ï»¿ Knowledge is wisdom. Books, article, journal and much more provide knowledge to the readers. Library is useful by accessing to it reference or borrowing with collection of information and similar resources (Wikipedia.org, 2016). Materials can be accessed by physical and digital way from the library. It maybe is in building or in virtual space or both. But nowadays, online library gained popularity among youngsters and taken over the place of physical library. Suggestion arises of shifting all resources of public library to online, where physical building will not be in use. This may bring both advantages and disadvantages in many ways.
Accessibility to the digital library is easier than physical library. One does not have to travel much and go to library physically. If a book is been borrowed in physical library, then the person has to wait ...view middle of the document...
Build and maintain a digital library costs less than public. Payment for web hosting, web page, e-books and more are cheaper. This will reduce the cost. A public library must spend large amount of money to pay rent, staffs, books and building maintenance. This can be avoided in digital library usage. There about 9000 public libraries in United States have generated $11.5 billion and expenditure about $10.7 billion in 2012 (ala.org, 2015). This shows that maintaining a public library is higher.
E-books and other digital information can be preserved and conserved in virtual world. The exact copy of the digital work can be made many times without default the quality of original. This is because the digital information will not get faulty by time unlike printed resources.
On the contrary, digital library does not perform faster when there is low internet connectivity. The speed of access is important even though the information a click away. Besides that, some countryside has no internet. This will worsen the situation of the citizen who trying to get information. When there is more and more computers connected to the same library, the speed will slow.
We must agree that reading a book is much easier than looking at the computer screen. Even this might gives the reader a peaceful environment of reading a real book. Most people agree to read printed materials than digital. Looking at the screen for a long time might get blurry vision.
Digital library might end many careers regarding library. There are more than 20 types of jobs to be fit in library (ala.org, 2015). Many youngsters who want to try librarian job might get disappointed by this paradigm shift. This will end many job opportunities.
To sum it up, digital library has advantages and disadvantages equally. But the government has to take right decision of pin pointing the benefits to the citizen. Internet connectivity must get into every corner of the country, so that everyone can access to digital library.