- 1:39 pm - Thu, Apr 12, 2012
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When the University of Iowa Libraries retired its decades-old physical card catalog in 2004, librarians and library staff hoped to “find as many creative uses as possible for the salvaged card catalog cards and generate a sense of community among those who love the card catalog.” They offered cards to artists and students, among other people, who responded by crafting the 3” x 5” cards into works of art.
Pictured, from the cARTalog digital collection: Matt Pollard’s flip book, Gregory Galloway’s collage, and Sandy Brandes’s illustrated piece.
More: cARTalog - Iowa Digital Library
Other libraries, such as University of South Carolina’s, have commemorated their beloved, yet obsolete card catalogs in creative ways.
- Earlier Unconsumption posts on San Francisco Public Library card catalog cards used as wall covering here, and Brooklyn Museum Libraries catalog card repurposing here.
- Additional National Library Week posts here and book-related posts here.