Information Centers and Archives
The primary function of library is to organize,
collect, preserve, and disseminate information to users. Several techniques and
technologies are in use for handling the information more effectively.
Multimedia technology is adopted by the libraries in various functions like
multimedia kiosks, user orientation programs etc. Following is the brief
account of multimedia technology applications in libraries.
Kiosk is a free-standing furnished equipped
multimedia computer that allow users to retrieve information via a touch
screen. It is commonly used in airports and other public locations to provide
directions and few mandatory information’s. In an library, Kiosk is usually
located near the entrance of the library, used for displaying announcements,
reading lists, comments and suggestions from library users and other
information’s about operations and programs of the library.
The live telecast of real time programs through
internet is known as Webcasting. Video conferencing is the process of
conducting conference between more than two participants at different sites by
using computer networks to transmit audio and video data.
The role of multimedia plays an vital role in
training the librarians in schools, colleges and universities due to its
interactivity. Hence, it is used in depth subject training to their faculties.
Many libraries produce multimedia resources
in-house, to serve the parent organization. Introduction of CD/DVD and their
writers has solved few of the problems of libraries in storing or achieving the
materials. Multimedia tools along with CD-writers is made possible to publish
information from different sources in a most easy to use and acceptable form to
Information’s are available in digital formats that
include digital books, scanned images, graphics and digitized audio-visual
clips etc. Initially digital library projects were based only on textual data
but now it is an integration of various media elements like images, audio and