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Greenfield librarian turns catalog cards into art

“Once central to any quest to locate books within a library, the fate of card catalogs was sealed with the rise of the Internet and computer searches, relegating many of those index cards to the country’s basements, storage cabinets and trash bins. But on a wall in the corner of Greenfield Community College’s Nahman-Watson Library, 128 artifacts from the library’s card catalog hang preserved in a glass case – signed by the authors who penned the very books to which the cards once led.” (via AP)

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Recycle and reuse: your card catalog

“The card catalog drawers at Doheny Library haven’t had cards in them for years. They are built into the wall of a charming alcove off to the left of the circulation desk. Removing them would not necessarily be difficult, but the aesthetics of the little space they occupy is quite enjoyable and older alumni love to regale us with tales of how they spent hours there transcribing titles, call numbers, etc. Rather than remove the drawers, we have instituted a new use: fundraising. Enter the Top Drawer Society.

via Ink and Vellum

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University of Michigan’s Card Catalog – RIP

A set on Flickr

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University of Michigan Library to bid farewell to card catalogs

AnnArbor.com – “Nothing lasts forever. So it will be said about the University of Michigan Library’s card catalogs when they are removed from their home in the bowels of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library on March 8. Twelve and a half million volumes strong, the card catalog has been in disuse for more than 20 years, ever since the university established the MIRLYN electronic catalog in 1988.”

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Dead Catalog Cards Rebirth

What to do with old catalog cards? Create “Cartalogs”

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