Last weekend I visited the Detroit Public Library with some friends (yup, that’s what librarians do on the weekend - go to other libraries for fun). It’s a truly breathtaking building that stands as a testament to better times in Detroit.
Although the main card catalog is long gone, you can still consult a physical card catalog for certain parts of the collection in an impressive room full of tiny drawers.
I wonder how many people under 30 know what these are and how to use them…
Oh please. We learned how to use a card catalog when I was in grade school, and I’m barely older than 30.
I also know what to do with a ballpoint pen and a cassette tape, just to bury that old stereotype too.
We learned how to use a card catalog in elementary school and I’m barely 24.