"Reading in both English and German has always been an emphasis of the curriculum," says Frank Klatil. He's in charge of FileMaker Pro development at the school, and knows through long experience the importance of keeping data well organized. "Our library, however, had been run by volunteer parents only, and relied on an outdated paper–card catalogue system that only served to check books in and out."That system was cumbersome and outmoded enough when the library numbered only 3,000 volumes or so — but when a successful fundraising drive made it possible to double the size of the collection, Frank and the library volunteers all knew the time was ripe for a dramatic upgrade. As a longtime FileMaker Pro user himself — all the way back its earliest version — Frank had just the plan in mind. "The time had come for a computer–based catalogue that wouldn't only keep track of books but also be easy to use and support such functions as barcode scanning, flexible reporting, comprehensive searches, security and backup, and even user–defined attributes like multimedia functions." A review of existing off–the–shelf cataloging applications came up short. "For example, most catalogue solutions on the market were designed for use by adult librarians," Frank notes, "and weren't easy enough for elementary students to use." So, Frank set to work with FileMaker Pro Advanced to build an application custom–tailored to the school's specifications.