ImageFebruary 19, 2012
It’s Sunday, so I should post a reflective article. I could say I’ve been busy (which I have), but really I’m not posting because I’ve written something about the image of the profession, a topic on which I categorically do not comment and, more than that, advise my students not to get involved in commenting on. (Like all advice, they can take it or leave it).
So, while I treat that post like I do new poems – putting away for a while and deciding how they read when I take them out again, here’s a different sort of image:
It’s part of the University of Iowa’s cARTalog project a few years ago now, and attracted some attention when I tweeted it this morning.
— Anne Welsh (@AnneWelsh) February 19, 2012
— Nancy Campbell (@nancycampbelle) February 19, 2012
Some of the cARTalog cards are held as part of Iowa’s Special Collections, and are also available as a digital collection.
The cARTalog grows from the drawers of the University of Iowa Libraries’ main card catalog, which was retired in 2004. The cARTalog project organizers were able to salvage approximately only one quarter of the UI’s card catalog for the project; the remaining cards were hauled away to recycling. The UI Libraries is only one of several libraries that have sought to honor the waning card catalog with a lasting monument or ceremony. cARTalog hopes to find as many creative uses as possible for the salvaged card catalog cards and generate a sense of community among those who loved the card catalog. This collection encompasses a portion of the work created by participants.