Title: “From Sumerian Clay to MARC: A Broad History of the Card Catalog.”
Speaker: Peter Devereaux
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Byron Auditorium, Columbus School of Law
Background: The lecture traces the history of the card catalog from its earliest precursors through the height of its popularity as the Library of Congress centralized the distribution of catalog cards and the eventual transition to MARC and online catalogs. Mr. Devereaux will also discuss how the cards at the Library are still valuable and kept for a reason while juxtaposing their continued utility with the nostalgia they can evoke.
Bibliography: Peter Devereaux is a Writer-Editor with the Library of Congress Publishing Office where he writes, edits, and conducts research for Library publications. He got his start in publishing editing for various scholarly publications and for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins before becoming a librarian for the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. Peter has a B.A. in Philosophy and English from Towson University and completed graduate studies in Library and Information Science at the University of Maryland in College Park. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and their two children.
Resources: 2017 Colloquium Flyer (pdf)
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