[Ads-l] "filing above the rod"

Eric Nielsen ericbarnak at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 9 10:53:00 UTC 2015


I'll suggest using this term at the library I work at. We still have  a
card catalog in the history / genealogy room.

Eric

On Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 9:44 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

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> I agree that this would make for an elegant metaphor.  Advance kudos for =
> anyone who can come up with a natural, or at least plausible, =
> occurrence.  (My wife, a retired librarian, is familiar with the =
> practice but not the term.)
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> LH
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> > On Oct 8, 2015, at 9:16 PM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
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> > Yes indeed.  I had encountered the Smithsonian article and passed it =
> on to another email list, and one commenter there used the phrase.
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> > Joel
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> >      From: ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM>
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> > Your suggestion has been made just in time, Joel. The card catalog is
> > being relegated to the realm of metaphors and similes.
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> > Website: Smithsonian.com
> > Article title: The Card Catalog Is Officially Dead
> > Article subtitle: Long live the card catalog
> > Article author: Erin Blakemore
> > Date: October 5, 2015
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> > It's been a long time since most libraries were filled with card
> > catalogs -- drawers upon drawers of paper cards with information about
> > books. But now, the final toll of the old-fashioned reference system's
> > death knell has rung for good: The library cooperative that printed
> > and provided catalog cards has officially called it quits on the
> > old-fashioned technology.
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> > The news comes via the The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The
> > cooperative, which created the world's first shared, online catalog
> > system back in 1971, allowed libraries to order custom-printed cards
> > that could then be put in their own analog cataloging systems. Now,
> > says OCLC, it=E2=80=99s time to lay a "largely symbolic" system =
> that=E2=80=99s well
> > past its prime to rest.
> > [End excerpt]
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> > Garson
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> > On Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 2:47 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
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> >> Placing a catalog card in its presumed place in a library card =
> catalog, but=3D
> >>   above the rod so that another, perhaps more experienced librarian =
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> >> k if it's been filed in the proper place.
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> >> This seems like a neat metaphor for doing some task in a manner that =
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> >> s a second person easily to find the result and check its =
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> >> =3DA0 But we'll have to make it so -- the dozen Google hits I find =
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> >> g above the rod" all refer to library catalogs.=3D20
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