Students and lifelong learners from anywhere will soon have access to scholastic knowledge around the world as the World Digital Library will be launched this coming April 21, 2009. This new portal will provide free access to rare books, maps, manuscripts, films and photographs from across the globe making it definitely easier for students to obtain the information they need in just one site.
The World Digital Library is the original concept of Librarian of Congress, James Billington but the project is developed by the US Library of Congress, the world’s biggest library and now being implemented by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and its 32 partner institutions.
And because this is a project consortium of many countries, the worldwide cultural content from libraries and archives will be available in seven languages such as Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
This is indeed great news right? The scholastic and cultural knowledge of the world can now be accessed by people all over the world by just few clicks. Let’s spread the word and support projects like this that promote free educational resources for all.