I miss card catalogs. That's a little ironic since, besides being a technology journalist, my first company, Researchers at Large, was devoted to using the first online search engines--OCLC, Recon, Dialog. Before I learned those, I learned how to research the old ways, and I still miss them for reasons this story does a great job of explaining.
What libraries lost when they threw out the card catalog
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- My experience in the transation basically went to "Damn it, grep/findstr is better than this crap!" from "Oh wow, I've got a lot more books I want to check!".
Eventually I gave up using the computer for more than searching from home, and go by section and catalog system when I actually do look for stuff in the library.40w
- Totally agree. I almost cried the day I walked into our library and saw the card caralog was gone. Also our library catalog used to be available via telnet during the 90s through early 2000s, and I miss this to. Sometimes I love and dislike innovation.40w
- I learned how to use a card catalog when I was growing up. Later I taught library visitors how to use the new electronic card catalog when that was installed because I knew computers and card catalogs.40w
- Not only was there are standardization and tagging of data, there was this: boingboing.net - Card catalogs had their own elegant standardized handwriting39w
- I miss the journey from the card catalog to the book. Almost always, a book I wasn't looking for caught my eye and was checked out along with the book I was seeking.39w
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