I have the honour to present the following report on the Library for the academic year 1942-1943.
New Reading Material. During the year now closing over eleven hundred books have been accessioned, classified and catalogued and otherwise prepared for circulation. About four hundred of these form part of the Milley Bequest. Of the remaining seven hundred new books, about one hundred and thirty are the fine gift of Harvard University and the rest have been bought out of the book fund or are the gifts of kind friends whose names appear in the College Calendar.
Naturally, a great many of the books acquired by purchase bear directly on the formal courses given at the College. Many others deal with matters of general interest, world affairs, political and social questions, ideas and ideals in education, philosophy and general culture, or are books of a purely recreational kind. In the North Library an attempt has been made this year to build up the collection of books dealing with the teaching of High School subjects. In the past the tendency has been to confine our attention to those dealing with the Elementary School.
Over forty periodicals covering a wide variety of interests are regularly received in the Library and the use made of them by the students is for the most part quite gratifying. Pamphlets on world affairs and publications of our own and foreign governments form other valuable additions to our stock.
Publicity. As usual, the First Year students were introduced to the Library by a talk from the Librarian at the beginning of the year followed by an assignment in English which tested their knowledge of how to find and use certain standard works of reference.
The weekly College Notes appearing in the Daily News carried a paragraph or two on the Library written by one of the students.
Members of the College were made aware of the arrival of new books by displays of their dust-covers on the large notice-board outside and of the books themselves on the Books-of-the-Week Table in the Main Library.
Unfortunately students could not be given a copy of the Library Handbook this year because it is out of print but sufficient copies were available to lend out for reading at home. The new edition of the Handbook is now in the hands of the printers and will be ready for the opening of College in the Fall.
Use of the Library. The Library on the whole is functioning well, but it goes almost without saying that better use might be made of its resources. The ideal atmosphere for study, of perfect silence, is difficult if not impossible to obtain and most of the students have such full time-tables that they have little time left for outside reading.
The Library is being brought directly to the students by the methods used in the teaching of English. In the Second Year, students are required to write a thirty-page essay and in the First Year they must make reports on the books they read and keep a diary of world events. In other classes as well attention is drawn to books in the Library. Especially is this true in the Teacher Training Department where readings in recommended texts form a large part of the assignments. These practices are good for many reasons. The students are learning ease in handling books and are getting rid of their fear that certain books are "difficult" because they are not full of conversation and all the words are not familiar.
Co-operatlon with Other Libraries. Students of the College continue to make good use of the rich resources of our sister institution, the Gosling Memorial Library. Inter-library loans are made from time to time and we receive five periodicals regularly from the Public Library for display on our magazine table.
Recently we were able to assist the Fisheries Research Laboratory by lending to its Library some works of reference which were not in its collection.
Assistance. The Librarian wishes to express her gratitude to the other members of the Library Committee, Dr. A. C. Hunter, Professor R. T. Harling and Professor R. L. Andrews for their kind interest in the Library and their helpful advice whenever they have been called into consultation.
The Library Prefects have carried out well their routine duties of supervision and the authorising of loans of books and in addition have performed special tasks such as moving several thousands of books, re-labelling the bookcases, keeping the books in order on the shelves and many other things incidental to the running of the Library.
The College was fortunate in securing the services of Miss Louise Whiteway, Ph.D., as a special assistant in the Library. Miss Whiteway, whose training in other fields is of the highest quality, was soon able to assist in the technical work of classifying and cataloguing new books and to carry on the work of preparing the Milley books for circulation. The College Library as a whole and the North Library in particular have derived great benefit from Miss Whiteway's work and it is earnestly hoped that she may be induced to continue with us next year.
Decoration, New Equipment, etc. During the summer holidays the North Library was re-decorated and the room now presents an inviting appearance and is far more conducive to study than formerly.
In the Main Library a new filing cabinet for the card-catalogue was obtained but it was found impossible to get the additional oak chairs required to complete the replacement of the metal ones. Plans are now being made to have the chairs made locally.
The Future. In last year's report it was stated that with the Milley Bequest the Library of the Memorial University College had reached a certain maturity. During the year now closing it has become increasingly evident that the Library cannot long be held within its present confines. All available space is now occupied. Books are lying on tables because there is no room on the shelves, and there is not room for another stack because the Annex to the main Reading-room must also function as a reading-room. If the Library is to continue growing, and its life is in its growth, additional space must be found. The original intention of using the room directly beneath the stack-room as an extension to be connected by means of a stairway has never been carried out, partly because some of that space had been taken over by the naval hospital in the basement. Unless something is done to relieve the situation it is difficult to see how we can accommodate next year's additions to the book-stock which will, if next year is a normal year, run to at least five hundred volumes.
General Remarks. Students who return to the College from study abroad always make favourable comparisons between our Library and the libraries of the universities with which we are affiliated. These students are, perhaps, prejudiced in our favour, but while our collection is small in numbers, we can feel justly proud of its quality. The Library is being built up with care and discrimination to provide for current needs and to meet the demands of the future, which, we hope, will be more ambitious than those of the present.
In conclusion, I should like to thank you, Sir, for your continued interest in the work of the Library and your active help in furthering its development.
SADIE L. ORGAN,
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