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What is a card catalog?

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August 10, 2010 7:28PM

The definition is: A library catalog (or library catalogue) is a register of all bibliographic items found in a library or group of libraries, such as a network of libraries at several locations.
A card catalog is a list of the books in the library on 3x5 cards. Each book is listed on one or more cards. A card has a listing for Author, Title, and Subjects. The Cards are arranged alphabetically in drawers. Someone had to alphabetize and file each card by hand. In large university libraries several people would be doing this work at once. This information is now on computers. In a few seconds the computer alphabetizes and files the work that took humans all day.