Thomas Jefferson Library, National American University - Rapid City, SD.
Minnesota libraries of all types—Academic, Public, School and Special—are
automating library operations in order to improve library services and to achieve greater
cost effectiveness and efficiency.
Most libraries begin the process by building a machine readable bibliographic database of
the library's holdings, entering records for items added to the library collections and
retrospectively converting records for items previously cataloged. The resultant bibliographic
database serves as the basic building block for automated circulation systems and online public