Monday, February 4, 2008

Still Long for the Card Catalog?

If you are one of those who long for the days of the card catalog, you may want to check out the University of Iowa libraries' cARTalog website.

The University's catalog was retired in 2004; but, as their website says, it has been an 'active' retirement.

To honor the role of the catalog, about 1/4 of the catalog was salvaged to create card catalog art. For the past few years, the University has been sending cards to people who wants to participate in the art project: artists, teachers, students, librarians, alumni and anyone who requests them.

Responses have been pouring in and many can be seen at the online cARTalog gallery.

By the way, for serious card catalog lovers, be sure to check out the interesting links to the history of the card catalog.