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Re: How were holdings kept in the old days? Palmiter, Sherry 02 Jun 2004 16:27 UTC

Many moons ago, I worked for a year between graduating from college and before entering library school.  I was a kardex clerk at Cornell.  In addition to the main card catalog, CUL had a separate serials catalog in the reference area.  The serials catalog contained main entries only with each record followed by a holdings card on which each bound volume was checked in by hand.  The kardex, although it was in technical services, was not far from the reference desk.  Reference staff would come and look at the kardex for information on current issues, but not while we were checking in.

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Sherry Palmiter
Continuations Librarian
Seattle University, Lemieux Library
Seattle, WA  98122
ph. : 206-296-6204
fax : 206-296-2572

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From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2004 8:19 AM
Subject: [SERIALST] How were holdings kept in the old days?

Back when libraries still had card catalogs, and even before word
processing, how were periodicals holdings lists kept? Were there
annotations on the cards in the catalog? Was the Kardex kept near
reference? Some other method?


Steve Black
Reference, Serials, and Instruction Librarian
The College of Saint Rose
392 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203-1419