The study investigated the role of the Nigerian Library Association (NLA) annual conference as an avenue for professional development of librarians. The study adopted a survey research design using a structured questionnaire as an instrument for data collection. A sample of 200 conferees was randomly selected from the population of 347 conferees who attended the conference in Lagos, Nigeria. One hundred and ninety-two (96%) of the questionnaire were returned and found usable. Frequencies, descriptive statistics, population t-test and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) were used in analyzing the responses all tested at 0.05 level of significance. The result revealed that the benefits of the conference are significantly higher than expected but satisfaction with conference logistics was below expectations though not significantly. Also, the challenges are all significantly less than the expected level. It equally showed that the highest motivation to attend the conference was to build capacity in job specific areas or fields. Lack of opportunity to accept papers for presentation and inadequate program/activities in job-specific fields constituted the main challenges. The study recommended emphasis in more job-specific activities in the conference as well as special interest sections should be given more time for their activities and program among others.
Author:Sulehri Imran Ghaffar , Tariq Dr. Muhammad , Chaudhry Dr. Muhammad Shahzad
Purpose/ Aim: To generate new knowledge and polish the existing knowledge is one of the major functions of the universities. This study discovered the publications (Research papers; conference papers, books, book chapters and other publications) by the faculty members of the University of the Punjab, Lahore which is the largest university in the country. Further, it was narrative of the study to explore the major hurdles in the way of publications for PU faculty members and to see the difference in publication on the basis of gender factor as well as to see the relationship between publications and designations.
Research Design: A survey research design followed by quantitative research method was adopted for data gathering and completion of the study. Self structured questionnaire was used to obtain the data from the respondents and targeted sample was approached by following the systematic random sampling technique. Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 17 was used for data analysis.
Key findings: Findings of the study depict that faculty members are more productive in publishing the research articles as compare to other types of publications. Further it was explored that there was no significant difference in publications of male and female faculty members. Lack of interest in research (Mean 4.16); financial constraints (Mean 4.06) and low internet speed (Mean 4.06) are explored as major hurdles in publications. Significant/ Implication: As PU is the largest Public Sector University of the Country which falls in the top five universities of the country and producing remarkable research publications. This study brings up to date results for the faculty members as well as for the university that what kind of publications is being neglected and needs to be strengthen by doing more work in that area.
In recent years, marketing has earned magnetism in libraries and information centers throughout the world. Self-support policies, increasing competencies in the market place, increasing users’ expectations, and widening access to information are some of the high-flying causes for this trend. This book shows the significance of marketing in the libraries of the present age. The book provides ample of information about marketing channels and the need to market library’s resources and services. The book shows that to survive in the present competitive era, library practitioners must identify their users’ needs in an effectual manner. The user is at the center of every library’s activity. Pleasing the clients is the primary concern in the marketing process. Users will only come back in acquiring more services if they are satisfied; if they are not, they will find a different resource. The book brings out that the librarians should have adequate understanding of prospective users to create superior value for them. Library marketing is concerned with encouraging users to avail library’s resources and make the maximum usage of libraries to quench their information thirst. Library professionals should facilitate their clients after having considered political, economic, social and technological trends. The book includes web extras, tables, problems and solution exercises. It contains extensive references to real-world examples of good practice. It has detailed practical examples and case summaries from leading libraries. It raises the need to explore the importance of marketing and promoting academic libraries. It provides resources for readers to help create marketing plans. It shows ways as how libraries can flourish the image of their libraries in the community. The book is a valuable source to market resources and services.
Reference and Information Services are known as the core services of libraries. No library can get a good impression in the eyes of the users and community without offering reference services. These are of great value. This book covers important aspects of modern reference and information services. This book covers digital reference services too that have become a dire need of the present age. Qualities of reference librarians have also been mentioned. The book is a comprehensive guide covering all concepts and aspects of reference resources and services. The book provides a comprehensive text of reference services. It has been edited by two highly renowned experts in reference and academic librarianship. The book shows the latest approaches that are being used by leading libraries to satisfy the information needs of the users. This book shows the essential role of librarians too. In this age of information and communication technologies, library professionals play the role of information selectors, organizers, and teachers. The goal of reference services is to provide relevant information to the clients. The library should make available user aids in appropriate formats to assist the users to recognize items in the collection which have relevance to their needs. The book brings out that the libraries should develop reference and information services keeping in view the goals of the institution. The reference librarians should conduct orientations related to the best usage of reference services in line with the users’ needs. Reference librarians must avail all the latest web technologies to better serve library’s users to enhance functionality of reference sections.