November 23, 2020

Digital Library Building in Indonesia

From the Jakarta Post:

In a progressively digitalized world with ever-advancing systems of information management, the rows of bound volumes stacked on library shelves could soon make way for virtual three-dimensional books that could be used by multiple readers at once.

The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) is developing a digital library to host these books, whose pages can be flipped with a swipe of the mouse, in the process simplifying the conventional library cataloging system and making books more accessible to readers.

“Gone will be the days when books are only accessible locally at a certain library and by a single reader at a given time,” Hendro Subagyo, one of the e-library system developers at LIPI’s Center for Documentation and Scientific Information, said on Tuesday.

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Beni Rio Hermanto, from the Bandung Institute of Technology’s (ITB) knowledge management research group, agreed that digitizing books and scientific papers would make them more widely accessible. The university has developed its own platform for digitizing documents.

“We have up to 5,000 users a day accessing our digital library,” he said.

The high rate of use, Beni said, could be attributed to the university’s having already digitized around 30,000 scientific papers, theses and dissertations produced by students, making them available online.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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