Catalog cards reach an end of an era

Do you remember using one of these to find information?

catalog card

For at least a century, card catalogs were a fixture in libraries of all types. They allowed users to look for books in the physical confines of the library. Librarians meticulously prepared and typed catalog cards to exacting standards.

In 1971, the library cooperative known as OCLC automated the production of catalog cards. After one library in the cooperative produced the metadata to describe a book or other resource, other libraries could indicate that they also owned that item and could order a card for their own catalog. OCLC printed and distributed nearly 2 billion catalog cards to libraries around the world until just this month, when they printed the last card on October 1. Since the mid-1980’s, libraries have gradually replaced their physical catalogs with online catalogs and sophisticated resource discovery systems that allow researchers to search for information available not only in the physical library but also from vast stores of online resources.

The UWRF library decommissioned its card catalog in the late 1980’s, when it implemented its first online library catalog. Never seen a catalog card and want one for your own? Stop by the library and we’ll give you one (or as many as you want!)  We still have cards from our card catalog that we continue to use for scratch paper.   While we’ll never pine for the old days of the card catalog, we will always remember with fondness this part of our library history.

card catalog

Films on Demand Links

For a lot of boring reasons the library had to remove and reload all of the records for Films on Demand from Search@UW.  Links created before 9/12/2015 will no longer work; new durable links need to be created.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience .  If you need assistance re-creating durable links please send an email to  One of the librarians will work with you.  If you need express frustration about the timing of the reload email michele.mcknelly@uwrf.

Content comes and goes from Films on Demand,it is highly recommended that instructors check links at the beginning of each semester to ensure content availability.

Constitution Day

Constitution DayConstitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia.

The library has free pocket Constitutions for students this week.
Resources for Constitution Day:

Changes in Newspapers

The current issues of the following newspapers are now located in the University Archives and Area Research Center: Amery Free Press, Baldwin Bulletin, Burnett County Sentinel, Central St Croix News, Hudson Star-Observer, News (New Richmond), Oceola Sun, Pierce County Herald, Prescott Journal, River Falls Journal

All of these titles plus nearly 200 other Wisconsin based newspapers are available via the Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research database.  Coverage is from April 2005 with a two month embargo period. Each edition is covered cover to cover in a searchable PDF

Twitter Pre-Party for #NatBookFest15 TODAY

The National Book Festival is two days away (Sat. Sept. 5) but you can join in the fun at the Library of Congress’ Twitter Pre-Party from 1-2 pm TODAY!  Come talk about your favorite authors and books.  Follow @LibraryCongress and use the hastag to join the party.


The 15th Library of Congress National Book Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, and feature more than 170 authors, poets, illustrators and special presenters. To mark this anniversary, as well as the the 200th anniversary of the Library’s acquisition of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library, the festival has as its theme Jefferson’s quote, “I Cannot Live Without Books.”  [LOVE that quote!]

To download the National Book Festival App, visit the Library of Congress Apps page at

New Library Hours

Please take note that library hours have changed for the 2015-16 academic year.  Take a moment to review library hours for the fall term here.

Seeking leaders for Year of Mexico discussion series

As part of the Year of Mexico campus initiative, the library is sponsoring a monthly book discussion focusing on books about Mexico or by Mexican authors. We are currently scheduling discussions for 2015-16. Do you have a favorite or important book that you would like to discuss in an informal and comfortable setting? Contact Valerie Malzacher (, x3224) to suggest your title and reserve your discussion session for October, November, February, March or April.