Jammu: Even after the four years initiating exercise, the Jammu and Kashmir government has been failed complete its one of ambitious project to digitize libraries across the Union Territory.
The credible sources told The Dispatch, “ The exercise to digitize district libraries is on hold was started in 2017 is yet to be completed. In the exercise of digitizing libraries, Shri Pratap Singh Library in Srinagar and SRS Central Library in Jammu have been digitized, in which only the list of books available, but the same cannot be read on online mode sitting at home.”
In the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic, the educational institutions and libraries are closed due to which students are compelled to study and prepare for competitive exams at home.
“In the absence of of digital mode in the state library, children are not able to use the books available here,” the sources said.
Director of the Library Department, Mohammad Rafi said that an exercise is underway to link the state library with the National Library so that children can access books online.
He added that due to shortage of staff in the department, digitization of the district library could not be done. “We have referred the vacant posts in the department to JKSSB, soon the recruitment process will start, after which the process of digitization will be started. With this the district library will be interconnected,” he added
It is pertinent to mention here that in year 2017 the Jammu and Kashmir’s Department of Libraries and Research rolled out an initiative to link up with the National Digital Library of India (NDLI) to provide free access to the state’s students and academicians of around 1.5 crore downloadable e-books and journals.
The unique initiative was launched on the sidelines of a workshop on ‘Digitized Libraries’ organized by the Department of Libraries and Research which was inaugurated by then Minister of State for Education, Priya Sethi.
“In the age of Internet, massive changes were occurring in the world, making it necessary to adopt and benefit from new technological inventions and digital interventions,” Priya Sethi had said
- NDLI is an online repository of e-books under the aegis of Union Human Resource Development Ministry
- It has been developed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur
- The learning resources include e-books, journals, articles, thesis, manuscripts, audio and video lectures
- The NDLI department had computerized all district and some tehsil-level libraries in the state so far and was in the process of making all state libraries fully digitized in a more user-friendly way