Monday, July 31, 2017

Let’s Get Ready to Automate

The South Dakota State Library wishes to facilitate automation for all libraries in South Dakota. This is an achievable goal for even the smallest of libraries.

Why automate?

  • Library automation allows for increased resource sharing and provides access to materials far beyond local collections on behalf of all library patrons
  • Automation allows 24/7 access to library materials and services for everyone, promoting the use of personal electronic devices to access the library
  • Automation encourages browsing online which facilitates better research and increases leisure reading
  • Automation provides the opportunity to integrate local database subscriptions and other electronic resources into the library catalog, creating a seamless, one-stop search for materials
  • Automation provides the ability to partner with local and regional school and public libraries and allows for seamless interlibrary loan when necessary
  • Automation allows library staff to create reports to show usage and demonstrate needs

Get Started
If you are thinking of automating your library for the first time, or migrating from your current automation system to a new one, maybe you want to know which automation systems are being used by libraries in South Dakota? Or perhaps you need contact information for vendors?

Check out the library.sd.gov for reports and additional information.

Please contact Nina Mentzel with any questions by email or phone: 605-280-6911.