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Old Card Catalog Cabinets Now Used for Sharing Gifts

A few months ago, a teenager approached the reference desk and asked me where the card catalog was. I was shocked. Oh, I’ve been asked that question before. But never by someone so young! Over the past two decades, many large libraries have disposed of their card catalog cabinets. Due to architectural problems, that was harder [...]

Date Stamp Art

When it’s slow at the circulation desk, just get out a sheet of paper and start stamping. Italian artist Federico Pietrella found that date stamps can be used effectively to create images resembling pointillist paintings. Artist’s Website — via Colossal

Robotic Library of The Future

Fans of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series will recall the city planet Trantor which housed the “Library of Trantor” (also known as the Galactic Library) in which librarians attempted to create an index of all human knowledge. Well now it seems the University of Chicago right here on Earth have built a library that can hold [...]