May 26, 2022

Video Recording of Panel Discussion: “Mapping the Wilderness of Knowledge: The Card Catalog, Past, Present and Future” (Special Event at LC)

The “Mapping the Wilderness of Knowledge: The Card Catalog, Past, Present and Future” panel was recorded at the Library of Congress on  May 10, 2017. A video recording (embedded below) was shared on the LC website today. It runs 90 minutes.

Event Description

Panelists discussed 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 began 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.

Event Agenda and Speakers

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

Learn More About the Book: “The Card Catalog: Cards, Books, and Literary Treasures”

Text Transcript of Video

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.