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Until the sixties, when the total library budget had grown to
$127,690, the facility remained essentially an undergraduate collec-
tion, but in that decade momentous things began to happen. As a
prelude to the resumption of graduate studies in 1961, the Mc-
Cutcheon-Carmichael study had recommended greatly increased
spending for books and other materials with the concurrent ap-
pointment of a director of libraries who would correlate all of the
college libraries, including legal and medical, into one complete plan
of service. Dr. William H. Jesse, then director of libraries at the
University of Tennessee, was the consultant who did the major
portion of the library study, and the master report incorporated most
of his recommendations. He found the library staff undermanned and
underpaid, and in addition to the provision for the new director, he
proposed that professional librarians be placed in charge of the order
department and in the service areas. He called for a $600,000 library
budget with $200,000 to go for books and periodicals, urged the
adoption of an open-stack policy, and suggested that the Dewey
Decimal book-classification system be abandoned in favor of that of
the Library of Congress.
In his projected $72-million long-range plan for the college, Dr.
Tribble had envisioned $7 million as library endowment. With this
ultimate goal in mind, the trustees appropriated $125,000 for books
and periodicals in the 1964-65 budget, and the following year
$205,000 was set aside for purchases. The salary budget, however,
did not increase so rapidly.
In the fall of 1964 Dr. Merrill G. Berthrong, who held a doctorate in
history from the University of Pennsylvania and who had served for
ten years as a member of the library staff at that institution, was
appointed director of libraries at Wake Forest. He also was made an
associate professor in the Department of History, where his specialty
was the social and intellectual history of modern Europe. At the time
of his accession library holdings were growing by as much as thirty-
thousand volumes annually, and he moved quickly to implement
many of the recommendations in the McCutcheon-Carmichael report.
A professional order librarian and a rare books librarian were at work
in 1966, and a professional micro-text librarian was appointed in 1967
as the technical processing of non-book materials began to figure
more prominently in library operations. An open-stack policy was
inaugurated in 1965, with controlled ac-
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