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card catalog

n.
An alphabetical listing, especially of books in a library, containing information about each item, historically on cards in a file.

card′ cat`alog


n.
a file of cards listing the items in the collection of a library.
[1850–55, Amer.]
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Noun1.card catalog - a library catalog in which each publication is described on a separate file cardcard catalog - a library catalog in which each publication is described on a separate file card
library catalog, library catalogue - an enumeration of all the resources of a library
2.card catalog - an alphabetical listing of items (e.g., books in a library) with a separate card for each item
file cabinet, filing cabinet, file - office furniture consisting of a container for keeping papers in order
Rolodex - (trademark) a desktop rotary card index with removable cards; usually used for names, addresses, and telephone numbers; "a news reporter has to have a good Rolodex"
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When I arrived as his successor in 1982, I found numerous slips in the card catalog for orders placed up to the previous day, not because Kostas was reluctant to relinquish control but because he wanted to ensure the integrity of the collection.
Contract award: acquisition of saddlery, textiles supplies, tools and specific hardware needed for maintenance workshops of hosts via an electronic card catalog and purchase level iii.
The library's signature service, its catalog, uses rules for cataloging that are remnants of a long-departed technology: the card catalog.
Part of my job was to refile the card catalog every night, which I hated.
Hampshire's collection, stored in an old card catalog and currently featuring a dozen easy-to-harvest plants, may be the first of its kind in an academic library.
The new gift card API allows B2B program buyers and clients in the loyalty, rewards, incentive, benefit, and membership industries to quickly integrate with NGC's gift card catalog and send ngceCodes in real time to program participants.
The best way to describe it is to think of a card catalog in a library.
Visit the second floor of the library and you will find an old-fashioned card catalog cabinet filled with seeds of flowers, herbs and edibles plants.
But lurking beyond the reach of the card catalog are thousands of materials such as reports, factsheets, newsletters, meeting transcripts, lesson plans, presentations, manuals, and interactive websites--so-called "fugitive literature"--that have never darkened the library's door.
Before computers were in wide use, librarians indexed documents with a few key words-the ones that appeared in a card catalog.
No one ever messed with the card catalog before, but this is a different animal," explains Margaret Lynch, the assistant deputy director for technical services at the library.
Many users see the Internet as a giant library that never closes, lacks a card catalog, has all its books shelved helter-skelter and often classifies titles in an esoteric code.