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Digital Collection Building Initiatives of National Library and Documentation Centre

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Varuni Gangabadadarachchi ,

Conservation and Preservation division, National Library and Documentation Centre, LK
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MSU Amarasiri

National Library and Documentation Services Board, LK
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Abstract

The National Library has a major role in collecting and preserving nation's intellectual heritage. Digitization and digital libraries are more common with new changing environment in libraries. As printed materials continue to deteriorate rapidly, digitization of those materials would help to preserve originals and reformatted copies to use. National Library has commenced a project to develop a digital library. The major reference tools have been acquired in digital format. The national Library has also afforded to use of e-journals free of charge through the PERI project of INASP. Further Major bibliographic and documentation products of National Library are in print and digital formats or only in digital format. National Library catalogue and National Union Catalogue have been computerised and they can be accessed through web. The photographic collection of National Library also has been digitized. National Library has commenced a document scanning project which main objective is to enable users, regardless of location, to directly access and use digitised materials relating to Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans. A policy for digitization and collection management was formed. Mainly manuscripts are selected for digitization in the first phase of the project. Digital camera is an effective form of digital copying specially for larger items.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sllim.v2i1.440

Sri Lankan Journal of Librarianship and Information Management Volume 2, No.1 pp.38-43

The full text of this article is available on the NILIS website.

How to Cite: Gangabadadarachchi, V. & Amarasiri, M., (2009). Digital Collection Building Initiatives of National Library and Documentation Centre. Sri Lankan Journal of Librarianship and Information Management. 2(1), pp.38–43. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sllim.v2i1.440
Published on 24 Mar 2009.

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