With everything around us undergoing the phase of digitization, it is very hard to not wonder why the library can even be modernized in the same way. Now that remote online education taking place through the education app has become the norm, using a digital library to gain access to a mammoth source of knowledge resource base seems to be a convenient thing at this juncture.
Several educational institutions are already in the middle of introducing a digital library to aid the students in maximizing their access to greater study materials. How easy it is to access books that are just a fingertip away from them! E-books and kindles are becoming immensely popular among students in recent days. Under such favorable circumstances, it is obvious that you too need to make optimal utilization of the digital library to sharpen the teaching sessions and help the students in advancing their self-study sessions.
In this blog post, we will look at the several benefits that digital libraries offer to the learning community and thus provide you with ample reasons for you to start using this rich knowledge source right away. First thing first! Let’s first see what a digital library is!
A digital library is a portal that opens the gateways of access to a storehouse of documents, magazines, e-publications, books, journals and much more. Unlike the traditional libraries, all the files are stored in an orderly form by electronic support and made largely available on the web.
Often, digital libraries are stored virtually on a disk or CD-ROM or sometimes completely on the Internet at large. While CD-disk based digital libraries can not be updated to a great extent, the ones located on the Internet get updated daily. Thus, the students get to have access to the most-updated study and reference materials easily, without budging from their places by an inch.
#1: Quick Access
The flexibility that a digital library brings with it has made it a popular choice among students. Only a stable internet connection and an electronic device, say, a tablet, laptop, PC or smartphone is needed to gain access to the e-books. No matter in what setting the students are located, they can always use the digital libraries to carry out their academic activities with ease.
#2: 24/7 Availability
The conventional library setup always comes with its opening and closing hours. With a digital library, you won’t be bound by time at all. You can access the digital knowledge resource base whenever you want. So, you can learn from the materials at your own pace while enjoying the privilege to access the books at any time of the day convenient for you. Now, that is something quite helpful, what say?
#3: Simplified & Automated Library Management
The digital libraries are looked after by the cybarians, the alter ego of librarians who used to look after the conventional ones. Functions starting from organizing, indexing, preserving to tracking the books and magazines, everything has become fairly simple with the advent of digital libraries in the picture. Several library management software has also sprung up, thus ensuring that the library is maintained properly. And, better maintenance of the libraries directly implies that both the students and teachers will have a smooth time using these.
#4: Unlimited Collection of Books & E-Resources
A traditional library will always have the constraints of space, and thus the volume of books that can be kept there will be influenced by this factor. Contrarily, a digital library boasts of a rich collection of books and resources because these are stored on cloud storage and the internet. So, it is almost like gaining access to an unlimited collection of materials. The greater the choice of books, the better will be the work output of the students. So, it is clear why a digital library has the power to outshine a conventional one.
In today’s age of ERP and LMS, it is not difficult to understand why switching to digital libraries will be the most convenient thing to do. Start using e-libraries from today and spread this word among your acquaintances, and together kick-start the beginning of a new digitized literary movement.