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The Resource Paper machines : about cards & catalogs, 1548-1929, Markus Krajewski ; translated by Peter Krapp

Paper machines : about cards & catalogs, 1548-1929, Markus Krajewski ; translated by Peter Krapp

Label
Paper machines : about cards & catalogs, 1548-1929
Title
Paper machines
Title remainder
about cards & catalogs, 1548-1929
Statement of responsibility
Markus Krajewski ; translated by Peter Krapp
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
"Today on almost every desk in every office sits a computer. Eighty years ago, desktops were equipped with a nonelectronic data processing machine: a card file. In Paper Machines, Markus Krajewski traces the evolution of this proto-computer of rearrangeable parts (file cards) that became ubiquitous in offices between the world wars. The story begins with Konrad Gessner, a sixteenth-century Swiss polymath who described a new method of processing data: to cut up a sheet of handwritten notes into slips of paper, with one fact or topic per slip, and arrange as desired. In the late eighteenth century, the card catalog became the librarian's answer to the threat of information overload. Then, at the turn of the twentieth century, business adopted the technology of the card catalog as a bookkeeping tool. Krajewski explores this conceptual development and casts the card file as a "universal paper machine" that accomplishes the basic operations of Turing's universal discrete machine: storing, processing, and transferring data. In telling his story, Krajewski takes the reader on a number of illuminating detours, telling us, for example, that the card catalog and the numbered street address emerged at the same time in the same city (Vienna), and that Harvard University's home-grown cataloging system grew out of a librarian's laziness; and that Melvil Dewey (originator of the Dewey Decimal System) helped bring about the technology transfer of card files to business." --Publisher's website
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Krajewski, Markus
Dewey number
025.3/109
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Z693.3.C37
LC item number
K7313 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Krapp, Peter
Series statement
History and foundations of information science
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Catalog cards
  • Card catalogs
  • Information organization
Label
Paper machines : about cards & catalogs, 1548-1929, Markus Krajewski ; translated by Peter Krapp
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From library guides to the bureaucratic era:an introduction -- Temporary indexing -- Around 1800. The first card index? -- Thinking in boxes -- American arrival -- Around 1900. Institutional technology transfer -- Transatlantic technology transfer -- Paper slip economy
Control code
698360129
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 215 pages
Isbn
9780262015899
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010053622
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)698360129
Label
Paper machines : about cards & catalogs, 1548-1929, Markus Krajewski ; translated by Peter Krapp
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From library guides to the bureaucratic era:an introduction -- Temporary indexing -- Around 1800. The first card index? -- Thinking in boxes -- American arrival -- Around 1900. Institutional technology transfer -- Transatlantic technology transfer -- Paper slip economy
Control code
698360129
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 215 pages
Isbn
9780262015899
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010053622
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)698360129

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