the future of libraries in the digital age
This is my First Blog in Library 2.0. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.
For the past two years I have been working on Several Products like Cloud Computing, Instance Messaging Products. i was passionate to develop product that can transform Rural Education to next level in India..
There is vast difference in education style in Rural and Urban schools...
Urban Schools in India are very competitive in Technology, Science and Maths..They are very near to all competitive Resources but the rural school Education entirely different.
The difference between city and village student not in terms of brain or development but their initial environment, skills, learning ability, availability of infrastructure, and access to different facilities.
How Digital or E – libraries can change the education in Rural Schools in India..
Information and Communication Technology has revolutionized the concept of libraries. A 'digital library' comprises digital collections, services and infrastructure to support lifelong learning, research, scholarly communication as well as preservation and conservation of our recorded knowledge.
This is the era for visual learning. People are changing the way they read because of the developments in digital technologies. Digital Libraries are very much essential for Schools & highers educations like Engineering, Science to understand the concepts with the help of Visualizations.
Majority of India still lives in villages even though the number of rural students attending schools is rising, Quality and access to education is the major concern in rural schools as there are fewer committed teachers, lack of proper text books and learning material in the schools. Though rural schools exist, but when compared to Urban Private schools then quality is a major issue.
Revolution of E Libraries & E Books:
Availability of Text Books, Tutorials, videos, Audio Lessons in Digital Formats can reform the entire Rural education in India.
Advances in digital technologies allows educators and teachers to redefine visual learning. By combining image technologies and teaching, schools can gradually integrate visual teaching with digital learning. Teachers & Students in schools can utilize digital images and charts to aide learners and staff by establishing a knowledge base
Students can now access the E library using Tablets or Computers and can gain much quality of Education then before using Visual thinking
Visual thinking is a learning style where the learner better understands and retains information when ideas, words and concepts are associated with images. Research tells us that the majority of students in a regular classroom need to see information in order to learn it. Some common visual learning strategies include creating graphic organizers, diagramming, mind mapping, outlining etc..
I was planning to distribute simple E Library products to rural Schools as my social responsibility..
Simple E Library - Products for development of Rural Education.
All the above three Products are very user friendly, simple and can be used in Intranet and internet. Applications can be easily used by everyone and requires less maintenance with Zero Downtime.
As internet is not available in most of the rural India, I have plan of two types of Hosting Services for Digital Library Products
1) Host E-Library Website on Internet on Cloud and make the E library portal available 24/7
2) Establish E-Library at Schools Computer lab and allow access E Library using Wifi infra to students Tablets & Laptops using dedicated Apps.
Teachers can give their presentations and can upload it E library portal so that it can be viewed by students at any time by Tablets, Laptop etc..
WIFI Infra setup to E library with Apps can help students easily connected to School Digital libraries and can access tutorials, Presentations, Ebooks 24/7..
Finally to conclude " This is the era for visual learning. People are changing the way they read because of the developments in digital technologies. Digital Libraries are very much essential for Schools & highers educations like Engineering, Science to understand the concepts with the help of Visualizations "