR THE YEAR ENDING 51st DECEMBER., 1962.
Perhaps one of the most enthusiastic years to be recorded for the British Honduras Library Service was that of 1962. Two months before its opening, Hurricane Hattie had crippled a dozen of its major service-points, and destroyed over fifty per cent, of its stock. Commenced in 1935, the Service had spread into a country-wide one, since much planning and expansion had taken effect after 1955. At the time of the Hurricane, the Service had grown into a Central Library, seven branches and thirty-two sub-libraries. It had international recognition, had published a Bibliography of local material, and everything seemed geared towards further expansion and complete coverage of the Country.
Then the vicious Hurricane struck at the end of October, 1961, and urgent actions taken in the two months following have been described in the 1961 Report. By the courageous and incessant work of staff the year 1962 not only saw a return to normalcy, but also a further expansion of the Service,
It must be recorded here that no additional funds were given to the Service, and that no allocation was made from Hurricane Reconstruction Funds, save an amount to cover freight on second-hand books presented to the Service from Great Britain.
1. OUTSTANDING EVENTS
Outstanding events to be recorded for the year 1962 are as follows
(a) 12,000 second-hand books were presented from libraries abroad.
(b) Over 5,000 books were purchased from insurance money received.
(c) Approximately 20,000 books were accessioned during the year.
(d) A new Accessioning Department was arranged.
(e) A Book-bindery was established for the Service.
(f) The first District Library Conference was held.
(g) Eight new library points were opened at: Hattieville, Silk Grass, Succotz, Patchacan, Pembroke Hall, Santa Clara, Caye Corker and Progreso.
(h) Major repair and rehabilitation works were carried out.
(i) Orange Walk Library Branch &as renovated and expanded.
The several events mentioned above are described in the various sections of the Report.
2. THE LIBRARY BOARD
A Library Board is constituted under Section 4(1) of the Library Legislation No.11 of 1960. At the end of the year members of this Board were as followss
Hon. Uiss Evadne Hulse, J.P., Chairman
Hon. Fred Hunter, Vice-Chairman
Hon, C.L.B. Rogers
S.E. Daley, Esq., L.C.P.
The Resident Tutor, U.W.I.
J. miller, Esq., M.A.
Rev. W. Thro, S.J.
Miss Lois Encalada
J.L. Blackett, Esq., M.A.
The Board held two meetings during the year. The Chairman was away
for a part of the year, and it is of interest to note that for the first time a contract was awarded, necessitating the first use of the Seal- of the Service
by the Chairman and the Secretary of the Board. The Librarian (Mr. L.H. Brad, ley) served as Secretary during the year.
3. THE STAFF OF TE SERVICE
Headquarters staff of the Service at the end of 1962 comprised the followings
Librarian L.H. Bradley, Esq., A.L.A.
Assistant Librarian Miss A.R. Gibson, A.L.A.
Jr. Assistant Librarian L.G. Vernon, Esq.
Jr. Assistant Librarian Miss G.M. Bradley
Jr. Assistant Librarian A.A. Dillett, Esq.
Jr. Assistant Librarian R.T. Hulse, Esq,
Library Assistant Mrs. A. Drummond
Library Assistant Miss J. Diego
Library Assistant iss E. Cadle
Caretaker J. Warren, Esq.
Messenger B. Wilson, Esq,
Assistant B.I. Bradley, Esq,
Bookbinder S.E. Hiernandez, Esqe
With the establishment of a Bindery, Mr. Salvador Hernandez was
added to the staff as Bookbinder. During the years of the Library Service his late father, and then he himself, had done the bulk of Library bookbinding. Just at the end of the year Library Assistant, Miss Jean Diego, resigned to
take up residaoe in the United States. She had been a faithful worker for five years. During the year also, Hr. Robert Usher, Library Assistant,
resigned in order to become a Lands Officer with the Survey Department. He was suceeded by Mr. Troadio Gonzalez.
It was possible during the year, with the kind assistance of the
British Council, to secure a month's training in Jamaican libraries for Miss Gwendolyn Bradley and Mr. Robert Hulse, Junior Assistant Librarians. This course of training was kindly supervised by Jamaica Library Service. During the year also, .Mr. Anthony Dillett, Junior Assistant Librarian, was successful in one part of the Registration Examination leading to the A.L.A. qualification,
The list of sub-librarians is incorporated in the following section of this Report.
4. SERVICE-POINTS AND SUB-LIBRARIANS
The list of service-points and corresponding sub-librarians at December 1982 are as follows:
Central Library Headquarters Staff
Children' s Library "
Princess Royal Youth Hostel M"is. PdRita Clark
Prison Sub-Library Hr. Fred Card
Gales Point Sub-Library Mrs. Norma Sutherland,
Burrel Boom Sub-Library. Hiss Gilda Henderson
Ferguson Barnk Sub-Library HJiss Dorothy Neal
Gracie Rock Sub-Library Mr. Harry P. Diaz
Ladyville Sub-Library Mr. Erdulfo Nuiez
Sand Hill Sub-Library Mr. Martin Magdaleno
Maskall Sub-Library Miss Melva Carter
Crooked Tree Sub-Library Hiss Caserine Wade
Bomba Sub-Library Mr. George Westby
Hattieville Sub-Library Hiss Beatrice Bardalez
Caye Corker Sub-Library Mrs. Ilna Auxillou
El Cayo Library Branch Miss Noemi Awe
Benque Viejo Sub-Library Hiss Lily Aguallo
Succotz Sub-Library Miss Clarine Ford
Roaring Creek Sub-Library Mr. John Young
Garbutt's Creek Sub-Library Mrs. Marlene Waite
Listowel Sub-Library Mr. Albert Sanchez
Augustine Sub-Library Mr,. Paul Rodriguez
San Luis Sub-Library Mr. A.C. Lopez
Corozal Library Branch Mr. Remsey Navarro
Sarteneja Sub-Library Miss Elvia Perez
San Narciso Sub-Library Mr. Hector Delgado
San Antonio Sub-Library Mrs. Ida Charley
Yok Chen Sub-Library Mr. Bonifacio Guzman
Pembroke Hall Sub-Library Miss Avis Musler
Santa Clara Sub-Library Mrs. Louise Palomo
Patchacan Sub-Library Mr. Lionel Perez
Progreso Sub-Library Mr. Peter Enriquez
ORANGE WALK DISTRICT
Orange Walk Library Branch Mr. Josg Lopez
Yo Creek Sub-Library Mrs. Adolfa Garcia
Gallon Jug Sub-Library Mr. Earl Lopez
San Estevan Sub-Library Mrs. Adolfina Vasquez
August Pine Ridge Sub-Library Mr, Santiago Garcia
Guinea Grass Sub-Library Mr. Fernando Palacio
STANN CREEK DISTRICT
Stann Creek Library Branch Miss Lolette Castillo
Pomona Sub-Library Mr. Lindsford Hamilton
Melinda Sub-Library Miss Velena James
Hopkins Sub-Library Mr. Philip Castillo
Sittee Sub-Library Mr. Joseph Williams
Placencia Sub-Library Miss Antonette Eiley
Mango Creek Sub-Library Mr. Dudley Augustine
Seine Bight Sub-Library Mr. Lewis Lopez
Mullins River Sub-Library Mr. Alvan Haynes
Silk Grass Sub-Library Miss Amy Banner
Punta Gorda BibhLty-rBrnch Miss Pearl Apolonio
Monkey River Sub-Library Miss Alva Logan
Barranco Sub-Library Miss Shirley Nicholas
San Antonio Sub-Library Mr. Roy Cayetano
It can be estimated that the 1961 registered membership stood at around
10,000. During 1962 this figure rose to over 12,000. The bulk of the registered membership of the Service consists of juveniles, but this is a healthy
sign in order to inculcate the library habit throughout the country. With
the opening of additional service-points during the year, it was possible to
expand membership to new areas of the country, and the move is still going on
towards achieving complete coverage of the country.
At the end of 1962, the bookstock of the Service stood at approximately
21,000 volumes. Hurricane Hattie had depleted the available stock by some
18,000. During 1962 the Library Service experienced the greatest activity ever
in its bookstock. Purchases of new books totalling 9,668 came about not through increased Government grant, but because of insurance money that had been collected after the Hurricane. In addition, presentation of books came from the United States, Jamaica, Canada and Britain. The British National Book Centre in London presented some 10,000 second-hand volumes coming from various libraries after it had made an appeal on our behalf. This caused an unusual increase of work in the Accessions Department. While only 5,195 books were accessioned during the previous year, there were 20,505 books accessioned in 1962. It was necessary too to convey books to all destroyed and damaged service-points. This, coupled with the opening of new service-points, also caused an unusual exchange and forwarding of books between Headquarters and library service-points throughout the country. The exchange of books being around 2,000 in the normal year, exceeded 6,000 volumes. It was necessary too during the year to write off all books lost in the Hurricane.
The Service ended the year 1962 4th a bookstock of over 55,000 volumes. .J CIRCULATION OF BOOKS
The year 1962 was a good year for the Service so far as the circulation of books was concerned. The total number borrowed for home-reading was as follows
At the Central Library --- 26,643
At the Children's Library -- 20,50
At all other service-points --- 65.012
It is evident that more people are acquiring the habit of public library reading in thd country, but it is also true that for the first year the Service had a goodly number of new books to add to its stock, and'so satisfy the readers. It was the first time that so much book money (some $18,300.00) was available.
8. REFERENCE ArD INFORMATION WOK
The most important phase of public library work that of providing adequate reference and information services -- is being paid more and more attention with the financial resources available. As soon as possible after the Hurricane the Reference Library in the Bliss Institute was put back in working condition, and similar attention was paid to the National Collection. No record is kept of the use of these two big sections, but it was obvious
that particularly students were making an added use of these facilities for their research and study. Visitors were recorded from hour to hour, and those
using the Reference Library in the Bliss Institute numbered 7,205, while readers in the Reading Room were 11,439.
New service-points rehabilitated were quickly supplied with reference
books, and for the first time a particular effort was made to increase the number of British Honduras books in all the service-points. An appeal was also made to C.A.R.E. to provide reference books for the newly rehabilitated libraries, and quite a goodly number of reference books was added to stock everywhere through books presented from abroad.
.The number of entries in the various information indexes was increased during the year, and additional maps were ordered for the map collection.
9. WO WITH CHILDREN
Mention has already been made of the large number of juveniles that
constitute the registered membership of the Service. It was with a feeling of satisfaction that an appreciable number of books could have been purchased in 1962 to alleviate the demand for more books for children. Everywhere children were showing more interest in their library point, and sub-librarians were attending to this closely,
The year was one also in which reader's groups among juvenile members
increased in size and numbers. This feature of special work among young members, started in Belize City in 1956, is gaining more popularity in rural servicepoints as the years go by, and should be tangibly encouraged. Some members of the score of groups in the rural areas travelled to the capital in May to oompete with each other during the Library Course.
It has been emphasized from year to year that much effort must be put in encouraging children to use the Library Service. The support -received from
teachers is encouraging. It is by investing in the children of the country that we can ensure that the next generation will be a library-conscious one.
~1T V M ANNUAL~ LIBRARY TRAINING COURSE
This Report must record another' successful national week-end course for library workers -- the seventh held so far. It convened in the capital
city from the 17th to the 20th May, and it was the largest such course ever held. There were fifty-nine people attending the Course, seven being from private libraries. Apart from the lectures and demonstrations of this Course, those attending were taken by tbus to the large Sub-Library at the refugee community at Hattieville, and also visited the printing establishments of the two national newspapers.
11, ORANGE WALK LIBRARY CONFERENCE
A short Library Conference was held in Orange Walk Town on Saturday the Slat of Marob. It was the first Library Conference ever held in the country outside of Belize, and it was attended by sub-librarians from the Belize, Orange Walk and Corozal districts. As with the national Library Course, the Hon. Minister of Education was present. The idea of the Orange Walk conference was to discuss library development in the north, and it also afforded an opportunity for the Readerls Group of Yo Creek Sub-Library to perform in the Town of Orange Walk. In all respects this was a short but successful conference.
12 SEVICE TO RURAL AfEAg
The rural areas of the country got an increase of library service when
new service-points were opened during the year at Hattieville, Silk Grass, Succotz, Patchacan, Pembroke Hall, Santa Clara and Caye Corker. But more important, library work in the rural areas got a more important boost through a somewhat more realistic adequacy of bookstock. From the 9,00 books purchased and some 12,000 books presented to the Service, it was possible to afford a more representative stock of each rural community where there was a sub-library.
The Librarian visited almost all the rural communities during the year, and kept in touch with them. While services to municipal areas must not be ignored, the provision of a good service in quality and quantity to the rural areas is most important, and the increasing national outlook of the country today demands thia m en more.
13. ,EHAILITATION AND REPAIR WORK
The sheer magnitude of repair and rehabilitation work expected during 1962 would necessarily tax the imagination and the working capicy of Heada
quarters staff, and it is to the credit of library workers concerned that by
December, 1962, library points had not only been brought to the same footing as before the Hurricane, but even expanded. The only point left unopened at the years end was the Cinderella Town Branch in Belize City, and this had been arranged for and the building was already going up to be opened early in 1963.
Rehabilitation and repair work consisted of the following:(a) repairing roof, repainting and reshelving the large
Childrents Library in Belize City by contract,
(b) procuring a building and restarting from nothing the
large Stann Creek Library Branch,
(c) visiting, arranging for the resumption of services and
conveying bookstock to the damaged or destroyed servicepoints at Pomona, Mullins River, Melinda, Sittee, Hokins, Gracie Rock, Ferguson Bank, Gales Point, Prison, Princess
Royal Youth Hostel, San Luis and Augustine,
(d) making major arrangements and selecting a large bookstock
for the Cinderella Town Library Branch.
This section must record too the opening of seven new service-points, but particularly those at Hattieville and Silk Grass, since they were at communities which developed as a result of Hurricane Hattie. 14. NEW ACCESSIONING DEPARTMENT
It must be recorded too that in 1962 the Library Service got its first real Accessioning Department with reasonable space accommodation. A large section of the lower flat of the Children's Library in North Front Street was converted into this Department, and insurance money allowed for adequate built-in shelving and other conveniences. Three members of staff were allocated to this Department, and the necessity for this expansion was almost a demand, as the bulk of books presented raised the number of books accessioned from the normal 5,000 a year to over 20,000 in 1962. Even extra help had to be recruited, and those who worked this Department are to be complimented for having kept pace with the large volume of books for accessioning. The arrangement of this Accessions Department is a step forward in the administration of our Library Services. The small room in the Bliss Institute which previously accommodated this Department has been used to alleviate staff space at Headquarters. 15. LIBRARY SERVICE BINDERY
Another landmark in Library Service history, occurring in 1962, was the establishment of a Library Service Bindery. This was accommodated in an out-
room of the Library building in North Front Street, and while the Bindery is still short of some standard equipment, these will be added as funds allow.
Previous to 1962, binding for the Library Service was given out on a
private basis. The scope of books for binding, however, warranted the need for the Service having its own Bindery for several years now. It was expedient too that Government wisely voted the small extra money to allow for this Bindery, because it commenced operation during a year when there were lots of hurricane damaged books for repair.
The wisdom of establishing a Library Service Bindery can be seen in that uilU. in 1961 about 800 books were bound, the figure for 1962 was 3,400; and it is planned to maintain and increase this figure from year to year.
16. PRESENTATION OF BOOKS
This Report must record with very sincere gratitude the several agenrties hich presented books during 1962 to assist in rehabilitating the Service,: which had lost about 18,000 books in Hurricane Hattie. The Librarian planned out and effected a series of appeals which brought very appreciable results.
While it is not intended to single ou t any institution for particular mention, this Report must perforce mention the kind help of the Superintendent of the British National Book Centre who was able to assemble some 10,000 secondhand volumes after appealing to various British libraries, and have the Crown Agents forward them to the City of Belize in the largest consignment of books ever to reach our Service in one ship!
As a record, mention must be made of the other agencies who sent books in varying amounts. These include the Mayors of New Orleans and Miami, the Canadian Library Association, Jamaica Library Service, St. Catherine Academy, the Pallotti Convent, St. Johnts College, Mr. J. Laws of Canada, the Christian Bretheren, World Church Service, the Nazarene Mission and the University of the West Indies. There are many otherspto mention who sent small amount of books from abroad, and many kind citizens of the country who also made presentations.
It is true to say that in its moment of book crisis almost an international shaking of hands provided the books without which the Library Service could never have achieved the measure of rehabilitation which the year 1962 can record.
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The matter of publicity was particularly important in 1962. Following the opening of a temporary library in the City after the Hurricane, and the Librarian's urgent trips to unaffected library points to collect books for the discaster areas, there was the need to rehabilitate service-points quickly, to appeal for books, to make arrangements for major repairs, to open libraries in new refugee communities, and generally to lift the Service back to normalcy. The Librarian made visits up and down the country, giving talks, and effecting the necessary arrangements. There was the matter, of the Library Conference in Orange Walk, and the Librarian playing his part in acquainting Peace Corps Volunteers when they arrived in the country. The Librarian also wrote articles for two foreign publications the professional paper "Blatt" and t1e "Caribbean Challenge" magazine. It can be said too that his commencement of the regular series over Radio Belize known as "Glimpses of our History" brought a measure of publicity to the Library Service.
Much use was made of the Radio and of newspaper publicity during the year, and it can be said that every avenue for publicity was exploited during 1962.
The year 1962 was an exciting one for the public library services of the country. Bearing deeply the scars of Hurricane Hattie and recuperating to an astounding degree from them, it showed that the Service had reached a measure of consolidation and had entered the period of adulthood.
Government departments and several other agencies gave it their firm co-operation during the year, and in expressing thanks we hope that the same spirit of mutual assistance will prevail in the future. With such help the funds granted by Government was made to stretch far, and it was always the effort to get realistic results for funds spent.
The staff of the Service must be particularly complimented for teamwork and hard efforts. Fresh from the unusual demands of handling a large clothing centre after the Hurricane, staff embarked on the period of rehabilitation of the Service and tie unusual demands caused from this. Sub-librarians too gave their great measure of co-operation. As an example, one rosumod his destroyed
sevo-on under a tent.
I wish to e-ttend Siane APPPOiation to tbo. workC of the Atatf and1 sublibrsxa;tbrug their efforts most of the good work reported in 1962 materlalized. It was a pleasure to work ith them, and their spirit of co-.operation augurs well for the future,
Leo H. Bradley, A.L.A., Librarian,
British Honduras Library Ser'vice, Secretary of the Library Board4
These accounts have been audited by the Acting Principal Auditor. Please see Audit Certificate of the 11th June, 1963.
BRITISH HONDURAS LIBRARY SERVICE
INGa. AND E~~ITURE ACCOUNT FOR T-E YAR ENDING 31ST DECKER. 1962
_g _o 2 9 2eite R.
792.00 Isurance $22.095.57 $ 297.22 Electric Light 446,84
2,707.48 Donations 19,946.45 745.21 General Expenses 901.40
Z9,000.00 Government Grant 32,000.00 522.55 Printing & Stationery 628.00
-- Mo.akey River Tomwn 20.00 441.45 Periodicals 656.72
46.86 iaies 19.55 15,821.85 Salaries & Wages 19,965,05
81759.99 surplus & Deficit 3-- 165,57 Sub-Libraries 3,265.14
416.70 Training of Staff 676.15
444.00 Insurance 492.70
31.50 Suspense --19,9400.70 Depreciation 12,840.55
Surplus & Deficit 54,207.06
41,286.33 $74,079.57 $41.286.355 74,079.57
BALANCE ShEET AS AT 51ST EC~MER 1962
1"6 Liabilities 126g 1"6 Asety
S26,615.95 Surplus & Deficit $54,823.01 Fied Asseta
'rnt Liabilities 6,681,02 uidi & Lad 6,681.02
Plus Repairs(deneral) 89.09
792.0C Insurance 965.45 (from insurance
Director of received) ,455.67
education 250.00 13,225.78
50.00 Postmaster Less Depreciation 661.29 12,564.49
General --1,215.43 9,425.01 Bookstock 9,425.01
Plus Book Expense 5,087.21
(insurance received) 14,765.02 Donations 19,946.45
Less Depreciation j11.970 4 35,911.03
2,832.41 pniture & Fittings 2,832.41
Plus furniture bought from subvention 472.78
Furniture from insurance received 872,88
Less Depreciation 208.90 3,969.17 52,444.69
50.00 A. Dillett (advance of
: 1 salary) 45,00
:89,0 Stamps (stock) -Cash in Hand 140.07
_ 2192.17 Cash in Bank 53406.68 5,546.75 3591,75
S21,457.95 $56,0356.44 $21,457.95 $56,036.44