- Abraham Lincoln
Huh? You don't even know what a card catalog is? That's okay. You are probably familiar with searching for a specific book through the means of an online database. These databases, called Online Public Access Catalogs (or OPACs for short) have been helping library patrons locate the books they need since the early 1980's. This powerful system works with basic keyword searching and has the ability to run other functions like telling users if the book has been checked out already. In the days of card catalogs (huh?), patrons had to search through thousands of index cards with book information on them to find what they needed. It took up valuable time for those using the library for research and leisure.
As we continue onward into an age where technology flourishes, so does development with the Library system. These days, you don't even have to step foot into the library to see if the book is available, as most library websites allow their users to search from the comfort of their own homes. You can even request an interlibrary loan, find articles, or reserve a book from home too!