Mapping the Wilderness of Knowledge at Library of Congress- May 10, 2017

Mapping the Wilderness of Knowledge:
The Card Catalog, Past, Present and Future


2:00 – 4:00 PM

Library of Congress
James Madison Memorial Building
Mumford Room
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC  20540
Join six library champions for an animated discussion on the challenges of managing the “firehose of information” that is modern library collections, from using printed catalog cards to the development of MARC and BIBFRAME.  The event will begin with an overview of the new book, The Card Catalog:  Cards, Books, and Literary Treasures, co-published by Chronicle Books in association with the Library of Congress.


From Sumerian Clay to MARC: A Broad History of the Card Catalog

Peter Devereaux, Writer/Editor, Library of Congress Publishing Office, and author of The Card Catalog: Cards, Books, and Literary Treasures

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Memories of the Card Catalog and the Early Days of MARC

Beacher Wiggins, Director for Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access, Library of Congress

The Card Catalog as Early Technology

Barbara Orbach Natanson, Head of Reference, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Nonroman and Romanized Catalog Data at the University of Chicago

Christopher Cronin, Director of Technical Services, University of Chicago Library

Using Card Catalogs for Reference Work

Kathy Woodrell, Reference Specialist, Decorative Arts & Architecture, Main Reading Room, Library of Congress

Evolving Toward a Catalog in the Semantic Web: Princeton’s Project with Jacques Derrida’s Personal Library

Jennifer Baxmeyer, Leader, Serials and Electronic Resources Team, Princeton University Library

Reception and book-signing immediately following the program in the Mumford Foyer

Due to limited seating capacity, please respond by email to to reserve a seat by 5/3/17.

This event is made possible with the generous support of Chronicle Books.

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