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The Death of the Card Catalog and the New World of Search

Published on March 25, 2016

Frank bemoans the loss of the venerable library card catalog but celebrates the new world of search. The analog cards and the Dewey Decimal System were fine in their day but the world has changed.

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By Sharon Willliamson on Mar 25, 2016

A friend in college had a job in the library erasing stray marks from catalog cards using an electric-powered eraser. Another job lost to technological change!

 

By Joe Webb on Mar 29, 2016

The library was my refuge... and as you might expect, I hung out in the reference section... and my favorite book became the US Statistical Abstract... I was hooked! And the idea that I could use multiple encyclopedia... wow! We were a World Book family. We could not afford that Brittanica thing... so I could sneak looks at it in the library and feel like I was a white collar kid. :) And yes, the card catalog... that was a great place to find the book you needed that someone else had borrowed... and was overdue in returning it... so your term paper would just have to do without it. When I taught business policy, students had a thesis/research paper and I spent two classes about how to use the library. That's three hours those students will never get back :)

 

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