“Too many books? I think what you mean is not enough bookshelves!”
– Samantha Gollakner (on Twitter)
Indeed, every avid reader would vouch for this tweet. For many, the best part of a library is low-cost access to a lot of books, and a quiet place to read. Often, libraries indicate that a lack of space to store new arrivals poses a challenge for them. A digital library can help overcome hurdles like this, by storing all the materials in an electronic format on the internet or CD-ROM disks. It enables quick access and management of an extensive collection of books and other printed materials. It also offers up to date resources and articles. Here are five reasons why schools need to incorporate Digital Libraries and encourage young minds to use them.
Provides instant and multiple access
In a traditional library, students have to spend time searching for the required material in different sections. At times, when there is a high demand for a particular book, it may seem unfair to issue the copies to only a few. For the rest of them, it calls for an additional waiting period until they get a chance to borrow the desired book. Thanks to the Internet, students can access online books, videos, papers, and other content on a single device like a PC or a tablet.
Moreover, there is no limit on the number of kids viewing the same resource at a given time. Learners can benefit from a digital library’s round-the-clock availability. Be it in the comforts of a home or at school; students can retrieve information on a single portal with a few clicks.
Wide variety to choose from
A library is no doubt a reservoir of information. When there are more books, one has more opportunities to enrich his or her knowledge. Most of the libraries though have limited space. It can restrict the number of books and other materials in the library. On the other hand, digital libraries give access to an endless amount of resources. Students can gain knowledge from a vast platform of data and expand their learning horizon.
Is easy to maintain
Books and other physical records have to live with a critical risk of getting damaged or lost. Converting this printed data to a digital format can make it much safer to use. Students can access e-books and other online content as many times as they need. They can also store the details of their projects which may serve as reference materials for students in the coming years.
Skimming through pages and searching for the desired information can take hours. This task can be tedious and boring too. Digital Libraries have a range of tools that make it easy for students to perform complex searches. Its advanced filter options can help extract the required data. Searching techniques like Boolean logic, Phrase and Proximity Searching, Truncation can save time and give better search outputs.
Caters to the students’ ability to learn
There are different kinds of learners in a school. Some like to read, while some prefer to listen. Digital libraries have a variety of content ranging from scripts to audio and video files. They have the potential to build a platform which can enhance the learning experience.
Today, schools are working towards creating an environment which can deepen the student engagement. Digital libraries can go a long way in boosting the learning capacity of students and improving their knowledge base.