Libraries And Their Role of Learning

October 24, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Library User Group,Sarah Denson,Writing

In today’s learning, libraries play a very important role in teaching and learning. In the article below, we will be looking at how they help to achieve that goal.


How do libraries support teaching and learning?


A library is basically an organized set of useful resources, which is made up of human services as well as the whole spectrum of media, for example, text and video. Libraries have physical components like space, storage media and equipment; Intellectual components like collection policies that decide what materials will be included and organizational scheme that determines how the collection is accessed; and people who manage the intellectual and physical component and interact with users to resolve information problems

Libraries serve at least three roles in learning.

First, they serve a practical role in sharing expensive useful resources. Physical resources such as magazines and books are shared by a community of users. Human resources – librarians support instructional programs by replying to the requests of students and teachers (responsive service) and by starting activities for teachers and students (proactive services). By so doing, libraries serve to allow instructors and students to share expensive materials and proficiency.

Second, libraries serve an ethical role in conserving and managing artifacts and ideas. Great works of art, literature, and science must be conserved and made accessible to future generations. Although libraries have typically been considered as facilities for printed artifacts, some secondary and primary institution libraries often also serve as museums and laboratories. Libraries protect printed books or information through careful safe-keeping procedures, borrowing, and use policies, and repair and maintenance as needed. Furthermore to preservation, libraries ensure access materials through indexes, catalogs, and other finding assists that allow learners to appropriate find items that meet their needs.


Third, libraries provide social and intellectual functions in combining people and ideas. This is different from the actual role of sharing resources for the reason that libraries give a physical place for professors and learners to meet outside the classroom, thus assisting people who have different perspectives to socialize and work together in an understanding space that is much larger and more standard than that shared by any affinity group or single discipline. Surfing around a catalog in a library offers a global view for folks engaged in a specific study and offers opportunities for serendipitous insights or optional views. In lots of respects, libraries serve as centers of interdisciplinary–places shared by learners from all disciplines.

Role of Digital Libraries:


Digital libraries increase such interdisciplinarily by making various information resources available beyond the physical space shared by learners. One of the biggest benefits associated with digital libraries is bringing together people who have informal, formal and professional learning missions. Lots of the data units and computational tools of digital libraries were formerly developed to improve professional learning by wearing down the physical obstacles between resources.


Technology permits libraries services to be accessible to students and faculty whenever and wherever they want such services. Technology allows round-the-clock library services without increasing human resource investment. Furthermore, Libraries will continue steadily to exploit the unavoidable technological innovation to boost efficiency, enrich services, control costs, and deliver the quality content that is very much demanded.