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The Wild Prairie Days of Early Library Automation

I’ve been doing some research about Anne Lipow, and part of my research has taken me into the stacks at UC Berkeley, reading through decades of weekly newsletters. So occupied, I found an example of an entry in the Serials Keyword Index–a crude keyword index to journals printed on microfiche produced from the primitive, glacially slow precursors to what would become the library’s online catalog. (The Index was one of Anne’s many inventions.)

The next time you have a little trouble searching Lexis or Proquest, ask yourself what it was like when journals had to be found by main entries in card catalogs. Fall to your knees and worship automation–and the persistent pioneers, such as Anne, who got us there!


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