Photo Credit: Catalogue Cards, by Deborah Fitchett, via Flickr Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0) license

Photo Credit: Catalogue Cards, by Deborah Fitchett, via Flickr Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0) license

Smithsonian.com’s Erin Blakemore reports that the card catalog, which was universally used in all libraries before the advent of online catalogs, is officially dead. “The news comes via the The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The cooperative, which created the world’s first shared, online catalog system back in 1971, allowed libraries to order custom-printed cards that could then be put in their own analog cataloging systems. Now, says OCLC, it’s time to lay a “largely symbolic” system that’s well past its prime to rest…The organization, which has printed a whopping 1.9 billion cards, sent its final shipment to a library in Concordia College in Bronxville, New York.”

Thanks Kelly Barner, Buyers Meeting Point, for the heads up on the story.

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