All libraries should digitize their collections, or be forced to close

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All libraries should digitize their collections, or be forced to close

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  • Digitization would be beneficial for all, as it decreases upkeep costs.

  • This would reduce libraries' return problems.

  • Digitization increases availability and easier access.

  • This would give us a backup of the physical books we have in libraries, preventing loss due to fires, floods or other natural disasters.

  • All new books should have a digital version available.

  • Collections represent the entirety of humanity's recorded history and thought, and thus the truest reflection of our character. The permanence and access to all digitized collections would give us great insights into our humanity.

  • Libraries also preserve historical data collected as a function such as older news papers or great works in various ranges of ideas and topics that may be used later for data analysis in addition to location specific data gathering that universally couldn't be accounted for archiving (local knowledge theory).

  • Libraries refusing to digitise their collections should not be forced to close straightaway. They deserve an opportunity to prove that there is still a demand for paper copies, and that these could compete with digitised alternatives.

  • Forced digitization produces lower quality content than voluntary digitization.

  • Libraries provide more than just book collections to their communities: they provide classes, book clubs, lecture series, temporary travel exhibitions, writing and research assistance, a get-out-of-the-house destination, and internet access. These valuable resources are often free and accessible to low-income families.

  • One might consider the possibility of loss of data. You may not be advocating they also remove the paper copies, But, Computers, Clouds, and hard drives have not proven themselves infallible. Until then, I favor the idea that books and paper documents should remain.

  • Forcing digitization increases the possibility of manipulation, editing, falsification, editing history and general skulduggery.

  • Forced closure is in my opinion a bit over the edge.

  • E-readers haven´t yet achieved the level of reading comfort that a book provides.

  • Once digitized, analog collections may be less well cared for or discarded.

  • It is not a library's place to digitize and distribute. Books are products; the library owns a copy, but that does not give them the right to reproduce that product digitally. That is the job of the publishers.

  • The tactile sensations of a book are part of the appeal

  • This would produce a largely redundant workload at a huge cost.

  • A library exists as a space in which people may collect and borrow books for temporary use. Digitising those books defeats the purpose of a library as those books could simply be taken online.

  • Some books are too difficult to digitize.Some experimental methods exist but are not in current use.

  • Digitizing an entire collection will put unnecessary strains on the budget.

  • Not an entire collection needs to be digitized. Digitizing only the most popular entries suffices to produce most of the benefits of digitization.

  • the libary is a better place to look i like the original way of viewing by getting books from a library or buying them in their original format a hardcover and it is more convenient because their are some orignal books you can not find anymore on a digital some are centuries old .

  • No. Even in an age of digitization, there is still a unique psychology associated with reading a book in the traditional analog manner. Digitization increases mass consumption of information. Reading books encourages patience and creative thought far more.

  • Books are beautiful physical objects, visually and to the touch, often of aesthetic or historical value, and are vitally important in child development among other things. I run library reading, writing and singing sessions with the very young which would be impossible to replicate purely with technology. A good library has both options - printed and digital - readily available.

  • Digital copies require an infrastructure many rural libraries do not have. Also, it is not completely possible given budgetary ad technological limits, to completely digitize some manuscripts.

  • Assuming that a library isn't only providing book or reading material only then closing a library would prevent future training and development in other learning opportunities that it provides such as 3D printing, computer internet access, borrowing of other materials (DVDs, game, entertainment), and/or metal shops training free to the public. Closing would also have economical impacts unseen due to lack of education that may not offset the costs of saving or maintaining library.