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National Digital Library to Open Next Week

Updated: 2009-05-21 00:00:00 KST
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From mp3 players to cell phones to handheld gaming devices items that people use on a regular basis are all part of the digital world that we live in today.
Libraries are no exception to the technological wave of current times as modern libraries are increasingly being redefined as places to get quick and unrestricted access to information in many formats especially digital.
To satisfy this need for instant access to knowledge the National Digital Library of Korea will open its doors to the public next week and it gave a sneak preview to members of the press Wednesday.


[Interview : Mo Chul-min, Chief Executive
The National Library of Korea] "In this digital era our foremost task is to gather online data as a national library… since a lot of new data is constantly coming out in this digital environment. We are interacting with more than 800 foreign institutions and providing over 116 million items of digital resources."

And unlike other digital libraries around the world that provides content only in cyberspace, this particular digital library has an online as well as a physical presence.


[Interview : Mo Chul-min, Chief Executive
The National Library of Korea] "The most attractive characteristic of the National Digital Library is that it is a multi-cultural space where people can not only utilize the web functions of the library online, but can also physically search, produce and even edit the data as in a more traditional library."

Collecting, organizing and reproducing digital information can all be done through the digital and library or "Dibrary" portal.
The portal allows access to information by anyone, anywhere and at anytime.
Reflecting the latest savvy technology, every aspect of the digital library is heavily automated and can be accessed through a "one-card" service.
From checking out the latest DVD or reserving a computer terminal everything is done with the card.
Users can apply for the card at any kiosk at the library or sign up for one prior to visiting the facility.
And what would a digital library be if it doesn't have a studio to make user-created contents or UCCs[Interview : ] "Visitors can bring their own laptop computers and PDAs or borrow a ultra mobile pc such as this and connect to the 'Dibrary Portal' and work on their research."

The National Digital Library of Korea will be open to the public next Wednesday and visitors can make reservations to use specific facilities through the Internet.
Kim Seok, Arirang News.


Reporter : seok@arirang.co.kr

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