Our Library’s First Online Catalog from 1991 #TBT

Check out this archival video from 1991. The MVCC Library celebrated our first online catalog. This system predated the world wide web, so it relied upon hardwired terminals. It was a major project to migrate from the physical, card catalog online records. Our library was one of the early adopters of the technology.

This was a big year (1991) for the MVCC library. All of the system modules were implemented, the card catalog cabinets were physically removed from the library, and librarian Maria D’Aversa was named Innovator of the Year by the campus for her leadership on this project.

The footage here includes “pallbearers” Maria D’Aversa, Diane Grund, Sylvia Jenkins, Nancy Hessler, Betsey Teo, Barb Rys, and Doreen O’Brien. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Margaret Lehner, delivers the eulogy for the catalog.

This video includes the “funeral” for the old card catalog, and it includes publicity for the new online catalog. The “funeral” includes our current college President, Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, when she was a faculty librarian. It also includes Dr. Margaret Lehner who was the Vice President of Academic Affairs at the time and who serves as our Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Assistant to the President.

Moving from Card Catalog to Online Catalog at Moraine Valley (1991)

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