Library Modernizes

Library staff worked for days in 1974 prior to the JPL’s opening to get the card catalog set up for students.

Library Modernizes

Staff ditch the traditional card catalog cabinets and cards for online searching for resources

[ This article was originally published in the UTSA newsletter The Roadrunner on January 16, 1989 ]

The card catalog in the UTSA Library is gone—forever! How can materials be found without a card catalog? Simple. Just use the new, online computer catalog.

For those unfamiliar with using computer catalogs, library staff will be available for assistance at the terminals in the lobby area from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday during the first few weeks of the semester.

A total of 26 terminals are available for use, with 16 located in the second floor lobby area, five in reference and five on the third floor. The new, online catalog allows users to search for library materials by author, title, subject and keyword. Keep in mind that the keyword searching functions work in much the same way as did TopCat’s, but now provide a more flexible and powerful tool, providing the kind of access made possible by high-speed computing.