01 December 2008

cARTalog, a card catalog art project

This makes me happy: cARTalog, a card catalog art project! Crafty kitsch meets one of the weightiest (and now obsolete) indexing technologies humans have ever devised. From the website:
The cARTalog grows from the drawers of the University of Iowa Libraries' main card catalog, which was retired in 2004. The cARTalog project organizers were able to salvage approximately only one quarter of the UI's card catalog for the project; the remaining cards were hauled away to recycling. The UI Libraries is only one of several libraries that have sought to honor the waning card catalog with a lasting monument or ceremony. cARTalog hopes to find as many creative uses as possible for the salvaged card catalog cards and generate a sense of community among those who loved the card catalog. This collection encompasses a portion of the work created by participants.
You've got card catalog dancing shoes ...

... to go with your card catalog dress...


.. to wear with your card catalog sweater ...


.. you've also got some catalog chemical symbols ...


.. and a nice use of a book title..


.. and even a card catalog pillow!


I love card catalogs, and indexing technologies in general. This is a neat way to honor their legacy. Click the links for metadata, or browse more here here.

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