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    not current since 1985 but where else are you going to put them?

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    1. lia 74 months ago | reply

      whoa, this place is lovely. i guess i'll be taking a sidetrip here next year!

    2. flammable 74 months ago | reply

      Why do they keep them? I'm assuming the card catalog was digitized, and rendered these obsolete.

      Just seems like a waste of space to keep them all - recycle the whole thing, and use the space to store more books. :)

    3. lia 74 months ago | reply

      why does flammable hate beauty?

    4. flammable 74 months ago | reply

      Can you not appreciate both the beauty and utility in additional books?

      I'd say the same thing if they had a lab full of Apple //e's. While wonderful, it's painfully obsolete and the resources could be put to better use.

    5. jaciii (off&on) 74 months ago | reply

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    6. jessamyn 74 months ago | reply

      Card catalogs are expensive to gert rid of and people get pissed off. If they removed them, the space would NOT be filled with books but would be filled with computers. I like haivng them around. Also, especially in old catalogs, there is information in the cards that never makes it into the digital catalogs. People don't care much about such marginalia, but there is some value to it.

    7. Photography JC 74 months ago | reply

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    8. BryanAlexander 74 months ago | reply

      Wow, what a historical shot, jessamyn.

    9. esukhdev 74 months ago | reply

      I remember - in beginning of my carrier I had filed cards in similar catalogs. Well that was in 1988 at Panjab University Library, Chandigarh (India). I will check up whether they still have it.

    10. newrambler 74 months ago | reply

      I remember happily heading over to the card catalog (now gone) at the University of Iowa one day when I was in high school and the system that ran the computer catalog was down. Many people seemed panicky and confused. I also used it when all the computer stations were full and I didn't feel like waiting.

    11. lydia63 74 months ago | reply

      très joli

    12. savvy.librarian 74 months ago | reply

      Zoweee... nicely done!

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    14. highlighter_obsession 74 months ago | reply

      Impressive shot.
      But being there, might just give me a panic attack.
      haha

    15. Froggy Pond Road [deleted] 74 months ago | reply

      Aw... the Dewey Decimal System,,,

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      Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)

    16. esukhdev 74 months ago | reply

      As promised in my earlier comment (above), I did visited the Library I worked. I have taken few shots (See my Flickr Account).

      Card Catalogue
      flickr.com/photos/esukhdev/2348247249/

      Card Catalogue with Web OPAC
      flickr.com/photos/esukhdev/2348234157/

      Catalogue are printed out from Library Software System
      flickr.com/photos/esukhdev/2349089832/

    17. jkup 74 months ago | reply

      I worked there (UT Austin) in the 1980s. Not long after the card catalogs were closed, a faculty member suggested that as a backup for the new online catalog, we print out individual catalog records on 3x5 slips and put them in file drawers. In all fairness, it may have been intended as a joke ...

    18. w8fgqrp 70 months ago | reply

      Saw comment that card catalog's are expensive to get rid of?? How ya figure? With people like myself and half my friends, we would welcome them into our homes and store or millions of electronics components in those perfect little drawers.

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