Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Role of Libraries in modern society

Jumbo Editorial Team

The quest for knowledge has led to the creation and accumulation of tremendous amount of information. This quest knows no bounds and limits and one is never satisfied. It has continued since the dawn of civilization to the modern age. This hard-earned knowledge and information is valuable for the entire mankind and therefore it has to be preserved for posterity.

The libraries have been established for the systematic collection, organization, preservation and dissemination of knowledge and information. It is very important preserve and maintain the valuable knowledge and information contained in the books and documents because we want to preserve our knowledge and wisdom for the coming generations.

By preserving the documents in a library this knowledge can be made available to others so that they can benefit from it. The establishment of libraries is not a new concept. The oldest library dates to around 2700 years ago in Sennacherib's Palace in Nineveh which shows how long ago the concept of leaving a piece of your wisdom behind started being formed into the organized collection to preserve the work.

With the advent of new technologies in the field of computers and telecommunications, revolutionary changes have taken place in the field of Library and Information Science. The shape of traditional libraries containing a large number of printed documents is in the process of being transformed to paper less libraries containing a large number of digitized documents. The facilities offered by networking have not left libraries untouched.

Modern libraries are not only digitized but networked also. This has led to the creation of virtual libraries, without walls through which the user has access to information at any time, anywhere in the world by using the modern tools of communications, such as computers and internet facilities.

The new challenges in the field of Library and Information Science can be met by adopting the process of digitization and networking. In the present age the librarians have to face many problems due to the limitations of time and space. User satisfaction is the main objective of a good library. It cannot be achieved without adopting the modern tools and techniques rendered available by the modern technologies available in the field of Information and telecommunication.

These developments have led to the creation of Digital and Virtual Libraries, which have great advantages over the traditional libraries. Therefore, digital libraries are becoming popular due to the advantages and facilities, which are offered by them to their users.

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