This is me playing with a library card catalog in a random hallway in the massive building that is the University of Colorado Norlin Library. Years (and years and years) ago I spent quite a bit of time in this building. And during our recent tromp around our old stomping grounds, we descended on the campus I called home for some years.
It felt different this time: more digitized for sure. I couldn’t figure my way around so we just started to wander.
Typically, when at Norlin I’d climb the grand staircase and settle into a wooden chair at a wood table along with hundreds of others of us and write and study. Back in those days, we didn’t have laptops and there was NO internet. So, studying was done via books, pen, paper.
And “writing a paper” meant checking into the massive Mac computer lab – the sound of hundreds of students tapping away with those bright fluorescent lights glaring down on us. The place was always packed full. All these university kids with their floppy disks spitting out prose of various forms.
The good old days ;). I ADORED my college days. The university itself and the town of Boulder were perfect settings for a good collegiate experience, I think.
Library Card Catalogs
Sooo, continuing on the topic of card catalogs. If I could own a piece of antique furniture, it would obviously involve an old card catalog. A few years ago a friend of mine invited us to stay at a home that she co-owned with some other doctors way out in the middle of no man’s land. It had originally been designed and built by some famous movie or TV actress and the kitchen island was an antique card catalog!! Each drawer was labeled not by Dewey decimal but by “paperclips,” “batteries,” “thumbtacks,” “tape,” etc. I thought it was fabulous and have since always wanted to copy that in some way. Perhaps one of these?
They aren’t cheap, that is for sure. Maybe someday…