Digital Libraries for Knowledge Enhancement
Libraries have always strived to collect process and disseminate information. But information today exists in many forms than just as printed matter and nowadays readers are shifting from the traditional sources of reading; printed materials to e-materials such as e-books, e-journals, e-newspapers, etc. However, the availability and better access to information using appropriate technological innovations is limited.
It is observed that the libraries in Sri Lanka are faced with severe challenges including the need for better educational resources as well as appropriate technology infrastructure to provide modern library services.
Therefore, ICTA proposed to address these issues through Digital Libraries Project in collaboration with Ministry of Education, Ministry of Provincial Councils & Local Government and National Library and Documentation Services Board.
It is planned to establish 26 Digital Libraries, one in each District and at the National library in two years period to provide convenient and affordable access to electronic information / eBooks and educational materials, whilst encouraging the usage of Digital Libraries.
The required digital infrastructure, equipment and the capacity development will be provided by the ICTA to strengthen the electronic archive records systems and introduce modern infrastructure which is in demand to improve the quality and efficiency of the library system in the country.
To provide convenient and affordable access to electronic resources and promote effective usage of electronic information/e books and educational materials to citizens