The Impact of Information Technology on the Library

The Modernisation of Library Systems

Libraries and librarians have had to adapt to the growth of information and communications technology in recent years. Today people use the internet as a primary source of information, often relying on books as a last resort due to the issues of time and money. In terms of infrastructure, libraries now devote space to public computer facilities and librarians undergo additional training in order to be well-equipped to deal with queries related to modern research techniques and online resources as well as the traditional questions related to finding and borrowing books. Library archives and records are also now computerised meaning a more efficient and effective borrowing and returns system and a faster method of locating resources and assessing availability of items. In terms of administration, running a library is now much simpler than before, thanks to the aid of computerised systems. Modern systems are also beneficial to customers who are able to reserve and renew items online as well as being able to explore the extensive library catalogue. In terms of ecological impact, the new system of computerised records saves using a considerable amount of paper, which, on a national scale could contribute significantly to helping the environment.

New Resources

The evolution of technology has undoubtedly increased the variety of resources available in libraries today; it is no longer a case of going to the library to borrow a particular book for your research but rather an opportunity to explore books, journals, DVDs and websites related to the matter under examination, ranging from information concerning dental health matters like toothpaste and mouthwash to the human anatomy.

Computer Skills and the Internet

The dawn of the internet has challenged the concept of going to a library as people are often able to access books and journals online; for those who do not have access to a computer at home, however, the library is an increasingly valuable resource. Furthermore, with library services now offering classes in basic computer skills and online research master classes, even those who do have internet access at home can benefit from the local library.