Pak-LIS News
August 2003, Vol. 3, No.6

 

Contents

Editorial

Pakistan Library Association

Professional News

Six Professionals From Pakistan Attend IFLA Conference
Chaudhry Javed Iqbal's New Assignment
Melap Elections Held in Karachi
23rd World Book and Copyright Day
Library and Information Management Academy (LIMA)

Personal Announcements

Condolences

 

Guest Editorial

Pakistan Library Association

Dr. G. A. Sabzwari

Often our fellow librarians ask does PLA exist? We look around and do not find any answer. There was a time when Dr. A. Moid, Khawja Noor Elahi, A. Rahim, Fazl Illahi, M. Adil Usmani, Dr. Anis Khurshid, Jamil Naqvi, Obaidullah Saify and many others strived hard to establish a national body for recognition of the profession and get respectable status in the country. These selfless pioneers convened first conference, which was presided by the President of Pakistan, Iskander Mirza, 1957.

Time rolled on, later some enthusiast continued the tempo but gradually it turned to hollow slogans and total slumber. In last election (1998) the contestants circulated their manifestos and high goals to raise PLA to the towering heights. Our fellow librarians anxiously looked around to get their problems solved and seek guidance in their professional pursuits. Most of them do not know who is President, Secretary General and other office bearers. Once in a while local chapters organize some seminar or workshop to build ground for future.

Please Wake Up and look into the miserable plight of your fellow librarians. In every profession their leaders fight for genuine rights, status, salary and cadre of their fellow professionals. In our profession we have seen those who are on top position they fought for raise of their own grade, salary and status. They never cared for their professional colleagues rather they lowered them down.

The last election and conference was held in the National Library, Islamabad in 1998 As usual papers were read, discussions made, resolutions passed and all dispersed to carry out their normal duties. As per constitution Headquarter rotates after every two years to provincial Headquarters. This time HQ was shifted from Islamabad to Peshawar. Rotation did not prove fruitful. Elections never held after every two years. Records mutilated and never handed over to the new elected office bearers. It is a colossal loss. Every national body keeps its records in tact for the future professional need and research.

After 5 years of slumber a novel idea was floated by the HQ (at Peshawar) that PLA's Headquarter should not rotate and be stationed at Islamabad. It was felt that remedy of all ills rests at Islamabad being capital of the country. HQ being at other places cannot get matters settled. Office bears cannot afford to travel from Karachi, Quetta, and Peshawar to Islamabad. The Federal Brach of PLA did not take interest in helping HQ since they thought it is not their headache. HQ should exert by itself. This has been the major obstacle for the Office bears of PLA Head office at provinces. Now if the Headquarter is stationed at Islamabad, of course with optimum representation of all provinces, then it is hoped that the new elected office bears will be able to do something for the profession.

After 5 years of slumber a novel idea was floated by the HQ (at Peshawar) that PLA's Headquarter should not rotate and be stationed at Islamabad. It was felt that remedy of all ills rests at Islamabad being capital of the country. HQ being at other places cannot get matters settled. Office bears cannot afford to travel from Karachi, Quetta, and Peshawar to Islamabad. The Federal Brach of PLA did not take interest in helping HQ since they thought it is not their headache. HQ should exert by itself. This has been the major obstacle for the Office bears of PLA Head office at provinces. Now if the Headquarter is stationed at Islamabad, of course with optimum representation of all provinces, then it is hoped that the new elected office bears will be able to do something for the profession.

In most of the organizations a Librarian is appointed in a certain grade, he serves whole life and retires in the same. In all other professions a person appointed gets promotion and goes to higher ranks on the basis of his/her qualification, experience and efficiency, But not a Librarian. What a pity? Those who are enjoying better grade and salary are not at all worried about those who are hard pressed.

There are some other professional problems which librarians themselves are required to handle. Those are related to their professional work such as formulation of standards for Automation, Computerization, Classification, Cataloguing, Collection, Services, etc. It is PLA's responsibility to appoint Committees of Library and Information Science experts on national basis for the benefit of librarians as well as for readers to whom they serve.

The most challenging issue for our survival and library service is related to Library Legislation. For the last 56 years this issue is completely neglected. In many conferences of PLA and seminars of SPIL draft legislation was approved but it is still in the files. Who is going to pursue this matter? Our leaders to whom we elected are bound to spend their energy, money and time for this noble cause. They have to knock at the doors of national and provincial legislators to put up the Library Legislation bill in the National and Provincial Assemblies.

To hold certain position in an organization by election is a great obligation from democratic, professional, religious and social point of view. If any one ignores it he is guilty from all norms of a civilized society. They will definitely be questioned here as well as on the Day of Judgment for this Amanah, which members of the organization bequeathed upon them.

We request our elected office bearers and members of executive of PLA to get out of slumber and look into the problems faced by the profession and professionals. If they are helpless they should clear path for others who are anxious to do something.[Contents]

Professional News

Six Professionals From Pakistan Attend IFLA Conference

The following six professionals attended 69th IFLA General Conference held in Berlin (Germany) on August 1-9, 2003:

1. Khalid Mahmood, Department of Library and Information Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore.

2. Kanwal Ameen, Department of Library and Information Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore.

3. Muhammad Ajmal Khan, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore.

4. Mah Jabeen Ali, NGO Resource Centre, Karachi.

5. Maqssod Ahmad Shaheen, Information Resource Center, American Center, Islamabad.

6. Qudsia Qazi, National Assembly Secretariat, Islamabad.

The persons mentioned at serial no. 1-4 got sponsorship from the Goethe-Institut.[Contents]

Chaudhry Javed Iqbal's New Assignment

The British Council has appointed Chaudhry Javed Iqbal, an eminent Pakistani librarian, as Regional Information Co-ordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa. He has posted at the BC headquarters in Manchester, UK. Previously, he has worked for the BC in Pakistan and Poland. Graduated from the Punjab University he has also worked for Lahore University of Management Sciences. He has been Secretary of PULSAA. He has contributed many professional articles.[Contents]

Melap Elections Held in Karachi

Elections are seldom held in professional associations in our country. Pakistan Library Association is setting an example for not holding the elections for the last five years and there are many others. The news of elections in MELAP is welcomed with great fervor and we congratulate Mr. Shakil Ahmad the General Secretary of MELAP (Medical Library Association Of Pakistan) for arranging elections within meeting. The same existing panel as being nominated again and declared elected unopposed by the election officer Mr. Haresh Kumar. Mr. Moinuddin Khan

The president of MELAP Ms. Azra qureshi thanks the members for their cooperation and support.[Contents]

23rd World Book and Copyright Day

To commemorate the 23rd World Book And Copyright Day, a seminar was organized by UNESCO, PLA Federal Branch and the National Library of Pakistan. The topic of seminar was "Library and Promotion of Reading Habits" The seminar was held at Holiday Inn Islamabad on 24th April 2003.Mr Mashahid Hussain Syed member of senate was the chief Guest. Speakers were selected from all over Pakistan. Mr. Rais Ahmad Samdani secretary PLA Sindh from Karachi and Mr. Khalid Mahmood .lecturar, Department of Library &Information Science , Department of Punjab University from Lahore presented their papers at seminar.[Contents]

Library and Information Management Academy (LIMA)

LIMA with the cooperation of Quaid-e-Azam Library, Lahore is conducting a two day (8hours) workshop for potential researchers on the topic.

Conducting Survey research From August 29-30 from 3.00-7.00 p.m. in Quaid-e-Azam Library by Dr. Mumtaz Anwer. Registration form is available on the web. [Contents]

Personal Announcements

Condolences

 

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

 

 

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