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Henriette Avram

March 6, 2012

Do you all know about Henriette Avram? She invented MARC records back in the 1960s. I think she was super cool because she was a lady programmer back when most ladies worked in the home mixing cocktails for their husbands and throwing dinner parties.

I’d really like do my final project on Avram and her work with MARC records, I wrote a paper about her last term so I am pretty familiar with her history. This project would be a little bit different than my previous work though, because I would focus more on the technical side of her work– MARC records and standards.

What do you folks think?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2012 12:41 pm

    I think that sounds like a great idea. I would be very interested in seeing the history of her work.

  2. March 7, 2012 9:02 pm

    Very cool! I am doing a cataloging internship and taking metadata class this semester. For 240’s final I had in mind an online study guide for MARC and MARCXML but I am still thinking about how I would put a site together.

  3. March 9, 2012 1:18 pm

    I think it would be great to see a woman’s point of view in the very male-dominated field of programming!

  4. derek permalink*
    March 15, 2012 2:10 pm

    Just need to know who this is for and what need it will meet? Otherwise a great idea. Answering the question will help narrow what information goes into the site. Without this focus what keeps me from just looking at the Wikipedia page?

    • vmfujikawa permalink
      April 29, 2012 3:18 pm

      The page is for library students looking for historical information. It will be a kind of pathfinder for people who are doing research projects, or just history geeks looking to learn something new. People might go to the Wikipedia page on her, but it’s essential useless. My page will gather all known information about Avram and make it attractive and readable to the layman as well as a scholar of MARC history.

      What do you think?

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