Saturday, 27 April 2013

IELTS Writing Part 2: Essay 5

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Present a written argument to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic:

"Some people think that the amount of money spent on libraries is a waste as new technologies are developing and replacing library functions."

Do you agree or disagree?"

Model Answer:

Modern civilization owes a great deal to its libraries. For centuries libraries have collected and preserved books that document the knowledge, culture, and imagination of men. Mankind is indebted, but some say mankind is also over them. They say libraries have been functionally antiquated by information technology and it’s a waste spending money on them. I disagree.

At first the expanse of libraries must be understood. It is true that they are commonly imaged as storehouses for books. Since paper based books and documents are gradually being replaced by electronic versions, very soon there may not be any need for endless shelves of hard print. But that does not draw an end to library functions. Books reside in libraries because, for ages, information has been stored on paper. In this electronic age only the paper can be replaced by digital media, not the library, which documents information regardless of the medium used.

Still, of course, the physical enormity of libraries may be challenged, but nothing more than that. Again, the lofty buildings, the severe desks, eternal shelves, books, even the proverbial librarian, all are mere tools of a library. The function of it is institutionalizing the abstract conglomeration of humanity. So libraries must not be perceived within the limit of concrete and wood. In truth all libraries together form the one true institution that embodies and safeguards the combined intellect of mankind, until now and forever.

In conclusion, it is not the justification of libraries that needs to be pondered upon. Rather we should focus and invest on modernizing them because, digital or analogue, libraries are staying, in order to sustain and develop humans and humanness.

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