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Changing scenario of librarianship in Pakistan: managing with the challenges and opportunities

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Purpose ‐ This paper intends to throw light on major challenges and opportunities the twenty-first century has brought to librarianship due to the emerging academic culture, and growing use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Pakistan. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The content is based on the literature, personal communication with national and foreign peers, the writer's 25 years' experience, observation and research in the field of librarianship. Findings ‐ Libraries in developing countries are being significantly affected by the ongoing ICT developments from basic infrastructure to collections to services to needed human resources. All quarters of the community need vision and preparedness to turn challenges into opportunities, and instead of being chaotic make change that is productive for society and themselves. It appeared that the overall growth in librarianship is much better since the dawn of the twenty-first century. Originality/value ‐ The new aspects discussed in the context of Pakistan may provide guidelines for future planning, and growth of professional and libraries. It is assumed that the situation is similar to other developing countries. So, the work will be useful in creating awareness among professionals of other countries.
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Keywords: Developing countries; Digital libraries; Information technology; Librarianship; Pakistan

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 22, 2011

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