- Dear All
National Workshop on Resource Sharing and Networking
among Libraries and Documentation Centres from April
11-15, 2005 was held at National Agricultural Research
More than eighty professionals from all over the
country attended this event. Fortunately, I also got a
chance to attend the workshop.
Efforts made by Mrs. Shahnaz Zuberi, Senior Scientific
Officer, NARC, to organize this workshop are really
wonderful and commendable. No doubt she is an
energetic and passionate lady. National Library of
Pakistan and responsible organizations/associations
should also follow these examples and conduct such
type of activities on regular basis for the
professional development of librarians and welfare of
the profession in the country.
This workshop provided an opportunity to meet, share,
and discuss the problems of library professionals. I
believe that such types of activities play a
constructive role for capacity building and
More than thirty five papers were presented there.
Most of them were very useful and informative.
Presenters emphasized for any platform and dynamic
leadership for common cause. They also stressed on the
continuing education for professionals and
strengthening of their mutual relationships for the
betterment of the individual in general and profession
Mr. Shahid Soroya, Librarian, School of Mathematical
Sciences, Government College University, Lahore, a new
comer to profession, made his first endeavor to
present the paper in any national level workshop. He
justified his view point in balanced and professional
manner. He emphasized to create the research
environment not only in our library schools but also
in our libraries so that we might face the challenges
posed by the new technologies and information
As far as my understandings are concerned, research is
the sole activity which can enhance the growth, uplift
the status and make the people realized the importance
and inevitability of librarians and information
professionals in 21st century not only in Pakistan but
also across the glob.
It is the need of hour to ponder this matter of vital
importance otherwise time will ruin us and nobody will
find our traces from history.
Muhammad Asif Munir
Policy Planning & Advocacy
Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority
Ministry of Industries, Production and Special
Government of Pakistan
6th Floor LDA Plaza,Egerton Road
Tel: (92 42) 111 111 456
Fax: (92 42) 6304926,6304927
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