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Indian Public Libraries to Go Digital, to be Accessible to All

Feb 4, 2014 17:41 IST

    In an attempt to build a top-notch library system, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, is going to digitize the resources of Public Libraries, which would be easily accessible by everyone. The digital libraries would help in promoting reading habits among the general public as well as will facilitate research among the technology savvy generation.

    President Pranab Mukherjee launched the National Mission on Libraries (NML) scheme on 3 February to endeavor the maximum utilization of Library resources by all.

    With a focus laid on economically backward districts, 6 libraries under the hold of Culture Ministry, 35 Central Libraries spread across states and 35 District Libraries are to be converted as model libraries.

    Furthermore, 629 district libraries across the states in India will also be provided with a network connectivity, to let the library books and resources become accessible to all in an easier way, by making the resources transformed from being hard copy to soft copy.

    Digital libraries open up the possibility of far more flexible and coherent multimedia collections that are both fully searchable and browsable in multiple dimensions," mentioned an official release from Rashtrapati Bhavan.

    The NML scheme of revamping the way how Indians use Public libraries may incur an expenditure of Rs 400 crore during the 12th Plan period (2012-17), which centre has already approved in November 2013.

    The NML scheme may benefit all categories and age group of Citizens - students, researchers, scientists, professionals, children, artists, differently-abled persons and neo- and non-literates.

    The NML was approved by the GOI last year only, which resulted due to the pursuance of a report of the Sam Pitroda-headed National Knowledge Commission, in which an overhaul of the library and information service sector was recommended.

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