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Prodigy Public School has already begun the task of converting its traditional collections of books and registered successfully at National Digital Library run by Govt. of India
Before taking into consideration their 5 main benefits, let's try to give a definition of what digital libraries are. A digital library is a collection of documents- such as magazine articles, book, papers, images, sound files and videos- organized in an electronic form and available on the Internet or on a digital support, for example a CD-ROM disk. Compared to CD-ROM disks, Internet-based digital libraries have a plus: they can be updated on a daily basis.
A heightened amount of choice Digital libraries give access to multiple contents with a potentially infinite number of resources and selections at hand. The main limit for traditional libraries is represented by physical space: books consume a lot of it and people often have to walk round in search of a particular material. Thanks to Internet and cloud storage, digital libraries overcome this limitation, expanding students’ horizons in learning. They can access an enormous amount of knowledge and share contents with others, facilitating the expansion of education.
Building a heritage for the next generation Online libraries help the scientific society since they act as a reservoir for the storage of important research data, information and findings. For a very long time, the physical records of scientific studies and researches had to live with a critical issue: they were destroyed or lost. But today, thanks to digital libraries, the online copies of studies and researches can be protected and collected to create a virtual heritage of information for the coming generations.
Instant access to educational content As long as an Internet connection is available, digital libraries are accessible anywhere and at any moment using a simple technological device, such as a PC, a tablet or even a smartphone. This means students can consult online books, images, videos and all the other educational contents without having to wait and go to the nearest physical library. They can do it in a formal environment, for example at school, or they can relax at their homes getting an instant access to the information they need.
Fighting against deteriorationThe digital storage of books and, above all, audios, solve the problem of deterioration. In traditional libraries, audio cassette tapes and vinyl records are shared among a lot of students posing the problem to stand a large number of playing. Fragile photographs or ancient documents have to resist several handovers and consultations, with the risk of being subjected to breakages or other damages. Thanks to the digitizing of materials, it is possible to access contents how many times a student needs, using formats (mp3, digital images, online textbooks, etc.) which are definitely much safer to use.
An easier information retrieval Over the years, digital libraries have developed a range of search features – such as Boolean and proximity operators, truncation, etc. – that facilitate the access to information and data collections, allowing students to perform sophisticated searches for a variety of queries.
Thanks to intuitive search engine technologies- for example, ranking or automatic term expansion – even novice users can start using digital libraries accomplishing their searches independently. And the most encouraging thing is that, as the digital collections grow larger, the level of sophistication of these searching features increases exponentially.
The Material Available in Prodigy Public School’s Digital Library is as follow:
2) DVD Player
4) Educational and resourceful CDs and DVDs
5) NCERT Books and reference Material
Books will be issued to the students, during the library periods. No book will be issued or returned during the teaching hours.
Marking, underlining or writing on library books, periodicals, and newspapers is strictly forbidden.
If the books are not returned within the specified time it will be viewed seriously and fine will be charged as per rules.
In case of book is misused, wrongly handled or lost the person concerned will have to replace the book or pay the current market price of the book.
After reading, make sure that the books, periodicals and newspapers are kept back at their respective places.
A 'No Dues Certificate' by each student is to be obtained from the Librarian while his/her transfer/withdrawal from the school.
Strict order and silence shall be maintained in the library and speak softly if needed.