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Wendell Berry on the ruination of library card catalogues

Schneider was delighted to see that Billy Collins, one of her favorite poets, crafted a poem on three of his cards: “I love card catalogues/but I only wish/my cards were more dogeared!”

Not everyone wanted to participate. Politicians — with the exception of Secretary of State John Kerry, who was then a U.S. senator, and responded — turned down the offer, instead sending the library autographed photos.

And author Wendell Berry wrote back, “I refuse to cooperate in any way in the destruction of the card catalogues, which I think is a mistake, a loss, a sorrow.”

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