Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
"CHINOOK The UthbruJyc Herald LETHBRiDGE. ALBERTA VOL I NO. 9 TUESDAY, JULY 11, 1972 16 PAGES Library survey examines facilities LIBRARY RESEARCH Arlenc Housauer checks the contents of the Coaldale public library against a basic book list Left to right above, Marcella Baklcer, Coaldale assistant librarian helps project area co-ordinalor Merle Botlaro, provincial co-ordinator Meg Richardson and re- searcher Shelly Beazer catalogue the books in the library. Finlay Photos By HIC SWIIIART Herald Staff Writer Library faciblies and corres- ponding citizen participation are being sludied in 25 southern Alberta communities as part of a province-wide rural libraries project. Sponsored by the Alberta de- partment of culture, youth and recreation under the Student Temporary Employment Pro- gram, the research project in- volves 31 people and 132 of the province's libraries. Merle Dottaro is co-ordinalor for foul- researchers in the southern Alberta area. Elaine Julian is working out of Vulcan and is responsible for that town and Claresholm, Nanton, Stavely, Champion and High River. Shelly Beazcr is centred in Cardsfon ar.d also will study the Raymond, Magrath and Stirling libraries. Looking after Blaimiore, Bel- levtie, Colcman, Fort Macleod, Granum and Pincher Creek is Catherine Main. She is located in Pincher Creek. Arlcne Honsauer lives in Lclhbridge and is responsible for research at Coaldale, Pic- ture Butte, Enchant, Vauxhall and Taber. She will also look at Ralston and Red Cliff. The purpose of the rural li- braries project is to assess the library facilities in Alberta, the use made of them and what is needed to put Alberta on par with other centres in North America. Miss IMlaro said statistics show Alberta to be second only to Manitoba in antiquated facil- ities and numbers of libraries. This is part of the reason for the survey hopefully to up- grade the library facilities and services. The work being done encom- passes all facets of a library and will include a house-to-house survey of the actual popula- tion. To prepare the girls for their work in the various towns, Miss Batlaro trained each one for a week at the University of Letli- bridge library. They received practical experience at a li- brary in the region. With their training, the girls, working with the librarians in each centre, will do an inven- tory of all services provided by the facility, operation of it and contends. Within the framework of the operations, the girls will .be noting staff size, volunteer groups, hours of service, size of the library and other inputs. The media checklist provides a basic book list deemed im- portant to the library. The girls will check the contents of each library against the basic list. Included will be the catalog- uing of reference books, one volume fact books, dictionaries and the wide spectrum of study and pleasure reading hooks. Through the population sur- vey, the girls will determine1 reading habits, rending content versus television viewing of the citizens, what the people ex- pect from their library and how it can be better utilized for thnir benefit. Miss Bottaro said the girls will have to depend consider- ably upon the assistance of the local librarians. They will ac- tually stay in the towns until the survey is complete in or- der to get a feeling of the com- munity. Each, girl will hand in com- pleted reports after the survey is finished. Miss Bottaro will submit them to the planning and research branch of the de- partment of culture, youth and recreation. The branch persranel win code the material and correlate the information. It will be re- leased to the towns involved and then will be made public. Miss Botlaro said tne li- braries in .Alberta arc operating with very little money. One of the recommendations she hopes will be taken is for more perm- anent binding be clone to tho paperback books. By using this new process, paperback books, which are much cheaper to buy, can be made to look good on the shelves of the library and to last longer. "For 50 cents, a paperback book can be made to look like a hard covered she said. "This will allow for bettor shelf arrangement and mean that the library can attract more people to an csthciically attractive area.'' Senator Hays lioiiored as Senator Harry W. Hays of Calgary and James McAnsh, executive director, Rapeseed Association of Canada in Win- nipeg have been named hon- orary life members o[ the Agri- cultural Institute of Canada in recognition of their contribu- tions to Canadian agriculture. Honorary life membership is the highest award given by Uio Institute to non-members.