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History of the Library

The Library Comes of Age, 1960-65

"The school year 1960-61 marked the first time in several years that the College Library functioned strictly as a college institution." From that time on, Mr. Grainger turned his talents and energy to the task of developing a true college library meeting all modern standards in every essential category-professional and clerical staffs, size and quality of collections, breadth and depth of services offered, adequacy of financial support, status of housing and equipment, public relations, relations with the Faculty, library education, etc.

Photo of William K. Grainger, librarian 1961. BS, BLS Universty of California at Berkeley; MS in LS University of Suothern California: PG: University of California at Berkely, University of Southern California.

Examination of Mr. Grainger's reports for the years 1960-61 through 1963-64 reveals that considerable progress had been made in most, if not all, of the categories mentioned above. For example, he had been able to secure additional financial support for the Library book budget at the rate of a $0.50 increase per A.D.A. per year until it stood at $4.00 per A.D.A. in 1963-64.?However, this was still inadequate, since it amounted to only 2.4% of the total capital outlays of the College per year. Standards for junior colleges at that time suggested a figure of about 5% for this purpose.

Mr. Grainger was also able to obtain additional professional staff to keep pace with the use of the Library by the growing student population (over 7,000 in 1963-64) and greatly expanded book collection (76,000 volumes in May, 1965).

Photo of library personel 1963 include William Weitzel, Mrs.  Gloria Hine, Mrs. Mary Pendleton, Mrs. Mabel Kennedy, Miss Grace Steward, George McCauley.

The Library Clerk Curriculum was begun in 1963-64 with two courses being offered, and subsequently expanded in 1964-65.

The major category in which progress continued to be slow was that of housing and equipment. The lobby floor still needed renovation, termites were spreading, air conditioning was badly needed, and several areas still had substandard lighting.

As for the future, the most immediate need was for more space. The Library had now reached its planned capacity for books, and expansion must take place soon if conditions were not to deteriorate rather quickly into a state akin to the later years of Mr. Smith's term of office.?Plans for expansion were under consideration, and it was hoped that sufficient foresight would be exhibited by the school administration and enough funds would be available to realize the goals set for the Library, and to prevent a relapse into the sometimes dismal conditions of the past.


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