Digitization Of Local Cultural Elements and Public Libraries : State in Turkey
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With the development of the process of transition to information society that emerged as a result of globalization, against the threat of loss of societies’ original identity, many local reflexes have developed. It became inevitable for many local institutions to take on responsibilities with these reflexes while saving cultural elements and values specific to the region, district and while transmitting them to the future. One of these institutions is the public libraries. This has become a necessity for public libraries, which are local cultural institutions, to take on important roles in the protection of their local culture and their provision of services as well as the mission of fulfilling the cultural and educational needs of the society in which they exist. Public libraries should stand against the cultural erosion caused by the information age, with the technology that again the information age offers. Digitization... This has become a necessity for Public Libraries, one of whose main functions is to support the cultural activities of the region in which they exist, to take on an important role in the transfer of their local cultural elements to the future and in the point of recording promptly by digitization. This study is prepared to put forward the role and responsibilities of the public libraries in Digitization of their local cultural elements. In addition, this study comprises information about the Digitization studies directed towards protecting the local cultural elements in the public libraries in Turkey.