British council digital wall launched for library user community
The digital information provision of the Library of the University of Peradeniya took a new turn with the launching of the British Council Sponsored Digital wall. The digital library walls are illustrated wallpapers with active QR codes that link a phone or tablet to a variety of UK content including e-books, Learning apps, Podcasts, reports, and IELTS-related material. Digital Library walls are a bridge to the British Council’s Digital Library offer. The QR-coded content can be downloaded free of charge using Android or iOS QR scanning apps. Digital Library walls present a new way of accessing the library collection by facilitating the ability to download the content onto a device that can be read on the go. Digital Library walls provide a great opportunity to access the British Council’s work in the libraries, arts, society, and education for those who might not have access to its physical libraries.
The British Council assisted Digital wall was officially declared open for the University community at a simple ceremony on 8th April 2021 at the Main Library New building.
Librarian R. Maheswaran warmly welcomed the chief guest, acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Parakrama Karunarathna, guest of honor British Council Country Director Ms. Maarya Rehman, Shiroma Benaragama, Manager Library & Information Services at British Council, and the team. In his welcome address, the Librarian expressed his pleasure that the launching ceremony taking place on a significant day that marks the hundredth year of the Library collection. He further remarked that the digital wall will bring immense benefits to the present digital native student population and the whole University community at large. In her speech, country Director Ms. Maarya Rehman said that this digital wall will be a window for enormous digital information content which will be advantageous to all the users of the Library and particularly for the young student populace. The Active Vice-chancellor in his address thanked the British Council for incurring a huge cost in this regard for the benefit of the University. The Acting Vice-Chancellor and the country director jointly cut the ribbon to officially launch the Digital wall.