This made me think about:
How does Google’s Digitalisation project affect modern day libraries?
The internet has become a necessity to keeping libraries alive, simply because the cost to run them has greatly increased over the years which have had a knock on effect on the amount of qualified librarian hired to run them. Not to mention due to the value of the printed resources, the amount of security needed to ensure the safety of priceless one-time items.However, for anyone dealing with digitalisation you would have to quote the disadvantage of copyrights law and issues related to digital information security and confidentiality. One would say that they are public records so there shouldn’t be any problems, but what happens when a non-subscriber to digitalized information acquires a copy? How does this affect future negotiations with authors?
Furthermore, one has to think of the managerial and financial issues related to libraries and technology. A lot of libraries have been stuck in their ways about not modernising and refuse to adopt digitalisation. That is all well and good for libraries that have good budgets, government funding and great sponsors. However, the libraries that don’t have such support, they need to be able to adapt while still retaining managerial control over licensing and policy making. This is where E-libraries have developed, as you do not need a lot of technical support and can be updated regularly at the speed in which collections are acquired. Donations can be used as a method to constantly fund them without digging into the day-to-day funding of primary activities.
This completely, disputes statements that librarians become useless with digitalisation as it takes a continuous team effect to update the online library around daily activities. Furthermore, this also improves librarians IT skills for further development in content management systems. Thus, improving upon the delivery and means to which information is available in the coming future.
I am curious however, to know what others think about this subject in terms of pros and cons of digitalisation on modern day libraries.