If you’re one of a library’s managers, it may seem counter-intuitive – but you might want to consider digitizing your whole library or a portion of your books and documents. The Vatican recently digitized 41 million pages of its library so that they could provide digital library services to the public for access to these documents and keep the originals locked away in an atomic bomb shelter which is strictly temperature and environment controlled. Before its digitization, the Vatican’s library only allowed access to 200 people at a time, but once it’s digitization is complete, a virtually unlimited number of people can access its archives.
Also recently, Harvard’s Loeb Classical Library has announced that it will be digitizing all of its ancient Greek and Roman texts. They are doing so to provide wider access to the general public to these ancient texts, as well as to allow for versatilities such as annotation, and side-by-side displayed translations. The digital forms are going to have the original text on the left page, and a translated version on the right page.
Thus, digital library services would provide some benefits, including:
- Efficient storage and bookkeeping. If most of your texts are digitized, you can keep the physical texts in a compact, environment-safe storage since users can now access the texts online on their computers or in-house library computers.
- Better accessibility for research and studies. Some of your texts are reference only – users can only view them in the library. Some examples of these are academic journals and original archived newspapers. By having digital versions of these, not only will users be able to access them simultaneously – but they can study them from anywhere.
- Better functionality. Like Harvard’s Loeb Classical Library, your digital versions can allow for users to annotate, highlight, and delete or add words to a temporary digital version of the text. This allows for better ease of research. You can also provide side-by-side, library-created pages, beside each page of the original text, which helps users understand the text.
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