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MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

Report of the Librarian

Progress and Growth

The year now closing has been one of the best in our history largely because for the very first time we have enjoyed the services of a fully trained full-time assistant. Miss Ada L. Green, B.A., B.L.S., brought to her new position a knowledge of the College Library, an enthusiasm for its advancement and a sound education in the liberal arts capped by a post graduate course in Librarianship. The Librarian is deeply grateful to the Board of Governors for creating the post of Assistant Librarian and thus making possible the execution of many long-cherished plans.

During the year upwards of seven hundred new books were acquired and prepared for circulation, thus bringing our total book stock to the respectable figure of over sixteen thousand volumes. Not that numbers alone mean very much in a library but we can boast (and our opinion is backed by that of many experienced visitors) that the quality of our book stock is unusually high.

Included in the new additions were the following important works of reference:

  • The Jewish Encyclopaedia in 10 volumes.
  • The Yearbook of World Affairs.
  • The Yearbook of Human Rights.
  • Ten Eventful Years (four supplementary volumes to the Encyclopaedia Britannica).
  • Political Handbook of the World.
  • Most of the acquisitions were brought from the College Book Fund to meet particular needs; others were the gift of the kind friends whose names follows:

  • Messrs. James Baird, Ltd.
  • Christian Science Comm. on Publication for Newfoundland.
  • Gordon Cluett, Esq.
  • John R. Courage, Esq.
  • Newfoundland Government Department of Home Affairs.
  • H. L. Etheridge, Esq.
  • The High Commissioner for Canada.
  • J. G. Higgins, Esq., K.C.
  • Dr. A. C. Hunter.
  • The John Rylands Library, Manchester.
  • Kulas Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Pilgrim Trustees.
  • Professor Rees-Wright.
  • Robert Saunders, Esq.
  • Richard Steele, Esq.
  • A recent comparison with the list of standard books in and about English Literature published by the British Book League showed that the College Library owns a very large majority of these.

    Making The Library Known To The Students:

    The long-established custom of giving new students an introductory talk on the College Library and its workings and of providing each student with a copy of the Library Handbook was continued. Throughout the year, too, regular and frequent displays of new books were maintained and the lively interest shown in these by both students and staff was indeed gratifying.

    In an effort to bring the Library closer to the students a mimeographed pamphlet was published by the Librarian six times during the year. Entitled "News from the Library" the publication gave pointers on tapping the resources of the book collection, drew attention to articles on timely topics in current periodicals and also gave a complete list of all new books and periodicals received into the Library. The success of this venture warrants its continuance (and improvement) during the coming year.

    Assistance:

    The Library Prefects are to be thanked for the faithful and careful performance of their manifold and important duties. These students carry a normal load of College courses and have in addition the responsibility of supervising the reading-rooms during the day and night, checking out-going and in-coming loans, keeping the record of periodicals up to date and the sixteen thousand volumes in correct order on the shelves. Without their assistance the Library could not function.

    The Librarian extends her warm gratitude to the other members of the Library Committee: Dr. A. C. Hunter, Professor Hickman and Associate Professor Lear for advice and assistance on such matters as the budget, the distribution of the book fund and the appointment of Library Prefects.

    Material Things:

    It is the fate, the happy fate, of a Library to grow; not, in the case of a college library, to grow beyond all limits, but to greater numbers than we at present possess. The Lower Reading Room is rapidly filling up and the shelves of the Main Reading Room are crowded. Moreover the Magazine Table is quite inadequate to house the ninety-odd periodicals which we receive regularly and the reference books cannot for lack of room be correctly grouped for easy consultation. In other words the Library is badly in need of space. It is to be hoped that before long a start will be made on the long-projected extension to the building, which it is understood will include a spacious new Library.

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