Rosa and Spencer Clark founded the Guild of All Arts, a co-operative community of artists and creative workers located on a piece of property on the Scarborough Bluffs, in 1932. The Hewetson children moved to the Guild and spent most of their childhood there. The life of the youngest, the then 5-year-old Russell, was thus closely intertwined with the development of this co-operative venture based on the combined ideals of industrial democracy espoused by Spencer and Rosa's interest in the arts and crafts movement.
In the years following the donation, all four siblings have continued their support and interest in the collection in various ways. Russell Hewetson's efforts have been particularly appreciated by researchers as he has actively sought "leads" - often from extended family members - for potential new sources of archival materials to add to the existing files. When describing himself and his interest in the collection to one of his many potential leads, he explained that he "became interested in history late in life" and is perhaps over-zealous. His deep personal knowledge of the history and development of the operation of the Guild of All Arts and the subsequent development of the surrounding Guildwood Village in the 1950s have put him in a unique position to support the development of this aspect of the collection.
In addition, Russell's knowledge and interest in the family history and genealogy of both the Hewetsons and the Breithaupts have enabled him to add substantial documentation to the contribution made to Ontario history by these two unique families. Over the years, he and his wife Winnifred, who also worked at the Guild for a time and has interests in arts in Canada, have facilitated gifts from other family members and estates. As well, they have supported the restoration of one of the earliest items in the collection - a daguerreotype from the 1850s; have donated books from their extensive personal collections; and have generously agreed to speak with both library staff and researchers about the history of the Guild of All Arts.
None of the many students and researchers consulting the Breithaupt Hewetson Clark collection would agree with Russell Hewetson's expressed sentiment that he was "over-zealous"! He has become a rich storehouse of vivid remembrances of the Guild of All Arts and a "Friend" to the Library and its collections through his support and enthusiasm in the continued development of this fine special collection.
Susan Saunders Bellingham
Head, Special Collections
In this 1939 photograph, young Russell is flanked by his sister Rosemary (on left) and his mother Rosa Breithaupt Hewetson Clark at the Guild of All Arts. (photo courtesy of J. R. Hewetson)
This issue of the Friends of the Library Newsletter focuses on relationships. As a service provider, the Library is sensitive to the responsibility we have to develop a positive relationship with our users.
Previously in this newsletter, we have highlighted our partnership with the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University Libraries, referred to as TriUniversity Group of Libraries (TUG). I am pleased to report that this year the Ontario Library Association singled out TUG with The 1998 OLITA Certificate of Merit for Information Innovation. This award recognizes our innovative implementation of technologies benefiting library users and reflects our outstanding partnership and leadership qualities exhibited by the TRELLIS project (our new online public catalogue). As we have learned more about each other, we have been able to take advantage of our similarities and introduce joint initiatives where we all benefit. As with any relationship, however, we have also learned about our differences and we continue to work towards harmonising practice and policies in some areas of operation, while leaving others alone.
Another item of good news is a project that we have been working on with several other departments on campus. The Library will house an exciting new facility: the Learning and Teaching Through Technology (LT3) Centre. The Centre will provide assistance to teachers in the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning and to support leadership in innovative and strategic applications of technology for teaching and learning. The Centre will foster co-operative developments across the University and with other institutions. It's another example of bringing existing relationships to a new operational level. I hope to give you a closer look at this facility in a future issue.
In order to grow relationships, it is also important to stop and take a look at current practices. Last spring, I initiated an Information Services Review by establishing a team of librarians, staff, faculty, and students to examine our strategic priorities and the manner in which we are organised to accomplish them. The team's mandate was to develop a longer-term view of the information service needs of our user community and to set goals and recommendations for how to address them. I have just received the report from the group and have shared it with our staff. The report is insightful and will help guide us on our path.
Finally, our relationship with you, our friends, is important to us. We hope that through this newsletter you learn a bit more about the Library and feel a part of it.
Morley Lemon, Director of the School of Accountancy (on left), and Alan Macnaughton, Associate Professor and faculty library representative, review one of the accounting journals currently adopted.
Last November, ASEC council members approached accounting liaison librarian Faye Abrams with an idea. Since textbooks are expensive, they said, most students only buy the required texts. With funding from ASEC, why not make a collection of supplementary textbooks and keep them in the Reserves area?
The textbook project is now unfolding. It's been Romani's job to ask faculty members to suggest titles. She is involved with ASEC in other ways as well: surveying students on their needs and dealing with constitutional changes and finances. She's found volunteering a great way to get involved in the university community, something especially important to a student living away from home. Added to her course load it means plenty of work, but it's also rewarding, Romani says. "You get a lot of responsibility...
Seated in front of one of the new computers is masters student Chantelle Bedard, with fellow ASEC representatives Jackie Rumyee (standing, on left) and Romani Curtis, both first-year students.
Student contributions form an important link between the Library and Accountancy. Another link is with one of the School's long-time supporters: the public accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. "We had a good relationship with the University to begin with," says D&T's John Bowey. "Many of our employees come from the School, and we'd already donated paper materials, duplicate tax publications, to the Library. We recognized four or five years ago that the University was under some cost constraints and we asked then what we could do to help. The Library thought electronic tools would be more useful for the students these days. They scoped out the cost, and we agreed."
One of the new Pentiums houses five regularly updated electronic tax tools. Since 1995, D&T's Kitchener office has sponsored these products at a cost of about $7,500 a year, making them available to students both in the Library and on the Polaris Network. To acknowledge this ongoing support, the Library created a Deloitte & Touche title screen for the products. Students use these electronic tools to solve taxation case problems and learn about tax regulations. At the same time, they get a head start on skills they'll need on work terms and after graduation.
Journals are another important resource for accounting students, especially at the graduate level. But annual subscriptions can be expensive, ranging upward from $100. To ensure that these resources are not lost, several years ago the Library set up the Adopt-a-Journal program. It's become a satisfying way for faculty members to support the Library, says Professor Alan Macnaughton, the School's library representative. "I'm connected at the marketing end," he adds. "I approach faculty members who have published extensively in a journal, or are on the editorial board, and invite them to fund a subscription. If a new journal emerges in someone's field of interest, I might suggest that person help the Library acquire it." This year, faculty members have adopted eight journals of accounting, auditing, and taxation. Some donors in the School of Accountancy have been supporting journals for over five years.
Of course, this many-sided relationship did not spring out of nowhere. It's been carefully nurtured over many years, by many hands. "From the start," says Morley Lemon, Director of the School, "we had intelligent, thoughtful support from the Library."
UW Publications Office
Photo: Ron Hewson
the 7th annual Authors Event hosted by the Friends of the Library
Dressing old words new: exploring a composer's wardrobe by composer Leonard Enns
Many of Len's fifty or so works to date have been commissioned and performed by amateur and professional choirs alike. He is currently completing a sonata for saxophone and piano to be premiered in April 2000 and beginning work on a 20-minute choral/orch estral composition to be premiered in the fall of 2000.
Friends of the Library Newsletter is a publication of the University of Waterloo Library. It is scheduled to be published twice yearly and is supported by the University of Waterloo Friends of the Library association.
Editor: Sharon Lamont
Assistant editor: Esther Millar
Contributors: Susan Bellingham, Patricia Bow, Murray Shepherd, Mary Stanley
Photography: (unless otherwise noted) Photo/Imaging, UW
Printed: Graphics, University of Waterloo
Design: Alan Kirker