THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Information on all workshops,
conferences, etc. are posted on the
bulletin board by the second floor
Staff Lounge in Library West.
February 5-6,12-13, 26-27,1990
"Introduction to the Libraries" for
new employees (see calendar page)
UFLA meeting (see calendar page)
Systems Forum, 11 a.m.-noon, 420
Library West. See page 8 for details.
February 27, 1990
CMS E-mail training, 10 a.m., 420
Library West. Contact Suzy Shaw
of Systems (2-0796) to sign up.
OTHER DATES OF INTEREST
Alachua Library League, "The Perils
and Pleasures of the Thoroughly
Modern Media Specialist," Hidden
Oak Elementary School Media Cen-
ter, 6:30 p.m. See pages 3 and 4 for
EPIC workshop, 2-4 p.m., Atlanta.
Free; preregister with SOLINET.
Resource Management Institute, a
new OMS workshop for library
managers, Washington, D.C., $450.
Application date for Library Resi-
dency at University of Michigan.
VOLUME 6, NUMBER 2
ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Many staff received recognition at the Libraries' Awards Ceremony on Janu-
ary 24 in the Rare Books Room. New employees were introduced, certificates
or pins were given for "milestones" in years of service at the University, and
mugs were given to those who had used less than eight hours of sick leave in
the past year. Dale Canelas presented the Certificate of Commendation to the
Catalog Department for its productivity, featured in last month's issue.
Juan Carlos Roman
L. Jo Talbird
BUSINESS SERVICES OFFICE
continued on next page
February 19-20, and 21-23,1990
Society for Applied Learning Technolo-
gy conferences, Kissimmee, Florida.
Fee is $450 before and $500 after Febru-
ary 7 for non-members.
"How to Supervise People," National
Career Workshops, Gainesville, $69.
"How to Handle Multiple Priorities,"
Fred Pryor Seminars, Gainesville, $59.
"Fundamentals of Telecommunica-
tions," sponsored by Management De-
velopment Foundation, Jacksonville,
"Time Power," Charles R. Hobbs Corpo-
ration seminar, Jacksonville, $165.
Application date for Summer Seminars,
sponsored by National Endowment for
Humanities. Stipends provided.
"Acquisition Budgets: Strategies for Se-
rials, Monographs, and Electronic For-
mats," sponsored by University of Okla-
homa at Norman, $75.
March 9, 1990
"Desktop Design: Fundamentals of De-
sign for Desktop Publishing," Promo-
tional@ Perspectives Seminar, Tampa,
OCLC Reference Update, 8:30 a.m.-
4:30 p.m., Arlington. Free; preregister
EPIC workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, Rich-
mond. Free; preregister with SOLINET.
"Issues for the New Decade: Preserva-
tion, The Serials Dilemma, The Role and
Effectiveness of the Public Library, and
The Legislative Agenda," Florida State
University, Tallahassee, $200.
"The One Minute Manager," Career-
Track@ Seminar, Gainesville, $95.
MARSTON SCIENCE LIBRARY
James (Bill) Combs
Miguel La Salvia
In this issue we continue our series on library organizations.
ALACHUA LIBRARY LEAGUE
lachua Library League was founded in 1976 as a result of the ef-
forts of Beth Daane, former Head of the Gainesville Public Li-
brary, to provide a forum for all library workers in Alachua
County to meet, socialize, and to share news and ideas to further
information services to library users in the county.
This mission is carried out by officers assisted by an advisory board with
members from each of the following areas: public libraries, school libraries,
university libraries, community college libraries, and special libraries. Quar-
terly meetings are held, often at the sites of libraries across the county whose
staff are eager to share their experiences with other members. Successful
programs have included Prof. Sam Proctor, speaking on Oral History, tours
of the newly opened Gainesville Sun building and library, the Education Li-
brary, and the work in progress at the new downtown public library build-
In addition to supporting continuing education, ALL has encouraged letter
writing campaigns to officials to support the public library's governance and
bond issues. Other services have included the periodic publication of a
county library membership directory and a recent publication listing CD-
ROM's available in the county.
Leadership in the past several years has involved many University librarians,
and officers and membership have come from several libraries across the
county. Expenses are minimal, keeping annual dues at a modest $2, with the
hope that this will encourage all interested library workers to join and to be-
Anita L. Battiste
FROM THE DEPARTMENTS
Hickmet Dogu, a reference librarian at the Museum of Modern Art, New
York, toured the AFA Library on January 18.
Several members of the Catalog Department have been elected to be upcom-
ing chairs of Groups of the ALA's Association for Library Collections and
Technical Services/Cataloging and Classification Section: Dot Hope (Copy
Cataloging Discussion); Colleen Thorburn (Computer Files Discussion); and,
Carol Walton (Cataloging Norms Discussion).
A number of members of the Catalog Department also gave presentations to
ALA groups: Elaine Yontz and Yael Herbsman delivered "Other People's
Cataloging: Problems and Solutions" to the Copy Cataloging Discussion
Group. Their presentation dealt with balancing economy and speed of cata-
loging with the need for quality and consistency, including training of staff.
Carol Walton and Cecilia Botero co-authored a report on two cooperative
cataloging projects involving librarians and library assistants at UF which
continued on next page (
"Powerful Business Writing Skills," Na-
tional Seminars Group, Gainesville, $98.
EDUCOM's "The National Research and
Education Network: A Strategic Alliance,"
Washington, D.C. Fee is $295 before and
$345 after February 16.
EPIC workshop, 2-4 p.m., Lexington. Free;
preregister with SOLINET.
American Business Women's Association,
"Power Communication Skills for Wom-
en," Gainesville, $48.
"Leadership & Supervisory Skills for
Women," National Businesswomen's
Leadership Workshop, Gainesville, $59.
American Association for Higher Educa-
tion 1990 conference "Today's Choices
...Tomorrow's Faculty," San Francisco.
Fee of $185 for AAHE members, and $260
for non-members is due March 2.
Application date for 1990-91 Library/Book
Fellow program. See page 5 for details.
National Seminars, "Conflict Management
& Negotiation Skills," Gainesville, $89.
May 7 and 9,1990
'Newsletter Editing, Design and Produc-
tion," Promotional@ Perspectives Seminar,
Orlando and Tallahassee, $270.
Florida Library Association Conference,
Daytona Beach. Pre-registration is $35 for
FLA members, and $80 for non-members;
one-day registration is $25 for FLA mem-
bers, and $40 for non-members.
Florida Paralibrarian Caucus meeting, 2-5
p.m., during FLA (see above). See page 7
for details. Contact Judy Harrell or Jim
Leavey in Catalog (392-0351) to sign up for
July 28-August 8,1990
Librarian education exchange trip to the
Soviet Union. Registration deadline is
March 1. Fee is $2,650.
ALACHUA LIBRARY LEAGUE
Alachua Library League will present a pro-
gram on the "Pleasures and Perils of the
Modern Media Specialist" on Tuesday,
February 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hidden Oak
Elementary School (9205 NW 23rd Ave.,
behind Fort Clark Middle School). Speak-
ing will be the media specialists from Tal-
bot Elementary School, Howard Bishop
Middle School, Gainesville High School,
and St. Patrick's. Iona Malanchuk will rep-
resent P. K. Y. Laboratory School.
Valerie Johnson Assistant Personnel Offi-
Juan Carlos Roman-LTA I, Circulation
Sheila Roberts -LTA I, Acquisitions
Nelda Schwartz LTA II, Catalog to Archi-
vist I, Preservation
These reports were recently added to
those available through the Library Per-
American Library Association Mid-winter
meeting, reports submitted by Denise
Beaubien, Deborah Fairbanks, Yael Herbsman,
Martha Hruska, Valerie Johnson, Erich Kesse,
David Shontz, Colleen Thorburn, and Carol
Walton, Chicago, January 6-11, 1990.
Peter Malanchuk, African Studies Associa-
tion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, November
Carol presented January 6 at the Cataloging Norms Discussion Group at the
midwinter meeting of ALA in Chicago. Carol and Cecilia led the discussion
which followed the presentation and the session was written up as the lead
article the following day in Cognotes.
Carol Walton has been elected vice chair/chair elect of the Cataloging Norms
Discussion Group of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Ser-
vices of ALA.
It is not uncommon for a State archaeologist to receive an urgent phone call
that an Indian shell midden or burial site has been discovered on land being
cleared for a development or expressway. Librarians also receive "salvage ar-
chaeology" calls, sometimes from people with libraries who are set to move to
a nursing home, or preparing to relocate in another state in downsized quar-
ters, or from lawyers for an estate containing books. Robert Singerman re-
cently heard from an attorney handling an estate. In this instance, the
Mordecai Yardeini collection in Miami Beach was not unknown to Bob since
in 1982 or thereabouts, he had made inquiries to the widow through a mutual
friend about the collection and the desirability of its being placed in the Price
Library of Judaica.
Mordecai Yardeini, a cantor, composer of synagogue music, and Yiddish
writer, died in 1982; his widow died in late 1989 with no provision in her will
for her husband's books and music archives. The attorney informed Bob that
a closing on the condo unit was imminent and he could select whatever he
wanted on an ASAP basis. Although there was no implied threat that the un-
selected material would go to the dumpster, past experience has taught Bob
to move quickly on unanticipated opportunities when the level of duplication
might be low and the bibliographic rewards high.
Included in the portion of the collection brought back to Gainesville are some
200 titles, highlighted by numerous Soviet editions of Yiddish literature, to-
gether with relatively modern but uncommon Yiddish imprints from
Bucharest, Warsaw, Paris, Mexico City, and Buenos Aires. American Yiddish
books from the 1930s and 1940s, often privately published and autographed
by the authors to Yardeini, were also retrieved. Yiddish theatre history was
one of the collector's primary interests, as was Jewish music; the sheet music,
albums, and unpublished compositions will be offered and shared with the
Music Library. Some of the sheet music of Yiddish folk songs was printed in
the Soviet Union and is typically found, if at all, in only the most advanced
Jewish research collections.
NEWS FROM THE PRESERVATION OFFICE
The BRITTLE BOOKS PROGRAM now has a coordinator. Nelda Schwartz,
formerly of the Catalog Department, assumed responsibility for program co-
ordination on January 19th. Nelda will coordinate identification, bibliograph-
ic searching, and queuing for microfilming of brittle books, as well as work
closely with bibliographers, selectors and curators in making treatment
decisions. The Program is currently processing brittle Caribbean materials
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Library Newsletter Staff: Editorial Committee, Cecilia Botero, Mona Mosier, Colleen Seale, Carl Van Ness; Editorial Assistant, Barbara Jones;
Departmental Liaisons, Elizabeth Alexander, Lynn Badger, Stephanie Baldwin, Elaine Bryant, Suzanne Brown, Channie Christian, Mary Jane Daicoff,
Melanie Davis, Rick Donnelly, Peter Foust, Steve Fuquay, Sidney Ives, Erich Kesse, Barbara King, Chuck Lipsig, Tom Kinney, Rosa Mesa, Pam
Pasak, Bob Singerman, Shirley Snyder, Ed Teague, Carl Van Ness, Priscilla West, Carol Whitmer, Susan Woods.
SCREENSAVER EATS EXCEL
"Help! There's a bomb icon on my Mac and my Excel spreadsheet is missing in
Has this happened to you lately? The fault is not in the Macintosh, in the Excel
software, nor even in you, dear user. The Moire Cdev Screensaver, that thing that
makes pretty geometric designs on your screen when you've let the Mac sit idle for
a few minutes, is the culprit. When the screen goes blank, Excel can forget what
was on the screen, and any work you did since you last issued a SAVE command is
Because of this and other potential problems caused by the desk accessory, Systems
is no longer installing it on Macs, and we are deinstalling it as problems arise.
Meanwhile, if you use Excel, you are strongly urged to disable the Screensaver.
Call up the Control panel, select the Screensaver's icon, then click the "disable"
button. You must do this each time you boot the Mac. A more permanent solution
is to remove the Screensaver from your System folder altogether- either put it in
the trash or into any non-system folder. Call Systems (392-0796) if you have
problems with either of these solutions.
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA LIBRARIES CALENDAR KEEP FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
'Introduction to the Ubraries' for new
employees Invitation only
9 a.m.-noon 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
11 12 13 14 MSLConfRm. 15 16 17
'Introduction to the Ubraries" for new Panel discussion on
employees nvitation only tenure, with C. Drum,
9 a.m.-noon 9 a.m. -1 p.m. B. Hartigan and
noon luncheon N. Williams
18 19 20 21 22 Systems Forum 23 24
Deadline for 11 a.m., 420 LIB W.
March issue of the Bill Covey will discuss
Library Newsletter spreadsheet software
25 26 10a.m., 27 28
420 LIB W
"Introduction to the LUbrarles" for new
employees invitation only
9 a.m.-noon 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
(NEH). Nelda can be reached in 7 Library East at 392-6963 or, by e-
mail, at @45vtxb.
In the time since the end of the PHYSICAL CONDITION SURVEY last
summer/fall, we have begun statistical analysis of embrittlement in
the Libraries' collections. Earlier surveys, limited to four collections, in
1986/1987 indicated that 10% of the collections were brittle based on a
test of five double folds. Studies of three additional collections in
1988/1989 indicated that 17% of the collections were brittle. The recent
and most authoritative survey of all circulating collections indicates
that embrittlement is as high as 19.57% or approximately 500,000 vol-
umes. The following lists percentages of embrittlement (at five double
folds) in the circulating collections.
PKY Fa. Hist.
Some other ARL and RLG libraries determine embrittlement based on
three double folds. The average rate of embrittlement at this level in
the University of Florida Libraries is 12.92% or @ 345,000 volumes.
The following list percentages of embrittlement (at three double folds)
in the circulating collections. (Remember, three double folds is more
brittle than five double folds.)
PKY Fla. Hist.
Studies conducted in northern libraries with older materials have
much higher average rates of embrittlement. Yale University, for ex-
ample, had a 26%+ rate of embrittlement. By comparison, UF collec-
tions of older materials, e.g., Judaica, LAC and PKY Florida History,
are almost as bad.
OK, now it's blow your mind away time again: "Things could be
worse." Random sample survey of the Baldwin Library indicates that
81% of the Library is brittle at five double folds. Lowering the test to
three double folds brings the rate of embrittlement down to 68%. And,
lowering the test to a mere one double fold brings it down to 43%. Em-
brittlement in the Baldwin Library is so bad that 11% of the books may
suffer damage from even one more inconsiderate use. And, "you
haven't heard anything yet." Assuming that all of the brittle books in
the circulating collections are needed at UF, there is a price to pay. As-
suming also that an average cost for replacement, reprint or microfilm-
ing (including searching costs) is $75.00, an approximate total replace-
ment cost is 37.5 million dollars. Do you think we can hit-up James
Bond for a little pocket change?
ALA SHOWCASE IN CHICAGO
ARL is offering member libraries the opportuni-
ty to participate in a cooperative showcase booth
at the ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago. This
year's theme is, "Encouraging Cultural Diversity
in Academic and Research Libraries," with hopes
of attracting programs addressing the following
* How can libraries serve culturally diverse
* How can a culturally diverse organization be
* How can the needs of culturally diverse
populations be assessed?
* Does a culturally diverse population require
unique staffing strategies?
In the past, participating libraries have felt that
the booth increased the visibility of their respec-
tive programs within the library community,
and presented them with an opportunity to dis-
cuss their project with peers.
ARL will coordinate and assume certain operat-
ing expenses associated with the booth. The di-
rect cost of $4,100 will be divided among the
three participating institutions and ARL at a cost
of $1,025 each. Individual exhibitors will be
charged for AV or computer equipment if they
choose to rent it from the exhibit hall. If you are
interested in participating, please contact Wendy
Scott (392-0342) no later than February 24, 1990.
LIBRARY/BOOK FELLOWS PROGRAM
This joint program of the American Library As-
sociation (ALA) and the U. S. Information Agen-
cy (USIA) will place approximately eight U.S.
citizens overseas beginning September 1990.
Stipends are $28,000 per year.
The application deadline is April 15, 1990. See
the bulletin board outside the Staff Lounge on
the 2nd floor of Library West for details.
UF INCENTIVE EFFICIENCY PROGRAM
The University has initiated a program of incen-
tive bonuses for proposals from employees that
generate permanent, tangible, recurring savings
or new revenue sources.
Information is posted outside the Staff Lounge
on the 2nd floor of Library West.
The following publications have
been received from the Research Li-
braries Group. Copies may be ob-
tained by contacting one of the secre-
taries in the administrative offices.
1. Summary of a workshop on ma-
chine-readable data files
2. Minutes of the Public Services
Committee meeting held on No-
vember 16-17, 1989
3. Fax Guidelines for RLIN ILL
4. The East Asian Program Steering
Committee "Summary of Ac-
5. Agenda cover for the Art Archi-
tecture Program Committee meet-
ing to be held in NY Public Li-
brary on February 9, 1990
6. RLIN PC Terminal Program, Ver-
sion El, and RLIN PC Terminal
Manual, 3rd Edition
PARTIAL LISTING OF ACTIVE
This new feature of the newsletter is
designed to provide staff with cur-
rent information regarding active ad
hoc committees. Further information
can be sought from committee
chairs. This listing will be expanded
in coming issues to include all com-
-ad hoc. Canelas. Due: pending.
LMG Subcommittee on Standarized
Use of Performance Evaluation
Forms. Charge: to develop library-
wide standards for evaluations.
Chair: Lynn Badger; Members:
Rich Bennett, Dot Hope, Jim
Stevens, Jan Swanbeck.
-ad hoc. Canelas. Due: 2/9/90.
Committee on OCLC Terminals.
Charge: To recommend appropriate
equipment for OCLC use in terms of
kind of equipment and number of
stations. Chair: Suzy Shaw; Mem-
bers: Suzanne Brown (PS), Gary
Comwell (Docs. & Maps), LeiLani
Freund (ILL), Dot Hope (Cat. &
Preser.), Phek Su (Acq.), Bob
Singerman (CM & Sp. Coll.)
RESOLUTION ON ROMANIAN LIBRARIES PASSED BY ALA AT MID-
On December 24, 1989 while the battle for democracy raged in Romania, we
watched anxiously on television the destruction of the Central University Library in
The Library, founded in 1891, occupied a unique place in Romania's educational
system: its mandate included among others the coordination of collection develop-
ment in twenty branch libraries serving higher education and the supply of Roma-
nian publications to language and literature departments of libraries abroad. Its
collection boasted an important department of manuscripts and Romanian imprints
dating back to the 15th century.
My emotional ties to this institution reach back to my youth, when as a student of
the Bucharest University, I spent hours in its gracious neo-classic rooms, studying
western literature and philosophy, dreaming of a free, democratic Romania. On
December 24, this historic building and its inventory was reduced to ashes.
The violence against the Romanian people did not begin on Christmas Eve, 1989. It
only culminated in the great library fire. It started four decades ago with the sys-
tematic intellectual isolation imposed on Romania by its communist regime.
For the past ten years, as attested by the media, all foreign book and journal acquisi-
tions were canceled. The latest edition of Chemical Abstracts available on library
shelves dated from 1972. Romanians, risking persecution and imprisonment,
flocked to the only library offering current Western publications: The American
Embassy Library in Bucharest, which has an average attendance of 15,000 people
per month. Today, Romania's fledgling democracy is facing the hard task of clos-
ing this terrible information gap.
In an effort to help Romanian libraries overcome this handicap, Opritsa Popa, Busi-
ness reference librarian at the University of California, Davis, and I prepared a Res-
olution on Romanian Libraries at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, asking "that ALA
take a leadership role in formulating a campaign to work with the appropriate au-
thorities in helping to restore libraries and library services in Romania."
We sought the endorsement of various committees with an interest in international
affairs and were guided by Councilor at Large, Norman Horrocks, and by William
Summers, immediate Past President of ALA, in getting the support of members of
the ALA Council.
The resolution was introduced by Councilor at Large, Michael Malinconico (who
visited Romanian libraries last year as a consultant on automation) and was second-
ed by Lydia Acosta, Florida chapter Councilor, and Alphonse Trezza, Councilor at
Large. The resolution was endorsed by the International Relations Round Table Ex-
ecutive Committee, ACRL, SEE Section, and the International Relations Committee
-International Relations Roundtable (Subcommittee).
On January 9,1990 the Resolution was unanimously passed by the ALA Council
and referred to the Disaster Relief Committee to study what further action can be
taken, since ALA policy number 8.3 (Disaster Aid) did not apply to Romania-no
natural disaster had occurred.
The Disaster Relief Committee recommended that:
'The American Library Association will respond immediately as follows:
1. The establishment of the Romanian Disaster Relief Fund for Librarians. In the
next issue of American Libraries there will be an appeal to the ALA membership
and the general public for contributions.
continued on next page
. The ALA Legislation Committee and the Washington Office will immediate-
ly initiate action to seek support for the position that all funds designated for
Romanian Disaster Relief be earmarked for the restoration of libraries and li-
The ALA Executive Director will immediately contact all identifiable organi-
zations offering disaster relief to Romania and urge them to include funds
for the restoration of library services.
The members of the Disaster Relief Committee are making a personal contri-
bution of $100 each. The Committee challenges each member of the ALA
Council to make a significant contribution to this worthy cause."
working on a project that can significantly help the democratization process of
omanian society and finding such overwhelming support from the ALA lead-
rship was a most gratifying and highly emotional experience.
am proud of the compassion exhibited by my colleagues in the profession to-
ards culturally deprived and spiritually oppressed nations.
Doina G. Farkas
Chair, Acquisitions Department
LORIDA PARALIBRARIAN CAUCUS
n Open Letter from organizer Virginia Gerster
hank you for your interest in the Florida Paralibrarian Caucus (FPC). Many
people have requested further information on the caucus and what it proposes
o do. Since this is a new group and it is in the organizational stage, there is lit-
le history, and goals have yet to be defined. Hopefully this will change after
ur conference program and business meeting on May 8, 1990.
LA approved the Florida Paralibrarian caucus in the fall of 1989 and ap-
roved funding for a speaker at the annual FLA Conference in May 1990. A
urvey and flyer were created and sent along with a cover letter to directors of
variety of libraries throughout the state. The purpose of the survey was to
auge interest of paraprofessionals, let them know a group they might be inter-
sted in was being formed, and to identify contact persons. The flyer adver-
ised the program at the FLA Conference. The response has been great--over
50 surveys from over 61 libraries! I received phone calls not only from para-
rofessionals, but librarians and directors as well, who were happy to hear that
uch a group was finally being formed. Look for an article about the FPC in
LASH. [Ed. note: This article is printed on side column of this page.]
he next step we should take is to form a Steering Committee and to schedule
meeting of this committee before the conference in May. This is extremely
important and could decide the fate of our caucus. I realize time and travel ex-
enses are in short supply, but we need some hard-working people to serve on
he Steering Committee and to go that extra mile! Victor Owen, Assistant Di-
ector of Personnel at the University of Central Florida, and I discussed possi-
ly meeting in Orlando due to its somewhat central location. The Steering
committee's agenda may include a proposal of Officers, By-Laws and member-
hip, request to petition FLA to caucus next year, a list of possible goals, objec-
ives and activities, and development of the Conference agenda. If you are
interested in serving, please let me know as soon as possible and give me your
thoughts on meeting in Orlando (or elsewhere) and when.
continued on next page
The Florida Paralibrarian Caucus is one of
three new caucuses approved by FLA. Its
objective is to provide a forum to deal
with a variety of paraprofessional con-
cerns. Membership will be aimed primar-
ily at library employees who do not hold
an MLS degree; however, anyone interest-
ed will be welcomed. The caucus is being
formed to encourage paraprofessionals to
realize their potential through continuing
education programs and workshops, net-
working opportunities, career develop-
ment, awareness of changes in the library
field, and interaction with others who
share their problems, concerns, and inter-
ests. The caucus is in the organizational
stage; therefore, the goals that will be pur-
sued and the methods used to pursue
them will be determined by the group's
membership and within FLA guidelines.
The Florida Paralibrarian Caucus will
have its first program and business meet-
ing at the annual FLA conference in Day-
tona Beach, Florida on Tuesday May 8,
1990 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Debbie
Wolcott has been president of the Para-
professional Forum of VLA and the key-
note speaker at the organizational meet-
ing of the North Carolina Library Para-
professional Association, and is currently
co-chair of the ALA/SCOLE Education
for Support Staff Issues Subcommittee.
She will talk about groups in other states,
including how they were formed, work-
shops and activities they have sponsored,
and concerns they have. There will be a
question and answer period, as well as a
group discussion regarding the organiza-
tion of the Florida Paralibrarian Caucus.
A survey has been sent to over 200 librar-
ies around the state in an attempt to
gauge interest and to identify contact per-
sons. I would like to encourage people to
continue mailing them in (ignore the 12/
1/89 deadline). If you, or someone you
know, did not receive a survey and
would like to, please contact:
Miami-Dade Public Library
Technical Processing I
101 West Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130-1523
Retirement of Willie C. Robinson
On January 12,1990, Willie C. Robinson re-
tired from the University of Florida Li-
brary system after ten years of service. She
joined the Library system in the Engineer-
ing and Physics Library where she worked
as an LTA I, doing serial check-in and
binding. Several years later, she was pro-
moted to LTA II, continuing her service in
the serials area which involved substantial
responsibility. She effectively managed
the check-in, claims and binding operation
for over 800 engineering, physics, and as-
tronomy related titles. All this was accom-
plisted with a spirit of cooperation and
public service which encouraged
patrons and colleagues to seek her out for
her expertise. She was especially helpful
during the transition from Kardex to our
NOTIS-based online check-in and claim-
Willie moved with the Engineering and
Physics Library and its staff into the Sci-
ence Library in February, 1987. Her
knowledge of serials, especially in the area
of Engineering, was very much appreciat-
ed by both our users and our newly inte-
grated staff. Her assistance at the Refer-
ence Desk was always offered in a spirit of
friendliness and understanding.
Willie's work in the Serials/Binding De-
partment entailed many hours of careful
attention to claims and problems, lost is-
sues and other essential details. Her thor-
ough work has laid a strong foundation for
the other staff members in the department
to follow. Through the years, Willie super-
vised quite a number of student assistants
who have remained friends long after
graduation. We all will miss Willie's infec-
tious smile and cheerful personality.
'There will never be another Willie!"
Barry Hartigan and Ann King
The February System Forum will be held
on Friday, February 23 from 11:00 a.m. to
noon in Room 420 of Library West. Bill
Covey of Systems will discuss spreadsheet
software for microcomputers. All library
staff are welcome to attend.
Writing letters (and especially form letters) can never give you the sense of
urgency and excitement as talking to people in person. I'd really like to hear
your thoughts and ideas for improving ourselves and about your library ex-
perience. I hope to see many of you in Daytona Beach and I know how
much you will enjoy meeting one another. I have relatives in the Gaines-
ville/Ocala area and in Fort Pierce and would be willing to meet with
groups in either place over the weekend, if you could provide a meeting
place.(Note: Virginia has since planned a trip to Gainesville during February or
March; the date is not yet decided.)
MARSTON SCIENCE LIBRARY
NEW TELEPHONE AND OFFICE NUMBERS
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