For a few years, educational institutions and public and private bodies are concerned about moving works, articles and printed content to the digital format. Digital libraries projects are emerging as one of the instruments that will help to universalize knowledge. Since 2007, is available free of charge and through Internet all funds of Spanish historical legislation, from the Court of Cadiz in 1810, kept in the library of the Congress of Deputies. This ensures your public access, preservation and care, because that prevents the physical handling of those invaluable documents. But the intention of uniting knowledge with new technologies is not here. The EU aims to create a digital library, which in 2010 will have six million books available to all citizens. For more information see this site: ShareThis. In parallel, and since 2006, UNESCO is working on a similar project, a sort of World Digital Library. It aims to create a deposit on Internet, free of charge, materials cultural frequent and only available in multiple languages.
Digitalization is the second step, following the introduction of new technologies in the management and operation of public libraries, a recent phenomenon. The public libraries in Spain report shows it. 2001-2005 Dynamics of the Fundacion German Sanchez Ruiperez. Four years ago, only one of every two points of service of public libraries used these tools to their bibliographic cataloging; just 37% had an automated and available in web format catalogue and the same proportion lacked a service of Internet access for users of libraries. Attention to users, cleanliness, accessibility and proper care comparison chart CONSUMER EROSKI technicians conducted a test search for a book in the ordenadores-catalogo practice (chose the origin of species, Charles Darwin, for university libraries and El Perfume, Patrick Suskind, for the rest). In seven libraries, more than half of the visited in Alicante, two of Zaragoza and Murcia and Valladolid two, users could not access a computerized catalogue.