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Librarian Discusses Overseas Career
gy DAVID KAPLAN
After working in libraries in the
United States and Germany, Carol
Thomas, Grad., feels that her ex-
periences would "show people that
librarians don't necessarily lead
extremely quiet lives."
Working towards her advanced
Master's degree in Library Science
at the General Library, Miss Thom-
as has spent the last 11 years fol-
lowing her college graduation, in
libraries in Michigan, New Mexico
and with the Army in Germany.
Born in Madison, Wisc., she was
graduated from Milwaukee-Down-
er College in 1940 and the follow-
ing year received a Library Sci-
ence degree at Columbia Univer-
Her first job was with a Minne-
sota library as reference librarian.
She then switched to college li-
brary work at New Mexico's East-
ern College library.
During the Second World War,
Miss Thomas had an opportunity to
go to Europe as secretary for the
iN's Relief and Rehabilitation
"Just when I wasiabout to sign
,the papers," she said, "a job in
Dearborn came along that I
The job was as a branch librar-
lan in charge of adult work, and
after a while she was promoted to
the main library's reference de-
An audio-visual department was
started at the library and Miss
Thomas was put in charge of de-
veloping the service. In the fall
of 1948, she was made head of the
After being with the Dearborn
Library for five years, Miss Thom-
as still wanted to go to Europe. "I
couldn't get the bee out of my bon-
net," she said.
In June, 1951, she was sent to
Grafenwehr, Germany as a civil-
ian employee with the Army's Spe-
cial Services Division. Under her
charge were three small libraries
and two bookmobiles. While in Ger-
many, she maintained her Michi-
Discussing her impressions of
post-war Germany, Miss Thomas
noted that "it's beautiful country,
but some areas that were badly
bombed during the war still looked
Pretty sad in 1951"
Change to Nurenberg
The following February, Miss
Thomas was appointed to the Ar-
my's central library for Nuren-
berg's Military District, supervis-
ing reference work.
That September, she spent a
three-week leave touring France.
One of her stops was at the Loire
"The chateaux brought me back
to my French classes in high
school. Seeing them was like a
dream, for I never thought the
buildings in those posters in high
school would be before my eyes."
Another trip to Yugoslavia in
April, 1953, brought an interesting
incident. When she visited Bel-
grade, Miss Thomas inadvertently
got a view of Yugoslavian troops.
"Driving down one of the boule-
Set For Friday
A full-length documentary film
presenting the high-lights of the
life of Mahatma Gandhi will be
shown free of charge at 4 and 7
p.m. Friday in the Michigan Union
The presentation is sponsored
by the India Student Association,
the Fellowship of Reconciliation,
the Women's International League
for Peace and Freedom and the
Young Friends' Fellowship.
By MARY LEE DINGLER
"There is more construction un-
der way now than at any time in
the University's history," comment-
ed Wilbur K. Pierpont, University
vice-president and geperal super-
visor of the current building pro-
Center of construction activity is
the North Campus area where the
modern Cooley Memorial Labora-
tory was completed last spring.
Since that time numerous other
projects have been undertaken.
Selection of Site
Explaining how the site for a
new building is selected, Pierpont
pointed out that it is the result of
a "three party agreement." First
the school or college which will oc-
cupy the proposed structure com-
piles a plan of the various types of
work to be done in the building.
This outline is then related to work
being done in areas already devel-
oped and a recommendation is sent
to Pierpont's office.
The recommendations are dis-I
cussed with the architects respon-
sible for over-all planning of the
campus. Final approval depends
on the decision of the University
Board of Regents.
U' Zoology 1
By ERNEST THEODOSSIN
American cities seek ways of
eliminating troublesome bird pop-
ulations, but the University mu-
seum of zoology staff devotes much
time to preserving and studying
specimens of bird life.
Housing over 110,000 bird speci-
mens, the Museum has one of the
world's largest and most extensive
bird collections. The collection is
particularly large in winged life
of North and South America, in-
u cluding the tropics.
Specimens are skinned and
cleaned. Then the skins are
stuffed with cotton and laid flat
in cabinets containing hundreds
of wide drawers.
Can Be Mounted
OrTH CAM S"We could, of course, soften any
) I iof the skins and mount it with
glass, eyes," Prof. Josselyn Van
* * Tyne, Curator of Birds, said, "But
'xst we keep them laid flat because it
takes less room and because it's
ther P anets easier to work with them that
~ -~____ ------- Many of the tropical specimens,
or animal or birds on earth are which are often brightly colored,
the bes forms of life rth abio sport glistening metallic coats.
che best foir ms ,nie that pro- They may range in size from two
chemistry and star shie can pro- inches in length and two grams
illiam Liin weight to huge creatures with
SWilliam Liller of the astronoinyI wing spreads of several feet.
department disputes with Prof.
Shapely. "The possibilities of life Extint Birds
ection of Birds
PLANS FOR N(
mens of 'animals are also avail-
able for study and research. In-
cluded are mammals, reptiles, am-
phibians, fish, insects, and mol-
Prof. J. Speed Rogers, Museum
Director, said the many specimens
are used to study the diversity and
relationships of animal populations
produced by evolution.
Collections are large, but "never
complete." Each problem about the
occurence, regional diversity, and
relationships of a particular ani-
mal or animal groups that is
worked out shows new needs for
As a result, a part of each staff
member's time must be spent in
the field searching for, additional
specimens and field data. Some
expeditions are financed by friends
of the museum who have a special
interest,. in a particular field of
natural history. Others are pro
vided from University budgets and
Although the Museum has only
a few exhibits in the Museums dis-
play section, Prof. Rogers said the
specimens were open to all stu-
dents interested in "research ou
All-cast rehearsal for Soph
Scandals will be held at 7 p.m.
today in the Hussey Room of the
.,.. Books from Wisconsin to Germany
vards in Belgrade," she recalled, assume the directorship of the Kent
"I had my driving lights on. A sol- County Library.
dier in the roadway ahead motion- Outside of the world of the Dew-
ed me to dim my lights, and as I ey Decimal System, Miss Thomas
did I noticed a group of soldiers is interested in movie photography.
marching down the street." She purchased a 16 millimeter
"As they came nearer," she con- camera while working with Dear-
tinued, "all the street lights went born's audio-visual center and took
out. When the troops passed out of pictures of her travels in Europe.
sight, the lights came on." Her other interests center around
"Apparently the troops were not horseback riding. On her vaca-
to be seen by anyone, so they tions, she has gone to dude ranches
turned the street lights off. It in Colorado, Arizona and Texas.
made you feel like you were in a Looking back on her experiences,
police state." Miss Thomas feels that her time
Enters University was well spent. "It pays to move
Coming to the University last around," she said, "and see how
fall, Miss Thomas is now working other libraries and people oper-
on her advanced library degree. ate."
When she is finished in February, "It does something for your per-
she is moving to Grand Rapids' to sonality," she added.
Plans For United Nations
Holiday Now In Progress
On Millions of
Man has always looked to the
stars with hope; now some men
look in fear.
"We are not alone," Prof. Har-
low Shapely, Harvard University
astronomer said recently. "There
are 100 million planets which
could support life in the higher
Summarizing r e c e n t develop- forms," Prof. Shapely added.
ents on North Campus, Pierpont Makes 'Low Estimate' 4
id that the Library Service and Prof Shapely has made what lie
ack Building would be finished calls a "low estimate" of life-con-
ext month. The Phoenix Building taining planets in the following
expected to be completed this way. "Our sun is a star and it has
immer and bids for the nuclear planets. To be on the safe side let
actor to be housed in one of its us assume that only one in every
ings will go out early in 1955. At million stars has any planet or
e present time workmen are con- family of planets. Next assume
ructing an apartment dwelling that only one of every thousand of
r married students. all these families of planets has
Pierpont stated that the program one planet with the right condi-
ould be "a long range one," and tions to support life.
itlined some plans for the near "Now we have assumed thot orly
ture. one in every billion stars cowd
Future Plans 'have the kind of planet to suppon'i;
life. If life actually develops to
Included in the list is an area de-
on any of the planets in our solar
system is slight. No planets in this
system have sufficient oxygen int
its atmosphere to support life as1
we know it.
"Our world can roll up its ironj
curtain and use it for scrap if
extraterestia Is ever invade this;
world.' stated psychiatrist Dr. C.
G. Jerig, in a recent magazine'
"We would be in the position ofj
Also included in the collection
are such now-extinct birds as the
Carolina paraquet and the heath
hen, a relative of the prairie
Preserved materials are used for
research in a great variety of ways.
Students, graduates as well as
under-graduates, come to the Mu-
seum to study such things as spe-
Pies' development and feather
Birds, however, are only one
1.e primitive African societies in part of the Zoology Museum's
Ijiir ;'7sh with the colonizing huge collection of animal life.
European notions. More than six million other speci- m" .
C LIZED TRAINING in TYPING
A world-wide holiday, celebrat-
ing the tenth anniversary of the
United Nations is being planned
for Oct. 24, 1955.
The holiday, endorsed in the
United Nations Nov. 17, will "reach
the hearts of many ascwell as the
minds of a few," according to
George Randall, '29, public rela-
tions counsel to the American As-
sociation for the United Nations.
Nicknamed "UN D-Day," the
decennial program is aimed at
creating better public understand-
ing of the UN so that it may gain
strength and support for it from
people throughout the community.
Among ways for observing the
holiday, suggested by the AAUN
are a UN Birthday Parade of Chil-
dren, a UN "Governmental Invi-
tation to Youth" and a UN Com-
memorative Decennial Postage
The Children's Parade would be
recorded locally by colored motion
pictures, from which one or more
professional films may be made.
For the "Governmental Invita-
tion to Youth" project, govern-
ment officials at all levels would
invite children into their office on
UN D-Day, to share in the making
of decisions which affect those
and other children.
People of all ages will be urged
to request their governments to is-
sue special UN Decennial Stamps.
Designs for stamps, whenever pos-
sible, will have been chosen from
creative work of school children in
art and design classes. Letters have
been sent to 1100 stamp editors,
publishers and collectors through-
out the world.
The AAUN has established local
offices throughout the nation and
in several foreign cities to plan
the distributing of materials for
proceedings on UN D-Day.
Conferences have been planned
for chapters and cooperating or-
ganizations. The high point of
these conferences will be a special
meeting in Washington D.C., Feb.
"The holiday will be an attack
on ignorance, hostility, isolation-
ism an dother future problenxs ,"
Randall said. "It will be serving
the future," Randall added', "rath-
er than celebrating the past."
For further information on UN
D-Day, anyone interested can
write to the American Association
fo rthe United Nations at 345 E.
46 St., New York 17, N.Y.
voted to Aeronautical Engineering,
a project which would provide wind
tunnels and laboratories. As a re-
sult of these facilities research
work which formerly had to be
done at Willow Run Airport couldj
be done here.
Eventually the entire College of
Engineering, School of Music, the
College of Architecture and Design
and a majority of student and staff
housing will be located on North
Campus. However, the old campus
has not been entirely neglected.
Featured in its new look will be
such buildings as the Law Library
and the addition to Couzens Hall,
which are both under construction.
Pierpont said that a request for
approximately $11,000,000 to be
used for next years building pro-
gram is now on file in Lansing.
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