Since the major role of libraries is providing books, some people claim that it is waste of resource to provide that hi-tech media including e-books, DVDs and Videos. I completely disagree with this idea since I think the role of the library has been changed in modern society.
On the one hand, I admit that prime reason for visiting libraries is to read books or magazines. The libraries update a lot of best seller’s books and newly published magazines on a regular bases. However, once the books are displayed in the shelves , these books are alive a longer time while the hi-tech materials are relatively short life-spans because these materials become obsolete shortly compared to the books. Also, since the libraries have limited funds and free for everybody, it would be a financial burden to allocate their budget to buy not only books but also expensive computer soft-wares, video tapes and DVDs.
Nevertheless, I believe that today’s libraries should offer hi-tech materials too. First of all, we a re living in a digital era, people expect various services from the libraries, and otherwise it would be outdated. Secondly, acquiring the technology saves the money in a long run; as e-books allow the same information to be stored in a fraction of the space. In other words, it is more cost effective than paper books because they need less storage space and can save the forests. Similarly computers allow users to locate information more quickly,providing better customer service. Furthermore, looking for and using books online is user friendly. This means, people do not need to leave their seat in order to find the materials which they want to find.
In conclusion, it is obvious that the main reason of visiting the public libraries is no longer to gain information just through books. Therefore, in my view, libraries should adopt a modern trend by equipping technological gadgets and media resource,
Several people have asked me about this question from Cambridge IELTS 8. I wrote the essay below with the help of some of my students. A few simple linking features are highlighted.
Nowadays the way many people interact with each other has changed because of technology.
In what ways has technology affected the types of relationships that people make? Has this been a positive or negative development?
It is true that new technologies have had an influence on communication between people. Technology has affected relationships in various ways, and in my opinion there are both positive and negative effects.
Technology has had an impact on relationships in business, education and social life. Firstly, telephones and the Internet allow business people in different countries to interact without ever meeting each other. Secondly, services like Skype create new possibilities for relationships between students and teachers. For example, a student can now take video lessons with a teacher in a different city or country. Finally, many people use social networks, like Facebook, to make new friends and find people who share common interests, and they interact through their computers rather than face to face.
On the one hand, these developments can be extremely positive. Cooperation between people in different countries was much more difficult when communication was limited to written letters or telegrams. Nowadays, interactions by email, phone or video are almost as good as face-to-face meetings, and many of us benefit from these interactions, either in work or social contexts. On the other hand, the availability of new communication technologies can also have the result of isolating people and discouraging real interaction. For example, many young people choose to make friends online rather than mixing with their peers in the real world, and these ‘virtual’ relationships are a poor substitute for real friendships.
In conclusion, technology has certainly revolutionised communication between people, but not all of the outcomes of this revolution have been positive.
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