At present, only the Office of Research's collection and another collection located in the Office of Bridge Design are cataloged each with its own cataloging scheme implemented in its own database. Because neither cataloging method is standard to library practice, their utility is limited. The cataloging does not adequately support location of publications by subject, nor does it address other media such as videotapes and compact disks. The database applications can only be accessed from individual computers, and they do not support other needed functions such as circulation control.
To better serve the Department's needs, it is necessary to consolidate the technical publications it holds into a single technical library that is cataloged according to standard methods. Department staff should be able to locate and request cataloged publications from personal computers at their own desks, not only at the central office, but statewide. Such functionality can be accomplished by making the technical library a branch of the South Dakota State Library.