Adios, card catalog!

only 4 full days before takeoff!

Aside from the adventure I’m about to embark on, life is usually pretty normal. I split my work week between the University of Michigan Law Library and the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.

Today marks the start of my two-month hiatus from the Law Lib (missing everyone already!), but for a last day, I’ve gotta say it was quite exciting! Since February I have been working with the Library’s old public card catalog. At first my job was to sort through drawers and drawers of cards, & keep any whose data might be able to strengthen & improve our electronic catalog, Lexcalibur. About a month ago, we finished this project – narrowing the entire catalog down to about 1/3 of its size, and keeping only the cards that could potentially improve our catalog. Since then, we have been waiting for the day when the public catalog (PC) would no longer be public (i.e. removed from the library). Today was that day, baby! And it was so fun to see the reactions of the entire cat unit – these ladies worked long and hard to make that thing disappear!  Check out this photo of a section being wheeled to the elevator:

Public Card Catalog

bye bye, card catalog!

For some reason, nobody (myself included) really expected their removal to leave an ugly gap (i.e. hot mess) in the library. Everyone got tired of responding to patrons’ ‘what the…?’ stares pretty quickly,  so we thought the obvious solution was to just make the heinous walls into a pseudo art gallery instead. And by ‘we,’ I mean Bethany. She’s the mastermind:

Law Library Gallery Piece #3

"Geometric Abstract" by Anonymous. Construction epoxy and cork on stained oak. 40" X 28"

see? libraries are awesome.

:-P

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