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  Item Reference: KCLCAL-1968-1969-380

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xxxviii Annual Report of the Delegacy centuries-the subject field in which books are borrowed annually from King's for the Summer School libraries The College Library is co-operating fully in the implementation of the recommendations of the Parry Report on Latin American Studies the Librarian being member of committees both within the Univer- sity of London and of the Standing Conference of National and University Libraries which are concerned with library coverage both locally and nationally of material published in this bibliographically 'difficult' area As the London college specialising in Latin American literature King's received an allocation of £2 250 from the capital grant made available to the University for the purpose of strengthening existing library collections in the Latin American field followed by an allocation of £250 from the special recurrent grant for the same pur- pose in 1966 67 The Library is already supplying entries relating to its current accessions of Latin American material for incorporation in the union catalogue being compiled in the Institute of Latin American Studies as indeed it is also doing in respect of accessions in the field of American studies for the union catalogue being compiled in the Institute of United States Studies Despite the introduction of the Ultronic 802 tape typewriter at the beginning of the session the College Library has found itself faced with serious and intractable problem of arrears in cataloguing which ap- pears incapable of solution with the existing resources of equipment and clerical staff Arrears had built up over the previous twelve months largely as result of the difficulties experienced in recruiting clerks and to the 000 catalogued titles awaiting the production of cards must be added the 15 000 titles in the Enk library the preliminary cataloguing of which had in the meantime been completed The annual intake of new titles is about 500 yet the tape typewriter even when worked intensively is producing only 600 sets of cards year- this relatively low output being due in large measure to the need to produce twice as many cards per title as would be necessary in unitary library because of the proliferation of sectional catalogues in the out- lying libraries at King's Faced with four years' cataloguing to be transferred to cards certain short-term steps have been taken to over- come the immediate difficulties but the long-term problem can be solved only by the acquisition of second tape typewriter giving joint annual output of over 10 000 titles if worked by two clerks or 13 000 titles if worked intensively with reliefs The steep rise in the cost of binding the average cost per volume had
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