Specialized training course for library professionals begins at PASTIC National Center

ISLAMABAD:Around three weeks long specialized training course for library professionals commenced at Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC) National Center here on Monday.

The course titled “Short Term and Attachment Training Courses for (LIS) Professionals, continue till March 05, is being arranged by PASTIC which is a subsidiary of Pakistan Science Foundation under the umbrella of Ministry of Science and Technology.

The participants of the workshop include 25 selected Library professionals belonging to Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan, Federal, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh.

Empowering Library Professionals on ICT Skills for development of Pakistan competence in information handling and producing an adequate corps of information scientists is one of the main objectives of PASTIC.

Vice Chancellor Quaid-e-Azam Univeristy, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah was the chief guest and the Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation, Prof. Dr. Shahid Mahmood Baig was the guest of honour in the inaugural session of this training held today.

Director General PASTIC, Prof Dr. Muhammad Akram Shaikh gave introductory remarks.

In the inaugural address, Prof. Dr. Akram highlighted the role of PASTIC Science and Technology information services since its inception to support and promote science and technology in the country.

He elaborated that PASTIC regularly organize trainings for researchers, scientist and technologist on various ICT based research tools/techniques at its national centre as well as all the six sub-centre at Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Peshawar, Quetta and Muzaffarabad.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali in his remarks acknowledged the significant role played by PASTIC to support research and development in the country and highlighted the need to strengthen PASTIC various databases and provision of online information services to fulfill the current needs of the scientific community.

Chairman PSF appreciated the PASTIC role in restructuring and revamping of national libraries for Science and Technology development in the country.

He advised the workshop participants to get full benefit of this opportunity and become the future leaders and play their role as experts when go back to their province.

He also offered them financial assistance from PSF if they want to organize similar activity in their region.

PASTIC National Science Reference Library (NSRL) is a network/consortium of Science and Technology/Research and Development Libraries of Pakistan cooperating and collaborating to provide access of their holdings to the bonafide users throughout the country. The Consortium facilitates the scientific community by sharing of scientific information resources among Science and Technology Libraries of Pakistan along with the capacity building (Trainings) of library professionals to cope with the modern challenges of digital era. Under the consortium various scattered indigenous Research and Development information resources (available in Science and Technology libraries) has been centralized in PakCat (Online Union Catalogue of Consortium Libraries with Federated Search) along with a Digital Repository (Full Text Journal Articles/Theses/Reports etc) and a free digital solution (Koha software) for Automation of 150 Consortium Libraries.