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Re: [BKARTS] Remember library card catalogs?



I'd also like to remind everyone of the cARTalog project at the University of Iowa. That project is online at <http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/pr/cartalog/>.

"The cARTalog grows from the empty drawers of the University of Iowa Libraries' main card catalog, which was retired in 2004. A small community of library staff-motivated by both nostalgia and library subculture-- has come together to give the card catalog cards themselves a rebirth, in order to celebrate the role of this honorific icon within the world of libraries as well as the UI Libraries' sesquicentennial. Project organizers were able to salvage approximately only one quarter of the UI's card catalog for the cARTalog project; the remaining cards were hauled away to recycling. The UI Libraries is only one of several libraries that have sought to honor the waning card catalog with a lasting monument or ceremony."

This project was covered in an article "The Story in the Cards: Intimacy, Empathy and Reader Response" by Kristin Baum that ran in Vol 3., No, 1 of the Bonefolder. See <http://www.philobiblon.com/bonefolder/vol3no1contents.htm> for more details.
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