Digitization in the National Library Division

National libraries of Kenya has also reacted to the technological change similarly to other libraries in the world and embarked on digitization of its collection in order to create library services based on digital content National library has digitized government reports, some rare books, sessional papers which date back from 1947 and old Kenya National Bibliographies. Digital Divide Data undertook digitization project last year. So far they have completed digitization of government reports, sessional papers and some of rare collection and uploaded in the Kenya National Library website. This can be accessed through web based software which is able to provide access to digitize information materials stored in a remote digital server. National library hopes to digitize all rare Collection and old newspapers. This is hoped to promote access to all library patrons.

Digitization is the process of taking traditional library materials, typically in the form of books and papers, and converting them to electronic form where they can be stored and manipulated by a computer. Digitization in libraries is usually initiated for two major reasons: increased access to library materials and preservation of library materials. Digitization is a powerful way to expand access to the collections that enables their wide use for research, education, leisure, tourism and other purposes. In many cases digitization assists preservation of originals or becomes the only method to safeguard fragile materials (e.g. newspapers) for future generations. Digitization allows preservation of rare, fragile, and unique materials