How the Mighty Have Fallen

When I was a student here, the library had one floor, orange chairs, and a card catalog.

Newfangled Contraption

No, a real one. With actual cards. It looked sort of like this:

However, those days are past. We now store information in and locate books via an online database, called an OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog). And those old cards, well…

Catalog cards in the recycle bin.

That’s right. We’re getting rid of the old catalog cards. But before they go, I took a last look through them, and found some cool stuff.

From the classics:

books books books

To the Hopkins classics:

Because there is no more creative name than "Hopkins Literary Magazine."

From the “I’m so glad there’s now a backspace:”

typocards

To the “Why is this in our library?”

No, really, why?

No, really, why?

And if anyone can tell me what this is, I’d appreciate it. Because IT IS WEIRD:

Somewhere, someone has formed an apocalyptic conspiracy theory about these symbols.

Somewhere, someone has formed an apocalyptic conspiracy theory about these symbols.

The last thing I found was a stack of Senior Project catalog cards from 1998 and  1999. So hello, old friends.

annastephanie

And goodbye, catalog cards. You had a good run.

-signing off, Kit Gette (who learned to stop worrying and love the OPAC)

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