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In Other Ivory Towers

Arbor Anecdotes

The Extremist

Explained Before You Were Here

When the library was all analog

Before the Internet age, students
rushing to find books for a last min-
ute research project couldn't just
search MIRLYN.
A massive card catalog, located
on the second floor of the Harlan
Hatcher Graduate library, contained
information about all library items
across campus - over six million
items by 1988. Students had to go
to the library and sift through the
drawers filled with index cards or
call the library's reference desk and
ask librarians to search for them,
"How could it possibly have
worked?" University librarian Bar-
bara MacAdam asked. "It just did."
Each individual library also
had its own catalog. The Fine Arts
library, for example, housed a cata-
log that only indexed materials in
that building.
When the library got hold of
a new item, librarians typed out
information cards for each item.

For organizational purposes, each
item had at least three cards - one
sorted by author, one sorted by title,
and another sorted by subject head-
ing. If an item had multiple authors
or subjects, even more cards were
created. I
Though students may now balk at
the complexity of the card catalog,
MacAdam said back then, nobody
questioned it.
The process for adding the cards
into the catalog was strict. The rules
were so stringent that libi arians
had extensive manuals that detailed
ordering systems.
In the mid-1980s, the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library purchased
an electronic index of the massive
PsycINFO journal collection. It was
so revolutionary that many students
lined up to use the search feature,
MacAdam said. The entire index
could be searched from a single
computer, and the queue to use it

was so long that librarians set out
chairs for students to sit on while
they waited.
In 1988, the University unveiled
MIRLYN, a computerized database
of all the libraries'holdings. By June
of 1991, every item in the University
library system had been added to the
database. According to the Bentley
Historical Museum, the University
was one of the first library systems
in the world to digitally index its
entire collection.
MacAdam said the Google book-
scanning project could be the next
step in library indexing - poten-
tially making MIRLYN look as old-
fashioned as index cards.
The University has kept the
card catalog for historical value,
MacAdam said. It can be found in
the Graduate library's basement,
although it hasn't been updated for e pCOURTESY OF THE ENTLEY HISTORICAL LIBRARY
altoug ithas't eenupdtedforThe University kept papersrecerds of all its backs before MIOLYN
two decades. was created. Theemassivercadcatalog referencesalmostall of the
JAKE HOLMES University's 6 million items up until1988.

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plaque plucked
from Big House
WHERE: Michigan Stadium
WHEN: Wednesday at about 3
WHAT: A plaque valued at
$300 was taken from the Presi-
dents Suite in Michigan Stadi-
um, the Department of Public
Safety reported. The theft took
place between November and
March 12. Police have no sus-


a patient, DPS reported. Police
are investigatingthe case.
DPS called after
WHERE: Taubman Health
Care Center
WHEN: Wednesday at about
4 p.m.
WHAT: A person allegedly
slapped a female co-worker on
her elbow, DPS reported.

Symposium on
Shiite activism
WHAT: A symposium on the
roots of Shiite activism in the
Middle East
WHO: Center for Middle
Eastern and North African
WHEN: Today at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union,
Anderson Rooms
Screening of
WHAT: A screening of the
short documentary "Free-
held," about a woman's fight
to leave her pension benefits
to her life partner
WHO: Office of Lesbian Gay
Bisexual & Transgender
WHEN: Tonight at6 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan League,

Hussey Room
Talk on writing
in digital age
WHAT: A discussion about
the future of writing in the
digital age
WHO: Sweetland Writing
WHEN: Friday at2 p.m.
WHERE: 3222 Angell Hall
0 A story in the March 7
issue of the Daily (MSA to
proposeplanfornew street-
lights in near-compus area)
incorrectly said MSA aims
to build new lighting in
the area enclosed by East
University Avenue, Tappan
Street and Arch Street. The
area is enclosed by East
University Avenue, Tappan
Street and Oakland Avenue.
* Please report any error
in the Daily to correc-

Today is the last day for
students enrolled in the
College of Literature, Sci-
ence and the Arts to process a
late drop or add for courses for
the current semester.
Forward Chad Kolarik
will return to the lineup
for the first time since
Feb. 16 when the Michigan
hockey team plays Nebraska-
Omaha in the first game of
the CCHA quarterfinal series
tonight at Yost Arena.
Under the Environmental
Protection Agency's new
regulations on how much
ozone is allowed in the air in
American cities, 345 counties
throughout the country now
have too muchsmog in their air,
The Associated Press reported.

Patient spits on Parking lot exit
two Hospital gate broken off

WHERE: University Hospital,
1500 East Medical Center
WHEN: Wednesday at about
WHAT: Two hospital officers
were spat on while dealing with

WHERE: Palmer Drive Parking
WHEN: Wednesday at about
7 a.m.
WHAT: An exit gate arm was
broken off, DPS reported. The
damage is estimated at $150.00
Police have no suspects.

The following students will be among those recognized during the Honors Convocation program on
Sunday, March 16,2008. These individuals have demonstrated the highest level of undergraduate academic success by
achieving seven or more consecutive terms of all A's and earning the designation of Angell Scholar. The University of
Michigan congratulates these students on their superior scholastic achievement and wishes them continued success.
Nine Term Angell Scholars
Adrian Leigh Allen College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Robert Bielby College of Arts and Sciences-U-M Flint
Christina Ellen Saindon* Division of Kinesiology
Anna Stanczyk College of Arts and Sciences-U-M Flint


Eight Term Angell Scholars
Jennifer Marie Ahlquist* School of Nursing
Virginia Elizabeth Corrigan* College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Kathryn Ruth Gaylord-Miles* College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Virginia Clover-Bailey McMunn* College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Don Nguyen* College of Engineering
Seven Term Angell Scholars
Christine Nicole Beamer School of Music,Theatre & Dance
Stephanie Ann Berry College of Engineering
David Randall Blair College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Irene Marie Brockman College of Engineering
Eliza Brown* School of Music,Theatre & Dance
Lara Michelle Campbell College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Manisha Chakravarthy College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Mark Anthony Christine School of Music,Theatre & Dance
Thomas Martin Coleman College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Daniel Thomas Cook College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Maia Christina Dedrick School of Music,Theatre & Dance
Michael B.Duboe* College of Engineering
Jennifer Mutia Eusebio College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Charlotte Claire Franklin College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Janine Susan Ghannam* College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters-U-M Dearborn
Lara Adriana Ghisleni College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Priya Goel College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Aaron William Johnson College of Engineering
Kristin Nicole Lehnert School of Music,Theatre & Dance
Yuan-Nung Tony Lin College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters-U-M Dearborn
Zachary Alexander Maddock College of Literature, Science, and the Arts


Julie Anne Martin
Erin Kay McCamish*
Timothy James McQuade
William Jin Moon
Meghan Kathleen Moore*
Sarah Sophia Na
Adam David Nicholl
Mariam Qureshi
Jaclyn Marie Setili*
Nisha Bharat Sheth
Claire Sylvester Smith
Mark Swiderski
Ramzi N.Takla
Ashley Lauren Thurston
Brian William Timm
Katherine Mary Waggoner
Brian Wice
David Michael Williams
Kevin Hayes Wilson

School of Education
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
College of Engineering
College of Arts and Sciences-U-M Flint
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
College of Pharmacy
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
College of Engineering
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
College of Engineering
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
College of Arts and Sciences-U-M Flint
College of Engineering
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts


*Denotes graduates


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