Standards and Guidelines for Automated Library Systems

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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 access catalogs.

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