Paper Slips

The Long Reign of the Index Card and Card Catalog

Authored by: Peter Krapp

The Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138216266
eBook ISBN: 9781315442686
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Before fading toward obsolescence, the index card and card catalog had developed into an influential technology of knowledge management and discovery: a mere clutch of paper scraps deployed to great effect not only in libraries but in academic research and in offices, for business and creative pursuits alike, permitting storage, processing, and transmission of data in discrete, mobile, uniform chunks that can be rearranged according to various principles.

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