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Libraries must go digital to survive

14th April 2011

Libraries will get left behind if they fail to pioneer the digitisation of books, according to Jon Purday, a champion of online book access.

Speaking to the Bookseller, Mr Purday, senior communications adviser at Europeana, which hosts digitised content for libraries and museums across the continent, claimed that libraries which fail to keep up with the digital revolution will find themselves unable to meet consumer demand.

He claimed that even research libraries will struggle if they don't adopt the latest digital document solutions.

‘We're already seeing that digitising [content] is also a way of driving traffic in terms of footfall,’ he told the news provider.

Mr Purday was addressing delegates at the Big Picture Digitisation Initiative in Libraries seminar, which took place at the London Book Fair (LBF) this week.

The discussion focused on Google's role in the digitisation of library content, how it is working with local authorities to improve library services across Europe and the legal implications of putting content online.

Other digital seminars that took place at the LBF this week included E-Books and the User: In the Library, on the Desktop and on the Device, and Library 2020 - Where Next for Libraries' Digital Reading Offer?.

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