Multilingual Digital Libraries

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Language is unique, for it reflects and links different cultures and stimulates lifelong learning.  For many individuals, English is not their native language.  English might be one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world, but not everyone comprehends it.  With that being said, it is necessary for digital libraries to offer digitized materials in a variety of languages in order for patrons to truly make the most out of their resources.  Digital libraries that implement a wide range of languages are no longer just ordinary digital libraries—they’ve become multilingual digital libraries, a much more enhanced and inclusive version.  Nichols et. al assert, “Multilingual digital libraries, which allow users to access digital collections using different languages, provide a portal for strengthening individual cultures, promoting diversity, and enhancing global information infrastructure by highlighting underrepresented languages in worldly communities.”  To the marginalized languages and cultures, multilingual digital libraries serve as a source of empowerment.  They encourage individuals to embrace the similarities and differences that exist in the world.  To simply put it, multilingual digital libraries promote global awareness, connecting individuals from all walks of life, and fosters critical thinking skills that are essential to everyday life and learning.

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