Importance of a Digital Library
A digital library, also called an online library, an internet library, a digital repository, or a digital collection is an online database of digital objects that can include text, still images, audio, video, digital documents, or other digital media formats or a library accessible through the internet. Objects can consist of digitized content like print or photographs, as well as originally produced digital content like word processor files or social media posts. In addition to storing content, digital libraries provide means for organizing, searching, and retrieving the content contained in the collection- Wikipedia
Library digitization does not only allow the reader to have access to any book at any time, it also helps every reader to experience a very organized and innovative mode of reading through the internet.
What are the benefits of Digital Library “Importance of a Digital Library”
1. It gives the reader access to an up-to-date information:
Contrary to the conventional or traditional libraries, a digital library is very flexible and it has all the latest and up-to-date information or resources an average reader might need. Some publishers do not manually have to publish the updated version of their books, articles, blogs or other content resources as digital libraries usually make the updated version of every book available as soon as it is published online, such that every reader can have access to their desired eBook without having to go through any trouble.
2. No fixed or rigid time limit:
With the fast rate at which technology is constantly improving, most readers prefer the soft copies or digital version of their books since it is easily accessible through their mobile device and they do not have to wait till a fixed or certain time before they can enjoy or have access to any book or other digital resources. You can even enjoy a 24 hours service and access to audiobooks, magazines, podcasts or any other library materials at your convenient time without having to worry about the opening or closing hour of the library.
3. It preserves resources and knowledge:
It is usually sometimes difficult to preserve or keep devices such as DVDs, or CDs, for a very long time without the fear of it getting damaged or destroyed. With the advent of a digital library, you can store your resources in either your google cloud or iCloud where it will be accessible to both the present and future readers.
4. It is easily accessible:
With the use of a digital library, every reader or student can learn on their own pace and do not have to worry about not having access to the required resources needed to learn since a digital library is always available and easily accessible through any of your personal mobile devices such as your tablets, smartphones or laptop.
5. Improves interaction in Real time:
As a reader or student, you will prefer a digital library to a conventional one because most management software for digital libraries improves the interactions between the readers and administrators in real time which gives room for the reader to have access to more information about a book and also you do not have to be physically present to ask any questions as you can easily interact with the administrators online.
6. Automated Library Management:
The digital library has transformed the role of an average Librarian from a person who manually organize and manage all the activities concerning the library such as tracking and indexing to a person who uses an automated system that has a library management software with features solely to automate all the library activities.
This simply makes the management of the library easier and the resources and information more accessible to the readers.
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Author: Semira Ayeni