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August 25, 1972

The Library of Congress has a higher percentage of
women in the total number of attorneys on its staff, a
higher percentage of its women attorneys in supervi-
sory positions, and a higher percentage of its attor-
neys who are minority group members in supervisory
positions than any other Federal agency in Washing-
ton with a sizable number of attorneys employed. If
the Law Library had been included in the survey, the
Library of Congress would also have shown a higher
percentage of attorneys who are minority group
members. The Office of the Solicitor of the Depart-
ment of the Interior recently surveyed the nearly
10,000 attorneys in 26 agencies, all Federal agencies
employing over 60 attorneys; military organizations
employing only military attorneys were excepted as
was the OEO Legal Services Program. Four of these
agencies-Justice, Veterans Administration, National
Labor Relations Board, and Internal Revenue Service
accounted for over half (54.3 percent) of the total
number of attorneys.
The four agencies with the highest percentage of
their attorneys women were: Library of Congress
21.1, Department of Health, Education and Welfare
16.8, Housing and Urban Development 13.0, and
General Services Administration 12.4. The next
highest agency had only 10.9 percent women; the
percentage of women in all 26 agencies was 6.2.
The Library of Congress also ranked in the top four

agencies with the highest percentage of their attor-
neys minority- group members: Small Business
Administration 8.5, HEW 7.6, Library of Congress
6.6, and Federal Power Commission 6.3. The next
highest percentage in any agency was 4.9; of all the
attorneys in the 26 agencies only 3 percent were
minority group members.
The Library led again with the highest percentage
of their attorney supervisors women with 17.6.
Internal Revenue came next with 16.5, Defense
Supply Agency 9.5, Federal Power Commission 8.5,
and HEW 8.3.
In percentage of attorney supervisors who were
minority group members the Library led again with
11.8. HEW had 8.3, Small Business Administration
7.0, and the next highest in any agency was only 5.3.
The survey included only the Congressional Re-

Labor Day Schedule Announced
In accordance with the provisions of law, the
Library of Congress will observe Monday, Septem-
ber 4, as a holiday. All reading rooms, with the
exception of the Congressional Reading Room,
will be closed. The Congressional Reading Room
will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Sunday, September 3, the Library will pro-
vide its usual Sunday service. On both Sunday and
Monday, the Library's exhibition halls will be
open from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Vol. 31, No. 34



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Automation Seminar . 386
Labor Day Schedule Announced 379
LC Leads in Employment of Women and
Minority Group Attorne . 379-380
Librarian Presents walking Book Magazine 386
Library of 'ongre", Publiation . 386-387
New Reference Books . 387-388
Newsin the LibrMa world d . 388-390
Prevent leetrical F ire . 386
Reference Department Etlect Human Relations
Group. Human Relatiion Council I formed 383-384
Siaff News . . 384-386
Your Credit Union . ... 380-382
Appendi\ Association of Jewish Libraries A-163-A-164

search Service, the Copyright Office, and the Office
of the General Counsel. The Law Library, which was
not included, has 28 attorneys on its staff of 83, the
majority with foreign law degrees. Of the 28. 5 or
17.8 percent are women and 6 or 21.4 percent are
from minority groups. If these statistics had been
included in the Interior Department survey, the Li-
brary would still have led the list of agencies in per-
centage of women on its staff of attorneys. 20
percent instead of 21 1. and would have been first
instead of third among agencies with the highest per-
centage of their attorneys minority group members.
with 10 percent instead of 66.6.

by James McClung

Before you let friendly Sam Supersalesman talk
you into buying that new Hudson Hornet with on-
the-spot financing available so that you can drive the
car off the lot before the ink is dry on your loan
application, you should see the people who work at

your Credit Union. There you can consult an auto
buyer's reference library on almost any question on
purchasing, financing, and insuring a new or used
automobile. Advice on buying a car, however, is just
one way your Credit Union can be of service to you.

Who Makes up the Credit Union
The Library of Congress Federal Credit Union
(CU), an independent, non-profit corporation
founded in lq37 and accredited by the National
Credit Union Administration, exists for and because
of Library of Congress employees who are its share-
holders, and the CU members make all the decisions
about Credit Union policy and procedure.
The Credit Union's four staff members-James
Mitchell. who is Office Manager, Mrs. Laura Curlett,
Mrs. Reba Payne. and Mrs. Betty Sweeney-service
over 3.100 open CU accounts, which means over
3.100 members, present and former Library em-
ployees. And anyone who doesn't believe that the CU
staff is working on behalf of Library employees
hasn't visited the Credit Union on a payday and
observed the many transactions taking place-
paychecks cashed and share (savings) deposits made,
loan applications accepted, travelers checks sold, loan
payments made. money orders purchased-for six
hours solid
CU operations are supervised by a nine-member
Board of Directors Arthur Lieb. President; Peter
Watters. Vice President: Ralph Henderson, Treasurer;
Mrs. Beatrice Jones. Secretary; Edward Knight, John
Kominski, Mrs. Jennifer Magnus, and Jack McDonald;
one position is currently vacant. All are Library em-
ployees who volunteer their time (with the exception
of the Treasurer who receives a small fee for the extra
work required of his position): the Board members
meet at least once a month. Any employee with a
question about CU operations and policies is invited
to bring it to the attention of a Board member or to
write to the Board as a whole. Board members are
elected for three-year terms on a staggered basis, and
at the CU annual meeting, open to all Credit Union
members, three new or incumbent members are
elected each year.
A similar procedure applies to the election of the
three-member Credit Committee (with one new or
incumbent member elected each year) These em-
ployees of the Library. who also volunteer their
services to the CU. are Mrs Patricia Hines. Chairman,
Clarence Hubbard. and Hugh B. McNeil: James
McGovern is an alternate who sits on the committee
only when a majority of the members cannot be

August 25. 19)72

present. The Credit Committee meets every Monday The Supervisory Committee, appointed by the Pre-
and Thursday to review loan applications, which sident and ratified by the Board, is responsible for
should be submitted one day before the meeting, examining CU affairs such as auditing the books,
IThe annual election of Board and Credit Committee verifying share and loan balances with members,
members, and their divisions, was reported in the LC seeing that records are kept, and presenting an annual
Information Bulletin of March 10. pp. 97-98.1 report to the members of the Credit Union. The
members of this committee are Thomas E. Gwinn,
.* .,~ ~Chairman, John Husovsky, and Mrs. Mary Smith.

What the Credit Union Does
The Credit Union is not a bank-and does not try
to compete with banks although it does offer many
of the same services. What it can give LC employees,
however, is primarily two benefits: a source of credit
(or loans) and a place to accumulate savings (or
shares) and collect a reasonable profit on them.
At the end of this last fiscal year, or on June 30,
there were 1,181 loans among the CU's 3,100
accounts, and the amount out on loan was
$1,151,000, a figure which represents part of the
assets of CU members whose shares are used to make
these loans and whose dividends come from money
earned on loans. This $1,151,000 represents only
about 80 percent of the Credit Union members'
savings as the demand for loans has not been as great
in recent months as several years ago. Much of the
other 20 percent-approximately $150,000-is in-
vested to produce additional dividends for members.
All Credit Union members are eligible to apply for
loans, and to become a member, one has only to
make a $5 share deposit and pay a 25-cent member-
ship fee. While the CU cannot make certain types of
loans such as long-term home mortgages and interest-
free, deferred-payment loans to students, it can and
does try to fill the ordinary consumer needs of its
members through loans to them for any productive
purpose or reason-the purchase of an automobile,
home improvements, the consolidation of bills or
debts, the payment of taxes, vacations; and so forth.
Unlike the department store charge account
(especially the revolving variety) which seems de-
signed to keep the individual in debt, the Credit
Union loan, it is hoped, will enable the employee
both to have money to meet his needs and to become
financially solvent. The goal is that, through savings
and loans, the member will have both financial
reserves and a balanced budget.
Mr. Mitchell, Mrs. Curlett, and Air Lteb (top photograph, I-r) A few of the CU's loan services are automobile
review some of the bookkeeping for which AMrs. Curlett is loans (now at an annual nine percent interest, or 12
responsible. In the lower photograph, Mrs. Sweeney (fore. percent on used cars), nine percent FHA Title I Home
ground) and Mrs. Payne keep busy waiting on two of the Improvement loans (these two are the largest cate-
many customers that take advantage of Credit Union services. gories of loans), and regular consumer loans (12 per-

(12 per-

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cent); all these loans have the benefit of up to $2,500
free loan insurance. Certain other advantages of CU
loans are free travelers checks for any vacation loan
(in the amount of the loan) and an automatic payroll
deduction plan. in addition, the member is charged
no penalty for paying off any loan early. The maxi-
mum length of any loan is 10 years on a share-secured
note and five years on an unsecured one (except for
FHA loans which have a seven-year, $5,000 maxi-
The problems of applying for and getting a Credit
Union loan are, of course, unique to the particular
CU member making the application. The CU Credit
Committee cannot grant every loan request nor can it
offer certain types of loans (again, for example, the
long-term home mortgage), but it can offer the indi-
vidual a quick and courteous reply to his request and
the guarantee that it will be treated most confiden-
tially. Every member's loan application is considered
solely on the basis of the applicant's financial status-
on such factors as what he earns, what he owes and is
paying on current bills, and his record of repayment
on previous loans. If a person does not have a good
credit record or already owes too many debts, then
his chances of getting a CU loan are not good unless
he can provide a form of security. One form is to
have enough savings deposited in CU shares to cover
the amount of the loan, which is obviously not likely
if the person is deeply in debt. Another, which the
Credit Committee often recommends in this type of
case, is that the borrower find someone in the Library
who will co-sign the note, a policy which is helpful to
many people who are trying to straighten out their
finances. Then the employee who is granted a loan
may, for example, have $50 deducted automatically
from each paycheck with $25 going on his note and
the same amount into savings; once the note is paid.
the full amount goes to shares and the end result is
financial solvency.
To look at the loan situation positively, any Credit
Union member-whether he is a successful loan appli-
cant or an unsuccessful one-should be thankful that
the Credit Committee is conscientious about its work.
and the reason is plain to see: it is that same
member's money, whatever the amount he has in
shares, that the committee is lending. The member
applying for a loan might well ask himself the same
question the Credit Committee must ask, "Am I a
good risk?" If one remembers that in its 37-year
history, the Credit Union has had to write off
$90,000 in bad loans, then that question becomes
even more relevant.

A final, and certainly important. CU service to its
members is the savings program the employee can
create through the purchase of CU shares. An auto-
matic payroll deduction plan makes this an easy way
for the member to save, and of course, the larger the
savings, the more money the Credit Union has for
loans or other investments, and the greater the divi-
dend to the employee. As of June 30, the members'
assets amounted to just over $1,500,000, and the
dividend paid on savings, which is compounded
quarterly, was 4.5 percent for the last quarter of
fiscal 1972. These savings and earnings, which are
federally insured up to $20,000, are shown on the
quarterly statement each members receives.
The Credit Union makes a great effort to keep both
its members and other Library employees informed
about many financial matters. In addition to olfering
a personal credit advisory service, the CU sends each
new Library employee a letter of introduction out-
lining CU benefits, and it also distributes a monthly
newsletter (generally to all Library employees in
every department, division, and office) with all type\
of information to help the staff member make the
best use of his money. For example, in the February
newsletter, there was an article explaining the right of
the individual to know about the credit records kept
on him and who supplies the information for them. in
order to be sure that this information is kept both
current and accurate. The same newsletter compared
the advantages of a Credit Union loan for Christmas
shopping (at 12 percent interest) over credit card
charges which can total up to 18 percent a year
interest, while the May newsletter explained what
procedure to follow to get a CU loan for a car in
order to avoid any delays either in getting the money
or the automobile.
If the Credit Union member ha ainy doubts abou:
the savings and loans services ol ihe CU. then hi
might check with other savings and loans institutions
and compare their benefits to those of the CU. When
the Credit Union offers him the better service, then
the member serves the CU not only by doing his
business there but also by recommending the CU to
other staff members. If he has any questions, the CU
staff will attempt to find the answers for him. These
people offer courteous service every workday from
II a.m. to 3 p.m (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on paydays) or
may be reached on extension 5852.
The Library of Congress Federal Credit Union lives
up to its motto-"Not for Profit, Not for
Charity- But for Service."

August 25, 1972


Library-Wide Human
Relations Council Formed

As outlined in recent issues of the LC lnbformaton
Bulletin, Library departments have established human
relations committees to represent all staff members
and to improve communications within each depart-
ment. With the formation of the Reference Depart-
ment committee, this work has now been completed,
and each committee has elected a representative to
the Librasy-wide Human Relations Council (HRC).
In elections held the week of July 24, the Refer-
ence Department chose 24 staff members to serve on
its Human Relations Committee, which held its first
meeting on Tuesday, August I, to discuss procedural
matters and what course of action the committee
would follow as in the formation of subcommittees.
The committee members and their divisions are
John Carroll and John Kozar, DBPH; Mrs. Marilyn R.
Bland and Mrs. Hortense C. Reynolds, FRD; Mrs.
Mildred Balima and Robert Zich, GR&B: John R.
Hebert G&M; Maria Elena Dubourt, LAPS; Abram
Boni, Loan; Thelma Queen, Manuscript; Mrs.

Elizabeth Auman, Music; Key K. Kobayashi,
Orientalia; Michael Godwin, P&P; Jack McDonald,
representing both the Rare Book Division and the
Reference Department office: Edward Green, Science
and Technology: Cornelius T. Delaney and Lee E.
Stinnei, Serial; Albert E. Graham, Slavic; and Mrs.
Emily Blue and Clay Wilson, representing Stack and
Reader's fulltime employees and Ike R. Showell,
representing S&R's part time employees.
Mr. Stinner was elected Chairman of the committee
and Mrs. Lillie L. Travers who had been an alternate,
replaced him on the committee as one of the Serial
Division's representatives. Elisabeth Betz, P&P, and
Mrs. Alyce W. Harman, Rare Book, were selected to
round out the committee's representation of the
The alternates to the Reference Department com-
mittee and the divisions they represent are Freddie
Peaco and Elizabeth Stroup, DBPH; Kenneth J. Kraft
and Mervin J. Shello, FRD; Judith Farley and Ulysses
Ricks, GR&B; James L. Golliver, G&M; Mrs.
Georgette M. Dorn, LAPS; Ciscero Jones, Loan;
Joseph Sullivan, Manuscript; Mrs. Sandra Key, Music;
Samuel lftikhar, Orientalia: George Hobart, P&P: Mrs.
Johnsie Smalls, Rare Book and Reference Depart-
ment office; Lloyd Shipley, Science and Technology;

Members of the Human Relations Commit tee of the Reference Mr. McDonald, Mrs. Auman, Mr. Carroll, (back row l-r) Mr.
Department include (front row l-r) Mr. Stinner, Mr. Green, Mrs. Blake, Mr. Golliver, Mr. Boni, Mr. Wilson. Mrs. Showell, Mrs.
Dorn, Aliss Betz, Mr. Zich, Miss Dubourt. Mr. Kobayashi, Mrs. Harman, Mr. Graham, Mr. Kozar, and Mr. Godwin; not pic-
Bland, Mrs. Balima, Miss Queen. Mr. Delaney, Mrs. Reynolds, toured are Mrs. Blue, Mr. Htbert, Mr. Ifrikhar, and Mrs. Travers.

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The Librarian (left) with the seven members of the Human Relations Council. Standing
Jrnm left in right are Mr. Slinner. Mya Saw Shin. Mr. Foster. Mrs. Turner, Mr. Eastridge,
Mrs A r-,rn. and Mrs Belmear

John Pluge. Serial (An alternate to replace Mrs.
Travers has not been selected); Mrs. Helen E.
Saunders. Slavic: and Thomas Blake and Mrs. Jean
Joyner (fullitme) and Lowell V. Muse (part time).
Stack and Reader.

The members of the ad hoc Human Relations
Council and their departments are Mrs. Mauree
Ayton, CRS: Mrs. Edith Belmear. Processing; David
Eastridge. Copyright: George Foster. Administrative;
Mya Saw Shin. Law Library. Lee Stinner. Reference:
and Mrs. Sandra Turner. Office of the Librarian. Mr.
Stinner was elected HRC Chairman, and Mrs. Ayton
will serve as Vice Chairperson.
The HRC, which is representative of the entire Li-
brary, will consider topics of general staff concern,
especially those conditions and situations which if
not resolved can or will cause complaint or dis-
content. Areas of possible concern to the HRC may
include methods of strengthening communications at
all levels, consideration of general staff or supervisory
problems that may exist, and other general matters of
Library-wide concern. matters which a departmental
committee believes are of Library-wide concern may
be presented by that committee to the HRC. Neither

the committees nor the council will deal with specific
complaints that can be handled through other
channels such as the Equal Opportunity Office or the
Employee Relations Office. The HRC will make
written recommendations or reports to the Librarian
no less than four times a year and will arrange confer-
ences with the Librarian, the Director of Personnel,
or other members of the Library staff as needed.


Edmond L. Applebaum, Paul Vassallo, and John G.
Lorenz participated in an Institute on International
and Comparative Librarianship and Information
Science July 3 I-August 11 at the University of Mary-
On August 2, Mr. Applebaum, Assistant Director
for Acquisitions and Overseas Operations in the Pro-
cessing Department, served as lecturer and discussion
leader on the topic "American Research Libraries and
their International Programs."
At the August 4 session Mr. Vassallo, Director of
the National Serials Data Program, spoke on the

August 25, 1972

operations of the program and the function of the
U.S. National Center for the International Serials
Data System.
Mr. Lorenz. Deputy Librarian of Congress, shared
the August 7 program with Robert A. Harte, Execu-
tive Officer of the American Society of Biological
Chemists. He discussed the organization, activities,
and plans of the International Federation of Library
Associations (IFLA). and joined Mr. Harte, who
spoke about the International Federation for Docu-
mentation (FID). in explaining the cooperative
efforts of the two international organizations.

Robert L. Kuntzelman has been appointed to the
position of Placement and Classification Officer,
effective August 21.
A native of Savanna, Ill., Mr. Kuntzelman attended
Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.
Mr. Kuntzelman comes to the Library from Head-
quarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command, where he has
served as a Personnel Management Specialist since
I1)(3. At the Command, which has about 3,700
employees. Mr. Kuntrelman supervised the Personnel
Management Section with responsibility for labor-
management relations, employee utilization, staff
assistance and advice to management and supervisors.
civilian personnel program development implementa-
tion and evaluation, development training, suggestion
and incentive awards, and special domestic and social
action programs which include the recruitment of dis-
advantaged, their training, and placement on the per-
manent staff.
From 1955 to 1963, Mr. Kuntzelman held per-
sonnel positions at the Civilian Personnel Field
Agency, an Ordnance Field Activity, and the
Ordnance Weapons Command at Rock Island, Ill.
And from 1952 to 1955 he was employed at the
Savanna Ordnance Depot.
During the past 22 years, he has participated in
numerous training courses in personnel management
and related fields.
He and his wife, Sandra, and their 14-year old
daughter, Traci, reside in Arlington, Va. A married
daughter, Mrs. Cynthia Black. lives in Lawrence,

Appointments: Jerome Barnes, collections maintenance
worker, WG-4, CMO. 2970; S. William Becker, analyst in
environmental pohcy, GS-9, CRS EP, 2964: Raymond A.
Boone. mail clerk, GS-4, CS, 2986; Elizabeth Ann Gullett,
library technician. GS-5, G&M, 4054; George D. Holliday,

research assistant, GS-7, CRS S, 4000; Robert K. Lane,
analyst in environmental policy, GS-9, CRS EP, 2964; Sam
Edward Lynch, collections maintenance worker, WG-4, CMO.
2970; Fannie R. Merrick, library aid, GS-3, Share Cat, 2904;
Raymond Payne, janitor, WG-1, Bldgs, 11-100; Harrison
Randolph, collections maintenance worker, WG4, CMO,
2970; Kristine L. Russell, editor, GS-5, Cat Publ, 4043;
Crenetha Session, librarian, GS-9, Set Rec, 2831; Arden D.
Stannard, card drawing clerk, GS-3, Card, 2832; Beth Ann
Wilansky, analyst in public welfare, GS-7, CRS Ed, 2999.
Temporary Appointments: Veronica L. Murray, descriptive
cataloger, GS-9, Desc Cat, 4071; Frances M. Sims, arranger-
filer, GS-3, Cat Publ, 4-500.
Reappointments: Lynette W. Barber, card drawing clerk,
GS-4, Card, 2832; Philip J. Murphy, assistant to the book
room attendant, GS4, Loan, 2937.
Promotions: Cecelia F. Campbell, to library technician,
GS-5, Subj Cat, 4014; Boris N. Hayduchok, to assistant cata-
log editor, GT-1 I, NUCPP, 2994; Joann E. James, to library
technician, GS-5. Share Cat, 4022; Peggy A. Johnson, to
section secretary, GS-6, Cop Exam, 4034; Elli Olsoni, to
assistant catalog editor, GT-11, NUCPP, 2994; James F.
Parker, to federal documents assistant, GS-4. E&G, 4040;
Margaret Porter Smith, Desc Cat, to assistant catalog editor.
GT- 11, NUCPP, 2994; Particia J. Smith, to library technician,
GS-5, Subj Cat, 4014; Arnold D. Solomon, Cop Serv, to li-
brary technician, GS-5, Cat Publ, 4043.
Transfer: Harry A. Sullivan, Cat Publ, to arranging and
distribution assistant, GS-3, Cat Mgmt, 2813.
Resignations: Christopher T. Anderson, Photodup;
Rebecca J. Banken, Subj Cat; Corabell C. Bennett, CRS SPR;
Kevin P. Bonner, S&R, Naomi Y. Braxton. Photodup; Norma
L. Clarke, Card; Frank Dawson, Bldgs; Mark H. Etzel, CRS C;
Daniel C. Flynn, Place & Pos Class; Pamela S. Franklin, Share
Cat; Grace E. Harding, Cat Publ; George D. Hill, III, Cop Cat;
Helen M. Houff, Cat Publ; Connie M. Isaksen, Cop Cat;
Michael S. Jones, Law; Patrick John Logsdon. Loan; Annie
Laurie Maier, Pers; Charles L. Mathis, S&R; Romaine C.
Pinchback, Card; Britt A. Preyer, S&R; Karen M. Rinta, CS;
Raymond Sanchez, Card; Gerald F. Stowell, Photodup; Linda
J. Stowell, Mss.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence 0. Carter are the parents of
a son, Lawrence Oliver Carter, Jr., born August 6 at
Alexandria Hospital. Mr. Carter is a MARC Verifier in
the Data Preparation and Verification Section of the
MARC Editorial Division. Mrs. Carter is employed by
the Treasury Department.

The Executive Board of the Welfare and Recreation
Association has announced with regret that it will not

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sponsor an employee art show this year
The dates and space usually assigned to this annual
show have been approved for a Library of Congress
Professional Association photography exhibit to mark
the 75th anniversary of the Library's Main Building.


Fires, always a danger, are particularly disastrous in
libraries and their prevention should be a matter of
concern to Library of Congress employees. A major
cause of fires is the malfunction of electrical equip-
ment, and for this reason, it is good to review the
precautions and steps one should take in the case of
the failure of such equipment.
If a piece of electrical machinery begins to smoke
or catches on fire, the employee should attempt to
remove the power lead (plug) and if unable to do so,
he should remove any paper or other flammable
material from the vicinity of the lead and the
machine. He should also report the failure to his
supervisor immediately (LCR 1817.1, Sec. 5).
Finally, he should place a notice on the machine
indicating that it is defective, and that it is not to be
used or plugged into an electrical outlet.
While one usually thinks of electrical fires starting
from large machines such as presses and photocopiers,
there are actually thousands of pieces of electrical
equipment in the Library, and every employee proba-
bly uses one of these every day. In addition to such
obvious large equipment as the ones mentioned
above, there are floor buffers, sorting machines, key-
punch machines, computers, and the shelf-washing
machine recently described in the Information Bulle-
tin [June 23, p. 2811. There are also other smaller
machines too numerous to count-typewriters, lamps,
adding machines, a few cash registers, movie pro-
jectors, and even an electric paper punch. It is clear
then that all employees should know the precautions
to take in the case of an equipment failure.
In addition to the steps noted above, other pro-
cedures that an employee should follow are (1)
making sure that all equipment such as typewriters
are turned off when not in use, and (2) unplugging
such equipment, where practical to do so, at the end
of the day, especially on Fridays. Unplugging electri-
cal equipment may seem to be a nuisance, but it is
only a minor inconvenience to the employee com-
pared to the major significance of a fire in a library.


The Librarian of Congress. L. Quincy Mumford,
presented the first copy of the first edition of
Historic Preservation as a talking book magazine to
James Biddle, President of the National Trust for
Historic Preservation, at the Library on August 10.
Historic Preservation is the 24-year-old quarterly
journal of the National Trust. The January-March
issue is combined with another magazine, American
Heritage, for June in the first talking book edition, a
combination that will be continued by the Library's
Division for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
(DBPH) for blind and physically handicapped readers.
American Heritage, a bimonthly, has been available
for several years as a talking book magazine from
Others attending the presentation in the Librarian's
office were several members of the staff of the Na-
tional Trust: James C. Massey, Director of the
Department of Properties; Mrs. Helen Bullock, Senior
Editor; Mrs. Terry Morton, Editor of Historic Preser-
varion; and Carleton Knight III, Department of Publi-
cations; also representing the Library were Paul L.
Berry, Director of the Reference Department; Robert
S. Bray, Chief of DBPH; and Mary Jack Wintle,
Assistant Chief for Acquisitions at DBPH.


The Information Systems Office sponsored an auto-
mation seminar on TICCIT (Time-shared, Interactive
Computer Controlled Information Television) on July
28. The seminar, conducted by Kenneth J. Stetten
and Rodney Lay of the Mitre Corp., presented the
concept of interactive television as a new and
imaginative use of telecommunications in the mass
delivery of computer-assisted instruction.


Accessions List: Indonesia. Malaysia. Singapore,
and Brunei. Vol. 7, No. 5. May 1972. (pp. 116-141.)
Continuing subscriptions free to libraries upon
request to the Field Director, Library of Congress
Office, American Embassy, APO San Francisco
Accessions List: Middle East. Vol. 10, No. 6. June
1972. (pp. 131-154.) Continuing subscriptions free to


August 25, 1972

libraries upon request to the Acting Field Director,
Library of Congress Office, U.S. Interests Section,
Spanish Embassy, Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt.
Accessions List: Pakistan. Vol. 11, No. 6. June
1972. (pp. 44-53.) Continuing subscriptions free to
libraries upon request to the Field Director, Library
of Congress Office, American Consulate General,
Karachi, Pakistan.
Children's Literature: A Guide to Reference
Sources, First Supplement. Compiled by Virginia
Haviland with the assistance of Margaret N. Coughlan.
Washington, 1972. (vii, 316 pp.) For sale by the
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government
Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, for $3 (75
cents additional for foreign mailing) (LC
The Library of Congress just published the first
supplement to an earlier guide to children's books
entitled Children's Literature. This illustrated biblio-
graphical listing was compiled by the Children's Book
Section of the Library of Congress under the direc-
tion of Virginia Haviland, Head of the Children's
Book Section.
The new selective annotated list contains 746 titles
issued from 1966 through 1969 and older items not
available to compilers of Children's Literature: A
Guide to Reference Sources ($2.50, 1966), which
listed materials published through 1965. The new
listing describes books, articles, and pamphlets related
to the creation, reading, or study of children's books,
citing both domestic and foreign publications.
Added to the framework of the earlier Guide are
two new sections, Publishing and Promotion and
Teaching Children's Literature. The supplement also
includes a greater number of reference sources related
to foreign books. A strong influence on contempo-
rary publishing-the concern for minority groups-is
reflected in the selections from the proliferation of
bibliographies of children's books centered on minori-
ties in the United States.
The list is arranged by sections on History and
Criticism, Authorship, Illustration, Bibliography,
Books and Children, The Library and Children's
Books, International Studies, and National Studies.
Library of Congress call numbers are shown with each
title. Appended is a directory of professional associa-
tions and agencies that have published titles listed in
the new Guide. The index covers authors, titles, and
The First Supplement was prepared with the assis-
tance of Margaret N. Coughlan, Reference Librarian
and Bibliographer in the Children's Book Section.

Two special consultants came to the Library of Con-
gress from abroad to work on foreign language items:
Mrs. Helga Mach, Instructor in Children's Literature
at the Siiddeutsches Bibliothekar-Lehrinstitut at
Stuttgart, West Germany, for works in German,
Czech, and Polish; and Mrs. Lisa-Christian Persson,
children's library specialist at the Bibliolekstjiinst at
Lund, Sweden, for Scandinavian works. Reference
librarians on the staff of the Library of Congress and
a number of children's book specialists in the United
States and abroad also assisted in various ways.
The Library of Congress plans regular supplements
to the first volume at perhaps five-year intervals and
the occasional issuances of a complete revision of the
basic Guide of 1966.
The publication may be purchased in person at the
Information Counter, Main Building, Library of Con-
gress, for $3.
Digest of Public General Bills and Resolutions.
92nd Congress, 2nd Session. Cumulative issue No. 3.
1972. (Various pagings.) (LC 14.6:92-2/1-4) and
Supplement No. 1 to Cumulative issue No. 3.
(Various pagings.) (LC 14.6:92-2/1-4/Supp. 1) For
sale by the Superintendent of Documents for $10 for
Cumulative issue No. 3 for 55 cents for the supple-
ment, or for $50 a session, domestic, and $62.50 a
session, foreign.
LC Classification-Additions and Changes. List 166.
April-June 1972. (138 p.) For sale by the Card Divi-
sion, Library of Congress, Building 159, Navy Yard
Annex, Washington, D.C. 20541 at $20 a year.
New Serial Titles-Classed Subject Arrangement.
July 1972. (33 p.) Prepared under the sponsorship of
the Joint Committee on the Union List of Serials and
published monthly by the Library of Congress. For
sale by the Card Division for $25 a year.


The modern History of Ethiopia and the Horn of
Africa; A Select and Annotated Bibliography, by
Harold G. Marcus (Stanford, Calif., Hoover Institu-
tion Press, Stanford University, 1972. 641 p.) has
been issued as Number 56 in the Hoover Institution
Bibliographical Series. The compiler indicates that the
general arrangement "follows a geographical west to
east movement across Europe" covering journal
articles by English, French, Italian, German, and
other authors. There are 2,042 entries from 151
periodicals relating to the history of Ethiopia and the
Horn of Africa in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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with the most recent entries dated ca. 1914. The
majority of the penodicals are European geographical
journals including some not generally available in
American libraries. Among those analyzed are Trans
actions of the Bombay Geographical Society, Scottish
Geographical Magazine. Bulletin of the Societe
Royale Beige de Geographie. Bolletino of the Societa
Geographica Italiana. and Peernnanns Geographische
.Miitedlungen. Within each national category, individ-
ual entries are arranged by author or title and include
annotations of the contents. Listings of those journals
analyzed and of books cited in the bibliography are
given in appendixes, and there are indexes to authors,
geographic names, proper nouns other than authors,
and subjects.
This guide will be of particular interest to the
geographer and historian studying Ethiopia and the
Horn. For the librarian, it will be a useful reference
tool in covering inquiries on the personalities and
places of this region in the 19th century. It is for sale
at $30 a copy from the Hoover Institution Press,
Stanford, Calif. 94305. A copy is available for con-
sultation in the African Section, General Reference
and Bibliography Division. [John B. Howell]
A notable addition to the reference collection of
the Law Library is the looseleaf series Constitutions
of the Countries of the World, edited by Albert P.
Blaustein and Gisbert H. Flanz (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.,
Oceana Publications, Inc., 1971). The latest of several
constitutional compilations, this series aims at com-
prehensive and continuous coverage in looseleaf form
of the constitutions of all the world's countries. Each
of the pamphlets of which it is comprised contains
the constitution of one nation in English translation,
a chronology highlighting major events in the consti-
tutional history of the country, and an annotated
bibliography of various types of sources. By March 1,
1973, the editors hope to have provided basic
coverage of all presently effective constitutions, with
the series at that point consisting of an estimated
10,000 pages in 10 volumes. Supplements updating
previously printed materials will be issued periodi-
cally; if, as the editors suggest in their introduction,
the materials which these supplements supersede are
retained, the usefulness of the series will be even
At this writing four binders, containing looseleaf
coverage of 48 nations, have been received by the
Law Library. Because the editors attempted to
publish first the most recent constitutions not
available previously in English translation, these 48
nations are for the most part African, Near Eastern,

and Southeast Asian states. The four binders are on
the reference shelves of the Anglo-American Law
Reading Room. [Kathryn A. Huan]


Assistant Director of Columbia Libraries Dies
Charles W. Mixer, Assistant Director for Special
Collections at the Columbia University Libraries, died
August 9 at St. Luke's Hospital in New York. He was
Mr. Mixer joined the Columbia Library staff in
1946 and held a wide range of administrative respon-
sibilities. He was Head of the University's East Asian
Library until 1968, when he was put in charge of the
Department of Special Collections, which contains
Columbia's large holdings of rare books, manuscripts,
and historic papers.
Mr. Mixer was born in Salt Lake City and was
graduated from Harvard College in 1928. He received
a second bachelor's degree, this one in library science
from Columbia University, in 1934.
His professional career began at the Library of Con-
gress, and continued at the District of Columbia
Public Library; he was named Librarian of the U.S.
Naval Academy in 1938 and served there until going
to Columbia. He served with the United States Navy
from 1942 to 1945.

Simmons College Offers Advanced
Simmons College School of Library Science in
Boston will offer four new advanced courses and
group seminars for practicing librarians and library
administrators during the academic year 1972-73.
Kenneth R. Shaffer, Director of the School of Li-
brary Science, in announcing the new courses,
emphasized that they are intended particularly to
meet the continuing education needs of employed l-
brarians in the New England region who seek oppor-
tunities for intensive advanced study.
Research Techniques will be offered in the fall
semester of 1972-73. The courses Advanced Problems
in School Media Center Administration, Contem-
porary Management Theory, and Government Docu-
ments, will be offered in the spring semester.
Enrollment in all four courses, while limited, is
open to employed librarians who hold a graduate
degree in library science or its equivalent in terms of
education and experience. Further information may
be obtained by contacting the Administrative
Assistant, School of Library Science, Simmons
College, Boston, Mass. 02115.

August 25, 1972

ASIS Meeting Program Announced
Charles Stevens, Executive Director of the National
Commission on Libraries and Information Science,
will moderate a technical session devoted to Libraries
and International Information Exchange at the
October 23-26 annual meeting of the American
Society for Information Science. The session is
scheduled for Tuesday morning, October 24.
Guenther Reichardt, Bibliothek der Kern-
forschungsanlage Juelich, Germany, will present the
keynote address, "Use of Available Information
Systems by Special Libraries." Louis Vagianos,
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, will high-
light an appropriate posture for ASIS in a presenta-
tion titled "The Role of Library and Information
Associations in the International Arena." Rose
Vainstein, University of Michigan will be concerned
with standardization and Uri Bloch, Ministry of
Defense, Haifa, Israel will discuss the implications of
new technology on library networking.
M. Sassoli, Bank for International Settlements,
Basle, Switzerland, will join with Lawrence Papier,
U.S. Office of Education, and Paul Vassallo, Library
of Congress, as reactors.
Questions regarding the October 24 meeting may
be directed to Frank Kurt Cylke, Executive Secretary
of the Federal Library Committee, who is serving as
program chairman, at Federal Library Committee,
Room 310, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

ASIS Publications Director Appointed
J. I. Smith has been appointed Director of the new
American Society for Information Science (ASIS)
Publications Program. Mr. Smith will also continue as
Associate Director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Li-
brary and Information Science, which is operated for
the U.S. Office of Education by ASIS.
Mr. Smith was graduated from Central State Uni-
versity, Wilberforce, Ohio, and attended the Univer-
sity of Akron Law School. He served from 1965 to
1969 concurrently as Director of the State Technical
Services Program for Northern Ohio and Assistant
Director for Operations of the Center for Information
Systems, University of Akron. He served as an Editor
with the Databook Division of Plenum Publishing
Corp., New York, before becoming Associate Direc-
tor of ERIC/CLIS in April 1970.
The new Publications Program, approved by the
ASIS Council in January, is a major step in the ASIS
effort to expand its services to its members and to the
profession by helping to fill the need for more and

better publications about information science.

Eileen D. Cooke Named ALA Washington Head
Eileen D. Cooke has been named Director of the
Washington office of the American Library Associa-
tion. Miss Cooke, who is succeeding Germaine
Krettek upon her retirement this fall, served as
Assistant Director of the Washington office from
1964 to 1968, as Associate Director for a year, and as
Deputy Director since 1969.
A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Miss Cooke holds a
degree in library science from the College of St.
Catherine, St. Paul, Minn.; she worked at the Minne-
apolis Public Library from 1952 to 1957 and again
from 1958 until 1963. In the interim she was Branch
Assistant at the Queens Borough (N.Y.) Public Li-

National Library of Agriculture Publishes Catalog
The National Agricultural Library has published a
quinquennial edition of its monthly NationalAgricul-
tural Library Catalog, 1966-1970. The first eight
volumes containing the name entries will be ready in
October 1972. The remaining four volumes will be
available in 1973.
The National Agricultural Library Catalog,
1966-1970 supplements the 73-volume Dictionary
Catalog of the National Agricultural Library,
1862-1965. This quinquennial edition of the monthly
catalog contains entries for all books, periodicals, and
serials cataloged by the National Agricultural Library
since January 1966.
Subject fields covered include not only general
agriculture but also such fields as chemistry, botany,
veterinary medicine, forestry, entomology, agricul-
tural economics, and agricultural statistics. The Li-
brary acquires publications of interest from all parts
of the world.
The Catalog is available for $35 from the publisher
Rowman and Littlefield, 81 Adams Dr., Totowa, N.J.
07512. When ordering, note the Standard Book
Number ISBN 0-87471-016-2.

Foreign Law Periodicals Placed on Union List
The Tarlton Law Library of the University of Texas
Law School has announced the publication of the
second revised and enlarged edition of the Union List
of Foreign Legal Periodicals of the Southwestern
Chapter of the American Association of Law Li-
braries. Compiled by Guido F. Olivera, the Union List
consists of 800 titles, representing the holdings of 20
participating libraries. Arranged in alphabetical order


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by nitle. this edition adds 217 new and additional
titles in comparative and foreign law to those listed in
the first edition of i170. The 92-page work may be
purchased for $10 by writing to Don Zedler. Tarlton
Law Libraryn 2500 Red River. Austin, Tex. 78705.
Checks should be made payable to the University of
Texas Law School Foundation.

Arts Programs Booklet Issued
The National Council on the Arts and the National
Endowment for the Arts have published a booklet

entitled Our Programs designed to help interested
individuals and organizations determine if the Na-
tional Endowment has a program under which they
might recieve assistance. The publication also con-
tains important sections on general eligibility require-
ments, and a lengthy introduction outlining the
history of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Copies of Our Programs may be ordered from the
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government
Printing Office, Wasuhngton, D.C. 20402, for $1 each
(GPO Stock No. 3600-0011).


Vol. 31, No. 34

August 25, 1972

Toronto, Canada, June 18-21, 1972

The Association of Jewish Libraries held its seventh
annual convention at the Hyatt House in Toronto,
June 18-21.
Dov Noy, Professor of Jewish Folklore Studies at
the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, delivered an
address at the opening session on Sunday evening,
June 18. Dr. Noy is at present supervising a project to
record Yiddish folk songs of the older members of
the Toronto Jewish community. While Jewish tradi-
tion stresses the study of the formal classics, like the
Bible, the Talmud, and medieval commentaries, the
informal creations of the people in folk tales and folk
songs are just as much part of their heritage, Dr. Noy
asserted. As a matter of fact, the written record was
always preceded by a long chain of oral transmission
before it was committed to writing. He urged the
encouragement of local archives within Jewish com-
munities that would preserve records of the experi-
ences of individuals and organizations. In the
discussion that followed the lecture, reference was
made to By Myself, I'm a Book [see LC Information
Bulletin, June 30, p. 292], which includes recollec-
tions of 220 Jewish immigrants to Pittsburgh. The
book was edited and published by the American
Jewish Historical society.
On Monday the delegates visited several local li-
braries, including that of the Holy Blossom Temple, a
Reform Jewish congregation. Unlike most institutions
of this kind, it does not maintain a central library for
all its users, but rather has established separate collec-
tions for adult lay readers religious school teachers,
and for each classroom in order to serve the varied
needs of its diverse clientele.
The tour of the libraries was followed by a lunch-
eon given for the delegates by the Temple. The guest
speaker at that occasion was its rabbi, W. Gunther
Plaut, who read from a forthcoming commentary on
the Book of Genesis which he is about to publish.
This commentary is intended for today's Jewish lay-
man and tries to avoid some of the pitfalls of those in
use now, such as excessive apologetics and too rigid a
traditionalist attitude.
After the luncheon, a panel on readers services was
held. Miriam Leikind, Librarian of the Temple in
Cleveland, demonstrated how imaginative and re-

sourceful planning could stimulate use of the library
by all age groups. Leonard Gold, Chief of the Jewish
Division of the New York Public Library, recounted
the unique place this collection occupies in the life of
the American Jewish community, serving both lay
readers and scholars. Of particular importance has
been its role in the compilation of two major Jewish
scholarly undertakings in America, the Jewish Ency-
clopedia (1901-1906) and the Universal Jewish Ency-
clopedia (1939-1943). Sidney August, Librarian of
the Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, Elkins
Park, Pa., and Director of the Philadelphia Com-
munity College Library, discussed the use and limita-
tion of audiovisual materials in the setting of a
synagogue library.
Later in the afternoon, the delegates visited the
Jewish Public Library of Toronto. This library is
unique in that it is not connected with any synagogue
or educational institution, but is maintained by the
whole Jewish community.
On Tuesday the delegates assembled at Beth Tzedec
Congregation, the largest synagogue in Canada, and
toured its museum and library. The museum is desig-
nated the Canadian branch of the Jewish Museum of
the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New
York. The major part of its collection had originally
been brought together by Cecil Roth, the late Jewish
historian in England. In addition to many Jewish
ceremonial objects, it includes many illuminated
marriage contracts from Italy and the Near East,
some dating back several hundred years.
The rest of the morning was devoted to a session on
"Romanization of Hebrew" led by Herbert C. Zafren,
Director of Libraries, Hebrew Union College, Cincin-
nati, and Chairman of the Sub-committee on the
Romanization of Hebrew and Yiddish of Committee
Z39 of the American Standards Institute. Instead of a
single standard for romanization, the committee is
proposing several-one for popular use without dia-
critical marks-and the others for scientific uses: one
avoiding digraphs, and a special one for computer-
compatible transliteration. The last is intended to
speed the inclusion of Hebrew cards in the MARC
program, but would involve the elimination of
Hebrew characters from the catalog cards. This latter

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feature encountered a good deal of opposition in the
spirited discussion that followed the formal presenta-
In the afternoon, Nathan Kaganoff, Librarian and
Editor of the American Jewish Historical Society, Walt-
ham, Mass outgoing President of the Association and a
former LC staff member, spoke on "Archives-
Collectlin. Preservation, and Cataloging He stressed
the importance of the preservation of local community
records and showed that it was comparatively easy for
untrained people to assemble and arrange such collec-
tions to hand down to future generations.
This was followed by an informal information
exchange presided over by Lawrence Wember,
Librarian. City of Oak Park. Mich In this discussion,
delegates presented the day-to-day problems of
meeting the needs of the users of synagogue libraries
in particular. While support for these libraries is very
often insufficient, the demands of the public on these
institutions is often equally unrealistic.
That evening the convention banquet at Beth
Tzedec Congregation was addressed by its rabbi,
Stuart Rosenberg. He chose as his topic, "Canada:
The Jewish Community of the Future." Unlike
America, Canada never was considered a melting pot
in which the various nationalities and ethnic com-
munities were to submerge their differences. The
survival of the French community over the centuries
as a distinctive group that even now threatens to
secede is a striking case in point. The Canadian Jewish
community, very often originating in more recent
immigration from overseas than its American counter-
part. has therefore also a stronger sense of its

ethnicity than American Jewry. Dr. Rosenberg
believed this to be an advantage as he considered this
sense of nationality an integral part of Jewishness.
On Wednesday morning the last session of the con-
vention was devoted to a discussion of the new
16-volume Encyclopaedia Judaica, under the chair-
manship of Theodore Wiener, Supervisor of the
Hebraic Language Unit in the Descriptive Cataloging
Division at the Library of Congress. This third major
Jewish encyclopedia in English in 70 years was
compiled in collaboration with over 2,000
contributors from all over the world. Unevenness in
quality was inevitable as were occasional errors of
fact and lack of balance in the treatment of some
subjects. But it was agreed that it contained au-
thoritative information on a host of items not easily
obtained elsewhere. Another important feature distin-
guishing this work from its predecessors is the
extensive index in the introductory volume.
Before adjourning, the convention adopted a
resolution protesting the continued imprisonment of
Raiza Palatnik and Emilia Trachtenberg, two Jewish
librarians in the Soviet Union who wish to emigrate
to Israel.
Officers elected for the coming year include Mrs.
Anne Kirshenbaum, Librarian of Temple Beth El,
Rochester, N.Y., President; Mr. Gold and Mrs. Rose
Miskin, Librarian of Beth Tzedec Sisterhood Library,
Toronto, Vice Presidents; Shalva Telushkin, Brandeis
University, Corresponding Secretary; Jack Cravets, Li-
brarian, Temple Brith Kodesh, Rochester, N.J.,
Recording Secretary; and Mrs. Mildred Kurland, Phil-
adelphia, Treasurer. [Theodore Wiener]

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