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You might have heard about the Royal Library of Alexandria which was also known by the name of Ancient Library of Alexandria. It was considered as the largest library in the ancient civilization and functioned as a major center of scholarship from its construction in the 3rd century BC until the Roman conquest of Egypt in 30 BC. Basically it was a dream which allowed the ancient Egyptians to gather all scholarly research works in one single place.
Though with time, the existence of such libraries had faded into the pages of history but time and again while reading or preparing for a course or researching on some challenging topic, we also feel the need of such libraries where we can find any kind of document which we want at a single click.
Every time we stumble upon something we have to search relentlessly in the Google’s search engine and the probability of finding something remotely useful is also very slim. This challenge is much acute in the case of the maritime researchers as determining the correct keywords to be put in the search engines is itself a hurdle. Moreover, maritime files are very difficult to obtain mostly due to the rarity of the researches and mostly of the researchers.
You can always refer to the library of World Maritime University as it itself boasts a huge database and collection but again it doesn’t provide you with any valid results if you are seeking tribal knowledge on specific maritime issues, as the library of the World Maritime University is only a helpful collection of research papers. Also it is not a participatory library where one can upload and publish some knowledge as written and gathered by them. Then there are the other online libraries like in the form of Scribd, Google Books and Issuu. However, since they are not focused particularly on the maritime industry the information available there are mostly scattered.
Thus realizing the fact that maritime readers all across the globe would require a concentrated single-point access to a similar library, Sailors Club is in the process of developing a Maritime Alexandrian Library. By encouraging the members to participate in the making of the library, the members of the Sailors Club has already uploaded around 2,000 maritime documents including books, magazines, manuals and guidelines pertaining to the maritime fraternity. The most interesting fact is that it is accessible from anywhere in the world and freely downloadable by anyone.
Just like any library this Maritime Library as launched by Sailors Club is divided into relevant sections with more to be added with time. These sections are Nautical Science, Marine Engineering, Maritime Legal & Commercial, Ship Management, Port Management & Maritime Economics, Marine Software, Maritime Magazines and others. This freely accessible library allows any maritime professional or maritime enthusiast to upload and download documents any time they wish. One can have look into it by going to this link: https://www.sailors-club.net/maritime-files
At the same time considering the chances of piracy in such open forum, Sailors Club also allows the users to Report Abuse against any pirated document being uploaded in the library by any user. The administrator (AdminSailor) of the site will then remove the document from the library if proper evidences are being put forward.
So would you like to create history with Sailors Club? Do you want to be a part in making of an Alexandrian Library for the Maritime Community? Do you think it will help the students, maritime professionals and researchers in the long run?
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