More Libraries Going for Digitization of Knowledge, E-resources
Leading educational institutes and libraries are making books immortal – virtually. Rare books and publications are now in the focus of many local and national-level projects of digitization.
On academic front, projects like INFLIBNET, acronym for Information and Library Network Centre, hold great promise, believe experts.
“Apart from providing over 70,000 books and 2,000 journals online, we have started a project called National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for scholarly content (N-LIST) from this year. It will not only encompass a wide range of subjects in published material, but will also have content like doctoral thesis and dissertation of our member colleges,” said Arora. This year, the project has got national award for digital learning through ICT in higher education.
Other organizations are not behind. Gujarat Vidyapeeth has undertaken the mammoth task of digitizing 35 lakh pages in a period of three years. “So far we have already digitized 12 lakh pages containing rare books, Gandhiji’s literature and academic material,” said Bharati Desai, in-charge librarian of the Vidyapeeth.
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