Medieval Libraries Developed A Crude GPS System To Locate Books
“It wasn’t easy to find a specific book on library shelves in the Middle Ages. The spine title had not yet been invented, and the books weren’t published in standard sizes. But readers didn’t have to spend hours searching, thanks to an ingenious system that made use of concepts similar to modern GPS.”
Can we just take a minute to appreciate the evolution of our book cataloging systems? Because… HOLY CRAP. Chaining your books to their shelves is taking “I never loan out books. EVER.” to a WHOLE new extreme.