Cataloging Your Story – Free interactive workshop at SFMOMA on April 12

For Immediate Release:  April 6, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org

Cataloging Your Story

Free interactive workshop at SFMOMA on April 12

San Francisco, CA – In honor of National Library Week, the San Francisco Public Library invites the public to the SFMOMA Public Knowledge Library to learn about the beautiful, elegant card catalog system – by telling their personal story and having it typed onto a catalog card. During this interactive workshop, typewriter story artist Barbara Obata will ask participants questions about themselves, probing to be able to describe them as if they were a book. Listening carefully, Ms. Obata will immediately type up their stories on a real catalog card. The card will then be handed to a San Francisco Public Library’s cataloger/librarian to assign the “book” a related Dewey decimal number and later displayed in the SFMOMA Public Knowledge library.

The workshop is inspired by Ann Hamilton and Ann Chamberlain’s iconic card catalog walls at the Main Library where the artists transformed old cards into fanciful art pieces. Many people have never touched a card catalog nor a typewriter, browsed through the wooden drawers or found a book via the catalog. This workshop will give all ages an opportunity to learn more about this iconic library relic.

First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week (April 8-14, 2018) is sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the United States. This year, nationally, numerous events are being held around the theme “Libraries Lead.”

SFMOMA’s Public Knowledge Branch Library is a free temporary library branch within the museum. The space comes complete with the Library’s own historic analog card catalog, a browsing collection of books (focused on art, civic engagement, cities, cultural life, education and technology), listening stations, chairs and tables and program space. The branch is part of a larger project where the San Francisco Public Library and SFMOMA are looking together at how knowledge is consumed, shared and remembered. In a time when providing access to public information and social engagement, once a key role of public institutions, is now being taken over by technology, the Public Knowledge project ambitiously seeks to examine the historic role of public libraries and museums and reinvigorate their relevance today.

All programs at the Library are free.

Card Catalog Stories – Thursday, April 12, 4-7 p.m., SFMOMA Public Knowledge Library, 151 3rd Street, 2nd floor