In case you were wondering, searching a card catalog is officially an obsolete skill. As most librarians and researchers know, this is not exactly the truth as there still remain pockets of very valuable cards out there that have yet to be converted to an online format and provide the only access into historically important collections, but I digress … Most card catalogs are obsolete and stand as artifacts to our pre-Internet past, but we (i.e., librarians) love card catalogs and are always excited to see the cards that our predecessors painstakingly crafted take on a new life as a work of art.
This is why when I was presented with a dollhouse scale bookshelf crafted out of a catalog cards withdrawn from the Brooklyn Museum’s catalog, I was absolutely giddy. Aren't they great?
Who is the genius behind these catalog card creations, you ask? Meet Keith Duquette, Library Preservation Associate at the Brooklyn Museum. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!
Lily Pregill, NYARC Project Coordinator & Systems Manager