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The Jiangxi provincial education bureau announced on its official microblog account that a batch of university libraries will be open to public in June and people can show their ID cards to enter the universities and enjoy the library resources for free. What do you think?



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China must invest to convert all old books into electronic form for access via Internet.

With books and reading materials in electronic form, anyone who wants to read could do so.

Move away from printed books and all reading materials.



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China must invest to convert all old books into electronic form for access via Internet.

With books and reading materials in electronic form, anyone who wants to read could do so.

Move away from printed books and all reading materials.



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Post time 2019-5-11 20:39:53 |Display all floors
Yes, as an article of faith!

In the olden days, libraries were reserved exclusively for the elites and the Church. But Andrew Carnegie, one of the great Americans, believed in desseminating knowledge and therefore libraries should be open to the public. He funded many public libraries.

Many universities have endowment funds from former alumni ( no, nothing to do with the big bribes that Chinese pay to get into Standford ), some of the money is used to fund the libraries. Knowledge for free and immeasurable hours and days of fund and joy.

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything.


That said, please have reserved collections and areas for students. There should be quiet areas for students to student, to exchange ideas and to innovate.

In this way, the US is far more socialist that China can ever be because the US provide all these for free andd for the betterment of the people. China does nothing of the sort.

See whether this gets censored.
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It's a good idea but laden with some concerns.

University students seldom reference the books on the library shelves except for hot copies of texts. They refer more to their lecture notes and their course standard textbooks. Those on the shelves are other texts on the subject matters but either too deep or too shallow as a distraction away from commanding what is needed to pass exams. Lecturers may reference some of the shelved books but more out of curiosity as both lecturers and students get their supplementary research material from online articles and ebooks.

So, rather than waste the university library books which will grow older and dustier, why not make them available to the public who indirectly pay for them through taxes collected used for the university budget.

The concern is whether the public will treat those books well enough to return them on time and in good condition if they be allowed to be loaned out. The solution is therefore not to loan them out to the public. Which brings up the second concern if they are not loaned out to the public, the public will have to read them inside the library. And thus occupy the seats and use the facilities meant for the students. And since normally there will be more students needing seats than available, especially during exams periods, there will be congestion - and thus noise and distractions - during those periods.

Maybe, a short trial period of say three months to see if it works. Just keep some statistics of usage by public and complaints by students.

As for electronically archiving some of the older texts, there are already some commercial databases which are available and contain collections of such texts, either digitally formatted or directly scanned. Of course, they may not in their present capacity be equal to the quantity of valuable ancient archives out there, and even if all are captured electronically, there is always the question of whether the search function is efficient - by character AND image (even sound).

Of course the biggest issue is translation from/into other languages.....

Achieved seamlessly, that would multiply not only content astronomically but context multi-dimensionally.

  

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