A Short History of the Index Card

For those who appreciate such things, this brief account of the life of the index card by  is worth a quick look. Schifman reminds us that not too long ago

‘if you wanted to find the best and most comprehensive information about anything, you headed to a library. You just had to check two things first: whether the library had the information you’re looking for, and, if so, where to find it. These days we can get this information from our computers in seconds, but as recently as the 1990s, online catalogs were new and mostly unavailable, and that meant combing through the card catalog to track down a book’.

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