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Typing to tagging: 50 years of cataloging

Helen Lucas’s career in cataloging began with an IBM Executive typewriter. Fairfield University’s library had just acquired the machine in 1960 when Lucas, then a new high-school graduate, landed a job there. Because most of her job involved typing call numbers, access numbers, authors’ names, and book titles, Ms. Lucas and the Executive spent a lot of time together back in the day. “I had a long relationship with that typewriter, believe me,” she recalls. “It had proportionate spacing on it. Every letter took up a certain amount of space, and they were all different.”

Published in The Chronicle of Higher Education on 7/14/10

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