Friday, December 11, 2009

Where in the world is Charles Ammi Cutter?

Our final group project in my Information Resources: Users & Services was to create a pathfinder and presentation about our group namesake, Charles Ammi Cutter. We searched everywhere for information, from Wikipedia to journal articles to a 900 page dissertation by Dr. Francis L. Miksa.

Cutter was a brilliant librarian, creating the modern card catalog, interlibrary loan, a classification system and the traveling library (book mobile). He also wrote The Buffalo public Library in 1983, where he prophesied such things as library automation and controlled atmosphere within a library.

For our presentation we created a game show based on the old television show Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? I was the "hostess with the mostess, head library detective and researcher extraordinaire." Part of the presentation was video taped by a fellow student:

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