Pak-LIS News
December 2004, Vol. 4, No. 2




Pakistan Library Automation Group: A Review of Achievements
First Ph. D. Degree in LIS Awarded from Punjab University to Mr. Khalid Mahmood
Islamabad Librarians Celebrate the Ph. D. of Dr. Khalid Mahmood
Dr. Mumtaz Anwar Stresses the Need of Research in Library Science
Punjab Education Minister, Mr. Imran Massod, Announces Formulation of the Committee for Resource Sharing Among the Libraries
Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan Starts Master Programme in Library & Information Science
Salzburg Seminarians Ponder the Role of Libraries in the 21st Century by Maqsoord Shaheen
Dr. Muhammad Ramzan Participates in an International Workshop on Information Skills for Learning in South and South East Asia, at Colombo, Sri Lanka
Mr. Anwar Ejaz, Secretary PLA(FB), Attends IFLA Sponsored Workshop at Katmandu, Nepal
PAK LIS News Editors Meeting at Hotel SunFort, Lahore
Hamdard Institute of Advanced Studies and Research ,Hamdard University Karachi has started Lecture Series on Literature Survey and Bibliographical Citations
Center of Excellence for Women's Studies, University of Karachi Starts a Lecture Series on Research Methodology
Workshop on Teaching Library Science at Graduate Level in the LIS Department, University of Karachi
Two Library Experts on Knowledge Update Campaign
Curriculum Revision and Research in Library and Information Science Discussed at AIOU, LIS Department
Future of Librarianship in Pakistan a Get Together in LIS Department, University of the Punjab, Lahore
Mohammad Adil Usmani: A Bio-Bibliographical Study 2004
Pakistan Library and Information Science Journal September 2004 Issue is published



Pakistan Library Automation Group: A Review of Achievements

Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Librarian, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore campus

Pakistan Library Automation Group, established in October 2000, has completed its 4 years. It can be considered a successor of Library Automation Group (LAG), launched by the Netherlands Library Development Programme (NLDP) which was heavily funded by Netherlands Government, remained operational for specific period, and it is no more now, whereas PakLAG, a brainchild of a professional librarian, who launched it with the help of a few library professionals, now a committed team of more than 20 professional who are serving both librarians and library profession as volunteers. The site was hosted at free servers, now got its own domain and hosted on paid server . Here we present a brief review of the achievements of PLAG, i.e., Automation of Libraries with Library Information Management System (LIMS), Online Directory of Library Professionals, Pak LIS News, Mailing Group for Dissemination of Information Related to Profession, Online Posting of Job Advertisements of Professional Posts and Training of State of the Art Library Tools to the Library Professionals.

Library Information Management System (LIMS), a unique library system, has been designed, developed, implemented and fully tested by library professionals. This is the first software which the Group is not only distributing free of cost but also providing its training and support through messenger, email, phone or visits to the libraries. LIMS is being used in more than 50 libraries, of every type, i.e., academic, special, and public libraries not only in Pakistan but also in Middle East. Some very prestigious Pakistani educational institutions are using LIMS and a team of group members provide support and training locally in Islamabad and Punjab . Web OPAC for LIMS, , has been tested and will be distributed among the users of LIMS free of cost.

The Group has been updating first online Directory of the Pakistani Library Professionals since its inception. It provides not only necessary information on Pakistani library professionals working in Pakistan but also abroad. It is great source of information for them who want to get guidance from their seniors. Due to the scarcity of resources and static pages, members information, could not be updated promptly. The Directory is now dynamic and one can not only upload one's own information online but also edit his/her profile. It can be searched using different search criteria.

Pak LIS News is the first online newsletter of library profession, published in Pakistan. Almost all prominent library professionals, working in Pakistan or abroad, has been contributing as guest editors. The newsletter publishes professional library activities and managed by editorial board consist of senior library professionals. In the beginning, it was published monthly but afterwards its frequency became irregular due to some unavoidable circumstances.

The first unbiased and widely used mailing group provides opportunity to its 228 members for instant dissemination of library related information and discussion on different issues. It teaches the members, although to some extent, how to use mailing groups. The moderator had to take difficult decision in forwarding some messages, which were controversial. Through group full text articles and information about books, mostly available at low prices, related to profession or on different subjects are also circulated. Retrospective messages can be viewed visiting the site of the mailing group. A new mailing group to avoid delays would be launched giving right of forwarding messages to more than one person to forward messages promptly.

The Group has been uploading job advertisements of professional posts. It covers job information appeared in national dailies, sent by employers and Pakistani library professionals abroad. It is a great helping source for young professionals and seniors as well.

The Group provided informal training to library professionals due to which some of them are working on prestigious posts in Pakistan and abroad. The training consists of the use of library tools, reference sources, LIMS, barcode generation, etc. More than 50 library professionals have been trained so far. The Group is planning to launch formal training workshops with the collaboration of different organizations.

Contributions of the Group in developing and supporting the use of state of the art technologies in libraries have been highly appreciated by library professionals and other well-wishers of librarianship. We invite our young colleagues to come forward and join this voluntary effort. With the young blood we can plan many new projects to serve our profession in a better way. We also request our senior colleagues to guide us and share their vast experience with the new generation of librarians. We also need sponsorship in the form of money, guidance, good wishes and prayers. We request our well-wishers to support us in a form and to an extent that they can voluntarily.[Contents]


First Ph. D. Degree in LIS awarded from Punjab University to Mr. Malik Khalid Mahmood

The Vice Chancellor University of Punjab been pleased to order on September 18 .2004 that Mr. Malik Khalid Mahmood , Lecturer Department of Library and Information Science have passed the examination of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science after approval of his thesis entitled
A Model for alternative funding for Libraries in Pakistan. His supervisors were Dr. Abdul Hameed,Chairman Department of Special Education ,University of Punjab and co- supervisor Dr. S. J . Haider. Ex . Chairman ,Department of Library and Information Science ,University of Karachi . Abstract is being published as under:


The main purpose of this study was to develop and propose an Alternative Funding Model (AFM) for public sector libraries in Pakistan which have always been under-financed. To achieve this objective the researcher adopted a multi-phase research process. In the first phase, a comprehensive literature review was conducted. The areas covered in the review of literature include funding situation of public, academic and special libraries in developed countries, developing countries and Pakistan; causes and effects of, and responses to, funding crisis in libraries; methods for alternative funding being used in libraries including fees for library service and fundraising; and model formulation in library and information science. Based on the review of literature instruments were developed for library survey and expert interviews.

In the second phase, data were collected about funding situation of libraries in Pakistan and possibilities of alternative funding in the country. For this purpose, a survey of large libraries was conducted. A sample of 100 university, college, public and special libraries of public sector throughout the country having a collection of at least 25,000 volumes was selected randomly. Data collected from 60 libraries that responded were analyzed. Another data collection tool that was used is interview. Sixty experts in the field of librarianship from eight major cities were selected for this purpose. Data were collected from 48 experts with the help of an interview schedule. The interviews were recorded on audio tape recorder.
Based on the findings of the previous two phases, a draft model for alternative funding for libraries in Pakistan was developed which was presented for validation before national and international experts in the field of library science. The comments of 21 experts were qualitatively analyzed, and on the basis of that, necessary amendments were made in the Alternative Funding Model (AFM) before its final presentation.

This study has found out that funding of libraries in Pakistan is not according to a well thought systematic process; all types of libraries are dissatisfied with their present funding and they need more funds to fulfill their needs; poor economy of the country and policies of the government are two reasons for library under-financing; due to poor standard of collection and services libraries do not enjoy a good reputation in the Pakistani society; activities for seeking library funding from alternative sources are not many in the country; most of the libraries have no plans for seeking alternative funding; there is a potential in the Pakistani society for raising library funds from alternative sources; and, library leadership in the country is in favor of fee-based services but everyone advocates for a core service to be offered free of charge as a basic right of the citizens.

The Alternative Funding Model (AFM) proposed in this study demands an over-hauling of the library system in the country as no fundraising model can succeed in Pakistani society unless the image of library is changed to be commensurate with the needs of information society. Based on general systems theory the AFM proposes special inputs, processes and feedback mechanism to get effective outputs. Alternative funding for libraries, according to the Model, revolves around two types of activities: (a) Fee-based services, and (b) Fundraising. Leadership skills of library staff and the use of modern information technology in libraries can play a vital role in the success of the proposed AFM.[Contents]

Islamabad Librarians Celebrate the PhD of Dr. Khalid Mahmood

Some senior LIS professionals gathered at the Holiday Inn, Islamabad to celebrate the award of PhD degree to Dr. Khalid Mahmood by Punjab University. They congratulated Dr. Khalid and appraised his hard work and dedication through which he has contributed a lot towards the betterment of LIS profession in Pakistan. They expressed their good wishes for his future endeavors. [Contents]

Dr. Mumtaz Anwar Stresses the Need of Research in Library Science

Dr Mumtaz Anwar, professor of Library Science. Kuwait University , has stressed extensive research in library science with a view to promote reading habit and use of libraries among masses.

He was delivering a lecture on research proposals in library science at Quaid-e Azam Library on Wednesday. Library professionals, research scholars, students and staff of the Q.A. library attended the lecture.

Dr. Mumtaz said that the librarians could deliver better services if they have knowledge about the requirements of the library users. For example they must know the type of information and reading material in which a journalist is interested or a vendor. The librarians should also know the living habits of people and their interest in type of reading material.
Regarding the research in library science, he said that questioning is important. The questioner should be confident that the question is correct. Secondly the data collection of an area of research is important.

The cultural background of the people about whom the data is collected should also be known by the researcher.
He said a nation becomes stagnant, if the same and talented people stay away from the life.(Courtesy to Daily Nation, Lahore) .

Punjab Education Minister, Mr. Imran Massod, Announces Formulation of the Committee for Resource Sharing Among the Libraries

Punjab Education Minister Imran Massod has announced constitution of a committee headed by the chief librarian of the Quaid-e-Azam Library to formulate a feasible proposal for resource sharing among the libraries of the city.
Speaking at the seminar on a practical model for resource sharing in libraries for Lahore, organized by the QAL board of governors at the Library Hall on Tuesday, he said the committee would include members from major libraries in the public sector, including in the universities. He said he would arrange funds for implementation of committee's proposals to ensure that the students benefited more from the treasures of knowledge available in libraries of the city. Mr. Massood said it was the high time that all public sector libraries including those in universities and colleges as well as book galleries in the private sector developed a system of resource sharing to promote education. He said the NGO were also conducting research on different subjects and needed to be consulted.

He said he wanted all college to share their library resources with one another because libraries and books were important factors in promotion of education. He stressed that students should also be motivated to use libraries.
Citing the example of Golf clubs, the minister said there was need for developing a tradition to allow a person having a membership of one library to use others as well. The minister said QAL's BoGs had also decided to strengthen the library and develop linkages with top libraries of the world. He also stressed the need for more such seminars to enhance awareness and promote education in the province. He said finances, information technology and agreements among the library were basic requirements for resource sharing project.

Mr. Taj regretted that even after 57 years of independence, the Pakistan Government had not been able to promulgate a library act, whereas India did so in the early years of its independence. He said the QAL was working to develop a union catalog of all public sector libraries to enable the users to find out which book was available where.

Earlier Lahore University of Management Sciences librarian Ashraf Sharif, Government College University senior librarian Muhammad Naeem, Punjab University Library and Information Science Department lecturer Khalid Mahmood presented models for resource sharing among the libraries of Lahore.
LUMS librarian Ashraf Sharif said that the resource sharing was required in the view of rapid growth of knowledge. The prices of the books were increasing while the libraries budget were being cut, he observed. He said resource sharing could be done through conventional methods: acquisition of books, union catalog, union list of periodical, a document deliver service and inter library loans.

Similarly, he said, there were advanced modes of resource sharing like Web OPAC, Electronic Document Delivery, Consortium, Subscription to online resources and a common LAS.
He said there was need to formulize resource sharing by defining proper policies and procedures and involving institutions, organizations and professional organizations in the project.

Identifying hindrances to a resource sharing project Mr. Sharif said there was a shortage of staff, lack of library leaders, decreasing financial resources, shortage of skilled staff and non-standardized automation.
Finding out certain hurdles, he said the larger libraries might not participate in resource sharing as there would be no returns for them in such a project while the smaller libraries would find it difficult owing to the financial constraints. He said the librarians personal attitude would also matter a lot in this regard.

Mr. Sharif, however, suggested that network could be developed among the academic libraries, public sector institutions, private sector institutions, special libraries, public libraries, research libraries and the NGOs.
Punjab Lok Sujag's Institute of Development Information's representative Muhammad Jawad and Syed Qamer Mehdi made a presentation about the software that helped them secure all the data printed in the newspapers. They said the any kind of printed matter in the last two years could be retrieved from their database, called Bhandar.(Courtesy to the Daily Dawn, Lahore)

Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan Starts Master Programme in Library & Information Science

BZU started Master in Library and Information Science Programme on self finance. It is evening programme and classes are going to be held in Central Library. Professional Librarians from various university departments and Central Library are working as faculty. With addition of this Library School, Pakistan has 8 library schools: 3, 2, 1, 1, 1 at the Punjab, Sind, Balochistan, NWFP and Islmabad respectively. Mr. Jawad has joined BZU Central Library as faculty member for LIS programme. [Contents]

Salzburg Seminarians ponder the Role of Libraries in the 21st Century
Seminar report by Maqsood Shaheen, Reference Specialist, (IRC), U.S. Embassy, Islamabad

The baroque splendor of Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria was the venue for a seminar on “Libraries in the 21st Century” from 23-30 October 2004. It was organized by the Salzburg Seminar. I and Mr. Yaqub Ali, Chief Librarian International Islamic University Islamabad, were privileged to be invited to attend.

Founded in 1947, the Salzburg Seminar ( is the leading forum for promoting global dialogue among future leaders from government, business, academia, and the independent sector on issues of pressing international concern. Weeklong seminars are held in a beautiful 18th century rococo palace, Schloss Leopoldskron, best known as the site where the Sound of Music was filmed. Respites from intensive dialogue came during walks along the lake, a tour of charming Salzburg, an evening concert by musicians from the local Mozarteum, and a special showing of Sound of Music.

The faculty consisted of experts in the field of the library and information science from the United States, Europe and Asia, and the 60 fellows (participants) came from around the globe. The Salzburg seminar had selected the faculty members on basis of their expertise in different aspects of the field and on the diversity of their experience, cultural background, and professional focus.

The last decade has posed momentous challenges and opportunities to libraries worldwide, dramatically recasting the future for traditional institutions and presenting complex choices for new organizations. The rapidity of technological innovation and the quickly expanded importance of electronic information not only forced libraries to update their technical capacities, but to rethink their institutional purpose. At the same time, these technological changes have been accompanied by – or have even brought about –more general and dramatic changes in society. Culture has become much more visually oriented, and most societies are awash with information of uneven quality and overwhelmed by visual stimuli from a variety of multi-media sources. In spite of all these changes, the traditional function and mission of libraries remain unchanged; in most countries, libraries remain institutions dedicated to preserving and collecting the written word, to facilitating public access to diverse sources of information and interpretation, and to providing resources for the education and civilization of future generations. In many countries around the world, libraries have emerged changed but also strengthened by this period of transition, with a renewed sense of civic mission, social responsibility and public purpose.

As cultural institutions, the need for vibrant libraries seems more urgent than ever, yet the challenge of keeping libraries relevant, fresh – and open – is constant. How are libraries around the world adapting to changed circumstances and to this renewed sense of their responsibilities? How can librarians around the world learn from the experience of librarians in different countries, and how can these institutions be strengthened, sustained and created in areas where their existence cannot and should not be taken for granted?
What challenges do libraries continue to face, and what strategies exist for confronting the demands that the 21st century is likely to place on these important cultural institutions? What remains the common call for librarians around the world?

This session will examined these questions and others, bringing together leaders from a variety of libraries around the world - including public, university, research, government, art, special collection and school libraries – as well as representatives of library associations and advocacy groups, and cultural policy makers to discuss the importance of libraries as cultural institutions, information sources, civic spaces, and vital tools for educational and social development around the world.

The seminar exposed participants to a global variety of perspectives and opinions about the role of libraries in the 21st Century. Participants had the opportunity to develop fresh perspectives on libraries and their interrelationships with society as a whole to inform their current and future work. Furthermore, participants had the opportunity to develop new international, professional networks and collaborations with others who shared their commitment to creating the best possible libraries for their communities.

Specifically, the session resulted in participants gaining:

· Exposure to new thinking about the role of libraries and the needs of library users worldwide;
· Deepened knowledge about selected best practices in libraries on all continents
· Nuanced understanding of the interface between libraries and information technologies
· Innovative approaches to library advocacy and the development of local, regional, national, and international structures for cooperation
· A global community of colleagues for future collaborations and continuing intellectual dialogue, supported by the Salzburg Seminar’s alumni network

In additional to the theoretical sessions, there was also a range of practical sessions where participants had the opportunity to learn to evaluate and produce case studies and presentations. In addition to the formal sessions, we were able to forge lasting friendships in the informal sessions.

The week was over all too soon, but we went away to apply the lessons we had learnt, not least by keeping up the discussions on the Seminar's list server, sharing one another's joys and sorrows.

Alberta Arthurs (Co-Chair), Principal, Arthurs.US; former Director for Arts and
Humanities, Rockefeller Foundation, New York, William G. Simpson (Co-Chair), Director and University Librarian, John Rylands, University Library of Manchester, United Kingdom, Martin Gómez, Executive Director, Friends & Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, Paul Leclerc, Director, New York Public Library, Kay Raseroka, President, International Federation of Library Associations; Director, University of Botswana Library Services, Gabarone.

Dr. Muhammad Ramzan Participates in an International Workshop on Information Skills for Learning in South and South East Asia, at Colombo, Sri Lanka

Dr. Muhammad Ramzan has recently participated in an international workshop on Information Skills for Learning in South and South East Asia jointly organized by IFLA’s ALP [Action for Development of Libraries Programme] and National Institute for Library and Information Science [NILIS], from 1 to 6 November, 2004 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
He also presented a paper on “Status of School Libraries in Pakistan” on a centrally circulated and agreed template in the workshop. The participants reviewed the regional library scenarios focusing on information literacy skills in general and school communities (librarians, students and teachers) in particular. It was more a participative workshop that reviewed different models for information literacy. Finally they developed a model for adoption in our region / countries keeping in view the regional situation.

Mr. Anwar Ejaz, Secretary PLA(FB), Attends IFLA Sponsored Workshop at Katmandu, Nepal

Mr. Anwar Ejaz, Secretary, Pakistan Library Association (Federal Branch) and Librarian, Hamdard University Islamabad Campus has returned home after participating in the International Workshop on "Empowering Library Associations for Effective Management in Asia" held in Katmandu, Nepal.

The workshop was jointly organized by Nepal Library Association and Tribhuvan University Central Library, Katmandu, Nepal with financial assistance from International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). About 50 library professionals including ten overseas participants from Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand attended the workshop. Mr. Ejaz also contributed a Country Report on Pakistan Library Association and status of Librarianship in Pakistan.

The main objectives of the workshop were:

- To strengthen the quality of management and efficiency of services offered by library association in Asia.

- To encourage the adoption of international recognized standards of service and provision of library services.

- To indicate how LAs should work to support IFLA's policies and programme

One of the major achievements of the workshop was the establishment of a regional forum for SAARC countries library associations called Regional Federation of South Asian Library Associations (REFSALA).[Contents]

PAK LIS News Editors Meeting at Hotel SunFort, Lahore

An informal meeting of editors of PAK LIS News was held in Hotel Sun fort Lahore on September 12, 2004 at 5.00 p.m. Managing Editor Mr. Muhammad Ajmal , Khalid Mahmood and Dr. Nasim Fatima attended . Mr. Ajmal reported certain obstacles and lack of cooperation in this regard. Mr. Khalid Mahmood assured that he will take interest in this regard. Dr. Nasim Fatima stressed on revising the panel , collecting news from other provinces and providing up date informations to library professionals.[Contents]

Hamdard Institute of Advanced Studies and Research, Hamdard University Karachi has started Lecture Series on Literature Survey and Bibliographical Citations

Hamdard Institute Of Advanced Studies started a lecture series on The topic of Literature Survey and Bibliographical Citations. The first lecture of the series was conducted on August 18, 2004 in the Board Room of Bait ul Hikma, Hamdard University Library at 10.00 a.m. Eminent Scholar and a legend in library profession Dr. Nasim Fatima. Ex_ Chairperson, Department of Library and Information Science was invited by The Director of Research Hakim Naeem Uddin Zuberi to deliver a lecture on the topic Importance of Bibliography, Bibliographical Information Citations, Referencing techniques and Presentation of Research. It was a power point multimedia presentation of three hours. The session was presided by the Director of Research. Deans of all Faculties, Faculty members, Research students, Librarians were the participants. A question answer session followed the demo and Dr. Rafi Shaikh, Dr. S. I. Ahmed, Dr. Hasan Akber participated in this session. Dr. Attaur Rehman moderated and highly appreciated the valuable information transfer by Dr. Nasim Fatima. Mr. Naeem uddin Zuberi in his concluding remarks said that it was a scholarly lecture of Dr. Nasim Fatima, full of Information about research and hoped that researchers of the Hamdard University have benefited by it. Dr. Attaur Rehman presented the vote of thanks on behalf of the university.[Contents]

Center of Excellence for Women's Studies, University of Karachi Starts a Lecture Series on Research Methodology
Dr. Nasreen Aslam Shah , Director , Center of Excellence for Women's Studies decided to start lectures from eminent research scholars and writers on the topic of RESEARCH METHODOLOGY. First Lecture was delivered by renowned Library Scientist Prof .Dr. Nasim Fatima, ex-Chairperson Department of Library and Information Science ,University of Karachi on September,7,2004. It was a two hours Lecture cum demonstration on Feminist Research and presentation techniques of Research Reports . Dr. Nasreen Aslam Shah first welcomed and introduced the guest speaker. Session was divided into two parts . Part one was a multimedia presentation and part two was a transparency demonstration. Among participants were librarian, Teachers and M. Phil, Ph. D. Students of Women Studies. A question Answer Session continued about 45 minutes Dr. Shakila , concluding the lecture session said that it was a high caliber lecture from which all of us are benefited. She presented the vote of thanks to Dr. Nasim for spending her precious time in an academic activity.[Contents]

Workshop on Teaching Library Science at Graduate Level in the LIS Department, University of Karachi held on September 21 ,2004

National Curriculum Revision Committee, HEC, Revised Courses for B.A. (Library Science) and BLIS were implemented in Karachi University from January 1, 2004. A workshop for training teachers of colleges was held in February, 2004 under the chairmanship of Dr. Nasim Fatima. It was found so fruitful that participants of the workshop requested another workshop on technical and practical aspects of Library Science at graduate level teaching. The present workshop is a followup of the former workshop which ended successfully.

Mrs. Muneera Nasreen Ansari acted as coordinator of the workshop. Workshop started with the introduction by Muneera Nasreen. Mrs Naveed-e- Saher spoke on teaching of Bibliography. Mr. Farhat Husain Presented his lecture on Teaching Classification, Dewey Decimal Classification, 20 th edition. Mr. Anwer shoib Khan delivered his lecture on the teaching of cataloguing. Mrs. Rafat perween exchanged thoughts on Electronic Reference Sources. Prof. M.K. Sherwani, Chairperson concluded the workshop by expressing her thoughts on the workshop followed by a vote of thanks by Rafat Perveen . There were only six participants from colleges of Karachi. Khalida Saeed, St. Lawrence College, Salma Naheed and farzana from Sir Syed Girs College, Huma Mannan Butt from Abdullh college, Najma Sultana from Saudabad college, Shahneela Maqsood from Govt. Degree College Block N. .[Contents]

Two Library Experts on Knowledge Update Campaign

Dr. S. J. Haider and Dr. Nasim Fatima, globally known writers of Library and Information Science updated their knowledge by surveying the prominent libraries of Lahore e.g. Punjab University Library, Quaid-e-Azam library, Lahore University of Management Sciences Library etc. on September 13, 2004. Dr. Khalid Mahmood escorted with the delegation.
Dr. Ramzan The Chief Library Expert at LUMS Library welcomed the delegation, briefed the members, introduced other faculty members, Explained the Information Transfer Techniques and new Information Technology used in LUMS Library, demonstrated the new software package in use . He made a visit to all sections of the library with guests and explained the new services offered at present. He was kind enough to update the knowledge of the guests they already have. Dr. Muhammad Ramzan with the help of his faculty members has developed a wonderful special library which others can follow

Curriculum Revision and Research in Library and Information Science Discussed at AIOU, LIS Department

Prof. Dr. M. Fazil Khan Baloch invited Dr. Nasim Fatima to visit the "AIO University", Library and the Department of Library and Information Science on September 16, 2004 to exchange thoughts on matters of mutual interest. Dr. Nasim was on a short trip to Islamabad. Mr. Parwaiz Ahmed presented a set of AIOU Publications to the guest.Dr. Fazil Khan Introduced the faculty members and explained the Department's recent activities. Mr. Arif briefed about the Curriculum requirements of the day.

Jan Mohammad Charan pointed out the problems faced by University Library. Tour of Deparment was made. Mr. Ishtiaq Ahmed, Chief Librarian of the HEC Library was also there. The consensus was developed that the course should be revised urgently and the research programs at all Library Departments may be conducted regularly. Dr. Nasim Expressing her thoughts said that each department should be self sufficient in facilities of research, education and publication. Participants of the conversation assured that they will jointly put forth much efforts for this noble cause of humanity. Certain lines of action were decided and agreed upon for future developments in Library profession. [Contents]

Future of Librarianship in Pakistan: a Get Together in LIS Department University of Punjab Lahore

Taking the advantage of two research scholars, Dr. Nasim Fatima and Dr. S. J. Haider department of Library and Information Science University of Punjab arranged a get together to greet Dr. Khalid mahmood, a teacher of the school and making this occasion informative they invited the both to deliver lectures on future of Librarianship in Pakistan. Opening the session Mr. Afzal Haq Qarshi, Chairman, welcomed the speakers and congratulated Dr. Khalid Mahmood as the first degree holder of the Punjab University Library School. All the faculty members and students congratulated him.

Dr. Nasim Fatima addressing the department said that this is an historical event in the history of librarianship in Pakistan She briefly described the changes occurred in LIS Department at Karachi regarding courses of studies, research, students and faculty, training and education programs. She emphasized that now library scientists have two wear three hats, one as scholar who guides researchers, Information generator and manager who full fill the information needs of seekers and the technology expert to handle information quickly and easily. She said that future of librarianship in Pakistan is bright.

Dr. S. J. Haider delivered a comprehensive lecture on "Past, Present and Future of Librarianship in Pakistan". He pointed out the problems that occurred in past, are in present and will be in future. He also gave a number of suggestions to solve these problems of library development in Pakistan . It was a factual history of Pakistan Librarianship which covered the prospects too. Syed jameel ahmed Rizvi, ex Chief Librarian of Punjab University Library adressed the occasion and give very favourable comments on the lecture of Dr. Syed Jalal Uddin Haider. He said his speech was full of information and full of humor and satire also.
Ms. Kanwal Ameen, Ms. Umera Shah and Khalid Mahmood also gave their comments. The get together ended on hot and splendid tea

Mohammad Adil Usmani: A Bio-Bibliographical Study 2004

A new book on one of the founders of Pakistan Librarianship, Mohammad Adil Usmani is compiled by Mr. Rais Ahmead Samdani Price is Rs. 250. Introduction is written by Dr. Ghaniul Akram Sabzwari and is published jointly by Library Promotion Bureau and Pakistan Bibliographical Working Group. Contents are as under:

About the Author, Introduction, Preface, Biography of Mr. M.Adil Usmani, Biodata of Mr. M. Adil Usmani, Citations about Mr. Usmani, Appreciation and references about Usmani, Professional activities, Addresses and speeches of Mr. Usmani, Honors and awards, Editorial responsibilities, Educational, Social And Literary affiliations, life sketches, biographies in other sources. published works of Mr. Usmani in English, In Urdu, Arabic, Seminar Proceedings and workshop reports, schemes and plans Articles, editorials, forewords, and much more.[Contents]

Pakistan Library and Information Science Journal September 2004 Issue is published

Editorial: Librarianship a respectable profession by Dr. G. A. Sabzwari.
Marketing of information products by Zafar Javed Naqvi, Dewey Decimal Classification 22 and beyond by Asad khan, Libraries and Promotion of Reading Habits in digital age by Khalid Mahmood, Promoting reading habits in children by Afsheen karim, Alhaj Muhammad Zubair, Urdu sections contents are Meher Yasmeen an interview by Shagufta Nasreen, Book reviews in English and Urdu and press clipings in Urdu by Durdana Anwer. If you have not got your copy contact on




May Almighty Allah bless the departed souls in eternal peace, and provide solace to their near and dear ones!



[Contents][Pak-LIS News Home] [PLAG Home]